Wednesday, 15 August 2018


For one of my lovely ladies. Joan's favourite flowers are poppies so every year I try to make a card with them on.

This is an 8- inch swing card, card blank is from Crafter's Companion.

The poppy stamp set is an old one from Docrafts and I've decoupaged it. Alphabet dies from eBay and I have no idea what brand the leaf die is.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Arrow Fold

I came across this style card - an Arrow fold - while browsing Pinterest recently.
There's an excellent tutorial by Sam on Mixed Up Crafts and the card was very easy to make.

Finished card is 6 x 6 inches.
Sentiment stamp by Just Rite
Flower stamps - not sure, will check later

Sunday, 5 August 2018


Card I made for my brother's recent birthday.
Foil patterned paper is from The Range
Stamps are Woodware
Alphabet dies from eBay

Monday, 30 July 2018


Triangle background die is by John Next Door/ John Lockwood
Flower stamp and die by Heartfelt Creations
Sentiment die - ? no idea!

Friday, 27 July 2018


Card is 7 x 7 inches
I've used Distress Inks to make the background. Stamps are a mix of Lavinia and Card-io

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Good Luck

A 'happy accident' card.

I used distress inks for the yellow background, it was originally for something else but I made a mistake on it. Then I stamped the black frame (Phill Martin stamp) and made another mistake - there was a big black ink smudge in the middle...used a square die to cut that out...then tore the used a butterfly die-cut to cover the tear! I mounted the yellow frame on foam pads.

I wasn't sure what to use on the inside of the frame but could see a small pot of bronze gilding flakes on my desk, I decided to stamp a Lili of the Valley greeting with tacky glue and added the gilding flakes.
To say it was all a "make it up as I go along" card I am pleased with how it turned out :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Card I made recently for my friend Dawn, she loves hedgehogs.
The colours are slightly out, the stamped card is actually a pale blush pink.

Hedgehog stamps were unbranded from ebay, I've used SU copper embossing powder.
'Friend' die by Sue Wilson.
In hindsight I don't think I should have distressed the edges but Dawn loved the card so never mind :)

Friday, 13 July 2018


This is an 8 inch square card blank and I've added a purple matt before die-cutting a circle from the front.
Inside there's a lilac matt plus the stamped image. The stamp is by Woodware and I think one of the largest I've ever used!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Thank You

Card is 7 x 7 inches and was inspired by one I'd seen on Pinterest by Shawn de Oliveria

Flower stamp by Stampin' Up! which has been heat-embossed on watercolour card. The image was coloured using SU ink pads and a water brush.

I started with a piece of water colour card four inches high but about six inches wide and stamped the image. I've then fussy cut the left hand side of the stamped flower and used a paper trimmer at the top and bottom of the image to trim it to four inches square.

Sentiment is a Sue Wilson die

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Wedding Invitations

No usual card making the last couple of weeks because I've been busy making wedding invitations for my good friend Dawn and her fiancé Steve.

We started planning the design, colour etc together way back at the start of the year. Over the last few months things got changed and added on...then all of a sudden time seemed to run out and I had to get cracking!

Dawn and her fiancé liked the pocket-fold style so I ordered those direct from China. The template for the printed pieces was from Etsy, this included the fonts, and the sizes are all worked out, so you get a guide where to cut and it really saves wasting card.

The right side of the pieces looked a little plain but we were wary of adding an embellishment with any depth. Anything like a gem would leave an imprint on the opposite side once it was all folded. In the end I just heat embossed a silver swirl on to the pocket.

For he belly-bands I used a sparkly ivory card from Papermill Direct and their pearlescent pink card for the top layer. The 'wedding invitation' stamp (also did some 'evening invitations') was from a set that my mum bought me about ten or twelve years ago, which goes to show that there's always a use for something, eventually.

Now I can breathe a bit more easily for a couple of weeks or so. Table plan still to do and also some sort of boxes for favours...

Thursday, 7 June 2018


Card for my beautiful friend Pat who loves Art Deco

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Dies and embossing folder are Crafter's Companion
Card is copied from an idea by Sarah Jackman-Read in Papercraft Inspirations magazine.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Just For You

Card blank is made from Papermania 12 x 12 acetate, cut down to 6 x 12 and scored  (a bit hard to photograph)
Sentiment die by Tonic
Flowers dies from China.
I've just noticed the missing pearl, never mind.

Friday, 1 June 2018


All stamps by Woodware

Thursday, 24 May 2018


Stamps are a mix of Stampendous, Docrafts and Stampin' Up!, I think the die is Marianne.
Flowers are Hobbycraft own brand.
The pearls started off cream but have been coloured with a Copic marker.

Sunday, 20 May 2018


Images are from Making Cards
Dies are Stampin' Up!

Friday, 18 May 2018


For years now I've made sample swatches of card, paper, ink-pads etc etc. It's really helpful when shopping or for when trying to colour match for projects.

Papermill Direct will send out samples of their products, ten pieces for £1 inc p&p.
I recently bought some of their pearlescent card samples and they are quite generous in size, by the time I'd cut them down to suit my swatch rings I had lots of little strips left over.

Looking at the strips on my desk I thought they were too nice to throw away so made this quick card.
The sentiment die is by Crafter's Companion.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


I'm usually making cards at the very last minute but thought I'd get this one made in case the baby makes an early arrival :)

I've used SU stamps and just added a bit of glitter.

Monday, 14 May 2018


My dear dad celebrated his birthday recently. He's always been a nature lover so I knew he'd like this card.
The papers are from Making Cards and the alphabet dies are Sizzix Sunset. The sentiment stamp is JustRite.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Impossible Card

I spotted several of these 'Impossible' cards on Pinterest recently and thought I'd have a go at making one.
My favourite tutorial videos are usually about ten or fifteen minutes long, just enough time to enjoy a cup of tea whilst watching them.

The particular video I watched for the Impossible card went on for quite a long time.
After about thirty minutes I just had to switch it off but at least I had all the vital measurements.

I sat down to make the card and then realised the measurements did not work. So, now I know why it's called an Impossible card!

I wouldn't let it beat me but it's not possible that I'll be making another one ;)
The gears/ cogs are Sizzix dies, sentiment is by Crafter's Companion.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Fancy fold card

I don't buy a lot of patterned paper/ card for my club as I don't find it cost effective. Recently I found some nice vintage-style pads in The Range and they were so cheap (£1.49 and £1.99) I couldn't not buy them.

I'd watched a video the other day of a card with a similar fold to this one but the measurements were all in imperial and I find it difficult sometimes marking 3/16ths of an inch or whatever.

The card from this pad is perfectly sized to just fold in half and then half again, no faffing. I did then decide to trim some off the height but no silly bits of an inch.

The stamps are a mix of Inkandinkado and Kaisercraft.
The tag punch is SU

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Birthday Cards

The last of the birthday cards I received recently.  I'm proud to have such very talented crafters as friends :)

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Birthday Cards

Yet more of the gorgeous cards I received recently.