52CCT January 2022 Colour Challenge

Hello everyone. Here we are with the 2nd challenge for 2022 over at the Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge and this time around it is a colour challenge. I have to admit that these challenges always throw my for a loop as I always doubt my choices. But this time around we have these colours to create with.

I found this Christmas paper pack on my desk and in it was both this hessian looking paper and the dark brown paper with golden Christmas words on it. I then just had to bring in the mid-brown colour from the challenge and this gave me the colour for my matting.

I wanted to add an image to the card so I went looking in my stamps to find something suitable and found this adorable deer image which I stamped onto some of the hessian looking paper and coloured him in with my Copic markers. Then I made a window for him to peek through by double cutting a piece of the matting paper with a stitched circle and then a smaller plain circle die using my Gemini Jnr machine. Before piecing all of the layers together I found this sentiment stamp and using my stamping platform I used some Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to stamp the image a couple of times to get a deep colour.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card design for the Colour challenge over at 52CCT. I hope that you will come and create along with us and share your makeover on our challenge blog. Before I go I would love to leave you with this final thought for this post.

This is on my to do list this year – wonder how many treasures I’ll uncover in the process.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Hello Everyone. How has the beginning of your year gone? Mine has been good. I have had some opportunities to create in my craft space which has been nice and I am involved with my design team makes. This time around I have made a card using a sketch by Michelle from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I found these 2 different papers on my desk which were part of the same paper pad at first I didn’t think that they were going to work together. The thing that I think helped to pair them together was the mat behind the circle element. What do you think – do you think that they worked together?

This is a very short post as I am off on a trip with my family but I wanted to share my make with you using the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I hope that you will create along with us and share your makes with us over on the challenge blog.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

52CCT January 2022 Sketch

Hello Everyone. Welcome to another year of fun challenges with the talented designers over on the 52Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. The challenges are starting this week and as always we are starting our Challenges with a sketch.

I love sketches so I always love creating a card using one. Sketches are great for getting your creative flow going.

I have pretty much stuck with the sketch with the only change being the use of the hand-cut Emu image instead of the star as indicated on the sketch. I have some Australian Birds that I have cut out from one of the sheets in a Kasiercraft paper pad that I have been working through and I thought it would go nicely with the other 2 papers that I chose. The sentiment is from the Crisp Christmas Sentiment Sheets from Paper Rose Studio. The only additional thing that I added to this card was some circle holographic stickers from my stash and that finished the card off.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my design team make for the card sketch over on the 52Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. Please check out what the other designers have done with this sketch. But I also hope that you will come and craft along with us and share your makes over on our challenge page.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Birthday Wishes

Hello Everyone. As I write this I am away for a couple of days with family but it is very wet because we have a cyclone called Seth that has turned into a rain depression sitting just off the coast. Hopefully, we will get some periods of dry weather so that we can enjoy some time outside. For now, though I am using the craft supplies that I have brought on camp with me 🙂

But onto my card making. This card I got to make just before we departed for camp and I still wanted to share it so I took a photo and uploaded it to my computer before we left.

I am here with a design using a card sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Their design team is taking a look back at previous sketches and we have this one to use in our creations.

This time around I decided to turn the sketch on its side to suit the image that I found in my stash. But this is something that I love about sketches they can be used in different orientations to suit the supplies that you are working with.

These papers were the last from the paper pad that I was trying to finish off. I didn’t like the plain design of the main paper so I went to my stencil supply and found this net design. Then I went to my drawer of distress inks and pulled out my Dried Marigold and a blending brush. This helped this paper be more cohesive with my image of the fishing village. Everything was matted with dark blue layering weight paper and to finish off the card I added some Ebony Black Nuvo Drops with a sentiment from the Black & White A5 Sentiment Sheets from Paper Rose Studios.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card design. I hope that you have found this post helpful and I hope that you will have some time today to be crafty – I plan to be. Before I go here is my final thought for this post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

CHALLENGE LINK: Tuesday Morning Sketches #638

New Beginning

Hello everyone. I have to say that I love public holidays because I get to spend time in my craft space. I was in here earlier as you can see from my previous post but after some lunch and playing a little bit of Animal Crossing: New Horizon I wanted to get back into my craft space and take advantage of feeling good today. So I went looking for a card challenge that was up and running this week and I found a fun challenge over at Time Out Challenges.

What a great challenge – I found some new to my craft room supplies so I decided to try to use something from this stash. Within this stash, I found the Dark Room Door Collage – Steam Locomotive stamp so I decided to try and use this in my creation.

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My stamping attempt wasn’t 100% successful but I still liked the look of it. I didn’t put this into my stamping tool which meant that I couldn’t have a 2nd try at stamping – I knew that I should have but I thought no it will be fine! I kept this card on the simpler side as some people don’t like a lot of fuss on a card but I couldn’t resist adding a little bit of gold in both the star and scallop stickers. The sentiment is from Paper Rose Studio and it’s from their Black and White A5 Sentiment Sheets. These are great for adding a quick sentiment to a card and you know that they are going to be crisp.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card creation for the Time Out Challenge. I hope that you find yourself doing something that you love today and each day.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

CHALLENGE LINK – Time Out Challenge #204 – New

Happy New Year

Good Morning Everyone.

It is now 2022. What will this year have in store for us? What will we get to do this year? Where will we be able to go? What creations will be made and shared either online or just with someone personally? There are lots of possibilities. We already have some things coming up some that have been booked since mid-2021 and some just made last week. My recovery from surgery that happened just before Christmas, very early in the year birthday, small trips while my husband is still on holiday before he dives back into work, and also a short time away as well.

I love creating and I felt really good when I woke up so I thought that I would do 2 things with this post – show you where 70% of my crafting happens – my craft desk – I have another desk in my craft space for painting, sewing, and other crafts. I’m very lucky in my new space to have these. Then the 2nd thing that I thought that I would do would be to share a card that I made using the Pick A Previous challenge from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge 🙂 and a card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. A combo card highlighting the 2 design teams that I am a part of.

First my card making desk

This desk was created by my husband and I love it. It is sized for me to be comfortable at which means that it is actually shorter than other desks but I can create for long periods of time and not pay for it later as I can with other desks. He even made me the holder for my ATG which puts it right in easy reach. This is only a very small part of my craft space but an important one for me to get right as I spend so much time here. Some things are going to have to change but I am still trying how to make things better. A lot of the placement of things in my craft space has come about by trial and error and I am still learning how to function in my new space.

Now to share my card make – using a previous challenge from 2021 over at 52CCT and a card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

52CCT Challenge – Washi Tape is from September and Sketch #378 from AHS Challenge which I took as inspiration for the card making.

This card is made with washi tape that has been hanging in my stash for quite a few years and a paper pad that I have had for a while. I bought the paper pad because it has Australian Flora and Faun decked out for Christmas. It was so nice to see a paper pad for Christmas that didn’t have snow as the main component to it – some Christmases I would welcome snow but usually, it’s heat and storms which bring hail not snow. 2021 Christmas was mainly rainy or overcast days. We need the rain though, especially our farmers.

To make sure that my Echidna didn’t get lost on the card front I cut 2 ovals – one from the main panel and one slightly smaller from some maroon metallic paper. I then found some paper in the pad that looked like hessian which I put behind the ovals.

The 52CCT Challenge will be back on Saturday 8th January and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge – there is a current sketch up (until Sunday Evening) that I was a part of making a card for but a brand new sketch will be live on Monday. I hope that you will join in during 2022 to see what fun challenges we are going to be able to craft with.

No matter what you find yourself doing in 2022 this thought is a good one to start on. I will be sharing more quotes during the coming year as they come across my path because either I need it or someone who is reading this does – so who am I to stop positive messages from getting out into our world?

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone. Well we are very close to the end of the year now but creating for me never stops. I am taking the opportunity while life is a little slower to build up my card stash for both myself and donating. This card came about by a happy accident – I have been using this paper pad on and off for a couple of months as I have had to do Christmas creations as well 🙂 Then I saw this colour challenge on the Sunday Stamps Challenge Blog.

And some of the papers fitted the last 3 so then I thought how could I bring in the first 3 colours and I decided to colour up and image.

Working with the paper pieces I had I put this together and then stamped the sentiment and the floral image. This flower has been in my stash for years and I found it again after my craft room reshuffle and new stamp storage. I added some green but I think that I could be forgiven for adding this. I coloured in this image with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils; I still have a love/hate relationship with this product but today we got along nicely. Now I have a birthday card ready for the 2022 year.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card creation for the Sunday Stamps Challenge #273. I hope that you have a fabulous day no matter what you find yourself doing.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Smile

Hello everyone. I got to spend some time in my craft space this evening and I wanted to make some cards using up some of the stuff that I have purchased during the year. But I was feeling stuck so I decided to see if there was a challenge running at the moment that could help jump start my creating and I found a sketch over at Try Stampin’ On Tuesday #536

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Then I found a card making kit called Sally’s Quilt and shimmer cardstock from Paper Rose Studio that I purchased at the beginning of the year I think. I only used the paper pad from the card making kit but I will look at making more cards with this kit in the beginning of the year.

Onto the tag I partially stamped the Lotus Bouquet image from Paper Rose Studio with My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink and the Smile sentiment from the same stamp set I used Memento Cottage Ivy Ink. To give the tag a bit more definition I used Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Distress Ink and a sponge dauber around the edge.

After assembling all of the card I used a gem picker and glued some clear crystals from Paper Rose Studio to the top and bottom of the card and this finished off the card. Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card project.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and others.

PRODUCTS USED
Sally’s Quilt Paper Pad – Paper Rose Studio
Oyster White Shimmer Card Stock – Paper Rose Studio
Clear Crystal Mix – Paper Rose Studio
Lotus Bouquet Clear Stamp Set – Paper Rose Studio
Memento Cottage Ivy, My Favorite Things Black Hybrid, Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Inks, Black and White Twine & foam pads from my stash

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Hello everyone. We are so close to the end of 2021 but I am still spending time in my craft space; it’s my happy place; so I try to spend as much time in there as possible. And having cards to be made for my design team commitments helps a lot as I have something that I need to create for and they are heaps of fun. This time around I am sharing a card made with a sketch by Michelle from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

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Because of the paper pad that I found on my craft desk, I decided to create with this instead of going searching for something different to use. This also meant that I didn’t go down the flower angle as indicated on the sketch as I was trying to create some masculine style general wishes cards as my stash was lacking in this.

The star die cuts were definitely lacking something after I cut them out so I added some shimmer and glaze over the top of them just to give them a little boost. Then I found the small star and this general sentiment in my sticker stash which I think finished the card off nicely.

Before you go off to create something using this wonderful sketch – I want to thank all of the creators that have created along with us during 2021 and I hope to see your wonderful creations in 2022. So please now go and create and share your makes with us over on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Christmas Blessings To All

Hello everyone.

This is just a very quick post to wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy 2022. And no matter how you may be spending today – Christmas Day – with family, with friends or by yourself that you take some time to reflect on the reason we give presents today. God gave mankind the greatest gift that could ever be given to save us from ourselves.

I am so grateful that God loved me so much that he was willing to do this for me. As I reflect on the year that has been for myself I am so glad that I have Jesus walking with me otherwise I would have been so lost. Don’t get me wrong I have found myself at the end of my rope many times but when I remembered who was holding onto the other end then I was able to climb my way back up again.

I look forward to what 2022 may have install for me; as a lot of 2021 wasn’t what I was expecting but it was definitely what I needed. I can’t believe that I just typed that … but it is how I am feeling looking back on what has been.

So my prayer for all of you who read this post that you can reflect on your year and be happy with where you are from where you were 12 months ago.

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And no matter if you are knee-deep in snow or sand that you have a blessed and wonderful relaxing Christmas and an absolutely Happy New Year.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.