Monday, 30 December 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Joyful New Year


Hello!
Happy Monday!

For my Vera Lane Studio post this week, I have a New Year Card Calendar:


There always seems to be one or two friends that I forget to send Christmas greetings to, so a New Year card/calendar is my solution this year.
I used Joyful as I think she will bring a smile all through the year. She comes with a selection of birds and two sentiments. I also added a flower from the Sunny digi set.
I made the background with Infusions and Brushos and separated the calendar part from the image with a striped 'line' from the Circles and Stems collage set. The images were coloured with Copics and white highlights were added with a Posca pen. They were fussy cut and glued directly onto the background. I typed (using the Vera Lane Studio Baby Powder font) and printed the first part of the sentiment.





I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge #551/2 AG 03/01
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #120 AG 04/01
613. Avenue Create #228 AG 04/01
Papercraft Challenges #53 AG 05/01
Always Fun #143 New Year 05/01
Dream Valley #216 Christmas 06/01
Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges #4 AG 06/01 TOP PICK
CRAFT Challenge #539 08/01



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Monday, 23 December 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Snuggle Up


Hello! 
Happy Monday!

We're almost there! 
I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas time if you celebrate!

Today is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio. I have made a card with an older winter set called Snow Day:


I love this cute girl and her snowman! I coloured them with Copics and fussy cut them, running a black marker around the edges to mask my cutting imperfections.
The background is Infusions and Brushos with white Posca paint pen splatters. I added texture paste to the bottom of the card and whist it was wet sprinkled some crystal snow on top. The edges of the background are inked with black archival ink.
The characters are popped on foam dots and the sentiment was cut, inked along the edges and glued to the background.


Snow Day


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge #551/2 AG 03/01 TOP 5
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #120 AG 04/01
613. Avenue Create #228 AG 04/12 TOP ROCKER

Dare2bArtzy Holiday Hun 05/01
A Pace to Start Happy Holidays 05/12
Dream Valley #216 Christmas 06/01
Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges #4 AG 06/12
Christmas with the Cuties #34 Christmas 13/01



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Friday, 20 December 2019

Gecko Galz: Christmas Dreams


Hello!
I'm so glad you are here!

Christmas is almost here and so I am sharing the last of my Gecko Galz Christmas cards today.


I made three similar cards in terms of style and layout.

Card 1:

The gorgeous Santa is from the Purple Passions Collage Set. I distressed the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo, then matted onto gold die cut card. The background paper is from the Winter Wonderlands Paper Pack. Its edges were distressed and inked and it was matted onto dark blue cars with a shimmery finish. I popped some gold mesh trim along the left side of the card and anchored it down with the image mat, popping it up on foam tape for dimension. I made a poinsettia using white glitter paper and inked the edges lightly. I added some gold Prills to the flower centre and arranged it with some die cut leaves on the right side of the image.

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Card 2:


I used the same Santa from the Purple Passions Collage Set for this card, but changed the background paper. This time I chose one from the La Isla Bonita Paper Pack. I distressed the paper and the image and matted both as before. I added the gold mesh trim across the bottom portion of this card and adhered a die cut sentiment to secure it in place. Again I made some flowers from white glitter paper and inked the edges to match the papers. They were adhered in place along with some gold foliage.

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Card 3:


This time I used a beautiful little angel image from the Christmas Blessings Collage Set. I teamed it with an enlarged Sentimental Celluloid ATC as my backing paper. The gold mesh trim was added beneath the image mat and a poinsettia flower and gold leaves added to the right side. I die cut a Christmas sentiment and added it to the top of the image.

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Cards 4


These last cards are simple, quick and easy ones. The images were cut to fit the inside of the decorative die cut frame and then they were popped onto small square cards.  The images are from Winter Wonderland (free blog hop set) and Reindeer Way Jewel It collage sets. 


I hope you'll join our In Dreams Challenge where the Winner will get a 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.

  

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product 
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize
Do come and join us!



I have another Gecko Galz blog post today which you can find here.

I'll be back on the 1st January with my new Gecko Galz project.

Here's all the info you need:
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Paperminutes #619 Christmas in Orange 24/12
Paper Funday Challenges #12 AG 30/12 (2/4) --
Creative Inspirations Festive Fun 31/12 (2)
ABC Christmas Challenge Y for Yuletide 31/12
A Vintage Journey Holly Jolly Christmas 02/01
Winter Wonderland AG 02/01
613 Avenue Create #228 AG 03/12 (4) TOP ROCKER
Crafty Gals Corner #202 Tis the Season 07/01 (2)
Not Just Cards  Dec AG 09/01 (3)
C R A F T Challenge #539 Christmas 09/01 WINNER

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Gecko Galz: 24 Tags of Christmas


Hello!
Happy Friday!

Over on the Gecko Galz blog we are celebrating the run up to Christmas with our 24 Tags of Christmas event. Each day DT members post a Christmas tag made using Gecko Galz products. If you leave a comment on the blog post or make a purchase you will be in the draw for a DAILY Gecko Galz gift!

What are you waiting for?

Here are my tags, featured on the blog today:


I made two vintage tags from recycled jar lids. 
The nice thing is they double up as tree decorations!

Having given the jar lids a good soak and scrub, I printed out the  images that I needed. I used manuscript music papers from the Christmas Carols collage set for the backgrounds and cut out circles, slightly larger than the lid, so that they would cover the entire interior surface.  The images I used are from Christmas Carols and Merry Little Christmas, but any images would work. I fussy cut them, edged them with Vintage Photo ink and popped them up on foam pads for a 3D look.


I pierced the rim of the jar lid with my pokey tool and threaded crochet ribbon through, knotting and glueing on the inside to hold it in place. I added the tinsel trim using Fabri-tac glue. Next I made the 'To and From' tag, on my computer, using sentiments from the Christmas Sayings stamp set. These were printed, die cut and edged in Fired Brick Distress Oxide, then glued to the top of the jar lid.



And there you have it - easy and duel-purposed, as well as a bit of recycling!

      Christmas Carols                     Merry Little Christmas          Christmas Sayings Stamps
    
A lot of the Christmas themed digitals, including stamp sets and paper packs are on offer at $1 until the end of December
Gecko Galz Etsy Store.
Also we have a Buy One Get One Free offer on. Plus super give aways if you make a larger purchase. Check out the newsletter for details.


I hope you'll find time to join our In Dreams Challenge where the Winner will get a 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.

  

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product 
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly $1 deals!


Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly, Facebook group which we would love you to join! Come and show us your Gecko Galz makes.
We have 4 monthly challenges with collage sets as prizes for winners.
Do come and join us!


I have a second Gecko Galz blog post today - you can find it here.


I'll be back on January 1st with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters Anything Christmas 22/12
Tag Tuesday Shabby Chic or Vintage 23/12
Lil Red Wagon #528 Any Winter Holiday 24/12
Paper Funday Challenges #12 AG 30/12
Creative Inspirations Festive Fun 31/12
A Vintage Journey Holly Jolly Christmas 02/01
Winter Wonderland AG 02/01
Crafty Gals Corner #202 Tis the Season 07/01
Not Just Cards  Dec AG 09/01 (2)

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Monday, 16 December 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Nativity


Hello!

Happy Monday!

Today is my DT day at Vera Lane Studio. I'm posting from the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland where I've just spent a beautiful long weekend!

I made a Christmas card with the Silent Night digi set. This set is incredibly cute and features five digi images. I didn't use the barn. 


I coloured the images with Copic pens, added some white Posca pen highlights and fussy cut them. The background is made using Infusions Golden Sands and Brusho Prussian Blue. The edge of the background was inked with black archival ink and Glimmer Mist was spritzed over the entire background. The sheen is so very beautiful. I arranges my images, along with a couple of animals from Farm Animals Set 1 onto the background and added the sentiment.


Silent Night                                  Farm Animals Set 1
   


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane.
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Allsorts #550 Inspired by a Song 20/12
Silent Night, Holy Night
Crafting Happiness #27 Christmas 22/12
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1950 AG 22/12 Top 3

Crafty Cardmakers #247 Christmas 22/12
Make My Monday #11 Anything Christmas 22/12
613. Avenue Create #228 AG 04/12
A Pace to Start Happy Holidays 05/12
Dream Valley #216 Christmas 06/01
Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges #4 AG 06/12
Christmas with the Cuties #34 Christmas 13/01



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Artsystamper: Wrappings and Tags


Hello! 
Happy Monday!

Today sees the start of a new challenge at the new Artsystamper Challenge Blog. Each challenge runs for two weeks and starts on the first and third Monday of the month. 
The theme for this challenge is Wrappings and/or Tags
I hope that you can find time to join in the fun!

The winner will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop. Beverly Cole’s selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards. Why not take a moment and check out what she has in store!

Here is what I made:



I made some tags using pre coloured digital images from Sweet Santa, Snow Birds and Poinsettia Pair.

 

I resized the images and added the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from Sweet Santa to some of the images. I then printed them out, leaving enough space to die cut around each. Once die cut, I left the die in place and inked the background with Distress Oxides; Twisted Citron first and then edged with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick. Some touches of glitter were applied to each image.
I cut a larger gold mat with each die and adhered the digital images on top, then threaded some gold fibres through to make the tag.

The gift bags have a rectangle of Wintery Paper adhered to the front. The images are fussy cut, leaving a thin white border and popped onto a gold die cut square. Some gold sequin trim was placed beneath the topper.



Next I made a chocolate box sleeve from white card and Wintery Paper. I simply measured the size of the box and scored my card to make the sleeve. The patterned papers were cut slightly smaller that each panel and the edges were distressed with scissors. I added one of my tags and a large shop bought bow.

The wine bottle tag is again just a strip of card, scored in two places with a die cut circle in the middle portion to pop over the bottle neck. Wintery Paper was distressed and adhered to the card and one of the tags adhered to the front.

Sweet Santa Snow Birds      
     
Poinsettia Pair                  Wintery Paper

  

That's all for today! 
I hope you will hop on over to Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter! You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts Design Team ... so much fun.

I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today!



I'd like to support the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft #106 AG 30/12
Creatalicious Challenges #177 AG 30/12
INTAAS #73 Anything but a card  Jan?
Creative Crafters #23 AG 08/01
Not Just Cards Dec 10/01
Crafters Cafe #233 Holidays 15/01



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