Saturday, 25 August 2018

Round and round and round

I've been playing hooky today. After an exhausing day yesterday, flying up and down to Athens to have our passports renewed, I figured I would not get much work done today. So instead of working, I had a play in my craftroom and decided to try and make two cards for the August Twofer challenge, using my set of nesting circle dies (Lifestyle Crafts). After all, one of the perks of being self-employed is that you can choose to work weekends if that is more convenient...

Anyway, I started by running a panel of white Neenah cardstock through my Cuttlebug 6 times, using three sizes of circles.

For my Christmas card, I used a mini blending tool and Iced Spruce DI to add a little shading to the edges of my circles. I stamped the snowman's faces using a small stamp set from a Hunkydory kit that I bought during a sale. Not my usual thing, but I was thinking I could use it to make a batch of cards to donate/sell at the animal wellfare sales that are being organised during the winter season. And I have to say, the stamp set is totally cute, containing loads of stamps to build your own snow people in varying sizes and with varying accessories. After adding some colour to the noses, I assembled my snow people using thin foam tape.

For the background, I masked off the sky area and blended Broken China DOI ink using one of my Clarity brushes. To finish off, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set and added two scarves using a piece of hemp twine I found lying on my craft table.

For my monster card, I used my NBUS Monster Mash set by Lawn Fawn and was thrilled to discover that I could use all of the images (except the tiny solid heart) on my 2x3 circles, the same number I had used on my Christmas card. I stamped the images using black ink and coloured them in using several of the 10 Tombow markers that I bought in Athens yesterday. I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto a panel of black cardstock, before adhering this panel to my white card base and adhering my circles.

I'm playing at:

Twofer Card Challenge - #8 Geometric

I'm also linking up my Christmas card at:

ABC Christmas - P is for Plain

My Monster card is also playing at:

ATSM - #306 Anything goes

Colour Crazy - #34 AG with colouring


  1. I'm delighted that you took today to play and can work tomorrow, Marianne! Your twofer cards are both adorable! Those cute snowmen have me grinning from ear-to-ear! It looks really simple, but following your explanation, there were a lot of steps involved and each step was done precisely and perfectly! The same goes for your monster mash! Lots of stamping, coloring, embossing, and thinking to create this fun design! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #8! Hugs, Darnell

  2. I agree with Darnell: so good you got to play! Love both cards but these snowmen are just a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! I may have to copy that idea at some point.
    Cheers, Barbara

  3. I am totally CASEing this snowman card! They are so clever and adorable! Your little monsters look like they are having a blast hanging out each in his own circle! What a fantastic Twofer, Marianne! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  4. Great cards!
    Of course I'm partial to the Halloween one!

  5. What a fun pair of cards Marianne! I love how you made a simple circle look so amazing! You are very creative and I'm glad you found time to play and create.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM, and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  6. These are both so cute, Marianne ... and so clever! Brilliantly coloured little monsters ... and what a fantastic way of constructing those tiny snowmen, they're adorable! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

  7. Such cute cards! Way to use those shapes and I just love your monsters and snowmen! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM!

  8. Your cards are so cute. Love the snowmen.. The monsters are so sweet if monsters can be.. LOL I love the colors and layout. So glad you shared over at Colour Crazy challenge.
    Billie A
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  9. Snowmen!!! Snowmen!! They are just brilliant. Definitely one to CASE your own design and make loads. SOunds exhausting though to renew your passport.... xx

  10. What a pair of stunning cards you have made. My favourite has to be the snowman one. It fits our challenge this week. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

  11. So cute and imaginative! Great to see you at the ATSM gallery. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Nandini, DT.