Saturday, 28 March 2015

Rose Garden mini album

Hello from a damp and dismal Cornwall - it's the start of the season here today so more people arriving and spring cleaning their caravans .. .. not the ideal day for it.

Anyway, I finally got around to taking pictures of the mini album I recently made.  The instructions were on YouTube for a full size cereal box album, but all I had at the back of the cupboard was a pack of out of date mini cereal boxes - so contents for the birds and a box for me to play with!  Lots of pictures now so hope you like them. The front just has a swirl cut from LR0271, little flowers from CR1210, and the pretty butterflies decorated with pearls. The spine I've decorated with a SB fancy rectangle, mainly to anchor the glued ribbons in place.

I have used the system called 'stack the deck' for attaching my pages, unfortunately on this small scale I probably have put in too many and it's not easy to lay the pages flat open.  This is the inside front cover.  I have used paper from the Marianne Design Rose Garden pack throughout, together with old SU! pale plum cardstock from my stash.  I've decorated with various Marianne Design dies and will list them as you see them.  Here for the fancy embossed pocket and the scallop on the inside cover I've cut with LR0243.  The rose corner of the pocket on the first proper page is cut with LR0215 and the butterfly is from set LR0261.



The next page is quite simple with pockets created from the same die, LR0243, embellished with a string of pearls and flower lace.



This next page is again just simple pockets and repeated later in the album.  I cut plain little mats for some of the pockets so the recipient could add pictures etc.



Moving along, this page has more of the scallops created with my favourite die LR0243 and embellished with the butterfly and a string of pearls.



This is the middle of the book, the left side has a corner pocket with a little tag in it.  I created the top of the tag by cutting 2 corners from the small die in set LR0285 and gluing them back to back, anchoring the tag between then.  The right side has a concertina lift up with extra pockets and areas to add pictures etc.


Then there is a repeat of the simple pocket page I mentioned earlier, then after that is this set of pages.

More pockets cut with the pretty scallop die in set LR0243 then embellished with strings of pearls and pretty die cut butterflies.  I've used a pearl maker pen throughout the album to add the individual pearls to the butterfly bodies.


A fancy pocket cut for the left side with the pretty embossed areas.  On the right side is another concertina, this time opening out to the side.


And finally, the inside back cover with another corner pocket and tag, and a pretty border pocket on the back cover ready for a picture.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my mini album.  It was fun making it and actually quite easy.  The hardest bit is deciding what to add to each of the pages and how to embellish it all!  I've kept the back of the album plain so it will sit flat when closed and tied up with the ribbons.

This morning I've seen another idea to create an album from one sheet of 12x12 card .. .. so guess I will have more fun over the next few days!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek.  Now, I have been leaving comments on some of your blogs if you have left me a comment, BUT, I've gotten emails saying they are undeliverable!  I don't know why .. .. I'll have to try and figure out what's going on.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Easter at CCT


This week at Cute Card Thursday we have a new sponsor, Kit and Clowder, and our theme is Easter.  So why not come join in the fun and show us your Easter creations. We are still a little thin on the ground with the DT, so many of us have other commitments but at least I seem to be back in the swing of things, even if it is just for a simple little card.

I do have several layers on this little square card with a piece of scrap Nitwits magazine paper I've first matted with white before fixing to my kraft base card.  As usual, I've added the embossed faux stitching and then tied a pretty ribbon around the card, tucking in a little die cut swirl under the bow.  The image is a stamp from the Don and Daisy Spring Scenery set by Marianne Design, the text a magazine freebie from last year, I think, and I've coloured my image with Copic markers before cutting out with the smaller square die in set LR0234.

The theme at Moving Along With the Times today is In the Wild, so my little spring lambs should fit in.  Crafty Cardmakers theme is Spring is Sprung so good for them too.

I am stalking the postman for new stamps .. .. something a little bit different to my usual style so looking forward to having a play at the weekend, if they arrive in time.

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my little Easter card, ta ta for now!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Daisy Springtime


Hello! Today I have a little Daisy card to share with you (the mini cereal box album still needs to be photographed).  I ordered this cute Daisy in the park stamp from Cuddly Buddly and after stamping I masked her to add the trees and little chick hatching, all from the Spring Scenery set.  I've coloured with my Copic pens to make a Spring scene, reminds me of myself having a cuppa in the garden over the weekend!

The new Don and Daisy blog challenge #22 theme is 'Spring is in the Air' and you can enter up to the 9th April, with Don and Daisy of course.

Here's my card entry:


I've used papers from the Marianne Design Flower Garden paper pad and finished the edges with the faux embossed stitching that I've inked with a Wheat Versamagic chalk ink - it's a new shade for me, darker than the Magnolia Bud that doesn't seem to be available any more, but more yellow than Sahara Sand that I often use.  I quite like it for a subtle vintage look and it goes well with these papers, I think.  I've decorated with a little piece of MD lace and various MD die cuts:

mat for image LR0234
swirls LR0112
flowers created with LR0106, LR0160 & LR0142
text from a clear PB set stamped onto tag cut with die in LR0187

The Crafty Cardmakers have just posted their new challenge theme: Spring is Sprung! so I'd like to enter my card with them too.

Thank you again for stopping by, and hopefully see you again soon!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Marianne Design Notebook with Tags


 
 I picked up a cheap shopping list notebook in Tesco the other day so I could have a play at decorating it.  I have used some rusty coloured card that has been in my stash forever and a pretty lacy paper from the Marianne Design French Roses paper pack. And of course, I've decorated with lots of MD die cuts and lace from the Red Christmas pack.

This is the front of my pad.  I've inked the edges of both the card and the paper with a black chalk ink, and used it around the edges of my die cut flowers too.   I really like my new MD edge die LR0343 called Anya's Border Chic. there are 2 dies in the set, I've used the fancy one to create a pocket on the front of my notepad for a little tag cut with LR0188, the tag and button set.

The leafy swirls I cut from some really thick glossy card (an acid yellow, yuk! on the top but a nice off white on the back) with LR0150 the forest branch. If you saw my Facebook post last Saturday I was playing with the new stencils and past I got at the Cornwall Craft Fair, well as the card was so thick I was able to use it as a stencil and mix up the paste with DI and glitter to see what would happen .. .. a very nice sparkly leaf that I will need to do something with!

The flowers are cut from a MD Craftables die set CR1203, the smallest flower, with centres cut from the stamen die in LR0111.



Here's a close up shot of the tag in the pocket, perfect I hope for the Moving Along With the Times challenge to Tag It!

The pink pearls are from my stash. The paper on my tag is just some lined notebook paper cut with the die then trimmed a tiny bit smaller and with the corners nipped out so it sits nicely on the tag.

And here is the back of my notebook. I've used the plainer die from my new set to create pockets for tiny tags top and bottom, and then the fancy edge in the set to create another deeper pocket at the bottom. The same Forest branch die and a flower finish things off.  The little tags are just cut with various SB dies I've collected over the years.

Well that's it for today.  Mum has visitors coming to see her this afternoon so I had better tidy up a bit, at least sweep up my crafty bits from under the dining room table!

I have just finished making a tiny album from a cereal box .. .. You Tube has a lot to answer for! I will take some pictures of it, but have no idea what to do with it as it's so small and will only be suitable for tiny pictures - perhaps just cut out bits then .. .. hopefully I'll be back to share with you tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Spring Fever at CCT



It's Thursday so time for another challenge at Cute Card Thursday.  Our theme is 'Spring Fever' and you don't have to make a card .. .. anything you like that fits the theme is ok with us!  We are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps for this challenge, stop by the blog to read all about it.

Well, I recently made a felt Easter Egg .. .. although bunny hopped off when my grandsons visited the other week!  I die cut the pieces from craft felt, it's not the best quality as I'm still learning and working with a thinner felt is easier on my fingers when hand stitching.  For his face and bib front I just used a dries clear pva glue to stick the layers together, it seems to hold well, at least so far. You can see from the picture that the bunny comes with a little fluffy tail (or a flower if you like).  The egg die is from an old X-cut set that comes out in the spring, Bunny is a Marianne Design die of course, COL1354, my attempts at cutting the felt bow didn't work - it kept disintegrating as my felt was so thin, so I added a pink satin bow instead along with the ribbon loop to hang up the egg.  The flower has a little pearl bead in the centre and a stitched stem leading to the leaves which are from a die cut flower, just snipped off a couple of petals to create the leaves.  I had fun making it, just don't scrutinise my hand stitching too closely!

We are enjoying sunny days here in Cornwall so I am making the most of them and starting to garden again.  A few things need splitting up as they have gotten too big, and others need shifting as they haven't done so well where they are.  I'm taking it easy, avoiding too much digging in one day and leaving the grass to grow long .. .. my mowing days may be over as my neck has disintegrated a little more and any vibration up my arms causes a headache for days.  I'll have to go wild and sow meadow flowers in the grass, or find someone to come cut it for me!

Thank you for stopping by, and look forward to your visit again soon.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

It's a dog's life!

Here are some more little 4" square cards I've been making for St Francis Dog Rescue, and this time I thought I'd use my cute Penny Black puppy stamps.

I've been using up scraps of paper from the magazine box and the digi scrap box, along with odds and ends of embellishments.

Here are the individual cards:






This one is my favourite, although the colours aren't true as it should be a soft peachy pink - ah well! The ribbon is a rust, as are the leaves, you can make out the true colour in the flower centre. I wonder why that came out ok but the rest didn't?

Flower and skeleton leaves are Marianne Design dies, the fancy border is a piece from my bit box, I think a Nellie Snellen die, and the corners are old dies from the hand gadget that looked like a lever .. .. I still have it and a few dies, at the back of the cupboard!



This is quite a small stamp from one of the translucent sets, sorry can't get off my backside and go to the other end of the house to my craft stash and find out the name .. .. being a lazy bones this late in the day.  Izzy is flat out on my bed behind me, obviously an afternoon in the garden 'helping' me has worn him out!

The scallop piece across the join in the patterned papers is cut with my new Marianne Design die set LR0343.  I've been using this set a lot over the past couple of days .. .. playing!



My least favourite of the three cards.  I think because I stamped onto a smooth cream card that doesn't take Copics quite as well and then just coloured in shades of warm grey .. .. it looks dull to me.

Anyway, hopefully someone will like it and to brighten the card up I've added a smattering of diamante bling! The papers are Nitwits that came with a magazine, the ric rac strip was with it and a pain to cut out! the ivy die cut is a Marianne Design die and the flowers are made with Nellie Snellen punch and emboss sets of punches.

The Corrosive Challenge blog theme is 'our animal friends' so I can enter my cards with them.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

MD Divas card for a man or boy

I've been absent from the Marianne Design Divas for the past few months, but hopefully will be able to get back into the swing of things now, especially as you all know I love my Marianne Design crafty goodies!

The new challenge is to create a card for a man or a boy, using your MD products of course.  See the blog for full rules and to drool at the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT .. .. I really do feel out of place there and need to 'up my game'!

Anyway, I stamped up skateboarding Don then masked him and stamped the little tree from the Spring Don and Daisy background set, unfortunately not too well and my attempt to add the outline to the leaves is a bit odd looking, I think I should have left the leaves faded .. .. or scrapped it and started again. But I thought it would be ok .. .. so by the time I'd coloured up my image I didn't have the heart, or the will, to start over.

Here's the card and details of the Marianne Design products I used with links to the Cuddly Buddly shop as they are sponsoring our challenge this time around, as well as Marianne Design too.


background paper from Garden Party bloc PK9108

I hope you will come join in this month, enter as many times as you like using your MD goodies, check for rules etc first juts to be sure.

Mothering Sunday has been a quiet day here, just me and Mum.  The boys visited last weekend and left me cards to open, but unfortunately the box of chocs didn't make it past mid week - oops!  The bottle of posh fizz I'll save for when they are here to enjoy it with me, and the two books should keep me out of mischief for quite some time! Thanks boys (and the rest of the family too).  I love the picture of my grandson that my DIL has put on her Facebook page today, he is doing crochet - way to go Tristan! I'll see if I can share it on my page .. ..