Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Penny Black and Clearly Besotted have a delightful day card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have our popular CAS challenge

I have been enjoying the spring so far and this particular stamp reminds of spring with the pretty flower, and the love theme brings to mind the Tennyson quote 'In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to love'. Anyway, I came up with this card

1) Stamp the mice stamp from Penny Black Hugs set in black versafine ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.
2) Colour the image with alcohol markers. I used the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens which I really like.
3) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Delightful Day stamp set in blue ink.
4) Die cut an aperture in the panel using one of the My Favorite Things Stitched Arch Stax dies.

5) Glue the rectangle over the image and raise it onto a base card using fun foam.

I used this sentiment because I thought I could use it for engagement, wedding or anniversary by putting a further sentiment on the inside of the card - I love a versatile card!.

I hope you will be able to join in with us this week. You'll find lots of inspiration from the team over on the ASTM blog, and you can link up your entry there too!

I'd like to play along with

Always Fun Challenge #3 - CAS

Make My Monday Challenge #44 - embossing

Penny Black and More Challenge - spring

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Woodware Special Bird birthday card

Hello everyone,

Well, after a weekend of wonderful warm sunshine it finally feels like spring is here. The garden is springing into life and Easter is almost here, so the thought of sunshine and chocolate makes me happy. The icing on the cake is that we also have another challenge starting over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time it is Make Your Mark!


I decided to ink up a new stamp from my NBUS mountain because it reminds me of spring, and I came up with this card:-

1) Take some white card and stamp the Woodware Special Bird stamp with black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat. 

2) Colour both images with alcohol markers and then cut out one whole image and the wing and leaves from the second. Shape the wing and leaves, and stick them to the image with some glue gel to give dimension. Coat the flower petals and bird tail with Spectrum Noir Glitter brush pen.

3) Dry emboss a panel of card with the Crafter's Companion Bubbles embossing folder and cut it in half before inking the edges with some blue ink.

4) Take a panel of blue card and white emboss the happy birthday greeting from the Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. Use a scoreboard to create a couple of scored lines on either side of the greeting to frame it.

5) Layer everything up and raise the bird image on fun foam.

If you pop over to the ATSM blog, you will find lots of inspiration from the team, and you can link your cards up there.

I'd like to play along with

Friday, 7 April 2017

Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts and Papertrey Ink Anniversary card

Hello everyone, and welcome to Challenge #126 over at Simply Create Too where our theme this time is 'Anniversary'

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I came up with this card

1) Take a piece of glossy cardstock and sprinkle with a mix of orange and red Brushos, and silver Pixie Powder. Spray the powders with water and watch the colours burst until you are happy with it and then let it dry.

2) Take a panel of white card and die cut the inner part of the Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts die into the card. Take the glossy card and cut the inner die again, and then use the 2 outer dies to cut a frame.

3) Apply some double sided adhesive film to the back of the white panel and inlay the red hearts, then adhere the frame around them.

4) Stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favourites #24 in black ink and add a couple of red hearts around it.

5) Die cut a scalloped strip of black card and attach it to the white panel along with a thin strip of the glossy red card, and mount everything onto the base card on fun foam for dimension.

We have lots of inspiration over on the SCT blog and I hope you will play along with us this month.

I'd like to play along with

Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Pammie's Inkies Pinkies Challenge - anything goes

IT'S HERE! April 1-11, 2017

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - my heart dies is NBUS

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Crafter's Companion Louise Dies House card

Hello everyone and welcome to a new month over at ABC Christmas Challenge

Our themes this time are

H – Home

– Informal

We are lucky enough to have some fabulous


One lucky entrant will win this lovely Snowman Family Stamp Set and a Birds and Berries 6x6 Paper Pack

Thanks so much Dulcie and Matthew, owners of the Wild Rose Studio

I decided to go with the Home theme and had lots of fun making this card.

1) Cut a white base card using the Louise nested dies from Crafter's Companion.
2) Cut a panel in pale pink card using the same die, and one in brown card using the smallest die. Stick the door in the centre of the pink panel with foam tape, and add a small strip of card for the letterbox and use a hole punch to cut the door handle. Coat the handle and letterbox with glossy accents and leave to dry.
3) Cut the roof edge using the largest and one of the smaller dies, then trim it to fit the pink panel and raise it on foam tape.  I fussy cut the chimney from a brown stitched rectangle that was in my stash and fixed it to the roof in between the base card and roof  edge

4) Take some white card and stamp the Christmas lights and wreath (from a Penny Black set that came free with a magazine many moons ago, but yet to see ink)  and then colour them before fussy cutting them.
5) Cut a couple of thin strips of brown card and stick them to the roof line before arranging the Christmas lights along them. 
6) Stamp the Christmas tree from the Papertrey Ink Winter Hills set in green ink and fussy cut it before adding some berry dots with a red glaze pen. Cut a couple of pot shapes from brown card and add them to the trees before placing them next to the door.
7) On the inside of the card, I stamped a tree from the My Favorite Things Merry Christmoose stamp set and stamped over it with a sentiment from the PTI Rustic wreath set. 

8)  To finish off, put the wreath on the door and use a clear glaze pen to give the lights some shine.

I hope you will pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog to see some amazing cards from the team, and join in with us this month.

I'd like to play along with

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes.

IT'S HERE! April 1-11, 2017

Darnell's NBUS challenge - my Louise dies are NBUS

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Penny Black and Happy Little Stampers Christmas wreath card

Hello everyone and welcome to the April Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. All our Christmas Challenges are Anything Goes with an optional twist you can play along with if you wish. This time our twist is Emboss.

One lucky winner will receive a $15 discount at the Happy Little Stampers Store, so why not play along with us and work on your Christmas pile?

I came up with this card

1) Take a panel of card and stamp and emboss the wreath from the Penny Black 'A wish for peace' transparent stamp set. Also emboss the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments in red.

2) Dry emboss the panel with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate and then colour the leaves with yellow and green alcohol pens. I used my new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens and I have to say I am very impressed with them so far!

3) Stamp and die cut the holly sprig from the Clearly Besotted Little pudding set, shape the leaves and colour the berries.

4) Stamp and die cut the bow from the Clearly Besotted Hanging Around stamp set.

5) On a separate strip of card, randomly stamp and emboss the other holly image in the Penny Black set to create a border, and colour it.

6) Assemble the card using a thin strip of green and red card to separate the layers, and raise the panel on fun foam. To finish off, coat all the leaves with SN Clear Sparkle Pen and add glossy accents to the berries.

Why not visit the HLS Blog to see some inspiration from the team and join in with us this month?

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Happy Little Stampers and Avery Elle Encouragement card

Hello everyone,

I don't know where the year is going to but I can't believe we're up to April when it seems we only put the decorations away last week! It's time for another challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge, where this time our optional twist is Rainbows, and I'm sure we'll be lucky enough to see plenty of those in the coming month after all the April showers. 

our winner this time will receive a $15 discount at the HLS Stamp Store

I came up with this simple little encouragement card destined to wing its way to a friend of mine who has been going through a rough time lately.

1) Take a panel of Mixed Media card and paint rainbow stripes across it using Gansai Tambi Watercolour paint.

2) Stamp the sentiments from HLS Rainy Days and Avery Elle Brushed with black Versafine ink.

3) Stamp the cloud from the HLS Rainy Days stamp twice, and fussy cut them both, snipping off the sun as you go.

4) Mat the panel onto black card and then onto a red stitched rectangle before placing it on the base card.

5) To finish off, stick one cloud flat on the card and raise the second one up on foam tape.

We are fortunate to have the talented Julie as our guest designer this month, and you can see her lovely card, along with lots of inspiration from the team, over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog.

I hope you will join us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Avery Elle You are Amazing card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. We have a gorgeous inspiration photo for you this time

and just look at the beautiful blue hues and pretty butterfly to get the creative juices flowing.

I have a small border embossing folder in my stash that came free with a magazine, so I decided to pull it out and have a play, using an inking technique I have seen used but never had the courage to try.

 1) Take a butterfly embossing folder and ink up the inside with a brayer using pale blue ink. I had to try it out a couple of times before getting the ink in the background where I wanted it.

2) Repeat this and fussy cut the butterflies and the largest flower.

3) Make mats and layer them up onto a DL sized card, spattering a little blue ink onto the white panel.

4) Die cut a small banner and white emboss the "you are", from Avery Elle Simply Said Amazing set. Place this on white card and fussy cut around it to create a mat.

5) Use the die from the accompanying set to cut "Amazing" in blue and white card and layer them up to create a shadow effect.

6) Layer everything up and shape the butterflies and flower before adding them to the card to give dimension. Finish off with a few tiny pearls on the flowers.

I was pleased with how this turned out, and will certainly try inking up embossing folders again. It made me so happy when the background came out coloured and the butterflies and flowers stayed white - it reminded me of the first time I saw heat embossing! Okay - I know I should get out more lol! I decided not to put a greeting inside yet, so I can use it for a birthday, passing an exam, or just as an encouragement note. 

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ASTM blog and you have a week to play along with us. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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