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16 Apr 2014

Mother's Day/Special Lady.

I was invited to be Guest Designer for Crafting with Dragonflies as part of my win .
This is the second project for April.
The theme for the challenge this time is
Card for Mother's Day/Special Lady.
This is the card that I made and part of a swap that is  now in America.
My swap partner Bev is giving to her Mom on her  Mother's day.
 Image is LOTV pre coloured art pad Set 19
Design paper by Prima 'Botanical collection' free with Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine.
Ribbon, lace and pearls from stash.
Butterflies punch by Tonic and coloured using Promarkers to match image.

Side view of Centre step card
Made from a template in a magazine designed by Wendy Martin.

Inside off card  decorated but left blank  for recipient to write.

Matching tag sent with card using up leftovers.
Entering into following challenges:
Crafty Calendar # Things with wings.
Scribble & Scrap #16 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #120 Use up your snippets. (butterflies punched from odds of card.)
Challenges 4 Everybody #40 Anything goes,
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Paper Crafting Journey # For that special lady.
Simon Says Stamps # Winged things.
Sister Act #52 Anything goes.
Fairytale Challenges #89 Butterflies.
Brown Sugar #89 Mothers Day.

13 Apr 2014

Christmas Lights.

Christmas lights or in my case Lamposts.
The theme chosen by Asha this time over at the Christmas Card Club 
is Christmas Lights. 
I remembered I had this digi  (don't think they exist anymore) so printed it out to have a play. 
Had a rummage through my saved recycled cards and found a couple 
of street  scenes that I thought  would work well.
Also found some card blanks that I had already cut  apertures  from.
Lampost digi is by 'Squiggle'  coloured using Promarkers.
Spellbinders Majestic elements used for aperture.
Everything else used  from stash.
inside of card again using Majestic Elements.
Sentiment reused  from old Card.
As I already had everything out on my desk I made another card. 
Both scenes using old recycled C. Cards from stash.
Sizzix  scallop circles 657552 used to die cut  aperture.
Sentiment from another recycled card.
Gems from stash. 
Inside  using Sizzix and Spellbinders die cuts.
Sentiment created in word and  printed out in red.
Two more made for my 2014 quota.
Entering into the following challenges.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #254 Christmas.
Jingle Belles# Repurpose,recycle.
Completely Christmas #7 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #172 Make it Square.
Crimbo Crackers #62 Make a scene.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #120. Use up your snippets.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra# Anything goes Christmas.


9 Apr 2014

Love Hearts.

I have show cased this on my Butterfly challenge #5
Here is how I made them.
First up though the ingredients.
Cardboard heart shapes. Purchased from NEC last Nov.
2ply torn kitchen towel, Mod Podge Tester pot paint
Inka  Gold.
Having covered the shapes  using the torn paper and glue.
I left to dry to harden.
Once dry a quick coating of paint ' Dusted Fondant'.
Left to dry again and then the Inka gold applied with a soft cloth.
Then the fun began decorating.
The lettering is part of a packet of Decorative wood Embellishments by Prima.
Sequins  are from 'Poundland'  a huge bag of mixed sizes and shapes.
This bag was the pink /mauve selection.
Hessian  was from  Docrafts bare basics range.

Butterflies are from the SU 'Papillon  Potpourri' stamp set.
Stamped onto snippets of white card coloured with Promarkers and hand cut out.

Gold coloured charm was from my stash of charms.
Chosen because it happened to match the cut out shape and continued the theme.

The finished  hanging plaque.
Entering into the following challenges:
4Krafty Girlz #15 Anything goes.
Paper Crafting Journey. Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #44 Anything goes
All Sorts #253 No flowers.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #23 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #27 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #119 Use your snippets. (snippets of white card for butterflies).
Craft Your Passion #208 No designer papers.
My Craft Creations #Anything goes.

2 Apr 2014

Decorated Easter Egg.

As part of my Win over at Crafting With Dragon flies  (#19 The doc's recycled whisky bottle)  I was invited to be the Guest Designer for April which I was  very pleased to accept.
The theme for  the first April challenge is:
Easter card or anything as long as it is Easter.
I have chosen to decorate an Easter Egg.
I used a cardboard shaped egg and a 2ply serviette.
I first covered the egg blank with the bottom sheet of the 2ply serviette torn into pieces.
I used Mod Podge for the gluing .
I then painted green with a test pot of acrylic paint .
Finally covered with the top sheet of the torn up serviette.
I cut the rabbit out separately and adhered him last.
Another coating of mod podge to seal and give a nice overall sheen to the egg.
Top and base are both the same rabbit design.

I attached the edging strip of the serviette to the edge of the bottom egg half.

I then raided my stash and went to town decorating.
I used
Lace, flowers, ribbon, beads, gems & pearls.

Side view of finished egg.

 It wouldn't be Easter without the chocolate eggs inside!!
Popover here to join in all the fun. 
Entering into the following challenges:
The Cheerful Stamp Pad #83 Add some flowers.
Lexi's creations #113 Easter.
Crafty Boots # Easter.
Artistic Inspirations #85 Easter colours/ anything goes.
City Crafter #205 Easter/ Spring
Paper Take Weekly # Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs# Anything goes.
Pile It On #13 Floral fantasy.
2 Creative Chicks #13 Use Mod Podge.
Sparkles #54 Easter Parade.

31 Mar 2014

Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition.

Picture heavy Post.
Hillarys Blinds have been running a Cut , Stich and Blog competition on their web site. The closing date is today so I'm just in by the skin of my teeth as they say!
I saw this competition mentioned on a couple of blogs but couldn't find the page on their site anywhere but  then my friend Sherry posted her competition makes with the links so I was able to find out all the details.
First thing to do was to send off for my free sample of material which there was a choice of 4 to choose from. By now though I had nearly run out of time to order so just got in in time.
I fell in love straight away with the beautiful Bird Parade from the selection.

I then spent a week mulling over what to make and at the very last minute changed my mind
as first decision  I decided was too easy. Well what's the fun in that and when have I ever taken the easy route!!
So first job was to nip down to the local charity shop for a picture frame.
I removed the old picture and glass and then sanded the frame down  to get a good key.

Next I needed to cut  the  material.
I hadn't realised till I spread  it out on the floor that the birds were in different poses.
Had a heart in mouth moment as I needed at least two birds to be exactly the same.
Fortunately two were. Phew!
I nearly left the frame as it was but decided to stick with painting it.
I used 2 tester pots in 'Blue Babe' and 'Teal Tension'
rubbing down between colours to achieve a distressed look and in some parts back to the original.
I steamed and ironed the fabric and attached to the cardboard insert  from the original picture.

Next I went off to my stash of beads and trims and selected just a few!
Next came the fun part building up the  fabric picture with embellishments.
Not too many as I wanted the original design of the fabric to still show through.
Here is the reason I needed  at least 2 birds o be the same.
I wanted the body of the bird to be in 3D and very slightly padded.

I cut just the body out and backed with an odd tree/branch piece.
I found some embroidery thread in a teal & turquoise which matched perfectly and stitched by hand.

Stuffed to give a nicely rounded shape.

Beaded detail of the tail.
I found some beautiful pearl shell shape beads that fitted the feather shape perfectly.

The finished picture.
I added a few beads to the flowers in the tree  for a balanced effect and then on  a whim
I added the dangly pearl heart bead.
Off to link up with Pixies Crafty Workshop #118 as I have used up loads of snippets from my stash.
Finally off to send link to Hillarys Blinds before I miss the deadline.

Six More for The Pot.

Six very quick Cas Christmas cards
to add to the pot making a healthy 8 more to my total.
Silver card blanks form stash.
Digi papers by Bearly Mine 'Winter Swirls'
which make up these really super fast cards fronts.
Ribbon and gems from stash
Sentiments Anita's Glitterations.
Sentiments Anita's Message tags.
Ready made tag base and glitter card from stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Creative Craft World #3 Beat the rush.
Rudolph Day # Two or more Christmas cards.
Sweet Stampin Christmas #15 It's cold outside.
Rhedd and Rosie's #29 Trees and wood.


30 Mar 2014

Cute Christmas.

This is my first Christmas card make joining in over at the Christmas  Card  Club. I had seen several of my blogging friends making cards and a couple of weeks ago I expressed an interest and low and behold I was invited to join this merry band of  bloggers who are busy beavering away to make cards in  a timely fashion for you know what that creeps stealthily up behind us ready to give us a quick nip/kick  if we are not alert and  ready!!
The theme for this weeks show is Cute Christmas.

Now  that posed quite a challenge for me cos  cute to my mind is very much  in the eye of the beholder. One man's fancy etc...........etc. 
 Anyone who knows me I don't do 'Cute'  (no stamps or dies fitting that description in my stash )so this meant resorting to a pile of old Christmas card fronts saved to re salvage into  new cards.
I found 3 pictures which I thought would work and set to finding papers to go with them.
This card is actually the first picture I picked to use but the second card made!!
How come? Well I played around with different DP. and card stock but nothing worked so went onto the second card which fell together very quickly using the very same colour way I had originally picked out for card no1.
Having made the card I kept looking back at the one I had discarded which I had dumped onto  (also discarded ) DP. and suddenly it clicked the two went together.
So here is my cute Christmas Card.

Taken at a slight angle to avoid the glare from the Acetate.
Yep!  You heard right,I resorted to my love hate relationship with  the stuff to make this CAS card.
Image from old (at least 15yrs) Christmas card in stash.
Brads in stash along with Anita's Glitterations adhesive sentiment.
D.P. 'Humprey's Corner'  Christmas Collection also from stash.
Glamour dust applied to front of acetate using Glossy accents.
Sentiment was also applied to the front of acetate before attaching to card using the brads.

Inside of card using up a sentiment cut from another old Christmas card
and remaining D.P.
Card blank was a silver one from stash which matched the silver card stock also used.

And I know your going to ask about the other one so here it is.
To my mind more fun than cute.
D.P. is from Crafters Companion 2012 Christmas collection freebie.
Everything else from stash.
Card front is also a very old salvaged one.
 Inside using up the remaining strip of D.P.
Left blank for a sentiment to be added at a later date.
If you have gotten to end of this narrative  and still with me then
Well done!!
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #118. Use up your snippets. (old salvaged card fronts).
Fab 'n' Funky #209 Christmas.
Crimbo Crackers  #61 Anything goes.
Charisma Cardz #7 CAS.
Completely Christmas #5 Anything goes.
Frosted Designs # Clearly transparent.
My Time to Craft  #241 Beary nice.
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper. Anything goes.( Paper must cover entire front of card.)
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra. Anything Christmas.

26 Mar 2014

Spring is in the Air

I made this card for a recent swap I did in February. My partner Jan has received this now along with a tag and a goodie bag of yellow items.

Card is 8" x8" card blank with kraft Card cut slightly smaller and added to front.
Yellow dp. is I think Raspberry Road free from a magazine.
Topper is by Kanban Regency Butterflies.
Roses made using Spellbinders Rose creations die. S5-050.
Lace, ribbon, leaf, gems and yellow card from my stash.
Sentiment generated using Britannia word dies.

Close up of the topper and handmade roses that had gold glitter added.
Close up of the butterfly which is Cheery Lynn Designs DL 113AB

Inside of card which has  Xcut Rectangle Parenthis  die  matted onto more of the dp.
Butterfly is Memory Box Pippi & Isabella dies.

I have show cased this on My Butterfly Challenge  #4 here.

Entering into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Sugar  #86 Anything goes. 
Sister Act Act #48 Anything Goes. 
Really Reasonable Ribbons Reasonable Ribbons #91 Spring and ribbon or trim. 
Electric  Ellapu #  Flowers and Butterflies.
Electric Ellapu#  Wings.
Scribble and Scrap and Scrap  #14 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations Inspirations # 84 Anything goes.
Love to Create to Create # 108  Bingo (sparkle, yellow, flowers).
The Crazy Challenge Crazy Challenge  # 167 Flower power.
The Paper Nest Dolls Paper Nest Dolls # 6 Anything goes.

24 Mar 2014

Water Colour Flowers.

This is my drawing/painting from last weeks water colour class.
Just drawn from a picture in a book so not original.
When I got it home I couldn't resist adding some shrink plastic butterflies.
I like making these and there will never be two the same as the alcohol inks react differently each time on the shrink plastic  and heat gun. 

The tutor is letting me do birds next time which I also like doing.
Everyone else has to do landscapes!
I'm pleased with this result and love the colours.

Just realised that I used snippets of shrink plastic to make the butterflies so off to link up
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. Crafty Snippets. #117.  Use your snippets. 

23 Mar 2014

Lunch in the Garden.

In between the periodic showers today  we  have managed to have lunch in the garden sitting at the table down the end . We had butternut squash /aubergine pate on biscuits with a prosecco or two!

We then decided that the Azalea  bush in the front garden needed staking up after the hail storms of yesterday so it was very much a case of you hold it whilst I bash it!!!

This is the bush  after we had  staked it up. p.s. We are still talking.

I had cleared the little stream out last week of all the fallen leaves and debris and found a total of 15 newts in there so after carefully putting the mud back into the bottom  along with the newts the water has now balanced out to crystal clear and the newts are happily sun bathing on the pile of  stones at the  end.  (not shown in this photo before Jules blows it up.) Please note that I very carefully stood  behind the statute of David to take this  snap!
As there are snippets of flowers (snapped off in the wind)  in the pot am entering into:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #117. Use up your snippets.

17 Mar 2014

Water Colouring.

I have been to two of the water colouring classes now  and my dread of having to do a still life on lesson one turned out to be a reality. The tutor could see I wasn't happy with an apple and a banana  so gave me an old metal railway sign which was advertising a wine with a picture of a grape vine with grapes hanging on it.
We finished our still life in the second lesson so here is my first efforts at water colour painting.  When I got it home I couldn't resist adding a butterfly to it. Well it would have been rude not to!!

Not exactly a master piece  but it's a start. I'm more at home with oils and there is a different technique  to using water colours. Next lesson we are painting flowers which is much more in my comfort zone so watch  this space as they say. 

14 Mar 2014

Dancing with the Butterflies.

Kraoba Guiness (aka Wimpy)
5/05/1999 - 14/03/2014