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17 Sep 2014

Insects and Daisies

It is week 2 of my Butterfly challenge.
I have made the following card to showcase.
I only had a small piece of the design paper
which was a freebie in a magazine so wanted to use it economically.
I tried using the triple stamping technique but using the paper instead.
It sort of worked!!
I made the butterflies from scraps of shrink plastic
which I then coloured with Promarkers and Glossy accents.
I love making and using these as embellishments.
The daisies are made from a Crealies die
'Creative Flowers' CL CF 25
to mimic the daisies on the paper.
Here is a close up .
Sorry it is a bit blurred but camera is playing up.
I popped everything onto 3D pads to give the card dimension.
I'm off out into the garden now.
We have some outbuildings we are taking down
and there is an 'Elephant Hawk Moth' caterpillar
I'm keeping my eye on as he is slowly demolishing
my Fushia Bush!!
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart #36 Anything goes.
Crafty Boots # anything goes.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Scrap Creations # Favourite Embellishment.
Scrappers Delights #31 Anything goes/make your own flowers.
613 Avenue Create #89 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #90 No stamps/digi's allowed.
Scribble & Scrap #27 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #142 Use up your snippets. (shrink plastic for butterflies)
Virgina's View #7 Patterned paper/designer  paper.

13 Sep 2014

Told You!

I told you I was smitten with Stampbord!
Here is another piece made into a card this time for my Dad.
He will be 90yrs old next month.
I used navy pearlized card and SU card stock
along with silver mirror board to make up the layers on the card.

The Stampbord is a piece  1.25"x 2.5"
I decided to create a small scene this time
and started by using D.I's in 3 different shades of blue
to build up the background which in this case was a pond.
I then used a small 'Loon Duck 'stamp along with  'Reeds ' and 'Pebbles'
from a set of stamps by Craft A Scene.
I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
Once dry (a few minutes) I started to etch back
into the stampbord to give the highlights on the water,
pebbles and reeds.

I coloured the edges of the board with black ink
and mounted onto the card.
Sentiment is by Britannia. Die cut in the two colours.
Matted slightly over lapping  to give the shadow  effect.
I have since bought some ATC  and Coaster size bords.
Oh yes I'm truly smitten!!
Entering into the following challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz #26 Anything goes.
Stamping Sensations # Things with wings.
Crafts Galore #9 Make a card.
Sister Act #74 Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge  #46 Anything goes.

10 Sep 2014

3D Pop-up Box card.

The new theme over at my Butterfly Challenge  is
'Ugly Bug Ball'
and is a tribute to my Mum.
It is also my sister's birthday today.
Happy Birthday Sis.
I have already shown the card I made and sent to her.
I decided to make a 3D Pop-up box card
so that I could incorporate as many images
as possible onto the card to inspire you
for the challenge.
I used a sheet of  green SU card to make the base
and followed excellent instructions on Janine Quinn's blog
I used  images from Polka Doodles Bonbon Belles digital CD rom
to create the background on all the flaps and sides of the box
I printed out several of the toadstool images and fussy cut them
to make the different  height layers
for the insects to sit on inside  the box.
Insects are digital clip art from Digi Stock Design

 Entering into the  following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart  #35Anything goes.
My Craft Creations #Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Divas By Design # Anything goes.
The Crafty Bloggers Network # Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #45 Anything goes.
City Crafter #228 Butterflies.
Crafting At The Weekend #5 Anything goes.

7 Sep 2014

Something beginning with 'S'

It's time again for another card make
at the Christmas Card Club.
Hazel has challenged us to
Use something beginning with 'S'
Believe it or not the only thing I could think of was
'S' for silver so that  was my Starting (pun intended) point.
I pulled out a silver card blank  and then the rest just followed.
1. Silver card
2. Snowman
3. Silver glitter
4.  Silver Sequins
5. Sentiment
then when I really looked at the card I had made
I also found
6. Scarf
7. Two sequin stars
8. Snowflakes
and finally
9. Shaped edges

Still trying to use up my oddments of Kanban Toppers.
I found this snowman and matching sentiment.
Looking through  my freebie papers I found this one

10. Sea green colour by Alison Butler
(think I might be pushing the boat out on that one though!)

which matched the topper perfectly.
All the rest came from my stash.
I also had a small topper  to make a matching tag.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #141 Use up your snippets. (lots used here).

3 Sep 2014

Butterfly Pendant.

I saw on Sally's blog the other day
a Pendant she had made using Stampbord.
I had never heard of this and enquired from Sally what it was.
Sally explained and kindly offered to send a couple of pieces
for  me to have a play with (aren't blogging Pals the best!!)
In between time I had a look on  the World Wide Web.
I found loads of videos and once I'd seen the product in use
I was smitten!!!!
Here is my first pendant using one of the pieces Sally sent me.
Sally also enclosed a bail and chord for me. Yay!!
It comes in various sizes and in it's raw state
looks like this.
It is made with a clay-coated smooth absorbent surface
which allows you to stamp just about anything onto it.
I used D.I.'s in 3 different shades of blue to create the background.
I then stamped the butterfly from fFutters 2 set  by Inkylicious
on top with Memento  Tuxedo black.
I waited for  this to dry (a matter of minutes)
and then inked up with SU  Wisteria Wonder.
Once this had dried I etched and scratched the pattern on the stamp
back into the surface.
I used Coral Calypso and then Crushed  Curry  to build up the colour
scratching back to the previous  layer each time.

Finally I went over the edges of the stampboard with a gold metallic pen
and sealed the surface using Spray and Shine Gloss varnish.
It's the second week of my Butterfly challenge .
The theme is  Use a Butterfly with a Sentiment.
Love to see you there.
Entering into the following challenges.
The Cheerful Stamp Pad #94 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #37  Lets fly away.
Crafting From The Heart #34 Anything goes.
Fan - Tastic Tuesday #51 Anything goes.
Live and Love Crafts #27 Things with wings.
Natalie And Amy's Challenge #24 Things with wings.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.

1 Sep 2014

Poppy Cube.

It is time again for the midway reminder for the
The theme as usual is Anything goes.......but not cards.
We have a new sponsor this challenge

The DT. were given a selection of samples
to play with .
I had six cardboard slide shapes and some ribbon
amongst my goodies.
I immediately thought Cube (as you do)!
I painted all 6 squares with a tester pot paint in 'Dusted Fondant'.
It is a lovely delicate pale pink shade.
I used the Inkylicious  'Watercolour Poppies'
clear polymer stamps set to ink a poppy
on all four sides and one larger poppy  on the top .
I created the grass effect using Stampscapes 'Reeds 067B
over stamping several time to give a dense cluster.
Both the poppies and reeds were stamped in DI 'Walnut Stain'.
I coloured the poppies with DI 'Tattered Rose'
by  first stamping the pad onto my craft mat
and then  picking up the ink with a fine paint brush.
I looped the ribbon through the slits on four of the squares
and attached together to form a box.
The last two were then threaded through top to bottom to form
the cube.

Entering into the following challenges:
Oldie But A Goodie # Anything but a card. (stash more than 6mths = reed stamp, inks)
Creative Inspirations #278 Flower  power
Brown Sugar #109 Anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #163 Freestyle
Anything But a Card # Use the number 5 (stamped out five poppies , 4 round sides 1 on top)
Dream Valley #89 Flowers
Scribble and Scrap #26 Anything goes
Frosted Designs # Break out the stamps

31 Aug 2014

And Another Six.

Not played in Sarn's  Rudolph challenge
for a couple of months due to other commitments
so I was determined to play along this month.
Hopefully I will get in by the skin of my teeth!
When we cleared out FIL's house
I found a drawer full of  packs of cards and Xmas Tags
all half used and forgotten about.
It would seem that MIL bought fresh packets each year to use
and put the rest away so waste not want not is my motto.
I have used the tags up here along with scraps of Christmas paper
to make up six cards with a Christmas tree theme.

I even had enough scraps to match  the insides up  too!

Entering into the following challenges:
Stamping For pleasure # Rudolph Day.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #140 Use up your snippets (Apart from the card blanks everything a snippet). 

29 Aug 2014

Waste Not.

This  is a scheduled post as I'm at 'The Craft Barn' today
learning all about  masks and different ways to use them.

I recently won the challenge over at My Craft Creations
and this is the stamp I won as my prize.
the Set is by Little Claire with 7 stamps in total.
I happened to mention to my friend Hettie that I had a stamp with
a chicken on it
Hettie loves anything chicken and even has a chicken named after me
'Mrs A.'
Anyway Hettie challenged  me to make a card using it
and as it has now been received here it is.
I had also recently won some goodies from Imagination crafts
and one of the items I had chosen was a hoenycombe stencil.
I immediately thought of chicken wire ( as you do) and thought it would go with this stamp.
Stamped using SU  Crushed curry onto white card stock.
(word of warning. don't store those ink pads on their ends cos they leak)
(ask me how I know !!)
It looked a bit plain and nothing like chicken wire
 until I used a black liner and edged round each  honeycombe.
That really set the scene for the rest of the card which was then  layered up
using my Xcut  Hexagons in different sizes.
I coloured the stamp with Promarkers and pearlescent chalks
and cut   a blank card base into an Octagon shape.
A bit of garden string completed the picture.

I then went to town a bit with the left overs on the inside of the card.
Sentiment was in the same stamp set.
That's Mrs A. with her friend Miss Di.
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #139 Use up your snippets (green garden twine.)
Crafting from The Heart #33 Anything goes.
Love to Scrap #36 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Simon Says # Anything goes.
Stampin Sensations # Anything goes.

27 Aug 2014

With Sentiments.

The new challenge over at my Butterfly Challenge is
for butterflies as the focal point with a sentiment .
These are the 3 cards I made to showcase.
This is for a family Birthday so will be going off in the post a.s.a.p.
I have had this  decoupage sheet in my stash for ages just waiting to be used.
Designed by Michelle Johnson and printed by Craftsuprint.
The sheet came with the base base, 3 extra butterflies and layers of the dress.
Plus a choice of sentiment.
I layered  the base onto navy pearlised  120gsm cardstock
 which I then adhered to a card base.
I decoupaged the butterflies and the tail of the dress
and added Glamour dust to the edges.
Not showing up here very clearly but does IRL.
I attached the butterflies just by the bodies so that the wings could be folded up
and added some silver gems to the swirls on the background.
Sentiment was adhered using 3d pads and given a coating of Glamour dust too.
Entering into the following challenges:
Moving Along With  The Times # Feeling a little vintage.
Pile It On #34 Best Wishes/Congratulaions.
Sister Act #71 Anything goes.
Susy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #43 Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #25 Anything goes.
Crafting At The Weekend #4 Anything goes.
My 2nd card is again  a sheet from Craftusprint
Designed by June Young.
Had  in my stash for ages.
I do like to try out different card shapes.
This one came ready printed so I just needed to  glue the sheet to card stock.
I had the bright idea of popping it  into the airing cupboard to dry the glue.
Guess what?  It buckled so I then had to get the iron out and iron it flat again.
Less haste more speed!!
The tricky bit was cutting the inside free.
I'm not sure what this fold is called.
The sentiment came with the sheet so I just adhered to card stock, trimmed
and  attached to the card and added pearls.
The butterflies I just added a line of glue to the antenna and glamour dusted
Pearls added for the heads.
The card still looked a bit plain so I wrapped twine round the folds and tied in a bow.
I think if I did this card again from scratch I would make a couple of design changes.
Entering into the following challenges:
My Craft Creations# Anything goes.
Ooh-La-La Creations #163 Fancy folds.
Tuesday Taggers # Use your stash.
Glitter 'N' Sparkle #99 use some butterflies.
Lets Craft and Create  #96 Anything goes.
Crafty Calender # Anything goes.
My last card .
The design paper is by Hunkdory from their Flutterby wishes pack
This particular sheet has all the  bellishments  already added.
The sentiment came in  the pack  too/
I layered onto a pink paper and then to a card base.
Added tiny gems to the butterflies .
A really quick card.
Here is a close up showing the 3d effect on the butterflies.
Etnering into the following challenges:
Card Mainia #54 Butterflies and bows.
Fan - Tastic Tuesday #50 Anything goes.
Bearly Mine # Anything goes.

24 Aug 2014

I'm Late, I'm Late

I'm Late, I'm late for a very important date.
It is time for the Christmas Card club challenge
and I really didn't want to miss this one
as my good Blogging Buddy Mary H  has set the theme
which is Use a Cardinal or other Christmas bird.
Mary does love her Cardinals so how could I not use one!
I also wanted to try my hand at making a shaker card.
Simples I thought.Ha! Do I ever learn.
Have spent the best part of a day putting it together.
I have kept to fairly CAS design as I wanted the shaker to do the talking.
DP. is  by Kaisercraft  from their Christmas Collections 6" pad.
Sentiment and letter by Hot Off The Press .
Circle cut using Xcuts circle nesting dies.
Digi is by Fred She Said  Pre-coloured cardinal.
I used Micro beads for the shaker element .
You can see them in the bottom right hand corner.

Inside of card.
I had intended to put the 'C' on the  front but it looked too crowded
I like it here better and helps disguise the back of the shaker .
C is for Cardinal!
A close up of the Shaker Cardinal.
I cut a circle from the front of a card blank which I had already
matted with the design paper.
I then secured a piece of acetate to the inside cover
and added strips of 3D foam tape around all four sides
to make a  sealed container for the micro beads.
Heart in mouth as I poured the beads into the tray and quickly attached  the image.
(There is a tutorial here by Deneen but blogger appears to be having a hissy fit
as several sites picture tutorials are affected in the same way.)
I then added strips of the DP around the box to neaten on the inside.
I used the circle that was cut for the aperture and adhered the embellishment.
Not that hard to make just very fiddly and time consuming.
Entering into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday #13 Anything goes + shaker card.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Deep Ocean Challenge #84 Christmas in August.
Fan -Tastic Tuesday #49 Anything goes.
Scrappers Delights #28 Anything goes/die cuts.
4 Krafty Girlz #25 Anything goes.
Papertake Weekly # To die for.
Crafty Hazelnuts #191 Merry and Bright ( used the word Merry and bright red.)
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes Christmas.


23 Aug 2014

Lace Butterfly.

It's week 4 of my current Butterfly Challenge.
The theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Something a little  bit different for your inspiration.
 I made  this for  a swap quite a while ago now but never shown.
I embossed the white  card  using Sizzix 'Flourish Floral'
Coloured very lightly  using chalks in pastel pink and green.
The butterfly was created using Sizzix die 656512 cut from pale pink card.
I covered with a piece of old lace cut to the  same shape.
Body was created by  folding a tiny piece of lace into a roll and stitching on 4 small beads .
Head and antenna  were wet glued and sprinkled with pink glitter.
Small button attached to flower
 and lastly  a strip of pink ribbon added to the side .
Linking to:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #138 as I used snippets of lace and ribbon in the making.

19 Aug 2014

4th Birthday.

It was our Granddaughter's Birthday a few weeks ago and this is the card I made her.
She adores pink  and has the most amazing colour hair. 
We are not allowed to say it is red ! It comes from my side of the family.
Sis has a son and a granddaughter with the same colouring. 

Image is 'My name is Alice' by Mo's Digital Pencil. 
Coloured with promarkers.
Sentiment is a Britannia word die.
Spellbinders die 'Romantic Rectangle' used to cut the image.
Entering into the following challenge:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 138 use your snippets ( off cut of navy used for sentiment backing.)