Thursday, 1 December 2016

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 71

Hi everyone! I can't believe its the first of December already, I'm so not prepared for Christmas, feels like I just got over last Christmas!! And I still haven't made enough Christmas cards, so the current Time Out Challenge  is oh so handy to build up my stash!! The theme for this challenge is:

                   CHRISTMAS with optional twist of shimmer/glitter

I think Christmas cards and glitter go together like coffee and cake, so I was more than happy to create for this one. And I can see that many of you have felt the same way as the Gallery is packed with glittery goodness!!

We are very lucky to have Uniko as the Sponsor of this challenge and they will give a gift voucher to a randomly picked 'twister'. Lucky them!!

I couldn't wait to get out my glitter paper for this one and felt that some die-cutting was in order:

I realised that I had a whole lot of small pieces of glitter paper, so decided to cut them into strips and adhere them to a scrap piece of white CS. This way I could die-cut the tree design without the strips coming apart. I used a wavy-stitched die to cut a panel of white CS and stamped the sentiment in grey. A piece of silver glitter paper was adhered to the card front, with the white panel glued over-top. All I had to do then was pop the tree's up on foam tape and add some sequins.

 I really liked the design and decided to make some pink tree's as well. I'm trying to take a leaf out of Jennifer McGuire's book and make at least two cards when coming up with one design. It's not as hard as what I thought as you already have everything out you need, so will see how long I can keep it up!!

The pink, blue and green glitter paper is from DCWV 'Glitzy Pastels Stack'. The silver glitter paper is from American Crafts. The tree die is from Memory Box 'Pine Trio' and unfortunately I don't know where the stitched hill die is from. The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson 'Mistletoe and Holly' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where their theme is 'O Christmas Tree'.

Will also link to the Uniko Studio November Challenge where their theme is:


You have one more week to link your projects to the TIME OUT Challenge and for any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Valentyna have created for you. Can't wait to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge # 222

Hi there everybody!! Its the last day of November (eeek, haven't even started my Xmas shopping yet....) and also time for a new challenge theme at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This weeks theme used to be one of my least favourites but with a lot more practice, I now really look forward to it:

For this challenge we are looking for designs where you have done some colouring yourself. You could use pencils, water colours, Copics, pastels etc....whatever is your favourite to colour with!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Paper Smooches and they are giving a $25 gift voucher to the winner. How cool is that!!!!!

I've been playing around with some stamp images lately to see if I can give them a 'Xmas twist'. This is one of my favourites (and not only because it has a donut on it...but it does look delicious):

I love all that colour against the white background, really makes my little donut girl jump right off the page!! This card would be a perfect one for me to receive, I would love to get a donut for Xmas big enough to put my head thru, preferably from Dunkin Donuts....I would be in heaven........

This was super simple to put together. I stamped the donut girl image and the hat in black on some white CS, coloured with some pencils and then fussy cut. The hat was glued in place and then she was popped up on foam tape on the card front. I also added some Nuvo Drops in 'White' to her hat to give it more dimension (a bit hard to see in the photo).

To make more of a focal point, I die-cut the frame twice from white CS, glued together and then adhered to the card. And then I simply stamped the sentiment in black. Clean and simple to a 'T'!!

The donut-girl image is from Neat and Tangled 'Say Yes to Donuts', as well as the sentiment from 'Merry Little Christmas'. The frame die is from Pretty Pink Posh, as well as the hat image from 'Winter Friends'.

I'm going to link this to the CAS on Sunday Challenge # 97 where their theme is 'Christmas'.


You have until Wednesday 7th December to link your projects to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge. And if your struggling for ideas and inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Can't wait to see you in the Gallery!!!

Take care



Friday, 25 November 2016

Just Add Ink Challenge # 338

Hi everybody and welcome to another Friday and new challenge at Just Add Ink!! We have a very cool inspiration photo for you this week:

You could take inspiration from the colours, the brushes or go water colour crazy.....its totally up to you!!

These are colours I would never think to put together and I loved the idea of brushstrokes on my card, so this is what I came up with:

I've always love making Christmas cards in 'non-traditional' colours and I desperately need some more to send out, so thought this could make a pretty background.

I also finally tried out some new water colour paper from Rosies Studio. It comes in a big 12/12 pad with gold and clear embossed patterns already on it. Stars and Christmas always seem to go together so I simply brushed colours from my Gansai Tambi water colour set across the paper until I was happy with the blending. 

After drying with my heat gun I cut it to size and adhered to my card front. To carry on the 'gold' theme I die-cut the 'holidays' (from Studio Calico) from gold CS and glued it in place. For the 'happy' I stamped and heat embossed a stamp from Simon Says Stamp 'Christmas' in gold, cut into shape and adhered to the card. And of course I had to add a few more gold sequins (from Pretty Pink Posh) as you can never have too much bling!!

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Christmas to Die for'.

You have until next Wednesday 30th November to add your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge. And if your stuck for ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you, you won't be disappointed!! Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!

Take care