Monday, 19 February 2018

Butterfly Challenge #95

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today.

First I would like to give a warm welcome to Brenda my new follower.  I hope you will visit her blog to see her lovely work.

 This is a  front fold card which was a pig to photograph because of both the shape and the lighting.  However I had fun making it this afternoon for
The Butterfly Challenge #95

I used paper from my stash and the stamps are from an Inky Doodles set.

I managed to use six of the elements - butterfly, patterned papers, pearls and all three colours.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to incorporate paper piecing.

I really like the new format of the Challenge that Mrs. A has set for this year.  It really made me think.  Last month I also managed 6 elements.  My personal challenge is to use 7 elements some time during the year....

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ken - A Perfect Gent!

Hello and Welcome.

I can't believe it's almost two weeks since I last posted and I'm still catching up with visits too.

First I'd like to give a warm welcome to  my new  follower Sharon at craftyhugs blog.  I hope you'll have time for a visit.

My card today is for our  friend's  birthday next week.  I gave it to him today when we met up with Ken and others for our weekly pub lunch.

I stencilled the matt with colours to match my snippet of Stampin Up paper which I used for the waistcoat.  The stamps are a Woodware set.

After stamping I fussy cut the waistcoat and  coloured the buttons with a silver gel pen.   Finally I coloured parts of the waistcoat with a dark grey Promarker then added some Wink of Stella over the grey.

As I used a snippet of white card for the matt and a piece of SU paper I'm entering my card over at
Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 319 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Butterflies work for all occasions!

Hello and Welcome!

I'm afraid I've been a bad blogger of late with all the things that have been going on in our lives.

However there are a few challenges I don't like to miss and the Butterfly Challenge is one of them.

Now I did scratch my head over this challenge because with all the inkpads I have crimson isn't something I use much.

Then I had a light bulb moment!!!

On Monday morning I went to a card and coffee class where we used this very pretty Stampin' Up stamp.  We made small cards and I chose to use this crimson colour to stamp with.

So - after reading the theme for the challenge I cut off the front of the card and matted it onto silver miri card.  I put the ribbon onto an A6 card then added my 'topper' after adding a wink of stella to the daisies.  For the cream I punched out two circles for the daisy centres and added a bow.

As I recently had a tidy up I had to hunt high and low for my butterfly stickers.  Now a tidy-up should make life easier but I can never remember where I put things.  Perhaps that's why I don't often bother!!!  Anyway, I finally found this little holographic edged sticker which had a bit of cream and a sort of crimson  colour on it.  I stuck it to some white card and fussy cut it out.

Voila!!!!  here's my card for the Butterfly Challenge #94  which hopefully ticks all the boxes. Oh and I did round all the corners right at the end.

Have a lovely day everyone. xxx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rudolph Day - January 2018

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.

On 25th until the end of each month (except December) Maureen holds her Rudolph Day Challenge where she invites us to show either a Christmas card or project.  She very kindly offers a lovely gift to the lucky winner.

I made this little tree ornament using Stampin' Up stamps at a class just before Christmas.  I stamped a Christmas sentiment on the back.

We chose the stamps we wanted to use then stamped onto the slices of wood.  It was great fun and we enjoyed the morning together.

Everybody did something different. 

I'd like to enter my Rudolph ornament into
the Rudolph Day Challenge - January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Peacock Butterfly!

Thank you for your visit today.

I've had very little time for crafting over the past couple of weeks but having bought 2 pads of papers with a doiley die and a set of 3  large background stamps I decided to have a quick play.

I stamped one of the backgrounds onto one of the papers  the tried to cut out the doiley die.  Well I tried and tried with various shims and finally gave up.  None of the pieces would come out!  So I inked up the doiley, pieces intact and cut it into two unequal pieces and stuck to the paper.  Then I inked the edges with brown Distress ink and added seam binding at the bottom.

That's where I gave up with no idea how I was going to decorate it so I stuck it onto a square kraft card and went off to cook dinner. 

By chance in the evening I checked out the Butterfly Challenge where I sadly haven't joined in recently.  There was the answer.  As the background paper had some of the right colour on it I decided on a peacock butterfly.  So yesterday, with little time to spare I popped up to my cabin and put peacock DI on my messy mat, spritzed and dried it and made my butterfly.  The sentiment circle and card candi are made from the waste.

I am pleased to be able to join in at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #93 .  Just sorry I didn't have time to do any folds!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Tag Card

Hello and thank you for your visit.

First I would like to wish all those who are suffering with the awful bugs that are around a speedy recovery.  The coughs and congestion certainly do seem to last a long time.

I'm still catching up with visits after a bad start to the year.  We've had problems with the internet which seem to have finally been sorted  out plus a catalogue of  minor problems.  The freezer packing up last week being the latest.

For this card I used a snippet of white card which I cut into a tag shape.  I decorated it with blended oxide inks and some stencilling and spritzing then added pieces of washi tape just because I've got loads and seldom use it.

The image is a Visible Images stamp which I heat embossed then added colour to the soles with a Promarker  pen and white gel pen for the laces.

I stamped some splodges onto the card with grey ink and snipped off the top corner of the card.

I'm taking my card over to
Pixies Snippets Workshop Weeks 317 & 318  and entering the Sweet Stampin' Challenge - cards for men

Friday, 12 January 2018


Hello All!

Sorry it's been a bad start to the year. Either slow or no internet connection - I won't bore you with the details.  I'm just so  sorry I've not got round as much as I'd have liked.

This is a card I made for a friend's birthday at the end of the year.  I used Woodware stamps for the boots and cowboy hat and paper from my stash.

I stamped and white embossed  onto the back of an old shop bought card from my scrap box.  I  loved the way they looked like suede when I coloured them with my Pro Markers.

The 'dance' letters are from a sheet of letter stickers that have been around forever.  I don't think I'll get a sensible word from the few letters that are left on the sheet!

This card must surely qualify for Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 315 & 316

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Silly Me!

Silly Me  .....

I know it's Christmas Eve as I'm tracking Santa on my laptop but I absolutely forgot it was Sunday and time for the challenge at:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks 313 & 314

So here's a quick card made with the inside of an envelope, a piece of washi tape and some small snippets of card.

Made before I joined Parsnip for a tipple so it's not by mistake that the background is stuck on wonky and I did stamp the sentiment twice on purpose to give a shadow. 

Looking at it now I wish I'd put on a pair of googly eyes though ....

Happy Christmas Eve!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Happy Christmas Everyone

I'd like to wish a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas to all my lovely followers and blog buddies.

Thank you for your visits and kind comments throughout the year.  I really do appreciate  your friendship.

I would like to give a warm welcome to my two new followers
Mary Scott and Verna.

I hope you will be able to visit Verna's blog  see her lovely work.

Mary doesn't have a blog but we got to know each other some years ago through exchanging ATCs  and have corresponded ever since.

This is a photo taken from my sitting room window recently when the country was covered in snow.

Have a lovely Christmas everybody and here's hoping 2018 is a good year for us all.  Barb xxx

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Secret Santa ....

Hello and Welcome!

For the last ten years there have just been the two of us and a bachelor friend for Christmas so you'd think there wasn't much to to ...... wrong!

I'm sure I'd mentioned several times to my hubby that I was out crafting all day on Friday and Saturday morning too.  He asked on Thursday evening if I'd make a card for his Secret Santa at Men in Sheds and it was needed for Monday - oh and also a box for a small coin!  - don't ask ......

So I spent Saturday afternoon making the card.  This is the front.  I used washi tape on kraft card for Santa's belt.  The buttons are very old from a jar I inherited from my dear MIL several years ago.  Sadly she's no longer with us.

This is the inside.

I used thick embossing powder for the snow background, heated from the back then die cut a pop up mechanism  for the Santa.

The gold glittery snowflake was saved from a bought Christmas card from last year and the berries on the sentiment are cosmic shimmer dots.

 I added a small ribbon bow.

I made the small box this morning (Sunday) using scraps of kraft card.  This is the top of the box.

I coloured the card with Distress ink and had fun doing some stamping, stencilling  and stamping with various stamps.

The stencils are by Tim Holtz which I won from a blog buddy some time ago.

The word 'Found' was perfect as my hubby found the coin when he used to do metal detecting.

After making the card my hands were covered with ink and distress stain and I was very soon cleaned up with my new Ranger Scrubbie.  Check it out.  It works a treat.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Hello and thank you for your visit today.

Well I'm happy to say I have now sent off all my Christmas cards  (ll0 in total) and have just got a handful left to post in doors around the village.

It has taken me several hours each day for over a week to write them so now I'm keen to visit you all again and see what you've been making.

It's been a very busy few weeks with lots of stuff going on.  After a hearing test two weeks ago I will be getting hearing aids this year for Christmas - and I only wanted chocolate and a bottle of Baileys!!!

My card today was made several months ago when I was on a mission to use up scraps of white card.

The cherry and heart are also cut from pieces of white card and the ribbon is the tiniest piece from the end of the reel.

I'm popping over with my card to join in with Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 309 & 310

Monday, 27 November 2017

Last Rudolph Day - 2017

Good Morning,  I hope you are all keeping warm. 

I had an enforced duvet day yesterday as I woke up with an upset tum!   It was my birthday on Saturday so perhaps I may have over indulged.

 I'm feeling fine today but decided to stay at home away from everyone - just in case.  I didn't want to pass anything nasty on.  So it's a good opportunity to catch up with visits as I've been overstretched for the past couple of weeks.

My card for Maureen's last Rudolph Day Challenge for the year  was made with a magazine freebie stamp and a die and paper bought from the Works recently.

The bow was cut out using a small card template and I used a peel off sentiment and some card candi.  I added a bit of sparkle  and gold gell pen to the image.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Optical Illusion!

First I want to assure you that everything on my card is embossed and to my hubby that is how it looks.  Not to me though. 

For some reason, I don't know why it happens sometimes, but the photo on my phone was sideways and other than that it looked fine.  As soon as I transferred it to my laptop and rotated it - oops! it looked debossed.

I was unable to take another photo as it went off in my charity box last week.

I'd be interested to see how it appears to you.

The embossing folder came recently as a magazine freebie.  The zebra is by Lawn Fawn and was in a box of similar little wild animals which I recently stamped, coloured and diecut at our craft club one morning.

I recently found a youtube video describing how to make this type of fold.  The sizes were a bit complicated so because too much measuring does tend to confuse me I decided to try an easy version.

Here is a photo of the girl version.

For each card I used a sheet of white card.

First I cut a two inch strip off the bottom of the short side.

Next I cut the remaining card lengthways in half.  At this point I cut the smallest slither from the side of my strip to allow for the folds on the next stage.

I stuck the 2" strip onto the bottom of the long strip, making sure I had it centred then folded in the sides.

Finally I folded the long strip down to the to the top of the little flaps.  You can see this on the baby girl card.

I believe it's called a Dutch Door Fold although I may be wrong.

I cut both white matts from one of the remaining long white strips using a Spellbinders die.  Sentiments are from a Paula Pascal set of sentiment stamps.  I use this set so much that I recently bought a second set - just in case!

  Bruce is taking me out for a pub lunch shortly and I'm recording the Arsenal v Tottenham match to watch when we get home.  Then it's Strictly from Blackpool on the television this evening and more football and some crafting tomorrow.  So it's the perfect weekend for me.  I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

You Passed!

Hello and Welcome.  I hope you are having a good day.

When I got back from Blackpool recently the first news I got from my hubby was that a friend had passed his driving test  first time ..... Well Done Mark!

So this is the card I made for him using my Cuttlebug for embossing and die cutting.

The silver embossed panel was already lying on my desk.  I used a sentiment banner which is my new set from Elizabeth crafts.   I stencilled the 'L' onto a scrap of white card and cut up the middle with fancy scissors.  I think it would have looked better cut at an angle but wanted to get the card finished quickly to deliver.

I cut the car and letters from Tim Holtz dies with scraps of card and decided to colour the holes in the letters with a silver pen to match the panel.

As I used lots of snippets I'm popping over to join in at Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 307 & 308

I would also like to enter the following challenges  Lemon Shortbread Challenge #52   and
Cuttlebug Mania (a masculine project)

Thursday, 9 November 2017


Good evening everyone.  I hope you've had a good day.

Just a quick post today to  show you what we did at our craft club last night.

Wendy showed us how to make these fun wine bottle waistcoats.

We each made two in different colours using glitter fun foam.  My other one was green and gold.   I've not come across the glitter fun foam before.

Not a very good photo but it was taken quickly when I got home and in bad light.

We all enjoyed crafting together.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hi All!  Well I'm back from my mini break. 

We had a great time after a bad start.  We had a five hour wait for the coach at the South Mimms services on the M25.

We stayed at Tiffany's ..... no not the one in The Big Apple.  It was in Blackpool. 

The illuminations didn't disappoint, good food and the odd tipple.  I had a great time with my friend Wendy.

I have to unpack and will be back tomorrow to find out what you've all been up to while I've been away.  Barbxx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Birds of a Feather!

Good Evening!

A quick post before I finish packing my case for the trip to Blackpool tomorrow.  Poor hubby will be looking after himself for a few days.

I'm going with a friend whose birthday is on Saturday so this is the card I've made for her.  Drinks will be on me on Saturday night.

I did the background with distress oxide inks and over stamped with a freebie feather stamp then lifted a little colour off some feathers.  It looked a bit dull so I added some white gell pen and distressed the edges with my tool.

The bird and branches are punched from scraps of the background and I used Spellbinders dies which I bought recently at a table top sale.  The candy is handmade.

Enjoy your weekend.  I'm certainly looking forward to mine.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Make a Wish

Good Morning!

I wonder how many of you in the UK took advantage of an extra hour in bed as the clocks changed.  Well I certainly enjoyed a lie in as it's been a very busy few weeks for me.

This is one of several very quick cards I made this week.  I'm going to Blackpool on Friday with a friend for four days to see the illuminations.  I've never been to Blackpool before and want to get my box of charity cards sent before I go.

Last week I bought a couple of 6 x 6 paper pads in the Works for £2 each.  The whole background is just a piece of one sheet.  I bought the little unicorn and a bunny stamp from Hobbycraft (Dovecraft) which I used for all the cards.

I stuck the paper onto some black card then diecut a round aperture and mounted onto my white card after cutting the black frame from the black card.

The unicorn was stamped onto a snippet of DCWV paper and fussy cut out.  I put him onto foam pads and popped him inside the aperture.  Finally I added some glitter pen to areas of the background and the unicorn then stamped the Paula Pascal twice onto the background.

I'm popping over to Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 305 & 306 with my card.

Friday, 27 October 2017


Good Evening!

I thought you may be amused to see this card which was demonstrated by Wendy at our village club on Wednesday evening.

The photo isn't very good I'm afraid  cotton wool in a bag. Perhaps it could be called white on white!!! I don't know ....

Anyway they were pretty quick and fun to make and we all managed to make three during the evening.

I enjoyed my day at Loobi  Crafts where we made five Christmas cards.  I'll show those another time.

I'd like to join in the Rudolph Day - October Challenge.

Maureen holds her challenge every month from 25th till the end of the month, encouraging us to get Christmas cards done in time for the Big Day. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Thank You Phil!

Hello and thank you for dropping by.

I've had a busy week and am looking forward to a fun weekend.  Tomorrow I'm off to a workshop with a friend to make Christmas cards and on Saturday going to a workshop in our village hall with another friend.  The demonstrators are Julia Watts and Leonie.  I'm very excited!!!

You may remember I was taking a course of refresher driving lessons .
Well I've been getting out and about a bit but continued with lesson for a while as I still felt I lacked some confidence.

Last Tuesday I had my last - a two hour lesson with Phil my instructor.

It was very special as I drove from home up the M1 and M25 to and through Rugby and back.  I can tell you I was buzzing when I got home.

This is the thank you card I made for Phil for giving me the confidence to get out there again.

The bird was made with a Marianne die set.  It is actually a Christmas robin set.  There are various dies to make two different robins plus some holly.   Anyway, I thought it could be any bird so made this one up with small scraps from my box.  The background paper is from a pad I bought at a table top sale I went to recently.

I hope you have a good weekend, whatever you have planned.