Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Poppy Giveaway - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders

I'm using one of my favourite recent Spellbinders die sets, from the beautiful Poppy die set collection that was released a few weeks before Christmas

Well, when I blogged the first card (see HERE), I mentioned I had an extra pack of this particular die set to give away - well, I think its about time I did just that, so read on to find out how you can win.

I don't usually make huge cards, but in this case, once I'd made the focus piece, it really needed some space around it, so this card is a 21 x 21cm card blank - I just took a couple of cms of the side to get a more pleasing shape for the other elements to sit on

21 cm sq White card blank, top fold, with 2.5 strip removed from side
Extra of the same card for inking, and cutting the fancy background shape (3 layers)
Black card 
The background was created using various ink pads in shades of lemon, peach, Pink Grapefruit, Rocket red, and more. I used this inked card to cut all the flower heads as well as for the background section
For the fancy background shape I used white card and die cut it 3 times.  The upper 2 layers have a circle aperture cut into them, the lowest layer was inked with shades of blue ink.  They were glued together with small pieces of cardboard between each layer
I cut the full set of poppies twice, then several extras for each poppy flower section using the inked card.  These pieces were added in layers, some with pieces cut out, or the petals separated and arranged over the top.  I used a ball tool to get the 'crumpled paper' look that poppy petals have.
Tiny black gems were used for the seeds.
The poppies were arranged over the fancy white piece, and adhered in place, using more scraps of chipboard underneath when necessary
To finish I matted all the layers and added some black and white spotty, satin ribbon and a bow, then added tiny circles punched from scraps of the inked card and shaped with a ball tool.  I'd planned to use a die cut sentiment but the balance was all wrong so instead it was pc generated and printed on white card, then matted with peachy inked card and black card. 

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
 That's it for this time, I love these beautiful Poppies, so I'm really happy to have a set to give away as blog candy

Here's how to win

Shapeabilities Poppies Etched Dies

I have one set to give away and the winner will be randomly drawn from those who keep to the following rules
1. You must leave a comment on this post

2. Closing date is midnight Wednesday 31st January 2018 (UK time)
3. I will send only to addresses in the UK and Europe

  Thank you for visiting, 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!

Happy Crafting

Friday, January 19, 2018

Colour Pop


Jolly chilly here today - woke to lots of frost this morning.  Thankfully though we have no snow and that horrible wind has dropped a bit.  The guy who brought my grocery order this morning showed me a photo of a huge tree that had come down not far from here, and OH's road to work was obstructed by a tree that had fallen partially onto a car just before he got there.  Nasty shock for that driver, though.
I'm still struggling a bit getting into some non-Christmas crafting.  I'm always desperate to make other things after all the festive stuff, but it always seems I've forgotten how to!
It was my turn to set the challenge for The Daring Cardmakers this week:

"Kathy here this time and I hope you'll have some fun with my simple challenge.
Black, White and a Pop
I'd love to see lots of Black and White cards, but with an extra little POP! of any colour of your choice.
Just CLICK HERE to see the wonderful cards the team have made to help inspire you this week - can't wait to see what you make now"

Yes, its that Art Deco die set again - and this one is my favourite of the three inserts 
White card blank
Black, White and magenta pearlescent card
Matching ribbon and gems
 This die set from Spellbinders 
 My other card is this one.  The idea was to make a masculine card - but I'm not sure it worked out that way!

White card blank
Black and White card
Orange Glitter card for the balloons
Matching ribbon

 The car from the Little Guy die set
Die D-Lite sEtched Dies

  Both of these die sets are from Spellbinders

I would love it if you'd join in with us this week at the Daring Cardmakers - it's such a treat to see what other crafters come up with for our challenges and it definitely inspires us to see all the creations!

That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with a Spellbloggers post and I have candy to give away!

Thanks for visiting
Happy Crafting


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quick and Simple Sketch


I'm back after a few days over in Southwold, Suffolk.  We're working on getting our new venture for 2018, a holiday rental apartment, up and running and ready for bookings.  It's quite a task, but we're gradually getting there, and it won't be too long until its ready for the photos to be done.  It's quite exciting, if hard work!

A new card/page map launched on The Sketch File yesterday, and this is the first card I've made using it.  What I like about this LO is how simple the basic sketch is, but how much scope it gives for simple designs and much more complicated ones too
The Sketch File; January 2018
As you can see I've kept quite closely to the LO with the rectangle background piece, the flower for the circle and the sentiment on a skinny horizontal rectangle.

White card blank, plus extra for the beautiful intricate panel on the rectangle
3x shades aqua Bazzill cardstock
Gold Glitter cardstock
Gold Glitter enamel dot
All the dies are by Spellbinders - info and links as follows

For the decorative background panel I used; Vintage Elegance  Filigree Booklet  Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

 For the flower;

 Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinders Shapeabilities Etched Dies

For the flourish elements behind the flower;
Shapeabilities Etched Dies by Spellbinders

For the sentiment;

Oh gosh, I do love these dies!
That's it for today, thank you for looking.

Happy Crafting

Friday, January 12, 2018

It's Elemental

It's a bit of a dank day here, but at least it's not s cold as it was at the start of the week!  I'm expecting my grocery delivery, so if I dash off, you'll know why!

The Daring Cardmakers are back this week after our Christmas break and we have a new Team member and a new Guest designer on board.
The first challenge of 2018 is an Elemental Inspiration challenge, and Shabneez has chosen a gorgeous 'Serendipity' mood board picture,
It's stuffed full of beautiful treasures and inspiration and all you need to do is choose a minimum of THREE elements from the picture to use on your card.
This is Shabneez's picture:
My card took a lot longer than it should have done and a couple of early attempts went in the bin.  I always seem to forget how to make cards that don't have a Christmas theme, however much I want to get away from Christmas colours and icons!

In the end though I'm pretty happy with what I've made, and I love the crisp blues.
I even managed to add in a bit of hot-foiling using my new Christmas toy.

On my card I've used the Circles, Colours, Flowers and some Twine 
The patterned papers are all printed from an old Funky Hand collection, printed onto white textured Bazzill card
Other card in Brown and Kraft 
I covered my card blank with one of the patterned designs, then made the vertical panel using another two papers, in this panel I cut a circular aperture
I used an EK Success border punch along one edge of a narrow strip of btown card, and glued it behind the aperture panel, adding another, plain strip to the left side, then used dimensional tape to fix the panel to the base card
The two flowers and the leaves were cut using
 Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinders Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Various plain and scalloped circles cut with Tonic nested sets
Foiling done using GoPress and Foil machine and my existing cutting/embossing machine to add the gold foil, then running through again to cut out the shapes - its not perfect, but I like the randomness of the little holes and the foil circles on the leaves
The thin gold thread was just something I found on my desk while I was working and I thought it would add a little 'extra'.
Pearls, gems and flower stamens are from my stash

That's it for this time, I hope you like the Inspiration Picture and the card I made using my chosen elements from it - hopefully you'll be inspired to join in this week, we'd love to see what you make.
Check out The Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE - it looks really beautiful this week

Thank you so much for visiting, please don't go without leaving a message 😊

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Thinking of You

Its been really cold here the last couple of days.  Dark and miserable and cold.  Ugh!
I know you're not supposed to 'wish your life away' but really...roll on Spring!

I needed to make a couple of condolence type cards recently, and I'm sharing one of them today.  I used the current sketch from The Sketch File Blog.  It's the December one, but the time for joining in  has now been extended till next week.
It was perfect for the simple style I needed for this card
White card blank plus extra of the same card for other layers and printing the sentiment
2x shades of green card
2x shades of blue card
Tiny Blue gems
This sketch:
The Sketch File.  Dec 2017


For the beautiful swirl corner I used
Shapeabilities Etched Dies by Spellbinders

and for the butterfly it had to be one of my 'old favourites: 
 Flutters Die D-Lites Etched Dies, also from Spellbinders

 I wonder if you have dies or stamps that you turn back to time and time again, like this butterfly set?  I do have quite a few other butterfly die sets, but this is the one that I go back to most often.

Anyway, that's it for this time, thank you for visiting

Happy Crafting

Monday, January 08, 2018

Art Deco Thanks - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

I'm back with my first Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
of the new year, and this time I've a set of Thank You cards to share with you

A while back I made a sparkly box using the beautiful Art Deco inspired die set  This is the sort of die set you can use in various ways, which is a joy because I can get so much use from it.  
The little square decorative panels are perfect focus pieces for some of my 'Thank Yous'.  I chose a Gold and Aqua colour palette to make them with and added a layered "Thank You" using another fab Spellbinders die - more info below

 In this die set you get three beautiful Art Deco inserts and a square with rounded corners which you can use with an insert to cut a complete piece out. I didn't use the square frame, just the inserts and some squares of card cut with my guillotine.  I cut each of the inserts from the same pale aqua pearlised card, then the backing pieces from a darker card and some gold mirror card.

I used the same three kinds of card to cut the Thank You sentiment, just layering them in different ways

I love this die set so much! 
Here's a quick pic of the box I made last time I used them;
more info HERE

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time, I hope you like this one.  
Thank you for visiting, 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!

Happy Crafting