Thursday, 27 November 2014

Jolly and Happy

First......Happy Thanksgiving Wishes to all my friends in the U.S.   I hope you enjoy a lovely day with family and friends.

Here is today's card inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast this a.m.  The challenge was to create a simple holiday card that could be easily mass produced.  Well this one sure fits the bill.
I began by printed out the digi snowman from Bugaboo and simply coloured him with Copics and cut him out.  I scored three lines on the diagonal then stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches.  I mounted the snowman with pop dots then added the enamel dots on either side of the sentiment.  The finishing touch was to add some Glossy Accents to the carrot nose.

Adding my card to these challenges:

(inspired by a song- Frosty the Snowman)



Simply Create Too- SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Shopping Our Stash- FREE IS GOOD
(I won the digi)

Thanks so much for taking time from your busy day to pop in for a visit.

Supplies:  stamps- Paper Smooches, Bugaboo Digi/ Copic markers/ enamel dots/ Glossy Accents/ Scoring Tool

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Feeling Merry

Good Morning.  In an effort to use up some of the inked background papers I have had in a box for ages, I found this shaving cream piece that I made years ago....that became my card front.  For those of you that have never done this shaving cream technique, there is a great tutorial over at Splitcoast you can watch to see how it is done; super easy.
While looking through that box, I found a piece of cardstock that I had stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and never used.  I used it to die-cut my poinsettia from Spellbinders.  While the paper was still in the die, I sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress ink.  I love the gave the flower a frosted look as the embossing resisted the ink.  I mounted the flower onto a strip of white cardstock with a small strip of silver paper under that.  The button and the silver twine finish off the center of the flower. 

Adding my card to these challenges:

Shopping Our Stash- FREE IS GOOD  (pearls)


City Crafters- TECHNIQUE

Cards and More- SIMPLY BLUE

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- PTI/ die-Spellbinders/ shaving cream/ acrylic paint/ button/ silver cord/ pearls/ Distress and Memento ink/ white Embossing powder

Monday, 24 November 2014


Morning. you love em or hate em?  

As most of you know, I love playing with my Distress inks and getting inky.  I tend to save all those leftover pieces for future use of some kind.  Often they are good for cutting into tags but today, I decided to use the pieces for my card front. 

I was inspired when I saw the challenge this am at Splitcoast; to make a layered die-cut.  Easy right?
So for a break down of this card front:  far left piece was stencilled and then splattered with water; the top right piece was sponged then stamped with water and the bottom right was done with an embossing folder inked and sprayed with water.  These leftovers work well together as I used the same colours of Distress inks; Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers.
I die-cut the snowflake from Simon Says 3 times then glued them together.  I added it to my card front along with some sequins to add a more festive look to my card.  There really was not good place to add a sentiment so I will add a big Merry Christmas to the inside of my card.

 Also adding my card to these challenges:

Little Red Wagon- LAYER IT UP

Simply Create Too- SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Mixed Media- CHRISTMAS

Thanks for taking the time to come by and have a look.
Hope you have a good week.  It is getting to be such a busy time of the year.

Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts bkg/ die- Simon Says/ embossing folder- SU/ stencil- TCW/ Distress ink/ silver paper/ sequins

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Holiday Time

It's all the die's fault.  I am having so much fun with this snowflake from Lawn Fawn and it just keeps showing up on my cards.  I was pleased with the results of this one.
I began my card front by masking and sponging on Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and just a hint of Dusty Concord Distress inks in the center.  I then splattered some water over that to give a snowflake background.  The sentiment from an old Stampin Up set was stamped with black Memento ink.
I was just going to mount the white snowflake on my card front and then thought it looked too plain so grabbed my stamp set from Simon Says and stamped it onto the snowflake using Salty Ocean.  Mounted it with pop dots and added the gem in the center.

My card is going into these challenges:

CAS(E) this Sketch- SKETCH 

Simply Create Too- SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Brown Sugar- 2 COLOURS

Crafty Calendar- CHRISTMAS

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- SU, SS/ die- Lawn Fawn/ Distress ink/sponging tool/ pop dots

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Burlap Stamping

Happy Saturday my fellow crafters.  I am taking a break from all the Christmas cards today, to share with you a card I made using stamps from Penny Black.  I was inspired by the challenge today at Splitcoast from the Resurrect Antiques site.  They showed some interesting rolls of burlap ribbon and that got me thinking.  I have had a piece of burlap sitting on my messy desk for so long that I decided to experiment with it for stamping. 
I had a piece of white cardstock that I had rubbed off the tip of my Goosebumps bottle onto.  For those of you that don't know what Goosebumps is, it is a glue-like medium, that when applied onto your paper, acts like a resist.  
(You can see another card I made using Goosebumps and a link to the product HERE)
When that was dry, I adhered a piece of burlap to my acrylic block then inked with Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans Distress ink and stamped away.  I think it gave such a warm, textured look to my background against a crisp winter sky.   Next, I inked up the new Etched Branches stamp from Penny Black and stamped it across the bottom of my card front.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Gratitude stamp set in the upper corner to finish off my card.
I think this would make a great masculine card don't you?

Also adding my card to these challenges:

Sister of Craft- ANYTHING GOES



Daring Cardmakers- SOMETHING OLD-burlap/ SOMETHING NEW- Etched Branched


Thanks so much for coming by.  Hope you enjoy a great weekend.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ burlap/ acrylic block/ Distress ink/ Goosebumps medium

Friday, 21 November 2014

Gingerbread Wishes

Happy Friday.  Another simple Christmas card today using a digi I got from Bugaboo.  
I was inspired by the Grab and Go Challenge at Splitcoast this am.....grab something you bought and have been meaning to use.  This little image was just calling out to come to life.

I cut an oval mask using a Spellbinders oval die and sponged with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  I then stamped over that with a background stamp then removed the mask so I could stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts.  I printed off the gingerbread man, then coloured him with Copic markers and cut it out.  
I added some Glossy Accents to the heart cheeks for dimension and sparkle to the candy cane with my Stella Wink pen and pop dotted it over the oval area.
Easy, right?

 Adding my card to these challenges:

 4 Crafty Chicks- SPARKLE

The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, Bugaboo-Digi/ Distress ink/ Stella Wink pen/ Glossy Accents/ Copic markers/ pop dots/ Memento bl ink

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Home for the Holidays

Welcome to another Christmas card that is super simple and quick. 
 This month, at One-Layer Simplicity, our theme is 


I love this stamp from Serendipity.  I have had it for years and it makes a great card especially for Christmas.  I began by embossing the oval on my card front using a Spellbinder oval die.  I placed the die onto my cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a rubber mat under the die.  By using the mat, it prevents the die from cutting through the paper and leaves an embossed design instead.
I cut a mask using the same oval die to use as a mask, positioned it over my embossed area then stamped the home image with black Memento ink.  I coloured the image with my watercolour pencils.
I scored the two lines on the bottom for interest then stamped the sentiment from PTI.

Adding my card to these challenges:

CAS on Sunday- RIBBON or TWINE

Addicted to Stamps- MAKE YOUR MARK

Time Out Challenge- EMBOSSING 

The Crafter's Cafe- ANYTHING GOES

Divas by Design- SNOW

Thanks for popping in today and taking a look.  I appreciate all you most kind comments and emails.

Supplies:  stamps- Serendipity, PTI/ watercolour pencils/ ScorPal/ bl Memento ink/ Spellbinder oval die