Friday, May 25, 2018

Peachy Paper Peonies

Hello and Happy Friday to you!

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so lets hope this morning's rain soon clears up. W thought we'd head over to the Southwold flat for the weekend, but we had a last minute booking and after all the cash we've spent on the place paying customers definitely must take priority!  Actually, I'll be quite happy to chill out at home, do a bit of gardening and just maybe 😉 spend some time at my craft desk.




I've rediscovered my love of making paper flowers, in no small way thanks to Daring Cardmaker Dawn.  Dawn lives in France and for the last couple of months has been taking a French course, complete with bouts of work experience.  It sounds really tough -very intensive and full-on, but I think her last piece of work experience was much more enjoyable and has inspired her challenge this week
Its Dawn here with this week's challenge and I have decided to call it.
 Handmade Flowers
I have been having some work experience as part of my French course and I have been working along side a fantastic lady who makes paper flowers.
So I would like to see handmade paper flowers on your cards.
This could be a punched flower or die cut but it has to be handmade.
    See what the Design Team were inspired to make HERE
Well, I was definitely spurred on to make flowers - I think most of my projects for the last couple of weeks have flowers on them!  Mind you it could also be to do with the relief of getting all those May birthday "boy" cards out of the way!

My card was inspired by the anticipation of the masses of buds on my peony bushes which are about to burst open any day now.  

Info
The background panel was created using a couple of Distress Oxide Inks and a liberal amount of water
The trellis panel was die cut twice from 350gsm white card and the two pieces glued together to give some extra dimension
The three peony flowers were created using pale peachy pink Bazzill card. The dies I used are given below, I used all the petal sizes for the largest flower, then gradually less for the smaller ones. You can see what I mean on the picture of the die set below
The edges of the petals were inked in a deeper peach pink shade
The leaves were cut from some scrap deep green card
The sentiment is a decal sticker matted onto white and a leftover scrap of the DOI card

 Here are the die sets I used, both are from Spellbinders

 Create A Peony 
 Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

Double Heart Gatefold Card 

 Timeless Heart Collection by Marisa Job 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies 


That's all for this time, i would love you to join in ans share your own handmade flowers.  You can see the DT's cards, and add your own link over on the Daring Cardmakers BLOG

Thank you so much for coming to visit



Thursday, May 24, 2018

3D Vignette dies - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


Hello

For my Spellbloggers post this time I've been experimenting with the gorgeous Tiered Rosette die, Petite Double Bow and Flowers  and another beauty, Tiara Rondelle all from Becca Feeken's beautiful new Elegant 3D Vignettes collection from Spellbinders
Info:
Smooth white card blank
Patterned papers
For the Tiara Rondelle section I adhered the paper to some card before die-cutting, then cut the shape in half to make an arch.  The two pieces were also separated by tiny pieces of chipboard to add dimension
The rosette die, with the pretty lacy edge was cut twice, and the two pieces glued together.  Instead of forming into a rosette, I used the fold lines to create the loopy, pleated border.
For the roses I used Cinch and Go Flowers set one. The die set has several sizes of the flower which means it's fantastic for making flowers in different sizes
To finish I added a raised strip of the lilac paper and topped it with the beautiful double bow


Here are the details of all the Spellbinders die sets used this time 
 
Tiered Rosettes  Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies
 
custom link      http://shrsl.com/val3

Tiara Rondelle Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken
Shapeabilities Etched Dies 



For the rose:
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
 



I love making rosettes, but its also great to find other ways of using your dies, so using the rosette die to make different kinds of pleated borders is a good way to get more mileage from this one.
There's another idea for using it to make a pleated edge HERE

That's all for this time, but if you click on This Link you'll find yourself browsing the aisles of the wonderfull Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration
to get you motivated

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hello Spring Paper Rose



Hello!
How is your day going?  It's just so peaceful here today, all I can hear are the birds singing.  I'm hoping that that wont curse the rest of the day now!

I've been in a bit of a flower-making mood lately, and as I have a few pieces of paper left in  'Hello Spring' craft box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox I thought I'd use some to make a paper rose.  I've also used a butterfly and the flower stencil from the same box and the oval frame shape and the tiny price tag from the 'Love Is..' box.
Info:
Stencilled card blank using Hero Arts stencil 
Square of inked card leftover from another project to make the backing piece. 
Embossed white square of card 
Oval frame, Tiny tag, wooden butterfly and the plain white string from the tag  all inked to match. 
A few die cut leaves and some pearls were added to complete the card.

From the
'Hello Spring' box I used
Patterned paper
1x Wooden Butterfly
Hero Arts Flower Stencil

From the
'Love Is..' box I used
Chipboard Oval
Tiny price Tag

From my stash I used, inked card scraps, embossing folder, die cut leaves, pearls, decal sticker sentiment
Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox Craft boxes start from just £12.50 and you can find these and all the other Letterbox goodies HERE

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Time to Say Goodbye"

Hello!
It's a bright, sunny morning here and I hope its the same where you are!
Thanks to my lovely Daring Cardmaker teamie Svenja I've had a certain song in my head all week, so as soon as I opened the page to write today's blog, and before actually writing anything I felt compelled to find a video of Andrea Bocelli singing the beautiful "Rime to Say Goodbye"
The man's voice gives me goosebumps - but this version with Sarah Brightman singing first means you need to wait to hear him!

There are all different sorts of 'goodbyes', some sadder and more difficult to cope with than others, so there is quite a mix of Farewell cards on the blog today.  From Bon Voyage to Condolence cards we all need them at some point.

Svenja here today, and sometimes it just is
Time to say good-bye
Show us your ideas for farewell-cards. Could be retirement or leaving cards but sympathy cards are just as welcome. We all sadly need them from time to time and inspiration in the field is very welcome.
To get you started just have a look at the Design Team's creative ideas HERE


  Making condolence or sympathy cards is never easy, is it?  I decided I wanted to make something less austere than I make when I actually need one - I suppose because when that happens there's more personal involvement and I'm feeling sad.
This one is prettier and more detailed and actually, changing the sentiment would make it suitable for other occasions too.
Info
White square card blank
Papers are all from the same 12x12 pack: Lilac Whisper (Kasiercraft)  I boutght it ages ago but haven't actually used any of it till now

Selection of Spellbindersdies as follows

For the Pleated strip:
Shapeabilities Etched Dies
Fancy background panel (paper adhered to sheet of card before die-cutting)
 For the pc generated  entiment:
 Nestabilities Etched Dies
For the rose:
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 It's been ages since I made a paper rose and I really enjoyed making this one.  I love the rosette die - it's not just for rosettes!

Okay, that's about it for this time, I have crafting to do after lunch - hopefully the idea in my head will work when I start trying to make it!
Thank you for popping by, I hope you'll leave a message before you go.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Buzz Buzz

Hello
It's been a while!  I have been making stuff, but not getting much blogging done. Plus we had a few days away last week, we went up to Northumberland and spent a few days with family.  It was such a treat, the weather was good and we were out and about every day; up in the hills, along the Roman Wall, on the beach and various other favourite outings.  Bliss!
I definitely intended to make my card for the Daring Cardmakers on the Thursday, ahead of Friday's lunch date, but things conspired against me and it's taken till today to actually get something made.
Busy Bees
It's Enfys here setting this week's challenge: use anything related to bees on your project - it could be a honey pot, a hive, or just a busy little bee buzzing around some flowers.
 To be fair, I did actually start to make something at the w/e, but it was a bit of a disaster; there were mutilated corpses of several bees on my desk and a whole load of 'honeycomb' backgrounds, shapes and die cuts which I'd rejected!
Even this card has a bee pulled off another attempt at creating something - I had no idea it would be so hard!
So here it is, I'm still not happy with it, but if I don't post something soon I might as well not bother - and that would be a big DCM fail, which I hate to do!
Info
Honeycomb stencilled background using various yellow and orange inks
white, blue and black card for matting
Inked yellow card for flowers
Green card for stems
For the bee I cut the bee several times. 1. for the body; white card, coloured orange, then the black stripes added, 2. Silver paper for wings which were then cut away fro the rest of the die cut shape. 3. Complete bee cut in black  for adhering other pieces to
Tiny silver gems
These die sets were used:



That's it for this time, Thank You for coming by . You can see the lovely Busy Bee cards made by our fab team HERE

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Love Dream Create - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders


Hello
Thanks for coming by today.  For my Spellbloggers post this time I've used a couple of great new dies and had some fun with hot-foiling
You get two fun dies in the  Love Dream Create set by Joanne Fink from On the Wings of Love Collection.  If you do art journalling or mixed media crafting these will be wonderful to have in your collection
Info:
I started by covering a piece of card with various scraps of the hot foil.  Once the foiling was done I die cut the Love Dream Create panel from the multi-coloured, foiled card, saving all the tiny waste pieces to make use of later
I cut the other die in the set from white card and glued it overhanging the edge of my card blank
The foiled panel was then adhered in place, and a piece of sequin organza ribbon adhered over the join

The little 'waste' pieces are too pretty to just throw into the bin so I used some of them to make a lovely 'firework' style design on the white section of the card.
I also punched some circles from spare foiled card to decorate the border die panel
Finally I added a two layer butterfly using the Flutters die set to complete my card

 Here are the details of all the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Love Dream Create
On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink 
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies
 
   
    Flutters
 Die D-Lites Etched Dies
Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting.
Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration to get you motivated

Happy Crafting

Friday, May 04, 2018

Initially

Hello
I've been a bit MIA this week - a long 'to-do' list, with quite a bit of crafting on it, but no time left for blogging or chatting!  It would be good to report that the list had more ticked off items than still-to-be-done items, but sadly, that's not the case! But I do need to get some blog-posts done, so let's see if I can cut the waffle!
It's new challenge day on The Daring Cardmakers and here;s the card I ended up with - I say "ended up with" because it needed a bit of a tweak to get it right
 

It's the First Friday of a new month, so it's an Elemental Inspiration Challenge this week. 
Our lovely Ruth has chosen this pretty set of pictures to inspire you with this time; you just  need to choose a minimum of THREE elements to use when you make your card.
Some suggestions to get you thinking: stars, flowers or petals, the 9 square layout, hand drawn patterns, twigs, sunset, handwriting, monogram, large letters, fur, woodgrain ..... lots of inspiration!

It's a while since I made anything with a monogram being an integral design feature, so choosing to use the large letter as one of my elements was easy, as was the lure of using some pretty flowers.  The third element had me stumped for a while, until I spotted the sunset in the square with the sentiment in it. Deciding to make an inky sunset background also meant my colour palette was also decided.
 Info:
I made the sunset background first, using watercolour card and several suitable shades of ink
Using the same colours I inked up a few small pieces of  card for die cutting my flowers later.
Next I chose a letter shape I liked (I always dither!) and on my Silhouette machine cut one in black and one in white to see which I liked best on the inked background.  Having decided the white looked best I cut 4 more of the letter, then glued them altogether.
matted the inked piece onto black card, and then the white card blank, die cut the flowers and leaves and used a ball tool to create the flowers.
The various vine shapes were cut into small pieces to entwine the monogram, then I arranged my flowers and added a few more vine and leaf pieces.
To finish I added some gems and pearls, and made three faux brads for the corner

All the flower and leaf dies I've used here are from Spellbinders

This is where it all went a bit wrong!  I didn't like the balance between the black and white areas, the decorated square looked just a bit too big for the card.  I wondered whether I could change it, but just in case it all went really badly I took some photos so I'd at least have something to share if it did!
See what you think of version 1
I didn't have a large enough black card so I matted some black card onto a larger white card blank, then carefully took the first version apart as best I could.  Some of the black mat was left behind so I trimmed the square down a bit, then matted onto white before adding to the new card blank.  I think the wider black border looks so much better and more balanced now.

Something like this would look great in a frame, don't you think?
Anyway, I should go - I sort of failed when it came to cutting the waffle, didn't I? hahaha
Never mind, I'll try harder next time ;)
Have a great weekend
Thank you for visiting - please pop across [HERE] to see how our DT took on this challenge!