Friday, July 31, 2015

Best Buddie

As soon as I saw this 'Bugaboo' image 
I knew I had to get it.

This is so me and my best  blogging buddie  Miss Di.

I wanted to make and send a card to Di to say Thankyou 
 as she helped me through
some very dark moments a few weeks ago
 and was a cyber shoulder to cry on and cry buckets I did.
Card has been received so I can show. 
It is a twisted easel card. I love making these .
The image is called  'Make it Snappy - Friends'
which I have coloured with my promarkers 
and a gold gel  pen.
The design paper is by Sally Moret.
I had a little piece over which I was able to fussy cut
out some of the flowers to adhere to the front of the card.
I have layered up using pink and yellow cardstock.
The sentiments were printed off in word 
Of course we both had to be wearing pink 
as it is our favourite colour.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Flip Flops.

It's  a new challenge over at my

My first thought was Washi Tape Flip Flops
as one does!
First  I needed to gather some stash together and 
this is just some of what I eventually used.

I drew a rough shape out  on paper until  I was happy 
that it resembled a flip flop base and then cut 
a left /right out from corrugated card
to give the appearance of a sole.
I stuck two strips of washi tape back to back on a sheet of paper
for the straps.
I embossed a sheet of white card with 
SU's Decorative dots folder to represent the base and
coloured with distressed ink to make them look worn.

I puched holes in the bases and threaded the 
washi  tape straps through and then 
decorated with embellishments in  my stash.
Butterflies were cut from a satin strip.

I also cut out  more white card to make the
bottoms and used distress ink to age.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #144 Anything but a card.
Fantastic Tuesday #96 Anything goes/make it feminine.
Tuesday Throwdown #255 Summer fun
Deep Ocean Challenge #109 Summer fun.
Fussy and Fancy #144 Things with wings.
All Sorts Challenge #321 Add a butterfly
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #187 Use up your snippets (cardboard, flowers)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit. A/goes altered art.
Recycle,Repurpose, Re-invent # Anyhing goes but must recycle. (corrugated card)
Lets Craft and Create #103 Butterflies or birds.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Let It Snow.

Time once again for the girls to show
their makes for the Christmas Card Club.
The theme this time set by Christine is
'Let It Snow'
Another delve into my used Christmas cards stack
produced this card front.
Loads of the white stuff on here.
To me this was just begging to be made  into a
Shaker Card.
At this point I should really tell you that me and
'Micro beads' do not get along!!
So,  many remakes later here is the card I made.
I used an EF by Crafts -Too called 'Spots' 
on a sheet of white card and then used my new 
Xcut Shape Cutter System  for
Rectangle and Square Tracks which
I found quite easy to use once I had mastered 
the technique of turning corners. 
I cut the card down to fit behind the frame
and used 3D oblong pads cut into strips to make 
the casing to contain the micro beads.
(Those little perishers have a mind of their own).
I used a piece of acetate for the window and pearls
from my stash.
The sentiment was cut from another card front.
A blank card base was covered in coloured card stock
to match the Fawn and the whole of the shaker element
was attached to the front.
Entering into the following challenges:
Rudolph Day # Make a Christmas related item.
Crafty Boots #Christmas in July.
Tuesday Throwdown #254 Christmas in July.
Scrap-Creations # Christmas in July.
Papertake Weekly # Build it up.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #237  Christmas in July.
Wags and Whiskers  #159 Recycle.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #187 Use up your snippets (acetate, Christmas card front).
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes Christmas.
Deep Ocean Challenge #108 Christmas in July.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas In July

It has been total Mayhem in our house all week
Everybody has been roped into help!
True we did actually know we had this job
to do back in January but then only 3 were needed.
Now it's 6 eek!
I will let the photo's do most of the talking.

Sammy is in charge.

Right boys lets get started.

I have all the pieces worked out and written down.

Are you sure you've worked it all out correctly Sammy?
My teacher says we have a bright one here.
(Erm I don't think there was a 'B' on the report I saw from school!!)

Careful Norm, those sissors are very sharp.

Right that's all the cutting out done.
Lets get started.

Ok. when I hit it

 Sew like mad!!

1 Elf down

5 more to go.

In case your left wondering. 
The exact body parts needed for 6 elves was 144.
(ask me how I know!)

 After all that hard work, entering into the following challenges:
The Crafter's Cafe #126 Christmas in July.
Crimbo Cracker's #85 Something Cute.
Pile It On #78 Christmas /winter in July.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #186 Use up your snippets. (bits of fur fabric for the wigs.)
Live and Love Crafts #37 Christmas in July.
CreativeLadybirds Creations  #5 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #28 Anything goes (no cards).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Oriental Beauty

It's the second week of my Butterfly Challenge

Talisman =  a species of charm engraved on metal or stone to which wonderful effects are ascribed

Here is my inspiration card for you.

I had a tag that I'd made ages ago
that I had decided to dismantle to reuse the picture on it.

This left me with a pile of left over  bits on my desk
and whilst looking through my stack of
used christmas cards for Sundays Post
I noticed this Geyser girl card front.
(The Doc had a lot of  Japanese contacts from work
and they sent christmas cards each year
which I had kept for the pretty pictures)
I remembered that I had an Oriental talisman/charm
in my stash so along with the bits on my desk this card was born.

I trimmed the picture down to fit the size of card used
and backed with blue card stock to match her kimono.
The piece of calico and lace were from the dismantled tag.
Butterflies are cut from gold card using SU's  Beautiful Wings
and were a prezzie from my good blogging buddy Di.
Thankyou Miss!
Entering into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #136 Anything goes.
Craft Your  Passion #271 Anything goes.
Mod Squad Challenges # The wing's the thing.
Fab 'n' Funky  #269 No patterned Paper.
Incy Wincy Designs #Things With Wings.
Inspiration Destination #43 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #2 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #186 Use up your snippets (Recycled old tag).
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #14 Anything goes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fruits of Summer

We have another challenge for you

The sponsor this time is

I have used this cute image
'Caren Chardonnay'
to make my card.

I have coloured her using my promarkers
and a gold gel pen.
Frame is made using Spellbinders
A2 Floral Ribbon Threader die
and red card stock.
Card blank is a fancy edged card.
I used my  Martha Stewart Ribbon Edge  Cutter
to make the holes down the side of the card
to threadle the red spotty ribbon through
and create a bow.

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. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet #116 Anything goes.
Night Shift Stamping # Use your cutter (hand punch/cutting dies)
Sister Act #115 Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin # No Designer Paper
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #186 Use up your snippets (Red card from wrongly folded card)
Love to Scrap #58 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a stamp or digi.
Crafty Time #3 Punches or dies.
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes+ Ribbon.
Creative Ladybirds #5 Anything goes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Edwardian Charm.

Every so often my computer does a mahoosvie
upgrade which normally either happens in the background
or as you close down but not this time oh no.
It decided to shut down all my programs last night 
just when I was trying to get my scheduled posts 
and Mr Linky up and running along with this post 
so I had to give up and leave the computer to it!
Thankfully everything seems to be in order this morning.

So somewhat late is my inspiration for 
my current  Butterfly challenge.

Talisman =  a species of charm engraved on metal or stone to which wonderful effects are ascribed.

Originally the card was going to be in yellows
but when I was sorting through my papers I caught sight of this one
and it went so well with the little charm I had already 
picked to use.
Papers are by Raspberry Road which I distressed around the edges.
I really went to town on the distressing gadget and had a ripping time
as it were. 
Flowers are by Little Birdie 'Boutique Elements'.
Centres are glass lucite flowers that I have had for ages.
Felt spray by Artemio.
I raided my stash for the ribbon, lace, charm and gems.
The butterflies are Fly stickers.
I put loads of these into my Goodie bags but never
think to use any for myself. 
I had enough of the papers left to decorate the
inside plus another butterfly.
Sentiment is by Woodware. 

Just once in a while I'm pleased with a card .
I'm really pleased with this one!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Simon Says (Mon) # Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #25 Anything goes.
Fab 'n' Funky # flower delights.
Inspiration Destination #42 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #236 Anything goes.
The Sisterhood of Crafters # Happy birthday.
Wags and Whiskers #158 Birthday.
Card Mania #70 Anything goes.
Lets Craft and Create #103 Butterflies or birds.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Festive Trees.

I had a rush job
 (well Ok I knew about it back in January when July was ages away!)
which needed to be finished and delivered by this weekend
so my entry with the girls in 
The Christmas Card Club is a wee bit late.
The latest theme was set by Granmargaret
'Christmas Trees'
I have resorted to the LOTV Art pad 
Set 14 'Festive Foilage' again  and made
another 3 cards up.
(I felt a bit miserly only putting one late one in)

Th first card uses a new shape 
'Corner Flip  Fold Card'
which I found several tutorials for on You Tube
and adapted to make my own  style.
I used a green card blank and cut the fold
using my Fiskars trimmer.
Cut and layered up using red and white card stock.
Gold christmas sticker from stash.

 2nd card was made using 3 separate  die cuts 
which I then hinged together.
I have called this a 'Die cut Fun Fold.'
Die used is Xcut Rectangle Parenthesis.
I used the next size down to cut the image and create
the side panels with the next size down again on the sides
which you can see a bit clearer in the picture below.
Gold sentiment stickers from stash.

3rd card uses the shape 
'Zig Zag Double Fold'
I used a green card blank to make the card base shape.

I used read card stock to cut the layered panels.
The celtic stickers  were in my stash.
The sheet they were on just said Goldlabel - 617 Layers
so I don't know who made them. 
Here is the card opened up to reveal the last tree.
Gold stickers from stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Crafter's Cafe #124 More than 3 folds.
Creative Fingers #87 Anything goes.
Sister Act #114 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #87 Get ahead for Christmas.
Quirky Crafts #14 Christmas in July.
Crafty Calendar # Christmas in July.
Crafty Time #3 Punches or Dies ( Xcut die used on 2nd card above.)
Card Mania #70 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes Christmas

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


It's the 2nd week of my Butterfly challenge
Here is another  card I have made for your inspiration.

I have used cream cardstock for the base card.
Layered orange card on top and then matted
the design paper on top. 
Paper is by Kate Knight from her Spring Fling stack.
I chose to use this paper as I had a packet of gems in my stash
which I knew would  be perfect for the flower centres.
Butterfly is a foil topper by Dufex again from my stash
along with the gold sentiment sticker.

Entering into the following challenges:
Lets Craft and Create #103 Butterflies or birds.
Papertake Weekly # Anything goes.
Clear It Out Challenges # Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #235 Anything goes.
Mod Squad Challenge # Fast and easy.
Inspiration Destination #41 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #25 Anything goes.

Monday, July 06, 2015


We have another  challenge for you

The sponsor this time is

We got to choose a digital image to play with 
and my choice was this lovely
Flower Frame.

I have coloured the image using  promarkers 
in shades of orange and peach for the flowers
. Then lightly dusted with matching Pearlescent  chalks.
I went over the outline of the image using a silver gel pen.
I cut the inside of the frameaway before colouring and
 layered up two of the flowers using  toning brads for the centres

I hunted through my paper stash for design paper 
for a paper to compliment the flowers and found this 
one which is by Raspberry Road.
I put it with a toning peach plain card and layered up 
behind the image using more brads.
The sentiment is a Brittania word die
which I cut out 3 times and adhered together to give
a raised 3D effect inside of the frame .
Card shape is a tent fold card
 which makes it perfect for standing up. 

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. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights #46 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #5 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a stamp or digi anywhere on your project.
Crafting Musketeers #27 Anything goes.
Card Mania #70 Anything goes.
Catch The Bug # Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #87 Anything goes/ make it floral.
Lil Patch Of  Crafty Friends #13 Anything goes.
Use Your Stuff #200 Anything goes.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

It's a Gem!

It's a new challenge over at my
so here is my Inspiration card
to show you.

The blank base card was given to me by my
good blogging buddy Di.
The Butterfly wings came from another 
blogging friend Gail in a recent swap package.

The wings have such vibrant colours on them
that I matched up some gems from my stash
and embellished both the butterfly and the card.
Gold foil sentiment also  came from my stash.

Challenge runs for the next fortnight
so hope you can find some Gems
and flutter by.
Entering into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge # J is for jewels.
The Pink  Elephant #305 Anything goes.
Crafty Cardmakers #141 Add a sentiment.
Through the Craft Room Door # anything goes.
Everybody Art #331 Clean and simple.