I have a couple of simple 'Thank You' cards to share today...made using a set of layering stamps that were a magazine freebie. I used Distress Inks for the stamping (Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry & Festive Berries), starting with the trunk, then adding the leaves and flowers or hearts at the end. The sentiment stamp is from another magazine freebie set. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, then layered the stamped panels on to some coordinating pink or red card.
Today's card features another of my recent charity shop bargain stamps...it's from the 'Moonbeam Meadows' collection by Crafter's Companion and is called 'Time Out'. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then cut it into a circle shape using one of my Nesties. I found a spotty piece of paper to (almost) match the toadstool in a pad by Stampin' Up (also found in a charity shop), distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.
I have a simple Christmas card to share today...featuring some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp. I picked up a couple of their large background stamps 'Mod Trees' and 'Outline Snowflakes', and a set of calligraphy style sentiments by Ranger... the 'Letter It Christmas' set. I played around with the background stamps, stamping them a few different ways, with different inks on plain card, watercolour paper, patterned papers...and heat embossed...like the snippets I used on this card. I stamped on to kraft card using a white pigment ink pad, then heat embossed them using white embossing powder. I used small pieces of each of the two background stamps, along with one of the sentiments, fitting them on to a square of white card, and then adding that to a kraft card blank. I have lots of left over pieces...and all of the other stamped pieces...so no doubt you'll be seeing these stamps again soon!
I have another simple CAS card to share today...this time featuring a floral stamp that I got for Christmas called 'Floral Delight' by Hobby Art. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured in soft pastel shades using watercolour pencils. I added some sparkle to the flowers using my Versamark embossing pen, and some Stampendous holographic embossing powder. The sentiment stamp is from a set that came free with a craft magazine.
I have a very simple card to share today, featuring a Crafter's Companion stamp (called 'True Love' from the Moonbeam Meadows collection) that I picked up in a charity shop a week or so ago, in a packet with another from the same collection for the princely sum of 80p! I did originally think they were Lili of the Valley stamps (I also got a couple of those packaged together...including the one I blogged yesterday...also for 80p), but after googling all manner of combination of keywords to try to identify them, I discovered that they were in fact by Crafter's Companion. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the water, moon and butterflies using a Wink of Stella pen. I used my CutterBee Bug to pierce a simple border, then added it to my card blank. The sentiment stamp is from a magazine freebie set.
I went BIG for my land animal, and picked a cute Lili of the Valley elephant image called 'Blowing Bubbles' that I picked up in a charity shop a week ago to make a birthday card for a little girl. I coloured the image in pastel shades using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the bubbles using a Wink of Stella pen. The papers are a mixture of American Crafts (pink & yellow from the 'Star Shine' pad) and First Edition (blue from the 'Silent Night' pad). I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Cupcakes' set by Hero Arts.
'Anything Goes' or 'Something New' (New Year, New Baby, New Home, New Job, New Stash...)
As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!
I went with 'New Year', and my project for this challenge is a 2019 Penny Black calendar. I buy a few of the blank 'Create a Calendars' from Paper Mill Direct to decorate and give as Christmas presents each year, and this is the one I made for my Mum. They still have some available here if you fancy making yourself one. I used a variety of Penny Black stamps and papers from lots of different manufacturers...far too many to list, but I did manage to use up lots of snippets! Here's a look at each of the months:
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Over at the ABC Christmas Challenge, we're starting our tenth (!) trip through the alphabet...I'm the host, and the themes for this month are:
'A is for Anything Christmas Goes'
'B is for Berries'
This yer, we're changing things up a little, and have gone sponsor free...so I've donated a couple of little prizes for this challenge:
I had some new Christmas crafting goodies to play with, so made a card for each of the two themes. On my first card, I used stamps from the 'Let it Snow' set by Happy Little Stampers (which I won recently on one of their challenges). I stamped the largest snowflake from the set using Versamark Ink on navy card, then heat embossed it with 'Sparkling Snow' embossing glitter by WOW. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set on to my card blank, and heat embossed it using the same powder, then used more of it to make a matching mat for my snowflake image. It's so sparkly in real life, but impossible to capture in a photograph!
I used a die I received for Christmas on my second card...'Candy Canes & Holly' by Sweet Dixie. I cut the image three times, from red, white and green card, then carefully pieced them together. I embossed a piece of kraft card fro the background using my 'Jolly Christmas' folder by Couture Creations, matted it on to a piece of red card, then added the candy canes on top. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Sentiments' set by Hero Arts.
I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges: