Saturday, January 31, 2015

Twisted Easel Card.

Iv'e re purposed a
Christmas Card that we had bought 
a few years ago intending to send to 
The Doc's Aunt and Uncle.
Sadly Uncle Len passed away
before we were able to give it to them.
I came across the card a few days ago
in my stash and this card shape
just lent itself perfectly for me to be able to remake.
I found an excellent tutorial by Christina Griffiths
which you can find here.
I salvaged as much of the card as possible
and was able to cut the sentiment down
to say  'To a special Aunt'.
I'm pleased with the resulting card.

Cutting it really fine for the Rudolph Challenge
but have been mega busy this week preparing 
for the decorator to arrive and do the next room.
Didn't want to miss Scrappy Mo's 1st  month as the new host.

entering into the following challenges:
Rudolph Day #1  Make one Christmas card.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #161 Use up your snippets. (Christmas card and odd red card.)
Penny's Paper-Crafty #212 Anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesday # Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's #214  Something beginning with B. (Bicycle, bow )

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Magic Window Card.

Here is my next new card shape.
A Magic Window Card
to spotlight my current
Butterfly Challenge #23
Butterflies + V is for Valentine.

I found various tutorials /names for this
design of card and the one I liked the most
and have followed is by 

The pink /white heart design paper is
Me to you  With love.
Embossing folder is Spellbinders Mystic (A) side.

Silver /Crystal heart and gems from my stash.
Oddments of red card stock in my snippets folder.
Words generated and printed on computer.

Here you can see the shutter mechanism
start to be revealed  as the card is opened. 
(sorry camera decided to have a yellow hissy  fit )

Opened up a bit more to reveal the secret message.

Now fully opened.
Message was a scrap of left over paper
which had been a magazine freebie.
Sizzix scallop circle die used to make the opening.
The cutout was then used on the front of the card to create the closure.
I loved making this card.
A bit fiddly to get the measurements deadly accurate
and the mechanism to open up as a whole  diamond
but the result is well worth it.
Small butterfly  is a tonic punch.
Larger one is a Woodware punch
as are both the heart punches.
Hope you can come on over and play.

Entering into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar #130 Valentines
Scrapping 4 Fun #34 All about love.
Cut It Up Challenge #63 Embossing + use a die cut.
We Do Doobadoo #2 romance.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #161  use up your snippets.
Scribble and Scrap #36 Anything goes.
That Craft Place # Love/valentine.
The Crazy Challenge #189 Embossing.
Crafting From The Heart #t44 Anything goes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Square Twister Card.

Card shape today is a 
Square Twister card.
Design sheet is Popcorn Bear
from Crafterscompanion.
The date on sheet says 2012 
so I have had in my stash for quite some time.
It came as a freebie with a craft magazine.
I cut all the individual squares out from the printed sheet
and glued to off cuts of white 160gsm card stock.
There were no instructions as such just a small picture of
what the finished picture should look like. 
There were 8 pieces to layer up which was quite easy
as gluing to the card stock first made them more stable.

Close up of the finished twister.
I adhered this to navy pearlised card stock and then
used 3D pads to raise on the card base.
The sheet had a matching design paper of the little duck
which I matted onto a  square white card base
before attaching the image.
Navy bow and pearls from stash.

I used the remaining strip of design paper
to decorate the inside of the card
along with a bear outline sticker from my stash
and then adhered the instruction picture 
on the inside of the  card too.

So that's my Granddaughters card done and dusted
and Card No. 6 in the pile for 2015.

Entering into the following challenges;
Inspiration Destination #17 Anything goes.
Crafting For All Seasons #94 Things with wings.
Completely Christmas #46 Anything goes/Christmas card for a child.
Sister Act #90 Anything goes.
Fussy And Fancy #131 Things with wings.
Crafty Catz #263 Use at least one Teddy.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #161 Use up your snippets ( white card off cuts/navy bow).
Whoopsie Daisy # Anything goes.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Pile of Boxes.

My next new shape.
Little Origami Boxes
made from old Christmas Cards!

At the local craft club which I go to
Jenny showed us how to make 
an origami box from a 6" square used  Christmas card.
Of course once I got home I just had to make some more
and decorate the outside too.
I raided my snippets for embellishments.
Now I'm surrounded by little boxes!!

I made a few alterations to Jenny's design
and will do a tutorial next week on how to make  them.

A 6" card front will give you a finished box top of 2.25 "

The smaller your card square the smaller the box will be.
The one above with the red bell is 1.75 "

Just the right size to put a chocolate inside
or maybe a small present such as earings.

Entering into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. challenge #295 Recycling.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #160  Use up your snippets.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit #  Anything goes altered art.
2 Creative Chicks #22 Anything goes non card.
Altered Electics Anything goes altered projects.
Buckwells Crafty #4 anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Our Creative Corner # Christmas leftovers.

Also entering here  but not sure if my entry truly  complies even  though it started life as a Christmas card and is still technically a Christmas card albeit 3D so tonge in cheek :

Crafty Hazelnut's: Upcycle, recycle.   Please disregard if not allowed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shaker Easel Card.

I have created a Shaker Easel Card
as my inspiration piece for 
the second week of

The butterfly paper making up the shaker 
and base of the card is the left over piece from 
the box card I made last week. 
White/cream/green/purple sequins 
all in my stash along with the scrap 
of purple card stock. 
I have had the large butterfly brad
in my stash for ages waiting for the right moment.
Purple polka dot  ribbon and pearls in stash too.

Shaker window made using  Xcut 'Ornate Frame'
I spuddled with the left over cut out insert 
 and managed  to make a smaller pattern up for the base.
Sentiment frame made using 
Cheery Lynn B190  #2 die.
Sentiment created in word and matted 
slightly of centre onto a purple frame
to give a shaddow effect.
Acetate used to create the window and contain the sequins.

Side View showing Easel  contstruction.
Below showing the base of the easel.
Design paper on base is a magazine freebie.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots # Butterflies.
Incy Wincy Designs # Make an easel card.
Moving Along With The Times # Dies and or  punches.
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge #63 anything goes + add some sparkle (sequins).
Quirky Crafts #2 Windows in your cards.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #160. Use up your snippets. (butterfly paper and purple card).
Seemacrafts # Anything goes.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Football Mad.

Card shape today is 
The only difference  I have made is
using a wrap for the closure 
and using my own measurements .
I had the paper sorted but no card design
until  I saw  Pippa use it on her blog
for my Butterfly challenge and an idea was born.

We have a family friend with a Birthday this week
who is football mad so this paper in my stash
by  Maria Taylor was ideal .
I like this design of card as you can keep the inside
as a supirse  until opened up.

I decided to give  our friend  a Red Card.
Sentiments are Anita's Glitterations  Stickers.

Entering into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday# It's a guys thing.
Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge #33 Happy birthday.
A Gem Of A Challenge #136 Birthday card for a boy.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #2 Anything goes.
Crafting From The Heart. #43 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #198 Anything goes.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fold Out Card.

Another card shape.
This one is called a Fold Out Card. . 
I found on You Tube by Alice Paperland.
An easy design to make but at the same time a classic.  
I modified slightly on how I made it. 
It is time again for the Christmas Card Club
To show their latest cards.
The theme for #2 was set by Christine
'The Real Reason For The Season. 

I have this Woodware stamp set in my collection. 
I love the simple lines on the images so like to keep plain. 
This time I have highlighted the stars and the halo's 
with just a rim of gold gel pen which to my mind is all the stamp needs. 
Sentiment is by Dovecraft  'Tis The Season '.
Papers , ribbon and white card all from my snippets box. 

Entering into the following Challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #160 Use  your snippets up. 
Through The Craft Room Door # anything goes.
Inspiration Destination # 16 Anything goes. 
Penny's Paper-Crafty #210 Anything goes. 
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #294 Christmas. 
Sister Act #89 Anything goes. 
Jo's Scrapshack # 71 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazlnut's Patterned Paper # Anything  goes. 

Christmas card No 5 in the bag. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Faux Tiling Card.

I have tried this technique before
so not technically a new shape card
but I have made the tiling using a different method.

is a challenge blog 
I have only recently found and I particulary
wanted to play in their current theme.
They do not have many players which is a shame
as they have some lovely ideas and I know 
how much effort goes into running a challenge.

Their current theme is 
Make 6 inchies out of your received Christmas cards.
I had a card which imediately sprang to mind as did

I have shared a link above on how to make.
Thank goodness The Doc likes his Custard Tarts
as he keeps me supplied with the empty boxes which
just happen to be in this blue stripe cardboard.
Perfect for card making!
I have used a grey oblong card base slightly cut down.
Said cardboard and a navy pearl paper for the backing.
Both has been distressed around the edges.
I chose the part of the  old christmas card
that I wanted for the inchies
and cut them out  applying  glossy accents to each one
before adhering to a sheet of white card.
To make the tile effect even more prominent 
I used my Scor-pal to make lines on the spaces inbetween.
The sentiment was the cut off  discarded part of the card.

I used the rest of the card on the inside
but left the picture whole and 
just scored the inchies and marked with a pencil
to give the tile effect.

A close up of the tile effect
 but it doesn't really show the glossy sheen on them
which is there IRL.
Hint and Tips.
1. Allow the glossy Accents to thoroughly dry overnight .
2. Number the tiles on the back before cutting out.
3. Make sure your base card is the right way up before adhering.

Ask me how I know these things!!!!!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Artful Times #71 Make 6 inchies from a used christmas card.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #68 Anything goes + use something recycled. (Tart box.)
Card Mania #64  Make it sparkle.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra. Christmas cards only.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #159 Use up your snippets (Tart box and white card.)

So that's Christmas card no 4. in the bag.
Just got those retched/delightful Elves to make!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recessed Window Card.

The theme this time
is Butterflies + B is for Brads.
The new shape I have tried out
is a Recessed Window Card.
have a tutorial and a video on how to make.

I have used SU cardstock to make the card shape.
Patterned paper unknown from my stash.
The image is a pre coloured topper by
'Little Claire 'from sheet LCD09. 
Flowers were made using 
Spellbinders  Delicate Asters HCD 726
Sentiment by Hero Arts.
Gems and flower brads from my stash.

Showing inside of card using remaining
paper from patterned sheet.
Die cuts are Spellbinders
'Majestic Elements'

Side view of card.
This card has now gone to a  dear friend going through a rough time
to let her know that she is very much in our thoughts.
Entering into the following challenges:
Buckwells Crafty #4 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #  Anything goes.
Fitztown Challenge # 67 Anything goes/ use patterned paper.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Sister Act # 88 Anything goes.
Wags and Whiskers #  Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 159  Use up snippets (oddments of white card for flowers)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Commissioned Card

My very first commissioned card!
A friend wanted a New Baby card
for a baby Girl due in February.
and this is the card I made for her.
I had these  'Jenny Ellory' papers in my stash
which also came with a page of accessories to use with them.
A Joy fold card sprang immediately to mind
as I wanted to do lots of layers.
Pink card and polka dot ribbon from my stash.

I backed  the stork tag onto a scrap of the pink card
and created a pocket to house it within the card.

Back of tag has been left blank to add 
the baby's name when known and a short greeting.

I made a matching box for the card to go in
which I have never done before using my envelope maker
so this is my trying out a new shape for this post.
Pleased to say my friend loved the card and box.

Entering into the following challenges:
In The Pink #60 Anything goes in pink.
Cute Card Thursday #355 What's new.
The Crafter's Cafe #98 Something new.
Scrappers Delights #38 Anything goes/New beginnings.
Creative Moments #59 Anything goes/New beginnings.
Creative Inspirations #295 Finished with a bow.
Aud Sentiments #122 Use the word New.
Scrap Creations # Something new.
Make my Monday # New Beginnings.
Artistic Inspirations #122 Anything goes/ twist of new.
The Crafting Cafe # Lots of layers.

The good news is I  have a commission
for a 14th Wedding Anniversary for May.

The bad news is that The Elf population
has now exploded into 4 new elves needed for  Dec 2015
and another  Advent  Calendar  to be made.
Best get started now then!! 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Double Easel Card.

I have a Double Easel Card to show you today.
You can find the instructions for making 
by Christina Griffiths here.

I went to a Spectrum Noir Pencil class
on Saturday and we were given 
this image by Justinklined  'Daffodil Patch'
to colour in.
Tutition was by Nicky Hayden
who is on the Spectrum Noir Design team.

Never used colouring pencils before 
so this was a first for me.
Needless to say I did not come away 
empty handed and now have 3 boxes 
of spanking new pencils to play with.
Hard to believe just by looking at the image 
but we used 6 different shades of green 
just to  colour the leaves in.
The jug was easy in comparison as it only took 3!.
I really enjoyed myself and am 
already booked in for the next lesson.
Watch this space as it were!

It is week 2 of my Butterfly Challenge
The theme is Thankyou with your Butterfly.
Here is my inspiration for you.
Design paper is 'Home Grown' by Hot Off The Press
White card used to make card shape.
Yellow textured  card used to make the easel shapes.
I used spellbinders die  'Floral Ribbon Threader'
Sentiment is an Anitas Sticker in gold foil.
Side ways view showing the double easels.
Butterflies are by Dufex from my stash along
with the oddments of cream ribbon.

Close up of the flowers again.
Hope I have inspired you to play along this week.

Entering into the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS challenge #3   (NBUS =  Spectrum Noir  Pencils)

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #158 Use up your snippets. (butterflies and ribbon).
Scribble and Scrap #35 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #260 Anything goes.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Spring Fold card.

It's time once more for the girls
over at the Christmas Card Club
to show  the cards we have made for 
the 1st challenge of 2015.
The theme chosen by Carol
is Clean & Simple in  Red, Green and White.

I have made a Spring Fold Card

Stamp is by Clearly Besotted
'Signature Christmas Additions'
which I stamped and then fussy cut round
then mounted on 3D foam pads.
Border pattern  was part of an old card in my stash.
Sentiment a freebie stamp from a magazine.
SU cardstock used to make the card shape.
I am enjoying finding all these different card shapes.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts #210 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #158 Use up your snippets. (snippet of red card from stash)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year.

Wishing you all 
Happy New Year.
Mrs A. and The Doc.

I'm calling this shape 
A Meet in the Middle card.
One I just spuddled with and put together.
Digi image is by Bugaboo  'Scarlette Party'.
Digi paper inside card by Bearly  Mine 'Christmas Fun'.
Front paper scrap of wrapping paper.
Trellis is  by Tonic from the Soiree Set.
Image coloured using Promarkers and agold gel pen.
Dress painted over with Stickles  in Xmas red.
Die cuts by Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle.
Distress ink in Peeled Paint for background colouring.

IRL my dress really does sparkle Hic!

Entering into the following challenges:
Glitter 'n' sparkle. Anything  goes.
Digitally Sweet Challenges #120 Anyhing goes 100% digital.
The Crafter's Cafe #97 New .