Proud as a peacock.

Proud as a peacock.

I absolutely love the colours of peacock feathers and while on holidays I had a chance to take some photos of some. I’m going to build up a digikit and to start I made this congratulations card for the things with wings and bird challenges (see end of post).
I inked the edges of the card with distress ink. I made the backing paper using a close up photograph of the peacock back feathers- they have a beautiful scallop shape. Hopefully there is enough glitz and glamour for the paper shelter challenge.
I adapted a swirl cutting file from Linda (many thanks!) to fit a square card and then added an oval in the middle of the page (I always love a good old flourish and swirl challenge!). As ever my Cougar has cut it my textured card brilliantly- I’m loving to have enough time to play properly.

In the middle I cut an oval on a slightly different shade of card and out it on with foam pads. I altered my peacock photograph to give it an artistic brush effect and I printed and then cut it on the Cougar. I layered it up further by making two more peacock feather papers to use with my sentiment.

A close up to show the cut an texture of the card.

I made the inside paper using Craft artist- I kept it to one layer so it is a flatter card but used the elements from the front to keep it consistent.

I would like to enter the following challenges
A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge – Flourishes & Swirls
Paper Shelter Challenge – Glitz and Glimmer
Paper Play – Layer It Up !
Clearly Inspired – Things with Wings
Can You Digi It – Bird Is The Word 
Great ImpressionsAnything with Animals
Anniversary card

Anniversary card

I’m finally having time to really get to know my Cougar cutter at the moment. Thanks to everyone over on the forum for their help- in particular big thanks to Gerti and Linda.

This is an anniversary card- hopefully not too girly!!
The back layer is a paper from Craft Artist coloured purple. I then cut the frame using textured card with my Cougar and blended Dusty concord distress ink over it. I used a sponge dauber to get more intense colour for the circle in the middle of the frame. I then cut a scalloped square with the Cougar and blended milled lavender around the edges and attached with foam pads.

 I then used a LOTV die cut on foam pads. I sponged milled lavender around the background and added Perfect Pearls. I then added some Spray and Shine.You get a lovely shimmer at certain angles but it is difficult to capture in the photo.

I made the paper inside using Craft Artist- I added the cutting files over the backing paper and recoloured them to match. This means the inside matches but it is flat and doesn’t use so much paper!!

I would like to enter the following challenges
Inky impressions- use dies or punches
Pennys challenges- weddings or anniversaries
Samuel taylors- use die cuts
Fab’n’funky challenges- no stamped images

I believe

I believe

If you follow my blog you will know I’m having a storecupboard January- using up stash and trying out moneysaving ideas as I go. I’m also playing with my new Cougar!

My money saving tip of the day is using cheap baby wipes to clean your craft mat if you’ve been using glimmer sprays/ distress inks etc. When they dry out you can use them as a textured background. I sprayed this baby wipe with home-made glimmer sprays (I made these with a few drops of pearlescent ink in water in a mini mister) to give an impression of  sky and grass.

The beautiful cutting file was one that had been made by Linda using a pattern found at this web site.  Linda has a great web site with free stuff as well as some great files to buy. Her site is here. I used my Cougar to cut a copy in black card and one on lilac pearlescent paper (both scraps!) I then layered them as if there was a shadow.

My stamp was fairy on tiptoes from Lili of the valley. I coloured with Promarkers, mounted on a scray of lilac pearlescent card and lightly embossed the edge by hand. I also added 3 pearl gems.

My sentiment is also LOTV mounted on a circle punched from scrap card and decorated with pearls.

 I also used pearls on a couple of the swirls.

I would like to enter the following challenges
2 sisters challenge- things with wings
Crafting for all seasons- fairies
Flutter by wednesdays- open
Card Caravan challenge- sparkle
I brake for challenges- simple
Crafty sentiments- love and romance (plan to do this for hubby as he starts a new project)
Truly scrumptious challenge- shabby pastels and paint
Aud sentiments challenge- any sentiment but must use scraps
Just inspirational challenges- Inspiration picture



I’ve been playing with my new cutter- a Cougar. It is my first cutter and is amazing. The service from Dawn at Thyme Graphics is amazing as is the support and help from people on the forum.
My brother got engaged and I figure that this card will be for a new section of their lives. I kept the colours simple and then used my Cougar to get lots of texture. I’m on a new stash ban for January so I had to make do with stash I had!! However. since the Cougar is new this is my first card with complicated cutting and embossing….lots of new!!

I inked the edges of the card with Versamark dazzle to give a subtle shimmer. The background layer is a scalloped lattice cut on the Cougar. The next layer is mirror card embossed with swirls on the cougar.

I threaded silver cord through the top of a lattice and added a heart attached to a short chain and clasp.

I stamped a Forever Friends bear with a heart in silver and coloured with Promarkers. The scalloped square layers were all cut on the Cougar- pearlescent paper for stamp, silver paper and silver mesh (left over from wedding!!). I used blue staples to attach the mesh- I didn’t want the card to be too girly! The bottom layer was placed on foam pads.

The sentiment also needed to be one I already had!  I attached it with foam pads.

The inside of the card has a pearlescent paper lattice layered on silver paper. I then added a scalloped rectangle cut on the Cougar (getting lots of use!!)

Finally I used my MS corner punch on pearlescent card to write our message on.

This has taken a lot of time and effort so I’m entering as many challenges as I can!!

Totally gorjuss- happy
Penny Black at Allsorts- love and hearts
The Squirrel and the Fox- something new
Sweet stampin’- new beginnings
Allsorts challenge- new beginnings
Addicted to stamps- something new
Sir stampalot challenge- monochromatic
Catch the bug- inspiration picture