Monday, 15 January 2018

O is for One layer/colour ultra pink

Not been around much since my last post, I think the busy Christmas period, and various other happenings as took its toll on me and I've not been very well, I've increased my doseage of meds, so hopefully once they kick in, usually takes a week give or take to get back to what I call 'normal', I should be ok.
Not going to let it get to me, these things happen and I am learning (long curve) to let these things go.

Anyhoo, on the craft!!

The latest Butterfly challenge is O for one layer and/or use the colour Ultra Pink, aha! perfect for a digital project me thinks. Not sure my pink is Ultra but hey ho.

I decided to do a pack of A6 sized notelets.

The design is an embellishment from the digi kit "Artsy Anne" by Rosie H on flickr, I just matched the font colour to the pink. There are four notelets in the pack, I'm thinking £1.50 for the pack - if I don't use them myself!

entering into:  Butterfly Challenege = O and ultra pink

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Feature day & fairies, elves and pixies come out to play

Two cards up today, one done for a partner swap over at CardexchangeUK for the month of December, usually make a New Year card as almost everyone else does a Christmas one.

image from 'Ring in the New Year'
Tattered Lace mini sentiment die

The first attempt at this card had me stamping 'celebrate' in matching ink, but I got a bit carried away and messy with it - didn't like the end result so I threw that away and decided to go digital and use Craft Artist to create the background, using the 'stamp' tool. Just had to pick a font which was similar to the sentiment die.
I used the colour picker to 'pick' the red, purple and blue out of the image and coloured the font.
I did the same with the orange colour and made a solid square to act as the bottom layer to the topper, adding a deep shadow to make it stand out from the card, so when it was printed out it looks like an actual matt and layered topper stuck on the card.
Lastly I printed a solid square of each colour, big enough so I could die cut a couple of 'celebrate' from each, and the stuck them on the card.

After the bright colours of the last card, I've gone all pastel & whimsical with this next one.

image from 'Land of the Fey'
backing paper Create n Craft Speciality Papers
backing paper edged in Artic Blue
image edged in Pastel Pink
stamp in blue pigment ink

I love how this card turned out, the backing paper I've had for a few years, is actually an A4 scenic one featuring a blue bird - but the top half matched the image so well I had to chop it up. One day I might get round to using the rest!.
I edged the backing paper & sentiment with Artic Blue promarker and the topper was edged with Pastel Pink. Love the effect and its very dream like.

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Land of the Fey entered into Butterfly challenge : fairies, elves & pixies

Monday, 1 January 2018

Courtly Love Customer Challenge

Happy New Year!!

Over on the Gecko Galz blog, our first challenge of 2018 is 'Courtly Love'.

Feel free to join in and have a play - there is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz but it can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!!  The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!

It was lovely to do a card which wasn't a Christmas card, I think that's why I went a bit crazy with the pearls, add my undying affection for Mr Darcy and it all went a bit.......

image from 'Vintage Flirtations' design sheet 
paper from 'Courtly Love' Paper pack 
burgundy paperstock
pearls, lots & lots of
Spellbinder frame die
quote from Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy, superbly acted by Colin Firth

Using an A4 sheet of white card I measured about 29cm along the long side and about 16cm on the short side and cut the card accordingly.
I then measured 10cm along the long edge and scored down the card to make the front of the card.
(this size card will just about fit into a C5 envelope, might have to do a little snipping to fit properly)

I resized my image using Craft Artist to use as the topper for the front of my card, also did the same with my chosen backing paper  (using the measurements of the long edge with the 10cm taken off) and printed both off. 
To make the quote topper I used the same backing paper but cropped it so it was just the plain pink area, typed my chosen quote (sheesh, it took me ages to find the one I wanted to use!) and then printed it out. With hindsight, I should have made the font a teeny bigger.

I backed my topper with a panel of burgundy card and then stuck it onto my card, I stuck the backing paper straight on to the card.

Using the SpellBinder die I centred the quote in the middle and then die cut it out, then die cut a piece of burgundy card stock to go underneath it.

Lastly I added the pearls, and more pearls.

All I can say is........ 'Oh, Mr Darcy!'

disclaimer - Neither Mr Darcy, nor Colin Firth were harmed in the making of this card 😍

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

30 tags of December #2

Here's my 2nd tag for you, using a Gecko Galz image from the design sheet "Christmas Cuties' and bits n bobs from my stash, though the Poinsettias are a new purchase as I needed something small and Christmassy to fill the space on the tag and I didn't have anything suitable.

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Frosty the Snowman

Retro style Christmas card today, using a cute Snowman image from Gecko Galz 'Frosty' design sheet. The blue backing paper is a HunkyDory one - one of the crafting magazines digital freebies I came across, I printed it out onto an A4 sheet of card and it just about matches the blue  in the image.

In one of the swaps I took part in over at CardExchangeUK was some gorgeous patterned holographic card - the red one was just perfect to bring out the red hat & gloves Mr Snowman is wearing.

Totally in love with my stringed snowflake die at the moment, so I cut another one out and snipped the individual flakes out, to embellish this card, then stuck silver gems in the middle, and used a silver peel off sentiment to finish off.

Pop over to the Gecko Galz on Etsy to find many more retro/vintage images.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

30 tags of December #1

Join in with the Gecko Galz and celebrate all things Christmas this month, with our 30 tags of December.
All the lovely DT's got to make 2 tags each, so check in at the Gecko Galz blog every day this December to see what we all got up to!

A cute retro Christmas tag this afternoon, using Gecko Galz 'Baby It's Cold Out Here' design sheet, backing paper from stash, silver peel offs, silver stick on gems, snowflake embellishment, round sentiment stamp and a length of ribbon I recycled from a gift.

Using Craft Artist, I brought in the design sheet, then cropped it down so the image I wanted was the only one remaining. Then, using one of the edit programmes I removed the rest of the scene, leaving Mini Santa & friend. Resized the end image to fit the tag then printed, and fussy cut round them.

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Dashing thro' the Snow

My very first post as a member of the Gecko Galz design team for 2018! Never mind a drum roll, I'll make do with  a very strong coffee or maybe a glass of wine.

Two Christmas cards and an altered item up this morning.

6x6 cardstock
'Baby, its cold out here' design sheet
Spellbinders sentiment die
M Company square die
festive twine
silver glitter

The image was so pretty and gorgeous, I kept it plain and simple for this card, only adding a touch of silver glitter over the stars and the blue/white twine to pull the colours together.


I can't skate, I did try when I was a teenager - never let go of the wall encircling the rink which meant I only skated round half of it for about two hours....... but to skate like the couple in the picture at Christmas would be a dream and so romantic, possibly with a lovely hot chocolate afterwards, with not a trip to A & E in sight!

6x6 cardstock
'Baby, its cold out here' design sheet
Free stamp
Red ink
Xcut snowflake punch
M Company snowflake border die
white pearlescent card stock
chritmas card stock from Joy!
blue gems
clear embossing powder

The image is quite pale so I jazzed it up a bit with the bright background paper just peeking out from under it. I used the snowflake punch and stuck them onto the card and popped blue gems in the middle, but I thought it didn't look quite right, so I quickly pulled the gems off and decided to use the snowflake border die and snip the flakes off and use individually, then I popped the blue gems back on. 


I recently watched a YouTube video of a lady doing an Altered Mail Art Envelope, using an envelope destined to go in her recycling bin. It looked easy, so I thought I'd give it a go.

bog standard white envelope (had a bill in it!)
'Dashing Thro' the Snow' paper kit
glittery peel offs
white pearls
xmas ribbon strip
red glitter in glue form
red glitter
hole punch 
red ribbon

First thing I did was to tidy the envelope up by straightening the torn edge using my guillotine:

then I cut the other length and one end open, so it opens up:

I cut three pieces of the patterned papers to the same length of the envelope, but kept one A4 sized so I could stick it on the front of the envelope and overlap both side edges by about two inch so it continued round the back, making it a pocket.

The second piece I glued down to the front centre for my 'topper' and the last piece glued on the back of the envelope covering the remaining whiteness and the edges of the first paper. Remember to keep the open end at the top at all times - which I nearly didn't!!

Once everything was firmly stuck down I glittered and embellished.

The envelope flap was made from a piece of card measuring about two inches high and a width to fit snugly into the envelope mouth. I folded about half an inch over, longways, and put double sided sticky tape onto it, this is the bit that slides into the mouth and sticks to the inside..... slightly tricky and I had to trim the width to get it to fit straight. That was the only fiddley bit!
I used a hole punch, two in the flap and two through the back of the envelope and threaded a lovely red ribbon  through. 

Makes a lovely envelope for hand delivery, or a gift envelope instead of wrapping paper.

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