Sunday, October 15, 2017

Non-Traditional Colours

Another fortnight gone woosh knows where and it's time again for the Christmas Club Girls to show out makes. Carol set the theme of using  Non-Traditional  colours on our cards.
A quick rootle around in my used christmas card box found this first card which is what I can only describe as a Cadbury's Chocolate Box colour with additional flocking in the design. I had intended to use gold shimmer card for the base of the card but whilst running my hand through the pile of cardstock in my cupboard it stopped at this 'Moroccan Gold' which just screamed at me to be pulled out and used.

I cut an aperture from the front of my folded cardstock using my  Crafts-Too Rectangle die stitch hole. Timmed the card front down slightly to fit behind and attached. I covered the back with another piece of the cardstock for neatness. Yellow ribbon and the holly stickers  were from my stash. I found some matching Anita's gems and used them for the berries.  I had a slither of the card over so used it to decorate the inside panel which I have left blank for a handwritten  sentiment to be added. A few more holly stickers /gems and I delcared the card done. 


For the second card I turned my attention to my box of design paper which I had been resorting  and filing into appropriate colours earlier in the week.I remembered seeing  a snippet of mulberry paper in a pink/lavender colourway with silver embossing on it not dissimilar to the flocking pattern on the first card so pulled it out. It had been  a gift from a kind blogging friend and time to use instead of just stroking and admiring!  My Amethyst card stock looked perfect with the paper so I made another card base up the same as above.Again the dark silver ribbon. silver holly stickers and crystal gems were from my stash. The sentiment is a tonic Studios die which I have cut twice and layered for a raised effect. 

I had just enough of the design paper left to decorate the inside of the card along with another silver holly sticker and gem. 


I'm off to see what the other girls have come up with for this challenge.  I'm late due to internet problems and weak signal strength.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vertical Elements

A new challenge has started  over on the butterfly challenge.
#87 Butterflies + V is for Vertical and /or the colour Damson.

So a vertical image or an added vertical element  needs to be on your project.

The colour Damson  sometimes called Damson plum is the dark-blue or purple fruit of a plum so there will be variations  in colour. 

Here is my inspiration for you . On this first card I have used a Memory Box die cut called Tessatina  Border Style No 98302 for my Vertical element. I didn't have any plain cardstock the correct shades so I used white cardstock and then coloured the die cut using my Marvy LePlume II plum coloured pen instead. The background digi paper is from Crafters Companion Club Inpsire April 2016 and has shades of both plum and damson in the pattern.  The butterfly has been die cut from felt using the Memory Box
Cascadia Butterfly Trio set. The gem came from my stash.  The sentiment  is a Tonic Studios Miniature Moments die Happy Anniversary. Again I cut in white and coloured with my Plum coloured pen.


For my second card I have used a plain white card blank which I have adhered a pale green sheet of cardstock to the front.  The paper ,( surprise, surprise)  is a freebie from Making Cards Magazine June 2016 called June flowers. Again the flowers are in shades of both plum and damson. I have distressed the edges before attaching over the green card. The  image (which is my Vertical Element) is by Kaisercraft called 'Flutter' and I used Dew Drops Versa Magic 'Perfect Plumeria' chalk ink for stamping onto white cardstock. Ribbon, gem and the the paper flower were from my stash. The Birthday wishes stamp was a freebie from a magazine at sometime  but I have no makers name for it.



Hope to see you over at the challenge which runs for two weeks.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Best Laid Plans.

I have been trying to get this post blogged since Tuesday but like the best laid plans life just seems to have a habit of throwing the odd curved ball in the way.
Here are two more cards to give you some inspiration for the current Butterfly Challenge which you still have time to enter. as the closing date is Tuesday 8pm (GMT).
These two cards are trying out some more card shapes that I have found on You Tube. For my sins I have signed up to do a Craft Fayre in December at out local community hall so whilst I do have plenty of cards already made I thought I would  have a go at these ones too.

The first card is a Z Fold Flap Card. I followed this tutorial here by Dawn for the main measurements  changing how I made the closure tab slightly.

The papers are by Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collections ' Snow Princess'. This paper pad has some lovely designs in it and was given to me by my fab Daughter  to use up. The stamped image on the front is by Imagination Crafts from The Decoupage Stamp Range Called ' Butterfly'.  I have silver embossed and then used my Marvy Leplume  II water colour pens straight to the paper to fill in the butterflies wings and the trailing flowers.

 For the inside panels I have used the accompanying stamps in the set using black Memento ink and the same pens.   Not showing up but the flower centres and the butterfly head have small green quartz gems in the centres.
  The closure tab has more quartz gems on it and the circle stamp is by Wild Rose Studios. The Green surround is die cut using an  Xcuts "Bloom" nesting die.  I have used 3D pads to raise the tab up slightly to give room for the card fold to fit underneath.

The second card is a Pop - Up card. I followed the tutorial here by Jolan giving it my own personal twist on the design elements. The tutorial is spoken in Dutch but the measurements come up on the screen and the visuals are very easy to follow and I had no problems with keeping up.
 Again I have used a paper pad given to me by my Daughter. This time it is Lili Of The Valley Nitwits Collections ' Pastel Dreams'. I have added stamped flowers to the front which I have coloured to match the pretty paper and fussy cut. I thought the design  looked so good with the paper. The stamps I have used are by SU from their Birthday Blossoms Set. I stamped 3 of the large flower out, coloured and fussy cut, layering up and adding a quartz pink gem to the middle . The circles were cut out using my Xcut circles die.
I will let the following pictures show you how the mechanism unfolds.



The butterfly over the top of the sentiment is by Marianne Design from their CS0927 set. I have embossed with WOW's  Sheena Pearl kit embossing powder in red regular but because I am doing it onto white card you get this lovely pink quartz colour and the shimmer is amazing.
I used lots of scraps of white paper for the flowers so I'm speeding over to the playground and nipping in before the gates shut for the night.
Pixie's  Crafty Workshop # 301/302. Use your snippets.



Sunday, October 01, 2017

Make It Round

It is my turn to set the theme for the next Christmas Card Club  challenge and I have chosen
Make It Round so lots of scope to think outside the box for this one.

I had a rootle round in my used christmas card stash and found this card front that had a nice circle design. I first cut the circle out leaving the card front intact. Using blue card stock I made a base card up and carefully adhered the circle to the front of the card. I had some pieces of snowy acetate in my stash so used a bit to adhere to the back of the hole in the card and then used 3d pads to then stick this over the circle already attached. The snowflakes were purchased die cuts which came in a huge packet of assorted shapes, colours and sizes. I used a finger dauber to add some blue colour to some of the white ones and then layered a few together and blinged them up with blue crystal gems and silver glitter glue.


You can just about see the 3D effect.

My next card uses freebie paper from Making Cards Dec 2015 called ' Traditional Christmas' by Hunkydory. I had another rootle around in my stash and found this Circle Swing Base Card and decided to use the paper along with some red card stock to cover all the sides of the card. Bad mistake as it took for ever and a day to to cut and piece it together . It  looks good now its finished but a quick job it wasn't! Do I ever  learn. 


There was one sheet with the large design on it and then another sheet had smaller designs set into circles along with some sentiments.
You can see the card fully extended here and below is the back of the card showing the reverse of the swing circle just to prove I did indeed  cover it all.  I have used some more of the snowflakes but this time I used red ink on the dauber and a pearl in the centre along with the silver glue. 

So this is my take. I wonder what the girls have all come up with.
I'm slowly getting round to  all your blogs so if I haven't been seen for a while I'll be with you soon.


Hugs 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Any shape but square.

It's time for a new challenge over on the Butterfly blog.
#86 Butterflies + A is for Any Shape and/or the colour of Quartz.

So any card shape that is not just a plain square and below is the definition of the colour Quartz.

Quartz colour definition:
 Quartz can be colourless, white, purple, pink, brown, black, also gray, green, orange, yellow , blue and red. Sometimes multi coloured or banded.

I have two cards today to show as my inspiration for you.

Card No 1 using the Joy fold shape and the colour of Blue quartz and Colourless quartz on the butterfly's wings.

 The front showing the folds of the card closed up and tied with a ribbon bow. The papers are all from Lili of the Valley's NitWit collections 'Pastel Dreams' Paper pad.The sentiment has been die cut twice and layered up using a die cut by Presscut from Crafts- Too. The flowers ribbon and hessian butterflies are from my stash. I used 'Splitcoaststampers' excellent tutorial for making the card shape up.

On the inside of the card I added an additional pocket and pull out  tag which can have an extra personal message added for the recipient. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #186 Anything goes.
TuesdayThrowdown #362 More than one fold.
Through The Craftroom Door # Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #134  Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #189 Use a two word sentiment.



Card No 2 uses a Brand new 'Rounded Strip Die Set 'from Tonic Studios and I have loosely taken the picture on the outside of the packet as inspiration for the card shape below. Again I have used Lili of the Valley's Nitwit collection paper pad. This one is called 'Snow Princess'. I have gone with the Quartz colour of Purple and Colourless quartz on the butterfly using  parchment  paper for the top layer and sparkle glue.  The sentiment is a die cut by Cheery Lynn Designs. The ribbon and sequins from my stash.

Hope I have given you some  ideas. The challenge is back to it's normal time frame of two weeks.



As the Tonic die cut is a NBUS I am entering this card into the following challenge:

which of course is run by my dear friend Darnell and ably helped/hindered by Hammy.

NBUS Challenge #12 ~ Day Three 






Sunday, September 24, 2017

I'm Back.

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and blogging. Thankyou to everyone's comments on the loss of my Dad. They have been much appreciated along with all the lovely cards that I received. Fortunately I had painted the flower image on this card way back in August and only had to put the card together for my lovely, lovely friend's birthday (Miss Di) week before last. I know she liked it cos she said so!


The stamped image is a Woodware one called Anemone and is one of my favourite ones to paint. I have used my Marvey LePlumeII pens to scribble the colours onto an acetate stamp block and then pick up the colours one by one with a wet paint brush. I like painting this way as for me I can get better placing and blending and if I go wrong I can use water to pick the colour up which is something you can't do with pens straight to paper. I have also used a gold gel pen for edging the petals and stamens.  A dusting of light blue chalk finished the picture. The sentiment is a Britannia die cut from a snippet of the same backing card. The gold spots which I thought looked like nail heads  were from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 299/300 Use your snippets up. (white card for stamping image).


Thursday, September 14, 2017

In The Shadow.

It's the second week of the Butterfly Challenge but I am extending it for a further 7days as it is Dad's Funeral next week and I am busy with last minute organisation for it. Therefore the challenge will close on Tuesday 26th September instead.

#85 Butterflies + S is for Silhouette and/or the colour Indigo

Here is some more inspiration for you. I don't know why my camera does this but when I took this photo yesterday it made the light box  (I was taking it in )look decidedly pink and the lovely blue insert with the butterfly on came out a washed out white. The photo today has come out ok.

I have used dark indigo cardstock to make the base card and used my Crafts-Too Rectangle dies Stitch hole PCD98 to remove the centre leaving a border all round. The butterfly stamp is by Visible Image  called rather appropriately 'Butterfly Inkcognito' and stamped using black ink onto pale blue cardstock. I then used the same die to cut a matching rectangle around the butterfly to fit back  into the  card front. The sentiment and the dots are black glitter stickers from my stash.


The second card which I took at the same time as the first one that came out wrong is perfect and was taken literally minutes apart . This really is a throw it together card. The blue strips where from the previous card. I had added them to a pile of strips of different colours that were still out on my desk and as I glanced at the pile an idea formed of using them up. The orange ones were on the top of the pile and looked so pleasing  with the blue that I just sat and had a play with arranging them around on a white card blank. The butterflies were cut from the discarded centre of the previous card using a Memory Box die 'Cascadia Butterfly Trio'.  Th sentiment is by Crafter's Companion Diesire and I cut it twice in snippets of the blue and orange card using orange on blue for the Best and blue on orange for the Wishes offsetting slightly to create the shadow.


Thankyou for all your well wishes for Sammy and Norm. As it has already  taken him six yrs to get this far there is no need to rush out and buy a hat just yet and anyway guess who would get roped into making the Wedding Dress!!!  I feel a headache coming on.