Saturday, 26 May 2012

Fancy Fun Floral Ovals...

 Morning Crafters and what a glorious morning it is, the sun is beaming in and the weather man has promised us 27 degrees by lunchtime. If I'm going to do any work today best get upstairs before the heatwave hits, as my little loft can get rather hot during the summer season ( and its only May!!)

Mr Postie came yesterday bearing gifts for evil-bay thanks to iconuk.crafts for my Nestabilities Spellbinders  Floral Oval die set , a bargain at £15.49 including p&p. have been enjoying myself playing with them and creating some lovely cards.  Here are a few I thought you might enjoy seeing. The stamp was from Elizabeth Bell and the range is called 'Bells and Whistles' and was purchased from my friends at J and C Creations you can also find the moccoran motif spellbinders on their website too, which is what was used as a base for the sentiment . The image I coloured in with pro-markers, I then used the 'regal' M-bossibilities board again from spellbinders for the backing sheet, this was cut into 4 and matt and layered before placing on the main blank card. I added some paper flowers and finished with some pastal candy dots. A sweet little card for a childs birthday.

The beauty of stamping and 'colouring in' is the varity of different cards available to you to make, heres a blue version I did after by finishing the yellow and peach one above. By changing the backing paper and arrangment, you have a new and different card to share. All the elements are the same as the yellow card but I have added some fancy swirls under the sentiment this time. I love to stamp but dont always get the time and so have really enjoyed making these cards. I think I will have to send a few hours on this sort of thing more as I find its so therapeutic and calming to do in these hectic days we create for oursleves . It's good to take 'some chill' time once in a while...
Here are a couple of cards using the fancy floral Ovals again but this time with some Hunky Dory card stock, the Sentiment is from 'Clarity Stamps' and is by G Ghandi and is lovely, it reads
' If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden'
The floral Oval shapes were cut out of some Hunky Dory card stock I recieved free with one of their magazines and I bought a 2 sheet pack of their beautiful butterflies from Biggin Hill paper show last week. The corner punch is from Martha Stewart and you will see a lot of that punch in my cards as it is one of my faverites to use

This card below has been created using the new spellbinders 'cut and tuck' range of dies, this one is called floral burst  and as the website says 'the new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Cut • Fold • Tuck die templates creates intricate geometric designs in a single pass.' They are rather spendid, its a shame the photo below isn't clearer as they make a fabulous card . The butterflies are a nice touch and are  from Hunky Dory and the floral Oval is behind the main flower again cut out of cream card, apoligies again for photo quality the backing paper, is just some plain white run though the  'fancy hearts' M-bossibilities folder. Simple buy classic. I choose to make mine a Golden wedding Anniversary card but simply change the gold to silver and you can celebrate a 25th just as easily 

I hope you like these cards and they help to inspire you in some way to creating your own works of 'art'
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

twinkle twinkle...

Well what a lovely weekend just gone, had a fabulous time at the Biggin Hill paper show, met the girls from J and C Creations and had a chat and found some wonderful products on sale there . Made a few purchases as you do and Spent far too much money during the day but hay ho he can't take it with him, (he he.) and with so much to choose from , glitters, new spellbinder dies and more stamps than you can shake a stick at , its a must-do day out.  If you get the chance to go next year, check out the tea and cake stall as their carrot cake is to die for!! we always get some as its hubbies reward for carrying the bags and credit card . I have offered to leave him in the 'husband Creche' but he insists on coming round with me
 Anyway must tell you about a product I found called Dream weaver Embossing Paste, you mask down your stencils and then smooth this over then just add glitter and what fantasic results

you can use it with your plastic masks just make sure you have it masked down well and dont over work it or there is a danger of pushing the paste under the mask. It needs an hour to dry hard but is touch dry in 20 minutes so make sure you keep on top of cleaning your stencils , soapy water does the job nicely then dry well for the next project, I have had a small selection of metal stencils for a few years now that I have never really played with but yesterday they made a comeback to my crafting table and have earnt their keep so to speak. have also made a further purchase with Sweet and have ordered the christmas village and christmas baubles for the holidays at the end of the year so keep an eye out for them

Fathers day is only a month away so I will be beavering away upstairs on some cards to sell at the local fayres .  Have a lovely little bulldog stamp I will be playing with today, watch out for the up and coming cards from that and also some beautiful poppy stamps as many of my friends are British legion members I expect that they will prove to be very popular.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Fishy Friday

Morning Crafters
well the Competiton on is in full swing, looking forward to seeing all the great entries. You will find my inspiration, FISHY FRIDAY along with my fellow team designers there check it out. There is a £20 gift voucher up for grabs so dont forget to enter
If you would like to know how to make this and what I used you will find all the instructions and products over at

Roll on tomorrow when the Biggin Hill Papercraft Show in Surrey kicks off, you will find me there bright and early spending all my/his hard earned cash on more fabulous crafty stuff . If the weathers nice husband and I plan to ride down on our motorcycles, do a spot of crafty shopping (he'll be carrying the bags ha ha!!) and chatting of course. Dont forget to look out for J and C Creations Stand where you will find loads of good products and inky/stampy stuff to choose from, as well as some of my sample cards. 

Yesterday was spent like most other days entirely in the loft/craftroom, can honestly say I've spent as many hours up there as Anne Frank! Got loads done, new cards for an up and coming show in Losely Park ,Guildford next month , the cobblers assistant has been busy making baby shoes and  I even got a chance to have a tidy up!! It's amazing what you can find when you do a little house work.  heres some baby pumps  I made yesterday they are a great seller at the fayres and are reasonably easy to assemble, you can find the template for them on the My Craft Studio Encylpedia Cd volume 4. The label on the top was made using spellbinders picot edge circle die and some shalloped mirror card shapes.

So cute...

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Good Afternoon Crafters

 At last the sun has finally come out and the skies are blue again, the postman arrived bright and early at 10am today which is really early for him and there was a small packet on the doorstep ready to be investigated. It was my newest butterfly die from marianne designs and I have got stuck in with it already. It's larger than I expected around 4'' to 5'' wide and cuts beautifully, the paper is easy to release from it, even tho it is so filligree. here are a few cards I did this afternoon along with one of the older Marianne Butterfly dies,  hope you like them.  

The background to this card is some ordinary pink card around 250gsm embossed in an leafy embossing folder though the cuttlebug and then dusted with a pink mirca powder,  The picture doesn't show the wonderful shimmer it has. The backing toppers are from the spellbinders collection of dies moroccon motifs and picot edged circles and the topper sentiment was from a kit from hunky dory . Add some gems and a bow and you have the finished result

This card was made using kanbans 'spring blossom'  clear stamps, the backing cards was embossed the same way as the above card and dusted with an olive green micro powder. Then I cut it into 3 sections and then matt and layered to add a little interest. I like that affect and you will be seeing it again. Tim Holts distress inks work well in floral images I find and I stamp with them a lot . I used peeled paint green ink pad on this occasion The spellbinders labels 3 are a nice size to stamp on. add a Marianne designe butterfly on the side, a few pearls , silk flowers and hatpins in the corners to finish it nicely

This card shows off the beautiful detail you can get from a Marianne butterfly die if you would like to purchase any of the matials I used on these cards from your cutting machines to ink, check out the range on offer at .j and c creations