Monday, 24 August 2015


This is the start of a week of butterfly cards. The swallowtail is a large stamp . It is one of my favourites and I have sold more of these stamps than any other. Its great for colouring in, daubing, thumping and heat embossing. Today I have a new card for you as well as a card I posted a few weeks ago as there are a lot of new viewers to my blog. To all the new viewers welcome and I always welcome your comments. If one of you is the lovely person who has placed an order on my online stampin up shop many thanks. It would be lovely to know who you are as I always send thank you cards to customers.

Back to swallowtail. Todays make is in crouched curry with black heat embossing, yes the heat gun was still on the desk and I hadn't opened my black embossing powder.  I love this colour combination it really pops and the butterfly looks as if it is 3d, particularly from a distance.

I have started with whisper white. Stamped with versa mark then heat embossed black embossing powder. I did two then carefully cut out the second one. I used the outside of the second one as a mask to sponge the crushed curry onto the butterfly then used the second butterfly as a mask to sponge the sky. I have stamped the lower edge with that wonderful bush stamp in awesomely artistic.
Looking at it now it probably didn't need the lace trim but hey ho who doesn't love a bit of lace.

As a contrast this one is pastel coloured and its the swing pop out card. So pretty. This one I posted details of a few weeks ago.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Wedding Box Frame

I was commissioned a few months ago to make a wedding frame. The purchaser asked for it to be in white silver and grey with the themes, fast cars, sweets and chocolates, boy bands and nephews. She didn't want lots of hearts and frills. The young lady getting married was a very good friend like a sister.

After a lot of consideration as to how to put these ideas together this is what I made. There are some hearts but these are the nephews who are regularly looked after. From the pictures I took the colour to add a bit of relief as the white grey and silver was a bit bland.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Timeless Elegance Hallet Bag with Cards

When I posted about the Timeless elegance Bag a few days ago it got more viewings than any of my other posts which surprised me. I do think this designer paper is gorgeous. So here I am popping back with the cards that I have made using the same paper and colour scheme.
As the cards are only 31/2" square its a case of less is more and with this designer paper being so lovely to begin with you don't want to cover it up. 
For this first card I have used a sahara sand base then a layer of black then a layer of the designer paper. I used the triple banner punch for the black banner. The sentiment is stamped in 
versamark the heat embossed with white embossing powder. The finishing touch of some narrow try ribbon is tied in a knot.

The second card which has a black base card has a layer of sahara sand and 1/2 a piece of the designer. I have punched the bow tie, it was a bit tricky to get both halves of the bow to match!

Card number three has a sahara sand base, a layer of black the 1/2 a layer of designer paper. I have stamped the sentiment with versa mark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. A thin cream ribbon has finished it off.

For this first card I have layered the paper onto sahara sand card then added some black ribbon and a sentiment. All the sentiments used are from petite pairs as they are indeed petite which they need to be.

I made all four envelopes with the envelope punch board and the new envelope paper in very vanilla. This paper is very thin but strong and scores well. It is less bulky than using card and you get all four envelopes from one sheet as they are 12" x 12"

Friday, 21 August 2015

Work of Art

This stamp set has been very popular with members of our team but I just couldn't see it. However when it was on weekly deals recently I thought I had better have a look. Firstly when the box arrived it took me almost half an hour to get all the wooden blocks back it! They are now numbered, but its a very tight fit.
I had a card to do for my youngest son. Now our Bob has recently bought a 'boat' to live on. He is busy renovating it. Its only a little boat so that shouldn't take long. Its quite amusing to us, his M & D as we lived on a narrow boat for a year and owned it for 5 years, he never set foot aboard.
This is what I completed for his birthday, even my OH was impressed with this, hope Bob likes it

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Project Life

Its ages since I blogged about Project Life. Its such a lovely way to record those unforgettable moments in your life with all the pictures we now take and store on our phones but never look at!. Memory keeping at its easiest.

Last October we went to see the poppies at the Tower of London. Recently I spotted a really good offer on Snapfish and decided to have a go. Here are the six pages I have done. The first 2 are complete with notes the second 2 are ready for the story writing as is the last page.

Here I want to write the story about how the poppies came about. It was an unimaginable sight. And I was so lucky my OH had ordered me one which arrived the week before Christmas. It is still in its box safe and sound but once we have moved it will be out on display.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Timeless Elegance Designer Paper

This is the card I made for my sister in laws birthday. We bought her a lovely gift from the Art in the Pen at Skipton last week. I just needed a card to go with it.

This 'Timeless Elegance pack of paper is beautiful. This card has used the last of the two sheets that come with these beautiful flowers on. I need to investigate the rest of the pack now.

For this card I sponged the flowers but that wasn't enough so I sponged the flower on separate left over piece then cut the petals out. Using tombo I attached the petals onto the previously coloured flower. I covered up the joins with pearls

The little flowers use the Bitty Accents Punch and a 1/4" circle in the middle with a pearl in the centre of the second layer. The butterfly die is from the Butterfly Thinlets pack.
The sentiment is from one of the hostess sets. it is certainly a stunning sentiment. I have stamped this on the designer paper next to a rose bud. Thinking about which flower to stamp it next to for maximum impact needs to be done quite early in the process.
The sahara sand lace on the raspberry ripple card is my finishing touch. Pretty I think.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Timeless Elegance DSP meets Hallet bag!

Well I don't know what happened to yesterdays post but here I am bright and early for todays! Today I am a member of the wide awake club, I was in my craft room at 6 o clock busy busy. Sleep just wouldn't come back.
Tomorrow I have a class in the afternoon making a Hallet bag and 4 matching cards and envelopes. Up until now I have been using the English Garden designer paper but today I started on the second design in the Timeless Elegance pack. Oooooh it is beautiful.

Bag base made in black then the paper then I had a bit of a play with the handles. Here is the finished product. The pictures look a bit dull as it is a very dull overcast day here!

 The handles are attached with Candy dot brads then I have added the new White Perfect Accents, in the smallest size, they don't fit as well as the candy dots but I liked that bit of gloss.

The paper reminds me of the designs on the material in Kate Greenaway illustrations.
I think I will be making a few more of these. Back later with some cards to go inside.