Sunday, August 02, 2020

Catch Up

Time for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our latest cards.The theme set this time by GranMargaret  is Nativity  but before showing the cards I made I have two to show from the previous theme which was set by Linda asking for Penguins. I had  sat this one out to give my shoulder a rest so without further ado here they are.

Card No 1. 

The stamp is a freebie from  a Crafts Beautiful magazine . I die cut using my Crafts-Too Presscut Square scallop edge die ref PCD77 and then die cut 3 more layers in alternate colours. All adhered to a white cardstock base. Silver sentiment is a sticker from my stash but the lighting is not showing it up very well in this photo. 

Card No 2.


I have had these left over bits from an old card front in my stash for ages just waiting for the right moment to use up on a card. The sentiment is from the same freebie stamp set as the penguins in the card above. After I had taken the photo and put everything away I suddenly thought that i could have added googly eyes on the four large penguins!  

Card No 3.
 I don't normally get any nativity cards sent to me but last christmas I received 3 so I kept the fronts for recycling. This one is just layered up on  cream shimmer cardstock and then I found I had cardstock that matched the card perfectly so used it to make the base card with. I raised the card front up with 3D pads.


Card No 4.
Again I found that I had beige cardstock in my stash that matched the hills in this next card perfectly so i used it for the base card. Layered up wth the same cream shimmer card as before and raised up  on 3D pads.


Card No 5.
This card front had a square edging to it but I wanted to cut it out using a circle die which didn't quite sit within the lines so I had to cut some bits off. The beige and  the red strips were left over from the previous cards and as the colours were in the picture I used them to back the card with raising them up with 3D pads. Flat pearls were in my stash and I think I pulled this one off. 


I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm sunny weather but keeping safe and well. I have spent my time out in the garden. The butterflies and bees are loving all the flowers that are out  and the frogs are  having fun moving around  between the ponds. 



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bow Front Cards.

Time for a new challenge and a new set of the Alphabet over on the Butterfly Blog.We are now on the letter B.
#145 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with B for Bow Fronted  Card.

Here are my inspiration cards for you.  As usual you will find the tutorials for making these cards over on the Butterfly Blog under the tab Card Shapes. We are getting a nice collection of card shapes on there now and you are free to browse and make cards from the instructions  given.

This card uses Version I 

I am using from the wheel:
Bow Front shape Card
Theme: Buttons (real or faux).
Colour: Buttermilk
Colour: Beau Blue (is a hint of azure.)
Butterfly

The digital design paper is by Prima 'Sun Kiss' no 5 from Snap Click Supply Co. who are the company that the prize certificates for the winners of the Butterfly Challenge will be from. I have used faux buttons for this card and die cut three for each button and glued together to make sturdy. Finished with matching thread. The sentiment is Birthday wished by Kaisercraft. 

Aerial view showing the bow front shape.


The card opens up conventionally for a greeting to be enclosed. 

 Also folds flat for posting. 

 Entering this card into the following challenges:




My Second  card uses Version II 

I am using from the wheel:
Bow Front shape Card
Theme: Buttons (real or faux).
Colour: Buttermilk
Colour: Burgundy
Butterfly

This card opens up a bit like a gatefold card with a row of buttons which each side tucks under to stay closed. The right hand side is the bow front section of the card. 
I have used my beloved acetate for the aperture window.
The paper is again from Snap Click Supply Co. and is by Jodie Lee from her Rustic Shabby Papers Set. I have teamed it with burgundy cardstock.  The sentiments are by Kaisercraft. the buttons this time are real wooden ones that I coloured with my Burgundy Promarker. The butterflies are my go to Memory Box 'Pippi and Isabella'.

Aerial view showing the bow front shape.


 The card opens up conventionally for a greeting to be enclosed.

View showing the acetate window in the bow front.

  Also folds flat for posting. 


 Entering this card into the following challenges:




I have another version of this card for you which I will show you next week. 
Hope to see you over at the butterfly challenge which will again be running for 3 weeks. 



Stay safe and well.
We are not out of the woods yet!

Hugs 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

More Accordions

I have had to take it easy this week and stay off my main computer as much as possible as my shoulder is painful when typing so the following cards have taken rather a long time to make and get posted.
I have made tutorials for them which you will find  as usual over on the Butterfly Blog on the card shapes page under the blog header.

First card is a fairly straight forward  accordion style notelet which folds flat with a belly band closure. You can make these any size you like. This one is quite small and ideal for popping in with  gift.
I have used the following form the Butterfly Wheel:
Accordion Card/Apple Blossom/Aquamarine / Butterfly.

 The digi  paper I have used is by Cuddly Buddly called Pretty Mix Blue no 8 and is the company that I have chosen for the gift certificates for the current  Butterfly challenge.
 The die cut is from Spellbinders A2 'Foral Ribbon Threader' and the stamped butterfly a freebie from a 34 piece stamp set  in  'Paper Crafter Magazine' some time ago.  Pink butterfly is an SU punch.
I printed the sentiment in word and cut out individually, layering on plain cardstock before attaching to each page to spell out the word as the accordion is opened  up. the butterfly has a coating of wink of stella and really sparkles in the light.
Entering this card into the following challenges:


Second card opens up like a normal card but inside it has the Wow Factor that you are just not expecting.
 I have used the following from the Butterfly Wheel:
Accordion Card/Any patterned paper x2/Apple Blossom/Aquamarine /Apricot/ Butterfly.

 Digi Image  is from Buddly Crafts  called 'Bird Houses by Kim Macfarlane. Digi papers are also by Buddly Crafts. This front one is BitsofIvory 'Warm Diamonds'  Back page digi design is by Barbara Anne williams from here Wee Ones Brights set 'Aqua Spots' I have coloured the images using my Graph'it pens.. Below you can see the card beginning to open up.
 Card fully opened. below. You will find a comprehensive step by step picture  tutorial for making this card over on the Butterfly Blog as already explained.
 Sentiments are by Woodwarefrom their clear magic stamps set 'Just To Say'.  Flight of butterflies are from Clearly Besotted 'Good Times' Clear stamp set.
Entering this card into the following challenges:

Last card is using a digi Lilyboo Designs 'My New Easter Bonnet' from Buddly crafts. I fell in love with this image and just had to buy it and colour her up.
I have used the following form the Butterfly Wheel:
Any Design paper x2/Aquamarine / Butterfly.

Coloured with my Graph'it markers. the sentiment is by Kanban Crafts from their clear stamp set 900543. Digi  papers are We Ones Brights ' Linen and Aqua Stripes' by Barbara Anne Williams and  Buddly Crafts Pretty Mix blue no 4 wit(h the butterflies on it).
Entering this card into the following challenges:





As I am late posting I have decided to extend  the Butterfly Challenge run for a further week and you can enter as many times as you like. Challenge will therefore now end  on Tuesday 28th July.



Sunday, July 12, 2020

B is for:

Ha!. bet you all thought I was going to say Butterflies!!!! Well your wrong.
B is for Beach huts, Boat and Bunting.

Allsorts Challenge are asking for things beginning with B on your creations and this stamp that I had pulled out to use on a couple of other challenges just fits the bill perfectly.
Country View Challenges are saying Do what makes you happy. Getting out my watercolours makes me happy.
Moving Along With The times are asking for At The Beach.
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge is asking for One Layers Cards.

The stamp is a Michael Powell image and I think this is only it's second outing even though I have had the stamp for a good number of years. I have used my Caran D'Ache watercolours and stamped out onto watercolour card that I have scored in half to make a one layer  basecard. A bit of doodling around the edge when the card was dry and I called it done.


Entering into the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times #120 At The Beach.
Southern Girls # Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #190 Anything goes.
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #11 One layer Cards.
All Sorts Challenge #580 I spy something with B.
Ally's Angels #36 Anything goes,
Country View Challenges # Do what makes you happy.
Daisy Chain Challenges #43 No design paper.
Ellibelle's Corner #  Summertime.
Paper Funday Challenges #19 Anything goes  with  a twist : The great outdoors.



Thursday, July 09, 2020

Every Things Coming Up Daisies

I blinked and whoosh it's Thursday already. I braved the outside World on Monday for the first time since lock down and had a Dentist appt. which had been cancelled since March, rebooked and cancelled again due to the PPE kit not arriving in time for them to reopen.  I wore my face mask right up until being told to open wide!! Well I certainly do not like the 'New Norm'. Not venturing out again until August which will be for a hair appt. Until then its a paper bag over my head!

My card today is featuring a digi and design paper both from Buddly Crafts  which is the company I am using for the Prizes over on the current  Butterfly Challenge. They really do have some gorgeous papers to choose from and a lovely range of digi stamps too. Three winners will receive gift vouchers and  be able to select what they want from the site.

Design paper is called Pretty Mix  no13 and what I like about digi products is the ability to size up and down as you require. On this card I have sized the paper to be half a foolscap sheet (which is behind the image  and then a whole sheet  on the card base. I fell in love with this digi stamp. she is called Island Girl by Kim Macfarlane and this image is called ' Coming up Daisies'.  Reminds me so much of a certain little girl when she was growing up! I split the base paper diagonally and inserted  a green cardstock strip mainly to tie in with the colour of the watering can. I normally colour first and then go and hunt down papers to match but today I knew which colours I needed to use to go with my chosen paper.

 Coloured with my Graph'it pens and then a silver gel pen around the edges which you can see in the picture below  where I tilted the card and used the flash on my camera. I had a little spool of  left over green thread that matched perfectly so decided to stitch around the edge of the image. Halfway round it suddenly dawned on me that I might not have enough thread left  (and just like knitters go into a frenzy to knit to the end of a row before the wool runs out) I hurried round  to finish with just enough. Phew!! Sentiment is generated in word and printed off.
 Entering this card into the following challenges:
CD Sunday Plus #39 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. #381 Use you snippets. (Green card stock and spool of thread)
Jan's Digi Challenges #14 Anything goes.
Crafty Sentiments Designs # Anything goes.
Creative Inspiration # In the Garden.
Creative Moments #194 Anything goes.
Double 'D' Challenge # Stitches.
Love To Scrap #135 Anything goes.
Ellibelle's Corner # Summer time.
Paper Funday Challenges #19 Anything goes/the great outdoors.

The Butterfly Challenge has another 2 weeks to run and I will be back with more inspiration for you. Tutorials for making Accordion style cards are on the blog under Card Shapes. I have 3 different versions for you to try.


Stay Safe and Well.

Hugs 

Sunday, July 05, 2020

4 Christmas Trees.

I definitely do not know where the time is going but the girls in the Christmas Card club need to show our latest makes. Shaz chose the theme of Christmas Trees. I have taken that to be decorated ones for inside.

My first two cards are using images from LOTV Art Pad Set 14 Festive Foliage which I still have a few left.
I do like to see plaid paper on christmas cards and this card is using a digi paper by Nitwits from their Holly Jolly Frolics set by Mary Fran. I die cut  the coloured image using Tattered Lace Rounded Corner rectangles 440803.The card base is made from green cardstock and I just layered up for dimension. The silver stickers are from my stash.


 This card uses another Nitwits dig paper this time from their Christmas Linen Too 'Tartan Green'
 by Mary Fran. Again I went for the layered look. The silver sentiments from my stash. I used a die cut by Nellie Snellen 'Nellies Multi Frames MFD088 Straight Dotted Rectangle.


 Last two cards are using images from Hunkydory's Little Book of Sparkling Season.
This card is using 2 different  digi plaid papers. One by Cardmaking Downloads called Goblin Market pink and blue plaids set  and one by CraftsUprint called Funky Plaid Green.  By using digi papers I can make the size of the plaid to suit the card that I am making. Here I have only printed out onto half of a foolscap page, turned and printed the second onto the other half. They both worked perfectly with this funky fairy.  I gave her wings, crown and the baubles on the tree a coating of Wink of Stella which is not showing up here. I used the cut out from the card above to make the frame.  Silver stickers from my stash.

 This last one is my favourite.  The digi papers are by Nitwits 'Crossteal' and 'Snowflake Steal' both by Mary Fran from their Christmas too set.  Layered up using the same green card stock as the base.  Stickers from my stash.

Stay Safe and Well
Hugs 


Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Accordion Style

Time for a new challenge and a new set of the Alphabet over on the Butterfly Blog.We are starting off with the letter A
#144 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with A for Accordion Fold Card.

Here are my inspiration cards for you.  As usual you will find the tutorials for making these cards over on the Butterfly Blog under the tab Card Shapes. We are getting a nice collection of card shapes on there now and you are free to browse and make cards from the instructions  given.

This card uses Version I 

I am using from the wheel:
Accordion Style Card shape
Theme: Pattern paper x2
Colour: Apple Blossom (pale pink)
Butterfly

 Papers used are digital from Buddly crafts. Pink design and butterflies by Eline Pelinkof Meadow papers 2.
 The digi image is also from Buddly Crafts by Lilyboo designs called mushroom girl.  I have coloured using my Graph'it pens and then gone over with my clear wink of stella pen. she looks lovely and sparkly IRL but not showing up here. I fussy cut her out first before colouring! The silver stickers are from my stash.
Entering this card  into the following challenges:
Dream Valley #228 All occasions
Everybody Art #472 Girl in summer
Though The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Crafty Creations #411 Anything goes.
Starz Stampz #11 Happy birthday
Pattie's Creations #172 Anything goes.


This card uses Version II 

I am using from the wheel:
Accordion Style Card shape
Colour: Apricot
Colour: Aquamarine
Butterfly

 The paper used is a digital from Buddly crafts from their Bits of Ivory collection Blue fluttering.
 The image is again from Buddly Crafts  by Lilyboo designs called Fun in the Swing.  I don't usually go for cute but I just fell in love with these images and a few more so they accidently fell in my basket prior to check out.  coloured using my Graph'it pens and then edged with a gold gel pen to match the gold sticker edging and sentiment from my stash.
Entering  this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs # Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #460 Anything goes
Creative Moments #193 Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe #246 Anything goes
Watercooler Challenges  #278 Anything goes feminine
Ellibelle's Corner # Summertime


This card uses Version III

I am using from the wheel:
Accordion Style Card shape
Theme: Pattern paper x2
Colour: Aquamarine
Butterfly

 Digital papers used are by Buddly Crafts from a collection by BarbaraAnne Williams 'Wee Ones Brights' Lime and aqua stripes and Aqua spots.
 Butterflies are die cuts by Memory Box  Isabella and the large one is Terrace, cut using my big shot. Gems from my stash.
The Hello is a stamp by Julie Hickey from her Circle Sentiments set. Below is the card fully extended.
Entering  this card into the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania # Anything goes
A Perfect Time To Craft #7 Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge # Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge # Anything goes
Love To Craft #48 Anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #169 Anything goes


I hope I have given you lots of ideas and that you will come and play with the new challenge which is running for 3 weeks. This gives me time to rest my shoulder between having to  sit at my main  computer. Blogger seems to have forgotten all about me (for which I am grateful as can't cope with learning new tricks at the moment) and hasn't flipped me over to the new Version yet.


Stay Safe and Well

Hugs


Monday, June 22, 2020

Catch Up.

My Frozen shoulder has decided to play up big time. I should be in stage 3 of recovery for it by now but it feels just like it did 16 months ago so sitting at my computer and typing for any length of time  has been a no go. I have managed to keep fairly up with comments.
Fortunately I have had these sunburst panels sitting on my desk from a play a while back so I have quickly made into cards to catch up on two christmas card challenges with the girls from the christmas card club.  Gwen wanted snowflakes as her theme and Christine asked for the sentiment as the focus with no image.
Here are my cards.

 I used a wavy edge gold sticker strip to accentuate the divisions between the  design papers and the large snowflake die cut  was in my stash ready cut out in cardboard so I colored with a gold gel pen and then gold stickles glue. The sentiment is a gold sticker as well.
 Plain silver sticker edging this time and the snowflakes were in my stash . As they were already die cut in greyboard I just added silver stickles glue to them.  Sentiment and bauble stickers from my stash.

This last card was made from card that I had crazy pieced the bits of design paper left over from the above cards onto. The stamped sentiment  came in a set of 4 by Docrafts. Black glitter spots from my stash.   



Friday, June 12, 2020

Double Z Fold Card.

It is a new challenge over on the Butterfly Blog and is using the last letter of the Alphabet Z.
#143 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with  Z for Z Fold Card.
Going forwards no one has answered my question from #142 so I take it that everyone is happy to continue with a  New run of Alphabet shapes starting next time.


Here are my inspiration cards for you all  using papers and images from Card-making- downloads 

First card using from the wheel Z Fold Card/Zenchua/Zinc/Zebra/Butterfly .
Design Paper is from Lilac Plaid  and  the Butterfly pattern from Shades of Heather. The digital stamp is by June (Mommas' Scribbles) and called ' A Pansy Spray'. Coloured using my promarkers.
The sentiment is from my stash and the extra butterflies were fussy cut from the backing paper.
 You will find the tutorial for making the Double Z fold card over on the Butterfly Blog under the card shapes tab at the top of the page under the banner header.  I used  my Wink of Stella brush pen  to give a shine to the  flower petals and the fussy cut butterflies. . The Oval die cut is by The Works.

Second  card using from the wheel Z Fold Card/Zenchua/Zinc/Zinwaldite/ Zebra/Butterfly.
Again the shape is a Double Z fold. The digi image is by Elaine Sheldrake and called Tabby Kitten Cat & Roses. Design paper is again from Shades of Heather and the sentiment sticker from my stash.
The digi image download comes with the extra flower shapes and butterflies for you to fussy cut out. I coloured with my Promarkers and then added silver stickles to the flowers/butterflies and leaves.

 I just fell in love with this image as soon as I spotted it.

Third card using from the wheel Z Fold Card/Zinwaldite /Zinc/Zigzag/Butterfly .
This shape is called a Swinging Z fold and you will find a tutorial for making over on the Butterfly Blog under the card shapes tab at the top of the page under the banner heading.  the design papers are both from the Earth_Linen Paper Set. The small butterflies have been given a coating of Wink of Stella and shimmer as the light catches them. The sentiment is a sticker from my stash. The butterfly die is 'Terrace Butterfly  by Memory box.  The zigzag at the top has been done freehand.



Last card using from the wheel //Zinc/Zenchua / Zebra/Butterfly
This  card is show casing  design papers  from Vintage Floral Script paper  and Cottage Chic Butterfly Peach . The die cut used is First Edition Picket Edge.  Sentimnet from my stash.


The prizes for this challenge are Gift Certificates from Card-making-downloads and I have shown you just a tiny selection from the huge range available on their site. Hope you will come along and play in the last challenge of the current  Alphabet.  Challenge runs for 3 weeks.