Sunday, June 25, 2017

White Christmas.

Time is flying by and another challenge is due from the girls in the Christmas Card Club. Lorraine set the theme for this one and asked for a White Christmas. A quick look through my used christmas card stack turned up these two card fronts.

The first one I trimmed down and adhered to silver glitter card to make a small border and then attached to a scalloped edge blank card base with 3D pads for a raised effect. The sentiment is a die cut by Xcut which I cut from a scrap of the glitter card that I had left over. The snow flake is part of the die cut.

Second card uses a stamp  Sentiment Corner by Phill Martin. Base card is made from 300gsm white cardstock and the corner rounded using my large Xcut chomper. Card front was trimmed down slightly and again the corners were chomped. Silver star stickers were in my stash.

Nice and simple but also classic looking.

Entering this card into the following challenges.
Scraps of Life By Scrappy Mo # Rudolph  Day June.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bingo Lines

Here are two more cards using different lines of the Butterfly Bingo Challenge which ends next Tuesday so there is still plenty of time to enter.
I have been away for a few days  leaving The Doc at home alone with his new toys ie. New Washing Machine, New Iron and New hairdryer.  The old adage of everything breaks in three's certainly rang true to form here .Hopefully thats the end of it and the expense!

So my first card uses the the line  Banners/Butterfly/ Brads along with the colour Heather. The design papers are all by Nitwits from their digital Lavender collection.  Butterfly is die cut using Cheery Lynn Designs DL 113AB. Purple cardstock (for the base), embroidery thread and brads from my stash.

Second card uses the line  Beads/Butterfly/ Borders with the colour Heather. The design papers are again all from Nitwits digital Lavender collection. The bead pin bow and butterfly sticker are from my stash along with the scalloped edge card base.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Just to tell You

Just a quick post to give you the heads up that Faye(Fluff) is back on the old goggle box tomorrow.
Hochanda channel at 11am showing off her incredible colouring skills using a new medium.
Hope you can set your recorders up or watch live.  I will be cos I know what is coming up.
Prepare to be amazed!!

All  a bit nuts here at home. We got the internet back up and running  and then put a load in the washing machine only for it to decide to bite the dust.  Repair man came out yesterday but the cost of installing a new control board into it plus the configuring said board + call out charge would have been more than a new machine so long and short of it is a new one is on its way and being installed on Monday. The old one was 12yrs old so it had done it's working life .

So what's a girl to do? If ? If I can't wash then I I can't iron. I know ?I will craft instead!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lets play Bingo.

Time again for a new challenge on the butterfly blog.

#80 Butterflies + B is for Bingo lines  and/or the colour Heather.

This is the Bingo board.

Here is my inspiration for you. First card uses the line Buttons/Butterflies/Bows

Card base is a blank scalloped edge which I have adhered a Hunkydory Image from their 'Little Book
of Jewelled Butterflies'.  I needed to trim it down just slightly in order to fit the card base. Coloured card is a heather colour from my stash along with the polka dot ribbon , pearl buttons and the silver sentiment sticker.

Second one is an easel shaped card and uses the line  Bling/Butterflies/Blooms.

Image is by LOTV from their Art Pad set 24 English Charm. Butterfly stickers are Dimensions by Anita's. Lace  was left over  from a previous card and the gems, sentiment sticker from my stash.

Here is a close up of the bling. After attaching the lace to the card I glued each gem on individually to make the pattern.
Hope I have given you some  ideas. This challenge is back to the normal 2 weeks so will close on Tuesday 27th June.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #285/286      Use up your snippets( left over lace)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Christmas Scenes

Time yet again for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next batch of cards. Sylvie set the theme and asked for Anything Goes Christmas.  Simples!!!
A quick rootle around in my used christmas card box and found these two card fronts. Not much required doing to theme other than trimming down and adding to base cards made from coloured cardstock. The printed sentiments were in my stash and I simply mounted onto  oddments of the same card stock. The card fronts are raised up on 3D pads to give a bit of dimension but it doesn't show in the photos.

Sometimes quick and easy is the best especially if your short on time.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Butterfly Canvas

The first of two canvases that I made with BJ Crafts using Imagination Craft supplies on the very last day of  the 3 day Oyster Craft Retreat.  A messy but enjoyable time.  We covered our canvases in Rusty Patina Texture paint  and used several stencils to get the different designs. Heat drying after each application. Once we had finished the layering we rubbed on Alchemy Wax in turquoise and blue and then chose some laser cut velvet board images that we covered in Starlights metallic paints  which we again heat set and this gave the bubble effect .

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

In Ever Decreasing Circles

Just Time to show one last card  for the Butterfly Challenge.

#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots  of Layers and/or the colour Cream.

Challenge runs until 13th June.

This is my inspiration for you. I saw Jennifer Mcguire make a card using Stacked Die Cutting on her blog last month  and you can follow the video here. I thought it fitted my lots of layers perfectly.

I have used my Sizzix Scallop circles as my die shape.  Cut from 4 different coloured pieces of cardstock picking the colours from the image which is by Hunkdory from their 'Little Book of Butterflies.'  I cut the image down to fit behind the last circle. The sentiment is cut in 3 of the colours using a die from Crafter's Companion and glued together very slightly off each other to give the shadow effect. I have adhered the front to a piece of dark brown cardstock to make the base card.  The extra butterfly was in my stash 

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Painted Bag

This was one of  the last days projects on the 3 day Oyster Retreat that I went on. The workshop was run by BJ Crafts using Imagination crafts products. Time to get down and really get messy and have some fun. The first thing we made was this decorated bag using rice paper that we decoupaged.
This is what was left from the rice paper once I had selected and torn off the pieces I wanted from the design. It is quite easy to tear if you first soak a paint  brush in water and draw around the area you want to use.

We placed our finished layout onto the bag and lightly drew around the edges with a pencil and then removed the papers. The rest of the bag we painted using Starlights Metalic textile paint (making sure we did not paint inside the guide lines) and left to dry which didn't take long. We then glued our rice paper in place using fabric decoupage  glue and made sure that we covered over the top too in order to seal. The bag has a  lovely waxy feel to it on the decoupaged roses which are also very slightly wrinkled in appearance. Not sure if they are meant to be like that but I like the effect!!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Elegant Note Card

This was the second project that I made with Martine on the workshop at the Oysters Retreat that I recently went on.  We used Spellbinders diamond flourish pocket die to create our pocket for the front of the card. Die cut in white and silver (with the silver placed underneath and slightly offset to give thee shadow effect. We could choose the sentiment that we wanted and decorate the front with silver gems in our own design.

 Here is my finished card and below with the tag pulled out.
Quick and easy to make but very elegant looking and sparkles in the light.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Layered Butterfly

Another inspiration card to show you today for the butterfly challenge.
#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots  of Layers and/or the colour Cream.
I have used cream cardstock for the base card and layered up with two die cut frames using Crafts-Too rectangle dies in caramel and then coral to pick out the colours of the butterfly. The image is from Hundory's 'Little Book of Butterflies' which I have adhered to coffee cardstock and then attached to the cream card with 3D pads. The Butterfly has been fussy cut from another card with the same image and then adhered with a 3D pad to the front of the card. The wings have been bent to give a feeling of movement.  Bronze pearls in the corners are from my stash.

The challenge is running for another 2 weeks and closes on 13th June.  Hope you will have time to join in the fun.

Entering into the following challenges:
Create and Inspire #62 Anything goes.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mistleto and Wine

Time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next makes. The Theme was chosen by Rita who asked for Mistletoe and wine. Well I knew I didn't have any suitable used christmas card fronts in my stash  so a bit of head scratching went on until eventually I hatched a plan.

I found this digi by Justinklined  that I had purchased and never used in my digi downloads so that was the mistletoe element sorted. Then I remembered I had this stamp by Clear Impressions which had been free in a Creative Stamping magazine.  The sentiment is a Penny Black from their Wonder Collection.

Here is the finished card.

I used my promarkers to colour the mistletoe and the bottle of wine stamp.  The stitched frames are from my my most used Crafts-Too die set. Green and wine coloured cardstock along with white card to make the base card from my stash.
Thankyou Rita for making me really think outside of the box on this one. Hope you like.

Entering this card into the following challenge.
Scraps of Life By Scrappy Mo # Rudolph day May.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # anything goes.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Anything goes christmas

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tag Book Card and Box.

This is the first project I made with Martine during the Heartfelt Creations workshop on the recent Oyster Retreat that I attended.
Tag book card with matching box using Heartfelt Creations Flowering Dogwood stamp and matching die set. This is the finished  front of the book which we decorated with vellum flowers that we stamped and die cut from white vellum. After heat setting with silver embossing powder we coloured the reverse side using a green ink pad. Flowers were moulded using a ball tool to create the curved petals.  The book was made using several layers of card adhered together.

The back of the book which I chose to decorate with a heartfelt border die in silver and overshadowing in white. 

The inside was made using more heartfelt border dies and decorated with a few left over flowers.

We then made up a box and decorated the front with more of the vellum flowers and  a fancy die cut background.

Photo showing the finished book and box.  I enjoyed making this as it took a lot of cutting and sticking which I like doing and Martine was fun to work with. We made another project in the afternoon which I will show on another post.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Courtyard Butterflies

It's the 2nd week already for the Butterfly challenge.

#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots  of Layers and/or the colour Cream.

Here is some more  inspiration for you.

Base card is made from green pearlised card stock and layered  up with cream cardstock then a green design paper (no name from my stash).The next two layers are a gold pearlised card embossed using Sizzix ' Courtyard' Texture Fades 659449. Image is by Hunkydory from their  'Little book of Butterflies'.
It is not very clear but the background on the image matches in quite well with the embossing folder pattern. Cream lace, gold sticker flowers and the sentiment sticker from my stash. Five layers this time and a further two if you count the sentiment which is cream card layered up with green card and attached to the front with 3D pads.

I used the oddments left over to decorate the inside of the card so that's  also 5 layers if you count the lace strip in too.
The challenge runs until 13th June.

Entering into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #179 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #156 Things with wings.
Aud Sentiments #180 Anything goes + a sentiment.
Creative Inspirations #275 Anything goes.
Creative Moments #118 Anything goes with no twist.
Inspiration Destination #128 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #44 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #371 Anthing goes + two or more layers.
Creative Fingers #130 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #10 Anything goes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Flower Box

This is the last project that I made on the craft retreat with Honey Doo crafts. A vellum flower using their products to create the centre piece. Flower stamp was stamped out several times in versamark ink embossed with white/white EP onto white vellum and then heat set. Each flower was fussy cut out and then coloured from the back using Memento Dew drops ink pads in two shades of pink. Each petal was sculptured and then applied to a flat disc of vellum to build up the flower shape. A few leaves were created the same way and tucked in behind the arrangement.

The inside surround for the box frame was stamped using Memento  Dew drop ink pads and we could choose which Honey Doo stamps we used to make our designs up with.  I chose a leaf scroll and a butterfly. We also stamped a square larger than the aperture to adhere the flower disc to and then put inside the frame.

A photo showing the finished frame which is 10"x 10" and looks really pretty IRL. I had to take the photo out in the garden to get all of it in. I will show what I made on the Heartfelt Creations retreat day later in the week.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Vellum Lillies

I'm Showing you here the second card that I made with Honey Doo Crafts when I went on the 3 day craft retreat run by Oyster crafts. It is a large 8" x 8" base  and uses vellum as an overlay.  It does look really spectacular IRL. We were all pleased with the results we achieved. I will show you the card process  backwards as we started by stamping the inside of the card using Honey Doo 'Lovely Lily' and ' Birthday Sentiments.

The front of the card was stamped using Versafine Onyx black ink covering with clear embossing powder and heat setting. The lillies were painted using Honey Doo mica powders mixed with water. I haven't managed to capture  the sheen  on the petals in the photo.

Finally we adhered a sheet of vellum paper over the top and using the same lily stamp lining up and stamping  over in exactly the same place using Versa mark ink. We used White Opal embossing powder over the top and heat set. 

Here is the finished  card.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Appearances can be deceiving!

Time again for a new challenge on the butterfly blog.

#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots f Layers and/or the colour Cream.

Here is my inspiration for you.

A simply layered up card but is it what it seems!

A base card of chocolate brown pearlised card stock layered up with burnt orange and cream cardstock to match the butterflies of the design card. I'm not sure where it came from now.  Six layers in all some of which are raised on 3d pads for more dimension.
The beauty of the card though is in the hidden mechanism inside the card  as this is a 'Twisted Pop Up' card.  I saw this done on Sue's (Zouave Cards) blog and immediately thought how well it would work for this challenge of loads of layers.. There are lots of variations and tutorials on You Tube and I did use a combination of ideas from more than one of them.

This is the card as it begins to open up.

 A little bit more.
Keep going and finally fully opened.

Closed down showing the folded mechanism from the side .It really is magic.

Hope I have inspired you to play along. This challenge is running for 4 weeks so you have plenty of time to put your thinking caps on and join in.

Entering into the following challenges:
Love to Craft #10 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #44 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #43 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #179 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #156 Things with wings.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Moving Along With The Times #45 Butterflies.