Saturday, October 01, 2022

Cube It.

Time for another new challenge over on the Butterfly blog and this time it is 





 Chartreuse = Apple Green. 

A little later than expected due to internet problems. My Wi -Fi keeps disconnecting my pc every few minutes so trying to write a tutorial and load photos for it has been torturous to say the least. Work is being done on the local  transmitter mast upgrading it for when 3G gets turned off next year but in the meanwhile it is proving to be a real pain.

I have 3 examples for you to see. As usual a step by step tutorial is available over on the blog. You can find it under the banner heading  on the  Card shapes page. All the tutorials are listed alphabetically. Just click on each name and it will take you to the tutorial for that shape card. 

This shaped card has been around for a few years but in my card/ version 3, I have given it a new twist that I have not seen elsewhere. 

Card 1.
Uses from the Butterfly wheel.
Cube card/Checks/Chilli Red/Canary Yellow/Butterfly

The tartan check paper I have no name for but the Butterfly paper is from Making Cards July 2015 called Busy Butterflies.  The sentiment is from a sheet of cutouts that I have had in my stash for years. Time to use up me thinks.  The little Butterfly die cut is an SU punch.  Such a simple card which looks impressive but folds down to  a 4" square and nice and flat for posting too. 


Card 2.
Uses from the Butterfly wheel.
Cube card/Checks/Chilli Red/Chartreuse/Cyan/Butterfly

Is big sister to card No 1. A slightly larger version which folds flat to 5.5" square.
Just gives you more surface area to use and adding more images. 

The  check paper is from Hot Off The Press called Home Grown. The butterfly paper is by Alison Butler whilst the big daisy flowers are by Sally Moret 2012. Large butterflies are my go to dies by Memory Box Isabella and Pippi.

Card 3.
Uses from the Butterfly wheel.
Cube card/Checks/Chilli Red/Canary Yellow/Cyan/Chartreuse/Butterfly
Again one of my 'What if I was to try' moments which I'm calling a Cantilever Cube Card and I love how it turned out.

Instead of cutting individual squares for the cubes I wrapped the design paper around the cubes as it just seemed to lend itself to the Floral Border that I used. I have had this 3D Border By Papermania forever just waiting for the right time. Today was the day!! Check paper by Jenny Ellory and the yellow/floral stripe by  Sally Moret. It matched the 3D border perfectly. 


I have also been away from my desk having jabs done. Shingles and Pneumonia safely out of the way and thank goodness only one offs so no need to be repeated.  The Doc and I have our Covid vaccinations on Monday afternoon and need to go into town for them.Luckily we managed to get appointments 10 mins apart.  That just leaves the Flu jab to sort out with the surgery which they are doing from the middle of October.  I don't think I have any muscle left that has not received a jab in it this year!!

The challenge is running until the 18th October 8pm (GMT) so do hope you will have time to have a go at this card shape. 



Stay Safe.


Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Window Cards

Time for another new challenge over on the Butterfly blog and this time it is 




I have 4 examples for you to see. As usual a step by step tutorial is available over on the blog. You can find it under the banner heading  on the  Card shapes page. All the tutorials are listed alphabetically. Just click on each name and it will take you to the tutorial for that shape card. 

This card shape has several different names but I have chosen to call it a Window card. Just so I could use the letter W!!!!!. 

Card 1.  
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Window Card/ Wood/Wheat/Wisteria/ Wild Blue Yonder/Butterfly


The base card design paper is a digi by Funky Hand (no longer in business) called Hearts and Flowers No 16. I have teamed it up with two freebie papers on the window. The yellow is from making Cards by Nancy Watt and the  watering can/bird house paper is called Summer Time but I am not sure which freebie collection this came from. Both have been in my stash a very long time.  I have used a wooden butterfly embellishment as my theme element.  Card folds flat for posting. 

Card 2.  
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Window Card/Wheat/Water Melon/ Wild Blue Yonder/Butterfly


Just by turning the window shape a different way you can create an entirely different look.  Here I have used a design paper by Pat Bravo on the base card. The blue paper behind the butterfly was lurking in my stash (no name) and happened to be the right size for inserting into the window.  Butterfly is my go to favourite by Memory Box  "Pippi and Isabella".  The sentiment is a die cut by Dovecraft.  Believe it or not the window is the same size as on the card above but it fits this way onto a smaller card base. 

Card 3.  
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Window Card/Wood/Wheat/Water Melon/ Wild Blue Yonder/Butterfly

I had a little what if moment for this card and said 'What if I make  two smaller windows and put them both on a slim line card' so I had a play around with the sizings and did. 
Blue design paper is from the Simply British collection from Homemade a really old freebie still in my stash. The other paper is a freebie from Making cards  June 2013 called Busy Bees. 

Card 4.  
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Window Card/Wheat/Wisteria/ Wild Blue Yonder/Butterfly

Finally I had another light bulb moment and thought what if I use a large and a small window  and combine together  to make a double window!!!! I like how my mind works sometimes.


I have been itching to use this Penny Black Stickeroos  for ages and the blue is just perfect for this card. The creamy coloured butterflies were white on the sheet but I coloured over them with a cream Copic marker and I quite like the result.  I had to chop a small sliver from the bottom of the flower to make it fit the inside of the window.  I will add a sentiment on the inside when it gets sent out. It would work well for several different occasions 

 


Hope you will come along and play. This really is an easy card to make with so many options.

Hugs 



Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Faux Stepper Card

A new challenge is up and running on the Butterfly blog.




I have 4 examples for you to see. As usual a step by step tutorial is available over on the blog. You can find it under the banner heading  on the  Card shapes page. All the tutorials are listed alphabetically. Just click on each name and it will take you to the tutorial for that shape card. 

This card shape is so easy to make and though it is called a Faux Stepper it really does look  like the real thing. 
Card 1. Sets the panel off to the left of the card. 
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Faux Stepper Card/ Faux Stitching/Forest Green/Butterfly



Bit of a steam punk theme going on here .Both the design image and the green floral paper were freebies from various magazines. I don't have details for them but  they have been in my stash a good long while so time to use up.  Below is a side ways  view of the card. 




Card 2. Sets the panel to the centre of the card. 
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Faux Stepper Card/ Faux Stitching/Forest Green/Fandango/Flirt/Butterfly



The image is a digi from Delicious Doodles called Blossom by Teri which I have part coloured (for more impact) using my Graph'it markers. The sentiment is a magazine freebie from long ago also the design paper.  Again below is a side ways view.



Card 3. Sets the panel to the left  of the card and the image on the right  but set back a level.
Using from the Butterfly wheel the following:
Faux Stepper Card/ Faux Stitching/Forest Green/Fandango/Flirt/Butterfly



Image id a digi by Digi Stamp 4 Joy called Rose Corner and coloured with my Graph'it markers. The design paper another magazine freebie. Sentiment and dots are silver stickers from my stash. Butterflies are a punch by Woodware.  Side ways view of card below. 



Card 4. I have made as a Faux Inverted Centre stepper card. 
Using from the Butterfly wheel all of the elements plus butterfly .



The lovely quilted suede effect paper was given to me by a friend who no longer crafts. The other design paper is from SU.  The design stamp is from Clarity cut out using a die by Julie Hickey. Gold sticker sentiment and butterfly from my stash. Sideways view of card below. 




Hope you will come along and play. This really is an easy card to make with so many options.

Hugs 


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Spanner Panel Cards

A slightly longer sojourn than anticipated but I am back now with cards to show you for the next Butterfly Challenge #171 .  As always instructions (for making the card shapes) are over on the Butterfly blog and stored under the  banner at the top of the page here.

Card 1.
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies//Sage/Sky Blue.
There are 3 layers to each of the cards. The first layer has the spanner joining piece which you can see here is made with a strip of acetate and a punched butterfly eding. I decorated the side panels with the out cuts from the punch. Authorities will insist on keep sending me bills to pay and the brick effect paper on the panels is the inside of the envelopes that they come in. Might as well get some pay back!!!

The centre panel is a slightly cut down sheet from a Hunkdory Little booklet set. 
The back panel has the sentiment which is by Woodware and an SU punched butterfly and more of the brick effect paper which I have tons of.( I have tried asking them not to send me the bills Lol.)

Card 2
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Sand/Sage/Sky Blue.
I don't have a make for the swirly design paper but the Floral is from Crafts Beautiful 2239. 1 of 2 designs. Butterflies are a large SU punch and the sentiment is by Woodware.
Here I have used design card paper and the sentiment for my spanner bridging piece. 



Card 3
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Stripes/Sage/Sky Blue.

The green stripe design is digi paper "Misty Madness" by Funky Hand. Sadly no longer in business. The butterfly design paper is from Paper Craft Essentials. Butterfly dies are from an old set by Tonic Studios.  Sentiments were magazine freebies. 






Card 4
Uses Spanner panel card shape/ Butterflies/Stripes/Sage/Salmon.
Card has already gone to its recipient as The Doc needed a card for his cousin's Birthday this Friday.
The design papers on the front are the double side of a  Mind's Eye  pad by Jen Allyson called Lost and Found. Stripey design paper is by Hunkdory 'Boutique Chic' from Paper Crafter Magazine June 2016.  Flower stamp and sentiments are magazine freebies. I have used design paper lace and ribbon for my Spanner bridging piece. 





I had hoped that I would be through with doctors and hospital appointments but I still have a blood test tomorrow at one hospital and then next week a CT scan at a different hospital in the opposite direction. I then still have a further appointment to attend after the scan results have been seen.  So far it has been found that my Immune system  has turned on itself  so I am now on pills for life and injections every 6 months just to keep me ticking over. I also have Raynaud's Secondary Phenomenon due partly to the ongoing  problems which my immune system is throwing up. I have been on the life pills for 6 weeks now but still get incredibly tired during the day and don't feel like getting up to much on most days so please bear with me  as I get more back into the swing of things. 
Anyway onwards and upwards as they say. 

Hope you will come and have a play in the Butterfly Garden which is looking really pretty right now and full of butterflies plus birds and those nice/pesky squirrels . Challenge is running for 3 weeks. 

Hugs
and continue to stay safe. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Frame It.

I am Guest designing over at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog #638 this week as I was a winner back in March 2022 with them. 
The theme is Christmas and the sponsor is Morgan's Art World. The prize is 3 images. 

I have used ' Xmas Frame' by Morgan's World here on my card which has been coloured in using my trusty Graph'it markers and a gold gel pen. The sentiment is gold stickers along with the spots used for decoration. Cut and layered onto green cardstock and then adhered to a red card base with 3D pads for dimension. 


I hope you can play along in the challenge. 

Stay safe and well
Hugs
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Friday, May 06, 2022

Arrow Card

Life is continuing to throw me curved balls to deal with at the moment but here are details of the latest Butterfly challenge for you. 
The wheel has landed on a fresh letter.

Here is the wheel and there are two choices for you to play along with. 



1. Make a card using at least 2 of the colours on the wheel + your butterfly of course.
or
2. Make a card using the Arrow Card Shape + any 2 of the colours + the Theme + your butterfly of course. 

There is a tutorial as normal over on the challenge blog  which you will find on the Card Shapes tab that is under the banner at the top of the page. 

Another nice and easy one for you that just requires 4 scores and then folding on the score line.

Here are my cards for inspiration.

Card 1. Tutorial I
Uses all seven elements of the wheel. 

The stamp is by Clarity which I have coloured in with my Graph'it markers using the four colours on the wheel. The two design papers are from my stash. The butterfly from Paper craft essentials magazine and the green from Making cards March 2015.
Once I had adhered the green paper in place I used d.s. tape to hold the flaps closed though you do not have to do this. I just think it made the card more sturdy. Also another tip is to not use thick card for your base as it will be difficult to get the point folded nice and crisp. 


Card 2. Tutorial I
Uses Arrow Fold/Two design papers/Butterfly/Asparagus/Aero blue/African Violet.

Here I have again used Tutorial I but turned my card sideways to decorate. 


The floral design paper is from Making Cards February 2016 and the second paper is in fact the inside of an envelope from in the post.  (Waste not want not!) The die cut butterfly is Theo and Whidbey by Poppy Stamps

Card 3. Tutorial II
Uses Arrow Fold/Two design papers/Butterfly/Asparagus/Aero blue/Amaranth.


I have chosen to use the design with the arrow opening down on my card but you can of course have it opening up or again turned sideways. So many choices!!
The green design is a digi paper by Cottage and Lace on Etsy called 'Floral 2 and the 
pink one is by Making Cards October 2016 called 'Pretty Petals'.
Butterflies are SU punches and in my stash. 


I hope you will come along and play. The challenge is running till 24th June. The butterflies and bees are busy in the garden and The Doc has just installed a new water feature for them. I potted up some sunflower seeds a few weeks back and they are sprouting up nicely. I have planted four different varieties so it will be a race to see which ones grow the tallest.  

Stay safe and well

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Floating Strips.

  
A new challenge has just started over on the Butterfly blog. The wheel has landed on a fresh letter.


Here is the new format wheel and there are two choices for you to play along with. 



1. Make a card using at least 2 of the colours on the wheel + your butterfly of course.
or
2. Make a card using the Book binding Fold Shape + any 2 of the colours + the Theme + your butterfly of course. 

There is a tutorial as normal over on the challenge blog  which you will find on the Card Shapes tab that is under the banner at the top of the page. 

If you play your cards right and use a ready made card blank then there isn't even a fold  to make. If you use cardstock to make your card base then just one fold is needed. How easy is that!! 

Here are my cards for inspiration.

Card 1. Tutorial I
Uses from the wheel: Floating Strip Card/Flowers/Fuchsia/Fawn/Flax/Butterfly

I used up Flax (Yellow) strips from my odds box and then cut a few strips off of a sheet of  paper from a paper pack by Violet Studio with the pretty butterfly design on it. 
Now isn't that just typical Just when I want to get the glare from the acetate behind the strips showing up, I get a perfect shot without it!  When hubby saw this card he called it the Venetian Blind effect which is a pretty good description.  Butterflies were in my butterfly box already punched out and the leaf spray infawn card was in my stash. Below is picture taken from side showing the foam tape strips behind the acetate which the strips are mounted onto. I used the remainder of the flower design paper and another punched out butterfly to decorate the inside.  





Card 1. Tutorial II
Uses from the wheel: Floating Strip Card/Flowers/Flame//Flax/Butterfly.
I very nearly gave up the ghost making this one as after taking the photo (of all the items needed) for the tutorial the pansy flower die simply disappeared.I spent a frantic 2 hours searching my desk, the floor, everything in my craft room that I had touched looking for it. I finally found it wedged down the side of my pencil tray that is a black box. The pansy die also being black didn't show up and I just caught the edge of the pansy flower peeking out over the rim.  Relief and curses followed in quick succession with the amount of time wasted. 
 Anyway here is the card. 

Strips of flax  and flame cardstock mounted onto an acetate sheet which I precut  with a circle die and then die cut the pansy die out afterwards. It did need several passes with my machine and then snipping out in a few places using my thin scissors. I recommend using very thin acetate or cutting from a self seal bag that you would normally use for putting your cards in.  I then die cut the pansy in more cardstock and once the circle was adhered to the front of the card stuck it down onto the card front through the pansy aperture to make a recessed image.  It does look very effective IRL. 

Life has a way of throwing curved balls at you and I have been MIA due to The Doc having a minor procedure that turned out to be not so minor and 2.5 hours under the knife instead of the 30mins intended. So lots of trips up and down to the hospital for dressing to be changed and stitches taken out. Last visit was yesterday for the final  all clear and me to be shown how to massage cream into the 3" scar he now has on his right shoulder.  Now that the stitches are out and the plasters all off he is feeling a lot more comfortable with strict instructions to take it easy for the next six weeks.


I hope you will come along and join in the challenge which is running for 3 weeks so plenty of time to get out all those pesky strips.

Stay safe and well

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