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31 Oct 2015

Left on the ShELF! Blog Candy.

This post will stay at the top of the page
until 31st October. 
Candy winners will be announced on 1st November
when I will randomly draw 2 Winners.

So what's the Candy on offer?

These 2 rather  naughty/pesky /delightful Elf's
that have been left on the ShELF.

Actually I did make more than was on order hoping 
I would have some over for candy.
Here they are on the naughty/ good step.

Just a few rules.
1.         Please be a genuine  follower of this blog.
New followers are welcome.
              Remember Elve's are not just for Christmas!

         2.   Please add  the Candy picture on my sidebar on your 
own blog sidebar.

3.      Add your name to Mr Linky below.

I will post World Wide.
Hence cut off date as they need to be
in your homes in time to cause mayhem for the Chrismas countdown
which starts 1st Dec.

Elf and Safety notice.
Due to small parts being chewable
please do not give to children under 36 months

12 Oct 2015

Sweet as Roses

The challenge this week at
is sponsored by

We would love to see you over there.
As always the theme is Anything goes.

I have chosen to use 
1920's Winter Abby image for my card.
Another Gate Fold but vertical this time.
I never tire of making this card shape
as they always come out looking completely different. 

Here is the card fully closed.
I have used roses and feathers from my stash
to decorate the front of the card.
Ribbon was also from stash.
Lacy design paper is Summer Ladies
by Nancy Watt a magazine freebie.

Card opened.
I have used promarkers for the image along with a silver gel pen.
The design paper on the pink card is by Funky Hand
called Hearts and Flowers a digi purchase from yr's ago.
The other paper is from my stash with unfortunately  no name .
Sentiment was created in word and printed out.
Here is a close up showing the lovely shimmer that the silver pen gives.
I especially like it on her fur ruffs.
Entering into the following challenges: 

7 Oct 2015

Embossed Butterflies.

Here is my inspiration post
for my Butterfly challenge

You can use either wet or dry .

I have chosen dry embossing on mine
using  Embossing Folders.
I have used an EF by  Papercraft Essentials
for the background
and Sizzix Butterfly Migration set
for the sentiment.
My blogging buddy Zoe has a good tip
for adding colour to your embossing  
by using a brayer.
 Just ink up your brayer with your chosen colour
and apply to one side of the embossing folder
before placing your card inside then run through 
your die cutting machine as normal.
The result is a lovely two tone effect.
I have used SU Pool Party.
I kept the sentiment white and raised up using 3d pads.

On this one  I have used a pink card base
and run through an EF from Crafts-Too you
called 'Butterfly Frame.
The Butterfly is by Dufex decoupage toppers
and raised up using 3d pads.
The sentiment is a  black plastic sticky.

My camera is playing tricks again on this last card
as the bow is showing up a different colour than IRL.
This time I have used an EF by Sizzix  656982
Butterfly Migration Set.
I used the brayer technique with Adirondack 
'Mountain Rose' on a plain blue panel.
After removing from the EF I gave the panel another 
coating with the Brayer re inked up and this has given it
a three tone effect.
The sentiment is from the same EF set and I just used
the blue card this time.
Backing design paper and the ribbon from my stash.

Hope I have given you some ideas for dry Embossing.
The Folders don't have to be butterflies of course.
They can be any design as long as you include a 
butterfly somewhere on your project. 

5 Oct 2015

Knot on Wood!

Here are some knots to give you  inspiration
for my #39 Butterflies + K is for Knots.
You still have a few days left to enter.

In this 1st card the knots are in the Wood Panel!
The stamp is by Clear  Impressions
and came free in a  Get Stamping Magazine.
I stamped twice to get a double panel
and coloured using a brown promarker .
Butterflies are 'Duplex' Decoupage toppers.
I matched the backing cards to the colours in them
and layered up.
The sentiment came in the same stamp set. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy #149 Autumn Colours.
Scrap and Craft #14 Colours of Autumn.
Creative Moments #78 Anything goes/Autumn colours.
All Sorts Challenge #331 Nature.
Mod Squad Challenge # Anything With Wings.

My 2nd card uses sheer ribon to creat a knot.

Card Base is a blank card aperture
made by Crafts House.
I used sheer ribbon cut in lengths and attached behind
the butterfly to fill. 
The ribbon has a lovely pink and blue shimmer to it  IRL.
I then backed with a sheet of plain blue card stock
which I used again to die cut the eyelet panel .
Spellbinders A2 Floral Ribbon Threader.
Threaded two small pieces of the ribbon through
from each end and made a knot in the centre.
I added  white stickles to the 2 embossed butterflies.
A close up showing the shimmer of the ribbon.
Entering into the following  challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner #39 Things with wings.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19 Anything goes.
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes with ribbon.

Last card  also uses a ready made card blank.
I have used a  Decoupage sheet by Tbz-Kaart .
You can't see very well but the two butterflies 
are cut out again and adhered to the main image
using sticky pads. 
The inset  pattern on the card had a slotted ribbon along
  the bottom which  Iv'e simply adhered a knotted  length
of green raffia over the top of.

(Actually it wasn't simple as it took me ages to space
and  get the knots in all the right places.!) 
Here is a close up of them.
Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #53 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #247 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #197 Use up your snippets (Raffia )
2 Creative Chicks #3 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #8 Anything goes.

4 Oct 2015


Time has sped past I'm sure it has doubled in speed.
It is 2 weeks since the last Christmas Club
show and tell.
Sylvie has chosen Robins for her theme.
Another rummage in my used Christmas card pile
turned up two quite different styles so used them both.

1st one is Traditional Robin on Holly.
Orignally the image was an oblong card
but I cut the bottom off and used it as design paper.
Base is a red card which I trimmed down 
and then used the offcut on the front of the card.
I picked out some cardstock to match the 
berry leaves  on the part I had cut off
and then just layered up.
The sentiment was already printed on the card.
Entering into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #6 Must have a Christmas/winter theme.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door#  Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #141 Christmas projects + sentiment.
Fab and Funky #275 Christmas.

2nd  image is a whimsical one which is a really
old card from when one of the kids was small
and sent  from a class mate.
The shape just lent itself to being an easel card.
I trimmed the card front down and as it was
creamy in colour used a cream base card for the easel.
I found this freebie robbin paper in my stash too
and teamed it with cherry red card stock.

I added white, red and green stickles  to the image
and cut the greetings word from red glitter paper.
I found by using a piece of wax paper with  the die
I had no problems with the glitter sticking in the
intricate wording of the die.

Side view of the easel. I had a small piece of the 
robin paper over which was just enough top make
the stopper for the easel to be kept open.
I used foam pads to raise up slightly.

Inside of the easel.
 I thought this was such a pretty paper
and cut it very economically to show the design off
at its best. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.
Crafty Time Challenges #6 Shaped cards.
Create and Inspire #30 Anything goes.
Creative Inspirations #329 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #114 Easel Cards.
Jo's Scrap Shack #108 Anything goes.

30 Sep 2015

Elf Mayhem.

Remember this pile of Elf parts?

Well it turned into these!!
One Elf is trouble but 5 of em
is total Mayhem.
The old adage of never work with children or animals
now has another connotation
NEVER work with Elves either.

I finally managed to round them up for a photo shoot 
on the Naughty Step.

In a row on the Stairs before 3 of them  left  
travelling  to their new homes with one of them going onward to USA.

Fluff  very kindly posed the Question
Why are there no GIRL elves Mummy?
Learner Elves? You know  ones with e'L'f plates on?

So never one to shirk a challenge
let me introduce 

e' L' f

Entering e'L'f  only  into the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #196 : Use up your snippets. (odds of material used up)
Craft Your Passion #281 Anything goes.
Rudolph Day #  any Christmas project.
Quirky Crafts #20 Sewn with love.

28 Sep 2015

Girl In A Frame.

The challenge this week at
is sponsored by 

We would love to see you over there.
As always the theme is Anything goes.

I have chosen to work with an image from Nikki 
 called 'Clara' and decided to  make
 a Double Gatefold Card with a belly band closure.
Here is the card fully closed.
I made the base from purple card stock.
The Pretty D.P. is unknown from my stash.
Oddments of cream lace just  happened 
to be out on my desk waiting to get put away!
No need now!! 

The card fully opened showing 
the Clara image
which I have coloured using
my promarkers and a silver gel pen. 
Sentiment is a silver foil sticker.

Close up of Clara.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #298 It takes two . (used two different D.P.'s)
Inspiration Destination #52 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #94 Anything goes
Crafting With Friends #7 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #107 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #196 Use up your snippets (lace on desk)
Scrapper's Delights #47 Anything goes.
Digi's Galore #  Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper #  Must use patterned paper.

23 Sep 2015

Come Fly with Me..

It's a new challenge over at my
Butterfly challenge.

 Any medium to make your knot is acceptable.  (ribbon, lace, cord, rope, twine etc)
along with the required Butterfly/s of course.

Here is the card I made.
How can such a relativity simple design
take so long to make cos it did!!
My love/hate relationship with  acetate 
is back on track.

Cutting the aperture using  Spellbinders 
'Deckled Rectangles die was the easy bit.
Because I was using acetate for the window 
it all had to be neatened up on the  inside and that was 
the faffing around bit.
I had the idea to use this butterfly from my stash
and make it into a kite using string as the tail
with knots tied into it. 
As the Butterfly had a hot air balloon as part 
of the design I rummaged in my stash and found
 this  freebie paper  from Making Cards Magazine
called 'Wondnerful Watercolours' which matched  perfectly.

Here is a close up of the knots in the kite tail. 
Hessain string was oddments from making bags
and the pearls were from my stash.

Hope along with Kath that we have given you some inspiration.

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft your Passion #280 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #18 Anything goes,
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #195 Use up your snippets. (Hessian twine threads.)
2 Creative Chicks #2 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds  #7 Anything goes.
Scrap and Craft #13 Butterflies.

22 Sep 2015

Two Trees.

Time once again for the girls in the 
Christmas Card Club to show our makes.
The theme was chosen by Granmargaret and is
Embossing Wet or Dry.
I decided to go with Dry embossing
mainly because I had an EF already out on my desk!
This one is called 'Starry Night'
and  came free with Making Cards Magazine.

I had a quick look through my pile of used cards
and found two tree  that were fairly CAS
and would work with what I had in mind.

The first one is actually on a blue background
but my camera is playing funny tricks again
and it looks more white than anything.
I trimmed the card front down to size
and ran through the EF.
The simple tree design shows up well.
In fact I think it looks more like it is snowing!
The base card is made from black cardstock.
I had a small piece of the front left over so 
used it along the bottom to place the wording on.
The sentiment is a black sticker with some
matching black stars.
I used blue card stock for the inside of the card 
with more of the same black stickers.

The second card I used had quite an abstract
tree design which i simply trimmed down
and backed with a matching piece of gold
cardstock which I ran through the EF.
I then adhered to gold mirror card.The base card is made 
from the gold cardstock.

Sentiment is a gold Sticker.
I used more gold mirror card inside
and used another piece of cardstock 
that I ran through the EF. 

Two more  to add to my growing pile of Christmas Cards.
I hate to say it but Christmas is not that far away!
Entering into the following challenges:
12 Months Of Christmas #9 Oh Christmas Tree. 
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra #67 Anything goes.
Sparkles Christmas # Oh Christmas Tree.

18 Sep 2015

Owl'sAbout It.

As I'm still in Joy Fold Mood
here is another .
I needed to make a card for a swap that incorporated
Birds somewhere in the theme.
Gone to Australia now.
My Partner doesn't see my blog and I know
Merry won't tell!

Card Fully closed.
The pre coloured  owl image is a topper
 by 'Little Claire'  sheet LCD06
Owl and white Leaf design papers by Nancy Watt
called Cute Creatures that were  free in Making Cards 2012
Brown leaf is called 'Woodland Beauty' another freebie. 

I have made another tag pocket.
the tag came as part of the papers.

Card 1/2 open.

Card fully opened.
I used two toning colored cardstock for the base.
String  for tag and closure just happend to be on my desk 
so I used it!

Entering  into the following challenges:
Dream Valley #115 Autumn colour.
Frilly and Funkie # Stamps be gone.
The Paper Shelter #219   A card with many folds.
My Time To Craft #304 Owls.
Our Creative Corner   # Shades of Autumn.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafting Musketeers #29 Autumnal colours.
Pixie's Crafty workshop #194 Use your snipets (string on desk).

14 Sep 2015

Humming Bird

Time once again for another
challenge this week at 
where the sponsor is

I have chosen to use this pre-coloured image
'Humming Bird'  along with 2 matching 
design papers also by Deedee's digis. 
I decided to go with making a Joy Fold Card
as I do like making cards with lots of folds
and lots of cuts of paper!!

This is the card closed up. I have used a snippet 
of ribbon  as my closure.

Card  opened up.
I have added a tag to the inside panel for 
leaving a message.

Card half closed. I flipped the image over left and right
before printing out so that the birds would be facing
in a different direction on each panel.

Card fully opened  laying down flat.
They are quite time consuming to make but
I find them  very therapeutic..

Finally I printed off a larger version to place
on the back of the card.
I used green card stock for my base card
which were cut at 8.5" x 4.5" folded at 3"
and 8" x 3" folded at 4".
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #194 Use up your snippets. (white ribbon on desk from a jumper)
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes + ribbon.
Creative Artiste #6 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper # Use patterned paper.
Digi  Galore # Anything goes.
The Crafty Addicts #2 Spots or stripes.
Get Creative #23 Must include a tag.
Love To Scrap #61 Do a double take. 

12 Sep 2015

Birthday Girl

I saw this  image the other day on
Mary Ellen Smith's blog
and fell in love with it straight away.
Image is called 'My Kitty' and this is the pre-coloured version.
I knew just who I wanted to make a card for too.
My good Blogging Buddy Miss Di.
Happy Birthday Di

I just happened to have the exact matching papers 
still out on my desk 'Wonderful Watercolours'
which came free in Making Cards magazine.
Ribbon and pearls from my stash along with the 
peach base card. 
White embossed dotty paper left over from 
making the flip flops the other day.

I decorated the insides  with more of the papers.
I have been itching to find a way to  use up those tiny
diamond shapes that come as the fall out from 
a lattice die. They have been on my desk forever.
They make excellant photo corners don't you think!!!
Sentimnet and heart shapes are gold stickers.

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #278 Anything goes.
Creative Moments #76 anything goes/use a sentiment.
4 Crafty Chicks #263 Birthday.
Crafty Ribbons #126 Happy Birthday.
Creative fingers #92 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #6 Anything goes.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #17 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #7 anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #47 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes,
2 Creative Chicks #2 Anything  goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #194 use your snippets (purple diamond punch outs).