Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Phill Martin Merry Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time we have a holiday theme.

I came up with a flat, post friendly card that would be suitable for mass producing.

1) Make a 5 by 5 white card blank and cut an aperture in it with a stitched square die.

2) Take the Phill Martin Holly Frame and stamp it on the stitched square with green ink and quickly add clear embossing powder.

3) Take the Merry Christmas greeting from the set and stamp it in red ink in the centre of the frame and add clear embossing powder.I find that this technique works well for me and it saves the expense of having lots of colours of embossing powder.  Emboss with a heat gun. I prefer to use the heat gun once to minimise warping of the card.

4) Apply glue to the back of the square, close the card and stick the square through the aperture to get good placement.

5) Stamp the large holly stamp from the Clearly Besotted Little Pudding set in green ink and colour the berries with a red pen.

6) Add glossy accents to the berries and leave it to dry.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and you have two weeks to join in with the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Die'sire Decorative Star Christmas card

Hello everyone, it's time for another Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, and this time our optional twist is 'star'

Once again, a lucky winner will receive a $15 discount at the Happy Little Stampers Store

As you know, I am on a mission to get lots of Christmas cards in my stash by keeping to my resolution of making at least 2 copies of every card I make until December, and so far I'm keeping up with it. Well I had to keep to one as my other resolutions have already hit the road lol!

This is my star card which would be easy to mass produce and is relatively flat for posting.


1) Take 2 pieces of white card, drop dots of Pebeo Drawing Gum over them and leave it to dry.

2) Take 2 shades of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (I used Cobalt and Arctic), and do a watercolour wash over the drawing gum. Once it has dried, rub off the gum to reveal a starry sky. On the left you can see the gum and on the right I have rubbed it off. Cut the card with a stitched rectangle die. I haven't managed to capture the sparkle on my photographs but it has a lovely subtle sparkle in real life.

3) Stamp the 'O holy Night' sentiment from Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas with Versamark ink and emboss with white detail embossing powder.

4) Die cut the Die'sire Create-a-card Decorative Star from white card, remove the central star, and adhere it to the blue card. Raise the panel on the base card with some fun foam.

5) Stamp and die cut the bow from the Papertrey Ink Merry Kiss-mas stamp set and fix it to the top of the star.

I hope you will join in with us this month and keep adding to your Christmas card stash. Why not visit the Happy Little Stampers Blog for some more inspiration from the team and you can link your card over there. Remember that this is an anything goes Christmas Challenge and the star twist is optional.

I'd like to play along with

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

Die Cuttin' Divas - dies and ribbon and bows

Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Stampavie Looking Chic Christmas card

Hello everyone,

Welcome to a rather photo heavy post today. I'm delighted to say that I will be joining the ABC Christmas Challenge Design Team from this month. The team has so many talented designers and their work will give you lots of inspiration to help you keep your Christmas card stash growing throughout the year. Thanks so much Samantha for inviting me to join you all.

ABC DT Christmas Challenge

For the March challenge the themes are 
E - Edge

F – Family

– Girls
all with a Christmas theme of course!

We have a wonderful sponsor

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one lucky winner will receive a £10 gift voucher

Helen who is our Hostess this month is also offering a prize, and who wouldn't want this cute Christmas set of dies?

I decided to go with the girl theme and came up with this card

I like to stretch my supplies when I can and although this is not actually a Christmas image, I thought that if I gave her a snowy background we could make her look happy on a Christmas card.

1) Stamp the image from Stampavie, Penny Johnson Looking Chic stamp in Versafine Onyx black ink and emboss with clear powder. I find that black embossing powder always ends up where I don't want it to go, so this is a cleaner alternative.


2) Colour the image with alcohol pens. I used the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens and I have to say I am very pleased with them so far. I love the soft brush end and the bullet point is so handy for tiny things. Once the ink is dry, add dots of Pebeo Drawing Gum and leave it to dry. This drawing gum is really easy to rub off, and you can use a brush to apply it without ruining the brush because it washes out so easily.

3) Stamp and cut a mask for the girl and dog and apply to the image. Cut some post it note into random snowy mounds and stick them over the other mask at the bottom of the panel.  Use the Copic Aircan and a blue Copic marker to airbrush the sky and then let it dry.

4) Remove the masks and rub off the Drawing Gum.

5) Die cut one of the frames from the MFT Pierced Oval Frame set from red card, place it over the image and cut the image to fit it.

6) Die cut the stitched scallop from red card using a die from the MFT Blueprints 23 set.

7) I then had to decide what greeting to use so I had a good look through all my stamps and came up with a mix that (with a bit of scissor surgery) worked. The 'Dashing through the snow' came from the Papertrey Ink 'Santa's Sleigh' set and I cut the 'to wish you' from another stamp in the same set. The Merry Christmas was from the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments, and I lined them all up and stamped with red ink.

8) Create some mats and layer everything up onto an 8 by 8 card. I very rarely make large format cards but I'm getting to like them.

The challenge will run until the 31st March, so why not pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog to see some fabulous inspiration, and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Hiding in my Craft Room - any holiday

Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas goes

A Snowflakes Promise challenge - anything Christmas/winter themed

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

My Favorite Things Stitched Heart Grid card

Hello everyone and welcome to the new Anything Goes challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

I hope you aren't tired of hearts after Valentines Day because I couldn't wait to use my new Stitched Heart Grid dies from MFT.  I'm still in love with my new Sparkle Pens from Spectrum Noir because they make it so easy to whip up a background, and they seem to be making an appearance on every card I make at the moment!

1) Take a piece of white card and colour it with a red and orange sparkle pen, ombre style.

2) Cut the stitched heart die from the coloured, sparkly card.

3) Cut some white card with a stitched rectangle die and cut the stitches grid die towards the top of the rectangle.

4) Stamp the sentiment from PTI Happy For You stamp set in Hero Arts Pale Tomato shadow ink, and then stamp over it again with versamark ink and emboss it with clear embossing powder. I used my Misti for this to get correct placement.

5) Take another piece of white card and colour the edges with the sparkle pens to provide a mat for the white rectangle, Layer things up and raise the panel on the base card with fun foam.

6) Shape the hearts and glue them to the grid in the red to orange order. 

Tip - I got correct placement by temporarily sticking the piece of card I had cut the hearts from, over the grid, and glued the hearts through it. 

I decided not to make the greeting too specific so I can make it into a wedding or anniversary card by adding a second greeting inside the card when the time comes for me to use it.

Why not hop over to the ATSM blog to see some more inspiration, and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Crafty Friends challenge - all that glitters

Digi design challenge - use die cuts or punches

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Birthday Classics March birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to the March Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. This is an anything goes as long as it's watercolour challenge but there is an optional twist that you can use to pep things up with if you choose, and this time the twist is 'smoosh'

The winner of the challenge will receive a $15 discount at the Happy Little Stamper Store

Now we are into March, I can feel that spring is almost here, so I came up with this this card in my favourite spring colours

 1) Take a non stick craft mat and squish three distress inks onto it. I used squeezed lemonade, peacock feathers and mowed lawn. Spray some water onto the inks and press a piece of watercolour card onto the mat and let it soak up the wet ink. Leave to dry.

2) Once the card is dry, add some texture to it by stippling the same inks over the paper with a slightly damp brush.

3) Once it is dry again, stamp the Papertrey Ink Birthday Classics: March stamp in the centre of the card with Versamark ink and then emboss with white fine detail embossing powder.

4) Use a rectangle die to cut out the centre of the panel and mat that onto black card. Mat the larger piece of card with black card that has been cut with a stitched rectangle die.

5) Adhere the larger piece of card onto a yellow card base and raise the smaller panel on some fun foam in the centre to give some dimension. Finish off with a few pearls, coloured with black alcohol pen.

We are lucky enough to have the talented Linda Walmsley join us as Guest Designer this month and you can see her gorgeous card, and lots of inspiration from the team over on the HLS Blog.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here new home card

Helle everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend and are refreshed and ready for another week on the merry go land of life. I'm continuing with the celebrations over at Papertrey Ink and we've reached 


so I pulled out a set that I loved when it came out in 2010 called Love Lives Here, and used my favourite pink, aqua and lilac colour combo.

1) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp 2 of the houses near the top in green and lilac ink.

2)  Stamp the love lives here sentiment in green ink and then snip the happy from the new home sentiment from Keep it Simple: Home stamp set with a little scissor surgery, and stamp over two lines in pink and lilac ink.

3) Emboss the panel with the PTI Canvas and Linin Impression Plate to give some texture.

4) Die cut a house from pink card and stamp one of the houses in white ink. Die cut 3 more houses from scrap card and stack them beneath the pink one to give some dimension, and stick it in the centre of the 2 stamped houses.

5) Now promise not to laugh at the next bit, but it is about as shabby chic as I can get, in homage to Melissa Phillips who designed the set and is the shabby chic Queen lol! I took a rectangle of white card to use as a mat and tore the edges with a tearing ruler before lightly inking the edges with pink ink. Well I think it is a bit shabby!

6) Finish off by adding 3 little hearts and adhering the panel to the base card, raising it on fun foam.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Papertrey Ink Out of this World new baby card

Hello everyone, 

I'm really enjoying the festivities over at Papertrey Ink, and haven't had my mojo in such good tune for ages. I've reached 2011, when the Boy Basics sets were released. I've made this fun card with the Out of this World set for a young friend who is pregnant and has just been told she is expecting a boy.

1) Paint a planet background with watercolours and speckle some water over it. When it is dry, die cut it with a stitched circle die.

2) Stamp and die cut the rocket and colour it in. Stamp, colour and fussy cut the fire trail.

3) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp the 321 sentiment towards the bottom of the panel, and stamp the rest of the sentiment from Hooray in red beneath it.

4) Layer everything up and add a few little stars to finish it off.

I'd like to play along with


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