British biker

British biker

Hi everyone!
It feels a bit weird posting this card having just watched the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah. I have a nephew who loved the Olympics and is a fan of cycling. This Lili of the Valley digi was perfect for his birthday card and I made a voucher holder to match.

I think the papers are die cut were from Papermania. Lots of layers and Kraft card which I think can help add to the boy feel.
I added background colour to the LOTV die cut by daubing distress inks onto it.
I went for a single paper for the inside.

The sentiment stamp is also LOTV- I do love their circular sentiments.

This is the holder I made for the voucher. I clipped the crown and ribbon (recycled from a gift I received) to the voucher to pull it out like a tag.

And this is the back!

I would like to enter the following challenges

613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with a twist: Kraft Paper

Little Miss Muffet Challenges –  Winter Birthdays

Moving Along With The Times – Happy Birthday
Anniversary card

Anniversary card

I’m finally having time to really get to know my Cougar cutter at the moment. Thanks to everyone over on the forum for their help- in particular big thanks to Gerti and Linda.

This is an anniversary card- hopefully not too girly!!
The back layer is a paper from Craft Artist coloured purple. I then cut the frame using textured card with my Cougar and blended Dusty concord distress ink over it. I used a sponge dauber to get more intense colour for the circle in the middle of the frame. I then cut a scalloped square with the Cougar and blended milled lavender around the edges and attached with foam pads.

 I then used a LOTV die cut on foam pads. I sponged milled lavender around the background and added Perfect Pearls. I then added some Spray and Shine.You get a lovely shimmer at certain angles but it is difficult to capture in the photo.

I made the paper inside using Craft Artist- I added the cutting files over the backing paper and recoloured them to match. This means the inside matches but it is flat and doesn’t use so much paper!!

I would like to enter the following challenges
Inky impressions- use dies or punches
Pennys challenges- weddings or anniversaries
Samuel taylors- use die cuts
Fab’n’funky challenges- no stamped images

Angelic Christmas in July!

Angelic Christmas in July!

I guess I ought to get started on the odd Christmas card. I’m feeling a bit under the weather so I made this quickly using scraps left from Christmas and an LOTV die cut. I kept it quite simple and flat to help with postage.
Iused some glimmer mist on the doily.

It’s not Christmas without some stickles on the image!

The inside is matching but quite plain.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges
Paper play challenges- Christmas in July
Delightful challenges- Christmas in July
Platypus creek digitals- things with wings
Samuel taylors- die cuts (I hope a bought one is ok!)
Die cuttin diva- die cuts (again I hope a bought one is ok)



Hi all!
I made this card for a supporter of Argyle so it is was the perfect chance to combine a male sports cards with spots and circles.

I made my papers using Craft Artist and colour matched to the Argyle logo.

I used a Lili of the Valley digi but recoloured the shirt with promarkers and did the background and football with distress inks.

This is the base when the card is opened up.

This is the back of the card.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Cute Card Thursday For the boys
Dude Time Doodles –  masculine , sports
Fab ‘n’ Funky – celebrate maleness
Crafty Sentiments – Spots or Stripes
Whimsy Inspiration – spots and dots
Do You Stack Up?Circles
Lili’s Little FairiesAnything goes
To garden or to relax in the garden?

To garden or to relax in the garden?

This is my birthday card for a gardener. It was inspired by the photo for The Stamping Boutique challenge.

I love gardening (although it’s not much fun trying to do it in the rain at the moment. I especially like when you’ve done some gardening and you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea out there!
I inked the edges of the card with distress ink. I created the background paper using Craft Artist.

I used a Lili of the Valley die cut and coloured the background and tree with Distress Inks. I used a LOTV sentiment.

In keeping with the theme I added twine and a mini metal trowel I found.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Cooking It Up With Katie -green, gorgeous, garden
Moving Along With The Times– Gardening or flowers
My Mum’s Craft shop – the great outdoors
The Stamping Boutique – Inspiration photo at top of post
Christmas cuties!!

Christmas cuties!!

I fancied a bit of a change so had a look for some Christmas inspiration in the challenges!
I’m a bit tired so I used a Lili of the Valley die cut.

I made the Silent Night paper on craft artist. I went for shiny papers for the layers and also for the punched snowflakes. I blinged up the snowflakes and added snowflake gems as well. I stickled the edges of the die cut for some more sparkle!!

I’d like to enter the following challenges (thanks to everyone who runs challenges- they really help to keep the inspiration going!).

52 Christmas Throwdown – Snowflakes
Moving Along With The Times – Merry Christmas
Lexi’s Creations – Use Your Punches and Dies
Fussy and Fancy– Punches / Dies
Whimsy Inspiration – punches/diecuts
Paper SundaesLet`s Get Cute
Penny Black and More Oh so Cute
Pile It On – Sparkle and Shine  

Platypus Creek Digitals – Bling It Up! 

Mosaic- tutorial

Mosaic- tutorial

I had a decent amount of crafting time for the first time in ages today. I wanted to make a thank you card for a friend.Time to try a new technique to use up scraps! I’m really pleased how this worked out as it is perfect for using small scraps.
I started by deciding I’d use pink and brown and sorted out some scraps in those colours and some cardboard packaging.

I took a piece of cereal packet. I tore up pieces of brown scrap papers and stuck them down with Mod Podge I used similar colours in a circular pattern. I then coloured the torn edges with brown distress ink.

I then used various scraps with two pink patterns on them to make my union jack patterned mosaic.  I coloured the torn edges with pink distress ink.

I covered the mosaic patterned paper with two layers of Mod Podge.

I used a die cut from Lili of the Valley. I cut it out and highlighted the flower, mirror and pearls using glossy accents. I added some pearl embellies to the bag. I mounted them using foam pads to get some lift.

I would like to enter the following challenges
kaboodle doodles- thank you
papertake weekly- happy highlights
card makin mamas- something old
crafts 4 eternity- clean and simple
crafters cafe blog challenge- CAS

My storecupboard January- tutorial 1!

My personal challenge for January is to have a stash ban and survive by crafting from my storecupboard. Several of us on the Money Saving Expert forum are having a stash ban. I thought I’d have a go at writing some tutorials as there are a couple of newbies who might find them useful. Hopefully the Top Tip Tuesday team will be ok with the tip being a bit long 😉

Today I’m using a technique that I think I saw on Split Coast Stampers with a couple of adaptations. I deliberately made a lot of my Christmas cards with matching papers so that I could utilise the scraps.
This is a post with lots of my bulk Christmas makes!

1. Get your scraps together! Take a big sticker (I get A4 sticker sheets from Poundland) or some scrap paper and cover it with spray adhesive.

2. Sort out the scraps into matching patters. Since I used the same size cards and papers when making my Christmas cards I had lots of scraps of the same size. I wanted to use the pieces cut from my background mats which were all about 1cm wide.

3. Choose 3 patterns that contrasetd well to use. Lined them up on your sticker. In my case green, red, holly…ad nauseum or until I ran out of paper or sticker!!

4. Place on paper trimmer so that the parallel papers are running at ninety degrees to the blade.

5. Cut equal size strips. Since my strips of paper were 1cm wide I cut 1cm strips!

6. Have a play and decide on a repeated pattern to use.Here are a couple of the ones I tried.

 7. Take another piece of sticker and put the strips onto it in your chosen pattern.

8.  Trim the ends. Keep for another project (keep an eye out for them on my blog this month as I try and use up my scraps!)

9. You should now have a backgound paper which is useable instead of lots of scraps in the bin!! In fact these are large enough for me to cut in half and use on my cards.

So here are a couple of the cards I made using this technique. The die cuts are from Lili of the valley and I highlighted them with stickles.

 Thanks for reading!
I would like to enter the cards for the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- anything goes
Phindys place challenge- scraps
If the shoe fits scrap it- use your stash
52 Christmas card throwdown- anything goes
Delicious Doodles challenge- anything goes
Card crafters circle- anything goes
The secret crafter saturday challenge- anything goes
One stop craft challenge-Winter wishes

Magical trifold

Magical trifold

Thanks to Top Tip Tuesday I was able to make this trifold card. It was for my brother and family. There will be a new addition to the family this year so I wanted  their card to represent each of them at this point.

 I designed the papers on craft artist. Each section has the appropriate name (blurred for privacy).

I used this LOTV die cut for my brother who enjoys mountain biking. I made the background using Versamark dazzle and Perfect pearls.

This second LOTV die cut was for his OH who loves baking and made our wedding cake last year- background as above.

The last image is for my nephew who loves Harry Potter.

I coloured with Promarkes and used Versamark dazzle and perfect perals to make the background.
I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- anything goes
Deep ocean challenge- surprise us
Everybody art challenge- anything goes
Stamp-n-doodle- Christmas
The pixie cottage- for someone special

Rest of my bulk Christmas card LOTV makes!

Rest of my bulk Christmas card LOTV makes!

I  have so much catching up to do on here. I was so busy getting all my makes done for Christmas that I didn’t have time to blog most of them. I went with a green, red and Kraft theme using LOTV die cuts and this has enabled me to make some cards with the matching scraps. I was really happy to make every card different and so easy I got them done in a couple of hours as I’ve only been doing this for a few months! I made quite a few so this is a really picture heavy post so remember to at least scroll to the end to see the challenges I’ve entered with some wonderful inspiration photos!

I used brilliance dew drop pigment ink to ink the die cut backgrounds. I decorated the inside of the cards as well so even more piccies!!

 You can’t see the second paper that well- it is in diamond orientation!

 I had planned to use various ribbons on several cards but I ran out of the glue I use at this point!!

On some of the backgrounds I painted snow with silver brilliance ink.

Hope that wasn’t too boring! I’d like to enter the following challenges
The playdate cafe challenge- colours as photo

My time made easy- colour challenge

Cupcake inspirations- photo

Raise the bar- it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Card crafters circle- Christmas
Fairytale challenge- something easy