Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Reindeer at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's time for our new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and this time it's all about Reindeer.

I used the Gummiapan text reindeer stamp, and using the Misti stamped it first in light brown ink and then just inked the hooves, horns, tail and nose in a darker brown and stamped again. I love being able to stamp over again so accurately! I've mounted it on squares of reindeer paper and two shades of brown, all from my snippets box and cut with stitched square dies.

I am sharing this with
Inkspirational Challenge - Christmas card using neutral colours

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Christmas Things With Wings at CD Sundays

It's time for our new challenge at CD Sundays and I've chosen the theme this time - Christmas Things With Wings. I was thinking of birds when I chose the theme, but of course angels have wings too and are perfect for the season, so you have plenty ideas to choose from. And there's some great news for any of you who would like to join in but don't have a blog - we now have a Facebook page where you can post your entry!

I've used an image and paper from the Joanna Sheen Vintage Christmas CD set, and in order to use every scrap of that lovely paper I've made a card that is a bit of a hybrid between a fold-back card and a joy fold one. There is just a single layer of decoupage on the robins, just enough to make them stand out without adding too much weight to the image.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Blue or anything goes

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Pine cones and ivy

The new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown is a rather unusual colour challenge - brown, green and kraft. Not a traditionally festive combo, but it made me think of pine boughs.

I made the background by stamping the old PSX Large Pine Cone stamp randomly over kraft card, using Versamark ink, and then dusting it lightly with brown and green chalk - I didn't want to add a lot and make the images too bold, or it wouldn't have shown up the die cutting and sentiment so well.

I used one of the sentiment stamps from my recent Uniko prize  and then edged the panel with green ink. Finally I added a selection of die cut pine cones, pine and fir branches and ivy.

Right, I'll be offline for a few days now - unless I get so desperate I end up taking my iPad to Tesco and using the free Wi-Fi. I do have a couple of scheduled posts coming up, for CD Sundays and Cardz 4 Guyz, so YOU can see ME tomorrow and Tuesday - and I can see YOU again later in the week!

Santa and sparkle

Sorry to be throwing so many posts at you today but I'm likely to be without internet for a few days so I'm trying to get ahead of myself. Also it's a grey, wet, gloomy day so what better to do than spend it crafting?

Today's Less is More challenge is to CASE a card made by DT member Susan. Here is her card:

and here is my CASE of it:
The Santa image is stamped and punched using the SU "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set, and the sentiment is from the same set. Now, you may be wondering why I've added pink and purple speckles to the background? Well, they're not pink or purple at all! Because I loves Susan's touch of sparkle in the background, I brushed the area around Santa on my card  with a product called Jo Sonja's Opal Dust - it's an Australian product and I've had it for about 20 years. (I've just googled - it's still available). Tiny opalescent flecks are suspended in a clear gel, and you brush it onto card, or just about anything else, and when the gel dries it leaves a scattering of tiny, tiny particles here and there that reflect the light. In the main photo it doesn't show very well, so I tried a different angle to the light and you can just about see the effect below - it's so pretty yet very subtle, making it perfect for CAS cards.


Sparkling stencil

I love the cover gift that came with the current issue of Papercraft Essenials - a stencil of a mandala quarter-circle with a coordinating small circle and border, and just couldn't wait to play with it. Here's my first attempt:

I've used Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium to stencil it onto brown card, and stamped and heat embossed a sentiment onto matching card, then matted everything with turquoise pearlescent card.

Sparkle is very hard to capture in a photo but I'm sure you can picture how gloriously glittery it is in real life!

I am sharing this with
Allsorts challenge - Glitter 
Sweet Stampin - Birthday
Just us girls - Turquoise, gold and brown

Lots of Washi tape

I have loads and loads of Washi tape, but can never really think of ways to use it. Much of it is Japanese Kawaii style stuff with oddly translated sayings on it - that might never get used - but today I had a good furkle around Pinterest for ideas, combined about 350,000 of them, grabbed several NBUS rolls of tape and set out to see what I could come up with.

I'm a bit impressed with myself actually! The leaf sprigs and sentiment are stamped with a Crafters Companion clear stamp set. (Hang on, do they actually MAKE clear stamp sets? I have it quite fixed in my mind that's where they are from!) and the flower stamp is a very old Craft Stamper freebie.

I am sharing this with
CAS on Friday - Washi Tape
Just Add Ink - R is for...... (red)

Friday, 17 November 2017

Sparkling snow

That spotty Uniko stencil has been out to play again, this time in a totally different way.

I stencilled the background layer using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium  - actually in the photo it looks almost fluffy rather than sparkly! Then I added three layers of buildings cut with X-Cut "Build-a-scene" dies. These dies are a bit peculiar, some of the buildings follow the lines of the hills rather than being perpendicular - I wouldn't like to drop anything on the floor in those houses in the middle row! But they do build up into a sweet scene, and I used 1mm foam pads between the layers to emphasise the dimension. A simple stamped sentiment on the front layer is the only thing breaking up the white-on-white look of this card.

I am sharing this with
Dies R Us - Snow
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday 
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas 
Sparkles Monthly - White Christmas

Master Detective

I've been having a play with papers and chipboards from Graphic 45's Master Detective range today:

Sorry about the out of focus second photo - I don't seem to have much depth of field so maybe I should have opened the card wider to make a flattish surface instead of a deep "V". Oh well, it does show you that I decorated the inside too!

This card involved a lot of fussy cutting - which is often the case with Graphic 45's fabulous papers - a bit of distressing and the addition of a key and some twine.

I am sharing this with

Fab'n'Funky - Masculine Touch
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes


While I had the goodies out to play, I made another card, inspired by a sample in Papercraft Essentials. Their sample was designed for a much smaller card, but I adapted it for a bigger A5 one because I think large images deserve large cards.

The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die from a sentiment set I got recently.

I am sharing this card with
Cuttlebugmania - Masculine

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Going dotty!

Here I've used yet another of the goodies from my wonderful Uniko prize, a stencil with a random all-over spot pattern. Stencilling isn't a technique I generally associate with clan and simple cards but this is one that can really lend itself to the style.

I used a sponge and the Kaleidacolor "Birthstone" ink pad to colour the spots, then added a simple die cut sentiment.

I am sharing this with
AAA Cards - Celebrate

and also with two challenges I don't usually associate with CAS cards, simply because stencilling doesn't have to be part of a complex design!
Country View Challenges - Stencils 
Mix it up - anything goes & stencilling

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

That reindeer again

I am loving this Gummiapan text reindeer stamp! It seems to work particularly well with the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland papers.

Apart from the reindeer, which I stamped and fussy cut (must check to see if they have a matching die!) everything has come from the pad, so it was a great way to use up some of the snippets - I used pieces of 7 different papers as well as one of the sentiments.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Reindeer or anything goes
Use Your Stuff - 5+ patterned papers
The Holly and Ivy - anything Christmas goes
House of cards - holiday and/or colours

In the bulrushes

One issue I've had with silhouette stamps over the years is that if you don't get a clear impression the first time, you can never sort it out, except perhaps with a black pen and a lot of care. The invention of stamping platforms has changed all that and at last I can get a crisp, clear and fully black image of this lovely Katzelkraft stamp of a heron/stork/crane  taking flight from in a clump of bulrushes.

I stamped it onto glossy card on which I had created a background by sponging on individual colours from a Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea pad, then cut it out with a stitched oval die and layered it with black and turquoise, finishing the corners with black gems.

I am sharing this with

A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Just us girls - silhouette stamping

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland part 2

While I had the stamps from my previous post out, I decided to make a second, completely different card using them:

For the background I used a stencil from Imagination Crafts - there is a deer in the middle but I masked it off before using Sparkle medium to stencil the scene. Then I stamped the girl but this time added the bird and dog from the same stamp set. I fussy cut the girl and dog and used the die that came with the stamps to cut the bird. The sentiment is stamped with a Dylusions stamp.

You can just picture the scene, can't you - the girl is out walking the dog, stops to look up at the snowy sky, and the cheeky little robin swoops over and scores a direct strike in her eye! Oh well, it's supposed to be lucky.

It reminds me of a doggerel verse from my childhood

"Little birdie flying high
Dropped a message in my eye
As I went to wipe my eye
I thanked the Lord that cows don't fly."

And on that delightful note I'll head off to share this with
Naughty or Nice - Walking in a Winter Wonderland (naughty entry)
C.R.A.F.T. - Winter

Walking in a Winter Wonderland part 1

I made this card using the papers, embossing folder, stamp and die set that came with the October issue of Papercraft Essentials.

The background scenery, red paper and border all came from the booklet of papers. I stamped the little girl and letter and used Promarkers to colour them to match. I used red and black papers for the embossing, choosing one with a white core for the red areas so it could be sanded to give a frosted effect. I found it was very fragile and tore easily though so I couldn't sand it as much as I would have liked - next time I do this I'll use Core-dinations card.

I am sharing this with
Naughty or Nice - Walking in a Winter Wonderland (my nice entry)
Make My Monday - Snow Fun

Monday, 13 November 2017

A snowy tag card

I'm really enjoying the stamps, dies and stencils I won from the Uniko blog hop - here's another card I've made using them.

I cut the card from a piece of watercolour paper that I had coloured with brushos in two shades of blue and then stamped and heat embossed the snowflake background. The eyelet was added using my Cropadile - I use that a lot for making holes but very rarely for setting eyelets, I still have most of the eyelets that came with it when it was new, many years ago.

The snowflake and stars are cut with a die set from the prize, and I used some glitter card I got from Lidl of all places, it cuts really cleanly and doesn't shed bits all over the place or leave white edges in the way some quite expensive cards do.

The sentiment was stamped using a stamp from a set that came with Papercraft Essentials a month or two back.

I am sharing this with

Winter Wonderland - Tag it!
CAS watercolour - Holiday

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Dragonflies and seed heads

I've used two Crafty Individuals stamps on this card - the main image, a standalone stamp that I've had for 4 or 5 years, and a sheet of co-ordinating individual stamps that I've had for about 3 years. I think they have been around for a lot longer, but they are so timeless I'm sure they will still be around for many years.

First I made a background by blending distress inks in Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron then stamped the main image in black and added a few highlights with a white gel pen.

The card background is made by randomly stamping some of the individual stamps using the same inks. I was going to leave it at that until I realised that the stamped dragonflies look exactly like miniatures of the Gummiapan dragonfly dies, so I couldn't resist cutting a couple and adding them. After all you know how much I love my dragonflies!

I am sharing this with
Rubber Dance - November Colour Challenge

Dies R Us - Anything Fall
Allsorts - Colours of Autumn
Retro Rubber - Fall colours

Lazy Sunday

Are you having a lazy Sunday? We are - and for me that means lots of crafting! Not, however as lazy as this chap, who is having a post-lunch snooze in front of the TV.

The stamp is a Little Claire Dinkie - I got it a few years ago as a standalone but it only seems to be available in a larger version as part of a set now. I decided to paper piece it - a rather rash decision considering how tiny some of the pieces are - using snippets which I then die cut the remains of to make the layers. The dog, beer and hair are coloured with pencils so I could give them the look of a little texture.

I am sharing this with
The Male Room - paper piecing
Pixie's Snippets Playground - weeks 307/308
Glitter'n'Sparkle - Anything Goes  

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Teeny Tiny Christmas Kitty

Isn't this little kitty adorable? The image and sentiment stamps were in one of those boxed magazine/CD/Ctamps/stuff kits a couple of years ago - I think it was a Crafters Companion one. They are very tiny, but when used in a CAS way can have a lot of impact!

I stamped and heat embossed the kitty and coloured her in with makers and pencils, then used a Quickie Glue Pen (I've fallen back in love with them of late) to add red and white glitter to the hat. The sentiment and gingham ribbon were all that was needed to make this little kitty the star of the show, and let's face it, where there's a kitty involved it always wants to be the star of the show!

I am sharing this with
CAS-ology - Tiny
Fab'n'Funky - Gorgeous Gingham
Addicted to CAS - Bows  
CAS mix up - stamping & glitter & 1 (heat embossing)

Butterfly and chevrons

The challenge at The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is chevrons and/or the colour purple. I really wanted to combine the two but all the chevron papers I could find were in colours that would have looked really horrid with purple, so I made my own using a zig zag border stamp and the Misti.

I also stamped three pennants from the same stamp set as the border and embossed them with clear powder to give a change of texture. The white band across the middle is cut with pinking shear effect scissors (NOT my actual pinking shears. As with my fabric scissors, I reserve the right to implement the death penalty for anyone who uses them on paper or card) with a butterfly, cut with the classic Cuttlebug die, and some enamel dots on it.
It's hard to believe that the enamel dots are actually exactly the same shade of purple as the card and ink that I used - I think the gloomy light conditions today are to blame!

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge 97 - Remember

Today at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers we have a new challenge for you - R is for Remember.

Now here in the UK it is Remembrance weekend, but I thought it would be rather tasteless (even by SOSS standards, and we're not exactly known for our classiness!) to be snarky about remembering our lost servicemen and women, so I've gone for something we all struggle with as we get older..... memory loss. Or at least memory-getting-a-bit-fuzzy-around-the-edges.

I've used one of my favourite digis, Weekend Walter from Dr Digis, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut. The sentiment is computer generated and the backing paper is one I've had in my stash since Walter was a sprightly young 40 year old. It looks to me like the kind of wallpaper he might have.

I am sharing this with
Addicted to stamps and more - Make your mark
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - All about birthdays

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Blowing in the wind

Here is another card made with the lovely new stamps from the goodies I won from Uniko.

There are lots of different flower heads, all separate, as are the stems and leaves, so they can be put together in an infinite variety of combinations. Here I've used the cow parsley flowers (I know the leaves aren't cow parsley leaves - I claim Artistic License!) and stamped and embossed them in gold over a band made by masking the card and blending Distress Inks into the space. The sentiment is also from the stamp set.

This card is for the Flower Challenge where the current theme is CAS 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Using a crafty prize

I was delighted to win the recent blog hop prize over at Uniko Studio - their entire latest release!

A gorgeous selection of stamps, dies and stencils - and of course because it was a blog hop, my visits to the DT blogs mean that I now have loads of ideas for how to use them.

I had the first stamp inked almost before the postman had got back on his bike, using that amazing Christmas collage stamp which combines so many of the elements we associate with Christmas.

The kraft card I used isn't best suited to stamping, even with a platform to help with multiple impressions, but it's nice card to colour on with pencils, which is why I chose it. All the colouring is done with pencils apart from all those tiny dots, which are part of the stamp so stamped in black, but I went over them all with a silver sparkle gel pen, but it only shows when the light angle is exactly right.

I am sharing this with Stamping Sensations - One Layer Christmas
and Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything goes .

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

For a little princess

A few months ago I won a large princess crown die and as it is so big, I really wasn't sure what to do with it. However one day during half term I had a major crafting session with my 5 and 8 year old granddaughters. I gave them a 6x6 pad of papers - all pink and girly designs like crowns, unicorns and mermaids, and cut a whole load of crowns using all my snippets of pink and shiny card - I have muscles like Popeye's in my Grand Calibur arm now!

They had a wonderful time combining the crowns and papers to make cards - I wish I'd taken photos of their finished work - but here is the sample I made for them to show them how it could look.

The girls felt it necessary to add ribbons, stickers, bows and bling (and in one case, a tree!)  but I really feel this has so much impact it needs to be kept as unadorned as possible!

I am sharing this with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

Oh Christmas Tree at Cardz 4 Guyz

Over at Cardz 4 Guyz we're starting to think about Christmas, and the first of our festive challenges is Oh Christmas Tree, so we'd like to see some Christmas trees on your masculine makes.

I based my card on a sketch I found on Pinterest. It's hard to tell from the photo but that background isn't grey, it's a kind of matte silver paper. It's a sheet left over from a pack of "card" I bought on a market stall about 20 years ago - when I got home and opened it, the first and last sheets were card, everything in between was paper! As the market was 250 miles from home, I couldn't really go back and complain.
I added some of my sparkly washi tape - and some unsparkly too - and die cut trees and starts. After cutting the trees, I ran them through that swirly Cuttlebug folder that I suspect we all have gathering dust somewhere. If the card had been for a woman, I would have added silver gems in the middles of the swirls but I thought with the washi tape there was already rather a lot of sparkle for a man's card.
I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Food and drink or Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - November

Monday, 6 November 2017

A flurry of feathers

The background of this card is made by stamping all over with small feather stamps in blue and brown. I've topped them with embossed panels of blue and brown card and a flurry of die cut feathers. The  brown and blue are quite gentle, subtle colours in real life - the card is a good match to the stamping - but I took the photo yesterday afternoon when it was very gloomy and I had to use electric light and flash, and they've made the colours look awfully garish. Maybe if I was good at manipulating photos I could get it to look more realistic.

And they say the camera never lies!

I am sharing this with
Allsorts challenge - Blue and brown
Inkspirational - Trend (feathers)

More bleaching fun

The other day I shared a card I'd made using bleaching and pointed out how the combination of thin, absorbent card and fine embossing had allowed the bleach to run slightly beyond the embossed area.

Well having discovered that I decided to take advantage of it and use it in a way that made the most of the "problem".

I stamped the elf silhouette on purple card then painted the moon with bleach, where it seeped out around the edges just enough to provide an ethereal moonlit glow.
While I had the bleach to hand, I spritzed some blue paper with it to  make the background.

I really really REALLY wish I hadn't added the gems.....

I am sharing this, unfortunately with firmly attached gems, with Sweet Stampin where this week's theme is Fairies and Fantasy.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Guy Fawkes Night

Today, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Night here in the UK, where we have bonfires and set off fireworks to commemorate Guido Fawkes's failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. (Just imagine the partying there would be if he'd succeeded!)

Of course  Guy Fawkes night is just one of many celebrations all over the world that are commemorated by fireworks, which is why I've chosen this sentiment.

I've made this card for Less is More, where the current challenge is Fireworks -  the bright colours, not necessarily actual fireworks, but given the significance of the day I thought I'd use both interpretations of the theme. I don't have any actual firework stamps, so I've used texture stamps from the Gentleman Crafter stamp set, stamped in bright colours to make the sky behind a die cut city skyline. My husband bought me the die a few years ago - I think it is a Marianne one.

50 days to go....

Yes, it's 50 days to Christmas Day - how's the card making going?
Thinking of numbers led me to think of the Tim Holtz numbers embossing folder I recently bought, and I was inspired by this pin to use it on a Christmas card.

The red numbers are die cut (sorry, can't remember the brand name) and added to a punched circle. The banner is a stamp I bought the first time I went to the Make It Show, many years ago, and I've never used it on a finished card before because in my pre-Misti days I could never line up the sentiment accurately enough to fit inside it.

I am sharing this with
CAS on Friday - Numbers
Christmas Card Throwdown - Sketch  

Add a stamp at CD Sundays

For this fortnight's challenge at CD Sundays we would like you to Add a Stamp.  But don't forget we still want to see something from a CD!

I've used an old unmounted dragonfly stamp, which I've stamped randomly over some patterned paper from my stash. The tags and the butterfly and dragonfly embellishments are printed out from the old Hot Off The Press CD "5,400 Tags & Art".

I am sharing this with
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra - Anything Goes

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Bleach and blue

I've been having a play with bleach today - stamping and heat embossing then using bleach to remove colour from the card.

I stamped the daisy - a very old magazine freebie stamp - all over the card in black, embossed in black then painted on thin bleach with a water brush to remove colour from the petals. I had to test several types of blue card before I found one the bleach worked on. As you can see, the card is pretty porous and the rather delicate embossing meant that the bleach bled a little way outside the lines. I now have a half made card on my desk that exploits this effect! I've used another shade of card from the same pack ... but more of that in a day or two when the card is finished and photographed.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed in gold on vellum and attached with glue just behind the sentiment.

I am sharing this with

Creative With Stamps - Thankful

Just Add Ink - Inspiration photo

Just Us Girls - Thankful