28 February 2019

A round fold-out Christmas card ...

I know, fancy making a Christmas card on one of the hottest February days ever recorded here in the UK!!    This is a round card which folds flat, then can be stood up so the inside and outside can be viewed at the same time, from now on I'll call this a 'Bozena fold card' as I was inspired by a lady I follow on Facebook called Bozena who makes the most beautiful die-cut cards.  I am still practising and learning how many layers of card I can die-cut without breaking our Sizzix machine:-)   

 I used a pre-coloured Polkadoodles digital image and digital sentiment, both from the Winnie White Christmas collection.   I added a doily die No. 7 by Sweet Dixie plus a 35mm burgundy cottage rose, two die-cut ivy leaves and some s/a pearls.

this is a view of the card showing the inside and the outside, there is a blank panel behind the two front circles where a personal message can be written.

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G x

25 February 2019

Christening card with a special fold ..

 I have been fascinated by a card made by a lady in Netherlands (Bozena Beijer) and she kindly gave some instructions verbally in Dutch so it has taken me almost a waste bin full of spoiled papers and cards before I could make this card work :-)  This is my first actual card and now I know roughly what to do I will have another go later in the week.  For this lovely card I used a pre-coloured image from a LOTV 'Babies' Art Sheet, together with various dies.  I die cut the flower from white paper and coloured with an ink pad then added some stamens and a couple of leaves. 

this photo shoes the card standing with the front and the inside on show, also you can see the fold at the back of the card
this photo shows the front of the card

Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon,
Mary G xx

19 February 2019

A get well card ..................

There is a new 'anything goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge with a nice prize for the winner.  I hope you will find time to join us and if you pop over to the blog I'm sure you will be inspired.  The DT were tasked with creating a project with the theme of Pancake Day so I used this cute image Miss Sugarpops Pancake Heaven with digi paper from the Sugar Sprinkles collection and made a round Get Well card - I thought the digi download sentiment from the same collection would make the recipient smile!

I coloured the downloaded image with Copics pens, then added some scraps of green ribbon and some punched flowers with pearls in the centre
Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you will be able to join the Digichoosday Challenge,
see you soon,

Mary G x

17 February 2019

Burgundy butterfly card ....

A greetings card with some burgundy flowers from my stash plus some hand made paper flowers and leaves, both die cut, shaped then coloured with ink pads and finished with stamens.  A matching ribbon bow finished the floral arrangement.  I used a Marianne die for the slotted satin ribbon and the ornate corners.  The butterflies were also die cut and I added pearls to the centres. 
Thanks for visiting my blog
see you soon,
Mary G xx

14 February 2019

Get well soon ....

A get well card for a friend using my new Marianne CR1370 Wave slotted ribbon die, slotted with pale lilac ribbon, some flowers from my stash plus die cut flowers, leaves and swirl.

close up of the die cut, it's really lovely, I'm very pleased with my new die

close up of my floral arrangement

Thank you for looking, see you soon,
Mary G x

11 February 2019

Hope you have an otterly lovely day ...

I was inspired by the talented Sue Hastead to try and colour in this wonderful digi download otter image by Whimsy Stamps.  I got my copic pens out and I followed Sue's excellent tutorial and was rather pleased with how the cute otter came out and I will be having another go very soon I think. 

 the first stages of colouring

I made the image into a greetings card and used Maja paper (sorry, can't remember the name of the design) then added lace, ribbon, flowers, some little leaves and butterflies I punched out of scaps and a computer generated sentiment.

Thanks again to Sue Hastead and thanks for visiting my blog,

Ive entered this card into Colour Crazy Craft Challenge 
see you soon, Mary G x

10 February 2019

Lily in lilac ....

An easel card with an image from the LOTV art sheets 'Lily the Fairy',  this one is called 'Follow your dreams'    The artsheets are excellent quality and perfect when you don't feel like colouring yourself, however, you can purchase the actual rubber stamps.  

The die-cut and matted image rests on a small easel card which I have embellished with  die-cut and shaped flowers in lilac enhanced with s/a gems and some green leaves which I cut with my new leaf punch.

The sentiment is also from LOTV
I have entered this into the Through the Craftroom Door challenge
Thanks for looking, see you again soon,
Mary G x

9 February 2019

You're furry special ...............

A greetings card featuring 'Sleepy Pots' from the downloadable digi Horace & Boo collection at Polkadoodles which I coloured the image with copics. The photo shoes some of the pens I used

 The flowers are punched from plain card, shaped and stamens added to the centres.  I added some diecut leaves and a ribbon bow of satin edge sheer ribbon.  To finish the card I popped on some pearls in the bottom right corner.

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G x

7 February 2019

A pretty tag .........

Another sneak peek of a pretty tag with one of the newLili of the Valley flower alphabet images (due to be released later in February) coloured with Copics and embellished with ribbon, flowers, twine, leaves and tiny little buterfly beads.

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

Just the twooo of us ...........

I enjoyed colouring this cute digi image 'Owls in a Tree' from the Twiggy & Toots collection at Polkadoodles  with Copic pens.  The sentiment came with the digital image

I used papers from the Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime collection, and punched some paper flowers from the scraps.  I embellished the card with 16mm pale lime satin ribbon and added some vintage style fine cotton lace.  A faux bow of scraps of the lace and ribbon, and some small lemon pearls finished the card. 

I will enter this card into the Crafteeze February Challenge 'Lace'

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

6 February 2019

Sending sunny thoughts ............

A litle sneak peek of the new LOTV Spring Stamps due to be launched later in February which will be available as digis and in rubber.  This is the adorable 'Spring Puppy' which I coloured with Copics pens and added some butterflies punched from scraps of the pink backing card, with tiny s/a gems

Thanks for looking, see you soon,

Mary G xx

5 February 2019

With Love & Best Wishes ....

There is a new 'anything goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge with a nice prize for the winner.  I hope you will find time to join us and if you pop over to the blog I'm sure you will be inspired.  The DT were tasked with creating a project with the theme of weddings or love.  I chose 'love' and made a birthday card.

I coloured the Earlie Hedgehog Dandelion digi printable stamp from the Polkadoodles FuzzyPuffs collection, with Copic pens including E77, E49, RV21, RV23, 00, E000, YG97, YG95, E71.    The sentiment 'Love & Best Wishes' is from Winnie Celebrations 1 kit

I love how I can mix and match images with papers from different collections - my background paper is from the Winnie Celebrations 3 collection, and I also printed off a co-ordinating design from the same set to make the lilac flower.  I diecut 2 flowers from the paper and one from vellum, then added a daisy centre.  I shaped the petals then added some dots of glitter glue.  The flower sits on a satin ribbon bow with some daisy leaves.

I look forward to seeing what you create,  Happy crafting,
I'm entering the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door
Classic Design Team Challenge
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog

Mary G x

3 February 2019

A birthday card for Spring .....

Nothing says 'Spring' more than beautiful daffodils and for this gate-fold birthday card, I have chosen to colour a digi download stamp with Copic pens.  The image is 'Daffodil' from the Polkadoodles ' Darling Buds' collection.  The sentiment inside the card is from the digital Winnie Celebrations 1 Sentiments Kit

I punched some flowers from scraps of the lemon backing card I used, ran them under the tap, mopped off the excess water, scrunched and twisted them, added some shape by pinching etc, then dried on a radiator. I punched a central hole with my Cropodile and inserted a stem of ivory berries.  The leaves were die cut from plain green card.   I finished the card with some Stardust Stickles on the centres of the daffodil flowers and a couple of lemon tiny sparkly s/a gems

I will enter this card into the February Card Addicts Challenge

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

2 February 2019

Gate-fold birthday card ........

A gate-fold birthday card which opens to reveal the cute Lily the Fairy from the LOTV Lily the Fairy artsheet.  The right hand solid butterfly wing tucks under the flower on the right hand side.  The sentiment is from LOTV

I added vintage style lace, pearl trim, flowers and leaves to finish my card

Thanks for looking, I started this card for the Card Addicts February Challenge, but when I checked again, it should have been a Spring gatefold card, so I'm off to start again!
thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx