Sunday, 27 July 2014

Christmas Card Club #16 Trees - My Card #49

This fortnight is was Sylvie at Gibmiss's turn to chose the theme. She chose trees...use a tree anywhere on your card. Right away, I wanted to use a stamp I won last year at Marks Finest Papers. It is my NBUS item for this card.  I loved it when I won it,  and of course still do...but until today, it had never been inked.


This card will be for a friend who is into restoring old vehicles. He will get a kick out of it. I do wish I had coloured it aqua instead of pale blue...it would have showed up more on the card and I have nicer aqua DP. I may just make up a second card and try that colour combination! Once I am home again, I may try a Wink of Stella on the truck, just to perk it up a little.

I kept the card fairly simple. Just a sheet of candy DP from a 6x6 stack and a bit of burlap ribbon behind a snippet of dotty DP from that same stack. Will have to update the stack name later as I am up at the lake...my bad!

The sentiment was prised off a chipboard embellishment. It used to have another dark green circular bit behind it but the shade of green was wrong so I tore it off and substituted a blue scalloped diecut circle.

Recipe
Card base - hand cut from my card stock stash
DP - unknown 6x6 Xmas stack
Card Stock - snippets of blue and burgundy card from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders petite ovals and petite scalloped ovals, sentiment blue mat is the smallest petite scalloped circles die
Sentiment - chipboard circle from my stash
Twine - from my stash, jute ribbon cut from a piece a hessian
Stamp - Marks Finest Papers Christmas Bridge

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Marks Finest Papers - Christmas Card Challenge
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card with paper
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Must be Christmas
6. Penny Black and More at Allsorts - Dies/punches

Friday, 25 July 2014

July Rudolph Days - Card #47 Dashing Again, and Card #48 Who Loves Ya

July 25 can only mean one thing...it is Rudolph Days over at Sarn's Stamping For Pleasure. This is a fun way to get your Christmas cards finished before we are into the busy Christmas season. You have until the end of the month to link your post featuring two Christmas cards.

Card 47 Dashing Again.
I have used this stamp before and loved how easy it was to handle. It takes a 5x7 card base though, and that is not a card size I make very often. But horse themed cards are always popular with my family (and with Little Miss C) so I decided to cut a 5x7 card base and get on with it.


While rummaging about in my snippets files, I found a teensy piece of pink patterned DP...so teensy it was just large enough to cut the Impression Obsession mini snowflake dies. I found they blended in a bit too much so used red diamonds to make them pop a bit more.

 Now, I tried to capture the look of random look of enamel dots that I see everywhere in blogland at the moment. I do not have enamel dots in the right sizes or colours, (and I am on a spending freeze)  so substituted red and pink rhinestones. It is harder than I thought to get that random placement look!

I added a little stardust stickles to her fur hand warmer...just a touch of glitter...it is for Christmas after all.

Recipe
Card base - hand cut from my stash
DP- pink background is Basic Grey 2011 Out of Print, B side. This is my VOS item.
The pink snowflake paper is unknown as is from my teensy snippets files
Card Stock - snippets of black and red card from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders Fanciful lattice for the large frame;  Impression Obsession mini snowflakes
Bling - red and pink teensy diamonds from my stash
Stamp - Stampendous Sleighbells

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days Stamping for Pleasure - must be Christmas and must be 2 cards on the same post
2. Marks Finest Papers Christmas Card challenge - Must be Christmas
3. Penny Black and More at Allsorts - Dies/Punches
4. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Christmas in July Colour challenge (I used grey, hot pink background, medium pink patterned snowflakes and pale pink on the ladies dress)

Card 48 - Who Loves Ya

You would think that I don't have any other Xmas stamps as I have used this one so often! Truth is my daughter loves owls and will probably appreciate a few of these owl cards to send out to her friends.
I tried really hard not to get too mitchy matchy with this one. I wanted it to by a bit zingy...a bit brighter and more vivid than my usual colours. The background paper is highly embossed...has a lovely delicate sheen IRL.

I even remembered to add a little lace on this card...usually I forget to plan some sort of card stock piece to affix it to. I like to hide the raw edges and usually remember my ribbon or lace after everything is glued in place.
 I got on a bit of a roll with the zingy feeling and decided to add some feathers...owls do have feathers after all. Just not sure if they are blue! lol  Here is a close up...



Recipe
Card base - from my stash
DP - Best Creations Merry Christmas Glitter pad for the Green snowflake paper
Card Stock -  snippets of pink  Bazzill from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders Labels 26 for the image, then traced the outside of the same die and hand cut the dark pink mat behind.
Bling - feathers from my stash (these were left over from making hair fascinators)
Embellishment -  K&Co 3D snowflake
Ribbon/Lace - wide jute ribbon from my stash, green crochet lace picked up on some thrift shop outing last year
Stamp - Stampendous Owl

As Sarn announced, I will be taking over Rudolph Days in 2015. Hopefully I can live up to Sarn's wonderful job with this challenge!!!

I am entering this cards in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days Stamping for Pleasure - must be Christmas and must be two cards on the same post
2. Marks Finest Papers Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - layer it up (I have 9 layers)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blessed - Cards #45 & 46 of 50

For most of my life I have not been what you would call lucky...in fact there have even been a few times where I felt quite unlucky indeed!
Since I started this blog it seems my luck has shifted...the gods are smiling down on me or my stars are aligned...or maybe just good old fashioned luck is finally coming my way.

I have been blessed with winning several lovely blog candy prizes, have had random thingy chose my card in challenges, have received some wonderful RAK's and have had lovely parcels arrive in the mail from bloggy friends...just because!!! I am a firm believer in karma so of course I try to reciprocate and to RAK  people as well.

I am going to make more of an effort to put my NBUS (never before used stash) to use. After all, I don't want the givers to think I am the type to have sold the presents off !!! teehee
Lately, I realized that I have been subconsciously avoiding using these "new" supplies and I think it is a bit of  self doubt creeping in.. I don't want the sender to be disappointed...sounds weird I know!!!  So expect to see posts still featuring VOS (very old stash) and NBUS (never before used stash) and when applicable I will mention which NBUS items were actually winnings!

First up is a card made from a stamp set I won at Marks Finest Papers. They have a lot of challenges...one for every day of the week. Prizes are always stamps and I have been lucky and won a few there. I made 2 cards with this stamp.


The first was left as just black ink on white card...ink direct to card I might add. It was scary but I liked the outcome. Then with indrawn breath I stamped the sentiment direct to card as well. Deep breath out...I managed to stamp it straight! Whew. I was so pleased that I didn't muck it up that I left this card as is...almost to remind myself that I can do it! lol


The second is similar but I coloured this one with Prisma Pencils and blended with Gamsol. I am showing both versions and if you  look carefully you will see that the sentiment is in a slightly different place in the second card. Too bad I didn't think to take a photo of them together.


So I am quite pleased with myself. I stretched myself to do this scary direct to card technique and I survived and so did the card...hahahahaha

********These are cards 45 and 46 of my 50 cards/projects that use my stash during my self imposed consumables spending freeze. (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight cardstock are exempt)

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Marks Finest Papers Simple Salutations - two favourite colours (Card 45 - lately I have been loving the simplicity of black and white)
3. Marks Finest Papers Inspirational - Card 46 I was inspired by the water views on the first and the third photo