Wednesday, 13 September 2017

MFT Harvest Mouse and Paper Smooches You're Special card


Hello everyone, and I hope you are all safe and well. I don't know about you but I have been thinking about all the people across the world who have suffered because of the dreadful weather events going on over the past few weeks. It seems Mother Nature is trying to teach us a lesson about climate change, and I hope the doubters are now going to show some common sense and allow legislation to limit the damage we are doing to the planet. On a nicer note, it's been great to see how many wonderful people have been willing to help, either with practical aid or with financial contributions.

As crafters, we are so lucky to have a creative hobby that can allow us to escape the harsh realities of life for a time, and I hope this week's challenge over at ATSM helps



This is Clean and Simple week and I came up with this card




1) Stamp and fussy cut the images from the My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse stamp set.

2) Colour the images with Polychromo pencils. ( This is my second attempt with them and I think I'm going to like them when I get a bit more practice.)

3) Die cut a scalloped panel from the MFT Blueprints 27, and stamp one of the shadow stamps from Paper Smooches Shadows towards the top of the panel.

4) Stamp the sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler underneath the shadow.

5) Raise the panel onto the base card with fun foam and arrange the mice and apples on the shadow.

You will find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I hope you will join in with us this time.


I'd like to play along with







Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol x







Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows Christmas Card



Hello everyone and welcome to the September Challenge at 

ABC DT Christmas Challenge

and our theme this time is

S - Sketch - FInd a current sketch and link to it, or


T - Trio

Our Sponsors this time are


A prize from Lisa

and 


Sponsor




One lucky Random winner will win 4 Digi images for their choice

and 

We have some exciting and happy news

R is for Rat
The lovely and talented Sharon joins our Design team today!
so please be sure to check our her blog and help us make her welcome.


I chose T for Trio and used a trio of cute little birds on a branch


1) Die cut a piece of white card with a stitched rectangle die.

2) Take the Simon Says Stamp Snowfall Stencil and place it over the card before pressing in a Versa Mark ink pad, and embossing with white embossing powder.

3) Mask off a rectangle in the centre of the card and sponge blue ink over it.

4) Cut a snow bank from white card and stamp the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrow set onto it. Adhere to the bottom of the sponged rectangle.

5) Die cut the branch and three birds from the same set, colour the birds and arrange them on the branch.


 6) Finish off by matting the panel onto some blue card and stick it to an A2 base card, raising it on some fun foam. Add some glue to the hats and snow bank before sprinkling on some glitter.

We had some fabulous entries last month and you make it very hard to choose winners! You'll find some great inspiration over on the ABC Challenge Blog, and now September is here, I'm sure you will want to start working on your Christmas card stash, so why not join us this month.


I'd like to play at

Addicted to Stamps Challenge # 152 - Christmas

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp it

Pile it on Challenge - feathers or scales


Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x




Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Crafter's Companion and Papertrey Ink Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome to the newest challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.  This month out optional fun twist is sparkle, and if we can't sparkle at Christmas, then when can we sparkle?


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I came up with this card




1) Die cut the Papertrey Ink You've Been framed Oval die in Hawaiin Shores card and adhere it to a white A2 card base.

2) Die cut two bells using the Crafter's Companion Create a card Bell die, and ink through the die, using it as a stencil.

3) Place the die cut onto HS card, draw around it and fussy cut so you have a backing piece for the bell. Repeat for the other bell.

4) Apply double sided adhesive sheet to the backing pieces, remove the top sheets and stick the bells to them. Apply glitter to the bells and rub it into the adhesive. Here is one bell that has been glittered, next to one that waiting for the glitter.



5) Stamp the sentiment from PTI Think Big Favorites #20 towards the bottom of the frame.

6) Shape the bells and stick them to the card with glue gel.


7) Finish off by die cutting a little banner from the You've Been Framed set and adhere it under the bells.

You'll find lots of inspiration over at the HLS blog and I hope you will play along with us this time. 

I'd like to play along with





Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Lavinia Stamps and W Plus9 Sparkle and Shine fairy card



Hello and welcome to the new Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This is an anything goes watercolour challenge but each month we have a little twist to make it more fun if you are looking for inspiration, and this month the twist is 'spritz'



Here is my card



1) Take a piece of white card and spritz it with the Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Ocean Sunlight.


2) Once the card has dried, stamp the Lavinia Stamps silhouette fairy and then stamp and emboss some stars with silver embossing powder under her right hand, to make it appear that she is holding them.

3) Stamp over the card with the Woodware Old Letter stamp, and give a little spritz with gold spray over the top.

4) Use a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter pen on the wings to give them some sparkle. I was interested to see that the script did not show through the wings so I was glad that I didn't go to the trouble of masking them.

5) Prepare the layers, and stamp and clear emboss the My Favorite Things Balloon Strings background stamp on one of them. (I'm trying to make more use of my sadly neglected background stamps.)


6) Take some of the leftover spritzed card and cut the sparkle & Shine words from the WPlus9 die set and paint over them with the sparkle pen.



7) Finish off by layering everything up and adding the die cut words. I layered everything up without foam tape this time so the card would be post friendly.

I'm sad that my photography does not show up the sparkle and shine you can see in real life but you can get a little idea from the small top photo.

I hope you are tempted to join us this month but if you need more inspiration, you can find plenty over on the Happy Little Stampers blog, where my talented  Team Mates have some fabulous cards to show you.

I'd like to play along with

Inky Chicks Challenge #87 - stars

The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge #6 - anything goes

Crafting By Design September Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol x



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Creattive Expressions, Happy Little Stampers and Hero Arts thinking of you card




Hello everyone,

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend because we have to wait until Christmas for the next one! To take your mind off that, we have a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we want you to Make Your Mark.


In case you are new to our challenges, here are the rules for this one

Make your Mark - 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

Well that leaves a lot of scope, and I came up with this card



1 )Die cut a stitched rectangle from some white card and stamp the Creative Expressions Heart and flowers stamp with Versafine black ink and emboss with clear powder.

2) Colour the image with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.

3) Stamp the Happy Little Stampers sentiment For Your Special Day at the top right of the heart in pink ink and the thinking of you sentiment towards the bottom of the panel in yellow ink

4) Wrap some twine around the panel and add a bow before matting the panel onto some pink card and raising it onto the base card with fun foam.



5) Finish off by adding glaze pen to all the little circles and putting a little pink gem onto the bow.

I hope you will make your mark and join us this time. You can find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog and link your entry up there.

I'd like to play along with

The Crazy Challenge - Bingo - flower, twine and circle

Stella Says Sketch Challenge #513

Aud Sentiments Challenge - Thinking of you

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol x




Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Crafter's Companion Ornate Lace 3d Embossing Folder and Papertrey Ink Anniversary card




Hello everyone and welcome to Challenge #255 over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have a Photo Inspiration challenge for you.


I was in heaven with this photo because it has my favourite colours and a lovely sheen, but I couldn't decide how I would do it justice until I remembered that I had some Imagination Crafts Starlight paints lurking in my stash, and they would be perfect for this challenge.



I started to play and came up with this card



1) Take a piece of card and paint it with the Imagination Crafts Starlight paints in Soft Blue, Heather and Pink Sunset. It dried to a beautiful sheen, and I can't understand why I have had these for so long and not used them!

2) Cut the card down and emboss it with the Crafter's Companion Ornate Lace 3D embossing folder. Wow, this folder gives amazing texture and dimension!

3) Mat the card onto some black card and adhere it to the white base card.

4) Take some of the leftover painted card and die cut the My Favorite Things Sentiment Label Strip, before stamping and embossing the sentiment from PTI Think Big Favorites #24.

5) Cut the Label Strip again in black card and cut it in half, before gluing each half to the back of the painted strip as a mat. This is a great way of stretching dies for mats, instead of having to fussy cut with scissors.


6) Finish off by adding some black Nuvo Drops to the sentiment stri[. I'm a bit of a coward when it comes to putting these drops directly onto a card. I usually squeeze the drops onto a non-stick mat and leave them overnight before using glue to fix them to the card.

Well. I'm really enjoying being back in the craft room and it was good to use some neglected NBUS too. I hope you love that gorgeous Inspiration Photo too and join in with us this week. You'll find lots of ideas from the Design Team over on the ATSM Blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'd like to play along at




Hugs
Carol x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful Christmas card



Hello everyone, and welcome to the August Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This is always an anything goes as long as it's Christmas challenge, but each month we have a fun optional twist to whet your appetite, and this time it's Poinsettia!



Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I love poinsettias at Christmas. We always get one in early December and last year we tried a creamy white one instead of the red. I really liked it, and it still looked great at Easter, but I think the red ones are more festive.



1) Take a square of cream card and stamp and emboss the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set. I stamped with red dye ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

2) Take a piece of gold card and emboss a lattice panel using a strip embossing folder. My folder was a freebie with a magazine ages ago.

3) Cut a double layered poinsettia from red card and shape the petals. I used my Silhouette Cameo for this.

4) Die cut some Sue Wilson holly leaves.


6) Layer everything up and finish off by adding little gold dots around the card. These were waste from a die cut that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. A bit fiddly because they are so small, but I like the look they give.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS blog, and do you know that we only have 20 weeks until Christmas? Why not pull out some supplies and join us this month.

I'd like to take my card to play at

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

Sparkle's Forum Chrsitmas Challenge - a festive sentiment

Shopping Our Stash - countdown to Christmas


Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x

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