Thursday, 13 May 2021

Daisy, Daisy

 


These lovely bright daisy papers were free with issue 94 of Creative Stamping Magazine - along with a fab set of Garden Gnomes stamps!


They were cheery cards to make on a wet and miserable day!

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Hot Diggity Dogs

 
We have just put our house up for sale and so, much of my craft room has had to be packed away. This means I am on a very limited range of materials and have to be a bit more creative. 


It is also a good excuse to use up some of my older stash, and these 'Hot Diggity Dog' images are years and years old!


I hope the house doesn't take too long to sell as I am missing having all my bits and pieces around me.

Friday, 23 April 2021

Guitar Hero

 

I dug out some old freebie stamps from magazines with a music theme and put together these cards - it seemed appropriate to listen to a bit of rock music in the background whilst I made them!


Vinyl records are increasing in popularity now - my son has quite a collection, even though he is in his 20's, so I've used the record shape for the 'happy birthday' sentiment.


So there we have it - birthday cards for lovers of heavy metal, glam rock or acoustic guitars!

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Making Cards - Crazy Cats

 

I love the fun images from the 'Crazy Cats' range that are free with the May/June issue of of Making Cards & Papercraft magazine.


I couldn't wait to make some new cards when the latest issue appeared in the post.


The 'pretty as a picture' images and backing papers are cute too, so I will be using them for my next few cards!

Monday, 5 April 2021

Sporty Cards

 

Always useful to have few sport themed cards ready, like this tennis one above


The jogger card has a background made from exploding blue brushos (which I made ages ago)


and an urban basketball card with a cute wooden ball

Monday, 29 March 2021

Twins!

 A neighbour is expecting twins and they have a habit of coming early, so I thought I'd better be prepared!


I don't know what the gender of the babies will be, so I have made a neutral one above - and can colour the hearts blue and pink if there is one of each


A pink card if they are both girls and a blue one if 2 boys arrive!



Thursday, 18 March 2021

Condolences Cards

 

One of the reasons that I wanted the Gemini sentiments die set was the inclusion of the word Condolences, as I haven't got this as either a stamp or die sentiment.


Again, I like the simplicity of the font of the die and have made a few of those cards that you never want to use.




Wednesday, 17 March 2021

More Gemini Interchangeable die cards

 
These dies are going to be so useful, they cut so well and are a nice modern looking font that works with so many types of cards


I've got lots more ideas on how I can use them in the future!



Monday, 15 March 2021

Mothers Day Present

 One of my Mothers Day presents was the new Interchangeable Sentiment die set from Gemini - I originally spotted them being demonstrated on Create & Craft TV


Its a great idea to have 3 different sentiments fit the same floral frame - this one has Congratulations, Celebrate and Condolences - so can be used for many different types of cards


The sentiments look good on their own without the background too!




Saturday, 13 March 2021

Nuvo Drops Storage

 Since January my Nuvo drops collection has expended quite a bit!


It is recommended that the bottles are stored upside down to stop the nozzles clogging, so when I saw that their stackable storage rack was back in stock at Tonic, it seemed a good idea to get one!


The stepped storage makes it easy to see the bottles at the back when picking the right shade and type of drop to use.


The drops have been appearing on so many of the cards I have made recently!


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Knitting and Sewing

 


These are both hobbies that have become so much more popular since lockdown, so I thought I would make some themed  birthday cards for those who enjoy these pastimes. Both cards feature real buttons!



Friday, 26 February 2021

Really..... You have got to be Kidding!!

I received this months copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine in the post yesterday. It has been delayed because of problems with the supplier ( Brexit ?), but they had emailed and explained that. What I really find hard to believe is that they claim their 'biggest kit ever' that came with it is worth £45.99


when I excitedly opened it,  I was confronted with .....


Now, I watch Hochanda and Create & Craft channels on TV, so I am used to seeing overpriced card making kits (Yes, Tattered Lace, I am talking about you!) - but this takes the biscuit.

This 52 piece kit contains an embossing folder only 3 inches square, 3 tiny metal dies ( don't bother, its easier to cut out the plant pot by hand) and a set of very small herb related stamps. There are the names of 9 different herbs in 2 different fonts - so that's 18 stamps for a start. However these name stamps are only 1 or 2 cm long. There are no cards, envelopes, charms, stickers,  ribbons or other embellishments included in this, so called, kit. 

But I shouldn't forget the digital papers and templates I could download - well, I will forget about them as I don't print off background papers on my home printer - have you seen the price of ink cartridges! There is also an SVG cutting file to download, but that is useless too, as I only have a big shot manual die cutter. How can they claim that this is worth £45.99???

Now I can understand why the price has gone up to £6.99 per issue, but really, who are they kidding on the price of this 'kit'. Who, in the real world, would spend nearly 50 quid on it?


The freebies that came recently with Papercraft Essential magazine and Creative Stamping Magazine were so much better (rant over).                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Papercraft Essentials 196

 

This months issue of  Papercraft Essentials Magazine had a lovely Woodland Collection topper pad as its freebie, with some sentiments for Mothers Day included

 

So it seemed a good idea to make some cards with it!


And there are still loads of elements, papers and sentiments left.



Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Embossing & Glittering

 

Now that I am switching to Nuvo Drops, I decided to try and use up some of the old bottles of Stickles and other glitter glue I have hanging around. So I dug out some embossing folders that haven't been used a while, embossed the backs of some old Christmas cards and spread the different glues across the depressions and left to dry



These have then been used as glittery backgrounds for some more cards.



By using 3 different colours you get a nice varigated effect.


A good way of stretching the imagination and experimenting with a different technique.



and a fun way of passing more time in lockdown!




Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Old Tattered Lace Magazine dies

 


Tattered Lace magazines can be quite expensive, so I like to make sure that I use their freebie dies as often as possible. This cute elephant dates from April 2019 ( issue  65)  and has been used to make loads of new  baby cards


The pirate die and papers come from issue 71


This purple flower is from a more recent issue, 86. Its supposed to be a wild fuchsia , but to me looks more like a violet!

Friday, 5 February 2021

Three of a kind

 


I made 3 cards yesterday using the Formula 1 racing car image that came in the magazine I bought last month, as you can see they are very similar but with slight variations in layout, colours, wording and backing papers. 

I'm going to be hunkering down this weekend, as the forecast is for snow, which seems a very good excuse to stay in the craft room and make more cards!