CAS Christmas March Reminder – Holly


Hi there.  I’m back to share my second Christmas card for the CAS Christmas March challenge Holly.  As I mentioned in my first post, I don’t have a dedicated holly stamp or die, but I do have products with holly in them.  The stamp I used for my card today is one of my favourites.  It is versatile and covers a lot of themes such as holly, poinsettias, wreath, critters, Santa hat, etc.  And it’s fun to colour. 😉



To begin, the image was stamped in the centre with black Memento ink on an A2 size stitched panel die cut from Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics.  After I finished colouring, I accidentally smeared some ink on the panel.  Since I didn’t want to start over, I fussy cut it out and adhered it to a stitched Kraft A2 panel from my stash.



The sentiment (discontinued) was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The Kraft panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and clear shimmer was added to the poinsettias and bow to finish.



The challenge deadline is March 24, so there’s still plenty of time to play along.  For more inspirations from my team, click HERE.  I thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Can’t wait to see what you create.  Have a great day!






Linking to the following challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year Round — Use Flowers on your Christmas / holiday project
Holly and Ivy Christmas#24 Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas#11 Always Anything Goes Christmas
ABC Christmas E, F, G is for Emboss, Frill, Glitter  (Emboss + Glitter)
Addicted to Stamps and More #283 Holiday







Less is More #363 One Layer Card Cute

Hello there.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I was one of the unlucky ones who started off the new year with the flu. 😝  I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and am slowly getting my energy back.  I am here today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are looking for Cute one layer cards this fortnight.  Our sponsor once again this month is Skulls and Cross Buns.










I have too many cute critter stamps to choose from, but the first image that came to mind was this little cutie, which I made a Christmas card with.  He is from a Christmas set, but I wanted to stretch my stamps so I created a Winter birthday card.  Look at him, he’s so ashamed for forgetting. 😂  Not much to explain here as this was pretty straight forward.  On a white top folding A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, the penguin and sentiment were black heat embossed, and then watercoloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  Added the three dots after sorry wth a black marker.  For a little sparkle, added clear shimmer to the rainbow colour background (hard to tell in the photo) to finish.


Linking this one to the following challenges:
CAS WatercolourJanuary 2018 Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping One Layer
Moving Along with the Times  #63 CAS
Mod SquadRainbows
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Silver








So I wanted to stretch this stamp further and ended up creating a missing you card too.  On another top folding card base made from Mixed Media paper, the penguin was black heat embossed then masked.  A heart reverse mask was hand cut from copy paper and Cherry Blossom inks (new) were blended with a mini blending tool for an ombré look.  For some texture and shimmer, splattered Gansai Tambi Starry gold paint (new) mixed with water.  Masks were removed and the image was coloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed to finish.


This one’s heading over to the following challenges:
Winnie & WalterJanuary 2018 Color Combo with Heather H.
Freshly Made Sketches#320 Sketch by Kim
Uniko – #45 Something Old, Something New (2 old stamp sets, new Cherry Blossom inks + new gold paints)
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Theme Stamps and Curves





And as a duo, I’m entering them in:
Twofer Challenge – #1 Feathers (penguin feathers are short, overlapping and densely packed – who knew? 😂)
SSS Monday ChallengeBirds of a Feather




That does it for me, but click HERE to check out the fabulous cards my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will join us this fortnight.  Can’t wait to see those cute creations.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.









Guest Designer for Just Us Girls #419


Hello there.  I’m back for week 2 this month as guest designer for Just Us Girls Challenge (JUGS).  It’s trend week, and Silhouette Stamping is trending.



I wanted to make a Christmas card, but I didn’t have any Christmas silhouette stamps — or so I thought… it seems I have forgotten what I‘ve purchased. 😂   And here’s my card.



A stitched rectangle panel was die cut from Mixed Media paper.  A reverse circle mask was created by diecutting from copy paper.  Temporary adhesive was used to hold the mask in place, then the bird was stamped with VersaMark and white heat embossed.



Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch distress inks were ink blended for an Ombré sky. Wiped off excess ink with a tissue, then spritz with water.  Dabbed with a paper towel to get a snowy effect.  Quickly dried with the heat tool before stamping the pine branches from the set with Archival black ink.  Removed mask to reveal the mini scene.



Die cut peace from silver glitter paper and from black cardstock to offset them.  Added some subtle snowflakes with a white gel pen.  Mounted the panel with foam adhesives to a white top folding card base to finish.

Be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the talented JUGS design team HERE for more inspirations.  Hope you will play along with us.  Love to see what you come up with.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.






Heading over to:
AAA#102 Ink Blending
CAS Mix UpNovember 2017 Glitter (+stamping+diecutting+masking+heat embossing+resist+Ombré)
SSS Wednesday ChallengeSnow White
Craft Stamper – Take It Make It Challenge November 2017
Happy Little StampersNovember 2017 Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Tag





Less is More #343 Use a Real Object

Hello everyone.  Wow!  Can you believe we have a new challenge starting today at Less is More?  It’s another fun one.  For challenge #343 Use a Real Object, we simply want to see a real object on your card.  Our guest designer joining us this challenge is our July winner – Viv from Daizy-Mae’s Crafty Blog.  Our generous sponsor this month once again is Seven Hills Crafts.











This was created for my teamie, Nonni, whose birthday was this past Tuesday.  Happy birthday, Nonni!   My idea was inspired from the image itself where I just used a real candle in place of the one in the image.  The candle was cut in half lengthwise to provide a flat side for adhering.  A scallop frame was die cut from a scrap piece of X-press It paper.  Buddy with the cupcake  and the sentiment were stamped with black Memento ink on the inside piece and coloured with Copics.  Buddy was then masked and Mustard Seed distress ink was added to the background with a mini blending tool.  Dimensional inlaid diecutting was used to piece the frame image onto a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer added to the cupcake and a few clear sequins finished off the card.


Linking to the following challenges:
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday
Addicted to Stamps#256 Anything Goes
AAA CardsGame #97 Masking
Send a Smile 4 KidsCAS 4 Kids



Just one again from me this week, but be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations.  Then get crafting and link up your creations.  Just make sure it is CAS and follows the challenge guidelines  .  Thank you for stopping by,  Have a great week.









Summer Christmas Bear?

Hi everyone.  Normally, I don’t make Christmas cards in the summer, especially on the hottest weekend of the year so far, but after seeing a couple of Christmas cards today and checking out some challenges, I was inspired to create this CAS Christmas card.

The bear was stamped with Memento black ink on A2 X-press It paper, then coloured with Copics.

It was then masked and the snowflakes were clear heat embossed.  Salty Ocean distress ink was applied with a mini blending tool to the background and a tissue was used to wipe off excess ink for a little emboss resist.


The camouflage die cut technique was used for the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment.  This technique can be tricky with little pieces getting lost, but a good trick I found to keep everything together is to use Press n Seal.

For some sparkle, clear shimmer added to the camouflaged diecut sentiment finished off the card.




I am playing in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #253 Bears
AAA Cards – Game#92 Resist Technique
Addicted to Stamps and More#247 Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday#110 Animals



Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!