Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Get Spooked

We're getting spooky this week over at My Mums Craft Shop. I've gone with a triangle card for this one, just because the shape is a bit like a witches hat. So pop over and see what the rest of the DT have been up to -  if you dare!!!!!
My tip for Top Tip Tuesday is
 - highlight dry embossing by lightly patting embossing ink on the raised design, then add clear embossing powder to heat emboss. 

Challenges Entered
Top Tip Tuesday - Trick or Treat
Addicted to Stamps - Halloween
Thanks for looking

Monday, 24 October 2011

Look at the Stars

look how they shine for you- this has been in my head all week! Hopefully now the card is made I can change the record. I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but I LOVE this card - I love the image, the colours, the PATP punch, and the embellishments. The flourish and the label are brand spankin' new and only arrived this morning; I was so lucky to win $25 to spend at Simon Says Stamp from Just Magnolia so I bought 4 Memory Box dies - they are sooo lovely. The stars were a Hobby Craft bargain from years ago and are really for flower arranging, bit I removed the wires, put them away and forgot about them until I was searching for something else and re-found them.

Challenges Entered
TOMIC - Bingo (top left to bottom right -metal spacer, lace punch, leaf doohickey)
Paper Sundaes - Sparkle, Flowers & Distressing
Winter Wonderland - Vintage Christmas
Thanks for looking

Sunday, 23 October 2011


The restful colours of this Crate paper seemed perfect for Yoga Tilda. To continue the theme, I de-stressed (sp) the edges (get it!) and added some watch bits. The zipper rose? I made myself; I had a look on youtube for tutorials, but the ones I saw weren't quite what I had in mind, so I had a play and this is one of the results.

Challenges Entered
TOMIC - Let's Get Sporty with a Sketch
Magnolia-licious Challenges - Colour challenge
Crafts4eternity - at least 1 metal Embellishment (zipper rose)
Fab n Funky - Distressed or torn
Clear It Out - Trims
Thanks for Looking

Get Well Soon

Yesterday, I saw this brill tutorial on Stempeleinmaleins What a lovely idea? So I started thinking I'd probably throw my first attempt in the bin, but it went so well and grew into two get well projects.

Challenges Entered
Magnolia Down Under - Getting Punchy
Just Magnolia - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Totally Papercrafts - Layer Upon Layer
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon & Lace
Little Darlings - Use Scor-pal
Flutterby Wednesday - Butterflies
The Sweet Stop - Sketch (left hand card)
Whimsy Stamps - Make your own flowers
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 21 October 2011

The Count

I had fun with this card - I haven't made a shaker card for ages. It also gave me the opportunity to use a bandage I got from the chemist, which I dyed using distress inks - by the time I'd finished, my hands looked like I'd been digging coal.

Challenges Entered
C.R.A.F.T. - Autumn/Fall
Crop Stop - Halloween
Paperplay - Use Black
7kids - Halloween
Stampavie and more - Halloween
Truly Scrumptious - Shaker Boxes
Creative Card Crew - Halloween Fun
Papertake - Spooky Hues
Magnolia Mania - Small Scene
Fussy and Fancy - Black, Border Punch & Bling
Cupcake Crafts - Buttons and Bows

Thanks for looking

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Let It Snow? no thank you

It's so lovely to look at snow, but I'm not a fan. So the best place for it is on a card!

Challenges Entered
The Sweet Stop - Sketch and recycle (fence)
Just Magnolia - Distressed Edges
Anything Goes - To The Letter
Ooh -La-La  -Let It Snow

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Fancy a cuppa?

The theme this week at My Mums Craft Shop is food and drink, so I thought I'd make something other than a card and this is what I settled on. The mug is just card wrapped around a cylinder until the glue dried, then I added the circle base and curled card handle and decoration. I added 2 'options' sachets and put some mini marshmallows in a cello bag.

Challenges Entered
Ladybug Crafts - Pink, circle, chocolate
My Time To Craft - Punches and dies
Tuesday Throwdown - Shaped Card
Thanks for looking

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Hubble Bubble

I've had this card floating around in my head for a few weeks, and I had the shadow box all cut and ready but that was as far as I'd got - then it all seemed to fall together at once - maybe a bit of Halloween magic?

Challenges Entered
One Stop - Halloween
Craft Your Days Away - Halloween Colours
CES - Forever Autumn
ABC - B for Boo
Simply Magnolia - Halloween
Cute Card Thursday - Trees/Leaves
Deep Ocean - Fall Colours
7 Kids - Halloween
Crop Stop - Falling Leaves
Cupcake Crafts - Halloween
Sparkles Forum - Halloween
Crazy 4 Challenges - Something for an upcoming Holiday
Our Creative Corner - Totally Transparent (recycled packaging acetate-window)
Alphabet Challenge - Soon to be Halloween
Card Making Mamas - Halloween
Fussy and Fancy - Halloween
Totally Papercrafts - Acetate (window)
Thanks for looking

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Think Pink

We're at the halfway mark over on Let's Ink It Up so there's still time to enter and maybe win a great prize.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Lavender and Lace

I love a non traditional colour scheme for Christmas cards, and I thought this Tilda looked so pretty in lilac.

Challenges Entered
Colour Create -Lilac, grey, white & optional snowflakes
Charisma Cardz - In Stitches
Just Magnolia - Distressing - (inked edges & sanded, embossed card)
Aud Sentiments - Winter theme
ABC Christmas Challenge - Unused Stash - Verse Stamps by LOTV used for first time
Bearly Mine - Easel Does It
The Stamping Boutique - Someone Special (in greeting)
Creatalicious - Distress your edges 

Thanks for looking

Three French Hens

If any bird should be singing at Christmas, surely it would be a hen - the pressure is totally off them for once! These three happy chooks make me smile, and they're surely belting out the 12 days of Christmas.

Challenges Entered
Passion For Promarkers - Christmas Critters
C.R.A.F.T. - Recipe - 1 ribbon, 2 shapes & glitter
CES - Seeing Red
The Paper Shelter - We Love Animals
Cards For Men - Make us Laugh
Jingle Belles - A Caroling We Will Go
Christmas Inspirations - Bird or Flowers
Sparkles Forum - Christmas Songs

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Warm and Snug

I think this new release Tilda looks so snuggly in her PJ's, all ready for Santa.

Challenges Entered
Bunny Zoe's - Lace It Up
TOMIC - Seated Tilda & Doohickey
CLP - Sketch 41
Winter Wonderland - Autumn Colours
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes - Coffee & Cream optional
Top Tip Tuesday - DP & homemade flowers
Tip - make silver charms gold by inking with versamark and then embossing in gold powder
Little Red Wagon - Just The Ticket
Paper Sundaes - Fave Colour Combo ( Browns/Creams)

Thanks for looking


This is my first Design Team project for My Mums Craft Shop and this weeks theme is 'Reminds you of a Song' - mine is Blessed by Elton John. I do hope you'll visit us and see what the rest of the fab DT have come up with. This week we are sponsored by Prairie Fairy, who are offering 4 free images to the winner.

Challenges Entered
Top Tip Tuesday - Use DP and handmade flowers
Tip -  save the acetate from packaging- It's ideal for using as windows etc in cards as well as for strengthening  between layers on flimsier cardstock.
Papertake - 3 Different shapes

Thanks for looking

Monday, 10 October 2011


After our warm and sunny week last week, autumn seems to be back with a vengeance here, so it seemed appropriate to be working on a Halloween card this weekend. I think Tilda looks so sweet, if a little bemused, all dressed up and ready to spook.

Challenges Entered
Tip - If I cant find right shade of card for die cuts to embellish my cards, I use promarkers on white card instead to get exactly the right colour. 
Paperplay - Autumnal
7 Kids - Fall
Crop Stop - Dainty Doily
Stamping for the weekend - Colours of Autumn
Fussy and Fancy - Fall or Halloween
Crafty Ribbons - Pretty Spooky
Little Darlings - Fall or Halloween
2 Sisters - Halloween
Dutch Card Lovers - Halloween
Totally Tilda - Halloween
Cupcake Crafts - Halloween

Thanks for spooking!

Friday, 7 October 2011

What's Cookin'?

Cake without the calories!

Challenges Entered
Cute Card Thursday - Time For Cake
C.R.A.F.T - Bright Colours
Dutch Dare - Special Fold
All That Scraps - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Die Cuts/Punches

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Got Bling?

A couple of years ago, my mother in law received a black and white Christmas card - she was outraged! ' why would anyone send a black and white Christmas card? It's awful!' I was so glad I hadn't gone monochrome that year!! I actually think black and white can look really elegant; traditionalists probably wouldn't agree, but each to their own.
It's not showing too well on screen, but I have gone a bit mad with the bling with this card - I made my own paper and added Perfect Pearls Mist, used stickles on the die cut poinsettias, then a few diamant√© to finish.

Challenges Entered
Cupcake Craft - Black & White Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Easel Cards
Papertake - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Bingo - Glitter, 2PP(made my own) Flowers
Dream Valley - Monochrome
Sparkles Forum - Sparkles

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Too Cute To Spook.

I loved making this card! I think because it's a favourite colour scheme of mine, not only in craft, but in home decor and clothing. I was also pleased to be able to use the lace, which was a charity shop find a couple of years ago - it's been too 'precious' to use until I had a word with myself!

Challenges Entered
Magnoliahaaste - Embossing Folders (woodgrain)
Simply Magnolia - Autumn Colours
Magnolialicious Highlites - Sketch, orange & octagon
Anything Goes - Die cuts/Punches (tattered florals &embossed leaf)
Papertake - Anything goes & something punched (Leaves)

Thanks for looking

Monday, 3 October 2011

Tilda and Edwin Halloween scrapbook

I haven't made a mini book for a while, so this project provided the perfect opportunity. I used the Cricut to cut out the treat bag in patterned paper and chipboard; the pages are also shaped but without the handles. The cute diamant√© bat cost 59p! It was a brooch, but I pulled the back off and attached it with Glossy Accents.

Challenges Entered
Secret Crafter - Halloween
TOMIC - Halloween (anything but a card)
Tando Creative - Halloween

Thanks for dropping by.

Make A Wish

My goodness - more pink! Unlike the previous card, this one seemed to just fall together, and I really like how it turned out. I did plan on it being an easel card, but in the end I decided on a PATP mat to emphasise the pink rather than the white.

Challenges Entered
C.R.A.F.T. - Photo inspiration
Magnolia Down Under - Pink, White & Gold
Deep Ocean - Happy Birthday
Crafters Companion - Pink & Green

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Pink, Pink, Pink

I've gone all pink and sparkly with this one!! This was a slow burner for me; I really like the pink holly paper and it went well with the dots then I added the doily and Tilda but was less than taken with it all. So I left it, I find it hard to move onto something new when I have a card on the go, so it just sat there for a couple of days taunting me with it's incompleteness. Today I took the bull by the horns - added the die cut flourish and it all started to come together at once and I'm quite pleased with it now.

Challenges Entered
Magnolia Mania - photo inspiration
Crop Stop - Stamped Sentiment 'plus' friend.
All Sorts - at least 5 flowers
Winter Wonderland - How Charming
CES - Pretty Girls/Gorjuss
Christmas Inspirations - Birds or Flowers
Paper Sundaes - Lots of Layers
Sparkles Forum - Christmas Song - Hark the Herald Angels
Thanks For Looking 

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tag It

Boy has it been a busy week.
I was honoured to be asked to be the Guest Designer over on Craft Your Days Away this week, for the theme  Tag It. I opted for a pop up tag card, and made my own distressed ink/ embossed paper.

Challenges Entered
2 Sisters - Fancy Folds
Crafty Hazelnuts - For a male
Dutch Dare - Bingo (Ribbon, Flowers, Die cuts)
Crafts and Me - Flowers
Paper Pretties - Sentiment as focal point

Thanks for looking


This is my first project for Lets Ink It Up This month the theme is Think Pink, since this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and our sponsor for the month is Mad For Markers, who have kindly donated a Copicendium and a stamp of your choice

I made a little book for writing inspirational quotes in to maybe help a loved one and show they are in your thoughts.
The covers are made from mountboard, which I covered with canvas; the canvas had been embossed using a cuttlebug folder, then I highlighted the raised pattern with distress inks. The heart is a chipboard, again embossed with cuttlebug, then heat embossed in silver and white. Finally I made the rolled roses and added the 'hope' button.
Challenges Entered
All Sorts - Flowers
Crafts4eternity - Anything Goes
Fairy Fun Fridays - Pink and Distressed
Fun With Shapes - Shabby/Vintage
Charisma Cards - Love (heart)
Dutch Dare Challenge - Bingo (ribbon, flowers, die cuts)
Pals Paper Arts - Heat Embossing
Papercrafting Journey - Die Cuts/Punches
My Sheri - Think Pink
Hiding In My Craftroom - Pink
More Than Favours - Breast Cancer Awareness
Thanks For Looking