Monday, January 29, 2018

Gamers Card

Good Morning Spellbinder Fans and Crafters.
Today I am sharing with you this awesome die called You've Got Game which is part of the new Die D-Lites range from Spellbiners.

My daughter really loves this die and I have a few birthdays coming up that I know this die will be perfect for.  I think even my brother will love this he does love his games consoles.
To create my card I started with a square of white and black cardstock and glued these together to create a little border.
I then created my background using scraps of card and a lovely elongated hexagon also from Spellbinders which you will find in the Galaxy Club Kit Of The Month.
I die cut several of these to make the pattern down the side.

I then used some silver foiled card to cut the screen and some black foil card for the sentiment and the little games controller.  I then ran my dies back through my Platinum Die Cutting Machine with the embossing mats to create the detail.  You can just see the little buttons on the games controller.
I added a little frame to my card to draw your eye to the centre of the card and I used a couple of the smaller square dies from the 6x6 matting basics A die set.

I then finished my card with a couple of stars and some candy dots which can be found in the Through The Letter Box from Bubbly Funk.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the website at Spellbinders for the full Die D-Lites range.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Coffee Inspired

Hello Everyone.
I have just spent the morning sorting out some paperwork that I need for a course I am starting on Monday.  I have finally decided enough is enough and learning French isn't something that I am just going to pick up.  So I have taken the plunge right into the deep end and signed up for a full time French course, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
I am very nervous about it as the course is also design to help you find work, interview techniques and write your CV.
I am still hoping it gives me time to craft in between studying as I find crafting very relaxing.
So wish me luck.
I have a coffee inspired card to share with you this afternoon.  Something I know I will need lots of come next week.
I decided to try something different and I bought a new stencil from my local craft shop.  I used a couple of different shades of blue ink and applied this to the stencil to create my background.

I then stamped the sentiment in black over where I had stencilled using the Coffee, Yes Please stamp set from Paper Sweeties.

I then stamped the cup from the same set onto some wood effect paper and applied the stencil pattern to this.  I then used the matching Sweet Cuts Set also from Paper Sweeties to cut out the mug and the steam.

I then finished my card with a few sequins.

I really love the clean and simple look at the moment but I still have to add some sparkle somewhere otherwise my cards just don't look finished.
This card is for the challenges at:
Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend to you all.

Masked Magic

 Hello Everyone and happy Friday.
I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend.  We are off to a bouncy castle indoor fun park which the kids will love.  I am not sure about my head though so I better take something for a headache.
Its challenge time at Daring Cardmakers this week Nat has picked our fun dare.  Its called "Masked Magic".  Nat would like to see some form of masking technique on your creation.  So you can use post it notes, masking paper, masking fluid or masking tape.
I took the easy option and just used a sheet of paper to mask off the top and bottom of my card to create a straight edge.  I then inked up my background used blues and greens to create a lovely country scene.

I wanted to try the reflection technique.  So I Stamped my real image first and used the lovely as a tree set from Stampin Up.  To create the reflection I stamped the image into a piece of acetate and then lining this up with the real image I pressed the acetate firmly on to the card to leave the stamped impression behind.  I gently lifted it off and if the image hadn't stamped just rub lightly over the acetate taking care not to smudge the ink.

I finished my card by trimming the white cardstock to fit a square of black card and I left a small border and I also stamped a little greeting in black.

A clean and simple card from me today and I actually love how this card and technique turned out.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the more inspiration from the Design Team over on the Daring Cardmakers blog.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Birthday Blog

Good morning.
I was just looking through my Facebook news feed when I noticed that my blog was celebrating its birthday today.  I can't believe I have been blogging for 6 years.
So this post is a great big thank you to all those people that have supported me throughout my crafting journey.  I have met lots of lovely people along the way.  Some of them I have yet to meet in person like my lovely Daring Cardmakers teamies.
So today I am sharing a card made using my favourite technique.
A magical shaker card.
If you follow my blog you will know how much I love this style of card and I am always on the look out for pretty sequins to place in the shaker element.
Today I have made this card using some fabulous dies from Spellbinders.
I started by cutting a square of this lovely pale green card and I randomly cut some of the little clouds out using the Die D-lites Unicorn Fantasy.  I then cut some clouds from white card and placed this back into the negative space in the pale green background.

I then die cut the unicorn from gold card, more clouds and the rainbow from the Die D-Lites Unicorn Fantasy set.
I then made my shaker part.  I always cut frames and glue them together when making a shaker card as if I use foam squares of tape I find that my sequins always find a way out.
I cut about 6 frames from white card stock using the 6x6 matting basics squares from Spellbinders.  I then added a square of acetate over the top and cut out a final frame from some lovely white textured card to hold all the sequins in place.

I then added a lovely greeting which is a sticker from the Galaxy Card Kit Of The Month and I also added some die cut stars which are from the same kit.

Thanks for stopping by today to say Happy Birthday to my Blog.
Thank you for your continued support.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mermaid Wishes

Good morning Spellbinder Fans.
I have another Spellblogger project to share with you today and I couldn't wait to play with this sweet little Build A Mermaid die.
Its a fantastic set as you get to choose the colour of her hair, tail fin etc..  As all the parts are separate dies even her little sea shell top.
When I received this die I had the idea of making a under the sea themed card and I just had to turn it into a shaker card.
I started with a white square of card and cut an aperture into this.  To keep my sequins safe inside my shaker I cut of several square frames to fit the aperture and then glued them all together.  Usually about 6 or 8 depends on how big your sequins are.
 For my under the sea scene I inked up the background using a blue and green ink pad and then ran this through my platinum machine using the Blistered Embossing Folder from Tammy Tutterow at Spellbinders.  I then die cut the Sandcastle from copper mirror card and glued that to my inky background.

I am now ready to assemble my shaker part.  I glued the frames over my inky under sea ground and added some sequins I then glued the square of plastic over the top to secure my sequins inside.
I still wanted to create more of a undersea effect so I added a little piece of vellum.  I then placed my square of card that I cut with the aperture in over the top and added some foam squares to stick it in place to my base card.

Now I got to have fun with the cute Mermaid.  I die cut all the parts I needed and I coloured her hair using promarkers and added the details to her face.  I then finished with a few leaves from the Tropics Wild and Free by Debi Adams at Spellbinders.

I really enjoyed making this card as I just love making shaker cards.  They just add that fun element to a card and of course all the added the sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

Please check out the website at Spellbinders for all the details about the dies I have used.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Red and Turquoise Christmas

Good morning and happy weekend to you all.
Well I knew I wouldn't last long.  I just couldn't help it!
I decided to make a card for the colour challenge over at Merry Monday.

 And its a Christmas challenge.

Also I decided to combine it with a Spellblogger post from Spellbinders.
I started by mat and layering some white card onto a piece of red card to create a small border.
I then used the Merry Christmas Holiday Stamp Set from Spellbinders.  I masked off the word merry from the stamp and stamped Christmas using a versamark ink pad.  I then sprinkled on some red glitter embossing powder and set this with my heat gun.

Next I cut out the word MERRY using some lovely blue glitter card and the Alphabet Die Set from the small die of the month club.  I then glued this to the front of my card but slightly off centre.

I then finished my card with a few sequins and a die cut star using the dies from the Galaxy Club Kit.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the website over at Spellbinders for details about the dies and stamps I have used on todays project.
A clean and simple Christmas card which would look great in other festive colours.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pop Of Pink

Hello everyone and happy Friday.
Its time for another challenge at Daring Cardmakers.  Our host Kathy would like to see black and white and a pop of colour on your cards.
I think my card has more of a burst than a pop.
For my card I mat and layered some black and white card for my base.  I then used this cute cat die from Spellbinders.  I cut one from black card stock and two from some patterned pink paper.  I then glued these to the bottom of my card and added a little pink star to the black kitty.
If you are a dog person there is also a set with 4 different breeds of dog which also from Spellbinders.

I am so in love with this alphabet die from Spellbinders which was one of the dies from the Small Die Of The Month Club.  Its a great style of font and a really good size for creating all kinds of messages on your cards.
So I decided to create a punny sentiment for my card but if you decided to use the dog die it could read Yappy Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check out what pop of colour the Design Team came up with over at Daring Cardmakers.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mon coeur d’amour

Hello there and I hope you are having a lovely day?
Has everyone made a start on their Valentines projects?  I have and with the help of the "Love Is" through the letterbox from Bubbly Funk.

I made this clean and simple love card with just a few items from the "Love Is" box.
Perfect for valentines, anniversary, wedding or just to tell someone you love them.

I started with a white card blank and I added a few die cut squares and a stitched circle to add a bit of interest as the background is just white.

I then layered up the hearts starting with the doily first and I used some of the patterned paper hearts and one of the red glitter hearts. 

I finished my card with a few gems and the die cut word "love".
Please stop by the Bubbly Funk Blog for more gorgeous projects from the design team and hop over to the website and order your box of loveliness HERE.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Star Stuff

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Spellblogger post from Spellbinders.

I have a lovely card to share with you today using my favourite card kit from Spellbinders.
I have found the Galaxy Card Kit from the Card Kit Of The Month Club so versatile and it covers also kinds of occasions.  I still wanted to carry on creating positive feeling cards and I think this sentiment covers that as well.

I started with a square of the designer paper and I then used the star dies to cut in random places.  I then cut a smaller square from white card stock and added the sentiment sticker to the centre.

I then embellished the card using some more die cut gold stars, the leaves and the little tickets which are also in the Galaxy Club Kit.
I think so far I have made about 5 cards using items from the Club Kit and the box comes with enough craft supplies to make at least 10 cards.  There are card blanks within the kit but I have used square cards for some of my creations.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the Website at Spellbinders for more details about the Club Kits and join today.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

For You With Love

Happy Weekend and what better way to start than crafting.
I have a little project to share with you this morning using the fabulous "Love Is" Through The Letterbox from Bubbly Funk.

As a previous project I made was some little hanging hearts I thought I would make a bag so that you could gift them to the one you love.
You can find my previous project HERE.

I started by making a little gift bag from kraft card stock.
I then added one of the doily's from the kit along with some gorgeous gingham ribbon to close the bag.

I also used a tiny tag and heart charm which is also included and stamped a little greeting onto the tag.

I finished my bag by adding a glitter heart and a single gem.
All the embellishments and ribbon I have used are all from the "Love Is" Through The Letterbox kit from Bubbly Funk.
Please head over to the Website to order yours and check out the Blog for more gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team.
Have a lovely weekend.