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


(AD - some products kindly gifted for design team purposes)

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Honey Doo Crafts - October 2019 Release - Selection Three

Hi there

I'm back with more makes using the latest release from Honey Doo Crafts, apologies that this post is so late in the day!  I'll be sharing the last of my samples on here tomorrow, ahead of the shows on Hochanda on Thursday.

I'll get straight to it.  First up I've used the new Stitch in Time and New Job stamp sets...


I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves from the Stitch in Time set, used the emboss resist technique to colour blend them with Distress Inks then fussy cut them out.  I masked three edges of card base and ink blended with Distress Oxide, fading it out down the card.  Finally, the sentiment was stamped in black ink before layering up the images and adding white enamel dots.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Stitch in Time, New Job
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn; Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Doodlebug Sprinkles - Lily White

Challenge entries:

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




The next card also used the new Stitch in Time and New Job sets, along with the previously released Mesh stencil...


On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the flowers then masked them before blending the background with Distress Inks through the Mesh stencil.  I left the flowers uncoloured, just adding some purple colour to the centres with a coloured pencil.  I die cut the panel with a scallop border die and adhered the panel flat to the top edge of the card.  The stamped sentiment and some enamel dots completed the design and I rounded the corners to echo the scallops of the border.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Stitch in Time, New Job
  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Mesh
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Speckled Scallops Die Collection
  • Accents: Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencil; Doodlebug Sprinkles - Silver

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #198 - Mask



My next sample uses the new Ribbons stencil, and new stamp sets Starry Eye and New Job...


I began by using the shifted stencilling technique with the Ribbons stencil, blending with two blue shades of ink.  I then die cut a section of it with a stitched circle die.  I then stamped and heat embossed the flowers onto some patterned paper and the leaves onto vellum before fussy cutting them out.  The stencilled die cut and the flowers were then layered up and adhered to the card base using glue dots before stamping the sentiment in grey ink.  I then added some Nuvo drops to the flower centres.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Ribbons
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky; VersaMark; Memento - London Fog
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circles
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Starry Eye, New Job
  • Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka Mon Amie
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Vellum from stash
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Antique Rose


And I've used the new Starry Eye and New Job sets on this card too...


These images are stamped, masked and heat embossed in white on coloured cardstock.  I've then added some shading with coloured pencils to the petals and leaves.  The sentiment has been stamped on a sentiment strip die and I've finished this simple card with some pale blue gems.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Starry Eye, New Job
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Caribbean Sky
  • Enbossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips


I've be popping back on here tomorrow night to share the last of my samples, hope to see you then.


(AD - some products kindly gifted for design team purposes)

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Honey Doo Crafts - October 2019 Release - Selection Two

Hi there

I'm back today with more of my samples using the latest product release from Honey Doo Crafts.

Amanda from Honey Doo also did a Facebook Live video last night which you can find, here, sharing all the new products and lots of samples.

In this post I've decided to share all my Christmas themed makes, made sense to keep these all together.  So, here goes.

This first card uses the new Gingham stencil, and the previously released Holly and Christmas Globe sets...


This card just evolved, I didn't really know where I was going with it when I started.  On a panel of white cardstock I squished VersaMark ink through the stencil and then heat embossed in silver.  I then masked off the rows and ink blended with Distress Inks.  I was going to just use it as a background panel but then had a brainwave that it looked like wrapping paper, so I trimmed it down and made it into a present!  I added the ribbon and popped it onto the card base on fun foam.  I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the holly, adding some Glossy Accents to the berries.  I then manipulated the curved sentiment from the Christmas Globe set and stamped the words separately on a die cut tag.  The holy and tag were then nestled under the bow.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Gingham
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Holly, Christmas Globe
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Traditional Tag Stax
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accents: Glossy Accents, ribbon from stash

Challenge entries:

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #170 - Plaid
STAMPlorations - October Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes



Next up is another of the new stencils, Stars, and a sentiment from the new Oh Christmas Tree set...


I used some new to my stash paste and glitter with this stencil and the sparkle is amazing in real life!  I spread the paste through the stencil onto black cardstock, sprinkled on the glitter and left it to properly dry before trimming the panel down.  I mounted the panel onto some holographic cardstock, just to have a little peeping through around the edges.  I heat embossed the sentiment in silver glitter onto a vellum strip and wrapped this around the panel before adhering to the card base.

I've purposely blurred the photo below, I think the bokeh effect really captures the colours and sparkle from the glitter...


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Stars
  • Stamp: Honey Doo Crafts - Oh Christmas Tree
  • Embossing Paste: Sweet Poppy - Stencil Dimensions Translucent
  • Glitter: Sweet Poppy - Crystalina Rainbow 
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver Sparkle
  • Vellum and holographic cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Allsorts Challenge - Challenge #542 - Add Something Gold and/or Silver
Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #132 - Monochrome
Happy Little Stampers - October Christmas Challenge - Twinkle



Next up I've used the Stars stencil again, and a sentiment from the previously released Christmas Quotes set...


This one layer card was so simple to make.  I masked off the edges of the card base and in blended from the edges inwards, fading out in the centre.  I then inked through the stencil with the same shade of ink, again, fading out in the centre.  I added a sweep of anti-static powder before then stamping and heat embossing the sentiment in silver.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Honey Doo Crafts - Stars
  • Stamp: Honey Doo Crafts - Christmas Quotes
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver


Next is the new Oh Christmas Tree set... 


On a panel of black cardstock I stamped and heat embossed the tree in a sparkly powder.  The glitter particles in this embossing powder are quite chunky so I heated on the underside first to stop the glitter blowing away before the powder melted.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto some vellum, wrapped this around and adhered to the base on fun foam.

Again, I've blurred the photo below to try to capture the sparkle.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Oh Christmas Tree
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Midas Touch, Opaque Bright White
  • Vellum and cardstock from stash

Challenge entry:

Creative with Stamps - Challenge #43 - Tree



Here is the Oh Christmas Tree set again, paired with a sentiment from the previously released Christmas Globe set...


Pretty much the same layout as the last card but this time I heat embossed with a pearl powder on deep red cardstock.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto the same cardstock and used a curved stitched die to create the sentiment strip which was popped up on 3D foam.  I then embellished the tree with some rhinestones.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Oh Christmas Tree, Christmas Globe
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - White Pearl
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Basic Edges
  • Accents: Mini rhinestones from stash


The next new set is Snowflake Flourish, paired here with a sentiment from the previously released Jingle Bells set...


I used one of my go too favourite designs for this card.  I added a strip of masking tape in the upper half of the card and blended away from the tape with lilac ink.  I then stamped the flourish and snowflakes in three shades of ink and added some splatters using a mix of silver mica powder and water.  The masking tape was removed and the sentiment stamped in black.  Easy peasy!


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Snowflake Flourish, Jingle Bells
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac; Versa Color - Neptune, Mint, Lavender; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Honey Doo Crafts Mica Powder - Silver Sparkle

Challenge entry:

Inkspirational - Challenge #198 - Mask



And finally, I've used Snowflake Flourish again, together with the new Christmas Magic sentiment stamp...


I began with a die cut rectangle of pale lilac cardstock and stamped the snowflake flourish and sentiment in VersaMark ink.  I then used two shades of embossing powder, adding in sections before heating.  The panel was mounted on fun foam onto a larger die cut rectangle.  I added some mini rhinestones to the centres of the snowflakes for a bit of bling.  It was difficult to catch the two different shades of embossing on camera, you can just about make out the silver and platinum in the photo below.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Snowflake Flourish, Christmas Magic
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver, Metallic Platinum
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles



If you made it to the end of the post, thanks so much for getting here, that was a bit photo heavy!

I'll be sharing more over the next few days ahead of the Honey Doo shows on Hochanda next Thursday, 24 October at 12pm and 4pm.

Enjoy your weekend :)

(AD - some products kindly gifted for design team purposes)
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