Sunday, 19 November 2017

Keep Calm and Freak Out!!


Today I realised that I have exactly one more weekend left to prepare for Christmas. No, I haven't lost my capability to interpret a calendar, but next weekend we are going to Sheffield to my Sister's as my Mum will come and see us before Christmas. I can't wait to see her, and we are planning to take her to Chatsworth Christmas Market. I love Christmas markets, although instead of buying presents I end up buying a lot of yummy delicacies for myself instead! Then the next two weekends we will be in Finland to celebrate the 100th independence day with friends. We will be staying in a log cabin in the mountains, and will spend the week skiing and enjoying the Northern Lights from our heated outdoor pool! Including travel, that will eat up two whole weekends, which means there is only one more left before the big C. 

So I reacted like any sensible human being would to the news of having only one weekend to plan for hosting six people for three days. I freaked out, and started making lists. Well, first I made a list of all the lists I needed. Please tell me I'm not the only one?

In addition to freaking out about lists, I also realised that I don't have nearly enough cards to send to everyone. I've been a very bad card maker this year and completely failed to prepare for the biggest holiday in the card-making calendar. But this year, instead of feeling guilty I will accept that some people will end up with store bought cards. Oh well, we live to see another day. There are people with bigger problems in the world and I should stop being a drama queen.

However, all is not yet lost. I may be able to conjure up a few more cards and therefore spent a small part of today (in between freaking out) to give you four ideas of how you can quickly create last minute cards. I picked my favourite ever big Christmas sentiment - STAMPlorations Typografia Christmas Merry Little Christmas - but you could pick any big sentiment stamp you love (if you are still looking for your one true Christmas sentiment love, you should have a look in the STAMPlorations Typografia range, and even better if you find one you like, use code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout for 20% off!). I then created four different quick and easy backgrounds in warm colours and then heat embossed the gorgeous stamp in copper onto the backgrounds. 

My first background was made using Distress markers. I scribbled various yellow, orange and red marker pens onto a piece of acetate, spritzed generously with water and then smooched against watercolour paper. I dried with a heating tool, die cut using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and patted with my Embossing Buddy to remove any background static and ensure that the embossing powder would only stick to the stamped image. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Papermania Copper embossing powder.

My second background was created using Distress ink pads, I used a foam applicator to randomly apply inks, using the rectangle die as a mask. When I was happy with the background, I splattered some water on it before die cutting and heat embossing.



My third background was again created using Distress Markers. I used the markers directly onto watercolour card, colouring an ombre effect with the reds at the bottom, then oranges and yellows at the top. Then I used a very wet brush to blend the colours and dried with a heat tool before die cutting and heat embossing.



I used Brushos for my fourth background. I sprinkled the colour pigments very lightly onto the background and then spritzed generously with water before drying, die cutting and heat embossing. 



It actually didn't take very long to create these four cards, I think the quickest background to create was the first one which only takes the flashest of flashes.

Unfortunately we are way beyond the time when I manage to photograph my cards in daylight so you will have to put up with the bad photos, but hopefully I have been able to inspire you to create some quick cards in case you have been struggling with inspiration to get going with your cards, or realised that your stash isn't large enough yet.

I'm linking up my Brusho card over at CAS Watercolour where the theme is Holiday. I'm also linking up over at Just Add Ink where the challenge is to Just Add R (R for red) and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Stitch Up (add stitching). Last, but not least I'm linking up with Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge where the optional twist is Christmas.


Card: Stampin' Up Real Red card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and markers Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Barn Door
Stamps: STAMPlorations Typografia Christmas Merry Little Christmas
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


Weeks are just flying by, I can't believe we are already in mid-November. Have you been playing along with our brown challenge this month? If not, you still have a few weeks to join in on the fun.  If you need some inspiration to get your mojo going, pop over to the see the mid-month reminder for the STAMPlorations November CAS challenge.


For my card, I decided to go for a one layer card with a coffee theme. I used markers in three shades of brown to colour up stamps from What's Brewing and Scribbly Splattery Grunge to create an ombre look. 

Card: 300 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations What's BrewingScribbly Splattery Grunge
Ink and colouring: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop


I'm super excited to be part of the 3rd annual STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party. If you are following the hop, you should have arrived here from the wonderful Sarah Platt of Sazzle Dazzle Crafts. You can see all the hop stops in the linky below.


It wouldn't be a linky party without a lot of prizes! There are way too many prizes to list here, but you can find all the info over at STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party. You can win prizes by commenting and sharing on social media.


There is a bunch of new STAMPlorations products which are showcased along the hop. You can find them all in the New Releases category in the STAMPlorations shop. I got to play with the Words of Gratitude stamp set which has six wonderful sentiments, perfect to use on your cards or other crafting projects.



For my first card, I started by stamping the frame from STAMPlorations Floral Bliss (retired) in Versafine Onyx Black. Then I masked the frame, and stamped plenty of sweet goodies from Sweet Cravings and Sugar Rush, which I coloured with Copics. Then I inked the inside of the frame in a rainbow with Distress Inks and stamped the wonderful sentiment. All in one layer. 

For my second card, I inked yellow, orange and red Distress ink through the Fall Floral Trio stencil. I used the same inks with some more red and some brown thrown in to ink up a scrap piece of card and then die cut the leaves using the Trendy Leaves 2 coordinating dies. For the sentiment, I used a ombre blue piece of card, stamped the frame and sentiment and fussy cut it all. 


For my last, bright, rainbow card, I started by inking Distress ink through the Layered Petals stencil. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, and added some die cut flowers and leaves cut from coloured card using Trendy Spring Blooms Dies. A few small rhinestones completes the card.

If you got inspired to do some shopping, now is a perfect time as Shery is having a Thanksgiving Sale over in the STAMPlorations shop


Card: 300 gsm white card, scraps of coloured card, blue ombre card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Words of GratitudeSweet CravingsSugar Rush, Floral Bliss (retired)
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Copics
Stencils: ARTplorations Fall Floral TrioLayered Petals
Dies: CUTplorations Trendy Leaves 2 coordinating diesTrendy Spring Blooms Dies
Other: Adhesive rhinestones from my stash

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shining White


When I saw the current inspiration image over at Inspired by All the Little Things, I immediately knew the card I wanted to make. Which was this card, except I thought I had some white glitter card. Which I didn't. So I made my own instead, by inking white card with Versamark and adding holographic glitter embossing powder and then die cutting the background and the Christmas tree. I popped it all up with 3D foam dots. Last, I used some silver glitter card to die cut the sentiment and added some adhesive gems to the tree.
 I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Snow White, ABC Christmas Challenge where the theme is W for white and Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge where Anything goes with an optional twist of Christmas.




It was hard to capture the gorgeous glitter of the tree and the background in the pictures but this gives an idea of the beautiful shimmer. 


Card: White 250 gsm card, silver glitter card
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark
Dies: STAMPlorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Nesting Dies, Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree #1, Lawn Fawn Scripty Merry die
Other: Papermania holographic embossing powder, Stampin' Up adhesive gems

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Christmas Wreath Tag

Just popping in quickly to show the tag I made today as I was procrastinating on some work stuff. Crafting truly is the best form of procrastinating, and now I have another tag ready for Christmas. And I got to use my NBUS Lawn Fawn Knit Picky paper and Mini Wreath die, both of which are super adorable.

I'm linking up with a couple of challenges:
House of Cards - holiday and/or colours
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes, optional twist tags

Paper: Lawn Fawn Knit Picky paper, scraps of green and red card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Christmas Unicorn
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Lawn Fawn Tag You're It, Mini Wreath, Scripty Merry Christmas Die, Extra Sentiment Banners
Other: Red adhesive pearls from my stash



Sunday, 5 November 2017

North and South Pole Tags


I've been working on my stash of Christmas cards, but not really on any gift tags yet. So today, I thought I would change that as I was inspired by the cute bear tag over at Tag You're It challenge and the Clever Gift Packaging Challenge over at Lawn Fawnatics (not sure if tags really count as gift packaging or not, but I saw a few other tags in the gallery so I thought why not!). I'm also linking up with the Christmas Gift Tag challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Anything but a card over at Make My Monday.



I started by die cutting the tags in Neenah Solar white card, and inking the sky with Tim Holtz Distress inks, splattering with water mixed with some Perfect Pearls (which gives the sky a nice, subtle shimmer which I wasn't able to capture in the photos). Then I die cut the mountains in kraft card, and the snowy mountaintops, the snowy hillside and the forest border in white card. Last, I stamped the cute critters, colouring them with Copics and die cutting with the matching dies. After assembling the tags, I added some twine for attaching the tags to the gifts. I will stamp a greeting on the reverse of the tags.



Card: Neenah Solar white, kraft card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Tag You're It, Forest Border, Stitched Mountain Borders, Stitched Hillside Borders
Other: blue and white twine from my stash

Thursday, 2 November 2017

November STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Brown


Welcome to the November STAMPlorations CAS challenge. November? How can it be November already? Thank you for playing along with our October challenge, it was great to see so much amazing inspiration in the gallery. Make sure to check in over at the STAMPlorations blog in a few day's time to see the lucky winners. Hopefully, you'll be playing along with us again this month. Our optional colour twist this month is brown. 


What else could the colour brown mean than choooocolate! For my card I started by stamping the yummy cake and pie from Sweet Cravings, coloured with Copics and die cut with the matching dies. Then I stamped the Bold Sentiments: Sweet in an ombre pink pattern, attaching the cakes to the background. 

Card: Neenah Solar white card, 300 gsm white card
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Copics

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Autumn Leaves


The colours of the leaves are stunning outside, so I can't stop creating inked leaves and using all leaf dies I can find in the craft room. I've been so much into die cutting lately, much more than stamping to be honest. Today I made a bit of a mess with Distress Inks and STAMPlorations dies with a very strong CAS flair. It's just so much fun getting that ink everywhere and then splattering with water and some more ink. 

Today's card was inspired by the blue background and beautiful fall leaves in the inspiration image over at Fusion Card Challenges. I was also inspired by the ink blending themes over at AAA Cards and Daring Cardmakers.



Card: Neenah Solar white card
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 1 (retired)
Dies: STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves 2 coordinating dies

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Cozy Autumn Cuppa


Today was the first morning this season I had to scrape the windscreen of my car. Or to be perfectly honest, the boo did it for me. I'm a feminist, but I have to say I love it when the boo does the stuff that involves getting cold hands... And what a heart-warming gesture to realise when you get your car that the windscreen has been scraped! He has his moments.

We need a hot cup or two when the weather turns icy, don't we? I had to wait for a train for quite a long while out in the cold this morning, and would not have managed without my huge vat of hot latte to keep me warm. Today's card was inspired by that steaming mug of comfort as well as the cozy image over at Inspired by All The Little Things and the sketch over at Fusion Card Challenge. I'm also linking up over at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is to use a sketch and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.



Card and paper: 250 gsm brown card, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas, Perfectly Plaid Chill, Knock on Wood, Neenah Solar white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress marker, Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Nesting dies, Stitched Leaves, Tag You're It, Big Scripty Words, Everyday Banners

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Thankful for Cake


Today I spent some of my time in the good old craft room which has had way too little use lately. I'm procrastinating as I should be writing job applications. After many weeks of way too much work, I decided I've had enough, and it's time to start looking for something else. So instead of writing applications, I've been eating chocolates and crafting. As you do. 

So today's card was inspired by the delicious chocolates I ate. It's dangerous living close to a chocolate factory outlet shop. They had some really good offers, and in all good conscience, I couldn't leave without taking advantage of them! I can tell you that Eating sugar makes you inspired to colour cakes, which was perfect given the Just Add Cake theme over at Just Add Ink. I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week. In addition to using the new Sweet Cravings stamp set from STAMPlorations I also used a sentiment stamp from the Words of Gratitude set which you will be able to find in the STAMPlorations shop very soon. 


Card: 300 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweet Cravings, Words of Gratitude (coming soon!)
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Faber Castell Albrech Durer watecolour pencils
Other: sequins from my stash

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.



Saturday, 28 October 2017

Just Us Girls GD - Photo Week


Time flies when you are having fun, and this is my last week guest designing for the wonderful Just Us Girls. It's been so much fun, thank you so much ladies for having me and all the hard work you do to keep the challenge going! I'll see you soon again in the link-up for future challenges. 

This week is Photo inspiration, and you can see a bigger version of the image below. Just look at those gorgeous colours and fun texture. I was inspired by the beautiful background, and I used Brushos to re-create the spotty look and using similar colours to the inspiration image. I then added a feather and sentiment in white heat embossing using the STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 stamp set.





Card: 300 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper, scraps of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2
Ink and background: Tsukineko Versamark, Brushos
Other: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Neutral Wedding Card


I got asked to do a wedding card, with the instructions that it could not be at all cute. Which made me have to think a bit as my go-to wedding stamp set is the super cute Lawn Fawn Happy Wedding. But having to challenge your crafty muscles is always good, and after a few rounds of optimisation, I ended up with this card. To be honest, the plan was to use white heat embossing on the roses, and I had done multiple versions with both white and clear glittery embossing powder. They look really similar when the bottles are sitting on the desk and I simply went for the wrong bottle! But in the end, I really liked the subtle shimmer from the glitter embossing powder so I went with this design after all. I then hand lettered the sentiment using a metallic sharpie as I don't have a Mr&Mrs stamp. I added some gold Wink of Stella to the sentiment for a finishing touch adding some subtle shimmer.

My card was inspired by the neutral colours and intricate piping on the beautiful wedding cake and the metallic shine from the cake stand over at The Card Concept #80 (my card style is CAS). I'm also linking up with CAS on Friday where the theme is Flowers. 


Trying to capture the shimmer of the embossing powder on the roses.

Card: White 300 gsm card, kraft card
Stamps: STAMPlorations In Bloom: Radiant Roses
Ink and lettering: Tsukineko Versamark, Copper Sharpie, Gold Wink of Stella
Other: Papermania Holographic Embossing powder, CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies 

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Just Us Girls GDT - Colour challenge


Saturday means a new Just Us Girls Challenge! I've had super fun Guest Designing for the talented team, and sad that this is already my second to last week with them. And what a super fun colour combo it is. Perfect for Halloween - or anything else that tickles your imagination. I've been enjoying lots of fun with my Lawn Fawn critters lately and this card is no exception. I decided to dig out my Pop-Up Hillside die and create a spooky Halloween Night scene with some poisonous mushrooms and little critters dressed out as witches.



This is what the outside of the card looks like
I created the sky by die cutting the Puffy Cloud Borders in scrap paper. First I inked the background card in light purple and then added more purple using the Puffy Cloud Borders as masks, using darker purple and finally black to create a gradient. Then I splattered the whole background with water for an even spookier effect. I die cut the pop-up hills in black card and added some forest border and stitched tree borders die cuts to them. Then I stamped the critters on white card, coloured them with Copics and die cut using the matching dies. 



I can't wait to see what you create with this week's colours.

Card and paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black card, Neenah Solar white card, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Holiday Party Animal, Gleeful Gardens, Critters Ever After, Hats Off To You all with matching dies and Happy Everything
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Black Soot
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Pop-Up, Stitched Tree Borders, Forest Border, Puffy Cloud Borders, Stitched Rectangles, Scripty Happy
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


Welcome to your mid-month reminder for the STAMPlorations CAS challenge. It's great to see that you have found your way to the challenge after our summer break, it's so lovely and inspiring to see your gorgeous cards in the gallery. 


For my card, I stamped the Bloomtangled ATC #2 stamp and coloured it with Copics. I've been on a colouring spell lately. It's so relaxing! I thought the only thing needed for my card was a die cut sentiment, which I cut in white and red card and layered them on top of the coloured image. I used a slightly textured hammered white card for some additional subtle texture.


Card: 250 gsm white hammered card, Neenah Solar White card, scrap of red card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomtangled ATC #2
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies: Bloom and Grow phrase die


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.