Thursday 15 October 2015

Die Cuts

I often have times when I cut out quite a few die cuts and generally shuffle them around to see what different ways they can be used.  For this card I found I had just the white elements and also the blue square with embossed edge was loitering on my desk so I set about finding other things which would enable me to turn them into a card.  The background paper was sponged around the edges and overstamped in the same ink so that it toned with the square.  The centre image was a freebie stamp amongst a set given away with a magazine.  It was stamped twice and the butterfly cut out and layered up for dimension. The white lacy area behind the circle is actually made up of four separate dies - luckily I found just four little blue crystal flowers to cover the corners where they meet (not absolutely necessary). I was aware of the join and didn't like to see it although I suspect that a non crafter probably wouldn't notice it.  The matching corners were placed behind the square as a finishing touch.  I've made a couple of other cards today using up some die cuts so watch this space.

White die cuts - Sue Wilson Configuration dies
Butterfly Circle - freebie stamp
Square - Die cut with Sue Wilson New York die
Shape behind circle - Nellie Snellen die

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Tweedy Bird

The sorting out continues (slowly) and today's card has used an image which I think came free with a magazine from Crafter's Companion.  The image originated as a fabric collage embroidery from the clever textile artist Abigail Mill and CC have produced CDs featuring her work.  I think the background paper also came with the magazine - why do I never keep all these items together??  I've added a die cut border and some pearls.  The tweed tag was in the set and I added a computer sentiment and a little punched flower.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Flower Patch

I often spend time trawling around on Pinterest to see how other folks have used stamp sets or dies which I have and this card was inspired by one of these sessions and gave me an opportunity to do some stamping.  I've moved away from my usual square format here and used a 5" x 7" card to make best use of the large background stamp.  The image was trimmed along the top with a border punch to make it look like the top of a fence.

Stamps used - Flower Patch and wood effect large stamp from Stampin' Up.
Fiskars border punch
Dies - thinlits set to match flower stamps SU.

Sunday 11 October 2015

Pixie Snippets Week 199

For my Snippets card this week I've used some of the bits and pieces I came across during my not too enthusiastic tidying - still lots to sort out!!  I found some embossed aperture cards which came in an offer from Craftwork Cards ages ago and which had remained unused probably because I'd not decided what to do with them. To be honest I'd completely forgotten I had them!! I  die cut the front of one of the cards to make a frame which I then layered onto a snippet of left over background paper.  The rest of the elements were made from the back of the aperture card so that the whites matched up (something which can sometimes be a problem when using up bits).  The little scene was stamped onto a scrap and popped behind the aperture and then I die cut some ivy leaves for a bit of interest before adding a computer sentiment on a scrap of red card.

Embossed frame - cut from Craftwork Cards embossed aperture card
Stamps - World of Dreams Stampin' Up
Ivy Leaves - Sue Wilson dies
Sentiment - Stampin' Up oval punches