Monday 30 October 2017

Christmas Card Club - Sentiment as the focal point

Sylvie at Gibmiss blog chose the theme of The Sentiment As The Focal Point, for this fortnight's  Christmas Card challenge. If anyone is interested in joining our challenge group, drop me an email.  You can view the other club members cards if you follow the hyperlinks on my right sidebar.

My Recollections 290140 sentiment stamp is my NBUS item today. I have had this stamp for quite a while and have been looking forward to trying it out. I was not disappointed. I stamped with Tsukineko Brilliance white ink and heat set it with my heat gun.

I painted over the holly leaves with some Yasutomo colours. They are little pots of shimmery colours that you just whirl a damp paintbrush through and then colour with it. I do not know what oher name they are called... A few red teensy diamonds for the holly berries and outer corners and sentiment image was done!

I matted with a snippet of red Echo Park, This and That DP and then matted again with a green snippet of My Minds Eye, 12 Days of Christmas   DP.

I wish I had matted the black sentiment rectangle with a piece of green card so it would stand out more against the red DP,  but chose instead to keep the layers down for postage weight. Wish I had followed my first instinct!.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

October Rudolf Days Challenge

Whoops...I am late...very, very late!
Thought I had this post scheduled...but obviously not. My apologies to everyone, but better late than never.

Here are the rules for your perusal:

 1. The Rudolph Days Challenge will start each month on the 25th, and will close at midnight PST, on the last day of that month.
2. The theme is always Anything Goes, as long as it is Christmas.
3. One entry per person and you just need to enter one Christmas card or Christmas project.
4. You may combine your entry with other challenges (maximum of 10 in total).
5. Your card (or Christmas project) should not have been previously posted to your blog. It should be posted to your blog during the current months Rudolph Days Challenge, (between the 25th and last day of the current month)
6. Please link back to or at least mention, the Rudolph Days Challenge.
7. Please leave a comment on the challenge post.
8.   The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month. Prizes will be mailed anywhere in the world.

Our designers have been busy making some wonderful inspiration for you all.

Sonia has made this fabulous Xmas tree ornament/bauble. It is so pretty. Lots of glitter, and sparkle. I think we will all be inspired to tackle making up some ornaments too. I especially love the poinsettia blossoms.  A visit to Sonia's blog is sure to interest you. Sonia always has the best tutorials for her projects

Linda has made the sweetest Penny Black card. I am loving this sweet little fox and as always, Linda has beautiful colouring here. Pop over and visit Linda's blog. I promise you will not be disappointed.

We have a guest designer this month. I am pleased to welcome Jane Willis of Onions and Paper blog
Jane has made this gorgeous card featuring gold embossing and beautiful gold mats.  Hope you will pop on over and welcome her.

This prize this month is a choice between this Hero Arts CL 722 stamp.

or this Impression Obsession 108-F die kindly donated by Carol L of Our Little Inspirations blog. Please pop over to Carol's blog and view her wonderful cards

Wednesday 4 October 2017

A NBUS Christmas

This card has been a LOT OF FUN!!!

There are a lot of NBUS items on this card (Never Before Used Stash). It was great fun finding all these  papers, stamps, and other elements, in my craft room. I am taking this card over to the 12th NBUS Challenge at Darnell's Blog djkardkreations. Darnell has a fabulous challenge with over a dozen prizes.

The first NBUS is the card base and envelope which are from a Hunky Dory 6x6 square easel card set.  I paid one dollar for 4 cards and envelopes still in their package, at the September 13th  papercraft garage sale.

Second NBUS is the three Design Papers. They are all from the Tim Holtz, Idea-ology Yuletide Paper Stash. The red snowflake border is K&Co, from my stash.

Third NBUS is the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Mini Holidays CMS 177 stamp. The Horse Drawn Sleigh stamp and the Christmas Greetings stamp are both from this set. The sentiment is stamped onto an edged diecut that came with the Yuletide paper pack mentioned above.

Fourth NBUS is the Darkroom Door trees stamp. I used my Misti for all the stamping as I find that I do not get even coverage from these silhouette type stamps, without it. Even with the Misti, it took three stampings to get them even! I used two shades of Momento green ink and sort of swirled them onto the tree stamp. It gave a mottled green look that I was quite happy with.

I used a snippet of another K&Co border, to anchor the sentiment die. I pop dotted it to help hold the easel card open.

Fifth NBUS is the rusty/copper coloured mini diamond bling. I popped them on the stars in the top piece of DP and also onto the fabric snowflakes I used on the snowy hills. The hills are just snippets of Bazzill ivory heavy card, cut by hand into hills, pop dotted together and Nouvo drops painted onto the edges. Nouvo drops were also dotted onto the trees. A few more brush strokes of Nouvo drops around the tree bases as well as under the sleigh and horses, helped to ground them all. I think they are NBUS as well...but since I am not sure, I will not list them as such!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. 12th  NBUS djkardkreations - must use at least one NBUS item


Tuesday 3 October 2017

Christmas Card Club - Round Card

Valery Anne at Valery Anne designs,  set the theme of Round cards for this fortnights Christmas Card Club. If you would like to pop on over and check out the other club members cards, The hyperlinks are on my right sideboard.

Today's card is for my eldest daughter. I wanted to make her a personalized Christmas card...something that acknowledged her "new" vintage trailer, and the enjoyment she has found in camping!

She recently bought a vintage Trillium trailer.  I have made a few adjustments to my NBUS  Cottage Craft Christmas trailer die to accommodate the design style of her her trailer. I left out a window that sits at the top of the door and moved the wreath that sits sits on that window to sit alone. She will get a kick out of the fact that this actually looks like her trailer!

I will entering this card over at Darnell's 12 th NBUS Challenge. Pop over to take a peek. It is a wonderful challenge that closes on Oct 4th and has many fabulous prizes.

This card is made from snippets of black, grey, white and cream card. The circle card as well as the red Bazzill Pomegranite  Splash scalloped mat, were cut on the free machines at my local papercraft store. I just did not anything large enough at home. To make it a wee bit more Christmassy, I added a few snippets of red and green glitter card as well.

It  was an easy card to make, just a bit tedious to find all the wee die cut elements and piece them back together. Found some rather large rhinestones in my drawer and added those for some extra sparkle.  My daughter just bought a house 12 doors away, so I can add as much depth as I want to this card as it will be hand delivered!

I randomly used two shades of Stampin up chalk on the stitched round die, to create an illusion of the sky. The design of the rest of the card was created by simply following the Round card brief set by Valery.

I would love any suggestions for an appropriate verse to use for the inside of this card. I will be awaiting your ideas.

Since the trailer scene was completely made with snippets, I am taking my card over to Di at Pixies Crafty Workshop where the theme is always "must use snippets".

Sunday 1 October 2017

September Rudolph Days Challenge winner

We had 52 entries this month. It was a delight to see all the cards and visit your blogs. We have so much talent among our makes me so happy to see you share that talent with us all!

Random Org was used to chose our winner.

The winner is  Jackie T.   # 7

Jackie, please email me at and let me know your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed off to you. Let me know if you want the die or the stamp set.