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Monday 27 November 2017

Whimsy - Winter Cheer


I'm sharing a couple of bright and simple Christmas cards today made with the Snow Flurry Stamp Set and matching dies. 
To make this card I first cut a panel of Bristol Smooth paper and did a little ink blending with Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry, sprinkling some drops of water and blotting. 

The snowflake was made by stamping with versamark ink on some Limelight Card Stock and heat embossing with white embossing powder and then cutting out with the matching die. 
I stamped a sentiment from the Abstract Christmas stamp set on Limelight Card Stock and heat embossed that also, then cut out with a banner die.

I made an A2 card base from Razzle Berry Card stock, and adhered my panel, then popped up my snowflake and sentiment on the top with some foam tape. I finished with a few jewels from Little Things by Lucy's Cards 

For my second card I did exactly the same as for the first card, just changing the colour of ink and cardstock and making a horizontal card rather than a vertical one.

These cards were so quick and simple to make you could always make a batch of them to cover your Christmas needs and even keep them individual just by changing up the colours/orientation like I did with these two.

List of Products

MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Watercolour Paper
Distress Oxide Inks - Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron
MFT Cardstock - Picked Raspberry, Limelight, Pure Plum
Versamark Ink
Altenew Crisp White Embossing Powder
MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics

Happy crafting!

Friday 24 November 2017

MFT Stamps - Ski-sons Greetings


I can't believe that it's less than 5 weeks until Christmas! Where on earth did that time go.

For once this year I am well ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas cards and I have been loving stamp sets that can be used beyond Christmas.
Ski-sons Greetings from MFT Stamps is just such a set as it has some fun seasonal images that are suitable for many winter cards and has a mix of fun sentiments that can cover Christmas, Birthdays and more.

I stamped my images onto some Bristol Smooth paper and coloured them with my Zig Markers and a water colour brush

The background was created using Distress Oxide inks and stencils. I didn't manage to nab the Drifts and Hills Stencil from MFT when it released, so I made one of my own, drawing freehand on some stencil material and then cutting out with scissors.

I cut the background with the new Mod Rectangle die-namics, mounting it on my card base and heat embossed a sentiment from the set with white embossing powder on Limelight card stock and cut out a frame using the Rectangle Word Window Frames die-namics.

I cut out my images with the matching die-namics and popped the bear onto a mini action wobble, popping the hat up with a little foam tape off to the side so that it looks like it's flown off of his head with the movement of the jump.

I finished the card by adding a few small snowflakes cut from glitter paper and some Nuvo Drops. The 30 in the top left corner was cut using a memory box die I've had for ages.

I used the following to make my card:

MFT Summer Splash Card Stock
MFT Limelight Card Stock
MFT Ski-sons Greetings Stamp Set
MFT Ski-sons Greetings Die-namics
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
MISTI Stamping Tool
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
Zig Clean Color Markers
MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Distress Oxide Inks - Salty Oceam and Spiced Marmalade
MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX Die-namics
Versamark Ink
Altenew Crisp White Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
MFT Rectangle Word Window Frame Die-namics
MFT Layered Snowflake Die-namics
Glitter Card Stock
Nuvo Drops - Morning Dew
Memory Box Classic Number Die

Hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you so much for visiting!

Monday 20 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps/Lee Holland - Teddy Christmas


I've been thinking about no line colouring a lot recently, experimenting with different colouring techniques is not something that I really get the time to do lately, but I have been wanting to try this out with my Zig Markers for some time.

However this technique was covered, using Copics (I have done the technique in Copics back when I used to colour with them), at the recent Whimsy Craft retreat, and although some of the steps didn't really work with Zig markers, I thought I would give it a go. Whilst the effect wasn't perfect (particularly as I did not have the right stamping ink with me!), it intrigued me enough to find some time to work on it at home. Due to time and work constraints, I had to do this in 2 separate sittings spaced some weeks apart, but I'm happy to say that I finally got it finished and on a card.

So this is Teddy Christmas, no lines water coloured with Zig Markers.

I used the following Zig Markers to colour him:

Turquoise Green, Persian Green, Pink, Dark Pink, Light Gray, Mid Gray and Dark Gray.

I fussy cut him out and popped him up on some foam tape on a card base made from Grout Gray cardstock with some pink gingham paper.

The Christmas is cut with an older discontinued Whimsy die from some pink glitter paper and the sentiment, stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, is from the St Nicholas stamp set.

I finished off with a few enamel dots.

Teddy ChristmasSt. Nicholas*NEW Summer Breeze Enamel Dots

That's all from me today, thanks for dropping by!

Thursday 9 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Balancing Elf


I have a little Whimsy Stamps inspiration for you today, but please excuse the lighting on my photo which isn't as great as i would like. The nights are really drawing in now, especially since the clocks went back an hour here and it really is very dark by the time I get home from work now.

Anyhooooooo.............I made this CAS card using last the rubber stamp 'Balancing Elf' from last month's release, which I stamped onto some Bristol Smooth paper and watercoloured with my Zig Markers, I really do seem to be using these all the time now.
Once finished I cut out my image with one of the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies and stamped in green with one of the Fadoodle stamps.

I cut some green gingham patterned paper with the largest of the Hand Stitched Rectangles, and adhered that to my card base, then I glued my image directly on top.
I stamped a sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set, masking off the first part of the sentiment, and cut a little banner in bright pink card stock to match the colour of the wrapping on the top present. To finish off I added a few Christmas Cheer enamel dots.

I do think that this year I've managed to make more Christmas cards than ever before, how about you, are you ready for Christmas, getting there, haven't even started yet?

I've included links to the items in the Whimsy shop below, you can get there by clicking on the image.

Balancing ElfHand Stitched Nested RectanglesOh What FunFaDoodlesChristmas Cheer Enamel Dots

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday 8 November 2017

MFT Woofing you a Happy Birthday


I have a fun little card to share with you today.

Using an older MFT Stamp Set, Birdie Brown's Lucky Dog, I first randomly stamped my little dog all over a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with Black Versafine Ink, also stamping some paw prints from the same set.

I coloured these in with my Zig Markers and trimmed my panel with a large rectangle die and adhered it to a card base made with some Limelight card stock.
I coloured up an extra dog and cut that out with the matching Die-namics.

I stamped a sentiment from the set in black ink on a scrap of Limelight card stock cut out with a banner die from Blueprints 20.
I cut a panel of heavyweight vellum and adhered that, centering it over my base, and hiding the glue b
behind the elements. I added my banner and my little dog with some foam tape, and finished with a few enamel dots.

I hope you like it, this one was lots of fun to make.

Friday 3 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps November Release Countdown Day 3


It's day 3 of the countdown to the November release over at Whimsy stamps, and today my cards used the Leaf Foliage 2 die set and card 1 also uses the Happy Headlines stamp set from Wednesday's countdown. 

I also used this die set on the card I shared for day one, but I used the dies to emboss rather than cut.

For the first card I used Distress Oxide Inks to colour my leaves and then used sprays made with Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals. I used some splatters of the liquid metals to decorate the white panel and also some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny.

For my 2nd card I made a background panel using yellow and orange distress inks. I used some spatters of water and some white paint and also added a few spots of shimmer. I cut a circle from my panel of black cardstock and cut some leaves in black cardstock to look like silhouettes
I added the die cut word Serenity using one of the dies from the Gratitude die set
I popped up the panel with some foam tape on a black card base and
 finished with a few clear sequins..

Gratitude Word Die Set

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps November Release Countdown Day 1


It's time for day one of the countdown to the November release over at Whimsy Stamps and my card today uses the new 

Happy Headlines

clear stamp set.

These sentiments make a great focal point for your card which is how I've used one today.

My sentiment is stamped with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I've included the graphic for the stamp set below so that you can see what other sentiments are in the set, but I can't add a working link for your until the release is live on the 7th.

Oh and if you are wondering what I used to emboss my background, make sure you check out tomorrow's post!

Thanks for dropping by