Thursday, April 19, 2018

Floral & Fauna Delight

Here is some more inspiration to show you for the current Butterfly Challenge
#99 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the Letter D which runs for another week.

First card uses  the colour Dirt (Brown) , Die cut and Butterflies. The  pre coloured image is by Hunkydory from their Little Book of 'Vintage Lace'.  The die cut element is the Stitched Rectangles Frame by Crafts-Too and the Dirt colour is the card base, also  the die cut frame. There is also some dark salmon and denim blue on the top butterfly.  I have used my favourite (acetate) to give the appearance of a picture frame and raised it up with 3D pads giving it dimension so I  used all the elements of the  wheel bar one. The gold sticker sentiments were from my stash.


Second Card uses the colour Denim Blue , Digi image  and Butterfly. I have used a stamp set by Studio light JBS 03 which I have coloured using my Marvy Le Plume II pens and a white gel marker.
I have used a white card to make the base card and adhered a rectangle of Denim blue card stock before attaching the  image. The sentiment is a  digi by Digi Stamp Boutique from their Birthday Mr Bear set. The sentiment is actually a lot bigger when it comes in the file but I resized it to fit the card front.(That's what I like about using digis as you can resize them and flip them over too to suit your needs.)


Third card uses all seven elements of the wheel just to show it can be done. 
1. Butterfly.  (Metal Embellishment.)
2. Dirt. (Dark brown cardstock and I have coloured the girls hair brown.)
3. Denim Blue.  (Ribbon bow, gems on butterfly and the sash on the girls dress.)
4. Dark salmon for the base card.
5. Dimension (digi image is raised up on 3D pads, bow and butterfly give added dimension.)
6. Die cut  (Scallop edge on brown card.)
7. Digi image is by A Day For Daisies 'Gathering flowers'.

I used my promarkers and graph'it pens to colour the image and then gave a light dusting of Pearlescent chalks over the top which doesn't show in the picture but gives a nice overall sheen under the light.  The die cut is a scallop edge die by Diesire and the sentiment is a rub on. Gems and butterfly from my stash. 


You have until  next Tuesday 24th to play along .



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

W is For.......

I'm still reeling from last weeks activities on line  and am really behind catching up on all your blogs and news. I will be round as soon as I can.
You will no doubt be relieved  to hear that (W)is the last letter of the alphabet that I enclosed animal jokes  in the cat cards that I send to my grandson. He is still receiving his cards but they now have something else enclosed to amuse him. All will be revealed in future cat cards that I show on here.
This one is a digi image by Just Inklined called 'Mojo'. I have coloured using a silver marker. The fringe is a variegated wool wound round several times and tied in a bow. Card base is the last of some card blanks I had in my stash. Sentiment is a topper that I also had in my stash.  I rounded both the card and the image  corners with by Xcut punch.


And now the bit I know your all dying to get to, the jokes but don't say I didn't warn you!!

Q.     Why did the wolf cross the road?

A.     He was chasing the chicken.

Q.     How can you tell which end of a Worm is which?

A.     Tickle it in the middle and see which end laughs.

Q.     Why do Walrus swim in salt water?

A.     Because pepper water makes them sneeze.

Q.     What do you call a Walrus in a small box?

A.     Stuck.

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #389 Cute Critters.
Get Creative #68 No Pattern Paper.
Sheepski Designs Challenges #13 Animal magic.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Christmas Greenery.

Well that was certainly the week that was. Two different accounts hacked on the same day but what a difference in the way both companies handled it . One was sorted in an evening the the other took me 3 days just to convince them I had been hacked. Then when they finally responded it took a further day to resolve. What else could possibly go wrong!!. Didn't have long to wait as 1st The Doc's anti virus protection threw up a warning that it had stopped a virus attack on his pc and we managed to send the offending file to quarantine which contained it. 6 hrs later and it reached my pc so we had to do all the same procedure again. No damage done as our anti virus program stopped it dead.
Please do  make sure your anti virus is working and that you are protected as JS:Downloader is going the rounds again. It is a fairly common one but it is better to be safe than sorry.
It's time for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next makes. Mary chose the theme which was Christmas greenery/Poinsettia.
 First card.
 I found one used card front in my used christmas card box which I thought suitable and then I had a rummage in my christmas bits box and found an old table decoration (which has to be at least 50yrs as it was given to me by my MIL who had it for along time herself) to use for the poinsettia. I dismantled  the flower decoration and used some of it on the card below.

Second card. 
 As I had some of the decoration still left I made up another card . I still have enough over to make another one.  I layered up using green, red and gold card stock and my Sizzix fancy circles die cuts in several sizes. The sentiment is by Ultimate Crafts called  'Merry Christmas Swirls.' I die cut them in red and gold offsetting them slightly for a shaddow effect. It doesn't show very clearly in the picture but some of the panels are raised up using 3D tape.


This is what is left of the table decoration after I made the two cards above. 


Entering the second  card  into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #50. Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Anything goes.
Create And Inspire #73 A/g + use dies or stencils.
Get Creative #68 No pattern paper.
Tuesday Taggers #  Recycle something.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges #463 Christmas.
Creative Knockouts #241 Lots of layers.
Simply Create Too #137 Use die cuts.
Hiding In My Craft Room #348 Super scraps Saturday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fabulous Birthday

It's been a bit hectic here of late with things going wrong one after the other so not been on line much. I now have a spanking new Ipad, hopefully  internet problems are sorted. Just got to get used to using the new features as the one that died on me was 7yrs old and old hat technology. So what else could possibly go wrong! I didn't have long to wait. I got hacked not once but twice in the same day and the ensuing mayhem is still being sorted out.I had to cancel the card( which fortunately I was in time to stop being used) that was associated with the hacked accounts. Right now I am not a happy bunny.
Time again for a new challenge over on the Butterfly challenge. The new theme is
so you can use 
Butterfly/Dark Salmon/ Denim Blue/Dirt/Digi Image/Die Cut/Dimension

Here is my inspiration for you.
I decided to make an easel card and use Dark Salmon/ Dimension with my butterfly.
The stamp used is by Studio Light JBS05 and coloured using my Graph'it markers and a gold gel pen. I stamped the middle section of the flower out twice more and then fussy cut round. Each flower has been popped up with 3D tape to give the dimension. The butterfly is a wooden painted button and sits  raised on the image. The sentiment is by Digi stamp Boutique from Birthday Mr Bear so unintentionally I have also used the digi image element of the wheel. This is also raised up on 3D tape to give the ledge for the easel to stand up.
 Sideways view showing the  dimension on the button and flower head.
Again from the otherside of the card. 
Challenge runs for 2weeks and I hope you will come and spin the wheel. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #79 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Crafty Calendar # Buttons/and or bows (Butterfly button used).
Crafty Girls Creations #46 Anything goes.
Get Creative #68 No pattern paper.
Love To Craft #21 Anything goes.
The Flower Challenge #19 Shaped cards.


Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Thistle

A couple of bloggers have queried the colour of Thistle with me on the current Spin The Butterfly Wheel challenge..  I have used  Wikipedia's  excellent site for obtaining most of the colours chosen for the wheels. I then went through all my Promarkers,Marvey le PlumeII, Graph'it and Spectrum Noir pens to find the nearest colour match for me to use.
Below is the pen colour I found nearest to Thistle and is what I have used for my cards below.

For this First Card I have used Butterfly/ Thistle /Triangles.
I actually found the digi paper by mistake as I was looking for another one I had stored on my lap top and  opened up a file and found this one instead which is a perfect match for the Thistle.
 Design Paper is from Anastasi Digital Etsy Shop and I covered the entire blank base card with it.
The toppers I found in my stash and I think they are from Hunky Dory.  Again the panel of solid colour down the side of the roses matched the triangles perfectly.

Second Card uses all seven elements of the wheel.

1.     Thistle. (Triangles coloured using my spectrum noir PP3 marker).
2.     Teal.  (Backing paper).
3.     Tomato. ( In the napkin design on the roses, and pots).
4.     Triangles. (Banner)
5.     Two items identical. (Birds on napkin)
6.     Twine. (Holding  banner).
7.     Butterfly. (Butterflies randomly added to napkin and on banner)


The design is one quarter of a napkin which I have adhered using the clingfilm heat method. There are loads of paper napkin transfer  tutorials on You Tube showing this technique. I coloured some plain white cardstock with the Spectrum Noir  marker PP3 and then cut into triangles for the banner  across the top of the card. Twine was from a dress label tag that I had dismantled and was conveniently on my desk. The tiny butterflies are actually the waste product from a tonic butterfly border punch which I cut out in black cardstock. Adhered the larger ones to each end of the banner and then stuck the rest randomly onto the napkin. The 4 U are numeric and alpahbet  transfer stickers and are really old. We found them when we cleared FIL's house out.

The challenge runs for another week. Hope you can come and join in.



Sunday, April 01, 2018

Animals at Christmas

Well blow me down with a snowflake if it isn't time again for the Christmas Club Girls to show their latest makes. The theme was set by Kate who has asked for Animals at Christmas.
Now because my mind works in mysterious ways (unbeknown to everyone including me sometimes) I took this to be animals that you wouldn't necessarily expect to see on your everyday christmas card!
I had a rootle through my used christmas card box and found this card front that has been in there forever, waiting for just the right moment to make an appearance. I trimmed the side edge nearest the fold to neaten and then had the idea of adding my beloved acetate to the front of it. I found a piece of snowing acetate which I cut down just a tad and adhered to the front of it with green brads.
I realised I only had a few left of certain colours so I diverted off to Ebay for a bit ( well quite a while actually as I got side tracked even further as one does) to purchase some more. I ended up buying some bits and bobs and would you believe it forgot the darn brads!!!  Then I went in search of a sentiment (in my words box) to use and found this Xcut die cut which I thought was perfect and cut out in an oddment of green card that matched the green edging. Popped the whole card front up on 3D tape added a piece of darker green ribbon from my stash and the card was done.

 Second card uses this cute Camel die cut from Leanne Creatief. The sentiment is by Tonic which I thought fitting too.  I bought this Camel last year and used it to make a card and all these pieces were left over from putting that card together.  I made this one in double quick time as I didn't sneak back off to Ebay.  The backing paper was from a pad by LOTV called Krafty Christmas.
Lastly here are 3 slider tags that I made last year to sell at a christmas fayre that I haven't gotten round to blogging about . The Polar Bears and Seal all slide up and down on the tag.  Images were from a freebie stamp set in a magazine. These are just a few of them.  I made Penguins too but as they are classed as birds they are not being shown here.  




Okay. Gotta scoot I have Brads to buy!  See you soon or not depending on what else I get diverted with.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Twine and Twins

A new theme  has started  over on the Butterfly  challenge

Here is my inspiration for you.
First card is using Tomato/Twine with my Butterfly.

 The flower image is by Woodware called 'Poppy' and the Butterfly is from  Inkylicious 'Flutters 2' set. The border stamp is from Faye's FaDoodles 2 set from Whimsy Stamps and available from 'Dies to Die For' here in the UK.  I have coloured using a mix of  Graph'it  marker pens and  Marvy LePlume II water colour pens + a gold gel pen. I wasn't sure if mixing the two types of pen would work but they went well together. I mounted onto orange cardstock and used a red/green twine wrapped round several times before adhering to the base card.

Then I got an Acetate moment so made this card!
Second card is using  twin butterflies as my Two Identical items /Teal.

The image is a digi by DZ Doodles 'Deedle Dee Hydrangea' and coloured using a mix of  Promarkers and Graph'it pens plus a gold gel pen.  I used the Teal on some of the flower petals and the two butterflies which are stamped using the same Inkylicious Flutters 2.  I very vaguely followed a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers by Linda Nicolson for attaching the image to the acetate so that the ds. tape wouldn't show. Sentiment and ribbon were from my stash.
Side ways view which shows the Teal colouring in a better light and below showing the panels attached on the inside of the card.

The colours on the wheel really do work well together so I hope you will come along and spin the wheel on the Butterfly challenge which runs for the next fortnight.