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23 Oct 2014

Koi Carp

The background on this card
is another piece that  I made using
I hade used  an Emerald Acrlic Silkies paint
by Imagination Crafts this time along with
green/blue/purple distress inks.
It has ben sat on my desk for the last 2 weeks
as I couldn't make up my mind how to use it.
I had first thought to use it as a sky background
but the more I looked at it the more it started to look
like under water  murkiness!
I have also had a challenge in mind  waiting for me to  come up with an idea
and it  finally all came together late last night.
The Koi Caarp is a stamp by Sheena Douglas
'Koi and Water Lillies.'
which I inked using DI in 'Vintage Photo' onto some
really old scraps of thick paper so old it had turned a yellow colour!
I painted using water colours which have a metallic mix to them
and fussy cut. I went round the edges using  a grey green marker pen.
The bubbles effect is made from my Ryan art stamp 'Water Droplets'
stamped with black  Stazon  ink straight onto the background.
The sentiments are silver peel offs that I have had for ages.
The top one says  Wisdom and the bottom Courage.
I mounted  the koi up just slightly using 1mm sticky pads
and matted onto navy and then grey pearlised card.
IRL the card has a lovely gloss and sheen to it.
Entering into the following challenges:
Artful Times #66 Go green (background and fish are shades of green).
Crafty Card Makers #125 It's only words.
Paper Minutes #344 Maritime.
Craft Room  # Make your own background.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #147 Use up your snippets (aged yellowing card).

22 Oct 2014

Embossed Butterflies.

Hopefully Blogger  is now going to let me post.
I couldn't do a thing last night.
Don't know if the storm had anything to do with my connection.
We lost a tree in the high winds though.
The odd thing is that neither I nor The Doc heard it go.
One minute it was against the sky line and when we next looked
there was just a blank space where it should have been standing.
It didn't cause any damage but missed the base of the water fountain
by about 6".
Fortunately The Doc had  already drained it down and put the top half away
for the Winter so only the base was left standing 
 on the concrete paving slab.
The little birds were a tad confused this morning.
They were sat on the fence looking for their seed feeders and water container
which had been hanging in the tree.
We  had moved them to another part of the garden but it took them
a while to get orientated  and find them.
So that's Friday's job lined up to cut the tree up and dispose
of the remains down the tip!!
Moving swiftly onto the post that should have gone live this morning and didn't!
The new theme this fortnight
is to Emboss your butterflies using either the dry or wet method.
(i.e. embossing folders or pastes and other wet mediums)
These are the two samples I came up with for you.
I have used both methods on this card.
The embossing folder is by Crafts - Too
called 'Butterfly Frame'.
The  butterfly is by spellbinders which I die cut onto a snippet of brown Kraft card.
Only because it was handy and I wanted a fairly substantial base.
I used Indigo Blu Flitter Glu and then dipped in their Mega Flakes.
I love the names of their products.
this one is called 'Manchester  Tart '
and is a mixture of copper/gold/silver.
I burnished by rubbing well with the scrubber pad
and was pleased with the result.
I added dark orange gems to the body and also a few randomly
on the embossed base.
The yellow insert is another Spellbinders die
'Deckled Rectangles' S4 - 202
and the sentiment is by SU 'Pretty Petites'.
Pink and yellow card stock  and ribbon from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps # Anything goes.
Creative Card Crew #73. Bows.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #147 Use up your snippets (odd bit of Kraft Card.)
Having used up the bit of Kraft card on the card above
I suddenly worried that I had none left
but a quick delve in the cardstock drawer  turned up
one whole sheet left and another pack unopened.
The base is the Kraft card sheet cut down slightly
so I have some offcuts again now for the snippets pile.
I have used a butterfly stencil by Imagination Crafts
called 'Buterfly  Flight'.
I placed the stencil over the yellow card and stamped
with Versa Mark Watermark stamp pad.
I then embossed the image with Wow embossing powder 'Copper'
and also the small solid butterfly which is by Clearly Besotted'.
The sentiment is by Sheena Douglas from her
'True Colours' stamp set which I then die cut
with Spellbinders Lable 4. and popped up on 3D pads.
A close up of the solid butterfly just about shows
the lovely sheen from the copper embossing powder.
Entering into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps #192 Anything goes.
All Sorts #281 Embossing.
One Stitch At A time #222 Anything goes with a butterfly.
Hiding In My Craft Room #170 Embossing.



Having issues with Blogger.
It seems to think I'm logged on in several places all at once!
Will be right back when I have it sorted.
Don't go away!!

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.
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
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.
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.