Thursday, 15 April 2021

C24C - Theme - Reindeer ...

... Good morning! We've had some lovely bright sunny days here in North Wales, but even though it's been bright, we've still had cold, frosty mornings. I spent yesterday afternoon working in my craft room on my card for our new challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#32 where we have a theme of Reindeer. I've made a simple and elegant card:


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Yonder Star Background, Rustic Christmas, Ornate Ornaments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Fruitcake; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Spellbinders - Deckled Mega Rectangles Lg (S5-015) #4; Kaisercraft - Deer Head
Accessories: White Card; Gold Linen Effect Mirri Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Green Card

I'm submitting this to Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - HLSXMAS#04 where it's Anything Goes (I'm not doing the option). I'm also playing along with The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#92 where it's Anything Christmas goes.



I've used one of my all time favourite background stamps on this card - Yonder Star by Waltzingmouse Stamps (sadly Claire shut up shop a while ago). I inked it with a Kaleidacolor pad - these colours are just perfect for Christmas - and stamped it on the front of an A2 card. On some white card I stamped the lovely stag's head with sentiment in Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then carefully fussy cut it out. I used a fancy edge die to cut the gold panel and adhered it to the centre of the card. I used dimensional pads to adhered the stag's head. On the inside, I cut a piece of white card onto which I stamped a simple Christmas greeting and added a green die cut stag's head.


Please don't forget to visit our Christmas 24 Challenge blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the team. You have until 30 April to join the fun. Bye for now!

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

SHC - Happy Birthdays ....

.... Hello! It's time for my regular weekly post for Seven Hills Craft Blog. I have a couple of birthday cards to share today and they are quite different. I'll start with clean and elegant birthday card:


Stamps: MFT - Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings, Whimsical Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Innocent Pink; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT - Happy Birthday Block
Accessories: White Card; Gold Pattern Design Paper; Gina K Card - Innocent Pink; SU Card - Smoky Slate; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to Less is More - LIM#440 where they have a colour challenge to use Pink, Grey and Gold. It's been a while since I joined in with their challenges, so I'm pleased to finally get there!


I started by cutting a piece of white card 5" square, placed the die in the centre and cut out the greeting 'Happy Birthday'. I layered the cut piece onto some gold patterned design paper that I found in my stash. I edged the whole piece with a pink marker pen and adhered it to the front of a 5¼" white square card. Next I used the die to cut out the letter from pink and grey card. I used the inlay die technique to replace some of the letter on the front of the card. I left some of the letter empty to show the gold paper. I added shimmer to the pink and grey letters with a clear aqua shimmer brush. I'm pleased to say that you can see the shimmer in the photo above - it is so pretty in real-life! On the inside, I cut a 5" square of the gold paper and adhered it inside the card. I cut a piece of white card 4½" square and stamped a fun greeting in the centre. I added some decoration around the edges in pink and grey ink. I adhered the panel inside the card. I do like the bold gold border.


Next, I have a shaped birthday card to share. I don't usually make shaped cards, but this was fun.


Stamps: MFT - Happy Birthday Background Stamp, Playful Peacock
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Innocent Pink; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: MFT - Playful Peacock; We are Memory Keepers - Nesting Hexagons #13, #11, #10, #9
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Sakura Stardust Pens

I'm submitting this card to AAA Birthdays - AAAB#24 where they want to see a shaped card (not a square or rectangle), and to Time Out Challenges - TOC#185 where they have an inspiration photo. I took the colours from the photo as my inspiration.


I started by using a large hexagon die to cut a hexagon shaped card from a standard A2 card. I was careful to make sure that the top cutting edge was just off the card, so that the card could open. I then used the same die to cut a full size hexagon (marginally bigger than the shaped notecard) onto which I stamped the happy birthday text background in soft pink. I adhered the stamped piece to the notecard. On some scrap card I used my MISTI to stamp the front-facing peacock, removed it from the MISTI, coloured with Copic markers, returned it and stamped with Versafine black ink and then heat embossed with clear powder. I used the matching die to cut out the peacock. I used a couple of smaller hexagon dies to cut a mat layer in turquoise and a white layer. I positioned the peacock on the white card, stamped a pun greeting in black and then adhered the whole panel to the centre of the card. I used some Sakura stardust pens to add coloured glitter to the spots on the feathers. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer in turquoise and on the white card I stamped another of the peacocks, coloured it with Copic markers and adhered it to the mat layer. 


Both these cards are for my stash - I have a few birthdays coming up this month, so it's good to have some ready to go. That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021

Happy 80th Birthday ....

..... Good morning! I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards I've made for my father-in-law, Simon, who is 80 years old today. He's not much for celebrating birthdays, so I decided not to put a number on his cards, but you I think you can tell it's a special birthday! Here's the first card:


Stamps: Impression Obsession - Umpteenth Birthday; Concord & 9th - Yay for Birthdays; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Woodgrain
Inks: Gina K - Sandy Beach, Dark Chocolate, Soft Stone, Barely There; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Memento - Summer Sky, New Sprout
Dies: Spellbinders - Contemporary Squares
Accessories: White Card; Scrap blue and green card

I'm submitting this card to The Male Room - TMR#149 where the theme is wood. I've used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#480 for the layout, and I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#04.



I thought I had some real wood card in my stash, but I couldn't find it, so I stamped a woodgrain image on white card using two shades of brown and a soft grey. I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the swoosh of contemporary squares. I adhered the outline piece to the front of an A2 card. I used some scraps of blue and green card to cut out the 'squares' and adhered them inside the outline. I finished the strip by adding the square of 'wood' card. I completed the front with a fun birthday greeting, which I'm sure Simon will like! On the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the base. I stamped a fun birthday cupcake in soft tones of blue and green and finished with a fun sentiment.


The card above is the one that mum sent to Simon. I also made one for Jonathan and I to send to Simon:


Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Best of Birthdays; Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks
Inks: SU - Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Card; Visible Image Stencil - Two Tone; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#414, Perfectly CAS - PCAS#13, and to Seize the Birthday - STB#211 where the toppings option is Squares.


I started by masking the card to create a central panel onto which I stencilled lots of little squares in burgundy, yellow and green. Next I stamped this cute cake topped with loads of candles and a fun sentiment. I coloured the image with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I added lots of sparkle to the cake with a clear aqua shimmer brush. I used dimensional pads to adhere it to the front of the card. Inside, I cut another piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card. At the bottom I stamped a line of bold birthday candle which I coloured with Copic markers to match the central panel. I embossed the candles and finished with a bold, simple birthday greeting which finishes off the message.


While travel restrictions have been relaxed in the United Kingdom, it is not possible for us all to get together to celebrate. However, we will be having a Zoom get together for a quiz and to chat later this afternoon. So looking forward to when we can all meet in person!!

That's all from me today - have a good one. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

SHC - Lovely Christmas Legs ....

... Morning all! It's time for my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. I've got a Christmas card for you - the snow we had yesterday got me in the mood 😁


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company - Lovely Legs Ice Skating
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Gina K - Stormy Sky
Dies: MFT - A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 #11, A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 2 #8
Accessories: White Card; Kaisercraft DP - Mint Wishes; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush; Zig Watercolor Brushes; Glitter

I'm submitting this card to a couple of challenges - Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#33 and The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#91, they both have an Anything Christmas Goes theme. I got the idea for the ice skating lady from the current challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#31 where the theme is Snow People.



I started by using a die to cut the fir tree design paper for a mat layer and adhered it to the front of the card. Next I die cut a piece of water colour card. I stamped the image with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I used Zig water colour brush to colour the image. I applied the water colour ink to the card and used a water brush to fill the colour. To make the sky I applied some water colour ink direct to the card and then used my water brush to spread the ink and create an ombre from dark at the top to lighter behind the tree line. Once dry, I added the greeting and embossed it with clear powder. I adhered the panel to the front of the card and then to finish it off I added lots of shimmer and sparkle. I used a clear aqua shimmer brush on the frozen lake and the hem of her skirt, and added glitter to the tree branches and along the edge of the lake. On the inside, I cut another piece of design paper for the mat layer and on the white card stamped the lovely legs image again in grey and finishing off the greeting.


This card is a bit out of my comfort zone - I don't usually do this much water colouring, but the embossed lines do make it easier for me. I'm really pleased how it turned out.

I'm taking mum to have her hair cut and styled today - here in Wales hairdressers reopened last month but I couldn't get an appointment for mum until today. She's absolutely thrilled to be having her hair done as in 'normal' times she has her hair done every five weeks!! 

That's all from me for now - see you again soon.

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Sunday, 4 April 2021

Happy Easter ...

.... Morning! Here in the UK we have a four day weekend for Easter. Good Friday turned out to be a beautiful day - much warmer than expected with lots of sunshine. However, the forecast is not good for the rest of the weekend! And tomorrow is expected to be very cold!! However, I've an Easter card to share with you. This one is for my mum:


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Nestie Eggs (now sadly discontinued); Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Peach Bellini, Sweet Mango, Coral Reef, Apple Mint, Stormy Sky
Dies: Spellbinders - Cross Collection (S4-265)
Accessories: White Card

I'm submitting this card to The Card Concept - CC#152. They have an inspiration photo for the challenge and I've taken the colours, the eggs, and the message 'He is risen'. My card is very much in the clean and simple style.


I've used my Easter egg stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps for this card. I used the large egg on the front, stamping it first in soft peach, adding some subtle orange and then a deep coral at the bottom of the egg. I use a simple script greeting in grey. I die cut a cross in white card; the die has a lovely pattern and I inked over with a soft green ink. I used dimensional pads to attach the cross. On the inside, I kept things very simple. I stamped the egg outline image in shades of peach to match the front and added the 'He is risen' message in the middle in soft green and grey.


I'm not at all religious, but Mum is and I'm sure she'll appreciate this card. Anyway, that's all from me today. Take care and have a Happy Easter.

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

C24C - Snow People ....

... Good morning! It's April 1st - can't quite believe how it got to be April so quickly!! Hey ho! It does mean that it's time for our new challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#31. We want to see your Snow People on your Christmas cards. Now, that can be snowmen, or just people enjoying the snow - your choice! Here's my take:


Stamps: Bugaboo Digital - Scene It Snowmen Fun; Lawn Fawn - Winter Scripty Sentiments, Simply Celebrate Winter; Colorado Craft Company - Frosty's Hat
Inks: Gina K - Stormy Sky; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: Spellbinders - Mega Rectangles Lg (S4-142) #4
Accessories: White Card; Carta Bella DP - Snow Fun; Copic Markers; Glitter

I'm submitting this card to several challenges. I've used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#479, the colours are from Fab Friday - FABF#210, and the theme at Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#402 is Christmas.




I love this fun image from Bugaboo Stamps - it's a digital image so you can print it whatever size you need. I printed it on white card and used a rectangle die to cut it out. I coloured the image with Copic markers and edged it with a dark grey marker pen. I used a strip of dark grey design paper down the side, adhered the image on top and finished with a fun sentiment that matches the image. On the inside, I cut another piece of the design paper for the mat layer. On the white card I stamped a Christmas greeting and another line of cute little snow folk!


That's all from me today - don't forget to visit our Christmas 24 Challenge blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the design team. Have fun and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

SHC - Holographic Birthday cards ....

... Morning! Wow, it's the last day of March - this month has flown by!! I've been having fun in my craft room making a couple of very shiny birthday cards. Today is my regular weekly post for Seven Hills Craft store. I've made two cards using some of Concord & 9th's fabulous birthday stamp and die sets. Here's the first card:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Let's Party Turnabout, Yay for Birthdays
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Concord & 9th - Perfect Pairings
Accessories: White & Black Card; Holographic Card

I'm submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#194 where the cue word is Birthday.


This card is about as easy as it gets. I used black card to make the side folding notecard. I die cut the birthday words from rainbow holographic card and adhered them flat to the note card. I didn't add anything else as I want the shimmer and shine to be the star of the card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of silver mirri card. On the white panel, I stamped a birthday greeting in black and added some silver confetti using one of the smaller stamps from Yay for Birthdays.


My next card uses the balloon die from Perfect Pairings - again, I've kept things very simple:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Let's Party Turnabout, Yay for Birthdays
Inks: Delicata - Silvery Shimmer; Versamark; Gina K - Stormy Sky
Dies: Concord & 9th - Perfect Pairings
Accessories: White & Black Card; Holographic Card

I am delighted that the full holographic effect has been captured in my photos - a bit surprised too!! The balloon die gives the outline of balloons along with five solid balloons. I adhered the die cut to the side of the card and stamped the greeting in Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver powder. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of the same holographic card and on the white card I stamped a bold 'Yay' using the two-step stamp from Yay for Birthdays. 


I am so pleased how these cards turned out. I love the way the holographic card shimmers in the light, so even though both cards are clean and simple, they sparkle!!! And how! That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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