Monday, 5 March 2018

Holly card

I was delighted to find a new Christmas card challenge blog as I like to make Christmas cards during the year so avoiding any last minute stress.  The added bonus of the CAS Christmas card challenge is that cards must be clean and simple - a favourite design of mine.  The current theme is holly.

I found a simple holly wreath stamp among my stash and decided to keep my card very simple, mounting the stamp on a couple of scalloped circles and adding some foam tape for dimension. 
Materials used:-
Stamps - Jolly Holly Days free set from Simply Homemade magazine issue 48
Inks - colorbox
Dies - 2 sizes
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to the CAS Christmas Card blog and see what the other participants have created. Margaret

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Peace on earth

This is the inspiration card on Muse Christmas Visions created by Lindsey.  I really liked the background of Lindsey's card and also the overall design of the snow and sky.  I tried to recreate this in my card.  I used brushos and watercolour paper for the background and die cut the deer.  I think the sky looks like the Northern Lights!
Materials used:-
Brushos - purple and turquoise
Sentiment - Tim Holtz "Simple Sayings"
Ink - Memento sweet plum
Dies - Cottage Cutz "deer set" and Lawn Fawn "large stitched square stackables"

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to Muse Christmas Visions and see how the muse card has inspired other participants.  Margaret

Friday, 23 February 2018

Dry embossing

The current challenge at Less is More is dry embossing.  I found this piece of white embossed card in my stash which gave me the inspiration for this very clean and simple card.

Materials used:-
Die - Penny Black "celebrations" set
Embossing folder - Spellbinders M-Bossabilities
Silver mirri card

Thanks for visiting my blog - now hop over to Less is More and see what the other participants have created.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

ATC challenge

There are not many ATC challenges in blogland so I was delighted to find the Happy Little Stampers one. The February challenge is Hearts. I made this simple ATC using a Tim Holtz die as the main focus.

Materials used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Heart die
Inks - DI worn lipstick and Colorbox Cat's eyes warm red
Background stamp - Crafty Individuals
Sentiment - Debbi Moore designs Flutterby
Thank you for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mackintosh Thanks

This month's CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Friendship so I decided to use some of my Mackintosh stamps for the card as I love the Rennie Mackintosh style. I clear embossed the image before colouring it with watercolours - this makes it easier to paint as the embossing stops the paint from spreading. I liked the sheen created by the pearl colours although this does not show up very well in my photo.  I mounted the panel on black card and then fixed this to a linen card.

Materials used:-
Main stamp - from the "Decorative Roses" which was free with the Creative Stamping magazine (May issue 30)
Sentiment stamp - Chocolate Baroque "Mackintosh Sentiments"
Watercolours - Gansai Tambi watercolours and pearl colours
Versafine black onyx ink
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Friday, 12 January 2018


The current challenge at Less is More is to make a clean and simple card using purples.  I have a good friend who loves the colour purple and butterflies so this will be her birthday card.  Luckily she doesn't look at my blog so the card will be a surprise.

I made the strip using the Faux Mother of Pearl technique featured by Loll on her blog - this involves using cling film to apply paint and then inking over the top.  I tried lots of paints and inks as I didn't have the one she mentioned.  Some worked better than others but I liked the sheen which was produced by the silver aquatint under the distress inks. 

Materials used:-
Spectrum Noir Aquatint in silver
Purple distress inks
Versacolor grape for the sentiment
Butterfly die - Sizzix butterflies framelits
Sentiment - Uniko Fontiments Birthday set
Pearls - Stampin Up (white) and Craftina (purple)
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  There are lots of super cards over on the Less is More blog.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Noel card

This is my second card for the Muse Christmas Visions challenge this week. This time I was inspired by Elizabeth's snowflake card - see below.   I really liked the die cut snowflakes and sentiment and the use of the sequins which I tried to replicate in my card.  I created a background using Distress Oxides - I love the slightly chalky effect these create. 

Materials used:-
Distress oxides - Broken China and Pistachio
Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes and Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables
Sentiment - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
Sequins - Neat and Tangled snow white

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret