Saturday, October 31, 2015

Left on the ShELF! Blog Candy.

This post will stay at the top of the page
until 31st October. 
Candy winners will be announced on 1st November
when I will randomly draw 2 Winners
to receive 1 each.

So what's the Candy on offer?

These  rather  naughty/pesky /delightful Elf's
that have been left on the ShELF.

Actually I did make more than was on order hoping 
I would have some over for candy.
Here they are on the naughty/ good step.

Just a few rules.
1.         Please be a genuine  follower of this blog.
New followers are welcome.
              Remember Elve's are not just for Christmas!

         2.   Please add  the Candy picture on my sidebar on your 
own blog sidebar.

3.      Add your name to Mr Linky below.

I will post World Wide.
Hence cut off date as they need to be
in your homes in time to cause mayhem for the Chrismas countdown
which starts 1st Dec.

Elf and Safety notice.
Due to small parts being chewable
please do not give to children under 36 months

Friday, October 30, 2015

Butterfly Wreath.

Rudolph Day once more.
As I still had the wreath fronts
out from my last Christmas card make
I decided to go for a less CAS style .
On closer inspection of the recycled 
card front I realised that the wreath was 
made up of Butterflies  and that I just happened 
to have some matching butterfly gold stickers.

I used my Sizzix  scallop circles to cut a circle round the wreath
which I then inserted into a larger white scallop circle that had been
left over from another project.
Layered up using blue and then  gold pearlised card onto a cream blank card.

The inside was given the same treatment and 
these butterfly strips were from the same gold sticker  sheet.
Hurrying over to Scrappy Mo's  as Iv'e  left it a tad late.

Speaking of which you have a day left to grab yourself
a disobedient / delightful Elf in my Candy Post above.
Entries close 31st October at Midnight  GMT. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

More Numbers.

It's the 2nd week of
my Butterfly Challenge
and the theme is

Here is some more inpsiration for you.

I have made this card using  embossing folders
by Sizzix called Textured Impressions 657671
Sewing and measuring  tape set.
Base is  a scalloped card blank.
The pretty paper was a magazine freebie
and came from a pack called Simply British.
I embossed a piece of blue pearescent card
and a pink pastel card and then layered them onto
contrasting coloured card stock.
Sentiments were cut from a ribbon in my stash.
The oddment of cream lace and the cream ribbon
were oddments lying  on my desk. 
Pearls from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Ooh-la-la Creations #192  Embossing.
Craft your Passion #285 Anything goes.
Tuesday Taggers # Lots of layers.
The ABC Challenge #T is for 2 of something (2 embossing folders, 2 ribbons).
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #200 Use up your snippets.
Creative Artiste #7 Lace and Pearls

Next up is a clock
I suddenly remembered I had this clock face in my stash
and had a light bulb moment
Clock = Numbers.

I forgot to take a before photo of the clock
but here is a link to where I bought it from.
Unfortunately they are out of stock but you can see
the bare base that I started with.

I  covered both the rim which is a seperate piece
and the clock base with a sheet of Decoupage rice paper
(which was covered with small butterflies) 
torn into small pieces and glued using PVA paste.
When it had dried I wasn't happy with clock face.
It looked too fussy and the numbers would not have shown
up very well so I painted over with a tester pot
of paint called Natural Hessian. 
I was happy with the rim so it just had a watered down 
coat of the same paint to give it  a worn look.
Luckily I had another sheet of rice paper with the butterflies 
in a slightly larger format so I fussy cut 3 of them out
and glued to the face when the paint had dried.
Again I coated them with the watered down paint.
The numbers are  pearlised sticky foam which
came from a set of numbers and alphabet in assorted colours.
The kit came with instructions on how to assemble
and all it needed was a 1.5 v battery.
It has now been happily ticking away on my desk
for the last 2 hours and miracle of miracles
is keeping perfect time. 
How the heck did I manage that!!
Entering into the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Altered Electics #  Anything goes.
That Craft Place # Anything goes mixed media.
The Mirror Crack'd #14 Wall hangings  (clock comes with wall attachment) + tic tac toe
Line used =  time/wall hangings/textures.

Hope I have inspired you to think outside of the box
and come up with some number projects.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Flowers and Bows

is being sponsored this week by


We would love to see you over there.
As always the theme is Anything goes

My 1st card uses  Deedee's image 
'Fluttering  By'
I have chosen to work with the pre-coloured  image.
The set also includes outline images and 5 sentiments.

I have made a Joy Fold Card.
Kept closed with a ribbon bow.

Base is made from pink cardstock
which  I have layered up with a D.P.
called  'Wonderful Watercolours
free from Making Cards May 2015 issue.
Edging is Silver peel offs.
Ribbon from my stash.
Inside of the card opened up 
to reveal the image in reverse 
and a pocket containing 
a tag for signing using a 
snippet of ribbon from my stash.

The bottom section of the card which opens up
with the sentiment.

Entering into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly # all about the base. different shapes.
Digi Stamps 4 Joy   #117 Anything goes/beginning with B.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #200 Use your snippets. (bit of ribbon lying on desk)
Cutie Pie Challenge #92 Pretty in pink.
Lets Craft and Create #106 Ribbon or twine.
Live and love Crafts #40 Pink again.

My 2nd card uses Delicious Doodles image
'Spring Corner'
made using Tent Fold shape.
I have coloured the image with copic markers
a gold gel pen  and chalks. 

Card base made from Yellow card stock.
Layered with a D.P. by Fancypants Designs 
Another magazine freebie.
Sentiment is a gold peel off
and ribbon bow is recycled from a garment.
Side view showing the Tent fold.

The back of the card.
Fancy corners were made with  a Fiskars Punch.

Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #3 Anything goes.
Crafty Gals Corner #42 Ribbon and/or flourishes.
Brown Sugar #169 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #96 Anything goes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

18th Birthday card.

A new challenge awaits you 
over at my Butterfly Challenge

 I would like to see a number or numbers on your project.
The number could be to celebrate a Birthday (age) or an Anniversary for example.
You can interpret any way you wish and add any embellishments + your butterfly of course.

Here is my inspiration card .
I'm back on my love/hate relationship with acetate.
I have found a way to attach the acetate to the card
without resorting to using brads or having sticky tape on show.
Whilst it is a bit fiddly it does give a stunning result.

The card is made up of 3 layers.
The base  which wraps to the front,
the middle section and the acetate front.
Here the card is slightly open showing the acetate front which 
has a framework of flowers and butterflies.
Made by Papermania and is an embossed sticker. 

Background paper of peach and lavender exactly
matched the framework. 
It was in my stash and had no name to go with it.
Number is a foil based 3d  cut out I bought on line
but no product name on the packet. 
Purple card and ribbon for the base from my stash.

Hope you will stop and play along . 
Challenge runs for 2weeks.

Entering into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #3 Anything goes
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #8 Anything goes.
Lets Craft and Create Challenge #106 Ribbon or twine.
Alphabet Challenge # R is for ribbon.
Crafty Catz #297 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrapshack#110 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends#20 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion. #284 Anything goes.
Creative Card Crew #98 Ribbon..
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Create and Inspire #32 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #56 Anything  goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #250 Anything goes.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CAS Wreath

Get your chance of an  Elf here
 Candy is still running in the post above.
Ends 31st October.

Fortnight is up again  and it's time
for the Christmas club Girls
to show our latest cards.
The theme was set by Karen and is
CAS Wreath.

I had a quick look through my old stash
of used card fronts and actually found
6 Wreaths but this was the most CAS one.
This is how it started out .

I decided to make a Gate fold card and this is the outside
kept closed with a belly band.
I used Anita's gold stickers  Merry Christmas 
to decorate. you will see why inside.
A snippet of  dotty ribbon that was still on my desk
was just enough to go round the band.

I used cherry red card stock for the base of the card
and layered up with Gold mirror card and green card.

Card opening up.

Card fully opened.
I frugally  trimmed the card down into three sections
and even had a small piece over to decorate the band with.

Entering into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. challenge #333 Christmas
Crafty Time Challenges #6 Shaped cards.
Crafting Musketeers #30 Christmas with a ribbon (on band).
Scribbles Designs #34 Fancy folds or shaped cards.
A Snow Flakes Promise # Christmas/winter theme.
Winter Wonderland # Christmas with a ribbon. (on band).
The Glory of Christmas #70 More than one fold.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #199 Use up your snippets. (card front and ribbon).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sweet as Roses

The challenge this week at
is sponsored by

We would love to see you over there.
As always the theme is Anything goes.

I have chosen to use 
1920's Winter Abby image for my card.
Another Gate Fold but vertical this time.
I never tire of making this card shape
as they always come out looking completely different. 

Here is the card fully closed.
I have used roses and feathers from my stash
to decorate the front of the card.
Ribbon was also from stash.
Lacy design paper is Summer Ladies
by Nancy Watt a magazine freebie.

Card opened.
I have used promarkers for the image along with a silver gel pen.
The design paper on the pink card is by Funky Hand
called Hearts and Flowers a digi purchase from yr's ago.
The other paper is from my stash with unfortunately  no name .
Sentiment was created in word and printed out.
Here is a close up showing the lovely shimmer that the silver pen gives.
I especially like it on her fur ruffs.
Entering into the following challenges: 
2 Creative Chicks #3 Anything goes.
Card Mania #73 1 digi, 2 design papers, 3 embellishments (roses/feathers/ribbon)
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafty Time #6 Shaped cards.
Creative Ladybirds #8 Anything goes.
Lets Craft and Create #106 Ribbon or twine.
Crafting  With Friends #8 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19 Anything goes

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Embossed Butterflies.

Here is my inspiration post
for my Butterfly challenge

You can use either wet or dry .

I have chosen dry embossing on mine
using  Embossing Folders.
I have used an EF by  Papercraft Essentials
for the background
and Sizzix Butterfly Migration set
for the sentiment.
My blogging buddy Zoe has a good tip
for adding colour to your embossing  
by using a brayer.
 Just ink up your brayer with your chosen colour
and apply to one side of the embossing folder
before placing your card inside then run through 
your die cutting machine as normal.
The result is a lovely two tone effect.
I have used SU Pool Party.
I kept the sentiment white and raised up using 3d pads.

On this one  I have used a pink card base
and run through an EF from Crafts-Too you
called 'Butterfly Frame.
The Butterfly is by Dufex decoupage toppers
and raised up using 3d pads.
The sentiment is a  black plastic sticky.

My camera is playing tricks again on this last card
as the bow is showing up a different colour than IRL.
This time I have used an EF by Sizzix  656982
Butterfly Migration Set.
I used the brayer technique with Adirondack 
'Mountain Rose' on a plain blue panel.
After removing from the EF I gave the panel another 
coating with the Brayer re inked up and this has given it
a three tone effect.
The sentiment is from the same EF set and I just used
the blue card this time.
Backing design paper and the ribbon from my stash.

Hope I have given you some ideas for dry Embossing.
The Folders don't have to be butterflies of course.
They can be any design as long as you include a 
butterfly somewhere on your project. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Knot on Wood!

Here are some knots to give you  inspiration
for my #39 Butterflies + K is for Knots.
You still have a few days left to enter.

In this 1st card the knots are in the Wood Panel!
The stamp is by Clear  Impressions
and came free in a  Get Stamping Magazine.
I stamped twice to get a double panel
and coloured using a brown promarker .
Butterflies are 'Duplex' Decoupage toppers.
I matched the backing cards to the colours in them
and layered up.
The sentiment came in the same stamp set. 
Entering into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy #149 Autumn Colours.
Scrap and Craft #14 Colours of Autumn.
Creative Moments #78 Anything goes/Autumn colours.
All Sorts Challenge #331 Nature.
Mod Squad Challenge # Anything With Wings.

My 2nd card uses sheer ribon to creat a knot.

Card Base is a blank card aperture
made by Crafts House.
I used sheer ribbon cut in lengths and attached behind
the butterfly to fill. 
The ribbon has a lovely pink and blue shimmer to it  IRL.
I then backed with a sheet of plain blue card stock
which I used again to die cut the eyelet panel .
Spellbinders A2 Floral Ribbon Threader.
Threaded two small pieces of the ribbon through
from each end and made a knot in the centre.
I added  white stickles to the 2 embossed butterflies.
A close up showing the shimmer of the ribbon.
Entering into the following  challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner #39 Things with wings.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #19 Anything goes.
3 Girl Jam # Anything goes with ribbon.

Last card  also uses a ready made card blank.
I have used a  Decoupage sheet by Tbz-Kaart .
You can't see very well but the two butterflies 
are cut out again and adhered to the main image
using sticky pads. 
The inset  pattern on the card had a slotted ribbon along
  the bottom which  Iv'e simply adhered a knotted  length
of green raffia over the top of.

(Actually it wasn't simple as it took me ages to space
and  get the knots in all the right places.!) 
Here is a close up of them.
Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #53 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #247 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #197 Use up your snippets (Raffia )
2 Creative Chicks #3 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #8 Anything goes.

Sunday, October 04, 2015


Time has sped past I'm sure it has doubled in speed.
It is 2 weeks since the last Christmas Club
show and tell.
Sylvie has chosen Robins for her theme.
Another rummage in my used Christmas card pile
turned up two quite different styles so used them both.

1st one is Traditional Robin on Holly.
Orignally the image was an oblong card
but I cut the bottom off and used it as design paper.
Base is a red card which I trimmed down 
and then used the offcut on the front of the card.
I picked out some cardstock to match the 
berry leaves  on the part I had cut off
and then just layered up.
The sentiment was already printed on the card.
Entering into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #6 Must have a Christmas/winter theme.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door#  Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #141 Christmas projects + sentiment.
Fab and Funky #275 Christmas.

2nd  image is a whimsical one which is a really
old card from when one of the kids was small
and sent  from a class mate.
The shape just lent itself to being an easel card.
I trimmed the card front down and as it was
creamy in colour used a cream base card for the easel.
I found this freebie robbin paper in my stash too
and teamed it with cherry red card stock.

I added white, red and green stickles  to the image
and cut the greetings word from red glitter paper.
I found by using a piece of wax paper with  the die
I had no problems with the glitter sticking in the
intricate wording of the die.

Side view of the easel. I had a small piece of the 
robin paper over which was just enough top make
the stopper for the easel to be kept open.
I used foam pads to raise up slightly.

Inside of the easel.
 I thought this was such a pretty paper
and cut it very economically to show the design off
at its best. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.
Crafty Time Challenges #6 Shaped cards.
Create and Inspire #30 Anything goes.
Creative Inspirations #329 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #114 Easel Cards.
Jo's Scrap Shack #108 Anything goes.