Wednesday, 28 December 2011


Long time and no posts from me. Hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and managed a bit of downtime/crafting time after all the hectic rush to be ready for the big day. We now have New Year to look forward to although we don't particularly celebrate in our house. DH and I prefer to stay at home and watch Jools' Hootenanny complete with non-alcoholic fizz. Such party animals!!

This was a quick make using a Papermania scalloped edge card blank and one of my favourite LOTV die-cut squares.

Papermania Card Blank
Image - Lili of the Valley die-cut square
DP - My  Mind's Eye (magazine freebie)
Ribbon from stash

Tools used:

Nestabilities Plain Circles and Butterfly Circles

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Kick Stand Card

Here is my first attempt at a Kick-Stand card. I really liked this style of card when I saw it on Bev Rochester's fantastic blog and I've added a link to her post  HERE  which includes a video tutorial.

I'm also loving my new Memory Box die which is so intricate but well worth the effort. Just had to use it twice!!  I managed to salvage the LOTV image from a previous project that didn't work out and have 'hidden the join' by framing it with Labels Eight. A bit of Martha punching, some ribbon, roses and Glamour Dust to finish off.

and a sideways view

White Base Card - Core'dinations Linen
Lilac card, ribbon & flowers from Stash
Image - LOTV Cute Square
DPs - Dovecraft Back to Basics II
Gems - Papermania Mosaics

Tools used:

Memory Box Die - Valerian Flourish
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Eyelet Lace
Nestabilities - Labels Eight

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Jules' Crafty Snippet Challenge - week 45

I thought I'd join in with Jules' Snippet Challenge again this week as I had some pieces left over from a commission card I made last week. Guess who forgot to take a photo of it before it went!

The original card was 8x8 ins which I cut from an A3 piece of card. So I was left with long thin strip of card approximately 16½  x 3¾ ins. I folded it so that the back of the card was slightly longer than the front. I then covered the front with two scraps of DP and used ribbon to hide the join - (forgot to say that I Glamour Dusted the butterflies first). Front RH edge was 'Martha-ed' and words matted and layered onto scraps of pink Bazzill. Pink leaf die-cut and pearls added.

DP & Sentiments - offcuts - K & Co - Best of K&Company Too (360 sheets 12x12)
White & Pink card - offcuts
Pearls & Ribbon from Stash
Glamour Dust

Tools used:
Martha Stewart Vintage Floral border punch
Marianne Designs Creatables - Leaves-LR0192

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

LOTV Challenge 118 - A Sketch

Here is the card I made at the weekend for this week's Lili of the Valley challenge. I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Promarkers. I inked the edges using a Tim Holtz distress ink - Brushed Corduroy (I need to practise more with the blending tool and foam) which I also used to stamp the sentiment straight onto the DP. Very brave for me!

DPs - Dovecraft Masculine (8x8)
Image - LOTV Zooming Along
Sentiment - Papermania
White & Copper card from Stash

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 30 October 2011


Evening.  Hope this has been a good weekend for you and that the extra hour has been beneficial - I know I enjoyed a lovely lie-in this morning!

So here I have an entry into Jules' Crafty Snippet Challenge - check her wonderful blog here .  This is my first time of joining in and I really enjoyed using up the 'left-overs' from a card I made yesterday for this week's LOTV challenge. Hopefully I'll blog that one tomorrow.  The two cards are very alike but I intended that as I need two male birthday cards for the 5th and 6th November. I do struggle somewhat with male cards so this worked out very well for me.

I made up three matted layers for the background from my snippets which just covered my card base. The buttons were cut using a Nellie Snellie die and I tied them with embroidery cotton remnant from my cross-stitching days. Image was coloured with Promarkers and I added Glossy Accents to the goggles and the headlights. Sentiment stamped in Memento Cocoa using magazine freebie stamps.

DPs - Dovecraft Masculine (8x8)
Image - LOTV Zooming Along
Sentiment - Molly Blooms (freebie-Simply Cards & Papercraft mag)
White & Copper card from Stash

Tools used:
Nellie Snellen Flower Die MFD 020

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Birthday Robin

This commissioned card was done a little while ago and my brief was that the lady recipient likes fuschias and robins.  Luckily for me, my recently delivered issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine had some lovely My Mind's Eye freebies including this cute robin chipboard. I was a bit worried that it might look too Christmassy but I think it worked out alright.

Scalloped Card Blank - Papermania
Green card & Gems from Stash
DP & Chipboard Topper - My Mind's Eye - Snowed in Winter Papers (magazine freebie)
Sentiment - LOTV For You Circular Sentiments
Flower - K&Company

Tools used -  Spellbinders Shapeabilities Floral Flourishes S4 327

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Birthday Boy !

Here is the card I made recently for my DH's birthday. I printed off a page of Autumn Leaves backing paper from the House Mouse Inserts CD (from Joanna Sheen).  I then printed the letters for Happy Birthday and the Relax sentiment onto this sheet. The banner was cut by hand which was a little fiddly but not too bad.

Image - LOTV A4 Die Cut Design sheet - Take It Easy
DP  (also used on banner and sentiment)  printed from House Mouse Inserts CD
Banner lettering and Sentiment - computer generated
White, Pearlescent & Orange card from stash
Flowers - E-Line
Ribbon & Brad from stash

Tools used - X-cut small corner rounder

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Playing with my new goodies

I finally managed to get motivated and had a little play with some new goodies - hope you like the finished result. This card is for a family member celebrating their 70th birthday at the weekend. We are invited to the party!  I used Bazzill Bling purple card to mount the birds/cage on and had to use the reverse as it was the only dark purple that I had.

The heart shapes are from the smaller birdcage die in the Bird Sanctuary Shapeabilities set.

Purple card - Bazzill Bling
Silver Mirri card, ribbon & gems from stash
DPs - Dovecraft back to Basics II
Sentiment - LOTV Circular Sentiments stamped in Black Memento

Tools used:
Nestabilities Plain & Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen Die - MFD 020
Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Bird Flourishes S4-326
                                                 Bird Sanctuary   S5-033

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Dies To Die For
Creatalicious Challenges - 26 Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #133 Punches and/or Dies
Raise the Bar - Things with Wings
Ooh-La-La Challenge 89 - Punches/Dies

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Two Birthdays

Hello - long time no posts!!  Not only did the card-making mojo go walkabout but major decorating work meant I couldn't get at my stash anyway. So, after a long break I finally got back into the swing with two birthday cards both using Lili of the Valley Die-Cut Squares:

Here's the first one which is actually green although it looks gold

Image -  Lili of the Valley - Fairies A4 Die Cut
Sentiment  - Lili of the Valley - Set 7 For You Circular Sentiments
Green card, Gems & Butterfly from Stash
DP - Dovecraft Back to Basics II
Papermania Scalloped card blank
Tools used:
Nestabilities Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen Die - MFD 020

and the second

Image - Lili of the Valley - Girlie Afternoons A4 Die Cut
Sentiment  - Lili of the Valley - Set 7 For You Circular Sentiments
DP - Henbury Lane by Papermania
Gems from Stash
Purple Glitter border - PaperCellar
Scalloped card blank - Hobbycraft (I think)
Tools used:
Marianne Doily Die
Hobbycraft Butterfly Punches

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 31 July 2011


Well after a little bit of time-out I'm back with a wedding card - the second one going out to Australia -using an image from my favourite Lili of the Valley. This is one of the Big Squares which come in at 5 inches square so just right for a 'big' 8 inch square card.  As you can see this is a very pink card! Lots of punches used on this one too.


Image & Setiment - LOTV
DPs - Love Letters - First Edition
         My Mind's Eye - punched flowers
Pink Card - Bazzill Basics - pink shimmer
White card, beige card & Gems - Stash

Tools used -
Martha Stewart Lace Heart edge punch
Nestabilities Plain & Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen Multi-Frame Die Set Flower 1 - MFD020 (sentiment circle)
Nellie Snellen medium flower punch
Marianne Designs - Creatables - Swirl Leaf die
Martha Stewart medium branch punch

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

LOTV Birthday

I decided to make this card using the Papertake Weekly sketch but think I'm out of time now to enter this challenge (just checked and yes, I am). It was a great sketch to follow and one that will definitely be used again. Not sure if the photo shows that the wings, skirt and seeds are all glittered. I also added wee pink gems to her floral headdress and the flowers.

Image - LOTV - Dandelion Clock -S216 - stamped with Memento and coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Papermania
DPs - Flowery - My Mind's Eye (magazine freebie)
        - Striped  - Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose (magazine freebie)
Pink Card & Gems - Stash
Flowers - Papermania Elements

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Gift Wallet

Short and sweet from me today. This is a little gift tag/wallet made to present some cash in. I made a little box on the reverse for the shaped tag to slide into. I used my Martha Stewart punches for the front and started with a piece of DP that was 6.75 ins x 5 ins.

DP - Papermania Capsule in Heather
Lilac card/Ribbon and Mirri Card from Stash
Tools Used:
Martha Stewart PATP - Eyelet Lace
Small & Medium Butterfly Punches (Hobbycraft I think)
Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet
Nestabilities Labels 14 for the tag

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Have a Tweet Day !

Today's card has been made for the latest challenge over on the MSE board. So back to my favourite lilac again and this time with a hint of pink. I wanted to try out something I've seen on one or two blogs in the past, most notably Mandy's - A Sprinkling of Glitter - so used my Martha Stewart PATP set to make a pretty shaped card front and then decorated away! I also got to use one of my new Spellbinders dies from the recent C&C Multibuy Six Set offer. Can you believe I've had them about 10 days and only just cracked the first set open.

and a sideways view:

Coredinations Textured Cardstock
Image & Sentiment  - Pink Petticoat - magazine freebie
DPs - Pink Spotted - Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose
        - Lilac Glittered - Papermania Henbury Lane Collection
Ribbon & Pearls from Stash
Flower - K&Company (I think)

Tools Used:
Martha Stewart PATP - Scroll Lace
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Floral Flourishes S4-327
Card Candy - CraftworkCards

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

MSE Challenge - this time hosted by OA
One Stitch at a Time challenge 67 - Things with Wings
Top Tip Tuesday challenge 38 - Open Challenge

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Seeing Double ......

Almost but not quite.....

Version 1

Version 2

This little card was made as a Thank You for the lovely Jacque from the USA.  Recently I was lucky enough to win one of her lovely blog candies and used some of the prize goodies on this card. Anyway, said card and little reciprocal gift was despatched to the USA mid-March and finally arrived with her on 31st May!  The Version 2 card was made to re-send to Jacque as I was convinced the first package had gone astray for ever.

Please do visit Jacque's blog ( and say Hi. She really does some fantastic work and hers was the very first blog I read at the start of my cardmaking journey.

Scalloped card blank - Papermania
Sentiment - Papermania
Image - Magnolia's 'Sneaky Tilda' coloured with Promarkers
DP - K&Company Daisy by Tim Coffey
Gems - Papermania Mosaics
Ribbon - Offray
Butterfly (version 1) from stash
Large Flower (version 1)  - K&Co

Tools used:
Nestabilities Lacey Squares
Nellie Snellen medium Flower Punch set
Martha Stewart medium branch punch

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Good Luck !!

Here is my entry for Georgiegirl's Good Luck Challenge over on the M.S.E. board.  I was a bit lacking in inspiration so spent a while flicking through lots of my old magazines and, after cramming my head full of too many ideas, this is the end result! The most fiddly part was lining up all the butterflies and I'm still not convinced they're straight.

DP - K&Company - Daisy by Tim Coffey
Sentiment - Papermania (magazine freebie set)
Card, Ribbon & Gems from stash
Tools Used:  Martha Stewart Border Punch - Vintage Floral
Butterfly Punch (by Hobbycraft I think)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

MSE Challenge - Good Luck
Charisma Cardz Challenges #22 - Something That Flies

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Red, White & Blue with a Circle

As a recent winner of the MSE Challenge it was my chance to set the next one and because this was just after the Royal Wedding I chose 'Red, White & Blue with a Circle' for the theme.  There were 16 entries and my DH picked Georgiegirl's name from the hat. This is the Congratulations card I made for her to go with her prize and as you can see I stuck to the theme! I coloured her shoes and ribbon with a Promarker to tie in with the blue card.

Image and Sentiment LOTV
Blue card, Gems and Ribbon from Stash
DP - My Mind's Eye (magazine freebie)
Tools Used: Nestabilities Plain Circle
Nellie Snellen Multi-Frame Die Set Flower 1 - MFD020
Dragonfly punch

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Wedding Card

So here is a recent commissioned make and I know I shouldn't really say this but I do just love it!!  I think it is the lovely zingy green card that makes this although it's not a colour that I'd normally have thought to use for a wedding card.  My friend had got me a couple of packs of this card from a supplies warehouse that she is able to go to and I can see that it will be used very often.  My love affair with LOTV continues of course.

Card size is 8 inch square and the embossing had to be done in two goes. It's fairly easy to line up the hearts folder but the birds & swirls won't match up so well, hence the flower treatment in the centre.

This is the first of two cards (second one will be blogged soon) and both are going out to Australia. LOL, I'm going global!!

Image - LOTV Weddings - Big Square
Sentiment - LOTV - For You Circular Sentiments
White & Green card and Gems from Stash
Striped DP for punched flowers - Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose collection
Green ribbon - Offray

Tools used:
Cuttlebug - Hearts and Birds & Swirls embossing folders
Nestabilities - Plain & Scalloped Circles
Marianne Creatables Flourish die
Nellie Snellen Medium Flower Punch
Martha Stewart Branch Punch

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge

Creative Craft World - Use 3 or more flowers

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Thank You

Here's a little thank you card I made for Caroline from the MSE board. I was recently the lucky winner of her sketch challenge and she very kindly sent me some lovely crafting goodies. I was able to use some of the card candy on her thank you card.

The flower doily was die-cut using my new Nellies set and it's good value for money as there's seven pieces in the set including a sweet little button.

Papermania Scalloped card blank
Image - LOTV A4 Die-cut Sheet - Fairies
Sentiment - Honey & Hugs Rub-on
DP - Dovecraft Back to Basics
Holographic card & Ribbon from Stash
Card Candy - Part of my MSE Challenge Winners Prize

Tools used - X-cut corner rounder
Nellie Snellen Multi-Frame Die Set Flower 1 - MFD020

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

MSE Challenge Card

A quick post this evening as I'm rushing to get this card blogged and entered into CT's Sketch Challenge over on the MSE forum.  It all seemed to come together quite well and I'm sure I'll be using this sketch again.

Scalloped card blank - Papermania
Image - LOTV - Take It Easy A4 Die-cut Sheet
DP and Sentiment - Serif Picnic in the Park - Freebie from Simply Cards & papercraft magazine
Brown card, Brads and Ribbon from Stash
Tools used:    X-Cut Corner Rounder

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

       MSE Challenge - CT's Sketch
       Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
       Bunny Zoe's Crafts - #11 - One for the Boys

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Birthday Blue

Hello, Thursday already! It really doesn't seem almost a week since the Royal Wedding does it? Maybe it's just me but the weeks really seem to be flying by.

Today's card was made for a card-making friend - so no pressure there then, LOL!  I decided to use the lovely Edwardian Lady papers again and tried some different colours to my favourite lilac. The green ribbon was part of my candy win from the U.S.A. - thank you Jacque.

DPs & Sentiment Topper -  Diary of an Edwardian Country Lady - Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine freebie
Cream & Blue card, Pearls & Dragonfly from Stash
Green Offray Ribbon - Blog Candy Win from the U.S.A.
Tools used - Martha Stewart Punch - Eyelet Lace

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 2 May 2011

LOTV Wedding Card

So, this is the first wedding card I've made and have to say that I'm pleased with how it turned out. I made my own 8 x 8 inch card blank and also made a box for it with a pink tissue paper liner. This was a commissioned card and I personalised the insert with the bride and groom's Christian names and the wedding date on the LH leaf and a nice verse on the RH leaf.

The flowers were made with my Nellie Snellen punch, some cut from pink card and some from the K&Company DP.  I added a gemstone to each centre before coating with Glossy Accents.

Image - LOTV Big Square - Weddings
Sentiment - LOTV - For You Circular Sentiments
DP - K&Company
White & Pink card and Gems & Ribbon from Stash
Tools used:
Nestabilities Plain & Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen Medium Flower Punch
Martha Stewart: Lace Heart Edge Punch and Medium Branch Punch
Marianne Design - Creatables - Swirl Leaf

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch N Stash Challenge 60 - Free Choice Sketch   (Sketch 34/New Stash LOTV Big Squares)

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Male Birthday Card

This card was made for a family member who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.  I always find male cards difficult as most of my stash consists of 'girly' items but this turned out well enough (I hope) and I do like the buttons tied with raffia so will use this idea again.  The inside consisted of a one page insert plus a double page photo-montage which my DH put together using his family history programme.  All edges have been cut using the deckle blade in my trimmer.

Cream pre-scored card blank & Metallic card from stash
DP - K&Company
Buttons & Raffia - Papermania
Sentiment - Papermania Clear Stamp

Tools used:
Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet for the numbers
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Bird Call
Woodware Fingerguard Trimmer - Deckle edge blade

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Pink and Pastel Country Diary card

I thought I'd have another play about with the free papers and chipboards from my subscription magazine. This little card was quite a quick make and it looks quite sweet. I shall put it into the stock box for now I think. I really must get a new cutter.  I posted a while back about mine misbehaving and should have got on with sorting a new one out then. Another job for the 'To Do' list.

Cream & Pink card, ribbon & pearls from stash
Chipboard & DP - Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine freebie (design - Edwardian Country Lady)
Tools used - Martha Stewart Vintage Floral punch

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Yellow & Green Easter MSE card

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope your weekend went well and the sunshine found you. We were very lucky and it was warm enough to go out without coats - a sure shine that Spring has sprung.  We'll probably get some snow now!  Today's card has been made to enter the MSE challenge which has been set this time by The Wife and is an Easter card or a Yellow & Green theme - so here's my effort which I made using the free papers and chipboard from May's issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine.

Papermania Scalloped card base
Green/Yellow card, brad and ribbon from stash
Gems - Papermania Mosaics in palest green
DP & Topper - Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine freebie (design - Edwardian Country Lady)
Tools used:  Martha Stewart Deep Edge Floral Vine Punch

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

MSE Challenge - Easter/Yellow & Green
Simon Says - Spring Colours/Easter challenge

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Shaped Twisted Easel in Lilac

Another card using my favourite things. Card blank is cut using the largest Labels Eight die. The twisted easel bit can be a bit fiddly to do when using the Lacey Squares but it's worth it.  This card was made as a Thank You for Caroline who very kindly sent me some lovely butterflies cut on her Cricut.


DPs - Papermania
Image & Sentiment Lili of the Valley
White card and gems from stash
Tools used: Nestabilities - Labels Eight, Lacey Squares,Plain Circles and Scalloped Circles
Nellie Snellen Medium Flower Punch

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mother's Day cards

Here are the two cards I made this year. I kept them both very simple as I just love the two images and felt they didn't need anything else.  I'm hoping the cards remind our respective Mums of when we were children.

Images/Sentiments-A Little Bit Sketchy Stamp Sets-Busy Doing Nothing & Time Flies by Sheena Douglass, stamped with Memento and coloured with Promarkers
White/Pink/Blue card from Stash
DPs - (pink) My Mind's Eye and (blue) K&Company.
Tools used - Nestabilities Labels Eight

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty Emma's - Challenge 30-Children

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, 2 April 2011

3 Birds, 2 Mamas and 1 Week

One week to make 40 cards that is! I decided to purchase the 3 Birds card-making kit from Create & Craft and use it to make up two gift boxes of blank cards for our Mums for Mothering Sunday. The kit contained enough to make two sets of 20 cards,

Here is one of the sets:

and here are the two boxes which I tied up with matching ribbons:

I thought the kit was quite good value although I would have preferred a heavier weight of card blank. I've certainly never made this amount of cards in such a short space of time (nor likely to again!!).

Hopefully our Mums will be able to make good use of the assorted cards inside.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

A Sleepy House Mouse

Aw! How cute is this House Mouse image and he looks to be enjoying such a good siesta. This card was one of those that evolved as it went along - all I knew when I started it was that I wanted to use a House Mouse image so that I could enter it into the MSE Animalistic Challenge - hopefully rodents count, especially such cute ones!!

Inside of card - insert made using the new House-Mouse Inserts CD Rom.

Image & Sentiment - House Mouse Birthdays Stamps - Poppy -
stamped with Memento and coloured with Promarkers
Red & Pink card - Papermania Premium Textured Cardstock
White card & Pearls from stash
Flower - Flora Doodles
Tools used - Nestabilities Labels Eight

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:

MSE Animalistic Challenge

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Tree

So after seeing a beautiful tree card on a blog a few weeks ago, it reminded me that I had the same (or very similar) stamp. I bought it at least 12 months ago and it hadn't even been out of the packet until yesterday.  I tried to keep this fairly plain and although it wasn't for any particular occasion I've lost it already - my daughter wants it for her good friend who is about to set off travelling soon.

Image - Kanban Clear Stamps - Garden Vistas  - Spring Silhouettes
Sentiment - Kaisercraft Clear Stamps - Life Sentiments
White/Green card and Gems from stash
Tools Used - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Nestabilities Labels Eight

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Lovely New Storage

We saw these units in HobbyCraft yesterday and my DH wanted to buy them but I said no, too expensive.  So......  he went out this morning and came back with them anyway!! To be honest, I think he's getting fed up with card-making stuff all over the dining room. Well I shall have to be tidy (well tidier) now. 

                                 Really Useful Storage Towers with drawers

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Quick Makes

Following on from my last post, here are two cards for the 'stock box'.  I shall add an appropriate sentiment and insert as and when needed.  Both were done with card and gems/ribbon from stash so very economical too.  I like this embossing folder but am finding it has a tendency to crease across the bottom edge so have disguised it with score lines and ribbon or gems.  Next time I'll try doing a smaller card so that I can use the folder sideways on through the Cuttlebug which may help with the creasing.

All card, gems and ribbon from stash
DP on RH card - K&Company
Tools used: Craft Concepts Embossing Folder - Flutterby
Martha Stewart Punch (from PATP set)  - Vintage Lace

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Plain & Simple

So today I needed to do a card quickly and this is what I came up with. I got the Cuttlebug embossing on the go and then added some gems to the butterflies.  I think it's turned out quite well for a quick make and I'm going to make some more along this theme as I'm trying to get some cards in reserve.

Card, Ribbon & Gems from stash
Sentiment - LOTV Dreamy Days
Tools used - Nestabilities Plain Circles
Craft Concepts Universal Embossing Folder - Flutterby
Martha Stewart Scoreboard

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A Little Experiment

This card came about because I wanted to try colouring ordinary white card with promarkers to match my design papers.  This was an idea from Coops   (    that I read in the comments section on Alison's (  blog.   I started with the lovely floral Pink Petticoat paper and went from there. You can just about see my pink Promarker-ed card behind the DP and the Sentiment. I was also looking for a suitable card to give the Marianne bird die-cut its first airing.

DP - Pink Petticoat - magazine freebie
White card, gems and ribbon from stash  - Pink card (bird) Bazzill Bling
Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment - Boxed Wishes by Inkadinkadoo
Tools used:  Marianne Creatables Die - LR0138

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 28 February 2011

One of Those Cards....

when everything that could go wrong DID go wrong.  I won't bore you with all the details but suffice to say one of the things on my crafty wishlist is a new cutter.  Anyway, I got there in the end but with a few choice words along the way!  Gems and glitter added for sparkle.

I've added a little pocket and tag to write the greeting on. I can't remember on whose blog I first saw this idea (sometime last year) and have been meaning to try it out. I used a Labels Eight Nestie to make the tag.

DPs - Floral - Kate Knight - magazine freebie;   Glitter - Papermania Henbury Lane
White card, Ribbon & Gems from Stash
Blue card - Core'dinations Whitewash
Image - Dandelion Clock by Lili of the Valley - stamped with Memento and coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Dreamy Days by Lili of the Valley
Tools used:  Nestabilities Plain and Scalloped Circle and Labels Eight
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Border Punch
X Cut Butterfly Punch

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Black & White Shaped Twisted Easel

So for a total change I've gone for a black and white (with a bit of red) theme today. I've also been playing a bit with shapes and it's turned out fairly well. This little card is for my card-making friend who is celebrating her birthday at the end of this week.

The photos aren't brilliant. I found it hard to get a good shot because of all the mirri card.

I glittered her dress and headband, the parcel ribbon and the little hearts.

Image & Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
DPs - Dovecraft Charcoal Prints
White/Mirri card from stash
Gems - Papermania Mosaics
Tools used:  Nestabilities Plain Circles and Lacey Squares

I'd like to enter this card into ScattyJan's MSE Bingo Challenge - Line 1, circle, spots & glitter.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 21 February 2011

An Anniversary Card

Here is the Anniversary card I made for my Mum and Stepdad. As you can see I've used my favourite colours and stash again - well I absolutely love them and so will they, of course!

DH took the photo for me and somehow managed to crease the butterfly's wing - luckily I noticed before the card was sent.

Image - LOTV Love and Romance Cute Squares  -  Sentiment - LOTV Dreamy Days
DPs - Papermania Capsule Collection in Heather
Lilac Card - Bazzill Basics Bling  -  White/Mirri card and Ribbon from stash
Gems - Papermania Mosaics
Tools used:
Marianne Creatables Flower Doily LR0129
Martha Stewart Deco Fan Punch
Plain Circles Nestabilities  &  Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Fleur de Lis Pendants
X Cut - Butterfly Punch and small Corner Rounder.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley Challenge 84 - My Favourite Colours   (Lilac and Silver)

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 18 February 2011

You Passed !

Well I managed to use this great stamp again for a congratulations for a new driver card. My friend's daughter passed yesterday first time and I was able to spring into action with this!

DPs - Dovecraft Back to Basics
Image - LOTV stamp - Zooming Along, coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment printed on computer
White card, Mirri card & pink gems from stash
Tools used - Nestabilities Labels Eight
                 - Olivia Cuttlebug Alphabet

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Monday, 14 February 2011

I'm a Winner

So how thrilled am I to be able to say that I'm the winner of Jacque's Followers' Green Candy. See the photo below for the wonderful goodies that are heading my way from the U.S.A.

Thank you so much Jacque. I am really looking forward to receiving this prize.

Please check out Jacque's blog here for inspiration and to admire her wonderful creations.

Valentine's Day

Celebrating Saint Valentine's Day and also 28 years since we got engaged, here's the card I made for my DH

The insert is also decorated with the heart border punch.

DP - Dovecraft
Image - LOTV Love and Romance Cute Squares
Sentiment - Papermania Honey & Hugs Rub-On
White card and Gems from stash, Red card - Papermania
Red ribbon cord from Crafty Ribbons
Glitter and Glossy Accents added too!
Tools used - Marianne Creatables Flower Doily LR0129
Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge Punch & Lace Scallop Heart Punch

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's See Some Love challenge 138
CRAFT Challenge 89 - Valentines
Papertake Weekly - Have a Heart
Totally Gorjuss: Challenge 67 - Love
Crafty Cardmakers - challenge 39 Hearts
The Crafty Pad Challenge 108 - Hearts

Thanks for looking.