Sunday, 18 August 2019

Is anyone else a rebel?

Welcome to my new follower, I hope you can stop by my blog again soon.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment so that I can visit you too.

Does anyone else feel like a rebel when they redesign at home a new fold they've learnt at a workshop?  After making a baby card on Friday at home, which I posted HERE, I decided to make another card using my version, which makes a two-sided card.  I don't know the name of this fold, but I'll be calling it my 'rebel fold'.  LOL!  This card is 7" x 5" rather than 6" x 4", so I had to change the measurements for the scorelines.

This is my card closed, using patterned text paper from Anna Marie designs.   Like my baby card, I made a belly band and then added three punched stars, although the belly band could be left off if the card is posted.  

This photo shows the card when it's opened.  The image is an old, wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'William Wizard'.  The date on the stamp is 2006 and I probably bought it not long after then, as I remember often using it for making birthday cards for the children in my Reception class at least ten years ago.  The image was stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black', coloured with Promarkers, with sparkle added to the stars and moon with a glitter brush.  The image and mat were die cut with Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangles'.  The patterned paper was snippets left over from a magazine freebie paper pad.  It was actually a Christmas paper pad, but the stars pattern was perfect to go with the wizard.  More snippets were used for all the punched stars.

This photograph shows how the card stands up.

Friday, 16 August 2019

New Baby

I love making cards with different folds, so when I saw a 'Fun Fold Workshop' advertised locally for yesterday, I decided to go along with a crafty friend.  Today I made this card at home, which is based one of the folds.  I've no idea what the fold is called and as I've changed quite a bit of the original design, it probably hasn't got a name!  The card I made at the workshop is at the bottom of this post, so you can see how my card was supposed to look.

I made a baby card in neutral colours, so it would be suitable for a boy or a girl.  All the patterned paper is from a Dovecraft 'Baby Steps' paper pad.  This is how the card looks when it's folded.  I made a belly band to keep it closed adding some baby feet from a Sue Wilson set of dies and a couple of punched hearts.  The sentiment is cut from a piece of the patterned paper.

When the card is opened the inside becomes the front.  The elephant is a Tonic 'Adorable Elephant' die cut, layered on a white Memory Box 'Stitched Square'.  The three little hearts are the waste from another die cut.   

This photo shows how the card stands up.

This is the back of the card, although when the card is folded the patterned panels becomes the front.  I added a white panel, layered on yellow, down the middle for the message.

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This was the original card I made at the workshop.  The plain panels were for the message, which would be the first thing seen when the card is taken out of the envelope.  For the elephant card, I didn't want the message to look like it's on the front.

All the patterned papers are from Stampin' Up and I think they are called 'Magnolia Lane'.  This shows the front of the card when it's open.....

.....and this is the back of the card.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Christmas Angel

A quick CAS Christmas card today.
The angel is a navy blue Sue Wilson 'Illuminated Angel Mini Striplet' die cut. I layered the image on a slightly larger silver, non-shed glitter rectangle.  The sentiment is a Sweet Dixie die cut and I added a tiny silver glitter punched star instead of the dot on the 'i'.

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While I had the dies out, I found some snippets of  gold non-shed glitter card and red card and made a second card.  I think I'll be making a few more of these and use up some snippets at the same time.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Welcome to my new follower, Lorraine of Rainey's Craft Room.  I hope you can stop by my blog again soon.

I've had a busy few days batch making Christmas cards of this design, so I'm ahead of my target with my Christmas cards for this year. 😇

The Twofer Challenge this month is 'Nautical'.  Two different designs, for two different occasions, using the same stamp, die or stencil.

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge #19 with this pair of cards.

The die I used on both cards was the larger yacht from the Poppystamps 'Marine Sailboats' set of dies.  I used red, pearlised card for the yacht.  The red mat was cut from the same red card and die cut using a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die.  The dotty paper and the text paper were from Anna Marie Designs.  Three Card Candi finished off my card. 

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My second card is a Joy Fold card.  I used the same yacht die for this card and the 'sea' was a die from the same set.  I attached the boat and the sea to blue mottled card, before die cutting with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die.  I punched a yellow circle for the sun and added a small Memory Box 'Puffy Cloud' die cut on a couple of foam pads.  The stencilling was done with Distress Inks and the embossing with a Creative Expressions 'Ocean Waves' e/f.  A red brad keeps the card closed.

The photograph shows the card open, revealing the space to write a message.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Tangerine, Aqua and White

Welcome to my new follower, Sally of Sallybitz2.  Thank you for joining me.

A CAS card today to join in with a few challenges.  The Less is More Challenge this fortnight is 'Tangerine, Aqua and White', so I decided to use these colours for my card.

I used 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Peacock Feathers' Distress Oxides through a stencil for the border down the side.  A friend recommended a set of inexpensive soft makeup brushes from Amazon for using with inks and stencils.  After playing with hers recently at a local craft day, I invested in a set of my own and I'm impressed with how easy they are to use.  The bird and flower were die cut from snippets with a set of Cut and Make 'Mini Tropical' dies.  The sentiment was a stamp from the Happy Little Stampers 'Doodled Flowers' set, stamped with the 'Peacock Feathers' Distress Oxide ink pad.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Special Daughter

Welcome to my two new followers, Babs Watson and Christine K, thank you for joining me.

This is the card I made recently for my daughter's birthday.  The pearlised coloured card is a beautiful shade of raspberry pink.
I used the following Creative Expressions dies:
Scallop Layered Squares
Diagonal Background
Petite Forget Me Nots

The sentiment is computer generated and printed in grey.  I added tiny clear gems to the embossed 'flowers' in the background and one clear gem in the middle of the die cut flower to add a little sparkle. 

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

Crafty Calendar Challenge

The August Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Anything Goes'.  We are sponsored this month by A Day for Daisies who kindly gave all the DT images to use.
I started by cutting about 1 1/2" off the right-hand side of the card front and covered the card front with red card.  I chose to use the digi stamp 'Mouse Balloons', which I coloured with Promarkers.  The image was die cut with a Creative Dies 'Rectangles Wonky Stitches' die and layered on a red mat.  I used a punch for the balloons down the side.  I added some highlights to all the balloons with a white pen.

This photo shows the card open.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on 28th August and there are lots of cards for inspiration from the DT HERE.
The prize for the randomly chosen winner is digi stamps from A Day for Daisies.

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Buttons & Bow

The Allsorts Challenge is 'Buttons and Bows'. I'm not sure why, but it's something I rarely think to put on my cards.  I have a box of buttons and had an idea to use them as flower centres as I knew I had a suitable embossing folder.

The embossing folder is an old one and I'm not sure if I bought it or whether it came as a magazine freebie.  The embossed patterned has a dragonfly flitting across the page, so I decided to add a silver dragonfly brad over the embossed one.  After several failed attempts to use my bow maker to make a ribbon bow, I made a bow using a Sue Wilson bow die.  (Note to self: I must keep practising tying a ribbon bow which actually looks neat for future cards!) The sentiment is raised up on foam pads.

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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Baby Inchies

The theme Less is More Challenge this fortnight is 'Small Images' which reminded me of set of stamps I bought ages ago, but never got round to using.  The last two weeks have just flown by and the challenge closes tomorrow, so I made this card today before the challenge closes.

The stamps are from a set of Inkadinkado 'Baby Inchie', which I stamped with Versafine 'Majestic Blue' on snippets of white card.  I attached the images behind the apertures in the die cut frame.  I didn't have a 'Congratulations' sentiment the right size, so I computer generated it and inlaid it in the the frame.

I am joining in the following challenges:
1. Less is More Challenge #400 ~ Small Images
2. Make My Monday Challenge #101 ~ For A Guy - Any Age

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Joy Fold Card

A Joy Fold Card I made today to join in with a few challenges.

The Penny Black 'Sweetheart' stamp was stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and I coloured the image with Ultra Fine Sharpies.  The embossing was done with a Couture Creations 'Fireflies' e/f and the sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers 'Dandelion Wishes' set of stamps.  The card is kept closed with a pink butterfly brad.

This photo shows the card open, revealing the space to write the message and a few punched butterflies.  I'll be sharing my card over in The Playground as I used lots of blue and white snippets on my card. 

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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Thank You

I won this fabulous die recently as part of a blog candy prize over in Kath's blog Handmade by Kath.  This is the Thank You card I made for Kath.
The die is from the Spellbinders 'Decagon View Kaleidoscope' set of dies.  I layered the green die cut on a yellow mat and hand cut the mat leaving a narrow border.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.   I added three yellow pearls in the corner and tiny white pearls around the inside of the die cut.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019


Welcome to my new follower, Nancy of Scandinancy Creates.

It's been SO hot today, but I did manage to make a Christmas card first thing this morning before the temperature began to rise too much. 
The red background was embossed with an Embossalicious 'Nordic Christmas Card' e/f.  I used a Poppystamps 'Let it Snow Channel' die and backed the white die cut with a strip of the plain red card.  The reindeer is a Memory Box 'Leaping Deer' die cut and the snowflake is from the Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflakes' set of dies.  For some added sparkle I added  tiny clear gems to the middle of the large snowflake and the 'O/snowflake' in the sentiment. 

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Silver Snowflake Charm

I made a quick CAS Christmas card today to join in with a few challenges.
I die cut two squares using Memory Box 'Postage Square Layers' dies.  After layering the blue one at an angle over the white one, I cut a square blue mat slightly bigger to form a narrow border.  I have no idea where I got the silver snowflake charm from - it's been in my little box of charms for ages.  It's really pretty with a tiny gem in the middle which adds a little sparkle.  The sentiment is from a Papermania set of stamps, stamped with Versafine 'Majestic Blue'.  To finish off my card, I used my scoreboard to score a few lines across the top and the bottom of the card.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Alcohol Lift

I had a really busy couple of days last weekend.  I spent all day on Saturday with local craft group.  It's the first time I've joined them as it usually clashes with another craft group I belong to.  We all did our own thing and I decided to have a really inky day.  Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to avoid anything messy inky, but I wanted to make a few different backgrounds and also try a 'new to me' technique.  On Sunday my hubby and I enjoyed a day at the Bristol Harbour Festival.  I'll post a few of photos at the end of this post.

Here are just a few of backgrounds I made using Pixie Powders, Distress Oxide Inks, alcohol inks and a few stencils.  I should have remembered to put on the gloves I took with me and perhaps my fingertips wouldn't have stayed blue for a couple of days. 😉

The technique I really wanted to try was Alcohol Inks/Alcohol Lift after seeing it on the CAS Stencil Challenge.  I used various green and blue alcohol inks (I forgot to make a note of which ones) on glossy photo paper and let it dry.  I laid a stencil with random tear drop shapes over the top of the card.  I didn't have a spare dauber, so I put some of the alcohol blending solution onto a piece of kitchen roll and dabbed it through the apertures in the stencil.  I was quite pleased how it turned out for a first attempt.  The white frame was made with a couple of Spellbinder Nestabilities dies.  The flower is a Memory Box 'Fuchsia Sprig' die cut and the sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers 'Dandelion Wishes' set of stamps.

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Here are a few photos taken at the Bristol Harbour Festival last weekend.

There were many boats to see.....this is a replica of The Matthew.

One of the many musical groups.

A demonstration of dogs trained to rescue people in the water.

Even a shower wasn't enough to stop musicians!

Fun things to entertain children.....

.....and some amazing circus acts.