Versatile Blogger - Thank You Kate x

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


I got a lovely surprise this week from Crafty Kate - The Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks Kate, I'm really chuffed.

To receive this award, I just need to do the following:-

  1. Thank the person who sent it to you
  2. Tell Us 7 things about yourself
  3. Send/Reward this to 15 bloggers

So here's some trivia about me -

  1. I've been married to my lovely hubby for 25 years.
  2. I can't stand peas.
  3. I love France and visit whenever I can and hope to live their one day.
  4. I love to ski but wish I could go a bit faster.
  5. I'd hate to be without my laptop.
  6. I love fresh cut flowers.
  7. Love to cycle but not with cars and lorries whizzing past.

I'm going to give the award to are my fantastic teamies at the Cuttlebug Spot. They have been a fab source of inspiration for the last 6 months. Thanks everyone. Hope you don't mind but there's only 14.

  1. Nilda
  2. Donna M
  3. Julie
  4. Lillie
  5. Donna
  6. Brenda
  7. Julia
  8. Teresa
  9. Vanessa
  10. Jennifer
  11. Helen
  12. Andy
  13. Agnes
  14. Jannie

Cuttlebug Spot - Oh so Soft - Felt

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

My card this week is entirely made from felt, except for the card blank, had a try, but it wouldn't stand up - only kidding :) Everything was either cut using my Cuttlebug or by hand. I was limited by the colours of felt I had and the letters were a challenge as they kept falling to bits, but I wasn't giving up and got there in the end.
Sadly the Cuttlebug Spot is going to take a break for a while. But Nilda and her team will be back soon with a new look blog and more fun challenges. I'll keep you posted.
Materials used - Blue cardstock, Cuttlebug plus House and Spring Floral die and XCut Rome alphabet die, Versamagic blue chalk ink and Black cotton.

Earth Hour 2011

Sunday, 27 March 2011

I'd never heard Earth Hour before until I saw an ad on TV late Friday night, but it's been going since 2007. Earth Hour was started by the WWF to highlight climate change. Companies and individuals around the world were asked to switch off their lights for 1 hour at 8:30pm on Saturday 26th March. Being a person that has candles coming out of their ears, I thought what a lovely thing to do. My Mum and Dad came for dinner last night, so I pre-warned them that we might be eating by candlelight :)

 Earth Hour 2
Earth Hour 1

WOYWW - Allsorts

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

My little workspace is covered with allsorts of bits and pieces. I've just got some Tim Holtz distress inks which are great, just wish the lids would stay on better. I've stamped some watercolour style images which you can see in the top left and bottom right of the photo, just need to mount them onto cards. And for a completely different style, I've just found this fab blog Clean and Simple Stamping, with card layout PDF's which you can download. I've used a couple of the layouts to make Anniversary cards. I love the simplicity of the layouts and with minimal supplies and a little stamping you can make great cards. I still have a hard time choosing papers though, does anyone else have this problem? Pop on over to WOYWW to see what other fun things are on desks this week.

2 Hearts

Materials used - A6 card blank, Black cardstock, Basic Grey Ambrosia papers, Woodware Flowers and Stems stamps, Dovecraft Sent with Love stamps, EK Success Open Scallop border punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamagic Pumpkin chalk ink, Heart gems and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Spot - Buttons and more Buttons

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

It's my niece and her hubbies 1st Anniversary on the 9th April, I can't believe they've been married nearly a year already. Most Anniversary cards are pink or red, but I decided to go for orange. Not traditional I know, but wanted to go for something different, bright and cheerful. This week on the Cuttlebug Spot we are focusing on buttons on our projects, so I made the heart completely out of buttons and stamped the flowers with a script stamp.


Materials used - White square scallop card blank, Orange and white cardstock, Cricut plus Storybook, Cuttlebug plus Spring Floral die and Sizzix Crush on You Texture Plate, Kaisercraft Script stamp, Hobby Art General Greetings clear stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamagic Pumpkin Spice chalk ink, Prima flower, Fabric flower, White gel pen, Buttons and Ribbon.

WOYWW - Fabric Flowers

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I saw an article recently about stamping on fabric, so I had a little play on some scraps I had. I loved the effect, so I cut the fabric on my Cuttlebug and made them into flowers. I've also been playing with felt and made some little houses for a new home card.You can just make out the script stamp I bought which I used on the fabric. It's by Kaisercraft.


Cuttlebug Spot - All Tied Up.....Twine or String

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Our eldest son (3rd right) came to visit at the weekend as it was his birthday. It's so great to see him, but time flies by far to quickly and he's back in London already. Can't believe he's 23! Here's a pic of the 4 of us. This was the best photo taken, but I was obviously talking when the button was pressed. Josh (in the grey top) was pulling silly faces in the other photos!!

Darrels 23rd Birthday (89)

Continuing our month of using embellishments on your projects, it's twine or string this week. I used my homemade leaf texture plate (must make more of these) and my favourite leaf dies again. Hope you can make out the inside out embossing. I used string to make a mat, by cutting a square of cardstock and gluing string to it and popping some die cut leaves on top.  Pop over to the Cuttlebug Spot to check out all the other fab designs.

Leaf Embossing Plate

Materials used - American Crafts and Bazzill card stock, Homemade Leaf texture plate, Cuttlebug plus Leaf dies, XCut Rome alphabet die and Craft Concepts Woodgrain embossing folder, Versamagic green and brown chalk ink, String and a Button.

Fancy a Chat

Monday, 14 March 2011

My online friend Liz has set up a great forum for us crafters to chat about all things Cricut, Card Making, Scrapbooking etc plus anything else you fancy talking about. We are a friendly bunch and would love you to join us at Cricutolics. There are monthly card/project challenges just for fun, stamp swaps, tips and hints for your Gypsy, Imagine, Cricut, Cuttlebug, Design software, Stamping etc, plus items for sale or wanted and Guest Designers. Signing up is easy, so come on over and join in, we would love to see you there.

Forum Pic

The lounge is finished.......

Saturday, 12 March 2011 last. After spending over 4 weeks rubbing down and filling holes, the lounge is at last painted and we are back in. But we've started the dining room now, so more dust, rubbing down and filling holes!!

Oh well, I've still managed to squeeze in making some cards. I've been trying to make more male cards and here's one I came up with.

Happy Birthday

Materials used - White square card blank, White and brown cardstock, Cuttlebug plus star die and Sizzix Plaid embossing folder, Paper Cellar Checks paper packs, Happy Birthday stamp, White embossing powder, White gel pen, Buttons and Twine.

Cuttlebug Spot - Charms

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Wow, another week has flown by, where does it go. Our theme of embellishments continues with charms. Again, I chose to make my own, so popped down to my local craft store to buy some findings and beads. So easy to do, just need a pair of pliers to round the top of the Head Pin to hold the beads in place. I used a template from Creativity magazine for the teapot, with a ribbon around the top to hang my charm.

Materials used - White square scallop card blank, Cuttlebug plus Craft Concepts In Stitches embossing folder and Fruits and Tags die, I think the paper is Hot off the Press - had it for ages, Molly Bloom sentiment stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamagic blue chalk ink, Teapot template, EK Success Open Scallop border punch, Beads, Findings, Ribbon, Button and Half Pearls

Masked Butterfly

Saturday, 5 March 2011

The lounge is nearly decorated and looks really nice and fresh. Just a few finishing touches to go. It was badly in need of some TLC and I don't think it's been touched for about 10 years. Dining room next!!

Managed to squeeze in some card making though and really enjoyed making this card. Lots of masking and stamping. Unusual colours for me, but I was pleased how it turned out.


Materials used - Yellow and white cardstock, Cricut plus Accent Essentials, Cuttlebug plus Divine Swirls embossing folder, Hero Arts Flourish background stamp ,Papermania Doodles stamps, Kaisercraft Script and Birthday sentiment stamps, Versamagic assorted chalk inks, Memento Rich Cocoa ink and Half pearls.

WOYWW - Masking

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Another new technique for me, masking. Had a go at a simple flower and leaves card. Great fun, so I'm definitely going to make more of these. I've had a good rummage through my stamps and picked out ones that would work. Ignore the mess in the top right, I always seem to end up with a pile of s(crap) after I make stuff :)


Cuttlebug Spot - Ouch!! Hat Pins

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I love being on the Cuttlebug Spot design team, you get taken right out of your comfort zone. March will be no exception. Accessories and Embellishments are the theme and to start off, we have been asked to make a project using Hat Pins. I managed to find some at my local craft store, but they just had a pearl on the top. So I've added some beads glued on with clear gloss. And to stop anyone stabbing themselves, I popped a little pearl bead on the point. Doilies  are also very popular at the moment so used my Cricut to create my own.

Hat Pins
Hat Pins Closeup

Materials used - White square scallop card blank, Cricut plus Storybook, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Texture Plate - Spring Vine and Sizzix Hearts & Paisley die, Woodware Tiny Phrases clear stamps, Versamagic pink chalk ink, Butterfly punch, Hat Pin, Beads, Button, Ribbon, Thread and Half Pearls.