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30 Aug 2015

Gatefold Archway card.

I'm back to show you some more
inspiration for my  Butterfly Challenge


Don't have a stamp or a die cut to use?

How about you cut your own shape!
I made a simple Gatefold from cardstock
Mine measured 11" x 5.75"
I measured 1/4 in from each end to create the folds.

I drew a simple arch shape onto stiff card
and used this as my template to cut away
the edges that met in the middle of the card.
You can see the resulting card below.

I used papers that were still out on my desk 
which were freebies from Making Cards Magazine.
The plain purple and floral design are from the 
'Pretty Ponies' range of papers.
I distressed the floral papers using my handy T.H. gadget.
Butterfly is made from shrink plastic
coloured with promarkers and then covered
with glossy accents.
I love making these as no two will ever be the same.
I tend to make them up in batches so I always have some 
to hand for embellishments .

I cut a smaller archway in white card and coloured
 the edges with  a purple ink pad to match.
Sentiment and candles are by Papermania
'Glitterations' stickers.

 Yellow flowers from my stash.
See I told you it was simples!!
Stop by again on Wednesday for more inspiration
using an Embossing Folder.
Entering into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs # Birthday wishes.
Tuesday Taggers # Sending you flowers.
Creative Moments #75 Anything goes/fancy folds
Southern Girls #118 Flower Power.
Creative Fingers #90 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #103 Anything goes.
Fussy and Fancy #146 Birthdays.
Crafting With Friends #5 Anything goes.
Hiding In My Craft Room #214 Free Style.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #192 Use Your snippets (white card for archway)



26 Aug 2015

Flight of The Butterflies.

Running spectacularly late. 
 I had a photo malfunction last night 
and after staying  up till  5.30am sorting it 
 gave up and went off  to bed.
Finally here is todays post.
It's time for a new challenge  over at
my Butterfly Challenge.


You can form  your arch from flowers or maybe you  have a stamp/die cut  with an archway, A corner die cut makes a perfect arch when two are placed together to make the curve at the top. You are free to use what other embellishments you would like + your Butterfly of course.  (Even an archway made from lots of little butterflies). 
Here is my inspiration card for you.

Digi image is by Britishisleartworks
called 'Gothic Garden Arches Antique Illustation'
which I found on Etsy.
I coloured with my promarkers and just a little
pearlescent chalk around the aperture edging.
I die cut the aperture to the front of the card
using by Sizzix  Scallop Crescent Tag die 656342.

You can see better in this picture that I have
backed with acetate and adhered the 
Best Wishes sentiment to the  front of  it
which is showing through the die cut.
The butterflys are fly stickers and they 
have been adhered across the top 
of the archway as if in flight.

The digi image has been attached to the inside 
of the card.

I have upped the ante on this challenge
but I'm sure you will all come up trumps.
I will post some more inspirations for you 
later in the week so please be sure to call back.
I promise you they will not be dificult.
(Now would I lie to you!!!)
Entering in to the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #138 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #146 No patterned papers.
Love To Scrap #60 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #28 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #48 Anything goes.
Fab 'n'Funky #270 Things with Wings.
Sister Act #120 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty #16 Anything goes.
Aurora Wings #17 Anything With Wings.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #1 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #276 Anything goes.

23 Aug 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Time once more for the girls in the 
Christmas Card Club to show our makes.
The theme was chosen by Carol and is
Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
For me this meant having another rummage
in my used Christmas card pile for s suitable image.
I found this one with Santa Claus in his sleigh
flying over the  sleeping townsfolk. 
Simples! 
Well it would have been if I hadn't
had the bright idea of making a 
Recessed Window card and also
covering the entire front with strips 
of holographic sticky tape and then 
the inside to neaten up as well!!
The tutorial to make this card is from
and explains each step clearly.

Finished card doesn't show it but 
there is a fair  amount of cutting and folding
to do  and in my case an awful lot of 
sticking too.

This is the inside of the front cover.

Side view of card showing 
the recessed window.
After all  that sticking I just added
an Anita's self adhesive sentiment
and called it a day (well night actually!)

Entering into the following challenges. Well it would be rude not to:
A Snow Flakes Promise #3 Must have a winter theme.
Tis the Season #49 It's hip to be square.
Sparkles Christmas challenge #55 No Designer Papers.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Christmas cards only.
Alphabet Challenge # N= No Design Paper.
Crafting With Friends #4 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #92 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #191 Use your snippets. (a half used roll of tape from yrs ago)
Crafting By Designs. Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #6  Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #47 Anything goes.

19 Aug 2015

Washi Tape Pegs

It's the last week of my Butterfly challenge

Both Kitty and I have some more 
inspirational makes for you.

First up here is Kitty's card for you.
I'm not quite sure how the background  has 
been created so I will be hot footing it 
over to Kitty's blog to find  out the full details.

I'm so loving these colours together.
Thankyou Kitty for providing the extra makes
for this 4 week  challenge.


Now unlike Kitty I only had 2 reels of Washi  Tape
to play with so I was a bit limited in what to make
for my last piece until I hit on the idea of using pegs.
Simples!!

So here are my Fridge magnet Washi Tape butterfly pegs.
(Thank goodness for washdays).


Iv'e gone back to the pink/blue spotty tape 
I used to make the flip flops with  and simply dismantled 
two large wooden clothes pegs and stuck the washi tape to
one side. The other side has a strip of black magnetic 
tape adhered along its length.
I then re assembled the pegs and adhered 
some dimensional  butterfly stickers
  (two per peg)
from Anita's Pink and Blue Sets.


They are lovely and shimmery
 when the light catches their wings.

Hope to see you for the last week of  my challenge.

17 Aug 2015

Birdhouse and Vines

We have another challenge for you


The sponsor this time is 


I have used this image
'Birdhouse and Vines'
and tried to convey an' Edwardian Lady'  style card.

The backing paper is by Raspberry Road.
I have coloured the image  using promarkers 
and silver gel pen.
The hessian embellishments, lace and square pearls are from The Works.
The bead trim  came from a local market stall, gems from my stash.

The ovals were cut using an Xcut die set.
I  had just enough of the paper over to trim inside 
with more lace and a hessian butterfly.
Stamp is by Crafty Individuals and one of my favourites.

As always the challenge is anything goes.
Please pop over to the blog and see what 
my team mates have created just for you. 
You have a week in which to enter
and we would be delighted to see you.

12 Aug 2015

Washi Tape Dreams

We are half way the 4 week challenge for my
Here are  some more inspiration cards for you
from myself and my Guest Designer for the month

Here is Kitty's card for you.

Very Striking in Black / White.
Please pop on over to Kitty's blog for more info.
You won't be disappointed.


Here is my inspiration.
I started off with a blank card and just stuck
rows of butterfly washi tape to entirely cover.
I like the random look it has given.

I used Memory Box  'Terrace Butterfly '
to cut an aperture from the card.
I matted pink card stock onto the base card
and then from another sheet of white card
die cut the same butterfly again.
I used the white butterfly as an inset  
and raised the cut out card of butterflies 
up on 3D blocks.

The sentiment is from Sheena Douglass
'A Little Bit Sketchy Butterfly Effect'
stamp set which I have stamped and then 
cut out using SU's  Curly label punch.
I coloured the word Butterfly very lightly 
with a different promarker pen for each letter
to match the butterflies. 
It shows up really well IRL.


For my second card I simply used the washi tape
butterfly as the insert having used the die cut at 
an angle when cutting out the white butterfly.
A strip of the same washi tape across the bottom
was I felt, all the card needed.
I matted onto turquoise card stock and the sentiment
is from Creative Expressions 'Wings' Stamp set
which I raised up on 3D pads.


I hope Kitty and I have given you some ideas
for you to flutterby and join in. 


9 Aug 2015

Christmas Layers.

Time once again for the girls to show
their makes for the Christmas Card Club.
The theme set by Lorraine is
Lots of Layers.

I have used an LOTV pre coloured image
from their Set14 Festive Foilage.
I have dug into Kaisercraft's
Christmas Collections  6" pack
and chosen 5 of the papers to layer
up randomly on the front of the base card.
An old christmas decoration from years gone by
and a gold foil sticker greeting 
finishes the look.

7 Aug 2015

Anniversary Wishes.

It's our wedding anniversary today
and this is the card I made for The Doc.
The digi is from Bugaboo  and is called
'Make it Snappy - Congratulations.'
As soon as Isaw it I knew I had to get it 
for The Doc's card.
Remember the good old days when a camera had film
in it which  you had to take all the photos on and 
then send away to be developed?
The doc had a mate who when ever he offered to take a photo
would inevitably cut the heads off the people in the snap shot.
Course you wouldn't find this out till long after the event when the 
film cam back  from being developed!
I thought this image would bring back happy memories.
Needless to say we had a professional photographer
for our WeddingDay!! 

I have chosen to make another Easel card
mainly because it won't then  fall off the shelf it will be standing on!
Image is coloured with Promarkers and 
Pearlescent chalks.

Sentiment is a black plastic peel off and yes the 3 dots
were part of the sticker. I peeled them off and stuck them
down using a lot of  choice vocabulary and tip of a pin!

Side view of the easel section.
The black plastic  peel off edging on the placard holding 
the easel in place I decided to ADD after I had stuck everything 
else down. will I ever learn!! 
And no I won't be telling you what the GP stands for either.
Curiosity killed the cat you know!

The doc and I will be going out to a very nice 
Fish Restaurant later  for lunch.
We went there last year only to find it was closed on Thursdays
so  hoping being as it is a Friday this yr we will be in luck.
Cheers.

3 Aug 2015

Butterfly Ephemera

We have another challenge for you

The sponsor this time is


I was over the moon (excuse the pun)
when I saw the selection of images we had been given 
to choose from.
I was in Butterfly Paradise!!
I was flying by the seat of my pants 
to get this card made in time and literally
anything that was not already glued down 
on my desk went onto the card.
The backing paper was a sheet of Prima Botancial Collection
still lying on my desk from another project.
The base card was coloured round the edges 
using Forest Green distress ink.
I trimmed the images down  and distressed 
the edges with Vintage Photo and then distressed
further with  my distressing gadget.
(darn clever these little gadgets are too).
I then layered these up and added bits and bobs of
lace, string,ribbon, rope, button and an odd
Fly Sticker Butterfly that I trimmed down.

As always the challenge is Anything Goes. 
Please pop over and see what my
Team mates have created just for you.
You have a week to enter and we would be
delighted to see you. 

2 Aug 2015

In Memory of Julie

I thought long and hard 
about whether to post this card 
as it cannot now be for the intended occasion
but I have  decided to do so as a tribute to our 
lovely friend and Godmother to Fluff
who sadly lost her life to Motor Neuron Disease on
18th July 2015.
This was to have been Julie  and Brian's
40th Wedding Anniversary today and though
we had given the card to them early Julie never saw it.
A life so cruelly taken.

For you Julie.
XX


31 Jul 2015

Best Buddie

As soon as I saw this 'Bugaboo' image 
I knew I had to get it.

This is so me and my best  blogging buddie  Miss Di.

I wanted to make and send a card to Di to say Thankyou 
 as she helped me through
some very dark moments a few weeks ago
 and was a cyber shoulder to cry on and cry buckets I did.
Card has been received so I can show. 
It is a twisted easel card. I love making these .
The image is called  'Make it Snappy - Friends'
which I have coloured with my promarkers 
and a gold gel  pen.
The design paper is by Sally Moret.
I had a little piece over which I was able to fussy cut
out some of the flowers to adhere to the front of the card.
I have layered up using pink and yellow cardstock.
The sentiments were printed off in word 
Of course we both had to be wearing pink 
as it is our favourite colour.




29 Jul 2015

Summer Flip Flops.

It's  a new challenge over at my


My first thought was Washi Tape Flip Flops
as one does!
First  I needed to gather some stash together and 
this is just some of what I eventually used.

I drew a rough shape out  on paper until  I was happy 
that it resembled a flip flop base and then cut 
a left /right out from corrugated card
to give the appearance of a sole.
I stuck two strips of washi tape back to back on a sheet of paper
for the straps.
I embossed a sheet of white card with 
SU's Decorative dots folder to represent the base and
coloured with distressed ink to make them look worn.

I puched holes in the bases and threaded the 
washi  tape straps through and then 
decorated with embellishments in  my stash.
Butterflies were cut from a satin strip.

I also cut out  more white card to make the
bottoms and used distress ink to age.


Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #144 Anything but a card.
Fantastic Tuesday #96 Anything goes/make it feminine.
Tuesday Throwdown #255 Summer fun
Deep Ocean Challenge #109 Summer fun.
Fussy and Fancy #144 Things with wings.
All Sorts Challenge #321 Add a butterfly
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #187 Use up your snippets (cardboard, flowers)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit. A/goes altered art.
Recycle,Repurpose, Re-invent # Anyhing goes but must recycle. (corrugated card)
Lets Craft and Create #103 Butterflies or birds.