Sunday, 11 December 2016

Using an Old Stamp to Make a couple of Cards

We have reached the half way point in
 'The Flower Challenge' 
so its time to post a reminder and to share another card with
another style for additional ideas.
December : Use an Older Stamp/Die/Stencil

I have been so busy moving mum and dad into their new home that 
I missed the first post all together so I have done two cards today.

I have done both using the same stamp, this stamp is a Hero Art stamp, red rubber mounted and its a small background stamp called 'Wallpaper flowers'. 

I love the look and must admit when I bought it, it was my first lesson in what you see is not necessarily a large background stamp just because of the design of the card. 
When it arrived I realised I need to take note of measurements lol.

What I have done here is stamp it twice, guesstimating  the second stamping and it was very close, to the point I really only needed the vellum over the join because the pattern itself didnt have a match up.
I have coloured this and the blue panel with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and Baby oil.

I then layered each panel with a piece of coloured fun foam cut to the same size and before attaching to the card base added the patterned vellum for the sentiment to attached to.

Its just a faint geometrical pattern on the vellum and suits the card design.
Two different sentiments used and I stamped Friend with the Hello sentiment. Stamped with
Stazon so it would not rub or smear. Sequins on the yellow layer and clear gems for the purple layer.

with both cards I have added a layer of glitter white card stock to the cardbase first before adding the coloured panel.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look and if you go here
you can see what the others in the Design Team have made. Also there
is a link there to The Flower Challenge if you would like to join us
with your own card.
Here is our banner  to use for this challenge.

Please Remember we are closing early this month due to Christmas. 

We would love it if you care to display our Flower Challenge banner
on your blogs too 

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Hopping by to wish you a Non traditional Merry Christmas

I feel as though I have Christmas cards coming out my ears. I might just have to give up on sharing all my cards this year...... there were just too many. Mind you I promise any that include humour will make it here as I do like to share a giggle or two plus there are plenty of challenges, its just I would like to go back to making cards.

On Tuesday  my granddaughter and I sat down to make some Christmas cards for her friends and paper chains. We got lots of paper chains made but Sophie spent so much time on her card for her best friend I was worn out afterwards.......

First we had to stamp on the inside, she picked the Christmas stamps and everything had to be hot pink, I inked she stamped. then it was glitter stickers on the outside of the card, nothing bigger than a flea in white space was to be left except one area where she drew her best friend Illana a Unicorn, such a unicorn with such wonderful detail...... getting down each time to look closely at her unicorns tail to check his tail colour and match the colour stand for strand.

After this came the dictated letter to Illana (ohhh wow nanny you can spell her name!!!!....3 pages later)

So thats one card done, only 23 more to go.

This card was made using the cute Mo's digital image that I coloured up in a number of different non traditional colours and added lots of Kindy glitz to. I then die cut with this strange shaped die that I cant think of the name of, sorry.

Very simple card layout. I added a layer of red Christmas pattern paper across the card. In this close up you can see there are little glitter dots all over the paper but they don't show in the other photos.

Added the die cut panel on top then a Christmas sentiment die cut from mirror cardstock.

My next card really didn't start life as a Christmas card. I love this stencil from Hero Art and decided to blend with distress Inks.

Giving the illusion of layers by using darker colours or more of the same colour in areas.
After I had finished blending I sprayed liberally with Shimmer mist and you can see
the sparkle here.

I don't have any Poinsettia stamps or stencils but decided that this could be my substitute. I feel with a Christmas sentiment it makes a pretty cool Christmas card. I am so in love with this Stamplorations die - I think I got 5 or 6 and honestly they are my absolutely favourites  at this time. Cant get enough of them. Here the die cut is cut from a pale pink metallic cardstock and it looks fantastic IRL.


Little baby hopping along in the Christmas stocking

Baby hopping along in the Christmas stocking

Non traditional Christmas card

Baby hopping along in the Christmas stocking

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Merry Christmas & Stamplorations Cutaways

My first card is stamped and silver embossed on watercolour cardstock. Watercoloured with
Zigs and plenty of water. Very simple card to do.

Silver mirror cardstock for the die cut 'Merry Christmas'. I am loving the mew
dies I got from Stamplorations as you probably saw on my reindeer cards and my penguin cards
and now my next lot of cards as well. I sat in front of the TV and die cut to my hearts content silver, gold, pale pink metal look, bronze, white, black, glitter papers, anything and everything I could get my hands on. Then of course I had to untangle it all. They look wonderful

Remember all those cute little reindeer with the little Santa's helpers from Tiddy Inks I coloured during the colouring challenge.

Well they are all made into cards, cards that went off to the Caring Hearts
Card Drive. I grabbed a picture of each colour done to share here.

But when I decided to post I found the girl dressed in red was blurry so she isn't here
for you to see but hey the others are so you can just picture her. In her red dress.

Each with a different sentiment, most with Christmas mentioned but
some with just Best wishes or Joy.

Very easy cards to put together. Die cut the coloured image with the wonky stitched rectangle die. Then added a piece of Christmas type paper to the front of the card. Added the coloured image at a tilt  then the die cut word. Inside each card is an insert  with a stamped sentiment and a written comment wishing the recipient all the best.


first card watercolour presents

first card watercoloured presents

First card Watercolour presents

First card Watercolour presents

little girl and Rudolph card

Thanks so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Reindeer Selfies

A lot of photos of the same reindeer taking selfies. This is going into bulk production mode. I
coloured all these during Kathy's 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

This is an image I found for sale on Etsy and I reckon its so cute. I
coloured them all with copics and finished them off with 
Sparkle on the hats. I then just added a torn strip of
glitter washi tape  down the length of the card and a different

Die cut word or colour of the word for each one.
 These were all for the 'Caring Hearts Card Drive'

So I refrained from adding the silly word bubbles 
 I planned to add. I will keep those for family members who know my sense of humour.

It feels so strange not adding to the colouring challenge today, 
bet theres a lot of people out there feeling the same. 


the theme I picked was October 2016

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Few More Christmas Cards

Its the Special Olympics Dinner and Christmas party tonight so I am quickly doing a post before we put on our dancing shoes and nick out the door. Then tomorrow is my granddaughters 4th birthday. Posts have been a bit erratic with moving mum and dad into the Nursing Home but hoping things will settle a bit now. Christmas tends to be rather quiet here with lots of travelling elsewhere to parents and grandchildren.

So lets get started. 

  I coloured a trio of penguins four times. This is a great way to get
a few cards done at the same time, using the same colours as the cards were going to the
'Caring Hearts Card Drive' I didnt need to worry about anyone getting the same cards
within the family.

After I finished colouring I die cut each with a stitched curved corner rectangle die.
I have a new die cutting machine that is sooooooo easy to use and I so wish I had changed to before. I have struggled with my cuttlebug, don't get me wrong, it is a fantastic machine and does a brilliant job. BUT I have weak hands that ache all the time so having to put extra effort into getting some dies through and doing extra passes through all made using the machine a chore. Then comes my Sizzex and suddenly its just this quick easy one pass every time. Ohhh joy ohhh happiness. My only concern is sometimes if I use the same die a number of times it starts warping or even cutting so tight you have to like 'pop' the paper/cardstock from it and I don't know why that happens. I remember to turn and rotate my plates regularly but anyway its a minor thing. My plates after this Christmas making spree look as though I have had them for 10 years not a month lol.

If you look at the layer that is coloured you can see a foam layer behind each cut from
nice bright coloured foam in the same size so it shows.

I used some Christmas ribbon along the bottom of each card then
mounted the coloured panel slightly above. Even though it sits slightly higher
than the fold of the card it looks cool and fits in the envelope ok.

I added clear glitter stickles to each card where the snow was falling and it wasn't till I was taking the photos that I realised I needed to go and finish the ground on three of the cards. Have since done that.

They were then all finished off with different die cut Christmas related words cut from glitter paper.

How easy was this card, lots of die cutting and glitter and bling.
First I cut out the Merry & Bright die cut on this fantastic red shinny
card stock and I didnt want to cut away all of it so left the top
and bottom.

Then decided to add white glitter paper to the card base, then the Merry & Bright
panel. I then die cut the christmas trees in silver mirror card and green glitter
card. I then added the silver out line to a piece of double sided sticky sheet. Put
all the green glitter bits in then trimmed it around the silver out line. Removed the
back of the sheet and stuck it down. 


A couple of days late posting my last  card but I loved every minute of every day. It made such a difference to me during a very hard month having colouring to get me through these days. What Kathy achieves with these days is amazing, the talent and getting to meet new people all the time. He work is wonderful and what she does is amazing and I thank her for it.
I won a prize for one of my favourite companies, Altenew, so I could be happier and I was featured each time in Kathy's 'It's All About You'.  You inspire us all Kathy.

Merry & Bright Glitter card

My little dancing Penguins 'Joy' Card

Dancing Penguins 'Merry Christmas'

Dancing Penguins Joy Card

Dancing Penguins Joy Card

The Merry & Bright Card

Thanks soon much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.