Thursday, 24 January 2019

Twofer Challenge - Birds!

I am rushing to join in with the fabulous Darnell's Twofer Challenge

I haven't managed to join in with this challenge for ages and I was determined to this time - the theme is 'Birds'.  Here are my two cards using the same bird die on both cards with different designs for two different occasions.  Such a fun idea for a challenge!  Sorry its not the best photo.

The thank you card is winging (excuse the pun!) to the recipient as we speak! 

The background is made with Distress Oxides and water on my glass mat - I made two A4 sheets of these colours so I can use them on future projects.  I cut a square then stamped the Clarity Thank You stamp with my Misti to make sure it was straight and in a perfect square.  The Apple Blossom die (I have no record of the name) was cut from snippets of black card as were the four flowers in the corners which were from a die that was free with a magazine and matched the flowers on the bird die perfectly.  I made a square card base, added the main panel and it was finished. 

For the birthday card I cut the die three times from snippets of card, two in the black and one in the white - actually I cut an extra  one in white and tried both ways  round and went for the white in the centre in the end.  I chose pink for the panel so the die cuts would really pop and made a DL card base.  The sentiment is by HobbyArt stamped in Versafine Claire Nocturne on a snippet of white card, cut up then edged with black marker.  The little white butterflies are cut from Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy.  To make sure all my black and white snippets match and also match the base card, I store any snippets with the matching sheets of white or black card so I never mix the different whites and black as it really shows if you use mixed up shades of either.  I have several drawers of different white card and a couple of black.  I am totally disorganised in most things but do manage to keep those organised.  I may have mentioned it before but I think its a really good tip.

As well as the Twofer Challenge I would like to enter the following:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - use Snippets!  Another wonderful challenge, thank you Di!

I hope you are having a fab week - I apologise for my lack of visits - haven't been too well lately!  I keep having to apologise - soooooo sorry!

Take care. Christine xxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 3 January 2019

First Post For 2019!

Happy New Year!  I can hardly believe its 2019 already.  I hope it will be a fabulous one for everybody. 

My last post for 2018 was a unicorn card, you can see it here if you missed it, and I am starting 2019 with another unicorn card using the same fab unicorn die!  This card is for a 60th birthday.

The background is a piece of watercolour card that I had previously used to mop up ink left on my glass mat - I just can't waste any ink!  I cut it down to a little smaller than the black card base and die cut the stars into it using the main die from Sizzix Thinlets Swirling Stars by Tim Holtz.  I had several scraps of cream glitter card and one fitted nicely behind the star appertures.  I then cut a few of the larger  individual stars from the same set from more scraps of the glitter card and also the unicorn from Sizzix Intricate Unicorn in scraps of both the glitter and black card to give a shadow effect and to help it stand out from the background.  A little black pearl gives the unicorn its eye.  The number '60' is from a letter and number die set from The Works, again cut from scraps, and the Happy Birthday is stamped using the Label Maker Sentiments  clear stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The glitter card is so sparkly in real life, I wish you could see it!

I have used this unicorn die lots, both the positive and negative, I am sure I will be showing you more cards I make with it in the future - I just love it!  It comes with stars and butterflies too, a very versatile set. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets.
Cropstop - Anything Goes.

Thank you very much for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!
Take care.  Christine xxx