Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Wreath on a Card

Todays card is one I've made for my parents, now my Mom is extremely bias when it comes to anything I do but... she's not fooling me when she views my cards.  I allow her to think she is but I secretly know she's not a fan of my CAS cards so for this one, I've thrown everything bar the kitchen sink at it just because I know it'll make her smile everytime she walks past it :) 


I started by making the wreath, which is pretty easy.  You just draw two circles, one inside the other and cut it out, then wrap string around it, as if you were making a pompom.  I decided to use a couple of yards each time because I had a cat wafting a paw at me and eyeing the ball of string with malicious intent, crafting with a mischievous cat is not for the faint hearted.

I also cut another circle on kraft card and one out of the music sheet which I glued together then attached the wreath to that using a glue gun as string can be somewhat stubborn.  The patterned papers have all been distressed before layering.  I then set about cutting out the dies, for the poinsettia I used the music sheet, again adhering kraft card behind it because its really flimsy, then inked them using various shades of red, brown and green and a few white paint splatters... just because!



The reindeer was an after thought and actually I really like him nestled amongst all the other die cuts and that's it, my fussy throw everything at it especially for my Mom.

Challenge Links...

Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Craft Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Pixies Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets (yup lots)

Supplies:  8x8" card base, My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly patterned paper, BG Wassail snippets, Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia & mini Holiday greens dies, MB dandelion die, unbranded reindeer die and sentiment, green satin ribbon from local Haberdashery, music sheets (purchased from local charity shop), Tim Holtz distress inks in vintage photo/tea dye and various Whispers ink pads in reds and greens and Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Nice List

In all the years I've been crafting, I have never done a one layer card but decided to give it a go after seeing Stamping Sensations November challenge.  I usually like to throw a little more at my cards but I think it turned out OK-ish!


I used MFT Jingle Bells and coloured the stamped image with my limited Copics, added a few paint splatters in blue with some Stickles on Santa's hat and pompom.  As its a one layer challenge, I added a black line around with a fine marker to give an illusion of another layer.  I did debate about adding a couple of sequins in a nice Christmas red but I didn't know whether that was allowed so I aired on the side of caution.

Challenge Links...

Stamping Sensations - Christmas one layer

Supplies: 6x6 white card, MFT Jingle Bells clear stamps, Copics, Inktense pencil and Stickles

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Believe...

This card took me blooming hours to complete, initially it was going to have a tag as the main focal point for a challenge but boy do I hate tags of any shape, size, colour or style.  Try as I did, my loathing for tags just made it impossible to make anything that resembled half decent and after ditching the doomed tag idea the card came together pretty quick.



After pushing the completed tag to one side, still in my line of sight and niggling me I decided to make the card base but as I was putting it together I realised the tag was just going to make the card look ugly as hell.  Instead I die cut a deer family out of white cardstock and inked up using distress inks to pop in the middle where said tag was going to sit which for the first time yesterday worked better than anything else I'd tried.  Its a bit fussy but compared to where it was going its a vast improvement so I stepped away and considered it done.

Lesson learned - never ever make a tag or use a tag, horrible little blighters!

Challenge links...

The Holly and Ivy - Christmas/Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain - Christmas/Winter

Supplies:  Making Memories Christmas Vellum sentiments, TH Distress ink vintage photo/tea dye, Stickles, unbranded dies and ribbon from local haberdashery

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Merry Little Christmas!

Happy Halloween... I have my cauldron of sweeties and decorations at the ready.  Every year we have an abundance of little monsters and witches, all excited, dressed up in their spooky finery and I absolutely love seeing their faces as they squeal 'Trick or Treat' - innocence is priceless :)

So after all my Halloween/Birthday cards of late, I've moved onto Christmas cards.  I have to admit I had a loss of mojo for this card, I think I'm still in my All Hallows mood.



I used Tim Holtz poinsettia and reindeer die as the main focal points and I did, very reluctantly I might add, cut into my First Edition Wild at Heart paper pad for the poinsettia.  I used a sheet of old music paper for the reindeer but matted onto 2 lots of kraft cardstock because its really flimsy paper.  Added some Stickles and some teeny tiny die cut stars to finish.



Challenge Links...

Jingle Belles - Christmas/Animals
Allsorts - Christmas Creatures
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas 

Supplies:  First Edition Wild at Heart patterned paper, TH tattered poinsettia and reindeer die, MB forest border die, unbranded circle and little stars die, Stickles, TH Distress ink in vintage photo and tea dye, unbranded sentiment stamp.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Frankly!

This card and die caused me a little confusion at first as I wanted a 7x5" card but the die was too small, I thought I could align it back up but then it looked all odd so I had to settle for 6x6 and when my plans are scuppered I loose my concentration and momentum.


After settling on a 6x6 card and after filling a bin with failed attempts, it came together fairly quickly excluding the 2 hour practise session lol.  The slowest part was colouring the ghost, mummy and Frank.  I've made this card for my youngest son to give my husband and the sentiment reflects that as a step-dad - he's the best.

Challenge Links...

Less is More - Monsters
Cupcake Inspirations - Ghosts/Ghouls

Supplies:  6x6" card base, white linen cardstock, Dream Street orange patterned paper, unbranded die, Sugar Pea Designs clear stamps and sentiment.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

A Frightful Birthday

I've finally got around to starting and finishing my husbands birthday card with a sprinkling of Halloween for the 31st October.


I absolutely couldn't resist this set of stamps from Sugar Pea Designs as soon as I saw the sweet little ghost, that face is so darn cute and I knew instantly he was destined for this special birthday card.

I did a bit of matting and layering then embossed a cobweb onto plain white cardstock after inking up the folder with pearlescent silver.  Every embossed line has been retraced with a Sakura clear glitter pen to make it catch the light and glisten.  I stamped and fussy the little ghost out and popped him on 3D foam, offset from the cobweb.


I think you can just about see the sparkle of the cobweb on the photo.  I inked the 'Husband' stamp in black at first but had a change of heart and inked half in black and orange and did the sentiment (which I think is cool) in black so it flows.  I added a little black bat and its all ready to be received.

Challenge Links...

Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Allsorts - Halloween

Supplies:  White/black cardstock, Sugar Pea Designs/Clearly Besotted stamps, Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus EF/bat die/cobweb, unbranded stitched circle die, Sakura clear glitter gel pen.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Wicked Birthday!

Its my brother-in-laws birthday on the 31st October - yup he was born on Halloween but it gets better, he's my husbands twin brother... how cool is that? 

This year I've decided to create a birthday card for both of them with a twist of Halloween so the challenge was, to make sure the theme didn't detract from the fact it is his birthday afterall.



I knew I wanted to use the Penny Black cat on a pumpkin stamp and kept it pretty simple in design.  I started by die cutting a circle as a template for the bright creepy moon using a mix of red, yellow and orange inks.  Stamped the cat and added in some die cut clouds and bats in black bazzill.  The base cardstock has been inked with a pretty much dried out ink pad to give it an illusion of mist or soot - as I prefer to call it lol.



The cat/pumpkin do have a shimmery finish but unfortunately its too subtle for the camera to capture.  The 'Brother' is from Clearly Besotted together with the die and the sentiment I made in Word with two different fonts/sizes and colours.  

Challenge Links:-

Double D - Fright Night
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - #12 Autumn/Halloween

Supplies:- Sheena's stamping card, Bazzill black cardstock, Penny Black rubber stamp, MB cloud die, Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus combo (bats), Clearly Bessotted Brother stamp/die, Dew drops ink Red/Yellow and Whispers orange ink.