Monday, 19 November 2012

A Trio of Snowmen!

I have been playing with the cute new snowman and die cut from Hero Arts, here are three more cards for the current "Bring on the Bling" challenge at the Hero Arts blog.  Here I have stamped the snowman with the Merry Christmas message from the Holiday Messages set, before colouring with copics and adding a paper pieced scarf and hat band.

 For this version I have watercoloured with Distress Markers using a brown palette only for a vintage feel.

With the last card I added an acetate window stamped with snowflakes and added a large snowflake attached with an acetate strip so it moves.

Hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

24 hour scramble!!

 On Friday and Saturday one of our Hero Arts Flickr group members Hannah organised a special challenge!  A whole 24hours of scramble challenges.  I think I have mentioned these before, we are given 90 minutes to make a card using a specific theme.  Usually I find it difficult to enter these as most of the hostesses live in the USA and so timing is an issue, but with it spanning 24 hours I was able to have a go at three of the challenges set.

The first challenge was number 7 set by Linda and was to use the same stamp in the foreground and background of your card.  I made this card using the "Etched Flower" cling, first stamping in Faded Jeans ink and making a mask so that I could repeat stamp in Broken China.

Challenge 8 was set by Cat and was to make a shaped card using no white at all, unfortunately in my haste I overlooked the shaped card bit and made this card in black and silver.  After seeing the other creations I quickly found time to make another entry.
 I made this in 20 minutes, not my best attempt but it is shaped.!!!

Challenge 9 was set by Lucille and was to make a card incorporating an animal or bird that is coloured in an unusual colour. I only had a little time for this one as I had the tea to cook so I quickly paper pieced the little deer, stamped the trees and added some glitter.

I really had fun with these, its so good to challenge yourself especially when its out of your comfort zone.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A Trio of Snowmen!!

I have been having more fun with this new Hero Arts stamp and die,  this snowman is so cute!!!

I had three images stamped, paper pieced , coloured and glittered up so decided to make a tri-fold card.

I have stamped and embossed the background with the "Magical Background" stamp and Silver Pearls embossing powder.  I have then added lots of glitter to the top of the card and the snowy mounds. This is another entry for this months Hero Arts "Bring on the Bling" challenge.

I have had a lot of trouble getting a good photo but the glitter is still hard to see.

Hope you are having a good week.

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Just a quick post today with a couple of tags made with my new Hero Arts Snowman stamp set and die.  I have been after this set for ages after seeing all the fabulous creations on the HA flickr site.  Its been really hard to find both the stamps and the die in the UK but at last the lovely lady at my local Stamp Shop managed to source them for me.  These sweet tags are the first inkings of my stamp and I am thrilled with them.  I have paper pieced the scarf and hat bands and added lots of glitter,  The hat has been coloured with a Sakura Glaze pen for added shine and I have added Glossy Accents to the eyes and nose.

I am off to play some more,  hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for looking!!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Winter Town!!

 I really love my Winter Town stamp from Hero Arts and have made quite a few different cards with it this year.  I decided to ink it up again at the weekend and make a couple of cards for the new Hero Arts challenge "Bring on the Bling".  My bling is very subtle, just some glitter for the snow but I love the effect it has even on a fairly simple card.

This card is also for the challenge at A Blog Named Hero which is to use punched or die cut shapes.

Here is my second card with just a ring of glitter round the central oval.  This town stamp really is so versatile and I now have two more flat cards to post!!!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Take one stamp!!!

I treated myself to a new Christmas stamp last week and set myself a challenge to make five different cards that were also flat enough to post without having to pay extra for bulk.  The first is also a shaped card so I am entering it in the current Simon Says Challenge.  I have stamped the image and then coloured with my distress markers, I have also stamped the image again and cut out some of the leaves to layer up.  The berries are coated in Glossy Accent for a little shine.
 With this card I have stamped the image in Toffee Memento and coloured the berries with copics before coating the whole image with Glossy Accent.  When dry I over stamped with Music background and distressed in Peeled Paint.
 For this one I stamped the Italian  Poetry and stamped the Holly over the top and coloured with Distress Markers.
 This one has the Musical Collage as a background and is also coloured with Distress Markers.

Lastly another card with the holly covered with Glossy Accents to form a resist when stamping the Music Background.  Another 5 cards down on my Christmas Card list, I still have quite a few more to make!!

Its the end of my half term holiday from school and I did manage to get most of my jobs done, Its a beautiful but cold day here so I am off for a walk, love these autumnal days.  Have a good weekend where you are.