Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Muse deer

I'm at the last minute with my entry for Muse Christmas Visions this week as I've been away at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney - enjoyed a great weekend of poetry, drama and music. This week's muse is Betty Wright who has created this striking card.  I was inspired by the white deer against the dark blue background and the stitching around the card. I used Brushos to create the background of my card and added a hill for my deer to stand on as I felt it needed to be grounded. I was pleased with the background as it looked a bit like the aurora borealis.

Materials used:-
Brushos and watercolour card
Archival ink - cobalt
Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders and large stitched rectangle dies
Collage cutz deer set
Dienamics pierced rectangle die
Sentiment - Lakeland (very old!)

Thanks for visiting - now pop over to MCV7 and you may be inspired to start making your Christmas cards! Margaret

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Nordic Noel

When I saw this week's theme on Merry Monday was red and white I immediately thought of Tim Holtz Holiday Knits stamp! I have kept my design clean and simple, scoring a couple of lines under the panels to add some definition.

Materials used:-
Stamp - Tim Holtz Holiday Knits
Noel die - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words script
Nestabilities - squares
Ink - Wendy Vecchi red geranium
Scrap glitter card for the word
Stampin Up scoring board

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Monday, 15 June 2015

New home

This week's theme at Less is More is Home and it's the dreaded one layer challenge. When I see "one layer" I think of watercolouring and that's what I've done here.  I used watercolour card to make a 6x4 inch card.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Versafine ink and then used distress ink to colour this.

Materials used:-
Stamps - Creative Stamping magazine and Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge
Distress inks - mustard seed, gathered twigs and broken China
Distress markers - barn door and pumice stone
Versafine black onyx ink

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Noel wreath

Chriss Blagrave has created a lovely clean and simple card for this week's challenge on Muse Christmas Visions.  I really liked the simplicity of the design and the way the letters overlapped the image.  I tried to emulate this in my design but unfortunately didn't have a little bird stamp! I cut out the letters twice to provide some dimension to the card.

I am also going to enter this card into these challenges:-
Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 148 - holiday
abc Christmas Challenge where the challenge is the letter L for lyrics - The First Noel

Materials used:-
Stamp from Simply Homemade Magazine issue 48
Inks - StazOn forest green and fired brick distress marker (for the berries)
Letters cut using Cricut machine
Pearlised red card

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Christmas card challenge

I'm on a roll with Christmas cards this week!  I'm going to enter this card into Merry Monday and 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenges as they both feature tags this week. At 52cct we have to use the sketch (see below).  I liked this design and it was easy to make - always useful when making Christmas cards!

Materials used:-
Stampin Up tag punch
Music stamp - Stamps Away
Sentiment - Banana Frog Xmas Elegance
Deer stamp - freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Gingham ribbon from stash

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White Christmas

Kimberly Wiener's beautiful card on Muse Christmas Visions this week really inspired me but it has taken me all week to make my card!  I liked the way Kimberly used die cuts to build up a scene on a circle background and tried to copy this. I have used these Penny Black dies before and really like them although they are fiddly to work with as they are tiny! I added a little bit of glitter card for the windows and sentiment just to give a touch of colour.

Materials used:-
Dies - Penny Black Around Town set and Frantic Stamper Hill with Pine Trees Edger
Nestabilities circle die
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Holiday Words Script
Glitter card and textured card from stash

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Vintage CAS

The cue word on CASology this week is VINTAGE - for me this means cream and sepia with some stitching so this is what I did for my card.  I embossed the feather and sentiment and distressed the edges of the panel before stitching around it.  Unfortunately the light was bad when I took the photo so the card looks white rather than cream.

Materials used:-
Feather stamp - Hot off the Press
Script - Hero Arts old letter writing
Sentiment - Dawn Bibby
Archival sepia ink
Cream card
Tim Holtz distressing tool

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The colour challenge on Less is More this week is Sunset - we are being asked to "use the colours which this word brings to your mind."

I haven't been able to take part in LIM recently as I've been away on holiday so I'm delighted to be back. I created the background with Brushos - this was the first time I've used them and need to do more experimenting. However I do like the vibrant colours.  I cut a circle out of the panel and attached this with foam to give some dimension to the card.

Materials used:-
Brushos - various
Watercolour card
Versa fine ink - onyx black
Inkylicious boating stamps and essential grasses
Nestabilities circle die

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Muse Merry Christmas

I've been away on holiday and missed a few challenges so it's great to be back with this card inspired by Tracey McNeely's funky Christmas trees on Muse:Christmas Visions.  I really liked her design with the trees and hills but decided to make my card mainly white for a CAS look.  This is the first time I've used the Stampin Up trees set but I think they may feature again!

Materials used:
Stampin Up Festival of trees stamp and punch set
Stampin Up coastal cabana ink
Chocolate Baroque sentiment
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders

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