Category Archives: Design Team

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!


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!


DT: CHNC: upcycle

Yes I am also lucky enough to stay with the CHNC design team this year and the plan is to get at least 52 cards done as part of the challenge!

Hazel’s first challenge is to upcycle something or use something old.

Well I used a scrap of ribbon off crackers at my cousins Christmas get together and a coin I received in a swap (I actually received two so hence me using one!). Thanks and credit for the coin go to Heidi Green.

The papers are ones from a gift I got in the advent twinchies swap so it was good to get started on that stash pile too!

Hope you like my card.

Happy crafting!


DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge: January

Happy New year! And welcome 2020! Wow that sounds quite futuristic!

To kick off the new year I have my first design team contribution of the year and I am still with Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge in the hope of working through more of those stacks of patterned paper. I haven’t used much on this card but it is a start!

I have used the Making Cards magazine stash to make this quick hello card.

I love these papers and the sweet image but only had time to make the one card this time.

Hope you had an enjoyable festive season… It’s back to work for me tomorrow but secretly I need to get back to normality and to stop eating cheese so I am looking forward to it!

Happy crafting!


Animal cards

Today I have 5 cards I made with leftovers from a Making Cards magazine set, all of which feature some cute dog illustrations.

I loved the homely and warm papers from the set and the very cute dogs work well with them.

I added gold pen doodles or gold paint pen borders to the panels.

Or white borders and white sequins to make them fresh.

Just love them… so super cute!

Nice to make cards that require so little effort as the magazine set did most of the hard work!

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: Use the word Christmas

Today I am late posting… mainly as I forgot which day of the week it was! Doh!

Card with polar bear and texture paste stars and sparkly gem band.

I made this card with the theme of use the word Christmas for the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.

I started with a piece of card and added texture paste through the stars stencil. Once dry I then added the colour using distress oxides, water and a brush.

Separately I stamped the polar bear and used promarkers to add shading. I then decided to add the frame beneath the bear which I coated with two colours of embossing powder.

Once everything was dried I glued together the layers and added the gem band which was a gifts with a swap.

I also added the sentiment.

Right that’s me for today.

Happy crafting!