Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Anything goes.... the challenge over at Papertake Weekly. And here is my creation....


The lovely swirly circle is by Joy Crafts....


You can probably tell that I'm into stripes at the moment. For this creation I and just simply drew two lines using Pro Markers and stamped over the top.


A few chopped up sentiments finish the card!


Right, I'm off to enter the challenge, hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Frills and mists

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is to use sprays or mists. I can't remember the last time I used a mist spray and it was lovely to blow the dust off a bottle for this creation.

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Rather than use it on the background I've just used it on the focal point, the frilly flower.

I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create the flower. Simply cut a frilly edge along one edge of an A4 strip of copy paper and roll it up.

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The moon shadow ink I've had for years, you can see mine has been well used in the past!

The lovely background stripe is also old now, a stamp set by Impression Obsession but I really do like it.

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The great thing about making this flower from copy paper was the more I spritzed the more curly it became!

Anyway, a very simple card but I hope you like. Thank you as ever for stopping by!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

My first attempt at hot foiling

I'll be honest when I first saw the TODO on Create and Craft I wasn't that interested in it's ability to do hot foiling. I mainly bought it because I needed an A4 die cutting machine, and for the adjustable roller height to enable me to letterpress.

But I ordered the hot foil anyway and gave it a go. I was blown away by the results...


I just had to use the beautiful Memory Box Limoges snowflake for my first foiling project.

Now the way I've hot foiled is not quite how they recommend to do it. The TODO at present has no flat metal plate-a definite flaw in their system (they recommend using the back of a large square metal letterpress plate but it just didn't work for me). I understand they are bringing one out, but in the meantime I decided to heat up a metal die with the foil and card layered on top, and then die cut the whole thing in one go. 


However, doing it this way means the foil kinda sits on top of the card rather than being properly burnished on, but it does adhere sufficiently and I love the effect. Any bits not quite stuck down can easily be rectified with a quickie glue pen.


The foils are lovely not least this next colour which is kind of a midnight blue...


I thought the hot foiling was going to be a lot of faffing around but it was actually very easy and I love the effect far more than I thought I would.

I hope you can forgive me that it's not quite Christmas yet. Mind you all the Christmas stuff will probably be in the shops from next week so I'm hoping you will let me get away with it!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

You've been framed

I really don't know where the idea for this card came from.

I think what makes this card so different for me is that it has no embellishments, you all know how much I love a bit of bling or some ribbon.

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The stamp is set is by Papertrey called "You've been framed:Diamond". I think this stamp set is quite universal and would make great cards for both male and female occasions.

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Well, another weekend has passed, hope you had good one, bye for now!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Holiday Winterberries....

...are not just for winter. I love this new die from Poppystamps. I've kept this card simple so as not to detract from the beauty of the die.

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Look who photobombed my shot...

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Not photo shy my cat Jasmine...I've said before don't be fooled by her cuteness, she is so mischievious and was even trying to grab the card as I was taking the photo.

This is where she likes to sleep in the summer I suppose because the bowl is cool. Here is a full shot of her in the bowl...

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Back to my card...the "thanks" die is also by Poppystamps. I've managed to stick a tiny amount of black foam mount to the back of the die cut to raise it up...who knew you could get black foam mount? Either I just didn't know about it before or it is relatively new, and I now discover there is clear foam mount. I just love all these new craft innovations. I'm easily pleased I know.

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Well, I'll leave you with one more shot of the infamous Jasmine....

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I'm entering this card into this week's Papertake Weekly challenge which is to use a die.
Hope you like, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 15 August 2015


This is the challenge over at Less Is More. I thought this was going to be an easy challenge, but do you think I could think of anything? In the end I decided to make a generic congrats card that could be used for so many occasions.

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The beautiful scroll bracket is from Papertrey's Boutique Border range. The little tags are by Sizzix, you know I've had these from the days when I first started crafting which is a long time ago! And all topped off with some lovely dark grey velvet ribbon edged with gold.

Right, I'm off to enter the challenge, bye for now!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Spots and Stripes

I must be psychic or creation posted only a couple of days ago contained spots and stripes and it just happens to this week's theme over at the Papertake Weekly challenge. So what a great excuse to get out my spots and stripes again so that I can enter. Here is my creation for the challenge...

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I've used the same Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set as seen in my last post, and a spotty Anne Marie flower which I've teamed with stripey black and white baker's twine.

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OK, I'm off to enter the challenge...see you again soon!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Gorgeous grunge...

Well I'm back again, this time with a slightly different card from me although still very simple to execute.

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I've used Stampin' Up's Sahara Sand cardstock as my base, and stamped 2 stripes from Papertrey's Super Stripes . OK, so I didn't stamp one of them very well but I think it adds to the grunge effect!

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The label is from Papertrey's Boutique Borders range, the mini love set together with the matching die.

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But the best bit for me is the grunge stamp from Stampin' Up called "Gorgeous Grunge". I will be featuring this stamp in many more future creations so be prepared! The beautiful flowers are from Anne Marie Designs.

Well that's it for now, hope you have enjoyed your weekend!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Back with a flourish

Well I said I wouldn't leave it another 3 years before my next post! Just a very simple card made using a beautiful flourish die from Ultimate Crafts.  Although technically it is a Christmas die it comes in 3 parts so the flourishes can be used separately. And you must know by now how much I love flourishes.

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They steal the show don't they?

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I have to say it is great to be back crafting again, even though I have to do things very slowly.

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I forgot to mention that my blog was hijacked a couple of years ago and you may have experienced problems accessing my blog. I managed to undo the hijack but it seems it can happen through lack of updating. I do keep my eye on it now to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Please feel free to let everyone know I'm back! I hope to bring you more soon,

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Taking one step at a time

So sorry for up and leaving you all without a word, but my life was put on hold when my health dramatically deteriorated to the extent I eventually had to give my job. After 30 years of working, it was very traumatic but I now realise it was the best thing that could have happened to me, the years of struggling to work with very poor health had really taken it's toll on me mentally and physically. I was very ill and completely wiped out, with no energy for anything let alone crafting or blogging. My health is still not good but at least I have the freedom to rest whenever I need to and life is much less stressful.

It is only in the last few weeks I have felt like crafting again, my creative mojo returning bit by bit. Even though I haven't crafted for a long long time I have been keeping an eye on the crafting world to see what is new (well it would have been rude not too) and I have been buying and hoarding new goodies in the hope that I would one day craft again.

But then panic set in...what if I couldn't remember how to craft? and what if I couldn't remember how to blog? had all the technical little bits about blogging I learned over the years disappeared?

Surprisingly, everything came back to me fairly quickly and I made a start, a very simple card using a Sizzix letterpress plate.

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The Sizzix letterpress plate is called "Organic Flourish" which I got from Ebay. The only reason I bought it was because I bought a TODO from Create and Craft assuming the letterpress would work because of the adjustable roller height.

However, the plate is quite thick and initially I couldn't get it to work with the TODO platform, even set at it's maximum adjustment of 12. So here's what I did...

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I used an old Sizzix platform and laid it inside the TODO. I was able to use the TODO  A and C plates as instructed on the information booklet, but for anyone who may try this I set the TODO on 8 and 1/2 for a perfect debossed impression.

The next photo I think shows the debossing a little bit better.

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Isn't this letterpress gorgeous? I used cotton cardstock which I bought from PDA crafts as this gives a much deeper impression.

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I used Versafine ink on the plate but the first run through with the TODO caused the ink to blur and it just didn't come out very well, so I ran the plate through again without re-inking, just using the residue on the plate which has created this much softer and more subtle effect.

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Before I go I wanted to thank everyone who left such kind messages for me after my last post. I have only recently read them as I had not been on the computer for so long. I was touched by your concern and it was lovely to sit and read them all.

Well, that's it. Now don't go thinking because I'm at home now I will be posting and blogging all the time lol. Everything I do takes much longer, it has taken me days just to bring all this to you, having to take many breaks in between to rest. But I will try not to leave it another 3 years before I bring you another creation! 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Soothing the day away...

Life hasn't been too kind recently hence my lack of momentum with my crafting. As mentioned a few weeks ago I suffered a bereavement, now one of my cats Ronnie is very ill and to top it all off my computer crashed with a virus. So I am grateful for this Bank Holiday weekend to unwind a bit, take care of Ronnie and relax in my craft room.

I stumbled across a Waltzingmouse stamp set that I hadn't yet used and decided to use them for this collection.


I had been after a tall vintage style teapot and managed to track this one down on Ebay.


The cup and saucer is from Bombay Duck. The tags were made using a Woodware tag punch, I have both the larger and smaller version. I have used very classic colours of navy and vanilla, with the pop of the pink carnations setting it all off.


To add to the effect I have used Some Glossy Accent on the cups and teapot.


I wouldn't care but I don't drink tea, or coffee either come to that, but DH makes up for me as he is a human teapot and is always making a brew!


Well, I hope you like. I'm off to look after my Ronnie. He has had loads of tests but the vet still isn't sure what's wrong. Thankfully he does seem to be getting better so I am keeping everything crossed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sketch Challenge

I am gradually getting back in the swing of things although it has taken me a bit of a while (my last post refers).

A nice quick card made for this week's sketch challenge over at Less Is More. I love the Union Jack and have used a stamp from Crafty Individuals for this design.


Just a few mosaic gems add a bit if glamour and a stamped accent from Stampendous to finish.


And finally, you all must know by now I have a thing for beautiful jars. Well how about this one from Zara At home. Measuring just 18cm high it is perfect to put crafty bits and bobs in.


Right I'm off to enter the challenge...thanks for popping by!