Saturday, 28 June 2014

Continuing the Christmas Theme !!



 I have made this double sided Christmas hanging decoration using Spellbinders "Fleurs de lis" Squares. I cut 8 and put the ribbon running through them before I glued them together.
 The word "Noel" was achieved by using my Silhouette to select the font and then cut the words out. I have added peel offs and "Robert Adams" dies of the angel and poinsettias. The holly was from "Cheery Lynn".
I have done the same decorations on both sides.
I have also made a box to keep them in !!.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

It's still Christmas in "The World of Jan" !!

This is my club card challenge entry for June - Yes it's Christmas themed !!

We had to use the above stitching pattern and the die that I have used. I decided to make a hanging cube rather than a card.

Not a winner this month, but it will go on my tree this year.

Monday, 23 June 2014


Well, what a wonderful, warm and sunny weekend we have just had here in Kent.
Glorious weather for sitting around doing nothing but soaking up a few rays....

...................and what am I doing ?????????????????????

Making a Christmas advent tree of course !!!! LOL !!

My hayfever was really bad so I gave up sitting outside in the sun and sneezing and decided to sit in my craft room.

As I have mentioned I have recently bought the silhouette portrait cutting machine.

I downloaded this pattern..... cut the pieces out ...... and this is the result.

It took a lot of card (approx. 25 sheets a4) but worth it. I have glittered around each box and the sides of the tree.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Brazil World Cup Card LOL !!!

I don't like football and I certainly don't watch football, yet I seem to have been influenced by the Brazil football team colours !!!!! LOL !!

I stitched this card in a variegated yellow/orange thread without any thought as to what I was going to do with it once stitched.

I was looking through my stash of yellow/orange papers for inspiration, when I came across this swirly line pattern paper.

I thought about the flowers in the middle, then I thought about the ribbon across the bottom.

The flowers are Spellbinders "Die D-lites- Blooms One". I have used orange striped candi in the middle of all the flowers.

Once I had put it together and actually stood back and looked at the finished card, it just seem to be a carnival card - like Brazil.

Perhaps it's a premonition - Brazil to win the World Cup - you heard it here first folks. !!!!!   LOL x

Have entered this card into the papermill direct competition.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A butterfly frame card and a new toy for me to play with !!

This butterfly frame card has been made using my new toy. I have just purchased a silhouette portrait cutting machine. So far I am very impressed with it. You can download cutting designs which go from frames, words, complete cards, plus gifts. Once downloaded (they cost about 60p) you can re-size up to A4. I also bought the pens as well, this enables you to draw the cutting file rather than cut it out - or do a combination of the two (ie, write a name in the centre of a cutting design and then cut the design out. Also because it is connected to your computer, any font that you have on your computer you can use as a cutting file.

Anyway, back to the card, once I had cut the frame out I stuck it onto white card. Using my Fiskars stamping mat I stamped the image of the bear and also the message. I coloured the image using water pencils. I have added the wording "Happy birthday" (Robert Adams dies) and the birds (spellbinders).
The pale blue and pale green ribbons complete the frame. I have also added small pearls onto the butterflies on the frame.

Backed onto black, then pale green gingham and finally pale blue card. Card size is 8.5 x 8.5 inches.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A Doggie's Request !!!


I had a request from Rolo, my border terrier, to make a card on his behalf for his daddy!! (my husband !).

Just by chance I had received the latest copy of making cards. The free gift was a rabbit clear stamp.

Well, Rolo likes nothing better than chasing rabbits, so it was meant to be !!

I printed off a photo of Rolo (once I had added the text -using Docrafts digital designer).
The background paper was also in the making cards magazine, and I used the stamp to stamp rabbits all over the page using the 3rd generation technique.

Needless to say Rolo got his request to go hunting for rabbits - but don't worry he didn't catch any !.

Friday, 13 June 2014

That's the Tonic !!!!

This card has been made using the Tonic "Ornate Elegance" dies on four sides (in white) On top of that I have used Tonic "Beautiful Bramble square" (in patterned paper (Craftwork cards). 

I have also added flowers in the bottom corners, white candi  in various places and a sentiment (all by Craftwork Cards).

I'm not sure if the centre piece should have been in a solid colour rather than the paper as it seems  a little lost to me....what do you think?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A simple stitched card.

Just a stitched card to add to my stock. After stitching I have used a tonic die for the centre. Matted and layered onto burgundy and green card and then used a burgundy patterned background paper. Two ribbons across the bottom and a sentiment (Anna-Marie Designs) and card is ready to go !!

Monday, 9 June 2014

My Little Brother's a Star !!

A birthday card for my little brother, who will be 46 this year!!! but he will always be my little brother to me.

As owls are still everywhere and still my favourite .....even better than butterflies I think!, I decided to us this owl which is from hunky-dory called "night watch".

It was a set that came complete with 8 sheets of accent foiled adorable scorable card and 4 sheets of foiled and die-cut toppers. There are 10 owls on each sheet as well as branches, sentiments, leaves, stars and moons.

I used a Tonic die (cant remember the name of) for the middle section. Because I had used the matching card to go with the owls, there was already a moon printed on it, so as I used the die over it the moon was cut into. I simply replaced the cut out bits back into the card until the moon was intact. I backed onto some silver mirri card and then onto the black base card. I used Martha Stewart punch to create the star strip. The little stars that came out of the strip I have stuck onto the central piece where the lines cross.

The Brother wording is also from Tonic.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Kitchen Roll Card

As I was sitting at the table the other day, eating my lunch, I noticed the kitchen roll (asda) had a lovely embossed pattern on it.

I decided to take a sheet of the kitchen roll and lay it over a piece of card and using it as a pattern pricked holes through into the card.

It took quite a while......

This is the result.........................

 And this is the card that I have made.

Friday, 6 June 2014

A Transformation of Time.

My good friend, Sally, came up with this idea.

This is a wall clock from 99p shop.

I have taken off the clock mechanism and have decorated it in black and lime green. Delicate Aster flowers (my favourite) , lace , gems and butterflies, a good combination I think.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

A Personalised Birthday Card and a little owl.

 This card I have stitched for my friend Wendy for her birthday.  I have added red rice beads to complement the stitching. The Owl is from "Cottage Cutz" the shaped die is from "Marianne". For the backing paper I have taken some red card and using "Sue Wilson - Californian Collection - Background" die have cut enough so that it is the right length.

 This is her little birthday gift. I have used "Marianne Die" to cut out the pieces in felt (cutting 2 of the main body shape). Then I have sewn the pieces on and attached a ribbon before sewing the 2 body pieces together, adding some stuffing before completely sewn up.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hinged box with compartments

 I was playing around with different ideas when I thought about making a box with compartments in. The box itself was easy enough to make, as I tend to make boxes for my cards anyway. I made a box and a lid as normal, then I cut the lid at one side so that it would become a hinge. Then I just stuck the lid to the box at the side that I had just cut. (hope that makes sense......I know what I'm trying to say LOL !!) The flowers on the top are made from spellbinders dies.
 For the compartments I cut out 9 circles using x-cut die. Then I folded in each side to create a flap. I simply glued the flaps together to form a solid square. I thought that you could create a themed box just by choosing the appropriate papers ie: sewing bits and bobs, gems, Chocolates, small cakes etc etc.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Old Father Time

A friend of mine came up with an idea to make a 3d clock out of card and paper. I have used a similar theme, but I have only made this clock about 1cm deep and then backed it onto the birthday card (which is A4). I had some backing paper in my stash with clocks on which worked well with the clock. The clocks "woody" effect was done by using an embossing folder from "Teresa Collins- ebosser- craftwell". I achieved the dial on the clock by again using an embossing folder from Teresa Collins. I cut the dial out of core-dinations card and using a sander rubbed across to reveal the details. I have just edged the clock with some peel-offs. The granddad is done using Tonic die and the "happy birthday" is a memory box die. The sentiment is from Anna-Marie Designs.