Sunday, 27 September 2015

Something Shiny

We all love shiny things I think, so this week's challenge at Less is More is a JOY!  Here is my card, which will add to my Christmas stash.

Hard to see the shine, but the next view might be better.

I die cut the Joy to the World Wreath by Cheery Lyn, and inlaid it back into the white card front.  It seems to suit the CAS style better this way.  The shiny sentiment is cut from silver mirror card, mounted to self adhesive foam - as you can see in the shiny photo - no messy glue to spoil the effect!

While visiting the LIM blog, I realised that my card would also qualify for the current Muse challenge.  

This is the first time I have entered, so here are their rules:

  • Use the inspiration card as a starting point - strictly speaking, I found my card fits the criteria after I had made it, but the links are - metallic sentiment, scattered berries, and a stitched border to frame the panel.
  • Make a Christmas or winter-themed card, explain your interpretation and link back to Muse: ChristmasVisions. My card is definitely a Christmas card
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow member’s submissions. 
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow members' submissions that you find inspiring.
This is Ingrid's Christmas card Muse


I am also a late entry into the challenge at Live Love Cards, where the challenge is use something shiny - perfect!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

You stole my heart at Scrapbook Boutique

Here is a peek at a card I have over at Scrapbook Boutique today - I'd love you to pop over and take a look!

Hope to see you over there!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Technology Thank You

Week 242 at Less is More has a theme challenge - it is 'Technology'.  The DTs came up with some very creative responses to inspire us, but I went a bit 'retro' with my technology:  it is so simple, I don't think it needs any more said (a first for me??).

Stamps:  SU Gorgeous Grunge, typewriter from a craft show bin
Ink:  SU Smokey Slate, Memento Lady Bug teardrop, Versafine Onyx Black

Monday, 14 September 2015

Blog name change

Hello there - just a quick note to explain the evolving name of my blog:)  In 2012 I started with Cardmaking 101 as I felt such a novice back then, with absolutely no credentials to call myself a crafter, and I was learning so much.  Well, now I'm still a learner (always will be) but I don't feel a novice any more - I feel I have more to offer than that.  So yesterday I tried changing my blog name to 'Creating Smiles' because that's what happens when we send out cards isn't it?  But I felt it had more to do with dentistry than paper crafts, so today I'm at Paper Hugs.  I think I'll stay with that, as that is also what making and sending cards is all about - a big, fat, juicy hug from afar:)

So to anyone who has called in today to read this, this is for you - MWAH!

Sunday, 13 September 2015


The new challenge at Less is More is a one-layer card, with the theme of Wishing.

There were some beautiful inspiration cards posted by the DTs which really got me thinking.  This is what I came up with.

I wasn't sure if I would be able to colour with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens onto normal card, but as I wasn't trying to blend any colours (except for the bottle cork) I hoped I would get away with it, as it is a One-Layer challenge!  I think I just managed it, what do you think?  A few splatters over the top of the card, and I was done.

Stamp:  Bebunni - Crafters Companion: Birthday Wishes for image and sentiment
Ink:  Stampin' Up! Basic Black clear embossed

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Merry Everything

I have finally made a card from a Silhouette cut I have had for a while but never used (I lost all my previous purchases when I set up my new computer, so can't say who created this cut) - I'll try to find out later though:(

The colour behind the tree has been created with a brand new product (to me) - a couple of colour burst powders by Ken Oliver.  These are magic - spritz with water and watch the powders turn into amazing colours!  Of course, with two new products, I'm definitely going to enter Darnell's 5th NBUS challenge - yay!

I should add that the curved sentiment, by Stampin' Up! is also brand new!

Best Fishes

Here is a peek at a card I have over at Scrapbook Boutique Blog today - I'd love you to pop over and check it out!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Scrapbook Boutique Monthly Challenge and Blog Hop

A new month brings a new challenge at Scrapbook Boutique, and this month's inspiration is so so beautiful!  But before we get to that, here is some information for you about how you can enter the challenge.

There are two ways you can participate in this fun challenge, and have a chance to win a prize:  you can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is only open to Australian residents.

You should have arrived here from Angela's blog.

Isn't this inspiration just so beautiful?  The delicate lace and roses made me think of a wedding, and then I looked closely and read the tag 'Wedding Journey' so I was off and away to make my own card, inspired by this lovely photo.

and another look at the detail...

I focussed on the very soft colours and delicate effect in the photo inspiration, and returned to my (current) favourite flower stamp - Botanical Rose Bouquet by Heartfelt Creations.  I also used my Zig  Real Brush Clean Colour Markers for the first time - I have to say, I really, really love them!

 From here you should hop over to  Judith's blog but I can't wait to see what creations you can come up with this month! 

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies used from Scrapbook Boutique:

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Green and Gold colour challenge

This week at Less is More, Challenge #240 is a colour challenge:  Green and gold.  A previous time this colour combo came up, I patriotically chose an Australian theme, but not this time - I have used a Christmas die for my card.

I used the Couture Creations die:  Bubble Christmas Tree, using the negative space as a stencil and gold heat embossing the outline of the tree.  The colour of the embossed 'shadow' unfortunately does not match the die cut Noel - but I was running out of time to search for an alternative.

Die:  Bubble Christmas Tree, and SU Noel
Colour:  Zig watercolour markers
Card:  SU Whisper White, glimmer paper

Thanks so much for visiting!