Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Napkin Fold

The Butterflies are back and there is a new challenge up and running over on the blog.
The tutorial  as normal is over on the Butterfly Blog on the card shapes page.

Here is my inspiration for you.

This is the outside of the card.  Folded and secured by a ribbon bow.
The butterfly design paper is a freebie from a magazine a long time ago. The sentiment and silver swirls from my stash also the ribbon.

This is what you see when you open the card up. The Napkin fold is attached to the centre of the card. The sides fold over to close the card down but it also stands up like a gatefold card for display. 
As you gently  pull open the napkin it will display a further message inside.
This is the napkin fold fully opened. 
I am popping over to the playground with this card as the snazzy navy print is actually the inside of of two envelopes that came in the post. Too good to chuck away in the bin so I didn't.
Entering into Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 403. Use your snippets. 

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 3 weeks  and will therefore close on Tuesday 15th June  8pm.(GMT).

Virtual Hugs 
 And Stay safe.
 Enjoy a holiday at home this year.

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Winter Scene.

Time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next makes. Christine chose the theme of Winter Scene. I have only managed two cards, 1 winter scene and the other not technically a scene as such so I will go with anything goes for it. In my defense I did watercolour them which took a lot longer than I had envisaged and I also procrastinated over the detailing. Plus I managed to get paint streaks where I didn't want it on both cards and had to do cover up jobs.  Ok Excuses over and onto the cards.

Card 1. The winters Scene.
I have used a Clarity mask to create the trees and the background. I started by drawing an oval onto my water colour card and placed the tree mask over the top so I could see where I needed the paint to go. 
I used distress inks and a water filled pen to pick up the colour from my palette tray. Once the oval was dry I stamped around the edge using stamps by Jayne Nestorenko from her 'Just My Imagination Collection' I wasn't happy with all the white card surrounding the oval of pine leave and cones so I randomly filled in the white spaces using a larger pine leaves and berries stamp from the same set.  Much more happy with the result apart from the big mistake that the sentiment is now hiding. Again it is from the same set and does cover up the deer I had attempted to put stepping  out of the oval. 

I used a silver gel pen to highlight round the oval and a Sharpie white pen for the snowflakes. Red Distress ink to paint the berries. 

Card 2. The Anything goes Scene.
I used another  Clarity mask to create the stag and then painted in with Distress ink. I do not have the matching stamp for it so I drew the stag features in by hand and highlighted with  a gold gel pen.  I drew an oval circle in pencil and then used another stamp from the same set as above to create the border of berries and leaves that  I painted with distress inks. Finished off with the same gold gel pen.  Then I  managed to get two brown streaks within the oval. Drat!! Whilst looking for a suitable sentiment to cover I found these 2 little wooden stag discs from 'Scrap Matts' so strategically placing them they covered up the marks perfectly without I hope it looking obvious that is what they are doing.  Sentiment bar from my stash. 

Stay safe and enjoy a holiday at home this year.

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!

Stay Safe

Friday, May 07, 2021


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.  

and stay safe.