Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Last of the Freebies??

Why an end to freebies - you may well ask - and if not an end at least a severe reduction in the number I will be acquiring which if I'm honest, isn't a seriously bad thing in the long run.  The reason for this is that my local bus operator has decided to completely withdraw the bus service which I've been using regularly to visit a small town nearby and where the newsagent has been the source of temptation.  We have a small newsagent in the village which doesn't have quite the same wide choice and anyway is over a mile to walk.  This walk is something I will have to do to get any shopping from now onward which is OK as long as the weather isn't too unpleasant and of course there is always online grocery shopping for the bulky stuff but I'm going to miss my weekly bus rides for a cuppa and shopping.

Anyway about this card - the dies came free with a recent magazine and after cutting the white piece I backed some of the cut away areas with suitably coloured scraps of card/paper and also popped some of the little 'waste' pieces back into the diecut after colouring with pens.  The scalloped square was also part of the set and I found some scraps of Christmas paper for backing and a few spare holly leaves and berries to add. Another card to add to the growing Christmas pile.

Square dies - magazine freebies
Holly - Joanna Sheen die
Papers - left over from previous projects

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pixie Snippets Challenge #303and304

Well it's off to the playground again this morning with a Snippets card and this time I seem to have been raiding the blue box for most of the pieces - sad person that I am my snippets are sort of colour coded into plastic see through boxes!!  The background paper was an offcut from a larger piece used on a previous project and I 'found' a scrap of embossed card which was the right sort of size.  The images were stamped onto a circle before sorting out another larger piece to cut a blue scalloped circle and a little banner for the greeting.  The faux ric-rac was cut from another scrap of the blue pearlescent card using a die which if I remember rightly came as part of a free set, jolly useful die anyway.

There is a birthday in the playground this week (Best wishes Len) and Di has made a super card for him using some great froggy stamps which of course will be the prize on offer to a lucky winner in the draw.

Stamps - from High Tide set by Stampin' Up
Scalloped Circle - Tattered Lace die
Banner - Sue Wilson die
Ric-rac die - free from a set with a magazine I think

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Another One

When I saw the cards which Mrs A had made for the Butterfly Challenge I saw she'd used a die which at the time a few years ago I just had to have but to my shame it's not been used for simply ages.  Because I had a few scraps of the damson purple card left over from the card posted yesterday I searched out the die and some other bits and pieces to make another butterfly card.  The vertical element in this case is the panel on the left including said die.  Luckily I was able to find some toning pieces of paper in my bits boxes which I've used as background and also one layer of the two butterflies with the rest of the purple for the top layers and the sentiment.  I've even used a few pieces of the 'waste' from the trellis die as little added extras and some fairy dust for a bit of sparkle.  You have a couple of weeks to come up with something for the challenge and to be in the running for a lovely prize.

Tall die - Tessatina by Memory Box
Butterflies - Sizzix dies
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion die
Papers - oddments from the bits boxes

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Butterfly Challenge #87

Mrs A has kindly invited me to be a guest designer because I was  lucky recently to have been a winner of the Butterfly Challenge.  I was given a choice from some letters of the alphabet and as 'V' was amongst them I just had to choose it for the theme which was then paired with the letter D for the colour.  So this time we have V for vertical and D for the colour damson and of course butterflies have to feature somewhere.

I decided to make a vertical format card using some damson purple card with touches of blue for contrast.Starting with the background which is peeping through the butterflies, I embossed a piece of the dark card before rubbing some Glitter Kiss in blue to highlight the embossing. The next stage was to die cut the main butterfly aperture in another piece of purple card which was then embossed.  This layer was raised on foam pads over the glitter layer. Another die from the set was used to cut the outline and detailed butterflies using blue pearlised card before popping the outline carefully into the shaped aperture and adding a couple of the detailed butterflies.  A slightly larger piece of blue card was cut to go behind the whole thing before popping onto a 5" x 7" vertical card.  Finally a computer sentiment was die cut and layered onto ovals cut in the same colours.  I hope this makes sense to you - actually a much easier card to make than to describe!!

I do hope I have in some way inspired you to have a go and make something to enter into the Butterfly Challenge and as always there is a lovely prize on offer.

Butterfly Die - Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies
Embossing Folders - Crafter's Companion
Sentiment - layers cut using stitched shapes from Stampin' Up.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Grid Work

When I was part way through snipping out all the 'holes' in this piece of parchment I was questioning my wisdom in setting out to do such a large area of grid work.  However, once started I decided I should persevere and get it all done - not perfect but all good practice.  A diagonal grid was used and the flowers were made using a Groovi plate which has a lovely and so useful selection of flowers, leaves and butterflies designed by the clever Tina Cox.  The colouring has been done on the back using Polychromos pencils - flowers were cut out using scissors in this case.

I must apologise for my lack of commenting on various blogs just recently - things seem to have got in the way and somehow stolen some of my time.  Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Parchment Meadow Grasses

We are enjoying a beautiful sunny day today which certainly helps the year along - much nicer than grey days.  I have another parchment card to share - really enjoying my return to this craft as maybe you could guess.  Seasoned 'parchers' will probably also guess why I've added a tiny 3D butterfly to the bottom of the frame!!  This was done on blue parchment with some added colour from behind using Distress markers.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


I'm popping over to the Playground today with this bicycle - definitely not riding it though which would be too difficult!!    A large snippet of music paper was chosen as a background;  penny farthing was stamped onto a snippet of card before cutting out with a circle die and a sentiment with two smaller circle snippets.  What really started me on making this card was the embossed snippet with the gears which I thought would be good for a male card and the rest just 'grew' from this which was just lying around unused.

Di has used an interesting die (no pun intended) to make her card for inspiration this time and of course that, with some sentiment stamps, is the prize on offer for one lucky person.

Bicycle - stamp from Stampin' Up
Gears - Sizzix embossing folder with gilding