Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Penguin Pals

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another Christmas card courtesy of Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.  This week, our hostess is Wendy and she wants to see a penguin on our cards.

For my card, I chose to use Polar Pals from Mama Elephant.  I combined that with the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the dots/spots theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I created a snowy night sky by blending Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky ink onto a panel of white cardstock.  Then I used the SSS Falling Snow stencil and some embossing paste to create my "snow".  Once that was dry, I die cut the curve at the bottom with a die from the Stitched Slopes and Hills set.

The sentiment comes from Clearly Besotted's Hanging Around set and was stamped onto the card base before adhering the sky with foam tape.

My little penguins were stamped and colored with Copics.  I gave them orange tummies just for something different - I'm pretty sure real penguins don't have orange tummies!  But then again, real penguins don't usually have top hats and scarves either :)

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful penguin cards to inspire you, so be sure to check them out.  Note that for July and August, our challenges will stay open for two weeks, in light of the Northern Hemisphere's summer.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Polar Pals (Mama Elephant), Hanging Around (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky (Distress)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Polar Pals dies, Stitched Slopes and Hills die (SSS), Falling Snow stencil (SSS), Embossing Paste, Copics


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Color Blocking

It's time for the wonderful Freshly Made Sketch Challenge to unveil the latest sketch!  This week it's the talented Rita's turn and she has designed a fun sketch that screamed "color blocking" to me.

My card was inspired by a dress I saw worn by the blonde girl on Dog with a Blog - a show my son watches and I abhor, but it was playing in the same room and I couldn't avoid it!

I started with the Comic Strip Cover Plate and black cardstock then cut it down and flipped it over to suit the sketch.  I used Island Blue, Green Apple and Audrey Blue cardstock to fill the gaps.

I die-cut the Hugs word and stacked it four deep, using three white layers and one black layer.

A few black enamel dots and my stamp-free card was done.

Thanks for visiting!  Check out how the rest of the design team have used this sketch.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, black, Island Blue, Audrey Blue, Green Apple
Accessories:  Big Hugs die, Comic Strip Cover Plate (PTI)


Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Hi and welcome to Merry Monday - where we get to make Christmas cards all year round!  This week, Sue has challenged us to use candles and flowers on our Christmas card.

I have to admit to struggling with this challenge as I don't really have many Christmas stamps with candles and flowers and I didn't feel like doing any punch art.  I dug into the deep dark recesses of my Christmas stamps and found a set that features a candle and holly.  So for today's challenge, I'm declaring that holly is a flower :)

I stamped the candle onto some X-press It cardstock and colored it very quickly with Copics.  I went over the whole image in Wink of Stella so it has a lovely shimmer IRL.  I outlined the image in B0000 and B000 pens and then decided to use that as my accent color.   So I cut a strip of Audrey Blue cardstock for the left hand side.  

The sentiment comes from a Verve set called Christmas Joy.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Yuletide Greetings (CTMH), Christmas Joy (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, X-press It, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Many Thanks

Today's card is my last post as guest designer at The Paper Players.  The last six months have been fun with a wide array of wonderful challenges and this card is to thank the team for making me feel so welcome.  This challenge comes to us from Nance and she has a sketch challenge that's right up my alley:

Is this not one fabulous sketch?  For my card, I used some new goodies that just arrived this week - new colors from Simon Says Stamp and a new set designed by WP9.

I started by cutting a stitched circle and white-embossing my sentiment.  I then placed it on the card base and drew a light pencil line around the circle so I knew where to stamp my flowers.

I only used the outline image from this builder set and stamped them in some of the new SSS colors - Duckling, Melon, Sunkist and Hollyhock.  I then stamped a few dots in Jellybean to tie the flowers together.

The banners were sponged in Jellybean and Melon inks before being die-cut.  Some silver thread was dropped behind the circle and some enamel dots added before calling my card done.

The design team have created some wonderful cards with this sketch so I hope you'll check them out and give this sketch a go.  Thanks for visiting and thanks again to the team of wonderful ladies at The Paper Players for inviting me to join you for the last six months.

I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Anything Goes.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Many Thanks (SSS)
Ink:  Sunkist, Hollyhock, Melon, Jellybean, Duckling (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black
Accessories:  Silver Thread, White EP, Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles and Circles, Blueprints 2 (MFT)


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Silent Scream

Hi there!  If you're looking for my Color Throwdown post, scroll down. 

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge day!  Today, the wonderfully talented and expert-enabler Jen Mitchell is our hostess and she has an awesome sketch.

I just received an order from Verve the other day, so decided to use some of my NBUS on my card.

I stamped the coffee containers and colored them with Copics.  For the band, I stamped onto some foil patterned paper and did some paper piecing.  Whilst the center panel is perfect for patterned paper, I kept mine plain, just adding a sentiment from one of my new sets and a stacked die cut.  I went over the die cut with my clear Wink of Stella pen.

And that's it!  Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out how the rest of this amazing team have interpreted the sketch.

Products used:

Stamps:  Coffee, Better With You (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Rosie's Wedding Paper Pack
Accessories:  Copics, Coffee word die (Verve), Wink of Stella


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

High Tops

Hi and welcome.  Today I have the privilege of being Guest Designer over at Color Throwdown.  My card was chosen last week as Featured Stamper and that means an invite to be GD.  No way was I going to say no to that!

Here's this week's challenge:

Aren't these such cool colors?  My mind immediately went to some NBUS I've had for a few months - the All-Star High Top die from MFT.  From there it was a short step to making a birthday card for my youngest son who turns 13 in a couple of weeks.

My son tends to be a bit obsessive about certain things - Apple products and Converse shoes take top spots in his obsessions, so this die was a no-brainer for me.

I started by cutting the shoes out of red, yellow and white cardstock then putting them together.  Putting all the little yellow circles on was a bit of a painful exercise but I'm so pleased with the finished product.  

The card base was sponged with Surf Blue ink over the Stripes stencil by MFT.  I die-cut the 13 from PTI's By the Numbers dies out of Surf Blue and black cardstock then stacked them together, slightly offsetting the black layer to make the numbers pop against the background.  I then went over the numbers with Glossy Accents, but clearly I didn't put enough on as it's not totally smooth.  But at least it doesn't have fingerprints in it.  Usually I'm so impatient, I touch it to check if it's dry - and it never is :)

Thanks so much to the DT for letting me guest this week.  Be sure to check out their cards - every week they produce the most wonderful cards!

I'm also entering this into this week's challenge at Friday Mashup to add a stencil.

Products used:

Ink:  Surf Blue (SSS)
Cardstock:  Schoolhouse Red, Lemon Chiffon, Surf Blue (SSS), white, black
Accessories:  All-Star High Top die (MFT), By the Numbers dies (PTI), Stripes Stencil (MFT)


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Snowman Hats

Welcome to Merry Monday's weekly challenge.  This week, Nina is our hostess and she has a very unique challenge for us - to create a Christmas card with a funky hat on it!

As soon as I thought of funky hats, I thought of the adorable Snowy Trio stamp by Purple Onion, so I went to work and came up with a variation on the stamp.  Check it out:

Instead of stamping all three snowmen, I stamped one plus several of their hats.  If you want to see what the stamp looks like before my cutting and re-arranging, then check out this card.  I then cut out all the pieces and colored them with Copics.  After carefully arranging the hats on top of the snowman I stuck it on to the card base with foam tape.  The sentiment was deliberately kept very plain so as not to detract from the colorful snowman hats.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some very funky hats on their cards, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Snowy Trio (Purple Onion), Christmas (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics