Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Last Post (of 2014)

Oh, boy, was this urgently needed! Just realised that the deadline for my DT card for CAS Colours & Sketches was hours behind me, all my teamies had their cards up and ready and the post was live.
This is the final challenge for 2014 and is the third in a series of Pick A Previous, the delightful (or dreaded, depending on your point of view) double. This time round though we need to Make it Christmas. Deciding what to do was for me easy as I have done all three cards featuring the stamp set Ornamental Pine.

I chose a double from August 2013

I stamped the pine branch image onto the dark blue C&S, in Versamark, and then heat embossed in white before die cutting three circles. I cut up the image and used the larger size die cut circle to
make a mat in the lighter blue shade

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig allowed me to position the sentiment exactly where I needed it to be. I was in such a hurry that the Dazzling Details I added to give a bit of sparkle is still wet in this shot!

I am entering
Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Challenge  for a urgently Needed Christmas creations, and I leave you for a few days whilst I celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and family. Thanks for visiting my blog in 2014. I wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas time and a very crafty 2015

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Pine Cone Aperture card

Sorry, it's taken me a while to write this post, even though my card for CAS Colours and Sketches went up on time over at the challenge blog. We are revisiting our sketches this week and to help there is an archive page on the blog so it's even easier. The theme for the challenge is Christmas (what else???)
Here is my card, which uses the sketch from August 2014, challenge #89
You my notice a sub- theme here for my cards-I have decided to try and use the same stamp set for these challenges, Ornamental Pine. Here I have sponged the background over the top of some torn paper and then cut an aperture. I used the die cut to then stamp the pine branch and added some fussy cut pine cones, one stamped in brown ink and the other heat embossed in gold.

I layered this panel on card stock inside the card and added a gold embossed sentiment to the front panel.

This is what the inside of the card looks like

One more challenge from CC&S before we take a Christmas break, so I will see you back here next Thursday. I am going to spend the rest of today putting up the Christmas tree and outside decorations...really starting to feel like Christmas now!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Retro Christmas

The last challenge of 2014 at The Male Room is, of course, to create a masculine project for Christmas. My card inspired me to create a second card for a colour challenge I found, over at The Colour Throwdown.
Let's take a look at the Male Room card first

I used my masculine standby stamp, Hardwood, stamped onto pale green card. I then over stamped
the MERRY from Seasonal Scatterings in white craft ink and embossed with tinsel white embossing
powder (I have previously found that the stamped ink dries rather pale unless embossed). I added the
Christmas, since I find men like you to be specific 😉

As its Christmas I've broken my two male card rules, there is ribbon and bling on this card!

The second card started in the same way, with the Hardwood stamp stamped in Lost Lagoon onto the pale green C&S, but then I used this gorgeously retro Christmas colour combination from The Colour Throwdown team...

I found some little wooded clothes pegs in my stash and decided to use those on my card 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Rudolph and Burlap

So here we are, December and just a couple of weeks or so until Christmas. Over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we've been crafting for Christmas all year long The DT are going to take a well earned break but are leaving you with one long challenge open until 19th December. we want you to pick any previous 2014 challenge and there are archives on the blog to help you decide on a sketch, a colour combo or a theme. I've gone with a theme which I choose back in June ...Rudolph and/or reindeer

I started with this gorgeous red burlap ribbon and a couple of sheets of DP. Kraft, white and red is my favourite Christmas combo this year. I layered up the two papers, colouring ink the noses on the White and Kraft paper to look like Rudolph. I added a tag which I sponged with white ink and added Dazzling Details for a bit of sparkle. The majestic deer die is from Memory Box.

As you can see from this photo I don't think I'm going to be able to get this one in an envelope, never mind sending it through the post! Family card I think.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Glittery Pinecone

We are feeling Christmassy at CSS Colours & Sketches for the next three weeks, with a series of challenges based on previous colours, sketches and doubles with the theme of Christmas. This will help if you have just a few more cards you need to make or just to get you in the holiday mood! Our first one is

...and I have picked a colour combo which I chose back in September, black, white and Hello Honey.

This is such a CAS combo and was very popular at the time, let's see what you can do with it for Christmas

I inked the corner of my card, then stamped Ornamental Pine in black, adding the pinecone just where I wanted, thanks to my Stamp- a - Ma-Jig. The sentiment was also placed carefully to add balance. I know we are all CAS but I had to add a bit of glitter, well, it is a christmas after all!