Saturday, 10 April 2021

Twofer Guest Designer!

 Hello lovely crafters. 

I was recently very surprised (and delighted, of course) to be a winner at Twofer Challenge. 

That meant I was invited to be a guest designer so here are my cards for this fun challenge. 

The aim of the challenge is to make two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamp, die or stencil. This way we stretch our brains and our stash. 

A lovely challenge, the only problem being what to choose to use? I finally settled on a Hobby Art set called Falling Leaves. I'd planned to use several of the leaves but in the end only used one,  this pretty Maple leaf. 

I wanted to use spring colours as we are full of the joys of spring here just now with tiny new leaves unfurling after a wet and cold winter. (In fact we are now back to freezing nights!)

I started this card by stamping the leaves and embossing in clear. The I added Leaf Green (very appropriately) Brushos with plenty of water and let it do it's thing. I may have dabbled around a little bit with a brush to help it along. 
When I was all dry I ironed off the embossing between sheets of paper. My favourite technique. 

For the second card I resorted to Autumn colours. I embossed the leaf three times in gold and then painted in with red and orange Distress ink. I fussy cut them and then added a little stencilling to the background in the same orange ink. I went in a with a heavier hand than I'd intended but it's done now. 
Finally I added a strip of design paper which was the perfect colour match. The pattern, however was not regular hence the change at the top of the card. I was a bit annoyed with the irregular pattern at first and wish I'd cut it slightly differently but there we are. 
I finished it off with a white on black greeting thinking it might work for a man's card. 

So there you have it. Two completely different cards for two different occasions. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Die cutting fun

 Hello lovely crafters. 

Here are a couple of cards for one of the many challenges I follow every week and fail to join in with.

This week the challenge is die cutting. I broke out a new die and made two cards. There was a whole lot of fiddling about.

It would have been quicker and easier just to make one, but where's the fun in that?

It's not my usual kind of card but you have to try things.

I chose some rather nice textured shiny card which I have had for ages. One colour was a snippet and one was a new sheet. 
I had a fairly good idea of where I was going with it so I placed the die in the centre of each in turn and cut out the bauble. I carefully collected all the 'bits' in boxes. 
Then I cut out the greeting on each and saved the fallout again. 
Then it was simply a case of gluing it all down and swapping the colours over. 🤣🤣🤣
Actually it all went fairly smoothly. I lost one tiny piece from the middle of the P, was about the cut another and found it stuck to a cutting plate by static. 

Some red ribbon and strips of red card added some much needed colour. 
Oh yes, and instead of putting the tiny circles back into the intersections. I added some gems. 

I did remember to roll each card through my Big Shot after the gluing before the gems and ribbon. This is a tip from Auntie Di and smoothes everything down nice and flush. I don't think I've ever remembered to do that before! Great tip.

I'm also jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with this as I've used snippets of red card, ribbon and the base colour of one card.  Di is celebrating the 400th Snippet post and must be responsible for prompting us to use up a huge snippet mountain. 

I'll also hop over to the NBUS challenge as this is a new die (and I've only had it a few weeks).

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day! x

Monday, 29 March 2021

Butterfly birthday

 Hello lovely crafters

I spent yesterday morning dividing dahlia tubers and then treated myself to some crafty time in the afternoon. 

I started this card with some stencilling. The colour shows what happens if you try pink and blue stencilling and then revert to pink without washing your stencil. A sort of mauve colour. 😂
Then I delved in my stash and found these leaves already coloured (with a brayer in a gel plate session I think) and a flower and butterfly stamped but not coloured. 
I've used pencils blended with baby oil for both. 
I finally added a few water drop embellishments. 
My thoughts on those, having ordered them and waited ages from them to arrive is that I love them but probably shouldn't be adding little bits of plastic to my cards. I will use them as I have them but won't be using glitter any more and will have to consider what else I use. 

I'm entering this into the current Butterfly challenge
 I've used pale blue and pale pink pencil crayons though in places they have blended together. Does that count or will I be sent out of the butterfly garden?
And a butterfly of course. I didn't have time for fancy folds this time, unfortunately. 

I'll also hop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap, I think the pink backing was also a snippet and all the flowers and leaves were in a heap of 'stuff' to use up. 
There are so many good ideas there I must have a longer look and a blog hop. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Inside out butterfly

 Hello lovely crafters. 

I see a pattern emerging here. I see the butterfly challenge. I start a card. It gets complicated and fiddly and hidden under a pile of c**p stuff, I realise I'm running out of time, I finish the card. 

Here is my latest butterfly offering. 

Mrs A has challenged us to make a Inside out Card. As usual she gives clear instructions. 

As usual I tried to overcomplicate things but here is the inside of the finished card. As you open it the butterfly pops up. 

It really is a simple technique which gives a great effect. I've left it blank for now but may add a greeting or even decorate the back as well. 

I've used Inking on the stencilled background and coloured all the flowers and leaves with markers. 
Iceberg for the background
Inchworm for the leaves and stems
Ivory card for the base. 
Plus butterfly and inside out card, of course. 
Thanks Mrs A for all the fun ideas. 

I'm also hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as everything is made from snippets. 

Friday, 19 February 2021

Flowers are on the way

 Hello lovely crafters!

I finally bought an Altenew flower stamps set. I can't tell you how long I spent choosing which one to get. They are all lovely and I'm sure you all have lots of them. I'm not sure why I dithered around so long. 

When I tried them out but wasn't at all happy with my results. Some things take practice. Determined to make something with them, I simplified and here is the result. 

I stamped the flower and coloured with inks and water. Less is more I found, when colouring. I then did the same with the leaves. The little bough is stamped onto the card directly. 
A tiny bit of stencilling on the background, a greeting and some black stickles in the centre finished it off. 
I used Kraft card as the base is creamy so it went well. 
Now I need to go and do more practicing. Just gazing at other peoples cards doesn't work, I have found. 

I'm linking this to 
My lovely new stamps star here. 

and also

******Colour mWorld******

I've used bright pink and green which seem to be my go-to colours now. 

Obviously I've used NBUS so I should pop over to 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. xxx

Monday, 15 February 2021

Dramatic skies

 Hello lovely crafters. 

Just a quick post to send Mrs A this virtual card. I hope you are feeling 100 times better than last week. Mwah!

I made this last week and never posted it. 
The background was made using yellow, orange and brown Distress oxide inks plus water of course. 
Then I kept evrything else black for a bit of drama. 

I bleached out the dragonfly wings with water and then added some shimmer which I think you can see here. 
No greeting added, I may add one or I may not!
I'm linking this to Mrs A's current Butterfly Challenge where I've only used the colours and not managed to incorporate the other items. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Happy Heart Day

 Hello lovely crafters

Here are a couple of cards I knocked up. 

The first was inspired by 


I dug out this Stamplorations balloon stamp and made a tiny envelope to go with the balloons. Tiny envelopes are so cute, I should use them more. 

I used peg stamp letters for the greeting so I could write what I wanted to say. I'm not sending my love very far, in actual fact, as my husband of 32 years is right here. Lol.

I started the second card by stamping the balloons down the side but then got carried away and stamped them all around the sentiment too. 

I'd forgotten to think about the strings but I think I got away without it being too messy. 
I'd forgotten how much I like colouring with Promarkers. No fancy colouring here but fun all the same. 
I'd stamped the greeting directly onto the card but it looked a bit hemmed in and the whole card a bit flat. 
When I came back to it a bit later, I re-did the sentiment with embossing and popped it up and covered all the balloons with shimmer. I'm always disappointed if there is nothing to Wink. 
That made it all look 100 times better. 

Of course, it doesn't really show up in a photo but I think you can see a little bit here:

Thank you for visiting, enjoy your day. xxx