Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everybody!

Happy New year to you all!

I know we are already a couple of days into the new year, and I haven’t done much blogging over the festive period … so it’s time to catch up now.

Inspired by a demo on Create & Craft and having the urge to do something that I normally wouldn’t do, I decided to put my Hougie Board through it’s paces and leave the cosy security going for ‘safe colours’.

Somehow I had this thing of using yellow and turquoise, one could safely assume that this wish was borne out of the grey winter we had so far …

in this spirit here is something to brighten up anybody’s day … sunglasses to the ready …

yellow butterfly

For the base card on which the background is scored, I used some Dovecraft yellow card. As you can see the card is not coloured through, as a matter of fact it is only coloured on one side which makes it perfect as a base card and for sanding too.

You might remember the butterfly stamp from my Hidden Twinchies card and post. This time I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pens from the pastels and lights sets, something Santa kindly left for me under the Christmas Tree 🙂 (Thanks Brenda and Jan).

I die cut two deckle edged ovals (Nestabilities, Spellbinders), the larger one from white card and the smaller one from turquoise core-dinations card. Here is what else I used: Fresh Cuts stamp set (retired SU), bakers twine, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose ink, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon and card all by Stampin’Up!; Tessatina Memory Box Die from Handy Hippo: the gems came from my own stash.

If you want to find out what else you can do with your Hougie or any other score board, we will explore several options in my next card making class which is Saturday 26th January 12 – 3pm.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Stash-Raider Boxes

Hello Everybody,

it’s the time of the week again and I have been using up some stash or more like finishing bits that were half ready. Here they are my Stash-Raider Boxes:

This is the first lot. Let’s start with the pillow boxes. I cut these a few month ago and didn’t finish them all. I distressed the cream boxes using some creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (SU retired), punched the borders,filled them with lovely hazelnut chocolate and tied them all together using ribbon I had for ages. Well it wasn’t all that plain sailing, pillow boxes are very difficult to stack .. I ended up sticking them on top of each other using double-sided tape, which made tieing them together a lot easier.

(materials: creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (retired), bravo burgundy ink, lace ribbon, eyelet border, oval and scalloped oval punches, creamy caramel card stock (retired) and oval all stamp set from Stampin’UP!; cream card and ribbon from my stash; pillow boxes cut using Sizzix Eclipse)

The lilac box is made from a pre-cut box I bought ages ago. to decorate it I used some ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons and some I had in my stash, the brad is from my stash too. For the Flower I punched one using rich razzleberry card stock and one using white vellum wich I had stamped in white craft ink with the image (blossom punch, white ink and mixed bunch stamp set from Stampin’UP!). I then finished off by running glitter glue around the edges. I like the way the vellum softens the colour of the razzleberry card and gives it a delicate look.

Back in a bit … off for a chat with my hubby … back again.

The next one is yet another notelet box. Yet again I used bits I have had for quite a while. The box itself is one I made a while ago in a class I was teaching (without finishing mine of course); the stamp set from Stampendous is one I got a while ago. The only stamp I ever used from it, until now that is, is the one saying ‘just a little note…’. I also used some more of the creamy caramel card stock plus close to cocoa and creamy caramel inks (retired SU); apart from that I used some burgundy and white card stock from my stash, so are the card blanks and the brass coloured brads; the real red ink is from Stampin’UP!

I still got some more boxes to finish off, but that will be for another time.

Hope you enjoyed popping by.

See you soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Next card making class: Wednesday 5th September 1.30 – 4.30pm, the focus will be on Christmas.

One Layer Wonders

Hi Everybody,

Back from my holidays and enjoying crafting again!!! Holidays tend to be a bit of a craft-free zone and I didn’t get round to fully trying my new Ultimate Pro out to feel confident enough to take it on holiday to do some crafting. Never mind there is always a next time …

For today’s post I want to start with the cards we made in last Saturday’s Class. They were all one layer only to make them very postage friendly. We used some clever sponging and stamping to create some interesting cards. It just goes to show that one can create interest and detail without putting layer upon layer. See what you think and please let me know.

 This card makes me dream of far away places and adventure … I used the ‘Open Sea’ stamp set from Stampin’UP!. The inks I used are pool party, island indigo and night of navy also from SU, peel off border and white card from my stash.

This is a card I love sending to friends … the little sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studios expresses it very well. Again the panel is sponged using river rock, old olive and always artichoke ink from Stampin’UP! so are the always artichoke stamp’n’write marker and the stamps All a Flutter & Beautiful Thing (retired); white card from Craftwork Cards.

 This pink wonder uses the pocket silhouettes stamp set, pink pirouette, rose red regal rose inks plus rose red stamp’n’write marker from Stampin’UP; the sentiment stamp is from Wild Rose Studios and embossed using versafine crimson red ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; white card is from Cardwork Crafts.


I love the sunny colours of this card. For contrast I sponged a border on the inside of the card using the same colours as for the main image. The pre-shaped blank card and the sentiment stamp are from Craftwork Cards; daffodil delight, tangerine tango & cajun craze ink pads, cajun craze stamp’n’write marker, mixed bunch stamp set and blossom punch from Stampin’UP!; glitter pen from my stash.

And here is the same idea slightly different, I used a square card and a corner rounder punch from Xcut.

I hope you liked what we made in our last class. Just a quick reminder the next card class will be on Saturday 11th August 3- 6pm. I am just in the process of planning the projects we will make and I shall post them soon on my stamping classes page.

Right it’s time to go and cook dinner now. I shall be back tomorrow with my entry to the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge, I am just hoping that the spray-on varnish I ordered from Crafter’s Companion will arrive in time for me to finish and post the card tomorrow otherwise it will have to be a half-finished project to be updated later in the week. Keep fingers crossed.

Until then ..

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Wishing Tree

… I thought this would be perfect for a Birthday Card. Again I am using just one layer. After my initial apprehensions, I am really enjoying making these one layer wonders.

The background is sponged using Almost Amethyst and Lavender Lace inks (both retired) from Stampin’UP!. I then stamped the Wishing Tree stamp from Lavinia Stamps using Onyx black Versafine ink and decorated it using the mini Flower stamp, again Lavinia, first in red and then in purple Versafine ink. The sentiment is from Wild Rose Studios and stamped in purple Versafine ink. To finish the card off I doodled around the image using a purple fineliner pen and added some glitter glue. The glitter glue might look a bit overpowering on the picture, but I had to take it yesterday before the glue had time to dry, so the dots are looking a bit bigger than they will once the glue is dry.

Part of the enjoyment of making these cards is that they are relatively quick to make and they almost look hand painted once they are finished.

I hope you like it.

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Hobbit Magic

Hi Everybody,

I had so much fun yesterday preparing for my next card making class ‘One layer Wonders’ which is Saturday 14th July 3 – 6 pm. It is something I always wanted to do, but I thought I’d struggle with. Once I got going, it was hard to stop. I got everything prepared in one go – that’s a first 🙂 It left me with a some spare time to prepare a card for a friend, who after years and years finally sold her house. As she is renting to allow her to have a thorough look around before buying a new one, I thought that a ‘normal’ ‘Good luck in your New Home Card’ wasn’t what I wanted to do. I went for Hobbit Magic instead and got some of my Lavinia Stamps out to play. Here is what I made:

I sponged the background with green and blue inks before stamping the images with versafine ink. I love this little Hobbit House Door, as a huge fan of ‘Lord of the Rings’ what does one expect. 🙂

Hope you like it too.

The sentiment stamp is from ‘Wild Rose Studios’, all other stamps are from Lavinia Stamps. For the backgound I used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Baja Breeze and Marina Mist inks plus for the door and the finishing touches Early Espresso ink all from Stampin’UP!. To stamp the images I used Onyx Black, Olymia Green and Imperial Purple Versafine inks which you can get from Lavinia Stamps or any good craft shop. Little spinkles of Stickles glitter glue to finish off. White card and glue came from my stash.

That’s it for today. off to watch over the dinner whilst trying to TIDY the crafting table. LOL

Until later in the week …

Happy Crafting!!!


Mixed Bunch and Shrink Plastic

Hi Everybody!

First of all ‘Thank you very much’ for all your lovely comments on my last post. I am glad you liked it. I have to go on tomorrow and check all your latest ones out.

As promised another button card for the Challenge. If I get time tomorrow I shall update the picture. This is just a quick one I took with my mobile in the small hours. Today’s card is inspired by Heather’s blog and her creations of course. So here it is:

The button is made of Shrink Plastic. I like the way it matches the pattern of the flower stamp. Next time I will have to punch the holes a bit larger, of course they did shrink too and it took me about an hour to feed some yarn through … I see another purchase coming on … a larger tiny hole punch! I quite enjoyed making this as it is somewhat different to what I normally do. I find it good to stretch myself at times. I look forward to the next challenge.

Here is what I used: sentiment stamp from Cardwork Crafts; Shrink Plastic, white card, white card blanks, gems and yarn from my local craft shop; Everything Eleanor & Mixed Bunch stamp sets, so saffron, wild wasabi and rose red ink pads, Blossom Punch from Stampin’UP!

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!


Sense of Time

Hello Everybody!

Where is time going, it seems to be racing away with me. Had a busy week at work. Nevertheless I got something done with a button (this weeks theme of the challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’) and I might even get done something else which I am hoping to post on Wednesday. 🙂

Not having much luck with posting today, somehow managed to lose the whole post. Well never mind!

To todays project. It is based on something Dianne showed me on Monday and I’ve turned it into gift wrapping for my husbands birthday present or at least one of them. I love using Stampin’UP!’s natural ivory card stock to create aged looks. It slightly mutes the colours when you stamp on it, so you’re already half way there. Most of the supplies for today’s project came from SU apart from the raffia, the corner rounder punch and the burgundy card. The stamps/stamp sets I used are: Woodgrain, En Francais, French Foliage, Sense of Time (retired), So Happy For You (retired); the inks are: more mustard, bravo burgundy, Sahara sand, crumb cake, close to cocoa (retired), tea stain distress ink; plus the punches: word window and spiral border (retired); twine; designer button (retired).

Off to Wales again. Until next week. Happy Crafting!!!

Finally, here it is:


Wow Flower Burst

Hello Again,

We had a real hike in temperature today of at least 10 °C and consequently I’ve been melting. Luckily it has cooled down a bit now and the forecast is for it to stay like that. After Ice cream yesterday it is going to be wow flower burst and washi tape today:

It was sunny too when I took the picture the other day, so it’s apologies for the shadows.

The left overs I used on yesterdays card came from the Tonic Studios border punch I used to creat the border on today’s card. I also stamped the Wow Flower on some white shrink plastic to make the little embellishments.

Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.

Here is what I used: Wow Flowers (retired), Everything Eleanor and Tiny Tags stamp sets, melon mambo card stock, melon mambo, basic grey and old olive ink pads, circle and jewelry tag punches, glimmer brads from Stampin’UP!; gems, white shrink plastic, white card, white card blank, Tonic Studios border and corner rounder punches from your local craft shop; washi tape from Daloni’s kiosk at Towyn Beach

That’s it for today.

Happy Crafting!!!


Just an afterthought:

Burbo Bank Extension

I normally don’t post links for e-petitions, but this is one I care passionately about. Dong Energy are planning to extend the existing Burbo Bank Windfarm which is off the coast of Hoylake/Meols. The catch is that the turbines are at the same distance as the existing ones, but they are much higher so will be even more visible.
The aim of the petition is to get the turbines built further out to sea to minimise the visual impact. For this reason it is not a petition against the windfarm as such.
Also if one can put some pressure on the developer to create good jobs for local people, even if they have to be trained, we will all be in a win-win situation. (The developer currently says that there aren’t the skilled people needed in this area to build the windfarm)
We need to get 100,000 signitures to get a chance to have the matter debated in parliament.
When you click on the link, you will first get to read the text of the petition before signing. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34283
Thanks for considering this.

Brayer Creative

Hello Again!

Going to Aintree last week, inspired me to try using the brayer a bit more often. In my last post you saw the background I created by simply applying ink with a brayer to a sizzix texture plate, placing a piece of card on top plus the ‘sandwich’ to go with it and then putting it through my Cuttlebug. For today’s card I’ve taken this a step further by blending the edges in, using a brayer. It is faster and less messy on your fingers than using sponges. See for yourself:

Sorry about the long shadows on the picture, but I had to be quick, work is calling in a few minutes and then we’re off to Wales again for the weekend.

If you wonder how to make one of these, the class in june will be on using the brayer to create backgrounds, blending etc.

For the card I used:

white card blank and card stock, ribbon, glitter glue and perls from your local craft shop; island indigo and pool Party ink & cardstock, Island i digo Stamp’n’Write Marker, Butterfly punch, Flight of the Buttterfly and Just Believe stampsets from Stampin’UP!; texture plate from Sizzzix; Sentiment ‘with love’ from Craftwork Cards

for the tag I used: Everything Eleanor stamp set, Island Indigo and Pool Party inks from Stampin’UP!; white card stock and ribbon from your local craft shop; sentiment stamp from Dimension Stamps

Hope you like it. Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Happy Crafting!!!


Ouick Notes

Hi Everybody,

This week I am looking at how to make quick note cards. It is easy. All you need is a nice stamp set some coloured inks and some card …

… stamp the images on A4 or 12×12 inches card and cut to size. This is a good way if you need to make a batch of cards to give as a present. You can always embellish more than I did using some ribbon and die cut flowers for example. I made these to go into a box, and I tend to keep them relatively plain. This way it is possible to fit several cards into a smallish box. 🙂

Happy Crafting

supplies: stamps – SU, Stampendous; punches – SU; ink – SU; cardstock – SU, local craft shop