Friday, October 17, 2014


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

"With the nights drawing in there is nothing better than cosying up 
with a good book! For The Love Of A Good Book
So this week I would like to see a page from an old book used on your card. This can be taken from an old book or if you have a stamp with a script on it you can use that too."
 For once I had an idea of what I wanted to do - a couple of different ideas, in fact - which made a nice change from pushing paper around the desk! One idea was for a Christmas card using script patterned paper, the other for a "regular" card and making a flower from old book pages
First though I needed to find my Christmas stash - which proved the most difficult bit.  The funny thing was though that although I thought there was at least one "script" style paper in every paper set, it turned out there wasn't.  In the end I used a right old hotchpotch of 6x6 pads and dies to make this card

Tools and Materials:
Smooth, Cream card blank
Dark red Bazzill card, Gold card scraps
Papers from MME, Simple Stories, Carta Bella, all 6x6 pads
Glitter card in gold and dark red
Gold twine, red and white Baker's twine
Snowflake dies: Sweet Dixie, Spellbinders, Crafters Companion, Memory Box
Snowflake Punces: EK Success, Martha Stewart

For the next card I used some old book pages from my "might come in useful one day" box to make a flower - then used the off-cut from the first card to make a scrapling.
Tools and Materials:
Smooth, Cream card blank
Papers MME "Lost and Found" 6x6
Seam Binding, Black card for swirl
Card Candy, Pearls and Gems
Old book pages for flower
SU Punches for flower 

The flower is made with 5 large punched shapes and 2 smaller ones.  I damped them then added some colour with pinky peach ink. I blotted the paper with kitchen paper to remove excess water then crumple each petal and left to dry (well a bit, as I'm too impatient to wait longer), while I made the background for the card.
Once uncrumpled I just glued the petals together using the smaller ones at the top of the stack, and crumpled them up again to get a shape I liked
As always the design team have come up with lots of inspiring ways to use script papers, stamps and book pages, so I hope you'll click HERE to check them all out
Thanks for visiting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oh Oh Is that a Cword card I see?

Yes - THAT time of the year is looming large and I can't put it off any longer.  I know loads of people who make their Christmas cards throughout the year, thus avoiding the mad panic at the end of the year, but I'm not one of them.  If I did try and make a few each month I know I'd just hate the earliest ones and chuck them in the bin and therefore still need to make extras and have the mad panic to get enough made in time.
So it's about this time of the year that my mind turns to Cword cards and I start trying to come up with some ideas.
Now, I think the current sketch on The Sketch File blog might provide a pretty good outline for getting at least some of my cards made, so yesterday I made these two, using the same papers, but twisting the sketch round. 

 October Sketch File LO
 Papers: Pink Petticoat
Turquoise Glitter Card
Turquoise  Ribbon
Tiny star punch
Snowflake die: Sweet Dixie (set of 4 snowflakes)

October Sketch File LO
 Papers: Pink Petticoat
Silver Glitter Card
Silver  Ribbon
Large snowflake die: Sweet Dixie (as above)
4x small snowflakes: Cheery Lynn

I'm not sure two is enough, but it's a start, eh?

Thanks for looking

Friday, October 03, 2014

October Colour Combo

Gez has chosen the palette for our October Colour Combo challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week and lovely colours they are too.
I always find it a struggle to get back into crafting after a break, so I wasted quite a bit of time in paper-shuffling and ink dabbling this week before coming up with my card
I spent ages looking through papers for dolour matches, and then went mainly with plain card in the end.  I did use the RGB codes to print a piece of white Bazzill in the palest of the aqua shades and also the lemon colour as I couldn't find anything among my stash.

 Tools and Materials
Bazzill card, Coredinations card
Scrap of printed aqua card
2-tone organza ribbon
Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder
Spellbinders leaf Swirl die
SU flower punch
Small circle punch
Printed sentiment

Here's the colour inspiration photo Gez gave us:

I was trying to achieve something like a gardenia for the flower, but I think I need a bit more practise - or maybe patience to let the crumpled petals dry naturally.  I'm not good at patience though....

As always the Daring Cardmakers Team have gorgeous things to share with you on the blog, so please take a minute to check them out

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Speedy Gonzalez

Hi, it's my turn to post on the Get Funky and Craft Inspiration blog today  and it would be great if you'd pop over there to see (and leave comments on )  the fab projects made by the DT using Funky Hand goodies.

What with trying to get loads of stuff done before we went on holiday, and now dealing with the aftermath of said holiday its been a busy old time with crafting time in short supply.  So, just before we went away I thought I'd have a go at something I have never, ever found easy - 10 minute cards!

I didn't need to count printing time in my 10 minutes because as luck would have it I had some leftover bits of these Winter Wedding papers from Funky Hand lying on my desk - the only printing I needed to do was an extra A5 piece of the dark blue pinstripe  as I didn't have a piece big enough to make the background square
How easy is this card then?  I think these papers work so well for a geometric layout like this.
A big square, a smaller square and a little one to fix the monogram to.
The banner is just a rectangle with the points hand-cut, and the "brads" were made just with a small circle punch and shaped with an embossing ball tool.
The monogram is a chipboard sticker so no work there either.

I still had a few scraps so I thought I'd have another go

The 2 layers for the banner are made the same way as above.
The circle is a Spellbinders Nestie die
 I had a spare printed "Happy Birthday" sentiment left over from something else because I'd printed two in different fonts as I wasn't sure which I liked best for that project
 I'll admit that deciding to make a little rosette pushed this over the 10 minutes, but not by much.  It's just a strip of paper, scored using my scoring board, folded up quickly and glued onto a punched circle of card. 
 It didn't take long. 
The centre of the rosette is another punched circle (a bit larger than the ones on the first card), shaped with a ball tool again and glued in place
Probably took 15 minutes max to make this one
The reason I had the leftovers sitting on my desk was this little "ensemble" I shared here a couple of weeks ago
That's it for this time, thanks for visiting - please don't go without leaving a message, I'd love to hear from you ;)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ticket to Fun

Here's a quick card that is simple to put together,  You don't need loads of tools, just your guillotine or craft knife, a pair of scissors, a pen and maybe an ink pad to edge the papers with.
And a wonderful Quirky Kit, which is filled with all sorts of goodies to make crafting fun!
I've gone into more detail about how I made this over on the Quirky Kits BLOG
It would be great if you'd pop over there and check out what the team have been making with the kits this time

From my Quirky Kit I used:
Simple Stories Charmed Life #7 paper
Websters Pages Ocean Melody ‘Ocean View’ paper
Studio Calico South of the Market ‘Tickets Please’ 12x12 patterned paper.(reverse) 
Carta Bella Ahoy There ‘Seashells’ 12x12 patterned paper. (reverse) 
Ticket  - Fancy Pants Everyday Circus roll tickets
Prima Seashore Metal Clips

the Bakers Twine was from my stash

My Kit Box contained a selection of gorgeousness from all the August/September kits. 
Click HERE to see them all

Thanks for looking

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crepe poppy

This is another project using paint and stamps from the current Quirky Kits.  The background for this one is the second of two water coloured painty pieces I made a couple of weeks ago.  I love this delicate crepe paper flower soooo much!

This photo shows the two pieces of painted paper and some of the bits I used to make the first card, which I shared a few days ago

I knew as soon as I saw the roll of peach coloured crepe paper in my Kit Box that some kind of flower was going to be made with it, and this background seemed perfect for the job.
You can see more about this card and the crepe paper flower over on the 
Quirky Kits blog.

Quirky Kit items used:
Acrylic Paints
Foam Brush
Lawn Fawn stamps
Crepe Paper

Other stash
Card in toning shades, plus a scrap of black, Black Card Candy circle
Marion Smith petal dies, Swirl dies, Large ball embossing tool, Brilliance Rocket red ink pad

I used one of two new ball tools I bought recently for this, they are much larger ball tools than those in the set I already had.  These are really for  sugarcraft or cake decorating but are absolutely fantastic for making flowers. Mine are double ended and solid stainless steel so can take a bit of pressure!  If you like making flowers, then they are definitely worth looking out for

That's all for this time  - thanks for looking

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stencil Revolution

My card for Zuzana's Stencil Revolution on today's new Daring Cardmakers challenge is also shown over on the Quirky Kits blog, where I've gone into more detail about how I made it
I used a stencil cut with my Silhouette Cameo to make this tree.  It's a pretty design with the trunk, branches and leaves which are formed by little hearts and dots. here's my "tool kit" for the painting - you'll see it's a bit basic!

I filled in the holes in the stencil by dabbing paint "circles" on with the ends of the cotton buds, then, when the paint was dry I used a sponge with some blue decorating chalks to add some colour around the tree

From my Quirky Kit box:
Acrylic paints
Lawn Fawn stamps
From my stash:
Seam binding, Wired flowers, Wired pearls, flat-backed pearls

There are lots of different ideas on what to use for stencils, and how to use them on your cards this week, so please visit the Daring Cardmakers Blog to see them all

Thanks for looking

Monday, September 15, 2014

City Boy Pinstripes

A couple of weeks ago I made a gift bag to share on the Get Funky and Craft blog using fabulous Funky Hand stash and a wonderful Xcut die.  At the time I said I thought the Winter Wedding papers would work really well to make a more masculine gift bag.
When my nephew's birhday came along I finally got round to trying out the theory - as he's just started working in the City, the pinstripe paper was perfect!

I was quite pleased with the closure for this; I used one of the "waste"pieces left from cutting the inside of the handle - by adhering one end to the back of the bag and punching matching holes in the other end and in the front of the bag a small piece of ribbon or twine can be threaded through to seal the gift bag
The "gift" sentiment piece is made in Paint Shop Pro simply by using the pre-set shapes tool to draw two rectangles filled in (paint can) with colours similar to those on the papers, and then adding the text on top.  I just needed to crop down and resize before printing.  And save to files for future use, of course

The tag comes as part of the Xcut set, I cut it twice in more of the Winter Wedding papers and added a little tab and a chipboard letter to finish it off

To make everything nicely coordinated I printed the spotty design on plain paper to use as gift wrap
Materials and Tools

"Winter Wedding" download from  Funky Hand
White card for printing
Gift Bag and tag; A4 die from Xcut 
Narrow navy blue ribbon, Silver elastic cord
2 gunmetal pearls, Chipboard letter 
Paper for printing gift wrap
Silver crochet thread to tie around

 This is the original feminine version of the gift bag that was on the Get Funky and Craft blog

The finished bag is 12cm wide. 18cm high and  7cm deep - so plenty of room for little gifts in there!

That's all for this time, thanks for visiting

Friday, September 12, 2014

friday Night is......

Another Friday and another challenge from The Daring Cardmakers
This week it's Leo's turn and she says:
I'd like you to to think:
Food Glorious Food
Create a card that features some form of food related design. It can be as simple as a foodie image or you could use some kind of food wrapping in your card or make up a cute and punny food related greeting. So long as there's something food related on your card it's all good!

Well, I did have a cupcake card half-made on my desk for this one, but then I changed my mind because, after all, Friday Night is Pizza Night!
I've used a template I made ages ago - it was good to give the Pizza Chef another airing. The tricky bit for this one was making the chequerboard patterned paper the right size for the apron.  I know I didn't have to make it that pattern, but I wanted to.  I like making extra complications for myself......haha
I found the pattern by using a Google image search, but resizing it so it would work on a tiny shape was the tricky bit and as I don't have much idea what I'm doing tbh, it took longer than it probably should.  Anyway, it's a handy size so I've saved it for future reference!
Materials and Tools
15cm square card folded to make an easel card
Peach, White, Red, Green. Yellow, Brown and Black Bazzill card
Extra white Bazzill to print the check design
Pizza Chef is cut from my template using Silhouette Cameo as are the two background circles, the banner and the "enjoy" lettering
Red border design is cut with an EK Success punch
"Happy Birthday" is pc generated

I hope you'll pay a visit to the DCM Blog to see all the food related cards we've come up with this week - it should be a feast for the eyes if not the tummy!

Thank you for popping by

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Behind the Screen

Here's a card made for Quirky Kits blog, using elements found in the latest box of goodies sent by Leo
You get all sorts of interesting bits and pieces in a Quirky Kit box - there will be card and patterned paper of course, and some gorgeous embellishments, but also some things you won't find in other kits - like the strip of 6 cute pots of acrylic paint and a foam brush that came in in this one. 
I'm no artist, so haven't much of a clue what I'm doing, but you know, it's fun to step out of the comfort zone sometimes and I did enjoy plying with these paints.

The info on how I made this card is all on the Quirky Kits Blog HERE

The sentiment is one of the Lawn Fawn stamp set that is also in the kit. 

Quirky Kit items used:
Acrylic Paints
Foam Brush
Lawn Fawn stamps

You can find out more about the fabulously creative Quirky Kits on the website HERE, and  see loads of ideas and inspiration on ways to use the things you find in them on the blog HERE
Thanks for looking