Wednesday, 20 September 2017

pink for a girl

There are no babies on the way in the family, but I've just started making cards for the local hospice to sell so I'm trying to give them a good variety to cover all occasions.

I've used a stork die from the Xcut "Baby Icons" set and a word from a Spellbinders set, and used the Gummiapan "Stitched squares" for the layering. The pink is a snippet - such a small one that I had to cut the stork and word out from the area behind where the white layer would go. For some reason I can never remember the name of this technique - is it "guttering"?

Although I wanted to give an impression of sky, I also wanted to keep things very CAS, so I used a small cloud stamp and a few strokes of blue pencil to create just a suggestion of sky behind the stork.

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Less is More - take flight
Cardz 4 Galz - Welcome little baby
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 299 and 300  

Now that's the end of today's crafty posts, but read on if you want to see a follow up to Saturday's Pasta making Class....

Yesterday we went into London to attend another class, this time a bread making one, but it was cancelled so we came home and spent the rest of the day cooking at home instead. We retrieved our pasta machine from its new home in our daughter's kitchen and made ravioli,  using a wild mushroom filling that Mark had made on Monday after a successful foraging expedition. The sauce we served with it was a rich ragu which included pancetta, sausage and lots of red wine.

We were delighted with the results!

Horse Chestnut

Autumn seems to be coming early this year and some of the leaves started to turn before the end of August. So I'm sure it won't be very long before parks and footpaths are scattered with conkers, the nuts from the Horse Chestnut tree.

I love the colours of chestnut trees, both Horse and Sweet, in the autumn, although sadly in recent years some kind of disease means that many leaves go brown and withered without taking on their beautiful seasonal colours.

One of my favourite stamps, and one of the oldest in my collection, is this single Horse Chestnut leaf. It is so versatile, being a single leaf rather than a large stamp, and looks great in summer or autumn colours. It is so old that the lettering has worn off the side of the wood block, eroded away from hundreds of uses, so I can't tell you who originally made it.

Here I have made a background stripe of assorted inks, sponged and blended, then stamped the leaf over it in brown ink, adding a sentiment that I won last year in the Playground. I've stamped it again with Versamark ink on orange card and embossed it with a variegated brown embossing powder.

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Allsorts challenge - Feels Like Autumn
Always Fun - Fall colours
Sweet Stampin - Your Favourite Stamp
Make My Monday - Autumn Colours
AAA  - Autumn Colours
Rubber Dance - Use your fave stamp

Creative with Stamps - leaves

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bird on a branch

While sorting out some papers the other day I came across a pack of mulberry paper that I've had ever since it was fashionable - still unopened! It must be donkeys years old, so I thought I'd get it out and have a play.

I completely covered my card front with a slightly larger piece of mulberry paper then used a damp paintbrush to go around the edges to make the mulberry paper wet, enabling me to easily tear it close to the edge. Once the water had dried, I inked around the edge with distress ink.

The square of newsprint effect paper is stencilled with a woodgrain stencil using DI, then the edges inked with the same ink and distressed with an edging tool.

The sentiment is one from an old sheet of copper embellishments which I seldom use as they seem too bright and shiny for their style and until now my attempts to colour them have failed. However this time I coloured the whole surface with a brown Promarker then left it to dry overnight - success! I sanded the surface lightly to make the letters stand out then attached it with brads to the strip of cream textured card.

Finally I added a die cut sprig of foliage and a vintage bird sticker.

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House of Cards - Text and/or colours
More Mixed Media - Anything goes/Brown
Little Red Wagon - distress it  
Country View Challenges - Metal

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Our Ruby Wedding

Today Mark and I have been married for 40 years - our Ruby anniversary. Here is the card I made for him.

The card is completely made with die cutting and embossing - the background uses That Folder and the heart and numbers are Spellbinders dies.

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Glitter and Sparkle - Embossing 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Die cuts/punches

Now, if you are only here for the card, you don't need to scroll any further but if you'd like to read about our slightly unusual celebration (and FOOD)  carry on reading...

Because we both love cooking, we decided that instead of having a party or buying each other presents, we would instead spend the money on going to a pasta making class taught by Carmela Serrano-Hayes, the author of "A Passion for Pasta", at La Cucina Caldesi in London. Very conveniently, one of the available dates was yesterday, just the day before our anniversary, so that's when we decided to go.

We had a lovely time, learning to make many different shapes and types of pasta from the simple

to the complex

and even one made out of bread and cheese!

The dishes we made were really delicious  - there were about 6 in total which we ate as a meal at the end of the day, sitting Italian style at a large communal table.

Ravioli filled with a rich meat mixture

Seafood with assorted hand-shaped pastas

And finally, here is our "official" anniversary photo

Christmas Cat

I made this card using a decoupage design from a Dutch booklet that I've had for several years - I love the designs in it but although I can enjoy making a card that uses detailed decoupage but not much other skill occasionally, I'd get awfully bored making all the cards in the book in one go, so I tend to just make one and then set it aside for next year. So it's going to take a l-o-n-g time to finish them all!

and slightly angled to show the layers

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Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Show us your pussies - Furrything Goes

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #93 - Lost and Found

Our new challenge at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is Lost and Found - in other words Edna would like you to rediscover an old stamp, stash item or technique that you'd forgotten all about. She's come over all Sherlock Holmes for this one!

I had a rummage through my stamps and found a completely NBUS stamp set that I've had for years and years - it was a free subscription gift with a magazine and none of the stamps has ever seen ink. I've been adding up on my fingers and it must be at least 15 years old.

The snag is, it is really too pretty to work any snark into, so today my card is a snark free zone. I used DI to make the background, die cutting a square and randomly stamping flowers from the set over it, then used some of the waste to stamp the butterfly. The background card was stamped all over with the paisley style stamp from the set and the sentiment is stamped with a mag freebie stamp.

Friday, 15 September 2017


I love this set of dinosaur stamps from Clearly Besotted - I bought them a couple of years ago to make a card for my grown up daughter and have used them many times since.

This time I used lots of masking to build up a scene then coloured it with Promarkers, cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and matted onto brown card. I kept the colouring bold and simple rather than adding shade, as I thought this would make it appeal to a younger child.

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The Male Room - Masking 
Always Fun Challenges - Make a Scene
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - All about birthdays