Monday, 25 October 2021

Paper Pieced Robin

The October Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month.  The challenge this month is slightly different, as there is an optional challenge to include paper piecing.  This is in honour of Kath of Plain & Simple who sadly passed away recently.  Kath often did beautiful paper piecing on her cards, which I'm sure were regularly seen by many bloggers. 

The stamp is a Woodware one, 'Patch Robin Square'.  The blue background and red berries are coloured with Promarkers.  Everything else in the image is paper pieced with Christmas papers.  I used the same patterned papers for the background, punching out three circles to put along the panel in the middle.

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Sunday, 24 October 2021

Peel Offs

After a conversation with crafty friends recently about the mountain of ancient, unused peel offs we all have, I decided to make this card.

I attached the black peel offs on little squares of white card, layered on slightly larger black mats.  I coloured the flowers with Promarkers and added a peel off sentiment.  All the card, except for the card blank was snippets, so I'll be sharing my card over in The Playground.  The peel offs were all from part-used sheets, so I guess you could call them snippets too. 😉

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Butterfly Joy Fold Card

A Joy Fold card to share today.
The butterfly is a die from Sue Wilson's Industrial Collection 'Butterfly & Dragonfly' set.   I used a Creative Expressions 'Cogs & Gears' embossing folder which I thought went well with the style of the butterfly.   I added a strip of yellow and white ribbon and a yellow brad keeps the card closed.

This photo shows the card open, revealing the space to write the message.  I put an Xcut cog die cut inside to add some detail.

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Double Z Fold Card and HELP needed.

Help!  For any techie people reading my blog, when I try to link my card up to challenge with a 'Linky Tools v 2.0' I don't get the option of linking a photo from my actual post.   This has only happened in the last few days.  Any ideas why this is happening?

EDITED TO ADD: I think I've managed to solve the problem, although it will be a bit of a faff to do every time.  I think blogger must have changed one of their setting recently, as I haven't had this problem until recently.

It's my son's birthday today and this is the card I made for him.

The patterned paper is from Anna Marie Designs.

The blank panel inside is for writing the message.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Pink and White

A pink birthday card, which I hope reached it's destination.

The card base was made with a Sizzix 'Circle Flip-its #2' die and the patterned paper was from an old paper pad.  I decorated the front with a die cut flowers from Lisa Horton's first box kit.

 The sentiment in the back was stamped with a magazine freebie stamp.

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Monday, 18 October 2021


A CAS one layer card to share today, inspired by several similar designs online.  Unfortunately have no idea who made the first card to give them the credit.

I masked off a panel on the card blank using masking tape and blended Distress Ink along the panel.  Leaving the tape in place I blended the same ink through a Lavinia 'Feather Leaf'  stencil.  I removed the tape, lined up the stencil and added a little more stencilling in the corners.  The hedgehogs are stamps from the Lavinia 'The Wallace Family' set and I stamped a little pink heart.  A stamped sentiment finished off my card.

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Sunday, 17 October 2021

Halloween Treat Boxes

I've been looking for my mojo recently and I found it at my monthly craft group yesterday.  After seeing a video tutorial HERE for making these little boxes, I was keen to give them a try.  I made one each for my great nephew and great nieces and I'll fill the boxes with chocolates.  The ghost are on the front and the names on the back.

I started with a 10" x 5" piece of black card to make the card base.  I embossed the orange card with a Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder.  The ghost was die cut with an old Sizzix die - one of the thick yellow ones.  The names were die cut with Memory Box 'Uppercase Alphabet Soup' dies, layered on a black mat. (The names ARE stuck on straight, although the angle of the photo makes the name look like it's at an angle.) Finally, I tied the boxes with black ribbon.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021


A CAS card to share today.
The butterfly was made with Memory Box 'Pippi Butterfly' and 'Isabella Butterfly' dies and I added tiny grey pearls for the flight path.  The sentiment is computer generated in grey.  I finished the card with five Card Candi. 
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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Block Card

Another 'new to me' fold, following the instructions on the Nifty Noodles Crafting Facebook page.  The card base was made with just one rectangle of white card and was so much easier to make than it looks.

I decorated the card with squares of white and black dotty papers. The flowers were made with punches.

I decided to leave the back undecorated and stamped a sentiment from the SU 'Humming Along' set of stamps.   The card folds flat for posting.

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Monday, 11 October 2021

Double Tent Fold Card

Another fancy fold card today, a fold I haven't tried before.  I'm not sure if it's got an official name, so I think I'll call it a Double Tent Fold Card. 

It's basically just two card blanks, one slightly smaller than the other, with the small card inside the larger one, attached by the back.  I used the rectangle die cut from the front as a mat for the sentiment and lined it up with the aperture when assembling the card.  The sentiment is a Stamp Market 'Paper Hug' die and I embossed the border with an old Sizzix embossing folder.  Four clear flower gems finished off my card.

All the purple and lilac card was from my snippets drawer, so I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground. 

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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Fairy Couple

A card today using a die which has sadly been discontinued.  The die is quite a large die, measuring about 4½" across. 

The die is Lavinia 'Celtic Dreams ~ Star Gazing', which I used with black card.  I blended Distress Ink for the sky, masking off the moon with a circle of card.  I layered the finished scene on a navy mat and added tiny clear gems for the stars.  The background was embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Shimmering Stars' e/f, layered on a  navy mat.  Six punched stars finished off my card.

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Thursday, 7 October 2021

Wolf Tower Card

I had intended to post a photo of this card last weekend.  However, we went to our caravan in North Devon and arrived to discover that there was a major problem with the Wifi on site and when we left today it still wasn't fixed, so no Wifi at all for six days.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but I've a lot of blog visiting to catch up on!  Onto my card, which I made for my 13 year old great niece who loves wolves, I've no idea why, but she was thrilled when she opened the card on Sunday.  It was lovely to share in the family birthday celebrations as she lives near the caravan site.

I used a Sweet Dixie 'Wolf' die with pearlised dark grey card, popped the apertures out, backed the eyes with white and coloured the pupil with a black Promarker.  I used a dark grey Promarker for the nose.  I used the die again with pale grey, leaving the wolf shape intact and layered the dark grey wolf die cut over the top.  The embossed panel was embossed with a Sue Wilson 'Pawprint Lattice' e/f.  The panels down the side are Poppystamps 'Cat Paw Border' die cuts.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021


The October Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Halloween'.  We are sponsored this month by Oddball Art.

Our generous sponsor gave the DT digi stamps to use and I chose to use the 'Halloween Haunted House'.  I coloured the house with Promarkers and blended blue and black Distress Ink for the sky.  The papers are from a My Mind's Eye 'Something Wicked' paper pad I won over in the Playground a little while ago.  I added a OI bat die cut, three Card Candi and a stamped sentiment to finish off my card.

The challenge ends on the 28th October, so plenty of time to get your Halloween creations made and perhaps win lovely prize from our sponsor.  Please pop over to the Crafty Calendar Challenge blog to see all the fabulous creations the DT have made.

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Friday, 1 October 2021

Stencilled Background

A quick and easy card to share today.

The background was stencilled with Distress Ink and layered on a orange mat and a black card blank.  The flower is a Memory Box 'Splendid Poppy Stems'.  I stamped the SU sentiment, hand cut the banner, layered it on a black mat and raised up on foam pads.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Beautiful Tulip

A Thank You card which I can share now that I know it has been received.

I was lucky enough to win this beautiful Bee Crafty 'BEAUtanicals Large ~ Tulip' stamp recently in the Allsorts Challenge and it was perfect to use on a DL card.  I decided to stencil the background with a Lavinia 'Laurel' stencil.  I stamped the image on white card and made a mask with the tulip stamp, before stencilling with 'Mowed Lawn' Distress Ink.  The tulip was coloured with Promarkers.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Clair 'Charming Pink' and hand cut the banner.  To balance the design, I added five tiny pearls, coloured with one of the green Promarkers I'd used on the flower.

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Monday, 27 September 2021

Slide and Lock Card

The current Butterfly Challenge ends tomorrow, so I'm sneaking in with a last minute entry.  The theme this time is 'S for Slide and Lock Card'.  The elements this time are 'Slide and Lock Card/ Stitching/ Shimmering Blush (pale pink) /Steel Blue/ Sea Green + a Butterfly'.  Mrs A has put the instructions for making a slide and lock card HERE.

 I googled 'Sea Green' and it covers quite a few shade of green, including the one on the butterfly patterned paper and stamped sentiment and I hope the blue is 'steely' enough.  The patterned paper has a pale pink background and I've added some pale pink enamel dots on the sentiment panel.

I've added some faux stitching inside with a fineliner pen.  The little butterfly is punched and I used the fineliner pen for the flight path.

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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Tower Card

A tower card to share today, which I made for a card swap.

I die cut two circles using Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Circles'.  I used dies from the Sizzix 'Floral Wreath' set and the patterned paper was from my snippets drawer.  I finished off my card with a stamped sentiment.

The card folds flat for posting.

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Saturday, 25 September 2021


The Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month.  

I used a Lisa Horton Poinsettia embossing folder, which also cuts out an aperture.  After embossing in white I also embossed the main poinsettia in red and green, fussy cut out the shapes and layered over the white poinsettia.  I stamped  the sentiment on a snippet of white card and attached it behind the aperture, before layering on a red card blank.  I few yellow gems finished off my card.

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