Friday, 15 September 2017

Snowflakes for Daring Cardmakers and Spellbloggers

Today over on Daring Cardmakers, Dawn sets the challenge. She is celebrating her 40th birthday this month (happy birthday Dawn!) and wants to see four elements on the project.

I decided to use the Create a Flake Six die set by Spellbinders for my card. I cut four snowflakes out of Vellum, and cut one out of card, which I used as a stencil to make a background 

To tell you the truth, it went against the grain for me to use four snowflakes, I always have a design rule to use an odd number of elements on a card, it always looks better. But I think this snowflake card worked because of the stencilled background to balance it

As you read this, we are now two days away from Alex's wedding, things are hotting up!  Tomorrow evening we have a get together here for about 70 people, an informal pig roast. Then the wedding on Sunday. Be prepared for photos next week, and wish us luck and sunshine for Sunday

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Triple Flip Birthday Card - for Spellbinders Spellbloggers

Another Triple Flip card today, looking very different to yesterdays. This time I used very bright papers for an explosion of colour, and the Flight 2 die set for the hot air balloon and the clouds........

 The sentiment is from the Special Birthday Sentiments stamp set by Spellbinders.....

 I did a shot from above, to try and show how the card opens, almost like a book

and for all of you intrigued by this die, here it is, a simple square, which cuts and scores all in one pass of your die cutting machine. The die measures 6 x 6"

So much fun! I am planning Christmas cards for the children made with this, they will love flipping through it to see little Christmas scenes on each layer

Monday, 11 September 2017

Triple Flip Card for Spellbinders Spellbloggers

I love this die! Called the Triple Flip Card Creator,  the resulting card is just such a lot of fun and so versatile. Just one pass of the die cuts out a 6 x 6 card front with cute little opening windows, a bit like a book. You can go crazy with the decorations as well.......

I used the Square Pierced Shapes dies to cut various frames for the layers, and added pretty accents from the Braided Grace Square and Luscious Labels One die sets. You can find all the dies used HERE

Pop back tomorrow for another take on the Triple Flip card - this time, much more casual.......See you then x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Bookworms - for Daring Cardmakers

Today, over on Daring Cardmakers, the challenge is Literacy. So I used these cute stamps from Clearly Besotted to make some bookmarks. I made them a double layer, held together with a decorative staple, so that one layer slips behind the page you want to mark...... 

The little bookworms were easy to colour - nothing
fancy needed, I added some glossy accents to the
glasses, which doesn't show up in the photos  

Be sure to pop over to the Daring Cardmakers blog to see all the fabulous creations the design team have come up with

My reading habits have changed dramatically in the past couple of years. I used to haunt charity shop for paperbacks, now I am totally wedded to my Kindle. I probably read a book a week, usually two or three chapters last thing at night before I go to sleep. I have always been a big reader, and feel happy that my kids all love reading for pleasure as adults. 

What about you? Paperback or electronic?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Autumn Leaves - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

Although my favourite season is summer - I love hot weather (if we are lucky enough to get it here in the UK) - there is something about Autumn..........those early morning mists, the gorgeous colours of Autumn leaves, the thought of cosy winter evenings to come, in front of a flickering chocolate....the start of having vague random thoughts about Christmas....

So I enjoyed making these cards. With Autumn leaves, my go to way of colouring them is always to cut in white, and add colour with distress inks, somehow it captures those shaded oranges, reds and yellows perfectly. I used the Fall Foliage set of Shapeabilities dies by Spellbinders. This set is going to be so useful, it doesn't just have a variety of beautiful leaves, there are acorns and pinecone dies as well, so I will be using it for Christmas

I used the new Stitched Hemstitch Rectangle dies to cut a frame, and used the negative shape from the die cut  maple leaf to ink a background, adding a spray of leaves to the frame. The sentiment is from the Phrase Two die set - I cut it in white, inked the die cut with versamark, and used WOW embossing powder to give a burnished look.....

This next card also used the stitched rectangles, this time in kraft cardstock which I put onto a white card base. I added a variety of my coloured leaves and a couple of little pinecones. The sentiment is by Woodware

Monday, 28 August 2017

Happy Bank Holiday, and on the ocean waves for Spellbinders

On a bit of a seaside theme today for my Spellblogger post for Spellbinders. I used the Waves Border dies and the Nautical dies to make the z fold card. You can find the dies HERE 

The card was difficult to photograph, so I snapped away from a few angles......

I love the way it looks like a little flotilla of sailing boats!

All the layers were cut in white and inked with distress inks

I sketched in the seagulls using a black fine tip pen for a bit of extra detail. Of course it folds flat for posting.....

Whatever you are doing this sunny bank holiday weekend, I hope you have a great time. I will be pottering in the garden - things start to look a bit 'leggy' and past their best at this time of year, so let's hope the sunshine lasts.......

Friday, 25 August 2017

Coffee to Go....for Daring Cardmakers

Gosh, these Fridays come around quickly! Today over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, the challenge is fast food to go......I had to use coffee. I used a Spellbinders stamp set called Cup for Two, with the Basic Lattice die making up the background - it's the first time I used this die, and I can see it is going to be so useful, I have a couple of ideas I can't wait to try out. Find it HERE on the Spellbinders page

So I have been busy in the kitchen, making all sorts of homemade sweets for the 'candy buffet' at the wedding - I thought it would be nice to have some homemade goodies on there. So I have boxes in the 'spare' fridge that is in the garage, filled with coconut ice, peppermint creams and various flavours of fudge. Last night, I would have killed for some vanilla fudge! I kept thinking 'I can make another batch' but I surprised myself with willpower I didn't know I possessed - perhaps it was the thought of having to clean the kitchen all over again, all that sticky fudge and clouds of icing sugar settled like the dust from a volcanic eruption on every surface. So the fudge remained intact - I had a bowl of cornflakes instead!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Box Card for a male - for Spellbinders. And a winner......

Here's another Spellblogger post, this time I am using the Scalloped Pop Up Box die from Spellbinders to make a male card. You can find the die on the Spellbinders site HERE

I paired it with the Toolbox Die D-Lites set, and was quite happy that it worked - I cut the toolbox out of red spotty paper, and filled it with tools.  I thought that without the ''fillers' of leaves etc to fill the gaps I would have problems, but it worked. Got to love when an idea works out......I found some brads that look like screws for the top, and cut all the little tools out in silver card (they are really detailed, so look quite authentic). They are reflective, so this was difficult to photograph

I obviously couldn''t use the scallop dies that come with the set, so I used a straight pierced die from the Graceful Floral Lace border die, to add detail to  bright red strips of card. The sentiment was cut from the Sentiments Three set in the same red cardstock. TIP: using double sided card makes making these boxes even cuter, the card I used here is a really old one from a Martha Stewart pack

The winner of the stamp set is:


Congrats Chris, email me with your address and your stamps will be on their way. Thanks to everyone who put their names in the hat. I used random winner app to pick the winner, to make it fair. You are such a smashing bunch I wish I had a set for each of you.......

Monday, 21 August 2017

Box Card for Spellbinders

 I can't tell you how much I love this die......I know box card have been around for a while, and I have made quite a few - all that careful cutting and scoring. This die makes it a breeze, and you get these cute little scallop dies to decorate the box as well. So when it's so quick to make the basic card, you can get down to the fun part of filling it...........

I used a variety of dies to fill the box with my pretty flower arrangement, the big flowers are the dogwood flowers, I used some sprigs of lavender from the Shapeabilities Lavender set, and an assortment of leaves from the fall foliage set

 I cut a heart with the pierced heart die and
stamped a sentiment from the From my Heart stamp set. I attached the flowers, heart and
butterfly onto acetate strips so that they float above the box. The butterfly is from the Les Papillon set

Here is the die I used. You can find it in the Spellbinders store HERE

and I love it so much, I set myself the challenge of making a box card for a man. Difficult. Come back tomorrow to see how I got on, and see who won the stamps I am giving away 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Action - for Daring Cardmakers

The challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week is 'Action' - do go over and see what the design team have come up with, there are some pretty imaginative ideas over there.....

As for me, I was full of good intentions, and late last night (very late) I suddenly remembered that today is Friday - no card made. So, I turned to the Cricut and used this image from the Sports Mania cartridge. In the end, it took me twice as long to make as my original fancy idea.......

 I couldn't just plonk a die cut onto a card could I? So I inked a bit of background with inks, realised that the football was now green......start again. Then I dropped the card onto the black ink pad. The black stars cover up the mess.........then I got a final little black spot where the 'you're a star' arrow is, yes, it's another cover up! 

But do you know what? After all that, I rather like it. A pity I don't have a brother to send it too.......

Thursday, 17 August 2017


I have a duplicate set of stamps to give away to one of you. By Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders, this set of red rubber cling stamps is endlessly useful. Just leave your comment below, I will draw a random winner from all the comments on Monday 21st August. I will mail anywhere in the world. Good luck!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Notecard Gift Set - for Spellbinders

I love making a set of cards as a thank you gift for friends. For this set, I used the Graceful Floral Lace border die, and used scraps of coordinating coloured card, each one mounted onto plain white card. You can find the die HERE

I used various sentiments - all in black, to tie up the set, a mixture of stamping and die cuts ( special birthday sentiment stamps, and Phrase set two dies, and die d lites sentiments) 

 I love the separate little straight stitched line die, which finished the cards off nicely........

I have used this lovely die for one of my wedding projects, which I can't share yet, and I have it in my mind to use it as a double border, with stitched lines in the center - or maybe in cream slightly offset over a gold die cut. Mind is buzzing, I need more hours in the day.........

I made a stupid mistake, doubled up on an order, someone's gain, I will do a giveaway tomorrow....check back then xx 

Friday, 11 August 2017


It's my turn to set the challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week, and for some reason, I fell into the trap of dare-setters and went with the first idea that popped into my head. So the theme is 'unnatural' - use colours not found in nature (think pink elephants and purple forests......)

Of course, when I sat down to actually make something, my mind was a total blank, but I eventually came up with this orange, polka dotted frog. I am quite sure that somewhere in the world, in the depths of the Amazon rainforest or the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, that there are orange frogs with polka dots hopping happily around, but this little frog is British through and through, so is definitely a bit of an oddity......

The polka dots on the top half of the card isn't pattern paper, it's punched out circles, with a few little enamel dots scattered around.....the sentiment is by Woodware

So I got away with it...... but I will really think ahead when it's my turn to set a challenge next time!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Flamingo for Daring Cardmaker

Today it's another elemental inspiration challenge over on Daring Cardmakers, and I am going to send you over there to see the photo, to see if I did a reasonable job of interpreting it! Lots of lovely designs by the design team to look at.......

The flamingo stamp is by Simon Says Stamp, and I did a pretty literal interpretation of the challenge with this one, but I rather like the summery tropical feel to the card

My Pinterest page is full of wedding stuff - every time I pop over there to see what's new, I have a stream of cakes, flowers, dresses etc etc. I have a horrible feeling that this will continue long after the wedding is over. How do I tell Pinterest that I am no longer interested in cute ways to announce a wedding......I am also subscribed to emails from Brides magazine, they keep sending me emails saying 'hello bride, we don't have a date for your wedding' - if only they knew!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Alice in Wonderland for Daring Cardmakers

The challenge over on Daring Cardmakers this week has a theme of Alice in Wonderland - I came up with the March Hare having his cup of tea under a tree, away from the madness of the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts......

To be honest, I went around the houses a bit for this one - I started off thinking of the Queen of Hearts, then moved to the White Rabbit, nothing worked, but then I remembered this stamp by Inky Antics, and with a stretch of the imagination, it filled the bill.

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope the sun shines for you and you have a lovely time. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Poppies and Asters - for Spellbinders

Three new cards today, all made with the Asters and Poppies Spellbinders die - it's on sale, check it out.......

and my favourite, using the lovely A2 Scalloped Borders Three...... I thought this would make a lovely wedding, or wedding anniversary card

Which one do you like best?

So now I am a bit addicted to the TV programme 'Say Yes To The Dress'. I am astonished how many brides want to dress as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman - before she was rescued by the rich guy.   Also how many of them say that the dress is the most important part of the day. about those promises you are going to make?
 But I did have a joyous moment when a forty-something bride had a (rather unhealthy) obsession with the late Princess Diana. Apparently they shared a birthday, and she 'talked with her' every night. So the dress had to be regal, fit for a princess, etc etc.  The dress she ended up with showed rather a lot of flesh, masses of it in fact, especially around the chest area. However, the bride was satisfied, popped a diamante tiara on top of her head and declared 'I look just like Princess Diana on her wedding day'
No, not quite, (although that might have something to do with the fact that the princess lookalike was African-American) the amount of flesh on show would surely have given the Archbishop of  Canterbury a heart attack, poor chap, he would never survive the ceremony, and although I reckon Prince Phillip would enjoy the latest royal fashion, the Queen would NOT be amused.....

Friday, 21 July 2017

Rad! - For Spellbinders

I couldn't resist this set from Spellbinders called Hipster 2 - perfect for those difficult male/teenage boy cards.........I am so behind the times, that I actually had to google the word RAD to see exactly what it meant. I'm not exactly hot on new urban language trends.....

Mind you, this would be a good card for Max, my ten year old grandson. When I went for a goodbye hug on our last visit, he announced  'I don't do hugs any more Ma, I do fist bumps......!'  ✊