Thursday, 14 December 2017

AJVD/Coffee-Lovers' Blog Hop


I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this simple but fun Christmas-coffee card.

Also linking up to the Winter Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Catherine Pooler Plaid Background


Just a quick note to say that the Catherine Pooler Plaid Background is now back in stock!

SPDMIU38 - Merry Christmas




Good morning! Today I'm playing along with SugarPea Designs' current Mix it Up Challenge, where it's Anything Goes! So choose your favourite SPD goodies and link up a card! There's a PRIZE!

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I had some fun with the two curved pine branches from Pinecone Greetings and built a Christmas tree! Because the branches are so long, I needed to mask a straight line down the centre, and build one side of the tree at a time. I used two shades of green ink for interest and tried to make sure that the branch wasn't always in the exact same position. Then I moved the mask and stamped the other side. 

To create the trunk, I straightened one of the 'stems' from the set and stamped it in brown. My tree was taller than the stem stamp, so I did have a 'join' area. No problem - perfect place for my sentiment strip!

I used classic, rustic colours with a bit of sparkle.






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Flurry-of-Warm-Wishes

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good morning! It's an exciting day here - I've been invited to be part of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza!



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!


Here's my project. I decided to create a Nativity scene with a twist - it's Christmas morning (with a sunrise) rather than the traditional night sky.

The sun was made using one of my first alcohol ink experiments. I am missing the 'official' blending solution and any metallic mixatives, so I used my Delicata Gold re-inker (from AGES ago!)  and some rubbing alcohol and made a 'polished stone' background - it has beautiful golden, sunshiney shimmer! I borrowed an idea from Jessica, to use a camera lens cleaner to 'blow' the ink around on the Yupo paper.

I used stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs (also available at today's sponsor, Seven Hills Crafts!)




It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Seven Hills Crafts so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


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Saturday, 9 December 2017

FS566 - Alcohol Ink Merry Christmas



Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Becky!

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Becky's:
-rainbow background
-black script sentiment
-crystal embellishment

I changed:
-background technique
-orientation and layout
-no ribbon

I tried a wet-on-wet technique with Alcohol Inks and rubbing alcohol. It's similar to wet on wet with watercolour. I covered my Yupo paper with rubbing alcohol before dropping the inks on it. Then I tilted the paper back and forth to get the inks to move and blend. As it dries, it continues to move and soften a bit, and gives these dreamy blends. I made 3 different panels (in the video below).

I inlaid the snowflake and sentiment using my craft pick and jewel picker. These two tools are so useful for picking up the tiny pieces and putting them where they belong!



I used:



AAACards104, Addicted to CAS, ATSAM271


Funny (but true!) story - I make Christmas cards all year. For challenges, for fun, for no reason at all. When December comes, I don't generally worry about getting my cards done (too many other things to do and worry about!) because I have a stash.

Except this week, a teacher-friend of mine asked me to bring my stash to her, so she could choose a few for her own boys' teachers. And then she passed my stash around and in the end I sold so many cards, that now I AM worried about having enough cards to send to my friends and family!

Last night I sat down and quickly whipped up a few using some new Catherine Pooler products - this was one of my favourites. These inks are amazing - they stamp crisply, but they also blend so well. I love how when you blend these inks, you can deepen the colours around the edges and by leaving the centres of the ornaments lighter, they look dimensional and like they're glowing. To make this easier, I use sponge daubers rather than blending tools - they're smaller and easier to control when blending small areas like these ornaments.

I'm linking up to 3 challenges (click on the photos to check them out):





I used:

Friday, 8 December 2017

Paper Smooches Winter Challenge


Here's a fun, quick little Christmas card for the current challenge at Paper Smooches.



 I cut  my Paper Smooches Snowman 2 pieces and then coloured them with Copics (faster and more efficient than cutting him several times out of different colours of cardstock). I then cut out the JOY but had to cut it in half and spread it a bit wider to allow for the snowman's head to become the 'o'.

I used: