Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Treat Bag and Tag - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

The Skull n' Crossbones die set was one of those I added to my basket in the recent BOGOF (Buy One, get One Free) offer in the
Spellbinders store recently - what a great way to acquire a whole raft of fab dies!

It'll be great for pirate-themed cards and projects, but as it's October, it was only right to try something with a Halloween theme.  I'd had an idea for a little treat bag and thought I'd put the two things together for this little project

Card in Orange, Purple, Black and White
Cord and ribbon to fasten closed
Renaissance Jubilee Label 56  Nestabilities
Skull n' Crossbones Holiday 2017 Die D Lites 
Cellophane or tissue to wrap the threats in!

I used the largest of the Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 dies for the bag, it's a simple crease, fold and punch some holes for twine or ribbon, thing, then wrap the goodies in a cellophane bag or piece of tissue and pop them inside.
Here's where to make the folds

The tag is made in two pieces.  
are cut in white and adhered  to the black tag, then the word BEWARE which is also part of the die set was cut in black then adhered first to a piece of orange card and then to a strip of purple to match the ribbon and tissue paper

Here are the  Spellbinders die sets I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store 

Skull n' Crossbones Holiday 2017 
 Die D Lites Etched Dies

Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 

Nestabilities Etched Dies by Stacey Caron

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rainbow of Roses

I know I've said it before, but these Fridays do come around quickly, don't they? This one has started off a  bit damp, but if 'they' are to be believed we're going to have some unseasonably warm weather this weekend. 
Anyway, time for some crafting I think! Today is Daring Cardmakers Day and we've this one to play with
This week it's Sharon's turn to set the new challenge and it's got absolutely nothing to do with the strong reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn, but it is colour-based.
Pastel Rainbow
I would love to see a beautiful rainbow on your cards this time - but made from pastel colours.

You can check out the soft and pretty array of pastel rainbow shades
 from the DT HERE

Well I thought for ages about what to do, without coming up with any ideas I wanted to try.  In the end I thought that maybe a rainbow shape created from flowers in the colours of the rainbow wmight work
Smooth white card blank plus extra of the same for the upper panel and the sentiment circle
Blue paper for matting
Coloured card for roses and leaves
Green organza ribbon
Small matching pearls
Plain and scalloped circles die sets from Tonic Studios
I used a couple of similar die plates for the flowers - both cut multi shapes on one pass so are ideal when you need a few all the same size.
One is by Cheery Lynn and the other Brittania Dies

 I thought I'd share a photo of my works space with the flowers as a Work in Progress. As you can see, I'm not a tidy crafter there are things leftover from old projects and some bits from other WiP projects as well as the flowers.  But you can see things like the die plates and my ball tools (the two all stainless steel ones are from a sugarcraft online shop), glue pot, bamboo skwere and needle tool
I use those clean bottle-type caps as holders for the flowers while glue dries
My shaping mat is the pink thing in the lower left corner, I also have a thicker one which is better but has gone AWOL atm!
The ides in the top left corner are for a completely different project, just in case you were wondering

So, there you go, a little insight into my crafting space for you - are you shocked at the mess?  Even if you aren't, you would be if I showed the whole desk top!

Anyway, thank you for visiting, please leave a message 😉

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Paris Album; Carousel (BF Through the Letterbox)

Thank you for visiting my blog today, it's lovely to see you here  on this sunny October morning!
Today I'm very excited to be sharing my first project for

Over on the Bubbly Funk Blog the new Design Team have been introducing themselves and are beginning to share the projects they've been making with the October Letterbox box.
It's my turn today and I've made a new page for my Paris mini album.  Yes, the same one that's been a work in progress for the last couple of years!

From the October Letterbox Box  I used:
Die-cut label
Chipboard frame and flourishes
Zig Zag Washi tape
Grey Ribbon (I love this stuff - its so soft and pretty!)
Holographic Sequins
Clear Gems
Paris Stencil is also available from the shop HERE
Extras from my Stash:
Glamour Dust, Gems in other colours and shapes to tone with the photo
The photo below shows the contents of the October BOX
 About Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox
Bubbly Funk itself isn't new, though recently Caroline took a bit of a 'sabbatical' while she did other getting married, moving house and other 'real life' stuff
Anyway, Bubbly Funk is back at last but with a fabulous new concept in crafting kits - boxes of crafting goodness that fit through your letterbox!  How good does that sound?  No more parcels left on the doorstep, or having to collect from the sorting office, or asking a neighbour to take it in etc

Each monthly Letterbox box will be sent out around the middle of the month
 and is available to order from the 1st of the month.  Numbers will be limited, so early ordering is a very good thing!
As you can see, there's a lovely, coordinated mix of goodies - you'll find beads, fabric, die cuts and chipboard to name just a few. 
Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox - October 2017
 Thank you for visiting. You can see more over on the BLOG and I would really love you to pop over to leave some messages there as well as here -  greedy, eh? 
Anyway, that's it for this time

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Letters!

Welcome to my blog - thanks for visiting today, it's lovely to see you 😊
Today I'm sharing a card using the October LO from The Sketch File.  It's a bit different from the usual as the main feature is the text area.  If you're a scrapper, this could be the journalling, or if you like to use a quotation this sketch would be perfect.  I've gone with some BIG letters!

I've  pretty much kept to the Sketch for this card, but it's fine to move things around and make it work your way. Here's the basic sketch:
The Sketch File October 2017

Coloured card; White, Black, Silver,  Aqua,
Glitter card; Red, Aqua
Large letters created in Paint Shop Pro and cut on the Silhouette Cameo
The small word is a die-cut
The trees are also die-cut
Punched stars

I'm really pleased at how this turned out and I love the crisp, sharp design - it really catches the eye even though its pretty simple to put together.  Which, of course is a definite plus when you have a lot of cards to make.
We'd love to see what you could do with the sketch, so do join in

Thanks for looking in today

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Holly Berry Wreath - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
Welcome to another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

This weekend sees 'World Cardmaking Day', 
so it really had to be a card this time - in fact 2 cards, actually!

They are Christmas cards and I've used a very beautiful Christmas die set; Holiday Holly Wreath.  Both cards use the same basic ingredients, it's just that for the second version I 'upped the ante' a bit and raided my 'Christmas Bits' Box for some added extras!

I used the same creamy white, linen wove card as the background for both cards - its the complete card blank for card 1 and for card 2 a smaller piece was adhered to a dark red, heavier card blank.

White lined wove card, soft old-gold card,
scraps of green and brown card, red glitter card 
NOEL cut using one of the dies from the
 Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017 die set

For the 2nd version, I cut a square of the white linen card to fit on my red card blank, as before I die cut and embossed the wreath in the gold card.
Next from my 'Christmas Bits' Box I used some little jingle bells and some real, but tiny pine cones 
The bells were tied onto narrow red ribbon, and glued to the top of the wreath.  The die cut leaves and the real pine cones hide the glue and ends of the ribbon.  
Using the die set I cut extra leaves etc and added them to the wreath and some in the corners too.  I absolutely love the embossing on the pine cones, it makes them look so real!  
I used the same 'NOEL' sentiment, the finished the card with some gold twine and bow around the top of the card, and a red ribbon bow at the top of the wreath 

Here are the gorgeous Spellbinders die sets I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store 
Holiday Holly Berry Wreath Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017 
die set

I love a die set that works so beautifully in simple fashion, but also lends itself to adding some extra pizzazz.  I think this one is just fabulous and you really need it in your collection!

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting


Friday, October 06, 2017

Lavender Blue Dilly, Dilly

It's a beautiful, Autumnal morning here, with sunshine and a very blue sky, I hope its as nice where you are too.
As it's Friday, it's another Daring Cardmakers Day and today is the first Friday of the new month so we have an Elemental Inspiration Challenge this time.  
Here's my card
For October Leo has put together a little mood board for you and we hope you'll find plenty of inspiration to draw your three elements from.
Just pick at least 3 elements from the picture to use when making your card 

I chose the pastel stripes of the wall hanging, the lavender, and the Kraft card from the box or ribbon or washi tape
The pastel striped pattern was made using Gelatos, which I 'softened' with damp pieces of baby wipe
The pink dei-cut pot is also coloured with Gelatos
For the lavender I started by adding various purple, lilac and some aqua shades of ink to a piece of card.  I thought I had a lavender flower die, but it seems I don't, so instead I used a Delphinium die, then cut them down a bit.  The stems are from another flower die set - Lily of the Valley, I think.
The white circle and the scalloped Kraft circle are both from Spellbinders Nesties sets.
The sentiment was stamped in black ink and the whole panel was matted onto black card before adding to my white card blank

It would be great if you'd check out all the lovely cards the DT have made - honestly, it always surprises and delights me to see how our talented team respond to the challenges each week, they are so fab!  You can CLICK HERE to see what they've made this week
Well that's all from me today, except to show you the photo I took from my bedroom window this morning - just check out that blue sky!


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Say Something


The week has rushed by and I've not had a minute to update my blog.  So this is a bit of late catch up for my first project with the new October LO from The Sketch File.
I quite like the idea of making the word element the main feature.  Often the sentiment is a bit of an after-thought, but this month I have to think about that bit first.
When I was going through my box of Christmas stash and leftovers I came across a few of these quotation panels I made but didn't use all of last year.  Perfect for the new sketch!

Here's the sketch
 The Sketch File.October 2017
 I liked how it turned out, so I made another one in red and white this time

This is the sort of card I tend to make at Christmas when I have a lot to do.  I try to keep the design simple and dare I say, stylish. 
I think I'll make more like this - maybe use a different Christmassy quotation, and I could switch the snowflakes for my other favourite element; stars!

Anyway, that's it, two very simple cards ready to go in the Cword card box!  I hope you like them.
Thanks for looking, please let me know what you think....

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

And the Winner is.......(Blog Candy Give-Away)


I have good news for one lucky person this morning!
I've just used a random number generator to choose the winner of the fabulous Naughty or Nice Holiday 2017 Christmas sentiments die set from Spellbinders 
The generator picked comment no 6 which came from Lea AKA Brawny 
So, Lea, get in touch and I'll send your prize asap!
There's an email addy in my sidebar or you can message me via FB 
with your info

Monday, October 02, 2017

Renaissance Jubilee - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 

Thank you for joining me for another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
This time I've been using the beautiful Renaissance Jubilee dies to do a bit of partial die-cutting.

Using one of the dies from the
Label 56 Nesties set (
Renaissance Jubilee by Stacey Caron)

I made a partial die cut on my piece of white card
By doing this the back of the card looks like this:

Next I used a couple of the dies from the matching Decorative Elements set in white and deep aqua to create the upper panel.
Before adhering this in place I added some beautiful Flower Lace Borders  across the lower section of the card - this is a stunning die set designed by Marisa Job.  I used the little flowers to decorate the card too
'Thank You' is from Simply Said Phrase Set Two
Leaf and Flourish details from Sprigs Die D-Lites Etched Dies

Here's how it looks when folded flat

Here are all the gorgeous Spellbinders die sets I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store

Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 
 by Stacey Caron Nestabilities Etched Dies 
Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 Decorative Element
 Nestabilities Etched Dies by Stacey Caron

Flower Lace Borders  
 Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job
Shapeabilities Etched Dies
 Simply Said Phrase Set Two 
 Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Sprigs   Die D-Lites Etched Dies

Don't forget, today (Monday 2nd October) is your last chance to enter my Blog Candy prize draw.  It closed tonight at 12 midnight (UK time)
Here's the die set I will be giving away to the winner
 Naughty or Nice Holiday 2017

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting