Monday, 30 November 2015

The Christmas rush

I've used these little fellas lots of times for birthday cards but I think this is the first Christmas card I've made with them. I stamped and coloured the penny black hedgehogs first and coloured with promarkers. Next I drew in the tree and inked the sky. I die cut the snowflake and used the negative as a mask and inked the snowflakes in to the sky. I die cut the lettering and finished it all off with some liquid pearls and glossy accents.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card;
My time to craft - let it snow
Penny black Saturday - dies out punches
Penny black at allsorts - anything Christmas

Winter flurry



This is a bit of a last minute entry for this weeks Freshly made sketches challenge.
The sketch is this one
I've gone for a fairly straight forward take on it. I smooshed a bit of tumbled glass distress ink on my craft mat, sprayed it with water and pressed the card in to it. I then stamped card-io winter flurry snowflakes in to the ink. I cut the banner and stamped hero arts Christmas greetings in versa colour Neptune. The snowflake is a crafters companion die. I stuck both on with 3D foam pads and finished with a sequin and some gems.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Bubbles, rain or the spotlight?

I have made no less than five of these cards trying to get one that I was absolutely 100% happy with. This is number five and I'm still not content but have given up as I'm running out of time to enter the Clarity stamps challenge. This week it is 'clean and simple' using their own stamps. I picked out the little duck silhouette.  I masked and inked the circles using a variety of blue versa colour inks, spritzed with smooch spritz and added the duck and clarity 'thank you' sentiment. I haven't quite decided whether he's in a bubble, the rain or the spot light, but I guess that's up to the recipient to decide.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Owl always love Christmas!

I made this wintery card using the new tree set from card-io. The trees are stamped in versa colour châteaux grey. I added a little more of the ink to create shadows at the bottom on the trees. I used a memory box die to cut the curved piece at the front and covered it in ultra fine glitter. Finally I added the owl (also from card-io) in black to make him really stand out and spattered a little frosted lace stickles down the side of the trees. I have debated adding a message several times but can't quite decide!

I would like to enter this card in to the following challenges;
Casology - owl
My time to craft
The craft barn- snowflakes

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Lavinia stamps Christmas challenge

I've been eagerly watching the Lavinia stamps blog for a while note hoping you enter but as the rules state that the only stamps to be used are Lavinia's I was struggling as I only had two! This week I rectified that situation and armed with a little selection of exciting new Lavinia stamps I checked back on the blog. Doh, hadn't realised it was a Christmas challenge this time. I had ponies, lavender, autumn vine, fairies, stars and a bumble bee with which to create my Christmas entry!
Time to get a little inventive! I masked and inked a triangle shape and with the mask still in place repeatedly stamped the stars then sprayed with smooch spritz. I inked part of the autumn vine and placed it to look like the fairies were decorating with it.

I inked all round the edges with distress ink and stamped more of the vine coming off the page. Finally I used bits of the lavender stamp to add an undergrowth effect at the bottom of the card. A bit of obligatory stickles and some garnet liquid pearls and I was there!

This is a closed up of the Christmas tree to show some of the details

Take a look at the Lavinia stamps blog here.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Ponies in the snow

Today I'm shearing this little snowy card with you. I created the snowy scene by masking the card with torn paper and inking it in Chateux grey versa ink. With the mask still in place I added in the line of trees and the sunset in camellia and canary versa ink. I stamped Lavinia stamps pony duo in the fore ground then set about crafting the wreath. This is actually the sizzix 'autumn gatherings' die but I thought if I cut them all out in white they would have a wintery look. To some leaves I added silver ink, and to others I added more of the grey. I punched a couple of flowers with woodware punches. The whole lot is stuck on with 3d foam mounts. Finally (because I can't make a card without it) I added silver stickles to some of the leaves.

This card has been designed with the following challenges in mind;
My time to craft let it snow
The craft barn snowflakes (not technically snow 'flakes' but you can't get snow without the flakes, right?!
Stamping sensations- festive foliage and flowers
Little Claire's Christmas in white
Simon Wednesday- Christmas

Friday, 20 November 2015

One layer Santa

Well this is my third and final entry to this weeks less is more Santa one layer challenge. I masked the rectangle before inking with versa colour inks. I stamped pale silver snowflakes on the diagonal and spritzed the whole thing with smooch spritz in vanilla. Finally I added Santa to the front and stamped the sentiment in the corner. I'm just glad I photographed it before the cat walked across it with his muddy paws. I guess perhaps he felt on this occasion less wasn't more?!

Dashing all the way

These dear little chaps are a penny black stamp which I bought a long time back in one of those 'love at first sight' moments.
I thought they made quite a fun one layer Santa card for this weeks Less is more challenge.

They are coloured with copics and pro markers and I have added some liquid appliqué to their hats along with frosted lace stickles for a bit of texture. The sentiment and border lines were added with my fine liner at the end.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Santa's washing line



Today's clean and simple card on the theme of Santa. I quite fancy the idea that this is what Mrs Claus' washing line looks like up there in the north pole!

Ingredients;
Free stamps from creative stamping
Garnet liquid pearls
White liquid appliqué
Copic pens

Less is more challenge

Monday, 16 November 2015

Advent calendar

Today I have finally completed the advent calendar panel I bought at the craft show in Exeter back in September. (Thank you to Crafty ribbons whose theme of 'Christmas tree' spurred me on to get done!)
The panel is printed by makower and I bought it from the little Laura's stand. I wanted to make it my own so I've added various extra little details.
I made bows from satin ribbons and stitched them on to some of the parcels.
I used gold twine to make the bauble threads 3DD,
and added a couple of other bits and pieces from my crafty stash such as this turquoise ribbon and little jingle bell.
Finally I hung it with some crafty ribbons red snowflake ribbon.
I may add a little glitter to it all yet but I'm not quite decided!

As well as the Crafty ribbons challenge, I'd also like to enter this project in to the Allsorts 'not a card' challenge. (It's definitely not a card but does a sewing project still count?)

Penny black winter bough



This weekend it was time to bring out one of my all time favourite stamps. It is the penny black winter bough and it has been used countless times for cards, tags, wrapping paper, you name it!

I had a couple of goes at what you can see turned out to be pretty similar cards. I started by inking the background with Tim Holtz bundled sage distress ink, then worked in to it with some Nick Bantock sapmoss green. 

I wanted that splattered effect in the ink (as inspired by the The funkie junky tag #5) I don't own a proper spritzer so in desperation I hunted through the cupboards and settled upon, well, um... Dettol. Yep, not only do we have a Christmas card, but now it has that pine fresh smell of anti-anti-bac too!!
Anyway, it did the job nicely, I spritzed it and dabbed off the excess with kitchen paper.

Next I repeat stamped the winter bough in sapmoss green, overlapping it slightly to create a bigger branch. I spritzed the whole thing again, this time with smooch spritz and added garnet liquid pearls. To add another layer to the inking I added some little silver stars and snowflakes with the card-io winter flurry set in versa colour silver. The sentiment stamp was free with creative stamping #27.

This card is destined for the following challenges;
The craft barn My world record would have to be 'most unusual product used on a card!!!'
The funkie junky - check out their boutique here
Stamping sensations festive foliage
Simon says stamp something beginning with N is 'Noel'
Casology - Give. Well Christmas is all about giving isn't it?

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Quilting, and a little break from Christmas cards!

I've made this card for my neighbours birthday this week. She is really in to her garden and in to crafting including sewing. I tied the themes together and came up with this. The papers are from magenta. I added fake stitching with a fineliner and extra details with liquid pearls and glossy accents. I went round the edges of the butterfly with a craft knife so as to be able to lift the wings up. The sentiment is from clarity stamps.

I'd like to enter this in to the My time to craft quilt it challenge.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Little Claire's

It really is high time I posted this card as I made it a while back now. The colours are quite subtle and haven't photographed well unfortunately. I keep thinking at some point I'll find better light and get a decent photo but it hasn't happened and now there's only a short time till the challenge closes that I made it for!

I used a tri fold card as my base. I stamped my favourite little Claire's stamp ( the butterfly tree) on to paper and then traced it on to parchment using a white gelly roll pen. I coloured the back of the parchment using Pergamano pens and affixed it via a tab to the fold in the card.

The right hand panel was made by stamping the cat from the butterfly tree. (When the card is fully closed it looks like one image). I stamped the butterflies from the tree on a scrap of parchment and cut out using a butterfly punch. I stuck them with a tiny bit of glossy accents and added pewter liquid pearls. Finally I stamped the sentiment which came from the same little Claire's stamp set.

This card is for this months little Claire's challenge Favourite stamp

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

One snowy night...

When crafty ribbons announced this weeks challenge as monochrome or mono colour I immediately thought of those snowy scenes at night where the snow is so bright that the night sky no longer looks black but goes that magical navy colour that only happens with snow.

I decided to try and create a paper crafted version of that scene using a memory box die, navy and white bazzill card and a sentiment that came free with this months creative stamping magazine. I used card-io winter flurry snowflakes and stars then finished with different textured white and silver ribbons, dots of white liquid pearls and frosted lace stickles.

Challenges I would like to enter;
Crafty ribbons - monochrome
Simon says stamp - the letter N
The craft barn - fireworks (loosely!)
The funky junkie tag 7 (inspired by the colours and snow)
Allsorts- ribbons and bows

Monday, 9 November 2015

Feeling fiery!

A bit of clean and simple card making for me tonight. I used a mixture of versa colour and distress inks on a waterproof surface, spritzed them with a little water and 'smooshed'. I used the resulting print to cut out two circles and lots of stars with Woodware punches and arranged them to suit a sketch from freshly made sketches. I stamped art impressions happy birthday sentiment and foiled the bottom with distress look gold foil from stix 2.


This card is destined for the following challenges;

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Countdown to christmas

I am a complete Christmas- aholic and usually start getting set for the Christmas season around September. This year however my hubby and I are trying to chill out a bit on it and have promised ourselves not to get too excited too early and cause 'excess-Christmas-itis!'
Of course the exception to this rule is card making and present buying because it just makes good sense to be well prepared with those.
This little Christmas card is stamped with a penny black stamp and coloured with promarkers. I added glossy accents to the baubles to give them a bit of shine.  I embossed some red bazzill card with a sizzix Christmas embossing folder. I lightly sanded the top to bring out the greeting and glittered the corner with stickles. The other embossing folder in the set was the stockings which I used to emboss some scraps of Christmas papers. I then cut out the stockings and 'hung' them on red and white twine.

This card is destined for the following challenges;
Penny black - anything christmas
Allsorts- Christmas
Penny Black Saturday- embossing
Simon says stamp - glossy

Monday, 2 November 2015

Walking in a Winter wonderland

Yep, I'll be singing that from today until Christmas now!

Today I'm sharing with you my snowman card. The stamps used are all by card-io and the inks are versa colour. I found some scraps of card in my stash that I had previously die cut snowflakes from. I used the holes that had been left behind as a stencil and inked them with a mix of blue inks applied with a dry baby wipe. I stamped more snowflakes over the top and dotted some of them with liquid pearls. I stamped the snowman and lamp on an oval and inked in my usual way. I also stamped up the winter wonderland message on a rectangle. I assembled the whole card adding navy ribbons and more liquid pearls as embellishments.


I'd like to enter this card in to the following challenges;
Crafty ribbons - snowman
Penny black at allsorts - Christmas
Allsorts- Christmas
Create and craft - ribbon or twine