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The Fairy House

I’m having such fun with my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform by Tonic Studios, that I decided to make this quick little card to practise my stamping technique. I admit to falling out of love with stamping some time ago, but the platform has quite rekindled the flame and I am quickly building a little collection of clear acrylic dies.

Although with the stamping platform you can easily switch between mountable rubber stamps and acrylic stamps, I only have the latter so far. I do like that you can see through them and really visualise how your image is going to sit on your card.

This card was so easy to make. I rounded off the corners of a white card, and layered some printed cardstock on  top, rounding the corners to match.

I cut a circle of white textured card and anchored it on my stamping platform, then placed my stamp – Fairy House , by Woodware – onto the card and lowered the lid of the stamping platform to adhere it. It works perfectly every time!

I coloured the fairy house using soft artists pencils, my favourite colouring medium and used a selection of die cuts and stamped sentiments to complete my card.

I loved this cute owl, one of a Halloween Collection by Sizzix and thought he looked cute watching over the little house. He sits on a bough cut using the Bramble Heart Collection by Tonic Studios.

I made this card in just over an hour. I am not usually a speedy worker, and I am constantly amazed at how many cards other crafters can churn out in a day. I mostly take hours to make one card and I quite surprised myself with this one, although you can see I have gone outside the lines with my colouring pencils!

Despite that, I’m rather delighted with this new home card all dressed up in its autumnal colours. So I feel quite happy to post it on my favourite challenge board, Win & Tonic. Pop over and check it out! Great challenges and lovely prizes.

I think its a fun card, and so easy to make. What are you guys making using your Stamping Platforms?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx

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Robin Red Breast

Hope you like this cheeky robin red breast card. I made it for the Win & Tonic October Challenge, using the fantastic Tonic Studios Bramble Die Set, recently launched on Hochanda.

I had pre-ordered this die set from Craft Stash, so when it came I simply couldn’t wait to get started.

I cut the wreath using a piece of heavyweight green cardstock that I’ve had in my stash for ages. I thought it looked stunning just as it was, but I felt it might look even better with some of the woven branches picked out in a solid colour.

I had some Papermania textured card stock that I wanted to use, but I only had small pieces. So began a labour of love, taking tiny scraps of card and cutting individual pieces using the main die.

I think it might be easier to cut two wreaths out and use the ‘cut-outs’ to fill in the wreath outline, and it would certainly save time if you wanted to make two cards using contrasting colours.

I used a couple of glue pens to adhere the wreath, a Zig wide nib and a Stix2 rolling ball tip.

I picked out a few other details such as putting a tiny black eye on the robin using a dot cutout from the brambles, as well as raising the robin using 3D glue pads.

Just to finish off, I popped some green gems onto the extra branch as berries. The greeting inside is cut from Tonic Studios Christmas Wreath die set I bought last year.

I’m really pleased with the way this festive Yule card turned out – it made me feel quite Christmassy!

What do you think? Are the rest of you happy crafters getting into the festive swing yet?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx

Happy Thoughts

Its been a crazy few weeks.

First I decided to sort out our den a.k.a our garage a.k.a the room where we stuff everything we don’t know what to do with. It had become a hell hole and I could no longer bear to go in there, which was less than convenient because, you know, there was stuff down there. Useful stuff. I was sure it was there, only I couldn’t be sure because I couldn’t find it. You know how it goes.

Anyway. We cleared it out and by the time it was done, well, there was space for me to invade with my craft stuff, which meant more room for crafting in my den a.k.a one of our bedrooms.

Then there was a visit with the grandchildren and a worrying time with a young member of the extended family in hospital – fortunately now home again and recovering nicely.

When I got back there was the usual round of washing and ironing that you always end up with when you’ve been away.

Finally, I stopped moving – and it occurred to me that I hadn’t blogged for simply ages. So I thought I’d catch up by posting these happy journal cards I made while I was away. I actually made these as an entry to the Win & Tonic challenge for June.

I like making journal cards, they’re such a cute size to work with and when they are done you can use them in so many ways – in your planner, on scrapbook pages, as card toppers or pop them in the post as happy mail to a friend.

And I absolutely adore finding inspirational quotes. Happy quotes. Words that make you smile when you read them. The world is too sad. I like happy thoughts and when I find them, I want to share them.

Flowers

I made these three as a set, because the quotes seemed to work really well together and because I love sets of anything!

I cut a journal card and an ATC for each, then smudged the edges and layered them.

Butterflies

I die cut embellishments to complement the words.

I printed the text from my computer and smudged the edges of the cut pieces, sticking them with double sided tape and dimensional spacers to add depth.

Beauty of Dreams

I kept the colours fairly soft and kept the splashes of sizzling pink to a minimum. I really wanted a dreamy look to go with the words.

I loved the way these cards turned out. They make me happy every time I look at them. In fact, I love them so much that I think I shall make a wall decoration with them.

Happy Cards
Journal Cards

What do you guys think?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx