Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Bookmark Card.

End of May already and another challenge has started over on the Butterfly blog.
You can  find the instructions as usual over on the butterfly blog under the card shapes  header. 
This is my card for your inspiration. I found lots of tutorials on adding a bookmark tag to a card but really liked the idea of a corner bookmark. There were a couple on You Tube which I adapted to make my own version. Mine is a stand up Tent fold design.

As you can see the bookmark slips off so makes an extra little gift for your card recipient to use in a reading book. 
This is the inside of the bookmark fold and has space for  greeting. 
Tent fold then opens up for you to write your message. 
Here is a close up of the book mark corner.  
I have used all the elements from the Challenge wheel on my card. Even Buttons and Bows but you can just use one of them on your card. 
Design paper is by Violet Studio 'Essentials Collection'. The sentiment is by Woodware ' Deco Sayings' and the Butterfly is from a stamp set by Inkylicious 'Fluter 2'. I have used faux buttons on my card which is a die cut by  Joy Crafts. There is also a flower and a heart button in the set. I used my promarkers to colour the butterfly and bakers twine  threaded through the button holes to make the tiny bows. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Creative Creases #58 With a fun fold. 
Sweet Stampin # Things with Wings.
Sparkles #164 Things with wings.
Use Your Stuff #485 Anything goes.
Allys Angels #70 Anything goes.
Crafty Calendar # Anything but square.
Girlz Creative Crafts #37 Things with Wings
I Spy with My Little Eye #3 Something with wings
PaperCraft Challenges #94 Things with wings. 

The butterfly Challenge runs for 3 weeks as usual so ends on 20th June  8pm (GMT).
Hope to see you in the garden with your Butterflies. Bees, Dragonflies, Lady birds are
also welcome. There are enough flowers and ponds to go around. 


Thursday, May 18, 2023

Scraps Begone 2

Some more cards to show using the green pile (this time) of strips I made into the following card fronts and then further embellished. 
I thought the tones of green perfect for making masculine cards with. 

1st card 

This is the middle sheet shown above. I have embossed it with a folder by Couture Creations called 'Endless' ( which has lots of different leaves on it) and then wet embossed with a gold metallic 'Wow' powder.  I  have a leaf stamp in my stash from Sep 2011 which came as a Freebie with Craft Stamper Magazine, sadly no longer being published. I stamped out several times on a small piece of scrap paper and then used the same metallic  embossing powder, then fussy cut round.  The frame was sat in my box of die frames from previous projects (really must start using those up too) and I used further strips of paper to create the sentiment which is by  Julie Hickey.  I made this for The Doc as it was his birthday last week. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff #484 Use a technique ( I have used wet and dry embossing).
The Paper Funday Challenges #53Anything goes with twist Emboss it. 
The Crafting Challenge # Add an embellishment.
Mix It Up #65 Anything goes /optional embossing

2nd card 

This one uses  the sheet on the left. The nearly complete circle was also in my stash of unused frames and seemed to work well against the angle of the strips. The large leaf stamp is an oldie by a company called Dimension Fourth Ltd. It is a thick polymer stamp and took repeated stamping before I managed to get a good print from it. I went over the image with a silver gel pen which isn't showing up very well. IRL it does. The sentiment sticker and dots were in my stash. :
Entering into the following challenges:
Ellibelles Corner # Anything goes.

   3rd card 

The penny farthing image was in happy mail I received from a friend and was in my stash just waiting for the right time to be used. Thought it perfect for a male recipient. The piece of green card stock was smaller than the cut image so I simply off set and added the black sticker sentiment. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges #359 Anything goes with optional / 3 or more design papers. (I have used 3 different striped papers on the background strips. 
Love To Scrap #161 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #74 Anything goes.

My piles of neatly sorted strips are still hovering in the background but I have my beady eye on the white ones now too that are threatening to over spill.  I will survive!! Till the next time happy crafting. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Pillar Cards.

Time is whooshing past at an alarming rate. It is May already and another challenge has started over on the Butterfly blog.
You can  find the instructions as usual over on the butterfly blog under the card shapes  header. 
These are my cards for your inspiration. There is so many designs for making these cards. I got my ideas from 'Jamie Rodgers' Craftmainia YouTube and are just the tip of the iceberg on what you can make. I could have made a lot more so think I will be revisiting this card shape again in the future.  

Card 1.
This is making a standard two pillar card and is Version I in my Tutorial on the Butterfly blog. 

I have used 3 of the colours on the wheel  along with pearls and Butterfly which is my go to die cut Isabella by Memory Box. Spotty and flower design papers are by The Paper Boutique and the green background paper is from Humphreys' Corner. I have used circle dies from Julie Hickey. Pearls and silver sentiment  from my Stash.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Fingers #254 Anything goes.
Die Cut Divas # Tic/Tac/Toe I have used Flowers/The word Love/ Patterned paper.
The Crafting Challenge # Add an embellishment.

Card 2.
This is making again a two pillar card but wider this time and is Version II in my Tutorial. 
Background paper is  'Totally Tropical' by Kate Knight and is using 3 of the colours from the wheel. 
The large bloom is by Woodware 'Camelia' coloured with my Graph'it markers. Stamped and then fussy cut out.  The white die cut is an SU punch and the stickers and pearls from my stash.  Butterfly is also a punch and in my stash waiting to be used. 
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Creases #56 Anything goes with a fun fold.
613 Avenue Create # Anything goes Say it with Flowers.
Sheepski Designs #74 Flower Power.
Crafty Calendar # Anything but square.

Card 3.
This is making a one pillar card with the panel coming from the centre of the pillar and is Version III in my Tutorial. 
Design paper is a freebie from Making cards July 2016 'Party Girls' Die cut frame is by Lisa Horton 'Stitched Scallop Rectangle'.  Flowers and stickers from my stash. Picture below is looking down on the top of the card showing the middle fixing. 
Entering this card into the following challenges:
All Sorts Challenge #727 April flowers bring May  flowers.
Crafting Happiness #142 Anything goes/flowers.
Creations In Pink #57 Anything goes in pink.
Get Creative #121 Flower Frenzy.
Triple B Birds,Butterflies,Blooms. #3 I have butterflies and blooms.

Last Card.
This is again making a one pillar card but the panel comes out from the back of the pillar and is Version IV in my Tutorial. Very similar to Version I but construction is made with two pieces of card. 

I don't have a name for this pattern paper which has been in my stash a long time. 
The butterfly swirl is by Tonic Studios 'Butterfly Blooms 293720' The butterfly frieze is also a punch by Tonic. The sentiment is actually the left over part of the sticker. I had already used the sentiment on a previous project so I simply cut  round the edges and mounted onto a piece of white card which then showed up the words in relief. (Waste not want not).
Entering this card into the following challenges.:
Incy Wincy Designs # Funfolds or/ Summer fun.
Tic,Tac,Toe Challenges #207 I have chosen Die Cut/Free/ Birthday.
Love To Craft #74 Anything goes.

I hope you will have time to come and have a play. The challenge is running for 3 weeks as usual so will end on Tuesday 30th May 8pm (GMT).

Monday, May 08, 2023

Scraps No More 1

I am on a scrap busting mission. My scrap box is full to overflowing.  Now to me a piece of paper is not a scrap until it is a strip less than 2" wide in any length or a 2" square or less, until then it is still usable and as such is in my normal  stash of papers to be used.. I had a good sort out of the scrap box and spent time colour cordingnating it. Not  unsurprisingly the pile of pink was a lot bigger than any other colour combination. I managed to make 12 card fronts up in it. Also 4 from the lavender/mauve and 3 from the green pile and I still had scraps left over in each of the colours so back into the box they went.  Each and every card front is a different use of the scraps.  Here I am  showing you  how I completed the first three pink cards and I have to say I don't think the finished cards look at all scrappy!

Here are the panels I made. They are all approx  4" x 5.5"

Not too adventuresome  I admit , just using up straight stips but see the completed cards below.

Card 1. 

Before I embossed the panel I die cut an oval from the centre of the card using  a set from 'The Works' (and no I didn't waste it , see card below). The embossing folder was still out on my desk from making the anniversary cards  'Chain Link' by Couture Creations.  The die cut flower was already cut from a previous project 'Morning Glory' by Tonic Studios.  I placed a larger scrap of pink  paper  behind the oval then adhered  the whole card front onto a white card base.  The sentiment was from a freebie magazine set. 

Card 2. 

This  card was a happy accident as having cut the oval out of the previous card without particularly noticing I had placed it down onto the next card front to use and it just happened to be precisely the right colours. I hastily die cut a smaller oval using a scrap of white cardstock and stamped a sentiment by Julie Hickey. The small flower  was from the freebie stamp set already mentioned above which I coloured with a matching promarker pen.  Attached the whole panel to a white card base to finish. 

Card 3. 

This one is my favourite.

The rose stamp was part of the  freebie set ( already mentioned above) from Practical Publishing and I knew that I had an embossing folder (Crafts -Too ref CTFD3107) in my stash that would compliment it perfectly.  I stamped the rose onto white cardstock and then fussy cut round it finally colouring with my Promarkers and a silver Gel pen.  I punched the tag from another piece of scrap paper in pink and in thicker white card gluing both together and used two stips of small offcuts to raise up on the card. Finally the sentiment is a silver sticker from my stash.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create # Anything goes/ optional say it with flowers.
Krafty Chicks #662 Stamp Act 1
All Sorts Challenge #727 April showers brings May Flowers.
Crafting Happiness #142  Anything goes optional Flowers.
Mix It Up #65 Anything goes / optional Embossing
The Flower Challenge #80 Pretty Pastels.
The Paper Funday Challenges #53 Anything goes with optional emboss it. 
Creations In Pink #57 Anything goes in pink.

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Bronze and Steel

Bronze and Steel are the themes for the Anniversary cards that I made for our Daughter  and Son.

Daughters card is for 19yrs and that is represented by Bronze so I have used bronze card stock and teamed it with yellow her favourite colour. 

Card shape is called an Accordion Fan Fold which I found on You Tube  following  Sam Calcott's Tutorial. I used a Couture Creations embossing folder called 'Chain Link' on the Bronze cardstock as I thought it rather enhanced the  Art Deco look. Numeric numbers are by Julie Hickey  which I die cut in yellow and bronze and then off set for the shadow effect.  Sentiment is a Woodware stamp. I used yellow card stock for the base shape. The circle is also a Woodware die.

Entering above card into the following challenges:
Creative Creases #56 Anything goes with a fun fold
Creative Fingers #253 Anything goes.
Sparkles #163 Emboss It.
We Love 2 Create #4 Anything goes mixed media.

Son's card is for 11 yrs and that is represented by Steel so I have used Metalic card stock and teamed it with purple my Daughter in law's favourite colour. 
I have used the same embossing folder, die cuts and sentiment to make the card.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Krafty Chicks #661 All occasions.
Mix it Up #65 Anything goes + optional embossing.
Love To Craft #74 Anything goes.
Incy Wincy Designs# Fun folds +/or Summer fun.