Friday, May 29, 2015

Ivory Anniversary.

I was recently commissioned  to make 
a 14th Wedding Anniversary card.
Having looked  it up on the web I found
the symbol was Ivory.
The design paper is hand made using word to create
lines of text which included 14th and Ivory.
The lattice die is by Tonic and the heart shapes 
came from my blogging buddy Di. 
Pearls were in my stash.
Sentiment is a Woodware stamp.

The flower has been die cut from an empty drinks can
using Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' Die.
I used a sewing needle to create the veins on the leaves.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Back To School.

We have a new challenge for you this week
The Sponsor is 
As always the challenge is Anything goes.
Please pop over and see what my 
team mates have created  just for you.
You have a week to enter and we 
would be delighted to see you .
I have chosen this digi called
'Shes so Colourful'
and coloured her with my Promarker pens.

Backing papers are by Jennifer Ellory
and the note pad paper and sentiment
'Back to School' were free in 
Making Cards magazine. 
I made an easel card shape from a card blank
and covered with the design paper inside and out.
Adhered a further piece of card to the front and matted
with purple card from stash. 
I then added a further layer at an angle and attached 
my image which I fussy cut after colouring in.
Sentiment was raised up on sticky pads to make the stop
for the easel card.
Pearls from my stash.
Here is a close up of the image. 
Entering into the following challenges: 
Crafts Galore #3 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #3 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #44 Anything goes.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Time once again for the girls in
the Christmas Card club to show 
their creations. 
It was the turn of Zoe to set the theme
and her choice was Gifts.
This sent me scuttling  back off again 
 to my box of  used Christmas card fronts as I knew 
that I had at least one suitable card in there .
Actually I found 2 and as they were
completely different styles decided to go 
for it again and make them both up.

1st off is the Traditional one.

The old card had so much on it that it didn't
need me to do much to it.
I used a cream card blank and adhered a 
Design Paper by Kaisercraft 
(in rolled gold leafy swirl pattern)
to it, then simply trimmed the card front down 
and for neatness (also so that  you can still see a bit of the
paper showing) rounded two of the corners 
using my Xcut chomper tool.
I added a piece of gold ric rac braid down the 
card fold side and Bob's your Uncle  a done deal!

My 2nd card is a Whimsical one.
The card front appealed to my sense of humour.
I think it had been sent to one of the kids a long
time ago and I just kept it in the maybe one day pile.
Well today is the day!
I made a tent card shape as it lent itself to the card
being an oblong,
I first stuck the card to a piece of white card stock
to make it more sturdy and then distressed the edges
with my handy distressing tool from TH.
I then adhered this to green card stock and in turn
to a sheet of red cardstock folding and sticking edges together
 as shown below to make the tent fold shape.
I used platinum Stickles on the branches,
tree and snow on house to add a bit of sparkle.
Sentiment was a gold peel off sticker and pearls/bow 
from my stash.

So which one do you like the most ? 
Traditional or Whimsical.

Friday, May 22, 2015


I made this little robot at a recent workshop
run by Jane Gill at The Craft Barn.
He is made from Shrink plastic and 
a design drawn by Jane.

Sweet Cheeks has been collecting
 the school vouchers run by a super market chain and 
The Doc has been amassing some for him too.
Sweet cheeks also likes to receive post addressed
to him personally so I made this card for him
using the little robot and popped the vouchers inside.
Design papers were from my stash of freebies
and the sentiment is by Woodware.

Entering into the following challeges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #177 use up your snippets. (white card for sentiment.)
Buckwells Crafty#8 Spots or stripes or both.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patchwork Doily.

It's a new challenge over at 
my Butterfly challenge with the theme of

The starting point for this card was
the backing  which is actually the inside cover 
from a Mother's Day Card which I had 
received and was about to stash away
as I had thought it too pretty to discard.
Light bulb moment!
Would be  perfect for this challenge.

The patchwork design just lent itself to having some 
stitching added both down the side of the card and 
on the doily.
Butterflies were cut  from scraps of red card and gems
from my stash along with the pink crochet thread.
Doily is a shop bought one from my stash.
Sentiment is by Wow stamps.
The faux patchwork and the real stitching 
I think work well together.
Entering into the following challenges:
Make My Monday # Things with wings
Dream Valley #106 Things with wings
Tuesday Taggers # Sewing and buttons.
Scrap -Creations # Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #80 Anything goes + add pink.
Hiding In My Craft Room #199 Button up.
In The Pink #69 Stitching real or faux
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #177 Use your snippets.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stair Step Card.

Well we had the internet up and running for 21hrs.
It was nice whilst it lasted!!
Just managed to get back on this evening 
so will see how long we get before the orange light.
I'm so behind with every thing now. 
This card should have been shown on 1st May
but better late than never.
It's time to reveal the card I made 
For the April Swap at the
Card Chain Challenge.
I chose the colour theme to work with 
which  was  Pale pink, Charcoal and Dark pink.
I decided on another new card shape
A Stair Step Card.
and sent to Vicki in Australia.
I used the excellent instructions
I found on You Tube

Front of card.
Rose paper by Jennifer Ellory 2013
Dark pink  paper Making cards 2014
I used pale pink card stock to layer with.
Spellbinders die is  Deckled Rectangles Large.
Inside of card.
Wooden die cut flowers from Scrapmatts
Grey base card is SU cardstock

Letters created in word and printed out.
Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #33 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #227 More than one fold.
Wags and Whiskers #154 Lots of layers.
Sister Act #106 Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #80 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #10 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #262 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #139 shaped cards
Love To Scrap #54 Anyhing goes. (used a stamp for sentiment).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jagged Edges 2.

Internet back on for the first time in 2 days!
My ipad also spectacularly crashed (totally unrelated)
but non the less left me a complete gibbering wreck
for the time it took my IT specialist to fix and 
 to restore calm and order to my 
already frayed nerves.  
I'm consuming large and varied glasses
of the hard stuff. 
Internet is still not fixed and 
now into lengthy talks with them
with no immediate end in sight.

So before I loose it completely
It's the 2nd week of my Butterfly challenge
Here is the card I have made for your inspiration.
Design papers are from the 'Botanical Collection'
by Prima in two colourways.

Butterfly made from a scrap of spotty paper in my stash.
Sentiment is by Wow
and the butterfly die  by Quick Kutz.
Doodled a jagged line around the edge to finish. 
Entering into the following challenges:
One Sweet Challenge # Things with wings.
Night Shift Stamping # Butterflies in your work.
Polka Doodles #19 Things with wings.
Dream Valley #106 Things with wings.
Clear It Out Challenge # Green /+green things.
Scrap Creations # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes. 
Tuesday Throwdown #244 Add  a doodle.

I'm slowly getting round all your blogs
internet and predictive text allowing!!
Hugs Mrs A. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

3 Villiages.

Internet still playing up so I'm running late.
Latest news is that they are still working on it!!

Time once again for the girls in
the Christmas Card club to show 
their creations. 
It was the turn of Rita to set the theme
and her choice was Village Scene.
This sent me scuttling off to my 
box of  used Christmas cards as I knew 
that I had several card fronts
 that would be suitable to use. 
I found 3 with village scenes but as I
couldn't decide which to use
(and my pile of Christmas cards is a bit low)

I give you 3  very  different villages.
You choose!!

The first village scene I'm calling Modern.

I made a sort of envelope style opening for the card base
which I have held closed using Faux buttons 
and bakers twine.

Blue  pearlescent card stock, Anita's sentiment
and the silver edging were from my stash.
Buttons made using  Joy Crafts die cut.

Entering into the following challenges:
A Gem Of A Challenge #144 More than one fold.
Scribble and Scrap #144 Anything goes.
Me and  Mine  #  Beat the rush.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.

My second Scene I'm calling  Traditional
and is a Tent fold shape .

I cut the scene up into 3 oblongs and then 
adhered to a red backing card leaving a small gap 
between each panel which I think gives the 
appearance of looking through a window.
I used gold pearlescent card to make the card shape.
Bow and pearls from my stash along with the 
gold sentiment sticker.

Entering into the following challenges:
Country View Crafts # Simply scenic.
Sister Act #105 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrapshack #87 Anything goes.

And Lastly my Medieval Scene.
I have had this card in my box for yrs and yrs
Many more than I care to remember.
Waiting and waiting for the right moment.
The scene is actually only half of the card.
I still have the other half saved !!
I have used yellow pearlescent card for the front 
and used my Spellbinder Labels twenty-eight
to die cut the window frame from the centre.
As the picture was a tad short, I cut the discarded 
insert down and used to create the base
for the sentiment thus covering up the slight
gap left at the bottom.
Black pearls was all I felt  was needed 
to complete the card. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights #44 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #261 Anything goes.
Christmas Card Challenge #23 No patterned papers.
Crimbo Crackers #80 Die cuts.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Springtime with Vanessa.

Great News.
They asked me to stay on at 
I am now officially on the DT Team A.  Yay!!
We have a new challenge for you  this week
which is being sponsored by 

I chose to work with this delightlful image
As always the challenge is Anything Goes.
Please pop over and see what my 
team mates have created  just for you.
You have a week to enter and we 
would be delighted to see you .

I coloured her with my  Spectrum Noir Pencils
and paper pieced her dress using a matching paper
to the backing papers all by Pink Petticoat
from their  'Isobelline' pack. I love these
papers in grey and yellow.
I used Sizzix Framelits die  657936
and the flowers are all made using a variety
of Spellbinders flower dies.
Leaves are Sizzix Susan's Garden 658413.
Yellow and grey snippets used from my stash
along with the gems and pearls for decoration.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #176 Use up your snippets. (odds of card stock for flowers)
Our Creative Corner # April showers bring May flowers.
Clear It Out challenges Anything goes.
Deep Ocean Challenge #103 Flowers.
Create and Inspire #21 Anything goes.
Fab 'n' Funky #258 May flowers.
Inspiration Destination #32 Anything  goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #226 Anything goes.
Cut It Up Challenge #70 Paper piecing. 
Fussy and Fancy #138 Lots of flowers

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jagged Edges.

It's a new challenge over at 
my Butterfly challenge with the theme of
# 30 Butterlies + J is for Jagged edges.

This card is nothing like I had planned
in my head.It looked all right in there
until I started putting it together!!
Many layers later ( one to cover a mistake)
I have a card I'm fairly happy with. 

Papers  are from my stash  and torn at will.
The stamp is one of my favourites
Crafty Individuls CI - 012
Sequin butterflies, gems and twine 
All from my stash. 
Entering into the following challenges :
Craft Your Passion #260 Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #84 Anything goes with pastel colours.
Sister Act #104 Anything goes.
Catch The Bug # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #175 Use your snippets (Torn papers).
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #9 Anything goes.
Fasionable Stamping #97 Things with wings.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #3 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #3 Anyhing goes.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Pointillist Colouring

Our lack of Internet still persists.
We thought it had been fixed as we
had 2 days of continuous usage  
but it was obviously  not to be. 
So the saga continues with the 
Service provider telling us no fault found!!
I am slowly going round the twist with it all and 
finding it so frustrating to manage any blogging
with the limited time a reboot  gives before
the green light flashes orange and disconnects.
I have a connection at the moment
 so typing like the clappers.

I was invited by Crafting Musketeers 
to be their GDT for May
and this is one of the cards that I made.
The Theme for the challenge is to 
Use a Die cut on your project.

I recently went to a class  to learn colouring
The Pointillist Way (using lots of dots)
 which was run by Jane Gill at 
I fell in love with the technique
and came home  and mediately
made a few more cards  in the same style. 

I used a Woodware  Stamp  'Amaryllis'
  for my image and coloured in with
 promarkers in 3 shades of pink and a grey.
Die cut is Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight.
Pink and grey toning cardstock  from stash.
Distress ink used round edge of  image.

Sentiment is also by Woodware.
Card shape is a tent fold  with a further flap at the base.
Ribbon and pearls from stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Card Makers #137 Dots.
Cuttlebug Mania # We love to stamp.
Inspiration Destination #31 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #103 Anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesdays # Anything goes.
In The Pink #68 Fussy and fancy or clean and simple.
Cute Card Thursday #371 Use a sentiment.
4 Crafty Chicks #244 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #144 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #175 Use your snippets (scrap of ribbon).