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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Snow Globe

The weather for this holiday weekend seems to be pretty good with blue skies and lots of sunshine so it does seem a bit weird to be showing you a wintry Christmas card!  The backing paper is from a sheet I remember printing to use for cards last Christmas but of course I've completely forgotten the source.  The snow globe was die cut using White pearlescent card and a  blue circle was cut to place at the back as sky with the addition of some snowy ground, various snowflakes, trees and a young deer to complete the scene.  A Christmas greeting was stamped onto a die cut label and two tiny sprigs of holly added.


Snow Globe - die set from Crealies
Trees and snowflakes and holly - cut from various seasonal die sets
Label - Sizzix die
Words - stamp from a Stampin' Up set
Deer - from a Sizzix die set

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Owl Congratulations

I've made a 'congratulations' card to go into my card box and which would be suitable for maybe an anniversary, engagement or other happy occasion.  The image is a digital download which has been printed and the background paper was printed from a CD which I've had for many years.  Some swirls were stamped around to give it a bit of interest and to tone with the mat layer on the image.  A piece of white card was run through a heart embossing folder and brushed with matching ink.  A small heart was punched to add to the sentiment banner.


Image - download from Polkadoodles (Pink Gem)
Background paper - Artylicious CD, over stamped with swirls
Sentiment - stamp from a Stampin' Up set
Banner - Sue Wilson die set, stitched banners
Heart embossing - folder I've had for many years, probably no longer available

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Snippets Challlenge #359

Apart from the card blank this card is made entirely using bits and pieces left over from a variety of other projects and which were lying around on my desk with the smaller items being 'saved' in little containers. This of course makes it a good card to take along to the Playground for the Snippets Challenge.  As usual there is a super card made by Di to show an interesting way of using what will be the prize this time around - why not pop along to take a look?

I started with the coloured wavy line borders and then looked for other bits which would tone with them.  The two circles were plain but I embossed the larger one and sponged with some ink, then added the die cut motor bike to the kraft circle.  The banner was already stamped with a sentiment but I also sponged the edges of that to match the other pieces. Next I went to a pad of script paper which I have and searched amongst the off-cuts which I keep in the back and found a suitable piece for the background..


Wavy Line Borders - Swirly Scribbles die set Stampin' Up
Embossed Circle - Industrial style folder by Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Kraft Circle - Stitched Circle die Sizzix
Banner - Stitched Banner dies Creative Expressions
Background - Script Paper Pad by Prima
Motor Bike - die from unknown source

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Flowers

I thought it was about time I did some colouring so I stamped some flower images onto watercolour paper and coloured using Inktense pencils.  I also overstamped the background paper with flower heads using grey ink.  Next I cut the image using a stitched detail rectangular die and also cut another one in blue.  More scraps were used to die cut a fancy label for the sentiment which was produced on the computer.


Stamps - flowers from Polkadoodles
Fancy label  - die from Sue Wilson

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Poppies

I've used a set of multi-layer poppy stamps to make this summery card.  I have to confess that I was again tempted by the 'free' stamps attached to a magazine.  I am partially successful in resisting at least some of these offers but this one caught my eye at a weak moment!!

The layered effect of the flower was achieved by inking the first (base) flower stamp and 'stamping off' onto scrap paper before using it on the card.  I only used one shade of red ink and one green.  The completed flower was die cut into a rectangle and layered up with some red card.  A splatter stamp was used on the main card and the sentiment added before assembling everything.  The trusty Misti comes in so handy for this kind of layered stamping - other brands of stamp platform are available!!


Poppy - Alt'new stamp set free with magazine
Splatters - stamp from French Foliage set Stampin' Up
Sentiment - Woodware stamp
Rectangle die - Spellbinders

Monday, 5 August 2019

Snippets Challenge # 358

Time to take another card along to the Playground and as usual there is a lovely card made by Di as inspiration and to showcase the prize on offer in the 'draw'.

I started with snippets of white and green card; some wood effect paper and a piece of lilac background paper.  One edge of the green card was die cut using a stitched scallop die and the white piece cut slightly smaller before stamping with foliage, flowers and bees using a set of stamps and dies given free with a recent magazine. (Yes you are right I WAS tempted this time because it was such a pretty and useful set!!).  The frame and sentiment were stamped onto one end of the woodgrain strip.  My next move was to stamp and die cut some of the flowers and butterflies before adding them to the panel.  everything was assembled to make this summery meadow card for the challenge.



All stamps and dies - a set given away with a recent magazine
Scalloped edge - die from My Favourite Things

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #16

This time around the Christmas Kickstart challenge is down to the Queen of 'Twofers' (the lovely Darnell) so of course you can guess what the idea is.  The theme is 'trees' but we are asked to produce two cards using the same stamp/die set or what have you but in different styles.  Take a look at their blog and you will see some examples for inspiration.

 For my first card I've stamped and cut out three trees from a Stampin' Up set of stamps from a few years ago.  I seem to recall that there was a matching punch but I've cut out my trees using scissors and added gold punched stars.  These have been layered onto a strip of red card with a scalloped white layer behind.  Background paper is from my stash and I die cut a greeting using white card.


For the second one I stamped and cut two trees; banners in white and red; two circles and a lace border.  The white banner was embossed with 'falling snow' dots and a greeting and tiny bird were stamped onto the white circle. Background paper was from my stash of last year's seasonal papers.


Here is a picture of the two cards together as is usual with twofer challenges.




Tree Stamps - Stampin' Up Festival of Trees (little bird from same set)
Sentiment - Contempo Christmas SU
Scallop edge die -My Favourite Things
Lace, Banners and Circles - Sizzix dies
Sentiment Die - Britannia