Monday, 27 April 2015

White Birthday Card

I decided to have a look through my die collection,  it's not a big one as I've only recently started collecting them, and picked out five that I thought might work together. In the end I only used four of them and a punch. Originally I was going to make a self coloured card but something seemed missing so I used some of the beautiful non-shedding glitter card I have in my stash (a bargain £1.49 for 10 sheets from B&M!). My first thought had been to use the pale blue but in the end thought silver was best .  

I chose to go with the Marianne Design Creatables Anja edge die, I had been going to use the Anja Corner die with it but in the end decided to use the edge die by itself and create a gate-fold card. I added Marianne  Designs "Ivy Corner" and the largest butterfly from a Joy! Craft set. The flowers are from a Woodcraft daisy punch and the sentiment is the Spellbinders Sentiments 1 "Happy Birthday".
Card Stock:
White Pearlised Card from PayPer Box
Silver Non-shedding Glitter Card from B&M
Marianne Designs Anja Edge
Marianne Designs Ivy Corners
Joy! Craft Butterfly Set
Spellbinders Sentiments 1 "Happy Birthday"
Woodcraft Daisy Punch
Pearl & Bling from stash

Friday, 24 April 2015

Baby, Baby, Baby - Freshly Made Sketches 183

It's been a while since I've made as many cards as I have in this last week - maybe I'm getting my mojo back!

On looking at the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge for this week I thought I would adapt the baby onesie shaped card I made last week and make a smaller version which could be used as a topper.

In order to get an idea of the size I would need for the onesie I used linen effect card to mat and layer the three outer dies of the Spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles" and used the width of inner rectangle as a starting point.

Using a rectangle of paper folded in half I cut out a template for the topper and used it to transfer the design onto linen effect card. (I don't have exact measurements for it as I did it all by eye.)

Once the design was cut out, everything I wanted pink (card, DS satin ribbon and bling) was coloured with a Dusky Pink Pro marker to ensure a good match. I took some small scraps of left over patterned paper (from FMS 182) and used them to embellish the onesie, It was then trimmed with the fine DS satin ribbon at the neck and legs. 

The completed onesie was then mounted onto a piece of foam and shaped to give a more dimensional look.
I've had the pale pink gingham cardstock for a while and although I kept looking at it I never seemed to find the right project to use it - until now! I thought the gingham would look nice with the lace effect frame created from the Radiant Rectangle dies.

Gingham and linen effect card from PayPer Box
Patterned card from Trimcraft Kiss and Tell 6x6" Pad
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles
Spellbinders Congratulations
Hobby Craft Small Daisy Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry
Letraset Pro Markers - Dusty Pink

"New Baby" from Paula Pascall Sentiments Set
Ribbon, button and bling scavenged from my
craft stash!
My next project is going to be a Birthday Card for my Sister's Birthday next weekend I shall have a rummage through my craft stash over the weekend to see what comes out.  Who knows, I may even make her a piece of jewellery as well - if I can come up with any ideas that is!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Busy Wee Bee!

It was a bit last gasp but last night I thought that as it is our Wedding Anniversary (today) perhaps I'd better get a move on and get the card I'd been saying for the last month I was going to make for hubby finally made!

In the end it didn't come out in anyway shape or form as I'd planned over the weeks. I lost count of the chopping and changing I made - the original idea was, by now, long gone out the window! Anyway here is the card that greeted him this morning:

 Card Stock:
Black, Ivory Leather Effect and the Gold Pearlised cards all from PayPer Box
Patterned Card from Trimcraft 6x6" Serenity Pad
Spellbinders Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Arched Elegance
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello, Jillibean Soup by Hampton Art

Sizzix Framelits Stamps - Hello, Jillibean Soup by Hampton Art

Black from the 3 colour Ink Pad Tsukineko Brilliance Pad, Tiramisu

By the time I finished John's card I was on a roll and decided to make something else.
Earlier in the week, whilst out with my friend, we were looking in the window of a rather pricey Gift Shop which had opened recently. It was there we saw a couple of handmade cards for a new baby which were in a "onesie" shape. They were made in brown Kraft Card, which had been very roughly cut out (you could see lots of what looked like jagged scissor marks) and then stamped with a sentiment. I couldn't see a price on them but going by the rest of the prices in the shop, they were unlikely to be cheap! 
So at 0200hrs this morning, I decided to see if I could do better. I made up a template from a piece of UK A6 (US A2?) sized card using a ruler and a small circle die (it came from the free gift I received when I signed up to Tonic Gold). Once complete I used the template to trace around a tent folded A6 card and came up with this, the collar/bib was cut from a Spellbinders D-Lites Love Locket border die:

I'll have another try later to see if I can refine the design a bit more.

 Card Stock:
White Pearlised and Aqua Spotty card from PayPer Box
Spellbinders D-Lites Love Locket (cut down to form bib/collar)
Tonic Circle die (from their freebie Tonic Gold die) to form neck & leg holes.
Pearls tinted using Promarkers and the "Charming" sentiment came from my craft stash both originally came from Home Bargains.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Spring has Sprung

Yes Spring has indeed Sprung, even here in Scotland! For the last week or so the sun, for the most part, has decided to shine and the weather has been lovely. The daffodils & the broom are in flower in the garden and other plants and shrubs in bud. Husband was in the garden pottering about before 6 am this morning and complaining it was cold and frosty (yes, he is bonkers) but once the sun was up the frost soon disappeared.

I've been rummaging about my crafty bits and pieces looking at what I could use for this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge and found a Sizzix sentiment stamp "Spring has Sprung" which seemed appropriate.

Card Stock:
Image Super Smooth White
Trim Craft "Kiss and Tell" 6x6" Pad

Embossing Folder:
Spellbinders Large (5"x7") Hearts

Die Cuts:
Die-Namics Medium Leafy Flourish
Joy Crafts Three Butterflies Embellishment
"Spring has Sprung" from Sizzix Framelits Dragonfly Die and Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Jones Tones Gold Highlighter Glitter


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 181

It's been a while since my last post.  I've still been making bits and pieces, I've just not been putting them out on display.  My good camera decided to stop working and I've not been very happy with results from the one on my phone. I now have a new camera so hopefully will get around to posting more often.
Last week I came across the Freshly Made Sketches Blog and thought I would attempt making a card using the latest Sketch 181 as shown below.

I've never worked from a sketch before so thought it best if I kept it simple. I decide to limit the colour palette and just used an embossing folder to add interest to the white card. For the sentiment and embellishment I used Sizzix Framelits with Stamp Sets for the first time. Having a Grand Calibur I usually stick with Spellbinders and the occasional Marianne Dies but these Framelits were a bargain that was too good to miss and experiment with!
I'm very happy with the fresh and clean look of the card so hope you like it too.

Card stock:  
Image Super Smooth White,
Teal Card from PayPer Box.

Embossing Folder:
Ambrosia by Couture Creations

Stamps and Dies:
Sizzix Framelits - Flowers Doodle by Stephanie Barnard

Sizzix Framelits - Tags from Gift Card Holder Set by Karen Burniston

Versa Colour Black

Recycled from a T-Shirt's hanger loops!