Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It's April 25th....

... and that means that eight months today it will be Christmas Day! It also means that today is Rudolph Day at Scrappymo's, of course, so here is this month's Rudolph Day Christmas Card. 

For this card  I used a Darice folder to emboss the snowy sky and a die from an X-cut Build a Scene set for the village scene.
I stamped the sentiment onto vellum using Stazon ink and cut it out with fancy scissors then attached it by folding it over the die cut panel and sticking at the back. The stamp was a magazine freebie a few years ago and sadly like many of the freebies, it isn't great quality and has developed a split diagonally across the middle which I had to fill in on the stamped image with a permanent marker. I do love the freebies from magazines, they are often right up to the minute, but I suppose at the price they can't always be expected to last very long, it's just a bonus when one does!

I am sharing this with
Scrappymo's - Rudolph Day
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - White 
Use Your Stuff - Vellum  
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge  - use a building
Holly & Ivy - Anything Christmas goes

Scored sympathy

The current challenge at Less is More is "Bring something back"  and I dug out this lovely old Penny Black stamp which I've had for about 10 years. I seldom use it any more because it is wood mounted and I have a rather similar clear stamp which of course is so much easier to position. But it is too lovely to part with, and perfect for sympathy cards.

I stamped it in purple ink and heat embossed with clear powder, then used my Hougie Board to score a double frame around it. The sentiment is stamped with an Anna Griffin stamp and I used a Memory Box die to cut the butterfly.

I am sharing this with

Less is More - Bring something back
Sweet Stampin - Sympathy/Thinking of you
Just us Girls - Purple  

Magical Unicorns

I'm awfully behind with all the challenges I like to take part in - I hope the organisers don't think I've fallen out of love with them! But after spending several weeks travelling, I have been way, way behind with all my DT preparations so naturally those makes have had to come first, and also for the last 10 days or so mark and I have been battling with nasty colds, probably made worse than they might have been by the cold soaking we got in Seville.

Anyway, I'm starting to play catch up now and things are heading back to normal. And my first "real time" make is a card for my granddaughter, whose 6th birthday is next week.

Naturally for a 6 year old, lots of sparkle and bling is the order of the day and unicorns are compulsory! The papers are a mixture of foiled and glittered sheets from a First Edition Pick'nMix pad which has been in my "too nice to cut into" box for far too long.

I am sharing this with
Shopping Our Stash - Mythical and magical
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

World Book Day at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is World Book Day.

I've chosen to depict the book Treasure Island.

My "Long John Silver" is the digi Pirate Pete from Dr Digis, coloured in with Promarkers. I've used a map printed out from The Best of la Pashe 2012 and  distressed it to make it look ancient - and then brought the whole thing into the 21st century because instead pf pieces of eight, ducats or doubloons, for my "treasure" I have added a pile of B!tcoin - I simply copied a picture several times and then cut them out. (I've changed the I in the name to a ! in the hope I won't get loads of spam comments from the bots that trawl blogs looking for That Word!)

  I am sharing  this with Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers : X is for Xyloid

It's X is for Xyloid at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers today.

And what the heck, you may well ask (I certainly did, even though I'm a former Scrabble player and it would have scored me lots of points) is xyloid? It's just Edna's word for WOOD.

To make my card, I took a  woodgrain background sheet from The Best of La Pashe 2012 into Craft Artist  and added sentiments to two of the planks, then printed it out and cut off  the planks with the sentiments and a couple more, and used the rest as a mat for card lightly stencilled with a woodgrain effect.

I cut up the separate planks with deckle edged scissors to give a roughly chopped look and stuck them randomly over the background with the sentiments as the focal points, then gave the planks some "personality" with tiny googly eyes and hand drawn mouths.

Finally I added screw headed brads to the corners.

Now let's have a look at YOUR Xyloid creations when you hop over to see what the other sistahs have made and then link up your own work - you never know, you may be cworned Queen or Princess of Snark.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Back to Basics - a brand new challenge!

A brand new challenge starts today - and I'm excited to be on the design team.

The challenge is called Back to Basics and Beyond  and new challenges will be posted every two weeks on a Wednesday. Each challenge will feature a different technique, from long-forgotten ones to bang-up-to-date ideas to help us all to broaden our crafting repertoire, and we hope that this means they will appeal to both novice and experienced crafters.

Our first challenge is a very familiar technique to most of us - matting and layering.

I've used a very old Artylicious stamp which I coloured in with pencils then masked and overstamped with bare twigs, then removed the mask and finished with a grassy foreground. I then chose three colours from the image and used them for matting and layering on both the image and sentiment, finally adding a finished touch of die cut corners and candi.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Wuff trade

Today I've been playing with the Little Claire "We 6 dogs" stamp.

I've only added a touch of colour to it for this card, and paired it with some dotty and stripey papers from my stash, bright pink ribbon and buttons and a computer generated sentiment to make a get well card.

I am sharing this card with

Just Us Girls - Black & White Stripes

Cardz 4 Galz - Black & White plus 1 bright colour 

Next I made a much more colourful card using the same image

The Happy Birthday background is a piece of very old paper from Craft Creations and the patterned paper from last month's Making Cards magazine.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark
Sweet Stampin' - Animals 

And now the two together

I am sharing the duo with

The Library Challenge - 101 Dalmatians because although the stamp does include a Dalmatian, the book cover in fact features a whole range of dogs
Dodie Smith 101 Dalmatians book cover.jpg
Twofer Challenge - Pets  (Go on, you were all expecting me to use a cat image for this month's Twofers, weren't you?)