Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tiny Babe

Another Christmas card made, and still lots to do.  My aim is get them finished by the end of November which gives me about 8 weeks.  That's roughly 4 a week, yikes!!  I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Addicted to Stamps #114  clean and simple

Less is More #191  mostly words

Christmas card challenges #44  anything goes

Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge  anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #151  anything goes

I  love the detail in this stamp from Stampendous.  I always get a good crisp image and it embosses well too.  For this card I just used a Memento ink pad on the stamp and around the edges of the topper and the paper behind it.  The paper is from a Popcorn cd-rom from Crafter's Companion. The stamped image was mounted with 3D foam pads  A very quick card to make so well suited to batch making

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Snowman for Christmas

My last offering from the night shift!  I'm entering it into the following challenges

Papertake Weekly  Oh, how cute!

Crafty Sentiments Designs  Christmas in September

Christmas Card Challenge #44  anything goes

ABC Christmas Challenge  S for something festive

Sister Act #76  anything goes

Outlawz Friday Colouring challenge  anything goes with the option of Christmas

I couldn't resist this snowman from Leane Creative.  It also has a matching die which cuts the snowman exactly but I like my dies to be multi-functional so resisted the urge to buy it.  It was stamped with Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers. Glamour Dust was added using a Quickie Glue Pen. The image was mounted onto silver mirri card and attached to the card with 3D foam pads.  The papers are from Nitwits Great White North collection.  I added silver peel-off border over the join of the papers and a silver sentiment in the lower right corner

Oh, How Cute!

This is the second card that I made at some silly o'clock in the small hours when I couldn't sleep.  I'm entering it into the challenges at

Papertake Weekly  Oh, how cute!

Crafty Sentiments Designs  Christmas in September

Christmas Card Challenge #44  anything goes

ABC Christmas Challenge  S for something festive

Sister Act #76  anything goes

Outlawz Friday Colouring challenge  anything goes with the option of Christmas

This is the first time that I've used a stamp from Leane Creatif and it gave a good clear and crisp image to colour.  The image was inked with Memento ink in black and used a red pad to go around the image card. I used my ProMarkers to colour the image and added highlights using a Quickie Glue Pen and Glamour Dust.  All the paper panels, from HOTP, were edged using gold peel off borders in gold from Craft Creations. I finished the card by adding a gold peel off sentiment

We Three Cats

Catching up with my Christmas cards now still lots to do and I've got gifts to make too.  Good job that I don't sleep much lol  I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Papertake Weekly  Oh, how cute!

Crafty Sentiments Designs  Christmas in September

Christmas Card Challenge #44  anything goes

ABC Christmas Challenge  S for something festive

Sister Act #76  anything goes

Outlawz Friday Colouring challenge  anything goes with the option of Christmas


I just love this image from Little Claire.  The papers that I have used are from Forever Friends and they're nearly all gone now.  Good job I like patchwork as I think that will be all I can do with them.
I stamped the image with Memento ink and edged all the papers too. After colouring the image with ProMarkers I added highlights using a Quickie Glue pen and Glamour Dust.  I also added some shine on the baubles using a clear glaze pen.  The image panel was added to the card using 3D foam pads

Sent with Love

It's not very often that I enter a sketch challenge as I usually let the theme create it's own sketch but this is an exception.  I'm entering it into the challenges at

The Pink Elephant #269  to use the sketch

Allsorts #278  all stitched up to use stitching, real or faux

Sister Act #76  anything goes

Still not getting the lighting right for my photographs, probably have to invest in a light box :(

The papers are from Papermania and Crafter's Companion and the toppers are from Buzzcraft.  I did the layering without the 3D foam pads on this card as it would be too thick for standard delivery in the UK.I edged all the papers and the base layer of the topper with a Memento ink pad and used the same ink for the faux stitching using a stamp from Tanda Stamps.  The sentiment panel was wrapped with cotton thread from my sewing box before being mounted on 3D foam pads.  A button finishes the design.  Now that I've photographed it I'm going to try, very carefully, to take the topper off and move it over to the left lining it up with the sentiment.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

There Comes a Time.....

It has been a long time since I did a layout in my journal, primarily for Word Art Wednesday projects which were not for sending as cards but somewhere to keep my entries together.  As some of you may know I suffer a great deal of pain with arthritis in my spine and find it hard to sleep.  Five hours (not necessarily in one block) is a good night for me.  At 1 am I was in my craft room looking at my list of challenges and I had the urge to do a journal page but not with the word art that is provided.  I am entering it into the following challenges

Word Art Wednesday #151  anything goes with the option of using the word art provided

Divas by Design  pretty in glitter

Outlawz Saturday challenge  to add a sentiment

I made my journal using my Bind-it-All.  The background papers are from my stash, possibly Making Cards.  I edged all the papers and the page with silver border peel offs.  I added iridescent flower peel offs to the plaid panels and put some iridescent butterflies onto a scrap of the same paper and cut them out.  All the iridescent peel offs have a silver edge to tie in with the borders.  I used a stamp from Ippity by Unity with Memento ink on plain white card and edged it with the same border as the papers.  To finish the page I added the butterflies just using the glue on the body and bent the wings up to give dimension.  I think it is really pretty and have had it standing on my work table so I can see it while I am creating other designs

Another Reindeer!

For this card I have used, again, one of my favourite Christmas stamps.  I am entering it into the challenges at

Sister Act #76  anything goes

ABC Christmas  S for something festive

Addicted to Stamps #114  Clean and simple

This isn't how the card was supposed to turn out!  It started out as a one layer card with the stamp from Craft Stamper magazine and surrounded by small snowflakes made with a Carl punch.  I added Liquid Pearls to the centres of the snowflakes.  I am not at all consistent with Liquid Pearls and they were all shapes and sizes when they had dried.  I thought about what I could do with them and decided to flatten them all.  This didn't work 100% so I had the idea of using a circle Nestabilities die to cut it out and then embossed it which did flatten them all down.  I also cut a scalloped circle with DCWV cardstock and inked the edges of the card.  All in all I am pleased with the finished result

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Chocolate Sundae

613 Avenue Create have an option create your own recipe from quite a varied listing. However I haven't taken up on the option but this layout is also for the competition over on Facebook using a photograph for inspiration.

I am also entering it into the challenge at Word Art Wednesday#151

I have been meaning to create this layout for quite a while (granddaughter is now 3!!) and the inspiration photo has kick started me into doing it!

All the papers I have used are from different collections by Papermania.  I used coordinating ink pads by Memento to edge them all.  The journalling was computer generated onto Safmat film, cutout and burnished in place.  I have added lots of ice cream coloured Card Candi and a metal charm of ice cream cones.  I can't believe how lucky I was to capture the expression on my daughter-in-laws face

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


I've made this card for the following challenges

Sister Act #75  anything goes

Word art Wednesday #151  anything goes

Outlawz Friday Colouring challenge   photo and colour chart for inspiration

Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode challenge  to use punches and/or dies

I have also used the sketch from  The Kraft Journal #190 but as I haven't used any kraft items I'm not entering it into the challenge.  It was just so right for the card that I was making

The background papers are from Molly Bloom's Christmas Carnival but are not exclusive to Christmas use.  A pity you can't see more of the paper on the lower end of the card but it does incorporate a few of the colours from the Outlawz Friday challenge.  I inked the edges(as per usual) with Memento ink pad and also stamped the image.  The lighthouse stamp is from Stampendous and the map stamp from Creative Stamping, not the magazine but a stamp manufacturing company.  I colored the image with ProMarkers and cut it out using a Nestabilities die and also a larger one using DCWV cardstock and inked with the same ink pad as the background papers.  I used ribbon from my stash across the join of the two papers.  The map was stamped on some paper from my stash, inked the edges as before and mounted onto the DCWV cardstock and inked the edges again.  All the toppers were mounted using 3D foam pads.  I finished the top panel by adding some metal photo corners.  I haven't added a sentiment as yet as I don't have one in the right size with an appropriate font.  Hopefully I'll pick one up at Port Sunlight next week.  Looking at the card now I wish that I had added another layer between the top paper and the topper.  I think it looks a bit bare

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thank You

Now that I've made this card I feel as though I should eat it!  The colours remind me of ice creams and sorbets mmmm

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

613 Avenue Create #89 anything goes

Sister Act #74 anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #150  anything goes

Outlawz Monday Greetings  thank you/gratitude

The outline drawing of the topper was a free gift with a magazine of images by LOTV.  I coloured it using my ProMarkers (what else is there to colour with lol)  It doesn't show in the photo but the dots on the wrapping paper have had clear gel pen added to them which gives lovely sheen and texture to them.  The background papers are from the Emma's Garden collection by Jennifer Ellory, a gorgeous set of papers.  The paper ribbon across the card is a strip of paper from another of the same design and I inked the edges with Memento ink pad.  I die cut the image and the DCWV cardstock using Spellbinder's Nestabilities label 1, small, large and grande.  To finish the card I added a Thank You silver peeloff which I had coloured green with a ProMarker


I'm entering this card into the following challenges

The Crafter's Cafe #8  water related

Top Tip Tuesday  kids

613 Avenue Create #89  anything goes

Papertake Weekly   punch it out

Shopping Our Stash #169  use a person image

Outlawz Friday colouring  hats

I really must find somewhere else to photograph my makes, the lighting isn't at its best in my craft room at this time of year.  I had the daylight overhead light on and the Ottlite but I still think my pictures are dark

The image I've used is a digi stamp from Pollycraft and I coloured it with my trusty ProMarkers.  The background papers are from Hunkydory and the blue card is DCWV  I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the upper layer of the paper and the blue card.  The sentiment stamp isn't named so I can't credit it.  I cut the image and sentiment with Nestabilities and the blue card using scalloped Nestabilities.  The papers,layers and toppers were all edged using a mixture of ink pads. To finish the card I used 3D foam pads to attach the toppers to the card

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home.....

This week's challenge at Outlawz Twisted Thursday it's anything goes with the twist being an option of using a ladybird (lady bug).I haven't got anything at all with a ladybird image so I've twisted the twist!!

I'm also entering it into the challenges at
613 Avenue Create #89  anything goes

The image I have used was part of a free gift with a magazine, pre-printed outlines from LOTV  When I came across it this morning, seeing the spotty brolly immediately sparked off the thought of colouring it like a ladybird and following the black and red through to the body and the socks.  I coloured it using ProMarkers and cut it out leaving a narrow white border.  The background papers are from Papermania and I edged them with a Memento ink pad.  If I don't ink my edges I feel as though the card isn't finished!  The sentiment was computer generated onto Safmat film which I applied to some white card and edged it in red, again to follow the black and red theme.  The image and the sentiment were mounted onto the card with 3D foam pads

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Time for tea

The challenge at Less is More #189  is a one layer card the subject of which is beverages

The cup and saucer stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine.  I used masking for this card but the opposite way round than I normally do by masking out the background using a post-it note.  I stamped the images onto the card and also on the post-t note.  I cut out the image so that when I put it over the image on the card the background was protected.  From the cut out image I cut the piece of paper out that was inside the cup handle and fixed it in place so that I didn't ink in the space.  

I used Memento inks applied with a piece of foam to the cups and saucers.  To create the pattern I cut a tiny flower from a border strip of one of the stamps in a collection from Crafter's Companion, Clearly Handstamped designed by 3 Birds.  The alphabet stamps that I used for the sentiment were also from this set.  I added partial shadows to the cups and saucers using an Ice Grey ProMarker

Girl Power!!

When I saw the title of the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge  Girl Power, I got really excited.  Sad eh?  I knew that somewhere in my huge stash of papers there was a piece of paper with Girl Power on it.  I bought it 8 years ago when Elizabeth, my daughter, was making an exploding box 'card' for her friend's 21st birthday

I am also entering it into the challenges at

Allsorts challenge #276  Sugar and Spice

613 Avenue Create #89  anything goes

The paper :o)

The card

This is one of the quickest and easiest cards that I've made!  I trimmed the paper so that I had two strips of paper with the words Girl Power on them and edged them both with a green Memento ink pad. The frame, topper and sentiment are all from a die-cut sheet of the Hunkydory Floral Enchantment Collection.  These I edged with a pink Memento ink pad.  I attached the frame flat onto the card and then glued one of the paper strips across the centre of it and the other piece lower down on the card. I then added the two toppers using 3D foam pads,  To finish the card I inked the edges of the card with the green ink pad.

Happy Birthday

The challenge at The Crafter's Cafe #81 is to make a card for a child.  I am also entering my card into the challenges at

Sister Act #74  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #89  anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday  a card for a child

I'm 99% certain that this a Penny Blank stamp, I got a few of these in a stamped image swap that I did a couple of years ago.  I coloured it with my ProMarkers and cut it out leaving a white border.  The papers are from a Papermania 12x12 stack.  The yellow paper I cut on a curve following one of the lines on the design.  I like the look it gives and may use the idea again, even on papers without a line for me to follow lol.  I attached the topper using 3D foam pads.  A pity there isn't a challenge using the letter P.  Apart from the foam pads everything else starts with a P!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Tiger, tiger.......

The inspiration for this card came from a photo at Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge  It's a photo of a tiger's head and a fabulous background of yellows, reds and oranges.  The twist for the challenge is to make your own twist and say what it is.  MY twist is that I've made a Christmas card without using any Christmas papers.  I think it worked very well and might do some more in other colours

I'm also entering it into the following challenges

Addicted to Stamps #112  making your mark, what you have used to colour your image.  I've used Memento ink pads

Sister Act #74  anything goes

Divas by Design  anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #149  anything goes

Whimsy Stamps #75  monochromatic

The stamp I have used for this card is from Stamp-It.  To colour it I swiped three different dew drop Memento ink pads across it diagonally to mimic the tiger stripes and then edged the card with the yellow pad before mounting it on brown cardstock.  The brown and yellow papers are from a 12x12 stack which I think could be a Papermania one.  Only think as I haven't kept the front cover and I've had them for ages.  It's a pity that there isn't much of the yellow showing as it's a very pretty paper.  maybe I'll take a photo of it tomorrow and add it to the bottom of this post.  The ribbon was a perfect match from my stash which I had received in a ribbon swap some time ago.  The stamped panel was attached with 3D foam pads

Thinking of You

The challenge at As You Like It is to use your favourite rubber stamp and say why it is a favourite. In my previous post I used an acrylic stamp image, so just in case it's not allowed, I'm entering this card with an image from Crafty Individuals.  Making sympathy cards is not something that we want to make a lot of cards for but the majority of cards that I have made in the past few years have featured this stamp.  As a Christian I am aware that not everyone likes a religious card at this time and this image is perfect for me to use as I can always use a religious verse on the inside.  Saying this I have used it for other occasions as well.

I am also entering it into the following challenges

Sister Act #74  anything goes

The Pink Elephant #267 is a photo inspiration challenge with colours yellow, black, white and silver

Word Art Wednesday #149  anything goes

Paper Pretties #327 sympathy

Shopping Our Stash #168  to use a chicken (!) or any other bird

To create the trellis background I used Tessatina Border die from Memory Box and glossy black card.  The wren stamp, From Crafty Individuals, was stamped with black Memento ink and embossed with Anita's clear embossing powder and attached to the card with 3D foam pads as was the sentiment panel.  The sentiment is a silver peeloff from Craft Creations 


The challenge at As You Like It is to use your favourite rubber stamp and tell why it is your favourite.  I have chosen an acrylic stamp from Little Claire called Blissful.  It's a beautifully simple image which lends itself to colouring in different mediums and her dress paper pieces so well.  I have used it for many occasions: birthday, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, thank you and RAKs

The challenge at Outlawz Sunday CAS is to use your favourite colour so I had to team it up with my favourite stamp!

Also entering it into

Divas by Design anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #149 anything goes

I just love this stamp from Little Claire. I've coloured it with ProMarkers and Tim Holtz DI ink pad to shade around the image die cut and the edges of the scalloped rectangles.  I used Spellbinder's rectangle Nestabilities dies for these and the sentiment panels.  The scalloped vertical border was made using Spellbinder's Classic border die, cut on both sides with a strip of paper from Emma's Garden by Jennifer Ellory down the centre.  Both strips were edged using the same ink pad as before.  The sentiment is from Sweet Stamps and was stamped with Memento black ink pad as was the Blissful image.  Both toppers were attached to the card using 3D foam pads

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Pretty in Pink

The challenge at Allsorts #275 is pretty in pink.  I'm also entering it into the following challenges

Whimsy Stamps #75  monochromatic

Papertake Weekly  repeat, repeat

Addicted to Stamps #112 make your mark

Crafty Sentiments Designs  spots and/or stripes

Pretty in pink and monochromatic immediately brought to mind a new baby card

The stamps that I have used are from Fizzy Moon, love their bears.  I stamped it with Memento ink and coloured it using ProMarkers.  I used Spellbinder's Nestabilities to die cut the image and the mats.  The image was slightly too big for the plain square die so I cut into the image where the stamped ribbon ends and slotted them outside of the die which cut the rest of the image in a square.  I need to practice this technique a bit more and make sure that I use a new blade! The mats are my repeat, repeat items for the Papertake challenge.  I edged all the layers and the base card using a pink Memento ink pad and wrapped a narrow piece of ribbon around the bottom of all the layers.  I trimmed the sentiment to size and coloured the edges as before.  The topper and the sentiment were attached to the card with 3D foam pads

Skinny (for) Christmas! I wish lol

I'm entering this card into the challenges at

 The Kraft Journal #188 anything goes

Christmas Card Challenge #41  option think skinny

Outlawz Twisted Thursday   option to add sparkle, I've used gold stars and gold matting

The base card that I've used is Kanban kraft card with gold stars and I folded it to make a skinny card 7.5cms x 21cms.  I added the skinny topper higher than the base to make a DL card.  The topper and sentiment have been mounted onto gold and then red card.  I can't remember the where I got the topper from or the design company so I can't give any credit to them.  If anyone recognises it can you let me know so that I can alter my post?  Thanks

Mmmmm Mint and Chocolate!!

This time for the challenge at Less is More #188 I've gone more minty than chocolaty. I'm also entering it into the challenges at

Papertake Weekly to use a repeated image

Sister Act #73 anything goes

Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge  to have Happy in the sentiment

I started this card by stamping the teddy in the centre of the card and also on to a post-it note using Memento ink.  I trimmed the post-it image exactly on the outline and placed it over the image on the card. I then repeatedly stamped the flower, using Brilliance ink, over the rest of the card.  When I removed the post-it note the image is now in front of the background stamping.  Both stamps are from Stamp-It.  I used the Brilliance ink, applied using a water brush, to the teddy background.  The teddy was coloured using a few different brown water colour pencils which I went over with the water brush with a dabbing motion rather than sweeping the brush across to give texture to the fur.  I coloured a piece of white card with the Brilliance ink pad direct to the card as a backing for the sentiment stamp.  There's no name on the stamp so I can't give credit for it.  The sentiment topper was mounted using 3D foam pads

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mmmmmm Chocolate!

For once I don't have to worry about getting chocolate on my card lol  The challenge at Less is More #188 is chocolate and mint.  I'm also entering my card into the challenges at

Sister Act #73  anything goes

The Kraft Journal #188  anything goes

Outlawz Monday greetings challenge  to have Happy on the project

I'm not sure that I like this card now it's done.  It looked so much nicer in my mind's eye lol  I'll leave it out on a shelf for a while to see if it grows on me, if not it'll go for recycling

For my chocolate base I used kraft card.  I stamped the Penny Black stamp, Garden Poems, onto a paper that was a freebie with Simply Homemade using Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.  I also used the ink pad to colour around the edge of the card, paper ribbon and sentiments.  The sentiments are from a Craftwork Cards Kit, Chocolate and Marshmallow. Using a mint green ProMarker I added definition to the petals and leaves which I had paper pieced using Letratac dry adhesive (sadly discontinued so I'm hoping that my stock will last). I also used a ProMarker to add shadow to the stems and outlines.  I added the sentiments to the card with 3D foam pads after I had added brads to the sentiment

Monday, 8 September 2014

One for the Boys

I am gradually going through my box which houses all the photos that I want to scrapbook along with some of the elements that I want to use.

The story behind wanting to create this page is one that we honestly didn't think we would win this trophy.  Elizabeth got married to Martyn on the day before the FA Cup final, down in Torquay, so we went to a little pub in the town to watch the match on the big screen. Our GP has been the Wigan team doctor for many, many years and we always look out for him on televised matches.  This time we had a really good view of him as he was standing in clear view of the cameras when the teams lined up to go out onto the pitch.  The pub was packed and most people watching were supporting Wigan as the underdogs but we were the only ones cheering them on as proper fans.  At the end of the match it was so funny to see the doctor dancing around and running onto the pitch.  His surgery is closed on a Wednesday afternoon but one week he made arrangements to have the trophy on display and we went along to have a look.  He also had a recording of the match playing on the tv in the waiting room.  It was good to see the trophy close up and even hold it.

I am entering this page into the following challenges

613 Avenue Create #88   anything goes with an optional colour challenge from which I chose the colours blue, brown and white

Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode challenge  masculine

The background paper was plain blue so I stamped over it with some congratulations stamps and Versamark ink to give a watermarked effect. The striped border was made using a Spellbinders border die.  The paper matches the team shirt of blue and white stripes.  The footballs and boots were printed from my laptop using a crafting cd-rom Ella's Designs Boys 2 Men, some of which are mounted on 3D foam pads .  I used Memory Box Classic uppercase alphabet dies for the lettering and the Cuttlebug alphabet set Olivia for the numbers.  The centre photo is of the base of the trophy showing Wigan Athletic's name alongside the big names in football, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to name a few.  Above this photo you can see a green strip with a ribbon and brad attached.  This is a card that is printed with a football pitch image.  I have used the reverse of the card to journal the page and it sits behind the photo

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Stationery or Stationary?

I must admit that this is my pet peeve! I don't like it when the wrong spelling is used lol  The Asda store in Wigan had a massive sign hanging over the stationery aisle which said stationary.  Every week when we were doing the shopping I would have a grumble about it.  In the end Adrian said that if it annoys me so much I should write and tell them, so I did.  I had a return email thanking me for pointing it out and they would pass the message to the correct department.  It took two months for them to change it.   I wonder if every store had the wrong spelling

The challenge at Top Tip Tuesday  is stationery and I'm also entering my project into the

Outlawz Tuesday Colour challenge and the colours are electric blue, lush green and purple

On the basis that our no longer needed items of stationery may need to be recycled or just thrown away has led me to "upcycle my recycle centre" lol with the addition of a few brads and a couple of bulldog clips. These are the large boxes of the cereal which hold a considerable amount of rubbish

My recycling centre was three cereal boxes clipped together with some bulldog grips for stability.  One for paper, one for card and the other for anything that I couldn't recycle.  They have served me well so I thought they could have a bit of a face lift lol  The top flaps were folded inside the boxes and stuck to the box with some strong dsst, again for stability

The papers are from a stack that I bought from QVC many moons ago which I have hardly used. Using my Grand Calibur and Spellbinders flower and butterfly dies and a butterfly die from Crafty Individuals I created the flowers and butterflies.  Before I assembled the flowers I inked the edges for definition and used brads- the in word for old fashioned paper studs :o)- to keep the layers together.  As you can see from the photos I took the papers over the edge and part way down the box so they are quite sturdy now.  Using the bulldog grips means that it's not as easy for me to knock them over!!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A Little Bit of Christmas

I couldn't sleep last night so at 2am I was in my craft room making this card!!  I'm entering it into the challenges at

Crafty Sentiment Designs  anything goes

Christmas Card challenge #40  anything goes

Allsorts #274  early Christmas makes

Sister Act #72 anything goes

Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge anything goes with an option of Christmas

The basis of this card was a tri-fold kraft card with the outer parts folded back on themselves.  The papers and clear stamps are from Molly Blooms Christmas Carnival.  I stamped the image and sentiment onto white card and cut them out using rectangle Nestabilities,leaving the dies in place while I inked around the cutout with Memento Desert Sand ink pad. The image was coloured using ProMarkers.  I mounted them onto kraft card cut with scalloped rectangle Nestabilities and inked around the edges with Adirondack Latte ink pad, as was the card base.  The paper panels had the corners rounded using a Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper.  

The same paper was used on the back inside panel.  Another contrasting paper was used on the small inside panels and off set on top of the darker paper on the back panel.  Another panel was cut from the kraft card and stamped with a Christmas verse from Crafty Individuals

The final card fits into a DL envelope but is quite thick.  I might need a large letter stamp for this one

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Clean and Simple

A very quick card for today's challenges

Sister Act #72  anything goes

Outlawz Sunday challenge  Clean and simple with a button

I think that I'm going to have to find somewhere else to take my photos, this one seems really dark to me

I cut a piece of paper from a Nitwits paper pad, Bonnets and Bow Ties, slightly smaller than the card and a piece of white card smaller than the paper.  I used a Memento stamp to ink around the edges of the card and paper. Next I used a small daisy punch to cut out the flower and hand drew a stem and leaves with a fine tipped ProMarker.  I then added a vase button which has been in the bottom of my sewing basket since the year dot!! I attached it to the card panel using embroidery thread and stamped the greeting from Sweet Stamps with Memento ink.  Finally I attached the panel to the card with 3D foam squares

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Upcycle-recycle what's the difference?

Two different phrases but are they the same?  I'm easily confused :o)  Just like fussy cutting, is that cutting out to the line or is leaving a small border around the image?  Sigh! so difficult for me to work it out lol

I haven't made a card for these challenges, I've made a gift box instead

Shopping our stash #167 to use crimpers  or corrugated card

Papertake Weekly anything goes with the option recycle/upcycle

The Outlawz Challenges Saturday's Paper a la Mode to use lace and pearls

My husband, Adrian, loves liquorice and each year for Christmas I buy him a box of liquorice fudge from Lakeland Plastics. It comes in these gorgeous corrugated card boxes tied with a black ribbon.  I save the boxes as they are really good for dressing up.  They measure 5"x 5" so they're a good size for filling up with a selection of small items

I used X-Cut Ornate Frames dies with some pink and ivory pearlescent card for the top of the box and adhered it using Pinflair Glue Gel.  I find it best for bigger areas as it will bed down into the grooves of the card.  I also used it to attach a brooch from Crafty Individuals.  I love these brooches for embellishments once I've taken the pin from the back.  They have a lovely enamelled lustre to them

While I was waiting for the glue gel to dry I sat and hand stitched a string of pearls to the top of some cotton lace. So therapeutic! I used Glossy Accents to attach the lace and pearl border around the sides of the lid as it is fast drying and a good strong glue for things like the pearls. To finish it off I used some flat backed pearls to the corners of the die cut toppers and made a small bouquet of ribbon flowers and ribbon which I threaded through a hole in the lid and secured it on the inside. 

I hope you like the finished box

Monday, 1 September 2014

Picking Flowers

I'm not so sure as to whether or not I like this card.  I thought I would try something a little bit outside my comfort zone by using a few densely patterned papers.  It could be that there isn't enough contrast in the papers in that they're all pastel shades. Anyway here's my card and I'm entering it into the following challenges
Sister Act Card Challenge #72   anything goes

The Crafter's Cafe #79  to uses punches and dies

Word Art Wednesday # 147  anything goes

Divas by Design  happy birthday

The Outlawz Challenges   Friday Coloring challenge, a first time for this challenge

I've used three different papers from a Webster's Pages paper pad that was a cover gift with a magazine.  Looking at it now I think I have chosen the wrong paper to be the main one and perhaps I should have used the blue paper to make the border across the card.   I used a Spellbinders border die on the bottom of the card and the layers of papers and made the paper ribbon with the same die on both edges and another one to cut the design from the centre which I backed with some white paper. I bought the complete set of the border dies when they were first released thinking that I would use them a lot but I haven't used them anywhere near as much as I should.  I think I shall remake this card with all the same elements but in a different order to see if I'm happier with the design. I inked all the edges of the papers in a matching shade of Memento ink.  The image is a pre-printed outline from LOTV which was another magazine cover gift which I coloured using ProMarkers.  Again the way I've cut around the image may not have been the right way to display the image against that particular backing paper.  I might have been better using a shaped die with a contrasting mat behind it.  Something else to try on the remake. The birthday greeting die cut was with yet another magazine cover gift.  Maybe I should rename this post as 'making the most of magazine freebies' lol.  I finished the card by adding a gemstone to the centre of the flower