Friday, 28 April 2017

First Christmas Card of the Year!

I love making Christmas cards and the great thing is you can make them all year round and be nice an organised when December comes!
Today's card is a very sparkly shaker card - take a look


The shaker is made from nesting star dies cut on the Big Shot and filled with glitter and micro beads. Glitter paper has been used for the round panel and then my sentiment has been heat embossed onto a strip of navy card stock.

I shall be entering this card into two challenges:



It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK but unfortunately I am working - all weekend and Monday - insert sad face here! I am hoping though to get in a little crafting tomorrow afternoon so I hope you will join me then and I do hope that you all have a great weekend - see you soon x



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW - A Bit of Beading

I'm a bit late to the party today, a trip to the doctors followed by a spot of lunch followed by a visit to my dad's grave to lay some flowers for Easter. It's a very peaceful spot but today it was very cold and blowy - hope my flowers don't blow away!

So I'm back now and ready to do a bit of beading, here's what's on my work desk today


So the necklace hasn't grown much, my joints haven't been too good lately - hence the trip to the drs. Just a couple more inches should do the trick and then I can add the clasp.
Meanwhile I have just received a package of new beads ready to make some sparkly earrings and also a boho bracelet.

Do pop over to Julia's blog The Stamping Ground - it's a fantastic excuse to be nosey and look around a whole host of lovely work desks! Bye for now xx


Monday, 10 April 2017

A Splash of Artichoke

A card for 
today.



I have used Stampin' Up Walk in the Wild and World Map stamps and my splash of colour is Always Artichoke.

Happy Monday everyone - hope you all have a fab week - see you soon xx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Bird

This is a quick post to join in the challenge over on



I used the above sketch to create this card


These stamps are freebies from Creative Stamping magazine and are perfect for spring so I will also be entering this card into the challenge over on

Our Challenge Theme
this week is:
Spring (not Easter)
So we need to see :
Everything to do with Spring, what inspires you.
Is it the colours, the new blooms !!...

Thanks for stopping by to take a look today - see you soon xx



Layered Stamping

I've always loved those stamp sets that allow you to create a more dimensional image and my card today uses one such stamp set: Stippled Blossoms from Stampin' Up.
It's a two part image starting with a light background onto which darker detail can be added. The same applies to the leaves too.
Here is my card


I've also added a few Gorgeous Grunge splats and some washi tape to complete this card and my circle is attached with 3D foam pads.

I will be entering this card into this week's challenge over on


Well that's it for today, the sun is shining and I have a whole day off work - my craft room is calling so I'm off to play. See you soon xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Swallowtail Butterfly Card

So I'm having a quick coffee break before starting on the Sunday roast and I've got a card to share with you - take a look



I love this stamp - it's huge! Today I have stamped only half and coloured it with markers: Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Pacific Point. I also added a bit of Gorgeous Grunge - it's hiding a smudge I made with my finger!!!
I will be entering this card into two challenges:






That's it for today - I'm off now to see to my leg of lamb. Mmmmm - I love Sundays, especially when I'm not working - a rare occurrence! Bye for now xx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Spring Card

So, I have now taken up residence in my Summer craft room AKA the garage and I have been happily crafting.
Today's card uses some pretty spring-like colours inspired by this week's Color Throwdown challenge and the layout is using last Monday's sketch from Mojo Monday.



Here is my card


I'm a little rusty on my Stampin' Up colours but I think I've used So Saffron, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi. The paper is long retired as is the stamp set and the those names do escape me! I pleated the ribbon with some silk ribbon and added a bow and gems to finish it off.
That's all for today - see you soon xx

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Coming Back To Life With WOYWW.

It's been a while - to say the least! Crafting has been way down the agenda as of late and blogging ..... well lets just gloss over that shall we?!
The weather is becoming more springlike and I can now vacate my winter crafting residence (the dining room table) and take up residence down in the garage. Before I go though I thought I would share with you what I have been doing when I have a spare few minutes. This thought also led to me thinking I would revisit a place frequented by other crafters specifically on a Wednesday. I went back through my blog list to find out just how long it had been since I was there - only flippin' 2011!! I was convinced it was only a couple of years but no - the evidence is HERE!!!
The place is The Stamping Ground , Julia is our hostess and you can browse and nosey around other work spaces there too.
Here's mine for today


I'm working on some beading - a series of beaded rings connected with beaded bands. It's taking quite a while as I've run out of beads twice!! The project on the right is what I was working on while I was waiting for the replacement beads to arrive!!
So - I have set out my beads to start to beading chain to finish the project but that's about as much as I will do today as I'm just about to leave for work. If I'm not too pooped I may get some done later this evening. Hopefully too I shall be hopping across to take a look at some crafty working spaces - it's always great fun. 
Bye for now xx


Monday, 10 October 2016

Butterfly Die Card

Yikes - it's been a whole month since I last blogged. It's this silly business of having to work that gets in the way you know?! Still if I didn't work there wouldn't be any money to buy craft supplies so I suppose it does have it's advantages!

Meanwhile I have been spending my hard earned cash on a few crafting magazines - ones with freebies - take a look


Todays card is a very simple one using just one of the dies. I took a piece of card stock and die cut the detailed butterfly in the top center part. I then took a card blank, added some background paper and then attached the piece of card stock.
I made sure the die cut butterfly had all the tiny pieces removed and re-attached the butterfly to the centre of the card stock but just in the middle. I then added a sentiment.


The wings of the butterfly stand proud on the card revealing the background below.


I will be entering this card in the challenge over at 
The theme is


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today - see you soon x



Wednesday, 10 August 2016

An Easel Card with a Twist.

I have been trying to stretch myself recently - creatively. In a recent card swap I was sent a certain amount of materials which I had to use.
They included die cuts, mesh, gems and cotton.
I was stumped for a while but not one to give up I set out to find a style of card first.
I thought about an easel card and then decided to go a bit further and do a twisted easel card. Great I thought - perfect. But then I thought what if ........... and then I made this


Instead of a flat panel I made a box frame.
Around my frame I added the mesh and inside it I stamped my panel with images from Stampin' Up's Papaya Collage.
The die cuts were added along with the gems and the cotton twine.


Now for the base.


More mesh, more die cuts and gems and to prop up the easel a square panel stamped with Papaya Collage.

I don't usually make cards with this much on it - I'm a clean and simple kind of crafter however, every once in a while I surprise myself!

Hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it.