Monday, 29 October 2012

It felt like Christmas!

....... when all these goodies came through my letterbox today! I won a giveaway from Liz at  Included was one of Liz's handmade cards which was featured on her blog recently, and it now has pride of place on the mantelpiece.

Thank you very much, Liz - I am super excitedly going through it all and planning some lovely makes!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Poppy card

Had a wonderful inky time this week at the Crafty Patch, using Distress inks for stamping and colouring.
We used Walnut Stain to stamp the poppy on the right, and also Antique Linen and Faded Jeans for the stamping on the left of the card.  We sprayed the topper with a lovely glimmer mist, which I hope you can see on the 2nd picture below (must remember to ask Sheilagh for the name of it - I love it!)
We used some pale blue organza ribbon for decoration, and some tiny pearls to finish off.
My 2nd card unfortunately got attacked by a very frisky cat!  If you'd like to see it, hop over to   As for Tiny - no treats tonight!
Finally - many thanks to Liz and Sandie for your lovely comments about my cards :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Christmas card

After much fiddling and faffing, I finished off my Christmas card, using the Sizzix framelits kit. I love this kit - lots of individual stamps with the appropriate sized dies to cut out and emboss.
For my tree embellishments I used a mixture of stamped 'baubles', card candi, brads, stickles, and a button :) it was great fun to make - just like decorating a real Christmas tree!
Sorry if the picture on my last post caused any confusion - it was a pic of the kit.

Must get my camera out and stop using my iphone to take photos.  Meanwhile off to rescue Tiny from under the bed - some early fireworks being set off, and she hates the loud bangs. Me too!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cat with attitude!

This morning, my Sizzix framelits set arrived - couldn't wait to start playing..

Tiny however had other ideas. We had the usual rush to get to the chair in my crafting room. As usual, she won - and was evicted.  Having chosen which cardstock I'd be using for the tree, and stamped and cut it out, she then really got cross. A cat cross? Oh yes, cat owners reading this will know exactly what I mean!  She kept running round making cross-cat noises, a real indignant "hmmpphhh" noise, and eyeballing me. Scampering off, then tearing round.  I've given up for now - maybe I'll get some peace later when she's having a siesta!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Cuttlebug embossing tip

Yes, I'm supposed to be tidying up :(

However, have just come across this great tip on Pinterest: if anyone reading uses the Cuttlebug, you'll identify with this.   I've just tried it out and it works perfectly!

First card I ever made

Was busy doing a bit of housekeeping in my photos on the computer, and I came across the first ever card I made, way back when :)

I had no clue in those early days about matting and layering, inking, embossing, stamping - or much else!  I seem to recall I bought a little cardmaking kit from Tesco, and 2 minutes later, voila!  Nowadays it's a much more inky affair...

My stash room is out of control again, so no card making today - off to have a tidy up :(

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Card stash

Got this wonderful bag of cardstock (good weight, perfect for stamping) at a craft fair recently, for the bargain price of £2.50! The pieces measure around 5"x8" and there's loads! Stamping heaven :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Blogger help!

Having a bit of a play with blogger tonight, and trying to work out how to add my own lists and a couple of photos to the sidebars.  The only way I can see to do that is to add 'gadgets' but none of the ones available seem to be suitable.

Can anyone help?

PS Many thanks for the help - sorted!

Christmas blues

Naughty Mr Blogger lost my post yesterday, so here goes once again!
I wanted to try something a bit different, so set myself a challenge of making a Christmas card just using one colour - which happened to be blue :)
I used plain blue and a deep blue glitter cardstock, cosmic shimmer mist (blue ice), chipped sapphire distress ink, a Marianne D die, and blue organza ribbon from my stash. As usual, was too quick sticking things in place, and not taking enough time to play with the layout - but still pleased with how it turned out :)

Thursday, 18 October 2012


Don't know where this cold came from - non stop sneezing today, and my cat nearly jumped a mile at the last explosive sneeze haha!

Can't concentrate on any inkiness today, so have been indulging myself watching Create and Craft tv (love seeing all the demos), visiting my favourite blogs, and also the Pinterest boards I follow.  My 'want to make' list is getting ever longer!

A new company was on Create and Craft tv today. Beautiful clear stamps, and lovely simple designs. Sometimes less really is more - have sent off for a set of their 'little birdie' stamps and looking forwards to what I can make with them.  Do check out their website and be sure to have a look at their gallery.

OK, back to the TV and the box of paper hankies lol ...

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Catching up

Well, a stinking cold put paid to my weekly class at Crafty Patch yesterday, and has also put paid to my shoulder operation tomorrow! I shall use the time to get busy crafting, taking care not to sneeze over the cardstock, and scattering the glitter :-)
More later....

Saturday, 13 October 2012


We made 2 lovely cards at my class at the Crafty Patch in Chorley this week - great fun to make.  My favourite papercrafting - messy!
The stamps are 'Oriental Treasure' from Papermania, and the inks are Tim Holtz (Distress)
On this first card, we used 'Squeezed lemon', 'Stormy sky' and 'Chipped Sapphire' distress inks, applied with squares of 'cut n dry' foam.  The lanterns were stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.  The blossom stamp is by Lavinia. Ta dah!

The second card involved stamping onto acetate with Stazon, which has gilding flakes behind it (using the double sided sticky paper - can't remember it's technical name, but you get the idea!) The background was coloured with a Copic pen, and the seam binding bow was coloured using a red Distress ink pad.  The little coins in the corners were stamped onto red paper and embossed with gold Wow embossing powder.

Came home with delightfully inky fingers!  Again, learned some great new techniques today, well out of my comfort zone - and will be using them again :)

To see more, check out Sheilagh's blog (our teacher) at

Thursday, 11 October 2012

My crafty helper!

Since I tidied up my craftroom (sounds posh!), my little cat Tiny has realised that me sitting on the chair = less attention for her. When I open the door, it's a race to get the chair, and Tiny usually wins. Once I've removed her and sit down, she then jumps up and sits behind me and scratches whatever is in reach - my back, arm of the chair etc. I take no notice and she goes off in a huff. I've now given her a basket next to some stash, and after the above ritual she climbs in. And finally I get to do some crafting :)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Birthday card

A card I've made for a friend's birthday, using Coredinations cardstock, cuttlebug'd and lightly sanded. The cupcake was cut out using a Marianne D die. Can't remember where the stamp came from - I must hunt for it! Sorry about the shadows on the photos


I'm realising how much I love using Distress inks and am becoming more and more attracted to Tim Holtz style stamping and colouring. Having recently watched the talented Hels Sheridan doing some demos recently, I made this tag. Hope you like it! I used Distress Stains (faded jeans and victorian velvet) and dyed some white organza ribbon. A scattering of frantage embossing enamel, and a Marianne D die cut together with a paper flower, liberally inked and glittered.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

2 new cards to share

A couple of cards to share today.  I've found a super new card making class locally, and each week we make 2 or 3 cards.  It's great for getting new ideas,tips and techniques, and spend time with like minded people!

Card 1 :-
This easel card was fun to make.  It involved gold embossing the frame shape, cuttlebug-ing some card, some die cuts and a lovely gold organza bow.  Note my dinky little tool box in the background :)  The punched card at the base hasn't photographed well - the colour is actually coffee, toning with the main card.  Not sure why it came out lilac in the photo!

Card 2:-

For this card, I matted and layered some pretty paper, stamped and cut out the flowers and butterflies, added paper buttons to the flowers, distress inked the circle, added some stamping and finally some glitter, sentiment and pearl embellishments.

They aren't designs I'd ever have come up with, but really liked how they turned out.  I've never made an easel card before - but can see I'll be making more :)