Saturday, 29 April 2017

pink petal birthday bag

 I made a card a little while ago using the petal ribbon from poppystamps in different shades of pink and decided to complete the set and make a little gift bag to go with it as I'd got a bit carried away and cut a few more ribbons than I needed for the card.

I used a docrafts die for the gift bag one hubby bought for me when I first got my cutting machine as we saw a demo and he liked it and I wasn't going to say no was I? I cut it in plain white card to match the greeting card and simply added the petal ribbons to each side of the bag and a couple of butterflies from the mini butterfly die also from poppystamps.

I decided that as I'd gone this far I should finish it off with a matching tag and took inspiration from some Olga on the poppystamps design team made a while ago.

I used main street tag dies to cut my base and a frame also in white card. I also cut one in white vellum and used the tulisa corner collage to cut some interest into the vellum before attaching to the base tag.

I then used another of the petal ribbons and used the flowers and some of the ribbon bit of the die and added these onto of the vellum . I added some sparkly centres to the flowers and a couple of butterflies and then topped the sandwich with the tag frame.

I used a hole punch to create a hole for my ribbon and added this to my gift bag and love how it turned out.

 I would like to enter this gift bag and tag into the following challenges ;-

in the pink - birthday

polkadoodles - anything goes

crafty catz - anything goes optional CAS no DP

crafting with friends -anything goes

creative fingers -anything goes

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