I've had this Twilight under the Sea paper pad for a while now, it's got some great designs in it and on a trip to The Range yesterday I spotted these 'Dive In' silhouette and sentiment stamps that go with it for £4.99 - so I snapped them up!
As you can see they go together well and make a different type of card - such a change from my usual girly flowers & butterflies!
And this is a card I had made previously with the background papers and a sweet fairy!
Merry Christmas to you all, and I hope that everyone appreciated your Christmas cards and other home made crafted goodies!
I made over 450 Christmas cards this year - 400 of which went to various local charities to help with their fund raising. With a bit of a push I hope to exceed that total next year but find it hard to get in the festive mood until September.
Just to finish with card to you all, made with a freebie embossing folder and bauble die from a magazine and silver bow saved off the crackers last year!
I was lucky enough to win these Masculine dies made by the Christina Collection from a crafting magazine. It arrived about 6 weeks ago when I was in the middle of Christmas card making, so I put them to one side.
Now the Christmas crafting is over for this year I got them out and had a play!
They cut really nice and crisp images, and are a great addition to my ever growing collection of dies.
So useful for those 'difficult to make for' men in your life!
I just love it when a crafting mag plops through the letterbox. I can't wait to try out the ideas and freebies that come with it, and, well my craft room is one of the coolest places in the house at the moment!
Yesterday issue 180 of Simply Cards & Papercraft mag arrived with a Songbird Blossoms stamping die & embossing folder set
So I dug out these old pots of Brushos and made some backgrounds for the cards
Images stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento ink and set off with black mat and layering with little diamante for the birds eyes
I then tried the embossing folder on bright orange card and highlighted it with Versamagic Sahara Sand chalk ink. Such an enjoyable evening!
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.
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!