Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter!

A photo heavy post as I am showing you some Easter Treat boxes/bags and packages I have made for my family who are all visiting me today. They all contain chocolate treats of one kind or another

 (The box above and the two above centre were all inspired by Sam Donald at

Have a great Easter break and I'll be back soon
Margaret x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Washi Tape!

I have three cards to show you today all using Washi Tape. This is one of those things that I loved the idea of, and bought three different sets, but have hardly used it.
That all changed yesterday when our team's Facebook Challenge for the next fortnight is to 'create with Washi Tape' and as someone who is always up for a challenge (mostly limited to papercrafting I might add!) I set to and came up with these cards. They are all 4" square cards, the top ones using Gorgeous Grunge and all using various stamp sets and punches.
I am fairly pleased with the result and, it just goes to prove, sometimes you just need a bit of a kick to get going :0)
Back tomorrow with some small 'chocolately' Easter gifts I have made for my family who are all descending on me!
Margaret x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Treats

Today I have some little Easter Treat Holders to show you which I made using the Scallop Tag Topper punch. The idea came from an American demo called Sandi MacIver whose video can be seen here.
I adapted the measurements for the rabbit and chick to make them a bit taller but the basic idea is the same.
I won't bore you with all the product details as you can use whatever you have to hand to make and decorate them.
Back soon
Margaret x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Treat Boxes

Today I have a couple of little treat boxes to show you that I made last week to give to a friend and her daughter. They are super easy to make and only use a piece of 6"x6" DSP and the Envelope Punch Board. For mine I used some of the SAB paper along with the Petite Petal, Boho Blossoms and Itty Bitty Shapes punches. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments punched with the Word Window punch. I filled the bags with some mini eggs and tied them with a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Stretch Ruffled Ribbon. If you would like to see Sam Donald's YouTube video which gives you all measurements and instructions then click here.
Thanks for stopping by
Margaret x

Monday, 14 April 2014

More Shadowing with a Technique

This is yet another card for the LIM challenge which this week is a one layer card using 'Shadows'. I tried out a new technique to me - using masking tape (or decorators tape) to create a background. This is not the best example but I was quite pleased with it for a first time attempt. Basically you take a piece of masking tape, place it on your inkpad and rub it gently with your fingers before taking it off and placing it on your cardstock to transfer the ink. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to do this if you haven't already tried it. My masking tape was only cheap stuff so is quite grainy but I quite like the texture it gives. I used Pistachio Pudding and Soft Sky then stamped the image from Lovely as Tree in Early Espresso then re-stamped to get the shadow effect.
A couple of score lines and a simple sentiment were added to finish the card.
Margaret x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Simples Sunday Shadows

The LIM challenge this week is a one layer card using shadowing so, once again, I've used that theme for my Simples Sunday card.
I started by making a 'faux' frame with one of the Square Framelits - this is done by placing the framelit onto the cardstock with the cutting part facing upwards and the pressure makes an indentation in the cardstock rather than cutting it. I put a piece of copy paper on the top so it cut out a square to use as a mask. (The smaller picture shows the frame much better)
The leafy stem from Summer Silhouettes was stamped three times without re-inking to give the shadow effect using Old Olive and the same was done with the flower (also from Summer Silhouettes) but this time in Rich Razzleberry. I added two butterflies from Papillon Potpourri to the top corner, again stamping with re-inking. I wanted something subtle to embellish the flowers and butterflies so, rather than pearls or rhinestones, I used tiny dots of Dazzling Details. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
Have a good Sunday whatever you may be doing - I am having two of my grandchildren for a 'sleepover at Granny's' tonight so wish me luck :0)
Margaret x

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Me & My Shadow!

Today's LIM challenge is Shadow Stamping and it also needs to be a one layer card. Here are two cards that I have made very quickly this morning using the same stamp set, Hopeful Thoughts.
I have used the re-stamping technique for both cards and by that I mean I stamped the image twice without re-inking which gives a lighter image on the second stamping.

The card on the left was stamped in Basic Black and the sentiment is also from Hopeful Thoughts.

This card on the right was stamped using Old Olive and a sentiment from Bring on the Cake. I also added a bit of Gorgeous Grunge to this one!

We've had some gorgeous weather here this week and, being on holiday, I have managed to turn my garden from a wilderness into something a bit more respectable over the last couple of days. Still a lot more to do but I'm getting there :0)

Have a great weekend whatever you're doing and I'll be back soon

Margaret x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Card Swap with a Difference

Our card swap group has branched out into making a 3D item this month - which suits me down to the ground!!
Jane sent us a link to a YouTube video post-it note holder, made by the very talented Angie Kennedy Juda (which can be seen here) as a guide to the size it should be but, other than that, she gave us free reign to create our own version.
It was my turn to make something for Jane and I happen to know that her favourite colour is pink so I used Pink Pirouette cardstock and DSP for the holder which matched perfectly with a pink post-it note pad I already had. I used a Labels Collection Framelit to shape the front of the cover and added a (retired) label, punched with the Extra Large Oval punch. Five flowers, punched from one of the Itty Bitty Punch Pack with a tiny Basic Pearl for the centre, and a Papillon Potpourri butterfly decorated the front cover. Two small magnets keep the holder closed.
Thanks for visiting
Margaret x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Thank you for lunch!

Firstly I must explain the title of today's post. I was invited to lunch by a friend (and ex-colleague) at her house today, along with some other friends and these are the gifts I made to take along as a thank you. The box (above left) was made with the Natural Composition Specialty DSP and decorated with a flower, made with several punches (Pansy, Petite Petals, Boho Blossoms and one from the Itty Bitty Shapes pack), in Crisp Cantaloupe and some Stretch Ruffled Ribbon. This held a box of After Eight Mints. For the other ladies I made a cute little basket with the Envelope Punch Board using a tutorial which I had seen on a fellow SU demonstrators blog - Lindsey's tutorial can be found here. For this I used Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and decorated with a flower made in the same way as for the box.
The lunch was delicious and it was good to get together with friends and have a good old natter!!
Back soon

Margaret x

Monday, 7 April 2014

For Chrissie, Jen & Anne (and Mandi!)

Imagine my surprise when I opened an email from LIM this afternoon to find that I had been chosen as this month's winner! Of course I had to go and make a special thank you card (using this week's theme - A Touch of Turquoise) to thank Chrissie, Jen & Anne for choosing me. These lovely ladies (along with 'guest' appearances from Mandi - one of the originators of LIM) tirelessly set challenges each week for us 'obsessive' crafters and, more to the point, they visit each and every entrant to leave lovely comments. I really am amazed at the time they must spend doing this - it is always my intention to leave comments on the gorgeous entries each week but I never seem to get many done once the weekend is over and I'm back at work! I have dabbled with other challenge sites but LIM is definitely the one for me as I'm very much a 'Less is More' type of person and, I have to admit, it has become a bit of an obsession on a Saturday morning :0)
They say things come in threes and it definitely has for me, last week I won a prize from my SU teams Facebook challenge, on Saturday a friend and I got 3 numbers on the lottery and today I have won this prize. Doesn't look like I'm going to win the lottery jackpot and be able to retire then!!!
Thanks again ladies, I really do appreciate it and look forward to many more LIM challenges x
Margaret x


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Simply Stars for Simples Sunday

This is my Simples Sunday post which is also my second entry into the LIM challenge - A Touch of Turquoise.
I used two stamps from Simply Stars, stamped them onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock in Bermuda Bay then added a sentiment from Sassy Salutations. This was matted onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and then onto a white card blank. I stamped one of the small stars onto Whisper White, cut it out with paper snips and added it to the card with a dimensional then placed a Basic Rhinestone in the centre of each star. Simply done!!

I always take photos of my cards in the conservatory as that's where the light is usually best and, yesterday, when I took these photos I had someone watching me. I thought I would share these with you - what do you think he's saying in that second photo? What you looking at????   :0)

Enjoy your Sunday
Margaret x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Touch of Turquoise

A clean & simple card for today's LIM colour challenge - A Touch of Turquoise. I stamped one of the images from Gorgeous Grunge in Bermuda Bay onto a piece of white cardstock along with a sentiment from Express Yourself. The flower is made from Whisper White cardstock and the Pansy, Petite Petals and Boho Blossoms punches - sponged around the edges with Bermuda Bay. The panel was matted onto a white card blank and a few of the tiny Basic Pearls were dotted around - job done!

I am now on holiday for just over two weeks (it has seemed a very long term!) so I am hoping to get in a lot more crafting - watch this space
Have a good weekend
Margaret x

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