Monday, 30 December 2013

One card two colours

Hello again
Well I am doing well so far don't you think? Two posts in two days....lets just hope I keep it up.
I have so many cards that I want to share that I am stuck for choice, but seen as Christmas is over for another year I thought you may like to see these
Its the same card but in completely different colour ways

I used stamps by Chloe - if you have never used her stamps, take it from me they are excellent value for money, give good stamped images every time, easy to keep clean and loads of choice!
So for the card I used a large square card and with the white card I matted a piece of silver mirri card and on the red card it was a piece of gold mirri card.
I stamped a sentiment with versamark and heat embossed with gold or silver powder.
Next the wreathe was stamped and again heat embossed.
The poinsettia was stamped onto red card and the other onto white card, heat embossed and when cool I gentle shaped the leaves and built up the flower...I did this so I have three flowers on each card,
I stamped the bow twice on matching card, heat embossed them then cut out and decoupaged before sticking to the top of the wreathe.
The wreathe and the sentiment were matted onto mirri card and then fixed the panels to the right hand side of my cards
The flowers were stuck to the left of the card using cosmic shimmer glue.
To finish I used clear AB gems to decorate in between the flowers, smaller coloured AB gems were randomly glued to the wreathe and then card candi was put in the centres if the flowers
A few AB gems were placed in a line to the top right hand corner of the card.
I do hope you like my card in two colours!


Saturday, 28 December 2013

New Home

Good afternoon
As I said in my previous posts (I think) I have made lots of cards that I hope to share with you
One thing I must add though - I haven't taken lots of photos of each card - not sure why but there we are!
This was a mini kit I bought from 
 I think
We have some friends who have been living in a caravan whilst building their home and a few days before Christmas they actually moved in - even though they had no furniture at the time!
So to my card then...

I used an 8x8 plain card blank
The main image was cut down then matted onto a piece of blue holographic mirri card
I had rounded the corners  on the main card, the mirri mat and the main image - then they were all stuck in place using cosmic shimmer PVA glue.
The decoupage elements were cut out , shaped lightly using the edge of the scissors then stuck in place with small sticky pads,
I used a length of sage with white spots ribbon along the spine then used a small piece to tie a knot in the middle of the main ribbon - a lovely teapot charm was added to the last tie of the knot.
To finish the card I added a little flower soft here and there as well as glitter and some pretty AB clear gems that went as flower centres.
The sentiment was already printed on the card when I bought it.
This  was a quick and easy yet pretty New Home card - don't you agree?
See you again soon folks

Sunday, 22 December 2013


Well Hello
I thought I would let you all know what's happening with me just now.
I have been running 2 card making classes so that was taking a huge amount of time, as I had to make up a new demo card then sort the papers out for around 15 people - then I would have 2 or 3 people arrive when I didn't expect them or up to 6 just not turn up and I would be left with all these extra kits!
I had a letter from the hospital regarding my operation, I had the date for the pre op and then the op was just 4 days later.
Had the pre op and was all sorted ready for the op when I had a call, less than 18 hours to going in to say the op was cancelled as I had a water infection and MSSA so was prescribed antibiotics and a body wash.
So after a week of treatment I was clear and then my date was reset for 12th December - I got dropped off at 3.40pm and made my way to the ward only to be told there was no bed available so I would have to return at 7am the next day.
So at 8am on Friday 13th December I went into theatre for a total knee replacement...all went well and I was back on the ward just after lunchtime...I made good progress so came home on Monday afternoon with strict instructions to rest, rest, rest....and that's just what I am doing!
I am using walking sticks and will be for around 3 - 6 months so I am pleased I now live in a bungalow - no stairs!!!
I haven't been in the craft room and so far haven't missed it.
Today I sat in the kitchen and with Pete's help we made a couple of dozen mince pies, a fruit loaf and a banana with walnut cake...
But I spent this evening suffering for it so tomorrow I will be doing nothing but sitting with the leg well elevated.
And now its just after 11pm so time to hobble off to bed I think.
See you again soon

Friday, 20 December 2013

Sexy Santa!!!

Don't be so shocked!!

Ok so I've been awol for such a long time now but its not been an easy few months for me
I set up a new card making class within a few weeks of moving to my lovely bungalow in New Holland and together with my long standing card class over in Hull I was finding I just ran out of hours in the day.
I didn't stop making cards though - not only for my classes but card orders and of course Christmas because no matter how hard I try I never seem to get in front with "spares" for Christmas, mind you I had an order for 22 cards and another for 12.
The card I am showing you today is the card I managed to get made for my lovely hubby Pete...
It was a sheet by Lisa Bagitello (sorry I cannot spell or remember her name) showing a sexy female santa, now which man would be disappointed by a card  like this?
I used an 8x8 scallop edge card blank, I had a pad of foiled christmas papers so used a lovely red , white and green paper to cover the card front, the corners were rounded before I stuck the paper in place.
I cut the main  image which was 5x5 I thin, then matted it to shiny black mirri card leaving a wide border, then 2nd mat to red mirri card. The corners were all rounded prior to being stuck in place.
I attached the matted section to the top right of the card then using red glittered card I die cut some poinsettia flowers and a small black centre - the flowers were made up using cosmic shimmer PVA and a bright red gem added to the centres, the flowers were then stuck to the top left of the card.
A cheeky message as well as a sentiment were added, to finish I added gems and peel off gems.
A lovely card which was quite a quick & easy make - hope you like it too!
Will see you again soon with an update on what's being happening with me of late
Not too long to Christmas now - its just mentioned on the news we have just 50 shopping hours till Christmas

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Stamped Village

Ok so I’ve not posted for soooo long – I really do apologise
Time is running away with me every day or so it seems.
The classes are doing well and the card for today is one that I’ve got sorted for the classes this week
I used a shaped card from Craftwork and then used nestabilities to cut out the 3 different mats – the largest was embossed, the middle was dark blue and then the smaller white mat was used to do the stamping on
I used Tim Holtz Stormy Skies distress ink pad to colour the edges of the main card as well as the 2 white mats
The stamping was done using the same ink pad.
I added glitter highlights to the buildings and trees and cut a swirl to cover the bottom of the card
The poinsettia was cut from Marianne dies, I lightly inked the edges with another Tim Holtz distress ink pad, built them up until I was happy and added a gold card candi to the centre
I finished off by adding 3 beautiful clear AB gems to the 2 top corners and the bottom right as the poinsettia was placed in the bottom left corner
The stamps were the November project pack from Aly’s Inky Fingers
I loved the card so much I have made another 3 but ion different colour ways – will take photos and add as soon as I can
Bye for now

Sunday, 27 October 2013

On Safari

Hello friends
I looked on the Sunday Cd challenge blog and saw the theme this week was Travels Abroad

I have lots of lovely cds that have great papers and images so it was just a case of which one to work with.
In the end I chose a Debbi Moore cd – Stitch the Bear on Safari
With a lot of things to chose from I ended up with the background showing the hippo in the water

I cut 2 pieces of card and scored at 2cm intervals then concertina folded them and stuck the background panel to the back folds.

I added Stitch, a curly snake and a butterfly randomly on the card back and some on the folds then added a piece of acetate to the front of the card, paw print backing paper was added to the card front edges and finally a sentiment was stuck to the acetate on an angle.
The great thing with this kind of card is it can be used for so many different card themes and folds flat for posting!
And that’s my card done for this week!
See you again soon my friends

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fox In The Snow

Hello friends
Well to say its been a while since I last posted is an understatement for sure
I wasn’t well for a while then my lovely friend Beth found us a fantastic holiday in Tunisia for 2 weeks and since getting home I was just so fed up and craving the sun again so couldn’t settle into anything!
But I looked on the Sunday Cd challenge blog and saw the theme this week was to do with foxes so wasted no time using a new cd that I received just a day or two ago
The cd is by Creative Crafting and called A Winter Walk in the Countryside
Its filled with fantastic artwork and I am pretty sure I will get lots of use from this cd.

For the card I used a 6x6 scallop edged card blank and simply printed off the whole card on one it was the backing paper, image, border and bows...all I added was a little brown card to mat the image onto

I used some contrasting card candy in the corners and finished off by using Cosmic
Shimmer pva glue to highlight snowy areas then covered with glamour dust
A really quick and easy card but beautiful with it!!
Hope to be back again soon
Bye for now

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Santa Claus

Last week I received my Debbi Moore Santa Claus cds and have to say the Inspirational cd is fantastic in every way
I love the new layout
The artwork is amazing
And the colour schemes make vintage card making easy!
After all not all Santa’s are dressed in red, so it was nice to see blue, green, white and more colour ways.
I printed off just one of the design sheets, 4 different backing sheets and chose one sheet of gold mirri card

I had no idea as to what I would be doing with them until I sat and cut out all the images from the design sheet – then the ideas came flooding in
I did this as a class project and offered them 2 a4 sheets of white card, an 8x8 scalloped card and a 4x4 card as well as all the same sheets I had printed out
I ended up using all but 2 of the images; one was a sentiment and the other a small round design.
The 8x8 card has a background made up of the odd pieces of left over backing paper and oddments of gold card
I did use a few small dies to cut mats for a couple of images
And finished off with gems and glitter
So what do you think to my 4 cards from one design sheet?
Isn’t the image adorable to start with?
Hope you like my efforts
Catch up again soon

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Anniversary Bunnies

I thought I should take a few minutes to share a card that I made as an order a while ago
I was simply asked for a cute wedding anniversary card and instantly thought of this image
I used the lovely Holly Pond Hill by Joanna Sheen for the images...normally I do decoupage for everything so not really inside that comfort zone just using a topper but I think it worked ok this time.

I started with an 8x8 card blank, I covered it with a sheet of backing paper that matched the topper it was a lovely peach colour and had the same topper printed as a thumbnail in the bottom right hand corner.
I matted the main image onto matt silver mirri card, then on to a pale blue card that was left wider to the right hand side so I could use my Martha Stewart multi heart border punch, then added a length of sparkly blue with silver edge ribbon between the punched edge and the topper.
This panel was then matted onto a piece of dark blue card which worked really well behind the heart border.
I used a sheet of white pearlescent card and embossed it with an embossing folder from Crafters Companion
I cut the embossed card into a square to fit at an angle on the card front, punched each corner with the heart punch that matched the border I had used and stuck this at an angle which left the design at the bottom right corner clear...
The mat and layered topper was then stuck in place – I decided to stick it straight as this worked well with the backing and embossing.
To finish I added the white hearts that were left from the punched corners to the blue sparkle ribbon and printed out a personalised Happy Anniversary greeting that I matted and layered then placed in the top left of the card!
As I had a little paper left and had printed the bookmark together with a personal message on the back, as in their names and wedding anniversary date, I made up the bookmark and also made a small folder for it to slot into, decorated it with the hearts and ribbons in the corner of the bookmark.
An insert was added to finish – and the card was well received!
Thank you for popping in

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Malham Craft Retreat 2013

As a lot of you know I organise a craft retreat every year – we go to Malham and it has to be the highlight of the year for everyone who goes
In fact I just know that once someone goes for the 1st time they will be talking about saving a place for them for the following year
So I thought I would add some of the photos that I took and some that Caz took for you all to see what a great time we had!!!