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Dashing through the snow

Hello there!

I’m sharing another one of my Christmas in July cards today. Seriously, I can’t believe we’re over halfway through the month! Time is certainly flying by!

Anyway, I’m playing along with the current Case this Sketch challenge and decided to use one of my sweet Memory Box reindeer dies. I coloured the deer using distress oxide inks which I sponged onto the body with an ink blending tool. I then coloured the scarf using the inks with a splash of water.

To create the background, I applied a light coat of Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink through an Echo Park stencil and then added a coat of Tonic Studio moonstone glimmer paste! Love all the sparkle!

The sentiment is from a set by Marianne Designs. I’m delighted to say that I located it very quickly using my new Evernote system. I’ve only just started uploading my supplies to the system (that process is going to take forever!) but really pleased with it so far!

I’m also entering this into a number of other challenges:

CAS Mix Up challenge – colouring die cuts, stamping and my choice (stencilling)

Shopping our Stash challenge – Christmas in July

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas goes

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

CAS on Friday challenge – Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Find Your Paradise

Happy Saturday everyone. Although looking at my card, maybe that should be Happy Caterday!

I finally managed to get my hands on some Distress blending brushes and couldn’t wait to use them on my more intricate stencils. I love that I was able to get great coverage without getting the brush caught in the plastic. Yep, I think I’m going to enjoy using these!

To create the background, I added a layer of Antique Linen distress oxide ink on my base card, applying it slightly heavier in the bottom right corner, near where I planned to stamp the image. Then I splattered some ink using a paint brush. After stamping Newton, I lifted the Antique Linen colour from the image and then coloured it in using regular distress ink.

I then use an Echo Park Paper Co stencil to create the palm tree background, applying regular distress in with the distress brush. I didn’t bother masking the image off as it was easy to avoid stencilling in that area – thanks to the precision of the brushes!

Anyway, I’m entering my one-layer card into the current Timeout Challenge. The theme is ‘holidays’ which really means ‘vacation’ to me (one layer is the optional twist)!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Sparkly Polar Bear

Hello Everyone!

After posting a ton of festive cards with trees, I’ve been focussing on using my other supplies!

Today I chose this fabulous polar bear die from Simply Graphic and did some inlaid die cutting with glitter paper.

I used an Echo Park stencil to create the background and then added a vellum die cut to ensure the bear stood out against the starry sky.

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (winter/Christmas).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.