Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Courtyard Butterflies

It's the 2nd week already for the Butterfly challenge.

#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots  of Layers and/or the colour Cream.

Here is some more  inspiration for you.


Base card is made from green pearlised card stock and layered  up with cream cardstock then a green design paper (no name from my stash).The next two layers are a gold pearlised card embossed using Sizzix ' Courtyard' Texture Fades 659449. Image is by Hunkydory from their  'Little book of Butterflies'.
It is not very clear but the background on the image matches in quite well with the embossing folder pattern. Cream lace, gold sticker flowers and the sentiment sticker from my stash. Five layers this time and a further two if you count the sentiment which is cream card layered up with green card and attached to the front with 3D pads.

I used the oddments left over to decorate the inside of the card so that's  also 5 layers if you count the lace strip in too.
The challenge runs until 13th June.

Entering into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #179 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #156 Things with wings.
Aud Sentiments #180 Anything goes + a sentiment.
Creative Inspirations #275 Anything goes.
Creative Moments #118 Anything goes with no twist.
Inspiration Destination #128 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #44 Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #371 Anthing goes + two or more layers.
Creative Fingers #130 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #10 Anything goes.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Flower Box

This is the last project that I made on the craft retreat with Honey Doo crafts. A vellum flower using their products to create the centre piece. Flower stamp was stamped out several times in versamark ink embossed with white/white EP onto white vellum and then heat set. Each flower was fussy cut out and then coloured from the back using Memento Dew drops ink pads in two shades of pink. Each petal was sculptured and then applied to a flat disc of vellum to build up the flower shape. A few leaves were created the same way and tucked in behind the arrangement.


The inside surround for the box frame was stamped using Memento  Dew drop ink pads and we could choose which Honey Doo stamps we used to make our designs up with.  I chose a leaf scroll and a butterfly. We also stamped a square larger than the aperture to adhere the flower disc to and then put inside the frame.

A photo showing the finished frame which is 10"x 10" and looks really pretty IRL. I had to take the photo out in the garden to get all of it in. I will show what I made on the Heartfelt Creations retreat day later in the week.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Vellum Lillies

I'm Showing you here the second card that I made with Honey Doo Crafts when I went on the 3 day craft retreat run by Oyster crafts. It is a large 8" x 8" base  and uses vellum as an overlay.  It does look really spectacular IRL. We were all pleased with the results we achieved. I will show you the card process  backwards as we started by stamping the inside of the card using Honey Doo 'Lovely Lily' and ' Birthday Sentiments.

The front of the card was stamped using Versafine Onyx black ink covering with clear embossing powder and heat setting. The lillies were painted using Honey Doo mica powders mixed with water. I haven't managed to capture  the sheen  on the petals in the photo.

Finally we adhered a sheet of vellum paper over the top and using the same lily stamp lining up and stamping  over in exactly the same place using Versa mark ink. We used White Opal embossing powder over the top and heat set. 

Here is the finished  card.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Appearances can be deceiving!

Time again for a new challenge on the butterfly blog.

#79 Butterflies + L is for Lots f Layers and/or the colour Cream.

Here is my inspiration for you.

A simply layered up card but is it what it seems!

A base card of chocolate brown pearlised card stock layered up with burnt orange and cream cardstock to match the butterflies of the design card. I'm not sure where it came from now.  Six layers in all some of which are raised on 3d pads for more dimension.
The beauty of the card though is in the hidden mechanism inside the card  as this is a 'Twisted Pop Up' card.  I saw this done on Sue's (Zouave Cards) blog and immediately thought how well it would work for this challenge of loads of layers.. There are lots of variations and tutorials on You Tube and I did use a combination of ideas from more than one of them.

This is the card as it begins to open up.

 A little bit more.
Keep going and finally fully opened.

Closed down showing the folded mechanism from the side .It really is magic.

Hope I have inspired you to play along. This challenge is running for 4 weeks so you have plenty of time to put your thinking caps on and join in.

Entering into the following challenges:
Love to Craft #10 Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #44 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #43 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #179 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #156 Things with wings.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Moving Along With The Times #45 Butterflies.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Christmas Carols.

Time once again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our latest makes. The theme was set by Christine and she has asked for cards based on a 'Christmas Carol'.
A quick rootle around in my used christmas card box and I found this card front  with a Crown on it and a bit of music score and text included in the design.  A light bulb moment went off and I made this acetate fronted card. I found the Magi sticker in my stash along with a few more gold stars so adhered these to the acetate. Added a few gold sticker edges and called my card done.
Card is based on the Carol 'We Three Kings'

 Card closed up and below shows the acetate with the  3 Kings sticker  attached.
 
Whilst sorting through my sticker stash I found another one with the Shepherds and sheep on and also one of an angel. Second light bulb moment. (I will be lighting up the Blackpool Tower at this rate).
I made another acetate fronted card.
Card is based on the Carol While Shepherds watch'd their flocks by Night.
I went on line and found the words which I uploaded in word and printed off. This was attached to green card stock for the base and then the Angel sticker and stars added. The acetate front was simply decorated with some more gold edging strips and the Shepherd sticker.

  Card closed up and below shows the acetate with the  shepherds sticker  attached.

Entering into the following challenges:




Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Good Wine.

I have just recently been away on a 3 Day Craft Retreat organised by Oyster Crafts. One of the days workshops was by Honey Doo Crafts, The classes were run by Amanda and her mum Kay and we made 3 items during the course of the day.  I'm showing you here one of the cards that we made.
A Pop Up Step card.

The stamp and matching die cut is by Honey Doo called 'A bottle of Vine'. The die cuts were already done for us but we needed to stamp them with Versafine Onyx black ink and then with clear embossing powder. This gave a lovely deep shine . We used  Honey Doo Mica powders  mixed with water to paint the fruit and leaves which dry almost immediately. I chose the sentiment from a selection we were given to use.

This gave us time to do the cutting for the step card arrangement.  You can see  a side view of the card below. 

 It's The Doc's birthday today so this is the card I gave him. No doubt a real bottle will be consumed
later today.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

More Decoupage.

It is the second week of the current butterfly challenge already.
#78 Butterflies + D is for Decoupage and/or the colour Gold.
I have made another card for further inspiration.

The base card is made using Morrocan Gold cardstock. I have used a die cut from Crafts - Too  'Oval Frame' to create the trellis design from light gold pearlescent cardstock. The butterflies are a decoupage sheet from Tbz-kaart.nl which I fussy cut and then layered up with 3d foam pads.  The gold sentiment, flat pearls and gold edging were from my stash.  Photo below is the card laying down flat to show the decoupaged layers.


Entering into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. challenges #414  3D decoupage.
Alphabet Challenge # D is for decoupage.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #57 Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #178 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Love To Craft #10 Anything goes.
Card Mania #92 Life is colourful.
Paper Creator's Crafts #58 Bright is bold.
The Crafty Addicts #36 Anything goes / use diecuts.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

50th Birthday

I received a request for a commission  back in February to make a special card for my  Hairdresser's brother who will be 50yrs old this weekend.
I  was given a list of requirements amongst which were:
supports Liverpool and his favourite team number is 7 which is also his birthdate so could it be on the card . I knew I had a tutorial saved for making little shirts as embellishments  and that I had a strip of ribbon with footballers on it in my stash so an idea for the card was born.
I made a demo card up with my idea and it got the thumbs up so I finished the real Mccoy in good time. The envelope to put it in took way longer than I had anticipated and ended up being an evening and practically an all nighter (the day before I was due to hand the card over) to come up with a design I was happy with which had included  the bright idea of incorporating  a magnetic closure  on the flap and morphing  the envelope into a slim box  shape!!

The little shirt is a tutorial which can be found here.  I checked what the Liverpool strip for 2016/2017 is and made it using the same colours. The ribbon was just long enough to wrap around the design paper which is a digi by Print Fun Factory 'Balls No 4'.

I made a small pocket for inside the card and added a Red Card. 

This is where I incorporated the No 7.

Finally the box card.

I have now received a commission for an 80th Birthday card and the recipient used to be a carpenter!! Not needed till next year though but I have ideas already and just ordered some more magnetic closures. 

Entering into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T Challenges #414 3D Decoupage.
My Time To Craft #345 Masculine.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #279/280 Use your snippets. (red snippet of paper for shirt)
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #26 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #10 Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #66 Anything goes.
Unicorn Challenge #21 Special Occasions.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Decoupage

It is time for another new challenge over on the Butterfly blog.
#78 Butterflies + D is for Decoupage and/or the colour Gold.

Here is my inspiration for you.
I have made an easel card.


The easel card is made from a cream card blank with the base of the card layered up with gold card stock.  The two die cut frames were made using  Spellbinders  'Marvelous Squares'. I was watching a video by Lindsay The Frugal Crafter on making chalk backgrounds and as I had all the necessary in my stash decided to have a try out on this card.  The peg stamps I used are by Heyda from their Butterfly set and the gold coloured chalk from my box of Dovercraft Decorative Chalks. I'm pleased with the resulting panels. The decoupage  butterfly is from a sheet  by Le Suh 'Anna's Art'. They are not precut so I needed to fussy cut each component out separately. The sheet is very thin so I backed onto plain white 150gsm card stock before cutting. I used gold stickles on the top layer.

I finished the card off with a gold sticker sentiment , a gold sticker flower and a gold pearl.

 
Side view showing all the layers.
Hope to see you all in the Butterfly Garden Later.

Entering into the following challenges:
Card Mania #92 Life is colourful.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Anything goes.
Crafts and Me # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #26 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #10 Anything goes.
Paper Creator's Crafts #58 Bright and bold.
Scrapper's Delights #66 Anything goes.
A Bit More Time To Craft #43 Anything goes.
Alphabet Challenge # D is for Decoupage.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nativity Scenes.

I am positive that there is a very highly trained gang of robbers stealing hours/days even weeks from under our very noses! I mean where has the past fortnight gone! I did look under the carpet and behind the fridge too but to no avail.
It is Mary's turn to choose the theme for the Christmas Card Club girls to make our next cards with. Mary has given us Nativity.  A quick look through my used christmas card box turned nothing up but I did find a blank card front with just a little bit of border on top and bottom which combined with some gold stickers gave me my first card.
I have made an acetate fronted card and sandwiched the card/image in between thus making a 3 page card. Some gold stickers down the spine  and the negative left over from already using the sentiment cut into a stip and added to the front of the acetate. 

My second card  uses Stickeroos from their sticker sheet 'Christmas at Dusk.'
Striped paper is from a  paper pack I picked up at the NEC last year by First Edition News. I used my Xcut Oval nesting dies to die cut an oval slightly larger than the 3 Kings image and decorated it with gems from my stash along with the two banners. I felt this was all the card needed.

Third card uses stamps from my stash.  The design paper has the snowflake and the border printed into the design even though at a glance it all looks separate.  I love this nativity set by woodware which has quite a contemporary look to it. The sentiment stamp is by Phil Martin and goes perfectly.
The design paper is a freebie from Making cards Dec 2015 'Traditional Christmas'. There was enough of  the sheet left  to decorate the inside of the card and I used another stamp from the nativity set as well. I added a large pearl to the snowflake from my stash.
 
I'm linking this last card to the following challenges:
Scraps Of Life by Scrappy Mo # April Rudolph challenge.
Winter Wonderland # Add some sparkle or bling.
Crafty Hazelnut's #331 Anything goes /include a star or two.
Crafting By Designs # Christmas.
Crafty Gals Corner #120 Anything goes.
Fab 'n' Funky #348 Christmas.
Crafting With Friends #42 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #129 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #186 Anything goes.
Scrapping 4 Fun #89 Anything goes.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Daisy,Daisy.

Now just because I have used  Spellbinders Delicate Asters die cut  and matching stamps doesn't make these Asters. Oh no.  For the purposes of this card they need to be Michaelmas Daisies.  So glad we got that little mishap sorted!!!
This card is for Little boys/DIL's 5th Wedding Anniversary which the World Wide Web informs me is symbolised by Wood and Daisies.  DIL's favourite colour is purple hence the need for them to be Michaelmas daisies.  The wood effect  digi design paper is by Raspberry Road Barber Shop Papers No 02. I used my bone folder to accentuate each of the groves more.  Backing paper was created in word and printed off. Pearls, ribbon and gold sticker sentiment were from my stash.


Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #187 Pearls and or Gems.
Deep Ocean Challenge #153 Spring.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Crafty Creations #340 Anything goes.
Crafty Gals Corner #120 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #326 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #42 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #129 Anything goes.
Fussy and Fancy #186 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #186 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #126 Anniversary.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Faux Patina

Into the second week already of the butterfly challenge.
#77 Butterflies + F is for Faux and/or the colour Jasmine. Here is some more inspiration for you.

First card uses the Faux Patina Technique and you can find an excellent tutorial here on  Splitcoaststampers.


I used Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Embossing folder EL-006 Design B to make my faux panel with. Distress inks in four colours as per the tutorial above and Wow Embossing powder in Gold. The die cut panel is from Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson called  'Butterflies in Flight' and was a snippet I already had cut out from a previous card. I gave the panel the same Patina treatment.  Card base is made from pale yellow card stock which I have also used behind the  Patina panel.  No sentiment as I thought it would look overdone. A bit disappointed with the photo as it is not showing the blue/green of the panel. The gold isn't as bright IRL but snap was taken at night under kitchen lighting and was the best I could get.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's  Crafty Workshop #277/278. (butterfly panel was a snippet in my stash.)
Artistic Inspirations #177 Anything goes.
Make My Monday #44 Embossing heat and dry. (I have used both.)
Tuesday Throwdown #340 Embossing.
Creative Ladybirds Creations #25 Anything goes.
Love To Craft #9 Anything goes.

Second card  uses Faux Buttons. The die cut is by Joy crafts 6002/0057. I cut four out for each button and  glued them together and then threaded with bakers twine.


The digi papers are from an Etsy shop called Cottage and Lace from their Yellow dots and swirls collection papers No's 1 and 3.  (I like buying the digi papers in sets as you know they are always going to match and go together and also you will never run out of them!) The butterfly is from Tonic - Studios and is a metal filigree design. (They came 5 different designs in the one packet.) Sentiment is a Britannia Word Die and I used a liquid Pearls in baby blue to dot the i.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterened Paper # Anything goes.
Petal Lu Challenges #36 Yellow flowers.
Scrapper's Delights #65 Anything goes.
The Crafty Addicts #35 Anything goes + Add a sentiment.
TLC Creations # Anything goes.


Monday, April 24, 2017

13th Wedding Anniversary

It is Fluff's / S.I.L'sWedding Anniversary and this is the card I have made for them. A quick look on the  World Web tells me that 13yrs is Lace and Hollyhocks.
I remembered an oil painting I had done 6yrs ago now and sorted through my store of photos and found this one I had taken of it.  Ok it was actually meant to be Delphiniums  that I painted but screw your eyes up, tilt your head side ways, don't look too closely and they will pass for Hollyhocks on a dark night!!  The background is yellow which is what I wanted on the card.
Here's the painting I did in oils .


And here is the card I made from a photo of  it.  Base is made from cream cardstock and the sentiment background paper I simply created in word and then printed off  and adhered to the cream card. The die cut is by Crafts - Too called 'Lattice Frame' which I cut in the cream and then used the inside die to cut out the image which I then reset into the frame work. Cream lace was from stash and also the Silver sticker sentiment. 


I have been away on a 3 day Craft Retreat (run by Oyster Crafts) and got back home yesterday evening.I had free Wi fi in the hotel but it wouldn't let me connect up to my emails so now I'm having to play  catch up with you all asap.  Had a lovely time and created lots of things ( 9 items in all which I will be showing you later ) but boy oh boy was it tiring. I feel like I could sleep for a week now!!

Need to make another card for end of week as it is Little Boy's/D.I.L's  Wedding Anniversary which the web tells me is Wood and Daisies.   Eek. Asters are Daisies aren't they ?  Well for the purposes of my card they are now!