Saturday, 9 December 2017

Less is More Week #358

Hi there

We're flying towards Christmas at full speed and I'm now in panic mode as I still haven't finished making my Christmas cards!  So, more mass production will be taking place today!

But before I start that, I want to introduce this week's challenge over at Less is More and we're back with the love/hate challenge that is One Layer week.  Here it is...

And the awesome Happy Little Stampers continues to be our sponsor for this month so please do play along for a chance to win the monthly prize.

Just one card from me this time.  I was hoping to make more for this challenge but a combination of a chest infection, lack of sleep and working means I've just not managed any more I'm afraid. 

Anyway, here's my offering this week...

This one layer card is a combination of stamping, masking and blending.  I started with a piece of scrap paper cut into a curve and used this to mask the bottom section and gently blended to create the snow bank using a purple/blue ink.  With the mask still in place I stamped the little trees in black, some in second and third generation stamping to create some depth.  I then removed the mask and stamped the main tree trunk and branch.  I worked out where I wanted to place my lantern and before stamping it I blended the candle glow with yellow/orange ink.  To finish I stamped the sentiment, hand drew the lantern string and added some glitter to the snow.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Card-io - Mini Tall Trees, Vintage Christmas, Tall Trees; Marion Emberson - Sparkling Christmas (sentiment)
  • Ink: Archival - Jet Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Imperial Blue, Marigold, Scarlet
  • Accents: Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost - Frosty Dawn

Challenge entries:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration mood board
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #271 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #284 - Winter / Christmas
Dream Valley - Challenge #169 - Christmas
Penny Black and More - December Challenge - CAS
Stamping Sensations - December Challenge - Winter Trees and Flowers
Christmas Cards All Year Round - December Challenge - Anything Goes
AAA Card - CAS Game #104 - Christmas
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - 'T' for Trees

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I've still got lots of cards I haven't shared with you yet, I just need to find the time to get them on here!  So hopefully I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

CASology Week 278 - Guest Designer!

Good afternoon

I was lucky enough to win Challenge #272 at CASology a few weeks ago so today I'm joining the lovely team as Guest Designer!

I'll get straight to it an give you the cue word...

I will admit, I didn't have many Stormy options but I eventually came up with this card..

On some pale grey cardstock I blended some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink along the edge of a cloud stencil to create a background.  I used some stitched frame dies to create the frame.  This was adhered flat to my card base and I then stamped the sentiment in blue ink and finished with a die cut sun (actually a flower die!) from yellow cardstock, gently blended with a little Distress Ink.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke, Wild Honey; Versa Color - Lapislazuli
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - April Showers
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Frame It Die Collection; Creative Expressions - Finishing Touches: Chrysanthemum

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope to be back in a day or so with some more of my Christmas makes.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Muse Challenge #245 - Partial Die Cut Rose

Hi there

I'm thrilled to be your designer over at Muse again for this week's new challenge.

I made this card whilst at the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat last month when one of the techniques we were having fun with was partial die-cutting.

I hope there are a few different elements to inspire you this week.  I've included partial die-cutting, heat embossing, watercolouring and contrasting cardstock.  Or perhaps the floral theme, colours or layout will be your inspiration.

I started by stamping the rose in VersaMark ink onto some watercolour card and heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured using my Derwent Inktense pencils.  I then partially die cut the rose with it's co-ordinating die and then made a vertical cut between the image with my trimmer.

I adhered some black cardstock to the card base and stamped the sentiment on the rose panel before adhering it popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Merci Beaucoup (and co-ordinating die)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Watercoloured with Derwent Inktense pencils
  • Cardstock: Daler Rowney - Aquafine, black from stash

Challenge entries:

Penny Black and More - December Challenge - CAS

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I hope I've inspired you to play along at Muse this week.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Happy Little Stampers December 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening

And welcome to our last batch of challenges for 2017 over at Happy Little Stampers.  The Watercolour challenge is already up and running, and the rest will kick off over the next few days.  But today it's the turn of the CAS Challenge, and here's our cue card for this month...

And don't forget, there's a $20 coupon for the HLS shop for one lucky winner!

I don't often make New Year cards but they are certainly handy to have in your stash.  I have a friend who is always away in December and at Christmas, and always goes before I'm organised enough to get my cards sent out, so this one will be winging it's way to her on her return.

Here's my card...

On a panel of white cardstock I blended an ombre background with Distress Inks.  It's actually a little darker than it appears in these photographs as I wanted to portray an evening sky.  I stamped the London skyline from HLS in black ink and then stamped the fireworks and heat embossed in different powders.  The panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die, and some gold mirri card cut from the next size up die from the same set.  I simply adhered the two together, mounted on my card base and stamped the sentiment below.  The embossing can be seen more clearly in the photo below...

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Wish You Were Here; Clearly Besotted - Dandelion Dreams; Reverse Confetti - Clink
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Glitter: Wow! - Metallic Gold Sparkle, Metallic Silver Sparkle; All Night Media - Crystal Sparkle
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Gold mirri card from stash

Thanks for stopping by.  Please do pop over to the main HLS blog where you'll find lots more inspiration from my fab teamies and don't forget to check back over the coming week to check out the rest of the challenges for December.  All of the challenges are open to link up until the end of the month.

Less is More Week #357

Good morning!

And this morning I'm introducing this week's new challenge over at Less is More which is a Colour challenge.  This week we want to see...

Any projects will do but this is perfect for those traditional
Christmas cards if you still need to create more....I know I do!

Our Sponsor for this month is the fab Happy Little Stampers so do play along
with our challenges this month for a chance to win the monthy prize.

I have two samples for you today, and that's two more to add to my Christmas stash!

Here's the first, and another I made whilst away at the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat where we were having fun with light up cards using Chibitronics LEDs...

On a panel of watercolour card I stamped the image in VersaMark and heat embossed in gold.  I then watercoloured the leaves and berries with Zig markers.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set in black, and the sentiment is the push point to activate the light.  You can find a tutorial here where Kylie of Happy Little Stampers explains how to create a light up card.  I pierced a number of holes around the berries to allow the light to shine through, and chose a red LED to add more colour.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Woodware - Sprig of Holly
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Tools: Chibitronics - Red LED Circuit Sticker (adhesive copper tape and battery)

Challenge entries:

Christmas Cards All Your Round - December Challenge - Anything Goes
CAS on Friday - Challenge #122 - Christmas
AAA Cards - CAS Game #104 - Christmas
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas

And next up, another Christmas card and this one using stamps by our sponsor...

A classic layout and fairly simple to execute.  The poinsettia was stamped in alcohol friendly ink and coloured with ProMarkers.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in gold.  I double matted the panel to add some border interest and finished by adding some detail with gold Stickles to the centre of the bloom.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Christmas Joy and Mixed Christmas Sentiments
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accents: Stickles - Gold

Challenge entries:

Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
Fusion - Red Christmas (challenge photo)

For more inspiration please do pop over to the challenge blog to view my teamies' projects this week, and click on their links where you could find even more makes this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate your visits and comments.

I'll be back this evening to tell you all about this month's Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, hope to see you then.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Skull and Cross Buns - Emboss Resist Baubles

Hi guys

Back to share the last of my makes from yesterday's crafty afternoon using stamps by Skull and Cross Buns.

On this card I used two of the Christmas stamps - Christmas Drop Patterned Bauble and Christmas Bauble.  The Christmas Bauble design (the round one) is currently reduced as part of the Black Friday Weekend deals so please do pop over if you want a bargain.

Here's my card...

On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the two baubles in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in white.  I then used the emboss resist technique and blended over with three shades of Distress Ink.  I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die and then pierced through the top of the baubles and added some twine, securing on the reverse.  I added a sentiment in black ink and adhered the panel to the card base.  I finished by adding two die cut bows from white cardstock, and added to these some clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Christmas Drop Patterned Bauble, Christmas Bauble; Paula Pascual - Christmas Messages
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax; Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style
  • Twine: Hemptique - Vintage set
  • Accent: Wink of Stella - Clear

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards -CAS Game #104 - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #269 - Clean and Simple

I still have lots of cards to share that I made while I was away at the Craft Retreat and the week that followed.  I'll be gradually sharing these very soon.

Thanks again for all your visits and support, I read and appreciate every one of your comments.

I hope to see you again soon :)

Skull and Cross Buns - Sentiment Tree

Hi, back again!

Here's another card I made using the Skull and Cross Buns Christmas Joy, Peace, Noel Neon set of 3 rubber stamps.

The first thing I noticed with these is that these words contain three, four and five letters, so I decided to stack them to stamp a Christmas tree.

I stamped these together with a gradient of three shades of green ink.  I then stamped the trunk of the tree and embossed the star in gold, these stamps from another set.  The image was die cut with a stitched circle and I adhered to the card base on fun foam after I'd scored three vertical lines to add some background interest.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Christmas Joy, Peace, Noel Neon Signs; Clearly Besotted - Christmas Sparkle
  • Ink: Altenew - Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen; Versa Color - Pinecone; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circle Stax

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards -CAS Game #104 - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #269 - Clean and Simple

Back soon with another Skull and Cross Buns make!

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