Argyle, Claritystamps, Festival of Prints, Ribbons, Sanded, Tinsel Tuesday, Washi tape

Tinsel Tuesday July Sketch

Ok it is official … I find starting the month on a Tuesday a little disconcerting because I forget about Tinsel Tuesday until the start of the month, then look for the first Tuesday only to find it is already upon me! Grrrrr! Ah well… Sketch was at the ready …


And cards well to be honest I loved making them! Which bearing in mind I haven’t for the last two months (yes skipped June and May completely!)

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I used a Paperartsy stamp from the stash for the main image, but also added some freebie HOTP edge stamp and the Sanded SU background stamp to make it even more grungy an image. Then I added the HOTP sentiment in black. I decided to team the Real red with the Basic Grey and black to make it quite dramatic, and then the modern dotty washi tape was a little pop I thought contrasted nicely. I love the word embossing folder and I did plenty of inking to define each layer. I also added the Claritystamps snowflake corner to the bottom layer of Basic Grey.

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Next up I stuck with the HOTP stamps and this time used the tree and the edge stamp. I also went with the Real Red and Old Olive combo … Classic Christmas colours after all?

I also used some of the Festival of Prints dsp stack from a couple of years ago and then the Argyle embossing folder to add texture to the vertical strip. I also added a black thin ribbon to finish it off. There are also some bit of stamping on the matting layers too, like the Claritystamps holly corner and the Sanded SU background stamp. These little touches finish it off brilliantly.

Hope you like what I did with the sketch this month. Let me know if you manage to join in. I love seeing what people make.

Happy crafting!


Argyle, Claritystamps, Embossing Folders, Michael Powell stamps, Modern Ornament Punch, Ribbons, Tinsel Tuesday

Tinsel Tuesday February sketch

Hello there… It is the first Tuesday of the month and so time to reveal the Tinsel Tuesday sketch for this month…


This year I am challenging myself to make 2 cards in each month based on a sketch. To make my life easier I can do 2 of the same or similar cards if I choose, but I could also make 2 completely different cards, as long as the starting point is the sketch! I encourage you to join in … Obviously you don’t have to make 2 … But this way I will have made 12 cards by Christmas … So why not join me and at least make a few along the way. My friend Karen joined in last month and created this…


Isn’t it lovely?

My friend Helen also joined in … Although if you pop to her blog post you may see something a bit different about her Tinsel Tuesday interpretation!

So this month using the sketch above these are the cards I made.

I started with a Classic Christmassy combination of Real Red and Old Olive… Can’t get much more Christmassy than that can you?

I started with a 3″ square of whisper white and stamped the clarity holly corner in the Old Olive. I added some sponged ink too to blend it, and then the holly berries were treated to some of the Real red using a Stampin write marker. Then there were some layers of cardstock to cut out. I kept to the two colours rather than mixing them. For the embossed words I added ink after embossing to give it more definition, and the same with the Argyle embossed pennant.

I decided to add the sentiment by punching it out with the Modern Bauble Punch and then inking that. I also added a little bow of bakers twine and added this on dimensionals.

The extra little touches you may be able to make out are that each flat layer has been stamped in some way… Either the corners have the holly stamp added plus there is a second generation snowflake on the bauble. This adds something a bit different and I enjoyed putting all the effort in!

Next up I decided to use the Michael Powell stamp I got in the sale and have never used. I coloured it with Stampin write markers and blender pens. I need more practice at this as especially in the sky it was very difficult to blend. But never mind!

I added clarity corners and plenty of inking to finish the diamond off.

I added the diamond to some Night of Navy cardstock as a mount, and then to a piece of Marina Mist cardstock onto which I added more snowflakes and inking. Then finally another mount of Night of Navy cardstock.

I then added some glossy accents to the windows of the houses and some crystal stickles to the fairy lights to add the dimension and different texture.

This is quite a large card topper and I intend to add it to a large 8×8″ card blank. I have however not completely followed the sketch but as the topper I made was quite busy I decided it was better to leave the other elements off rather than make it too busy. But hey it’s my challenge if I choose to I will break the rules!

Why don’t you join in with my challenge?

Happy crafting!