Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Meeting Friends

On Monday I was meeting some old school friends in town for coffee and of course I couldn't pass up an opportunity to pop into the large newsagents nearby just to glance at the crafty magazines.  As you've probably guessed by now I was tempted by one of the magazines on offer which had an embossing folder, some stamps and matching dies as their free gift.  I'm sure many of you will remember what came to be known as 'that embossing folder' which proved to be so popular about two years ago (I think) that there was even a Facebook group formed in its honour!  Well the folder I got this time was one from the same family which is great because I've so enjoyed using the original one over the years and it is nice to have a different one.  The dies and stamps are mainly floral too - very useful - and there is also a curvy die which matches the curve dividing the patterns on the folder.

I cut a piece of watercolour card to size and embossed before brushing two colours of ink lightly to define the different patterns.  The curvy strip was die cut and one of the sentiments stamped using the Misti for positioning.  I then stamped and die cut some flowers and flourishes, colouring the flowers with the same colours of ink.  The flower centres were some tiny punched flowers  finished with a pearl drop.  The magazine came with lots of really interesting ideas for using the embossing folder, dies and stamps and I will certainly be trying some of them as well as ideas of my own.

Embossing Folder - free with magazine, Apple Blossom (Craft Stash)
Stamps and dies - free with magazine, Apple Blossom (Craft Stash)
Flower centres - small flower punch Stampin' Up
Ink - Distress ink Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6

I decided to have a go at this Twofer Card Challenge and if you follow the link to their blog you can see what this is all about and maybe have a go yourself.  I hope I've interpreted the rules correctly.  The theme is 'trees' and the idea to use the same stamp/stamp set or die/die set to make two cards for different occasions.  There are some really imaginative ideas from the Design Team whereas mine seem to have turned out pretty simple but then I was aiming for a fairly CAS style here. (clean and simple).  Both of the cards have to be submitted in one photo.

For one of them I stamped the bare tree and bicycle then stamped the branches onto a die cut circle and the wheels onto a scrap of card before cutting them out with scissors. These pieces were then popped into place with foam pads and a sentiment was stamped onto a strip of card and added in the same way.  For the second card I added some blossoms to the tree and some grass underneath (all part of the stamp set).  Again a simple sentiment was stamped onto a strip of card.

Stamp Set - Sheltering Tree from Stampin' Up
Sentiments - stamps from my words collection probably magazine freebies

Friday, 15 June 2018


I'm afraid I was tempted by a set of quirky cat stamps offered as a free gift with a recent magazine and there was also a selection of  reasonable quality papers inside as well.  I've used just one of the cat stamps and one of the sentiments to make this brightly coloured birthday card.  The image and words were stamped onto a die cut shape (using the Misti really helped here) and the cat was coloured using watercolour pens.  All that remained was to choose three of the papers and use them to complete the card along with a banner made using a scrap of black card and three card  candi dots. There are more cat images and words which can be combined to make cards for several occasions.

Image - from a set of stamps given free with Making Cards magazine
Papers - also free with the magazine
Banner - strip of card with pointed end punched (Stampin' up punch)
Die cut shapes - set of dies from The Works
Embellishment - card candi from Craftwork Cards
Colouring - watercolour brush pens

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Love You Tons

I don't think I dare admit to how long ago I spotted this matching stamp and die set on a blog and felt I must have it, I do know it was a long, long time ago and to my shame this is the first time it has been used.  Most of you will know how dangerous it can be reading blogs and seeing items which  other people are using - items which really should come and live with me as well!!  I am trying to curb my enthusiasm somewhat because I've accumulated so much 'stuff' over the years but we've all been there haven't we??

Anyway I thought I'd make an Anniversary card with these dinky elephants using the words which came along with the stamps.  Doing this I'd say has made an 'our' anniversary card rather than a 'your' one but I'm sure someone will spot it in my box and decide it is just for them.  The elephants were die cut and stamped before popping them onto a die cut stitched label and stamping the words; finally adding a punched heart and a banner underneath with a sentiment.  I did a few spare elephants while I was cutting and stamping and I'm sure they will appear sometime on a different card - I don't think I've ever knowingly made exactly the same card twice; not into batch production!

Elephants and Love Words - matching stamps and die set from Lawn Fawn
Labels - stitched label die set from The Works
Anniversary Words - free stamp set given with magazine
Banner and Heart - using Stampin' Up punches

Monday, 11 June 2018

House Mouse

I was just visiting a few blogs before writing this post and spotted that there is a House Mouse Challenge blog  which I'd not seen before so I decided to pop along there because their theme is 'anything goes'.  I came across this stamped and coloured image whilst having a bit of a tidy up - not quite sure why it was never used at the time.  Anyway I also had a few bits and pieces of matching papers around so thought it deserved to be made into a card.  The colouring was done with pencils.

Image - stamped and coloured using coloured pencils
Sentiment - download from Netty's Cards
Papers - oddments in my stash including one from Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Pixie Snippets Playground #328

It is that time again when we sneak into the Playground with our cards to be in with a chance of maybe winning the featured prize and there is the usual inspiration from the lovely Di.  For  my offering this week I've used up a few of my white snippets, starting with a reasonable sized one which has been coloured using a mix of Pixie Powders and Distress Oxide inks splattered around followed by a bit of detail using a stencil.  I then die cut a selection of flowers in white and found a few scraps of  toning green for the centres and leaves.  The sentiment was stamped using the Misti of course to position it nicely.  I found another larger snippet  in darker green and popped the inky panel onto it before adding to a 6" square white card.

Sentiment - from a set given away free with a magazine
Flowers and leaves - Stampin' Up Botanical Builder Framelits dies

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Butterfly Challenge #101

It is time for another challenge on the Butterfly blog and this time the letter on the wheel is 'M' and we have a choice of three themes and three colours as usual and of course a butterfly should be included.  For the themes I've chosen 'musical' and 'metallic' with the colours of medium blue, mint green and moss green but as sometimes happens my scanner seems to have changed the colours slightly but in real life the butterfly is mint green and blue!!  All three colours are incorporated in the background which is the result of an inky play a while ago with Distress Oxides and a stencil.  The music and metallic come into play with the copper panel which was embossed and I couldn't resist adding a treble clef.  Music also features behind the butterfly.  There is some great inspiration from Mrs A and of course some lovely prizes on offer so why not have a go?

Background - Distress Oxide inks
Copper Metallic Panel - Cuttlebug embossing folder
Circle - Sizzix dies
Butterfly - Sizzix dies
Treble Clef - Marianne die
Sentiment - downloaded from Netty's Cards resized using My Craft Studio