Friday, February 27, 2015

His and Hers Paw-some Birthday Card!

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Today I am sharing two cards using the newly released Taylored Expressions Paw-some stamp and die set which I think is adorable.  My brother-in-law and his wife have birthdays 4 days apart so I thought I would challenge myself to make a "His and Hers" card using the same image.  

This is also my entry for the Crafting from the Heart Challenge and The Pink Elephant Challenge as well as the Splitcoaststampers CAS311 Challenge.  Details and links are towards the end of my blog post.

First up is my BIL's card: 

I stamped the image with my MISTI onto Ranger watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink then coloured it using Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.  I added the black patches myself then diecut the image using my Big Shot and popped it up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is also from the same Taylored Expressions set.

I added some Glossy Accents to the dog's nose and once dry, added a dot of white acrylic paint for some highlight.  I added a very fine line of Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue onto each side of the dog's hat which doesn't look too sparkly for my BIL.  When I want to add an extremely fine line of glitter glue, I squirt some onto some scrap cardstock and use a pin to pick up tiny amounts and apply it to my image.

Here is a close-up:

The twine came free from Lawn Fawn with an order I received late last year (they wrapped my stamps in tissue paper and tied on the twine which I saved).  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Lastly, I added 2 blue brads and corner-punched the kraft cardstock using a We R Memory Keepers 1/2 inch Corner Chomper which my wonderful DH gave me for Christmas. 

And now here is my SIL's card:

All the details are basically the same except that I added more Dazzling Details glitter glue to the image:  gotta have more sparkle and shine on a feminine card :-)  I also added tiny pink Molossi rhinestones to the dog's collar to make the collar look like one of those fancy diamante collars.

The twine came from my local Woolworths Supermarket and I added some iridescent sequins and stars which came from a $2 shop; they were glued on using Ranger Multi-Matt Medium.

Here is a close-up:

Here are the Challenge Details:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE287 - Anything Goes 
Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS311 - Rainbow  

Did you notice the word 'MISTI' in my write-up?  YES - I am the proud owner of a MISTI which I bought from Scrapbook Boutique right here in Melbourne a bit over a week ago.  Yay! Smiley from Millan.Net   

Scrapbok Boutique had stated in their newsletter that they were getting some stock of the MISTI so I checked (read: stalked!) their website about 10 times a day until I saw it listed and didn't hesitate to buy it immediately as I knew they would sell out very quickly.  I wasn't so keen on buying it from the USA due to the high cost of postage, the exchange-rate conversion from US$ to Aussie$ being pretty bad at the moment, plus the potential for it being damaged in transit  - so I was thrilled to be able to buy it locally from a store that I have been a long-time (online) customer of.  And it is a really fantastic and clever tool - I am so glad that I bought it.  Scrapbook Boutique are currently sold out but they are getting more stock in according to their newsletter.   Please note I have no connection to Scrapbook Boutique other than being a happy customer for many years.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Paw-some cling-mount set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  None

Dies:  Taylored Expressions Paw-some

Accessories:  Big Shot, MISTI, Faber-Castell + Lyra Watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, dimensionals, JoSonja white acrylic paint, Ranger Multi-Matt Medium, twine (Woolworths and Lawn Fawn), Fray Stop, We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper, blue brads, Molossi tiny pink rhinestones, iridescent sequins and stars ($2 Shop), Glossy Accents, Ranger Watercolour cardstock, other cardstock - kraft and white

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lili of the Valley James - Big Heart Valentine's Day card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net 

Today I am sharing a Valentine's Day card that I made for my daughter.  Even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day per se, I think it is a great opportunity to send a card to someone to say how much you care about them.  My daughter and I also celebrated the occasion by baking some chocolate cupcakes and iced them with pink strawberry icing and sprinkles - yum!  

This card is also for the following Challenges:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge 67 of Anything Goes with a Twist - add a bow

Craftyhazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge which is 'Anything Goes' but Hazel must be able to see that you have used patterned paper as the whole idea of the challenge is to use up your stash of patterned paper - and let's face it, many of us have enough to keep us going for 10 lifetimes (I know I do LOL!).  And yet the lure of a fresh paper pad is so hard to resist........

I bought this adorable teddy bear stamp - James Big Heart - from Lili of the Valley UK just before Christmas but it hasn't seen ink till now.  I stamped the teddy using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto KW Doggett smooth white cardstock and coloured the teddy using Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft + Lyra coloured pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits ie: the Magic Coloured Pencil technique aka Gamsol Magic - then coloured around the teddy using blue chalk.

I paper-pieced the heart and ran a soft grey Tombow pen around the outer edge to try and give it some 'roundness'.

I stamped the teddy again onto a scrap piece of cardstock and coloured the flower and the paws holding the heart - then cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.  I also went around all the edges of the paper pieces with a Copic black multiliner to hide the white of where I cut.  You can see a little of the dimension in this close-up here:

Here is another angle to help you see the dimension:

I went over any areas that needed the blackness touched up especially around his eyes and nose with a Copic black multiliner then used a white gel pen to redo the white dots in the eyes and nose.

The sentiment is also from LOTV from their newly released set 'Happy Bears' which has lots of teddy bear images and sentiments - see HERE.

All the designer papers are by Crate Paper - Love Notes - which I picked up from Spotlight late last year.  It is a gorgeous pad with soft reds and light teal colours - right up my alley!

I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some subtle glimmer to the heart and rose which is very hard to see in the photo.   The centre panel was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The light teal organza bow was made using my Bow Easy and I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I glued the bow on using Fabric glue.  

I used an EK Success Arrows border punch to punch some tiny little hearts from the soft red cardstock (they are the leftover punchies that look like tiny hearts) and glued them around the teddy using Tombow Aqua glue.  Here is a close-up of that sweet teddy bear:

Once I had layered up the card, I attached a white cardstock base which was diecut using a circle die except that I moved the die up so that I still had a fold at the top.  The next photo explains what I mean if I am not making any sense:

I usually make my card fronts first then attach the front to a white cardstock base (unless it's a one-layer-card of course).

I think you could use this LOTV image for a Wedding Anniversary or Engagement too.

And now I thought I would share the gorgeous Boofle card that my daughter gave to me:

The papers and butterflies are by Kaisercraft from their Enchanted Garden collection.  The twine was saved from a clothing tag and the rhinestones are also by Kaisercraft.

My daughter knows that I love Boofle so I received a Boofle Gift bag filled with lots of lovely goodies.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:  

Stamps:  LOTV James - Big Heart ST483, sentiment from LOTV Happy Bears SET088

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Designer Paper:  Crate Paper Love Notes 6" x 6" pad (2013)

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles

Accessories:  Big Shot, dimensionals, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft + Lyra coloured pencils, Odourless Mineral Spirits, paper stumps, Kaisercolour blue chalk, light teal organza ribbon, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, cardstock - soft red, light teal + KW Doggett Smooth White, Perfect Layers Tools, Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen, Black Copic multiliner 0.05, white gel pen, soft grey Tombow pen, Tombow Aqua glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Fabric glue

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border punch

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stampin' Up Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

The summer school holidays are now over and my DD went back to school today (*sniff*) so the house seems very empty without her.  I thought school started yesterday as my Diary and Calendar both said that Term 1 started then - so we turned up to find that only the staff were there and it was a Curriculum DayOOPS!!!   But I didn't feel so bad as on the way back to the car, we passed another family on their way in - and apparently, the office had a steady stream of people arriving thinking that it was a school day too.  My DD was understandably a little dark on me having got up early for nothing but it was nice to have an "extra" day together :-)  I guess it was better than turning up a day late; nevertheless, I do feel a little dumb.....LOL!

Today I am sharing a Sympathy card.  Not an easy card to make of course and I tried to go for something very simple and understated which is what I prefer for my Sympathy cards - plus it needed to be very flat as I was posting it to the USA:

The dry embossing is an old folder by Cuttlebug - Grace's Frame - which is still widely available online.  I think this embossing folder is very elegant and suitable for many different occasions.

The tree and sentiment are by Stampin' Up from their Thoughts and Prayers set and were  stamped with Memento Gray Flannel dye ink which gave a lovely softness to the images as opposed to using black ink which can sometimes look a bit harsh.

I layered the main panel onto some dusky pink designer paper by Creativ which I bought from KMart (Australia).  The paper has no particular name - just an Item No. - and comes in a set of 24 sheets - 6" x 6" and from memory, I think it cost about $2.50.  It's a really nice set as there are some gorgeous burgundy, brown and dusky pink sheets - all very vintagey in style.  I trimmed the paper to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

I punched a heart using a Carl CP-8 Heart punch from the same dusky pink paper and glued that next to the sentiment using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Lastly, I adhered the main panel to a white card base using doublesided tape.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Thoughts and Prayers

Ink:  Memento Gray Flannel dye ink

Designer Paper:  Creativ 6" x 6" Mini Paper Stack, item no. 720/171691 (KMart Aust)

Accessories:  Big Shot, Cuttlebug Grace's Frame embossing folder, Perfect Layers Tools, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, white cardstock

Punches:  Carl CP-8 Heart twin punch (I used the largest heart)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Secret Garden Vintage-inspired birthday card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net 
Sheesh, I don't know what is up with Blogger!  It has been publishing my posts  when I have saved it as a Draft (which it did with my last post as well as this one) - so if you subscribe by email, you might get 2 emails now that I have re-published this post as I hadn't finished it before (sorry about that!).  The first email will probably say that the "post doesn't exist" if you click on the link because I changed the post name.  Just click on the latest email and it should take you to the right post.  If you read my posts via a Reader, it may also say that the post doesn't exist until I re-publish this one.  So annoyingFrom Millan.Net 

I was doing some tidying up in my Craft Room and came across some gorgeous papers by Graphic45 from their Secret Garden Collection (2013) and thought I would make a Vintage-inspired birthday card.  If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will already know that I am "too neat" to tear and rip edges like other cardmakers who are experts at Vintage-style cards - and I just can't add a gazillion embellishments and tizz up my card too much:  I get brain-freeze!   And whilst I am a little intimidated by making these sorts of cards, I have become comfortable with my own interpretation of that style.  Maybe there is another name for my style of Vintage?  Maybe it's Shabby-Chic (?).  If you can enlighten me, please do so :-)

This is also my card for Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge (see details and link below).

The main image is from the Springtime #4500650 sheet which already had the beige and green borders so all I had to do was cut it out and distress it using my Ranger round blending tool and Antique Linen Distress ink.  I added some Summer Flowersoft to some of the flower centres using tacky glue and once dry, added some Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.  This panel is attached to my card using 0.5mm dimensionals.  

Here is a close-up:

And another close-up where hopefully you might see a little bit of the Flowersoft and sparkle (?):

The designer paper on the card base and panel is also from Graphic45 from their Baby 2 Bride Collection which I have had for ages and is from 2007 (how's that for hoarding?!!).  I also distressed the paper using Antique Linen Distress ink.  The green cardstock was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers tools.  

The bottom punched border is my all-time favourite:  Martha Stewart Doily Lace.

I dyed the seam binding myself using a mix of paint colours:  Skin Tone Base and Peach Cobbler plus Textile Medium in equal quantities.  The seam binding and bow were added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying

The paper rose was originally cream but I added some watered-down paint to match the seam binding then added a some Dazzling Details for sparkle.  The green part underneath the ribbon was originally a bright green which didn't match the rest of my card so I trimmed it off then punched a star from the same green cardstock that I used on my card and glued it on.

I diecut 2 x Vintage Corners from green cardstock using my Cuttlebug, distressed them using Antique Linen Distress Ink then glued them to the top of the main image panel using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  I punched a butterfly from some matching peachy coloured Secret Garden designer paper using a Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A punch, added 2 tiny pearls from my stash then added a little bit of Dazzling Details glitter glue.


I am entering my card in the following challenge -

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge - Anything Goes - but you must use patterned paper to cover your card base or project and Hazel must be able to see that you have used patterned paper for your project.   The whole idea behind the challenge is to encourage you to use your stash of papers (and let's face it, most of us have enough to last 10 lifetimes!). 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Ranger Antique Linen Distress 

Designer Paper:  Graphic45 Secret Garden Collection (2013) + Baby 2 Bride Collection - Unchained Melody #450023 (2007)

Dies:  Provocraft Vintage set 37-1201

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Ranger round blending tool, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Tombow Mono Multi glue, cream seam binding, acrylic paints - JoSonja Skin Tone Base + Folk Art Peach Cobbler, JoSonja Textile Medium, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Perfect Layers Tools, 0.5mm dimensionals, cream paper flower, cardstock - olive green, white cardstock base, tiny peach pearls from stash, Flowersoft Summer

Punches:  Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A + CP-1 Star, Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge

Friday, January 2, 2015

LOTV - You are my sunshine birthday card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

Happy New Year!  Boy it sure is hot here where I live!  Today it was 39 deg C (102 deg F) and tomorrow it is meant to be 42 deg C (108 deg F) - uggh!  I am so glad we have air-conditioning and I tend to do more crafting in summer because I am inside the house alot more keeping out of the awful heat.  Plus we live in a bushfire-prone area so we need to stay home on really hot days to keep an eye on things. 

Today I am sharing a card that I made for my American sister-in-law's birthday:

My SIL is one of my biggest fans and a great encourager to my cardmaking - and one of the loveliest ladies you could ever meet:  so kind, caring and enthusiastic.

The image is from Lili of the Valley (UK) and was stamped onto watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured with Lyra + Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.  I lightly chalked around the image using blue chalk for the sky.  

My process for cardmaking is to choose the image then the papers so I can match up the colouring with my designer papers.  I couldn't get the pink shade quite right on my flowers nor the tealy-aqua - and I was getting very frustrated and the flowers ended up looking very ho-hum because you can't fiddle with watercolour paper too much or it starts to pill.  I almost threw the image out when I had a sudden flash of inspiration - paper-piecing!  Yep, that technique that I keep forgetting about!

So I re-stamped the image onto another sheet of matching pink paper and tealy-aqua paper and cut out the flowers.  They were VERY fiddly to cut out but I just took my time and used some of those super-magnifying glasses that you can buy from the shops so I could see what I was doing - and once I had cut them out, I went around the edges with a black pen to hide any imperfections with my cutting.  Yay - image saved and I was no longer grumpy!

I attached the flowers to my image using Tombow Mono Aqua glue which gave me a little bit of time to move the flowers into their exact position before pressing down firmly.  I added a bit of orange and yellow to the flower centres using Tombow pens plus a little bit of grey under the flower centres to give some depth to the flowers.  Here is a close-up:

The sentiment is also by Lili of the Valley from their set - General Greetings Small.

I used an EK Success Arrows Border punch to punch tiny little hearts (ie: they are the leftover punchies which look like tiny hearts) from the pink + tealy-aqua paper and glued them around the sentiment.  I added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to these hearts, the teddy's cheeks, all the flower centres and all over the butterfly.

The main image panel was attached to 2 sheets of designer paper and were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The pink and green on the card base is also designer paper and these were trimmed to 1/8".  I tied on some Blossom Iridescent twine and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I love this twine because it has a sparkly thread through it and it's so pretty. 

I glued on 3 pink Sparklets using Glossy Accents.  I kept the card very simple as I usually do plus I didn't want to cover up the pretty floral base paper.  Lastly, I added my card front to a white cardstock base using Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive which is super-strong.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Splitcoaststampers - Technique Lover's Challenge TLC485 of Paper Piecing Revisited - which is from a while ago but there are no time limits on SCS Challenges

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #354 - Anything Goes

Finished size is 4-5/8" x 4-5/8" or 117mm x 117mm.

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments that you care to leave - they are really appreciated :-)


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lili of the Valley (UK) You are my Sunshine ST378 + General Greetings - Small ST063

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  First Edition Spring Drop 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock, Kaisercraft blue chalk, SU Fuse Fast adhesive, Tombow Mono Aqua glue, black pen, The Twinery Blossom Iridescent twine, Fray Stop, Lyra + Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, #2 round paintbrush, Fiskars Stamp Press, Glossy Accents, pink Sparklets (EBay), SU Dazzling Details glitter glue, paper-tole scissors, white cardstock (card base)

Punches:  EK Success Arrows Border

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The More the Merrier Shaker card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  We had Christmas Day at home for the first time in the 25 years that we have been married - which was absolutely wonderful!  We had my Mum, my brother plus his wife and their daughter over for lunch and it was such a lovely and relaxing day.  Boxing Day we always stay at home and just relax and play with our new toys.  You won't find me at the Boxing Day Sales - the last thing I want to do is drive to somewhere crowded, fight for a parking spot and go shopping - I just don't understand all the hype about it as the shops have sales throughout the year anyway!  Each to his own I suppose.......

Today I am sharing the Christmas card that I made for my 11 yo DD which I couldn't share here on my blog until it had been opened on Christmas Day:

I haven't made a Shaker card for ages but as I have seen alot of them around Blog-land recently, I thought I would make one as they are really fun.  I used a Large Round Shaker Card Pouch which comes in a pack of 10 by Impression Obsession.  You can get many different sizes and shapes of pouches but I only have the circles:  you can see their full range HERE.  They are really cool because you just peel off the adhesive and stick it down - although I did actually add some Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive which is super-strong as I was a little afraid the adhesive on the pouch wasn't really strong enough. The shadow at the top part of the pouch from taking the photo out in the sun looks a little odd but if you look at the IO website, you will get a better idea of what the pouch looks like.

The main image is from the Stampin' Up set - The More the Merrier - which I bought second-hand on EBay a few months ago as it is retired.  I fell in love with this image when I saw a card on Splitcoastampers made with these snowmen.  If you are a regular reader of my blog you will already know that I am crazy for any stamps that have a snowman on it!  It must be genetic because my DD is nuts for snowmen too!

I stamped the image onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock and coloured it with a variety of mediums:  Tombow pens plus Lyra and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils using a paintbrush.   I stamped a couple of snowflakes from the Stampendous set - Winter Warm above the snowmen using Soft Sky ink then chalked around the image with blue chalk for the sky.  I had meant to add glitter to the snowmen's hats and scarves but only remembered about 5 seconds after I attached the pouch to the image.....oops.....sigh...... :-( 

I added Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter to the ground for the snow and to the cuffs and pom-poms on the Snowmen's hats using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  You can see a bit more detail in this close-up:

I added sequins, stars, glitter and gemstones from my stash in various colours for the Shaker contents and then diecut the burgundy and blue cardstock circles and attached them over the top of the Shaker pouch using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

The designer paper, twine, tag and large brad are from My Mind's Eye - Winter Wonderland which has been a favourite of mine this Christmas season.  The blue and burgundy cardstock layers on the card base were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I then popped this up on thick doublesided tape on my white cardstock base. 

The next card I am sharing is the amazing Christmas card that my 11 yo daughter made for me:

My daughter and I had a good laugh when we opened our cards because we both used the same image AND made a Shaker card!  This was my DD's first-ever Shaker card too.  Such a funny coincidence!  And this is the handmade felt snowman that my daughter gave me:

SQUEE!  Isn't my snowman just soooo adorable??!!  My DD didn't use a pattern and designed it all herself and it stands about 15cm - 6 inches high.  Oh my gosh, I ♥love♥ it so much!

And now here are some gorgeous handmade cards that we have received this Christmas season:

From my Stampin' Up Demonstrator

From my beautiful friend Y who first introduced me to cardmaking

From my SCS friend Sabrina in Ireland

From my blogging friend Shaz

An Easel card from our dearest friend C
In an era where alot of people use Social Media to send their Christmas greetings, we feel very blessed to receive such beautiful handmade cards in the mail.  

Lastly, as I haven't shared photos of Ruby for a while, I thought I would post some photos of her playing around her little carpeted scratching post and tunnel:

Of course, having the sun come through the window makes you sleepy so once Ruby had a bit of play, it was time to catch up on some zzzzzzzzzs!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up The More the Merrier (retired), Stampendous Winter Warm SSC262 clear set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Stampin' Up Soft Sky dye

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles

Designer Paper:  My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland (2012) 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, twine + tag + brad - MME Winter Wonderland set, Fray Stop, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, Tombow Mono Multi + Mono Aqua glue, SU Fuse Fast adhesive, X-Press it thick doublesided tape, Impression Obsession Large Round Shaker Pouch SHP02, Kaisercraft blue chalk, #2 round paintbrush, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, Tombow Pens, Perfect Layers Tools, assorted sequins + gems, Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock, other cardstock - burgundy, blue, white

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Stampendous Snow Bears on Ice Circle card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net 

Today I am sharing a Christmas card which I made for my dearest friend C who lives on the other side of Australia.  C is the kindest and most generous friend you could ever know - and has been an amazing support to our family since our loved one was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in February 2012.  C is also a very talented cardmaker so I love our long chats on the phone about cardmaking.  Now that C has the card in her hot little hands, I can share it here:

The main image is by Stampendous - Snow Bears on Ice - which I have had forever and as far as I know, is retired - and was stamped using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock and coloured with a variety of mediums:  Tombow pens, Ranger Distress Markers and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.  I used a tiny round 5/0 paintbrush to dot white acrylic paint on the scarves.  I coloured around the image with blue chalk.

I went over the red hats using a Wink of Stella red glitter pen and added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue underneath the skates.  I also added Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter to the cuff and pom-pom on the hat using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  

Here is a close-up:

It is a bit hard to see the sparkle as the weather was very dreary on the day I took the photo.  An hour later, the card was in the post so I didn't have much choice!
The snowflakes are by My Favorite Things from their Snowflakes Trio die set.  I glued down just the centres and bent the snowflake arms (is that what they are called??) up a little to give them some dimension against the white cardstock, then added red rhinestones to the centres.

The sentiment is from Elzybells (who are no longer in business) and I added a green rhinestone to each end. 

The white cardstock base was originally a square pre-folded card and was diecut using a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die but I moved the die up a little so that I still had a small fold at the top.  I dry-embossed the circle cardstock base using my Big Shot and Cart-Us Snowflakes embossing folder, then all I had to do was layer the main image panel on.  All the circle/scalloped circle diecuts are from the Lifestyle Nesting Circle/Scalloped Circles sets.  I really love these sets because you get oodles of dies in them - from tiny circles to really large circles that are big enough to make a circle card:  great value in my opinion.  

I really should make more circle cards - they are a fun change from the regular square or rectangular cards.

Lastly, I used my Bow Easy to tie a double-bow out of my Doodlebug twine and glued it on using Glossy Accents.  I put some weight on it whilst it dried to hold it firmly.  As always, I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.


I am popping my card into the following Challenge - 

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - December - Anything Goes

This will be my last post before Christmas.  I have one more Christmas card to share but as that person won't be opening it until Christmas Day, I can't share yet - plus they read my blog so sharing it beforehand would spoil the surprise. 

Merry Christmas and a happy 2015 to you all - and thanks so much for your support, comments and emails throughout this year.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampendous Snow Bears on Ice D144 wood-mount (retired), sentiment from Elzybells Mini Messages 20-054 clear set (retired)

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles, My Favorite Things Die-namics Snowflakes Trio

Accessories:  Big Shot, Tombow pens, Ranger Distress Markers, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, #2 and 5/0 round paintbrush, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Wink of Stella red glitter pen, JoSonja white acrylic paint, Stampendous Cotton White Fun flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, Tombow Mono Aqua and Mono Multi glue, Kaisercraft blue chalk, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, Doodlebug Ladybug twine, green and red rhinestones from stash, Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock, other cardstock - white, green, red

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