Wednesday, 7 June 2017

MFT Hot Cocoa Cups and Papertey Ink Christmas card

Hello again and welcome to the June Challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached L and M this month and our themes are:-

L - Love

M – More than one

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A surprise prize from Dorte


I came up with this card which kind of covers both themes.

1) Die cut two mugs using the My Favorite Things Hot Cocoa Cups dies using aqua card, and then ink around the bottom and edges with some ink.

2) Die cut the cream swirl, hot chocolate, and hearts from white card and colour with alcohol markers. Ink the edges of the cream and layer up all the pieces onto the mugs.

3) Die cut a Wonky Rectangle (MFT) and stamp the greeting from MFT Hug in a Mug stamp set in red ink.

4) Take a piece of patterned paper from the Papertrey Ink Sparkle and Shine collection and mount it onto an A2 card. Layer up the rectangle and mount the mugs with some fun foam to give dimension.

5) Finish off by stamping some chocolate sprinkles onto the cream and add a tiny white heart to one of the mugs.

Why not pop over to the blog to see some great inspiration from the team and add another card or two to your Christmas pile this month.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Ombre Sentiments: Birthday card

Hello everyone,

Addicted to Stamps and More are up to Challenge #245, and this week we have some Photo Inspiration for you

I was inspired by the sentiment as a focal point and by the content which made me want to add some sparkle to my card

1) Take a piece of watercolour card and stamp and white emboss the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Ombre Sentiments: Birthday.

2) Take yellow, orange and red Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pens and create an ombre wash over the sentiment. When it is dry, die cut the panel with a Sizzix postage die from the Butterfly Cards Die set.

3) Stamp the floral image from Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquets stamp set. This is a two stage stamp, so I stamped the leaves in green and added the flowers with yellow and orange ink using the rock n roll technique. Fussy cut the flower.

4) Die cut a stitched rectangle from black card and layer everything up on an A2 card base, and go over the flowers with a SN Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen. 

I find it really hard to capture sparkle on a photograph, but you can see it a bit better on the second photo.

Well, now it's over to you! Why not head over to the ATSM blog to see some great inspiration from the Team, and you can link up your entries there. I can't wait to to see how you interpret the photo.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Favorite Things Merry Christmoose card

Hello everyone and welcome to the June Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, and one lucky winner will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Store. In case you are a first time player with the challenge, our theme is always anything goes but but we have an optional twist you can play along with to make it more fun. 

Our twist this time is Tree, and I came up with this card

1) Stamp and fussy cut cut the tree, moose, cushions and rug from the My Favourite Things Merry Christmoose set. There is a die set available but I'm trying to cut back a bit, and fussy cutting doesn't take too long!

2) Colour all the images with alcohol markers.

3) Take an A2 card base and cut some patterned paper that is a bit like wallpaper, stick it to the top of the card, and add a strip of red card beneath it to resemble a dado rail.

4) Arrange the die cuts an the bottom of the card so the rug and cushions are flat and the moose and tree are raised on fun foam.

5) Stamp the sentiment on white card, trim and mat it onto brown card to resemble a picture and hang it on the wall with some cord.

6) Finish off by adding some flat pearl baubles to the tree.

There is lots of inspiration from the DT over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog, so why not pop over to leave some love.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Clearly Besotted Super Cool card

Hello everyone,

It's time for another challenge over at Simply Create Too, and this time we want to have some summer fun!

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Nothing says summer more than a fabulous ice cream cone, so I pulled out some stamps and made my mouth water.

1) Die cut the cone from the Clearly Besotted Super Cool set and stamp with Papertrey Ink kraft ink.

2) Die cut and stamp the scoops of ice cream in appropriate colours. I used PTI sweet blush and aqua mist, along with Elzybells cookie dough.

3) Over-stamp the aqua scoop with the chocolate sauce stamp and emboss with clear powder. I loved doing this - it really gave the look of sauce dripping down the ice cream!

4) Die cut a stitched rectangle from some aqua card, white emboss the sentiment from Clearly Besotted So Sweet 11, and then emboss the panel with the PTI Canvas Impression Plate.

5) Mat the layers onto the base card and arrange the ice cream using some foam tape on the scoops to give dimension.

6) Finish off by adding a few die cut hearts and paint over the scoops with a clear glitter pen to give a frosty look.

Why not visit the Design Team over at SCT to see what summer fun they are having, and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Shopping our Stash week 305 - You are so sweet

Ooh-la-la Creations Challenge 229 - food or drink

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - use up old stash - I got these stamps in 2014

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Woodware and Happy Little Stampers Celebrate card

Hello everyone and welcome to the June Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

Our challenge is an anything goes as long as it's watercolour challenge but each month we have a fun twist for you to try if you want to and this time the theme is Mask.

I really like the look of those mixed media collage type masterpieces that you see around but I never seem to able to pull them off. So I was delighted when I saw the Woodware Love Collage stamp, and couldn't wait to play around for this challenge.

1) Die cut a stitched rectangle of watercolour card and stamp the image on it with waterproof black ink. When it is dry, mask the heart, postmark, eye and the word 'love' using Pebeo Drawing Gum and a paintbrush. Leave to dry.

2) Spray the card with water and then sprinkle some Brushos on before wiping across the card with a damp paintbrush

3) Once the paint has dried, rub off the masking fluid and paint the elements that are revealed.

4) Mount the panel onto some black card and then onto the base card.

5) Stamp and white emboss the sentiment from HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments onto a strip of black card and trim the ends with a corner rounder. Mat this onto white card and raise it onto the panel with foam tape.

6) Finish the card off by adding glossy accents to some of the elements,

Why not pop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see the delights that the Team has to show you, and join in with us this time. One lucky winner will receive a $20 discount at the HLS Shop.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

John Lockwood Christmas Rose Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to Challenge #243 at Addicted to Stamps and More!

This week we are back to our Holiday Challenge, and I decided to go with a floral theme for a simple, almost flat design that can be batch made and easily posted.

1) Take a piece of white card and stamp the flowers from John Lockwood's Christmas Rose Elements stamp set using Memento black ink.

2) Colour with alcohol ink pens (I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens), then stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set.

3) Die cut the image using the curved die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 14 die set. I wanted to give the impression of another layer without actually having one, so I left the card in the die, turned it over and went round the edge with an embossing ball tool, before lightly inking the edges.

4) Cut a stitched square die in coral card and layer things up on the base card using fun foam.

You will find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, so why not join in with us this time. Remember your project can be for any holiday, - it doesn't have to be Chrismas!
Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Papertrey Ink and Crafter's Companion birthday cake stepper card

 Hello everyone,

Well, it's time to brush your crafty mojo up and have some fun because we are starting the Anything Goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

A close friend of mine just celebrated her 60th birthday, and this is the card I made for her.

1) Make a stepper card base or use a premade one like I did. This one is from Crafter's Companion.

2) Emboss the maroon background mat with the Bubbles embossing folder from CC, and cut a sheet of coordinating patterned paper to decorate the front of the card, then layer everything up.

3) Die cut the cake and candles using a die from the Papertrey Ink Just Desserts set, then stamp a sponge cake base using the coordinating tamp set and some beige ink. Add the red jam layers leaving some space for the cream filling, before stamping the candles.

4) Stamp and die cut the strawberry and blueberry topping and coat the strawberries with glossy accents. Add some gloss to the candle flames too. You can see this better in the small photo at the top.

5) Die cut the Happy Birthday banner using the CC die and fix it to the front of the card, and place the cake under it on some foam tape.

Now I did decorate the inside of the card but I forgot to take a photo of it:(  I'm too good a friend to stick a great big 60 on the outside, but I did stamp '60 looks good on you' on the inside.

You can find lots of inspiration on the ATSM blog, and you can link up your entries there.

I'd like to play along with

Always Fun Challenge #5 - For a female or Mum

Paper Players #343 - Sweet Treats

Cards 4 Gals Challenge #46 - shaped card

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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