Monday, 29 May 2017

Butterflies and blooms

Hooray, I've made a summery card. 
I've seen a few cards made with layered die cuts so here is my take on that. I like the effect of the layers so I hope I'll remember to have another go. 



I die cut all the layers with nesting dies (from China) then stamped with my go-to butterfly stamp (which I don't know the brand of) on the top layer. I lightly inked around the edges but only on this top layer. 
The flower is cut from a snippet with a coloured candi circle in the middle.
Simple and quick. 
I've used:
Leane creatief flower die. 
Hobbey art sentiment
Memento - Grape Jelly

I'd like to enter this into Mrs A's butterfly challenge where the current challenge is :
#79 Butterflies +L is for Layers and/or the colour Cream. I thought the card was cream but not it looks more ivory. It's not white! I've used layers but didn't use foam pads so it's still flat for posting. 

I'm also skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used some snippets. 


I'm just throwing this card in for good measure. I started it about 6 weeks ago but could never get it finished to my satisfaction. Even now Mr C said  he's not quite sure what it's trying to be. 
Well, in case you're wondering, it's trying to be a card. 


I hope you recognise the stamps Mrs A. 
I stamped in Versamark and embossed in white then painted in with Brushos. It was supposed to have a butterfly on it but never looked right. 

I've used:
Joanna Sheen  Beautiful Blooms
Tattered Lace edge die and JustRite small dies. 
Hobby Art sentiment stamp
Paper MME

It's already winging it's way to someone so I'm sure she will  appreciate it!
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the Day.
x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

CCT May Colour Challenge - Yellow, gold and Kraft

I'd really like to have time to make a summery card but here I am with another Christmas Card. 

I liked the gold embossed on kraft that I used last week on my card so I wanted to make another one. This time I used a wreath stamp which came with Creative Stamping #35 magazine. 

It's quite detailed and could be coloured in all sorts of ways. 
My plan was to colour a tiny bit yellow, then I did another bit and another bit - you know how it goes. 
I used some gold washi tape for the frame. 
Unfortunately the card won't lie flat so I might have to cut the front off and remount it. 
It was really hard to photograph and looked different in every picture but I hope you get the idea. 




Our current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown runs for one  more week so you have time to use these lovely colours.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the day. x

Oops I forgot to link to May Rudolf Days challenge. Link up a Christmas card between the 25th and the end of each month to celebrate Rudolf days and get your Christmas card stash growing.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Guest designer

I'm excited to be the guest designer at Pixie's Snippets Playground. It's an honour in such a talented bunch. 
Since playing along in the Playground, I've got into the habit of reaching for snippets before cutting into a new sheet. In fact I don't really like starting a new one!
Having said that, I still have a mountain of snippets. Mine are mostly white so that's what I wanted to use here. Apart from the base card, all the rest is snippets. 


I like pretty papers but I like to make my own too. I love to stamp and I like to feel I've created something lovely. 
I punched the squares then used lots of different stamps to create the patterns on the squares but the same two ink pads.
One good thing is if you don't like one, you've only spoilt one square, in fact only one side of one square! 
Then I used a darker pink and painted the accent flower so it would stand out more. 
The ric rac braid is also a stamped. Inky Doodles, of course. I tried not to add a ribbon but it just need a little something.
I mounted it all on an green inked snippet. I think it would have been a bit too pink otherwise, I hope I got away with it. 
Several years ago I bought a punch which punches 1½" squares as I'd admired cards made using this style. I've hardly used it since so, yeay, I'm using my stash too!

Thanks so much to Di for hosting the playground and keeping it all going. It's so inspiring to see the many and varied cards which people are clever enough to make. You'd think we'd run out of ideas but we never do!

I've used:
Stamps - Inky Doodles, Card-io, Little Claire, Personal Impressions, Hobby Art
Inks - Adirondak - Meadow, Memento - Angel Pink, Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry. 

If you need more details of the stamps, see me after skool. 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are inspired to  use up some snippets. 
x



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - May colours

Whoosh, that was another week flying by and it's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.



This time it's a colour challenge and yummy colours they are too. I'm sure they will inspire you to get creative.


I chose these house stamps from Polka Doodles then I embossed in gold on kraft card. They have lots of detail on them. Then I coloured the windows with yellow pencil crayon.


You'd never know that this gold ribbon says Marks and Spencer on the back! I can't throw anything like that away. I managed to tie the knot and keep the words hidden.

Finally I added a few stars in the sky which gives a little sparkle.

We hope you enjoy our latest challenge and feel inspired to join in. 
Thanks for visting and I hope you have time to get crafty this week. 
x

I've used:
Polka Doodles - Be neighbourly
Gold embossing powder
Versamark embossing pad
Gold stars

Saturday, 13 May 2017

CCT - May sketch

Hands up whose cards always go exactly to plan? That's not what happened here.
Our current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown is layers.




I had an idea to do layers of die cut stars but to inlay them so the card is still flat.
The first plan was to cut a star in a round card but that didn't quite work and I hadn't thought it through properly, no change there then.
The more ideas I had the more stars and circles collected in piles around me until I finally manged to make a card.



Then I wanted to use up all the bits and pieces so in the end I made four. That brings my quota for the year up a bit. I chose the smallest sentiment stamps I could find, from a Penny Black set.



Not having planned this very well, I found that I wanted a bit of a frame around the outside so I embossed in silver after I'd made the card. Don't do that after you've added silver thread - it melts!
I moved around all the bits and pieces, added few sequins and some silver thread and it only took a few days...





Two things about this last one. Firstly I was getting blase and when I cut the base card I forgot to have the die over the edge so I ended up with two circles instead of a hinged card. Grrr. Instead of added them to my pile of 'bits I'll use one day', I made a hinge and stuck them together. With a snippet of course!
Then I didn't think the words stood out much so I cut them again in dark green and offset them. I've never done that before but it's quite effective. I've seen it on many other peoples cards.

Top Tip*  - Cut a tiny sliver off the bottom at the back and your round card will stand up without rolling away.

So I'm popping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with these. I've used lots of snippets, made some more and used them too! I think I can just sneak in before the gates clang shut for the week.

Anyone who reads my gardening blog will know we now have some hens. They don't take much looking after but I keep finding myself out there talking to them and just watching their antics.
Here is Dora (the Explorer) who just hopped into my wheelbarrow.




* I don't pretend to be able to teach any seasoned stamper anything and if you are new to stamping all I would say is - Get out now while you still can!


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - May sketch

At Christmas Card Throwdown we have a sketch challenge for the next fortnight. It's open to all sorts of interpretation. Visit the post here to see the inspiring cards from the rest of the DT.

I must admit to finding it difficult to get in to the swing of Christmas cards now that we are in the full throes of Spring. The weather has been fabulous and, though I haven't made many cards, my garden looks great!



This is the sketch so I had to put my thinking cap on and get busy.

I usually make square cards so for a change here is a swing card. Happily I'd kept the template from the last one I made so that prevented me diving in and cutting and scoring in all the wrong places!

Once the template is cut it's just a case of decorating. I've used Docrafts paper and a Leane Creatif leaf die the layer up the wreath. The paper is peachy pink, I'm not sure if you're getting that here. The sentiment stamps are all from Creative Stamping magazine last year. I'll look out the numbers.



The good thing about these is that when folded they make a square card which fits in a normal envelope. 

Here is the inside. I've used the same fir branch die and gold thread to make a simple wreath.

I'd forgotten how hard they are to photograph, they always look squint.
I hope you'll feel inspired to join in. 

Thank you for visiting. Enjoy your crafty time. 
x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

April Technique - Shaker card

A very quick post to show this card for Christmas Card Throwdown.
Our April technique challenge is:



I'm not at all happy with my card but here it is:


It's not what I'd planned and I've had no time to spend on making it better. The first idea resulted in glitter all over my desk and shoes!
Do have a go at our challenge and show me how it should be done! You have two weeks to play along. 
I'm going away to try again for next week. Do visit the rest of the DT cards, they are amazing as ususal. 
x


Sunday, 2 April 2017

It's your birthday...


Hello lovely crafters.
I bought a stamping magazine last week even though I'd decided not to buy any more stash for a bit. I saw it at a great price here so that was that. Sorry if I'm leading you astray too.
To assuage my guilt I made a card immediately!


I added the dots after 'It's your birthday' as I feel it's rather like saying 'You've had your hair cut'. You usually know both of these things. 

I've glued all the flowers straight down so the card is quite flat even though it gives the impression of dimension. I'm challenging myself to colour as I'm not great at it. These turned out ok, I think.  

So inside I added a 'Let's celebrate' and a couple of spare flowers:


 I'd cut and coloured the flowers when I saw the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches and thought that would work well here.


I'm also entering this into Mrs A's Butterfly challenge #75 Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky. 
I've repeated the flowers and the blue border and butterfly are 'Night sky' colours though I have seen purple too, on occasion, green may be pushing it but maybe in a thunderstorm (or the Northern Lights!)
Also popping over to Pixies Snippet's Playground. My snippets mountain is mostly white so I've used a few here. Everything bar the card base is snippets. It's lovely weather for running around with friends.

All the stamps are from the Creative Stamping #41 apart from the butterfly which is from JustRite Lilies and Butterflies. There is a butterfly with this set but it was a bit too big for this card.
I've coloured with Pro-markers and added a Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flower centres. 

I hope you've had the beautiful weekend weather we've had. Enjoy your week.
xxx 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Theme - Musical Notation

It seems that we have suddenly whizzed on into April. How did that happen?


 It means that it's time for another challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a theme that should get you all humming.


I've been using up my stash and things found lying around! 
The musical notes where in a packet of die cuts I bought once, ready cut, so I can't tell you the brand, I'm afraid. The background was left over from the last card I made. I used emboss resist and then inked and stamped the snowflakes and flourishes.
 

I've added the fa la la's with these little peg stamps. See the A is black, I tried using the wrong end! What a fool.
I usually forget I have these but  they are useful for all sorts of things.
I practised on a piece of scrap first to get the spacing right and managed to avoid getting any black marks from the corners.  There is definitely an art to it.  

The finished card is nice and flat for posting, I avoided adding any more dimension. 

You have two weeks to join in with the challenge, we look forward to seeing your designs. 

I've used:
Mememto Teal Zeal
Personal Impressions snowflake stamps
Artemio flourish stamps
Dovecraft peg letters. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

CCT Burgundy, lime and cream - you still have time to join in.

Here is another card for the Christmas Card Throwdown colour challenge. 


  

I think this was heavily influenced by our previous sketch challenge. I used scraps of card to raise up the front and make the circle indented. This has made it quite weighty but I hope not too thick to post. 
You might be able to see a bit better here:



I'm still using the cream card which I mentioned in a previous post. The front has odd purple swirls on it but the back is very pretty. I'll be sorry when I run out as I can't get any more. 
Do have a go at this challenge, you have one more week to play. 
As I write this there are very few entries, either everyone is very busy or the colours have put people off. If you are not sure about them you could try using just a little bit of colour, as I have here.  

I'm also skipping over to Pixie's snippets playground. I've used quite  few snippets on the front and to pad it out and raise it.  
Also Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days Challenge which is to enter a Christmas Card between 25th and the end of each month. As this is the 25th, I'm heading over there.  

I've used:

Inky Doodles - Print backgrounds 2 stamps. 
Tonic circle die
Tattered Lace edge die
Cranberry and Twisted Citron ink pads
Wink of Stella clear pen.
I don't have names for the other items.  

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Confused about the seasons...

I've got Christmas and Spring going on here.
This is a card I have made for the current Merry Monday challenge. I'm just nipping in before the deadline.


I used a piece of coated Clarity paper and stamped a few snowflakes and swirls in Versamark. Then I inked on top and stamped some more over the inking. It's not showing up very well here. 


The die cut snowflake is embossed in bronze. It's a scrummy colour combination which I'd like to use again.




Just to prove I don't only make Christmas cards... For speed I'm adding this card to the same post. 
Stamplorations March challenge is:


 Also a lovely challenge as we are all revelling in the first signs of spring. I chose yellow and green and nothing says spring more that daffodils:



I embossed the daffodils in white, painted them in with inks then, when it was all dry, ironed off the embossing. This gives a brilliant effect which looks as though you have painted it. That is way beyond my skills!


I should have made the border very slightly bigger but too late now. 
I've used Stamplorations 'Flowers and Frames' for the border and 'Balloons and Banners' for the sentiment.

 I hope you've had time for the things you love this weekend. x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

March colour challenge - Christmas Card Throwdown.

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 


This time it's a colour challenge. 


Don't be scared, just think of it as red and green. 


I've freestyled with this, not something I often do. I thought boxes couldn't be too difficult to draw!
I drew and cut out the parcels, stamped a few patterns on them then chose some matching thread for the bows. I hope they won't come undone. I've added a tiny drop of glue on the back of the knot and somehow managed not to get it on the front.
I toyed with various ideas for adding a border round the edge but in the end I just left it how it was. 

We are always amazed by cards entered into our challenge, so clever and varied.  I look forward to seeing what you do with this one. You have two weeks to play along.




Thursday, 16 March 2017

Inky star

 Here is a card I've made for a nephew. It's a very simple idea. I used Brushos on wet paper then when it was dry I cut out the star.  Then folded the paper in half to make the card. I glued an insert over the back of the cut star.


I turned the outside frame of the star around so it made a bit of a contrast with the patterns in the paint. 
Are you wondering why that sentiment is plonked there?
I tried to be clever and stamp the sentiment 3 times directly onto the card. 

WHAT! No. Don't do that! Why did I do that? 

I was very cross as I loved the rest of the card, so that oval is covering it up. Hey, it looks ok!

I'm linking this to the current Stamplorations CAS challenge and the Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge. 

http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/p/stamplorations-anything-goes-challenge.html
I've used
Namless set of star dies (from China - you guessd)
Brusho - Ultra marine.
Stamplorations - Balloons and Banners stamps. 
JustRite oval die

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Happy red card

Here is another card for our current sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 


 

 I tried to get a good photo, it's really very red but doesn't look in on my screen. Hopefully it will on yours. 
I've used Inky Doodles stamps again end embossed white on red paper. Then using a small star punch, I punched the stars down the edge and then mounted on the base card so the white shows through. 

I used the punched out pieces on the tag with a touch of glossy accents. I did leave these out of the way to dry so they did not attach themselves to anything else whilst tacky! (See previous).
You still have a week to play along with this challenge. 

I've used 
Inky Doodles - Print Backgrounds 2 and Caroline's Doodles
Sentiment - Creative Stamping #34
Sissix die


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Ideas of summer

What can you do on a wet and windy day but stay in and create a butterfly card? Hopefully conjuring up images of summer. 


The current Butterfly Challenge is G for Glossy Accents and/or the colour slate blue.

I started by picking out this paper which I considered to be slate blue. Then I tried to match the inks I used to the paper.

 They turned out the be nothing like it but, by using a green frame, I think linked it all together. 


I stamped the wreath using various tiny stamps and then winked the butterflies and the centres of the flowers. 

The frame is green though it looks a bit blue here. I wish I'd left off the second butterflies but it's there now. 
Finally, I cut some tiny flowers, coloured them silver and glossied them up. That idea goes to Mrs A. Thank you very much. While they were drying, I managed to get them stuck on things not once but twice. Usually I pop things on the windowsil out of the way. 

As you can see, it suddenly says 'thank you' now. I was going to leave it blank as my brain was aching and I wasn't sure how to add a greeting. Then it came to me so here it is:
 
 I'm going to run over to Pixie's Snippets Playground, too, as I've used a few snippets. I only used the green as it was lying around having failed on another project.

I've used:
MME paper
Stamps - Card-io, JustRite, Stamplorations, Kaisercraft. I can let you
details on any particular stamp.

Tonic circle die
Tattered Lace (I think) flower die 
Inks- Mountain rose, Forest moss, Lake mist

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CCT - March sketch

No posts from me for ages then two come along at once!


This week at Christmas Card Throwdown we have a sketch challenge for you. 
 

It's a lovely versatile sketch which I'm sure will be interpreted in many different and clever ways. My original thought was washi tape but then I went in another direction so you can have that idea. (You're welcome).


I've used some paper which came in a goody bag from a show. It has rather odd purple swirls on what should be the front but the back is this lovey cream colour with speckles and a tiny amount of glitter.
I stamped the design then cut the ric-rac edge and slipped a bit of red paper underneath so show off the curves. 
I also coloured the ribbon slightly with pro-marker to darken it. I tried the ink pad but is just made it mucky in this case. I washed it out then I had to get out my hair straighteners to smooth out the creases. Top tip for quickly smoothing ribbon.
I love the red on the cream and the whole card in general, really. 
I hope you'll feel inspired to get creative with this sketch and get ahead on your Christmas cards. You have two weeks for the challenge.

I've used:
All stamps are Inky Doodles apart from the sentiment which is from Creative Stamping #35
Cranberry ink pad
Scraps of ribbon and a brad found lying around