Christmas cards made

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A VNV (Very Naughty Valentine)

WARNING - don't read on if you are easily offended.

You're all still reading, aren't you? I thought so...... especially YOU! And YOU!!!

You've probably realised by now, I don't have a romantic bone in my body, and that means I have a real struggle with making Valentines cards, whether for personal use or for challenges. Yes, I can do the hearts and lace and flowers stuff, I have some pretty dies and stamps, but there's never really anything of me in them.

Anyway, I had this germ of an idea and had even bought a set of stamps, Cathie Shuttleworth's "DIY Bits" (which will also be handy for all the masculine cards I like to make) in anticipation of making something much less mushy than usual.  And seeing that the new challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is K is for Kiss

and that at Naughty or Nice challenges (a challenge I have only just learned about - where have you been hiding all my life?) is See Red. with a double dare to get extra naughty, I decided the time had come.....

I stamped and embossed the drill and screwdriver to make a background, using red ink and clear EP.
Then I stamped the screw for the topper - can you see where this is leading? By this point, I'd decided it was go big or go home time, so I carefully positioned that screw at a nicely perky angle. Then I needed to add the word. Now I own no letter stamps or dies, and shiny peel offs didn't seem to be the way to go, then I remembered that I have a die to cut the phrase BEST WISHES  and the letters aren't joined up. So, I cut that and used my teeny tiniest scissors to trim one of the Es down to make an L. And because I'm a fully paid up member of the Grammar Police, there had to be an apostrophe so I used a tiny red gem. 

For the corners, I used my beloved screw-headed brads, making sure I chose all cross-head ones and positioning them so that the crosses in the heads form kisses.

Now I'm left with the letters BWISHS - I need a "B Swish" challenge to use them in!

See, I haven't actually said anything filthy, have I? If you're tittering now, it's your mind that's doing it! I could simply be using the card to suggest a trip to Ikea.....

Glittering Dragonflies

For this card I used a Personal Impressions dragonfly stamp  - you know how much I love dragonflies! - stamped and embossed off the edge of the card, and a sentiment from my newest stamp set, the Creative Expressions Snowdrop Elements set. I positioned everything to give a gently diagonal movement across the card. The dragonflies' bodies are filled in with deep turquoise glitter glue, with streaks of holographic glitter glue added to the wings.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts challenge - Clean and Simple
Butterfly challenge - Over the edge or Undulating
CAS-ology - Glitter
One layer simplicity - Friends

Numbers at Twofers

It's the first Saturday of the month and that means we have a new challenge at Twofers. This time we would like to see NUMBERS (or A number!) feature on your work. Don't forget that you must include some stamping, and that is real stamping using rubber or clear stamps (or woodblocks, or carved vegetables!), not digi stamps or images from CDs.

And just to clear up any confusion, despite our name, you don't have to make two items, one is plenty. Although if you want to make two, or even more, we won't stop you!

I've used a Paper Artsy stamp for my card - it looks as if it was originally intended for making ATCs with as it is exactly ATC sized. For the black stripe, I stamped it twice in Versamark ink and then brushed it with a green metallic pigment powder and fixed it with a tiny spritz of water. For the topper, I used a Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Enamel powder to emboss three layers on an ATC sized piece of heavy card, then stamped the image into it with black Staz-on ink.

As I didn't have a suitable sentiment stamp, I created one using a Dymo label maker. I'd intended to put it horizontally but when I tried the placement, it looked too, well, straight, so I fiddled about with it until I found a jaunty angle I was happy with.

If I send this card through the post, I will protect the enamelling with a layer of bubble wrap - it is well known for being prone to cracking in the post!

Do please pop over to Twofers to see what Zoe and Christi have made, and to share your own numbers creation with us!

I am sharing this with

Stampin Royalty - Cards for Guys
Crafting Musketeers - Monochrome 
The Crafter's Café - Monochrome
Glitter n Sparkle - Embossing  

Friday, 5 February 2016

Shiny, shiny, shiny!

I've been really digging around in the Very Old Stuff this week, and emerged with half a sheet of paper left over from a magazine pull out set, and an unmounted bauble stamp that came in a grab bag many years ago - I think it's a PSX design - and has never seen ink before.

I stamped the bauble, then instead of colouring it in, just coloured the bow with a soft pencil. For the rest of it, I highlighted various areas using a Tonertex pen and gently rubbed different colours of foil over them - the pen and foils are available from Foil Play. I had intended wrapping ribbon around the stamped panel, but then I had a flash of inspiration and used a strip of double sided tape instead, foiling it to match the bauble. "Brads" of metallic Candi appear to hold the panel in place.

It's so hard to catch the glorious shine of the foils in a photo, especially on a gloomy day, but by standing on one leg and leaning over to one side, I  think I managed it in the next photo. Unfortunately I do my photos by the kitchen window, which looks out onto the street, so I did get a few funny looks from passres by.

I'm sharing this with

Sweet Stampin Christmas - Bows 
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Foils or gilding flakes
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Curiosity Corner again

It's a while since I dug out my basket of Curiosity Corner goodies, and there's still a fait bit left of the massive bundle I won a couple of years ago. Having made one very CAS card today, I decided to go quite the opposite way with this card!

The sentiment and lace border are stamped using stamps from the set, and all the papers, buttons, brads, flowers, doyley and frame are also from the set. The basket of goodies seems to be bottomless!

I'm playing along with

Lunagirl Moonbeams - Love

Inkspirational - Photo inspiration - I used the neutral colour scheme, the love theme, the flowers and the overall vintage look

Just Us Girls - tic tac toe - I chose 3 layers, stamps, buttons

Oooh you cheeky monkey!

Today I've been having fun with one of my all time favourite stamp sets - Woodware's Jungle Pals. I wouldn't like to hazard a guess at how many years it's been in my collection or how many times I've  used it,  but those cheeky little animal faces never fail to make me smile.

This time I stamped the monkey twice with Versafine Black Onyx, heat embossing him with clear powder, and stamped and heat embosses the leaf and banana onto some snippets of green and yellow card. I also used a punch, I think it's also made by Woodware, to punch some leaves from the green snippets and used a white gel pen to add veins to the leaves.

I used the face, paws and one leaf of one image to add dimension to the other, sandwiching a banana between the two layers of each paw. Then I scattered a couple more bananas around the card - I can't quite decide whether he is catching bananas that are being thrown to him, or throwing them away himself!

Whichever it is, he's certainly a cheeky monkey!

I'm sharing this with
Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 214
Glitter and Sparkle - Embossing, heat or dry
Fab n Funky - all creatures great and small
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - add an animal    

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Make it Shine or Sparkle at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's Tuesday, it's 9am GMT and that means it's time for the latest challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. And today we want to see cards using something that shines or sparkles.

I find it very hard to use sparkle on a masculine card unless I keep it very, VERY clean and simple, so that's what I've done here. I used a strip of double sided tape across the front of a scallop-edged card then sprinkled the tape with glitter to give a very straight stripe to act as a "road" then added the die cut bicycle. The bike is actually cut out of a very shiny green card, although the shine doesn't really show in the photo. The finishing touches are a simple stamped sentiment and some sparkly black gems in the scallops.

How would YOU add sparkle or shine to a card yet still keep it masculine? We'd love to see your ideas, so why not head on over to Cardz 4 Guyz to see what the rest of the DT has done and to share your own ideas?

I am sharing this with:

Mod Squad - Masculine Birthday
Allsorts challenge - Bring on the Bling
Craft Rocket Challenge - Clean and Simple