Saturday, 21 October 2017

Silver snowflakes

Hello everyone, and welcome!  

OK, I know it's still October, but the festive season will be here sooner than you today I've made a card with a wintry look that could be a Christmas card - or a winter birthday card.

See that background paper?  That's from the Year of Cheer set, which is gold and silver foiled on Whisper White - but it takes colour really, really well.  Here's the tutorial  - 

Thanks for visiting - see you again soon, and don't forget - keep crafting!

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Moonlight Cat

Hello and welcome to my blog!
Have you seen the Cat punch in the Autumn/Winter catalogue?  It was at the top of my “must have” list as soon as I spotted it.  I will admit to being a crazy cat lady. 

Today’s card is a CASE (that’s Copy And Share Everything) inspired by one I saw in a Facebook group.  I’ve tried to find the name of the original poster but I can’t – so if it was you and I’ve pinched your idea, please let me know – and I’m really sorry I haven’t given you credit but it was a really, really great idea.
Here’s the video –

Thanks for visiting – and keep crafting!
Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Origami box

Hi everyone, welcome!

Today's project is an origami box.  Well, it could be a dish if you didn't bother to make a lid for it. The lid's not compulsory.

You can make these pretty much any size you like just by changing the size of the square of paper you start with.  If you want to make a few of these that nest, the squares need to be 2 inches larger or smaller (so paper that's 8 inches, 10 inches and 12 inches square will make boxes that nest.)  Want to see how it's made?  Here you go - 

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Two-fer techniques

Hello and welcome!

I thought I’d share something a bit different from my usual finished card/project today. 

I’m a great collector of techniques – for paper or card finishes or for paper engineering.  I love being able to start with a plain piece of paper and card and make it look super-special, so today I decided to share a couple of techniques that have been around for a while but that I haven’t used in my cardmaking for some time.

To begin with, I had a play with  watercolour block printing.  Of course, you can do this with any dye-based stamp pad, but I found that the Stampin' Write markers and the Stampin' Spots ( which come uninked, so you can make them any colour you choose) gave me quite a bit of control over where I put the colour.  I'd say that using watercolour paper is the key to getting a good result.  The paper needs to be absorbent and strong enough to cope with a lot of water.  The timing is important too - if you leave the wet paper too long it'll start to stick to the block.

The fusible webbing technique is lots of fun and you never know what you're going to get!  It is important that you use a webbing that will melt into holes, not one that keeps its integrity.  It's the same stuff that you use to use to mend the hem of your trousers, just in a big sheet instead of a narrow strip. (You could use the narrow strip for edging a piece of card!) This is the kind I used - 

You could, of course, use either technique on its own - combining them is not compulsory, but I did love the way my bits of card came out! In the end, I used the finished die-cuts as embellishments on cards.  

So there you are, hope you enjoyed it - and remember, keep crafting!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Going postal

Hello and welcome!

Did you know that it's World Card Making day today?  Yes, it's the day to celebrate our obsession  hobby.  So I'm marking the occasion by making a card - bet you didn't see that coming, eh?

I'm a big fan of the background stamp.  Stampin' Up! have a number of large, all-over -patterned stamps in their catalogue.  One stamp and you're pretty much done - can't say fairer than that!

To help celebrate World Card Making Day, SU have been running a fab offer on Fast Fuse, where if you buy one Fast Fuse you get two refills free. It's such a good offer that it's selling out fast and may not be available right up until Oct 10, which is when the offer is supposed to close.  

Now, I know some of you will be saying " I can't get on with that stuff, it's the invention of the devil!" but trust me, you can learn to love it.  There's a trick to using it, which is a very light hand (the tape is so sticky, it just needs to touch what you want it to stick to!) and a quick flick of the wrist when you've got enough tape in place.  Some people say you should alternate the direction of the flick (left this time, right next time) to keep the tape centred in the dispenser - but I don't find that's critical.

Anyway, enough waffling - here's the tutorial - 

So there we are!  Happy cardmaking, and see you soon!

Crafty Hugs


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

All lit up

Hello and welcome to my blog.
Do you ever see something and in the SU catalogue and know exactly what you want to make with it? 
When I saw the Hometown Greetings Edgelits I knew that I wanted to make a 3d scene – and that I wanted to light it up!

My original idea was to make a tunnel card, but on thinking it over I decided that I wanted to make something a bit longer-lasting. 
This is how I did it –

One last thing – I used Tear & Tape to stick the battery pack to the underside of the frame but it wasn’t quite strong enough, so I added a couple of glue dots, which are holding everything where I want it to be.

And I made this as a Winter/Christmas project but you could change the colours and make it for a different season – seaside perhaps?

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs,


PS - If you're interested, I got my lights from Amazon UK

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Simply Sketched 23

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday 


We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 

This time the challenge has been set by Dee Copus-Reed.

As well as the sketch, Dee gave us a couple of extra conditions – we had to make a gift card holder with a masculine theme. Here’s my attempt. 

I rotated the sketch so that it was in portrait orientation, and used the guitar from “Country Livin’” I haven’t played with my watercolour pencils for a while so I made the most of the chance to use them.

To make it a gift card holder, I fell back on one of my favourite ways of presenting a card – the “slide-up”.  (If you want to know how I made it, keep an eye on my YouTube channel – I’ll be posting a tutorial there soon)

OK, so that’s my contribution and I do hope you liked it.  Now, if I could just encourage you to go and check out what Keila  has created by clicking the button below
I know you’re going to love what the rest of the team has done, so keep hopping!

Crafty Hugs


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