Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good morning! It's an exciting day here - I've been invited to be part of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Here's my project. I decided to create a Nativity scene with a twist - it's Christmas morning (with a sunrise) rather than the traditional night sky.

The sun was made using one of my first alcohol ink experiments. I am missing the 'official' blending solution and any metallic mixatives, so I used my Delicata Gold re-inker (from AGES ago!)  and some rubbing alcohol and made a 'polished stone' background - it has beautiful golden, sunshiney shimmer! I borrowed an idea from Jessica, to use a camera lens cleaner to 'blow' the ink around on the Yupo paper.

I used stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs (also available at today's sponsor, Seven Hills Crafts!)

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Seven Hills Crafts so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!




Saturday, 9 December 2017

FS566 - Alcohol Ink Merry Christmas

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Becky!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Becky's:
-rainbow background
-black script sentiment
-crystal embellishment

I changed:
-background technique
-orientation and layout
-no ribbon

I tried a wet-on-wet technique with Alcohol Inks and rubbing alcohol. It's similar to wet on wet with watercolour. I covered my Yupo paper with rubbing alcohol before dropping the inks on it. Then I tilted the paper back and forth to get the inks to move and blend. As it dries, it continues to move and soften a bit, and gives these dreamy blends. I made 3 different panels (in the video below).

I inlaid the snowflake and sentiment using my craft pick and jewel picker. These two tools are so useful for picking up the tiny pieces and putting them where they belong!

I used:

AAACards104, Addicted to CAS, ATSAM271

Funny (but true!) story - I make Christmas cards all year. For challenges, for fun, for no reason at all. When December comes, I don't generally worry about getting my cards done (too many other things to do and worry about!) because I have a stash.

Except this week, a teacher-friend of mine asked me to bring my stash to her, so she could choose a few for her own boys' teachers. And then she passed my stash around and in the end I sold so many cards, that now I AM worried about having enough cards to send to my friends and family!

Last night I sat down and quickly whipped up a few using some new Catherine Pooler products - this was one of my favourites. These inks are amazing - they stamp crisply, but they also blend so well. I love how when you blend these inks, you can deepen the colours around the edges and by leaving the centres of the ornaments lighter, they look dimensional and like they're glowing. To make this easier, I use sponge daubers rather than blending tools - they're smaller and easier to control when blending small areas like these ornaments.

I'm linking up to 3 challenges (click on the photos to check them out):

I used:

Friday, 8 December 2017

Paper Smooches Winter Challenge

Here's a fun, quick little Christmas card for the current challenge at Paper Smooches.

 I cut  my Paper Smooches Snowman 2 pieces and then coloured them with Copics (faster and more efficient than cutting him several times out of different colours of cardstock). I then cut out the JOY but had to cut it in half and spread it a bit wider to allow for the snowman's head to become the 'o'.

I used:

Thursday, 7 December 2017

AJVD - Tips for Last-Minute Christmas Cards

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today with tips for making Christmas cards at the last minute. I started with these cups as inspiration....

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Muse 245, CTS249 - Beautiful Day

I am still playing catch up after a few days away last week. It feels so good to get back to crafting after a break, doesn't it? This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Anita has given us an elegant inspiration:

I focused on Anita's:
-floral theme
-partial die-cut
-white embossed/watercolour technique
-script sentiment

I changed the layout to fit with the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge:

I haven't watercoloured like this for a long time, so I had fun with mixing Distress Inks to create different shades for my flowers.

I used:

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Muse 244, FS565 - Celebrate the Season

Well there must be something about piled-up cards this Christmas, because I was able to combine inspiration from two challenges for this fun card with a retro-vibe!

Congratulations to Donna (aka Krashscrapper), this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper! I chose this card as my inspiration:

And then at Muse, Guest Muse Kimberly brought us this CAS car(d)!

I focused on Donna's:
-car theme
-Christmas tree
-stitched 'snow'

I changed:

I focused on Kimberly's:
-car theme

I used: