Shabby Blogs

Friday, 29 September 2017

Gingerbread man

Good morning all, and happy Friday :) I hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to a nice weekend. I am off to York for the day tomorrow with some old work mates and I'm really looking forward to catching up with them all 😊

Today's card is another one that came from last weekend's play session. I used a Gingerbread Man die from Cut and Make, I cut him from Desert Storm card and coloured him with brown Copic Markers. Then I stuck him to a small stitched square die cut and added Ranger Liquid Pearls in Black, Red and Pearl White, to make him look a bit like a child's cookie.

I found some coordinating paper in the stash and decided to go for a Kraft card blank and half cover it with the patterned paper.

I added a Scalloped Square Die Cut to the back of the Gingerbread man and then matted this with black card to give some definition from the back ground.

I stamped a simple greeting from a Simon Says Stamp kit, heat embossed with White Embossing Powder on to a strip of thin black card. Then I finished it off with a scattering of snow behind him, courtesy of a white gel pen.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you next week.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Reindeer's prancing

I finally got in the mood to make a few cards!  These will be my work colleague's cards for this year.

Just after last Christmas I was browsing some of my favourite blogs, Instagram and Pinterest to see what others had made.  I came across a fun card made with the Clearly Besotted Let's Prance set (The original was by Taheerah Atchia).  I have this set so I decided it would be perfect for batch making this year's work cards.

I laid out a scene in my MISTI and stamped loads of 5.25 x 4 card panels.  These then sat for months on my desk in a folder until this last week.  I thought this was something I could do to try to kick start my creative juices.  I'm not sure how well it has worked but at least I now have a bunch of cards completed ;)

Once all the reindeer were coloured I added the hillsides in using a die and a black fine tip pigment liner.  Each one is slightly different.

I mounted each panel on to coloured blanks and added Nuvo glitter drops in White Blizzard to some of the noses.

Hope you like these.

TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Jolly Christmas wishes

Good morning all, I hope you are having a good week. Today's card was another that I made at the weekend while having a play in the craftroom.

This is another very simple card. I used stamps from a recent copy of Creative Stamping magazine, which included some layering stamps from Altenew. This Father Christmas was one of them and comes in three pieces.

Firstly you stamp the outline and all the black detail, then the other two stamps are for his hat and skin colour.

I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then Altenew Crisp Dye inks in Crimson and Blush.

The sentiment is from the same set, and I then layered the panel with red card before putting it on a 6 x 4 deckled edge ivory card blank.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Jolly Snowman

Hello and thank you for visiting us today.

After a week with no inspiration at all I decided to concentrate on some of the Christmas cards I have to get started.

This one uses the Be Jolly stamp and die from Avery Elle.  I had seen a winter sky done with Distress Oxides and wanted to give it a go.  I thought the simple snowman was the perfect accent for a snowy night time scene.  

I white heat embossed a selection of snowflake stamps and blended Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Black soot inks over the top; having masked off a hill side area for the figure to stand on.

I coloured the snowman with Copic markers, cut him out with the matching die and used foam tape to attach him to the panel.

I embossed the sentiment on black card and added that above the snowman's head.

Hope you like him.

TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

Christmas robin

Good morning crafty friends, I hope you have had a good weekend. I have eventually got a bit of mojo back, and so have spent some time in the craftroom this weekend making a few Christmas cards.

I love this little robin die from Cut and Make. I cut him from white card and then coloured him with Copic markers.

I used a scalloped stitched square die with Neenah Desert Storm card and drew a snowy curve across the bottom with Cosmic Shimmer glue. Then I used Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Rock Candy all over it. Once it was dry it gives a lovely glittery finish.

I used a white gel pen for the snowflakes behind him and then added a piece of red card to a 6 x 4 cream window card, before popping the scalloped panel on top. 

Then it just needed a simple greeting to finish it off.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Friday, 22 September 2017

A simple sentiment

Friday at last.  I'm still not feeling the card making inspiration but I'll keep trying.

Today's card is extremely simple and consists of one sentiment and a piece of patterned paper.

I heat embossed a sentiment from the Sept SSS card kit diagonally across a piece of red card.

I chose a co-ordinating paper and cut it at an angle to match the sentiment.

I then added these cut pieces either side of the embossing.

This has to be one of the quickest designs to make.  I have left it plain as I want this to be a masculine card, but it could be made with floral papers and added flowers or with bright papers and embellishments for a child.  The choices are endless.

TTFN Jude xx 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tag card

Happy Wednesday everyone.

I'm still struggling to come up with any ideas for cards even after watching loads of inspirational videos.

The idea for this came from Vicky P's 10 cards -1 kit for September [10 cards 1 kit Sept].

I took a tag punched out a shape and added coloured card behind.  I then used a strip of paper from the card kit to add the sentiment.

I used white embossing powder to add the sentiment before adding the tag top the card blank.

Again this isn't the most original of cards but I'm hoping that if I try to work through the lack of mojo, something will spark a great idea.

I can only hope.  TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Congrats Mr and Mrs

Good morning folks, I hope you are having a good start to the week. I have successfully managed to pick up the cold and cough that Jude and John brought home from New Zealand with them! Which wasn't great when we were at a wedding last Thursday and I had to try and suppress the cough all the way through the ceremony 😓😥. Who said that brothers and sisters always had to share?????

Right, now that I have finished moaning, today's card is the one I made for the Bride and Groom. The beautiful bride is Alan's great niece Sammy, so we travelled down to Bedford for a couple of nights to attend the wedding and catch up with 1 of Alan's brothers and his sisters.

For the card I used a linen heavy weight white card and used a Sizzix scalloped heart die to cut an aperture in the front. Then I used the X-Cut Floral Filigree Background die on plain white card, and cut the panel down to sit behind the aperture.

In our paper stash we had this off-white and pink piece of 6x6 card which came with a Simon Says Stamp kit, and the pink was in the shape of a heart! perfect.

I popped this all together and layered it with a piece of coral pink card, and then placed it all on a 7 x 7 card blank. Then I cut the sentiments twice each using the white linen card and the coral pink card. I used double sided sticky tape and stuck them together slightly offset, so that you could see the pink layer behind. 

The Congrats is a Clearly Besotted die and the Mr & Mrs are from the Crafters Companion DieSire range.

I then raided the flower box and squeezed on as many matching flowers as I could, and even twirled a few stems for the curly bits lol.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Monday, 18 September 2017


Sorry this is late.  I forgot to post it earlier!!

Hello again.  Thank you for joining us today.

Since I returned from my holiday I have seriously lacked the inclination to make anything.  When I did sit down to attempt a card or two I couldn't come up with any ideas!

I tried to get some inspiration by looking back through some of our really old stash items to see if it sparked anything, but it appears that Mr Mojo is still in New Zealand lol.

In the end I chose a patterned card from my old Hunkydory stash and cut it down to make a very simple card.

All I had to do was cut a matt to fit and add it to a card blank.  Probably the easiest card in the world even if it isn't very inspired.

I'll try to come up with something better for Wednesday.

TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Simon Says Stamp August kit

Hello friends

Jen is away at a wedding so you have me again today - aren't you lucky? 😆

My card was made using two stamps from the SSS card kit for August.  This set is called 'Best Ever'.

I stamped using Memento Nautical Blue ink on to pale blue textured card to create the bottom banners.  I used the MISTI as I knew I would need to multi stamp to get a crisp image on the textured card.

I have some cuddly critter images stamped, coloured and cut in my stash ready for when I need one.  All I had to do was add black liquid pearls to the eyes, nose and paws, then give him a light coat of shimmer pen.

The parcel image was cut twice in dark blue and twice in light.  This way I could mix up the colours and layer them for dimension.  To finish I added a coat of shimmer pen to this too.

I added a dark blue matt behind the panel then adhered it to a standard 5.5 x 4.25 card blank.

Hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sending Happy Thoughts

Hello and thank you for visiting us today.

I had a fabulous holiday in New Zealand, but now I'm back I need to get stuck in to some card making.

Today's offering is a design I put together before I went away as I haven't yet made anything new that I can share.

The idea came from a card I saw on Pinterest but I don't remember who made it.  It is a simple idea using a patterned paper, a sentiment and some ribbon.

I cut a piece of patterned paper the same size as a standard card blank, then cut this in two.

I adhered the papers to pieces of white card stock and added the sentiment above.

I then dug through my stash to find trims which picked up one of the colours in the paper.

 I matched the colours up to a piece of card from the stash to make a matt so the panel stood out against the white card blank.  As my patterned paper had so many colours in it, it was easy to find trims and card to match.

This clean design is easily made and could be used for any occasion.  Depending on the colours and paper chosen, it could also become a masculine card.

I hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx
Two Crafty Sisters, Two Crafty Styles, One Crafty Blog!