Friday, November 20, 2015


This week on the Daring Cardmakers, we're  taking a small break from our cardmaking - it's all down to  Dawn's challenge:

   Anything But A Card! 

This could be a gift box, a hanging decoration, scrapbook page,
an altered item etc..In fact, anything you've made this week, except a card

I do love making boxes, books and other non-card projects, but its been a few weeks since I had the time, so Dawn's challenge made me very happy!
It was a brilliant excuse to get the fab DoCrafts cracker die out again, and ake this
After cutting the die, and an extra piece for the central panel, I stencilled some snowflakes in silver glitter paste before making up the cracker shape.  This beautiful stencil has just arrived in my eager mitts and will be added to the Bubbly Funk Shop very soon!

Red Bazzill card
Silver paper
Glitter card; Red, Silver, Black 
Glitter Paste (Sparkle Medium from Creative Imaginations)
Snowflake stencil available soon from the Bubbly Funk Shop
Silver cord and ribbon. Clear gem
Cracker an A4 die from DoCrafts
Large Snowflake; cut in black at the back of the embellishment (Apple Blossom deis)
Silver snowflake in embellishment (Spellbinders)
Baubles (Crafters Companion)
Poinsettia border die (DoCrafts) 
Snowflake on baubles (EK Success) 
Smallest snowflake in embellishment (Martha Stewart)

The red "petals" on the embellishment are made from the waste bits after cutting the cracker - it seemed a shame to throw them away so I glued the ends of 8 onto a small circle, made 2 of them and used them in my snowflake cluster embellishment.

Well, we may be called the Daring Cardmakers, but we don't just make cards,  and this week's challenge has give us the opportunity to have some fun abnd share some of the other things we make, I hope you'll head over to the blog and see all the goodies!

Thanks for visiting

Friday, November 13, 2015

Huggable, and Cuddlesome

Nat is our hostess over at The Daring Cardmakers this week and she's asking for a whole load of hugs!
"This week I'm challenging you to feature some
~ ~ ~ ~ Cuddly Creatures ~ ~ ~ ~
on your cards and bonus glittery stars if you include hugs in the image or greeting.

There have been some really great stamp releases of late featuring huggable pandas, bunnies and bears, so if you have any of those in your stash waiting to be used, now's your chance!

Your cuddly creatures don't necessarily have to be your regular cute animals, they could be a bit more unusual...

I was a bit stuck (nothing new there then) until  I remembered some lovely templates from Leo's old range of "Crafty Templates" - now morphed into the fab "Quirky Kits", but with the various templates saved safely on my pc and ready to pop up like this cute polar bear and help me out from time to time :)  
I've downloaded some paper sets from Pink Petticoat recently, and one of them features cute polar bear images  - how lucky was that then?
Here's my card
The various layers for the Polar Bear and his hat are cut on the Cameo
Paws and banners are hand-cut
The Holly is from a Holly Sprigs die (Creative Expressions)
All paper designs, plus the sentiment are by Pink Petticoat and printed onto Bazzill white card
Embellishments: Red Stickles glitter glue, tiny black gems

Now I thought I'd add a quick catch up with my makes for Bubbly Funk this week.

Tree 1a
I used the fab  Hero Arts 'Circle Trees' stencil and had such a ball playing around with it trying it out with different inks, paints and gels

This is the stencil in used in pretty basic form.  I stencilled first in a dark green. and then with gold 'Sparkle Medium'.  I thought the dark green would give more depth, but in reality it was an unnecessary step - what a speedy, but striking card this makes, you can't get much simpler than this one!

Tree1d I was a bit peeved when I realised the inks had bled a little under the stencil while I trying to make a pastel version with Versacraft and other inks
(an amateur's ineptitude, I expect). Then I decided that I'd try to work with the mistake and do something with the image anyway. 
 I replaced the stencil to trace the circles with a black gel pen, then glued on a few  sparkly stars to add some bling.
Tree 1b 
As  I tend to use 12x12cm cards at Christmas the stencil is a bit big so I had a bit of an experiment with version 3 and masked off the lower section before stencilling.  I only stencilled whole circles, so had to go back and fill in extras to get the right shape, but this worked ok and I was able to make a batch of similar cards quite quickly

This last one is probably my favourite.
I stencilled directly onto the dark green card blank using acrylic paints (various greens and reds), gold stencil paint, and the glittery gold, red and green 'Sparkle Medium'.  I didn't really wait for things to dry, just built it up and let it all merge together.  I really love the colourful, grungy effect this made.  Might be fun to try with a cooler colour palette too. 
More info HERE

Thanks for Popping by today, I hope you'll check out all the other cards over on The Daring Cardmakers Blog - there are so many hugs to be had over there today!  It would be fab if you'd add your Cuddly Creatures and send some hugs around the world!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1-2-3 craft....

Last week I completely forgot to add on here the first of my cards using new November LO on the Sketch File, so I'm doubling up today.

This is the one that is on today's Update post.  There's something not quite right with it to my eye it looks a bit off balance, and I can't work out how to fix it - maybe the gold panel is too wide?

 I like the idea so may persevere with this one - I like the partial snowflakes on the squares, but the background I'm not so sure of
 For last week's card I used banner shapes for the two panels and added Mosaic punch baubles on silver cord for the 3 focus pieces
Here are a couple of views of the sketch, you can find more ideas HERE

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Friday, November 06, 2015

November Elemental

When I first saw Gez's November Elemental Inspiration Picture I thought "Great, loads of things to choose from, there'll be no trouble picking my minimum of three."
As so often happens though, actually getting something made wasn't as easy as I'd thought. Not really helped by having the desperate urge to incorporate using the Blackboard paint that had recently arrived in a DT box..... Surely it was meant to be....

I started by using some masking tape around the edges of the card then roughly applying the chalkboard paint with an old, dried up baby wipe.  I rather like the way the paint bled out a bit in some places, and how the coverage is rather uneven,  looking a little like something has been rubbed off leaving a bit of chalk dust smooched around.
A piece of scrap card was also painted with the blackboard paint ahead of making the banner (element 2; the circles pattern of the paint box near the red box).  I scribbled with brightly coloured Gelatos on a piece of white card for the lower section of the banner
My third main element is the heart.  I wanted to tie in the colours in the "paintbox" banner so decided to die-cut several small hearts in bright colours to use as a border.  I just inked a few small pieces of card for this, and as there was enough left over I punched some tiny squares to make the short border stripes.  
Drawing the flowers with a white Posca pen echoed the hand drawn elements 

Here is November's Elemental Inspiration picture;

Wouldn't you have loved a room like that when you were small?

Tools and Materials:
White card blank, plus extra of the same card
White Posca pen
Inks - various
Dies: Contempo Border, HAPPY word set (both Memory Box),  
Small heart is from an old MFT Die'Namics set
Tiny Square punch (Xcut)
Sentiment - self made using decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper

That's it, I hope you'll visit the Daring Cardmakers blog to see how the rest of the team have used this picture - it really is worth seeing how the same picture takes different designers off in different directions.  I never fail to be inspired by the results every time we do one of these challenges. 

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend

Friday, October 30, 2015

Gone Batty

Some say I did that years ago....

It's Svenja's turn to set the challenge for The Daring Cardmakers this week:
I’d like to see some strictly
non-cute Hallowe’en themed cards.
Make it creepy-crawly-spooky-scary!
Click HERE to take a look a the design team’s creations..... Beware!


I don't really "do" the whole Hallowe'en thing, especially the "imported" version. I'll say no more on that theme though!
I had fun playing with inks to make the background for this card - I inked up some card in yellows, oranges and reds to start with so it could dry before die-cutting the spooky-coloured moon.
For the main background I began by inking the whole piece with DI Tumbled Glass, then smooshed some Broken China around the edges and inwards, but leaving a pale area near the centre.  Next I built up the depth of the outer area with "Dusty Concord" and finally added some Colorbox Black ink just around the edges.
The grass at the lower edge is stencilled - I moved the stencil around to fill in areas of the card, and used a couple of colours - Elderberry (Memento Luxe) and Black (Colorbox) to get a variety of depth.
Finally I brushed some Silver Decoart Glitter Paint over some of the grass.
The curly tree is one of two chipboard ones that I've had for years - its good to actually make use of some of this stuff!  I inked it black, then added a coat of the decoart silver glitter paint which really gives a lovely effect over black.  
The bats were cut with the Cameo using my own template

All that inking took a while, but it's good to experiment occasionally and I learned quite a bit about building up colour making this one.
Thanks for looking, please leave a comment if you've a minute :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October Sketch Cards

Having just realised that I've not blogged any of the cards I made using the October Sketch File LO, I thought I'd better do a quick catch-up post before the month is over!
Putting them all together also shows I've had a rather blue, silver, white thing going on lately!

I'm not going to go into detail about what I've used on these, but if you like something and want to know more ie which dies, then please just ask and I'll get back to you

This card has the front folded in half with a partial die-cut on the fold, I hope you can see more clearly what I mean in the second photo

 Reindeer is stencilled in gold glitter paste
The white card blank was embossed before the other things were added, but the embossing doesn't show up well in the photo :(

Then just for a change I made a birthday card and changed the circle for a rectangle, which is dangling on silver thread in the aperture
Here are a couple of views of the sketch I was using - there's another week left to join in with this one, so why not have a go and add your link to the blog?
the sketch file
the sketch file

Thank you for visiting

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Storage Folder for Dies

I got a bit fed up with my various Christmas dies being in different places meaning that finding the one I wanted was a pain.  I thought it was about time I got them organised, and as while looking for something else I'd unearthed the magnetic sheets and zipped wallets I had left after making the last one I thought this was a good time to make a dedicated Christmas version of the folder.  I don't think I ever got round to sharing photos of the other two I've made, so I'm going to blog this while I remember!
The covers are made from that thick board you sometimes get in packaging - it's about 3mm thick, so good and sturdy. The spine section is made from empty cereal packet - it needed to be a bit thinner to curve around, covering the binding wires

The flat covers measure about 20.5 x 24.5, I used some 12x12 papers to cover the flat pieces and the spine section.  I used the scoring board and bone folder to make the flat margins on either side of the spine, then curved the rest around a pot to "teach" the spine the shape I wanted it to have
I keep the covers plain because they go on the shelf like library books and I don't want any bits falling off or taking up extra space
Inside I used 12x A5 zipped wallets.
With my Bind-It-All machine I punched holes in the flat cover pieces, and matching holes in the wallets, then used Bind-It-All wires to fix it all together.  I then curved the spine section and glued into place, using strong bulldog clips to hold it all together while the glue dried
The A4 magnetic sheets were cut in half to fit inside the wallets, then I sorted the dies out to fit. Tor the facing page I created a guide for what's on each magnetic page -so I know the manufacturer and name of the dies, and I can tell if anything is missing!
I try to remember to save a picture of each new die set I buy, then I can copy the pictures, resize if necessary and add to the the label page - this also means that I can easily make new versions if I need to move things arund, or add another picture/die to a page where there is space, such as on the one below.
I then resize the whole sheet to a size/shape that fits, print out, trim and add to the folder
These sheets are only magnetic on one side, so having the printed sheet tucked in behind there works pretty well,

I do like to have the pictures there for reference, but I got a bit lazy and some of the pages are a bit "half done" ;_  I can do back and do them properly if I feel the urge.....

The shock was getting to the last of the sets I needed to file, and realising that I'd  filled all but one of the wallets already, so if I buy more Christmas dies I'll be (almost) back at square one!

These folders work really well, you can store a lot of dies in a fairly small space, and they sit neatly on the shelf where they are easy to grab wand flick through when you want to use the dies.  

So that's what I've been doing rather than getting on and using all these dies to make some Christmas cards.... hey ho, maybe it will help - at least now I know what I've got!

Thanks for looking

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tempting Treats

Gez is our challenge setter over at The Daring Cardmakers this week and says:
"This week we would like to see your
Tempting Treats
As the year starts to come to a close and in the northern hemisphere as we slip towards winter, colder, darker mornings.. (I won't mention the rest !!)

 Let's cheer our spirits with something tempting!

The Design Team have lots of inspiration and lovely treats to share with you and I hope you can join in the fun!  
Happy creating, Gez ♥"
 Having thought for a while about which temptation I could make a card depicting, I finally decided on chocolate.  Well of course.  
I think I must be in a bit of a "shaped cards" mood after the piano card I made for last week's challenge because this week I've gone down the same road and made my card resemble a great big bar of chocolate. 
I had a lot of fun with this one, and not a single calorie in the whole bar!

Custom-sized, top folding card blank
Chocolate brown card
scrap cereal box chipboard
Purple card
White and Silver card scraps
Aluminium Foil
White Ink pad. Brown Ink pad
DieNamics Square Stack
Creative Expressions "Enjoy"
Creative Dies (CraftStash UK): Labels and Borders, Nesting Doorplates
XCut Small (1.5cm) square punch 
Hero Arts "Stylish Borders" and
"Vintage Frames"
I hope you'll head over to The Daring Cardmakers Blog to find more tempting treats....
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Merry Snowflakes

On a desperate mission to find myself some Cword-card-making inspiration, I seem to have indulged in some quite heavy spending on Christmassy dies.  Sadly the mojo is being very petulant just now and has gone into hiding.

So, it's a case of trying to force the issue by sitting down and making stuff with all  that card-making roll.

What do you reckon to this?  I quite like the idea, but it was more fiddly than I like when it comes to making a lot of cards.

350gsm Dark blue square card blank (PDA Woodward)
Lighter blue Bazzill
Glitter card "Diamond" (Best Creations)
Smooth White card (PDA Woodward)
Red Gems (Anita's)
Stars panel (Memory Box) 
Merry Christmas text (Ultimate Crafts

The MB die cuts the whole panel - the snowflakes and the rectangular frame.  I adhered it over a rectangle of glitter cardstock and then laid scraps of the same glitter card onto the die to cut some extra snowflakes for embellishing

I used "Stick It" on the text die as I thought it would make attaching it to the card easier, but actually it was a right faff.  I think I'll be going back to my spreading a thin layer of glue on plastic then dipping the word in method, it's probably quicker for this one

Might have a go with some different colours and see if I get quicker at making this design.
That's it for this time, thanks for popping by

Friday, October 16, 2015

Just a Note.....

This week's theme for The Daring Cardmakers is
 "Thank you for the Music"  
We'd love it if you'd make a card with a musical theme to share with us.  It could feature sheet music, a musical instrument, music notes, lyrics,  be based on a song or piece of music.....there's a huge range of possibilities you could incorporate on this one.

I've seen a few Grand and Baby Grand piano-shaped cards around the web lately so thought I'd have a go at making my own version.  Great for anyone who loves music and easy to make fit various occasions - I decided to give mine a Christmas theme, and a quick google image search brought up masses of pieces of sheet music that are free to use.  I chose a vintage image with traditional Christmas Carols, saved it, then resized to exactly the size I needed then printed onto some white Bazzill card.

I decided to use glossy black card for the main part of the piano - it looks realistic, but oh boy, keeping that stuff smear free is a hard job!
I drew, then handcut the shape onto the card front and used that to trace, then cut the shape in the glossy card
A piece of thinner card was embossed with an A$ embossing folder called "Seasonal Music" (Crafters Companion) and adhered to the inside back of the card, so that the upper section shows behind the piano
For the keyboard I drew the lines for the white keys, then indented over them using  my Scorpal board.  The black keys were cut from the piece left ocer after cutting the piano shape in the glossy card.  I just trimmed the corners away by hand as none of my corner rounders had the "right" sort of cut.
The poinsettia flower is created with the DieNamics  die set.  I've used some gold, glittery stamens in the centre because I think it would have lacked a bit of Seasonal Sparkle if I'd just added yellow ones.
I added a bit of a curve to the sheet music before fixing in place.  

As usual the DT have created some fantastic, inspirational cards on this theme, so please head over to see them HERE
That's all for this time, but I really need to catch up and post some other stuff to my blog - I've been a bit lax about keeping it up to date lately.

Our roof is now all finished and we should be snug this winter!  The skip has be removed, but not the scaffolding yet - so it still feels a bit like being in a cage when I look out of the windows!

Anyway. all for now, I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting