Thursday, 9 July 2020

Butterfly Accordion Card

I can post this Thank You card now I know it's been received.  The current theme for the Butterfly Challenge is 'A for Accordion Fold Card'.  I decided to make an accordion card with all the Butterfly Challenge elements - 'Accordion Style card/ Any Patterned papers x2/Apricot/ Apple Blossom/Aquamarine + your Butterfly'.  I used a Aqua Promarker so I hope that counts as the right colour blue.  The little butterfly is coloured in apricot, so I think I've covered all the elements with my card.  There are tutorials for accordion cards HERE.  This was a 'new to me' fold and the tutorial was so easy to follow.
The digi image is  'Butterfly Globe' from Bugaboo, one I chose with the voucher I won recently over in the Butterfly Challenge.  I added some colour with Promarkers and covered the globe part in Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.   The image was die cut with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' die.  The two patterned papers are from a paper pad which came with a craft magazine some time ago.  I used punches to make all the flowers.  

The card folds flat for posting.

I always enjoy making cards with fancy folds, so I'll be sharing my card in Country View Challenge.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Summer Flowers

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This was my second attempt at making this card.  On my first card I added tiny black Nuvo Drops to the centre of the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment, layered it on black and as I went to attach it to the middle of the card, I had a Senior Moment and forgot the Nuvo Drops would still be wet.  My hand smudged the black drops over the the top part of the card and the embossed panel!  😞  Why I didn't add the drops at the very end as I usually do, I've no idea. 

So I started again and decided to change one of the flower stamps this time.  The flowers are stamps from the Stampin' Up 'Thoughtful Blooms' set and stamped with a red metallic ink pad, cut out with a punch and raised up on foam pads.  This time I added tiny black pearls to the centre of the flowers, so no chance of smudging them! LOL!  The sentiment is from the SU 'Positive Thoughts'.  The panel is a strip of Anna Marie Design striped black and white patterned paper with a piece of red card, embossed with a Tattered Lace embossing folder layered on top.

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Rather than totally waste the first card, I rescued the only bit worth saving, cut it into a long strip and layered it on a black mat and attached to a card blank.  A sentiment finished off my CAS card.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Magical Christmas

Another Christmas card to share today.

The background was created with a Sue Wilson 'Starry Night Sky' die using navy blue card and backed with silver mirror card.  I've inlaid the moon using gold holographic card.  The Cheery Lynn 'Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer' die cut had four reindeer, so I chopped off the two so it would fit on the card.  The sentiment is a Papermania stamp. 

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Monday, 6 July 2020

Purple Owl

I was asked to make a special card for a friend.  She requested the card to be purple and if possible include an owl, but no sentiment.   She wanted extra pages so several messages and memories could be written inside.  After some thought I decided to attach three 7" x 5" card blanks together to make a booklet.

The frame was made with dies from the Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangles' dies, using pearlised purple card. The owl is a Tattered Lace die cut.  I inlaid all the apertures in the owl, except for the eyes, with white card. The background was embossed with a Crafts Too 'Feathers' e/f. I trimmed the card blanks down to fit the frame, before adding a purple pearl in each corner.

This shows the card open from above.

As I knew it would become a keepsake because of the messages and memories written inside, I made and decorated a box to keep it in.  I die cut a Cottage Cutz owl to add to the front of the box.  The box is kept closed with a band of ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and I attached a punched heart over the join.  The ribbon slides on an off easily.  As the pages of the booklet are plain, I included a bag of the little purple die cut owls and some punched hearts, so the pages can be decorated if required.

The Country View Challenge this month is 'Do what makes you happy', so I'll be joining in the challenge with my card.  It makes me happy when I can personalise cards with particular colours and images for the recipient.

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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Christmas Card

A CAS Christmas card to share today.

I stamped the Stampendous 'Precious Nativity' image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Perfectly Plaid' set.  The background is embossed with a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder.  I finished off my card with five silver holographic Card Candi.

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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Baby Mini Album

A mini album to share today as my DT project for Crafty Calendar Challenge.  Our theme this month is 'Add a Ribbon' and our generous sponsor is Crafty Ribbons.

The finished album measures 3" x 4" and is folded from a piece of 12" x 8" Bazzill cardstock.  The patterned paper is from DCWV 'Nana's Nursery Baby Boy' paper stack.  The letters are die cut using Memory Box 'Uppercase Alphabet Soup' dies and I used organza ribbon to keep the album closed.

I decorated the mini album with punched shapes.....


and brads.

There are spaces on every page to put a little photo. 

Here is a template I've made to show the basic album shape.
Start with a piece of cardstock 12" x 8".  The broken lines are the score lines and the red line is the cut line. Fold in half lengthways along the short scoreline. Fold on the other score lines using valley and mountain folds. I hope that make sense.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on 28th July.  Please visit the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations the DT have made.  The randomly drawn winner will receive a voucher from Crafty Ribbons.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Black, White and Red

Today's card uses a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Butterfly Gala' set, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with a red Promarker.  The body of the butterfly is from a Memory Box butterfly die cut.  The sentiment is a stamp from the same set.  I used two Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' dies for matting and layering.  The background is embossed with Sizzix embossing folder, the embossed card inked with a brayer and black ink and layered on a black mat.  I love using this embossing folder because the embossed card so easy to ink with a brayer to make my own background.   I used snippets for everything, except the card blank, so I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground. 

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I had a spare piece of the same white embossed card and a spare little butterfly, so I made a second card and this time brayered on the reverse side to get a totally different effect.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Double Z Fold Pop-Up Card

The current Butterfly Challenge is  'Z for Z Fold Card' and there are some tutorials HERE.  My card when folded measured 6" x 4".

I decided to make a butterfly garden, so added little white strips of card in the middle of the Double Z Fold to attach a couple of butterflies on acetate to make them 'fly'.  The patterned paper is from a paper pad which came a a magazine freebie several years ago.   I used the following Memory Box dies: 'Isabella Butterfly', 'Pippi Butterfly', 'Kaleidoscope Butterfly', 'Moonlight Butterfly', 'Darla Butterfly' and 'Swirl Butterfly, using colours in the patterned paper.  The sentiment is from The SU 'Best Year' set of stamps

The card folds flat for posting.

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Last Friday I joined in with a local Stamping Up 'Cards and a Cuppa' Zoom workshop, where I made these two cards.

Thursday, 25 June 2020


The June Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month.  Six months today it will be Christmas Day..... where is the time going?!

The angel is a Sue Wilson 'Illuminated Angel Mini Striplet' die cut, using silver mirror card and backed with plain white card.  I inlaid the star with gold non-shed glitter card.  The background is embossed using a Sue Wilson 'Shimmering Stars' embossing folder, layered over a silver mirror card front.  The sentiment is attached with foam pads.

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Yesterday my hubby and I had our first day out in the car since lockdown.  It was such a lovely day so we headed towards the coast at Clevedon.  We walked about five miles along the seafront and back and it was lovely to feel the cool sea breeze.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Lots of Circles

The theme of the Twofer Challenge this month is 'Circles/Bubbles'.   Two different designs, for two different occasions, using the same die, stamp or stencil.

I used the same large Memory Box stitched circle die on both cards.

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

My first card is a CAS Anniversary card.  I made a purple frame with two of the Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' dies. I used the smaller circle again to die cut a white circle, which I then embossed with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts' e/f and inlaid it into the purple frame.  I put a Poppystamps 'Small Tilda Swirl' die cut in the middle and a small punched white heart on top.  The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, layered on a slightly wider strip of purple card.  The circle is raised up on foam tape.

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For my second card I made a Triple Stamping card.  I've made a few of these in the past, but never with circles, so this was a sort of experiment.  I used the Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' dies to die cut two white circles and two green circles.  I layered the two white circles in the centre of the square piece of white card with repositionable adhesive.  I stamped all over with stamps from the Stampin' Up 'Flower Shop' and 'Thoughtful Blooms' sets.   I coloured in all the large flowers with two red Promarkers.  I layered up the circles and both green circles are attached with foam tape to add some dimension.  The sentiment is a stamp from the SU 'Best Year' set.  The Flower Shop stamps are a preloved set I recently bought and as they are NBUS to me I'll be joining in Darnell's NBUS Challenge.

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Last weekend I should have been at a Stampin' Up Crafty Retreat.  However, due to the current situation this was not possible.  Instead we had a one day Lockdown Crafty Retreat using Zoom.  All the materials were sent out and these are the card I made during our Zoom meeting.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Summer Scene

A masculine birthday card to share today.

I created a scene using Stampin' Up 'My Meadow' set of stamps and various ink pads and layered on a brown mat.  I used Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds' die cuts to make a mask when I was inking the sky. The background is patterned paper with a delicate circle pattern, which shows up more in real life.  

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Friday, 19 June 2020

Silver Baubles

A few CAS Christmas cards today to add to my growing pile ready for this year. 

I die cut the background with a Creative Dies 'Wonky Stitches' rectangular die.  The die cut baubles were cut using silver mirror card.  The die cut was too long for the 6" x 4" card so I chopped off the bottom bauble.  A silver sentiment peeloff finished off my card. 

I made a couple of other cards using purple/silver and navy/silver.   I'll be batch making a few more of these as they were really quick and easy to make.  

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Monday, 15 June 2020

Lantern Card

Following on from my last post, here is the lantern card I made during a Zoom meeting with crafty friends on Saturday.  Most friends were scrapbooking, but I had fun making these. There are lots of instructions for lantern cards online, but the ones I followed are HERE.  This was actually the second lantern card I made on Saturday.  The first one came out much bigger than I expected at 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" when folded, so I adjusted the measurement and this one is about 5" x 5".

The patterned paper is from a paper pad called 'Riverbank Revels'.  Everything apart from the ribbon and the large square of  patterned paper was from my snippets drawer.  I knew all those little scraps of patterned paper would be useful one day! 

I made the flowers with punches....

.....and the hearts and circles were made with punches too.  The card folds flat for posting.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
Double D Challenge ~ Use your scraps Oops! Just missed the closing time. 

Here is the first, larger card I made, which I'll probably keep as a sample to remind me how to make them.