Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New year

So the new year is almost here the time of year when we all make resolutions that we can't keep. However this year I am going to try and post more often.
I plan to post ever day but we will see.
So we now have to get the stupid phone to work so I can load my photos to the computer.Will speak to the daughter later in the week so plans are on hold until Friday :( :(

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Phone blogging

Trying to get photo size right

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Strictly Party

A quick centre step strictly party card today the ultimate die cut pack has tons of toppers,decoupage and papers. So I cut the papers down to cover the front, cut some of the butterflies out to 3d and used a decoupage for the centre. Finished with gems.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sunny happy days

The sun has made a couple of fleeting visits today which has been lovely.
This is another samples from the present loop.  Happy days are here again. I just love cutting up those papers and using them as embellishments.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Dutch fold

Love theses Dutch fold cards this one has been teamed up with strictly party. The card base is textured card stock a really bright colour for another dull summers day.
On a brighter note am off to see the torch parade. Hubby has been marshalling it for the past 2 days and says the atmosphere is amazing this from the grumpy old git is an amazing statement in it's self.
See you tomorrow at the range Bournemouth.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Strictly Christmas

Another blood test so more sitting around. So another chance to post a card. This one is strictly Christmas meets Chelsea green saw this idea on Jo Austin's blog so this is my variation of it. Love those designer die cuts for creating a nice edge to your project. My top tip would be to draw round them and keep as a template. Before I built up the decoupage I cut the base layer with my die. I then drew around the die onto mirror card. There is a bit of ruffle on the spin side.
See you tomorrow. Where will I be????

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Happy days are here again!!!

Sat waiting for the supermarket to open so thought why not blog a card. So I hope the card I have picked matches the description. This should be a happy days card using the cans paper which I chopped up, shaped and layered. I did the same with the advert!! Again I distressed the edges and layered with the embossed stitch folder.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Strictly party

A simple little offering today using the Strictly party ultimate die cut pack. This is one of the toppers layered with mirror card and papers from the same pack. I used 3d gloss on the butterfly and a portabello rd bow. The little blue dots are from a goody bag last year so you may have them if now a couple of gems would work.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Christmas is here

The sun is shining here today I hope it's dry where you are as I'm sure we are all now getting fed up of this rain.
This is one of the Christmas cards from yesterday I used the Christmas tidings ultimate die cut pack. These are such good value. I use a topper that had a frame. I cut the frame off and matted the picture on to silver mirror card which I then stuck to the paper covered card. The frame is then mounted onto the card with foam pads at a jaunty angle. Finished off with a sentiment and some layered poinsettias from the goody bag.  

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Oh happy days

Oh happy days!!! raining all day never had to drive with my wipers on full pelt with vision of about 20mtrs. The demo in Gosport range was dead. I'm beginning to worry now thats 2 on the trott. Still Bournemouth Range next week should be busy!!!
Thought I would put up a card I made today for you to have a peep at, this is a 13.5cm square card using happy day products. Lots of layers to give dimension and black inked edges and distressing. Really must have a play at scrapbooking with this range.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Tea bag folded card

Since my card appeared on and in Creativity magazine I have had lots of requests for a  tutorial. As I am unable to do a video I thought this might help. The finished card is 13.5cm x 13.5cm. Make a twisted easel. Cut 2 pieces of patterened paper 12.5cm x 12.5cm and stick to the base and the easel.

 Cut 8, 7cm squares from your paper. I used 2 different shades of the same design to cut my tiles. Pick 1 of the designs to cut an extra tile for the stopper.
 With pattern facing down fold in half open turn the paper a quarter turn and repeat.
 Turn the paper over so the plain side is facing up and fold corner to corner open turn and fold again this will give you 4 triangles.
 Ease the tiles into a triangle.
 Have the point of the triangle facing you. Take the right sided folded edge and line that up on the fold running through the centre of the triangle and fold down. Repeat with the left side
Take 4 of each design to create the rosette. Alternate the tiles and using a little Anita’s tacky glue on the top of the lower fold slide the next piece in to place repeat with all 8 tiles. The centre generally leaves a small hole so use a blitter to conceal this. Using your tacky glue stile the rossete to the card. Stick the spare tile onto the bottom right hand corner of the base. Finish off with a few gems.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Lucy meets Wellington

 Thinking of little ideas for Christmas prezzie mini pzza box with some cards in for those forgotten cards or use as a quick thank you. The top set are Lucy Cromwell and the bottom Wellington.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Distressed wellington

A bit late today but here's my offering an easel with more from the die cut decoupage pack this time I distressed the papers and image.
I have received my new kit so this week I will be making samples for my demos gosport range 7th July and Bournemouth range 14th July pop along and see what I've been up to.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Listen to that music

A simple offering this morning am using up my wellington die cut decoupage pack there is so much in there. Again I used 3D gloss and a couple of buttons from boofle.

Friday, 29 June 2012

So let's see if I can load pictures and words today shall we
The card I have for you today is a Lucy Cromwell Venetian easel. I teamed it with textured and mirror card some gems and a little ribbon

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Happy 18th Andrew

I was asked to make an 18th birthday card for my Aunties Grandson so decided to make a venetian easel card. I used some of the decoupage from the wellington range added a bit of 3D gloss and some buttons. I had to make sure she realised it would have to be posted at the post office as I never make a card that would get away with a 60p stamp. You can find the instructions for this fold on Joanna Sheens website thanks for the inspiration Sheila Weaver.
Has it worked this time??

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Another Lucy Cromwell

A quick one today as I am off to the dentist ahhhhh hate dentists and this is for an extraction or 2.

This little card was made using acetate folded into a square card. I stuck Lucy Cromwells double sided paper to the inside of the card and then stuck a decoupage topper to the front so there is no DST showing. Finished off with a sentiment.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A variation of a dutch fold card. this was made using Wellington papers and toppers. I used the designer die cut pack as a template aand trimmed with ribbons and embossed cardstock stickers.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Tower box

Have been having a little play to see how easy these are to make and it was very easy. I used a sheet of textured A4 I cut it 9cm high and scoresthe lenghth  at 7cm increments. The little bit on the end I punch a fancy border. I then cut the square cards into 4 11cm squares. Then I scored a 2cm border. snip into the corders and  make into little boxes.These are then stuck onto each section starting on the left and making sure they side on top of each other.I then made another little box from the textured card I punch one section of border on each side before making up. Finish off with a a small square of cream and again punch the edge and stick on the top decorate with Lucy Cromwell products.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Back with vengence

So I'm back and ready for action. Don't let the ....... get you down. Most tools replaced just my CDs to go I still don't under stand why they took my Il divo, Osmonds, James Blunt and Take That surely they can sell those!!

This card was made for my daughters, best mates, mums wedding.It was a lovely day and the rain stayed off until late evening.

All the bits were taken from the Lucy cromwell range  I added some textured card stock, gems and ribbon. the edge was punched with a border punch (flower doily) The sentiments were the ocassions range. The green section under the congratulations was cut using the designer die cut as a template.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


Sorry for not posting yesterday things didn't go to plan to be honest not sure when I will be posting as I had my car broken into and all my tools were taken so until I can replace them and get back my mojo as it has gone with them I will be missing. I will be demoing at The Range Winchester road Southampton on Saturday 23rd so I hope the inspiration is short lived.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

No Cards today

Happy Sunday and a Happy Fathers day to all the dads out there. As the title says no cards today as I need to get and take some more photos. As it's Sunday it must be a  BBQ. I am sure my hubby  is part oz as we have a BBQ every Sunday from the end of March till the beginning of October regardless of the weather. So off to buy some bits for that this morning and as the sun is out I will sort out those photos. Be back tomorrow.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

So it's been almost a week since I started this daily blogging doesn't take as long as I thought. And it makes me do a proper write up straight away.
Today's offering is a dutch fold card with wellington papers and topper. The card blank is a stepper card cut down. The edge of the flap was cut using the designer die cuts as a template. I finished it off with 3D gloss on the boots.
I am sure you will be seeing this fold a lot over the next few weeks check out my other blog as I have put another variation on there as well.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Lucy Cromwell

Good morning more rain today and already the wind is blowing a hoolie. So a good day for staying in and crafting.
The offering for today is a Lucy Cromwell water coloured card. The photo doesn't do it justice so hopefully my description will make sense.
Cut a piece of pale pink a little bit smaller than the card blank. Cut a piece of darker pink slightly smaller again. With the large circle die cut an aperture and a tag from the dark pink. With a smaller scallop circle cut a circle in the pale pink so it sits inside the dark pink. Stamp the image and watercolour. Die cut with a small circle that will sit inside the scallop. Stamp the sentiment on to a piece of card. Tie the two pieces of pink together on the edge. Stick the sentiment behind the tag aperture. Stick the pale pink with DST and stick the dark pink with Foam tape. Stick the image inside the scallop with foam tape. Finish off with gems and a little Anita's 3D gloss on the vase.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Tea bag folding

What beautiful colours these papers are from Forever friends new arrivals and are double sided and a very heavy paper. I will be posting the instructions for this one as soon as the weather improves and I can do a photo tutorial in the garden.
Watch this space.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Lucy Cromwell

So here I am talking to myself again!!! If you are reading this please leave a comment just so I know your out there.

This is another card from Saturday again it's kraft card and Lucy Cromwell this time.
Fold the front of the card in half. Distress the edge of the card.
Take the large scalloped heart and place on the front of the card so the centre of the heart runs down the fold line.
You are only going to die cut the heart on the half nearest to the open edge. To do this you place the section of the die that needs cutting inbetween the plates and onto the multi purpose platform and pass through the big shot. Any part of the die that isn't between the plates won't cut.
Cut and emboss another heart and distress the embossing. Stick this over the cut area.
Decoupage a Lucy cromwell image and stick to the card.
Die cut some flowers from Lucy Cromwell papers and shape. Place these onto the side of the heart.
Finish off with a sentiment.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Wellington Fathers day

What a busy time was planning on posting everyday but have been very busy again still here is the next installment.
I love kraft card as you know and it works really well with wellington. Here I teamed it up with a simple stamped background an off cut of paper which I scalloped with my dies. I then stamped and watercoloured the little girl, cut her out and using foam tape placed her on the card. A simple card which could go through the post!!! on a 60p stamp very rare for me.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

die cutting

So you all know how much I love my big shot so it's always great to show someone new just what it can do.
So this is a variation on a previous card. I die cut a card blank from kraft card leaving a little of the die hanging off the edge of the fold. I then cut 2 further large hearts one of which I cut into a frame. I then embossed the frame to add some texture. This was sat onto the heart using foam pads. I cut and shaped several flowers and stuck them into the frame. I then made the card blank into an easel and put the frame onto it. Finished off with a couple of Lucy Cromwell sentiments and a Lincoln linen button.

Thursday, 31 May 2012


I have just come back from Docrafts yearly conference and what a lovely time we had. There are so many new products in the pipe line but, if I told you I would have to kill you. All I can say is save your pennies. I need it all so must have a sort out of my crafty bits and bobs.
I have been writing up instructions for The Quadrupal Twisted Easel and The Portabello Rd card I have in the magazine.
So pop over to Happy crafting am having a few days off now but will put some more cards next week. xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Check out for more scrapbook layouts. And anybody who knows Oliver will know he has always had a fascination with wheels!!!
Love this loop there are so many beautiful things to work with. This Micheal Powell stamp has been water coloured and mounted on the paper from the small 4x6 pack.
There are 15 images in the 4x6 Micheal Powell pack so a really good value pack. and great if you are trying to make flat cards for posting.It's really hard to see in this photo but I have embossed the scallop square and inked it. All the layers have been gutted because I am tight.
The background of this card has been handmade using the key outline stickers and dye based ink. I then embossed a section of boofle buttons and inked in black and then distressed the edge with brown. The decoupage was from the ultimate die cut pack. What a bargain that is!!!! Finished off with 3D gloss.
A Jak Heath inspired card with glossy boots.
Oh I do like this one Lucy Cromwell and hidden ribbon.
Peep hole card and more glossy boots. this one also has a hand cut mount to the tag.And last but not least is an easel card made using the Lincoln Linen papers and a Lucy Cromwell image more 3D gloss. Watch out for those big bloomers they are lovely and will work so well with previous big bloomers.
Call back soon as I have tons more to photograph when the sun comes out.

Friday, 4 May 2012

May 1st

So finally I can spill the beans now Creativity has gone live. I have been working on my first ever magazine commission and this is the results.
This portabello rd card was inspired by a card I made previously. That one was inspired by Helen. I love these portabello rd papers and Have made lots of cards and scrapbook pages with them.
This card was made for the "Take a template" feature. Which is a great feature and there to give you a mojo boost.
Embossed cards are great if you don't have a die cutting machine.
Big bloomer what a name!! These flowers are so lush and add a real focal point to your card.
A simple card that has been cut die cut to create this lovely shape. A scalloped circle and a couple of bloomers finished off with a topper and tag.
A concertina edge, embossed card.

Sunday, 8 April 2012


Well this is what you missed when you went home. We sat and played with the boofle embossing folders and Tim holtz manikin die. The papers are bookprint papers and they have been inked and stamped.Boofle is so cute and this card is so vibrant it uses toppers and papers and my favorite die. the flower one.
This is a variation of my card of the week card. The papers and embossing folder are boofle. The topper is a new arrival cardstock sticker.
Simple little card again using the die and inking the edge.
This card was from the enchanted fairies The inside has a heart aperture. It was a simple card that I made look difficult. Sorry.