Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday Focus

Halloween Greetings to you!

But it's another Christmas card today, but this time for a new to me challenge - Let's Get Shabby.  It's an inspiration picture challenge and here's the picture:

So I picked up on the lady, the umbrella, the falling dots and the colour red. My lady is a Christmas girl using an umbrella to catch snow and I coloured the pattern in red. I turned the dots into falling snow and - yes - used that stamp again! A bit of sparkle was added to the coat's fur trim and some random snowflakes with Wink of Stella - and honestly it does glisten in real life!

And here's a closer look at the image. Love the robin with holly in its beak - can't tell you how many times I've reached for this stamp for a birthday and then realised it's a Christmas image.

Stamp:Sugar Nellie, Winter Wonderland; SU, gorgeous grunge, endless wishes
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black, London fog
Promarkers: crimson, marsh green, cocoa, caramel, cool grey 3 & 4, blush, dusky pink
Embellishments: Wink of Stella

So pleased you dropped by my blog today, many thanks.
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Another brilliant challenge over at Uniko Studio and I just had to enter, well it would seem rude not to after my wonderful guest spot for their last challenge!

I'm beginning to want to make more Christmas cards now - slightly feeling I've had them on hold too long and might just regret not starting much earlier. So obviously I had to make these colours fit!

The texture bit was easy to achieve using a favourite Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I was inspired by Sarah's card here for the layout and echoed her scalloped edge and tied twine.

How lucky was I to find a matching coloured star in my stash!

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Jolly Christmas & Background Builders Christmas
Ink: SU, Bermuda Bay
Punch: X Cut, scalloped edger
Embossing: cuttlebug
Embellishments: doodlebug, star jewels; twine from my stash

Great to have you visit today, thanks so much!

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday Words

The challenge this week at Less is More is to use newsprint and I made another Christmas card for my box.

We'd love you to display our banner

I wanted to make a really simple card with tiny elements reminiscent of the Christmas stamps I can remember from when I was younger.

I started by stamping the script onto a piece of scrap card and then die cut it into a stamp shape. I stamped and coloured the bird and then fussy cut it before mounting onto foam pads.

I kept the sentiment small and simple in line with the rest of the card.  I'm thinking this might just become my mass produced card this year - it's quick and easy to make and I'm rather taken by the birds in this stamp set.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Winter Sparrows; Inkylicious, Elements 1; SU, Endless Wishes
Ink: Memento, London fog, tuxedo black; SU, cherry cobbler
Die: DoCrafts, postage stamps
Promarker: crimson

Thanks for looking today, your visit and time is much appreciated.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday Talk

Another Christmas card for my box today. I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch replacing the butterflies with snowflakes.

I made the white die cut strip first, just placing the die halfway across on each side.  Next I die cut the two purple snowflakes and placed them inside the matching die cut on the white strip.

I then matted this onto silver mirri board to help the snowflake pop, especially from the white strip which I considered mounting onto pads but as I really liked how snug the snowflakes looked tucked inside I left it flat. 

Finally I added the sentiment and matted the whole thing onto a white card base. I know this has added another strip that's not in the sketch, but the whole left hand side in mirri board was just too much!

It was impossible to get a photo of the detail without catching me and my camera's reflection in the mirri board. But hey that's one of life's happy little accidents and I actually love this shot and how it highlights the die cut in the white card.

Stamp: SU, Endless Wishes
Ink: Memento, grape jelly
Die: Crafter's Companion Die'sire, snowflakes
Card: silver mirri board & purple glitter card from my stash

So pleased you dropped by today, thanks for yur time.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Moments

Another Christmas card for my box, beginning to get on a bit of a roll now! Today's card uses the colours from Color Throwdown, the theme from CASology and the layout from Freshly Made Sketches.

I remembered this Molly Bloom's Christmas home stamp that I thought would suit the colours as well as the theme. So I got busy stamping and colouring and sparkling it up.

I embossed some vertical lines to add a bit of interest to the right hand side of the square from the layout sketch and then die cut a spiro circle to stamp the sentiment and some snowflakes. This I popped up on foam to add dimension.

I'm liking how this house reminds me of gingerbread and cookies - home is where the heart is and the way to a man's heart is supposed to be food and I've plenty of men in my family! This card is earmarked for one of them.

Stamps: Molly Blooms, MB0263L; SU, Endless Wishes
Inks: SU, crushed curry, pistachio pudding; Memento, potter's clay
Promarkers: terracotta, satin, tulip yellow, grey green
Die: Xcut, spiro circle

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, your visit is much apprecitaed.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

AAA Cards Game 26 - CREATE

And this week at AAA Cards it's another Halloween themed card we're after, but this time it has to be CAS!

I know there are a few definitions of CAS out there, but I thought I'd just share what mine is:
a card that has empty (white) space, with minimal layers and embellishments, one main image and a general tidy unfussy look.

So I started with a black panel and stamped the spider and its web in white. This was mounted onto two thin mats of orange and purple - seems they're essential colours for Halloween.

I stamped the sentiment banner, added another spider web and then handcut it before mounting onto pads.

So some layers, but still lots of empty (white) space and a simple design to keep it CAS.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Fright Night & Halloween Spirit
Inks: SU, whisper white

Thanks for your time today. Remember to pop over to AAA Cards and look at the wonderful creations by the rest of the team.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Unscripted Sketches Game 8

Today sees the launch of Game 8 at Unscripted Sketches - hope you'll pop over and join in.

I used this Summer stamped card as the base for my PL card and picked up on the colours from the letters for my additions.

I stamped a favoutite quote and then framed it with stars and brackets.

And here's the completed page, journalling added, where it is slotted in.

Card: Elle's Studio, Summer Lovin' tags
Stamps: SU, PL Point & Click; Kaisercraft, Life Sentiments
Inks: Memento, Paris dusk; SU, real red, Bermuda bay
Embellishmants: SU, baker's twine island indigo, wooden elements; Simple Stories, Legacy heart sticker; ep, A Walk in the Park heart sticker

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