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    Christmas stockings

    Hi crafters. I had a bit of fun making my first Christmas card of the year. I used the Paper Smooches Stockings and Merry Christmas 2 dies. I used a scrap of wood grain embossed paper, plus a previously stencilled brick piece and some pattern paper for the background. I cut the stockings from all sorts of paper and glitter paper (what a great way to use up scraps). I added letters for every member of the receiving family using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric thin dies. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Paper Smooches 15-28 August Anything goes. Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes Happy crafting, Christine

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    Doodle branches

    Hi crafters. I couldn’t resist stitching another card. This one is simpler and more modern. This card was made from curtain fabric samples that were in a display book. The material I used for the branches has gold thread in it so it shimmers. It is like a fake, coarse silk. I chose some warm colours and cut it with Doodle Blooms dies. The dies did not cut completely and the fabric was fraying after cutting. I then tried diecutting and then coating the back of the fabric with matt gel medium before finishing the cutting with sharp scissors. This stopped the fabric fraying, made the cut edge sharper and…

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    Floral stitching

    Hi crafters. When I saw the fantastic stitching challenge Altenew has, I knew I had to make something. The trouble was starting. Do you find it is harder to get the motivation to go from an idea to action at the moment? When I finally got started, I stamped an arrangement on a piece of scrap fabric using Altenew’s Grateful Heart stamp set. I used archival grey ink but there was some residual onyx black on some stamps. I used a red pigment ink to stamp 2 layers of the main flower. I stitched using 2 strands of floss. There are about 7-8 red/pink shades and 4 olive/green shades. The…

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    Dream catcher

    Hi crafters. This card started by applying texture paste through the Paper Rose Hud stencil. I sprinkled WOW Vintage Peacock glitter embossing powder over the paste. After heating the powder I coloured the piece with water soluble crayons. At the same time I found the inside waste pieces from the Paper Rose Curly Barbed Wire die. I thought these looked a bit like feathers so I decided to make a dream catcher card. I painted the ‘feathers’ with Prima art alchemy metallic paints. At this point I felt it needed something else. The Simon says Stamp Monday challenge came out and I thought that grunge might be just what it…

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    Make a wish

    Hi crafters. I started this card by making a collage of book paper and washi tape. I then added some texture paste with the Funky Fossil micro dots stencil. I added a few layers of paint which was mostly thinned with liquefying medium. I then stencilled the Candles stencil from A Colorful Life with Viva Decor gold and champagne Modellier creme. I rubbed some brown crayon around the edges and added a sentiment cut from Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny type upper and lower, plus Shadow script 2 dies. The sentiment was cut from a scrap of brown cardstock which had previously been stamped and clear embossed. I glued it on…

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    Foiled rays

    Hi crafters. The theme at Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is Summer memories. I found some pattern paper with a pink watercolour look, and decided to do a sunset background. I used a stencil from A Colorful Life and roughly applied heavy gel gloss medium. When this was dry I ran it through the Minc machine with Heidi Swapp pink/gold ombré foil. Then I blended some orange ink in the bottom half. The sentiment was cut from orange cardstock and thick ombré glitter vinyl with the Sizzix Pop Art Upper and lower case dies. I added a rhinestone to the exclamation mark to make it clearer. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Blue maze

    Hi crafters. The Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Midsummer Blues. I started with a piece of Kaisercraft paper that had a maze pattern on it. I used a Visible Image stencil with the same type of pattern to apply cobalt Inca Gold. I added some Tim Holtz Crosshatch diecuts with had been stained brown. The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Pom Poms

    Hi crafters. This card has been in my head for a while, so I had to let it out. Sadly this card is in what may be the last Paper Smooches Challenge. I started by cutting a white panel with the Paper Smooches Stitch builder dies. I used the top row to stitch a banner with Milford gold synthetic crotchet thread. I added Pom poms and triangles cut from translucent curtain scrap which I coloured with alcohol markers. I stitched the bottom 3 rows with the same gold thread as well as orange and a variegated thread. The Paper Smooches Happy Birthday Words die was cut from platinum glitter cardstock…

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    Diecutting and Hotfoil

    Hi crafters. I made a card using my 2 favourite machines: my diecutting machine and my Hotfoil machine. I used various blue diecuts cut with The Stamp Market Mod Rainbow Cover die. I glued these to a grey cardbase. Ideally, I should have foiled the inner strips before adhering to the cardbase, but I hadn’t decided on the sentiment then. I hotfoiled sentiments from Spellbinders More Sentiments with silver Hotfoil. The inside of the card became warped and indented so I cut the front off and adhered it to a silver cardbase. I am entering this card in the challenge at Simon says Stamp Wednesday, which is use your favourite…

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    Hip Hip

    Hi crafters. The theme at Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge is: Use your favourite tool. My favourite tools are my diecutting machine and my Hotfoil machine ( which also uses the diecutting machine). So I have a completely diecut card today. The arches were cut with the Mod Rainbow cover die from The Stamp Market. I did a bit of a radical thing with it. I took it out of the packet and immediately cut the frame portion away from the arches. I was prepared to use an angle grinder, but my metal snips nicked it enough to snap the metal. I then used a small metal file to file…