Sunday, February 26, 2023

Toucan Talk.

I was sorting through some bird digis that I had already printed off and found this one which just cried out to be coloured in.  I used a combination of marker pens plus pearlescent chalks for the background.

Digi is by Patties Creations 'Toucan Love' and the die cut frame is from Spellbinders 'Romantic Rectangle'. I'm trying to purpose some of the  many sheets of  Tonic  Studios cardstock that I have  so have used two different blue sheets that I have layered up with black cardstock in between and then onto a black base.  Sentiment is a lack shinny sticker which just seemed right for him to be  speaking. 

It never seems to rain but pour here. Am having  email problems now. We needed an upgrade which was done by our son for us but it only worked for The Doc and blocked my account out completely.  Ticket raised and email server promised to unblock within 48hrs but all they did was then block The Doc's account too. Fortunately I have a back up account with another company so can still keep in touch whilst main account is sorted. 
Brother in Law is still in hospital. He has been in for six weeks now and has caught three different viruses whilst being there. The last one resulting in him needing antiboitices pumped into  for the next six weeks. With Sis having visited him  every day she has now caught covid and so stuck at home until clear. testing clear.  In  the meantime brother in law  has been moved to rehab which is an hours drive away for sis to visit him.  He still has Kidney stones which is why he was admitted in the first place but that problem seems to be on the back burner for sorting out at the moment.  All very worrying for my sister right now. 

Entering the card above into the following challenges:
All Sorts Challenge #717 Anything goes with option of matching pairs (Two Toucans)
Ellibelles Corner # Anything goes.
Sheepski Designs #71 Wings or paws.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Anniversary Years

I have found another card in my files that I haven't shown yet. Best get my skates on as this years card is due for making soon.  The card was for a 10th Wedding Anniversary and according to the  information list I use this is  celebrated using  Aluminium/Tin as the theme.

Card shape is a Centre Pop Out which folds flat for posting.. The pretty bird paper is from The Works 'Fairytale Stories' and the spotty one( that matches perfectly) is by LOTV ' Snow Princes'. I used a piece of aluminium foil in an embossing folder by Spellbinders  called 'Floral' to make the centre display panel.  The border along the top of the card is made using a Martha Stewart punch.  The numbers are from a pop out sheet in my stash along with the silver sentiment stickers.
I made a matching envelope with the left over pieces of paper.  The card for this year needs to be Steel so need to put my thinking cap on as the theme is quite similar. Tin cans do spring to mind though!

The hackers have been back causing me chaos. Just spent the past week changing everything in sight which has been annoying and taken some time to do. Fortunately I was alerted straight away and so prevented any damage happening. It does leave you  looking over your shoulder and checking all is ok. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
All  Sorts Challenge #716 Anything goes with wings.
Shopping Our Stash #490 Anything stating with the letter B. I have used Birds.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #71  Anything goes with a Critter.  I have used Birds.
Allys Angels #67 Anything goes.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Pop Up

The Butterflies are back over on their blog for  another  challenge.  The theme is:

As usual I have made a card for your inspiration.You can find the instructions over on the butterfly blog under the  card shapes  header.  It really is a simple card to make as there are literally only 3 score lines to make /fold and then your done. 
I wasn't intending to make a Valentine card but this set of Stickeroos by Penny Black (Hearts and Flowers H10- 172)were out on my desk and when I looked they just happened to incorporate the colours I had already picked for the Butterfly challenge so not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth I used them!
Iv'e used all the elements from the Wheel. The backing paper is a freebie from Making cards June 2013 called Busy Bees. Butterfly is a die by Tonic studios called 'Felicity Butterfly'. The sentiment die is also  by Tonic Studios. Red heart from my stash. 
Here's the card showing the corner pop up and below shows it free standing.

Do hope you will come along and play. The challenge is running for 3 weeks as usual and will end 7th March 8pm (GMT). 

Entering into the following challenges:
Cards 4 Galz #192 Include one heart or more.
Incy Wincy Designs #Valentines/or In the garden.
Penny Black #Anything goes/Hearts and/or flowers.

Monday, February 13, 2023


The Doc  has a mate with  a birthday coming up soon and he is very interested in Lighthouses. I found this print in amongst my  freebie magazine papers and turned it into this card.  It is from Making Cards May 2016 and called Landscapes. 

The print on its own looked a bit flat so I cut  piece of white vellum paper to fit over the top of the picture. Then used a silver gel pen to draw the outline of the lighthouse, quayside, railing , sea gulls and hills onto  the vellum. It has given it a lovely  misty look.  Added a  blue stitched frame die, layered onto silver shimmer card and then created  a black base card.  The base is a Concertinered Tent Fold and the picture bellow shows  a sideways  view of it. This stops the card from sliding down when stood up. 
The sentiment and greeting is added to the back panel of the card base. Sentiment on the front is a silver sticker. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge # W is for Water.
Scrapping 4 fun #220 Anything goes.
Allys Angels #67 Anything goes.
Lets Craft and Create Challenge #192 Anything goes + say What? Use a sentiment. 


Saturday, February 11, 2023


This is not the resulting card I was intending but I ruined, well not completely ruined  the design I was making, so I cut my loses and salvaged the flower by fussy cutting it   and made  this instead.  You can't tell from the picture but the flower is actually 5 sheets of toilet paper that I spritzed with water between each layer and then sandwiched in a 3d embossing Folder.  I carefully removed from the folder and left to dry overnight in the airing cupboard.  It dried perfectly but then I tried colouring just one of the flowers in the design with Patina Wax and  got smears around  the edge (even though I was careful) so I fussy cut it out and here it is. 

The embossing folder I used is by  Lisa Horton called 'Blooming Peony' and gives a lovely 3d effect.
The Patina wax is called Copper Pot and when I pulled my cardstock out to see what I could use these 2 sheets by Tonic Studios went perfectly with it. The Love sentiment is by Britannia dies.  I have kept the design simple so as not to detract from the Peony which I raised up with several layers of  small white squares attached beneath it.  Hearts are a small  Woodware punch.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Paper Funday Challenges: #50 Anything goes/twist of lots of layers.
We Love 2 Create #1 Anything mixed media.
Make My Mondays #193 Love is in the air.
Everybody Art #529 Heart/Love.
Shopping Our Stash #489 Love is in the air.

Saturday, February 04, 2023

Winter Fun

I've not made anything this week as been laid low with another cystitis attack and  Sis has had a IBS attack too so we have been commiserating with each other on the phone.  
I'm showing another of the Stamperia Rice paper cards that  I made. This is the second one in the set. 

I adhered the rice paper image to wide  d.s tape and then onto white cardstock as the image was semi translucent I didn't want another colour showing through. I then trimmed down so just the border was showing on the edge and attached to navy pearlescent  cardstock and then a larger piece of blue card stock.  I die cut the sentiment from  navy cardstock and then used the negative  part for this card. The sentiment is by Britannia dies and has gone back into my stash for using at a later date.  I then die cut the  Elaborate Edge Corner by Tonic from a scrap of  the same navy  pearlescent card . The corner die comes in two pieces and I have used the outside edge here. The inside edge is on another of the cards still to be shown. Adhered everything onto a piece of navy cardstock and then onto the white card base. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Try It On Tuesdays # Winter blues.
The Sisterhood of Crafters  # Brr! It's cold outside.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #71 Anything goes with a critter.
Creative Inspirations # Anything goes.
Mix It Up # 63 Anything goes +optional No stamping.
The Paper Funday Challenges #50 Anything goes/twist of lots of layers.
We Love to Create #1 Anything mixed Media.