Sunday, April 29, 2018

Christmas Wreaths and Bunnies.

Still looking over my shoulder and checking my phone and emails for alerts coming in for any more hacking. Surely 3 times  in two weeks is enough . I have certainly had enough!!  It has completely drained me and left me not feeling much like blogging at all to be honest.
It is time though for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next  makes and Rita set the theme of Christmas Wreaths. I didn't feel like creating anything from my old christmas card stash but as I'm now woefully behind in my card numbers I had a look in my freebie christmas papers and found an assortment of wreaths so here they are made up into cards. Should have posted these this morning so apologies to Rita for being late but lighting was abysmal last night and not much better on today but needs must.

First 3 cards are all door wreaths which are by Hunkydory and a freebie paper set from Making Cards Dec 2015 called Traditional Christmas.

This first image had a black door and grey brick walling so was just crying out to have a black/white design paper added behind it. This was a Making Cards Freebie paper in their Christmas Papercraft Special 2017. I glued the paper door image onto a scrap of cardboard and when dry fussy cut along the die cut edge. Ran a gel marker pen around the outside  to soften the cut edge.  I made a card base from silver cardstock adhered the design paper and then attached the door image on top. The Noel sentiment was from the same printed sheet as the doors.

 I made the Second and Third door wreath cards  by again gluing the door image to cardboard and fussy cutting out. Again I ran a gel marker pen around the edges to soften.  This time I raised the door images up on 3D double sided tape for dimension. sentiments were from  more freebie papers. The red door has a digi design paper from Nitwits Christmas Too set  by Mary Fran called 'Square Russet' as the backing paper. The  green door uses a freebie paper from Making Cards Christmas Edition 2016 called 'Christmas Florals' as its backing paper.
 Next 3 cards are wreaths from a Making Cards Freebie magazine  Christmas Edition 2015.
Digi Design paper for this card is from Nitwits 'Christmas Linen Too' collection and called Stargreen.
The yellow tartan bow on this crd and the one below both cried out for a 'Moroccan  Gold card stock to be used with them.  The image and sentiment were glued to cardboard and then cut out and raised with 3D double sided tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from  a sheet in Making Cards Freebie Christmas Papercraft special 2017. 

On this next card I found the snippet of green cardstock in my odds box which I had previously die cut the scallop shape from and used on a previous project. It fitted the holly wreath image perfectly which I simply attached behind before  adhering to the digi design tartan paper from Nitwits 'Christmas Linen too' called appropriately 'Tartan Green'.  Sentiment was another freebie from the same papers above.  
 Last wreath card uses another digi paperr by Nitwits called 'Holly Red' from their Christmas Linen Too collection. Again glued  to cardboard but this time I rounded the edges with my Xcut Large corner chomper.  The sentiment is from another freebie sheet in the Making Cards Christmas Papercraft special 2017.

Now I was going to call it a day but suddenly realized April is a short month and I had not done a Rudolph  card or a card for a special challenge I had really wanted to enter earlier in the month which required a bunny to be on it. Whilst putting all the christmas papers away I spotted a Making Cards Freebie  November 2015 set of papers by Joanna Sheen/Susan Wheeler called 'Christmas in Holly Pond Hill'  so I quickly made up the next card to enter it into both of the challenges.
Card base is silver cardstock to which I adhered raspberry card to. The paper image is glued to cardboard and then cut to size. The sentiment is from the same set and given the same treatment . I raised the image and the sentiment up on 3D double sided tape for added dimension.  There were smaller images of the same picture in the set so I cut and adhered one on the inside of the card too.

Entering into the following challenges:
Scraps of Life By Scrappy Mo# April Rudolph challenge.
Crafty Nomad# It's a Bunny Hop. (Gail is celebrating her 50th Birthday).

I am slowly catching up with all your blogs and will be with you shortly.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

It never rains but pours!

Having just gotten over the mayhem caused by two different accounts being hacked and getting my computer checked over by a Malware Program one of the accounts was again hacked into last Saturday! I could have cried (in fact I did) as I only just had everything back up and running. My poor computer had to be subjected to having it's insides scrubbed and disinfected yet again and I only had it back on line late last night. It did establish though that the hack was not done from my computer and how it was actually done is still under investigation.  I'm now all behind and resorting to a card I made when I went on the foam flower workshop and not shown yet.
The card base is lustre card adhered to white card. Coloured slightly by using an ink pad and a dauber before adhering the Hobby Solution die cut 'Wavy HSFD015'. The leaves are Gerbera Die JNGD006 'from John next door which were cut in white foam and coloured with the same ink pad an dauber. The flowers were cut using Prescut Die 'PCD09 Flower #1' in two shades of flower foam by Leane Creatief and moulded with a hot iron to shape them. Stamens added to the centres of the flowers. I will add a sentiment when I decide what occasion to use the card for.

The #99 Butterfly challenge  is still running for a further fortnight and will now end on 8th May.
#100 will be a bumper edition to mark the special occasion.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Floral & Fauna Delight

Here is some more inspiration to show you for the current Butterfly Challenge
#99 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the Letter D which runs for another week.

First card uses  the colour Dirt (Brown) , Die cut and Butterflies. The  pre coloured image is by Hunkydory from their Little Book of 'Vintage Lace'.  The die cut element is the Stitched Rectangles Frame by Crafts-Too and the Dirt colour is the card base, also  the die cut frame. There is also some dark salmon and denim blue on the top butterfly.  I have used my favourite (acetate) to give the appearance of a picture frame and raised it up with 3D pads giving it dimension so I  used all the elements of the  wheel bar one. The gold sticker sentiments were from my stash.

Second Card uses the colour Denim Blue , Digi image  and Butterfly. I have used a stamp set by Studio light JBS 03 which I have coloured using my Marvy Le Plume II pens and a white gel marker.
I have used a white card to make the base card and adhered a rectangle of Denim blue card stock before attaching the  image. The sentiment is a  digi by Digi Stamp Boutique from their Birthday Mr Bear set. The sentiment is actually a lot bigger when it comes in the file but I resized it to fit the card front.(That's what I like about using digis as you can resize them and flip them over too to suit your needs.)

Third card uses all seven elements of the wheel just to show it can be done. 
1. Butterfly.  (Metal Embellishment.)
2. Dirt. (Dark brown cardstock and I have coloured the girls hair brown.)
3. Denim Blue.  (Ribbon bow, gems on butterfly and the sash on the girls dress.)
4. Dark salmon for the base card.
5. Dimension (digi image is raised up on 3D pads, bow and butterfly give added dimension.)
6. Die cut  (Scallop edge on brown card.)
7. Digi image is by A Day For Daisies 'Gathering flowers'.

I used my promarkers and graph'it pens to colour the image and then gave a light dusting of Pearlescent chalks over the top which doesn't show in the picture but gives a nice overall sheen under the light.  The die cut is a scallop edge die by Diesire and the sentiment is a rub on. Gems and butterfly from my stash. 

You have until  next Tuesday 24th to play along .

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

W is For.......

I'm still reeling from last weeks activities on line  and am really behind catching up on all your blogs and news. I will be round as soon as I can.
You will no doubt be relieved  to hear that (W)is the last letter of the alphabet that I enclosed animal jokes  in the cat cards that I send to my grandson. He is still receiving his cards but they now have something else enclosed to amuse him. All will be revealed in future cat cards that I show on here.
This one is a digi image by Just Inklined called 'Mojo'. I have coloured using a silver marker. The fringe is a variegated wool wound round several times and tied in a bow. Card base is the last of some card blanks I had in my stash. Sentiment is a topper that I also had in my stash.  I rounded both the card and the image  corners with by Xcut punch.

And now the bit I know your all dying to get to, the jokes but don't say I didn't warn you!!

Q.     Why did the wolf cross the road?

A.     He was chasing the chicken.

Q.     How can you tell which end of a Worm is which?

A.     Tickle it in the middle and see which end laughs.

Q.     Why do Walrus swim in salt water?

A.     Because pepper water makes them sneeze.

Q.     What do you call a Walrus in a small box?

A.     Stuck.

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #389 Cute Critters.
Get Creative #68 No Pattern Paper.
Sheepski Designs Challenges #13 Animal magic.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Christmas Greenery.

Well that was certainly the week that was. Two different accounts hacked on the same day but what a difference in the way both companies handled it . One was sorted in an evening the the other took me 3 days just to convince them I had been hacked. Then when they finally responded it took a further day to resolve. What else could possibly go wrong!!. Didn't have long to wait as 1st The Doc's anti virus protection threw up a warning that it had stopped a virus attack on his pc and we managed to send the offending file to quarantine which contained it. 6 hrs later and it reached my pc so we had to do all the same procedure again. No damage done as our anti virus program stopped it dead.
Please do  make sure your anti virus is working and that you are protected as JS:Downloader is going the rounds again. It is a fairly common one but it is better to be safe than sorry.
It's time for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next makes. Mary chose the theme which was Christmas greenery/Poinsettia.
 First card.
 I found one used card front in my used christmas card box which I thought suitable and then I had a rummage in my christmas bits box and found an old table decoration (which has to be at least 50yrs as it was given to me by my MIL who had it for along time herself) to use for the poinsettia. I dismantled  the flower decoration and used some of it on the card below.

Second card. 
 As I had some of the decoration still left I made up another card . I still have enough over to make another one.  I layered up using green, red and gold card stock and my Sizzix fancy circles die cuts in several sizes. The sentiment is by Ultimate Crafts called  'Merry Christmas Swirls.' I die cut them in red and gold offsetting them slightly for a shaddow effect. It doesn't show very clearly in the picture but some of the panels are raised up using 3D tape.

This is what is left of the table decoration after I made the two cards above. 

Entering the second  card  into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #50. Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Anything goes.
Create And Inspire #73 A/g + use dies or stencils.
Get Creative #68 No pattern paper.
Tuesday Taggers #  Recycle something.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges #463 Christmas.
Creative Knockouts #241 Lots of layers.
Simply Create Too #137 Use die cuts.
Hiding In My Craft Room #348 Super scraps Saturday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fabulous Birthday

It's been a bit hectic here of late with things going wrong one after the other so not been on line much. I now have a spanking new Ipad, hopefully  internet problems are sorted. Just got to get used to using the new features as the one that died on me was 7yrs old and old hat technology. So what else could possibly go wrong! I didn't have long to wait. I got hacked not once but twice in the same day and the ensuing mayhem is still being sorted out.I had to cancel the card( which fortunately I was in time to stop being used) that was associated with the hacked accounts. Right now I am not a happy bunny.
Time again for a new challenge over on the Butterfly challenge. The new theme is
so you can use 
Butterfly/Dark Salmon/ Denim Blue/Dirt/Digi Image/Die Cut/Dimension

Here is my inspiration for you.
I decided to make an easel card and use Dark Salmon/ Dimension with my butterfly.
The stamp used is by Studio Light JBS05 and coloured using my Graph'it markers and a gold gel pen. I stamped the middle section of the flower out twice more and then fussy cut round. Each flower has been popped up with 3D tape to give the dimension. The butterfly is a wooden painted button and sits  raised on the image. The sentiment is by Digi stamp Boutique from Birthday Mr Bear so unintentionally I have also used the digi image element of the wheel. This is also raised up on 3D tape to give the ledge for the easel to stand up.
 Sideways view showing the  dimension on the button and flower head.
Again from the otherside of the card. 
Challenge runs for 2weeks and I hope you will come and spin the wheel. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #79 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Crafty Calendar # Buttons/and or bows (Butterfly button used).
Crafty Girls Creations #46 Anything goes.
Get Creative #68 No pattern paper.
Love To Craft #21 Anything goes.
The Flower Challenge #19 Shaped cards.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


A couple of bloggers have queried the colour of Thistle with me on the current Spin The Butterfly Wheel challenge..  I have used  Wikipedia's  excellent site for obtaining most of the colours chosen for the wheels. I then went through all my Promarkers,Marvey le PlumeII, Graph'it and Spectrum Noir pens to find the nearest colour match for me to use.
Below is the pen colour I found nearest to Thistle and is what I have used for my cards below.

For this First Card I have used Butterfly/ Thistle /Triangles.
I actually found the digi paper by mistake as I was looking for another one I had stored on my lap top and  opened up a file and found this one instead which is a perfect match for the Thistle.
 Design Paper is from Anastasi Digital Etsy Shop and I covered the entire blank base card with it.
The toppers I found in my stash and I think they are from Hunky Dory.  Again the panel of solid colour down the side of the roses matched the triangles perfectly.

Second Card uses all seven elements of the wheel.

1.     Thistle. (Triangles coloured using my spectrum noir PP3 marker).
2.     Teal.  (Backing paper).
3.     Tomato. ( In the napkin design on the roses, and pots).
4.     Triangles. (Banner)
5.     Two items identical. (Birds on napkin)
6.     Twine. (Holding  banner).
7.     Butterfly. (Butterflies randomly added to napkin and on banner)

The design is one quarter of a napkin which I have adhered using the clingfilm heat method. There are loads of paper napkin transfer  tutorials on You Tube showing this technique. I coloured some plain white cardstock with the Spectrum Noir  marker PP3 and then cut into triangles for the banner  across the top of the card. Twine was from a dress label tag that I had dismantled and was conveniently on my desk. The tiny butterflies are actually the waste product from a tonic butterfly border punch which I cut out in black cardstock. Adhered the larger ones to each end of the banner and then stuck the rest randomly onto the napkin. The 4 U are numeric and alpahbet  transfer stickers and are really old. We found them when we cleared FIL's house out.

The challenge runs for another week. Hope you can come and join in.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Animals at Christmas

Well blow me down with a snowflake if it isn't time again for the Christmas Club Girls to show their latest makes. The theme was set by Kate who has asked for Animals at Christmas.
Now because my mind works in mysterious ways (unbeknown to everyone including me sometimes) I took this to be animals that you wouldn't necessarily expect to see on your everyday christmas card!
I had a rootle through my used christmas card box and found this card front that has been in there forever, waiting for just the right moment to make an appearance. I trimmed the side edge nearest the fold to neaten and then had the idea of adding my beloved acetate to the front of it. I found a piece of snowing acetate which I cut down just a tad and adhered to the front of it with green brads.
I realised I only had a few left of certain colours so I diverted off to Ebay for a bit ( well quite a while actually as I got side tracked even further as one does) to purchase some more. I ended up buying some bits and bobs and would you believe it forgot the darn brads!!!  Then I went in search of a sentiment (in my words box) to use and found this Xcut die cut which I thought was perfect and cut out in an oddment of green card that matched the green edging. Popped the whole card front up on 3D tape added a piece of darker green ribbon from my stash and the card was done.

 Second card uses this cute Camel die cut from Leanne Creatief. The sentiment is by Tonic which I thought fitting too.  I bought this Camel last year and used it to make a card and all these pieces were left over from putting that card together.  I made this one in double quick time as I didn't sneak back off to Ebay.  The backing paper was from a pad by LOTV called Krafty Christmas.
Lastly here are 3 slider tags that I made last year to sell at a christmas fayre that I haven't gotten round to blogging about . The Polar Bears and Seal all slide up and down on the tag.  Images were from a freebie stamp set in a magazine. These are just a few of them.  I made Penguins too but as they are classed as birds they are not being shown here.  

Okay. Gotta scoot I have Brads to buy!  See you soon or not depending on what else I get diverted with.