Banner Pick a Punch, Banner Year, Festival of Trees, Heartwarming Hugs, Scalloped tag topper, Tree punch

Christmas in July challenge 8

Todays challenge was tags… or was it punches… either way I got it covered!

No really the challenge was to create cards featuring tags… but of course my favourite tag is the Scalloped tag topper punch which creates a tag out of any sized 2″ strip… so I made 8 cards and 4 tags from some patterned paper and some other bits and pieces… including a tree punch I’ve had in the stash for a while!

Oh and don’t forget the banner punch that also got to play lots.

OK first of all 2 pieces of 12×12 from the Heartwarming Hugs had 2 2″ strips cut and then cut at 3″, 4″ and 5″

Then punched with the tag topper punch.

The middle 4 I put aside as tags for on gifts … and then the larger and the smaller I decided to make into cards.

I then raided the cardstock scraps folder and found all these pieces of card that made 6x 3.25 cards so decided to make these up into the card blanks as slightly skinny versions of a6 cards.

I also added other elements such as panels of the dsp or the stitched shape die cuts and some embossing.

All the sentiments were from Banner Year and then the focal images the Festival of Trees which is an oldie but a goodie in terms of fun modern trees. And of course it works with the punch.

I added some gems and then these are done as a slightly different size card that still fits in the usual envelopes. Fun!

I added some more strips and bits of patterned paper to the inside of the cards too.

The tags I added a square die cut behind to be able to write on and added trees, seam binding and the little sentiment cut into strips.

Really love how fun and modern these all look and because I was keeping the design similar it was each to batch make … all the stamping and cutting and punching and die cutting in one go and then they all just got stuck together. Simple! Plus punches are the answer to quick and simple cutting out!

Happy crafting!


Design Team, Festival of Trees, Tree punch

DT: CHNC: Use some silver

I am a little late with my blog post today for the CHNC challenge. Sorry! But better late than never the challenge is to use silver and I decided to use both some silver embossing powder and some silver sequins to decorate my green card!

I used some patterned paper and green cardstock mats and gave the paper and the cardstock a little bit of edging with ink and then embossed the sentiment from a magazine set straight into the paper and the tree onto some cardstock and raised it up on foam tape to give it some dimension.

Then I added the sequins as a scatter across the whole card. Now off I jog to see what the rest of the team made over at the blog.


Happy crafting!


Brushos, Dies, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Santa builder, Tree punch, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: Snowflake

Had fun with failed videos for today’s cardmaking video but got there on the third attempt… and as a result 4 cards got made!

Love using texture paste and brushos together… they create such beautiful shading and tonal colour… and these stencils from claritystamp are delightful.

Love how simple they were to finish into cute cards and how vibrant and jewel like the colours are.

Hope you enjoy the process video.

And here is a pic in daylight to show the true colours…

Happy crafting!


Festival of Trees, Gelli Plate, Santa builder, Watercolor Christmas, White Christmas, Wonderland

Gelli plate ATC christmas card class

Tonight its playtime with friends and we are making Christmas ATCs which we will turn into cards… and we are making 6 of them! Yes it sounds like a challenge but sure we can pull it off! I actually made 8 as samples but I think thay might be a bit much with only one mini gelli plate between us! 

I used distress inks in a range of colours that I thought worked as Christmas colours. 

I love how these all came out… such beautiful panels to work with… and each one is it’s own work of art.  So then I pulled out a few sets of stamps and made the panels into the individual toppers. 

So there are my 8 works of art… next step to cut them out and mount them before adding them to a card blank… Will update later with the final samples and of course pics of what we end up with tonight! 

Happy crafting!


Later edit… here are the samples… I added a few simple embellishments and mounted them all onto the dark green ATCs I had die cut. Then added them all onto C6 card blanks… one with an additional piece of patterned paper as I wanted to show that they work with the patterned paper too!  I doodles round some and on others raised them up on foam tape to add dimension.  I also added wink of stella to a few elements to give some shimmer.  (The other two did get made into cards too but didn’t provide them as samples for the class!)

And a much later edit… here is what I made tonight… I only managed to make three cards but I made lots and lots of backgrounds to make into something another day!

Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Tree punch, Woodware stamps, YouTube video

Christmas in July madness! Distress oxide masterboard ATCs – Paperartsy challenge 290-295

Yes I thought I would join in with the Christmas in July madness … but also enter the Paperartsy aqua challenge again… and make another YouTube!

So the plan is to make ATCs which will end up as card toppers for Christmas cards.

I started with a piece of card 6×11.75 inches and added the distress oxides (cracked pistachio and broken china) with a blending tool. Then added some water drops and lifted some colour. Next I added some stencilled elements. Then took another stencil and removed colour using water again.

Next more pattern using stamping using the Darcy Christmas stamps.

Then I cut up the panel into ATC panels. Then I added clear texture paste through a stencil and left them to dry.

Next step was to add some netting or some muslin and machine sewing to adhere them.

Finally embellishment and feature stamp time! First pictured are the stocking ones. I used a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine set and in one case I darkened it with some peacock feathers and the other I left white. The stamping was using Lost Lagoon SU ink.

The next are Woodware stamps… I love these modern deer. I used a mixture of watercolour and normal pencils to add colour.

And finally (I couldn’t not do a tree based one!) Festival of Trees and embossing to create the last two.

Super happy with these and in total (without drying time) they took about an hour. So that’s 6 card individual arty card toppers made in an hour towards the Christmas batch. Not bad!

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I already know these stamps are for keeps but pulled them out to play again… Festival of Trees.  Such fab stamps for easy christmas cards.  This time, in keeping with the Paperartsy blog theme of resist I decided to mix heat embossing with Brushos… They are a match made in heaven.

First the trees are heat embossed using white embossing powder and then it’s time for the colour explosion of Brushos.


I used aquamarine, purple and Violet for these two panels.  Then stamped the baubles in Elegant Eggplant and also the sentiment.  Then edged and mounted them onto grey and the patterned card blanks my friend gifted me.



Just gorgeous!

So yes these stamps are for keeps… wonder what next week’s play will bring…. oh and I am entering these into the Paperartsy resist challenge… no where near as exciting as all the inspiration provided by the DT but a resist project nonetheless! Go check out what’s been going on over on the Paperartsy blog.

Happy crafting!


Festival of Trees, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #15: Festival of Trees

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I grabbed Festival of Trees and decided to have a little bit of a Christmas craft!  I’ve not done as many christmas cards throughout the year like I normally do, mainly as I don’t need as many this year as I made so many last year… but still it was fun to be festive for thirty minutes.




I chose three patterned card blanks that my friend gifted me and three grey hammered card panels from the stash.  I kept the design simple on all three cards with the tree stamped in smoky slate and then added colour for the baubles, pot and sentiment.  I used BlackBerry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Raspberry Ripple as the three colour choices.

I can’t see me getting rid of these stamps… I love them… and glad I did some nice clean and simple designs but will be interesting to try and mix it up a little for the next project… wonder what I will end up doing.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Festival of Trees, Handcarved, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #10 Handcarved

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

Today I am using a background stamp (Handcarved) as my Use them or lose them stamp of choice and I already know it’s a keeper!

Here are four cards using a similar technique but different mediums…

First off brusho stamping!


Both of these were stamped by sprinkling a few colours of Brusho onto my mat, spraying them with water and using that as the ink pad. Once dry I stamped the main image onto them. Gorgeous!

Couldn’t resist envelopes too..
But envelopes were done using the second technique. I added different inks onto the stamp using SU ink pads. Then spritzed with water before stamping. This then led to the second set of cards…

The second one is the first generation ink and the first one is the second generation of the ink.

Suffice it to say I am more than happy with these two sets of cards. What a fun technique to get multicoloured and funky backgrounds.

Happy crafting!