Monday 9 January 2023

Pretty Fresh Colours !


Good Monday Morning Ladies,

I think we all need the sun to shine,  these dull, dark days certainly affect your mood.  I agree with what Sonia said yesterday about missing the twinkling Christmas lights, I think that gave a bit of extra brightness, now they are all packed away the dark grey clouds seem to stand out more.  Even driving up to the house with the twinkling lights around the front porch made the place seem more welcoming.  

I actually sat and had a play at my desk yesterday,  I cleared everything away from creating those last minute Christmas cards etc and it makes such a difference having room to work in (not that lasts long when I start crafting)  I think I should start doing a 'before and after' shot of my desk, you'd all be horrified!  

When Sonia kindly told us about the 'Dies to Die For ' Sale I went and had s browse,  I saw these fun stamps from Concord & 9th, they are called 'Turnabout ' stamps, you rotate the stamp a quarter turn, as many times as you please to build up a pattern.  You need to have a Turnabout Jig ' to guide your turns BUT the set I ordered from them still hasn't arrived that included the jig, however the Stamp I ordered a day later from Sevenhills Crafts came in 2 days, so I have the Botanical Turnabout with no Jig, so I was determined to improvise, as I was itching to use the stamp set.  So I looked on YouTube to see what the jig was and how it worked and then I had some of this plastic stuff that I got in a bundle of mixed boards, its similar to the stuff that they makes Masks from, is it Milar?!  Anyway I drew an X from corner to corner and wrote 1 to 4 in each corner so you know what 'turn ' you are on, which helps if you are using different colours.  I placed the jig in my stamp tool, lined up the stamp guide and just went for it, I used Granny Apple Green on the first turn then Polished Pink, Parakeet Party and Blushing Bride, at first I didn't think it had worked  but after Diecutting the Diamond for the centre and adding it I decided it looked OK,  I'm sure it will be more perfect when I use the right tool !  

To finish my card I used the coordinating Diamond die set with the word 'Beautiful ' which I diecut in the gorgeous Polished Pink,  I added a strip of vellum across the front so that the 'Beautiful 'looks almost like its floating,  I then stamped a couple sentiments from the 'Botanical ' stamp set in Versamark on Black card and added white embossing powder and heat set.   I then stamped abd die cut a couple of leaf sprigs to embellish, adding them beside the sentiment and finished them with a pink resin dot.  I then matted and layered the card with a narrow Polished Pink mat and finally onto a 6X6 base card. 

A Quick Challenge 

As it's so dark and dull right now I thought it might be nice to create something with a 'Pop of Colour ' So put away your Dark Reds,Greens etc from Christmas and reach for those Bright, Fresh Greens,  Pinks, Yellows etc.  You choose the colours, maybe do a simple 3 colour Blend like Sonia did for that gorgeous Christmas card, you could use Bright patterned papers too, just sit at your desk and play and have fun. 

I will add some inspiration below.....

I hope that these might inspire you my lovelies! 

Have a fantastic Monday, 

Love and hugs to all of you,  

Sandra                                                                                  xxxxxx 


  1. I love your card My friend Nicki uses a “turnabout jig” to create wonderful backgrounds You’ve done really well improvising there
    The dance weekend has been great I have learnt a couple of things - we’re never too old! and really enjoyed myself
    Back to reality now Going home and work I might get a bit of my mojo back I’m still doing Thrinchies and the next one is “colour” so perfect for your challenge too
    Take care everyone xx

  2. Hi everyone
    Everything about your card is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ You’ve done a great job with your ‘made up’ Jig ๐Ÿ˜Š
    A great challenge to start off the new year, and thank you for the inspiration.
    I’m in that frame of mind for wanting to go through all of my craft stuff at the moment and having a clear out, but whether I’ll make a start is a different matter! Once again it all got chucked in the cupboard when I needed to clear the table for Christmas. Watch this space ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I hope you all had a good weekend, and have a good day today whatever you’re doing.
    Sending hugs to you all xxx

  3. Hi everyone
    A gorgeous happy colours card Sandra. Will have to look up about the Jigi thing. Hoping you and Lucy are better.
    I have the same idea Sonia to clear out some stamps and dies and
    have started to put some into a box but that is it, not sure where to go next ? maybe we should do a car boot sale together ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I'm not happy to be sitting in my upcoming craft room for it is so much around me that should be gone but not sure what Son want to do. Haven't got the space to put it in the garage and to get a lock up is not cheep so sitting in something like in the program Hoarders๐Ÿ˜ฉ anyone who need any deep drawers in black ? ๐Ÿ˜„
    The sun is shining today so had a little walk this morning, it was fresh outside.
    Have a good day everyone. Many warm hugs to you all xxx

  4. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    Beautiful card Sandra love the colours you have used, I’ve never seen (or heard) a turnabout jig, so am very interested to find out more, is it sort of like a lazy Susan? That’s what the name suggests to me.
    Hope everyone has had a good day, my day has been spent nodding off, so not a lot achieved my me……maybe tomorrow will be better.
    Sleep well everyone, take care, love Brenda xxx

  5. Hi Sandra and all looking in today.
    I love your card, so pretty in those bright and cheerful colours. And what a great way to make a card. I will have to look up the jig but I can’t see anything wrong at all with your card so maybe the home made one is just as good as the shop bought one. Thank you fir sharing it with us. I think the bright and cheerful colours challenge is so good. I hate the dull look everywhere after taking down the decorations. Never mind I’m sure we will soon be talking about getting back out again with the speed that the years go by!
    Sleep well and take care everyone xx