Thursday, November 26, 2015

The weekend's Christmas cards......

On Saturday I spent a few hours stamping with my group of friends... 5 hours of fun and chatting. 

I looked through Pinterest to get some ideas for Christmas cards and took some ideas with me.  I managed a few cards

I made my own PP with A Hero Arts music background stamped with Memento brown ink onto some kraft card.  I then overstamped with the Hero Arts layered Christmas tree in various green inks.  The die cut sentiment is from Couture Creations

This is the first of some poinsettia card I did.  Using a Spellbinders Poinsettia die, a MFT doily cut from some gold paper (thanks to Janet who bought a roll of this beautiful gold wrapping paper)  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  A few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish. 

second Poinsettia card - Kiwi stamp Poinsettia embossed onto Vellum and fussy cut.  Once again, using a Hero Arts sentiment. 

I did one other card but it's for Deborah's November CCC and has only just headed overseas to it's recipient. Once I know Oreet has recieved it, I will share.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Peace Ornament

Hey there.  I'm a bit late sharing this card here, as it was on A2Z Scrapbooking yesterday. 

I started by adding some green and pink Zig markers and water to my watercolour paper.  Once it dried, I added the die cut ornament.  This is a Hero Arts Stamp and Die set.  I embossed the sentiment across the middle.   I finished off the rest of the sentiment with part of an older Hero Arts stamp.  Added a few sequins to finish off and all done.

I've entered this into the CASE this Sketch # 149

My weekend has been so busy... Sat I spend most of the day at Sandie's place stamping and talking with my group of friends.  I left a bit earlier than usual as we were heading of to the Fleetwood Mac concert being held in Auckland.  The weather was shite.... all misty rain and windy, but that did not deter from an excellent concert.  So worth it.  We had General Admission tickets, so standing on the field for 4 1/2 hrs.  The band played for 2 3/4 hrs non stop.  Simply amazing.  Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie still can sing beautifully and the guys on the guitars are still as incredible as they were in the 70's and 80's.  And of course Mick Fleetwood on drums was stunning.

Hope you weekend is as good as mine has been.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Use your Patterned Papers over at Southern Girls Challenge.

It's time for a new Challenge at Southern Girls..... at I'm sad to say, my last challenge.  I'm stepping down from the team.  Our sponsors this fortnight are

I got to work with an image from All Dressed Up called 3 Little Christmas Girls

I used some Christmas Patterned Paper for my background.  I printed the 3 girls out and coloured them with Copics.  I used a Spellbinders die cut and sponged some blue ink onto the diecut prior to removing the die. 

I've totally enjoyed my time at Southern Girls Challenge Blog and if you live in NZ or Australia, you can be one of the team... there's a DT call on at the moment.... HERE

thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Postcard

I recently saw a beautiful card by Lin Brandyberry using a Hero Arts Big Postcard stamp and some vintage PP and a die cut.  See it here.

I really loved this card and my first thought how great it would look with some vintage Christmas PP
so I CASE'd the card.

I found some pretty paper in my rather LARGE stack of PP, but it had lost it's cover so not sure who it's by.  I pulled the stamp off the wooden base and used the MISTI to stamp it onto the paper.  This allowed me to stamp a few times to get good coverage with the ink.  It then stuck back on the wood easily.  I stuck the stamped paper onto some white card stock and cut it out, and then cut another plain one.  I scored the back one a little bit at the top and stuck them together.  Punched the hole and tied the satin ribbon.  I cut out the sentiment die in red and added the Winnie & Walter "to you" to complete the sentiment.  Added the teeny tiny holly die cut with some gems  to cover the stamped TO.   I will be looking through my PP and making a few more of this one.

Had a great weekend... starting with my son's birthday on Friday and a nephew's 21st party in Mount Maunganui.  We traveled down on Friday afternoon for the party that evening.  We then spend the next day there.  Started the day with a walk around the Mount for me and up the hill for the others, brunch with my SIL and her family, hubby then had a swim in the sea (way too cold for me) and we all soaked in the salt water Hot Pools near our motel.  Finished the evening with a delightful Mexican meal with one of hubby's nieces and her fiance.  Up nice and early Sunday morning and headed home.    And this coming weekend is just a full on... Stamping Group Sat morning - and then off to Fleetwood Mac in the evening... Totally looking forward that!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Quilt

This month's technique for my NZ swap was to use a Geometric shape on the card.  I had a few ideas in mind, but on getting my Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, I saw a card using square cut into triangles o make a quilt card.  The one in the magazine used 6.5mm squares (about 2 1/2") but I decided to go a bit smaller by using 1 1/4" squares.

The sentiment stamp and the embossing folder I used for the corners, as well as the papers,  came with the magazine.  I used some gold mirror card for the matting and for the scalloped oval and added a couple of enamel dots to finish.

I think there is enough "texture" to enter this into the Texture challenge at Virginia's View

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Let it Snow...

I would love to have Snow at Christmas, but in my part of the world Christmas is in summer time.

But as I send a number of my cards to the Northern Hemisphere I can have fun making snowy cards.
Here is one I made using some freebies from a cardmaking magazine.   If you haven't already realised, I am addicted to buy magazines especially ones with freebies...

The freebie was an embossing folder and the sentiment stamp.  I embossed some vellum and laid it on the card.  Added some little gems on the snowflakes.  Stamped the sentiment in black ink.  (not sure what's with the photo as it seems to have a sunspot on it)  Looks really pretty in real life. 

Slowly getting my Christmas cards done.  Trying lots of different styles.  Hope you are progressing well with yours. 

Thanks for visiting today. Hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Poinsettias galore.

Poinsettias always say Christmas to me.  I have a number of Poinsettia stamps.... and here I am to share a few with you.

My first two cards use a Penny Black Poinsettia.  The first card is a CASE of the card that was back of the stamp packaging.

The background is sponged with distress ink and then overstamped with the same ink and the wreath that is in the set.  The poinsettia was inked and clear embossed before being coloured with Zig markers and then  fussy cut and put onto a Spellbinders die cut label. The sentiment was embossed with Platinum embossing powder.  Finished with a twine bow and a pearl.  Entering into the Anything Christmas at Penny Black and More

For my second card I did a similar card.

The poinsettia was coloured with watered down Zig markers.  The gold label was a RAK that came with my CCC card this month from Christi.  The gold die cut circles behind it are a Simon Says Stamp die.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft and is white embossed.

My last card uses a Kaisercraft poinsettia.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I stamped the poinsettia in black ink onto the patterned paper and then stamped once in green ink and twice in black ink onto white card.  I fussy cut out the leaves from the green image and stuck them onto the card.  The next two layers were coloured with grey Zig marker.  The centre berries were done in a red Zig marker. Added a few dots of white gel pen.

The Christmas card pile is slowly growing.

Hope your weekend was good and managed to get some crafting done.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Trio of Elves

Well I'm finally back online with a new computer that is all upgraded to Windows 10 and all set to go... just in time to share my post at A2Z Scrapbooking today

Trio of ElvesI know our challenge this month is One Layer - but I will say my backgrounds on my tags are One layer - even if I did add the die cut elves. 

I've used 4 different Hero Arts stamp sets for these tags (which were cut with a CAS-ual Fridays die) together with some Tim Holtz stencils and distress inks. 
First one used a Tim Holtz stencil with distress inks, the sentiment from Merry & Bright Tag set by Lia  and one of the elves stamped and die cut from Santa's Elves stamp & Cut.
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Second one I used the flower and leaves stamp from Colour Layering Dimensional Bird with the sentiment from the same set to make my own background
and finally I used my third elf with another stencil by Tim Holtz.  My sentiment on this one is from an older Hero Arts set called Miracle of the Holidays.
Elf #3
I added distress ink around the edges of all my tags, 
Santa's Eves Stamp & Cut
Color Layering Dimensional Bird
Merry & Bright tag Set by Lia
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