Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Playing with new goodies

Last week, the last of my Black Friday orders finally made their way to Crete and I could not wait to start playing with some of my new goodies.

I knew which products I wanted to play with first, and last week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches inspired the design of my card. Sadly, I did not get around to share it there.

For my background, I blended some warm grey ink (Altenew) through my new stencil (Holiday Sweater, SSS) and then used an older die (A2 Card Curved Edge, SSS) to add the curve to my panel. I die cut this irresistible gnome (Li'l Gnome, SSS) from several scraps of cardstock. I used alcohol markers to add some shading and foam-mounted it to my background panel. I had already stamped and die cut a bunch of sentiments using the Christmas Word Mix 1 stamp and die set (SSS) and selected a few that I had heat-embossed in liquid platinum, and popped them up using thin foam tape.

Here's the sketch I've used:

I'm playing at:

CAS Stencil - Use a new stencil

Jingle Belles - Look what Santa brought me

SSS Wednesday - Use a stencil

ATSM - #373 Holiday

And because I've been a good girl 
and used some of those snippets 
that I can never seem to part with, 
I'm also going to have a play at

This sweet gnome die is just perfect for
using up loads of scraps, even patterned papers...

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Starting afresh - 1st Christmas card for 2020

I felt like creating a new card for a couple of challenges, so here's my first Christmas card for 2020.

I stamped the branch and sentiment from the (huge) Pinkfresh Studio stamp set that I received with a copy of Creative Stamping magazine a few months ago and did a little ink blending using It's a boy (CP ink) and one of my brand-new blending brushes (Taylored Expressions). Next, I coloured in the leaves and berries using Polychromos pencils before trimming my panel to size and mounting it onto my A2 card base.

I'm playing at:

Pinkfresh Studio - All things holidays

Double Trouble - #46 Something, Anything, Everything
Thing 1: Anything
Thing 2: New blending brushes
Thing 3: Cupcake Inspirations challenge

Cupcake Inspirations - CIC485 Holidays

CASology - #358 Branch

CHNC - #470 Anything Christmas goes

Friday, 6 December 2019

Another triangle Christmas card

I have one more card to share.

I used one of my new stencils by Create a Smile and Sparkle Medium (Golden Delicious, Imaginations Crafts) to create a flurry of snowflakes onto an ink-blended, masked-off area. The sentiment (Winnie and Walter) was stamped in Black Jack ink (CP Designs).

The design was based on this fortnight's sketch at LIM, but sadly the linky closed while I was uploading my entry.

Less is More - #409 Pick a triangle

SSS Wednesday - Traditional Christmas

HLS CAS - Frozen

STAMPlorations Stencil - Anything goes with a stencil

Time Out - #150 Merry and cheerful