Wednesday 28 August 2019

Pull Tab Card

I've wanted to try this style of card for a while, after seeing one on a shelf in a craft workshop.  I had no idea how to make it and couldn't find any written instructions online.   I managed to find a couple of videos on YouTube, so made some notes while I watched them.  I think it's called a 'Pull Tab Card'.  It's a bit like a waterfall card, but only has one flap.  I adjusted the measurements to make a 6" x 4" card.

The patterned paper is from an old paper pad.  The butterflies are from the Stampin' Up 'Butterfly Gala', stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers and punched out. Now.... I've had this set of stamps for a few months, but it wasn't until I made this card that I realised there are tiny stamps in the set to add the bodies and antennae to the butterflies.  Until now I'd been drawing them on!

When the tab is pulled the flap opens..... this.  The sentiment, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black', is from the Stampin' Up 'Humming Along' set of stamps.  I found a leftover piece of white organza ribbon which was just long enough to tie onto the tab.  The tab was made with a Stampin' Up punch.

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Monday 26 August 2019

Stitched Flower

I made this z-fold card for a card swap.

The cross stitch die is by Marianne Designs.  Using a pattern I found online, which I adapted it slightly, the cross stitching was done with crochet cotton.  I rounded the corners of the cross stitch die cut before layering on a Spellbinders 'Lacy Square' die cut.  The front of the card was embossed with a Crafter's Companion 'Sashiko' embossing folder.  The patterned paper is from a old paper pad.  

This photo shows the card open, revealing the layered area for writing the message.

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Sunday 25 August 2019

A Christmas Blessing

It's the 25th today, so it's time for the Rudolph Days August Challenge, which runs until the end of the month. Last Christmas I kept all the cards we received which I thought I might be able to recycle into new cards.   So rather than the pile of cards just sitting in a box, which they've done for most of the year, I thought I'd use one for this card.  

The original card was 7" x 5", so I die cut the image and sentiment into a much smaller rectangle using a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle' die.  I used a slightly larger stitched rectangle die for the mat, using non-shed gold glitter card.   The image already had some gold glitter on it.  I punched five stars from the glitter card and added  them down the side of the card.  The card blank and topper are both the same shade of cream, although they look different in the photo.  So.....a quick and easy card today, but I was really pleased how it turned out.

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Thursday 22 August 2019

Blue and Silver

I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday with a six other crafty friends, enjoying an afternoon tea to celebrate the birthday of one of our group.  This is the card I made for the birthday girl. She is mainly a CAS crafter, so I didn't want to make her card too fussy.
The background die is a Poppystamps 'Atessa Collage' die cut, which reveals the silver, pearlised mat through the apertures.  The flowers are Memory Box 'Chloe Stem' and the sentiment is raised up on foam pads.

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Here are a couple of photos taken yesterday.

I think 'Afternoon Tea' is mainly an English thing.  It involves sandwiches, cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and other delicious, sweet delights, all washed down with lots of cups of tea. 

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 being told it has to be done a certain way?  I made a baby card on Friday at home, which I posted HERE,  and 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.

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1. Less is More Challenge #400 ~ Small Images
2. Make My Monday Challenge #101 ~ For A Guy - Any Age