Saturday, 1 December 2018

Stencil snowflakes

Hello lovely crafters, 
This is my last Christmas card for the year. Yeay. I should add that I have not bought one single present so perhaps I should focus on that now! And the food, decorations, wrapping...

At 52CCT we encourage you to create your Christmas cards all year round and our loyal and talented participants now have a lovely stash of cards to post and a feeling of smug satisfaction.
It's not too late to join in though. Our final challenge runs for the whole of December. 




The challenges are listed on tabs on our blog and there are plenty to choose from. 

I chose August 2017 - Embossed impressions



I created it using a stencil. I brushed ink over it direct from the ink pads and spritzed with water before running it through my Big Shot. I used very cheap water colour paper. 
It gives quite  a subtle raised effect and I like the inky look. 



I also added a little shimmer with Perfect Pearls. 

We hope you will be inspired to join in.
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

I'm linking to 
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge #414
Jingle Belles Rock - Taking back December
Pixie's Snippets Playground - must use snippets. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Ribbon tree

Christmas is all about lights, food, trees and presents but don't forget


that's our challenge at 52CCT this week. 

If you are like me you  have a box of ribbon which explodes when you take the top off and never seems to get any less no matter how much you use. Perhaps yours is neatly stored on rolls and never gets in a tangle. 
Glitter is now controversial, what isn't?, but I've used edible glitter so I hope that is better for the environment. Biodegradable glitter is now available. A world without glitter would be sad. 



I made a little ribbon tree using a twig and some scraps. It's not my idea, I did see one on Pinterest but couldn't get to the bottom of who had posted it. Sorry not to be able to credit the maker. 
I made the background with a few Christmas stamps. 
It was a little fiddly but once glued down is fairly secure. I used glue and tape to fix the ends of ribbon and the stick. I don't think I'll send this one through the post as it may not survive. 
We look forward to seeing how you use ribbons and glitter to add to your Christmas card stash. 
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Joining in with 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #413 Optional theme make your own background. I did. 
Please feel free to copy to your sidebar

The Card Concept #102 Homestyle Holiday. Inspired by the tree and the homestyle take on Christmas. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Spin the Butterfly wheel

In the nick of time, I'm posting this card for Mrs A's Butterfly challenge. The weeks go by so quickly and even though the challenge is two weeks it just disappears. 


This time is the letter R

I used ROSE PINK ink and water in the embossing folder to before embossing. REPEATED and the die cut and RUBY border on both sides. Used a RECYCLED piece of ROYAL (it looks more royal irl) paper for the sentiment and added ROUND RUBY gems and a RECYCLED flower, from a birthday card I think. 
There is also some Perfect Pearls brushed over. I was using it on another project and you might know when you use it it gets everywhere!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day! x

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Snowy village


Welcome to another week at 52CCT. We have a lovely challenge for you this time. 


I've always loved them but not sure if I've ever actually owned one. 

You don't need to have a snow globe stamp or die for this, they can be made in several ways. I used the base of snow globe stamp but the top is made using two circle dies. Of course it's also perfect for shaker cards.
The village is a Little Claire stamp which I masked and used on two levels.


I added some glitter, of course. I love the look of the bright blue against the white. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with this card. 
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge #412

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

and another one

...or three.
Here are some more cards I made using my Crafter's Companion 3D embossing folder 'Country Garden'. You can see the first ones I made here and here
I was inspired by the CAS Mix Up challenge which this month is:


The first card is made by inking the top of the folder with Angel Pink ink and then running through my die cutting machine. 


It gives a beautifully subtle effect. I did add a little more ink with brush in a couple of places where I thought  it was a bit pale. 

The next two are made by inking the folder with Seedless Preserves and then spritzing with water before embossing. I liked the effect so much I made two. 

 I think it looks like embroidered fabric. 

I couldn't decide on a sentiment for this one so I've left it either to add one later or just to leave in as it is. 

I've made them all in a similar style as I'd embossed on scraps of card and couldn't bear to cut them down and lose any of the patterns. I used pink paper for the die cut edges and inked again with Seedless Preserves so it matched. 

I hope you like them. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Christmas pastels

 Good morning
We are racing through November and you know what comes after that! (Does anyone else think time goes faster now?


Our challenge for you this week at 52CCT is:


Not the usual Christmas colours perhaps, but our team never let us down and we always get fabulous entries. 



I've got quite an unusual look. How did I do it? I'm glad you asked. 

I started with a piece of white card and stamped and embossed the baubles in silver. (Still in a masking mood from a recent challenge). 
I coloured with pencil crayons and then comes the magic ingredient. Baby oil. I sometimes use that on pencil crayoning to burnish and when I used it here it gave the paper a translucent look. I was surprised (I don't know why) but I like the look. 

Does anyone else deconstruct their cards after they have made them? 
I made this all up on white card and it looked a bit meh. Carefully, I prised off the colouring and remounted on black and the difference was amazing. 

The final touch was drawing around an edging die with a silver pen. Wish I'd thought of that sooner.


We always look forward to seeing your entries. 
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Joining in with 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #411

Monday, 5 November 2018

Pink passion


Following on from my last post here is the second card I made using the Crafter's Companion 3D embossing folder Country Garden. 


As you see, completely different from the first. After I'd tried the Wedgewood effect previously shown, I tried inking the other side of the embossing folder. I didn't like the look nearly so much so I flipped the card and inked on this side. 

This pink beauty is made by inking with Picked Raspberries. I put the ink on heavily with the pad and then filled in with a sponge. When the pink was dry I sponged on Gold, again fairly heavily. 


I've used embossing, sponge inking, stamping, die cutting. I have stamped on the die cut edges but you can't really see it. 
I wanted something around the sentiment area so tried splatters. I didn't manage it very well, they are too uniform, I think and perhaps shouldn't be over the sentiment. At least I didn't ruin the card!

Again I'm linking to CAS MIx Up challenge:


Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x