This panda die from Waffle Flower was a bit of a strange purchase for me … but it’s the first thing I thought of for a couple of challenges. I do need a bigger Santa hat, though, so I may have to draw up a template and make my own next time round! I’m adding it to the following challenges:
This was made in honour of the creator and host of Craft Roulette to support her recovery from surgery from across the ditch.
This project in itself shows how much Craft Roulette has meant to me since I started card making. I’m one of those people who sits shaking in a corner of the room crying when I see robots and purse cards on the wheel because they stress me out, BUT I voluntarily made a purse – along with a robot tag – in team orange colours just to cheer Mary on in her recovery. Now I need to recover myself 😂😜I used weekender handbag dies from @concordand9th and a robot stamp from Lawn Fawn.
And just because I can, I’m sharing this in a few blog challenges as my first time using these dies and really stretching myself as a paper crafter.
Use Your Stuff – faux or real stitching challenge
Make it Monday – something new challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters – something new challenge
Life is getting back to normal after the Christmas break – back to work today, and trying to get back to a few challenges, especially where I can use up existing backgrounds made a while ago etc.
First up is the Colour Throwdown challenge – I used a sample piece made with the Golden Days stencil by Altenew, then quickly threw it together. Not my best card, but it it met the parameters … also I’m trying to work on cards every day this year so that is met today too.
I thought I might just sneak this one in before the entries closed for the Double ‘D’ Challenges blog challenge of Candy Canes. My first card for 2023, using up some paper pieces I cut out before Christmas. I’m going to continue doing holiday cards regularly throughout the year so I have a headstart on the festive season!
I still struggle a bit with true clean and simple cards … but it doesn’t stop me from trying occasionally. I made this for the Addicted to CAS challenge this week for ‘present’. Sadly I missed the deadline for posting but that’s ok, I enjoyed the challenge.
I also christened two Spellbinders dies, so my personal challenge is ticked off the list today too! And because it took me so long to stitch and finish the card, I think it fits the criteria (for me anyway) for the X is for Xtra Special challenge over at the ABC Christmas Challenge blog.
I forgot to post this card on the weekend – but oh boy it makes me chuckle … as soon as I saw this sentiment by scrapbook.com I knew I wanted to use a stocking stamp or die with it.
Lots of firsts with this card – the tartan paper, the sentiment stamp and the fireplace stencil. The Mama Elephant stamp was from a class at Crop & Create Delivered – it’s actually a crumpled up tissue, but I thought it’d work perfectly as lumps of coal … it worked out so much better than I expected! I just love this whole card so very much!!
- Fireplace stencil by Honey Bee Stamps
- Stockings die by Stampin’ Up!
- Red and white velvet specialty papers by Stampin’ Up! (I ink blended the white paper with green ink for the stocking cuff)
- Feel Better stamp and die set by Mama Elephant
- Naughty and Nice stamp by scrapbook.com
- Jolly Christmas paper by Memory Box
On the Seize the Birthday blog, it’s ‘CASe a design team member’ challenge week. I was scrolling the blogs and came across a card by Shirley Bampton that gave me the inspiration for my card. The background reminded me of ink smooshing, so I dug through my pile of backgrounds and found one that I thought would work. A few scraps of cardstock and the card came together relatively quickly. The Botanical Duo die also works for my ‘use a virgin product’ challenge for today too!
Here’s the card by Shirley that inspired me.
- Summer Shadows die by Stampin’ Up! (for the flower)
- Botanical Duo die by Gina K Designs (for the stem and leaves)
- Essential Sentiments by Waffle Flower
- Rhinestone basic jewels by Stampin’ Up!
Day 3 of my virgin product challenge – not 100% sure if I like this one or not as the colours aren’t ‘me’ but that’s the fun of experimenting with new things!
Today’s newly christened products are Winter Songbird by My Favorite Things, Merry Christmas by Lawn Fawn and Mica sprays by Tim Holtz. I need to watch some tutorials on the mica sprays to learn how to use them properly. This card is so hard to get a good photo of to show the right colours.
The colours of the background and the die cut sentiment were so busy and overpowering I didn’t want to add anything else, but it looked out of balance for some reason. I decided to add a few plain stamped images to help reduce the shimmer a bit, and I’m a lot happier with it now.
- Giant Merry Christmas die by Lawn Fawn
- Holiday Flora embossing folder by Gina K Designs
- Distress Mica Stains by Ranger/Tim Holtz in Merry Mint, Cocktail Party and Shiny Bauble
- Winter Songbirds stamps by My Favorite Things