Thursday, November 26, 2020

Iris Folded Robin.

I just fancied doing some Iris Folding on a card for a change and also to use another of my( erm many) embossing folders so I did.

Card Design is from a book called 460 Iris Folded Cards to Make by Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser. So far I have made 3 from the book (albeit two of them more than once) so I still have a way to go.
Embossing folder is by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions called 'Bark'. 
All the papers were snippets from my stash. 

The embossed paper was lightly brushed over with distress ink and again around the cut out of the robin. Below is a close up of the Iris folding.  The chart provided shows in which order to do the folding  though I find  it is best to mark off on the chart as you go along which bits you have already done. It is easy to loose track and use the wrong coloured paper. I find it very relaxing. I made this card for a friend who likes robins. 
Entering this card into Mo's November  Rudolph Day Challenge. 


Mother Hen is preening her feathers here. My daughter (Fluff) Faye Wynn-Jones has taken her considerable colouring skills to You Tube and produced her first tutorial. Watch and listen to some soothing music whilst she brings a Snowman to life before your very eyes. You will be amazed at what Faye does with the Snowman's scarf. Here is the link. Enjoy. I Did.

Stay safe and well

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Oh Deer.

It's been one of those days today. I managed to get a food shop delivery and it has put me all at sixes and sevens with what I had planned.  It's time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show out next makes. Gwen chose the theme of Deer.  I had intended to make more than one card but this one took me ages so one it will have to be or I will never get this posted. 
I have managed to kill two birds with one stone though and enter this into a challenge that requires you to use your long forgotten embossing folders. I am very guilty of that and was surprised to find just how many christmas themed folders I do in fact have!

This embossing folder is by Crafter's Companion and is called Reindeer Parade.  I embossed a sheet of craft card with it and trimmed slightly down as it is  6"x6" .Using a dauber and distress ink I coloured the raised parts and gently some of the background too and all the way round the edges.  The sentiment is a Britannia die which I die cut 5 times. The top one I laid over my clear embossing pad and pressed down slightly and then dipped into gold embossing powder and heat set.  The deer stamp which comes with the matching die cut  came as a freebie from a Practical Publishing magazine. I gave the Deer the same treatment by stamping with my clear embossing pad and then embossing with the gold.  I mounted him onto a plaque made from an oval die cut and raised everything  up using strips of oddments of cardstock layered up to give some height. That is the part that took all the time up cutting and adhering together but the pile of strips on my desk has gone down . Yay!

Entering into the following challenges:
Let's Squash It #2 Use a Christmas Embossing folder and a stamp. 

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #42 Use a Christmas embossing folder and a stamp.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #391 Use up your snippets. (Brown cardstock for sentiment and deer plus strips that  you can't see raising embellishments up. )

Stay Safe and Well

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Flag It to Me.

It is the last week of the current Butterfly Challenge and here are two more inspiration cards for you. It is also the last challenge for the current year. The butterflies are all  now cocooned  and will be back in the New Yr ready to play with the next letter of the alphabet which will be G. on Wednesday 6th January 2021. In the meantime I hope you will come over and play this week. 

1st Card.   Using Flag card/Fabric/Forest Green/Flaxen/Butterflies. 
The digi paper on the front of the card and the belly band is by Black Cats Media. I have used lace as my fabric ellement and the gold stickers are from my stash. 
Digi paper on the inside is by Prima 'Sunkiss Paper Pack from Snap,Click, Supply which is the company the prize certificates for the winners of this challenge will be from.  I have used three flags and made them half size. 

2nd Card.   Using Flag card/Fabric/Forest Green/French pink/Butterflies. 

Digi paper on the front is by Blossom Paper Art from thier collection called Pink birds 3. here I have used pink canvas and patterned cotton material for the fabric embellishment. Pink sticker  butterflies from my stash. 
Digi paper on the inside is by 'Florariumka' F-32-2 No (8). I have only  used two flags this time making them elongated by increasing by half their length.  Sentiments are clear stamps by Kaisercraft. 

I had my stitches out this afternoon so now it is a waiting game until the middle of January to see if the bone graft has taken and the titanium screw and rod have been accepted. All fun and games.  

Take Care Everyone
and Stay Safe. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Mug Rug.

I made this mug rug for a facebook swap last month and as my partner has received I can show it. 
My instructions were for it to be made in pale colours and I found from her page that she liked blue.
I used to make a lot of these on Flickr in my pre Blogger days

All stitched by hand except the binding and the quilting which I used my sewing machine for. The teacups took a week to embroider as each one is cut separately and then the stack was made from the bottom up nestling each one inside one another. I can't tell you how many times I stitched and then unpicked to get the rims of the cups right!  I used a digi image called Cupstack from 'Toadstool Printables' which I resized on my computer then printed out and transferred to freezer paper before ironing onto the appropriate coloured materials.  The letters are an alphabet die cut set by Julie Hickey which were cut using the freezer paper. Each material  piece was then ironed onto Heat and Bond to stop from fraying before stitching onto the backing material.  

 Finally I made a matching card for Janet before sending off. I do have to say the card was a lot easier to colour up than making  the mug rug! Janet loved them both. 
Trotting over to Pixie's Crafty Workshop #390 as I have used lots of snippets of material on the mug rug.
Not been around much as I had my Dental review for the new tooth last week and they found that though the bone had regrown  the two teeth either side of the gap had moved and the proposed surgery for December was hurriedly brought forward to this past Thursday. On the day they found that I didn't have enough regrown bone of my own so I had to have a bone graft (heck you don't want to know what they used, I do and I rather I didn't but you have to sign the consent forms before they will proceed). I now have a titanium screw inserted (to eventually take the new implant) as well as the bone graft plus a temporary metal  bar holding it all in  place plus 6 stitches which I need to go back and have removed next week.  Eating is a nightmare at the moment and The Doc is under strict instructions not to make me laugh as moving the lip too much can weaken the stitches.  Who knew taking a bite out of a piece of bread and butter could cause all these problems. So after the stitches come out we wait to see for two months  if my body will accept or reject the titanium screw as a foreign body. If all goes well they remove the temporary bar and then they can  file the teeth down on either side to widen the gap back up again to place the implant. All I want for Christmas is my new Front Tooth!!!! 

I won't say keep on smiling
but do stay safe and well. 

Sunday, November 08, 2020

There's snow place like Snowmen.

Time again for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our latest makes. Don't ask me where the past two weeks have gone as I haven't a clue. It is Rachel's turn to choose a theme which is Stencils. I only have one or two and they are not suitable so I have gone with the Anything goes get out card and as I didn't do the snowmen theme last time (and the images are still out on my desk) I have made snowmen cards. 

First card is a digi image  called Snowman Hugs by 'From The Heart.' Coloured using a mix of Graph'it and PPromarker pens plus a silver gel pen  The backing is all bits and pieces of papers still out on my desk from another christmas card project already shown.  The sentiment is by Julie Hickey. 

Second card is a digi image  called Snow Lady and Cardinal again by 'From The Heart.'  Coloured using my Graph'it and Promarker pens. Sentiment is by Julie Hickey and the silver sticker trees were in my stash. Papers as above, 

Third card is a digi image called Snowmans Stocking again by 'From The Heart'.  Coloured using my Graph'it  and Promarker pens. papers as above.Gems from my stash.  
Fourth card is  a stamp by 'Woodware' called  Skating Snowmen. I love using their stamps.  Coloured with my Graph'it  and Promarker pens and a gold gel pen.  The sentiment is  from a set by Studiolight.
Papers as above. 
Fifth card is  a stamp by 'Two Jays' called Cheery snowman. Just a little colouring using my pens and using up the last of the paper as above. Gems from my stash. Sentiment in the same set by  Studiolight 
Blogger is doing strange things again. Though I have the icons across the top of the template I am using to write this  there is no wording attached to them  so I am posting this a bit blind as having to remember what all the different icons are doing. It is also telling me I now  have wisywig pages. Oh well keeps me on my toes I suppose. 

I'm off to see what the other girls have come up with using stencils. 

Stay Safe and Well.
Use your Loo rolls sparingly!

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Flag it Up.

Time for a new Challenge over on the Butterfly Challenge where the  theme is:

I have two versions to show you today as your inspiration. 

First card Using Version I which is for 3 flags inside your card. 

I have used the following from the wheel.
Flag Fold/Fabric/French Pink/Forest Green/ Butterfly.

The design paper on the front is by BoBunny from the Little Miss Collection paper pad and the inside  paper is a digi paper by Blossom Paper Art from their Pink birds 2 collection.  Green stripe is from their Peach and green Floral 2 collection.  Instructions are over on the butterfly blog under the card shapes tag.  The lace and the gold butterfly stickers were from my stash.  Sentiment stamp on the front is by Kaisercraft and the one on the inside was a freebie in a craft magazine. 
Photo below shows the concertina folds that hold the flags. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:

Second  card Using Version II which is for 5 flags inside your card. 

I have used the following from the wheel.
Flag Fold//French Pink/Forest Green/ Butterfly

Design Paper on the front is from a paper pad by The Paper Boutique called Butterfly Ballet. The digital  pink stripe paper  is  by Blossom Paper  Art  from their Pink birds 2 collection.  The silver stickers are from my stash. 
Photo below shows the concertina folds that hold the flags and the arrangement for 5 flags. 
Entering this card into the following challenges:

Butterfly challenge will be running again for 3 weeks so will close on 25th November. Do hope you will find time during the new ' Lock Down' to come and have a play.  This is the last challenge for this year. The butterflies will be cocooned for the winter months and will return in the New Year. I am hoping that the Wretched Elf will not be putting in  an appearance this yr due to the travel restrictions in place from the North Pole and the  strict 20 day quarantine rules. I have a plan up my sleeve though just in case!!

Stay Safe and Well
and Batten Down those Hatches.