Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bikini Card

This is the 'sketch' for this month.  I love this idea but don't really have a clue how to even start.  In all good offices, a 'brain-storming' meeting ends with some really good ideas .... some useful, some not so useful, but better than when the meeting started!!

So I filled my bag with paper, cards, pencils, template, photos etc and went off to C.R.U.N.C.H., my local craft group.
I arrived early so laid out all the goodies and waited for the members to arrive, which they duly did and were immediately intrigued.
After lots and lots of discussion, some smutty remarks, much laughter, cups of coffee .... we started.

There were only four of us round the table, the number of members attending varies from week to week, so we had plenty of room to spread our stash.

We drew on the pink cards, some folded first, some folded and cut the other side to match.

We chose our papers, discussed how to cut them, drew the template on the card (!) and stuck down the papers, added ribbon trims.

We laughed so much it was a really good session.  
We decided to alter the template shape slightly after we had stuck down the main papers so that we could add 'straps', this caused more laughter as we tried to work out the best way to cut the card.

Everyone said what a great morning it had been, and how pretty the finished cards were.  I think that even the 'non' cardmakers were surprised at what a good time we had all had.  

It is very difficult to photograph the card to show the inside (or backside) decoration, I didn't really have the time to photograph them separately as we had overrun by 15mins.

I will show my complete card once it has been received by my partner.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

June Swaps

Full house again for this month - really good selection of themes.

Colour: Red & White
I have had this beautiful red lace 'on show' in my craft room for a long time.  Today I am going to use it!!!

I covered the front of a plain white card with the lace and trimmed it to fit.
I added this die cut rose which was plain white but it just didn't seem right.  
I showed the card to PJ who said that the rose needed some colour.  We were both agreed on this so I used a stencil and painted in the centre of the rose with red and added a tiny bit of green to the leaves .... much better!  
I attached the die cut sentiment across the lower edge.

I received this beautiful card by return.

Thank you Olive.
Sorry about the placement of the photos .... Blogger having another strop!

This card, courtesy of Helen, has paper flowers, green wooden butterflies and trim.  They are all attached to soft grey paper.

This beautifully embossed card has a stamped fairy image and sentiment along with a glittered butterfly.
Thank you Olive.

Sketch - A new Theme to replace the Alphabet Swap.
I used a pink card for this swap as I had several pink offcuts lying on my desk.
I cut the papers to size and added a diecut butterfly and sentiment. 
I have never thought of die cutting sentiments in white but it makes sense as then they can be coloured to match the card.

I received a blue card with a diecut sentiment!
Thank you ChrisN.

Style - Roses

I used some of the free papers I received with a recent magazine purchase to make this card.
I stamped the sentiment and edged it to match the blue.

This card has been carefully put together, so many peel offs placed and then a half wreath to embellish the image.
Thank you MaryC.

Technique - Teabag Folding
One of my favourite techniques!
I placed my medallion onto a red circle and then added the gold frame.  Although the papers are not Christmas themed, I thought the colours were festive so added a peel off sentiment.

I received this beautifully executed card.  Neat folding and excellent use of peel offs.

Thank you MaryC.