Sunday, 27 September 2015


A quick one in-between hospital appointments!
I find boxes are much speedier to make than cards.

20 cm x 20 cm card-stock and scored at 2cm all round.
For the lid I used the same measurements but didn't butt all the way to the left-side of my scoreboard, pulling away just a mm or two means the lid fits perfectly.

Deck the Halls die is by Tonic, stitched holly leaves by Poppystamps. I added some Glossy Accents to the berries.
The box fits one of these bars of chocolate, 250g, available in Lidl.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Apologies for lack of posts. My MIL has been quite poorly so I'm currently unable to craft/ blog (my husband is an only child, she's a widow, we live an hour can imagine)

2015 seems to have been a year of ambulances and hospitals for our family, hopefully back to normal soon!

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Another card club project.
Two Woodware stamps and the fish is a Sizzix die used with shrink plastic.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Card club project, cards for men are always popular.

I've had these stamps about ten years but haven't used them in an age so it was time they were inked up again.

Waistcoat stamp is by Personal Impressions and has been paper-pieced.
Sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.

Sunday, 13 September 2015


As usual I left it until the last minute to make projects for card club.

Some weeks ago I realised we were having issues with people queuing to use the Sizzix (normally have two machines between twelve women) or waiting to use a particular stamp or one of the heat guns or whatever.
I didn't want the ladies becoming too frustrated if they felt they were wasting half their time in a queue, so made the decision to split the group into three tables of four.

Now I make three separate projects, trying to mix the equipment needed, so that one group does not need to do any die-cutting that week.

I think the ladies prefer this way of working because not only are they not waiting for eleven other people to finish with a die but also because they haven't got eleven other people breathing down their neck when they want the die.

The negative is that it's more work for me!
I have to think of the three projects, take three separate lots of stuff, worry if the projects will now be finished too quickly because not so much waiting...

So when I leave it until the last minute I only have myself to blame really. In these circumstances I've found Sue Wilson is my saviour, her dies are so easy to make a card with.
The only thing not SW on this card is the sentiment, a Waltzingmouse stamp, on vellum. Initially I had planned to make more, fuller, flowers but I really had left it too late, oops.

Friday, 11 September 2015


I've used SU Watercolour Wings stamp set and matching die for the butterflies. There's a bit of second-generation stamping to get the two shades of purple from one ink-pad.
Sentiment is an old Cuttlebug die

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Gilded Snowflake

Seeing as the weather here has definitely turned Autumnal I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards.
I didn't want to pull out all my C-themed stash so just picked something from the first box I reached.

I've used an Indigo Blu snowflake stamp with some gilding flakes.
Normally I used gilding flakes with self-adhesive sheets and die-cuts so using them with stamps and glue is a new one for me.

The card was so difficult to photograph to show the gleam of the gilding. It's a much richer metallic colour than embossing powder and there was no warping which I sometimes get when I've used a heat gun.

The sentiment stamp is by Sweet Dixie (I chopped it in half as I wanted to stagger the words, really easy to do with clear stamps)

I like the gilding technique but I don't like the actual card!
I know who will like it though and it will be flat to post which is always a bonus.