Cuttlebug Spot - Tree

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas is nearly upon us and here is my project for the Cuttlebug Spot this week. I’ve made this cute little Christmas Tree using a heart die and papers from My Mind’s Eye, but you could use any scraps of paper for this card. I’ve made all my cards for this year, but I’ll be making a load of these for next year. They are also ideal for posting as there are nice and flat.

This is our last project for a couple of weeks but we’ll see you again in the New Year. Have a great Christmas everyone.


Materials used – White card blank, Brown cardstock, Cuttlebug plus a heart die and Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder, Cricut plus Walk in my Garden, My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found Christmas paper pad, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes, Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink and Stickles.

Cuttlebug Spot – Christmas Tags

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

I cannot believe it’s less than 2 weeks until Christmas. I’ve done most of my wrapping up, the cards are posted and the tree is decorated. I just have to face the crowds when I buy my food. I have my family coming over on Christmas Day and I’m really looking forward to that.

This weeks challenge over at the Cuttlebug Spot is Tags. You can make tags for any occasion, but as it’s Christmas it just had to be Christmas Tags. I’ve used 2 different embossing folders on them and some toppers I had lying around. I’m determined to use up some of my stash this coming year.

Christmas Tags

Materials used – White cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots and Holly embossing folders, Cricut plus Plantin Schoolbook, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Ribbon and Toppers.

Cuttlebug Spot – Christmas Banner

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

For years I’ve been putting up some really bad pretend plastic tinsel over my mirror, but this year I decided to make a Christmas banner. I was really pleased how it turned out. I used the Cricut Cartridge Winter frolic for the Reindeer, Tree etc and some dangly snowflakes. Pop on over to The Cuttlebug Spot to see what our talented ladies have made for this weeks Banner challenge.

Banner 1
Banner Reindeer
Banner Tree 1

Materials used – Assorted coloured cardstock, Cricut plus Winter Frolic, Cuttlebug plus snowflake die, Make the Cut software, Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, White embossing powder, Versamagic white chalk ink, Stickles, Gems, String and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Spot – Winter Scene

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A really easy card from me this week – a little winter scene using Paper Smooches stamps. Join us by making a scene featuring Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter and post it over at the Cuttlebug Spot. We’d love to see what you come up with.

Winter Scene

Materials used – Gatefold card, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Free magazine papers, White cardstock, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Red Promarker and Stickles.

Cuttlebug Spot – Scraps and Layers

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Here's my interpretation of this weeks challenge. All the elements are scraps of paper and card apart from the picture and there are 6 layers including the base. I made this for my BIL's birthday who is currently rebuilding a vintage car, so this photo made me smile. The Cuttlebug Spot has been joined by some fabulous new designers who will be showing off their talents. Pop on over to see their designs.

Layers and Scraps

Materials used – Square card blank, Assorted card and paper scraps, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots embossing folder and Olivia dies, Fiskars Postage border punch, Studio G mini alphabet stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Image is from the internet, but I can’t remember where!!

Cuttlebug Spot – Feathers

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

When I saw this challenge, I just didn’t know how I was going to do it. I do not own anything with feathers on, no paper, stamps, feathers – real or faux or embellishments!! I looked at my folder of images that I’d downloaded from the Graphics Fairy and found this beautiful picture of 3 Victorian ladies with feathers in their hats. That will do lovely, I thought. I just added glitter to parts of their hats to a bit of bling.

Materials used – White square card blank, Cuttlebug plus Stylized Flowers embossing folder, Prima Botanical papers,Image from the Graphics Fairy, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Circle punch, Kaisercraft Script stamp, Memento Muted Mauve ink and Diamond Stickles.

Cuttlebug Spot – 3 different items

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hello all. I’m back in sunny Florida so I hope Mr Blogger has behaved itself and published my post. Our challenge for this week is to using 3 different Cuttlebug items on our project – embossing folders and dies. I chose to use an inking technique on my embossing folder plus a couple of die cuts. The technique so simple – just ink up the inside of the folder, carefully place your cardstock inside and run through your Cuttlebug. You’ll get a different effect depending on what side of the folder you ink. Great fun to do. Join us at the Cuttlebug Spot to join in with the challenge.

3 Techniques

Materials used – A6 card blank, White and brown cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Craft Concepts In Stitches embossing folder, Bike image from The Graphics Fairy, Cart-Us Frame Square Wave and Square dies, Hero Arts Birthday Messages, Memento Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand ink and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Spot – Leaves/Autumn

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

We have 3 oak trees in our front garden and the leaves are falling fast, so this card is very apt. I used the leaf Cuttlebug dies to create the apertures in the card and backed them with scraps of autumn coloured papers. Pop on over and join in with our leaves/autumn challenge at the Cuttlebug Spot as we’d love to see your interpretations of the challenges.


Materials used – Assorted cardstock and scrap papers, Cuttlebug plus Leaves dies, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Button and Twine.

Cuttlebug Spot – Owls …

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

…or one in my case! This wasn’t the owl I was going to use, but the cute owl I ordered didn’t arrive :( Hopefully it will turn up soon. I used 2 different stamps for my owl as I wanted him to have a hat. It’s strange how the camera changes colours, the green on this card is so bright but the camera has made it look muted. Pop on over to the Cuttlebug Spot to see what the design team has made this week, plus the Design Team call is open until 31st October if you’d like to join us.


Materials used – White A6 card blank, White, red and green cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots and My Minds Eye Snowflake border embossing folders, Dovecraft Frosty Friends, Papermania Secret Garden, Woodware Must Have Christmas Words, Assorted Promarkers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Diamond Stickles, White gel pen and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Spot – Black, Orange and Purple

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Hello everyone. Black, orange and purple are the colours for this weeks challenge over at the Cuttlebug Spot. The first thing that springs to mind is Halloween, but we are not big on Halloween in our house but I wanted to stick with the colours. I just softened them a bit and made this card for a birthday. I’ve been looking for a zigzag die for ages that wasn’t too big. I found this punch on holiday by EK Success. I love their punches, they cut so well.

Black, Orange and Purple

Materials used – A6 white card blank, Assorted cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Tim Holtz Distressed Flowers die, EK Success Zigzag Chain punch, Delish Music Script stamps, Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon stamps, Memento Grey Flannel ink, White Embossing powder and Bakers Twine.

Birthday Croc

Friday, 19 October 2012

Still loving these Paper Smooches stamps. This lovely croc comes from the set Zoo Crew. I was hoping to buy some more sets on my recent visit to Florida, but sadly I could only find one shop that stocked them and they only had a couple of sets available, one of which I already had. Thankfully you can buy Paper Smooches here in the UK at Make the Day Special. There will be lots on my Christmas list. Just a bit of stamping and some paper piecing was used to make this card.

Happy Croc

Materials used – Square white card blank, Paper Smooches Zoo Crew and Sentiment sampler, Papertrey Faux Ribbon, Toga Robots, My Minds Eye Mabel papers and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Cuttlebug Spot – 3D Turkey

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Hello everyone, I’m back from a fantastic holiday in Florida. I managed to visit some craft shops – Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, Joanns and Michaels and bought some great things. Stamps, punches, ribbons, Cuttlebug folders etc. I’m going to have great fun playing with my new toys.

You might have seen that the Cuttlebug Spot is back. I missed the first 2 weeks because of my holiday, but I’m back for this week. Our task was to create a project using a turkey and it must be 3D. I’ve made a Thanksgiving table decoration using my Cricut. I cut out the turkey, then cut extra layers of feathers for the 3D effect, increasing the size by 1/2 inch each time. Thought he turned out cute.

We are also looking for new design Team members. You will need to submit a project once a week, have a blog and an embossing machine of course. If you fancy joining us please take a look here for more details.

3D Turkey

Materials used – Assorted cardstock, Cricut plus Create a Critter, Cuttlebug plus Diamond Plate embossing folder and Flower die, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon stamp, Googly eyes, Hemp twine and string.

Florida Keys

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Me and my lovely hubby are spending 16 days visiting the Florida Keys and the Gulf coast. We’ve been promising ourselves this trip for the last couple of years and at last we are here. We’ve spent 3 nights in Key Largo, 3 in Key West and we are currently in Islamorada, which is where I’m writing this post. Each of the accommodations in the Keys have been very different, from Dove Creek Lodge in Key Largo, Atlantis House in Key West to an efficiency at Drop Anchor in Islamorada. In a couple of days we will move on, to a villa at Cape Coral. There is so much to do here, we’ve kayaked to Indian Key, cycled round Key West and seen the sunset in Mallory Square and visited the state parks of John Pennekamp and Fort Zackary Taylor. The weather has been fantastic, hot, hot hot!!!

The pics below give a flavour of some of the things we’ve seen.

Ocean View
Me and Roger
Coconut Tree
Key Deer
Mile 0
Old Car
Key Lime Pie

Going Buggy - Feminine

Monday, 20 August 2012

I’ve made this card for my sisters birthday using the Sewing Patterns font (, which I then cut out on my Cricut using Make the Cut. There are some lovely elegant ladies on this font which make fantastic silhouettes or you could use them for paper piecing. I just added a hat with some half pearls. Envys at Going Buggy is having a girly challenge for the whole of August. Create a feminine card to win some Promarker pens. I thought this card fitted the bill. Pop on over to see all the lovely feminine projects that have been made.

Natties Birthday 1
Materials used – Black A6 card blank, White cardstock, Cricut/Make the Cut plus Sewing Patterns font, Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks paper pad, Sizzix oval scallop die, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, American Art Stamp – Celebrate Life, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Half Pearls and Ribbon.

Hugs x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Goodness me, I’ve neglected my blog. Is it really nearly a month since I posted anything???? Well here’s a fun card I made for my husbands birthday using Paper Smooches stamps.

Birthday Hugs

Materials used – White A6 card blank, White and green cardstock, Paper Smooches Zoo Crew and Sentiment Sampler, Wood grain background stamp, White embossing powder, Versamark watermark ink, Paper scraps, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Promarkers and Mini heart punch.

Another Felt Flower

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

I made this card ages ago, but I've never posted it on here. It uses some more of the felt flowers that I made. These flowers are so easy to make, either by using a Cuttlebug or you can just as easily make them by hand, which is how I made the leaves. I've embellished mine with a button, but you could use brads, gems etc.

Felt Flower 4

Materials used - A6 white card blank, Can't remember the paper - sorry, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Rub-on sentiment, Felt, Ribbon, Button and Twine.

Cuttlebug Spot - Lace

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Cuttlebug Spot is taking a break for the summer, so this is our last card for a few weeks. For our last challenge, we would like you to use lace on your card. This can be stamped, die-cuts, border punches, real etc. I used this cute giraffe from Paper Smooches for my card. I've really enjoying using their stamps, they are such fun.


Materials used - A6 white card blank, Pink and white cardstock, Free magazine papers, Paper Smooches Zoo Crew and Sentiment Sampler, Artemio Down on the Farm, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Promarkers, Lace and Diamond Stickles.

Less is More - Paper Piecing

Monday, 25 June 2012

I just love paper piecing so I had to join in this week at Less is More. It's a great way of using up little scraps of paper and looks so effective. I've used one of my favourite stamps by Hero Arts, paper pieced it and then chopped it up. I've kept it simple, one aqua patterned paper, a gem and a few drops of stickles.

Paper Piecing

Materials used - White square card blank, Free magazine papers, Hero Arts Whispers stamp, Woodware Jane's Script sentiment, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Gem and Diamond Stickles.

Cuttlebug Spot - Shades of Blue

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

It was disgusting here yesterday - rain, rain and more rain. There has been local flooding just up the road from us, but thankfully we are OK. Will we ever get a summer?

Fathers Day is approaching and unlike Mothers Day, they are on the same date here and in the US - 17th June. Our theme this week at the Cuttlebug Spot is to create a card for your dad  in "Shades of Blue". I have used scraps once again to create my card, plus this lovely stamp from Paper Smooches. I've recently discovered these fun stamps. I had to restrain myself as I wanted to buy them all :) If you've already made your Fathers Day card, please create a card for any occasion but still featuring Shades of Blue.

Shades of Blue

Materials used - White A6 card blank, Assorted blue cardstock, Scrap papers, Cuttlebug plus X Cut Smoothie alpha die, Paper Smooches Vogue Abode stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

New Baby Boy

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

My sons pre-school leader has had a baby boy called Dexter. I haven't seen him yet, but I understand he's very cute. I made a selection of baby cards that the mums and children could buy at pre-school, including the one below. They had sold out as it seems they have had a run on new babies lately!

Baby Boy

Materials used - White square card blank, White and yellow cardstock, Woodware Baby Greetings, Free magazine papers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ribbon, Thread and Buttons.

Cuttlebug Spot - Fit for a Queen

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Our Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee over the weekend of 2nd - 5th June. We get to have a lovely long 4 day weekend here and there will be loads of events and street parties up and down the country. Let's hope it doesn't rain!! So, for this weeks challenge at the Cuttlebug Spot we would like you to make a card "Fit for a Queen". Your card can be for any occasion you have coming up but with a royal twist. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.


Materials used - White square card blank, Blue and red cardstock, Cricut plus Storybook, Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Blue and Red gel pens, Gems, Felt and Glitter.

The Sun is Shining

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

At last, the rain has stopped and we are enjoying temperatures of 25 degrees. What a contrast to only a week ago, when it just seemed to rain and rain and rain. Get the BBQ out :)

I made this card for a friends daughters birthday. I love Basic Grey papers, must get some more.

Happy 18th

Materials used - Pink Card stock, Basic Grey Out of Print papers, Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Delish Script stamp, Prima paper flowers, Doodlebug Shin-Dig stickers, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Button and Thread.

Cuttlebug Spot - Recipe

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

It's Cuttlebug time again and this week our challenge is a recipe. Please use 3 papers, 1 must be embossed, using either an embossing folder or heat embossing, 2 ribbons and a button on your project. Have fun.

Pop on over to the Cuttlebug Spot to see the other great designs from the Cuttlebug team.

Materials used - Kraft and white card stock, Cuttlebug and Sizzix Crush on You texture plate, Echo Park Summer Days papers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink,Creative Expressions Happy Anniversary stamp, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Vellum, Ribbons, Half Pearls and Button.

Little Flower Card

Friday, 11 May 2012

I have a load of Basic Grey scraps and I'm determined to use them up. Cuttlebug dies are perfect for cutting little scrap pieces. To make the borders I used a flower die from the Flowers set. I cut them through the middle leaving 5 scallops and then glued them next to each other. I made the flower using all 4 of the dies in the set.

Cuttlebug Border

Materials used - White square card blank, Cuttlebug plus flowers dies, Basic Grey Sugared and Two Scoops scraps, Hero Arts Birthday Messages, Butterfly punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Half Pearls.

Cuttlebug Spot - Mothers Day again

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Now don't get confused, it's not Mothers Day again here in the UK, but our friends in the US will be celebrating their Mothers Day on Sunday May 13th. Nilda has some lovely prizes for this challenge at the Cuttlebug Spot. Up for grabs are a $25 Michaels voucher and 2 Cricut Cartridges - Birthday Bash and Sophie. Please create a card/gift for your mum but if you've already celebrated Mothers Day then please make a card/gift for any occasion. The card must feature Cuttlebug/Cricut flowers (or other die-cut flowers). I combined two dies to make my felt flower, plus used some old alphabet rub-ons to decorate the pink cardstock.

Hi Jannie. Yes, I made the felt flower using the Scribble Flower and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. There are so many great dies out there and they look great paired up together.

Felt Flower 3

Materials used - White card blank, Black and pink cardstock, Cricut plus Plantin Schoolbook, Cuttlebug plus Scribble Flower and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Kaisercraft Script and Birthday stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, White embossing powder, Scrap rub-ons, Felt, Ribbon and Button.

Fantastic last day of our Holiday

Friday, 27 April 2012

We had a fantastic holiday despite the rain, but sadly the last day came. We started our day by visiting the chateau at La Rochefoucauld. We've been meaning to get there on each of our visits, but this time we were determined to go. It's a lovely building steeped in history overlooking the town. What I really liked were the family photos in each of the rooms. The chateau is still used as a home. I love the room with the little chair and the painted cupboard doors. I wonder what was behind them?

Malleyrand 2012 (76)
La Rochefoucauld Staircase
Malleyrand 2012 (88)
Malleyrand 2012 (82)
Malleyrand 2012 (91)

We followed our visit with a meal at Café du Coq d'Or. Another 5 course meal with wine filled us up nicely. We had a list of goodies to buy for family and friends, so next was a visit to the supermarket to stock up on confit, pate, cheese, chocolates and sweets.

Our evening was spent with Nigel and Diane who have made their home in this lovely part of France. I "met" Diane's via her blog, while reading all about their renovations, bike rides and village visits. Diane also enjoys cooking, so take a look at look her recipes too. We were made very welcome and felt at ease straight away. Diane made a yummy quiche plus nibbles for us which went down very well especially with 3 glasses of red and a cognac! We had decided we would only stay until around 8, as we didn't want to outstay our visit, but after loads of chatting we were still there at 11 !! Thank you both for a fantastic evening, the jam and the inks. Hope to meet up again soon and maybe join you in a repas.

Nigel, Roger and Diane
                                         Nigel, Roger (my hubby) and Diane.

Baby on the Way

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I was asked to make a card for the leader at our local pre-school who is off on maternity leave. I love this cut from the Cricut New Arrivals cartridge but I don't actually have the cartridge. Had a hunt online but discovered it been discontinued. Not to beaten, I found a silhouette of the cut online, downloaded it, printed it out and then spent a couple of hours cutting out all the pieces. I was really pleased how it turned out and it saved me a few £'s too :)

Baby Leaving

Materials used - White cardstock, Basic Grey Out of print papers, Woodware Baby Greetings clear stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Fibres.

Yummy French Food

Thursday, 19 April 2012

One of the great things about France is the food. We called in spontaneously  to La Cote qui Descend in St Sornin, just up the road from where we are staying. It was packed with local workman, always a good sign of good hearty food. We went for the plat du jour as it's such good value and for 11€ you get a starter, soup, main course, cheese, a dessert plus wine. There were 5 main courses on offer the day we visited - Boeuf Bourguignon, Pork Curry, Salmon, Chicken Gizzards and Veal plus assorted accompaniments. All looked delicious and the ones we choose, beef and pork, were. Highly recommended. The clock near the bar was so quirky, I had to take a photo.

La Cote qui Descend (1)
La Cote qui Descend (2)

Charente Walk and Ride

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Thankfully the weather is holding out so far, so we've managed to walk and ride. Here's a few things we spotted along the way.


I saw this lovely tree near Rouzede with it's twisted trunk. I wonder how they grow like that.

                                        Beautiful view taken at L'Epardeau
                            Monument with the church behind at Rouzede.
Cute little well at Chez Brucher. Then we saw it for sale along with it's barns.