Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Deb McCleary

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is White Christmas

My special guest today is Deb McCleary  - you can check out her take on this challenge below.

Here's my take:
 I used a Simon Says Stamp die with embossing paste to create the snow in the background. I created the snow drifts using Hillside Border dies from Lawn Fawn. The snowman and the sentiment are from Papertrey Ink.

My guest today, Deb McCleary, does not blog her cards, so she sent me a photo to include here:
I love all the shine and texture on her card!! Gorgeous!

Thanks for visiting :) 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card - new technique

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is "Use a technique new to you". Unfortunately, today I don't have a guest, so I'm taking on this challenge solo!

Here's my take:
I made this card at the home of my choir conductor, Jan, who is also a crazy talented card maker. She taught me how to use Yupo and alcohol inks from Adirondack, and this was one of the results. I cut my Yupo piece down and added it to a white card front with a strip of gold cardstock and a sentiment from Hero Arts. I added a scattering of gold sequins as a finishing touch.
Thanks for visiting :) 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Ardyth Percy Robb

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is a photo inspiration.
This quilt was made by Bronwyn Hooper and friends - it is a Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild  (MMQG) Travelling Quilt "Nordic". You can find out more about MMQG HERE, and more about this quilt and the Travelling Quilt Project HERE.

My special guest today is Ardyth Percy Robb - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
I was inspired by graphic cards by Ardyth, and also by geometric cards by Laura Bassen. I used the Perfect Shapes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, and the sentiment is from an old set by Hero Arts. I used inks from Hero Arts, and finished with a coat of Diamond Stickles on the open triangles. I love how the Stickles does different things on different colours of inks!

Thanks for visiting :) 

Friday, 17 November 2017

CAS-ual Fridays: CFC 187

Welcome to a new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!
http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com.au/



I used the Full on Floral background to create the patterned panel, colouring with Zig markers and water. I cut it down and matted it onto some pink cardstock, before adding a sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami, stamped and embossed onto vellum. I finished with some sequins.

Make sure you visit the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog to check out the rest of the design team's projects!
http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com.au/
Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Therese Calvird

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is The Night Before Christmas.

My special guest today is Therese Calvird - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
I stamped all of the reindeer, trying to match the image to their name just a bit, and then I hand-wrote the lines from the poem.
 Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
 Now Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On Cupid! 
On Donner and Blitzen! 


And then my Dad suggested that you can't have the 8 reindeer without the 9th, so I added Rudolph inside the card.  
I used the "Little reindeer agenda" stamp set from Mama Elephant - they're just so cute!
I actually made 2 cards for this challenge, but I decided that the first one I made was too similar to a card I made a few years ago (it had a mouse in a Christmas stocking, and the sentiment "Not a creature was stirring".) I'm glad I decided to make a new card - this one is much more fun!

Thanks for visiting :) 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Elf on a shelf at A Blog Named Hero

I have a card up over at A Blog Named Hero today - here's a sneak peek:

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Betty Keefe

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Edible.

My special guest today is Betty Keefe - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take - the card is not edible, but the subject of the card is!


Thanks for visiting :) 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Karren Johnson

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Owls.

My special guest today is Karren Johnson - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
I used the Winnie and Walter set, Happy Owlidays - Karren used the same set, and some of the same stamps, too! Make sure you check out her take!
I decided to make the little owl's scarf tartan - what do you think? 

Thanks for visiting :) 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Teresa Xanthos

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Silver

My special guest today is Teresa Xanthos - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
From this first photo, you are probably thinking "where's the silver?" Well, it's in plain sight - it's just that photographing shiny things is tricky....
Thanks for visiting :) 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Fusion: Grateful

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion! I ignored the photo (except for the theme of giving thanks) and went with the sketch instead.
I used the Adore You stamp set from Altenew on this card, making a panel of very soft emboss resist watercolouring, and then a bold sentiment white embossed onto some purple cardstock.

 Make sure you check out the Fusion blog and enter your own take on the challenge. 
http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com.au/
Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jenny Colacicco

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Holographic.

My special guest today is Jenny Colacicco - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
 I have discovered that this holographic foil is one of the most difficult things in the world to photograph! You can get a sense of the rainbow goodness in the photo below, but it is SO much more rainbowy in real life!
Thanks for visiting :) 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

CASE a designer at A Blog Named Hero

Hi! We have a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero today - we're playing with Neat and Tangled goodies and CASEing a designer from A Blog Named Hero!

I decided to CASE a card by Lisa Stein - she used a stencil and created a background by inking over the stencil with Versamark ink, then embossing with white embossing powder. She then watercoloured over the embossing, before adding a sentiment white embossed on black cardstock. You can see her card HERE.

Here's my take:

I used the Spiral Stencil from Hero Arts, along with Zig markers to add a rainbow of soft colour. I then added a sentiment from the Neat and Tangled set, Kindness Matters. 

Thanks for visiting :)






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Monday, 6 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Linda Trace

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Finland. (yes, you read correctly - one of my dear friends from school, Heidi, has Finnish heritage, so that's the challenge!)

My special guest today is Linda Trace - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:
My thought process was - what do you find in Finland in December? Snow and ice and Santa, but I always make snowy cards and Santa cards at Christmastime. But you also find darkness and the Aurora borealis.

I started with white cardstock and blended over it with Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Disstress Inks. I then added some colour using Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio, using a hand cut stencil to get the waves.
I finished with a black die cut from Memory Box ("Fresh pine Curved Border"), and a white heat embossed sentiment from Avery Elle "Let it Snow".
Thanks for visiting :) 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Challenge me a Cristmas Card with Aileen Ryan

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is Christmas Critters.

My special guest today is Aileen Ryan - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:


Thanks for visiting :) 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Debbie Pamment

Welcome! Last year, I did a series on my blog where I asked people to set me a Christmas card challenge. This year, I'm stepping it up a notch, by asking crafty friends to join me!
How cool is this graphic!! My crafty friend, Kylie Purtell, made it especially for me! YAY!  You can check out her blog HERE.

Today, the challenge theme is to Deck the Hall. Note to all non-choristers - it's ONE HALL (all good choristers know this). I have had to resort to stamp surgery in the past to fix this!

My special guest today is Debbie Pamment - you can check out her take on this challenge HERE.

Here's my take:

After I made this card, I really liked the holly stamps I used (sadly, the company that made them is no more), and the pairing of the Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and the holly, so I modified the design a little bit, and made it into a mass-producible card for the Caring Hearts Card Drive:

Thanks for visiting :)