Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Christmas card with Carousel by MFT Stamps

I would like to share with you today my Christmas card that I made with the MFT Stamps Carousel die and Carousel Horses stamp set. When I was making this card, I was thinking of those Christmas/Advent markets, where, next to the vendors' stalls there was always a carousel where the children including my daughter always loved to sit on.




The stamped images were coloured with Copic Sketch markers, but the background and the rods were coloured with acrylic paints (blue, white, gold). The text was heat embossed with fine white embossing powder.


What I used:

MFT Stamps, Carousel Horses Stamp Die-Namics

MFT Stamp, Carousel Horses stamps

MFT Stamps, Carousel Die-Namics

Copic Sketch markers

DecoArt Americana paints

Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder

etc.





Saturday, 1 October 2022

Halloween card with Count Dracula

Hello everyone, it's already October and we start a new challenge on the Country View Challenges blog. The theme is Harvest or Halloween. And as you can see, I chose Halloween because I made a card with The Count (Dracula) by Tim Holtz.


I can't show you how I assembled the count, because I  was focused when I assembled him that I forgot to take photos. But I link here the video which shows you the steps of how to put the pieces together. I did follow this video too. The only difference that the face of my count is pale cream-beige and not blue. And except the black and white parts, I coloured every piece with acrylic paints.

For the background I chose a Halloween background stamp from Tim Holtz, Webs&Damask. Here I used the Damask. I stamped the image on watercolour paper with embossing ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. Then I blended Mowed Lawn, and then Rustic Wilderness to the surface.


I cut off the excess, and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. 


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, The Count Colorize die (665557)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Fireside (664193)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa's Helper (664192)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Frightful Things (664209)

Stampers Anonymous, Webs&Damask (CMS276)

Stampers Anonymous, Noteworthy (CMS446)

Rangers Distress inks (Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Black Soot)

Rangers Ditress Archival inks (Black Soot, Ground Espresso)

etc.




So if you have an autumnal or Halloween themed project, please don't hesitate to join our October challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.


With my card, I would like to join the: 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Emboss it

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes



Thursday, 29 September 2022

Wine tag with Sizzix Toil&Trouble die

Hell everyone, I'm here with a Halloween wine tag. This time I put the lovely witch from the Sizzix Toil&Trouble set on the tag.





To make this tag, I cut out a wine tag from 300 gsm watercolour paper then I blended different purples (Distress Oxide inks) to the surface. I masked the place of the moon which means I covered that area with the circle I cut out from the tag. 

The moon was coloured first with Antique Linen and Picket Fence Distress Oxide inks, then I used the moon mask and I blended Hickory Smoke through the stencil.

I inked the edges with Black Soot Archival ink and made some grass with the Scarecrow stamp.

I spritzed the tag with water, then I spattered with Walnut Stain Spray Stains.

I covered the whole tag with Resist spray. I didn't spray it, I tapped the liquid with a sponge to the surface.


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Toil&Trouble (665561)

Ranger Distress Oxide inks (Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence)

Stampers Anonymous, Regions Beyond (CMS274)

Stampers Anonymous, The Scarecrow (CMS451)

MFT Wine Tag Die-Namics

etc.




Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Card with Tiny Toadstools by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, I'm here with my second inspirational project for our September challenge, Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Before I start to write my tutorial, that for this card I got my inspiration from Kath Stewart who stamped the toadstools on ATCs. Here you can see her cards. But for the ATCs she chose the Label Frames stamp set by Tim Holtz. Me, I chose the old and retired ATC&Corners Bigz die.


For the background I chose one of my old design, a tag as an inspiration. So I stamped the leaves one by one and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I blended Ripe Persimmon and Carved Pumpkin to the surface. I inked  the edges with Gathered Twigs. In the end, I spritzed with water. 


I cut out the ATC shape from 300 gsm watercolour paper. I stamped the toadstools with Ground Espresso Archival ink to the ATC and coloured slightly with Distress inks. I spattered with Vintage Photo ink,  and then I blended Distress Glaze to the surface. 



The text was stamped on black paper with embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.



What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, Nature's Wonder (CMS343)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Toadstools (CMS377)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Text (CMS394)

Sizzix Bigz die, ATC&Corners (657184)

Ranger embossing powder (Princess Gold)

Ranger Distress inks (Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen)

etc.



So if you have an autumn project, please don't hesitate to join our September challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Emboss it




Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Wine tag with The Scarecrow by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, My returning readers probably know that I love to make wine tags. Every year, I make Halloween and Christmas wine tags and sometimes for birthdays too. After a long time, I'm here with a Halloween wine tag.


For this tag, I had to do a lot of masking. But first of all, I cut out a wine tag shape from 300 gsm watercolour paper. Then I stamped the scarecrow with Black Soot Archival ink and I masked it. Then I stamped the moon and the maize. Then I masked them too before making the background. Here in this picture, you can see, that I've already masked the scarecrow and the moon.


Then I started to blend Faded Jeans to the top and Gathered Twigs to the bottom. 


Then I added some Chipped Sapphire here and there on the top part and Black Soot to the edges. Then I spritzed with water.

When it was dry, I coloured the scarecrow with Distress markers. In the end, I added a layer of Distress Resist. I tapped the Resist medium with a piece of sponge onto the surface. This enhanced the colours and it gave the surface a great protection.


What I used:

Stampers Anonymous, The Scarecrow (CMS451)

Stampers Anonymous, Sketch Manor (CMS408)

Stampers Anonymous, Regions Beyond (CMS274)

Ranger Distress inks (Gathered Twigs, Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire)

Ranger Distress Resist Spray

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Black Soot)

MFT, Wine Tag Die-Namics

etc.







Thursday, 15 September 2022

Birthday card with blue bird and umbrella

Hello everyone, the card that I want to show you right now was inspired by one of my older cards. That one, but that card was such a huge card and I wanted a smaller, more useful card. So I made this one:



When a few days ago started to make a thank you card with pumpkins, I embossed two backgrounds with the Flourish stamp by Tim Holtz, one with Ranger Sage embossing powder, and the other with Weathered White. The Sage was used for the pumpkins, so the white became the background of the birthday card.

The bird was coloured with Faded Jeans Distress ink, Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress inks.

The sentiment is not from Tim, it's a My Favorite Things stamp. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder on brown card stock.


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Feathered Friends (664433)

Sizzix Thinlits die, The Gent (665202)

Stampers Anonymous, Lattice&Flourish (CMS257)

My Favorite Things Stamp, Essential Sentiments

Ranger Distress inks (Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink (Stormy Sky)

Ranger embossing powders (Weathered White, White Super Fine)

etc.


With my card I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Die Cuts


Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Thank you card with Pumpkin Duo by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, I'm here to show my latest make with the Sizzix Pumpkin Duo Colorize die set that I recently received. 


And if you like my thank you card and need a tutorial, here it is.

First I stamped the Flourish background on a watercolour paper with embossing ink, then I heat embossed with Ranger Sage embossing powder. I cut off the excess from the paper, then I blended Speckled Egg Distress ink onto the surface. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo ink, later I added Walnut Stain too.


For the pumpkins I used Distress crayons, inks and markers to make darker and lighter layers. Here are two photos of the pumpkin colouring:




I cut out some leaves too and coloured with Distress inks.


The wooden strip was in my stash, I cut out for something else then I left it in my box. But I'm sure, I used the Lamber embossing folder, the cut the panel into equal strips with Tim's guillotine. 


What I used: 

Sizzix Thinlits die, Pumpkin Duo Colorize (665999)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Handwritten Celebrate (660215)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Fall Foliage (660955)

Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder, Lumber (662718)

Stampers Anonymous, Lattice and Flourish (CMS257)

Ranger Distress ink pads, markers, crayons, re-inkers ...




With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Die Cuts



Thursday, 1 September 2022

Autumn wine tag with Wine Blueprints by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, I'm here with a wine tag that I made for our September challenge where the lovely Debs chose the theme and will be your host. The theme is: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness the first line of Ode to Autumn by John Keats. So we would like to see projects with autumn colours, fruits, flowers, anything which reminds you of early autumn.


For me early autumn remind me of grape and wine making. So I made a wine tag with Tim Holtz Wine Blueprints stamp sets, the big and the small one.


For making this tag, I cut out a wine tag shape with MFT Wine Tag Die-Namics from Neenah Desert Storm paper. I stamped the image of the bottle, I masked it and then I stamped the grape. The text is from a Penny Black stamp set, called Autumn Splendor.

First I coloured the images with Copic Sketch markers, then I continued with pencil colouring.

In the end I splattered my tag with brown ink (Walnut Stain Spray Stain). I also inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.



So if you have an autumn project, please don't hesitate to join our September challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.


Friday, 26 August 2022

Birthday card with Rupert by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, I'm back from a long holiday and here is my first project. I made a birthday card with Rupert, the dragon. I have had this die set  for a while but it remained untouched. Now I thought he deserved a birthday card.



I cut out all the main elements of Rupert from white watercolour paper then I painted with acrylic paints. Here you can see the DecoArt paints I used. Then I added pearls shine to the cutouts (DecoArt Rayher Perlschimmer). For the eyes, I used Nuvo Black Crystal Drops.


I found the hat die in a Sidekick Side-Order set, called Birthday. The birthday gift is from a Sizzix Christmas set and I had to cut it a little smaller. And the balloon was in the Circle Play die set. I cut out the elements from yellow and purple papers. The balloon is attached to Rupert's tail with a thread.


My goal was to give a background to Rupert which will emphasise him. So in the end I decided to choose a white background with embossed roses on it. And why roses? Because in Hungary there is a famous dragon, Süsü who's best friend is the little prince and who wanted to be a rosebud because then the butterflies would fly on him. He adored the butterflies. He was a very gentle dragon and I assume Rupert is a kind spirit too.

The text is from one of my favourite stamp sets, because I use the Crazy Talk a lot. I stamped the texts on black card with embossing ink, then I heat embossed with Super Fine white embossing powder. Don't forget to use the Ranger Anti-Static pouch!



What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Rupert Colorize  (665361)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things (662418)

Sizzix Sidekick Side-Order die, Birthday (662703)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Circle Play (663868)

Stampers Anonymous, Roses stencil (THS075)

Stampers Anonymous, Crazy Talk (CMS236)

Ranger embossing powder (Weathered White, White Super Fine)

DecoArt Americana paints (Forest Green, Sea Aqua, Foliage Green)




With this card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Mixed Media


Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Elegant birthday card with cake

Hello everyone, I'm here with the second project that I made for the August challenge of Country View Challenges. And this month the theme is Happy Birthday where we welcome birthday cards and/or gifts.

Here is my birthday card that I created for a 80 years old lady. And for this card I used one of my earlier cards as an inspiration, this one.


If you click on the clickable word you can see how I made the background with Vintage Pearl embossing powder and the Vines&Roses stamp set (CMS298). But here I used a nice taupe colour as a background layer and I also used that taupe paper for the cake stand and for the number.

The candles were cut out with an old and retired Sizzix Framleits die set, Happy Birthday Step-Ups by Stephanie Barnard (660142).

The cake is a also Sizzix die, Layered Cake Bigz die by Brenda Walton (658357) but I rounded the upper edges.

For the number I used Tim Holtz Alphanumeric 3/4" Tall die set (660056).



So if you have a birthday project, please don't hesitate to join our August challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.

With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Happy Birthday!