Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a Blue Day.

Rubbish? Not on your nelly. These are snippets left over from my large paper rose making mahem (all will be revealed on a later post.)
Cue the fabby die I won on Fiona's blog. Lots of die cutting later
and now their rubbish!!!!
I wanted to enter the challenge on Joan's gardens this week and as its using up loads of tiny bits of off cuts it is perfect also for Pixie's snippets. The challenge is to cover a 3"x3" Post A note, use some kind of die cut for the background, purple is the colour and use a butterfly or something from nature .Ok got that.
I used an off cut of 300gsm cream card and an embossing folder with a flower shape not unlike the flower die for the cover and brushed over with yellow peralescent chalk. Corners were cut out using the sizzix corner trellis die from an off cutof white stock card which I then painted using sunflower Luminarte paint. Flowers were painted using winsor & Newton Ink colour 971 violet. Layered up with a bead in the centre they look quite like small viola's. Bird shape was cut from pale yellow card stock and the twirly bits are meantt to look like his wings.
The top page of the pad is decorated using the single petals to keep the page flat and a further corner florish. Bitterly disapointed in the way the photo is depicting the flowers as being blue.
They aren't.
Here is the bottle to prove it! Hopefully the recipient of this gift will like the colour.
Entering into the following challenges.
Crafty snippets: Use your snippets.
Joan's Gardens: Cover a Post A Note.
One stitch at a Time: Anything Goes.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

So who won the wee Goody Bag?

So who found the elusive wally shrink plastic button on my recent post here. and has won themselves a wee goody bag into the bargain?
Contents being, Kath Kitson Note book, flower and a wee felt pin cushion both hand made by me.
Mich from Mcrafts was 1st past the winning post so Mich please send me your addy for despatching out to you.
The Crafty Den was close on Mich's heels so a consolation goody bag is yours too. Denise please send me your addy for despatch also.
And where was it hiding? Bottom right hand corner of course.
Off to visit Mum now so see you all soon.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Fold Card.

Saw a tutorial for making this unusal shaped card here and thought I would have a go at making one.
The design backing paper I have used is from my dear blogging friend Barbara and was among some sheets that I recently won on her blog. This is such a pretty paper that I just had to use it straight away. The card was cut from blue craft paper from my stash and also the pink lace.
I trimmed the front edge of the desgin paper using an edge punch to create the pattern and attached to the base. Butterfly was a die cut twice , glued back to back and then bent into the required shape. I made the little flowers using a small six petal punch and painted them using Luminarte paint pots in matching colours to the paper. I printed out a sentiment in word and die cut into an oval shape and adhered to a larger oval and attached to the front. Lastly I added the wally shrink plastic heart button which I coloured with a blue water colour pencil. Card has now been sent to my Mum who has just come out of hospital and is still very poorly.
Entering into the following challenges:
Make my Monday: Spring fold Card.
Craft Your Passion: Just Sentiments.
Papertake Weekly: Bingo. ( flowers,punched shape,lace).
Flutterby Wednesday: Open with a Butterfly, Fairy or Angel.
Creative Inspirations: Anything Goes.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges: Handmade flowers.
All Sorts: Three in a row (of anything).
Paper Play challenges: Spring Colours.

I'm no Goose!

This is the tag I have done for Tag Tuseday. The theme this week is Goosey. I haven't got a Gooose stamp or any Goose related pictures but I do have Puddleduck Pothington by Toodles and Binks so I have used him instead. I have kept the tag fairly simple with just the addition of the birds nest (in with some goodies from my swap partner AmyJo, thanks so much )as I wanted the the sentiment to do the talking. Image was coloured with water colour pencils and of course I have included the wally shrink plastic button on the grosgrain ribbon.
Entering into the following challenges:
Ditzy Craftymess: Buttons or anything Goes.
Get Hippity with Ippity: Things with wings.
Lollipop Crafts: Sentimentally yours.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Post it Note Holder

I have just done this Post It Note Holder swap over at The Altered Paper and as they have now been both sent and received it is safe to show. The idea was to alter a piece of chipboard or sturdy card 5.5" x 7.5" by decorating with paper, ribbons, lace and anything else you fancied and attach a post it note pad to the front. My partner Fran does not have a blog so I was rather in the dark as to her likes and dislikes but in the end went for pretty pretty. The backing paper was a freebie in a craft magazine and all the rest came from my stash so I have stuck to my UIU pledge.
I made the flowers from white 140gsm cartridge paper which I painted using Luminarte paint pots in various colours to match the backing paper. Butterfly came from my blogging friend Ann.
There is a wally shrink plastic heart button well camouflaged somewhere. Can any of my followers be the 1st to spot it and win a wee goody bag from me?
Little clue for you. It's not on the back!!!
Linking up to the following.
1st Unique Gifts: Handmade Monday 58.
Pink Paper Paridise: Make it Monday Party.
Entering into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: Alter It. (I altered a piece of corrugated card stuck back to back)
Simply Create Too: It's spring.
Hotshot Craft: Ribbons.
Here is the swap that I received back from my Partner Fran. This was her 1st ever swap and I was honoured to be her partner. Wow! All I can say is Keep em coming Fran!!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More cake! Yummy!

Another card for Di's Crafty Snippets .Whilst having a rummage last week for the kite material I sorted some material out to make this card for Fluff. The colour is a bit off as the card stock is the same colour as the sentiment paper and the backing paper is actually a pale lemon with dark brown spots on. The icing has come out blue instead of pale purple. Chose those colours as they are Fluff's favourites.
Material is snippets I have had for ages and not big enough to make any clothing or patchwork with. Hundreds and thousands are yellow seed beads left over from another project. The cupcake was made up on quilt backing and then each section of the icing was stuffed seperately from behind and finally the whole cake was DST to the backing paper. It has quite a 3D effect in real life.
Entering into the following challenges:
The Poodle Parlour: Anything goes.
Cupcake Crafts: Going Dotty.
2 Sisters challenges: Spots and dots.
Crafty Ribbons: Birthday.
Ginger Loft: Happy Birthday.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cupcake anyone!

I recently entered a pincushion swap over at the Altered Paper swap group. We were instructed to make a pin cushion any design we liked and to include three stick pins as decoration This is the pincushion I decided to make for my partner Elisabet.
I found out that her favourite colours were burnt orange and teal and found some beads in my stash that were those colours. The rest as they say is history. Yes there is a wally shrink plastic heart button on it. Can you spot it?

Here is the pin cushion that Elisabet sent me back all my vavourite colours too. Thanks for being my partner Elisabet and hope we can do one together again soon.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fly a Kite.

In the good old days before the advent of the World wide web (www) if you wanted to purchase material for patchwork and quilting you either shopped locally or sent for it by post from any of the various shops that advertised in the craft magazines of the day. If you enclosed an S.A.E. the shops would send you out little snippets in bags of the current choice of fabrics available to buy.
Of course I still have those swatches neatly sorted into colours and stashed away to be used one day as they were always too small to use in patchwork. Well today's the day! Out they came and I had a route around for some colours and snippets to use in a few challenges.
First up is Di's snippets challenge #11

I had seen this idea in a crafting magazine by Corinne Bradd using coloured paper and decided to adapt it using material and shrink plastic for the kites tail piece.
You can all have 6 goes at finding the wally heart button this time!

Also entering into the following challenges.
Craft your Passion: Anything goes.
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes + shrink plastic. ( Used on kites button tail piece)
Totally Gorjuss: Anything goes with a button. (buttons used on kite tail)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Spring Time.

Here is the tag I have made for the March swap on The Altered Paper. The theme is Spring/St. Patricks. As everything I have used is bits of this and bits of that, I am also entering it into Di's
The green and yellow lace have both been in my stash since I last made the costumes for the dancing school I once co-owned (over 3 decades ago). The ribbon by comparison is a newbie at only just a yr old but still an off cut none the less. Flowers were made using a 1" 6 petal punch and an off cut of sktech pad paper. Painted using Luminarte paint pots in shades of yellow/orange/pink.
I'm loving using these pots and they are fast becoming my fav product for the year.
Note to Sherry. Look I have even left the threads hanging!
And of course the back where the wally shrink plastic heart button is hiding.
Entering into the following challenges.
My mums Craft Shop: Spring is Springing.
Ginger loft: Spring.
Polly Craft challenge: Spring has sprung.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Not One but Two.

Just felt like making a card to take my mind off things and before I knew it there were two on my desk! Made these for Di's
I saw this butterfly idea in a magazine with several butter flies on the card using the Martha Stewart Punch all over the page die, but as I don't have it I had to make do with just the one large one instead. I used snippets for the double sided butterfly and the flourish which is attached to the top of the card. (Realised after I had done it that I could have just die cut the flourish from the card as well as the butterfly.) Not very clear from the picture but I used up some brown seed beads for the body. Had these rub on transfers by Pergamano in my stash and really pleased with the results. Big difference from the letter and number transfers we had as kids Yes ! Before you
ask the all inmportant question I do still have them. Says WH Smith on the packet and even tells me they are in Hevetica 24pt. No point scoring for the wally shrink plastic heart button. Couldn't go anywhere else really.

Entering into the following challenges:
Flutter By Wednesday: Open showing butterfly, Angel or Fairy.
Divas By Design: Spots and/or stripes.
Do you Stack Up: Things with wings.
All Sorts: Spread your wings.
The Crazy challenge: Anything goes.

My second card is using up snippets from already used snippets! Namely the green stem and leaves from the paper used on the grass in the bunny card I made previously. Again the flower is my version of an idea seen in a magazine on a step card. The ribbon is a 12" piece that I have had in my stash for decades (3 at least). Debated long and hard where to hide the wally plastic shrink heart button but in the end opted for the obvious.
Entering into the following challenges.
Paper Play challenge: something old (ribbon) something new (Nestie dies Christmas money).
Aud Sentiments: Happy birthday.
Crafty Catz: Punches or Dies.
Creative Inspirations: Anything goes.
Best of all I have only used stuff from my stash/freebies so I havn't broken my UIU pledge for 2012.