Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rip it Up

Where oh where has the summer gone. I can't believe that it is the last day of August already which means that we are now less than 4 months to Christmas.
 
Over on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog we have another new challenge starting today. The theme this time around is
 
R for Rip it Up
 
 
For my  card, I decided to dig into the inks and play.
 
 
I started by embossing the snowflake design and then rubbing on Distress inks in various shades of teal and purple. After tearing off the edge of the matted piece I played around with some embellishment and finally came across these old acrylic snowflakes so I pulled out the alcohol inks and dabbed them up to match with the background.
 
A few simple gems and a sentiment finish the whole thing off nicely.
 
I hope that you will join in on the fun.
 
Our generous sponsor for this challenge is
http://www.digistampboutique.co.uk/catalog/


and they have provided a £10.00 Voucher for one lucky participant.
 
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Q for Quick Layout

Good Morning, is has been a long hot summer but before you know it fall will be here and then Christmas will be sneaking up around the corner. Over at the ABC Christmas Challenge, we want to help you get ahead of the game this year. We have a new challenge starting today, the theme this time around is
 
Q for Quick Layout
 
For my card I have coloured up James Bear again. He is getting pretty quick and easy to do because I have used him so much. The layout is really simple, just some scraps from previous cards layered on red cardstock for matting with no embellishments. Quick layouts like this really let the image steal the show.
 
 
 
Be sure to join in on the fun, we have been generously sponsored by

 
Photobucket

 
who have offered one lucky participant a chance to win a $10 gift certificate.

 
 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

L for Letters and Love

Good Evening, I  hope that you have been enjoying some wonderful spring weather. Today marked the start of a new ABC Christmas Challenge  and I'm here to tell you all about it.
 
Our theme this go around is things that start with L.
 
 
For my take on this challenge I selected one of my favorite stamp images from Whiff of Joy. This little pair of lovebird mice was perfect for the theme.  The layout was kept clean and simple to allow the image to be the real focus but I managed to pick up the theme again with Letters in one of my background papers and finished it of with a Love sentiment.
 
 
We have a fabulous sponsor for this challenge and one Lucky winner will receive 3 images of their choice from Drawn
 
Be sure to take a look on the challenge blog at the other DT samples for some more great L themed ideas. We do hope that you will join in the fun.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I for Inky

Good Morning, I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful spring.
 
It is the start of a new ABC Christmas Challenge.
 
The theme this time around is
 
I for Ink
 
so we hope that you will pull out your favorites and join us
 
 
 
For my card I have opted to play with Distress Inks and a pre-cut card blank. After stamping and heat embossing the snowflake background I have layered on the Distress. For the Snowflake medallion, I inked the stamp in the same colours of Distress before stamping and then layered the image on a simple scalloped mat.  The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum that I dug out of my stash.
 
This week, we are generously sponsored by
 
one lucky winner will receive a £10 gift voucher
Wild Orchid Crafts specialise in selling Mulberry Paper Flowers and many other embellishments for card making, scrapbooking and craft projects. We started selling our mulberry paper roses back in 2005. Since then we've added a large selection of different flowers and colour choices. All of our mulberry paper flowers are made using natural, renewable resources. The flowers are all handmade by experienced crafts people using high quality materials and great care is taken to ensure that they are made to the highest standard and beauty. You can see all of our flowers and embellishments on our website http://www.wildorchidcrafts.com
 
We do hope that you will play along with our challenge and look forward to seeing your inky creations.
 
Happy Crafting!
 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

B for Baubles

Good morning all, I am here to tell you about the new challenge theme starting over on the ABC Christmas Challenge
Our challenge theme for this fortnight is

B for Baubles

and we have been generously sponsored by
One lucky Random winner will win 7 Digi images for their choice

 For my card I opted to use this adorable image from
She was coloured up in some rather non-traditional Christmas colours and I have paired the image with some old papers that were found in my stash. A snowflake, a few flowers and some sparkle and bling finish it all off.




This challenge closes on Tuesday February 2nd at 6pm (GMT).

So now it's over to you...
We look forward to seeing all your fabulous Christmas Creations!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It's Beginning to Look Like a Wild Christmas!

Good Evening, I am here tonight to tell you all about the current ABC Christmas Challenge that started this morning. Our theme this time around is
 W for Wild Thing 
This can be any wild animals cats, bears, reindeer
Or even a wild hair do! haha!
 
 
For my card I have used this sweet image from LOTV. After all, what's more wild than a cute little bear. The image is quite large and fills up most of the card so all that I really needed to do was colour it up to match some festive Christmas papers and give it a nice frame. A simple flower finishes it all off.

Our very own Lacey is our AWESOME Sponsor for this challenge with her store
Stamp and Create.com
Sadly Stamp and Create is Closing.
The entire store is marked down 40%-60%


But Lacey is generously offering  3 Wags 'n Whiskers Digital Stamps to one of our lucky participants.
 
I hope that you will be joining in on the fun with your own gorgeous Christmas creations. Be sure to stop by the blog for some more wonderful DT inspiration.
 



Thursday, October 1, 2015

T is for Transportation

Good Evening! Carissa here, and I am running late again but I want to tell you all about the new challenge that started yesterday over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog.
 
We have a fun theme for you
 
T is for Transport
Lets see what moves you.
 
For my card I selected this sweet little James Bear from LOTV that I had never inked up before. This little cutie has been coloured up to match a card base that I had previously put together from scraps left over from some other creations while trying to clean up my desk.  Nothing more was needed other than a simple sentiment to finish it all off.
 
That's what I call easy!
We have been generously sponsored by
Prize - a $10.00 Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamp Store
SweetStamps.com manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Our very own SweetCuts Dies, Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Off the Edge

Good Evening, I am running a little behind with my card today. 
 
Over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog we have kicked of a new challenge.
The theme this time around is.
 
O - Off the edge

 
For my card I have selected one of my favorite snowflakes from Hero Arts and chosen to run it off the edges of the card. The image was stamped with Distress Inks and embossed with holographic embossing powder to give it a ton of holiday sparkle.
 
Because the image looked a little out of place on its own, I have hand drawn a border around the edge using Distress Markers to ground it. A simple sentiment and a few gems finished it all off.

I hope that you will join us with your own wonderful creations.
We have been generously sponsored for this challenge by


One lucky Random winner will win 7 Digi images for their choice


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

N for Not A Card

Good Morning, I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer. It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the year, Christmas will be here before you know it.
 
Over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog we have a new challenge starting today.
This time around our theme is
 
N for Not a Card
 


 I opted to make a little tag for this challenge. I have stamped and embossed the snowflake background before inking with Distress inks. Then I layered on some torn paper snowbanks and the Tim Holts diecut reindeer which was embellished with some tinsel and a little gem.
A simple post card transfer and some ribbon with a little charm finish it all off.
 
I hope that you will join in on the fun, we have been generously sponsored by Wendy at
All Dressed Up.
Winner will receive two free digis of their choice
from Wendy’s Etsy shop

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's a Happy Holiday

Good Morning, I am hear to tell you about the new theme that we have  over on the
 
This time our challenge is:
H for Happy Holiday/Christmas!

(Use a sentiment with the word Happy)



I decided to have a go at a card with a somewhat vintage feel to it.  This is one of the Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints that he introduced last year and I have coloured it up using Distress inks. Just a touch of platinum stickles around the edge and a few little copper gears finish it off.

The sponsor for the H challenge is our very own Lacey 
and her store Stamp and Create


with an awesome prize of 



I hope that you will join us with your own Happy Holiday creations.