Saturday, 2 April 2016

Still Using it Up!

This card started from the green die cut border which I came across when clearing myself some working space.  I knew I had quite a lot of offcuts of kraft card (left from cutting out a quantity of boxes before Christmas) so I turned to some of those along with scraps of cream card, printed background and twine.  The image and sentiment were stamped onto cream card before being die cut and another kraft card border was cut to pop behind the original green border.

Dies - borders from Spellbinders, labels and sentiment from Stampin' Up
Stamps - Wetlands set by Stampin' Up, sentiment Bitty Banners also SU

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Temptation ...

Temptation is all around us and I have to confess that while shopping for fruit in the supermarket.   yesterday I happened to spot a craft magazine with its accompanying free gift which this time is a large square embossing folder with a rose stamp as well as a birthday greeting stamp and two rosebud stamps.  I just couldn't pass on that one could I?  The rose is easy to colour and it would also be ideal for some paper piecing as it has a reasonably simple outline to cut with scissors.   A square of white card was run through the embossing folder and sponged with ink; the rose was coloured using pencils.  Two die cut circles and a greeting (not the one in the set as it happens) and we have a quick and easy card.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Birthday Card for a Friend

Today's card is a large one made for a friend's birthday and luckily I was able to hand it over to her when we met up recently for hot chocolate and a crafty chat - something we try to do now and again at our local craft shop.  Not surprisingly these little outings often result in a bit of retail therapy as well!! Now to the card - the flowers and leaves were stamped and coloured before being cut with their matching dies.  Finally I used a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to give them a little shine. There is quite a bit of die cutting and some embossing involved and I've given details of what I used.

Frame - Noble pierced squares dies by Sue Wilson
Flowers and leaves - Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters stamps with matching dies
Flowers and Leaves - coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens plus some Wink of Stella clear
Background - Sue Wilson pin dots embossing folder
Central Area - Twisting Veranda dies from Tonic
Greeting - Britannia dies
Delicate leaves - Tattered Lace ivy die

Monday, 28 March 2016


I spent some time yesterday continuing my ongoing task of tidying up my crafty stash and in particular my desk which seems to accumulate lots of stray bits and pieces which don't always make it onto my current project but which I can't bear to throw out.  Rather than just putting them away into my oddments boxes I thought it would be a bit of a challenge to myself to select something from the pile and to build a card around it, preferably without cutting into any new pieces of card or paper.The item in this case was a square of pink card which was the 'waste' from a frame which I'd cut to use on a recent large birthday card.  I must say the result on the original card was more subtle than this which is very 'pink'!!  A little trawl through my oddments boxes came up with some scraps of paper and card which toned with it and after a bit of die cutting and layering, this is the result.  Details of dies used are below as usual.

It so happens that the challenge on Make My Monday this week is 'going around in circles' - include circles in the design - how fortuitous is that??  There are some great circle inspirations from their design team if you take a look.

Background - 'waste' from frame cut using Sue Wilson Noble pierced squares dies
Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Corner - Spellbinders die
Stamp - Stampin' Up

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Pixie Snippets Challenge 222

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend despite the weather which isn't the best I must say although Friday was a beautiful day so not all bad.  I had enough snippets left over from my recent butterfly card to cut out some flowers and also a few more bits and pieces around but although similar in colour they weren't quite right together.  A touch of Peacock Feathers distress ink came to the rescue here and then I decided to go through my monochrome snippets and luckily found some pieces of grey and white card to add to the mix.  The main background was a leftover snippet of glossy card which had been treated to the wax paper/embossing folder technique; the banners were cut from snippets of pool party (embossed and inked), grey and white.  For the flower I hunted out some floral stamps with matching punches and die cut a white swirl.  I think it has come together to make a reasonable card and at least some more of my oddments have  been used up and for once I've not actually made more oddments - which is sometimes the case I have to admit.  Do hop over to the Snippets Playground to see some lovely cards and the so useful die which is on offer to a lucky winner.

Background - wax paper resist using Sue Wilson embossing folder
Banners - dies from Stampin' Up
Swirl - Sizzix strip die
Flower - Floral stamps with matching punches all from Stampin' Up.