Monday, October 23, 2017

Rose Trellis - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

I do love making flowers, and my aunt's birthday was the perfect reason to
combine making paper roses with some beautiful dies.  The trellis background is actually part of a set that makes a pretty little mini book - and as I love making little books too, I'll be needing to use the set for it's intended use soon, I think
I simply taped my chosen topper die from the
Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet by Becca Feeken (there are 2 designs in the set) onto the the piece of white card cut to fit my card front, and cut it out using my Spellbinders Platinum machine

I also cut a couple of the pretty Flower Lace Borders, and overlapped them to make the edging for the white panel.
I added the red satin ribbon around the lower edge then adhered the panel to the card base using foam tape. The ribbon bow was then glued in place with strong glue!

 The red background card has a lovely pearlescent effect, and came in a pack with matching envelopes - so I used the envelopes to make the roses 
They were cut with the wonderful Cinch and Go Flowers 1 die set.  I inked the reverse of each petal with red ink before forming the roses
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Classic Spellbinders Special Birthday Sentiments Stamps

Pearlescent card and paper from envelopes
White textured card
Satin ribbon

Here are the Spellbinders dies and stamps I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store 

Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet Shapeabilities Etched Dies
Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken
 Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job


Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, October 20, 2017

City, or Country at heart? Or maybe neither......

I'm back home after a long weekend up north with my family on the Northumberland coast,  The weather wasn't great, actually it was plain weird some of the time, but it just felt good to be back by the sea - which meant that when I came home and sat down on Thursday to make my card for the Daring Cardmakers I knew that neither of Miri's "Are you a city girl? Or a country girl?" options was right for me! I don't mind the odd foray away for a City Break, and the Country is ok to look at and admire the view, but when it comes down to it it's got to be the seaside for me! 
 Are you a city girl? Or a country girl?

What do you like about (living in) the city or the country?
Neon lights, public transport, lots of people, high buildings and a diverse night-life make you happy?
Or do you need nature, calm, being outside and maybe having your own piece of
You can see where the 'spiritual homes of the
 DT are HERE
 So maybe I've cheated a bit with my card this week, but Miri doesn't mind so that's ok, isn't it?  😉

I decided to try for more of an 'echo' of the seaside than go for images and die-cuts, so I made a panel using lots of different kinds of fibres.
I covered the strip of card with aqua coloured paper to start with, then wound it with various fibres - I was trying to evoke the movement of the waves and how the light changes the colours.
There are lots of different kinds of fibres in here - I have a big box full of them, so it was good to actually use some!

The fibre panel was glued to the DL card blank, then pieces of 3D sticky tape adhered around the edge of the card.
For the frame I just cut the right size aperture from another piece of card and fitted it over the 3D tape
The sentiment was pc generated and adhered with another piece of 3D tape

I was born in a seaside village and this is a photo of my 'home' beach.  When I was a Primary School teacher in Hertfordshire, about as far from the sea as you can get I'd often tell the children how my mum would meet me from school and we'd go down to the beach - the children would be wide-eyed and open-mouthed at the very thought of being able to do that!  My playground was the sand, and the rock pools and I loved it.  I love the sea when it's calm and sunny and beautiful, and I love it when its moody and dark, wild and angry too.

 And that is quite enough waffle for one day!  I really hope you'll join in and show us the environment you feel at your best in, we'd love to see how it can inspire a card!
Anyway, thank you for visiting, please leave a message 😉

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sparkly Thanks - Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox

The very first  “Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox” boxes of goodies are now on their way to those who got in quickly with their orders!

Today, on the BLOG I'm sharing one of my October Letterbox projects - it's this bright and glittery Thank you card

From the October Letterbox Box  I used:
Die cut Paper Flowers
Black chipboard swirly flourish
Clear Gems
Extras from my Stash:
Die cut background in yellow card, Glamour Dust,  Yellow Gems

The photo below shows the contents of the October BOX
As you can see, there’s a lovely, coordinated mix of goodies – you’ll find beads, fabric, die cuts and chipboard to name just a few of the treasures within!

Thank you for visiting. 

Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Treat Bag and Tag - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

The Skull n' Crossbones die set was one of those I added to my basket in the recent BOGOF (Buy One, get One Free) offer in the
Spellbinders store recently - what a great way to acquire a whole raft of fab dies!

It'll be great for pirate-themed cards and projects, but as it's October, it was only right to try something with a Halloween theme.  I'd had an idea for a little treat bag and thought I'd put the two things together for this little project

Card in Orange, Purple, Black and White
Cord and ribbon to fasten closed
Renaissance Jubilee Label 56  Nestabilities
Skull n' Crossbones Holiday 2017 Die D Lites 
Cellophane or tissue to wrap the threats in!

I used the largest of the Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 dies for the bag, it's a simple crease, fold and punch some holes for twine or ribbon, thing, then wrap the goodies in a cellophane bag or piece of tissue and pop them inside.
Here's where to make the folds

The tag is made in two pieces.  
are cut in white and adhered  to the black tag, then the word BEWARE which is also part of the die set was cut in black then adhered first to a piece of orange card and then to a strip of purple to match the ribbon and tissue paper

Here are the  Spellbinders die sets I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store 

Skull n' Crossbones Holiday 2017 
 Die D Lites Etched Dies

Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 

Nestabilities Etched Dies by Stacey Caron

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rainbow of Roses

I know I've said it before, but these Fridays do come around quickly, don't they? This one has started off a  bit damp, but if 'they' are to be believed we're going to have some unseasonably warm weather this weekend. 
Anyway, time for some crafting I think! Today is Daring Cardmakers Day and we've this one to play with
This week it's Sharon's turn to set the new challenge and it's got absolutely nothing to do with the strong reds, yellows and oranges of Autumn, but it is colour-based.
Pastel Rainbow
I would love to see a beautiful rainbow on your cards this time - but made from pastel colours.

You can check out the soft and pretty array of pastel rainbow shades
 from the DT HERE

Well I thought for ages about what to do, without coming up with any ideas I wanted to try.  In the end I thought that maybe a rainbow shape created from flowers in the colours of the rainbow wmight work
Smooth white card blank plus extra of the same for the upper panel and the sentiment circle
Blue paper for matting
Coloured card for roses and leaves
Green organza ribbon
Small matching pearls
Plain and scalloped circles die sets from Tonic Studios
I used a couple of similar die plates for the flowers - both cut multi shapes on one pass so are ideal when you need a few all the same size.
One is by Cheery Lynn and the other Brittania Dies

 I thought I'd share a photo of my works space with the flowers as a Work in Progress. As you can see, I'm not a tidy crafter there are things leftover from old projects and some bits from other WiP projects as well as the flowers.  But you can see things like the die plates and my ball tools (the two all stainless steel ones are from a sugarcraft online shop), glue pot, bamboo skwere and needle tool
I use those clean bottle-type caps as holders for the flowers while glue dries
My shaping mat is the pink thing in the lower left corner, I also have a thicker one which is better but has gone AWOL atm!
The ides in the top left corner are for a completely different project, just in case you were wondering

So, there you go, a little insight into my crafting space for you - are you shocked at the mess?  Even if you aren't, you would be if I showed the whole desk top!

Anyway, thank you for visiting, please leave a message 😉

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Paris Album; Carousel (BF Through the Letterbox)

Thank you for visiting my blog today, it's lovely to see you here  on this sunny October morning!
Today I'm very excited to be sharing my first project for

Over on the Bubbly Funk Blog the new Design Team have been introducing themselves and are beginning to share the projects they've been making with the October Letterbox box.
It's my turn today and I've made a new page for my Paris mini album.  Yes, the same one that's been a work in progress for the last couple of years!

From the October Letterbox Box  I used:
Die-cut label
Chipboard frame and flourishes
Zig Zag Washi tape
Grey Ribbon (I love this stuff - its so soft and pretty!)
Holographic Sequins
Clear Gems
Paris Stencil is also available from the shop HERE
Extras from my Stash:
Glamour Dust, Gems in other colours and shapes to tone with the photo
The photo below shows the contents of the October BOX
 About Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox
Bubbly Funk itself isn't new, though recently Caroline took a bit of a 'sabbatical' while she did other getting married, moving house and other 'real life' stuff
Anyway, Bubbly Funk is back at last but with a fabulous new concept in crafting kits - boxes of crafting goodness that fit through your letterbox!  How good does that sound?  No more parcels left on the doorstep, or having to collect from the sorting office, or asking a neighbour to take it in etc

Each monthly Letterbox box will be sent out around the middle of the month
 and is available to order from the 1st of the month.  Numbers will be limited, so early ordering is a very good thing!
As you can see, there's a lovely, coordinated mix of goodies - you'll find beads, fabric, die cuts and chipboard to name just a few. 
Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox - October 2017
 Thank you for visiting. You can see more over on the BLOG and I would really love you to pop over to leave some messages there as well as here -  greedy, eh? 
Anyway, that's it for this time

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Letters!

Welcome to my blog - thanks for visiting today, it's lovely to see you 😊
Today I'm sharing a card using the October LO from The Sketch File.  It's a bit different from the usual as the main feature is the text area.  If you're a scrapper, this could be the journalling, or if you like to use a quotation this sketch would be perfect.  I've gone with some BIG letters!

I've  pretty much kept to the Sketch for this card, but it's fine to move things around and make it work your way. Here's the basic sketch:
The Sketch File October 2017

Coloured card; White, Black, Silver,  Aqua,
Glitter card; Red, Aqua
Large letters created in Paint Shop Pro and cut on the Silhouette Cameo
The small word is a die-cut
The trees are also die-cut
Punched stars

I'm really pleased at how this turned out and I love the crisp, sharp design - it really catches the eye even though its pretty simple to put together.  Which, of course is a definite plus when you have a lot of cards to make.
We'd love to see what you could do with the sketch, so do join in

Thanks for looking in today

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Holly Berry Wreath - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
Welcome to another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

This weekend sees 'World Cardmaking Day', 
so it really had to be a card this time - in fact 2 cards, actually!

They are Christmas cards and I've used a very beautiful Christmas die set; Holiday Holly Wreath.  Both cards use the same basic ingredients, it's just that for the second version I 'upped the ante' a bit and raided my 'Christmas Bits' Box for some added extras!

I used the same creamy white, linen wove card as the background for both cards - its the complete card blank for card 1 and for card 2 a smaller piece was adhered to a dark red, heavier card blank.

White lined wove card, soft old-gold card,
scraps of green and brown card, red glitter card 
NOEL cut using one of the dies from the
 Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017 die set

For the 2nd version, I cut a square of the white linen card to fit on my red card blank, as before I die cut and embossed the wreath in the gold card.
Next from my 'Christmas Bits' Box I used some little jingle bells and some real, but tiny pine cones 
The bells were tied onto narrow red ribbon, and glued to the top of the wreath.  The die cut leaves and the real pine cones hide the glue and ends of the ribbon.  
Using the die set I cut extra leaves etc and added them to the wreath and some in the corners too.  I absolutely love the embossing on the pine cones, it makes them look so real!  
I used the same 'NOEL' sentiment, the finished the card with some gold twine and bow around the top of the card, and a red ribbon bow at the top of the wreath 

Here are the gorgeous Spellbinders die sets I've used this time, with links so you can find them in the store 
Holiday Holly Berry Wreath Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017 
die set

I love a die set that works so beautifully in simple fashion, but also lends itself to adding some extra pizzazz.  I think this one is just fabulous and you really need it in your collection!

That's it for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting


Friday, October 06, 2017

Lavender Blue Dilly, Dilly

It's a beautiful, Autumnal morning here, with sunshine and a very blue sky, I hope its as nice where you are too.
As it's Friday, it's another Daring Cardmakers Day and today is the first Friday of the new month so we have an Elemental Inspiration Challenge this time.  
Here's my card
For October Leo has put together a little mood board for you and we hope you'll find plenty of inspiration to draw your three elements from.
Just pick at least 3 elements from the picture to use when making your card 

I chose the pastel stripes of the wall hanging, the lavender, and the Kraft card from the box or ribbon or washi tape
The pastel striped pattern was made using Gelatos, which I 'softened' with damp pieces of baby wipe
The pink dei-cut pot is also coloured with Gelatos
For the lavender I started by adding various purple, lilac and some aqua shades of ink to a piece of card.  I thought I had a lavender flower die, but it seems I don't, so instead I used a Delphinium die, then cut them down a bit.  The stems are from another flower die set - Lily of the Valley, I think.
The white circle and the scalloped Kraft circle are both from Spellbinders Nesties sets.
The sentiment was stamped in black ink and the whole panel was matted onto black card before adding to my white card blank

It would be great if you'd check out all the lovely cards the DT have made - honestly, it always surprises and delights me to see how our talented team respond to the challenges each week, they are so fab!  You can CLICK HERE to see what they've made this week
Well that's all from me today, except to show you the photo I took from my bedroom window this morning - just check out that blue sky!