DT: CHNC: no sentiment

Every time Hazel suggests No sentiment as a theme for the CHNC blog I struggle. It just seems strange to make a Christmas card without a sentiment… but I did it!

I chose old papers which I had in the stash and layered them up. Then a tag and a foam sticker which I got in a stash swap which I felt did enough to finish the card with the bakers twine without needing the sentiment.

What do you think?

Anyway, this is my contribution for this week’s blog.

Happy crafting!


Cards for the parents… pt 3

Hope that you aren’t bored of these “male” themed cards I made for my parents… there are quite a few to come which is why I am splitting them up over a few weeks.

Today’s card again uses a glossy paper distress oxide as the background to the stamped images, however I changed it up a little and decided to cut the images out and add them to a card with a panel of distress oxide stamped with an acrylic block.

Thought this looked a little different!

I used the Half Full stamps, not used these for ages! Fun sentiments!

Ok more to come again next week!


Happy crafting!

Art coins January swap … use a stencil

The art coins swap I run over on Facebook has the theme of use a stencil this month and I finally got round to making my coins for the swap.

I chose to use bright paints and a range of stencils and paint pens for my coins.

Once the background was done I added some glossy texture paste through a stencil to add another layer of interest too.

I also added a flower, a gem and a sentiment on the top to finish off

Love how these came out… good fun considering I was just playing with stencils and colours.

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: Use a sentiment

Ooops I am a bit late posting this but I have the card I made for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog that went live this morning.

This week Hazel challenged us to use a sentiment… easy as I rarely don’t use a sentiment. So I decided to use a big sentiment stamp as the focus of my design.

I started however by lightly brushing over a stencil from clarity to get the snowflakes on the background. Then I stamped the sentiment in Black soot distress oxide.

Next I added the small snowflake stamps to frame the sentiment and added sequins for some texture and shine.

Love how easy this was and how it turned out.

Happy crafting!


Cards for the parents… pt 2

I’m back with another of the cards I made for my parents stash of “male” themed birthday cards.

Just like the one I shared last week this has the distress oxide on glossy photo paper background. Such an easy way to create something dramatic. This time I added to it with the partial stamping of a map to add more interest.

This time, in keeping with the transport theme of the last one, this one I used a Creative Stamping magazine stamp of a ship and mounted the panel onto a pale bronze cardstock.

Really pleased with how this came out.

I will be back next week with another one of these “male” themed cards.

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: feature a creature

Hi there

It is Saturday and that means it is time for a new DT contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. This week the challenge was to feature a creature, and I chose this reindeer pulling a sleigh image to fulfil the criteria.

I created the background using distress inks and distress sprays and some random text and sentiment stamps. Then I stamped and embossed the image and sentiment onto white cardstock.

I decided to add to the texture by using staples and sequins to embellish.

Love how funky this came out.

Happy crafting!


Cards for the parents… pt 1

So about once a year my mum asks for some cards for their stash. Most of the ones she asked for she could just grab from cards already made, but I didn’t have many cards suitable for the men they send cards to… So I had to do my least favourite type of crafting… making “male” themed cards.

Anyways I made them and will share them over the next few weeks with you.

This is the first one. I used the photo paper and distress oxide trick to create a background and then used the Sky’s the Limit stamps to create the focal image and sentiment.

I decided to create interest by splitting the image up and creating the two panels. I think it worked quite well.

Card 1 for a man achieved!

Happy crafting!