Thursday, 1 January 2015


Hello there! How are we all feeling! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and brilliant celebration to see the New Year in.

And guess what, because it's the first day of the month, as well as the year, there's a new challenge up at the Mixed Media Card Challenge. 

I am actually in Scotland at the moment  having a double celebration for my Mother in Laws' 80th 
Birthday and Hogmanay (I wrote this post in advance)! I'll let you know more about my trip later.

Anyway the theme of the challenge is *NEW* with the option to use *tissue* on your project. I haven't managed to include the tissue, although a tissue was used in the making of this card!

As you can see by the inspiration photo, I have gone with a very literal translation this month!
I could have used masking fluid, but I'm nearly out, so I used a emboss it pen and clear embossed, before sponging my card with distress inks. I then stencilled the cityscape, sponged some more and then spritzed with water. When it was dry, I used an iron to take the embossing off the card. The chipboard numbers are from American Craft and have been coloured black with a Faber Castell Big Brush marker and the sentiment is from Altenew.

Don't forget to pop over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge to see what the rest of the design team have created.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there! As you read this I will be in New York! Yay!

I just wanted to share another card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge, because you still have up until 25 December to enter and the theme is anything to do with *Home* (with lace as an optional element).

I half made this a while ago and it ended up in my unfinished box, so when I found it again I thought it would be perfect for this  challenge. A bit of die cutting and it was finished. I used some yummy watercolor paints, distress markers, Twinkling H2Os  and glitter.
I think the stamp is Impression Obsession, but I'm not sure. 

There is more inspiration from the team today here.
ETA: I'm also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Tic/Tac /Toe (Die/glitter/star).

Saturday, 13 December 2014

New Altenew Stamps

Well this will definitely be my last card before we take off on the big trip - New York  here we come!

I wanted to have a quick play with some new stamps and I decided to white emboss for the Craft stamper Make it Take it challenge , which is to use white stamping.

The stamps are Altenew Peony Scrolls - love them! I white embossed on vellum, coloured the reverse side with Copics and fussy cut.  The designer paper is from Heidi Swapp - not my usual colours - but sometimes it's nice to be different!
ETA: I'm entering this card in the Altenew monthly challenge from the craft room.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Very Merry Christmas!

Hi there - this is a short and sweet post. I have lots to do, but pulled something out of my unfinished project box.

This card is for the Merry Monday Challenge and Simon says Wednesday - Bling it on.

As you know it is hard to photograph acetate cards, hence the strange angle of my photo! I've used up some old chipboard letters - I coloured some silver with a paint pen.  Added a few gold sequin stars and the red bow for the 4 colour. Easy peasy, but effective!

You can see my house in the picture below.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there! It's only 4 days before we leave for our big trip! I'm excited, but nervous too, because I've just been diagnosed with a bad cough infection (I have a chronic condition  although I've never smoked) and asthma, so I am really not looking forward to the long flight! I've been concentrating on getting my shoulder better and neglected to treat my cough! Yep! I really need a holiday!

Here is one last Christmas card so say Merry Christmas to all my blog friends.  This card is for the Craft Stamper  Make it, Take it challenge, which has a 'white stamping' theme. This made me think of one of my favourite trends - chalkboard.

The stamp is from the Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas set and the holly is fussy cut. The background paper is very old from my stash.

Actually, you may see more Christmas cards if I have time, because I have lots of unfished bits and pieces that may turn in to cards lol!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge Reminder

Hi there. I'm just popping in with a reminder for the Mixed Media Card challenge. The theme this month is *Home*, with an optional element *Lace*.

Although I have been using lots of media in my previous MMCC cards, they have mostly been a clean and layered style, so I decided to get a bit more Artsy this time - I hope you like it!

I will list in point form how I went about creating this card so that it makes more sense.
- embossed the grass with an embossing folder
- debossed the clouds with another embossing folder
- coloured the grass with distress markers and a Wink of Stellar pen
-Added shading to the grass with Pan Pastel
- coloured the clouds with an oil pastel (shimmer white)
- sprayed home made mist over the sky (distress ink/water/ perfect pearls)
and went over the clouds again with oil pastel when dry
 -Added some colour shine to the grass
- die cut panel
-covered chipboard house with book paper, painted with Gesso and sanded the edges
- coloured the roof and door with red ink and the window with black and added shimmer with glitter pen
-coloured chipboard tree with Memento Luxe
- white embossed the chipboard fence
- die cut birds and coloured with glitter pen
-die cut pennant and white embossed the sentiment
PHEW! I hope that all makes sense!

You still have plenty of time to join in the challenge as it runs until 25 Dec. If you would like more inspiration, then pop over to the MMCC to see what the design team have created here and here.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Distressed Christmas

It's official! My mojo has decided to go on holidays too! We leave for our overseas trip in 8 days and I've done very little card-making or blogging in the last couple of weeks under my Physio's instructions. Now when I do try to create,  I find myself lacking in motivation! Never mind, I think it's a sign to pack everything away and hopefully the 6 weeks break will see me full of new ideas and my shoulder might even be pain free!

Having said that,  I have a card to share today and if I get my mojo back I may sneak in another one or 2 because I have some brand new christmas stamps that haven't yet been used! I made this card for Virginia's View # 10 All Things distressed with some bits and pieces of unfinished stuff.

I stamped the image from Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas on the co-ordinating paper and white embossed,  fussy cut the pine cones and layered it with more DP from Kaisercraft. I distressed the edges of the first panel, and machine stitched a border. I've used distress stain on the edges of the paper.I'm also entering the Simon Wednesday challenge - Holiday theme and the Fusion Card Challenge (thanks Lyndal!).