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Autumn Tree-heart

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a lovely autumnal combo of red, purple and orange.

For my take I used very old and very new products by Penny Black. The Tree-heart stamp (40-505) is from 2012 – I love that it hasn’t been retired! It’s always been one of my favourite trees to colour! I paired it with a sentiment from the Autumn is Calling stamp set (30-863) which has only just been released!

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Blooming Poppy Thank You

Hello again everyone!

Next up today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches and it’s another wonderful design this week friends!

I knew I wanted to use one of my old wood-mounted stamps for the sentiment/background section so once I had decided that, I was on a mission to find an image that wouldn’t obscure the large ‘Thank You’ in the background. I thought this beautiful Poppystamps Blooming Poppy fit beautifully!

I coloured it with distress inks and added definition with some coloured pencil and voila! Another super quick CAS card!

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CAS Christmas Guest Designer

Hi there!

I am so delighted to be a Guest Designer for this month’s CAS Christmas Challenge.  The theme this month is ‘ornaments’.

For my CAS card, I used a beautiful PaperArtsy stamp which fits the theme but is rather unusual! I’ve has this set for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever used this image. It was such fun to colour with my Twinkling H2O paints – the shimmer is amazing in real life but always so difficult to capture on camera!

I was a bit nervous about adding a sentiment as the first few sentiments I tried seemed a bit too large, so I was quite relieved when I found this small sentiment by Mama Elephant.

The CAS Christmas DT has come up with some amazing inspiration over on the challenge blog. I hope you can play along!

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LucieG Christmas in July 2021 Challenge

Hi everyone!

Once again, I LOVED devoting a whole month to Christmas cards, although I’m not quite over the emotional trauma of losing a tiny little pine cone stamp last week! I hate losing things and this was such a perfect pine cone from a now-retired set. I still hope it will surface somewhere unexpected. The upside is that my craft table is super clean and tidy!

Unlike the colouring challenge, where I’m keen to move on after 30 days, I’m definitely not ready to move on from making Christmas cards now! I’ll definitely be creating more Christmas cards on and off during August!

Like last year, I generally ‘shopped my stash’ to create my cards although I did buy a few new bits!!

It was also fun to create festive cards for challenges which were not focussed on Christmas-themed cards! I ended up with cards using non-traditional colours – some challenges really stretched my creativity!

Thanks to everyone who followed along and shared kind comments with me – I really appreciate all of you!

Have a great day!


Christmas in July 2021 – Bonus Day

Hello All!

Well it’s the early hours of the first day of August! I can’t believe Christmas in July is over! Even though life got a bit hectic at times in July and it was tough creating a card every day, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge I set myself and I know I will be grateful to have all these cards in November when I will need them!

Anyway, as I enjoyed myself so much, I carried on with my Christmas crafting during 31 July so I’m calling this one my Bonus Christmas in July card!

I had to use my favourite Christmas in July purchase – the gorgeous Sizzix 3D Christmas Trees embossing folder! To create the background, I blended some distress oxide ink in the centre of a white panel and applied a generous layer of perfect pearls across it. Then I embossed the whole panel. I coloured and fussy cut my favourite Paper Smooches snowman, adhered him to my embossed base and added a My Favorite Things sentiment on top to complete my card.

I’m adding this to The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

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Christmas in July 2021 – Day 26

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 26 of  Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. I wasn’t initially planning to play along with this colour combo because I have so many non-traditional festive cards but inspiration hit me last night when I was looking through my Penny Black stamps.

I love this Christmas tree from the All Wrapped Up set (30-607) and I thought it would be perfect for the colour combo! After creating a subtle background frame with distress ink, I stamped the tree and coloured it using my Twinkling H2Os – it has such a wonderful shimmer! To complete my very CAS card, I added a sentiment from an older set called Christmas Fashion (30-127).

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