Carols for Christmas, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Watercolor words, White Christmas, Wonderland

ATCs 316-319 oops more Christmas 

Today I have four ATCs I’ve made using my favourite medium ever… distress oxides! So yes another entry for the Paperartsy challenge on their blog and four ATCs towards my 365 challenge. But once again I’ve broken the no more Christmas in August rule… and made 4 ATCs as card toppers for my Christmas card stash. 

I started with a piece of cream cardstock from the stash A5 size and used the square gel press mini to add the inks. I used broken china, peacock feathers, iced spruce and twisted cotton.

This provided a pattern to the colour albeit a loose pattern. Next I added stamping and stencilling. I used a mixture of SU stamp sets new and old and used the same colours of ink to add the stamping and the stencilling. 

Then I cut my pieces… I cut them slightly smaller than the ATCs and also cut some cardstock to the right size for the bases. 

I do have some little pieces leftover but none big enough to make into a complete atc so I’ve set those aside to use another time.

Then I went about adding feature stamping. For two I added stamps from a retired stamp set… White Christmas.

Then I used Wonderland for this one. 

Then the last one I used Carols of Christmas to add the baubles and deer silhouette. 

I used the Tim Holtz stickers for simple sentiments. I love all of these and they are quite flat so perfect for card toppers for when the time comes to mount them and make them into Christmas cards.

Happy crafting!


Festival of Trees, Festive Flurry, Festive Flurry framelits, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Snow Flurry Bigz, White Christmas, Woodware stamps

Card class with friends

A couple of weeks ago I did a card class for my supposedly non crafting friends who turned out to be rather talented in the crafting department.  I then scheduled another session with them, but two were unable to turn up… so I did the same class again for them tonight.

Then like a complete daft idiot I forgot to take pictures of their completed projects… so instead you will have to see mine.   Also will add in the links to the original posts and samples…
Clare and Caroline had the full kit like last time with the DSP and the cherry cobbler mounts… I made a smaller card and grabbed a gold mount for mine.
This is fairly true to the original sample. Caroline created a very different look with a different tree stamp from the set… can’t wait to try it out myself.
Clare and Caroline had the same colour scheme as the original in kraft but as I had run out of kraft cards I improvised with this turquoise instead.
We had all manner of different panels going on for this. Clare created a nice L shape for hers which really worked although her original idea was L for learner… I think both her and Caroline (like Gwen two weeks ago) are well and truly past that stage now with 8 cards under their belt (Gwen is actually on 9 but we ran out of energy tonight after the fourth!). Link to the original

So a fab night was had by all. I’m off to sleep as had very little in the way of rest time all day and absolutely shattered!

Happy crafting!


Embossing Folders, Festival of Prints, Festival of Trees, White Christmas

Scraps of DSP all used up

This is the last of the bits and pieces rescued from the mess of my desk last week.  This time some random pieces of Christmas paper I had leftover from another project.  

Finished the cards off with some little stamped toppers.  First the fabulous Festival of Trees set…

I layered the paper pieces onto a black card blank – like the funky feel of this.  


Next up used the White Christmas stamp set to create this little topper.  Also did a little bit of embossing to the white cardstock in the background.

So two more Christmas cards made… And from scraps.  Not exactly UIUS I had been planning for this years cards but still no new products bought to create these. 


Happy crafting! 



Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, White Christmas, Word Window

Advent craftiness! Day four!

So today’s advent craftiness is a couple of White Christmas cards using the same technique!

I used the ink to block technique to create the background for both these stamped toppers… And love how different I then made each card!

I used the lovely Lost Lagoon ink and pressed it lightly onto the ink block, then spritzed it with water. Then use that as the stamp and stamped it onto the Whisper White. As I added a different amount of water to each attempt I got a different effect in terms of the density of colour and the way it dried on the cardstock. I love that this simple technique creates a lovely, easy and different background to stamp onto. The White Christmas stamps are then perfect for adding a little scene.



I took each panel and then treated them differently. One I tore the edges to create a more grungy look. The other I kept straight. For both I used a shaving brush to add some ink to the edges of the panels. This creates a different effect than using foam blenders or sponge.

The straight edged one, I decided to just mount straight onto the card as a flat card, and then stamped the sentiment, from the fab Good Greetings hostess set (I adore these stamps!), direct to the card blank. Simple but effective!

The torn edge one I decided to add lots of layers… So took some random stash grey cardstock and emboss it with the words embossing folder. Then took some tracing paper (in place of vellum) and ran that through one of the snowflake embossing folders from the Sheena Douglass collection. Finally I added the sentiment, punched out using the Word window punch.

So different but using the same technique and stamped panel, but treating them both so differently!

Happy crafting!