Monday, February 26, 2018

3D Toolbox - Spellblogger postr for Spellbinders

This time my Spellblogger post for Spellbinders is the card I made for my Hubby's birthday.  I always try to make something relevant and fun for his card - usually that involves cars in one guise or other, but as he's been doing a lot of DIY work at the holiday flat we've recently bought, I just couldn't resist using this toolbox die set
I loved this Spellbinders dies set and I knew it would come in handy, so it definitely had to come and live with me.  I hunted out some great digital download papers on Etsy to keep to the DIY theme

For this card I wanted the toolbox to pop out from the card, so I made it with a tame between two of the toolbox die cuts - rather like when you make one of those fab folding box-cards.  It means that it folds flat enough to go in an envelope, then the front of the box lifts away on the hidden hinge.
I made the tool box first, then lots of tools to go in it, which are attached to the various folded card strips between the two tool box pieces. 
 It was sooooo cute!

Toolbox card
Large 6x8 card blank
Digital papers printed onto white Bazzill card
Card in Yellow, red, black and, silver for layering, the tool box and the various tools
I added a coil of wire because my OH can't bear to throw a piece of wire away, but never seems to have the 'right' sort when he actually needs some!
To finish I added the die cut Happy Birthday sentiment using some screw head brads - I know they'd come in useful one day!

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Die D-Lites Etched Dies
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time, I hope you like it!
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

"Love Is..." Scrapling


Do you ever make “Scraplings”?

Just in case you’re new to these, they are cards, tags etc made from the strip you cut off when making  a square card from a sheet of  A4

I found this Ribbed Kraft card Scrapling in my Bits Box and grabbed my “Love is…” Through theLetterbox craft box.

Kraft looks great with white and red and I’d soon finished this little scrapling card

The Letterbox craft boxes cost just £12.50 from HERE and  they are stuffed with stash!  You can see masses of projects made using the ‘Live Is...’ Box and all the other boxes on the blog

From the “Love is…” Through the Letterbox craft box I used:

Gingham ribbon

 Red Glitter Heart die cut

Paper Flower

Tiny Sales Tag

The tiny star was punched from another of the glittery hearts

From my stash: off-white card and border punch for the ‘lace’ strip

Red beads set in Glossy Accents for flower centre, sentiment sticker on the tag

That’s it for this time.

Thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting

Kathy xx

Friday, February 23, 2018


I think someone stole this last week away from me!  I've not done half the things I wanted to - there are hardly any ticks on my to-do list.
I set out to make my card for the Daring Cardmakers yesterday and found it a real struggle.  If the first idea had worked out I would definitely have got some of those things ticked off, but I had a few false starts and I messed a few things up, so in the end it was a case of 'back to the drawing board', and make something simple and straightforward 

It's Svenja here and I just can't wait for spring to come. Sunshine and fresh green are desperately needed to cheer me up after a long winter. So I'm asking you all to get your stencils out and use them with some fresh green.
I've never had a lot of luck persuading snowdrops to establish themselves in my garden - it doesn't help that we have loads of squirrels who just love to dig them up!  But at last we seem to be getting a few each year and hopefully they will increase as time goes on.  Theo is nothing quite as cheering as the Winter drags on as the sight of snowdrops with their promise of Spring.

I started by making up the die cut snowdrops using a Joanna Sheen die, white Bazzill Bling card, two shades of green, some lemon and pink inks
I cut an 'all over' sticky note mask using a Nesties die to mask the place where the snowdrops would be going, then stencilled using my favourite "spinning tops" stencil (Crafters Workshop) and several different shades of green ink,
The die cut snowdrops were them adhered, using foam pads for some extra dimension.
Finally I added some scattered pastel pearls.
I was going to add some ribbon, but no matter where I tried it, it looked wrong!  
I'll probably add some sort of sentiment under the flowers before I send this one.  It does need something extra
We'd love to see your Stencilled Spring Green themed cards this week, it's easy to join in - just visit the Daring Cardmakers blog and leave your link.
Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting

Monday, February 19, 2018

Love Hearts! Spellblogger for Spellbinders

This time my Spellblogger post for Spellbinders is a Valentines card.

Did you see  Spellbinders previewing their new Glimmer Hot Foil System at Creativation 2018 recently? Well it may not be a Glimmer machine, but I did get a hot-foiling machine for Christmas and I've been practising and getting the hang of it over the last few weeks.  I thought I'd do some hot-foiling with my machine and some regular Spellbinders dies, just to whet your appetite for when the new machine arrives in the shops.

Do you see the pretty pattern on the red heart?  That's made by hot-foiling the heart with the Vintage Clover Insert from the Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet set 

Love Heart card
Red Bazzill card matted onto a plain white card blank
More white card used to cut the pierced curved layer
one red and one gold heart cut suing middle die from the Prim Hearts set
The glitter heart and the word 'Love' are from the @love Is' Craft box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox.  The word started out as red, but again, I used the foiling machine to change its look - you can use these machines to foil die cuts, chipboard and ribbon too.
The word YOU is also foiled, this time with a glossy red foil, the letters are from my lovely new Alphabet die set
To finish the card I punched some tiny hearts from red and gold card, plus some from a practise foiling attempt that was lying on my desk!

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

(Becca Feeken Amazing Paper Grace)
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow Shapeabilities

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

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, February 16, 2018

Coffee Break

Hi there

How are you feeling this bright and sunny Friday?  
I know lots of people are still suffering with the coughs and colds that just linger on at this time of the year.  What we all need is a nice holiday in the sun - so where shall we go? hahaha

Failing that there's always a mini-break in the shape of a mid-morning cuppa, and maybe if you're lucky a chocolate biscuit to go with it
..... and that sums up En's challenge this week over at The Daring Cardmakers!
Hi, it's Enfys here this week, my turn to set the challenge, I chose
    Take a Break     
Use what ever gets you going again in the mid morning slump, when breakfast seems hours ago, and it's too early for lunch.
Is it coffee? A refreshing cup of tea? A sneaky doughnut?
For me, it has to be coffee, I seem to need gallons of the stuff in the morning, just to wake me up! Mind you, if there was a doughnut shop within walking distance, they would feature in a big way as well!

Make mine a coffee please, En....., since you're offering  😉
I rarely say 'no' to a coffee, though just occasionally I might swap my mid-morning coffee for a steaming hot mug of chocolate instead!
If OH is on a work from home day there might be a biscuit too - we are still working our way through the Christmas biscuits, would you believe?

Anyway, for my card this week I couldn't resist digging out this fab digi coffee cup from Funky Hand. I teamed it with some digital papers, not from Funky Hand, but from KHDigi via Etsy.  This paper set is actually a Christmas set, but I do love the colours and most of the designs are not out-and-out Christmassy, and are too lovely to leave unused for months.  These are from sets called 'Loving Christmas' and 'Loving Christmas Again'.  

For this card I did a lot of work on the pc, resizing the image and the papers I wanted to use for the cup so that I could print the image and paper in one print run, using three of the designs and printing onto white Bazzill card.
Next I cut out the parts I needed from each design and layered them up with some faux chipboard between the layers.

The Coffee Time sentiment was also created mainly on the pc, using Paint Shop Pro to create the circles and writing.  The only extra layer is the scalloped circle.

It's ages since I made an easel card, but having made the coffee cup I needed to think how to use it - because as usual I didn't do any planning first! 
An easel card meant I could use the coffee cup in an 'off the page' sort of way, and I could also have it standing out by using a box hinge to fix it to the card.

All the papers come from the same sets.  The scalloped circle and the two different kinds of hearts are die cuts,

Digital papers by KHDigi from 'Loving Christmas' and 
'Loving Christmas Again' downloads
Digital Image Coffee Cup by Funky Hand (sorry, no longer trading)
Hearts on cup are from a Nested set by Tonic
Tall heart from Spellbinders - I cut it twice and trimmed one down slightly
Scalloped circle is from a Nesties set also Spellbinders 

So what's your mid-morning tipple?  
We'd love you to join in this week and share your Take a break cards with us - you can check all our cards HERE
Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great weekend