Monday, July 15, 2019

The Shape of It


I've been a really rubbish blogger in recent weeks so have a few un-blogged cards, so I'm going to try to do some catching up.  If I can grove enough willpower to blog a couple of times a week, I'll be happy!

Today's card is one I made for my maths geek nephew's birthday.  I really wanted to do something with a fancy and meaningful equation on it but I'm too dreadful at maths to work anything like that out, so I went for a bit of a pun with some geometric shapes instead.  
Believe me, creating an equilateral triangle when I couldn't find my set of compasses was enough of a challenge!

White square card blank with horizontal panels in white, yellow and orange.
Circle and triangle shapes inked on edges, tiny googly eye embellishments with other features drawn in pen.
I used some speech bubbles preset shapes in Paint Shop Pro with the text added inside, then I resized them to fit my card
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Spellbinders

He didn't 'laugh out loud' when he opened it, just gave a nod - which is about as good as it gets for my quiet nephew !

That's my lot for today

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Wedding Season

Morning All!

Hope you're feeling well this sunny Friday morning!
My hayfever has been an absolute mare this week, so if you're a fellow sufferer I feel for you.  Thank Heavens for Kleenex Balsam tissues, I say!
Yet again it's Daring Cardmakers day and I have failed to add another post here since last week's.  I've just been chatting with the lovely Shabneez (she of the Happy Hijabi) and I told her I was planning to write 2 posts today, one to publish now and another to schedule for another day.  
What do you reckon?  Can I do it?
On an aside, I do wonder what her happy hijab looks like....maybe covered with smilies? Or just a fabulous mix of zany patterns and colours? At Portmeirion last year I saw a woman wearing the most beautiful arab dress (abaya?) in peacock colours that shimmered when she moved.  It was stunning.
Anyhoo, as I said it's Daring Cardmakers day and we have Ruth in Romantic Revelry this week
 As we are in the season for Weddings, and plus its always good to have a few Wedding cards in your stash!
So this week's theme is:
CLICK HERE to see what the design team came up with
As our Wedding Anniversary is coming up I had a plan to get ahead and make OH's card for this challenge.  However "plans" don't always come together, do they?  So I thought I'd keep it simple and make a wedding card after all.
I went looking on Etsy for some inspiration by way of digital papers with a wedding-y theme and found a lovely set by CherryWorkshop2 and one design just screamed out to be used for (another) eclipse card:

I resized one of the designs from the
Cherry and Mint In Bloom Digital paper download set and printed it onto white Bazzill card 
The letters were cut using a Spellbinders Alphabet set.
4 more of each letter cut from mint coloured card, all layers were then glued together. The inner waste bits from the 'D' letters were adhered to small pieces of clear tape then attached to the back of the letters so that they showed through.  
I attached the background paper to my base card, then all the letters were  glued into their correct placesA piece of white satin ribbon, along with some silver twine was wrapped around the top of the card. 
I die cut small hearts from back to back pieces of more of the papers in the set and fixed them together with one end of pieces of silver twine between the layers.  The other ends of the twine were adhered behind the ribbon.
To finish I tied a double bow from the ribbon and glued in place on the ribbon above the dangling hearts 
We'd love to have you join in with us this week, just click on the Daring Cardmakers link to find out more

Thanks for looking in today

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 05, 2019

July Elemental Inspiration

How are you?  
 We've been enjoying some lovely sunny and warm weather this week, so I hope you are too, wherever you are!  

Dawn has chosen a fab picture for our Daring Cardmakers challenge this week - its perfect for Wimbledon, who can resist a lovely Cream Tea with jam, cream and scones while watching the tennis?  Sadly, I don't have the cream tea, and I only have the tennis on the telly - but hey, you can't have it all....

It's the first Friday of the month which means its time for 
July's Elemental Inspiration Challenge.

We have a lovely Summery picture for you to be inspired by
this week .
Just remember you need to pick at least 3 elements from the picture to be featured on your card. (the colours count as one element)
ideas: Layout, Colours, Fruit, Jar, Tea-set,  Woodgrain, Gingham, Fabric....

I chose the tea-pot (but used a coffee pot instead), Gingham, a Spoon and some Fruit (the very tiny cherries on my cupcake!).  I also kept largely to the colour scheme, though that was more because the first gingham fabric style paper I found in my stash was blue!

Gingham stylw paper from an old MME 6x6 paper stack
I also used an embellishment piece from another of the papers in the stack to cut the matching cup shape.
Red, White, Silver and Brown cardstock
The cup, coffee pot, spoon and cupcake are all cut using various Spellbinders die sets
The plain circle and the oval for the plate are from Tonic nesting sets and the scalloped circle from a XCut nesting set
I couldn't think what to add for a sentiment, so have left it without one for the moment (because actually I didn't have time to find the perfect one to use because I was so late getting it done!)

We would love you to join in with us.  You can link your creations to our BLOG - HERE. or find us on Instagram - or better still, link to both!
I'm going to try much harder to do a couple of blog posts a week - I've been failing dismally lately.  I have a few things lined up - I just haven't managed to blog them yet.  

Anyway, that's all for this time, thank you so much for visiting, please leave a message...
Happy Crafting

Friday, June 28, 2019

Paper Dreams


I hope you're well and enjoying this sunny spell we're having just now.  Not as hot here as in some parts of Europe, mind!  My lovely friend 
Our Daring Cardmakers challenge this week is set by Dawn, who lives in France and I see the temperatures over there are getting silly.  Stay cool, Dawn!
For my challenge I would like to see you use up your beautiful designer papers.
Cut It Up
I know we all like to save our lovely pretty papers but I want you to make them the main focus.  Your could simply use a lovely big piece and just add a greeting, cut out lots of pieces and make a pattern or just use elements from the papers to make a topper for your card.
Click Here to see what the team made this week
 When I read Dawn's challenge I knew I would make an 'eclipse' card.  I've meant to do one for ages and this was the perfect excuse to have a go. I still had last week's Midsummer Night's Dream thing in my head and one thing led to another and I came up with this
You know I love using digi papers, don't you? Well, rather than spend hours trawling through my paper pads looking for the 'right' design, I thought I'd check first to see whether any of my downloads might be suitable - and found the perfect picture paper to use.

Digi background paper design is from "Seascape" my MicheleRDesigns, but sadly this shop doesn't seem to be operating any more.
I love the faded, torn effect around the image, so resized it to completely fit my card and printed out onto white Bazzill Bling cardstock.
 "DREAM" letters are from a Spellbinders Alphabet set.
Save the cut out letters and the little 'waste' bits for later!
4 more of each letter in a darked blue shade of card and glued together. Corresponding letter from the patterned paper on top.  
I glued the tiny bits from the D, R and A I onto small pieces of paper then adhered in place on the back of the relevant letter stack
The background was adhered onto the card blank then the letter stacks glued in place
 The parasol and the deckchair  were cut on the Silhouette Cameo from my own templates
The sun hat was hand cut and I trimmed with a knotted piece of narrow ribbon
The lighthouse and little tug boat are painted wood embellishments I've had in my stash for years, as are the little shells

That's it, all done for this time, I hope you like it
Thank you for looking, please leave a message.....

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Dream for Midummer

Morning All!

Hope you're feeling well this sunny Friday morning!
How did we get to the Longest Day already - and without much sunshine to show for it so far....remember the long, hot summer of 2018? A bit of a dim and distant memory, eh?
It is of course, Daring Cardmakers day and Nat's challenge this week celebrated the day.
Midsummer's Day 

This week I'd like to see your cards in celebration of Midsummer's day - the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere and sometimes one of the prettiest summer sunsets to boot...

There are so many summer themes to choose from, but you will get extra gold stars if you make a card inspired by Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. :D

CLICK HERE to see what the design team came up with
This is a completely different card to the one I set out to make.  So I filed all the attempts I made at that one in the bin, cleared my desk and started again.
Flicking through my scraps box looking for an off-cut of white card to use for a background I found instead a spare piece of card that I'd printed out when making a card some time ago. Perfect!

Digital paper download set from RomanticLetters,printed onto white Bazzill card. This panel was cut down and matted onto some olive green card before adhering to my card blank.
I inked up scraps of white card in yellow and orange shades ready for cutting out the pineapple and the glass.
I used two Spellbinders die sets the glass from one and the leaves and pineapple from another.
I found the silver metal 'dream' word in one of my "might come in useful one day" boxes. I know it looks black in the main picture, but 
this one shows the colour better

Once all the bits were glued together, and I'd added a few bits of thick card behind them to give some dimension and definition it was just a case of arranging them into a group and glueing down.

I'm hoping that adding the 'dream' will just nudge me into winning Nat's virtual gold star for the Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 'nod'

That's it for this time. I spent hours trying to make Plan A work, whilst Plan B went together in about half an hour thanks the serendipitous background find!

Thanks for looking in today

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flying High

It seems that 'm back to my bad blogger ways!  I'm not quite sure what happened to his week, but updating my blog since last Friday obviously wasn't one of the things that got ticked off the to-do list.

We did have a lovely evening at our local cinema to see the live-stream from the Royal Opera House of the ballet Romeo and Juliet.  Without giving anything away, the story didn't end well ;)

This week on the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog we have our lovely Svenja in the hot seat:

It's Svenja here with a new challenge for you:

Come, fly with me!

I'd like to see all kinds of things that fly on your cards: birds, bees, planes, kites, superheroes... whatever comes to mind.
And of course the Design Team members have already taken to the skies to inspire you - see their cards HERE

Probably the obvious choice for me was to make some butterflies for this one.  Or bearing in mind the weather we've been having recently I thought of making a flying carpet and flying off to somewhere dry!
In the end though I decided to make a kite, and when I found the inky background while sorting through a box of 'stuff' I thought I could incorporate it into the design
Inked background was  made for another project but not used in the end
Pieces of card were inked up in the colours I wanted to use for all the other components
The various pieces for the house was hand cut, as was the kite
The clouds were die cut with a Spellbinders die set
I used my own template and the Silhouette Cameo to make the little girl 
The kite is attached using wire, I added a piece of gold twine with knotted pieces of coloured Baker's Twine for the tail
The upper cloud, and the little girl are both attached with folding 'box' hinges behind them so that they can stand right out from the card
To finish I added a rub on decal sentiment

I quite like the simple and 'naive' look to this one.  Not that it was actually simple to make!

Anyway, that's all for this time, I hope you like it, I'd love to know what you think so please leave a message

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 07, 2019

June's Elemental Inspiration Challenge.

Hello there!
We're having one of those "sunshine and showers" kind of days today.  When I say 'showers' I mean 'downpours', though.  I'm glad I'm not needing to go out today!
After a week staying with my family in Northumberland it's been really hard to get back to my craft desk - or anything else, for that matter.  So my card for the Daring Cardmakers was a bit last-minute this time.
As usual our first challenge of the month is an
Elemental Inspiration Challenge
For June we have this beautiful Mood Board. Remember, you just need to pick a minimum 3 elements  from the picture to use when making your card.  

If you choose to use the colour palette, then that would count as one of your elements
We also have the very talented Sonja Kaufmann joining us for the next few weeks as Guest Designer.  We've been waiting for Sonja to have a Daring Cardmakers-shaped gap in her schedule for ages, and finally it's here!
  I chose the leaves, feathers, the tags and the squares from the picture to use on my card, and decided to keep largely to the colour palette too

For the background I set out lots of different leafy dies on my GoPress & Foil machine, added the soft gold foil, a piece of white Bazzill card and a couple of shim layers.  After heating I rolled the sandwich through my trusty old Cuttlebug, brought out of retirement for using with the GP&F as my eBosser just doesn't do the job!
Next I cut down and matted the foiled piece onto gold card and then adhered this to a plain white card blank.
 I cut several of the leaf dies in shades of green and gold, and sorted out 3 small pink and white feathers to use on the focus square.
A square of aqua pearlescent card was matted onto a slightly larger gold square and 3 of the larger die cut leaves were arranged behind before gluing in place
 in the lower corner of the card.
The pink and white feathers were arranged along with some of the smaller die cut leaves and adhered to the aqua square.
The stems opf a couple of roses were coiled around a bamboo skewer then glued on top of the feathers.  I tied a triple bow from narrow aqua ribbon and glued it across the stems, then die cut three tiny tags in matching colours to add to the 'bouquet'

Do you have stuff in your stash that you bought years ago and hardly ever get out to use?  The feathers are one of these things for me - I have bags of different colours bought when it seemed a good idea for some reason or other.  It was good to use some - even if it was just three of the smallest!

It would be great if you'd join in this week, we'd love you to share your creativity with us.
I hope you'll take a minute to leave a message, it's always good to read them - and I always try to reciprocate and visit your blog too.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Secret Hideaway


I hope you’ve had a good week and have a lovely weekend planned. 
If it’s a bit dull and dreary where you are, as it is here this morning, perhapsa spot of crafting would be good- like joining in with our new challenge!
Maybe thoughts of warm sunshine were in my mind when I made my card for Joanne’s challenge to The Daring Cardmakers this week!
Secret Hideaway

This week I would like you to create a card with a hidden element.
Perhaps a camouflage/eclipse sentiment with
die cut words or letters, or a pocket to tuck
something into.,
Or add a flap to conceal a surprise image or sentiment...
My card for this week features a Secret Hideaway in two ways, firstly the doors hide the secret element then they open to reveal my own perfect Secret Hideaway!



I started by making the doors, hand cutting the shape and adding various shades of ink to both sides to create the old, distressed wood look. I drew lines to look like the planks then cut the piece down the centre.  I added ‘hinges’ to the outer edges (because I forgot to allow for them w hen I cut the original

For the wall I adhered paper to a piece of card the same size as the base card

cut out the doorway shape and glued the gate in place using the hinges. Next I cut pieces of paper covered card and glued in place to make the stone archway, added a latch to the gate and a potted plant to stand by it. 


open the gates and you find a lovely view of a terrace overlooking the sea and a couple of potted plants. 
I found the picture online and resized it to fit the aperture made by the gates. It was slid up between the card base and the top layer before everything was stuck in place. 

I wouldn’t mind opening my doors to this view, would you?

Anyway, that’s it from me for this time, I’d love to know what you think, so please leave a message in the comments

Thanks for looking 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Celebrating the Victorian Era


I'm late again today - I've been trying to ake something that seemed to have a mind of its own!  I think I finally got there, but it was a trial!
Anyway, it's Shabneez's turn to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week and it's a lovely one!
Celebrating the Victorian Era

It's Queen Victoria's birthday today so to celebrate I'd like to see something from her era on your cards be it a mode of transport, clothing, steampunk or you can pay homage to the Queen herself and do something regal!

CLICK HERE to see this week's inspiration from the Design Team 
I had a couple of ideas for this challenge.  The second one will have to wait for another time but here is the card I actually did manage to make!

The young woman in the photo is my Great Grandmother, she was born in 1870 and I think this would have been taken when she was about 20/21, so definitely a Victorian girl!
One of the interesting things I found out while doing some Family History research was that her mother (my 2xDreat Grandmother) was a dressmaker so I think its safe to assume that she made the dress Elizabeth is wearing - check out all the beautiful beading on the sleeves and bodice, and that fabulous bustle skirt you can just about make out!
I used an old Crafter Companion die to create the aperture, and added lilac card behind it, slotting the photo inside.
The lower edge is trimmed with white cotton lace, pale grey satin ribbon and a double bow, trimmed with a large diamante rimmed flat back gem

I made some paper roses and a couple of rosebuds which I fixed onto wire so that I could coil them for a bit of extra interest and added some bead strings to complete the 'bouquet'
To finish the card I added some tiny lilac gems 
That's all from me today, I hope you like this one, its lovely to use old photos on cards and this was a great opportunity for me to do just that!
Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear what you think so please leave a message

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019



I've still got quite a backlog of un-blogged cards, so today I'm sharing another masculine card made for one of the May family birthdays.
Black 15cm square card blank
White Bazzill card was inked lightly in grey for the glass shapes and orangey-brown for the drinks colours, the froth was cut from the plain white card.
The die set is by Spellbinders
I cut a piece of kraft card and glued the glasses down, then rounded the corners and added some crystal Distress Stickles to the frothy areas.
The sentiment was created on the pc, resized and printed onto white card, ensuring I'd have enough space to adhere the focus piece onto it.
That's it, a fairly simple, non-fussy card for a young man. To keep the theme, I sent him a gift of a 'pie and a pint' made from chocolate!
That's my lot for today

Happy Crafting"

Friday, May 17, 2019

M for Mosaic, A for Aster Y for Yellow!


I hope you've had a good week.  We 'took a day off' on Wednesday and headed over to Whipsnade Zoo.  We've been sponsoring the elephants there this year so took the chance of a beautiful sunny day to go a-visiting!  I'll share some photos when I've got them sorted out.
Today though its time for another Daring Cardmakers challenge and it was my turn to come up with an idea. I have to admit that it's a tough one, but if you give it a go and maybe think a bit 'out of the box' I think you'll have some fun.  At least I hope so!

 M A Y letters   
You can make any kind of card you like, but I'd like you to incorporate at least one thing beginning with each letter of the word MAY into it.  For example colours, words, 'things' or techniques beginning with the letters
M - Magenta, Mustard, Maypole, Monogram, Masking
A - Anniversary, Amber, Arch, Anchor, Apple
Y - Yellow, Yacht, Yupo paper, You. Yak!
Please do visit the BLOG to check out how the DT really stepped up to the mark with their cards this week -  we've added the M,A & Y elements by our names to help give more ideas
You know those nights when sleep eludes you, do you count sheep, or maybe count backwards slowly from 100? Well this week I spent far too many hours thinking of things beginning with M, A and Y!
In the end I made this, where
M = Mosaic, A = Aster(and Adorable) Y = Yellow

First I used inks to make a background piece which when I dried I cut out using a lovely Spellbinders die - it's actually for a trellis background, but I often end up using the 'waste' to create a mosaic background rather than the trellis itself!
I also inked up both sides of some Bazzill Bling white card just in a couple of yellow inks for cutting the flower petals, and a smaller piece using orange ink to make the flower centre
It's been ages since I used these quilling flower dies, I used a mix of Cuttlebug ones (for the flower centre) and Crafters Companion dies for the petals. Those old Cuttlebug sets came with a very useful tool for doing the twirling if you remember.
The leaves of my Aster flower are actually cut using the large petal die from a Creative Inspirations Poinsettia die set.
Having clued down the mosaic pieces in a pattern I liked, there was a bit of space too small to continue the design, so I decided to trim that piece off the side and then let the flower and the sentiment piece go over the edge of the card. 
The sentiment was created on the pc, printed, trimmed and matted onto a piece of card inked to match the flower centre, and it was all done!

It was around this point that I realised I have a niece and a nephew both with names beginning with the letter A, who had their birthdays in May.  Which meant I could have simply made a card with their initial 'A' as a Monogram and put it on a yellow background and I'd have been done and dusted days and days ago!  So feel free to pinch that idea and join in! 

I hope you like it, I'd love to hear what you think so please add a comment if you can. It would be great to see your own ideas on this theme, you can see the rest of our cards, and join in HERE
Thank you so much for visiting
Happy Crafting

Friday, May 10, 2019

Time to Celebrate


It's TIME for a new challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers and Sylvia has set the them this week
We are into May already and nearly half way through the year, Where does time go!  This week I would like to see
 "A Moment In Time"
featured in your cards, it could be clocks, watches, hour glass, or a time such as fairytale once upon a time, or Victorian, swinging sixties, tea time, play time, work time, anything time related. 
 Its still the Month of Mainly Males for my card requirements, so I decided to make a more masculine looking card for this challenge
To begin with I cut a square of plain white card to 14x14 and embossed it with Teresa Collins A4 "About Time" embossing folder (I don't have a smaller one so had to make this do!)
I used small ink pads in a few shades of blue to colour the embossed image, and then rubbed over with Alchemy Wax in
silver and gold with my fingers to get a more interesting colour mix and
a lovely soft sheen finish.  This was trimmed down slightly and adhered to a dark blue card blank

The large sentiment panel was made on the pc, as was the smaller Happy Birthday piece
 I die cut the gold and white circles, plus a 'hanger' from a Christmas Bauble set in gold to create the pocket watch, adding tiny silver gems for the 'numbers' and a couple of pointers hand-cut from scraps of the gold card.
 I used some gold twine to  make a chain (like when casting on in knitting, or the first chain you make in crochet)
Then it was just a case of arranging and adhering the carious pieces to finish the card

I hope you like it, I'd love to hear what you think so please add a comment if you can. It would be great to see your own ideas on this theme, you can see the rest of our cards, and join in HERE
Thank you so much for visiting
Happy Crafting