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

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Valentines Day Beckons



Yes, us cardmakers always have to think ahead, so today I made a few Valentines cards to take to work and sell

They were all made with bits of stash that I have had for ages (possibly years!), so it was good that they were being used at long last!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Creative Stamping Magazine - issue 52


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I subscribe to this magazine and January's issue is a cracker! I love the music and dance themed stamps and just had to dash off this card straight away
Shouldn't we all be dancing to the beat of our own drum?

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Pokemon Go!

I have a confession - I am obsessed with Pokemon Go and play it everyday! I use it as an excuse to go out for a walk - it gives a walk a purpose and helps me to boost my steps for the Fitbit.

My son was a big Pokemon fan  when it first came out 15 years ago, so I remember a lot of the names from them - I can easily tell a Bulbasaur from a Blastoise. I now have a regular walk to the library and back, as I can pass 9 Pokestops on the way.

My Son thinks it is so funny that I play the game so much, that he bought me a Pokemon comic as part of my Christmas present. Inside were some stickers which I have used to make these birthday  cards.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Recycle, Reuse .....

This card has been made with the card trick that was inside one of our Christmas crackers - I couldn't work out the trick, but least I can reuse the cards!

Christmas wasn't quite as organised as usual as I went down with the flu 2 days before and spent most of the time asleep on the sofa, but we did enjoy a family get together on the day and also round my sons on Boxing day. Rather than enjoying wine, Port or Gin, I spent the time sipping honey and barley water!


I did get some lovely crafting goodies, including these cute little kraft envelopes which I have teamed up with some inquisitive kitties.

Best wishes for 2018 to you all.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Last Reindeers of 2017 ..... Promise!


Reindeers and stags have featured rather heavily in my 2017 Christmas cards - so these will be the last posted this year, but I couldn't resist showing off the lovely bauble die that came from AliExpress.com- it only cost £2.55 and the fir tree die was £1.35 - real bargains and well worth the wait for delivery from China! 

I cut them out using black card and layered them against sparkly white glitter card - really pleased with the effect.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Let It Snow!

Like the rest of the country we have snow today! First of the year for us, as we live in Sunny Suffolk and have a milder climate than most areas.
No only is this a photo of my snowy back garden, but it is also my first picture of my lovely new wooden fence which was only finished on Friday! They also trimmed the beech tree at the end of the garden and took away the old shed that was on the left hand side of garden
I wish I had taken a 'before' photo to show how tumbled down and rotten the fence and shed were - at least I have a nice and secure garden now!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Little bit of Sparkle

The background to this card is made from red sparkle texture paste by Cosmic Shimmer. I must confess that I made it last year and couldn't work out what to put with it!

Inspiration finally struck when I found the big red bauble topper and matched it with the JOY stamp from last months Craft Stamper magazine. A Hunkydory poinsettia just finished it off!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

More Embossing with Gilding Wax


Now that I have made most of my Christmas cards, the pressure is off and I can play and experiment a bit more! So I dug out my gilding waxes and embossed some black card. This embossing folder was a freebie a couple of years ago and the stag stamp and die were from the majestic moments from Simply cards magazine.

You can't see the glitter in the photo, but this card really does sparkle!
The waxes are a mixture of alchemy waxes by Imagination crafts and and metallic wax from Creative Expressions
This card was going to be for Christmas, but I was a bit heavy handed with the gold gilding polish, so covered it up with a die cut spaceship!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Craft Room Tidy Up!

I picked up a bargain table and bookcase for the craft room (ie the small boxroom)- which has necessitate in a BIG TIDY UP!

I am a bit of a messy crafter and like to be surrounded by things to give me inspiration, but it was getting a bit out of hand. 


I had to take out most of the boxes and storage units to fit the new furniture and this forced me to clear up the piles of paper, stamps and embellishments that I have lying around


However I can't promise that it will stay this neat and tidy for long!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Making Cards Magazine

I wasn't going to buy any more Christmas Stash but spotted the Christmas Special edition of Making Cards Magazine - it has some cute animal stamps.
But before I break open the stamps, I've made some Christmas cards with the freebie papers!


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Stags & Mermaids


I'm pleased to say the Christmas card making is going well, with over 100 given to charities to help with their fund raising and plenty made for family & friends. 
But you can get a bit sick of Santas, Snow and Reindeer, so I occasionally take a break and make other cards like this Mermaid one!


Friday, 13 October 2017

Sorry - more Christmas Reindeer cards!

Yes, I'm afraid here are more Christmas cards made with  the  X-Cut Winter Forest die. 

I love the black silhouette - it even works well as a border when you cut out the stag & deer!

Friday, 6 October 2017

More Recycled Reindeer


A couple more cards featuring Stags and Reindeer- this time using recycled Christmas cards from last year!


Saturday, 30 September 2017

This Years Christmas Theme - Reindeers

Every other Christmas card I have made so far this year seems to have a reindeer or stag somewhere on it
I've used lots of different colours, layouts and styles, but those deers still seem to sneak in to most cards!



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Silver Scene

And here's the die cut into silver mirri board and mounted against a sparkly lilac background!

Friday, 22 September 2017

More Stags at Christmas

I know I shouldn't have, but I have bought the Winter Forest die by XCut, because I love the stag and deer silhouette.I saw it at a demo at The Range and fell in love!

I cut them out in black card and have layered them against some snowy countryside scenes from last years Christmas cards. They don't look to bad, do they?

Monday, 18 September 2017

Twilight Home


Remember the little wooden houses I bought back in July? Well, I have teamed one up with the fab Hunkydory Twilight Kingdom papers that I bought in June to make this New Home Card. The paper backgrounds have proved to be very versatile, helping to make birthday, pagan, mermaid and even wedding cards!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Non Religious Christmas Cards

I like to make some Christmas cards that do not have Christian symbols on them for friends who are pagan or not Christians and the stags head stamp seems ideal for these!

This one also uses as recycled Christmas card from last year as the background!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Stags Head - Majestic Moments

Loving this Majestic Moments free gift from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. I just couldn't wait to stamp out the stags head and colour them using promarkers

I then cut out some different coloured oval backgrounds using one of those cheap Chinese dies and layered them up
and this is a birthday card using one of them - expect to see some more!