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)

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Fuchsia and Butterflies

Once I'd posted my folded butterfly for the Butterfly Challenge I remembered my stamp and stencil sets and knew there was a fuchsia in there and low and behold it had a butterfly on it as well

I love these sets but naughtily I rarely get them out but was surprised how quickly this card was made. I used a snippet of Rymans smooth card and stamped the fuchsia and butterfly with Momento ink before colouring with Promarkers. Then I used the stencil to add the glitter highlights using GlitzCraft frosting paste which cries in minutes. Once I'd done this, I wasn't sure how to put the card together then I remembered the Less Is More challenge this week is Use 3 Stamps so I added the sentiment from Stampin Ups Bloomin Marvelous set and raised the panel on a white card blank

I'm entering this into the following challenges
The Butterfly Challenge - Fuchsia and/or Fancy Folds
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Snippets
Less Is More - Use 3 Stamps

Fancy Folds and Fuchsia at The Butterfly Challenge

The current theme at The Butterfly Challenge is Fancy Folds and Fuchsia. It's been a beautiful day here in Sopley so I've spent a lot of the time in the garden folding this book into a butterfly. I love this fold so I've done very little decoration to it, just some fuchsia coloured card stamped with some butterflies to go on the inside cover

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Rosette card

We had great fun making rosette flowers at my card group last week - it was great to get away from the building works - and this week we'll be making cards with them. This is one of my samples using some papers I found during my clearout. They were part of a Papermania pad called The Big One - Clare Curd's Signature range and had 200 sheets. There must be at least half of it left and I love how there are 10 different designs in each colourway. I've used the minty green to fit in with the theme at the Butterfly Challenge which is M is for Margins/Mint. I've followed this layout from Freshly Made Sketches

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Snippets (green and white card)
Less Is More - Polka Dots

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Bronze and Buttons and Butterflies

Not sure where the time is going at the moment and my craft room is being seriously neglected. I needed to prepare for next weeks craft class but as we're just making flowers there wasn't a lot to do so I found time to make a card for the Butterfly Challenge and the theme is Buttons and /or Bronze. I've followed this layout from Stick It Down which is a new challenge blog for me

I've used my favourite butterfly dies and coloured the white card with Ultramarine and Autumn Bronze gilding waxes. The buttons are cut using Stampin Up's Sweet Buttons Embosslit and coloured with the Autumn Bronze wax.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Grape and Glitter At The Butterfly Challenge

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted a card. Things have been really busy here. We've had a lot of work done on my old craft room. It still had polystyrene tiles on the ceiling and you could see from the shape of it it would probably some down with the tiles which is why we never tackled it. As we thought, the whole lot came down along with the most awful grey dust. The poor builder looked like a chimney sweep and said he'd never known a ceiling so dirty! It seems that when the original slate roof was taken off it was just left on the loft floor and covered with insulation and most of it has gone to dust. So it's been a lot of housework keeping the dust down. So my old room had a new ceiling, a new wall and the other three re-plastered and a new door. Almost ready for decorating now, just another heavy clean of the floorboards. A weeks break before they start on the major work in the kitchen. We had hoped to get all of the upstairs done before starting downstairs but we've been let down by the roofer so need to find another.

Anyway, on to my first card for a while and it's for the Butterfly Challenge and the theme this time is Grape and Glitter and of course butterflies. I've followed this layout from Sketch Saturday

I'm not sure what variety of grape my colours are but hey ho! The butterfly is cut from a glitter paper that doesn't show too well and I've added Stickles glitter to the butterflies on the background paper. I had originally cut the paper so that the butterflies were central but now I realise that I've used the wrong piece so may give it another go if I get the chance