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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

A little more Illustrator!

Morning! Just popping on with another of the samples I made with the new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens. This is a stepper card made with another Just Inklined image called Three Wise. My niece is obsessed with Orang Utans - and Just Inklined have several that I have used for her cards!!
The pens I used are: 
Bodies: Portrait - Dark Brown, Natural Brown, Cream
            Hues - Amber, Gold
Hands/Feet: Portrait - Dusty Pink, Peach

The sentiment is from Crafter’s Inspiration 6, and I used Embosalicious A4 Argyle embossing folder!

Enjoy your day!! 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Birthday time means new goodies!!

Morning!! It's been a while since I have blogged. Not because I have nothing to share, but just that I don't seem to have time to get on here and blog!! Anyway, just had to pop on to share with you some samples I have made using the brand new Illustrator pens from Crafter's Companion. They come with a brush nib as standard, and the other end is an ultra fine nib. There are eight packs of 6 pens, and 4 packs of 12 pens. 
The first of my samples is using a Just Inklined image called Masquerade. The colours I have used are:
Feathers: Portrait - Ivory
               Earth - Khaki, Moss Green, Raw Sienna, Goldenrod

               Tints - Vanilla, MoonlightMask: Earth - Petrol Blue, Pale Mint          Tints - Duck EggRibbon: Portrait - Ivory
             Earth - Raw Sienna, Goldenrod
             Tints - Vanilla, Moonlight

The base card is Papermill Teal card, and I have used Hobby House flowers for embellishment. The sentiment is from one of the free Crafter's Inspiration sets!

Don't forget to join Leann at 10 on Hochanda for the launch!! 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Large Fancy Edge'able Box and Card!

A very quick post to share with you! This one is made with the Rococo larger Die'sire Fancy Edge'able.

I only do a few commissions for friends and family now, and it's usually for a special occasion - wedding, anniversary, big birthday! And  they are invariably for my boxed cards. This is using Centura Pearl Fresh White double sided card, with Mink from the Pastels set.

The panel on the front is made from using 4 of the edge'ables, and then mitering them at the corners. The hearts are cut with Die'sire Essentials Hearts, and the outside edge of Sara Signature Love and Romance Collection - Decorative Heat. I used the Elegant Orchid Embossing folder. and the flowers are Sara Signature English Country Garden - Roll up flower.
 I always decorate the inside of the boxes for these special cards. 
And the card itself has layers of the edge'able as well as it being cut from the bottom of the card.
Back soon,

Thursday, 1 September 2016

New Fancy Edge'ables

Afternoon!! Have popped on to share a peek at the new Fancy Edge'ables that are launching on Hochanda tonight. They are 7.5" long - and the designs are gorgoeous!
This a a bow fronted card made using the Marseille design with the fabulous peacocks. The base card is Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver, and the patterned card is from the Downton Abbey 12x12 pad. I added more peacocks using the Kimono peacock die, and added a Die'sire Essentials Only Words sentiment. 

It's the first time I've made a bow fronted card - and I rather like it!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Silver Anniversary!!

I was asked to make a 25th Wedding Anniversary card for my friend to give to her husband. Apart from the wording, all she said was "something modern". This is what I came up with.
The card base is A3 Fresh White Centura Pearl, teamed up with the Matt Silver card from the Sara Signature Together Forever collection. I also used a darker matt grey paper for contrast.  
The champagne flutes are from Sara Signature Together Forever Collection, and the rose is from Verity Rose Cupcake Accessories collection. I also used the Lattice Flourish Edge'able die that came free with Crafter's Companion Crafter's Inspiration Issue 8. The bubbles were cut with the centre die from Essentials Flowers for All Occasions 1. And the lettering is Die'ire Contemporary Alphabet and the little Essentials Alphabet.
I always make a matching box to go with these 8x8 celebration card - and to decorate th inside of that too!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Back today with another Spectrum Aqua card. This again uses Sheena's "The Beach" stamp - but this time with more sunset colours.
The colours I have used for this one are: Sunset, Amber, Topaz, Kingfisher, Peacock Blue, Sea Green, Boulder, Evergreen, Desert, Fawn, Chestunut from the Nature set and Charcoal and Moss from the Essentials set.
I used the scribble technique to create the background card, then spritzed it with water...
... before placing a piece of watercolour card on top to soak up the colour. Matt Black card helps to bring out the the sunset colours. And now I shall be heading out into the garden to do some tidying up before a little family BBQ tonight.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Getting Organised!!

Hardly seems like the Summer has begun - and yet it's only a week and a bit until term starts again. Am beginning to think of what I need to make sure I have for school - a trip to Staples is on the cards. And I need to get organised with other things in my life - like receipts and the like. And all the inspiration I've collected for art journalling. So I think I might need to make myself a couple of these organisers from Crafter's Companion Big Score.
I made this one a while ago with card from the Below Stairs Downton Abbey A3 pack. They look so complicated - but it's actually really easy to make. All the instructions are on the Big Score DVD.