Monday, 16 October 2017

Pink Christmas

It's time for the annual Pink Christmas challenge at Jingle Belles,  where Lauren and Stephanie donate to Breast Cancer research for every card in the gallery. And it gives me a chance to air my Funky Hands "Funky Little Christmas" download which often seems a bit TOO pink for Christmas cards. I've used one of the background papers from it for this card.

With paper as in your face as that, there's little more you can do - some die cuts, some twine and a button and the job's a good'un.

Naturally I am sharing this with Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas
and also with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Stripes/anything goes
Allsorts Challenge - Think Pink  

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Seeing stars

This weekend I decided to have a try at a technique I've not used before - using an embossing folder for partial embossing. To do this, you use strong card to cover the outside of the folder in the areas that you DO want to emboss so that the pressure is greater there and (hopefully)  the extra depth of that area keeps the rollers of the embossing machine apart while the rest of your card is going through.

I have a folder with alternating bands of stars and a textured background, and I measured the width of one of the star bands, with borders each side, and cut a piece of card to size.  I taped it over the folder and embossed.

As you can see, a little of the textured pattern did emboss too - I have seen this technique referred to as "diffusion" embossing and I think that must be because the edges come out a bit diffused.
Anyway, I got my starry border! I masked the edges and inked it with yellow DI  then stamped the blue sentiment star - a Debbi Moore stamp which works a whole lot better now I have a stamping platform. I'd intended to stop there but the top and bottom looked a bit disconnected so I added a line of glue between the two raised stripes of the border and sprinkled it with blue glitter.
I am sharing this with
Less is More - one layer/stars
Sweet Stampin - Sparkle and Shine 
AAA Cards - Inspired by a film (the 1968 Julie Andrews film STAR!)  

Down in the Jungle

For this card I've used a set of stamps that was a magazine freebie a few months ago, I think the animals are incredibly cute!

I stamped the giraffe, tiger and monkey (yes, I know tigers and giraffes don't live on the same continent as each other - they also don't have cute smiles so I reckon two wrongs make a right) onto a scrap of stamping card - I save all my white snippets in a folder untidy heap on my table - and coloured them with Promarkers. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped and die cut.
The aperture card is one that's been hanging around in my stash for years - I stamped tropical leaves all over the inside back of it to show through the window as a jungle background. Then I delved into my snippets box and came up with a handful of assorted green scraps and used my Monstera leaf punch to make enough leaves to frame the aperture. Finally I arranged the animals so that the monkey and giraffe were peeping through the frame of leaves.
I am sharing this with
Pixie's Snippets Playground - weeks 303/304
Little Red Wagon - Leftovers
Just Us Girls - Window/Peekaboo card 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

#95 Z is for Zombie at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Tis the season for ghoulish goings on so our new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has gone all zombiefied!

Yes, the theme is Z is for Zombie.

I need to put my hand up and confess that I've never seen a zombie movie or read a zombie book. I think once, about 50 years ago, I may have seen a Scooby Doo cartoon featuring zombies, but I probably "watched" it from behind the sofa. So, not having much experience to draw on, I trawled Etsy until I found this kitty image at Aurora wings.

I printed it out, along with a computer generated sentiment, and coloured it with Promarkers.

The background is made with distress inks, stencilled in grey with a partial wall, and the rest stamped with fishbone and pawprint stamps from my stash.

I have to say, I've never thought of zombies as being particularly cute but I reckon this one is!

That cuteness means I'm going back to Naughty or Nice to enter this as my "nice" entry for this month's Something Spooky challenge.
I'm also sharing this with
Crafty Gals Corner - Spooktacular 
Cardz 4 Galz -  Monochromatic

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A CAS DL card for a change

Isn't it odd how you may have a vague idea of what you want to make for a challenge and then another challenge comes along and as soon as you see it, you know how you want to interpret the first. That's what happened with this card.

I'd already seen that the theme for CAS-ology was Odd  and had decided I simply HAD to use this Dylusions sentiment, but then along came the Butterfly Challenge where the theme is Vertical and/or Damson and immediately my vague idea gelled into a certainty.

We hardly ever make DL shaped cards in a CAS style, do we? And yet they can be very striking. Must make a note to myself to do it more often. The die I've used is the old familiar Cuttlebug Butterfly, and for the middle one I used an old scrap of parchment. It is very thin, so rather than use a shim I folded it double, only really expecting the top layer to cut. Both layers cut beautifully so now I have another rainbow-spotted butterfly to use on another project. Two for the price of one - bargain!

Just a number

I've had this Sizzix embossing folder for a few weeks now but today is the first time I've played with it.

I used Coredinations card and sanded it after embossing, then distressed the edges and layered it on top of more Coredinations. The sentiment is from Rubberdance, stamped in grey and distressed, and the background light grey edged with darker grey and also distressed. I attached the embossed panel with screw-headed brads to add to the masculine look.

I am sharing this with
Sweet Stampin - distressing (I hope it's enough to only have the sentiment stamped!)
Fab n Funky - Word Art
The Male Room - Use Metal
Rubber Dance - colour challenge

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Purple Poinsettia

OK, I know poinsettias aren't purple. But neither are fir cones, so the two wrongs cancel each other out....

I've kept to a simple purple and silver colour scheme for this card, a combo I love for Christmas. The poinsettia die was a magazine freebie and I think the cone and bough dies are from Spellbinders and the ivy trail from Marianne. The sentiment is another magazine freebie, heat embossed in silver.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - atg/purple
Addicted to stamps and more - Holiday
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes