Saturday, 17 March 2018

HIMCR #344 - Tic Tac Toe

Do pop over and see the inspiration from my teamies!!

The new challenge is  HIMCR #344 - Tic Tac Toe!

The sponsor is The Cutting Cafe!

The Cutting Cafe

The giveaway is 3 sets from The Cutting Cafe online shop!

Here is my card -  I have used images from Animal Friends Printable Set
which I coloured with Zig real brush pens and a clear Wink of Stella on the balloons.
Once again I have made a twisted easel card.

It fits the tic tac toe board in several ways -
Ribbon, scalloped shape, button
An animal, glitter, die cut
Scalloped shape, glitter, stripes.

This is how the card comes out of the envelope - you can see the front of the card which features white card, then pink then a striped DP from Imagine That Digistamps
I added glittery ribbon to this before sticking it in place.
I cut out the image and the glittery backing with nesting oval scalloped dies.
The last thing here was to add some butterfly buttons.

It opens and stands up using the sentiment 'button' placed on dimensionals.

This shows the sentiment a little better. I decorated the base of the card to match the top.

Unfortunately (?) the sun came out while I was trying to photograph this card - so it was hard to get good photos...

I also used an Easter set from The Cutting Cafe in a horizontal Twist and Pop Up card - Details on how to make this sort of card can be found here.
This particular card used Ribbon ( well, washi tape actually), Scalloped shape, Butterfly buttons. out of the tic tac toe.

This is the front: 

I used all the images precoloured and just trimmed them to size, punched or die cut them.
I used a Tonic ATC Collection die for many of the shapes.

Happy Crafting!

Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Challenge #377 - No patterned Paper

a new Christmas Challenge every Saturday!

Today Crafty Hazelnut brings a new weekly Christmas Challenge
with the theme 'No Patterned Paper'.

Do pop over and see the inspiration from my teamies!

Here is my card:

I started with a white card base matted with a blue-grey card and then a background formed with sprays and brushos.
I then added my Snowmen - die cut with a Craftstash die set - this included the three sizes of Snowmen and their hats.
I added ribbon scarves, gems for eyes and buttons, orange card for carrot noses.
Finally I added the Let it Snow die cuts - another Craftstash die set.

At the same time I made a matching ATC - this time the head of the Snowman became a wooden snowflake.

I hope you will join the
CHNC challenge 377

Happy Crafting!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

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(Image from the Met Office)
St Patrick's Day celebrates the life of a bishop from the fourth century, who then became the Patron Saint of Irish. The day is celebrated on 17 March as this marks the death of the saint in 461. The day began as a feast day to mark St Patrick's Day in the 17th century and then became a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland in 1903.

St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the world by wearing the symbolic colour of the day, green, eating traditional Irish food and drinking Irish stout. The Irish symbol of the shamrock is often also worn on the day.

You may have noticed I have made quite a few St. Pat's Day items this year...some I made different versions of...

I made more cards using LeighSB Designs leprechauns - this time using a Vera Lane sentiment:

I made a second slider card - much the same as a week ago using the Craftstash gnomes and embossing folder:

And to finish off the run, I have an ATC using Vera Lane's Irish Luck

A green card base layered with a DP from my stash, with ribbon wrapped around.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut her out.
I distressed the sentiment with 'mowed lawn' and added this, the image and a couple of feathers.

Happy March 17th and Happy Crafting!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Guest Designer for LeighSB Designs #3

I recently won an image set from Leigh of LeighSB Designs
and she asked me if I would like to do a Guest Designer Spot with it...
Of course I said yes!

The set was the Oddleigh Leprechaun Set

My final make is an ATC box.

I started with a Graphic 45 book box (ATC sized) and decorated this with a selection of acrylic paints, using wax resist, crackle medium and antiquing cream.

I attached a ribbon to tie the box closed and an ATC on the front.

The ATC started with a rectangle of green card matted by a DP from
 Imagine That Digistamps Luck o'the Irish papers.

The heart banner is also one of Leigh's images - I printed it with a green filter and cut it out to add to the ATC. The leprechaun and sentiment were coloured with markers. I cut the leprechaun out and punched the sentiment out with a one inch punch. I added 'mowed lawn' distress ink to the sentiment.

Happy Crafting!


This was a photo from two years ago - I love tulips and orange ones in particular!

I was delighted when my daughter sent me a tulip stamp for Mothering Sunday last weekend!

I immediately set to and made her a 'thank you' card...

I stamped the image with Versafine and coloured it with Zig real brush pens.
I then trimmed the image and distressed around the edges with 'mowed lawn'.
I simply then added it to a white card base matted with green.
I stamped 'Thank You' directly onto the green card.

Sophie received it the next day!

I then used the stamp again to make some tags. This time I stamped it with Versamark and added green and gold embossing powder roughly to the leaves and flowers.
After heat setting I used a punch to cut oval snippets of the image.

I added scraps of green card onto kraft tags, added the tulip and then the heart strips. This is a digi from LeighSB Designs that I had printed with a green filter and then trimmed to size.
Finally I added the ribbon...

The final thing I did with the stamp is a set of ATCs for a pocket letter swap:

Again I used 'mowed lawn to distress each of the elements. I used snippets of  the tulip image coloured with Zig pens. The clover paper is a digi from Imagine that Digistamps.
I added a scrap of ribbon and the sentiment (a sentiment I once got from From the Heart Stamps)

And now for something completely different - and just to finish off this post...

Another ATC ...

I am a member of the UK Stampers Network - I am looking forward to a Retreat with them next weekend - woohoo!
Anyway one of the challenges we set each other is to use a freebie in some way 
- usually 'out of the box'

This freebie was a dog and boots die from Tattered Lace.
I used the larger boot as a 'candle'!!

Happy Crafting!