Nicecrane Vintage Merry Christmas

Hello Everybody,

Today I have five very quick Christmas Cards. As you well know we crafters start making our Christmas cards early. Given that a lot of people were doing them in July, I must be late … hence the quick ones … 🙂

I am using the Vintage Merry Christmas digi images by Nicecrane Designs.



For this card, I simply used a snowflake stamp to stamp the background, blended the edges with red ink, matt and layered onto red card and assembled as shown. I then highlighted bits of the image with glitter glue and added a cream coloured organza ribbon.



For this card I stamped an ornament 3x in blue, without re-inking the stamp in between, towards one side of natural ivory card and blended the edges using red and blue ink. I then matt and layered as shown before finishing off by adding a blue organza ribbon, glitter glue highlights and some light blue gems.



For this card I embossed some white pearlized card, added my image and some gems. I then added my ribbon across one corner as shown and attached it all to my base card using 3-D foam pads before finishing off by adding some glitter glue highlights.



For this card’s background, I used a tree stamp and stamped it once in a darkish green and several times in a very pale green. I then blended the edges in, layered it on red card and attached my image and sentiment before adhering it to my base card and adding gems to finish.



The background for this card is an embossed piece of pearlized card layered on red card and attached to my base card. I then adhered the image slightly off centre and added my ribbon before finishing off with die-cuts and gems.

… and here we are 5 cards later …..

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

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All inks used were from Stampin’Up (so were the stamps used to create the backgrounds), die-cut border is a Memory Box Die called Frosty Border and all the ribbons are from Fantastic Ribbons, Embossing Folders used are Snowman ones (not sure who makes them, was a competition win)

Pedal Presents Birthday

Hello Again,

the second card I want to share with you today is a Birthday Card with a fresh Spring feel:

Pedal Presents Birthday

It is another quick card. I coloured the image using dye ink and blender pen. You can get quite a bit of subtle shading with this technique, and I prefer using it for detailed images. My Stampin’Up! Blender pen has a finer nib than my Promarkers or Spectrum Noir Pens which makes it perfect for detail colouring.

You simply pick up a bit of ink with your pen and you’re ready to go. It is best to start colouring where you want the colour to be darker working into the lighter areas.

What I used: sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio; Pedal Presents (retired Hostess Set) from Stampin’UP!; circle border embossing folder for Cuttlebug; buttons from Fantastic Ribbon; wavy cutting blade and paper trimmer from Woodware; ribbon, inks and cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like it. Oh, before I forget, Buttons can sometimes be used to add messages. See, if you can see, which one I used …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Fairy Window

Hi Everyone!!!
… back again. There is a bit of a theme developing here … another Fairy Card for you. It doesn’t surprise me with all those spring flowers and blossoms coming out, the fairies will be out sprinkeling their magic too. This one is going to be more of an adult fairy, she has a sense of wisdom, elegance and maturity about her … or is it just my imagination. Judge for yourselves, here she is

Fairy Window

She is also one we will be making in Saturday’s class (Advanced scoring techniques – 9th March). The idea for this card came from a tutorial by Diane Zechman on Splitcoaststampers.

As I don’t have any rectangular nesties, I ended up cutting the aperture with my craft knife. The upside of this is that you can make it any size you need it to be. The fairy stamp came as freebie with Cardmaking & Papercraft a couple of years ago in a Christmas Fairies Set. I think she does very well in a non Christmas setting too. I also used Baker’s twine (from Fantastic Ribbons) instead of organza ribbon, which was used in the original tutorial. I found it easier to pull the blind up. Finished off with little hearts, it looks quite soft and feminine … what do you think …

I also want to join the Ladies at Out of a Hat Creations with this one. Their challenge this week is ‘Hanging about’. I thought, blinds do hang and fairies don’t hang about for long.

Hope you like it.

Oh, before I forget, the pretty paper is from Wild Rose Studios. Got mine free with a magazine a while ago, but I saw it advertised on Crafter’s Companion. Hope they haven’t sold out.

Back soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Flutter by Butterflies

Hi Everybody,
Got a butterfly card to share with you at Out of a Hat Creations. Hope you like it.

Flutter by Butterflies

Flutter by Butterflies

This is the updated version of my earlier post. Went to see Les Misrerables at the cinema, shame they don’t do a sing-along version … had to put the CD on when I got home. Needless to say Nick has left the house … gone for a walk, I think … LOL

Back to the card, I really can’t resist butterflies. These ones here are quite delicate. I love the floral pattern, and I am sure they will come out to play very often. Watch this space!!!

Here is what I used: Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Mini Butterfly & Elegant Butterfly punches, Wisteria Wonder & Pink Pirouette card stock and Cherry Cobbler ink all from Stampin’Up!; pink ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons; cArt-Us cutting die from Sunrise Crafts, crafts-too embossing folder, peel-off border and gems from my stash.


Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


Owl Greetings

Hello again,

The latest challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ is Butterflies & Birds, which makes me smile. I have two lovely owl cards I wanted to post today … and owls are birds … never mind that I didn’t manage to post one in time for last week’s challenge which was about texture. Well here they are:

lets start with the one I originally intended for last week …

girly owl

I used a lovely patchwork owl set from Woodware and coloured it in using promarkers. Well you could ‘properly’ patchwork it by either stamping on fabric or paper, cut it out and piece it together for a great effect. I did it once with a patchwork plane and it looked good, actually it won me 3rd price in a competition. Colouring in is just a bit quicker.

The textures which I wanted to go into last weeks would have been the felt hearts, the twine and the embossed tree in the background. I suppose one could have also entered the plastic button :-).

The next card is ideal for the boys in our lives …

boyish owl

… especially if they are Twitter fans …

For the wood grain background I used a Sizzix embossing folder available from Stampin’Up!, the letters on the other piece are actually pre-embossed core’dinations card called ‘core impressions’ which is new at Crafter’s Companion … anything to make life easy.

Again I coloured in with promarkers trying to get a washed-out denim look. I think I am starting to get the hang of it a bit … that’s after they’ve been sitting in my cupboard for 3 years or so before I dared to try shading. It just seemed to be too daunting … but not anymore.

The ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons, in case you wondered.

That’s it for now … back later with a Clean & Simple Card.

See you soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Love is in the Air

Hello Everybody,

apologies for having been a bit offline recently. I somehow didn’t get round to crafting much.

Well first of all I have a super cute Valentine’s Card for you. It is made with the freebie stamp and paper of the current issue of ‘Simply Cards and Papercraft’:

Cute Valentine

Apart from the freebies I used promarkers for colouring; Nellies Multiframes; Memorybox Nottingham Border die; Stampin’Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Poppy Parade cardstock and Word Window Punch; Organza ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons; Black Memento Inkpad and red jewels from my own stash.

I also want to share another card with you today. It is one I intended to enter into a challenge on the Addicted to Clean & Simple Blog, but I didn’t have time to make it before the challenge closed. Well there is always another time …

Anyway here it is:

In my heart & in my soul

I just love this stamp, and best of all it is another freebie and available with the current issue of Creative Stamping.

It is a simple black & white theme with a red glitter highlighted heart. To add that little bit extra, I used some Centura White pearlised card from Crafter’s Companion for one of the layers.

Hope you like it.

Please check out my Stamping Classes, I’ve updated the dates. Back with more cards tomorrow!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Musical Gift Box

Hello Everybody,

Just another box to share. I made this box to fit a heart-shaped gift for a friend. It is a simple straight forward box with separate lid. I also wanted to use this gorgeous 38mm wide satin ribbon I bought a while ago from Fantastic Ribbons. I love the luxurious look and finish it gives. Apart from the ribbon I used the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes sizzix die (got it from eBay), Fun Flowers sizzix die and antique brads from Stampin’UP!, cardstock, paper and inks from my own stash.


Looking at the box now makes me think of handmade truffles …. music … big dresses … ballrooms … think I better stop myself before I get too carried away. 😀 Maybe I should enter this in the Hatter’s challenge too … hmmmm … will do.

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Back soon … until then … Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Boxes and Cards

Hello Everyone!

Where has the time gone???? I was meant to post again on Thursday … and then I caught that cardmaking virus which makes you forget about everybody and everything 🙂 lol. I had to prepare for today’s Make & Take Class … 8!!! Christmas cards I promised everybody we’d do in 3 hours, it meant a lot of prep work on my part … I think in future I’ll be more careful about what I promise.

Well one of these cards is one we made today:

Well it is the one on the right, the tree decorated with sequins. The one on the left is the card I want to enter into this week’s ‘Music’ challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations'( as it has the musical score of ‘Silent Night’ as a background. Singing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve was a big part of family tradition when I grew up.

The trees are made from a sort of left over from making the following boxes:

The boxes were made using the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro after watching their Christmas DVD. I really liked the look of them. Their pyramid shape looks like a simplified Christmas Tree. The shape I used for the Christmas Trees on the cards is the bit from the windows I cut out and covered with acetate.

Hope you like them:

What I used: Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro Christmas Embossing Board, Darice embossing folder (snowflakes) both from, Sizzix Ornament Framelits, jewellery tag punch, tiny tags stamp set and Baker’s Twine from Stampin’UP!; red ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons; Penguin stamp came with the Creative Stamping Magazine; seam binding ribbon from The Ribbon Girl; Budding Vine embossing Folder, Marianne border die, Nestability Die, Promarkers, jewels, sequins, glitter glue, acetate, patterned paper, peel-offs, Zutter corner rounder and card from my own stash.

Back soon with yet more Christmas projects …

… until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Christmas Card & Matching Gift Box Set

Hi Everybody,

today I’ll have a little treat for you – a Christmas Card & Gift Box Set. This one is quite quick to make and could be entered into a ‘less is more challenge’. I think it still has the wow-factor … you can see for yourself …

I like the slight aged look which is due the type of card stock I used. It is not perfectly smooth and therefore gives a slight patchy look when stamping on … perfect for what I had in mind.

The matching box is inspired by one I saw in the current issue of the ‘Creative Stamping’ magazine, which is only available from craft shops … luckily my friend Dianne has one near where her boat is moored -thanks Dianne- … otherwise it would mean a 50-minute-round trip to Creative Pastimes at the Sycamore Garden Centre in Great Sutton, a great craft shop and staff is very helpful especially if you are like me wanting to order some Woodware stamps … but I am digressing now … back to the box … I also used my Fiskars punch around the page punch I won in a competition last year, it makes the perfect border.

This is number one for entering in the Christmas Card Challenge at ‘Out of a hat Creations’ with more to follow tomorrow …

… until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


What else I used: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season and Tree Trimmings (retired) stamp sets, Sizzix Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (co-ordinates with ornament keepsakes stamps) plus pear pizzazz (retired), cherry cobbler and early espresso ink all from Stampin’UP; ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons; card stock from my own stash


Summertime’s Challenge

Hello Everybody,

this week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ is summertime … and what a challenge it was … The first thing that popped into my mind was ‘wellies’, probably due to the amount of rain we recently had. But jokes aside, when I think of summer the first thing coming to my mind are the colours yellow and orange followed by sun, flowers and sea … here is what I came up with:

The medallion stamp always reminds me of the sun. To start with I sponged some white card with Daffodil Delight (DD) and Tangerine Tango (TT) ink, then I stamped the ‘En Francais’ background stamp in DD onto the sponged card. I thought this was a fitting stamp to use. It talks about summer, and some years ago I spent one very hot summer working by the seaside in France. The flowers in the background are stamped in TT. Then I stamped the medallion in versamark and clear embossed it. To bring the image out I used a darker shade of orange (Cajun Craze) and sponged it all over, finishing off by removing excess ink with a clean tissue.

All the inks and stamps used are from Stampin’UP!, so is the olive-green ribbon and DD card stock; the organza ribbon and baker’s twine are from Fantastic Ribbons; embossing powder, gem and card blank came from my own stash.

Until next time

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂