Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Nuvo Jewel Drops

I bought this bottle of Nuvo Jewel Drops (in Pale Periwinkle) on impulse to try out, because I liked the colour. They dry translucent and look just like little droplets of water, so pretty!

I'm now digging out some cards I made a while a go, to add a bit more embellishment. Might have to buy another bottle to see the different colours - sea breeze and  rosewater sound tempting!

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Stamping Around

Got some of my under-used stamps out to make these cards - I really must make the effort to do more stamping, after all I have amassed hundreds of them over the years!

Really lockdown has shown me that I don't need to buy anything other than card stock and double sided tape for years to come. I have boxes of papers, ribbons, toppers, flowers and embellishments to keep me going for ages - I just need a bit of inspiration and mojo.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Totally Tropical

I treated myself to a couple of magazines last weekend - Creative Stamping and Papercrafter, both of which had tropical themed flowers, leaves and animals as freebies.

The freebies included lots of clear stamps, die cut shapes, an embossing folder and loads of backing papers.

and of course, the magazines had plenty of ideas on how to use them to make  some bright and zingy cards!

So I've had great fun in making some new additions to my every growing pile of lockdown birthday cards.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Three of a Kind

3 men's birthday cards, all made with stripy backing paper, sentiment, die cut balloons and co-ordinating ribbon - simples!

Saturday, 6 June 2020

A Bit of Recycling !

It was Husbands birthday recently, so when the cards came down, I snaffled them to chop up, reuse and recycle.

And put a few more Masculine cards in stock pile!

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Steam Punking

Despite what everyone else seems to be doing, I haven't spent this extra time in lockdown baking bread and cupcakes, hosting quizzes on zoom, growing all my own vegetables, making a quilt or working out with Joe Wicks

No .... but I have made loads of birthday cards in all sorts of different styles and themes!

Today I have been steampunking (is a that a real word?)

Monday, 25 May 2020

More Cat Cards

Yes, more cat themed cards on this post!  You can never have too many card cards can you?

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Cat Cards

As a cat lover ( I currently have 4 treating my house as a hotel), I love making cards with cats on them and consequently have lots of cat stamps.

So it was time to dig out those kitty stamps. I also had a nice book with cat photos in it ( but my daughter had written in it), so rather than throw it away, I salvaged some of the pictures to make cards with!

Sunday, 17 May 2020

What a Quick Sale!

I've been making the most of being stuck at home and making lots more cards than usual.  This one was made from freebies in Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine from a year ago.  

As my pile of cards has grown, I have listed a few on eBay to sell. This one sold within 3 hours of it being listed! I was surprised, as it is a fairly basic card, but hopefully the buyer will be pleased with it.

Monday, 4 May 2020

A couple more cards made with my Brushos backgrounds - this one using a freebie stamp from a magazine from several years ago.

This cute one uses some old stickers from my stash. The lockdown has certainly given me the chance to use up some bits and pieces that have been gathering dust for quite a while!

Monday, 27 April 2020

Playing with Brushos & Cosmic Shimmers

Plenty of time at the moment to play with and use some of that stuff that sits at the back of the cupboard! So today, I got out those little pots of Brushos and some Cosmic Shimmer mists to get messy with.

I made over a dozen different background sheets, using up some old stamp album pages that have been kicking around for ages.

And started making a few cards for the charity pile

This one uses for the pink card mat, an old pocket file that I rescued when lots were bring thrown away at work.

And this black mat was recycled from the inside of a box of chocolates!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Time to experiement

With time on my hands, there is no excuse not to play around and experiment a bit! I'm using different colour schemes and matching up toppers with backgrounds I might not have considered before. Are you?

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Piles of Papers

I keep the unused parts of freebie paper sets from magazines in poly pockets in 4 ring binder files. They are roughly divided into Vintage, Modern,  Men's and Animal & Bird themes.

All this extra time has made me go through and try to use some up! These 2 Good Luck cards use the Up and Away set from May 2015 edition of Making Cards.

Whilst these pretty fairy cards come from an old freebie from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine - however I still have dozens of sets to go through, at least it helps to pass the time whilst staying at home.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Exciting Discovery

I was carrying out some long-overdue clearing out of the cupboards and discovered tucked away at the back of one, this box full of old ATC's !

They date between 2008-2010 and were from so many different crafting friends - many of which I lost touch with when Docrafts closed down their forum a few years ago. I used to participate in 7-8 different swaps every month and there were some fab ATC's in this box. I've had a great time looking at them and remembering those talented crafters.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Bits & Pieces

I really have far too many little embellishment bits and pieces left over from other projects, so this weeks challenge was to try and use some up that have been hanging around for TOO LONG.

A small sense of achievement after I made a few cards! I've also been selling off some of the stamps that I never use on eBay to make a bit of space.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Thank You Cards

In these difficult times, we all have people we want to say Thank You to, for supporting us in different ways.

At least us Crafters can easily come up with some special hand made cards for those around us

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Basketball Cards

I bought these felt basketballs back in October on holiday in USA - they go well with the stamp of a basketball hoop that was in a Sporting set of stamps from Creative Stamps Mag a while ago.

I've teamed them with a flaky brick wall backing paper for a very urban street effect!

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Stockpiling Essentials

Yes, I'm confess I have been out this morning just to stock pile some essentials in case of  self isolation.  A trip to The Range to buy up card blanks and double sided tape before they all disappear.

Phew! Now I can rest safe in the knowledge that I can keep on crafting for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Die Cutting

This weekend I've been using my Big Shot and doing lots of die cutting - this cute mouse and toadstool is from Creative Expressions and is from their paper cuts Edger range

I've made several variations of this cats climbing over grid - but this is the first time I have used a yellow scheme

It's difficult to make Get Well Cards for men, who don't really want flowers or cute animals! I thought this simple card would fit the bill for a builder friend who hurt himself recently.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

A Frollick of Fairies

Yes, that is what a collection of fairies is called - a frollick!

Had to go to The Range today today to get some silicone glue and door mat, but finished frugal February by not buying any other craft stuff - so that is 2 months now that I have resisted buying anything other than basics such as card blanks, DST & glue. I've managed to make over 40 cards just using up papers, dies, embellishments and sentiments  I already had in my stash.