Monday, 5 December 2016

All About Christmas Part 2 ...

When time is short I need to get creative with the time and resources available ... these two cards are made using the rest of the panel that I created for my earlier card.  Rather than creating another card of the same design I realised by cutting the panel smaller I could create two cards!

Here they are:

Full details of how I created the panel and the resources I used can be found in my earlier post from today.  This time I matted the panel onto some black card and heat embossed the sentiment on black card.

I'm entering the following challenges:

UNIKO November challenge

AAA Cards

Stamping Sensations - December Challenge Floral Fancies


All about Christmas ...

Time is running too fast for me at the moment ... Christmas Day is a mere 20 days away and I still haven't made enough cards, I'm also frantically knitting jumpers and scarves for presents!!

I created this card using one of my favourite techniques - emboss resist.

I heat embossed the poinsettia onto a panel of card and then blended red and yellow distress inks over the whole of the panel.  I die cut a rectangle and frame from the panel, added a sentiment heat embossed onto some vellum.  The frame is adhered flat to the card base and the central panel has a piece of fun foam behind it to add a little dimension.

I used:
UNIKO - Pure Florals: Poinsettia
STAMPlorations - Christmas Bell Medley
Distress Inks - Festive Berries and Squeezed lemonade.
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
WOW White embossing Powder

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #305 - colour challenge - use at least one primary colour

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge

TIME OUT Challenge #71 - Christmas with the optional twist of glitter/shimmer


Friday, 2 December 2016

Happy Holly ...

As we start the last month of 2016 it is time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations - this month the theme and sketch challenge is:

This month my card is all about the sketch:

This is an optical illusion as the holly is created by embossing paste through a stencil!
I used:
STAMPlorations Christmas Bell Medley
                           Holiday Artsy
                           Mini Holly Stencil
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Pine Needles
WOW Gold Embossing Powder

Why not pop along to the STAMPlorations blog and see the inspiring cards created by the designers and join in with the challenge.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas wreath ...

Words have escaped me this morning ... so I will spare you from my drivel and get straight down to business!!

Another Christmas card!

I was lucky enough to win a challenge at UNIKO and could choose a stamp set - a difficult choice to make when there are so many brilliantly design sets to choose between.  So it seemed fitting to use the stamp set for the new challenge at UNIKO - the theme is Christmas which fits nicely with my need to get my cards finished!!

I drew a circle lightly in pencil and then stamped the holly leaves and berries.  I masked off the leaves before stamping and heat embossing the fir leaves.  Stamped the sentiment and popped it on with foam adhesive.  I edged the panel with distress ink (very subtle!) before mounting the panel with fun foam to the card base.

I used:
UNIKO:  Winter Foliage Stamp Set
Distress INks - Festive Berries, Pine Needles
WOW Gold Embossing Powder

I'm entering the following challenges:


Addicted to Stamps #220


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Thanks. thanks and thank you ...

It is rare that I manage to post three times in one day ... but, providing I write quickly, today is one of those occasions.  I've been lucky enough to spend most of the day crafting!  This will be the last for today:

This card was inspired by the current challenge at AAA Cards:

I used multiple stamp sets to stamp the thanks/thank you band across the card base before die cutting "Thanks".  I also die cut the letters from some black card to add depth to the letters before stacking them together and placing them back into the gaps.


Poinsettia spotlight ...

After an hour of stamping and heat embossing (see my earlier post) it was time for something with more colour and one of my favourite winter flowers!

Simple design with a lot of colour.  I stamped the poinsettia and the die cut the centre and coloured only the part of the flower in the circle.  I added some red fun foam behind the circle and adhered it to the card.  Stamped the sentiment and that was it.

I used:
UNIKO Pure Florals: Poinsettis
Versafine onyx black ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I'm entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More #220

UNIKO November Challenge


One design, three stamp sets, three cards ...

Good afternoon!  It's a chilly day in the UK ... I guess winter is already here!

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know that I am behind with creating my Christmas cards and keep trying to find a design that I can replicate easily - last week I had some success but I do get easily bored making the same design over and over again!!  So this morning I started the quest again ... today's card is inspired by the challenge over at "Less is More" where the theme is 'Vintage'.  As I'm pretty vintage myself I thought about cards that I received years ago ... my overriding memory is of glitter and I don't do glitter so I had to start again.

This is the card ... or I should say cards!

I began with a panel of kraft card and heat embossed the sleigh stamp and sentiment with gold embossing powder.  On the card based I stamped the snowflakes with versamark ink to give the tone on tone effect.  I popped the stamped image onto the base with a smaller piece of fun foam.

I also made two others:

I used:

STAMPlorations:  Believe in Magic; Celebrate the Season and Peace, Love, Joy
WOW Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #303 - Theme Vintage

STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes

Penny Black and More - November Challenge  Anything Christmas