Tuesday, 30 July 2013


This is my card that I entered into the club's challenge for this month. The original pattern was a circle, but I changed the design by cutting the pattern into 4 equal parts and then making it into a curved line that went across the page. Unfortunately I didn't win this month, but really enjoyed the challenge.

 I have stitched a few patterns and I thought I ought to make them into cards. This first card is the latest pattern that I have stitched. As normal when I stitch a pattern I have no idea what I am going to match it with. Luckily for me I had a flower that matched the colours of the thread beautifully. I found some peach and yellow card and some patterned paper that all worked together. I finished off my plaiting 2 ribbons together. The top card was already cut out so I just added some small random stamps using yellow and orange inks.
 With this card I used a shaped card and inked the edges in blue. The stitched card went just inside perfectly. I then added a piece of dark blue card that already had the tuck and fold section on it. I just used a circle die to cut out. Then I added the bird.
and finally, a pretty card in bright blue and pink. I used spellbinders die for the central design and added the flower topper. The corner edges are done using a double ended punch that I got from QVC some time ago.

Monday, 29 July 2013


I have two family weddings this year. My cousin is getting married in September and my Nephew is getting married in October.

This is the first card that I have made. I was given the template of this which  was originally designed as a box. I had intended to make into a box, but then changed my mind and made it into a card instead. I have used spellbinders, Tonic and Robert Addams dies on the card background but kept the original design of the church front from the template. I have used hobbydots peel offs as they are very fine as the edging. The gem in the centre of the "cross" I coloured with a deep yellow promarker. I also coloured in the sequins and beaks of the doves as they were originally silver.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


I don't think I can keep this up much longer!!!!!. Although I do have another couple of ideas running through my head, I'm not sure if they will see the light of day.

 This first card is made using the spare piece of card from Mondays card. I just embossed a piece of white card and then went around the edges with some light blue ink . I have attempted to use flower soft around the bauble- a bit messy and not really sure that it has come out too well. The father xmas and reindeer die is from Cheery Lynn - "Santa's sleigh and reindeer". The corner dies is also from Cheery Lynn - " holly corner". The happy Christmas die as before.
This card I hope gives a feel of Nordic design. I cut the bauble using the largest size onto white card, and using peel offs - created the edging and centre pattern. The snowflakes is made using a small punch. The corner snowflakes are from Martha Stewart punch. Just keeping the colours red and white make a effective card.----- what do you think?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Same Die day two !!

 Here is a couple more designs using the Spellbinders Heirloom ornament 2011.
I used the largest size and the 2nd largest to cut 5 frames. Using the off cuts I then used the third and fourth smallest size and cut another 5 frames, then finally using the off cuts cut 5 of the smallest size out. I scored each piece down the centre and folded in half. I then glued together leaving one piece unstuck for now. Then I took some silver thread and made a lope at one end, stuck it through the middle of the largest frame - sticking it at top and bottom. Once secure I attached the two other frames. Then I glued together the final edges.
 This card I made again using off cuts from project above. Because of the sizes of the dies there is quite a space between so when I cut the third size out of the offcuts for above it left another frame for me to use. I decided to tuck one piece behind the other (a la Sue Wilson) so I cut the frame at the point where I wanted it to weave behind. I positioned the 4 frames onto a piece of black card and when happy stuck down. I then cut this shape out and mounted onto red card. I did a Sue Wilson style bow, pins and dazzle and added the sentiment. Will continue today to see what else I can come up with. Enjoy. x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

One Die - 3 looks!!
I decided to try a limit myself to using one die and to see how many different variations I could come up with. This is my result although I am not finished yet, but this is all I managed to do yesterday after being at Christine's charity event.
The die is from Spellbinders- 2011 Heirloom Ornaments
 This first card I made I decided to stamp an image into the largest size die onto white card. After colouring in with promarkers and glittering around the edge, I found the backing paper that I wanted to go with it. At that point I wasn't sure what else to do, then I came up with the idea of having the smaller sizes around the main image. Once I had cut them out and glittered around the edges of them all I decided to add the Christmas sentiment onto the 2nd largest size. I arranged them around the card then using some glittery thread I added the "string" on which the baubles would "hang" from. I am pleased with the result.
 With this card I decided to also stamp into the largest size bauble. I had the stamp from Heartfelt creations that matched the spellbinders die. The Image of the Poinsettia is on the stamp. I decided to colour in completely the image in black so that it would then become an outline. I cut the poinsettia (from Spellbinders) out of quite thick vellum and added a red gem to the centre. The background design is achieved by using an embossing folder on core'dinations paper and gently rubbing over with sandpaper to reveal the core colour underneath. I cut out the wording using Spellbinders Presto Punch "Plain Jane lower case dies. The ribbon is then added to the side.
... and finally, a winter scene. I cut the largest bauble out from the middle of the card then cut another one in white card- which I embossed with dots. I then inserted the white cut out into the space from the background card so that it would remain level and flat. I then cut out 3 reindeers from Memory Box           " leaping deer" die in white card and using blue inks made the 3 different shades of blue. The bottom scene is also from memory box "Country Landscapes" which I also inked in blue to give a bit of shading. The small deer and the snowflake is from Marianne Collectables "COL1330". The wording is from Britannia dies.

Saturday, 20 July 2013


Forgot to add to previous entry, a BIG THANK-YOU to Sally, Sue and Mary for coming down on the day with me and helping to show people how to stitch on cards. I couldn't have coped without you. xx
A GOOD DAY !!!!!

 Had a good day today at Christine Emberson's shop raising money for "Ronald McDonald House". We managed to raise £75.54 just from selling some stitching patterns and some cards.  The day went really well, and we were busy from the time Christine opened until about 45mins till she closed. Christine involved all her family, with Mitchell her eldest on the till, her mum making teas and her sister making a fabulous cake which was raffled.
Here is Elliott, Christine, me and Sally before the shop opened up. A lot of ladies had a go at stitching, and bought some kits to take home with them.

Check out Christine's blog "" to see how much in total she raised today.

Friday, 19 July 2013


A hectic day. I have been getting ready for Christine Emberson's Charity event - which is tomorrow Saturday 20th July. The ladies from my craft groups have been very generous in donating cards to sell on the day. As you can see from the bucket I have already raised over £30.00. I have done a small kit with Ann's free patterns, card, thread and instructions included to be sold on the day.

Thanks to Sally and Sue who have helped with the winding of thread onto small bobbins and for also photocopying patterns and instructions.  They have also agreed to help me tomorrow with the demos etc.

I hope tomorrow is a great success. Will let you all know through my blog how much money we were able to raise.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Hope and Chances Charity Event

Hi everyone, just a short note to tell you all of the above Charity Event.
Christine Emberson will be holding a charity event to raise money for "Ronald McDonald House".

I will be there demonstrating how to stitch onto card, along with Sally and Sue from my craft group. We will be supplying stitching patterns, thread and card for a small donation. Also we have handmade cards for sale. All monies will go to the charity.

Come and see us as well as get the chance of some super prizes that Christine has organised.

It is being held at Hope and Chances Craft Design Studio, Spellbinders Academy, Heritage Quarter, 78 High Street, Gravesend. Kent. DA11 0BH from 11am till 4pm.

Hope to see you there.

Janice x

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A couple of quick cards
 This card I have made using the stitching dies from Ann's paper art. I have done the stitching in Mauve and aqua, and have matched backing paper, ribbon and sentiment to match.
A very quick card made for my father-in-law's birthday. I just used paper, topper and sentiments from my stash that I have had for a while.
Check out www.Ann'spaperart for inspirational ideas for stitching cards.