Wednesday, 20 October 2021

SHC - Mum's Birthday Card ...

... Morning! It's time for my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today's card is very special - I made it for my mum. Mum was 82 years young on Monday. We celebrated by going to the local garden centre for lunch and to get more plants for mum's garden. Here's the card:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - In Bloom; Altenew - Just a Number
Inks: Gina K - Peach Bellini, Sweet Mango, Tangerine Twist, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Lipstick Red, Key Lime, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus, Warm Cocoa, Dark Chocolate; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; Gina K - Black Onyx Card; Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Candy Pink, Rich Gold; Sakura Stardust Pens; C&9 - In Bloom Stencils Pack

I'm submitting this card to Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#416 where it's make your mark, and to Seize the Birthday - STB#225 where the topping is to use a Stencil.


This is a large card measuring 7¾" square. I started by cutting a piece of white card to 6½" square and using my MISTI, I stamped the large floral and leaf image from In Bloom in a soft grey ink. Next I used the matching stencil pack to add colour to the image. I taped on the flower stencil (masking off the additional bits that I wasn't using) and used pink and orange inks to colour the flowers. I started with the lightest shades and built up to the darkest. I changed to the leaf stencil and coloured the leaves green and the stem brown. Next I placed the complete leaf and flower mask over the coloured image and spattered pink and gold shimmer spray over the flowers. Once dry, I put the image back into the MISTI and restamped with a bold black ink. I added more sparkle to the image by colouring the stripes on the flowers and leaves with glitter pens. I used dimensional tape to adhered the finished panel to a black mat layer, and added the whole lot to the front of the card.

Inside the card, I cut another mat layer of black card. On the white panel, I stamped the large floral image in soft grey and added a bold birthday greeting in black ink, along with a fun sentiment in red ink.


Here's a close up of the flowers showing the added sparkle from the glitter pens:


As this was a special card for mum's 82nd birthday - I decided to decorate the envelope too. I stamped a partial impression of the large floral image on the front and added a couple of flowers on to the flap at the back of the envelope.


That's all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Keep safe and I'll see you again next week.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

SHC - More Christmas Trees ....

.... Morning! I'm running a bit late with my post for Seven Hills Craft blog. I've got some Christmas cards to share today - all feature products from Concord & 9th. I'll start with a CAS and sparkly card:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout. Big On Christmas
Inks: Gina K - Key Lime, Fresh Asparagus, Turquoise Sea, Tranquil Teal
Dies: C&9 - Fa La La Fringe Tree Dies
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; Silver Holographic Card

I'm submitting this card to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#441 - it's been a while since I joined in and I love this sketch. And to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#31 - This is the first use for the Tiny Trees turnabout and Fa La La Fringe dies.


I used my MISTI to stamp the turnabout image in four shades of green ink on green card. I cut a piece to match the shape in the sketch and adhered it to the card. I used the 'falala' die to cut a piece in silver holographic card and two more white pieces which I layered together. I adhered the word to the front of the card - done - clean, simple and sparkly! Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of green card. On the white panel I stamped a couple of small greetings and a tiny tree. All done.


Next is another CAS card and it's one-layer too:


Stamps: C&9 - Fa La La Fringe Tree
Inks: Gina K - Jelly Bean Green, Christmas Pine, Red Velvet; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - HLSCAS#10 where they want a one-layer card.


I used kraft card to make the A2 note card. I used my MISTI to stamp the multi-step fringe tree. I stamped the first layer in bright lime ink and then brushed on a darker green at the top of the fringe layers. I repeated this process for the second stamp. Next I added the baubles in bright red ink. I completed the tree by stamping the five-point star in gold ink. Finally, I added a simple greeting in black ink. Inside the card on the white panel, I stamped a greeting in green ink and added some gold stars.


Next is another one-layer card - but not so CAS:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout. Big On Christmas, Fa La La Fringe Tree
Inks: Gina K - Red Velvet, Fresh Aspargus; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Accessories: White Card

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - HLSXMAS#10 where it's Anything Goes with the option of joy. I'm also playing along with The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#103 where is Anything Christmas Goes.


While I had the turnabout stamp in the MISTI, I stamped it in red and green on the front of an A2 (US size) card. I stamped the 'love & joy' image from Big On Christmas in black - I stamped it three times for a very dark image. Inside the card I simply added a greeting and some gold stars.


My final card another clean, simple card, but with some sparkle:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, Big On Christmas, Fa La La Fringe Tree
Inks: Gina K - Bubblegum Pink, Wild Lilac; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: C&9 - Fa La La Fringe Tree Dies
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Highland Heather; Silver Holographic Card

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#10 and to Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#39 where it's always Anything Christmas Goes.


I used my MISTI to stamp the fringe Christmas tree. I stamped first in pink ink and then brushed on lilac ink towards the top of the fringe layers. I stamped the star in silver ink. I used the co-ordinating Fa La La Fringe Tree dies to cut out the tree and star, and also holographic silver baubles and pot. I also cut a solid white tree onto which I adhered the fringe layers. I curled the layers slightly to add some dimension. I adhered the tree, star and pot to the front of an A2 white note card and finshed by adding a greeting in lilac ink. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of lilac card. On the white panel I stamped simple greeting and added the tiny fringe tree to match the front of the card.


I now have 62 cards in my Christmas stash ready to go. I may need to make a few more, but there's no rush as the bulk is done! 

Before I go, I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by and for leaving comments - I really do appreciate them. That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

SHC - Sweet Gingko ...

.... Hi, it's time for my weekly post for Seven Hills Craft blog. I've got a couple of cards to share today - they focus on the lovely Altenew Sweet Gingko stamp, die and stencil sets.


Stamps: Altenew - Sweet Gingko; MFT - Hugs & Kisses; C&9 - Big On You
Inks: Gina K - Green Grass, Key Lime, Blue Lagoon, Sweet Mango, Tangerine Twist, Coral Reef; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Altenew - Sweet Gingko; Gina K - Master Layout 2
Accessories: SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; White & Black Card

I'm submitting this card to Color Hues - CH#27 where they want us to use green and orange - done! I'm also playing along with Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#31 - and this is the first time I've used Sweet Gingko.


Before I started on this card I die cut lots of gingko leaf sprigs and created a negative space template for use in my MISTI - to make stamping easy. 

I made the A2 (US size) note card from green card in my stash. I stamped the lined leaf image in green ink around the edge of the note card. I used the co-ordinating stencil to add colour to the gingko leaves. I started with lime green ink and then added a touch of teal at the base of the leaves. I used dies to cut out a white stitched edge panel and a black mat layer. I blended three shades of orange ink over the white panel to create an ombre effect. I stamped a simple greeting in black ink at the bottom of the panel. I adhered the panel to the centre of the card. I used the largest gingko stamp to create the focal image. I stamped the lines in black ink and used the solid leaf stamp to add lime green ink to the leaves. I layered the inked pieces to three white die cuts and adhered it all to the card. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel, I stamped a large, bold sentiment in pale orange and added one of the co-ordinating smaller sentiments in green ink. I finished the panel by adding another gingko leaf.


Next is an autumn greetings card:


Stamps: Altenew - Sweet Gingko; Lawn Fawn - Scripty Autumn Sentiments; MFT - Whimsical Greetings; C&9 - Polka Dot Turnabout
Inks: Gina K - Warm Cocoa, Kraft, Prickly Pear, Tangerine Twist, Blue Lagoon; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Dies: Altenew - Sweet Gingko
Accessories: SU Card - Mango Melody; White Card

I'm submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#207 where the cue word is Autumn. I'm also playing along with Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#415 where they want us to use stencils and/or dies - I've used both.


I started by stamping a simple polka dot background in gold ink on an A2 notecard. I created the sentiment by combining stamps from Lawn Fawn's Scripty Autumn Sentiments - I like that the set includes the word autumn. I used the lines gingko stamp with two shades of brown on several of the die cut gingko leaves. I added colour by using the solid leaf stamps along with the stencil to add a touch of teal at the base of the leaves. I adhered the orange leaves flat to the card and used dimensional pads to add the rest of the leaves. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of orange card. On the white panel, I stamped a greeting and added another die cut gingko leaf.


I had planned to make more cards, but ran out of time!! We had a James Bond film fest this weekend in preparation for going to see the new movie yesterday! So, as a result I have lots of finished gingko leaves left over - here a photo:


I'll be making more cards with them soon. That's all from me for today. See you again soon.

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Monday, 4 October 2021

World Card Making Day ....

... Morning - I know this is late, but better that than not at all!! It was World Cardmaking Day on 2nd October. I didn't actually make a card on Saturday, but I did indulge in lot of U-tube videos from Gina K, Jennifer McGuire, and many more brilliant crafters. It was fabulous. However, I did do some stamping and colouring. 


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Great Big Owl, Midnight Feast; Dylusions - Flight of Fancy; Tim Holtz - Regions Beyond

My wall calendar has a space above the dates in which you can do anything. You can add a photo - it's the perfect size for a photo. However, I like to decorate with my stamps. Obviously the key thing in October is Halloween - my favourite holiday. Sadly, we don't celebrate it anywhere near enough in the UK - it's one of the things I miss the most about living in Northville, Michigan. It's huge there!! I've used a mixture of stamps from Diane Reaveley, Tim Holtz and Claire Brennan. I adore this owl - from Waltzingmouse Stamps (now closed) and use it often. 

I'm submitting this page to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#63 where it's Anything Goes.

That's it from me today. We're off to see the new James Bond movie today. We had a Bond film fest - catching up on Daniel Craig's movies - so looking forward to it. See you soon.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

SHC - Christmas Time ...

... Hi! I'm here with my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. I love making Christmas cards - which is why I make them throughout the year - and it makes things so much less stressful in the coming months. I currently have 56 cards in my stash, and today I'm adding another 2! I really like the new Concord & 9th Christmas release and got a few (several) of the sets, and I'm using them here combined with MFT and Lawn Fawn. Here's the first card:


Stamps: Concord and 9th - Yuletide Ornament, Big On Christmas; MFT - Itty Bitty Holiday
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress & Distress Oxide - Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet
Dies: C&9 - Yuletide Ornament
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Blushing Bride; Tim Holtz Watercolour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Imagine Crafts - Sheer Shimmer Frost

I'm submitting this card to Color Hues - CH#29 where they want us to use pink and purple. I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Christmas - HLSXMAS#09 where it's anything goes, with the option of non-traditional. 


I started by stamping the bauble on watercolour card with Versafine ink and embossing with clear powder. This helps me as I'm not brilliant with watercolours!! I wet the card with water and some frost shimmer spray and used a brush to drop in some distress inks. The great thing with distress inks is that is loves water. I allowed the colours to flow and blend and, once happy with the design, used a heat gun to dry the inks. I used the matching die to cut out the finished bauble along with two plain white ones which I layered behind the finished ornament. My plan had been to have a very CAS card with only the ornament, but instead I created a festive text background using words from various stamp sets. I used the oxide inks to stamp the words. I adhered the bauble and finished the front with a bold black sentiment across the bauble. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer from pink card and on the white panel I stamped the bauble in pink ink and added a simple greeting in black.


My next card features a background panel that I made using some of the smaller stamps that come in stamp sets:


Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Giant Holiday Messages; C&9 - Yuletide Ornament
Inks: Versamark; Gina K - Applemint, Key Lime, Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Blue Lagoon; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: C&9 - Yuletide Ornament
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Costal Cabana; Clear & Gold Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to The Paper Players - PP#560; they gave us a super sketch to use. I'm also playing along with Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#38 where it's always anything Christmas goes.


I started by stamping the little snowflake stamps from Lawn Fawn's Giant Holiday Messages in Versamark ink. I heat embossed with clear powder. Then the fun part - I added blue and green inks to reveal the snowflake background. I trimmed the panel to 3" x 5½" and adhered it to an A2 notecard. Using my MISTI I stamped the holly sprig three times on white card, removed them and coloured the images with Copic markers. I returned the coloured images to the MISTI and restamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder. I used the matching die to cut out the coloured holly sprigs, along with several plain white die cuts. At this point I realised I wanted a gold trim to edge the coloured panel. None of my gold cardstock matched the embossed holly, so I made my own. I rubbed Versamark along the edge of white card, applied gold powder and heat set. I repeated this process for a second time and the end result is a smooth gold panel that matches the gold embossing on the holly. I trimmed it to ½" wide and adhered it to the card. I adhered white die cuts to the back of two of the holly sprigs and adhered them at the top and middle of the card. The other holly sprig I adhered directly to the card. I finished the front with a simple greeting. This was stamped with Versafine black ink, heat embossed, die cut and layered onto three white die cuts. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of aqua card. On the white panel I stamped one of the large greetings, used Copic markers to colour the leaves and open letters, restamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I layered the finished panel onto the aqua mat and added to the note card.


I now have 58 cards in my Christmas stash. I need about 65 for my regular list, so I'm almost done. I'll keep making cards as I do like to have some spare, and I also make special cards for my family.

I hope everyone had a good weekend - the weather here was lovely, but yesterday we had rain, and cooler temps. Still it's only to be expected as autumn seems to have arrived. That's all from me today, see you soon.

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