Sunday, April 18, 2021

Bold Blooms

I've been let loose over at the Playground! Guesting on Pixies Crafty Workshop #401.
Now just so long as there are no Pogo sticks hanging around and you don't mention 'The Duck Pond' we shall be ok. 
My card to show you apart from the scalloped card base (that I found lurking in a box) is made up entirely using snippets. I have a picture tutorial below showing how it was constructed. 
The prize is  the Woodware Stamp that I have used. The winner will of course be getting a brand new one as I had two of this stamp.   It comes with a sentiment too. 

Here is the card I made using mine.

 I had seen a journal page using torn up catalogue pages for the background and wondered if using up scraps of plain cardstock would work just as well. Only one way to find out!
These were some oddments left over from previous cards which I tore up into small pieces  in different shapes but mostly about 1" in size. 

Using undiluted Pva glue I stuck them randomly onto the card base leaving  a small neatish edge all the way round. Once all stuck down I gave a liberal coating of the Pva glue over the top and left overnight to dry. 
In the morning the result was this beautiful shiny  background which because it was so shiny was quite difficult to photograph without getting glare from the camera. 
Next I stamped out the flower image twice (onto scraps of white card) using  a Wow clear embossing pad  and embossed using Wow silver powder. 

Coloured with my Graph'it marker pens and fussy cut out the images. 
I stuck one onto the card using double sided tape and then adhered the second image on top overlapping so that it made it look like there were a lot more flowers than there actually are.  
Now I don't use 3D pads anymore as I make my own from left over snippets of white cardstock. Waste not want not. Here's how.

I add ds tape to the back of the cardstock  and then layer up before cutting into the size pieces I need. 
I wanted the second image to be fairly raised up so I used four pieces of card each time.
Then adhered them to the back of the second image before adding to the card. 
I cut the sprig of flowers that were at the bottom of the image off on the top layer and tucked them straight onto the card  under the leaves and large yellow flower. So that's my snippets card which I hope will inspire you to enter into the current challenge. 

and mind those Pogo Sticks!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Little Robin Red Breast

Golly, Another 2 weeks gone in a puff of smoke and what changeable weather we have been experiencing.
It is time again for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next makes. Margaret has chosen the theme of Little Robing Red Breast. I have 3 new stamps to christen that I purchased back in Feb of 2020 and not used yet.  
I fancied doing a spot of water colouring  and so the first three have been painted using distress inks smooshed out onto a sheet of acetate and a brush dipped into water to dilute. 

Card 1.
This is a Creative Expressions stamp called  'Natalie's Christmas Robin'. 

I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder.
Sentiment is by Dovecrafts and the little nail heads are tiny silver stickers. Once painted I die cut using Crafts -Too Square dies Scalloped edge which I raised up from the main card base using strips of snippets card glued together to give the height. 

Card 2.
This is a stamp by Hobby Art Ltd called 'Winter Robin'.
I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Once painted die cut out using Spellbinders A2 Floral ribbon threader. The sentiment is by Studio Light  from their Winter Memories stamp set.  I used another of the silver sticker nail heads for the centre of the snowflake. Strip of silver glitter card was on my desk so waste not want not. 

Card 3.
This is another stamp by Hobby Art Ltd called ' Robin on Wellies'.

I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder.
Once painted and dry I die cut using Spellbinders Labels Twenty - Eight . The sentiment this time is by 
Woodware from  their Modern Seasonal set.  Raised up again using card strips glued together and the nail head silver stickers for accent. 

Card 4.
I had this out on my desk from a previous project not used  and as it also had robins on it decided to colour using my Promarker pens and a silver  gel pen. It is a digi stamp by Delicious Doodles called 'Jolly Holly Post Box '. Die cut using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. Sentiment by Studio Light. 

I did have all these finished last night but too late to take any decent photos till this morning and then I got side tracked yet again as one does so apologies Margaret for being late. 


Stay safe and well.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Last of the Rugs.

Brenda has at last received her mug rug  so I am showing the last of the rugs  that I made here. Rather a long post as there are 11 of them but here goes.

This one went to Suze who likes to use a lots of different papers on her cards so a patchwork design it had to be.
Another patchwork this time for Alice who (like me) uses up every scrap of embellishments that she can lay her hands on so thought this rug very appropriate also given the age of the fabric used.   
Both of the next rugs  went to recipients that like the colour blue.

I chose a William Morris Fabric for Glennis called Larkspur in pale blue.

I incorporated birds into this one for Karen using a Blue Tit. 

Next one went to Kitty. An absolute no brainer. It just had to have a cat on it as she is so crazy about them. 

I chose a tree element for Tina to go with  her blog symbolizing caring for the environment. 

Next one was a hard one as Denise didn't have a blog for me to investigate but I did personalise it with her initial on it along with  the other items I enclosed for her.
I chose flowery prints for the next two recipients and personalised with their initials
Ditzy flowers and spots for Shannon in colours that I hoped she would like.

Floral sprigs in pink for Rebecca who loved it having her initial on. 

Penultimate rug went to Donna who lives right by a lake and loves fishing so a little scenic mug rug was called for. 
Last but not least the one that nearly got away but finally  arrived in the end. Brenda had a new addition to the family last year when she adopted  Daisy. She has the most delightful expression which I hope I managed to capture here. 

Well my pile of material did go down a tad but now seems to have grown again with the addition of lots of butterfly prints. Hmm. Wonder what I can do with those!!
Appendage: As I have used all snippets for the patchwork mug rugs I am skipping over to the playground. It is a special number as Di is celebrating #400 so if you have any cards that you have used snippets to make it with pop on over and play. There are fabby prizes on offer to the winner. 
Entering into  Pixies Crafty Workshop #400 Use up your snippets.  Yes Miss. 

Until next time
Stay safe and well


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

3 French Hens

Last one for the month and just scraping into the Rudolph Challenge for March.
The French hens came pecking at the back door this morning saying they were rather partial  to having Caviare for  their breakfast and did I have any! Haven't they heard of Lockdown . Now I don't know any french but I think they got the gist of what my reply was. 

The image is by Digi Stamps 4 Joy and called 'Pea Hens'. Digi only had 2 hens so I printed off  2 copies and fussy cut one extra one that I super imposed in front of the others.  Die cut out using Spellbinder Romantic Rectangles. I coloured using my Graph'it pens, a gold gel pen and Pearlescent Chalks (on the background.  Sentiment is Tonic's Modern Christmas cut twice in green and cream and off set slightly for depth. All layered up using green and cream cardstock. 
Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo #March Rudolph challenge.

I am now one over par for the month of March so hope I can keep my momentum going.  

 Stay Safe. 

Lantern Card.

Time for another Butterfly Challenge and we are onto the letter L.
The tutorial  as normal is over on the Butterfly Blog on the card shapes page.

n.b.   Lattice work I will accept lace work.
On my example I have used a  Lattice/Filigree  Butterfly die. 

Here is my inspiration for you.

This is the card folded down. 
The base design paper is a freebie magazine by Making Cards Mar 2015 called 
'Potted petals'.  The design papers on the sides of the lantern are from Hunkydorys' Little book of shimmer. The butterflies are my go to favourite  Memory Box  Pippi/Isabella. Iv'e used sentiment stamps by Wild rose Studio called Birthday Greetings. It comes as a set of six.
This shows the lantern pulled up. 

I do hope you will give this card shape a try out  and come and play in the Butterfly Garden with me.
The challenge is running for 2 weeks  and will therefore close on Tuesday 13 April  8pm.(GMT).

and continue to Stay Safe. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Christmas Trees.

Well that was best laid plans up in smoke. I did have these cards ready (six of them) late Saturday night but too  dark to take photos of  so I had thought to take pictures  early Sunday Morning and post asap. Cue  the clocks going forward so bearing in mind  already lost an hour and then I was about  to clear the bits not used from cards away and decided  to make another 2 quick cards  seeings I already had the others to photo anyway. Everything went down hill after that. Got an email from Food  online delivery to say some items not in stock so needed to go  and alter  next weeks delivery to include them. Then the delivery van showed up early and then basically everything stopped!!!!
Anyways here finally are the cards for the Christmas Card Club where a group of us girls make cards to a set theme each fortnight. The current theme was set by Kate who asked for Trees, Christmas Trees or Trees in a scene so plenty of scope.  I had 2 card fronts to reuse from last yrs received shop bought ones so they were easy peasy. 
When we cleared the loft out last month from old christmas decorations and trees no longer used I kept a few items that would be useful for card making. DIL had sent in a card one year  loads of tiny metallic christmas trees (I think you were supposed to sprinkle round card when opened) enclosed  inside  and I now had the brilliant idea of using on said cards!!!  
116 little trees all attached with d.s.tape cut to size later and my enthusiasm was laxing very thin.
Card 1 

So I made a tree shape up and had a few little stars  in various colours to use up  so put a red one on top. The sentiment was in with the trees so I guess must have been an odd one and worked well on card.  Gold sticker edging to complete. 

Card 2

I had this die cut red frame lying in my stash and it was just the right size for the tree and followed the theme of the scalloped card base. By spellbinders A2 Floral Ribbon Threads. I used all gold trees this time .Sentiment was a gold sticker from stash with more of the sticker edging. 

Card 3

Decided to go with a  sort of wreath design with this next card. I had a precut card circle on my desk and used it as a template for placing/spacing  the trees around the outside edge then removing once trees were stuck in place.  Sentiment sticker from my stash. 

Card 4

Still had loads of the red ones left and had idea to use up  inside a shaker card.  I used two different size Crafts-Too Square dies Scalloped Edge dies to make the frame work up and cut strips of red card stock (layered up 6 deep ) to create the built up sides. Piece of acetate and the red sticker from my stash. 

At this point I was calling it a day ready to take photos the following morning.  Having slept on it I decided to use the remaining gold trees and make a further 2 cards up. 

Card 5.

Card 6.

Drat! I found  the red christmas tree had dropped  on the floor so of course  had to use it. I did the remainder of the rows in alternate right way up/inverted on the next row. This gave the tree a denser look but also squashed it down a bit. Should really have put another row of trees in but I now only had four gold trees left and would have needed 7. I suppose I could have made a Cypress tree instead! (No don't even go down that one).

This just leaves me with Cards 7 and 8 to show that really only  needed a card base cut for them from coloured card stock as the scalloped cards were a tad too small for them to fit onto. Hence me having 2 scalloped cards left over to go with the left over tree shapes above. 
This one has a red card base and the one below is an orange base to pick out the colour of the duffle coat the girl pulling the sled is wearing. 

Apologies  Kate for being so  late. I'm off now to bake the cake I should have made yesterday and send the recipe to Miss Di who is waiting patiently to receive once I have tried and tested it out. 

Good news is I have managed this months quota of cards and still have 2 days left in which to make my Rudolph card depicting the 3rd Day of Christmas. I need to round the 3 french  hens up who are busy gobbling up the bird seed put out for the  birds. Mrs Magpie was spotted this morning in the garden looking very egg bound. 
Keep well.
Just because restrictions have been lifted it is still not safe out there.
Remember tiny steps and see how it goes. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

More Rug Mugs.

Here are a few more of the Rug Mugs that got sent out as part of the Spot The Difference Prizes at the beginning of the year. 

First up is this Patchwork made up of tiny squares no more than 1" to 1.5" big . This one went to Alison C. who loves  playing with Mixed Media.

There is a  story to these squares of fabric as they are all more than 40yrs old! Long, long before the Internet  and shopping on line if you wanted to buy material and sewing items and couldn't travel to the required shops you could request a catalogue and samples to be sent to you in the post, if you sent a stamped self addressed envelope that is and enclosed a £1 coin. Now when I say catalogue do not go thinking of the glossy magazines that you now get that arrive on your doormat enticing you to buy goodies online . These were merely hand typed (typewriter) or dare I even mention produced on a Gestetner machine and the pages stapled together. They were no more than 20 pages at the most. I was very into doll making at the time and so needed material that all had ditsy prints on them and this was an easy way of picking out what I needed to buy. (You paid by sending off a postal order!) I even have the names of the shops I dealt with "The Patchwork Dog" in Lewes which only stopped trading just 5 yrs ago and the "Quilt Room."  in Dorking which is still open and on line. (Will also still send samples to you!!!) As you can see I still have lots of little bags of  samples so me thinks there will be more mug rugs being made before very long. 

I'm showing both the Front and the Back of the next Mug Rug as Hazel has two much loved pets
This is Belle (fathfully depicted)
And Harry (Stripes and all)

Margreet loves Lace,Ribbon , Buttons and I managed to combine all on her rug also using an Oriental fabric as Margreet already has a Japanese themed item I have previously sent her. 

Wilma makes the most amazing cards using embroidered designs incorporated into them so I embroidered round the little bird here on her mug rug. Wilma loves birds too.

Anybody who know Kath (Handmade By Kath) also knows that she and her husband own a Camper Van called Zebedee so it was a total no brainer  as to the design on her mug rug. 
Meet Zebedee.