06 December 2023

Christmas Card TMR

 Hi Everyone, my DT post today is for 

I had the perfect images, I thought, for a gardener masculine Christmas card. I stamped the spade and then masked it to add the Robin, both embossed. Then I coloured them with DI's. I cut them out twice with a die, then stamped and embossed the sentiment in silver on each layer. I attached the robin layer, then 3D'd the frame layer, I decided to add a leaf die, again coloured with DI's. 
stamps - Magazine freebies by the RSPCA
inks - Distress Ink, fired brick, spiced marmalade, tea dye, brushed corduroy, vintage ink, weathered wood, tumbled glass, pine needles, peeled paint, mown lawn
frame die - Card Making Magic
leaf die - Magazine freebie

03 December 2023

Winter Foliage WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month we would love to see Winter foliage/flowers/trees etc.

I was lucky enough for my monthly subscription magazine to come through, as I was about to make this card, and the perfect stamps were in it. With a couple of others, I had already in my stash. I decided to follow this sketch. Freshly Made Sketches #477

I had a square piece of card in my bits box, so stamped along the centre with the long garland, then stamped the other side, next I stamped the Christmas rose in each corner. The stamps were coloured with DI's. It was layered it onto red card, I stamped the sentiment and a little holly, which was also layered with the red card. All then layered onto the base square card.

Main foliage stamps - Magazine Freebies, Simply Cards & Papercraft
small holly stamp - Stampendous
sentiment stamp - Card Making Magic
inks - Distress Inks, mowed lawn, forest moss, crushed olive, pine needles, tea dye, vintage photo, candied apple, fired brick. 
red card - Hobbycraft

   These are the wonderful prizes this month.
2 prizes from AALL and Create of coordinating stencil and stamp and A5 stamp set

Don't forget, we will now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.
You can check our rules here.

01 December 2023

Cat Christmas CCC

   Hi Everyone, my DT cards today is for -

Critter Crazy

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter...

An old image that came to light when I was searching for something in my files and thought this purrfect, for not only the challenge, but for the kiddies present money to be sent in. 

I cut and printed it to size a 6x6 card, on the Silhouette, I then added 3d glaze to the cats eyes and nose and sparkle pen to the baubles. I 3D'd the cat, attaching the bottom to the frame, and pads to the top part. Next I die cut a piece of matching paper, I thought a little sparkly ribbon to make it like a parcel.  A simple card, but I think they'll like it. 
cat image - Laurie Furnell 2005 (OMG I've had it that long?)
paper - Lidl
 ribbon - stash
die - Sue Wilson Noble die
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir
glaze - Nuvo Crystal GLaze

here you can see, the layers 3D'd and the glaze on the eyes and nose. I'm not sure if you can make out the sparkle pen on the baubles.

I hope to see you at the challenge with your animals?

27 November 2023


 Hi Everyone, well what a time I've had the last couple of weeks, with one thing and another I haven't had time to myself. Meaning not much time on my 'puter. Still short of time, I thought I had better post something of what I've been doing, although another quick card. It was my SiL's Grandsons birthday, and with everything going on, I had forgotten it, another one!
Anyhow, I knew I had this file, It has saved my life a few times. So used it again with a quote I saw on the web. I print and cut the sentiment with a layer of the background card, that I thought represented the + sign, and cut the numbers. It was just layer the pieces together and do a quick insert, using a stamp and a piece of the card. Simple, then into the envelope and delivered to his Grandmother, for his visit to her the next day. Whew. Another panic over. 
number SVG file - Get Silvered
Patterned card -  Craft Sensations
insert stamp - Woodware, 
a stamp set I won at The Playground, Thanks Di and Sarn.
the insert, using the same card and the stamp.
Due to our BiL's funeral, it will be family time and visits over the next few days so, I won't be visiting, and I don't know if I can catch up either.  Hope you are all OK and not so rushed as I have been over the last few weeks. Take care.

18 November 2023

Christmas Gnome WLSC

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month we would love to see all sorts of Christmas Characters, from Gnomes to Robins, Santa to Angels, and so many more familiar to us at this time of year.

I don't have many Christmas Characters in my stamps, but I do have this Gnome and I love him. He has a home too. I stamped the Gnome, then masked him and added his home, I masked that too and added the trees. They were coloured with DI's with some grey squiggles for snow shadows. 

After some thinking that it was too CAS, I decided to do a faraway scene, by stamping the trees and adding a few white highlights to the trees, and colouring the sky. I made a mess of the part, where I added the fading sun. So added a circle, after I had coloured it and stamped the top of the tree onto it. Only then did I die cut the images. I then layered it onto a die cut burgundy colour paper, to make it all as "warm" as the sentiment, then added it all to the base card. I then decided it needed a little sparkle with a snow writer.

gnome & house - Apple Blossom Stamps, a magazine freebie
all trees and sentiment - magazine freebies 
inks - Distress Inks, many colours
glitter dimensional snow writer - DecorArt 
dies - Sue Wilson Noble square dies
burgundy paper - Lidl
These are the wonderful prizes this month.
 Three prizes, two dies from Sizzix and stamp from Craft Stash 
Don't forget, we will now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.


13 November 2023

Monster birthday

 Hi Everyone, hope you're all well, and getting used to darker nights.

My card today was for my Niece's Grandson, who is 4 this week, how time flies. I didn't know what to do for him, so decided on this friendly monster digital stamp, which I coloured in Photoshop, to match the colourful paper from a digital kit I chose. I took the oval, monster, greeting, a star shape from the same digi kit as the paper, onto which I added the greeting and age, into Silhouette to print and cut them, using 3 layers of each. 

Next, I added a stitched border to the background paper and printed it out to size. All the layers were glued together, then attached to the background paper, which was attached to the base card. I then added 3d glaze to the number, sparkle pen to the parcel ribbon and the buttons on the bottom.

Time has been of the essence these last few weeks, so a card that could be put together quickly without much thought was good for me. I find digital kits so handy to do this.  What is your quickest way to make a card?

paper, stars, stitched border - NibblesScribbles 2011
monster - Kate Hadfield Monster Birthday digi stamp

09 November 2023

Tie Birthday

 Hi Everyone, I hope you're all well. In my New Home card, I mentioned my 90 year old BiL had fallen and was in hospital, thank you so much for your many good wishes for him. I'm afraid he died just a week after they moved in to their new bungalow. My SiL is stoic and coping, she has her incredible family around her. Who have been as wonderful to her, as she is and always has been to them.

Now on to why you're here, my card for today was for a friend's grandson, his birthday, that with everything going on I had forgotten about. So a quick one needed to get into the post. I did a "tie" search in my files, goodness knows why I thought ties. Anyhow, I found some paper, printed it out and cut and layered it onto orange paper. Added both to the base card, found a die cut sentiment, layered it onto silver mirror card and fussy cut around it. Card done and in the post, just in time.
tie paper - Sissix from 2016
sentiment die - I've had an age, sorry no label
orange paper - Lidl
boy on left page of insert - Paper Garden Products

 this is the insert, I also did in Photoshop, the blur is me fading out my greeting to him. I took the photos when I finished them, written and ready to post.