Xmas 2015


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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Another goodbye...

i've been struck with the minimal colour combo's recently.

And nothing looks better (for white on white) than the use of die cuts.

I won an auction on Ebay for the lucky clover die (so cheap at £2.99 plust P*P) and I used a printed green backing paper .

I stamped a good luck sentiment onto the same paper and embossed with white embossing powder and then mounted it onto a die cut shape.

All the die cuts were cut from the same cardstock as I used for the base card.  The frame circle and sentiment were attached using foam pad, the butterfly using pinflair gel, and the swirl  and the clover leaf was stuck down with a quickie glue pen.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

A thank you card

This week I had to do my refresher course to renew my first aid at work certificate.  The course was going to be held very close to my friend S in work, and she invited me round to her house for dinner on the first day.  (A very nice pork dish!)

As a thank you, I thought I should send a card and as my new bargain purchase from create and craft had just arrived, I thought I should use that!!

The images come from the Debbi Moore Glitter and Glitz Art Deco Rome cd.  I used a quick card sheet, where everything you could want to use and which is already matched is available.  There was also a matching envelope, but unfortunately, I forgot to photograph that.

I used a cream card base, and made a standard 5 inch square easel card with it.  All the embellishments came from the design sheet. I mounted the circular topper onto card to stiffen it, and mounted the sentiment onto gold mirri card to ping it out.  Both were attached with foam pads, to raise them up.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

A Jubilee memory maze book

 At the Craft class I am taking in August, we are going to make a Jubilee memory book.  I have mentioned it before, but I have just finished the sample for the class and thought I would share it here....

The book pages was made from one 12x12 sheet of paper, and the decorations came from the Docrafts Best of British and Portobello Road cds.  I added the extras (like the flowers, corner edges, ribbon etc from my stash.

Some pics of the inside...

Monday, 9 July 2012

Missed the wedding...

Recently a colleague asked me to make a card for her to send to a couple who had just got married.  She hadn't gone to the wedding, so a wedding card wasn't appropriate, but wanted to wish them well in their new life together (second time round for both).

I didn't really know what to do for the card, but took inspiration from one of the entries made by a very talented crafter called Alison to the latest Challenge (71 - make your own flowers) at Crafty Cardmakers

This is my effort with white on white.

For this one I used white ribbon, a creative expressions embossing folder, a memory box butterfly and another die set whose maker has escaped my memory.  (Oops...).

I finished it off with a small oval sentiment stamped with congratulations and to which I attached two small gold jump rings to stand in for wedding rings and the happy couple's initials which were diecut. 

Saturday, 7 July 2012

All my friends are turning 50....

Purple easel card
Just lately it seems like I have been making lots of cards for friends (or friends of friends) who are hitting the big 5- 0.

I found a really cool stamp sentiment that says "Still sassy and nifty, now that you're fifty!!!" and boy, has that had a work out.

This card is a 6" square easel card, and I was asked to include purple, silver, lots of bling and a picture of the birthday girl.

I used plain white card for the base, and then layered the flat part of the card with silver mirri and purple glitter card.

I covered the two triangular elements of the easel with silver mirri and a lilac embossed paper (from hunkydory or kanban - not sure which!).

View of card laying flat
Onto that I layered some diecut shapes with feathers placed underneath so they stood up.  A photograph of the birthday girl was included as the main topper, layered over the top of a floral square diecut from memory box.

Other embellishments included  a butterfly from memory box (my new favourite thing) and a fanciful flourish by cheery lyn.  I used some diamante flower gems to set off the flourish, which was stuck to the base of the card.

A simple peeloff was used for the birthday greeting on the stopper plate.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


I always findthe making of good luck/leaving cards to be a bit of a nightmare, to be honest.  People ask for cards and tell me what they want to have included,  things like "she's going to be a nurse and likes whiskey".

It's not easy to fulfill those requirements!

For my latest leaving card, I didn't have much time, so I cheated and instead of stamping up the background myself, I used a sheet from a Debbi Moore cd.  Sadly, I now forget which one it was (possibly The Shabby Chic compendium, which was the best freebie EVER with a magazine).

All of the elements on this card were on that sheet (apart from the gold diecut butterfly and the stamped greeting at the bottom and on the round sentiment.

It was very simple to pull together, and the only thing I did apart from cut the items out was mount the topper and sentiments onto gold mirri card and highlight the stems with a clear gelly roll stardust pen.  (no 800).

Finally, just to finish it off, I put a gold border peeloff all around the base paper to provide definition.