Sunday, 2 December 2018

November Card Chain

It's the last Card Chain Challenge of 2018 and my card this month has gone to Marga in Spain.

From the options for the month I chose the colours and the theme of baubles. Sticking with my strategy of one layer cards for air mailing I did some masking. Since I also chose to heat emboss that was a little bit tedious but I like the effect of the single image being made into a group.

The front ornament has clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle - it just looks a bit odd on the photo!

Holiday Ornaments (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)

Bristol board

Versamark by Tsukineko

Detail embossing powder (gold)
Memento markers (Lady Bug, Rhubarb)
Gold gel pen
White paint pen by Posca
Wink of Stella pen (clear)
Micro Glaze
Brusho pignment powder (Emerald Green)
Joy Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts)
Corner Chomper

There's a little Christmas break while the Card Chain Challenge folk catch their breath so there's no December challenge but if you fancy making and receving a hand made card each month, why not subscribe to e-mail updates at Card Chain Challenge so you can sign up when January's challenge goes live?

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Stars up above

Daring Cardmakers is seeing stars for this week’s challenge - whether it’s a single star guiding the three wise men or a whole sky full of them, let's see some stars!

Retro Rubber is celebrating its 100th Challenge with a tic-tac-toe board and I’m playing along there too. I chose the middle row: ink smooshing, confetti, die cut or punched shape. I hope die cut confetti fits the bill, I don’t have any other sort in my stash. The larger star is punched.

The dancing snowman has been in my collection since 2009 and I thought the sentiment suited him!

Dancing snowman (Cornish Heritage Farms, sadly no longer with us)
Sentiment from Festive Foliage (mine is the original Waltzingmouse Stamps set, the same design is now available from Gina K)

Bristol board
Silver glitter card

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers)

Copic markers
Confetti die by Mama Elephant
Star squeeze punch by Fiskars
Black fineline marker

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Tag time

We have another of our Christmas run-up challenges over at Daring Cardmakers this week - tags, toppers or labels, whatever you use to make your packages personal!

These cute tags are a simple assembly job with just a few white pen highlights for extra character. I was inspired by some lovely wooden tag ornaments I saw online - they had brightly coloured "woolly" hats and fabulous wonky smiles. I gave my snowmen black bowler hats - I am English after all - but the smiles were too adorable to resist going that way rather than the traditional coal dots!

All the punched circles have been domed with a stylus for a bit of dimension.

Stitched tag die (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)
Festive Greenery strip die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Small circle punch
Pink chalk
Black fine line marker
White Posca paint pen
White, green, red, orange and black cardstock
White pigment ink
Crop-a-dile (to make dots used as berries)
Corner Chomper 

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Festive foliage

We have another of our challenges in the run up to Christmas over at Daring Cardmakers this week - we’d like to see winter flowers and foliage on your cards this time.

Of course the prompt made me think of my Festive Foliage stamp set so I’ve used that for a CAS design with an eclipse sentiment. I used markers to ink up the stamp and the MISTI to stamp multiple times to build up depth of colour. I used two shades of green and two of brown.

The sentiment has been given subtle sparkle with Wink of Stella and a few tiny gems add a bit extra festive glimmer.

As Retro Rubber has an “anything goes” theme for #rrcb99 and I’ve had this stamp set for at least six years I'm hooking up there and my card also fits this month’s Fan Club Christmas Challenge at Splitcoast - join us to find out how if you’re a Fan Club member!

Festive Foliage (mine is the original Waltzingmouse Stamps set with 2010 copyright, the same design is now available from Gina K)
Peace Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts)

Bristol board

Memento markers (Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa)
Zig Clean Colour marker (Dark Brown)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)

Die from Peace Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts)
Copic marker
Nail art gems
Clear Wink of Stella pen
Corner Chomper

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