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

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!