Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Crafter's Companion Accordion Get Well Card



Hello everyone and welcome to the first challenge of the year over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Last year the ATSM challenge went from strength to strength and we had so many wonderful entries it was always hard to choose the winners, so I hope you will feel inspired to join in with us again. The first challenge is a Photo Challenge and we have this lovely photo to get the mojo humming.



I took inspiration from the daisy and from the colours to come up with my first ever accordion card using my new dies:-




1 Cut 2 square accordion card bases from white card (I used a Crafter's Companion Die).

2 Cut 2 star square accordion overlays in white and adhere them to the bases (I used a CC star overlay die)

3 Cut off one of the extra joining tabs and score all score lines well with a bone folder.



4 Stamp and emboss the Creative Expressions Daisy Heart stamp on white card, colour with alcohol markers and use a glaze pen on the centres of the daisies.

5 Stamp the sentiment in the upper part of the heart with the Penny Black stamp from the Hugs Transparent stamp set with black Versafine ink. Cut the stamped card down so it fits onto the accordion base and adhere it down.



6 Stamp the greeting from Papertrey Ink Tucked in: Get Well on white card and then cut it out with a My Favorite Things Diagonal Stitched Square die. Draw round the edge of the base square with a pink alcohol pen and adhere the sentiment to the centre.


7 Finish the card by sticking both halves of the card together and attach the centre panels to each other by gluing them at the tab.

Well there were quite a few steps here and it took a while to work out how the accordion card fits together, but I quite like how it turned out. One problem I found was that the back of the base cards were marked and indented by my well used die cutting plate, so the back of the card looked rather unattractive. I didn't want to double cut and fit a false back onto the card, so I used a couple of sheets of copier paper between the card and the cutting plate and that provided enough protection to keep the card smooth.

If you would like some more inspiration, why not hop over to the ATSM blog to see what the Team has to show you, and once your card is complete you can link it up over there.

I'd like to play along with

CCC Digi Creations Challenge - die cuts or punches

Star in my Pocket challenge - show off your new stash

Dream Valley Challenges - something new

Thanks for stopping by.


Hugs
Carol x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Papertrey Ink Joy Christmas card



Hello everyone and welcome to the first Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge of the year. As I mentioned in my Top 10 Christmas Cards  post, I didn't have enough Christmas cards in my stash for 2016, so I am determined to try and make multiples of each card I make this year so my pile grows faster.


This year our Christmas Challenge is going to be Anything Goes with an optional twist, so you can enter any Christmas project but if you need a little inspiration, like I usually do, you can play along with the monthly twist. To start us off we have a twist of Joy this month - very apt for the start of a New Year. Another bit of joy is that you could win a discount at the HLS store!


I came up with this card 


1 Take a piece of card and stamp one of the Papertrey Ink Christmas Shine stamps with Versafine ink and add silver detail embossing powder.

2 Turn the stamp upside down and repeat step one to create a circular burst, and then emboss with a heat gun.

3 Cut the panel out with a stitched rectangle die.

4 Cut the Papertrey Ink 'Joy' word out 3 times and stack together to give more substance, and adhere it over the centre of the burst.

5 Stamp the Clearly Besotted 'to the world ' stamp in scarlet jewel ink towards the bottom of the panel.

6 Mount everything up using fun foam and add a little heart to the centre of the joy word to finish it off.



I'm feeling quite pleased with myself because I made FOUR copies of the card so my pile is off to a good start!

Why not pop over to the Happy Little Stampers Blog to see some fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in with us this month.

I'd like to play along with

ABC Christmas challenge - A for anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes

12 months of Christmas challenge - anything goes

Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes


Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Papertrey Ink and Creative Expressions Sending Hugs card



Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge for a brand new year over at Happy Little Stampers



This is a regular watercolour challenge that is anything goes, and each month we will have an optional twist that you can use if you want to have some extra fun. Our first twist is stencil, and I came up with this card





I started with a piece of watercolour paper and taped the Creative Expressions Ivy Background stencil to it. I then used several shades of blue watercolours with a fairly dry brush and painted over different parts of the stencil to give some variation of colour. The brush has to be pretty dry or the watercolour will seep under the stencil, which is okay, but I was going for a cleaner look here.



When the panel was dry, I trimmed it into three pieces and matted it onto black card before layering it up on the base card. I die cut the sentiments in black and white, and shadowed them so they would pop more on the card. The Hugs sentiment is a die from PTI that I have had in my stash for a long time without using it but it looks good here and covers the card well. Have you tried the Nuvo Crystal Drops yet? I have new bottle of the white Drops and made a few dots to finish the card off. I'm quite impressed - they held the dome shape really well and were easy to glue on.





Video Tutorials using our optional twist
Brushos and Stencils by Kylie Purtell (7:47)
Watercolour Stencil Masking Technique by Ingrid Blackburn (8:27)
Stencils and Watercolours by Justine Hovey (2:57)
Stencilled Watercolour Background by Tiffany Johnson (2:36)

Video Tutorials without our optional twist
Watercolour Stamped Butterflies by Ingrid Blackburn (12:08)
Brushos and Glossy Cardstock by Kylie Purtell (5:34)
Fun and Easy Watercolouring by Kamila Routsis (8:31)
Watercolour Smash Technique by Ingrid Blackburn (12:08)
Stamping with Gelatos by Kylie Purtell (7:04)

We are lucky enough to have Barb join us as Guest Designer this month and you can check out her  lovely card-and see lots of inspiration from the team over at the Happy Little Stampers Blog.

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol  

Friday, 30 December 2016

Top 10 Christmas cards of 2016

Hello again,

I'm back with my favourite pick of the Christmas cards I made this year. I fell down a bit in 2016 and didn't have enough made when the big day came, but I'm going to try and make 2 or three of every new design next year so my stash will grow faster. I'm hoping that doing this won't take much longer than making one card at a time because all the materials will be out and most of my time is spent on deciding how to place everything. One thing that will help is that I'm a designer on the Happy Little Stampers Christmas card challenge and the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge which has a holiday card week once a month, so I'll be building my stash starting next week. I can't believe I just said that!!! What - Christmas cards for 2017 already? Yep - I just have to try and remember how bummed I felt when I didn't have enough this year.

Here are my favourites, in no particular order, and if you want to read a little about how I made them, you can click on the link to be taken to the original post.

1)

This mistletoe card has a bit of an art deco look because of the frame I used. I slightly shaped and raised one branch of mistletoe and it really gave the impression of being a full bunch.




2)

I don't do many landscape Christmas cards but I was pleased with this Penny Black one which has a masculine feel. I even experimented with using pencils over paint for the first time and I was surprised by how much depth it gave!


3)

When Kylie gave us the topic 'Twine' for a Happy Little Stampers challenge, I was a little stumped at first. I finally had the idea of making a twine wreath and then this CAS card came together quickly


4)

I really loved making this card using the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set. I had fun making the rays using my Clarity Stencil brushes for the first time.



5)

I loved the simplicity of this design. There was no stamping involved on the outside (and as I seem to be allergic to making a card without ink, I had to stamp a sentiment inside), but I love the mix of textured gold and black - so elegant.


6)

This card used lots of inlaid die cutting, and I loved using the smooshing technique to create the sky.


7)

I really like the crisp embossing on this card and I enjoyed gently inking the embossed snowflakes with white ink. Love how it turned out.



8)

This card was made using an old Woodware stamp set and I love the pretty ribbon tree. I had fun fussy cutting and shaping the pot before glazing it with glossy accents. It doesn't show very well in the photo but it really did end up looking like an old terracotta pot!


9)

I think this was my favourite Christmas card of the year. I enjoyed watercolouring the background and I loved how the rays looked embossed in silver with the doves in front.



10)

My final card used one of the Tim Holtz poinsettia mixed media dies, and I loved how the design came together when I added a circle mask to the centre and brushed red ink over the panel. When I removed the mask it really spotlighted the embossed sentiment and the flowers.



Well that's my pick, and I'll be back tomorrow with the first Happy Little Stamper's Challenge of the new year.

It only remains for me to say thank you so much for stopping by from time to time in 2016, and I hope to see you again soon. I actually got to meet some good blog buddies in real life this year, and with others I feel as if  we already know each other. We are really blessed to have such a fun hobby that brings so much pleasure, and meeting new friends is such a bonus. I wish you a happy, healthy and crafty New Year.

Hugs
Carol x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Top 10 cards of 2016

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to some New Year celebrations. We had a relatively quiet time at our house with my husband getting a heavy cold a couple of weeks ago, just in time to pass it to me for Christmas Day:( I had done some advance prep and the family chipped in to help on the day, so all was not lost and a good time was had by all. I have to confess that I didn't even get dressed on Boxing Day and had a lovely, relaxing time chatting to my family and watching some festive telly.

It's that time of year when we reflect on the year gone by before we open the doors to the new year, and I have been looking back on my blog and picking  my favourite projects of the year. Here they are, in no particular order, and if you want to read a little about how I made them, you can click on the link to be taken to the original post.

1)

The first one is a sweet new baby card I made using a heart mask and then inking on some aqua ink. I love the soft colour and the stencilled hearts 




2)

I bought lots of MFT supplies this year, and this amazing pig set just had to be a favourite. The little piggy peeping out at the cake just sends me away with a smile on my face!




3)

This one just might be my favourite of the whole year! I love that cute sheep and enjoyed painting a miniature sky for the background. 


4)

Speaking of cute - the marching band stamp set from MFT is just gorgeous and I loved drawing dashed lines to create a road up the hill for them to march on in this card. A marching band can celebrate so many occasions and I really must pull it out again soon.

 

5)

Now I know this one isn't a card, but I really loved this recycling project and was so chuffed with how it turned out. It's amazing what some paint, stamps and stencils can do for a pot I almost threw out! Here it is with the plant that inspired it.


6)

This year I experimented a bit more with mixed media techniques and this one was made with the shaving foam and alcohol inks technique.



7)

This next card just makes me feel happy and reminds me of warm summer days in the garden. I loved inking the clouds in the sky, and the fonts on the sentiment are gorgeous.



8)

This one used texture paste through a stencil and it was the first time I tried painting dried texture paste with Zig watercolours. Love how it turned out.



9)

Yellow and brown was an unusual choice for a baby card, but I really like how this one turned out.



10)

My final card was made for the Happy Little Stampers new launch blog hop and I love this beautiful flower from the Especially for You set.



Well that is my first trip down memory lane, and I'll be back tomorrow for a look back at my favourite Christmas cards of the year. I'm hoping it will inspire my mojo which has gone AWOL, even though I have some new crafty goodies to play with!

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol xxx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Night*:


Hello everyone,

I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2017. I'm sorry not to have visited much lately but I hope that things will settle down after Christmas and I'll be able to get back in the craft room for some me time. I hope the same for you too, but until then I hope you enjoy all that the festivities bring and that there may be a few crafty goodies for you under the tree.

Hugs

Carol xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Tim Holtz and Happy Little Stampers Christmas card



Kylie's 12 Days of Christmas Cards Challenge


Hello everyone, 

If like me, you are up to the ears in preparation for Christmas, and haven't finished making your cards yet, you would be advised to pop over to my friend Kylie's blog for some fabulous inspiration. Kylie is the powerhouse behind the Addicted to Stamps/Addicted to CAS/ Happy Little Stampers Challenges as well as deigning and producing her own fabulous stamp line. She is currently running a 12 Days of Christmas Card Challenge and I was delighted when she asked me you join her today.





I came up with this card




I took a square panel of white card and cut the poinsettia die from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas dies. I put red card behind it and die cut it again in green so I could inlay the holly leaves around the poinsettias. I stamped and embossed the 'Merry ' from Happy Little Stampers Everyday Sentiments in red before adding a couple of other words from the set in greern ink.




I coloured the centres of the flowers and then added some glitter. I usually like lots of white space but in this case, the card looked quite stark, so I masked off the middle with a circle and used a Clarity Stencil Brush to brush on some red ink and spotlight the centre of the card. I die cut and shaped a couple of holly sprigs from Papertrey Ink and added a few pearl berries before fixing them to opposite corners of the panel. All that was left was to layer up the panel and adhere it to the base card on foam tape. The foam tape and pearls make this less post friendly, but this one is for hand delivery so it doesn't matter.

I'd like to play along with




Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x

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