Cambridge Carols- 30 Day Christmas Cardmaking Challenge

For Day 2 of the #30daychristmascardmakingchallenge our theme is Frosty Air. With Nostalgic November I’m using my retired stamp sets and as I saw this theme I visualised the beautiful Cambridge Carols stamp set. I love this old fashioned images and am a bit partial to purchasing all of them … and holding onto them. Funny thing – I hadn’t inked this set up! I looked up when this set was released (and retired) – 2018. I couldn’t believe that I’ve had this for 5 years and not used it.

This skaters on the ice made me think of cold frosty air and that’s why I went with this image. I chose the colour palette from Sunday Stamps Challenge. These colours do have a more autumn tone to it but I chose to use those colours to bring some warmth to this cold wintry day depicted on the card.

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Using a range of ink refills and Watercolour Pencils I coloured the scene which was stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper using Blender Pens (#102845) and Water Painters (#151298).

I added some neutral Designer Series Paper in the background with a pop of sparkly sptrips for the stamped image to be mounted on.

Apart from the stamp set, other products are available in my Online Store. You could substitute the scene with a number of other stamps including Regal Reindeer #159722 or Graceful Deer #162084.

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I hope this inspires you to try some watercolouring or maybe pull out a stamp set you have never inked up!

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Get Sketchy with Kits to go

Stampin’ Up! offer us a great range of papercrafting kits to help us get into the fun of creating without the hard yards of prepping. Two of these kits are the Gorgeous Posies Card Kit and Boho Indigo Product Medley. I’ve combined both of these beautiful kits to create my card today in Bumble Bee and Night of Navy. The Bumble Bee brings a warmth and brightness which is quite cheerful. 

Gorgeous Posies stamp set and Boho Chic Product Medley combined for a sketch card

The Very Vanilla embossed cardstock is from the Product Medley which also includes other patterns in embossed cardstock. The main flower from the Gorgeous Posies stamp set has been fussy cut and topped with a flower from the Boho Indigo Product Medley. I coloured this with the Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend.  

The leaves were stamped in Balmy Blue and then shaded with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends for more depth. I also coloured the label with the Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend to coordinate with the rest of the card. Some long gold foil leaves have been added to create height against the smaller leaves. 

Floral arrangement with Gorgeous Posies Card Kit and Boho Indigo Product Medley, Greeting Card

Getting Sketchy, Sunday Stamps, SSC236

My card has been inspired by the Sunday Stamps Getting Sketchy Challenge SSC236.

I hope this inspires you to get ‘kitting’ and try out the many possibilities that are available with them. All the products I have used on this card are listed at the bottom of this post. Click on any of the products to be taken direct to my Online Store. Products are shipped direct to you. 

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SSC208 Sketch Challenge Christmas Wishes

I’m getting ready for Christmas with my first Christmas card for the year. It’s Christmas in July. I’ve chosen a soft colour scheme of Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. 

Although not your traditional Christmas colours, it works beautifully together and creates this wintry Christmas card. I started off with the beautiful gingham Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron. The gingham pattern comes in every colour of the Stampin’ Up! range. You can purchase each colour range ie: Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, and In-Colour packs.

Isn’t it beautiful in Mint Macaron? But then again, I just love gingham. 

Winter woods Christmas card, handmade

Then I added a border on the left with a lace border from the Delicate Lace dies. The die cut tree has been stamped in Mint Macaron on Very Vanilla cardstock and the edges sponged with Shaded Spruce. This has been mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a panel stamped with the trees in Crumb Cake. This entire panel has been mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card base. 

Sunday Stamps Challenge, Sketch, Christmas winter woods

The sentiment has been stamped in Early Espresso onto Mint Macaron cardstock and then punched out with the Story Label punch. I re-inserted the label into the punch to create a smaller label. This has been layered with a section of the Kraft Pillow Box which I cut out (aaah – I know I did struggle with cutting it apart but it was worth it!).

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps to create this card. Once I created this card and looked at the others, I realized that my lace border, gingham and Christmas theme was a bit like Amy Koenders’ card (it was not intentional I promise!). Check out Amy’s card. It’s very cute. To be inspired by more ideas with this sketch, please click on the link below. 

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge, Handmade card

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Floral Essence Emboss Resist Card

I have used a sheet from one of the prettiest papers from the new catalogue on this card. They’re all pretty – I know! The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted impressionistic images and I love the artsy look about it. 

Stampin' Up!, Floral Essence stamp set with Emboss Resist

My card has been inspired by a couple of challenges. Firstly, this sketch from Sunday Stamps. Having a sketch to work with gives you a great starting point to create projects. 

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge

To tie in with the Inspire Create Challenge Theme of Embossing I chose to stamp and emboss the Shimmery White cardstock panel in the centre in Black Embossing powder. 

Inspire Create Challenge Theme: Emboss

I used the floral spray from the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the embossing.This is a lovely sprig which can be used in a variety of ways. I added colour over this with sponge daubers to create an Emboss Resist Technique and I love the blend of colours this has created over the embossing. This was then mounted onto Silver Foil which made the embossed panel pop. Underneath this I added a piece of the new 12’x12′ Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock which comes in So Saffron, Petal Pink and Old Olive. The vellum is a lovely thicker texture and very easy to use on projects as it’s not flimsy.

I used one of the sentiments from the Floral Essence stamp and pleated the organdy ribbon underneath using Tear & Tape to secure it. This created a lovely soft texture on the card. 

Check out all the other designs for these challenges by visiting Sunday Stamps and Inspire Create Challenges.

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