Thursday, 17 September 2020

Our Anniversary

My hubby and I celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary on Monday.  We spent a few days in Surrey, a lovely part of the country, where the scenery is stunning.  We stayed in a place next to the River Wey and went for a ten mile walk along the river in the hot sunshine on the day of our anniversary.  I'll share a few photos at the end of this post.
 
I decided to make an easel anniversary card for my hubby.  
 
The image and sentiment are from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, coloured with Promarkers.  The man is wearing the football shirt of his favourite football club.  (The sentiment under the image is computer generated.)  I added two little punched hearts to the large sentiment. The background is embossed with an Xcut 'Polka Hearts' embossing folder.  I made a decorative strip with a NBUS Xcut heart and kisses punch,  layered it on red card and raised it up on foam tape so the card stands up.   I've had the punch for at least 10 years, but never used it! 

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Here are a few photos taken on our walk on Monday.




It was so hot, even the cows needed to cool off!






Saturday, 12 September 2020

Rainbow

A rainbow card today share today.  Walking around the area we live in, there are still so many rainbows in the windows of the houses, including ours.   A constant reminder of the wonderful NHS we have in the UK.  This year our family has had reason to be more thankful to the NHS than ever before. 

  I made the frame with a two dies from the Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Squares' set.  The rainbow was made with an MFT die using snippets of the seven colours of the rainbow and I added two Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds' die cuts, raised up on foam pads.  The background was a piece of blue mottled card and I added some clear gems for sparkly raindrops.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Inkylicious 'Dance in the Rain' set.

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Bel's Challenge

I'm still trying to catch up with adding cards made recently to my blog, as well as catching up with blog visiting.  I'm not sure where August went and here we all are, well into September.  

A little while ago a Stampin' Up demonstrator friend set a challenge for  a few of us to do during the semi-lockdown.  She sent us all an identical little package and asked us to see what we could do with it.  Here is what I received.  We could used our own stamps, punches, dies and add little embellishments.

A rainy day in our caravan was the perfect day to do the challenge.
 
I think the offcut of kraft card was in the envelope to stop the other bits getting creased, as nobody else used it. I didn't want to waste it, so I decided to use it.  I used part of the kraft card as a mat on the card.  I only had enough left for four squares for the box, so I die cut a fifth square out of the kraft mat and filled the aperture with a square of scrap card.  As I was covering the mat with patterned paper, it wouldn't show.  A scrap of kraft card was used for the sentiment mat.   I used the white piece of card to die cut the stitched circles and for stamping the flowers, which I then punched out.  The sentiment banner is a scrap of the leftover white card.  The circle on the card and all the flowers are attached with foam pads.  The large leaf was snipped apart so I could put a tiny leaf behind each of the flowers round the side of the box and the rest on the top of the box.  I finished off my card with three clear gems, which are more sparkly in real life.

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As we have spent a lot the last six weeks in our caravan in Devon so we are close by to daughter after her op, I missed a couple of online Stampin' Up classes I'd booked in for last month.  Although I couldn't join in the classes, I had the kits and instructions and eventually found time to make the cards this week.  I changed a few of the designs slightly, two of them because I didn't follow the instructions properly! 😉

These cards used the SU 'Lovely You' set of stamps.....

.....and these using the 'Whale of a Time' products.  The four little cards fit into the plastic box with the belly band round it. (I've left one of the cards in the box.)




Saturday, 5 September 2020

Gardening Gus

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Anything Goes'.  Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps who kindly gave the DT stamps to work with.

For my card I chose to use the Dr Digi stamp 'Gardening Gus', which I coloured with Promarkers. The image is die cut with a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle Layers' die and layered on a red mat.  The patterned paper is from an old Papermania paper pad.  I punched five flower pots from brown card and added some shading with a Promarker.  Two grey and one red Card Candi finished off my card. 

The Crafty Calender ends on September 28th and you can see all the beautiful DT creations HERE.
The randomly drawn winner will receive a prize from our generous sponsor

and the DT will choose a Top 3.  Looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations. 

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