Saturday 29 November 2014

Assorted Snowflakes

It's pick a previous week at 52{Christmas} Card Throwdown simply because we have 5 Saturday's in November. This time it is the return of the sketch. I have chosen a sketch from this time last year, November 2013. Remember this one?

I have used a little artic licence by only using one diagonal panel and extending the other onto the whole top diagonal of the card, that's about it, oh, and moving the circlular focal point and the sentiment. But apart from that....!

I stamped each snowflake individually, using several stamp sets and freebie stamps. The large 3D one is cut from a medallion stamp that I have had for ages, no idea where it is from, probably Hobbycraft. The ribbon I picked up just last week at a local craft shop.

I made a similar card for a card swap, where the theme was snow or snowflakes, but not for Christmas. I made it into a 'Chill Out on your Birthday' card but liked it so much that I made this second one as a Christmas card. 

Over at 52CCT there is a sketch archive which you can use to browse through and chose your favourite, it's very simple to use. I am sure you must need at least one more Christmas card in your stash!

Thursday 27 November 2014

Good Luck Black Cat

Well, this is the second card working in the theme of film strip. It actually was the inspiration for yesterday's card, so they are a bit out of sync but who cares? It all started when I saw this weeks sketch challenge for  CAS Colours & Sketches, set for us by our hostess for November, Lizy.

I have this walking cat die, I used him for Halloween, and I thought he deserved another outing. Using the film strip I wanted to create an idea of movement so he was ideal. I hand cut the film, the trickiest part was punching the holes! I've kept it monochrome for maximum impact and I thought the sentiment was most apt.

 It is a really simple design, very clean lots of white space, but it did take some time with the fiddly cutting and punching. Worth it, though, I think...I am rather pleased with the result and it's quite fun to be making something other than Christmas cards!

Wednesday 26 November 2014

hollywood Film Stars

Good Morning! I have managed to make two cards by 9.30 this morning, which must be a record, it's funny how an imminent deadline can focus the mind! Our challenge for the next two weeks at The Male Room is to use ribbon on a masculine card. Hum... I have been known to say that I think ribbon and gems do not generally go down well with males, especially the ones in my family. Time to eat my words and rise to the challenge!

In my stash I found some acetate film strip, from Tim Holtz. It's years old and the label on the tin it came in says 'film strip ribbon' so I am sure it counts! I had the idea of movie stars, dressing rooms, Hollywood and all that and here is what I made

I used a Tonic die cut for the sentiment, layering it in a darker shade to give a 3d effect, whilst keeping the card itself quite flat (useful when you are going to post it, I've found). The stars are from a set of nesting dies. I chose what I think to be a masculine colour combo and finished off with the film strip ribbon. TBH this doesn't lie as flat as I'd hoped, might have to go back to it later but I needed to get this post up .

As an aside, last night at Craft Club I tried quilling for the first time ever. Watch this space for at sometime soon I will reveal the results of my evening, once I manage to stick all those tiny shapes down! Happy Crafting to all my followers. X

Saturday 22 November 2014

ornaments and Piercings

Another Saturday morning and it's time for a new challenge from 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. Today we have a technique challenge - paper piercing.

I have a couple of piercing boards, and one of them is for the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set so I went straight for that. I've used a purple, silver and white colour combo. I used Blackberry Bliss and Perfect Plum and Dazzling Silver inks.

I die cut the Christmas word and then decided to use the negative, layering purple card stock behind the mirricard. I've added a few gems and silver cord for the strings.

It's a Contempo take on a traditional technique. My husband tells me that when he was a child, growing up in The Netherlands, that paper piercing was a popular child's activity and he spent many hours at the kitchen table absorbed over intricate patterns. Not me! This is my limit! I'm not even sure if you can see the pierced edging to the ornaments. Oh well, a challenge is a challenge.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Scattered Thanks and a cheeky one

Christmas is coming and the colour combo atCAS Colours and Sketches this week sure does lend itself to seasonal greetings


I made a real effort to keep it non-Christmas, as I know Christmas will be a feature over the month of December at CC&S (can't give away too much!). I always need thank you cards after the festivities and so I made this one, using Seasonally Scattered image, grey pearlised cardstock and so metallic silver ribbon,

It was very quick to make, just deciding where to put the ribbon and how much to use to keep it CAS was the hard part. You can't see the glittery finish on the card but IRL it is beautiful.

The urge to use these colours for Christmas was however too great so I'm slipping this cheeky card in to this post too....

Saturday 15 November 2014

cat through a Window II

The theme for this week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is one of my favourite designs, through a window. However, being a bit pushed for time I decided to revamp an idea/design from a couple of years ago.

My cat is the same, a black outline stamp, coloured in with Promarkers, sat on the window sill, looking out at a snowy scene, created using Winter Wonderland. I've used the torn paper snow drift that I used a couple of weeks ago, highlighted with Dazzling Details and the snowmen are cut out to add a little dimension to the scene.  The striped DP is supposed to represent wallpaper.

 I've  stamped half of the greeting on the front of the card and the rest inside, as you can see below.

I hope that you are well on your way to having your cards done, 5 weeks to go now. I'm spending the day Christmas shopping with my daughter in Leicester, which no doubt will include a stop in a favourite coffee shop for one of those deliciously warming festive hot chocolates with all the trimmings, yum yum!

Thursday 13 November 2014

My Heart is a Work of Art

It's a quick, clean and simple card from me this morning for this weeks sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. The sketch was chosen for us by Lizy and I made a very conscious decision to keep away from Christmas cards, although you could make beautiful Festive cards with this sketch?

Here is my card, I've used washi tape for the two main panels and the heart is from the Work of Art stamp set. I used some white raffia  to make the bow. The YOU is part of a stamp which says Thank
You from the set a Fabulous a Four. Very quickly made, ready for someone special.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

A Gold Watch Retirement card

Followers will know that I am on the DT at The Male Room, a challenge blog for all mas culine inspired projects. The new challenge this morning is TIME. I am afraid I'm not very original with this one. I remembered when my Grandfather retired they presented him with a gold watch (yes, it was a very long time ago!) and so I based my card on that.

I used a piece of newsprint DP and kraft cardstock and Off The Grid and Gorgeous Grunge - these seem to be my 'go to' sets for male cards

The watch was stamped and then heat embossed with gold. It is from a magazine freebie set, along with the cogs. I've added a gem brad at the centre and some twine.


The sentiment inside is from Inkylicious. I think I used it because it reminded me of my Grandad Fred, a first world war veteran, and as I made this card yesterday, on Remembrance Day in the UK, it seemed very apt.  Grandad passed away many years ago but I often think of him. My card is supposed to be for a retirement, may be the words aren't that suitable for that occasion but I;m going to roll with it.

Saturday 8 November 2014

Christmas Wishes

Happy Saturday! At 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we have a colour challenge this week, which gives me another chance to get out my new Christmas stamp, Ornamental Pine. I chose to use silver with the red and green, mostly because I own silver ink.

I made two cards, one rectangular and one square, and I am sorry about the shadow on the photographs. On both the ornament and pine cones are stamped, cut out and popped up on foam pads.

I masked off the central strip while stamping the pine branch, then stamped the sentiment in silver and hand drawing the red border lines.

Not sure which one I prefer, here they are together.

Thursday 6 November 2014

Three Christmas Cards

I really, really, REALLY, love this weeks colour combo, chosen by Lizy, over at CAS Colours and Sketches, so much so that I was inspired to make not one but three cards! Here are the colours

First, I made this card

I was so pleased with it, the embossing folder is from Tim Holtz, the red star a die cut, which I then matted onto gold Miri card to match the mat of the embossing, the gold on vellum word panel and finally a small gold bow, tied using the fork method. Very CAS I thought. I had a little help from the inspiration photo 
at  Addiicted To Stamps and More and was all set, until I realised there is no stamping on my card! Oh no, that's a rule at CC&S. Back to the drawing board....

So here is card 2, my actual DT sample. I've used Ornamental Pine again, this time stamped and heat embossed in gold, with a red ornament fussy cut and popped up on foam pads, with another gold ribbon tie. I've used the same gold printed vellum and cut out and layered another sentiment.

With all these ideas swooshing around in my head and one small piece of the gold vellum left I made my third card introducing some Kraft this time with the DP. Here are all three finished cards. The third one is for one of my Christmas swaps and will be winging its way across the 'pond' in a couple of weeks time.

I hope you have as much fun with this combo as I did. I thought everyone will go Christmas with this one but it seems that my DT buddies had other ideas, hop on over to the challenge blog to see what they did!

Saturday 1 November 2014

Christmas Eve.

Good morning! The weather here is very unseasonal for the 1st of November, warm and sunny, but that won't stop me adding another card to my stack for Christmas, this time for 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. This week we have a sketch for you, nice and easy

You are welcome to use any shape and I chose to use an aperture to give a negative frame effect. I sponged the sky, stamped the trees (Lovely As A Tree, such a classic) in silver. Then I added ripped paper snow, with a touch of dazzling details to look frosty and a flying Santa from Winter Wonderland before placing my die cut aperture over the top. The sentiment is from Ornamental Pine.

I've added three stamped silver stars and a silver cord, mine stretches over the whole card and that's cool as well, just don't leave off a ribbon, we need to see all the elements of the sketch there in some way or another. I'm going to enter my card in Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge, haven't been able to play over there for a while so that's good this week.