Saturday, 31 May 2014

A lovely sunny day.....and I have made a Christmas card !!

I have made this card using a woodware stamp. I used embossing ink and then added silver embossing powder and heated. I then used a fine gel pen and coloured in the small pink dots and some shading to the image. I added silver candi and the wording from Robert Adams. The shape is from spellbinders.

Friday, 30 May 2014

A Hole in One !!!!!

Here is a card that I have made for a friends birthday who likes playing golf.
The image is from "Making Cards" magazine. I have used spellbinders "labels one" for the image and spellbinders "Basic Lattice" for the background. I think you can just make out the embossed white card. I have used crafters companion large dots, to give the impression of golf balls. The sentiment is from Anna-Marie Designs.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Everyone loves owls !!!!

I have stitched this owl card for a couple who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary soon, although he is in his 80's and she is in her 60's, they are like these two owls....inseparable !!.

I have used "form-a-lines" pattern and mounted the stitched card onto brown card and then used Tonic "Beautiful bramble" square die set for the background. The wording is from Robert Adams dies.

I hope they will celebrate many more years together. x

Sunday, 25 May 2014

MDF BOX now decorated.



I bought this MDF box a few weeks ago when I went to the Sincerely yours show at Biggin Hill. It was just a plain box. I bought the word "Home" at the same time. Very cheap the box and the word home only came to £10.50 and the box is 13.75 x 10.5 x 3.75 inches.  (Look at MDFMAN.CO.UK) I have decorated the box using the wallpaper that I have in my craft room. I bought the letters for Janice elsewhere and I have glittered these up using purple glitter. The word home I have used pinflair's " Buff-it fast drying glossy craft polish" in lavender. I then used a butterfly stencil over the word using the silver buff-it polish. I then used a black fine point pen to draw the outline of the butterflies a bit more so that the butterflies stood out more. A few pearls and some flowers to decorate the word. As you can see I have added loads of flowers in the top right hand corner of the box. A strip of ribbon and pearls on top of each side of the hinges. Then I added some silver charms all depicting the crafts that I love, ie, knitting, sewing and cutting out !!. I have still to decorate inside the box, but will do that later when I have decided what to store in the box. At the moment it is one large box, but I might divide into sections to store more things.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

2nd Father's Day Card

A second Father's Day Card. This one is for my ex-father-in-law. The decoupage image is from Joanna Sheen website. (can't remember the name of the artist). The egg backing paper is from docrafts. Just mounted onto green card.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A Stitched Christmas Card

I'm on track for making my Christmas cards through-out the year. This one is stitched in metallic threads. I have only added the words (Robert Adams Dies) and the little silver charm.

I have layered onto metallic blue paper (which I embossed with circles) and then white card. The shape is achieved by using "Go Kreate" no 360027 XXL Square Frames Frilly #7

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A Pop Up Father's Day Card

 Here is a father's day card made for my Dad. It's a pop up card which folds flat for posting. (I don't need to post mine as Dad lives in the granny annexe next door!!!). I have chosen a nautical theme as Dad was in the Navy when he was young. The lighthouse, waves and ships anchor are dies from Spellbinders. The little seahorse and starfish are dies from Robert Adams. The shell on the front is made by using Martha Stewart paper clay and a mould.  The father's day words at the back are a rubber stamp, which I coloured in using a water brush and Tim Holtz inks. The seagull I cut out of some backing card that I had in my stash. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Update on cake !!!

Just to let you know I managed to get the cake to the craft club in one piece, and the ladies enjoyed it too !!!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Birthday cake/gateau

Here is the cake/gateau that I have made to take to my craft group tomorrow to celebrate my birthday which is on Saturday.

It's a lemon sponge with lemon buttercream topping then kiwi, pineapple, strawberry and mandarin on the top.

Only hope I can transport it from my house to the club without it becoming a complete mess.....

I will let you know. x

Here is something new from me, an owl box !!. I had a small Marianne die of an owl which I really like. The die is about 3.5 x 3 inches. Using the dies I cut them out normally and then enlarged the image to the size that I wanted (in this case 9 x 8 inches). I then cut out two of the main body and then the other shapes as I would do normally. I then made my drawers in matching pink card. I have edged the middle section with a string of small pearls, and added pink feathers to the wings and sparkly gems on the eyes. The front owl opens up to reveal the drawers.

Owls seem to be everybody's favourite thing at the moment and I can totally understand why. x

Monday, 12 May 2014


As it is my birthday on Saturday, I have made some cup-cakes to take to my craft club tomorrow.

Hope they go down well !!!!

 On the kitchen worktop ready to go into carrier.
A combination of flowers and butterflies on the top.

 In the carrier ready to go tomorrow.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

"The Owl and the Butterfly..........."

 Here is the card that I had trouble with at first. For those of you who follow "John next door's blog" you will know that he often does a card using a background die, inspired by him, I decided to have a go. I had a 8 x 8 piece of purple card which I used Sue Wilson "Californian Collection background" on. I had to move the die over once to fill the 8 x 8 card.  However, once I had done this it didn't look right...there was too much background !!. Having looked at John's blog again I noticed that he broke the background up by using layers.  So I cut into the background piece and cut three sections out of the 8 x 8 card. I first cut the small square in the middle, then the outside border, which left a smaller middle border section. I stuck the outside border and the middle square directly onto my card. I then added a couple of layers onto the square middle section so that when I added the 3rd piece it was raised. I added ribbon and a sparkly gem.  The owl was wooded which I used gold and coloured gilding flakes onto and then backed it onto a piece of gold paper. I used pearl drops all around the card in the centres of the design and finally added a sentiment which I used promarker pen around the edge of as it was too white.
The owl in close up. 
 and here is the butterfly card. Not a very clear photo (not sure why !). I used Spellbinders Card Creator (A2 modern stationery). I folder my piece of card into 3 (concertina) and then cut out using the largest size. This gave me a 3 sided card. I embossed the front section (cant see in photo but it was x-cut butterflies) and added the topper and backing paper to the rest of the card. I used Tonic butterfly strip punch and cut out a strip in silver which I stuck inside. The little butterflies that were cut out of the strip I have stuck on randomly on the front.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Three completed items made for me by me!!

Excuse the poor photos, I took these myself by using my mirror as my guide to what the camera could see (if that makes sense) this is why I have my arm up in all three photos (holding the camera !!!)

 This is from Sirdar pattern no 8609. The pattern is actually for a cardigan, but I decided only to do one band and make it into a jumper. I added another small band at the top to give the impression of an opening. The wool was from hobbycraft.  It's a combination of moss stitch and stocking stitch.
 This is from "Simplicity" pattern no 1692. This is a 1940's inspired top. It has puff sleeves and a gathering in the neck to give fullness. There are small bows/ties on the cuffs and the neckline. It has a side zip.

This is actually a sun dress (but had trouble photographing myself !). This is from a "New Look" pattern no 6789.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Some stitched cards that I have made.

These cards I stitched a while ago, but have just got around to making into cards.

This first card I have used a "Crafters companion topper" and a Sue Wilson "bow die". The die was cut out in pink then stuck onto blue card and then cut around by scissors. I think it's pretty in pastel colours.

 When I first stitched this pattern, I had no idea what I was going to do with it...(which is often the case!!)... I knew I wanted something bold but not necessarily flowers. I have just bought this rubber stamp from docrafts. I thought I would stamp it with embossing ink and use a blue embossing powder to raise the outlines. I then used a watercolour pencil in blue to colour the image in. Backed onto a air force blue card (I know it looks navy in photo) I think I have achieved what I wanted.....what do you think?

 A larger 8 x 8 card for this one. I used two complementing background papers which are divided by the ribbon. I have layered the stitched card onto a green circle , then a pink (tonic die) circle and finally onto a green (Martha Stewart circle punch) circle. I have added the banner (spellbinders) and the wording (Robert Addams).
 This heart pattern did not come out exactly as the pattern stated, but I am pleased with my result. I have just added a layer of grey card onto the red card and added 4 red hearts in each corner. I was extremely brave and stamped the sentiment directly onto the card once I had put together....this is VERY BRAVE of me as usually I ruin the card with my stamping as I normally don't stamp very well (its a bit hit and miss with me!!!!!)
 A small 6 x 6 card with little embellishments, just the silver die cut heart (Memory Box) and 2 crystal hearts added (they look like goggley eyes in the photo don't they?)
 and finally this card. I glittered the edges of the white leaves with blue glitter and added a selection of white and blue flowers across the centre. The blue gems are actually all the same colour but the top ones were in the shade a bit more so they look darker.

Well that's me all up to date, must start another project soon. xx

Friday, 2 May 2014

My version of a "John next doors card"

 If you follow "John next doors" blog you will recognise this card. When I saw it on his blog I was really impressed with the design, and when he did a tutorial, I just had to have a go.

I have done mine cream and Navy. I haven't added any flowers or embellishments yet because I haven't decided who the card will be for.

I really enjoyed making this card and follow John's blog everyday.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

April Card Challenge

This is my entry for the April Challenge.

We had to use a circle die somewhere in our design. I chose to have a small circle in the middle, with stitching on.