Friday, 24 September 2021

Happy Christmas

Here is a final contribution for the challenge at CAS Christmas.

I had got rid of most of the papers that I had accumulated over the years, as I was finding little use for them in my current style of card making, however I did keep back a few and this  is from a freebie book which came with a magazine. I used this sketch for a card a couple of days ago and really liked how it turned out and so used it again!
It's from Freshly Made Sketches and my card is practically identical to the first one is layout and lettering etc.

It also has 1 Christmas Tree so it's for the challenge at CASology 

This coming week I will be going to Bath to look after my grandchildren as my daughter is taking a well deserved holiday. I will be venturing there in our new all electric car... we haven't used it for any distance as yet and so finding charging points is going to be fun!
Wish me luck!


Thursday, 23 September 2021

Cold but happy

Just recently, I happened upon a challenge blog and a papercraft company, both with the same name,  which was new to me. It is Create a Smile.
It's a prerequisite of the challenge to use at least one of their images, however they do offer some digital freebies. I decided to order a few things, some stamps and dies which came like lightening from Germany! The site is really user friendly for English speakers and the products are terrific. These stamps arrived today and stamped absolutely perfectly straight away... none of the games you have to play to condition a new stamp. I was most impressed. Lots of their stamp sets are offered in either English or German which is really useful!
SO... this card is based on their sketch this time 
however it turned out very like the sketch I drew for Christmas Craft Creations
I added a little cloud from an MFT set.

I think I will be paying a few more visits to the Create a Smile online  Shop!


Happy birthday

Having not made a skinny card for ages, I now find that I have made two in practically as many days, but both have been in response to challenges.

Nature's bounty -  I'm referring to the wood, which is indeed a bounty of nature!

I found a scrap of designer paper, (it was lucky as I don't use it much these days and have sent most to the charity shop) which toned with the chosen colours for the challenge and simply added a die cut sentiment. I don't remember the make of the alpha dies. I tried every colour for the word birthday and it took me ages to make a decision... in the end I stacked two of the colours I had cut out together.



Wednesday, 22 September 2021


It's funny how a card develops... this started with a colour and a circle. The colour is Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink, although it looks a tad dark in this picture. 
I stamped some splatters in Versamark and then heat embossed with clear EP. Then I dabbed on the ink, trying to get it as deep a colour as possible. I used the tree aperture die from Simon Says Stamp, together with a Presscut circular die which was just a tad bigger in order to make the frame. In fact I cut two and stacked them. I embossed just the lower section of the front panel with part of an embossing folder and  added a few stars which were the waste from a previous card and were still on my desk. The simple one word sentiment was stacked three times with the top layer in the blue, but it was overpowering and didn't go with the white frame of the image, so I cut another one in white and added it over the blue... you can just see some of the blue from some angles.
CASology - One word sentiment, one focal image!

I don't think duck egg blue is a traditional Christmas colour!