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26 May 2016

Here Kitty!

I try and join in a card chain challenge every month which is hosted by Deborah in  America.
The april challenge was to use  any or all of the following:
A  colour swatch of orange/peach
A sketch to follow
A Penny black stamp/digi.

I managed to use 2 of the requirements. The colours and the cats/friendship theme.

The digi image is by Ladybug Crafts and is called Catflap-Magnum. I coloured the image using my promarkers and die cut using Spellbinders Majestic Elements Marvelous Squares. I used orange embroidery thread to stitch through the holes around the edge of the image. The footprint paper is my own design. I have had the paw stamp for a very long time well before stamping became fashionable.
I had previously used it on a card I made and showed last month.
I used to breed /show persians and I used the stamp on my stationery and pedigree forms. 
I layered the card up with three different coloured orange/peach card stock.
I created the sentiment in  word and the square pearls were in my stash. 
My card went to Jo 'Dotty Pudding' in the UK this time. 

I used some more of my design paper on the inside along with another stitched die cut square.
Entering into the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights #55 Anything goes.
Paper Creator's Crafts #47 Anything goes.
Cre8tive Hands #7 Anything goes.
Little Miss Muffet #138 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #21 Anything goes.
Craft your Passion #313 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #78 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #230 Use your snippets (scrap of white card for insert).

23 May 2016

Happy Motoring

It was The Doc's Birthday at the beginning of the month and this is the card I made for him.
The digi image is by  Becky's Place and comes pre coloured  as well as blank to colour yourself.
The image comes in Green and as The Doc loves that colour I have used that one.  (Don't want you thinking I'm a master at colouring. lol.) I bought it at the beginning of January and  had to put a note to myself on my craft Calendar to remind me where I had downloaded it to on the computer! 
The design paper is a magazine freebie and is by  Emma Schonenberg. The dark green is vellum paper and I love using the Scotch Vellum tape for adhering it to other paper. You really can't see it at all. It is a bit peculiar to use though and looks/ works a bit like heat and bond on fabric except you don't use an iron on it. Sentiment is silver stickers from my stash. 

Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #10 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Girlz Challenges #15 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #15 Anything goes.
Aud  Sentiments #155 Anything goes + Sentiment.
Inspire and Create #46 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #86 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #278 Anything goes.

20 May 2016


It was my good blogging friend  Margreet's Birthday a few monhs back  and this the card that I sent to her in the Netherlands.
I used up the last of the hand made paper that I had made at the craft  club I go to in the village. Backed onto bronze pearlescent card stock to make a tent fold card base.  The framework and embellishments are from a company called Yoosami  which had been in a £10 goody bag  from the last craft show I had been to. Then I went in search of an image to put inside the frame. Searching through my stash I found some images by Pink Gem that I had previously coloured up whilst on holiday 3 yrs ago and had then brought home and done nothing with.   

This particular image is called Sophie and is coloured using Distress Marker pens. (I know this as they are the only pens I took on holiday with me and as I only had 8 of them  was quite restricted for colour.) Close up shown below. I added one of the buterflies with a gem in her hair to represent a bow. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #14 Anything goes.
Our Crafty Corner #9 Anything goes.
Crop Stop #16 Anything goes.
Sisters of Craft # Anything goes.
Petal Lu Challenges #14 Anything goes.
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #19 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #20 Anything goes.
Chocolate Coffee and Cards #109 Just us girls.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #34 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #229 Use up your snippets (last of handmade paper).

18 May 2016

Apertures with Apricot

The New Theme/ Colour
for my Butterfly Challenge is

Here is my inspiration for you.
1st up is a shaker card.

The  apricot flower design paper is by Aspire Crafts 'Sew Pretty'
I created the shaker element using die cuts by Crafts-Too
'Square Dies Scalloped Edge and acetate.
Burlap mini butterflies are by Papermania which I coloured
slightly using a apricot promarker and then  a swoosh 
of Wink  of Stella followed by a sprinkle of Glamour dust.
They really do sparkle when the light hits them.
I used tiny beads for the shaker element 
Sentiment is a silver sticker from my stash. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #14  Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #10 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Calendar # Things with Wings.
Ruby's Rainbow #129 Use a transparent  element.

My 2nd inspiration for you incorporates 
decoupage into the aperture.

Here I have used a scalloped blank card as my base.
I used Sizzix Scallop Rectangle to cut an aperture 
in the front of the card. I backed it with a trellis work
die cut that my lovely blogging friend  Greta sent me  in a recent 
card swap.
I backed this with apricot card stock to cover the whole of the inside.
I adhered the decoupage element to the front of the trellis.
I have had these sheets of butterflies in my stash for years.
They are by 'Tbz-Kaart 'in Rotterdam.  Very glossy and are 
slightly embossed. You do need to cut them out by hand
as they are not precut.  I layered the apricot butterfly using 
several cut outs  and 3d foam pads in between each layer. 

This challenge will run for 4 Weeks.
Please check back here on the 1st June
when KandA and I will be showing you
more inspirational cards.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Girlz #15 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #15 Anything goes.
Cre8tive Hands Friends #6 Anything goes.
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #19 Anything goes.
Southern Girls #134 Anything goes.

17 May 2016

More Recycling

Back  to show you some more inspiration for #54 Butterflies  + R is for Recycling an/or Ruby Red.
This paper was the insert to a Birthday card I had received a few years ago. I cut several elements out of the design and created the card below.

Backing papers are from my stash and I used Spellbinder Marvelous Squares and Deckled Rectangles
to die cut the various shapes for the card. Layered up and added pearls and a silver sentiment sticker.

Entering into the following challenges:
Our Crafty Corner #9 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #55 Anything goes.
Bizzy Becs # Anything goes.
Paper Creator's Crafts #47 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #20 Anything goes.

This second card uses the covering from a box lid of stationery  (paper and envelopes long since used when it was the norm to write letters and thank you notes.) that I have kept for a very long time because I liked the picture.  Th box got used to hold other items in and got well worn from constant
use over the years so I decided to discard the box and just keep the top in my stash.

I've trimmed it down and die cut using Crafts-Too Square Scalloped Dies and picked a scalloped blank card for the base to match. Red card for the backing and red ribbon from my stash. Iused Britannia word dies to created the sentiment which was die cut 4 times and then glued and layered to create added height. 

There is still time if your quick to play along in the challenge.

Entering into the following challenges:
Card Mania #80 Flowers
Crop Stop #16 Anything goes.
Live and Love Crafts #47 Blossoms and/or butterflies.
Sisters Of Craft # Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #65 Anything goes.

15 May 2016

Snowy Trees.

Time for the girls in the Christmas card club to show our next makes.
Christine chose the theme this time which was Snowy Trees.
A quick riffle through my box of used christmas card fronts turned up this snowy tree scene
which had the added bonus of already having a sentiment added. 

I trimmed down and used a fiskars corner punch for extra interest. Backed onto silver pearlescent cardstock and then onto a  sheet of silver holographic card stock.  Finally adhered to light blue cardstock to make the base card.  Premade navy bow and pearls from my stash completed the look. 

I already had the following card in my never shown file as it was for a swap I did back in  January.
The theme was use stencils and winter
I made the base up using acetate for the front and sandwiched the embossed card in between.
The stencil is by Imagination Crafts which I coloured in with a grey promarker. The white  base card 
had a fine grain effect on it so the grey showed up really well. backed onto navy pearlescent cardstock. Silver stickers were in my stash along with the blue sentiment tag. The sentiment was generated  in word and I used  Su's Modern labels punch to die cut out.  I used blue cardstock to make the rest of the base card with. 

Two more cards for the pile  and still sticking to my resolution of making one card with a recycled christmas card and one using my stash of stamps. digis', die cuts and stencils. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #106 Anything goes.
Country View Challenges #39 Use a stencil.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.

11 May 2016

Recycled with Ruby Red.

Managed to get back into my craft room  to make some inspiration pieces for my
#54 Butterflies + R is for Recycling with Ruby Red.

First piece is using a Pringles Pot. I forgot to take a photo of it before I started (but you all know what a Pringles pot looks like!) I did take a photo of it once I had cut it down and painted it red.  I also used some anti slip matting to cover. 

I raided my stash for everything else and  went to town  with my trusty  glue gun! I used large wooden beads for the feet and smaller metal beads for the closure.  Butterrflies were made using Memory Box and Poppy Stamps  die cut matching butterflies. 

I have had the clock /bird metal piece in my stash for at least 2yrs just waiting for the right time!

Inside of box which I covered with cream silk off cuts in my stash  at least 20yrs old.

Entering into a few challenges:
Altered Eclectics # Anything goes.
A Beautiful Mess #2 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #14 Anytthing goes.
Our Crafty Corner #9 Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #55 Anything goes.
Eclectic Ellapu # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #228 Use up your snippets
Inspiration Destination #85 Anything goes.
Unstampabelles #57 Creative up Cycling

I have also made 2 cards using recycled elements but I will show those on a later post so pop back to have a look. There is a week still to run for the challenge and I have been amazed at some of the items that you have used to enter your projects with already. 
Hope to see you soon. 

8 May 2016

Anniversary Cards

Firstly let me thank you for all your well wishes. This Flu virus has completely knocked the stuffing out of us. I have not been in my craft room now for nearly 3 weeks so I'm going  to have to rely heavily on cards that I have previously not shown. until I can get back  into the swing of making and creating again..  Mojo packed her bags and deserted like a rat leaving a sinking ship and not to be seen anytime again soon. Fortunately I do have quite a few swap items I have never shown. 
These first two however are for family anniversary cards both made for the end of April. Both Daughter and Son decided to get married at the end of April.  We had brilliant sunshine for Fluffs day and hail and rain for little boys and they were only 4 days apart albeit  8 years in between. 

First up is the card I  made for Fluff and SIL. Twleve years according to the World Wide Web is 

I used satin seam bindng to make the woven background and for the flower. The yellow check card base is one of the Doc's recycled custard tart boxes and the yellow card is also from a recycled packaging. I created the wording on the computer and the square gems were from my stash.  Numbers were black metalic that I also found in my stash. 

Little boy and DIL celebrated 4 days later with 4 years that  is linen. I had this linen ribbon  that I had bought specially for the occasion. The beige card is linen look effect card. The green desigin paper  heart doily and rose wooden embellishment were from my stash along with the pearls. Woridng computer generated.

Will be around your blogs and back to commenting .s.a.p. 

Virtual Hugs Mrs A. 

1 May 2016


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 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).