Monday, 14 April 2014


Here is a birthday card I made with an image I coloured up at the lake last summer. I found it in with my coloured images that I file away in dollar store photo albums.  It sure is handy to colour some ahead and file them away for days like this. lol

I have kept it fairly simple. The background paper is from a 6x6 paper pad I purchased in England last August. The Celebrate sentiment is a found treasure from a recent clean up in my craft room. All the other card elements were chosen from my snippets drawer because they either went with this DP or this sentiment box colour. A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, to narrow down choices and get on to finishing up a card faster!

I am happy to say that my hip and back are feeling better...all that alternating of ice and heat really took the edge off and I feel on the road to recovery. I will be leaving DH to do any raking, lifting etc. in the gardens, and have been ordered to only do tasks in the garden that require sitting. DH is preparing a list for me! lol

It has been lovely here for the past couple of days and DH has been washing down the siding of the house and the garden shed. He is about 2/3 finished, and is already planning on washing the outside windows next. Then we will be well ready to enjoy spring and summer. We even put out some of the patio chairs and cushions...can't wait to have lunch out there.

****************This is card #2 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

Card Recipe
Card base and envelope -  5 1/2 inch square card and envelope from my stash
DP - Riverbank Revelry from England 6 x 6 pack; green plaid is a snippet of Xmas DP
Card - dark teal snippets from my stash
Dies - Marianne doily die; Memory Box Lavish Branches; Quickuts corner die
Bling - Pearls from my stash
Stickles - Star Dust
Stamp - Stampin" Up

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.
2. MFP Speedy TV Colour Challenge - Pink Turquoise and blue
3. Two Peas In A Bucket April Mood Board Challenge
4. Stamping Sensations - Dies and Punches
5. The Squirrel and the Fox - All creatures Great and Small
6. Polkadoodles Challenge  - Animal Magic

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christmas Card Club - Christmas light, Challenge #8

It was Asha's turn to chose the theme for our Christmas Card Club. Her blog is Sunny Summer Crafts if you would like to pop over and take a look at her wonderful cards.

This was a great theme as there are so many different ways to interpret it. I chose to use my Memory Box Village Lamp Post die as I don't think I have ever used it before (NBUS).  This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to use my NBUS supplies rather than hoard them!

My back and hip are very sore at the moment and working at the craft table is quite painful. I kept this card quite simple, to shorten the time leaning over it. Expect to see me visiting all over blogland as I have been spending quite a bit of time sitting with  my ice pack or heating pad! I had this same problem earlier this year and just got this under control 2 or 3 weeks ago. Today, I felt a slight pop as I was picking up some leaves...forcing me to limped into the house to find the icepack.

Luckily, I have several cards ahead so will schedule posts for the next short while. Enough wallowing...on with the card and the recipe...

And the inside...

****************This is card #1 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

Card and base - 5 1/2 inches square from my stash
DP - WRMK Yuletide
Cardstock - a very teensy snippet of green card was used for the corner dies and a snippet of white for the sentiment banner
Dies - Spellbinders Labels 26 for the image mat; MB Village Lamp Post; Quickuts corner die
I think the banner is either Impression Obsession or???? To sore to walk downstairs again to check...
Punch - Martha Stewart snowflake
Image - Sassy Cheryl topper
Sentiment - Merry Christmas is a rub on; Inside verse is Stampers Anonymous, Old Fashioned Christmas
Ink - Momento black ink; Ingvild Bolme red chalk ink

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card club - must be Christmas Light
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas but Anything Goes
3. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card front with paper
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - must be square
6. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
7. Two Peas in a Bucket  April Mood Board

Friday, 11 April 2014

With Deepest Sympathy

Last week was my turn to chose the design, and make up the card kit for my weekly card making day with my next door neighbour. I have already shown you the cloud and butterfly card we made (featured on my last post).

I tried to pick a fairly easy card design for the second card.  I plan to make up several of this basic style, and needed them to be fairly fast to put together. Well, I guess sometimes they might be fast, but I had one of those days that everything I tried, seemed to backfire. The first card went together fairly quickly. This second one...not so much!

It seemed that I managed to screw up almost every element along the way. I would recoup, and tear off the offending item and start over. But I did it so many times it was starting to get annoying.

My neighbour went home with 5 lovely finished cards and I settled for barely finishing two!

Here is the one that gave me all the trouble...

I centered and then cut a Spellbinders  Floral Doily Motif from a piece of pink card stock and then cut a smaller S/B Petite Circle in the center of doily, to create a frame. All I can say here is thank goodness for a magnetic platform!

I then slid a lightweight snippet of black card behind the cut out aperture to allow the black to show through the outer edge picot pattern. I added a SB circle of DP script just slightly larger than the aperture and positioned it to sit just under that frame...and then pop dotted the frame on top...very teensy pop dots I might add!
This step was mostly repeated once I realized I had mounted the script on a slight angle...drat.

Once that was sorted, I added a K&Co pink butterfly and a Penny Black sentiment. I finished up the inside with another PB verse stamped on a repeat of the S/B Floral Doily Motif.  Two attempts later, I then managed to stamp that third attempt, slightly off center. Combed through the butterflies and managed to find one that had the right style to look as though I had "off stamped" on purpose.  I took out the middle layer of the the inside butterfly...making it 2D if you like! This just helped make the card "sit" better when closed. Luckily, the two butterflies are situated on different side of the card, so that helps keep the depth it is better for mailing.

At this point everything was tossed aside and we had lunch...amazing what renewed vigor there is after a nice bit of salad and cheese  Managed to finally finish it off and then added a bit of chalking to the edges to tie in the more vivid look of the butterfly! Yep...added the chalk to the finished card...with a carefully placed bit of scrap to catch the strays...luckily a white eraser caught any escapees! quick and easy card was finally finished...about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish!!!   lol

Card base and Envelope - from my stash
DP - 7Gypsies Somme script paper (VOS circa 2005)
Card Stock - snippets of pink and white
Dies - Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif; and Spellbinders Petite Circles
Butterflies -  K&Co
Chalk - Stampin' Up
Stamps - both sentiments are from Penny Black Eloquence

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Chalk n Stock - must use chalk (I chalked the S/B Doily with pink chalk)
3. Card a Day Challenge - Sympathy
4. Word Art Wednesday - must have uplifting sentiment
5. Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
6. MFP Speedy TV Inspirational Challenge - Challenge 58 The third photo inspired me to use my vivid pink butterflies. The true colour is best seen on the inside page.