Sunday, 29 March 2020

Festive Fold-back

The "Coronavirus Craft Clearout" continues, and this time I've concentrated on my Christmas snippets box.



I cut and scored dark red card to make a fold-back card then decorated it inside and out with snippets of  vintage style festive papers, a doiley, lace and ribbon, plus a sentiment topper. Because there's nowhere to write inside the card, I matted a square of white card with green and added it to the outside back of the card. 

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Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes




Anything goes at CD Sunday Plus

It's time for me to share this fortnight's DT card for CD Sunday Plus, where as usual the theme is Anything goes - as long as you've used something from a CD, USB or download. This is my final DT post for this challenge, as I have decided to step down from design teams for various reasons. Thank you to Carol and the team for all the years of fun and support!


Today I've used a sampler CD of  The Beatrix Potter Collection  from Crafters Companion. This CD was a Create and Craft Club member gift many, many years ago. Jemima Puddleduck is done in 3-d decoupage but I've only used alternate layers of the decoupage as with such a big image, even with very thin layers of adhesive the image can easily make the card front-heavy.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

A day at the zoo

Although attractions like zoos are closed at the moment, there's still a lot going on inside them as the animals all have to still be fed, cleaned and cared for, and for many of them it is breeding season too, so the zoo staff are still working hard. I've been pleased to see how many zoos have set up webcams to enable the public to visit virtually, and was particularly impressed with Chester Zoo who on Friday ran a whole day of video shows which must have been a real help to people trying to educate and entertain children whose schools are closed.


So here's a zoo themed card!

All the backgrounds and papers are from my snippets basket (which is still overflowing although rather less so than it was a couple of weeks ago). The punched leaves and stamped crocodile are from my UFO box, and the punch and stamp set they were originally made with are both Woodware ones. The other stamps were magazine freebies a few years ago. I finished the leaves off with white gel pen and some clear liquid pearls.

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Cardz 4 Galz - Cute Animals

Alphabet Challenge - Zoo Animals 



Friday, 27 March 2020

Another pirate card

A few weeks ago I shared this card, which has now gone to a new home. But this week Mark found out that the son of one of his friends is about to celebrate his 4th birthday and is feeling very sad as the coronavirus lockdown means his party has had to be cancelled and he won't be seeing his friends. He is pirate mad and Mark asked me to make another similar card so he can send it to the little boy.


I used the boy stamps and treasure chest from my Clearly Besotted pirate stamp set plus lots and lots of scraps for the die cut background. I heat embossed the sentiment  in white on black card and cut it into a flag shape at the end to match the flags on the pirate ship. The images were coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.

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Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark 


Fab n Funky - masculine 

Little Red Wagon - Use your leftovers  - I'm pleased to say that everything but the base card came from my scraps basket.

Watercooler Wednesday - All about occasions 

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

March Rudolph Day

Hello again - another two-card day from me today. I don't know how the enforced confinement so many of us are experiencing is affecting your crafting mojo, but mine seems to alternate between being totally absent and being so active I just can't stop. I think you can guess what phase I'm in right now...

Nine months today it will be Christmas Day. Hopefully by then the current crisis will be over and we'll probably all want to give our families the best Christmas EVER to make up for all the birthdays, events and holidays that have been such non-events recently. So, we need to keep on making those Christmas cards!


I made this card using the Paper Boutique "A Christmas Visitor" collection, kraft card and lots of die cut snowflakes and stars.

It's Rudolph Day at Scrappymo's so I'm heading over to join the year-round Christmas party there.

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Fezziwig's Festive Frolics - Anything goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes 

Stay as safe as you can, friends.

Primrose Mandala

I've had this primrose mandala stamp for mote years than I care to remember and it comes out to play every springtime.


Today I have stamped it onto different coloured backgrounds  and fussy cut and layered them then coloured the flower centres. With so much detail in the image, the card needs little more, just a sentiment and some candi.

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Crafty Cardmakers - Spring

Just Us Girls - Yellow, Blue and Green  

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Triple Tag Card


I had ever such a lot of fun making this card! First I used a template to cut three tags from white card (without holes - yet) and placed them side by side on yellow card, leaving a tiny gap between them to allow for folding. I drew lightly around them, then removed the tags, cut out very slightly outside the lines I'd drawn and erased the pencil. I then scored between each tag shape to form my base card.

Now to the tags. I blended honey and yellow inks over them and added Walnut Stain ink sponged around the edges. Then I used a background stamp (a very old, probably 25 years old unmounted one from my stash) to stamp the rambling roses over the tags and heat embossed in white. I  ran the Walnut Stain pad around the edges than stuck each tag to the base card.

Next I folded it and used the Cropadile to punch through all the layers (it does that easily) at once to make sure the holes lined up perfectly. I also used it to add eyelets to the holes.

I die cut three bees from white card and used a post it note to cover the wings while I dabbed brown ink over the bodies. There were some scraps left from the yellow card I'd used for the base,  which I  used to stamp the sentiments, again edging them with Walnut Stain. I arranged the bees and sentiments on the tags until I was happy with where they were, then stuck them in place, leaving the bees' wings free so I could raise them slightly once the adhesive had dried.

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Allsorts Challenge - Anything in the Animal Kingdom