Sunday, May 09, 2021

Get your Skates on

Get your skates on (and is what I should really be doing ) is the latest theme for the Christmas Club Girls to be showing on our cards. Chosen by Gwen ' Ice Skates or  Winter Sports.'  and  I was spoilt for choice this time.  
So why am I late yet again you ask ? Well You'll  like  my excuse this time it's a cracker and honestly I do not make these things up.  Ok so yes we were having a lie in (watching Sunday Politics I hasten to add on the TV,) all riveting stuff when we got a phone call from the Window Cleaner (I kid you not) asking could he come and do the windows as he was in our vicinity  doing the local Golf Course club house and could he also have a cup of coffee when he got here as the clubs cafeteria was shut!!
The Doc doesn't  generally need an excuse to fire up the Tassimo coffee machine but it did mean the Window cleaner got his coffee before me!!
Finally got my coffee when a text came in to say 3 items had been substituted on my food delivery for later on today so further procrastination whilst I logged onto the PC to see what I was now getting instead.

I managed 5 cards from rooting through my stash, 3 using  Ice Skates and 2 using Winter Sports so hope you like my choice Gwen. Though I made all these last night I needed the light coming in the lounge windows (now sparkly clean) this morning  to get decent pictures of them. 

Card 1
Uses a Sassy Cheryl's  pre coloured  digi image called 'Smooth Move' from Paper Creator. The card blank was an old one found  in my box and has the oval already cut from it so I just printed off the image and glued behind and then added a further panel inside to neaten. The flower is a Tonic embellishment. The strips of glitter are cut from cardstock and the glitter stickers from my stash. 
Card 2
Uses a Sassy Cheryl's  pre coloured  digi image called 'Figure Eight Style'. Th spotty digi paper is from Nitwits 'Believe Too' collection called Dots Red.  The best wishes is  a strip of Washi Tape and I found the green holly stickers in my stash.
Card 3
Uses a freebie paper from several years ago  from PaperCraft Inspirations called 'New York, New York, Winter Wonderland 'collection.  The greeting was a gold sticker in my stash that I layered up on a scrap of red and white and  given more height with strips of white card stock in lieu of 3D pads.  
I go a bit of camera glare on the front so this is the inside of the card showing the sky line on the design paper along with the cute skating figures.  I did finish all of the insides of the other cards too  using up the scraps but haven't shown here otherwise I won't get this posted. 
Card 4
Uses a pre coloured digi image from The Paper Shelter called 'Sliding Bear' which i thought fitted the bill of Winter Sports.  Gold edging and gold sticker  sentiments from my stash. Snow flake Paper by LOTV.
Card 5
Uses a freebie cardboard topper from years and years  gone by. It came in a large packet of different animals and embellishments and I believe the packet had over 50 in it which I am still endeavouring to use up. Again the bear skiing fitted the winter sports theme. The Design paper was a magazine freebie and I just layered the bear up in the same way as I did  the sentiment on  card No3. Silver stars and silver sentiment from my stash. 
Just time for another coffee and to see the other girls makes  before the delivery man turns up with my weekly shop!

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Stay Safe
Hugs

Friday, May 07, 2021

Anniversaries

Both our Daughter and Son have their Wedding Anniversaries within days of each other though several years apart and these are the cards that I made this year. 

This was the card for Fluff and Son-in-law. I loved making the Lantern card for the Butterfly Challenge (and that card went to my Daughter-in-law for her Birthday) so I made another one and incorporated a hanging element into it. The design paper (from The Works) I used had plain white flowers on it  but I wanted them to be yellow so I coloured each one with a marker pen and then edged with a silver gel pen.I must remind myself that patience is a virtue and  also cannot be rushed as the colouring took 2 days. 


The hanging element dangling inside is an Xcut oval die cut twice, glued together with the thread trapped inside  and the image stamped on either side. The stamp is a really old one by Alysinkyfingers and circa 2014. This is the last date I can see her blog being active. 
I decorated the sides with sentiments and embellishments in silver stickers from  my stash. 

As I had only just sent the other  Lantern card to my Daughter in law (for her Birthday) I decided to make a Triptych Card as their Wedding Anniversary card. 
This is the front panel. I have used design papers from A  Hunkydory Little Book of Flowers. Die cut using 2 different sizes of an Xcut die. 'Rectangle Parenthesis'.

Showing next centre panel. The sentiments and silver numbering were from my stash.  
Showing all three panels which were all seperate pieces of card stock cut to same size and adhered together using three tabs each. I neatened the back of each panel using a smaller insert of green  paper and the middle one had a white die cut panel for  writing on. 
I used yellow and purple for the cards as they are my Daugther and Daughter in laws favourite colours.  


Hugs
and stay safe. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

4 Calling Birds

Just scrapping in with my March Rudolph Card being the 4th Day of Christma ie 4 Calling birds.
I have used all die cuts to make this card and also an embossing folder that I have not used before as it is a very large one 8.25 x 11.5 inches and won't go through my embossing machine in the traditional way. 

Folder is by 'Diesire' and called Tumbling Leaves onto gold metallic  cardstock.  I have used 'Sizzix' thinlits 660827 called Love Birds for the bird element and 'Sizzix'Thinlits 661049 Whimsical Wish for the trailing branch The design paper is from a pad by 'Love to Craft' called Vintage Noel die cut using 'Tattered Lace' rounded corner Essentials Squares.  The sentiment has been made up by using various dies. Britannia for the Christmas and  Birthday (cut down), Sizzix 661163 for the number 4 and tonic birthday numbers for the th.  The gems came from my stash.  Not managed my quota this month so must try harder for May!

Entering into  

Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo # April Rudolph Challenge. 


Hugs

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Luv a Duck!

Late to the Christmas Card Club party again but it really isn't my fault. I had every intention of posting on time then Covid 19 put a spanner in the works.  Let me explain.
Friday evening I had a rather short/sharp email from NHS telling me that my Second Covid 19 vaccine (was due to done next Tuesday)  had been cancelled and I would need to book another appointment. No explanation as to why. Had to wait till Saturday morning to ring the Pharmacy who told me rather unhelpfully  that it was probably due to having run out of vaccine and advised me to go on line and wait for their name to come back up on the list again. The next available slot I could get was on next Wednesday at a Pharmacy even further away 20.5 miles and not 8.5 miles (as with the first one) but I booked it as if I had waited for a nearer address to come up  I would be over my 12 weeks between doses. Consequently today was taken up with doing a dummy run as we didn't know the town the new pharmacy was in   and needed to see how long it would take.  Well 2hrs round robin trip and considerable more miles than the crow flies too  of 75 miles door to door. 
Had a quick coffee and  logged into my computer to get my cards posted and then  a bang on the door and my online grocery shop had turned up 2hrs early!!  It has not been my day today.

Anyways here are my cards.Just 3 this time. Rachel  chose the theme of Humour. Not sure my cards comply with that as humour is very subject to each persons taste but they are kinda cute so going with anything goes. 

All made with toppers left over from a sheet I have had in my stash for years. Not even sure now who by. I used various sheets of card stock for the bases and then raided my stash of gold sticker embellishments for the sentiments on two of them and then the edgings for all three. 



I need to get my skates on now and make an anniversary card for my Son and Daughter in law which needs to be posted asap.


Hugs
and keep safe.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Mini Miura

Time for another Butterfly Challenge and we are onto the letter M.
The tutorial  as normal is over on the Butterfly Blog on the card shapes page.


Here is my inspiration for you.

This is the card folded down and using a Belly band closure..
Card opened up showing the unique Mini Miura fold. The card really is simple to make and you will find the instructions and full tutorial over on the Butterfly Blog on the card shapes page. 
Design papers are all oldies from my stash and came from freebies in magazines. The metal butterfly came from my lovely blogging friend Mia.  Sentiment is Britannia Die cuts. 

I do hope you will give this card shape a try out  and come and play in the Butterfly Garden with me.
The challenge is running for 2 weeks  and will therefore close on Tuesday 4th May  8pm.(GMT).

I have my second covid vaccine next Tuesday and am so not looking forward to it. I really do not want a repeat of the first reaction so am keeping my fingers and toes crossed. 

 
Hugs 
and continue to Stay Safe. 


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Bold Blooms

I've been let loose over at the Playground! Guesting on Pixies Crafty Workshop #401.
Now just so long as there are no Pogo sticks hanging around and you don't mention 'The Duck Pond' we shall be ok. 
My card to show you apart from the scalloped card base (that I found lurking in a box) is made up entirely using snippets. I have a picture tutorial below showing how it was constructed. 
The prize is  the Woodware Stamp that I have used. The winner will of course be getting a brand new one as I had two of this stamp.   It comes with a sentiment too. 



Here is the card I made using mine.

 I had seen a journal page using torn up catalogue pages for the background and wondered if using up scraps of plain cardstock would work just as well. Only one way to find out!
These were some oddments left over from previous cards which I tore up into small pieces  in different shapes but mostly about 1" in size. 

Using undiluted Pva glue I stuck them randomly onto the card base leaving  a small neatish edge all the way round. Once all stuck down I gave a liberal coating of the Pva glue over the top and left overnight to dry. 
In the morning the result was this beautiful shiny  background which because it was so shiny was quite difficult to photograph without getting glare from the camera. 
Next I stamped out the flower image twice (onto scraps of white card) using  a Wow clear embossing pad  and embossed using Wow silver powder. 

Coloured with my Graph'it marker pens and fussy cut out the images. 
I stuck one onto the card using double sided tape and then adhered the second image on top overlapping so that it made it look like there were a lot more flowers than there actually are.  
Now I don't use 3D pads anymore as I make my own from left over snippets of white cardstock. Waste not want not. Here's how.

I add ds tape to the back of the cardstock  and then layer up before cutting into the size pieces I need. 
I wanted the second image to be fairly raised up so I used four pieces of card each time.
Then adhered them to the back of the second image before adding to the card. 
I cut the sprig of flowers that were at the bottom of the image off on the top layer and tucked them straight onto the card  under the leaves and large yellow flower. So that's my snippets card which I hope will inspire you to enter into the current challenge. 



Hugs 
and mind those Pogo Sticks!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Little Robin Red Breast

Golly, Another 2 weeks gone in a puff of smoke and what changeable weather we have been experiencing.
It is time again for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next makes. Margaret has chosen the theme of Little Robing Red Breast. I have 3 new stamps to christen that I purchased back in Feb of 2020 and not used yet.  
I fancied doing a spot of water colouring  and so the first three have been painted using distress inks smooshed out onto a sheet of acetate and a brush dipped into water to dilute. 

Card 1.
This is a Creative Expressions stamp called  'Natalie's Christmas Robin'. 

I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder.
Sentiment is by Dovecrafts and the little nail heads are tiny silver stickers. Once painted I die cut using Crafts -Too Square dies Scalloped edge which I raised up from the main card base using strips of snippets card glued together to give the height. 

Card 2.
This is a stamp by Hobby Art Ltd called 'Winter Robin'.
 
I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Once painted die cut out using Spellbinders A2 Floral ribbon threader. The sentiment is by Studio Light  from their Winter Memories stamp set.  I used another of the silver sticker nail heads for the centre of the snowflake. Strip of silver glitter card was on my desk so waste not want not. 

Card 3.
This is another stamp by Hobby Art Ltd called ' Robin on Wellies'.

I used water colour card and stamped using my Wow embossing pad and silver embossing powder.
Once painted and dry I die cut using Spellbinders Labels Twenty - Eight . The sentiment this time is by 
Woodware from  their Modern Seasonal set.  Raised up again using card strips glued together and the nail head silver stickers for accent. 

Card 4.
I had this out on my desk from a previous project not used  and as it also had robins on it decided to colour using my Promarker pens and a silver  gel pen. It is a digi stamp by Delicious Doodles called 'Jolly Holly Post Box '. Die cut using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. Sentiment by Studio Light. 

I did have all these finished last night but too late to take any decent photos till this morning and then I got side tracked yet again as one does so apologies Margaret for being late. 


HUGS

Stay safe and well.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Last of the Rugs.

Brenda has at last received her mug rug  so I am showing the last of the rugs  that I made here. Rather a long post as there are 11 of them but here goes.

This one went to Suze who likes to use a lots of different papers on her cards so a patchwork design it had to be.
Another patchwork this time for Alice who (like me) uses up every scrap of embellishments that she can lay her hands on so thought this rug very appropriate also given the age of the fabric used.   
Both of the next rugs  went to recipients that like the colour blue.

I chose a William Morris Fabric for Glennis called Larkspur in pale blue.

I incorporated birds into this one for Karen using a Blue Tit. 

Next one went to Kitty. An absolute no brainer. It just had to have a cat on it as she is so crazy about them. 


I chose a tree element for Tina to go with  her blog symbolizing caring for the environment. 

Next one was a hard one as Denise didn't have a blog for me to investigate but I did personalise it with her initial on it along with  the other items I enclosed for her.
I chose flowery prints for the next two recipients and personalised with their initials
Ditzy flowers and spots for Shannon in colours that I hoped she would like.

Floral sprigs in pink for Rebecca who loved it having her initial on. 


Penultimate rug went to Donna who lives right by a lake and loves fishing so a little scenic mug rug was called for. 
Last but not least the one that nearly got away but finally  arrived in the end. Brenda had a new addition to the family last year when she adopted  Daisy. She has the most delightful expression which I hope I managed to capture here. 

Well my pile of material did go down a tad but now seems to have grown again with the addition of lots of butterfly prints. Hmm. Wonder what I can do with those!!
 
Appendage: As I have used all snippets for the patchwork mug rugs I am skipping over to the playground. It is a special number as Di is celebrating #400 so if you have any cards that you have used snippets to make it with pop on over and play. There are fabby prizes on offer to the winner. 
Entering into  Pixies Crafty Workshop #400 Use up your snippets.  Yes Miss. 

Until next time
Stay safe and well

Hugs