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Saturday, 11 March 2017

More Magazine Freebies

I have cut down on the number of magazines I pick up although I have to admit I still get tempted if there is a good free gift which I think I will use on more than just one occasion.  This fairy set was one such set which included an embossing folder and a set of fairy stamps (14 stamps in all).  I had a piece of watercolour paper which had been coloured with Pixie Powders so I put part of it through the embossing folder before carefully inking the embossed area with a black marker.  The fairy and sentiment were stamped onto this in black and the edges sponged with matching ink.  A larger piece of the coloured card was used as a background, topped with a piece of purple card which had a corner die cut to show the colours through.  Three little gems and that's it.  The mica in the Pixie powders gives a lovely sheen which unfortunately doesn't show in the picture.


Watercolour paper coloured with Pixie Powders
Corner die - Mixed media die from Tim Holtz
Dandelion - free embossing folder with magazine
Fairy and sentiment - stamps from free set with magazine

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Playground Snippets

I've managed to gather together quite a few snippets to make a card for the Playground challenge this time around - I must say it seems to have taken me most of the morning to make this card but I did need a coffee break as well - there was quite a lot of die cutting!!  I started with the window die and then gradually built the card around it.   A snippet of blue card was found for the background, followed by a brick patterned scrap of paper.  I then cut the window from a snippet of cream Centura Pearl card and the flowers and leaves from coloured scraps.  I spent some time thinking about how I could get some nice lace curtains until I remembered a small edge die which I cut out in cream pearl paper and cut in half to pop each side behind the window frame.  Some foliage was stamped at the bottom of the background piece and I added a kraft card picket fence.  The sentiment was stamped onto an odd piece of cream card before die cutting that and a kraft card layer using the next size of die. Finally a grabbed some butterfly dies and cut out some to flutter in the sky - phew, no wonder it took me ages to make.  Now of course I have loads of things to tidy away but that can wait until after lunch.


Window Box - Cottage Window die Crafter's Companion
Lace Curtains - Tiara mini edgeable die Crafter's Companion
Picket Fence - Sizzix die
Butterflies - free dies from magazine
Stamps used - all free ones from magazines
Brick Paper - free from magazine
Sentiment -  shape cut using Sue Wilson dies

Sunday, 5 March 2017

It's Been A While!!

I'd not realised quite how long it has been since I posted something on here but somehow other things seem to have  been taking up a lot of my time.  I expect the truth is that I keep getting slower and probably waste quite a lot of time one way and another. Maybe I should pay attention to time management rather than just drifting along doing what takes my fancy from day to day!!  However I've spent a bit of time this morning reminding myself how to do things using Craft Artist - what a shame it doesn't seem to appear on TV any more.  I do however have lots of scribbled notes from way back when they were on although I must say some of them don't mean a lot currently, mainly because I forget which kits they referred to.  Anyway I have managed a fairly simple card so will pop it on here just so people know I'm still around.  I'm aiming to get back into making actual cards shortly as it is something I thoroughly enjoy.


Well - that took way longer than it should have because I'm so out of touch that I forgot that I couldn't post a CA project direct onto the blog so I had to go back in and convert it to a picture first - dim or what!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Animal Theme

I've often seen mention of the Cuttlebug Mania challenge (using manual die cutting machine) on the lovely Di's blog (HERE) - as she is one of the design team but I've never made a card for them.  It so happens that this time they are asking for an animal to be included on the card and as luck would have it I'd added a 'stray' cat onto this card which I made yesterday.  I was trying to use up lots of scraps of card which were littering my desk by die cutting a selection of garden related items to make a card suitable to send to a keen gardener. It isn't exactly animal themed and it was sheer chance really that the cat was found amongst the bits and pieces as I was clearing myself a space! Rather than keep this card for the next Snippets challenge I thought I'd pop over to the Cuttlebug blog to post it.

Details of what I used are shown below


Background - printed in Craft Artist, over stamped with Eastern grasses (Chocolate Baroque)
Squares - Stitched shapes dies from Stampin' Up
Garden Items - set of dies from Robert Adams
Cat - a 'stray' from a die set by Impression Obsession
Picket Fence and Tree - Sizzix dies
Sentiment - stitched banner dies from Sue Wilson


Monday, 20 February 2017

Floral Snippets for weeks 269/270

I've been using up more of my snippets for the Playground Challenge which is now a fortnightly event with prizes as before and also opportunities for Gold Stars or to be a guest designer if you wish.  For my card this week I found a large snippet of paper for the background, a piece of Centura Pearl card for the die cut panel and some smaller snippets of white card onto which I've stamped a selection of flowers and leaves.  Finally a snippet of green was used to stamp a jar to hold the bouquet.  The flowers, leaves and jar were cut out with scissors after stamping (triple stamping in the case of flowers and leaves).


Background - paper from Prima
Die cut panel - Regency Swirls from Crafter's Companion
Jar - from Jar of Love stamp set Stampin' Up
Flowers and Leaves - from Penned and Painted stamp set Stampin' Up
Sentiment - tiny clear stamp of unknown origin

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sometimes You Just Need an Umbrella

We've had a few 'umbrella days' recently although I think this lady would have needed more than a floaty dress to keep warm and dry with the windy conditions.  The image has  been paper pieced by stamping onto different coloured papers and cutting out the dress and umbrella with scissors before sticking them in place.  Skin detail was done using alcohol pens.  I used the same paper for the background as for the dress then simply added an embossed border and a greeting. While I had all the bits around I made a second card with dress and umbrella in opposite papers - I will probably post this another day.


Image - from Beautiful You set by Stampin' Up
Papers - free ones from a magazine
Border - Embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
Greeting - free stamp on stitched shape die cut from Stampin' Up
Rectangles - Spellbinders dies

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pixie Snippets weeks 267 and 268

Here is my card for the fortnightly challenge in the Pixie Playground and I have to confess that despite trying to stay away from the newsagent's shelves I did succumb to picking up the magazine which was giving away a set of pretty stamps along with a nice teacup die.  I've used the die and a floral stamp from the set to make this card using up various snippets of paper and white card from my stash.  The background paper is from a pad which I must have had for many years and everything else was using up bits and pieces.  The flowers were stamped, coloured using alcohol pens with a touch of pencil and then fussy cut with scissors.  After die cutting the teacup I used a snippet of darker blue card to pop behind the detail areas.



Teacup die - free with magazine
Flower Cluster - stamp from teacup set free with magazine
Doily - Docraft die