Month: December 2017

Bold new year


Hello everyone!

I’m still confused about days…. Crimbo Limbo continues!  But I do know it’s not long until New Year’s Day and so it’s definitely time to focus on a few cards for that holiday!

For today’s card, I used the sketch from the current Less is More challenge and the fabulous Hero Arts infinity 12 point star dies with lots of glitter paper!

Whilst this card came together really quickly, I had a moment of self doubt and redid it in landscape rather than portrait, before changing my mind again! Thank goodness that I used the Kokuyo tape to adhere the stars – made them easily repositionable!

Julia shared a great Instagram post today about the trial and error that often go on before we share cards on social media and I remembered other comments from crafters that we rarely see things that go ‘wrong’. I think in 2018, I will share a little more about some of my card mishaps…. and maybe others will do the same….

While this isn’t an example of a ‘mishap’, it is representative of my crafty procrastination, which can be as much of a frustration as a crafty mishap, so I decided to share it!

And what do you prefer, portrait or landscape?

Anyway, I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (party) and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (anything goes).

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Stencilled trees

Happy Christmas Saturday people!

It’s been a while (ie a couple of weeks) since I posted a card of a Christmas tree! I have so many Christmas tree dies and stamps, I love them!

For these cards, I decided to used the technique I learnt for this tag. I created two  rainbow stencilled backgrounds using an Altenew stencil and a Newton’s Nook stencil. I then embossed over the stencilling with clear embossing powder. I covered the rest of the card in a few different shades of distress ink and wiped the excess ink from the ‘baubles’ and snowflakes.

I then cut the card using a simple tree die from Poppystamps – I must confess, I wasted spent quite a bit of time trying to work out the ‘best’ part of the card to cut, but I think I would have got a nice range of coloured baubles and snowflakes whatever I did.  But, well you know what it’s like, trying for ‘perfection’!!!

To create the card backgrounds, I applied some glitter paste through two stencils (a Tim Holtz stencil  and an Echo Park Paper Co stencil which is fast becoming one of my favourite stencils (star stencil)) and a little distress ink to ‘ground’ the trees. To finish off the cards, I stamped a sentiment by My Sentiments Exactly.

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Purple winter birds

Hi everyone!

I love my old wood-mounted rubber stamps, I really do! Yes, they take up a lot of storage space and you can’t ‘restamp’ an image like you can with a cling or clear stamp, but I still love them and could never part with them! I have a storage system that works well for me, it’s just that with all the new crafty stuff being released each month, they don’t get as much ‘airtime’ as they should!

And this Christmas has been no exception unfortunately. I’m going to make a conscious effort in 2018 to use at least one of my old wood-mounted stamps a week!

Anyway, on to today’s card! This week’s Less is More challenge is ‘birds/feathers’, so I pulled out this older Magenta image which I coloured with my Prismacolor pencils. The purples look more vibrant in the photo than they are in real life. I think I need to revisit my light setting!

Anyway, I cut some of my older patterned paper with a banner die and then stuck the image panel on top. To finish the card off, I added a Penny Black sentiment and some Nuvo glitter drops.

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Colourful Penguin Parade

Hi Everyone!

‘No more layering stamps’. That’s what I told myself in September. Don’t get me wrong I love them. Probably too much as I have quite a few sets in my cupboard that I have used for one card….

My resolve cracked at the end of last month when my local craft store had the gorgeous Hero Arts Baby Penguin set on offer for Black Friday. I loved it when I saw it in the Hero Arts winter catalogue and I still love it!

Anyway, I finally inked it up today! It’s been a while since I made a rainbow card so I pulled out my Altenew ink sets – my ‘go to’ for the layering stamps. This is actually my second attempt – the first one included a yellow penguin, but quite honestly it just looked weird. And I didn’t like the background I created. So, I stamped all the penguins again! I used stencils by Echo Park Paper Co and My Favorite Things for the background and then spent I while wondering what to do about the sentiment….

Then it dawned on me – I could incorporate yellow in another way! I stamped the sentiment banner on yellow cardstock and called the card finished!

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Silver Christmas wishes

Hi Everyone!

For today’s card, I pulled out one of the new Hero Arts background dies that I bought with the November kit – isn’t it pretty!

After embossing the image in white, I blended some distress ink over it. I mounted the background onto some coloured card – in real life, the cardstock is much closer to the shade of purple ink I used, honest!

I cut a Simon Says Stamp word die three times – once in silver glitter paper and then twice with plain cardstock and adhered the die cuts together. I added an embossed word banner and called the card finished…. well, almost!

I felt it needed a little something extra so I added some snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp snowflake banner die as a finishing touch!

I’m entering this into the current challenge over at a Blog Named Hero and also the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

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Glittering Holly

Hi there!

For my second card today, I wanted to play with some new Nuvo glitter paste that I bought with Christmas in mind. Can’t believe that I didn’t get round to playing with it until a week before Christmas!

Anyway, I chose the sketch from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and used a stencil fromEcho Park Paper Company. Lots of masking with this as I masked off the berries when I did the leaves and vice versa. Totally worth it for the effect!

Unfortunately, when I ran this through my Big Shot, it flattened/dulled the red berries a little – I think the paste may have still been a little damp, althought it felt quite dry to me. Anyway, I popped a little bit of red Nuvo drops on top of each of the berries to make them glisten again! I actually really like the effect, although it did take quite a while to dry!

I added a couple of strips of patterned paper and a die cut from Concord and 9th to finish it off!

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