21 December 2013

Week 151 Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas is almost upon us and we would like to wish everyone a 
Happy Christmas 
and a 
Peaceful New Year.

Our challenge this time will last for two weeks and for it you may choose any of our previous challenges as your theme, but please tell us which one you are basing your work on. We're sure you must have a  favourite.
There is a list of our previous challenges on the page at the top of the blog.


My first card takes us right back to challenge number 1 with the colour theme black, white and pink.
I have used a fabulous stencil from Simon Says Stamp and opalescent embossing paste on the black card.  It's simply finished off with a Waltzing Mouse sentiment.

My second card uses the sketch from week 139 and again more embossing paste and another simon says stamp stencil.  The sentiment is cut from some embossed card and is also from Simon Says Stamp.

My first card is from Week 140, a White on White Christmas card.
Here I have simply used a Penny Black holly die teamed with a Stampin' Up sentiment from the Petite Pairs set.

This card takes its theme from Week 147. The wreath is die-cut from Memory Box dies. The sentiment is from Penny Black and the cardinal was made using the Stampin' Up bird punch, using a second 'wing' to create his crest. He was coloured using Distress inks and markers.
Week 107 here... Up in the air!
A seagull cut using my Silhouette teamed with a Paper Smooches sentiment.

Feel free to enter as many times as you wish, but please let us know which challenge you are repeating!
We would like to thank everyone who has entered any or all of our challenges and wish you all a fabulous Christmas.

20 December 2013

ShowCASe Week 149

Metallic + One Colour ShowCASe
We had some wonderful colour combos for our colour challenge!.
As ever choosing is always difficult, but here they are!


Fabulous Colour Combo!




fabulous collage style

Aren't they all superb!
Please take the Badge to display on your blogs and many thanks to everyone!
Join us tomorrow for a new challenge!

14 December 2013

Week 150 One Layer Card

How quickly the One Layer Card challenge 
seems to come around!
This time the subject we have chosen is

The 12 days of Christmas
Feel free to interpret this how you wish... but we would like to see some connection!

Tomorrow is my 40th Wedding Anniversary. How quickly that time has gone too!
Maybe that will give you the clue as to the inspiration for my first card this week!
Here we have Two Turtle Doves!
The images are from InkyDoodles Warm Winter Wishes set and I love the quirky look of them!
The sentiment is from Penny Black.

I had the same idea as Jen for my second card with the wonderful Penny Black set. Tonight I will be singing all about the Geese a-laying and the Lords a-leaping and the rest of them in my choir's annual Christmas Concert. That should be fun!

This week I decided to take the theme literally and use the fabulous Penny Black 12 Days of Christmas set.  Here are 3 of the cards of a set of 12 to show you.
I heat embossed the images in black onto crumbcake card stock and then coloured them with prisma pencils.  I finished the edges with either a corner chomper or a little bit of piercing.

We hope that you are enjoying your preparations for Christmas, but still find time to play along with us this week.

13 December 2013

Sparkle Showcase!

Sparkle ShowCASe
We had some wonderful sparkling submissions for our Lucky Dip challenge and once more we would like to thank Gillian for being our Guest Designer for this special week.
As ever choosing is always difficult, but here they are!

What great colours and super CAS design!

Terrific use of embossing paste!

Gorgeous White on White with added sparkle!

Aren't they all superb!
Please take the Badge to display on your blogs and many thanks to everyone!
Join us tomorrow for a new One Layer Challenge!

07 December 2013

Week 149 Colour

For our colour challenge this month we would like to see some 
Metallic Element plus One Other Colour 
of your choice.

We are delighted to have the Ribbon Girl
as our sponsor once more this month! DO check out the wonderful range of products available!

There are so many ways to add the metallic touch...embossing powder, charms, mirri card, embellishments of all sorts...the list is endless!
Here are our versions!


I took the challenge literally and went for metallic and a colour... you know I love my coloured card blanks!

For the first card I have used the new heart from Stampin UP and embossed in Ranger Distressed Gold embossing powder.  The banner die is from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment Clearly Besotted.  
I love how with polymer stamps you can mould the stamp into shape to give a slight curved effect to mimic the shape of the die!

I've used embossing powder again for my second card but this time it's pewter from Stampin Up.  The butterfly is from best of butterflies and the sentiment from one of this years sale-a-bration sets.
It's finished off with a gunmetal coloured gem.

My first card has heat embossed Gold Lettering from a stamp set I bought at the NEC for £1. It has several Christmas sentiments, including that on my following card.
The dies are from Memory Box and the scrap of kraft card  (off cuts from my advent boxes) has been embossed with a Stampin' Up EF.

Simplicity itself, but something which I find pleasing!
Die cuts by Memory Box, popped on dimensionals with a simple sentiment embossed in gold.
I extended the length of the die cut to accommodate the whole of the sentiment, by cutting part-way through from one end, moving the die along a little and then turning it around and completing the cut from the opposite end. It's quite a useful trick!


06 December 2013

ShowCASe Week 147

Showcase Week 147 - Christmas Card With A Bird
This week you made it so difficult to choose from the amazing entries.  Here is our showcase!


Love the bold simplicity


fabulous colours!


These robins are just so cute


Fabulous use of a punch!

 Thanks to everyone who submitted cards this week! You are all awesome!


Please take the Showcase badge to pop on your blogs!
See you tomorrow for our new challenge!