Sunday, January 31, 2016

Glittered Candles

It's the 1st Rudolph Challenge of the Yr
but before I show you my card 
Maureen had asked on a previous post on her blog
how to prevent a tent fold card from pulling open
with the weight of extra layers on the front .

Here is my solution to the problem.
I will show you using a ready made card base 
and also if making your own from cardstock
as the method for the folds is slightly different.

Using a ready purchased blank card.
Here I have used a 6"x 6" card.
You will end up with a finished card size of  6"x 4.5"

Trim back of card to 5.5" and score at 4.5"

Leave front of card at 6" and score at  4.5" & 5.5"

Mountain and valley fold as shown here.

Adhere d.s. tape to the 1" fold and peel  back 
a third of the backing strip 

Line up with the .5" fold and adhere.

You will now have a tent fold that will stay
in the same position . 
Instead of using the inside of card for greeting 
you can use the back.

Using Card stock.
Trim cardstock to 6" x 11.5".
Score at 4.5", 9", 10" & 11"

Mountain and valley fold as shown here.

Adhere d.s. tape to the .5" fold and peel  back 

a third of the backing strip 

Line up with the back of card and adhere.

You now have a tent fold to decorate as you wish
which will stay standing.

Finally here are the two cards that I made from above.

I have used sheets of heavy  glitter paper in 5 colours
and die cut  'Glowing Candles'  by Memory Box
from 3 of them and then mixed and matched 
piecing back together in a different  colourway
for each card.

Sentiments are by Britannia dies .
Even though I have  layered up several sheets of the  glitter paper
to the front of the cards they still stay up without sliding down.

Entering the 1st card only into the following challenges:
Scraps of Life By Scrappy Mo. 1st Rudolph day challenge.
A Snowflakes Promise #15 christmas /winter theme.
Crimbo Crackers #99 Anything goes.
Jingle Belles # Bling on the holiday.
Crafty Hazelnut's #266 Anything goes.
Fab'n' Funky #289 Christmas.
Crafting With Friends #13 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #214 Use your snippets.(used the infills from the fall outs)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Birthday To Me!

I blinked and now my blog is 6yrs old today!
Doesn't time fly when your having Crafty Fun.
I thought it might be  rather fun to go back to 2010
and pick one of  my first posts to re show to you.
So here is my blast from the past
Turkish Delight.

A five-sided silk embroidered box.

Made from real silk material
which at the time was nearly 40yrs old.

I had a look in my material stash
the other day and found I still had a piece
of the silk left.
Also pleased to say that the lady who now owns this
is still one of my followers!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Acetate Again!

It is  a new Theme
#47 Butterflies + O is for Over the Edge
  (so edge cut on project to overhang or the overhang method when cutting a die when the image goes over the edge as on a circle die).
#47 Butterflies + U is for Undulating
(so image or embellishment on  either wires or acetate strip so that it moves on the card.)
It 's a double billing as we are down
to the last two letters of the current Alphabet theme.
My Inspiration card is to show you
what I made using acetate to make the movement.
No acetate on the front this time!
The surprise is on the inside.

When you open up the card you find
this array of butterflies bobbing around!
They are all attached to separate strips
of acetate which are secured behind
the die cut flower border and  sandwiched
between the front and back fold of the base.

The die cut  flower border
is  Craft Essentials
Meadow border - DIOB0079
which I have coloured with my Graph'it Markers.
The butterflies are all pre cut on a printed sheet
called 'Shabby Chic' by Studiolight.
I used pink, green and blue cardstock for the base card.
Sentiment is a textured sticker from my stash.
Acetate strips were all left over snippets.
Design paper snippet and gems from my stash also.

Next week I will show you a card using wire!

Hope you will play along with the new challenge.
Remember you can use either of the themes to enter.
Jenny has made  a pretty tissue box for the
Over the Edge Theme.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #213 Use your snippets.
2 Creative Chicks #6  Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #296 Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #147 Anything goes + a sentiment.
Crafty Gal's Corner #56 Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #38 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #70 Anything goes.
Little Red Waggon #70 They say it's your Birthday.
Penny's Paper Crafty #262 Celebration.
Creative Card Crew  #105 Anything goes.

Monday, January 25, 2016

All The blues

Another  Football themed card.
This time for our Grandsons other Granddad
whose Birthday it was last week.
Again I made the card in his local teams colours.

The sentiment is a large word stamp by Woodware.
I started off wih a large offcut of  white card stock
and glued different widths of snippets of design paper across
the card to fill.
Football paper is a digi by 
'Print Fun Factory' a shop on Etsy.

I used bright blue cardstock  for the base
and adhered the football design paper to the front
having first stamped the clear stamp onto it
so that I knew the wording would be centered.
I then stamped again onto the card of glued down stripes
and fussy cut out each letter separately. Some I had to stamp 
more than once as the letters overlap. 
I then proceeded to glue onto the stamped image making 
sure I had the correct letters overlapping each other .
I can't deny it wasn't fiddly but the finished result was worth it.
Happy Birthday spelt out in his teams colours.!

I then found as I had made the card a non standard size
I had no envelope to fit it so had to make one
which I decorated with some strips of the football paper
on  the front and on the inside flap.

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #296 Anything goes.
Always Playing with Paper #58 Masculine cards.
Crafty Creations #307 Paper piecing.
Art Impressions #176 Paper piecing.
Creative Fingers #101 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #213 Use your snippets.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sleigh Time.

It is already the #2 challenge
over with the girls in the Christmas Card Club .
Maureen has chosen today's theme
I have kept to my new  resolution to use
1 used christmas card front and 
 a stamp/supplies from my stash 
for the 2nd one. 

I used Red card stock  to make the base card
which has a small flap folded up inside the card.
I found this enchanting sleigh  in my  used card stash
Card front cut out using my Xcut Square Parenthesis dies.
I went round the edge of the red insert and paper pierced 
for added interest.

Papers are digi ones from Nit Wits
using their 'Christmas Too' collection
and ' Believe Too' collection.
I paper pierced around the blue insert too
but it is hard to see the lighting was so poor.
Ribbon from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots # Use ribbon or lace.
A Snowflakes Promise #14 Christmas.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #347 Christmas 
Alphabet Challenge # X = Xtra fold.
Crafty  Hazelnut's  Extra # Anything goes christmas.

Then I had a thorough look in my 
Christmas stamp box and luckily found this gem.
By Papermania 
Urban Stamps 'Noel' 8 piece set.
I coloured using my Promarkers and a gold gel pen .

I used green card stock for the base this time
and used the same flap design but turned it upright.
Scalloped edges were die cut using Crafts-Too
Square dies PCD77.

The sentiment and Santa were  in the  stamp set
so I used them on the inside of the card.

Digi paper by Nitwits 'Fleur'
form the Simple Joys Too collection.

Close up of Santa cos I'm pleased how he turned out!
Entering into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers #98 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #265 Use a Sentiment.
Scrapping 4 Fun #58 Anything goes,
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #212 Use your snippets. (oddment of card for stamping).
Shopping Our Stash #235  3,2,1. ( 3 die cut squares, 2 coloured images, 1 design paper).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

More Inking.

Well goodness me you all seem 
to be having an Inky time over  at
40 entries already with another week still  to play.
Here is some more inspiration .

I have been taking an online
Stamping Colour Techniques class
by Laura Bassen
and this is a technique using masking tape.
I've used different colours and added the butterfly
to my card.
This is very CAS for me and out of my comfort zone. 
I really wanted the butterfly to be 2 of the band
colours but didn't want to make a fussy cut 
addition to the card so in the end I came up with
inking a circle onto the card just large enough to take
the stamp which is by Stamplorations  from their
Artful Flutters set.
Colours were created using Versa Magic Dew Drops
in  Wheat, Pink Petunia & Perfect Plumeria.
Wording was from Stamplorations 
'Trendy Butterflies'
The black dots were punched from a snippet 
of shinny black sticky plastic.
Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #295 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #69 Anything goes,
Addicted To Stamps #177 Make your mark.
Sweet Stampin # Things with wings.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #212 Use your snippets.
Stamplorations #  CAS Anything goes.

My 2nd Inspiration card
has me tackling another Nemesis
namely my Brayer!

I used a selection of inks to create
the brayered background, a masked 
circle to make the moon and torn paper
to create the hills.
Stamps used are  from
Lavinia stamps  'Butterrflies'
Woodware 'Plant and Meadow - mini'
I adhered the panel to  a digi paper
from Pink Petticoat called 'Biscotti'
which matched my moon perfectly.
Base card was made using blue cardstock.

Entering into the following challenges:
Love  To Scrap #70 Anything goes.
Tuesday Taggers # Silhouettes.
That Craft Place #Anything goes.
Southern Girls # Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks #6 Anything goes.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cat Nap

Time for another challenge over at 
Crafting From The Heart
The sponsor for this week

I chose to work with this  image called
'Nap Time'

The Doc's Aunt has a Ginger Tom
who seems to spend more of his time in her house
than in his own !
Aunty Eileen always insists that she doesn't
actually feed  him just a few nibbles put down in case he
gets pekish!!

So when I saw this image I just  knew exactly how to colour
it in and who the card would be going to.

Back with the acetate card front which I have 
perfected a way of enclosing without showing any
tape marks. 

Image has been coloured using my Copic pens
(they are growing on me) and a gold gel pen
to create the tabby markings. 

I created a pocket fold on the inside of the back
of the card to hold the thankyou  note.
Orange /yellow and green cardstock to make the 
card base from my stash along with the 
gold sticker embellishments.

The theme is Anything Goes as usual
and we would love to see you enter 
your projects .

Entering into the following challenges:
Where The HeART Is #5 Anything goes,
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes,
2 Creative Chicks #6 Anything goes.
Lets Craft & Create #109 Layer it up.
A Bit More Time To Craft  #12 Anything goes
Crafting With Friends #12 Anything goes,
Wags And Whiskers #169 Anything goes,

Friday, January 15, 2016

Football Mad

Our other grandson had his Birthday
on 24th December
and this is the card I made for him. 
He is football mad so I managed to find 
this footballer image by 'Pink Gem'
which I have coloured in using the new
2016 strip for his local team!

I found the foottball papers on Etsy by 
'Betsy Rainbow.'

I coloured the digi using promarkers.
 8 is  from a sheet of black glossy numbers and 
the sentiment is  black plastic stickers from my stash.
I used blue card stock to make the card tent style.

His other Granddad has his Birthday next week 
so I will be making another football themed card shortly!

Entering into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Tuesday Taggers # Letters & numbers.
Fab 'n' Funky #287 For a child.
Create and Inspire  #37 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #68 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #260 Anything goes.
Little Miss Muffet #129 Anything goes,
Creative Knockouts #124 For a child.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I is for Inking.

It is  a new Theme
over at my Butterfly Challenge
 I would like to see coloured inking somewhere on your project.
ie. Stamped image inked using coloured inks, or an inked background or distress inks/markers to colour your image.

Here are my inspiration cards for you.

The 1st one  uses a stamp set by 
Imagination Crafts.
It has stamps which are both outline and solid infill
This enables you to build up a stamped image  using different 
coloured ink pads for each stage of the stamping.
I first stamped the flower out using 
distress ink in 'Peeled Paint'.The outline stamp of the 
flower heads and buds was used next . I coloured 
with  Versa Magic  'Perfect Plumeria' and lastly
the infill stamp using Versa Magic 'Pink Petunia.
The sentiment came in the same set.
Then I had a mishap. 
I used the small butterfly infill
stamp to stamp off 2 small butterflies at the top of the flowers.
They looked awful  and ruined the card 
so I had a hunt through my other
butterfly stamps and found a Clearly Besotted 
'Elegant Butterflies stamp which just about 
covered the mess up.  I stamped onto a scrap 
of the same white card and layered up using 1st green
then plumeria and lastly petunia just overstamping 
lightly with each colour.  Fussy cut out and then drew
round the stamp again. Fussy cut to give a slightly
larger image and inked up with the green.
I layered the white card up with  pink and dark pink
card stock from my stash that matched the inking 

Layered inside with the pink card stock
and another flower head that I fussy cut out
after inking up.
Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #294 Anything goes.
In The Pink #85 Anything goes,
Crafty Catz #306 Flowers.
2 Creative Chicks #6 Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin #  Flowers.
The Crafty Addicts #6 Anything goes/celebration.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Addicted To Stamps #176 Anything goes.

For my second card I have used Cardio stamps
 from ' Oriental Blossom Flower ' and 'Summer Wreath'.

I used a white card blank and cut a circle from 
the front of it using my X cut dies.
Having removed the inner circle I then closed the card
and drew very lightly round the aperture using a pencil.
This gave me the shape to start building up my wreath design.
I used  Distress ink 'Forest Moss' for the base and then 
Versa  Magic dew drops in Plumeria , Petunia and night sky
for the flowers. I stamped the butterflies one in each 
colour into the centre of the circle.

I die cut another circle front and repeated the same pattern
around the outside edge sandwiching  a piece of
acetate in between. Stamped off another 3 butterflies and fussy cut out.
these were applied to the front and raised up slightly with 3d pads.
Silver sticker sentiment from my stash.

Inside of the card and below the card closed to show
the sentiment but I caught the glare from  the camera
on the acetate. 

Do hope I have given you some ideas and hope to see you
play along.
Entering into the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations # anything goes with a die/s
The Crafter's Cafe #140 Square cards.
Creative Knockouts #123 Anything goes.
Where the HeART Is #5 Anything goes.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes,
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # Use your snippets( snippet of acetate).
Alphabet Challenge #W = window.
City Crafter #294 Butterfly, my butterfly.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Festive Food

It's the 1st meetup of the year
for the girls in the Christmas Card Club.
Margaret has started us off with the theme
'Festive Food'

Now over the past few years I have always
used my supply of used christmas card fronts up.
So you could be forgiven for thinking that I don't
actually own any  christmas  themed stamps, digi's, 
stencils, die cuts or punches but I do and they
never get used. Therefore my intention this year
 when I make a Christmas card
 is to  do one using up an old card front and
another breaking into my huge stack of unused supplies.

The only card front I had to fit the theme had glasses 
 of wine on it so when there is no food let them drink wine.
The Doc would endorse that idea whole heartedly!

My love /hate relationship with acetate is coming 
along in leaps and bounds. So much so that I'm 
in danger of running out of the darn stuff and need 
to get some more supplies in pronto!!
Card base uses green card stock that matches
the green glitter in the bauble perfectly.
Ribbon, gold sticker edging, sentiment
and the faux gems were from my stash.

Inside of card showing extra panel cut to hide
the d/s tape holding card in place on acetate front.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner #53 Anything goes.
Craft Rocket Challenges #6 Happy anything.
Brown Sugar #180 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #100 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #120 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #25 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #211 Use your snippets (cut down christmas card front).
Crimbo Crackers #97 anything goes christmas.
2 Creative Chicks #6 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #11 Anything goes.

For my 2nd card I delved into my supplies
and found this  'Gingerbread Scene'
digi set from Imagine That
bought way back in  Dec 2013.
I teamed it with another digi product
'Sweet Candy Canes'  paper from the 
Joyeux  Noel collection by Pink Petticoat.
I purchased this more recently end of  Dec 2015
just before they closed their shop.
Card shape is one I have used before but it is
one of my favourites a 
Joy Fold Card. 
I used  matching brown shimmer cardstock to make 
the base shapes. 

Half and then fully opened. 

You can't see them  in the picture but I used
small round magnetic discs to hold the card shut.
This was a tip I learnt from the  card class
I  did on line. They work a treat.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper -Crafty #259  More than one fold.
Polka Doodles #51 Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #57 Anything goes + use a digi.
That Craft Place # Anything goes.
ABC Christmas Challenge # A is for anything goes.
Jingle Belles #  Something old (Digi), Something new ( Design paper).
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes christmas cards.
Crafts Galore #  Anything goes.
Lets Craft & Create #109 Layer it up.