Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Snippet Cards - A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Evening Everyone,

It's been a lovely autumnal day here ... perfect for the day out at Portpatrick Harbour to celebrate DH's 79th birthday. For those of you who follow me on Facebook pop over to see photos taken today.

There was, though, a definite nip in the air so I think it's safe to say that summer is over. Not to worry, autumn here in Scotland is glorious and our summer hasn't been all that good ... not good enough to miss, that's for sure. And it does mean that I will be spending less time gardening and more time crafting. Now, that's got to be good because it will mean I can get back to posting more often on this much neglected blog ... starting with sharing this trio of snippets cards.

As you can see the design is similar in all of them and they all feature butterflies. The strips of card are leftovers from an earlier session when I played with the various colours in my Brusho collection. I layered them on to scraps of solid coloured card before adhering them to the face of the card blanks. The butterflies were cut from snippets of card using two of the new die sets bought recently from The Range.

Supplies used:

  • card blanks 
  • leftover pieces of white card spattered with Brushos in a variety of colours, trimmed to create strips
  • scraps of card in green, yellow and pink for the layers under the Brusho strips to create the panels
  • snippets of card in green, aqua, yellow, turquoise and pink for the butterflies
  • butterfly dies - Xcut Dinky Die - Butterfly and Dovecraft Mini die - Layering Butterfly

I'd like to say that these made a huge dent in my scrap mountain but, sadly, they did not. I've been thinking of taking another approach to this problem, that is apart from tossing them all in the bin - I couldn't do that - and after watching a few YouTube videos on the subject I'm going to have a bash at making up card kits to have ready to work on at any time I have a free moment. I'm hoping the initial time taken to make up the kits will, in the end, be worth it. Grabbing a few kits to work on whilst watching TV of an evening would seem a good plan. And it also occurs to me that the youngsters in the family might like some to be creative with. It's worth a try. I'll let you know if it proves to be a successful approach - or not.

In the meantime, I'm submitting one of these cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground. I'm just not sure which one - decisions, decisions!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and that the coming week is going to be a good one.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saturday Smiles

Hi Everyone,

Missed Annie's Friday Smiles this week so I'm making up for it today - I hope. And I also hope you have had a very smiley week. Here's a couple of shots that made me chuckle.

This is DH's great-great nephew. He's an absolute cutie. First photo shows the wee rugby player proudly showing off his Player of the Month certificate ... he'll be three later this month.

He's not afraid to try anything, including a spot of decorating!

When you have to put two greats in front of nephew you know you are getting old. And that brings me on to  why I didn't make it yesterday ... It's DH's 79th birthday today so we celebrated a day early. Sadly, I forgot to take the camera or I'd have got a great shot of him tucking into his cream tea!

 Finally, here's my funny for the week - I think this one applies to both papercrafters and sewers.
No need for words!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with a week of smiles ahead too.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Birds, Butterfly and Herbs

Morning Everyone

And it's a very early morning for me here. The sun is up - just- and the sky is blue but the scudding clouds are grey and look rain-laden. I can also see from my craft room window that there's quite a breeze blowing out there too. I think we are in for a showery and blustery day which is a pity because I'm going to have to go out in it. I'm off to the quilting class this morning - the first of this new Autumn term.

I did intend joining in with WOYWW yesterday, I even had the photo of my desk all lined up, when a domestic crisis arose, as they do, and all notion of blogging a post had to be put on the back burner. Needless to say, by the time I could get back to thinking about it again it was too late, I gave up and went to bed.  Life's like that these days - one day it's bowling along happily, next it's thrown me a curve ball or two. I suppose I should be better prepared and have a post or two in draft form ready to go, but somehow I'm never that organised - sigh!

Anyway, all is well this morning - so far! - and I have a little card to share.
It was made using bits found in the bit box. I must have stamped and coloured the herb image more than a year ago and the bird covered piece was an experiment in inking done around the same time. They've been matted on to some purple card from the scrap basket and decorated with a butterfly made from the tiniest snippet of leftover card and one of the new Dinky dies I found in The Range recently. The base is a black 5" square card blank. I'd give you more details but, in truth, I've forgotten what I used and even where the stamps are at this moment. If there is anything you need to know about the stamps just ask and I will dig them out later.

That's it for today. Now I must run and get ready or I'll never get to the class on time.

I hope you have a great day.

Happy Crafting,