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

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Wonky tree

 Hello lovely crafters, I hope you are all managing to stay warm and safe. It's -7 here so the only thing to do is stay in and stamp. Apart from checking the water for my poor hens. They are inside, you'll be pleased to hear, but the water froze even inside. 

Here is a dash of pink for you:

I used a Christmas Tree die to cut branches from a piece of pink inky paper. Each branch was cut twice and then layered up. The star is from the same set and the ground is the 'waste'. 

It's all mounted on a bit of spotty dotty embossed card with some extra pink paper at the edges. 

The greeting is from an Inky Doodles set. Oh and I dusted the tree with Wink of Stella. 
 I glued the trunk on wonky so it does have a jaunty look. 

I'm linking this to:
Photo inspiration:
I took inspiration from the general pinkness and the offset tree. 

I'm also skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used lots of snippets. Everything, I think except the card base. 

Thank you for visiting, enjoy your day. xxx

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

More green and pink

 Hello lovely crafters, 

It seems I can only use green and pink just now. I will try something different next.

There were a lot of changes with this design. The gingham was going to be on the inside, then the outside then both. The flower was at the top and butterfly at the bottom. Large butterfly, small butterfly, die cut words... If I was starting again I'd do things differently but never mind that now. 

I've embossed the outlines of the flowers with gold and then coloured with inks and brushes (lovely soft brushes won in The Playground. Love them and use them at every opportunity 😊).

I followed Mrs A's instructions to make the gap card and cut my stamped Gingham paper to cover the front and used the 'gap' piece on the inside. I also used the die cut words on the inside in the end. 

All the stamps are Inky Doodles including the gingham stamp. I can't resist them.

I'm entering this in Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge:

I've used a butterfly, pink gingham stamping, Gap card design, Geranium (pink) and Granny Smith (green) inks and gold embossing. 

I'll also hop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used snippets, of course, for all the flowers and die cuts. 

Thank you for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Stencilled flowers

 Hello lovely crafters. I hope everyone is safe and well. 

I have two cards today for the fabulous Twofer challenge

I decided to use a flowery Gina K stencil which was a Christmas gift. I've resisted getting into stencilling until now as I knew it would result in collecting more stuff but now I've got the bug and will be collecting more stuff. Must use the ones I have first though!

Though the cards are different they do have many similarities and I should probably have tried harder to make them different. I've even used the same colours. 

For the first card I used the whole of the stencil and some bright inks with soft blending brushes. It's mounted to give a tiny border of pink. Then as usual I struggles as to how to finish the card. Eventually I remembered this Happy Birthday die so that is cut twice or three times, glued together and coloured with the same pink ink. I used a strip of the same card just to make it stand out a bit more. 

For the second card I used softer colours and, using a combination of masking and concentration, managed to blend over part of the card and not get ink in places I didn't want it! 
I kept the large die cut white so it doesn't dominate. 
I wanted a flower at the bottom right but could not work out how to use the stencil for that. (If anyone else knows, I'd be interested). I looked through all my stamp sets and eventually found this Paula Pascual one which fitted well. I definitely need to use that set more. 

So these are my two cards for two different occasions. I love all the cards showing up in the gallery. 

I'll also be sharing it at NBUS challenge as that is the first outing for my stencil.

and Shopping our Stash. This time the challenge is to use something new though I really do mean to use what I have more. Again. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x