Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A shaped card at Cardz 4 Guyz

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz we would like to see a shaped card.

I had great fun creating this card:

To make the "tool box" I used a brown square card blank and cut the handle area out with an oval die, cutting both sides at the same time to make sure they lined up. Then I scored a line right across the front and back of the card just below the opening, and at each side I cut away the top corner of the card from the end of the score line to a point directly above the end of the opening.

I cut two pieces of kraft card, one about 5mm all round smaller than the area below the score line and the second the same width but around two thirds of the height, and embossed both with a woodgrain effect folder. I stuck the larger piece to the card and the smaller piece to brown card and trimmed a very narrow border around it. I printed out the tools, which are from Deedees Digis, cut them out and stuck them to the card then added the smaller woodgrain panel over the top.

I am sharing this with Digi Choosday - Anything Goes 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gardening Time

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win Trimcraft's weekly "Want it Win It Wednesday" giveaway. I've been entering every week for as long as I can remember, and my request has always been for the First Edition Gardening Dies set. They arrived the other day - it's going to be a very useful set when it comes to making cards for Mark - and here is my first make with them.

All the die cuts use scraps from my snippets box - aren't dies wonderful for using up odds and ends? I'm particularly pleased with the fence - the snippet I used was from the notorious QVC "Elegant Vintage" kit of about 15 years ago, that so many of us bought and then were flummoxed by. (That's something else I love about snippets, so many of them tell their own story and bring back crafting memories when you dig them out).

The shed was a bit of a b****r to get out of the die intact, even using my full arsenal of tips, tricks and tools, and in fact this is my third attempt, resulting in it having a bit missing, which I've tried to hide behind the wheelbarrow, as my remaining scrap of woodgrain paper was too small to fit it all on!

The sentiment is stamped with a stamp from a Crafters Companion set,  and I've produced a stylised "lawn" by tearing random strips of grass effect washi tape.

I would like to share this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 265/266
Sweet Stampin - Dies and Punches
The Male Room - Washi Tape  

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #76 - Y did I buy that?

It's new challenge day at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, and Edna is looking distinctly uncomfortable in her new necklace.

She's thinking "Y did I buy that?" and now we'd like you to delve into your stash and dig out something that makes you feel exactly the same.

I have chosen this butterfly printed, shocking pink, glittered acetate which I bought when I fell in love with it on a TV craft show. Why did I fall in love with it? Well, I only ever watch daytime TV when I'm not feeling well, and I must have been particularly feverish that day. I actually bought it in three colours, with coordinating foiled card, and have had it sitting in a box in a dusty corner for several years because I didn't have a clue what to do with it, especially the pink as it is just so garish. Even my four year old granddaughter has refused to use it!!!

I decided to make the most of the shocking pink by using it as an overlay over some black and white script paper from the DCWV Stack 9 pad that I love so much. Thanks to Sister Barbara for the inspiration!

Acetate being a right so-and-so to stick down invisibly, I just went with the extra strong double sided tape and then covered it up with a punched border. CHEAT!

I'd made my card by folding over one third of an A4 sheet, so there is only a half panel for the front, and covered that panel with the same backing paper and then added some punched butterflies, a border to match the one on the inside and a Dylusions sentiment that is designed to remind me (and you, and the Sisters) never ot make such an ill considered purchase again!

Hmm..... now it's finished, I actually quite like it. But maybe not enough to  go out and buy another batch of the acetate.

So, what's lurking in your stash that you wish you'd never bought? Why don't you dig it out and see what you can do with it? And please pop over to the Sisterhood  to see what the Sisters have created and share your work, so that we can share your pain. You could be crowned our Queen or Princess of Snark

Friday, 20 January 2017

The first of the Valentine cards...

... it had to  happen, didn't it? Not being a very romantic soul, I don't have much interest in Valentine's Day, but the rest of the world seems to disagree with me. So I end up making a few Valentines cards every year, although as you can see from this, my soul doesn't really go into them....

The central stamp is a Studio G one, the die cut hearts are Gummiapan dies and the card base is from a very old Craftwork cards goody bag.  I'd intended to just have the letters and hearts making a majestic sweep diagonally across the card, but it looked incomplete and the scattering of black gems made all the difference.

I am sharing this with
Watercooler Wednesday - CAS Love in red and white

Thursday, 19 January 2017

White on White

It's a White on White challenge at Sweet Stampin this week,  and here is the card I've made for it.

The embossed background is a Crafters Companion folder, the corners are from a very old Cuttlebug die set and the medallion is cut with a Spellbinders die set. The sentiment stamp is from a magazine freebie set that I've had for several years but never used before.

Playing with pretty papers

I've had a good rummage through my stash for this card, inspired by the Use 3+ 6x6 papers challenge at Use Your Stuff, and come up with one of those "Too gorgeous to use" pads we probably all have, simply called "Background papers 1" from Crafty Individuals. And I took a deep breath and started cutting.........

....... and stamping,  and embossing, and distressing, and matting and layering......

Sheet 1 is the background, sheet 2 the vertical rectangle and circle, sheet 3 the horizontal rectangle and the large butterfly/moth stamped on the remainder of the sheet (I used a second sheet of #3 to make a matching liner panel for the inside).

The large butterfly/moth is an old Graphicus stamp, stamped and embossed on the patterned paper  and the Thank You stamp is from Clarity. All the other beautiful butterflies and dragonflies are integral parts of the lovely papers, not stamped by me, so you can see why I was so reluctant to cut them!

I am sharing this with
Use Your Stuff - 3+ papers from a 6x6 pad
Little Red Wagon - Thank You
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Thank You  
Allsorts challenge - Wings on Things
Inkspirational - Flutter 
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fresh flowers

Today the sun is shining and if you ignore the thick layer of frost on the ground you could almost believe spring is on the way. And I've been crafting with spring colours.

The flower is a very old unmounted stamp from Raindrops on Roses (they were an American company I used to use in the 1990s - does anyone know if they are still around?). I stamped it all over and coloured it in using the Promarkers I got for Christmas, and following the colours of the inspiration photo at Addicted to Stamps and More this week.  Then I topped it with a sentiment stamped from a fairly new Crafters companion set.

I am sharing this with
Addicted to Stamps and More - Photo Inspiration
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - All over stamping