Sunday, 24 February 2013


The challenge this week is 'Music' set by Chris.

Chris's card

Now I don't wanna get too philosophical but my card this week is as much about how I feel about music as music itself. I love music with a passion, there are few genres I don't enjoy. It makes me feel alive, brings a spring to my step and so the colours of the card kinda reflect this.

Music is such an individual thing and evokes different emotions in different people and that reflects how individual we all are. I came across this quote in amongst my treasures.... how apt. The card had to have a music background of course but despite all the music stamps and die cuts I have I decided that just a simple die cut stave worked better - that old adage of less is more.

I've added some flowers I made just to add some zing and remind us that Spring is just around the corner. I hope you have a lovely week folks. Chris W xx

Kathy's card

This is an A5 portrait card, and the front was trimmed a little shorter, l then stamped randomly the music etc. in black, the front was matted with black card than l had stamped and embossed with clear powder more music notes etc. The topper-Harp was also stamped and embossed in black onto white card, then trimmed and added onto the front, then finished off with the text. This card would be suitable for either male or female. 

Sheila's card

I always struggle when it comes to making cards for men, so I thought with this challenge I would tackle a man's card. I started with an A5 base card and matted some paper onto black card and used this as my first layer. I used one of my embossing folders to go along with the theme of music. I then stamped my image and coloured before using distress ink on the edges on both my toppers and placing them onto a black matts. After placing my toppers I finished with a sentiment and card candi.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Die cutting

Chris's card

This weeks challenge of 'Die cuts' was set by Sheila. I sat pondering what I should make and remembered that I needed to make a 'Thankyou' card for someone.

The word 'thanks' was cut using a Sizzix die.

Now I don't know if any of you have invested in the Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts dies but they're great and this is an example of what you can do with them.

You buy the Pop 'N Cuts base tray and it comes with a Pop 'N Cuts circle that you can affix greetings or embellishments to but you can also buy additional dies to sit in the tray for specific shapes or words.

I've recently bought some new Tonic floral dies and not had the opportunity to use them so decided to use some of them to make the flowers and leaves. The lacy square base is also a die cut.

Kathy's card

Here's the information on how l made the card for this challenge. I started with an A5 landscape card, and found in my stash some varigated blue paper that looks like clouds, so that was used for the main matt. I then used a set of dies that l had bought a few weeks ago, Build a Scene by Xcut, this was a bit fiddley but worked out quite well just using blue and white theme. There are quite a few small pieces, a little patience is needed, but the finished card is well worth it.

Sheila's card

As mother's day will be upon us before we know it I thought I would take the time to make my mum's card for this theme. I started with an 8x8 card and used silver mirror card for my first layer. The black card layer I score using a score board to get the trellis effect. I used a spellbinders set of dies to cut all my elements, I used a distress ink to bring out the embossing detail. I then stamped my flowers,coloured and then trimmed leaving a small border before placing onto my card. I finished with adding a sentiment and lots of gems.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Hearts and Flowers

Chris's card

Kathy is setting this weeks challenge - hearts and flowers. My card is very simple, tying the floral die cut to the colours of the backing paper. I've used a silver heart buckle on the ribbon and two heart brads to fix the sentiment. Simple, simple, simple.

Kathy's card

This card is an A5 white card, for the matt l used the waste after l had cut out the hearts from a Xcut die, assorted hearts, having placed them in the correct places it made a lovely mask for me to use, tinting with Worn Lipstick distressed ink. I used my  tapestry stamps to embellish the hearts, after stamping the sentiment within the large one, then tinted the edges with Pine Needles ink. Finished off with a flourish from green card and some flowers made with my tonic punches. 

Sheila's card

I have a confession to make, I didn't really put any thought into my project this week. I had been looking through some old craft mags when I came across some lovely papers ideal for this weeks challenge. I simply followed one of the projects in the mag, and the papers were just too good not to use.

Sunday, 3 February 2013


Chris's card

Sheila and I sat musing what this week's challenge could be. Now, bear in mind we are both avid crafters and totally spoilt for choice both for tools and materials, we decided that we would use something we used to use alot but haven't touched for years........ stencils! So this is what I came up with, really, really simple.


As Valentine's Day is approaching (and I found a lovely square stencil in my box that lent itself to making a square card) I decided upon this lovely heart stencil. All I did to finish the card off was to add a small rose and wind the stem around a pencil to add a little form and make it easier to use.

Sheila's card

My card using stenciling is an 8x8 base card. I used a mask placed onto card and used a distress ink to colour through the mask. I matt this onto a contrast card and placed it onto my base card. I then did some paperweaving and used a die to cut the shape, I drew around the same die to get a faux shape and matt the two shapes together. I stamped a verse onto white card and used a die to cut the shape, inking the edges before removing the die. I finished off with ribbon, card candi and a sentiment placed on a small tag shape.

Kathy's card

I am the third of the four craftateers and wanted to join in with this challenge, so here you have my card. The base card is  A5 white, and l used Crafters Companion Ice White pearlescent card and used one of my brass stencils, a swirl corner, run it through my Calibur and cut small sections out with craft knife, then matted it onto red card. The topper is a stamped image from Swalk range, named "I Do", l used my Spectrum Noirs to colour, inked the edges with Barn Door distressed ink, and layered that onto same red card. Finished off with a sentiment also matted onto same red, then just added 2 red gems.