Friday 16 December 2022


It’s Friday so it must be time for a new challenge at Daring Cardmakers — it’s our last before Christmas and follows our previous one word prompts. Today’s word is BELIEVE.

I couldn’t resist tying in with Let’s Squash It where the theme is snowflakes and stars. Sadly, LSI is calling it a day, at least for the time being. I’ve been really honoured to be chosen as Empress three times. Gail and Jo have been fabulous challenge hosts and all the regular players will be sad to wave farewell. Thank you Gail and Jo!

For today’s card I used a sentiment that includes the DCM word of the week, stamped and heat embossed on vellum with torn edges and laid over a background of sanded embossed snowflakes. The stars are die cut from silver card and I added glitter to the largest one for a bit extra festive pizzazz. I haven’t used the confetti die that produces the little stars for ages — it was nice to “rediscover” that!

It’s wintery and festive with plenty of die cut action so I’m linking up at Die Cut Divas, too.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful festive season.

Sparkle All the Way (Crafter’s Companion)

Bristol board
Textured blue (came with the folder)
Silver mirri 

Versamark  by Tsukineko

Glamour dust by DecoArt (Crystal)
Stitched rectangle dies, A6 size (Paper Rose)
Snowflakes embossing folder (Darice)
Stars Framelits (Sizzix)
Confetti die (Mama Elephant)
Bright white detail embossing powder (Wow!)

Friday 2 December 2022

December elements

It’s the first Friday of a new month so we have our regular “elemental” challenge at Daring Cardmakers — just choose at least three elements from the inspiration picture to kickstart your project. We’ll be back to our single word prompts next week.

From the very festive moodboard, I chose a Santa hat, pine branches and silver framing (inspired by the mirror). I did intend to add ho! ho! ho! as a sentiment but in the end preferred it with a small white on black one (computer generated). I used Pan Pastel to make the frame a fairly matte silver and then pressed down quite hard with a gel pen to make a groove for a slightly more ornate look.

This Santa hat is a really good size and I like the suggestion of the man himself rather than a full image! 

Ho! Ho! Ho! (Visible Image)

Bristol board

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Delicata by Tsukineko (Silvery Shimmer)

Copic markers
Stitched rectangle dies, A6 size (Paper Rose)
Pine branches embossing folder (Richard Garay)
Silver Pan Pastel
Silver gel pen