Saturday 31 October 2020

Stepper Card

A card I made for my son who celebrated his birthday this month.  Our favourite football team plays in blue and white and so I love making cards using these two colours.   

For the card base I used a Presscut 'Centre Stepper Card' die.  The image is an old 'Jolly Nation' wood mounted stamp, which I stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is computer generated. The embossing was done with a Crafts Too 'Football' embossing folder and two football brads finished off my card.

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Wednesday 28 October 2020

Gatefold Card

My crafty friend is celebrating her 60th birthday today and this is the card I made for her.  Her favourite colour is purple and I decided to use a gatefold card design I learnt ten days ago ago during an online weekend Stampin' Up Christmas Craft Retreat. (Photos of the cards I made at the retreat are at the end of this post.)  I really liked the detail of the folded circles on the front.
The original card was 6" x 4", so I changed the measurement of everything to make a 7" x 5" card.  The patterned paper is from a Papermania paper pad.  The Memory Box decorative circle die cut was cut in half and attached to two folded Memory Box 'Stitched Circle' die cuts.  The card was kept closed with ribbon and three purple pearls finished off the outside of the card.

The pattened paper inside is the same as on the narrow panel on the outside.

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Here are the cards I made during the Christmas Crafty Retreat.  Although it would have been lovely all being together for the retreat, joining in online and seeing everyone on the computer was the next best thing.  The two large cards are the front are both Never-Ending cards.
The card design I took my inspiration from is in the front row,  second card from the right.  

Halloween Boxes

Three little Halloween boxes for my great nephew and great nieces, filled with chocolate goodies.

I used pumpkin ribbon around the bottom which I bought in a sale last year.  The top of the boxes are decorated with a strip of black card, which I punched with a decorative border punch.  The ghosts are die cuts with an old Sizzix die.  I backed the ghost with a little piece of black card behind the eyes and mouth.  The names were printed on the computer and layered on black card.

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Sunday 25 October 2020


I'm not sure where the last couple of weeks have gone, but it's two weeks since I last blogged.  I've had so many cards to make lately - most of my friends and family seem to have birthdays in the last few months of the year!  I will be sharing photos of them on my blog over the next couple of weeks.
Thank you to everyone who has enquired about my daughter Joanna following her emergency operation at the end of July.  Her recovery is going well and she began driving again this week.  She hopes to return to her work as a physiotherapist in a week or two.  My ten year old great nephew, who Joanna has been recuperating with, is still making face masks (see HERE) in aid of the Devon Blood Bikes.  I hadn't realised at the time that it was my great nephew who was doing almost all of the sewing on his Mum's sewing machine.  He smashed his target of £100 and has raised in excess of £400 so far.
The October Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month.  It's a challenge I like to enter if I can and here is my card for this month.

For the background I used Creative Expressions 'Snowflake Lattice' embossing folder.  The small snowflakes are punched.  I die cut the large snowflake with white non-shed glitter card. (I seem to have mislaid the die, so I'm not sure of the brand - if anyone recognises it please let me know.  I might be able to locate it then! 😉)  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp, stamped in gold and the circle is raised up on foam pads.  All the white and red card I used was snippets, apart from the card blank, so I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground.

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Sunday 11 October 2020

Magical Birthday

I used this image HERE for a Halloween card, but I thought it would be perfect for my Harry Potter loving great niece, who celebrated her 12th birthday a few days ago.  This time I decided to use make a Joy Fold card.

The image is a digi stamp from Oddball Art, coloured with Promarkers.  The background is embossing with a Creative Expressions 'Shimmering Stars' embossing folder.  I used patterned paper from a old Papermania paper pad.  The card is kept closed with a star brad.
I finished off my card with three punched stars. 

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Saturday 10 October 2020

Birdie Kiss

A Thank You card to share today, now that I know it's been received.

The image is a House Mouse stamp, 'Birdie Kiss', kindly sent to me by Mia.   I stamped the image with Versafine Clair 'Nocturne' and coloured the image with Promarkers and layered it on a purple mat.  The background is embossed with an Embossilicious 'Floral Trellis' e/f.  The stamped sentiment was hand cut into a  banner and raised up on foam pads. 

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Monday 5 October 2020


A pair of cards today, as they sort of go together.

I was inspired by a video HERE for these cards.  I started by die cutting three hexagons of different sizes in a piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card blank.  (I put the hexagons to one side for the second card.)  As I was planning to have a bee theme, I then embossed the white card with a honeycomb embossing folder.  On the card blank, I marked where the apertures would be and stamped some foliage using a green metallic ink pad. The embossed card was then layered over the top.  The flowers were made with punches and the bee was a die which came as the cover gift with a magazine some time ago.  For my second card I embossed a piece of honey coloured card with the same embossing folder.  I stamped little bees on the leftover hexagons from the first card, added a little colour with Promarkers and layered them on the embossed background.  The flowers on this card were also punched.  No full sheets of card were harmed making these cards, so I will be sharing my cards over in Pixie's Snippets Playground.

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Saturday 3 October 2020


The October Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today, with the theme 'Halloween'.  We are generously sponsored this month by Oddball Art .
Oddball Art kindly gave the DT images to work with and I chose to use 'Whimsical Magic Book of Spells', which I coloured with Promarkers.   The sentiment is computer generated. The orange background is embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Shimmering Stars' embossing folder.  I added a strip of halloween ribbon to finish off my card.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on 28th October and I'm looking forward to seeing all your spooky creations!  A randomly chosen winner will win a prize from Oddball Art,