Friday, 23 September 2016

Autumnal thank you


I love my dies and am learning all the time there are just so many possibilities.

I decided to use them to make a thank you card for my son before he asks for one last minute as he will want one for hospital staff when he has day surgery next week.

I decided to have a play with spritz inks and waterspritz too. I used them with the negative from the leaves die cut ,my makeshift stencil. You can just make out the shape beneath my die cut leaves.

I used the leaves from leaf collage ,they are such fun as with their stitching which I cut from white and kraft card, The white I used distress inks to colour the kraft I left naked. I randomly placed them on my spritzed layer from which I had cut a majestic maple leaf from. All dies are memory box or poppystamps as these make up the majority of my collection so far  and they are just fab.

I coloured a scrap of card with bright blue as I love the bright clear skies that alternate with the dull cloudy ones of autumn. I decided to make a shaker card so used some of the smaller die cut leaves from the collage die but this time cut in metallic card as when the sun shines they seem to shine.

I added a small 'thank you' peel-off sticker to the front of the acetate .

I finished the card by adding a gold mirri matt to link to the mirri leaves in the shaker.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Auds sentiments -fall colours

MFP -stencils and sprays

Cards in envy - hello fall

Stampavie and more - autumn colours

CRAFT - autumn/halloween/thanks giving

4 crafty chicks - colours of fall

Art impressions - cards to die for

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Poppy stamps park

I saw a card made by Olga (told you she makes beautiful and inspiring cards) here and I decided to treat myself to some of the dies she used. Only some as all the retailers I use who have reasonable prices were out of stock for many of them. I know my card is nothing like Olga's beautiful card and in no way as beautiful but thought it would make a fun card for my brother's up coming birthday.

He is and has always been cycling mad, could ride a bike before he could walk and even went out cycling on Christmas day every year when I was still at home not sure what he does now he's married but I suspect he still does. 

I decided to make my poppy stamps cottage fence card into a park and used these memory box Alessandria die cut trees.  I should say I embossed the floor of the card using a sizzix wall embossing folder before sticking the side panels to the main body. The trees I stuck them to card after die cutting, to strengthen them I added more card and cut around them . I hind sight I think I would have been better off separating all the pieces and colouring them first as this wasn't easy once they were all stuck together so please don't look too closely as I made a mess in a couple of places. I used my favourite colouring medium promarkers to add the colour.


I added some die cut birds again from poppystamps and again coloured with promarkers.


I used a mix of punches and foliage dies to cut my hedge and added some flowers again from a punch and stuck them to the fence panels.

The cycle is from Memory box and is actually a girly cycle. I experimented and cut one of the two bars and found I could lift it and make a boys cycle,not exactly a racer but you can't have everything.

I coloured the cycle again with promarkers including some metallic ones it really has a lovely shine but my photos unfortunately don't show this. I stuck to the fence overhanging the centre to draw the eye to the centre but also to give the idea of it being rested against the fence.


I finished the card by rubbing cocoa memento ink along the stones and added a die cut sentiment from Britannia dies in dark green.


Overall I love how this card stands and its just a little different. You may ask why a park setting, thought it might wind my baby brother up a little if it jogs his memory, as he took one of his girlfriends cycling to the park and he needed the toilet. His girlfriend said she didn't need to go so he left her outside with the cycles. His girlfriend changed her mind and instead of waiting till he came out went in at the same time leaving the cycles (both my brothers and mine that he had borrowed for her )and guess what mine was stolen. The relationship didn't last long as she really felt it wasn't her fault ,didn't offer to replace the cycle and complained that she had to walk home as he wouldn't call and pay for a taxi as the park wasn't on a bus route.

Not that I hold any grudges but well he is my brother and I don't get to torment as much now he is in another part of the country, and if it doesn't jog his memory well its a nice setting for a cycle ride.

Best thing about this card it fits flat in an ordinary envelope.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-



Little red wagon - be a good sport

crafting when we can - use favourite colouring medium

get creative - use embossing

craft your passionn - anything goes

crafting from the heart - anything goes

OSAAT - special day

Monday, 19 September 2016

Early autumn rain


One of the few things I like about autumn is the changing colours of the leaves and much as I really am a bit of an arachnophobic  I love the magical look of spiders webs after the heavy dew or rain that only really happens in autumn.
I used these lovely leaves from poppy stamps leaf collage, I love the stitching detail on them and coloured them with a mix of autumnal colours and green to simulate the early autumn changes. I used clear drops to simulate water drops from dew or rain.

I used this card by Olga from building your world as my inspiration she makes some of the most beautiful cards and when I grow up I want to make cards just like her.

I used poppystamps fine spiders webs cut in vellum and more clear drops added . I used the die cut negative from the leaf collage as a stencil and used the same distress inks to stencil leaves to the base card front.
I cut 2 frames slightly smaller than the card and attached the webs randomly to the front of the card. I added the frames and then randomly placed the leaves overlapping the webs so it looked as if they were suspended from the leaves and filled the frame space. I trimmed any bits of leaves that poked out under the frame edge. I finished my card by adding a poppy stamps spider coloured in black promarker and used a black pearl for its body.

I haven't yet decided which orientation to use the card on ,I think it looks just as good  portrait or landscape and haven't added a sentiment as yet either, think it would make a nice male birthday card or retirement card or just a hello or thank you.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

My time to craft - stitching real or faux

Fab and funky - go outside

Fairytale challenge - falling leaves

city crafter - turning a new leaf

Make my monday - autumn colours

come and get it - lots of layers

IDIC - anything for fall

the paper girls - nature

left of centre -4 legged creature
(hope 8 legs will do)

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Christmas Bauble improvisation

Two Christmas cards this time using a mix of dies and stencils from spellbinders, Britannia and memory box .

I used this card by Pam for inspiration and although I didn't have the exact dies I tried to improvise.

For my first card I used a memory box stencil as a base layer for my card on top of a white base card. I haven't yet used my stencils in any conventional way by colouring through them but am loving using them for embossing.


I used fancy music border cut in glossy black card to create my musical backdrop.


I used Eliana bauble again from memory box,cut it twice and inlaid one with the other.

I used spellbinders poinsettia and used 3 yellow pearls for the centre.
No sentiment on this card as the stencilled background says merry Christmas though I could add a sentiment later not sure yet.

 For my second card I decided to hand draw my music score and just used the notes from fancy music border , no background this time other than the music. After looking at my photos I need to fill the gap in my treble clef.


I ued the remaining  pieces of my bauble die-cuts and pointsettia dies but this time added a Britania die cut 'seasons greetings'.


I quite like both cards but think the stencil embossed backing just adds that little bit of Christmas magic.
I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

QKR - anything goes

Creative  corner - no patterned paper

Creative fingers - anything goes

Glitter n sparkle - anything goes

MFP - anything goes

TDLLC  facebook challenge - Memory box challenge
(Been crafting for as long as I can remember in one form or another but die cutting other than cutting mats for about a year and still learning)

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

CRAFT - Christmas



Saturday, 17 September 2016

Memory box meets stampedous dancing in the rain


I saw this Stampedous image on a card whist searching for memory box images for ideas and fell in love with it. There is very little colouring to do as most of the image is black so I used promarkers to give the lady a red dress and matching shoes. I them fussy cut the image out. 


The image comes with a lovely sentiment though it is rather close to the image and rather than cutting the stamp in two I managed some masking to enable me to stamp just the sentiment and fussy cut this to allow me to place elsewhere on my card.


I  used the Memory Box splashing puddles die for my backgroud, I didn't want the puddles as they are a little too large for my couple to dance through, it just made me imagine that if they tried they would be in water waist deep and it would be like some sad slap-stick comedy. instead I used a cut out die-cut as a stencil to place my raindrops as although large they didn't look too big. Initially I coloured them red but went over them in black(again promarkers) as I thought the red looked a bit too much like it was raining blood.


I added some poppy stamps candy hearts again coloured in red promarker and randomly stuck them in-between the raindrops and added one to the sentiment too.

I finished the card by adding a darkroom 'happy anniversary' again in black.

I am quite happy how my card turned out and how I used my die in a different way too as I think the raindrops look far more random than I could have achieved freehand, and will definitely be doing this again.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Memory box  -stencil


crafty gals corner -freestyle

craft your passion -anything goes

Artistic inspiration - anything goes

crafting from the heart - anything goes

Stempelsonne - anything goes

Creatalicious - anything goes optional inspired by a song(lady in red)

Allsorts - black,white and one other colour

crafty catz -red, white and black