Friday, March 23, 2018

Back to Basics

Hi there!
It's a bright and sunny day here today and I'm sure the weather forecaster on the radio said the words "warm and sunny" - bit of a change from last weekend, then!
I'm still putting up with having limited crafting time, which doesn't go down well, I can assure you.  Hoping things will get properly back to normal soon!
Joanne posted an interesting Back to Basics challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week.  I thought it might prove really tricky, but in the end it went together fairly easily.

 Joanne here this week and I’d like to take us 
Back to Basics
 Choose one basic geometric shape (square, circle, triangle etc) and one primary colour (red, blue, yellow) and make them the focus of your design. You can add other shapes and colours as accents, just keep the focus on those basics.

Circles are great for making various kinds of flowers. For this flower I inked up some white card with a few shades of lemon and warmer yellow ink, punched 5 quite large circles then used a ball tool to get some shape into them.  Was it cheating to do that bit?
A smaller punched circle was used as a base to overlap the large ones on, then  the flower centres were cut from black card using a couple of different dies
I made the leaves using the same large circle punch.
Keeping to the circles theme I embossed the grey backing panel using a folder called Décor Circles
 At this point I got a bit stuck so left it overnight to have a bit of a think about how to finish it (do you do that?)
Because the flower is large and quite graphic, it needed something along the same simple lines to complete it.  So out came this fabulous alphabet die set from Spellbinders
I cut the letters three times in black card and once in the left over piece of the inked yellow card and glued them all together.
The final thing was to make three faux brads using more of the yellow card, a tiny circle punch and a ball tool for shaping

Materials and Tools
White card blank
Grey Bazzill card embossed with Décor Circles A4 folder (Teresa Collins)
White card inked both sides with various Versamagic inks
Circle Punches (EK Success and Xcut)

That's all for this time - please pop over to The Daring Cardmakers Blog to see all the wonderful Geometric and Primary cards everyone has made - I wonder if you'll take up the challenge this week?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The BBQ King - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I've a new Spellbloggers project to share this time
It seems to me that there is something in the Die D-Lites range from Spellbinders to suit every need and occasion!  
This time I've used "Weekend Grill" - one of the newer sets to make a card for my cousin, who loves his food!
It's such a cute set, especially those little BBQ tools! Perfect for the Man who loves his BBQ, Summer scrapbook pages or Barbecue party invitations!

White card Blank
Chef's check digital downloadable paper, resized on the pc to make the checks small.
Small pennants cut from the spare checked paper
Black card
Dull Silver and Red card for the die cuts, plus a scrap of yellow for the "Hot Sauce" label

"Happy Birthday" sentiment from another Spellbinders die set (see below)

Here are the details of the Spellbinders die sets used this time  

Weekend Grill 
Die D-Lites Etched Dies 

 Happy Birthday  
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

Hopefully the weather will soon stop with all this ice and snow and Spring will finally arrive.  Then thoughts will turn to dragging the barbecue out of the shed and dusting it off!  You never know, perhaps Easter will be warm enough for a BBQ.  
Anyway, you really need this die set in your collection so you're all ready!  

That's it for this time. 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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watch the Birdie

Just a quick catch-up post this time - I wasn't able to post my card for Shabneez's "Watch the Birdie" challenge to The Daring Cardmakers on Friday so here it is now
Happy Friday! 
 It's Shabneez here today
Watch the Birdie!  
 It's my turn to set the Challenge this week and as the title suggests, it's all about birds!  So, I'd love to see you use a bird on your creation.  It can be as a focal point or embellishment, die cut or stamp, so plenty of choices!
I bought this cute little birdhouse die set ages ago, and haven't used it as much as it deserves, so I thought it would be perfect for this challenge

White card blank
Pale blue card for background
White card panel with circle aperture cut with Spellbinders Nesties plain circle die set, then embossed with the Crafters Companion birdhouse embossing folder
I inked small pieces of white Bazzill card with pastel shades for the flowers and bird, and used a scrap of Kraft card to cut the birdhouse
I wrapped some pale green seam binding around the lower edge and tied a double bow
The three tiny flowers are from my stash, the centres for the other flowers are cut from white glitter card using the berries from a Holly die set
Birdhouse, Bird and one of the flowers are from Springtime Die D-Lites  
Other flowers and leaves are from  various
Spellbinders dies including Wreath Elements

There's such a wide range of ideas on the Bird theme this week over on our blog, so please don't forget to head over to see them HERE- and of course it would be even better if you'd join in and share your own Birdie creations!
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Just a Little Treat - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


I've had this sweet little treat box die from Spellbinders sitting on my desk, waiting to be made use of for a few weeks now.  Finally it's turn is here!

I just love it, so couldn't resist making two versions for my latest
 Spellbloggers project
This adorable little box is abut 13cm long, 4cm wide and just less than 2cm deep - so it's quite dinky and just right for filling with a few chocolate treats!  I put some Mint Crisps in mine
The die set comes from Marisa Job's lovely Thoughtful Expressions
range from Spellbinders

I used some digital downloadable paper collections to print on both sides of plain white card. For the 'masculine' version I found a wood-grain effect design, and for the girly one some pretty pastels.
The box is cut all in one piece, just fold along the crease lines, add tape of glue to the tabs and it's done!  You get two sentiment 'toppers' in the die set
 "JUST FOR YOU" and "I YOU" 
There are also a cute little flower and a heart shaped die

I used the flower and heart dies to make a pretty decoration for the pastel box.
In both cases I wrapped the ribbon/string around the box before adhering the topper section ion place.  That way the ribbon doesn't obscure the words, and it stays in place when the box is opened.

I think the message toppers would make great sentiments for a card or a tag too - it's always good to get more mileage from your dies, isn't it 😉

I just used one the Spellbinders die set this time 

Just For You Box Thoughtful Expressions by Marisa Job 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time,
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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary

You go to the seaside for a couple of days and think "A walk along the prom will be so nice in between doing the various jobs at the flat", but all it does is rain the whole time.  One little venture into town and you are sodden and desperate to get indoors again!
Oh well, at least the flat in Southwold is looking good.  The photographer is booked and soon the lovely people at Suffolk Secrets will be putting it on their website as available to book for your holidays!
Despite the rain there was still a lot of snow piled up along the verges where it had been moved by the snowploughs, and what with melting snow and copious rain there was quite a bit of flooding on the winding country roads, the fields look totally water-logged.  
Hopefully we'll all get some nice dry and sunny weather soon!

My crafting project for this time is a Wedding Anniversary card using the new LO from The Sketch File blog

 Here is the LO I used to make the card
The Sketch File, March 2018
Smooth White card blank
Ruby red Bazzill card
Gold card from Spellbinders
Gold Twine
PC generated sentiment
Punches for medium and tiny hearts
I used the fancy insert and one of the plain rectangles from this beautiful die set 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

First I used only the fancy insert die to cut the panel from the white card Blank
A piece of Ruby red card was adhered inside the card
On the gold card, the fancy insert die was taped inside the plain rectangle to keep them exactly in place, then run through the Platinum machine.

I saved some of the gold 'waste' from cutting the fancy panel and adhered them to the punched hearts to make the hanging hearts.
The gold panel was glued to the front of the card, lining up with the pattern cut in the card blank
The hearts were assembled then attached to gold twine.  A gold twine bow was added at the top
The Sentiment was printed from the pc, matted onto gold card and adhered in place using scraps of chipboard for dimension
Some tiny punched hearts were added to complete

I love these pretty panels that often form part of Spellbinders die sets, they are so beautiful and so versatile.

That's all from me  this time, I hope you like the card, and that you'll feel inspired to use the LO this month, we'd love to see what you come up with