Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Christmas Pudding

Hello everyone, hope you are well, I made this card today to enter  in the August challenge at 52 (Christmas) card challenge "Pick a previous challenge" I chose the 28th May,2014 sketch.   I used a dark green cardstock with a white card plus a red background for the Christmas pudding which I used a light brown card stock and stained it with Tim Holtz distress stain "Walnut Stain" and for the top of the pudding I used a white card stock and covered it with Kindyglitz  "crystalina" to give it a sparkly shine, I used a pale spotted green paper to cut out the holly leaves with a Tim Holtz cutting die, movers and shapers, Mini Pine tree and Holly.   I used some red stick on rhinestones for the holly berries, and silver stars  for the flag I used red cardstock and for the sentiment  used a free stamp from Australian Simply Cards Magazine, issue 72.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Christmas Wreath

Hello everyone, Here is a Christmas Card I made today to enter into the  Challenge on Merry Monday, a Christmas Wreath, http://merrymondaychristmaschallente-monday-123-use-wreath.html .  This is a 5-1/4 square card, and has been stamped with a poinsettia stamp, which was coloured with Memento Ink pads, "Lady Bug and Cottage Ivy"  the Lady Bug was a bit pale so I coloured the flowers with a water colour Pencil Faber-Castille Brand, I used the Merry Christmas stamp from the same set and used the Lady Big colour for that and for the centres of the flowers I used a gold coloured stick on pearl that I bought in a cheap shop, and I shaded the edges with the Lady Bug.   I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp "work it Wednesday" Stamp it.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Christmas Lamp

Hi Everyone, Hope you are not having this rainy weather that I am having, I made this card today to enter into the 52 (Christmas) card Throw down August Stash Challenge, "Christmas Sparkle, using whatever glitter, glitz and bling that you might have in your craft stash", .   I used a light green cardstock with the poles and lamp cut from an old Sizzex 12" die "Flagpole with Lantern" I used black glitter paper to cut these our with a left over yellow piece of cardstock for the centre of the lantern.  I used green sparkle cardstock for the pine leaves and the Merry Christmas sentiment, and I drew a faux stitching around with a white gellypen  from Sakura. Hope you all like it.

Monday, 18 August 2014

altered box

Hi there everyone, hope everyone is well and that the weather is good, we have had gale force winds and rains overnight, but it seems to have settled down now.   I had heaps of time yesterday to do a bit of crafting,  ie:  an altered box to give as part of a birthday present.   I stained the top of the box with Tim Holtz stain "chipped sapphire", and used three of his stencils, "Hearts",measured, and burlap" to add texture paste, lightly coloured with "tumbled glass", when this was all dry I added satin flowers, buttons and a paper measuring tape together with charms, scissors, thimble and rhinestone buckle, I adhered some pretty black lace around the lid, I bought this from Liquidators, and it was very cheap!   around the sides of the box I added a dress model, and reel, from Tim Holtz movers and shapers cutting die and the sewing machine and another reel from Joy Crafts, I have had these cutting dies for a very long time. I shaded around these pieces with Tim Holtz distress ink "Vintage Photo" and I am entering this into two challenges,  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  "Anything goes"  and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #14, "Button it up" ,

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Mistletoe and Wine

Hi everyone, hope all is well with you.   Here is the card I made this morning to enter into the 52 {Christmas} card throwdown August challenge, which is Theme challenge - Mistletoe and Wine,  I used a deep purple cardstock and used a piece of Bo Bunny scrapbook paper for the Mistletoe, because I don't have a stamp or diecuts of a mistletoe, all the Christmas stamps and die cutters are all holly, so I am glad I found this paper for the challenge.   I stamped and heat embossed the wine glass with Tim Holtz embossing ink and Zing white embossing powder, I like the plain look of this card, so I hope everyone else will too!!

Yellow grasses

Hi everyone, hope you are having a good day, here is todays card, it is a 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" card and I used Tim Holtz mini distress ink pad "scattered straw" to shade around the edges if all three layers of this card, I also used the same ink pad to stamp the grasses that are in the same stamp pack which was actually the first stamps I bought, but I have lost the packaging so I don't know who was the manufacturer, so this stamp set is about 25 years old and is still one of my favourites.   I used ordinary twine bought from the supermarket and sprayed Perfect Pearls Spray "Sunflower Sparkle" to give the card some shine.   I am quite happy with this card.   Hope you all like it>

Monday, 11 August 2014

new home

Hi everyone, Here is a card I made today for my friend who has just bought a new home, I used the Tim Holtz "Haunted House" cutting die, and cut off the top story and one of the sides, and used Texture Paste with one of Twiddley Winks stencils "Bricks" and used Tim Holtz reinker "Vintage Photo" to colour the paste, and used a pale pink ink for the door and a stickon rhinestone for the front door, I used a Cheery Lynn "Fence" die and for the Push Bike, I used a stamp set that I received free with one the magazines and put some fabric flowers on the bike which I cut out with pink card stock, and used a free tab die to cut out for the sentiment which was also in the free stamp pack. I used an mpress embossing folder for the flowered curtains behind the windows, and a small stick on cloud on the sky on the left hand top side. I  just hope my friend likes this card.

Sunday, 10 August 2014


Hi everyone, hope the day is good for you, it is freezing here in Newcastle, have to put warm socks on, spring will be here in a couple of weeks, looking forward to the warmer weather.  I made this card to enter in the 52 (Christmas) card throwdown, August Challenge, which is to use Silver, Gold, White and Cream.   I used a cream cardstock for the base and gold corrugated card and also a creamy paper which I embossed with Sizzex embossing folder "snow flurries", I cut the ice skates with Tim Holtz "Mini Soldier and Ice Skate" Movers and Shapers cutting die out of Silver card Stock even though it came out black with the scanner, they are silver, and white Pointsettias with gold centre,, from Mariannes creatables cutting die.  I also took a photo with my camera and the skates came out brown and silver, it is a mystery how to get it right!!!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Our Story

Hi everyone, Here is a layout that I did today, celebrating my Daughter Justine and her family on reaching the topmost point of Australia.   They had a wonderful 6 week camping trip to get there and this is the photo when they reached it.   I am entering this layout into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #13, "Lets cycle - up-cycle, that is". I used a piece of packaging for the background and tore off one layer so that the corrugated core could be seen, and then I painted it all with white gesso, and when that dried I added an old map of Australia that I found on the net a long time ago, thinking that I would use it eventually, and it suits this layout perfectly, I used a black arrow to show where the family is on the map.   I shaded the edges with "Vintage Photo" ranger ink pad, and used a little cut out that has also been in my stash for ages "our story" on the top left hand corner, a doily from the IGA supermarket for underneath the photo, also shaded with the Vintage Photo ink pad, I used a magnetic image from a TIm Holtz stamp set, "the Journey", this is also an old set.   The piece of photo negative is also quite old and is my last piece from a gift from my friend Meg, I used greenery from Cheery Lynn dies and for the flowers, small ones punched from left over Graphic 45 paper, with liquid Perfect Pearls for the centres, the metal gears I got from China, and the small caravan and campervan are from a Quickutz cutting die, and the numbers are from an old Cuttlebug lettering die set "Typewriter", the paperclip on the right hand side is an old office paper clip with a Tim Holtz piece with a bead wrapped around it in the manner of a buoy that holds crab pots etc in place, I could find my jump rings so attached it to the top part with an old brass safety pin.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone, Here is the new card I made for the 52 (Christmas) card throwdown August Sketch Challenge,,  I made this card with a cream cardstock for the base and used a page from a paper pad 6" x 6" from Homespun Christmas which was a free paper pad from Australian Simply Cards Magazine, I used the Sentiment stamp from the same magazine issue, and used Memento ink pad "Cottage Ivy" and the flags from scrap Christmas paper with a spellbinders "flags and banners" cutting die and I used three small stars cut with a punch and used a green gel pen for the faux stitching, and I used green rhinestones for the "I" in the sentiment and also on the top of the flags.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Dear Time

Hi everyone, here is a card I made today to enter in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge No. 12, "who's the boss"  with all sorts of embossing. , I got the inspiration for this card from one I saw on the net a fair while ago, and forgot to take a note of the person who posted it, whoever you are, and you know who you are, THANK YOU.   I used black cardstock for the base, it was a piece left over from another project, and embossed the first layer with Tim Holtz emb.folder "Steampunk" and cut the lower level with Tim's cutting die, "On the Edge - Steampunk"   and the tag I embossed with Tim's emb. folder " Airmail" and I coloured both of those with Memento Ink pads, Rich Cocoa, Canteloupe and Bahama Blue.   I typed the sentiment on the computer and shaded the paper with Bahama Blue, and the embellishment was bought from China.  and I used a swipe of Kindyglitz Blue for the sparkle at the lower edge, the faux stitching was made with a chocolate and a dark blue Gel pens.