Saturday, 30 July 2016

A Crafty Day

I've had quite a crafty day so far today starting with a great quilling workshop with Jill of Jill's Quills fame where we were shown lots of lovely ideas for quilled flowers.  I spent most of the time trying to perfect some of the more fiddly techniques such as 'folded' roses and fringed flowers using 3mm papers.  As Jill is also into Stampin' Up - See HERE - she delivered some stamps which I'd ordered from her.  It was difficult to decide which set to have a play with first but I settled on the floral set which, being triple stamped give the appearance of pen and wash.  I also made post-it note masks which I've saved in the case containing the stamps so that they can be used again if necessary.  I found some pieces of paper and card which went with the ink colours and made a quick birthday card - at least it was quick once I'd cut the masks and done the multiple stamping of the flowers!  Watch this space for something made from the second stamp set, also a multiple stamping set - I must say this technique is so much easier with the advent of photopolymer stamps .

Stamps - Penned and Painted by Stampin' Up
Colours - So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi
Embossed border - Crafter's Companion

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


This is the second card I made on Sunday, again mostly using up scraps of card.  I'm going to schedule this one just to see if the process has improved since I tried last (it was quite a while ago).

Embossing folder for background - Crafter's Companion brick wall
Feathers - Stampin' Up stamps with matching thinlits die
Text - large dictionary stamp also SU
Sentiment - also SU, stamped and heat embossed on a strip of parchment

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Butterfly Challenge

Having had a spell where I've not made much in the way of cards, I've actually managed to produce two today and one of them is for the Butterfly Challenge where the theme is DIMENSION AND/OR DENIM.  I've used an embossing folder and dies which came free with a magazine recently because I thought I really should open the packet and try them.  I found a scrap of Tim Holtz paper which was a suitable colour for the background and the embossed card is also one of his - a whitewash card which has been lightly sanded to reveal the core after embossing.  The reverse of this card has also been used for the punched flowers (Stampin' Up punch).  I was going to schedule this post but as it doesn't always work for me and we are near the deadline I will post it today instead.

Snippets Playground

Another week has rushed by and my goodness it has been HOT - a bit too much so for comfort really although I imagine there are people who enjoy hot weather.  Anyway this means that it is time again to visit the Pixie Snippets Playground where the lovely Di has chosen some great picks from last week.  I'm not saying this because she was kind enough to include my card but there are others which illustrate some great techniques and ideas.  Alcohol ink seems to be back in vogue again but with some new paper which I've not yet come across and probably don't need although it always interesting to try new ideas (any excuse for a crafty shop).

This card was made a little while ago using up a stray image which was lying around together with some die cuts made from snippets of card.  I'm not sure how my pile of bits and pieces never seems to diminish even though I keep using them up!!  I'm aiming for a productive day today, hopefully using more scraps so that at least I should have something for the playground next week as well.

Image - Polkadoodles
Dies - circle from Tattered Lace, Lattice layers from Marianne
Sentiment - printed, cut out with bitty banner die from SU