Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I thought it was about time I did a midweek blog - I've fallen back into the bad old ways of only managing to do my DCM card blog post.  Must try harder.

So now that the special birthday this card was made for has come and gone I can share the photos.
This is a commissioned card and it has a curved, or bowed front (like an old-fashioned shop window), What with the depth of the card because of the bowed front and the rather extravagant flower set into the aperture I decided not to risk the Postie squishing it before  it even reached my customer, and made a box for it too.
Tools and Materials
All papers are from Funky Hand's beautiful
printed onto white Bazzill card for texture and a nice weight
The front of the card is created using the "Extravagance" Create-a-Card die from Crafter's Companion
Plain Oval and Labels die are Spellbinders
The peony flower was made using petals cut on the Silhouette Cameo
Other items used: Cream card blank, flat backed pearls, satin ribbon

I made the box using WRMK Envelope Punch Board, and added a "belly band" to keep it shut, there's space on the label on the back to add a message
I used more of the same papers to decorate the box.  The flower is cut with an SU punch, the centre is a plain punched circle with a layer of Glossy Accents and a few beads sprinkled in while still wet

That's it for this time, I hope you like this project and will leave a little message ;)

Thanks for looking

Friday, July 18, 2014

On the Waterfront

 It's Nat's turn to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week:

Out on the Water

This week we're escaping to the waterside. It's that time of year when many of us will be heading for the beach to enjoy the waves, lazing by the pool or spending time by the lake swimming all day long or being more adventurous and doing some fun activities on the water.
Your challenge this week is to make a card that celebrates any aspect of how we humans enjoy the water on our planet.

For some people that title might immediately bring  swimming pools, lakes or rivers to mind, but although we live abut as far from the sea as you can get in England, I was born at the seaside and once a seasider, always a seasider!  I did try to think of other watery themes but I was soon back to the sea.
Even so, I'm not impressed with the card I made for Nat's lovely challenge, it just didn't work out as planned and I'm still in a bad mood about that
Patterned papers are from a couple of download paper collections from
I resized them to quite a small size (to print at about 6.5cms wide) so that the patterns wok on tiny items - this is just one of the brilliant things about using digi designs!
Bazzill card in yellow, orange, deep blue, light blue black white and red
Windsurfer, Tugboat, Galleon, and yacht (on right) are all cut on the Silhouette Cameo using my own templates, the yacht 2nd from left is hand-cut
Orange "setting sun" die cut using the 2nd largest in my set of Xcut circle dies
Sea is created using various Versamagic and Memento ink pads.  The waves are hand cut and there's some Ice Stickles over the top
Sentiment is also Silhouette-cut, with a little anchor charm added to the corner

So, as I wasn't too pleased with that one, I thought I'd try somethin else and made this one earlier today.  I'm not usre I like this one either though!
Same windsurfer template, and more Funky Hand papers,  this time  the "Come What May" set from the  "Craft the Year Away" CD
Inky background made with Distress Inks
Circle aperture cut with a plain circle from the Spellbinders Nesties set
Swirl Corner embossing folder by Crafter's Companion, inked over and Ice Stickles added on top.  I thought the pattern on this folder looked a bit like swirly waves
Hand-cut Beach Huts - because I can't make two beach themed cards and not have a beach hut somewhere, can I?

I think the main problem I had was that I liked the card I made last week for The Sketch File better!
I thought I'd have a little wander back through old projects I've made that have a seaside theme - sometimes it's good to see what other ideas you've come up with for a similar theme - and it reminds me of things you like and things that you're not so happy with too!
I do like having a bit of fun and making a shaped card (I've been indulging myself with making a few of those recently, as it happens) - this one is a rocker card, and seeing it here, reminds me of the card I forgot I was going to make for today's challenge - oops!
This was a favourite Summer card from last year - it started with a total disaster of a card, which I pulled apart - I salvaged a couple of the elements to use, but needed to make a couple of new ones too.
Do you notice a certain recurrence of ric-rac braid when I make seaside cards? hahaha
My wander along Memory Lane found this last card which reminded me that it was supposed to be made into a picture by adding it to a canvas - well that was the plan, but I didn't get round to it and now I'd need to unearth the card first - but maybe I will, you never know
That's enough waffling, I reckon! 
I hope you'll pop over to the DCM BLOG and take a look at the cards the team have been making this week

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment, it's always lovely to read them

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Streamers

I completely forgot to blog this earlier in the week, but better late than never.

There's a new sketch for July on The Sketch File Blog
for my first project using the sketch I turned it upside down and made this card
 For all that white space, there's quite a lot going on here! I started by using some stencils and inks directly onto the base card.  Over that I adhered a piece of wide sheer ribbon - I couldn't resist doing this because that particular ribbon has tiny flecks of silver glitter in it and it just reminded me of how sunlight glitters on the sea.Next some ric-rac pieces on top of the glittery ribbon.

I stencilled a yellow burlap pattern onto another piece of card, then rubbed some orange and red tones in the centre just using a wet-wipe, and die cut a pinked circle from it.
The little yachts are just hand-cut from some scrap pieces of various Funky Hand papers left over from other projects - it they didn't quite match, I just added a bit of ink to help them along ;)
Once it was all assembled, I drew a black line, and hand-cut some teeny-tiny triangles to make the bunting
This is the sketch:

 I think it would work quite well for a scrap page, using a big photo and the adding the bits and bobs over the top - I might have a look and see if any of our photos would work and give it a try.

All for now, thanks for visiting

Friday, July 11, 2014

On the Road

Someone once gave me the Jack Kerouac book "On the Road" and said "You should read this!.  I don't think I got past the first couple of pages.....
Despite being the sort who likes her "home comforts", I also love to travel and over the years I've been lucky enough to visit lots of wonderful places.  I used to even enjoy the whole "airport" experience - but now that is the part I hate most, it's thoroughly unpleasant and just reinforces my desire for a teleporter!
This week's theme on the Daring Cardmakers is set by our Inking Diva, Svenja and is all about Travel - just in case you hadn't guessed from the waffle, and it being Friday

It’s Svenja here and I’m asking you to look a little further this week as my challenge for you today is (come, sing with me):
"We are going on a summer holiday....."
It’s easy: Make a travel themed card, dream of faraway places, relax and enjoy!

I was all set to make s card with suitcases on it - until I realised why the idea had come so quickly - I'd already done that for a "Suitcase" themed challenge a year or two back...
So I thought I'd resurrect a camper van template which was  one of a summery set of Leo's fab Crafty Templates a while back to make a shaped card.

 Materials and Tools
Camper Van template from Crafty Templates
All papers  from "Come What May" by Funky Hand from the
SU flower punch, plain small circle punch
Inks, Glossy Accents, Pearls

I inked the base card behind the window apertures, then once it was all assembled added Glossy Accents to look like glass.
I cut some of the tiny flowers from scraps of the flowery paper to add some interest to the sides of the van and added flat-backed pearls to their centres

It took so long to think what to do that I ran out of time a bit - I was going to add some suitcases on a roof rack and maybe a few other holiday-related things on the grass in front of the camper van.  Ah well maybe that would be taking things a bit too far anyway.

Thats my lot for today,  I forgot to blog my first card for the July Sketch File LO earlier in the week, so I'll do that over the weekend.
Head over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see what the rest of the team have made for Svenja's challenge this week
Thanks for popping in today 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Welcome Baby

I love this cute elephant image from Funky Hand and have used it to make a fair few cards since it appeared on the Colour Me Happy CD a few years ago now. 
It's great to use as a fun Get Well Soon card and I've often used it as with this one, to welcome a new baby.  For some reason I always seem to make a shaped card with this image. maybe because it's such a clean, simple design - perfect for someone who isn't particularly neat at cutting out!

This one is about A5 size, made for the folks at Hubby's office to sign and send when one of the team welcomed baby no 3 to their family.

To begin with I printed the spotty patterned paper directly onto a sheet of A4 card, using the "fir to page" option, I turned the card over and chose a plainer design to print on what would be the inside of my card, using the same setting.
Next I cropped the flower design so that there were just a few of the flowers and resized so that each flower would be about 6cm across - this was just done by guesswork.  Again I printed the reverse using a plainer design.
Print job no 3 was to resize the spotty pattern so that it just took up half a sheet of the same A4 card -
The final printing task was to select the elephant image and "put" it onto the workspace on the CD, then expand the image to fill as much as possible of the lower half of the workspace.  As the full workspace is equivalent to a piece of A4 you can get a good idea how big the print will be.
This was printed and used as a cutting template for the elephant.

I cut around the paper copy of the elephant leaving a little margin all around the edge, then folded the A4 card in half and paper-clipped the paper copy in place - making sure to have the top lying above the fold so that you don't end up with just two, un-joined elephant shapes ;)

I used the A5 piece with the smaller dots just to cut out the head section and glued in place leaving the ear section unstuck, and also the part of the trunk where the ends of the wires will be hidden and sealed safely away

Then I used some black card just to cut the eyelashes piece from the template

For the flowers I cut around a couple of the flower shapes and punched some 1.5cm circles from some of the spare card for the flower centres, and some slightly larger circles to cover the ends of the wire on the reverse.
If you like using card candy, but end up being over-run by packets of the stuff,  try making your own, perfectly matching, in-the-size-you-want candy: Use craft punches, die cuts  (lots of dies have circles as part of the die cut) etc to cut the circle you need, from exactly the part of a design you want to use (like the spotty one in the centre of the green flower), next simply rub an embossing ball tool on the reverse to create the domed shape.

The wires are twirled around a bamboo skewer, leaving a few cms at each end  plain  for fixing in place. I'm a bit paranoid about  making sure the ends are all made into tight, flat spirals (using pliers) and glued into pieces of paper or card  before they are attached to the project - then I add a "cover" of a piece of card to keep everything in place and tidy.  On the trunk of this project the wire are concealed and glued with a strong glue inside the two layers of card.

Finally I made a little notice for the elephant to hold by printing the sentiment, cutting it out at an angle and adding it  to another piece of scrap card.  The ribbon bow just hides and neatens where the wires go inside the elephant's trunk sections.

I used:
Elephant Image from Colour Me Happy CD
Paper designs from Colour Me Happy CD
300gsm white card
Black Bazzill
Green wire
Very narrow pink ribbon

Thank you so much for coming to visit today - I hope you like my little elephant.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Colours for July

It doesn't seem any time at all since we were in the depths of Winter and wishing for warmer weather!  Now, here we are at the beginning of July - effectively in the second half of the's all downhill to you-know-what <>
No! get out of my head, you bad Cword Fairy!

The sun is shining, there's tennis at Wimbledon and the freezer is stocked with ice cream.  We have a new Dyson "Air Multiplier" tower fan to keep us cool - we are ready for summer.

Beckie's July Colour Combo for the Daring Cardmakers is a reminder of early summer mornings, the dew on the grass, a bit of haze and a hint of brightness. Lovely greens, yellows and neutral shades.
Here's what, after a lot of paper shuffling, I came up with

 This is Beckie's inspiration photo

It took about four tries to figure out how to use the colours - various ideas popped into my head, but came to nothing when I tried to make a card - consequently there's a mass of mess on my desk!.  I don't really know why, but this seems to be the story of my crafting over the last few weeks - ideas coming, but putting them into practise is another story.  I'm hoping that things will get better soon - preferably before I forget all these ideas I've had!
 I'm taking a bit of time out just to play with all my lovely stash, have some fun and see what happens.  Maybe I'll even finish some of the half-done projects that are lying in boxes

Materials and Tools
Various Bazzill and Core'dinations cardstock
Pearls, Dewdrops, 2x green Gelatos for coloured areas of background,
Gold Ice Stickles
Beige flower made with torn and crumpled circles 
PC generated sentiment 
Chevron pattern embossing folder by Crafters Companion
Small Peony; Cherry Blossom (Spellbinders)
Other yellow flower;  Carnation Creations (Spellbinders)
Die'Sire Leaf stem (on left of arrangement)  by Crafters Companion
 Leaf swirl stem on right of arrangement by
Leaves under the peony by Marion Smith

 Do pop along and see the DCM blog this week - it looks a real treat with so many different styles of card all linked by this pretty colour scheme!

Thanks for popping by. please leave a message, it would be great to hear from you

Friday, June 27, 2014

Don't Run with Scissors fact, put them in the drawer and don't use them at all....or the guillotine, either.... So go the instructions for this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge set by our lovely Miri! 
No scissors, please!
Decorate a card blank without using scissors or a paper cutter/guillotine. However, you may use your die cutting machine to add labels/shapes etc.
This is a perfect opportunity to use stamps, washi tape, ready-made embellishments etc.
So, go and hide your scissors … and start crafting!

It s long time since I did any paper tearing, so I thought that be a good way to tackle this one.  As I needed to print out some papers for this month's "Forgotten Funkies" post, I thought I'd use the same papers for both cards - sneaky, eh?  I'll blog my "Forgotten Funky" card next time, but if you want a sneak peek, click HERE

One of the great things about printing out Funky Hand papers is the knowldege that if it all goes wrong, you can just print out some more - which is very handy when you're trying to make a torn paper background - it's so easy to tear away more than you should

I used the base card as a guide then "nibbled" away at the gingham design to get the right sort of size.  I tore the other two panels in the same way, then tore another strip to make the stripey "ribbon" - then I scored and folded to get the straight edges and a bit of extra dimension
I was really pleased at how the flower turned out.  To make it I just tore loads of different sized "circles" from a few different papers, crumpled them, used a large ball embossing tool and then inked the edges. I then just crumpled the edges again and layered them up, adding a touch of glue between each layer.  The torn and inked edges give a great carnation effect to the finished flower, I think - and is so easy to do that it'll definitely be used again!

To finish the card, I used Miri's "permitted" tools of punches and die cuts; die cuts for the swirky flourishes and a small circle punch for the faux brads (or Card Candy)

Materials and Tools
All papers: Funky Hand CD "Colour Me Happy", this colour collection is "Glad Rags"
printed on both sides of white Bazzill cardstock
Xcut tiny circle punch used to punch the little flowers from one of the paper designs and make the "brads"
Dies from Spellbinders, Memory Box and MFT-DieNamics

Head over to the DCM BLOG to see how the rest of our fab team dealt with Miri's challenge - we'd love you to join in with us!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Do You Doodle Do?

I've never been very confident at doodling on my cards etc - I do give it a try from time to time but am never particularly happy about the results.
So when I read what Gez was asking us to do for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week I did have a little wobble hehe

First task was a bit of hunting around the Pinterest boards for a bit of inspiration and advice.  The thing is, actually taking a pen to your project isn't the same as doodling around your shopping list or a phone number on the pad, is it?  You've probably put a bit of effort into making something which you are now about to ruin by scribbling on it!  Mucho Pressure!

I thought it would be better to approach from the other direction and do the doodling before I  made the rest of the card - easier to bin the worst efforts that way ;).  I suppose it took the "I'm going to mess this up" pressure off - but having got myself a couple of doodles to use, I hadn't a clue what to do with them now.  You just can't win sometimes.  I made a couple of cards, both took a few goes at the combining the doodling with the backgrounds so the bin is pretty full.  hey ho
Having had a couple of "dry runs" with just the doodled image on plain white card, I thought a bit of colour might work better.  I've used Distress Inks to create the background for the doodle and also on the card blank.  Which is a sort of freehand doodling with an inking tool, isn't it.....

For this one I used Gelatos for the coloured bits.  The flowers are just  blobs of Gelatos, moved around in a circle with a baby-wipe covered finger.  Once dry I added the scribbled petals and stems
Other stash used:
Coredinations Teal card, EK Success border punch
Pink Panel cut from a paper from a new Funky Hand collection "Wash It Al Away" released this weekend.  I cut the strip, then used a Spellbinders die at either end (slot the strip through the die so it only cuts at one end, then repeat at the other) 
The faux card candy is made with a tiny circle punch (Xcut) shaped with an embossing tool
Finished off with a double bow made with aqua satin ribbon

I nearly did some more doodling arund the edges of these - but I thought I'd quite while I was ahead.

Hope you'll visit the DCM BLOG and will feel inspired to join in with us this time
Thanks for looking.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think - I can take it........

Friday, June 13, 2014

Man, Oh Man!

For Beckie's challenge on The Daring Cardmakers it's all about the men this week. She's not only asking for a card for a man, but she also wants it to be a shaped card AND have the numbers 2 and 1 on it!  Not asking for much then, eh?

As usual the design team have risen to the challenge and made some brilliant cards (loads of inspiration to refer to for future "man" cards, which is good!)

I made a card in the shape of a "proper" style mini - I hate that new so-called mini, it's like a gross caricature of the real thing!

Nothing much to add about this one.  I made a template for cutting all the various bits on the Silhouette Cameo, then stuck them together. 
Usually when I do cards like this I add the wheels on brads so that the whole card will push along on "working" wheels, but I need to tweak the template a bit so that the base section allows that.  No doubt I will have forgotten by the time I want to use this one again....

So, a very short post today.  I hope you like the idea of this challenge and feel inspired to join in with us this week
Thanks for visiting

Friday, June 06, 2014


It's the first dare of the month and that means a Colour Challenge for the Daring Cardmakers.
This  time it's my turn to choose the colour palette.  I really wanted to add an extra challenge by avoiding my favourite pastel aquas and peachy shades, and I'll tell you something, wasn't easy!
I now have a lovely little(large) stock of beautiful photos with those pastel palettes hidden away for future reference ;)
After a happy hour browsing the interweb I found a lovely palette of mauve, black and neutral shade which I think is beautifully understated and elegant - just like me, really..... hahahahahahaha - that'll be the day.

Here's what I made
 ....oh what a surprise - another paper peony! Are you bored with these yet? I'm not bored with making them, and have others I've not shared on here yet, so be warned!

I made a card base made from some pale mauve pearlescent card, then as so often, I turned to my Funky Hand stash to help me out with the other colours, printing out papers from various downland collections; mainly "Hearts and Flowers" and "Salt and Pepper", plus some Bazzill card scraps to match the colours on my inspiration photo. 
It must have been something subliminal that made me choose the black and white spotty design paper!

The LO is based on the June sketch from The Sketch File
I forgot that I was going to add some ribbon, but maybe that would have been "too much" anyway

The twirly, swirly bits are cut using flourish dies from Spellbinders, Memory Box and MFT-DieNamics, the border Punch is by EK Success

As usual the DCM design team have created some beautiful cards, which you can see HERE

That's it for today, thanks for looking in - it would be fab if you'd leave a message ;)