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19 Feb 2016

Turkish Delight Blog Candy

Last Friday I showed you a 
5 sided Silk Embroidered Box
that I made 6 yrs ago when I first started my blog.
I said that I still had a piece of the material left 
(which is now 46yrs+ old)!

Well unfortunately I don't have it now  as I have spent
 the past week making  another  one!!


This one has the addition of some beads
on the tassels.
(The design of the box is from a 
book 'Embroidered Boxes' by Janet Edmonds
published in 2002).

Now beige inside
and

 There is extra crafting goodies too.

To be in with a chance  to win this embroidered box +goodies
then 
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Candy will close on Friday 19th  February 11.55pm (GMT).
International followers welcome to join in. 

14 Feb 2016

Happy Valentine

I have Blog Candy in the post above. 

I made a love heart for The Doc for Valentine's Day
 and whilst I had everything out on my desk
made another one to show here.
This one is  much more girly!
I had a stash of cardboard heart shapes and can't  remember 
where I got them from probably the NEC.
Anyway as they have a picot edge on them
I coloured around the edges on both sides 
using a red promarker .
The red  rose design paper was an oddment in my 
stash and I had just enough to cover 2 hearts on both sides.
I distressed round the edges before gluing to the bases.

I made the roses using my Spellbinder's Rose Creations die
and then blinged it up with bits and bobs .
The word is a silver sticker sentiment which I made a little banner for.
Red paper for the roses ,ribbon , pearl, pearlescent doves  and lace 
all from my stash.
Would you believe it all the handles in my house
aren't a knob shape so I couldn't take a photo of it 
hanging up so I ended up lying it down on white card
but you get the gist!.


Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #216 Use up your snippets.
Crafting By Designs #176 Hearts.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  # Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #52 Anyhing goes.
Everybody Art #355 Hearts.
Tuesday Taggers # A fine romance.
Crafty Creations #308 Hearts.
Crafty Gals Corner #58 Sweethearts ( use a heart).
Create and Inspire #39  Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #72 Anything goes.

10 Feb 2016

My Friendly Acetate.

I hadn't quite realised how many
Custard tarts The Doc had consumed
till looking through my blue stash to make this card.


Oop's!
Best start using some of these box bases up then.

It is a new challlenge over at my Butterfly Challenge.

Here is my inspiration post for you. 

My card uses acetate for the front with the stamped image and blue
custard tart card in the middle and blue card stock for the back

Stamps used are SU's  'Painted Petals'
and a new stamp company to me called Heyda that make 
these little stamps which come on wooden pegs 
(very similar to Cardio stamps idea  ).
Here I have used a Butterfly which is part of a set of 6 stamps.
I stamped using two coloured ink pads and built  the image
up one stamp at a time. Sentimnet is part of the SU set.

The card open showing the middle section.
Floral paper, zig zag braid, ribbon and
silver edging all from my stash along with the 
used tart box.
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use up your snippets.
2 Creative Chicks #7 Anything goes.
Crafty Girlz Challenge #11 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a digi or stamp.
Crafting By Designs # Anyhing goes.
Scrapper's Delights #52 Anything goes.
Stamping Sensations # Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #15 Fantasticflorals.
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #12 Anything goes,
Creative Fingers #102 Anything goes.

8 Feb 2016

Custard Tart Card

Every so often The Doc
buys his custard tarts from a shop
in town which pleases me as they come 
in a nice reusable box that is yellow
instead of the blue strippy  ones I normally
squirrel away in my stash. 


So what to do with the left over box?
Well with a bit of cutting ,gluing and imagination
 you could make a shaker card with it

At the local craft club last week we were making marbled paper
and one of the pieces I had made  happened to be 
yellow and pink. Just right for roses I thought!
I had left the acetate/plastic sheet attached to the front of the box so
this was ideal for the front of the shaker.. 
I adhered the base of the box to a cream blank card and then covered
up the writing on the box with a piece of the marble paper which
also served as the backing for the shaker element. 
I used my Spellbinders Rose  creations die  to cut the roses out.
Gold/silver sticker butterflies attached to the front, gold foil butterflies
inside the shaker element and a gold sentiment sticker completed the look.

I have made this as the second Inspiration card
 for my Butterfly challenge using the letter O for 
I showed you U for Undulating last week. 
If you hurry you still have time to enter.

Entering into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper Crafty #263 Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #15 Fantastic florals,
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies #12 Anything goes.
Moving Along With The Times #13 Things with wings.
Crafting With Friends #13 Anything goes,
A Bit More Time To Craft #13 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use up your snippets.
Scrappers Delights  #52 Anything goes,
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes,

7 Feb 2016

Textured does it.

I have  Blog Candy in the  post above.

It is #3 challenge
over with the girls in the Christmas Card Club .
Rachel has chosen today's theme
'Texture'
I have kept to my new  resolution to use
1 used christmas card front and 
 a stamp/supplies from my stash 
for the 2nd one. 

I found this challenge a hard one and very nearly 
ran for the hills but it was cold wet and windy
last night so I persevered!

My first card  uses an old christmas card front.
Well actually it is the second card I used as the first one
I had selected with an Owl on it just wasn't working for me.

Quite a bit of texture here.
I created a base from blue cardstock and layered up with 
a design paper from Nitwitstoo collection  'Crossteal'.
Next up was a layer of hessian that I frayed around the edges.
The next layer you can't really see is embossed with a bark effect.
 The original image I was going to use on top of it
had been cut into an oval and this one is oblong.
It looked so good I didn't want to risk cutting it down
and spoiling the effect. 
The bling and the wooden sentiment were in my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #290 All creatures great and small.
Inspiration Destination #71 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #122 Anything goes,
ABC Christmas Challenge # C is for Cute critters.
Crimbo Crackers #99 Anything goes.
Winter Wonderland # Best friends.
2 Creative Chicks #7 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #12 Anything goes,



 My second card uses this Delightful
Nordic Christmas stamp by Crafter's Companion
called 'Christmas Cheer.
I fell in love with him straight away. There are 4 in the set
and I bought 2 of them. I coloured him with my Promarkers.
My texture is created by using green felt adhered
to a red card blank and then a layer of red card
which I have embossed  with a EF by Crafter's Companion
called 'Reindeer Parade'
I scruffed this up with some sand paper for more effect.
I used star stickers on his blanket for more texture.
More green felt die cut with a circle die and the wooden
sentiment by Scrapmatts was layered on top with 3D pads.
This was actually a bauble design but I removed the hanging bit
as I just  wanted the circle. (I did the same on the card above).

I finished the insid eoff with matching green card
and a left over piece from the embossed sheet. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #263 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use your snippets (piece ofwhite card for image)
Christmas Card Challenge #10 Photo Inspiration.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a digi or stamp.
Crafty Girlz #11 Anything goes.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.

2 Feb 2016

Magnificent Peacock

Hello and welcome.
Time for another challenge over at 
Crafting From The Heart
The sponsor for this week


I chose to use this image by them 
called 'All - For - Show'

I have used my Copic Markers
 and a Gold pen to colour in. 
Sentiment is made with  Britannia die cuts.
Base card is made from purple card stock.
Then layered up with gold and navy card
and then finally another deeper purple shade.
Gold edging , corners and flowers are gold  stickers
from my stash .
The eye of the peacock plus the eyes in the feathers
are tiny spots of liquid pearls.


The theme is Anything Goes as usual
and we would love to see you entering
your projects.

Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #7 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a digi or stamp.
Crafty Girlz Challenges #11 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #12 Anything goes,
Create and Inspire #38 Anything goes.
Creative Knockouts #126 Birthday wishes.
Little Miss Muffet #130 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #13 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #123 Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #58 Anytthing goes.

31 Jan 2016

Glittered Candles

It's the 1st Rudolph Challenge of the Yr
but before I show you my card 
Maureen had asked on a previous post on her blog
how to prevent a tent fold card from pulling open
with the weight of extra layers on the front .

Here is my solution to the problem.
I will show you using a ready made card base 
and also if making your own from cardstock
as the method for the folds is slightly different.

Using a ready purchased blank card.
Here I have used a 6"x 6" card.
You will end up with a finished card size of  6"x 4.5"

Trim back of card to 5.5" and score at 4.5"

Leave front of card at 6" and score at  4.5" & 5.5"

Mountain and valley fold as shown here.

Adhere d.s. tape to the 1" fold and peel  back 
a third of the backing strip 

Line up with the .5" fold and adhere.

You will now have a tent fold that will stay
in the same position . 
Instead of using the inside of card for greeting 
you can use the back.

Using Card stock.
Trim cardstock to 6" x 11.5".
Score at 4.5", 9", 10" & 11"

Mountain and valley fold as shown here.

Adhere d.s. tape to the .5" fold and peel  back 

a third of the backing strip 

Line up with the back of card and adhere.

You now have a tent fold to decorate as you wish
which will stay standing.

Finally here are the two cards that I made from above.

I have used sheets of heavy  glitter paper in 5 colours
and die cut  'Glowing Candles'  by Memory Box
from 3 of them and then mixed and matched 
piecing back together in a different  colourway
for each card.

Sentiments are by Britannia dies .
Even though I have  layered up several sheets of the  glitter paper
to the front of the cards they still stay up without sliding down.

Entering the 1st card only into the following challenges:
Scraps of Life By Scrappy Mo. 1st Rudolph day challenge.
A Snowflakes Promise #15 christmas /winter theme.
Crimbo Crackers #99 Anything goes.
Jingle Belles # Bling on the holiday.
Crafty Hazelnut's #266 Anything goes.
Fab'n' Funky #289 Christmas.
Crafting With Friends #13 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #214 Use your snippets.(used the infills from the fall outs)

29 Jan 2016

Happy Birthday To Me!

I blinked and now my blog is 6yrs old today!
Doesn't time fly when your having Crafty Fun.
I thought it might be  rather fun to go back to 2010
and pick one of  my first posts to re show to you.
So here is my blast from the past
Turkish Delight.

A five-sided silk embroidered box.


Made from real silk material
which at the time was nearly 40yrs old.


I had a look in my material stash
the other day and found I still had a piece
of the silk left.
Also pleased to say that the lady who now owns this
is still one of my followers!!

27 Jan 2016

Acetate Again!


It is  a new Theme
#47 Butterflies + O is for Over the Edge
  (so edge cut on project to overhang or the overhang method when cutting a die when the image goes over the edge as on a circle die).
or
#47 Butterflies + U is for Undulating
(so image or embellishment on  either wires or acetate strip so that it moves on the card.)
It 's a double billing as we are down
to the last two letters of the current Alphabet theme.
My Inspiration card is to show you
what I made using acetate to make the movement.
No acetate on the front this time!
The surprise is on the inside.

When you open up the card you find
this array of butterflies bobbing around!
They are all attached to separate strips
of acetate which are secured behind
the die cut flower border and  sandwiched
between the front and back fold of the base.

The die cut  flower border
is  Craft Essentials
Meadow border - DIOB0079
which I have coloured with my Graph'it Markers.
The butterflies are all pre cut on a printed sheet
called 'Shabby Chic' by Studiolight.
I used pink, green and blue cardstock for the base card.
Sentiment is a textured sticker from my stash.
Acetate strips were all left over snippets.
Design paper snippet and gems from my stash also.

Next week I will show you a card using wire!

Hope you will play along with the new challenge.
Remember you can use either of the themes to enter.
Jenny has made  a pretty tissue box for the
Over the Edge Theme.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #213 Use your snippets.
2 Creative Chicks #6  Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #296 Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #147 Anything goes + a sentiment.
Crafty Gal's Corner #56 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #38 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #70 Anything goes.
Little Red Waggon #70 They say it's your Birthday.
Penny's Paper Crafty #262 Celebration.
Creative Card Crew  #105 Anything goes.

25 Jan 2016

All The blues

Another  Football themed card.
This time for our Grandsons other Granddad
whose Birthday it was last week.
Again I made the card in his local teams colours.

The sentiment is a large word stamp by Woodware.
I started off wih a large offcut of  white card stock
and glued different widths of snippets of design paper across
the card to fill.
Football paper is a digi by 
'Print Fun Factory' a shop on Etsy.

I used bright blue cardstock  for the base
and adhered the football design paper to the front
having first stamped the clear stamp onto it
so that I knew the wording would be centered.
I then stamped again onto the card of glued down stripes
and fussy cut out each letter separately. Some I had to stamp 
more than once as the letters overlap. 
I then proceeded to glue onto the stamped image making 
sure I had the correct letters overlapping each other .
I can't deny it wasn't fiddly but the finished result was worth it.
Happy Birthday spelt out in his teams colours.!


I then found as I had made the card a non standard size
I had no envelope to fit it so had to make one
which I decorated with some strips of the football paper
on  the front and on the inside flap.

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #296 Anything goes.
Always Playing with Paper #58 Masculine cards.
Crafty Creations #307 Paper piecing.
Art Impressions #176 Paper piecing.
Creative Fingers #101 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #213 Use your snippets.


24 Jan 2016

Sleigh Time.

It is already the #2 challenge
over with the girls in the Christmas Card Club .
Maureen has chosen today's theme
'Sleigh'
I have kept to my new  resolution to use
1 used christmas card front and 
 a stamp/supplies from my stash 
for the 2nd one. 

I used Red card stock  to make the base card
which has a small flap folded up inside the card.
I found this enchanting sleigh  in my  used card stash
Card front cut out using my Xcut Square Parenthesis dies.
I went round the edge of the red insert and paper pierced 
for added interest.



Papers are digi ones from Nit Wits
using their 'Christmas Too' collection
and ' Believe Too' collection.
I paper pierced around the blue insert too
but it is hard to see the lighting was so poor.
Ribbon from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots # Use ribbon or lace.
A Snowflakes Promise #14 Christmas.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #347 Christmas 
Alphabet Challenge # X = Xtra fold.
Crafty  Hazelnut's  Extra # Anything goes christmas.

Then I had a thorough look in my 
Christmas stamp box and luckily found this gem.
By Papermania 
Urban Stamps 'Noel' 8 piece set.
I coloured using my Promarkers and a gold gel pen .

I used green card stock for the base this time
and used the same flap design but turned it upright.
Scalloped edges were die cut using Crafts-Too
Square dies PCD77.

The sentiment and Santa were  in the  stamp set
so I used them on the inside of the card.

Digi paper by Nitwits 'Fleur'
form the Simple Joys Too collection.

Close up of Santa cos I'm pleased how he turned out!
Entering into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #98 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #265 Use a Sentiment.
Scrapping 4 Fun #58 Anything goes,
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #212 Use your snippets. (oddment of card for stamping).
Shopping Our Stash #235  3,2,1. ( 3 die cut squares, 2 coloured images, 1 design paper).

21 Jan 2016

More Inking.


Well goodness me you all seem 
to be having an Inky time over  at
40 entries already with another week still  to play.
Here is some more inspiration .

I have been taking an online
Stamping Colour Techniques class
by Laura Bassen
and this is a technique using masking tape.
I've used different colours and added the butterfly
to my card.
This is very CAS for me and out of my comfort zone. 
I really wanted the butterfly to be 2 of the band
colours but didn't want to make a fussy cut 
addition to the card so in the end I came up with
inking a circle onto the card just large enough to take
the stamp which is by Stamplorations  from their
Artful Flutters set.
Colours were created using Versa Magic Dew Drops
in  Wheat, Pink Petunia & Perfect Plumeria.
Wording was from Stamplorations 
'Trendy Butterflies'
The black dots were punched from a snippet 
of shinny black sticky plastic.
Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #295 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #69 Anything goes,
Addicted To Stamps #177 Make your mark.
Sweet Stampin # Things with wings.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #212 Use your snippets.
Stamplorations #  CAS Anything goes.


My 2nd Inspiration card
has me tackling another Nemesis
namely my Brayer!


I used a selection of inks to create
the brayered background, a masked 
circle to make the moon and torn paper
to create the hills.
Stamps used are  from
Lavinia stamps  'Butterrflies'
Woodware 'Plant and Meadow - mini'
I adhered the panel to  a digi paper
from Pink Petticoat called 'Biscotti'
which matched my moon perfectly.
Base card was made using blue cardstock.

Entering into the following challenges:
Love  To Scrap #70 Anything goes.
Tuesday Taggers # Silhouettes.
That Craft Place #Anything goes.
Southern Girls # Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #6 Anything goes.