Challenges, Spellbinders

Glimmer holly

I created this card as day 6 of my ‘card-a-day challenge’ throughout November, and using it for my entry for the Just Us Girls red and green colour challenge this week. I was too lazy to wait until daytime to try to get a better photo – geez hot foil is so hard to photograph under lights! I was going to add a few sequins but it seemed quite busy already … but I may change my mind when I go to write in it 😉

Supplies used:

  • Glimmer holly background hot foil plate by Spellbinders
  • Joyful Christmas sentiments Glimmer hot foil plate and die set by Simon Hurley and Spellbinders

Christmas ornaments in blue

This ornament makes my blue-loving heart sing! I created this one for a couple of challenges – each challenge inspired me in different ways, and this was the result. I’m entering it into these challenges this week:

It’s also Day 7 of my personal ‘card-a-day challenge’ throughout November that I’m doing along with my friend Melissa at Mel’s Card Corner.

Supplies used:

  • Snowflakes cover plate die by Pinkfresh Studio
  • Ornament heat embossed using Holiday Tapestry stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Ornament toppers die by Gina K Designs
  • Joyful Christmas sentiments Glimmer hot foil plate and die set by Simon Hurley and Spellbinders
Challenges, Spellbinders

Colour Throwdown 767

This was a huge experiment … I sat and mulled over this Colour Throwdown challenge for a bit before choosing this die set to work with. I wasn’t keen on the colours together, I had no idea how it would work out in the end … but isn’t that the fun of doing challenges and getting out of your comfort zone? Would I use the colour scheme again? Probably not … but did I enjoy being challenged? Absolutely! And an added bonus was the fact I finally christened this die set from Spellbinders – win/win. It actually looks a lot better in real life as all berries are mirrored gold cardstock and so pretty. I’ll have to re-take a photo in daylight hours I think.

This also acts as my Day 3 card for my personal ‘card a day challenge’ throughout November.

Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 186

I was going to go with an elf Christmas theme for my Craft Roulette card this week, but I decided to challenge myself a bit more. I used a stamp from Pennyblack.

  • Project: Cardstock + non-cardstock (patterned paper used to paper piece the skirt and top)
  • Colours: Santa’s workshop colours (I chose traditional green and red)
  • Element: Collar(s) (dog collars)
  • Random: Zig zag (on the skirt)
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 184

I just realised I forgot to upload my card from two weeks ago – I posted my World Cardmaking Card, but not my Craft Roulette one, doh! It’s definitely not my best card, but it fit the parameters – if I did it again I’d go with an ink blended partial background instead of the patterned paper, but I was under the pump to get the card done at the last minute (so what’s new?).

  • Project: Card for a teacher (thanks to anyone who’s ever taught me something, whether tangibly with crafts or with life lessons)
  • Colours: Tartan (I chose a Ferguson tartan)
  • Element: Autumn or spring scene (I went with spring flowers)
  • Random: Wrap(s) (vellum band wrapped around the card layers)

Supplies used:

  • If cows could talk stamps by Taylored Expressions
  • Ink drops paper by Craft Consortium
  • Grass border die by Gina K Designs (Master Layouts 7, I think)
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 186

I had an idea to use a Spellbinders poinsettia outline die for this card but couldn’t for the life of me find it (of course I found it the next day after completing my card!), so I changed tack and went for a beautiful big stencil set from Gina K Designs. I’m really happy with this one, and it also works perfectly for the Peace on Earth Christmas challenge, and for the ABC Christmas Challenge (I choose ‘U is for Use it up’ because I’m using up some of the first printed papers I bought from Stampin’ Up! and also using one of the pre-printed sentiments from my stash).

  • Project: A dude’s card (dudes like Christmas cards too – but I did tone down the colours etc for a slightly more grungy look)
  • Colours: Library (I thought of old vintage books with red covers and gold embossing on the spines)
  • Element: Large flower(s) (big poinsettia stencil)
  • Random: Stitch(es) (stitched layering die)

Supplies used:

  • Perfect poinsettias layering stencils from Gina K Designs
  • Dashing Along printed paper (retired) from Stampin’ Up!
  • Sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp
  • Inks used were all Gina K – Red Velvet, Cherry Red, Wild Lilac, Kraft, Black Onyx
  • Sike lunar paste from Simon Hurley
  • Master Layouts 2 dies from Gina K Designs for the cardfront layers

Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 185

This week saw my 114th card contribution to Craft Roulette. Even when I’m feeling off-colour etc I still do my best to put a card together for submission, and this one came together pretty quickly once I’d made a decision which of three options I’d move forward with. It uses a gorgeous die set from Whimsy Stamps that includes the birch trees and deer in different poses and sizes – along with my favourite cool colours I just love the serenity that this wee scene portrays and it instantly makes me feel peaceful.

  • Project: Card with pocket (I created a pocket behind the snow bank to insert a couple of trees)
  • Colours: Fresh and clean (blues always make me think of fresh)
  • Element: Rhymes with -ool (Yule in the sentiment)
  • Random: Column(s) (columns of trees)

Supplies used:

  • Forest majesty dies by Whimsy Stamps
  • Sentiment dies by Spellbinders
  • Snow bank created with wavy slimline dies by