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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

nearly monochrome ...

 Hello my friends. I'm back with another Christmas card. This was inspired by something that Leonie was making on Hochanda last week. The final card transpired from the patterned paper that I used.

So I started with a piece of patterned paper from HOTP. These are papers that I've had for years from the years of QVC. I knew I wanted to use the stag so I went for a paper in neutral hues.
I stamped him in potting soil archival ink and then again on another piece of darker patterned paper and fussy cut the stag without the ears, hooves and antlers. I also stamped the snout on another scrap from the background paper.

From the same stamp set, I used the small deer, bare trees, fir tree and buildings to build up a background scene. I stamped these in second generation ink.
I darkened the edges with distress inks: brushed corduroy, gathered twigs and walnut stain. I then put a moon mask and dragged some ink from it. 
Using the edge of the fir tree I stamped some grasses to ground the deer etc and to add depth to picture.

I then attached the fussy cut stag and added glossy accents to eyes and hooves after I had clear embossed the antlers.
Then I started working on the embellishments. They are fussy cut from another HOTP sheet. I double embossed the stamp and added some silver glitter embossing powder to the edges for a twinkle. Once it cooled, I cracked it to add more interest.
I also embossed the leaf and pine cone adding same silver powder to them too.

I matted and layered the main image on dark roast coffee card, another patterned sheet from HOTP and again the coffee card. I went round the edges with dries clear cosmic shimmer glue and sprinkled with glitter jewels. I added the embellishments and some raffia and gypsophila to finish off the card. As a last touch I used a yellow sparkle pen on the windows and a clear pen on trees, roofs, and on the ground to give an impression of glistening snow.
All the stamps used are from IndigoBlu.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Happy Crafting, Theresa xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Bugaboo Nativity

Hello my friends. It is time for another Through the Craft room Door challenge. 

This week our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will get a $12 to the store.

This time I went for a fun image that to me said childlike. Hence I tried to colour it like a child would and just had fun with it.
All the details will be in the next magazine due out in November.
Hop over to the blog for further inspiration from my team mates here and then link up your projects for a chance to win the voucher. Remember it is an anything goes challenge. So what are you waiting for?
hugs, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Christmas cards all year round - use a little or a lot of orange

Thursday, 13 October 2016

CAS mixed media card

Hello my friends. Back again with another card. This one came together quite quickly and I was quite pleased with the result.

It is a flat one layer card, but it still has a number of layers built in using the acrylic paints.

First layer was laid down using a brayer. I used Paperartsy fresco acrylic paints and chose several autumnal hues including cheesecake, tinned peas, chocolate pudding, pumpkin soup, beach hut, autumn fire, tango.

The next layer was put down with a make up sponge, hence adding more texture.
Finally I stamped with a texture stamp using the paints.

Once I was happy with the background I stamped the tulip n black archival ink, followed by the sentiment and then the small bunch of flowers.

I coloured them in with Spectrum Noir pencils and then added some white dots, with a sharpie pen, as highlights.

I stamped the background with a small flowerhead using antique linen distress ink.

Finally I added stickles to the centres of the small flowers and under the tulip. And lastly I added some sequins.

I tried to take several pics but they do not do it justice. It looks much brighter in real life.
The stamps are a JOFY set that is from Paperartsy as well.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Less is more - one layer card: dreams

Friday, 7 October 2016


Hello again. Twice in three days now! What is going on? Well it is Friday and so time for another Fussy and fancy Challenge.

This time the challenge is hosted by Nikki who chose a bingo for our theme.

You know what you have to do. Just choose a row, column or diagonal. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you can go for full house.
Our sponsor this  week is Live and Love Crafts.

I needed to make a baby card for a commission and so I decided to use the grid for inspiration. So I went for a shaped card and I half die cut, half embossed the central panel. I die cut a full shape out of ivory centura pearl card and stuck it down. I covered the front and inside with G45 paper from the baby to bride collection.

I stamped the image in watering can archival ink onto Sheena stamping card and coloured it in softly with spectrum noir pencils. I framed it with a double pierced circle frame which I had stamped with the Pegz by Ken Oliver.

I added lace, pearls and a bow of ribbon and twine. i embellished it with some flowers and olive branch die cuts. A made with love charm finishes that off. 
I added some buttons to the upper right hand corner to balance it off and my card was finished and if i'm not mistaken I had a full house.
So now it's up to you to join us in this challenge here.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word art Wednesday - anything goes

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hello there. i seem to be neglecting my blog. I've realized it's been 2 weeks since the last post. Shame on me.

It is time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge. This week we are being sponsored by Pickled Potpourri. They are offering $7 voucher to be used on their website to the lucky winner.

I chose to work with the Silhouette Nativity. this is a collection of silhouette images that are actually very clever as you can chose which bits you want to use and they all work together. My son showed me how to remove the background from images so i managed to combine them as in card below. That was made with 4 separate images.

These are also quick cards to make so are perfect for batch making.

I wish you could see them in real life as they sparkle so much! It is so difficult to make it show on photos though.

For further inspiration and to see what my team mates came up with please visit the TTCRD here. Remember our challenge is always anything goes. Happy crafting, Theresa xx.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

baubles ...

Hello my friends. It is Tuesday again and time for another TTCRD challenge. Is it just me or is time really flying? I'm finding it hard to keep up.

Anyway less of my waffle and onto the details.
This week our sponsor is Polka Doodles. Th winner gets a $15 voucher to spend in store.

I decided to work with this sweet image called Winter deer. I gave it a vintage make-over and decided go make it into a bauble hanging from a Christmas tree.
All the details will be published in the next magazine due out in December.

As always our theme is anything goes, so you can join in with anything you make. You can link up on the TTCRD site here and also find all the inspiration from the DT and our guest DT.
See you there, hugs Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Christmas cards all year round - shabby chic &/or monochromatic

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Christmas carols

Hello my friends. I'm late on parade but blogger wasn't playing nicely for me. Yesterday was the start of another Fussy and Fancy Challenge

Our host for this week is the lovely Tone and she chose the theme of Music. This is what she had to say:

Hello Fussy and Fancy Friends!
I am hosting the challenge this fortnight and I have chosen music as theme.
I guess we all, in some way, have some scraping stuff realted to notes, «dancing» motives, instruments and so on.
Hope you enjoy the theme and I am so much looking forward to see all your great work.

 We are being sponsored by Magnolia-licious.

I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Christmas kraft paper that had sheet music on it. I decided to use it and after I finished the first card I thought that it might look even better more distressed, so I made a second one.

So I cut the 6x6 sized sheet and started inking it. First I coloured the holly and berries with crushed olive, lucky clover and candied apple. On the background I used crushed olive distress ink and then vintage photo and walnut stain. This made the resist really pop.

Then I looked at the embellishments. I diecut holly leaves and pine branches from the Tim Holtz thinlets out of green and kraft card. The poinsettia is from spellbinders and is cut from pearlized card. I inked all the diecuts with walnut stain distress ink.

I added some natural twine to corner first and then assembled the leaves and flower. I then added berries and gypsophila from my stash. The sentiment was lying on my desk and I inked it with walnut stain.

Then i decided to make a second one, more distressed. So I stressed the edges before and after inking.

 To distress further I decided to spaltter some paints on the background and the diecuts. I used picket fence and tarnished brass. The latter added a little shimmer to the card.

So now the verdict is in your hands. Which one do you like best?

I would love you to join us in this challenge. For further inspiration visit the main challenge blog here.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Christmas cards all year round - shabby chic or monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
HLS September - anything goes with dies