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Monday, 29 August 2016

peel off mania!

Hello my friends. For this post I must say I was inspired by the recipe from the Less is More challenge - use peel offs. I don't think they realized what they were going to start!

Currently I'm trying to bring some order to my craft room and all the rooms messed up by crafty stash. I have discovered oodles of stuff amongst which more peel offs!
I decided to make a Christmas card. I started with the one below. I placed the outline sticker on the other side of kraft card so it would contrast and fussy cut it. I used the heartfelt creations stamp and inked it with hazelnut adirondak ink and stamped on a square 6x6 card base. I added some stars from same sticker sheet and added the Holy family with pinflair gel.



Then I was on a roll. I saw the other stickers and decided to go for a second card. 
So this time I used the shepherd and sheep and again stuck them on kraft card and fussy cut them.
This time I went for a strip of words. I masked off the edges and stamped with Claritystamp stamps and same hazelnut ink. I tried to offset the stamp so it looks more like patterned paper. I also added some shading to edges with same ink and a make up sponge.
Then I stamped the star and added a small gem to it. I shaped the figures and stuck them down.

And then whilst rummaging I found this topper that I had made ages ago and thought... why not?
So card no.3 was born. 
I stuck the outline sticker on a sheet of double sided adhesive and added gilding flakes to it. I then backed it onto white card and trimmed it back. I matted it on kraft and black card and attached it to base with foam pads.
I added sentiment all round from border peel off stickers.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Less is More - recipe: peel off stickers
Simon says stamp Wednesday Challenge - it's hip to be square
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
ABC Christmas challenge - q is for quick (all 3 were really quick to make)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Hello there. Well it is a jump from sunny shores to winter times. It is time for another TTCRD challenge and this week we are being sponsored by Miss Daisy Stamps.

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Prize: 1st place gets 3 digital images, 2nd and 3rd get 1 image each

I chose to work with an image called Christmas Candle, always intent on getting as many Christmas cards ready as I can. It is actually a gorgeous image to work with and it does scream Christmas.
All the details will be published in the next edition of TTCRD magazine in September, so not long to wait now.
So now it is up to you to join us. Remember the theme is always anything goes, Theresa xx. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge - anything goes (HOTP papers)
ABC challenge - N is for Noel
Outlawz challenge - Tuesday: colour use at least 3

Sunday, 21 August 2016

exotic ...

Hello my friends. I am not blogging as often as I would like, even though I am still creating things.... but life has a habit of getting in the way.
I was checking out some blogs yesterday and saw that Less is More had exotic as their theme. I remembered 2 toppers that I had finished ages ago and never completed into a card.

So I fished them out and decided to use the sunset one as I felt that the location is quite an exotic one.
I remember stamping the image in black archival ink and then colouring it in with distress inks. Before I started colouring I masked off a frame with low tack masking tape. I would have used colours from the new set - mermaid lagoon, fossilized amber, abandoned coral, wilted violet, twisted citron and cracked pistachio. Probably I also used tumbled glass.

For the sea and sky I brushed the ink on. The scene is coloured in with distress markers and a damp brush. The sun is painted in with the ink diluted slightly with water.

I added some clear wink of Stella to the sea to give it the glistening effect of sunset.
Then I drew the frame with a black micron pen and edged it with a black sharpie. 
The sentiment is stamped in versamark and heat embossed in black and then fussy cut and edged in black.
Both stamps are from the Sheena a little bit scenic range.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - summer fun: sun, sea and sand!
Less is More - exotic
Word art Wednesday - anything goes
Outlawz challenge - festive friday: friendship day
Casology - theme: dream well this is where i'd rather be than wet and windy England...

Friday, 12 August 2016

pink, cream and lots of bling ...

Well hello there. This time I am presenting my DT piece for the FFFC. For those of you that know me you realize that this is my nightmare combination: pink and bling are not my cup of tea.
This week we are being sponsored by Magnolia-licious.
Our challenge this week was chosen by the lovely Sharon. This is what she had to say:

As the majority of my cards are pink and cream it was the perfect colour choice for my challenge as host. I love the softness of this colour scheme and love to add as many gorgeous embellishments as possible. The flowers can add so much dimension and the gorgeous laces add such softness. Fussy and Fancy is possibly the best way to describe my cards.

I will look forward to seeing your interpretations of Pink/Cream with lots of bling.

Hugs Sharon. x

So I tried to stay within a vintage theme so that I could mute the pink as much as possible. I chose a Christmas themed Tilda to work with, again trying to get as many Christmas cards done before the mad rush in November. I coloured her in with promarkers using several different shades to create depth.

I used snowflakes and the poem by Walter de la Mare from Claritystamp to add interest to the background and then die cut it with Sue Wilson's pierced ovals. I inked around edges with victorian velvet distress ink. I matted it on 2 shades of co'redinations card to match shading on Tilda's coat and hat.
The background paper is from Papermania's Silent night. I added pink organza and cream lace to left edge before I stuck it down.

Now it was time to look at embellishments. I used several Spellbinders dies, including poisettia, flourishes, twigs and the star tag.
For the poinsettias I cut one out of felt, one out of pearlized cream card and the smaller one out of card covered in Stick it which I then covered in victorian velvet distress glitter. All 3 have a central round sparkler to add bling.
The star tag was also covered in stick it and then sugared with iced diamond.
I hung the star from pink organza ribbon and added some Tim Holtz winter words in pink. I finished it off with card candy covered in glossy accents  and some blingy swirls that I had in my stash.

So I hope I have inspired you to join our challenge. For more inspiration please visit the FFFC  blog where you can see all the projects created by my team mates.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Christmas cards all year round - bright summery colours (pink is a summer colour)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

merry and bright ...

Hello my friends. I have another Christmas card for you today. This is another design piece for Through the Craft room door
As always our theme is anything goes.

This week we are being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments design.

The image I chose to work with today is called Snowman - candy and holly.

I used a variety of dies for this card and some glitters for good measure. But you have to have glitter at Christmas right?

I have enjoyed the colouring process here and tried to make the picture as bright as I dared. If you want further inspiration and to view other images from the sponsor please hop on to The TTCRD blog and you can see all the fab creations by the rest of the team. 
So now it is up to you, hope to see you on the other side, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Christmas cards all year round - bright summery colours
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned papers - anything goes (background papers)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

tea ...

Hello my friends. It is Tuesday and so time for another Through the Craft room door challenge. As always the theme is anything goes.

Our sponsor this week is Dr Digi's House of Stamps.

Welcome to the brilliantly bizarre brain of Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.  Here you will find monsters, aliens,
odd balls and Dundertons as well as many many more wonderful digital stamps. Our artist and founder cut
his teeth in the craft world at the company "Just  Inklined", where his unique digis made a huge impression.
We're hoping to continue to entertain and amuse, with our growing catalogue of great value digis with
a sense of humour.
It's Dr. Digi's 4th Birthday!!! To celebrate we have an EXTRA SPECIAL prize up for grabs. Want to win an EXCLUSIVE Dr. Digi mug, 4 free digis and an "I Love Tea" badge? Then try your hand at our month long Mug-A-Thon challenge!
To enter, just post you crafty creations using any Dr. Digi image with the "I Love Tea" mug in it, or any Dr Digi tea time sentiment, backing paper or element. In fact if it's Dr. Digi and Tea themed you can put it in!
At the end of the month our fab design team will pick the lucky winner, who can then choose if they want an exclusive and very limited edition weekend Walter or Weekend Wanda mug and the other goodies.
Good luck and put the kettle on

Prize 2 Digital images

I chose to work with a sentiment sheet which you can find here. I felt that it went very well with the stamped images that I coloured and gilded. The papers are all Kaisercraft that I die cut with some nestabilities.
So have a cup of tea and hope to see you on the other side, hugs Theresa xx.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

things with wings

Hello my friends. I won't be very active over the next couple of weeks as being on hols I am not crafting. However I managed to find a card that I hadn't blogged that fit a challenge. 

This was a commissioned card  and the stamps and layout etc were pre- determined to match a previous card I'd made but in different colours. The stamps are all from Stampendous.
I triple embossed the tag in clear UTEE and stamped the spring bouquet in Black archival while it was still warm and molten. I also added some glitter and mica pieces from the stampendous jewel kits.

I stamped the butterfly twice on black card and clear embossed them. I painted them in with acrylic paints, using the same ones in the background. I fussy cut them and then cut out the front wing only off the second one to add more dimension.

I stamped the black base card with a couple of flourishes using white and gold acrylic paint.
Then I added ribbon and twine to tag and fixed the butterfly with the wings proud to give the illusion of flying.
I attached it to base card and added the sentiment that was a die cut from Kanban - an old QVC kit in the time of Dawn Bibby.
Hugs, Theresa xx.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Twofers Challenge - these are a girl's best friend: flowers and butterflies