Monday, 22 April 2019

Easter Chick

I received some amazing birthday cards recently and I'll be sharing them here in the next few posts.

This one is from the very talented Coleen. Not only did she make the card, but also the cute little chick, in fact she made one for all the ladies at our club.  Mine laid a chocolate egg yesterday :)

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Graphic 45

A pop-up card using my own measurements. That's quite good going for me, normally I let someone else do the hard work and copy from Pinterest or YouTube!

All papers are by Graphic 45.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


More playing with inks and Pixie Powders
Sentiment dies by Sue Wilson
Seahorse by Lavinia stamps, I've heat embossed with black powder
Finished card is 8 x 8 inches.

Sunday, 7 April 2019


Tag is from AliExpress
I made the background using spritzing ink by Tonic, and Pixie Powders, on Papermill 'hemp' cardstock.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Mother's Day

Mother's Day card I made for my amazing mum. I know everyone thinks their own mum is the best but mine is truly inspirational, she is just incredible.

I made the card using a Spellbinders die set. Stamped sentiment is Inkadinkado, alphabet stamps were a magazine freebie.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Fancy fold

Papers and topper all Paper Boutique

Fancy fold card tutorial on You Tube, by Collette Mitrega, can recommend her tutorials - clear and easy to follow.

Thursday, 21 March 2019


Jan is one of my card club ladies.
I've used a card blank by Docrafts (Gorjuss), dies from eBay.

Monday, 18 March 2019


Sentiment stamp by Papermania
I borrowed the camera stamps (think they are Tim Holtz?) heat embossed with black powder.

I've scattered some embossing enamel and added faux stitching.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Fancy-fold card

I saw this style of card on Pinterest, I'm not sure what it's called. I could only find measurements in Imperial and I needed metric due to having a UK paper trimmer, so I made my own measurements to suit. The finished card is 15cm square.

I used papers, embossing folder, and stamp by Stampin' Up!
The butterfly dies were a magazine freebie.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Card in a box

I bought this die set last year but haven't had any time to have a proper play with it. I'm not entirely happy with this attempt but we made it as a project at card club recently.

The card/ box dies are by John Lockwood, sentiment die by Tonic.
Flower stamps and die by Heartfelt Creations.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Flowers Bloom

Inspired by SU demo Emma Goddard who makes amazing cards.

Stamps, cord, and embossing folder are all Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Thinking Of You

Main stamp is a cheapy from China, sentiment stamp by JustRite
I've heat embossed with white powder, on white shimmer card, then smooshed Colour Cloud inks over the top.

The net is from B&Q, it's sold as "Grout haze removing cloth" and works out very cheap indeed! much cheaper than cheesecloth but looks virtually the same.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Another W-Fold

I enjoyed making the W-Fold card shown on my last post so thought I'd make a Valentine's version.

The paper is from a gorgeous 12 x 12 pad I bought in TKMaxx, I can't figure out the brand name, it says 'Recollections' and also 'Union Square'. Really lovely patterns and some of them are glittered.

The gold sticker is Papermania
Alphabet dies from eBay.

Friday, 8 February 2019

W-Fancy Fold Card

I saw a fancy-fold card on Pinterest quite a while back and kept meaning to try it out. Unfortunately it was one of those dead-end pins that doesn't lead you to the original website/ blog so I couldn't figure out who'd made it or what measurements they'd used.

Eventually(!) I would have figured it out but a week or so ago I noticed another similar pin that did actually lead somewhere: Jan B's blog where she's made a helpful video tutorial.

I pretty much copied Jan's card on the inside but I changed the front cover design. Gingham paper, butterfly stamps and punch are all Stampin' Up!

Foliage stamps are Woodware. Sentiment stamp from eBay.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Card Club

No cards in this post but some photos and an explanation for my card club ladies.

This was taken standing on the beach, very close to the Leisure Centre, can you see it?

In fifteen years of running card club I've only cancelled due to the weather on a handful of occasions. This morning was one of those.

I woke up at 5:30am, looked out of the window - freezing fog. My husband has to leave for work at 6:30am hence the early wake-up, he said the cars were thick with ice.

I need to walk the dog for at least an hour before I leave for club, that was my main problem this morning, Fletcher the dog did not want to go out! So as the time crept on I had to decide what to do, I can't leave him for over three hours unless he's had a good walk first.

So I am really sorry ladies but I had to cancel.

Eventually, the pooch got fed up of being indoors and we headed out to the beach. Thick fog and freezing cold still. All I could hear was foghorns and it was pretty creepy to be honest. The beach is just behind those bushes, I see it every day, not this morning. 

Funnily enough at this point Graham text me from work to say there was bright blue sky there and how was it at home? So I didn't want anyone to think I was skiving off for no reason, just shows how the conditions can change within a few miles.

Hopefully you're all cosy and warm and busy crafting at home. See you next week.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Varied Vases

Apologies for the poor colours here, in real life this is bright and zingy (SU colours Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay)

Everything I've used on this card is Stampin' Up!
It's an offset gatefold, I've cut a piece of A4 in half lengthways and then scored at 4 1/8" and 10"

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Just For You

Thought I'd have a go at a Double-Dutch card. I found some instructions on Mixed Up Crafts, a really good site for paper crafting tutorials, very clear explanations and easy-to-watch videos.

I used papers by Phill Martin, the sentiment stamp is by Stampin' Up! Butterfly dies are Impression Obsession.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Butterfly Frame

Thought I'd test some of my card club ladies with this one. I have an on-going joke that I only make easy cards so this one has a few more steps than usual.

I used a cream hemp effect card and stamped it with SU En Francais.  The butterfly stamp is by Indigo Blu, I stamped and then embossed with black powder. I coloured it with Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish that I'd watered down to make a sheer wash.

I used an Elizabeth Crafts die to make the 3-D frame, first time I'd used it and was pleased with the effect.
Pebeo gilding wax was then dabbed sparingly around the frame and also round the edge of one of the mats, it looks gold now but started off as tan card. Sentiment die by Tim Holtz.

The finished card is 7 x 7 inches.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


One of my ladies, Coleen, is an amazing quilter. She made each member of my club a quilted Father Christmas bottle topper plus a neat little lavender sachet. I cannot even sew a button on so am in awe of her skills.

For Coleen's birthday I decided to make her a quilted style card. I used some patterned paper from Hobbycraft with hexagon dies by Spellbinders.
The sentiment has been cut four times, layered, and coated with Glossy Accents then sprinkled with glitter.
Finished card is 8 x 8 inches.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Paper Boutique

In my previous post I mentioned being glad to see the back of 2018...we managed to fit in another A&E visit.

I also mentioned Paper Boutique, here's the last of the Christmas cards I made.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Paper Boutique

I'll be glad to see the back of this year.

I thought I had plenty of time left to make Christmas cards for my club ladies but a car accident put paid to that. Endless phone calls to insurance/ hire/ repair companies meant I had to rustle up something quickly.

I had, fortunately, already bought some paper pads with matching toppers by Paper Boutique. I'm not normally a fan of toppers but I really liked these (maybe fate was giving me a hint?).

I just added glitter, scraps of ribbon etc and tried to make each one slightly different.

I'm still driving the hire car and unlikely to get mine back before well into the New Year however just very grateful not to be injured at all (hit by a flat-bed truck at 70mph!)