Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Truly Never Ending.

So the New Challenge over on the Butterfly Blog is

#130 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with The  Letter N for Never Ending  Card. 

I really deliberated on using this card for the letter but having watched loads of tutorials I realised that basically the card is a very simple one to make. I have made a very easy pictorial tutorial for you which you will find on the Butterfly blog under the card shapes tab. Click on the name of the card to be taken straight to the instructions. I hope you will give it a try.

Here is my inspiration for you.

I have used the following elements from the wheel.
Never Ending card/ News print/Narrow edges/New York Pink/Napa Red/ Butterflies.

This is the front or the starting point of the card.  I have used design papers from The Works The Butterflies are an SU Punch and the die cut sentiment is by Xcut.
When you start to open the card up the next layer is revealed.
I have used more of the papers from The Works and this time the butterflies are a Woodware punch.
Sentiment is by Hobbycraft.
This part of the card is free standing so makes a nice focal point.
When you go down to the next level this is revealed.

I think this has a distant Art Deco look to it with the large  floral design being used and all the layering.
When you go down to the next level this is what you see and this is also the last layer before you open up to reveal the beginning of the card again.   The Sentiment is a sticker from my stash which just happened to be the right colour red.
It really is an ingenious design of card and I am glad I used it for the new challenge.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #123 Make it pink.
Craft Rocket Challenges #64 Pink
Unicorn Challenge #48 Pretty in pink.
Daisy Chain Challenge #35 pink or halloween.
Ally's Angels #27 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #68 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs Anything goes.
Get Creative #85 Anything goes/shaped cards.
Creations In Pink #15 Anything goes in mainly pink.

Well this was going to be posted this morning first thing but a spammer had other ideas. I opened by laptop only to get a warning message from my Anti Virus Program saying that a very long script was running and slowing my computer down and was going to result in my computer coming to a complete standstill if I didn't stop it from running. I did and then went on a walkabout to see that could have been causing it. Didn't have far to look as someone ( between the Butterfly challenge going live  at 8am and me logging on at 11am ) had loaded a very iffy looking site as a thumb nail  card entry below the new challenge. I deleted forwith and removed it from Mr Linky and notified them that this was spam.
Finally managed to get this written with  links working and posted. What a day!!!

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Another fortnight has flown by again and it is time for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next makes. Rita has asked for Nativity. I didn't think I had anything suitable for this theme but I found a recycled Christmas card front in my stash at the very last minute so have used that on one of my cards. The other one is not strictly Nativity nor Christmassy but I think the image works perfectly on my card.

First Card.
 For this card I simply trimmed down the card front to neaten and adhered to a bronze adhesive metal effect sheet. I have had the packet in my stash since 2016 . It is by Xcut and has sheets of Bronze, Gold and Silver. I made a base card from dark cream card stock and mounted the adhesive sheet straight to the front of the card.

Second card
I found this freebie print on  Create With TLC and thought it would make into a card to send to one of our friends that does not celebrate at Christmas but still likes to receive a card from us.
I have mounted the image which is called Morocco Journal Card. onto a midnight blue and gold design card which picked out the colours in the print. I used a sheet of the Gold adhesive metal effect this time and made a tent style base card from pale cream card.  The sentiment is a die cut from Britannia dies  which I cut from an off cut of the gold adhesive sheet. 

Another two cards to add to my growing pile  which is still sorely depleted so I must get a move on!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Botanical garden.

It is the last week of the current Butterfly Challenge and here is my last inspiration card to show you.
I have used the following from the Butterfly Wheel using the letter M.

Magic Window/Metal Charm/Mandarin/Magnolia/Mint/ Butterflies.

I have used a  paper from The Works (from their Botanical Garden design pad). Base card is cut from magnolia cardstock. The die cut is also from The Works.

 Inside of the card showing the magic window fully opened. The sentiment is by Julie Hickey. The mint design paper is a freebie from Making Cards March 2015 'Sugar and Spice.

I have a date for my Summer House for the 25th Oct. I can't wait. I have the pots already planted up with bulbs that are going either side of the double doors and the furniture to go inside plus a carpet too!.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Little Red Waggon #518 Cut it out.
Crafty Creations #400 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #451 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #101 Anything goes.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #115 Anything goes.
Ally's Angels #27 Anything goes.
Get Creative #85 Anything goes /shaped cards.
Crafting With An Attitude#56 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #68 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Pink Bokeh

I was at my daughters' at the Weekend and spotted a well known make of tissue box on the table which happened to be just what I needed to make this card so I nabbed it! (I did ask first).  The design on the box was Bokeh and the plain pink paper has a Bokeh design on it too. Perfect for the challenge I had in mind. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together and don't look a gift horse in the mouth as the saying goes.
The design papers are both from 'The Works'. The leaf die is by Die-namics Royal Leaves and I used a five petal Woodware punch for the roses.
I simply cut the top from the tissue box which already had the oval aperture in it( I have saved the sides and flaps for another time) and back it with the pretty rose design paper. The pearls for the centre of the roses and the silver glitter sentiment were from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Creatalicious #172 Anything goes+optional us e a Punch ( I have used a Woodware flower punch).
The Crafter's Cafe #228 Use pink and/or make a tag.
Craft Rocket Challenges #64 Pink.
Crafty Catz #477  Anything goes +optional Ribbon, Bow or Flower. (I have used  flower).
Brown Sugar #294 Anything goes.
Crafting with an Attitude #56 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Daisy Chain Challenges #35 Pink or Halloween.
Country View Challenges # Bokeh.
Unicorn Challenge #48 Pretty in Pink.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Art Deco Style

I saw this card shape  on another blog here so I can't lay claim to the design of it. There were no instructions or links so I thought I would have a go at recreating it myself.  After 3 attempts at folding a piece of printer paper I finally arrived with  measurements that looked  right so set about cutting and scoring the different papers needed. I had an idea of how I wanted to decorate the card but as I started making it up it began to look Art Deco to me in its design and I knew I had a Art  Deco die cut which would fit inside perfectly and so it morphed into the card you see below.

 The green design paper is by SU from their Sale A Bration  Jan-mar 2015 and the pretty flower pattern is a freebie from Making Cards magazine Oct 2016 'Pretty Petals' It took me quite a while to cut and layer all the pieces but I think the result was worth it.
 I used green distress ink with a dauber to edge round all of the papers before attaching.
 The Art Deco Die Set is By Spellbinders. The sentiment by Xcut and the butterfly is from a set by Cheery Lynn Designs 'Tiny things with wings'. I used some of the waste bits from the die cut to decorate the belly band.  I hadn't intended to use a butterfly on this card but the space  looked a bit  empty and I thought this one fitted in with the rest of the card.
 Here is the card fully opened so you can see the way the folds are made.

Entering into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Creations #399 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #450 Anything goes.
The Crafter Cafe #228 Use pink and/or make a tag.
Crafts Galore #68 Anything goes.
Unicorn Challenge #48 Pretty in pink.
Love to Craft #39 Anything goes.
Dies R Us #130 Anything goes (Dies used Spellbinders and Cherry lynn Designs).
Cute Card Thursday H602 Anything goes.
Craft Pocket Challenges #64 Pink

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mint Butterflies.

We are now into week 3 of the Butterfly challenge with 2 more weeks to run.

#129 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with M for Magic Window card.

Here is my next inspiration card for you.
I have used the following from the wheel:
Magic Window/Markers Pens/Mandarin/Magnolia/Min/Butterflies.

I have made the card 5.5" sq.  Design paper is Minty Madness No5. From Funky Hand(no longer in business). The stamps used are a set by Marianne Design CS 0927 which I have coloured with my marker pens and then outlined with a silver gel pen.  The butterfly circle is a Spellbinders Decorative Elements 'Butterflies circles' die cut set.  I die cut the sentiment by Britannia Dies 3 times, twice in mint and once in mandarin cardstock then layered up with the mandarin on the bottom very slightly offset to give the shadow effect.

 Here is the card just beginning to open up.
 The flowers are from the same set as the butterflies. Coloured with a mandarin marker pen but because I was colouring on top of  green cardstock they look a dark red.
 The magic begins as the card opens further to show the magic shutter and the picture below shows the card fully opened.
There is a tutorial over on the challenge blog under the card shapes tab at the top of the page for making a Magic Window card.
I hope you will come on over and have a play with the Butterflies.

Entering into the following challenges:
Always Fun challenges #130 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #210 Things with wings.
Colour Crazy #38 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #476 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #171 Anything goes.
Polka Doodles Craft Challenge #39 Anything goes.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #362 Use your snippets (white card oddment for the circle die).
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #114 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge # Anything goes.
Love To Craft #39 Anything goes.


Sunday, September 29, 2019


Icicles is the theme set by Lorraine  for the Christmas Card girls to show out next cards. I already had this card made from a work shop I had attended so I am  hoping that the snowflakes are going to count as icicles otherwise I will use the trump card of  Anything Goes. My shoulder is still painful so am finding it quite a task to craft for long periods or to use the big laptop. I try to get myself comfy in a chair and use my ipad instead.

Card uses  all stamps by Woodware. The plaid background has been made using an embossing folder from Creative Expressions called Distressed lines. You ink up the folder with your chosen colour and place paper between the folder and emboss as normal. Re ink the folder and turn your paper 90 degrees to get the checkered pattern. The distressed effect is quite striking. I stamped an icicle stamp over the top in a random pattern. The wreath was inked using an oxide ink pad and then the red accent was added using a distress marker pen.

Entering into the following challenges.
Scraps of life By Scrappy Mo # September Rudolph Day.
Merry Little Christmas #14 Anything goes.
The Holly and Ivy challenge #56 Anything goes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Already into the second week of the Butterfly Challenge which is
#129  Spin The Butterfly Wheel with M for Magic Window Card. 
The challenge is running for 4 weeks this time round so there is plenty of time to enter.

Here is my inspiration card for you.
This time I have chosen the following from the wheel.
Magnolia/Mint/Mandarin/Marker pens/Metal charm/ Butterflies.

The digi image is Cherry Blossom Cluster from A Day for Daisies coloured using Marker pens. (I actually coloured this up August of  last yr and it has been sitting in my images to use box waiting for just the right moment to come along). I have teamed it up for this card with a digi paper from Computer Scrapbook.Com by Correen Silke and called Sunday Gardens. Backed onto mandarin card stock and then onto a Magnolia cardbase.  The small butterflies were in my outcuts pile (from a circle die cut) and the pearls from my stash. The metal heart charm came from by stash of charms.
I decorated the inside of the card using  the left overs and an SU punch for the larger butterflies.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ship Ahoy.

It was our Son in Law's  Birthday recently and this is the card I made for him.  The ship stamp is by Inkylicious from their Twinchies stamp range.  I stamped onto a piece of design paper which looked a bit like sea water which was in my stash. I was trying to give the effect of looking out to sea from a porthole. Not  turned out quite as I had it planned in my head but I was pleased  with the end result.
The papers are all from The Works. The black dots on the port hole are glossy stickers from my stash.  Sentiment die cut is by Xcut which I mounted onto a snippet of black card.
 I found this perfect ships anchor paper in my stash so used it to decorate the inside of the card along with the remaining piece of green design paper that I had used for the ship.

 Side ways view of card.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Magic Window Card.

It is a new challenge over on the Butterfly Blog. The letter is M and the card shape is Magic Window Card.
As usual there is a tutorial for you over on the blog and you will find it under the card shapes tab at the top of the page.
The challenge is running again for 4 weeks so this gives plenty of time. I hope you will give the card shape a try as it is not as difficult as it appears.

My card for your inspiration uses:
Magic Window Card/Mandarin/Magnolia/Mint/Butterfly.

 I have used a paper from my stash to decorate the front of the card. The small orange butterflies are the waste from a circle butterfly die( which I use for making up  the butterfly wheel for each challenge). Larger butterflies are an SU punch. Pearls were from my stash.

 Here you can see the card opening up to reveal the sentiment behind the magic window.  The sentiment is from a stamp set by Julie Hickey called circle Sentiments.

I bought loads of bulbs yesterday at the garden centre so before my enthusiasm runs out I need to start getting them planted.
 Hope you will come and have a play with the new challenge.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pocket card

Our theme this time with the Christmas Club Girls is Anything Goes. I recently went to a workshop run by the fabulous Jane Gill from Woodware and this is one of the cards we made. I didn't manage to get all my cards finished so I brought them home and spent time afterwards just adding the finishing touches.

This card uses a card shape folded from only one piece of square card stock which then becomes  a double pocket card. A simple but ingenious fold.
Here is the front of the card.
The woodware stamp used is called Garland and the sentiment is included in the stamp set. We used a variety of oxide ink pads to create the backgrounds and then spritized with water afterwards.  The garland was then stamped using distress ink along with the sentiment. I added the red stickles glue at home as I thought it needed a bit of glitz.
 The inside showing the pocket flaps. Stamp used here is called Berry Sprays which was stamped using a grey ink pad. Again when home I added glossy accents to the berries which you can't see very clearly here but they really do shine IRL.
 Jane provided us with all the cardstock and tag shapes so we only had to stamp and assemble but as we had to share the tools/stamp sets quite a lot of nattering went on between getting our cards made.
Of course I couldn't come away without buying the stamp sets we used  in making our cards. I will show the other two cards on another post later in the month.
Off to see what the other girls have come up with as we didn't have a set theme this time round.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lattice Works

I don't know how time does it but it gets shorter and shorter. It is week two already of the current Butterfly Challenge.
Here is my next inspiration card to show you.

I have used all the elements of the Butterfly Wheel.
Lattice Card/Layers/Lace/Lapis Lazuli/Languid Lavender/Laser Lemon/Butterflies.

I have made a square lattice design this time but still using my Crafts -Too Stitched Hole Rectangle die cut for the framework. Done is white card stock.The design paper behind the lattice is a freebie from Making Cards Magazine May 2015 called 'Wonderful Watercolours'. I thought it looked so pretty with the three colours of  butterflies using my SU Punch. The lace is a silver filigree design from my stash along with the pearls. Happy Birthday Sentiment was also found in my stash.  I used white cardstock for the base card which I edged round with a dauber using 'Stormy Skies' Distress ink. I also attached the lattice frame to another piece of white card slightly bigger than the frame and used the dauber around that too.
Hope you will come and join in the fun. Challenge runs for another week.

It has been a hectic past week here with a builder who were supposed to turn up to give a quote  for a concrete base never showing up so I had to do a quick search around for another builder. Fortunately I found one who came round within the hour, gave me a quote 2 hrs later and did the work 2 days after that. The base is now drying out and  awaiting the arrival of the new shed (which has now morphed into a summer house) to be made and then installed hopefully in a couple of weeks time. (We are 50th in the queue when I checked on Monday!)

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Lattice Butterflies.

It is a new challenge over on the Butterfly Blog. The letter is L and the card shape is Lattice card.
As usual there is a tutorial for you over on the blog and you will find it under the card shapes tab at the top of the page.

My card for your inspiration uses:
Lattice card/Lapis Lazuli/Laser Lemon/ Languid Lavender/Layers/Butterfly.

I have used a die cut by Crafts-Too 'Stitched Rectangle'  for the lattice frame. The tutorial shows you in detail how to apply the strips to make the lattice design.  The flowers have been die cut from cardstock (that I had coloured using dioxide inks whilst at a work shop earlier in the yr).The die is by Spellbinders 'Blooming  Rose. I used both of the flower shapes and the double and single leaves.
The pearls are from my stash.  Sentiment is by Creative Expressions. I die cut three times and layered up for dimension. Butterfly is by Memory box  'Isabella/Pippi'.

My foot is back down to it's normal size now. Thank You for all your kind comments.

I hope that you will come and have a play using the new challenge  which is running for two weeks.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Lots of Snowmen.

It is time once again for the girls in the christmas Card club  to show our next cards. It was my turn to choose the theme and I went with Snowman/Snowmen.
Apologies for being late getting this posted up but I do have a sick note!. Got bitten on the foot during the week and reacted badly as I always do. Picture at bottom of post.

Anyways back to my cards. Woefully behind with my christmas card numbers so decided to make as many as I could. Managed seven in total.  Here they all are. The  digi images I have used are pre coloured and are by Sassy Cheryl from the Paper Creator.


Uses Decked out for the Holidays and the stamped sentiment is by Inkylicious. I have used my John Next Door small scallop card die to create the base card which is made from a design paper pad  from The Works. Stitched die is by Julie Hickey from the set Layers,frames and banners rectangle dies. I like to further enhance the stitched holes by using a toning thread to go around the edges. Takes time but I like the effect it gives.

Card 2.

Uses Smooth  Move. (I definitely needed the first aid kit ). Gold stickers from my stash. The papers are by LOTV from their Krafty Christmas pad. Stitched rectangle dies are by Crafts-Too. I fussy cut the snowman's head and boots out again and layered on top of the image using 3d pads. You can just see the layers in the second picture.

Card 3.

Uses Twiggy the Snowman and again a paper by LOTV. Sentiment is by Stephanie Weightman from Tattered Lace.  Gold tree stickers from my stash.

Card 4.

Uses Once Upon A Star and the brown spotty paper  by LOTV. Red spotty paper an oddment in my stash. Image has been cut out using Spellbinders Marvelous squares die cut and agin I have used toning thread to stitch around the edges. I like to leave a few threads hanging for interest. (Just in case you thought I had forgotten about them).  Gold sentiment from my stash.

Card 5.

Uses Hanging stars and again I used the same papers as card 1. I have made the card a free standing  design so the signed greeting will go on the back. Again used the Julie Hickey  stitched die and contrasting thread around the edges.  Sentiment came on a freebie sheet of stamps from Practical Publishing 2018.

Card 6.

 Uses one of my favourite images by Cheryl called  Snowmen Selfie. I have used my Xcut nesting rectangle dies to cut into the image and then layer each one with LOTV paper and then re  assembled.
I love the effect this gives. Red spotty paper from my stash along with the golde sticker stars and sentiment.

Last card No 7. 

I really couldn't leave this chappie out. He is called Just Chillin and was how I felt last night when I had finished (totally creamcrakered) so I left them on my desk to take the photos this morning.  Had a bright idea of taking photos outside but didn't realise how windy it was until the white card I had propped up behind them kept blowing down onto the card just as I took the snap so  The Doc obligingly held the card up for me. Cards are not looking at their best but time was of the essence.
Sentiment and icicle stamp by  Stephanie Weightman and the black ribbon was on my desk from a shop bought garment tag. (Waste not ,want not).  Again I  fussy cut his head and boots out again and layered up.

And finally not one to be kept for the family album. It took till yesterday for me to be able to get a shoe on my foot. Apparently I am in the blood group that the mossies particularly like and they will bite you even through thick socks and leggings. The redness and swelling  is not from the bite itself but my own  bodies alergic reaction rushing to repel the invader and has a medical term  Skeeter  Syndrome.   Perhaps I need to wear a space suit whilst outside!!

Off to see what the girls have come up with and don a space suit!!!!