23 October 2020

Color My Heart Color Dare #416 version 2!

Evening all

I’ve decided to share another couple of  cards I made with the Color My Heart Color Dare #416 tic tac toe board. 

This is the same design as my last card but just a different colour set (Avocado, Scarlet and Gold). So it’s easy to duplicate this card and add a different look just by using different colours!

This card uses a different stamp set but it is still by Clearly Besotted (UK brand) and it is called Be Merry. This card uses the right hand column (Candy Apple, New England Ivy and Gold) as well as the bottom row (Avocado, Scarlet and Gold).

Which one do you like best?

Thanks for visiting,

Steph x


16 October 2020

Color My Heart Color Dare #416

 Morning all

I’m well and truly in the Christmas spirit! I’m cracking on with Christmas card making and shopping...but I tend to ‘peak’ before the big day and ruin it for myself! 

I also detest writing the cards so I think I’m putting it off by pretending I need to make more!! I’m seriously considering getting a stamp with all our names on and stamping the insides of the cards too.

With me being in such a festive mood, the tic tac toe board for this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare challenge #416 shouted Christmas card at me!

I chose to use the right hand column of Candy Apple, New England Ivy and Gold and kept my card clean and simple (CAS).

I used a lovely stamp set from Clearly Besotted (UK) and heat embossed the wreath and sentiment in gold. I then added some white pearls to some of the wreath circles and coloured the rest in red and green with my Tonic Nuvo alcohol markers. I have cut the stamped card slightly smaller than the card front and adhered it with foam tape to give it some depth. This is an easily repeatable card which is what I like when it comes to Christmas cards!

Hope you liked my design today and will go check out all the other lovely makes by the design team and hopefully we can inspire you to join in!

Thanks for stopping by,

Steph x

14 October 2020

Up Cycled Christmas Cards...again!

Morning all

Yes I’m at it again, some more up cycled Christmas cards. I think I’m about done now though as I don’t have many more old Christmas cards to use!

So here’s a few of the cards I have made. If you have any questions relating to any of them please leave a comment. But really these are quite basic to make and the glitter card just gives them a lift to something a bit more bling!

I think my favourite is the first picture with the stockings. I tried to mimic a candy cane with the background by laying thin strips of coloured card.

I will be entering this into Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #511 and The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #81.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph x

11 October 2020

All is quiet, all is calm.

Morning All

It’s very quiet here this morning...so far! As we are nearing the end of the first half term the girls have been getting noticeably more tired so I’ll leave them to sleep as long as they need.

For now I have more up cycled Christmas cards to share. I’ve done so many of these now and they are so quick to knock up and boost the card stash ready for writing. 

These cards are simply created from existing trees from the front of old Christmas cards layered onto patterned paper and card.

I’m entering them into Christmas challenges:

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #80

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #511

Thanks for stopping by,

Steph x

5 October 2020

I’m still here!

Evening all and apologies for the lack of posts over the recent  weeks. I am still crafting but as soon as I collect the children from school my afternoon is taken up with reading and homework and the evening disappears without a trace!

Over the last few days I have been digging through the Christmas craft items (yes there is so much of it they have their own dedicated box, stamp folder and die folder!!) and I have finally started to recycle old Christmas cards I have saved from previous years.

Here I have recycled the Santa topper and the bauble topper and layered them onto holly patterned paper and matching green card. I added ribbon bows to jazz them up a bit. 

I will be entering them into he following challenges as they are very helpfully ‘anything goes as long as it’s Christmas’.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #510

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #80

Thanks for visiting and having patience with me!

Steph x

2 October 2020

Color My Heart Color Dare #414

Good Morning Everyone

Up on the blog today is challenge #414 for Color My Heart Color Dare. For this challenge the prompt is a selection of photos with an autumnal feel. 

Please note that the DT have decided to open the range of free use colours to include all metallics, not just gold and silver. A lovely copper would work well with this fortnights challenge. 😊

For my card I took inspiration from the leaves and scarf to the right hand side of the photo.

To recreate the tartan scarf I used two of the stamp strips from the Uniko Background Builders: Christmas 2018 set to build up my background. I tried to match the inks to the picture as closely as possible and chose to use Memento Teal Zeal and Rose Bud along with Lawn Fawn's Carrot and Merman. 
Seeking out matching card, I die cut the leaves with a leaf dies that came with Papercraft Essentials Issue 177. This is a UK magazine which is a really good read and the craft items that come with it are great, like the leaf die!
I cut the leaves twice, once with the detailed vein die added and once without. The detailed vein die cut was layered onto the outline die cut except for the blue leaf. With the blue leaf I heat embossed the Clearly Besotted statement from the Say What? set using Wow! Bright White powder onto the outline only die cut. I snipped the inner leaf veins from the detailed die cut and layered just the outer edge on top so as not to obscure the sentiment.

Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think and we would love to see you pop over and join in the challenge! #414 for Color My Heart Color Dare

Much love
Steph x

19 September 2020

Summer or Autumn?

Evening all

For those of you based in the UK I’m sure you can relate to my pondering of whether it is still summer or are we now hitting Autumn early? We’ve had some lovely hot sunny days this week but the mornings and evenings are cold and the leaves are falling off the trees in abundance. 

I’m enjoying the autumnal colour challenges and the colour scheme for this card came from CAS Colours & Sketches challenge #388.

For this card I have die cut and layered many pieces of the top of the Gemini tree die (see right of photo) in the green colours specified by the challenge to make an autumnal wreath. I backed the wreath with a suitably coloured patterned paper and stamped the sentiment directly onto it with Lawn Fawn ink.

Whilst I was making this card I remembered that the current Twofer Card Challenge theme is trees so I created a second card using the same die.

This time I just cut two trees (thankfully!) and offset them before attaching to a piece of autumn leaf card that I have up cycled from a monthly snack delivery pack. I added two offset chairs below the tree and this time I was able to add another colour since I’m not entering this one into the same colour challenge. I didn’t add a sentiment to this card as I didn’t feel it needed it, but of course one could be added later if necessary.

Here’s a shot of the two cards together as required for the Twofer challenge #31

And last but definitely not least, Uniko have just published their latest challenge #61 and it’s a lovely ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with an optional twist of ‘Thanks’ which helped me select the sentiment for the first card!

Thanks for visiting.

Love Steph x

18 September 2020

Color My Heart Color Dare #412

Morning all

Here we are back again with another fabulous challenge from Color My Heart Color Dare, challenge #412. The colours for this challenge scream autumn and with the weather turning colder in the UK I’m sure there will be no lack of inspiration outside your window! 

I decided to combine my colours with a very important birthday card for my niece who turned 18 in early September. 

I had the Gemini die set lying around on my craft table and thought it would make a perfect 18th birthday card. To make it a little more special I took advantage of the option to use gold card and I made it into a shaker card. 

I started off by cutting the glass outline from gold glitter card and added a piece of acetate to the back. I followed the outline of the aperture and placed foam pads all around with no gaps. I then cut a sundance card inner to be the liquid in the glass and added a slightly larger piece of French vanilla card to be the backing of the shaker element. Before sealing to the foam pads I added some gold and canary coloured flower sequins into the shaker.

It took me a while to decide what colour to make the main background but since I’m having a bit of a Deco phase the black just stood out better than the rest but to tone it down a little I layered it onto sundance card. 

I cut the fruit wedges from the various colours of card available to the challenge and added them to the glass and card front before cutting the sentiment from gold and black, offset layering and adding across the stem of the glass.

Please do pop over to the challenge and see the rest of the design teams wonderful work and hopefully be inspired to join in. 😁

Much love

Steph xchallenge

11 September 2020

All that sparkles...

Morning all

Well you would have though that with the children going back to school I would be posting more to the blog but the opposite has indeed happened! I'm certainly doing more craft but those precious six hours they are at school for seems to evaporate (a bit like the weekends!) and I'm not finding time to update the blog. So today I'm having an 'admin' day and the laptop is out rather than the Big Shot.  

As it's September my mind has turned to Christmas. Yes, I am indeed one of those awful people who start Christmas shopping in Sept! I fact this year I think my mind has been in Christmas mode since 'Christmas in July' was upon us, at least from a card making perspective. So the Christmas cards will be sorted this year but will we be able to actually spend the festive season with loved ones? Who knows??

Today's Christmas cards are all about sparkle! I wanted to maximise the amount of glitter but I really, really hate actual glitter which seems to find it's way everywhere. To get around this I use glitter card but I've only got silver and gold in my stash at the moment. I wanted at least three colours for this card so I made my own glitter card by using glitter washi tape and laying it across card before die cutting. It's amazing how well it has worked! I have tried colouring glitter card with alcohol markers previously but I've never achieved a very good look this way. 

For these cards I used a die set that came with issue 31 of Die Cutting Essentials magazine. I cut it from silver glitter card and then the pink and teal glitter 'card' that I created from washi tape. After lots of patient paper piecing I had three large glittery snowflakes. 

With the teal snowflake I created a diagonal easel card base and layered up with more glitter card. For the easel stopper I cut smaller snowflakes from all three colours and layered them for impact.

The great thing is that once you have all the bits cut and paper pieced its pretty quick to make a further two cards. For both the silver and pink snowflakes I layered them onto circular card bases.

I will be entering the easel card into the following challenges as they are both 'everything goes as long as it's Christmas'.

Much love
Steph x

4 September 2020

Color My Heart Color Dare #410

Morning all

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Design Team of Color My Heart Color Dare, a weekly craft challenge. As the name suggests it’s a challenge all about colour (sorry had to revert to the UK spelling!!) but it has some fantastic twists so please do go check it out here

My first challenge as part of the DT is challenge #410 which calls for red, white and blue. 

All three colours must be used but you can also add in black, gold, silver and neutral colours. Neutrals are detailed in the rules section of the challenge blog but for reference here they are white, cream, black, grey, Kraft and brown(s).

So without further ado, here is my card:

When I first saw the theme for challenge #410 I was inspired by a tunic I recently purchased!! It’s funny where we get our ideas from but this tunic has a red and white pattern with a really striking blue embroidery on top. 

To create the background I took one of the smaller stamps from the Uniko Marvellous Mehndi set and stamped it randomly onto a red piece of card with versamark ink. I then sprinkled with WOW! brilliant white embossing powder and set with a heat gun. 
The rest of the stamps are from a set I received with a magazine subscription here in the UK but they are part of the Ranger Wendy Vecchi design range. I repeatedly stamped the herringbone in blue to create two longer pieces and attached to the red panel as shown. I then stamped two of the flowers in blue and coloured in using a slightly lighter blue alcohol marker. Using the same marker I created a light blue panel and stamped the sentiment on top in the darker blue ink. I attached both the fussy cut flowers and sentiment using foam pads.

So now that you’ve got this far, please do come join us and enter your red, white and blue card for challenge #410 at Color My Heart

Good luck!
Steph x

2 September 2020

Something a little different - Up-cycled Suitcase

Morning all

It’s a quiet one here. I think the children are making the most of the last lie in before they go back to school tomorrow. Either that or the very long walk I took them on yesterday has completely wiped them out!

I’ve finally been back in the craft room but not for card making. About three years ago I rescued an old wooden suitcase or travellers box from a bonfire. I spotted it on a pile that was being set up for a community event and it was just too good to burn. I figured no one would miss it as they had thrown it on the bonfire. So for the last two days I’ve been up-cycling it.

Here’s the before photo:

I removed the old hard leather from the corners and removed the tacks and screws where possible. Others I just had to hammer further in to get rid of the sharpness. Out came a power tool and I sanded the whole thing down and painted with grey paint we had left over from painting the shed! I found some black metal paint which was ideal for the handle. 

Stage one photo:

Looking much better already! 

Following this I decorated the top with some left over wallpaper (literally never throw anything away!!) and then I set about making new corner details. Now I didn’t have any leather so I decided to use black card die cut into a circle, embossed it and used gilding wax to give it a leather or even metal look. This worked really well so I also added some ‘straps’ to make it look like you could fasten the case. In true crafter style, this last portion of the work took me the longest...😂

And the finished product:

I’m really pleased with how it turned out and glad I was able to save it from being burnt on the bonfire. It’s going to be used to store the girls keepsakes and also as a TV stand in our guest room as we need something low with it being the attic room. 

Hope you like it too and thanks for visiting. 

Steph x

30 August 2020

Anyone seen my mojo?

Morning all

I’m just popping by with an apology for the lack of posts recently. I’ve completely lost my mojo and don’t even fancy stepping into the craft room at the moment.
I have however, regressed back about 8 years and started doing cross stitch again which I am really enjoying so there will no doubt be some cards made incorporating those soon. I’m having a Christmas phase, probably because the weather has gone so cold and autumnal in the UK recently.

Anyway, once the children are back at school I may be able to clear my head and find that mojo! I’ve even got a new die cutting machine to play with so that has to be an incentive.

Also, look out for a very super post at the end of the week, I’ve joined a Design Team and I’m very excited about it! That’s definitely going to pull me out of my lull. 

So for now, here’s a card I made before the mojo went missing...it’s likely with the other half of the odd socks which mysteriously disappear...or in that hiding place for ‘very important things’, if only I could remember where that was...

Much love
Steph x

25 August 2020

Naughty Nutcracker!

Hi all

Sorry for the absence of posts over the last few days. I haven’t found much time to get into the craft room as I’m busy getting things ready for school starting back next week. What started off as checking what fits, ordering more of what doesn’t and making sure names are on everything, in triplicate (!) soon turned into ‘let’s have a clear out’. So of course it took much longer than anticipated at the start of the process!

I did however manage to get a couple of cards made using my naughty nutcracker stamp (from Woodward). And why is he naughty? Because he just happened to appear in my shopping basket which was nothing to do with me of course...🤔

I have heat embossed one of the nutcracker soldiers in black powder and one in plum powder and coloured in with my alcohol markers. I have even made envelopes for these cards as they are not a regular size. First time ever making envelopes so I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, even if it did take a while to do!

Well it’s been a dismal day here today and really feels like autumn is ready to start so we might be rushing our way into winter...best get some more Christmas cards done!

Catch up soon

Steph x