Thursday 30 April 2020

X Fold Card

Welcome to my new follower, Caty of 'Katyazur sobre el espejo del mar'.  I hope you can stop by my blog again soon.

Butterfly Challenge #141 began today and unlike the last one where I just about got my card made before the challenge closed, this time I'm joining in at the beginning of the challenge.  The theme is 'X for X Fold'.  You can find a tutorial HERE.

The patterned paper was from an old paper pad called 'Riverbank Revels'. I made the frames with a Memory Box 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' die and a plain Spellbinders circle die.  I used an SB circle die for the swinging circle.  I die cut two circles and put them back to back with the thread running through the middle.  I put a Simply Creative 'Butterfly' die cut on both sides. On one side I stamped 'Happy Birthday' and on the other, 'It's YOUR day!'.

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Wednesday 29 April 2020


My friend's husband collects different varieties of snowdrops and he has dozens of them!  I wanted to make a birthday card for him with a snowdrop on.  As it was a masculine card, I decided to keep CAS in black and white, with a touch of silver.  I love snowdrops too, as they are the first sign of spring in the garden. 

I used a Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die and layered the die cut over the white card blank.  The black and silver snowdrop is a peel off.  I used three small circles from the same peel off sheet in the top corner.

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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Waterfall Card

Has anyone else lost track of the dates..... or even which day of the week it is?  I realised this afternoon that the Butterfly Challenge closes today.  The theme this time is 'W for Waterfall Card'.  Mrs A has put a good tutorial on the blog HERE.  I changed the card size to 6" x 4" and tucked the little flaps keeping the waterfall part in place underneath. 

The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up and the butterfly is a stamp from the SU 'Positive Thoughts' set, coloured with a Promarker.  The squares are Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' and I added three tiny green pearls and a ribbon through the SU punched tag end.

The sentiment stamp is from the SU 'Humming Along' set.

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Monday 27 April 2020

Rudolph Days

The Rudolph Days Challenge started a couple of days ago and runs until the end of the month.  I've made a CAS card, which I think would be good for batch making.

I used an MFT 'Christmas Tree Window' die in a piece of white card slightly smaller than the red card blank.  The aperture in the tree was backed with a snippet of green alcohol inked card which was in my box of backgrounds I made some time ago.  I used the die again in a snippet of gold card and inlaid the star.  The sentiment was a stamp from the SU 'Greatest Part of Christmas' set, stamped with a Delicata red, metallic inkpad.

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While I had the stamp out, I used it again on this card.  The image is a recycled shop bought Christmas card, that was too nice to throw away, layered on a piece of red cardstock.   So, a really quick and easy card to add to my pile Christmas cards. 

Sunday 26 April 2020

Cyber Workshop

I should have been at a Stampin' Up workshop this afternoon, but because of the lockdown we all stayed home and took part in the workshop by Zoom.  All the materials and stamps were sent out and here are the cards I made, following the visual instructions of the person running the workshop.  It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thursday 23 April 2020

A Card For My Hubby

Today is my hubby's birthday, a big one which we'll have to celebrate properly sometime in the future.  We have a fabulous local catering company, run by the daughter of good friends of ours, so we've ordered a special three course meal to be delivered for the two of us for this evening. 

Here is the card I made for my hubby.  After learning to make a teepee card recently, I though it would be a good fold for a special masculine card.
As football is one of my hubby's main hobbies, even though there are no matches to watch at the moment, I used this as a theme for the card.  I used the colours of his favourite football team.  The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft 'Blue Skies' paper pad.  The die cut football is layered on Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' die cuts.

The card folds flat for posting..... although it was obviously hand-delivered. 😉

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Monday 20 April 2020

Captain Tom's 100th Birthday

Anyone who lives in the UK will have heard of Captain Tom Moore, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end of this month.  He set out earlier this month to walk 100 lengths of his back garden before his birthday to raise money for our National Health Service heroes.  He has won the hearts of the nation and has raised over £26 million in donations so far.  What an inspirational gentleman!  Along with many others, I'll be sending him a card for his birthday and here is the card I made for him.

The card base and scalloped circles are from a Sizzix 'Triple Circle Flip-its' die set.  The silver mirror card numbers are from cut with die from The Works and the sentiment is computer generated. The mirror card stars are punched with an Xcut punch.

The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft 'Blue Skies' paper pad. 

I used Memory Box 'Parker Upper Alphabet' dies for the letters.

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Sunday 19 April 2020

Still here.... but should be somewhere else.

If circumstances were different, I wouldn't be posting on my blog today.  I would be heading to the airport today to fly off to Madrid with my hubby and daughter on a surprise six day trip to celebrate my hubby's big birthday in a few days time.  My daughter and I had been planning the surprise trip for several months, but hopefully we'll get there one day in the future, especially as Madrid is on my hubby's bucket list as a place to visit.  At least my hubby and I are safe and well at home.  My daughter was quite unwell for a couple of weeks with the virus symptoms, but thankfully is now feeling much better.

A One Layer card today.
All the stamps were from the Stampin' Up 'Thoughtful Blooms' set of stamps, inked up for the first time.

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Thursday 16 April 2020

Easter Bunny

One last Easter card to share, which I sent to my great niece.
The image is from a freebie set of stamps which came with a craft magazine and coloured with Promarkers.   The sentiment stamp is from the same set. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities dies for matting and layering the image.  The background was embossed with a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder. 

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Monday 13 April 2020


The theme of the Twofer Challenge this month is Rain/Umbrella.  The challenge is to make two cards with different designs, for two different occasions,  using the same die, stamp or stencil.  

I used a Poppystamps 'Heart Showers Umbrella' die on both my cards.

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge #26 with this pair of cards

I die cut the umbrella and layered it on a Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' die and 'Stitched Scalloped Layer' die.  The background is embossed with a NBUS Sue Wilson 'Rain Drops' embossing folder.  The letters are Memory Box 'Uppercase Alphabet Soup' dies and I used a teardrop punch for the pink raindrops.

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My second card uses the same umbrella die.  I cut it out in blue and again in yellow.  I put a strip of blue behind the hearts.  On a piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card blank, I die cut raindrops using a Memory Box 'A Little Rain' on both sides of the card and backed with a piece of blue card. The umbrella and computer generated sentiment were glued in the middle, before attaching the card on the card blank with a sheet of foam to raise it up. 

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Sunday 12 April 2020

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter Sunday to all visitors to my blog.  Hope you all have a lovely day, whatever you have planned.
I used image and sentiment stamps from the Stampin' Up 'Timeless Tulips' set.   The image and mat is die cut with Memory Box 'Stitched Oval Layers' dies.  I've raised the tulip head up on foam pads. The gingham paper is also from Stampin' Up. Three pearls, coloured with a Promarker to match the orange card, finished off my cards.

I made a card of this design at a recent Stampin' Up workshop I attended.  I really liked the design, so made a few more at home to send.

Friday 10 April 2020

Easter Bunny

A friend asked if I would make a card for her grandson.  It's his first Easter and with the current situation, she won't be able to see him.  I wanted to make a card with something I thought he might recognise and this is what I came up with. 
The bunny is a Woodware stamp, 'Hoppy Bunny', stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'  and paper pieced with patterned paper from a Stampin' Up paper pad.  The dotty panel is from the same sheet of paper, although it looks a different colour in the photograph.  Who says the camera never lies!  I used a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder for the background and the sentiment is computer generated. 

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Thursday 9 April 2020

Happy Birthday

 I hope everyone is keeping safe and well.  We've just come in from clapping again for the NHS at 8pm with many other neighbours in our area.  It's good to hear that our Prime Minister is now out of intensive care.

I made this card for a friend who was celebrating her birthday today.   She lives about a mile and a half away, so I dropped it through her door on the daily walk we're allowed.  I'm not sure if the card fold has a name, but I made this card after watching an online tutorial by Lisa Shaw.
The patterned paper is from the Lili of the Valley 'Bonnets and Bowties' paper pad.  I used a Couture Creations 'Fireflies' embossing folder.  The flowers are Sue Wilson 'Pinwheel Floral' die cuts.  The sentiment is raised up on foam pads.

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Tuesday 7 April 2020


I sent one of the cards here to a wonderful 92 year old lady who is self-isolating.  She was thrilled to receive a handmade card through the post and asked if I'd make some for her to keep in touch with her friends.  I made her a few of this CAS poppy design, as well as the cards at the bottom of this post.
The poppy stamp is from the Stampin' Up 'Painted Poppies' set, stamped with Memonto 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with a Promarker.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Happy Little Stampers 'Birthday Friends' set.  I used a Couture Creations 'Chain Link' embossing folder for the bottom half of the card and added a spotty/stripy strip of patterned card across the middle. 

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These are the other cards I made for my friend to send, a similar design to the one I sent her. 

Sunday 5 April 2020

Rainbow Background

A craft group I belong to had another cyber challenge evening as we can't meet in person at the moment.  The theme was 'Rainbow' and this is what I came up with.
The black/grey patterned paper die cut was in my bits and bobs box and had been in there for quite a while!  I used the die again with snippets of colours card to create a rainbow effect.   The flowers are Memory Box die 'Chloe Stem' die cuts.  The die was one of the first Memory Box flower dies I bought and it is still one of my favourites.  The stamp is from the Stampin' Up 'Vertical Greetings' set which I inked up for the first time using Versafine 'Onyx Black'.

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Saturday 4 April 2020


The April Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today, with the theme 'Add a Butterfly'.  Our generous sponsor this month is SheepSki Designs, who kindly gave the DT digi stamps to work with.
After making a twisted easel card for the first time recently I decided to make another for my DT card. I chose to use the Sheepski digistamp  'Poppies', which I coloured with Promarkers.  The image was die cut with a MB 'Stitched Circle Layer' die and layered on a black MB 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' die cut.  I added a black butterfly gem and drew a flight path with a fineliner pen. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up and I used a Spellbinders 'Dainty Dots' embossing folder. The sentiment is computer generated.  I sent this card to my daughter, who is self-isolating at her home with symptoms of the coronavirus.  Thankfully, after feeling pretty rotten for most of this week, she is feeling much better.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on April 28th.  Please visit the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations the DT have made.