Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Last Joy Fold

It is the last week to make cards for the current Butterfly Challenge.

Here is my inspiration for you today which uses ribbon as a closure on the card.
Elements taken from the wheel are Joy Fold/Jasmine/ Juicy Orange/ Jewels/butterfly.
The design paper is by Raspberry road and came as a freebie in a magazine. By careful cutting and placement of the paper I have managed to retain most of the pretty floral design which was only down the outside edges. The butterfly is a freebie stamp from Paper crafter Magazine which I stamped onto the design paper.
 Here you can see the partially opened card showing the floral  paper.
 The sentiment is by Kaisercraft  from their Birthday Wishes stamp set CS362.
Th ribbon for the closure and the jewels were from my stash. The cream textured card was an old cut up photo folder which had been in my stash for such a long time that is was yellow from age. around the edges.  You still have one week left to play so hope to see you.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Iv'e been inked.

I was recently blogging to a friend and bemoaning the fact that I didn't use Inks and Brushos and just relied on good old design papers when making cards. Then thinking about it I suddenly realised that I had gone to a workshop at the beginning of the year where we just had fun playing around with mixing the colours of oxide inks onto our craft mats and creating watercolour card backgrounds. We each had eight pieces of card to use and the idea was to make a light and a dark version of our chosen colours.
I wasn't very adventuresome with my colours as I'm  more a lover of a pastel palette. Some of the other girls came up with really striking and vibrant colour ways. We then made our swatches up into cards. I only managed to complete the one card, even though we were stamping direct onto the cardstock and using the matching die cuts.
Here is the one card that I did produce.
 Stamp and dies  are by Julie Hickey from her Fancy Flutter-bies , Floral Fancies and Floral Fancies Die set. I used a score pal to create the back panel.  When I got it home I decided it needed a bit of  an 'oomph' so used pink stickles glue to add some glamour.

Here are the other colour swatches that I made at the same time and still waiting for me to have some more 'oomph' to complete into cards.





Friday, August 09, 2019

Anniversary Wishes.

It was our Wedding Anniversary this week and this is the card I made for The Doc.  Still in Joy Fold Mold as I really do like making these cards and you can really go to town on them. I have gone overboard with the belly band closure and made it the central focus of the card. The heart shape is a John Next Door die from his Heart collection set. The little heart is from the sentiment used inside. Happy Anniversary is from Tonic Studios.  All the papers were from various design paper books in my stash and as The Doc likes green I just pulled out papers willy nilly to compliment one another.

 Here is the card minus the belly band and left quite plain as the fun part is on the inside.
 When we visit our friends down in Suffolk we stay at a B & B which is out in the middle of nowhere with not much traffic on the roads and quiet apart from the Hares that run amok most nights in the very large garden and the adjacent farmers fields.   This stamp reminded me of them and  is by Craft Consortium from their WildMeadow set. I had a go at doing reverse  image stamping and did these two hares in gold embossing powder.  Not too bad for a first attempt. The one on the left (which is the reverse) has come out a bit fainter but I just think it makes it  look the like the female version of the two. The little red heart is from the insert on the sentiment which I die cut in red in order to be able to use.  The gold one is what I used on the Big Heart.
 The sentiment is by sizzix 660825 and cut from gold card to match the sentiment on the belly band .



Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Joy of Joys.

Week 3 of the Butterfly Challenge is starting and I have another Joy fold card to show you. This time the closure uses  twine/jute tied in a bow.

I used Joy Fold/Jade/Jute/ Butterfly from the wheel.

The design papers are from The Works. The butterfly paper and the stripe paper have a lovely glossy finish to them. the twine/jute was from my stash. The butterfly on the front is a die cut from Paper Crafter Magazine which came as a freebie.

 The sentiment die cut inside is a Sizzix Thinlits 660825.
Short and sweet from me today  but if you want to know how to make a Joy fold card then you will find the instructions over on the Butterfly Challenge under the chard shapes tag.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Non - Traditional Christmas Colourways.

Time is speeding by again but I have managed to make another 3 cards for the Christmas Card Club. Sylvie chose the theme of non-Traditional colours.  I had a look through my stash and found these  prints from The Hunkydory Little book of Sparkling Season which had some unusual colour combinations  and teamed them with complimentary card stock. I keep a folder of all the negative and positive diec cuts that I don't use from previous card making projects so I had a sort through and pulled out  a few negative die cuts to use.

Card 1.
The white frame is Spellbinders Art Deco S5-254 and I used the next frame size down to die cut a further one from one of the prints. I backed both frames onto silver pearlescent card stock and then adhered to bright pink cardstock  picking out  the colour from the sleigh . Made the base card from matt grey cardstock, layering everything up and used a silver sticker sentiment on a scrap of the grey card to finish.


Card 2.
The dark damson frames are Sizzix 657905 and I had the idea to simply lay both of them over the second print. The colour matches the wrapped  presents in the sleigh. Backed onto mint green cardstock and the base card is made from mushroom card stock all layered up and finished off with a banner sentiment.

 Card 3.
Uses a Sizzix Frame die cut 657936. The last print fitted behind perfectly. I mounted it onto eau de nil card s and then onto a base card made from cream pearlescent cardstock. The cream sentiment die cut was in the folder and tied in with the colours in the print. The laser diet cut sentiment is by Scrapmatts from their Christmas Ornaments set. 
3 quick and fairly simple cards from me this week. I did finish off the inside of each card with matching coloured card stock ready to attach a christmas greeting to before sending out.  I;m off to see what colours the girls have come up with.  Thanks for the fun theme Sylvie.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

More Joy.

We are into the second week already of the current Butterfly Challenge which is lasting for a total of 4 weeks.  The letter to be used is J for Joy fold and I have now added instructions for how to make this shape (under the card shapes tab) on the challenge blog. 

This is the card that I have used to illustrate  the tutorial.
I have gone with the wheel elements of  Joy Fold/ Jasmine/Jewels/Butterfly.

I have used  the closure as being a belly band as I wanted to show on the tutorial that the whole of the base card can be cut from just  1 sheet of card stock/design paper 29.7cm x 21cm.
Most coloured cardstock comes in this size along with design papers from magazines and digi papers that you down load from the web or cd's.
This is the completed card. I used white card stock and a snippet of a digi paper from 'Pink Petticoats'
Isabelline Dandelions that I had left over from another project and was in my paper stash.  The yellow  design paper is also from my stash and I think by SU.  The stamped butterfly is by 'Stampendous' from their Royal Butterfly SSC 1155 stamp set. I thought it worked perfectly with the dandelion design paper.  The Birthday wishes sentiment is by Woodware.  Jewels from my stash. 


 Below is the card half open.
 Here you can see the whole card open. The butterfly stamp is from the same Stampendous set and the sentiment by Kaisercraft.
Please check out the tutorial for the instructions on making.  I hope you can join in the challenge this month. 


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Joy Folds .

Time for a new challenge over on the Butterfly challenge and we are up to the letter for one of my favourite card shapes.

#126 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with J for Joy Fold Card.

Here are my first two inspiration cards for you.

1st Card.
Using Joy Fold/Jute/Juicy Orange/Butterfly

Patterned paper  is a 12"x12" sheet from I think SU.  A  double sided pattern which I have also matched with pale peach cardstock.  Butterfly die cut used is ' Butterflies' by Precious Marieke.

 The belly band was made from a strip of the design paper and brown jute from my stash.  The sentiment was stamped in brown  Distress ink using  a stamp by Kaisercraft. Below is a photo showing the  inside of the card.

2nd Card.
Using Joy Fold/Jade/Jasmine/Juicy Orange/ Jewels/ Butterfly.

 Jade coloured Patterend paper is again 12" 12" double sided . This time from The Works. I again think the Jasmine is by SU.  Stamp is by Julie Hickey  'Petite Flower Frame' and coloured using Distress Oxide inks in the three wheel colours. I also used a gold gel pen for the edging.  Stickles glue for the sparkle and jade coloured  Jem stones from my stash. Setiment is also by Julie Hickey.

 Large and small butterflies are SU punches.  Photo below showing inside of card.
 I do hope you will come and play along. There is plenty of time as this challenge is again running for 4 weeks. I will add a tutorial for the instructions on how to make a Joy fold card over on the the Butterfly blog later today.