Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Christmas in July at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's time for our Christmas in July challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. We'd love to see what Christmas cards you are making for your menfolk!

I've made a snowman out of die cuts.



I used the largest die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 set, but it would work with any rectangular shape that can stand freely.
I cut two black and two white labels, and scored one of the white ones 2cm from the top and stuck the top area to the other white one, to create the standing card.
One of the black labels was cut in half across the middle widthwise, to form the top of his hat, and the other just before the middle lengthwise to form the brim.
Once you have the basic snowman, you can decorate him however you like - I added a snowflake to his hat, cut with a magazine freebie die, and for his face used googly eyes, candi and a snippet of orange card for his carrot nose.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - use a die cut
Fab 'n' Funky - shaped cards
Glitter and Sparkle - Anything Goes
Cut it Up - Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes    

Monday, 17 July 2017

Landscapes at Ooh La La Creations

Our new theme is ready at Ooh La La Creations Challenge and this time we would like to see a landscape on your work.



I've made a gatefold card with most of the interest on the inside. I used the Carnival of Colour CD, available here. The paper on the outside panels looks textured, doesn't it? But actually it's perfectly smooth, it is clever shading in the design that makes it look that way.

For the wide panorama on the inside I printed out an A5 design sheet, but at A4 so that it came out much larger. Then I layered it onto blue-grey paper. Sticking it right across the creases of the card would have made it pucker, and have made the card difficult to close, so I cut across the panorama just short of where the fold was to lie, leaving that little space each side of the fold to enable the card to close properly.

The sentiment is tamped with a Dovecraft stamp.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Orange butterflies

We're still not seeing many butterflies in the garden this year - last time I mentioned it, some of you said you were seeing a lot and others are having the same experience as us. I suppose the upside of it is that there haven't been many caterpillars eating Mark's plants, though!


To make the butterflies, I brushed water all over a piece of watercolour paper then sprinkled with Brusho crystals - mainly orange, but with a few patches of yellow and red. When dry, I stamped the IndigoBlu butterfly and cut them out leaving a narrow border. They are stuck with 3D glue onto black and orange card, and the sentiment stamped with a magazine freebie stamp.

I am sharing this with

Butterfly challenge - Matching pairs/orange peel (a pair of butterflies)
Alphabet challenge - I for insects
Cardz for Galz - Butterflies
Shopping our Stash - CAS
CAS Watercolour - Butterfly  
Watercooler Wednesday - All about birthdays

Paris revisited

A few weeks ago, I made a card using papers and embellishments printed out from the Debbi Moore CD "Shabby Chic - Paris" and mentioned at the time that I had printed far more than I needed and would be able to make several more cards.

Well  I popped those papers into a plastic wallet to keep them looking fresh, and then promptly forgot about them - at least, until I read that the latest theme at Make My Monday is Travel. So out they came ......

Celebration at CD Sundays

Our new challenge theme at CD Sundays is Celebration, so we want to see something made for a special celebration - and of course we want to see something from a CD on your card.


I've used one of the digis from the Polkadoodles CD Work & Play Collection #9 - Love and Kisses, which I have coloured in with Promarkers, plus a gel pen for the tiara. The sentiment is computer generated and the background is a textured card from Bazzill.

I am sharing this with
Polkadoodles challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
A bit more time to craft - Anything Goes

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Little white dog

The very first film I ever saw at the cinema was Tommy Steele's "Little White Bull" and the tune of the theme song goes through my head every time I see a small white animal. Just thought you'd like to know that, since there's a little white dog on the card.

The current theme at Jingle Belles is a photo challenge :

 
I've used the colours, the snowflakes and that little white Scotty dog as my inspiration, and the fireplace shape reminded me of the X-cut doorway die set.
 
 
I first cut the doorway out of the blue card then embossed it with a brickwork ef,  then backed it with yellow card. Then I cut the door shapes from white and cream and inlaid them into the space I had cut the doorway from in the blue. The fence panels and dog are cut from the same die set, the sentiment is a Craftwork Cards one and the snowflakes, made of stiffened non-woven fabric, are from my stash.
 
Oooh that has given me an idea..... somewhere I still have lots of iron on interfacing from my dressmaking days. I wonder what it's like for stamping and/or diecutting? I feel an experiment coming on!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Penguin parade

Ok, confession time - I've had these lovely penguin stamps for a couple of years now and they've never seen ink before, in fact the rubber was still uncut. They really deserved to come out to play before now, didn't they?

 
I stamped them, coloured them with Promarkers, cut them out by hand and then added die cut scalloped circles to back them.
 
For the background, I took a DL card and stamped the snowflake and the sentiment all over it at random, then daubed Cosmic Shimmer Blending Ink around the edges (strange stuff, this, although it is called Blending Ink and says it works well on porous surfaces, I find it doesn't actually blend very well at all, distress inks seem to behave much better for me).  The border around the edge is made by applying very narrow double sided tape all around the edge, exposing the sticky surface and shaking on clear glitter, to give sparkle without concealing the detail beneath it.
 
I am sharing this with:
 
Use Your Stuff - all creatures great and small 
Winter Wonderland - Penguins 
Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Snowflakes

Dad's tool shed

The current theme at The Male Room is texture, and I've used lots of texture on this card.


The  background is a cream woven-textured card from a DCWV stack and the "wood" panel is made by using a woodgrain stencil and embossing paste on a kraft background then sponging over it with Imagination Crafts Starlight metallic paint in brown and Alchemy Wax in copper and gold. As you can see, the paint "takes" better on the raised areas while the wax takes better in the recessed ones. which emphasises the grain of the wood.

The tools are cut with First Edition Tools dies.

Posting a Christmas Card

I love this sweet little stamp that was a freebie with a magazine about 4 years ago. Several friends and I make a point of always exchanging letter box themed Christmas cards and it is perfect for the occasion.


I've added papers from my festive stash, die cut snowflake, poinsettia and ivy and a scarp of ribbon. The image is coloured with Promarkers.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Snowflakes 
The Holly and The Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes
Always Fun challenge - anything goes 

Monday, 10 July 2017

That carnation again

You may remember the other day I used a carnation stamp but felt it would have looked better  stamped in gold on a dark background instead of being used as an outline to colour.

Well here it is, and I'm much happier with the result:



 There's a joint challenge at AAA Cards and Less is More this fortnight, the theme being a one layer card with a coloured base, so I am joining in with this card.

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and I am also sharing with The Flower Challenge - Embossing heat/dry

Queen Bee

I just love these new bee stamps from Craft Consortium - I got them last week, and haven't got the matching papers (yet) but I couldn't wait to play with the stamps.


I've made a very CAS card by using a yellow card base, stencilling a honeycomb in one corner then stamping three of the bees and the sentiment, and highlighting the wings with a white gel pen.

There's a joint challenge at AAA Cards and Less is More this fortnight, the theme being a one layer card with a coloured base, so I am joining in with this card.

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And I am also sharing this with the Alphabet Challenge - I for Insects

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Revisiting Craft Asylum Candy

This week there's an inspiration photo at Sweet Stampin  and as soon as I saw the pretty pastel colours and the chevron tiles, I was reminded of the Craft Asylum Candy papers, both 6" and 12" pads, that were languishing part used in the bottom of my stash box and probably hadn't seen daylight for a couple of years, so I lifted them out and got a little bit carried away!

First of all, here  is the card I made for the Sweet Stampin challenge


I stamped the hearts and sentiment onto one of the label panels from the smaller pad and layered them together with a border from the same pad onto a card covered with the small heart paper. The pennant is a die cut from the larger pad and the flowers are made with snippets from both pads, stamped with a flower that was a magazine freebie many years ago, fussy cut and with enamel dots for centres.

Tucked into the back of the smaller pad were absolutely masses of snippets, so next I die cut a whole load of circles of different sizes, used some of them to back sentiments from the die cuts in the larger pad, and added to a pink background along with a border from the small pad.


Some of the elements are stuck directly on to the background, others raised with foam pads.

There were still lots of snippets left, so I looked to Pinterest for inspiration, where I found the card that I CASEd for this next one. I would credit the original artist, but for some reason instead of giving the blog or site it came from as Pinterest usually does, it just said "Source: Instagram". Instagram's a blooming big place and I couldn't face scrolling through a few billion pictures just to find a single one, so whoever you are, thank you for the idea!


Again, one of the die cuts from the large pack has been used, this time with a die cut scalloped circle. The squares are cut from snippets of the patterned papers and the butterflies punched from snippets of the plain ones, and the pennants stamped onto another plain blue snippet.

I am going to enter the two snippets cards as a pair, making a single entry to Pixie's Snippets Playground, because I can't decide which I prefer.


Finally I did something I almost never do, an exact copy of a card - well, almost exact, except that I made the "minor" adjustment of changing the background from white to black, which I think completely alters the look of the card. I saw the original on the Craft Asylum Blog (sadly like the company, now defunct, but at least the blog is still visible) - you can see it here.


I think swapping out the white background for black makes the embellishments - all from the die cuts in the large pad - and the stamped sentiment really pop and means it would be suitable to send to a man.

Well, I've had a blast reliving these old papers - and still have plenty more left to use. But until next time I get struck by an inspiration particle, it's heading back into the stash box (oh go on then, I'll be honest, boxES ) for now. Apart from those stamps, I'd forgotten just how useful they are!

Brown Butterfly

I don't know about you, but we seem to have far fewer butterflies than usual in the garden this year, despite the glorious weather. Even our Buddleia (the bush that I call "Eileen's Buddleia" as it was planted in memory of one of my Grapevine readers, at the request of her husband) has hardly had any butterflies visiting.

The least spectacular, but often most interesting, butterflies are the kind I refer to generically as "little brown jobs" and today's card is a tribute to all of those.


The image is stamped using an old Stampington stamp (the date on it is 2007) called Elegant Butterfly. I stamped it onto some vintage floral patterned paper then die cut a circle and distressed the edges with ink and an edging tool before mounting it on a brown doiley. I then stamped the centre of the image three more times and fussy cut the butterflies to use when finishing the card.

A stamped sentiment, vintage style ribbon, embossed card panel and more of the vintage paper are all distressed and layered together to complete the card.

I am sharing this with:
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine Anything Goes 
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Sketch 

Cardz 4 Galz - Butterflies 
Mix it Up - Anything goes & Distressing
Country View Crafts - Things With Wings
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge - Anything Goes   
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Bright carnation

Earlier this week I had to go into hospital for a procedure, and it left me feeling pretty drained for a few days, so Mark bought me a lovely bunch of carnations to cheer me up. The colouring of them was really unusual, yellow petals with very bright red tips, and that's what I've tried to capture in this card.


The carnation stamp is a very old but NBUS one, which I think was a Linda Luckin design - I must have had it about 10 years. I think it's perhaps a bit heavy to be coloured in like this, I'm going to try it again stamped and embossed in gold on a dark background - burgundy, green or black - when I think it will look more striking. But I've captured the colour of those carnations!

I am sharing this with
Addicted to Stamps  - CAS
CAS on Friday - Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Flowers

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Being naughty AND nice.

I have to confess that my heart sank when I saw this month's challenge at Naughty or Nice - the theme is "If the shoe fits"  and I am simply not a shoe person. I never wear them indoors, and outdoors it's FitFlop sandals in summer, FitFlop boots in winter. I've not owned a pair of heels for at least 30 years, and don't see the appeal of them.

All that means I don't have any show related stash - then I remembered that a year or two back, the lovely Monika Reeck took pity on me when I mentioned that, and sent me some images and sentiments that she had stamped, so here, thanks to Monika, is my Nice card.


I chose some funky metallic card for the background and watercoloured the shoes to match then fussy cut then and cut the sentiment with a stitched ovals die.

But I couldn't NOT make a naughty card, even though I had no show images, because one thing I DO have is this great Dylusions sentiment stamp that I like to use at every opportunity.


I teamed it with an image from a download I won from a now-defunct challenge (Suzy Bee's, I think) and look, the model IS wearing shoes so it's sort of OK! Added a background embossed with a Santoro Hears folder and lightly sanded, and added a lios brad and some heart pearls.

I think this is the kind of catty card you could only send to your BFF. Oh, and now I've blown the image right up on the screen, I can see that very faintly around the hem of her, ahem, dress, you can see the words "Sorry, wrong number". Haha!

Kids at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

It's time for our new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers  and the theme Edna has chosen for us this time is Kids.
 
Image may contain: 10 people, people standing and text
 
 
Today my card isn't particularly snarky but it did take me a long way out of my comfort zone, as it is the first time I have ever made a card that is completely created digitally - I used  Serif Craft Artist and  the wonderful Science Time bundle from Kate Hadfield designs.
 
 

The story behind this card is that I have made it for my granddaughter's 8th birthday. She loves all things scientific, and we've bought her a microscope for her present this year, so I wanted to make a card to go with it.

I'd already got to grips with importing, copying and resizing images, but I still had a lot to learn - first of all arranging the layers so that the images I wanted actually appeared at the front (at one stage I had the background in front and it took me ages to get it back to the back!), and then adding shadows to the girl and microscope to give the look of depth.

Even when I'd finished, I still wasn't 100% happy with the FLATNESS of it - I'm not used to making flat cards unless they are CAS one layer cards - so I printed the image a second time, fussy cut  the girl and microscope, and added them using a small layer of Pinflair glue to raise them off the card.

I would like to share this with
The Paper Shelter - Going Digital
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Beside the Sea at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's time for our new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and today the theme is Beside the Sea.

I've used one of the Pickles and Podge design sheets from the CD "The Best of La Pashe 2012" and the blue stripe paper from the CD "The Paula Oakley Collection" from Ooh La La Creations.


Note to self - when cutting out decoupage that has fiddly "inny" bits, always remember to cut those out before cutting the actual piece.

I didn't think about it when I was making it, but the colours I've chosen are particularly significant for my American friends today - Happy 4th of July to you!

I am sharing this with 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, where the theme is always anything goes as long as it includes a creature.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Poinsettias

I love this poinsettia die, which was free with a magazine a year or so back. I've not yet tried using it in other colours, I think it looks so lovely in traditional ones, but then wouldn't it look lovely in pink with silver leaves, or on a white-on-white card?


All that was needed to complete the card was a little washi tape and a peel off greeting.

I am sharing this with
Little Red Wagon - three of a kind
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - use some Washi tape
52 Card Throwdown - Sketch


Anniversary at Ooh La La Creations

For our new challenge at Ooh La La Creations we would like to see an anniversary card.

I've made my card using the Shawn Jenkins Collection CD, available here - the image and papers are called Love, from the Occasions section of the CD.


I added a stamped sentiment and some pearls and gave the image extra dimension but cutting out the butterflies and the word "Love" from the second image on the sheet and adding them with Pinflair glue.

I used some of the leftover bits to decorate the inside of the card too.


I am sharing this with
A Bit more time to craft - Anything Goes
Butterfly Challenge - Vermilion
Just us Girls - Celebrate  

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Up the Garden Path at CD Sundays

It's time for our new challenge at CD Sundays, and today our theme is Up The Garden path, chosen by Margaret.


This is an arched card, made using a design sheet from the Debbi Moore CD "Shabby Chic Enchanted garden".  I stuck the main image to my blank card and cut it to shape, then used the frame from the sheet to add depth, using foam pads to raise it from the card. I added a die cut branch, fabric flowers and die cut leaves, along with one of the sentiments from the design sheet.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The sound of leather on willow

I was very pleased to hear yesterday that cricket is to return to BBC television - not being great sports fans, we've not got any of the paid sports channels it appears on, and summer just isn't summer without cricket.

Back in my school and university days I was a scorer and then an umpire, but I don't think I could explain the LBW rule to you any more.


I made the topper for this card with a sheet of green self adhesive flock paper (I think it is sold for modellers to use as grass) and printed decoupage and border that was in a magazine several years ago. I finished it with the well known appeal cry of "Howzat?" (in this case, pretty obviously Not Out) stamped with individual letters - I know that with these, however carefully I try to like them up they never come out straight, so instead of fiddling around with a ruler and post it notes I went straight for the wonky look. And I tried to make those three question marks look like shattered wickets. Maybe you'll only get that if you're a cricket fan too.

I have made this card to share at Allsorts Challenge where this week's theme is A Question of Sport.

Ornament at Sparkles Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas, and this time our these is Ornament. You could make a hand made Christmas ornament, or make a card featuring one. I've chosen to make a card.


I've used four different papers from a stack of retro papers (no brand name shown on it) that I won in one of Crafty Hazelnut's challenges earlier this year,  then added a matching ornament by using a Cuttlebug die to cut the bauble and bow, running the bauble through the Swiss Dots embossing folder to give it texture, then adding a topper of a circle and snowflake cut with Spellbinders dies.

I am sharing this with:
Dies R Us - Layers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - July
Fab'nFunky - Crackers for Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - Non traditional Christmas colours
Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes