Monday, 2 May 2022

Spring flowers for the April Card Chain Challenge

Hello everyone! It's the second of the month, which means it's time for another CCC reveal.

I'm still very busy working on my own personal growth, but the Card Chain Challenge is a good incentive to create at least one card a month, even if I'm usually late in sending it out.

Anyway, this past month my card went to Tina in Slovenia.

I used a NBUS stamp set that I had won during a new Uniko release (Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral). The stamp comes with the flower layer, the leave layer and a few small elements. After stamping, I used a white pencil to add a little detail to the flower petals. The sentiment is from an older Altenew set.

I'm also linking up my card at:

NBUS - Anything goes with NBUS

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Saturday, 2 April 2022

March Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Hello everyone! It's the second of the month, which means it's time to show you the card that I sent out for the March Card Chain Challenge.

Life has been busy this past month with work and personal stuff, so I did not have a lot of time to spend in my craftroom. That's why I pulled out an old card from my stash to send to Pia in Norway. It was perfect for this month's themes of friendship and farm. Besides, it was perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Some of you may have seen this card before on my blog. It was a super quick and CAS card that I created using a digital image by Faith Skrdla of From the Heart Stamps, who sadly passed away much too soon a few years ago. This card reminds me of how her images always make me smile, so I intend to create some more cards using the images that I own.

Do check out the other cards that were exchanged worldwide this month. If you want to join the fun, you have until April, 6th to link up for the April Card Chain exchange. You can play as often as you like, since you need to link up for each month that you wish to play.

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Butterfly for February Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Hello everyone. It's the second of the month, which means it's time to show you all what I created for the Card Chain Challenge. This month, my card went to Debbie in Michigan, who was participating for the very first time this month.

I went with the sketch and the product/technique option (paint).

I found some scraps in my scrap box that seemed to combine really well. I tore the green scrap (from a not so successful 'drunken acrylics' experiment) lengthwise and added die-cut circles from another scrap. If I remember correctly, I used Marabu acrylic effects paint on this scrap. I had stamped and heat-embossed the butterfly last month while working on my January CCC card, so all I had to do now was to fussy cut just the butterfly and add it to my biggest circle. I adhered the butterfly body with liquid glue and put a strip of foam tape under each wing. Both the butterfly and and sentiment are from the Block Prints set from Fun Stampers Journey.

Do check out the CCC challenge blog to see all of the wonderful cards that were exchanged worldwide last month. And while you are there, why don't to link up and join us next month? Each month, you can decide if you want to play or not.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Saturday, 19 February 2022

More greens

Hello everyone! I almost typed in 'Eat more greens!' as the title. I don't normally use much green on my cards but I am trying to incorporate more plants into my diet, so maybe that explains why I have 2 cards to share today that are predominantly green. Or maybe it's simply because I wanted to create cards for a few challenges LOL.

Anyway, my first card was created especially for the current Let's Squash It challenge, where I am guest designing this month. I thought this was a good moment to ink up my NBUS dandelion embossing folder (part of an embossing folder and stamp set, Fairy Wishes, Practical Publishing) that I bought last year or so. I used distress oxides and a small brayer to add colour to the EF before running it through my die cutting machine with a panel of Crafter's Companion watercolour card. I repeated my inking with the various greens until I was happy with the coverage. I stamped the block of sentiments (NBUS Subway Art: Dare, STAMPlorations) using the darkest green ink. I used the photopolymer stamp but I have just discovered that is also available as a digital set, together with the Subway Art Create sentiments. For my insect, I used this sweet ladybug brad from a NBUS set that I bought from the Eyelet Outlet many years ago. On the spur of the moment, I decided to also stamp a snail from the Fairy Wishes stamp set. I did not want to trim my panel, so I added it to an A6 card base.

I'm linking up my card at:

Let's Squash It - #17 Green + insect

We Love Stamping - AG with stamping (option: stencil)

Stamping Sensations - AG stamping (option: wings or tails)

NBUS - #35 AG with NBUS

STAMPlorations - Never-ending AG with STAMPlorations

My second card is one for my Christmas stash. I used a previously stamped and gold heat embossed panel from my UFO box. To add a little more interest, I matted the panel with a slightly larger white panel before adhering it to my green card base.

I'm linking up this card at:

52CCT - Green, white and gold

CHNC - #581 AG Christmas

HLS Christmas - AG Christmas

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Let's Squash It – #17 Grasshopper Green

Hello everyone. It's time for a new challenge at Let's Squash It, and I'm thrilled to be making a guest appearance this month after being crowned the Empress of Squash for these cards that I created for the challenge back in December.

The idea of the challenge is to get out those embossing folders that many of us have been hoarding and put them to good use. If you check out the challenge blog, you'll find plenty of inspiration, especially from Gail and Jo, to use your embossing folders in different ways.

This month, we're asking you to feature an insect (or several insects), the colour green, and an embossing folder of course. Here's what I came up with:

I pulled out an old Sizzix Texture Fades EF by Tim Holtz (Winter berries – thanks Gail!) and ran it through my die cutting machine with a panel of Crafter's Companion watercolour card. I have discovered that using watercolour card gives a very crisp embossed impression and does not crack. And in most cases, the result is so smooth that no one will notice you've used watercolour card. It also works great with 3D embossing folders.

Anyway, after embossing my panel, I added colour by gently swiping several green ink pads over the raised surface. I decided to use some long neglected Studio Calico color theory inks (Yes Peas, Going Green and Lime Light) because these ink pads have a very stiff surface. When I did smudge the ink where I did not want it, I used a wet watercolour brush to scrub at the ink to make the marks less noticeable. That turned out to be a very happy accident, so that I turned it into a feature and drew out some of the ink in other places as well. I also added some splatters using the darkest green.

The butterflies (from an old (2013) stamp set by Clearly Besotted) were stamped in Versafine black and coloured in using Catherine Pooler inks and a ZIG blender brush. After fussy cutting them, I added some sparkle using a Spectrum Noir glitter brush and popped them up on foam tape.

The sentiment is from an older PTI stamp set (Bitty Butterflies).

I hope you will check out the Let's Squash It challenge blog for all of the details and play along!

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Emboss it

HLS CAS - Inky

Stamping Sensations - AG with wings or tails

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

January 2022 Card Chain Challenge reveal

Hello everyone. It's the second of the month (where did January go?!), so it's time to reveal the cards that were exchanged last month for the Card Chain Challenge.

My card went to Michaela in Austria, who joined us for the first time this month.

I used the sketch as well as one of the technique options (embossing folder). Both the embossing folder (Braided, Taylored Expressions) and the stamp (Block Prints, Fun Stampers Journey) are NBUS supplies. The sentiment is from an old Impression Obsession sentiment set.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Monday, 31 January 2022

Oceans of Happiness

Hello everyone. Hope your week is off to a great start. 
I managed to create a card in the nick of time for the current Under the Sea theme at Let's Squash It!

This was a perfect opportunity to take out my NBUS stamps and embossing folder that came with a UK crafting magazine (Creative Stamping 97) that I recently ordered in a sale.

I started by die cutting a panel from CC watercolour card using a stitched rectangle die (SSS). Next, I used one of my NBUS Tim Holtz diffusers that I have had for a few years but never used so far (because I could not find them when I actually did want to use them ... sound familiar?). I had intended to centre my embossing, but the diffuser shifted. I decided to go with the flow and love how it turned out in the end.

I used a brush to wet the embossed area before dropping in some smooshed distress ink colours and used a foam applicator to add a little Faded Jeans on some of the raised area once the panel was dry. I used Juniper mist ink (Catherine Pooler) to stamp some small fish and add colour to my sentiment strip before heat embossing one of the sentiments from the stamp set.

The dolphins from the set were stamped using Memento black ink, coloured in with Copics, fussy cut and popped up on foam tape.

To finish up, I did some stamping on the inside using Juniper Mist. The happy birthday sentiment is from a SSS stamp set.

I'm linking up my card at:

Let's Squash It! - #16 Under the Sea

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

SSS Monday - Use an embossing folder

ATSM - #421 Make your mark

Passion for Markers - #625 Embossing 
(heat or dry - I used both)

Stamping Sensations - Stamping and dies

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Zero-calorie sweets and treats

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I have another duo of cards to share for a couple of challenges.

I had these stamped and die cut Christmas gingerbread cookies (Gingerbread Fun, Paper Discovery) in my UFO box after creating some cards last year, so these cards were really quick to put together.

All I needed to do was add a selection of gingerbread cookies to a strip of dark red cardstock and adhere these to my cards. A simple sentiment (Winnie & Walter) finished them off.

I'm linking up my cards at:

Jingle Belles - Getting fit for 2022 / sweets and treats

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

CHNC - #578 Anything Christmas goes

Twofer flowers

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by.
I recently took part in one of Justine Hovey's card making sessions for her VIP members. I'm finding those sessions great for getting cards (or at least card panels) done in a short time without overthinking. Justine gives a basic supplies list in advance but I usually need to quickly adjust and grab some supplies to craft along. But this time I had this floral stamp already out...

Anyway, I created these two panels during the live, using my NBUS Beautiful Day Floral stamp set that I purchased from Catherine Pooler's shop during the Black Friday sale. I kept my Copic colouring very simple and monochromatic, since I wanted to create a card for the current Flower Challenge.

After the session was over, I popped up the coloured oval on my black and white panel and finished the card off with a simple sentiment and a few Lily of the valley gems (Little Things from Lucy's Cards).

I decided to turn my second card into a shaker card using some NBUS glitter and sequin fragments. The fragments have a pale yellow colour that perfectly matches my colouring. I finished off with a white heat embossed sentiment and a few more gems.

I'm linking up my anniversary shaker at:

The Flower Challenge - #64 Monochrome

Time Out - #205 In love

Dawn's challenge: all about occasions

I'm linking up my duo of cards at:

ATSM - #421 Make your mark

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Using up scraps

Hello everyone! Welcome back!
I was determined to join the fun at the Snippet's Playground this month, so I sat down in my craft room and decided to revisit an old Love from Lizi card kit (Nov 2019). I knew I had several scraps left after creating the cards from this post.

For my Winter Wishes card (top left), I cut a pinkish PP scrap in two lengthwise and placed it on either side of a strip that I cut from one of the 6x6 papers from the kit, leaving a small gap. Next, I die cut two snowflake borders (NBUS die from an older Crafter's Companion card kit), from two white snippets that I'm always left with after creating top panels for my American-sized  A2 cards using regular A4 Neenah cardstock. I decided I did not like the small gap between the black and pinkish strips, so I added peel-off strips from the card kit. To finish off, I used one of the sentiment decoupage elements from the kit.

For my Season's Greetings card (top right), I used a scrap of green linen cardstock and trimmed it to the perfect height for my card. I used one of the toppers from the kit and framed it with more peel-off strips. I stamped my sentiment on another snippet of PP from the kit and added peel-off strips to the top and bottom. To finish off, I added a few decoupage elements to the topper.

For my Joyful Wishes card (bottom right), I used a scrap of PP and trimmed the top so that it would fit my card. I matted it onto a scrap of black cardstock. I was left with a small strip that had the perfect width to place behind the sentiment element from the kit and to show off the ribbon (also from the kit). To finish off, I added a few Nuvo drops that either came in this kit or another LfL kit.

For my Snowflakes card (bottom left), I used more white cardstock snippets for my snowflake borders, as well as another snippet of PP. I heat-embossed one of the sentiments from the kit and did some ink blending around the circle. I created a mat for my circle using a snippet of glitter cardstock. I finished off with a small decoupage element and Nuvo drops.

And then I decided to create my ultimate snippets card.

I still had a few strips of PP left as well as a snipped of the pinkish cardstock from my previous card. I cut most of these strips in two lengthwise and adhered them to a snippet of black cardstock After the panel was complete, I trimmed it to size and matted it onto a snippet of Centura pearl (not sure if you would call it rose gold or bronze), after die cutting the sentiment using a NBUS die. To make the sentiment stand out a bit more from the busy background, I cut a mat from vellum using the outline die.
I adhered everything to a Centura pearl card base.

It felt great creating 5 cards for my 2022 Christmas card pile AND using up some scraps in the process!

I'm entering my New Year's card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - #418 Mega Christmas draw
Making these cards definitely kept me from making mischief LOL

SSS Wednesday - Something new

My Snowflakes card (bottom left) is playing at:

Make my Monday - #165 Snowflakes

Sunday, 2 January 2022

December CCC reveal - Stencilled trees

Hello everyone. Happy New Year!
It's the 2nd of the month and that means it's time for the December 2021 Card Chain Challenge reveal.
My card went to Arlene in California.

The inspiration for the December challenge was the following tic-tac-toe card:

This one really had me stumped for a while, but in the end I decided to go with the first row down.

I started by blending green ink in the middle of my card and then shifted the Tim Holtz tree layering stencil to apply Sparkle Medium in Sage Green (Imagination Crafts). I do love this colour.

I heat-embossed my sentiment in gold and matted the sentiment strip with Centura pearl card in a matching colour. Before adhering the sentiment panel to the card, I added two tree brads from Eyelet Outlet that have been in my stash for several years.