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21 Oct 2014

Baubles and Bows

I seem to be on a Christmas card roll at the moment.
This card is not my normal style
but thought I would give it a try out.
Must say I quite like it.
I stamped the baubles  and bows onto 
 off cuts of card and then fussy cut them out.
I matted up layers of red, green and white card
onto a white base card.
Baubles were glued on and then the banner
and the bows adhered using 3d  foam pads.
Simples!!
 
Stamps by Clearly Besotted.
'Signature Christmas additions'
'Mini Basic Banners'
Entering into the following challenges:
Clearly Besotted #14 Christmas.
One Crazy Stamper # Halloween/Christmas.
Crafty Hazelnuts #199 Use something forgotten or never used. (Brand new stamps).
Crimbo Crackers #67  Anything goes.


19 Oct 2014

Warmest Wishes.

Time again over at the Christmas Card Club
to show the cards we have made for
The next theme  chosen by Rita
'Christmas Reindeer.'
Now whilst I do have some nice Reindeer stamps
I was determined to use those little die cut snippets
from a day or so ago that I said looked
a bit like antlers!
So I collected up a few more odds and ends
An old Christmas card front
The left over card from cutting out the butterfly tag
2 ovals cut using my Fiskars shape template
Sentiment saved from an old card
Small snippets of white card stock
A few pearls
and oh yes the Antlers!
and got cracking.
I did use a few extras not shown here
as I improvised as I went along.
Acetate, blue card stock, glitter and Wink of Stella.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers # Anything goes.
Sister Act #79 Anything goes.
Christmas Stampin all Yr Long #33 Use your imagination.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #147 Use up your snippets ( I most certainly did!)
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Christmas cards only.

Think Pink.

Jingle Belles
are asking for  Pink Christmas cards
to promote Breast Cancer Week.
They are donating $4 for each card entered.
I found several other challenges too
asking for Think Pink
so I had a sort through my digi papers
and came up with this card.
Pretty CAS for me.
Design paper is by Bearly Mine from their
'Pastel Christmas Collection'
I printed off using 160gsm cardstock
and then adhered to cardboard packaging for extra stability.
I used double sided tape around the front edges,
peeled off and dipped each side in SU extra fine  glitter.
This gave me a lovely neat sparkly border.
I then matted onto a white base card.
The sentiment is my Britannia dies which I cut out
3 times each and glued together.
Using pva glue I covered the fronts and dipped in more
of the glitter.
When dry I used the pva glue again to stick to the card front.
Silver gem for the letter i and the card was complete.
 
Entering into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles # Pink Christmas .
Oldie But A Goodie #Christmas (digi papers bought Oct 2013,glitter Feb 2014)
Aud Sentiments #117 Anything goes.
Divas By Design # Texture. (Used glitter on ds tape)
Penny's Paper Crafty #199 Anything goes.
Crafting with Dragonflies #37 Pink cards for breast cancer( I used digital paper).
Suzy  Bee's Bloomin Challenge #51  Anything goes with a twist add pink.
Live And Love Crafts #28 Favourite colour pink.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Christmas cards only.



16 Oct 2014

Iv'e been Framed!

At the beginning of September
I spent a day having a painting class
with an Artist friend up in Suffolk
learning how to paint with Acrylics.
I did 3 pictures altogether but this is
my favourite one.
We went and picked it up from the framers today.
The Doc is going to hang it for me
but I couldn't wait to show you.
What do you think?
 


Bokeh Technique

As it is week 2 of  my current
I had a look on the web to see if I could
find some inspiration for you
and came across The Bokeh technique.
I found a really good tutorial on
 
So without further ado here is my take on the technique.

I hade recently bought some
Faber Castell Gelatos which was fortunate.
I used Metallic Melon  for the Butterfly
and SU ink pad Coral Calypso for the background .
Stamp is by Inkylicious 'Flutters2'
Sentiment by Hero Arts.
Die cut is by Sizzix 'Super Scallop Crescent'
I used 300gsm water colour card for the tag.
I raised the butterfly up on 3d pads
and even managed to cut round the Antenna
ribbon from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
The Shabby Tearoom#237 Show your shape.
Through the Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Little Miss Muffet #96 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 146. Use up your snippets. (ribbon , watercard).
Dream Valley #92 Anything but a card.
613 Avenue  Create #93 Anything goes/optional CAS. 


14 Oct 2014

Doctor's Orders.

I have been for my second session today with the Osteopath.
I have been pummelled , stretched and twisted
and under strict instructions to do no gardening or bending!
What's a girl to do but obey the Doctor.
The past week has seen me holed up in the craft pod
with a stinky cold and a bad back so I have been
catching up on everyone blogs
(well as much as blogger lets me  as he keeps hiding
my Readers lists and stopping me from following new peeps.)
 
This is a card I made from the left overs from
2 Christmas cards I made and showed last week.
The left over  part  of the aperture I cut on card No 1.
and some of the  little bits of fretwork from card No 2.

I matted onto red and then yellow card
and then onto grey card stock for the base card.
The background was made  using the Faux Pearl Technique
as explained in the original card post.
I spent ages playing around with the off cuts
and finally came up with this design
which I thought looked a bit 'Celtic'.
Looking at it now I see loads of crabs.
All the bits were stuck down individually
 using a paint brush and pva glue.
I know !  I'm a glutten for punishment.

I used some more bits up on another card
which I will post separately.
These are what was left over
I see loads of Reindeers antlers,
a couple of £ signs
and don't those bottom 2 look like
Lion Gargoyles from a stately home
or Egyptian Sphinx!!
Ok, ok . I 'll just keep taking the pills.
Entering into the following challenge:
My Craft Creations# Anything goes.
House Of Cards # A punch or a die or both.
Artistic Insirations #113 Make your own background.
Sister Act #78 Anything goes.
Hiding In My Craft Room #169 Super scraps.
Quirky Crafts #21 Frame it.
Scribble and Scrap #29 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #146 Use up your snippets.
Pile It On  #41 Use 2 or more die cuts (Spellbinders Elegant Rectangles/Tonic  Chic Set.)
Crafting From The Heart #40 Anything goes.  


10 Oct 2014

Neon Lights.

The challenge over at Merry Monday
is Neon Colours.
I couldn't think of a darn thing to use  for this
so was going to pass up on it.
Then I saw my pal Di had commented that she had
the same reservations and was going to resort to
rushing out and buying some post it notes in neon colours.
Just as I was reading this I glanced at my desk and lo and behold
what did I spy
Yes Miss Di your a life saviour!
Di even gave me some ideas too.
As the strips were only thin I pulled out my miniature punches
to see if anything fitted.
I found tiny Christmas trees and leaves.
Decided to go with the leaf punch and create a wreath.
I had a Christmas sentiment to use by Papermania
and whilst having a rummage in the ink pad drawer found a
stamp pad I had bought ages ago under the guise of
'That will come in handy one day'
Well todays THE DAY!
Also found at the bottom of a pile of stash some
bright purple and pink cardboard packaging I had also saved
for that rainy day
Well it RAINED TODAY!
So many hours later
here is my Neon Christmas Card.
I used a white card blank which I layered up
with purple and then pink cardboard
and finally white card stock.
Loads of leaves punched to make the wreath.
Ribbon and gems from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas #129 Neon colours.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Christmas cards.
Christmas Card Challenge #45  Layered up.
Fab 'n'Funky#232 Anything with ribbon.
Top Tip Tuesday# Non-traditional Christmas.
City Crafter #232 Leaves.
Ooh -La La Creations #166 Use a bow.
Love To Scrap #39 Anything goes.
 


Still haven't repurposed the Whisky bottle!
 

 
 
 

9 Oct 2014

Beginning with P.

This is not what I had intended to do today.
I was meant to be repurposing a Whisky bottle! 
I got side tracked reading other blogs.
2 had posts on the Faux Pearl Technique
which got me thinking if I had any suitable
paints I could use which would give me  the same effect.
A quick rummage and I came across my stash
of Silkies  by Imagination Crafts.
Says on the pot pearlescent paints
so that was good enough for me!
 
You can't really see the sheen from this photo
but it is like mirror glass.
This is the piece I cut from the centre
of the glossy card stock I used.
(Saved for another day!)
Whilst playing around with the card
I happened to put it down on an old card front
which was on my desk waiting to be used.
I thought the two went together  well.
 
The card front is a sheet of very very thin
acetate with the picture embedded in it.
I trimmed the sentiment from the top.
 
The rest of the picture I attached behind
the aperture  and that's when disaster struck.
The acetate being so thin split as I was sticking it down.
Anyone seeing a crack appear on the windscreen or
(if your old enough to remember)
horror of horrors a snag in your stocking run
you will appreciate the despair I felt!
Even though I quickly applied ds tape
to the split the damage was done.
So what to do? Well the little off cuts
from the die cut were still on my desk
and another quick rummage found
some ribbon ivy leaves and tiny pearls
A trail of flowers and Ivy now covers the split up.
Phew!!
The sentiment was matted onto grey pearlised card
and attached to the front.
The whole card was attached to a sheet of grey
SU card stock folded to make a card base.

Which brings me in a round about way
to Hazel's challenge to use something
beginning with P.
My first thought being Post box
which is why the card was on  my desk.
I realise I have another P here too.
Faux Pearl technique.
 
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge # 197  Beginning with P.
Creative Card World # Beat The rush.
Crimbo Crackers# 97 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop#145 Use up your snippets. (ivy leaves snippets from die cut)
Deep Ocean Challenges # 88 Christmas in October.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #280 Christmas.
Imagination  Crafts # Anything goes.
 


8 Oct 2014

Tag It.

This is a card  I made for a swap.
It had to incorporate a Tag/Die cut/Lace.
This has gone to Australia.
 
The design paper was a freebie from a magazine.
Flowers were from Poundland.
Stickeroos are from Penny Black 'Sun-kissed' sheet.

Sentiment created using Britannia word dies
Lace and ribbon from my stash.

The back of the tag.

Inside of card using  Spellbinders die.
my  Butterfly Challenge #16  is for a Tag with your butterfly
 
Entering into the following challenges:
Card Mania #57 Tag.
Fan-tastic Tuesday#56 Anything goes with wings.
Papertake Weekly # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Crafting From The Heart #39 Anything goes.
Whoopsi Daisy # Things with wings.
Electric Ellapu # Pink team (flowers/floral).
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #145 Use up your snippets ( lace and ribbon).
Sparkles #60 Anything with Wings.

6 Oct 2014

Ahoy there me hearties.

Sorting through my photos and found
this card I had not blogged.
Found quite a few actually!!
So without further ado
I made this for Sweet Cheeks and as he is nearly 6yrs
thought I had better get a move on and show !
Image is from the Polkadoodles  'Bonbon Belles' CD.
Colured in using Graph'it markers/gold outline pen.
Background coloured using pearlescent chalks.
Circles cut using dies by Xcut and Sizzix.
Sentiment by Britannia word dies.
 
Entering into the following challenges:
Cute card Thursday #341 Spots and dots.
The Crafter's Cafe #84 Use punches / and or die cuts.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #145 Use up your snippets ( snippet of whit card for words).
Crafting At The Weekend #6 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs# Anything goes.
Sister Act #77 Anything goes.
613 Avenue Create #92 Anything goes with no twist.
Scribble & Scrap #29 anything goes.



5 Oct 2014

Carol Singers

Another fortnight has flown past
and time again for the Christmas Card Club .
The theme was chosen by Sue P. and is
Carol Singers.
Was really pleased when I saw this choice
as I have had this decoupage set in my stash for yrs.
No make on the sheet just says Line 501 which doesn't offer any clues.
I matted green mirror card to the base card.
The Tonic die cut is from their Chic Set.
I love the cut out fret work design.
All those little cut outs though  are safely stored
 in a pot to use at a later date.
What?
You didn't think I was going to throw them did you!!
I used red card stock to match the decoupage colour.

A side view image to show the decoupage layers
set up on 3d  sticky pads on each tier.
Lightly coated with glitter in the same  colours
 to match their outfits.
Sentiment is by Britannia Word dies
and cut in the green mirror card.
Gem and pearls from my stash.
 
Entering into the following challenges:
Country View Crafts # Sparkle and shine.
Crafty Calendar # Bingo(Pearls/sentiment/die cuts).
Sparkle and Sprinkle # Anything goes.
Die Cuttin Divas #85 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #249 All sentimental.
We Do  Doobadoo #16 Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra. Anything goes Christmas.
 
 

 
 
 


1 Oct 2014

Do Me a Favour.

Take some empty  kitchen/toilet towel rolls
to make favour boxes.
Cut down to the size you need.
I have made mine approx. 6" long.
My roll was pretty much scrunched up each end
so I only managed to cut 1 from the large tube.
Fold the tube flat and use a bone folder to crease.
Using a round nesting die to fit I scoured round
a semi circle approx. 1" either end on both sides.
I used the scoring tool from by Hougie board.
Bend the ends in to make the closure.
I painted my box  using  a tester pot paint
in Tuscan Terracotta.
Same box but 3 very different looks.
All the Butterflies are by Dufex.

Box 1 using scraps of ribbon and lace
with a  lable by Studio Light from their Vintage line.
Stamped with a sentiment by Kanban  using
D.I. in Walnut Stain.
A distinctly  shabby chic look.

Box 2 using a Britannia Word die
and beige/brown twine for a more CAS look.
Suitable maybe for a Male.

Box 3 using Organza brown ribbon  and layering
the Kanban stamp up on beige and brown card.
Stamped using Distress Ink as above. 

Simple to make and easy to decorate.

I have made these to showcase
the 2nd week of my Butterfly challenge #15
Butterfly/s in Autumn colours.

Entering also into the following challenges:
Open Minded Crafting #20 Fall/Autumn.
Craft Room  # Seasonal Colours.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz #27 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #113 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty workshop #114 Use up your snippets. (tiny scraps of lace and ribbon).
Crafting From The Heart #138 Anything goes.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.