Monday 15 December 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there! As you read this I will be in New York! Yay!

I just wanted to share another card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge, because you still have up until 25 December to enter and the theme is anything to do with *Home* (with lace as an optional element).

I half made this a while ago and it ended up in my unfinished box, so when I found it again I thought it would be perfect for this  challenge. A bit of die cutting and it was finished. I used some yummy watercolor paints, distress markers, Twinkling H2Os  and glitter.
I think the stamp is Impression Obsession, but I'm not sure. 

There is more inspiration from the team today here.
ETA: I'm also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Tic/Tac /Toe (Die/glitter/star).

Saturday 13 December 2014

New Altenew Stamps

Well this will definitely be my last card before we take off on the big trip - New York  here we come!

I wanted to have a quick play with some new stamps and I decided to white emboss for the Craft stamper Make it Take it challenge , which is to use white stamping.

The stamps are Altenew Peony Scrolls - love them! I white embossed on vellum, coloured the reverse side with Copics and fussy cut.  The designer paper is from Heidi Swapp - not my usual colours - but sometimes it's nice to be different!
ETA: I'm entering this card in the Altenew monthly challenge from the craft room.

Thursday 11 December 2014

A Very Merry Christmas!

Hi there - this is a short and sweet post. I have lots to do, but pulled something out of my unfinished project box.

This card is for the Merry Monday Challenge and Simon says Wednesday - Bling it on.

As you know it is hard to photograph acetate cards, hence the strange angle of my photo! I've used up some old chipboard letters - I coloured some silver with a paint pen.  Added a few gold sequin stars and the red bow for the 4 colour. Easy peasy, but effective!

You can see my house in the picture below.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there! It's only 4 days before we leave for our big trip! I'm excited, but nervous too, because I've just been diagnosed with a bad cough infection (I have a chronic condition  although I've never smoked) and asthma, so I am really not looking forward to the long flight! I've been concentrating on getting my shoulder better and neglected to treat my cough! Yep! I really need a holiday!

Here is one last Christmas card so say Merry Christmas to all my blog friends.  This card is for the Craft Stamper  Make it, Take it challenge, which has a 'white stamping' theme. This made me think of one of my favourite trends - chalkboard.

The stamp is from the Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas set and the holly is fussy cut. The background paper is very old from my stash.

Actually, you may see more Christmas cards if I have time, because I have lots of unfished bits and pieces that may turn in to cards lol!

Monday 8 December 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge Reminder

Hi there. I'm just popping in with a reminder for the Mixed Media Card challenge. The theme this month is *Home*, with an optional element *Lace*.

Although I have been using lots of media in my previous MMCC cards, they have mostly been a clean and layered style, so I decided to get a bit more Artsy this time - I hope you like it!

I will list in point form how I went about creating this card so that it makes more sense.
- embossed the grass with an embossing folder
- debossed the clouds with another embossing folder
- coloured the grass with distress markers and a Wink of Stellar pen
-Added shading to the grass with Pan Pastel
- coloured the clouds with an oil pastel (shimmer white)
- sprayed home made mist over the sky (distress ink/water/ perfect pearls)
and went over the clouds again with oil pastel when dry
 -Added some colour shine to the grass
- die cut panel
-covered chipboard house with book paper, painted with Gesso and sanded the edges
- coloured the roof and door with red ink and the window with black and added shimmer with glitter pen
-coloured chipboard tree with Memento Luxe
- white embossed the chipboard fence
- die cut birds and coloured with glitter pen
-die cut pennant and white embossed the sentiment
PHEW! I hope that all makes sense!

You still have plenty of time to join in the challenge as it runs until 25 Dec. If you would like more inspiration, then pop over to the MMCC to see what the design team have created here and here.

Friday 5 December 2014

Distressed Christmas

It's official! My mojo has decided to go on holidays too! We leave for our overseas trip in 8 days and I've done very little card-making or blogging in the last couple of weeks under my Physio's instructions. Now when I do try to create,  I find myself lacking in motivation! Never mind, I think it's a sign to pack everything away and hopefully the 6 weeks break will see me full of new ideas and my shoulder might even be pain free!

Having said that,  I have a card to share today and if I get my mojo back I may sneak in another one or 2 because I have some brand new christmas stamps that haven't yet been used! I made this card for Virginia's View # 10 All Things distressed with some bits and pieces of unfinished stuff.

I stamped the image from Kaisercraft Basecoat Christmas on the co-ordinating paper and white embossed,  fussy cut the pine cones and layered it with more DP from Kaisercraft. I distressed the edges of the first panel, and machine stitched a border. I've used distress stain on the edges of the paper.I'm also entering the Simon Wednesday challenge - Holiday theme and the Fusion Card Challenge (thanks Lyndal!).

Monday 1 December 2014

Christmas at Home (in Scotland)

Hi there! The countdown is on till Christmas! 25 days to go! In 14 days I will be jetting off to Scotland via NY, Philadelphia and Lucerne to Scotland to have Christmas and New Year with my Husband's family. We're hoping for a white Christmas like our last visit in 2010, which was amazing, but we may not be that lucky this time.

The card I have for you today is for The new Mixed Media Card Challenge - the theme is *Home* with an optional element of *lace*.

This scene reminds me of the 2010 Christmas in Scotland, when we hired a big old farm house for the extended family to all be together - it was so much fun! There was a window like this, with the christmas tree and the cat as well!
I used a background stamp and worn lipstick distress ink to make the pink panel. The blue panel was sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine. The window was coloured with a posca paint pen. I stamped the Christmas tree with Pine Needles distress ink and sponged with mustard seed and worn lipstick. When  dry, I flicked a bit of water to try to get a bokeh effect. The cat was cut with Silhouette using a Winnie &Walter digital file. The holly was also cut with the Silhouette, coloured with distress ink and then berries attached. I used Wink of Stellar on the tree, the holly and the cat and then added the gems, twine, sentiment and lace.

To see the amazing inspiration from the Design Team, pop on over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog.

ETA: I am entering this card in the following challenges