Sunday, 4 December 2011

Never ending card

This card is for my favorite stalker and his lovely wife. You know who you are!! The inspiration came from a card that was bought into the demo.

The papers were capsule collection in liquorice and the toppers were from the tatty ted Christmas.

I found it easier to cover all the card pieces with paper first and then put the card together and decorate.

The flowers don't show to well on these pictures but they have been scored down through each petal and then stuck together. The die I used was the new flower one from x cut.

Not a very clear picture but you get the idea. The instructions will be on
www. shortly.

How many techniques can you fit into one card well theres scoring, embossing, die cutting, decoupage, destressing, stamping and how to use glitter card.

The papers are from the capsule collection in liquorice really lovely papers and this one worked great with Christmas.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

This is it

Love these urban stamps. Teamed them up with some mirri board die cut washers which I distressed with a distressing tool and inked with black ink.

More urban stamps and chalk inks.

wow almost forgot about this embossing folder but they do still have a few in stock.

A small 4x4 card embossed and chalked. The frame was made with the postage stamp die and then embossed. The flower is from the new set.

This is a stepper card folded to create a gatefold with flappy bits. then embossed with the new folders and finished with a forever Friends decoupage.

Another take on the card in the magazine. Different colours and glitter card.Wow.

This card does'nt use the Big Shot. I know but I was asked to make a card and not use it!!! So here it is Forever Friends Black and Gold. And flowers from an old goody bag.

Monday, 14 November 2011


As promised here are the cards from Saturdays demo for the lady who doesn't like yellow just a small splash can give a card a whole different look.

21 the key to the door or it was when I was younger.

Stepper cards you loved them in the summer so they are back in packs so you can decorate them yourself.

A stepper card that has the back piece folded to the front to make a gatefold with flappy bits. Love these new embossing folders.

A stepper turned into an easel card and decorated with Christmas tale papers the flower was cut using the paisley x cut die.

Urban stamps

This card is my interpretation of one in the latest creativity magazine

these flowers were made from stamped kraft envelopes that were then die cut with the flower x cut die.

More envelopes stamped and cut chalked scrunched.

Kraft card from earlier in the year and capsule card from an earlier goody bag.

More of that kraft card and urban stamps.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Inks and things.More to follow next week

Hoping this helps the Portsmouth ladies.

Ink’s, stamping and all the bits you will need.

Ok so here we go as promised all the info I can come up with for Docraft related stamping products. Remember this is my opinion and not necessarily the opinion of others.
There are several different types of ink
1. Dye based ink: They dry very quickly and are O.K. to use with papermania watercolour pens. They can also be used to distress (foof) the edge. This will give a sharp finish.
2. Fluid chalk inks: These can be used for stamping or for distressing (foofing) the edges of your cards. They dry quickly and leave a soft image.
3. Pigment inks: These are best used with your heat gun. They do not dry very quickly and sometimes never dry properly on your card. You can just heat set or add embossing powder.
My recommendation is you call your heat gun a pig this will remind you to use it with your pigment inks.
4. Use your papermania watercolour pens to colour rubber stamps just remember to huff on them to refresh the ink before stamping.

There are lots of other inks out there and you can research there uses on the internet.

Stamps there are thousands of them and they come in different formats.
Achieving a good clear image is all about practice and a stack of copy paper is great for this. When I get a new stamp I always stamp it onto the copy paper first so I can see how it stamps. Sometimes you may need to add a little extra pressure on an area this will help. If you don’t get a clear image try putting a mouse mat under the card.

1. Rubber wood backed stamps they give a crisp image and can be inked with any ink. Storage can be a problem. However they can be removed from the block and used with an acrylic block. Stick them to the block with stick it glue stick and clean up with baby wipes.
2. Clear Stamps these are great as they stick to an acrylic block and you can see the card stock through the stamp so allowing you to stamp in the exact place you want. Unlike a rubber stamp. Don’t push too hard as the image will be distorted. Storage is fab as they are so flat and they are cheaper to buy.
3. Urban stamps. The best of both worlds the storage is great as they are flat. The image is crisp. No worrying about pushing to hard.
Acrylic blocks come in several different sizes if I was buying one I would buy a big one you can always balance the block with smaller stamps in the corner of the block.

Clean your stamps if you must ( I love Tim Holtz) with alcohol free baby wipes.
I do clean my stamps if I am going to use a colour other than black, but as I normally use black I don’t bother.

Heat gun or as I call it the pig will always need to be used with pigment ink. You can sprinkle embossing powder over the image and heat making sure the gun is about 2” from the card stock. A good weight of card is essential to prevent warping. If you are going to do this on a cutting mat make sure there is a stack of paper under the card to prevent warping of the board or excessive heat on the glass mat.

If you have any questions please ask and I will try and find out the answer.
For questions about non Docraft products please go to my other blog were I will upload more info
Thanks Di

It's been a while

Here is a sneek peek of a card I made that isn't docraft. Pop over to my other blog for more.

A small selection of cards I have made in the past couple of months

Those glittered Tatty Ted decoupage are so lush.

An easel frame card using pre embossed card stock.

Use up those paper ribbons that are in the ultimate decoupage packs.

What a naughty blogger I have been. No computer and then the new one won't allow me access to my old saved files.

Centre stepper card Loving this style.

Side step card with no measuring??? Pop over to my other blog for instructions.

Oh if you can't use a bit of mirri at christmas when can you?

This is a bit different Instructions on other blog soon.

using up those scraps again.

Pyramage and scraps make a great card.

Another centre stepper.

You guessed it I love this card style

A customer challange a triple easel.

Pop over for instructions.

Be back soon promise.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


cI must apologise for the lack of posts recently but I have no computer at the moment so am having to view everything via my iPhone this is not easy as those of you who have one will know. I will post some more later when I borrow my daughters computer so it won't be long. See you soon.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Easel card iwith drawer

2 square cards measuring 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
4 pieces of card 3" x 5 1/2"
4 pieces of card 2 7/8" x 4"
Wet Glue
1.Take one of the cards and fold on the score line. Divide the front piece into two score and fold.
2.Cut the second card in half and stick to the edge flap you have just created. The creates your basic easel card decorate as required. Put the other half to one side for the base.
3. To make the tubes take the 3" x 5 1/2" and score at 2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2" and 5". Put the glue on the 1/2" flap and stick to create the tube. Repeat with the other 3 pieces of card.
4. Score a 1/2" all round on the remaining 4 pieces of card.Put a brad on one end of each tray. Snip into the corners and glue into place. Leave to dry.
5. Take the tubes and arrange on to the base card glue into place. Stick the easel card onto the top of the tubes.
I hope this helps I will try and post the instructions for the 6x6 card later.
Check further down for a picture of the card.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Challenge entry

I would like to enter this card into the Totally Gorguss challenge for dies and punches.

Monday, 25 July 2011

What a busy and long weekend I have had. The welcome at both Material bank and craft unit in Portsmouth and Busy Bees on the isle of wight was fantastic. I hope that all those ladies that came along over the weekend had a great time and learnt at least one thing. Keep popping back as I will be loading more cards over the summer.
Forever fiends decoupage stepper cards wow what dimension this card has.
X Cut spiral circle fantastie for spirelli, finished off with a flower made from the 4 petal die.
Signature card and the X Cut heart die. Finished with Henbury lane flowers.
I love these cute little X Cut easel cards so simple to make.
Rudi was coloured with whispers brushstrokes the papers are noel.
More noel paper and forever friend decoupage, on this slider easel card.
Another version of the X Cut easel card
Glittered vellum coloured on the reverse.
Waterfall cards are so simple and look so cute.
This card has a snowman stamped onto snowflake vellum I then embossed behind the glittered areas.
This has become the signature card for this loop there are many versions on this blog.
Birthday domed stickers and X Cut dies this looks so much better in the flesh.