Friday, 24 November 2017

Trees - for Daring Cardmakers

 The challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week is Trim the Tree - I decided against a traditional Christmas tree and went for some Birch tree dies.....and as usual, while I was messing around, I ended up making two cards.

This first one is just some simple inking with distress inks and a circle mask within a stitched frame, with the trees in the foreground......



More inking for this one, with some water splatters which looks like snow falling, and this time I added some deer to the mix. Both cards have a subtle scattering of white blizzard glitter here and there for a bit of sparkle. Do pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see how the rest of the design team have interpreted this dare - it fascinates me every week that we all come up with such different takes on the same subject



Now the good news is that I haven't, after all, torn tendons in my shoulder, I just have a lot of swelling and inflammation, which should calm down with an injection into the joint. So no need for surgery that would have taken me out of action for a few weeks. Thanks for all the good wishes. You are such a supportive bunch, and I appreciate you all

So it's Black Friday - yes, although this commercial honeytrap has just recently inched it's way across the Atlantic, and the shopping mania sales here lack the impetus of the frenzy in America, (that used to drag me from my bed at a ridiculous hour to join the crowds looking for those early bird specials),  I am still enough of an idiot bargain hunter, to saunter down to the town today, just for a little look......I just won't be getting up at 4.00 a.m to do so!






Thursday, 16 November 2017

Snowflake Snippets - Spellblogger for Spellbinders



My Spellblogger post for this week uses the delightful and versatile new die set called Snowflake Snippets - I just love this set, it  is versatile and a great way of making 'conveyor belt' Christmas cards that have a real impact as well. My first card (above) is a simple almost one layer card - I masked off the base card and inked the square before sticking the die cut on top. You can find the Dies in the Spellbinder store HERE

Shapeabilities Snowflake Snippets Holiday 2017 Etched Dies

The second card was made by not cutting the die, I just embossed it into the cardstock, then inked the raised impression with Broken China and Peacock Feather distress inks, before adding some Nuvo glitter 






So today I have an MRI scan on a very painful shoulder joint, let's hope they can get me sorted.......preferably without involving scalpels and sutures! Keep your fingers crossed for me

Friday, 10 November 2017

Warm Wishes - for Daring Cardmakers

Today, over on the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog, the theme is Winter Clothing, I decided to use mittens, cut with my Cricut - The warm wishes sentiment doesn't show up that well in the photo, better in real life! Be sure to hop over to DCM to see the inspiration from the rest of the team



My Christmas card box is filling up quite nicely now - how about you? Here's a selection I made using just one sheet of 12 x 12 paper - I used a 'one sheet wonder' pattern, a great way of getting the most out of your papers, with no waste 


Here's the pattern I used with the measurements. Ignore the circled numbers, I had the idea of numbering all the cards, but got hopelessly  sidetracked on that idea!


and here is a peep at some of the designs. Do try this - it's a great way to use up that precious sheet of paper that you have had for ages, but don't want to cut up.....we have all been there, those papers you take out and stroke lovingly before putting them back to bed for another year! 





Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Post It Note Holder - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

I have been making some little Christmas gifts with the lovely Note Holder die set from Spellbinders - perfect for little hostess gifts, or eyecatching additions to your table at a craft fair or fundraiser........





Here are the dies you get in the set - quick and easy to assemble, and those little flowers will be very useful for other projects as well! The completed holder hold a standard post it note perfectly
I changed it up a bit for this one, and made a note holder to place by my house phone. I found some kraft coloured post its, and used the little phone from the Hello Die D-Lites set to embellish it


 I found that my wood slice pen fits perfectly across the holder. Result - I'm always searching for pens!....



I never told you about Pizzagate - when Mike was ill, one of our sons came up to see him. Mikes appetite was poor, which we chatted about.  Ed left to drive home, and shortly afterwards there was a knock on the door, there stood a Dominos pizza guy with a delivery. 'not for me' I said. He showed me the printed label with our address on 'all paid for' he said
Lightbulb moment, our caring son had ordered lunch for us in the hope of tempting his dad's appetite.....how kind. But he had gone a bit overboard, there were two huge pizzas. But we gratefully cut a couple of slices from each, and enjoyed.........
Another ring on the doorbell. A woman asking (no, demanding) the return of her pizza! Apparently she had family for lunch and had ordered these two huge pizzas that we had nibbled at, they sat waiting for their delivery for ages, until she eventually tracked it to our house. She wasn't very pleased, or neighbourly, but what could we do but offer to pay, but she stormed off 
To cap it all my phone pinged with a return to the text I had sent Ed thanking him for his thoughtful gesture. 'Pizza? What pizza. Not from me mum.....' Oops
I can recommend the Hawaiian, meatball supreme not so much 😀😀 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Daring Cardmakers - Elemental Inspiration





Over at Daring Cardmakers this week, the challenge was to use three elements from the inspiration photo shown here. I played a bit safe, and chose the lovely blue background, flowers, foliage and some berries. What would you choose? Do pop over and see what inspired the team, and join in if you can



November has sort of crept up and caught me unawares. How did that happen? Last time I blinked, it was summer time. That means I need to start getting my head around those Christmas presents, but before then, we have Molly's first birthday. Alex has asked for outfits for her, rather than more toys, which even now are threatening to take over their house....so I have the rather lovely task of looking at small pinafore dresses, and stripey tights - I love stripey tights for babies.........in my element!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Cuckoo Clock - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


A simple little card today, I was asked to make a birthday card for a 'special' birthday, and came up with this, using this adorable little cuckoo clock die that was a small die of the month from Spellbinders.......the sentiment is from the Special Birthday Sentiments stamp set which I thought was pretty appropriate. I set the hands of the little clock to 7. 00 p.m and added some wink of stella clear glitter to the heart and bird. The aqua paper and the spotty red paper were cut using the pierced squares die set. The 70 numbers were cut using the Count the Stars set by Debi Adams. Find all the dies and stamps here 


As I was finishing the card, I thought 'I hope the person who is getting this card doesn't think everyone is thinking they are going cuckoo!' ........well, too bad, I was making it as a favour for a friend and being short of time, I would have gone cuckoo if I had to rethink.....as it happens, the person who ordered the card loved it. Crisis averted....

Friday, 27 October 2017

Blended Backgrounds for Daring Cardmakers

This week, the challenge is Blended Backgrounds - right up my street, I love my distress inks! I came up with two cards, and couldn't decide which one to use, so here they both are.......

This first one uses the broad stripe card cover die by MFT, and some cute elephants, also by MFT (bought to make Molly her first birthday card which is coming up in November)


For the second one, I used a wave stencil to layer the colours into a random rainbow effect. The large  HAPPY is a die and stamp I bought at a craft fair in Paris when Kath and I went on our adventure there earlier this year


Be sure to pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see what the design team have come up with this week (a talented bunch, every week I am left shaking my head in awe and thinking 'now why didn't I think of that?......)

Friday, 20 October 2017

City or Country? for Daring Cardmakers



This week on the Daring Cardmakers challenge blog, Miri asks the question City or Country? I think you can tell at a glance which one I favour.........



For this card I pulled out my Cricut to cut the city skyline, then went a bit crazy with the distress inks. I wanted to try and get the yellow sodium light you get in the night sky over a city. I flicked water over the background to make it look like a starry sky - those larger drops make it look as if there are two moons in the sky!

So City or Country. Which are you? For someone who grew up in a small Welsh town, in a manse perched up on a hillside, I have evolved into a city lover. I probably have a mild anxiety attack if I am more than a mile away from M & S, and given the choice of a weekend away, would dream of Florence, Barcelona, Paris...........mind you, the thought of a weekend away in one of those luxurious country house hotels, with roaring log fires, afternoon tea and comfortable beds sounds quite appealing as well (as long as I am not expected to don hiking boots to tramp for miles along a bleak moor). Paradoxically, one of my favourite breaks is in the Lake District, where one of my best friends owns a cottage. I love going there, and appreciate the beauty of the scenery. Maybe the child from that Welsh hillside has not changed so much after all.............

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mistletoe magic - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

When I saw this Mistletoe Card Front die from Spellbinders, I just had to get it - the design is one that can be used year round for pretty cards, not just for Christmas. It's a great size, the border is 5" x 7", the insert is 4.50" x 6.50". This first card is one of the prettiest I made, but is also the one that was impossible to photograph well, a simple inked background (Simon says stamp Sea Glass ink), and a white embossed vellum band


For this next card, I chopped it up a bit, and just cut elements of the design, cut out of green glitter paper. The 'berries' are clear Nuvo drops, which took on the colour of the card. The sentiment is from the Ho Ho Ho sentiment set



and another one, made with the same die cut, but this time, the berries are white enamel accents


Then I found some gold glitter card, and put that onto a white card base, adding some copper liquid pearl berries.......



This next one was an experiment, but I rather like it, I stuck the die cut onto a white card, then inked over the whole thing with distress inks. The berries this time are Platinum liquid pearls......I thought this would make a nice birthday card for someone....



and my last experiment was to ink the die cut with Autumn colours before putting it onto a kraft card base. This time I added some sequins for a bit of sparkle. Which card do you like best?


I'll be back tomorrow with my Daring Cardmaker card - these weeks seem to be whizzing by, and the mornings are a bit dark and dreary these days as well. Time to get a couple of good books and snuggle down on the couch I think

Monday, 16 October 2017

and the winner is................

One last shout out for the delightful Braided Grace Square I have been showcasing for the past week - I found some left over die cuts on my desk and made this Christmas card in about five minutes! The box is filling up nicely..... the holly was cut from the  Jolly Holly die set from Spellbinders...



On to the winner - drawn randomly using a random list generator

SANDRA H

Congratulations Sandra. Email me with your address, and your dies will be on their way.

Thanks to everyone who took part, if you are disappointed, but fired up with enthusiasm for the die, you can find the Braided Grace Square HERE

Milo dived into my craft den as soon as he arrived, and emerged with these Christmas cards he had made for his friends - a pop up sweater card. Now this little eight year old came up with the idea, hand drew the sweater, cut it out, invented the pop up idea with no input from me at all. I think that's remarkably creative for a little guy, do you? The only input I had was to suggest a punched snowflake for the front of the sweater. Well done Milo, proud of you


Friday, 13 October 2017

Spellblogger Giveaway - day five

 My last day for ideas using this gorgeous die set, Braided Grace Square by Becca Feeken which you can win by leaving your name HERE

Today, I took the braided lace die, but instead of using the outline die to cut it out, I trimmed the surrounding card into a square, and mounted it onto a kraft card base - surprising how different it looks doing it this way!


I added some acorns and leaves cut with the Woodland Acorns Die set - look at the detail on those little leaves. This set is on clearance, so hurry over there........ I cut in white, the leaves were coloured with disress inks, and the acorns with ProMarkers and given a coat of glossy accents


The sentiment from the Special Birthday Sentiments stamp set just about fitted onto the little shape, stamped in momento cocoa ink

  




and a reminder of what the die set looks like


I hope you've enjoyed all the ideas this week, I will be drawing a random winner tomorrow, so be sure to pop by and see if it's you... x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Spellblogger Giveaway - day four

Day four of my giveaway for this lovely set. If you haven't done so, go HERE to leave your name to be in with a chance of winning this lovely set, the Braided Lace Square by Becca Feeken
I rather like pink and black together and I think it works well on this card......

  
For this card, I cut the braided shape without the frame directly into the centre of a pink base card. The black shapes were cut from fun foam


I added a pink panel onto the black foam, offsetting it by a tiny bit, so you just get a hint of the black as a shadow. This was added to the base card, the foam gave it dimension


 I added a strip of black net behind the bow, and added a pearl button in the centre of the bow, it made a flamboyant focal point to the card. The sentiment is from the Special Birthday Sentiments stamp set (gorgeous fonts and words on this set, I use it a lot...)



and this next photo shows how delicate and lacy the see through panel looks on the completed card - you could add a different contrast colour to the back panel of the card, I tried that, but it detracted from the lacy effect, so I left it as shown........


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Spellblogger giveaway - day three

 Continuing with my cards made with the Becca Feeken Braided Lace Square dies - not one, but two ideas for you today. Both Christmas cards (I am trying to get ahead this year, after the last minute frenzy of last year). Go HERE to enter the giveaway

In both instances, I made a shaped card. Easy to do if you shift the cutting edge of the die up by a fraction when passing through your machine, those top edges stay uncut and hold the card together. For this navy card, the card base was cut in navy, then a white layer added. A glittered snowflake from the gorgeous Create a Flake six die set, topped with a word from the Ho Ho Ho Die D-lites set


A different look for this next one - I didn't use a solid background, but cut the card into a lacy frame. More snowflakes from the above set, but this time, instead of glitter, I pressed them into a Versamark pad, and covered them with WOW platinum embossing powder - I love the fact that the embossing detail on the snowflakes is  so detailed, that it shows even when coated with three layers of embossing powder! The JOY word is also from the HoHoHo set..... 


This shot shows how the back of the card is lacy as well as the front, a really delicate and pretty effect.......


Here's the set one of you will win......



Back to the crafty desk now, to make another card to show you tomorrow......
To enter the giveaway to win this set, go HERE to leave your name. Good luck

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

More Braided Grace - and don't forget the giveaway

Here is my second card made with the Becca Feekan die shown yesterday. To enter your name for the giveaway of this die, go HERE to make a comment

I went for Christmas today........



This one is quite simple - just the gorgeous  shapes cut in white, but they really pop against the red base card. I used the word JOY from the Die D-Lites set Ho Ho Ho and the flower (which looks a bit like a poinsettia) was cut with a flower from the Month 7 Die of the Month Club. Did you know that Spellbinders have monthly clubs? You can choose between a monthly card kit packed with all sorts of goodies, the large die of the month club, etc.

Here's a reminder of the die I am using this week, and giving away to one of you. Click on the link at the top of this post to leave your name for the giveaway



I'll be back tomorrow with my next card, see you then x