Wednesday, 27 July 2016

I Really Shouldn't Be Doing This!

I'm in my craft room to make my hubby his 60th birthday card but despite weeks of planning, I just can't get started on it. It's not until 2nd August but we're off to the Czech Republic first thing tomorrow so I really must get it done. But then I came across some eggshells left over from another project and thought it would be great for the Less is More challenge which is Tactile. I coloured the egg shells using Buff and Mocha Fresco paint, Ocean Teal gilding polish and Banana Fresco paint to match as closely as I could the colours at Colours and Sketches this week:

I cut a strip of double sided sheet and stuck one side onto the card before sticking the eggshell to the other side. I then added white glitter to catch in the cracks. (the stray teal pieces are actually deliberate in case you were wondering). The sentiment is computer generated

I'm counting the eggshells and snippets and taking this over to the Snippets Playground

Now to get back to that card - I wonder if he'll really mind if I buy one at the airport tomorrow!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Indigoblu Summer Poppies and Meeting Blogging Friends

I made these cards last week using up some pages left over from a book folding project (and similar to the yellow one I made a couple of weeks ago). And they fit perfectly with the July challenge at Indigoblu which is Summer Florals



I used Poppy Meadow stamp set and Dusty Concord, Festive Berries, Mustard Seeds and Peacock Feathers distress inks with some Fresco paint for the stamens

Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet some fabulous blogging friends thanks to the wonderful Darnell so I made these into some thank you cards (but totally forgot to photograph the final result - doh!) Darnell is on a tour of the UK and Southampton was her first stop over so I had to take the opportunity to meet her and I'm so glad I did. It was like having her blog talking to us - she is so funny and wonderfully kind. If you are meeting up with her on her tour you're in for a fabulous time. 

I've pinched this picture from Darnell's blog although you may have seen similar on the other girls blogs too

Thanks girls for such a fun afternoon x

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Purple Denim

I've finally said goodbye to my purple denim jeans. They were my favourite for years until I put on so much weight I couldn't even get them over my knees! They were the first things I got out when I started to loose weight and I was over the moon that they finally fitted. Despite being too scruffy to wear outside, they saw me through the winter indoors until there was just too much glue and ink on them from the craft room so they were relegated to the rag bag for the charity shop.

And then comes along Mrs A with her latest Butterfly Challenge theme of Denim and Dimension. Well, out came the jeans and off with the little ticket pocket for my card.

I've added some 3D foam to the inside top of the pocket so it will stay open and the three full butterflies have 3 layers to them

I'm also entering this into the challenge at Watercooler Wednesday (a new challenge to me) which has the theme of  CAS Butterfly

Well, my jeans are well and truly rags now

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Opportunities - Y is for Yellow & Years

I've been having a play with some JOFY stamps and Fresco paints this afternoon while watching the tennis. I did a class last year with Jo and bought these sets and I'm ashamed to say I've only ever used one of the stamps.

I started with some offcuts from a book folding project and stamped and painted some butterflies before cutting them out. I then looked for a whole page to stamp on and noticed that this one had a date on it and would be perfect for the Butterfly Challenge Y is for Yellow an/or Years. I tore around the page so it would fit on an A6 card and edged it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I then stamped and coloured the flowers. While painting the "grass" I accidentally got water on the top of the page and the frayed burlap ink stained the page so I put it to one side and started again. However, I really liked the stain once it had dried so decided to work with that. I stamped the butterfly on the page so I had the antenna and then stuck the page to a cream blank leaving the edges of the page free before sticking the glazed butterfly on top

This is the frayed burlap stain at the top and you can just about see the Pearl Glaze I put over the butterfly

Although I've put this on a card blank, I may cut the back off and add it to a journaling book 

JOFY stamp sets 32 & 33
Fresco Paints - Banana, Tangerine Twist, Guacamole, Tinned Peas and Pearl Glaze

Because the butterfly was stamped on an offcut of book, I'm going to take it over the Pixie's Snippets Playground - it's been so long since I played along

Y is for Years and/or Yellow

The latest theme at the Butterfly Challenge is Y is for Years and/or Yellow. I don't have any milestone birthdays coming up so I've just gone for the yellow theme.

My card was made for last weeks card class as an example of Triple Stamping. I used a Stampin Up set called Greenhouse Garden and a butterfly from another set together with my Robert Adams die

Monday, 27 June 2016

10 Minute Card

My OH has been away for 10 days and I thought I would have plenty of time to craft but I've spent most of the time sorting through my stash working out what I can bear to let go. I did get rid of a lot of Stampin Up bits on a Facebook page and the last parcel went in the post today although there's still a box full to be sold. Now to sort and picture the rest of it

I realised when I was out today that this is the second week of the Butterfly Challenge and I've haven't entered yet and as I'm out all day tomorrow, I knew it would have to a quick card but I wasn't expecting it to be this quick. The theme is Oval and/or Olive so I've used oval punches to create my butterfly. I've followed this layout from The Paper Players which is a new challenge to me:

The papers are from a very old paper pad called Little Sizzles which I found during my clear out over the last week and as I love the colour tones in this it made it into the keep pile

Now to start clearing up before OH comes home tomorrow - I seem to have piles of craft stuff in every room!

Monday, 30 May 2016

A very quick post as I'm staying in Southampton for a few days for a funeral. The latest theme at the Butterfly Challenge is Aperture and/or Apricot. This frame is one in my stash by Craftwork Cards and is a good few years old so gradually using up my stash.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Simple Gatefold

After making the magic slider card last week, my class wanted something simple this time and asked for a gate fold card. My sample is very simple (and easy enough with the cast on) using an image from Hunkydory's Little Book of Birdsong. My sentiment tag is made from this clothing tag and of course some ribbon "hanger" from my new top. A snippet of mint and white card for the butterfly

I go all the pieces cut out for this and put it together and took a picture but it didn't quite look right and the I found the white mat that should have been under the image! Luckily the topper was stuck on with foam tape which with a little help from the heat gun, came off easily

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Butterfly Challenge - Recycle and/or Ruby

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Magic Slider

I've not been in my craft room much for the last couple of weeks as I fell over in the garden and broke my thumb so it's in a cast and not very easy to craft. I did make this magic slider card for my craft class last week though

I've used a Woodware bubble butterfly stamp and coloured it with Promakers and covered some of the bubbles with Wink of Stella. The acetate I used was packaging from an embossing folder so I'm entering this into the Butterfly Challenge which has the theme of Recycle and/or ruby

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Texture and Teal at The Butterfly Challenge

Today is the start of a new challenge at The Butterfly Challenge and I'm honoured that Mrs A has asked me to be guest designer. I chose the letter T and Mrs A chose Teal and Texture

My first project features Teal and uses some beautiful wrapping paper with shiny teal and chalk white butterflies. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Butterfly Prints set and I've cut a couple of butterflies as embellishments

 My second project features Texture and is a Powertex notebook cover. I started with a black notebook and this metal hanging butterfly which came in a pack of three from Poundland. I put masking tape over the butterfly before adding some netting material covered in black Powertex and set it onto the book cover with another piece of material underneath. Once dry I used a combination of turquoise and green powders to add colour to the butterfly and silver to the material

 For my third project I've combined Teal and Texture. I covered my die cut butterfly with pva before adding broken eggshell and painting

Paper Artsy fresco dusty teal paint
Cosmic Shimmer teal gilding wax
Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge

Stampin Up Loving Thoughts
Gilding flakes

I'm counting the eggshells as snippets so I'll be taking this over Pixie's Snippets Playground. (Just realised I've entered this week and it's too early for next)