Friday, April 20, 2018

Still Got the Blues.....

Well, the weather has really changed for the better, hasn't it?  Mind you, there is always a downside, and in my case it's the onset of hayfever.  You can't have it all!
Last weekend we went to Southwold for a few days, just to drop off some more bits and bobs and do a few little jobs there,  This time we even managed to have not only a walk along the prom, but to sit there with our books for a while too.  I always have an Audible book on the go and my earphones in my pocket - that way I can watch the sea and the comings and goings on the prom and listen to a book while I do.  
Talking of upsides and downsides though, the downside of a few days away is the lack of crafting time it leaves.  So I've been trying to catch up with some projects during the last couple of days.
First to share is one of my Blue-themed cards for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week

Feeling Blue  
It's Nat here, and I'm just back from a little holiday in Cornwall visiting family. :)

Blue is always a colour I associate with Cornwall - the iconic blue stripes of Cornish-ware pottery, the gorgeous indigo fabric prints (especially in Seasalt - yep, I bought another shopper bag...), and just the general weathered blues on boats and buildings all about.

There's lots to love about that colour so this week I'd like you to share projects showcasing shades of blue!

Blue is my favourite colour,  from Deep Navy to the softest Baby Blues and of course all the lovely Aqua blues too.  I willed myself to stay away from the latter this time though as I wanted to make a more masculine card (preparing for all the 'boy' birthdays coming up in the next few weeks!)
It was supposed to be an easy card, but all those stars and squares took a lot longer to cut and work out how to use than you'd ever believe!  So while ot was easy, it wasn't quick!
I used lots of pieces of card from my Blue card Scrap box (yes, I have my scraps colour coded!), As many square and Star shaped dies and punches in the right sort of sizes as I could find and set to work.
To complete the card I used black card to cut the word 'happy' and my fab Spellbinders Alphabet set to cut 'birthday'  I love this set so much that I've just bought another, different alphabet set, so will be giving that an airing soon!

That's it really.  A simple idea, if a bit time-consuming!
There are, as always some lovely cards to see over on the DCM BLOG, so please pop over to see them.  We'd love to see your own Blue creations too.

Now, a little shameless advertising for our lovely holiday flat in Southwold, Suffolk - if you'd like to take a look, and maybe make a booking (friends and family, contact me first!), you can find out all about it here: 

Fingers crossed this lovely sunny weather sticks around for the weekend!  Have a great one
Thanks for looking

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ladybird, Ladybird....

 Good Morning, how's your Friday going?
It's still damp and a bit dull here, but at least the mizzly fog we had all day yesterday has lifted.  Out in the garden we have lovely red tulips, camellias flowering and the magnolia with loads and loads of buds just waiting to be photographed against a blue sky.  But we're still waiting for that blue sky! 
Despite, or because of the gloomy weather we've had all week, I've been crafting with Spring colours and themes.  Yesterday I blogged a little matchbox in Spring colours and today I have some cute little Ladybirds to share.  This card is for Ruth's very first Daring Cardmakers challenge

Hello,  Ruth here!
    This is my first time hosting a challenge and I hope you'll join me and the so talented Design Team in creating a project for the theme for this week:
Animal Antics
Animals can be so funny and as long as your project features one then get it linked to our BLOG so we can come and visit you! 
 Make it the focal point or as an embellishment or accent - just as long as your creation features one then you're good to go!

It was a toss up between using one of my 'old' favourite die sets (elephant) or my new "Lady Bug Garden" set.  This time the bugs won!

White card blank, plus extra for upper panel which was cut with a scalloped square die then embossed with a Petite Dots embossing folder
Red card for matting
Scraps of yellow, orange, kraft, green and black card.  A piece of red gloss card for the Ladybird shells
Die sets from Spellbinders
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

Die D-Lites Etched Dies  (loopy hello. just a note) 

The grass came from another Spellbinders die set which I've found really handy to have in my collection.  Flower Field Die D-LitesEtched Dies
  I still feel there should be something else on this card - I always struggle with the whole "white space" thing, so have tried not to succumb to adding anything more - but it's soooo hard!!!

We'd love you to join in with us this week - you can see more of our cards and add your own links HERE.

Thank you for popping by today
Have a great weekend

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Hello Spring" Match Box

Oh my!  what a really grotty, mizzly sort of day we have here today! 
I'm quite glad I have something rather more Spring-like to share with 
you this time.
It's a sweet little matchbox gift box made from lovely fresh green and lemon coloured card-stock and decorated using a few of the cute embellishments from the new "Hello Spring" Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox craft box

I made the box itself using a Spellbinders die set.  The box is just the right size for presenting something like a necklace or bracelet or other small item, and looks so pretty in these colours. The label and tiny tags are in the die set too, along with dies to make a tiny paper bow!  

Match Box Love Set Match by Debi Adams
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies 

From  the "Hello Spring" Through the Letterbox craft box I used:
Lemon and Cream  Ribbon
Lemon Organza Flower
Lime Green Glitter Chipboard Flower
White Twine
Lemon Glitter Paper
From my stash I added;  Card,  Dies to cut the matchbox, label and tags, punch for hearts, ink
 The "Hello Spring" box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox   costs £15.95 and is stuffed with lots of different stash, plus a choice of stencils to get you inspired for crafting.
That's all for this time. Thanks for popping by
Happy Crafting

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sketched Blooms 1 - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


For my Spellbloggers post this time I've used one of the die sets that really caught my eye when I was browsing through the 1new2 section of the  Spellbinders store!

I loved the Sketched Blooms collection - they are so fresh and cute! So obviously I couldn't resist ordering up a couple of the sets. I'm sharing a simple card made using Sketched Blooms1 today 

Smooth White card blank, with extra of the same card for the raised panel
Black card to cut the Sketched Blooms 1 and the loopy "hello" sentiment
Red, Orange and Red card torn into rough square shapes to mat the flowers on to.  Scraps of the same card for the tiny punched squares 
Glossy Accents and tiny beads for the flower centres

Here are the details of all the Spellbinders die sets used this time 
 Sketched Blooms1 
 Die D-Lites Etched Dies

 Sentiments 5 
Die D-Lites Etched Dies  (loopy hello. just a note) 
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Aren't the flowers cute? I can't draw for toffee, so something with a 'hand-drawn" feel about it is a real bonus for my die collection!

Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting. 

Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration
to get you motivated

Happy Crafting

Friday, April 06, 2018

April's Elemental Inspiration

I hope you're well this sunny Friday morning.  Rumour has it that today is going to be the warmest of the year - mind you, it doesn't have to try too hard, does it?  It's a relief to see everything bursting into life again - Spring is really here, I think (she says, fingers crossed and touching wood)

It's the first Friday of April,  and my turn to choose this month's Elemental Inspiration Picture for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge. As usual I struggled with my own challenge, and I'm not entirely happy with the results - it looked different in my head!

I chose to use the gold frame, the overlapping rectangles and the green leafy sprigs as the main trio of elements from the mood board, I've kept vaguely to the colour scheme, and used a bunch of patterned papers.  The sketch-style dandelions in the frame echo the sketched portrait on the board
Here's the mood board - you need to choose at least 3 elements to use when you make your card
Suggestions: sketching, woman, feathers, colours, overlapping rectangles, buttons, metal frames, leaves/sprigs, arrows. triangles, shells, quotations

I started with a cream card blank and chose some lovely digital papers from Grepic for the layers, one of which I resized just a section of to create the candelions for the framed picture

Cream card blank
Royal Blue card, Dark Green card
Digital paper collection from Grepic via Etsy, resized and printed on textured white card
Gold frame cut using Tonic nested rectangles die set 
A few pearls for the dandelion centres
Leaf dies all from a Small Die of the Month club set by Spellbinders
The gold card I used to cut the frame also came from Spellbinders - it was in one of the fab Card Kit of the Month boxes I bought in one of their sales and is absolutely the best gold card I've ever come across!

That's it for today, thank you for looking - I would lo0ve it if you'd join in and see what you can make using the elements from the picture.  You can see what the team made by clicking HERE