Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cottage trellis

I love the poppystamps cottage platform die and side panels but I set myself a task of thinking of a different way to use this die and came up with the idea of a gate fold matchbook style card using the fence panel of the cottage platform as a trellis. I cut my card to the size of the die and fed the end I wasn't cutting the trellis from through the die so it didn't cut the base area of the die and then turned the card round and repeated the process on the other end of the card.
I used another poppystamps die the brighton flower border and coloured it with promarkers inspired by the clematis flowering in my garden earlier than they should be .I attached these to the 2 trellis panels.
I decided that the card needed something extra so used anther piece of card and embossed it with a wall embossing folder and coloured it with a mix of brown red and orange inks. I then attached to one of the trellis side and turned my gate fold style card into  a matchbook style card. I added 3 little butterflies again coloured with promarkers.

My mum hasn't been too well the last couple of days so I decided to send her a card to cheer her up and as she loves her garden this seemed like the perfect card to do this . She has a black cat so I added one to her card again a poppy stamps die and coloured it with distress inks.

My mum loved the card and the cat and said she is feeling a little better.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

poppystamps challenge - flower power

Double D - flowers galore

creative craft cottage - include an animal

Friday, 19 May 2017

retro flowers

I love this stamp ,it was one of the first I bought from The stamp man when I started delving into the world of rubber stamping and card making . I love it for another reason too ,it reminds me of my Gran and Great -granny now neither with us any more. My granny use to fascinate me when she set her hair , I was mesmerised as a child as once she had washed her hair she took big metal clips that were about 6 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide and looked like long thin hair clips or claws of now. She would push her hair upwards and attach the clips and wait for her hair to dry and she'd remove the clips and her hair would look just like this picture. I was never able to find any clips like them in any shops and I did look ( but I found a picture of some see below and now I have really short hair I found some for sale on eBay) even as a child as my hair was always dead straight , I think they must have been something that had lasted her lifetime as when I look at pictures of her from her wedding day onwards she always had the same hairstyle and she was born in 1893.

Image result for 1920 hair styling tools

I stamped the image on white card and coloured with promarkers. 

I decided to frame the image with some brushed metallic silver card as I wanted to create a card with soft colours for a change as I usually go to bright colours. I created a background using more stamps from the stampman set and again stamped on white card this time with a grey ink. I layered this on more brushed metallic silver card.
I finished the card using this fab poppystamps art deco roses die which I coloured with spun sugar distress inks and layered these in the corners.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Glitter n sparkle -for a lady

Cupcake inspirations- photo challenge/mothers day

Use your stuff - metallics

Crafty catz -more than 2 layers

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fussy cut Flutterby

I love butterflies and this butterfly collage is no exception . I decided to try something a little different this time.I die cut the collage on a white base card . I added another  sheet of card beneath the die cut but first randomly coloured it with patches of pinks purples and reds.
I then fussy cut around the edge of the butterflies nearest the opening of the card.
I decided to use this card as a thank you card so added a sentiment using a gold peel off ,quite quick to make but love how it turned out.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Pearly sparkles- things with wings

crafting when we can - bright and colourful

Dream Valley -things with wings

Cards in envy- favourite colours
( I love purples and lilacs and blues together 
and pink just seemed to work too)

cute card thursday - dies and punches

MAWTT- butterflies

Spring and the start of a new adventure

My niece and her fiance have just moved into their first home together, they have been looking forward to this for so long and I am so happy for them as they start a new chapter in the adventure of their lives together.
I made a card for them and hopefully it will be one of the first things to drop through their letter box rather than brown envelopes.
I used this fun LOTV stamp and coloured with promarkers after stamping on an open studio by memory box basics stitched rectangles on white card. I cut another plain rectangle slightly larger than the image rectangle and coloured the edge with the same colour I used for the clock on the image.
I decided to add a simple hand written sentiment to finish off.

I wanted to add something to finish the card but wasn't sure what until I found a sketch to follow and decided on some lucky clovers  ( again from memory box)  which again I cut on a scrap of white card and coloured with promarkers .

 I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Pink Gem - Spring fever

Crafts and me - anything goes

Unicorn challenge - special occasion

Outside the box - magic markers

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sunny days

I recently got some new chameleon pens so am experimenting with them they are quite fun to play with but I still love my promarkers too and am still getting to grips with my spectrum noir aqua colours. My hubby bought me the chameleons after watching their videos on facebook as he was quite taken with them though hasn't yet asked to play which I really thought he would.

Anyway I to play with some dies I treated myself to and hadn't got around to using so decided to make a tag which I can either use as a tag or I could use as a topper on a card. I used the cloud die and coloured with the chameleons I love how you get so many shades from one pen. I used the tag die to cut the cloud die to fit onto the tag and line up the stitching. 

I used a flower border which I coloured with promarkers taking inspiration from the flowers in my garden. I used a cute bunny to add some fun as I think he might jut fancy nibbling on the sweet flowers.
I love the proper umbrella die which I cut in rainbow card love the graduation variant and added it at an angle after folding on the score lines.

I added the cute sentiment from lily of the valley  and drew in some raindrops to finish.
I love how it turned out.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-

HLS CAS - Rain

As you like it -favourite die
(my newest dies always seem to be my favourites)

If you give a crafter a cookie - April showers bring may flowers

Scrappy Land -anything goes
(Memory box and poppystamps dies)

Craftaholics R us -spring colours

country view -flower power

Make it Monday - May flowers

Is this just fantasy?

When I was a child I always thought I was quite lucky when my birthday came around in some respects as my birthday fell in the summer holiday, I didn't think it fair that my school friends who had birthdays in term time would get cards from everyone in class which as my school friends didn't live anywhere near us and I didn't associate with them out of school I didn't. I played with my neighbourhood friends who all went to different schools which was good and I was one of the oldest so one of the biggest too which meant unlike those school friends who got cards from the class and birthday bumps too, I happily missed out on that treat as my neighbourhood friends were in no position to give them to me.

The little chap on my card seems to be having fun though and I think his birthday bumps must be more like playing on a trampoline than the bumps I remember.I like to think animals have fun and celebrate their birthdays though animals life years are often more numerous than one of our years so they must have more birthdays every year and yes I do often wonder if part of my brain is in a fantasy world or that of a never grown up child but I can live with that too.
I coloured this fun lotv image with my new chameleon pens and my trusted promarkers (still learning to use the chameleons). I then fussy cut the image out. I wanted to add movement to the image  and finally decided I would have a go at making a slider card. I separated the bouncing bear from the image and stuck him onto a 5p piece. I created my base using a piece of white card a little smaller than my base card and I coloured with chalks using a poppystamps cloud die to create a tree line by rubbing chalks up to it. 
I then added a channel by cutting with a craft knife, about the width of the 5p piece and then stuck a penny to the back of the 5p with a foam pad sandwiching the background between them..
I added 3 fling birds die cuts from memory box , I love these and all the other little dies I have they are great for adding interest and details to cards , coloured with promarkers and a nice bold sentiment nothing fancy as I do intend the card being for a child.
I got a bit carried away with the photos as I wanted to show how the baby bear tumbles as he's propelled into the air for his birthday bumps.
I would like to wish LOTV happy birthday as they celebrate their 13th birthday a bit old for bumps but I hope they still have fun celebrating.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Crafts galore encore -anything goes

Craft rocket -fantasy

LOTV May challenge -Happy Birthday

OLLCB- something begining with B

fab n funky -kids and teens

Saturday, 29 April 2017

pink petal birthday bag

 I made a card a little while ago using the petal ribbon from poppystamps in different shades of pink and decided to complete the set and make a little gift bag to go with it as I'd got a bit carried away and cut a few more ribbons than I needed for the card.

I used a docrafts die for the gift bag one hubby bought for me when I first got my cutting machine as we saw a demo and he liked it and I wasn't going to say no was I? I cut it in plain white card to match the greeting card and simply added the petal ribbons to each side of the bag and a couple of butterflies from the mini butterfly die also from poppystamps.

I decided that as I'd gone this far I should finish it off with a matching tag and took inspiration from some Olga on the poppystamps design team made a while ago.

I used main street tag dies to cut my base and a frame also in white card. I also cut one in white vellum and used the tulisa corner collage to cut some interest into the vellum before attaching to the base tag.

I then used another of the petal ribbons and used the flowers and some of the ribbon bit of the die and added these onto of the vellum . I added some sparkly centres to the flowers and a couple of butterflies and then topped the sandwich with the tag frame.

I used a hole punch to create a hole for my ribbon and added this to my gift bag and love how it turned out.

 I would like to enter this gift bag and tag into the following challenges ;-

in the pink - birthday

polkadoodles - anything goes

crafty catz - anything goes optional CAS no DP

crafting with friends -anything goes

creative fingers -anything goes

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Memory box under the sea inspiration

I was lucky enough to win an under the sea collage on a blog blitz from memory box and loved the tutorials Dave from memory box too but as it hasn't yet arrived  I decided to improvise with a craft knife and a hole punch to create my under the sea card using this pretty Ching-Chou Kuik image.


I used some Spectrum Noir aqua pens and smooshed some card with a mix of blues. I then used my craft knife to cut out some windows and then added some punched holes randomly , and layered them over over the image.
 I finished the front of the card with a cute crab also from Memory Box coloured with promarkers and to add the look you get on a crab shell I used some PVA glue.

I created some weed by using some recycled ribbon ,the bits you get in clothes to aid staying on hangers and stuck at both ends but twisted them to give the appearance of movement.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Polkadoodles -anything goes

Morgans world - anything goes

Ching Chou Kuiks - under the sea

The ribbon girl -use any image

crafting when we can - one for the girls

colour crazy - anything goes

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Welcome little one

I decided I would start to build my card stock again and as it's Spring and there are babies being born in the animal kingdom I decided to start with a baby card. I don't need a baby card as I don't know anyone having a baby so thought I'd make it a general baby card not gender orientated hence the colours.

I love this sugar nellie image it's just so super cute.I stamped it onto white card and coloured it with promarkers in peach, almond, putty, lemon, grey and pink and a touch of mint for balance.

I die cut it out using a stitched rectangle die from memory box but decided it was too long so I cut it in 2 halves to shorten it. I then used their alter star collage die cut into card and used this as a stencil and used spun sugar distress ink, after masking the coloured image.

I decided to use a peach pearlised base card and keep the card design simple and complete it with a die cut sentiment 'welcome little one' from poppystamps. I coloured it in lemon and then cut it out in the rectangle with the image on and inlay it.

I was quite happy with the results and now have a card in waiting should someone announce they have had a special delivery.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Just us girls -soft pastels

crafty catz - anything goes with a twist of animals

CAS on Sunday - stencil

AAA- CAS and use a stencil

Addicted to stamps -not a square(hope rectangles are ok)

CAS mix up - stamping,inlaid die and your choice(I choose stencil)

As you like it - favourite card shape
(I tend to gravitate to rectangle probably for ease and convenience and habit too)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Simply butterflies

I love Spring and how everything just seems to spring back into life and seeing the butterflies and bees whizzing around the flowers that just pop up and birds busy building nests.
I decided to use the hyancinths and crocus in my garden as inspiration for colouring my butterflies in the buutterfly collage fom Memory box.

I used promarkers to colour a piece of card  randomly then placed it behind the diecut cut into a white base card. Technically I guess its a one layer card as the coloured layer is on the inside of the card but I love the effect.

There is still space to add a sentiment at a later date but not added yet, but I think this could be birthday, get well or a thank you card , but who doesn't love butterflies.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

My time to craft -no designer paper

HLS Dies -anything goes

Come and get it - in the garden

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Pink petal power

Another petal ribbon die cut card this time in shades of pink, I'm loving this quick and simple kinda card and its a great way to use up scraps of paper too.

I used 5 flowers ribbons and stuck them to a piece of white card, I added some mini butterflies randomly before layering the card onto a layer of pink paper and then onto a white base card.

I haven't added a sentiment yet but think it could be used for several different occasions from birthday,thank you or anniversary.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Pearly Sparkles - anything goes

In the pink -flower power

The paper girls -festive flowers

Penny's -anything goes

crafty girls corner -3 or more layers

Bunny hop

Not sure if I will use this as an Easter card or save it and use it as a fun birthday card or maybe I will send it to a little boy Whimsy stamps were appealing  for mail  for as he is terminally ill and loves receiving mail ( I saw their post on facebook if you are interested). Well now thats decided.

I used this fab stamp from LOTV and coloured it with promarkers. I treated myself to some new dies although many Memory Box and Poppystamps dies from the latest releases are hard to find in the UK without paying an absolute fortune for and I do love their dies though I'm sure there are other companies too that I would love but haven't yet found them.

Anyway I used pasture grass die and cut the grass that I coloured in the same promarker I used to colour the field the bunnies are playing in. I liked the shape the pasture die created so used the curve part of the set to create the top of the image in a reverse mirror shape. 

I decided that the bunnies sky needed some colour so I used a spectrum noir aqua pen and a water brush to give it some presence. I placed it on a white base card and love how it looks ,it just makes me smile so I hope Carson the little boy I will send it to likes it too.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

A Gem of a challenge - furry friends

Alphabet challenge -B is for bunnies

Dream valley challenges - 4 legged friends

Stamplorations -CAS optional any pastel colour

Creative knockouts - outside fun

Scrapyland - anything goes

What happens to a garden over winter?

I'm not sure what happens in my garden over winter but my veg patch just continues to grow all by itself but nothing I've planted just grass and weeds which then means when it comes to Spring I have to de-weed etc before I can plant anything else. I know I should probably keep up my weeding so it doesn't get to that stage but I just find so many other things t do and the veg plot just gets neglected , false economy of my time and one day I will learn but hey ho no pun intended.

Anyway this is what I've been doing this Spring digging though not yest harvest digging for a couple of months anyway.

I used this fab LOTV stamp which is such fun to colour and I love how the little bird sits on the pots as the robins in our garden join me they always seem so fearless when compared to other birds.

I decided it would make a fun birthday card for a gardening gent but it could also have ended up as a retirement card too. I found the happy birthday sentiment in my word box amazing what you rediscover when you have a move around of your craft stash.

The papers are all from my scrap paper files so I have no idea who they were originally from sorry. I tried to keep the colours coordinated with those I used when colouring and all on a white base card. I cut the papers using outside the box stitced rectanges and used some creative cutting and positioning and formed a frame for my image using outside the box stitched circles.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Daisy chain -Spring is in the air

Crafty calendar -April showers/Spring

Squirrels challenge- Spring fever

Die cuttin divas - April sketch

Cardz for guys - Easter/Spring

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Petal Easter wishes

I am loving the world of die cutting, it brings another dimension to card making and other crafts though as yet I haven't ventured further than cutting card and paper.

I haven't really had much mojo lately when it comes to crafting I guess too many other things causing distraction but now I have redecorated my craft room and refurbished it I thought as I found all sorts I had forgotten about when moving things around I really ought to try and find mojo and get card making again.

I decided to start off  with something bright and colourful and just die cuts using promarkers to colour my white butterflies ,flower centres and to use on the sentiment stamp.

I cut the petal ribbon die from poppystamps several times in different colours, I think they had a similar design on their blog when the die was released but I can't find it so I'm not sure who made it but unless I was dreaming it obviously made an impression so thank you to the designer.

I went for a kind of ombre pattern or mirror image whatever you want to describe it as and chose a coordinating colour  promarker to use for the sentiment which is a simple happy Easter .

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Inspired by all the little things - celebration (hope Easter counts)

crafts galore encore - anything goes

That's crafty - flowers and or foliage

Unicorn challenges - petal power

Monday, 27 March 2017

A 21st card for a male

I haven't been making many cards over the last year and those I have made and photographed I haven't got around to publishing many of due to life getting in the way but I have newly decorated my craft room and hopefully will get my mojo  and craft head back in gear.
I had a 21st birthday card to make and needed a little inspiration and loved the ribbon card Jean on the memory box design team made so decided to use that as my inspiration so thanks Jean. 

I am still learning when it comes to using my dies but love their clean look especially when used with white card and decided on this delicate fern die from memory box for this card. I used a white square base card and taking the ribbon inspiration created a base for the fern using a selection of green ribbons, real not die cuts even thought I love the effect Jean created I don't have any ribbon dies.

I added a peel off 21 in gold to one corner and a 'happy birthday'die but from Britannia dies cut in gold to the other corner. Clean and simple and no colouring either but I am very happy with the result.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;-

Kitty Bee -Spring cleaning (use something you've not used for a long time
(my craft room ))

Simon says- use more than 1 die

Memory box -ribbons

Penny's -anything goes

southern girls -use a die cut

4 crafty chicks-dies/punches

poppypower - lets go green

Simply create too -lots of green

AAA- die cuts as main focus 

A gem of a challenge -birthday boys

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Simply thank you

My son recently had surgery again and though he has had many operations he is always grateful for all the care he receives and though he knows he cannot really show how much he is thankful for he likes to give thank you cards to show his appreciation.

Many of the cards he gives tend to be for the ladies who are involved in the process but he also likes to thank the all important gents be they doctors,physios, nurses and even the admin staff who at this last operation organised his admission so the process could be completed to enable him to go on holiday earlier this month. 

This is one of the cards I create for him. I used memory box loopy rings die cut in glossy black card and mounted on a white base card.

I added a poppy stamps die cut thank you cut in gold mirri card and added this atop the loops.
Clean and simple thank you.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Just us girls - geometric

CASe this  sketch-cas + sketch

HLS  CAS - die cuts

Poppystamps - go for gold