Candy Card

Hi Everybody,

back again, and no I don’t want to confuse you. The Candy card is the one I want to enter at Addicted to CAS, where the code word for the current challenge is ‘Candy’.

This one here is also for you Sue, my friend, it uses acetate.

CAS Candy

Well I punched an aperture into white square card and a piece of chocolate wrapping. (Nick very kindly volunteered to eat the chocolate.) I then adhered the wrapping to a piece of acetate and punched the scalloped circle from the acetate/chocolate wrapping. I then stamped the candy on the front and lightly coloured it in from the back using a pink promarker. I then adhered the acetate over the aperture and added a little glitter glue for a crusty sugary effect before finishing off with a dashed line and 3 rounded corners.

I didn’t add a sentiment at this point, more often than not I tend to write them on the inside. I wanted to keep this one clean and simple.

Hope you like it. Thanks for popping in again.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂


Well what would winter be without snowmen and snow-women. Not that we get lots of snow where I live, actually hardly any at all …

This year I made some snowpeople place-cards for my friend’s Christmas table. The pictures are a bit dark as I had to take them by lamp light … was too late in the day. May I introduce …


As you can see the Lady even has eyelashes …

Snow woman

… and the man has a green nose …


It is a sort of a back to basics snowman, as I used die-cut circles. The hat is an upside down plant pot, a Sizzzix die I had for ages, and the noses are made from Card Candi.

Just a quick post for today, I want to enter this into the Out Of A Hat Creations Winter Challenge and it closes today.

Back soon …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Box in a Box

Hello Everybody,

first of all: Thanks for all your lovely comments!!!

Next week I am meeting up with a friend for some crafting and today was planning day. I thought I’d do something a bit unusual and took some inspiration from The Ultimate Pro DVD (Crafter’s Companion) to craft a Box in a Box. Given that I was just that bit too late for entering my ‘Stash Raider Boxes’ into last week’s challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’, I designed the whole project in ‘Black & White plus silver’ … and now I am able and in plenty of time to enter this week’s challenge 🙂 … which is ‘Black & White plus one colour’.

As you can see I have gone for a Christmas Theme with embossed mirri card and glitzy embossing powder. I was quite surprised as to how well the mirri card embossed, it has a kind of foil look about it which I like. Again I have been raiding stash as most of the materials and tools I used have been sitting in my cupboards for at least a couple of years. I am really enjoying looking through my bits and appreciating what I got.

Of course there is also another twist to it, I am also sorting some things out to go on eBay, some bits are already on … fingers crossed ….

… now back to the box. I am sure you want to know what it is like on the inside .. here we go

I think this box definitely has the ‘wow factor’ and I shall be making more of them. …and because I enjoyed crafting today how better to end than by making a matching card

This time I embossed some black core-dination card rather than the mirri card.

Here is what I used: mirri card, silver satin ribbon, white organza ribbon, rhinestone gems, Stikkles white lace glitter glue, sparkly silver and white embossing powder, versamark, versafine black and silver background inks, white card stock, white card blank, mirri card, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from my own stash; Stampendous Timeless Tags stamp set from Creative Pastimes; Black & White Designer paper (retired SU), Contempo Christmas and Mixed bunch stamp sets, blossom punch, white craft ink, rhinestone brad, black & white ribbon from Stampin’UP!; snowflake punch from Creative Memories; Wild Rose Studio snowflake stamp set from Handy Hippo

That’s it from me for today

Back again soon

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.

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!!!


Fairies to the Challenge

Hi Everybody!

Last week I went off saying that I would prepare the project for the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge. Well what can I say … I ended up preparing for the craft fair last Saturday. There I got an oder for 20 boxes – more about those tomorrow – which had to be ready by today. To top it all we slipped in an extra weekend at the caravan to catch the Olympic torch Relay in Criccieth … oh and the weather was nice too.

I had a busy time and finally I rose to the challenge with a card I made today. It will also be part of my next class as I used the brayer again. Here it is:

I meant to use ‘feather – image – text – beads’ for the challenge. As you can see the text becomes the image and the image (fairies) part of the embellishment. The beads I had were too large, I went for tiny gems instead plus a purple glitzy brad for the centre.

Hoppe you like it, please let me know what you think.

Here is what I used: Fairies, Fairy Spells, tiny mushrooms, bench, leaf and stars stamps all from Lavinia Stamps; white smooth card, white square card blank, DoCraft’s Boofle paper pack, feather, brad, gems, glitter glue, ColorBox pigment brush pad in lilac and black Versafine ink pad from your local craft shop; elegant eggplant card stock, so saffron and elegant eggplant ink pads from Stampin’UP!

Until tomorrow

Happy Crafting!!!


Delicious Ice Cream

….. that’s all I could dream of for the best part of the last two weeks. I was sruck down with ‘Dehli Belly’, just that we didn’t get it from an Indian restaurant, I picked it up somewhere else. Sorry if you thought I’d disappeard or so. On the up side it was a wonderful detox and my skin is really peachy now. 🙂

To ease myself in I thought I’d show you another one of my creations with this wonderful ice cream punch, that Aintree bargain:

It makes me think of sun, summer, beaches, holiday ….

Maybe just as well that the weather has picked up!!

It is not my normal type of colour scheme, but I quite like it. I wanted it to be a bit candy coloured and, as I was rooting through my stash, I cam across these papers which were simply exactly what I needed.

I also made some clever use of punching offcuts: the scalloped edge is made up of crescent shapes stuck to the bak of the topper, the sprinkles on the ice cream are also punching ‘left overs’. If you want to know where I got them from you will have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and ice cream!!!!

Happy Crafting!!!


supplies: Tonic Studio Border punch (for left overs), white card, white card blank, ribbon, glitter glue from your local craft shop; eyelet border punch from Stampin’UP!; ice cream punch from Every Craft’s a Pound; papers were free with ‘simply cards & papercraft’ and ‘papercraft inspirations’ magazines

Ice Cream & Dream

Hello Everybody!

How time flies. I so looked forward to going to the HobbyCraft Fair at Aintree … and now it’s all over. Well Alison spoke to one of the exhibitors and they mentioned that it was the last one at Aintree because it’s moving to Manchester’s Event City. Apparently it is going to be on a larger scale with more space for demonstrations and make & takes. Would be great if there was a train station right outside. will have to find that one out.

Never mind, I was able to bag a bargain or two … I had to make a quick couple of bits for the craft fair yesterday and I managed to create these funky covered notepads … the delights of summer in a handbag …

… strawberry ice cream and picnics. I can just hear you say dream on. 🙂  The ice cream punch was one of the bargains and all I used were some pretty papers, funnily enough they came from a pack called picnic in the park I think it was and I got them last year with a magazine, the pink paper is from Wild rose Studio … add a bit of glitter glue …  and you have delicious ice cream.

The other punch, again a bargain, is one of the new Tonic Studio Border punches and it is a delight to use. The label punch is from Stampin’UP!

Unfortunately the fair wasn’t busy, on the upside I now got plenty of stock left for next month (26th May), and all I have to do is work on the presentation.

Tomorrow I am seeing Dianne and Fanny for a crafty exchange. I know one of the things I will do, but I am still looking for inspiration for the other one. This is where I am starting to dream … maybe I need some magic here …

I worked with my homemade spray inks to create the background. The stamps I used are from Lily of the Valley (LOTV) and Penny Black; the punch is from Creative Memories; early espresso cardstock, peach parfait and pumpkin pie inks from Stampin’UP!; everything else from your local craft shop.

Hope you like it. Back again later in the week for the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Until then…

Happy Crafting!!!


Oh, I almost forgot, I also updated the Stamping Classes page with new dates. xxx