Saturday, 8 December 2018

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Hello.

Here's a new home card for those crazy enough to move house
in the middle of winter.
(you know who you are).

I had fun with this card.
Imagine being all warm and cosy in your new home with the snow falling thick and fast outside.
Perfect.


I started by embossing the sentiment and using distress ink for the background,
then added the stitched hills and other elements.

The snow splatter was added last, so that it covered the trees and home.
I'm not great at that splatter stuff, but I love how this turned out.

Challenge



Supplies 
Sentiment - Clearly Besotted, Home Sweet Home
Trees - MFTStamps, Oh Christmas Tree in Versacolor Turquoise and Cocoa
House - Stampendous, Holiday Home, coloured with Copics
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.
Distress ink - Peacock Feathers



Wednesday, 28 November 2018

SANTA PAWS

Hello.
Despite most of my craft stuff being packed up, I've managed to make another couple of Christmas cards.
It's taking me twice as long though.
Trying to remember which box all the different supplies are in.


I'm still happy playing with these cute pups, which are coloured with Copics and
attached to the background with foam tape.

For the backgrounds I stamped and embossed the sentiment, and then added some distress ink. 
My 'snow' is a splattering of white, acrylic paint - which also ends up all over my hands and up the sleeves of my jumper!!


Challenge

Any Holiday Card

Supplies
MFT - Happy Pawlidays, Rectaguar Stax 1, Stitch Scalloped Basic Edges
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Copics, Glamour Dust, Wow Embossing Powder

Saturday, 17 November 2018

PUDDINGS

Hello.

I'm trying to get in some more card making before I have to pack up my craft room.
It looks like our two daughters, plus one son-in-law, 2 cats, and one dog are going to be staying with us for a while.
It's going to be a squeeze, but I am looking forward to having everyone at home.
Remind me I said that in a month's time :-o)

So, here's another couple of quick cards for the pile.


I used the cute Christmas puddings from Clearly Besotted and teamed them up with a simple mftstamps sentiment.
The pretty, red background came from a rummage through my card box. It's actually a valentine card blank (no idea of the make) that I die cut to fit,


I added lots of sparkly glamour dust to the puddings.
Hopefully you can make this out a little better in the photo below.



Challenges



Supplies
Clearly Besotted Christmas Puddings, stamps and dies
Distress Inks, walnut stain / mowed lawn / festive berries
Glamour Dust

Monday, 5 November 2018

PUPPY LOVE

Hello.

Phew!
I FINALLY found time to get into my craft room today.
I was beginning to think I might have to BUY my Christmas cards.

So I'm happy I have another 3 for the pile.

I've kept them all nice and simple, and just had a play with some different backgrounds.

This first one uses distress inks for the background, splattered with white acrylic paint.


Next I used Copic markers.
For some reason I have NEVER used markers like this for a background - but it was easy to get them to blend and I like the result.


My last card uses a snowfall die on some blue cardstock.


All the pups, trees and parcels were die-cut, coloured with Copics and popped up on foam tape.
I added a touch of glamour dust in places (very sparkly irl)  and went a bit mad with a white gel pen.

Challenge


Anything Christmas Goes

Supplies.
MFT - Rectangle Stax 1, Stitch Scallop Basic Edges, Happy Pawlidays, Snow Globe Sentiments.
Avery Elle Falling Snow Die
Copics. Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean. Glamour Dust.




Sunday, 14 October 2018

HAPPY HOWLIDAYS

Hello.

Today I'm sharing a card for this week's MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge.

I really liked this sketch, as I got to use most of the stamps in the 'Happy Pawlidays' set on one card.


I went with traditional Christmas colours and some added sparkle.
The elements are all popped up on foam tape for dimension, but when I added the squares to the base I only popped up the squares with pups on them.

Challenge



Supplies
MFT Stamps - Rectangular Stax 1, In and Out Stitched Squares, Happy Pawlidays, Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots dp
Copics. Diamond Dust

Friday, 12 October 2018

MERRY PUPMUS

Hello.

It's a good job that we are a doggie family,
'cos here's another puppy card for the Christmas pile  :-)


This is just one of those cards that does not photo well.
You get them, right?
The circle sentiment is triple layered, so it stands up more and I also scored my card panel, for some added interest.
(you can make that out a little better below).

I'm not even going to mention the disaster I had with my red Copic, that just blotched everywhere. 
The worst of which is covered up with the green bauble.
**Sigh**


Challenges



Supplies
MFT - Happy Pawlidays, Rectangular Stax 1, Merry Christmas Circular Frame
Copics. Diamond Dust

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

YAPPY CHRISTMAS

Hello.

This is one of those cards that I managed to make way more complicated than it needed to be.
I really wanted to mask and stamp the pups, then partially die-cut them along the top. I just couldn't figure out how to do it!
In the end I die-cut them individually, attached them to a rectangular piece, and cut away the top part of the rectangle. Does that make sense?


I wanted some depth to the background, so I attached the Christmas pups panel to my painted piece with foam tape.

Then, I cut various coloured borders to try  - patterned dp, blue/red/black card.
I opted for the black in the end, because it just made the dogs 'pop' more.
I'm just not all that sure about so much black on a Christmas card.
What do you think?



Challenges

October Anything Christmas

Let's Get Ready For Christmas

Supplies
MFT Stamps - Happy Pawlidays, coloured with Copics and Diamond Dust
Inside and Out Stitched Rectangles
Acrylic Paint

Saturday, 6 October 2018

YAPPY CHRISTMAS

Hello.

I don't have a huge crafting budget, but for Christmas cards I usually allow myself a couple of stamp sets - with dies, obvs -  😉
and here's a card with my first purchase.

I couldn't resist the cute pups from MFTs Yappy Pawlidays.


I played along at MFT Card Challenges with this week's sketch.

My background was inked up with distress inks and splattered with white acrylic paint, for the snow. I still can't really get the hang of this splattering, but I have managed to stop it going everywhere, by placing my background in an old shoe box before flicking the paint on.

The little pup, tree and present were die cut, coloured with copics and then popped up with foam tape for some added dimension.
There's a little diamond dust on the hat and the star too - which has more sparkle IRL than the photo shows.




Supplies
MFT - Rectangular Stax 1, Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle, Happy Pawlidays
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky
Copics, White Gel Pen, White Acrylic Paint, Diamond Dust


Friday, 21 September 2018

BLUE MOON

Hello

The middle aisle of Aldi called to me this week -
and I bought a cheap (£6.99) set of acrylic paints.
The trouble is, I've never used them before, and I'm not really 'arty'
so I was amazed when I managed to create this swirly background.
Go me :-)


I started by adding a separate splodge of white and blue paint onto a paper plate.
I mixed in a little water and started a small circle on my panel with white,
then I gradually kept added a little more blue into the white, swirling as I went along,
until I finished with the darkest blue.
Not perfect, but I love the look it created.


I know I need to practice the snow splatter - and also find a way to do it so that it doesn't cover the card, my desk, my hands and my clothes in tiny white spots :-)

Challenges


S is for Snow and/or T is for Teal



Anything Christmas Goes

Supplies
MFT - Rectangle Stax 1, Ina and Out Stitched Squares, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Oh Christmas Tree, Beast Friends
Acrylic Paints. Copics


Sunday, 16 September 2018

OH CHRISTMAS TREE

Hello.

I finally dragged my box of Christmas stamps and glitters out from under the table
rummaged through them, and then left them on my desk for a few days.
Nothing really leapt out at me.

So, I turned to the  Muse Christmas Visions Club for inspiration and they didn't let me down.




Isn't Kimberly's card just the cutest?
I focused on...
  • a trio of trees
  • CAS design
  • simple sentiment
Supplies
MFT - Rectangle Stax 1, Oh Chistmas Tree
Clearly Besotted - sentiment from Christmas Pudding
Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

ARTY ANEMONES

Hello.

This week's Muse card is a real stunner, but eek! it's flowers,
so I'm definitely out of my comfort zone.

I stamped up my blooms and leaves and then coloured them with bold Copic strokes -
trying to replicate Tracey's gorgeous, arty stamping.
I love how this weird colouring turned out... :-)
but the whole thing nearly went in the bin because I just couldn't get it to look balanced.

Then, I spotted a die-cut, square window piece on my desk and putting that over the top of the flowers made them stand out more (does that make sense?).

I finished with a stamped sentiment and some flicks of a white gel pen.





LOVE LOVE LOVE Tracey's card.
A real stunner

I focused on   
  • the flowers/leaves stamped in black
  • bold stamping with no overlapping
  • minimal colouring in orange, teal and grey



Supplies.
WPlus9 Modern Anemones
MFT - Rectangle Stax 1, In and Out Stitched Squares
Mama Elephant - Labeled Messages
Copics