Tuesday, 12 December 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Christmas Tree

This week at City Crafter , Amy wants us to use a Christmas tree on our projects.

For my DT project I first cut out the card base on the Silhouette using a cutting file. I backed the front panel with some inky paper I had made some time ago . I stencilled te card base with a radial pattern.  The Christmas trees were die-cut from a tag that I'd made using ink, stencil and texture paste - I'd never really finished it, so I repurposed it here!

We look forward to seeing your projects for this challenge and I hope you'll go over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Happy Little Stampers  mixed media
Alphabet Challenge  trees
Tuesday Throwdown  anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers  Christmas

Saturday, 9 December 2017

This Is Why I Do Do Digis...

I know some stampers don't like to use digistamps and feel that they are 'cheating' - but I don't agree. I just see rubber/clear stamps and digital images as two different mediums, each with their own advantages.

For me, the big advantage of using digis is the ability to resize, which makes them so versatile. Here, I printed this A Day for Daisies digital image very large and cropped a third of it away. I shaded him with a grey Promarker and paper- pieced his clothes. I made a border with a Martha Stewart punch and stamped (physical stamps this time) the sentiment using an Avery Elle set.
So here I used the same digi, but this time sized small, duplicated and some of them flipped to mirror each other . I coloured them with Promarkers, stamped a Penny Black sentiment and embossed it with a Taylored Expressions embossing folder.

I'd like to enter the first (paper-pieced) card into:
Cards Und More  snowmen
Double D  red and white
Cardz 4 Galz  snowman
Sparkles Christmas snowman 

I'd like to enter the second (4 snowmen) card into:
Casology  stormy - I think that's a snowstorm!
Cas-ual Fridays  winter blues
Cardz 4 Guyz  snowman
Always Fun  snowment

Pro-Am Showdown # 17 - Up on the Roof

It's the ninth of December and I still haven't achieved the goals of my self-imposed challenge , Pro-Am Showdown,  where I CASE a mass-produced card to make my own, amateur version. I'd better ramp up my productivity if I don't want to have an epic fail!

Here's the card I cased:
The professional version 
For my amateur version I used a Little Claire stamp, which I heat embossed in silver on a navy cardstock. I coloured the scene with Polychromos pencils, which I'm not very good with  tbh, but I felt the colouring looked better after went over it with a Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen.
Close up sparkle and shine
I'd like to enter:
Retro Rubber  colours  ( don't know age of stamp but must be over 2 years)
Tuesday Throwdown  Christmas scene
Winter Wonderland  anything goes

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Night Before Christmas

Here's a card inspired by some challenges. The santa and verse stamps were from a magazine freebie set (years ago), the holly is an old Hero Arts stamp and I used glossy drops, glitter glue and shimmer pen.

I'd like to enter:
Case This Sketch 
Moving along with the times  night before Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks  monochrome
Addicted to Stamps  monochrome

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Where did you get that hat?

This week at City Crafter, I'm challenging you to feature a hat on your project. 

For my DT project I used a digi by Mo's Digital Pencil, which I coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment was also in the set and I noticed the little dots around the L and the S and decided to put little dots onto his clothes. Then I added snow using a stencil and white embossing powder. 

We look forward to seeing your projects for this challenge and I hope you'll go over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter:
Passion for Promarkers  fave colours 
Crafty Catz  let it snow 
Use Your Stuff  woodgrain - hope this qualifies as it's on the logs. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

I used this sketch...

Not for the first time, I made a card specifically for a challenge and am now worried about whether it fits the challenge at all.

I used this sketch from Case this Sketch 

Well, I think it matches the sketch but...is it cas???

Anyway, it's another Christmas card to add to my stack ( must get on to writing and sending them!) .

I used Paper Artsy stamps, Distress Inks for the background and a Martha Stewart punch. 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Jolly Penguin

Last one for today .... I want to enter some challenges and some of them are coming towards the end...

Here I used a penguin stamp by Woodware,  It is quite a big stamp, so I just stamped the top half of it.

Actually this was going to be a one-layer- card but after I had stamped it and coloured it I realised I'd stamped it on the wrong side of the card base! (It was a tent fold card, so if you stood it up he'd be hanging down from the crease.)

I coloured him with Promarkers and gold Nuvo glitter pen. I also used clear shimmer pen on the white bits of his hat so it's all quite glittery. The sentiments are Mama Elephant.

I'd like to enter:
Colour Throwdown 
Just Add Ink 
CAS on Friday  Christmas
Penny Black and More  cas

Sleigh Ride

Here I've used a Santa's sleigh stamp by Penny Black, with a Stampin Up sentiment and a cityscape by Kaisercraft.

I'd like to enter:
Cardz 4 Guyz  reindeer
Penny Black Saturday - Christmas
Creative with Stamps  reindeer
Double D  santa
Deep Ocean  santa

No - Owl

I'm really building up my stack of Christmas cards now.

Here I used a NOEL stamp by Clarity, an owl stamp by My Favorite Things and a snowflake by Uniko. I coloured with Promarkers and added shimmer pen to the 'ice' and white gel pen to the scarf.

I'd like to enter:
Creative Craft Cottage  colours
Shopping Our Stash  snow much fun
Casology round
Inspired by All the Little Things  owl is wearing skates

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Custom- Mix Embossing Powder

I'm a big fan of Vicki Pappaioannou, and I enjoyed her recent video using embossing powder mixes to make backgrounds. Unfortunately, Stampendous did not send me any of their embossing enamels to try, so I had to make my own. I just mixed together different embossing powders of various colours and textures. It was really fun.

For my 'young polar bear' card, the stamp is a very old one by Anita's - I shaded it with a Promarker - and the sentiment is Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter this card into:
Use Your Stuff  heat embossing
Crafters Cafe embossing
CAS Mix Up  stamping and alcohol marker and embossing powder

Here's a second card using the same powder mix. This time the image is by Magenta and the sentiment Hero Arts.

I'd like to enter:
Global Design Project Christmas Joy
Crafty Cardmakers  animals
Moving along with the times  Christmas animals
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Do you enjoy teasing your siblings?

My brother works for a cleaning company and I recently found out that, much to his embarrassment, the company has the word 'elves' in its name.
This one-layer Christmas card is for him.

From a Memory Box set, I stamped the frame, masked off the bottom and stamped the elf inside. I coloured it with Promarkers and green glitter pen. The sentiment is Penny Black.

Of course, now I've teased my brother, I'll have to put up with him teasing me.

I'd like to enter:
Less is More - red and green
AAA Cards Christmas
Make My Monday  happy Christmas

Inkspitational Challenges - Photo

Our challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by this picture:
For my DT card I was inspired by the colours and the glitter. I printed an A Day for Daisies image onto vellum, coloured with Promarkers and added some shimmer to the wings with clear shimmer pen. I added gold glitter to the heart and glittery gems. I mbossed the base card and the sentiment is Hero Arts. 

I hope you'll go over to the Inkspirational blog and see what the rest of the DT have made, then join in the challenge.

I'd like to enter:
Crafter's cafe  embossing 
Cards und More  wings 
Christmas Cards All Year Round 
Christmas Card Throwdown  previous - no red or green 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dear Santa

Well, I know it's far from perfect but I am quite proud of the experimental stencilling I did here, using an Alte New grid stencil and two colours of ink . The girl is a My Favorite Things stamp, coloured with Promarkers , with some gold gel pen spots on the dress. Not sure who made the sentiment.

I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland red and green
Make My Monday  happy Christmas
Watercooler Challenges  anything goes
Fab n Funky  Christmas

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

City Crafter Challenge Blog - I believe in Santa Claus

This week at City Crafter,, Kirsty wants us to be inspired by the Kenny and Dolly album, Once upon a Christmas :

For my DT project I took inspiration from the album cover , which I think is quite kitsch.  I made a retro-style card, using stamps from various old magazine freebie kits. 

We look forward to seeing your projects for this challenge and I hope you'll go over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I'd like to enter
Dragonfly Journeys Christmas tree
Always Fun  anything goes 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Polars Apart

I always enjoy seeing those 'one stamp, two ways' articles, so here I've done one myself, using this bear stamp from Hobby Art.

For the first card I stamped and embossed him in gold , masked him and used a Tim Holtz stencil . I coloured him with Zig Clean Colour markers and decided not to use a sentiment . (I think it's pretty clear that it's a Christmas card!) 

For the second card I wanted to do some paper-piecing with some scraps from a Cosmo Cricket set - my first instinct was to paper-piece the scarf but I decided to paper-piece the bear and colur the scarf with Promarkers.

I'd like to enter:

First card (red and green) 
Retro Rubber  don't know how old stamp is but I definitely used it on cards two years ago
Winter Wonderland  red and green
Moving Along with the Times  Christmas animals 

Second Card (paper-pieced) 
The Holly and Ivy  anything goes 
Come and Get It  animals 

Freezer Tree

I followed a tutorial on using freezer paper as a mask . When I peeled the mask away I was unimpressed with what I'd created but I really liked the effect of the spray inks on the freezer paper mask - so I decided to use this on my card.

The Christmas tree is a Sizzix die.The background is a Darkroom Door stamp, coloured with Pearl X gold mica powder .I was then going to do my usual and stick it all on a white card base, but I remembered the challenge at Try it on Tuesday, to use no white, and made a green base instead. Then it occurred to me that black isn't really a colour!

I'd like to enter:
Jingle Belles  gold.metal
Try it On Tuesday no white
Crafty Gals Corner  dies
Allsorts song Oh Christmas Tree
Challenge up your Life  trees

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Bauble Scene

Here I used a bauble stamp from Paper Artsy. I stamped a scene inside one of them using a post-it note moon ( are Post-its the best craft supply ever?), Distress Ink and stamps from Newton's Nook.

I'd like to enter:
Mod Squad  build a scene
Watercooler Wednesday  Christmas

Plain Polar Bear

Good morning crafters! I'm ploughing on with the Christmas cards and this one uses a polar bear from For the Love of Stamps and a sentiment from Hero Arts and a star stamp (?) and nothing else.

I'd like to enter:
Dragonfly Dreams  winter
Tic Tac Toe masculine, cas, blue
Stempelgarten Christmas

Friday, 24 November 2017

Penguin Joy

For this card I used a penguin stamp from Flora and Fauna. (It comes from a set that I find quite challenging as the stamps are very small and don't seem to really work together.)

The 'joy' stamp is by Paper Artsy , the 'christmas' from Avery Elle and I added glitter pen to the sentiment and knitwear.

I'd like to enter:
The Paper Players  warm and cozy
Cards in Envy only paper