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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

baubles ...

Hello my friends. It is Tuesday again and time for another TTCRD challenge. Is it just me or is time really flying? I'm finding it hard to keep up.

Anyway less of my waffle and onto the details.
This week our sponsor is Polka Doodles. Th winner gets a $15 voucher to spend in store.

I decided to work with this sweet image called Winter deer. I gave it a vintage make-over and decided go make it into a bauble hanging from a Christmas tree.
All the details will be published in the next magazine due out in December.

As always our theme is anything goes, so you can join in with anything you make. You can link up on the TTCRD site here and also find all the inspiration from the DT and our guest DT.
See you there, hugs Theresa xx.

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

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Christmas cards all year round - shabby chic &/or monochromatic

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Christmas carols

Hello my friends. I'm late on parade but blogger wasn't playing nicely for me. Yesterday was the start of another Fussy and Fancy Challenge

Our host for this week is the lovely Tone and she chose the theme of Music. This is what she had to say:

Hello Fussy and Fancy Friends!
I am hosting the challenge this fortnight and I have chosen music as theme.
I guess we all, in some way, have some scraping stuff realted to notes, «dancing» motives, instruments and so on.
Hope you enjoy the theme and I am so much looking forward to see all your great work.

 We are being sponsored by Magnolia-licious.

I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Christmas kraft paper that had sheet music on it. I decided to use it and after I finished the first card I thought that it might look even better more distressed, so I made a second one.

So I cut the 6x6 sized sheet and started inking it. First I coloured the holly and berries with crushed olive, lucky clover and candied apple. On the background I used crushed olive distress ink and then vintage photo and walnut stain. This made the resist really pop.

Then I looked at the embellishments. I diecut holly leaves and pine branches from the Tim Holtz thinlets out of green and kraft card. The poinsettia is from spellbinders and is cut from pearlized card. I inked all the diecuts with walnut stain distress ink.

I added some natural twine to corner first and then assembled the leaves and flower. I then added berries and gypsophila from my stash. The sentiment was lying on my desk and I inked it with walnut stain.

Then i decided to make a second one, more distressed. So I stressed the edges before and after inking.

 To distress further I decided to spaltter some paints on the background and the diecuts. I used picket fence and tarnished brass. The latter added a little shimmer to the card.

So now the verdict is in your hands. Which one do you like best?

I would love you to join us in this challenge. For further inspiration visit the main challenge blog here.

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

Christmas cards all year round - shabby chic or monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
HLS September - anything goes with dies

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Fallen Christmas Tree...

Hello my friends. Back again with my project for Through the Craft Room Door. incidentally the new magazine has just been published and you can see a small clip on the right hand side of the bar. As always there is loads of inspiration and for a small subscription fee you can have 6 issues of the magazine in a year. It is jam packed with projects and inspiration.

Our sponsor this week is Limited Runs Digital Stamps. The image I chose to work with is Fallen Christmas Tree Cupcake
The prize is 3 images of choice.

Again this was an exercise in colouring and i did use a number of different pens such as sakura glaze, glitter pens, promarkers... 
All the details will be in he next issue of the magazine, in time for Christmas.

So come and join us over at TTCRD and remember that our theme is always anything goes. Hope to see you on the other side, Theresa xx.

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

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty hazelnuts Patterned paper challenge - anything goes (hunkydory)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge - anything goes as long as it is christmas
Outlawz Tuesday colour challenge yellow, red, blue, green,                                                                                 purple, brown

Sunday, 4 September 2016

peacock hues

 Hi there. Time is really going fast and I can't seem to keep up with anything. When I saw the challenge on LIM blog I knew immediately which stamp I wanted to use. I could also picture it in my head.

Easier said than done! I tried with archival inks first but managed to smudge the stamp. The second try was better but the colours weren't as vibrant, so this was put away too. Then I tried with distress inks and I think it turned out OK.
I used distress markers: wilted violet, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover and twisted citron.
The sentiment is stamped with mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.
All the stamps are from Penny Black.

In the end I was pleased with how it turned out and the roundedness of the vase and baubles. What do you say? 

hugs, Theresa xx

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

Less is more - colour challenge: peacock feathers
Outlaws Challenge: Sunday CAS - trees, bees, birds or flowers

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...