Thursday, 25 August 2016

Papertrey Ink and Memory Box Thinking of you card

Hello everyone,

I've had a hard time creating a card since the refurb of my craft room because I haven't wanted to mess it it up lol! However, I bit the bullet for the PTI bloghop 


This time we were given this inspiration picture 

August Blog Hop

and I took inspiration from the muted orange colours and navy blue to come up with this card

I like to have at least one card in my stash that I can send out for a number of situations and this one will cover lots of occasions because I can personalise it by the sentiment I put on the inside.

I started by blending several orange inks on a panel of card and then stamped the silhouette flowers from the Life stamp set and added the sentiment from Iconic Images.

I die cut the panel, matted it with some navy card and then added it to an A2 card on foam tape over another die cut made with a Memory Box Ribbon die. I added some WOS glitter to the flowers but this isn't showing in the photo for some reason.

I'm dying to see how everyone else interpreted this picture!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop.

I'd like to play with

Carol x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Papertrey Ink and MFT Graduation card

Hello everyone,

Recently, my posts have been scheduled, first because I was away and then because I had to empty my craftroom for decorating. I was dreading doing this and had been putting it off for ages, but the carpet was worn down to the floor around my desk and I couldn't put it off any longer. My amazing family helped me with all the work and I am now putting the last things back into place. I've been asked to show some piccies, and once I have my new computer up and running, I'll have a go at that. I haven't been around your blogs for a while but I hope to remedy that next week and see what everyone has been up to.

Well we are ready for a new challenge over at Simply Create Too and this time the theme is feathers. Sadly, our lovely challenge organiser Angie has  just lost her much loved Boxer, Bleu, who died yesterday, so the challenge post will be a bit late this time.

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

I came up with this card

I used an old Papertrey Ink stamp that had a feather in it and made a graduation card, but in all my chaos, I couldn't find the details, so if you want to know more, please send an email and I'll find out for you. I used a die from one of the MFT Blueprints set to cut out the panel, and a stitching die made the borders more interesting. I glittered the feather spines and they look lovely in real life!

Why not visit the blog to see lots of inspiration from the team, and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Papertrey Ink and Avery Elle birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to Challenge #207 over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Today we are going to have some fun with a Make Your Mark challenge

In case you haven't played with this challenge before the rules are

'your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Stampin' Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc etc'
so you can really go to town!

Our kind sponsor this time is

Founded in June 2013, California-based STAMPlorations™ is owned and managed by husband-and-wife team, David & Shery Russ. From just a handful of stamps, we now have 100+ stamp designs, 4 stamp designers, our exclusive line of stencils, and 20 amazing crafters spread across 3 teams who constantly produce gorgeous projects featuring our products. Our clear stamps are perfect for creating CAS, one layer, and mixed media cards, and they can be combined to create a variety of paper crafts. All of our stamps are proudly made in the USA. Our clear stamps are made from the finest, non-yellowing photopolymer resin. Through our stamp line, we hope to encourage crafters of all ages and experience levels to "Stamp with all your ART!" 

Prize: 2 digital images

I came up with this card using Papertrey Ink Make it Market Mini Kit: Sunshine & Rainbows.

I started by making a cloud mask and moved it across the card while I sponged on Pan Pastels in a couple of shades of blue to create the sky. I added some green Pan pastel to the bottom of the card and then cut the card with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped and die cut the swing and bird and hand cut a branch from some kraft card to hang the swing from.

The sentiment is from the Avery Elle Tweet Tweet set and I used a strip of paper from PTI along one side. To finish it off, I added a few punched clouds from my stash.

You will find lots more inspiration on the ATSM blog and I hope you will join in with us this time.
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Sue Wilson and Simon Says Stamp sending you card with metal elements

Hello and welcome to the new Mixed Media Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. We have some fun for you this time if you are up for a challenge because we want you to use metal on your project. 

I came up with this card

I pulled out some 36 gauge Aluminium Tooling Foil from my stash and used the Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Squares dies to cut the decorative panel. The aluminium is quite thick so I ran the die through my cutter twice and it cut beautifully.

I wanted something to back the die cut with so I took some watercolour card and  used the smooshing technique and some distress markers to colour it 

The outer frame was debossed with another die from the set and I cut round the edge before placing it on the base card.

After I adhered the metal panel, I die cut the central black panel from some textured card and stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamps. To finish things off, I die cut the 'Sending' from the leftover blue background card and white card, then stacked them so that the white card shadowed the blue.

I do hope you will join in with us this time and if you'd like some more inspiration before you start, please visit my talented Teamies over at the Happy Little Stampers blog.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Snowflake Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the August Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge where the theme this time is 'snowflakes'.

 I glitter heat embossed snowflakes ( a mixture from Hot Off the Press, PTI, and Inkadinkado) onto heat resistant acetate and then  used a die from Avery Elle Custom Panels to cut it into two. I also used the die on some blue pearl card and adhered the acetate to it. I just used glue on the centres of the  snowflakes so I could hide the glue with gemstones. 

I also used the blue pearl card for the base card and I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments before I glued the bottom panel flat on the card. I raised the top panel on fun foam and finally added the gems to the snowflakes.

                               This challenge is sponsored by                          

You will find lots more inspiration on the Happy Little Stampers blog, and I do hope you will join us and add to or start your Christmas card stash.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

MFT and PTI birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Challenge #205 is a Photo Inspiration challenge and here is the photo

We are kindly sponsored this time by

DRS Designs - a family owned company since 1950 - boasts hundreds of original rubber stamp designs. All images are available fully mounted, completely unmounted or mounted on cling cushion and are proudly hand crafted in the USA. 
Our rubber stamp collection includes a wide assortment of images including sentiments for all occasions, easy background designs and fun technique stamps such as our stained glass and plaid designs.
The DRS Designs website features a huge card sample gallery, online demos and tips, a secure shopping area and more. Be sure to visit our daily blog with posts from our fantastic design team for inspiration and ideas.

Prize: $10.00 gift certificate

I was inspired by the greens and blues and the bright white embossing in the inspiration photo to come up with this card:-

I started by making a paper mask and masked off half a panel of card before stamping and embossing my new Split Triangles Background stamp from MFT with white embossing powder, to add some texture and shine. I then removed the mask and used my stencil brushes to apply various shades of blue and green ink across the panel.
I took a die from the MFT Blueprints 24 set and cut the curved rectangle from the panel and then again from teal card, so I could offset them to create a shadow effect.

I dry embossed some white card with a Papertrey Ink Striped Impression Plate, and adhered this to the base card with a couple of strips of the teal card. The rounded panel was then raised onto the background with fun foam.

To finish off, I die cut and shadowed the sentiment with PTI dies and scattered some stars down the right hand side of the panel, colouring a couple of the stars with a green Copic marker.

There is lots of inspiration from the Design Team on the ATSM blog and you can link up your entries there - I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Paper Smooches Welcome Wagon new baby card

Hello everyone and welcome to the August Happy Little Stampers Case The Designer Challenge.

This time the lovely Gloria is our muse and she created this gorgeous card for us to CASE

I decided to CASE the masking and the colours and came up with this card:-

I decided to do a double mask and cut the central star shape from masking paper and placed it on my card before cutting a circle aperture  from some more of the paper and placing it on the card so that the star was in the centre.  I then chose several colours of ink and polka dot stamps from a couple of stamp sets and  went dotty between the two masks. After I removed the masks, I stamped the sentiments before cutting the panel with a stitched rectangle die and then using the PTI Canvas Embossing plate to give some texture.

 I die cut two welcomes and stacked them before adhering them to the card, and to finish off I added some star and heart die cuts. I glued the panel flat onto the base card so it will be easy to post. I love seeing how people are inspired by a CASE challenge and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Why not visit the HLS blog  and see what the Team has to show you.

The challenge runs for a month and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate for the Happy Little Stampers Store.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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