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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Anything but a card


This month at Christmas Sparkles, Debs has chosen the challenge of Anything But A Card


Caz has provided this lovely prize of stamps and gems this month


  
I have chosen to make a small clock using a 6" square of MDF .  I painted the background with three colours of Paper Artsy Fresco paints and stamped the little scene with Tim Holtz Christmas Joy set.
I Had stamped it last night but when looked at it this morning the stamping had virtually disappeared into the paint, lovely misty morning look but far too faint to try and photograph so I've had to restamp the front trees and the reindeer, I had intended to stencil the clock numbers with embossing paste but found the strncil numbers were far too big, my numbers are a bit wobbly as I've had to go over them a few rimes to get them to show up.  


Hope to see your entries this month here at Sparkles Christmas Challenge

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Is it blogger again ?

I've just tried to link an image on my sidebar to the blog site and instead of it doing that it goes back to my blog and says the linked blog is not available, never had this problem before, anyone else experienced it ?

All is calm.............



All is not calm in this house!  I wanted to make an inky background for this card but found my favourite blue spray was empty, couldn't remember what I had used to make it so rummaging about in a cupboard I found seven pots of something called Viva Metallic paint, all new, unopened, no idea what they were for, opened one, beautiful irridescent blue paint,tried to read what was on the label while I already had the top off and dropped it onto the carpet !!!!! whatever it is it doesn't come off,scrubbed and rubbed and used half a bottle of concentrated carpet cleaner,still a very obvious blue patch.  Its not even in a place where I can put something over it LOL, Anyhow back to my card, this is my DT card for Cardz4guyz challenge for which Amy has chosen Something beginning with T. A not very original choice of Trees for me. More of the Tim Holtz die cut trees and a reindeer from Tim Holtz Holiday Joy set.The wording is a freebie from Creative Stamping Magazine a couple of years ago. Hope to see you playing along with a card for a guy in your life.

I'd also like to enter
and
Crafty Boots Challenge - See The Wood For The Trees

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Rudolph Day



Last Rudolph Day challenge for this year, its been a great challenge , many thanks for Mo for running it. For my card this time I've used a lot of die cuts, I was thinking it would be a quick way to make a batch of cards but it took for ever to do all the die cutting for six cards and my room looked likes there had been a blizzard with all the dots out of the centre die, I have used four dies, one embossing folder and two stamps on here, I simply had to make some cards with this gorgeous Crafty Individuals Robin stamp, coloured quite simply using blending sponges and memento inks.

Allsorts Challenge              - Anything Christmas
Creative With Stamps Challenge - Use a bird stamp
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Snowy's here again




Well, here's Snowy making his first appearance this year, no doubt we'll be seeing more of him although he has gone walkabout with his owner. He really belongs to a friend but lives at my house most of the time but now he is off on holiday to warmer climes, I'm going to miss him !

This is my DT card for Cardz4guyz.  This week the challenge is Snowman and was chosen by Jane.  Background paper is a piece of very old Papermania, it is straight, just the picture is on a bit of a slant ! Tim Holtz trees ( I've got a bit of a thing going for them this year LOL ) and a bit of torn paper.
Hope to see you on our challenge this week.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Snowy Postcard



Although I've called this snowy postcard, I've only used part of the stamp for a change. This year I was determined to use some newer stuff but can't resist pulling out the old favourites and I love this Stampendous stamp. Stamped with Versafine crimson red onto a stitched oval die cut and then added to floral oval die cut. Tim holtz tree and Sue Wilson snowflakes, Stampin Up EF.  I usually add loads of glitter to this scene but resisted this time !  Might add a sentiment later.  I'd like to enter my card into some challenges

Addicted To Stamps - Die cuts/punches + a stamp 
Christmas card Throwdown - Old Fashioned Christmas 
Allsorts Challenge - Christmas Tree
Fantasy Stampers - Vintage


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Reindeer



This week at Cardz4guyz, Julie has chosen the theme of Reindeer. Now I know my gorgeous Lavinia stag is not really a reindeer but its the nearest I have.  Distress ink background, Inkylicious santa and reindeer and the small trees, Stampin Up Lovely as a tree fir trees and Hobby Arts rabbits, I just love the tiny ones ! bit if blue pencil for shadows and lots of Glamour Dust sparkle everywhere, Hope you will join us in this challenge

I'd like to enter my card in a couple of challenges


Just realised I never linked my card to the challenges DOH !

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Dasher



Just spent ages trying to get a decent picture of my card, this is a scan, the photo was worse. I've just made six of these for my box, after I'd made three I remembered I have an ATG gun and the next three went together much quicker, its the matting and layering that seems to take for ever and its so boring! The colours haven't come out very well and dasher looks a bit near the edge but I need you to believe this card looks better in real life  LOL. In spite of this I'm entering my card in these challenges

Allsorts challenge - Feature a creature
and Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas card with option of glitter

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Snowflake




I had to have this die after seeing a card somewhere made with it and then when I got it had no idea what to do with it.  I've also been searching everywhere for a Tonic snowflake die with no success, now been told direct by Tonic it won't be available again until next winter. Anyhow while searching about I found this cuttlebug die which I had totally forgotten about, used double sided sticky paper to cut it out and then applied glitter, I've been using JonesTones glitter recently and it is so beautiful in real life, doesn't show to advantage on here. The background embossing folder which was a freebie from a magazine was inked with memento summer blue ink. I really must settle down and start producing more Christmas cards as I am not even halfway to what I need. I'd like to enter my card on these challenges
Unicorn Challenge - snow?snowflakes
and Cardz4 galz - contemporary Christmas 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Penny Black Mouse




This is one of the cards I was making last Sunday when I completely forgot why I was making a card and ended up with this card which was totally inappropriate for the challenge I was doing it for, however I came across it today and finished it off. The Penny Black image is a stamp belonging to a friend and she also gave me the tree and corner die cuts, snowflake is memory box and the background is a piece of my inky sprayed ones, I did stamp snowflakes over it with white pigment ink but theyhardly show.  I would like to enter my card onto 

Penny Black and More  - anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra - Anything Christmas



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Oh Christmas Tree



The Challenge at Cardz4guyz this week chosen by Caz is " Oh Christmas Tree"  For my card I have spritzed some white card stock with a couple of my home made ink sprays , the blue one is made with Luna Lights paint and is very sparkly,the lilac one is just acrylic paint mixed with water .  Stampin Up Lovely as a tree Fir tree , red stickles baubles and a glittery star. The sentiment is an old Hero Arts wood stamp which comes out  every Christmas.  This is my third attempt at what should be a very easy theme, first card I changed directions half way through, really liked my card but  "oops" it didn't have a Christmas tree, second card did have a tree but by the time I finished adding embellishments I had forgotten I was making a Guy card.  11 pm saw me panicking and making this simple card. There are some lovely samples by the design team so hope you will visit and join in our challenge.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Do You See What I See ?



Couldn't get that song out of my head once I had stamped the polar bear, I was convinced I had a stamp with that on it and I spend an awful long time searching for it, finally found the words on a snowman stamp my sister sent me a long time ago, managed to mask of the rest of the stamp and just use the words. I wish I had not stamped the Merry Christmas as the bottom of th card, always have to gild the lily !  but other than that I am happy with my card.

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Christmas Greetings and we are sponsored by Craft Addicts.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Thinking of you



Nearly forgot my DT card for Cardz4guyz this week, the weeks go past so fast I'm always playing catch up.  I had made this card a couple of weeks ago and thought it fitted this weeks challenge, chosen by Cyndi, which is Sympathy/Remembrance/Thinking of you. Although this is a Thinking of you card I think it would work equally well as a sympathy card. The birds in the tree stamp is from Stampin Up Serene Silhouettes and the corner stamps are from Inkylicious. I'd also like to enter my card into Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Thinking of you

The Holly and The Ivy



Quite a CAS card for me this month at Sparkles Christmas Challenge,  Sandra has chosen Holly and Ivy for this months challenge.  For my card I have used stamps by hobby Arts, bought last year and never used, I'm quite into Robins but I've always had trouble colouring them but now I've found using the small smoothy sponges with memento inks works quite well, better than my efforts with a paintbrush for sure.  Hope you will join us this month. We are sponsored this month by Sandra who is offering two lovely sets of Buzzcraft Stamps



Sunday, 30 October 2016

Purr fect Halloween




Haven't really got into Halloween cards this year even though I do have new stamps !  Just made this little card last night using CTMH stamps that my lovely Sister sent me. I had saved some sample ideas for cards with these but blowed if I can find them.  I like the bat bow tie and I love the witchy hat too. The bats are from another stamp set that I haven't used either. I'd like to enter the following challenges

Cardsundmore  - Halloween
Fantasy Stampers - Halloween fun
My Time to craft - Autumnal colours or Halloween