Thursday, September 30, 2021

In A Flap.

Time for another challenge over on the butterfly blog. We are up to the letter T now so 

Here is the butterfly wheel to be used. 

Twilight Lavender = Deep Lavender
Thistle = Light Lavender
Tea Rose = Light Pink
Here is my example for you. 
This is the tower standing upright and the front of the card. I have used two papers from  a  pack by The Paper Boutique called 'For Her' and then plain card stock in varying degrees of lavender. The sentiment is a silver sticker. The butterflies have been punched using two different size SU punches and the hearts from a Woodware punch. 
This is showing the back of the tube  and shows a panel for putting your additional wording on. 
It folds nice and flat for posting.  Photos are showing difference in colour hue as they were taken in daylight and at night time.  Looks complicated but it isn't. It really is just like paper piecing. 

The instructions/tutorial is over on the Butterfly Blog as per usual and can be found under the card shapes tab here.  I hope you will give it try out. If you do not fancy all the layering then one level can be left out. Challenge is running for three weeks and will end on 19th October. 


Sunday, September 26, 2021

It's a Pink Thing!

The theme for this weeks show of cards from the Christmas Card Club Girls is to use Non - Traditional colours which was right up my street to use these pretty prints from a Paper pad set by The Paper Boutique 'A Whisper of Winter'. The main colours being pink, brown, cream and pale blue. I pulled out a selection of die cut sentiments and die cutting frames to use  along with Buff, Chocolate and Steel Blue cardstock and got started. I have managed to make 5 cards to swell my growing pile of Cards.  Again I had to wait until this morning in order to take the photos which were all done in the summer house  on the pink table and against the pine wood cladding.

First card.
Using a die cut frame by First Edition Crafts FEDIE012 and a sentiment die by Tonic 'Wave Merry Christmas' 

Second Card.
Uses the same die cut frame but this time I have kept the card I cut it from and dropped the die cut down to the bottom to give the interesting drop shadow effect. The sentiment is again by Tonic which I die cut in brown and steel blue and layered slightly off one another. I then added the two srtrips of gold edging to finish. 

Third Card.
This card is using a frame that was left from using another die cut which I haven't as yet used the inset for but I thought it made an interesting overlay to place a different design from the same set underneath it. The sentiment is a die cut by Creative Expressions CED3046.

Fourth Card.
This was actually the first card made but I didn't photograph them  in sequence. An easel card using a die frame by Crafts - Too 'Scalloped Edge'  PCD77 and a sentiment by Tonic.  The bow was an after thought as the scrap of ribbon (waste not want not)  was left over from making the last card below. 

Fifth Card.
My most favorite of them all with its abundant pink roses and using the burgundy ribbon which was out on my desk from being one of  the shoulder tabs on a jumper I had just bought (on line) and cut off. 
Sentiment was the remains of a  silver peel off after using the actual wording on a previous project. I really do use up everything in sight. I have die cut the same design paper out twice in different sizes using the Crafts - Too die set above and layered up very slightly off centre. 

I'm off to sit in the Summer house now with a coffee and attempt to catch up with your blogs.

Stay Safe
and if your in the right age range
wait for your Third Covid Vaccine 
Call up.
Until then 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Festive Greetings

Goodness me it's time for the girls to show our makes in the Christmas card Club. Rita chose the theme this time of Poinsettias. I love to see these on a christmas card and have several different stamps and digi images for them. Having said that though I couldn't resist buying the new Gemini christmas stamp and die sets. There are six in the collection and one just happens to be a poinsettia.  I used the Candle a few weeks back. I am still getting to grips with using the split dies and the jury is out on whether I like them or not. I have tried both ways now of first stamping and then fitting the split die round the stamped image (as I did on the candle card here) and today using just one side of the split die to first cut out the card base and then to stamp the image afterwards. I found this quite fiddly to be honest and as I have used my promarkers to colour with I  had to cut a further piece of card stock  to cover the bleed through on the inside of the card. The sentiment comes with the set which is called Festive Poinsettia. 
It needed the relief of the green cardstock to back the inside of the card with.

First picture showing the card front cut away using the split die. I do like the result it gave. 

Second picture showing the card closed flat 

I only managed the one card as it has been a full on week here with 3 September Birthday cards to send out all in the same week. Two for family and one for my lovely blogging friend Di. Happy Birthday once again for today. 

There is still a worrying number of deaths from covid being reported 
so we still need to keep on our toes.
Stay safe and well.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Slide and Lock

The  Butterflies are back with a brand new challenge over on the Butterfly blog.

 The letter  this  time is S. 

Here is the butterfly wheel to be used. 

n.b.  Shimmering blush = Pale Pink

and your Stitiching can be Real or faux. 

Without further ado here are my inspiration cards for you as I am already running late, life keeps on getting in the way at the moment. 

1st card using  Version I which is over on the Butterfly Blog  on the Card shapes tab which this link will take you straight  to.

I have used all six elements of the wheel and chosen real stitching which I created by hand using a double sewing thread.  The design papers are all by The Works and the sentiment is by Julie Hickey.
Below is the inside of the card opened up once the Slide and Lock mechanism has been removed. 
The stamped image is again by Julie Hickey along with the sentiment. Coloured using my Graph'it pens
to match with the roses on the design paper. 

2nd  card using  Version II and again using all six elements of the wheel and real hand stitching. 
Design papers are all by The Works. Sentiment by Julie Hickey and the butterfly is by Memory Box 'Terrace" I have hand stitched round the butterflies edge and raised up with 3d pads (I use strips of cardstock oddments adhered together, usually 3 strips is enough which I have used here).

Inside of card where I have used more hand stitching and the pink butterflies were already punched out and in my oddments box waiting to be used. 

I hope I have given you some ideas and that you will come and play in this challenge. The  Butterflies have a brand new garden to play in which I will be posting up pictures for you to see shortly if I ever manage to get the planting finished that is as I keep changing my mind where the plants should go!
Decisions, Decisions!!

Hugs to you all
and continue to stay safe and well in this strange old world
we are now finding ourselves in.