Saturday, 17 March 2018

Not sew easy

Hello Lovely Crafters, 
I've been meaning to have a go at stitching on my cards. Some people make amazing creations, not wanting to single anyone out (Jules - you are the queen of this! x)

The reason I've been putting it off is because I thought it probably wasn't as easy as it looks. It's not but I'm sure I'll get better with practise. Also the tension was wrong on my machine and I've turned my house upside down looking for the instruction book to no avail. I've put it somewhere safe. 

Anyway my card turned out OK and I only made it once, a new thing I'm trying. 

I've been doctoring an embossing folder too. 
I saw a post about using narrow embossing folders and gasket to give an embossed image in the centre of a card with no lines from the folder. Here. I found that I could use my embossing mat to give the same effect. 
I have a few narrow folders but they hinged at the side so could only be used on the edge of card. 
Knowing no fear, I snipped the 'hinges' and taped the folder together at the ends. You do need to snip off all the bits of hinge as they can make a mark. If your folders open at the ends already, it won't be a problem. 

I hope this explains. I cut the hinges from the long sides. 

Now I am able to emboss anywhere I like as long as I line up the folder correctly. I only undo the tape from one end. 

For my Big Shot the sandwich is:
Tab 1
Folder with card
Embossing mat/gasket
Cutting plate
Sometimes a card shim is needed. It seems to be trial and error to find out. 

I think this makes the folders more versatile which is always good in my book. 

Our theme at 52CCT this week is Santa which I'm sure will be popular.

You have a week to join in the fun and get ahead on your Christmas Cards. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy the Day. x

I'm joining in with ABC Christmas - E is for Embossing

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Spring colours

Hello Lovely Crafters
I've made a card using spring colours and I think it's very cheering. My daffodils are starting to flower which certainly lifts the spirits after all the bad weather. 

I made this by embossing the image in clear powder, using Brushos to colour then ironing off the embossing powder when the paint was dry. (Between pieces of scrap paper - please don't blame me for sticky irons). I know I've described this technique before and I'll try and find that post.  I didn't paint with Brushos but rather sprinkled them in the general area where I wanted the colour and allowed them to spread with water. 

I have not added a sentiment to this yet as recently I wanted a card and found that my whole stash said 'Happy Birthday' or 'Congratulations'. I think I wanted 'Sorry you are leaving' so congratulations didn't strike the right note. 
I think perhaps it looks a bit unfinished but maybe not. 
I used a Woodware stamp which I won in the Playground several years ago. It still comes out from time to time and is great for this technique.
I'm popping in with this card as I have used snippets of card and ribbon. 

Also Mrs A's Butterfly Spin the Wheel.
I haven't managed many of these choices.I tried to make the card rectangular but still finished up with a square. I tried adding navy but is was better without. So just two colours and a butterfly. 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Embossed kraft

Hello Lovely Crafters, 
Sometimes a quick card is needed and that is what this is. It is not very inventive but is what time allowed. 

This week we have a colour challenge from Fabiola at 52CCT.

These colours are particularly Christmassy so do see what you can come up with and join in with our challenge. 

I've used an Inkylicious sentiment stamp, a Sizzix embossing folder and everything else is from my stash. I think the snowflake is saved from an old Christmas Card! I've finally found a good use for it. I've also used DP inside to strengthen the card a little and make it easier to write on.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x

I'm linking this to ABC Christmas. The challenge is E for Emboss, F for Frill  or G for Glitter. I've used embossing, obviously  and there is a fair amount of glitter around from the snowflake. Some of it is still on the snow flake. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018


Hello lovely crafters, 
I tried a new technique for this card. There are so many interesting things to try but often I go back to the same ideas. 

This is the Bokeh technique which turned out to be surprisingly easy. I watched a couple of You Tube videos then used a template of my own making. 

I used a white Brilliance ink pad to sponge circles of different colour intensity over the yellow background. Some practice will give even better effects. This inkpad gives a nice shimmery effect but not very white. It's now yellow anyway!

I'd like to know if anyone has a really good white inkpad they can recommend which stamps well?

It's a new month and a new set of challenges at 52CCT. This time Fabiola has a sketch for us. 

I originally made this using the sketch in this orientation but then realised it made much more sense to turn it round. Luckily I realised before I glued it down. 

What have I learnt? It is good to try new things, sometimes they are easier than you imagine but might also result in new purchases!

I hope you have time to join in the challenge and do visit the rest of the DT whose cards are always varied and interesting. 

Thanks for visiting and keep warm. x

Saturday, 24 February 2018

52CCT Watercolour

Hello lovely crafters...

Welcome to another week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I was pleased I managed to make a flowery spring card this week but now it's back to Christmas. I'm short on birthdays at this time of year.  
For our final February challenge Myrna has chosen Watercolours. A lovely theme with so much scope. 

This background is made using a more successful attempt at the Cling film technique (than my last card here). This time I used smooth, coated cardstock so the colour sits on the surface rather than soaking in. 
I used purple Brushos, a touch of yellow and possibly black. There are plenty of videos on You Tube for anyone who hasn't tried it. It is one of those ideas which looks a real mess when wet and then you never know what wonders might appear as it dries. Sometimes it is still a mess.
I used a Die-namics frame die I won in the Playground a little while ago and an unknown snowflake die. After it was finished I wished I'd stamped the sentiment but resisted pulling it off and ruining what I'd one. 

We hope you will join in with this fun challenge.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x

I'm hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used snippets and my playground prize. Thanks Di. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Pieced pink, purple and peach patterned paper with pearls...

and a butterfly of course. 
I've thrown in a bee and a tongue twister for good measure.

Mrs A has issued a new Butterfly Challenge to us. Spin the Butterfly wheel  and it's the letter P this week.

The challenge is to use a theme or a colour or as many themes and colours as you like. Well, I couldn't resist and used them all. Not forgetting the butterfly, of course. I think the themes fitted together well  so here it is:

The flowers are all papers and the butterfly is tissue. I wanted something sparkly for the butterfly but couldn't find the right thing so added a little Wink.
I didn't leave myself any room for a greeting but that can go on the inside when I know where I'm sending it. 
What do I think? It's not my best effort but it is cheerful and hints at seasons to come. 

If you feel inspired you still have a week to join in the fun. 
I'm also linking this to The Flower Challenge. The theme this time is Paper piecing. There are some very inspiring entries which put mine in the shade. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Bear in a Christmas jumper

Good morning lovely crafters.

For our 52CCT challenge this week Myrna has chosen Polar Bears as the theme. 

I've used this Hunkydory stamp.

You might think this is the Northern Lights in the background or you might think it's a piece of water colouring saved in my stash.
It's was a trial for the cling film technique where you add colour to paper then scrunch cling film over it and let it dry. I used watercolour paper here which did not give the definite lines which a smoother paper would have. Anyway, I kept it of course, and it came in useful. 
See if you have a bear in your stash and join in the challenge. 

What do I think? It's not my usual style but I do like the inky background and the starry knitted jumper. 

All stamps are Hunkydory except the holly which is Inky Doodles. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your day. x

I'm linking with 
Jingle Belles - A colouring we will go.  I've used Brushos and pro-markers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Callenge  - Anything goes or use some green.