Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Christmas Sweaters Snowman

 


At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured doodes you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with. 

One of the most fabulous things about being in this Creative Team is that we have free rein to make anything we want to using the sets in the shop. This is amazing for inspiring creativity as there are so many amazing packs to play with. I feel very, very lucky to be able to have this opportunity. 




Anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog know that I LOVE making Christmas cards. I love using this set of Christmas Sweaters Stamps and made a completely different sweater shaped card with it before which you can see here. This time I used the snowman image as the main focus of my card.



I used the current sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge for the layout. My card is A5 in size and I used papers from a 12" paper pad to cover the card and the text strip on the side. I added a super glittery ribbon in a nice rich blue.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I added some Sakura clear glitter pen for the 'snowball' spots on the sweater background. The image and edges of the card have been distressed with a small black inkpad. This is a really old one that is almost dry so perfect for using for distressing.



The sentiment is a very old freebie from Tlc Creations. I have always thought it would be perfect for a snowman image. As many people think Christmas sweaters are not 'cool' then it's quite humorous too . The sentiment has been cut using the Nesting Ovals Cookie Cutter dies from Quickutz. This die set has been in my collection for many years and is perfect for sentiment panels. It is matted onto a scrap of blue card.

As a final touch I added a padded fabric snowflake which is holographic and a big blue gem from Paperchase.

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Digital Image - Christmas Sweater Stamps (Kate Hadfield Design)

Digital Sentiment - Old Freebie from Tlc Creations

Paper - Merry Christmas (Craft Sensations)

Dies - Nesting Oval Tracks Cookie Cutter (Quickutz)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Sakura Clear glitter pen

Embellishments - Glitter ribbon, holographic fabric snowflake, large gem



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

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Gingerbread House

 


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the midway point of our challenge. That means it is the turn of the Merry Maidens to share some more fabulous Christmas cards


This paper pack Embossed Metallic Christmas Edition designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the optional twist to feature Something Metallic on your card.







The Sponsor for this challenge is Beccy's Place who is offering the fabulous prize of $10 to spend in her store.



For my card I have used an image from one of the sets on my wishlist from Beccy's store Gingerbread Set. I adore the gingerbread house and knew it would look lovely if I decoupaged it to create multiple layers and highlight the intricate details. The whole set can be purchased from Beccy's Place store for $10 HERE



I started with a sheet of gold A4 pearl card for the base. On this is a layer of brown card and then the gingerbread paper from the Christmas Confectionery Patterned Papers set from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The great thing about digital files is that you can play about with the sizing and placement to fit your project. This is a real advantage when you have a motif that you can be certain fits into the size and shape of your project. No one wants to cut through the body of a gingerbread man!


I isolated one of each motif from the paper and enlarged them so they could be added as embellishments. Lisa's files are always really good quality and high resolution so they are perfect for this and a great way for you to stretch your supplies. Good quality digital papers easily allow you to expand your creativity in this way.

The gingerbread house is made up of 3 layers. The bottom layer is the full image. The next layer up is the whole roof and chimney. The final layer is the roof trim and the window shutters. All layers have been coloured using Promarkers.  They have been fussy cut with my trusty Fiskars embroidery scissors. These were a VERY expensive purchase when I first started making cards but allow me to cut very neatly and have lasted over 20 years. They only need sharpening every now and again by cutting through several layers of kitchen foil and they are as good as new. They have definitely been worth the initial outlay. 

The layers have been put together with some thin foam pads. Of course I have had to add lots of stickles glitter glue and some red gems. I added this to some brown cardstock and trimmed close to the image. This slight contrast gave a better separation from the element and the gingerbread paper.

I also added the trimmed gingerbread figures to card in the same way. Used a black fineliner to add some eyes and some red gems for the buttons.

The sentiment is one I created myself using a font that came in a special font package my hubby bought me from Serif who are the creators of the digital software I use:- Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. 

I have included the png and jpg files below. You are very welcome to download these and use in your creations. If you do use them please do not claim as your own. It would be smashing if you send me a link to anything you make with my freebies and I can pop over and leave you some love.









For the gold metallic sentiment mat I have used one of my fave dies from Crafter's Companion Grace Frame. This was my very first die from CC and must be about 17 or so years old. I love how intricate the border is an it is a decent size so perfect for framing a larger sentiment panel.

All in all I am really pleased with this card. Beccy's image has turned out exactly as I had hoped and Lisa's gingerbread paper is the perfect combination to make a super yummy Christmas card that is good enough to eat.

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Digital Image - Gingerbread Digital Stamps (Beccy’s Place)

Digital Paper - Christmas Confectionery (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Digital Sentiment - Freebie Made by Mandy

Dies - Grace Frame (Die’sire /Crafter’s Companion)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - Gems, Stickles Glitter Glue



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


Monday, 13 September 2021

Toy Box Teepee Card

 



At Kate Hadfield Designs there are so many fabulous sets it is really easy to get inspired to use them. There are digital stamps which you can colour, coloured versions you can scrapbook or make into digital layouts. Papers, patterned overlays and doodles galore. No matter what your skill level there are so many goodies to play with.


I have used this great set of doodles Toy Box to make this Teepee fun fold card aimed at a young boy's birthday. I wanted to make it bright and bold in mainly primary colours and chose red as the base card as it linked in all of the pre-coloured images.




This card looks really complex but is super easy to make. You simply use 3 squares of card for your base, score diagonally across the middle and attach together. A velcro dot keeps the flaps together and you then have 3 sides to decorate. You can use one of these sides for your sentiment panel or do as I do and write it inside. You can find a great tutorial at Mixed Up Craft. I use 6" squares for my base and this folds down to fit inside a C5 envelope.

First I chose my designs which was the Rocket, Jack in a Box and Robot. I thought they looked great together for a young boy's card and the bright colours make it a fun and cohesive theme.

I started off with white triangles to fit the sides of the card. The images have been printed onto a matte photo paper so they look bright and bold. This paper is then perfect to use and add elements to the background. I added peel off stickers like stars and dots bit you could easily add colour with inks. The rocket has been fussy cut and popped up with foam pads with a foiled die cut sentiment added to form the 'front' of the card.



For the Jack In A Box I added some small pom poms as his arms outstretched made me think of a juggler. 


If you make this type of card yourself one tip for you is I use a corner rounding punch to neaten the points that form the legs. I found when I made one before that if you leave them pointed they can look tatty after a very short period of time as the weight pushes down on the card edge. Just the simple act of rounding the corners makes them look so much neater and stay in better condition.

Over at Kate Hadfield Designs there is lots going on. Kate is really generous with her freebies which are readily available. If you sign up to the newsletter you get access to an extra subscriber area the Doodle Den where there are loads more freebies. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafters and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -


Size - Teepee Card folds to fit C5 envelope

Digital Images - Toy Box Doodles (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Embellishments - Pom Poms, peel off dots, coloured star stickers (Stickopotamus)



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



Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Anime Cheers

 


Stamper's Delights run a Progressive Freebie challenge on Facebook and give you a free image set to work with if you make a card using any of their images. 

I have already entered this last month but didn't want to blog it as it was a card for an early September birthday. It has now been received (and she loved it)

The lady I made it for is a neighbour who has become a good friend. She looks so much like the girl in this image I thought it would make the perfect birthday card for her.

The image is Anime Cheers and has been coloured with Promarkers and some shading with pencils. The background has some added stars using a stencil from Crafter's Companion and a pink pencil.

The card is 8" square. I knew I wanted to use the large fancy font Happy Birthday sentiment die so it needed to be a pretty big card to accommodate it.

The card front has a layer of burgundy card and then the pink patterned paper is a wrapping paper from Paperchase. I often look at wrapping papers as a source of excellent patterns. Paperchase is one of my favourite shops and is very rare I don't come out with something from there. I love the colours, pretty circles with the gold detail. The gold ribbon and detail on the die really bring it out well.

Card Details -


Size - 8” x 8”

Digital Image - Anime Cheers (Stamper’s Delights)

Dies - Happy Birthday Sentiment (Crafter’s Companion)

Paper - Wrapping Paper (Paperchase)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Pencils

Stencil - Twinkle Twinkle (Crafter’s Companion)

Embellishments - Ribbon



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


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The Little Ballerina

 


It is the start of a new month and I am back with my DT hat on for 


As long as you made a card with the August freebie you will automatically get the September image free. If you have not taken part before you can request this month's image so head on over there and join in the fun.

It is a fabulous way to use images from artists you many not have used before. Also sometimes the image is completely different to something you would normally use. It has been a good way for me to stretch my creativity and take me out of my comfort zone. 

I would highly recommend anyone who is not already taking part to jump in and have a go. We are a really friendly bunch at The Outlawz.


This month we are sponsored by Hetty Clare Art



We have been given this cute image The Little Ballerina to play with this month, absolutely perfect for a little girl's birthday card.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added some shimmer with Spectrum Noir Glitter markers. They are water based and you can use a water brush to pick up colour off the tip and add a little bit of shimmer. I used a fine liner to add some texture to the hair.

The image has been matted into a scrap of pink card which has been distressed with an ink pad. The spotty background paper has been recycled from the inside of a shop bought card. I have a few really good neighbours who save the cards they get for me so I can reuse and recycle bits and bobs from them. The foiled sentiment is also recycled.

I added some glittery ribbon and some little stick on embellishments from The Works and the perfect girly and sparkly birthday card is completed.

If you fancy having a go with this image I hope we will see you enter our challenge at 
The Outlawz and look forward to seeing the entries.

Card Details -


Size - 4.5” x 6.5”

Digital Image - The Little Ballerina (Hetty Clare Art)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers (Crafter’s Companion)

Paper - Recycled from a store bought card

Embellishments - Glitter ribbon & sparkly gems (The Works)



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