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