Happy Christmas everyone

Saturday, 25 December 2010

A very Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you all have a great day with your families and Santa is good to you. I'm spending Christmas with my lovely hubby and 2 boys. Boxing Day with my sister-in-law and her family. Then Monday I have all my family coming over. It's going to be a busy one.

I made this card for my husband, he loves, loves, loves skiing. Tried to match what he wears as closely as possible and yes, he really does have a hat with woolly plaits. We are off skiing in January (away for my birthday again), how fantastic.

Card for Roger
Materials used - Blue cardstock, Cricut plus Everyday Paper Dolls, Assorted card and paper, Sizzix rub-on faces, Papermania snowflake stamp, White embossing powder, Versamagic black chalk ink, Alphabet stamps, Wool, Stickles and Felt.

Cuttlebug Spot - Happy New Year

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Is it really, nearly 2011 and how the year has flown. This week over at the Cuttlebug Spot, we could make any New Year project. We always have fireworks at New Years and they have to be the loudest and biggest ones we can find. One year my hubby managed to blow a hole in the bottom of a bucket because the firework looked the same, whichever way up you looked at it. Guess what, we chose the wrong end!!

The Cuttlebug Spot will be taking a break until the New Year, when we will be back with new projects and challenges. Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.

New Year

Materials used - A6 white card blank, Cricut plus Wild Card, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Candy Cane and Forest Branches embossing folders, Cosmo Cricket paper, Woodware Must Have Christmas sentiments, White cardstock, Number stickers, Star punch, Black thread and Glitter glue.

Quick Male Card

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Can't believe that Christmas is only just around the corner but I've done most of my shopping and the cards are all done. Here's a quick card I made for a male birthday. Why are they so hard to do!!

For You

Materials used - A6 white card blank, Kraft card, Cosmo Cricket papers, Papermania clear stamps, Dovecraft sentiment stamps, Versamagic brown chalk ink, Toga alphabet stickers, Staples and String.

Cuttlebug Spot - Christmas Card

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Not much has happened here, just been trying to get my Christmas cards done. And talking of Christmas it's coming up really fast. Still got loads of shopping and wrapping to do. I don't seem to be so organised this year. Anyway, Nilda's challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot was to create a Christmas card using your favourite embossing technique. I don't have a particular favourite, but I do love to emboss straight onto the card blank, which I've done here. Aren't these reindeer so cute. Come on over and join in, you could win a $20 Custom Crops voucher.

Christmas Card

Materials used - White square card blank, Cricut plus Create a Critter, Cuttlebug plus Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder and Cuttlebug Snowflake die, Assorted card and paper, Glitter, White and brown gel pens, Versamagic brown chalk ink, Papermania Christmas clear stamp, Buttons and Twine.

Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, 29 November 2010

We've just got back from a fantastic week in France celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We stayed in a fantastic gite, complete with a much appreciated wood burner, just north of Angouleme with fantastic view over the countryside. We weren't expecting a heat wave, but we didn't expect to have everything from rain, sun, frost, sleet to snow. Here are a few photos. We've decided that we don't take a good photo and this is the best we could come up with!!! We had just visited a very soggy and cold Confolens, so weren't at our best!

23rd Nov 2010 Charente (147)
23rd Nov 2010 Charente (108)
23rd Nov 2010 Charente (40) 23rd Nov 2010 Charente (4)

Cuttlebug Spot - Thank You Card

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I picked up this lovely paper pack in TKMax. I love rummaging through their clearance items, as you never know what bargains you might find.

It's so lovely to thank your hostess for a great evening or say thank you for a special gift, so I've chosen to make an everyday thank you card that you could use for any occasion. Check out the great designs the team have come up with at the Cuttlebug Spot. We are taking a break for a couple of weeks as some of us are on holiday and our American teamies are celebrating Thanksgiving.

Thank You card

Materials used - White square card blank, Cuttlebug plus With Love border embossing folder and Flowers#1 die set, Making Memories Chloe's Closet papers, Dimensions Crafts Thanks stamp, White cardstock, Versamagic orange and green chalk inks, Ribbon, Half Pearls and a Button.

Cuttlebug Spot – Hippity Blog Hop

Friday, 12 November 2010

I must read emails properlyThinking smile  I was meant to get this to Nilda earlier this week , so it could be added to the blog, that’s why it’s a bit late. Sorry folks.

Join us at The Cuttlebug Spot for a recipe blog hop. There are 5 blogs to visit – Please start at Sassy Lil Sketches to get the sketch for your project and then hop to get the further elements. Once you have completed your project which can be a card, altered project, layout etc, you can enter your project at any of the blogs to win some fantastic prizes. Have fun.

Here’s my project. It’s our 25th Anniversary in a couple of weeks, so I choose this as the theme for my card.

Blog Hop

Materials used – White square card blank, Cricut plus George, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots and Tim Holtz Notebook embossing folders, Olivia alphabet and heart dies, White card stock, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row papers, Versamagic blue and yellow chalk ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Sentiment stamp, Heart punch, Lace, Fibre and Buttons.

Make and Takes

Thursday, 11 November 2010

We are having a Make and Take day in December where I work, and I’ve been asked to create some things to make. I’ve only used items that we sell in the shop and I set myself a challenge only to use one type of patterned paper – Crate Paper North Pole Pine. I made 4 items, 3 are below, including a Christmas card, Hot chocolate pouch, a bow and a card with chocolate figures in a pocket on the front. I made the chocolate figure cards last year and they were really popular and great fun for children. The pouch would be ideal for stocking fillers or for a small gift.

Christmas CardHot Chocolate Pouch 2

Chocolate Card

Materials used – Crate Paper North Pole Pine paper, Woodware Christmas Rounds clear stamps, Versamagic brown, green and red chalk ink, Watermark ink, Clear and white embossing powder, Brown gel pen, Stickles, Ribbon, Buttons, Twine and yummy chocolate.

Cuttlebug Spot – Table Decorations

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

It’s lovely to have a glass of wine at Christmas, so I’ve made a wine cooler to put it in. Just realised I’ve popped in a mulled wine, which is normally served hot, so I’ll need to pop in a Rosé or white once it’s been drunk Smile

Table Decoration 2

Materials used – Kraft, white, black and red cardstock, Cricut plus Doodlecharms, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Divine Swirls and Candy Cane embossing folders, Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder, Olivia alphabet dies,Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, Hero Arts Polka Dot background stamp, White embossing powder, Stickles,  Ribbon, Brad, Cotton wool and a bottle of wine.

Cuttlebug Spot – Invites

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK I’ve made invites for a Christmas party. This week, I’ve used Sizzix texture plates instead of the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I did have problems getting them through my Cuttlebug though. Not enough shims and you can’t see the embossing, to many and it popped the top and side of my Cuttlebug. I really thought I’d broken it, but my darling hubby managed to put it back together. Think I’ve managed to get it right now as the card on the left shows.

Invites 1

Materials used – Kraft, white and red cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Texture plate – Stars and Swirls, Sizzix Christmas Tree and Cuttlebug Ice Crystal snowflake, Cosmo Cricket papers, EK Success Notebook border punch, Making Memories Rub-ons, Toga alphabet stickers, Versamagic red, green and brown chalk inks, Glitter, Ribbon, Button, Gems and String.

Jo and Alex’s New Home

Sunday, 31 October 2010

My niece got married in April and with her lovely hubby Alex, they have just bought their first home together. This is the card I made for them.

New Home 2

Materials used – White square card blank, Cricut plus Create a Critter, Cuttlebug plus Spring Floral die, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row papers, Making Memories Chloe's Closet papers, Woodware Home Sweet Home clear stamps, Butterfly punch, Brown gel pen, Button and Fibres.

Cuttlebug Spot – Fall

Monday, 25 October 2010

Not much has happened here this week but I really am trying hard not to buy anything crafty with Christmas coming up, but there are lots of things on my wish list. I’d love some more stamps, especially Hero Arts. They are just great to use.

Here’s my Fall card for this weeks Cuttlebug challenge. I love these little leaves so I’ve used them again this week. Check out the other great designs at the Cuttlebug Spot  and it would be great to see what you come up with.

Fall 2

Materials used – White square card blank, Assorted cardstock and paper, Cricut plus Create a Critter and Mini Monograms, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Spots and Dots Embossing Folders and Spring Floral die, Hobby Arts General Greetings, Versamagic blue and pumpkin chalk ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Brown pen, Ribbon, Button and Twine.

Cuttlebug Spot – Boo

Monday, 18 October 2010

Can’t believe we are on week 3 already. Nildas challenge this week is to create a Halloween project or card. Now Halloween is not my thing at all so to create 2 Halloween projects in 2 weeks is a lot for me. I’ve used quite a few folders and dies on my card and you can see the embossing this week :)


Materials used – Black square card blank, White, black, green, orange and brown card stock, Cricut plus Create a Critter and Paper Doll Dress Up, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Forest Branches, Distressed Stripes embossing folders and Olivia Alphabet and Spring Floral dies, Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder, Sizzix Dress-up Faces rub-ons, Versamagic black chalk ink and a Black pen.

Joshua's 20th Birthday

Friday, 15 October 2010

Joshua isn’t into cards, but of course, you have to make a card for your son’s birthday. Keeping it simple, I just went for his name in fun colours. I cut out the letters using chipboard first and then patterned paper. I glued them together and then mounted them onto the card blank using foam pads.

Joshuas 20th

Materials used – Cream, red, blue, green and yellow cardstock, Cricut plus Plantin Schoolbook and George and Basic Shapes,Cosmo Cricket Togetherness paper pad, Dovecraft Sent with Love sentiment stamps,  chipboard, Star punch, Brown pen, Buttons and String.

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The aftermath of making my Cuttlebug Spot card which you can see on Monday 18th. I just love love love my Cuttlebug and it’s great that it’s getting more use. Don’t you just love those cute rub-on faces. I bought them to use with the Paper Doll carts but I’ve used one on my Cuttlebug Spot card too. Have a good Wednesday.


Cuttlebug Spot – Halloween Treat Box

Monday, 11 October 2010

My week at work didn’t get off to a good start – I managed to delete all the products from the website for the shop where I work. A website without things to buy, is not good. What a nightmare!! Thank goodness for backups, so all is now restored.

Here’s my treat box for the Cuttlebug Spot, but it doesn’t look as though I’ve used the Cuttlebug at all, but I have - honest. Black cardstock is not easy to photograph but it has been embossed with the Forest Branches folder to make the container have a tree bark effect with the web on top. I also embossed the web with the Swiss Dots folder.The spiders have been embossed too. I’ll keep things lighter for my next project.

Halloween Treat Box (1)
Halloween Treat Box (2)

Materials used – Black, orange and purple cardstock, Cricut plus Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and Doodlecharms, Cuttlebug plus Forest Branches and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Googly eyes, Wire, Fibres, Versamagic black chalk ink and Yummy sweets.

Three Daisies

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Another “using up what I have” card. Marthas daisies have been laying in a drawer for a while, so I dragged them out and used them to make this card. The petals look so realistic and add a ray of sunshine to an October day.

3 Daisies

Materials used – A6 white card blank, White and blue cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Togetherness paper pad, Hero Arts Border stamps, Dovecraft Sent with Love sentiment stamps, Martha Stewart Daisies, Versamagic brown chalk ink, Button and Fibre.

Cuttlebug Spot – Breast Cancer Card

Monday, 4 October 2010

Here’s my very first card for the Cuttlebug Spot and what fun I had making this card. The theme was to make a card for National Breast Cancer Awareness month which is October. I used the first 2 embossing folders I ever bought and they are still my favourites – Swiss Dots and Divine Swirls. No patterned papers, just cardstock, lace and a bit of bling. Check out what the other DT members have come up with, thy are just fab.

Breast Cancer

Materials used – White square scallop card blank, White and pink cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Divine Swirls, Swiss Dots, Frills borders and Curls and Swirls alphabet dies, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up, Versamagic pink chalk ink, Lace, Gems and Glitter.

A Card for my Sister

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Oh, how exciting, I won the September challenge over at Funky Hand so I have 2 CD’s on there way to me, can’t wait to have a play. Thank you Anice.

When I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for my sister. I little Promarker colouring (still practising!!), a bit of fluffy stuff and a button to finish it off.

Dibs Birthday

Materials used –Square white card blank, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row paper pad, Promarkers, Papermania Chic Party clear stamps, Alphabet clear stamp set, Versamagic brown chalk ink, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Fibre and buttons.

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday – a day late

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Sorry this is a day late but my Wednesday just disappeared. I’ve been having a go at making simple homemade embellishments using paper, felt, buttons and twine. I’ve been limited to the colours of felt I have, but we sell scrap bags of felt at work with lots of different colours, so I will be buying one of these today. My desk looks really tidy, but I can assure you it’s not. Isn’t it great that you can crop a photo :)


Anniversary Card

Monday, 27 September 2010

Love the colours on this card, just a bit different from pink and red anniversary cards. I bought a large heart stamp which I wanted to use on this card, but when I stamped it, I realised it said “I Love You”, so not really appropriate to send to my sister and her hubby!! So I just used the heart as a template.

 N & G Anniversary

Materials used – A6 card blank, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety papers, EK Success border punch, Ribbon and Button.

I’m on the Design Team for the Cuttlebug Spot

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Oh what lovely surprise, I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen to join the Design Team at the Cuttlebug Spot for the next 3 months. There will be 12 new and 3 previous designers. I’m really looking forward to meeting them all and seeing their creations. You can check out their blogs in my sidebar. Look out for our first challenge coming your way on the 4th October.

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday – Using up stickers

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

My challenge to myself this week was to use up some stickers that I’ve had lying around for ages. I bought these Martha Stewart stickers over 2 years ago when I visited Florida and I haven’t done that much with them. I’ve made some simple everyday cards just to keep on hand. I haven’t used that many extra’s, just some Cosmo Cricket papers, border punches, buttons and some ribbon. I’ve got loads of other bits and bobs that need using up too, so keep watching.


What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday – My Cricut

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I’m actually back in my craft room, as I had to clear the dining room table as we had friends coming to dinner!! Not to much going on this week, made a New Home card (in the background) and bought some lovely Hero Arts scallop stamps and Cosmo Cricut papers which I haven’t had a chance to use yet. I left my Cricut on the desk, hoping my lovely hubby would be able to fix it, as one of the feature button lights isn’t coming on. I was hoping it would be a simple matter of changing a bulb, but hubby doesn’t want to risk breaking it trying to take it apart.


Funky Hand Flower Festival

Saturday, 11 September 2010

I haven’t joined in with the Funky Hand challenges for a long time as I didn’t have any of their products apart from the free download. But a few months ago I bought Papercraft Factory which has great backing papers, alphas, wordbooks and digi stamps, but haven’t really used it much, so thought it was time to get it out and join in. For their flower challenge I went for one large flower and kept the card quite clear to make the flower the focal point.

Flower 1

Materials used – Square cream card blank, Funky Hand Papercraft Factory CD, Cricut plus Opposites Attract cart, Bazzil Bling cardstock, Versamagic brown and pink chalk ink, Woodware Flowers and Stems clear stamps, Heart punch, Brown gel pen, Button and Ribbon.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Another card using Create a Critter and a bit of embossing. The little bubbles were sprinkled on the tables at my nieces wedding. Knew I’d find a use for them :)


Materials used – White card blank, Cricut plus Create a Critter, Cuttlebug plus Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Assorted cardstock, Funkyhand Papercraft Factory CD, Border punch, Ribbon, Sentiment stamp, Versamagic black chalk ink, Clear bubble gems and Corner Rounder.

Natties Birthday

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Isn’t this soooo cute. Made this little raccoon for my sisters birthday and purple is her favourite colour.

Natties Birthday

Materials used – Purple card blank, Cricut plus Create a Critter cartridge, Assorted card and paper scraps, Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Corner Rounder, Versamagic purple and black chalk ink and Woodware sentiment stamp.

What’s on my Workdesk Wednesday

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Still up the dining room table (and it doesn’t look to untidy!!) and making Christmas cards. Yes I know it’s only September but thought I should make a start. I’m still loving these ribbon scrap cards, and they look so effective using my Christmas tree and snowflake dies. Must make some flatter cards as it will cost me a fortune at the Post Office otherwise. My niece loves pink, so this card will be for her.


What’s on my Workdesk Wednesday

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Honestly, I had moved everything back into the study, but I seem to have migrated back to the dining room again and again managed to bury the dinner mats!! A colleague at work asked me to make some wedding invitation samples, which she could copy or change as she’s more of a sewer than a card maker. The bridesmaids are wearing green, so plumped for a dark olive green just for the sample, but it turns out they are wearing a much light shade!!

Thanks for your comments – I wasn’t very clear. I’m not making the invites, just creating some samples for my friend to show the bride and then my friend will be making the invites!!


Little Tags

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I always seem to end up with loads of strips of card leftover when I cut out my card blanks, so decided to turn them into gift tags. They could also be used for mini cards as well. Used the lovely papers from October Afternoons Ducks in a Row paper pad – soooo cute.


Materials used – Kraft and white cardstock, October Afternoon – Ducks in a Row paper pad, Hero Arts Blossoms stamp, Hobby Arts sentiment stamp, Toga alphabet stickers, Candle, heart and balloon punches, EK Success border punch, Corner rounder, Black and yellow chalk ink, Buttons and Fibres.

What’s on my workdesk Wednesday.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Oh what fun, I found Julia’s WOYWW blog via Kath’s blog and thought how interesting. I’m really tidy at work but where crafting is concerned I work in a complete mess. I usually craft in my study but I seem to have migrated to the dining room and made a mess there too!!!! Some new goodies arrived this week which you can just about see in the pic - a set of Tim Holtz embossing folders, which I haven’t tried out yet, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row paper pack, Hero Arts Patterned Flowers stamps and a Flourish background stamp which is buried!! I’m currently making some little gift tags which you can just see in the picture and I’ve just noticed that I seem to have buried some dinner mats too!! Check out the blog, it’s great fun to see what other crafters have on their desks.


Black Leaves

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Busy, busy. busy so I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve made another card for a man featuring leaves again!! I went for the black and white look and embossed the sentiment.

Black Leaves
Materials used - Black card blank, Cricut plus Stretch your Imagination, Basic Grey Ambrosia paper, Black and white cardstock,  Versamark watermark pad,  Black embossing powder, Corner rounder, Sentiment stamp, Card candy and Black gel pen.

Victoria & Albert Background Stamp

Friday, 30 July 2010

Used some masking tape to mask off the edges of the card and used the V & A stamp for the centre stamping it twice using 2 shades of brown ink. I like the effect but it makes your eyes go funny.

V&A Stamp

Materials used – Kraft card stock, V&A Quilts clear stamps, K&Co Roam Mat Pad, Prima Canvas effect letters, Toga alphabet stickers, Versamagic browns chalk ink, White gel pen and Tesco butterfly punch.

Using up Ribbon

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

I saw this technique online and thought what a lovely way to use up ribbon and a perfect card for my first card class as it’s easy to make. We’ve probably all got loads of scraps that we don’t know what to do with, or they are too small to make into bows. This uses all those little pieces up and looks really effective too. You can make the window any shape you like. I used a Cuttlebug die for the leaf plus an extra one to mount on top. Great mans card as well.

Ribbon Leaf

Materials used – Bazzill card stock, Cuttlebug plus leaf die, Bo Bunny – Roughin It In The Leaves paper, Versamagic brown chalk ink, Woodware sentiment stamps, String and Ribbon Scraps.

My First Class

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Oh my goodness, was I nervous today. I took my very first card making class. I “entertained” 9 lovely ladies, one who was celebrating her birthday and had invited her friends, (some who had never made a card before) along for a crafty morning. I felt as nervous as when I took my GCSE French oral exam, but once I got going I was OK, I relaxed into it. I had prepared 2 card samples for the ladies to have a go at, but the time just flew by and we only managed one card plus a couple of quick tutorials, one on masking using stamps and the other on heat embossing.  The ladies came up with fantastic creations and we all had a great time. I took this photo at the end after confessing it was my first class and the greatest compliment was them saying it didn’t show. That made my day.

My First Class 24th July 2010

Bye Bye Polkadoodles

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

I’ve just got back from a fab holiday in the Loire. What a beautiful place, so relaxing and peaceful. We cycled along the river, had picnics, visited the museum at Le Mans and visited the beautiful gardens at Chateaux Villandry. There was not a weed to be seen. Our gite was great too and completely surrounded by fields of sunflowers, sweetcorn and hay.
Gardens at Vallandry (3)
Chateaux Villandry
Gardens at Vallandry (4)
I’m a bit sad, but I decided to leave the Polkadoodles team this week. I felt it was time to move on and concentrate more on my own projects. I’ve had a great time with the team and enjoyed playing with Nicky's great products which I will continue to use.
On Saturday I'm going to be doing my first ever card making class at the Eternal Maker for a ladies birthday party and  I'm going to show them some stamping and masking techniques. I feel a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time.


Tuesday, 13 July 2010

I used up some scraps to make this really easy card. I cut some squares with mu Cricut and added some buttons and a stamped heart.


Materials used – Square card blank, Paper scraps, Heart clear stamp, Woodware sentiment clear stamp, Buttons, Gems and Thread.

Polkadoodles Challenge 27 – Summer Theme

Friday, 9 July 2010

I went for a summer boating theme using papers from All Around and Everywhere. I cut the little boats on my Cricut and layered them with paper. Added some 3D gloss for the water droplets.

Challenge 27
Challenge 27 Closeup

Materials used – White DL card blank, All Around and Everywhere CD, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up, Woodware Flowers and Stems clear stamps, Versamagic black chalk ink and Anita’s 3D clear gloss.

Polkadoodles Challenge 26 - Decoration

Friday, 2 July 2010

Why have I bought bags of these at Christmas when they are so easy to make. I found the instructions on this fab blog. You can adjust the sizes of the strips of paper to make different sized bows. There are so many great ideas on the blog using recycled paper and fabric. I’m definitely going to be trying out more of the tutorials.

 Challenge 26
Challenge 26 Closeup

Materials used – Papers and sentiment from Paper Boutique II – Creative Christmas CD, Silver Promarker, Silver string and gems.

Polkadoodles Challenge 25 – Card for a Boy

Friday, 25 June 2010

I went back to one our first CD's for my card this week - Candy Doodles. I love the little planes, trucks and cars that are in the boys section of the CD and did some paper piecing with them. I've made the card for a friends son who is 2 in August.

 Challenge 25
Challenge 25 Closeup
Materials used – A6 blue card blank, Papers and elements from Candy Doodles CD, Versamagic blue and green chalk ink, Rub-on, Buttons and Fibres.