Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Congratulations

A congratulations card today for a friend.  I wanted to incorporate a fairy and keep the card fairly CAS.


I started by covering a card blank with purple card.  I assembled everything else on a piece of card slightly smaller than the base card to make it easier to get everything level.  The top half of the card is embossed with a CB ' Swiss Dots' folder.  I used a MB ' Stitched Country Border' die to make the stripes, overlapping the layers.  The Congratulations ribbon is by Dovecraft, which I wrapped around the card.  The Poppystamps 'Posing Faerie' die comes in in two parts, so the image can be used without the wings.  It would be perfect for a ballerina without the wings.  When everything was assembled, I attached the decorated piece of card to the base card, leaving a narrow purple frame. 

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Illuminated Angel

I was delighted to be invited to be a Guest Designer for the Rudolph Days April Challenge.  The challenge runs from the 25th until the end of each month. 
I bought this Creative Expression 'Illuminated Angel Striplet' die at a craft fair last year, when I saw it for half price.  The black die cut was attached onto pearlised white card and layered on yellow card.  I inlaid the blue and yellow sections.  Although this took a little while, there was no way I would have had the patience to inlay all the white parts!  I used a Couture Creations Embossing Folder 'Jo Jo' for the panel on the right and added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to the centre of each star.  I can't recommend these Crystal Drops highly enough.  They're so easy to use, forming a perfect dome in the require size, and no chance of falling off in the post.  Just remember to leave them to dry overnight.  Saves on buying pearls too.  

You have 6 days this month to enter the Rudolph Days challenge and be in with a chance to win a lovely prize.  

I am joining on the following challenges:
HLS April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Good Luck

I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer over in The Playground this week.  The challenge is to use snippets, I'm sure we've all got plenty of those!  
If you've arrived from The Playground, you can skip this next bit as you've probably read it already. 😊
My good luck card is made entirely from snippets, except for the card blank and sentiment panel.  The white embossed Creative Expressions 'Pawprint Lattice' background was even a snippet, although a fairly large one.  Does anyone else have an overflowing drawer of white snippets???  I’m sure they just multiply when I’m not looking!  The black cat is a very old Sizzix die, matted and layered on MB ‘Stitched Octagon’ die cuts. The four leaf clover ‘Clippunch’ punches I used come as a pack of two, one punching out the shape and one punching out a ‘u’ shape in the middle of the leaf, so it can be ‘clipped’ onto a separate piece of card.  I know these two punches are at least 10 years old as I bought them on one of several visits to ‘Nellie Snellen’s’ shop in the Netherlands.  Did you notice that I did a bit of name dropping there?  If ever you get the chance to visit her shop in Sevenum, it’s well worth a detour. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet Nellie serving behind the counter and discover what a friendly and delightful crafter she is. There is even a lovely coffee shop nearby, where you can deposit an uncrafty OH with their newspaper while you shop!

Here are the punches I used.  They can either be used together or the leaf can be used on its own for a complete shape.

You have another week to enter a snippets card HERE to be in with a chance of a lovely prize.  The theme every fortnight is to use snippets, so I hope to see lots of your beautiful creations there.   

I am joining in the following challenges:
HLS April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Friday, 21 April 2017

Thanks a Bunch

A thank you card today.
 The image is an old Anita's wood mounted stamp, stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  I added a white Nuvo Crystal Drop to the centre of each flower.  The embossing folder I used is SB 'Dainty Dots'.  

TIP: I love using Nuvo Crystal drops, they look like pearls, but no chance of coming off, especially in the post.  To make it easier to find the colour I need, I've put a drop on the lid of each bottle, remembering to let it dry!  This is really useful as I've got several shades of the same colour and I can see straight away that I've got the shade I need.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Dance in the Rain

I'm back again after a lovely week in the North Devon countryside.  The caravan site we stay on has been advertising improved wifi so, armed with my laptop I thought I'd be able to carry on blogging and blog visiting during the week when I has time.  However, the wifi was still pretty non-existent and I couldn't upload anything onto my blog at all.  But Hey-ho, I'm back today with a card I haven't had a chance to blog before now. 
The image and sentiment are both by Inkylicious, stamped on Versafine 'Onyx'.  I used a MB 'A Little Rain' die and MB 'Stitched Ovals' and 'Stitched Rectangles' dies.  The oval panel is raised up on foam tape.  The glitter card is a bargain buy from a pound shop, 10 A4 sheets for £1. 😊 It cuts beautifully and the glitter doesn't come off at all! 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Splash it on
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Showers and/or Flowers
HLS April Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Stamping Sensations April Challenge ~ Anything Goes
The Little Red Wagon Challenge ~ April Showers

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Congratulations Twoo-hoo!

The Less is More Challenge this week is a colour challenge - Use Three Pastel Colours.

I needed to make a congratulations card today, so I decided on three pastel colours.  The Woodware stamp is one of my favourite owl stamps, which I've had for ages.  I stamped it using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured the owl with Promarkers.  The wings are attached with foam pads to add some dimension.  To keep the theme of the stitched pattern on the image, I used a MB 'Stitched Rectangle' die to die cut the image.  The sentiment is a Die'sire die cut.  Three punched feathers, using a new Fiskars punch I bought on a recent holiday, (as a bargain buy!), finished off my card. 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Playful Bunnies

Welcome to my new follower, Rita MacGranthin of RMG Creations.  Thank you for following me, I hope you can pop back now and then.  

A slider birthday card today for my great niece.  She has a pet rabbit, so I thought a card with rabbits would be perfect.

The background is made with Lawn Fawn 'Hillside Borders' and 'Forest Border' dies.  I used the one of MFT 'Surf & Turf' dies for the slider part, with a 'Spin and Slide' disc, which I was lucky enough to win over in The Playground a few months ago.  The small punched flowers have Nuvo Crystal drops for the centres.  The rabbits are cut from brown card and I used a white Sharpie pen to add the detail. Two of the rabbits are from the Joanna Sheen 'Rabbit family' set of dies.  I had intended to use all three rabbits from the set, but after sticking on the largest and the smallest rabbit, I realised the rabbit I was going to use for the slide part was going to be facing the wrong way!  Grrr!  Although the rabbit tumbles as it slides down the hill, it didn't look right going backward.  Turning the die cut over didn't look right either as it was obvious that it was the back of the die cut.  I suddenly remembered that the after school craft club I run with a friend has a Memory Box set of rabbit dies about the same size.  One of them faced the right way! Result!  I was thinking that my card would land up in Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11 with a backward facing bunny, but a borrowed die saved the day!  

I am joining in the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 275 and 276 ~ Use snippets (everything apart from the card blank and sentiment panel were snippets)
Alphabet Challenge ~ B for Bunnies
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Happy Birthday
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 2 ~ Interactive Cards!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thinking of You

I'm not sure where this week has gone......is it Saturday again already?!! I've somehow managed to fit in making several cards this week, none of which I can post until I know the recipients have received them.  As I haven't got any sympathy cards left in my little box of ready made cards, I've made this card today with a few challenges in mind.  

I used a NBUS Martha Stewart butterfly border punch, which I bought during a recent holiday.  I saw it on special offer and it was too good an offer to miss...... and a perfect souvenir to bring back from my holiday, even though I had to carry it half way round the world!  The embossed background was done with a SB 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder and I added a repeating row of Card Candi.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #75 ~ Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky
Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11
Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge ~ Things with wings

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Rudolph Days

Time for the March Rudolph Days Challenge, which runs from the 25th until the last day of the month. I came across an unopened box of Christmas card last week, which I bought in the days before I started making all my Christmas cards.  I bought them for the children in my Reception class, when I was teaching full time, but must have forgotten them and bought another box to send that year.  So, that makes them at least six years old!  As they are fairly small cards, I thought they would make ideal toppers.  

I die cut them using a MB 'Stitched Square' die, which I layered up on and green die cut.  The strip across the middle was cut with a MB 'Stitched Country Border' die.  I chose this die to match the shape of the kings' crowns.  I finished off my card with three Card Candi and a gold Merry Christmas peeloff sentiment. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Rudolph Days March Challenge
CHNC Challenge 326 ~ anything goes as long as it's Christmas.  Optional theme: inspired by a song or carol (We Three Kings)
CHNC challenge extra for March 2017

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Framed Trees

A birthday card today with a few challenges in mind.  I rarely make a tall card, but it seemed the best shape for my design.

I used an very old red Sizzix die, 'Frame, Slide Mounts & Coin Holder', to die cut three red slide mount shapes.  These were attached with foam pads to the card blank to add dimension.  The black, punched trees were positioned to show through the apertures and tiny, punched leaves added to the frames.  The slide mount frames look like they're not quite straight in the photos, but the camera is playing tricks again - I've just remeasured them!  I finished off my card with tiny, black peeloff sentiments.  Everything, apart from the card blank and sentiments were snippets, so I'll be off to play in the Playground.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Washi Tape

Welcome to my new follower, Janice Oakes.  I can't find a link to your blog, so please leave me a comment so I can add a link in my next post.

It's well over a week since I had time to get into my craft room.  I've spent most days for the last couple of weeks supply teaching -  so much for retirement!  LOL!  So the choice today was crafting or housework - it was a close thing, but the housework can wait until tomorrow. 😉

The Less is More Challenge this week is 'Washi Tape'.  As I have a little box full of washi tape gathering dust, it seemed the perfect time to actually use some of it.  I'm not sure why I rarely think to use it.
The cat is a Poppystamps die cut, 'Large Walking Cat'.  I used the washi tape for the cat to walk along as well as using it to make a frame for the sentiment. The sentiment is computer generated and cut to fit the washi tape, leaving a border of dots.  Using washi tape meant that was a really quick CAS card to make, so I think I will be using it more often in future.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Leaves

The Less is More Challenge this week is a One Layer with the theme of 'Leaves'.  My first thought was to use stamps, but I decided to use a punch I haven't used for quite a while. 

I used a Martha Stewart Double Edge 'Vine Trim' punch to make a mask.  I attached the punched vine to the card with removable glue, then masked off the sides.  Using a dauber and a 'Mowed Lawn' Distress Ink Pad, I inked over the punched vine.  The sentiment is a very old wood mounted stamp, which is probably a NBUS one - it certainly didn't look like it's been used before! .  I stamped the sentiment using the same ink pad.  I think this card is probably more suitable to send to a man.   If I need a more feminine card, I'll add a few tiny punched flowers along the vine.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

My 'Nearly Landed Up In The Bin' card

The Less is More challenge this week is 'Mainly Teal' and as I haven't been able to join in this challenge for the last month, I was determined to get a card made for this week's challenge.  However, my idea of a CAS, one layer card didn't go at all to plan!  

The border and flower stamps were a from a set kindly given to me by Darnell when I visited her last week on our way home from our holiday. I stamped the border with a teal ink pad.  My first attempt didn't stamp clearly and my attempt at trying to stamp over the top failed!  A Misti, or the Tim Holtz equivalent, slowly crept up my wishlist!  So I started again and stamped the border and flower.  I then stamped the sentiment and it was almost straight, but not quite.  The Misti crept even further up my wishlist!  So, I abandoned my idea of a one layer card.  I stamped the sentiment again on a snippet of white card and die cut it with a shaped die.  I had the intention of attaching it with foam pads over the the original sentiment, but I realised it would have  overlapped the flower which would have looked odd, so I attached it with DST instead.  I stamped the flower again on another snippet of card, cut it out and layered it over the original stamped flower with foam pads.   When I looked at the photo of my card on the computer screen, I realised that the bottom of the stamped border had slightly smudged.  At this point the card was hovering over the bin!  Then I had a light bulb moment and just sliced off the bottom inch of the card, getting rid of the smudged part. 

I made three other cards earlier week and took several photos of each before sending them.   But...when I went to crop the photos today, I realised that I had taken the photos on the wrong setting and they were badly out of focus!  Note to self - don't take photos when suffering with jet lag. 😉

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Butterfly Challenge #74

I was delighted to be invited to be the Guest Designer for Butterfly Challenge #74  where the theme this fortnight is 'Butterflies + E is for Edges and/or M is for Mint Green'.

As I haven't made an easel card for quite a while, I've thought I'd make one for my butterfly card.  I used a SB 'Butterfly Circle' die and layered the white die cut on a mint green circle of card. The butterfly is a MB 'Vivienne'  die.  I used a Martha Stewart 'Optic Dot' edge punch for the pattern on the bottom of the card, punching it three times and layering the pieces of card.  My intention was to continue the pattern up behind the butterfly circle but it looked too fussy, so I decided to leave it plain.  The 'Happy Birthday' panel is raised up on foam tape to enable the card to stand up and the two white butterflies are the waste from the butterfly circle die. 

This photo shows the side view of the card.  

Pop over to the Butterfly Challenge where you can find details for the challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing all your entries for this fortnight's challenge.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pig Lover

I've been AWOL from blogland for a month, more about that at the end of my post.  

My card today is one I made for friends who collect pigs - not real ones! 

The pig is a TL die cut, with the head slightly raised up with a foam pad.  I embossed the background with a Sizzix embossing folder and added a strip of ribbon with a sentiment.  Three tiny, green punched stars with tiny pearls  finished off my card.

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So........ the reason why I've not been around for a month is that my hubby and I were fortunate enough to go travelling.  Our first stop was Singapore for a few days on our way to New Zealand.  As well as touring New Zealand, we caught up friends in Wellington and Auckland.  We came home via San Francisco, where we visited Darnell and her hubby, Kevin.  I was lucky enough to have a tour of her fabulous Playhouse and even saw a tiny hummingbird sat in a nest in the garden.  Thanks to Darnell for her hospitality and for the following photos.  
Darnell and me outside the Playhouse.

 Alan and Kevin.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Inlaid Merry Christmas

A scheduled post today - I just have to remember to link it up to the challenges! 

The Rudolph Days February Challenge starts today and runs until the end of the Month.  I decided to do a slight twist on the 'hidden message' card I made last month and inlay a white 'Merry' and a patterned paper 'Christmas' in the opposite colours. 
The patterned paper came as a freebie with a magazine some time ago and was a snippet I had left over from a previous card.  I used another snippet to make the SB poinsettia die cut.  The poinsettia is raised up on foam pads and tiny gold peeloff circles added to the middle.  It was fairly quick to make, so I think this may be one of my designs for batch making this year.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine

I'm trying to edit this post using my iPad as I've got no access to a computer for several weeks.  More about that in a future post.  The wifi signal isn't brilliant either, so fingers crossed this works!   I'm hoping to catch up on all my blog visiting too. 

Welcome to my new follower, Janet Dockrill of Dotty's Crafty Antics. Thank you for following me. 

A Valentine card for DH, which I can post now that he has received it.
 
The background is a SB die, 'Cascading Hearts', layered on stitched rectangle die cuts. The computer generated sentiment is die cut using SB Nestabilities heart dies. 

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Thank You

Welcome to my new followers, Janis of Craftingallday Creations and Chasity at Blue Cottage Farmhouse. Thank you for following me.

Today's card was quick to make, using just two NBUS dies and some Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops.
I used a Sue Wilson background die from the Canadian collection. The die comes with an additional part which goes in the middle, so an all over daisy pattern can be made.  As I wanted to add a Sue Wilson 'Thank You' die cut, I left the middle of the purple card blank and just used one die from the set.  White Nuvo Crystal drops were put in the middle of each daisy and the card was finished.  All I had to do was leave the Crystal Drops to dry overnight.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10
Country View February 2017 Challenge ~ Time Challenge 30 Minutes or Under

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Get Well, Football Fan!

If you follow my blog, you may remember that I made a 102nd birthday card last month for Kitty, who is still an active football supporter.  Well, I heard yesterday that unfortunately Kitty had a fall a couple of days ago, fractured her hip and is recovering from her operation in hospital.  As I wanted to make a card to catch the last post yesterday, this card was made in less than 20 minutes! 
As usual I made her a card with lots of texture and contrast in colours so she can see it easily.  I know she will appreciate and football themed card in the team colours of blue and white. The die is a NBUS one which I saw used on Janice's blog HERE, which is a really good size for a focal point, especially for someone with poor eyesight!.  The embossing folder used is by Crafts Too.  I die cut the football in black card, layered it on white card and attached it to the card with foam pads. (The thick black line at the bottom of the football is the shadow.) Small, white, punched circles were added to show the flight path of the ball.  The football looks a bit too large for the card in the photo, but it looks fine IRL  



Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Ladies' Night

Two cards today for two people celebrating the end of their year as Chairmen at a formal 'Ladies' Night' dinner dance on Saturday.  I needed one masculine and one feminine card, so I decided to make the cards the same just changing the colours.

I bought this Tonic 'Ladies Night' die last year, with these cards in mind and this is its first outing.  The background dies are from the Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangles' set of dies.  I attached the layered die cuts onto a 7" square card blank and trimmed of the excess white card to keep the octagonal shape.


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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Let It Snow

Welcome to my new follower, Anne the Cobnut Crafter.  Thank you for following me. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lovely creations on your blog.

Another Christmas card today.
The card blank is 6" x 4" with the fold at the side.  I used a Poppystamps 'Snowflake Channel' die near the bottom of the card.  I added pieces of LOTV  'Frosty Christmas' patterned paper, which unfortunately has been discontinued.  The sentiment is a Poppystamps 'Let it Snow Channel' die cut, which I've layered on dark blue card.  The snowflake in the corner is a Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut and is raised up on foam pads.  To finish off my card, clear gems were added to the centres of the single snowflake and the snowflake in the sentiment.  

 This photo shows the card open, revealing the lovely snowflake channel. 

The 'Snowflake Channel' is a NBUS die, so I'll be popping over to Darnell's blog with my third entry this week.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Thank You

I was delighted to win a pre-loved set of Stampin' Up stamps and dies over on Sarn's blog recently.  
I used the one of the heart stamps and the heart die from the sets and I used Versafine 'Satin Red' for the stamping.  The letters are from the MB 'Alphabet Soup' set of dies.  I used a NBUS embossing folder by Couture Creations 'Chain Link' and the flower was made with punches.  Apart from the card blank, everything else was made with snippets, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.  I'll also be popping over the Darnell's blog with my second card this week for the NBUS Challenge #9. 

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Steganography

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9 started on Monday, the second of three weekly challenges to use your 'Never-Before-Used Schtuff'.  There are two optional additional themes this week and I decided to try 'Steganography' or 'Hidden/Camouflaged Word' on a fairly CAS card.  Instructions are over on Darnell's blog.  This is a new technique for me and is actually much easier than it looks. 
I didn't think I had any suitable word dies, then I remembered a NBUS set of Sweet Dixie word dies I bought in a pre-season Christmas sale.  The patterned paper is from a Trimcraft paper pad, 'The Night Before Christmas'.  The snowflakes on the paper are glittered, although it doesn't show up very well in the photo above.  The white MB 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut was covered with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.  I left the star in the middle in the snowflake as I wanted to raised the snowflake up on foam pads and this gave me a good area to attach the pads.

The glitter shows up a little better in this photo.

The first of the 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge starts today. 
It runs from the 25th until the end of each month, so get out your Christmas crafty stash, join in the fun and make a start on your cards for Christmas 2017. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9
Rudolph Days January Challenge
HLS January Anything Goes With Dies

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Triple Layer - no stamping

This is the second Triple Layer card I've made this week.  Di, of Pixie's Crafty Workshop, left me a comment on the Triple Layer Stamped card I posted yesterday, to say that she had made a post using this technique, but with patterned paper.  A few minutes on Google resulted in me finding the instructions on Di's post HERE.  I decided to make a square card this time using this ' new to me' technique.

The white base card is 7" square.  The patterned paper is from an old 8 x 8 paper stack I bought for £1 at a craft fair.  The yellow circle is die cut with a MB 'Stitched  Circle' die and the pink die cut is a NBUS - MB 'Amana Circle'.  I bought the Amana Circle die a couple of years ago in a 60% off sale and it seemed too good a bargain not to pop in my basket.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, which is why it's been sat in my box of dies, unused, until now.  It always seemed the wrong size for the project I was working on.  As Darnell has her NBUS #8 Challenge still open, I'll be popping over to her blog to link up my third card this week.  If you haven't joined in the challenge yet, Challenge #8 ends soon, but there are two new NBUS Challenges coming.  The first one starts tomorrow, so visit Darnell's blog to find out all about it.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Triple Layer Stamping

I've been meaning to try the Triple Mat/Triple Layer Stamping technique for a while and when I saw a card this week on Jane's blog HERE, I decided to make this card.


Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8  ends tomorrow, so this is my second entry.  I found a tutorial on YouTube and adjusted the measurement to fit a 7" x 5" card. I used a NBUS set of stamps which came as part of a free gift with a magazine.  The flowers were stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers - Berry Red, Tulip Yellow, Violet, Azure and Mint Green and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine 'Onyx'. The layers are attached on foam tape.  This card is actually the second card I made this week with this set of stamps, so I hope is still counts for the NBUS Challenge.  After I'd finished the first card, I opened a black fineliner pen and didn't realise is was leaking.  A lovely blob of ink landed on my finished card!  

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Kraft and Coloured Pencils

Darnell has a new NBUS Challenge starting this week HERE.  If you've never heard the term NBUS before, it stands for 'never-before-used-schtuff'.  Pop over to Darnell's blog to find out more and join in this fun challenge.

So..... onto my card. The optional theme this week is 'Use Colored Pencils on Kraft' (or 'coloured' pencils if you are in the UK, like me. LOL!)  Hmmm.... I think I've only used Kraft card once,  a long time ago, and I only possess a small box of cheap, children's, coloured pencils which definitely don't blend, so not a good start.  However not wanting to be beaten by a challenge, I managed to find my pack of Kraft card and coloured pencils and here's what I came up with.

The image is a NBUS stamp from the Sweet Dixie 'Zendoodle RTG Flowers' set, stamped on Kraft card and coloured with my cheapy pencils.  The image is attached with foam tape to raise it up. The result turned out to be not too bad, but luckily I got away without needing to blend the colours with this particular image.    I used an old wood mounted Hobby Art stamp for the sentiment.  The background is Kraft card, embossed with an Embossalicious e/f.  I've had the folder for quite a while and I think it might be discontinued now,

I am joining in the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 ~ with the optional theme of 'Use Colored Pencils on Kraft'
Penny Black and More January Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Country View Crafts January 2017 Challenge - Anything Goes

Hot Chocolate

The Less is More Challenge this week is a One Layer Card with the theme of 'Favourite Drink/Beverage'.  What better drink on a cold and damp winter's evening than a mug of hot chocolate!

 
Going through my stamps, looking for inspiration, I came across this Woodware hot chocolate stamp which is part of a set called 'Take it Easy'.  The image and the 'hot chocolate' text came as part of the same stamp, which I stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black'.  The image is coloured with Promarkers.  The rest of the quote and the sentiment are computer generated, leaving enough space to stamp the image.  

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Jade and Jewels

The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is 'Butterflies + J is for Jewels and/or Jade', so I decided to go with both.

The patterned paper is layered on squares of jade pearlised card.  I die cut a white mat using a MB 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' die and attached it to the card using foam pads.  I've used the same jade pearlised card for the butterfly with another MB die,  'Vivienne Butterfly'.  It's attached just by the body so that the wings can stand up.  Four clear jewels in the corners finished off my card.  I decided not to add a sentiment, so that it can be used for any occasion.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Slider card

Welcome to my new follower, Soncee L.  Thank you for following me.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment and I'll make a link to it in my next post.  

A simple CAS slider card today, so I could play with a new die. I can share it now I know the recipient has received it. 

I won a set of  Die-namics 'Surf and Turf' dies and 'Spin and Slide' discs as part of prize over in Pixie's Snippets Playground recently.  As making a slider card has been on my 'to do' list for ages, I couldn't wait to have a play. I used one of the dies to cut a channel in a stiff piece of white card, before embossing the corner with an embossing folder which came as a freebie with a magazine.  The wooden ladybird  was attached to one of the discs and it twists and turns as it goes along the channel.  The white card was attached to a red card blank with foam tape, so the ladybird moves freely.  I added green Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops to the centre of each flower to match the green on the sentiment mat.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Week 398 ~ Wings on things (ladybird)
Inkspirational Challenge 126 ~ Word Prompt "Flutter" (ladybird)
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #121 ~ Things With Wings (ladybird)