Sunday, November 19, 2017

More Chevrons

As promised here are some more ideas for using Chevrons on your cards and makes for the Butterfly challenge which is still running until next Tuesday.

For the first card I have used the shape Z Fold Card but made it a bit different by including a round window on the first 2 folds which then look through to the back fold. I made the card from purple card stock and the patterned paper is a freebie from Making Cards  magazine called 'Pastel Petals' March 2016.

Pink Ric rac braid from my stash, along with the Butterflies that were previously made up and in the odds box. The doilies were a present from a blogging friend that I layered up for a shabby chic look as they are only attached in the centre behind the butterfly. 

Sentiment  is a die cut by Xcut cut 3 times and layered up for extra depth.
Next card uses the shape Double Z Fold Card. Ive used cream coloured watercolour card for making the shape. The paper on the back of the card is a freebie from Paper Crafter Magazine and is by Hunkydory called 'Boutique Chic'  June 2016. Butterfly paper is from Crafters Companian Club Inspire free to download from their site. This is from the April 2016 collection. The strip of purple butterflies is a tonic border punch. I had used the fall out butterflies on a previous card and the strip was still out on my desk begging to be used. Large butterfly was salvaged from a Birthday card that had been sent to me. 

I know your thinking  so where are the chevrons, well if you look down on the card from above there they are!! A bit of  lateral thinking outside of the box.  

Now if you don't have any braid or chevron paper or dies I bet you do have paper, pencil, rubber and marker pen to make your own though!  I made this tag from the left over cream watercolour card and marking a 1/2" grid square up using a pencil. Then I simply used a ruler  to make the chevron lines using a purple marker pen. After making sure the chevrons were dry I rubbed out the pencil lines.
Tag shape is a SU punch. Butterfly and sentiment from my stash. Simples!!!

I expect your all waiting for an Elf Factory UpDate?  Well they are all made. 2 have already gone off to their new homes to cause Christmas Havoc  and the rest are here on my desk. I would say sat looking at me but I haven't embroidered their eyes on yet so they can't!!  Photo shoot will be imminent

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Ornaments Shaker Style

The internet continues to be fickle here and now my ipad will only work upstairs on the 3G network.! I did go into the 3 shop and they popped my post code into their computer clattered away, stared intently at the screen for what seemed like several minutes, sighed and looked up and then pronounced yes the network was being upgraded in my area but they have finished it now. Anything to get me out of the shop and back to whatever he was doing before I interrupted.  I have a green light here with the internet at the moment so hopefully can get this posted.
I really thought the christmas card club theme was for this Sunday coming so I'm chasing my tail somewhat as these should have been made and posted  last sunday. Sorry girls. Blame it on the Internet as it really mucks my timings up as to what day it it.

Anyway I have been doing some more little water colour scenes +using small stamps for the detailing and have made them into Shaker style christmas ornaments. I have made six  but these are just the
first 3. It was Lorraine's turn to pick the theme and Shimmer and Shine was chosen so hope the glitter glue around the edges and on the scenery will count.
This one uses a Circadesign stamp called 'Forest 'purchased at the NEC on my recent trip.  I have painted the background using Distress ink pads daubed onto an acetate block and picked up with a paint brush onto water colour card stock. The trees were stamped over with versamark and heat set using black embossing powder so that they wouldn't bleed when painting them and the background around. Clear acetate used to cover the front and large micro beads for the shaker element. 

I have to say this one is my favourite as I love the way the pale pink and mauve sky turned out. I stamped using blue distress ink and then clear embossing powder over the top to heat set beofre colouring in the snowy background and sky. This little stamp is by Inkylicious called 'Winter Cabin'.
Iv'e used small blue beads crystal beads for the shaker element and little silver sticker for the stars.
Here I've used two different stamp sets. 'Santa Sleigh' from Inkylicious which comes both left and right facing in the same packet. The house and trees are from Hobby Art from their ' Winter Scene-its set'. (Iv'e not used all the elements yet.) Stamped with Memento ink and then heat set using clear embossing powder before painting in the background . The Sentiment came with the sleigh set. I have used small micro beads for the shaker element this time.

Q. Now can you guess what I used to make the ornaments with? Here is a piccy of them taken sideways.

A. Good old empty DS tape spool rings  (now you do keep all yours don't you!!!!) and covered inside and out with various Washi tapes. (I shall be keeping the tiny empty rings from these as well).

Now as I have used snippets  I'm off to the playground and decorate a few of the trees by the swings. Might just have to call into the potting shed on my way back too so long as Parsnip is not on patrol!!

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #307/308  Use up your snippets. (empty D.S. tape rings. )

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


Time again for another Butterfly Challenge. A nice easy one after the last brain teaser. 

Iv'e made simple card shapes this time as the internet is very iffy at the moment and I didn't want to miss getting these uploaded before it decided to fall over yet again. The weather is affecting the signals in our area. 
The first card uses a freebie chevron design paper from Making Cards Sep. 2015 called 'Stunning  Trees'. The patterned dp is also a freebie from a magazine but I have no name for it. Attached to backing card and then distressed around the edges. It is very cold here tonight and my double sided tape is being  decidedly one sided which paid dividends as just as I was about to glue the pansy cut out in place I noticed that the little butterflies (in the patterned paper  were flying upside down so I quickly wipped it off and re attached it the right way up. Phew!! The purple butterflies are out cuts from a Tonic Edge puncher. I have left the sentiment to attach later when I have decided what sort of card to make it into. I think it also needs a bit more adding to it not sure what though.

Second card I have attached the chevron freebie design paper( from Making Cards Sep 2015 called 'Fashion Girls') to a purple cardstock base. Other papers are also freebies in my stash and were snippets and again adhered to purple cardstock  The butterfly came from my butterfly box along with the feather which just happened to be in there(probably put it in the box cause it was getting up my nose on my desk  and I needed breathing space to move!) and also purple in colour.  Matching pearl from my stash.
Nice and simples. Hope you will come and play along. the challenge runs for two weeks and I will show you next week some more cards using intricate card shapes and other types of Chevrons. 
Internet is green so I'm good to go!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Little Scenes.

I made these cards a couple of weeks ago and quite got into the swing of making the little scenes from using what few stamps that I had of the right size. Went to the NEC yesterday and have bought some  Card-io , Circa Design and Inkylicious stamps so will be making a few more up to swell my Christmas Card stash which has fallen a bit behind. I succumbed and also bought some of the distress Oxide Ink pads. (Well they were on offer so it would have been so rude not to have availed myself.!)

First card  uses Inkylicious 'Flight of Dreams' stamp set for the trees and Art Impressions stamp set for the fencing.  The sentiment is also by Inkylcious  'Winter Cabin 'set. I was following a Penny Black tutorial on You Tube but as I didn't have the correct stamps or even the right ink pads  had to improvise.   I used distress inks to stamp the tree and fence and then to paint in the mountains and the sky. White jelly roll pen for snow on the trees and along the top of the fence  and liquid pearls 'white Opal' for the falling snow.

Second card I just did my own thing using stamps from Hobby Art 'Winter Scene - its ' set which I first stamped in black ink then Versamark and then coated with clear embossing powder from SU. . I painted in the snow and the sky using distress re inkers on a clear block and picking the colours up with a paint brush. Sentiment is a magazine freebie. 

 Third card  again I did my own thing  using  stamps from the Hobby Art stamp set for the cluster of trees and the deer. Sentiment was from the same freebie magazine set. Again stamped in black then Versamark followed by clear embossing powder by SU.  I created the line of trees using a flat paint brush  and the rest of the background was painted using distress re inkers on a clear block.  The stars in the sky are from a black glossy sticker sheet.
Iv'e been a bit 'Under the Elf' but will be around your lovely blogs asap.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Zodiac tags.

It's the second week of the Butterfly challenge which is 

#88 Butterflies + Z is for Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk.

Not many entries so far. Perhaps you need some inspiration to get you going.  Here are my tags for you. You will be surprised at what you have lurking in your stash that can be turned around and given a new twist. All of the tags were created by covering ones that had come off of clothes which I always keep for remaking into Birthday/Christmas tags.I have used cream textured cardstock / buttermilk plain card and cream parchment paper. Everything has come from my stash.

So first up is AQUARIUS which is depicted by a Water pitcher. I found this really old silver and acetate  sticker sheet and after peeling away the vase image and placing onto my tag I created
a handle  from the out cut of the vase shape. The rows of butterflies were another sticker sheet which I coloured in with a marker pen to match the tag ribbon. 

Next up is GEMINI which is depicted by Twins so here I have used two identical butterfly shapes from a butterfly sheet by Studio Light '3D Vintage line'  I have decorated the centres and one  corner of the tag with gold gems which are also part of the word Gemini

Here we have VIRGO which is depicted by a Woman. I have used a digi image from  A Day For Daisies called 'Pearls in my hair.' I printed out onto cream parchment paper and then coloured just the birds and put some silver threads into her hair. The butterflies are punched ones from a punch by Tonic Studios. These were in my butterfly box but were a cream colour so i coloured to match the little birds and edged with a silver gel pen. 

Next is ARIES which is depicted by a Ram. 
Now I do claim poetic licence on this next tag as I could only find this digi in my stash by Mo Manning of  Mo's Digital Pencil called 'sheep'. If your looking for the Ram he is over the next hill grazing so you will just have to take my word for it!! Coloured with my promarkers. The little butterfly charm has  Created for You ( so read that as Ewe) inscribed on the back!. 

This one is PISCES which is depicted by fishes. This Koi Carp  was originally on a card I made for my Dad and has since been returned to  me from the Care home he was in so I have repurposed  here on this tag. The little butterflies are out cuts from a butterfly strip punch. I have coloured to match the fish that I had originally coloured using my promarkers. I have placed them to look like the air bubbles. 

This tag is SAGITTARIUS which is depicted by a bow and arrow and sometimes by a half human/half animal form.  This is Archy Sagittarius a stamp by Kadoodle stamps  designed by Sandra Dry. It is the only zodiac stamp I have in my stash and I have had it ever since I started crafting. I have nearly thrown it out several times but something always stops me and he gets put back in the draw. This is his first outing! Coloured with my promarkers and edged with a gold gel pen.  The  string of butterfly and heart stickers were just  perfect for the edging.

I was going to admit defeat with TAURUS which is depicted as a Bull. I knew that I  didn't have any stamps or digis that I could use but  then I had a light bulb moment. I do have a  Bull ornament so I quickly put him in my china display cabinet and took a snap and here he is  A Bull in a China Shop!

The butterfly strip was another sticker from my stash.

Hope you have had some seeing the tags I have made. You can always just use butterflies and the colour Buttermilk to enter the challenge and you will still qualify for the main prize.

I back to the Elf Factory. Those elves are causing no end of trouble. I can't wait to pack them all off to the North Pole and let Santa sort them out.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Elf Factory.

All stitched up. Best get stuffing then!!!

All got different hair to match their leggings.  Eek look at all those threads. I could be sometime!!

Lets see if Miss Di can pick her one out.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Christmas Sentiments.

Well there's another fortnight just wizzed by again. Wish the buses came that quick. Time for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our next cards. The theme was set by Sylvie who want to see 'The sentiment as the focal point' on our cards.
Rummage time in the used christmas card box turned up a few cards that I could use but I just chose this one and made it up into a quick and easy card as I'm now busy in the 'Elf Factory' knocking out Elves like they are going out of fashion!

The card had been joined to its backing by the M and the X but I just trimmed round them to match the rest of the letters. Base card was made from black cardstock which I then layered up with gold and red cardstock to match the sentiment which was adhered on top using 3D pads for a bit of dimension.  One more card for the pot.

My second card  is one from a set I have just made. I was watching a video by Penny Black on You Tube but not having the stamps they were using or even the right ink pads I had to improvise with what I could find in my stash. (I have since bought the stamps and pads so once the Elves have been dispatched off to the North Pole I will be having a proper play.)

I have used watercolour card and created the background by dropping the colours from a re-inker bottle onto an acetate block and picking up the colours with a wet paint brush.  The trees are various ones. The large clump are by Stampscapes and the rest created using a Hobby Art stamp set given to me by a good blogging friend who found that she had 2 of the same .The large sentiment stamp is a freebie from a magazine. I created the falling snow by using white opal liquid pearls randomly dotting on card..

I'm entering this card only  into the following challenge:
Scraps of Life by scrappy Mo # October Rudolph day.
ABC Christmas Challenge # U is for Unlimited (the snow) and V is for Vibrant (yellow sky).
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
The Sisterhood of Crafters # I see spots (falling snow).
Fab 'n' Funky # 368 Christmas.
Crafting By Designs #  Get ready for christmas.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Call me weird but!

Iv'e just bought this Tonic studios die and thought I would have a play with it . I had nothing specific in mind and just cut it out using a snippet of water colour paper I had to hand.
 It cuts perfectly and all the little bits come out easily and thats where the problem lay.  Does anyone else see what I see with those fall outs ?

Well here is the card I made using some of them! I don't normally make halloween cards but I couldn't resist this one. 

Black cardstock for the base. The row of houses is a freebie image from Beyond The Fringe Crafts
called 'City Silhoutte'  I created the sentiment in word and printed out.  The little Ghouls are from above with the addition of black dots using a marker pen.
Yep I know I'm weird!!!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #198. Spooky
Deep Ocean Challenge #166. Halloween.
Die Cuttin Divas #340. Halloween (well it wasn't specified which part of the die cut I had to use!)
Tuesday Throwdown #366. Spooktacular.
Creative Inspirations #282. Autumn/Halloween.
Aud Sentiments #191 Halloween + a sentiment.
Creative Knockouts  #217. Halloween.
Fussy and Fancy #199. So spooky.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Butterflies + Z is for Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk

It is time for a new challenge over on the Butterfly Blog.
#88 Butterflies + Z is for Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk.

Now I'm  certainly not advocating that you should go out and buy any stamps/dies etc to accommodate the theme so just take a minute or two and take stock of what you already have in your stash and really think outside of the box.

With twelve signs to choose from you could pick
Libra -  Scales  (or even just use a balanced design)
Gemini -  Twins (so two of something on your card)
Sagittarius (Love or arrows)
Virgo  (A woman)
Aquarius ( jug or water with flowers)
Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer can be  depicted by something of a fish/water scene.
Leo (lion), Aries (ram/ sheep), Capricorn (goat), Taurus (bull)
or even just stars/world for the universe.

Don't forget the butterfly though.
Here is my inspiration for you.
My first card is depicting the zodiac sign Leo.

I have literally  had this card front in my used card box for ever and a day. It was a birthday card received by my son and I had kept it because it made me smile.  Not only that but when  I pulled it out to use, it also had the little butterfly on it! I have made an  elongated easel card to show of Leo.
Brown and Cream leather effect cardstock for the card base came from my stash along with the gold peel off sentiment. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
City Crafter #385:  Jungle animals.
Inspiration Destination #136: Anything goes+ optional twist of Easel card.
The Crafters Cafe #183: Shaped card..

Second card depicts the sign of the Zodiac Libra.
I remembered that I had this Scribbles Designs digi called 'Weigh in Diva' and I thought that the scales would be perfect for Libra. I have made a twisted Easel card this time. The Pink and Cornish Cream cardstock came from my stash.  I created the sentiment in word and printed off the punch line.  Butterflies were punched out already from scrapes and I layered 3 up on each butterfly to give a bit of substance to them. A pink gem finished them off. 

So as you can see I only used items already in my stash. Hope you will have a sort through yours too and come and play along.  Challenge runs for 2 weeks and I will show you some more inspiration next week making some Zodiac tags.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nursey, nursey.

We had a phone call a few weeks ago to say that The Doc's best friend( from Senior school days whom we had kept in touch with, regularly visiting each other) had been taken into his local hospital (in the early hrs of the Weekend )where after doing a few tests they transferred  him straight off to Papworth Hospital(Leading Heart Hospital) as he had had a major heart attack. By the following Tuesday he had undergone a quadruple heart bypass operation. He is home now and slowly getting better after a few initial setbacks.  He keeps telling his wife how he misses all the nice young nurses so I made this card for him to remind him of them!!

Image is by Bugaboo and called 'Stella Peeker Nursing' and I have coloured with my promarkers.
Die cut stitched rectangles by Crafts-Too.  I created the sentiment in word and printed off.

Close up of the lovely nurse!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Just one Leaf.

I have another dear blogging friend who was in need of cheering up so I sent her this card. It has been received and did put a smile on her face so mission accomplished.

Makes me smile when I use this image too. It is by Scribbles Designs and called 'Leafy Brr'. Coloured with my promarkers and die cut using Crafts-Too Square dies ' Scalloped edge PCD77'.
Paper again are all freebies from various magazines. You probably think me a cheapskate always using freebies but it does mean I get to spend my money on digi's, stamps and diecuts which is the fun bit for me.

Here's a close up of that last leaf just waiting for the right breeze to come along Shouldn't be long now with the winds still blowing a gale from Storm Brian!

Friday, October 20, 2017


I don't know about waterfall it was more like watershed making this card. Nearly didn't come into being. First I used too much glue for sticking the little squares on and it left glue marks, so covered those up with the glitter glue I had already used around the butterflies. Phew!
Then I added the glitter glue around the trellis work, stood the card up to leave to dry and promptly knocked it off the work top and like any good piece of buttered toast it landed on the carpet glue side down. Retrieved from carpet and picked off all the carpet hairs which were now attached to the trellis work. Phew!!
 Next I decided that the colour of the ribbon pull (in daylight) really clashed with the design paper so removed it. Only problem was in my wisdom I had secured with a small staple so the pretty scalloped bottom had to go. Not enough tag left to recut the scallop so a straight cut had to suffice. Pink ribbon looks much better. Phew!!!
 Then I attached the gems with glue. Got to the last gem and could I find it? Nope and I sure did look for it, so out with the gem box and glue another one in place. 
Finally ready to take the pictures and thats when I found where it went to!!!! See last piccy.

The following photo's show how the mechanism works as you pull on the tag.

And finally the back of the card!

I made the card for the second weeks inspiration for the current Butterfly challenge. (Iv'e thrown the how not to's in for free).

Still time to enter as the challenge doesn't close till next Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

I'm entering into Pixie's Crafty workshop # 303/304   cos I used loads of snippets up (Twice!)

If your looking for either Di or myself we are behind the bike sheds quaffing copious glasses of wine.
Note to Parsnip. Don't you even think of snitching on us!!.