Wednesday, 28 February 2018

WW Christmas candy

Here's another card I created for the celebrations at the Winnie and Walter blog.

I used the Pattern of the Ring stencil (W&W) as a grid for stamping the candy from the candy house and one of the smaller candies from the Sweet Holiday set (W&W). I used Peppermint scrub (CP) and a finger dauber to ink up only the candy of the house stamp, and used Mint to be (CP) to stamp the small image. Next, I used my Prismacolors to colour in my candies. I stamped the sentiment from the same set onto a die cut tag (Carly cutaways, W&W), went around the edge with the finger dauber, added baker's twine and mounted everything to my Schoolhouse red card (SSS).

I'm linking up this card at:

W&W 4th Birthday Bash - Grid challenge with Karen

W&W 4th Birthday Bash - Repetitive stamping with Crystal

W&W 4th Birthday Bash - Die challenge with Lydia

SSS  Wednesday - Anything goes

CCAYR - Use mainly red

WW Onefer heart

I had intended to create two cards using this Winnie and Walter heart stamp for this month's Twofer challenge, but I ran out of time. So here's my Onefer:

I stamped the heart (True, W&W) upside down to make it look like some sort of iceberg and mounted my fussy cut critter (Sweet Holiday, W&W) as if he is balancing on top. I coloured both the 'iceberg' and the critter using Copics and added some shimmer to the iceberg and the critter's hat. I also added some splatters using black ink and a wet paintbrush. To ground my little scene, I foam-mounted my heat-embossed and die cut sentiment strip at the bottom of the heart/iceberg (Stamp - Sentimental Winter, die - The big, the bold and extras, W&W).

I'm linking up my card at:

W&W 4th Birthday Bash - Die challenge with Lydia

SSS  Wednesday - Anything goes

Rudolph Days - Anything Christmas goes

Medallion stamping with Winnie and Walter

After I had created this card earlier this month, I decided to create a few more cards based on the same concept. I first created another one (at the bottom of this post) using the same PTI stamp sets as before, and then created two more using Eva's Favorite Flowers by Winnie and Walter, who have been celebrating their 4th birthday this month with several challenges and giveaway. I have been creating a few cards for their challenges last week and have been having lots of fun yesterday evening and today to create a few more. So now I need to hurry to get them all posted here on the blog, so I had better keep my posts short.

I tested my first W&W design onto a piece of scrap and decided to stamp it onto a rustic cardstock by Papertrey Ink because of the folk art look of my design. Like before, I used Catherine Pooler inks to stamp my images (Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Mandarine Spice, Peppermint Scrub). The sentiment is from Carolina's Flora (W&W).

I'm linking up this card at:

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Four challenge with Shay
(4 image stamps stamped 4 times – except for the centre – in 4 colours)

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Grid challenge with Karen

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Repetitive stamping with Crystal

SSS  Wednesday - Anything goes


For my second card, I used the outline leaf stamp for a lighter look and then used tiny stamps to fill in the gaps ... and then did some more stamping. In addition to the 4 colours above, I added some Sauna and Juniper Mist (CP inks).

I'm linking up this card at:

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Four challenge with Shay
(4 image in row, stamped 4 times)

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Grid challenge with Karen

W&W 4the Birthday Bash - Repetitive stamping with Crystal


And here's the second PTI card that I created earlier this month. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

More MFT Olympics - 2 cards

Yay! I have managed to create two more cards for the MFT Creative Olympics, which means I have a card for each of the 4 events.

First up, I have a card for Event #1, the Stamping Slalom, which challenged us to use images from at least 3 different MFT sets. Well, I managed to combine images from 4 different sets (Llama Love, Merry Everything, Friends in the Forest, Bitty Bears) and also borrowed the 'HOLIDAY' from a 5th set (Deer Friends) to alter my sentiment from the Llama Love set.

I'm also linking up my card at:

52CCT - Polar bears

CHNC -  #373 Anything Christmas goes

My second card is for Event #3, the Crafty Biathlon, which is about combining one of the given techniques with one of the card types.

I created a shaker with inlaid die cutting, using my new MFT shaker elements and my new MFT die. To create my background, I did a little smooshing using a piece of acetate and my Catherine Pooler inks (Mint to be, Daydream). The wonderful sequin mix is by 28 Lilac Lane.

Here's a close-up of the shaker part. I love how these shaker elements allow me to create shakers without the additional bulk and weight of foam tape.

I'm also linking up this card at:

AAA Cards - #109 Die cuts only

SSS Wednesday - Add a die cut

And don't forget there's still some time left to link up any Christmas card using any colouring medium at the current challenge at Jingle Belles. The linky closes Wednesday night (6pm EST).

Monday, 19 February 2018

Muse #253 and MFT Olympics

I have another quick post to share. When I saw Tracey's card for the current Muse challenge, I just had to play along. I decided to combine my Muse card with the Speed cardmaking challenge for the MFT Creative Olympics.

Fortunately, I already had some pre-cut and scored cards on hand and I also had a few previously cut  small panels tucked away with my dies. I made sure I had all my supplies ready and then set the timer on my phone. After my blending, stamping, colouring, fussy cutting and heat embossing and putting everything together on my card, I had 1 minute and 55 seconds left, time enough to add some white dots on the scarf and background.

Below is Tracey's Muse card that inspired mine. 
As you can see, I used all of the elements, but on a smaller scale.

And when I saw the current sketch challenge at the MFT blog, I simply had to make another version of my first card. Love when that happens.

I'm also linking up my card at the Freestyle challenge for the MFT Creative Olympics

ABC Christmas - C forCAS

ATSM - #279 CAS

And I would also like to remind you all that you still have some time left to link up any Chrismas card using any colouring medium at the current challenge at Jingle Belles. The linky closes at 6pm EST on Wednesday.

More PTI sprinkles and stripes

I decided to create another cupcake and sprinkles card using different colours. I decided to stamp two panels at once, but haven't had time to turn the second one into a card yet.

Next up I have a card that I started some months ago. The current Stripes challenge at PTI was a good incentive to finish it.

 Inserting all the tiny dots back into the main die cut was quite a tedious task, but fortunately no one will notice if they did not get put back into the exact same spot LOL. I created by background by blending Antique linen DI onto a piec of woodgrain cardstock and blending a darker colour (Walnut stain if I remember correctly) over the die cut frame before putting everything back together again.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Getting inky with Jingle Belles

Today I'm back with my second post as a guest designer for Jingle Belles. See here for my first GD post, in case you missed it. This week I decided to get inky.

I started by doing some ink smooshing with Catherine Pooler inks (Green tea, Daydream, Juniper mist), both on plain white Neenah and watercolour cardstock. My Neenah panel looked a hot mess, but after blending on a little Tumbled glass distress ink around the edges, I decided to run it through my Cuttlebug with a new to me embossing folder (Baublelicious by Leonie Pugol) and then decided on a whim to add some Pentart vanilla stencil paste to a blending foam and blending this over the raised embossed pattern. I did not intend to add the paste to the entire panel but it could not be helped, and boy, do I love the end result! It's so soft and shiny and pretty, while at the same time enhancing the raised design.

I kept the rest of the card very simple to let the embossed background shine (literally lol). I die cut my panel using a stitched rectangle die (SSS) and adhered it to my cream card base, which perfectly matches the Centura pearl cardstock that I used to die cut the JOY sentiment (Concord and 9th). I stacked two letters to make sure the sentiment would stand out and finished with a white heat embossed sentiment on a black strip that I foam mounted onto my die cut letters.

I'm inviting you all to break out your inks, paints, watercolours, pencils, markers or any other colouring medium you may have and come A-COLORING with us at Jingle Belles. Do pop over the the Jingle Belles blog to see what Lauren and Stephanie have created this week and to admire the creations that have already been linked up. You have until the 21st to play along.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Add a die cut

HLS Christmas - Anything goes

Crimbo Crackers -  #152 Anything Christmas goes

52CCT - Shades of blue

CHNC - #372 Anything Christmas goes

And because a snippet is a snippet however small it may be, I also get to play at 

Pixie's Snippets Playground - #319 Anything with snippets goes

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cork and felt for CAS Mix Up

I'm back with a second GD card for the current CAS Mix Up challenge.

This month we are challenging you to use the following on your CAS mixed-media cards:

I used stamping, die-cutting, cork and felt

I started by adding double-sided tape to a piece of cork and running it through my Cuttlebug with a (stitched) circle die (SSS). Next, I stamped the compass from a fairly new stamp set (Sea View Collecton by Sheena Douglas, which came with an accompanying Creative Stamping magazine) in black Versafine. I stamped my sentiment from the same set onto a panel of hammered cardstock and adhered my panel to a card that I created from some neutral-coloured (taupe) cardstock that I recently purchased on Blitsy. I adhered my cork circle to my card and finished off with a die cut heart from red felt, both for a pop of colour and to reinforce the meaning of the sentiment.

Now go and check out the wonderful creations by the DT. You have until the 24th to play along.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Add a die cut

Allsorts - #454 All you need is love

HLS CAS - Hearts

Penny Black and More - Love, hearts and/or flowers

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

PTI Retirement List Set Challenge

Hello and welcome! I'm just popping in with a quick post to show the card I made with one of the stamp sets that Papertrey Ink will be retiring in May. I have hardly used this stamp set (Blue Skies) yet, but I'm hoping this will change, because it contains lots of wonderful images and sentiments. I'm also thinking that my cupcake with sprinkles is right on trend.

I used Catherine Pooler inks (Juniper mist, Mandarine spice, Peppermint scrub, Green tea and Sauna). And since stamping this card was so easy and fun, I decided to create another one, and I think I will try some other colour combos as well. I die cut my panel with a stitched rectangle from the Bundle of Stitched Shapes by Simon Says Stamp and adhered it onto a dark blue mat before adhering it to my card.

I'm linking up my card at:

Tuesday Throwdown - #379 Sweets for my sweet

Mix It Up - #10 Anything goes (option: CAS)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

PTI Sketch challenge

I'm playing along with one of the anniversary challenge at Papertrey Ink.

I used the sketch provided by Betsy Veldman. The stamps are all by Papertrey Ink, the inks are all by Catherine Pooler. (Sauna, Mandarine Spice, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Peppermint Scrub). For the sentiment I used Versamark black.

I'm also linking up at:

Seize the Birthdary - Anything birthday goes (no toppings for me)

Friday, 9 February 2018

A-coloring we go with Jingle Belles

Hello there! I'm thrilled to be making a guest appearance at the Jingle Belles blog this fortnight. Some time last year, when the lovely Jingle Belles were inviting us to come 'a-caroling' with them, I thought it might also be fun to go 'a-coloring' with the Jingle Belles. This idea resurfaced when I was thinking of my crafty goals for 2018. I intend to do more colouring this year, so I decided to send  Lauren and Stephanie an e-mail, and they loved my idea.

I started with this sweet image by Winnie and Walter (Sweet Holiday with Evelin T Designs) that I had originally watercoloured using Tombow markers. To cover up some spots where the colours had run into each other and to add additional shading and detail, I used coloured pencils. For my background, I first masked off an area of my card base and blended distress inks (antique linen, tumbled glass, shaded lilac) and then added some water splatters and snow (using a snow effect marker). For the snow on the ground, I spread out my snow marks using my bone folder (simply because it was lying next to me lol). The sentiment is from another set by Winnie and Walter (Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs).

My card shows that there are many ways to add colour to your card and I'm pretty sure that Lauren and Stephanie will give you even more ideas.
So how about it? Will you come a-coloring with us? Simply create a Christmas card that incorporates any type of colouring medium – markers, pencils, crayons, pastels, inks, watercolours – you name it, and link it up at the Jingle Belles blog.

And when you're done colouring, you could also link up your card at Kathy Racoosin's 30 day colouring challenge.

I'm also linking up my card at:

W&W 4th Birthday Bash - Watercolour with a twist

ATSM -  #278 Holiday

Sparkles Christmas - #85 Outdoor fun

CHNC - #371 Anything Christmas goes

ABC Christmas - C for Clean, D for Distress

Thursday, 1 February 2018

GD CAS Mix Up February

Hello, hello! I'm thrilled to be making another guest appearance at the CAS Mix Up challenge this month, after this card of mine was selected as the top pick for the December challenge.

For February, we have another fun challenge for you:

I decided to kill two birds with one stone when I realised that I would be guest designing at two different challenges at the same time (see this post). I took the die cut JOY from my brushos panel to create a super CAS card, adding a stamped sentiment and a die-cut felt heart. After all, February is Valentine's month.

I used:
Cardstock - Neenah solar white, Crafter's Companion watercolour card
Brushos - Ultramarine, Emerald green, Turquoise
Love how these crystals give you get flecks of other colours as well
Dies - new Joy die by Concord and 9th; new heart die from a nested set by Crafter's Companion
Stamps - In bloom: Frenchy's festive florals by Winnie & Walter
Felt from my stash

Here's a close-up of my felt heart. Love the warmth this adds to the design.

So now it's over to you. Why don't you pop over to the CAS Mix Up challenge blog to check out the inspiration by the DT and see how you can play along? In addition, you will also find a few video links to help you get started on using felt, canvas or cork on your CAS cards.

I'm also linking up my card at:

Uniko - #45 Something old, something new
(new dies, older stamps & brushos, old felt)

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Jingle Belles - Text me

ATSM - #277 Make your mark