Saturday, 18 February 2017

CCT February Technique Challenge

Hello! At Christmas Card Throwdown we have a technique challenge for you!

This is a great technique for tackling that mountain of patterned paper (what do you mean, you don't have a mountain of patterned paper??)
I used a wonderful tutorial by our very own Patricia Hays. You can find it by scrolling down this post from Splitcoast Stampers. I'm not usually a fan of techniques that appear to require mathematical precision, but this really doesn't, it is very easy and straightforward!
We can't wait to see your cards! April x

My card is super-snippety so I am sending it to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

CCT February Theme Reminder

Hello! A quick reminder that we have another week of our 'Drinks theme' challenge over at Christmas Card Throwdown. We hope that you will join us there for a festive coffee or something a bit stronger! There are lots of lovely cards to inspire you there. Happy crafting! April x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Delicate Details

Hello! Today's card uses Delicate Details, a Saleabration stamp set that you can get free with any £45 order. In our weekly email that demonstrators receive from Stampin' Up there was a fabulous card made using this technique. You simply combine the stamped lace edgings with any die or punch you fancy. Very easy and effective!

Now the colour combo I have used here isn't one I would have thought of, but it does give my card a bit of a tropical feeling I think!

I'm entering my card in this week's colour challenge over at the Global Design Project. So many beautiful cards there!
This card is certainly the only tropical thing around here at the moment, but grey and miserable February weather is great for card-making! April x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

CCT February Theme Challenge

Hello! We have a theme challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. We would like to see your cards related to the theme of...

Can be any drink you can think of! Christmas cocktails, glass of mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows, or even a festive cup of tea! This lovely set of dies retired from last year's SU spring catalogue and many people lamented the fact that there wouldn't be a Christmassy version of stamps to go with them. So I thought I would have a go at making them into a festive card. I quite like how Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand make my teapot and cup look a bit like Utility Ware!
This card was a lot of fun to make and very appropriate considering I like to drink my own body weight in tea!! We look forward to seeing your festive tipples! April x

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Hello! I was very excited to get this new dragonfly die and fabulous hexagon embossing folder. I embossed the card twice - first with the hexagons, then with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The leaves are a snippet from a larger rose die-cut rescued off the floor! The Glimmer Paper was such a tiny snippet that if you look carefully you can see that it doesn't actually extend down the whole dragonfly!!

He is fluttering off to Di and the little white peril at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Happy crafting! April x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas Swap

Hello! In the run-up to Christmas I had a great time taking part in Jo's Twelve Days of Christmas swap from Through the Keyhole. Jo very kindly paired us up with a swap partner and we exchanged twelve gifts, one to be unwrapped on each of the days following on from Christmas.

My partner was the lovely Hazel of World of Joy. I gulped slightly because her blog is very stylish indeed and mine isn't, but we found a shared love of all things feline and crafty and it worked really well.

Like 95% of the country, I think, December was totally absorbed by the longest, most hideous coughing lurgy that totally stopped me in my tracks. Fortunately, I was just about ok for the day itself, but Hazel's beautifully wrapped and very thoughtful gifts were definitely a bright spot during a time of feeling very rubbishy indeed. As you can see from the pictures, it was a gorgeous haul of lovely crafty and pampering goodies. I particularly adore the cute fox socks!! There was a great deal of excited ooh-ing and ahh-ing as the gifts were unwrapped and it was a really enjoyable part of the festive season for me. Thank you so much Hazel!

Hazel's lovely blog even makes my gifts look pretty cool! She has blogged about them here. I am in love with her wonderful capsule wardrobes and they are inspiring me to take a steely look at my own chaotic clothing!

A massive thank you also to Jo for organising the swap. These things take a big effort, I know and they very much rely on everyone doing what they have signed up to do. I was lucky to have a fab swap partner, but I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out so well for others.

April x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

CCT Colour Challenge

Hello! We have a colour challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown and I love this particular colour combo!

Please do check out the inspirational cards from the rest of the design team. We look forward to seeing your cards!
I made a version of this card before Christmas and I thought it would work well in a different colourway. Here is my earlier card made with SU's Santa's Sleigh bundle -
I swapped a few things around and for my aqua and brown shades I chose Pool Party and Chocolate Chip. The card is actually Very Vanilla in real life, although it looks a bit washed out here! I've also added some Bermuda Bay sequins. I hope you like it! Happy crafting! April x