Wednesday 27 March 2013

My card for today was for the challenge over at the Mad Crafter's Giggles group over on Facebook and the theme was in the kitchen. I did consider one of the lovely House Mouse decoupage sheets, but as I tend to use those a lot I fancied doing something different. While looking through the thousands of different sheets I have at my disposal I came across this decoupage sheet from craftsuprint and I was instantly drawn to the cute image, so this is what I made.

I just think the image is adorable and to be honest I really didn't notice the Christmas tree in the back ground until I was about to pop a Happy Birthday sentiment on it lol. I didn't want to detract from the main image, so I kept the background plain with just some white embossed card and silver mirror card matting and layering. The sentiment I printed and foiled myself and I added a few clear gems to the corners to finish off. I think it's lovely and I can now say I've made a start on my Christmas cards for this year, even though it was unintentional.

Another challenge I took part in was to make something with wheels on it, and I had been waiting for an excuse to use this sheet from craftsuprint for a little while. I think this would be great for anyone that is in to their Motorcross, but especially a youngster as I think it's quite a modern image.

I printed the sheet onto super smooth paper and cut it all out, matted the main image on to silver mirror paper and then layered the decoupage up using foam tape. I chose to add Happy Birthday as the sentiment, but it does come with a few options for you to choose from. I think it's a great card and I'm happy to say I won the challenge with my entry. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again for more crafty makes.

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Today I have some news I want to share with you all, I am now a member of the design team for LEJ great is that!! I'm so chuffed to have been asked to join the team, and I only hope I can do the very talented Lindsay's designs the justice they deserve. My first project was either vintage or retro and I chose to go with the vintage theme.

I chose to use the Vintage Avenue Gentleman digital stamp and I coloured him using a combination of Tria Markers and Promarkers. The papers are from Making handmade Cards and were from the Perfect Gentleman kit which I got as a monthly download as a club member.I used a Sizzix framelits to cut him out and add the frame and the top hat and cane were cut on my Cricut Machine. I added black grosgrain ribbon and some black Card Candi to complete the card. Thanks for looking and please visit the LEJ Design Challenge Blog to see all the other design team members creations and take part, the digi jackpot for using a LEJ Design digi is 4 this week. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll stop by again for more crafty makes.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Today I wanted to show you a card that I made for the daily challenge over at the Mad Crafter's Giggles group on Facebook. The theme we were set by the previous day's winner was twins and I really didn't feel like making something that was all cute and this is what I came up with.

I love Alice in Wonderland and have seen some beautiful stamps that sadly I don't think I could do justice and so I purchased the A Very Important Date Book by My Paper Stash which has wonderful toppers, papers and decoupage all with the Alice in Wonderland theme and was recently a free gift (just pay p&p) over at Crafting website and set about using the wonderful Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum topper. The chequered papers and the spotted border cam with the book too, so all I have added is the square card blank and black card for the matting and layering. The little foiled sentiment is by Kanban and I added a few black Card Candi to finish. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit again for more crafty makes.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Today I wanted to show you a card using two of Debbi Moore's CD's. I used the shabby chic birds and also the new words of inspiration CD. I chose the sheets I wanted to use from the shabby chic birds, covered an A5 card blank with the backing paper and cut out and assembled the decoupage. I added 4 pearls to where faux ones with on the decoupaged topper and I also added some black felt trim across the card.

I mounted the decoupaged topper on to the card using foam tape and I had planned to add a die cut birdcage to the side, but once I had cut it out and placed it where I wanted it to go I didn't like the look of it, so I needed to find something to fill the gap. I received the words of inspiration CD the other day and really hadn't had a chance to look at it properly, but I decided it might have just what I was looking for and so that's where the sentiment topper came from. Thanks for looking and I hope you'll visit again for more crafty makes.

Sunday 17 March 2013

Today is the start of the 9th challenge over at the Crafty-Emblies blog  which is anything goes and our task for this month was to make a hanging decoration. I struggled with what to do, but I decided I would do this.

Here is a closer view for you too.

I made the 3D stars using the Docrafts Digital Designer, and although I found them a little fiddly they aren't that hard to to make, as long as you ensure you have nice crisp ceases on you folds. I glittered the Emblies stars by covering with a glue pen all over the wood and adding the glitter to it. I then attached everthing to a piece of ribbon, alternating the 3D stars, Tatty Teddies and Emblies as I worked down. The glittered stars are lovely, and the photos really don't do them justice as they really sparkle in the light. I hope I've showed yet another way of using the beautiful Emblies and how they can be used in so many ways. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join in the challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

Friday 15 March 2013

I have missed a few days I know, just haven't been in a great place and my mojo has gone off and left me lol. I know all us crafters have days where nothing goes right and things don't turn out well...just seems to happen when you have things you need to get done! Anyway here is a card that I made for the challenge over at Mad Crafter's Giggles, this is the new group that was formally known as Craftymess. The theme was silhouette and I wasn't sure what I was going to do, I had several options open to me and I chose to use another sheet from Craftsuprint.

The sheets comprises of the main image, the topper and a couple of sentiments, so really not much to do to create a card, but I do really like it. I mounted the main image on the some silver mirror paper and then on to some back card, I added ribbon around the bottom and then mounted on to a white A5 card blank. I added the sentiment using 1mm foam tape and then the topper using 2mm foam tape, so that the topper overlays the sentiment. I added a few black gems to add a little sparkle and to finish it off, a very quick and easy, but pretty card I think. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again for more crafty makes.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Today I have two cards that I would like to show you. I made these cards again a sheet and a kit from craftsuprint for some dear friends that my Husband has know since he was a child. In fact they were like second parents to him in his formative years, so I wanted to make them something nice. They were having a double celebration as it was their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Mary's 80th Birthday.

I didn't have a lot of choice for the Anniversary, maybe because it's a huge milestone and not something that many people get to achieve (especially nowdays), so I chose this one to make. I printed the sheet on to a 160gsm super smooth decoupage paper, mounted the topper on to silver mirror paper, then on to some mauve pearlised card and I put that on to a white pearlised A5 card blank which I made from Centura pearl, so it has slight silver undertones in it.

I mounted the decoupage using foam tape and added a little glitter with a glue pen and finally some little gems, for what I think is a pretty and tasteful card. I then started on the 80th Birthday card.

I printed all the sheets on to 250gsm super smooth card and made it up following the very easy instructions. The card I think looks very impressive and it was very well received, which it always nice as it make all the effort worth while. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again for more crafty makes.

Saturday 9 March 2013

I was so tired and in so much pain yesterday that I didn't get to post my cards, so I thought I would catch up this morning. The cards I made yesterday were for the daily challenge over at Craftymess and the theme was vintage baby.

I used sheets from Craftsuprint and I couldn't decide whether to make the boy or girl, so I decided to make them both.

I printed the sheets on to smooth 160gsm paper and cut them out, then I matted the toppers on to some silver mirror paper and them coloured card. I mounted the decoupage using foam tape and added the card candy type centres to the flower. I think they are cute and I'm sure they would be well received by the recipient. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit again for more crafty makes.

Thursday 7 March 2013

My card for today comes from the Teentastique by Ooh La La Creations. The image is called Butterfly Maker and I thinks it's lovely. I printed out the topper sheet and a couple of different backing papers and than having chose the image I wanted to use I matted both the paper and the image on to silver mirror paper. I mounted these on to an A5 card blank.

I painted some cogs and a believe tile from Crafty-Emblies with a silver paint pen and added them in a linked fashion around the topper. Finally I added a couple of filigree butterflies that I've had in my stash for absolutely ages. I'm really pleased with the way this card has turned out and I would like to enter it in to the following challenges:-

Happy Campers - Futterby Butterfly
Paper Playtime - Challenge ~#5 Anything Goes

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Today's challenge over at Craftymess was to make a Christening card. I was going to make a decoupage one, but I wanted to make something a little different and so I decided I would make a doolirama card. I chose to use the Doolicraft Smiley Bears CD and started by printing the two sheets needed to complete the card on to super smooth card. I cut out all the pieces and scored the lines as indicated on the simple to follow instructions. I guess the trickiest part of making one of these  is cutting around the little figures in the centre section, but I used my decoupage scissors without any problems and if you are confident with a craft knife it shouldn't be a problem either.

The design is made up of three sections, back, middle and front and that is it really apart from adding a few bits of decoupage. I chose to add some flexi peel off stickers around both circular cut outs purely to tidy up any cutting that was slightly off line and I added acetate behind the front piece so it has like a window effect. I layered the sentiment onto a little gold card and added it to the centre bottom to complete it. I think it makes a cute card that is a bit different, and I'm sure it would be well received. Thanks for popping by and I hope you'll came by again for more crafty makes.

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Today I want to show you something again from craftsuprint that I have been meaning to make for ages, but I eventually got pushed into making it today so that I could help a friend out with the instructions. She asked me about constructing it, but I couldn't help as I hadn't made one before, so I set about  printing the 6 sheets needed, cutting it all out and having a quick read of the instructions myself before giving it a go.

This is the front view of the card when flat.

And this is what it looks like when opened. I found the whole kit very easy to put together and aside from all the cutting out it was very quick to assemble. I've chosen to use the Husband sentiment, but it comes with a wide choice and so would be suitable for many occasions. I think it looks great and I'm sure that whoever receives it will be very impressed with what is actually a very easy card to make. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit again for more crafty makes.

I'm running very late yet again, but I wanted to post this card I made today. It's from the Tom Meilko CD from Joanna Sheen and I just love the images on it.


 As I'm originally from Essex I loved the beach as as child, and this brings back fond memories on picnics on the beach. Admittedly Southend beach was nothing like this, but we spent many a family holiday in Cornwall and the beaches there were beautiful.

I printed the decoupage on to super smooth paper, along with the backing paper. I cut the striped paper to fit an A5 white card blank, so that the hat was in the bottom corner. I cut out the topper and mounted onto silver mirror paper and attached this to the left hand side of the card so as to not cover the hat in the bottom right corner. I layered up the decoupage using a mix of foam tape and glue gel, mounted the sentiment onto mirror paper and added to the design. There is a another of the little boats to add a bit of depth to the sentiment which I added using glue gel. I think this would be great for a guy, but equally I would be more than happy to receive this too. Thanks for looking and I hope you'll pop back for more crafty makes.

Sunday 3 March 2013

Today's card is my very first make as a member of the Craft Emblies paper crafting design team. Our theme for this months challenge is wings and full details can be found on the Crafty Emblies blog.

This is a more detailed view of the fabulous emblies I used.

The card itself was made using a kit which I purchased from I love these designs and I thought this was very apt for the wings theme. I assemble the card following the very easy instructions and added the decoupage elements and then I added some of the fabulous cogs from the Crafty Emblies website. I chose to leave them in their natural state as I felt they fitted in with the colours beautifully, but equally I could have coloured them with pens, paints or even embossing powders, the list is endless and they still would have been great, they are so versatile!

Thanks for looking and don't forget to pop over to the fabulous Crafty Emblies website to look at all the beautiful embellishments which work for both card makers and altered art and they are such great value, which is always a bonus for us crafters.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Today I wanted to share a card I made as a sample for an order. It another kit from and it's by Janet Briggs. I love the colours in this card and I would be more than happy to receive this, even though I was probably designed with men in mind.

This is the front of the card, I'm not a lover of the pyramage form of decoupage, but I do like this.

This is the pop-up insert, which I think is very effective. I must admit it took me a couple of tried to get it to go right, but probably because I'm a little heavy handed and so I tore the first attempt lol.

This is a close picture of the pop-up insert, which I think shows the dimension of it a little better. I'm please with the finished result, and will look at more of these designs for the future I think. Sadly it wasn't what the customer wanted, so it's back to the drawing board in the morning to make more samples...hopefully this time I will get it right. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll pop back for more crafty makes.

Sorry I have been missing the last couple of days but I have been busy crafting and time just seemed to slip away, but I'm back now and I will endevour to post daily for the future.

I have some great news to share....I have been asked to join the Crafty Emblies design team on their paper crafting side of things, and of course I said yes. I am absolutely looking forward to the challenges each month and for those of you that haven't heard of Crafty Emblies then you really don't know what you are missing out on!

Crafty Emblies are a UK based company that specialise in wooden embelishments, which are great for card makers and altered art too, the prices are great and there are lots to choose from. Don't forget to check out their specials too. They are lightweight and can be left in their natural form or can be coloured in all manner of ways. Why not pop over to have a look at the latest challenge, which can be found here for some inspiration and maybe to take part for the chance to win some fab prizes.

Right on to today's's another kit from and it's by Janet Briggs.

It's a double easel card and I think very effective. I started out by printing all the sheets onto card and cutting out the pieces. I followed the very easy to follow instructions that are supplied to make the easel card and then finished off by adding the decoupage elements and sentiment where I wanted. Thanks for looking and I hope you'll pop back soon for more crafty makesx