Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Butterfly Tag Card, Garden Theme, Female

I made this 'tag' card a while ago but just haven't got 'round to posting it until today.
The inspiration for it came from a photo set up I used when posting this tag part alone on a recent blog post for a past Tag You're It challenge/my DT take on the Featured Artist.

It's a 'busy' card...  

(Apologies for the slight blur on this photo.  It's a real close up shot - but I wanted you to see the texture from sanding down a piece of Core'dinations card stock).

I seem to be in a habit of making busy cards right now - and I don't honestly know how I feel about that.  
Do people like busy cards (generally speaking) or is it a bit like a pizza with too many toppings?

But at least I've been sticking with my nature theme.  

Speaking of which...

Have you had any 'fluff puffs' in your garden?

Now you may be wondering just what a 'fluff puff' is.
Well...  they are fluffy and they're puffy and they sort of 'flitter' their wings in such a cute little way right before being fed.
And 'fluff puff' just suits them so much better than 'fledgling' when they are at their cute stage.

What am I talking about?
Baby sparrows.
Apparently in decline...   unless you come to our garden.  
Then you'll see staged feeding frenzies of activity, group dust bath sessions...
A sight of pure cuteness.

I'm sorry to say that one fledgling got misplaced by it's dad for a whole 10 minutes on the first brood of this season.
How do I know?
Because I heard it calling out for the entire duration - and then looked out of the window to watch it.  If you've heard a sparrow calling at feeding time you'll recognise the sound as it's a single, solitary (fairly high pitched) 'cheep' noise that's as long as the silence in between the 'cheeps'.  
(If I had to hazard a guess I would say a second per 'cheep')?
The poor little darling kept hopping around on the ground  - and at one point it made its way over to two slightly older girls...  and opened its beak in readiness for food as they moved a little closer - to fly off!
10 minutes must have seemed like a very long time...  and it didn't once stop calling out until found!

...  And we're on brood three right now by the looks of things.

But I digress...

So what did I use to make this card?

Supplies Used:

MFT/Die-namics Tag Builder - Blueprints 4
Taylored Expressions 'Beauty Lies Within'
Memory Box 'Blissful Butterfly Border'
Memory Box 'Tall Grassy Stems Left Corner'
Papertrey Ink 'Wet Paint Cuts'

Martha Stewart Punches:
 'Pop Up' Butterfly Border
Cherry Blossom Trim

Memory Box Stencils:

Holtz/Distress Ink:
Dusty Concord
Seedless Preserves
Milled Lavender
Victorian Velvet
Bundled Sage
Forest Moss
Mowed Lawn
Walnut Stain

Stamp from stash
Twine - Natural
Glitter Card Stock
Distressing Tool
Sand Paper

Challenges I'm Entering...

(All scraps except the green tag base).

'Distress It'
(Sanded Core'dinations Card Stock + Partially/Slightly Distressed Edges)

(Challenge #76  -  Layers)

'Anything Goes'

I'm still in catch up mode right now, but I'm getting there.
Thank you so much for your kind words of support...

Donna. x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Distress Crayon Card, Rainbow of Colour, Female

There's a Poppystamps challenge that's almost at its end, but I've managed to make 'something' for it.  I say 'something' as at home I refer to this as my 'Crayola card made by a three year old'...
Crayola's not just a UK brand, right?
Take a look at you'll see what I mean...

It's kind of hideous...  but it kind of works (I think/hope)!

I don't embrace lots of colour so I'm never going to say anything too wonderful about this design - but at least I chucked in lots of white (or similar) where I could. 

And no...   I didn't really use Crayola Crayons.

Distress Crayons - use a light coat of Distress Collage Medium - Matt (or similar) to cover the card base first.  Helps the crayons to blend when smooshing colours.
But do use a dry baby wipe to smoosh/blend colours or your finger will start to get very warm!

And yes, as you can tell I went for a smooshing/scribbled look.
But then I don't do 'neat'...  it kind of freaks me out.

So I've smooshed and I've scribbled.
And I've embossed onto vellum, recycled an old purse only fit for the bin, made a tiny box frame that yes, I did purposefully choose not to stick together too neatly...
and I've done some 'selective' distressed edges.
Because I can and I like them.
And no distressed edges was too neat and all distressed edges would have been too much.
Perfect logic...

I've also messed around with layers - that 'thanks' has six or seven and the centre of the daisy in the frame has even more.  Seem to remember it being in the 'teens' somewhere  (didn't want to use sticky pads as used those under the frame).
There are also a few layers on the butterfly, the cream 'purse' flower centre and that rectangle underneath the vellum has a few, too.

I like messing with layers as it adds something depth wise...  but apparently camera's aren't so keen  - hence the blurriness in some places.
It's also very time consuming and no fun at all.

But at least it kept me busy for a while...

Supplies Used:

Holtz/Distress Crayons:
Festive Berries
Spiced Marmalade
Mustard Seed
Twisted Citron
Peacock Feathers
Mermaid Lagoon
Seedless Preserves

Sizzix Originals 'Shaker Box' - Square w/Window
Poppystamps 'Ragged Daisy'
Poppystamps 'Viola Leaves'
Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings'
Memory Box 'Blissful Butterfly Border'
Memory Box 'Tall Birch'
Papertrey Ink 'Wet Paint Cuts'
Spellbinders 'Nestabilities' Rectangle
MFT 'Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window (Die-namics)

Holtz/Distress - Walnut Stain
Tsukineko/Memento - Tuxedo Black

Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop 'Art Is'
Holtz Distress Collage Medium
Embossing Powder - Clear
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug 'Butterflies 3x3 Tag Team Combo'

Challenges I'm Entering...

PSC #33     'Rainbow Wishes'

An entire card full of snippets 

So this card won't win any prizes and may in fact be more awful than I realise, but that's ok as it gave me time to experiment with four 'new to me' items - most of which I've had for a while now.
(I have been told on more than one occasion that I'm too hard on myself...   but as that will never, ever change we may as well all accept the fact that if I post something and think it 'sucks' - even if only a little bit - I'm just going to go right on ahead and tell you).   


For those of you that know me...
Life's a struggle right now and I just hurt - a lot.
So yes, I've been missing...  and yes, I'm not ok.
But I'm better than I was.
I just need a little more time., then I'll face catching up with you all - which I will, so don't bother telling me not to. x
I'm just not up to pretending right now.
But I have missed you...
and I thank those of you that know me well enough to know already that me disappearing = me going through rough times.
And you who knows but gets in touch anyway because she's worried (you know who you are) - thank you, too.
You are all far more of a blessing than you realise.

And for those of you who don't know me and have no clue as to what I'm going on about...
Let's just say that life can be very unfair and I'll leave it at that.
After all, we can all relate to that at some level or other.

And so as not to completely depress you all...
Think of something you like to do that makes you happy - and then (as long as it's safe for you/others and it's not illegal) go make time and do it this week if you can.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

Donna. x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Butterfly/Friend Tag, MFT Blueprints 4, Female

Happy Friday to you.

I have a small tag to share for the new challenge that starts today over at Tag You're It.
Hope you like it...

With this background setup for the photo the gears in my head are already spinning on how this little tag will become a future card someday!

I just love the fact that tags can make a basis for unusual card designs, and whilst I can appreciate that they won't always be to everyone's liking I just can't seem to help but love making them.

You see for me, creating something 'cohesive' on such a small scale is still a learning curve.
But I embrace that challenge each and every time as I'm convinced that it'll help me to become a better crafter.

I guess we all have our areas that we focus on in the hopes of improving, don't we?

My inspiration for today's new challenge came from this...

...  so I went with the intricate inlay theme and tried to keep my design as simple as possible.
And on the plus side, it also gave me a chance to play with a die that I've had in my collection for a very long time.

Don't forget, we've moved to a monthly format now - so that's more time to play along if you decide to join us.

Hope you do...

Donna. x

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Dragonfly Charm Card, Scribble Flower Circle, Female

I haven't made a card like this for a while now...  

It reminds me of the stuff I started out making - not sure if that's a good or a bad thing really, but it does include lots of my favourites...
Dies, acetate, Mirri card, screw brads, dangling things hanging from invisible thread, sanding and distressed edges...  I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea!

The main difference with this card is that I've since discovered Spray Adhesive - which means no more trying to marry up dies on the back of the acetate as the spray adhesive leaves behind a shimmer that looks good enough to leave well alone.

Here's a picture of the card lying flat... 

I did spend an age describing in detail how this card was made, but for some reason or other the blog went on the fritz and everything froze - so l've lost over an hours worth of work today. 
So I'm sorry, but I can't type all of that up again...  not with sore hands/wrists that still need time to heal.
Wonder if it's just the joys of old age?

Supplies Used:

MFT 'Friend'
Poppystamps 'Scribble Flower Circle'
Memory Box 'Fabulous Phlox'
Memory Box Woodland Branch'
Spellbinders 'Nestabilities' - Circles

Flower Punch from stash

Dragonfly Charm
Screw Brads
Invisible Thread

Challenges I'm Entering...

Challenge #32   'Flower Power'

All snippets except the Core'dinations...

As always, thank you so much for stopping by today...

Donna. x

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Daffodil Dance (Penny Black), Vintage/Distressed, Female

As most of you well know, I'm having a blast learning how to use these 'new to me' Penny Black stamps...  but daft as it sounds I'm finding that the stamping/colouring is the easy part and the 'what on earth am I going to do with this now' (the design) is a real struggle.

And this card seriously 'took the biscuit' in that category.

I don't know if this programme only ever aired in the UK, but do you remember 'Worzel Gummage'?

I still remember the song...
'You put a WER after W,
A WER after O,
A WER after R and it's away we go.
You put a WER after Z,
And a WER after E,
A WER after L,
And that... (four taps/knocking noises)
Spells ME!

So can you say it?

I don't remember an awful lot about Worzel Gummage - other than the fact that he was a Scarecrow, but I do remember that he had several different heads that he would use from time to time.  He kind of just yanked and twisted them off as needed.  Not sure that that would be allowed on kids TV any more!

Well as far as this card went I had my 'stupid' head on.
I freely admit that it nearly ended up as bin fodder and the design took so many wrong turns before I finally found something I was happy with.
So this is vintage/distressed with a contemporary edge.

It might not be to everyone's/anyone's liking, but it's the best I could do...
especially as this was my first time going 'off piste' and using my own colour combination rather than strictly trying to copy what I saw on the back of the packaging.

I can't completely take credit for this colour combination though.
Here's where my inspiration came from to 'change things up' from the very yellow design shown on the packaging for this Penny Black stamp.

I honestly don't think I've ever used so many different colours.  I am pleased with the way it turned out though :) 

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'Dancing Daffodils'
Penny Black 'Postcard'
Stampin' Up 'French Foliage' 
Lili Of The Valley 'Grunge Corners'
(Friend Sentiment from Stash)

Memento Markers:
Pear Tart
Toffee Crunch
Rich Cocoa
Olive Grove
Bamboo Leaves
New Sprout
Tuxedo Black (stencilling)
Gray Flannel (sentiment) 

Distress Ink:
Walnut Stain (edging/dyed twine/postcard stamp)

The Crafter's Workshop 'Art Is'

Sizzix Framelits 'Tag Collection'
Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings'

Embossing Folder:
Cuttlebug 'Butterflies 3x3 Tag Team Combo Set'

Tonic/Holtz Distress Tool
WOW Embossing Powder - Detail White
Signo Uni-ball 'Angelic White'

Challenge I'm Entering...

Simon Says/Wednesday
'A Bit Of Sparkle'

Two posts in one day!
Sorry about that - I'm just so far behind.
One more post to do tomorrow (hopefully), plus I can start catching up on Instagram.

Still, it keeps me busy.

Enjoy your day...

Donna. x

Threaded Butterfly Buttons, Scribble Flower Circle, Female

Apologies again to those of you who I haven't caught up with as yet.  Sore wrists and knuckles (RSI)? meant that I've had to take things easy for a while - as well as thinking about ways to do things differently.
 The best thing I've found to help me has been my trusted old hot water bottle with very hot water inside it - but I love intense heat anyway so that may or may not work for you if you ever find yourself in a similar position.

Guess I just have to learn to moderate my keyboard and iPad usage for a while longer as I still get the odd niggle...  but at least it doesn't seem to have affected my crafting!

So a short post today as I've already overdone myself a bit on editing a batch of photo's.

This was a quick and easy card to make...

...  and it will be' winging its way' to a very lovely craft friend of mine who is currently away on holiday.  I just wanted her to have something fun and cheerful to come back to after her time away.

So how's it made?

Cut out one Poppystamps 'Scribble Flower Circle' and disassemble the pieces - but don't throw anything away as yet!
Spray the back of the outer circle part of the die cut with Crafter's Companion 'Stick & Spray' 
(a Temporary Repositionable Adhesive), then attach to a piece of card stock.
Using a Finger Dauber (or any other Sponge Foam Applicator that you have to hand) add Holtz/Distress 'Frayed Burlap' ink over the die cut.  Keep a light touch - you don't want to add too much ink!
Remove the die cut.
Now add the inner part of the Scribble Flower Circle to the card base - at a diagonal angle.  (I've actually layered up three die cuts here for added dimension, but it's a personal choice that shouldn't effect the overall design too much if you choose not to do the same).
Now rummage through those bits I said not to throw away yet and find the small curved triangle that completes the biggest of the six petalled flowers - and glue it into place.  (Once again, mine's layered up to match the depth of the three layers I've already used).
Cut out one of each of the Poppystamps Butterfly Buttons from your scraps collection/offcuts of card.
Decide on the placement of your butterflies, then thread the Butterfly Buttons through the string and glue into place - adding Crackle Accents once dry.
Leave to dry again...
Then cut the card stock to size, being sure to leave room top and bottom to add a complimentary strip of coloured card that you attach from the back.
Glue the whole thing to a card base.
Die cut one more Scribble Flower Circle from a complimentary shade of white colour card stock,  carefully cut out the flowers and place as shown above.   Then trim off the excess.
Add one die cut butterfly from Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings', three Morning Dew Drops...  and that's it...  except for adding the MFT 'Friends' die that I've cut twice (using two different colours) to add a drop shadow effect.
As I said, an easy card! 

For those of you who are wondering, I used Altenew's 'Woodgrain Bark' card stock for this design...   and in a 'not too far into the future' post you'll see how I used the other part of this die cut to create a very different looking card indeed. 

I'm entering this card into the latest Poppystamps challenge...

Challenge #32   'Flower Power'

(An all scraps/snippets/offcuts card - even the large piece of white card stock used to attach everything to is an offcut).

Thanks so much for stopping by today...

Donna. x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Promise Me (Penny Black) Card, Off The Edge, Female

I hadn't intended to make this tag into a card initially...  it was one of those 'where bits from previous projects' were still lying around and grabbed my attention.
It's funny how most of my better designs morph from those 'left overs'.

So for those of you who haven't read my previous post, this project started off as my DT inspiration tag for Tag You're It...
and just by adding one extra die and a stencil it's become this instead.

Green and red...  I just love these two colours together.
But red is such a beast to get a decent photo of.

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'Promise Me'

Penny Black 'Promise Me' II
Poppystamps 'Bijou Filmstrip'

Memento/Tsukineko Marker Pens:
New Sprout
Bamboo Leaves
Rhubarb Stalk
Love Letter
Tuxedo Black

Distress Ink:
Walnut Stain

Embossing Powder:
WOW - Clear

Embossing Folder:
Spellbinders 'Fabric Weave'

Crafter's Companion - Spray and Shine 'High Gloss' Varnish

Tonic/Holtz Paper Distressing Tool

What I didn't mention in my last post is that I'm currently suffering from what I believe to be RSI...  in both hands/wrists.
So I'm trying to limit my iPad and iMac usage as much as is possible, which means yet another backlog of comments for me to work through  (Am I the only one who always falls behind)?
But I will work through them as it's my way of saying 'thank you' to those of you who are always kind enough to stop by.  x

Don't forget to come and join us at Tag You're It!

Enjoy your weekend...

Donna. x