Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NBUS Challenge 7

My card today is made for the NBUS challenge (never before used schtuff) and boy have I got a lot of NBUS. I'm sure that you my fellow crafter's can relate to that. Last year I bought the The Essential Book Die from Tattered Lace, and I put it into the cupboard and there it has sat until now. I was asked if I would make four 21st birthday cards for the same person for the middle of September. So I have made this one for her grand parents to give to her, I'm quite safe posting it on here as I know they don't read my blog. I started by picking a CD that I had bought earlier this year and not used yet, so this also goes towards my NBUS, the CD is Daisydays by Polkadoddles. I started by using some linen card stock and printed off 3 of the different backgrounds and also used a sheet of silver linen card stock. I printed the last one a lot lighter than the rest, as I wanted to print the verse onto it (I did this before I cut out the pages). I then took the 4 largest dies and cut out the pages, I then scored them down the middle and gave them a little bend. next I wrapped the pages around my rolling pin to give them some shape. I popped a couple of pieces of ribbon around the top two pages and made a bow to stick on the top, then decorated the ribbon with some matching flat backed pearls. Lastly I printed of some of the daisy embellishments from the CD and decorated the left hand page. All that is left to do now is to make a stand for the card.

Well that's one down only another 3 to make now, from Uncle, Brother and Mum.
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snippets Challenge

I'm feeling very fortunate today as when I popped onto Pixie's Snippet's Playground this morning, I found that I was one of 6 lucky people to have won a wonderful embossing folder from last weeks challenge. Anyway before we went out and met up with my SIL for lunch I had a rummage in the scrap box and found everything to make this card (for this weeks challenge) with the exception of the card base, flower and pearl these all came from my stash. I used the free die that came with a Crafter's Companion magazine earlier this year to cut up the printed papers that were left over from cards that were made ages ago and the pink card from the scrap box. I have a friend that quilts so this card was made with her in mind.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Rudolph Days

Wow the months are certainly whizzing by, I can't believe that we are almost at the end of August already. My cards below are made for the Rudolph Days challenge using some Lili Of The Valley stamps. These were a gift from a friend who had visited a Car Boot sale, saw these and bought them for me. There are about 20 stamps in all, many never used. About half of the stamps are Christmas stamps, so they were the perfect choice to use this month.

I've used small square card bases for the cards and backing papers from  Crafters Companion snowman CD for the top 3 cards. The stamped images were coloured with pencils.

 I used a spellbinders die to cut the images, then drew around the same die and cut out by hand for the matting. All of the sentiments are made using Lili Of The Valley stamps from my stash and these are also mounted on a spellbinders shape.

For this bottom card I used a sheet of paper from a Bebunni  paper pad also by Crafters Companion. I also cut this image out using a Nellie Snellen die. The small poinsettia flowers are made using a Marianne die set.

As I made 2 cards using each image I have another 8 cards to add to my stash.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Snippets Challenge

What wonderful weather we're having at the moment, so go on laugh I've made a Christmas card. I thought that I would cut out some embellishments with my scraps today and while hunting around I found a little pile of 5x5 pieces of paper that were off cuts from larger A4 sheets. These had been left over from previous projects at some time or another and then just left. At one stage I cut them down to 5x5 size and again abandoned them. A lot of them are Christmas pieces so that is why I made a Christmas card for Pixie's Snippet's Challenge. The green card base is from my stash but the rest of it all came out of the scrap box including the ribbon which was around last years Christmas cake and far to good to throw away. The dies used are Tattered Lace, the snowman from this years collection and the holly from last years. Sorry I can't remember the name of the CD that the paper came from, as it was so long ago that I printed it off.

I shall be back tomorrow with my offering for the Rudolph days Challenge (more Christmas cards).
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Saturday, 20 August 2016

A New Forest Wedding

My sister has just been to a wedding that was held in the New Forest. So when she asked me to make a card for her this gorgeous image from Lili Of The Valley was what popped into my head. I stamped onto white card and coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils, giving the veil a touch of Wink Of Stella. I then cut the image out using a Spellbinders die and another to back it onto. The corners were cut with a Crealies die as were the flowers. I created the sentiment on my PC and printed on a laser printer then put it through the laminator with some silver foil. I know my sister was pleased with the end result, hopefully the bride and groom were too.

I would like to enter this into the Stamping Sensations challenge this month which is Anything Goes.
Last month I was lucky enough to win the fantastic prize of ribbons and embellishments. The photo did not do the prize justice.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Butterfly Tree

I was inspired by the resent workshop and the use of home made stencil paste to have a go at this butterfly tree. The stencil is from Sweet Poppy Stencil's and the paste give a wonderful crackle effect which when coloured with pro markers really shows the cracks. I started by making a background with pan pastels, then by placing the tree onto it. When dry I stamped the flowers using two Lavinia stamps before colouring the butterflies and the tree. I added some dots of crystal stickles to finish. I'm not sure who will receive this, so as yet there is no sentiment.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Another Snippets Card

I thought I would make another card this week to enter the Pixies Snippet  Playground Challenge, so after rummaging through my scraps I found I had an already embossed (in white) image of the gorgeous swallowtail butterfly from Stampin Up. Along with the butterfly there was some deep pink card and a DL card with a top hinge (this was made from some left over card from another project, where I used an A3 sheet of card). So matching the inks to the card I inked the butterfly using the resist technique, then added the sentiment using the deeper of the inks used and some Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamps.

Thank you Di for the warm welcome you gave me when I joined in for the first time last week. My scraps are still over flowing so I expect to be back often.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

A Busy But Fun Day

Saturday saw me up early again for another trip to Kent and Eileen Godwin's workshop. I set out at 7.30 and picked up my friend Elaine who lives nearby and we set off for what was a packed but fun filled day. Eileen had us making our own texture paste which when dried, crackles. If you look closer at the top two cards you will be able to see this (the paste was coloured when dry with pro markers).

 These next two cards we used Sweet Poppy stencils Glossy White paste and when dry coloured with a Liquid Chrome pen (third card) and Gold Sakura Pen-touch Calligrapher pen (forth card)

The next cards were made using Pan Pastels, Sweet Poppy Stencils and again glossy white paste and a few small Lavinia Stamps.

Last but not least while we were waiting for the paste to dry we made bookmarks using gesso as a resist. All but the bookmarks were mounted onto the cards when I got home as we just ran out of time.

The day flew past and all to soon it was time to find our way back round the M25 and home. Still we put our names down for next month, so looking forward to doing it all over again in September. Thank you Eileen for a wonderful day.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Scene Card With Snippets

I had a lovely day on Saturday while hubby was out playing golf with the guys. This is one of the cards that I made. I have a box sat on my worktop that is overflowing with off cuts and scraps left over from other card projects, while rummaging through it I found I had enough white card to stamp this scene out. I have used a stamp set from Stampin Up called Moon Lake and I also used the mountains from another Stampin Up set called In The Meadow. I coloured it in using Spectrum Noir pencils and found some brown card in the box for the matting, I also had a pack of A6 cards in the cupboard, perfect to finish it off.

I would like to enter this into the challenge over at Pixie's Snippet's Playground.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A great Day Out

Sunday saw me leaping out of bed bright and early, as I was going to Kent to attend one of Eileen Godwin's wonderful workshops. So with craft equipment and lunch packed we set off. There were 12 ladies all eager to get going at 10.00 am. Eileen supplied all the things we would need to complete the wonderful butterfly, all that was needed was to get messy. We started by sticking embossed card and die cut butterflies onto an MDF butterfly with Mod Podge, next we trimmed everything that over hung the edges before painting it all with Black Gesso. When this was dry it was given a makeover with Inka Gold, Treasure Gold or Alchemy Wax. All of the completed Butterflies looked different as we all used different colour combinations, all looked gorgeous. I decorated mine with the intention of putting this on our bedroom wall, which is cream but has a feature wall with cream wallpaper, with red and gold flowers on it.

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