Monday, 28 July 2014



This week's code word at Addicted to CAS is Celebrate

I've used a Hot Off The Press stamp (you'll probably recognise it, it was part of a very popular QVC kit a few years ago) for the word. The tiny star stamp is an anonymous unmounted stamp I found in the bottom of my Christmas bits box.  

Pink and purple


I know that pink and purple are a lot of crafters' favourite colours, but they are not really "me" at all. Which is why I've had a lovely piece of purple corrugated card hanging around for absolutely YEARS. I've kept saying to myself that I should use it, but nothing ever made me want to go quite purple enough. Until I saw this week's photo inspiration at Addicted to Stamps and More

So I went to grab my lovely piece of card, I went straight to the place where it lives - and it wasn't there. I have turned my card storage boxes out and searched thoroughly but there's no sign of it. Either I've used it without noticing or it's been eaten by a poltergeist. I reckon the latter is more likely.
But never mind, it gave me a chance to play with my new set of Spellbinders tag dies, and to dig out a very old and much-loved Linda Luckin stamp to go with it. I stamped the image once onto the card and again onto scrap card to cut out the images to add to the tag. It was gloomy this morning and I had to use flash, which has given the purple card a reddish tinge - actually it's almost exactly the same shade of purple as the tiny flowers!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

More food, glorious food

Here is the second food-inspired card I made today. This time is isn't a Christmas card! I've used an image and paper from the Joanna Sheen "Viva la Diva" CD. I've had this CD for several years and only used it a handful of times. I find it quite difficult to be creative with it, because each image speaks so clearly for itself that really all they need is to be printed out and stuck on the front of a card. However by using a second image to create a 3-D decoupage effect and making the card into a stepper card (my Hougie board is having a busy weekend!) , I think I've managed to inject a personal touch into the card.

This is my second card for the Food, Glorious Food challenge at CD Sundays, and I am also joining the Fruit and Veg challenge at Oldie But A Goodie as the CD is several years old.

Food Glorious Food

This week at CD Sundays the challenge is Food Glorious Food. I spent a lovely morning browsing through my CDs and finally narrowed it down to two designs that I wanted to use. I really couldn't decide between them so I printed out both and have made two cards.

Here is the first - sticking with my current Christmas card making craze, I used a topper and papers from the La Pashe CD "Christmas with the Wrinklies". The drumstick "embellishments" were cut from the paper that I used for the inside. Custom-sized gatefold cards are an absolute doddle to make with a Hougie board!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Another Christmas card

It's been so hot and steamy here, I think my urge to make Christmas cards has come from a need to think about cold, frosty mornings!

I'm not sure why robins are so closely associated with Christmas - the one in charge of our garden is around all day and has been ordering us around as usual today. But here are some robins I've made into a Christmas card, using a stamp that was a cover mount on a craft magazine a couple of years ago. The lines are added with a gel pen, the pom poms with Liquid Pearls and the fur trims with glitter glue.

I'm joining in with:

Less is More - Anything Goes  (I really think I should have done a birthday card this week as it's Chrissie's birthday, but my crafting head is firmly buried in the snow!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Cute

Tobogganing fun

Another card made mostly from rummaging in my bits box - the image is one I printed out from a magazine CD last Christmas time and the background paper is from a Hot Off The Press Christmas kit from years ago. The pine cones and branches are cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die.

I'm joining in

Christmas Cards All Year Round - non-traditional colours
Winter Wonderland - On The Move
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Cute
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - July

Rummaging in the bits box

Every year I tell myself that I don't need to buy any new Christmas craft stash, and every year I give in and buy some. And whatever I buy, there always seems to be some of it left, so I have a lovely festive bits box to rummage in when I'm looking for inspiration. And that means I had lots of things to play with for the current Clear It Out Challenge - Christmas in July using Glittery, Sparkly things from stash.

Some of the elements of this card must have been lurking in that box for over 10 years!