Saturday, 1 October 2016

100 Followers Blog Candy

***This is a pinned post until 1st October. Please scroll down for new posts.***

When I first started my blog in 2012, I thought I was just writing to myself, keeping a record of some of my favourite cards. I had no idea there were lots of challenges to enter and more importantly, lots of blogging friends I had yet to meet. Just over two years ago I added a follower gadget to my blog, thinking I might get one or two followers - bloggers I already knew.  Two years on, I've now got 100 followers and I've really appreciated all the lovely comments made on my blog. (I had to wait until my followers list showed 101, as I somehow managed to follow myself! LOL!) So, to celebrate my 100 followers milestone, I'm going to give away two of my favourite dies to one of my followers. Not my dies obviously, but new ones!

Memory Box - Lucienne Tile Die and 
Memory Box - Pippi Butterfly Die

Here is a card I made using the dies.
I also used the two dies on this card HERE, using the Lucienne Tile die to make a background.

How to enter:

  1. Be or become a follower of my blog (your little photo must appear under followers).
  2. Post a photo of my blog candy on your blog and link back to this candy post. 
  3. Leave a comment below.
  4. No Candy-only blogs.
  5. Comments can be left until midnight on 30th September 2016 (UK time) and I'll do a random draw early in October.  
Good Luck!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

True Blue

Welcome to my new followers, Anne from Stamps and Paper and Marjeta from Marjetina ustvarjalnica.  Thank you for following me. 

Another blue and white birthday card today for a football fan, made in the team colours.  The football shirt has blue and white quarters and this is reflected in the design.

I started with a black card blank.  I cut a square of white card slightly smaller and drew pencil lines to mark in quarters.  Two blue and two white squares of card were embossed with a Crafts Too football embossing folder, and positioned along the pencil lines on the larger white square card.  This was then attached to the card blank.  I attached a circle of blue card in the middle and layered the white circle with the sentiment on foam pads.  The footballs are one of the dies from the Dixi Craft 'Football Circle & Corner'.  As the die only cuts the outline and embosses, I added the black parts with distress ink using a dauber through the apertures in the die, while the die cut was still in place. The footballs are raised up on foam pads.  Lots of snippets were used on this card, so I'll be off to play in The Playground.

I am joining in the following challenges:


Sunday, 25 September 2016

September Rudolph Days

It's the 25th of the month, so time for another Rudolph Days Challenge, which run until the end of the month.  A CAS Christmas card today, one of six I've made so far of this design.  
I used a Poppystamps 'Let it Snow Channel' die directly into the red card blank.  The snowflake is one of the MB 'Twilight Snowflakes' dies, which I attached with foam tape.  The embossing folder is a Crafters Companion one, 'Snowflakes' and tiny white pearl in the middle of the red snowflake finished off my design.  

I am joining in the following challenges:
Rudolph Days September Challenge
PSC#24 September Challenge ~ So Boss!
That's Crafty Christmas in September Challenge

Friday, 23 September 2016

Diamond Corner

The Less is More Challenge this week is 'Diamonds' and I'm sneaking in with a last minute entry.  After abandoning my first efforts with stencil and embossing folder, both with diamond shapes, I eventually settled on a corner die.  


The corner die is one of the MB 'Distresssed Windham Collage' dies.  The flower die is one I picked up in a bargain bucket for about a third of the recommended price! I wasn't sure what to do with the die, as it cuts out a very thin outline, which easily goes out of shape it attached straight to a card blank. So, I decided to inlay the die cut, a new technique to me, but one I've seen used a lot on other bloggers' cards.  I used the die first in the white card to get the shape of the flowers and pot.  Then I inserted the green die cut outline, before finally using the die cut again with snippets of lilac and green card and inserting all the little pieces.  I'm sure someone will tell me that's how the die is supposed to be used! LOL! 

I am joining in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

New Home

I saw a sketch challenge on the Craft World Facebook page, so decided to use the sketch layout for my New Home card.

The stamp is an old wood mounted stamp by Create-It. The image is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with a MB 'Stitched Square' die.  I used an Embossalicious 'Antique Keys'  for the embossed background.  The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with a MB 'Stitched Circle' die.  Two strips of ribbon finished off my card. The pieces of green card for layering were snippets, so I'll be off to play in the Playground.

I am joining in the following challenges with my card:

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Sunny Sunflowers

Thank you for all your Anniversary messages on yesterday's post.  We had a lovely day in the Cotswolds and the weather was perfect.

The Less is More Challenge this week is One Layer - 'Your Favourite Flower'.  Although I love poppies, fuchsias and snowdrops too, with my blog name my choice of favourite flowers has to be sunflowers.
My first job was to choose a stamp to use.  Over the years I have collected quite a few!  I settled on this one, a wood mounted Hooks Lines & Inkers stamp, which I stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is an old Inca Stamp.

I am joining in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

42 Years!

My DH and I are celebrating our 42nd Wedding Anniversary today.   Here is the card I made for him.  I had intended giving him the card I made HERE for the Less is More One Layer challenge I made recently, but I'm not sure he understands CAS.  I think he thinks of CAS as being 'unfinished'!  So, I made this card for him instead. 
The heart is an Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts' die cut, matted and layered on MB Stitched circle die cuts.  I used Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares for the borders.   The embossing folder I used is an x-Cut one, 'Small Polka Hearts'.

I am joining in the following challenges:

Here are a couple of photos from 42 years ago, in the days when wedding dresses always went right up to the neck and the sleeves went down to the wrist!