Friday, January 19, 2018

Colour Pop


Jolly chilly here today - woke to lots of frost this morning.  Thankfully though we have no snow and that horrible wind has dropped a bit.  The guy who brought my grocery order this morning showed me a photo of a huge tree that had come down not far from here, and OH's road to work was obstructed by a tree that had fallen partially onto a car just before he got there.  Nasty shock for that driver, though.
I'm still struggling a bit getting into some non-Christmas crafting.  I'm always desperate to make other things after all the festive stuff, but it always seems I've forgotten how to!
It was my turn to set the challenge for The Daring Cardmakers this week:

"Kathy here this time and I hope you'll have some fun with my simple challenge.
Black, White and a Pop
I'd love to see lots of Black and White cards, but with an extra little POP! of any colour of your choice.
Just CLICK HERE to see the wonderful cards the team have made to help inspire you this week - can't wait to see what you make now"

Yes, its that Art Deco die set again - and this one is my favourite of the three inserts 
White card blank
Black, White and magenta pearlescent card
Matching ribbon and gems
 This die set from Spellbinders 
 My other card is this one.  The idea was to make a masculine card - but I'm not sure it worked out that way!

White card blank
Black and White card
Orange Glitter card for the balloons
Matching ribbon

 The car from the Little Guy die set
Die D-Lite sEtched Dies

  Both of these die sets are from Spellbinders

I would love it if you'd join in with us this week at the Daring Cardmakers - it's such a treat to see what other crafters come up with for our challenges and it definitely inspires us to see all the creations!

That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with a Spellbloggers post and I have candy to give away!

Thanks for visiting
Happy Crafting


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quick and Simple Sketch


I'm back after a few days over in Southwold, Suffolk.  We're working on getting our new venture for 2018, a holiday rental apartment, up and running and ready for bookings.  It's quite a task, but we're gradually getting there, and it won't be too long until its ready for the photos to be done.  It's quite exciting, if hard work!

A new card/page map launched on The Sketch File yesterday, and this is the first card I've made using it.  What I like about this LO is how simple the basic sketch is, but how much scope it gives for simple designs and much more complicated ones too
The Sketch File; January 2018
As you can see I've kept quite closely to the LO with the rectangle background piece, the flower for the circle and the sentiment on a skinny horizontal rectangle.

White card blank, plus extra for the beautiful intricate panel on the rectangle
3x shades aqua Bazzill cardstock
Gold Glitter cardstock
Gold Glitter enamel dot
All the dies are by Spellbinders - info and links as follows

For the decorative background panel I used; Vintage Elegance  Filigree Booklet  Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

 For the flower;

 Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinders Shapeabilities Etched Dies

For the flourish elements behind the flower;
Shapeabilities Etched Dies by Spellbinders

For the sentiment;

Oh gosh, I do love these dies!
That's it for today, thank you for looking.

Happy Crafting

Friday, January 12, 2018

It's Elemental

It's a bit of a dank day here, but at least it's not s cold as it was at the start of the week!  I'm expecting my grocery delivery, so if I dash off, you'll know why!

The Daring Cardmakers are back this week after our Christmas break and we have a new Team member and a new Guest designer on board.
The first challenge of 2018 is an Elemental Inspiration challenge, and Shabneez has chosen a gorgeous 'Serendipity' mood board picture,
It's stuffed full of beautiful treasures and inspiration and all you need to do is choose a minimum of THREE elements from the picture to use on your card.
This is Shabneez's picture:
My card took a lot longer than it should have done and a couple of early attempts went in the bin.  I always seem to forget how to make cards that don't have a Christmas theme, however much I want to get away from Christmas colours and icons!

In the end though I'm pretty happy with what I've made, and I love the crisp blues.
I even managed to add in a bit of hot-foiling using my new Christmas toy.

On my card I've used the Circles, Colours, Flowers and some Twine 
The patterned papers are all printed from an old Funky Hand collection, printed onto white textured Bazzill card
Other card in Brown and Kraft 
I covered my card blank with one of the patterned designs, then made the vertical panel using another two papers, in this panel I cut a circular aperture
I used an EK Success border punch along one edge of a narrow strip of btown card, and glued it behind the aperture panel, adding another, plain strip to the left side, then used dimensional tape to fix the panel to the base card
The two flowers and the leaves were cut using
 Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinders Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Various plain and scalloped circles cut with Tonic nested sets
Foiling done using GoPress and Foil machine and my existing cutting/embossing machine to add the gold foil, then running through again to cut out the shapes - its not perfect, but I like the randomness of the little holes and the foil circles on the leaves
The thin gold thread was just something I found on my desk while I was working and I thought it would add a little 'extra'.
Pearls, gems and flower stamens are from my stash

That's it for this time, I hope you like the Inspiration Picture and the card I made using my chosen elements from it - hopefully you'll be inspired to join in this week, we'd love to see what you make.
Check out The Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE - it looks really beautiful this week

Thank you so much for visiting, please don't go without leaving a message 😊

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Thinking of You

Its been really cold here the last couple of days.  Dark and miserable and cold.  Ugh!
I know you're not supposed to 'wish your life away' but really...roll on Spring!

I needed to make a couple of condolence type cards recently, and I'm sharing one of them today.  I used the current sketch from The Sketch File Blog.  It's the December one, but the time for joining in  has now been extended till next week.
It was perfect for the simple style I needed for this card
White card blank plus extra of the same card for other layers and printing the sentiment
2x shades of green card
2x shades of blue card
Tiny Blue gems
This sketch:
The Sketch File.  Dec 2017


For the beautiful swirl corner I used
Shapeabilities Etched Dies by Spellbinders

and for the butterfly it had to be one of my 'old favourites: 
 Flutters Die D-Lites Etched Dies, also from Spellbinders

 I wonder if you have dies or stamps that you turn back to time and time again, like this butterfly set?  I do have quite a few other butterfly die sets, but this is the one that I go back to most often.

Anyway, that's it for this time, thank you for visiting

Happy Crafting

Monday, January 08, 2018

Art Deco Thanks - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

I'm back with my first Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
of the new year, and this time I've a set of Thank You cards to share with you

A while back I made a sparkly box using the beautiful Art Deco inspired die set  This is the sort of die set you can use in various ways, which is a joy because I can get so much use from it.  
The little square decorative panels are perfect focus pieces for some of my 'Thank Yous'.  I chose a Gold and Aqua colour palette to make them with and added a layered "Thank You" using another fab Spellbinders die - more info below

 In this die set you get three beautiful Art Deco inserts and a square with rounded corners which you can use with an insert to cut a complete piece out. I didn't use the square frame, just the inserts and some squares of card cut with my guillotine.  I cut each of the inserts from the same pale aqua pearlised card, then the backing pieces from a darker card and some gold mirror card.

I used the same three kinds of card to cut the Thank You sentiment, just layering them in different ways

I love this die set so much! 
Here's a quick pic of the box I made last time I used them;
more info HERE

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time, I hope you like this one.  
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, January 05, 2018

Have a Heart!

This whole blogging thing went a bit awry over the Christmas and New Year period!  But I'm now trying hard to get back into the swing of it - at least until the next spot of lunacy comes along!

There's no Daring Cardmakers today (we start up again next Friday), so it seems a good time to knuckle down to a bit of a bloggy catch up.  I've just spent an hour or so on a whistle-stop blog tour, seeing what some of my lovely friends have been making and sharing recently, but I'm quite well aware there are plenty still to catch up with.  All in good time, eh?
Having done that, I thought I'd add something to my own blog - just to get a bit of practise in, you know....? 😉
This is a little sewing project I posted over on the Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox blog earlier in the week.

I used a couple of the fabric hearts and gingham ribbon, along with one of the pretty heart charms from the

The spotty heart fabric is lovely, and the hearts are ready cut, so all I needed to do was a little bit of sewing, then add some stuffing and a little bag of something scented before sewing it up and adding the bow and heart decoration.
I've given more info about how it was made HERE 
and if you explore the blog from that link you'll find lots more about the Letterbox craft boxes and the lovely things you can make using the gorgeous goodies inside!

This sort of thing makes a sweet little gift, or keep it for yourself to hang in your wardrobe or on a cupboard door
From the "Love is..." Through the Letterbox craft box I used:
Large Fabric Hearts
Some of the Gingham Ribbon
A Pewter Heart Charm

I used a tiny fraction of what popped through my letterbox in the new box!  There are so many things that will both add to your favourite stash and inspire you to try new things, fabric, ribbon, die cuts, chipboard, wooden embellishments....the list goes on!
Here's a photo which shows a bit more of what you'll find in there.

 Anyhoo!  Thats it for this time, I have more things to share though - I've not been entirely idle craft-wise, so I'll be back with more!

Hope you'll join me again soon, please don't go without leaving a message though!

Wishing you a Happy and Craft-filled New Year

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Through the Letterbox Round Up!

Hello All
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and found lots of lovely treats under your tree.  We still have present-giving and more family time to look forward to over New year so it's not over yet!
As my blogging went a bit awry over the last few weeks with lots of comings and goings and extra things taking up my time, I thought I'd do a quick catch up for Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox projects today,

I'll also add a Sneak peek for the new box which will be coming soon - we all need a little treat to look forward to once the holiday mayhem has died down and realisation of the long, cold, dark Winter has set in!

Anyway, back to the "Seeing Stars" box that landed on doormats in the middle of December.
It was full of shiny things, glittery things, lovely fabric, Stars, interesting 'hardware' and fabulous ribbon, braid trims.  There was even a fab starry stencil, which is going to be used so many times as I love using starry backgrounds - they are so perfect for male cards dfor starters!
I used three stencils on this "Wish" card, using inks, paints and glitter gels. 
From the Through the Letterbox Craft Box I used, Stars stencil, 3xWooden Stars (painted and glittered), Small white bow
Other stash: Stencils are Tiles and Mini Window Screen.  Various Inks, Starlight Paint, Sparkle Medium, Silver twine, "Wish" die cut from a Spellbinders set
Here are two of my other projects using items from this box - and I still have masses left to use. 

If you like what you see, but think you missed out, head over to the Website where you can still get your hands on this box (while stocks last), check out the other boxes and peek into the stencil shop too!
Honestly, its hard to believe how much can be squeezed into a box that fits through my letterbox!
Moving on to the 'coming soon' bit though, here's a little sneak peek of something I've made

If you visit the BLOG, you can see more of our "What's in the Box" hints, and lots more of our projects using the other boxes.

That's all from me today.

Hope you're managing to stay warm and toasty!
Happy Crafting

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Flower Top Box Ornament - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

I'm here with another Spellbloggers post today
I had a bit of fun with Marisa Job's Flower Top Box
  this week - in fact I used two of them joined together to try out an idea I'd had for acute hanging decoration.
This is very much a prototype and there are things I'll tweak when I make it again, but I thought I'd share the idea anyway.


These boxes are hexagonal in shape, with sweet little petal shapes at the top which you can gather in with ribbon or twine to close up the box.
I made two boxes and joineg them together, adding thread right though the middle, and a couple of jingly bells (one is inside the lower box)
I added a hanging decoration using the second bell, some beads and a ready made tassel to the bottom, concealed where the boxes joined with some pretty rather opulent trim and some red ribbon, then added a couple of ribbon bows to either end, and a hanging loop of narrow gold lurex ribbon to the top
The patterned card, Braid, Ribbon etc are all from my stash

Here is the link for the Spellbinders die used for this project:

Flower Top Box  Celebrate the Day by Marisa Job
 Shapeabilities Etched Dies (Spellbinders)

I also used:
Here's a photo of the three boxes I made using this die for an earlier post

Thanks for visiting, now head over to the Spellbinders store and get you mitts on this one ;)  You know you need it.....

Wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy Crafty 2018