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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Crafty Cardmakers #40 Fairies and At Least 2 Punches

40 CCM Fairies WM Here I am a day and a dollar late again, grrrr. Poppy had to have her injections yesterday and she had a bit of a bad reaction so I was playing Puppy Nurse all afternoon and evening. She is fine now…. She decided 1am was an excellent time to recover and start creating havoc! But hey I was just glad to see that there was not a long term problem as the poor little love had been whimpering in pain for ages on and off. Anyhow back to the business in hand.

This fortnight’s challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and set for us by the lovely Gill is to use at least two punches (please note NOT die cuts, but actual punching) on your project, along with  fairies.

We are sponsored by the very generous image to the tune of £10 to spend in her online shop, which is stuffed to the gunnels with all manner of gorgeousness.

So to my card. I used an image by Mo Manning with a cute little fairy sitting inside a teacup.

This was my first chance to give an outing to the delicious new Marianne cutting and embossing die which sits behind my image. (Look out for another card this coming Sunday with the second of these stunners) I punched around the edge of my diecut shape with the MS PAP set called Layered Arches. The second punch is also by MS and is the doily edger punch. I have also used a third punch to make slots for threading the ribbon in.

The ribbon is white seam binding which I spot dyed with three different Glimmer Mists. I have looked at a couple of tutorials for dying this ribbon and I found that letting it air dry, even though I scrunched the heck out of it,  didn’t give enough crinkle to it, so in desperation I pulled out my heatgun and that did the trick nicely by sort of shrinking the fibres a little. I used the leftover glimmer mess, errr I mean inks on my craft sheet to colour over the top of the teacup so it matched the ribbon. The rest of the image was coloured with Lyra Acquacolours, with a little bit of tonertex glitter on her wings. The flowers are various from Wild Orchid Crafts and the two beaded pins I made myself. There was a little ribbon left over so I made a bow behind the flowers with it.

In case you want to make your own pins a little tip – do you know the cheap clear rubber backs you can get for stud earrings to replace your gold ones if you lose them or are allergic? Well they make an excellent stopper so that you don’t have to try and glue your beads in place on your pins, and trust me I tried that and it’s too much like hard work. When you have assembled your pin you just push one of those earring backs on at the bottom and voila, beads kept nicely in place.

I am entering this into the following challenges

Digital Tuesday Challenge – Use Punches (I have used three here) and something digital, my image

Incy Wincy Designs – Use punches or die cuts. I have used both

Crazy 4 Challenges – Use Dies. The Marianne Die as mentioned above

Squigglefly – D is for Diecut (the Marianne diecut), dying (the ribbon was dyed), doily edger punch

I Did It Creations Challenge Blog – Anything goes

Sparkles Forum Challenges – Fairies. The Mo Manning Image

2 Sisters Challenge Blog – Embossing. The Marianne die has cut and embossed

From Monday 14th March, our normal Spotlight Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers will be moving to a new home Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenges. We hope you will come and join in the fun there. The current main Sponsored Challenge will remain where it is.

Please pay a visit to the new blog as there is a DT team call on there. If you pop over you can read all about it and see if you fancy joining us. Details are all on the new blog.

Don’t forget to call over to the normal blog and enter your fairy card, and whilst you are there you can see all the gorgeous work my team mates have come up with this week. I have to say there are some stunners there.

If you pop back and visit me tomorrow I have a small announcement to make.

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. Hi Lin...just popped over to say that I am looking forward to working with you on the Dream Valley challenge.


  2. oh wow!
    Lin This is just stunning! I love the sweet image and the stunning embossing detail!!
    Thanks for the pin tip, off to ebay now to get some hee!
    Hugs Melly xxx

  3. Lin, this is arguably, my very favourite fairy card of all time! Your palette, design and embossing are superb and this gorgeousness is not harmed at all by your choice of image, by the uber-talented Mo Manning, which you have coloured to perfection.
    I very rarely use the overused word 'stunning' but this very nearly did stun me! I could only say 'Wow!'

    I don't like it much do I......( LOL!)?

  4. Oooh this is lush I lurve the pins, and the fab Marianne die (cant wait to see the next one as I really fancy them ) and the image and.. ok you get the picture I like all of it! Its just lovely.
    thanks for the tip about the pins and the earing backs
    Glad to hear poppy is ok again when are we gonna see more pictures of her?
    Fi x

  5. Awwww...this is soooo sweet. Thanks for joining us at the Digital Tuesday Challenge.

  6. Hi Lin, very pretty card, love all the beautiful details you've added.

    Donna x

  7. This is gorgeous! That image is stunning!! xx

  8. Hi Lin
    I'm so glad you introduced yourself so that I could stop by and admire your gorgeous cards, what detail. I all love the embossing and the flowers you include. I'm a bit of a slow card maker and always struggle with the embellies, preferring scrapbooking where for some reason I have no problem with throwing everything at a page.
    Your puppy is just adorable, what a cutie. I'm so glad she had no lasting effects from her injections.
    Lovely to make a new blogging buddie.
    Hugs Lisax

  9. Wow, this is a really beautiful card. I love the way you have combined the die and the punches, and the image is a real cutie. Jo x

  10. ...oh, I forgot to say, pop over to my blog - I have something for you!

  11. Love that cut and emboss die! Fabulous! Can't wait to work with you at Dream Valley Challenges!


  12. Hi Lin, wanted to say Hello and congrats about the Dream Valley DT, I look forward to working with you there.

    your blog is really lush! and I love this card. I've been toying with entering this challenge myself, my planned card was nowhere near as beautiful as yours. CoB

  13. I'm just stopping by to say how so stoked I am to be working with you on the Dream Valley Challenges!


  14. Ohhh what a gorgeous card and I LOVE how you used your ribbon! Thanks for the pin tip too.
    Looking forward to getting to know you better over at Dream Valley

  15. Woohoo! Thrilled to be working with you at Dream Valley Challenges! There's a little something for you on my blog :-)

    Such a cute card, btw!

    Love 'n' hugs,
    Mel xx

  16. What a pretty card I love all the punching you have used

    Thanks for joining in at SFC this time

    Jackie x

  17. love this card Lin it's beautiful and thaks for the award as for the less chat more creations "yes boss right away boss"lol
    Take care speak soon
    Jacki xx

  18. Hi There.

    Beautiful card, love the embossing all the pretty detail too, but the image is just perfect.

    Thanks for joining us at SFC, good luck.

    Huggies Angel

  19. What a gorgeous card! I just love that ribbon.

    Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly this week!

  20. OH my this is beautiful :)
    Thanks for Sharing at Incy Wincy this Week
    Hugs Nikki and the rest of the DT

  21. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

  22. Oh I love this and that embossing die is just gorgeous. xx

  23. Oh my goodness!! Your creation is just delightful sweetie!! LOVE your sweet image, your glittery wings and elegant design!! :) Thanks for playing along in our "D" challenge at Squigglefly!!HUGS

  24. Such a pretty card. Love the soft colors and your ribbon treatment, flowers, and embossing. thanks for playing the DTC this week!

  25. Cute Card - love the embossed background. That lil fairy is sweet too!

    I hope you can pop by and check out my newest cards too.

    Made by Jacqueline


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