Wednesday, 15 November 2017


A birthday card today for my son who supports our local football team.
The background paper is by Anna Marie Designs.  The football and boot are one die by Sweet Dixie.  I used the die with black card and inlaid all the parts of the boot and football with snippets of white, grey and yellow.  The die cut is matted and layered with MB 'Stitched Rectangles'. 

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A card for a Gardener

A card today made for a friend who is a keen gardener.

The embossing folder I used for the background is Leane Creatief  'Garden Tools Small'.  The spade, fork and rake  are Leane Creatief  'Garden Tools'  die cuts, using silver mirror and brown card.  The embossed background and sentiment are layered on the same brown card. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ Masculine
City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 388 ~ For the Boys!
HLS November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Friday, 10 November 2017

Blue and Brown

Welcome to my three new followers, Babs of A Place to Stamp, Chris of and here's one i made earlier... and Katrina of Katrina's Crafting Blog. Please pop over to their blogs, where you will find lots of inspiration.  

I wanted to enter the Allsorts Challenge this week, where the theme 'Blue and Brown'.  The day the challenge started,  we were coming down to North Devon to close our little caravan down for the winter, so I knew I'd have to make a card in the caravan.  (If you make it to the bottom of my post, you'll see a couple of photos I took on a walk in Woolacombe earlier this week.)  I packed a Dovecraft paper pad with blue, brown and white patterned papers, a handful of dies and some blue and dark brown cardstock.  During a visit to my favourite North Devon 'bricks and mortar' craft shop earlier this week, I bought a bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in 'Dark Walnut'.  I had no idea what I was going to make when I started, but this is what I came up with....

I decided to make a masculine card for my box of ready-made cards.  The Happy Birthday die is from eBay, which I used with blue pearlised card and matted and layered on Memory Box 'Stitched Circle' brown and white die cuts.  I chose the main backing paper to keep the circle theme and the paper I used for the panel was perfect to add some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the centre of the diamond shapes, to add some extra detail.  I had a slight mishap just as was adding the last drop.....somehow, a ruler I had on the table flew into the air and landed on the wet crystal drops, totally splattering them!  Grrr!  Fortunately I was able to prise the panel off and make a new panel.  I usually put my cards on little easel to take photos with my camera, but I forgot to pack the easel and camera, so I propped up the card against a tin of baked beans and took the photo with my phone instead!  The light in the caravan is not ideal for taking photos, but the wind is so strong outside today, I'd probably be chasing my card round the field if I tried to take a photo of the card outside.  

As their school is only a couple of miles way, we're picking up my great nieces and nephew from school today and bringing them back to the caravan for their evening meal.  I know they will want to do some crafting, so I'll have a fun evening with a 6, 8 and 9 year old getting creative with card, dies, embossing folders, stickers, scissors and glue, while my hubby will probably be reading the newspaper!  LOL!   

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If you've made it this far, here are a few photos taken on Wednesday.  It was beautiful day, perfect for walking along the beach.  Woolacombe beach is over two miles long and at this time of year is almost deserted. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


I was delighted to be invited to be a Guest Designer for Butterfly Challenge #89.  The theme this fortnight is 'Butterflies + C for Chevrons and/or the colour Purple'.
For my first card I used a Couture Creations 'Chevrons' embossing folder.  There is a blank panel down the left-hand side, so I added a purple strip and a sentiment going down.  The butterfly is Memory Box 'Vivienne' and 'Darla'  dies.  The butterfly is just attached along the body, leaving the wings free.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
Simply Create Too Challenge #133 ~ CAS
Monochrome Magic Challenge #6

I made a frame with two dies from the Creative Expressions 'Double Pierced Squares'.  I used a Fiskars chevron punch along three of the sides, before matting on the piece of patterned paper. The punch was used again with white and yellow and the waste inlaid in the frame.  The flower is a Cherry Lynn 'Sunflower' die, which I cut out in white and yellow to turn it into a daisy.  I used a green Promarker round the edge of the yellow circle and added a tiny purple butterfly to the flower. The sentiment is die cut with stitched rectangles and attached with foam tape.  Four clear gems in the corners finished off my card.

I look forward to seeing all your beautiful entries in the Butterfly Challenge this fortnight.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Crafty Calendar DT Post

I was thrilled to be invited to join the Crafty Calendar Challenge DT.  The November theme is 'Autumn Colours' and this my first card as a DT member.  
I started with a cream card blank.  The stamps are all from Lavinia, 'Vine' and 'Autumn Fall', stamped with Versafine and Adirondack ink pads on cream card.  I used an Embossalicious e/f, 'Delicate Floral' for the lower half of the background and die cut the edge with a MB 'Stitched Country Border' die. Finally, I added  'Red Berry' and 'Buttermilk' Nuvo Crystal Drops and a sentiment. 

A new Crafty Calendar Challenge is posted on the first Saturday of every month, so I would love to see your 'Autumn Colours' creations there.  There is a prize for most challenges and the winner is announced at the beginning of each new challenge.  You can see lots of inspiration from the DT HERE.

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Scorpio Birthday

The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is 'Butterflies + Z is for Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk'.  I wanted to make a card representing Scorpio, my own sign of the zodiac. I thought I was beaten by trying to make a card with a scorpion on, but after finally finding a free children's colouring sheet online, with a suitable image, I turned it into a card.  I've even got a few arrows on the patterned paper for Sagittarius. 😉
The image was coloured with Promarkers, before matting and layering with Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangles'. The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft paper pad.  I punched a tiny butterfly from buttermilk coloured card, inked the edges with a Promarker pen and attached just by the body.  I intended to put the butterfly on top of the cactus, but thought it would be too prickly, so placed it flying away! Three Card Candi finshed off my card.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Buttermilk Butterfly and Thank You card

The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is 'Butterflies + Z is for Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk'.  After abandoning the idea of a card with my birth sign of Scorpio, I decided to go with Buttermilk and Gemini (a pair of Nuvo Crystal drops)
The patterned paper is from a First Edition 'Noir et Chic' paper pad.  I usually use the Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' with plain cardstock, but with the contrast of the two papers, it worked quite well using the butterfly paper.  The dotty paper is double-sided, with the colours reversed, so I used the snippet of the buttermilk side, to die cut the Memory Box 'Pippi Butterfly'. Two 'Buttermilk' Nuvo Crystal Drops finished off my card.  

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A second card today,  which I hope has reached it's destination.
I was lucky enough to win a Memory Box 'Small Circle Burst' die recently in Darnell's NBUS Challenge.  I used the die with green card, backing with yellow card before attaching the green die cut square to the card blank.  I used the die again with a snippet of white card to just cut the circle, which I then inlaid into the green card.  The letters are die cut with Memory Box 'Alphabet Soup' dies and the sunflower is made with punches.

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