Sunday, June 25, 2017

Patchwork

I'm sharing a patchwork effect card I created from lots of small snippets of K&Co patterned papers, I'm sorry I can't for the life of me remember the name and because the pieces were quite small, there was no name left on the bottom strip.


The card base is 8x8 as anything smaller wouldn't give the white space I like.  I started by cutting the little bits of patterned paper into squares and rectangles, then took to the sewing machine to edge them very roughly and I left the end threads showing on purpose.  I arranged the snippets on my card first and took a photo when I was happy as a reference point.  


The butterflies were cut in black cardstock and attached to some bigger bits of the same paper and then fussy cut out and adhered using foam pads for a bit of lift.  I added a few paint splatters in various colours to match and bring the whole card together.  

Challenges - Pixie's Playground, Using Snippets

Supplies:  White 8x8 card base, K & Co patterned paper, MB Vivienne die, Inktense watercolour pencils, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and Hobby Craft clear gems.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

From the Cats!

A very quick card to post today, it was made for my husband from our two rescue cats, pictures opposite of the pair.

Both my husband and myself have children from previous relationships but sadly we don't have any together.  What we do have is our two cats that we adopted last Christmas when they were about five months old, after I lost my beloved 12 year old cat Lacie.  They were originally called Branston & Pickles but no way in hell was I shouting those names out at dinner time so we renamed them to Holly, obviously Christmas time and Loki because he really is the epitome of the Norse God of Chaos.

It was very quick to make, just a bit of stamping and colouring which gave me time to play with my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform... yay!



Supplies: Basic white cardstock, Stamping All Day sentiment, Little Claire Designs Silhouette Cats stamp, Inktense pencils, Whispers Royal Blue & Sunshine ink pads and Hobby Craft clear gems.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

ROAR!

I'm ashamed to say that these Basic Grey Dino stamps from the Archaic range that were purchased on release date probably some ten years ago have never been opened, let alone used until this week - shocking but I feel I might not be alone in that crafting crime!

I used them to create my father-in-laws Father's Day card, I don't really own many stamps/dies that can be used for masculine cards so I dragged out these to see what I could come up with.  When I sat down to craft, I had absolutely no idea where to begin with these dinosaurs but I did remember I had off-cuts of the matching paper range and thankfully it came together quite well, I think.


All of the off-cuts have been inked to within an inch of their lives and I incorporated some embossed cogs just because I wanted too.  The leaves were purposely cut out of green cardstock to make them pop and give a jungle feel, not sure dinosaurs roamed in the jungle but you get the feel :) - I added little dino tracks to the frame for a bit of fun.


A close up of the dinosaurs that were stamped in Distress Ink and then fussy cut out and you can see the little tracks.  Hopefully, my father-in-law won't think I'm secretly calling him a dinosaur, but he has a wonderful sense of humour so its all good :)

Challenges I'm Entering - Always Fun Challenges (Male/Dads)

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Basic Grey Archaic patterned papers & Dino stamps, Sizzix Garden Greens, Spellbinders frame and MB Hexagon dies, MM page fasteners, Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Gold embossing powder and the sentiment was a font downloaded.



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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Steampunk

With Father's Day just around the corner I thought I had better sit down and make a card for my wonderful step-dad, not easy as he's not really into sports or pints (as many male cards seem to slot every man into those two categories).  

Light bulb moment - cogs = Steampunk... perfect!  

This is what I came up with and its pretty much how I sketched it, unusual for me as I normally stray!



I did want the balloons to be more like the colour of medicine balls, a faux leather look but I kinda like the muted brown/orange colour they've dried too.



The cogs have been die cut onto Kraft card and embossed with an antique gold and copper embossing powder.  All of the papers have been inked heavily to create a rusty effect, replicating Steampunk - I hope :)

Entering - Daisy Chain Challenges - Monochromatic
                   Love to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes

Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Crafters Companion water coloured card, Kuretake pens, Sizzix Gearhead and MB Little Hot Air Balloon dies, Unbranded copper/antique gold embossing powders, MM eyelets, Stamping All Day sentiment, KaiserCraft gems and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo



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Monday, June 05, 2017

Smile

Phew, there doesn't appear to be enough hours in the day to do everything I'd like too but I did manage to make a card this morning which will work nicely with the snippets challenge over on Pixies Snippets Playground.

The last time I crafted, I discovered my 'Smile' stamp from Heidi Swapp as well as many other forgotten goodies.  I should perhaps loose items more frequently to uncover these little lost gems of craftiness.  Anyway I decided the next card made would feature the stamp and so it has...


I'm hoping the card makes you smile and as a cat lover I thought it would be cute to feature a little birdie and a cat watching a butterfly fly away. Everything on the card is from my box of scraps so it fits purrfectly into challenge :)


Supplies: White textured cardstock, Bazzill green cardstock, Heidi Swapp 'Smile' stamp, Spellbinders Springtime, Your Next Die Doubled Stitched Hills, Magnolia Paris Night (cat) and Sizzix Garden Greens dies, Stamps Away butterfly stamp, MFT Cloud stencil, Whispers blue ink pad and Hobby Craft clear gems.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daisies & Butterflies

Hello everyone,

Not had much time to make cards this last week due to the garden needing a little tlc, the hubby off work as well as a cheeky drink at the pub, well it would have been rude not too considering the weather screamed 'get outdoors' even if I did take that to mean the beer garden!

To get back into the swing of things I made a simple card this afternoon to check that the mojo is still intact... needs fine tuning I think.



My apologies for the photo, the light really wasn't the best so it looks a little washed out. Anyway, I wanted to keep to a minimum colour scheme as time was limited today, firstly I stamped the sentiment using Versafine and embossed with white, then water coloured a blue background.  Cut out the daisies, added a few leaves and butterflies for a more layered look with a few gems to finish. 

Although after seeing it sitting on the window sill, it looks like it needs an underwater theme rather than daisies, meh!



A close up of the sentiment, which is more visible than a camera and computer screen make it appear.  

Supplies: Basic white textured cardstock, Kuretake Clean Colour pens in shades of blue/yellow, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Penny Black Bashful Daisy & Sizzix Garden Greens dies, Martha Steward butterfly punch and HobbyCraft gems.  


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Peeping Hedgehog

Hello everyone,

In delight at seeing the sun finally this week, I decided to go for an outside theme and that can only mean rolling hills, puffy clouds, blue skies, a smiling sunshine, hot air balloons and furry friends so out comes my Hobby Art Forest Friends stamp set, I can't resist foxes or hedgehogs... just so darn cute!



I did have a whoops number with this card, I was too impatient for my stamping card to arrive and decided to use my watercolour paper instead, its OK but his eye and nose ended up a little smudged and in places my Kuretake pens bled, boo hoo!

The hedgehog in the set is in a full standing pose but I'd already made my mind up while hoovering that he was going to be cheekily hanging over the card edge.  To achieve that I just cut into the image either side and cut around his paws and nose and then carefully popped him into place.  I think he needs a little friend so my next card will more than likely feature a buddy for him... wait and see :)

I'm entering this card into two challenges both with the themes 'Anything Goes', one at Always Fun Challenges and the other at Daisy Chain Challenges

Supplies: Basic white & green cardstock, Hobby Art Forest Friends and October Afternoon tree/sentiment clear stamps, Simply Creative clear gems coloured with a Sharpie brown pen, Memory Box Puffy Cloud die, MFT Cloud stencil, Stazon Stone Grey and Brilliance Coffee Bean/pearlescent Ivy ink pads, Kuretake Clean Colour pens.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Embossing Folder Flowers

Hello everyone,

After my last post and my whoops #1 moment, I decided I liked the flowers fussy cut out from the embossed image and wanted to use them as the main focus of a card and ta'dah...



I used the same Cuttlebug Stylised Flowers embossing folder and chose an array of different coloured ink pads, I tried to keep it to a Spring/pastel palette.  Its a little time consuming keep cleaning and inking the folder for all the flowers and then the fussy cutting but it kept me occupied and quiet for sometime!



I added a few swirls underneath just to stop the flowerings looking like they were floating, matted it onto black cardstock to create the pop and added a sentiment, albeit after finishing, I realised it should be slightly further down... oh well once stamped no going back.

Supplies: Basic white & Black cardstock, Whispers Inks, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Cuttlebug Stylised Flower embossing folder, a few AB sequins and BoBunny Flourish stamps.  

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pink It Up!

Hello everyone,

I'm still playing with the Vivienne Butterfly die but decided to go totally over the top girly using glitter and pink, not my normal choice of colours by any stretch of the imagination and glitter is my Achilles heel, hate the stuff - love the look!



I decided to use the sellotape technique for the glitter, a quick explanation.  Cut out your image, turn it over and apply sellotape or the like, then fussy cut the excess tape off, turn over so sticky side facing up and cover with glitter, hey presto!  To finish the butterfly and keep the glitter from shedding everywhere, spray a coat of *sigh -   Elnette hairspray because I couldn't find the cheap brand I bought solely for that purpose, to put a positive spin on it... the card smelt divine :)

I will share with you my 'whoops moments'...

Whoops #1 - Cut the embossed background too small because I'm a crafter that refuses to measure anything, despite the fact it would clearly save me time and help to stop all my faffing!

Whoops # 2 - Changed the glue in the my glue gun and rushing to attach the leaves in the bottom left and not paying attention, my glue gun pooped way too much glue out and it become an unsightly blob - argh!



Idea, to cut out the embossed flower from my first whoops to cover up the second whoops and if I'm honest I prefer the card after numerous whoops... result!

I'm entering this card into Always Fun Challenges as it fits in perfectly with the dry embossing #6 challenge :)

Supplies: White card stock, Memory Box Vivienne and Country border dies, Sizzix Garden Greens die, Cuttlebug Stylised flowers embossing folder, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Whispers Grand Cranberry ink pad, Hobby Craft gems and unbranded glitter.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Vivienne Butterfly

Hello everyone,

Today, I'm taking the big step of entering my card into a challenge blog, namely Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Its with trepidation but I really fancy having a go so we'll see, who knows :)

So here is my card, the main focus is the butterfly from Memory Box that I paper pieced together from a tiny snippet of red cardstock, red being my favourite colour so I won't throw the tiniest bit away.  Actually, most of the card is made up from snippets of cardstock and paper from my scrapbooking days.



To give a little more definition to the butterfly and create a focal point I've raised it with 3D foam pads. I used a white Inktense watercolour pencil just to add a little detail to the ivy leaves and make them more realistic and less flat.



After yesterday's card, I am really pleased with how this one came out and it reminds of the Red Admiral butterflies I used to see as a child fluttering amongst the garden flowers.

Supplies: White linen cardstock, Black cardstock, Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly and Hexagon, Spellbinders Springtime, Sizzix Tim Holtz Garden Greens, Sizzix Daisy #2 dies, Stamping All Day sentiment stamp and Intense watercolour pencils.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

An Off Day!

Hello everyone,

I've been playing around with my Stylised Flower stamp from Indigoblu this week and although I love dandelions (apart from in my grass), this card quickly became a really stubborn weed.  Nothing I tried worked so in the end I gave up and just stuck it together, it will be my 'how not to made a card' in the future. 



Despite my dislike for the card, I thought I'd still share my 'off day' with you.  I must say my husband decided it was his favourite, bless him for trying but the card was doomed and I was more than a little fed up working on it.

Supplies: Black Bazzill card base and cardstock, smooth yellow cardstock, Indigoblu Stylised Flowers, Memory Box Country Borders die, Stamping All Day sentiment, unbranded antique gold embossing powder and Hobbycraft clear gems coloured with Sharpies.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Bashful #2

Hello,

Today I'm sharing another Penny Black bashful die card as the last one I did I was less than happy with it.  So second time lucky!



I've also changed the background using a Cuttlebug embossing folder with ink and I really like the effect and was so simple to do.



The sentiment this time is from Stamping All Day and stamped using Stazon Jet black and I'm much happier with the result.


The background was embossed but before that on the flat side of the folder I inked it with Whispers Green Green ink (yes it does wash off in soapy water) and run it through the BigShot to create a relief pattern.  I used Memory Box Country borders die just in a scallop style rather than the zigzags I used previously and everything else remains the same and I'm no longer niggled by anything!

Supplies:  White basic cardstock, Penny Black Bashful die, Whispers Green Green ink, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder and Stamping All Day sentiment.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Stylised Flowers

Today I'm sharing a very basic and easy card to complete with any stamps you have available.  



For my card I chose some Stylised Flowers from Indigoblu and a selection of Whispers inks to create the squares.




I stamped the Stylised Flowers in black first, then stamp directly over the flowers using the ink pads to create the squares, nothing too technical but don't do what I did and muddy your pad being too impatient.  I coloured some cheap clear gems with Sharpie pens in yellow, green and orange to compliment the squares and placed randomly.  Stamped the sentiment in the middle and there you have it, a simple yet effective card.

Supplies:  Basic white cardstock, Indigoblu Stylised Flowers, Whispers Inks in yellow sunshine, savoury green and orange, Hero Arts sentiment stamp.
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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Bashful

Hello there, yesterday I had fun playing with the Penny Black bashful die which is just the sweetest and had my Shasta daisies been in flower that may well have been the backdrop in the photo but alas.



I have one niggle with this card, the sentiment. I had a Hero Arts one in mind but I made the outside edge too small to fit it on perfectly so had to compromise, it looks OK, but...!



The music sheet I used is from an actual music book that I found in a charity shop.  If your lucky like I am and have an abundance of charity shops nearby its always worth a look and from experience always ask, I very nearly gave up on my quest when one of the ladies asked me what I was searching for on the floor in the corner.  After we spoke she disappeared and to my sheer delight came back with a huge pile of old, stained and grubby looking music books which I thought was absolutely perfect... she wasn't as convinced if the look on her face was anything to go by.  Enjoy your weekend.

Supplies: Basic white cardstock, Memory Box Country border and Penny Black Bashful dies, Heidi Swapp 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamp, Inktense pencils and a few cheap gems from HobbyCraft.
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Monday, May 01, 2017

Gorjuss Again

Hello there, today I have another Gorjuss card to share.  I'm really enjoying playing with the compendium gift set (Christmas present) even the decoupage, now that's something I didn't think I'd ever say. 

I'm still trying to jazz the girls up a bit and make them a little less Gothic looking while keeping it as true to Santoro as I can, I'll let you decide if I've managed to achieve that.


As with my previous card, this one also has a sewn border and I've no idea what the patterned paper is at the bottom, I found it rummaging through my 10 year old stash of paper scraps! The metal plaque is also from the Santoro range and I've added some leaf die cuts behind it just to lift the whole card and give some dimension.



The sentiment is from a cupcake set of rubber stamps, apologies I can't remember the manufacturer right now, even though I can see the packaging in my head.  I will find out next time I craft and add the details into my supplies list.

My favourite bit... the little apple, its too cute!

Supplies: Santoro decoupage, metal plaque and card base, BoBunny patterned paper (green), Bazzill card stock, Making Memories button brads, rik rak ribbon and Sizzix garden greens dies.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gorjuss

Gorjuss girls are just the sweetest little darlings and my wonderful husband bought me a little compendium full of Santoro papers and decoupage sheets for Christmas.  Now I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a decoupage fan and I do find the papers a little on the Gothic side.  However, I was determined to make use of my present and challenged myself in the coming months to use bright and cheery papers mixed with the dark colours associated with Santoro and the Gorjuss girls.



I started with a ready made card base in purple, added a lighter mat and matted that with purple, all were distressed and sewn together.  I decoupaged the little girl up, added a few flowers to the top corner with some tiny buttons and leaves, yes I know in black but I think it works, don't you?  A birthday sentiment with a tiny bow at the bottom and voila, my first Gorjuss card.

Supplies:  Santoro card base, purple paper, ready made bow, buttons and decoupage, Basic Grey patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Prima hydrangea flowers, Sizzix dies and Stampin Up birthday sentiment rubber stamp.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Washing Up Inspiration!

What's not to love about Easter, it falls in the lively season of Spring, loved ones are on holiday and its full to max of chocolate (fingers crossed), chicks and fluffy bunnies which leads me onto this years cards.

The first one is for my eldest son whose away at University (miss him terribly but that's another story, one Moms will understand completely).  Anyway I tried to keep it pretty simple so he's not too embarrassed to hopefully display it on his windowsill.



Supplies: Kraft & white cardstock, string, KaiserCraft gems, Hero Arts sentiment, Memory Box & Poppystamp dies.

The next one is identical using the same dies but I've added a little more colour using Inktense pencils to watercolour the sky and grass, incorporated a little green polka dot ribbon instead of string, the little butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch.



The last one is for my parents and I went for something completely different.  Spring is such a pretty time of year with gardens and flowers bursting into life and I was reminded of that earlier this week while was washing up. I'm lucky that my sink overlooks the garden making the chore of washing up slightly more bearable, when I noticed a tiny blue tit grabbing a few treats from the bird feeder which got me thinking and this was the result of that 'washing up inspiration'.  Its not traditional but I'm really pleased with the results.



Supplies:  Bazzill cardstock, BoBunny pattered papers, Spellbinders & Sizzix dies, Hero Arts sentiment and flower punches.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Indian Inspired

This week sees the birthday of my Father-in-Law and he has a huge interest in all things Native American, so inspired by his hobby I decided I'd try to replica a card with an Indian feel using feathers that were inked in browns & blacks, but not a dream catcher as I thought it might look too girly.  The edges were aged and torn a little and I gently rubbed the ink pad over the embossed image with black.

My Father-in-Law also loves reading and collecting postcards from that era and upon rummaging through my forgotten stash I discovered a Tim Holtz old postcard embossing folder, my hey presto moment and hopefully he'll like his Native American Indian card.



Supplies: Basic white card blank, Kraft cardstock, white feathers, buttons, string, Tim Holtz embossing folder, KaiserCraft gems.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mother's Day

Just a couple of cards that I've made for my lovely mom and my mother-in-law with a pastel feeling as Spring is just a week away.  For those not in the know the 1st day of Spring is on the 20th March when the vernal equinox takes place, how do I know this fact... simple I was either born on the last day of Winter or like this year, the 1st day of Spring.  I love my birthday :) 


Supplies: White cardstock, KaiserCrafts gems, Sizzix flower die, Memory Box butterfly and honeycomb dies


Supplies: White card 7x5", KaiserCraft gems, Pink Petticoat papers, random butterfly stamp and a flower punch

Well I'm back to doing tweaking and adjusting this blog until I'm happy with it, enjoy your weekend folks!
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

My New Blog

Well its been a number of years since I had a crafting blog and after a long break from crafting I have recently, thanks to my new husband's encouragement and much to my mothers delight started to craft again.  At the moment, I'm just posting to see how it looks and tweaking things here and there, but I will over the next week upload some cards.  It shouldn't take me too long to get to grips with things as I was once an avid blogger, scrapbooker and cardmaker.

So as a famous man once said... I'll be back!


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