Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you Swing Fold card.

Ever onward with finding a new card shape to make.
This one is called a Swing fold and is made using a die cut.
I found loads of versions on You Tube.
I used this excellent Tutorial on 
Splitcoaststampers by Norma  Lee.

I used a Spellbinders label 4 as my die cut shape.

Backing paper is by Sally Moret 2012( a freebie from a magazine).
Butterfly panels made using a tonic border punch.
Flower shapes were already cut out in my stash.
I coloured using promarkers to match the design  paper.
Leaves were also precut in coloured card in my stash.
Pearls and liquid pearls used for flower centres.
Fabric butterfly found in my stash.

Taken at another angle to show the swing  effect.

Finally  the inside of the card.
Sentiment is an Anita's  Outline Sticker.
I made this card to give to  The Doc's  Aunt
and  to showcase the new theme

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #156/7 Use up your snippets.
The Crazy challenge #187 Everything goes.
Inspiration Destination #14 Anything goes.
I love Promarkers #250 Anything goes .

Monday, December 29, 2014

Last of the Fairies.

There is still some time left
for my  Fairy Challenge which 
 has a day left to run.

Here is my last  inspiration for you.

Boy did I have fun/not making it too!
As I am trying to make as many 
 new style cards as I can
this Screen Divider card
caught my eye when I was looking on YouTube
for ideas.
All the tutorials have used 
the SU Decorative Label Punch
(to create the feet)
which I do not have (going on shopping list asap)
but me being me decided to go ahead and make
the card anyway using an alternative.
I ended up rethinking and making the card
entirely differently to the  tutorials.
The panel is actually two pieces joined together.
See what you think.
I used  Spellbinders Labels 4 to create the feet.
Stamps were a freebie in Cardmaking & Papercraft  mag.
I used two toning colours of SU card stock for the screens.
Stickles in Diamond white used on the wings.

Decorative edges made using a Tonic corner punch.
I wanted the back of the screen to look as pretty 
as the front.
Design paper  by Jennifer Ellory (another freebie)
Ef is by Spellbinders 'Lovely Lattice' ES-009
If you look very closely you might just spot the join!

A lot of spudling went into the making of this card.

Entering into the following challenges:
Card Mania #63 Anything goes.
Creative Knockouts #69 Anything goes.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #291 Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin # Anything goes.
Hiding in My Craft Room #180 Freestyle no christmas.
Live and Love Crafts #30 With love.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Penguin Post.

Another new card shape.
This one is a
Stair Step Fold Card.
No2. 2015.

I had time to spare so I 
spudled  and came p with this one.
I saw this shape on K.T. Fit Kitty's blog 
and she very kindly posted the tutorial for it
which you can find here by Splitcoaststampers.

It is a very  easy fold to do. 
I used my Scor pal.

The penguins are toppers which came free
in a magazine a couple of yrs ago. 
I added Sickles to their scarves and hats.
The line of houses was a die cut in my stash
which I coloured black and then added coloured card to the back 
of the window apertures.
The trees I did freehand on a separate piece of cardstock
(mainly to adhere to the back of the houses to neaten up).
Again lamppost was already die cut and in my stash.
I painted with acrylic paint and then distressed using liquid pearls.
Tore a few stripes of paper for the hills and 
adhered Stickles to the top edges.

Side view showing the 3D layering effect. 
Sentiment created using Britannia word dies.

Linking to the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Use Your Stuff #166 Anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesday # Anything goes.
Christmas Cards All Yr Round # anything but  square or rectangle.
Scor-pal #11 Anything goes.  must show where you have used score fold.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Day 24.



Last Linky party.
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual linky Party. Must show a 3D elf in the picture.

The bad news is I now have 
a Pre order for 3 more 
of these naughty/delightful  Elves
for 2015!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bluesy does it.

Managed to get the fresh food shopping  all done
yesterday and it was hassle free too.
Our local Sainsbury's had every 
till not only  open but working as well.
There were plenty of staff around the isles 
for The Doc to ask where his favourite nuts were
and  his after dinner tipple so we came home
well pleased with ourselves.
The Doc does like his custard tarts from there
and I like the  blue stripy boxes they come in
so without further ado here's  
 Christmas Card  No 1.  for next years stockpile!
My New Yrs resolution is to do 
some alternate style/shape cards 
 so I thought I would start off with this one.

I was meant to be making an envelope pocket style card
but it was not until I had cut the triangle sides away 
I realised they were meant to overlap not meet in the middle!!
So being the mother of invention I'm going to call it
a Tag Fold Card instead.

Pre coloured digi is from the House Mouse Triple CD collection.
Matted onto a sheet of  silver mirror  paper
( cut using Spellbinders A2 Floral Ribbon Threader  die  )
which is in turn matted onto blue glitter card.
Stripy blue card  is from said custard tart box.
I used diamond stickles on the image which shows IRL.

The spotty paper, tag and sentiments were printed 
from the same CD .
I mounted the tag to the front on one side and 
used the tag hole to attach some ribbon and punched 
a corresponding hole on the other side 
to tie the card closed.

Entering into the following challenges:
Melonheadz Friends # Christmas/winter holiday.
House-Mouse and Friends #184 Christmas and or New Years.
Eureka stamps #120 Use some glitter.
Hiding  In My Craft Room #179 Freestyle.
CD Sunday Challenge Blog Stamp it. must use A CD.  ( House Mouse Triple CD).
Aurora Wings #10 All that glitters.
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #47 It's a blue blue christmas.
The Glory Of Christmas #49 Anything goes as long as it is christmas.
Gruffies and Guests #12 Anything goes + blue and silver.

Oh dear. there is banging coming from the kitchen. Elf did ask me which cupboard the flour was in!  Eeeek! What was I thinking. 

Blind Elves Bluff

Day 23.

William Tell lives!

Hope this won't put you off chocklits!!!

Linking up to:

D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky  Party. Must show a 3D elf in the picture.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Flying high.

Day 22.

Linking up to:
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. must show a 3D elf in the picture.

Just for fun
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #156 Use up your snippets.(do toilet rolls count!).

The Doc's Card.

The very last Christmas card for the year
which brings my total to 91.

The Doc's Card.
I matted purple mirror card onto a green  base.
The card is by Craft Creations Ltd 2004.
so I guess it's about time I used it up though
I do have another A4 sheet of it. 
Image is by Bugaboo 'J.J. Xmas Box'
Coloured using Grap'it markers.
Liberal doses of both silver and green  Stickles applied .
Finishing off with a couple of pearls.

A close up where I was trying to show the shimmer.
It does IRL

There is a lot of hammering  going on .
Both The Doc and I are accounted for 
so that only leaves Elf Boss !!

Entering into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly # Last Christmas card of the year.
The Paper Shelter #186 Anything goes,
Sister Act #87 Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #34 Anything goes.
That Craft Place# Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra #  Christmas cards only.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #60 Anything goes with the twist of add pearls.
Card Mania # Christmas.
Dream Valley #97 Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Caught In The Act.

Day 21.
Seems like we have only beeen  home 5mins.

The Evidence.

Linking up to :
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. Must show 3D Elf in picture.

The Doc is disputing the hotel bill.
We appear to have been charged for 
20 toilet rolls.


I was feeling all pleased with myself
that all cards were sent and presents wrapped.
Wrapped? Eek!
Light bulb moment 
I needed 4 Christmas tags asap.
Now being a hoarder/thrifty person 
I keep all the tags/ribbon that come off new clothes
for just such ocassions so out came the pile to sort through.

Then I raided the snippets box for paper
and already printed out images.
Next I spent a happy hr or 2 'Spudling'
as the The Doc calls my creative outbursts.
Rudolph came all the way over from USA
stamped on an envelope from my good bloging buddy
Darnell.  Well I couldn't just  throw him away could I!
I gave him some sparkly antlers and a sparkly bow.
The post box is a digi  by 'Little Musings' 
that I coloured with promarkers and then liberal
helpings of white and red  Stickles.
The ribbon came with the tags.
Below is the back of them with space
left for the greetings.

Another rudolph digi. This time 'Roddy Reindeer'
by flat friends Emma Canning.
Fussy cut and given a liberal coating of stickles.
Snowman is by  'Digi Stamp 4 Joy' 
The digi is a snowman at the base of a candle.
I fussy cut the snowman out
colouring with my promarkers

 and then added the candle part on the back.
Berries are 2 colours of liquid pearls applied.

Sentiments are Anita's stick ons in 
both gold and silver.

entering into the following:
Shopping Our Stash #181 red alert. use red.
The East Wind #21 Christmas.
Tuesday Throwdown #225. Christmas.
Creative Inspiration  #294  christmas/New Year.
Crafting For All Seasons #92 Anything christmas but a card.
Scrapper's Delights # Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #208 What ever is still urgently needed.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #156 Use up your snippets.
Crafting Musketeers #20. Use bling (I used copious amounts of Stickles/Liquid pearls.)
Jellypark Friends # Ribbons and or bows. (bow on rudolph/ ribbon on tags.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paper Chains.

Day 20.

We did think about leaving him at the hotel
but funnily enough they declined the offer.
Linking up to the following:
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party . must show a 3D elf in picture.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Balancing Act.

Day 19.

Linking to the following:
D.L. Art's Elb Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. Must show a 3D Elf in picture.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gone fishing!

Day 18.

Linking to the following:
D.l. Art's Elf Antics and Annual Linky party. Must show a 3D Elf in picture.

Fairy Land

If you've come expecting  The Elf
his exploits will be in the post above!

It's week 3 over at my  Butterfly Challenge
where the theme is still Fairies.
Can be Christmas or non Christmas, you choose
just so long as they have wings.
The challenge is running until 30th Dec.
and there is a $15.00 gift certificate for the winner

My post for today is an image by 
I coloured back  in April on a Promarker class 
I attended at my local craft store.
Didn't have an  occasion at the time to use it so it has been 
sat in my bits and bobs tray awaiting inspiration to take hold.

I had a 2nd wooden frame that I had bought for 50p from 
the local charity shop so I decided to repaint using the 
colours from the image. 
Base is 'Willow Tree' tester pot in matt paint
left to dry , then given a liberal coating of 
PVA adhesive (by brushing the adhesive on first one way and then
the other you get a much finer crackle appear
see here for the difference) and then quickly covered with another 
tester pot ' Dusted Fondant'.
Fortunately I still had the promarker colour chart from the class 
so I was able to use the same pens to colour the roses with.
I used Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' and 
Die-namics 'Royal Leaves' dies to create them. 
A close up below of the coloured image.
Fairly pleased with my efforts as I'm not a colourist.

Entering into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Everybody Art. #305 Frame.
Creative Card Crew. #77 Anything goes.
Clear It Out # Anything goes with anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #12 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper -Crafty #208 Anything goes.
Divas By Design # Anything goes.
Dies R Us #16 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #155 Use your snippets. (odds of white card for flowers)
Altered Ecectrics # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #12 Anything goes. 
The Mirror Crack'd #4 Reycle/upcycle or a Christmas Gift.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Room Service.

Day 17.

Hello ? Yes . Room service please.
Yes that's right I'm with The Doc  and  Mrs A.
In the Family room.
Yes. I'd like your  largest mixed grill please. 
To drink?
Yes please. Can I have a bottle of that new drink
everyone is raving about?
Yes that's right  Prosecco.
Large bottle please.
Yes please.  Large ice cream with  chocolate sauce.
Yes that's right just for one person.
No,  they're eating out tonight .
Just put it on The Docs bill.
Oh hang on can I have 24hrs wi fi please.
No.  I've used the free 30mins up already.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tied up in knots.


Not the ribbon box.

Day 16.

The doc and I are away for a few days.
No way are we leaving Elf Boss
alone at home.
He is coming with us.
After all what possible
havoc can he cause in a
Hotel room

Linking to the following:
D.l. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. Must show a 3D Elf in picture.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Self Portrait.

Is nothing safe!

Who is going to tidy this mess up then!

Day 15.

Linking to the following:
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. Must show 3D Elf in picture.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shut That Door.

There is one door in the house that has been
  firmly closed to Elf Boss.

Now what's that he has just  fetched 
from the garage?

Day 14.

Linking to the following:
D.L. Art's Elf Antics 2nd Annual Linky Party. must show a 3D Elf in the picture.

Non - Traditional Colours.

It's time once again for the girls
in the Christmas Card Club
to show our cards for the last challenge 
of the current  year
which was set by Granmargaret.

'Non- Traditional Colours.'

The card that I have made is so not what  I started
out to make but you know what?
I absolutely love the result! 

I matted chestnut brown card stock onto a blank card base.
Design paper was in my stash but I have no name on the back.
More card stock in donkey brown and then
I created this little scene using  'Stampscapes'
Tree Cluster Sm and  small Buck.
I already had the scalloped  die cut circle cut out in my stash .
I used various shades of distress inks in Browns/Wild honey
for sky, sun and hills and stamped the images using  Walnut Stain.
The sentiment is a gold peel off which I stuck onto a scrap of card
which I then coloured to match the secene.
The wording and scene are both popped up on 3D  pads.

I painted diamond Stickles  onto the scene
and this close up shows some 
of  the lovely  sparkle it gives.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge #186 Christmas.
Crafty Cardmakers #129 Christmas.
Craft Your Passion #243 Non traditional Christmas.
Die Cuttin Divas #195. Non traditional colours. Use at least one die (Sizzix Scalloped circle).
Scrappers Delights #36 Non traditional  Christmas colour.
Inspiration Destination #11 Anything goes.
Fab 'n' Funky #241 Christmas.
A Gem of a Challenge #134 Anything Christmas.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #155 Use up your snippets.