Friday, 17 November 2017

Sparkling snow

That spotty Uniko stencil has been out to play again, this time in a totally different way.

I stencilled the background layer using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium  - actually in the photo it looks almost fluffy rather than sparkly! Then I added three layers of buildings cut with X-Cut "Build-a-scene" dies. These dies are a bit peculiar, some of the buildings follow the lines of the hills rather than being perpendicular - I wouldn't like to drop anything on the floor in those houses in the middle row! But they do build up into a sweet scene, and I used 1mm foam pads between the layers to emphasise the dimension. A simple stamped sentiment on the front layer is the only thing breaking up the white-on-white look of this card.

I am sharing this with
Dies R Us - Snow
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday 
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas 
Sparkles Monthly - White Christmas

Master Detective

I've been having a play with papers and chipboards from Graphic 45's Master Detective range today:

Sorry about the out of focus second photo - I don't seem to have much depth of field so maybe I should have opened the card wider to make a flattish surface instead of a deep "V". Oh well, it does show you that I decorated the inside too!

This card involved a lot of fussy cutting - which is often the case with Graphic 45's fabulous papers - a bit of distressing and the addition of a key and some twine.

I am sharing this with

Fab'n'Funky - Masculine Touch
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes


While I had the goodies out to play, I made another card, inspired by a sample in Papercraft Essentials. Their sample was designed for a much smaller card, but I adapted it for a bigger A5 one because I think large images deserve large cards.

The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die from a sentiment set I got recently.

I am sharing this card with
Cuttlebugmania - Masculine

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Going dotty!

Here I've used yet another of the goodies from my wonderful Uniko prize, a stencil with a random all-over spot pattern. Stencilling isn't a technique I generally associate with clan and simple cards but this is one that can really lend itself to the style.

I used a sponge and the Kaleidacolor "Birthstone" ink pad to colour the spots, then added a simple die cut sentiment.

I am sharing this with
AAA Cards - Celebrate

and also with two challenges I don't usually associate with CAS cards, simply because stencilling doesn't have to be part of a complex design!
Country View Challenges - Stencils 
Mix it up - anything goes & stencilling

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

That reindeer again

I am loving this Gummiapan text reindeer stamp! It seems to work particularly well with the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland papers.

Apart from the reindeer, which I stamped and fussy cut (must check to see if they have a matching die!) everything has come from the pad, so it was a great way to use up some of the snippets - I used pieces of 7 different papers as well as one of the sentiments.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Reindeer or anything goes
Use Your Stuff - 5+ patterned papers
The Holly and Ivy - anything Christmas goes
House of cards - holiday and/or colours

In the bulrushes

One issue I've had with silhouette stamps over the years is that if you don't get a clear impression the first time, you can never sort it out, except perhaps with a black pen and a lot of care. The invention of stamping platforms has changed all that and at last I can get a crisp, clear and fully black image of this lovely Katzelkraft stamp of a heron/stork/crane  taking flight from in a clump of bulrushes.

I stamped it onto glossy card on which I had created a background by sponging on individual colours from a Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea pad, then cut it out with a stitched oval die and layered it with black and turquoise, finishing the corners with black gems.

I am sharing this with

A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Just us girls - silhouette stamping

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland part 2

While I had the stamps from my previous post out, I decided to make a second, completely different card using them:

For the background I used a stencil from Imagination Crafts - there is a deer in the middle but I masked it off before using Sparkle medium to stencil the scene. Then I stamped the girl but this time added the bird and dog from the same stamp set. I fussy cut the girl and dog and used the die that came with the stamps to cut the bird. The sentiment is stamped with a Dylusions stamp.

You can just picture the scene, can't you - the girl is out walking the dog, stops to look up at the snowy sky, and the cheeky little robin swoops over and scores a direct strike in her eye! Oh well, it's supposed to be lucky.

It reminds me of a doggerel verse from my childhood

"Little birdie flying high
Dropped a message in my eye
As I went to wipe my eye
I thanked the Lord that cows don't fly."

And on that delightful note I'll head off to share this with
Naughty or Nice - Walking in a Winter Wonderland (naughty entry)
C.R.A.F.T. - Winter

Walking in a Winter Wonderland part 1

I made this card using the papers, embossing folder, stamp and die set that came with the October issue of Papercraft Essentials.

The background scenery, red paper and border all came from the booklet of papers. I stamped the little girl and letter and used Promarkers to colour them to match. I used red and black papers for the embossing, choosing one with a white core for the red areas so it could be sanded to give a frosted effect. I found it was very fragile and tore easily though so I couldn't sand it as much as I would have liked - next time I do this I'll use Core-dinations card.

I am sharing this with
Naughty or Nice - Walking in a Winter Wonderland (my nice entry)
Make My Monday - Snow Fun