Friday, 29 November 2013

Festive Friday and LIM#147

Hi everyone, as you can see, I've made another Christmas card today ... thought I wasn't going to make another one but I've got a second wind! :O

I've stamped in black Archival and used an aqua brush to colour. The partridge was made using the double sided sheet and acetate technique with gold leaf - if you'd like more details, I have an explanation of how to do here.

Again, not a great photo due to the very poor light at this time of year (not to mention my not very good attempts at photography). I had to lay the card down to take the photo so you could see the gold leaf, hence the squiffiness!

I would like to enter this in two challenges:

Less Is More - Make a Christmas card featuring a bird
Festive Friday - choose a theme from a past challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Partridge in pear tree stamp - Woodware
SU markers
Tarnished Brass distress paint - Tim Holtz

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Merry Monday #85 and Less Is More week 147

Hi everybody, I hope you're well. I've made a card today using the SU! Cottage Window stamp set. This set is so versatile as you can make a card for any season - my autumn one is here.

Would like to enter this in two challenges:

Less Is More - #147 Christmas Card with a Bird

Cottage Window stamp set - Stampin' Up
Sentiment stamp - Imagination Crafts
Snowflake embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Vintage photo ink - Tim Holtz
Stickles glitter glue

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


Hi everyone, the theme at Addicted to Stamps and More is ... HOLIDAYS  (not necessarily Christmas, use the theme as you would like!). This is a new theme challenge, which is replacing the colour challenge.

Our generous sponsor for this week's challenge is Deedee's Digis and our Top Addict will receive a fab prize of three sets of digis from their store.

For my DT card, I've used the Catalina Wreath die and decorated it with little snowflakes cut with Snowflake Burst. I think this card looks better IRL as you can't see from the photo that the wreath is cut from white glossy sparkle card and the snowflakes have silver sparkle.

Here's a close-up.

The ATSM design team have a fabulous variety of projects to show you, so don't forget to pop over and check it out and we look forward to seeing your lovely creations and visiting your blogs!

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I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Festive Friday - Create a project incorporating a snowflake into your design
Inkspirational - #44 Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Contemporary Christmas

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today. Have a great week.

Catalina Wreath and Snowflake Burst - Memory Box
Embossed sentiment - Hunkydory
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards

Thursday, 21 November 2013

CAS-ology week 71, ColourQ#216 and STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, here's something I made for a few challenges. 

CAS-ology, where the theme this week is BELLS and ColourQ. The layout was based on last week's CAS(E) This Sketch but was I was too late to enter. Also for STAMPlorations November challenge - Stamps and Sequins.

I initially stamped the sentiment in a colour but then decided it looks better in black?! I don't have SU! More Mustard so substituted Summer Starfruit. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to look.

Bells and Boughs stamp set - PTI
Bashful Blue, Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up! markers
Frame - Die-Namics

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

ATSM #72 - Make Your Mark

Hi everyone, and a big hello to new member, Hayley

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week it's "Make Your Mark" - use marker pens, crayons, paints, colouring pencils, chalks on your project 

Our generous sponsor is Fresh Squeezed Stamps and our Top Addict will receive a stamp set of his/her choice from their store.

For my DT card, I've used a Sara Kay image which I thought would be a good candidate for colouring in. I have to admit I always find the Make Your Mark challenge quite difficult as I don't make many cards which involve colouring in with markers and so on. I used my Promarker blender pen for the first time on this card and found the skintone quite difficult to get right but between you and me, I was quite pleased with the results.

The other ATSM DT ladies have made some beautiful projects so please don't forget to check it out, and we look forward to seeing your fabulous creations.

Have a good week. Sue x

Sara Kay stamp - Stampavie

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More #71 - Anything Goes

A big hello and wave to new member, Kathy!

It's time to begin a new challenge at Addicted to Staimps and More and this week - Anything Goes.

Our generous sponsor is Sami Stamps who will be offering a prize to our Top Addict.

For my DT card, I stamped the bird cage stamp in brown Archival onto an inked section  and highlighted with a white gel pen, punched out some little leaves, stamped the sentiment, cut it out and inked the edges.

Don't forget to check out the awesome inspiration from the other DT ladies at the ATSM challenge blog.

Sue x

Bird cage stamp - Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp - Hobby Art
Antique Linen, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo distress inks - Tim Holtz
Leaf punch - Woodware

Sunday, 10 November 2013

CAS-ology week 69, OLW165 and CFC119

Hi everyone, this is something I made today for a few challenges. 

I stamped and heat embossed the Nativity scene in white, did some inking with TH distress inks and stamped the words in brown Archival. This is actually my third attempt. I tried twice to emboss with clear embossing powder but it was too "grainy" and didn't give enough detail, so I then embossed with white detail powder (although it looks cream!?).

This is for CAS-ology, CAS-ual Fridays, and One Layer Wednesday (No Red/Green) which is currently being hosted by Ardyth.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a nice day!

Sue xx

Nativity scene and words stamps - Clarity Stamps
Antique Linen and Vintage photo distress inks - Tim Holtz

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Addicted to CAS #26 - ANNIVERSARY

Hi everyone, the codeword for the next two weeks at Addicted to CAS is ANNIVERSARY, chosen by the very talented Marie.

ATCAS is celebrating its one year anniversary and to celebrate, our CAS Perfectionist will receive a fab bumper prize pack, including 3 sheets of digis from our generous sponsor, Deedee's Digis plus other goodies - see the ATCAS challenge blog for full details!

For my DT card, I used Die-Namics postage stamp die, Penny Black flower stamp and Clearly Besotted sentiment.

Have a great weekend. xx

Thursday, 7 November 2013

DD#77, Merry Monday #82, Inkspirational #42 and CFC119

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well! 

I've made this card for a few challenges: Dynamic Duos: Red and Aqua, Merry Monday: red, aqua, white and circles, Inkspirational #42: wreath and CAS-ual Fridays: heat or dry embossing.

I've been lucky enough to go to a few craft shows recently and have some new stash to play with. I cut the wreath once in aqua card and once in red, cut the red flowers out and stuck them on to the wreath which I found was easier said than done! It's very fiddly to do and to my dismay one of the tiny flowers disappeared onto the floor under my craft desk never to be seen again and I had used my last piece of Real Red card, so I hope it doesn't show too much! 

I attached the wreath to some embossed white card, cut the sentiment banner and added a little soft inking and a sentiment. There's a bit of stamped woodgrain behind the sentiment and some tiny pearls here and there.

Hope you're having a good week and enjoying making your Christmas cards.

Take care, Sue x

Catalina Wreath die - Memory Box
Dot embossing folder - Sizzix
Sentiment banner die - Spellbinders
Coastal Cabana and Real Red card stock and markers - Stampin' Up!
Woodgrain stamp - Clearly Besotted Stamps
Sentiment stamp - PTI

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More #70 - Photo Inspiration


Hi everyone, here is my DT card for this week's Addicted to Stamps and More where we have lovely photo inspiration and our generous sponsor is Digi Darla.

I made my card using JOFY stamps. The ornaments were stamped with black Memento and coloured with distress inks and aqua brush and another stamp from the set created a background. Glossy accents was applied to the ornaments, plus a disk of glittery card and twine. 

Inspiration also provided by the sketch at Retrosketches.

Don't forget to check out the fab DT inspiration over and Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and we look forward to seeing your beautiful creations.

Sue x

Bauble and sentiment stamps - JOFY
Broken China and Tumbled Glass distress inks - Tim Holtz

Monday, 4 November 2013

Inkspirational #42 and Festive Friday #20

Hi everyone, and welcome to new member, Brenda.

I've made this card for two challenges:

Inkspirational #42: Photo Inspiration and Festive Friday #20 - week 2 inspiration: make a Holiday themed project that includes a wreath.

I stamped the wreath with black Memento, coloured in with Promarkers and decorated the wreath with gold, red and green Card Candi.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Wreath stamp and Card Candi - Craftwork Cards
Sentiment stamp - Paula Pascual