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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.)

13 Aug 2014

Butterfly Sail.

It is week 3 of my Butterfly challenge
where the theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Here is a card in true Blue Peter fashion that I prepared
earlier to help get your mojo's flowing.

The Digi image is a freebie from
Beyond The Fringe Crafts and is called Butterfly Sail.
I have had it saved on my computer
for a few years now  just waiting for the right moment
and here it is.
I printed the image off onto white 140gsm card stock and then re ran it
through my printer and generated the sentiment  to the side of the ship.
Background was created using two different shades of chalk and making
a quick mask from paper for the clouds.
They looked a bit contrived to start with so I went back over the edges
and mussed them up a bit (very technical know how!Lol)
Image coloured using Promarkers and then  details edged round
with a silver gel pen. 
Backed onto silver mirror card and then navy pearlescent card stock.
A gem in all 4 corners to finish.
Hope you can  come and play.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #137 Use up your snippets. (gems were left overs).

10 Aug 2014

Anything but a Card

Appologies for absence .
I have not been able to access the Internet since Friday.
I changed service providers to combat the problems
I have been having and paid a yrs Internet in advance
thinking I 'd get a top notch service.
 No such luck!! 
I'm in an Internet cafe at the moment drowning my sorrows.
Needs must!

Anything but a Card is the theme this week
over at the Christmas card Club and was chosen by Lizzie.
I had this plain carrier bag on my desk and a sheet of 
used wrapping paper and so an  idea was born. 
A quick rummage around and I found some ribbon
and a packet  of freebie stamps (still on my desk).
You may be forgiven for thinking I have a huge desk to work on. 
I don't it's just piled up 12"high leaving me a  small
micro space to work from.
I had just bought the la Blanche 
'Father Christmas ' stamp also still on my desk.
Another rummage and I found some Glamour dust, 
Anita's glitterations 'Happy Christmas' 
And a packet of unkown snowman 3d stickers.

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice
I changed the ribbon to tartan which went much better
with the patterned paper. 

I also found a wooden sentiment that
I coloured with a red marker pen and glamour dust .
I coved the sides and handles with the paper and then 
just went to town on the front of the bag.
Less is certainly not more in this case! 
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop# 137. Use up your snippets. 

5 Aug 2014

Butterfly Journal.

Iv'e taken  a plain note book and made into something special.
Jenny likes pink so my starting point was a plain pink note book.
Then the fun began.
Take some pink butterfly patterned material and my trusty snippet
of cardboard
Plus a butterfly motif cut from material and backed with stiffener.  

Next find a toning design paper . This stripey one is by 
Emma Schoenberg
which I cut and adhered to both the front and back covers.  

I then cut a panel fom the cardboard to fit the front
and covered with the material . A strip of elastic was added to 
hold in place over the closed book. 

The butterfly motif was used to create the pocket to hold the pencils in place. 

I added a butterfly Charm to finish.
Jenny has now received her gift which was a little thankyou from me 
and my Butterlfly challenge. 
It is week 2 of the Current challenge which is running for 4 weeks.
I would love to see your entries for Summertime Butterflies.
Entering into the following challenge :
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #136. Use you snippets.

3 Aug 2014

Vintage Burlap Journal.

I went to an Andy Skinner workshop   in Fareham
and we made these  Vintage Burlap Journals.
I had a lovely time getting all distressed and mucky!
Can't tell you much about the process
as I was so busy following directions I forgot
to make a note of the all the different glues, pastes, dies,
paints  and mediums we were using.
The one thing that has stuck in my mind is those
rivets holding the fake metal plates onto the front.
They are actually flat back pearls that we grudged up .
They look very authentic.
The image is a photo pre made to look distressed
and was supplied by Andy as was all the materials.
Boy did we get through shovel loads of the stuff!!

The hessian came supplied in sheets attached to card
so was easy to work with.
As we had 2 strips over from cutting to fit the covers
we made a couple of book marks.

You can see the spine of the journal
which  we aged to match the front.
Confession time.
 The flowers were meant to be died a yellow/orange
but I created such a fuss about them needing to be pink
that Andy relented and let me have pink ones Yay!
(Probably got my card marked now!!).

A close up of the bookmarks.
I had such a great time I have booked another class
this time at The Craft Barn for the end of August with Rachel Snook.
We will be using Masks and different ways to apply them.
Can't wait!

30 Jul 2014

In The Summertime.

A completely different style of card from me today.
Inspired by the set of Brusho Water colour paints
I have just bought.
I took myself down to the end of the garden and armed with loads of newspaper to spread on the table I had a little play.
I used a sheet of plain white cardstock
and then sprinkled just a small amount of the powdered paint
onto the paper using just 3 colours.
Rose Red, Ultra Marine, Lemon.
I then spritzed  over with a generous helping of water
and left the paints to do their magic.
Where the colours have mixed and merged I now have
Orange , Mauve and Green  added into the equation.
No 2 patterns will ever come out exactly the same.
I left to dry and then cut down to size and adhered to a card blank.
On a snippet of card I  sprinkled  
Purple and Brilliant Red together
and when dry over stamped  using  the Indgio Blu butterfly stamp
with Versamark and embossed with black EP.
I then fussy cut the butterfly  and mounted to the card using 3D pads.
I gave the sentiment stamp the same treatment.
A quick doodle round the edges plus some black gems and a very 
CAS card from me.
I really enjoyed using these paints and have bought the
Brusho Secrets  DVD to go with them so expect to see more 
as I work through the lessons.
I made this card as inspiration for my Butterfly Challenge
where the theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Hope you can play along as the challenge is running for  4 weeks.
Entering into the following challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz #23 Anything goes.
Sister Act #67 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #241 Anything goes.
Less  Is More. #182 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #135. Use your snippets. (oddment of white card).

27 Jul 2014

A Wintery Scene.

Appologies for late entry.
I have been chasing my tail around all day.
Things won't get much better this week either.
So much to do and so little time.
Enough  of my moaning.
I actually did finish this card  in time to post early today
but last night I wasn't entirely happy with it and this morning
I popped another two layers on to it.
Now I like it!
The challenge over at the Christmas card club this time
has been set by Sylvie who wants to see trees somewhere on our cards.
I knew I had this rather lovely card in my stash of used Christmas cards
so  dug it out to use .
The original card was quite a big one so I cut out the centre
of the picture using my Xcut Rectangle Parenthesis die.
I came across the die cut fence panel whilst searching
for the snow flake die  and thought it made a nice foreground.
Snowflake die by Sizzix 655628 covered with Glamour dust.
SU card stock in grey.
Mirror card and navy pearl effect cardstock added as I thought
the card just lacked that little bit extra otherwise .
Blue dotty ribbon and blue gems from my stash.
Card given a light dusting of glamour dust to finish.

Then I decided to use all the left overs to decorate the inside.
I had a piece of the old Christmas card left over and trimmed it down.
I quite like the like the negative die shape along the edge.
The sentiment was from another card which I had previously cut using
my Xcut  Rectangles die.
Entering into the following challenges:
Completely Christmas #22 Anything goes.
Christmas card challenge #35 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra#  Christmas theme only.
Sparkles Christmas challenge #42 A winter scene.
Twisted Tuesday #81 Christmas with trees.
Scrap Creations# Christmas in July.
Die Cuttin Divas #175 Christmas in July (must use at least one die cut. I used 4.)
Clear It Out challenge # Christmas in July with glitter.
City Crafter #221 Christmas in July
Crafting For All Seasons #82 Christmas in July.

23 Jul 2014

Some more Spots and Stripes.

My Butterfly Challenge still has another week to run
so here are a couple of more cards for your inspiration.
The Technique Twist  current challenge is to  make a
Building Blocks card.
As I'm always on the look out for new card shapes to try out I thought I would give this one a go.
There is an excellent tutorial on Split Coast Stampers
which I found mega  easy to follow. In fact I didn't  even use my Xcutter  just sissors.
I used plain card stock for the base in both yellow and Green.
DP. is from 'Pretty Pansies' collection by Nancy watt.
Embossed Stickers by Papermania
this time in a yellow/brown/ cream colour way
again a prezzie from blogging pal Lesley.
Yellow butterflies punched using a Tonic Punch and already  in my stash
along with the cream bows.

Close up of the front of card.
Entering into the following challenges:
The Technique Twist #28 building block cards.
A Gem of a Challenge #124 Spots and Stripes (plz use both).
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134 Use up your snippets. (tonic punched butterflies.)
Scribble and Scrap #23 Anything goes.
Crafting from The Heart #28 Anything goes.
Sister Act #66 Anything goes.
Really Reasonable Ribbons #99 Things with wings and ribbon.
Tuesday Taggers # Things with wings.
For my second card I have used a design
(pealing back papers)
That I have been meaning to try out  for ages.
I thought it would work perfectly on this card.
The stripe paper is a freebie from Papercraft Magazine called Candy-Cute.
I layered this on to a blank card base and then roughed up the edges with my handy gadget.
Spotty paper is two papers stuck back to back and cut just slightly smaller .
Again the edges have been distressed and also the slit which has been turned back
to allow the base paper to show through.
Sentiment is  a freebie from Beyond The Fringe given the same treatment.
Gold foil butterflies are  a topper by Dufex
Ribbon trim , pearls and flowers from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges.
That Craft Place# Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134 Use up your snippets (pink bow ribbon).
Use Your Stuff #145 Layers.
Through the Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #45 Anything goes.
Charisma Cardz #15 Anything goes.
Crafting At The Weekend #3 Anything goes.
Hope I have inspired you to play along .
Hugs Mrs A. 


20 Jul 2014

Take some Cardboard and Glue.

I was lucky  enough  to be a Spot light winner in the April challenge
with  my Decorated Egg
and very honoured when Doris asked me to be a
guest Designer for July.
Here's what I made for the current Anything Goes challenge.
I had seen an Altered Lantern in a recent issue of
Craft Stamper by Elizabeth Borer
using a Glass Lantern.
Now I didn't have a lantern to hand 
and not about to buy one when I had lots of recyclable goodies
in my stash
Take some cardboard, glue  and torn up kitchen roll
and lets begin.
I cut strips of card to the size I needed and stuck  together
and then started to glue the torn kitchen paper all over to cover.
Once dry I painted using a tester pot  in 'Enchanted Eden'
I also found an old perfume bottle top and painted that to match.

 Elizabeth had used stamped  tissue paper to cover her glass.
I did think to use acetate but as I already had parchment paper
out on my desk to use for another project I used that instead
for the lantern sides. The stamp came free  in the same magazine.
I stamped out using  Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
and coloured on the reverse with Promarker pens.
Some garden wire and an old chain necklace thread through it  made the handle.
I smudged  black decorative chalk marks on the paint to make  it look like it had been in the shed!
Then rubbed Inka Gold around the edges and  the handle to give an aged appearance.
I used a battery powered candle for the inside.
This was the best photo I could get taken inside with the candle charged.. 
 In situ in the back garden using a flash at night time which doesn't show the candlelight.
Added bonus of Evening Primroses in the background!
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134: Use up those snippets.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #38 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #100 Anything goes.
Crafting From The Heart #27 Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #44 Anything goes but must be square.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #184 Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz #22 Anything goes.

16 Jul 2014

Spots and Stripes before my eyes.

The new challenge for my butterfly challenge is
Spots and Stripes + your butterfly.
This is my card for inspiration.
I had seen a card in Docrafts Creativity June Issue
by Claire Green and rather liked the unusual shape
so this is my version of a Zig Zag Gatefold  card.
Instead of using an 8x8" card blank I used an A4 sheet
cut to 10.5 x 8"  and adjusted my measurements accordingly
which gave me a tall thinner card of 3.5 x 8"when closed.
I used SU card stock in Purple.
The stripe paper is by Jane Welan Design
Large green spot ( which was a snippet in my stash)
was by Nancy Watt.
The small pink ad Turquoise spots by Jennifer Ellory.
All had been freebies from magazines at some point in time.
The gorgeous stickers are by Paper Mania
 A gift from my blogging friend Lesley.
The tag is waiting to be hand written to the recipient.
This is the card fully opened.
 Whilst there is no stamping or  die cuts it did take an age to make
with all the cutting and shaping of the panels and layers.
Not a card to make  when in a hurry or needing to write up
two challenge posts as I did !!
This card is being posted abroad so I need something to keep it flat.
 I made a Belly Band for it from the odds of left over papers.
Entering into the following challenges:
Vintage Utfordring #84 Do not use stamps.
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge #37 Anything goes.
We Do Doobadoo #10 Spotty and Dotty.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #133Use up your snippets.
613 Avenue Create #80 Anything goes/ optional shaped cards.
Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of layers.
Simon Says Wednesdays #  Spots and dots.
Lets Craft and Create #94 Shaped card.


13 Jul 2014

Christmas Teddy.

It's time again for another card over at the Christmas Card Club.
The theme has been set by Sue P. who is asking for a
Christmas Teddy.
Now I didn't have a stamp or a digi that I could use so I resorted
to delving through my stash of recycled cards and found these cute bears.
I trimmed the card down and made layers up using navy pearlescent card
then onto a design paper by Alison Butler.
I used a silver card blank for the base.
Sentiment created  and printed from word on my computer.
Pearls and ribbon from my stash.

Finally I used up all the odds of paper and card for the inside.
Even the sentiment was one  I had made  too large for the  front of the card!
Hope this passes muster.
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #133. I used up loads of snippets for this card.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra #  Anything  goes Christmas.
Me and Mine # Beat the Rush.
The Glory of Christmas #37 Anything goes.
Crafty Boots# Christmas in July.
Simply Create Too #65 Christmas in July

8 Jul 2014

Butterfly Wall Hanging.

It's time again for the midway reminder for the

The theme is as usual Anything goes................but no Cards.

We  would be delighted to see you so please come on over and join in
The fun. 

I had originally bought this as one of the prizes for my
but at nearly 12" wide and 8" deep I thought it might be just a tad on the large size
so I have used it here instead.
The butterfly is made from 3mm MDF which I painted using a
tester pot of 'Dusted Fondant' matt paint.
I inked  an SU stamp 'Papillion Potporri' down the right hand side in DI 'Tea Dye'
and Visible Image's 'Ripped Fishnet' stamp on the left.
The coloured butterflies are Easy Vintage Line by Studio Light
Vintage lace, ribbon, wooden letters and a rose( I had already made) are from my stash
as well as the broken chain (from an old necklace) , button, pearls and stick pin.
I love the result.

Entering into the following challenges.
4 Krafty Girlz #21 Anything goes.
Charisma Cardz #14 Show us what else you can do.
We Do Doobadoo #9 Pins & pearls.
Pile It On #27 Add some flowers.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #132 Use up your snippets. (lace, broken necklace chain.)
Love to Scrap #33 Anything goes.
Crafting From The Heart #26 Anything goes.
Just For Fun # Anything goes.
Visible Image# Anything goes.