Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sue Wilson Happy Easter cards


Hello everyone and welcome to the holiday challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

I don't make many Easter cards but I did make a couple this year, and I'd like to share one that I made with just die cuts! Yes - I know. My wonderful stash of stamps was woefully neglected in the making of this card.

1) Take a 7 x 7-inch base card and mat some yellow card onto it. 

2) Cut a smaller square of white card and emboss it with a Cuttlebug folder. Sorry, there doesn't seem to be a name on it and I have lost the packaging.

3) Take the Sue Wilson Fillables Collection Happy Easter die set and cut the egg frame in white card and adhere it to the embossed background.

4) Die cut the egg in yellow card and raise it on some fun foam before fitting it into the frame.

5) Die cut the greeting in white card and stick it on the egg.

6) Die cut some eggs and arrange them in the corners, then finish off by die cutting the bow from the set and stick it above the large egg.

You will see a variety of holidays covered by my talented teamies over on the ATSM blog, and we'd love it if you shared a holiday card with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

The Cat's Pajamas Challenge #346 - use your dies

Happy Little Stampers May Die challenge - anything goes with dies

Always Fun Challenge #59 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Papertrey Ink and Silhouette Cameo Art Deco wedding card

Helle there and welcome to another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have an Anything Goes theme so why not show us what you have been working on lately.

Our next door neighbour's son got married recently and the theme was very glamorous black and gold art deco, so I dug deep into my stash to design a card that fitted the theme.

1) I took an 8-inch square card blank and matted it with some gold textured card and a black stitched square die cut.

2) I cut a deco fan shape on my Silhouette Cameo in the gold card and black shapes to mat onto it.

3) I found several old Papertrey Ink stamp sets that came in useful for this project. I stamped the rays from the Hello Sunshine set; the flourishes from the Fancy Flourishes set; the heart from Heart Prints and the sentiment from Quilled Elegance. These were all heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then adhered to the gold fan mat, which I raised on black fun foam and attached to the card.

4) I finished off by cutting the Paper Smooches Congratulations die three times in the gold card and stacking them to make them pop.

I thoroughly enjoyed going outside my comfort zone for this card. I would never have dreamed of sending a black wedding card, but when I got to the wedding and saw all the decorations and glamorous clothes, it really fitted.

You will find lots of inspiration over on the blog, and I can't wait to see what you link up this time.

I'd like to play along with

Time to Craft Challenge #370 - stamp or colour on anything but white.

Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Try it on Tuesday - stencils or die cuts

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Papertrey Ink booties

Hello all and welcome to the new challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

and this time we want you to show us anything but a card.

I want to share some little booties and tag I made for my little Grandaughter, Alice. First up is the tag:-

1) Die cut a tag using the Papertrey Ink Quilted die and cut a circle aperture in some masking paper. Place the mask on the tag and sponge on some blue and green Distress Oxide inks. Stamp some grass at the bottom.

2) Die cut and stamp the baby clothes and washing line using the PTI Hanging Out stamp and die set, and place them on the tag.

3) Die cut the little banner, and stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink and emboss with white EP. Finish off by adding a bow at the top.

1) For the booties, I used the Papertrey Ink Bootie dies and cut them out of bright coloured felt.

2) I used embroidery thread and hand stitched them following the instructions on this video by Erin Lincoln

There is lots of inspiration over at the SCT blog and I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge. So many cardmakers enjoy other crafts too, so this is a great opportunity to share what other things you make.

I'd like to play along at

Craftaholics R US Challenge #18   - baby

Card Mani Challenge #104 - anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Friday, 4 May 2018

Crafter's Companion and Papertrey Ink Christmas star card

Hello everyone and welcome to another Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers, and this time our optional twist is 'stars'

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Here is the clean and simple card I made that would be easy to reproduce and is flat for posting.

1) Die cut the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create a Card Decorative Star in white card. You can keep the outer cut for another card, but I just used the central filigree star.

2) Place the star on a larger sheet of card and spray it with Ocean Sunlight Cosmic Shimmer Mist. Once it is dry, remove the star and you can use the negative star for another card or tag.


3) Die cut a stitched scalloped rectangle and glue the star to the centre, then stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites#21 stamp set in navy ink so it goes over part of the star point.

4) Finish off by gluing the panel onto a navy card mat and then onto the base card.

I wasn't able to capture the shimmer on the star in my photographs but it looks really pretty IRL!

I hope your Christmas stash of cards is growing, and you can get lots of inspiration for your next one over on the blog.

I'd like to go and play at

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge # 28 - anything Christmas goes

12 Months of Christmas Challenge # 41 - anything goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round May Challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Pretty Quick Nativity Scene Christmas card

Hi there, and welcome to the May challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges

Our themes this time are

J – Joy
K – Keep it simple

We have some great prizes from our sponsors

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and also 
A little prize from Dorte

I decided to go for the J for Joy theme

1) Cut the Pretty Quick Nativity Scene die from black card and cut an additional rectangle of the black card to the same size.

2) Apply double-sided adhesive to the rectangle and place the die cut on top of it.

3) Place gilding flakes over the die cut and rub them in until they have a polished look. Paper piece the halo in yellow card.

4) Die cut the white frame from the same die set and mat it onto a square of black card, before placing it on the base card.

5) Stamp the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Joy to the World stamp set in black ink.

6) Finish off by raising the nativity scene on fun foam and adding it to the card. This picture shows how the gilding flakes glow in the light when turned towards a window.

Our challenge will run until 31st May so you have lots of time to visit the blog to see what my talented teamies have to show you, and I do hope you decide to join us this time.

I'd like to go and play at

Jingle Belles Challenge - O Little Town of Bethlehem

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #28 - anything Christmas goes

Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  - anything Christmas goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 30 April 2018

Happy Little Stampers Dandelion Wishes, make a wish card

Hello everyone and welcome back to another challenge at Happy Little Stampers. This time it is the Watercolour Challenge and our optional twist is CAS

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


I came up with this one layer card

1) Mask off a circle on a top folded card. I used a circle stencil rather than a paper mask because I was going to use watercolour.

2) Smoosh some Oxide distress ink in Broken China and Picked Raspberry onto a non-porous surface and spray with some water. Mix it in and then paint in the aperture- pink at the bottom and blue at the top, leaving a little purple where the colour blends. It's amazing how vibrant the colours remain even after being watered down!

3) When it is dry, stamp the dandelions from Happy Little Stampers Dandelion Wishes using black Versafine ink.

 4) Stamp the make a wish ( from the same set) inside the circle and the rest of the sentiment outside it.

As usual, if you hop over to the HLS blog, you'll find lots of inspiration from my talented teamies, and you can also link up your entry there. We also have Helen joining us as a guest designer this month and you will find her gorgeous card on the blog.

I'd like to go and play at

Always Fun Challenge #56 - flowers

Sweet Stampin' - Circles

Challenge up your Life #90 - Watercolour

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

MFT Splendid Swans and Clearly Besotted card

Well, the weeks keep zooming by and I can't believe we are so far into April. I'm here to share the start of another challenge at Addicted to Stamping and More, and this week is CAS week!


I came up with this card using my new swan stamps from MFT. It's a pretty general card that could be used for Mother's Day or other celebration occasions depending on what is stamped inside.

1) Take a card blank and mask off a circle at the bottom corner of the card before sponging Broken China Distress Oxide ink inside the circle.

2) Stamp the water ripples and splashes from Clearly Besotted Make a Splash stamp set towards the bottom of the circle and add some white pen and glaze pen to make the water shine. This hasn't photographed well but you can see it a bit better in the small photo at the top.

3) Stamp the 'make a splash' sentiment in the blue ink and then stamp again slightly to the right with white pigment ink to give a shadow effect. Stamp the 'It's your day' from MFT Hog Heaven underneath it.

4) Stamp, die cut and colour the swans from the MFT Splendid Swans set and attach them to the card with some foam tape.

5) Finish off by splattering some dots of ink around the card.

My Teamies have got some great inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I hope you will play along with us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Always Fun Challenge #55 - CAS

Daring Cardmakers - Feeling blue

Through the Purple Haze Challenge #143 - Spring (Baby swan)

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


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