Friday, November 16, 2018

10,11,12 Lay Them straight.

A bit of poetic licence going on here with the post titles. If I don't add in an extra number each time I will never catch up so quickly moving onto  the next 3 cards for  Beccy Muirs A Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.

Day 10 was to use the letter I.
I chose to use Ice Skating  and Ivory.
Now don't ask me why but when I purchased this digi stamp back in Nov 2014 I thought the animal holding onto the girls leg was a pig! It still looked like a pig when I printed it out and so I started coloring up the said pig in pink and it wasn't until I got right down to the tail that I suddenly thought
"Hang on that  doesn't much look like a curly tail and those aren't even trotters hanging onto her leg" so I either need a very long holiday or a visit to Spec Savers! Lol. Fortunately  a brown promarker quickly corrected my mistake. The image is by Mo's Digital Pencil "Skating" and coloured  with my promarkers in blue and Ivory plus brown for the pig/ dog. The die cut is by Spellbinder 'Marvellous Squares and comes with the holes already punched around the decorative edge so I just went round with a needle and ivory thread for some added interest.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 10 Letter I.
Creative Inpsirations # November chill.
Fab 'n'Funky #416 With an animal.
The Paper Shelter #362 Christmas is coming.
Little Miss Muffet #202 Anything goes.
Colour Crazy Challenge #46 Anything goes.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #20 Anything goes with a critter.
Christmas With The Cuties #21 Wrap Up Warm
The Creative Crafters #10 Anything goes.

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Day 11 was a Bingo Challenge using our choice of 3 from the grid below.
I choose Buttons/Red and Green/Use a Sketch

Base card made from green cardstock and tartan wrapping paper. Snowman was from a freebie magazine paper in my stash.  I used the Sketch from the current Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge. The buttons are a die cut by Joy Crafts and the Bakers Twine was a scrap on my desk.  Sentiment is a gold sticker from my stash.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 11 Bingo grid.
Tuesday Morning Sketches #479 Anything goes with a sketch.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #491 Christmas
Crafting With Friends #75 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #154 Anything goes.
Fussy and Fancy #225 Anything goes.
Creative Craft Cottage #113 Christmas is coming.
Love To Craft #21 Anything goes.

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Day 12 was to use the letter J.
I chose to use Joy, Jingle Bells  and A Joy fold Card.

The design paper is by First Edition " Jingle All The Way" paper pad. Green and red card stock to make the Joy fold card.  Jingle Bells are an Xcut die cut bell and sentiment set. Sentiment inside card is from a magazine freebie paper set.  There was just enough of the scrap of twine left from the above card to tie the bells together.  Green ribbon from my stash.
Card folded flat.
 Inside of card showing greeting.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 12 Letter J.
Artistic Inspirations #209 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #222 Lots of layers.
Crafty Creations #378 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #406 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #80 Anything goes.
Daisy Chain Challenges #25 Christmas/winter.



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Poppy Love.

A bit  late with posting this as I needed to go into town all day yesterday and I didn't have time to schedule it the night before. Here now though  to show you my next inspiration cards for the current Butterfly Challenge.


My first card uses the remaining colour and theme of  Ruby and Repeat.
Digi Image is by Delicious Doodles called 'Poppy and Butterfly' coloured using my Promarkers/Graph'it pens and outlined with a silver gel pen.  Sentiment is a sticker from my stash and the repeat element is the 3 little daisy flowers in the bottom corner. Card base is made using silver metalic cardstock.

 Entering this card into the following challenges:
Love To Craft #28 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #115 Anything goes. (5)
Crafty Creations #378 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes. (2)


My second card uses all seven elements from the wheel.
Butterflies on the design paper and transparent paper.
Rose pink in the design paper.
Royal blue  cardstock.
Ruby cardstock cut slightly bigger.
Round is the silver ' with love'  sticker.
Recycle is the design paper and transparent paper.
Repeat is the tiny silver flowers that match the sprig of flowers on the design paper and sprinkled on the card.
The butterfly and bird paper is recycled from the inside of a received birthday card which I have torn the sentiment and message from.  The transparent clear sheet is recycled too as it came wrapped around a bouquet of flowers that I received.  I adhered the torn paper to the blue card and then cut the transparent sheet to be bigger and wrapped it around the card stock and attached at the back. Then attached to the ruby red cardstock which was then applied to the front of the white base card on 3d pads. I then attempted to open the card up and found I had adhered it to the front so that the card opened backwards.  "!^&* ~ " or words to that effect!!!  Fresh card base made and adhered properly.
(Now you know why I didn't have time to schedule the post).
 Entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafting With friends #75 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #209 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #222 Lots of layers.
Penny's Paper Crafty #406 anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 339  Use up your snippets.


Challenge runs until Tuesday 20th November 8pm GMT.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

7,8,9 Pick Up Sticks

So ever onward and here's the next 3 cards  for Beccy Muirs A Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.

Day 7 was to use the letter F.
I chose to use Feathered Friends  and Fancy Flap Fold Card.
The fancy flap wasn't just any old flap oh no, I had the bright idea of using magnets to hold the flap shut. Do I never learn!!!!!! One whole evening later just aligning the magnets up and re doing the card half a dozen times and finally I'm happy with the result.  The digi is by From The Heart Stamp .Com called 'Seven Christmas Birds'. Next time I think I will just cook the goose and be done with it. Lol.
Coloured using my Graph'it pens (that was the easy peesy bit) and cut out using my Xcut Rectangle Parenthesis, largest die, The selction of papers used were all freebie magazine sheets in my stash. The die cut Christmas was a Britannia die. I had cut out Merry too but decided  it looked too much on the image and took the eye  away from the birds who after all were center stage!  You know they say never work with animals? Well,  never work with birds either. I very nearly gave them a magnet each in their grain to keep em still.
This is the inside of the card.
 The outside with the card folded up.  The magnets are beneath the red die cut and then on the folded card underneath so that the card snaps shut which it does.
 Here is the card folded out.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 7 Letter F.
Crafty Card Makers #222 Lots of Layers.
Craft Rocket Challenges #54 Christmas is coming.
Crafting With Friends #75 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #144 More than one fold.
The Holly And The Ivy #40 Anything goes.
Love to Craft #28 anything goes.
Angie's Digital Stamps #26 Anything goes +optional twist of Christmas. #3.

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Day 8 was to use the letter G.
I chose to use Gifts and Gate Fold Card.
Digi image this time is by Just Inklined called 'Christmas Birds' and coloured using my Graph'it pens. They were much better behaved as they really only had eyes for each other. I did debate whether to give them googly eyes but after the last card decided to stop whilst ahead.  The present dp. is from Making Cards Dec 2016 and the tartan paper is from a First Edition paper pad 'Jingle All The Way.'
I have made my gate fold from cardstock cut to 5" x 10", folded at 2.5 and 7.5 . I do like to give my gate fold cards the addition of a bellly band to close which is what I have done here.
This is the card folded up.

The inside of the card.
 
Showing the card open .
Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 8 Letter G.
Artistic Inspirations #209 Anything goes.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #490 Christmas present.
Crafty Catz #437 Anything goes + optional twist Getting ready for Christmas.
Creative Craft Cottage #113 Christmas is coming.
Unicorn Challenge #38 Use a sentiment.
Love To Scrap #115 Anything goes.
Crafter's Castle #11 Anything goes
12 Months Of Christmas #47 All Tied up for Christmas.

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Day 9  was to use the letter H.
I chose to use Ho, Ho, Ho and Heat Embossing.

The digi image is by  Bugaboo called 'Stocking Santa Ho.Ho.Ho. Coloured using my Graph'it pens with the addition of a nuvo glitter pen 'Silver Mist' for the fur trim.
Papers are magazine freebies in my stash. The stamp is from a clear stamp set by Docrafts. I have stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed using 'Wow' gold embossing powder which doesn't show up in the photo but is there IRL. The photo edging is from a paper pad Hot Off The Press 'Forever Christmas Cards. I have edged and filled in with a gold gel pen.
 Inside of card with the embossed panel.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 9 Letter H.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Cute Card Thursday #555 Snowflakes.
Crafting By Designs #Anything goes.
Sheepski Designs Challenges #20 Anything Christmas.
Sparkles Christmas #95 Embossing Heat or dry.
Stamping Sensations # Get Ready for Christmas.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

4.5.6.Shut The Door

I'm back with the next three days for Beccy Muirs A Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.

Day 4 was to use the letter D.
I chose to use Decoration  and Die cuts.
Bit of tongue in cheek here as Bronson and  Beaker could only manage to decorate a branch with a few baubles but this image was already coloured up and on my desk so needs must if I'm to ever  catch up! It is also time for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next makes. Rita chose the theme of Decoration or Gifts so hope this passes muster.
The image is Bronson and Beaker Branch from my Polly Craft Bundle. Coloured using my Graph'it pens. Die cuts are Spellbinders Marvellous Squares, Tonic Studio  and Memory Box . The snowflake paper is a freebie from Making Cards Magazine Dec 2016. Sentiment sticker from my stash.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 4 Letter D. 
Cute Card Thursday #555 Snowflakes.
Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #26 Anything goes+ optional twist christmas.
Crafting By Designs #Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #115 Anything goes.
Sheepski Designs #20 Anything christmas.
Unicorn Challenge #38 Use a Sentiment.

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Day 5 was a Colour Challenge using the colour pallette below.



I found the correct colours amongst my Graph'it and Promarker pens and coloured this digi image 
from Just Inklined called 'Letter from Santa'. The design paper is a magazine freebie which had some  of the colours in it and I thought the theme  went well with the image . The silver sentiment was from my stash.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 5 Colour challenge.
Crafty Creations # 377 Anything goes.
Daisy Chain Challenges #25 Christmas/winter.
Craft Rocket Challenges #54 Christmas is coming.
Colour Crazy Challenge #45 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #28 Anything goes.


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Day 6 was to use the letter E.
I chose to use Elves  and Easel Card.
Ok so technically they are Gnomes but hey the Elves were all really busy and anway  have you seen the prices they charge for a photo shoot now days  !!!!!!
The snowflake background paper was a freebie from Making Cards Christmas Edition 2018 and the pre- coloured gnomes  are from a sheet in the same set called Nick The Gnome.  Silver sentiment from my stash.

Card folded flat for easy postage.
 close up of the gnome trio.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
The Holly and The Ivy #40 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #437 Anything goes + optional twist getting ready for Christmas.
Crafting With Friends #73 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #144 More than one fold.
Creative Craft Cottage #113 Christmas is coming. 
Crafter's Castle #11 Anything goes.




Friday, November 09, 2018

1,2,3, Buckle my shoe.

I had really wanted to enter Beccy Muirs A Month of Holiday Cards Challenge  last year but the arrival of that awful Elf + the flu scuppered my plans. This yr though  I was determined to enter but again like all good plans my good intentions got waylaid slightly due to going to the NEC so I am now playing catch up big time. 
So without further ado here are my first 3 days cards.
Day 1 was to use the letter A.
 I chose to use Acetate and make an Accordian Style card.  Also determined to let my  huge stash/store of digi images see the light of day! This image is from the Polly Craft Bundle (I purchased several yrs ago to practice colouring with) called  'Deck The Halls'. Coloured using my Graph'it markers and a gold gel pen. The design paper is not a christmas one but it seemed to go really well with the image after I had coloured it up. It is from a paper pad by Bobunny 'Little Miss collection. Green cardstock to make the accordion fold, acetate and gems from my stash along with the gold printed sentiments. 
On this occasion I managed to capture the reflection from  the acetate below, to show I had used it on the front of the card attaching with ds tape and hiding it behind the gems placed on the front . Added bonus was that the acetate was a snippet in my stash that was just the right size so I can go over and play at Miss Di's challenge. (I haven't played on the swings for ages and ages!)

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of  Holiday Cards Challenge #  Day 1 Letter A. 
Craft Rocket Challenges #54 Christmas is coming.
Crafting With Friends #75 Anything goes.
Colour Crazy Challenge #45 Anything goes.
613 Avenue Create #215 Anything goes +  optional twist of christmas /winter.
Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #26 Anything goes + optional twist of christmas.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 338 Use your snippets (a piece of acetate).

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Day 2 was to use the letter B.
 I chose to use Bauble and Bokeh.
Another digi image from the  Polly Craft Bundle called 'A Christmas hug' and coloured using my Graph'it markers.  Looking through my stash of freebie magazine papers I found this design paper from Making Cards Nov 2016 which matched my colours and looked very much like a Bokeh effect. 
The sentiment is a silver sticker from my stash. Decorated the inside of the card using the last scrap of the design paper and a clear  stamp by Kaisercraft.  I like it when a plan comes together!

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Creations #374 Anything goes.
Daisy Chain challenges #25 Christmas /winter.
Sheepski Designs #20 Anything christmas.
Christmas with The Cuties #21 Wrap up warm.
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Day 3 was to use the letter C.
 I chose to use Candle and make a Centre Step card.  The digi image is by The Stamping Boutique 'Candle' coloured in using my Graph'it markers plus a gold gel pen. The snow has been given a coat of 'Silver Mist'  from my Nuvo glitter marker.It shimmers beautifully when the card is  held up to the light.  Gold sentiment is from my  stash.  I used  cardstock cut to 5.5" x 11" to make my card, folding at 1", 2" 5.5" and 6.5" for the various valley/mountain folds. Paper from my stash which was a freebie from a magazine. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
A Month of Holiday Cards Challenge # Day 3 Letter C.
The Holly and The Ivy Christmas Challenge #26 Anything  goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #405 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #437 Anything goes + optional twist of getting ready for christmas.
Simply Create Too #144  More than one fold.



I will be back with the next 3 days cards very shortly.


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Recycling

A New challenge starts today over on the Butterfly Blog.



Here are my cards for some  inspiration.

1st card is using  Rose pink/ Round/ Butterfly.



The Rose stamp is by Clearly Besotted along with the sentiment  and coloured using my Marvy LePlume II water colour pens by scribbling the colour onto an acetate block and picking up with a water pen.  Diecut using the largest  Sizzix scalloped circle in my set . The design paper is from LOTV  NitWit collections 'Pastel Dreams' paper pad.  I adhered the circle onto the front of the card with 3D pads and the silver edging and the circle butterfly are from my stash. 

Entering the above card into these challenges only:
Colour Crazy Challenge #44 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #154 Anything goes.
Allsorts Challenge #492 Pretty papers.
Crafter's Castle #11 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #28 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #115 Anything goes.

2nd card is using  Royal blue/Recycling/Butterfly.
On this card the recycling element is a reused table napkin. I didn't use the cling film method but tried another way using a  glue stick and found it worked just as well and less fidly than getting the iron and cling film out. Once the glue had dried which didn't take very long I trimmed to size and neaten and attached to front of the base card made from Royal blue card stock. The gold edging and sentiment were from my stash. 

The longest part of making this card was watching all the You Tube videos as I was sure there were other ways of reusing a napkin and there are!!

Challenge runs for 2 weeks and I will show you the last two cards using the elements on the wheel next week.  Hope you will come and play along.

Entering this card only into the following challenges;
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #79 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #436 Anything goes/Add a sentiment.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends # #93 anything goes.
Crafts Galore #57 Anything goes.Unicorn challenge
Unicorn Challenge #38 Use a sentiment.


Monday, November 05, 2018

Today is My Day!

I still have several cards already sent to my Grandson that I haven't gotten round to showing. This is one I sent to him back in July (When it was hot and sunny!) and the word search inside was to find the list of flowers that I enclosed for him. 
Base card is orange cardstock and the spotty paper is from a paper pad I believe I picked up in The Works called 'Urban Style'.
The digi image is by Cut and Tape Girl on Etsy called 'Line Cat Exotic' and coloured with my promarkers. Stamped sentiment  is by Imagination Crafts.
He looks a bit cross here but I think he is really just a big softy.
Entering into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #79 Anything goes.
Colour Crazy Challenge # 44 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #436 Anything goes+ Add a sentiment.
Creative Fingers #154 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #93 Anything goes.
Pile It On #148 Pets.