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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.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A little bit of gold!!

Afternoon!! Wow - it's been a while since I've posted!! Lots happening and time just gets away!! But, tonight on Hochanda, Crafter's Companion will be on with a gorgeous Centura Pearl Metallics One Day Special.

I used three of the colours from the Precious Golds collection along with the gorgeous Beatrice Die'sire Create a Card to create the layers on this Ivory box. A few pearls, some ribbon and paper roses completed the look.
I also made a twisted easel card using another of the golds with some Snow White Hint of Gold, and again used the Beatrice Create a Card die. The sentiment is Classiques Only Words, and I used the Essentials Flowers for all Occasions 3.  
Be sure to tune in at 8pm tonight to see the full collection and all the amazing samples from the team.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Inspirational Foiling

Morning! Did you catch the 7am show with Fiona demonstrating the fabulous foils. Here's another of my creations - a little wall hanging. I used elements from the Opulent Flourishes pack of transfers with Rose Gold Foil. 
The base is cream mountboard - left over from Sheena's Paint Fusion collection, and I used a bit of Pebeo King Gold gilding wax on the edges.

Fiona has one more show today at 11am - tune in for more inspiration from the team.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Foiled wedding sentiments

More foil samples today!. This is a set of  4x4 wedding cards made using sentiments from the Opulent Flourishes transfer set. 
Each one uses gold foil onto the transfer.

And I matted onto gold glitter card from the Luxury Card pack.

A few little gems just finishes it off.
Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for the shows.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Opulent foiling!!

Morning. Have another Foil Transfer sample to share with you today. Is quite the opposite style to the card from yesterday, as it is busy and bright.

All the transfers are from the Delicate Details pack.  The border is from one of the sheets, where I cut out all the elements in the middle to keep it square. The centre square is cut from part of the larger full pattern sheet, and Thinking You is from the sentiment sheet.

I used the Raspberry Pink foil on the satin gold card from the Luxury Card pack, and the gold foil on the pink card. I used more of each card for the base and for matting and layering. A few little gems in the corners - and it's done.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Fantastic Foils

Morning!! Today I have a sneak peek of the gorgeous new foils and transfers that will byeon Hochanda on Tuesday.

There are several different packs to choose from, each containing four 6"x6" transfer sheets. One is a large design covering the whole sheet, one is sentiments and the other two are elements and embellishments.

I love the way they can be used on CAS cards - not normally my style, but I really love the effect. The sentiment and embellishments are from the Delicate Details pack, used with the Royal Purple Foil.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

February Scrapbooking

Afternoon!! I managed to find time today to do my February scrapbook page, following the instructions from the wonderful Jen Fisher aka The Scrapbook Lady. 

But I have to admit, that I only sort of followed her instructions as I turned the layout on its side - and used different colours!!

Instead of the pink heart paper from the 12x12 Little Angel pad, I used the blue dots. And I then chose some of the red papers from the 5x5 Together Forever pad - instead of the pink. I felt it all went better with the photo of my OH and out dog.

The dies are all Diamond Press dies, and came as part of the February scrapbooking bundle.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

It's nearly gone!!

Not much left of the Weekday Wonder - so just popped on to share another card with you. This one is a centre stepper card, made using Centura Pearl Fresh Whtie double sided card. The papers are from the 6x6 pad, and I embossed more of the Centura Pearl with the Delicate Lace folder.

I also used lots of the lovely dies - Filigree Flourish, Classic Lily, Chic Butterfly and Weathered Window. The sentiment and banner are from the Cherished Moments stamp and die set. I finished it off with some pearl embellishments and Baker's Twine.


Monday, 27 February 2017


Just a couple pf hours to go before the launch of Sara's Shabby Chic Collection. This one is a little clutch bag, that could be used for a gift card or money! It's from the Ult Cards CD - I just didn't add the handle.

The base is embossed with the Rose Garden folder from the collection and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The papers are from the 6x6 pack, and I used the Antique Edge, Filigree Flourish and Aged Rose dies - with lots of distressed edges and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I also used the papers on the inside - and added a Velcro fastener to keep the bag closed. 


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Shabby Chic Picture

Morning!! Just a quick post as I'm off shortly for a day's Mixed Media workshops with the amazing Finnabair!! Super excited!!

Anyway, this is a picture frame I made using the Shabby Chic collection from Sara Davies.

The frame is just as I bought it (from the Range) - as I thought the distressed colour was perfect. I used paper from the 6x6 paper pad for the background, including fussy cutting the flowers used in the top right corner!

I used a combination of Kraft and papers to cut with the Chic Butterflies, Classic Lily, Antique Edge and Aged Rose dies- with lots of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The little corner pieces are from the Weathered Wood die. I also used the Cherished Memories Stamp and Die set for the sentiment. A little bit of garden twine and co-ordinating Baker's Twine - along with Linen Script Ribbon from the collection - finished it all off.

Enjoy your day!! 


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Shabby Chic Tag Card

Morning!! Have another Shabby Chic sample to share today!! This one is a tag shaped Kraft card cut with Die'sire Create a Card Base Die - Stacey, which I embossed with the Rose Garden folder, and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

The pink papers (all inked with Tattered Rose Distress Ink) are from the 6x6 paper pad, as are the black flourish and pieces behind the window. The window is the Weathered Window die from the collection, and I also used the Chic Butterflies dies and the Filigree flourish. 

The sentiment and the banner it is on are both from the Cherished Memories stamp and die set. I've also used a bit of lace from the Lace Ribbon pack, with some little pearl embellishments.

Keep an eye out for more Shabby Chic samples. 


Friday, 24 February 2017

Shabby Chic is on its way!!!

Afternoon, I'm a bit late to the party, but here's my first sneak peek!! Next Monday - 27th February - sees the long awaited launch of Sara Davies' new Shabby Chic Signature collection!! It's a fabulous range of papers, dies, embossing folders and accessories!

This side stepper is made from Cream Linen card, and uses papers from the 6x6 pad along with the Antique Edge, Aged Rose and Filigree Flourish dies. The little image is cut using Die'sire Essentials Circles dies from one of the papers - as is the wording on the tag. I distressed the edges of the papers with my Tim Holtz Distress tool, and inked with Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Flower Canvas

Morning!! Didn't get round to posting yesterday, so thought I should get on with it this morning. So I have a little canvas to share, made using Crafter's Companion Spring Flowers Mixed Media dies. 

I used a little canvas and painted the edges dark blue, then added strips of white canvas from a roll to make the edge look neater. 

I cut the flowers out of denim (2 layers) and the canvas roll (3 layers). I also used Funky foam (1 layer).

The sentiment is from the Die'sire Sentimentals Nature set, stamped with Midnight Versacraft onto canvas roll.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Smitten Kitten

Today I have an 8x8 card made using Crafter's Companion Catitudes, using the first of the twin CDs for the image, sentiment, embellishments and one of the papers.

I also used the silver embossed musical paper from the 8x8 pad, and embossed a piece of black card with the matching embossing folder. I highlighted this with Pebeo silver gilding wax.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Upright Stepper Card

I'm a bit later posting today, but better late than never!! So, this one is an upright stepper card - instructions on the Ulti Cards CD - using the Die'sire Bride and Groom Edge'able with some double sided printed A3 card from my stash. 

I also used the matt mirror card from the gold Luxury Cardstock pack. The letters are Diamond Press Block Alpha, and the champagne flutes are from Sara Signature Together Forever Collection.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

I want to ride my bicycle!!

Morning! Thought I would share another Diamond Press card. This one is using the "Bike" mini stamp and die set. 

It's quite a simple card, using papers from the May 2016 download from the website. I stamped the bike in Versafine Smoky Gray - onto white paper, the green paper from the download, and also onto Shrink Plastic.

I layered it up to create the effect of the bike being on the grass amongst the trees, and created an embellishment from the shrink plastic.

Enjoy your day!! 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Multi Faceted Box!

Morning! Today's offering combines one of the fab projects from the Advanced Big Score DVD, with the gorgeous Ice Blue Luxury Card Pack and one of the amazing Die'sire Everyday Edge'ables - this one is Butterfly Love.

As I said, the base box was made following the instructions on the DVD, using a sheet of A3 double sided card from the Downton Abbey collection.

I used the mirror card from the Ic Blue Luxury Card pack to cut the Edge'ables, leaving a strip at the bottom to go along each side of the box. I backed this with the glitter card from the back, then more mirror card underneath. I created the topper in the same way. 

I finished off with a bow and lots of sparklers!


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Floral Lace Heart

Hello! Today I have a straightforward easel card, made using Crafter's Companion Die'sire Everyday Create a Card - Floral Lace Heart!

The base is made from Crafter's Companion White Linen card, and the matts and layers are the glitter and matt mirror card from the Silver Luxury Card pack. The red is from Papermill.

I used the Congratulations sentiment Create a Card die for the easel stopper, and decorate with pearls and a ribbon bow.

With Valentine's day coming up, this could easily be adapted to make a great Valentine's card!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

World Cancer Day

Good morning! You may - or may not - know, that today (4th February) is World Cancer Day - time to raise awareness of this horrible disease that we need to keep fighting. It also happens to be the second anniversary of my Dad passing away from Cancer. It's strange, but oddly comforting,  that the two dates will always coincide!

You may also be aware, that the lovely Jen Fisher, one of my lovely friends from Crafter's Companion is on a campaign to get us all scrapbooking this year! So I decided that I would scrapbook a photo of my lovely Dad.

Her first video tutorial is available to view - just sign up for the 12 months of scrapbooking for free via the Crafter's Companion FB page - and be inspired.

I didn't have the kit with all the gorgeous English Country Garden stuff, so I have improvised and slightly adapted the layout to work with what I had left in the Downton Abbey 12x12 paper pad.

After watching the video, I worked out the layout below (although you will see from the end product I added another light strip in - to break up the blue). 

All these blue tones fit really well with the photo - and I chose to ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I then added in flowers cut with Sara Signature English Country Garden Lazy Daisy and Grand Floral. And the flourishes are from the Butterfly Lullaby Collection. 

I'm really happy with the result - and may well make all my pages for the year using photos of my Dad. I certainly have plenty to choose from!!

Enjoy your day!! 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Everlasting Love

Morning!! Today I have a card made using Leonie Pujol's Everlasting Love, coloured with Spectrum Aqua Markers.  If you know the stamp, you will know that it only has two flowers, and I wanted three, so I used Pebeo Masking Gum to mask out the first stamp, and then inked up only the extra piece I wanted.

I then masked the third flower off so I could do the background - essentially a wet on wet technique. I did this on another piece of card, too, for an extra layer for the card.

I then built up the colour on the flowers. 

And, as always seems to happen, I forgot to take anymore photos!! So, I completed the flower, leaves and stems, and then matted and layered to complete the card. 

The main Spectrum Aqua colours I used were: Florals - Marigold, Jasmine, Sunflower, Bud Green, Leaf Green, Orchid, Heather.


Thursday, 2 February 2017


Good morning!! I'm still trying to catch up with sharing cards I made last year - and this is one of them. I made it for my step-daughter for her birthday, just before she when to Thailand. Part of her trip included spending some time at a elephant sanctuary - so I thought this would be an appropriate image to use.

It is, of course, Sheena Douglass' Marching Elephants from her Taste of India collection. I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers: Elephant - IG3, 4, 5, 7; Ground - IG1, 2; Cover - FS2, 3, 4 & GT1, 2, 3; Tusks - TN1, EB1,2. I added a little sparkle with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle pen. 

I then embossed teal card from Papermill with the co-ordinating folder, and then swiped Pebeo Silver gilding wax over the top. The papers are from two different pads from The Works: the peach from the Pretty Pastels, and the teal stripe from the Vintage Chic.

The sentiment is from Crafter's Inspiration 6, stamped with Memento Gray Flannel. I finished it off with ribbon and Hobby House flowers.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tropical Nectar

Morning!! Fiona is on again today with the Spectum Noir Illustrator pens. 

This tag is made using Sheena Douglass "A Little Bit Sketchy" Tropical Nectar stamp, coloured with:
Flower: Basics - Flame Red, Portrait - Cream, Hues - Gold 
Leaves/Stem: Tints - Pale Citrus, Hues - Pear Green

The sentiment is from Crafter's Inspiration 6, stamped with Versafine Onxy Black.

Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Catitudes Diorama

Morning!! Loads going on on Hochanda today!! The Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens are back - and so is the fabulous Catitudes CD featuring the art work of the fabulous Marilyn Robertson.

This diorama card is made using the papers and digital elements from CD2. I love the black and yellow together!!

Make sure to tune in to see Debbie at 8am, 10am and 3pm to catch all the offers on the CD, dies, stamps and embossing folders!


Monday, 30 January 2017

Sparkling Flowers

Today's offereing is an 8x8 card that uses a Just Inklined digi called "Open Rose Vase". The sentiment is from Crafter's Inspiration 6, stamped with Onyx Black Versafine.

I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to colour the image:
Roses: Red Berry, Crystal Clear, Spun Gold 
Leaves: Black, Holly Green, Crystal Clear
Vase: Black, Sterling, Crystal Clear 

The embossed background was created using an Embossalicious 8x8 folder called Rose Garden.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Spectrum Noir AquaBlends

Fiona was on Hochanda yesterday with the gorgeous Spectrum Noir AquaBlends. This is using Sheena Douglass' Magnolia Blossom on Crafter's Companion Watercolour Card.

The pencils I used were :
Flower: Florals - Elderberry
Leaves: Naturals - Cypress, Oregano
Stem: Essentials - Black Umber 

I made the image into a circular easel card using Crafter's Companion Matt Black card, with some pink from my stash.


Friday, 27 January 2017

Big Box Card

Morning!! I have another Catitudes project today! This one is a large pop up box card - made from an A3 sheet of double sided Centura Pearl Fresh White card. 

The papers are from the 8x8 paper pack, with the images, sentiment and embellishments from both of the CDs. I embossed some matching card with the Ornate Fans folder, and die cut the Cat Silhouette, the Boutique sign and the fans from the Oriental Additions.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

A bit of Catittudes!

I loved working on the launch of the Catitudes range. It has such fun images and gorgeous colours! And even better, all the elements available in digital format for playing around with!

And that's what I did with this little boxed set of cards.

Each card is roughly 4x4, and was created entirely digitally (I use Publisher) then printed directly onto Sheena White Stamping card!!

I just loved playing around with the images and background papers, layering and moving around!! I absolutely love physical papercrafting - but I do rather enjoy doing this kind of thing now and again!


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Teddy Bear!

Morning! More colouring today! This time with the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens. The image is from Just Inklined, and is called Baby Boys Clothes. However, you can see that I chose to use pinks and purples to colour it in.

The colours I used are: 
Teddy: Tints - Blossom, Moonlight, Tones - Pink Lace, Vintage Pink, Portrait - Ivory
Blankets: Tints - Vanilla, Moonlight,
Blossom, Tones - Pink Lace, Vintage Pink, Wisteria, Old Lavender, Portrait - Ivory
Booties: Tones - Wisteria, Old Lavender, Tints - Lavender, Vanilla, Moonlight,
Portrait - Ivory
The sentiment stamp is from Crafter’s Inspiration 6, the patterned papers from an old Kanban A4 pad, and I decorated with pearls.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A little watercolour....

Something totally different today! A circular tent fold card I made using the Spectrum Aqua pens and Sheena's Passion Flower stamp from the "A Little Bit Sketchy" range.

I love the Spectrum Aqua pens as you can scribble them on a tile, spritz them, and use them for backgrounds, as well as using them directly on the card. That's how I created the background for the card.

I did attempt the Bokeh effect with Pebeo White Gesso too - but it was rather a feeble attempt and really doesn't show up.

The main colours I used were from the Nature set- Sea Green and Peacock Blue. I also used Essentials Black and Spice for centres and Florals Jasmine and Orchid for centres.