Saturday, 16 February 2019

Winter trees

Hello lovely crafters, 
I hope you've all had a good week and had some time to do what you love. 
We have a new challenge for you at 52CCT:

You should find lots of inspiration around you, unless you live in a warm place. Here the trees are all bare and showing their wonderful shapes. 

I used an inky piece of paper and added more Distress Oxide ink and Perfect Pearls until I was happy with the depth of colour. Then I stamped round the edge, using the same colour ink, with an icicle stamp but it also looks rather like branches. 
I tried adding glitter to the wet ink and a little of it clung, giving a frosty look. 

Most of the glitter is now attached to everything else in my room. Love glitter, I'm sorry it's bad for the planet. This is edible glitter so I hope it biodegrades. If not - eugh!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Christmas foliage

We have a colour challenge for you at 52CCT this week.

I chose to use Christmas foliage but it didn't go as I'd anticipated so I just kept adding bits and bobs until I was (fairly) happy with the finished card. 

There is some stamping, embossing in silver and then some die cuts. The centre circle is raised up slightly on two more circles so the die cut leaves could be tucked underneath. I finished of with a few gems and a bow. 
It's still fairly flat!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Bright lights

As usual the month has rushed past and we find that it is February. We start another round of challenges at 52CCT and as usual we start with a sketch. 

I used some individual fairy light stamps. Stamped them first and then added a pencil line to join them before inking. I've been caught out before going straight to ink!
I coloured them with pencils and a gold gel pen and added a wink of Stella over the top.
Quick an easy for when you are running out of time!

We hope you have time to join in. If it's cold and wintry where you are or you even have snow, staying in and crafting is the perfect thing to do. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Thank you Di x

This week the lovely Darnell is organising a Thank you Blog Hop for the lovely Di
Di tirelessly organises and runs Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge. The idea is to help us use up all those scraps of paper and card, ribbon and wool that we all hoard. You can enter using just one snippet and there are many, many great ideas for using up all those bits and pieces. 
Di has just celebrated 7 years running the playground and we want to thank her. 
The details and the link for the blog hop are here.  

A few weeks ago I showed a card I'd made using die cut white flowers. I cut out 9 then realised when I looked at them properly that they were not all the same shade of white. As Di said, who knew there were so many shades of white before they started card making? 
So I cut some more for that card and then had some left over.  

Here is the card made using the leftover flowers. 

I painted a little Perfect Pearls powder on to the flowers so they have a little shimmer. I love the look of the coloured centres though they do remind me of yummy chocolate sweets and I don't really need to be reminded how good they are. 

I was still left with one flower so I used a scrap of inked paper and the window die which, very appropriately, I won in the playground, to make this card.

I had to use up another snipped to cut out the leaves so I still have enough to make 2698 cards before I run out of snippets. 

Thank you Darnell for having the idea, organising this and contacting everyone to take part. 
Thank you Di for the time you spend crafting, posting, commenting, choosing picks, choosing and posting prizes and  creating a fun place for us all to meet in Blog Land. Also for all the encouragement you give to new crafters and anyone feeling a little down. 


Saturday, 26 January 2019

Painted Holly

Good morning and welcome to the final week of January. 

As usual we have a technique challenge for you at 52CCT. This time it's everyone's favourite:

I embossed these holly leaves in Bronze and then filled in with Brusho inks. I like painting inside embossed shapes as it makes it easier to keep the paint inside the outline! I'd love to be a skilled artist but I don't spend the time practising so this is good enough for me. 

This panel was mounted in several ways and even went into the bin before I settled on this layout. One of my favourite and most used. 
I couldn't decide on where to add a sentiment so there isn't one. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Silent Night

January is rushing by, as all months do, and it is time for our theme challenge at 52CCT.
Andreja has chosen:

A lovely theme with plenty of scope. 
I made a one layer card! Perfect for posting. 

This card came out almost exactly as planned and that almost never happens. 
I sponged through a stencil and added the trees and then sponged on the moon with silvery white ink. I added a few stars with white pen. 
The sentiment looked a little plain but I think adding the holly flourishes just finished it off. I hope you think so. 

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day. x

Joining in with CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Purple and Green

Hello everyone. I hope you've had a good week. It's been chilly here but bright and clear so that makes it better. 

We have a new challenge for you at 52CCT.  This week it's a colour challenge:

I created an inky background and then embossed a tree on it. It's very simple but I do love the way inks react with water. I've used Distress Oxide Pine Needles and Memento Grape Jelly as I don't have purple oxide pad. 

A few stars finished it off. 

Thanks for visiting. Do visit the rest of the design team as they have made some great cards and as usual everyone designs something completely different. 
Enjoy you day. x