Saturday, 10 May 2014


As well as my great nephew having a birthday next week, two granddaughters have theirs on the following day and one of them is 21.  I've not seen her for years so I'm not really sure what her tastes are - I do hope she likes the card I've come up with.  I used an image from Papermania Tulip range, cut out with Spellbinder dies, added a floral border and a printed sentiment keeping everything fairly flat because it has to be posted.

Backing Paper - discontinued one from Stampin' Up
Image - Tulip and Friends CD from Docraft
Layers - Spellbinder labels four dies
Numbers - X-cut dies on Cuttlebug shapes
Border - EK Success punch
Sentiment - Computer printed , Stampin' Up punch
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards

Friday, 9 May 2014

Bright Colours

I've gone a bit bright for this card using a stamp which I came across when sorting things out - he was, and still is a favourite but hadn't been used for a while.  He was coloured using Inktense pencils and cut out using Spellbinder dies.  I then trawled through my card scraps to find some pieces to die cut borders then popped it all onto this bright background with some bunting.  Maybe I should have posted this yesterday to brighten a wet and dull day.

Stamp - Magnum by Ladybug Crafts
Borders - Crealie die
Bunting - Stampin' Up stamps with matching punch
Layers - Spellbinder labels dies

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Can Of...

...worms??  No this is a can of flowers, a watering can to be precise which I've filled with a lovely spray of die cut blooms cut in cream card and coloured with Distress pens.  In the main this card uses up bits and pieces of card from my scraps box and a piece of background paper from my stash.  The greeting is from a sheet I produced ages ago using a graphics programme which I no longer have so I'm just using up the ones I'd already printed.  The label shape is a die cut which was hanging around in my bits box too and I simply embossed it with dots.

Flowers - Memory Box Blushing Bouquet 
Watering Can - Garden Tool set by Rob Addams
Label - Top Note die by Sizzix (Stampin' Up)
Border - Tonic border die
Sentiment - computer generated and on Spellbinder Stately Circle 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

House of Cards May Challenge 1

Over at the House of Cards we've been given a picture and/or colour scheme as inspiration for the first May challenge - I opted to use the colours.  It seems they are also in a purple/mauve mode and of course I had some scraps of purple card left from yesterday's card so just had to use them up.

I've chosen one of the images from the Crazy Cats CD and the final result is sort of cute/fun meets shabby/vintage either of which are the themes for this fortnight.  I thought this pair would be suitable for an Anniversary or Engagement card so I simply added a Congratulations sentiment. The image was layered onto two die cut shapes and some cotton lace was used as a border with the sentiment.

Circle - Nellie die
Cream label - Sizzix for Stampin' Up Deco label
Embossing - Cuttlebug folder
Corners - Whimsy dies
Sentiment - Spellbinders fancy tag die with SU punch for computer sentiment

Monday, 5 May 2014

Flower Colours

There must have been some telepathy going on this morning because the lovely Suzi who has set the challenge at Make My Monday gave us this photograph to use as  colour inspiration.

I've missed this challenge for quite a while but always take a look and would you believe when I saw it today I had almost finished making a card using just this colour scheme.  It came about because I wanted to do something using micro beads - I bought a pot in a fit of enthusiasm some time last year and it hadn't even been opened until today.  I stamped some swirls onto card, applied double sided adhesive sheet and then the micro beads; found some matching purple card which was punched to match the die cut shape in the centre; stamped a greeting and added a bow and that's how the card evolved from my first experiment with micro beads.

Stamps - Creative Expressions and Stampin' Up
Die set with matching punch - Tonic Diamond swing
Greeting - Spellbinder ovals dies

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Snippets Playground

My card for the Snippets Playground challenge this week uses the technique of paper piecing - lots of snippets in the letters making up the words on this very large birthday stamp from Woodware.  Because the stamp is so large the card doesn't really need much more to finish it off so I simply added background paper and a layer cut with a fancy border die set.  The words were stamped onto various scraps of printed paper from my scrap box, cut out and stuck onto the blank stamped image.

The weather is beautiful here today so I was forced to go out and mow the lawns this morning with a break for lunch - finished off afterwards and now I'm tired (that's the polite way of saying it!!).  I'm going to find something quiet and restful to do for the remainder of the day. Enjoy your Bank Holiday.

Papers all from Funky Hand CDs (as far as I can remember)
Stamp - Woodware who make other large and useful word stamps
Border - Spellbinder dies