Spellbinders advent day 5

Day 5 of the Spellbinders advent calendar and I was a bit stumped what to make for a while. I finally decided to ink up the wee embossing folder with gold pigment ink and a brayer before dry embossing. I’m not sure whether to add gems or not but that’ll be a decision for tomorrow now 🙂

I’m also choosing this for the Can you handle the pressure challenge with optional Christmas theme.

Challenges, Spellbinders

Spellbinders advent day 2

While it didn’t quite work out the way I’d first planned, I enjoyed creating this spotlight card. I’ve decided I need to start using supplies in my stash so I’m finally trying to use gamsol and stumps to colour images with. Still need lots more practice but I’m enjoying the process.

I also decided to use my colour cubes for the first time to try a different colour palette … then realised I don’t have many pencil colours to choose from so it’s not quite the same as I had to use a red to make orange and it overpowered the yellow underneath. It’s all good, though, that’s all part of the learning!

I’m also entering this into the Beautiful Blossoms moodboard challenge.


Spellbinders advent day 1

I decided to treat myself to this year’s advent calendar from Spellbinders. I probably won’t keep up but I thought I’d try making something every day using the day’s box contents.

This is my day one effort, along with a few extra supplies.

Supplies used:

  • Day 1 of Spellbinders advent calendar – car and gift dies
  • Christmas tree pattern 3D embossing folder by Sizzix
  • Make it merry sentiments die by Spellbinders
  • Stitched shapes oval die by Stampin’ Up!
  • Rhinestone basic jewels by Stampin’ Up!
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 189

I already had this card in mind to make this weekend so I was super excited that it fit this week’s Craft Roulette parameters – I just had to add postage stamp to the mix and tweak the colours yay!! I really loved making this card and super happy with it – it also doubles as my ‘card a day challenge’ with Mel’s Card Corner as well, along with the layer it up challenge over at the Cut It Up Challenge blog.

  • Project: A2 card (bless you Cathy Z for choosing this as guest’s choice!)
  • Colours: Forest (brown and green for trees, red for berries and toadstools)
  • Element: Starts with H (holly)
  • Random: Postage stamp or mark (postage stamp die layer)

Holly sprigs were initially ink blended with Christmas pine dye ink by Gina K Designs, then spritzed with Altenew Forest glades shimmer spray (probably went a bit overboard with that one!). Some splatters of blue gold Gansai Tambi watercolour paint.

Supplies used:

  • Sealed holly sprigs die by Spellbinders
  • Forest glades metallic shimmer spray by Altenew (used on the holly leaves)
  • Holiday flora embossing folder by Gina K Designs
  • Nesting postage stamp infinity dies by Hero Arts
  • Gansai Tambi Starry colours watercolour set by Kuretake
  • Sealed twine die by Spellbinders
  • Wax seal starter kit, red wax beads and Merry Christmas wax seal stamp by Spellbinders
  • Gold foil cardstock by Stampin’ Up!
  • Real red cardstock by Stampin’ Up!
  • Kraft cradstock by Gina K Designs
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
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.

Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Mar 2023 – Spellbinders

What can I say about this class with Kim Kesti, other than “love, love, love, love, love…”

Seriously, though, the dies we received in this event kit were phenomenal – the beautiful cover plate dies and the floral blooms were especially awesome! This whole class blew me away, and another of my top favourites! The only thing I changed in the shaker card was to add some additional colours of sequins to the mix instead of using just the iridescent cream/pink sequins in our kit.

Things I enjoyed:

  • I loved absolutely everything about this class – the products were amazing!
  • I loved the first flower card so much that straigtaway I had to try more colourways – the pink card was using the event kit products and colours, while the turquoise and purple ones were my own choices.
  • I loved the idea of flipping the stamp set upside down for a repeat stamped image underneath – such a fun design, and I loved the teal cardstock used for the cover plate panel – such a pretty card!