Monday, March 19, 2018

Tilly and Jenny

I'm a sit in the shade person when I go on holiday so I always like to take some type of small crafting item with me to do whilst sitting down.  Generally I take some water colour paints and images to colour but several years ago I had just purchased a book on Zentangles and I took that with me instead along with some blank cards and black pens. Whilst having my craft clear up I came across the forgotten book and the packet of zentangle card images that I had done years earlier were still with it. I  remember that I had gotten bored  quite quickly just doing samples of the zentangle patterns and had decided to make some of the designs into Fashion Ladies instead (inspired by a range of rubber stamps by Emerson Quillin though these are my own drawings and ideas) and had made a batch of ten in all. I'd doodled some quirky girls faces and then added the shoulders and necklines.  Looking at them again today I thought they were cool enough to make up into cards so here are the first two.
Please meet Tilly and Jenny.

I simply die cut an oddment of black cardstock using my first Edition Pinking Edge Die and adhered the images to it with 3D tape and then added to a white card blank.  I didn't want to risk stamping with a sentiment in case I messed up so I found some silver sticker sentiments in my stash and used them instead.

Entering into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge # Z is for Zentangle.
A Bit More time To Craft #64 Anything goes.
The Creative Crafters #2 Anything goes.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #322. Use up your snippets.  (stickers and black card.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Keep Shovelling Norm!!

We woke up to 6" of snow this morning.
I sent Norm out  to clear a path to the bird feeders but I think he spent more time leaning on his spade than shovelling!! Sam very wisely is just keeping tabs on him from the dining room window.

Christmas Card Club post is just below.

Christmas Flowers

I have absolutely no idea where the past two weeks have gone to but it is time for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next makes. The theme was set by Rachel and was to make cards with Christmas Flowers. 
I only had one used card front in my card stash but after a quick look in my Christmas Design Paper box I found several sheets with Poinsettias on so I was good to go.

The first card uses the old card front which I trimmed slightly to neaten up and then attached to green card stock. I used a piece of one sheet of poinsettia design paper which I glued to cardboard and then attached to my gold cardstock base card with 3D tape to give a bit of height. Lastly adhering the card front on top.

Second card uses some of the other poinsettia design papers which were all freebies from Making Cards Magazine Christmas Edition 2015.

 I made a cardbase from dark green cardstock and adhered a piece of green poinsettia paper to the front. There was a matching sheet with a white background that I adhered to cardboard and then distressed round the  edges with my edge chomper. Repeated the process with a smaller piece of the green paper and attached the two together.  The wreath  was part of the freebie  papers and came as a set of 6 different designs on the one sheet. I chose the one that matched the green paper. The wreath was glued to cardboard before being die cut using my Sizzix scallop circles 657552 and then attached to the green paper with 3D tape for dimension. Before assembling the card I wound green thread several times round the bottom and tied off in a bow. finally I attached to the card front using more of the 3D tape. Nearly forgot, I added the gold sticker sentiment from my stash.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Treasure Trove.

The telephone line is still down. The new deadline for fixing it is by 5pm today but we shall see. The reason given for the delay was that there was a major problem in the village which had to be fixed first.  I 'm busy  trying to schedule as much of next week as possible as when they do arrive  the internet will probably go off and who knows when we will get that back. We have a lot of surface water around which doesn't help as all our lines are underground and tend to get waterlogged. The bottom of our garden is under about an inch of water. Still the frogs like it!

I recently attended a 1/2day workshop where we decorated a small wooden box.  The sizing in the pictures is deceptive as it only measures 90mm x 55mm x50mm but is the perfect size for housing  small items of everyday wear jewellery.

We first painted the box with white gesso which I then stained with with distress ink to age the box slightly.  The ivy leaf vine was die cut and then coloured with inks and inka gold. The butterflies were originally in a darker pink but when I got the box home I decided (as I had the same butterfly punch) to punch in a much paler colour of card stock. I also added the smaller roses to the top of the box and the pink gems to the butterflies and edges of the lid. I also added gold metallic  ink to the edges of the box to finish.

Here is the top of the box opened on it's hinges and showing the back side edge.
The back of the box closed.
Sideways view.  I had fun making and all of the class ended up with a very individually decorated box.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #362 Anything goes.
Fab 'n'Funky #385 Anything but square.
Frilly and Funkie # Knock on wood.
Altered Electics # Anything goes.
Crafty Girls Creations #45 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #36 Anything  mixed media.
Love To Craft #20 Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Unstampabelles #76 Decorate something wooden.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lavender but not Lace.

A new theme  has started  over on the Butterfly  challenge
n.b. Winners post is now up on the butterfly blog.
Here is my inspiration for you.

First card is using Lemon/Letters with my Butterfly.
n.b. For the lettering you may interperate this as being just the letters, a sentiment or as in mine an extract from a letter.

This card so nearly turned out to be a total  disaster and barely looks like how it started out. The only remaining embellishments on it are the gem on the butterfly, the large lemon framework and the 3 square gems! I kid you not.
I had an entirely different piece of backing paper the only piece of it I might add(clue there) as the base. I had a different letter in plain white and black script for the lettering which I had cut to fit the lemon framework. Attached behind it (as I wasn't intending for it to be removed.) and then adhered to the card base. Then I used the trio butterfly die to cut 3 lemon butterflies that were flying across the page, each with a heart pearl gem with the 3 square gems down the top edge side of the card.  Just didn't sit right with me .The black writing on the white paper looked to stark even with the butterflies covering some of it. I had the bright idea of placing the yellow insert back into the framework but I could  still see the writing underneath so another not so bright idea, tear the letter out completely which in doing so ripped part of the backing paper outside of the frame. Oops was not the word I used by the way!!  No alternative but to start all over again and this is the card as you now see it.
Butterfly is now sandwiched together and in a paper by Pink Petticoat from their Isobelline papers called Bold Daisies. The only alternative piece of paper with writing on it was  the size you see it. No amount of stretching it on the rack was going to make it any bigger so I found an already pre cut die frame (Sizzix Deckled Rectangle) to put within the lemon frame (Crafts-Too Rectangle Stich hole PCD98) and attached the paper behind it which is a  freebie one from Making Cards July 2015 called 'Busy Butterflies' of which I only had 3 pieces left all the same size. The butterfly is now sandwiched together  using  paper (by Pink Petticoat from their Isobelline papers called bold daisies)  which matches  the  smaller insert frame that had been cut in a smaller pattern version of the same design. The die is Cascadia butterfly trio  by memory box.  now I like it!!!

Second card you  will be pleased to hear went like clockwork and I love the result. 
I have gone  with using  Lavender/Layers with my butterflies. The image is by A Day for Daisies 'Pearls in my Hair' and coloured using my Graph'it markers and a silver gel pen.  Each layer has been first glued to old cereal box cardboard  and then distressed round the edges with my TH. distress gadget. The papers are freebies from Making Cards Magazines Mar and May 2015. The flowers are more foam ones using Leane Creatief  flower foam and a die cut by Presscut PCD09 flower#1. Stamens from my stash along with the silver sticker sentiment. Small butterflies cut  using a tonic mini punch.

Entering this card only into the following challenges:
Through The Craftroom Door # Anything goes.
Creative Moments #138 Anything goes.
Little Miss Muffet #184 Anything goes.
Southern Girls # Pop it up.
Colour Crazy Challenge #10 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #407Layer it up.
Jo's Scrap Shack # #224 Anything goes.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #77 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge # Anything goes.

I hope you will come along and spin the wheel on the Butterfly challenge.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Another Cat.

This time it is 'Schrodinger from Dr Digi. coloured with Graph'it markers, a silver gel pen and chalks using the Pontilism coloruing technique.  We were on the letter S for this weeks supply of animal jokes.

I used Nellies Multi Frames Straight Dotted Rectangle die to cut the image out. I had this pack of space decorated card blanks in my stash which I thought went quite well and found the silver stars and sentiment in my stash as well.
And now the bit you have all been waiting for the jokes. These are just two of what I sent my Grandson.
Now just remember . I don't write them, I just find them!!

Q.       What was the Snail doing on the Motorway?

A.        About one mile a day.

Q.        Why did the Seagull fly North?

A.        Because it was too far to walk.

Told you!!

Enterng into the following challenges:

Friday, March 09, 2018

Spring Flowers.

It's the 2nd week  for the current  Butterfly Challenge  and here are my last two cards showing you some more inspiration. 
First  card is showcasing the colour Navy and No Stamping as this is a Digi image and not a stamp.
The digi is by Delicious Doodles and called " Spring Corner". Coloured using my Marvy LePlume II watercolour pens. I have used Navy card stock to make a tent style card base. The corners have been rounded using a Fiskars Decorative Corner punch. The sentiment is a tonic die which I had previously cut from glitter card and had in my stash not used. It was a brighter pink but I used a Tonic Nuvo Glitter Marker pen 'Raspberry Tart' which I thought was the same colour on the wooden button but it clashed so I went over the sentiment with the glitter pen. Then I made a woopsy as the glitter on top of the glitter took a long time to dry and as I glued it down on the card it smeared over the edges and made a right mess.
I quickly managed to lift it from card and left it to dry completely before sticking to matching white card trimmed with my Xcut corner chomper and just covering the mark left underneath. Phew! I found a small pink ready made bow in my ribbon stash to complete the card.

Last card is using all the 7 elements on the wheel.

1.    Butterfly. (Punched from  snippet of cardstock).
2.    No Stamping . (Digi image is by Little claire Designs 'Camillia).
3.    Not Square.( Using a 4" x 6 "  Five Panel Fold card).
4.    Numbers. ( Tonic 'Birthday Numbers Die cut).
5.    Naples  Yellow. ( Promarker used for flower).
6.    Napier Green.  (Promarker used for the leaves).
7.    Navy. (Cardstock used for punched butterfly).

Nearly came unstuck here as I was convinced that I had an embossing folder with numbers on. Found one with music notes and one with words but not the one I wanted so I had to improvise by spending a whole evening gluing individually die cut numbers randomly onto the panels on the sides of the card to mimic an embossing folder!! 

 Flower panel was die cut using my Xcut 'Rectangle Parenthesis' and a gold sticker sentiment added.
To finish the card off I made a belly band closure from the cream cardstock and matching yellow ribbon.

Challenge runs till Tuesday 13th and I do hope you will come and play along .