Monday, 19 November 2018

Quilted Stocking

Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is up to the letter Q.  I'm using one of Beccy's freebie digi stamp, a quilted Christmas stocking. 

The image is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with a Spellbinders labels die.  The bells and baubles are covered with a clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen to add some sparkle.  I used a Sue Wilson 'Frosted Stripes' embossing folder for the background. 

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

The Twofer Card Challenge this month is Wreath, using the same stamp, stencil, or die for the prompt on two different designs for two different occasions .  I've chosen to use the Poppystamps 'Stitch Wreath' die on both my cards. 

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

The wreath was die cut in white card and backed with green glitter card.  A red glitter MFT 'Stitched Circle Scalloped Frame' was attached over the top.  I used a Stampin' Up Owl Punch with a little creative cutting to turn him into a penguin.  The red glitter card was too thick for my small circle punch, so I used the Memory Box 'Parker Lower Alphabet' die with a snippet of the red glitter card.  The centres of the p, q and o were the perfect size. 😊  Three punched green glitter circles and a peeloff sentiment finished off my card.  (For anyone in the UK,  Hobbycraft are currently selling the non-shed glitter card for half price.)  

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My second card is a Spring Fold card, one of my favourite folds, using the same wreath die.  I used a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die, which was a perfect size to cut around the wreath.  The punched border is a Martha Stewart border punch.  I punched flowers in white and matt silver with a Woodware punch and added a grey pearl to the centres. 

This is a side view of my card. 

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Thank You

A thank you card for my blogging friend, Janice, who sent me a fabulous die which I used on this card. Janice knew I had been looking for this die, without success, and she managed to find one and sent it to me as a surprise gift!  I must admit, I did a little Happy Dance when I opened the envelope! 

The die cuts a frame with rectangular apertures and I used the die again with patterned paper and inlaid the patterned rectangles in the red frame.  The flower is punched using an Xcut flower punch, which also embosses, and I added a black punched centre.  The leaf is a Sue Wilson ' Petite Vinery' die cut and a sentiment peeloff finished off my card.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

9th Birthday Card

Welcome to my new follower, Karen Dunleavey of White knuckles and inky fingers. Karen has recently started her blog, so I'm sure she's appreciate a visit from you.

I've just realised that I haven't posted or been around blogland very much for 12 days, but I have a very good excuse.  I celebrated a birthday with a '5' on the end last Sunday.  My hubby decided it was a 'significant' birthday and planned a surprise long weekend for us to a secret destination.  I eventually found out the destination at the airport check in desk - we were off to Iceland!  We had a fabulous few days and I spent my birthday with waterfalls and geysers.  I'll post a few photos in a later post.  

My great nephew recently turned 9 years old and this is the card I made for him.  After being desperate to own a dog for a few years, he eventually got his wish this year, so this seemed an appropriate design for him.  I often make a card with a fancy fold for him and the first thing he said when he opened the card was "How did you make it?".  I think he's still trying to work it out! LOL!
I used a Sizzix 'Rectangle Flip-Its' die for the main card shape.  The dachshund die cuts are by Marianne Designs, assembled and layered on a Creative Expressions 'Pawprint Lattice' embossed background.  The number 9 was cut with an old Sizzix Sizzlit die.  I used patterned paper from a Papermania paper pad and a Poppystamps 'Cat Paw Border' die, which I thought worked just as well for a dog card.

These two photos show the open card from a different angle.

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Get Well Soon

The November Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today and runs until 28th November.  The challenge this month is 'Paper Piecing'.  This is my DT card, made with an image kindly supplied by one of our generous sponsors, Dr Digi House of Stamps.
The image is called Night Nurse Nina and is coloured with Promarkers. I paper pieced and dress and the apron.  The plasters (or band-aids as I think they are called in the US) are dies from the Sue Wilson 'Feel Better Soon' set.

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Please pop over the Crafty Calendar Challenge to see all the wonderful creations my teamies have made for inspiration.  Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations again this month. 

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Friday, 2 November 2018

Special Request

We've been down to our caravan in Devon for a week to close it down for the winter.  Usually there is a reasonably strong wifi on the site,  perfect for visiting blogs on a cold, dark evening when we are in our warm and cosy caravan.  However, for five days the wifi wasn't working at all, so I need to catch up with all my blog visiting.  When we were in the caravan I had a text from my daughter.  I was seeing her the following day and the text conversation went something like this.....

Joanna - "Hi Mum, have you got your crafty things in the caravan?" (Translation - Can you make me a card today please.)
Me - "A few bits and pieces, why?"
Joanna - "I've just heard that one of my Guides has been given a special award and I'd really like to send her a card". (Jo runs a Girl Guide unit)
Me - "What sort of thing did you have in mind?"
Joanna - "Anything really.... she likes horses.....if you could put 'Well Done' on it rather than 'Congratulations' as she will find it easier to read herself.....using the Guide colours of blue and red would be good.....Oh, and if you could fit her name on that would be perfect."  (Translation - I'd like a personalised card please. 😉)

So with my limited supplies I managed to come up with this:
I didn't have a horse die or stamp with me, so my unicorn die cut lost his horn to turn him into a horse.  By chance I had my Memory Box 'Alphabet Soup' dies, which were a perfect size for the sentiment on the 6" x 6" card.  I used a Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder and as it wasn't big enough for the whole card, there is a join underneath the sentiment panel.  All the red and blue card was snippets, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.

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Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #338
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Happy Halloween

I hope all my blogging friends in the UK remembered to put their clocks back last night and made the most of the extra hour in bed.

Another Halloween card today.

The pumpkin is from the Obsession Impression 'Halloween Set' of dies. The pumpkin was layered on die cuts using Memory Box 'Postage Rectangle Layers' and 'Postage Square Layers' dies.  The embossing was done a pumpkin Cuttlebug e/f.    The sentiment is from the La-La Land 'Lil' Devil Marci' set of stamps, stamped using Versafine 'Onyx Black. Five punched circles finished off my card.

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Trick or Treat

A Halloween card to share today to join in a few challenge.  My Halloween themed dies and stamps are quite limited, but this is what I came up with.

I used a Poppystamps 'Stitch Wreath' die with orange card and die cut into a square with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die.  This was matted on a black MB 'Stitched Square; die cut. The witch and bats are from the Impression Obsession 'Halloween Set' of dies.  The sentiment is from a La-la Land 'Lil' Devil Marci' set of stamps and was stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Glitter, glitter and more glitter!

The Rudolph Days October Challenge starts today and runs until the end of the month.  I can't believe there is only one more month of this challenge before Christmas!  A quick and easy card today, upcycling an old Christmas card that was too beautiful to throw away.

I covered a card blank with a square of white glitter card, die cut with a Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Square' die, after gutting a smaller square in the middle so I didn't use a whole big square of my precious white glitter card.  I filled in the gutted part with another square, cut from a spare snippet of ordinary white card.  I cut off the front of the bought Christmas card, attached it over the gutted section.   The Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut is attached with foam pads to add dimension.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

New Baby

My hubby and I have taken advantage of the Indian Summer we seem to be having lately and have been on quite a few walks in the sunshine, enjoying the beautiful Autumn Colours.  I'll post a few photos at the end of this post.

My friend's daughter gave birth to her first child last week and this is the card I made for the proud parents.
The frame is from the Sue Wilson 'Celebrations' set of dies and the toy animals and heart buttons are Sue Wilson 'New Arrival' dies.  The pink card is pearlised and the silver is matt silver card.  The computer generated text is printed in grey.

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Monochrome Magic ~ Challenge #16 Monochrome or Monochrome with a TWIST of Pink (please delete if silver is not a neutral colour for the challenge)

A few photos taken at Westonbirt Arboretum this week.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


A CAS card today to join in a few challenges.

I used a very old Sizzix ghost die, the sort that were around before thin dies came on the market.  The tag is a Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag' die cut, with a piece of thin, white Ric Rac threaded through a hole made in the top.  The letters are from the Memory Box 'Parker Upper Alphabet Set' of dies.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Halloween Treat Boxes

I made these Halloween treat boxes for three special little people in our family and filled them with chocolate goodies.

 I used a 8" x 8" piece of black card, an envelope punch board and a circle punch to make the boxes.  I decorated the boxes with snippets of white, orange and black card.   The die cuts are from the Impression Obsession 'Halloween Set' and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Spider Stew' for the background.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Elvis the Elf

Welcome to my new follower, Lynn B.

A Christmas card to share today, with a design I'll probably batch make.
I used a digi stamp from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, 'Elvis the Elf'.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and used Memory Box 'Stitched Oval' dies for matting and layering.  The embossed background was done with a Sue Wilson 'Snowflake Lattice' e/f. A strip of Dovecraft ribbon finished off my card.

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Crafty Retreat

I've just had a lovely weekend at a fairly local Stampin' Up Crafty Retreat with a Christmas theme.  A place came up early last week on Facebook and, despite not knowing anyone going, I decided to go.  What a lovely, friendly group of crafters they were!  It was quite a small group of about a dozen or so which made it  easy to get to know everyone.  We stayed in a little hotel for the weekend and the staff made sure we were well fed!  This is a photo of everything I made, which included another 12 cards to add to my pile of Christmas cards.

The bottles are for display purposes only! 😉

Thursday, 11 October 2018


A CAS card today, to join in with a few challenges.  I thought this card would be particularly suitable to send to a man.

My card used dies from two Tonic sets and a sentiment from HLS 'Doodled Flowers' set of stamps.  The branch and acorn were die cut using snippets of different shades of brown card.  I used Distress Inks to randomly cover a sheet of white card, before die cutting the leaves.  The leaf die cuts out the veins, so I inked a piece of white card with brown Distress Ink, cut the veins again and inlaid them.  The sentiment is stamped using Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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This is LIM GD's card I've CASE'd.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Twofer Harvest

As one of the recent winners of the Geometric Twofer Card Challenge, I was delighted to be invited by Darnell to be a Guest Designer for this month's Twofer Card Challenge.  The theme is 'Harvest' which can be interpreted as anything reflective of the fall season: bountiful crops, pumpkins, scarecrows, crinkling leaves, hot apple cider, etc.

For my cards I settled on an old Art Impressions wood mounted scarecrow stamp which I bought on eBay many years ago.

The image is stamped with Memento 'Rich Cocoa' and coloured with Promarkers.  The background is embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Zig Zag Squares' embossing folder.  Three punched leaves finished off my card.

I made an 'Impossible Card' for my second card.  The image was stamped with the same ink pad and again coloured with Promarkers.  The carrots were stamped with a stamp from the Woodware 'Hoppy Bunny' set, coloured with Promarkers and popped up on foam pads to add some dimension.  The patterned papers are from an A4 paper pad, but I'm not sure of the brand. 

This is the side view of the card.  I altered the standard measurements slightly to make the image part slightly taller than usual. 

The Twofer Challenge is open until the 24th October and I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this theme with all their beautiful creations.

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