Saturday, 28 December 2019

Twistoon Revamped Facebook Challenge

After a  bit of a break Twistoon is back on Facebook. The continuance of the progressive challenge relies on people actually using the free image and taking part which gave me the push I needed to get this done!

Materials used:
5" x 7" card blank
gold mirri card
printer card
X-Press It card
faux stitched rectangle die
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04     R20
hair - E21, E25, E29
eyes - B21, B24, B28     C7, C9, 100
dress - R81, R83, R85, R89
shoes - C0, C1, C3, C5
sign - E43, E44, E47
fireworks image free from internet

I thought the fireworks would make a good backdrop for this little cutie with her Happy New Year sign. In hindsight I think I should have printed the message on the sign with the image but when I printed her out I was not sure what I was going to do. I did not have any suitable stamps to use so had to write it by hand. 

There are still a couple of days left to enter the progressive challenge, you can find the details here.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:

Monday, 16 December 2019

Dreaming of a peaceful Christmas

It is time for the midway reminder for the Path of Positivity Challenge with the optional theme of peace. When our girls were little Christmas Eve was extra special for our family. We would go to a Christingle Service in the afternoon, come home for tea and a bit of festive TV before hanging up the stockings and heading for bed. Once quiet had settled St. Nicholas was able to do his thing!

But the best time was late in the evening when everything was quiet, that moment of peace and tranquillity before the business of Christmas Day. A time to pause and reflect on what Christmas is really all about, not the excitement, presents, chocolate, food or drink but a poor Jewish couple living in an occupied Israel. A couple forced to travel to Bethlehem by a Roman edict. A couple who had been asked to help God bring about his plan of redemption for humanity. A young girl in an animal shelter giving birth to a helpless baby who was both human and divine. A family that said 'Yes, Your will be done' to God. A child whose birth and life was foretold by prophets  and who grew up and fulfilled God's plan to redeem the broken relationship between God and His believing people. Jesus the Prince of Peace.

So however you celebrate Christmas I hope that the blessings and the peace 'that passes all understanding' finds a place in your homes and hearts this year and on into all the years of your life. God bless you this Christmas.

Now at this point I would love to have a beautiful card of the nativity to share with you. However it did not work out that way as the image I have to work with lent itself to illustrating part of the poem 'A Visit From St Nicholas' by Clement Clarke Moore. But it did remind me of that peaceful time on Christmas Eves past.

Materials used: 
X-Press It card
silver mirri card
white 7" x 5" card blank
rectangle die
peace die
Copic pens:
bricks - E07, E08, E09
mortar and stone - E13, E15, E17
clock - E81, E84, E87, E89     E41, E43, E44     YR23, YR24, YR27     W00
candle stickS - E31, E33, E35, E39 
candle - E0000, E000, E00
holly - R39      G28, G29     Y18 
logs - E43, E44, E47
flames - Y11, YR15, R35
ash - W00, W01, W03, W05, W07     R35
grate - C07, C09     Y11
rug - C0, C01, C03, C05, C07, C09, 100
stockings - R29, R39, R59, R89      G02, G17, G29
stocking fur - C01, C03, C05, Blender

I wanted to use a neutral palette for most of this image so that the stockings and the holly really stood out. The E's are especially useful for this because there is so much variety in the range. For example the bricks have a red hue to them while the clock has a hint of green coming through but all E's.

I hope that even with the busyness of the season that you will be able to join us on our last Path of Positivity challenge for the year. Remember the theme, peace, is optional but following it has more prize benefits. You can find all the details and the link up at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

A 'Green' Christmas

Every year I say I am going to be organised enough to make our wrapping paper so it can be recycled and every year I fail. This year I may not have succeeded in making the 200 or so cards I usually do but I did make the wrapping paper and matching tags!

Materials used:
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Block - Mini Detailed Snowflake 
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Kit- Mini Christmas Tree
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Kit - Small Star 
white acrylic paint
rolls of brown paper
wooden tags

I kept it really simple this year but already have ideas for next year! The wooden tags have been in my stash for a year now but I never got around to using them. I cannot even remember what I planned to use them for originally.

I love the Indian printing blocks, they are not cheap but are works of art in their own right. So look out for future posts featuring the blocks.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon #526 - Wrap It! 
Creative Fingers #176 - Anything Goes 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas 
A Bit More Time To Craft #105 - Anything Goes 
Love To Craft #41 - December Anything Goes

Friday, 6 December 2019

Scrapper's Delights Progressive Challenge For December

Time for the last progressive challenge of the year on the Scrapper's Delights Facebook, and such a great image to finish on.

Materials used:
Happy Christmas acrylic stamp 
circle die set
pennant die
silver mirri card
X-Press It card
designer card from stash
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
eyes - B21
hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E25
tunic - V0000, V000, V01
trousers - G000, G00, G02, G14, YG17
holly berries - R39, R89
holly leaves - G28, G29, G99
hat - R36, R37, R39, R56     C1, C3, C5, Blender

I have tried to keep her clothes very pale pastel colours without losing the shadows which I think I have manged to a certain extent. The fur on the hat I am so pleased with and it is pure accident. I was a bit heavy handed with the C5 so I dabbed the blender over it to try and tone the grey down, the result was the fur texture. I tried to so the same again on a different image but it did not work nearly as well!

I actually used 3 circle dies for matting and layering. The white one has a debossed layer from a smaller circle.

I hope you will join in the fun with us to finish off the year in style. You can find the Facebook Page here. For more inspiration check out the Scrapper's Delights Inspiration Blog and the Challenge Blog. You could even have a go at both challenges.

If you are a fan of Scrapper's Delights then don't miss the Pre Cyber Monday Sale!

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Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


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Scrapper's Delights Chibi New Release

It's time for some more new images at Scrapper's Delights. This month's set has a Winter/Christmas theme going on. Here is the card I made to showcase the skating boy.

Materials used:
Scrapper's Delights - Chibi Ice-Skater Boy
winter trees acrylic stamps
black archival ink pad
Little B die set - Handwritten
rectangle faux stitched die
silver mirri card
X-Press It card
5" x 7" card blank
Distress Oxides - fosslized amber, warn lipstick, broken china, wilted violet
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair - E54, E47, E59
eyes - W1, W3, W5
jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
shirt - G02, G17, G29, G99     R29, R39, R59, R89
skates - C1, C3, C5, C7

The image has been printed out on X-Press It card with the background paper in place. I used the Distress Oxide inks to ink up the card blank so that it would mimic the mat printed using a paper from the Watercolour Batik set by We Are 3. I thought this paper looked like a frozen pond with a dramatic sunset. I used the curves of the paper to position my trees on and stamped them with black archival ink. At this point I wish I was an artist because in my mind's eye I see a fence which I could have drawn in and maybe some birds flying in to roost in the trees!

The sentiment is die cut from silver mirri card. The stamped up and coloured in image is cut out using a rectangle die. 

Do go over to the Scrapper's Delights Store and take a look at the other images in the new release. You can also find lots of wonderful inspiration on the Scrapper's Delights Blog.

If you are a fan of Scrapper's Delights images then don't miss the Pre Cyber Monday Sale!

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Thanks for visiting. Take care.


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Monday, 2 December 2019

Path of Positivity Goes Peaceful

It is the final PoP challenge for this year, where has the time gone? This month the optional theme is Peace. This time of year is not exactly the most peaceful! With the crowded shops and the endless Christmas music blaring over the shop speakers from October (slight exaggeration!) It is easy to get caught up in the world's clamour. That is why I love Advent as a time just to stand back from it all and reflect on what Christmas is all about. That tiny baby in a cattle feed trough is the maker of the Universe. That tiny baby being held and cherished by it's mother is Lord of us all. That tiny baby smiling at the humble shepherds is the Prince of Peace. That tiny baby being worshipped by the kings is one day coming back, not as a baby but as King of Israel and ruler of the earth. Looking at the state of the world now I hope that day will not be too long in coming!

So while it may be a bit early to wish you a Happy Christmas I will instead pray for you a peaceful Advent and time to discover again the real meaning of Christmas. God bless you.

Materials used:
rectangle faux stitched die
5" x 7" card blank
X-Press It card
printer card
Copic pens:
mum's skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
baby's skin - E50, E51, E53
mum's hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E26
baby's hair - E50, E42, E43
background - Y00, Y11, Y13

The verse from Silent Night is printed on printer card then cut with the die. I used the same yellow combination to go around the edge of the card blank to tie it in with the main image.

The challenge will run until the 5th of January and the theme Peace is optional. This month our sponsors are Pattie's Creations and Scribbles Designs. Details and the link up can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. I do hope you will join in with us this month.

Thank you for dropping in and take care.


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