Tuesday, 7 January 2014


I'm on a roll, and have made another man's card for later this month.

This was a nice and easy one to colour and make, so would like to enter it into the current Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Keep it Clean (and Simple):

The image is a bugaboo one, and coloured to match the paper.  Ribbon is from my stash.

Monday, 6 January 2014


I made this card a little while ago, and have to admit that I love it so much I won't be giving it away!

I love the image and because the layout really works, and it has 3 of my favourite embellishments on - ribbon; butterflies, die cut flourish.  I therefore want to enter it into this weeks Incy Wincy Design Challenge - to use 3 of your favourite embellishments (ribbon; butterflies and flourish):

The pretty dp paper is from my stash, and the image is a lily of the valley one.  It is a 5 x 5 card made using a kraft card, that I have just got into using, and have found it to be so versitile for many cards. The organza ribbon really shows the sparkle of it, and the butterflies are 3d.  One cut from kraft card, with another cut from the same dp paper, and stuck together.  A little pearl has been added to each butterfly.  The flourish was again cut from kraft card, on my cuttlebug.  Another craftwork card sentiment has been used.

Sunday, 5 January 2014


Back in December, I was very sorry and sad to say goodbye to a really good friend at work.  I've known Val for 3 years, and although she was only working in the office one day a week we became very closing, having the same kind of humour, worth ethic and both have kids.  She has always been there when I needed a shoulder to cry on or have a whinge, and would always brighten up the office whenever she was in.

She has left to spend some more time with her daughter Anna, and I will miss her terribly.

Work asked me to make her a leaving card, so I made a newspaper one.  After being given a few 'headlines' to use this is what I came up with:

I then wanted to make Val a special card just from me, and had the ideal digi stamp in mind to use.  With another colleague we were the 3 musketeers at work, but now I'm the only one left in the office :(, and this image really does sum up the 3 of us and our relationship outside work!

The image is a bugaboo one, which has been coloured with promarkers, and matted onto kraft card.  Some pretty dp  and a ribbon and hand tied bow, complete the card

I'd like to enter the 'Friends don't let Friends wine alone card, into the following challenges:

Val loved both cards, although the bottom one made her cry because of what I'd written inside (it was nice!), and truth be told I cried when I wrote it.

We will definitely keep in touch, and in fact for Christmas she has organised for me to spend the day with her, with a trip around Windsor Castle, which I am really looking forward to doing. 

Friday, 3 January 2014


The first cards of every year, that I need to make are always for men, and how I struggle to do those!

I needed one for my neighbour who was 95 yesterday, and one for my uncle whose birthday is tomorrow and having absolutely no inspiration after making the Christmas cards for 2014, I took a wonder and saw this video on you tube.  Having watched the video the card looked really easy to make, so in the space of 1/2 an hour I'd made these two, and am really really pleased with the way the cards came out:

I just chose some male designer papers that I had, that I never know what to do with, and made complimenting ties with another design paper.  Both the shirt and the tie were then backed on a kraft card. These cards are really easy to make and look fab, so it looks as though men's cards for me this year, are all sorted! When I make some more, then all I would do differently would be to make sure that the paper for the shirt is a bit thinner, so that the folds are easier to do.

I'd like to enter the second card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hands Challenge - anything goes
Keep It Simple - anything goes
Simply Create Too - anything goes

Thursday, 2 January 2014


Day 2 of the new year, and I have made 60 cards already for next Christmas!

For this year's card I wanted to make something quick and easy, and for the first time every all the cards that I send/give will be exactly the same.

I have started to look on Pintrest for inspiration, and came across, what I thought was a really stunning card, and have recreated it.  I liked the simplicity of this card because it only uses one strip of double sided tape on each card.  Unfortunately though, I only had enough ribbon to tie one card, and will have to wait till the weekend, to go and buy some more from my local haberdashery to go and get more and hope they have what I need:

Now that the Papermill shops have disappeared, I am really stuck on where to get decent card from, so took a trip to Hobbycraft and found packs of 10 200gms card that would make 20 cards, so bought 3 packs.  The embossing folder is Craft Concepts - Merry Christmas and the tree a hobbycraft punch.

The embossed card, is pearl card, that I bought by mistake when I first started cardmaking, so it has taken me almost 7 years, to finally make use of it!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

As you like it - favourite single colour and why -  i love working with red, for christmas cards, as it really says 'Christmas' to me.  By using it as the main colour in this card design, I think it looks stunning.
Happy Campers Craft Collective - Christmas