Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Foxgloves and wings

I'd planned to make several cards today to be organised for events during the next few weeks. Only one is finished satisfactorily, though, and this is a second attempt. Typical. I am having a break then I'll go back with fresh eyes. I am pleased with this second attempt though.

I've made this for a friend who is celebrating a special birthday next week with afternoon tea for 40 people! I'll be keeping mine quiet, as I'm not sure I'm comfortable with it, but I admire her for broadcasting it. 
I'm entering this into the Less is More challenge - Wings here.  
Belated Happy Birthday to Less is More. It is the friendliest challenge and I don't underestimate the time it takes for the DT to comment on all the entries. Your encouragement is much appreciated.

These flower stamps are Hobby Art and the 'wings' are Card-io.
Sentiment - Paper Smooches.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Flower meadows

I have made this set of cards for my mother to give to a friend. The friend is pretty much housebound so this is a nice gift as she can't choose cards for herself. The brief was 'she likes pretty'.
All the cards are different but I used the same inks so they match as a set. 
I stamped the flowers on squares of card (snippets), rounded the corners and then inked round the edges with a silver Sharpie. I mounted each one on a square card and then decorated with a toning ribbon (all snippets). I added sentiments (snippets) on two but left two blank for any other occasion. 

Finally I made a little box to hold them all from a snippet and added another snippet of ribbon to decorate. The box looks better in real life though is not perfect.

I made a set of cards at Christmas when I wanted a present for someone which was easy to post. She did appreciate them. 
This style of card is exactly why I started stamping and I still like the look very much. Though I am happy to say I have broadened my horizons and been challenged into new styles and ideas these past couple of years mainly due to all the blogs and challenges that I spend far too much time cooing over.
So as you probably guessed I'm heading over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with these.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Creating snippets

I started making a card for this challenge CAS Colours and Sketches:

I don't often use papers though I have a small stash. I get them out and admire and stroke  them but am not always sure what to do with them. This sketch though was perfect for papers, I could see that and I needed a birthday card for a man. 

Cutting the angles wasn't very easy and I found myself with a small pile of snippets, mostly triangles, leftover. 
Now I do hoard most offcuts and snippets. I'm not quite as obsessive as some people (you know who you are!), I tend to tuck all the bits into the paper pad they came from but sometimes they just pile up in a heap. Last week I found another box of bits I'd forgotten I had.
This time I used them straight away. I needed a quick card for Valentines and had been uninspired up 'til then.
I'd never done Iris folding before but managed to find a pattern on the internet, of course, and quickly cut my snippets up into strips. It made up swiftly and I am quite pleased with it. I'm not so keen on the paper used at the top and the pattern doesn't quite match which is annoying but I didn't feel like unsticking it all. 
My husband was impressed by the pattern but more impressed that I had used up all the scraps that he has seen me cutting up the day before!

So I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippets playground with this one. It was too cold last week and I didn't go out to play.
All made from snippets, including the front, and mounted on a card base from a previous disaster. See I am a hoarder. 
Also linking up to The Male Room - Valentine.