Monday, 22 January 2018

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

They go up tiddly up up
They go down tiddly own down

The main image I have used is from a design sheet printed out from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Birthday Cards CD and the stamped tags are individual images cut from a stamped Crafty Individuals stamp - I can't locate it on their site at the moment but it's a collage of a whole range of vintage transport themed tags - I selected the ones showing aircraft  and kept the rest for another time. The Tim Holtz words and all the papers are from my stash.

I am sharing this with

The Male Room - Vintage
Sweet Stampin - Men's Cards

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Three flowers

You'll probably be mystified when I say that this card was inspired by Di's lovely wreath card in this post  but I used her suggestion of positioning a stamp on the Misti then moving the card, rather than the stamp, to get the sprays of leaves evenly positioned around the card. The difference is that in order to make a spray rather than a circle, I had the stamps pointing outwards rather than roundwards. (Is that a word? It should be!).

The stamps are from a Crafters Companion clear set and I die cut the flowers from teal, mustard and orange snippets using the First Edition Layered Flower die, switching around the lacy and solid layers.

I am sharing this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground - weeks 317/318
Just Us Girls - Teal, Mustard and Orange

Lacy layers

Before I start, just a note to say that instead of the comments box at the bottom of this post, you *should* see the words "Post a comment" and clicking on it will open up a pop up box for your comment. This is to try to get round the issue of having to click scores of times or wait about 45 seconds for a comment to go through, which seems to be affecting most Blogger blogs at the moment. Those with a pop up box appear to be unaffected by it, so I'm giving it a try, fingers crossed that it helps to speed things up for you when you visit. Don't worry about the "I'm not a robot" thingy, just ignore it and your comment will go through anyway!

Now, on to the card.

The white layers are made using a Spellbinders die set. I saved the waste and used some of it for the corners. I love this die set but it's a right pain to get the cut out of the die - I killed my Tool'n'One getting this one out and will be picking bristles out of the carpet for weeks. All the usual tricks for helping to make dies easy to release seem to hit a brick wall when faced with this particular die, which is why you don't see it on here as often as it deserves to be.

The butterfly is an Indigo Blu stamp that was part of a cover gift set on a magazine 2-3 years ago.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge - Butterflies (and where I also picked up the tip about the comments box)
Retro Rubber - White out 


Winter in the Mountains at CD Sundays

It's time for our latest challenge at CD Sundays and Margaret has chosen "Winter in the Mountains".

I've used an image and paper from Joanna Sheen's wonderful triple CD, Vintage Christmas Cards, but by omitting the sentiment I've made a card that isn't specifically Christmassy - I have a lot of winter birthdays in the family and this would be perfect for a winter birthday.
There was plenty left over on the image and paper sheets, so I decorated the inside too.
I used the little gift tag from the image sheet as a tiny "inner card" where the sender can write their chosen greeting.

I am sharing this with
Craft Rocket Challenge - Winter

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Getting Sentimental

Over at Shopping Our Stash this week they want to see the sentiment as the main feature on our cards.

I was, however, in the mood for stamping and colouring some flowers - so I made them into a background.

The flower stamp is a very old one (about 20 years) from Raindrops on Roses, which I stamped randomly in Memento ink over a larger piece of white card then used a stitched square die to cut out the square. Doing it this way round ensured I could stamp over the edges without the "stitchy bits" making the stamp miss bits.

Next I stamped the "Just for you" sentiment from Stampin Up using black Versafine ink and heat embossed with black powder. Then I coloured the flowers with Promarkers, mounted it on the base card and added the second part of the sentiment on a white strip cut into a banner.

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Stag's Head

.. sounds like a pub name, so if you've dropped in expecting to read about a trip to a pub, I'm sorry to disappoint!

I was inspired to make this by the photo inspiration which is this week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More  

You can probably see that I was inspired by the black, white and gold colour scheme, the stags' heads and the spots and stripes.

The background is made using a Uniko stencil that I won before Christmas but hadn't used yet, on black card with Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium. The stag topper is cut with a die I've had for years, part of an X-cut Build-a-Scene set. I positioned it in the centre of the bigger square and it didn't quite look "pulled together". Two stripes of spotty washi tape put that right!

I am also sharing this with

Uniko Studio challenge - Something old, something new 
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes

Another Iris Folded Ballgown

I've had a bit of a break from Iris folding but the kits are almost finished now and I'm determined to use them up as part of my "spring clean".

I kept to purples and pinks for this one and the papers are all embedded with tiny silver sparkly specks rather than full-on glitter,  giving a pearlescent look, an effect I have emphasised by embellishing with pearls around  the waistline and hem. I have finished it with peel offs from the same prehistoric set I used on the reindeer card a few days ago - I have a feeling that could be the next set of old goodies I work on trying to use up.

I an sharing this with
Cardz 4 Galz - Anything but square
Fab n Funky - Girly