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27 Nov 2015


I'm all at sixes and sevens this week
and late getting this posted.
Both our laptops had an overhaul this past weekend
and only mine rebooted successfully when we got them back home.
The Doc's is in bits at the moment and so is The Doc without it.
Using mine to do everything on.

I made this card for the second week of my
The challenge closes next Tuesday at 8pm
so still plenty of time left.
Here is my inspiration for you.

I  recently took an online class for different card folds
to find some new ideas and this is one of the shapes made.
Trifold Angled Front Card.
Very simple design to cut , the fiddly bit being all the layers.
I used a fairly thin sheet of yellow card for my base so layering it up 
helped make the card more sturdy.
I found two sheets of coordinating design paper in my stash
that were also double sided with plain mottled on the reverse
so this gave me the 4 papers element . I also used 4 paper roses on the front.
Paper was a freebie from Simply Homemade magazine
called  ' Simply British''.
Flowers /lace from my stash.

1st fold opened showing the two patterned designs.
The card closure was made using SU Modern labels punch
which I cut twice and glued back to back with holes punched 
either end with ribon threaded through and trimmed  to size.
Britania word die used to create 'Friend' cut twice
and layered up and glued in place.

Card fully opened showing the pink and yellow
matching papers.
The embossed centre piece was made using Sizzix 656982 
Butterfly migration set EF.
Papers were cut using a combination of Xcut 
'Ornate  Frame' and Parenthesis.

Butterfly element is the charm and the EF
used on the inside. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots# Spots or dots  (plenty of those on paper).
Use your Stuff #201. Lots of layers. (each side of card is layered and the back)
Cuttlebug Mania # Embossing. (I used my manual big shot with the EF.)
Everybody Art #346 Embellishments. (On front of card.)
Shopping Our Stash. #229 No stamping and no Digis allowed.
Pile It On  #96 Fancy folds.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #204 Use snippets. (snippet of green for closure +ribbon)
Crafting Musketeers #31 Anything but square.
Crafty Time #7 Embellish it.

23 Nov 2015

Frog and Oleander

Challenge time once again  over at

We are being sponsored by

The Theme is Anything  Goes as usual
and we would love  to see  your projects.

I chose this digi image to work with .
Frog and Oleander.

As I still had the acetate out from earlier
I decided to use it in front of the image
and this time to use silver stickers to decorate with 
along with a silver sentiment.

Here is the completed card and its quite easy 
to see the acetate with the stickers applied.
I also used the border sticker down the spine of the card.

With the acetate window open you
can see the inside panel with the image on it.
I have coloured with promarkers using the
Pointillism method of colouring with dots.
I used green and pink card stock to create the layers of the card.

An aerial view of the card showing the distinct layers.
The back sheet of the card which also in this case
doubles for the word insert to be written in .
The middle section with the image attached
and the front acetate sheet. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Patties Creations #116 Birthdays
Aud Sentiments #145 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #34 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #60 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #254 Anything goes,
Craft Rocket Challenges #4 Add a sentiment.
Brown Sugar #73 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #11 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  #22 Anything goes.

18 Nov 2015

Big Bows

The theme this time  for my
Butterfly Challenge is

I decided to make a shaker card
using some sequins that had been sent to me in a swap.

The butterfly  paper is Me to You
'Especially For You'
I used it inside the shaker element  as well as on 
the white scallop shaped base card.
The circle was cut with my Sizzix  scallop die.
sentiment is a silver sticker and the 4 pink Gems 
were from my stash.
Pink card was left over snippets from previous makes.
The oversized bow I made from my new Bow Maker toy.
I was so surprised when it came off the prongs looking
"erm " like a bow that I just had to  use it regardless!!

Entering into the following challenges:
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes + ribbon.
Craft-Dee BowZ # Anything goes +handmade bow.
The Crafty Addicts #4 Anything goes +use die cuts.
Hiding In My Craft Room #225 Super scraps.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 203  Use your snippets ( pink card)
Craft Your Passion #288 Anything goes.
Get Creative #28 Birthdays.
Love To Scrap #66 Anything goes.

17 Nov 2015

The last Leaf.

I've just sent this card off for a swap.
It won't be getting there for a while and my partner
does not see my blog (I hope)
so thought I'd share it with you now.

The theme for the swap was make 
a humourous card.
I searched through my stash of digi images
and came across this little chap.
A punch line sprang to mind 
so here is the card I made.

Digi image is by Scribbles Designs called
'Leafy Brrr'.
I have coloured with promarkers using the Pointillism 
method of  dots. I do like colouring this way. 
Outlined parts of image with gold/silver gel pens.
Backing paper is a freebie from Making cards Magazine
called 'Owls and Trees'
Used two shades of design card to make the base and layer  up with.
Kept front of the card fairly simple.
Here is the punch line which I placed inside.

Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #59 Anything goes.
Cute Card Thursday #399 Birds/animals.
Little Miss Muffet #124 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #10 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #11 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #4 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #23 Use a stamp or digi.
Scrapper's Delights #50 Anything  goes.

15 Nov 2015

Post Me A Letter Do.

Time has sped round once more.
It is my turn to choose the theme
for the Christmas Club Girls.
I have gone with show a 
Post Box on your project. 
A quick delve into my used Christmas card stack
and I found 2 very suitable ones to reuse.

One very old style box showing the Initials GR 
for King George VI  and the other the boxes we still use today
with ER on them for Queen Elizabeth II.

I'm back with my love/ hate addiction 
for acetate on  the 1st card. 
I used cream card for the base and layered up with 
cream parchment paper for the wording to go on
then the card front and lastly the acetate.
I made the bow using my new bow maker gadget.
I took an aerial view below to show the layers.

I left the 2nd card pretty much as is.
I found the Artists name on  the back which is
Billy Stevenson and the picture is called 
'Robin and Post Box'. 
Used my Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles 
to die cut the layers which I then layered
back up using successively deeper 3D sticky pads .

You can see the 3D effect below.
I used red card stock to create the base
and added  pearls  plus  a gold sticker
sentiment to complete.

I can't wait to see  what  the other girls will make of the theme.

13 Nov 2015

The Playground Nativity.

The cast at present is:

Mary - Viv
Baby Jesus - Parsnip
Donkee - 9 monkee's (Don't even ask)
Darnell - Shirley (Wife of Neighbouring stable owner)
(Just make sure you bring plenty of Chocklit on set with you!!!)
Angel Gabriel - Kathleen
2nd Angel - Sandra H. 
Sheep - Barb

The Rest to be announced once you have all made up your minds.
Parts are being filled thick and fast. 

hugs  Casting Directors 

11 Nov 2015

Fly Away.

It's week 2 of my Butterfly challenge

Here is some more inspiration for you.

This is as CAS as it gets!

I adhered two small strips of washi tape onto a snippet of card
and then cut the banner shape to fit a blank card base.
Used 2 SU butterfly punches  to cut the apertures 
and then the cut outs were raised up on 3D pads 
and adhered above  the strip.
A few  pearls  for the trail and card is complete.
Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #287 Anything goes.
Clear It Out Challenges # White +one colour/stashof your choice (washi tape/pearls)
Creative Fingers #97 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #202 Use your snippets (white card for washi tape)
2 Creative Chicks # Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs #165 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #9 Anything goes.

My second card is the exact opposite!!
I threw everything at it for a Shabby chic /vintage look.

Base paper is by Prima from their 'Botanical Collection.'
Distressed round the edges with my handy TH tool
The pink rose paper on top is by Raspberry Road.
Both these papers were freebies from magazines. 
I adhered the pink paper to snippets of white card
and then distressed around the edges for a more raised look.
The butterfly is by Sil  'Papillons Loisirs Creatifs'
Ric rac braid/ribbon/lace/charm/pearls and embellishment
all from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge #210 Pretty in pink.
Fantastic Tuesday #111 Anything goes +something with B. (Butterfly).
UnstampaBelles #52 Anything goes + use flowers. (roses on the dp's and embellishments)
Twofers  Challenge #7 Things with wings.
Scrap and Craft #15 Shabby chic or vintage.
Through the Craftroom Door # Anything goes.

So, two completely different styles but the same challenge.
Hope I have given you some food for thought.
and ideas on what to use for zig zags. 

9 Nov 2015


A very different style card from me today.
This is for the new challenge over

We are being sponsored by
The theme is anything goes  as usual
and we would love to see your projects.
I chose this image called ' Cleopatra Portrait.'
As soon as I saw her I  knew I just had to colour her up.
I have used Promarkers, gold gel pen
and gold pearlised chalk.
I fussy cut the image out after colouring her.
The stamp is of Roman Columns and writing
but I can't for the life of me recall where I got it from
or the make other than is is unmounted red rubber.
I have layered up with orange and red card stock
on black as my base card.
The black panel has been embossed using 
a Darice folder of Bulrushes.
Cleopatra is raised up with 3D pads.

The only way I could get a  half decent photo to show up
 the embossed panel was to turn the card sideways
under my white desk light. 
Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #4 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #23 Use a stamp or digi.
Creative Ladybirds #9 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #33 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #58 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #7 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #10 Anything goes.

4 Nov 2015

Zig Zags

The theme for the next fortnight
at my Butterfly challenge is

I hope you will play along.

Here's the card I made as inspiraion.

Very simple as both the Butterfly and D.P. are quite dramatic.

Design paper is a freebie from 
Making Cards September 2015 called
'Fashion Girls'
The Wooden Butterfly I purchased over a yr ago from Ebay
and it has been in my stash waiting for the right moment.
The sentiment is a gold outline sticker by Anita's.
Entering into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft #7 Anything goes.
Hiding In My Craftroom #223 Freestyle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #21 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #286 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #151 Thankyou.
Incy wincy Designs #Anything goes.
Use Your Stuff #198 Use old stash.
2 Creative Chicks #4 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #9 Anything goes.

1 Nov 2015

Birds of a Feather.

well I have to report that making 
a clock this week on my blog
has not given me any more time!!
In fact 2 weeks seems to have spun round
in supper fast fashion as it's time
for us girls in the Christmas Card Club 
to show you our makes.
Mary set the theme this week
which was to feature 
A Cardinal or Christmas Bird.

This immediately conjured up  the idea 
of Robins  so a quick delve into the  recycle bin 
of used christmas card fronts and I found this cheery pair.

I trimmed the picture down to size and then layered
onto first cherry red and then gold pearlised cardstock.
I used a cream blank card for my base and adhered a
square of the cherry red card to it and then layered  the 
robins on top. I then edged around the outside with strips
of gold foil to give the look of a picture frame.
The sentiment is a gold foil sticker given the same 
treatment and adhered to front of card with 3D pads.
Below is the inside of the card
where I have used gold foil corners and more of the 
edging srips.  
Everything came from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #225 Go paperless
Crafty Creations #301 Colourful
Crafty Gals Corner #43 Anything goes
Creative Moments #80 Anythning goes with no twist
Fab and Funky #279 Chrsitmas
Inspiration Destination #57 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #251 Anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #201 Use up your snippets (recycled card)

As it would be a cardinal sin not to make 
a card without a Cardinal on it
 this one is just for you Mary!

The Cardinal is a pre coloured  dig image by Fred She Said
that I printed out onto cream parchment paper which
has a lovely texture to it like old writng paper.
I mounted this onto a piece of cereal box cardboard,
then layered up with the gold pearlised and cherry red cardstock
onto the cream blank card base.Some more gold sticker corners,
gold words and pearls from my stash complete the front.
Inside has the same treatment as the first card
layering up with more of the cream  parchment paper.

Entering into the following challenges:
Ruby's Rainbow #116 Birds of a feather
4 Crafty Chicks #270 Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack  #113 Anythng goes
Creative Fingers #96 Anything goes
Crafting With Friends #9 Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anythng goes  christmas cards
A Snowflakes Promise #8 christmas/winter theme on card

Elf and Safety Notice

Here are the winners
of my Elf Candy.

1st ELF.


2nd ELF.


you are now the proud owners of a
mischievious / delightful Elf.
Margreet and Alice please contact me at the email on the side bar to claim your Elf.
You have 7 days after which they will go back into the draw
to be re chosen.  

31 Oct 2015

Left on the ShELF! Blog Candy.

This post will stay at the top of the page
until 31st October. 
Candy winners will be announced on 1st November
when I will randomly draw 2 Winners
to receive 1 each.

So what's the Candy on offer?

These  rather  naughty/pesky /delightful Elf's
that have been left on the ShELF.

Actually I did make more than was on order hoping 
I would have some over for candy.
Here they are on the naughty/ good step.

Just a few rules.
1.         Please be a genuine  follower of this blog.
New followers are welcome.
              Remember Elve's are not just for Christmas!

         2.   Please add  the Candy picture on my sidebar on your 
own blog sidebar.

3.      Add your name to Mr Linky below.

I will post World Wide.
Hence cut off date as they need to be
in your homes in time to cause mayhem for the Chrismas countdown
which starts 1st Dec.

Elf and Safety notice.
Due to small parts being chewable
please do not give to children under 36 months