Friday, September 30, 2016

Lets Sew.

It was my sister's birthday a few weeks ago.  Like me she loves making things and in fact when sis bought a new sewing machine and showed me it I fell in love with all the stitches it did and the gadgets. So much so that my local shop still had the deal going on it and I now have one too. I love it. I gave my old machine(fully working but basic) to the local quilt club who were pleased too. An all win situation.
Anyway here is the  Shaker card I made for her.

I used a Hunkydory pre colored image from their Little book of vintage lace. The shaker element is made from dark green card stock. The buttons  are shirt ones that I have had in my stash for more years than I care to remember courtesy of my MIL who used to work in a shirt factory. The sentiment is a silver sticker.  The card arrived before my sister's birthday and she rang me in a panic to say the packet rattled so she thought whatever was inside had been broken!! 

Entering the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations #164 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #331 Anything goes.
Make My Monday #31 No patterned paper.
Deep Ocean Challenge # 138 Anything goes.
The East Wind  # 63 Move ?It.
Crafty Gals Corner # 91 Anything goes.
Create & Inspire # 52 Anything Goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty # 297 Anything goes.
4 Crafty Chicks # 318 Anything goes.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Valerie with Snowman

Rudolph day has come round again. I didn't manage to play last month so was determined to make sure I entered a card for september. I had such fun colouring up 'Valerie with Snowball' in blue a few days ago that I decided to use another digi of her by Mo's Digital Pencil. This one is called 'Valerie with Snowman' and I have coloured in red. I used acetate again for the card front but made it as a panel encased either side by the red card stock. I have paper pieced the snowman's hat and scarf and also her coat and layered up using 3d pads. Red twine, stickers and silver sentiment from my stash. Winter Wonderland generated in word and cut using an SU labels punch.

 Coloured using just 2 red promarkers for the clothes. Below showing the acetate frontage.

Entering the following challenges:

Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo# September Rudolph day.
Christmas Card Challenge  #42 Anything goes.
Hiding in my Craft Room #268 Any holiday.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #248. Use up your snippets (sentiment made from snippets)
Paper Creator's Crafts #51 Christmas.
Crafty Hazelnut's #300 Use a Sentiment.
Crimbo Crackers #116 Snowmen.
A Snowflakes Promise #29 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.

Monday, September 26, 2016

All Change!

Yes your in the right place!
You should now be looking at the new me.
The Lovely Loll of 'Stamping with Loll'
has very kindly taken my Blog and given me
the most amazing makeover.
Thankyou Loll, I love it to bits.
Such a transformation and all done in such 
a short space of time too.
Loll is in a country the other side of the pond
8hrs behind UK time.
It was totally surreal for me to be emailing at silly o'clock
in the morning when it was still daytime for Loll.
It felt at times like I was bouncing ideas off someone
sitting in the room next to me.
The Butterfly Challenge has had a face lift too!!

I just can't Thank you  enough Loll.

I painted the flowers on the card below
in a water colour art class 2yrs ago and it seemed quite
fitting to use them today along with some marbled 
backing paper made using the Shaving Foam Technique.

Your the Tops Loll.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Run For The Hills.

The Butterfly Challenge has a new theme/colour running.

Now just in case this has sent you running for the hills
let me help by giving you some suggestions. 
Wire comes in all forms so think staples, wire mesh,
pipe cleaners (those furry ones have wire inside and are white).
Wire edged ribbon makes easy flowers.
Thin wire (florist wire) can be used for flower stems,
making a washing line, wire hearts, wire hangers etc.
How about spiral springs for a pop up card!!

Here are a further two cards to start you off.
I have used simple wire to make a loose coil of circles.
Embossing folder is by Crafts-Too called Spots.
Adhered to a white base card and raised on 3D pads
Precut circles and the sentiment are from craft topper sheets in my stash.
Butterfly is by SU and punched out twice for dimension.
White pearls also from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #42 Anything goes.
Lets Craft and Create #117 Spots or stripes.
Unicorn Challenge Blog #13 Happy Birthday.
Inspiration Destination #104 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #296 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #330 Anything goes.

My second card uses a paper clip as the wire element.
See! Simples!!
Here I have used a peel of sticker in white
 by Elizabeth Craft Designs called Flowers in Square
on my background card again raised on 3D pads.
Sentiment tag from the same topper sheet as above.
I did attach with ds tape first and then added the paper clip over 
the top . Butterflies are a smaller SU punch.
Pearls from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #163 Anything goes.
Use Your Stuff #234 Butterflies.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #247 Use up your snippets (white card for butterflies)
Crafty Girlz Challenges # Anything goes.

I hope you will come and join in .

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wrap Up Warm.

I'm woefully late for our
Christmas Card Reveal.
Sorry Kate I have been away for a few days 
and didn't have time to prepare before I went.
Kate's choice for this challenge was
'Woolie Hats and Gloves'.
We were allowed to add scarves too!

So straight into my used christmas card pile

and I found a card front showing mitts,hat and a sock.
I trimmed  it down using  a Crafts-Too square dies scalloped edge
and adhered to matching red cardstock.

I then made up one of my acetate sandwiches
using green base card wrapped over to the front and attached
to the acetate with the image in between.
I found some green holly stickers for down the front hinge
 and also used to decorate along the base of the acetate.

Next I had a look through my stamps and digi's to see
if I could use something from my christmas stash.
I found this digi image by Mo's Digital Pencil 
'Valerie with Snowball'

I coloured using my promarkers in two shades of blue.
Fussy cut out the hat,scarf,coat and snowball and adhered
to a separate digi image using the same colours. I used 3D
pads to raise them up on top.
I used an embossing folder from
Practical Publishing International on the pale blue cardstock.
I attached this to a dark blue cardstock to make the base card
then adhered the image to it.
Acetate was attached to the hinged flap and makes the front of the card.
I used blue/white bakers twine wrapped round the hinge to make a bow.

I used silver sticker edging, snowflakes and sentiment
on the acetate front for decoration.

Entering the Blue card  into the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas #214 Keep Warm.
A SnowFlakes Promise #29 Anything goes.
Get Creative #48 Must include embossing wet or dry.
Lets Craft and Create #117 Spots or stripes.
Paper Creators Crafts #51 Christmas.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #381 Christmas.
Craft Rocket Challenges #24 Mostly Blue.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Running late but I overdid it gardening 
and had to have a couple of days resting up.
Here is my finished project for the 2nd week
to hopefully inspire you.

I picked this plaque up from the local charity shop
some time ago for £1. The E had a piece broken off
that had been roughly glued back in place but as I knew
I would be covering it up it wasn't a problem.
The only problem I did have was that I started
altering it without taking a before photo.
The Doc alerted me to this fact so I quickly put 
it all back together again for a photo shoot. 

I'm the last of the big spenders here as I used toilet 
roll tissue torn up and then glued using pva paste.
I happen to like the pattern of this particular roll
which has roses on it and it helps to not see
the  torn joins when stuck together.

Here is a close up of  the last two letters.
Other toilet roll makes and patterns are equally as good!
It took a couple of days to complete and leave to dry thoroughly.

Once dry I gave the letters a couple of coats of
 paint using a sample poster pot in lavender.
(I find these little pots of sample paint colours from 
the DIY shop are ideal for covering my craft projects).

Then came the fun part of decorating. 
I found everything in my stash. I painted a piece of 
corrugated cardboard with a deeper purple colour and then 
tore it up into rough pieces to randomly adhere to the letters.

I replaced the glass and cut a circle of paper to fit.
The paper design is my own as I tried my hand at 
making marbled paper using  the shaving foam technique.
I did that out in the garden as it can be quite messy
but I had  fun. I made several sheets up using different 
coloured reinkers. The papers all have a lovely shaving foam
smell to them but it did make me sneeze when I was
die cutting the butterflies from it! 
Here is a close up of the marbled paper.
I used Lyndon,Whidley and Theo Poppy Stamp dies
plus Pippa  and Isabella Memory box dies on the butterflies.
Entering into the following challenges:
Altered Electics #Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #18 Anything Mixed media goes.
Love To Craft #2 Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #329 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #85 Flower power.
Cuttlebug Mania # Anything goes with die cuts.
Crafty Creations #324 For the home.
Inspiration Destination #103 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #116 Anything goes.
Really Reasonable Ribbons #149 Things with wings +ribbon or twine.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #246  Use up your snippets (Loads on here).

Monday, September 12, 2016

Gone Fishing

As a DT Favourite back in May on the 
I have been invited back this month 
as their Guest Designer.
The Theme is Changing Seasons with  a twist
of make it Masculine.
I decided to go with the Fishing Season
and show you this card that I made using the art of Iris Folding
The design is from a book called
'460 Iris Folded Cards To Make' 
by Maruscha Gaasenbeck and Tine Beauveeser

All the papers I used were scraps from my stash.
The sentiment was computer generated and cut with 
the SU Punch ' Modern Label'

I  had such fun making this that I actually made two of these cards 
one of which went to a swap friend  (that  I never showed until now)
who said she liked it so much that she framed hers.
See if you can spot the difference with the one below.
They are very slightly different though I have made them 
using the same papers.

I need to go the charity shop and get a frame for my one now!