Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Stained Glass

A card today which I made for my niece's birthday a few days ago.  Before she had her two daughters, she used to make the most beautiful stained glass creations.  Hopefully, when the children are older, she will have time return to her hobby.  The Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson 'Butterfly' die from the Stained Glass Collection seemed a perfect die for her card.
 Although there are several techniques for using this die, I decided to inlay it - a perfect way of using up some of those tiny snippets too!  I cut the frame out in black and stuck it down firmly on a double-sided adhesive sheet.  I put the snippets of different coloured card over the areas I wanted to die cut and then fitted them into the relevant places.  It was much easier than I thought it was going to be - a bit like making a jigsaw but knowing exactly where each piece had to go.  I matted and layered the completed image, die cutting the green mat with a stitched rectangle die.  

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Special Flight

It's the 25th of the month, the first day of the Rudolph Days June Challenge, which runs until the end of the month.  Can you believe we are exactly six months away from Christmas Day!! 
I don't use glitter card very often on my cards, but this glitter card is really lovely and the glitter doesn't come off, not one single speck.  The extra bonus is that I bought it in a pound store - 10 A4 sheets for just £1, two sheets of five different colours.  I die cut a navy piece of card with a Sue Wilson 'Starry Night Sky' die which I attached over the silver glitter card.  I used a snippet of gold glitter card to die cut the moon, which I then inlaid.  Santa originally had four reindeer, (Cheery Lynn - Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer die) but I snipped off the two middle ones, before attaching the die cut.  If you look carefully, you might be able to see the red nose I gave Rudolph.  The sentiment is an old wood mounted stamp, which I stamped using Versafine 'Majestic Blue', before matting and layering with navy and silver glitter card.  

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Favourite Stamp

The Stamping Sensations challenge this month is 'Use your favourite stamp'.  How do you pick a favourite?  Not a favourite set of stamps,  but a favourite STAMP.....just one stamp!  Well, it's taken me three weeks to pick my absolute favourite.  I chose this stamp because it is the one I got really, really excited about when I saw it in a craft shop many years ago and I just had to buy it...... a football GIRL!  My daughter has been a Bristol Rovers fan since the age of about 8 or 9, when her Dad took her to watch her first game and she became hooked.  A year or two later, she pestered the person who chose the ball boys and tried to convinced him that a girl could do the same job just as well.  Finally he gave in and she became the first ball girl at the club, a job she did for several years.  When she was too old to be a ball girl, she became a football steward until she went to University.  She is now a qualified physiotherapist and when Bristol Rovers found themselves without a match day physio a couple of years ago, a few days before the start of the season, she stepped in and sat on the bench next to the manager for a couple of games, ready to run on the pitch when needed.   Coming out through the tunnel with her favourite football team at the start of the game, to the roar of a crowd of over 10,000 people, was a dream come true for her and I could have burst with pride watching her.  So.....if you're still with me, this is why I love this stamp, because girls like football too!

The stamp is an old wood mounted Woodware, Francoise Read, 'Footy Girl' stamp.  I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured it with Promarkers.  The embossing folder I used is Crafts Too 'Football'.  Three Card Candi finished off my card.  

 .......and if I need to make a card for a football fan who supports a different team, my footie girl looks just as good dressed in red and white.

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A couple of photos to share.  Jo's just to the right of the flag with her long hair tied back.

A photo taken after the game.  Jo was even given her own official kit to wear, complete with her initials!  Although a full time physiotherapist, working for the NHS, on Saturdays she'll be watching one of the local teams where she lives in Devon, ready to run onto the pitch as their physio.  


Friday, 23 June 2017


A CAS card today for my box of charity cards.  The Less is More Challenge this week is 'Personalise It'.  As the challenge closes in a few hours,  I'm sneaking in a last minute card. I decided to make a 'Mum' card which can be used for any occasion for a Mum.

The stamp is an old wood mounted Stampendous stamp, 'Poppy Stems'.  I stamped it with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured the petals with a Promarker and the stem with an ultra fine Sharpie pen.  The image is die cut with a Creative Expressions 'Double Pierced Rectangle' die and I used Memory Box 'Alphabet Soup' dies for the letters.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Welcome to my new follower, Kylie of Addicted to Stamps.  I'm sure Kylie is known to many crafty bloggers as Founder of Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge blog, Addicted to CAS challenge blog and Happy Little Stampers blog and Forum.

I've just got back from a couple of VERY hot and sunny days in our caravan in Devon.   We were on our way down when I had a call from my daughter to say she was in her local Minor Injuries Unit after falling over her own feet!  We made a slight detour, called in the MIU and collected her.........and her broken arm!  She came down with us to the caravan for a bit if TLC.  

Two cards today, with the same design but in different colours.  Both cards have been received now, so I can post them on my blog.
The first card was for friends celebrating their ruby anniversary. For the main heart I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Lace Hearts' dies, in rich red pearlised card.  I added a small punched heart in the aperture.  All these were raised up on foam pads. The embossing on the left was done with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts' folder.  To cover the join, I made a scalloped panel with a MB 'Stitched Country Border' and used the waste from a MB 'Heart of Hearts' to add hearts down the panel.  I used a left over snippets of the red card with the Heart of Hearts die to add three tiny red hearts at the top.  I die cut the computer generated sentiment with a Sizzix 'Stitched Rectangle' die, matted and layered with red pearlised card and attached with foam pads.

The second card was for my brother and sister-in-law who are celebrating their 45th Anniversary.  As this anniversary is Sapphire, I used blue pearlised card.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Get Well Wishes

A 'Get Well' card today.
I started by covering a card blank with pink paper, so I could create a thin pink border.   I used an embossing folder which came as a freebie with a magazine some time ago.  I actually bought it when it first arrived on the shelves, not knowing that it would turn out to be so popular that many crafters were trying to get hold of one long after the magazines had been sold!  It's a square embossing folder, but I just used the bottom half as I wanted to used floral patterned paper for the top half.  Along the curved pattern of the embossing, I added flowers, picking out the colours in the patterned paper, punched with a Fiskars daisy punch.  I attached every other one with foam pads to add some dimension.  A computer generated sentiment finished off my card.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Joy Fold Card

I haven't made a Joy Fold card for ages, so I thought I'd make one today.
To make the card base, I cut an A4  piece of white linen card along the length, 5" wide and scored at 7".  This gave me a finished card when folded of 5" x  7".  I embossed a purple piece of card with a Creative Expressions 'Art Deco Rose Swirl' embossing folder.  The stamped image is an old wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'Glasgow Rose Garden'. I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black', before colouring with Promarkers.  I die cut the image with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die. A brad keeps the card closed.  To finish off my card, I added a few clear gems to the image where there were dots in the design.

This photo shows the card open, revealing the tiny punched butterfly for added interest and the space to write a message.

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