Friday, 23 February 2018

Butterfly Challenge - Tattered Lace Captivating Catmint

Thank goodness it's Friday, although not so good as I woke up at 2am with terrible toothache. One emergency dental appointment later and I have a numb mouth and a temporary dressing and filling and will need a root canal doing. Well, that's assuming I can find an NHS dentist!
A bit of crafting is always a good distraction and so I rustled up a card for the Butterfly Challenge. I've not managed to play along with this for ages and Mrs A has mixed up the rules a bit, to give lots more scope for entries.
I had another play with the Tattered Lace, Botanical Bliss Collection, this time using the Captivating Catmint die. I die cut the coloured printed sheet that came with the collection as I thought that the colour and small flowers would work well with the butterflies. Once cut I glued it onto a 7x7 card blank.
I stamped a butterfly background stamp from the Rare Earth A4 Flower Backgrounds stamp set on white card in black archival ink. I then coloured them in using my zig clean colour pens in pink and purples before cutting them out. I ran one of the coloured pens round the edges of the butterflies to hide the white cut the edge. I shaped the butterflies with my finger and used glue to secure the centre of them, but tiny bits of 1mm foam tape under the wings to keep the dimension.
The butterfly challenge wanted to see pearls as one of their options and after wondering how to add them, I decided to cover them gold/brown frame part of the image with them. Fortunately, I found the perfect pearls glued in strips rather than individually! I was undecided about adding the pearls to the inner frame, but decided it looked better with the, than without.
I found the sentiment lurking in my stash from about 15 years ago and snipped it down and added it on 1mm foam tape. As the card was finished, I decided that the butterflies needed a little shimmer and so I painted them with Windsor and Newton watercolour iridescent medium. Probably easier to paint it on before I stick them on in future! 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Art Impressions - Doggy Kisses

Thursday already! Usually a good thing, but not when you're on annual leave and go back to work on Monday. Boo hiss! 
I couldn't resist this stamp set, Doggy Kisses from Art Impressions and was lucky to find it for a good price on eBay. I stamped the dog in black archival and coloured him in with zig clean colour pens and polychromos pencils before cutting him out. I stamped the sentiments and paw print from the set and die cut them using Simon Says Stamp Stiched Circles. I also used these to cut out the aperture on a piece of paper from my stash (?Craftwork Cards) which I'd trimmed to fit a 5x7 card. I glued the paper in place and added everything else on 1mm foam tape. This adds a little dimension, but will still post at the standard rate. 
Speaking of recovery, Willow had her final post op check up on Monday and was declared to be doing brilliantly. She's got her onsesie off and is now back outside, having gradually reacclimatised her during the week and providing a regular supply of warm snugglesafes. 
I've been in touch with a local rabbit rescue and on Wednesday she's off to meet a bunny who will hopefully become her new companion. Fingers crossed that they like each other.
Finally, I was trying to get a picture of Willow on my phone to send to a friend who lives "down south" and who loves bunnies even more than I do (yes, unbelievably that is actually possible. Just.). I think I woke her up judging by the stretch and yawn!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Tattered Lace Lovable Lily of the Valley

A super easy card today. I recently bought a new Tattered Lace release of some floral dies and matching what they call "Charisma CD-Roms" which have coloured images sized for you to cut out with the dies. This particular bundle also included some ready printed sheets of the images. I used one of the sheets and die cut the Lovable Lily of the Valley. I was suprised actually at the quality of the paper, probably about 140gsm. The images have a "bleed" around them so that you have a bit of leeway if your die isn't lined up perfectly.
I embossed a piece of coordinating green card using the centre of a Tonic 8x8 Retro Fern embossing folder. The folder has an embossed frame around it but by placing my card in the centre of the folder I avoided that part. I was lazy as I was crafting on the sofa, so I cut a piece of white card and glued it into the centre of the panel and added the green card cut to size behind it, rather than cutting out the aperture.
On a 7x7 card blank I added a mat of yellow card and a smaller piece of white card on top. I then glued my topper into place. I die cut the sentiment from Paper Crafting World's Sentiments Set 3 twice and glued them together before adding them to the card. To finish I added some stickles to the flowers. Apologies for the dodgy photo again, I promise it's a square with straight lines, honest!

Monday, 19 February 2018

These are the last flowers, honest!

Yep, I bet you're fed up of these flowers by now, but I promise that this is the last of the orange ones!
I applied Imagination Crafts Structure Paste through a stencil that came free with Making Cards Magazine recently across the centre of a 6x6 card base. Once dry I spritzed it with the Lindy's Stamp Gang Icy Primrose Gold and Alpine Ice Rose starburst sprays. There is a bit of a warp in the card, but I'm sure it will flatter not out under a few books. Hopefully you can see some of the shine below.
I glued the flowers and leaves in place, along with the sentiment that I snipped down from a Clearly Besotted Sentiment Banner die. Simples! Hope you all have a fantastic week x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Add a Tag

Yay, it's the weekend! That means it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this time we want you to Add a Tag to your stamped creations.
Yep, it's another one of those flowers and leaves! Details of how I made them can be found here. I started off by embossing a piece of white card with the Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder. I wrapped a piece of white ribbon round it and then used 1mm foam tape to add it to a mat of black card. I trimmed down a 5x7 card base to fit and glued the topper in place. I wanted the stamping  on the flower to stand out more and so I went over it with a 0.1 fineliner pen and glued the leaves in place and added the flower on foam tape. I stamped the lili of the valley tags in black archival and cut them out and glued them onto the card. To finish I added some cream gloss Nuvo drops - not sure if I actually like them now they're on, but there's no way I can remove them!
I'm afraid I caved in with Hubby's Valentine's present on Thursday night, mainly because I was struggling not to mention going out to buy them and the fact that I was served by the same spaced out and distracted guy as last time we were in there. 
I asked Hubby if he'd found his Valentine's present from me yet. Cue a game of hotter, colder as he wandered round the lounge trying to figure it out. I was crying with laughter as he was stood in front of the fish tank for ages and didn't see them. Mind you, it didn't help that they chose that moment to hide behind a plant! They were worth the £7.50 for the laughter alone! 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay warm and dry (or cool and dry if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) and manage to get some crafting time x

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Flower Challenge - reminder

Halfway through the month already, at least it means it's closer to payday! I hope you were all spolit yesterday for Valentine's Day. Hubby said that my replacement phone was his gift to me. He hasn't noticed yet that I've bought him 5 Gold Tetras that are happily swimming around the aquarium in the lounge. He might notice them when he next cleans out the tank!
Enough waffling, halfway through the month means it's time for our challenge reminder over at The Flower Challenge 
I started off making my card by applying a layer of Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Lustre Gilding Polish through the MFT Abstract Stencil and letting it dry, which was much quicker than I expected.
I made my own papers by spritzing watercolour card with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays and letting the colours run and mix. Once dry I over stamped them with various inks using the a Tattered Lace Word Texture stamps. I stamped the detailed outline flower stamps from Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set in black archival ink on them, and also stamped the next layer down, the least coloured in block stamp, in the second darkest shade of Altenew's purple ink set, to give more shading. I then cut them all out and arranged them on the card and glued into place.
I die cut the Elizabeth Crafts sentiment out of white card and used a purple ink pad to colour it to co-ordinate with the flowers. I don't know why but it looks darker on the photo than it does in reality.
You've got until 24th February to join in our challenge. If you could manage to include our cue card in your post we'd love you even more than we do already!
My lovely teamie Viv has created the image below for each of us, she does a great job of herding cats!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

MIA - Polkadoodles Little Monsters Funky set

I was going to wait until this card reached its recipient before posting it, but it appears to have gone missing in action along with its contents. The other item I posted with it at the start of January has reached its Australian destination safely, whereas this has vanished whilst on its way to a blogging buddy across the pond. Hopefully, it will reappear at some point!
I had another play with these lovely Polkadoodles Little Monsters Funky stamps, colouring them with my polychromos pencils before cutting them out and adding glossy accents to their eyes.
I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Drip Edge die out of some sludge green card and glued it onto a 6x6 card base. I covered it with glossy accents to make it more slime like and sprinkled a touch of glamour dust on it before it dried. This didn't work quite as I intended as the card had a lot of texture on it which showed through the gloss, but hey it adds interest! 
I added the monsters on a bit of 1mm thick foam tape, standing them on top of the slime. I doodled a border round the card and stamped the sentiment (I think from a Paper Smooches set) to finish. Simples!