30 November, 2023

Joyful Tree Trio


Non traditional Christmas colours, I like how crisp it looks.  The stars are drop-outs from another die, but are just the right size for these trees

Tree Trio Die: Couture Creations        

EF: Couture Creations

Senti die: Rosie's Studio

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29 November, 2023

Joy Wreath


I love this wreath die, this time it's a Christmassy one.    
The wreath layers are  cut from smooshed and shimmer misted card, a leafy layer and a flowery layer.  The berries are punched in two sizes with a Crop-o-dile and added Glossy Accents.  I chose the de-bossed side of the EF.

Die: unknown                           

EF: Sizzix

Word die: Rosie's Studio

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28 November, 2023

HM&FMC #404 Christmas Wakeup Call


Anything Goes/CHRISTMAS is the theme at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  Get a peek at the designers inspiration and join in here:  housemouse-challenge

The image is coloured and fussy cut with Stickles added to the hats and a paper pieced cosy blanket.  I just happened to have EP for the stamped sentiment the same colour as the sparkle card for the background! Amazing!  I didn't want an obvious Christmas sentiment, so added a more general one.  There was so much going on in the image I just punched two corners, more and I think it would've looked messy.  Gotta know when to stop eh?

Image: House Mouse    

Tag Die:


Punch: EK Success

Also: Copics, Stickles, white pen, PattPaper

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27 November, 2023

Surfy Santa

 Here in NZ we have a midsummer Christmas celebrated in the heat with a glass of chilled something or other sipped under a shady tree!  I hope it makes you feel hot if you're in a cold climate.
So here is a summer santa looking sharp (and cool) in his beach shorts and shirt, with paper piecing, dry embossing, and stencilling.  The paper piecing is from tiny snippets of leftover patterned paper.

Stamp (paperpieced): Close to my Heart            

3D EF: unknown

Stencil (using one side of a diecut cloud) unknown

Sentiment: Papermania

Punch: Fiskars

Also: Copics, gold pen, Stickles, DI's

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25 November, 2023

Toadstool Tag


A  fun fungi tag.  Double die cut tag, painted, then sprayed and smooshed.  The sentiment is cut from packaging, stacked.  Fungi splattered with Perfect pearls mist.

Stitched Tag die: NCraft

Toadstools dies: The Greetery Botanicuts

Stacked senti (reused packaging): unknown

Also: Distress paint, distress inks, Twine

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20 November, 2023

Snowflake Deer


I wanted a CAS style using understated colouring.  Firstly I stamped the deer and coloured it.  Made a mask using a post-it note, cut it out and used it to mask the deer while stamping the trees and snowflakes with speckled Egg DI's and splattering with white paint (which hardly shows).   Coloured the deer with Copics.  White pen highlights and Opal Dust for sparkle.

Deer stamp: unknown    

Trees stamps: Stampers Anonymous

Snowflake stamps: really old magazine freebie

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19 November, 2023

Penguin Joy


I made this one using a piece of wrapping paper (background), magazine page(red triangle), and a sliver of gold.  I cannot get enough of this gorgeous thick matt wrapping paper (free in a magazine), I love the images and colours and thought little Pengi would like to be in the action.  Penguins are such joyful little creatures.

Pengi is stamped, coloured with Copics and fussy cut.  Joy stamp is a mag freebie from way back, Pengi is unbranded.  Also white pen highlights and Stickles.

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18 November, 2023

Pumpkin Happy


Nothing nicer than a spicy pumpkin pie!

Background: Digital Scrapbooking  

Pumpkins: Mo's Digital Pencil

Seed packet: Graphic Fairy

Washi: Digital Scrapbooking

Sentiment ticket:  Craft Stamper

Also: Copics, WoS, Glossy Accents, white pen, twine, staple

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17 November, 2023

Frosty Copper Thankful


Background card and small senti coloured by smooshing with DI's and misting with Perfect Pearls gold, corners punched.  Wreath layers and large sentiment made by smooshing coloured card with DOxI's and Copper Glimmer Mists.  Sentiment stacked, Berries punched out of leftover snippets with crop-o-dile both sides and stacked.  This is currently one of my favourite dies and I have been experimenting with ways to make it different.

Wreath die: Unbranded   

Corner punch: Couture Creations 

Sentiment dies unknown

Glimmer mists, Gold Perfect Pearls mist, white pen

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16 November, 2023

Birthday Pink


I like using Tim Holtz stuff and the crazy birds are such fun.  
I used a shadow word die and cut the shadow from vellum.

Image: Tim Holtz                

Senti dies: Unbranded

Punch edge: Fiskars

Also: Flower, Copics, pearl, vellum

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Welcome Purple


A new neighbour card - dots, metallic paper and a little heart coming out of the chimney.  All made with snippets.  Frosty gold paper behind the windows to look like the lights are on.

House die:     Sizzix           

Background panel die: unknown

EF (house, brick): SIzzix

Sentiment stamp: unbranded

Key die: Cuttlebug

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14 November, 2023

Thankful Pumpkins


I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, roast pumpkin - actually thankful for pumpkin any way it comes it is one of my favourite fruits/vegetables.  I like the weathered look of these pumpkins, popped up on 3D foam with a bit of frosty sparkle.  For the pumpkins, I coloured card with Distress Paint, paint dabbers & Oxide DI's, (salted one) then diecut.

Die: unknown    
EF: Sizzix
Embossed senti: unknown
(Digi) DP: Crafty Cardmaking, edge inked

Snow Fun


Check out House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge - it's anything goes with option of SNOW!

Lots of inspiration from the design team and  you will want to join us here:  housemouse-challenge

Image: House Mouse

BlueEF: Magazine freebie

Red EF: Magazine freebie (Aus Simply Cards)

Die: Unbranded

Also: Copics, Stickles, yarn, white pen

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12 November, 2023

Thinking Poppies


I like simple best.  Sometimes crafting is not expensive; I used a kids painting set from the dollar shop to colour & splatter.

Enmbossed Stamp is unknown, sentiment (I think) is a magazine freebie.  I used a kids watercolour set to paint the poppies, touched up with Copics.  The splatter is also from the kids watercolour set. And a matching envelope teaser.

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09 November, 2023

Oh Deer


This is for one of the sons-in-law who is a hunter.  I smooshed card with a selection of Distress Inks to make the deer.

EF: Couture Creations 

Die: Crate Paper

Embossed sentiment: unknown

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Autumn Wreath


I like this Ikat EF, it is big enough to take the whole front of a card without leaving a hard edge.  I cut the wreath die once for leaves and once for flowers.

The EF is Heidi Swapp.  The dies (wreath & sentiments) are unbranded; the card they are cut from are smooshed and dabbed with Distress Inks, misted with Glimmermists (see the sparkle) and inked again.  The sentiments are stacked, and the berries are punched with both sides of a Crop-o-dile from snippets of coloured waste card.  

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08 November, 2023

Dance Hamster


This one makes me feel like dancing.  A nice reminder for the year ahead for someone having a birthday.

The hamster is stamped onto patterned paper and paperpieced.  Whiskers added with black pen. The EP is Tim Holtz distressed which has a bit of sparkle, perfect for the sentiment.  I used the same ink set that I used for the inside sentiment and made a rainbow border along the bottom of the inner.

Stamp Hamster: Colorado    

Stamp senti: Kaisercraft

Corner punch: Couture Creations

Also: EP, black pen

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