Saturday, 25 October 2014

Papertrey Ink Christmas card and tag


Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to Connie from Connie can Crop who has joined us as a new follower. You will find lots of inspiration if you pop over there to see what she has been up to.

Today it is time for the Papertrey Ink Blog hop and this time Nichole gave us lots of colour schemes to try out for a holiday card. I chose this combination


and came up with a card and tag set using the O' Tannenbaum stamp set on some kraft card.

Sorry this is short and sweet, and for the poor lighting on the photos, but I have scheduled the post because I am away this weekend with my daughter, and I look forward to hopping round when I return next week.

Thanks for hopping by.

Carol x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Halloween Treat bag and Thank you card for Simply Create Too Challenge #73

Simply Create Too

Hello everyone,

I am honoured and thrilled to have been asked to join the Simply Create Too  Design Team, and I'm really looking forward to working with Diane and all the talented team over there. The challenge this time is to have a Halloween or Orange theme and I came up with one for each of these. For my first one I made a Halloween treat bag. I used a small sandwich bag that I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder

I used the Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3 dies and used the larger one to cut a black mat. When I had cut the mat, I noticed that it had a kind of pearlescent woodgrain pattern on it, which was quite a surprise as I had used plain black card!

When I investigated, I realised that the the die had been used to cut some card that I had used Perfect Pearls on for another project ages ago, and it had retained the image - cool or what! Seems a pity that it is covered up for this project.

For the focal image, I used a stamp from Little Annie Designs Hallow's Eve Set, stamped in black permanent ink on some textured card, and I then used spiced marmalade and fired brick distress inks to colour the background.

A couple of spooky cookies in the bag and some black ribbon to tie it up, finished it off.

For my next project I made a square pumpkin card.

I made a mask for the pumpkin and then stamped it three times so the first one looked as though it is in front, and then coloured them with Copic YR12, YR15 and YR18 markers. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Handwritten Notes, and I finished off the panel by making a couple of ribbon corners. This was mounted onto some orange card and a little star die cut in the corner finished it off.

If you haven't discovered the Simply Create Too challenge yet, why not pop over and join us for some autumn fun.

I'd like to enter the Halloween treat bag into the following challenges

Vintage Journey - Halloween to die for

Fussy and Fancy - orange and black

That's Crafty - spooky!

and the Pumpkin card into these challenges

Connie Can Crop - pumpkin patch

ABC Challenge - V is for Vibrant

Red Rubber Inspirationals -  # 142 pumpkin patch

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamps CAS birthday card

Hello everyone,

I'm sitting here with lovely sunshine pouring through the window after several very wet and gray days, so I'm a happy bunny today. It's a long time since I played along over at Addicted to CAS, and as I have lots of NBUS stencils, I wanted to jump in because the code-word this time is Stencil.

 I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Papertrey ink and then used a stencil from Simon Says stamps to scatter the stars around it. I used a white texture paste first and let it dry, and then put the stencil back on and coloured the stars with blue ink. It took quite a while to do this because I was only using little portions of the stencil and I didn't want it to smudge the ones I'd already done. The stars looked nice but were a little muted and called out for some bling, so I finished them by overlaying them with some glitter.

I got the idea for tilting the stars this way from the current sketch over at

I'd also like to enter this into 

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your week.

Carol x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Papertrey Ink and Stamping Boutique Snowman card.

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to Maarit from Violet's Corner, who is joining us as a new follower. Maarit works as a teacher in Sweden, is a member of a number of Design Teams, and her blog is full of inspirational projects. Do pop over to say hello.

It is time for another challenge over at Holly Jolly Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

and this time Julie is challenging us to use snowmen on a project. We are sponsored this time by 

The Stamping Boutique


I used an image from the Stamping Boutique called Chubby Snowman, and I decided to try a large format 8 inch by 8 inch card for a change.

 I started by colouring the image with Copic Markers and then added some chalk to enhance the snowbanks. Some glitter was put on the hat and birdhouse before I added some snow fall with a white gel pen. Some Glossy Accents on the buttons finished him off and I then matted him onto some black card. The blue card was embossed with a Cuttlebug E/F, and the Snow words were cut with a Papertrey Ink die and stamped with a snowflake background stamp. The words 'let it' were cut on mySilhouette Cameo.

 I must confess that after I challenged myself to use a larger format, I was tempted to change my mind when I had the blank card in front of me. I wondered how I would fill the space - but I'm glad I continued and might try this again!

Why not pop over to the Holly Jolly Christmas Blog and check out all the inspiration from my talented Teamies.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Keep it Simple use threes - 3 snow die cuts and 3 musical notes.

The Glory of Christmas  - snowman

Kitty Bee Designs Aloha challenge - use die cuts or punches.

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - snowflakes

Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Masculine Birthday card

Hello everyone,

Sorry to have been a bit lax about the blog lately but we are in the midst of decorating and it is taking much longer than we anticipated. We also celebrated my Husband's birthday last week and I overcame my fears and had a go at the dreaded masculine birthday card. I went for a kraft, cream and brown colour scheme, and a CAS style and came up with this;-

I used the Happy Banner from Papertrey Ink and placed brown letters in the aapertures. The stamp is from a NBUS set from Wplus 9 called Just Geometrics: Triangles and I stamped it with Versamark Ink and clear embossed it. As this wasn't going in the post, I added a pewter buckle from the mountain of embellishments that I now rarely use and finished off with a few tiny gold acrylic glitter spots. In fact the spots are so so subtle that I bet you have difficulty 'spotting ' them! Sorrreee - I couldn't help it. He had a lovely day and we went to see a show at the Opera House called Eric and Little Ern - it brought back so many happy memories of Christmas Morecambe and Wise Shows.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Addicted to Stamps - anything goes.

Sweet Stamps Challenge - use kraft paper.

The Kraft Journal Challenge - no pattern paper.

Pinspirational Challenge - anything goes.

That's Crafty Challenge - keep it simple.

The Paper Girls Challenge - use solid cardstock

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

Carol x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Papertrey Ink Christmas card with Bugaboo image

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to another Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.

This time Anything Goes and we are sponsored by

Bugaboo Stamps


Di's Digistamps

I wanted to make a card for some friends who had a new baby a couple of months ago, and chose a cute image from Bugaboo for this. I'm way behind but I'm trying to brush up my Copic skills with the Online Card Classes, and I also wanted to try out my new Papertrey Ink Snow Globe Dies, so came up with this shaker card:-

The card, paper and Banner Borders are all PTI, and the snowflakes in the shaker part are from the snow globe die set. I coloured the image with Copics and added some glitter to his hat. The banner and sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps. 

We have a lot of new Design Team Members over on the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge DT, so why not pop over and give them a welcome!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Carol x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Papertrey Ink New Home card


Hello everyone, and welcome. It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and this time we were given oodles of inspiration to choose from. You may remember that my eldest son and his girlfriend were buying their first house, and all has gone well so they get the keys tomorrow. I wanted to make a congratulations card for them and was inspired by the colours in this photo

I've had autumn rose for a long time but not used it, so this colour combo gave me an excuse to break it out, and I came up with this card:-

 I die cut and stamped the house from Polka Dot Parade 10 in the three colours and mixed them up, before adding a tiny die cut heart to each roof. The scallop was cut from a MFT die and I added some cord through the stitch holes. The autumn rose card was stamped with a canvas background stamp from Impression Obsession, and Versamark ink. I love how items from different Companies go so well together.

They will be receiving this tomorrow along with some Champagne and a these glasses that I etched  a little while ago

to go with a meal I am sending them to have on their first night in the new house. I think I'm just as excited as they are!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Hop.

Carol x


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