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Thursday 23 May 2024

Krafty Chicks challenge #717 - All Occasions

Good morning friends; it's Thursday so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Krafty Chicks challenge.  This week is Week 4 so the lovely Lori is our hostess and our theme is 'All Occasions', so you have free rein to create whatever you like.  
I was inspired by a card I saw recently in a video by Gina K Designs.  She made a gatefold card and I thought I hadn't made one of those for a while.  I deviated slightly as I made a bellyband for my card to keep it closed.  There are quite a few photos today (sorry) as I wanted to show all the different aspects!
Here is my card:
The card without the bellyband:
The card & bellyband together:
A close up of the flower:
I decorated the inside:
I also decorated the envelope:
I began by creating my gatefold card by cutting my white card 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scoring the long side at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".  I had already created my background using the letterpress embossing folder technique using teal ink so cut the background into 2 strips, each 1 7/8" x 5 5/8".  I also cut 2 black mat panels slightly larger and added them to my card with double sided tape.  I die cut the flower outline with black card and the base layer in white card and then ink blended the white layer using teal ink pads.  I made the bellyband by cutting my white card 1 1/2" x 11 3/4" and folded it around the card.  Before adhering the ends together I stamped my sentiment in black ink on the left side of the front.  I then adhered the ends with red liner tape.  I added the flower to the right side of the belly band.  Once I removed the bellyband I thought the card looked a little bare so cut another flower and also cut 2 leaf dies from black card.   I carefully placed the flower onto the card just slightly overlapping the join of the card and tucked the leaves underneath.  I wanted the flower on the bellyband to hide the one on the card so that it would be a surprise when you removed the bellyband and thankfully, for once, my plan worked lol.  For the inside I cut a white card panel and black mat layer and adhered them together with double sided tape.  I added a thin strip of the background to the top and bottom of the white panel, added a black leaf to the bottom right and stamped a sentiment to the centre in black ink.  As I had some strips left of the background I decided to decorate my envelope too.  I'm really happy with how this turned out and it's nice to make something different for a change.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Place to Start challenge - ATG option: for a lady
Aud Sentiments challenge - foiling and/or flowers + sentiment
Beautiful Blossoms challenge - anything floral goes optional mood board
Creative Creases challenge - ATG with a fun fold (stamped sentiments)
Cut It Up challenge - send me flowers
Papercraft challenges - flower power
Shopping Our Stash challenge - how does your garden grow (13 challenges max)
Unicorn challenge - for the girls

I hope you will be able to join us for our 'All Occasions' challenge and I cannot wait to see your creations in our linky.  Please leave some love for my fellow chicks - LeanneDiane and Lori and also our guest designer for May, Rachelle

Thanks for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 
Card ingredients:
Gina K Designs - fresh cut flowers dies
Gina K Designs - perfect posy stamp (for outside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - tapestry EF
Gina K Designs - on the inside stamp (for inside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - sea glass, tranquil teal, turquoise sea
Hobbycraft - A4 black card

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Mini Card Challenge - IG Hop - Week 2

Hello friends and happy Hump Day.  I trust your week has been good so far.  I'm back to share this week's card for the Mini Card challenge IG Hop, which has been organised by my lovely friend Kelly. It's a chance to keep us occupied and our creativity flowing before the Summer 2024 Hop begins. 
This week we want you to 'Go with the Faux' lol!  We are creating cards/projects with a faux (creative imitation) aspect.   I mulled over a few different techniques before deciding on a faux embossed background using die cuts.  It takes longer than using an embossing folder but you can create a totally unique background just using your dies.  
Here is my card:
A closer look at the adorable image:
A pic of my card with a few of the die cuts:
I decorated the inside:
I began by cutting a white card panel 4" x 5 1/4" and then die cut lots of flowers and leaves from the same white card.  I laid them onto the panel in a somewhat random pattern and by using a couple of strips of memo tape it allowed me to keep them in place so that I could add liquid glue behind.  I placed it carefully back onto the card and left it for a few minutes for the glue to dry.  In the meantime I stamped my image onto alcohol marker friendly card and coloured it with my Promarkers.  As it's a wood stamp I don't have a matching die and didn't feel like fussy cutting so used a rounded rectangle die to cut it out.  I used the size bigger die and cut one from vellum too; I adhered these together with double sided tape.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card and cut it out with a sentiment strip die.  I added the panel to the card base with foam tape and the image panel was also added with foam tape.  I debated about where to place the sentiment but it only looked right under the image so also added that with foam tape, just overlapping the layers.  I didn't add any embellishments as I felt I'd covered up a lot of my background already and wanted that to be the star of the show.  For the inside I cut another white panel 4" x 5 1/4" and repeated the process of adding the die cuts, but this time just to the lower third.  I added an embossed line but wish I had left it without now as it doesn't really add anything but it looks ok.  I stamped the sentiment in the upper centre with black ink and added the panel to the card base with double sided tape.  I really like the clean design of the background paired with the colourful image.  I hope you like it.  

I would like to enter the following challenges:

AAA Colourful challenge - Colourboard #4
A Place to Start challenge - ATG optional twist: for a lady
As You Like It challenge - favourite sketch (and why) - if I'm sure what to do I always add a panel in the centre of my card as it's a versatile layout and pleasing to the eye
Crafty Animals challenge - ATG - must include an animal
Critter Crazy challenge - ATG with a featured animal
Cut It Up challenge - send me flowers
Day of The Month Card Club challenge - 'VAPPU' spring festival (anything spring theme)
Papercraft challenges - flower power
Penny Black Saturday challenge - ATG option: pastel colours
Triple B challenge - use at least one bird, bloom or butterflies plus optional moodboard

If you would like to follow the hop over on Instagram please use the hashtag #minicardchallenges to find us or alternatively visit my profile and you will find the list of participants on my post.  We would love it if you would give the mixed up challenges a try and again use the hashtag and we will find your projects. 

Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you for stopping by. 

Love and hugs,

Card ingredients:
Penny Black Stamps - greetings 3706H wood block stamp (I've seen some on eBay)
Gina K Designs - exclusive dies that came with the Intri-cut machine
Gina K Designs - sentiment strips dies
Gina K Designs - enjoyable greetings stamp (for inside sentiment)
MFT - stitched rounded rectangle stax dies (retired)
Promarkers
Heffy Doodle - memo tape
Stampin' Up! - cardstock vellum
Versafine - onyx black ink pad

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Happy World Bee Day

Hello friends; I hope you've had a brilliant start to your week.  I didn't realise until late today that it is World Bee Day so thought it would be fun to make a bee themed card.  I used the sketch from the current MFT sketch challenge and usually I would always exclusively use MFT products I couldn't find an MFT bee image in my stash so had to use images from another company.  Everything else however is MFT, even if it's a retired product from them.  

Here is my card:
A close up:
I decorated the inside:
I began by stamping the cute images onto alcohol marker friendly card using memento ink.  I coloured them with Promarkers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I die cut the frame from black card and cut a white panel to fit behind it.  I found a hexagon stencil and using yellow ink partially stencilled the background.  I added the branch behind the frame before glueing it to the white stencilled panel with liquid glue.  I added the hive with liquid glue and the bees with foam squares.  To create my 'punny' sentiment I die cut the BEE letters from white card and ink blended just the bottom portion to create an ombre look.  I masked off part of the happy birthday stamp so that I only stamped the HAP, added the die cut letters with liquid glue and then masked the sentiment again and stamped the birthday word.  The panel was then added to the card base with foam tape.  I added shimmer pen to the bees wings and a scattering of black sequins and the front was complete.  For the inside I stencilled the hexagon pattern using yellow ink along the bottom of my white panel and stamped a bee overtop in black ink.  I stamped my sentiment in black ink in the centre of the panel.  The white panel was then adhered to a black mat panel with double sided tape and this was added to the card base also with double sided tape.   A fun and happy card today and I hope you like it.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

MFT - sketch challenge #698
Cardz 4 Galz challenge - World Bee Day
Crafter's Cafe challenge - smile, be happy (the bees look happy and this card makes me smile)
Crafty Animals challenge - must include an animal (or insect)
Critter Crazy challenge - ATG with a featured animal (or insect)
I Love Promarkers challenge - ATG optional theme: cute
NBUS - never used my bee stamps before
Simply Create Too challenge - add an animal (or any living creature)
Stencil Fun challenge - must use a stencil optional theme: girly

I will be back on Wednesday with the next instalment of the Mini Card challenge IG Hop so I hope you will be able to come back again and check it out.  Until then thanks for stopping by.

Love and hugs, 

MFT - essential cover up - vertical die (retired)
MFT - old friends stamp (for happy birthday sentiment)
MFT - little letters die-namics (retired)
MFT - everything wonderful stamp (for inside sentiment)
Clearly Besotted Stamps - cute as a bug stamp & dies (retired)
Crafters Workshop - punchinella stencil (no longer available)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - wild dandelion, lemon drop, sweet corn
Gina K Designs - blending brushes standard and detail
Promarkers
Versafine - onyx black ink

Saturday 18 May 2024

We Love Stamping challenge - reminder post

Good morning lovely friends and happy Saturday.  As you may remember I'm a guest designer this month for the We Love Stamping challenge and today I get to share the second card I made for their 'vintage' theme.  As I made a masculine card the first time around I decided to make a feminine version this time.  I didn't have anyone in mind when I made this card so I just went with the flow.

Here is my card:
A close up of the image:
I decorated the inside:
I somehow managed to get ink on the back of my card so decorated that too to hide it!
I began by making my own 5" x 7" card base from a dusky rose colour of card.  I stamped my image onto some pretty patterned paper using a brown ink pad and distressed the edges with a slightly darker brown ink.  There were already some pink highlights in the paper so I added some extra pink highlights to her dress and the flowers with a rose pink ink pad.  I also added some stickles to the flowers for some sparkle.  As this panel was only patterned paper I added some scrap card behind for added stability.  I cut a panel of kraft card and used an embossing folder to add some texture before inking the edges with a dark brown ink pad.  I added this panel to my card base with double sided tape.   I cut 2 postcards from another sheet of patterned paper, distressed the edges with the brown ink and added them to the embossed panel with double sided tape. I also fussy cut some roses from the patterned paper and also added them to the card base with double sided tape.  I die cut the mini ticket die from cream card and distressed it with the rose pink ink pad.  This was added to the left side of the panel with double sided tape.  I added the image panel with foam tape in the centre of the card.  I stamped, lightly coloured and fussy cut the butterfly, added some stickles and placed it on the left corner of the image panel with a foam square.  I die cut 2 buttons from kraft card, lightly inked them with brown ink, threaded them with some natural twine and added them to the top right and bottom right corners with a foam square.  Finally I stamped the sentiment in brown ink, used the matching die to cut it out and lightly inked it with the rose pink ink.  I added this to the bottom left corner of the image panel with liquid glue.  For the inside I took a panel of cream card, distressed the edges with brown ink and stamped my sentiment in the centre.  I added a strip of the patterned paper to the bottom and added another button and a postage stamp that I cut from the same paper that the postcards came from.  This was adhered to a kraft panel and added to my card base with double sided tape.  I realised at the end that I had gotten some brown ink onto the back of my card so took another piece of the patterned paper and covered it.  The paper wasn't quite big enough so used another matching piece and added a strip of kraft card to cover the join.  As I said before, vintage is not really my favourite theme but I think it turned out ok. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Allsorts challenge - ATG (happy 15th birthday Allsorts!)
A Place to Start challenge - ATG optional twist for a lady
Papercraft challenges - flower power
Triple B challenge - use birds, blooms or butterflies optional mood board
Unicorn challenge - for the girls

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brenda and all of the DT over at We Love Stamping challenge for having me as their guest this month and for leaving me such lovely comments.  I had a fun time making my cards and it definitely took me out of my comfort zone.  

I hope you will have a chance to check out the challenge and look forward to seeing your creations in the linky.  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend. 

Love and hugs, 

Card ingredients:
Kanban - A6 floral frame stamp (from a very old kit from QVC)
Gina K Designs - Master Layouts 4 (for buttons)
Gina K Designs - Wonderfully Made (for butterfly)
Gina K Designs - Fancy phrases & matching die (for birthday sentiment)
Gina K Designs - birthday cheer (for inside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - warm cocoa, dusty rose, dark chocolate
MFT - mini ticket border die (retired)
Vintage 6"x6" paper pad (? from Home Bargains)
Lidl - Crelando 270gsm coloured card
Versafine Clair - acorn ink pad

Thursday 16 May 2024

Krafty Chicks challenge #716 - CAS

Good morning friends and welcome back to my corner of blogland.  I'm back again this morning with my card for this week's Krafty Chicks challenge.  This week is Week 3, Diane is our hostess and as always our theme is 'CAS' (clean and simple).  

My card is very clean and simple today and uses very limited supplies.  I hope you like it. 
Here is my card:
A closer look at the details:
I decorated the inside as usual:
I began by cutting a white panel 4" x 5 1/4" and stamped the flower images along the left edge in black ink.  I stamped the sentiment in the same black ink about 2/3rds down on the right hand side.  I die cut 3 butterflies from hot pink card and used an embossing folder to add some texture to them.  I adhered two butterflies to the front with liquid glue.  No embellishments or any extras this time to keep it a traditional CAS design.  For the inside I cut a white panel 3 3/4" x 5" and stamped a sentiment in the centre with black ink.  I then simply added the third butterfly to the bottom right corner.  I wish I'd stamped a portion of the flower in the corner also but I didn't think of it at the time, although I could still alter it I suppose.  I added the white panel onto a mat layer cut from the hot pink card and adhered it to my card base with double sided tape.  This was one of the quickest cards I've ever made and would be a good one to mass produce in different colours I think.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

AAA Cards challenge - anything birthday goes (must be CAS)
Allsorts challenge - spots and/or stripes (I have embossed dots on my butterflies)
A Place to Start challenge - ATG optional twist for a lady
Aud Sentiments challenge - foiling and/or flowers + sentiment
Beautiful Blossoms challenge - Anything floral goes optional mood board
Can You Handle The Pressure challenge - must use an EF optional theme flowers
Double D challenge - polka dots (I have embossed dots on my butterflies)
Papercraft challenges - flower power
Simply Clean and Simple challenge - anything CAS goes optional theme flowers
The Paper Funday challenge - ATG optional theme flower shoppe
Triple B challenge - must use at least one bird, blooms or butterflies optional mood board
Unicorn challenge - for the girls

Wow there are a lot of flower/female themed challenges around at the moment.  Must be because of Mother's Day in the US.  

I hope you will be able to join us for our 'CAS' challenge and I cannot wait to see your creations in our linky.  Please leave some love for my fellow chicks - LeanneDiane and Lori and also our guest designer for May, Rachelle

Thanks for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 
Card ingredients:
Uniko Stamps - Wonderful day stamp set (for inside sentiment)
Versafine - onyx black ink pad

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Mini Card challenge IG Hop

Hello friends and happy Hump Day.  I trust your week has been good so far.  I'm taking part in a Mini Card challenge for the next 3 weeks, which has been organised by my lovely friend Kelly.  It's a chance to keep us occupied and our creativity flowing before the Summer 2024 Hop begins. 

We begin this week with The Mixed Up Challenge where we take 2 things that DO or DON’T belong and create a project! For instance you could make a card with ink blending and stamping - they go together. However you could also make a Christmas card in Halloween colours - which normally would not go together. I have to admit I was a little stumped at this one as I didn't want to make a card where things go together (like a 'normal' card) but was wracking my brain to think of something that didn't go together. I eventually decided to make a Christmas card using 4th of July colours i.e. red, white and blue, which are not traditionally used for festive makes.

Here is my card:
A closer look:
I decorated the inside:
It was so gloomy here when I took the photos that the stamping on the inside looks black but it's actually navy and the sentiment is also cut from navy card. 

I began by cutting a white panel 3 3/4" x 5" and ink blended some red ink into the centre.  I also added some water droplets to give a slightly distressed look.  I cut a slightly larger mat panel from navy card and adhered them with double sided tape.  I die cut 3 snowflakes from white card and added them onto the ink blended panel with liquid glue.  I die cut the sentiment 3 times from navy card and stacked them using liquid glue for extra dimension.  I added the sentiment on top of the snowflakes with liquid glue.  I finished the front with a few red pearls.  For the inside I cut the same panels from white and navy card and adhered them with double sided tape.  I lightly ink blended the red ink just in the lower left corner and cut another 3 white snowflakes and added them over the ink blending with liquid glue.  I stamped the sentiment in the centre of the panel with navy ink.  A fairly clean and simple card and I really like the colour combo, even though it is untraditional.  I hope you like it. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Creative Knockouts challenge - finish the inside
Inkspirational challenge - seasonal (winter)
Jingle Belles challenge - no patterned paper 
Merry Little Christmas challenge - anything Christmas goes
Peace on Earth Christmas challenge - anything Christmas themed 
The Holly & Ivy Christmas challenge - anything Christmas goes 

If you would like to follow the hop over on Instagram please use the hashtag #minicardchallenges to find us or alternatively visit my profile and you will find the list of participants on my post.  We would love it if you would give the mix up challenge a try and again use the hashtag and we will find your projects. 

Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you for stopping by. 

Love and hugs,

Card ingredients:
Sizzix - merry & bright die
Gina K Designs - ink pads - red hot & in the navy
Uniko Stamps - Christmas wishes (for inside sentiment)
navy card from stash 
Little Things from Lucy's Cards - chunky soft pomegranate pearls (sadly store now closed)

Monday 13 May 2024

2nd Annual Sunshine Hop

Hello and welcome to a brand new week!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend; wasn't the weather glorious last week?  For once I have an empty washing basket (but not for long I'm sure).  

I don't normally post on a Monday but I am honoured to be part of an Instagram Hop to raise awareness of skin cancer, which has been organised by my lovely friend Kelly.  This has a personal significance for me as my mother-in-law was diagnosed with skin cancer on her face and had to have surgery to remove it.  It was a scary and worrying time but thankfully they told her that they managed to get it all during surgery.  
The purpose of this hop is to bring awareness to skin cancers/melanoma with helpful tips, reminders to get your annual skin checks and beautiful projects focusing on the sun and the colour yellow! As a thank you for hopping with us, there is a giveaway prize hidden somewhere on the hop so make sure to visit each stop along the way!  I used some fun dies for my card today that I've had for a while but haven't used before so that was a bonus.  
Here is my card:
A closer look at the fun sunglasses:
I also decorated the inside:
I began by die cutting the sentiment from white card 3 times and before I stacked them I did an ombre ink blend using yellow ink on one set.  I then adhered them together with liquid glue.  I die cut the sunglasses (again 3 times) and also adhered them with liquid glue.  I thought it would be fun to put a sunshine image behind the glasses so stamped the image onto alcohol marker friendly card and coloured it with Promarkers.  I then use the sunglasses die to cut out image.  I again stacked them 3 times so that they would be the same depth as the frame.  I cut a piece of yellow card 4" x 5 1/4" and used a cloud embossing folder to create a fun background for my card.  I die cut a stitched rounded rectangle from white card as a base for my sentiment and sunglasses.  The yellow panel was added to the card base with double sided tape and the white rounded panel was added with foam tape.  The sentiment and sunglasses were added with liquid glue.  I tried adding some bling but I preferred it without so left it as it was.  For the inside I cut a white panel 4" x 5 1/4" and stamped a sentiment in the centre with black ink.  I used the cloud embossing folder to emboss a thin piece of the yellow card and added that to the bottom of the panel with double sided tape.  I stamped and coloured an image of the sunglasses and die cut it out before adding it onto the yellow strip with liquid glue.  A really fun and cheerful card.  I hope you like it.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

AAA Colourful challenge - inspiration colour board
Can You Handle the Pressure challenge - must use an EF option flowers
Crafty Catz challenge - ATG optional twist summer
Creative Knockouts challenge - finish the inside (10 challenges max)
Cut It Up challenge - add a sentiment (3rd entry)
Inkspirational challenge - seasonal (summer)
NBUS challenge - never used my dies before 
Word Power challenge - make the sentiment the focus of your card

I thought I would add a fact about skin cancer/melanoma, which you may find interesting.  I have another fact for you on my Instagram post too.

* Did you know regular daily use of SPF15 or higher sunscreen reduces risk of melanoma by 50%.

 Please pop over to my Instagram post to see the list of stops along the hop or use hashtag #scawarenesssunshinehop to find us. As a thank you for hopping along with us there is a giveaway prize hidden somewhere on the hop so make sure to visit each stop along the way!

I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such lovely comments; I really appreciate them all.

Love and hugs,

 
Card ingredients:
MFT - stitched rounded rectangles stack dies (retired)
Clearly Besotted Stamps - balloon bunch backdrops (retired)
Darice - clouds embossing folder (no longer available)
Promarkers
Versafine - onyx black ink
Gina K Designs - wild dandelion ink pad
yellow card from scrap box