Thursday, 21 September 2017

Year of Cheer

Hello! Although I make Christmas cards all year round for the Christmas Card Throwdown challenge blog, there comes a time when I start making my real Christmas cards if that makes sense. Generally it seems to happen when those big stripy spiders weave massive webs in the garden, just waiting for you to walk into them!

The leaves above are thankfully spider-free and a combo of copper and champagne foil with some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. The lovely Designer Series Paper is Year of Cheer and it combines no less than four metallic tones - copper, gold, silver and champagne. Although it appears in the Christmas catalogue it would be great for weddings too, I think. The sentiment from Merry Patterns has been embossed in copper and I have used the new Leaf Punch too. I hope you like it!

I would like to enter my Christmas card into the following challenges -

Christmas Cards All Year Round - September challenge is 'Use Leaves'.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Challenge 351#

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - September

Happy crafting! April x

Monday, 18 September 2017

More Coffee!

Hello! Plenty of anguished over-thinking goes into my cards sometimes, so I was particularly inspired by the challenge over at Cards in Envy where the DT are looking for cards that are as 'Easy as 1,2,3'. This got me thinking as I have a pad of dsp that I am trying to use up in a non-Valentiney way. It is SU's Stacked With Love and it does have some great patterns.

So here is my 1, 2, 3 card...

1. Stamp the sentiments from MFT's Perk Up in SU Basic Grey ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
2. Die-cut a coffee cup from Stacked With Love dsp and a heart using a recycled sleeve from a real coffee cup (not mine because I don't drink coffee).

3. Assemble on a Sahara Sand card base with another piece of Stacked With Love dsp.
Optional 4th step: Get distracted and go and write an email. Have a snack. Come back and realise you left your inkpad wide open and hadn't bothered to clean your stamps...
Here's another coffee-themed. super simple card made today. For this one, I die-cut a banner, cut off its tails and flipped them over. More of that dsp pad bites the dust...
Finally, here they are together.

The snippetage of the dsp and the recycling of the snaffled coffee sleeve qualify the card for the checklist on Parsnip's clipboard over at Pixie's Snippets Playground He never leaves Miss Di's inkpads open while he eats a never!

I would also like to send my card along to Addicted to Stamps and More because their challenge is...

and for once, my card is actually CAS!
Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

CCT September Colour Challenge

Hello! We have a colour challenge over at Christmas Card Throwdown for you.

A pretty cute colour combo I think! My mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows is from Avery Elle's Sweet Tidings. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the sprinkle of stars stamp can be found in SU's Wood Words.
We hope that you will have fun with these colours and we can't wait to see your Christmas cards! Happy crafting, April x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Coffee Cafe

I love coffee themed stamps and dies! I have a collection of them, which is bonkers because I don't actually like coffee. I sometimes have one cup of coffee on Christmas Day, but I haven't even bothered doing that for the last few years. I'm more than happy to stick to the stamped version and I was super inspired by the challenge over at The Male Room which is -

You can choose university colours too, which was great because my school colours were black and white. I decided to go with the colours of my first university, Manchester because I thought blue, purple and gold would be a great combo! The colours on my card are Pacific Point and Perfect Plum with a snippet of gold card. I would never have thought to put these colours together, so it's a particularly clever and inspirational challenge theme I reckon!

I'm also sending my cup of coffee and a hug to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Don't spill it on your fur Parsnip!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

CCT September Sketch Challenge

Hello! It's time for a sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown!

The sketch screamed present at me, so I set about creating the card version of a Christmas gift. It looked at bit too minimalist so some sprigs from the Pretty Pines set of dies were added along with a couple of sequins. I wish my real wrapped presents looked as neat!
You are most welcome to flip the design and change the element. On my card it worked better to have my sentiment at the bottom. We should be able to recognise the original sketch in your finished design.
We are looking forward to seeing your festive interpretations of Andreja's lovely sketch! Happy crafting, April x

Saturday, 19 August 2017

CCT August Technique Challenge

Hello! We have a really fabulous technique for you this month. I hadn't tried it before and it's a lot of fun!


Here is a link to the technique if it is new to you too. It's a great way of extending the use of your die collection! I used SU's Delicate Ornament Thinlits with gold embossing powder. I've managed to pick up some random areas of gold, but I quite liked the distressed look of the bauble so I went with it! I used a stamp from Ornamental Pines for the background which was clear embossed in the more usual way.

 I'm sure we will see some amazing examples of this great technique!

Happy crafting, April x

Monday, 14 August 2017


Hello! I haven't done much blogging lately because we were on holiday in New York and Columbus, Ohio. We had the most wonderful time and lots of the food was very inspirational...

I had also seen the doughnut cards made from a recent SU Paper Pumpkin kit. Sadly we don't have that subscription service available to us in the UK, but I do like having a nosey at the kits and being inspired!

This little birthday card has some full-on snippetage pedigree!

Everything came from a snippet and there's still lots of eating left on that piece of card! I am sending a tray of doughnuts to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground because the last I heard Parsnip was threatening to strip and this may provide a welcome distraction. What's all this about not liking black puddings Miss Di??