Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas tags

I wanted to make some simple, quick Christmas tags today on some white cardstock I'd already cut with a tag top (cut with a punch from Stampin' Up).  I started thinking I would stamp the outline "Peace Poinsettias" from Hero Arts in black, then stamp the solid poinsettia inside the outline to colour it. But at some stage, I changed my mind. 

I pulled out my Inktense pencils and coloured them, before adding some water (I didn't use watercolour paper, I had to be sparing with the water). I then decided I needed a background colour, so I pulled out a Distress Ink reinker in Tumbled Glass, and painted it close to the poinsettias.  I then thought I was done, until I looked at my desk and saw my Wink of Stella brush, and I had to add some glimmer.  The last thing I did on the cardstock was decide that the space in the bottom right would not be for my to/from message, but for a sentiment from Avery Elle, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and clear heat embossed. The final step was to add some red ribbon with white polka dots.
 Thanks for visiting :)  I'll be back again tomorrow with another "Challenge me a Christmas Card" post.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 16

Welcome back! Today, I have a card that took a lot of thinking - I was challenged by Denise K at choir to make a Sci Fi Christmas card.  I've already made a dinosaur card (yes, dinosaurs are science fact, but a dino wearing a Santa hat is more science fiction!), but I wanted to go with a sci fi theme that would appeal more to my geek/nerd friends. I was also challenged by Helen N at choir to make a pop-up/3D card. So say hello to bobble-head Santa Picard.
 Thanks for visiting - come back for more Challenge me a Christmas Card soon!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Thanks

I recently had a bunch of people to thank in my choir - I organise the supper roster for my choir, and there were lots of people who contributed yummy things for supper this year (and some who went above and beyond - I'm looking at you, Bek, Hui Jun, Di and Heather). I wrote out a little thank you card for people who were repeat contributors. Here's a small selection of the cards I made. I used a sentiment from Avery Elle's "Big Greetings" on each card, and then used a bunch of different stencils and Distress Inks.

(PS These cards are LITTLE - about half the size of a standard card.)
Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 15

Welcome back to Challenge me a Christmas Card part 15!

For this card, I actually combined three separate challenges.  My workmate, Trisha, challenged me o use the Australian Christmas Bell (Blandifordia nobilis) on a card.  My friend Maddie wanted me to make an Australian-themed card "without the cliche of Santa at the beach".  My choir friend, Di, wanted me to put a Christmas Carol on a card.  So I combined the three!

 For those friends in the northern hemisphere, Christmas in Australia is hot.  It's early summer and our northerly winds bring the heat down from Central Australia. Another thing you may not be aware of is that we have Australian Christmas carols - not many, I grant you, but they exist!  This one is my favourites - the words are by John Wheeler, the music by William G James.  (check out the lyrics at http://tww.id.au/christmas/carol-day.html)
I used the "softly" stamp from Penny Black for the flowers and leaves. Of course, I did not find a stamp for the sentiment, so I wrote that by hand.  The flowers and leaves were first stamped and clear-embossed onto kraft cardstock, then coloured with Inktense pencils and some water added. I also added a little bit of Wink of Stella to the flowers. A few extra leaves were stamped, fussy cut, and adhered with dimensional adhesive.
I'll be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-33/
Thanks for visiting me for my latest "Challenge me a Christmas Card" post - stay tuned for more!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fusion - Happy birthday roses

Welcome to a new Fusion Challenge!  For this challenge, I went with the sketch:

http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

I'll also be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes!
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-33/
Thanks for visiting :)

Season's Greetings from the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page

Hello!  It seems like every second or third Christmas card I make has this Hero Arts "Peace Poinsettia" stamp on it! Oh, well, it is my favourite!

I'll be sharing this card at Time Out challenge, where the theme is Christmas with an optional twist of glitter or shimmer.  I'll also be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - their theme is "Anything Goes"  and at CAS on Sunday for their Christmas challenge. 
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-33/http://cleanandsimpleonsunday.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/challenge-97-christmas.html




Thanks for visiting :)


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Color Burst panel

Hello!  I have a card today that is NOT one of my Challenge me a Christmas Card cards! I just needed more Christmas cards, and decided to make some.
I think this combination of gold and purple/pink looks quite regal - what do you think?
I'll be sharing this card at Time Out challenge, where the theme is Christmas with an optional twist of glitter or shimmer.
Thanks for visiting :)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 14

Welcome back to episode 14 of Challenge me a Christmas Card! Most of these challenges are to use a product, or incorporate a theme - but my friend Anne-Marie challenged me to CASE a particular card - one made by the amazing Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design.  You can find her card HERE, but here's my CASE.  

I used a bunch of images from Lawn Fawn's "Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-um" set, and coloured them with my Faber Castell watercolour pencils, before painting over with water to give a messy watercolour look.  I then wanted a sentiment that was red (like Debby's), but I wanted something a bit different, so I die-cut the PTI Merry in Stampin' Up glimmer paper and then stamped the matching "& bright" onto vellum, before adhering it all onto a top folding white card base.

I will be sharing this project at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - the theme is Christmas to die for (ie use die cuts)


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-christmas-to-die-for/
I'll also be sharing this card at Time Out challenge, where the theme is Christmas with an optional twist of glitter or shimmer.
 Thanks for visiting - there'll be more Challenge me a Christmas Card posts coming - stay tuned!!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Rudolph

A quick little card to share with you today - I'm joining in with Muse card challenge.


 Here's this week's Muse - Jenni Wade:
http://musecardclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/muse-challenge-193.html
I will also be sharing this project at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - the theme is Christmas to die for (ie use die cuts)


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-christmas-to-die-for/
Thanks for visiting :)


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 13

Welcome back to another challenge - today, I have a card using the colours in peacock feathers (as requested by my friend, Tamara), but unlike me, I didn't use the namesake Distress Ink!
I started with some watercolour cardstock, and I coloured it with Color Burst powders in Indigo and Turquoise. I used mainly water to mix the colours, but then some Perfect Pearls mixed with water to finish. When it was completely dry, I die-cut the "Kate" snowflake from Simon Says Stamp multiple times, being careful to keep every last little piece. I also cut three snowflakes from silver glitter paper.  Then the fun began (not) - trying to fit all those little pieces back in was tricky, to say the least!
I finished with a sentiment from Hero Arts stamped in Intense Black ink.
I will be sharing this project at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - the theme is Christmas to die for (ie use die cuts)


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-christmas-to-die-for/

I'll also be sharing this card at Time Out challenge, where the theme is Christmas with an optional
twist of glitter or shimmer.

Thanks for visiting - come back soon!