Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Using your scraps to save time

Hello again it's time for my 2nd piece for Country View Challenges where our theme is a time challenge of 30 minutes or less. You can share any handmade craft, it doesn't have to be cards or tags it could even be a knitted item.  There are no limitations to the number of other challenges or the number times you can enter. You can win a £20 voucher too so it's win win in my books! All the details can be seen here. 

My first piece was a shabby chic card which can be seen here where I used lots of "left overs" as my cheats for saving time.

My second piece is another card which again uses a few left over die cuts but this time I have made use of some printed design paper. For speed  I have again used a digi image, which always saves time, as there is no colouring or stamping involved. This lovely image is a Nicecrane  image (whom I was a permanent guest designer for) . Sadly Ignacio is no longer trading.

To save matting the image I just die cut it with my floral frame.
Time taken; 4 minutes.

I matched a sheet of printed design paper and some orange card for matting and cut them to size.
Time taken; 4 minutes

I dug out my stash of "left over" die cuts and dug out some suitable greenery and flowers and an old mdf flower which I had previously painted and added a gold edge to.   This came from a project I made some years ago which I never really liked..so I took it to pieces and saved the elements. 
I also have a pot of left over die cut sentiments 

and I chose this one to link in with the gold edged wooden flower
Time taken; 2 minutes

I wanted a pop of orange  to bring everything together so I just die cut a couple of Cheery Lynn flowers using a scap of card left over from matting.
Time taken; 4 minutes
It was then a case of putting my card together. 
Time taken; 10 minutes.
Here is my finished card;

Below is a close up of the floral spray and my recycled wooden flower. I also added a couple of sequins.

Total time = 22 minutes.

I really hope you can join in with the fun, it just shows how much time you can save by using your scraps. This gives you total justification for never throwing anything away too!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Dies R us think spring
Frilly and Funkie 2/3 out of the cold 
Allsorts 2/3 anything goes
Ribbon Girl 1/3 Feb any image

You still have 1 week to enter our challenge, so get your skates on and whip something up in 30 minutes or under.
Meanwhile I am still loving my daffs on my window sill......ahhhhh

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The first warmth of the year

Oh what bliss yesterday was, the sun came out and warmed us up for the first time this year. We went out for a walk and saw that the crocuses had burst into life....

a whole carpet of these little beauties.
There are even sticky buds on the Horse Chestnut
 which means the leaves will soon be following.....squeal 😊
When we got home we found that it was 16c in our little sheltered garden.
The pots I planted up in the autumn are looking splendid.

The hellebore I bought last year has come back into flower and wow what a beauty it is.
 There are so many flowers to come.

As it was so warm, out came our canvas chairs and we enjoyed our first cuppa outside this year...

My card today was inspired by the gorgeous crocuses and the thought of spring being on its way.

The bird stamp is Designed by Ryn, such a cool stamp. I stamped it onto card and added some distress inks and a flash of metallic. I then I fussy cut it out. The flower spray, which I white embossed, is an old Noor stamp, sadly long discontinued. These are 2 of my favourite stamps.
I made a distress ink background, lots of layers and drying in between.

My card was made for the following challenges;

Designs by Ryn February customer creation
Creative Moments anything goes
Penny Black and More 3/3 favourite stamp they are both my favourites but if I really had to say 1 then it's the humming bird.
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 out of the cold      
Pixie's Snippets Playground #269/70 I used a snippet of left over watercolour card to stamp my humming bird on.
Rubber Dance 1/3 layers I used my inks to build up layers of colour and also added layers with my fussy cut bird and ribbon.
Sweet Stampin 1/3flowers
Allsorts 1/3 anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday fantastic florals
Stamping Sensations animal magic

I really hope some sunshine reaches you at some point over the weekend. I know we are not out of winter yet as despite this lovely mild weather, which is set to last into next week, there is talk of snow the week after! How fickle is our weather here in the UK?

Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your Sunday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Snowdrops and daffodils....

Yes I have seen my first snowdrops in flower as I walked to Dotty's Teahouse earlier this week. The ones in my front garden are still not quite in flower so I squealed inside when I spied these.
There are lots of clumps under the trees in park .
Someone else was watching me looking at them too.
They were a little rain damaged and muddy but they always such beautiful sweet delicate flowers.
On the home front I have a constant blooming of my favourite daffodils

and the pot I only bought last week is almost sending up its flower stalks.

So with all these snowdrops and daffodils the only thing we are still  waiting for is of course..................................butterflies and bees. Now to understand that you would need to be a least my age and remember the song Dana sang for the 1970 euro-vision song contest....😉
And if you are not that old...check out the link below

1970...just check out the fashions!! and yes I used to have a hair slide just like hers. The song is only 3 minutes long and I guarantee it will make you smile all day.

and if you want to see how Dana fares 40 years on check out this version.

2010 version I think she has aged really well.

In its time this was just a sweet innocent song and I adored it. I can never see snowdrops and daffodils without that little tune playing in my head.

Today's card is not floral as I just wanted to share the Valentine's card I made for my Hb....he doesn't often read my blog but just in case he did I had to keep it a secret until today.

 The ticket stamps are Tim Holtz which I embossed with black.  The die cuts are all MB and the Valentine sentiment stamp, which I embossed in red, is ancient from my stash. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

                                                                      Noor have a heart
Ribbon Girl  2/3 any card

                                   Uniko anything goes I have also gone for the optional love twist.

Paper creator love is in the air  

A Vintage journey words that are special I think that the definition of Valentine on my heart is perfect for this occasion....a person chosen as one's sweetheart on Valentine's day; one who is loved. My Hb certainly is.

Creative Moments anything goes

Craft stamper take it make it anything stamped goes

Emerald Creek Dares rock the red

Deep Ocean hearts

Happy Little stampers anything goes with a die

Allsorts 1/3 hearts and/or flowers

Pile it On 1/3 Hearts on fire

Let's Craft and Create 2/3 love is in the air

Penny Black and More favourite stamp the sentiment stamp I used in the centre of my card is my absolute favourite Valentine stamp. I've had it for years, I have no idea of the maker and I use it every Valentine's  day.

I hope I brought a smile to your Thursday or brought back fond and very innocent memories of the 1970s to you with Dana's song. Enjoy the end of the week and the snowdrops..... and daffodils.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x