Saturday, 31 December 2011

More Christmas cards

These were made by making backgrounds using Pearlescent inks and then stamping a large Christmas stamp (Illuminate by Inkadinkado) on top.  Then It was matted and layered onto card that had been run through the Cuttlebug using the snowflakes folder.

These were made by making a background using Starburst Stains. I stamped the large stamp onto this (Aspects of Design Traditional Christmas) cutting out the overlap edges.  Then I stamped the Merry Christmas onto the bg paper, punched it out with an oval punch and matted onto a punched scalloped bg.

These simple cards are made by matting and layering cream and brown and then stamping the images (Elusive Images) in Versafine Vintage Sepia. 

I used PaperMania Contemporary Christmas paper to cover the card blanks and then stamped the images from Penny Black, watercoloured them and added some sparkle.  They were then matted onto silver.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

More parchment cards

These are the other parchment cards I managed to make this year.  I so enjoyed doing these I will try to start them earlier next year.
 This is a pattern by Kannikar Sukseree from Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011.  I coloured the back of the Kings with Whispers pens.
Follow the Star, a pattern by Dorothy Holness from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011.

Peace on Earth, by Anne Quinn from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011

Winter Wonderland by Ruth Venables from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011


I decided to try something new with these Parchment cards.  I've not done silhouetes before and was too lazy to use paint for them and wait for it to dry so I used a permanent marker pen.  I discovered it was best to turn the paper over and have the marker on the reverse which is why the Bethlehem skyline is in reverse from the original pattern, lol. 

This is a pattern by Katie Johnson from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011.  I chose different bg colours and did them in arcs rather than in lines as in the original pattern.  Even though I went over the silhouette several times I couldn't get rid of the lines of the marker completely.

This is the reversed skyline.  The silhouette is more muted but the lines of the marker don't show up at all.  Again I chose different colours for the bg and adapted the border.  I think I prefer this silhouette.  The original pattern is by Kannikar Sukseree from Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011.

Parchment Christmas Cards

As these have been received I thought I would show them.  I do enjoy making Parchment cards but as I'm still suffering from carpel tunnel I have to be careful and make sure I don't do too much embossing.
A Sue McGuirk Pattern, Parchment Craft Magazine November 2008
A Multi-Layered card designed by Kay James, Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011
Pattern by Bruno Piecho, Parchment Craft Magazine 2010

Chrismas Cracker pattern by Aileen Childs, Parchment Craft Magazine November 2010

Christmas trees, from a pattern (much adapted) by Julie Roces, Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

When the red, red robin . . .

I made this card with a birdwatcher in mind.  I made the background first.  I clear embossed the snowflakes (Inkadinkado) onto white card then sponged Distress Inks over the top (Barn Door and Pine Needles).  I matted it onto white card and then cut the aperture using Nestabilities Octagons.  Next I put a piece of parchment paper over an outline of a robin and drew him using Derwent Studio Pencils (the outline was from a card by Gail Sydenham from Parchment Magazine published in 2009).  I placed my robin behind the aperture and then mounted the whole onto a green card base.  I stamped the greeting onto card that had been sponged with Pine Needles and matted it onto white before popping it with foam pads.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - 'tis the season
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
CES Challenges - Traditional Christmas
Crafty Ribbons - Traditional Christmas colours

Monday, 12 December 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Ch 58 - Use It Three Times

For our final challenge of 2011 on Crafty Cardmakers we are sponsored by Joanna Sheen.  She is offering a £10 voucher for her online shop for one lucky person.  So what's the challenge?  It has been chosen by Tracy who has picked Use It Three Times as her theme.  Use the same stamp or image three different ways.  It could be the background, main image and matching tag for example.  Using different colourways is another way, or even three different cards.  Go take a look at the DT's examples, there are plenty of different examples.

I decided to use a stamp I've had for ages, by Anita.  First I stamped her onto white card and coloured her in with Derwent Sudio Pencils, adding Sakura Stardust pen to give her a bit of bling, and cut her out.  I made a purple card blank and added a layer cut with Go Kreate Large Frames Frilly #2 in black and then Crafty Individuals DP from book 2 (Christmas).  Next I made a mount for my angel using Nestabilities Labels Ten.  Finally I added lots of bling.

For the bookmark I stamped the angel onto white shrink plastic using StazOn and then, again, coloured her with Derwent Studio Pencils and Sakura Stardust.  I love using Shrink Plastic!  I added some beads and then hung her from a bookmark blank.

Finally, I stamped the angel onto white tissue and again used my pencils and Sakura Stardust  to colour her.  I wrapped the tissue round my candle, then greaseproof paper before heating with my heat gun to adhere the image.  For the decorative base I used black card and DP from the Crafty Individuals Book 2 (Christmas).  The Merry Christmas label was cut using Nesties Labels Ten and then some bling was added.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 22 - Christmas

It's our last challenge of the year over at Dream Valley so we have come up with a really easy one - Christmas.  You can enter up to 3 times and it can by anything crafty.  We have four fab sponsors this time: One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher; Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a $10 voucher; Stitchy Bear who are offering a $10 voucher; and Crafty Ribbons who are offering a Bev's Bag of ribbons.

I stamped the Three Kings from Elusive Images onto Kraft card using Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured them with Derwent Studio Pencils.  Then I matted and layered the image onto gold, then brown card.  For the background I again used Kraft card, stamped the silhouete of the Three Kings in brown and then ran the bg through the Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes folder, matting it onto brown card then onto a cream card blank.  I also stamped the star in silver onto Kraft, mounted it onto gold and brown card and added a gem to the centre.  To finish off I added gems to the image.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Twinkle, twinkle

This may not look much like a Christmas card, but it is!  It's an Alternative Christmas card.  I started with the little star stamp from Stampotique that came free with an issue of Craft Stamper.  I stamped it onto Kraft cardstock (sorry for the bad picture) using ColorBox Chalk ink in Amber Clay.  I added the sentiment (Penny Black) in Rouge.  Then I added a strip of mustard card that I cut with a Martha Stewart punch (embossed zig zag) and some ribbon to the top, and matted it onto pink card.  I then matted it onto mustard card that had been stamped with the star stamp using Rough ink, and then onto a cream card blank.  Lastly I stamped the star onto pink card using Warm Red, adding Crystal Stickers.
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Stampotique Designs - Non Traditional Christmas
Simons Says Stamp and Show - Show some stars
Cupcake Challenge - Colouring on Kraft

Thanks Chick!

I wanted to make a thank you card for a special friend.  I decided to use a Crafty Individual stamp (CI-269) and stamped it onto Kraft card with Versafine Vintage Sepia then coloured the chickens using Derwent Studio Pencils.  The bg card was stamped with a stamp from Stamp Attack in Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler.  I also ran the card blank through the cuttlebug using the Forest Pines folder but it's hard to see from the photo.  I stamped my Thank You sentiment (SU) onto Twill tape and stuck it behind the image.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Samuel Taylor Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, 28 November 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 57 - Heat Embossing and DT call

We are having a DT call over at Crafty Cardmakers.  The new team won't start until January and all information can be found here.

Our new challenge starts today and this week our theme is heat embossing.  It was set by Josephine who says 'Any technique using heat embossing - stamping or ultra-thick embossing powder or something else I haven't thought of.'  We are sponsored by the fabulous Stampman who are offering a set of Starburst stains, Holiday Wreath, as a prize for one lucky person.  I've got this set and I have to say they are really, really lush!

I chose to use the snowflake flourish from Inkadinkado.  I stamped it with Encore Silver ink onto dark blue pearlised card.  Then I heat embossed it using some fab Holographic Embossing Powder.  I'm afraid my picture doesn't really show the fabulous glimmer this powder gives.  I mounted it onto silver card and then onto a white card blank.  I added silver peel-offs round the edge and a silver snowflake cut with my Cuttlebug die.
I then had a play with a new stamp, Robin Script by Funstamps.  I stamped this onto red mirror card with Encore Gold ink and embossed it with Holographic EP, mounting it onto gold card and using gold peel-offs.  This was sooooo hard to photograph but I think you get the idea.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 21 - Sparkle

This week we have a great theme at Dream Valley - Sparkle!  Any kind of sparkle on your creation will count.  This week one of our fab teamies is offering two Lily of The Valley stamps as a prize - go check them out. 

I decided to have some fun with masks I got from Hobby Craft.   For the first one I gave it an undercoat with white acrylic paint.  Then I gave it a second layer with a pearlised white acrylic paint to give it it's first bit of sparkle.  Next I stamped some butterflies (Dark Room Door) onto tissue paper using StazOn Teal and Fuschia.  I stuck them to the mask then added some glitter glue and gems.  I added more gems and finally some feathers (think 'Her name was Lola' LOL).
I had a second mask and lots of paint left so I did this one too.  Instead of an undercoat, this time I painted the pearlised white acrylic paint direclty onto the brown mask and it gave it a coppery effect.  Then I stamped the flowers (Crafty Individuals 206) onto tissue paper and coloured them with Inktense pencils then stuck them onto the mask.  I added some lovely gems (they were on my friends table and were soooooo calling to me!) and a few flowers layered together.  I think this one is from Rio!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sweet little cupcake

I have a niece who is an absolute saint (well I have several nieces and they are all fabulous).  She is training to be a nurse and I can tell you she is going to be one wonderful nurse.  It was her birthday so I made her this little charm bracelet.  She is a real cupcake fan - not just the edible kind but when she gets her own place I can see there will be cupcakes on every wall, curtain, kitchen appliance, etc, lol.  Aren't these little charms sweet - almost good enough to eat!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

ATC Challengess 15 - Lace

Our theme this week at ATC Challenges is to add lace to your project.  I've had this stunning pink lace for a while and thought it perfect for this.  I stamped out a corset from Hampton Art ATC corsets onto pale pink card and added a bit of colour with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Then I attached the lovely lace behind the top of the corset.  I popped it onto my ATC using foam pads and added some bling to the corner.  Very Ooh La La!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

This land . . .

Yep, I was singing away while I made this card.  I might not know all the words to This Land is My Land, but I can hum, lol.  I got my lovely Hobby Art Countryside Scene-Its stamps and made my little scene then watercoloured it using Whispers pens (oh how I love watercolouring!).  Then it was cut and matted using Nestabilities Curved Rectangles.  The green bg card was stamped with the wheat stamp from Stampin' Up Autumn Days in SU Wild Wasabi.  My lovely sentiment is from Stampscapes Sheet 4.  The little banner at the top was made by punching penants using my new SU Petite Penants punch, stamping the wheat again (this time using SU Rich Razzleberry) and 'hanging' them from a piece of SU linen thread.  Finally I added some old buttons from my rather large button tin.
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Gingersnap Creations - Farm Fresh
Let's Ink It Up - Favourite Technique (Watercolouring)
Stampalot Challenge - Blue and Green
Card Patterns - Sketch 141
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - Favourite Technique (Watercolouring)

A Sparkly Angel

I decided to have a go at a Centre Step card and I must say I like this style.  I decorated the card using silver mirror card and then white card that has been run through my Cuttlebug using the Snowflake folder.  The little angel image is from The Stampsmith and stamped in Versafine Smokey Grey then matted onto white glitter card and then popped onto a silver label (Stampin' Up Decorative label punch) and two little pearls popped each side.  For my sentiment I dug out a tiny Dovecraft stamp set I've had ages and stamped it in Encore silver then used two more SU punches to mount it (Large Oval and Extra Large Scallop Oval).  I've added two layers of ribbon behind the sentiment.  Finally I added some roses (from Wild Orchid) that I blinged with silver Stickles, and lots of snowflakes cut with the Cuttlebug Snowflake die.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Stamp and Create - Easel or Centre Step card
Craft Your Days Away - Embellishment Bingo (Pearls/Flowers/Ribbon)
CES Challenges - Roses and Ribbon
Little Claire's - Shaped card
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

10 minute Christmas Card

One of the groups I'm on has challenged us to make a Christmas card in 10 minutes or under.  Easy peasy I thought!  I got myself organised and it took  me just under the 10 mins to do this card.  Clearing up took much, much longer - not helped by the fact that my ribbon fell off the spool and I had to wind it back on!  I started with a stamp I bought from Oyster Craft ages ago and stamped it onto white card using Versafine Onyx Black.  While it dried I cut my silver mat to fit my card blank and wrapped some black ribbon round it.  Then I popped it onto my card and added a little bow using a glue dot.  I stuck my image onto black card and cut round the edges with deckle-edged scissors then using a glue runner, stuck it to my card.  Finally I added some stickles to the corner decorations.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Allsorts - Black and White plus one (silver)
Crafts and Me - Simples
Crafters Companion - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Really Reasonable Ribbons - CAS Christmas and ribbon

Have you ever seen a triangle mouse?

I found a pack of unopened triangle cards in the back of a drawer and thought they would  make fun Christmas cards.  I covered each section with paper from Paper Mania Contemporary Christmas.  Then I stamped my little mouse (soooooo cute) from Penny Black's The Wonder, watercoloured him with Whispers pens, and added some bling to his stocking with Crystal Stickles.  I cut him out using my Dahlia Nestabilities and matted him onto gold card, added some mauve pearls to the top.  Then I mounted the image onto my triangle card using foam pads.  The sentiment was stamped in gold ink and I added a few more pearls to the card.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy
Winter Wonderland - A Christmas Mouse
Bunny Zoe Challenge - Christmas and Pearls
Penny Black and More -  All Creatures Great and Small
Little Claire - Shaped card

Christmas Hedgehog

I got busy yesterday and actually made 3 (yep 3!) Christmas cards.  This is the first one and it uses the cute little hedgehog pulling a sleigh full of presents from Penny Black's The Wonder set.  I watercoloured the image with Whispers pens and added some gold and crystal Stickles for sparkle then matted it onto some gold card.  The bg papers are from a pad I've had since last year and hardly used (Paper Mania Contemporary Christmas).  I added a sentiment and ribbon and bow to finish off my card.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sketch and Stash - Old Christmas DPs
Penny Black Saturday - Gold + Presents
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy

Monday, 14 November 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 56 - Recycle

We are getting all green over at Crafty Cardmakers and our theme this week is recycle.  You could, for example, turn a container into a pen pot, use the inside of a roll of tape to make a jewellery box, or use a piece of a box for your card.  The possibilities are endless and it gives us Crafters a good reason for saving all those bits and pieces we hoard away, lol.  We are sponsored this week by the lovely Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher for her fabulous online shop to one lucky winner.

I decided to do something with the old Smash container that I've kept my Whispers Pens in for the last 3.  I know a musical theme is unusual for a pen pot but my choice was dictated by the paper I used.  The paper is from Stampin' Up called Newsprint.  I added some cream lace and then stamped some music notes directly onto the paper using Encore Copper ink.  The stamps are from Aspects of Design Classical Instruments set.  Then I stamped a couple of the instruments onto copper Art Emboss Metal using black StazOn, cut them out and popped them onto the container.