Thursday, 26 November 2015

Quadruple butterflies

This is my entry for the Butterfly Challenge this time. I always read it and often plan a card but they don't always get made. 
This was a nice change from Christmas cards. 
The challenge is Q for quadruple. I decided it had to be four butterflies. Not very imaginative really. 
I was absolutely not going to cut out the butterflies, they were going to be 4 in a row down the card. However, having stamped and coloured them and organised them everywhich way, you can see what happened:

This photo doesn't really show that the butterflies are embossed and then painted in with ink. Mountain Rose and Cranberry. I'm pleased with the effect of the cream card which was a happy accident as I discovered a snippet which I thought would look good embossed.
I also used some of the lovely design paper which I hoard and also several snippets so I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground from which I have been awol for a few weeks. 
I took my room apart to do some decorating (boo) and though I thought I would manage to craft around the mess, of course I couldn't. It's not over yet the worst is yet to come.

Blue and white Christmas

I've made this card for the Merry Monday Challenge


I wanted to use this snowflake embossing folder and then added some stamped blue snowflakes at the bottom.

 While trying to find something to add a bit more interest I found this piece of blue memory wire. I don't even remember where it came from. It was in with my beads and jewellery making so I suppose I bought it sometime for a project. There was just enough for a twirl for two cards so I made two almost the same, and it adds a bit more texture.

I'm also entering this into the Rudolf Days Challenge which is the last one for this year.  
I think I've made all the cards I need for Christmas so unless I'm really inspired that may be it for this year. Feeling quite smug - happy day!

Friends and family


I final fling with the Christmas cards and I think I'm nearly there. 
I've been making them in fits and starts all year so I got them all out the other day, counted them, rejected a few but was happy with most of them. 
Here is my entry for this weeks 52CCT. It is thanks to you that I am not making them all in December!

 It is fairly similar to a few I have made previously this year but with some differences.
 I'll just show you this one as well. While rummaging through piles of stuff, I found this card with the twiggy wreath already stamped so I finished it off with some holly, berries and some die cut metal stars/flowers. I used the same sentiment as it fitted neatly in the middle.

 A bit plain and rustic maybe but some people like that. 
So I'm glad I managed to get a card posted. I made a lovely green and purple one last week but never managed to enter it. However, it was one more for the box.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Snowy tags

I have really been using up my scraps of card today. 
I often cut a strip off an A4 sheet so have dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of white card. And yes, I did move them to a new house earlier in the year. I threw away the real rubbish but couldn't get rid of all the offcuts, so now I've brought them here I do need to use them...

I've made a lot of gift tags for Christmas. I cut out circles then embossed using a snowflake embossing folder. 
Then I realised that it embosses on both sides! Duh. It does look ok and you could write on the reverse but I came up with a plan to back with a slightly larger, plain circle. So the back is blank and smooth to write on. 


I was just sticking them down when I decided that I liked the debossed side very much. So I made some using one side and some the other.

I was going to use embroidery thread for hanging but then I remembered this raffia which looks Christmassy. A bit of fiddly knotting and they look a whole lot better than a bit of thread would have.
I like the round shape, I think it looks a bit different. I found some shiny cardstock so I'm having a go at inking some for another effect but I do like the white. And it goes with most wrapping paper. 

Don't forget to make card hangers with this easy trick which I copied from a friend a few months ago.  It uses up plenty of snippets too. I need to make a few more before Christmas.                                                                                                                                                                             

I'm just popping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to show these tags. I've used up quite a few snippets but I still seem to have plenty left! I have a dotty embossing folder which I think would make pretty tags.
I thought it might be a bit quieter in the playground this week but what with bonfire night going off with a bang - fireworks, potatoes, hot choc and brownies and more marshmallows (plus a few things I can't mention), it's no less crazy than last week it seems. My head and my waistline will suffer again...