Wednesday, 18 May 2022

SHC - Christmas in May

.... I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. Normally, I'd have at least 30 Christmas cards in my stash by now, but for obvious reasons, I'm running behind. So I spent the past weekend making Christmas cards. I've used a mixture of old and new Concord & 9th stamp and die sets. All the inspiration comes from Jennifer McGuire.


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, Big On Christmas, Christmas Cottage
Inks: Gina K - Kraft, Fresh Asparagus, Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet
Accessories: SU Card - Early Espresso; White Card

I'm submitting this card to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT22-18 - love these colours.

I love the turnabout stamps - they make it so easy to make lots of cards quickly and all look different too. Inside the card is a white panel onto which I stamped a simple greeting and a tree.


Next are a couple of more modern cards:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, All the Merrys, Christmas Cottage
Inks: Gina K - Bubblegum Pink, Soft Stone, Stormy Sky; Memento - Angel Pink; Versamark
Dies: MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 1 #9
Accessories: White Card; Silver Embossing Powder

I'm submitting these cards to Jingle Belles - JB-21-10 where they have the lovely colours, and to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#68 where it's Anything Goes.

For a completely different look, I trimmed the stamped panel into two wonky pieces with stitched edges and added them to the front of white A2 note cards. I added simple greetings. Both cards have the same design inside the cards.


I made a couple more cards with the Tiny Trees turnabout background:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, All the Merrys, Christmas Cottage, Trim the Tree
Inks: Gina K - Applemint, Lucky Clover, Jelly Bean Green, Christmas Pine; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: C&9 - Trim the Tree
Accessories: White Card; Copic Markers

I used the inlaid-die technique for these cards. I like being able to get two cards from one piece of stamped card!!

Next, I have a series of three cards made using a turquoise and silver plaid background and some tiny trees:



Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, Big On Christmas, Christmas Cottage, Trim the Tree, Plaid Background
Inks: Gina K - Ocean Mist, Key Lime, Tranquil Teal, Wild Dandelion, Dark Chocolate; Versamark
Dies: C&9 - Tiny Trees
Accessories: White Card; Silver Embossing Powder

I'm submitting these cards to Happy Little Stamps Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#05, Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#429 where it's Any Occassion, and to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#116 where it's Anything Christmas Goes.

The inside of each card is the same - so much quicker for multiple cards.


Next I have a traditional style card with a red and gold plaid background:


Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, Big On Christmas, Christmas Cottage, Plaid Background, Mix & Match Holiday Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Red Velvet, Jelly Bean Green, Dark Chocolate; Versamark
Dies: C&9 - Tiny Trees, Mix & Match Holiday Sentiments
Accessories: SU Card - Cherry Cobbler & Kraft Card; Gold Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to ABC Christmas Challenge - ABCXMAS where the letters are J and K - K for Kraft. Inside the card I used Christmas Cottage stamps to make the greeting.


My last card - yes, really!! Is another fun plaid background with a faux 'Christmas' tree made from the Mix & Match Holiday Sentiments:


Stamps: C&9 - Big On Christmas, Plaid Background, Mix & Match Holiday Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Red Velvet, Jelly Bean Green
Dies: C&9 - Mix & Match Holiday Sentiments
Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Confetti

I'm submitting this card to Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#44 where it's anything Goes. I had such fun creating this faux Christmas tree from words. Inside, the greeting is from Big on Christmas.


I'm so pleased that I managed to get all these cards made. But, I'm shattered!! Don't think I'll make a lot like this again for a while. That's all for now. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

SHC - Pastel Birthday

... Morning! This is my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. It's been prepared in advance as I don't want to be late again!! Last week, while I was full of energy, I not only made Jonathan's birthday card, but I made one for Charlotte his sister. They share their birthday on 30 April - seven years apart!! 


Stamps: Stamping Bella - Oddball Jane Austen; C&9 - Yay for Birthdays; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Passionate Pink, Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Turquoise Sea, Wild Wisteria; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Reverse Confetti - Big Flower Cover Plate
Accessories: White Card; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear Aquashimmer Brush; Gems; Gina K - Masking Magic

I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB#237 but I'm skipping the topping option and going with Anything Goes. I'm also playing along with AAA Birthday - AAAB#37 where the theme is Let's Party. Now it's restrained on the front, but the message inside says it all!!!


I used the cover plate to die cut a pattern in masking paper which I added to the front of a white A2 note card. I lightly blended over a rainbow of inks to create a pretty floral background. I used my MISTI to stamp Oddball Jane onto white card. I removed the image and coloured it with Copic markers. I returned the image to the MISTI, restamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then carefully cut out the image and added it to the card with dimensional pads. I finished the front with a simple birthday greeting in black ink, some gems and sparkle all over the dress and hat.


For the inside of the card, I cut two pieces of white card. On the large piece I lightly blended the rainbow of inks around the edge to create a pastel border to match the front of the card. On the smaller panel, I stamped a fun greeting and added some bold party confetti.

That's all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really do appreciate all your lovely comments. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

SHC - Geometric Quilt

....  Afternoon! I'm running late with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. I've been feeling very tired from my chemo, but this morning I woke full of energy, so decided to make a card for Jonathan's birthday:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Make Some Noise
Inks: Memento - Paris Dusk, Canteloupe; Versamark
Dies: C&9 - Geometric Quilt Top Dies
Accessories: White, Navy, Grey & Gold Card; Gold Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Color Throwdown - CTD#690 - totally inspired by the geometric cushion graphic. Also to Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#428 where the theme is birthday.


As soon as I saw the graphic on the the Color challenge I knew that I had to base my hubby's birthday card on it. I used my new Geometric Quilt top dies to cut a piece of white card - which has the whole pattern cut into it. I then used the diagonal and triangle dies to cut from navy, gold, grey, and white card stock. I spent sometime working out the pattern and then used liquid glue to adhere the pieces in place. I added the finished panel to the front of an A2 white note card. I finished the front by adding a simple birthday greeting in navy ink and gold embossing.


Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of navy card. On the white panel I stamped a fun birthday greeting in navy and soft gold ink.

That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022

SHC - One Layer Cards

.... Morning! I'm running late with my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today I have a couple of one-layer cards to share with you. Here's the first:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Simply You, Magnolia Messages
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Pastel; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card

This is super quick and easy to make. I used my MISTI to stamp the large leaf image in soft pastel colours. I then added a fun, bold greeting in black. The inside is blank for my own message. I was having such fun that I made another card, this one is for Ben:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Simply You, Magnolia Messages
Inks: Gina K - Applemint; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card

I'm submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#218 where they want to see one-layer cards.


Just a easy as before except that I stamped the leaves in soft green and added a bold hello greeting in black. Once again, I've left the inside blank for my own message.


Sometimes you need to be able to make cards quickly. And yesterday I realised I hadn't made my cards for today's post. I've been feeling so incredibly tired for the last week - I think it's a combination of the chemotherapy and Covid. While, I'm negative and recovered from Covid, the tiredness is hanging on. In fact, I was in bed last night early and slept through until 9am this morning! I can't remember the last time I slept so long. I think I have to learn that taking a nap is a good thing.

Anyway, that's all from me today. Take care. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022

SHC - Happy Easter

... Morning. I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today I've a simple Easter card to share with you:


Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Better Days, Simply Celebrate Spring, Magic Spring Messages, Scripty Autumn Sentiments, Celebration Scripty Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Key Lime, Soft Stone; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Lawn Fawn - Better Days, Simply Celebrate Spring, Magic Spring Messages
Accessories: White Card; SU DP - Daffodil Delight; Lawn Fawn - Clover Background Stencils, Hillside Stencils; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear & Midas Aqua Shimmer Brushes

I'm submitting this card to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#541 where they want to see bunnies, and to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#217 where they want animals.


I had fun with this card. I started by creating the clover background hillside. I first masked off the top of the card with a hillside mask and then placed the clover stencils over the top. I used one shade of green ink, applied lightly for the first stencil and with a heavier hand for the second stencil. Next, I used my MISTI to stamp the bunny, some easter eggs, flowers and the greeting (sun) on white card. I removed the images and coloured them with Copic markers. I returned them to the MISTI and restamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I used the matching dies to cut out the images. The bunny image has a heat on the belly, so I simply used a scalpel to cut under the arms and slipped in an easter egg. The easter eggs cut in a strip, so I cut them down to small groups and adhered them onto the card. To make the 'sun' I coloured the card yellow, and then stamped on top. I finished the front with the addition of some clear and gold tinted shimmer. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of bright yellow design paper. On the white panel I created the greeting using words from two different sets and added some of the left-over die cuts.


That's all from me for today. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2022

SHC - Birthdays

.... Morning. Time for my Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today I've got a couple of birthday cards to share with you. The first is for my father-in-law:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Applemint, Key Lime, Grass Green, Lucky Clover, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Altenew - Just a Number
Accessories: White & Black Card

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#04.


This was fun to make. I used my MISTI to stamp the birthday presents, starting in the middle and moving the card up and down to create a nice background panel. I removed the panel from the MISTI and freehand stamped the parcels with the solid square block. The block lines up easily and it's very quick. I trimmed the panel to 4" x 5¼" and layered it onto a black mat layer and added it to the front of an A2 (US size) notecard. I finished the front by die cutting a scripty birthday greeting - the shadow in black and the text in white. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped a fun sentiment - and who doesn't like cake? In the message I'll add have a glass of wine too!! I finished the inside with a few more of the birthday presents.


Next is a card I made for our son's aunty who lives in the US - so she'll have this card by now:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks, All the Birthdays; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Gina K - Bubblegum Pink; Versamark
Dies: C&9 - Birthday Stacks
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gold Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Midas Aqua Shimmer Brush; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this card to Less is More - LIM#461 where they want us to use pink and gold - done! So glad I've managed to join in with this challenge - it's been a while. I'm also playing along with Perfectly CAS - PCAS#25 where they want us to use Die Cuts and to only use a ⅓ of a page or less.


I used black card to make an A2 side-opening notecard. I cut a piece of white card 4" wide and put it in my MISTI. I stamped the balloons towards the top of the card in a soft grey, removed the panel and coloured the balloons with Copic markers. I replaced the card and restamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder. I then went to use the matching die to cut out the balloons and discovered that there is a right way to use the balloon stamps!! So I re-did the balloons, the right way this time, cut them out, stamped the balloon strings and heat embossed them with gold powder and then added the panel to the front of the card. I trimmed it to measure 5¼" from the tallest balloon to the bottom of the panel. I finished the front by adding a simple birthday greeting and adding some gold shimmer to the two plain balloons. Inside the card, I cut a piece of white card to be smaller then the note card. I stamped a birthday greeting in the middle and added the spare set of pink balloons to decorate the bottom of the panel.


You can actually see the gold shimmer in the balloons in the photos!! 

I'm busy making these cards in advance - typing this on 28 March - a few days after my first round of chemo. It's been okay - no sickness or nausea, but I am tired. So, I think it's good to get well ahead, just in case the next round isn't as kind!!

That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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