Saturday, 28 February 2015

February's crafty swap - Terri's parcel + an extra

Having chosen matt and layering for Pat's parcel it left me a choice of peel offs or die cutting for Terri's.  I wanted to do something a litle more than just a nestie shape so rummaged through my dies to see what I could find; perhaps I could find one I didn't use too often. is my Nellie Snellen corner die (two parts)....and .... and...

So this is the card I made from Terri's parcel.

I ran the backing paper through my cuttlebug with one of my embossing folders and then cut four corners using the Nellie Snellen corner dies.  I used the tag and ribbon that was also in the parcel and just mounted a stamped image in the centre of it.

My second card was a Christmas card but I had to take a bit more licence with this.  We have said that the cards need to contain at least one item from the swap parcel and so this card just uses the dark blue paper from the parcel and the rest is from my stash.  I cut down an old Christmas card and added some Stickles to make it glittery.  I used a die cut nestie label and stamped the greeting before distressing round the edges.  Voila.

I am entering this card in CHNC challenge 218: cut it up

 Finally, my extra card for this month.  The card that uses all three techniques and something from both parcels.


From Pat's parcel:  Backing paper; the patterned paper, the shiny paper behind the butterfly.
From Terri's parcel:  the green paper and the butterfly peel off.

I just die cut the patterned paper and layered up with the green card.  I mounted the butterfly on the shiny lilac paper and layered it onto a bit of card from my stash.

Friday, 27 February 2015


It is lovely to see the catkins hanging from the trees, crocus in the garden and I have even seen some daffodils out in another garden.  Reminds me that spring will soon be here and with Spring will come Easter.  I decided I needed to set too and make some Easter cards ready for that sale at Church.

 I coloured the image using my Promarkers and then found an oddment of card from my stash to cut with my Cuttlebug to mount the image in.  I also use a small piece of it for behind the greeting that I stamped.

 I am entering this card in Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week 165

February's crafty swap - Pat's parcel

Gosh the weeks go round so quickly but not only that the weather doesn't help to keep your mind on which the month is.  We seem to be going from wintry showers and bitter chill to warm sunshine and spring before returning back to bitter chill.  Wish the weather would make it's mind up.  I suppose I shouldn't be too anxious for sprinn seeing as though we still have three weeks to wait....but it does seem a long time coming and waiting is so hard to do.

Back to the subject of the blog, though.  I have done a bit of card making this month; firstly our challenge parcels and then some Easter cards ready for a sale at church next month.

The challenge techniques this month were peel-offs, matt and layering and die cuts.  Yet again I wanted to try and get a Christmas card as well as another card out of each parcel and then to make a combined card from the contents of both parcels and using all three techniques.

I decided to do matt and layering with Pat's parcel and these are the two cards I made:

I loved the simplicity of this card and it is just great for a man.

My Christmas card used a recycled Christmas card for the image:

I am entering this card in CHNC challenge extra for February 2015

Friday, 6 February 2015

February's bitter chill

Although we haven't had much snow here (thank goodness) in sunny Sussex it really has been a bitterly cold wind that has been blowing for the last few days.  Signs of spring abound....don't have to pull the curtains as early in the afternoon, daffodils out in the garden opposite and crocus out in our garden, yay.

It was my Mother's 93rd birthday this week and so I rummaged through the snippets box and found the piece of patterned paper and then used some toning papers and card to make this birthday card for her.  I used my trusty Craft Robo to make it; I really should use it more often.

I am entering this card in Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge no 162