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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Off On Retreat

Well my bags are packed and waiting by the front door for my crafty pal Elaine to come and pick me up, we're off to Crafters Companion Craftaganza. This is a three day retreat in a wonderful looking hotel in Durham, so quite a drive from here in the North of Hampshire. Before I go though I thought I would stop by and show you this card and enter it into Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge this week. Recently I attended a workshop held by Martine Smith from Oyster Stamps where she showed us some wonderful techniques including shaping these wonderful Heartfelt poinsettias. As I have this set of stamps and dies when I returned home I set to making a collection of the cards ready for friends and family for Christmas. I made 9 altogether and changed the colour and the layout on all of the. Well that's enough rambling for now as I need to get this posted in the next few minutes.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 10 November 2017

One Layer Christmas Card

I was thrilled when I clicked on the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog at the end of last week and found out that I had won the October Challenge. For this months challenge they are asking for One Layer Christmas Cards.This is a challenge for me as in all of my years card making, I don't think I have ever made a one layer card. Until now that is. I've used a 6x6 white card blank, a piece of masking tape across the middle, Tim Holtz snowflake stamps and Distress oxides. I used a technique that Tim showed us a his recent workshop at Art From The Heart, which was to stamp with the Oxides and then quickly blend with a blending tool. The sentiment was from a set by Sheena Douglas.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 6 November 2017

Buttermilk/Zodiac and Pixies Snippets Playground

My card today is for two challenges, Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge and Pixies Snippets Playground. The butterfly challenge asks that you use Buttermilk colour and or something from the Zodiac. Pixies Snippets asks that you use snippets/scraps. While rummaging through my scraps box I found some buttermilk colour card and some brown that went with it. I cut the card to size and then stamped a script stamp from Inkylicious onto the buttermilk card using Distress Ink in Tea Dye colour. Then I inked around the edges with the Tea Dye ink, I found a doily that had been cut sometime ago from scraps, I inked this around the edges too and stamped a Lily of the Valley sentiment stamp. There was a little brown card left over and there was enough to cut out two butterflies to add to the card, making it a Gemini card. I popped it all onto a 6x6 white card base.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Christmas Creatures

This is a Christmas card that I've made for my Mum to give to Niece for Christmas and it fits right in with the theme over on the Allsorts Challenge blog this week as they are asking for Christmas Creatures. It was an image that I found on the Internet which I downloaded and turned into a topper. I can't remember where the backing paper came from as I have quite a lot printed off ready to use. The sentiment was made on the PC. I used silver mirri card for the matting and embellishments. This also fits in with Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge which is Anything Goes with the optional theme of Something With Wings. Which is covered by the wonderful snowy owl in the picture.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 27 October 2017

Birthday Card For A Friend

I made this card for the friend who we travelled during our trip to America earlier this year. My inspiration for the card was the picture below the card. While visiting Yosemite National Park we drove down part of a road and all of a sudden rounded a bend and the church nestled in the trees came into view. As soon as I saw the scene I said " I have stamps at home that look just like that Scene". So when it came to making a card for our friend this year I knew I had to use these Stampscape Stamps to make the card.  After stamping the scene I used masks and distress inks to colour it. I'm glad to say that our friend loved the card.






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Sue

Thursday, 26 October 2017

October's Rudolph Days

Well Christmas is fast approaching and we have reached the October Rudolph Days Challenge already. I have quite a stash of Christmas cards made ready for the big day. My cards this month use 3 different snowflake embossing folders, distress inks, gilding wax and a Sheena Douglas die. These were popped onto some A5 card bases with some mirri card. Simple but effective, I think.






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Sue

Monday, 23 October 2017

Halloween

My card today is for two challenges Allsorts and My Time To Craft, both are asking for cards on the theme of Halloween. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I love making Halloween cards.  This  year I'm part of a Halloween card swap and as I've made 6 different cards it was difficult to choose which one to put on here. For this card all of my stamps with the exception of the cobweb are from Chocolate Baroque, the cobweb was a Lavinia stamp.



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Sue xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thinking Pink

Just popping in with a card for a couple of challenges today. First for the Allsorts Challenge this week which is Think Pink and the second is Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge. For the card I've used Tattered Lace Charisma Dies and Countryside Garden Collection using the pink option for the flower colour, which I've teamed up with some Fuchsia coloured card for the matting.



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Sue

Monday, 16 October 2017

Friday's Playtime With Friends

Very often on a Friday I have a couple of friends who come for the day and we have a crafty play. Both are quite new to crafting so sometimes we end up doing something they have not tried before. This Friday we ended up decorating these expensive Mirrors from the Swedish shop, I'm going to make a couple of these for Christmas presents so now I've made this one I only have one more to go. I'm sorry that my hands have got in the way on the photo. I'm going to enter this into the Challenge over at Pixie's Snippets Playground this week (I've not been for a play for a few weeks now as I've been so busy) as the embossed pieces used on this are all from the scrap box, also most of the home made chip board pieces have been made with scraps too. As everything gets a coating of black gesso it really does not matter what colour the card is that you use. I'm also going to enter the More Mixed Media Challenge too, which is Anything Goes with an option to use orange.



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Sue

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

All Hallows Eve

My card today has been made to enter into the Lavinia Challenge this month which is All Hallows Eve. I made the background using Distress Inks and then over stamped using Lavinia Stamps and a white pen. We have our grandson all week this week rather than the normal Monday and Tuesday that we normally have him. Last night he stayed the night as well, as it was his mummy's birthday and daddy took her out. Normally he's up at 6.00 a.m , so we feel really privileged that he slept until 8.00 a.m this morning.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue