Friday, 14 October 2016

Lizzie Ann Designs and Elizabeth Craft Halloween card

Hello everyone, today is the start of another challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

and our theme is Halloween. I decided to try something totally new for me and I created my first ever pop up card using the Elizabeth Craft Flower Pot Pop It Up dies. 

I started by cutting a couple of Papertrey Ink mat stacks and inked one up using distress inks before stamping the cat and greeting from the Lizzie Anne Designs Hallows Eve stamp set. I punched a couple of holes in the top panel, pushed some black ribbon through and then matted it onto the black panel. The Happy comes from the PTI One Liner dies and I matted it onto some black card so it would pop against the background paper.

For the inside, I cut and decorated the pop up box from the Elizabeth Craft pop it up die and inserted it into the card, before cutting some spooky shapes on my Cameo and adding them to the pot. I had a ball with this part, choosing ghosts, bats, pumpkin stacks, trees and a witch on a broomstick! A few stars and some patterned paper, and the inside was done.

To finish the front of the card, I cut the Halloween sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo and  placed the elements on foam tape to give some dimension. The Halloween sentiment did not stand out enough so I cut a separate pumpkin face to stick over the O in the centre, and called it done.

You will find plenty of inspiration from the DT over on SCT blog, and you have two weeks to join is in this fun challenge.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

MFT and Lizzie Ann Designs Halloween card

Hello everyone and welcome to the Photo Challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, where this time we have a wonderful spooky picture to inspire you.

We are lucky enough to have 2 sponsors for this challenge

Prize: 3 digital images


Prize: 2 digital images

so I hope you will jump on board and join us this time.

Here is my card

To start my card, I stamped the image using Stazon black onto watercolour card and them masked the moon with Pebeo masking fluid. Once it was dry, I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to paint the background.

I don't have a lot of call for Halloween cards but I do like the one spooky stamp set I have which is the Lizzie Ann Designs Hallow's Eve stamp set, and that comes out every year for a project or two. I die cut the panel using the My Favorite Things Peekaboo Wonky Windows die, and used some leftover background for the sentiment, which I wonky cut to match with window shape. I glued the centre of the panel flat on the card and raised the frame using black fun foam. To finish off, I removed the masking fluid from the moon and painted it a little before coating it with some Wink of Stella glitter pen.

So how will you be inspired by the photo? You can see lots of fabulous cards over on the ATSM blog and you can link up your project there too.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Leonie Pujol Everlasting Love stamp birthday card

Hello Happy Little Stampers and welcome to the October Mixed Media challenge, where the theme this time is Nature. With such a broad subject, I bet ideas are popping into your head already, and when you see what the Design Team has to show you this time, I think you'll be inspired to rush to your craft table and join us!


I was drawn to natural colours for this one, and pulled out my watercolour card, Brushos, cling film and spray starch to make a soft green background using a technique that the wonderful Kylie taught us on the HLS Craft Retreat. Once the background was dry, I cut out a stitched rectangle and stamped a daisy using an NBUS stamp set called Everlasting Love by Leonie Pujol, and coloured the leaves with my Zig Watercolour pens.

Next, I stamped and embossed a happy birthday sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler in the bottom corner. I took some white card and re stamped the daisy and a cute little bee, coloured them, and then fussy cut the flower head and bee before shaping them and gluing them to the card.

To finish off, I adhered the panel to the base card using some fun foam for dimension., and highlighted a few spots with white gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Clearly Besotted and Happy Little Stampers Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge. Well the year is whizzing by and as we only have three more challenges left until Christmas, it's time to crank up the pressure, sorry I mean pleasure, and get on with increasing the pile of Christmas cards, ready for the big day. This time we're asking you to use embossing on your card, and this can be any kind of dry or heat embossing  you choose.

I decided to use both, and came up with this card

I cut a panel of blue card and embossed it with an NBUS embossing folder that came free with a magazine many moons ago, and it gave a beautiful deep emboss on the snowflakes.

I then used a Papertrey Ink Fillable Frame 4 die to cut a couple of frames from white card. On one, I stamped and clear embossed a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments, and a few snowflakes from Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style. I then sponged blue ink over the frame before matting it onto the other white frame, which I had cut into two so it would show behind the blue one.

I gently inked the surface of each snowflake with some white pigment ink and added some gems, and to finish off, I mounted everything onto foam tape and placed it on the base card. 

Last year, I had all my cards finished by the beginning of December, and it really left me free to enjoy the run up to Christmas, so I plan to try and do the same this time. I'll probably make a few more of this design because it was quite easy to make and will be easy to post.

Why not head over to the HLS Blog to see some inspiration from the team, and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Dream Valley Challenges - embossing wet or dry

Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes

Crafting When we Can - Christmas comes early.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Papertrey Ink and Avery Elle New Baby Card

Hello everyone and welcome to the October Happy Little Stampers Challenge and this time we have a lovely card from Birgit to CASE

I decided to case the stitched rectangle of patterned paper, the central frame for the image and to use a bird die cut die cut. I needed a baby card  too, so I came up with this card

The background paper is from the Echo Park Bundle of Joy Dots and Stripes pad, and the frames use the Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1 set. I cut both frames in white and added a copic pen to the edge of the larger one to tone in with the dotty paper. On the smaller, white panel, I inked some couds and stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Storybook stamp set.

The stork and baby bundle came from the PTI Bundle of Love stamp set and I embossed them in black, fussy cut them, and then coloured with Copics. To finish off, I added some glaze pen to the baby bundle and scatted a few stars and enamel dots.

How would you CASE Birgit's lovely card? If you want some more inspiration, why not jump over to the HLS Blog to see what goodies the team has to share.

And if you need more incentive to join us

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Woodware Ribbon Tree Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to the holiday week challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Judging by the drop in temperature around here today, it will be Christmas before we know it, so I'm pleased to be adding to my pile. 

This time we are sponsored by

SLSlines is the work of Sal Scheibe, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw and create fun illustrations. Sal works as the Art Director of ArtTrader Magazine. Prior to freelance illustrating, she worked as a Creative Designer for a music firm working with TV and advertising clients. 

Sal spends her nights drawing geeky things like RPG characters, zombies, fairies, awkward people, pretty girls and odd animals. She offers a broad range of fun digital stamps in many themes from geeky to cute and whimsical to realistic. Her digital stamps start life as sketchy little doodles which are then cleaned up digitally in Photoshop and made presentable and perfect for you.

Sal's favorite tools are Wacom pen and tablet as well as Copic markers, lots of fineliners and many types of erasers (which are used often). Her favorite artists include John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, JC Leyendecker, Joe Sorren and Phil Hale. And Steve Epting too.

If you'd like a custom digital stamp made or have some suggestions, feel free to write to Sal with themes you'd like to see in the Etsy store.

Prize: 2 digital images

For this challenge I pulled out an old stamp set from Woodware - Christmas Ribbon, and I used the Ribbon Tree. I stamped and embossed the tree and pot using black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder. I then coloured using Copics, and added the embossed sentiment before using one of the Paper Trey Ink Tipped Top dies to cut out a quirky panel.

I used Clarity stencil brushes to lightly ink around the tree, then fussy cut and shaped the pot before sticking it to the tree with foam tape, and adding a glaze.

To finish off, I made mats with the other dies in the set and layered everything up before adding a little white gel pen and some red pearls to the tree.

Why not visit the ATSM blog to see what the Team has to show you and I'm sure you'll be inspired to join us and add another card to your Christmas stash.

I'd like to play along with 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - use embossing powder

Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

That's Crafty Challenge - Christmas in September

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Papertrey Ink Merry Kiss-mas mistletoe Christmas card

Hello everyone, and I hope you are enjoying a good weekend. The 25th of the month always means the Papertrey Ink blog hop


and this time we were given this inspiration photo

Blog Hop

I came up with this Christmas card, taking inspiration from the black and white colours, the twine and the green sprigs.

I began by cutting and stamping 2 sprigs of mistletoe using the Merry Kiss-mas stamp and die set. I gently shaped the leaves and used Nuvo drops on the berries. Then I layered up some black and white card and stamped and embossed one of the sentiments from the Bells and Boughs stamp set.

I tied some twine around the panel before adhering it to the base card, and then arranged the mistletoe down the centre of the card. I thought I was done but the right top corner needed something to balance everything, so I selectively inked and stamped the airmail envelope stamp from SSS Envelope Sentiments.

I always enjoy seeing how other people interpret the inspiration photo, so I'm going to settle down later and hop to my hearts content!

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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