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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Week 196 Colour challenge Non- Traditional Christmas

A brand new month and a brand new sponsor... well an old friend really. We are delighted to welcome back  Ribbon Girl as our sponsor this month!

Mary has an amazing selection of ribbons, trimmings and embellishments, so if you haven't perused her shop before we're sure you'll be delighted with the products available. Do take a look!
This week we have a COLOUR  challenge for you to follow.
NO red, NO green
You may use metallics and neutrals but please avoid any red or green.
What fun!
Here are our cards
This tree stamp is a free Penny Black one from one of the craft magazines. I simply clear embossed it a couple of times and inked with Weathered wood distress ink, adding a few dabs of Stickles and some tiny gems.
The Sizzix sentiment was also coloured with the distress ink to match the sky. There is a little clear Wink of Stella on the word, but it doesn't show up terribly well. Now I can't find the pen!
I have been going a little mad this week and there are heaps more cards for this challenge on my personal blog, I would be delighted if you could take a look!
A bit button & bling-mad on this one!
Last year I made Christmas cards with buttons and gems 
attached to die-cut triangles to create trees but I fancied
heart-shaped ornaments for this one with a pink & grey theme.
The 'cloud pelmet' is from Mama Elephant: stitched landscape dies
The hearts are die-cut using Clearly Besotted: love hearts set
with Christmas sentiments also Clearly Besotted: Signature Christmas
which are heat-embossed with WOW sparkling silver EP.
To finish some twine from my stash.
 Pink Petticoat DP and sentiment, Memory Box die and some gems added.

We hope you have fun with this one as well as cracking on with your production of cards in time to post for Christmas!
Both Sarah and Anne also have other examples on their blogs too, so do pay them a visit!

Anne and I will be going to the Craft Show at the NEC on Thursday this week. Sadly Sarah can't manage it this time but if any of you are going, do call and say Hi! If you do intend being there, email me and I'll let you have my mobile number so that we can find each other!

Friday, 31 October 2014

ShowCASe Week 194

Happy Halloween!

We had some great fun entries for our 
'Little Creatures' 
challenge and here are our showcase choices!

This is so clean and simple... and a super, pretty little creature takes centre stage.

Neet's little ladybirds really pop,  a super CAS card!

Such delicate inking on this background and a beautifully coloured bee, fabulous!
Love this sentiment too!

What an adorable dog... so simple... so super!

What wonderful examples. Please take our ShowCASe badge for your blogs.
We love seeing your inventiveness each week.
Do come back tomorrow for another challenge... it should be fun!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Recipe Week 195

There's just one vital ingredient in our recipe this week, which is
There can be a lot or a little, but as ever, the card MUST be Clean and Simple. Please remember that we like to see areas of white space, few layers and minimal embellishments.
Here are some of our cards for this week, there are more examples on each designer's individual blog. Do have a look at all the examples, you can click on our names which will take you to our blogs.
Having picked up an old and yellowing book in the charity shop,
then carried out the sinful act of tearing a page out and die cutting
with 2 Clearly Besotted Standalone Butterfly dies!!!
These were aged even more with a sponge daubing of Memento brown ink

Aside from the heart-shaped button and twine from my stash it's a
Clearly Besotted collection of additional stamps:
Fancy Flourishes, Building Blocks & Simply Quilled
 Due to a (hopefully!) upcoming move, I've had a ruthless cull of books, but Pinterest came to the rescue with a free printable page that I used.  I've stamped a Dina Wakely scribbly bird onto it (new acquisition thanks to winning a Simon Says Stamp voucher) and coloured with Inktense pencils to make it a robin.  The white embossed sentiment is Paper Artsy.

I began by stamping an Impression Obsession 'fill the page' background stamp of distressed newsprint onto some ivory paper in Basic Gray ink. A leaf stamp from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers set was inked with three shades of Distress ink. Shabby Shutters to begin with, then a little Peeled Paint  around the edges of the stamp and finally a touch of Forest Moss around the extremities. This was stamped onto the newsprint background, in the orientation I wanted for the finished card.
The leaf was then die-cut with the matching die and layered with three other pieces of die-cut card to add a little dimension.
The embossing folder is Adagio from Couture Creations and the sentiment from Stampin' Up. A few tiny pearls were added in a little cascade to complete it.

We're sure that you must have lots of innovative ways of using newsprint in your creations, we can't wait to see.
As ever we really would like to encourage you to visit a few of the other participants in this challenge to leave a friendly word.
Enjoy and have a great week!