Archive for ‘Challenges’

October 15, 2022

Christmas critters

Another fun challenge set by Majda this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – this time to use Christmas critters on a card.

I had the pleasure of attending the craft event at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight last weekend. It was so nice to see lots of craft companies there.  I fell in love with this Mama Elephant stamp set called ‘penguins go skating’…

I stamped these cuties on white card and used alcohol markers to colour and shade, and die cut with the matching dies.

For the background, I added ink onto coated card using my brayer in marina mist and wisteria wonder inks until I got a nice blend.  I added splashes of white acrylic paint for snow, and once dry, stamped tiny snowflakes from the same stamp set in white craft ink in a random pattern over the background.

Once the paint was dry, I stamped the greeting, from the ‘jolly and merry’ stamp set, also by Mama Elephant, using my Misti stamping tool to line it up, then heat embossed using clear embossing ink by Stampin Up.  I added a white panel to the bottom, die cut with a stitched edging die to form a snowy hill.

I popped up the panel on foam tape onto a 6 inch square base card, and adhered the penguins using stampin dimensionals.

I just love how cute these little Mama Elephant images. I treated myself to some more of their stamps and dies too, so I’m excited to be back to crafting again.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join in the challenge this week, the design team at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown would love to see what you make.

Have a good weekend

September 24, 2022

Christmas pop-up card

Hello and welcome.

I’m really happy to be joining the lovely ladies for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge this week, where Rosi has challenged us to make a pop-up card.

I watched a fab tutorial by Sam on Youtube the other day and was inspired to make my own version…

I used papers from my Prima Christmas paper pad and some thick whisper white card from Stampin Up to make this fun design which has a hexagonal base.

I cut nested circles with dies by Claritystamp, and added a Christmas sled die cut by Sizzix as the focal point, cut from white, pink and silver card.  I did a little inking around the poinsettia to add shading. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set by Stampin Up.

This card folds flat and fits beautifully into a 6″ square envelope, and has a clever spring underneath so it pops up into shape as the recipient takes it out of the envelope.

This card was super easy to do and I loved how it turned out.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join in the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we’d love to see what you make.

Enjoy your weekend

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