Saturday, 15 December 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge #2

Just home from Saturday morning tennis with Max and ready to go to Nelson for the day. Unfortunately Dave and Phoebe had fallen back asleep so I'm ready to go and no-one else is, so what a better time to show you more of my Christmas cards!!

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is Christmas and boy oh boy are there a lot of incredible cards linked up!!

My cards came about from a prize I won a few months ago from Kathy Racoosin when I came third in the Colour Challenge (Beginners category). She sent me a goody bag full of all sorts of products and this die was one of them:

Aren't these just the cutest!!!!! There are so many things you can do with these dies, not just Santa. I got the idea for these from the inspiration photos with the dies on the Paper Smooches Website. by Alice Wertz. I made a big batch of these all at once and was so much fun to not do any stamping!!

I started off by die-cutting the beard from the bottoms of the white card bases. I then die-cut the hat from red CS and the moustache, eyes, eyebrows, hat band and pom-pom from white CS. I managed to find some pinky/skin-colour CS that has a shimmer to it for the nose and cheeks. And for some I did the eyes from black CS as I couldn't decide which I liked more.

After gluing them all on I added Wink of Stella to the pom-pom and the cheeks. And on the inside of the card (which I forgot to take a photo of....) I stamped 'Get your Santa on' from MFT Stamps 'Christmas Cuteness'. I can't wait to play around with these dies some more to see what other characters I can come up with!!

I'm also going to link these to The Cats Pajamas Tuesday Challenge #352 where their theme is 'Winter Holidays'.

And will also join the SSS Monday Challenge where their theme is 'Warm Winter Wishes'.

Sounds like we are ready to hit the road. Luckily the weather is warm but cloudy so it won't be a hot drive. Looking forward to hitting the shops (Nelson is a city compared to our little town) and will also be going to the trampoline park to burn off some energy (and calories). Should be a fabulous day!!

Take care


Friday, 14 December 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

Its been raining yet again here, so have just whipped up another 160 Christmas Cowpat Cookies and thought I would share with you some more of the Christmas cards I created over the last few weeks.

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'Christmas', so its a perfect time to show off the cards we've all made to post out this year!!

These cards were made using one of my favourite new sets this year, which is probably glad that I've finished using it at this stage so it can have a rest...:

These took a bit of time to stamp and die-cut but found using the same colours in different combinations made for a quicker card creation!!

I started off by grabbing my MISTI and the SSS Stamptember set with Gina K Designs 'Joy of the Season'. Using dye inks from Hero Arts and Waffle Flower I stamped the images (2x each for good coverage) on white CS, making sure I had different colours for each image. I then used the matching dies to cut them all out.

I wanted to give the images a good backing but not too much white, so I cut strips of grey CS and popped them up on strips of white foam. The snowflakes were glued on top using Gina K Connect Glue and the reindeer put on foam tape. I then finished them off by gluing on some sequins from Neat and Tangled and covering the small snowflakes in Wink of Stella.  Here are some photos of each card:

I'm also going to link these cards to the SSS Flickr Challenge #112 where the theme is 'Diecutting'.

And will also link to The Cats Pajamas Tuesday Challenge #352 where their theme is 'Winter Holidays'.

All of my Christmas cards were posted two weeks ago so hopefully they will make it in time for Christmas around the world but if not, they will be a nice surprise for the New Year. I'm hoping that I can fit in a 2hr gardening job this afternoon because if not, I will have to do it on Sunday morning as I have no spare time next week. Please cross your fingers and toes for a respite from the rain very soon!!

Take care

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #124

Hi everybody!! Sorry its been so quiet on my blog, I've had hardly any time to make cards and when I do I'm so exhausted from work I tend to go to sleep instead. Once Christmas has arrived and I have a two week break I'll be back in the 'card making' business!!

Our challenge theme at TIME OUT is 'Joyful'. Christmas immediately comes to mind for me but there are many different reasons to be joyful, so use whatever one you like to create your project!!

We are very lucky to have Uniko as the Sponsor for this challenge and they are giving the winner a stamp set of their choice!!

As I'm still up to the eyeballs with Christmas cards, presents etc I definitely felt I needed to make a Christmas card for this one. I wanted clean, bright and graphic, so this is what I came up with:

This didn't take too long to put together and I even used some stamps that have never been 'inked up' before, so it was a win-win!

First of all I had to get the 'candy-cane like' stamp from Winnie and Walter 'Holiday Trimmings' straight on my MISTI. Thank goodness it has grid lines on the lid to help with that. I then stamped it on the card front using Altenew 'Crimson' ink and just moving the card up each time.

I then die-cut the Altenew 'Caps Bold Alphabet dies' from a red paint chip and twice more from white CS and glued them all together. Once I worked out where they would sit on the card I then stamped the rest of the sentiments from Winnie and Walter 'In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez' in between the red strips. All I had to do then was glue on the die-cuts and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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


You have until Wednesday 19th December to link your projects to the TIME OUT
challenge and if your needing any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Chrissie of Simply One of a Kind have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care