Friday, 4 December 2020

Raymond's Snowman


Imagine That Digistamp started to do a Progressive Challenge again last month. If you completed a card using the Digi of the Month you automatically get the following month emailed to you. If not you can purchase that stamp for a reduced price.

The stamp set this month is Raymond's Snowman. You get the cute image and 5 sentiments in both outline stamps and colour if applicable.

I chose to use the image and the Celebrate Winter stamp and coloured them with Promarkers.
I love the sentiment and think it would make a fabulous card used on it's own. The cute little snowmen heads are adorable.

I have used the latest sketch 583 from Tuesday Morning Sketches as the inspiration for the layout. I rotated it to suit the orientation of the image, substituted the 3 dots for the sentiment and added some extra snowflakes for good measure.

Rotated sketch.

The main paper is from a really really old Papermania pack. On this I have used an offcut of darker blue snowflake paper from a really nice paper pad from The Works. I have a lot of Christmas paper and rarely buy any now but this one had lots of natural designs that I had nothing similar. They have some amazing prices on their own brand stuff and these papers are so thick so were a good purchase. The silver snowflake stripe is an offcut that was recycled/rescued from a Christmas card I have received. I added some self adhesive silver borders to it to match the foiling on the pattern.

The best place for the sentiment was where the 3 dots are on the sketch so I added 2 columns of 3 glittery snowflake stickers which have gems in the centre. Did I really need an excuse to add glitter and twinkle to a Christmas card... LOL

If you visit my blog and are not already taking part in the Digi of the month challenge I would urge you to pop over there. Kris' images are really lovely and you get so much in each pack. You can but this one at the reduced price and away you go then.

Card Details -

Size - 8" x 8"
Papers - Contemporary Christmas Colossal pack (Papermania) & Woodland Christmas (The Works
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen, Stickles glitter glue, Letraset peel off sticker silver border, snowflake gem stickers (The Works)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Cardz TV - #129 Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge - #48 Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge - #518 Anything Goes Christmas

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Crimbo Crackers - #221 Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday - #663 Anything Goes

Digi Choosday - #48 Anything Goes

Double D Challenge - Santa Hats

Fab ’n’ Funky - #505 Winter Wonderland

House That Stamps Built - #DCC220 Pets

Imagine That Digi of The Month - December Raymond's Snowman

Krafty Chicks - #536 Stamp Act

Lemon Shortbread - #134 Anything Goes

My Time To Craft - #446 Christmas Animals

Passion For Promarkers - #571 Christmas

Polkadoodles - #49 Anything Goes

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #181 Christmas

Sweet Stampin’ - Spots and/or Stripes

Try It On Tuesday - Winter Wonderland

Tuesday Morning Sketches - #583 Sketch for layout (rotated)

Tuesday Throwdown - #471 Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - #468-469 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Penguin Tree


We have the last challenge of the year over at The Paper Funday.
The Theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Christmas. If like me you are on a roll then Christmas will be very easy to do.

We are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls who have some gorgeous images. It was very hard to choose on to work with as there were so many cute ones.

I decided on this cute image Penguin Tree. I just love the cute little penguins all supporting one another to make a tree shape. I coloured it with Promarkers adding gel pens to the candy canes, a glitter pen to the present with it's Ultra Fine Sharpie pen patterned paper. The gold star is a new Spectrum Noir glitter marker from Crafter's Companion. The sheer amount of glitter in them is amazeballs. I added some glitter glue to the santa hat and is is so sparkly. The image was then fussy cut ready to use.

Around blogland I had seen this shape of card but didn't have a clue what it was called.  After doing some Googling I found out it is called a Teepee card. I found a tutorial HERE on Mixed Up Crafts and could not believe how simple the fold is. It looks so effective and is just 3 pieces of square card. Very clever whoever thought of doing that. Anyhoo, I made a rough one with scrap paper as I wanted to see what it looked like and would it fit into a C5 envelope. By making the squares 6" it fits comfortably into the size of envelope I use for many of my cards ☺

So after practicing I made the card with the base cardstock. It is a shiny navy blue on this side and white inside which is where the sentiment will be written.

The front is the penguin image as that is the main focal point.

Side 2 is the bauble which is a die from Crafter's Companion. I had initially cut it in the same holographic card but it looked too much so I used plain white card and added loads of loose glitter to it. It is really sparkly and so intricate.

The Merry Christmas banner is from The Works. It is a discount bookstore that also does some crafty things. They have started doing their own dies which are super cheap. This was only £4 and is quite big. Definitely good value for money.

Side 3 is a rubber stamp Under The Tree from Crafter's Companion. I was very fortunate to win a Facebook competition on their page and the prise was 4 sentiment stamps which this was part of. I coloured the trunk with a Promarker and added a yellow star gem to emulate the gold one on the penguin tree. I added some silver peel off stars and snowflakes to finish off the card.

The triangle shape is achieved by using velcro dots to keep the insides attached. Once opened it folds flat to go into a larger size envelope. With 3 sides to decorate there is a bit more work involved but the finished results are worth it.

Card Details -

Size - Fits into a C5 Envelope
Digital Image Penguin Tree (Paper Nest Dolls)
Dies – Christmas Bauble (Crafter’s Companion) Merry Christmas Banner (The Works)
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, Gel Pens, Spectrum Noir Glitter marker, Versafine Ink Pad
Embellishments – peel off stickers, star gem, Stickles glitter glue, loose glitter, Velcro dots

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Toy Stocking


It is time for another challenge at Through The Craft Room Door.
This is the last challenge of the year so the whole team are taking part this time so lots and lots of inspiration for everyone.

We are sponsored this time by Jan's Digi Stamps and the prize is a $10 voucher for the store. Jan has some fabulous images to suit every occasion so this is a lovely prize.

I chose this lovely image from the Toy Stocking set. I just loved the little teddy bear peeking out, he has such an adorable expression.

I coloured the image with Promarkers, gel pens and added lots and lots of glitter on the stocking fur. I used a blender pen to stipple the teddy bear and this added texture to the fur and adds a two-tone effect by bringing in the lighter colour layered underneath.

I used a sketch from Outlawz Sketch Wednesday challenge for the layout.

Following the sketch I matted the image onto some green card. The base is a sheet of A4 card and I covered this with some snowflake patterned paper. The green tree paper is a strip from my Christmas paper scraps which was a magazine freebie. I matched this to a gold self adhesive ribbon with a tree pattern,

The green spotty embellishments are Card Candi which came from Craftwork Cards. I bought so many in lots of colours. They look like a brad but are just a circle of cardboard which I mount onto a foam square so add dimension but not too thick. The sentiment is a recycled one from an old Christmas card. It is so glittery far too pretty to throw away. I trimmed it and added a scrap of gold card as a layer.

Our challenges at Through The Craft Room Door are always Anything Goes and easy to enter. I do hope you will join us.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Digital ImageToy Stocking (Jan's Digi Stamps)
Paper - Woodland Christmas (The Works)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Gel Pens
Embellishments - Self Adhesive Ribbon, Card Candi

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Monday, 30 November 2020

Frosted Flurry


For Day 30 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is to Do What You Love.

I love making Christmas cards full stop. I love pretty papers, I love dies, I LOVE snowflakes so this card embodies all of those. This is also the last race for this year and I wanted to try and make it in time to be able to enter it. I love a challenge ☺

The die cut is Frosted Flurry from Crafter's Companion and is the last of my birthday pressies from the Glittering Snowflakes items I bought. I think it is a first for me that all of the items I purchased I have used.

The die has been cut from a really heavy weight cardstock. I backed this with acetate and added a foam border to make a shaker card. The snowflakes are silver, white and blue confetti and they have a lovely shine. I backed this with another layer of acetate and played with it for a bit to make sure it would shake okay.

The card blank is an 8" square and I cut the vellum to size. This is an offcut from a previous project and was the perfect size giving me a decent white border around the paper.

The ribbon is a recent purchase from 'middle of Lidl'. They had some lovely ribbon packs that were only £1.49 for 3 rolls of 5 Metres each. I of course could not pass up such a bargain as I love me some ribbon. I made a looped bow (blooming fiddly, probably took longer than the rest of the card) I added a gemstone brad to the centre to pick out the blue from the shaker snowflakes. The sentiment was the final touch and I kept it simple to not detract from the rest of the card.

Beccy, thank you so very much for these fabulous challenges. I really hoped to be able to do them each day and I am sad to have missed out 7 of them. I have truly enjoyed taking part, tried new things and new techniques. The inspiration you have given us each day and the lovely comments on every card must take you a long while. You are so generous to us all and I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as we all do. With a bit of luck by the time the linky ends we will have beaten last year's high score of 1166 entrants too.

Card Details -

Size - 8" x 8"
Die - Frosted Flurry (Crafter's Companion)
Embellishments - Ribbon, gem brad, confetti snowflakes

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Poinsettia Wreath


For Day 26 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter W. 
I have chosen Wreath

The image on this card is an old digi from Anne Fenton which I coloured way back in 2011. I had made it into a card at that time and my husband hd forgotten to give out the cards at work to his colleagues. I found them in his workbag about 3 weeks after Christmas and was blooming gutted as they were all handmade ones. They didn't have inserts so I threw them in a box to re-work them at some stage and they never saw the light of day until this year when I came across said box. (I've had both parents die, mental heath issues, moved house, major building work, new craft room and a really good sort out in between so they haven't just been gathering dust)

I have re-used this image as I am now in my 'love poinsettias phase' as I used to absolutely hate them (and I do mean hate.... I know strong word!). When we went into lockdown in March I started growing plants and vegetables from some little pots that M & S gave away when you bought £20 of shopping and it gave me a new love of gardening. I always said I could appreciate a nice garden but wasn't old enough to do it myself. I put my new love affair with Poinsettias to learning to slow down and appreciate what is around us more as I am sure many others have during this time.

The paper and sentiment are both from the Poinsettia Perfection range from Crafter's Companion. This was a freebie with a craft magazine and has really come in handy with Christmas cards this year. It has a lovely patterned frame on both sides so doesn't really need a lot adding to it. I used some of the lovely printed poinsettia ribbon and a simple sentiment.

We have an elderly asian couple who live over the road. They don't celebrate Christmas so I always make them a card without a specifically Christmas sentiment.

Where we live it has been really foggy for the last 2 days (sorry for rubbish 'daylight' on my photo). Last night t was the start of a Christmas tree trail in the neighbourhood and Santa Claus came round in a horsedrawn carriage so it has been very atmospheric, just like something out of an old Christmas movie. Loads of people have put their trees and decorations up but I always wait until 17th December as hubby has his birthday in the 10th and then his cards are up for a week. From December 1st I will start watching Christmas movies though 🎄🎅

Card Details -

Size - A5
Image - Wreath (Anne Fenton)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Poinsettia Perfection (Crafter's Companion)
Embellishments - Ribbon, gems, glitter glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Sparkling Tree Tile


For Day 23 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter T. 
I have chosen Tree

I purchased this tree die a good number of years ago before I had my crafty hiatus. I saw it on a blog and just HAD to have it..... you know how it is 😉 However this is the first time I have used it which I am embarrassed to admit. There I have come clean and no longer need to feel guilty as it has finally been used.

This card unfortunately didn't come out as originally intended though. The silver is a glittery self adhesive vinyl. My plan was to use the outline on one card and then piece in the waste onto another card. However what I didn't consider is that the die didn't completely cut through the plastic layer on such a material, especially being so intricate. Never having used this kind of sticky backed plastic before lesson learned....

So my initial idea ditched I put it to one side and forgot about it (as you do!) 

I have been following Hannelie's Desert Diva blog for years. She makes some amazing CAS cards and although my own style is not usually like that I really do admire her work. She did a recent post as brand ambassador for Uniko and it had some super cards that inspired me to dig out my tree and make something similar.

The base is a navy blue DL card blank. Long and thin cards are in fashion at the moment and seem to really work as a more CAS style. I cut a panel of good quality white card and cut a triangle window out of it to suit the tree. The vinyl I had trimmed down into a triangle and coloured the inside with a dark blue Promarker. This section was stuck down onto the blue card. The white panel is raised up on foam pads so the tree is in the background.

I have added a few star gems to the panel and some blue and clear to the tree for a bit more sparkle. To keep it simple I used a silver peel off sticker sentiment.

I am not entirely sure if I should have cut out a 'trunk' but thought it might make it less clean looking. I really struggle with CAS as I always want to add more to fill in the white space. That kind of defeats the style of card I guess so for now I am leaving it alone.

Card Details -

Size - DL/Slimline
Dies – Sparkling Tree Tile 98919 (Memory Box)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments – self adhesive gems, peel off stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Friday, 27 November 2020

Frosted Elegance


For Day 25 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter V. 
I have chosen Vellum

The main centrepiece of this card is this fancy Frosted Elegance embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. It is a large size at 6" square so on this 8" square size you don't really need an awful lot else.

 When it was my birthday at the end of September I had some pennies to spend from family and treated myself to some of the items in the Glittering Snowflakes collection that CC brought out. This fabulous embossing folder was one, as was the patterned vellum. This is an offcut from a previous project. It was a really expensive pad but the thickness of it really is impressive. By backing it with a layer of the blue card it really shows the colour through it.

I embossed some Core'dinations cardstock which has a whitewash finish to it. I then sanded it back and the blue the comes through. I also sanded the corners lightly to create a vignette effect.

The middle is a plastic embellishment that came from the wedding section at The Range. It is meant to look like diamante but the plastic comes out of the little holes so I filled them in with some silver glitter glue blobs to make it more sparkly. The centre is a blue self adhesive gem.

Finally the sentiment has been recycled from a card and matted onto a scrap of silver cardstock. You know sometimes you look at something you have made and think you had an out of body experience? This is one of those cards that looks so elegant that I'm not sure it was me that made it!

Card Details -

Size - 8" x 8"
Paper - Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock, Glittering Snowflakes Vellum (Crafter's Companion)
Embellishments - Plastic flower centre, self adhesive gem, Silver Stickles glitter glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Marleen's Christmas Stocking


Imagine That Digistamp is now running a Digi of the month Progressive Freebie challenge again. Yay! Kris' images are always so much fun and delightful to work with. Marleen's Christmas Stocking is a lovely set with the outline and coloured images plus 3 matching papers. Such a generous set. Thanks Kris. Looking forward to playing each month.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added some red glitter gel pen. I drew lines on the dress with ultra fine Sharpies to create a plaid effect. I used lots of Stickles glitter glue on the Christmas hat and some star gems on the background and a gold one on the stocking tree top.

I have used sketch 485 from Try Stamping on Tuesday for the layout. 

The base is a sheet of A4 card. For Day 20 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter Q so I chose to use a paper from my scraps box which suited this and then added a gold gel pen to look like quilted stitching on it. From my scraps box the middle foiled paper was part of a paper kit that came as a Let's Make Cards kits years and years old. The strip with writing on has been recycled from a Christmas card as was the sentiment which has been cut into a banner shape and matted onto gold card.

I really hoped I was going to be able to complete all of Beccy's challenges but may have to admit defeat. I am suffering with a cold and chest infection and it is wiping me out. I am quite far behind so I will definitely complete them all but maybe not before the end of November.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, gel pens
Embellishments - Star Gems, Stickles Glitter Glue

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Ellie with Kittens & Paw Prints


If you have taken part in the previous month you get a new image to play with.

This month we got the super cute Ellie with Kittens to play with from The Paper Nest Dolls. I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added some white gel pen to the eyes. I used a Fiskars Shapecutter template to cut out the oval and used an inkpad to distress the edges.

Pinksy Doodles has just released a cool SVG that I thought would work really well as a sentiment. Paw Prints is available from the Etsy store for only £1.49 for the SVG cut file. I printed it out onto white card, cut with a Nesting Oval Tracks Cookie Cutter die and then mounted onto a scrap of brown card.

The layout of the card is sketch 484 at Try Stamping on Tuesday.  When I saw this image I knew I wanted to use my new stencil aptly named Pawprints from Newton's Nook Designs. I used a sheet of A4 linen texture card for the base and stencilled directly onto the bottom of the card using 2 shades of brown Distress Inks.

Following the sketch I used a brown spotty paper for the top section of the card and some plain gross grain ribbon. I inked all around the edge of the card and finished off with a bow I made from some spotty organza ribbon.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Digital Sentiment – Paw Prints SVG (Pinksy Doodles)
Dies – Nesting Oval Tracks (Quickcutz Cookie Cutter)
StencilsPawprints (Newton’s Nook Designs), Oval Shapecutter (Fiskars)
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, White gel pen, Distress Inks
Embellishments – Ribbon & Bow

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)