Thursday, 27 July 2017

Birthday Balloons

CASology are celebrating their 5th Anniversary this week with a Balloon Blog Hop, so I hope you visit their blog to join in the fun!  

The dies are all from a Trimcraft set of dies, 'Birthday Party'.   I die cut the banner three times, attached the pink one to a piece of a double sided adhesive sheet and inlaid the letters from the two other die cuts.  I wanted to balloons to shine, but my bottle Glossy Accents was running low.   I had a light bulb moment and attached a piece of clear sticky back plastic the snippets of card, before dies cutting the balloons.  The shine on the balloons doesn't show up in the photograph, but look fine IRL.  The balloon dies come with 'string' as part of the die cut, but I snipped it off and added some yellow crochet cotton.  (One day I will get round to learning how to crochet! LOL!)  The balloons and banner were attached with foam pads to add dimension.  I added three drops of Nuvo Glow Drops to the corner.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Orange Butterfly

I don't usually post twice in one day, but I suddenly remembered that the Butterfly Challenge closes today, and not next Tuesday, and I hadn't made a card for the challenge.  The main reason for this is the theme is 'Butterflies + M is for Matching pairs and/or the colour of Orange peel' and I'd been putting off making a card.  Firstly, I seldom use orange on my cards.  Don't ask me why, but I didn't ever use orange on my classroom displays when I was teaching full time either.  Secondly, I usually add things in odd numbers, so adding two of something made me put on my thinking cap.  So, this afternoon I got out some snippets of orange card and some orange Promarkers and set to work. 
The image is an old wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'Glasgow Butterfly', which I stamped with Momento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  All the stitched dies I used are from The Works.  The layered image is attached with foam tape to add dimension.  I used a Creative Expression embossing folder, 'Checkpoint' for the background.  I didn't have any orange pearls, so I coloured two white ones with one of the orange Promarkers I used - so that's my matching pair.

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Christmas Penguins

Time for another Rudolph Days challenge, which runs from the 25th until the end of each month.  

For my card I used an old wood mounted Stampendous 'Penguin Pals' stamp, which I stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is from Papermania set of Christmas stamps, stamped in Versafine 'Black Onyx'.  I added a clear gem to the star in the sentiment to add a little sparkle.  The image and sentiment was die cut with a stitched rectangle die from The Works.  I wasn't going to buy this set, even though it's very inexpensive, as I already have MB stitched rectangles.  However, when saw it IRL, I realised that the rectangles are longer and thinner and the smallest ones will be perfect for die cutting longer sentiments.   The Christmas lights patterned paper is from a Docrafts paper stack and five Card Candi finished off my card.

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Monday, 24 July 2017


A card today with a few challenges in mind.  The Color Throwdown Challenge this week is to use the colours green, yellow, red, and aqua.  The Less is More Challenge is 'NO Stamps!' so I've just used dies.  

The frame is one I saw recently on another blog and after a little detective work, I managed to find one on eBay.  I die cut it twice to make it stand out.  The flowers are Sue Wilson's 'String Flowers' dies, which I cut in red and yellow.  I added a drop of aqua coloured Nuvo Crystal Drops, 'Caribbean Ocean',  to the centres.  The green letters are MB 'Parker Upper Alphabet' die cuts.  

This photo shows more clearly how the petals of the flowers can be pulled up to make them 3D.  Everything apart from the card blank was made with snippets, so I'll be off to play in The Playground.

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Less is More Challenge #338 - NO Stamps!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 291 and 292 ~ Use Snippets
HLS July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Color Throwdown Countdown #452

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Trip to the Cinema

Welcome to my new follower, Cheryl S of Card and Clutter.

A Gift Card Holder today for a 50th Wedding Anniversary present to give to a couple who enjoy going to the cinema.  As well as a gift card for the cinema, I wrapped up a bag of gourmet popcorn!
The patterned paper is from a Docrafts paper pad and the 'ticket' is a SB 'That's the Ticket' die cut.

This shows the gift card holder open.  I made a tutorial last year as I couldn't find the measurements to make this style anywhere online.  You can see it HERE

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

40th Birthday - How did that happen???

Welcome to my new follower, Sharon Gibb.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment and I'll add a link to it in my next post.

It's my daughter's 40th Birthday today, how did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that I was a young mum looking down at her newborn daughter!  This is the card I made for her.  She has a beautiful cat called Pudding, so I wanted to include a cat.
The image and bottom sentiment are digi stamps from a set from Beccy's Place called 'Catitude'.  The top sentiment is computer generated to personalise the card.  The image is pre-coloured and I picked out the brown and white for the rest of the card.  The frame is made with Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangle' dies and the largest pierced die cut was layered on a 7" white linen card blank, trimming off the excess to match the die, leaving a small border.  For the flowers and leaves I used Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches - Faux Quilled Blooms' dies.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Noteworthy Neutrals

The Memory Box challenge this month is 'Noteworthy Neutrals' (cream, white, black, brown, grey), so I decided to use just brown and cream on my card.

I started with a square, cream card blank and die cut a brown and a cream Memory Box 'Fairytale Flower Border', adding the brown die cut to the right hand side.  The e/f I used is Couture Creations 'Chain Link'. I snipped off the top half of the cream die cut and attached it over the embossing.   A strip of striped ribbon, in shades of brown and cream, was attached between the embossed side and the plain side.  The computer generated sentiment was die cut using  a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle' die.  

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