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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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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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Day 5 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

Altenew was the sponsor for Day 5 – and I have a LOT of Altenew goodies! After perusing the fabulous inspiration from the DT, I decided to base my tag on one made by Erum Tasneem.

I used silver shimmer Delicata ink with the largest star stamp in the Halftone Stars stamp set and paired it with part of a sentiment from the Sketched Evergreen stamp set. This was probably the quickest tag I did (excluding the time it took for me to find my matching star dies, that is!)

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Love Monster


I must confess I was a bit stumped when I saw this week’s Less Is More challenge theme – ‘monsters’. There are loads of cute monster stamps on the market nowadays but I haven’t bought any as I know I just wouldn’t use them…

Then I remembered a very old wood-mounted stamp from Amuse Art Stanps that I bought a decade ago in Boston! Of course, I still have it because I can’t bear to get rid of any of my old rubber stamps!! Anyway, it’s called ‘Love Monster’ – perfect for the challenge theme!

I kept the card very simple as the image is very small – just a bit of soft ink blending and a sentiment banner to anchor the monster image. I also used a Penny Black snowflake frame to add a little more detail to my card.

The theme for the new Casology challenge is ‘cherish’ and I’m going to enter this card for that challenge as well – a quirky take on the theme!

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Hugs and Kisses

Hi everyone!

There’s a great sketch over at the Less is More challenge blog this week – and here is my take.

This was a super quick card to make using Altenew heart stamps and Distress Oxide inks. Love how they stamp so nicely!

To finish off the card, I added an Altenew sentiment which I had embossed onto a strip of vellum and some nailheads.

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Autumn smile

Hi everyone!

I love the autumn colours for this week’s Color Throwdown challenge – purple, orange, yellow and green and used the same distress inks as the challenge host, the talented Amy Rysavy. I wanted to created a sponge blended background, with limited brown – always a challenge with this palette! I sponged really lightly to maintain the colours – it looks like I used completely different inks to Amy, doesn’t it?!

I wanted to add some shimmer to my coloured panel so I added just one spritz of distress mica spray. I love the effect you get from just one spray. So difficult to stop at just one though!!

Anyway, I used the fabulous striped leaf die from Altenew and some kraft cardstock to create the inlaid die-cut background and added the embossed Altenew sentiment. But I didn’t feel the card was completely finished. Then I saw the theme for Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – add metal. So I dusted down my neglected box of brads, added a few and called the card done!

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