Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recycling Cardboard

Not had much time to craft this week, busy painting which is entertaining with an inquisitive cat whose pushed his nine lives to breaking point.  It might be true that curiosity kills the cat - I jest, but honestly, a black cat with a tin of magnolia is not the best mix!

My eldest son is home from University which brings me onto my card.  I love him dearly but it seems that in two years being away he's forgotten where the recycling bin is situated, at this point I'll add its been in the same place for the last 12 years.  Anyway, he seems to have acquired shares in Amazon with the amount of deliveries I accept while he's sleeping and the empty boxes end up in the utility, this annoys the hell out of me and while breaking one apart I decided to utilise it on my next card which temporarily altered my mood.

I kept it very simple, just a kraft card base, layered with a die cut.  I drew round the inside of the die on the cardboard, cut it out and ripped half of the top layer off to reveal the corrugated design.  

On the bit I didn't rip, I used a stencil and Liquid Pearls to create the pattern.  Wrapped some string and threaded through the gift tag and tied into a bow so the tag does slide back and forth.  Cut the daisies from linen cardstock and just inked them, added a few gems to finish.  Not too shabby for a card made from packaging :)  Although I've now given my son a reason not to throw stuff away - sigh!


HLS - Anything Goes with Die Cuts
Crafty Cardmakers - Lots of Layers

Supplies: Kraft card base, white linen cardstock, Spellbinders eyelet squares die, Penny Black bashful die, Woodware tag punch, Liquid Pearls, TH stencil, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and clear gems.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017


When my boys were little, we always used to pick these and blow the seeds high into the sky and make wishes, I still can't resist doing it now and they're all grown up but it still makes me smile.  Anyway onto my card.

I started with the backing paper I found amongst my snippets but I'd already used part of it for another card using the MB honeycomb die which had left a big hole on the right so I was limited on its use.  After a little thought, I die cut another honeycomb from contrasting card and inserted it back into the negative space.

I stamped the image once and then again with second generation ink for a more muted dandelion.  Now the fun part, not!  I die cut the butterfly, layered it onto cardstock and fussy cut around it and then added clear embossing powder for a bit of shine.  I die cut the butterfly once more using a snippet from a left over page of an old paperback book from a past project - now this is really not for the faint hearted.  The paper is so flimsy and once you apply pva glue, it really is fiddly and at risk of tearing so easily, cue several walk aways!

Those of you eagle eyed crafters will spot another one of my whoops moments.  The writing should be continuous but I put the top pieces in back to front and just all wrong, needless to say I was annoyed at myself but thought I'd just roll with it and see how it turned out.  To finish I added some ivy die cuts from the scraps left of the cardstock and a few gems.


Pixies Snippets Challenge 

Supplies:  MB Vivienne butterfly and honeycomb dies, Sizzix Garden Greens die (ivy), Hero Arts dandelion stamp, Stamping All Day sentiment stamp, Inktense white pencil and Hobby Craft clear gems.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Old School

Way back when I first started crafting there was nowhere near the choice we have today so I went 'old school' with todays card by using bubble wrap to create my background.

I'm still using the Tim Holtz Blossom Sketchy flowers stamp set which includes a double stencil.  

I started by stamping the flowers one by one and heat embossing with white, then again for the masks.  I used the stencil that came with the stamps to create the honeycomb type effect with TH Distress ink in tea dye to start with then again using black ink.  Next I inked up the bubble wrap with TH Distress ink in vintage photo and randomly stamped over the kraft cardstock.  I coloured the echinacea flowers with watercolour pencils using a combination of brown, yellow and orange shades.

The verse is designed to look blurred, like someone who thumped too heavy on an old typewriter, I'm guilty of doing that too only when I did it all my keys used to stick together infront of the roller, not quite as friendly as our modern day computers but they do have a wonderful nostalgic feel.


Supplies: Kraft cardstock, Versamark ink pad, white embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress inks in vintage photo and tea dye and clear stamps with the verse included, Stazon ink in stone grey, Inktense watercolouring pencils, sequins (colour changed using Sharpies) and a few Hobby Craft gems.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017


I adore the beautiful echinacea purpurea flowers, commonly known as purple coneflower which belong to the happy sunflower family which always puts a smile on every ones face and that brings me nicely to my card.

For this card I'm using the Tim Holtz echinacea stamp set that comes with a lovely splatter stencil.

I decided before starting that I was going to stay true to the purple/pink colouring of echinacea and coloured them with Kuretake watercolouring pens, I distressed the background using Tea Dye Distressed ink with the stencil and a BoBunny netting stamp.

I added a strip of embroidery anglaise (love that stuff especially clothes, its girly) that was dyed, wrapped a length of string around it for a bit of interest.  Stamped the 'smile' stamp numerous times - blimey that stamp does not like ink and I'm thankful I have the Tim Holtz stamping platform that made light work of the many times it took to be completely black.  Fussy cut around it and adhered it to the card with 3D foam.

A close up of the flowers, I actually enjoyed colouring these and finally found a happy medium between me and my Kuretake, doubt it will continue as we have a love/hate relationship.

Challenges Entering:-

Love to Craft Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges - Floral    
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Flowers                          

Supplies:  Tim Holtz Echinacea clear stamps and splatter stencil, BoBunny netting clear stamp, Heidi Swapp 'Smile' sentiment, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink, Stazon jet black ink, a length of embroidery anglaise, basic parcel string and KaiserCraft brown gems.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Angel Anya

After having a nosey around some challenge blogs, I've discovered Christmas with the Cuties and decided to enter with my first Christmas card of 2017.  The theme is always use a cute image and this month it has to be clean and simple, hopefully I've met the brief.

I decided to use The Greeting Farm Angel Anya as I think she's pretty cute, which I coloured with Copics, apologies my colouring is not the greatest but I'm learning albeit slowly ;)

Just because its Christmas and for me that means sparkly so her dress, wings and bow were covered with Stickles in red and white because I wanted more of a Santa angel rather than an angelic one.

Here's a close up, I'm hoping my camera skills have picked up the glitter.  The background was just embossed using a Cuttlebug folder inked before putting through the BigShot.  A stamped sentiment and a few red sequins to finish of my clean and simple card.

Challenges - Christmas with the Cuties - Use cute image/clean and simple

One final note, I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to those kind people who have followed me.  I really do appreciate it and I will always reciprocate the gesture :) 

Supplies: White linen cardstock, The Greeting Farm Angel Anya rubber stamp, Cuttlebug dots embossing folder, Stickles in red & white, Copic Markers and a few sequins.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


I'm sharing a patchwork effect card I created from lots of small snippets of K&Co patterned papers, I'm sorry I can't for the life of me remember the name and because the pieces were quite small, there was no name left on the bottom strip.

The card base is 8x8 as anything smaller wouldn't give the white space I like.  I started by cutting the little bits of patterned paper into squares and rectangles, then took to the sewing machine to edge them very roughly and I left the end threads showing on purpose.  I arranged the snippets on my card first and took a photo when I was happy as a reference point.  

The butterflies were cut in black cardstock and attached to some bigger bits of the same paper and then fussy cut out and adhered using foam pads for a bit of lift.  I added a few paint splatters in various colours to match and bring the whole card together.  

Challenges - Pixie's Playground, Using Snippets

Supplies:  White 8x8 card base, K & Co patterned paper, MB Vivienne die, Inktense watercolour pencils, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and Hobby Craft clear gems.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

From the Cats!

A very quick card to post today, it was made for my husband from our two rescue cats, pictures opposite of the pair.

Both my husband and myself have children from previous relationships but sadly we don't have any together.  What we do have is our two cats that we adopted last Christmas when they were about five months old, after I lost my beloved 12 year old cat Lacie.  They were originally called Branston & Pickles but no way in hell was I shouting those names out at dinner time so we renamed them to Holly, obviously Christmas time and Loki because he really is the epitome of the Norse God of Chaos.

It was very quick to make, just a bit of stamping and colouring which gave me time to play with my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform... yay!

Supplies: Basic white cardstock, Stamping All Day sentiment, Little Claire Designs Silhouette Cats stamp, Inktense pencils, Whispers Royal Blue & Sunshine ink pads and Hobby Craft clear gems.

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