Monday, 13 July 2020

Those magnificent men in their flying machines

Along with many of my friends who belong to the same club, I've spent the last week tussling with a cryptic quiz on the theme of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and it seems to have crept over into my crafting!

I took a large 8" x 8" card and cut the front along the diagonal. Then, using papers and toppers from the Hunkydory "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" set, I covered the inside of the card with sky paper and the outside with collage paper. Then I arranged toppers along the diagonal and finished with a peel-off sentiment. 

I am sharing this with Fab 'n' Funky - For a man or boy 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Butterfly two ways

This month's Twofer Card Challenge theme is Butterflies - one of my favourite themes, almost up there with dragonflies!

I chose this butterfly stamp which was part of a magazine freebie set several years ago.

I am sharing the pair at Twofers 

and also at Allsorts where the theme is something beginning with B. Between the two I've got butterflies, birthdays and blue - lots of Bs!

Now a closer look at the individual cards.

I went pretty old-school on this  - matting and layering over a stamped background. I was going to use my Misti to line up the rows of stamping but it looked a bit odd with the sentiments lined up one above the other, so I stamped it by hand to make it easier to offset them. 

For the topper, I stamped a bark-effect stamp  over the square in light green, then inked the surface of my smallest square acrylic block with dark pink and pressed it over the  background, then finally stamped the butterfly in a darker green, added dark pink and green matting and finally ran the dark green inkpad around the edge of the card.

I am sharing this with Watercooler Wednesday - all about occasions

I often use butterflies on sympathy cards, so I decided my twofer should be a syampathy card. I went for a very CAS one layer card.

I simply masked the card to leave a band just narrower than the flower silhouette (from the same stamp set as the butterfly)  and used a brayer to lightly apply the ink from a Kaleidacolor pad.  Then I removed the masking and used Versafine ink for all the stamping. Job done! It only took a few minutes, something I think can be important with sympathy cards as unfortunately there are times when we need them at very short notice.

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Friday, 10 July 2020

The girl in the window

Usually when I make an NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff, (c) Darnell)  card I use very old NBUS, but  over the last few days I've acquired some  lovely new toys to play with so today I'm using NEW NBUS.

The NBUS items are the Santoro Gorjuss girl stamp, part of a beautiful bundle of goodies I won on the docrafts Facebook page, and the pretty leaf stencil which I bought this week. 

I made a square card from single sided orange pearlescent card, and cut a slightly smaller piece of green for the topper. 

Next I stamped the girl on a scrap of white card, coloured her with Promarkers and chose a rectangular nesting die to cut her out. Look, look.... I coloured HAIR!!!! Go me! 

I measured the centre of the green card and used the next size up of die to cut a rectangle from it. Then I positioned the green card over the card front and positioned the die I'd cut the girl with inside it, equally framed all round,  removed the green and cut the aperture. 

I stuck the image onto the green "waste" die cut, then put adhesive on the back of the panel, lined it up exactly behind the aperture on the orange card and closed the card. This made sure the image was correctly aligned with the window. 

Now moving on to the green square, I taped the stencil over it, making use to leave an even border all the way round, and sponged Versamark ink through the stencil. Then I removed the stencil and brushed Blonde Moments Pearl Pigment Powder (do they still make that? It goes a long way, I must have had mine for about 10 years and I still have most of the pot) in gold over the leaves. I finished by buffing with a tissue to remove the excess powder  then stuck the green card to the front of the orange to form a wide border around the aperture. 

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Passion for Promarkers - Use Orange 

NBUS - Challenge 16

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Sunflower Twist Card

Happy birthday Emma! Today is my daughter's birthday and it's become something of a family tradition that I send her a sunflower themed card every year. After all, her birthday is at the height of sunflower season - we have some beautiful ones in the garden right now.

This year I decided to use  the twist card technique which I described in detail on my recent snowflake card. The sunflowers and leaves are stamped using a Creative Stamping from a year or so back and I've coloured them with pencils.

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Crafty Calendar Challenge - add ribbon 

A Place to Start - Flowers 

The Flower Challenge - Summer/Winter 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Feline Festive!

And while I had my Christmas stash scattered all over the table, I really had to make a second card. Once I'd remembered my pack of Santa Hat brads I simply had no choice.

The background is made  using a stars and stripes embossing folder on satin finished metallic card. The cat is stamped using a very, VERY old unmounted stamp that I got in a grab bag over 20 years ago. (I have no idea now where that bag came from, I ordered from a small ad in the back of Crafts Beautiful, but many of the stamps from it are among my all time favourites and are still in regular use). I thought it was the purr-fect size for the Santa hat brad!

Finished with a stamped sentiment, some die cut snowflakes and lots of bling  to brighten up this gloomy day.

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Christmas Kickstart  - Hatty Christmas 

Show us your pussycats - Furrything goes 

Make my Monday - Stars and or stripes  

Jingle Belles - Stars and or stripes 

A winter walk

Today the weather is cold and wet - perfect Christmas card making weather!

I dug out a Hunkydory collection from a couple of years ago and used elements from it to make this card,  using the sketch from 52 CCT.

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown - sketch 

Shopping Our Stash - Hannukah/Christmas in July 

Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Cool it! 

Fezziwig's Festive frolics - Anything festive

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

An accordion card

I'm back with my second offering for the Butterfly challenge and this time I've included the accordion fold.

I used  the "A4 accordion" groove on the scoring board to fold my card into 4 equal panels then decorated the front and the inside panels with these papers which were a recent magazine freebie -  lots of lovely butterflies and bugs and the perfect colours for the challenge! I finished the front with an ancient and much-used Polkadoodles circular sentiment stamp. 

It's just dawned on me that each panel of this card is the perfect size for a bookmark - wouldn't it be nice to use the perforating wheel on a paper trimmer to score the lines so the recipient could use at least one panel of the card as a bookmark? I might give that idea a try. 

I am, of course, sharing this with the Butterfly Challenge where I'm claiming all elements - the fold, the two patterned papers and all three colours. 

Monday, 6 July 2020

Back to the beaches!

From the horror stories we are seeing in the media, Brits are flocking back to the beaches in droves, and some of them are leaving  disgusting piles of litter behind them. But for one group of inhabitants, that is GOOD news - the seagulls! I've been noticing far more seagulls coming inland this year, probably because the scavenging opportunities along our seashores were so very much reduced because of the lack of tourists, and now they're back patrolling the seafronts looking to "help" people eat their chip shop lunches and ice creams.

First I masked off a band along the bottom of the topper for the sentiment to  go on, then used a Woodware stamp set for everything on this except the beach huts - the one in the Woodware set was a bit big for what I wanted  so I picked out this row of huts from a magazine freebie set. I stamped and masked  the gull before adding the huts and wooden post. I coloured everything with promarkers - I couldn't find a shade in my collection that was exactly right for the sand I wanted, so I coloured it with Vanilla first, then dotted it all over with tiny streaks of Sandstone, then blended another layer of Vanilla over in a circular movement until all of the Sandstone was blended in. I stamped the Marram grass over the top once all the ink was dry.

Then I removed the masking and stamped the sentiment - AND SMUDGED IT! But I rescued the card by stamping the sentiment again on a  scrap of card and matting it to match the main matting, and covering the smudged stamping with it.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts challenge -Summertime

Little Red Wagon - Summertime Fun   

Sweet Stampin - Holidays 

Stamping Sensations - All creatures great and small 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - anything goes with a creature 

Passion for Promarkers - Make us smile 

Sunday, 5 July 2020

The indoor gardener

I have a confession to make. With Mark being such an expert gardener you might have expected some of his skill and passion to rub off on me,  but I have totally "brown fingers" in that every plant I touch dies. I can no more tend a plant than he can wield an embossing folder, and back in our Army days when we lived in flats and all our plants were house plants, he used to arrange  for a neighbour to come in and water the house plants when he was away on exercise, even though i was still at home!!!

So, when I won a CraftsUPrint voucher in a recent Butterfly Challenge, I just HAD to choose this download - and just to make it an appropriate way to use my prize, I was pleased to see it included some butterflies to embellish the design.

The download had all the elements for several layers of decoupage for a large  8" square card plus enough to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope. And I love the contrast between the delicate, pretty background and the bold, snarky image and sentiment. As well as identifying with the sentiment, I reckon Stella (or the Stella look alike) has the same lockdown curly hair problems as me - I, too, have developed a tendency to look in the mirror and see Shock Headed Peter  looking back at me. Not sure I feel confident enough to visit the hairdresser yet, I'm going to wait a few weeks and see what effect the easing of lockdown has on the number of cases of Covid in our area.

I am sharing this with

The Butterfly Challenge where as luck would have it, aquamarine is one of the current colours to choose from, so I'm claiming just the one element plus butterflies.

CD Sunday Plus  -Anything goes using a CD, USB or download

And a second visit to The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - W is for Water

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Time to sparkle!

Happy Saturday! Are all my English friends dashing off to the hairdresser or pub today? We're celebrating another aspect of the easing of lockdown that's not been talked about as much but probably means more to a lot of us, the ability for two families to meet indoors again, and going to visit our daughter and her family.

For today's card I have applied Cosmic Shimmer  Ultra Sparkle Paste through a mandala stencil (a magazine freebie from a few years ago) with pink on the outside and purple towards the middle. I've finished it off with a sentiment,  done my current favourite way, heat embossed in white on black. 

And because it's a gloomy morning and all that crazy schparkle doesn't show up well in the photo, here's a closer look: 

I am sharing this with: 

Alphabet Challenge - G is for Glitter and Gems 

Make My Monday - use stencils   

Watercooler Wednesday - Anything goes, feminine  

Friday, 3 July 2020

London Bus

The iconic red Routemaster bus is well known all over the world as a London bus, even though they've long ago been replaced with safer, more environmentally friendly models. But it's still what I half expect to see whenever I go into London.

For this card I have used the London stamp from the Tim Holtz "Cityscapes" set which I have had for about 5 years, stamped and heat embossed in dark blue on red card. I've added a background of striped paper from my snippets box and some Union Jack ribbon. The bus is cut with a die from the X-cut London build-a-scene set and the vintage tickets stamped with a very old (10 years?) Studio G mini set which has a range of sentiments to add to the lower space - I chose "Senior Discount".

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Cardz 4 Guyz - red, white and blue 

Retro Rubber - Anything goes 
RRCB 138

The Male Room - use die cuts 

Craft Rocket Challenge - For the men/boys 

A bit more time to craft extra  - anything goes

Monday, 29 June 2020

Tropical sunset

Oh to be enjoying a cocktail while watching a tropical sunset right now! A pleasure I don't suppose any of us will enjoy this year (unless we happen to live in the tropics) thanks to this pandemic. But we can still daydream.

I made the main background by repeat stamping the sea shell over a square of blue card, using Versamark ink and leaving it to cure for an hour or so to let the watermark effect develop. The amount it develops varies according to the card you are using - on this one it gives a subtle watery effect that doesn't divert attention from the main image.

For the image panel, made a background using  a fingertip dauber to cover a piece of card with narrow bands of Distress Ink, blending them well where they met. Then I stamped and heat embossed the palm tree scene over it in black. The stamp is an UM that I've had for 20-25 years, I think it was created by Trish Bayley.

I don't have a stamp of the sentiment so I created it in Word and cut it out using scalloped scissors "back to front" to give a wave effect.

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Sweet Stampin' - Create your own background 

Crafty Cardmakers - Create your own background 

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - W for Water 

Just Us Girls - photo challenge

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Little Grey Rabbit

The papers I've used for this card come from one of the very first packs of patterned paper I got, years ago, the Craft Asylum "Candy" range. I got a 12" and 6" pad and apart from one uncut large sheet and two small ones,  there's nothing left of it but snippets. In fact every time I get it out to use, I think it will be its final outing before there's nothing left, but it keeps on surprising me. This card is all made from snippets and there are still at least as many left.

The colours are very much "ice cream" colours so I teamed it with a stamp from the House Mouse "Happy Hoppers"  range which I coloured with Promarkers. I die cut it with a stitched oval die and then took the sky and grass colours just to the "stitching" line. I can see now, looking at the photo, that I didn't get the horizon straight. So they're sitting on a gentle hill, right? 

I found the sketch that I used by searching Pinterest for "free card sketches". It appears to have originally come from where there are 10 great sketches to choose from. 

I am sharing this with 

Allsorts Challenge - So Cute

Inkspirational - Sketch   

Passion for Promarkers - Use a Die  

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 381 

Shopping Our Stash - You're So Sweet  

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Snowflake Twist Card

I do love a card with a bit of engineering involved!

and when opened out... 

It's very easy to make too! Well, as long as you have a scoring board and hole punch to make life easier. Any stamps you can use to create an all over design will work - I've used leaves and flowers in the past. 

For the main panel, cut a 27cm x 9cm piece of white card (if you prefer to work in inches, just remember to make the length three times the width, and scale up your matting layers to match). For the matting, cut 10cm and 11cm squares of card to match the inks you plan to use. It tends to look best with the lighter colour on the outside, so make that  the larger square. 

Do your stamping and any colouring you wish all over the main panel. It's best to avoid heat embossing as it can crack when you fold the card. I used a very old Hero Arts stamp  for the large snowflake and a stamp from a Poundland set for the smaller one. 

Now score and crease your card into three equal sections, so this one was scored at 9cm and 18cm. Next, score the two end panels diagonally from corner to corner making sure that the scores at each end run parallel to each other.  Fold the side panels inwards then fold back along the diagonal score to get your card shape.  Now mark a place to punch your holes,  along the centre of and slightly in from each diagonal fold and, with the panels still folded back, punch a hole for your ribbon. 

Stick the folded card to the two layers and then thread ribbon through the holes to tie the card closed. 

I am sharing this with 

Rudolph Day sat Scrappymo's - sorry to be so late to the party  this month but it's been too hot for crafting for a few days! 

Fab'n'Funky - Christmas  

Jingle Belles - Get in shape  

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - ATG/Snowflakes 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Dancing daisies

I've been feeling totally lacking in inspiration this week, so I dug out an old book that always gets my creative juices flowing- "Simply Beautiful Rubber Stamping" by Kathie Seaverns, and this card is an almost exact CASE of one of the projects in it.

I started with a whole sheet of A4 card and stamped Daisy from Just For Fun (I've had this stamp for about 20 years so I don't know whether it's still available) in a roughly diagonal line from near the top right to near the bottom left,  Then filled in the space below the line with more stampings of the daisy. 

Next I cut out along the top of the line of flowers, not too close to the petals, and turned the card over to stamp along the line again. Because neither the flower nor the arrangement is symmetrical, it isn't possible to line the flowers up exactly with the cut lines,  so I kept them a bit further from the edge than on the front. I didn't cover the back of the card, to give the sender somewhere to write. 

I coloured all the flowers with watercolour markers - alcohol ones would be no use as the colour can show through -  then used a scoring board to make it into a tri-fold card. Finally I heat embossed a dainty sentiment in white on back card and added it to the front section of the card. 

I am sharing this with 

Alphabet Challenge - Flora or Fauna  

Stamping Sensations - Make it Colourful  

A Place to Start - shaped card  

Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions  

Monday, 22 June 2020

Steampunk Rose

Today's card was made using the beautiful CD "Steampunk Beauty"  from Magik Graphics. I've tried using this CD in the past and everything has printed out dark and dull so all the beautiful detail was lost, so I stuck it aside in a box and forgot about it.

But when I saw that the current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz was Female Steampunk, I knew it would be perfect for the challenge, and I remembered that Carol from CD Sunday Plus had recommended  some specialist printer paper from a local supplier which I've been using regularly  on her advice, so I tried my long-neglected CD with it and what a difference it made!

The  watch images are part of the background paper,  but were also part of a sheet of toppers and embellishments, so having two sets of them meant I could add a second copy of each image to add depth. The rose topper is also raised from the card with 3D glue, and  the cog corner stuck flat to the card with the metal key added for more depth. 

I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Glaz - Steampunk (female)  

Use Your Stuff -  It's a Girl Thing 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Blue, Blue Christmas.

Are you singing along?

I seem to have recently rekindled my love of the emboss resist technique. For this card I've masked off the upper half of the card then repeatedly used a small, bold snowflake stamp and heat embossed it with white pearl powder. I sponged on inks from a Kaleidacolor pad to give an ombré effect then buffed with a tissue to make sure the snowflakes were free from ink. I covered the join between the inked area and the rest of the card with washi tape and stamped a sentiment above it, then finished the snowflakes with gems.

I am sharing this with

Sweet Stampin - Got the blues 

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes/washi tape 

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - snowflakes

Friday, 19 June 2020

The Golden Age of Steam

I've been having another play with my Hunkydory Planes, Trains and Automobiles stash; the trains this time.

I used one of the matching papers which only had a border along one edge, so I cut it off the unused portion of the paper and used it along the opposite edge, then added wide gold peel offs to cover the join and again at the other edge to keep it balanced. Framed with much narrower gold peel off borders and a peel off sentiment (I'm going to use up some of my ancient peel offs by hook or by crook!) and finished with a tiny cluster of buttons.

I'm sharing this with

Crafty Cardmakers - masculine 

Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist 

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Jammy Dodger!

Do you all know what Jammy Dodgers are? Are they just UK biscuits or does the whole world have them?

Just in case you don't know what they are, they are two biscuits, the top one with a heart-shaped hole in the middle, sandwiched together with red jam. The biscuits have an embossed pattern on the surface which changes from time to time, but apart from that they've been around  for many years, and although they are a branded biscuit if you google the name you'll find scores of recipes for copycat ones.

They are an essential part of a British childhood. Whenever  the biscuit tin comes out you hope there will be some Jammy Dodgers in it, not just a few soggy HobNobs! So here is my tribute to the Jammy Dodger.

All it needed was a couple of small snippets - one biscuit coloured and one red. I used dies to cut a circle with a heart cut out of the centre, and a scalloped die to take a "bite" out of it, then embossed it with a geometric design embossing folder and sponged a tiny bit of brown ink around the edge. Then I stuck the scrap of  red card behind the heart and filled in the whole red area with the thickest layer of Glossy Accents it would take without overflowing. Finally I stamped the sentiment and attached the whole "biscuit"  to the card. 

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple 

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 380   

Sweet Stampin - diecuts and/or punches 

Monday, 15 June 2020

Going round in circles

This month's Twofer challenge is circles or bubbles. I've chosen this circular "starburst" stamp from The Gentleman Crafter's stamp set to do my twofing with this time.

One very summery card, one Christmas card. Fist  the summery one:

I stamped the starburst three times in different shades of pink as the flowers, then used a stylised dandelion clock head stamp from Uniko for the centres. I ruled in stalks and added leaves and a sentiment from the same Uniko set. The background is the starburst again stamped in Versamark ink on pink card to give a watermark effect.

By complete contrast, my second card is a Christmas card. I used a magazine freebie set to stamp the stable scene and sentiment, then masked it off and stamped and heat embossed the starburst in gold above the stable.

I am, of course sharing this twosome at Twofers Card Challenge

also I an sharing the Nativity scene at

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes 

Fezziwig's Festive Frolics - The Christmas Story