Friday, 12 May 2017

Promise Me (Penny Black) Card, Off The Edge, Female

I hadn't intended to make this tag into a card initially...  it was one of those 'where bits from previous projects' were still lying around and grabbed my attention.
It's funny how most of my better designs morph from those 'left overs'.

So for those of you who haven't read my previous post, this project started off as my DT inspiration tag for Tag You're It...
and just by adding one extra die and a stencil it's become this instead.

Green and red...  I just love these two colours together.
But red is such a beast to get a decent photo of.

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'Promise Me'

Penny Black 'Promise Me' II
Poppystamps 'Bijou Filmstrip'

Memento/Tsukineko Marker Pens:
New Sprout
Bamboo Leaves
Rhubarb Stalk
Love Letter
Tuxedo Black

Distress Ink:
Walnut Stain

Embossing Powder:
WOW - Clear

Embossing Folder:
Spellbinders 'Fabric Weave'

Crafter's Companion - Spray and Shine 'High Gloss' Varnish

Tonic/Holtz Paper Distressing Tool

What I didn't mention in my last post is that I'm currently suffering from what I believe to be RSI...  in both hands/wrists.
So I'm trying to limit my iPad and iMac usage as much as is possible, which means yet another backlog of comments for me to work through  (Am I the only one who always falls behind)?
But I will work through them as it's my way of saying 'thank you' to those of you who are always kind enough to stop by.  x

Don't forget to come and join us at Tag You're It!

Enjoy your weekend...

Donna. x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Promise Me (Penny Black) Tulip Tag, Off The Edge, Female

It's Friday!  
And Friday means many things to many different people, but for me it's a chance to say it's
'Tag You're It' Friday time.

 I'm so pleased to be able to tell you that as of today we've now moved to a monthly format...

Hopefully this means that more of you will have a chance to play along, which is a  
  big thumbs up from me as I hate missing out on challenges simply because I ran out of time.
Don't you?

My tag for today meant an opportunity to play with a 'new to me' Penny Black stamp with matching die set...
As it's a wood mounted stamp the option of using a Stamp Positioner of any kind was out of the question.  After all (I reasoned to myself), people stamped long before these assist devices came along.   
So I wanted to have a go and see how I got along.
What do you think?

It's 'passable' for a first go, I hope!
(Makes me sound like a 'newbie', doesn't it..?)

Truth is, I've shied away from stamping and water colouring for fear of failure.  I didn't think I could do it so I didn't even try.
But a very kind and supportive friend on this DT I'm so privileged to be a part of basically encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and 'explore'.  
So that's what I'm doing right now - as those of you who have noticed my current Penny Black crafting obsession might have noticed!

I have to be honest and say that in order to get a bright and vibrant enough picture I've had to forgo the integrity of my tulip colours looking as they do in real life...  which is a shame as my poor tulip on the left looks like it has a fairly chronic case of the measles!
Poor thing.
Just imagine all three tulips with far deeper "red's" and a little less differentiation between the colour tones and you'll be spot on with what my eyes see when I look at my tag. 

Now just before I show you the gorgeous tulip inspiration we are all using for the challenge this month, let me first tell you what my husband had to say in relation to my 'make' for today...  
"It's one of those styles that looks ok until you get too close" he mused...  "then it looks like your felt tip just ran out".

All I can say is if you have also had equally 'edifying' comments about your craft work, please feel free to share them with me and let me know I'm not alone.
Pretty please?
Otherwise it's off to the corner for me to have a good cry!

I did say it was a gorgeous looking inspiration tag, didn't I?
I do so love red and green together...

I've kept to the tulip theme, kept the red and green, dropped the sentiment, added an 'off the edge frame' filmstrip die cut and introduced some added texture with my corrugated kraft base and twine. 
Everything's been layered up for extra durability, but you don't have to do that.
It's just my style of craft making.

I should also point out that if you can see what look like crease marks on the tulips your eyes are not deceiving you!
I had an idea for introducing a bit more texture to my mini CAS make and just went with the flow...  then sprayed with a thin layer of varnish before attaching to my tag.

What else did I use?

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'Promise Me'

Penny Black 'Promise Me' II
Poppystamps 'Bijou Filmstrip'

Memento/Tsukineko Marker Pens:
New Sprout
Bamboo Leaves
Rhubarb Stalk
Love Letter

Embossing Folder:
Spellbinders 'Fabric Weave'

Crafter's Companion - Spray and Shine 'High Gloss' Varnish

On my next post, I'll be showing how this tag became the focal element of a card - just by adding one more layered up die cut and some heat embossed stencilling...
and some distressed edges - which I just love to use!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...

...  and if you can, why not join in with our new monthly challenge theme at
Tag You're It?

Donna. x

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Office Worker Leaving Card, Shirt and Tie, Male

One of my husband's work colleagues is leaving next week after a fair few years of service...  considering how quickly some of them leave by comparison, in any case!

He will be missed as he's worked closely with Hubby for years, so I wanted to make a very 'individual', personalised leaving card that included some of those elements that would have been part of his daily work life.

Whether this is inspired or insane, it's currently making its way 'round the office.
They seem to like it, at least!
Want to see?

It's an 8x8 huge beastie of a card...  

8x8's use to scare the pants off me, but now I'm less intimidated by them than I used to be.
You see, I'm a fan of Sheri Gilson's work...

Sheri is a woman who seems to instinctively know what colours, patterns, textures, embellishments and layers will work together and if you look at her work you will often see 'finished' panels that stand their own ground as fully finished pieces.
She somehow knits these panels into a bigger and always perfectly balanced design that's a real feast for the eyes...  and unbeknown to me, I think her influence in making these panels is beginning to rub off a little.
I will never hold a candle to her work, but that's ok.
I'm still grateful for the inspiration...

That's not to say that I enjoy making 8x8's yet though as I often hit a 'sticking point' towards the end and lament the fact that I should have chosen a CAS design!
(Yeah, like they're so easy...  
...  That's irony - just in case you weren't sure!)

Now before I forget I should also thank Marybeth for sharing a link on her blog a while back about these dollar bill 'folding shirts'.
Of course, being in the UK meant that an actual dollar bill wouldn't work for this design, but as Hubby has a stash I 'borrowed' one for dimensions and cut some thin paper to use instead.
(...  and I've kept the dollar bill for future craft use - obviously)!

So what 'work elements' can you see on this card?
The answer should be two business cards and two spreadsheet tables of sorts.
I've torn, inked over, partially covered and even butchered down to just a teeny tiny logo in one case, then covered one with Distress Collage Medium 'Crazing', one with the same Medium in 'Vintage' and one in 'Matt'.
These 'print offs' were not on the best quality paper (hence the Collage Medium treatment) so one was spray mounted onto a second piece of paper and the other onto thin card.  
(And if you're wondering why the butchered logo got the 'Vintage' treatment it's because the colour of the business card didn't work with the rest of my design).

A stamped image of a laptop would have been perfect for this, but alas I don't have one and had to make do with the pencil pot instead.
I'm thinking I should email Mr Holtz with a plea for a 'techie' line of this style stamps.
I need a laptop stamp, you see!

So what else have I used on this card?

Supplies Used:

Marianne Design Collectables 'Tab With Text'
Taylored Expressions 'Little Bits - Neckties'
Poppystamps 'Classic Ribbons'

Holtz/Distress Inks:
 Stormy Sky
Black Soot
Pumice Stone
Spiced Marmalade
Vintage Photo

Other Ink:
Memento/Tsukineko 'Tuxedo Black'
Ranger Perfect Medium

Embossing Folders:
Sizzix Texture Fades 'Notebook'
Spellbinders 'Fabric Weave'

Holtz 'Splatters'
The Crafter's Workshop 'Coffee Splotch'
Memory Box 'Texture Line Up'

Stampers Anonymous/Holtz 'Schoolhouse Blueprint'

Distress Collage Mediums:

Patterned Paper

Challenges I'm Entering...

(We've Got Your Number)
The numbers might be oh so very tiny, but they are there!

(Anything Goes)

Allsorts Challenge
(Week #142 - I Spy...  'B')
'B' is for Business Card, 'B' is for Brown

Mix It Up
(Just For Fun)

Make My Monday
(Challenge #44 - Embossing: Heat or Dry)

Thank you so much for brightening my day...

Donna. x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sticky Notes Holder, Twine/Leaf Window, Female

I haven't specifically made something to play along with a challenge since October of last year...  and for those of you that know my 'story' you can probably guess why.  But I just couldn't help but be inspired when I saw the latest Poppystamps Challenge.

I've taken the inspiration quite literally and made a gift...
It's much simpler than it looks and I've included steps that can be missed out for an even easier version.

 Believe it or not, this project started off as the cardboard backing from one of those A5 brown envelopes.  You know the kind I mean, don't you?  They have a reinforced back panel and the words PLEASE DO NOT BEND printed in red on the front.  Well, that's what they look like in the UK anyway...

I hadn't initially planned on repurposing this cardboard back panel but as it was the perfect length it seemed ludicrous not to.  Just one chop off the end to adjust the width (using a guillotine) and two score lines later and my job was already a third of the way to completion as now I only had to decorate it, increase the depth of the panels a little and think about a fastener of some kind.

Decorating was easy.  
A good coat of white Acrylic Paint all over and then (once dry) simply tear up some thin Mulberry Paper and paste it on using a mix of PVA and water.  
(I started by covering the edges and the cracks I made when I made the score lines first.  This took two coats of paper - as did most of it).

My front decorative panel has also been made from repurposed materials.  
You may not see it in the photo's, but this Leaf Window panel has a sheen to it that comes courtesy of some MFT packaging.  I simply used my Die-Namics Stitched Square STAX to cut out the largest square, then centred the Leaf Window die and cut again.

After weaving in the green Hemp Twine (a gorgeous colour but too thick, so I had to untwist a length and then carefully thread it through) I mounted this front panel onto the largest of the three 
Die-namics Stitched Square Frames.  
Then I added on the stamped and heat embossed acetate layer, followed by another Die-namics Stitched Square Frame  - effectively creating an acetate 'sandwich' that then had an inked up piece of card (one of the squares left over from cutting out the frame) added as its back layer.

Why so many frames and layers?
Just to give the illusion of more depth, but you can easily miss that part out if you want a simpler version.

As for the flowers?
They were added right at the end of this project so I'll give details about those later...

You'll see from the photo's that the inside of this project carries on with me using the 
Die-namics Stitched Square STAX.
Layering up three of these top and bottom created the perfect depth that I needed, 
but before I glued these squares into place I added two thin lengths of black ribbon, both of which were wrapped around a 1cm thick length of scrap card.
These small card 'tabs' were then glued into place...  and while they were drying I used the time to add two holes (I used a pokey tool) to one of my layered up Stitched Squares.  

I didn't have any black elasticated cord that was thick enough so I braided three strands together (as you do).  Then I threaded it through the holes and put the small pencil into place before tying off at the back.  This way the elastic loop that's been created will be the perfect size.
(You can also skip this step if you like by using 100mm Sticky Notes instead.  I used 75mm Sticky Notes for this project).

Once the inner Stitched Squares were glued to the inside I simply had to add the Sticky Notes and then finish off my 'fastener' by adding a wooden bead and tying/gluing a double knot into place.
(Again, this is another step that can easily be omitted.  I just wanted to try out a 'fastener' idea that I had in mind, but this design works just fine without).

Then I added the flowers, using a small amount of Crackle Accents at the centre of each to mirror the shine of the acetate.

I have to say that I love this Hemp Twine weaved Leaf Window so much that I'm going to be using it again...  and maybe again...  and then again, too!
CAS with added dimension and/or texture is where my heart lies if I'm doing CAS work of any kind.
I'll never be a CAS purist, but that's ok with me.
We are all uniquely different, after all...

Supplies Used:

Poppystamps 'Leaf Window'
Poppystamps 'Dogwood Blossoms'
Die-namics 'Stitched Square STAX'
Die-namics 'Stitched Square Frames'

Holtz/Distress Antique Linen
Holtz/Distress Walnut Stain
Ranger 'Perfect Medium'

Embossing Powder:
Stampendous - Black/Fine Detail

PSX 'Thanks - Bold Writing Script'

Sturdy Cardboard - cut to size
Mulberry Paper
Heat Resistant Acetate
Thin Ribbon
Wooden Bead
PVA Glue
Elastic Cord - Black
Ranger 'Crackle Accents'
Sticky Notes
Small Pencil or Pen

Challenges I'm Entering...

Challenge #31    'Gift It'

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
(Some snippets used - acetate, flowers and some of the squares)

Simon Says/Wednesday Challenge

As You Like It
(Favourite Colour and Why - Green.  It can be vibrant or soothing, and I love it because it reminds me of nature).

Allsorts Challenge
Week #142    'I Spy...  B'
(B is for brown, B is for blossoms, B is for bead)

(Just for Fun).

(Challenge #44     'Embossing - Heat or Dry)

(The Letter 'B')
B is for brown, B is for blossoms, B is for bead...

Enjoy your day...
Donna. x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Branch Of Grace (Penny Black), Photo Album Style Card, Female

I'm trying out an idea today...

You see, I've decided that I love quite a few of the Penny Black flower stamp sets that are around - which means that I've got to try and find a way to make them 'work' for me.

By 'work', I mean I'm trying to fit them into a style that's all of my own...  which is very, very, very hard when you see just how many talented people out there in blogland have already posted such amazing versions/designs and layouts of the stamps I like.

It's also hard because I quite genuinely admire their design flair and the way they've paired things up.

So it's a challenge...  and one I'll be working on this year as, as much as I love my dies I want to broaden my horizons a little.

So I'm posting this one a little apprehensively.  It's a style of card I've also never tried out before.  And if this style has a name, I haven't a clue what it is!

So here goes...

The main issue I had with this is that I wanted something that wouldn't detract from the stamped branch (which I really love, by the way), yet I didn't want it to look too bare and 'unfinished' either.
And I have to confess, I only added the strip going from left to right as I was writing this post up.

You know when you're working on a design and you just know that it's not quite right but can't seem to put your finger on it?
Do you?
Please tell me that happens to you, too?
Pretty please?

Let's just say that I'm glad the 'penny finally dropped' (I think it quite genuinely got stuck!) as now the design looks better than it did.

 I've realised that I don't really have an awful lot of self confidence when it comes to trying out new ideas, but I am very blessed and oh so very, very talented when it comes to being critical of my craft 'work'.
(Hands up if you can relate to that.  And if you can't I'm genuinely quite jealous).

But before I give a quick 'how to' of how this card was made, let me fill you in on March - where very little happened craft wise...

You see, Husband has this thing where he brings home the germs from work and gives them to me to make me sick.
(He likes to share, you see)...

So He caught a cold at work (where they were all snotty and sneezing) and then passed it on to me.
(Both of our colds lasted for about a week.  On my worst day I had to eat with sunglasses on as my eyes were streaming and couldn't tolerate light.  I also slept with my Winter hat and scarf on for most of that week)!
Then I get better for a day or two before He has to work through the weekend (on top of his usual working week) for a show at the NEC  (a work exhibition four day extravaganza where you're not even allowed to sit down) - which meant extra house chores for me as He was coming home later than normal - and He was understandably very tired.
Then He gets sick again within a day of the show finishing  (He actually came home from work early)...  and this time I'm on Nurse Duty as He's confined to the bedroom (my attempt to quarantine Him).
And just as He's well enough to come out of quarantine (He had to go a full day of NO sneezing at all - which took five or six days,) who got ill again?
Yep.  Little Old Me...  For another week!

So barely any craft time...  but plenty of time to craft shop online.

That's the price He pays for making me sick!!!

And then two days later the boiler broke.  And it's still broken to date.  And the house is so cold with no heating.
And I don't do 'being cold'...

So that's why I've been so quiet - even for me.

Oh yes.  There's just one other thing (and I know I've mentioned it before) but maybe I should mention it every time - I don't know?!!

You're not looking at a black card base.
It's a very, very dark shade of brown that I just love to use, but I know that a lot of you perceive this as black on your monitor screens and I often forget to say as I know what colour it is!

...  And more one thing...

If this design is 'pants' please be gentle with me when you tell me.  But please tell me.
I'm having a rough year and although things are getting easier in some ways they really aren't in others.
Sometime's it's just too hard...

Supplies Used:

Penny Black 'Branch of Grace'

MFT Die-namics 'Flutter of Butterflies' - Lace
MFT Die-namics 'Photo Corners'
Memory Box 'Sketchbook Imagine'

Martha Stewart Pop Up Butterfly Border

Memento Inks:
Gray Flannel
Rose Bud

Holtz/Distress Inks:
Tumbled Glass
Broken China
Seedless Preserves

Embossing Folder:
Crafter's Companion/Textures 'Wood Grain'

Ranger Perfect Medium
Wow Clear Embossing Powder
Pebeo Gilding Wax - Silver

Challenges I'm Entering...

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Workshop
(All snippets except the base card).

(Foliage and Flowers)

Penny Black and More Challenge
(April Challenge - Spring)

(Spring or Easter)
(Anything Goes)

(Challenge #11)

(Challenge #132  -  Spring)

(Challenge #345  -  Flowers)

I've also moved my photo set up today as it just wasn't getting enough natural light.
I now have room for two light sources (if needed), as well as a 'rig' for bouncing a silver/gold sheet off.
It's not a professional set up, but 'make shift' works for me...
and with the expense of a new boiler I have to be a good girl for a while!

Enjoy the sunshine if you're lucky enough to have any today...

Donna. x

Friday, 7 April 2017

'Googly Eyes' Pom Pom Creature, Folded Tag, All Ages

As many of you know, the challenge at Tag You're It is always based around a design made especially for us.
You don't have to CASE it, but in order to play along you must find something about it that inspires you - and then tell us, please tell us in your write up somewhere.

We don''t always know just by looking!

Well today, our Featured Artist (Hello Joyce) used a Pom Pom!!! 
 So I couldn't help but make this 'Pom Pom Creature Feature' tag...


It would have been rude not to!

And speaking of rude...  my husband took one look at this tag and responded dryly with 
'how old are you'?

I know how old I am, thank you very much (although I must confess that one year neither my husband or I could actually remember how old we were and spent far longer than I care to admit on trying to figure it out.  And we are both the same age). 

But I digress!

I simply responded with...  'You do remember why I've made this tag, don't you'?
'It's for my DT at Tag You're It and the inspiration piece used a Pom Pom'.

And him?  
He has a new phrase he likes to quote at me.
'I only remember useful information'!!!

So all ideas of retorts to this statement are welcome.
Be creative, dry, funny...  whatever works for you.

All I know is that 'useful information ' is a subjective terminology at best...  and 'useful' doesn't necessarily mean helpful now, does it? 


Let me show you the Inspiration Tag set for this challenge...

Now that's One.  Big.  Large.  Fluffy.  Pom Pom!!!
You do see why it would have been rude to ignore it, don't you?

Now I could be clever and tell you that I knowingly took inspiration from the cat for my Pom Pom that has eyes and feet, but if I did it was purely on a subliminal level.

I simply saw a Pom Pom and ran with the idea...  and only later when contemplating how to incorporate it into the actual tag design did I stop and think that sometimes a part of 'never giving up' (the stamped sentiment on Joyce's tag)
actually involves having something, however small it is, to smile about.
So based on this thinking, my Pom Pom Creature takes centre stage with room on the inside to write/read a little note of encouragement or to send some love.

As you can see, I've made a two colour Pom Pom - just like Joyce did, but my 'inking' is a pattern through a stencil instead.  
I've kept a little of the pink, too...  but used hot pink and bright green rather than pink and red.
 But it's still just the two colours, though!
Joyce's tag base colour matches the colour tone of her Pom Pom and so does mine.

And as for how I made my folded tag?

Elongate one Spellbinders 'Deckled Rectangle' die cut.
Use a Tim Holtz 'Notch Punch' and punch at one short end.
Fold other short end of card up and into the Notch to make a small folded tag.
Cut a standard size Spellbinders 'Deckled Rectangle'. 
Glue to underside of folded tag.
Add a hole punch.
Decorate using a Tim Holtz 'Splatters' stencil with Colorbox 'Frost White' pigment ink.
Add a piece of twine/leather cord.

Oh yes...  and as for the Pom Pom feet?
They are from a die set made by Marianne Designs Collectables series called
'Eline's Hedgehog'.
And if you don't have these (or any feet) I'm pretty sure a heart shape will work just as well.

So that was 'easy peasy', wasn't it?
And if you don't have a Notch Punch you could always move the Pom Pom Creature forward on the tag and use the base of its feet as the 'fastener'.
(Just be sure to add a card backing to the feet if using felt - I don't see felt feet holding anything in place otherwise).  

I know that one of my team mates on this challenge will love this little guy just as much as I do.
Can you guess who that might be?
And did you notice him (my Pom Pom Creature) saying 'hello' to you?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Come and join us if you can.

I know I've been quiet lately.  Will fill you in on a future post...

Donna. x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

8x8 Layered/Mixed Media Tag Card, Butterflies/Time, Female

If you saw my last post, you should (hopefully) recognise this tag.
If you did but you don't, then...  well...  I can either go crawl back into bed and have a good cry or decide that you've had a very long day.  
And if the latter's the case, maybe you should go crawl back into bed and take a nap, or sit down for a bit with a good book to read.
Or...  or...  what do you like to do when you are tired?

My challenge for myself was to take this layered/CAS tag and to turn it into something not CAS at all.  Yet overall, there's still a 'clean' look to this design. 
Let me tell you what I've used...

Supplies Used:

Mama Elephant 'Tags A Lot'
Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz 'Clock'
Poppystamps 'Theo Butterfly'
Sizzix/Holtz 'Tiny Tattered Florals'
Papertrey Ink 'Wet Paint Cuts'
Memory Box 'Peaceful Butterfly Wings'

Embossing Folders:
Spellbinders SCF-002 'Fabric Weave'
Crafter's Companion/Textures 'Wood Grain' (8x8, 5x7)
Crafter's Companion/Textures 'Hessian'
Crafts Too 'Cherry Blossom'
Cuttlebug 'Butterflies 3x3 Tag Team Combo Set'

Holtz Distress Inks:
Frayed Burlap
Walnut Stain
Bundled Sage

Crafters Workshop 'Ferns'

Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle' - Pearl Diamond
Ranger/Holtz 'Distress Collage Medium' - Crazing
Pebeo Gilding Wax - Silver
Dew Drops - Clear
Crocheted Lace
Paper Tearing Rulers x 2
Raffia/Thick Paper String - White
Silver Twine
Tonic/Holtz Distress Tool
Paper Punch

 I may have beaten my personal best for how many different elements to incorporate into just one card - and trust me when I tell you that this was not a labour of love, but of sheer grit and dogged determination.  
(Now there's a phrase I'm going to have to try and remember to look up).

I hate being beaten by a card that refuses to 'play nice' - Don't you? 
And I hate how my lace strip in the photo looks like a badly drawn straight line...  which it isn't.
It's as perfectly straight as straight can be.  There are just some very strange optical illusions at play - mainly caused by where the white raffia wraps around the card, I think).
Grrrr...  Maybe my card got it's own back on me after all!

Challenges I'm Entering...

(Handmade Flowers)

(Week #406    'Ladies and Girls')

(CFC169    'Off The edge')

(#255     'Dry Embossing')

(Trend Week #384     'Use A Stencil')

Wishing you a 'Happy' day, wherever you may be...

Donna. x

Friday, 10 March 2017

Butterfly Clock Tag, Textured/Layered/CAS, Female

This is an exceptionally simple, but textured/layered CAS tag, created for the new challenge starting today at Tag You're It.

I don't think you can tell from the photo, but there are two layers of glitter varnish on the base tag - sprayed on and left to dry between coats to build up that sparkle that so many of us know and love.

I have to confess, I'm not much of a glitter girl at heart, but this spray gloss varnish with added glitter had me hooked as soon as I saw it being demoed on a UK craft channel.  
It's subtle...  just the way I like it.
(And I just so happen to know that the company that make this product launched into the US market last year).

My tag was inspired by this very pretty creation by Marion Vagg...

It really is quite beautiful, isn't it?

I wanted to stay true to the beauty and the texture and the layers...  but in a simpler, more CAS form.  So I've kept the clock face (mine's die cut and embossed rather than using texture paste), swapped out the layered flower with that pretty central focus for a butterfly with a central feature and swapped out the foliage for the clock hands.  

Many, many thanks go to my oh so very lovely friend Pam who very kindly sent me this butterfly die - along with a few others to play with.  
I actually didn't know that I liked this die at all until it arrived in the post and I used it.  I'd looked at it so many times in 'die' form and discounted it as not for me.  
How wrong was I...  and how right was Pam.
It's actually turned out to be just what I needed and one of my favourites, too.
(Seems she knows my craft tastes better than I do)!
But in my defence, I am still learning...
(Don't be surprised if I still use that excuse in five or ten years time).
Shhh...  Don't tell! x

So what exactly have I used to make this tag?
Let me tell you...

Supplies Used:

Mama Elephant 'Tags A Lot'
Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz 'Clock'
Poppystamps 'Theo Butterfly'
Sizzix/Holtz 'Tiny Tattered Florals'

Embossing Folder:
Spellbinders SCF-002 'Fabric Weave'

Holtz Distress Inks:
Frayed Burlap
Walnut Stain

Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle' - Pearl Diamond
Raffia/Thick Paper String - White

Think of this as Part 1 of a two part post, as next time I'm planning to show you how I used this tag to create an 8x8, Clean and Layered/Mixed Media card.

And why do I want to show you?

Because I'm hoping to inspire you to play along - I'm not going to lie about it!

You see, a few of you very lovely people (you know exactly who you are)! keep telling me that you don't make tags - yet you make very lovely cards or I wouldn't stop by for a visit.
So I've decided to come up with a few ideas as of late that show how to use a tag in a slightly different way.  In other words - you've inspired me to try and think 'out of the box' - even if it's only just a little bit.
I've made a bookmark, a CAS tag on a CAS card...  and so this time the obvious choice was a CAS tag on a non CAS card.
You see, there's a perfect logic to what I've been doing!
Make a CAS tag, play along with the challenge...  and then spend time making it into a card.
Like I said, perfect logic...

(If you could see me now I would have a big grin on my face at this point)!

So if you can, come and play.
And if you can't, thank you for looking/for stopping by/for sharing your time with me.
Because either way, it's people like you who make people like me very happy to be a part of 'blogland for crafters'.    

Bye for now...

Donna. x

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Mini Lindt Bunny Treat Boxes, Easter Gift Idea, All Ages

I know that one or two of you spotted this on FB yesterday evening, but for those of you that haven't seen it, I'm just stopping by today to share a little Easter treat idea that I had.
Like many of you I like to be inventive from time to time!  

But before I show you, let me just say this...
Yes, I could have added more detail - even if it was only to lightly emboss the boxes.  
But taking my time out of the equation, these are a little 'test piece' idea that I'm taking to sell for a very small profit margin on my craft stall this coming Saturday.

Am I looking forward to it?  No...
Did I take up this wonderfully time consuming hobby with illusions of making money in any way, shape or form?  No...
Do I think that my stuff is actually good enough to sell?  (If I consider you to be a very good blog friend then I'll PM you and let you know after Saturday)!
And yes, of course I dread the idea of everyone walking by and ignoring me...

But it's given me a goal to work towards this past few months and to be perfectly honest, that's what I need.
Grief is a long, hard journey...  and although my daughter is not dead, she is gone.
And that's so hard to bear some days.

...  And crafting/craft shopping/sorting through my craft stash are the only things that seem to help.
Plus talking/messaging some of you who have been so very, very kind to me.
(You know who you are). x

I know that others of you may be uncomfortable with my grief and/or simply do not know what to say. 
And yet others of you have your own difficult journey to walk through and like me, use blogging mainly as a distraction.
So as much as is possible I do tend to try and ignore it when blogging online.

That's why I took the decision to do the mini blog.  It keeps it separate and saves me from having to explain or apologise yet again as to why I'm so infrequent with my blog posts or repaying your kindness if you've been kind enough to stop by and leave a comment.
But I don't want to pretend either...  
Especially when it's relevant to what I'm 'talking' about.

So...  I guess I should show you these little treat boxes?

I did come up with a few alternative design ideas that I've also made to sell on Saturday - but this was my favourite by far.
But just to give you a few more ideas, a well placed die cut 'bow' or some punched/die cut 'grass' work equally well as deterrents to stop bunny from falling out of the box!

As these are pretty straightforward to make, I won't include any 'how to' details other than to say that I used a Sizzix Bigz/Where Women Cook 'Cake Pop' die for my boxes...
but I will share this idea over at The Playground as 
a) I've used up some of my craft scraps/'snippets'  
b) I'm wanting to try and get a 'gold shiny star'. 

Of course, these super bright and shiny gold star's are very rare and therefore very hard to come by, so I may have to try even harder next time.
But I will keep trying...
I just hope that The Playground cat (Parsnip, to those of you that know him) doesn't scare the bunnies away!

Speaking of which,  I had the fright of my life early last Friday morning...

To make a long story short, I went to feed the bird's just before leaving to go food shopping rather than after (as I normally do).  After all, it is finally getting brighter earlier in the morning's now.
The bird food is stored in the garage.  It was about 6.45am.   
Who did I not notice at all, sitting in a bag of Suet Pellets, completely unaware that it was well past the time that they should have been tucked up in bed?
Well a little Wood Mouse of course!
The first I knew of it being there is when it jumped about a foot in the air because I had plonked a lid down very close by and not very gently at all.

I'm not sure who actually had the bigger fright out of the two of us!

I think Wood Mice are adorably sweet and we have a whole family or more living under our shed, but when you are just going about your business this is not a sight you expect to see.

Needless to say I got my husband to deal with poor Mousie - who was taken back outside to the shed.
Just as well we know where they live!

As for the bird food? 
Everything now has a lid on it, so they can't help themselves any more.
But I do put out a little food for them every evening - I have since discovering them there a month or two ago.
Rice Krispies and Porridge Flakes are particularly popular - as is a crushed Digestive Biscuit.
I wonder what Parsnip would make of those - the Wood Mice, not the food?!

Challenges I'm Entering...

Challenge #68     'Something New'
(Although it's an old die, I've only recently purchased it and never played with it before).

If this idea inspires you to make a treat box of your own, stop by with a photo of it - if you can. x

Wherever you are, enjoy the rest of your day...