Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Done no card making or photo taking as hoped - a nasty attack of shingles has left me feeling really yukky at the moment due to severe pain.  Hope to be back before too long,

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Been far too long since I came in here!  I've lots of cards to take photos of, and post here.  In the meantime, I've had a fun week over at Inspirations (Cardcraft) in Preston - a week of demos and numerous crafting guests visiting.  Had great fun meeting and chatting with Nigel May from Create and Craft TV - what a lovely man!  I do promise to post some photos soon, but in the meantime, here's Nigel and myself :-

At the moment, I'm enjoying experimenting with alcohol inks on gloss and mirri card - you can get some fabulous marbled effects.  Still love my cuttlebug, and definitely getting into origami type projects.

More soon!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

2 new cards

Sorry about the quality of the photos - had to take them on my iPhone as I still haven't found the lead for my camera to transfer photos to the p.c.

This is a quickie birthday card I made, using some free papers from a magazine:-

The backing paper, mounted on some red card, is from the 'Country Diary' series - love those poppies!
The red doily is cut out using a 'Nellie's' cutting die (cuttlebug'd) and the butterfly has been cut out using a Martha Stewart punch. Some red and white check ribbon completed the card.

This next card is one I won in a lucky dip draw on 'Create and Craft' tv channel, where Joanna Sheen (www.joannasheen.co.uk) was the guest.  The image is taken from her 'Nostalgia collection CD, artwork by Yorkshire-born artist Kevin Walsh.  I was very happy indeed to win a signed card made by her :)

I watched her make the card on the show, and it is beautifully constructed - very neat and perfectly measured.

Must try and do some more card making - life's busy, and the sunshine calls me to sit out in my garden!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Demo day

Had a lovely morning at Tarleton Stampers Gallery this morning, watching the extremely talented Lindsay Mason doing some demos - do visit her blog at http://www.lindsaymason.blogspot.com/  This morning she was creating fantasy cards with castles and fairies using a range of products including some from one of my favourite people, Tim Holz.  Sue, the gallery owner, was also doing some great demos, using the brayer and all sorts of great techniques with inks.  Sue and her husband Phil really loved the 10th anniversary card I'd made for them (see yesterday's post) - it's always really special seeing someone appreciate your work :)

Ooh the creative juices are now flowing this afternoon :)

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Thanks card

Here's another of the cards we made on our card making day - this one was designed by Sue.
I especially liked the flowers, which have been punched out of page of a yellowing paperback that had been destined for the rubbish bin :)  What a great idea!  I like the cream, brown and neutral tones, and its overall simplicity. Heaven knows what's up with Blogger tonight, just can't get the picture the right way up :)

Friday, 24 June 2011

Stitched button cards

Yesterday, 3 friends and myself got together for a card making day. We each prepared 2 cards, and put together little packs with all the papers, ribbons etc.  We each did 2 demos, so all came away with 6 different cards.  Lots of fun!
This is a card designed by Roz - she loves quilting and all needlecrafts, and incorporates her love of stitching into her hand made cards.  This was a totally different venture for me and I loved it - it reminded me how much I love stitching, and I've resolved to do lots more.  Here's the card :-

The backing material is a very pretty blue floral print, with an overlay of fine muslin.  The buttons, stitched on in the shape of a heart, were assorted buttons snipped off her hubby's old shirts :)  A little bow was added as a finishing touch.

I was so taken with it, I made another card last night, to give to the owners of my local cardmaking shop - they are celebrating their 10th anniversary in business.  Sue and Phil, who run the business, are becoming good friends of mine.  I enjoy doing courses there.
Hopefully you can see that the buttons are sewn on in the shape of "10", and there are actually 10 buttons in the design.  I just raided my button tin - it's a box that came to me from my mum, and I add to it all the time.

Birthday book

I made this card on a course earlier this week. It's actually made out of a piece of 12" x 12" scrapbooking card, folded so that there are 16 squares, cuts made, and then folded to make this little book :)

I then stamped out some images and glued them in place, e.g.

This is how it looks opened out :-

I finished off the back and front with some gold mirri-card, and added a little butterfly punched out of some co-ordinating card.  The ribbon was stuck down underneath the backing card.
Each page is different - all that's left to do is to add on the recipient's name - it's probably going to be sent to my eldest niece for her birthday.

Hope you like it - it was a lot of fun to make :)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

At last - a card to share!

Had a really great afternoon at a card making class - really great to finally have time to indulge my love of papercrafting.
This is one of the cards: It incorporated some basic origami, folding the card to make a kind of box for the card inside.  Sorry the photos aren't great - had to use my iPhone as I've mislaid the lead for my camera to connect to the computer.  I'll add some more this next day or so.
 Above is the card, fastened up in it's little box frame

Bow untied, revealing the card inside

I rubber stamped the brown backing card with Versamark ink, which gives a nice watermarked effect.

We used some gorgeous Kanban scrapbooking card to make the box frame - the basic pictures here truly don't do it justice.

Back tomorrow with another card we made.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Hello again!

Well tonight I'm going to round up some card making stuff ready for a course on Tuesday, and still need to plan out 2 cards to make on Wednesday.  There are 4 of us meeting on Weds, and we're each going to demo 2 cards and bring the materials to make them.  That way, we're sharing lots of ideas and will come home inspired to be creative!
I really need these 2 days - last week turned out to be a stressful one for lots of reasons, especially getting the news that a dear friend had had a bad fall and was in hospital with a broken arm and shattered wrist!  I'm going to make her a get well card - she's so enthusiastic and full of praise about my efforts.
More later this week - please keep following, as I hope to have some lovely cards to share soon.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Checking in!

Still no card making time - not a happy bunny!
I've had to devote a lot of my energy towards getting my business venture running - and it has all snowballed recently: meeting with a magazine publisher to promote my business, meetings with small businesses to see how we work together, a radio stint tomorrow.... and so it goes.
However, next week will be crafting heaven - a day course, followed by a day with crafty friends making cards.  I shall be back next week to share some of the cards I've made!  Hope to 'see' you then :)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Still no time for card making or blogging!  I've been really busy getting my promotional materials ready for a business fair at the weekend, where I'll be launching my new business.
Having contacted various printers for prices - and being horrified at what they wanted to charge - I decided to make my own business brochures!
I got a huge pack of 180 gsm card for a knockdown price of £1 from Staples!!  Just a pound, as it was a discontinued line.  Having designed a trifold brochure, I printed them out and it was easy scoring and folding them as I have a scoring board I use for card making. It made it very quick and easy.  Total cost to make 250 brochures came to around £20 (which included ink cartridges) - hell of a lot cheaper than the £100+ quoted by the printing companies :)
Life calms down again after the weekend, so I just can't wait to get back to crafting next week!

Friday, 13 May 2011

Thank you card

Have had no time - or opportunity - for card making and blogging this past week.  My broadband connection went down again a week ago, and I've had the mother of all battles with my ISP to get it restored.  It's been a total pain! Thankfully I'm going to a new ISP next week who are much more reliable and reputable :)

However, I'm back.  I received this lovely hand made card from a friend this week.  We'd had a fun day with another friend making wedding invitations for her sons' forthcoming wedding. Lots of fun, I so enjoyed. It's so lovely receiving something hand made, and I love the choice of fresh, spring colours in this card

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

I'm back!

Finally back online after what seems like an age.  No internet connection, and it's only just been fixed. Whew - lots to catch up on, and cards to post on here :)

Back soon!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Happy birthday bear

This one was fun to make :)  I downloaded the digi stamp of the bear, printed it out onto white card, and coloured it in with my promarkers.
I cut it out using a Nestability die, plus another in the lilac card. I love the backing paper with the 'especially for you' wording.
I mounted it onto silver mirriboard, and added the sentiment plus button tied with some twine.
I don't think the photo has done justice to it really - my iPhone was handy, so just used that.
Now back to work - am launching my business (not papercrafting related) in 3 weeks, and I need to focus on it. Still, it's nice to take time out and play :)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Couple of cards from my class today.  We used Tim Holz dies for this first one - the banner part with the name on is suspended by jump rings, so it swings back and forth like a pub sign.  If you're reading this Paul, it's for your birthday next year :) 
This next one's quite an unusual design of easel card, and so it folds flat to go in an envelope.
The 'button' in the corner is actually a flattened metal bottle top, which cuttlebug'd flat beautifully! Once it was flattened, it was stuck onto a circular sticker, and we then added a smaller sticker, jewel bead, and covered it all in dimension glue. There's a close up at the bottom of this post.  Pretty cute!

 Both of these were out of my comfort zone - but that's the beauty of a class, learning different methods and combining different materials.

Here's a close up of that 'button' :-

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Storage !

My craft stuff is gradually taking over my house - and it's sooo hard to keep it all tidy, and actually remember what I've got!
I found a really good blog http://www.craftystorage.blogspot.com/ well worth exploring. When 'Blogger' stops misbehaving and lets me add it to my blog roll, I'll add it on to there.  Have to say though - some of the craft rooms featured on there look more like well stocked shops ;)

Cat and mouse

Love this stamp - I used a clear embossing stamp pad, and silver embossing powder on a mottled grey/green background. I used Promarkers to colour in. I edged it in red - but the jury's out on that, and may decide to trim that off.  Having a think about how to finish it all off, so will post the finished article soon!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Best wishes

Got some beautiful papers from a favourite company which I just HAD to use :)
I rubber stamped the flowers onto white cardstock, and used distress inks to shade the edges once I'd cut the shapes in my cuttlebug using Nestability dies. I punched out a simple butterfly from white card, and gave it the distress ink treatment. Some ribbon and jewels plus a sentiment completed the card.

I'm relatively new to card making - as yet, I don't have a particular style, so am just experimenting with different techniques to see what works and what doesn't. I do know rubber stamping and colouring in are things I really enjoy doing though.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

This is a 'congratulations' card I've made.  I used a new Hero Arts clings stamp called 'dandelions' which I really love. I stamped it onto white card using black memento ink, and then went on to use some Tim Holz Distress inks to create the shading. I used a cuttlebug die to make the 'congrats' out of gold mirricard, and then mounted it onto some peach card.
I love rubber stamping, and find the detail on the Hero Arts stamps pretty incredible.
PS - sorry about the fine black border on the bottom edge. I actually scanned the card rather than take a photo of it, and didn't edit the scanned pic properly :)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

This card was fun to make: I used Tim Holz Distress inks on some watercolour card, and cut out  the aperture using one of my Nestabilities dies.  I stamped the 'happy birthday' onto plain lilac paper, and added the flowers (which were stamped and then coloured with promarkers. I mounted it onto gold mirriboard. It's almost finished now - just need to adhere it to a card, then send it on it's way to a friend.

Friday, 22 April 2011

2 more cards

Couple of cards here that I made some time ago :-

This is one of the Christmas cards I made.  I put the white and peach card through the cuttlebug, and cut out the stamped image of the angel. She was coloured in with my beloved promarkers, and I added some dimension medium to her wings, and scattered on some very fine glitter.

I used my favourite cupcake rubber stamp on this card. Coloured them in with promarkers, and added some dimension medium to the cherries - they looked very realistic and ready to eat when I'd done :)
I mounted it on some spotty paper (free in a magazine) and then onto some silver mirriboard.  A few beads and an outline sticker sentiment completed it.  When I made this card, I wasn't too confident about stamping a sentiment directly onto the card, so took the easy way out!

This card isn't quite finished.  I used some patterned papers for the background, and punched the blue strip out using one of my favourite Martha Stewart punches.  The flowers were printed out onto patterned papers (free in a magazine), glazed, and I added a brad in the centre. It was then mounted onto the card, and 4 small gems added to the corner.
Might leave it as it is for now - can personalise it later when I've decided who I'm sending it to :)

I had a lovely afternoon this week on a card making course. We made a simple box, and 4 cards using brown and turquoise cardstock, Kanban clear stamps,Versafine ink (blue lagoon),some ribbon, twine and buttons.  It was a pretty rushed afternoon, so the perfectionist in me doesn't like the fact that some parts are uneven, but I can live with that.  I'm thinking of making some box sets for presents so that people have notelets to hand.

This is a card I've made for my brother's birthday.  I used some free papers and a template from a magazine to make the shirt and tie, and 'cuttlebug'd' the shirt. Mounted onto free paper and mirriboard. Added a few buttons for decoration. I stamped the 'happy birthday' onto mirriboard with brown archival ink, and embossed it with clear powder
I was pretty pleased with it!