Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Thursday, 29 May 2014

blue tag

Here is a tag I modelled on the Tim's April tag, I used frameworks on some sprayed cardstock, Dyan Reavley's dylusions spray inks, and used some mini royal roses from Die-namics and cut some pine leaves with a Marianne creatables die and shaded the with a light green memento ink pad, and I dyed the ribbon with tumbled glass distress ink,  tied in a bow  and I used cotton twine for the tie

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May Tag

Hi everyone, here is my take on Tim Holtz May tag.   I didn't have all the stuff Tim has, so I improvised, with various dies that I already had, the little arrow and the heart are dies that I
think came from quik cutz, but I have had them for a very long time, the stars were  made with
a punch, the pen was cut from Tim's die, Writing Desk, and the Happy is a Die-namics die, and the butterfly is also an "On the Edge" die from Tim, and the circle is from a Mpress die.   The green ribbon is a piece of 1/2" gauze bandage died with a Dyan Reavely spray ink.   It took a long time but I think it will look ok on a gift. I am entering this into Tim's May challenge,

Things with wings

Hi there everyone, I made this card this evening to enter into the Craft Room Challenge "Things with wings",  which could be anything with wings, fairies, birds, butterflies or the many other things that have wings.   I used a white cardstock for the card base and used a stencil I cut from a Tim Holtz cutting die "townscape, and used Tim's distress ink in "spun sugar" to shade around the houses, suggesting twilight in the evening, with one of Tim's stencils "rays" shaded with memento ink "dandelion" and the birds are also Tim's  "Birds on a Wire" cutting die in a dark blue cardstock.   It is a simple card but I do like it myself and it could be used for any occasion, when that is needed I will put that on the card, probably on the inside.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Here is a card I made today to enter in the Challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous, The challenge is number 8, show us some metal or glass.   I made a similar card last year for a friend who really loved it when it arrived, so I thought I would make another one,  (an easel card).  This one has silver paper embossed with Tim's emb.folder "Riveted Metal" and also Tim's on the edge "steampunk", and also movers and shapers "mini gear set"  I used a little birdcage, a clock, and a key which came from China, and two little dark purple stick on flowers and (I think it is a Hampton stamp, but not sure as I have had it for ages, but it is a good one) to stamp the sentiment, I used Kindyglitz in Black Opal to shine on the little gears, and I think it brightened them up.

Saturday, 24 May 2014


I made this card today to enter into the 52 {Christmas} card throwdown, May Stash Challenge. something  old, something borrowed ,something blue and something new. The Blue is the cardstock, embossing folder from Tim holtz and the other one is the pine leaves on the   left hand side, they are a Marianne Creatables, one of the first cutting dies I bought, the new one is the skates which is a Tim's Movers and Shapers and I used white card stock to cut them out and used a brown watercolour pencil from Faber-Castille to shade and I used clear  rhinestones to go down the boot, it is Christmas after all!!!   I used a ranger re-inker to die the cotton twine and my last star brad to attach, and used some gold paper to attach to the skates on the boots.

beach boys

Here is the revised page, I had forgotten to shade the sky and the centre of the sun, this is an 8" x 8" page, which I am more comfortable with, it is of my two youngest grandsons on the beach, with a  boy with his surfboard which was a free stamp with a papercraft magazine from several years ago, in the same magazine came the beach hut and the little fish, the sea horse and the shell are out of my stash, the sun is a Tim Holtz stencil and the wave paper also came out of my stash, this was the last piece.
 The birds are a stamp from Tim's stamp set "lost and found" and the sky is rangers "tumbled glass" and the sun is memento yellow and tangelo.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Tag 2

Here is the tag I made today, I used Tim's stencil Clockwork for the background using distress ink pad
Vintage Photo, and I used black cardstock for the gears and clock, these are also Tim's cutting dies, the small gears are Cheery Lynn and the sentiment is cut from a Couture cutting die and I printed the sentiment out on my computer, I used Tim's stamp "Journey" from "the journey" and I used "Lady Bug" Memento Ink Pad to stamp it, and a piece of black ribbon from my stash. I am pretty happy with this piece.


Hi there, I made this tag today for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Challenge Blog, Challenge 8, "Show us some metal or glass"
I chose to show metal in the form of a lovely metal flower, that was
a gift and I have been hoarding it waiting for a suitable place for
it to go.   I stencilled the background with a Tim Holtz stencil
"Burlap" and used distress ink pads "evergreen bough" and "vintage
photo", I also used Tim's Frameworks cutting die "Trellis"
and used yellow card stock for the centres after I had stained the
framework with "Walnut Stain"   I stained the seam binding with
distress inks, evergreen bough and Vintage photo.   I am quite happy with the result, because I don't
usually make tags

Sunday, 18 May 2014


Here is the second card I made for the Bonus Day of Watercolour online classes.   It has scored squares made with the Scor-pal, and watercolours, Pink, Yellow and Orange on the background and I used tissue paper for the background behind the Butterfly, which is a Cheery Lynn Steampunk Butterfly,   and I used some stick on pearls that I bought from a cheap shop when I was visiting my daughter-in-law, and I shaded the butterfly with the same colours as the background, and the sentiment is from an old Fiskars stamp set.


This card is the first card that I made for the Bonus Day of Watercolour On Line Classes, and I used the Crayola watercolours t paint the wide stripes with a wide brush, and I used Hearts stamp from Fiskars, and the sentiment also came from that stamp set, and I used Rhinestones for the accent

Merry Christmas

Hi There!!  I made this card this morning to enter into the May Recipe Challenge in 52 (card) throwdown Christmas cards,, the recipe is "colour something, add rhinestones, ribbon and deboss,  and I am also entering it into Christmas Inspirations, "Any Christmas Card" ,   I used  a 5 x 5 white cardstock for the background and used a Tim Holtz stencil "stars"  to colour the background with Memento ink pad "tangelo" and I used some Christmas ribbon that has been in my stash for ages to make the flag, I used a Tim Holtz cutting die to cut the snowman in blue and again in acrylic and attached it to show the "debossed" side, I used a stamp that had come free with an old magazine to stamp the Merry Christmas in Danube Blue, Memento Ink Pad, and attached rhinestones in clear and blue, the snowflake is a tim's die also. the rhinestones are of a couple of sets, the blue, are kaisercraft and the clear are from a "no name" cheap shop

Friday, 16 May 2014


Here is the third card for today, an embossed bicycle using the
cutting die, and blue watercolour paint and some blue rhinestones
some string and a Fiskars stamp that I have had for ages, quite
enjoyed this card


This is the second card for today and I enjoyed this tutorial, especially the salt in the watercolour paint, and I used tube paints and the stamps that I used in the last card.

I think

I made this card today, it was a play day today, lots of fun, 1st up was Tim Holtz with a tutorial on how to use his stencils, which I enjoyed and made this card with the stars background, he used his distress inks, but I have only one at the moment, as the few I ordered haven't arrived yet, so I used the Memento ink pads which weren't too bad, and I cut out the images from an stamp pad that I bought at a garage sale, and coloured them in with Faber-castile water colour pencils, and stamped the sentiment with Staz-On Black ink pad

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Fire Flowers

This is the second card made for homework on Watercolour classes, day10, freehand painting, I used watercolour paints and used a "thanks" stamp, and a white card base


This card was made today for homework for the Watercolour class, day 10, I was comfortable painting the butterflies, I inset the "thanks" as we learnt in an earlier set of classes, and I used the orange cardstock behind the watercolour paper and I used a pair of scissors to cut the stamp edge, and set it all  on a white card base


I made this card last night, just to try out the Frameworks from Tim Holtz, I really like them, I cut out two from a cereal box and painted them with Tim's Distress Stain, "Walnut Stain"  I stained the background of the card with "Bahama Blue" Memento ink pad and "Yellow " also Memento, with Tim's stencils,"Rays" and "Burlap", and Twiddley Bits "chicken wire",  I cut out a Spellbinders large "Butterflys" from their Shapeabilities, and covered it with Ranger Stickles "Icicles" and made some pink Die-Namics "Mini Royal Roses, and Marianne's Creatables "English Rose" these were cut from scrap paper
, and the greenery was a gift from Meg, Thanks Meg.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


Hi there, I made this card today to enter in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge number 7, Ribbon, Lace and/or Twine., and I used a white cardstock for the background and all the stamping and shading was done with Rangers Distress Ink Pad "Vintage Photo"  the stamps were bought when I bought Graphic 45 "steampunk spells" paper pad, I think the stamps are from Hampton Stamps, it is such a long time since I bought them, the lovely butterfly was cut from a Cheery Lynn cutting die, which was a gift, Thanks Meg!, the paper it was cut from was a piece I made in the Online Watercolour classes, it was a "not so good" piece, so it couldn't be used as a watercolour piece on a card, and the stencils are Tim's Hearts, clockworks. and the brown ribbon was the end of the roll.  I am very happy with this card as it was made from 5 pieces plus the cardstock and the ink pad.

Happy Birthday

Here is the second homework card, day 9, water colour online classes,  these are definitely not my "forte",


Here is the first card for today's homework for watercolour on line classes, day 9,  "The Tree"  splattering, I had difficulty doing splatters!!! it is JUST ok!!  not special.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Celebrate Friend

This card is the second homework from Watercolour Online Classes, Debbie Hughes lesson, from Day 7, I used watercolour paper with a balloon stamp that I have had for ages and used watercolour paints for the balloons, and memento black tuxedo ink pad for the balloon strings and the sentiment, which I have also had for ages, the background is Distress ink re-inker "tumbled glass"

Monday, 12 May 2014


Here is homework from todays (day 7) of Watercolour on line classes for cardmakers, and I have used a stamp which is on the same card as the poppies, and used Faber-Castille watercolour pencils for the flowers and leaves and stems, for the bottle of water I used Distress re-inker, Tumbled Glass and the sentiment stamp was coloured on an acrylic block with Vintage Photo re-inker, I inked/shaded around the edges of the card with memento ink pad, Tangelo, because I felt it looked unfinished, I am used to lots of shading etc on cards, I used a green F-C watercolour pencil, Peacock Blue to shade around the flowers with a lot of water to soften it, I used an assortment of rhinestones, clear and coloured to dress the card.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Have a fun day

I made this card with off cuts from cards which had boo boos! that I had made for the Watercolour on line classes, and added it to white cardstock, and used a Die Versions cutting die "Pedal Power" and some very old office rub-ons.  Am happy I have used some "stuff" that would have been thrown out.

Saturday, 10 May 2014


This is my take on Jean's card, in the Watercolour online classes, day 6.    I don't have many flower stamps, only two in fact, this one and the poppies I used yesterday, I used Tim Holtz embossing folder Retro Circles, for the background card, and used yellow for the flower and green for the leaves from the Crayola paint tray.   I used Tim's Tumbled Glass for the blue background behind the flowers, and used pale blue cardstock cut from mpress cutting dies for the circle and the Love stamp I got from a garage sale.

Christmas Night Sky

I made this card for Water Colour On line Class, I used Faber-castile water colour pencils for the night sky, and I made a stamp from foam sheets made by Sullivans International P/L, I cut it out from Memory Box Die "Country Landscape" and I embossed the green grass with Donna Salazar's Mixa Media embossing powder "Peridot" and embossed the landscape scene with Zing "white" the silver stars were cut out with a punch that I have had for ages with a piece of silver paper from a Butter container, I had washed it and dried it and stuck it in my stash, I am a hoarder and don't throw anything away that might "come in handy" I am happy with this card and am entering it into the 52 {Christmas} card throwdown May Challenge - use any three colours light mauve, dark mauve, Purple, Green, lilac, and small amounts of white,cream, or black, silver or gold,

Friday, 9 May 2014


This is homework for day 5 of Watercolour on line classes, and I took a long time over this, Swarup's instruction was very easy to follow, but I used watercolours and water colour pencils, Faber-Castille, I couldn't define the grasses on the right hand side, but I think I can't really do any more with this card,

Best Wishes

This card is homework for day 4, I used markers for the colour on the stamp and am not sure about the result, this is another technique that needs a lot more practice.


Here is home work for day 3 of the watercolour class, not happy with the images of the flowers, I think I need more work on this technique.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

one feather

This is the second card I did last night, it also has the embossed background, Retro circles from Tim Holtz and also has a yellow colour wash, I also  used a small doily with pale blue flowers, a Die-namic Daily and two die-namic royal roses, and I cut the feather from glitter card stock and shaded the edges with vintage photo ink pad, and the small ink pot, I found a label on the web and used a piece of black thread to go around the top of the ink pot.

three feathers

I made this card last night and used an embossing folder, Tim Holtz Retro circles, and I coloured with a watercolour wash, yellow, which is very pale in the photo, but a bit brighter in real life, I used a small doily shaded with Ranger's Vintage Photo Ink Pad, and cut three feathers and ink pot from Tim's cutting die, Desk Set, and rolled three little roses from Die Namics Royal Roses.  I think I am true to the watercolouring, but I am not comfortable with flat cards, and as most of my cards and delivered by hand, bulk doesn't matter.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

birthday wishes

This is day 2 in the watercolour online classes, heat embossing mask, I am using watercolour paper, ranger distress ink, and zing clear embossing powder, and did not get a good clear embossing result, I also used the little pad to rub the paper before putting on the embossing ink.   I used an iron with copy paper  to lift the embossing but got these little splodges, which look like snow, but were not intentional, I did not have any success in the previous classes when I tried it.   I used a memory box "Country Landscape" cutting die and watercolour ink, and not having any liquid mask until tomorrow, I used a gel pen, silver, to make the little stars and the sentiment was stamped with a Fiskars stamp, that I have had for ages with Memento ink pad "Tuxedo black", not happy with the result of the embossing technique.

Forever love

This is the homework, 1st video on Day 2, Online WaterColour classes.    My card came out more blue than pink, but I am happy with it, I used some Dyan Reaveley Dylusion inks for the splatters and the pencils are Faber-Castille Water Colours and I used a piece of pink thread and an old Fiskars stamp, that I have had for a very long time, but haven't used it before and cut it out with a Nellie Snellen cutting die and I used a corner punch to round off the corners.

Monday, 5 May 2014


this is the 3rd card for online watercolour classes day 1, it is a resist done with a large stamp and white embossing powder.   This is the only large stamp I have, I tried to used a small stamp printed all over, but it was not successful, so I used the music stamp from stampendous,  and I used the white embossing powder from Zing, and some bling from my stash, I cut out the Thanks from a  Memory box cutting die,


This is the second card for Day 1 watercolour online classes, and I used Memento inks as I only have 1 rangers distress ink, and for the sentiment I cut out "Hello" from an Elizabeth Craft cutting die with some bling from my stash


This card is the first card homework for Watercolour class, Online classes, day 1,  and I used a blue cardstock and watercolour paper, and followed the instructions on the video and used a stencil from Twiddley Winks, and watercolour paints and cut a Happy sentiment from Marianne's cutting die, and some rhinestones from Kaisercraft basics

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Peace on Earth

I made this card this morning to enter into the 52 {Christmas} card throwndown May challenge "sketch",   and I used white cardstock for the base and I used paper from free paper pack from Australian Simply Cards "Homespun Christmas" and then I used white card embossed with Sizzex emb folder "Snow and Trees" and the gingerbread was a bonus cutting die with that embossing folder, I used red paper for the flag, and gold glitter paper for the stars and gold embossing powder for the sentiment, the gingerbread man was shaded around the edges with Distress Ink "Vintage Photo" and I used gel pens to decorate him.

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Here is another card I made today, the inspiration came from Marjie Kemper in her 10/4/14 newsletter, but mine is very different to hers, I used black cardstock for the base and white cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug emb folder "Tiny Mosiac" and shaded it with various memento ink pads, and the tag is embossed with Sizzex emb folder "retro circles" and also shaded with memento ink pads and the sentiment is computer generated, and shaded with memento "Bahama Blue" and the steampunk clock is from China, it was one of 4 that I bought on e bay. The bottom section is cut from Tim Holtz cutting die"Iron Gate"


 I made this card for a friend's daughter who is expecting a boy,
I made a card in a box from a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers, and used white cardstock, inked the edges with Memento "Burmuda Blue" and used various blue papers from my stash for the areas to be papered and used all the baby items that I had been saving over the years for just the "right" project and I think this is it, I stamped "love Bug" on one the the top sections and used Cheery Lynn cutting die to cut out the Best Wishes sentiment. I am entering this into the "More than one
score" scor-pal challenge number 4,
include a stamped image.  I hope my
love bug will be enough for that.

Love Bug

I saw a lovely card on Beadz blog and thought I might like some thing like it, although mine is really different from Theresa Collins as I did not have any of the items she had, I used a black cardstock for the base and an old piece of designer paper in black and white, it had been lying around in my stash for years, and I found an old frame and inked the edges with Rangers "Vintage photo" and I had a nice little tag which I also inked and stamped with an old stamp "love bug" and a steampunk balloon stamp which I think is a Hampton Stamp, I think I bought it from a Graphic 45 collection, and used a piece of black paper lace that I think may have been a punch, and was given to me by one of my friends, it also has been in my stash for a very,very long time and I used generic flat back stick on pearls for the centres of the little flowers. and a piece of pink and brown ribbon on the tag.  I think it turned out ok. got to try things anyway.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


Here is another card I made today, the inspiration came from Tim Holtz January Tag, I used black cardstock for the base of the card, and white for the topper, which I stained with Tim's distress stain "walnut stain" and used Tim's Clockworks stencil for the base and I stained it with "Vintage photo"  then I used a very old stencil that I have had in my stash for about 40 years, for the numbers and I used a Spellbinders Spritely Sprocket cutting die because I don't have Tim's pocket watch, and I used Tim's embossing folder "steampunk" for the centre of that gear, and I used a Cheery Lynn "Steampunk Heart" which I love, and attached a tag from my stash, attached with a jewelled brad, that has also been in my stash forever.   I rather like this, although it did take me a long time to make it.


I made this card this morning in the style of Tim's April  Tag, using Tim's stencils, Burlap and Measured, and Dyan Reaveley's stencil Chequered Dots, with Ranger's Distress Ink Vintage photo and Memento Light Yellow, I used Tim's frameworks cutting die and Marianne's Creatable English Rose and Die-Namics Royal Roses for the flowers and a Cheery Lynn die for the leaves, and a cute Cheery Lynn Cat.  I am pretty happy with this card which can be used for several occasions for which I will put the sentiment on it when I decide.