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27 Aug 2014

With Sentiments.

The new challenge over at my Butterfly Challenge is
for butterflies as the focal point with a sentiment .
These are the 3 cards I made to showcase.
This is for a family Birthday so will be going off in the post a.s.a.p.
I have had this  decoupage sheet in my stash for ages just waiting to be used.
Designed by Michelle Johnson and printed by Craftsuprint.
The sheet came with the base base, 3 extra butterflies and layers of the dress.
Plus a choice of sentiment.
I layered  the base onto navy pearlised  120gsm cardstock
 which I then adhered to a card base.
I decoupaged the butterflies and the tail of the dress
and added Glamour dust to the edges.
Not showing up here very clearly but does IRL.
I attached the butterflies just by the bodies so that the wings could be folded up
and added some silver gems to the swirls on the background.
Sentiment was adhered using 3d pads and given a coating of Glamour dust too.
Entering into the following challenges:
Moving Along With  The Times # Feeling a little vintage.
Pile It On #34 Best Wishes/Congratulaions.
Sister Act #71 Anything goes.
Susy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #43 Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #25 Anything goes.
Crafting At The Weekend #4 Anything goes.
My 2nd card is again  a sheet from Craftusprint
Designed by June Young.
Had  in my stash for ages.
I do like to try out different card shapes.
This one came ready printed so I just needed to  glue the sheet to card stock.
I had the bright idea of popping it  into the airing cupboard to dry the glue.
Guess what?  It buckled so I then had to get the iron out and iron it flat again.
Less haste more speed!!
The tricky bit was cutting the inside free.
I'm not sure what this fold is called.
The sentiment came with the sheet so I just adhered to card stock, trimmed
and  attached to the card and added pearls.
The butterflies I just added a line of glue to the antenna and glamour dusted
Pearls added for the heads.
The card still looked a bit plain so I wrapped twine round the folds and tied in a bow.
I think if I did this card again from scratch I would make a couple of design changes.
Entering into the following challenges:
My Craft Creations# Anything goes.
Ooh-La-La Creations #163 Fancy folds.
Tuesday Taggers # Use your stash.
Glitter 'N' Sparkle #99 use some butterflies.
Lets Craft and Create  #96 Anything goes.
Crafty Calender # Anything goes.
My last card .
The design paper is by Hunkdory from their Flutterby wishes pack
This particular sheet has all the  bellishments  already added.
The sentiment came in  the pack  too/
I layered onto a pink paper and then to a card base.
Added tiny gems to the butterflies .
A really quick card.
Here is a close up showing the 3d effect on the butterflies.
Etnering into the following challenges:
Card Mainia #54 Butterflies and bows.
Fan - Tastic Tuesday #50 Anything goes.
Bearly Mine # Anything goes.

24 Aug 2014

I'm Late, I'm Late

I'm Late, I'm late for a very important date.
It is time for the Christmas Card club challenge
and I really didn't want to miss this one
as my good Blogging Buddy Mary H  has set the theme
which is Use a Cardinal or other Christmas bird.
Mary does love her Cardinals so how could I not use one!
I also wanted to try my hand at making a shaker card.
Simples I thought.Ha! Do I ever learn.
Have spent the best part of a day putting it together.
I have kept to fairly CAS design as I wanted the shaker to do the talking.
DP. is  by Kaisercraft  from their Christmas Collections 6" pad.
Sentiment and letter by Hot Off The Press .
Circle cut using Xcuts circle nesting dies.
Digi is by Fred She Said  Pre-coloured cardinal.
I used Micro beads for the shaker element .
You can see them in the bottom right hand corner.

Inside of card.
I had intended to put the 'C' on the  front but it looked too crowded
I like it here better and helps disguise the back of the shaker .
C is for Cardinal!
A close up of the Shaker Cardinal.
I cut a circle from the front of a card blank which I had already
matted with the design paper.
I then secured a piece of acetate to the inside cover
and added strips of 3D foam tape around all four sides
to make a  sealed container for the micro beads.
Heart in mouth as I poured the beads into the tray and quickly attached  the image.
(There is a tutorial here by Deneen but blogger appears to be having a hissy fit
as several sites picture tutorials are affected in the same way.)
I then added strips of the DP around the box to neaten on the inside.
I used the circle that was cut for the aperture and adhered the embellishment.
Not that hard to make just very fiddly and time consuming.
Entering into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday #13 Anything goes + shaker card.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Deep Ocean Challenge #84 Christmas in August.
Fan -Tastic Tuesday #49 Anything goes.
Scrappers Delights #28 Anything goes/die cuts.
4 Krafty Girlz #25 Anything goes.
Papertake Weekly # To die for.
Crafty Hazelnuts #191 Merry and Bright ( used the word Merry and bright red.)
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes Christmas.


23 Aug 2014

Lace Butterfly.

It's week 4 of my current Butterfly Challenge.
The theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Something a little  bit different for your inspiration.
 I made  this for  a swap quite a while ago now but never shown.
I embossed the white  card  using Sizzix 'Flourish Floral'
Coloured very lightly  using chalks in pastel pink and green.
The butterfly was created using Sizzix die 656512 cut from pale pink card.
I covered with a piece of old lace cut to the  same shape.
Body was created by  folding a tiny piece of lace into a roll and stitching on 4 small beads .
Head and antenna  were wet glued and sprinkled with pink glitter.
Small button attached to flower
 and lastly  a strip of pink ribbon added to the side .
Linking to:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #138 as I used snippets of lace and ribbon in the making.

19 Aug 2014

4th Birthday.

It was our Granddaughter's Birthday a few weeks ago and this is the card I made her.
She adores pink  and has the most amazing colour hair. 
We are not allowed to say it is red ! It comes from my side of the family.
Sis has a son and a granddaughter with the same colouring. 

Image is 'My name is Alice' by Mo's Digital Pencil. 
Coloured with promarkers.
Sentiment is a Britannia word die.
Spellbinders die 'Romantic Rectangle' used to cut the image.
Entering into the following challenge:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 138 use your snippets ( off cut of navy used for sentiment backing.)

13 Aug 2014

Butterfly Sail.

It is week 3 of my Butterfly challenge
where the theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Here is a card in true Blue Peter fashion that I prepared
earlier to help get your mojo's flowing.

The Digi image is a freebie from
Beyond The Fringe Crafts and is called Butterfly Sail.
I have had it saved on my computer
for a few years now  just waiting for the right moment
and here it is.
I printed the image off onto white 140gsm card stock and then re ran it
through my printer and generated the sentiment  to the side of the ship.
Background was created using two different shades of chalk and making
a quick mask from paper for the clouds.
They looked a bit contrived to start with so I went back over the edges
and mussed them up a bit (very technical know how!Lol)
Image coloured using Promarkers and then  details edged round
with a silver gel pen. 
Backed onto silver mirror card and then navy pearlescent card stock.
A gem in all 4 corners to finish.
Hope you can  come and play.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #137 Use up your snippets. (gems were left overs).

10 Aug 2014

Anything but a Card

Appologies for absence .
I have not been able to access the Internet since Friday.
I changed service providers to combat the problems
I have been having and paid a yrs Internet in advance
thinking I 'd get a top notch service.
 No such luck!! 
I'm in an Internet cafe at the moment drowning my sorrows.
Needs must!

Anything but a Card is the theme this week
over at the Christmas card Club and was chosen by Lizzie.
I had this plain carrier bag on my desk and a sheet of 
used wrapping paper and so an  idea was born. 
A quick rummage around and I found some ribbon
and a packet  of freebie stamps (still on my desk).
You may be forgiven for thinking I have a huge desk to work on. 
I don't it's just piled up 12"high leaving me a  small
micro space to work from.
I had just bought the la Blanche 
'Father Christmas ' stamp also still on my desk.
Another rummage and I found some Glamour dust, 
Anita's glitterations 'Happy Christmas' 
And a packet of unkown snowman 3d stickers.

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice
I changed the ribbon to tartan which went much better
with the patterned paper. 

I also found a wooden sentiment that
I coloured with a red marker pen and glamour dust .
I coved the sides and handles with the paper and then 
just went to town on the front of the bag.
Less is certainly not more in this case! 
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop# 137. Use up your snippets. 

5 Aug 2014

Butterfly Journal.

Iv'e taken  a plain note book and made into something special.
Jenny likes pink so my starting point was a plain pink note book.
Then the fun began.
Take some pink butterfly patterned material and my trusty snippet
of cardboard
Plus a butterfly motif cut from material and backed with stiffener.  

Next find a toning design paper . This stripey one is by 
Emma Schoenberg
which I cut and adhered to both the front and back covers.  

I then cut a panel fom the cardboard to fit the front
and covered with the material . A strip of elastic was added to 
hold in place over the closed book. 

The butterfly motif was used to create the pocket to hold the pencils in place. 

I added a butterfly Charm to finish.
Jenny has now received her gift which was a little thankyou from me 
and my Butterlfly challenge. 
It is week 2 of the Current challenge which is running for 4 weeks.
I would love to see your entries for Summertime Butterflies.
Entering into the following challenge :
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #136. Use you snippets.

3 Aug 2014

Vintage Burlap Journal.

I went to an Andy Skinner workshop   in Fareham
and we made these  Vintage Burlap Journals.
I had a lovely time getting all distressed and mucky!
Can't tell you much about the process
as I was so busy following directions I forgot
to make a note of the all the different glues, pastes, dies,
paints  and mediums we were using.
The one thing that has stuck in my mind is those
rivets holding the fake metal plates onto the front.
They are actually flat back pearls that we grudged up .
They look very authentic.
The image is a photo pre made to look distressed
and was supplied by Andy as was all the materials.
Boy did we get through shovel loads of the stuff!!

The hessian came supplied in sheets attached to card
so was easy to work with.
As we had 2 strips over from cutting to fit the covers
we made a couple of book marks.

You can see the spine of the journal
which  we aged to match the front.
Confession time.
 The flowers were meant to be died a yellow/orange
but I created such a fuss about them needing to be pink
that Andy relented and let me have pink ones Yay!
(Probably got my card marked now!!).

A close up of the bookmarks.
I had such a great time I have booked another class
this time at The Craft Barn for the end of August with Rachel Snook.
We will be using Masks and different ways to apply them.
Can't wait!

30 Jul 2014

In The Summertime.

A completely different style of card from me today.
Inspired by the set of Brusho Water colour paints
I have just bought.
I took myself down to the end of the garden and armed with loads of newspaper to spread on the table I had a little play.
I used a sheet of plain white cardstock
and then sprinkled just a small amount of the powdered paint
onto the paper using just 3 colours.
Rose Red, Ultra Marine, Lemon.
I then spritzed  over with a generous helping of water
and left the paints to do their magic.
Where the colours have mixed and merged I now have
Orange , Mauve and Green  added into the equation.
No 2 patterns will ever come out exactly the same.
I left to dry and then cut down to size and adhered to a card blank.
On a snippet of card I  sprinkled  
Purple and Brilliant Red together
and when dry over stamped  using  the Indgio Blu butterfly stamp
with Versamark and embossed with black EP.
I then fussy cut the butterfly  and mounted to the card using 3D pads.
I gave the sentiment stamp the same treatment.
A quick doodle round the edges plus some black gems and a very 
CAS card from me.
I really enjoyed using these paints and have bought the
Brusho Secrets  DVD to go with them so expect to see more 
as I work through the lessons.
I made this card as inspiration for my Butterfly Challenge
where the theme is Summertime Butterflies.
Hope you can play along as the challenge is running for  4 weeks.
Entering into the following challenges:
4 Krafty Girlz #23 Anything goes.
Sister Act #67 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #241 Anything goes.
Less  Is More. #182 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #135. Use your snippets. (oddment of white card).

27 Jul 2014

A Wintery Scene.

Appologies for late entry.
I have been chasing my tail around all day.
Things won't get much better this week either.
So much to do and so little time.
Enough  of my moaning.
I actually did finish this card  in time to post early today
but last night I wasn't entirely happy with it and this morning
I popped another two layers on to it.
Now I like it!
The challenge over at the Christmas card club this time
has been set by Sylvie who wants to see trees somewhere on our cards.
I knew I had this rather lovely card in my stash of used Christmas cards
so  dug it out to use .
The original card was quite a big one so I cut out the centre
of the picture using my Xcut Rectangle Parenthesis die.
I came across the die cut fence panel whilst searching
for the snow flake die  and thought it made a nice foreground.
Snowflake die by Sizzix 655628 covered with Glamour dust.
SU card stock in grey.
Mirror card and navy pearl effect cardstock added as I thought
the card just lacked that little bit extra otherwise .
Blue dotty ribbon and blue gems from my stash.
Card given a light dusting of glamour dust to finish.

Then I decided to use all the left overs to decorate the inside.
I had a piece of the old Christmas card left over and trimmed it down.
I quite like the like the negative die shape along the edge.
The sentiment was from another card which I had previously cut using
my Xcut  Rectangles die.
Entering into the following challenges:
Completely Christmas #22 Anything goes.
Christmas card challenge #35 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra#  Christmas theme only.
Sparkles Christmas challenge #42 A winter scene.
Twisted Tuesday #81 Christmas with trees.
Scrap Creations# Christmas in July.
Die Cuttin Divas #175 Christmas in July (must use at least one die cut. I used 4.)
Clear It Out challenge # Christmas in July with glitter.
City Crafter #221 Christmas in July
Crafting For All Seasons #82 Christmas in July.

23 Jul 2014

Some more Spots and Stripes.

My Butterfly Challenge still has another week to run
so here are a couple of more cards for your inspiration.
The Technique Twist  current challenge is to  make a
Building Blocks card.
As I'm always on the look out for new card shapes to try out I thought I would give this one a go.
There is an excellent tutorial on Split Coast Stampers
which I found mega  easy to follow. In fact I didn't  even use my Xcutter  just sissors.
I used plain card stock for the base in both yellow and Green.
DP. is from 'Pretty Pansies' collection by Nancy watt.
Embossed Stickers by Papermania
this time in a yellow/brown/ cream colour way
again a prezzie from blogging pal Lesley.
Yellow butterflies punched using a Tonic Punch and already  in my stash
along with the cream bows.

Close up of the front of card.
Entering into the following challenges:
The Technique Twist #28 building block cards.
A Gem of a Challenge #124 Spots and Stripes (plz use both).
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134 Use up your snippets. (tonic punched butterflies.)
Scribble and Scrap #23 Anything goes.
Crafting from The Heart #28 Anything goes.
Sister Act #66 Anything goes.
Really Reasonable Ribbons #99 Things with wings and ribbon.
Tuesday Taggers # Things with wings.
For my second card I have used a design
(pealing back papers)
That I have been meaning to try out  for ages.
I thought it would work perfectly on this card.
The stripe paper is a freebie from Papercraft Magazine called Candy-Cute.
I layered this on to a blank card base and then roughed up the edges with my handy gadget.
Spotty paper is two papers stuck back to back and cut just slightly smaller .
Again the edges have been distressed and also the slit which has been turned back
to allow the base paper to show through.
Sentiment is  a freebie from Beyond The Fringe given the same treatment.
Gold foil butterflies are  a topper by Dufex
Ribbon trim , pearls and flowers from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges.
That Craft Place# Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134 Use up your snippets (pink bow ribbon).
Use Your Stuff #145 Layers.
Through the Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #45 Anything goes.
Charisma Cardz #15 Anything goes.
Crafting At The Weekend #3 Anything goes.
Hope I have inspired you to play along .
Hugs Mrs A. 


20 Jul 2014

Take some Cardboard and Glue.

I was lucky  enough  to be a Spot light winner in the April challenge
with  my Decorated Egg
and very honoured when Doris asked me to be a
guest Designer for July.
Here's what I made for the current Anything Goes challenge.
I had seen an Altered Lantern in a recent issue of
Craft Stamper by Elizabeth Borer
using a Glass Lantern.
Now I didn't have a lantern to hand 
and not about to buy one when I had lots of recyclable goodies
in my stash
Take some cardboard, glue  and torn up kitchen roll
and lets begin.
I cut strips of card to the size I needed and stuck  together
and then started to glue the torn kitchen paper all over to cover.
Once dry I painted using a tester pot  in 'Enchanted Eden'
I also found an old perfume bottle top and painted that to match.

 Elizabeth had used stamped  tissue paper to cover her glass.
I did think to use acetate but as I already had parchment paper
out on my desk to use for another project I used that instead
for the lantern sides. The stamp came free  in the same magazine.
I stamped out using  Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
and coloured on the reverse with Promarker pens.
Some garden wire and an old chain necklace thread through it  made the handle.
I smudged  black decorative chalk marks on the paint to make  it look like it had been in the shed!
Then rubbed Inka Gold around the edges and  the handle to give an aged appearance.
I used a battery powered candle for the inside.
This was the best photo I could get taken inside with the candle charged.. 
 In situ in the back garden using a flash at night time which doesn't show the candlelight.
Added bonus of Evening Primroses in the background!
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #134: Use up those snippets.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #38 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #100 Anything goes.
Crafting From The Heart #27 Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #44 Anything goes but must be square.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #184 Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz #22 Anything goes.