Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Crafter's Companion Ornate Lace 3d Embossing Folder and Papertrey Ink Anniversary card

Hello everyone and welcome to Challenge #255 over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have a Photo Inspiration challenge for you.

I was in heaven with this photo because it has my favourite colours and a lovely sheen, but I couldn't decide how I would do it justice until I remembered that I had some Imagination Crafts Starlight paints lurking in my stash, and they would be perfect for this challenge.

I started to play and came up with this card

1) Take a piece of card and paint it with the Imagination Crafts Starlight paints in Soft Blue, Heather and Pink Sunset. It dried to a beautiful sheen, and I can't understand why I have had these for so long and not used them!

2) Cut the card down and emboss it with the Crafter's Companion Ornate Lace 3D embossing folder. Wow, this folder gives amazing texture and dimension!

3) Mat the card onto some black card and adhere it to the white base card.

4) Take some of the leftover painted card and die cut the My Favorite Things Sentiment Label Strip, before stamping and embossing the sentiment from PTI Think Big Favorites #24.

5) Cut the Label Strip again in black card and cut it in half, before gluing each half to the back of the painted strip as a mat. This is a great way of stretching dies for mats, instead of having to fussy cut with scissors.

6) Finish off by adding some black Nuvo Drops to the sentiment stri[. I'm a bit of a coward when it comes to putting these drops directly onto a card. I usually squeeze the drops onto a non-stick mat and leave them overnight before using glue to fix them to the card.

Well. I'm really enjoying being back in the craft room and it was good to use some neglected NBUS too. I hope you love that gorgeous Inspiration Photo too and join in with us this week. You'll find lots of ideas from the Design Team over on the ATSM Blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'd like to play along at

Carol x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to the August Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This is always an anything goes as long as it's Christmas challenge, but each month we have a fun optional twist to whet your appetite, and this time it's Poinsettia!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I love poinsettias at Christmas. We always get one in early December and last year we tried a creamy white one instead of the red. I really liked it, and it still looked great at Easter, but I think the red ones are more festive.

1) Take a square of cream card and stamp and emboss the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set. I stamped with red dye ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

2) Take a piece of gold card and emboss a lattice panel using a strip embossing folder. My folder was a freebie with a magazine ages ago.

3) Cut a double layered poinsettia from red card and shape the petals. I used my Silhouette Cameo for this.

4) Die cut some Sue Wilson holly leaves.

6) Layer everything up and finish off by adding little gold dots around the card. These were waste from a die cut that I couldn't bring myself to throw away. A bit fiddly because they are so small, but I like the look they give.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS blog, and do you know that we only have 20 weeks until Christmas? Why not pull out some supplies and join us this month.

I'd like to take my card to play at

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

Sparkle's Forum Chrsitmas Challenge - a festive sentiment

Shopping Our Stash - countdown to Christmas

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Humming Along and My Favorite Things birthday card

Hello there,

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer sunshine if you have it in your neck of the woods. The new challenge over at Simply Create Too starts today and this time we are asking you to use flowers. 

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I bet you have loads of them in your crafty stash - I know I do - I can't seem to resist them when new ones catch my eye. We have an arched lattice panel in our garden with a fuschia tumbling down it, and I tried to echo this in my card, as I had new fuschia stamps from Papertrey Ink sitting on my desk. Have you entered the world of layering stamps yet? They seem to be everywhere and I certainly had fun playing with this set. 

1) Die cut a stitched rectangle from white card and use the half circle die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 24, to cut an arch at the top of the panel.

2) Use blue watercolour to paint a wash on the panel and set it aside to dry.

3) Die cut and stamp the layers on the fuschias from the PTI Humming Along set. I made two of these for layering over each other.

4) Stamp and die cut the humming bird, then stamp the sentiment from the MFT Spring Tulips set in black Versafine ink towards the bottom of the panel.

5) Raise the panel on fun foam and glue it to the base card before arranging the flowers and bird on the card to finish it off.

The Design Team has lots of lovely cards for you to get inspiration from over on the Simply Create Too Blog and if you care to join us, you can link your card up anytime before the 25th August.

I'd like to play at

Craftaholics R us challenge #30 - die cuts

Modsquad Challenge - the wing's the thing

Come and Get It Challenge - just add flowers

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sara's Signature and Papertrey Ink Scandi Christmas tree card

Hello everyone and welcome to the August Challenge with ABC Christmas Challenge.

This time we have 3 themes for you to choose from, or of course, you could go mad and do one of each! That would really add to your stash.

P - People
Q - Quick
R - Red

Our kind sponsors this time are

Lawn Fawn
A stamp set and 6x6 pad of the winner’s choice

Lawn Fawn
A prize from Chrissy
A cute little Gorjuss Girl stamp set

I don't often do large format cards, but I thought I would try an 8 by 8 inch one this time, using the Sara's Signature Scandinavian Christmas Collection.

1) Cut a square of red card and die cut on all four sides with the Sara's Signature Swedish Snowflake border die.

2) Cut a square of white card and use a border die on 2 of the edges before stamping the Script Background stamp on it in red ink.

3) Die cut the Partridge in a Pear Tree die from red card, and again from silver mirror card. Cut the silver tree in half and glue to the back of the red tree, offsetting it slightly to add a shadow.

4) Layer everything onto the base card adding a couple of mats of red and white card.

5) Finish off by cutting a couple of Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags in red and white,  and stamp and emboss 'very merry' in white. Tie the tags together with baker's twine and tie them to the tree.

There's a lot of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog, and you have until 31st August to link up your entry.

I'd like to play along with

A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes

Shopping our Stash - Countdown to Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything goes

Make My Monday - monochromatic

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Craftwork Cards and Paper Smooches snowman Christmas card

Helle everyone,

A new challenge is starting over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this week we have the fun Holiday Challenge

In case you are new to this challenge, your entry can be for any holiday and doesn't have to be just for Christmas. However, I love Christmas cards and my little pile is growing nicely, so I made another to add to it, using shades of grey for a change.


1) I took a very old Juggling Snowman image from Craftwork Cards and coloured it in using my new Polychromo pencils (not having used pencils for colouring before, I'd be grateful for any tips).

2) Cut out the image with a circle die and add glitter to the hat, snowballs, and gloves.

3) Cut a scalloped circle and pierced square from grey card.

4) Cut a strip of paper and die cut another pierced square from some darker, dotty grey paper that has a nice sheen to it.

5) Layer everything up and raise the snowman on fun foam for dimension.

6) Finish off by die cutting the sentiment from red card using the Paper Smooches Merry Christmas die and sticking it at the bottom.

I'd like to play along with

Christmas Card Challenges - #18 snowman

Send a Smile4 kids challenge - Christmas

Cards4Gals challenge - Christmas or winter

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers: Morning Glory watercoloured birthday card.

Hello everyone,

At last, I have been able to do some crafting and I have to say I have really enjoyed myself. My husband continues to do well, and I have just discovered that my first grandchild (due in November) will be a little girl, so all is well in my world right now. Thanks so much for your lovely comments while I have been absent, and I hope to be around a bit more from now on.

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge, and our optional theme this month is Bloom.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I came up with this card

1) I used an old stamp from Papertrey Ink called Year of Flowers: Morning Glory and white embossed it onto watercolour paper. This is one of my favourite summer flowers, and we have one just like it in the garden now.

2) Color with Gansai Tambi Watercolours.

3) Die cut a stitched rectangle from navy blue card and mat the watercolour paper onto it, before sticking it to the base card.

4) Die cut an oval frame from the navy card using a My Favorite Things Pierced Oval Frame die, and adhere this to the card so it frames the flower.

5) Die cut a Simon Says Stamp banner from watercolour paper and stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Scene It: Celebration. Fold the banner and apply a couple of layers of foam tape behind it to give some dimension before sticking it to the frame.

6) Finish off by adding some rain stones around the flower.

There's lots of inspiration over on the HLS Blog, and you can link up your entry there. You have a month to play along, and in case you haven't joined us before, the theme is optional so you can enter any kind of watercolour project.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Newton's Nook Cat birthday card for a book lover

Hello everyone, and welcome to the ever popular Anything Goes Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

Thanks for your kind words and good wishes regarding my husband. He is recovering slowly but obviously, can't do very much so I am still not back in my craft room yet. Maybe next week will be better. I swear I'm having withdrawal symptoms, and I'm grateful that I had some cards I hadn't posted yet. Here is one of those cards:-

1) Take a piece of card and stamp the image from Newton's Book Club by Newton's Nook, using Memento black ink.

2) I stamped using my Misti, left the stamp in place while I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens, and then stamped again to give better definition to the outline.

3) Cut a rectangular panel of card and stamp the sentiment before embossing with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate.

4) Cut a scalloped circle from the panel using the My Favorite Things Jumbo Peekaboo Circle die, and layer everything up using fun foam to give some dimension.

This one is headed to my cat loving pal in our book group!

Why not head over to the ATSM blog to see the beauties that the Design Team has to show you, and we'd love it if you join in with us.

I'd like to play along with

Aurora's Wings Challenge - fur and feathers

A Gem of a Challenge #198 - animals

Hanna and Friends Challenge - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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