Saturday, 22 April 2017

Memory box under the sea inspiration

I was lucky enough to win an under the sea collage on a blog blitz from memory box and loved the tutorials Dave from memory box too but as it hasn't yet arrived  I decided to improvise with a craft knife and a hole punch to create my under the sea card using this pretty Ching-Chou Kuik image.


I used some Spectrum Noir aqua pens and smooshed some card with a mix of blues. I then used my craft knife to cut out some windows and then added some punched holes randomly , and layered them over over the image.
 I finished the front of the card with a cute crab also from Memory Box coloured with promarkers and to add the look you get on a crab shell I used some PVA glue.

I created some weed by using some recycled ribbon ,the bits you get in clothes to aid staying on hangers and stuck at both ends but twisted them to give the appearance of movement.

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

Polkadoodles -anything goes

Morgans world - anything goes

Ching Chou Kuiks - under the sea

The ribbon girl -use any image

crafting when we can - one for the girls

colour crazy - anything goes

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Welcome little one

I decided I would start to build my card stock again and as it's Spring and there are babies being born in the animal kingdom I decided to start with a baby card. I don't need a baby card as I don't know anyone having a baby so thought I'd make it a general baby card not gender orientated hence the colours.

I love this sugar nellie image it's just so super cute.I stamped it onto white card and coloured it with promarkers in peach, almond, putty, lemon, grey and pink and a touch of mint for balance.

I die cut it out using a stitched rectangle die from memory box but decided it was too long so I cut it in 2 halves to shorten it. I then used their alter star collage die cut into card and used this as a stencil and used spun sugar distress ink, after masking the coloured image.

I decided to use a peach pearlised base card and keep the card design simple and complete it with a die cut sentiment 'welcome little one' from poppystamps. I coloured it in lemon and then cut it out in the rectangle with the image on and inlay it.

I was quite happy with the results and now have a card in waiting should someone announce they have had a special delivery.

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

Just us girls -soft pastels

crafty catz - anything goes with a twist of animals

CAS on Sunday - stencil

AAA- CAS and use a stencil

Addicted to stamps -not a square(hope rectangles are ok)

CAS mix up - stamping,inlaid die and your choice(I choose stencil)

As you like it - favourite card shape
(I tend to gravitate to rectangle probably for ease and convenience and habit too)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Simply butterflies

I love Spring and how everything just seems to spring back into life and seeing the butterflies and bees whizzing around the flowers that just pop up and birds busy building nests.
I decided to use the hyancinths and crocus in my garden as inspiration for colouring my butterflies in the buutterfly collage fom Memory box.

I used promarkers to colour a piece of card  randomly then placed it behind the diecut cut into a white base card. Technically I guess its a one layer card as the coloured layer is on the inside of the card but I love the effect.

There is still space to add a sentiment at a later date but not added yet, but I think this could be birthday, get well or a thank you card , but who doesn't love butterflies.

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

My time to craft -no designer paper

HLS Dies -anything goes

Come and get it - in the garden

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Pink petal power

Another petal ribbon die cut card this time in shades of pink, I'm loving this quick and simple kinda card and its a great way to use up scraps of paper too.

I used 5 flowers ribbons and stuck them to a piece of white card, I added some mini butterflies randomly before layering the card onto a layer of pink paper and then onto a white base card.

I haven't added a sentiment yet but think it could be used for several different occasions from birthday,thank you or anniversary.

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

Pearly Sparkles - anything goes

In the pink -flower power

The paper girls -festive flowers

Penny's -anything goes

crafty girls corner -3 or more layers

Bunny hop

Not sure if I will use this as an Easter card or save it and use it as a fun birthday card or maybe I will send it to a little boy Whimsy stamps were appealing  for mail  for as he is terminally ill and loves receiving mail ( I saw their post on facebook if you are interested). Well now thats decided.

I used this fab stamp from LOTV and coloured it with promarkers. I treated myself to some new dies although many Memory Box and Poppystamps dies from the latest releases are hard to find in the UK without paying an absolute fortune for and I do love their dies though I'm sure there are other companies too that I would love but haven't yet found them.

Anyway I used pasture grass die and cut the grass that I coloured in the same promarker I used to colour the field the bunnies are playing in. I liked the shape the pasture die created so used the curve part of the set to create the top of the image in a reverse mirror shape. 

I decided that the bunnies sky needed some colour so I used a spectrum noir aqua pen and a water brush to give it some presence. I placed it on a white base card and love how it looks ,it just makes me smile so I hope Carson the little boy I will send it to likes it too.

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

A Gem of a challenge - furry friends

Alphabet challenge -B is for bunnies

Dream valley challenges - 4 legged friends

Stamplorations -CAS optional any pastel colour

Creative knockouts - outside fun

Scrapyland - anything goes

What happens to a garden over winter?

I'm not sure what happens in my garden over winter but my veg patch just continues to grow all by itself but nothing I've planted just grass and weeds which then means when it comes to Spring I have to de-weed etc before I can plant anything else. I know I should probably keep up my weeding so it doesn't get to that stage but I just find so many other things t do and the veg plot just gets neglected , false economy of my time and one day I will learn but hey ho no pun intended.

Anyway this is what I've been doing this Spring digging though not yest harvest digging for a couple of months anyway.

I used this fab LOTV stamp which is such fun to colour and I love how the little bird sits on the pots as the robins in our garden join me they always seem so fearless when compared to other birds.

I decided it would make a fun birthday card for a gardening gent but it could also have ended up as a retirement card too. I found the happy birthday sentiment in my word box amazing what you rediscover when you have a move around of your craft stash.

The papers are all from my scrap paper files so I have no idea who they were originally from sorry. I tried to keep the colours coordinated with those I used when colouring and all on a white base card. I cut the papers using outside the box stitced rectanges and used some creative cutting and positioning and formed a frame for my image using outside the box stitched circles.

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

Daisy chain -Spring is in the air

Crafty calendar -April showers/Spring

Squirrels challenge- Spring fever

Die cuttin divas - April sketch

Cardz for guys - Easter/Spring

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Petal Easter wishes

I am loving the world of die cutting, it brings another dimension to card making and other crafts though as yet I haven't ventured further than cutting card and paper.

I haven't really had much mojo lately when it comes to crafting I guess too many other things causing distraction but now I have redecorated my craft room and refurbished it I thought as I found all sorts I had forgotten about when moving things around I really ought to try and find mojo and get card making again.

I decided to start off  with something bright and colourful and just die cuts using promarkers to colour my white butterflies ,flower centres and to use on the sentiment stamp.

I cut the petal ribbon die from poppystamps several times in different colours, I think they had a similar design on their blog when the die was released but I can't find it so I'm not sure who made it but unless I was dreaming it obviously made an impression so thank you to the designer.

I went for a kind of ombre pattern or mirror image whatever you want to describe it as and chose a coordinating colour  promarker to use for the sentiment which is a simple happy Easter .

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

Inspired by all the little things - celebration (hope Easter counts)

crafts galore encore - anything goes

That's crafty - flowers and or foliage

Unicorn challenges - petal power

Monday, 27 March 2017

A 21st card for a male

I haven't been making many cards over the last year and those I have made and photographed I haven't got around to publishing many of due to life getting in the way but I have newly decorated my craft room and hopefully will get my mojo  and craft head back in gear.
I had a 21st birthday card to make and needed a little inspiration and loved the ribbon card Jean on the memory box design team made so decided to use that as my inspiration so thanks Jean. 

I am still learning when it comes to using my dies but love their clean look especially when used with white card and decided on this delicate fern die from memory box for this card. I used a white square base card and taking the ribbon inspiration created a base for the fern using a selection of green ribbons, real not die cuts even thought I love the effect Jean created I don't have any ribbon dies.

I added a peel off 21 in gold to one corner and a 'happy birthday'die but from Britannia dies cut in gold to the other corner. Clean and simple and no colouring either but I am very happy with the result.

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

Kitty Bee -Spring cleaning (use something you've not used for a long time
(my craft room ))

Simon says- use more than 1 die

Memory box -ribbons

Penny's -anything goes

southern girls -use a die cut

4 crafty chicks-dies/punches

poppypower - lets go green

Simply create too -lots of green

AAA- die cuts as main focus 

A gem of a challenge -birthday boys

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Simply thank you

My son recently had surgery again and though he has had many operations he is always grateful for all the care he receives and though he knows he cannot really show how much he is thankful for he likes to give thank you cards to show his appreciation.

Many of the cards he gives tend to be for the ladies who are involved in the process but he also likes to thank the all important gents be they doctors,physios, nurses and even the admin staff who at this last operation organised his admission so the process could be completed to enable him to go on holiday earlier this month. 

This is one of the cards I create for him. I used memory box loopy rings die cut in glossy black card and mounted on a white base card.

I added a poppy stamps die cut thank you cut in gold mirri card and added this atop the loops.
Clean and simple thank you.

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

Just us girls - geometric

CASe this  sketch-cas + sketch

HLS  CAS - die cuts

Poppystamps - go for gold

Sunday, 12 February 2017

A card for hand delivery

I thought I would try something new when I made this card and give it a 3D effect by bowing the die I used for the background  and I love how it turned out. The fortunate thing was I could deliver it by hand as it was made for a neighbour so I didn't need to make a box to send it in the post.

I used poppystamps and memory box dies to create my card , both cut in white card to match the base. The butterflies I added double sided tape to before adding different shades of pink glitter.I then attached the butterflies to the trellis I had formed on the card. I did try to add a birthday sentiment but it just didn't look right so I added it inside and like a wally forgot to take a picture.

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

A gem of a challenge - add a butterfly

Creative inspirations -anything goes

Unstampables - anything with a twist of something new

Crafty friends - anything goes

Kitty Bee designs - colour challenge

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

For a winters birthday

I often think in the run up to Christmas card manufacturers seem to think people don't have birthdays and as we have a few birthdays in the run up to and just after Christmas I am so happy I make my own cards.

I made this for my son to send to his Gran, he likes sending cards but they have to be non fussy or girly even when they are for a girly recipient.

I decided to go white on white and keep it clean and simple. I used a memory box die for the sentiment and added white glitter card behind it.You can see the glitter card behind the text in close up here.

I remember seeing a card very similar on the internet sometime last year think it was Lorraine's loft blog and the design stuck in my mind as it was so lovely. I know my design isn't quite the same as I hand cut my balloon and I'm not sure whether Lorraine used glitter card or not so hopefully its not too alike but thank you Lorraine for the inspiring design idea.

I used white satin ribbon for the tie on my balloon and tucked the end on the ribbon under the sentiment to ground it and stop flying away. The balloon was hand cut from glitter paper before being attached to the base card.

The card was a hit with my son and his Gran so mission was a success and in my book that's all that matters. 

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

Allsorts -lets celebrate

Less is more - 1 or more balloons

Die cuttin divas - anyhing goes

Lemon shortbread - anything goes

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Snowy wishes

More Christmas cards quick and simple . Both cards have white base cards and use 3 panels of patterned paper to create a base layer for die cut snowflakes using docrafts xcut dies in white glitter paper on the top card and blue glitter card on the lower card. The greeting on the top card was a magazine freebie from several years ago.

Not spectacular cards but for multi production cards for acquaintances or hubby and sons work colleagues not friends they are quick and easy to produce and quite acceptable.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges;-

Unicorn challenges;- January blues

Daisy chain challenges -add some sparkle

The crazy challenge - 3 of a kind

HLS -anything goes with dies

paper shelter -shades of blue

CRAFT -Christmas

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

veggie good birthday

I was lucky enough to win some stamps from Memory box and thought using them would be a fun way to wish my 15 year old nephew happy birthday, its such a hard age to make cards for especially when hes's into cycling and I've exhausted my cycling stamps to death.
I used promarkers to colour the images and then fussy cut them out. I do think they are rather cute.I had fun arranging them trying to make them look balanced.
I used some green card to cut a grand happy birthday die from poppystamps and placed it on the base of my landscape white card before arranging the veggies over and around the sentiment.

The stamps have some fun sentiments in the set so I used one on the outside of my card , stamped below the happy birthday and embossed using  moonglow powder.

I think it turned out quite well really .

I hope my nephew will get the joke and recognise the stamped images inside as tomatoes and get the joke corny as it is but that's half the fun .

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

My time to craft - something new

crafty calendar - something new

sweet stampin- something new

craft rocket - something new

dream valley challenges - something new

Stampavie and more -something new

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hedgehog party fun

I  am so loving the fun cards you can make with these poppystamps cottage fence dies and base with the added bonus that they fold flat for posting at the normal rate too.

I decided a bright and fun birthday card for my sister who has a birthday this month, but no worries she dosen't check out my blog so she'll not see the card early.

I used a penny black stamp as the foal image and once coloured with promarkers and the balloons made to shine with sakura glaze pens fussy cut them out.

I cut the base and side panels from green card.
I used a memory box tree die Alessandria and cut 2 out and coloured them with promarkers. I created a third tree like a fir tree ti stick in the middle, I did try 3 trees the same but it just didn't look right.
I created some bunting and added a happy birthday sentiment to them before sticking in place. The trees were positioned and stuck in place on the back fence ensuring that their overalll height didn't exceed the sixe of the envelope I intended to use. I completed the trees by adding a stamped patchwork pals owl again coloured with promarkers.

On the side panels I completed the scene by stamping and colouring with promarkers and sakura glaze pens more hedgehogs, I had this picture in my mind of mum and dad at the front , mischievous children in the middle and older children bringing up the rear of the family procession. I again fussy cut the images out and stuck to the front of the fence panels.

To support the balloon I used some acetate , love acetate packaging as it is always a little stiffer than craft acetate I find and it allowed me to give the impression of the balloon floating without having card there to support it.

That led to the idea of making the naughty children being able to fly ,I used the acetate to create strips which I folded so they formed a hollow cube. I stuck these to the base card and then the baby hedgies at different heights on the cubes to give the appearance that they are bouncing or floating along . By making the acetate that shape it still folds flat and fits in the envelope with ease.

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

MAWTT -something in the air

cards und more -party animals

Stempelsonne -anything goes

Fabrika fantasy -happy anything

passion for promarkers - anything goes

Penny Black and more - anything goes

Shopping our stash -get in shape