Saturday, 28 September 2013

Snow People!

I've managed to make a card for the challenge at CD Sunday! The theme this week is Snow People so I thought it just had to be a Christmas card - that's my third Christmas card I've made this year and it's still only September LOL!
I used an image from Hallmark Card Studio and framed it with blue Centura pearl card. I then used a Marianne Design die to cut another frame from white Centura pearl card. I also embossed the white frame using parts of a Crafts Too embossing folder. It was quite tricky to just emboss the snowflakes and to get them in the right place on the frame - I don't think it worked that well so won't be trying that again LOL! I also cut small mats using a set of Crafts Too dies and put snowflake embellishments on them. The greeting is from a very old set of Dufex stickers.

This card was a trial run of a card I've made for the Lothian Crafts Challenge. The theme will be announced on 1st October. The dies I've used can be bought from Lothian Crafts Online and there's still a chance to get discount in the birthday celebrations which end 30th September.
I'm also entering this into the 'Oldie but a goodie' Challenge. Several things I've used I've had for longer than 6 months. The Hallmark Card Studio I've had for at least 6 years! The Crafts Too embossing folder and the Dufex sticker are also more than 6 months old.

I came first with the above card.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shop til you drop!

CD Sunday have a theme this week that's close to most women's hearts - shopping! I've used Serif Craft Artist to design this card using digikits from Crafter's Companion - Frou Frou Elegance and Frou Frou Vanity. You can lose a lot of time when using Craft Artist! I've used 2 materials to mat and layer the topper and added pearls to the top and bottom of the design.

Friday, 6 September 2013

White on white butterflies.

I've often admired white on white cards so decided to have a play with my stash and came up with this:

The butterfly embossing folder and butterfly die were free in magazines. The mat is cut using a Joy! Crafts Die - Frame Square. I then added small white pearls to the centres of the butterflies and flowers.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
 Flutter By Wednesday's - challenge  #251 Anything goes with a butterfly or fairy.
Bearly-Mine Challenge - #102 Anything Goes.
Creative Card Crew - #44 Things with Wings.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Lothian Crafts 7th Birthday and Blog Challenge

As part of the birthday celebrations Lothian Crafts have started doing monthly blog challenges. Elaine, from Lothian Crafts, needed a Design Team and I was one of the lucky 5 people to be chosen. The theme for September is Anything Goes - must use dies. The Design Team have to use any dies that Lothian Crafts Online sell on the web site.
I decided to make a stationery wallet complete with notecards, envelopes and writing paper.

This is the front cover of the wallet:

The wallet plus the notecards and writing paper:
The inside of the wallet with the contents in place: 

To make the wallet I used a YouTube video but adapted it as I wanted to have sides to stop the contents falling out. I used an A3 piece of card and after scoring and folding I cut it down to the size of the writing paper. I decorated the front of the wallet using the dies listed below. The flourish looks different to the image on the website because I cut into it and added the sections in different places. I then decorated the wheelbarrow and watering can with flower stickers.The notecards were made from the same card as the wallet and cut to A6 size. I scanned one and opened it in My Craft Studio, cropped it to size and placed an image in the top right and bottom left corners. I found some gardening themed peel offs in my stash and decorated the inside of the wallet.
The dies I used were:
Crafts Too - Frames 9 (the largest die in the set)
Marianne Design Creatables - Wheelbarrow and watering can (LR0260)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish (B117)
You have until the 30th September to enter the challenge so get those dies out and start creating! You could be the winner of a £10 voucher to spend on dies at Lothian Crafts Online - good luck!
Elaine is also offering 15% discount on orders over £50 as part of the birthday celebrations.