Friday 11 May 2012

Snooze time!

This week on the Lili's Little Fairies challenge blog we would like to know what's your favourite craft tool, along with your creation using a LOTV image of course.  It wont come as a surprise to you that I love to add embellishments made from various Marianne dies to my cards.  What might surprise you is that I use my old red Sizzix machine to cut out the small dies .. .. it means I can use up the smallest scraps of card quickly and easily, and by layering with small 3d pads or spots of glue I can keep the finished card reasonably flat and easier to post, hence easier to sell at a craft fair too when folks are looking to make savings these days.  I have the magnetic adaptor plate fitted then simply place my piece of card on the white cutting mat, place the die on top, then a small Sizzix square adaptor on top of that and slide it along, press the handle and slide out.  To emboss I have a piece of funky foam I put on top of the cutting plate, then the die with the card still in place cutting edge up, then the rubber embossing mat on top and slide through - perfectly embossed die cuts with just a few slides.  Any diecutting tends to be labour intensive, but I find using my old red Sizzix a quicker alternative to turning the handle on my Cuttlebug!

So, I've made a pastel toned Christmas card with the cute Christmas Snooze stamp by LOTV and coloured with Copics:

The beige and brown colours are from E40-E47 range, plus E81 as a shadow for the pale E40 on puppy together with the dark cool grey C7 and a touch of B99.  Using that hint of dark blue ties puppy in to the chap snoozing after Christmas dinner as I used the paler B90s for his clothing.  As I needed a green for the holly leaves on his mug I used BG93-99 for the green touches and warm greys for the shadows.  The background paper is a digi piece by Cuddly Buddly I had printed in my stash and the text is a LOTV stamp.  I've used pale blue and green card for matting and my embellishments then finished with sparkly gems - well you need a touch of bling for Christmas!

I hope you will come and join in the LLF challenge and let us know what your favourite crafty tool is.  Our sponsor for this challenge is the Ribbon Girl with a £10 voucher as a prize.


  1. Stunning card Annie, it is just fabulous! I love the soft vintage feel of the colours youve chosen and the fact that it looks perfectly embellished yet will still be a flat postage, you cant ask for better than that! I reckon those people who buy your crafts at the fayres have themselves such stunners!

    Keryn x

  2. Lovely card Annie, the colours you have used are great. Love the image, the little dog looks like my Alfie, except he sleeps on his back with his legs in the air!

  3. This is beautiful. Such a wonderful card. Hugs, Carissa
    PS – I have candy on my blog

  4. I'm not at all surprised you use the Sizzix - my Cuttlebug put me off die-cutting as it was so complicated trying to get the sandwich right & eventually the end exploded off it - thankfully I wasn't hurt but it could have been very nasty. I now have a lovely Big Shot which I absolutely love & have no problems using.
    Super colour combination here again - he's rather a treat.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. oh i love the soft pastel tones.. and the gorgeous die cuts .. a fabulous Christmas card
    Lisa x

  6. such a wonderful card I love the stamp he's so cute
    hugs Lia

  7. Another fab image and wonderful card!

  8. Gorgeous Annie. Love that image. That wee doggie is so sweet!

    Kat xx

  9. Hi Annie,
    Playing catch up since I have been offline. Love this card and the others you have showcased recently.

  10. So beautiful card Annie,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx


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