Friday, 24 September 2021

Plaid stenciling for Christmas

Hello everyone. I had a some crafty time today so that I could finish a Christmas card for a couple of challenges.

I created my background by applying embossing paste through a Plaid stencil (Joanna Sheen). Next, I added a few sprinkles of embossing powder in gold and silver and heat set it, being careful not to let the paste bubble too much.

I finished my card by adding some elements from my UFO box and adhering the panel to my A2 card base. 

I'm playing at:

CAS Christmas - Plaid

ABC Christmas - S for Stencil

ATSM - #414 Any occasion

The 12 months of Christmas - #81 AG Christmas 
(option: add something metallic)

HLS Christmas - AG Christmas

Thursday, 2 September 2021

August CCC reveal and OCC class

Hello everyone! It's the second of the month, which means it's time for another reveal at the Card Chain Challenge. This month, my card did not have to travel far, from Crete to mainland Greece, but I was late in sending it out, so Mia of Craftartista has not received it yet.

I decided to combine the colours and theme from the CCC inspiration with an idea from the current Crushing on Cardstock class (from Cathy Zielske) at Online Card Classes.

I cut some strips of coloured cardstock (snippets) and silver cardstock using my trimmer and doubled them up for more dimension, especially since the cardstock I used was not very thick. For the sentiment, I used a CUTplorations die cut from the same silver cardstock as well as a shadow layer from a snippet of white cardstock. I die cut the heart from a snippet of vellum. I finished things off with a few small gems that I found while decluttering my craft room.

I'm linking up my card at:

STAMPlorations - AG September Summer challenge 

STAMPlorations - AG with STAMPlorations products

After getting reacquainted with crafting in my craft room, 
I'm also venturing out to have a play at 
It's been so long since I've played there, 
I'm hoping I don't get lost along the way.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Sweet UFO box card

Hello everyone! While I was working on decluttering my craft room (a work in progress), I found the elements of today's card. I had already stamped, watercoloured and die cut my ice creams (Lawn Fawn) and die cut the patterned paper using an MFT die. I figured I had better finish the card while summer is still ongoing here in Greece. All I had to do was adhere the panels to a card base, position my ice creams and add a sentiment (Altenew). I used foam tape to pop up the outer frame as well as two of the ice creams.

I'm linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

SOS - #453 Summer lovin'

HLS Watercolour - Anything goes

Cute Card Thursday - #691 Anything goes (optional: bright colours)

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Card Chain Challenge - July reveal

Hello everyone. I was supposed to have posted my card for last month's Card Chain Challenge yesterday, but better late than never...

I used this beautiful NBUS butterfly die that came with an issue of Die-cutting essentials. I tend to buy back issues of UK crafting magazines when they are on offer and select them for the free stamps or dies. And this die was too good to miss, don't you agree? 

After die-cutting my panel, I masked off a rectangle on  my card base so that I could do some rainbow ink blending using my Catherine Pooler inks. I also die cut one of the separate butterflies and blended two shades of ink to match my background. I also used the dark purple ink to stamp my sentiment (Concord & 9th) onto a scrap of cardstock. I embellished the panel with a few of the left over small butterflies.

My card was inspired by the card sketch and the friendship theme.

There's still a few days left to sign up for this month's card exchange. You can sign up for individual months, so you can join in when you have time and skip one or more months if you cannot or don't want to play.

While I had the die and inks out, I decided to make a second card for my sister's birthday. I kept it very simple, with a black heat-embossed sentiment strip and some sequins in matching colours.

I'm linking up this card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Allsorts 635/6- Anything goes with the option of roses

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Twofer birds

Hi everyone! I'm back at long last! For the first few months of 2021 I have been struggling with my energy and mojo. On top of that, I got a frozen shoulder (in my dominant arm), which forced me to take a 3-week break from work as well. Being forced to do nothing did help me to destress and focus on me, which turned out to be beneficial in more than one way. About two months ago, I felt like I was slowly coming out of hibernation. My energy levels are better now and I finally started decluttering my craft room and house. That's why I decided to take part in a virtual retreat last month, hosted by Ingrid Blackburn, Justine Hovey and Laurel Beard. It was a great way to get creative again. I created several backgrounds and even completed a few cards that I hope to share soon.

Today, I had given up hope to take part in this month's Twofer challenge, but when I was doing an inventory of my DO inks, I needed a small stamp and one of the stamp sets I grabbed was the Birdie Banners set by Concord & 9th. And then it hit me: BIRDS! I started by creating my Christmas tree using the solid stamp and CP inks. The card was so much fun to make and fairly quick as well. I finished it off with some gold splatters and a gold-embossed banner sentiment (another oldie from SSS, Small folded banners holiday). I used a stitched die (SSS) to die cut my panel and mounted it onto my A2 card base using a tape runner.

For my birthday card, I used part of a panel that I had created this afternoon by dabbing up the left-over DOI after blending another background panel. This time, I used DOIs to stamp the balloon and bird bodies, for a more solid impression on the smooshed background. I added some splatters on this card as well (DOI) and used foam tape to mount my panel onto my A2 card base.

It feels so good to be creating again!
Hope to be back soon with more creations!

I'm linking up my cards at:

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

CCC Reveal February

Hi everyone. It's hard to believe it's already March. These past two months have wooshed by without me sharing (or creating) any cards. Except for this one card that I created for the Card Chain Challenge. This time, my card went to GerJanne in the Netherlands.

I followed the sketch for this month as well as the love/friendship theme.

For my background, I used one of the macramé builder dies that I just could not help ordering as soon as they were released by The Greetery last November. I'm hoping to create more cards using these fab dies soon if and when my mojo returns.

The hibiscus stamps and dies are by PTI, while the sentiment is CUTplorations die.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

NBUS #24

STAMPlorations - Anything goes with STAMPlorations products

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Let's get merry

Wishing you all a happy and most of all healthy 2021! Hopefully, vaccination will go swiftly and safely, so that we can start meeting up and hugging each other in person once again. Until then, we'll have to make do with virtual hugs and online friends to keep sane.

I used this sweet House Mouse image that I received from my blogging friend Mia of Craftartista. I thought this image was very fitting to start off my new year's crafting. I decided to use my neglected set of Letraset Aquamarkers for my colouring. I used the brush nib to add colour to the stamp in my MISTI and either spritzed lightly with water or wet the pigment with a water brush before stamping. The colours of the Aquamarkers are very bold compared to my Tombow markers, so it was a challenge to get the look I was after. I also touched the pigment on my Tombow watercolour card with my water brush to spread the colour. It felt great to a) use a new stamp and b) to use my stash to try something new. 

I die cut my panel with my old and trusty stitched rectangle die by Simon Says Stamp and adhered it to a Neenah desert storm card base. To finish up, I added a previously stamped and die-cut sentiment (SSS) and added some sparkle to the Christmas light using my Spectrum Noir glitter brush.

I'm playing at:

House Mouse and Friends - #330 Anything goes
(optional: sparkle & shine)

Passion for Promarkers - #572 Add a sentiment
(Mega Christmas challenge)

Allsorts - #605 Anything goes

HLS Watercolour - Anything goes

SSS Wednesday - Sparkle and shine

NBUS #22

Jingle Belles - Something old, something new