Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Halloween Treats with A Bit More Time To Craft

It's time for a new challenge with us on the

As always, the challenge is Anything Goes.
Three to five random winners are drawn and
each get to choose 3 set of papers from the Paper Pick Tab

~~~*~~~*~~~

Today I have used the It's Cracked digital paper by Lozzy at A Bit More Time To Craft to make some Halloween goodies.  This digital paper set comes in eighteen, yes, 18 different colours and they're perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking and off-the-page projects, like I have created today.  If you're a lucky challenge winner, you could include this set as one of your Paper Picks.  On a side note, there are two colours from this design available as a freebie on the Freebie Tab.



I started by opening the It's Cracked digital paper and the cut files that I needed to create the sign, coffins and bowl in Silhouette Studio.  I sized the everything so that I could fit the digital patterned paper elements on A4 sheets of cardstock and still be within the Cameo cut border.  Full details and links to the cut files are listed below.

Let's start with the sign.  I sized the "trick or treat" art panel to fit on the A4 patterned paper panel and printed it on A4 textured cardstock.  The textured cardstock works perfectly with the It's Cracked digital paper, as it looks like cracked, weathered stone in real life, perfect for Halloween.  I adhered a layer of black cardstock to the back of the sign to make it sturdier.  The sign is 8 1/8" wide and 10 3/4" tall.



I added an easel to the back of the sign.  I enlarged easel the cut file from the original size to be 7 1/2" square, giving plenty of support for the sign.  This easel mechanism folds out to make a secure stand for the sign and folds flat for easy storage too.

   

Next comes the coffin treat boxes.  These are a fun design made even better with the contrasting It's Cracked digital paper.  I kept this file in the original size because it was already quite large and three of the coffin top matting layers fitted perfectly for printing and cutting on A4 sheets of cardstock.



The coffins are 7 1/8" x 4", they come with two compartments and are quite sturdy too.


I thought these would be pretty popular with some of the Trick Or Treaters
who usually visit, so I have already made nine, with more to come.


Lucky last comes the bowl.  I kept this file in the original size because it was already quite large.  I had to print and cut two A4 sheets for the contrasting  It's Cracked digital paper matting layers.  They make the bowl look like it's carved from weathered stone, making a matching set with the sign and coffin treats.  The bowl is 7" across from flat side to flat side and 8" across from point to point.  I added a hexagon to line the inside of the bowl and cover the tabs where the sides adhered to the base.
It might only be made from cardstock but it's a very sturdy bowl.

   

I can't wait to set these up on the Halloween table to welcome all the little
(and not so little) Trick Or Treaters who come visit each year.

~~~*~~~*~~~


NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Challenge 102
on the
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge Blog

~~~*~~~*~~~

*** INGREDIENTS ***
A Bit More Time To Craft - digital paper - It's Cracked
textured cardstock - white & black
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #97069
A2 Trick Or Treat by Daniela Angelova (I enlarged to A4 size for sign)
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #76159
Easel For Back Of Card by Lori Whitlock (enlarged for A4 sign)
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #157129
2 Compartment Coffin Favor Box by Lori Whitlock
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #37448
3D Bowl by Snapdragon Snippets
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the folds

~~~*~~~*~~~
Sending a big Thank You to Lozzy from A Bit More Time To Craft
for supplying the digital paper I have used today.
    
~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Beautiful Halloween Colours

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

~~~*~~~*~~~

The sponsors for this challenge are:




Prize ~ $5 Gift Certificate

Prize ~ 2 Digital Images

Rick St. Dennis
Prize ~ 1 Digital Image


Prize ~ Two Digital Images and Two Coordinating Digital Paper Sets

~~~*~~~*~~~

Today I have used the Bunch Of Roses digital stamp and Delicate Lace digital paper from Twinkle Lane Designs, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make two cards.  Yes, our challenge is Halloween Colours but as you can see, although I have used the traditional orange, green, purple and black, my cards are far from being a Halloween theme.



I opened the digital image and paper in Silhouette Studio and sized the image panel to suit a 5" x 7" card.  To make the lace of the digital patterned paper more delicate, I duplicated the paper so that they made 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" panel when two were joined together.  This digital stamp comes with three lovely sentiments, so I sized each one to fit on my card too.  I printed the image and sentiments on X-Press It blending card, I printed the patterned paper panels on textured white cardstock.  I trimmed the panels down to size then coloured the images with Copic markers.
I decided to try two different orange blends.

This one uses the following Copic markers - Y35 + Y38 + YR04 + YR09
and has become my Candy Corn Halloween Rose.



I matted each panel with black cardstock, getting the perfect 1/16" border on each one by using my Perfect Layers Ruler.  I cut a 1/2" black strip to cover the (digital) join in the patterned paper.  I secured all the layers in place using liquid adhesive.  I originally planned the cards to be 5" x 7" but I decided to finish them off with a wider 3/16" white border cut using my Perfect Layers Ruler.
My cards ended up being 5 3/8" x 7 3/8".



The other orange blend is much softer, using YR61 + YR65 + YR68


~~~*~~~*~~~


NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

~~~*~~~*~~~

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Twinkle Lane Designs - digital stamp - Bunch Of Roses
Twinkle Lane Designs - digital papers - Delicate Lace
Copic markers - leaves - G02-05-07
Copic markers - bright orange rose - Y35-38 + YR04-09
Copic markers - soft orange rose - YR61-65-68
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers

~~~*~~~*~~~
Sending a big Thank You to Twinkle Lane Designs for supplying the digital stamp and paper I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #200 - Halloween Colours at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
~~~*~~~*~~~

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Challenge #177 – For A Lady / Girl
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog - Open Challenge for October #10
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge - Color Dare #362 - Inspiration Photo of Fall Colors

Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 38 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #477 – Anything Goes – optional twist: Ribbon, Bow or Flower
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #172 – Anything Goes optional Use A Punch
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #172 – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk41 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Use Black (A Lot or a Little)
Incy Wincy Designs - Oct 7th to 19th – Use Autumn (Fall) Colours
Fall colours are quite beautiful, so rich and vibrant, filled with shades of
green/yellow/orange/purple and more, my cards are filled with yellow/orange/green/purple
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Wk40 – Anything Goes
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - Challenge #09 – 15th Sep – Anything Goes

Singing Snowmen and Fancy Folds at Penny's

It's time for a new challenge with us on the
As always, the challenge is Anything Goes.

~~~*~~~*~~~

The sponsors for this challenge are:



Oddball Art


Hetty Clare

~~~*~~~*~~~

Today I have used the Singing Snowmen digital stamp from Hetty Clare, one of our generous sponsors for this challenge, to make a Christmas card filled with fancy folds.


I started with a cut file for a centre step card with a gift card holder inside.  I opened the file and image in Silhouette Studio, sized the image panel to fit, added a sentiment, printed it on X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.  The shading for the snowmen and snow is a combination of C00 + BG0000 + "0", full details are listed below.


I cut the card elements with my Silhouette Cameo, scored the folds and adhered the layers to assemble the card.  Next came bundles of die cutting, so that I had plenty of assorted white snowflakes ready to be layered on black snowflakes.  I adhered the black and white snowflakes together then adhered them to the card using a combination of liquid adhesive and foam dots.


The finished card is 5" x 7" when folded flat.



The card looks pretty from the front as well as the sides
and it folds flat for mailing.



When you open the card, there is a section to insert a gift card and write you Christmas message.



~~~*~~~*~~~


NOW it's YOUR turn!


I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Penny's Challenge 451
on the
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

~~~*~~~*~~~


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Hetty Clare digital stamp - Singing Snowmen
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - snowmen & snow - C00 + BG0000 + "0"
Copic markers - carrot noses - YR04-09
Copic markers - pink scarf & hat - RV11-13-14
Copic markers - purple scarf & hat - V12-15-17
Copic markers - blue hat - B04 + BG000 + "0"
Copic markers - black hat - T5-7-9 + R24 + YG67 + R46
Copic markers - blue & green scarf - YG03 + BG02
Copic markers - trumpet & triangle - Y13-15 + YR23-24
Copic markers - music notes - W00-0
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store – Design ID #199918
Make A Wish Step Card by Jamie Lane Designs
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - decorative dies - Mini Snowflakes
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the snowflakes
foam dots - to adhere tiny snowflakes

~~~*~~~*~~~

Sending a big Thank You to Hetty Clare for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge 451 on Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog.
    
~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
~~~*~~~*~~~

Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 38 – Anything Goes
Colouring In Scrapland - October Challenge – Vellum or Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #477 – Anything Goes optional twist: Ribbon, Bow or Flower
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge 120 – Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #172 – Anything Goes optional Use A Punch
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #172 – Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations - CIC480 – Something Inside

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 602 – Anything Goes
Cute N Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge 32 – Anything Goes
Cute N Crafty Christmas Challenge Blog - Challenge 18 – Anything Christmas / Winter Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk41 – Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Wk40 – Anything Goes
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #58 – Anything Goes
optional twist: Sensational Santa
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #401 – Music and Dance
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog - October Challenge – Merry & Bright

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Too Sweet To Spook

It's time for a new challenge with us on the
As always, the challenge is Anything Goes.

~~~*~~~*~~~

The sponsors for this challenge are:


All Dressed Up


~~~*~~~*~~~

Today I have used the Cinderella digital stamp from Star Stampz, one of our generous sponsors for this challenge, to make a Halloween card.  ... I know, it's Cinderella but she really is too cute to spook, so they make a perfect combination for some fun .



I opened the Cinderella image in Silhouette Studio, along with the sentiment and sized both panels to fit on a 6 1/4" square card.  I printed the panels, heat set, coloured the image with Copic markers then trimmed the panels down to size.  I matted the panels using the 1/16" edge of my Perfect Layers Ruler.  I wanted my card to be a mix of sweet and wicked, so I die cut a lacy border panel, a spider web and spider.  I matted the card base with mauve cardstock and adhered the layers in place using liquid adhesive.  I adhered the spider with a black foam dot and bent his legs, so he looks like he is walking over the sentiment.  I finished off the sweet elements by adding a touch of sparkling Stardust Stickles to her dress, hairband and glass slipper, with a line of twinkling purple rhinestones to the lace border.


Isn't if funny how projects evolve?  I started out planning a flowery birthday card and the pending spookiness of Halloween took over.

If you click on the images below, you should be able to see the sparkle in full screen.

  

~~~*~~~*~~~


NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Penny's Challenge 450
on the
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

~~~*~~~*~~~

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Star Stampz - digital stamp - Cinderella
Silhouette Design Store – Design ID #225339
Too Cute To Spook by Megan Hardy Designs
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-02
Copic markers - hair - E31-33-35-37
Copic markers - eyes - G21-24-28
Copic markers - dress/shoe/headband - BV0000-00-02 + RV000-00
Copic markers - pumpkin carriage - Y11-13-15-35-38 + YR04-09 + YG03-17-67
Copic markers - castle - W5-7-9
Copic markers - steps & ground - C0-1-3 + W0-1
Copic markers - foliage - G0000-00 + BV00-02
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - thinlits - Crochet - lace border
Little B - Halloween dies - spider & web
Stardust Stickles - dress/headband/glass slipper
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the leafy frame

~~~*~~~*~~~
Sending a big Thank You to Star Stampz for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge 450 on Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog.
    
~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
~~~*~~~*~~~

A Gem Of A Challenge - Wk 19 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Challenge #177 – For A Lady / Girl
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 37 – Anything Goes
Colouring In Scrapland - September Challenge – Anything Goes option Teepee Card
Crafty Catz - Challenge #476 – Anything Goes – no twist
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge 119 – Special Occasion
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #171 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - October Challenge – Masculine or Halloween/Autumn
Cute N Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge 32 – Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas Challenge Blog - October Challenge – Fall / Fall Colors
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk40 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges - Challenge #451 – Autumn Colours
Outlawz Challenges - Monday Greetings - Sep 30th thru Oct 14th - Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges - Festive Friday's Challenge Sep 20th thru Oct 03rd 
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Wk39 – Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Challenge #9 – Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #139 – Theme – Celebrations
The Paper Shelter - Challenge $400 – Let’s Celebrate
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes 1st Oct
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - Challenge #09 – 15th Sep – Anything Goes

Monday, 30 September 2019

Warm { caffeinated } Hugs

We all have at least one coffee lover in our family, I confess, I'm one and my sister is too, so what better way to send comforting hugs than with a bundle of coffee beans?


I started with some smooth brown cardstock, a coffee bean background stamp (details & link below), some Espresso Truffle ink and my MISTI, then gave them an inky workout.  This stamp is a new one, so it took a few inkings to get a good even coverage and it was very handing having my MISTI to repeat stamp the image perfectly.  I trimmed the image panel down to 5 3/4" square.


I die cut the letters (warm) and hugs sentiment (details & links below) several times using the same brown cardstock.  I inked one set to make the top layer of my "warm hugs" sentiment.  I layered the sentiment together to give an offset dimension and contrast then adhered them in place on the stamped panel.  Unfortunately they didn't contrast as much as I expected, so I added a delicate golden sparkle with a Wink Of Stella glitter brush, it's still subtle but much better in real life.  It sure is hard to photograph though, that glitter catches the light and sparkles.


~~~*~~~*~~~



Hope you have a
HAPPY National Coffee Day!

~~~*~~~*~~~

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Picket Fence Studios - background stamp - Give Me A Break
MISTI stamping tool
Memento ink pad - Espresso Truffle
smooth brown cardstock
heavy smooth white cardstock - card base
Sizzix Big Shot
Winnie & Walter - In A Word: Hugs Cutaway
Kaisercraft - Decorative Die - Handwritten Alphabet
Wink Of Stella - glitter brush - Clear
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the image panel
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment die cuts

~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

Saturday, 28 September 2019

STAMPtember - 2nd post

PLEASE refer to THIS post to learn more about
STAMPtember
with

ALL the projects I have shared for this amazing event can be found in HERE.
This post allows me to link a second project to the Simon Says Stamp linky,
so if you want to learn more, you will need to head on over to THIS post.

29th STAMPtember - Paper Smooches
featuring Bees dies and Birthday Words dies
some of these Paper Smooches products I have used are available
from the Simon Says Stamp store HERE



~~~*~~~*~~~

28th STAMPtember - Pretty Pink Posh
featuring Sparkling Clear Sequins
these sequins are also available from the Simon Says Stamp store HERE


featuring Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint
Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Round Foam Refills
the mini Distress Inks, Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Round Foam Refills are also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE


~~~*~~~*~~~

STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp

is an amazing month long stamping party where
hosts an event intended to inspire, educate and celebrate the fun of stamping,
releasing exclusive products with many of the industry’s finest brands.

While I may not have been able to create all new projects for each day, I am
sharing some projects that I have made especially for the the brand featured each day and some older projects too.



29th STAMPtember - Paper Smooches
featuring Pinked Circle dies and Birthday Words dies
some of these Paper Smooches products I have used are available
from the Simon Says Stamp store HERE


featuring Bees dies and Birthday Words dies



~~~*~~~*~~~

28th STAMPtember - Pretty Pink Posh
featuring Sparkling Clear Sequins
these sequins are also available from the Simon Says Stamp store HERE



featuring Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint
Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Round Foam Refills
the mini Distress Inks, Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Round Foam Refills are also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE


and Distress Ink Tumbled Glass & Mini Ink Blending Tool
this die set is also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE, the mini Distress Inks, Mini Ink Blending Tool and Mini Round Foam Refills are also available


~~~*~~~*~~~

featuring Peony Bouquet and Bejeweled Clear Stamp Sets
this floral stamp set is also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE
these ink cube sets are also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE
Full details about this card can be found HERE on my original blog post


this die set is also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE
THIS card is linked HERE, to my original blog post,
as I cannot make two entries from this single blog post

~~~*~~~*~~~

featuring Scandinavian Flowers clear stamps
Full details about this card can be found HERE on my original blog post


~~~*~~~*~~~

featuring Action Wobbles
these mechanisms are also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE
Full details about this card can be found HERE on my original blog post


the turtle dances around at the slightest touch or movement of the card

~~~*~~~*~~~

7th STAMPtember - Picket Fence Studios
featuring Give Me A Break background stamp
Full details about this card can be found HERE on my original blog post


~~~*~~~*~~~

featuring Beautiful Wings Clear Stamp Set
this stamp set is also available from the Simon Says Stamp Store HERE
Full details about this card can be found HERE on my original blog post