Monday, 27 June 2016

Dragons and Mice

Hi everyone and a big thank you for your continued visits and well wishes. I'm just popping by today with a couple of cards I made using stuff I got out of the crafty cupboard when I was having a mini sort out the other day.

The first is from the snippets box - paper, card and ribbon are all snippets with just the adddition of some card candi and a peel-off sentiment. The image is Bugaboo 'Clyde birthday' which I coloured with my usual Promarkers. When I started colouring I started singing 'Puff the magic dragon' and days later I still can't get the tune out of my head !!

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'inspired by a song title' Puff the Magic Dragon
The Ribbon Girl challenge ' use any image'

The second card is using a decoupage House Mouse image that I'd made up some time ago. Thank goodness I've got quite a few of these already cut out and made up ready to use as I love decoupaged images. All I needed to do was mount it onto some gold mirri-card and then onto a card base with just a touch of Stickles on the holly berries and (recycled from an old christmas card) a bow and sentiment.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Rudolph Day June challenge 'anything christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'use a sentiment'
ABC Christmas challenge 'M is for mice'
House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'a day spent with friends / anything goes'
Gruffies & Guests challenge 'add a number / anything goes'

Thanks to those of you who left me comments about electric die-cutting machines. I am now the owner of a Crafters Companion Gemini which has been sitting on the kitchen work top for the past fortnight unused (apart from checking that it works of course). I bought it from Hobbycraft and got 15% off my first online order so only cost a few pence under £144 with free postage

First impressions out of the box...
Looks nice and not that noisy
Just switch on and pop the plates in

Definitely NOT lightweight (heavier than my Grand Calibur) and no way can I pick it up.
Handholds on the side are a bit awkward especially if you have long fingers (Grand Calibur much easier to hold with the handle)

As for how good it actually is.... I'll try and get my fingers working and make a card this week to let you know, but the fact I won't have to turn the handle will be a big plus.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Snippets, Stars and a CASE

Hi everyone, sorry I've not been around Blogland but my aches and pains have got a lot worse so I ended up paying a visit to the doctor who is sending me for an MRI scan. Just have to wait for an appointment from the hospital so not sure how long that will take!

I do have a couple of cards to show you - the first I made a couple of weeks ago for the Happy Little Stampers CASE the Designer challenge. I used the HLS Mix Mash stamp set with some flowers and gems from my stash.

and this is the card I CASEd

My second card is a very quick CAS card I made yesterday with a few bits I had lying around - snippets of paper, a few die cut stars, a bit of ribbon and peel off sentiment. The result.... well Hubby called it 'fun' but I think he was being polite !

This one's for Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets' Allsorts Challenge 'fancy bows and ribbon' and The Craft Barn challenge 'stars'

I won't be around too much to visit as my hands aren't letting my type much but I really appreciate your visit here today.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Birthday Chick

Hi everyone. I'm here with a very quick and CAS card featuring a Bugaboo 'birthday bird' coloured with Promarkers. I used some papers from my snippets pile and a silver peel-off sentiment.

Looking at this photo - can you spot what I've missed?... so I'm off now to colour in the little feather on her head.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Catch The Bug challenge 'photo inspiration'

The Craft Barn challenge 'use 2 papers'

Crafting With An Attitude challenge 'anything goes'

Before I go I was wondering if any of you have had a play with Crafters Companion Gemini electric die-cutting machine and what you thought of it as I'm thinking of changing from my Grand Calibur to save a few aches and pains in my neck and arms.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Butterfly and A.... Part 2

Mrs A's Butterfly challenge is running for a couple more weeks so plenty of time to join in the fun. Mrs A has some more inspiration for you over on her blog here and I've also got a couple of makes to show you. The theme this time around is A... for Apertures and / or the colour Apricot.

First off I decided to have a go at making a shaker card (my first attempt). I cut the aperture with an Xcut circle die and added some punched butterflies for the shaker element. The front was decorated with Marianne Designs Craftables 'Anja's Flowers' and an All Occasion Dies 'Butterfly' which I'd coloured with an apricot Promarker. Then I used chalks to colour the sky inside. There are quite a few more butterflies to shake but they kept going in to hiding every time I lifted the card up to take the photo - due to the fact I'd put the sticky pads in a square and not around the edge of the circle !!

 I shall enter this in the following challenges -

Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'dies +/or punches'

Mod Squad challenge 'peek a boo cards'

Die Cut Divas challenge 'anything goes'

The second card I made was from bits I had out on the table. The kraft card was the back of a 6inch square card that had gone completely wrong (front had gone in the bin) so I folded it to make the base card and added a MFT 'peek a boo trio' die and a couple of Cheery Lynn and All Occasion Dies 'butterflies' which I'd already coloured with the Promarker. So now for the centre hole.... well all I could find was this sentiment (a magazing freebie) that seemed to work.

and as I used snippets for this I shall head over to see my playmates at the Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 

Thanks for popping by and for all your lovely comments. At the moment I'm suffering a bit from 'old age'!...  my back, neck, shoulders and just about every other bone and joint is causing me pain so I'm trying to reduce the time spent on the computer in an effort to relieve it, so I may be a bit slow in returning your visit.