Monday, 21 August 2017

hello . . .

You may have seen these cards in my earlier post today.
They were made for the
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win the
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
that we have all used for the blog hop.
Head on over for your chance to win!

   

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This post is to share my ingredients and
recipe for a cheery HELLO.


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There is so much amazing detail in the Autumn Points stamp that I made another couple of CAS cards.  This time I rotated the stamp from portrait to landscape and added a die cut sentiment.

I placed the stamp in my MISTI (foam layer removed) and printed it twice on a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" smooth white cardstock panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
For the first card I cut a matting panel 4 1/4" x 5 3/8" and inked the edges with the black ink.
I cut a card base 5" x 6 1/8" to allow for an even border around the matted image panel and adhered all the layers together using liquid adhesive.
Next came the sentiment.  I die cut the "hello" sentiment twice, inking one with the same ink used to stamp the image and layered it on top of a plain white "hello".  I popped the sentiment panel with foam dots and I soon had a second cheery, CAS, SUPER FAST card.

Given how lovely the black ink and clear heat embossing looked on my earlier card, I decided to make another card, this time with a glossy shine.

I stamped the image on a 4" x 5 1/4" of smooth white cardstock, allowed the ink to dry, dusted the image panel liberally with my powder tool, stamped again with Versamark ink, smothered with clear embossing powder then heat set for an even bolder black and a luscious glossy finish.

I cut a matting panel (1/8" larger than on the first card), inked the outer edges with the same black ink, allowed to dry, inked with Versamark ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 

I die cut another two "hello" sentiments, inking one with the same ink used to stamp the image, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and layered it on top of a plain white "hello".  I popped the sentiment panel with foam dots and I soon had a second cheery, CAS, SUPER FAST card, this time with a bolder, shiny black finish. 


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
MISTI - the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented
EK Success Powder Tool
Versamark Ink Pad
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Winnie & Walter - In A Word - Hello Cutaway
WOW! embossing powder - super fine - Clear Gloss
heat tool
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
foam squares - to adhere the sentiment panels

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Sending a big Thank You to Julie at The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Don't forget to HOP on over HERE
for the August Blog Hop with The Stencil Specialist
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win this
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Four blogs, four stops filled with creative inspiration and four chances to win!
GOOD LUCK!

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I am going to enter my cards in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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My cards are filled with elegant autumn leaves
and the first card was made in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.
Tuesday Throwdown - TT356 - Anything Goes

Have A Gorgeous Day



You may have seen these cards in my earlier post today.
They were made for the
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win the
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
that we have all used for the blog hop.
Head on over for your chance to win!
This post is to share my ingredients and
recipe for a gorgeous day.

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There is so much amazing detail in the Autumn Points stamp that I would start with a set of CAS cards and I am thrilled with the results.

Here is the story of the first card.
I placed the stamp in my MISTI (foam layer removed) and conditioned it with some Versamark ink, testing it on some scrap paper to ensure the detail of the image was crisp and clear.
I measured the stamp and decided to try it with a 4" x 5 1/4" smooth white cardstock panel, stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The image looked fabulous the first time but I inked it up again for an even richer / darker image.  The placement of the stamp was perfect too.
I cut a matting panel 4 1/4" x 5 3/8" and inked the edges with the black ink.
I cut a card base 5" x 6 1/8" to allow for an even border around the matted image panel and adhered all the layers together using liquid adhesive.
Next came the sentiment.  I placed the clear stamp on my cutting mat and measured it up, deciding to cut a 25mm x 51mm (yes, it's metric, I pick & choose between metric & imperial, taking the sizes that suit best).  I placed the card panel in the corner of my MISTI, lined the stamp up on top of it, closed the lid to secure the stamp and double inked the sentiment, same as the image panel.  I popped the sentiment panel with foam dots and my CAS card was made SUPER FAST (for me) in eight minutes and fifty-seven seconds, yes, you read right, 8:57.  If I had planned it better, I'm sure it would have been even faster.
What do you think?


Once this first card was completed, I decided to add some extra elegance with some embossing powders.

I stamped the image panel and sentiment on the same sized panels as my first card but made the matting panel 1/8" larger.  I inked the outer edges of the matting panel, inked with Versamark ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You may notice that there is a little time between this step and heat embossing the image and sentiment panels.  "Why?" you may well ask ... well that's because the ink wasn't dry on my matting panel and it turned my Versamark ink pad black.
I dusted the image panel and sentiment panels liberally with my powder tool, stamped them again with Versamark ink, smothered them with clear embossing powder then heat set for an even bolder black and a luscious glossy finish.


Next came my mini production line.
My final design was decided, so I cut some more image, sentiment and matting panels and some card bases too.  All I needed to do was decide what colours to use.  The only difference with these three is that no pigment inks were used, only Versamark under the luscious metallic embossing powders.

This card uses gold embossing powder. 

This card uses silver embossing powder.

This card uses platinum embossing powder.

The metallic embossing powders pick up the delicate detail
of the stamps and give such rich shimmer and shine. 

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
MISTI - the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented
EK Success Powder Tool
Versamark Ink Pad
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Lil' Inker Designs - clear stamps - Modern Mehndi Stamps
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Gold Rich
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Silver
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Platinum
WOW! embossing powder - super fine - Clear Gloss
heat tool
burnt fingers ... the itty bitty sentiment panels were tough going!
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
foam squares - to adhere the sentiment panels

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Sending a big Thank You to Julie at The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Don't forget to HOP on over HERE
for the August Blog Hop with The Stencil Specialist
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win this
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Four blogs, four stops filled with creative inspiration and four chances to win!
GOOD LUCK!

~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my cards in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Add sparkle, glitter, sequins, glimmery paper etc.  Just add some bling!
The metallic embossing powders I have used add a luscious shimmer and shine.
My cards are filled with elegant autumn leaves
and the first card was made in 8 minutes and 57 seconds.

Hopping along with The Stencil Specialist

Are you ready to hop along, be inspired and have the chance to win too?

Well you're in the right place!

It is time for the August Blop Hop with Julie and the Design Team at the

The Stencil Specialist is the Australian Wholesaler for Stampendous products and much, much more.

The prize for one lucky winner is the beautiful 
STAMPendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp

but before you go, I do hope you will check out my projects using the beautiful Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp and leave a comment for your chance to be a lucky winner.

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on one or all of the Designers Blogs, one comment equals one entry, four comments equals four entries.  Only one comment per blog please.  Please include what state you live in, as this competition is open to Australian residents only.  Entries close midnight Friday 25th August AEST.

The Stencil Specialist - Julie
Donna
Robyn
Tracy - that's me and you're here
    
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There is so much amazing detail in this stamp, I decided to go with a set of CAS cards.

These three were heat embossed with metallic embossing powders.

These two were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink,
with one stamped again and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

These next two card show that this stamp looks just as awesome in landscape.


This one was heat embossed with clear embossing powder
and have such a rich black shine.

Here are some close up pics to show the gorgeous detail.

Rich gold embossing powder.

Shimmering silver embossing powder.

Precious platinum embossing powder.

~ ~ ~ MORE TO COME ~ ~ ~

Today was sharing my set of CAS cards, tomorrow there will be some other designs.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp
MISTI

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Sending a big Thank You to Julie from The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Autumn Points Cling Rubber Stamp that I used today.
I know that the lucky winner from this August Blog Hop Giveaway will have wonderful inky adventures with this stamp, so don't forget to leave a comment with your state (Australian residents only) for your chance to win this beautiful stamp and then head on over to The Stencil Specialist blog to complete the Blog Hop.

We have a Blog Hop with prizes every month, so you might want to follow me so that you don't miss out on Stampendous inspiration and more chances to win with The Stencil Specialist.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

. . . more sparkling Christmas stars

You might have already seen these cards in my earlier post.

These card use the Jingle Deer digital stamp from Miss Daisy Stamps,
one of our generous sponsors for
Challenge #136 - Add A Star with the Crafty Gals Corner,
to make a pair of A5 sparkling starry Christmas cards.



This post focusses on this card.


Click HERE (or on the pic below) if you would like to learn more about this first card and Challenge #136 - Add A Star at the Crafty Gals Corner 

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I printed the images on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set, coloured with Copic markers, then fussy cut them out.  I went around the outer edges with a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker.
I added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the image and sparkling clear Wink Of Stella sparkle to the bell. Once I had my cheery Jingle Deer, I needed to give them somewhere starry to go.
What better place than on top of a dimensional sparkling star.

The 3D star is a cut file (link below) that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut several out using white textured cardstock, folded, painted with liquid adhesive then smothered with sparkling white glitter and left to dry.

The leafy circle flourish is a cut file (link below) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut two sets of the leafy circle flourishes using Cricket cardstock.  I curled the leaves for dimension, the bottom layers curled downwards, the top layer curled up and carefully layered each set together 

I made the A5 card base by scoring a sheet of A4 cardstock in half, using my bone folder to make a crisp top fold.  I adhered a panel of pretty Christmas patterned paper to the base.  This was the last scrap left of one of my favourite patterned papers, luckily there was just enough to cover the card base.  The leafy circle flourishes were carefully adhered in place on the middle of the card front.  I put liquid adhesive under the circle and under the stem to the 3rd leaf on each side.  This allows the flourish to be secure and still allow the leaves to keep their dimension.  
 I adhered the sparkling 3D star over the circle portion of the leafy circle flourish.
Lucky last was the super cute litte Jingle Deer on top of the star.  I adhered some cardstock behind the image then used a liquid adhesive to secure him in place, using pressure to flatten the top of the star just a bit, to give him more surface to sit flat and securely. 

Doesn't this dear little deer make you smile?



Here are another couple of pics ...


   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Miss Daisy Stamps - digital stamp -  Jingle Deer
Copic markers - deer - E33-35-37-39
Copic markers - ears - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - antlers - E70-71-74-77
Copic markers - nose - R21-22-24-27-46
Copic markers - bell - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - holly leaves - YG03-25-17
Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush - clear - to add sparkle to bell
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - WOW! - white glitter
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Primary
also available as individual sheets - Cricket
Kaisercraft - 12x12 cardstock - Mint Twist Collection - Trimmings
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - 3D Holiday Star Card
Design ID #209036 by Jennifer Rush
red rhinestones
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Liquid Glue - to adhere glitter to the star
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere flourishes

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Sending a big Thank You to Miss Daisy Stamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge # 136 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
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Click HERE if you would like to learn more about this first card and
Challenge #136 - Add A Star at the Crafty Gals Corner 

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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I'm seeing stars, sparkling Christmas stars

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #136 - Add A Star

The sponsors for this challenge are:
Prize: 3 Winners!!
1. $10 Gift Certifcate
2. 1 Digital Image
3. 1 Digital Image
Join us at Miss Daisy Stamps Create & Share Facebook Group to meet the artists, 
share fun & inspiration, receive freebies and special deals. See you there!

Prize: 2 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Jingle Deer digital stamp from Miss Daisy Stamps, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a pair of A5 sparkling starry Christmas cards.

This post focusses on this card.


I printed the images on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set, coloured with Copic markers, then fussy cut them out.  I went around the outer edges with a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Tip Marker.  I added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the image and sparkling clear Wink Of Stella sparkle to the bell.
Once I had my cheery Jingle Deer, I needed to give them somewhere starry to go.
What better place than on top of a dimensional sparkling star.

The 3D star is a cut file (link belowthat I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut several out using white textured cardstock, folded, painted with liquid adhesive then smothered with sparkling white glitter and left to dry.  The bow is a die cut by Winnie & Walter.  I cut out the pieces from Crimson cardstock, used a small paint brush to curve the loops and tails then adhered with liquid adhesive.

The holly flourishes are a cut file (link below) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I duplicated the image and flipped it before cutting two sets of both versions, one in Splice cardstock, the other in darker Evergreen cardstock, both colours matching the pretty patterned paper on the card base.  I curled the flourishes for dimension and layered each set together then added some vibrant red rhinestones to the holly berry areas on the flourish.

I made the A5 card base by scoring a sheet of A4 cardstock in half, using my bone folder to make a crisp top fold.  I adhered a panel of pretty Christmas patterned paper to the base then adhered the sparkling 3D star to the middle of the card.  The holly flourishes and bows were adhered in place then the last piece was the super cute litte Jingle Deer on top of the star.  I adhered some cardstock behind the image then used a liquid adhesive to secure him in place, using pressure to flatten the top of the star just a bit, to give him more surface to sit flat and securely. 



Here are another couple of pics ...


   

Click HERE (or on the pic below) if you would like to learn more about this second card


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Miss Daisy Stamps - digital stamp -  Jingle Deer
Copic markers - deer - E33-35-37-39
Copic markers - ears - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - antlers - E70-71-74
Copic markers - nose - R21-22-24-27-46
Copic markers - bell - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - holly leaves - YG03-25-17
Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush - clear - to add sparkle to bell
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - WOW! - white glitter
Kaisercraft - 12x12 weave cardstock - Splice
also available as individual sheets - Crimson
Kaisercraft - 12x12 cardstock - Santa's List Collection - Jolly Man
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - 3D Holiday Star Card
Design ID #209036 by Jennifer Rush
Silhouette Design Store - Holly Flourish
Design ID ##70157 by Lori Whitlock
Sizzix Big Shot
Winnie & Walter - Take A Bow Cutaways
red rhinestones
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Liquid Glue - to adhere glitter and bow
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere flourishes

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Sending a big Thank You to Miss Daisy Stamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge # 136 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Morgan's Artworld - Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge 1733 -Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #256 - Inspired By Music / Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Blog - Work It Wednesday - July 2017
Add sparkle, glitter, sequins, glimmery paper etc.  Just add some bling!
My star is smothered in sparkling glitter, the golden bell sparkles,
so do the rhinestone holly berries
Star Stampz - Hand Colored Image

The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Optional Theme - Traditional Christmas Colours
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Challenge August 14-22

Inky Christmas wishes

Yes, it is looking very Christmassy at our house at the moment.
At this rate I will have all our Christmas cards ready to be posted on time this year!

Today I have used the Pine Sprig digital stamp by QKR Stampede,
a recent addition to my digital stamp collection.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card using a laser printer, heat set, trimmed to size (3 1/2" x 5") then coloured with Copic markers.  I took the image panel, used my MISTI to align the sentiment perfectly before stamping it twice to give a solid dark result.  I confess that I have developed a strong love of my clear and unmounted rubber stamps since getting the MISTI, it makes getting a clean, crisp result so easy, each and every time.

I printed another set of images on plain cardstock, applied some X-Press It Mask It over the image, then fussy cut the image out using micro tip scissors.  I cut the mask slightly smaller by trimming into the outer edge smaller.  Having the mask slightly smaller ensures that you don't get any white zones around the image after it is removed.  I peeled the mask off and carefully aligned it with the image and smoothed it down firmly.  I applied Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the image panel using a small round blending tool, being careful around the edges of the mask.
Once the ink blending was complete, I wiped off the mask and carefully peeled it off.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to the golden bells.






I adhered wood panel patterned paper to an A5 top folding card base, trimmed off the paper edges and the excess card from the bottom.  I know it makes for an odd size card but it allowed me to use most of the 6 1/2" wood panelled patterned paper.

I trimmed a length of burlap to be slightly larger than the image panel and applied a dollop of liquid adhesive to the middle at the back before aligning it on the card front.

Lucky last came the image panel.  I applied quite a bit of liquid adhesive to the back and aligned it over the burlap.



*** INGREDIENTS ***
Copic markers - bells - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - pine cones - E55-57-59
Copic markers - ribbons - R22-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
MISTI - THE Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fiskars - Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Holiday Hooplah
X-Press It - Mask It
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage
Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
burlap
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Basecoat
I LOVE this collection and confess that I was thrilled to find another pad
to add to my stash today!  I highly recommend you try and search it out.
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers & burlap

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I hope I have inspired you to get creative.
You still have time to enter Challenge #166 - Add Some Stamping with Team Lou with us at the Southern Girls.  Full details can be found HERE.
I look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery and remember, we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Getting Inky to Add Some Stamping with Team Lou

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge





Our generous sponsor for this challenge is
KC

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Today I have used the Pine Sprig digital stamp by QKR Stampede,
a recent addition to my digital stamp collection.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card using a laser printer, heat set, trimmed to size (3 1/2" x 5") then coloured with Copic markers.  I took the image panel, used my MISTI to align the sentiment perfectly before stamping it twice to give a solid dark result.  I confess that I have developed a strong love of my clear and unmounted rubber stamps since getting the MISTI, it makes getting a clean, crisp result so easy, each and every time.

I printed another set of images on plain cardstock, applied some X-Press It Mask It over the image, then fussy cut the image out using micro tip scissors.  I cut the mask slightly smaller by trimming into the outer edge smaller.  Having the mask slightly smaller ensures that you don't get any white zones around the image after it is removed.  I peeled the mask off and carefully aligned it with the image and smoothed it down firmly.  I applied Old Paper Distress Ink to the image panel using a small round blending tool, being careful around the edges of the mask.
Once the ink blending was complete, I wiped off the mask and carefully peeled it off.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to the golden bells.




I adhered wood panel patterned paper to an A5 top folding card base, trimmed off the paper edges and the excess card from the bottom.  I know it makes for an odd size card but it allowed me to use most of the 6 1/2" wood panelled patterned paper.

I trimmed a length of burlap to be slightly larger than the image panel and applied a dollop of liquid adhesive to the middle at the back before aligning it on the card front.

Lucky last came the image panel.  I applied quite a bit of liquid adhesive to the back and aligned it over the burlap.



*** INGREDIENTS ***
Copic markers - bells - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - pine cones - E55-57-59
Copic markers - ribbons - R22-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
MISTI - THE Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fiskars - Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Holiday Hooplah
X-Press It - Mask It
Distress Ink - Old Paper
Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
burlap
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Basecoat
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers & burlap


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I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

~~~*~~~*~~~
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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ABC Christmas Challenge - P, Q and R for People, Quick and/or Red
Anything Christmas Goes
Anything Christmas Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #255 - Make It Humorous/Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
option Summer ... we have a hot, summery Christmas Down Under
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #78 - A Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Optional Theme - Traditional Christmas Colours
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD week commencing 8th Aug
Time Out Challenges - Challenge #89 - Home Sweet Home