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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 junk journaling and art journaling, bookbinding and journal making, to quilting and patchwork - and of course I still make cards. This variety keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Thursday 21 March 2013


Congratulations indeed to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law on reaching their 25th wedding anniversary!! They went away to Paris to celebrate - and from the photos, it looks like they had a pretty good time!!

So, here's the card I made for them!!

I used the Kanban Silver Wedding topper from the recent Love and Marriage collection. I really love that it isn't just white and silver - the lilac is just perfect to go with it.  

My base card is an 8x8 pearlescent base, and I chose three shades of purple Bazzill cardstock to layer up on top. I cut the edges of all three layers with the Spellbinders Classic Triple Scallop Edgeability. I then used an insert from the Petal Edgability set on the darkest and lightest mats,  and one from the Brackets set on the middle layer.

The white pearlescent mat was cut using the largest die from the Majestic Elements Exquisite Circles. After embossing with That Special Touch Swirls mask, I cut it in half to tuck under the sides of the topper.

The three purple mats were stuck together, and wrapped with white satin, and lilac organza ribbons. The white mats and the topper were then stuck on. I shaped the bottle and glasses, and used silicone glue to raise them up slightly. 

I used more of the lilac organza combined with white organza to tie the bows. The waste from the decorative inserts was used to embellish the card, along with some lovely pearls. I finished it off with two of the sentiments from the topper sheet.

I was pretty pleased with the result! Hope they are too!!

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Fred's Birthday Card!

Just a quick post. Have been looking through my pictures to see what I haven't blogged, and found this. It was my brother-in-law's birthday card! 

He's a real footie fan, and this Kanban topper and border strip were perfect for his card.

The red base card is from my stash, while the green and buff cards are the matching backing cards from Kanban. I used the Spellbinder Classic Postage Stamp Edgeability on both pieces of card, and a piece of twine to wrap around the buff mat. The little embellishments at the bottom were cut from the excess of the border strip. The letters were cut with X Cut Roma Alphabet DIes.

As I said - just a quick post.

See you soon,


Tuesday 19 March 2013

Quilting Project

Have finally got round to blogging about a project I finished a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit that it was a friend's 40th birthday present - and it was late!! There were reasons - not being well over half term seriously cut down on my crafting time, as all my spare time went into writing reports.

It's the most complicated quilting project I have attempted so far - although probably not that complicated for the more experienced out there.

I decided to have a go at the Amish Friendship Star cushion cover that Jenny Rayment posted on Create and Craft's website (under Nov 2012 Quilting Classroom).

I started with this piece of material as my inspiration. I loved the colours - although not se keen on the pattern. I thought the colours would go well with my friend's beach type theme in her living room.

As you can see from the finished article, I cut my pieces very selectively so I ended up with bluey grey pieces, peach pieces and lilac pieces. I wouldn't have been able to achieve this without my Sizzix dies. I used the 1/2 square triangles (3" square when sewn together on the diagonal), and the square die (3" unfinished - 2 1/2" finished).

I cut them all in one go so I had enough to do each of the four patches to join together. The glittery silver material was left from another project. Because of the way the 1/2 square triangles are cut, it makes them very easy to join together. I then followed Jenny's instructions on how to join the squares for each patch together (see above).

When joining the squares, I used my Tim Holtz piercing ruler to measure the seam allowance - it does look like the pencil line is wobbly, but its just the way the photo was taken.

I then joined these, ironing open the seams at each point.

Finally the patches were ready to be joined. The whole thing was then sewn onto the wadding, The outside of the finished cover was made from a charcoal grey material - although I know it looks black on the photos. I made a very simple pillowcase type back using just this material (Jenny suggests you use several different materials - I'd had enough complications by then, so went for the simpler option).

Despite the hiccups, it turned out pretty well. Late - but I hope it was better late than never.


Monday 18 March 2013

CCM Challenge #87 - Friendship

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Yvonne who has chosen the theme 'Friendship'

Yvonne would like to see the word 'Friend' or 'Friendship' included somewhere on your card/project.
Please ensure your card has one of the two words stated above to qualify for a winner or Top 5 slot. 

We are sponsored by SATURATED CANARY with 2 of their gorgeous digis

And also by Sir Stampalot who are offering 2 great stamp sets. Pop on over the Crafty Cardmakers blog to check them out.

I wasn't really sure where to start for this challenge, so decided to have a rootle and a rummage through my box of sentiments, as the wording was the important part of this challenge. And lo, and behold, there it was - the beautiful little tag with "Friends are Forever". 

So, now I had a pink colour scheme to work with, and I decided to team it up with grey and silver - I think they go really well together.

The papers I have used are all from my stash - I have had them ages - I think they are all Papermania - the pinks are possibly from one of those 'Colossal' pads - and the greys from a Creative Tones pad. But I could be wrong. 

Another item I have had ages are the card blanks! They are what I think were called 'small tall' cards. I used to love using them - and have a rather large stash of them still.

I covered the card blank with the darker grey paper, and then added a pink layer, the edge of which I cut with Spellbinders Class Triple Scallop Edgeabilities, and a decorative insert from the Petal Edgeabilities. I then used a smaller, lighter grey mat on the top, all wrapped round with silver and pink ribbons.

The layers of the flower were cut using X-Cut's Glorious Gerbera and Nesting Blooms dies.
I curled the petals slightly to give a bit of dimension, inked the edges with Iced Spruce and Victorian Velvet DI's, then sprayed them with a bit of Iridescent Spray and Sparkle.

I added more of the ribbon to the tag, and finished off with pearls in the centre of the flower, and on the tag.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Crafty Cardmaker's blog to check out all the other DT inspiration!!

See you soon,


Saturday 9 March 2013

Mother's Day

Well, this is the first time I've blogged in a long time - other than when it's Challenge time at Crafty Cardmakers of course. But tonight, I finished writing reports, so that means I actually have a little time on my hands. And as I obviously made a card for my Mum, I thought I would share it. 

So, I have been busy buying all kinds of things recently - "stuff" for techniques that I want to have a go with (hopefully I'll get to share some things I've made soon) - and I ordered a couple of things from Indigo Blu. Along with my order, I received a gorgeous little heart stamp (think it was because of a delay in dispatching my order). I immediately knew I wanted to use it for my Mother's Day card.

So, I dug out my FlitterGlu, and stamped the image 3 times onto Crafter's Companion Neenah card. I then used Crafty Notions gilding flakes - I've had them so long I don't remember the names - but basically they are gold, silver and copper.

I cut them out with a Spellbinders scalloped square, and stamped the sentiment (with Dove Grey Stazon) on another square using a 99p mini alphabet stamp set from The Range. Whenever I use these stamps I deliberately make them "wonky" as it is impossible to line them up properly.  

The gingham card is from my local market. I used the darker brown for squares to mount the copper and gold hearts, and green for the silver heart and sentiment. I cut a large square from the green for the background mat. And I cut a large, scalloped square from the lighter brown, cut it in half diagonally, and placed it so it lay just outside the edge of the green mat. The finishing touch are coloured pearls, forming a little cross in the middle.

I think it's a fairly understated card - the colours are very subtly and muted - and I know they are what Mum likes. So, thank you Indigo Blu for my little freebie stamp. It's beautiful! 

I would like to enter this into the following:

Totally Gorjuss - For Mum
Sincerely Yours Creations - Mother's Day
Bearly Mine Challenges - Mother's Day


Monday 4 March 2013

CCM Challenge #86 - Masculine Birthday

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Rebecca, who has chosen the theme 'Masculine Birthday' 

Rebecca would like to see a masculine birthday card that includes some technology or a gadget. The technology or gadget could be a computer, games console, rocket or car for example.

Please ensure that you do add the technology or gadget aspect to qualify for a Winner or Top 5 slot.

We are sponsored this time by Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 gift voucher.

For my card, I have used a Kanban topper. It came on a sheet with other vintage cars - the other's have all long gone, but I never really had an occasion to use this one. So, here it is. And now I've used it, I rather like it.

As the image was black and white, I stuck with this colour scheme, and used Bazzill card in a grey/silver colour, and some black from my stash. The edges were cut with Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities, and the decorative insert was from that set too. I filled the diamond spaces with Anita's 3D glaze, and cut the legs of of the brads, before using silicone glue to stick them on the card. The sentiment was in my stash - I think it was a magazine freebie - but I'm not sure. I also used glaze on the truck.


There's lots more inspiration over on the Crafty Cardmakers website, so pop on over and have a look.

I would like to enter this card into the following:
Here Come The Boys - No Stamps Allowed

Until next time.