Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Night sky

Cornelia has produced this lovely card (below) as the inspiration on the Muse Christmas Visions blog for the current challenge.  She explained that she used a bag from a Chicago shop for the skyscape on her card

I was inspired by Santa and his reindeer flying across the moon but decided to set this in a rural setting as I don't have any suitable city dies.  This is the first time I have used the Tim Holtz trees die and I was pleased with how easily it cut the card.  I used a mask for the moon and then coloured the sky with distress inks, spritzing the ink with perfect pearls to produce a starry effect.  Finally I mounted the panel on silver mirri card and cut out the sentiment from the same card.

Materials used:-

Sissix Thinlets Tim Holtz tree die (661604)
Sissix Thinlets Tim Holtz holiday words script
Moon mask - Clarity stamps
Santa stamp - Hobby Art "from our home to yours" set
Distress inks - broken china and faded jeans

Thank you very much for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Muse Joy

Pam A has created this beautiful card (above) to inspire us at the current challenge at Muse Christmas Visions.  I loved Pam's design with the dove in the circle and the die cut sentiment and tried to create something similar in my card.  I used Brushos for my background and die cut the dove and the sentiment. Finally I mounted the panel onto some blue card.  The end result was a clean and simple card to add to my stash of Christmas cards.

Materials used:-

Brushos - various shades of blue
Watercolour card
Dove die - Apple Blossom from Craft Stash Ltd (possibly from a magazine)
Lawn Fawn dies - Scripty Joy, Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables and Large Stitched Circles  Stackables

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Time Out where the challenge is Holidays

Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge - anything goes with an optional twist of joy



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Christmas Visions 100

This is the 100th challenge on Muse Christmas Visions and there are lots of goodies to win!  Chriss is the Muse for this challenge and here is the card she has created.

This is my take on her card - I was inspired by the Christmas flowers and the gold embossing.  I did try one card with a wash but I decided I preferred the clean and simple look!  I embossed the flowers and then coloured them with watercolour paint.  I mounted the panel on foam to create some dimension.

Materials used:-

Poinsettia stamp from a magazine
Sentiment - Stamps Away
Watercolour paint - Gansai Tambai
Embossing powder - gold pearl from My Colour Studio
Sequins - muted metallic by Little Things

Well done to Ardyth and her team for setting up this challenge blog - it is a great challenge to take part in with the bonus of getting your Christmas cards done early!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge this month is to use a rubber
band technique - this involves putting rubber bands around an acrylic block and then either stamping with Versamark or ink to produce interesting patterns.  It's always fun to try out a new technique.  For this card I used Versamark ink and then inked up the card with distress inks.  I die cut the sentiment and then clear embossed it. Finally I mounted the banner on linen card using foam tape and added some sequins for interest.

Techniques used - rubber band technique, die cutting and embossing.

Materials used:-
Distress inks - picked raspberry and abandoned coral
Word die - Penny Black Creative Dies
Lawn Fawn stitched party banners
Sequins - Doodlebug design cupcake

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Let it snow

Another challenge from Muse Christmas Visions - this week's Muse is Cornelia and here is her inspiration card.  I was inspired by the fun element in her card and also the white background.

Here is my take on Cornelia's card - I used my Misti to position the stamps and added some Wink of Stella for the snow.  Unfortunately this does not show up very well in my photo. 
Materials used:-
Stamps - Winter Wonderland free set from a magazine
Sentiment - Uniko Studio Stunning Snowflakes set
Ink - Colorbox pigment cat's eyes and Versafine onyx black
Wink of Stella in silver for the snow effect
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  I would encourage you to take part in the Muse Christmas Visions challenge as it is a great way to get your Christmas cards made painlessly!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

So sorry

The current challenge on Less is More is to CASE (copy and share everything) the lovely inspiration card by Aileen (below).

I like having an inspiration card and find it gets me thinking about stamps I have which I may be able to use to CASE the card.  I remembered I had a lovely flower stamp from Technique Tuesdays which I felt would work.  I stamped the flower in distress ink and then painted it with various colours of distress ink.  I gave the background a light wash with antique linen distress ink to tone down the white card.  Finally I used a stitched die to cut out the image before mounting it on a watercolour card. 

Materials used:-
Watercolour card
Stamps - Technique Tuesday Agapanthus set
Distress inks - chipped sapphire, faded jeans, stormy sky, bundled sage, forest moss and antique linen
Archival ink - cobalt
Die - Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle stackable

Thanks very much for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to the Less is More blog to see how the other participants have been inspired by Aileen's card.  Margaret

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Joyful deer

The current inspiration card for Muse Christmas Visions has been designed by Chriss (shown above). I really liked how the pink background set off the gold embossing. I also liked the deer and the sentiment Chriss used.  I tried to use these elements in my card.  I made the panel first before mounting it on foam tape on a linen card.

I am also going to enter this card into the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge which is embossing.

Materials used:-

Stamps - "Woodland Christmas" which was a freebie from Creative Stamping issue 27
Embossing powder - Gold Pearl by My Colour Studio
Distress inks - picked raspberry and abandoned coral
Dies (all from Lawn Fawn) - "Scripty Joy", "Stitched hillside border" and "large stitched rectangle stackables"
Gold card for the sentiment

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret