Monday, 18 September 2017

Bird on a branch

While sorting out some papers the other day I came across a pack of mulberry paper that I've had ever since it was fashionable - still unopened! It must be donkeys years old, so I thought I'd get it out and have a play.

I completely covered my card front with a slightly larger piece of mulberry paper then used a damp paintbrush to go around the edges to make the mulberry paper wet, enabling me to easily tear it close to the edge. Once the water had dried, I inked around the edge with distress ink.

The square of newsprint effect paper is stencilled with a woodgrain stencil using DI, then the edges inked with the same ink and distressed with an edging tool.

The sentiment is one from an old sheet of copper embellishments which I seldom use as they seem too bright and shiny for their style and until now my attempts to colour them have failed. However this time I coloured the whole surface with a brown Promarker then left it to dry overnight - success! I sanded the surface lightly to make the letters stand out then attached it with brads to the strip of cream textured card.

Finally I added a die cut sprig of foliage and a vintage bird sticker.

I am sharing this with

House of Cards - Text and/or colours
More Mixed Media - Anything goes/Brown
Little Red Wagon - distress it  
Country View Challenges - Metal

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Our Ruby Wedding

Today Mark and I have been married for 40 years - our Ruby anniversary. Here is the card I made for him.

The card is completely made with die cutting and embossing - the background uses That Folder and the heart and numbers are Spellbinders dies.

I am sharing this card with
Glitter and Sparkle - Embossing 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Die cuts/punches

Now, if you are only here for the card, you don't need to scroll any further but if you'd like to read about our slightly unusual celebration (and FOOD)  carry on reading...

Because we both love cooking, we decided that instead of having a party or buying each other presents, we would instead spend the money on going to a pasta making class taught by Carmela Serrano-Hayes, the author of "A Passion for Pasta", at La Cucina Caldesi in London. Very conveniently, one of the available dates was yesterday, just the day before our anniversary, so that's when we decided to go.

We had a lovely time, learning to make many different shapes and types of pasta from the simple

to the complex

and even one made out of bread and cheese!

The dishes we made were really delicious  - there were about 6 in total which we ate as a meal at the end of the day, sitting Italian style at a large communal table.

Ravioli filled with a rich meat mixture

Seafood with assorted hand-shaped pastas

And finally, here is our "official" anniversary photo

Christmas Cat

I made this card using a decoupage design from a Dutch booklet that I've had for several years - I love the designs in it but although I can enjoy making a card that uses detailed decoupage but not much other skill occasionally, I'd get awfully bored making all the cards in the book in one go, so I tend to just make one and then set it aside for next year. So it's going to take a l-o-n-g time to finish them all!

and slightly angled to show the layers

I am sharing  this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Show us your pussies - Furrything Goes

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #93 - Lost and Found

Our new challenge at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is Lost and Found - in other words Edna would like you to rediscover an old stamp, stash item or technique that you'd forgotten all about. She's come over all Sherlock Holmes for this one!

I had a rummage through my stamps and found a completely NBUS stamp set that I've had for years and years - it was a free subscription gift with a magazine and none of the stamps has ever seen ink. I've been adding up on my fingers and it must be at least 15 years old.

The snag is, it is really too pretty to work any snark into, so today my card is a snark free zone. I used DI to make the background, die cutting a square and randomly stamping flowers from the set over it, then used some of the waste to stamp the butterfly. The background card was stamped all over with the paisley style stamp from the set and the sentiment is stamped with a mag freebie stamp.

Friday, 15 September 2017


I love this set of dinosaur stamps from Clearly Besotted - I bought them a couple of years ago to make a card for my grown up daughter and have used them many times since.

This time I used lots of masking to build up a scene then coloured it with Promarkers, cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and matted onto brown card. I kept the colouring bold and simple rather than adding shade, as I thought this would make it appeal to a younger child.

I am sharing this with

The Male Room - Masking 
Always Fun Challenges - Make a Scene
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - All about birthdays

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

That fuchsia again

I do love this fuchsia stamp, which I got from Clearly Besotted about 3 years ago. I chose it because fuchsias are favourite plants of my mother and one of my oldest friends, little realising how much I would come to love using it. The sheet also has an apple blossom stamp and some very useful sentiments, so it gets used a lot.

The friend's birthday is approaching (it's OK, she doesn't read blogs) and this is the card I have made for her.

I embossed the bottom third of the card front using a Sizzix ef and Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Orchid for a faux letterpress effect, then stamped the flower and sentiment and coloured the image with pencils. I generally prefer to colour with Promarkers but I wanted this to be a one layer card and I don't like the way they show on the inside if not layered up.

I am sharing this with
Less is More - one layer, colouring in
CAS on Friday - Colour me Pretty
Addicted to stamps and more - Clean and Simple
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - For a Friend    

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nature at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's new challenge day at Cardz 4 Guyz  and today our theme is Nature.

I've used an image printed out from the Joanna Sheen CD "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" teamed with papers from my stash and a sentiment stamped with a free stamp set that was in Making Cards magazine earlier this year.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September
Allsorts Challenge - Use at least two DPs
Use Your Stuff - Fall is in the air  
Craft Rocket Challenge - Something beginning with F  (Fungi)