Saturday, 17 February 2018

Bear in a Christmas jumper

Good morning lovely crafters.

For our 52CCT challenge this week Myrna has chosen Polar Bears as the theme. 

I've used this Hunkydory stamp.

You might think this is the Northern Lights in the background or you might think it's a piece of water colouring saved in my stash.
It's was a trial for the cling film technique where you add colour to paper then scrunch cling film over it and let it dry. I used watercolour paper here which did not give the definite lines which a smoother paper would have. Anyway, I kept it of course, and it came in useful. 
See if you have a bear in your stash and join in the challenge. 

What do I think? It's not my usual style but I do like the inky background and the starry knitted jumper. 

All stamps are Hunkydory except the holly which is Inky Doodles. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your day. x

I'm linking with 
Jingle Belles - A colouring we will go.  I've used Brushos and pro-markers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Callenge  - Anything goes or use some green. 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Frosty blues

Hello Lovely Crafters. I hope you found time for  yourself this week. 

We have a lovely colour challenge for you at 52CCT this week. Myrna has chosen Shades of Blue. Perfect for frosty, wintry scenes or woolly hats and mittens. 

I masked off, embossed some snowflakes and inked the border using Danube blue ink. In the end I only used one pad but managed to vary the shades. Then I stamped over using my favourite crackle stamp and more snowflakes. 
I used a strip of paper for definition and a die cut snowflake which I also inked to match and finished with a touch of Stickles and gem for said sparkle. 
We've had plenty of frost this week for inspiration and even a touch of snow. It was just a sprinkling here, though. 

What do I think?  I think I was rather heavy handed with the darkest blue ink but I love the crackle and the layout. 

I don't have the name of the snowflake stamp or the die but the Crackle is Kaisercraft and the Sentiment Creative Stamping #49.

Do visit the rest of the DT for inspiration and we hope you find time to join in this week and get ahead on those cards. 
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day. x

I'm linking this to ABC Christmas - C for Clean and 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge - anything goes. 

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Happy snowman

Hello Lovely Crafters
Whoosh, there was another week and now we have a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 

This week Myrna is hosting and we have a sketch challenge to test your creativity. 

I wasted a lot of time fiddling about with this and not making anything I liked so one evening I set myself the challenge of making a card in half an hour. I know other people do this but I never have. I'm more of an 'ink a bit, cut a bit, go away and think and then stamp some more' kind of girl. 

I abandoned everything I had tried and used this Brushoed background which I already had. It wouldn't have taken long to do but obviously the drying would have been more than half an hour. 

I stamped all over it and then cut a white, snowy hill from a scrap of plain white. Stamped the snowman on a scrap and cut him out. 
Once the hill was glued I stamped the snowman in place so I didn't have to cut out his arms! Then I could stick on the cut out. 
Sentiment and die cut stars and it was done. Oh yes, and I added some Stickles along the brow of the hills. 
It is mounted on plain white with the edge coloured with Pro-marker as I couldn't find anything to suit. 

So that is my happy snowman, I'm not sure what he is looking at...

I've used:
Snowman - Leane Creatief
Snowflakes - Cut and make from The Range
Snowflake and sentiment stamps - Creative Stamping #49

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Penguin party

Hello Lovely Crafters
Our new challenge for the week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is Paper piecing

I decided to use these penguin stamps from Hunkydory, I love their little boots. 

It reminded me of those paper dolls people of a certain age will remember. You cut out the paper doll and then dressed her using paper clothes held on with fold over tabs. I seem to remember they never stayed on and were very frustrating. That was what passed for entertainment then!
I've used a mixture of papers from an ancient pack bought at WH Smith called The Paper Stack and freestyled the tree and present stack. The hats and scarf are coloured. 

What do I think?  - I think it looks as though a child has made it. 

I'm sure you can do better. You have a week to join in our challenge. 

I'm linking this to:
ScrappyMo's Rudolf Days challenge - January 2018
Pixie's Snippets Playground - snippets challenge
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 
Merry Monday - add snow

Thanks for visiting - Enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Birthday blooms

Hello lovely crafters, 
I found myself in sudden need of a 90th birthday card. If I'd been paying more attention I wouldn't have had to make this in a hurry. It turns out I don't like making cards under pressure but it was done in time and turned out OK.
I found myself cutting out all these flowers as well, instead of choosing something more simple. I wanted it to be special though. 90 is pretty special. 

It does not show well here but I stamped all the flowers and painted them with purple and emerald Brushos then cut them all out. The are slightly raised on glue gel so there is a little dimension. The butterfly also has some Perfect Pearls for shimmer.
I stamped the end flowers on to the card base and glued the cut out ones on top to get the stamens as it really wasn't possible to cut them out! I added a tiny amount of black Stickles to the flowers. 
The flowers are Ultimate Crafts, butterfly JustRite and sentiment unknown. 

I'm linking this to:
Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - #93 Butterflies + X is for Xtra Fold and/or the colour Peacock Blue/Green. No fancy folds here but the butterfly is a peacock green with shimmer too!

CAS Watercolour Challenge - Birthday

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy Your Day. x

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Christmas Fairy

Hello lovely crafters,

We have a new challenge for you at  52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This time  it is a theme challenge and Andreja has chosen Fairies

Not having a fairy stamp, I went here and used a free digi stamp. Mary Ellen produces many drawings of all sorts which are free to use. 
I coloured my fairy with pencil crayons and then added some die cut branches and stamped lights. Fairy lights of course!
Soon after Christmas, MrC proposed a trip to The Range. It turned out they were selling off all their seasonal stock at a reduced price so I just had to buy a few things. There was paper pad which was so lovely I couldn't resist. I set to and started to use it straight away so the fairy is backed by two kinds of paper from the pad which is First Edition Merry Little Christmas.
The lights and fir branch are Leane Creatief.

I hope you'll have time to join in our fun challenge and visit the rest of the design team.
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your Day. x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Feathers times two

Hello lovely crafters
It just so happens there is a new challenge on the block. The theme happens to be feathers. I happen to have a feather stamp and it happens to have Never Been Used. This is perfect as the challenge is organised by Darnell. 

The challenge is to make two cards using the same stamp but the cards must be for different occasions. Thus stretching our ingenuity and our stash. 

 Here are my two cards using a feather stamp and sentiments from Ultimate Crafts. 

I embossed the feathers in clear powder. 
I had an image in my head of rich colours blended so I inked over with a mix of ink pads (Danube, Teal Zeal, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves) and a blending tool. Then I spritzed with water hoping for fine droplets. I never learn. I got great  drips but it was done so I went with it. More inking followed.
Then I removed some of the ink on the feathers with water. It didn't take of much so I tried a drop of bleach in the water. You only need a tiny drop and then you'll find yourself adding colour back in again. 
I finished it with some flattened raffia ribbon.
The sentiment was embossed in clear then I coloured the white card with a Pro-marker. Pro-markers colour clear embossing. Who knew? I thought it looked OK so I kept it instead of starting again and having a white sentiment. It isn't really blurred as it looks here. 

I was less pleased with this in general but now I quite like it. 
The feathers are embossed in silver and then painted in with Danube Blue, very dilute, and a touch of Perfect Pearls. I over-stamped more feathers in Cloudy Blue. 
I added a strip of paper for definition and a few gems. 
I'm also linking this one to the Stamping Sensations challenge Cold and Frosty Colours

Twofer is a great idea and is fun to try out a different idea with a stamp instead of immediately putting it away. (I'm sure you don't leave yours out to gather dust and fluff). 

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day. x