Friday, 23 February 2018


Darnell's second Twofer Challenge ends tomorrow, so I'm sneaking in a last minute entry.  The challenge is to make two different designs for two different occasions using the same die/stamp.....using the 'word' prompt.  This month it is 'Hearts'.  I used a die on both card from the Spellbinders  'Lace Hearts' set of dies.

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

My first card is an easel card.  I used the heart die with a scalloped edge to make an aperture in a square of white card.  I haven't done any Iris Folding for years but thought I use this technique on this card.  I remember cutting up all the strips of this paper many years ago from snippets and folding them ready to use.....except I never did use them!    I couldn't find a Iris Folding heart pattern that fitted my heart aperture, so I adapted a square one.  The centre is silver, holographic card and I've used the same silver card for the little hearts, die cutting them with one of the dies from the Sue Wilson 'Mr & Mrs' set of dies.  The finished Iris Folding piece of card was layered on a Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Square' die with foam tape.  I found a couple of matching full sheets of the patterned paper and used them to cover the front of the card.  An extra strip of card was covered in patterned paper and attached with foam tape so that the card stands up.

I am joining the following challenges with this card:

For my second card, I used the die cut left over from the previous card and cut out the trellis part in the middle with a die from the same set.  I cut a heart shape out of red card and backed the white one, before attaching it to the card blank with foam pads.  I used an Xcut embossing folder 'Small Polka Hearts' and added a thin strip of red card down the edge.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Glitter and Butterflies

A birthday card for a crafty friend who will be 60 this weekend.  She loves butterflies and glitter, so I wanted to include both.

The butterfly is made up with two Memory Box dies,  'Darla' and 'Vivienne'.  The pink/purple glitter card is from a pound shop.  Against purple, the glitter card looks pink and against pink it looks purple, but it is a really beautiful colour.  The embossing was done with a Creative Expressions 'Butterfly Dreams', with just a thin strip of the glitter card between the embossed and the plain card.  I didn't have any pearls the right colour, so I coloured white ones with a Promarker in the same colour as the glitter card.   

I am joining in the following challenges:
Less is More Challenge #365 - 7th Birthday ~ CAS Dry Embossing
Butterfly Challenge #95 ~ Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the letter P (Pink/purple + Pearls)
Country View Crafts February Challenge ~ Anything But Cute
HLS February Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Monday, 19 February 2018

Thinking of You

A White on White sympathy card today I made for a friend.
The corner die cut is one of the Memory Box 'Distressed Windham Collage'.  The flower is MB 'Prim Poppy'.  I finished off with a grey sentiment. 

I am joining in the following challenges:

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Just for You

A card today I made for a recent card swap.   
I used mainly Sue Wilson dies for my card:
Ornate Pierced Rectangles
Scalloped Lattice Frames
Double Pierced Ovals
String Flowers

I also used Poppystamps 'Loopy Stem' die for the leaves and a Sizzix die for layering the sentiment.

I added drops of lilac Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centres of the flowers.

I was really pleased how my card turned out, so I made a second card, just changing the colours.

I am joining in the following challenges:

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Ladies' Night

A masculine card and a feminine card today, using the same word die, for two Chairmen attending a formal dinner dance Ladies' Night.

The Ladies Night die is a Tonic die.  I used a die  from the Sue Wilson 'Cathedral Background' set of dies to make the frame.   I embossed the oval die cut with a Creative Expressions 'Dotted Matrix' e/f. 

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

For the background on my second card, I used dies from the Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangles' set.  The embossing was done with a Creative Expressions 'Beaded Fanfare' e/f.  The flowers and leaves are Sue Wilson 'Pinwheel Floral' die cuts, with a purple pearl in the centre of the flower.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:

Friday, 16 February 2018

Musical Birthday

After a busy week, I've finally had time to make a very quick CAS card to join in the LIM challenge before it closes, which is a special challenge, celebrating their 7th birthday.  The theme this fortnight is 'Music'. 

The stamp is an old wood mounted stamp, Butterfly Kisses 'Musical Birthday' which I stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black'.  I used a Joy Crafts 'Dance to the Music' die, attaching the die cut across the bottom of the white card, before attaching the white card to a black card blank.  A small punched quaver finished off my card.  The light was pretty bad for taking a photo, I'll try and take a better one tomorrow.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Less is More Challenge #364 ~ 7th Birthday: Music
Monochrome Magic Challenge #8 ~ Monochrome or Monochrome with a Twist of Black and White

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Butterfly Challenge

The Butterfly Challenge has taken on a different format this year, with a choice of three colours and/or three themes....and also to include at least one butterfly.  
I was lucky enough to win some 'not quite so pre-loved anymore' crafty goodies over in Andrea's blog 'KandA Creative Moments' recently and was delighted to give them a new home.  I used Spellbinders Impressabilities 'Flowers' to dry emboss the background.  The stamps are from the Clearly Besotted  'Simply Quilled' set, also a gift from Andrea, and I used three of the stamps to create a butterfly using a Versafine 'Crimson Red' ink pad.  The wings are a tear drop shape, so I'm sure they will be really useful for making stamped flower images too.  The stamped image was layered using Spellbinders Nestabilities dies.  The corners were cut with an old Sizzlets die.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #94 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the letter C (Crimson and Corners)
HLS February Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Sparkles Challenge #100 ~ Thank you

Just a few photos to share of our visit on Sunday to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  If you've never been, it's well worth a visit.

 This is 'The Temple of Diana', where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife. 💕

He's buried in a nearby village churchyard.