Saturday, 31 March 2012

Love is in the Air!

I purchased the word 'Love' in a charity shop along with the word 'Home'.  I've had an idea for a while as to how I wanted to decorate them but never got round to doing them (no surprise there!).  My dear friend, Trish, sent me a big pack of die-cuts, along with some Kanban stamps xx, for my birthday last week.  In them were a couple of filigree butterflies, one of them being exactly the right shade to go with the flower and DP.

I'm entering this project into two challenges

Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #28 the challenge is to add some bling

The Pink Elephant #141  to use one or more butterflies

The first thing that I did was to go over the back of the word with white acrylic paint to cover a few tiny marks.  I then applied pva to the front, making sure that it was completely covered, and laid it face down on the wrong side of the paper.  I turned it over and made sure that there were no air bubbles or creases.  When it was dry I cut around it as close as I could and then used fine sandpaper to remove any paper that was overhanging the word.  To complete a distressed look I used the white acrylic paint around the edge and then wiped most of it off with my fingers (good job that I like getting messy lol) leaving just a light coveringon the paper.  The paper is a really heavyweight paper and is a joy to work with

I used two flowers, which I overlapped, in the opposite colour way to the paper on the word


To add the bling I used a large gem and surrounded it with tear drop gems
I then used 3D gloss in between the stones to keep them in place.  I'm quite
pleased with the effect

Even though the butterfly covers most of the letter e it doesn't block it out completely.  To give it a bit more support I attached it to acetate with the 3d gloss and when it was dry I cut it out around the edge.  I also added the gloss onto the body of the butterfly to give it some dimension

Materials used

Word from a charity shop
Paper and flowers from the Papermania Capsule Collection
Butterfly from Cheery Lynn
Anita's 3D Gloss
Acrylic paint
Gems from stash
Hot glue gun to affix the flower and the butterfly

Friday, 30 March 2012

LIM challenge #60

Once again, here I am on the last minute for entering this challenge at Less is More.  The challenge this week has been interesting to do as it was to combine three past challenges of our choice.  I have chosen
week #4 three squares
week #12 off centre
week #44 colour green

I love this set of stamps from Crafty Individuals, 
they're the perfect size for using on an A6 card

The detail on the stamps is excellent, enhanced with a mat the 
same shade as the ink and ribbon

A touch of ribbon and a sentiment make this card quick and easy to do

Materials used

Crafty Individuals CI207 elements plate
Adirondack ink pad in bottle
Woodware Tiny Phrases acrylic stamps
Ribbon from stash
3D foam pads

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

April Showers at the Creative Card Crew

Here is my creation for the Creative Card crew challenge #7 where the challenge is Spring.

We are sponsored by the Stamp Fairy and they are giving a $10 gift voucher for our winner to spend in their store.  There are plenty of fabulous designs to choose from so do pay them a visit to check out the store.

I have chosen to use one of the Patsy April showers digi stamps

I love using blue, yellow and green together for spring designs.  
Sunny skies and "a host of golden daffodils" 

I used a fine point Promarker to do the three dot pattern on the white background and joined each set together with a drop of 3D gloss.

I used the same pen to go around the die-cut before I took it out of the die and to give colour to the puddle. I added more 3D gloss to the puddle and the splashes, as they are on the design.

The plastic tip of the gloss bottle has grown larger the more I've used it and the gloss was starting to come out too fast, making fine lines or dots difficult to make.  I already had a fine tip glue applicator with a metal tip which I use for pva and is really, really fine so I decided to get another one for the gloss and it works perfectly.
I bought it from the Fine Tip Co and would certainly recommend them.  I think I'll be ordering one for my glitter glue next

Materials used

Digi stamp from Stamp Fairy
Papers from stash
Anita's 3D Gloss
Spellbinders Label #1 Nestabilities
Pinflair 3D gel
Computer generated sentiment

Monday, 26 March 2012


I've made a card lol  I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to make my DT card for the new Creative Card Crew challenge which starts tomorrow.  I'm going to be naughty and give you a tiny peak at my card so don't forget to check back tomorrow and get the details for the challenge

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Thank you!

Thank you so much for all your good wishes.  My back seems to be settling into it's normal pain level so I'm hoping to be able to make some cards by the weekend.  I'll be glad to be able to reduce the pain meds, maybe then I won't be so woolly headed and spaced out lol
Thanks again, Margaret xx

Friday, 16 March 2012

I'm poorly :o(

Sorry that I've not been around and commenting on your blogs but I'm having a bad week health wise.  It's meant that I've been unable to make any cards for challenges so I've got nothing to show for this week.  Hopefully I'll improve enough to get back into my crafting sooner rather than later

Margaret xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Ready-Teddy-Go March challenge

The theme for this month's challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go is to create a card using packaging of an everyday product as inspiration

My inspiration came from this

And here is my card

I used some elements from a Red Hot Bed shadow card kit that I won a good while ago.

The hexagonal frame was blue and I changed its colour using a dark brown ink pad

I cut away the card from inside in the frame and put the scene behind the aperture  I finished it off by adding the teddy using 3D foam pads

Materials used

Red Hot Bed shadow card kit
Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad
Backing paper from Paper Pizzazz
3D foam squares

Less is More #58

I've made this card for the Less is More challenge #58 which is a one layer card with no embellishments

I was really pleased with it and thought it looked quite classy until I showed it to my daughter and got the reaction "Eewww it's horrible"  So I apologise in advance for entering a horrible card lol

I started off by stamping the facial image using cabin fever ink pad and then masked it off.  I used to use post-it notes for this but sometimes the edge of the design didn't cover enough of the sticky part of the note.  I now stamp it on to any scrap paper, cut it out and use the Pinflair photo glue as it just rubs away when you take off the mask.  I took a piece of A4 paper and tore it lengthways to give a wavy edge and added it to the already masked image

I added the latte ink using a piece of foam to the visible card.

I left both masks in place and stamped the script down the side using the Cabin Fever ink pad and then removed the masks

Materials used

Inkylicious Julianna and tiny script stamps
Adirondack Latte and Cabin Fever ink pads
Pinflair photo glue

Plan for a Miracle

I'm entering this card into three challenges

Paper Pretties #30  Stripes

Crafty Creations #160 Stripes

Play Date Cafe Challenge #122 To use the colours Charcoal, Ash and Butter

I'll be sending this card to a friend who could do with some positive vibes at the moment

The stripy paper was originally black, shades of grey and white.  I went over the whole sheet with a buttercup ProMarker to change the white and it also toned down the black and greys

Again I used ProMarkers to alter the colours of the mats from white to grey.  I used Cool Grey 2 for the plain rectangle and Cool Grey 3 for the scalloped rectangle.  I distressed the edges of the cards and stamped the sentiment with a Versafine smoky grey ink pad

Materials used

Striped paper and yellow card from stash
Sentiment from Delightful Little Things stamp set from Ippity Stamps by Unity
Versafine ink pad smoky grey
Promarkers cool grey #2 and #3

Creative Card Crew challenge #6

 Our challenge this month at Creative Card crew is to create a vintage card.  To me vintage usually means lace, ribbon and flowers in muted tones but I decided to create a male card.  I've a couple of male cards to make over the next few weeks so it will be used for one of those.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp

I'm entering this card into the Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge #196 which is for a masculine card

Apart from the clock paper the papers, tags and sentiment are from a Making Cards Special edition for male cards.  I used the distress ink around the edges of all the paper panels and the base cad stock

I edged the tags, did random lines on the papers and covered the Card Candy with a Quickie Glue Pen,  When they had all dried I dipped them into gold leaf and then rubbed it to take off the excess

The sentiment is attached with brads

A close up of the covered Card Candy

Materials used

Clock paper from a pack of 12 x 12 from Costco
Remainder of papers and tags from a Making Cards special edition
Card Candy
Variegated Copper gilding flakes from Crafty Notions
Quickie glue pen
Brads from stash
Tim Holtz Distress ink Vintage photo
3D foam pads 

Saturday, 10 March 2012

A Frog He Would A-wooing Go

It's that time of year when the frogs are doing their courting in my garden. The night-time croaking is in full force and I've seen at least 5 frogs in the pond.   We had frog spawn last year and a lot of them hatched out into tadpoles then suddenly they all disappeared. . Not one tadpole or egg was left but we did have five fish who were suddenly off their food!!!   I love frogs!  We have lots of froggie ornaments and toys around the house.  This year we might have even less chance off the tadpoles growing into frogs as we've now got more than 5 fish. couldn't believe my eyes on Monday when I saw at least 12 small fish that must have been born last year.  I can't understand how we didn't see them then.  They're all brown so I don't know if they will change into goldfish or if they're Shubunkin.

Anyway on to my card.  It fits the bill for the following challenges

Whimsy Stamps challenge #29 which requires no sentiment

Paper Pretties Monday challenge #29 which is to go green

Papertake Weekly challenge Anything goes, with the option of using shrink plastic which I haven't used

Squigglefly #9 make your card wobble!

Sundays with Crissy #27 Animals

Penny Black and More at Allsorts March springtime

Could these be the five that I've seen in our pond?

The one on the right looks rather worried lol

Whereas this one looks very happy, let's hope that he's lucky in love with his heart on show

Now for the wobbly bits which are the two outside edge frogs.  I stamped and coloured them and the cut them out.  I stuck them on to a strip of acetate which I attached to the back of the picture panel before sticking it to the card.  I then folded the acetate over to the front of the card where the frogs are happily bouncing around :o)  I've got it sitting on the top of my tv at the moment where it's looking quite cute

Materials used

Toadily clear stamps by Penny Black
Grass stamps by Inkylicious
Adirondack and Tim Holtz Distress ink pads

Friday, 9 March 2012

Scam blog posts

Hi my friends

Please be aware that there are some very unsavoury people out there in blogland!!  I had some comments, 8 in fact, on an old post and it was only after I'd published a comment and went to the site of the sender to return the visit I realised what I'd done.  I'm so pleased that I had moderator for my settings or they would all have been published.  There was nothing untoward with comments, just the sites that they came from.  Even though I don't like the "prove you're not a robot" option maybe there is something positive about it as all the posts were in a short space of time.

So take care and be aware!!!!

Margaret xx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

First Journal Page!!!

As you may have seen on a previous post HERE I have made a small journal in which I intend to put my entries in for the Word Art Wednesday challenges.  I am normally on the last minute with these but I am so excited by this yet to be filled little book that I couldn't wait to complete my first page.

This week's Word Art Wednesday challenge is to use a quote by Mother Teresa.  As always it isn't necessary to use the word art provided, any scriptural or inspirational work is welcome.  So with no more ado here's my page :o)  I hope that you like it

I only did a single page design as I didn't want to be too ambitious

I cropped the border from the art work provided as I wanted to put it into a circle.  I printed it out first on a piece of paper and then cut a piece of watercolour paper which I adhered to the printed quote in order to get it in the right place.  After I had re-printed it I used my Nestabilities to cut it out in a circle and a backing card with the scalloped circle

It was a bit tricky using three colours on this stamp and after a couple of practice prints I felt that it didn't look too bad

The grass was stamped with the same ink pad that I used to create the background

Materials used

Grass stamp by Inkyliscious
All the other stamps are by Crafty Individuals
Memento and Adirondack ink pads
Nestability circle and petite scalloped circle
Lilac card from stash scrap

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Polka Doodles Houses

At long last I've used these Polka Doodles stamps.
I've had them for ages and they were forgotten at the bottom of a drawer until now.  I'm entering the card into the Gem of a Challenge #41 which is to use  pastel colours

I stamped the houses onto the base card and did the background using the ink dusters before adding the fence detail.  I then stamped the houses on to white card and cut them out after I'd coloured them.  I didn't 3D them, just glued them straight on the card.  


I then added some foliage which overlapped the houses

I used the stones stamp to create the paths and pavement 

Completed the card with the sentiment

Materials used

Stamp Doodles by Polka Doodles
PSX pixie alphabet
Ink dusters from Inkyliscious
Memento Tuxedo black ink pad

ABC challenge

I have made this card for the ABC challenge, K for Kraft

I feel that this stamp certainly makes an impact whether it's on white or kraft cardstock 

I used pencils to colour the image as I like the effect with the kraft card

I cut the image out leaving a small border

I used a white gel pen for the highlights and then mounted it on the card with Collall 3D gel

Materials used

Kraft cardstock
Adirondack bottle ink pad
Image stamp from LOTV
sentiment from Dovecraft
Crayola Shaders and Metallic FX pencils
Staedlter Tri Plus fine liner
White gel pen
Collall 3D gel

A Bird in the Hand.......

I'm entering this card into four challenges

Catch the Bug  Anything goes

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #129  Things with wings

Less is More # 57 to use neutral colours only

Allsorts #144 spread your wings

I am enjoying making the CAS cards, but what am I to do with all the ribbon and lace in my stash? lol

The round sentiments are perfect for using with the Nestabilities

I decided to make the bird image go off the page.  I was lucky enough to win the set of bird stamps from Simply Less is More as part of their first birthday celebrations

Materials used

Sentiment from LOTV
Bird stamp from a set by Inkadinkado
DCWV beige cardstock
Nestabilities circle and petite scallop dies
Adirondack mushroom ink pad

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Word Art Wednesday #17

I love making cards and other projects using scriptural and inspirational verses but I'm so limited to who I can give them to.  I did make some plaques last year and sold them on E-Bay for the staggering price of 99p :o( no-one was prepared to offer any more.  Over the weekend I decided that I would make myself a journal where I could add my designs rather than make cards or pictures.  So this morning at 2a.m. I was in my craft room doing the front cover!  Better than just laying in bed, in the dark and not being able to sleep lol

Word Art Wednesday gives a verse of scripture each week which you are free to use in your creations although it isn't necessary to use it.  Anything that you're working on or have completed which uses scripture or inspirational quotes can be uploaded into the challenge.  

So here is my journal, ready to be filled with my designs

I masked off the centre panel before I stamped my flowers

I then coloured the flowers and the background

Before stamping the lettering I went over the centre panel with a very pale wash of pink.  I finished it off by edging the panel freehand (eek! I don't do freehand!) and was very, very adventurous drawing a little flower to the bottom of the panel.  Yes it is a flower and not a smudge of ink lol

Materials used

Crawford and Black watercolour paper 230 gsm
Hero Arts flower stamps CL374
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Derwent Aqua Tone colour sticks
Crayola watercolour pencils
Clearly Hand stamped by 3 Birds alphabet stamps
Letraset 03 fine liner

One Christmas card, two challenges

This card is for two Christmas challenges

ABC Christmas challenge which is D for distressing

2012 Christmas Card Challenge #14 using embossing

I used a snowflake embossing folder and then rubbed some of the colour from the raised part of the design

I couldn't have got a better match for the the cardstock and ink pad

I've seen on Create and Craft an accessories pack which includes a sheet for removing the dust created by distressing.  I 'make' my own which cost less than two pence each.  Just take a clean baby wipe and leave it to dry and there you have one dust buddy :o)

Materials used

Stamp-It The Angel Said rubber stamp
Cardstock DCWV
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Memento Bahama Blue ink pad
Woodware paper trimmer with deckle blade
3D foam pads

Monday, 5 March 2012

Paper Piecing with Unity Stamps

This card is for my challenge entry to Whimsy challenge #28 which is using paper piecing as its technique

If ever a stamp was made for paper piecing it is this one from Ippity Stamps

I love lilac and pale green together, one of my favourite colour combos

The flowers look so different even though they use the same papers

A funky sentiment finishes the design

Materials used

Ippity by Unity Stamps Now and Always set
Memento ink pad Grape Jelly
Papers from stash
Sentiment from Polka Doodles