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I'm a retired primary school teacher, who started paper crafting in 2008, 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. I have been lucky enough to be on blog teams and large design teams and to do a bit of freelance demonstrating - and I love the challenge of working with different products. My crafting style is very varied, from card making, inky journaling and mixed media to die cutting and watercolours - and I also love sewing and quilting. This variety keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Friday, 30 December 2022

For the little ones

A few of the cards for the children!

The first two are Hunkydory "I Dig Diggers".  The number of the first is a Trimcraft Die.


The number on this one is a Crafter's Companion Gemini Cut-In Number, and the embossing folder is Sara Signature Just For Men Checkerplate.

This one is a Hunkydory Pick 'n' Mix called Fun On Safari, with a Trimcraft Number.

This baby card is using an old Kanban Collection. 

And one for the Great-Grandparents using Hunkydory Moments and Milestones - Congratulations on Your New Baby, with Crafter's Companion Essentials Word Dies.

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Cxxxx

Thursday, 29 December 2022

For the Ladies

 A big dump of projects today, with lots of makes for my female friends and family. As said in previous posts, I predominantly use Hunkydory toppers for these makes.

Firstly, I have two Mother's Day cards - one for my Mum and one for my Mother-In-Law.  This one uses Meadow Hares - Hello Hare, with Spellbinders circle dies.

And the second uses Gardener's Paradise - Rosy Posy with Crafter's Companion 1" Alphabet Dies.

This birthday card is another from the Gardener's Paradise Collection and is called Butterfly Blue. The lettering is a Kinetic Alphabet from Crafter's Companion.  

The next two are from a Pick 'n' Mix Sheet called You're the Sweetest.



And the next two are from the Delightful Desserts sheet.



Another from the Meadow Hares collection - this one is called The March Hare.


Am not sure if this one is Kanban or Hunkydory. Either way, it's perfect for a musical friend.


And finally, this is Love Yoga, with Crafter's Companion Inverted Scalloped Dies.

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Cxxxx

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

For the Men

Some of the men's cards made for family this year. All are Hunkydory Toppers.

The first one is from the Pick 'n' Mix selection, called Need for Speed.


The second is Cheers To You - Birthday Beers, with Crafter's Companion Diamond Press Alpha for the letters.


The next one is an "A Life of Leisure" Deco Large called Let Your Dreams Take Flight. The lettering is Crafter's Companion. It's a set that was created for their Kinetic die sets.  


Here I have used Cheers To You - Wine With Friends, with the Diamond Press Alpha set.


This one uses Hunkydory Little Book of All Ages, with the Block Alpha set.


And finally, this one is another Pick 'n' Mix called Man Of The Match, with Julie Hickey Designs Sweet Pea Alphabet.

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Cxxxx

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Anniversaries and Special Birthdays

Today's project dump includes anniversary cards and an 18th Birthday card. As I said in my last post, I use predominantly Hunkydory toppers for friends and family cards.

The first one uses Hunkydory Violet Delights Afternoon Tea. The decorative die is Jeanine's Art Happy Birds - The Circle of Flowers.


The second uses Bear Hugs - From the Heart.


This is my anniversary card for my husband which uses Birthday Wishes - Let's Celebrate.


This last one isn't Hunkydory. It's from a very old Kanban collection called Love and Marriage.


And then there was an 18th in the family. This uses Hunkydory's Little Book of All Ages for the really pretty topper, with Crafter's Companion Aurora 6x6 Create-a-Card die.

And special occasions need special boxed cards. For the inside I used Crafter's Companion Stitched Circle dies, and Sara Signature Together Forever Champagne Flute.


The numbers are Crafter's Copmanion 3" Numbers, and the letters are Julie Hickey Designs Sweet Pea Alphabet.

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Cxxxx

Monday, 26 December 2022

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Iris Shutter

Before the end of the year, I am trying to share all my personal makes for family and friends. I will be sharing in groups so some days there will be a lot of pictures as I really got myself behind. I mostly use Hunkydory toppers - but for these three I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Iris Shutter Die set, and Iris Shutter Add-ons set. I also used patterned paper from Craft Creations 12x12 pads from The Range.

To see how to assemble to mechanism, click here, then click on the photo to take you to a video demo. 

For this one, I used Creative Expressions Peony Floral Panels with Paper from the Happy Colours pad.


This one uses Creative Expressions Daisy Floral Panels, with papers from Fresh Florals.


This one uses Jeanine's Art Happy Birds Circle of Flowers with papers from Floral Vintage.

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Cxxxx

Sunday, 25 December 2022

It's that day!!

Good morning, and Merry Christmas to you. Today I have the final share of my Christmas makes. This is the card I made for my lovely husband.

I went for a very monochrome theme, with dark grey pearl from my stash combined with Centura Pearl Fresh White, silver satin card and a very old 12x12 Craft Creation backing paper.


The dies are also very old: Sara Signature Traditional Christmas Decorative Bauble and Merry Christmas sentiment; Sara Signature Winter Wonderland Dendritic Crystals. I used small strips of the dark grey for the hanging part of the bauble, some light grey/silver ribbon and a few flat backed pearls.

However you are spending your day, may it be filled with peace and love. 

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Happy crafting, 

Cxxxx

Saturday, 24 December 2022

Hunkydory - Christmas Cuddles

Something a bit cuter today. These two cards use the Hunkydory 2019 Festive Friends - Christmas Cuddles set.

Both of these cards are 8x8 and use the A4 card from the set. The lettering is Crafter's Companion Diamond Press Block Alpha.


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Happy crafting, 

Cxxxx