Thanks Very Much

Hello. I was in a fiddly mood for crafting today, so decided to use lots of little layering die cuts from Spellbinders:

This tree die with the flowers and leaves, are from one set. I die cut the tree from a light brown card stock, then die cut the leaves and flowers from Concord & 9th card stock in three shades of pink, and two shades of green.

I did have to go onto YouTube for the placement of the flowers and leaves, but it came together quite quickly.

I added some white enamel dots to the centre of some of the flowers and added lots of little itty bitty pieces of 3D foam to parts of the tree for some dimension.

I felt something else was needed on the background, so I dry embossed an Altenew stencil which was still out on my craft table from a previous card, which I thought added extra interest to the background without taking away from the main image.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip, and I decided to use gold foiling on a grey strip – black would be too harsh, and I thought a white strip would get lost……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Tic Tac Toe challenge middle rowpink, die cut, stencil

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

Triple B challengebirds and/or butterflies and/or blooms

Birthday Banners

Hello and welcome. My second post of the day as the June Happy Little Stampersanything goes birthday‘ has started.

Here is my card:

I dry embossed a light blue panel and cut it down slightly to create the border from the card base.

The banner was die cut with blue card, and the triangle from the Spellbinders silver glitter foam – this is o very easy to die cut.

Once I decided on where I wanted each string and each triangle, I glued them down – and I even measured between each little triangle to make them even – did someone say OCD…….?

The sentiment was attached with 3D foam.

I hope you can come and join us with your birthday makes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

CYHTPembossing folder – option bird/bird houses not taken

Ally’s Angels anything goes

Cupcake Inspirationsanything goes

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

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

Mistletoe Kisses

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘J‘ and ‘K‘, and we want to see your Christmas/Festive creations with ‘J’ for Jingle Bells, and/or ‘K’ for Kisses (under the mistletoe)’. Here is my card:

I have some slimline card bases in this gorgeous dark blue and never think to use them – so I grabbed one, and embossed the front half with a Spellbinders embossing folder.

The birds, bird house, and all the floral elements were die cut and assembled, and the hardest part was deciding on where each of the elements were to go. Thank goodness I went for slimline so I could get everything on there.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas/Festive makes following our themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beautiful Blossoms – anything goes flowers/florals

Sparkles Forum emboss it

Fab’n’Funkythings with wings

Creative Fingers anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Most Magical Time Of The Year anything goes Christmas or Halloween

12 Months of Christmas anything goes Christmas – option Christmas Decorations not taken

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas