Thursday, 21 June 2018

Suffolk Day 2018

Today is not only the longest day of the year, but also Suffolk Day where we celebrate all the wonderful places that make up my home county

For those of you who have never been here - it is an amazing county with unspoilt coastlines and countrysides, there you can step back in time to Medieval villages such as Lavenham, where they filmed Harry Potters 'Godrics Hollow'. Or visit a traditional seaside town, Felixstowe, with its newly refurbished Pier and Gardens.

At Shotley you can watch the UK's busiest container port, with huge ships unloading all the time, then nip across to Harwich on the Ferry.

Bury St Edmunds has the lovely Cathedral and abbey gardens, for a relaxing stroll around

And Ipswich, my birthplace, has some fabulous shops and restaurants, and the Waterfront - this is the statute of Cardinal Wolsey when it was Yarn Bombed! There you can also pick up a boat trip down the rive and pass under the stunning Orwell Bridge. The amazing Christchurch Mansion is free to visit and the surrounding Christchurch park is huge. If you are lucky, you might spot Mabel the owl in one of the old oak trees there.

I'm going to be spending the day in Sudbury, where they are launching a new Vision for the future of the town.

If I have tempted you to come here, there is far more information on the Visit Suffolk website.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

3 Pink Elephants

I've had a pack of 3 glittered pink elephants with felt ears in my stash for ages, so thought it was about time I used them up - so have made 3 different birth congratulation cards

Each one is in a different style, size and layout,

But I think they are all quite cute!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Masculine Makes

Men are always so difficult to not only make cards for, but also to find the right presents for.

Here's a few cards that could be suitable for men - no flowers, butterflies or pretty accessories on these!

There ones are all left blank inside, so could be used for a variety of occasions.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Sorry - More Cats!

Following on from my last post, I'm afraid here are more cards featuring our feline friends!

I couldn't resist the 'Paws for Thought' topper pad by Hunkydory that I found in The Range yesterday - I just had to have all those cute fluffy cats and kittens!!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Cats, Cats & An Otter!

As a cat owner (or should I say slave), I love making cards with cats on then!

I especially like black or black & white cats, like my own

But just for a change, this last card features an otter!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sports Mad .....

I'm a great fan of the themed set of stamps that come with Creative Stamping Magazine and this months are a cracker!

So many different sports are featured - including darts, snooker, badminton, hockey and 10 pin bowling

I couldn't wait to have a play with them, when I got them this morning!

Could prove very useful for those pesky Men's and teenager Birthday Cards!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Loads of Llamas

I've had these llama and cactus background papers for a year ( from April 2017 issue of Making Cards) and when I saw a sheet of cute Llama and cactus stickers this morning, I though they would be a great way of using them up!

They were only 99p in The Range and come in bright zingy colours!

So, another small dent in the stash made!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

First 'Coffee Break' makes

These were quite fun and easy to make, the dies cut well and I like the shadow stamps to fill in the colour

I decided on a clean, retro look for the cards - bit different from my usual  vintage flowers and butterflies style!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Another Competition win ....

This time from Creative Stamping Magazine, one of my favourites! It is a Die-Namics stamp and die cutting set from the My Favorite Things range called Coffee Break and featuring Coffee pots, mugs and cups

Plus it has these great sayings such as 'You Deserve A Break' and 'Coffee is Always a Good Idea'

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Gossip or Pod of ...... Mermaids

The internet is not sure what you call a group of Mermaids - could it be a gossip, a pod or even a splash? Regardless, I have still been making more mermaid cards with the free Sheena Douglass stamp I got a while ago

They have proved very popular and have sold well!

I try to make each one different, using a variety of stamps, backgrounds and embellishments

Sometimes she has blond hair, others brown or red, but I always paint the mermaids tail with green & blue cosmic shimmer to make it stand out!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Even More Fairy Cards!

Thanks to the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma, I have had time in the evenings to make even more birthday cards with my Fairie Dust winnings!

The pastel colour scheme is so pretty, with so many different elements to play with. I should be able to make dozens and dozens of cards with them all.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

A Sprinkling of Fairie Dust

Yes, I couldn't wait to make more cards with the lush pack of goodies I won yesterday

I love the sweet vintage look to the collection

OMG Fairie Dust - Lucky Me!

I had an unexpected parcel from USA delivered today - a whole selection of the Fairie Dust Collection from Graphic 45!!! There are pads of papers, toppers, tags, embellishment etc - all papers and toppers are double sided too.

I was one of 4 lucky winners of the set (worth £50) from January's issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine.
The snowy weather outside was a good excuse to nip into the craft room and russell up these pretty cards!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

More Roses!

These big cabbage roses have been made using the Altenew layered dies that were free with issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.

They look great with 3 different shades of card to give them a real feeling of depth and texture!

Our boiler went wrong last weekend and we had no heat for 2 days, It cost £250 to fix, but was well worth it. With the Beast from East cold snap on the way, I am hoping to stay in, keep warm and craft!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Still using up old stash!

I've re-discovered for the second time a pad of glittered toppers from the 'Forget Me Not' range by Docrafts. I bought these back in December 2015, used a couple and then forgot about them

I then found it again in March 2017, made a couple more cards and put it aside again ( see this previous post!)

So I have made these three cards, and yes, will forget about it for a few more months!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

New Inspiration from Creative Stamping Mag

The latest edition of Creating Stamping Magazine has some fab free stamps this month. I rushed into the craft room and wanted to play with them all!

I have several friends birthdays coming up soon and thought they would love these stylish ladies
I tried them out in different colour ways

I think I will get a lot of use from this 'Hello Gorgous' set