Glorious gift idea

Hello there crafty pals, I’m back…
Life hasn’t been allowing me much crafty time lately but here’s a quick card I’ve managed to squeeze in thanks to the inspiration over at the latest Festive Friday challenge #43 ;) Here’s their inspiration pic….

Festive Friday challenge 43I love the monochrome scheme so that was my main inspiration-

Festive Friday challenge43 Christmas card ideaUsing some festive papers from my stash – October Afternoon and Papermania (with a bit of foiling for sparkle)…

Festive Friday challenge43 Christmas card ideaMy sparkly ribbon bow and pressie embellishment are perfect to echo the theme of the picture – don’t all those beautifully wrapped gifts look tempting?!
Luckily we had another photo shoot at work this week, with some Christmassy bits, so my tinsel gets to have an early showing haha!

Thanks for stopping by, and I am looking forward to getting a bit more crafting done if time allows. Especially as I have got some new bits and bobs recently so I want to find time to try those out ;)
See you soon, Rx

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World Card Making Day

Well, given this special day, it’d be rude not to make a card, today of all days… wouldn’t it?!!

Here’s what I’ve made – a mixy-matchy selection of goodies, all collagey and layered ;)

card inspiration FreshCutFlorals Wplus9 stamping watercolour WCMD2014Some watercolouring on the base… papers from my scraps box (yay)… some stamping – beloved Wplus9 ‘More Fresh Cuts’ & matching dies… and a few buttons and enamel dots to embellish.

card inspiration FreshCutFlorals Wplus9 stamping watercolour WCMD2014card inspiration FreshCutFlorals Wplus9 stamping watercolour WCMD2014Everything good and happy.
Hope you manage some crafty time today, see you soon, Rx

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Maths of cardmaking… plus a Butterfly Collage

Hi there
I have been busy doing lots of creating this past few days – not only finishing off the last of my makes for the magazine commission I mentioned the other day, but also a few birthday cards due.
This is when it occurred to me about how many cards that I make but never blog about. (This is where the maths part of my title comes in!)

I think it’s certainly fair to describe the proportion of cards made to cards blogged as quite the top-heavy fraction. For a time, this weighed heavy with me, and I was feeling the pressure to balance my maths out and turn the fraction the other way up. But I figure now – that’s life.
I used to blog in the morning before work where possible (partly becasue I could take more advantage of the light to take pics before heading off for the day) but with my light tent, that’s not so important now. And significantly, I’m trying to make more packed lunches in the mornings, so that takes priority over blogging.

Still… plenty of cards are getting made – I’d rather spend a spare half hour in the evening doing some making, than sitting at the computer. (I am trying harder too to reduce my screen time in the evenings, as a long day in the office is quite enough computer time, I reckon. But that’s another story.)

Anyway, it’s all just observation really – sorry to say that you probably don’t get to see around half the cards I make, but I try to share ones I specifically make for challenges. Maybe I’ll just try some quick, photo-only posts in between times? Hmm…
What do you think crafty peeps, I’d love to hear your tips on getting the balance between crafty time and computer time – my non-work hours are squeezed enough so anything to make the most of one’s evenings, eh!!

Anyway, enough of this blether… here IS a card I snuck in a bit ago…

birthday card inspiration butterfly ephemera challengePlenty of fun collaging and layering of ephemera and die cut bits.
I was inspired by the Sept ‘Things with Wings‘ challenge over at SirStampalot so dug around in my diecut shapes tub for this butterfly and added glitter to dress it up a bit more. See?

birthday card inspiration butterfly ephemera challengeNo stamping, but I will add a stamped monogram to the teeny heart tag (PTI – Tiny Tags die) I think, when it comes to sending this to a lucky recipient.
A bit of doodling… twine… gems to finish off. All good.

I made another card too (following on from the new-found love for the bunny die by Lil’ Inkers – see previous post here), and it is a corker of a card, if I say so myself. I cut out the large bunny to make a sparkly sequin shaker card – PERFECT for a special 10-year-old it’s going to go to.
But my camera battery is dead, and I need to post it today so that’s that. Another one unshared. Ah well…. C’est la vie!

Wow, well done for making it to the end of this post anyway. That’s quite enough chatter now.
TTFN all, hope you manage to fit in some crafty time this weekend, Rx

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Birthday bunnies

Hi all

Here’s a card share for you today – this one I can share now, as it was for my mum (who reads the bloggeroo here!) and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise before now.

birthday card bunnies die cutting stampingShe loves bunnies, so this die of these two cuties (‘Bunnies and Bows’ by Lil’ Inker Designs, exclusively here in the UK at Make The Day Special) is a must!!

birthday card bunnies die cutting stamping

sorry, the colours don't look very true - when I took this, I think I didn't have my light tent set up very well to get the pretty pastel foreground colours. It looks very backlit which makes the card dark :(

The papers are all MME, and a bit of machine stitching adds a sweet border touch.

birthday card bunnies die cutting stampingThe greeting is a diecut Spellbinders shape and stamped with WMS ‘Say It with Style‘. Paper flowers, buttons and ribbon finish it off ;)

Bye for now then, have a good rest of your weekend – we are off to Bristol’s Affordable Art Fair, Rx

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Wonderful Wreath card

Hello crafty pals!
How’s tricks? Here’s a card to share… another Christmassy make to add to my stash. Thanks to the fancy wreath design, I’m entering this into the new challenge over at Festive Friday #39 – inspired by the following pic…

My card is a design I made at Amy’s SU class I went on, and I LOVE the effect ;)

Christmas card shaped fancyfold die cutting medallion stamping SU Stampin'Up

It’s a fancy fold shaped card, I’m not 100% what the proper description is – reverse double zig-zag, I’m thinking?
And diecut shaped too (SU Framelits, ‘Window Frames’). You can see how the fold works better here:

Christmas card shaped fancyfold die cutting medallion stamping SU Stampin'Up

But the star of the show is this wreath for the front panel. It’s made from the doily-style medallion stamps, SU ‘Daydream Medallions’ (diecut using SU Framelits ‘Floral Frames’). Stamped and rotated, with thanks to the Stamp-a-ma-jig ;) and layered up – then accented with gold glitter glue. What a great look!

Christmas card shaped fancyfold die cutting medallion stamping SU Stampin'Up

The sentiment is from the SU set ‘Greetings of the Season’, and – cleverly for a perfect red cardstock match (and if you don’t have the right colour ribbon!) – a cardstock bow, assembled using punched shapes… ovals and banner ribbons!!!

Happy days. Hoping to get back in the crafty den again today, and work on a few more cards. I have a magazine commission to get busy with (which I’ll have to keep secret for a while, sorry) but I’ll be back with something I can share for you ;)

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