Friday, 31 January 2014

Another Christmas card

This week the challenge at Christmas Card Challenge #9 is anything goes.

It's so hard to think of ideas for boy's cards at any time of the year but especially at Christmas (for me anyway)  I think this is just right though.  The stamp is a Molly Blooms George stamped inked up with Memento ink pad and coloured with ProMarkers.  I cut it out leaving a tiny white border.  The snowflake paper is from Crafter's Companion and the 'fence' was made by using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I swept over the fence panel with a Versamark ink pad to weather it . I added a peeloff greeting and added glitter glue and Liquid Pearls to finish

Top Tip Tuesday

I've not long discovered the Top Tip Tuesday challenge blog it's well worth looking at all the tips and I've found a couple of things to do when hubby has finally put a work top in my craft room. I've had enough of my temporary fold up table which has been up for two years!! Still I supposed he will do it one day.  Anyway I digress, the challenge is to use a favourite sketch .

I love doing 9 patch blocks in my patchwork and quilting and I sometimes carry it over into my papercraft
I have used squares of scrap papers, from the Papermania Colossal stack, which have been inked around the edges with a Memento ink pad and this is an 8 patch because I didn't use a centre square, hehe. The image is from Lili of the Valley and I've coloured it using ProMarkers and some paper piecing. I inked around the edge of the card and matted it onto another of the same papers which I also inked.  Using a fine tipped ProMarker I did the 3 dot pattern to take away the bareness of the white card.  I finished it all off with a stamped sentiment from the Woodware Tiny Phrases set. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Bare Essentials

The challenge at ABC Christmas is B for bare essentials with the minimum of embellishments. I am also entering this card in the challenges at

Christmas Card Challenge #9 is anything goes

Sister Act Card challenges #41  is anything goes

Divas by Design  is anything goes

To make the background I used a snowflake patterned card from Kanban and some torn copier paper.  I added Glamour Dust to the 'snow' and some of the snowflakes on the sky using a Quickie glue pen. The snowmen are glitter rub-ons by Royal Langnickel which I've had in my stash for a very long time! A glitter peeloff from Craft Creations finished this quick and easy card. 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Butterfly bookmark card

I made this card for a friend who is an avid reader and incorporated a bookmark as part of the card.  I am entering it into the challenges at

Paper Pretties  an anything goes challenge this time

The background paper is from a Floral Fantasy paper pack by Louise Taylor which is matted onto a pale gold (matches the butterflies on the paper exactly :o) )The bookmark tag is a stamp from Crafty Individuals coloured with Promarkers which was stamped with a Versamark ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was a freebie stamp from a magazine.  I attached the bookmark to the card with a brad

Another CAS card

I'm not one for adding lots of embellishments so I do make quite a few CAS cards. I really enjoy the challenge of one layer cards and this one uses the masking technique and I particularly like this design.  I have used it in lots of different colours, this one being my favourite. I'm entering it into the challenge at

As You Like It   a CAS card

To start this card I used the focal stamp from Inkylicious and cabin fever ink pad from Adirondack. I stamped it again on a post-it note, cut it out and placed it over the image on the card. Leaving it in place I added a torn strip of paper to the right hand side of the card with the torn edge slightly off centre. I used a few different ink pads from Tim Holtz and Adirondack to create a mottled border.  I then used a script stamp by Artimeo and the Rusty hinge DI from Tim Holtz over the top. After removing both masks I stamped a sentiment, a magazine freebie, using the cabin fever pad and then used a grey Promarker to create a shadow on the bottom and right hand side of the image.  This gives the effect of the image being raised on foam pads,

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Less is More

It's a long time since I've done a one layer card.  I thought that with the subject being hearts at the Less is more #154 challenge I would make my Valentine card for hubby

I used a Newton's Law stamp which was a magazine freebie a good while ago.  I stamped it using Memento ink and coloured it using Crayola pencils and a white gel pen for the highlight and the spotty patch

Monday, 13 January 2014

Polka dot Christmas

I bought a new Christmas embossing folder on Saturday and I couldn't wait to try it out!  I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Papertake weekly new year new stash

Christmas Card Challenge #7 the option this week is to use polka dots

ABC Christmas anything Christmas

Paper Pretties #293  monochromatic

My new embossing folder is the Die'sire Embossabilities Christmas Elegance.  It takes away the challenge of getting narrow ribbon or paper strips on straight as it is all in one with the flat area being where I have put the spotty paper going across.  The paper is from My Mind's eye and the topper is a stamp from Dimension Stamps.  I used a Memento ink pad to stamp the image and to colour the scalloped Nestabilities oval. 3D foam pads have given the topper a lift from the card

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Clean and Simple

I quite enjoy doing CAS cards.  I love the look of heavily embellished cards but I'm never pleased with my own efforts.  My normal style lies somewhere in between.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Addicted to CAS challenge #29 to use dies

ABC Christmas anything for Christmas

Top Tip Tuesday Clean and simple

Christmas Card Challenge 2014 an option for this challenge is no colouring

Even though the Spellbinder's dies that I have used aren't strictly snowflakes I have used them as if they are.  I think they worked very well.  I made an A5 card blank and layered black and white panels on which I then mounted the snowflakes.  To do this I have used Letratac by Letraset.  I find this ideal for adhering fine and flimsy items as it is a dry adhesive.  The sentiment is a Clarity stamp mounted on to black card with a snowflake charm and then attached it to the card using 3D foam pads

Anything Christmas

This week's challenge at  ABC Christmas is for anything Christmas so it's giving me a chance to showcase some of my Christmas sewing projects.

We went to York one day in the summer and I paid a visit to The Viking Loom as I normally do.  I've always done hobbies with needles as well as paper craft.  I purchased a printed fabric panel which had many Christmas pictures just waiting to be stitched into Christmas ornaments. I sandwiched some lightweight wadding between the pictures, which I cut out roughly first, and some backing fabric.  I then stitched the outlines using clear thread which made the picture go into relief.  On the back of them, near the bottom, I had stitched a button which makes it possible to hang the pictures together. These three I gave to my son and his family.  I did stitch a nativity scene for us and it was only when it had been packed away and up in the loft did I remember that I hadn't photographed it!!  I still have quite a few left to stitch and I'm hoping to get them all stitched (and photographed!) ready for this Christmas

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Blue is the colour

I have always loved blue above any other colour, even as a child.  I can't say why I love it so much as I can't think of anything that has happened to make it be so.  I'm entering it into the following challenges

As You Like It a single colour and why it's your favourite

Less is More #153 Winter blues

The stamp I have used is from Woodware and I used a Memento ink pad with it. The background paper is from a Crafter's Companion sampler cd.  I used the same ink pad to edge the papers. I did a second stamp and cut out the snowflake circle.  I then used several layers of Versamark ink pad and Ultra Thick Embossing powder to glaze it.  When it was completely cooled I bent it to crack the enamel to give the impression of cracked ice.  I then mounted it using 3d foam pads

Monday, 6 January 2014

Perky Penguins

My daughter and her husband are penguin crazy.  They even had all their wedding stationery with penguins on!  So with 2013 being their first Christmas together as husband and wife I just had to go with the penguin theme.  I am entering this card into the following challenges

ABC Christmas challenge    Z for zany, a humourous theme

Tip Top Tuesday  Christmas.  A first time entry on this challenge blog

I was so pleased with how this card turned out and Elizabeth and Martyn loved it.  They said that it's too nice not to be seen again so they will be putting it on display each Christmas

The background paper came from a Forever Friends kit that was free with a magazine.  I stamped the Helz Cuppleditch penguins onto white card using a Memento ink pad and coloured them using ProMarkers.  I mounted the penguins using 3d foam pads and then highlighted the background using a Quickie Glue pen and Glamour dust. I printed the sentiment onto Safmat from Letraset, a wonderful product for adding sentiments wherever you want on cards, scrapbook pages and other craft items

Sunday, 5 January 2014

A herd of reindeer?

A very quick and easy card to make but one I think is quite eye-catching. I'm entering into the following challenges
Christmas Card Challenge #6  optional extra challenge of no colouring

Allsorts challenge #240 free and easy

The Creative Card Crew #52  anything goes

The stamp I used for these cards was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine and I used Memento ink pads with it.  The papers were printed from a Crafter's Companion Popcorn cd.  I used the same ink pads to edge the paper and mounted the stamped image, cut using Spellbinder's die, using 3d foam pads.  As I said, quick and easy. It's economical too as , for this 4" x 4" card, I could get 4 cards from one sheet of A4 paper

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Shades of Blue

Welcome to my first post of 2014 and I wish you the very best for the year ahead!

I finally finished making all my cards in time for Christmas but due to commitments I wasn't able to blog them all so I do have a little stockpile of cards to show you.
I'm entering this card for the challenges at
Less is More #153 Shades of blue
Allsorts #240  Free and easy
The Pink Elephant #231  Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge #5  Anything goes

The inspiration for this card came from a Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.

I created a 6" x 6" card blank in white and topped it with a DCWV linen look card in the most gorgeous shade of blue, so it's a pity there isn't more of it on show. The next layer uses an embossed card in pearl white. I have this card in a couple of shades of gold, silver, grey and this white.  Unfortunately I don't have much of the white left and I can't remember where I bought it from :( I must try and find it ready for this Christmas lol.  The teabag folded tree paper was from a Crafter's Companion sample disc.The tree was topped with a peeloff star and I drew faux stitching to the white card, adding a Dovecraft stamp sentiment stamped using memento ink pad. To finish the card I painted glitter glue around the edge of the white card and painted the tree completely which has given it a lovely iridescent finish.