Monday, 2 December 2019

Happy Little Stampers December 2019 CAS Challenge

Good evening, crafters!

Today marks the last CAS Challenge of the year over at Happy Little Stampers.  As always, between 1st and 9th of each month all the various HLS challenges start and the linkies stay open for the entire month so there's plenty of time to play along.

Here is the cue card for the December challenge, and very appropriate as I had to scrape my icy windscreen before I left for work this morning, brrrrr...



I decided to make a one layer card using one of my favourite brands of stamps when it comes to Christmas and winter cards...


Card-io make fabulous scene-builder stamps so I went with a frozen lake as my focal point for this theme.  I began at the top and masked off the hillside slope with some scrap paper and blended gently with some dark blue/purple ink.  With the mask still in place I stamped the trees, using first, second and even third generation stamping to create the illusion of depth.  Next I used a straight piece of paper and added a slim line of ink blending to mark the base of the snowy hill and the edge of the lake.  I then stamped the skater and the deer, and for the reflection of these I stamped the same images onto acetate and then used this to transfer the mirror images onto the card.  To finish, I added some details with a glue pen and sprinkled with some fine glitter.

I wanted to keep this card true to the CAS style and couldn't figure out where to add a sentiment so I decided to leave it without one.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Card-io - Mini Tall Trees, Festive Fun, Festive Scene
  • Ink: Versa Color - Neptune, Charcoal; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost - Frosty Dawn; Quickie Glue pen

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #169 - Black, white and one other colour
My Time To Craft - Challenge #411 - Christmas Scene
Stamping Sensations - December Challenge - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Challenge #386 - Snow
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #369 - CAS
Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #459 - Christmas




Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you still have some Christmas cards to create (I still have loads to make, I'm so behind this year!) then why not use this theme and link up, just remember to follow the CAS guidelines.  And why not check out the rest of the HLS December challenges, all of which you can enter until the end of the month.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Less is More Challenge #409

Happy Saturday, folks!

We have a new Recipe challenge for you just starting over at Less is More, and it's an interesting one.  Here are the details...



For this challenge we are looking for you to use only one triangle from either of the following 2 layouts for your design.

 i.e. your whole design should be contained in the one triangle you select to use




The fabulous Catherine Pooler is our November sponsor...

Catherine Pooler, LLC

...and just by playing along will put you in the running for our monthly prize :)

Our September winner, Tristan Dawes (Tinstar) is joining us for this challenge as our Guest Designer, please do pop over to her blog to check out her project and say hi.


For my first card I've contained my design in the top triangle of the first layout...


On a die cut rectangular panel I stamped the baubles image in black ink and coloured with ProMarkers.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in silver.  After adhering the panel on fun foam I then added some glue to the baubles using a slim glue pen and added some fine glitter for some sparkle.


Materials used:

  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamps: Woodware - Reindeer Bells; Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Accents: ProMarkers; Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost - Frosty Dawn

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #368 - Holiday
{PIN}spirational - Challenge #252 - Photo challenge
Penny Black and More - November Challenge - Christmas




My next two cards are basically the same design, just using different colour palettes.  I have used the second layout, turned 90 degrees...


On a panel of black cardstock I spread some translucent paste through a tree stencil and sprinkled over with some fine green glitter.  Once dry I cut the panel down and added some red glitter glue to the 'baubles'.  The panel was adhered flat to a green card base and a sentiment strip added across the centre.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Merry Christmas Trio
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions Translucent
  • Glitter: Sweet Poppy - Super Fine Satin Glitter in Moss Green
  • Stamp: Paula Pascual - Christmas Messages
  • Accents: Dovecraft Glitter Glue - Ruby

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #483 - 'Choose Two' (I chose spots and sparkle)
Uniko - Challenge #56 - Christmas (option: tree)
STAMPlorations - November Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes




And the second card with a similar design...


For this card I used a panel of teal textured cardstock and used the same stencil but this time added iridescent glitter....and I can honestly say it was a nightmare to photograph! :D  It sparkles beautifully in real life.  I adhered the panel flat over the entire surface of the card base then added the sentiment at the base using white pigment ink.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Merry Christmas Trio
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions Translucent
  • Glitter: Sweet Poppy - Super Fine Satin Glitter in Crystalina Rainbow
  • Stamp: Paula Pascual - Christmas Messages
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn


I'm looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery using the different triangles of these layouts.  And for info, this will be the last challenge at Less is More for 2019 to give the Design Team a little break in the lead up to Christmas.  


Thursday, 14 November 2019

Perfectly CAS - November 2019 Challenge

Good evening

It's new challenge day at Perfectly CAS and for this month we have a super easy challenge for you.  A perfect opportunity to get caught up with your Christmas cards, just ensure that you keep your design to one third of the card or less...




A couple of month's ago I picked up some new products at the Creative Craft Show which I've used on this card...


On a panel of kraft cardstock I used a new holly border stencil, spread some texture paste through, then sprinkled with green glitter.  The sentiment was stamped in black then I left the panel to thoroughly dry.  It was then popped up on fun foam before I finished by adding some red Nuvo drops.  Unfortunately my 'berries' are more like splodges, does anyone else have problems with some colours of Nuvo drops being more gloopy than others?

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Sweet Poppy - Holly Borders
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions Translucent
  • Glitter: Sweet Poppy - Superfine Satin in Moss Green
  • Stamp: Marion Emberson - Sparkling Christmas
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Autumn Red

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #153 - One Image (shimmer)
Dream Valley - Challenge #213 - All That Glitters
STAMPlorations - November Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Challenge #457 - Add Some Sparkle




If you've still got Christmas cards to make for this year, why not use our guidelines and link up to the challenge, we'd love to see your creations in the gallery.


Saturday, 9 November 2019

Less is More Challenge #408

Good morning!

Another couple of weeks has flown by far too quickly and I'm no further on with my stash of Christmas cards!  I really need to get a wriggle on but this next challenge just starting over at Less is More has added two more to my (very little!) 2019 collection!

Here's the cue card for this next Theme challenge...




For November we have a brand new sponsor, the fabulous Catherine Pooler!  So, as always, just by playing along will put you in the running for our monthly prize.

Catherine Pooler, LLC





Ok, as I said, I have two card samples for you, here's the first...


For my 'torn' element, I used a torn piece of paper as a mask and ink blended away from it using pink ink.  I then laid a snowflake stencil over the inked space and ink blended again, this time with blue ink.  For my sentiment I stamped and heat embossed the 'be merry' in silver sparkle, die cut the words with their co-ordinating dies and popped these up on 3D foam.


Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Funky Fossill - Snowfall
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Merry Calligraphy (and co-ordinating dies)
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver Sparkle

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #110 - Snowflakes
Alphabet Challenge - Q is for Quick and Easy
STAMPlorations - November Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes




I can't take credit for this next card as I actually saw this idea on Pinterest but thought it was great fun.  I saw the idea at Kate's Creative Space in a post from a few years ago where she used the same idea to make gift bags and tags...


The framed image is made up of torn strips of red, pink and watercolour paper, layered up to create Santa's face.  Using watercolour paper adds the texture required for the fluff on his hat and his fluffy beard.  I adhered these together then used two stitched rectangle dies to make the frame.  I just trimmed the edges away before popping the frame up on fun foam.  I used fineliner pens to draw the face and added the rosy cheeks by using chalk applied with a cotton bud.

Materials used:

  • Cardstock from stash
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Chalk and pens from stash

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #366 - Anything Goes
Time Out - Challenge #148 - Photo Inspiration (I chose red/white/fur)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - November Challenge - Stockings/Winter Clothing (you don't get more wintery than Santa's hat!)




My teamies have created some great projects to inspire you for this challenge which you can find over at the main LIM challenge blog.  Just because we are a CAS challenge doesn't mean these techniques can't be used.  I can't wait to see what you create :)


Saturday, 2 November 2019

Happy Little Stampers November 2019 CAS Challenge

Good evening, crafters!

It's time for the new CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.  The watercolour challenge for November is already up and running and the rest of our regular challenges, as always, will follow over the course of the next few days.

Ok, here's our CAS cue card, and it gives you all the perfect opportunity to get ahead with your Christmas cards, if like me you're way behind (no change there!)...




I wanted to use some stamps that I bought a while ago from Lili of the Valley when they were having a sale, I believe they only offer digi stamps now.  I think this probably reflects me when I was a child! haha


On a panel die cut with a stitched rectangle, the images were simply stamped and coloured with ProMarkers.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Stroppy Sentiments: Tis the Season, Stroppy Girl: Christmas Jumper
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Challenge entries:

Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #455 - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #462 - Anything Goes Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - November Challenge - Stockings or other Winter Clothing


My teamies are sharing some fabulous makes over on the main challenge blog, so do pop over there for more inspiration.

As with all the HLS challenges, the linkies will remain open until the end of the month, so plenty of time to play along.


Saturday, 26 October 2019

Less is More Challenge #407

Happy Saturday, folks!

These weeks are absolutely flying by and it's time to introduce the new challenge at Less is More.  And yes, it's time.......we're back with our One Layer challenge!  Here is what we want to see for this one...

(Flowers, leaves, twigs, trees, etc.)


Our generous sponsor for October is Uniko, so by playing along automatically puts you in the running for our monthly prize, as long as you follow the challenge guidelines


I have two samples for you, both using beautiful stamps by Uniko.  Here's card one...


I added some masking tape to the top and left edges and did a little gentle blending just to define my corner design.  Then with the tape still in place I simply stamped the images and sentiment.  A super simple one layer card


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Winter Foliage, Most Wonderful
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Bundled Sage; Altenew - Moss, Crimson, Evergreen; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #364 - CAS
Inkspirational - Challenge #198 - Mask
AAA Cards - Challenge #151 - One Corner (not twisting this time)
Stamping Sensations - October Trees - Trees and/or leaves and/or Autumn



And my second card...


I stamped the sentiment in the centre then created the winter foliage using lots of the teeny stamps in the builder set, all stamped individually.  I finished by adding a frame using score lines, so simple but just adds a little something to a flat one layer card.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Background Builders Vines:Winter Additions
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Evergreen, Grapevine, Moss, Forest Glades, Crimson

Challenge entries:

Dream Valley - Challenge #212 - Add a Sentiment



Thanks for taking a look today.  And as usual, more inspiration can be found over at the main challenge blog, courtesy of my fabulous teamies, and the challenge linky will stay open for the next two weeks.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Honey Doo Crafts - October 2019 Release - Selection Four

Hi guys

I'm back a little earlier than I was last night!  In this post you'll find my final few cards made using products from the latest release at Honey Doo Crafts.

All the stamps and stencils from this release are already available to buy from the store, but if you want to see more of them they will be showcased on Hochanda tomorrow, Thursday 24 October at 12pm and 4pm (Sky 673, Freeview 85).  If you can't catch the live shows, they will be available on catch up at Hochanda's website.


Ok, so another of the new stamps is called Floral Turn Around and I've paired this with a sentiment from an existing set called Just in Case...

On a panel of white cardstock I stamped and heat embossed the floral flourish image in gold.  I then blended over in three shades of Distress Ink, with the lighter of the warm tones in the centre.  I then 'painted' the flowers with water and blotted to lift the colour away.  I adhered the panel flat to the card, embossed the sentiment also in gold and blended the sentiment strip in the same way.  This was adhered on 3D foam before finishing off the card with some enamel dots.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Floral Turn Around, Just In Case
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Enamel dots from stash

Challenge entries:

Allsorts - Challenge #542 - Add Something Gold and/or Silver
STAMPlorations - October CAS Card Challenge




Next up is another new set called Flower Burst, I've used the New Job set for the sentiment and also used the new Tartan stencil for the background...


I blended the whole of a white cardstock panel with Milled Lavender Distress Ink before laying over the Tartan stencil and inking through with Seedless Preserves.  I stamped the flowers, leaving the stamps in place in my MISTI, coloured them with ProMarkers then re-inked them before heat embossing in white.  These were then fussy cut, along with the leaves which were heat embossed on vellum.  After layering and adhering in a cluster I stamped the sentiment on a fishtail sentiment strip and slotted this underneath one flower to finish.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Tartan
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Flower Burst, New Job
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flag Stax
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

Dream Valley - Challenge #212 - Add a Sentiment
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #37 - CAS
STAMPlorations - October Stencil Challenge





And finally, I've used the Flower Burst set here again, with the new Retirement set and new Grate stencil...


I ink blended through the Grate stencil onto some blue cardstock and die cut with a stitched rectangle.  I then stamped and heat embossed the flowers and the sentiment in white.  I added some white to the petals with a white coloured pencil to make them pop from the background and adhered the panel on fun foam.  Some enamel dots were then added to the flower centres.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Grate
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Flower Burst, Retirement
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: White Polychromos pencil; enamel dots from stash


Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope you like the new products as much as I liked making these cards and please do tune in to the shows tomorrow or catch up if you are able.


Have a lovely evening x


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