Sunday, 22 April 2018

New Home

No, I'm not moving - reckon I have far too much 'stuff' for that to be straightforward!!  I was sorting out my box of cards and realised there were a few gaps which needed filling so for now I'm concentrating on those categories rather than making loads of birthday cards.  This new Home card gave me an opportunity to make use of a die and stamp set which came free with a recent magazine.  Since we lost the bus service which  I used regularly I don't get to the larger newsagent so often which means I miss out on the temptation to pick up magazines with freebies but I'm pleased I didn't miss this one.  The house was cut using the die supplied and then I drew lightly in pencil through the windows onto a scrap of cream card so that I could then use some of the stamps to add curtains and blinds to make the house appear lived in.  The railings behind the house, the little cat sitting on the grass and of course the sentiment were all included, along with others, in the stamp set.  The tree was cut using another die which I've had for a while and wasn't part of the set although there is a tree stamp which could be used another time.

Circle - Sizzix die
Tree - Sizzix die
House and stamped details - using free set of die and stamps from magazine
Sentiment - using punch from Stampin' Up

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Another Break in Transmission!!

I'm afraid the blog is still taking rather a back seat at present as is my card making, mainly because I've been doing quite a lot of sewing and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the days to cover both activities.  (Sewing of course leaves me with loads of fabric snippets!!).  However I do have a card made which I can take along to Pixie Snippets Playground for challenge # 324.  Apart from the base card everything else comes from my snippets boxes.  The base layer was a piece of brown card which I embossed with some text and the stitched frame was left over from another project.  The words were die cut from a scrap of gold pearl card and the flowers and tiny circles die cut from scraps of cream, gold and brown.  The smallest flowers were punched from really tiny scraps.

Do pop along to take a look at the lovely stamped card made by Di this time using some of her larger snippets of card and paper.

Sentiment Die - rafter's Companion
Swirly Flower - Sizzix die
Frame - Sue Wilson die set
Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions
Tiny Flowers - Punch from Stampin' Up.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Just For You

My second card in a week - progress on the blog front eh???  I saw a demonstration recently on one of the craft channels; tried to keep some of the ideas in my head and I've enjoyed putting this card together.  The stamps are from a Hobby Art set called Floral Patchwork.  I started by stamping the buttons around the edges of a piece of kraft card, followed by the rest of the stamping onto watercolour paper.  This was coloured using water-based brush pens with some sponging around the edges and a pen drawn partial border on two corners.  These images are great fun to colour and I'm sure there are lots of ways of combining them into cards for all occasions.

Stamps - from Floral Patchwork set Hobby Art

Monday, 2 April 2018

Pixie Crafty Playground Challenge #323

I think I'm probably due for the naughty step because I managed to completely miss making anything for the previous Playground Challenge but I'm fairly on time with a card for the current one.  It is well worth a trip over there to see the so cute card which Di has made for our inspiration and of course the items used will be winging their way to a lucky winner in the usual draw at the end of the two weeks.  The only thing I didn't have for this card was any suitable background paper so I started by trawling through some of my very many craft CDs looking for something which would be good for baby cards and eventually I managed to find something in blue and also another pattern in pink so these were printed off.  Of course I now have some pink and blue snippets for another time!!  Everything else on the card is from the snippets boxes - watercolour paper to stamp the image; scraps of card for the banner, border and layering; gingham ribbon oddment; more small scraps to die cut the words.  The stamp used was from a set which came free with a magazine quite a long time ago and I must own up to the fact that I don't think the packet had ever been opened until I made this card - image coloured with water based brush pens.

Yet again I have to apologise for being a bad blogger of late but I will try to get back into the swing shortly - have to really because I can't keep on apologising can I??

Stamp - magazine freebie from way back, coloured using water based pens
Die - a Spellbinder one which I've had for years
Words - Crafter's Companion dies
Banner - Sue Wilson dies
Papers - printed from craft CDs

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

It's Been a While!

Yes it certainly has been a while since I actually made a card, mainly because my craft room isn't the warmest in the house and I've been doing things like stitching, crochet etc which can be done sitting near the fire.  I was asked for a baby card this morning which of course I didn't have so I set about making one but it took me ages longer than it should have - so out of practice!!  I used a three stage stamp for the bear and bow, making use of the Misti of course.  Once stamped this was cut out using a circle die and a frame was also made using the same die set.  Some suitable background paper came to light along with a computer sentiment which was punched out with a small oval punch and backed with a label punch using a snippet of pink card.  Another snippet of cream card was embossed and sponged with pink to add to the composition.  A pretty simple card really but hopefully it will fit the bill and of course because I used up more of my snippets I can take it along to the Playground for the current challenge which is #321.  There is a very tempting prize this time using stamps and a technique both of which are quite new to me - always something new coming along to tempt us to part with crafty money!!  Follow the link to see what Di has done and read her helpful and detailed description.

Stamps - Baby Bear three stage set from Stampin-Up
Circles - Stitched circles dies from Sizzix
Embossing - freebie folder from magazine
Sentiment - computer generated, punches from Stampin' Up

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Pixie's Crafty Challenge #320

I'm making a quick dash into the playground with a card using some snippets of patterned paper before I go and sit by the fire again.  It is a beautiful sunny morning but goodness me it has turned very chilly again in the last few days and we've even been threatened with snow.  I have quite a few stamps which are suitable for paper piecing techniques and what a great way of using up even the tiniest of scraps which we can't bear to throw away.  I started with a fairly large snippet of watercolour paper which had been coloured using Pixie Powders from which I die cut a square.  The flower stamp was first stamped onto this background and then again onto snippets of three different patterned paper scraps which were then carefully cut out using scissors before sticking them over the stamped image.  The sentiment was stamped onto the background using the Misti stamp platform - such a great invention these platforms!!

Stamp - from Woodware
Sentiment - stamp from my stash probably a freebie.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Playground Challenge #319

A friend and member of the patchwork group I attend showed me a bag pattern from a magazine and sought my opinion as to whether I thought it would make a good workshop project.  Having read through the details I felt that the best way would be to have a go at the bag myself to see how it panned out - it was marked with three symbols showing the degree of difficulty - one symbol being 'easy'. 

As the first thing I needed to do was search through my fabric scraps to find sufficient to cut out 64  squares of 2.5 inches I decided that this bag when completed could be taken along to Pixies Crafty Workshop for the Playground Challenge.  Every square is cut from a different fabric and ironed onto some Vilene and after a bit more cutting the two resulting multicoloured squares were overlaid with a lattice work of ribbon or in this case tape because I couldn't find suitable ribbon locally and although I have boxes full of ribbons of one sort or another I certainly couldn't lay my hands on 11 metres of the same colour.  The original bag was designed by Brenda Dean and appeared in a Patchwork 'bag special' magazine from 2010.  I've adapted the top and handle section of the bag, again because the original required more fabric than I actually had to cut this part in one piece so I 'did my own thing here'.  I enjoyed using up some of my fabric snippets for this colourful bag.

Do pop along to the playground to see the beautiful card made by Di this week and read what a labour of love it turned out to be inlaying all those small die cut letters - wonderful result though.

Bag Pattern from Popular Patchwork Handbag Special 2010 - Brenda Dean design