Thursday, 15 February 2018

warm HUGS . . . from this Crafty Gals Corner

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: 3 Digital Images

Cute as a Button

Prize: 3 Digital Images


Today I have used the Penguin digital stamp from Cute As A Button, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make two cards filled with warm hugs.  I know I should be getting a start on my Christmas cards but this little cutie was ready to bring some good cheer much earlier in the year.

I started by printing the penguins on A5 X-Press It blending card and plain paper.  I heat set the images then started preparing my masks.
To make my "image" masks I adhered X-Press It Mask It over the images on the plain paper then fussy cut them out.  I peeled the mask layer from the paper and carefully aligned it over the image on the blending card.
Next came the "sunburst" masks for the background.  I sized the sunburst cut file (details below) on my cutting Silhouette Cameo cutting mat so that it was slightly larger than my A5 image panel and cut from cardstock.  I used both the inner and outer pieces of the sunburst as masks, which is how I came to have opposite dark/light sun beams on my cards.  The inner piece took a lot more securing in place ... you can see in the photo below, I had to tape each "beam" in place over my masked image.  I used a combination of three distress inks to create the background, blending them with a mini blending tool.

When I coloured the donuts, they didn't really POP, so I added some Distress Stickles to make a tasty glaze.  I added Stardust Stickles to the heart shaped hole edges but they didn't really POP either, so I took white brads, coloured with Stazon ink then secured them in place over the heart shaped holes in the middle of the donuts.



I adhered the image panels to A5 top folding card bases ... yes, they are single layer cards.

Next came the sentiment and embellishments.
I cut a bundle of snowflakes from both black and white cardstock, so that I could layer them together.  Adding the black underneath gives them more dimension and contrast, which I really like when using them with digital stamps.
I trimmed down some sentiment banners, secured in place and topped with layered snowflakes (two black under each white one).  ... I didn't plan on adding more snowflakes to the card but have to confess that I had a little "oops" moment on one of the cards and "needed" to cover the spot.  A snowflake covered it perfectly but it looked lonely, so I had to add another two ... then it looked a little unbalanced", so I added another two to the other side of the image ... I'm happy that I had an oops, so happy that I added the snowflakes to the second card.


I double matted inside each card with black and white cardstock.  Apart from looking nicer for writing a message inside, it adds a nice weight to keep the open card stable.

Here are some more pics ... just click on them to see the detail 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
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.


Cute As A Button digital stamp - Penguin
X-Press It Mask-It
Copic markers - feathers - T3-5-7-9-10
+ Multi Liner - Black - 0.3
Copic markers - eyes - YG03-17-67
Copic markers - beak & mouth - YR23-24-27 + E93
Copic markers - snow - B0000 + C + "0"
Copic markers - scarf - V04 + BG11-13
Copic markers - donut - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic marker - heart edge of donut - R29
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade + Mustard Seed + Spiced Marmalade
Mini Ink Blending Tool + round blending sponges
Stickles - Stardust
Distress Stickles - Tattered Rose
Distress Stickles - Vintage Photo
heart brads - white - coloured with Stazon ink
Stazon - Sunflower Yellow - to colour the white heart brads
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
A5 top folding card base
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #25149
Sunburst by Hero Arts
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - Decorative Dies - Mini Snowflakes
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere the top fold
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment

Sending a big Thank You to  Cute As A Button for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #159 - Add A Heart at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #11 - Anything (featuring a critter) Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge - February Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - 1st February Challenge #02 - Anything Goes
Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge # 89 - It's All About Love
I think that sending warm hugs is a great way to share the love all year long
Colour It!  Create It!  Show It Off! - February 2018 Challenge – Valentine’s Day / Love
my cards are filled with love, warm hugs and warm yellow hearts
Colouring In Scrapland - February Challenge - Love Without Borders
Crafty Catz - Challenge #403 - Anything Goes option LOVE Is In The Air
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog – Challenge #77 - Love Is In The Air
my cards are filled with love, warm hugs and warm yellow hearts
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge 142 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge Blog – Challenge #136 – Anything Goes
optional twist National Umbrella Day / World Compliment Day
Digi Choosday Craft Challenges - Wk 07 – Anything Goes
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #106 – I Love You
my cards are filled with love, warm hugs and warm yellow hearts
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1806 – Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny’s Challenge 367 – Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Week 6 – 9th Feb – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #282 – Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #134 – Anything Goes option Winter
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Add A Die Cut
I have embellished my one layer card with die cut snowflakes
The Paper Girls ChallengeChallenge #145 – 6th Anniversary
- Use 6 items of the same thing
 - I have used six layered snowflakes
The Paper Shelter - Challenge 326 - Decorate It
I have decorated my one layer card with die cut snowflakes and brads
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge for Feb 13th


  1. a lovely fun card
    Thank you for joining in with our Anything Goes Challenge at Polkadoodles

  2. FRabulous sunburst background ,cute penguin and love the doughnuts and snowflakes----Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap
    Carol DT x

  3. These are so great Tracy! I loved reading your step-by-step process, and watching your cards come alive! Thanks for sharing them with us at Digi Choosday

  4. The rays really create a standout background for the main image! Thanks for entering the weekly Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.
    Dorothy S, DT member

  5. A darling design, Tracy - love this penguin exuding sunshine! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  6. What a cute little penguin card - and I have to say all the little details really do make your card and that darling donut pop. Thank you for joining the Paper Girls 6th anniversary challenge!

  7. Fantastic ink effect and super sweet image!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) xxx

  8. Super cute and I love your stenciled background, Tracy! I dare say it would be a welcome relief to those experiencing cold temps and mountains of snow. Thanks so much for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  9. Your background is gorgeous, Tracy, and just perfect to showcase this cute little guy. Love it!
    Lena - DT

  10. This is a super cute card with a gorgeous background! So, so pretty! Love the black underneath the sure makes them pop! Thanks so much for sharing yr cards with us at PIP Challenges!

  11. *********************************************************************************
    Wonderful card. Great colours

    Thanks for joining us at Creative moments



    DT Creative Moments

  12. Wow. I love this design. Cool technique. Thank you for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month. Don’t forget to check out our mid-month post where we show off our pets and there are often free digis as well. Hugs & smiles, Teresa DT

  13. The sunburst is amazing and make the image pop beautifuly. Thanks for sharing it at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Creative hugs Ela

  14. Love the background you created and great to see how it was done too.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Made by Helen{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  15. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Penny’s challenge 367 – hope to see you again soon – Hazel DT x

  16. Smashing card with lovely design and fabby looking colours. Thanks for joining us over at TPS this week. We now have a new, fun challenge up for you.
    Love n hugs

  17. Gorgeous card!!Thanks for join us at
    ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Hope to see you again and good luck.
    Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  18. Wow these are fabulous. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  19. very nice.
    Thanks for join us at
    Greetings Geesje

  20. fantastic and very beautiful Tracy
    Thanks for join us at
    {ScrapbookStampSociety DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator


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