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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Christmas stamp sets - not just for Christmas!

Hello crafting friends!

I loved all the festive cards I saw people making with the  Stampin' Up stamp set From Our House To Yours. I've only just got my set (due to my own incompetence!) so I've missed the Christmas boat, but it's come in very handy for making a new home card AND a valentine!

CARD ONE
The new home card was so much fun to make.


I used my new Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies to make clouds and bushes and the Wavy Border dies to make hills, and stamped trees as a background. The house was stamped on a scrap of card stock and fussy cut, and I stamped the tiny heart over the window below the roof, before tucking it into my scene.


I added a sentiment from Holiday Home (retired) before mounting the scene on a card base I'd splattered with pink ink. That was a bit too much fun and had to restrain myself from looking for other things to splatter ink on!

CARD TWO
My second card is a simple one layer card that uses the same tiny heart as the first card as well as the larger heart that comes with From Our House To Yours. Two hearts for the price of one!


Using Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler inks, I stamped a patterned on the edge of the card base with the hearts. I didn't use my stamping platform for this, I just 'used the force Luke' - that's a Star Wars reference that we say in my family when we just busk it!


The sentiment is from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks II which I stamped and cut out, then attached to the card. To give the card a touch of unexpected colour, I finished the card with gems I'd coloured purple with an alcohol marker.

Two card designs, different occasions, same stamp!


CHALLENGES
I'm linking Card One up with CAS(E) This Sketch - I LOVED the retro sketch there this week! Card Two will be my second entry into both Less is More's One Layer Card challenge with the theme 'Offset' and Perfectly CAS's One Layer Card, using one third of the card or less; I was totally inspired by Just Us Girls this week too with their Red Pink and Purple colour challenge.

Both cards will be my entry for the Twofer challenge which is celebrating its second anniversary with a Hearts challenge! The stamp both of my cards have in common is the small heart. Congratulations on two years of fun and jollifications ladies!


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Near where I live there are some large fishing ponds and yesterday afternoon, Eva and I went for a walk there. We are used to the natural beauty of the area and were quite sad to find that a brutal, prison style fence had been put up round the ponds. I stopped to talk to some men who were working in there and they told me the fence had been put up to keep otters out - apparently they eat the fish. As I walked on I came to the part where a stream flows out of the ponds and was surprised to find there was no fence there. Now, correct me if I'm wrong but I have always believed that otters are intelligent little creatures who enjoy a romp about on land but who are also keen swimmers. I wondered in what way the prison fences were going to prevent the otters from casually back-stroking in, dining on some plump fish and then leaving the way they came in. There's something a bit er... fishy going here I think!

It's okay, you carry on being on the computer, I'll just wait here...

Right, I'm off out into the sunshine with a very patient little pupper who's only had one walk today and is feeling a little bit disappointed about it!

Hope the sun is shining on you today!

23 comments:

  1. The Force was definitely with you stamping all of those little hearts! Fabulous creation and use of our Colors this week. Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

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    1. Lol, I'm not quite Skywalker standard yet but with a bit of practice...!

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  2. LURVE both your heart cards, the house scene is so pretty with it's curvey clouds and the hugs card is lots of hugs methinks.
    As for the otters, well it seems the conservationists can't have it right all the time - can they? SO funny AND fishy LOL.
    Faith x

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    1. Thanks Faith! You can never have enough hugs - am I right?!
      I have a feeling those were not conservationists!
      x

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  3. What a shame about the awful fence going up . . . which won't work by the sounds of things! Hope you enjoyed the walk anyway.

    Two AWESOME cards here. Love them both. I like your new cloud die . . . put to very good use I might add.

    Hug xxx

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    1. We had a great walk because the fence meant we had to go round the long way and it was a lovely sunny day. Not sure if I would be quite as thrilled if it had been raining though!
      xxx

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  4. Wowza ... design perfection on both cards ... love them.

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    1. Thanks Stef - don't think I've ever had a wowza before!

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  5. Two really super CAS card with great images and colours and before you know it, it will be next Christmas.

    Kath x

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  6. Two darling cards, Vicky! Especially love your little house scene for the new home card!!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'm wishing them a House of Lurve!

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  7. Such a clever way to use this little heart! I love how it decorates the sweet little house and two-toned look of the multiple stamping! Such precision in your stamping!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I love a tiny stamp, don't you?!

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  8. Fab cards as always. Me thinks those jobsworths need a Darwin award for not thinking the whole fence thing through!

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    1. I'm not quite sure who they were but I don't know about the whole otter thing...!

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  9. Two fabulous cards, loving the LIM entry - great pic of your pooch too, weird about the fence thing too, as you say .... something fishy going on

    Kathyk

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Eva is a cutie isn't she - I only have to look at her to melt!

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  10. Pretty cards, I esp love the heart one - perfect for the Perfectly CAS challenge!

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  11. Two absolute stunners! I love how you've used the dies for your house scene, would never have thought to use the clouds for bushes! And I'm in awe of your freehand stamping on your heart card! Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More and Perfectly CAS, Anita x

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  12. Two beautiful cards - the heart one is so striking.

    Thank you for sharing it with us at the Perfectly CAS Challenge.

    Helen x

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Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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