Month: November 2018

Christmas paper piecing

Hi everyone!

It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love design team post from yours truly and today I’m playing with Studio Light trees and some Echo Park patterned paper.

The Studio Light set has 8 individual trees and matching dies – usually I would be stamping and die cutting straight away but you’ll have to wait for later to see that!!

Now you know I rarely use patterned paper even though I have a MOUNTAIN of it! I received a few sheets from the Echo Park Christmas Gingham 6×6 pack in my DT supplies this month and decided to use a technique that I haven’t done in a long while – paper piecing!

Step 1 – stamp and fussy cut images

I decided to use four of the tree images that are roughly the same shape for my card – much easier to fussy cut a simple triangle! I stamped the images a few times on the red and green papers and cut them out, making sure I cut into the black outline.

The simple spindle tree was the only image without a bold outline, but I just cut a triangle around the image and hoped for the best… It actually turned out better than I dared imagine in the end!

Step 2 – stamp the base images

I then cut a panel of lighter paper and stamped out the trees using black ink.

It’s difficult to see in my photo, but some of the centres aren’t perfectly stamped – that’s fine as soon they’ll be hidden by the fussy cut trees.



Step 3 – stick the patterned trees

Once the ink was dry, I stuck the cut trees onto the corresponding images on the panel – it’s very easy to line up the images and as I cut into the black stamped outline, the ‘join’ is quite difficult to see.

Before adhering the base panel to my card, I stuck it to a strip of grey paper. I also cut a little star from the same paper and stuck it above the centre tree to act as a focal point.

The Studio Light set doesn’t contain any sentiments, but I don’t think you always need them for Christmas cards! If I were to add a sentiment to this card, I’d probably stamp a small strip sentiment to the right, just under the panel.

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Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Studio Light tree stamps and dies*

Echo Park Dots and Stripes Christmas Gingham 6×6*

Archival Black ink


Starry joyful wishes

Hello everyone!

It’s been a little while since I’ve played along with a Case This Sketch challenge, but I decided to play along today.

I started by stamping an ornament from the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Ornaments set using versamark. I then coloured the image using coloured Prismacolor pencils over a coat of white pencil. I actually used a few shades of each colour – but these don’t really show in my photo… Anyway, once I had finished my colouring, I embossed the image with my new Wow! platinum sparkle embossing powder – and oh my goodness! It is wonderfully sparkly!

I then fussy cut the ornament (I had wanted the dies, but they were sold out when I placed my order. Luckily this image is pretty easy to fussy cut!) and adhered it to the card base using sticky fixers. I added a die cut sentiment from the SSS Holiday Words on a Line set and some sequins, together with a silver bow to finish off my card.

I’m also entering this into the current SSS Flickr challenge – ‘Let’s colour’!

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Glowing autumn tree

Hi there!

Today, I’m playing along with a favourite challenge, the Color Throwdown, and the fabulous combo is slate blue, orange, brown and white.

As soon as I saw the colour combo, I knew I wanted to create a distress ink panel with the gorgeous slate blue (stormy sky) and I decided to create an autumn card around that.

The card came together very quickly – I added a Penny Black tree and lifted off the blue distress ink from the image before colouring it with my Twinkling H2O paints.

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment by Hero Arts.

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Enjoy your trip

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight’s theme is ‘on the move’. Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. You may have seen that Kylie has very sadly decided to close down. She has a closing down sale at the moment – amazing bargains to be had there.

I decided to use a stamp from Happy Little Stampers’ Wish You Were Here set to create a CAS bon voyage card. I just love the detail on the London skyline stamp! I heat embossed the image and then lightly blended some distress ink over the background. I added a small sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and a little die cut heart to finish off the card.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by the talented Kim from Joyful Creations as our Guest Designer. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!


Heartfelt wishes

Hi everyone!

Another poppy card today. This beautiful image is from an older Penny Black stamp and I coloured it with my Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is also by Penny Black.

I had originally planned to add a background stamp or stencil to the card, but once I coloured the image, I decided to keep the card ultra-CAS.

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