Friday, 31 October 2014

My first ever blog candy!

Onions and Paper is 2½ years old yet I've never given away any candy - which considering how much I love competitions in my "other life" is very remiss of me!

But that's all about to change, because the lovely Gill (who I first met through our love of competitions) from FoilPlay  has offered me FIVE  Kanban lucky dip packs to give away. Each pack will contain around 20 sheets and be a mixture of Christmas and everyday designs.

Every pack will be different, but the pictures give you an idea of the scrumptious selection that was in the pack that Gill very kindly sent to me. You could get toppers:

or even a sheet containing everything you will need to make a complete card:

I reckon I'll be able to make at least 40 card from my pack of goodies. If you'd like the chance to get your hands on a pack, follow the instructions below:

Click on the blue button to add your name and email address. As I know a lot of you who read this don't have blogs of your own, I've not made the blog URL field compulsory - but if you DO have a blog, whatever you blog about, I'd love it if you included it so I can pop over and say hello!

Please only enter once, if you enter more than once, only one entry will be counted.

Because of the cost of postage, this candy is only open to UK residents.

The giveaway will close on  October 31st at midnight and this post will remain pinned to the top of the blog until then (scroll down if you want to see what's happening in between times!). I'm hoping that the linky will allow me to contact the winners by email but I've never used one before, so just in case it doesn't, please, please PLEASE check back here on November 1st when the winners names will be announced. As an extra aid to help me contact you, it would help me a lot if you leave your name and Twitter name in the comments.

Because it's my first candy, and open to non-bloggers as well as bloggers, I'm not going to make any sharing or following compulsory - but also because it's my first, I'd really like word spread far and wide, so please DO consider sharing this with your friends, mentioning it on your blog or Facebook page or on any forum s you belong to.

And if you'd like to follow me, using the Bloglovin, GFC or email sign up options on the right, I'd love you forever!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

It's spooky!

It's almost Halloween - so the latest challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is "It's spooky - Halloween"

I'm having problems with Blogger so I hope this works..... I'm playing along with Halloween at The Male Room and Halloween at Make My Monday

We've never really bothered much with Halloween in our family, so I don't have any suitable stash - no stamps, no dies, no stickers and no toppers. But I did have a set of papers in purple, black, orange and white which are very "Halloweeny" colours so I set out to have a look around the internet to see what help I could find.

I'd already spotted a great idea for making a cobweb from glitter glue on the Purple Pumpkin Blog, and wanted to give it a try, so I printed off the template and followed the simple instructions to make a gorgeous purple sparkly cobweb.

Next, I searched for  suitable digis. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on one that I'd probably never use again, so I was delighted to find a blog entirely devoted to listing and linking to free digis. Free Digital Stamps is going to be the first place I look in future! This time it told me about the ghost pennant cutting file available at Bird's Cards. This is meant for an electronic cutting machine, but there is a pdf file available so I printed that out at 70% to give a pennant that would fit comfortably on an A5 card. Then I cut out the image and mounted it on to black card. I didn't go as far as cutting out the eye and mouth holes, I just coloured them in with a black marker and also used the marker to cover any uneven bits of the cut edges. Which made me realise that it would have been much easier if I'd simply coloured in the spaces rather than cutting them out!

With some of my chosen papers matted and layered behind the pennant and cobweb, here is my spooky card

To finish it off, I used Word to create a greeting for the inside. There are some real treasures tucked away in the borders section of the programme, and along with the delightfully named font "Fluffy Slacks BTN" which I got from a magazine's free cover disc, it only took moments to create this:

I'm experimenting with sharing a Word document on line, so if you'd like to print the insert page to use in your own card, this link just might work  - I hope it does. In my own tests it came up with the bat border but a slightly different font - feel free to play around with it once you've downloaded it!

Perfect to send to your boyfriend this Halloween!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Snowy Sky

I once saw a background something like this in a craft magazine and have been "going to get around to" trying it ever since. The "Make your own background" challenge at Craft Room Challenge finally gave me the impetus I needed.

I started with a piece of white card the same size as my base card (so that I could later trim it to size, removing any edges that had got messy where I'd been holding the card) and stamped small swirls and clusters of snowflakes all over using clear ink embossed with clear embossing powder. If you wanted a more strongly defined look, you could use white instead of clear.

I then sponged all over in various shades of blue dye inks, ranging from a slightly  purply one to a turquoisey one, and keeping the darker shades mostly towards the outside. I buffed the whole surface hard with a tissue to remove any stray ink from the embossing, then gave it a blast with the heat gun to make sure it was completely dry.

Next I stamped all over in white ink with a stamp of tiny random dots. You could use a Versamark  pen to give a similar effect. I sprinkled this with hologram embossing powder. Then I stamped the larger snowflakes in silver ink and sprinkled them with silver embossing powder. I didn't heat-set the hologram powder before I did this, partly because hologram powder burns easily and wouldn't like to be heated a second time, and partly because I wanted a tin y bit of the silver to be picked up by any dots that hadn't been fully saturated with hologram powder, just to give it a little extra sparkle. So both lots of stamping were heated at the same time.

After trimming the edges, all the card needed to finish it off was a little ribbon and a die cut snowflake.

I've photographed it in several different light conditions as each seemed to emphasise a different aspect of the background.

A quick Christmas card

Still speed-crafting before I go away for a week, here's a very quick Christmas card. I've used toppers from two Buzzcraft sheets, intended to be for a waterfall card, available from Foil Play. The border is from one of the sheets. The red metallic twine is from an unopened pack I found in the bottom of a drawer while searching for a replacement Xyron cartridge for use on the card in my previous post. It was a whole selection of festive twines and braids, languishing unused for goodness knows how long because for some reason I'd filed it under "adhesives" rather than "Christmas". Goodness knows why, but it meant there was a lovely surprise waiting for me.

I've based it on this sketch from Completely Christmas Challenge
And thanks to my long-lost twine, I'm playing along with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Use something forgotten  or never used  and Oldie But a Goodie - Christmas

Just buzzing by

This week the challenge at Less is More is Little Creatures and Addicted to CAS it is Vellum. I'm off to spend a week with my Mum tomorrow and will have no crafting goodies with me and very little internet access, so I wanted to make a quick card that would work for both challenges.

I'd spotted this tiny bee stamp when I was sorting out a box of neglected stamps the other day - I've had it for years and I think it came from an American company called Raindrops on Roses. I've got lots of odds and ends of vellum but I hardly ever use it. The blue and green I've used for the grass and sky were actually card inserts, with a printed greeting on them (I've used the greeting from one piece inside the card). The "right" side is smooth and shiny, but the "wrong" side has little ridges that I think gives more interest to the card. I'd run out of specialist vellum adhesive so I put everything through the Xyron to give it an even layer of adhesive so that there would be no "glue lines"

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn Leaves (again)

You could be forgiven for thinking that I have a bit of an obsession with autumn leaves, and if you looked through my collection of rubberstamps and the colours of my inkpads, your suspicions would be confirmed. But really, how could I NOT have when they make the garden look as beautiful as this?

This time I have used a double sided stamp. One side stamps the leaf and the other the veins. For the leaf, I used a very old Adirondack rainbow pad, Cabin Fever, that is so old the colours have more or less merged, giving a very subtle variation in shade that is really useful at this time of year! The veins are embossed with an ultra-fine gold embossing powder. To give the card texture and interest without adding  any more layers, I embossed just the right hand side of the front with a Darice Autumn Leaves embossing folder.

I'm joining in with:
Less is More - One Layer, two ( stamped leaves)
Ooh La La Creations - Inspired by Nature  (you can see my inspiration photo at the top of the post)
CAS on Sunday - Embossing (a double whammy, both heat and dry embossing)

Delving in my bits box....

.... I came across this metallic butterfly embellishment that I've been hoarding for years. So long, in fact, that it's  actually starting to show some brown patches of corrosion. What to do - throw it away? Try to colour it to hide the brown? Or perhaps celebrate the colour variation by using it on a card that featured co-ordinating shades? As so many of my odds and ends are in the brown/green colour families, I decided that was the way forward. So here we are - everything on this card apart from the blue chevron pattern washi tape and the base card itself is left over from some other project. The butterfly strip along the top is just an offcut of silver mirri card, carefully positioned in a folder before embossing.

Now it's all assembled, I wish I'd had a little more of the turquoise card and layered the two tags onto it to lift then out from the background a little more.

I'm playing along with

Snippets Playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop
Butterfly challenge 16 - Butterfly and a tag