Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

"the brick wall"

Hi there, I made this two cards using techniques I learned on the On Line Classes - Stenciled, and used a brick stencil with texture paste, and then painted it with acrylic paints, after letting it dry, I cut out greenery from a Die-Namics cutting die "leafy flourish", and the flowers from a Die-Namics  "Prima Donna Petals" and put coloured rhinestones in the centres, The butterflies were cut out and embossed with Joy Crafts cutting die, and used off cuts of Graphic 45 paper for these butterflies. I am also entering this into simon says  "work it Wednesday, challenge

Tuesday, 28 January 2014


I don't do a lot of scrapbooking, but I found this photo in a batch of photo's waiting to be attended to, 11 years ago this was taken, so I am a bit slack in getting them done, I used one of the Graphic 45 Steampunk spells papers for the background and added bits from my stash, I stamped the teddy bear with Bumble Bear Stamp Set, cut it out and used dimensional tape to mount it, and I coloured it with Faber-Castille Water Colour Pencils, the photo corners were cut with a Nellie Snellon Multi frame cutting die.   I am quite happy with this, it is an 8" x 8" page, which I think is large enough.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Best Wishes

I made this card with the techniques that I learned on the On Line classes Stenciled.   I used a feather stencil, a large one and used texture paste to raise the image, and used embossing powders, Rangers "Faded Jeans" an unknown dark green, and a WOW "white twinkle" and when the paste had dried I used a heat gun to raise the glitter, I used a Cheery Lynn cutting die for the sentiment that I bought from Fat Cats Cards,  and I shaded the edges of the card with Tim's distress ink pad, "Vintage Photo"

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Happy Smile

 I made these cards in the Simon Says Stamp On Line Stencilling class, Day 1,   I used different stencils and the Happy die from Die-Namics MFT's, and the flowers and smile sentiment are stamped with a stamp from, I bought this from K Mart a long time ago and have only used it rarely, But am trolling through my old stuff to use what I have forgotten about, am liking this class, learned a lot of new things.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

double embossing Christmas Card

Hi there, I made this card to go into the 52{Christmas} card throwdown, ,, this weeks challenge is Double Embossing - both dry and heat.   I used a dark green background cardstock with a white topper, embossed with an embossing folder from Darice "sheet music", and the Christmas tree is stamped from Tim Holtz blueprint Christmas stamp set embossed with an embossing powder that I bought from Lincraft long time ago, and the Merry Christmas stamp is from Kaisercraft that was a free gift with Australian Simply cards, issue 62.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Mixed Media Photo Layout

This layout is thanks to Anna Dabrowski and the other artists who give tutorials on YouTube, This is a photo of my son and his wife taken on a cruise in September, and I used lots of objects hot glued onto a gesso'ed canvas, and used vintage photo spray and also a blue spray paint, and am pretty happy with the result, I used various laces and stencils with texture paste to add texture to the background, and the title should be N & B, not B & N because it looks like Ben which is the name of their eldest son, the ampersand is a bit big, but it is unique given the mistakes I made, I think I will keep it "as is"

Monday, 20 January 2014

Feathers Anniversary Card

hi there<   I made this card for my sons wedding anniversary, it is the usual white card stock base embossed with Tim Holtz Patchwork set emb.folder and shaded with various coloured ink pads, Memento, the Blue circle is from Nellie Snellons Multi Frames MFD030, the feathers are from Tim's "Writing Set" cutting die, this has become a favourite, and the roses are from Die-Namics cutting die "Mini Royal Roses"  the feathers are embossed with Ranger embossing powder superfine "Silver" and the little angel is from my stash and I shaded the edges of the card with Memento Danube Blue.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Christmas Birds on a Wire, mark 2!

I made this card as a portrait aspect also for the 52 {Christmas} card thrown down "A recipe"  Challenge, which is Monochromatic, C.A.S., ribbon and rhinestone,  for this card I used the embossing folder from Sizzex Snow and trees, but I think I've put in on back to front!    I used the Tim Holtz diffuser to make a space for the sentiment, which ended up with a blot, so I just put a rhinestone on top of it to cover it up!, I used the stencil I had made for the birds on a wire from the Sizzex cutting die with Memento Ink Pad "Cottage Ivy"  and the ribbon has been in my stash forever!!!
  The rhinestones are from Prima  "Say it in Crystals"

Christmas Birds on a Wire!

Hi There, I made this card this morning  to enter  in the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge which is "A Recipe" challenge, Monochromatic, C.A.S, Ribbon and Rhinstone, ", and made a landscape inspired by Mel Gardner from Australian Papercraft Essentials, mine is quite different though,  I used an embossing folder Sizzex Snow Flurries and used a Tim Holtz diffuser to make the space for the sentiment which is also a free stamp that came with the magazine, I cut out the Sizzex Bird On a Wire, cutting die to make a stencil which I coloured with Memento Ink Pad " Cottage Ivy" and the clear rhinstones are from Prima "Say it in Chrystals"   and the ribbon has been in my stash forever!!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Travelling Watch Man

I was searching today for a birthday card for my son, who travels overseas a lot in his job, and found inspiration on Suzz's Stamp Spot, , she had a lovely card with the "Travelling Man" one of Tim Holtz great stamps, with a map etc as a background, I didn't have that stamp so used the Watch Man, and I embossed the background with another of Tim's embossing folders "airmail"  and spritzed it with a blue wash, (food colouring in a mini mister) and used one of the Tim's diffusers to cut out the circle, I used Faber-Castille water colour pencils to colour the man, and I used a stamp from Tim Holtz "Life's Possibilities" stamp set, I have used this stamp set quite often, it is a favourite, the card is edged with Memento Danube Blue ink pad, and the wording was printed on my computer, and the banners were cut from an old book, Stephen King's "Carrie"   the pages were quite yellow and I shaded the edges with Danube Blue.   I am happy with this, and would like to say "Thanks to Suzanne" for her inspiration.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Yellow Merry Christmas

Here is the Christmas Card to enter the January Colour Challenge on 52 {Christmas} card throwdown, http;//, I used the we could choose at least three of the colours, I chose yellow for the background which was embossed with Craft Concepts "Starry Night", which was one of the first emb. folders I bought I used the two shades light and dark mauve for the trees, which are Tim Holtz movers and shapers," mini pine tree and holly set" and used the magnetic base tray with this, and the deer is cut from light blue Christmas paper,
I used a mini tag and stamped Merry Christmas with Bahama Blue, Memento ink pad and brushed the edges of the tag with this ink,  I used a silver snowflake from my stash.

"Little girl's dress"

Here are three sweet cards I made yesterday afternoon, the templates came from,  they have some lovely templates on this site.   I used papers from a pack received in Australian Simply Cards, and used some ordinary card stock and some flowers, belt buckle, rhinestones, ribbon and flat backed sparkly flowers to adorn these little dresses, things that have come out of the stuff I have been hoarding, these cards are made for  three  little girls who are having birthday's in February.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Happy Birthday

Here is todays card, it is a very simple one, made with white card stock with a kraft coloured card topped covered halfway down with paper from the free paper pad from issue 63 of Australian Simply Cards, I used twine to wraparound the topper with a Happy Birthday tag together with a little frog charm with an umbrella, I have had this charm in my stash for ages. I used a Rangers distress marker in "picket fence" for the faux stitching on the card.   I am trying to use a lot of "stuff" that I have been saving, so am using it now!!!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Birds on a wire

I made this card this afternoon after I picked up the mail and this lovely Birds on a Wire Sizzex cutting die was there, I used ordinary white card stock for the base of the card and used a Tim Holtz embossing folder "rays" and spritzed the card with a couple of grey and blue colours that I had in mini misters, made from food colouring, which I used for a previous project and I did not have the correct colours for that.   I cut the Birds on a Wire from black card stock after colouring the rays yellow with a felt tip marker "yellow"  and I cut the Hi from an old Provocraft cutting die that was bought from a garage sale! I edged the card with
Memento Ink Pad in Danube Blue,
am pretty happy with this card because
it can be used for quite a few occasions.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Card for a formal Male, and a watch man for a boys birthday

Hi there, these are my two latest cards, the first one is the formal and the inspiration for this came from Lisa at You Made Me Ink, She makes beautiful cards and lots of lovely projects, she is a great inspiration.   I used regular cardstock that I bought from Office Works, and I have a hand crimper that I bought a long time ago from a "cheap shop"  it has been used a lot, the bow tie is from some bows I found on the net some time ago and I didn't record who they came from, so whoever you are "Thanks"   I used Kaiser Basic stick on pearls for the buttons. Am very happy with this as I am always chasing inspiration for male cards,
with the second card the inspiration for this one came from
Scraps from a Broad,  "
she is full of inspiration too.   I made this card with a few variations, using embossing powder for the outlines of the man,
I did want to use black but unfortunately I could not get the WOW emb powder to work, so used Ranger silver, I used one of Tim Holtz emb folder "retro circles" on the front, and used
an assortment of chain, jump rings, and clock from my stash,
I used Faber-Castille water colours to colour the man and the
inks used to shade the background, and the letters is Ranger
distress ink pad, "Vintage Photo"  I am happy with this
but I would have liked the embossing powder to be black
instead of silver.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Gift Bags

 Hi there, here is what I have been doing this morning, upcycling, recycling bags that came from the optometrists, the first one is paper from Bohemian Bazaar, which were scraps, so I kept it a plain bag to use for either male or female, and the second one is covered with some music paper that I inherited from a friend who was clearing out her parent-in-law home, I also made the flowers with the music paper and also the bow, I added a little flower to the centre of the bow to give a bit of bling and I used Memento Blue Danube  to the edges of the flowers and the bow. I am pretty happy with these, and will go on to cover more gift bags when they come into my hands!

Feather Thank You card

Hi everyone, here is todays card, it is a Thank You for a male person, I have made it with an aqua blue card stock from Office Works, with feathers cut out with a Tim Holtz die "Writing Desk" in a Graphic 45 paper from Bohemian Bazaar "Jasmine Nights" and I used a brad that I bought on e bay a darker blue blot.   I used a Tim Holtz stamp from Life's Possibilities "Time is a companion" in a Memento "Danube Blue"   and the "thanks"  was  die cut with a Memory Box die.  I sponged the edges of the card with the Danube Blue, also the edges of the feathers.   I am happy with this card

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Feather and Fairy

Here is todays card, I used Bahama Blue card stock, and used some  gesso to add some of the white shading on the card, and a small white doily which I coloured with Tim Holtz distress ink in "Walnut stain"  I added a bottle top with a little girl image and I cut the feather and pen nibs with Tim Holtz Bigz die "writing desk", a white organza bow and a small silver fairy charm that came in a packet of charms from China.  I think this cutting die will become a favourite of mine, I really like Tim Holtz dies!!!

Two New Cards

 These are two cards I made yesterday afternoon, the first one has orange cardstock as a base with paper from a free paper pack from Australian Simply Cards issue Number 63, the square section is from the same pack as is the dark coloured flower.   I used the spotted paper from the pack and used scrap paper from my stash for the flags and used similar to cut out the butterflies with a punch, un-named, the large spotted paper came out of the scrap basket too, and the ribbon bow was out of my ribbon stash and the little blue flower in the centre of the larger flower was bought in a pack from one of the "cheap shops"

This card was made with green card
stock for the base with white card
for the topper and was edged with
Memento ink pad "Cottage Ivy"
and the stamps came as a free gift with
one of the Papercrafter card kits.
and the brass anchor was in a pack of
charms from China.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

First Christmas Card Challenge for 2014

I made this card this morning for the First card challenge of 2014 from
52 {Christmas} card Challenge of 2014, at , I made this card out of mostly scrap papers that were left over from last years cards!  I used a red cardstock together with a white card embossed with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug, I don't know the name of this folder because when I bought it at a craft shop in Queensland there was no name only a cellophane bag, the red stars came from a free pack of christmas dodads from a magazine, the sentiment was stamped with a Christmas Stamp from which I bought at last years Newcastle's Craft Show.   paper backing that was cut with a Couture Nesting Die "Victorian Rectangle"  I shaded the edges with Memento ink pads, "Lady Bug" and "Cottage Ivy" Hope you all like this one!!!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Sewing Room

The inpiration for this card came Baukje's Cards and Crafts. her newsletter on 2/1/14, I really like this one and found some cutting dies that I could use to make a similar card, I used plain white cardstock with a black topper, then more white which I embossed with Mpress "Retro Swirls"  I used a Joy Crafts cutting die "sewing room set" and the scissors were bought from China in a batch of charms, the model is a Sizzex Movers and shapers, also called "the Sewing Room Set" I also used a magnetic base tray for this die, the flowers are cut from two punches from "Sakura" and "small daisy", the gems are from my stash and I don't remember where they came from.   The embossing is highlighted with Memento ink pad, Bahama Blue and Black, I also used a Spellbinders embossing mat for the sewing machine and cottom reel.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Sky line

These are two cards I made yesterday,
they are made with dark blue card stock,
and I used Die-Namics Skyline cutting
die in Silver Card, which looks unusual in the photo's I also used Die-Namics cutting die for the "Celebrate" and a
Marianne's Creatables cutting die for the
"Happy Birthday"   I am very pleased with the way these cards turned out! I used Sellotape double sided tape to stick on the skyline and Xyron 1.5 adhesive tape machine for the sentiments.