Wednesday 30 September 2020

Double Point Fold Card

The Butterfly Challenge this time is 'D for Double Point Fold'.  I haven't seen this fold before, but there are several tutorials over on the Butterfly Challenge blog HERE.   I think I've covered all the 'D' elements in the challenge - Double Point Fold Card/ Diamonds/ Delft Blue/ Damson/ Dandelion + your Butterfly.  I used diamante gems for the diamonds.  (It's such a dull and gloomy day today, it's hard to get a good photo showing the true colours.)

I used two dandelion yellow and white patterned papers from a Dovecraft paper pad, layered on a delft blue mat.  The middle panel was die cut with Stampin' Up 'Stitched Nested Labels' dies and attached just to the top pointed fold.  I didn't have any damson coloured card, so I die cut the butterfly in white and coloured it with a damson coloured Promarker.  Two diamante gems finished off my card.
The card front opens up like this to reveal the stamped sentiment and little butterflies.
The blue mat was attached to a side opening card blank.

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Monday 28 September 2020

Autumn Colours

I don't usually post twice in one day, but as it's so cold and drizzly outside I decided to stay inside and make another card.  Please scroll down if you'd like to see my first post today.

I used a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Beauty Abounds', stamped it three times with Versafine Clair 'Acorn' and coloured the images with Promarkers.  The images were layered on brown mats.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Postive Thoughts', stamped with the same ink pad as the images.  I die cut the sentiment banner and mat by hand and raised it up on foam pads.

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Green and White

A green and white card today.

The image is an old wood mounted stamp,  'Glasgow Butterfly' by Stampendous, coloured with Promarkers.  I die cut the image with a Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' die and layered it on a Memory Box 'Stitched Scalloped Circle' die cut.  The layered image is raised up on foam tape. The sentiment is a stamped with a Stampin' Up 'Positive Thoughts' stamp and a metallic green ink pad.   I embossed the bottom of the card with a preloved Tattered Lace e/f.  As this is the first time I've used this embossing folder, I'll be sharing my card over in the NBUS challenge.  I added a strip of green ribbon across the middle of the card. 

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Saturday 26 September 2020

Christmas Wreath

A Christmas card today to join in with a few challenges.

I embossed a piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card blank, with a brick effect embossing folder.   I used a new (NBUS) wreath die from the Sizzix 'Wreath & Snowflake' set with green card and added tiny red pearls for berries.  The bow was made with a Sue Wilson die.   The sentiment is a stamp is from the Stampin' Up 'Greatest Part of Christmas' set, stamped in red onto a piece of vellum and wrapped round the embossed card.

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Thursday 24 September 2020

Twofer Trees

The Twofer Challenge ends today, so I'm sneaking in a last minute entry.  The theme this month is 'Trees', two cards with different designs, for two different occasions using the same stamp, die or  stencil for the prompt word. 
I used a Memory Box 'Tree of Wonder' die on both cards.

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

For my first card, I die cut the tree twice from snippets of white card and layered it up to add some dimension.  I used a scoreboard to add embossed lines around the edge of the card front to form a frame.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Painted Glass' set, stamped using a Versafine Clair 'Morning Mist' ink pad.  

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The used the same tree die on my second card, just using the two branches which I snipped off from the trunk.  I layered the branches on  Memory Box ' Stitched Rectangle Layers'  die cuts and a slightly larger yellow mat.  The flowers are stamps from the Thoughtful Blooms set and raised up on foam pads.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Humming Along' set, stamped with a metallic green ink pad.  Lots of snippets used on this card too.

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Monday 21 September 2020

Spring Chicken

A birthday card I made for a friend who will be celebrating her birthday soon. 

The digi stamp is precoloured 'Spring Chickens' from Beccy's Place.  I used a piece of Stampin' Up gingham paper and added three Spellbinder die cut feathers.

This is the inside of the card.   The sentiment is from the same set of Beccy's digi stamps.  I had a couple of strips of gingham paper left over, so added it to the inside of the card.

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Sunday 20 September 2020

Art Deco Roses

A birthday card today to join in with a few challenges.

This is one of my favourite flower stamps.  It's an old wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'Glasgow Rose Garden' and I've coloured in the image with Promarkers, before die cutting with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' die.  I used a Creative Expressions 'Art Deco Rose Swirl' embossing folder and covered just half of the card.   The sentiment is a stamp from the Woodware 'Deco Sayings' set, stamped with a metallic green stamp pad.  I added five white pearls along the red strip to finish off my card.

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Thursday 17 September 2020

Our Anniversary

My hubby and I celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary on Monday.  We spent a few days in Surrey, a lovely part of the country, where the scenery is stunning.  We stayed in a place next to the River Wey and went for a ten mile walk along the river in the hot sunshine on the day of our anniversary.  I'll share a few photos at the end of this post.
I decided to make an easel anniversary card for my hubby.  
The image and sentiment are from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, coloured with Promarkers.  The man is wearing the football shirt of his favourite football club.  (The sentiment under the image is computer generated.)  I added two little punched hearts to the large sentiment. The background is embossed with an Xcut 'Polka Hearts' embossing folder.  I made a decorative strip with a NBUS Xcut heart and kisses punch,  layered it on red card and raised it up on foam tape so the card stands up.   I've had the punch for at least 10 years, but never used it! 

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Here are a few photos taken on our walk on Monday.

It was so hot, even the cows needed to cool off!

Saturday 12 September 2020


A rainbow card today share today.  Walking around the area we live in, there are still so many rainbows in the windows of the houses, including ours.   A constant reminder of the wonderful NHS we have in the UK.  This year our family has had reason to be more thankful to the NHS than ever before. 

  I made the frame with a two dies from the Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Squares' set.  The rainbow was made with an MFT die using snippets of the seven colours of the rainbow and I added two Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds' die cuts, raised up on foam pads.  The background was a piece of blue mottled card and I added some clear gems for sparkly raindrops.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Inkylicious 'Dance in the Rain' set.

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Thursday 10 September 2020

Bel's Challenge

I'm still trying to catch up with adding cards made recently to my blog, as well as catching up with blog visiting.  I'm not sure where August went and here we all are, well into September.  

A little while ago a Stampin' Up demonstrator friend set a challenge for  a few of us to do during the semi-lockdown.  She sent us all an identical little package and asked us to see what we could do with it.  Here is what I received.  We could used our own stamps, punches, dies and add little embellishments.

A rainy day in our caravan was the perfect day to do the challenge.
I think the offcut of kraft card was in the envelope to stop the other bits getting creased, as nobody else used it. I didn't want to waste it, so I decided to use it.  I used part of the kraft card as a mat on the card.  I only had enough left for four squares for the box, so I die cut a fifth square out of the kraft mat and filled the aperture with a square of scrap card.  As I was covering the mat with patterned paper, it wouldn't show.  A scrap of kraft card was used for the sentiment mat.   I used the white piece of card to die cut the stitched circles and for stamping the flowers, which I then punched out.  The sentiment banner is a scrap of the leftover white card.  The circle on the card and all the flowers are attached with foam pads.  The large leaf was snipped apart so I could put a tiny leaf behind each of the flowers round the side of the box and the rest on the top of the box.  I finished off my card with three clear gems, which are more sparkly in real life.

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As we have spent a lot the last six weeks in our caravan in Devon so we are close by to daughter after her op, I missed a couple of online Stampin' Up classes I'd booked in for last month.  Although I couldn't join in the classes, I had the kits and instructions and eventually found time to make the cards this week.  I changed a few of the designs slightly, two of them because I didn't follow the instructions properly! 😉

These cards used the SU 'Lovely You' set of stamps.....

.....and these using the 'Whale of a Time' products.  The four little cards fit into the plastic box with the belly band round it. (I've left one of the cards in the box.)

Saturday 5 September 2020

Gardening Gus

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Anything Goes'.  Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps who kindly gave the DT stamps to work with.

For my card I chose to use the Dr Digi stamp 'Gardening Gus', which I coloured with Promarkers. The image is die cut with a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle Layers' die and layered on a red mat.  The patterned paper is from an old Papermania paper pad.  I punched five flower pots from brown card and added some shading with a Promarker.  Two grey and one red Card Candi finished off my card. 

The Crafty Calender ends on September 28th and you can see all the beautiful DT creations HERE.
The randomly drawn winner will receive a prize from our generous sponsor

and the DT will choose a Top 3.  Looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations. 

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Friday 4 September 2020

Thank You

Thank you for all the lovely comments made on my last post about my great nephew, Gilby.  I will make sure he reads them all.   I called in his house today to see my daughter and also help cut out some of the fabric and filters for the masks.  What I didn't realise until today is that Gilby is doing almost all of the sewing himself.  His Mum has taught him how use her sewing machine and he's confidently sewing the masks independently - and making a brilliant job of it.  Pretty amazing for a ten year old! 

I made this card the other day for Gilby to thank him for looking after my daughter so well while she is recuperating with him and his family.
The stamp is a Woodward one, 'Graffiti Thank You', which I coloured with Promarkers.  I die cut the word image with a die from the 'Stitched Collection Scallop Layered Rectangle' set and layered it on a yellow mat.  I added a turquoise brad before attaching to the card blank.

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Here is a similar card I made a while ago, but forgot to blog, using different colours and adding some pink and white Card Candi, as I needed to make a more feminine card.

Thursday 3 September 2020

Envelope Card

In my last post, I shared a card I'd made for a friend celebrating a milestone birthday.  A group of us had a collection for her so she could buy something special for her garden.  I had the job of making a card to put all the money in.   I decided to make this 6" x 4" pocket card, which was the perfect size for the notes.  This photo shows just the front of the card which was attached to a card blank so everyone could sign the card inside. 

The paper is from a Papermania paper pad and I glued the two flaps together so the money didn't fall out.  The sentiment is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Humming Along' set.  I punched out the sentiment and layered it on a hand cut mat. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
WWC287 ~ Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September Challenge
Make My Monday Challenge #130 ~ Criss Cross Card
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #123 ~ Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft September Challenge #9 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #259 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment

My daughter Jo is recuperating after her op with my ten year old great nephew Gilby and his family.  When my great nephew discovered that the Freewheelers (Blood Bikes) transported my daughter's blood for her operation, he wanted to raise some money for them. (They are a UK charity run entirely by volunteers and transport blood, plasma, human organs etc around the country.  They rely on donations to carry out this vital service.)  Gilby decided to ask his Mum to help him make face masks to raise money.  He asked me to help him make a box for the masks so he can sell them in the local village shop and he chose to make it in red and yellow, the colours of the Blood Bikes.

He's also selling his masks to family and friends and is hoping to raise £100.  Here he is with my daughter wearing their masks. 

I am SO proud of my great nephew.  He's growing up to be a wonderful, thoughtful young man.