Avery Elle – ‘Happy Howl-idays’…

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Hello there!  I hope you’re well and having a good week so far 🙂  Today I have some Christmas cards to share that I have made using this sweet doggy stamp from Avery Elle called – not surprisingly – ‘Happy Howl-idays’! These were really quick to make as I basically kept the design pretty much the same for most of them, changed the patterned papers around and coloured this little fella’s scarf accordingly to match!

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I also used: Papers by Lawn Fawn – Perfectly Plaid Christmas, Let’s Bokeh in the Snow and Perfectly Plaid. Die-namics Inside and Outside Diagnol Stitched Square die, Peekaboo Wonky Window die and lawn Fawn’s Stitched Circle die and Cross Stitched Rectangle die. Spectrum Noirs, Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad and various twine were also used.

Thanks for popping by today, I’ll be back next week.  Take care – Karen 🙂

 

Trick or Treat?…

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Hi there! For the foreseeable future I will be posting once a week so here’s what I have for you this week!  Halloween, not so big in the UK as it is in The States but I think it is getting bigger every year – there certainly seems to be more in the shops every year!  My kids get dressed up and I’ll take them trick or treating to family but that’s about it for us!  We live on a lane which is the last street in our village before a short walk to the next village.   I think this is the reason not many people venture round our way for trick or treating, so we end up being left with loads of candy (husband always insists on buying lots – just in case we have a mass invasion of little ghosties and witches knowing full well we hardly have any!) My family always give my kids way too much – in fact we still have some left from last year – I bet that’s yummy! (even though it’s still in date!)  Anyways, getting back to my little treat bags that I have made.  I love making these, I could make them all day long.  This would be silly, however, as I have just said, we don’t get many trick or treaters so who would I give them to?!!  I have made a few more since I took these photo’s so I will be giving these out to my kids and nephew.  No doubt they’ll be getting some bigger bags of the sweet stuff too to go with these!

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Supplies – Lawn Fawn: Trick or Treat stamps and dies, Holiday Party Animal stamps and dies, Party Animal stamps and dies, Spooky Hemp Cord, Perfectly Plaid  Fall papers, Let’s Polka in the Dark papers, Scalloped Treat Box Die, Stitched Circle die and Forest Border die.  Paper Smooches Deco Bag die, Reverse Confetti Tagged Tote die, Spellbinders circle die, black cardstock and Versa Magic Cloud White ink pad. I also used the ‘Happy Halloween’ stamp from Clearly Besotted’s ‘Out of this World’ set and the Sophisticated Script alphabet set from Concord & 9th. Spectrum Noirs to colour and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad. Yes, it’s a long list!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend, take care – Karen 🙂

 

English Rose – Clearly Besotted

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Hi there!  Today I am sharing this card made using the English Rose stamp set from Clearly Besotted. This is the first time that I have used vellum!  I really like the softness that vellum adds to a card so I thought it was about time to get some!   I used gold embossing powder for the greeting which is from Altenew’s Tulip set.  I also used some sequins, Memento inkpads in Angel Pink, Rose Bud and Rhubarb Stalk. The background paper is from MFT – Watercolor Wash, Brights.  And I used my MISTI 🙂

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That’s all from me for this week.  Have a great weekend whatever you’re doing, take care – Karen 🙂

‘Cheers’ Bokeh…

 

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Hello!  I’m back today with a couple of Christmas cards that I have made using lawn Fawn’s ‘Let’s Bokeh’ stamp set.  I got the inspiration for these cards from watching a You Tube video by Nicole Spohr. Actually, these could be for any celebration – if you omit the ‘to you and yours’ stamp! These were pretty quick to make – great for batch making- and it’s a couple of more cards for my Christmas stash!  The thing is at the moment I keep getting distracted from the larger family cards I should be making as I’m really enjoying making smaller cards at the moment. Never mind, I’m sure I’ll get them all done…eventually!

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Supplies used: The following Memento inkpads – Tuxedo Black, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy and Lady Bug.  Also, Tsukineko – Encore! Ultimate Gold Metallic Ink. Lawn Fawn ‘Cheers’ die and green cardstock. My MISTI.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great week, take care – Karen 🙂

OUCH!

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Hi, I hope you’re having a good week so far?  Today I have a card that I made for my parents’ friend who had a fall which resulted in a bone in her leg pierce through her skin – ouch!  At the time I had just coloured these images from MFT Sweet Succulents set and was debating what  card to make with them.  I remembered that one of the sentiment stamps in the set was ‘ouch!’ so I thought I would use them to make a  ‘get well soon’ card for this poor lady.

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Other supplies used: ‘Get Well Soon’ stamp from Clearly Besotted – ‘Message Me’, Spectrum Noirs, ‘Me to You’ Enamel Dots a Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad and the MISTI. Also the following Lawn Fawn products -Stripy Backdrop die, Stitched Circle Die, Everyday Sentiments Banner Die, ‘Let’s Polka in the Dark’ and ‘Perfectly Plaid’ papers.

That’s all from me for today.  I hope you have a great weekend, take care – Karen 🙂

Wonky Window Trio…

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Hi there!  Thanks for joining me today as I share these three cards that I made using the Peek-a-boo Wonky Window Die-namic die.  These cards were really quick to make.  I used double-sided gingham cardstock for the base card, cut out the aperture and popped a cute little critter inside – easy peasy!

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For this card I used the Penguin’s in Paradise stamp set from MFT and the Lawn Fawn ‘Cheers’ die.

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Here, I have used the ‘Seal-abrate stamp and die set from Avery Elle.

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 And last but not least, here I have used lawn Fawn’s Year 4 stamp set.

As always I coloured these little guys up using my Spectrum Noirs. I also used a Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad, the paper used for the die-cut ‘cheers’ was from a Lawn Fawn pad – I think it was either Let’s Bokeh in the Snow or Let’s Polka in the Dark!

Thanks for joining me today, take care – Karen 🙂

Altenew Tulips…

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Hello and a happy Thursday to you!  Today’s card has been made using Altenew’s Tulip set.  Now, I’m not the fastest stamper – especially when I’m using layering stamps! so considering that this is a 7×7 card, you might be able to imagine how long it took me to stamp the tulips!!   It took 45 stamps to complete the tulip border (5 different stamps for each of the 9 flowers).  I won’t say how long it took me, but it gave me a  bad back afterwards!  Anyway,  I really liked how it turned out – good job really!  I should explain that I have to craft standing  – hence the back pain!

To make this I also used: DP – Polka in the Meadow – Lawn Fawn, Striped ribbon and twine, Bella & Boo Enamel Dots, the MISTI, and the following Memento inkpads; Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Nautical Blue, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly and also Altenew inks – Summer Afternoon and Red Sunset.

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That’s all from me for this week.  I hope you have a lovely weekend, take care  Karen 🙂

 

MISTI Magic…

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Hello 🙂  I am back today with 2 more cards using Altenew stamps.  But, this is a little before and after exercise to show you what my new friend can do…it’s name is MISTI!  When I first saw the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented I didn’t think that it was something that I really needed.  But then, I started watching tutorials on You Tube, read reviews and after a lot of deliberation –  bought one!  The thing that swung it for me was the fact that you can stamp an image or sentiment again if it hadn’t turned out crisp enough the first time.  So many times I have stamped something and it hasn’t been a great impression and so it’s put me off doing what I was intending to do with it.  Also, the amount of times that I have stamped a sentiment on a card but then accidentally moved it and then it’s all ended up wonky!  I have to say that I was a little apprehensive before I first used it.  I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations of it – was it all hype how good they are?  Let’s be honest, they’re not the cheapest crafting tool out there, I really didn’t want to feel that I had wasted my money.  Thankfully though, I can honestly say that I love it!  I’m much more confident in my stamping now and have been trying things that I know I wouldn’t have got the same results before having a MISTI.  Look at these cards below.  The one on the left was stamped with an acrylic block, the one on the right with the MISTI.

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I hope you can see how much more solid and crisp the colours are on the right. Every time that I have stamped since purchasing the MISTI I have used it.  Of course there are other ways to use this in your stamping but for me, it’s worth it just doing what it’s doing for me!

To make these cards I also used: Altenew – Peony Bouquet and Painted Flowers stamp sets, Altenew – Red Sunset inks,  Memento Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout inkpads.  Washi tape and sentiment stamps from Craftwork Cards.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!  Take care – Karen 🙂

‘Let’s Party!’…

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Hi there!  Yesterday my children went back to school so now it’s time for me to get back into a more constructed routine – boo!   Today I’m sharing this card that I made using Lawn Fawn’s Party Animal and Holiday Party Animal stamps and dies. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I LOVE Lawn Fawn! Their little critters are so cute!  I coloured these little fellas using my  Spectrum Noirs and used the following supplies:’Perfectly Plaid Paper’ – Lawn Fawn, MFT Die-namics – Inside and Outside Diagnol Stitched Square Die, Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade twine, Big ‘n’ Spicy inkpad – Spice, a Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad and a white gel pen.

I made a mask and used a blending tool to create the circle in the middle as a backdrop to the characters and popped some foam pads on the back of them for dimension.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the  week and have a great weekend – Karen 🙂

 

Shop til you drop…

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Hello!  Well, it’s the last week of the summer hols for us – boo!  I think this has been the quickest year yet!  The kids are just about ready, but before you know it it’ll be half-term again in October!

The card that I’m sharing today was one that I made a while ago.  I was looking for something else and found this Smirk Decoupage Pad – For Her.  This was bought in my early days of card-making so I thought I’d give it a bit of an airing!  I don’t know if you can tell from the photo’s but parts of the flowers are glittered.

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To make this I also used the following: Pink paper from stash, Lawn Fawn – let’s Polka in the Dark paper, Lawn Fawn Striped Backdrop Die and die-cut handbag sentiments from Craftwork Cards.

That’s all from me for today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend – and if you’re in the UK – a lovely Bank Holiday!

Take care – Karen 🙂