Thursday, 13 May 2021

Thanks!

My daughter needs lots of Thank you cards for the end of term, she is a primary school teacher and there are always lots of people to thank at this time of year, so I set about making some cards for her.  

Made this shaped one using an older Spellbinders die to create the shaped card and the cut a circle out of the front of one of the shapes and ran it through with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I then stamped and embossed in gold  the flowers from the Spring Flowers stamp set by Simon Says colouring them with Zig markers and fussy cutting.


I then arranged them on the front of the card and added some pearls and the die cut sentiment, also from Simon Says.



 I am adding this card to the challenge at "Lets Squash it" "Lets make some space and bring on the bling"


Also the current Simon Says Flickr challenge "Flowers". lots more crafting today as we have another wet and dreary day here.

Hugs

Sally

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Baby Girl!

There is another challenge up on the "Lets Squash it" blog, this month the theme is "Lets make some space and bring on the bling".  

I decided to make a baby card using this sweet button border folder from Cuttlebug.  After embossing the edge of the square cut blank I added some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.  I then stamped the Elephant and Balloon from the Heffy Doodle "Elephant of Surprise " stamp set, coloured with Zig Brush markers and die cut.



The banner die is one I got second hand on Ebay so I am not sure of the brand, I cut two colours of pink and then added the sequins and pearls.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The base card is then layered up on some pink glitter card for even more sparkle.



 


I love how this turned out and will have to make it in blue too !!  I will also add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Feminine" .


Hugs

Sally

Monday, 10 May 2021

Santa and Friends!


 


The theme for this months Christmas Kickstart Challenge is "Santa and Friends" and although I don't have any suitable stamps for this I still wanted to play along !  I hunted through some google images and found this cute colouring page which was perfect.


I downloaded and coloured with my Zig Brush markers and then decided to make a full front shaker card.  I have been wanting to try this technique for ages after seeing some cards on Lucy's Blog.  It was easy to do and I love all the sparkles, I will definitely be using this technique again.



The weather here in the UK has been wet and windy for a while now so I have had chance to make quite a few cards for my stash , I have also been busy making end of term and thank you  cards for my daughters class and support staff.  Great to get these done instead of rushing with them in July!!


Have a good week

Hugs

Sally

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Background 2!!

If you saw my last blog post here  you can see the background I made using the Jennifer McGuire tutorial "Distress Ink Transfer ".  For this card I used the other background that was created by doing this technique, as you can see this one is much more vibrant, which I love.  I decided to use it as a base for this feminine birthday card.

The background stamp is an older Hero Arts one called Leaf and Floral Background, I then cut the circle in bright pink card and added the Birthday Circle sentiment from Simon Says.  The little dog is from a set by Sugar Pea designs and |I have stamped and coloured with Zig Brush Markers.



 I am adding this card to both the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Feminine" and the Love Handmade cards Flickr group "Anything Goes".

Its wet and windy here again, not sure where spring has disappeared to, never mind it means more time in my craft room.


Have a great weekend

Hugs

Sally 


Sunday, 2 May 2021

Background making.



 I recently watched this Jennifer McGuire video about making lots of backgrounds with a distress ink transfer technique.  Yesterday was a dull day so I got to work and made some backgrounds using this fun technique.


I used distressed oxides for the base  of Pickled Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade
applying them thickly to the base card, drying really well before stamping with a really old Hero Arts background stamp called "Leaf and Floral Background" and embossing in clear. I then spritzed with water and place a blank piece of card on top and ran through my embossing machine.
 
This background is the resulting print, I will show the other piece later as I haven't made it into a card yet. I really liked the soft look of this piece. Just then added some butterflies made with the SSS Adeline die also coloured with the same inks. and the thanks sentiment.


This was a great technique to do and now I have a set of backgrounds in my stash ready to use.

I will add this card to both  the current SSS Flickr challenge and SSS Wednesday Challenge both "Anything Goes"

Its a lovely morning here so I am off to the garden with a coffee.  Have a great week.

Hugs

Sally


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Flower Vase Pop up Card!

After watching this video by Jennifer McGuire I decided to try and make a similar pop up card using only the dies I had to hand.  First I created the vase using a Score Pal and measuring 1 inch intervals then gluing to make the box shape.  I then added a small piece of card across the middle as Jennifer did to make extra places to adhere the flowers.


I then cut lots of flowers, in various colours and leaves using really old Sizzix dies that I have and also the butterfly from Simon Says.


I cut the stems freehand and added to the flowers with pearls for added sparkle, next I started to arrange the flowers in the vase to create the bouquet effect, adding the butterfly at the back.. The die cut sentiment is by Hero Arts!  This pop up is small enough to fit into a 5 3/4 by 4 1/4   A2 envelope 




Love how this has turned out and I will definitely be making another. I will add this to both the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Anything Goes" and the SSS Flickr Group Challenge.


Have a fun weekend.


Hugs

Sally
 

Monday, 26 April 2021

Fun Birthdays!

Made these two cards a while back and forgot to post them, I needed a little boy and girl Birthday card and decided to use the same design for both.  I love making shakers and these really were fun to make using lots of die cuts and the cute older monkey stamp from Sugar Peas design and some balloons from a Heffy Doodles set.  The letters for the names are cut using the Altenew bold letters dies.



 These were quick and simple to make and the recipients loved them. I will add these to the challenge at Watercooler Wednesday. Which is All  About Occasions hosted by my blogging friend Dawn.



Have a great week


Hugs

Sally

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Sending Hugs!

The Wednesday challenge over at the Simon Says Blog this week is "Sending Hugs",  I have just got this new Simon Says Adeline  butterfly die and was keen to try it out so I die cut lots from watercolour paper and coloured up with zig brush markers.  Adding a splash of white gouache to finish off. 


I die cut this vintage Bo Bunny spotty paper and added the shaped striped edge before adhering the butterflies. Lastly I added some Bubble Gems from Lucy's Little Things.



 I will also add this card to the current "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Flickr Group.


Its a lovely sunny day here in Dorset although a little windy so I plan to get out in the garden this afternoon.  Hope you enjoy your Sunday.


Hugs

Sally

Monday, 19 April 2021

Lets Squash It!!


 

This month I am the guest designer at the "Lets Squash It" challenge blog and the challenge is "Use at least three folders and include a person." This is another inspiration card for the challenge using this sweet older stamp from Stampendous that I have had in my collection for ages. I love this cute baby image and decided to go for a pink theme although it would look just as good in blue!



I have used three different cuttlebug strip folders , two for the side banners and one across the circle, adding pearls to the scallops.


Gail has said that I should link this up to the challenge so I will !

Hope you find time to take part in the challenge

Hugs

Sally

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Another Christmas Card!!

While I was in the Christmas card mood I decided to make another card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge "You Sleigh Me"

As I don't have any stamps with a sledge on I found this colouring page online and printed it out at the right size.  I then coloured with Zig markers and fussy cut!


Next I created the sky with a handmade cloud stencil and some Distress Oxide ink adding the embossed snowy border. I also added some glimmer paste to the sledge edge and the snowy hill.  I glued the sledge to the card base using foam tape to give more dimension and also added the computer generated sentiment.



 A fun card to colour and another added to my Christmas stash!

We had a fabulous day yesterday as I at last got to meet up with my family in the New Forest, picnics in the outdoors are allowed and we were lucky enough to have a bright sunny day for it.  I have missed them all so much these last 6 months and I am now looking forward to half term when they will be allowed to stay over and we can at last celebrate our missed Christmas!!


Have a great week

Hugs

Sally

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Rainbow Christmas!

As you know if you follow my blog I love to make Christmas cards and I have found a new Challenge Blog "CAS Christmas"   This months theme is "Rainbow" which was a real challenge as they are not my usual go to colours for Christmas.  Once I had thought of a theme this card was fun to make, I always love a shaker card!!



I used the Simon Says "Pile of Gifts" die to make a shaker card with a rainbow background made by painting with Distress Oxides. I added some Iced Sherbet sequins from Lucy's Little Things. I then glues it to a pure white card blank.  I decided it looked a bit plain and not really Christmassy enough to then added the die cut "Chunky Tree " also from Simon Says infilled with gold glitter card for even more sparkle.


 The sentiment is an older Hero Arts one which I have embossed in gold. 


I will also add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Clean and Simple" and also the SSS Flickr Challenge "Anything Goes"


Lockdown is at last easing off here in the UK and I am looking forward to seeing my kids for the first time in 6 months this weekend.  We are meeting in the New Forest for a picnic and to celebrate my sons and Husbands birthdays , both on Monday "A very expensive time for me LOL ).  Still have to celebrate a late Christmas but we are going to do that at the end of May when they are all allowed to stay over at our house, I can't wait for that!!

Have a great weekend

Hugs

Sally

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Birthdays!!

 For my "Lets Squash" it post please go here 


I have just received an order from Lucy's Little Things and couldn't wait to make a shaker card using some of the beautiful sequins. I had this panel already stamped and coloured and thought it would make a great background for my shaker.  The stamp is "Flora Background" from Simon Says and I have stamped in Spiced Marmalade Oxide ink and embossed clear.  I then coloured with Zig markers.


I used the Simon Says Stitched Squares dies to create the shaker front and added the Birthday Circle sentiment. Love how sparkly this turned out!  I am adding this card to the SSS Wednesday challenge "Happy Birthday" and the Die Cut Divas "Window card" challenge.


I needed a Birthday card for the   granddaughter of  my cousin , she is a sweet little 5 year old who loves to bake with her mum, she also loves dressing up so I knew this digital image would suit her perfectly. I also wanted to add a small shaker element as she also loves lots of sparkles ! I cut her name using my Silhouette and coloured the image with Zigs. I can post it now as her birthday was yesterday and she has received it and loved it! I will also add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Birthday challenge

Have a fun Sunday

Hugs

Sally


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Guest Designer

 


I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer over at the "Lets Squash It " Challenge#7 for the month of April.  Gail and Jo have set the challenge and  would like to see you:-


"Use at least three different embossing folders and include a person"




I had this cute free wedding digital image in my stash and was keen to use it, so I printed it out and coloured with Zig Brush Markers, I the cut with a rectangle die and embossed the corner with a small Cuttlebug corner embossing folder.  I am not sure of the name but it came in a set of four , possibly wedding ones!  I also added some small pearls for a little sparkle.


Next I die cut three strips of white card using a banner die that I have had for years and proceeded to emboss them with some strip dies , also from Cuttlebug.  These came in a set of five originally and I think they were called "With Love" 


I used a square card blank and added my strips at varying heights on the base and then added the main panel raised on foam tape for dimension.



I had fun making this card and I hope it has inspired you to play along this month, I look forward to seeing all your cards!!

Hugs

Sally

Friday, 9 April 2021

Birthday Shadow Box Card!

I had so much fun making the Shadow Box Card here that I decided to have another go and make a child's Birthday card with the Heffy Doodle " Elephant of Surprise" stamp set.  I wanted to make it look like the elephant was floating away with the bunch of balloons.



I created the background using a handmade cloud stencil and the Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink I then added the die cut village scene.  I stamped and die cut the elephant and balloons and coloured with zig markers.



I also decided to add the dry embossed panel to the front as the circles made me think of more balloons.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Simon Says and I have cut this in glittery orange card for added sparkle.

I am thrilled with the end result, such a fun card and perfect for a child!  I am adding this card to the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says which is Happy Birthday. and the Die Cut Diva's challenge "Window or Aperture card"


 

Have a great weekend

Hugs

Sally