Slimline Shaker Birthday

Billie A has chosen the theme for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz – slimline birthday. Here is my card:

Onto a slimline card base, I adhered a previously created yellow Distress Ink smooshed panel.

The shaker panel was created using a Pinkfresh Studio slimline cover plate.

I adhered acetate along the back to cover all three circles, placed 3D foam strips virtually everywhere on the back creating three ‘wells’ for the sequins – I didn’t want all the sequins to go to one end of another and to stay behind each window – added another piece of acetate to enclose all the wells – then adhered to the yellow panel and card base.

I find this method of creating a shaker uses more acetate – but it makes it soooo much easier to add the sequins, and then add to the card base. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stuck a shaker panel down wonky, or spilled all the sequins – this method stops that happening. Well, most of the time anyway.

The flowers are from Taylored Expressions – a little die kit from a past virtual event – and the sentiment was die cut from Spellbinders gold card stock.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘slimline birthday’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

The Crafty Addicts anything goes

Seize The Birthdaybirthday and ‘make it pop’ – colours, shaker,

Ally’s Angels anything goes

Beautiful Blossomsflowers

Joyeux Noel

Hello once again. The new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started. Kate has taken over the helm for this challenge. Here is my card:

The background was created by die cutting a Pinkfresh Studio cover plate and adhering that to a brushed gold panel.

Now onto the main image – lots and lots of die cutting, piecing those itty bitty pieces together – and watching YouTube to figure out how to make her dance:

It’s actually quite an easy and simple idea to be able to create the ‘dancing’ and movement – ingenious if you ask me,

The dies are from Spellbinders, and cut using a mixture of patterned paper, black glitter foam, and gold.

I added the foiled sentiment, and also added some small gold gems to the centre of each snowflake.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – anything goes Christmas. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

12 Months of Christmas anything goes Christmas – option not taken

Jingle Belles RockChristmas and no stamping

Beyond The Blue interactive

CRAFT ChallengeChristmas

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and no stamping

Merry Little Christmas challenge atg Christmas

Christmas – scraps and no stamping

Hello. I was intrigued by a couple of challenges where you had to create a Christmas card using scraps, and others for Christmas and no stamping. Here is what I came up with:

Now I know why I kept all those strips of card and patterned paper:

I started by taking a white panel and sticking down some double-sided tape all over it. Once the backing was removed, I took pieces from the pile in the photo above and stuck them down. I chose a diagonal pattern rather than straight up and down. It came together quite easily I must say. I then trimmed that panel down a little and adhered to a white card base.

The sentiment is from Time 4 Tea Designs, with the shadow layer, and then three layers of the smaller sentiment – topped with gold card stock from Spellbinders.

I’m still very fascinated by the strip background, and as you can see I have lots left to create more.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Jingle BellesChristmas and no stamping

Krafty Chicks occasion

Peace On EarthAnything goes Christmas

52 Christmas Card Throwdown Christmas and use your scraps

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and no stamping

Butterfly ‘Hi’

Hello. I’d like to share a card using a couple of techniques I haven’t used in a while:

Onto a Kraft card base, I used an Altenew stencil and roughly applied Altenew white embossing paste through it.

Letting that dry, I then used an old – very old – Spellbinder butterfly die to die cut the butterfly out of pink card stock, then used the detail die to dry emboss the details. I did have to interrogate my Sizzix platform for how to do that – but it worked out how I wanted it.

I also die cut some Simon Says Stamp leaves out of vellum, and white heat embossed the sentiment onto some grey card stock.

I first attached the sentiment and then the butterfly – both with 3D foam, then put some glue onto the bottoms of the leaf stems and inserted underneath the butterfly.

Some pink sequins and it’s done.

dry embossed butterfly detail and vellum leaves

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown Pink, Kraft, Grey, White

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeadd a sentiment

Avenue 613 Createanything goes – option of flowers not taken

Allsorts – anything goes – option of using s stencil taken

Ellibelle’s Corner I Spy something with wings

I’m Here For You….

Hello. I spent some time in my craft room yesterday and created this card:

I wanted to use this cute little duck from Spellbinders, so I die cut all the elements from some new colours from Concord & 9th.

The background was created using a stencil from Clearly Besotted, ink blending the umbrellas with Salvaged Patina Distress Ink, then stencilling some Ranger glitter paste on top of the umbrellas. Putting that aside to dry, I searched through the Color My Life app for a suitable sentiment, and this came up from Simon Says Stamp on one of their butterfly sets.

I stamped that in Versafine black onyx, and arranged everything onto the card base.

I felt the card needed something else, so I also die cut the umbrella from another Spellbinders set, and added that – thank goodness I didn’t glue the wing down completely on the duck – I was able to slot it in behind.

I feel that this little duck may be making some further appearances on my blog posts…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts anything goes

Crafty Animalsanything goes with an animal

FarmQuestrain gear

Crafters Café animals

Sparkles Forumthings with wings

Ellibelle’s Corner I Spythings with wings

CAS Thanks

Hello. I have a change in pace for the card today – completely different to the card posted yesterday:

During the Spellbinders Glimmer class last weekend, I foiled a card panel with these vertical gold stripes.

I die cut the panel to create this broad strip using Gina K Designs Master Layouts, and added the black layer behind.

The sentiment is also from that glimmering session, as part of that class included the new release and these sentiment strips. Foil 9 sentiments in one go, and then the die cuts them out in one go – with the fish-tail ends too……

The hardest decision about this card was where to place the panel – near the top, near the bottom…..I went with central – and had to restrain myself from adding more embellishments and an embossed back panel.

I may create this card again, but less ‘CAS’.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS on FridayCAS stripes

Krafty Chicks CAS

Challenge Up Your Life CAS

D is for Dragonflies

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘D‘, and Caz has chosen the theme of ‘Dragonflies‘. Here is my creation:

So – it’s a little different to my usual creations, isn’t it? I challenged myself to use some of my crafty stash – things which have been sitting there for absolutely ages……and items which do not come easily to me to use.

The star of the show is that dragonfly, a die set from Stampin’ Up, but taken up a notch using double sided sticky sheets and glitter flakes. I first adhered the sticky sheet to a piece of card, rubbed in the glitter flakes, then die cut. I added the solid layer behind, and only stuck down the main body of the dragonfly – not the wings and tail end.

Once I had him made, I decided to use some of my 49 and Market ‘stuff’.

I attached a green base layer to my 5 x 7 inch card base, then added some tickets and the main sentiment, then went to town adding the flowers and leaves with collage medium. I even found a shiny button thingy and added that too. These items are from Craft Box UK, and 49 and Market I think.

So very much outside of my normal creations, but I challenged myself, I am happy with the outcome.

I hope you can come and join us with your dragonfly creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts anything goes +/- embellishments

We Love To Createanything goes mixed media

Crafty Animalsanything goes with an animal

Creative Artisteanything goes mixed media

Use Your Stuffuse a technique – (glitter flakes technique)

Crafting HappinessFlowers

Sparkles Forumthings with wings

Love To Craft anything goes

You Are LLamazing

The new challenge theme at Cardz 4 Galz has been chosen by Johanna – backgrounds. Here is my card:

My background was created using a stencil from Time For Tea Designs, and ink blending with Distress Oxides. I used three colours, but the overlap between each colour created two more, so I achieved almost a rainbow effect.

The images are from Heffy Doodle – stamped, coloured with Copics, then die cut with the matching dies.

I tried a different way of colouring – dotting instead of the usual solid colouring – and I think this creates dimension in their coats. I may well be doing this technique again as I like the effect.

I wasn’t going to use all of the llamas, but I just couldn’t resist.

I hope you can come and join us with your background themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

Crafts Galoreanything goes

The Crafty Addicts anything goes

Cutie Pie Challengecute and four legged friends

Love To Craft anything goes

Floral Birthday Border

Hello. I attended the online Spellbinders Glimmer class this past weekend, and played with foiling – with just about every plate and sentiment set I had. I was glimmering for absolutely hours. Once I got the hang of it – I just kept foiling. Here is a card created with a foil plate from Pinkfresh Studio:

I had foiled the plate onto a white panel, then I used the matching stencils in Pinkfresh pink and lime green inks. I just stencilled harder with the same pink to create some variation, and added extra lime green to the base of some of the leaves.

I didn’t blend the centre of the flowers, but added some gold dots with a metallic gold paint marker from Spectrum Noir. I had bought them to use when I was doing the wax seals and highlighting the image – yet another kit I haven’t really played with yet……!

Once the blended panel was dry, I die cut the border with the matching die set, and added two more die cut layers in plain white for stability.

I thought the centre of the border was a little plain, so I dry embossed a stencil and inserted that embossed ‘off cut’ to create more interest in the centre.

The sentiment is also from my foiling sessions, added with some 3D foam strips, and I searched my stash for some pink and lime green sequins, and added them as you see.

I’m afraid I have become addicted to foiling – you are definitely going to see more of that in my future posts…..beware!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catzanything goes, option of lace, ribbon or twine not taken

Allsorts – anything goes option add embellishments – taken

Color Throwdownpink, lime green, white

Here Is A Place To startanything goes option of flowers and one other thing taken (+ sequins)

Get Creativeflowers

Double D Challengeflowers

Christmas Scene

Hello once again. The new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has now started. Here is my card:

The back panel is from Pinkfresh Studio, and layered with Spellbinders gold card stock to allow the gold to shine through the edge detail.

The images are from The Greetery, a layering stamp set, and then die cut with their matching dies.

The elements were attached with a mixture of 3D foam and glue, and then the sentiment banner placed across the top of the scene.

Some gold sequins added for even more bling and shine, though I think the overall look is quite clean.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas/festive makes in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Christmasanything goes Christmas

Creative Inspirationanything goes

Most Magical Time Of The Yearanything goes Christmas or Halloween

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas and five of something of lots of gold (gold)

12 Months of Christmasanything goes Christmas

Merry Little ChristmasChristmas anything goes