Friday, January 19, 2018

More Than One Fold

This post is late due to the internet being up and down with the high winds which makes our connection keep dropping out .
It's a new challenge over with the butterflies.
#93 Butterflies + X is for Xtra fold and or the colour Peacock  Blue/ Green.
Here is my inspiration cards for you. Better late than never.

First up is an Easel Card using an image from  Hunkydory's little book of 'Jewelled Butterflies.
I have teamed it up with  lovely deep blue turquoise card stock folded to make the easel shape
which you can see in this sideways shot. I layered up using a slightly deeper shade of blue and to make the platform so that the card would stay propped open. I had a rummage in my sequin boxes and found just the right shades of green and blue to use and joy of joys they actually stayed stuck where I put them too.  Happy Birthday was die cut using an Xcut sentiment die and a scrap of blue glitter paper which I then attached to a piece of light green patterned card for contrast. 

Second card is called a Fold out card. Here I have used complementing  images from two  decoupage popper pads  by Creative Crafting World that I won some time ago in blogland from the lovely Sue T.
I fussy cut another image to just show the inside panel of flowers and then adhered to a piece of matching  card the same as the base cardstock using 3D pads to give a little height and definition.
Butterfly from my stash.

Hope you can join in. The challenge runs for the usual two weeks and will close on Tuesday 30th Jan.


Entering this card only into the following challenges:
Ally's Angels #1 Anything goes.
Country View Challenges # Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Crafty Girls Creations #43 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #70 Anything goes.
Emerald City Crafts #7 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #18 Anything goes.
The Crafty Addicts #44 Anything goes.
Unicorn Challenge #28 Anything goes.


Monday, January 15, 2018

A Pile of Buttons

I showed this over 5yrs ago but as there are now only a handful of those that  originally commented still blogging I thought I would do a revamp of the post.

So take a pile of buttons (100 to be precise), some old cotton reels and very thick card stock.



Lots and lots of sticking and gluing this is what I made. A Medieval Chess Set complete with design paper base. I used a red promarker to colour in alternate squares to make the checker board  effect for the base.


The pawns were simply made from a pile of buttons glued together with a pearl on top. The black sets colours are red and yellow with gold, whilst the white set uses blue and green with silver. The Knights are depicted with a shield and jousting pole, the Bishops by their hats and staff. The Kings and Queens of course have their crowns shown on buttons in gold and silver.  


The finished set now resides in our glass display cabinet .

I will be back soon to show you the next makes for the Butterfly Challenge, that is if I can find anything after my massive Craft Room tidy up!




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Frost.

I had meant to post this yesterday evening but I couldn't get a decent photo showing up the Xcut  jigsaw die I had used and as that was the whole point of making the card I had to wait till today and try again. You can just about see that I used the die cut on an old christmas card front and then layered onto white card which I then used 3D  pads on to adhere to the navy blue card base.  The sentiment was from my stash which  I also layered on to white card and then with 3D pads onto a remaining piece of the card front. (Waste not want not!).  I even decorated the inside of the card with the remaining strip of old card. 


Here is a close up of the finished card showing the die cut pieces that I reassembled and stuck  on  a piece of white paper  first before adhering to the white card stock. (Just as well I did as easier said than done. Even with only nine pieces I nearly stuck them in the wrong order.)


Entering into the following challenges:
Make My Monday #62 Blue and white.
All Sorts Challenge#450 No patterned papers.
The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge #22 Anything goes.
A Snowflakes Promise #47 Anything goes.
The 12 Months of Christmas #37 A touch of frost.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Spotlight Stamping.

Into the second week of the Butterfly Challenge
#92 Butterflies + O is for One Layer and/or the colour Ultra Pink.
and here is my next inspiration card for you.
The base is made from Water colour cardstock.
I have used  Imagination Crafts stamps for both the image and the sentiment which I stamped in black ink. I then used a circle punch to cut an aperture from a post it note(which I discarded and  applied the remaining portion  positioning where I thought it looked best over the stamped image. I used a Bright Pink Marvey Le Plume II water colour pen to colour in the circle and then carefully lifted the post it note away to reveal the spotlighted area. Simples!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Ally's Angels #1 Anything goes.
Emerald City Crafts #7 Anything goes.
The House That Stamps Built #13 Things with wings
Unicorn Challenge #28 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #274 Birthday.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #73 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #192 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #170 Anything goes.
Try Stampin'-or-not on Tuesday#353 Burst of colour.

Hope you will have time to join in .

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Just when I thought!

It is time once more for the Girls in the Christmas Card club to show out makes  and just when I thought I had safely seen the back of L'th in his hot air balloon  Margaret has set the theme for #1 of Gnomes , Pixies or Elves!!!!!

No need to look in my used christmas card box as I knew nothing would fit the bill so I  had a rummage in my digi files instead and come up with the following.

Card No 1.
I saw this freebie image on Friperies and Butterflies site on  29th Dec and fell in love with it so downloaded it along with another one which just had fairies on it.( I had intended to use on my fairy challenge but ran out of time ). The images are by Beverlie Mason and  I used no 1 and no 4 here.

I printed the fairy one off larger and adhered to a piece of card before distressing around the edges. 
The next one I printed next size down and again adhered to cardstock to make it stronger before distressing the edges. I also used a piercing tool to make a series of holes in the top left corner and used white cotton thread to create the woven effect  I then stacked on top of one another , a happy accident as I had intended to make two cards from them but they were laying on my desk like it and I like the double effect .The ribbon was an oddment on my desk. Backed onto blue glitter card and then I used white glitter card to die cut the iccles using MFT Die-namics 'Fresh cut Grass' I did use loads of Wink of Stella on this card but it is not showing up at all. (I had issues getting the pen to work properly in the first instance.)

Entering this card into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge #265 Winter Wonderland.
Little Red Waggon #425 Winter Wonderland
12 Months Of Christmas #37 A touch of frost (The icicles )
Crafty Calendar # Mythical Creatures. Fairies, Goblins, Pixies.


Card No 2.
Again this is a digi that I bought last year intending to use but getting the Flu early on in December  put paid to much of my crafting plans on my blog. 
 The digi image is by Sheepski Designs and is called 'Gnome for Christmas'. Coloured using my promarkers, silver gel pen and pearlescent chalks.  The  base is snowflake embossed card from Jellybean Crafts. The next layer is a freebie paper from Making Cards Magazine christmas Edition 2015 Festive Family Snowflakes.The green snowflake paper is by First Edition from their pad called 'Jingle All The Way'.  The silver sticker embellishments were various from my stash. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Merry Monday #271 Embossing. 
Tuesday Throwdown #373 Silver and/or Gold.
Passion For Promarker #425 Make it digital
Sheepski Designs Challenges #10 Anything goes.


Card No 3.
For this last card I remembered that I had a digi I had won as a prize back in 2014 and only ever used once so  well due  for another outing.  Digi is by Lacy Sunshine called 'Sleepy Holiday Fred Gnome' and coloured using my promarkers, gold gel pen and pearlescent chalks.  I adhered to card (to make it stronger) and then just to make it a bit different I die cut using my Xcut jigsaw die. The base card is made using kraft card and the two design papers are by LOTV from their Krafty Christmas paper pad ( a freebie gift from my daughter).

Entering this card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #384 Anything goes/use dies and/or punches.
Dies R Us #88 Anything goes. Must use dies.
CCC Digi Creations #88 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #367 Anything goes/ upcycle or use something old (digi from 2014)

Hope I have fulfilled your criteria Margaret. I was determined to get those gnomes out of my house for good!!



Friday, January 05, 2018

Birthday Boys.

Both of my Grandson's have their Birthdays in December just 1yr apart.  My daughter's son is very much into cats so his card this year reflects that. He did put feelers out  for cat as his present but I don't think his Mum was too keen on the idea of going out and rounding up yet another stray to add to the household!  The digi image is a pre coloured one by Paper Creator Called 'Bandits Mischievous Smile' (I did have a blue and white  persian cat at one time that I named Bandit). The background paper is called 'Folk Art Cats' by Cooper Station.  The Meows  were black stickers from my stash. The number nine cut from an old calendar at some time and kept in an old tin just in case.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #511 Anything goes.
Country View Challenges #  Anything goes.
Crafty  Girls Creations # Anything goes.
Love To Craft #18 Anything goes.
The Crafty Addicts #44 Anything goes.
Paper Creators Crafts #65 Anything goes.



My other Grandson  is very much into football. The image is a digi From Twinkle Lane Designs. You get the footballer, sentiment and the goal tag all in the download. The image has a number 1 on the shirt so I fussy cut a new shirt from plain paper which I coloured in with the 2018 strip of his home team. The number is black stickers I had in my stash and of course represents his age.  The blue netting paper is by Betsy Rainbow and the black football paper from the Print Fun Factory both Etsy shop downloads. Oh and he does have red hair though my son would shoot me for saying so!!


Entering this card into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Little Miss Muffet #179 Anything goes.
Ally's Angels #1 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned  Paper # Anything goes.
Digistamps 4 Joy #144 Anything goes.
Love to Scrap #105 Anything goes.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

One Layer Only

It's a New Year and a new challenge over on the Butterfly challenge.
#92 Butterflies + O is for One Layer and/or the colour Ultra Pink.
Her is my inspiration for you.

First up is a simple base folded in half and then I have used my Scor-pal to create two channels across the front of the card. I masked this section off and then used two different butterfly stamps to create a background top and bottom using  a pink ink. Stamps used are Imagination Crafts (large butterfly and the small one is a Heyda peg stamp. Once completed I removed the mask and used  sentiments by Imagination crafts and again stamped the larger of the butterflies.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper Crafty #361 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #141 Anything goes.
Crafty Gals Corner #156  Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
The House That Stamps Built# 13 Things with wings.
Mix It Up #9 Anything goes with Masking.


Second card is made using pink card stock folded tent style. The stamp is  a clear stamp from Kaisercraft called 'Flutter'. Sentiment by imagination crafts. I have used a fine black liner pen to doodle a pattern around the edge.  Simple but effective and definitely one layer.
Hope you find the time to come and join in . The challenge runs until 16th January.