Monday, 16 December 2013

A Pop-up Christmas

I've recently invested in some new Sizzix dies because I was so inspired by Karen Burniston and her creations!!
I loved this idea in one of Karen's YouTube videos... Ustamp snowflake chain and as I had the stamps and dies I thought I would give it a go!!
It wasn't without incident as I managed to stick my first sheet of beautifully stamped vellum firmly to the kitchen floor!!
Apart from that it was relatively straightforward even if the finished result was a little wonky.

Snowflake stamps and dies by Stampin Up.
The "let it snow" is a Tonic die that came as part of a set.
Hope you like it!!
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas but not!!

I've been meaning to join in with these challenges but never quite got there till now!!
What challenge?? 
Waltzingmouse fanatics challenge.

This one is to make a Christmas card without using Christmas stamps....time to break out the Russian dolls!!

I do like to decorate the envelope to match...

The stamps feel Christmassy to me and I went with vaguely Christmas colours!!
I love the mix and match possibilities and they're just so cute.
Hope you like it!!

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Waltzingmouse November Pyjama Party

Decided it was time to get back to blogging again and this months PJ party was just the push I needed!!
So here goes with my projects.....

Challenge 1......Thankyou

My mum doesn't read this blog so I can show you this!! I've made a box of cards for her with a selection of Thankyou and birthday cards in it.
I used the 2 step floral sprig set and a selection of stampin up inks.

Challenge 2....a Christmas card

Here's the front of my card....
and here's how it looks when open.
This was my first go at an accordion card and I'm very pleased with it!

Close up of the panels using Very Vintage labels no.1, Santa from Night before Christmas and Bountiful baskets additions. The card was made using a  sizzix accordion die.

Challenge 4....Deck those halls


A star wreath.
I used Vintage Christmas background stamp to make patterned card and then cut out lots of stars!
A bit of scoring and folding in front of the TV  to make the stars 3D then I glued them to a circle of card and added some buttons to finish.
Hope you like my efforts...I had fun making them.
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

21st Birthday

It feels very peculiar  now my daughter's friends are leaving their teens...they're suddenly all grown up. This card is for one of Niamh's uni housemates. I made the card at my local craft club and saved it for a special occasion so I just needed to add a few personalised bits and pieces!

The background was stamped and glittered and then I added a scored panel to the bottom half with sparkles at the crossovers. The panel on the left was die cut and stencilled with leaves and flowers layered on top and a  " 21" in case she forgets her age!!!
I remembered to photograph the box this time!!  :)
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Sunday, 2 June 2013


A pretty card today...I love butterflies and I have an extensive collection of all things butterfly :D

The stamps are Stampin up Papillon Potpourri with matching easy!!!
I used a selection of spellbinder dies and the sentiments are Anna Griffin stamps I think.
I made a pretty box for the card too but I forgot to take a picture of it.
Hope you like it.
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

One for the boys!

Just thought I'd show you a card I made for a friend of my daughter  for his 21st Birthday.
The central image is from a Docrafts Goodybag...I just love the words!!
 The mesh circles are from ready meal packaging - they were just too good to throw away and I knew they would come in handy!
The rest of the background is a mix of patterned paper and embossed card.
Ed liked it - hope you do too.
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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Exam Season

Exams are upon daughter and her housemates are doing their Uni end of year exams and
my nephews are revising for their GCSE's.
So...I thought a little encouragement might be in order and made them all Good Luck cards.
These are the ones for my nephews...


And these are for Niamhs friends....

They are all made with Waltzingmouse stamps and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.
There is a card for Niamh too but I'll post it after I've given it to her...don't want to spoil the surprise!!
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Rudolph Day...April 2013

It's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's blog Stamping for Pleasure.
 I missed Jan,  Feb and March but I made it this time!!
Here's my card....

I've gone for clean and simple this time....stamped image from Lili of the Valley, sentiment is a stamp by Paula Pascual, coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and a little glitter on the wings.
Hope you like it!
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Waltzingmouse Flower show

So much inspiration but what to choose!!
My first challenge was to work out what this CASE business was all about...I thought I knew but wasn't sure so thankyou to the kind WM ladies who helped me.
I was especially taken with Taheera's beautiful card here...

It just felt so delicate and Springlike.
 So I thought I would do all four seasons and here is my version.

 I used the Teeny Trees, Folk Art Medallion, A Good Egg and Vintage Christmas Backgrounder.
The frame was 99p from the local charity shop...a little paint and rub-on metallic wax...perfect!!
The picture is now hanging in my hallway...just waiting for my husband to realise I've been busy with hammer and nails!!
Hope you like it.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Spring flowers Blog Party

Time for the Waltzingmouse blog party and some Spring flowers.

After all this miserable weather it's definitely time for some Spring sunshine and flowers!!
I thought my craft room needed a little brightening up with some flowers...I'm not good with real plants so paper ones are just the ticket.....

I think the colours may be more Tropical spring than English spring!!
I used Waltzingmouse dainty doilies large set  stamped and embossed in white.
I cut them out, layered them up and used a brad to hold them together.
 Now I just need to jazz up the tin they're standing in!!
Hope you like my take on Spring flowers.
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Monday, 8 April 2013

Spring has sprung!!

At least in card-land it has!!
I was asked to make a card for a lady with poor vision so I thought bright, colourful and with texture...

I was inspired by the flowerpot cards I'd seen on pinterest. The flowers are quite heavy so I made an easel card as I thought it would support them well.
The flowers are made using a variety of dies and patterned paper. The pot is a spellbinders die cut down and embossed with a trellis pattern.
Butterflies, gems and a cute little ladybird to finish...plenty to explore by touch.
Hope you like it...
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Friday, 4 January 2013

Secret Santa

I love Secret Santa card swaps!!
This is the beautiful card I received from Melissa Ladd in the Waltzingmouse Christmas card exchange.

The lantern is gold and sparkly with lovely paper layers behind it.
The central panel is one of my favourite colours and perfectly co-ordinates with my sitting room!!
Thankyou Melissa....your card took pride of place on my mantelpiece.
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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Memory jar 2013

We saw lots of ideas on the internet for memory jars and Niamh fancied having a go....the idea is to write on a slip of paper every time you do something exciting, or if something good happens or you're especially happy about something. All the pieces of paper go into the jar and at the end of the year you open it up and look back at all the good stuff.
So here is Niamh and her empty jar...just decorated with a few stickers.

Look out for an update in December with hopefully a jar full of goodness!!  :)
I think I might make one for myself too....after all we all need some happiness!!
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