Monday, 20 November 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Afternoon peeps.
I'm here this afternoon to remind everyone that there is still time to enter this month's CUTplorations challenge. Here is my inspiration card for you.

It's based on this photo.

Last time I used an inked panel for my card and the rest of it was used to make the background for this card. Waste not want not!
I cut it from the panel using the smallest of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies , then using the Warm Winter Wishes phrase die, I cut away the middle, replacing the purple with a previously cut white one. Saving all the extra bits from my purple panel allowed me to fill in the gaps around the phrase and then for extra depth, I added another die cut in white but this time colouring the dot over the eye with red Copic and some Glossy Accents before glueing it all in place.
I added some extra detail in Wilted Violet DO with the snowflakes in the VIGNETTE-Christmas-Block set. Sadly this is now on the retired list but you may still get it at 50% off!
The finished purple panel was then mounted onto a white rectangle cut with the middle Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, and a slightly larger pale grey panel before fixing to a white base card.

So what will inspire you? We'd love to see what you make.
Check out the rest of the team here and then join in!

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One Layer Watercolour

Hi, I've been absent in blogland lately, what with a new Grandson and the get together organised by Kylie of HLS. We had a grand time catching up with old friends and meeting new crafters for the first time. My gorgeous Grandson has been in my thoughts since his arrival just over 4 weeks ago, Kylie and I were exchanging Nanna photos at the retreat as well!
Anyway I was meaning to share this card last week but with Seb coming to visit with his brother, Mum and Dad, I forgot so here it is now.

After seeing the fab watercolour cards my Mimi on the Penny Black site, I was encouraged to have a go at using that watercolour style.
This street lamp is a really old Flowersoft stamp that reminds me of the lamp post graveyard we passed on the way to the bus stop after visiting my Grandma as a young girl. All the old gas lights were slowly being replaced by electric ones in the older parts of Sheffield, the Victorian ones not converted were destined to be dumped in the councils street furniture depot!
The tree stamped three times is from a Penny Black set and the greeting was free with a magazine last year.

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One Layer Christmas card

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


It's that time of year again. Over at STAMPlorations we are having our Giving Thanks blog hop and wish list linky party to celebrate the launch of a brand new set of stamps.

Here is my card using Dee's Thankful and Blessed set

I chose the succulent element, stamping it onto w/c card and embossing the black outline with clear EP. The foliage was then coloured with watercolour washes before fussy cutting it out. 
On a panel of white card, I used the middle crazy double running stitched die to make a mask from a large Post it and then I placed the plaid maker stencil over the aperture and inked it with Weathered Wood DI. On a scrap of black card I stamped the sentiment and embossed with white EP and glued it at the bottom of my stencilled panel. 
From a scrap of kraft card I used a die to cut a shape which looked something like a bowl and placed the cluster of succulents in it and then glued that to the stencilled panel. 
My base card is a smokey grey to match the soft grey of the stencilling.

There are lots of prizes on offer as you hop along and join in. All details about the hop start and Ts and Cs can be found here.

If you would like to hop along, either start off at the STAMPlorations blog or continue to the next stop on the hop which is Trish Latimer of Craft Stamper Magazine. 

There is also a Thanksgiving Sale from November 15 to 30 to go with the Giving Thanks hop. For this sale, you will be able to buy stamps, stencils, and dies (except for those in the new release and retiring categories) at 40% off, the 40% off code can be used only once per customer. 

If you leave a note in your order (or email Shery) and mention my name (e.g., I was on Julie's blog looking at your Giving Thanks hop post and decided to order). you can choose a free word/phrase die (up to $10 value) and have it included in your order (no minimum order). 

For products in the New Release category, you can get them at 20% off by using my DT discount code and you get a freebie  if your order is at least $40).

So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tiny Leaves and Brusho

Morning all.
The first frosts arrived this week and the leaves are finally falling around here so winter is not far away. This week at Cardz4Galz we celebrate the seasonal festival of -


Here is my card

I used a brand new die, Poppy Stamps 'Narrow Tree Triptych', that I got at the May Port Sunlight stamp festival. It was waiting for a moment just like this!
To start I sprinkled some Brusho onto a panel of watercolour card and spritzed it with water. When fully dry I die cut the panel. I had already cut a panel of cream card and a scrap of brown card with the same die. Then came the tricky bit, piecing it all back together again!
The sentiment from STAMPlorations was stamped in brown and embossed with clear EP and using tiny leaf stamps I added the falling leaves in autumnal colours.
Job done.
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Anything Fall

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Die cut Christmas Scene

Good evening peeps.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at HLS Anything Goes with Dies. As Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would make a Christmas card.

The only thing not die cut on this is the sentiment!

I started by making the trees by stacking various green die cut rectangle frames inside one another on a scrap of paper, then cutting a tree shape with a Sizzix die set. A small scrap of brown was snipped into shape for the trunk. 
The sky was cut using a friends snowflake plate die and then inking with Salty Ocean DI. Snow drifts cut with a Lawn Fawn die filled the bottom of the background. On a separate panel slightly smaller than the base, I die cut another rectangle to create a frame for the scene. The trees were then placed into the snowy scene and a sentiment stamped in black completes.

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                                                        I used a rectangle instead of the oval

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Berry Kissed

Evening all.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at ATSM, this week it is -


So your project needs to be coloured, stamped, embroidered or even drawn by you. What will you do? I went down the coloured route for thsi watercolour style Christmas card.

I bought this Penny Black stamp at Port Sunlight last month. I've wanted to try this style of w/c effect stamp for awhile and chose this Berry Kissed stamp because of it's versatility. I could be coloured in different ways from autumnal to winter tones.
I tried to use it first without my Misti but didn't get a good look, so perhaps you do need one to be able to over stamp to get the correct depth of colour. The Misti makes it so much easier!
There are lots of examples online about how to use these type of stamps so I won't bore you with the details here, suffice to say that after finishing the sprig of berries, I carefully washed in a mixture of Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch and then before it was fully dry sprinkled chunky white EP (Stampendous Frantage, chunky white embossing enamel) over the top then heated it to set it. The dampness holds onto the EP so when you put your heat gun on it doesn't blow away! The end result is a snow like effect. The panel was then trimmed down and as I didn't want to stamp on the finished panel, added a vellum wrap embossed with my sentiment in gold.
So for more inspiration pop over to the main ATSM page and go Make Your Mark.

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Mele Kalikimaka

Morning all. 
The days are certainly getting shorter and the evenings that little bit colder as November takes a hold
and shops are slowly becoming more Christmasy as the Halloween and bonfire night displays are packed away. So the latest challenge over at Cardz4Guyz is quite appropriate -


Here is my card showing that CAS is one way to go when thinking of  cards for the fellas in your life.

I've used a simple embossed resist technique for this, using Stampendous' World Christmas stamp. On a piece of white card, I stamped with Versamark before heat embossing with a white EP with added glitter. A simple watercolour wash of Mown Lawn DI over the dry panel brings the tree to life.
The trimmed panel was mounted on a scrap of red and then on some fun foam over a plain white base card, simples. This would be great for batch making too.
For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here and why not get going with this years Christmas card stash.

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my choice is watercolour resist

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Monday, 6 November 2017


Hi and welcome to post to announce the start of a brand new challenge at CUTplorations.
Here is my inspiration card.

My card was based on this month's image below.

My starting point was the shape of the shortbread biscuit along with the colours, but it's all down to you as to what influences your project.
To start I took a panel of white card and got messy with my DOs, DIs and water spray bottle, building up the depth of colour with lots of texture just like the velvet ribbon in the picture.
The biccy reminded me of the new feathers dies, so after the inked panel was dry, I cut a banner and using one of the larger feathers die cut a previously white heat embossed matching feather stamp. On a separate piece of scrap white card, I stamped and embossed with yellow EP the small feather then die cut it with the matching die, adding a little scattered straw DI over the feather. The final feather was cut from vellum after heat embossing the stamped feather. I wrapped some jute twine around the banner and attached the group of die cuts with some more twine and a red button from the stash for a pop of colour. A stamped and heat embossed sentiment from Balloons and Banners completed the purple element of the design.
On a white, A6 top folding base card, I stamped some of the feathers from the set in Memento London Fog, then attached the finished banner.
For more CUTplorations inspiration, check out the blog post here, where you will also find all the Ts and Cs along with details of prizes to be won.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Guesting at Penny Black and More

Good morning folks. 
I'm here early on a Sunday morning as I am guesting over at Penny Black and More!
This week the theme is -


I don't have too many PB flowers but I think that a poinsettia counts.
Here is my card using one from the Christmas Wonders set.

I started by stamping it onto a panel of black card then embossing with white EP. I stamped another onto a panel of w/c paper and using DI's washed in some reds and oranges. The finished flower was then fussy cut, except the area around the center, more of that later.
I happened to have a pre cut panel of vellum in the bits box, so decided to use it as a base for my sentiment cut from a scrap of gold mirri card using an old die of unknown make. The vellum knocks back the brightness of the base panel and allows the red flower to shine, I think. Once the coloured image was glued to the vellum, I added some grey colour with my Zig pen and it makes it look like I fussy cut the middle of the bracts! Did you know that the red 'petals' are actually modified leaves and not petals at all, the flowers are the really small yellow centers, very insignificant. A few red gems complete my design.

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Clean and Layered?
Love the red poinsettias with the gold

As You Like It Challenge
Christmas or non Christmas and why
(I only have Christmas flowers from Penny Black!)