Sunday, August 30, 2020

All Red!

Oops late to the party again but in my defence I have made 6 cards and it was too late last night to take any good photos so I waited until this morning.  It's time for the girls in the christmas Card Club to show our next cards. The theme was set by Lorraine who asked for 'Use minly Red' so I did.

Sorted through all my boxes and turfed anything out that was red and ended up with a goodly pile of assorted papers, images and ribbons. Here are the six cards I managed.

First card using a Sassy Cheryl pre coloured digi image called Figure Eight Style from Paper Creator. The papers which you can't see much of on the outside but they are inside are both  by Nitwits,'Weave Red' from their Jolly Holly Frollics set and  'Ticking Russet' from Christmas Too. The ribbon was from a box of chocolates (long gone). I just love the expression on her face. Sentiment from a red sticker set.

Second card using another Sassy Cheryl pre coloured digi image called Decked out for the Holidays from Paper Creator. The check paper is a freebie from Making Cards magazine Christmas edition 2015. Die cuts are from Julie Hickey's Layers,Frames & Banners rectangle set.  Red sentiment  from a glossy sticker set.  I tired over ten times to get a good picture of the tartan paper but this is the bet I could manage. for some reason it would not lighten up either inside in several places around the house or in desperation out in the summer house.

Third card using freebie papers from Making Cards magazine Christmas Papercraft special 2017.
The jar with the sentiment already printed was one of the papers too.  Red ribbon made into a faux bow completed this tent fold card.  A nice easy and quick card.

Fourth card has a topper on it that I have had in my stash for yrs and yrs. The packet had over forty different  cardboard shapes and came as a freebie in a magazine.  All the backing papers are freebies from magazines which I have made into a sunburst design. A scrap of red card stock and silver sentiment stickers completed the card.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Scraps of Life by Scrappymo # Rudolph day challenge.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #385  Use your snippets. (Yes Miss).

Fifth card using up a scrap of christmas wrapping paper that I especially liked the design of and salvaged from a present years ago too. I thought it went rather well with the freebie wreath design that came along with some papers from Making Cards magazine Christmas edition 2015. (I do hoard things for a long time it seems.) Red sentiment and stars from a sticker set.

Sixth card using up more freebie magazine papers  and a sentiment die cut pre printed on paper from Making Cards magazine  Hunkydory  Dec 2015. Ribbon was the remains cut off from the  bow used on the first card.

Hope this little selection of Red cards fits the bill.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Time for a new challenge and a new set of the Alphabet over on the Butterfly Blog.We are now on the letter C.
#146 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with C for Curtain 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:
Curtain Fold Card
Colour: Carnation Pink
Colour: Carrot Orange

 Made as a tent fold. The embossing folder I have used  is by Core'dinations and the design paper for the curtain was a freebie from Making Cards magazine april 2016 which had just the right shade of orange in it. butterfly is my go to Memory box Isabella/Pippi. the sentiment stamps are by' Kasercraft' Birthday Wishes clear stamps set. Below is showing the inside of the card.

This card uses Version II 

I am using from the wheel:
Curtain Fold Card
Theme: Colouring pens.
Colour: Carnation Pink
Colour: Carrot Orange
Colour: Citron

 The butterfly and sentiment are Freebies from Paper Crafter Magazine .The paper was in my stash but I have no name  to go with it.  Butterfly is coloured in using a combination of promarker and Graph'it pens.  Ribbon is a real oldie from my stash. I haven't used ribbon for ages on my cards.! Below is the inside of the card with another coloured in butterfly.

This card uses Version III 

I am using from the wheel:
Curtain Fold Card
Colour: Carnation Pink

A side opening card using another freebie design paper from Making cards magazine from The  Nancy Watt collection. Twine and gems were from my stash. 

The Dental surgery  went ok but I have a problem that has now cropped up so need to go back and get it sorted before the next stage of the tooth restoration can begin in November. 

Hope to see you over at the Butterfly Challenge which will again be running for 3 weeks. 

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


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New Home

I am probably not going to be feeling up to much later today after the Dental Procedure so I am posting a card that I made a week ago for our neighbours who have just moved home. I am also resetting the Butterfly Challenge  to run for a further week as grappling with the above and anything blogger throws at me in trying to get the new challenge posted will be too vexing. I have already been booted out of my account and had to reset it. Not sure if that was a Google or Blogger problem but one I could still do without.

This card was about 3 weeks on and off  in the making as I took my time in doing each bit of the elements.

Basic shape is an easel card. I wanted to make the roof look like it was tiled so I played around with various ideas and finally settled on using a scallop Loop Edge die from Die'sire. The die is quite a long one so I managed to get a continuous strip for each row of tiles and attached to the roof in a cascading manner on each side. It took a few goes to get it right but I am pretty pleased with the result. The walls were created using a Docrafts  Wooden Boards Background stamp. Stamping in black ink and then aging with distress ink to get a weathered look. That is the name of their New House so I created in word and printed off. The window is four square flat pearls.
 Side view of the card. The layers of tiles on the roof made it a tad top heavy so it needed  an extra strip placed inside the card base and the front of the card just slips into the space created and stays in place. I did use a tiny rose printed paper for the inside walls to make it look like wallpaper which you can just about see.
 I used various small grass stamps and Lavinia's Bluebell stamp to create the flower garden on the front and the back wall below.  The New Home Sentiment was created in word and printed off and used as the easel step.
 The New Neighbours  got a slightly scaled down version!! They did like it though.

Now I am probably going to regret this but I just might turn my blog over to ' Norm' for a short spell (whilst I am recuperating from said tooth op) as he has been badgering me non stop to get on here since lockdown began.  He is very  eager to show you his prize tomatoes. He has been told 'On No Account'  is he to touch the Try The New Blogger Button. 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Whimsical Hare

Time once more for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our latest cards. Best not be late as it was my turn to choose a theme and I asked for Winter Scenes.
Not been around much in blogland as have not been too Tickety Boo. I still have my Frozen shoulder but last weekend I also got bitten whilst sat  out on the patio and reacted very badly to the sting. Normally the antibiotics I have on hand do the trick in 3 days  but this time the bite just kept increasing in size and redness. I managed to get a telephone appointment at the surgery and was prescribed a really strong antibiotic 500mg  instead of the usual 10mg but it still took another 3 days to get under control. Then to cap it all (or not in my case) whilst taking the said pills above (which are huge and I  need to cut into three in order to take) the cap on my front tooth broke off. So phone call this time to the Dentist who managed to fit me in but they are not able to refit the cap as not enough left of tooth in gum to reattach too. They gave me 3 options and I have opted to have an implant. First part of the treatment will be next Week.. It will be quite a lengthy process and the song 'All I want for Christmas is my New Front Tooth'  springs to mind.
To take my mind off my woes I have been watching a lot of videos on You Tube  and saw Tracey from Lavinia Stamps making some really lovely  winter cards using masking techniques so these are my takes on two of them.

First Card  uses the standing up Hare from Tracey's 'Whimsical Hares' set. The trees are by Circdesign ' Winter Tree' . Distress inks for the shading and masking and glitter on the hills. The sentiment is a freebie from a Practical Publishing  magazine 2018.

Second Card  uses stamps from the same freebie set from Practical Publishing. The hills this time have a sprinkling of wink of stella on them along with the trees. 

Hope you liked my choice of theme and I will be with you shortly to see all your makes.

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.