Saturday, 15 December 2018

Christmas Card Multiples - Shimmering Snowflakes

Hi guys

Today I'm sharing a batch of Christmas card multiples.

For some time I've been making my card bases out of A4 cardstock, cutting to size and scoring myself.  But I still had a box of cards and envelopes in my stash which weren't getting used so for this year's Christmas cards I decided to reach for these for a change.

These card bases are so pretty, in subtle gold and lilac pearlescent card with a gorgeous shimmer.  So I kept with the shimmery theme and added die cut glitter card and metallic heat embossed vellum. 

Here's the gold version...

I die cut the base snowflake from rose gold glitter card and adhered flat to the card base.  The smaller snowflake was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in platinum and die cut with the co-ordinating die.  The sentiment was heat embossed in the same embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock.  This was then adhered on 3D foam holding the vellum snowflake in place.

And the lilac version...

This was made in the same way but with the base snowflake die cut from white glitter card and the vellum snowflake heat embossed in silver sparkle.  The sentiment strip was heat embossed in silver.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Stampin' Up! - Festive Flurry
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Festive Flurry; Clearly Besotted - Sentimenta; Type
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver, Metallic Platinum, Metallic Silver Sparkle
  • Cardstock, glitter cardstock and vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas/Last Minute Christmas Cards
Daring Cardmakers - Snowflakes Falling
Happy Little Stampers - December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (Snow)
Cards in Envy - The Spirit of Christmas Card Challenge
Stamping Sensations - December Challenge - Winter Sparkl

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 14 December 2018

Poinsettia Ribbon

Hi guys

Apologies for not posting for a while, over the last couple of weeks I've been frantically making, writing and posting Christmas cards because, as usual I had nowhere near enough in my stash, I was about fifty short!

So I've been making a few multiples which I'll be sharing with you over the next week.

I love how the card I'm sharing today turned out, but I only made four of this one as it wasn't the ideal design for mass production.

Here it is...

I began by die cutting the poinsettia ribbon and I masked off the ribbon parts to enable me to blend the petals with Distress Inks, where I used two shades.  Once coloured I adhered the die cut to a panel of black cardstock which had been cut slightly smaller than the card base.  I then used a clear stamp which was manipulated to follow the curve of the die cut and stamped and heat embossed in gold.  The panel was then adhered flat to the card base.  To finish I added some gold Stickles to accent the centre of the flower.

Materials used:

  • Die: Poppy Stamps - Poinsettia Ribbon
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany; VersaMark
  • Stamp: Hero Arts - Color Layering Christmas Tree (sentiment)
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Accent: Stickles - Gold

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #148 - Make a Christmas Card #2
Happy Little Stampers - December Anything Goes with Dies
Cards in Envy - The Spirit of Christmas Challenge
Dream Valley - Challenge #192 - Christmas
Inkspirational - Challenge #175 - Anything Christmas Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I should have more to share with you over the weekend :)

Monday, 3 December 2018

Muse Challenge #293 - Fabulous!

Hi there

It's new challenge time over at Muse.

This month we are doing things differently.  As we appreciate everyone is busy in the run up to Christmas, we are holding an Anything Goes challenge leading up to Christmas, so anything can be added to the linky for this one :)

For my inspiration card I'm sharing one that I made for a lovely friend of mine last month...

This was a quick and easy make.  All the stamps I used here were from a set which was free with a magazine earlier in the year.  On a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card base I blended two opposite corners with Distress Ink, fading it out.  I then stamped the lady in black ink and cut a mask to enable me to stamp the dressing table and mirror in grey ink.  The sentiment was also stamped in black.  The panel was adhered flat to the base.  To finish I coloured her lipstick with a co-ordinating Zig marker and added some shimmer to the mirror and her belt with a shimmer pen.  You can just about make out the shimmer to her belt in the pic below...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Hello Gorgeous - free with Creative Stamping Magazine
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Sky Gray
  • Accents: Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen - Clear

Thanks so much for visiting today and I'm looking forward to seeing all your makes in the gallery :)

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Happy Little Stampers December 2018 CAS Challenge

Hi guys

We've hurtled around to the beginning of another month so it's new challenge time over at Happy Little Stampers.

Right now is the start of the CAS challenge, so here is the cue card for you...

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


For my DT card I've used two types of embossing...

I started with a panel of white cardstock, a fair bit smaller than the card base and embossed it using a snowfall embossing folder.  I then cut a strip of vellum and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  This was then wrapped around the panel and secured on the reverse.  I then stamped and heat embossed  the holly in silver, fussy cut it out and adhered it over the vellum strip using glue dots.  I adhered the panel to the card base using fun foam and to finish added some red Nuvo drops as the berries.

Materials used:
  • Embossing Folder: Hobbycraft - Holly Jolly Christmas Snowfall
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red Berry

Challenge entries:

AAA Challenge - CAS Game #129 - Mostly White
CAS on Friday - Challenge #147 - Christmas Card
Inkspirational - Challenge #175 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Paper Players - Challenge #421 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The challenge, as well as all the other Happy Little Stampers challenges will run until the end of the month.  And if you weren't already aware, the Happy Little Stampers store is closing down.  Lots of reductions...

So if you want to grab some bargains head over to the store, here.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Less is More Challenge #385

Good morning, folks

It's time for another new challenge over at Less is More.

Before I share the challenge details I just want to take a moment to say farewell to our fabulous teamie and leader, my lovely friend, Sarah who has decided to step down from the team.  Sarah, you've been amazing since taking over the running of the challenge, working so hard behind the scenes, and I, as well as the rest of the DT are going to miss you enormously.  I know you'll stay in touch and may also join us from time to time at Less is More, but if you don't, just remember, I know where you live!!! :)  Missing you already, buddy xx

The challenge starting today will also be the last one of 2018 (booo!) but on a cheery note, along with this challenge we are also holding a Design Team call (yay!).  You can find full details over on the main challenge blog, here.

Ok, on to the challenge details and, yes, it's the 'Marmite' challenge, you either love or hate it.  It's One Layer time but to take the pain away we've made the theme really easy for you...

Continuing as our November sponsor is Happy Little Stampers, so please do play along to be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize


We have a Guest Designer joining us for this challenge too, Katrina Bufton, who was our Lucky Dip winner back in September.  If you have time, please do stop by her blog to say hi and take a look at her fabulous holiday card.

I have two cards for you this time, here's the first...

I began by debossing the card base using a bauble die, then die cut a post-it note with the same die to create a mask before colour blending with Distress Inks.  Once dry I stamped the snowflake onto the bauble with VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white.  I then stamped the sentiment above it in black ink and hand drew the string and bow with a silver pen.  The debossed detail can be seen more clearly in the photo below...

Materials used:

  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Signature Christmas Die Collection
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Let It Snow and Merry Kissmas
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: Signo Uniball pen - Silver

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #319 - Clean and Simple
Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #417 - Christmas
Stamping Sensations - November Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - November Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (CAS)

I wasn't going to share this card as I wasn't happy with the ink blending, I think an odd piece of rogue cardstock found it's way into my stash and the blend was really grainy!  But I do like the card overall so here it is...

I masked around the edges of the card base with post-it notes, leaving a rectangle in the centre.  I then used a landscape die to die cut a mask from some spare cardstock and then blended the sky with Distress Inks.  I removed the landscape mask so I could add some blue to the snow at the base to highlight the rectangle.  I stamped the sentiment before placing the mask back in position. To finish I spread some embossing paste through a splatter stencil to create the snow.

Materials used:

  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Tree Landscape Die
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Speckles
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #435 - Photo Inspiration

I do hope you'll play along in our last challenge of the year, and it's a great reason to get some more Christmas/Holiday cards done, if like me you're way behind with them!  And I hope some of you will also apply to be on the DT, our participants are so talented.

Bye for now.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

For Remembrance Day

Good morning

Just a simple and appropriate card for today...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Pure Poppies, Brushed Greetings II
  • Ink: Memento - Cottage Ivy; Altenew - Crimson, Velvet; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entry:

Allsorts - Challenge #493 - Poppies/Colour Red

Thanks for visiting, have a lovely Sunday x

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Less is More Challenge #384

Good morning

Starting over at Less is More today we have a Colour challenge for you.  I'll get straight to it and show you the cue card...

As always, please ensure your entries are clean and simple.

Our generous Sponsor for this month is Happy Little Stampers so please do play along in our November challenges to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Joining us as a Guest Designer this week we have the wonderful Angie of Cimba Creative Fun.  She was our September winner and is a regular participant at Less is More.  Please do pop over and take a look at her gorgeous card for our colour challenge theme.

Right, onto my cards, and I have two for you this time.  Here's the first, using copper, gold and silver and stamps by our fabulous sponsor...

For this card I chose a teal coloured base and used that for my stamped panel too.  I used metallics for the rest of the design.  I began by first stamping the holly and heat embossing with copper embossing powder, then stamped the berries, added the embossing powder and brushed away any parts of the image which crossed over onto the holly before also heat embossing in copper.  I then painted the images using a mix of mica powder and water in silver and gold.  I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver before die cutting with a pierced square die.  Something else was needed so I die cut the same square from some gold cardstock and offset the panels before popping up on 3D foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Merry Kissmas
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Copper, Metallic Silver
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - Silver Sparkle; Ranger Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Squares Stax
  • Cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #317 - Make Your Mark (painted with mica powders)
Stamping Sensations - November Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - November Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (CAS)

My second card is one I recently made for my boyfriend's parents who were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary...

For the main panel I ran this through my Big Shot using a great little embossing folder.  It creates a horizontal banner towards the top and an embossed heart and a border along the bottom.  I heat embossed the sentiment in gold and attached the panel to a slightly larger piece of textured gold cardstock flat on the card base.  I mixed some transparent texture paste with gold glitter and spread this through a heart stencil and left it to dry before die cutting with a stitched heart.  I cut the same heart from the same gold cardstock I adhered to the base.  All that was left to do was adhere the hearts, one popped up on 3D foam, and a little bow made from gold organza ribbon.

Materials used:
  • Embossing Folder:  Xcut - Banner
  • Stamps: Uniko - Flower Power #7
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Heart Stax
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Brush Hearts
  • Texture Paste: Ranger - Translucent Matte
  • Accents: Nuvo Glitter - Light Gold
  • Ribbon and cardstock from stash 

Thanks so much for visiting today.  My teamies have some great examples which you can find over on the main Less is More challenge page, here.  So, unless you're super organised (unlike me!) why not use this challenge to add some Christmas cards to your stash using metallics?  I really must get a wriggle on with mine, time seems to be passing so fast, Santa will be on his sleigh before I know it!
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