Sunday, 27 November 2022

Candy Cane Circles

My new Christmas supplies from Pinkfresh Studio ... love the candy cane effect of the red rings behind the slim braided circles.

There is no stamping on this card which is very unusual for me. Wonderful to use the layered Festive Leaves Stencil and die, and the foiled sentiments are so chic.


Catching the foiled sentiments - I cut one sentiment into 3 to fit in the circles.

My entry to ...

... Color Hues Challenge - Scarlet & Green

... NBUS Challenge #44


... Die Cut Divas : Anything Goes





Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Ho! Ho! Ho!

CAS cards don't need to be on white ... I just love how this Santa pops on the red background of All Starburst 3D embossing folder (a NBUS).


I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to the stars to give the sparkle.


My entry to ...










Thursday, 3 November 2022

Fun Tags

Some quick fun Christmas tags with the Ellen Hutson Holiday Characters paired with the Simon Says Stamp Ho Ho Ho set (NBUS!! It's a 2019 set, but still never been inked!).



My entry to ...

... Just Us Girls : Holiday Gift Tags


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


... NBUS #44



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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Wedding Wishes

Elegant wedding card by keeping it to one tone with Platinum embossing. Just a touch of colour with Copic.


Trying to capture the embossing.

My entry to ...

... Make the Card #66






Monday, 24 October 2022

Christmas Cheer ... and mixing up Stamp Sets

To get the mojo going, I was CASe-ing Elena Roussakis's card, but I changed up a few things :

  • I mixed images from 2 stamps sets
  • I did not make it a shaker card
  • I matted it on a lime card (love how it makes it pop)
  • Added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to certain spots


I stamped up 3 sets of images, so decided to play with some of the extras. 

Sometimes you need to mix up your stamp sets to get just the right card :

  • Ellen Hutson Holiday Characters (NBUS)
  • Ellen Hutson Bear Ware 5 (NBUS)
  • Ellen Hutson Abstract Nature
  • Ellen Hutson Organic Elements
  • MFT Gift Tag Greetings  (NBUS)




My entry to ...








Sunday, 23 October 2022

Cozy Time

CASology Challenge is coming to an end. Melissa has given us 10 wonderful years of inspiration and fun. All good things come to an end, but wish her all the success in her future plans. 

It was where I discovered my love of CAS designs and so I could not miss playing in the last challenge.

I masked the books to keep it a one layer card.


My entry to ...

... CASology : Cozy


... CAS on Friday : Black & White and one colour. Had to pick blue!


... Inkspirational : Imagine





Friday, 21 October 2022

Bold Background

I'm still working my way through new supplies. This time I'm trying out the Ixora embossing folder from Altenew.

It's so unlike me but I picked a dark green cardstock as the starting point. Then I swished over it with White pigment ink and let it dry. Decided it needed another colour. Started with Spun Sugar Oxide ink, but it was too pale, so then added Picked Raspberry Oxide ink. I gave it a splatter of white acrylic paint, tied some cord and mounted it on cardstock distressed with pink (in fact I didn't even add any new ink to my blending brush - just used what was leftover).


My entry to ...

... NBUS #43


... Altenew October Challenge






Thursday, 20 October 2022

Stencilled Blossoms & Diamond Frames

Playing with the Altenew Hill Blossoms stencil & Fine Frame Diamond dies and the Spellbinder All the Stars stencil.

I've done it in 3 different colour combinations, and used different techniques with the dies ...

  • as an embossing folder, 
  • as a panel and 
  • as a frame.

I started with my favourite colour - blue of course! The die was used as an embossing folder using the rubber mat, then I masked it and distressed around the edges to give some depth. 


My second has turquoise flowers. Kept the die cuts together to create a panel. The flowers didn't flow as I wanted, so I cut off the top 2 and tucked them behind the panel.


Third option I really wanted to use the Altenew Sugarplum and Nature's Wonder Ink sets. I used just one of the frame dies and inked it with the same ink so that it would match the flowers.


My entry to ...

... Addicted to Stamps & More : Die Cuts and Stencils


... AAA Birthday : Favourite Technique These layered stencils are fast becoming one of favourite techniques.


... The Flower Challenge : Use a Sentiment



Monday, 17 October 2022

Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge Reminder

As the guest elf, here's a little reminder if you want to play in Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge. This month the theme is Poinsettias and Posies.


You can see my first card HERE.

I made a whole group of cards with the SSS Holiday Sprigs Stamp, Stencil and die set.


The card on bottom left of the photo, is made from the leftover "inside" of the frame I made for the card on the bottom right hand side of photo.


You can see how the berries pop with the glossy accents. 


Here are the other cards ... simple frame and layering the leaves and flowers.


More crisp and CAS with this one.


Added a light touch of green distress behind the frame for this one.


I will also enter this to ...

... Addicted to Stamps & More : Die Cuts and Stencils


... Addicted to CAS : Layered





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