Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Newton's Nook Cat birthday card for a book lover

Hello everyone, and welcome to the ever popular Anything Goes Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

Thanks for your kind words and good wishes regarding my husband. He is recovering slowly but obviously, can't do very much so I am still not back in my craft room yet. Maybe next week will be better. I swear I'm having withdrawal symptoms, and I'm grateful that I had some cards I hadn't posted yet. Here is one of those cards:-

1) Take a piece of card and stamp the image from Newton's Book Club by Newton's Nook, using Memento black ink.

2) I stamped using my Misti, left the stamp in place while I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens, and then stamped again to give better definition to the outline.

3) Cut a rectangular panel of card and stamp the sentiment before embossing with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate.

4) Cut a scalloped circle from the panel using the My Favorite Things Jumbo Peekaboo Circle die, and layer everything up using fun foam to give some dimension.

This one is headed to my cat loving pal in our book group!

Why not head over to the ATSM blog to see the beauties that the Design Team has to show you, and we'd love it if you join in with us.

I'd like to play along with

Aurora's Wings Challenge - fur and feathers

A Gem of a Challenge #198 - animals

Hanna and Friends Challenge - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Papertrey Ink Holiday Greens Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the July Challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenge  `                                              

ABC DT Christmas Challenge


N – New
and or 
O – Old

Our kind Sponsors are

A prize from Helen

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Here is the card I made using new stamps and an old Impression Plate

1) Cut a rectangle of burgundy card and use the Papertrey Ink Sunrise Impression Plate to emboss the card.

2) Die cut an oval from white card and use a couple of the foliage stamps from the PTI Holiday Greens stamp set to stamp a border round the edge of the oval. Use 2nd and 3rd generation stamping to vary the depth of colour.

3) Stamp and emboss the sentiment from PTI Think Big Favorites #20 in the centre of the oval using Scarlet Jewel ink.

4) Adhere the burgundy card to the base card and raise the oval onto it with fun foam.

5) Finish off by adding berries around the card with Nuvo drops.

There is a lot of inspiration from the team over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog, and you can link your card up there until 31st July.

Big thanks go to Helen for stepping in to host the challenge for me this month - I really appreciate your help Sweet Lady!

I'd like to play along with

Christmas Cards All Year Long - anything Christmas goes

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything Christmas goes

Christmas Card Challenges #16 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Simon Says Stamp and Papertrey Ink birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to the Clean and Simple week over at Addicted to Stamps and More

I'm still juggling hospital appointments and caring for my husband, so I'm afraid this is short and sweet! So here's my card

1) Die cut a circle from some masking paper, remove it and place the remaining paper over a panel of white card, leaving the circle exposed.

2) Ink the circle up with blue ink using a sponge and go heavier around the edge, leaving some highlight in the centre.

3) Stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Sentiment Splits towards the bottom of the panel using Broken China Distress Oxide ink.

4) When all the ink is dry, emboss the panel with the PTI Canvas and Linen Impression Plate to add some texture.

5) Die cut the Sending Sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and glue at the top of the circle.

6) Stamp and Die cut the Papertrey Ink Splits: Merry and Bright image, then cut off the lower half and adhere it under the sentiment.

7) Raise the panel onto the base card with fun foam and add a few red hearts to finish it off.

If you head over to the ATSM blog you will see lots of inspiration from the Team and you can link up your entry there.

I'd like to play along with 

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Scene-it Bethlehem Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the July Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. The optional twist this time is 'die cuts' so there is lots of scope with this one!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Here is my card

1) Die cut a scalloped rectangle from silver mirror card using a die from MFT Blueprints 27 die set.

2) Die cut some craft card with a stitched rectangle die and emboss it with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate to give some texture. Emboss some extra kraft card for the die cuts.

3) Stamp and white emboss the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments towards the bottom of the card.

4) Die cut the scene using the PTI Scene-it Bethlehem dies. I cut the sky die with blue card, and the buildings and sand die with kraft. I also cut the buildings die with yellow card.

5) Ink the buildings with brown ink and colour the palm trees with alcohol markers.

6)  Die cut a scalloped circle with mirror card and build up the layers to create the scene. Use a glue pen in all the windows and transfer the windows from the yellow card. I admit that this is a bit fiddly and takes some time, but it does add a great finishing touch to the card.

7) Paint over the sky with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.

How are you getting on with your Christmas cards? I am pretty pleased with my little pile so far and I can't believe that we are more than halfway through the year already! How did that happen?

As usual we have lots of inspiration over on the Happy Little Stampers blog and it would be great to have you join us this time.

I'd like to play along with
Carol x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Altenew Adore You Thank You card

Hello everyone,

I'm sorry I haven't been around for a while but my husband was in the hospital for a hip replacement operation and there were complications that led to an admission to ICU. All is well now and he is slowly recovering but quite frankly the blog has been the last thing on my mind over the past few weeks! However, I'm glad to be back and I'll really enjoy having a browse around over the next couple of weeks to catch up with all you've been up to. Luckily, I had a brief period of being organised before all this happened and had my July DT cards ready to go!

It's time for another Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, and our optional twist this time is 'Blue'.

I came up with this card

1) Take a piece of watercolour card and paint a wash of various blue paints from the Gansai Tambi paint set.

2) Stamp the open flower from the Altenew Adore You stamp set onto a couple of post-it notes and cut them out to use as masks. I use the full cover post-it notes, peel off 3, stamp on the top and cut it out, so you have 3 masks that can be reused several times.

3) Stamp a few flowers and leaves in one corner, masking as you go, and emboss with white embossing powder, before cutting the panel out with a stitched rectangle.

4) Stamp and emboss the Thank you sentiment from the same stamp set.

5) Cut a small banner from navy blue card and stamp and emboss the small sentiment.

6) Layer everything up and finish off by adding a few Nuvo Drops.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

We are lucky enough to have the talented Stephanie join us as Guest Designer this month and you can see her lovely card and lots of inspiration from the team over on the Happy Little Stampers blog. We had lots fabulous entries last month and we are really pleased that so many people like to play along with us - why don't you join in with us this time.

Sadly I have no time to enter any challenges at present:-(

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

MFT Hot Cocoa Cups and Papertey Ink Christmas card

Hello again and welcome to the June Challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached L and M this month and our themes are:-

L - Love

M – More than one

Our kind sponsors this month are

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A surprise prize from Dorte


I came up with this card which kind of covers both themes.

1) Die cut two mugs using the My Favorite Things Hot Cocoa Cups dies using aqua card, and then ink around the bottom and edges with some ink.

2) Die cut the cream swirl, hot chocolate, and hearts from white card and colour with alcohol markers. Ink the edges of the cream and layer up all the pieces onto the mugs.

3) Die cut a Wonky Rectangle (MFT) and stamp the greeting from MFT Hug in a Mug stamp set in red ink.

4) Take a piece of patterned paper from the Papertrey Ink Sparkle and Shine collection and mount it onto an A2 card. Layer up the rectangle and mount the mugs with some fun foam to give dimension.

5) Finish off by stamping some chocolate sprinkles onto the cream and add a tiny white heart to one of the mugs.

Why not pop over to the blog to see some great inspiration from the team and add another card or two to your Christmas pile this month.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Ombre Sentiments: Birthday card

Hello everyone,

Addicted to Stamps and More are up to Challenge #245, and this week we have some Photo Inspiration for you

I was inspired by the sentiment as a focal point and by the content which made me want to add some sparkle to my card

1) Take a piece of watercolour card and stamp and white emboss the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Ombre Sentiments: Birthday.

2) Take yellow, orange and red Spectrum Noir Sparkle Brush Pens and create an ombre wash over the sentiment. When it is dry, die cut the panel with a Sizzix postage die from the Butterfly Cards Die set.

3) Stamp the floral image from Papertrey Ink Bitty Bouquets stamp set. This is a two stage stamp, so I stamped the leaves in green and added the flowers with yellow and orange ink using the rock n roll technique. Fussy cut the flower.

4) Die cut a stitched rectangle from black card and layer everything up on an A2 card base, and go over the flowers with a SN Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen. 

I find it really hard to capture sparkle on a photograph, but you can see it a bit better on the second photo.

Well, now it's over to you! Why not head over to the ATSM blog to see some great inspiration from the Team, and you can link up your entries there. I can't wait to to see how you interpret the photo.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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