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1 May 2016

Poinsettias

I'm scheduling this for Sunday. I really thought that after 5 days of this flu bug that I would be feeling better but it is back with a vengeance today Saturday so I have gone back to bed.
I really didn't want to miss the Christmas Card Club challenge as the theme has been set my my lovely blogging pal Mary H.  Poinsettias.
I am unashamedly caseing  a card I have already shown reusing  an old Christmas card and  I found a card that I hadn't shown before using die cuts for the flowers so managing to keep to my resolution of one used card and one card made from my stash of stamps/dies/embossing folders.




The eagle eyed will see it says Birthday Wishes but this is because The Docs Aunt (who this card was for) is a Christmas Baby. 
Short and sweet.

28 Apr 2016

Teal and Texture.

Here again with some more inspiration for


My first card uses an embossing folder called  Butterfly Migration Set by Sizzix 656982 which I have embossed straight onto the card base and then trimmed the extra blank piece off down the side.  I punched holes across the top and down the plain sides and then weaved teal embroidery thread (left over from another project) to make the  spider's web lattice.  The sentiment is die cut  words from  Britannia  which I have cut from the left over teal  linen cardstock I used in the second  card below.
Teal pearls from my stash completed the look. Then this morning before taking the photos to upload I
decided to add the crochet flower to the edge. I had discarded using it on this card as the centre of the flower was yellow but a quick cover up with another teal  pearl  and I think it now looks finished. 



Entering into the following challenges:
Crafting With Friends #19 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #32 Anything goes.
Robyn's Fetish #313 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #309 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #155 Anything goes.




My second card uses printed linen ribbon and a textured lace edging. For some reason I thought the linen strip had butterflies on it  but as I had handed the roll over the counter for a meter to be cut off I know its the one I requested.  Can't go all the way back to Derby now to check so have used it anyway! Teal Blue linen effect card stock attached to a white card base and then edged with  silver metallic strips Sentiment is also silver metallic stickers. Then I was hunting round for a teal coloured butterfly from my stash  when this gorgeous ribbon butterfly fluttered through my letterbox (along with other scrummy  goodies ) from the very lovely  Jenny Lawrence. Such an unexpected pleasure and made my day as we had spent a few days away up North and I have come down with the flu bug since being home. Should have posted this to my blog yesterday but it has taken me 2 days to finish and do all the link ups.  
Isn't that butterfly superb! Thankyou  so much  Jenny.  (Jenny also sent me some in another colourway so watch this space is all I'm saying!!) I also received a beautiful butterfly card which I'm hoping Jenny will link up to the challenge. 


Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #9 Anything goes.
Sisters  Of Craft # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #14 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights  #54  Anything goes.
Our Crafty Corner #8 Anything goes.

Hope these two cards have given you ideas
for thinking of different types of texture. 
I would say hugs to you all but you really don't want 
to catch what I've got .
See you soon instead.

22 Apr 2016

Teacup Swap

Back in March I joined Stephanie's of The Enchanted Rose 
A total of 167 ladies across the world joined in the fun with parcels being sent and received. It is now time for  the big reveal and I can show you the teacup and goodies that I sent to my Partner in Tasmania Australia and the parcel I received back from Cornwall England.

This is the collection that I sent to  Kim in Tasmania . The information that I was given to work with was that Kim liked Breakfast tea , Pretty pinks, pale greens, pretty blues, mauves and loves vintage shabby chic, petty style.  No problems there then, a girl after my own heart!


Collection included , Everyday Brew tea bags enclosed
in their very own tea pot, pretty tiny rose patterned 
teacup and saucer, decoupaged teapot coaster
and a silver teaspoon.


The teapot is a template by Diane Furniss
from Craftsuprint.com. Filled with tea bags from Tea Pigs'
and tied with pink raffia .

I decoupaged  a teapot shape base using a pretty 
rose design napkin and then gave it several coats 
of  pod podge to seal and give it a lovely  matt sheen.

The card enclosed the story of the tea bags and 
provenance of the silver spoon. 
(It had a tale to tell).

Here are the goodies I received back from Dawn in Cornwall.

Collection included, Camomile tea bags ,
a lovely rose patterned teacup and saucer,
 a handmade flower brooch(which has gone straight
onto one of my floppy summer straw hats), vintage lace
and buttons, craft papers and a beautiful handmade 
necklace with a darling teacup and saucer charm on it. 
Didn't I do well!!

A close up of the pretty cup and saucer and brooch.

And lastly here is the card  and box that I  made and sent 
to Dawn to thank her for my goodies.
(I used some of the craft papers that Dawn had sent me).

20 Apr 2016

Textured Plaque

The New Theme/ Colour
for my Butterfly Challenge is

Verb: Texture  = give (a surface) a rough or raised texture.

Here is my inspiration for you.


I started with a blank  canvas paint flat block and using various SU ink pads and sponge pads created the coloured background. The butterflies were made using an imagination Crafts stencil 'Butterfly Flight'  and Imagination Sparkle Medium in  Blue Sapphire which matched my  Teal paint chip perfectly. The words are preprinted on strips and come white on black or black on white and were in my stash. I then sat and looked at it for two days as it just looked plain and too CAS for my liking.
After a play around with various bits and bobs this is the finished result.


I found the two tone twisted ribbon in my ribbon stash and added that to the edges but I  still felt it needed just that little something extra but what?  Then my eyes lighted on some hessian threads (yep I do keep everything) in a tray on my desk and after twisting  them together laid them on top of the ribbon. The resulting coarseness of the threads works well against the ribbon  and continues the rough texture theme. The Glass Cabochons were destined to go at the end of each word but I had  placed them on the background whilst adding the ds tape and decided they looked good so there they stayed. 
Hope I have inspired you to join in the fun. 

Entering into the following challenges:
A Bit more Time To Craft #18 Anything goes.
One Stitch At A Time #260 Anything goes with wings.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #225 Use up your snippets (hessian threads)
Robyn's Fetish #312 Anything but a card.
Make My Monday # Butterflies.
Our Crafty Corner #8 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #54 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #14 Anything goes.
Sister's of Craft #102 Anything goes.
A Beautiful Mess #1 Anything goes.
Altered Electics # Anything goes.
Anma Creatief #55 Anything but a card.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Where the Heart Is #8 Sparkle bling/anything goes.
Craft Heaven #10 bingo ( sentiment/ butterfly/twine).

17 Apr 2016

Red Berries.

Time once more  for the girls in the Christmas Card Club  to show our makes. The theme for today was chosen by me 'Red Berries'.

I  very nearly shot myself in the foot over this as I had selected my choice at the end of last year knowing full well  that I had a couple of used christmas cards with berries on them!
Then I went and made my NewYears Resolution to not only use a recycled card but also make a card from the stash of stamps,/diecuts/stencils / embossing folders in my craft room. 
Eek!!!!
I had to delve/dig and deep but I did eventually find  a never before used embossing folder of sorts.
 Day Saved!!!!

First up though is the card (read that as 2) that I made using the recycled christmas card from my stash . The original card had a row of 3 miniature (should have taken a piccy before I dismantled it) pictures of berries  with a simple   'Seasons Greetings'  underneath.
I  cut out the pictures and trimmed 1 onto cream card and the other 2 onto red card and made the following cards.
I used a red blank card base.
Floral trim is actually christmas bias binding from my stash.
The circles die cut was sent to me by a good blogging buddy.
I cut the sentiment out and added at the bottom.

Cream blank card base this time .
Tartan card is another card base cut down to fit.
Merry Christmas is silver foil ribbon  trimmed and adhered to red card.
Spotty Ribbon from my stash.

Finally the card made  using a Sizzix Metal Embossing Folder originally designed to be used with the Sizzix Personal Die Cutter in conjunction with the Sizzix System Converter!!
Yep, I had never heard of  these  either but I do remember picking a pile (read 5) of these metal  dies  up going dirt cheap years ago from a sale box. They work perfectly in my Sizzix big shot. This one is called  Holly Berries 38-9547


I have used a green blank card base.
Holly card is another  card base cut down. Frame is a sizzix Scallop rectangle die cut which I have put through an SU Decorative Dots embossing folder.
Velvet leaves and berries are a really,really old table decoration from my MIL.
(Just knew it would come in useful one day!)
Chipboard bauble sentiment is by Scrapmatts.



Close up of  the embossing using the metal folder from sizzix.
Turned out to be a bargain buy in the End.

Entering the above card in the following challenges:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown # Christmas Foliage.
Crafty Hazlenut's #277 Cute or anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
A Snowflakes Promise #20 Anything goes.
Crimbo Crackers #104 Embossing.

14 Apr 2016

More Ideas.

Back with some more inspiration for you
for the 2nd week of  my

1st card simply has ribbon folded for the fancy fold .
Trimmed with  a square pearl.
I have used an embossing folder by Darice
called Butterflies which I embossed onto 
rose vellum cardstock. I love the way the 
folder takes off the surface of the vellum giving 
the white chalk appearance. 
Trimmed down and then adhered to pink cardstock
for the base.
I used 'Scotch' Vellum tape for the first time
and have to say I'm mighty pleased with the result
which adheres the vellum to the card totally
invisibly.  Bit weird to use though  and reminds me of 
the iron on  adesive for bonding materials together.
Close up below of the fuchsia  ribbon trim.


Entering into the following challenges:
Sister's of Craft # Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion # Anything goes.
Dream Valley #129 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Inspiration Desintation #81 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #273 Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #20 Use an embossing folder.
Dragons Lair # Anything goes.


 My 2nd card uses a Z card  fold as my fancy fold.

I used white cardstock  to make the basecard
which I folded into 3 equal panels.
Two of the panels were then cut down 
further on the diagonal. 

Panels of pink card stock and a freebie
design paper (from my stash) were cut and adhered
to the base card.
Fuchsia ribbon trim was added onto 3 panels.
The butterfly images by Diane Furniss
 were printed onto cardstock
and were leftovers from a  project (which is still
under wraps till 20th April) still out  on my desk
so I used them up here!! Waste not want not.
Sentiment is  silver stickers from  my stash.


Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Card Makers #161 Shaped card,
Create and Inspire #43 Anything goes.
Fab 'N' Funky #300 Girly and pretty.
Cre8tive Hands #4 Anything goes.
Fussy & Fancy #161 Green & pink.
Our Crafty Corner #8 Anything goes.
Scrapper''s Delights #54 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #14 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #9  Anything goes.


Hope I have inspired you to 
Think outside of the box. 

11 Apr 2016

Paws!

It's challenge time again over at
Crafting From The Heart
#107 Anything Goes.
The sponsor for this week
is




I already had this digi so 
decided to use him as my
image for this challenge.

Schrodinger.

I just love his expression!
Coloured with my promarkers and a silver gel pen.
I deliberately kept my colouring to the minimum
and fussy cut him out and then adhered him to 
black card stock .


The paw pad stamp is one I bought years and years 
 ago before  stamping became a craft!!!! 
(I used to breed and show Persians in a previous life
and I had  purchased this stamp from a cat show
 and used it as  my signature on  pedigree forms.)
I used Black and  London fog ink pads and 
simply stamped the paws in a random fashion over 
a sheet of white card stock. 
Die cut a panel using  a scalloped die  by Crafts -Too.
Adhered onto a panel of black card stock which 
I then attached to a scalloped  card base.
The cat image is attached over front using 3d pads
to give a raised effect. 
The sentiment was created in word 
and adhered to a small scallop die cut 
and again I used 3d pads to attach to the front of the card.

The theme is Anything Goes as usual
and we would love to see you entering
your projects.

Entering into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge #C  Is for cats.
Brown Sugar #193 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #18 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack  #133 Anything gos.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #31 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #224 use your snippets. (odds of black card)
Quirky Crafts #4 Raining cats or dogs. 
Crafty Calendar # Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks # Anything goes.
Mod Squad Challenge Make your own background.

6 Apr 2016

Fancy Folded Pocket.

The New Theme/ Colour
for my Butterfly Challenge is

Verb: Folds  = bend( something flexible and relatively flat)
over on itself so that one part of it covers another

Here is my inspiration for you.


The image is a LOTV from their Set 3 Wild flowers.
I trimmed down and adhered to pink card stock die cut 
using Crafts -Too Scalloped edge.
Base card is pink card stock folded to 5.75 x 6.75.
Folded pocket is a sheet of double sided design paper
cut just slightly smaller than the card size. 
I measured down one long side to find the middle point
and then folded each side in to form the triangle shape.
I then concertina folded a strip of left over paper to
make a featured pleat which I hooked over the outside
edge before adhering  the pocket to the front .
End of folded strip was tucked inside the pocket and a large
pearl added for embellishment. 
Butterflies were die cut using  Clearly Besotted
small butterfly wishes from fushia coloured
paint chips.  Pearls added to the bodies.
Sentiment is a sliver foil sticker.
Close up of the fancy fold pocket.

Entering into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments #152 Birthday sentiment.
Inspiration Destination #80 Anything goes.
Little Red Waggon #336 Celebrate.
Penny's Paper Crafty #272 Anything goes.
In The Pink #91 Dies and/or punches.
Jade's Sparkling Butterrflies #16 Anything goes.
Dies R Us #46 Use scallops.
A Bit More Time To Craft #17 Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #62 Anything goes.
Pixie''s Crafty Workshop #223 Anything goes.

3 Apr 2016

Emboss It..

Time once more for the girls in the 
Christmas Card Club 
to show our makes.
Carol chose todays theme which is 
Use a Stencil or Embossing folder.
I don't have any christmas type stencils 
but I do have a few E.F.'s  which fit the bill.


My first card uses an embossing folder
by Darice  called 
'Pine branches in Corner'
I used gold shimmer card to emboss
and then found a recycled card which had 
a  circle sentiment in  the design which
just fitted nicely onto my card.,
I cut out using my Xcut circle dies and then 
ran through a  dots E.F. to look like snow falling.
(Actually it's to hide the marks from my 
scratched cutting plates that I'm too much
of a skinflint to replace!!)


Backed onto black cardstock to pick up the 
black wording and then mounteed onto 
cream shimmer card stock for the card base.
A fairly quick  CAS card with  the added
bonus that the left over card can go back into  my stock pile
to use another time!

I love it when a plan comes together.

Now it wouldn't be Christmas
without the old acetate would it
so here is the 2nd card I made.

Camera decided at this point to go all pinky on me
but as I love pink i'm not complaining
This time I have used an E.F. by 
Couture Creations called 'Rudolph.
I embossed onto green  Vellum  
and it came out a treat.
It looks just like  parchment .
I backed onto green card which then makes the base
with the acetate sheet sandwiched into the spine
I used check washi tape to cover the spine 
along with a strip of adhesive peel off ribbon
which had the sentiment already on it. 
Gold /green  stickers completes  the look.

 2 more cards for the pot and still sticking to 
my resolve to use one recycled card and one  made 
from my stock of stamps/digis/E.F. or die cuts.

Entering the above card  into the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland #  Embossing wet or dry.
Christmas Card Challenge #18 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything Goes.
ABC  Christmas Challenge #  G is for green or gold. 

1 Apr 2016

Triple Trouble.

I only found this challenge a few days ago.
and really wanted to enter.
The challenge is to use 3 things that do not go together.
We had to incorporate 
Corrugated  Paper
Lace - vintage or store bought
Metal - of some kind.
Also include our creative process through
our thoughts and pictures.
So here goes.

The corrugated cardboard I found in my packaging stash.
Some mint green lace whilst not vintage was in my stash.
I rounded up a few other items,  dried stems from the garden
(yes I do keep all manner of things), ready made flowers,
wooden button and a couple of likely mini matchpot paints.

The metal element was an easy choice.
I had this pile of attached metal buttterflies that had been
gifted to me by a good blogging friend just waitng for the right 
moment to be used.

Having trimmed the corrugated card down and selecting 
two of the sticks to use as sides edges I gave them
a quick splash of paint along with the button and set 
aside to dry.

The pile of butterflies had just a very light brush over 
with the paint  and then dabs of liquid pearls
in mint green and white opal.
When that was dry I dabbed over with stickles in
diamond and disco ball.

I wanted the roses to appear to be growing up the sticks
so twisted the stems round to look like a vine.
Embellised them with the stickles and a little of the 
mint green liquid pearls and prettied up the button
with the stickles an extra opal button and a pink pearl.
When everything was dry I hot glued in place.

Here is the finished plaque The lighting is
not very good as the lace is not showing up properly
but you can see the true colour in the first picture.
Sentiment was punched out using SU''s Modern Labels.


I'm also showing this as inspiration for my challenge
There is still  5 days left to play along. 

Also entering into the following challenges:
How Everything Become Scrap # Pastel colours.
Artistic Inspirations #153 anything goes.
Tuesday Throwdown #287 Add lace.
Inspiration Destination #79 Anything goes.
Fussy and Fancy #160 Pastel colours.
613 Avenue Create #169 Anything goes. 
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #30 Anything goes.

31 Mar 2016

Skating By

Skating by is exactly what I am doing
as I'm running spectacularly late 
for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Challenge.
No excuse as the cards have been made
just no time to post. I need more time!!

Anyway without further ado here is 
my card.
I have used this cute pre coloured image
I had in my stash.
By Sassy Cheryl from Paper Creator
called "Figure Eight Style"

Design papers are all digi papers in my stash
from various Nitwit Collections.
I love these as you can just print off as and when 
required with no fear of running out!
Sentiment is a ribbon sticker. 
I backed each paper onto oddments of white card 
to make a frame and then just layered up until I
got the look I wanted. 
I was having fun so I made another card
using teal design papers backed onto red card this time.


Must rush have a hair appointment!
Entering into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #103 Cute kids.
Winter Wonderland # For a child.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes christmas.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Cute christmas.
Fab 'n'' Funky #298 Christmas.

29 Mar 2016

Half an Egg!

I had intended to make a casket  style egg
for Easter 
but then I realised I didn't have any of the small hinges needed
so  half an Egg it is!!

Made from half a cardboard egg shape
(painted using a yellow matchpot paint )
half a cardboard cotton reel
and loads of hotgluing .
Various flowers made from either
glass shapes, foam, ribbon, or ready made.
All from my stash.
Butterflies , lace , pearls and plaque also 
from my stash.
The sentiment was created in word.

I will let the photo's do most of the talking.

The weight of the flowers kept making 
it fall over so I remedied it by filling 
the hollow cotton reel with 20 penny
coins! 

You could say it is now a pot of Bronze!


Entering into the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Anma Creatief #54 Spring/Easter.
Altered Electics # Anything goes.
Paper Creator's Crafts #45 Spring colours.
Electic Ellapu # Purple team: Flora and fauna..
Crafty Gals Corner #64 Easter or Spring.
Fab n' Funky #297 Flowers.
Little Red Waggon #334 Happy Easter /Spring.
Scrappiness #14  Easter.
The Crafter's Cafe #145 Easter.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #222  Use up your snippets.
Brown Sugar # Easter.
Crafty Boots # Spring is in the air. 
Melonheadz Friends # Throw on flowers.
Appended to add in the following.
All Sorts Challenge #356 Wings.