Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Spanner Panel Cards

A slightly longer sojourn than anticipated but I am back now with cards to show you for the next Butterfly Challenge #171 .  As always instructions (for making the card shapes) are over on the Butterfly blog and stored under the  banner at the top of the page here.

Card 1.
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies//Sage/Sky Blue.
There are 3 layers to each of the cards. The first layer has the spanner joining piece which you can see here is made with a strip of acetate and a punched butterfly eding. I decorated the side panels with the out cuts from the punch. Authorities will insist on keep sending me bills to pay and the brick effect paper on the panels is the inside of the envelopes that they come in. Might as well get some pay back!!!

The centre panel is a slightly cut down sheet from a Hunkdory Little booklet set. 
The back panel has the sentiment which is by Woodware and an SU punched butterfly and more of the brick effect paper which I have tons of.( I have tried asking them not to send me the bills Lol.)

Card 2
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Sand/Sage/Sky Blue.
I don't have a make for the swirly design paper but the Floral is from Crafts Beautiful 2239. 1 of 2 designs. Butterflies are a large SU punch and the sentiment is by Woodware.
Here I have used design card paper and the sentiment for my spanner bridging piece. 

Card 3
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Stripes/Sage/Sky Blue.

The green stripe design is digi paper "Misty Madness" by Funky Hand. Sadly no longer in business. The butterfly design paper is from Paper Craft Essentials. Butterfly dies are from an old set by Tonic Studios.  Sentiments were magazine freebies. 

Card 4
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Stripes/Sage/Salmon.
Card has already gone to its recipient as The Doc needed a card for his cousin's Birthday this Friday.
The design papers on the front are the double side of a  Mind's Eye  pad by Jen Allyson called Lost and Found. Stripey design paper is by Hunkdory 'Boutique Chic' from Paper Crafter Magazine June 2016.  Flower stamp and sentiments are magazine freebies. I have used design paper lace and ribbon for my Spanner bridging piece. 

I had hoped that I would be through with doctors and hospital appointments but I still have a blood test tomorrow at one hospital and then next week a CT scan at a different hospital in the opposite direction. I then still have a further appointment to attend after the scan results have been seen.  So far it has been found that my Immune system  has turned on itself  so I am now on pills for life and injections every 6 months just to keep me ticking over. I also have Raynaud's Secondary Phenomenon due partly to the ongoing  problems which my immune system is throwing up. I have been on the life pills for 6 weeks now but still get incredibly tired during the day and don't feel like getting up to much on most days so please bear with me  as I get more back into the swing of things. 
Anyway onwards and upwards as they say. 

Hope you will come and have a play in the Butterfly Garden which is looking really pretty right now and full of butterflies plus birds and those nice/pesky squirrels . Challenge is running for 3 weeks. 

and continue to stay safe. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Frame It.

I am Guest designing over at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog #638 this week as I was a winner back in March 2022 with them. 
The theme is Christmas and the sponsor is Morgan's Art World. The prize is 3 images. 

I have used ' Xmas Frame' by Morgan's World here on my card which has been coloured in using my trusty Graph'it markers and a gold gel pen. The sentiment is gold stickers along with the spots used for decoration. Cut and layered onto green cardstock and then adhered to a red card base with 3D pads for dimension. 

I hope you can play along in the challenge. 

Stay safe and well

Friday, May 06, 2022

Arrow Card

Life is continuing to throw me curved balls to deal with at the moment but here are details of the latest Butterfly challenge for you. 
The wheel has landed on a fresh letter.

Here is the wheel and there are two choices for you to play along with. 

1. Make a card using at least 2 of the colours on the wheel + your butterfly of course.
2. Make a card using the Arrow Card Shape + any 2 of the colours + the Theme + your butterfly of course. 

There is a tutorial as normal over on the challenge blog  which you will find on the Card Shapes tab that is under the banner at the top of the page. 

Another nice and easy one for you that just requires 4 scores and then folding on the score line.

Here are my cards for inspiration.

Card 1. Tutorial I
Uses all seven elements of the wheel. 

The stamp is by Clarity which I have coloured in with my Graph'it markers using the four colours on the wheel. The two design papers are from my stash. The butterfly from Paper craft essentials magazine and the green from Making cards March 2015.
Once I had adhered the green paper in place I used d.s. tape to hold the flaps closed though you do not have to do this. I just think it made the card more sturdy. Also another tip is to not use thick card for your base as it will be difficult to get the point folded nice and crisp. 

Card 2. Tutorial I
Uses Arrow Fold/Two design papers/Butterfly/Asparagus/Aero blue/African Violet.

Here I have again used Tutorial I but turned my card sideways to decorate. 

The floral design paper is from Making Cards February 2016 and the second paper is in fact the inside of an envelope from in the post.  (Waste not want not!) The die cut butterfly is Theo and Whidbey by Poppy Stamps

Card 3. Tutorial II
Uses Arrow Fold/Two design papers/Butterfly/Asparagus/Aero blue/Amaranth.

I have chosen to use the design with the arrow opening down on my card but you can of course have it opening up or again turned sideways. So many choices!!
The green design is a digi paper by Cottage and Lace on Etsy called 'Floral 2 and the 
pink one is by Making Cards October 2016 called 'Pretty Petals'.
Butterflies are SU punches and in my stash. 

I hope you will come along and play. The challenge is running till 24th June. The butterflies and bees are busy in the garden and The Doc has just installed a new water feature for them. I potted up some sunflower seeds a few weeks back and they are sprouting up nicely. I have planted four different varieties so it will be a race to see which ones grow the tallest.  

Stay safe and well


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Floating Strips.

A new challenge has just started over on the Butterfly blog. The wheel has landed on a fresh letter.

Here is the new format wheel and there are two choices for you to play along with. 

1. Make a card using at least 2 of the colours on the wheel + your butterfly of course.
2. Make a card using the Book binding Fold Shape + any 2 of the colours + the Theme + your butterfly of course. 

There is a tutorial as normal over on the challenge blog  which you will find on the Card Shapes tab that is under the banner at the top of the page. 

If you play your cards right and use a ready made card blank then there isn't even a fold  to make. If you use cardstock to make your card base then just one fold is needed. How easy is that!! 

Here are my cards for inspiration.

Card 1. Tutorial I
Uses from the wheel: Floating Strip Card/Flowers/Fuchsia/Fawn/Flax/Butterfly

I used up Flax (Yellow) strips from my odds box and then cut a few strips off of a sheet of  paper from a paper pack by Violet Studio with the pretty butterfly design on it. 
Now isn't that just typical Just when I want to get the glare from the acetate behind the strips showing up, I get a perfect shot without it!  When hubby saw this card he called it the Venetian Blind effect which is a pretty good description.  Butterflies were in my butterfly box already punched out and the leaf spray infawn card was in my stash. Below is picture taken from side showing the foam tape strips behind the acetate which the strips are mounted onto. I used the remainder of the flower design paper and another punched out butterfly to decorate the inside.  

Card 1. Tutorial II
Uses from the wheel: Floating Strip Card/Flowers/Flame//Flax/Butterfly.
I very nearly gave up the ghost making this one as after taking the photo (of all the items needed) for the tutorial the pansy flower die simply disappeared.I spent a frantic 2 hours searching my desk, the floor, everything in my craft room that I had touched looking for it. I finally found it wedged down the side of my pencil tray that is a black box. The pansy die also being black didn't show up and I just caught the edge of the pansy flower peeking out over the rim.  Relief and curses followed in quick succession with the amount of time wasted. 
 Anyway here is the card. 

Strips of flax  and flame cardstock mounted onto an acetate sheet which I precut  with a circle die and then die cut the pansy die out afterwards. It did need several passes with my machine and then snipping out in a few places using my thin scissors. I recommend using very thin acetate or cutting from a self seal bag that you would normally use for putting your cards in.  I then die cut the pansy in more cardstock and once the circle was adhered to the front of the card stuck it down onto the card front through the pansy aperture to make a recessed image.  It does look very effective IRL. 

Life has a way of throwing curved balls at you and I have been MIA due to The Doc having a minor procedure that turned out to be not so minor and 2.5 hours under the knife instead of the 30mins intended. So lots of trips up and down to the hospital for dressing to be changed and stitches taken out. Last visit was yesterday for the final  all clear and me to be shown how to massage cream into the 3" scar he now has on his right shoulder.  Now that the stitches are out and the plasters all off he is feeling a lot more comfortable with strict instructions to take it easy for the next six weeks.

I hope you will come along and join in the challenge which is running for 3 weeks so plenty of time to get out all those pesky strips.

Stay safe and well


Sunday, March 20, 2022

Snow Scenes.

Another fortnight gone in  a puff of smoke and it's the first day of Spring here today in the UK. We have 3 different butterflies out in the garden this past week and some huge bumble bees too. 
Time for the Girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next makes. Margaret chose the theme of Sweet  Treats but I didn't have anything in my stash to suite so I went with the fall back of anything goes and made two snow scenes.

The first card  is using a 3D push out by Yvonne Creations called Wintertime  from Find IT Media Kampen/Holland. Layered up and given a coat of Wink of Stella on the snow and the flowers.  The die cut sentiment is by Ultimate Crafts and the snowflakes are by Xcut.  A few scattered gems on the snowflakes to finish off.  I have turned the card sideways so you can see the decoupage effect. 

The second card is again using a 3D cut out  this time by Precious Marieke called Winter Wonderland. More Wink  of Stella on the snow and the die cuts are by Xcut Let It Snow. Again turned on it's side to get the full effect. 

Watch this space news. 
I have received a case number from the delivery company (talked about  in my last post) saying they aimed to reply in 3 days. That was 6 days ago and nothing from them yet. The department store got straight back to me and said they would be looking into the matter directly as it  reflects on their good customer relations.  The pillows are very comfy btw. 

Keep Safe and Well

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Latch Fold.

A new challenge has started  over at the butterfly challenge.  The wheel has landed on a fresh letter. 

Here is the new format wheel. You now have two choices to play along.

1. Make a card using at least 2 of the colours on the wheel + your butterfly of course.
2. Make a card using the Book binding Fold Shape + any 2 of the colours + the Theme + your butterfly of course. 

There is a tutorial as normal over on the challenge blog  which you will find on the Card Shapes tab that is under the banner at the top of the page. 

This card shape just needs 3  folds so easy peasy to make and there is only one version. 

Here are my cards for inspiration.

Card 1.
Uses from the wheel: Latch fold/Lace/Light Pink/Lavender/Butterfly

The image I have used is a page from one of the Hunkydory  Little books of Butterflies which I have trimmed down to fit. The pink design paper is from a paper pad from My Minds Eye Called 'Lost and Found' by Jen allyson  I have uede a 2" punch for the circle and my SU Labels  punch. Sentiment is silver sticker from my stash along with the pink lace that I have attached to the inside of the card. 

Inside of front flap showing the lace attached. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness #121 anything goes.
Everybody Art #509 B is for.......   (Bird, Butterfly).
Ally's Angels #56 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #67 Anything goes.
The Creative  Crafters #50 Anything goes.

Card 2.
Uses from the wheel: Latch fold/Lace/Light Pink/Lake Blue/Butterfly

The large butterfly is by Prima Marketing and comes in an assorted packet of six. Design paper is by Nitwits from their Lavender Collection 'Fleur teal'. The sentiment is one of my favorite go to's by Kaisercraft from their 'Birthday Wishes' collection. Lace edging found in my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #466 Spread Your Wings
A Perfect Time To Craft #3 Anything goes.
Love To Scrap #154 Anything goes.
Mix It Up #58 Anything goes + optional fancy fold.

Card 3.
Uses from the wheel: Latch fold/Lace/Light Pink/Lettuce/Butterfly

the large pink design cardstock id from The Works. and the tiny green and pink sprig paper is called 'Parisian Dreams' by Jenny Ellory 2013. Sentiment is again by Kaisercraft. 

Showing inside of front panel. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #177 Anything goes.
Classic Design Challenge #3 Anything goes.
Creations In Pink #44 Anything goes.
Cutie Pie Challenge #169 Beginning with B    (Butterflies)

I hope you will come along and join in the challenge which is running for 3 weeks so plenty of time to make those few folds. 

Fun and games this week with online deliveries which I why i am running a day late for this challenge.

Since covid took over our lives if I haven't been able to buy items on line and get delivered we have gone without. This has worked well over the last 2 yrs until now. 
I needed two new pillows for myself as I haven't been sleeping well with the old ones so I found what I needed on line from a large well known department store and ordered them. Order accepted and a matter of a few days later I was informed of the despatch and delivery details which should have been on Monday. We had  been given a 1 hr time slot with The Doc hovering outside the front in order to take delivery but nothing arrived. What did arrive though on my ipad was an email from the delivery company telling me that my items had been delivered within the allocated time slot and that they had been signed for by us (stating our surname) and a picture taken of said parcels left outside my front door as proof of delivery.Not my front door or that of my immediate neighbours I might add and most certainly not signed for by us!! The Doc initially thought that the email had been sent in error and that the  pillows were still in transit.  Roll on a couple of hours later  when a lady whom I did not recognise  turned up on our doorstep saying that she had our pillows left  at her house on her doorstep which she found when she arrived home. They had not been signed for and she lived in a house that was 54 numbers away from ours so not even near us. If she had not very kindly taken the time to come and let me know we  would have had no idea what had happened to them.  Cue an onslaught of emails from me to A. The delivery company and B. the Department store and the reason I am running late. 
Watch this space for next enthralling installment. 

Stay safe and well


Sunday, March 06, 2022

Christmas Bells

Time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next cards. Margaret set the theme of Christmas Bells. I bought some sheets of 3D Push Out images by Precious Marteke at the end of last year and didn't get around to using them. Two of the designs were Christmas Bells with flower designs so perfect to use here. I managed to make  4 cards to swell my total of cards for this year which is sorely  lacking behind at the minute. 

Card 1 uses an embossing folder by Whimsy Stamps called 'Holly' from their slimline range. I have layered up with white and green cardstock to make a slimline card.  The sentiment is a tonic Studios Die. A bit of silver glitter glue  and I declared the card finished. 

Card 2 uses  the negative cut out of an ivy leaf die by John Next Door that was in my bits and bobs folder and worked perfectly with the next set of bells.  Layered up on light  green and red cardstock. The sentiment is again by Tonic Studios.

Card 3 uses a die cut frame by Creative Expressions  layered up using red and  shades of  green  onto a dark green cardbase. The sentiment is  by Tonic Studios. I have let the decoupage image speak for itself.

Card 4  uses a smaller die cut from the same die set as above and I had a bit of the embossing folder sheet left over from card 1. which I was able to incorporate into the design. The silver sentiment was from my stash.

Stay safe and well
We are living in very worrying times at present.