Thursday, 17 May 2018

In the Pink

The Allsorts Challenge finishes tomorrow and I knew I wouldn't get home in time from our break in Devon to make a card.  So, with the limited supplies I took to our caravan, I came up with a CAS card today with the theme 'In the Pink', which I'll add to my box of ready-made cards.

My first problem was that I had no pink card, patterned paper or ink.  I found a pack of card, which included several sheets of pink, in the local Pound Shop.  I had a few dies with me from The Works, so I used the Rocking Horse and a couple of the Stitched Circle dies.  I keep some computer generated sentiments in the caravan, so chose an appropriate one, matted it on pink card and attached it with foam pads.  We stopped in my favourite craft store on the way here and by chance I bought a bottle of 'Party Pink' Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I added three drops in the corner of the card, they are the same colour pink as the card IRL.

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We were held up in a traffic jam in Devon today. 😉

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


A masculine card for a keen gardener today.

I used an old wood mounted stamp, Jolly Nation 'Gardening Man' and coloured the image with Promarkers.  The embossed background is pearlised paper, using a Leane Creatief e/f 'Garden Tools Small'.

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Monday, 14 May 2018


After a wonderful trip to Rome last week, I'm back with a card I made recently.  A few photos of our trip are at the end of this post.  

I don't usually put flowers on masculine cards for some reason, but my friend's hubby's hobby is growing snowdrops and he has over sixty different varieties!  
I found this image from Craftuprint.  It comes with extra images to enable it to be decoupaged, but I decided it seem more suitable as a single layer for a man's card.  I added a computer generated sentiment in green and layered the image on a dark green mat.  Using the same green card, I die cut a Joy Crafts 'Autumn Leaves', as the shape of the leaves matched the leaves in the image.  I snipped off a couple of leaves to make it more balanced for the space I had, before attaching the side of the card.

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A few of the photos I took when we were in Rome:

The Vatican


Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Gatefold Penguin Card

I was delighted to be asked to make a GD snippets card for the current Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge.  I often use my SU Owl punch for making penguins, so I thought I'd try and make a gatefold owl card using an owl set of dies.  I made an owl card HERE using the owl dies.
I used the  Sizzix 'Owl Fold A Long' set of dies and did a little creative cutting to reshape the head. I die cut a white stitched circle, cut it in half and trimmed a little of both of the straight edges, before attaching to the main penguin shape. It's difficult to see the  pattern on the wings, as both layers are black, but they show up well IRL.  As penguins' eyes are smaller than owls' eyes, I didn't add the die cuts that go around the white eyes.

I used grey and white star patterned paper for the insides and left the white card in the middle black to write the greeting.

Everything I used, except for the black card, was snippets.

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Things with Wings

The theme of the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month is 'Things with wings'.   For my DT card, I made an easel card using a digi stamp from one of our sponsors. 
 The digi stamp is from All Dressed Up - 'Flyaway Butterfly', which I coloured with Promarkers and die cut a using Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle' die.  The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft paper pack, 'Princess Fairytale'.   I added two Sue Wilson 'String Flowers' die cuts, with pearls for the centres.  I coloured white pearls with one of the Promarkers as I used for the dress.

Friday, 4 May 2018

New Chairman

A card today for a friend who became the Chairman of a club recently that I was delighted to be invited to join this year as an honorary member.
I computer generated the text and the logo of the club on the front of the card.  I attached the oval die cut, using the Sue Wilson 'Innsbruck' die from Austrian Collection in the same colour as the logo.  The flower is a Sue Wilson 'Faux Quilled Blooms' with a pearl centre.  This pearl and the three in the corner were coloured with Promarkers to match the turquoise and pale yellow card.

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I'm mentally preparing myself for being taken out of my comfort zone tomorrow.  I'm going to a local Art Journal/Mixed Media day, there won't be a CAS project in sight!  Apron and wet wipes are packed ready, but I'm just wondering what colour my fingers will be by the time I've finished. 😨

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Thank You

A thank you card for a blogging friend, which I can post now that I know it's been received.
I stamped the Little Claire 'Swirly Whirlie Cats' with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' on cream cardstock and coloured the image with Promarkers.  The image was die cut with a Creative Dies 'Squares - Wonky Stitches' die.  This was layered on a black piece of card and attached to a cream card blank.  The sentiment stamp is from the Happy Little Stampers 'Doodled Flowers' set of stamps, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Supporter of the Year

Anyone who follows my blog may remember birthday cards I've made for an amazing 103 year old lady, who I still see regularly watching our local football team.  Well, this week she was chosen for the 'Supporter of the Year' award by our football club!  As there are regularly over 9,000 supporters watching each match, there were plenty to choose from, but Kitty is a very worthy recipient of the award.

Having recently seen the 'Impossible Fold' style of card,  I decided to have a go at making one to send to Kitty.  It's surprisingly easy to make this type of folded card, using just one piece of 5 x 7 card.  In fact, it's a great way of using up those larger snippets of white card.

 I started with a  5" x  7" piece of white card.  To make the fold I marked a line along the middle of the card and made three cuts.  I've made a template to show the measurements I used on my card.  The dotted line shows the middle of the card and the solid lines are the cut lines.

After making the cuts, the card it twisted round.  There are several videos on YouTube which show how this is done, which is easier than trying to explain it, but basically you just hold one side still and twist the other side.

Edited to add: Click HERE to see a video clip.

To add texture, I embossed the blue card with a Crafts-too 'Football' embossing folder. The footballs are peeloffs, pressed onto white card, fussy cut and attached to the card with foam pads.  To make the card more stable, I added a strip of blue card, layered on white card with a piece of football ribbon on the top.

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Friday, 27 April 2018

CAS Christmas card

My craft room blitz is still ongoing!  This time, rather than just shuffle things around to make things look reasonable tidy, I'm doing the job properly and decluttering the things I know I won't use again.  I'm going through every box, drawer, shelf and cupboard, which is taking forever!  On the plus side, I'm finding things I had forgotten about and know I'll use again.  I wasn't going to make any more cards until I'd finished sorting my craft room, but the current Less is More Challenge ends today and the Rudolph Days Challenge only has a few more days to go.  I decided to make a quick CAS Christmas fact it took less than five minutes to make, so I think I will be batch making these some time.
The Less is More challenge is 'Bring Something Back'.  I immediately thought of all the peeloffs I still have.  Although they seem to have gone out of fashion, they still can look quick effective.  I die cut a white frame and attached it to the square 6x6 card blank.  I added three green and gold holographic tree peeloffs in the square apertures and a gold sentiment in the rectangular aperture.  The trees are a bright green IRL, but with another dismal day here, it was difficult to get a good photograph.  I'm really pleased how this card turned out and being the quickest card I've ever made was an added bonus.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Cute Hedgie

The Butterfly Challenge finishes today, so I'm sneaking an last minute entry using the seven elements.  The challenge this fortnight is 'Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the Letter D' - Dark Salmon/Denim Blue/Dirt/Diecut/Digi Image/Dimension/ Butterfly.

The image is a digi stamp from the Digistamp Boutique 'Elvis Hedghog Set'.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, including the colours for the challenge, dark salmon and denim blue for the butterflies and dirt for the hedgehog.  The image is die cut and layered using MB 'Stitched Squares' and 'Postage Square Layers' dies.  The background is embossed using with a Couture Creations 'Fireflies' e/f with a strip of spotty ribbon along the middle.  I attached the layered image with foam tape to add dimension.  

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Football Birthday Card

It's my hubby's birthday today and I wanted to have a football theme for my card, using the colours of blue and white.

When I saw this pre-loved Tattered Lace 'Circle Stepper' set of dies being sold on a Facebook declutter page for such a good price, I snapped it up!  Actually, I'm not sure it was pre-loved as I think it had never been used!  It's certainly found a good home now. 😊  The large football die cut is layered on MB 'Stitched Circle' die cuts and the small footballs are peeloffs, stuck onto white card and fussy cut.  The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft 'Blue Skies' paper pack.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Rubber Band Technique

Yesterday I went to my local, monthly crop and craft day.  I was lacking inspiration of what to do, so I decided to take along the things I needed to try the 'new to me' technique using rubber bands.  I saw the technique used by the DT on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge HERE, including useful links to video tutorials.  
I made the background using rubber bands and a brayer.  The rubber band pattern was embossed with silver embossing powder on white card, before rubbing over with shades of blue and turquoise Distress Oxide inks.  I made the frame using Memory Box 'Postage Square' and 'Stitched Square' dies, attached the inky background behind the aperture and attached to the card blank using foam tape.  The die cut in the centre is Poppystamp 'Small Tilda Swirl', cut twice and layered.  I added a silver pearl to the centre.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Happy Little Stampers 'Dandelion Wishes' set of stamps, stamped with 'Salty Ocean', one of the Distress Oxide colours I used for the background.  

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Friday, 20 April 2018

90th Birthday

Welcome to my new follower, Shez of I am - blog.

A birthday card today for a very special 90 year old lady who is an inspiration to everyone who knows her.
The deep red card is pearlised and has a lovely, rich sheen.   I used dies from the following sets:
Sue Wilson - 'Ornate Pierced Squares',  'Classic Adorned Squares',  'Striped Nasturtiums',  'Petite Vinery'
and 'Stitched Lattice Frames'
Memory Box 'Stitched Circles'
I finished off my card with white pearls in the middle of the flowers.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Welcome to my two new followers, Lorraine of 'Lorraine's Loft' and Sylvia of 'Sylvia Hobbycards'.

A CAS Christmas card today to add to my collection for 2018, using my favourite colours for Christmas cards.

The bauble is a Poppystamps 'Vesha Ornament' die cut, using  blue non-shed glitter card and matt silver card.  The bauble is attached with foam tape.  I used the glitter card for the sentiment, Sweet Dixie 'Christmas Messages' die cuts, and also for the punched bow. I used some sparkly thread to 'hang' the bauble.  To frame my card, I scored two lines around the edges of the card front, using my scoreboard.

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......and now I'm off to blitz my craft room.  Wish me luck, I may be some time! 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Twofer - Pets

The Twofer Challenge this month is 'Pets', making two completely different card designs for two different occasions, using the same stamp or die.

The die I used on both cards is Frantic Stamper 'Love Cats'. 

For my first card I used a Presscut 'Centre Stepper Card' die to make the base card.  The embossing was done with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts'  e/f.   The cats are on a Tonic 'Mixed Edge Diamond' die cut, which is attached to the card with foam tape.  I added some tiny hearts which were the waste from a MB 'Heart of Hearts' die cut.  The sentiment is layered on a strip of red card and attached with foam pads.  Two brads finished off my card........and I now have two less brads in my brad mountain!!

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For my second card, the cats are layered on MB 'Stitched Ovals'.  The patterned background paper is by Anna Marie Designs.  I had intended to make the paw prints with my paw print border punch, but I couldn't find it anywhere.  I know where it should have been, in the box marked border punches, but it wasn't there!  I really need to have a blitz in my craft room, but I get easily distracted every time I try! 😉  So, I used a Woodware paw punch and punched it five times along a strip of white card, before backing it on black card.

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