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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Stamp - Two Ways

Good morning all.

We hit lucky yesterday and seemed to miss the worst of the winds and didn't have any rain. It was certainly very windy further north of us when we went shopping.

A couple of quick Christmas cards to share today...trying to get them all finished so there's no last minute rush.


Stamp from Clearly Besotted, stamped with versamark and embossed with WOW Campari Soda EP with the trunk and star done with Blue Lagoon. Pierced rectangle die from Spellbinders. Sentiment die was a freebie from Tattered Lace at Harrogate. 


Same tree stamp stamped with versamark and heat embossed with white EP. Card was inked with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord DI. Sentiment and snowflakes were magazine freebies and were stamped in Dusty Concord DI. Card is finished with two small gems.

Both toppers were attached with foam tape for dimension and both are finished inside.





Challenges entered:
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Merry Monday - non traditional colours (2nd card)
Simon says Stamp - anything goes
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - stars and snowflakes
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Wow Embossing Powder - same stamp different ways
City Crafter - a piece of sky


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Little Critters

Good morning all.

Hope no one has blown away overnight...good weather to stay home and craft me thinks, although since the cupboards are bare again I suspect a shopping trip may be on the cards.

Another quick Christmas card to share today.


The stamps are from Crafter's Companion and I think they may have been one of their magazine freebies....this is the first time they've been inked. I've coloured with promarkers and cut out with a set of Spellbinders dies before layering onto a red mat. The topper was attached with foam tape to give some dimension.


Challenges entered:
Less is More - little creatures
House of Cards - punch or die
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes
CHNC - some forgotten or never used
Sparkles Christmas - for a child

Monday, 20 October 2014

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

Just realised this is my 1200th post....gosh that's a lot of crafting!

Another simple Christmas card to share today.


Stamps all from Clearly Besotted (another recent purchase) all stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver EP. Finished with some silver cord. I had the bright idea of embossing the star with gold EP.....pity I didn't also think to put the excess silver back in it's tub first lol. Image is matted onto silver mirri card then popped up on foam tape for dimension.
Unfortunately the photos aren't picking up any of the shine on the embossing.

All finished inside and another flat one.
I don't actually know why I'm making loads of flat cards as I have several books of large 2nd class stamps left over from last year to be used up!!


Challenges entered:
Allsorts - embossing
Clearly Besotted - Christmas
Stamplorations - stamps and embossing
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
CAS on Sunday - emboss it
Fairytale Stampers - something new (stamp)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Card Club - "Christmas Reindeer"

Good morning all.

We had a lovely sunny day yesterday albeit a little windy. Hubby took Lora  off to Deep Sea World so I had a day to myself. Managed to get a couple of little cards made but spent several hours looking at plans for a property we're considering purchasing!

It's time once again for our fortnightly Christmas Card Club challenge and this time the theme was set by Rita who gave us "Christmas Reindeers".

I found the stamp I used when looking for something else...I'd completely forgotten I owned it!!



The stamp is called Snowy and Rudolph and is a Penny Johnson from Stampavie. I stamped it a couple of nights ago on a piece of waste card and left it lying on my desk to await colouring...when I glanced at it again later I decided it looked lovely uncoloured so I just coloured Rudolph's nose with promarkers to add a pop of colour and added glossy accents for some sheen. Sentiment was a magazine freebie. Image is adhered to the black card base with foam tape to give a little dimension.
All finished inside and another flat for posting.


Challenges entered:
CHNC - something forgotten or never used
Christmas Stampin All Year Round - use your imagination
Crafty Catz - black + one
Polka Doodles - Christmas fun
Country View Craft Challenges - sparkle and shine
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas/Halloween
Inky Chicks - Christmas
ABC Christmas - uncoloured image

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Poppies

Good morning all.

Housework and laundry all done yesterday so today I get to play :)

A quick make last night as I was itching to use one of my new sets of stamps from Clearly Besotted....Brushed Poppies.


Decided to make a sympathy card for the box. I stamped using Archival inks and mounted onto the base card with foam tape. It did take me a wee while to work out what I was supposed to do with the stamps lol but I'm quite pleased how this turned out.


Challenges entered:
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes opt CAS
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes
Fashionable Stamping - anything goes

Friday, 17 October 2014

Wish, Believe

Good morning all.

Yesterday was a little better...I got happy post in the morning...a stamp order and a goody bag I'd won on FB from Cowling and Wilcox which contained lots of sample sizes of various paint mediums and a couple of paint brushes, one of which was exactly what I needed to use with my aquatints!
 With a lingering migraine I hadn't managed any crafting during the day as I just couldn't concentrate but I did manage this last night.

I used the Grunge set of aquatints to make my background and used a little gesso around the edges and some water drops as a resist. The dies are Signature dies from Joanna Sheen and although bought a little while ago this is their first outing! The tickets are from LOTV and were one of my purchases at Harrogate. the bow and gem are from my stash. I did edge the topper with stickles which is still wet in the photo...hopefully it will look better dry!

Everything has been put on with foam pads/tape to give some dimension but it will probably still be flat enough to post.


Challenges entered:
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Inky Impressions - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - things with wings
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes/make your own background
Pile it On - use two or more die cuts
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - anything goes twist stripes

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Swan Girl

Good morning all.

Had a very off day yesterday..."Women's Troubles!"...do wish this stage of my life would hurry on by!

Found this card still lurking in drafts. One I coloured for a competition on Facebook and never got around to sharing.


The image is called Swan Girl and she's from PpinkyDollArt, I've coloured her with promarkers before mounting onto my favourite Spellbinders fancy rectangle die. I also made a card base using the same die and attached the topper to the front.


Challenges entered:
Papertake Weekly - things with wings
That Craft Place - girls but no pink
Kitty Bee Designs - dies or punches