Thursday, 21 January 2021

Shades of Blue

Now that I'm getting back in the swing of creating, I'm trying to use some of my NBUS supplies.  And I've now realised just how much I have! I'm going to be busy.

I have the new Altenew Swirl Motif die and thought it would be fun to see how it would turn out with some distress graded cardstock. I did the base in pale blue and the outline as darker on the edges and lighter in the middle.  Not so easy to see.


Although the die as it is supposed to be used is lovely, I couldn't resist the negative cut!



My entry to ...

... Just Us Girls #567 : Color Week

... NBUS Challenge #22


... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Make your own Background



Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Blue Birthday Bouquet

Blue is my favourite colour - if you haven't guessed by now!

So what better than a little blue bouquet with a silk ribbon for a Birthday wish. With the delicate border die from Ornate Borders.



My entry for ... 

... Inspired By : Everything is a bouquet



Saturday, 16 January 2021

Sweet Spring Bouquet

My first try with the Sweet Spring Stencil from Altenew.  This is a two layer stencil and does all the work for you.



My entry to ...










Thursday, 14 January 2021

Birthday Butterfly

More new un-inked products from my stash ... and a stencil with shading added using Prismacolour Pencils. 


A close up so you can see the shading on the stencil. 


My entry to ...

... AAA Birthday #21 : Stencil Background


... Addicted to Stamps & More : Make Your Mark

... NBUS #22




Beautiful You

It has taken some time for me to get into the creative mode. There was a challenge (that I missed the deadline) with a theme of "city", and as I was going through my stencils, I spotted the city skyline. And it had yet to be inked! So a good place to start.




My entry to ...

... Just Us Girls : Use a Stencil

... Time Out Challenge : You

... Less is More : Fashion / Accessories


... NBUS Challenge #22 -New stencil





Friday, 25 December 2020

Holy Night ... Merry Christmas

This will be my last Christmas card for 2020.

A very Merry Christmas to you all. May the blessings of Christmas be yours ... Peace, hope, love & joy.



Thank you for all your support and encouragement during this year.



Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Rejoice ... Mixing 3 Sets

Our regular stamping group followed my guest challenge at Creblablablog. We each had to make the same card for each of the group and send them anonymously, then we tried to guess who sent which card. It was fun.


My card used the options of :

  • image : star, 
  • colour : platinum and 
  • embossing : embossing powder

I used elements from 2 different stamps sets, and 1 die set :

  • Mary & Joseph from Stampin' Up Night in Bethlehem
  • Bethlehem from Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas
  • The sand dunes were cut with silhouette - I made my own shapes especially to match the flow of the curve at the bottom of Bethlehem.
  • The single star on the front from Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas, the group of stars from Stampin' Up Night in Bethlehem
  • The die cuts inside are from Concord & 9th Holy Night dies
  • Sentiment from Stampin' Up Night in Bethlehem


A close up of the front


The inside


I added a tea light to put inside and this is with it switched on.



Close ups of the inside and trying to catch the platinum embossing



12 Days of Christmas

I've made another set of small gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas for a friend who needs a little cheering up.

I think this Ellen Hutson set is so delightful. I keep it simple by adding patterned paper and a simple colour palette. This year I went with kraft and red, with touches of white.


Here's a closeup of 3 of the tags ...





Here they are more in order of numbers.


Have you ever read or listened to the wonderfully humorous book "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by John Julius Norwich. You can go and listen HERE.

My entry to ...

... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Christmas Critters.









Monday, 21 December 2020

Christmas Name Place Cards

We had our Book Club Christmas Dinner last week. My friend and fellow stamper, Bronwyn, had volunteered to make the name place cards. She designed the cards using the Ellen Hutson Bookworm lady. I helped a little by printing names on cardstock before die cutting the tags, and colouring the ladies.



She attached the apple so they could hang from the wine glasses.


Each of us added our little gifts around the place setting.

Since Bronwyn had gone with the book theme, I had to put my chocolate in a little "book" box. I was inspired by Darcy Miller's little Book Favors. She did provide a PDF to print and make your own, but they were not the right size for my little chocolate so I made my own.


Here's my place setting with all the goodies ... we were so spoilt!

Our beautiful table.


My entry for ...

... The Card Concept : Christmas tree or decorations



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