Sunday, 24 January 2021

Playground Challenge #395

 I'm off to visit the Playground this morning hoping that they've not had any snow - we had a light sprinkling overnight or early this morning.  There is a really fun card today for inspiration and of course to showcase the prize on offer - take a look HERE.  Apart from the base card everything came from the snippets pile.  Started with a piece of patterned paper left over from a previous project and trimmed it to fit the card.  I then found more snippets of blue and white card to die cut the fancy diamond shapes.  The white ones were embossed as well to add a bit of interest, one being left plain so that I could stamp the sentiment.  I had a couple of flowers left over which I've coloured and fussy cut before adding.

Dies used - Creative Expressions Californian sets by Sue Wilson (few years old)
Embossing Folder - recent freebie with magazine
Flowers - from designer paper by Stampin' Up (same as used on recent project)
Sentiment - stamp from my favourite freebie sentiment set
Colouring - Inktense pencils

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Another Cameo

 While I had my cameo die set out on the desk I made another card using up some more of my snippets - using them means I don't have to tidy them away into the boxes.  A large text stamp was used on a square of white card which was then layered onto a cherry coloured layer.  Using a matching ink pad I stamped the flowers and the shaped label, both of which have been fussy cut.  Fancy border and cameo were cut from snippets of card and a smaller white label was stamped with the wording.

Text stamp - En Francais from Stampin' Up
Cameo and border - die set from Tonic
Flowers and large label - Everything Eleanor stamp set Stampin' Up (retired)
Small Label - die cut using die from Apothecary Accents Stampin' Up
Square scalloped die - Tonic
Card and ink pad - Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Up

Monday, 18 January 2021

Floral Card

 I have a floral card to share where I've used some designer paper which has outline images printed all over ready to be used as they are or coloured and fussy cut which is the option I've chosen today. Once the flowers were cut out I dry embossed some matching card and layered it up with a darker piece behind and a triangle of dotty paper on the top.  Two label shapes were cut and the wording stamped ready to layer everything together. Another card to add to my growing collection.

.Flowers - from Stampin' Up True Love DSP
Colouring - used Inktense pencils and then fussy cut with scissors
Embossing - folder which came free with a magazine
Dotty Paper - printed from Crafter's Companion CD which I've had for ages
Label Shapes - from Sue Wilson Caribbean die sets
Greeting - free stamps with magazine
Square dies - Tonic

Sunday, 17 January 2021


I have quite a collection of stencils and/or masks which are sadly under-used so I decided to have a stencil play and this is the resulting card. I started by putting the cream card and stencil through a die cutting machine in order to emboss the design so that it stood out a little.  I then carefully brushed the inks onto the flowers - first masking off the leaves and stems.  Next move was to mask the flowers and ink the stems using green ink. The 'Happy' word was die cut leaving a small section underneath where I could adhere the 'birthday' word.  Layered  onto some matching card and that's my stencilling effort for the day.

 Happy - die from Crafter's Companion
Birthday - computer generated in Word
Stencil - Crafters Workshop Mini Cornflowers

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Butterfly Challenge #150

 The butterflies have had a short break over the Christmas time but they are back ready to challenge us again - read all about it HERE.  This time the letter of the alphabet is 'G'; the colours are Geranium (bright pink), Granny Smith (Green) and Gold.  The theme is gingham; style of card is a 'gap' card and of course at least one butterfly.  The gap card was a new one on me but luckily there is an excellent tutorial provided showing at least two ways of achieving this - the idea is to bridge a gap on the front of the card with something or other, either a large die cut word or maybe a shape of some sort.  For once I've managed to include all the elements - the gingham is on the inside of the card and you can just see it peeping through the 'Happy' word.  There is a die cut shape on the inside layer on which to write a message.  Why not take some butterflies out of hibernation and have a go - there are prizes 😉😉

PS - you will need to look closely to read the large word which shows up much more in real life - I will maybe take a photo of the open card when the light is better

Card - Melon Mambo from Stampin' Up
Gingham - diagonal gingham paper from Etsy download
Words - Happy and Birthday from separate Crafter's Companion die sets
Gold layer under butterflies - die from Tattered Lace
Butterflies - Papillon Potpourri stamp set from Stampin' Up - matching punches used

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

More Embossing

 Making a card recently for the Squash It challenge made me realise that although I have quite a lot of embossing folders they are somewhat under-used which is a shame because I think a bit of dry embossing on some of the layers of a card adds a certain something.   I started this card by embossing a large piece of cream card followed by cutting a frame using kraft card.  The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of cream card and die cut into a fancy shape, finally some flower heads were die cut from the left over piece of kraft and arranged around the sentiment. 

Frame - cut using dies from Tonic and Creative Expressions
Embossing - Presscut Quilted blocks folder
Flowers - Additions dies, poppy heads from Crafts Too
Sentiment - my favourite freebie sentiment stamp set, shape is a die from Creative Expressions

Monday, 11 January 2021

Squash It Challenge #4

If you've not come across the Let's Squash It challenge before the aim is to encourage the use of embossing folders which must be named ones.  This time we are asked to combine embossing with anything from the animal kingdom and I've chosen a woodgrain embossing folder as the main focus of the card with a stamped image of a chick. This card is more CAS than my usual style but I did want to show a good proportion of the lovely wood grain which was embossed on cream card and sponged with ink to bring out the texture. Why not dig out some of your embossing folders and have a go at this fun challenge??  There is a prize to be won.😉

Embossing Folder - Wood by  Sizzix for Stampin' Up
Image - from Hay Chick stamp set Stampin' Up
Words - computer generated, Stampin' Up punch
Turquoise Layer - Labels One die from Spellbinders