Monday, August 31, 2015

Bubble Bath.

We have another  challenge for you this week
The sponsors this time are 



My first card uses an image from 
The Stamping Boutique
'Bubble Bath'
I have created an Easel Card Design.
The image is coloured with promarkers and silver gel pen.
I have used an Xcut die  'Ornate Frame' to cut the image out.
I then cut a larger frame in backing card and used an EF
'Spots' by Crafts - Too.
I generated the sentiments
Pamper Yourself
and Happiness is a long Hot bubble Bath
in word  and cut using 
SU's punches  Modern  Lable and Decorative Lable
Spotty ribbon came from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Clear It Out Challenges # Fancy folds /diecuts/pnches.
Simon Says Wednesdays # Anything goes.
I love Promarkers #283 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #111 Diecuts /punches.
Sparkles #71 More than one fold.
Crafty Girlz #5 Anything goes or lazy days.
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes with ribbon.
Get Creative Challenges #22 No printed paper.

My second card uses  an image called
'Isabelle Hat Lady'  from
Sparkle and Sprinkle.

The image is coloured using Copic pens 
and pearlescent chalks.
Base card is pink card stock.
The aperture was made using X Cut nesting oval
cut from grey cardstock.
I placed a  piece of pink sparkle textured fabric.
between the die cut frame and the coloured image.
I bought some sheets years ago and still have some 
in my stash. I found the link for where I bought mine.
Flowers were in my stash and the sentiment is a
Daisy and Dandelion outline sticker in silver.
Entering into the following challenges:
My Time To Craft #303 Flowers.
Chocolate Coffee & Cards #98 Use a sentiment.
Creative Knockouts #104 Anything goes.

Robin Red Breast.

I was sat here late  yesterday  thinking it's still August
so plenty of time for Rudolph Day!
Erm  actually no there isn't.
Panic ye not I thought.
Scrap the card idea I was going to make 
and resort to my trusty pile of used Christmas cards.
I found  two card fronts that were 
fairly similar in design 
so in for a penny in for a pound.
I spent this morning spudling with  different 
card bases and papers and then had a light bulb moment.
I have a love hate relationship with acetate.
At the moment I love it so out it came 
and here are the two resulting cards.

I cut most of the front of the base cards away 
and replaced with a sheet of acetate.
Old christmas card  fronts were trimmed down 
and attached to the front of the cards.

The inside of each front acetate sheet was
neatened up (to hide the d.s tape) with 
the same  design papers as back of card.
Berry paper by Kaiser craft.
Striped paper by Dovercraft.
Both from Christmas Collection  6"x 6" pads

By this time the Bigshot, Scor-pal and paper  trimmer
were on the floor and the christmas paper
strewn all on my desk  along with the book
showing the card design  I was orginally going to make.
As it was raining outside (so no gardening) and I still had 
a bee in my bonnet about it I decided
to go ahead and revert to plan A. to make 
An Iris folded Robin!!!!

I used  SU's Decorative Dots E.F. on the green card
after carefully cutting the robin shape out with a craft knife.
Design is from 460 Iris Folded Cards To Make
by Maruscha Gaasenbeek & Tine Beauveser.
I have no idea why the camera decided to go pink on me
as I took all the cards at the same time.
The robin has a nice domed quilted feel to it.
Sentiment is silver craft sticker.
Using the acetate for the front meant I could
hide all the strips of paper neatly away
behind the backing card.
Entering this card only into the following challenges:
Rudolph Day # Anything goes Christmas.
A snowflakes Promise #4 Must have a christmas /winter theme.
Crafty Gals Corner #35 Lots of layers.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #192 Use up your snippets (oddments of design paper).
Christmas Card Challenge #39 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Christmas only

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gatefold Archway card.

I'm back to show you some more
inspiration for my  Butterfly Challenge

Don't have a stamp or a die cut to use?

How about you cut your own shape!
I made a simple Gatefold from cardstock
Mine measured 11" x 5.75"
I measured 1/4 in from each end to create the folds.

I drew a simple arch shape onto stiff card
and used this as my template to cut away
the edges that met in the middle of the card.
You can see the resulting card below.

I used papers that were still out on my desk 
which were freebies from Making Cards Magazine.
The plain purple and floral design are from the 
'Pretty Ponies' range of papers.
I distressed the floral papers using my handy T.H. gadget.
Butterfly is made from shrink plastic
coloured with promarkers and then covered
with glossy accents.
I love making these as no two will ever be the same.
I tend to make them up in batches so I always have some 
to hand for embellishments .

I cut a smaller archway in white card and coloured
 the edges with  a purple ink pad to match.
Sentiment and candles are by Papermania
'Glitterations' stickers.

 Yellow flowers from my stash.
See I told you it was simples!!
Stop by again on Wednesday for more inspiration
using an Embossing Folder.
Entering into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs # Birthday wishes.
Tuesday Taggers # Sending you flowers.
Creative Moments #75 Anything goes/fancy folds
Southern Girls #118 Flower Power.
Creative Fingers #90 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #103 Anything goes.
Fussy and Fancy #146 Birthdays.
Crafting With Friends #5 Anything goes.
Hiding In My Craft Room #214 Free Style.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #192 Use Your snippets (white card for archway)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Flight of The Butterflies.

Running spectacularly late. 
 I had a photo malfunction last night 
and after staying  up till  5.30am sorting it 
 gave up and went off  to bed.
Finally here is todays post.
It's time for a new challenge  over at
my Butterfly Challenge.

You can form  your arch from flowers or maybe you  have a stamp/die cut  with an archway, A corner die cut makes a perfect arch when two are placed together to make the curve at the top. You are free to use what other embellishments you would like + your Butterfly of course.  (Even an archway made from lots of little butterflies). 
Here is my inspiration card for you.

Digi image is by Britishisleartworks
called 'Gothic Garden Arches Antique Illustation'
which I found on Etsy.
I coloured with my promarkers and just a little
pearlescent chalk around the aperture edging.
I die cut the aperture to the front of the card
using by Sizzix  Scallop Crescent Tag die 656342.

You can see better in this picture that I have
backed with acetate and adhered the 
Best Wishes sentiment to the  front of  it
which is showing through the die cut.
The butterflys are fly stickers and they 
have been adhered across the top 
of the archway as if in flight.

The digi image has been attached to the inside 
of the card.

I have upped the ante on this challenge
but I'm sure you will all come up trumps.
I will post some more inspirations for you 
later in the week so please be sure to call back.
I promise you they will not be dificult.
(Now would I lie to you!!!)
Entering in to the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #138 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #146 No patterned papers.
Love To Scrap #60 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #28 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #48 Anything goes.
Fab 'n'Funky #270 Things with Wings.
Sister Act #120 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty #16 Anything goes.
Aurora Wings #17 Anything With Wings.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #1 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #276 Anything goes.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Time once more for the girls in the 
Christmas Card Club to show our makes.
The theme was chosen by Carol and is
Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
For me this meant having another rummage
in my used Christmas card pile for s suitable image.
I found this one with Santa Claus in his sleigh
flying over the  sleeping townsfolk. 
Well it would have been if I hadn't
had the bright idea of making a 
Recessed Window card and also
covering the entire front with strips 
of holographic sticky tape and then 
the inside to neaten up as well!!
The tutorial to make this card is from
and explains each step clearly.

Finished card doesn't show it but 
there is a fair  amount of cutting and folding
to do  and in my case an awful lot of 
sticking too.

This is the inside of the front cover.

Side view of card showing 
the recessed window.
After all  that sticking I just added
an Anita's self adhesive sentiment
and called it a day (well night actually!)

Entering into the following challenges. Well it would be rude not to:
A Snow Flakes Promise #3 Must have a winter theme.
Tis the Season #49 It's hip to be square.
Sparkles Christmas challenge #55 No Designer Papers.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Christmas cards only.
Alphabet Challenge # N= No Design Paper.
Crafting With Friends #4 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #92 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #191 Use your snippets. (a half used roll of tape from yrs ago)
Crafting By Designs. Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #6  Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #47 Anything goes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Washi Tape Pegs

It's the last week of my Butterfly challenge

Both Kitty and I have some more 
inspirational makes for you.

First up here is Kitty's card for you.
I'm not quite sure how the background  has 
been created so I will be hot footing it 
over to Kitty's blog to find  out the full details.

I'm so loving these colours together.
Thankyou Kitty for providing the extra makes
for this 4 week  challenge.

Now unlike Kitty I only had 2 reels of Washi  Tape
to play with so I was a bit limited in what to make
for my last piece until I hit on the idea of using pegs.

So here are my Fridge magnet Washi Tape butterfly pegs.
(Thank goodness for washdays).

Iv'e gone back to the pink/blue spotty tape 
I used to make the flip flops with  and simply dismantled 
two large wooden clothes pegs and stuck the washi tape to
one side. The other side has a strip of black magnetic 
tape adhered along its length.
I then re assembled the pegs and adhered 
some dimensional  butterfly stickers
  (two per peg)
from Anita's Pink and Blue Sets.

They are lovely and shimmery
 when the light catches their wings.

Hope to see you for the last week of  my challenge.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Birdhouse and Vines

We have another challenge for you

The sponsor this time is 

I have used this image
'Birdhouse and Vines'
and tried to convey an' Edwardian Lady'  style card.

The backing paper is by Raspberry Road.
I have coloured the image  using promarkers 
and silver gel pen.
The hessian embellishments, lace and square pearls are from The Works.
The bead trim  came from a local market stall, gems from my stash.

The ovals were cut using an Xcut die set.
I  had just enough of the paper over to trim inside 
with more lace and a hessian butterfly.
Stamp is by Crafty Individuals and one of my favourites.

As always the challenge is anything goes.
Please pop over to the blog and see what 
my team mates have created just for you. 
You have a week in which to enter
and we would be delighted to see you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Washi Tape Dreams

We are half way the 4 week challenge for my
Here are  some more inspiration cards for you
from myself and my Guest Designer for the month

Here is Kitty's card for you.

Very Striking in Black / White.
Please pop on over to Kitty's blog for more info.
You won't be disappointed.

Here is my inspiration.
I started off with a blank card and just stuck
rows of butterfly washi tape to entirely cover.
I like the random look it has given.

I used Memory Box  'Terrace Butterfly '
to cut an aperture from the card.
I matted pink card stock onto the base card
and then from another sheet of white card
die cut the same butterfly again.
I used the white butterfly as an inset  
and raised the cut out card of butterflies 
up on 3D blocks.

The sentiment is from Sheena Douglass
'A Little Bit Sketchy Butterfly Effect'
stamp set which I have stamped and then 
cut out using SU's  Curly label punch.
I coloured the word Butterfly very lightly 
with a different promarker pen for each letter
to match the butterflies. 
It shows up really well IRL.

For my second card I simply used the washi tape
butterfly as the insert having used the die cut at 
an angle when cutting out the white butterfly.
A strip of the same washi tape across the bottom
was I felt, all the card needed.
I matted onto turquoise card stock and the sentiment
is from Creative Expressions 'Wings' Stamp set
which I raised up on 3D pads.

I hope Kitty and I have given you some ideas
for you to flutterby and join in. 

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Christmas Layers.

Time once again for the girls to show
their makes for the Christmas Card Club.
The theme set by Lorraine is
Lots of Layers.

I have used an LOTV pre coloured image
from their Set14 Festive Foilage.
I have dug into Kaisercraft's
Christmas Collections  6" pack
and chosen 5 of the papers to layer
up randomly on the front of the base card.
An old christmas decoration from years gone by
and a gold foil sticker greeting 
finishes the look.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Anniversary Wishes.

It's our wedding anniversary today
and this is the card I made for The Doc.
The digi is from Bugaboo  and is called
'Make it Snappy - Congratulations.'
As soon as Isaw it I knew I had to get it 
for The Doc's card.
Remember the good old days when a camera had film
in it which  you had to take all the photos on and 
then send away to be developed?
The doc had a mate who when ever he offered to take a photo
would inevitably cut the heads off the people in the snap shot.
Course you wouldn't find this out till long after the event when the 
film cam back  from being developed!
I thought this image would bring back happy memories.
Needless to say we had a professional photographer
for our WeddingDay!! 

I have chosen to make another Easel card
mainly because it won't then  fall off the shelf it will be standing on!
Image is coloured with Promarkers and 
Pearlescent chalks.

Sentiment is a black plastic peel off and yes the 3 dots
were part of the sticker. I peeled them off and stuck them
down using a lot of  choice vocabulary and tip of a pin!

Side view of the easel section.
The black plastic  peel off edging on the placard holding 
the easel in place I decided to ADD after I had stuck everything 
else down. will I ever learn!! 
And no I won't be telling you what the GP stands for either.
Curiosity killed the cat you know!

The doc and I will be going out to a very nice 
Fish Restaurant later  for lunch.
We went there last year only to find it was closed on Thursdays
so  hoping being as it is a Friday this yr we will be in luck.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Butterfly Ephemera

We have another challenge for you

The sponsor this time is

I was over the moon (excuse the pun)
when I saw the selection of images we had been given 
to choose from.
I was in Butterfly Paradise!!
I was flying by the seat of my pants 
to get this card made in time and literally
anything that was not already glued down 
on my desk went onto the card.
The backing paper was a sheet of Prima Botancial Collection
still lying on my desk from another project.
The base card was coloured round the edges 
using Forest Green distress ink.
I trimmed the images down  and distressed 
the edges with Vintage Photo and then distressed
further with  my distressing gadget.
(darn clever these little gadgets are too).
I then layered these up and added bits and bobs of
lace, string,ribbon, rope, button and an odd
Fly Sticker Butterfly that I trimmed down.

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. 

Sunday, August 02, 2015

In Memory of Julie

I thought long and hard 
about whether to post this card 
as it cannot now be for the intended occasion
but I have  decided to do so as a tribute to our 
lovely friend and Godmother to Fluff
who sadly lost her life to Motor Neuron Disease on
18th July 2015.
This was to have been Julie  and Brian's
40th Wedding Anniversary today and though
we had given the card to them early Julie never saw it.
A life so cruelly taken.

For you Julie.