Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Twofer ~ Geometric - Squares

I'm back from a lovely few days in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  First we watched our local football team play win against Wycombe Wanderers FC and then we visited a couple of National Trust properties, as well as Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

In my last post HERE I made an emoji card, which reminded me of a NBUS set of little emoji dies I have in my stash.  As the Twofer challenge doesn't finish for a couple of days, I thought I'd pop over with a second entry, this time using squares on both cards. 

After checking the rules, I read that punches are allowed as well as dies or stamps.  As I wanted to use 1" squares, it was quicker to use a punch than a die. 

I am joining the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

On my first card I started by stamping the sentiment using a stamp from the Happy Little Stampers set, 'Doodled Flowers'. The emoji shapes were cut using yellow, black and red snippets, inlaying the features, which was surprisingly quick and easy.  The punched white squares were layered on black punched postage stamp squares and attached to the base card with foam pads.  As everything, apart from the base card, was very small snippets I'll be joining in snippets challenge in the Playground.  I had intended entering the emoji card in my last post, but had a Senior Moment as I realised I posted it a couple of days early! 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

For my second card, the 1" punch was used to punch squares in very small snippets of LOTV snowflake patterned paper.  As LOTV are no longer producing paper pads of their gorgeous papers, I'm sure I'm not the only one to save even the smallest leftover piece.  The punched squares were attached to a larger snippet of plain blue card, before attaching it to a Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Square' white die cut.  So, two cards using up more of my ever-growing snippets pile!

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

Friday, 17 August 2018

Twofer - Geometric

The theme for Darnell's Twofer Challenge this month is Geometric, two different cards, two different designs for two different occasions, following the theme.  I chose to use the same circle die on both cards.

I am joining in the the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

At a recent craft day I played around with my Pixies Powders for the first time to make some backgrounds.  I used one of these backgrounds for my card.  I laid the stencil on a piece of watercolour paper, sprinkled the Pixie Powders over and sprayed with water - a new technique for me.  Before removing the stencil, I laid another piece of watercolour paper over the top to soak up the excess ink, which made a negative image for a future project.  I love the shiny effect of the Pixie Powders, which show up much better IRL.   I'm hoping I've interpreted Stencil Monoprinting correctly as I want to join in the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge with this card.   I made the frame using Memory Box 'Stiched Circle' and 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' dies.  The stencilled background is die cut with the same stitch circle die and inlaid in the frame.  The silhouette boat is a Poppystamps 'Marina Sailboats' die cut.  The sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers 'Doodle Flowers' set and stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

My second card is a birthday card, using the same Memory Box stitched circle die.  I used various circle and tear drops punches for the features on the emoji face.  The background is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder and the sentiment is computer generated. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Thinking of You

Welcome to my new follower, Sylvia of Designs for Occasions.

My craft room tidying and decluttering is going well - I can see the floor and there is a space on my crafting table! 😊  As I don't want to lose my crafting mojo, I've stopped to make a card for a couple of challenges.

The image is one of my current favourite stamps, 'Swirly Whirly - Cats' from Little Claire Designs, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with grey and blue Promarkers.  The sentiment, a stamp from Happy Little Stampers, is stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.   I die cut the image using a Creative Dies Plus 'Wonky Stitches' die and layered onto a blue mat.  

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Monday, 13 August 2018


I'm having a break from tidying and decluttering my craft room.  I started blitzing it a couple of months ago, but I get easily distracted when I find something I'd forgotten I own!  I'm determined to get it finished this week....fingers crossed. 😊

A masculine card for my niece's hubby who is celebrating his birthday today.

Saturday, 11 August 2018


A couple of anniversary cards today using the same die, stamp and embossing folder.
I used an Apple Blossom 'Lattice Hearts' embossing folder. The sentiment is from an Apple Blossom 'Wavy Sentiments' set of stamps, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.  I die cut the sentiment with a die that was part of a set which came with a magazine.  To finish off my card I added three pearl hearts. 

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Chinese Lantern

I'm sharing a card I made this week using a die I chose with a gift voucher I won over in the Poppystamps Challenge recently.
The die is Poppystamps 'Chinese Lantern Stem'.  The orange comes as three solid shapes which I've attached behind the die cut.  It was quite fiddly to get them in the right place, without showing around the black outline.   Next time I think I'll try cutting out the stem in orange as well as black and inlaying the orange pieces.  The tag is two Poppystamps dies from the 'Stitched Main Street' set of dies and I added a black gem to the top.  I used a Creative Expressions embossing folder, 'Rambling Berries' for the background.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Week 278/9 ~ Tags
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #110 ~ No Patterned Paper
HLS August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Get Creative Challenge Challenge #72 ~ Make A Tag
Bizzy Bec's August Challenge

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

New Baby

During a fabulous two days crafting with old friends......and making some new ones, I managed to make 20 more Christmas cards for my pile, batch making some of the designs I've already posted on my blog.  I also made five other cards for various occasions which I'll be blogging over the next few days.

My last post showed a card I made for new grandparents and today I'm sharing a card I made for the new parents.  I've known the new Mum since she was born and now she has a baby of her own!  How time flies!

The image is from LOTV, which I think may have been discontinued as it's no longer on their website and the sentiment is also from LOTV.  I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers.  I die cut the image with a Creative Dies 'Wonky Rectangle' die and layered it on pink card.  The background is embossed with a Crafts Too 'Babies Feet'.  The embossing folder wasn't big enough to cover the 7 x 5 card, so I embossed two pieces of card and added a pink strip of card over the join, adding two white pearl hearts for added interest.

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

New Granddaughter

Friends of ours recently became grandparents for the first time to a beautiful baby granddaughter.  I made this card for them. 
The image is from LOTV, 'Baby Blanket', stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers. I used Spellbinder Nestabilities dies for matting an layering.  The embossing was done with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts', embossing folder.  I used a Memory Box 'Stitched Country Border' die for the pink, scalloped border and added a computer generated sentiment.  All the pink card and white embossed card were snippets, so I'll be popping over the Playground to share my card. 

Tomorrow I'm off to a two day crop, crafting all day until 10pm each evening.... well, probably chatting, laughing and eating for some of the time! 😉

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Dots and Stripes

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today and the theme is Dots and/or Stripes.  Our generous sponsor this month is A Day for Daisies.
For my DT card, I chose to use the beautiful Ladybug Hello  digi stamp from A Day for Daisies.  The image is coloured with Promarkers.  The dotty and striped patterned paper is from Anna Marie Designs.  I added three Card Candi to finish off my card.

The Crafty Calendar ends on the 28th August, so pop over the Challenge blog HERE to get lots of inspiration from the DT and perhaps win a gift voucher from A Day for Daisies.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Double 'D' Challenge ~ Don't Bug Me
That's Crafty Challenge Animal Magic Challenge
Passion for Promarkers Week 455 ~Spots and/or stripes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Wild Things (Ladybirds)
 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #17 ~ Include a Critter
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper August 2018 challenge
I Love Promarkers Challenge #364 ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Stripy tights!

A CAS card today to join in with a few challenges.

I chose to use one of my all time favourite stamps,  Funstamps 'Fairy with Attitude', as she has stripy tights .  I bought the stamp to make a birthday card for my daughter when she was a teenager, which was a LONG time ago! LOL!   The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  I love the film 'Me Before You', where a pair of yellow and black striped tights feature in the film, so this gave me the inspiration for the colour scheme.  I added some sparkle to the crown, star and wings with Wink of Stella clear and silver glitter brushes.  I scored four lines around the edge of the card to make a border, although the vertical lines show up much better IRL.  To finish my card, I added four silver stars where the scored lines cross over.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Merry Christmas!

There was a slight delay in the Rudolph Days Challenge this month, so you have got until August 7th to make a Christmas project to join in the fun.
I used an Apple Blossom 'Merry Christmas' embossing folder, using red and green snippets of card for each half.   After stamping the sentiment on a snippet of white card using a stamp from an Apple Blossom set of wavy stamps, I used a freebie die from a magazine to die the the sentiment.  As a finishing touch I added three red pearls which, IRL, are the same shade of red as the red card.  

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Monday, 30 July 2018

Thank You

We had rain yesterday!  After weeks of unusually high temperatures (for the UK!) the weather has turned and the temperature has dropped.  A perfect day to stay in and catch up with my cardmaking.   I actually managed to make six different ones, some of which will be mailed this week.  I made a card for the Rudolph Days Challenge, but due to a slight hiccup, it will now start on August 1st and run for seven days, so I'll post my card on my blog in a few days. 

I'm just sharing this card today, a thank you card for friends of ours. The fuchsia is a wood mounted stamp bought many years ago.  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black', coloured with Promarkers and die cut and layered with Memory Box 'Stitched Circle' dies.  I cut off the right-hand side of the card front, covered it with fuchsia pink card and added a white embossed panel, made with a Creative Expressions 'Linear Leaves' e/f.  On the inside of the card, I added a purple piece of card, with a panel of the embossed white card on the top.

Friday, 27 July 2018


It's been several days since I've done any crafting as it's been so hot.   It's been a little cooler today, so I decided to play with my alcohol inks, which have been neglected for too long.  I used one of the pieces to make a CAS card, so I can join in with a few challenges.
I used a Memory Box 'Large Circle Burst' die with a square of white card and attached a piece of the inked card behind.  For this piece I used Ranger ' Stream' and 'Wild' Plum alcohol inks.  The letters were die cut with a Memory Box 'Uppercase Alphabet Soup' die, using purple card, picking out one of the shades from the alcohol ink. The butterfly is a Poppystamp die 'Elsa Butterfly' with three clear gems added to the centre.  I covered a card blank with the same purple card I used for the alphabet letters.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Once a King......

When I saw Donna's card HERE I knew I would have to use the sentiment for a friend's birthday card.  We enjoyed a lunchtime party last Saturday in the garden and the birthday boy had arranged for an ice cream van to turn up at his house later in the afternoon.  As it was probably the hottest day we've had this year, an ice cream was just what we all needed!

The image is a freebie digi stamp  from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps which I coloured with Promarkers.  I used matt silver pearlised card for the background, embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Textures - Linen' e/f.  To finish off my card I added a few silver Card Candi.

Here is the inside of the card.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tea For Two!

I'm not sure why,  probably because of the glorious weather we're having in the UK and it's great to be outside in the sunshine, but I seem to be playing catch-up with challenges and blog visiting lately.  The Twofer Challenge finishes on the 24th July, so I got my skates on two make two cards for different occasions, using the same die.  As there is nothing more English than a cup of tea, I went with a teapot.  The only way to make a good cup of tea! 

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

Last year I was invited to a couple of afternoon tea parties, so I thought I'd make a thank you card in case I get invited to another one.  Afternoon tea always comes with delicious cakes, so I used a Cuttlebug cupcakes embossing folder to make the panel. The teapot and cup are dies from a Trimcraft set, 'Tea Party' and I inlaid all the detail.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card.
For my second card, I used the teapot die cut, but trimmed off the handle, spout and part of the lid to turn it into vase.  The flowers were made with a punch and I drew the stems with a fineliner pen.  The circles are Spellbinder dies.  The black and white floral paper is from an old DCWV paper pad. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card. 
Allsorts Challenge - Week 476/477 ~ Flowers all over
Crafty Catz Challenge #426 ~ ATG n Dies or punches
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Use A Die and/or Punch
Dies R Us Challenge #101 ~ Birthdays

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Christmas in July

A CAS Christmas card today to add to my pile for December.

The sentiment is an old wood mounted stamp, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.  I'm not sure about the make of the embossing folder, I think it was a freebie with a craft magazine some time ago.  The red poinsettia was made with the two smallest dies from a Spellbinders set, with three yellow Nuvo Crystal drops added to the centre.

I am joining in the following challenges:

Friday, 20 July 2018

Thinking of You

A quick CAS card today so I can join in a few challenges, including the Less is More Challenge before it closes in a few hours.

The butterfly was made with two Memory Box dies, 'Swirl Butterfly' and 'Darla Butterfly'.  The butterfly is just attached by the body, leaving the wings free.  I added a flight path with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  A sentiment from the Happy Little Stampers 'Dandelion Wishes' set of stamps, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black', finished off my card.

I am joining in the following Challenges:
1.Less is More Challenge #375 ~ Olive and Tangerine
2.Butterfly Challenge #104 Spin The Butterfly wheel with the Letter O (Olive and Orange)
3.Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Use A Die and/or Punch
4.That's Crafty Challenge ~ Close to Nature

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Happy Birthday

Happiness is........finding a die, which was part of a set, which I lost 9 or 10 months ago!  I couldn't use the set of dies without the one I lost without trying to cut the piece by hand.  After searching for ages, I assumed I had accidentally thrown it away. 😞 However, when I was going through a box of card yesterday, looking for a particular colour, there was the die between two pieces of card!! 😃

A card I made for my daughter who is celebrating her birthday today.
I started by covering a 6 x 6 card blank with purple and white spotty paper.  The frame, balloons and candle are from Sue Wilson's 'Celebrations' die set using purple pearlised card and silver non-shed glitter card.  I inlaid the white card in the apertures of the frame.  The flower was made with punches and the sentiment is computer generated, printed in grey.

I am joining in the following challenges.