Friday, 19 January 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

There's a new challenge blog just gone live called Twofer, the aim is to make two cards using the same stamps, dies etc to make two cards for different occasions. The first is Feathers, these can be attached to a bird on their own or incorporated in something. The cards below are what I came up with for the challenge. I used a stamp from a set of stamps called Peacock Glory from Chocolate Baroque and the sentiments are from a set called Mackintosh Sentiments again from Chocolate Baroque. The backgrounds were created using distress inks and a couple of texture stamps from Visible Image.

On the card below I used a stencil  on the background but can't remember who it was by as it's been in my stash so long. 

The stencil used on the card below is from Imagination crafts.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

One Layer Butterflies

It was quite a busy time last week, with hospital visits everyday, thank you all for your good wishes. Father-in-law is still in hospital with a chest infection we're hoping he comes home later this week and Sister-in-law is now at home with no diagnosis as to what is wrong. She has to return for more tests though and has been given six weeks off work. Right now onto my card today, this has been made for the current Butterfly Challenge, which is only for a few more hours so I'm getting in by the skin of my teeth. On the 6th January I went with my friend down to Eileen Godwin's and took one of her wonderful workshops, we made one layer cards just like this one. So when I got home I knew that this was what I would do for the challenge, it was just a case of finding the time to tidy a little so I had room to craft. Well I managed it this morning and this was the result. An A6 one layer card using Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar distress inks and then Picked Raspberry through a butterfly stencil. I then used the edge of a Visible Image stamp around the edges using Real Red from Stampin Up and then finally I used the Butterfly stamp from Visible Image and sentiment stamp from Crafters Companion.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge - O is for one layer and or the colour Ultra Pink
Allsorts Challenge - No patterned papers
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year

Well I'm a bit late with the New Year Greetings with this blog post, but the New Year wasn't quite so good for us. New Year's eve my Father-in-law took a tumble at my Sister-in-law's (he was staying there for the New Year) this resulted in him breaking his hip and having to have a hip replacement done on New Year's Day. Everything went well with the op but as FIL is 90 in May it taken it's toll on him a bit. Two days later and now my Sister-In-law is in Hospital too with Kidney Stones. Hubby doesn't know which way is up at the moment.  Anyway onto my post today, after going to a workshop back in September when we cover a note book, I decided at the time that if I bought some inexpensive A5 diary's and covered them, that they would make good gifts for Christmas. I ended up covering 16 Diary's, 5 notebooks and 3 little journals (the journals were for 3 super little ladies). All were a big hit and I've had nothing but great feedback from all who received them. This is something I think I'll be doing again.

I'm entering this into the More Mixed Media challenge, which at the moment is anything goes and the option of blue. Think this covers everything.
I'm also going to pop over to Pixies Snippets Playground as I used some left over cardboard scraps on the front as well as making the 2018 out of scraps too. There's also a scrap of lace in there somewhere.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Chistmas

Well I think I'm about ready now, we're off to my daughters in-laws for dinner tomorrow then I have everyone coming to me on Boxing day. So once this is posted I'm off to sit down in front of the TV. This is similar to one I posted last month but the colourway if different. The flowers have been made using Heartfelt Creations dies and the sentiment is from Crafters Companion all put together with silver mirri card and white card stock onto a 8x8 card base. I shall take myself off to the Allsorts Challenge with this card as the current challenge is Seasonal Flowers for the next two weeks. All that left to be said is I hope that all my followers and visitors have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

More 75th Birthday Cards

Today I thought that I would show you the two cards that I made for my friend, for Mother. For both of these cards I used Tattered Lace designs and Charisma dies. The first uses the free die off of the front of the Tattered Lace magazine from last month (Issue 48). This card follows one of the tutorials to a certain extent too. I started with a 8x8 card base and used green card stock for the matting, and printed off one of the pretty papers for the backing paper. I then printed the beautiful Fuchsia several times and cut them all out with the die. I cut a hexagon from green card and then cut in halve and done the same but smaller in white and layered these to make a basket. I drew some lines from my basket to the top of the backing paper to make it look like the basket was hanging. The sentiment that you can see was printed straight onto the backing paper and I added a bow to the top of the card too. Then it was just a case of layering up the fuchsias as though they were hanging from the basket.

The next card uses flowers and backing papers from the Magical Midnight Watercolours from Tattered Lace and My Craft Studio along with the Lotti Dotti Square from Tattered Lace. Again I printed the sentiment onto the backing card before cutting out with the die. Although you can't tell from the photo the flowers has 4-5 layers.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

75th Birthday

Wow the last week or so has just flown by and there is still so much to be done before the big day next week. Recently I was asked if I could make birthday cards for a friends mother who was turning 75 last weekend. When I say cards he wanted 5, one for wife, two for mother and 2 for Nan, his mother is also a friend so I also needed to do one from us too. Here is what I came up with for Wife. I used Heartfelt Creations flowers and leaves against a distress inked background. The sentiment is a Tonic die. Just a quick post from me today as there so much still to do.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Seasons Greetings

I'm just popping in today with a card for the challenge over at Addicted to Stamps this week which is Seasons Greetings. This card uses a stamp from Clarity Stamps designed by the late Jayne Nesterenko. I stamped onto watercolour card and then used aqua pends to colour the image. I'm also going to enter this card into the following challenges.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge, which is Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra, also Anything Goes

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowflakes And Pixies Snippets Playground

My card today covers a couple of challenges firstly the Allsorts Challenge where they are asking for Snowflakes on your cards. Then Pixies Snippets Playground where you must include scraps or snippets on your card  (I stamped and embossed Christmas onto a scrap piece of card) and then finally Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge which is anything goes with the option of sparkle. I used an embossing folder from Sheena Douglas to make this card, coloured the background with blue distress inks and then used silver gilding wax lightly over the top. Mounted it onto some silver mirri card and then a white card blank.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

With all of the cutting of papers for my last post, needless to say there was a lot of bits and pieces that have found their way into the scrap box. So it was only natural that I would would reach for them to make something for Pixies Snippets Playground this time around. Everything except the card base has come from leftover Graphic 45 papers from the seasons collection. The sentiment stamp was from a set by Crafters Companion.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Results Of The Graphic 45 Workshop

You may remember me saying recently that I attended a Graphic 45 Workshop held by Clare Charvill (My Creative Spirit) in Kenilworth a couple of weekends ago. Well last weekend I finished the project that I started. We had a choice of projects that we had to pick from before the weekend and I chose to make the Seasons project. When we arrived and were given our projects, they came in a bag and looked like a jigsaw puzzle, it took all of Saturday to put the storage box and albums together. At this stage the storage box had papers on it but the Albums didn't.

Sunday arrived and we started to add the pages to the Album and to decorate them. I concentrated on getting one Album decorated rather than trying to rush and get them all done. Even so I still only got the front and middle pages finished and part of the back page.The rest were finished at home.

So far I've not added any photos to the Albums but I do plan to (maybe over Christmas).

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