Thursday, 17 December 2015

Time Out #46 - Reminder

There is still time for our current Time Out Challenge - the last one of the year. Here is the wonderful inspiration photo:

Our guest designer this week is the wonderful Sonja - make sure you check out her designs at The Art of Stamping

For my first card, I went glitter crazy - and I glittered the die cut and embossed Tim Holtz wreath in red and green. I just love this die and embossing folder set - it does all the work :) I added the die cuts to a white textured card front and added a few gold stars for decorations. The greeting was created using my laser printer and Minc machine. One of the main reasons that I invested in the machine was so I could create greetings for our friends and family around the world - this card is for some good friends in Austria.

My second card was made from "leftovers". The foil circle wreathes were from the cards I shared last week and the layered "joy" was made from the leftover positive die cuts that I had from another holiday card (you can't see it in the photo but they are layered four high!). I layered these leftovers onto a textured card front to which I added some Stardust glitter to a stripe of adhesive tape. 

I will link up to a couple of places:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Time Out #46 - Home Sweet Home

It's time for another Time Out Challenge - and it is my favourite type of challenge - a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration challenge. Here is the photo:

Isn't it fabulous?!! Sandie choses the inspiration photos for Time Out and she just has an amazing eye for great designs. 

Our guest designer this week is the wonderful Sonja - make sure you check out her designs at The Art of Stamping

I was very inspired by the wreath made of baubles and immediately thought of my new SSS Ring Wreath die. I was also inspired to try my hand at foiling with my new Minc machine. I die cut the wreath four times from toner paper and then foiled the balls in four different colours of foil - so I made a few cards - here are two of them: 

So take some Time Out and join us in this challenge.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015


A very quick post for a couple of cards that I made earlier today. First step was to die cut the Walter and Winnie Joy from a card panel. I then stamped the little Clearly Besotted robins and coloured with Copics (the little hat on the top robin is from Lawn Fawn). Using some Be Creative adhesive sheets, I filled in the die cut negative with glitter. To finish the card, I added a strip of glitter down the side of the card base and a strip of grey DP before popping the card front on top with some fun foam.

As you can see, the second card started in the same way as the first but instead of glitter, I adhered some antique silver Martha Stewart micro beads. I picked these up one day on an impulse and this was the first time I used them - I absolutely love the texture they give! I used a SSS Fog card base and sponged some SSS Fog ink through a MFT  stencil to give a little bit of pattern. I then adhered the panel directly to the card base (to make a mail-friendly card!).

I will link these cards up to a few places:

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AAA Cards - Silent Night, Holy Night

It's time for our last challenge of the year at AAA Cards and it is a holiday theme: Silent Night, Holy Night:

Here is what I came up with:

I used the Winter Wishes stamp set from Neat and Tangled. I started out by sponging a panel on the base card using: Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire. Once the panel was dry (I learned this after the first one!) - I stamped the winter scene in Perfect Medium and brushed on some Perfect Pearls. I then partially die cut the circle front the card panel, stamped the greeting, and mounted it with foam tape onto the card base. This is one of those cards that really does look better IRL - the shimmer of the scene really doesn't show up on camera. 

So now it's your turn to join in the fun at AAA Cards!
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

TIME OUT #45 Reminder

Have you played along with our Inspired By Words challenge at Time Out yet? Well there's still time - we are looking for cards inspired by this fabulous quote:

Snowflakes are Winter's Butterflies

In addition to the fabulous Design Team cards, we are also joined by the super-creative Ashwini - her blog Experiments With Card Making Etc  so be sure to stop by and see her beautiful designs.

Here is how I was inspired by the words:

For my card(s) today, I dug deep into the back of my craft closet and dusted off my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I was so happy when I found that they still sprayed since it has been years (yes - years) since I last used them.

I started the card by stamping the MFT snowflakes in Versamark and heat embossing them in detail silver powder. I then used the matching dies to cut some masks from Post It tape that I placed over the snowflakes. I also added some very skinny pieces of Post-It tape to mask the strings. Once masked, I used the Glimmer Mist to add some colour to the top of the card front - I tried to focus on the upper left corner but I wasn't always successful. I removed the mask, waited for it to dry and then die cut the panel with a MFT stitched rectangle die, and added the machine stitching in silver thread. The greeting is from Hero Arts - white heat embossed on a strip of vellum and mounted on a strip of glitter cardstock.

Because I had mounted the stamps on my MISTI, I decided to make a whole set of these cards using different colours of mist:

And the envelopes...

As long as I have been making cards, I haven't worried about the envelopes but on Black Friday, I decided to buy the WeRMemoryKeepers envelope punch board and I am now a convert! I'm pretty sure that I spent more time making envelopes than cards this weekend - I have finally found a use for all that 12x12 DP from my scrapbooking days! Among my envelope creations wereenvelopes for each of the snowflake cards - each featuring a matching misted liner.

I will link up to a few challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to take some Time Out to be inspired by words!