Monday, 24 October 2016

Something for Christmas

One of the tempting magazines which I bought recently featured some lovely digital designs from Pink Gem and I've used one of the reindeer ones on this card - another one for the Christmas box.  The company also do stamps and other crafty items so well worth checking them out if you NEED something new to spark your creativity.  The background paper is from my stash of paper pads which seem to last me for years so I'm not sure how old it is and the smaller blue paper was in one of my scrap boxes along with some toning blue card to back the image.  A die cut snowflake and a greeting which came with the image and that's it really.

It is so dark and dreary today, also raining so you can probably guess what I might be doing rather than venturing out.

Image - digital download from Pink Gem Designs
Card and Paper - from my stash
Snowflake - free die from magazine

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Playground Time

Well I must say that the Snippets Challenge seems to come around so quickly but luckily my friend Anne delivered the goodies which had tempted me at the recent Stampin' Up event so I have something new to use which is always fun.  There were lots of jobs I should have been doing yesterday but once I'd had lunch I decided to have a little play to see what I could make with this stamp set and matching dies.  There is almost too much in these packets - no less than 37 stamps - and I found it difficult to choose which to start off with.  Eventually I settled on a straightforward jar of flowers which involved some double stamping and die cutting - of course using up snippets of card in the process.  Some larger snippets of design paper were used for the background and oddments of card for the corners and greeting.  I have a feeling that it might be a good idea to stamp and cut out a good selection of the jars, flowers and so on in this set so that I can then pick and choose, playing around until I come up with an interesting idea. Sometime when inspiration goes missing it is handy to have a selection of die cuts to 'audition' until something just looks right although I must say that many of my ideas come to mind when I'm out walking (and thinking).

Do take a look HERE to see what inspiration there is this week in the Playground where you can also check out last week's picks.

Jar of Flowers - Jar of Love set from Stampin' Up, stamps and dies
Label - Deco label  from SU embossed with Cuttlebug folder
Background papers - also Stampin' Up
Corner Punch - Stampin' Up

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


It is time again for a butterfly challenge on Mrs A's blog HERE and this time the alphabetical theme is  HOOPS AND/OR HAREBELLS  which I've loosely translated as circles and blue on my card.  I found a pretty piece of blue paper as a background then cut two scalloped circles from pearl card, one of which I embossed with a butterfly design and the other was sponged with blue distress ink.  Two circular shaped die cuts were added behind the main image to continue the theme.  I bought this die set some time ago as a 'must-have' and this is actually the first time it has been used!!  Finally I die cut some butterflies, again sponging with the same blue ink.  Do take a look at the challenge blog to see some great inspiration for this challenge - well worth a look and there is a themed prize too.

Scallop Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Butterflies - Crafter's Companion dies
Circular embellishments - Tattered Lace dies
Embossing Folder - Docrafts

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Simple Card

Because I had quite a lot of my recently made master board left I was able to make this quick card by die cutting a lacy square and simply adding a sentiment in the centre.  There is still enough left for at least one more card when I decide how to use it.

Master Board - made using gesso, distress inks and various stencils and stamps
Sentiment - computer generated, oval punch and die cut
Fancy Frame - Tonic die set Twisted Twine Square

Monday, 17 October 2016

More Christmas

I seem to be on a roll with Christmas cards at the moment so while the right colours of scraps were to hand I quickly cut out the sentiment,  sleigh and deer from various freebie dies as well as stamping, colouring and cutting out the Santa from a free stamp set - coloured using alcohol pens.  A sky background and another strip of glitter paper for snow, job done!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Love Never Melts

I received my lovely prize during the week so of course just had to have a play ready for this week's Pixie Snippets challenge.  As usual there is another great card to inspire you made by the lovely Di using the prize on offer this time around for one lucky person - remember 'you have to be in it to win it' so why not have a go??

Anyway on to my card which was made using a selection of snippets from my 'bits boxes' and some which were littering my desk (I'm so untidy)!!  The background was a fairly large snippet from a seasonal paper pad from many years ago - I'm a hoarder too.  The stormy sky was die cut from an experimental piece using Pixie powders onto water colour paper - falling snow added with a white pen.  I also cut another circle from some glitter paper and trimmed it for the ground, adding a few die cut trees.  The 'main event' is the  snowman which was of course the stamp and die set which I won - so cute.

Stamp and Die Set - Love Never Melts by Poppy stamps
Banner - Sue Wilson die
Background - Papermania paper from several years back
Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Pixie Powders - Cosmic Shimmer black

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Getting Inky

Earlier this week I decided to make a master board using gesso, distress inks and a selection of stencils and stamps. There are several tutorials on YouTube if you're not sure how to go about this technique.  I've definitely come to the conclusion that if you want to know anything about a particular method or technique there is more often than not a choice of videos on You Tube for guidance.

 I've often done inky backgrounds but always worked on smallish pieces of card but this time I went for the whole A4 sheet which would give me a good amount to incorporate into several cards.  This is the first one which has only used three narrow strips so there is plenty remaining.  I thought the background needed to feature so just added a sentiment on some die cut shapes.

Rectangular dies - Tonic Studios
Stamp - Stampendous
Central motif - Sue Wilson dies