Friday, September 22, 2017

The One Who Kept Her Head

Good morning.
Sunny again here today 

Did you know that today (22nd Sept) in 1515 Anne of Cleves was born?  She became the 4th wife of King Henry VIII and therefore Queen of England – not just for a day either, but for over 6 months - didn't she do well? 😀😀😀.

Svenja of The Daring Cardmakers was born (a few years later......) in the same town and has chosen to celebrate her illustrious compatriot in her challenge this week
".... I think she’s the only Queen referring to my hometown Kleve and she managed to keep her head on her shoulders! Therefore the theme I chose for you this Friday is…
"Queen For a Day"
Let’s all celebrate Anne’s 502nd birthday with some royalty themed cards. (And, yes, of course… fairy queens and frog princes are allowed to the party, too.)
With being away for a few days, I am seriously behind with my crafting - so many things to make, so little time!  I was a bit stuck for ideas until I happened across a blog post from my crafting friend Katie Lamb using a Queen of Hearts playing card on her LO.  Thank you Katie for the inspiration!
Here's what I made
Black card blank
Gold, black, white and red card
Handmade rolled roses
Playing card printed to size on the PC, Sentiment also pc generated
A couple of pieces of lace
Flourishes from:
Gold frame and white fancy square are die cuts by Spellbinders
I cut the centre from the gold one to make it into a frame
Rebel Jewels Card Creator Etched Dies Rebel Rose by Stacey Caron

Flourishes are from
Cinch and Go Flowers set one  Amazing Paper Grace  Shapeabilities Etched Dies

In the end it all came together fairly well - there's nothing like throwing a few flowers at a project, is there?
We won't mention that I finished the card then discovered that in my haste I'd managed to make it with the fold on the right hand side instead of the top.....

Okay, time to get back to my crafting to-do list.  Though I may need to grab some lunch first, I think.

Have a great weekend, let me know what you think of my card, won't you?  And we'd just love it if you'd join in with us this week, of course.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

So Tweet Thanks


Lovely sunny Autumnal morning here.  The trees are definitely on the turn now, and I think we may have picked our last courgette - my word have we had a LOT of courgettes this year!  I've a few in the fridge waiting to be used to make some bread, and maybe another chocolate cake.
The bread was a recipe I'd saved but hadn't got round to trying out - I made it by hand, and the process reminded me why I generally use a bread machine - I don't really 'get' how some people love all that kneading business!  Next time I will see how the dough works in the machine, and keeping my fingers crossed that it does, because this courgette and mushroom loaf is very tasty indeed!

I waffle, therefore I am......

On to things crafty and my little card using the September LO from The Sketch File - if you've not tried the sketches yet, why not do it this time, its a lovely, simple idea, and very handy for lots of purposes.

 here's the Sketch, I replaced the horizontal bar with the little bird
The Sketch File September 2017
The lovely die set is this one.  It was originally part of the Spellbinders  Small Die of the Month club, it's not that small in size, the frame piece is 12.5cms high.  What a cute set!  I love die sets like this - all the different pieces are so useful.
So Tweet Die Set - Small Die of the Month Club
'Thank You' is  from this set 
I used various shades of peach card from the scrap box, some hairy twine, and finished off with some tiny punched circles to decorate the balloons, and some small punched hearts

That's it for this time - I'm heading for the kitchen to make coffee, I'm not forgetting such an important thing! Not two days in a row!

Thought you might like to see the bread I was talking about.  I know it looks a bit greyish, but that's down to the mushrooms.  It tasted great and the leftovers made lovely toast for my breakfast!

Happy Crafting! 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Big Dose of HAPPY - Spellbloggeing for Spellbinders

 Hello there - thank you so much for popping by.

Today I've another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders 
to share - and this time there's not a Christmas card in sight.

I've used a few gorgeous Spellbinders products in making this colourful, happy card.  There's that wonderful big sentiment stamp that can't fail to make you smile, the lovely trellis cut background and of course some flowers and swirls.

The base card was inked using various shades of aqua ink, then adhered the trellis part of the French Flair Card Creator die set over the top using foam pads
The sentiment was stamped onto an oval die-cut and I added colour using a paintbrush and ink.  I used the brush to add more ink around the letters and some dots of Glitter Glue for some extra interest.
The flowers were all made using Cinch and Go Flowers set 1, they were cut from various shades of card, and extra colour was added before shaping them.  
I cut some of the flourish shapes from the same die set in plain white card to tuck under the flowers.
The stamens were inked to match and I used a couple of glittery jewel shapes to add some extra bling to the pale green flowers.

Here's my list of the Spellbinders products used this time, plus the links so you can find them easily in the store 

French Flair Card Creator 
Etched Dies from the Rouge Royale Deux Collection by Stacey Caron

Tammy Tutterow Designs
 Cinch and Go Flowers set one 
Amazing Paper Grace  Shapeabilities Etched Dies

I had such fun creating this one!  Obviously the flowers, but also I love the way the way the French Flair trellis die works so beautifully - and I just adore the sentiment on that stamp - and that's praise indeed coming from someone who usually runs a mile from stamping!

Well, I'm off to see what Spellbinders stash  is shouting to be used for my next project now.  Thank you so much for popping by - now,
if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

 Thank you for visiting, 

Happy Crafting

Friday, September 15, 2017

4 0f Something

Hello, Happy Friday!

Hope you didn't get blown away this week!

Today is Daring Cardmakers day and it's Dawn's turn to set the challenge
4 Of Something
I celebrate the big 40 yesterday and today is our wedding anniversary so this weeks challenge is to put 4 of something on your card.
Lets forgot the zero as I intend on staying 39 for every birthday from now on.
So you could include 4 designer papers, 4 embellishments or the number 4.
Hope you will join in. Click HERE to see what that Design Team came up with.

I decided this would be a god chance to play with some nested dies to make a layered aperture.  I went with Spring colours to cheer myself up by pretending that Summer is on its way in, rather than on its way out!

I used my Tonic plain nested circles set for the coloured layers, then one of the circles from the scalloped set for the top, white layer.
The border punch used on the side edges is from EK Success
The stamped sentiment is by  Spellbinders  
Tiny Sentiments Stamp from the Happy Grams #3 by Tammy Tutterow
So my sets of 4 are:
4 colours, 4 circles, a 5-looped bow and 4 matching pearls

I hope Dawn had a wonderful birthday yesterday, I'm sure her l;ovely family spoiled her rotten!
That's all from me today - see, I can be concise sometimes!
Have a great weekend, thank you for visiting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sketch File Catch Up

Morning All
We have a lovely sunny day here today, - a bit blowy, but not too bad really.  I wonder if it will stay dry all day for a change? 

At this point I was going to have a ramble about weather-related issues. but it seemed trite to then jump into playing with paper and glue. So I'll just say maybe we shouldn't moan about our climate so much......

There is a new LO on The Sketch File blog and as I didn't get around to posting about it last week, I've a couple of projects to share this time.
This week I've made this card 
Black card base
White, Black, Red and Kraft card
Black and Red Glitter card
The tiny stars and the larger black one are cut with punches
The three 'fancy' red stars are cut with Superstars  (Die D-Lites Etched Dies) 
Celebrate is a die cut from this set  Simply Said Phrase Set Two (Shapeabilities Etched Dies)

 This is the sketch

The Sketch File Blog September 2017
Something that's caught my interest lately are Junk Journals.  Whilst I've seen and admired a lot of beautiful art journals, I know that sadly they are never going to be something I could do - I know my limitations!
However, I do seem to accumulate quite a number of spare background pieces that I never get round to using.  You know the sort of thing, you make a large background but only use part of it, or you get immersed and make a few more than you need and they just sit on the desk until you file them in the bin.  Or maybe that's just me.
Anyway, it would be nice to actually use them, so the idea of a Junk Journal as a random mix of this and that to use the background pieces appeals, so the plan is to make a book of them and use the pages for anything I fancy adding into it. It will be in effect a 'scrap' book!
As it turned out the piece of background I'd made and saved is not the one I used for this little picture.  I know that I've already reneged already by making a new one! But there are two sides to every sheet of card, yes?
Lots of inking and stencilling, even a bit of doodling, and of course some very cute dies from Spellbinders 
Small Circles stencil from The Crafters Workshop
Thanks or visiting today - and well done for getting through to the end!!! If you'd like to join in and try out the sketch for yourself, we'd love to see how you get on.

happy Crafting

Monday, September 11, 2017

Snowflake Snippets - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

 Hello there - thank you so much for popping by.

Today I've another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders 
to share - and this time it's a little group of Christmas cards.

I loved the look of this Snowflake Snippets Holiday 2017 (Shapeabilities Etched Dies) set of dies as soon as I saw them in the 'coming soon' section of the store, and grabbed them quick-smart as soon as they came on sale!
They are so lovely! I thought I'd make a few cards and share them here today, but I've a feeling they'll be getting a lot more use over the next few months!  

card 1
The first card just has the largest shape matted onto shimmering purple pearlescent card - its simple and elegant and I'm sure to be making lots like this!
For cards 2 and 3 I started my creating a background of inked cardstock. with stencilled stars in gold Alchemy Wax and gold Glitter Paste, then added the large and medium snippet tiles over the top.  They were cut from mirror card.  For the top section of card 3 I used another of the tiles and cut away sections to add interest to the upper section

card 2

card 3

I extended this idea for card 4 using cut-aways from all three sizes of the tiles to make a background for the stamped sentiment

card 4

Here are the Spellbinders products used on these cards, plus the links so you can find them easily 
Snowflake Snippets Holiday 2017
die set

 Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017  die set
Most Wonderful Time  Stamp

I think that's probably enough Christmas cards for a while, so I'll be raiding my other fabulous Spellbinders  stash for next time! 
if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

 Thank you for visiting, 

Happy Crafting

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

Happy Friday - I hope you've had a great week.  I'm actually not too sure where the week went, because I seem to have achieved very little, I blinked and pretty much missed it!
Congratulations to Sylvia who won the Spellbinders Gilded Ornaments die set  I was offering as Blog Candy earlier in the week. I hope it arrives through her letterbox in the next day or two - I'm hoping to have another give-away soon.

It's Joanne's turn to set the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week
According to UNESCO. today is International Literacy Day a I've always been a reader and can't imagine life without a book on the go.  So, let's celebrate the joy of the written word - your card could feature images of books, a favourite literary character or quotation, a portrait of an author, you could acknowledge a special teacher... where will your imagination take you?
Click HERE to be inspired by what the design team came up with!
I thought about this one most of the week, watching as the rest of the team came up with god idea after good idea and still without a clue for my own card.
I quite liked the idea of using some kind of literary quotation.... then i got to   thinking about one of my own favourite literary characters....and I remembered the perfect quotation. from the brilliant, clever, astute and inspirational Winnie the Pooh, of course!

It pleases me that a character from a book comes up with a quotation about words, and the picture that goes with it is Pooh in the action of writing.
Oh, Mr Milne and Mr Shepard, what wonderful books you created!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I made a new template in Paint Shop Pro for cutting on the Silhouette Cameo. This one has several layers, which once cut out were inked and adhered to the base Pooh shape.  My drawing and colouring skills are non existent, but I can  ink around the edges of different shapes and get definition and dimension that way! 
Once I'd made the bear, and worked out where he'd fit on the card, I created the quotation panel also in Paint Shop Pro, printed it out and matted onto turquoise card
On the card blank I stencilled a background of clouds (there was too much white space) before adding the quotation panel, then glued a piece of chipboard to the back of the bear before gluing him in place too.
The lower edge looked a bit bare so I added the grass and flowers cut using Flower Field by Spellbinders

That's it for today, Thank you for visiting!
Have a great weekend


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Blog Candy Winner

The Blog Candy Giveaway ended at midnight last night and I now have the winner to announce.  Everyone who left a comment on any of the three Gilded Ornaments (Spellbinders) posts I made last week was entered into the draw.  Those who commented on more than one had an entry for each comment.  All the comments were given their own number and then I used a random Number Generator to pick the winner.

I'm thrilled to announce that the winner is

Sylvia, if you contact me at the email address in my sidebar with your postal info, I will get this fabulous Spellbinders die set into the post for you asap! 

I can't wait to see what you make

Thanks to all who joined in - watch out for more Giveaways coming soon :)
happy Crafting