Saturday 30 December 2023

Circles and Leaves

Hi and welcome!  Today is the first time since I finished work for the holiday break that I've actually wanted to make a card.  It really irritates me that when I get the opportunity to make cards every day, I don't want to!  Of course, it does take time to decompress after the working year and this is day 8 so I guess about a week to unwind and relax is normal. 

Anyway, onto today's card.  I was scrolling through Pinterest and was drawn to a print I found there and that gave me the impetus to actually go into my craft room and start creating.  This is the result:

I started with a gray panel and using a circle stencil and some circle masks I die-cut from stencil material, I stenciled the background.  On some of the circles, before removing the stencil, I would flick on some gold, black and/or white ink.  Once it was dry, I die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a white card base.

For the foliage, I die-cut various leaves from both black and gold cardstock and arranged them onto the card panel.  The large black leaf die is popped up on foam tape.  The sentiment was hot-foiled in gold onto black and popped up with foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  I am going to link this card to the All Occasions challenge at Krafty Chicks as well as the Anything Goes stencil challenge at Happy Little Stampers (so sorry to see they are going on an indefinite break - but totally understand.  Running a challenge is hard work - let alone running several).

Products used:

Ink:  Eucalyptus, Green Opal, Lemonade Stand, Caramel Toffee, Mangrove Root (Altenew), Unicorn White (Hero Arts), Black Soot Distress Ink
Cardstock:  White, Black, Cement Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Infinity Circles (Hero Arts), Standard Circles, Hexi-Gem Sentiments Hot Foil, Sealed Botanical Sprigs (Spellbinders), Tattered Leaves (SSS), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Basic Shapes - Circles Stencil (MFT), Gold hot foil, Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp), White Acrylic Paint.


Saturday 16 December 2023

Gold Birthday

 Hi all!  I'm here with my card for the reminder challenge over at The Flower Challenge where we are looking for gold in your floral cards.  I decided to add some gold hot foiling as well as gold pigment ink and pearls to my floral card.

These flowers were stamped, coloured with the co-ordinating stencils and die-cut.  I hot-foiled a gold frame onto a white card base and a gold sentiment onto a scrap and die-cut it with a fishtail flag die.  After arranging everything onto the card base, I added some gold pearls and called it done!

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the design team and join in our last challenge of the year.

Products used:

Stamps:  In the Woodland (Altenew)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Water Hyacinth, Alpine Aster, Silver Sage, Jade, Enchanted Gold (Altenew), S'Mores (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  In the Woodland (Altenew), A2 Layers Hot Foil (Waffle Flower), Fancy Sentiment Strips (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  In the Woodland stencils (Altenew), Gold Pearls (Honey Bee Stamps)



Thursday 14 December 2023

Christmas Goodies

Hi and welcome!  Our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week is Amy O'Neill and she has a fabulous sketch for us.  I have to admit to being a bit over making Christmas cards and I haven't even given a thought to posting any yet!

But still, I made another Christmas card - primarily because a big Spellbinders order from Black Friday arrived and I wanted to play.

I die-cut all the elements from white cardstock and blended ink onto the pieces in various colours.  Once finished I found a pre-foiled sentiment panel and figured that I would arrange all the elements around the sentiment.  Once it was all arranged and glued down, I dry-embossed a background panel using more NBUS and adhered that to a white card base.

I finsihed with the sentiment panel and topped everything off with some clear sparkle pen.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Ink:  Crimson, Velvet, Rhodolite, Bamboo, Olive, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Limestone, Fresh Lemon, Honey Drizzle (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Summer Splash (MFT)
Dies:  Christmas Wonder (Spellbinders) Holiday Florals Hot Foil (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Holiday Greenery EF (Spellbinders), Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, Navy Hot Foil



Thursday 7 December 2023


 Hi and welcome!  It's my turn to design the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I came up with this one in about 30 seconds - then wondered what on earth I was going to make with it!  In the end, some NBUS dies came to the rescue.

I die-cut the pinecones and needles from white cardstock and used ink to colour them up.  Onto the pinecones, I flicked some Black Soot distress ink followed by gold ink and onto the needles just the gold ink.  I then assembled the pieces and adhered it all together.  

The patterned paper is from some my mother gave me and is from CTMH.  The Desert Sorm card based was embossed with the Burlap embossing folder.

Finally, the sentiment is a BetterPress plate that was hot-foiled with gold foil.

Thanks so much for visiting.  The design team have made some fabulous cards so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Ink:  Evergreen, Green Onyx, Enchanted Gold (Altenew), S'Mores (Catherine Pooler), Ground Espresso, Black Soot Distress Ink
Cardstock:  Neenah Desert Storm, White, Home for Christmas patterned paper (CTMH)
Dies:  Lovely Layers: Winter Greenery (Honey Bee Stamps), Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), Fancy Sentiment Strips (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Burlap EF (Honey Bee Stamps), Gold Hot Foil


Tuesday 5 December 2023


Hi!  I'm late with my post for the newest challenge over at The Flower Challenge where this month we are asking players to use gold.  Here's my card which features gold embossing and gold pearls. 

I actually made this card some weeks ago and then realised last week it would work for this challenge - so win!  I stamped, stenciled and die-cut the flower and added a die-cut cover plate to a white card base.  The sentiment was gold heat-embossed then I went around the edged with darker ink to make it stand out more,

Finally, I finished with some gold pearls.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Festive Poinsettia (Alex Syberia Designs)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versamark, Sage, Spruce, Rose Petals, Rouge, Peppermint Scrub, Merlot (Catherine Pooler)
Cardstock:  White, Cranberry Cocktail (MFT)
Dies:  Festive Poinsettia (Alex Syberia Designs), Rock Glass (Catherine Pooler)
Accessories:  Festive Poinsettia Stencils (Alex Syberia Designs), Gold EP, Gold Pearls


Friday 1 December 2023

Guava Thanks

 Welcome to a new Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  This week I went with Pearls - Two-Step Stamping - Embossing for my card.

I already had these flowers and leaves stamped and die-cut so this card came together pretty quickly.  I dry-embossed the Tufted folder onto Fog cardstock, edged it with some Guava cardstock and added it to a white card base.  The sentiment was die-cute from Guava and Gravel Gray cardstock and I finished with some pearls to match.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Morning Frost, Evening Gray (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Guava (Lawn Fawn), Fog (SSS), Gravel Gray (MFT)
Dies:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Yana's Layered Script Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Autumn Pearls (Honey Bee Stamps), Tufted Embossing Folder (Spellbinders)