Country Floral

I had heaps of fun over the weekend with some lovely ladies who came to my home for a class, and we made this set of cards.
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I wanted to show them how it is possible to use the same items and similar layout and create three very different cards.
The cards feature the gorgeous Country Floral Embossing Folder, which is just so beautiful.
I have combined this with some different patterned papers, the Gingham Gala and also the Garden Impressions.
So pretty.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Crafty Boots Butterfly Challenge

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to use a Butterfly on your project.
Anyone else love Butterflies?

I do.  And I certainly love using them on my cards and papercraft projects.
This card was fairly quick and easy to make up, and again, uses some of the gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! products about to be released.
The lovely embossing folder which is framing the sentiment is called Floral Affection, and comes as a set of two folders.  I just happen to love my embossing folders, so they are always top of my wish list!
This card also uses my favourite of the new In Colours, called Sweet Sugarplum, and the butterfly is die cut from the new Playful Palette paper stack.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Monochromatic

We have a Monochromatic challenge at The Male Room for the next fortnight.  You can choose any colour your like, just make it all blues, or all neutrals, and of course, all masculine!

My brick wall embossing folder has been a little neglected, so I thought I should get it out and use it for the background of my card.  I have then sponged the raised areas.

 

I have used a combination of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for my colours, with white, which has been sponged –
a lot!
The train image is from the Traveler stamp set, and I have gone through my stash of old buttons and brads to find the hardware!
We do love seeing your wonderful projects, so please share them with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

A Month of Christmas Cards

That is my plan, to post up a Christmas card each day of December – whether or not the silly season takes over, is yet to be seen, however I will give it my best shot, to give you some inspiration for your own Christmas cards.
And since today is the first day of December, here is my first Christmas card for you! 🙂

 

I have made a few in this style, so you might see a couple of these (is that cheating?). It is basically a one layer card, apart from the bauble.  I have embossed the card front with the Boughs and Berries textured embossing folder, then cut a plain bauble out of the gorgeous Red Foil, then one of more elaborate baubles to go over the top in the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Both baubles are from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies.    The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from a retired stamp set called More Merry Messages, however you could use one of your own favourites.  You could also stamp it directly on to the card front if you are game (or like using stamp positioners), for this one though, I chose to use a separate flag the layer above the embossing.
Stay tuned for more Christmas inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Dragonfly Dreams Ribbons and Bows

For this month’s challenge at Dragonfly Dreams, we  have all been adding gorgeous Ribbons and Bows!
Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies, and I chose the gorgeous “Music” image to work with.

Isn’t she just gorgeous? I love the pretty layers of her dress and the old fashioned Pianoforte she is playing.
Come and join us for the Ribbons and Bows challenge at Dragonfly Dreams, we love to see what you have been creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Black and White Challenge Reminder

A quick reminder tonight, to share your Black and White projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.
My card this week uses this wonderful digital image from Imagine That!

I have used a music notes embossing folder for the background with some gorgeous shiny black and silver ribbon.

I am entering my card in the current challenge at Crafty Cardmakers – the challenge is to use a sentiment.
Happy crafting!
Chris

Add some Texture!

One of my favourite ways of adding texture and interest to cards, and other projects is with Embossing Folders.  I think I am addicted to them!
This week’s Just Add Ink challenge is to add some texture to a project, so I did! 🙂

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest recently (it didn’t have a name on it, so unfortunately I can’t give the person credit for their idea), and since I am also currently addicted to my Blendabilities, I thought I should combine the two.
The background was embossed with the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, and the butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set were masked, stamped in Black Memento Ink and then coloured with the Blendabilities.
I am also going to enter this one into the SUO Challenges, where the current challenge is to use Markers or Blendabilities 🙂

Happy stamping!
Chris