Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Belts and Buckles

A new challenge awaits over on the butterfly blog. It is the turn of the shaped cards and this time it's
As usual you will find the tutorial for the card over on the blog on the tab ' card shapes' which is under the banner header at the top of the page. Card shapes are all listed alphabetically .

Here are my inspiration cards for the challenge.
On  this card I have used the colours from the wheel of  Baby pink / Bud Green / Burgundy.

Design paper is a digital one called Shabby Roses by Cameo Shop which is on Etsy.  Sentiment is by SU from their 'Wetlands'  Stamp set aR 0270. The butterflies are by Joanna Sheen from her butterflies and dragon Fly die set SD 037.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Krafty Chicks #700  All occasions.
Allys Angels #78 Anything goes.
The Paper Funday Challenges #61 Anything goes with optional Lets celebrate.

On  this next  Belt and buckle  card I have used the colours from the wheel of  Baby pink / Buttermilk / Bluebell.
Design paper is a magazine freebie from Making Cards Oct 2016  'Pretty Pastels'and I have managed to use quite a few of the pre cut embellishments  shown in my previous posts.  The buckle is a Penny Black die called 'Antique Frame' which I teamed with another die by  Card Deco called stitch round. The border is a tonic punch and the butterfly from the same set as on the card above. 
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Make My Mondays #218 Use your Patterned papers.
Creative Fingers #270 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #78 Anything goes.
The Crafters Cafe #304  Fancy edges. 
The Creative Crafters #72  Anything goes.

My last card is inspiration for the non shape part of the challenge where you can elect to just use the other parts of the wheel. 
I have the colours Baby pink /Buttermilk/ Burgundy. The sentiment and a Border.

The design paper is by Violet Studio from their Essential  Collection.  The initial B stamp is by Clarity and coloured in with my Promarkers. and a silver gel pen.  The border is from a die set by Creative Expressions CED 7127. The sentiment is by woodware from their Cosmos collection Stamp set and the small butterfly is a punch. 
Entering this card into the following challenges:
The Crafty Addicts #9 Anything goes.
Ellibelles Corner #  Anything goes.

Hope you will have time to join in . The challenge is running for its usual 3 weeks so will end on 
Tuesday 20th February. 

Monday, January 29, 2024

In The Beginning.

Time flies. I started this blog on 29th January 2010 and little did I know then that I would still be here blogging away all these years later and with such a great bunch of friends. Thankyou for constantly being around. 
So another card using up some  those white scraps that I had previously die cut/embossed.

The die cut frame is by Marianne Design 'Basic Shapes CR1334.' The rose stamp is by Clearly Besotted called 'Sweet Rose'. I am no good colouring with pencils but I do like to paint using different mediums. Here I have used distressed inks stamped onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up with a fine paint brush. The rose was painted using a combination of fried brick and spiced marmalade with forest moss for the leaves and background.  The embossed piece I placed back into the folder  (linning back up with the pattern) but before closing back down I swiped the fired brick ink pad across the inside of the top layer of the embossing folder .This resulted in only the background  picking up the colour and leaving the rose and leaves white. The folder is by Crafts-Too but has no name. I had lots of the distress ink colours still on my craft mat so I used several strips of white cards stock to mop them up. I used two strips up for the inside of the card along with the 'Woodware ' sentiment.  

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Daisy Chain challenges #81 No designer paper.
I Spy With My little Eye #11 Hearts and/or roses. 

This is what  was on my very first post back in 2010. Hand felted slippers. I wore them into the ground and eventually when the holes in the soles got too big to repair reluctantly binned but not before rescuing the Italian buttons which I still have!!


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Here we go again.

Having being really pleased with myself for using up all my white scraps into future useable embellishments I was in need of purchasing a new supply of white/cream cardstock for making up blank card bases. It duly arrived in a box way too too big and had been stuffed down the side  with not bubble wrap or those horrible  styrofoam bits that go every where but very long strips of white /yellow/ card stock and also white shimmer card stock in 1", .50" and .25"thickness.  Well what was I supposed to do but sit and chop it  into 6" usuable strips!!!! I did manage to use four strips straight away as I was painting a rose (when the parcel arrived) with distress inks and swiped the cardstock with the residue left on my nonstick sheet. 

Striking while the iron was hot so to speak I made two cards and very nearly used  up all of the yellow strips you can see above on the tray. 

I used a piece of scrap card and laid the yellow strips  diagonally across . It looked a bit plain so I then went back and  laid the thicker white shimmer  strips over the top.( Making it  similar to a floating strips card but with the yellow backing and not acetate.)  I have used up 2 of the frames previously die cut which are by Penny Black  'Antique Frame' The flower and sentiment are both freebies from a magazine coloured with my promarkers and a silver gel pen. Layered up onto a cream blank cardbase. Finished off inside with a few more of the strips. 
Entering above card into the following challenges:
Krafty Chicks #700  All occasions 
Girlz Creative Crafts #40 Everything is allowed.

I played around with the yellow strips making into a basket weave design and then swiped over the top with versamark  pad and then  heat embossed using  Gold Wow embossing powder.  The bird and sentiment is a  SU  stamp set called  A Happy Thing which I coloured using distress inks  and a paint brush to apply. Thought I had made quite a good job of a Blue Tit until hubby walked past and said ""Nice Kingfisher" so I guess it is back to the colouring board for me.!!  Card does sparkle IRL. 
Entering this card itno the following challenges: 
Double D Challenge #  Sparkle and shine.
Aud Sentiments #307 Make your own background plus your sentiment.
Love To Scrap #165 Anything goes.
Mix It Up #69 Anything goes /optional mixed media.

Keep Warm and Safe

Friday, January 19, 2024

White Scraps

I finally decided enough was enough with the bulging folder of white scraps of cardstock, which even though I was delving into and using for sentiments/ 3D stacking  just wasn't getting any smaller.  So they all came out along with my embossing folders/die cut frames and regardless of the sizes of the papers they were all put to use until none were left.
Here are the results.
I didn't worry if the paper fitted all of the embossing folder or not, in fact only using parts of the folders worked well in some cases. 
Once I had gone through my stash of embossing folders I turned my attention to stacking die cut frames and as you can see below soon filled a tray up with them.  This still left me with small strips so they were used up on die cut sentiments  and stamped sentiments.  The most time consuming part was writing on the back of each piece  the name /maker of each one. 
Miss  Mojo now has no excuse  in telling me she hasn't a clue what to make
Here is the 1st card using part of an embossing folder  and a die cut frame .

I cut a base card 5.75 x 5.75 inches and used a design paper from a paper pad by  The Works to cover.
The  patterned paper was already cut in two strips ( pre- edged using  a Martha  Stewart Punch) and laying in my stash still  unused from a previous project. The part embossed folder is by Sizzix  "Scallop Lace Doily" and matched perfectly with the punch design.  The embossed card /scallop die and sentiment were all different shades of white (which would have shown up ) but I got round that by using my Pearlescent Chalks to colour the flowers on the embossed piece,the scallop die and the sentiment strip in a matching blue to to pull them all in together with the design paper.  The scallop die is by The Works, Design paper DoCrafts Papermania "Chatsworth Collection" linen texture. The flower stamp and sentiment were freebies from a magazine. I used Wow Embossing powder "Polished Silver" and a silver gel pen to highlight the dots and lace doily edging of the embossed card.  Card came together quickly because I had all the elements to hand  ready to go in the boxes instead of having to spend time searching each piece out with no clear idea in my head of what to make. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Everybody Art #549 Anything goes.
Allys Angels #78 Anything goes.
Beautiful Blossoms#13 Floral/optional  Mood board.
Colourful Options # Blue Lagoon.
Love To Craft #78 Anything goes.
Sheepski Designs #82 Anything goes.
The Crafters Cafe #304 Fancy Edges. 


Monday, January 15, 2024

Blue Daze

I actually made these two cards last year but never shown. They are the last ones from the set of four that I made using the Stamperia Rice Paper from my stash. 

 The best way to cut  rice paper is not by using scissors but to wet round the image with water and then use a small paint brush to gently ease the fibres  apart.
I didn't do that though as all of the scenes were inside a bordered edging which I wanted to keep intact.  I have a roll of very wide d.s. tape so I roughly cut round each one and applied to a piece of the tape, rolled out just long enough to cover. Peeled the backing from the d.s. tape and placed on white cardstock  Once in place I then trimmed properly using my trimmer to cut evenly round the border . Added to dark blue cardstock, then white, a lighter blue and then the white card base. The die cut swirl was added just to finish the card off and cut from the navy cardstock.

Entering  card above  into the following challenges:
Try It on Tuesday # Winter blues.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #82 Anything goes with a critter.
Creative Fingers #269 Anything goes.

 I applied the rice paper the same method as above and then added to dark blue cardstock on top of a lighter blue. The dark blue design paper was from my stash. I 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 inside edge on this card. The outside edge was used on one of the cards I showed last year. 

Entering this card into the following challenges
Colourful Options # Blue Lagoon.
Little Red Waggon #738 Still snowing.

Stay Healthy

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Birthday Time.

Our Grandsons both  have their Birthdays in December. One at the beginning and one at the end. Here are the cards that got sent to them last month. 

2nd Grandson  who turned 15yrs beginning of the month

He is very much still a cat lover so I decorated this jumper with tiny paw prints using a black pen. The sentiment is a Britannia Die cut and the jumper a Clarity stamp which I fussy cut out and adhered to the design paper (a long time ago magazine freebie). 

Entering above card into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs # New or Lets Celebrate.
Crafty Calendar # Anything goes.

1st Grandson who turned 16yrs over  Christmas. 

Still very much into sports especially football. I have had this embroidered embellishment in my scrap box for years and teamed it with a football  design paper I still had a scrap piece of in my stash.  I drew the number free hand and the Birthday sentiment was a shinny black plastic sticker. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Double D Challenges # Anniversary/Celebration.
Creative Fingers #269 Anything goes.
Ellibelles Corner # Anything goes.
Unicorn Challenge #94 Birthday.

Stay Warm and Safe

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Anniversary Cards.

Hello and Welcome to 2024. I hope you will all have a Happy and Healthy Year. 
The Butterflies are now back on their blog with a new Challenge.
As usual I have made cards for your inspiration. The challenge is slightly different this year  so please be sure to go on over and check it out. 

For my 1st card I have used a section from a serviette which I attached to the front of the card with a double sided sticky sheet. I used a Happy Anniversary sentiment and masked off the A and replaced with a large wooden letter instead  which I coloured in using a pro marker pen. A fairly simple card. I let the Wooden letter and the Butterflies on the serviette do the talking.

 For my second card I have used an Alphabet stamp by Clarity stamps and coloured in using my promarker pens. The aperture is cut using a die from The Works. I have highlighted round the edge using a  silver gel  pen. The butterflies are a small punch by tonic. I used acetate behind the oval aperture to give the card more strength.

Having managed to somehow dodge Covid for 3 years it finally caught up with us over Christmas. 
I caught it first and then The Doc went down 5 days later. It took my immune system 17 days before the tests showed negative for me.  We are both left with hacking coughs and The doc says he still feels very groggy whilst I am using the furniture to hold onto as my balance is still completely off.  We certainly do not want this again. Just thankful we had the vaccinations for this new strain or we would have been much worse.  I had literally stood in two queues (post office where I was in the front of the line and the pharmacy picking up an IOU) for less than 2 mins in each whilst The Doc stayed out  in the car  hence me catching it first. 

Stay Safe
 and Don't stand in any queues !