Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Papertrey Ink and Crafter's Companion birthday cake stepper card

 Hello everyone,

Well, it's time to brush your crafty mojo up and have some fun because we are starting the Anything Goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

A close friend of mine just celebrated her 60th birthday, and this is the card I made for her.

1) Make a stepper card base or use a premade one like I did. This one is from Crafter's Companion.

2) Emboss the maroon background mat with the Bubbles embossing folder from CC, and cut a sheet of coordinating patterned paper to decorate the front of the card, then layer everything up.

3) Die cut the cake and candles using a die from the Papertrey Ink Just Desserts set, then stamp a sponge cake base using the coordinating tamp set and some beige ink. Add the red jam layers leaving some space for the cream filling, before stamping the candles.

4) Stamp and die cut the strawberry and blueberry topping and coat the strawberries with glossy accents. Add some gloss to the candle flames too. You can see this better in the small photo at the top.

5) Die cut the Happy Birthday banner using the CC die and fix it to the front of the card, and place the cake under it on some foam tape.

Now I did decorate the inside of the card but I forgot to take a photo of it:(  I'm too good a friend to stick a great big 60 on the outside, but I did stamp '60 looks good on you' on the inside.

You can find lots of inspiration on the ATSM blog, and you can link up your entries there.

I'd like to play along with

Always Fun Challenge #5 - For a female or Mum

Paper Players #343 - Sweet Treats

Cards 4 Gals Challenge #46 - shaped card

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Penny Black Christmas Card

Hello everyone,

I'm back with a card for the new Happy Little Stamper's Christmas Challenge which starts today.

Our optional twist this time is 'mask' and as usual, our generous Leader, Kylie, is offering a prize

I came up with this card which was lots of fun to make!

1) Die cut some white card with a pierced square die.

2) Take a piece of masking paper and die cut a circle from the centre. Put the circle somewhere safe for another project. Attach the mask to the square card making sure the circle is in the centre. Die cut a smaller circle mask for the moon and cut a snowbank mask as well.

3) With the moon and snowbank mask in place, begin inking with blue ink and a Clarity Stencil brush. This gives a light cover of colour which you can build up slowly. Once you are happy with the light colour, take a darker blue ink and sponge in from the outside of the circle to darken the edges. Remove the moon mask and ink it lightly.

4) Remove the snow mask and ink with the brush, replacing the mask at different angles to create a snowbank.

3) Stamp the tree from the Penny Black Wonder Collection Transparent set. I used my Misti for this, stamping once in a lighter green ink, then I inked parts of the stamp with a dark green ink and stamped again to give it a bit more interest.

4) Remove the circle mask and stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #21 in dark blue ink so it is partly over the circle.

5) Mat the square onto some dark blue card and raise it on the base card with fun foam.

6) To finish it off add dots of glue pen all over the tree and add a microfine glitter. It's hard to see this step in the photographs but the small one at the top gives you an idea and it does look lovely IRL!

My little pile of Christmas cards is growing quite nicely thanks to these challenges. How about yours? If you fancy adding to it, or even making your first Christmas card of the year, why not pop over to the HLS blog to see some great inspiration from the team and you can link your card up there to play along with us. Don't forget that our twist is optional and any kind of Christmas card can be entered!

I'd like to take my card to play at

Christmas Card Challenges #11 - anything goes + colour

Winter Wonderland Challenge - add some sparkle or bling

Merry Monday Challenge - the night before Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Papertrey Ink and My Favorite Things Bell Christmas Card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges. How can we possibly be in May already? I hope you enjoyed the Mayday weekend sunshine and had some fun. We packed too much in and I'm looking forward to a more restful week to catch up with everything.

 Our themes this time are

J for Jingle Bells


K for Keep it Simple

Our Sponsor is
and the prize is a £10 voucher.

Our lovely Hostess Samantha is also giving this gorgeous LOTV stamp as a prize too!

I went for Jingle Bells and came up with this card:-

1)Die cut a rounded corner rectangle using the stitched die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 set and some blue paper from the Lawn Fawn Let's Bokeh in the Snow paper pack.

2) Die cut the circle frame and stitched banner from the same Blueprints set.

3) Stamp, colour and die cut the bells and bow from the Papertrey Ink Bells and Boughs set, then add glitter and glaze to the bells with a glaze pen.

4) Stamp the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Joy to the World Stamp set and emboss it with white embossing powder.

5) Assemble the card by raising the bells on foam tape and mat the sentiment strip on some red card. Finish off with a couple of stars and a red heart.

You'll find lots of inspiration cards from my talented Teamies over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog and you can link your entry there too.

I'd like to play along with

Christmas Card Challenges # 11 - anything goes

Winter Wonderland - add some sparkle or bling

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything goes

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - the night before Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Altenew and Papertrey Ink Poppy Sympathy card

Hello everyone and welcome to the May Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge. Well, we were bowled over by the fabulous quality of the entries for last month, and we are so pleased that you are liking this challenge so much. Once again, this is an anything goes watercolour challenge but each month we have an optional twist to add to the fun,

and as always, we have a prize, donated by our lovely Kylie

Our optional twist this time is 'Red' so I came up with this card

1) Die cut a piece of watercolour card with the stitched panel die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 23
2) Using the MISTI stamp positioner, stamp the outline stamp from the Altenew Painted Poppy stamp, in red ink. Paint the poppy using red ink, and then stamp the image again, this time just inking up the centre with black ink.
3) Repeat step 2 but re position the stamp so that it is going off the panel. When the paint is dry, add some touches of darker ink with a very fine brush to give the impression of folds in the petals.
4) Add a couple of stems to the flowers with green ink, and add a strip of black card to the edge of the panel.

5) Cut a small rectangle of red card and round the corners with a corner chomper before stamping and white embossing the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers Carnation stamp set.
6) Fix the panel to a red base card on some fun foam and attach the sentiment. Finish off with a few Nuvo Crystal Drops.

We are lucky enough to have the talented Helen Gullet joining us as the guest designer this month so I do hope you will give her a warm welcome. You will find her lovely card and lots of inspiration from the team over on the Happy Little Stampers blog.

I'd like to play along with

Time Out Challenge #82 - flowers no twist

Allsorts Challenge #413 - embossing

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Penny Black and Clearly Besotted have a delightful day card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have our popular CAS challenge

I have been enjoying the spring so far and this particular stamp reminds of spring with the pretty flower, and the love theme brings to mind the Tennyson quote 'In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to love'. Anyway, I came up with this card

1) Stamp the mice stamp from Penny Black Hugs set in black versafine ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.
2) Colour the image with alcohol markers. I used the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens which I really like.
3) Die cut a stitched rectangle and stamp the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Delightful Day stamp set in blue ink.
4) Die cut an aperture in the panel using one of the My Favorite Things Stitched Arch Stax dies.

5) Glue the rectangle over the image and raise it onto a base card using fun foam.

I used this sentiment because I thought I could use it for engagement, wedding or anniversary by putting a further sentiment on the inside of the card - I love a versatile card!.

I hope you will be able to join in with us this week. You'll find lots of inspiration from the team over on the ASTM blog, and you can link up your entry there too!

I'd like to play along with

Always Fun Challenge #3 - CAS

Make My Monday Challenge #44 - embossing

Penny Black and More Challenge - spring

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Woodware Special Bird birthday card

Hello everyone,

Well, after a weekend of wonderful warm sunshine it finally feels like spring is here. The garden is springing into life and Easter is almost here, so the thought of sunshine and chocolate makes me happy. The icing on the cake is that we also have another challenge starting over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time it is Make Your Mark!


I decided to ink up a new stamp from my NBUS mountain because it reminds me of spring, and I came up with this card:-

1) Take some white card and stamp the Woodware Special Bird stamp with black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat. 

2) Colour both images with alcohol markers and then cut out one whole image and the wing and leaves from the second. Shape the wing and leaves, and stick them to the image with some glue gel to give dimension. Coat the flower petals and bird tail with Spectrum Noir Glitter brush pen.

3) Dry emboss a panel of card with the Crafter's Companion Bubbles embossing folder and cut it in half before inking the edges with some blue ink.

4) Take a panel of blue card and white emboss the happy birthday greeting from the Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. Use a scoreboard to create a couple of scored lines on either side of the greeting to frame it.

5) Layer everything up and raise the bird image on fun foam.

If you pop over to the ATSM blog, you will find lots of inspiration from the team, and you can link your cards up there.

I'd like to play along with

Friday, 7 April 2017

Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts and Papertrey Ink Anniversary card

Hello everyone, and welcome to Challenge #126 over at Simply Create Too where our theme this time is 'Anniversary'

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I came up with this card

1) Take a piece of glossy cardstock and sprinkle with a mix of orange and red Brushos, and silver Pixie Powder. Spray the powders with water and watch the colours burst until you are happy with it and then let it dry.

2) Take a panel of white card and die cut the inner part of the Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts die into the card. Take the glossy card and cut the inner die again, and then use the 2 outer dies to cut a frame.

3) Apply some double sided adhesive film to the back of the white panel and inlay the red hearts, then adhere the frame around them.

4) Stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favourites #24 in black ink and add a couple of red hearts around it.

5) Die cut a scalloped strip of black card and attach it to the white panel along with a thin strip of the glossy red card, and mount everything onto the base card on fun foam for dimension.

We have lots of inspiration over on the SCT blog and I hope you will play along with us this month.

I'd like to play along with

Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Pammie's Inkies Pinkies Challenge - anything goes

IT'S HERE! April 1-11, 2017

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - my heart dies is NBUS

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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