Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Clearly Besotted and My Favorite Things Little Pudding card

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

Here is my Christmas card

1) Stamp the dotty pudding from the Clearly Besotted Little Pudding stamp set in brown ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Coat the top of the pudding with glue and sprinkle with some glitter

2) Stamp and die cut three of the holly sprigs from the same set and glue them onto the puddings at different angles.

3) Die cut the three aperture faux stitched die from MFT Blueprints 27 using white card and do the same with the stitched scallop die from the same set. 

4) Stamp the greeting from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set on the scalloped card and ink around the scallop with the same red ink. This is a great cost/space saver to get the right tone of paper to coordinate with your stamped sentiments.

5) Layer everything up on the base card and finish off by adding holly berries with red Nuvo Drops.

You really gave us a hard time choosing the top places in the last challenge - I swear the entries get better each time! Anyway, you'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog and you can link up your holiday card there.

I'd like to play along with

Winter Wonderland Challenge - stitching real or faux.

Merry Monday #281 - inspiration photo - I used the colours and the idea of a sweet treat for Christmas

Use Your Stuff Challenge #303 - Use die cuts

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Penny Black 'in the winter' and Clearly Besotted Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the March challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges

This month our themes are

E - Emboss

F - Frills

G - Glitter

Our Sponsor this time is

and I have a little prize to give away too

I don't know about you but we have had some very cold and frosty days around here lately and I have seen lots of frosty bare branches looking beautiful against a blue sky, so I was inspired by that to make my card. I chose to combine the embossing and glitter challenges:-

1) Die cut the Penny Black 'in the winter' tree die from white card and from brown card. Offset the trees by snipping apart the brown trees and gluing them behind the white ones so it looks as though snow is lying on the branches.

2) Apply liquid grue to the trees and snowbank and sprinkle on some white glitter.

3) Place a Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil on some white card and press through it with Versamark ink. Heat emboss the snow with white embossing powder, and then ink up the card with Distress Inks in fossilized amber, wilted violet and chipped saphire.

4) Glue the glittered snowbank to the inked card and adhere it to the base card. Sie cut a star from the First Edition Build a Scene: Nativity set and glue it in the sky.

5) Finsih off by white embossing the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Ornamental style onto a strip of black card and raise it on some fun foam before adhering it to the card.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog and you have until 31st March to join us this time.

I'd like to play at

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' February - anything goes

The Holly and Ivy Challenge #24 - anything goes

Aurora wings challenge #64 - I went vertical centre (glitter, die cuts, layers)

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Papertrey Ink Holiday Folk Christmas Card

Hello everyone and welcome to the March Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I went with the optional twist: reindeer, this time, but you don't have to - any Christmas card will do.

1) Dir cut a piece of white card with a Sue Wilson Pierced Square die, mask off  a circle in the centre of the square and then brush on some red ink using Clarity Stencil Brushes.

2) Stamp and die cut 4 boughs from the Papertrey Ink Make it Market: Holiday Folk stamp set, and arrange them around the circle, raising them on some foam.

3) Stamp and die cut 3 reindeer from the same stamp set using kraft ink, and arrange them so they are leaping in the top half of the circle.

4) Stamp the greeting from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #20 in red ink.

5) Layer the square onto some red card and adhere to the base card.

6) Finish off by scattering some tiny red stars and berries over the boughs and going around the edge of them with some glue and then glitter. I couldn't get a good picture of the glittery shine but it looks nice in real life!

As usual, we have some great inspiration for you over on the Happy Little Stampers blog.

I'd like to play along with

Sparkle's Christmas Challenge #86 - twinkle twinkle little stars - my stars are very little twinkling around the wreath!

The Merry Christmas Challenge #9 - anything goes

Watercooler Challenges #159 - it's all about Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 2 March 2018

Tonic Studio Sending Best Wishes and Papertrey Ink birthday card

It's time for the March Challenge over at Simply Create Too, and this time we are asking you to use green! In March we have lots of green popping up in the garden and the countryside generally, so, along with the fact that St Patrick's Day is this month too, you have plenty of scope for inspiration with this challenge.

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I came up with this card using an NBUS Tonic Studios die and embossing folder set called 'Sending Best Wishes Dimensional Embossing Folder and Die Set' - quite a mouthful!

1) Take a 6.25 inch square of dark green card and die cut the flower triangle into the top left. This intricate die just cuts into the paper rather than cutting it out.

2) Die cut it again from light green card and then use the outer triangle die to cut it out of the card so it becomes a topper. Glue it over the dark green card, offsetting it to give a shadowed effect.

3) Place the wording die diagonally down the centre of the of the card and cut the sentiment into the card. Place a strip of pale green card behind it so it shows up well.

4) Cut the triangle die out of pale green card and then emboss it with the embossing folder, before sticking it to the lower corner of the panel.

5) Die cut the Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames 4 die from white card and then again from dark green card. Stamp the sentiment from PTI Just Deserts on the white frame, then cut the green frame down the centre and stick it behind the white one to give a mat. Adhere the panel to the base card and stick the sentiment frame on the lower corner.

6) Cut the flowers in yellow card and paper piece the petals into the green outline flowers, then finish off with a tiny red heart to dot the i.

The sending best wishes message is really versatile because you can use it for any occasion by adding a further sentiment. I think this is the first time I have been bold and focussed so much on dies for a card and although it certainly gives a very professional finish, I couldn't resist adding that stamped message. I went to town a bit stamping on the inside of the card too, but I forgot to take a photo of that!

Well, how are you going to use green on your project this month? There's a lot of inspiration over on the blog and you have until 30th March to play along with us. I can't wait to see all your entries!
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

My Favorite Things and Clearly Besotted Home Sweet Home card.

Hello and welcome back. We are just starting a new watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge, and this time our twist is 'Home'.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


My daughter has just bought her first home, so I made this card for her.

1) Take the My Favorite Things Home Sweet Home die set and cut all the pieces from mixed media card.

2) Colour all the pieces using Arteza watercolour brush pens. When the roofs have dried, stamp them with patterns from the Papertrey Ink Bitty Background Blocks using brown ink. Assemble all the houses, adding the windows, doors, and roofs.

3) Die cut a stitched rectangle and watercolour with blue and green paint before adding the houses, trees, and clouds to make a scene.

4) Die cut a Papertrey Ink brown double ended banner and stamp the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Delightful Day in Versamark ink and emboss with white detail embossing powder.

5) Layer everything up on a brown stitched rectangle before adhering it to the base card and finish it off by adding a few flowers to the tiny trees using a white gel pen.

Remember that we are an Anything Goes with Watercolor challenge and if you don't want to play with our optional twist, that is fine. Why not head over to our blog where you can see lots of inspiration from the team.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Baby wall art using Sara's Signature Little Angel Collection

 Hello and welcome back to our popular Anything Goes week over at  Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.

As you know, we had a new addition to our family late last year when our first Grandchild, Alice, was born.  I wanted to make something for her but I am an atrocious knitter so I raided my stash and made this wall plaque to welcome her.

1) Take a papier-mache plaque and remove the paper cord before coating it with white gesso.

2) Paint the plaque front with grey paint. I used a tester pot of emulsion paint that I had in from when we decorated my craft room. When it is dry, repeat on the back and then give everything a second coat.

3) Take the Memory Box stencil 'Stars Starry Nights' and place it on the plaque so you can spread glitter texture paste through it. This was a little time consuming because the stencil is smaller than the plaque, so you have to do it in stages, letting the paste dry each time before moving onto the next bit.

4) Die cut the Friendly Elephant ( from Crafter's Companion) using some paper from the CC Little Angel paper pad and ink through the die to enhance the features. Curl the elephant's ear and then cut it again from some white card and stick it to the back to give the image some structure.

5) Die cut the heart balloon from the Balloon Trio set from the same CC range using some stripey paper from the same pad. Cut the strings from some coordinating paper.

6) Cut three banners from grey card using one of the PTI Countdown details die and stamp and white emboss the words from PTI Wonderful Words: Baby Stamp Set.

7) Stamp the greeting on the back in Smoky Shadow ink using a mixture of Avery Elle Lovely Letters alphabet stamps and PTI Love Lives Here.

8) Finish off by adhering the elephant and balloons to the front and replacing the paper cord.

I'd like to play along at

Shopping our Stash #343 - Stashed Stencils

International Art and Soul Challenge #27 - Use stuff you already own

Alphabet Challenge - X for Xtra Special Occasion

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hero Arts and Papertrey Ink Valentine card

Hello there, and Happy Valentine's Day to you. We have a CAS week over at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I couldn't resist making another Valentine card.

1)Die cut a heart out of white card, and a tiny heart from red card.

2) Stamp a little cupcake on the heart and colour it in. Stick the tiny red heart in the top right of the white heart.

3) Die cut a rectangle shape and stamp the happy Valentine's Day (from PTI 2010 Love Tags) in Versamark ink before embossing it with white detail embossing powder.

5) Adhere the red rectangle to the base card and stamp the sentiment (from Hero Arts Friendship Messages) beneath it. Finish off by adding glossy accents to the cupcake and tiny heart.

This CAS design could be adapted to any occasion and can be whipped up in no time.

As always, there is lots of inspiration from the team over on the ATSM blog, and it would be great if you visited before deciding to join us this time.

I'd like to play at

CASology # 287 - together

Die Cuttin' Divas # 356 - Valentines Day

Tuesday Throwdown #379 - Sweets for my Sweet

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 439 -

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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