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25 Feb 2015

Hexagon Shaped cards.

I have 2 new shaped cards to show today
as inspiration for my butterfly challenge.

The first one is called 
Hexagon Fold Out flower Card
and I found the design in Cardmaking and Papercraft
Quick cards made easy.

Here is the card almost closed up.
You can see that the petals are in a hexagon shape
and sit in a double layer.
The papers were a freebie in Making Cards Magazine March 2015
and are called From a Friend.
Backing card from SU.

First layer fully opened.

Second layer of petals opened to reveal the sentiment
and in this case the butterflies .
Punch is by Tonic Studio using scraps of matching card stock.
Sentiment and bows in my stash.

Inside of the finished card.
Entering into the following challenges.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #216 Lots of layers.
Cute Card Thursday #361 Floral Delight.
Crafting From The Heart #48 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #250 Anything goes.

My second card is called
Shaped Aperture Card 
and I got the idea from
Papercraft Inspirations magazine
 but modifying the shape to be a hexagon.

Design paper is a freebie from Making Cards July 2013
called Florals and flutters.
Backing card from SU.
Sentiment from Scrapmatts.
Hexagon stencil by Imagination Crafts and I used black chalk.
Twine from my stash.
Butterfly punch by Woodware.
I used Xcut Nesting Heaxagons to cut the shapes.

Side view showing the shapes attached to the twine.

Entering into the following challenges:
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Tuesday Thowdown #233 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #22 Anything goes.
The Pink Elephant #287 Anything goes.
Sister Act #94 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #165 Use up your snippets (twine was an oddment in stash)
Imagination Crafts # Anything goes. (Used Hexagon Stencil).

24 Feb 2015

Twine Sunflower.


 Found a card from a Swap I did February of  last year
which I have never blogged about!
 The theme was to make a card using twine.
I spent ages looking through my paper stash
for inspiration and finally found this paper
with the circles on  so decided to make
 a Twine Sunflower (as you do) to go with it.
I used a Sizzix Circles Scallop for the  flower shape
and yellow/white twine from my stash.
We used to make loads of these when we were kids
with oddments of wool and cardboard packaging. 

Lace was an oddment from stash as well.
Words created with a Britannia word die.

More Sizzix  die circles inside 
 left blank for my partner to add her own message.
I used Kraft card for the base card and chomped one corner off.

Entering into the following challenges:
Melonheadz # Die cuts.
Scrapper's Delights #41 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #21 Anything goes.
Crafting For All Seasons #96 Dies and or punches.
My Time To Craft #280 Lace.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #165 Use your snippets. (yellow card & twine).

18 Feb 2015

Triangle Trifold Card.

We are now on  the 2nd week
of my Butterfly challenge
and this is the card I have made for your inspiration.
I wanted the ribbon element of the challenge
to take centre stage.
I haven't done any ribbon weaving for ages.
After I had made the weaved mat
I had about 1mtr of the cream over and just sat 
and spuddled with it and fashioned this little Rose too.
Having made the ribbon embellishments
I searched around for a card design to compliment them
and found this one on Splitcoaststampers.
Triangle Trifold Card.
I chose pale yellow and greens for a spring like feel.
Backing papers are by Buckwells Crafty.
I used a combination from their Flutterby and Butterly sets
using  a combination of the plain papers with a yellow butterfly paper
which I used to print over the plain green with.


I used white card stock for the card shape.
Die cut butterfly was in my stash so unknown.
Bead and gems also from stash.

The sentiment is from a Sheena Douglass stamp set
called 'A Little bit Sketchy True Colours'.
Stamps have butterflies and sentiments to chooose from.

I fussy cut two butterlies from the backing paper
leaving a little of the green around them and it has
unintentionally  given a 3D effect to them which I quite like
and also conveniently  hides two smudgy ink  blobs!

Entering into the following challenges:
Ooh-la-La Creations #174 Add something green.
Love to Scrap #48 Anything goes.
Crafty Boots #  Use a sentiment.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #98 Anything green.
Southern Girls # Winged things.
Pile It On #56 Butterflies.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #164 Use up your snippets ( odds of green ribbon used).
Crafts Galore #  Use a stamp or digi. (digi papers and sentiment stamp used).

17 Feb 2015

Filigree Card.

Another new shape for you.
this one is  called a Filigree card.
Not been  able to show before as this was 
part of a swap which has now been received
by my partner 'Merry'in Oz.
We had to send 2 cards with stickers on.
I nearly got stuck (sorry about the pun) on this one
as I don't have many stickers and then I remembered 
some sheets of stickers by friend Lesley had given me. 
This is the first one that I made.
I used a Spellbinders die for the shape which is hinged at the top.
Christina has a good tutorial  for making these.
The stickers element are  the sentiment  by Anita's
and the embossed flowered tag by Papermania.
Lavender bow had already been tied and was in my stash.
I didn't think the card needed anything else. 


I used SU card stock  for the linnings and front
and used my corner rounder for the edges

Side view of card.

Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #20 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #40 Anything goes.
Creative Knockouts #76 Floral delight
Brown Sugar #133 Use a Bow and a die cut.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #67 Anything goes + add a bow.
Crafting from The Heart #47 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #249 Anything goes.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #38 Anything goes. 

Sorry not been around much but just getting over 
a bad back to back attack of Cystitis.
Have finally climbed back  down off the walls
and will be around your blogs asap.  

15 Feb 2015

A Curved Card.

Another new shape card for you
and it is also time for the girls
in the Christmas card club to show our latest cards.
The theme was chosen by Mary H and is for 
'Snow covered Trees.'

I had this used Christmas card
in my stash so this was my starting point.

I had in the back of my mind to do a type of curved card
and having trawled the web to no avail for instructions
just set to and made it up as I went along so to speak!
There was probably an easier way of making it  but here
is the finished card..

The tab tucked  in place to make the curve.


Side view of card.

Backing paper by Alison Butler and the silver stick on border
came from Poundland.

Front of the card laid out flat.
You cab see the tab that is used to tuck  into a slot on the inside of card.
I used Stickles on the trees to enhance the snow effect
and found some turquoise gems in my stash that matched
the backing paper.
Navy pearlised card from my stash as well.

Entering into the following challenges:
Simply Create Too #79 Anything goes.
Sister Act #93 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #164 Use up your snippets (Gems were odds in my stash).
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra# Christmas cards only.
Crafting From The Heart #46 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #248 Anything goes.

13 Feb 2015

That's My Girl!

Look whose made the front cover of
Making Cards this month!!!


Muver Hen is strutting her feathers here!!

11 Feb 2015

Cutaway Triangle Shaped Card.

Here is my next new card shape.
A Cutaway Triangle Shaped Card
to spotlight my current
Butterfly Challenge #24

The design paper is by Buckwell's Crafty
and is part of my win from them with my
Little boxes entry on their challenge a few weeks back.
I used the digi set  Flutterby 9
and 
Plain pink colour  8.
The scroll work and sentiment are by Scrapmatts
another win from last year.
The ribbon is actually two pieces on top of each other.
A wider pink spotty  on the bottom with 
a thinner mauve spot on the top.
I fussy cut out some of the butterflies
from the design paper and adhered them
to the triangle with 3D foam pads.
The pearl was a freebie  in my stash.

Another view showing  the card closed.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart. #46 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #132 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrapshack #74 Shaped cards.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #66 Anything goes + add wings.
Lil Patch of Crafty #3 Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #37 Anything goes. 
That Craft Place # Anything goes.

6 Feb 2015

Butterflies, Hearts and Valentines.

Some more inspiration for you
for my Butterfly Challenge 
Please see the tutorial post below this one 
to see how the box was made.
As I already had the red card  out for taking the photos for 
the tutorial I decided to make another box lid up 
and went slightly larger than 6" square and used the 
white 6" box lid which became the base for this one.
Simples!

Butterflies are die cut using SU Beautiful Wings.
Red ones were already in my stash and I cut some more
from an odd scrap of Black card  to compliment.
Oddments of red and black ribbon and red gems in my stash
along with the shiny red heart cut outs and large black heart.
Small white doily in bottom of box also from stash.

And to  finish  Red  Heart chocolates.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Shabby Tea Room #245 I (Heart) you.
Dream Valley #99 Valentines  Day.
Crafty Boots # Hearts and Valentines.
Natalie and Amy's challenge #29 All about the love.
Great Impressions # Love,love,love.
Quirky Crafts #3 Love is in the air.
Crafting For all Seasons. #95 Have a heart.
Cute Card Thursdays #359  crazy in love.
Pixie's Crafty workshop#162  Use up your Snippets.

Little Boxes Tutorial.

I promised a tutorial for the Little Boxes
that I had made from old Christmas cards.

Sorry it has taken so long but the decorating has been
quite disruptive. All finished now and just waiting 
for the paint to have a chance  to  dry properly  and then move 
everything back again in situ at the Weekend.

On to the tutorial.
To make the instructions easy to see I have used white 160 gsm card
which I have cut to 6" square and used dark pencil to show my lines.
You would be using the reverse of a 6" x 6" Christmas card front.
1. Draw lines from corner to opposite corner.

2. Fold one point  up to the centre mark and crease using a bone folder.

3. Fold up again to the centre  mark and crease using the bone folder.
Unfold creases.

4. turn card  90 degrees  and repeat steps 2 & 3.

5. Repeat for the other 2 corners.
Your card unfolded should look like this.

6. Turn card so that you have a diamond effect.
i.e a point top and bottom towards you.
Mark 4 X's as shown . i,e, 3 creases in from each side.

7. Cut down as far as  X marks the spot!
Your card should now look like this.

8. Shade in  all the small triangles and then cut 
each one away.

9. Your card should now look like this.
Place a small strip of double sided tape on the 4 out side triangles.

10. Bull dog clip is not necessary at this stage
unless you are trying to hold a fold in place and  a camera steady
at the same time! 
Fold the2 short flaps into the centre.
Remove the sticky strip from the point.

11. Fold the point  up and down over the flaps and adhere
to the inside of the box base.
Repeat on the opposite side.

12. Your card should now look like this.

13. Fold in the last 2 sides to complete your box lid.
Now make a base using plain white card and make your
dimensions  just slightly smaller.
ie. For a 6" square box make the base 5.75" sqaure.


14. You now have a completed box which if you have used 
an old Christmas card just needs a few embellishments
to finish and a small gift  to pop inside.

Happy Crafting.

See the post above this to see how I completed my box.

1 Feb 2015

Jolly Santa.

Time once again for the girls
in the Christmas Card Club 
to show our cards for the latest challenge. 
 Lorraine has set us  the theme of
Jolly Santa Ho Ho Ho.

Things are a bit manic here as the painter is due tomorrow
and we are busy moving/clearing the room for him.
We have boxes in the dinning room,
bedding in our bedroom and the furniture
is in the spare room I normally craft from.
(no room left to swing a cat so to speak !)

Anyway back to my card which should have been 
an easy quick one 'A Centre Fold' card this time.
First major mistake was cutting one side panel wrong
so I decided no probs just trim the other side down to match!!!!!!
Second mistake was that I should have just ditched said card
and start afresh but did I ? Did I heck!!!!!!
So many, many moons later I give you a card 
with the thinnest  ever  side folds 
a scant 10mm each .
I bought this stamp last yr and this is it's 1st outing.
Creative Expressions  HH447 F
Roly Poly Santa.
I coloured using promarkers and stickles.
Backing paper, gems, felt trim all from my stash.
I fussy cut the image and mounted on 3D pads.

 I stopped just short of shoring the sides  up with concrete!
I think I used everything else hidden under layers.
(several layers).

Entering into the following challenges after which I'm going to have a nervous breakdown. I would go and lie down in a dark room but there isn't any space left.

Crafty Hazelnut's #214 Something beginnings with B. (bobble hat).
Fab 'n' Funky #244 Christmas.
Through the Craftroom Door # Anything goes.
The Pink Elephant #283 Anything goes.
Me and Mine# Beat the rush.
Jingle Belles # Shape up for the New Year.
Winter Wonderland # Lots of layers.
4 Crafty Chicks #231 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra# Anything goes.







31 Jan 2015

Twisted Easel Card.

Iv'e re purposed a
Christmas Card that we had bought 
a few years ago intending to send to 
The Doc's Aunt and Uncle.
Sadly Uncle Len passed away
before we were able to give it to them.
I came across the card a few days ago
in my stash and this card shape
just lent itself perfectly for me to be able to remake.
I found an excellent tutorial by Christina Griffiths
which you can find here.
I salvaged as much of the card as possible
and was able to cut the sentiment down
to say  'To a special Aunt'.
I'm pleased with the resulting card.



Cutting it really fine for the Rudolph Challenge
but have been mega busy this week preparing 
for the decorator to arrive and do the next room.
Didn't want to miss Scrappy Mo's 1st  month as the new host.

entering into the following challenges:
Rudolph Day #1  Make one Christmas card.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #161 Use up your snippets. (Christmas card and odd red card.)
Penny's Paper-Crafty #212 Anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesday # Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's #214  Something beginning with B. (Bicycle, bow )

28 Jan 2015

Magic Window Card.

Here is my next new card shape.
A Magic Window Card
to spotlight my current
Butterfly Challenge #23
Butterflies + V is for Valentine.

I found various tutorials /names for this
design of card and the one I liked the most
and have followed is by 


The pink /white heart design paper is
Me to you  With love.
Embossing folder is Spellbinders Mystic (A) side.

Silver /Crystal heart and gems from my stash.
Oddments of red card stock in my snippets folder.
Words generated and printed on computer.

Here you can see the shutter mechanism
start to be revealed  as the card is opened. 
(sorry camera decided to have a yellow hissy  fit )

Opened up a bit more to reveal the secret message.
'Love'

Now fully opened.
Message was a scrap of left over paper
which had been a magazine freebie.
Sizzix scallop circle die used to make the opening.
The cutout was then used on the front of the card to create the closure.
I loved making this card.
A bit fiddly to get the measurements deadly accurate
and the mechanism to open up as a whole  diamond
but the result is well worth it.
Small butterfly  is a tonic punch.
Larger one is a Woodware punch
as are both the heart punches.
Hope you can come on over and play.

Entering into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar #130 Valentines
Scrapping 4 Fun #34 All about love.
Cut It Up Challenge #63 Embossing + use a die cut.
We Do Doobadoo #2 romance.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #161  use up your snippets.
Scribble and Scrap #36 Anything goes.
That Craft Place # Love/valentine.
The Crazy Challenge #189 Embossing.
Crafting From The Heart #t44 Anything goes.