Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hello Spring Paper Rose

How is your day going?  It's just so peaceful here today, all I can hear are the birds singing.  I'm hoping that that wont curse the rest of the day now!

I've been in a bit of a flower-making mood lately, and as I have a few pieces of paper left in  'Hello Spring' craft box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox I thought I'd use some to make a paper rose.  I've also used a butterfly and the flower stencil from the same box and the oval frame shape and the tiny price tag from the 'Love Is..' box.
Stencilled card blank using Hero Arts stencil 
Square of inked card leftover from another project to make the backing piece. 
Embossed white square of card 
Oval frame, Tiny tag, wooden butterfly and the plain white string from the tag  all inked to match. 
A few die cut leaves and some pearls were added to complete the card.

From the
'Hello Spring' box I used
Patterned paper
1x Wooden Butterfly
Hero Arts Flower Stencil

From the
'Love Is..' box I used
Chipboard Oval
Tiny price Tag

From my stash I used, inked card scraps, embossing folder, die cut leaves, pearls, decal sticker sentiment
Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox Craft boxes start from just £12.50 and you can find these and all the other Letterbox goodies HERE

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Time to Say Goodbye"

It's a bright, sunny morning here and I hope its the same where you are!
Thanks to my lovely Daring Cardmaker teamie Svenja I've had a certain song in my head all week, so as soon as I opened the page to write today's blog, and before actually writing anything I felt compelled to find a video of Andrea Bocelli singing the beautiful "Rime to Say Goodbye"
The man's voice gives me goosebumps - but this version with Sarah Brightman singing first means you need to wait to hear him!

There are all different sorts of 'goodbyes', some sadder and more difficult to cope with than others, so there is quite a mix of Farewell cards on the blog today.  From Bon Voyage to Condolence cards we all need them at some point.

Svenja here today, and sometimes it just is
Time to say good-bye
Show us your ideas for farewell-cards. Could be retirement or leaving cards but sympathy cards are just as welcome. We all sadly need them from time to time and inspiration in the field is very welcome.
To get you started just have a look at the Design Team's creative ideas HERE

  Making condolence or sympathy cards is never easy, is it?  I decided I wanted to make something less austere than I make when I actually need one - I suppose because when that happens there's more personal involvement and I'm feeling sad.
This one is prettier and more detailed and actually, changing the sentiment would make it suitable for other occasions too.
White square card blank
Papers are all from the same 12x12 pack: Lilac Whisper (Kasiercraft)  I boutght it ages ago but haven't actually used any of it till now

Selection of Spellbindersdies as follows

For the Pleated strip:
Shapeabilities Etched Dies
Fancy background panel (paper adhered to sheet of card before die-cutting)
 For the pc generated  entiment:
 Nestabilities Etched Dies
For the rose:
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 It's been ages since I made a paper rose and I really enjoyed making this one.  I love the rosette die - it's not just for rosettes!

Okay, that's about it for this time, I have crafting to do after lunch - hopefully the idea in my head will work when I start trying to make it!
Thank you for popping by, I hope you'll leave a message before you go.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Buzz Buzz

It's been a while!  I have been making stuff, but not getting much blogging done. Plus we had a few days away last week, we went up to Northumberland and spent a few days with family.  It was such a treat, the weather was good and we were out and about every day; up in the hills, along the Roman Wall, on the beach and various other favourite outings.  Bliss!
I definitely intended to make my card for the Daring Cardmakers on the Thursday, ahead of Friday's lunch date, but things conspired against me and it's taken till today to actually get something made.
Busy Bees
It's Enfys here setting this week's challenge: use anything related to bees on your project - it could be a honey pot, a hive, or just a busy little bee buzzing around some flowers.
 To be fair, I did actually start to make something at the w/e, but it was a bit of a disaster; there were mutilated corpses of several bees on my desk and a whole load of 'honeycomb' backgrounds, shapes and die cuts which I'd rejected!
Even this card has a bee pulled off another attempt at creating something - I had no idea it would be so hard!
So here it is, I'm still not happy with it, but if I don't post something soon I might as well not bother - and that would be a big DCM fail, which I hate to do!
Honeycomb stencilled background using various yellow and orange inks
white, blue and black card for matting
Inked yellow card for flowers
Green card for stems
For the bee I cut the bee several times. 1. for the body; white card, coloured orange, then the black stripes added, 2. Silver paper for wings which were then cut away fro the rest of the die cut shape. 3. Complete bee cut in black  for adhering other pieces to
Tiny silver gems
These die sets were used:

That's it for this time, Thank You for coming by . You can see the lovely Busy Bee cards made by our fab team HERE

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Love Dream Create - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

Thanks for coming by today.  For my Spellbloggers post this time I've used a couple of great new dies and had some fun with hot-foiling
You get two fun dies in the  Love Dream Create set by Joanne Fink from On the Wings of Love Collection.  If you do art journalling or mixed media crafting these will be wonderful to have in your collection
I started by covering a piece of card with various scraps of the hot foil.  Once the foiling was done I die cut the Love Dream Create panel from the multi-coloured, foiled card, saving all the tiny waste pieces to make use of later
I cut the other die in the set from white card and glued it overhanging the edge of my card blank
The foiled panel was then adhered in place, and a piece of sequin organza ribbon adhered over the join

The little 'waste' pieces are too pretty to just throw into the bin so I used some of them to make a lovely 'firework' style design on the white section of the card.
I also punched some circles from spare foiled card to decorate the border die panel
Finally I added a two layer butterfly using the Flutters die set to complete my card

 Here are the details of all the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Love Dream Create
On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink 
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies
 Die D-Lites Etched Dies
Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting.
Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration to get you motivated

Happy Crafting

Friday, May 04, 2018


I've been a bit MIA this week - a long 'to-do' list, with quite a bit of crafting on it, but no time left for blogging or chatting!  It would be good to report that the list had more ticked off items than still-to-be-done items, but sadly, that's not the case! But I do need to get some blog-posts done, so let's see if I can cut the waffle!
It's new challenge day on The Daring Cardmakers and here;s the card I ended up with - I say "ended up with" because it needed a bit of a tweak to get it right

It's the First Friday of a new month, so it's an Elemental Inspiration Challenge this week. 
Our lovely Ruth has chosen this pretty set of pictures to inspire you with this time; you just  need to choose a minimum of THREE elements to use when you make your card.
Some suggestions to get you thinking: stars, flowers or petals, the 9 square layout, hand drawn patterns, twigs, sunset, handwriting, monogram, large letters, fur, woodgrain ..... lots of inspiration!

It's a while since I made anything with a monogram being an integral design feature, so choosing to use the large letter as one of my elements was easy, as was the lure of using some pretty flowers.  The third element had me stumped for a while, until I spotted the sunset in the square with the sentiment in it. Deciding to make an inky sunset background also meant my colour palette was also decided.
I made the sunset background first, using watercolour card and several suitable shades of ink
Using the same colours I inked up a few small pieces of  card for die cutting my flowers later.
Next I chose a letter shape I liked (I always dither!) and on my Silhouette machine cut one in black and one in white to see which I liked best on the inked background.  Having decided the white looked best I cut 4 more of the letter, then glued them altogether.
matted the inked piece onto black card, and then the white card blank, die cut the flowers and leaves and used a ball tool to create the flowers.
The various vine shapes were cut into small pieces to entwine the monogram, then I arranged my flowers and added a few more vine and leaf pieces.
To finish I added some gems and pearls, and made three faux brads for the corner

All the flower and leaf dies I've used here are from Spellbinders

This is where it all went a bit wrong!  I didn't like the balance between the black and white areas, the decorated square looked just a bit too big for the card.  I wondered whether I could change it, but just in case it all went really badly I took some photos so I'd at least have something to share if it did!
See what you think of version 1
I didn't have a large enough black card so I matted some black card onto a larger white card blank, then carefully took the first version apart as best I could.  Some of the black mat was left behind so I trimmed the square down a bit, then matted onto white before adding to the new card blank.  I think the wider black border looks so much better and more balanced now.

Something like this would look great in a frame, don't you think?
Anyway, I should go - I sort of failed when it came to cutting the waffle, didn't I? hahaha
Never mind, I'll try harder next time ;)
Have a great weekend
Thank you for visiting - please pop across [HERE] to see how our DT took on this challenge!

Friday, April 27, 2018

We'll weather the weather!

It's all about the weather this week on the Daring Cardmakers Blog - fitting really as we've had quite a lot of it this week - for instance on Wednesday afternoon we had blue skies and bright sunshine - then it suddenly went really dark and we had a hailstone storm, then sun again and then, still not content there was the sound of distant thunder rumbling accompanied by some very heavy rain.  All in one afternoon - which all reminded me of this little 'ditty'
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not. 
No real surprise that I ended up making a 'Sunshine and Showers' card for Miri's challenge 
It’s Miri here and I suggest a little bit of small talk:

Let’s talk about the weather!
Use anything weather-related on your card: clouds, sun (rays),  rain (drops), snow etc.

And maybe you can tell us about the actual weather outside your craft room. Can you already see, feel and smell spring?
I've just used a lot of inked up white card, and a whole bunch of Spellbinders dies to make this one,  The text was pc generated and the words cut up with scissors to fill that space in the corner 😉
Smooth white card blank plus extra for all inked pieces. 
Background panel inked with Tumbled Glass DI
Piece for the sun was inked with a couple of the yellow DI shades
The pots, stems, flowers, clouds, raindrops were all inked using 
Versamagic ink pads
Dies used:
Plant Pots and stems: Green Thumb Die D-Lites Etched Dies
Flower Heads: Prims Die D-Lites Etched Dies (house, flowers, heart and star)

That's it for this time, it would be fab if you'd join in with us - Click HERE for more info and to see all the weather related cards from our wonderful team 
Thank you for popping by

Monday, April 23, 2018

Visitors BooK

Hello there!
I hope you had a great weekend and you're feeling fine and dandy this Monday.  I'm not actually sure where the morning went, but it's definitely gone and I even forgot to have a mid morning coffee.  It's taking a while to get into any sort of routine again!
Anyway, my crafting project today was actually finished a couple of weeks ago but the photos have been waiting to be blogged since.
One of the things on the inventory of things we needed to leave in the Southwold holiday flat (Alice's, Southwold) was a Visitors Book, and  couldn't bring myself to just leave a ready made one - plus of course, I knew it would be a fun project to get stuck in to!
 I started with one of the lovely Kraft ring-bound books from Paperchase, then gathered a load of seaside themed bits and pieces that I might find a home for on the book.
The papers are from a couple of Studio Light paper pads I bought last year and absolutely adore!To make the 6x6 papers work on the larger area of matted black and white card, I adhered some areas onto card, then tore the edges and overlapped and inked the various pieces to layer up a bit.  The larger base layer was stencilled with my favourite stencil in a rather random and overlapping series of inks, glitter gel and also for some areas I added gilding flakes. 

I threaded some seaside themed charms onto a few strands of silver thread to decorate the left side, and also added some plaster shells and a couple of shell brads.  The 'beach' sign was created in Paint Shop Pro, and raised on a piece of chipboard to keep the silver thread in place.  I used Glossy Accents behind the charms so they stay where I want them to be. 

The letters were cut with a Spellbindrs Alphabet Die Set  - I cut each letter 4 times from plain white card and glued them together so that the stand out.
The little beach hut was hand cut, except for the window die which comes from a Spellbinders set. I scanned a piece of the patterned paper so that I could use exactly the same colours to make some striped digital paper for the walls and trim of the beach hut, and some in the plan cream and aqua for other parts.
I added some aqua and clear dewdrops to finish the cover, then tied little pieces of ribbon, twine, fibre etc around the wires to finish the whole thing off.

I had a load of fun making this!
Before it was taken over by one of the big companies, we loved travelling with Simply Travel - all their properties had simple exercise book style Visitors Books where precious guests left lovely messages about the places they'd found and enjoyed visiting.  The books were always fun to read and a great source of
recommendations for where to visit, good places to eat and other local info.  Often these places were off the beaten track and we'd never have found them on our own - like the amazing restaurant, up a hillside track near Gumusluk in Turkey, where you sat on rugs and big cushions and watched the sun go down as you ate wonderful, home-cookled food!
 Ah, the memories!
That's the sort of thing we'd love people to leave in our Visitors Book too - their  recommendation for interesting and favourite places to go in Southwold and the surrounding area,
Enough of my waffling - I hope you like the book,
Thanks for looking

Link to Holiday Flat is here:


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sketched Blooms set 2 - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I loved the Sketched Blooms collection as soon as I saw them and soon acquired two of the sets.  Last week I shared a card made using set 1 so today I've another card, this time using Sketched Blooms 2 to share for my Spellbloggers post. 
Smooth White card blank, with extra of the same card for the embossed panel (Blistered embossing folder)
Black card to cut the Sketched Blooms 2
I chose some Digital papers, resized a few of the designs so they would print in a very small size, plus one larger piece to cut the Petite Double Bow from.  The designs were then printed onto white textured card
The torn Kraft paper background is actually an envelope
 Decal sticker sentiment was added to a little tag cut from scaps of the printed paper
The circles in the corner were cut using just the centre of one of the flowers, and shaped with a ball tool

Here are the details of all the Spellbinders products used this time 

Sketched Blooms 2 
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

 Petite Double Bow and Flowers  Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Embossing Folder  by Tammy Tutterow Designs
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
  I love these die sets!  I've another card using set 1 to share, and something else I'd like to try out, so don't be surprised to see more
 Sketch Blooms projects popping up on my blog!
In case you missed it, here's how I used Sketched Blooms1 last time 
Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting. 
Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration
to get you motivated

Happy Crafting