Sunday, 5 December 2021

Santa & His Helpers

 






I love to take part in many challenges and have been very fortunate to have been included in a list over at 613 Avenue Create of some amazing crafters who have had so many featured projects last year that we are 2020 Master Rockers. I am truly honoured to have been included in such a talented bunch and we have been invited to be Guest Designer during the course of this year.


The challenge theme is always Anything Goes and the 
Optional Twist for December is: Any Holiday



I have created a scene by combining the Santa image from Very Very Merry along with 2 of the little girls from Santa's Little Helpers



This card is for my manager and she has 2 little girls. The images come with different hair colours which makes it really easy to personalise your projects.


The image has been printed onto glossy photo paper which really makes the colours pop.


I used an older sketch from Cheerful Sketches for the layout of this card. The papers are from the same paper pad which makes it easy to co-ordinate different patterns with the same colours throughout. Finally I added a sentiment which has been recycled from an old card we received.

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 - 8” Square

Digital Images - Very Very Merry & Santa’s Little Helpers (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Designer Papers - Christmas Basic Style (Craft Sensations)


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



Digi Choosday - #48 Anything Goes

Fab ’n’ Funky - #541 Anything Christmas Goes

Lemon Shortbread - #159 Anything Goes

Make The Cards Challenge - #43 Christmas

Paper Shelter - #494 Celebrations

Penny’s Challenge - #510 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Happy Holidays / Christmas

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - #106 Anything Christmas Goes

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - #519-520 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Marshmallow Snowfolk

 


How on earth is it December already? The last few months since I started working again have flown by in a blur.

It is time for another challenge over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 
The twist this time is the theme 'Holiday Time'



We are very fortunate to have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year which means we get to choose which artist we would like to work with. This really is great as it gives us double the choice. We are very lucky with the amazing sponsors that are lined up this year, many of which are old favourites and some are new to me. This month our Sponsors are Polkadoodles & My Besties by Sherrie Baldy


I chose to work with this super cute image Marshmallow Snowfolk Doll 5 from My Besties. I love snowmen images and thought this was so cute.

I coloured the image with pencils and added lots and lots of Stickles glitter glue to the snow figures. The card really sparkles. The image has been framed with a navy blue stitched edge square die and then matted onto silver grey card. This is then mounted onto 3d foam to give dimension

I used a pink snowflake patterned paper from my stash and added a stripe of metallic grey card with embossed snowflakes on it. 

The large snowflake is from a pre-cut pack of shapes I bought years ago at a crafty show. It was cut from iridescent glitter card which has speckles of pink and blue in it so matches with the colours of the snow couple. To this I added a large jewelled brad from DCVW which I find very difficult to part with. This is going to be given to very special friends though so worth it.

Final touches are some little red gems for the berries and an appropriate sentiment.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous Team over at the Paper Funday Challenge.

Card Details -


Size - 8” Square

Digital Image - Marshmallow Snowfolk Doll 5 - My Besties by Sherri Baldy

Dies - Pre-cut glittered snowflake, Generic stitched square die (Ebay)

Colouring Medium - Arteza Expert Pencils

Embellishments - Gem Brad (DCWV), Stickles Glitter Glue. Small gems



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



Colour Crazy Challenge - #47 Anything Goes with Colouring

Creative Fingers - #220 Anything Goes

Digi Choosday - #48 Anything Goes

Di’s Digi Designs - Use A Digi

House That Stamps Built - #D121 Christmas in Non Traditional Colours

Lemon Shortbread - #159 Anything Goes

Little Red Wagon - #630 Let It Snow

Make The Cards Challenge - #43 Christmas

My Time To Craft - #471 Stitching real or Faux (stitched edge to square die)

Paper Shelter - #494 Celebrations

Penny’s Challenge - #510 Anything Goes

Polkadoodles - #48 Anything Goes

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #206 Winter / Christmas

Simon Says Stamp Monday - Sparkle Mode

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Happy Holidays / Christmas

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - #106 Anything Christmas Goes

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Try It On Tuesday - Winter Wonderland

Word Art Wednesday - #519-520 Anything Goes

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Gingerbread Man

 


For Day 8 of Beccy's Place Month long Holiday Card challenge the prompt was the letter G.
I have chosen G for gingerbread man as I LOVE gingerbread men and they are not just for Christmas!


The little guy is a digital stamp from the Festive Fare Sweet Treats pack by Kate Hadfield Designs. This is available as a stamp pack, a pre-coloured Doodles pack and a specially priced pack of all the designs.

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 coloured the image with Promarkers and used a blending brush to blend two browns together. I find this is a good way to add a stippling texture to thinks like fur, brick walls and cookies. I decorated with  glitter glue, glitter embedded gems for buttons and flat backed pearls for eyes.

The card has been covered with a lovely paper from Craft Sensations which has a metallic green diamond embedded into it. The gingerbread border is from a years old magazine freebie. I cut part of the design following the wavy lines and used as an accent to break up the checkerboard background.

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 - 6” Square

Digital Image - Festive Fare Sweet Treats Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Designer Papers - Basic Style Christmas (Craft Sensations) & magazine freebie border

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments -  Stickles glitter glue, glitter gems, flat backed pearls














Friday, 19 November 2021

Letter for Santa

 


For Day 14 of Beccy's Place Month long Holiday Card challenge the prompt was the letter L.
I have chosen L for letter & letterbox.

My image has been made by combining a colouring page that was a freebie from Meljen's Designs who is now retired. This provided the frame, the heading and the cookies.

The sweet little Postie is a free image from a recent find of mine Artybarb who has loads of free digital images on her Facebook site. She is definitely with checking out.

Finally the Santa Stop Here is an old sentiment from Limited Runs Digital Stamps. I coloured the whole image in Promarkers and some really fine tipped markers from The Works. I added some accents in gold gel pen on the cookies, holly leaves and swirls.

For the layout I used the latest sketch 686 from Sketch Saturday. I thought the dimensions of the rectangle would be perfect for An A5 Card.


The card base has been covered with a red and white snowflake paper and then I added some small offcuts from the same pad for the flag sections.

I raided my self adhesive ribbons for the corner stripes and added a sentiment and a gold snowflake brad for circle embellishments.

Card Details -


Size - A5

Image - Postie (Artybarb), Letter for Santa (Meljen’s Designs),  Santa Stop Here (Limited Runs Digital Stamps)

Designer Papers - Basic Style Christmas (Craft Sensations)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, gold gel pen, fine tipped markers (The Works)

Embellishments - Self adhesive ribbon, snowflake brad



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



Monday, 15 November 2021

JOY Birds

 


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 Vintage Damask 2 Red & White Collection designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the optional twist to feature the Colours of Red & White on your card.



The Sponsor for this challenge is Imagine That Digistamp who is offering the fabulous prize of 3 digistamps (upto $14 value) from her store.



For my card I chose to use JOY Birds set. I just loved the jolly characters and knew it would work really well as the main focal point on a red and white card. I coloured the image with Promarkers and added lots of glitter glue accents.




The candy cane paper is from Holiday Hoopla Patterned Papers Set 2 by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. This has been printed onto glossy photo paper. I isolated 2 of the candy canes and enlarged them to use as embellishments. Red card stock has been used throughout for the matting and layering.


Finally the sentiment from the digi set comes as a black outline or a coloured version. As it is candy cane colours I used this coloured version with it's pop of red it was the perfect finishing touch.

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

Card Details -


Size - A5

Digital Image & Sentiment - JOY Birds (Imagine That Digistamp)

Digital Paper - Holiday Hoopla Patterned paper set 2 (Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - Stickles glitter glue



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


Christmas Brads Snowman




For Day 12 of Beccy's Place Month long Holiday Card challenge the prompt was to make a shaped card. I have a Christmas card made with a free download from Kate Hadfield Designs


Pop over to this post on Kate's Blog and you can download these cute Christmas Brads. They are intended to be used as a digital element on a page but I have resized them to 5.5cm across and printed onto glossy photo paper and they are so crisp and clear. Just goes to show that the files are such high quality they can be used as a main image too.



I used a large die set Sparkling Season Doily and cut the silver card blank on the fold with the outline die from the set. This is a large die and the card measures just a fraction under 6". The white snowflake doily has been cut from a 300gsm card so it is really substantial. I was really happy that I have my electric Gemini machine as it cut both of these large dies together perfectly crisp and in just one pass. It still impresses me how good it is.

The dark blue layer has been cut from a thinner card using another die from the set. I then added a plain circle of white card and distressed with a small black ink pad.

The image was then added to this. The shape of the die really enhances the brad and creates the perfect frame.

Finally I added some small blue gems and a foiled sentiment from my stash.

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.


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.


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 - 6” round

Digital Image - Christmas Brads Freebie (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Dies - Sparkling Season Doily (The Paper Boutique)

Embellishments - Gems



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