Tuesday, 10 October 2017

September Swaps

I entered three swaps this month.
This card is courtesy of Helen, a panelled card with lace, ribbon and flowers.

Super Card, love the doilies!
Thank you Olive.

Sketch Swap

I used some embossed papers from a pad of papers bought from The Works.  A diecut sentiment horizontally raised over the vertical papers.

I have just noticed that the Sketch has 'Seasonal' printed above the sentiment ..... oops!  Sorry.

Technique Swap

I used a pop up die set to make this card.  I don't think I have quite cracked this technique but I will definitely try again...... when? ..... hmmm.....

I found the instructions very easy to use and added some Hunkydory toppers for the tabs and also for the front.

I have not received any other cards by return post ..... shame.....

Sunday, 24 September 2017

August Swaps

Noobie Swap

I finally get to post my little train - details - I hope it's liked, I still love the technique and colours.

Superb centre stepper card - love it.
Thank you LindaS.

Colour Swap - Yellow

I used a plain yellow card and a piece of acetate.  I added peel offs to the centre and corners of the acetate and then backed foil onto the back. 
I attached the acetate to the yellow card along the centre spine.

This is a really beautiful card.
Thank you Olive.

Technique Swap - Stencil

This is my third attempt to make this card.  I tried various mediums but this one - Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud - has worked out tremendously, so pleased with it.  I backed it onto a lavender paper onto a white card.  The sentiment was also stamped with Chalk Cloud.

I received this stencilled card with Metallic Paint as the medium.  Sparkles and shines great.
Thank you Caro.

Caro had the forethought to make all her swap cards prior to her going into hospital.  Kudos to her and I hope she's feeling better now.
Style Swap - Summer Holidays

I used one of the images given away on the Group page to make this card.  I used the Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud colours again.  The backing paper is taken from a pad of small paper bought from The Works.  I smudged the card when adding the sentiment but luckily I found a suitably printed length of tape ribbon which just fitted neatly across the corner and my smudge!!!

I received this beautiful Parchment card by return - wow! is all I can say.
Thank you JackieP.

Jackie also enclosed a local postcard, shows Yorkshire and this was very interesting as my parents used to visit that county when I was young.

Sketch Swap - Bikini
Not exactly a sketch more an interesting project!!  You can catch up with all the fun here.

The 'Bikini' is created from a sheet of paper from one of the paper books bought a couple of years ago.  Some smidgens of lace as trimmings and then a diecut gold initial and some gold thread for a necklace.

I forgot to add the sentiment which should have read: - 

I'll support you ....   
                        .... if only from behind!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Wedding Cards

We have been invited to a Wedding Celebration.
This is not just any wedding though, this is the youngest son of the neighbour across the road, a lovely family who came to live here when the children were small.  The youngest son is especially dear to us and we feel very honoured to have been invited.
I have made an acceptance card and a wedding card. 

The red DL card has a band of gold paper across the front and then I used a cream paper inside.  I edged the band and the insert with the same Fiskars punch.

The wedding card was A5, again I used a red card and this time I added a cutout from some wrapping paper.  I love this verse from Corinthians, have kept the wrapping paper for some time now, using pieces from it as it is cream with gold script.   I used the same cream paper for the insert but printed the sentiment in gold coloured print on the PC.  I edged the gold paper and insert with a different Fiskars punch and placed the gold paper along the edges of the front of the card, symbolising the canopy used at the wedding.
The acceptance card was taken across to the house by PJ but the wedding card will be given along with the pressie on the night.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bikini Card

This is the 'sketch' for this month.  I love this idea but don't really have a clue how to even start.  In all good offices, a 'brain-storming' meeting ends with some really good ideas .... some useful, some not so useful, but better than when the meeting started!!

So I filled my bag with paper, cards, pencils, template, photos etc and went off to C.R.U.N.C.H., my local craft group.
I arrived early so laid out all the goodies and waited for the members to arrive, which they duly did and were immediately intrigued.
After lots and lots of discussion, some smutty remarks, much laughter, cups of coffee .... we started.

There were only four of us round the table, the number of members attending varies from week to week, so we had plenty of room to spread our stash.

We drew on the pink cards, some folded first, some folded and cut the other side to match.

We chose our papers, discussed how to cut them, drew the template on the card (!) and stuck down the papers, added ribbon trims.

We laughed so much it was a really good session.  
We decided to alter the template shape slightly after we had stuck down the main papers so that we could add 'straps', this caused more laughter as we tried to work out the best way to cut the card.

Everyone said what a great morning it had been, and how pretty the finished cards were.  I think that even the 'non' cardmakers were surprised at what a good time we had all had.  

It is very difficult to photograph the card to show the inside (or backside) decoration, I didn't really have the time to photograph them separately as we had overrun by 15mins.

I will show my complete card once it has been received by my partner.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

June Swaps

Full house again for this month - really good selection of themes.

Colour: Red & White
I have had this beautiful red lace 'on show' in my craft room for a long time.  Today I am going to use it!!!

I covered the front of a plain white card with the lace and trimmed it to fit.
I added this die cut rose which was plain white but it just didn't seem right.  
I showed the card to PJ who said that the rose needed some colour.  We were both agreed on this so I used a stencil and painted in the centre of the rose with red and added a tiny bit of green to the leaves .... much better!  
I attached the die cut sentiment across the lower edge.

I received this beautiful card by return.

Thank you Olive.
Sorry about the placement of the photos .... Blogger having another strop!

This card, courtesy of Helen, has paper flowers, green wooden butterflies and trim.  They are all attached to soft grey paper.

This beautifully embossed card has a stamped fairy image and sentiment along with a glittered butterfly.
Thank you Olive.

Sketch - A new Theme to replace the Alphabet Swap.
I used a pink card for this swap as I had several pink offcuts lying on my desk.
I cut the papers to size and added a diecut butterfly and sentiment. 
I have never thought of die cutting sentiments in white but it makes sense as then they can be coloured to match the card.

I received a blue card with a diecut sentiment!
Thank you ChrisN.

Style - Roses

I used some of the free papers I received with a recent magazine purchase to make this card.
I stamped the sentiment and edged it to match the blue.

This card has been carefully put together, so many peel offs placed and then a half wreath to embellish the image.
Thank you MaryC.

Technique - Teabag Folding
One of my favourite techniques!
I placed my medallion onto a red circle and then added the gold frame.  Although the papers are not Christmas themed, I thought the colours were festive so added a peel off sentiment.

I received this beautifully executed card.  Neat folding and excellent use of peel offs.

Thank you MaryC.

Friday, 16 June 2017

May Card Swap

Another full month's swaps, lots to think about this month.

Alphabet - Z

I decided that Z would be for Zentangle.... I love to do this but fear that I am not quite proficient enough to show off yet!  

I printed the daisy onto pale lemon paper and then, after drawing in the zentangle, I cut and attached it to a circular card.  I printed out the sentiment onto the same paper, cut it out and attached it to one side of the circle. 

Colour - Yellow

This bright yellow card is a sketch card courtesy of Helen.
I like to think that the yellow matts bring all the elements together beautifully.

I received this beautifully stitched card, brighter than the camera shows.
Thank you BarbaraS.

I found this card very difficult to create.  I thought it would be easy as it is a kit from a book, several years old but the papers are still new.  
The cutting was easy but the folding really had me thinking!!! I am pleased with the result though. 

I received this fascinating card by return.               

It came as a notecard envelope but, when I opened it up, I found a little fairy door inside.

Upon further exploration, the door itself opened to reveal a thoughtful verse.
Thank you so much Olive.      

Style - Spring Flowers

I used some patterned very fine paper for the background on this card. It is a very bright yellow IRL set on a pale lemon card.  I wrapped the top right corner with a paler yellow ribbon and then added my image on top.  I used pencils to colour this image, I wonder how it would have looked if I had watercoloured it?   I may have to find this image in my files and see how different it does look when coloured with paints! 

Technique - Tent Fold

Took some thinking through for me but in the end this card, courtesy of Pat fits the bill.  Love the folded fan.

Friday, 12 May 2017

You have mail .....

... well, me actually!
I received an email from Creative Stamping on Wednesday to say that I had won a prize .... £50 to spend at Craft Stash.
I went into shock .. I have never won anything in my life!
I read and reread the email ...... then took a trip over to Craft Stash ...... one of my favourite stores..... and placed an order.
I placed everything I fancied into my basket and then whittled it down to £50 worth..... took me about two hours but what a wonderful two hours!
After I hit the checkout button I discovered that if the order went through before 15.00hrs it would be sorted that day .... it was now 15.17hrs..........
I received my prize THIS morning .. how's that for service?!?!
What an exciting three days ..... I am jumping up and down... frequently ....... big smile on my face ......

The prize ......
I chose three dies and four matching stamps plus some sentiment stamps.  
To be honest, I had lots of fancy stuff in my basket and then found the Island Blooms stamp. When I went in for further details, Craft Stash mentioned that the stamp co-ordinates with Sumatra Die so I had a look at that.  In the end I had sorted out three dies with matching stamps, and there's more yet if I decide to have birthday presents ......

Now I have to exercise self control as I have a busy day tomorrow but come Sunday..........

Thursday, 4 May 2017

April Card Swaps

I have entered nearly all the swaps for this month!  the ATC will  appear on my other Blog - ATC Wannabe.


I have had great difficulty getting all these folds to lay flat but I hope I have managed it.  This card is thanks to Angela, love the colours.

I received this super Easel card in great colours.
Thank you Olive.

Colour - Brown

I am so pleased with this card.  I was really stuck for ideas but then I found just the card to CASe.  I have used nearly all my kraft cards now but they are such good quality I shall invest in some more.  Unfortunately Craftwork cards no longer supply this particular card and envelope pack ....
Enough of that ..... I stamped the butterfly in Versafine Brown ink, the sentiment in Dovecraft white and set to dry.  
I pulled out a white gelpen, inktense pencil and watercolour paints.... I thought I would start with the pencil and carry on from there until I had the deepest colour.  Once the stamping was dry, I used the pencil to colour some of the butterfly and also the sentiment.  I added the circles to finish.

 Superb card received, tiny flecks of gold to lift the colour.
Thank you Madge.

Style - Easter

I decided to use some of the stamps that came free with one of my magazines.  I file these stamps but rarely use them - sounds familiar? - so hopefully this will change.
After stamping, I realised the Easter has come and gone (I missed it as PJ was in hospital beforehand) so I left the sentiment 'floating' in the envelope.

A really bright and joyful card.
Thank you ChrisN.

Technique - Torn Paper

It took some time to sort out a card suitable to use as a base!  I managed to find this greatly discoloured page in my French Dictionary but they were just perfect for the small ATC made some time ago.  
I love this card and realise it is not to everyone's taste but it could be used as a man's card.

LOVE this card, what a brilliant concept!
Thank you Olive.

Alphabet - Y for Yellow

This is my second attempt at this card, first time around I didn't notice the white circle in the centre!!!
The shade of the yellow Chrysanths matches the card EXACTLY.  I understand that it is the paper that reflects the light differently when the photo is taken ......
I printed the digital image from TLC Creations - Thank you Paulette - onto thin card and then used my watercolour paints to add the colours.  I attached it straight to the background card - which it matches exactly! -  as I don't think it needs matting.

Super bright and in your face!!! love it.
Thank you Karen.