Sunday, 11 December 2011

More Red & White

I’m still not tired of this colour combo ...


And this little card has been made up in time to participate in A Passion for Papertrey’s challenge ... to create a Christmas/Holiday card using red and white :O)

These were made up to go with the tags I made last week, and they look so much prettier IRL


Stamps: Tag It #8 and #3, Love lies here
Cardstock: SU Real Red, crumb cake, PTI Stampers Select
Mediums: SU Real Red, PTI Fresh snow
Embellishments: Pure Poppy satin ribbon, rhinestone and stickles
Tools: Big Shot,snowflake from Doily Detals collection, 1 3-4 circle from 1 3-4 limitless layers, 1 3-8 Stampin Up punch, Dimonsionals

I had great fun putting these together


Come back later in the week and I’ll show you some more red & white cards ... I really have got carried away with this colour theme ...



Sunday, 4 December 2011

Waltzingmouse Christmas Tag Challenge

I’m still on my quest to complete my Christmas Tags and a one I’ve made today could be entered into the Waltzingmouse Christmas Tag Challenge.


I’ve used a fabulous 2011 Heirloom Ornaments die cut (the largest), sponged in white, stamped with WMS Text-It and snowflakes from PTI Tag Its #8 in whisper white and real red.  The small feature label is stamped with one of WMS 2011 Holiday Ornaments stamps and the sentiment is from PTIs Holiday Button Bits. The ribbon is stampin up ruffle ribbon coloured with red copic marker.


I’m loving this look, just a little vintagey … I’ve a fair few of these on the go.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

My new hobby

The reason I’m not paper-crafting as much, and rarely posting now … I even struggle to keep up with the blog hopping I used to do (for hours on end)


That although it doesn’t look like it was my second attempt at crocheting (btw its a scarf, but doesn’t it look pretty all rolled up like that)

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I can make one of these babies up now in 2/3 evenings.





I’ve just learnt how to make flowers! I love the flowers – and so simple ...


In between those (and there have been a few more scarves in other colours) I’m crocheting a Babette blanket, which is 100s of granny squares in varying sizes.

I got the inspiration to give crocheting a go from KatieJane (Am I a dreamer), just seeing and reading about her creations and how quickly they were appearing on her blog – I just had to give it a go!

I really can’t tell you how rewarding it is to see something grow so quickly and to know you’ve created it – If you haven’t yet discovered crochet and fancy giving it a go, you only need to start with one hook and a ball of wool. There are loads of tutorials online, but I’d recommend Crochet Geek, her tutorials are amazingly easy to follow.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Red & White

Red and White seems to be my Christmas theme this year, I think almost every card I’ve created has been based around these colours.

I am a traditional girl, my tree is red and gold … the ornaments not the tree :O) and it just doesn’t feel right using colours other than the red, green, white, gold, silver ...

With that in mind I’ve made a start on my tags


What do you think? I recon once I get a bit of an assembly line going I could get a few of these made, I might change a few elements now and then


These tags are made of nearly all Papertrey ingredients I think it was just the ribbon (SU) and bakers twine (stash) which weren't.

And yes, that is my tree – its actually been up for over a week already ... I Love Christmas and my tree.

I’ll upload some pictures later this week of the tree and I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures of the real reason why I haven’t been posting for a while ... my new hobby, just for Katiejane:O)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

My First Waltz


Woohoo my first Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz! This month the theme is Winter/Christmas! I didn’t know which set to use, I’ve bought a few recently so I went with a few ...

Stamps: Musical Backgrounds, Text-It, Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Labels No.4, 2011 Holiday Ornaments from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: SU Real Red, PTI Stampers Select
Mediums: SU Real Red, Soft Suede, PTI Fresh snow
Embellishments: Pure Poppy satin ribbon and buttons
Tools: Big Shot, 2011 Heirloom Ornaments and Labels 4 dies from Spellbinders, Dimonsionals

I really enjoyed making up my own DSP over the weekend I had to give it another go ... I LOVE this look and I will be creating a lot more cards like this in the lead up to Christmas

I’m off now to go visit all the other entries ... I just know there will be loads of Christmas inspiration!

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Everything Eleanor CASE

I Love the Stampin In up set ‘Everything Eleanor’, very single stamp in the set is just gorgeous … the beautiful swirls, the huge frame and stunning flower heads ... but when it arrived I was completely stumped on how to use it ... I’d completely lost my mojo so I CASed a beautiful card by Monica


Stamps: Everything Eleanor
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, soft suede
DSP: Mocha Morning
Mediums: Rich Razzleberry, Black Onyx Versafine
Embellishments: 5/8 Basic Black satin and 1/8 Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon, Basic pearls
Tools: Paper snips, Tombow liquid glue, Dimensionals


I always find CASing a card gives me LOADS of inspiration – watch out for a few more Everything Eleanor cards coming soon


I’ll be back tomorrow with my very first WaltzingMouse Waltz card.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge #73

Woohoo its the weekend, we’re home and I can finally play with the WMS stamps I recently received and enter my first Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge!  My problem …  which set to use first, I’ve bought a few recently and they were all desperate to see ink ...

Stamps: Musical Backgrounds, Text-It, Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Labels No.4, 2011 Holiday Ornaments from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: SU Real Red, PTI Stampers Select,
DSP: SU DSP Patterns Stack: Neutrals
Mediums: SU Real Red, Soft Suede, Versamark
Embellishments: Seam binding ribbon coloured with copic pen, silver elastic cord
Tools: Big Shot, 2011 Heirloom Ornaments and Labels 4 dies from Spellbinders, Dimonsionals

I knew with this card I was going to use red and white but as the card grew I added soft suede to give it that vintage look.  I especially loved making up my own DSP with the Text It and Musical Backgrounds stamps … Mmmmm don’t you love the shabby look.



I’m hoping to spend a few more hours in the craft room - Have a great week!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Butterflies and bling

Sorry I've been so quiet, its been a combination of illness and not enough time to get crafty :(

I'm back now with a card I've made for a friend who loves both butterflies and bling! As soon as I saw this picture created by Fiona Duthie I knew I had to recreate it on a smaller scale as a birthday card for Jo.

Cardstock:PTI stampers select and All the Stampin Up colours from the subtle, brights and regals collections
Embellishments: Basic rhinestones
Tools: Big Shot, Stampin Up sizzix embosslet folder, tombow liquid glue, glue dots

I can't believe how well it turned out - so good I really didn't want to give it away ...

I really do have to make another, either this scale or the larger ... for myself!!!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

DT Inspiration Challenge

The A Passion for Papertrey’s Design Team Inspiration challenge

The challenge is to find a card from one of the members of the design team and let it inspire you.  I didn’t have much time to play, so CASed Lisa’s Johnsons’ card from this months release.


I haven’t change much, turned the card on its side so its landscape. I cut seven equal sized squares (I didn’t have a punch the right size), heat embossed one of the flowers from Peace Poinsettia, one to each of the squares. I then added a little bit of sparkle to each using stardust stickles. The greeting is from Signature Greetings and is stamped in Pure Poppy, I added two lines across the bottom of the card, finally punched the corner with a corner rounder.


It’s a great little card for using up those little bits of cardstock we all save!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Thank You’s

A few little Thank You’s


Stamps: Tiny Tags, Fine Flourish
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Clear Acetate, Rich Razzleberry
Mediums: Rich Razzleberry
Embellishments: Basic Pearl’s, Seam binding ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder, Pillow box die, Curly label punch, Jewellery tag punch, Sticky strip, Stampin Dimensionals


Sunday, 4 September 2011

First Christmas Card

And another CASE, This card by Nichole Heady was so beautiful I knew I had to recreate it in someway, shape or form.  My photos don’t do it any justice the colours are not coming out on my screen the same IRL.  The card is beautiful (I think so anyway).  Nichol is a genius.


Stamps: Harvest Berries, Peaceful Poinsettia
Cardstock: SU Real Red
Designer Paper: SU DSP Patterns Stack: Subtles, Certainly Celery
Mediums: Versamark,  SU Real Red & Old olive
Embellishments: Xmas Red Stickles, Gold embossing powder, Lemon Tart buttons
Tools: Heat Gun, pricking tool, Big shot, Bloom Builders #3 die


I love the dimension these blooms give to the card.

This is probably my last submission to Anything Goes over on A Passion for Papertrey, unless I manage another hour or so (or should that read ‘afternoon’, what's left of it) in the craft room ;O)  Thank you ladies for a great fortnight of crafting.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Felt iPhone CASE

While pursuing Pinterest Wednesday evening I came across this creation and knew I had to recreate it, believe me its been a few years since I threaded a needle and then it was for cross-stitch where you get to follow a pattern! So this is full of mistakes, but I still love it


I used some of my PTI felt, which I have to admit to having owned for a little while and never cut into until last night. It is beautiful to work with!


My case, really isn’t as professionally finished as Kara’s (there’s a few more pictures on her blog here) but with a few lessons I can see this could get addictive.

Oh and if the picture didn't give it away, its another entry into A Passion for Papertrey's Anything Goes ;O)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Bitty Baby

While tiding my cardstock today I came across my pile of clear acrylic, I usually only get this out around Christmas time so I challenged myself to make a card I can use today.  I need to make several cards in the next few weeks one of which is a new baby card (a commission)


Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Polka Dot Basics II, Birthday Bash Sentiments
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart
Designer Paper: Polka Dot Parade
Mediums: Black Onyx Versafine, Versamark, 
Embellishments: Rustic jute button twine
Tools: SU 1/4”, 3/4” 1/2”, 1”  circle, scallop edge border and curly label extra large punches, paper snips.



Its also another card I can enter onto A Passion for Papertrey’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge – remember it only takes one Papertrey item on your project and you can enter :O)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Purple Posy.

Another CASE, again from one of Monica’s beautiful cards.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get my stamps out and get inky ...


Stamps: Medallion, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Basic Grey, River Rock
Designer Paper: Perfect Plum and So Saffron from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack
Mediums: Versamark, Black Onyx Versafine
Embellishments: Basic rhinestones coloured with purple copic marker pen, PTI Plum Pudding Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Leaf stem punched from Two step bird extra large punch,    
Tools: 3/4” circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice punch

As you can see, I didn’t change much from Monica’s original design, but turning the design on its side and using different contrast colours made a different card


I love this colour combination, and I have Monica to thank for that, I would never have started with Basic Grey and River Rock, but don’t they look fantastic with my favourite purple (perfect plum/plum pudding)!


Friday, 26 August 2011

Butterfly CASE

Danielle made this card for her boyfriends mum, with just a little help from her mum :O), its a CASE of a CASE, Danielle saw the original that Monica sent me, loved it and wanted to make something similar for ‘Gill’

Danielle chose Gill’s favourite colours, Red, Silver and Black - which I have to admit I was quite scared of ...


Why was I scared? They’re the colours in my front room … but they’re SO BOLD … they look FANTASTIC!!!

Stamps: Butterfly from Strength & Hope
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Mediums: Real Red, Basic Grey, Silver from stash
Embellishments: Real Red ribbon, basic pearls coloured with red copic marker pen, basic rhinestones
Tools: Button coloured with red copic marker pen

I showed Dannii how to cut a square card from A4 cardstock, then we selected some grey DSP from the Stampin Up neutrals paperstack. Dannii then had the brainwave of using a silver stamp pad in the embossing folder – It looks fantastic IRL!


I love this shot ... those butterflies are just gorgeous!



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Alpha CASE

I’ve had my daughter home for a few days and she had a small list of cards she needed ...

So while we had the Alpha Blocks out we/she CASed one of my cards to make this card for her boyfriends dad


Stamps: PTI – Alpha blocks, Birthday Bash Sentiments, Father Knows Best
Cardstock: SU Early Espresso, Soft Suede, various coloured scraps
Mediums: SU Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Versamark, inks one shade on from coloured scraps (I forgot to make a note!)
Tools: Dimensionals, PTI alpha blocks die


And this is another one I/we can enter onto the APFP challenge 'Anything Goes'

Back tomorrow with the card she made for her boyfriends mum, I helped a little with the technique but its mostly all her work. Which card do you think she CASEd?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Anything Goes!

I was hoping to get this card posted for the challenge on APFP last week, but didn’t get round to it! But luckily it still fits the challenge for this week – Anything Goes!! I mean, literally … Anything goes, so you can upload anything over the next fortnight just so long as it has a PTI product on it :O)

I made this card for my daughter’s boyfriend, I wanted something simple – he’s really not into whimsical at all. Hope he likes it!


Stamps: PTI – Alpha blocks, Star from Banner Builder stamp set
Cardstock: SU Not quite navy, bordering blue
Mediums: SU Bordering blue, Versamark
Embellishments: SU brad from Hodgepodge hardware, bakers twine
Tools: Dimensionals, PTI alpha blocks die

I have to admit I’m pretty pleased with it, it is exactly how I imaged it. I know I will be using this design again.