Thursday, October 21, 2021

Vertical Windows.

Have you ever had a day where you start a card and it keeps going from bad to worse before you just about  manage to bring it back from the Brink?  Yep oh yep!! I  had one of those such days and with 70 odd photos (taken during the  course of the day for tutorial purposes) in my camera ready to upload the last thing I wanted to hear was my computer saying  "So, after hanging around all day waiting  You now want me to sit here and download 70 + photos onto my  hard drive, let you sift/sort through them all, clog up my waste basket with the disgards and then help you write 3 posts? Your having a laugh aren't you!!!!!"  Said computer promptly shut down and no amount of pretty pleasing  late last night had any effect so hence I am a day late posting the next Butterfly challenge which is
Thankfully my computer had a change of heart this morning, decided it did like my camera after all  and downloaded everything without a murmur. Don't you just love Hi Tech.

First Card is not how it was meant to look so I am calling this Version I.  Yes it does have a window and it is Vertical.  I did manage to salvage the die cut butterfly after a fashion and the card does look ok just certainly not what my brain had envisaged. 
I have used a Nellie Snellen Multi Frame to cut the window out. ( If I had  been planning on cutting a frame out I wouldn't have left such a small border all round  but I had to cut away the resulting error I had created in the centre) I have used a sheet of cream vellum backed with a sheet of double sided tape onto cream card stock for added strength. The die cut is again another vellum paper which I backed onto red card stock and then glued in place over the top.  The tutorial over on the butterfly blog has full pictures.  Nothing wrong with the die cut itself just the effect I was trying to achieve  didn't work. 
Finished off with a gold Sentiment sticker and gold dots. Diamond paper is I think by SU. 

Second Card  so back to the drawing board for this one which I am calling Version II. This card is also known as a Vertical Tri Fold and you can find various tutorials for it over on YouTube. This is my version of how I made. 
The butterfly die is by Memory box called 'Calais Butterflies' and the sentiment is by Woodware.  Punched butterflies are by SU.  Everything else used  from my stash. 

Believe it or not this is the same card but by using different coloured cardstock for the folds and just  folding in a different order you get two very distinct looks.  Full instructions are over on the butterfly blog under the card shapes tag as normal. 

The challenge is running for 3 weeks and then there will just be one more for the letter W which takes us nicely up to Christmas when the butterflies get cocooned for their winter snooze ready to reappear once more in the New Yr with a fresh alphabet and a different wheel to spin. 

Take care

Sunday, October 10, 2021

It's a Snow Life.

Time once more for the girls in the Chrstmas Card club to show our next theme's card which Kate chose.
Snowman/men/Snow families. I do have lots of digi stamps I could have used but these two stamps were in my christmas box just jumping at me to be used. 

1st card.
Uses a stamp by Woodware called 'Skating Snowmen'  and I have teamed him with a freebie paper from Crafts Beautiful by Alison Butler. I always colour my images up first and then go and hunt out a paper to match. So far it has worked out!! Coloured using my good old trusty Graph'it pens and a silver gel pen. The sentiment is by Studio Light. The strip of green card was lurking on my desk so I stuck it on for good measure.  Inside of card is also decorated with a strip of the design paper that was left over. 

2nd card.
Uses a stamp by Two Jays  called 'Cheery Snowman'. Again coloured with my graph'it pens and then searched for a pattern paper to go with it. This one is from Making Cards 2016 called Christmas florals. ( Oh, If we only knew then what Covid delights were in store for us).  I have matched up the holly berries on his hat! Sneaky or what. Strip of cardstock was hiding under the  green strip above so as I had clocked it and with no fresh place for it to hide it had to be used. The round the corner sentiment is by  Phil Martin from his Scribbles Christmas Corners Set.  The let it snow was from the same Studio Light set used in card above. 

Just been for a trip down to the hospital this morning as The Doc had to have a Covid Swab Test done prior to him going in on Wednesday for a  planned medical  procedure so we are now in lockdown. Had to get the food shopping delivered a day early so we can be totally isolated for the next few days.  

 Stay Safe