29 May, 2016


So glad you have joined us for the photo inspiration challenge with the Die Cut Divas
and our May sponsor A Day for Daisies:

This month we have a photo inspiration and for this card my inspiration was ONE button in the photo.  Can you spot it?   I was inspired by one button in there that had a pearly centre and metal filigree around the outside, and it went perfectly with the drape card.
EF (silver electrical tape on card) : Cuttlebug
Punches scap and stitched: Fiskars
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Drape card fold: Splitcoaststampers

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23 May, 2016

Breezy buttons

Another card for Die Cut Divas May challenge
using photo inspiration and A Day For Daisies image ssponsor: Breeze in Spring.

What a sweet image and it's a dream to work with.
Lots of layers: labels, a doily, some daisies, fine twine, tiny metallic stars, and a teensy heart stamp.
Not my favourite colours but now and then we need to work outside our go-to colours.  This one is dictated by the colour of the buttons I had in my stash!

Digi-image: A Day For Daisies - Breeze in Spring - get it here:
Heart stamp: Hero Arts
Label dies: Spellbinders
Doily die: Couture Creations
Daisy die: Marianne
Stars, twine, paper, buttons - from stash

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22 May, 2016

Sassy Martini

Would you like Olive in your martini?
Well, here she is!

Check out the Charms & Ribbons challenge and the lovely work by the design team at Come And Get It:

This image is by super sponsor Sassy Studio Design:

I printed the digi image on plain white card and also on patterned paper, which I cut out for paper piecing her dress, gloves and shoes.  I coloured the white card with copics.  I always like to have a little something to discover so, on the background, I stamped stars with a glue-pad and sprinkled on GlamourDust.  The glass is outlined with crystalline Kindyglitz.  I diecut the card and also a dotty paper for a frame on top, then tied an organza olive ribbon with a high heel shoe charm (cute huh?)  I also punched the corners of the base card.
Click on pics for a closer look.
Image: Sassy Studio Design - Martini Pinup Sassy
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Star stamp: Rosies
Dies: Spellbinders
Also Kindyglitz, pearl, GlamourDust, ribbon & Charm

Black & white & green
Happy BirthdayAllsorts

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21 May, 2016

HB Birdie

This is for my grandson's birthday - a shaker because he likes cards that do something!
I decided to start with the sketch and the twist:


Image: From the Heart Stamps (one bird of three in Flappy Birthday Birdbrain)
Sentiment stamp: Kaiser (embossed with gold)
Diecut frame: Couture Creations - Polaroid Frame
EF: Don't know,  can't find it now - one of those Bermuda Triangle events
Also, ribbon, sequins, acetate

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19 May, 2016


One-layer cards take a bit of planning and are challenging but fun to make.  I like simple.

Here I used a stencil and two shades of blue distress inks for the sea, fading it out so it looks like they are sailing in mist.  The ship  and birds are stamped and coloured with copics.  No designer paper in sight.

I would use this for a birthday card for a male of any age, and because of the cartoonish nature of the image it's a little bit fun too.

Stamp: Woodware
Stencil: Rosies
Also distress inks, WofS on sails

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Sweet girl


This sweet girl with flowers in her hair is great to colour, and I have used a sketch  from Two Paper Divas to put her on.

Image diecut with faux stitching, gingham paper, torn silk fibre paper, a bit of lace, stripes and a star!
I will probably add a sentiment later when I know what it's for.  This stitched circle may be simple but it just pops on a card; not to mention it's my current fave.

Image: A Day for Daisies
Die: DieNamics Wonky Stitched circle
Other stuff from my stash.

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16 May, 2016

Whoo did that ?

Tearing is such fun, so is distressing ...

Purple linen card torn, sanded & distressed.
A bright paper laid underneath to just peep through without taking over.
A wee owl.
A handwritten sentiment.

Owl stamp: Hero Arts. 
He and some friends have been sitting in the 'bits' box on my desk for months now...  he hopped out just for this card, but do you think he looks a bit embarrassed, or maybe guilty?

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Happy Birthday flower

This is my first try at an inlaid die card.

I stamped the background using an embossing folder as the stamp (distress inks) and spritzed with gold glimmermist.  I love to make my own background and like the effect of this technique, kind of casual and arty.
I die cut the words from the background, from orange card and from black card.  Mattted the background onto black then inlaid the first diecut layer.  At this stage I decided I wanted to leave the 'birthday' at one layer, but stacked the  'happy' with a total of four, making the top layer the same as the background.  A stamped flourish, purchased flower and fancy brad to complete.

Die: Couture Creations
EF: Amy Tangerine
Brad: Rosie's Studio
Stamp: Hero Arts
Also Distress inks, glimmermist

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15 May, 2016

Desiree dragonflies

Check out the fun at The Crafters Café this fortnight:

The challenge is a black & white front with bright colours inside - now that's a bit different.


The fabulous image is Desiree Bugmees from sponsor Lacy Sunshine - get it here:

Image: Lacy Sunshine
Happy birthday die: Couture Creations
EF: Craft Concepts
Dragonfly stamp: Indigo Blu
Ink: Hero Arts Ombre
Distress inks, copic, Liquid Pearls, Wof S

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Autumn Fun

This fortnight at The Crafters Café we have B&W fronts and Bright Colours inside.  How's that for exciting?  Check out the talent here:

As we are now in autumn in NZ, I chose sponsor Lacy Sunshine's EmmyLouBoosAutumn Leaves - get it here:

I printed the image on 2 pieces of card and coloured one.  For the front, I matted the white card onto black, then diecut a heart out of her face and inserted vellum.
for the inside, I matted the coloured image onpale blue, then carefully lined it up so it matched the front image and stuck it down.  I tidied up the back of the vellum with the same heart die.  Then I punched lots of coloured leaves for her to have some fun with.

Inside  ...   Surprise!!

Image: Lacy Sunshine - EmmyLouBoo
Heart die:
Various punches, a bit of kindyglitz, copics

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Your Oinkness

I love sketches; this one is:


and the TWIST is a handwritten sentiment. YAY, I did it!

This cute pigwit is hamming it up in style for someone's birthday.  And look at those gorgeous flowers!  I'm sure you've heard of a pig in clover, but these flowers beat clover trotters down!

Image: From the Heart Stamps
Coloured with copics
Die label: Spellbinders
Also, patterned paper strip, sequins, Kindyglitz.

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14 May, 2016


"Step on a crack ..."  I'm sure we all played that game as children, and here she is :

The Background is stencilled with acrylic paint dabbers. Image coloured with Copics.
Image: A Day for Daisies
Stencil: Dylusions

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Birthday Cow

Ever been on a balloon flight ? - it's magic!

I stamped the sentiment with white chalk ink to look like a blackboard.  I stamped the cute cow stamp onto it, then onto white card and onto various paper scraps for paperpiecing the balloons.

I distressed the edges of the wine paper and a patterned paper, layering over a diecut doily.  The wee patch of grass is diecut and inked.

Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Cow stamp: Penny Black
Grass die: Impression Obsession
Doily: Couture Creations
Other: Copics, Distress Inks, white gel pen

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08 May, 2016

Gathering Flowers

Come and Get It Challenges have a feminine theme with a "card for a woman".  You can see what the rest of the DT did, and  join in yourself here:

I chose our sponsor A Day for Daisies digi image called Gathering Flowers; what a lovely drawing and soooo feminine.  Get it here:

I coloured the image with copics, using the crosshatching technique for the sky to give it a bit of texture. 
I decided to make a free standing pop-up card, AKA a stand up box card, after getting one recently in a cardswap.    I had never made one before, but good instructions at Splitcoaststampers. 
Some patterned paper, a few die cuts and punches, a golden butterfly, and a bit of glitz make the card.  Note: I reinforced the vine diecut in the front with two layers so it would stand up nicely.
And what's amazing is ... it totally folds flat for posting!
Click on pics for a closer look.

Image: A Day for Daisies: Gathering Flowers
Vine die: Spellbinders
Word Die: Cuttlebug
Butterfly: fall out piece from Creative Dies Happy Birthday
Flower & leaf punch outs from stash
Gold stickles

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03 May, 2016

Button Babe

This month Die Cut Divas has a photo challenge:

... and our May sponsor is A Day for Daisies.  I chose this gorgeous image to work with and knew immediately what I wanted to do with both cards (spot the next one on 23rd May).  It looks like spring; she's out picking flowers!
I printed the button picture (you can too, I give you permission!) and used it to paper piece her hair and top.  I fussy cut one button, added glossy accents and used 3D foam to adhere it.  The tag background is sponged around the image, then stencilled, and edges inked.  The diecut buttons are layered, the bottom layer having gold glittery Stickles in the holes, and the top layer with drawn on thread.

Digi image: A Day for Daisies -spring breeze  
Get it here:
Stencilled over die cut: Couture Creations
Button die: Memory Box
Tag die: Sizzix
Fine twine

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01 May, 2016

Belly Dancer Darcee

The Crafters Café challenge theme is Feminine, check it out

This image from our sponsor My Stitch Back In Twine is lovely especially if you're a colourist.

I decided to keep her as the star of the show so after colouring and cutting her, framed her in ovals (purple card, white card, white mulberry paper) and then diecut the corners with an eastern motif.

Image: My Stitch Back In Twine - Belly Dancer Darcee  -  get it here
Oval Dies: Spellbinders
Corner die:  CL
Gems, gold pen

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