Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine

I'm trying to edit this post using my iPad as I've got no access to a computer for several weeks.  More about that in a future post.  The wifi signal isn't brilliant either, so fingers crossed this works!   I'm hoping to catch up on all my blog visiting too. 

Welcome to my new follower, Janet Dockrill of Dotty's Crafty Antics. Thank you for following me. 

A Valentine card for DH, which I can post now that he has received it.
 
The background is a SB die, 'Cascading Hearts', layered on stitched rectangle die cuts. The computer generated sentiment is die cut using SB Nestabilities heart dies. 

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Thank You

Welcome to my new followers, Janis of Craftingallday Creations and Chasity at Blue Cottage Farmhouse. Thank you for following me.

Today's card was quick to make, using just two NBUS dies and some Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops.
I used a Sue Wilson background die from the Canadian collection. The die comes with an additional part which goes in the middle, so an all over daisy pattern can be made.  As I wanted to add a Sue Wilson 'Thank You' die cut, I left the middle of the purple card blank and just used one die from the set.  White Nuvo Crystal drops were put in the middle of each daisy and the card was finished.  All I had to do was leave the Crystal Drops to dry overnight.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10
Country View February 2017 Challenge ~ Time Challenge 30 Minutes or Under

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Get Well, Football Fan!

If you follow my blog, you may remember that I made a 102nd birthday card last month for Kitty, who is still an active football supporter.  Well, I heard yesterday that unfortunately Kitty had a fall a couple of days ago, fractured her hip and is recovering from her operation in hospital.  As I wanted to make a card to catch the last post yesterday, this card was made in less than 20 minutes! 
As usual I made her a card with lots of texture and contrast in colours so she can see it easily.  I know she will appreciate and football themed card in the team colours of blue and white. The die is a NBUS one which I saw used on Janice's blog HERE, which is a really good size for a focal point, especially for someone with poor eyesight!.  The embossing folder used is by Crafts Too.  I die cut the football in black card, layered it on white card and attached it to the card with foam pads. (The thick black line at the bottom of the football is the shadow.) Small, white, punched circles were added to show the flight path of the ball.  The football looks a bit too large for the card in the photo, but it looks fine IRL  



Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Ladies' Night

Two cards today for two people celebrating the end of their year as Chairmen at a formal 'Ladies' Night' dinner dance on Saturday.  I needed one masculine and one feminine card, so I decided to make the cards the same just changing the colours.

I bought this Tonic 'Ladies Night' die last year, with these cards in mind and this is its first outing.  The background dies are from the Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangles' set of dies.  I attached the layered die cuts onto a 7" square card blank and trimmed of the excess white card to keep the octagonal shape.


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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Let It Snow

Welcome to my new follower, Anne the Cobnut Crafter.  Thank you for following me. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lovely creations on your blog.

Another Christmas card today.
The card blank is 6" x 4" with the fold at the side.  I used a Poppystamps 'Snowflake Channel' die near the bottom of the card.  I added pieces of LOTV  'Frosty Christmas' patterned paper, which unfortunately has been discontinued.  The sentiment is a Poppystamps 'Let it Snow Channel' die cut, which I've layered on dark blue card.  The snowflake in the corner is a Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut and is raised up on foam pads.  To finish off my card, clear gems were added to the centres of the single snowflake and the snowflake in the sentiment.  

 This photo shows the card open, revealing the lovely snowflake channel. 

The 'Snowflake Channel' is a NBUS die, so I'll be popping over to Darnell's blog with my third entry this week.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Thank You

I was delighted to win a pre-loved set of Stampin' Up stamps and dies over on Sarn's blog recently.  
I used the one of the heart stamps and the heart die from the sets and I used Versafine 'Satin Red' for the stamping.  The letters are from the MB 'Alphabet Soup' set of dies.  I used a NBUS embossing folder by Couture Creations 'Chain Link' and the flower was made with punches.  Apart from the card blank, everything else was made with snippets, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.  I'll also be popping over the Darnell's blog with my second card this week for the NBUS Challenge #9. 

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Steganography

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9 started on Monday, the second of three weekly challenges to use your 'Never-Before-Used Schtuff'.  There are two optional additional themes this week and I decided to try 'Steganography' or 'Hidden/Camouflaged Word' on a fairly CAS card.  Instructions are over on Darnell's blog.  This is a new technique for me and is actually much easier than it looks. 
I didn't think I had any suitable word dies, then I remembered a NBUS set of Sweet Dixie word dies I bought in a pre-season Christmas sale.  The patterned paper is from a Trimcraft paper pad, 'The Night Before Christmas'.  The snowflakes on the paper are glittered, although it doesn't show up very well in the photo above.  The white MB 'Twilight Snowflake' die cut was covered with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.  I left the star in the middle in the snowflake as I wanted to raised the snowflake up on foam pads and this gave me a good area to attach the pads.

The glitter shows up a little better in this photo.

The first of the 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge starts today. 
It runs from the 25th until the end of each month, so get out your Christmas crafty stash, join in the fun and make a start on your cards for Christmas 2017. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9
Rudolph Days January Challenge
HLS January Anything Goes With Dies