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Christmas in July 2021 – Day 8

Happy Thursday everyone!

Welcome to Day 8 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and the current Color Hues challenge.

I used another recent purchase – the fabulous Bottlebrush Trees by Spellbinders and lots of different blue distress inks for the background.

To complete my card, I added a sentiment by Mama Elephant – their sentiment sets are turning into my go-to set AGAIN for this Christmas in July!!

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Get Well Bouquet

Hi everyone!

I just saw a fabulous colour combo over at the Paper Players’ current challenge (purple, green and yellow), so I grabbed a Memory Box die and got to work!

I cut the Blushing Bouquet die from white card which I coloured using my Twinkling H2Os. I added some extra detail to the petals using a coloured pencil.

I adhered the die cut to a base that I’d embossed with a Spellbinders folder and added a Memory Box stamped sentiment.

The current Memory Box challenge is to use a button(s) and I noticed that the dimpled centres of the flowers might tie in quite nicely with a button or two. I then spent AGES going through my massive button collection and playing around with positioning of said buttons! In the end I decided less is more and just added one button and a few dew drops to finish off my card.

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Embracing the Bright Colours

Happy Saturday everyone!

There’s another great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge this week – it gave me so many ideas! In the end, I decided to use stamps from my Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring set and a couple of Memory Box dies, but I may use this sketch again for other cards, it’s a fabulous design!

I decided to step outside my pastel-coloured comfort zone and embrace the bright colours! I pulled out the brightest Twinking H2O paints and got colouring. Usually I choose the background paper before I colour as I find it easier (and quicker) to create that way… but today I didn’t and spent a happy time flicking through my old Basic Grey paper pads…. and changing my mind several times before making a decision….

I knew I wanted to dry emboss a centre panel as I had planned to play along with the current Flower Challenge which has the theme of embossing. I spent a little while trying out a few designs before alighting on this Spellbinders / Tammy Tutterow Picnic embossing folder. Yep, this card took MUCH longer than it should have!

Anyway, to finish off the card I used some older dies from Memory Box – the Garland Greenery from 2015 and one of my very first Memory Box sentiments that I got in 2013 – A Little Thanks!

And a big thanks to you for stopping by! Enjoy the weekend!


Peeking Easter critters

Hello Friends!

When I was at Simon Says Create, the Peeking Bunny and Peeking Chick dies flew into my basket! I’ve been playing around with them for a little while, trying to figure out a ‘different’ way to use them as the SSS inspiration team came up with some great designs.

Then, I stumbled across an old Spellbinders background die that I found in the bargain bucket at the Alexandra Palace craft show last year – perfect for showcasing my new little critters!

I used an old rejected rainbow background and added a Lawn Fawn egg to complete my card. The sentiment is from an older SSS set.

I’m entering this into the current SSS Wednesday Challenge (animal antics) and the SSS Flickr Challenge (anything goes).

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Happy World Cardmaking Day

Hello everyone!

Life has been busy with no crafting time, but I had to make a card today, right! After all, it’s world cardmaking day!

I was really pleased to see a list of prompts that Susan Opel shared on Instagram as I was finding it quite difficult to decide what to create! I chose ‘dry emboss’ with a Spellbinders folder, ‘3 or more ink colours’ (crushed olive, Victorian velvet and antique linen) and ‘no stamping’ (Simon Says Stamp dies). However, this card took me FAR longer than I expected!

This was mainly down to a few issues with my embossing folder. It’s new – I found it at Alexandra Palace a few weeks ago after looking for it for YEARS (I think I first saw it in Simon Says Stamp in 2014). It’s a wonderful design and embosses very deeply, but unfortunately it also causes the paper to crack or tear in a few places. After googling this, I tried a suggestion to wet the paper before embossing. As I was creating an ink-blended background, I could only wet one side of the paper so I still had some cracking but a definite improvement. And the strategic positioning of die cuts hid the rest of the cracking!!

I’m adding this to the SSS blog linky today – they are offering a gift card and magazine subscription to two winners. I just realised that we have until next week to link our cards! I thought the deadline was tonight! But I’m pleased that my misunderstanding helped me focus on actually making a card today!!

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Purple and Brown….

Hi everyone!

This week’s Colour Throwdown challenge has a beautiful palette – light purple, dark purple, beige/off white and brown. But I liked it so much, I was kind of overwhelmed. Do you ever feel like that? I didn’t feel like any of the designs I thought of would do it justice. So I was stuck…..

Then today, a whole load of Altenew inspiration appeared in my Instagram feed and I decided to play with the Garden Treasure set in the hopes I could make it work with the combo. I think this is the first time with an Altenew layering stamp that I haven’t used different shades of the same colour! I think I quite like that beige base for the flower.

Anyway, I used Altenew inks for the flower and leaf and stuck them to a base I’d created using a Spellbinders embossing folder. The sentiment is also from Altenew. Once the card was assembled, I felt it needed a little something extra so I added a few glittery die cuts from a Simply Graphic die.

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