Thursday 24 March 2016

Butterfly Challenge 51

For the alphabetical Butterfly Challenge this time around the letter is 'M' and the theme is MINT and/or MARGINS.  I think I'm close to the mint with my background colour and hopefully the lacy borders at the sides will cover the margins aspect of the challenge.  There are some lovely ideas for inspiration on their blog so why not take a look and maybe come up with a design of your own.

The background was printed from a CD which I must admit hasn't seen the light of day for a long time but I remembered there should be something of a suitable colour on there (in real life it is certainly a minty green although I'm not sure the scan has reproduced it).  The lattice area was die cut in the centre of a square piece of cream Centura pearl card, as were the two lacy borders which had a strip of the background popped behind them.  Butterflies were die cut and set onto a little floral sprig and the greeting was computer printed before backing with matching die cut shapes.  Details below as usual.

Background - printed from Artylicious Essence of Nature CD
Lattice, Borders and Butterflies - dies by Crafter's Companion
Floral Spray - Sue Wilson die
Sentiment - Cuttlebug dies.

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Quilled Alpaca

I thought I'd share my quilled alpaca with you today despite not yet having sourced a suitable frame.  For the time being I've quickly made a box to keep him safe until such time as I can pop him onto a nice background in a frame.  He (or she) appears on the cover of one of the 'Twenty to Make' series of books Quilled Animals by Diane Boden.  There are some other great animals inside as well and of course these little books aren't expensive and cover a wealth of crafty topics.  Not the best of photographs but I guess you can get the idea - he stands just over 6" tall.

Monday 21 March 2016

Easter Bunnies

Last month when I went to the Spring Quilling workshop with Jill she had brought some examples to show us including a card with a row of rabbits in 3D flower pots.  I thought I'd like to have a go at making them in a box frame but unfortunately I wasn't able to get a rectangular frame so had to content myself with making a little family of three to fit into a small square frame.  Last Saturday there was yet another great quilling workshop with butterflies as the theme so watch this space for some to come fluttering by.  In the meantime I'n sharing the rabbits and then heading off in search of a larger frame for the quilled alpaca which I've completed but he will have to stay in a safe place until I can find something suitable.  I've discovered that box frames are not that easy to find in various sizes.

Sunday 20 March 2016

Pixie Snippets Playground 221

I hear it is the first day of spring today but looking out of the window it doesn't look too springlike to me although we have had some lovely days this past week.  It is time again for a new challenge over in the Snippets playground and as always there is some great inspiration from Di as well as a good selection of her favourites from last week's entries.  For my card this week I've embossed and inked a fairly large snippet for the background which I've topped with some snippets of blue card on one of which I stamped a feather before cutting it out using a matching die to leave a 'window'.  I'd come across a piece of card which had been sponged and overstamped with leaves and grasses but which really didn't look as good as I'd intended but of course I couldn't just throw it out!!  I cut out a snippet from an area which looked OK and popped it behind the window, offset the feather, added  a snippet of twine and a greeting.  I didn't have any suitable dark blue for the layering so just sponged around the edges of a white snippet using the same colour used for stamping the feather.

Stamp - from Four Feathers set by Stampin' Up
Die - matching die also by SU
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion
Sentiment - matching stamp and die set Bitty Banners also SU