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Make it! Farnborough 2017

I won’t lie – I was aprehensive about going to Make it! because I have very little money at the moment (vets bills!!) and I feared I would go on a wild spending spree… I went with the right friend though – she got cash out that morning and was only going to buy with cash, so I followed her lead and didn’t overspend!

Make it! Farnborough is in a hanger on the Farnborough airfield (it’s quite a treck from the gate – we felt like we drove for miles!!) and there were lots of exhibitors and all sorts of different crafts, so if you are new to crafting it’s very exciting – all sorts are on offer for you to try. There are lots of exhibitors selling wool for knitting and crochet (one had some amazing HUGE knitting needles that looked more like toy wooden swords than needles!), some selling MDF shapes to personalise, crafty storage, stencils and stencil brushes, all kinds of ink pads, patterened paper and card, sooo many kinds of adhesives and more stamps and dies than you can shake a stick at!

My friend and I were very taken with Encaustic Art (painting with an iron and wax – it looks so cool!) but we decided that we already have very expencive hobbies and we didn’t need to start another!

Phew! you would think shopping was a sport – we were both very tired by the end of the day.

So… I hear you say, what did I get? Well, as I said I was very restrained. I had made myself a little list of things I needed vs some stuff I would like to have if I had any money left over (ha ha ha ha!! The optimism…). So on my list was Nuvo Jewel Drops (I already have all the Nuvo Crystal Drops, but non of the glitter drops, and when I saw the Jewel drops I had an “I MUST HAVE THOSE” moment, follwed by a look at my bank balance and a “not this month” realisation, but as a result I’ve wanted them for a while and know I would use them rather than lose them in the back of my craft cabinet to collect dust), the brand new Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (I saw Vicky of Clips n Cuts demo them here and I just had to get them!!), a ‘pick-me-up’ tool for embellishments, the Heartfelt Creations Black Friday 2016 set of border dies and a Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool.

I got some, but not all fo the things on my list and a few surprise items snuck in to my basket. I did get the Nuvo Jewel drops and Aqua flow pens (squeal!!) and a Silhouette pick-me-up tool so I could tick them off my ‘needed’ list. Unfortunately I didn’t realise that Heartfelt Creations had a ‘Black Friday’ collection and a ‘Black Friday 2016’ collection, so I bought the beautiful ‘Regal Borders and Pockets’ dies, only to find out when I got home they weren’t the ones I thought they were (d’oh!)… never mind – they are lovely and I will be able to use them on future projects! I hadn’t put a non-slip patterned embossing folder or stencil on my list because it has been on my ‘want one, but it has to be the right one’ list for so long that I’d forgotten I wanted one, but when I saw this stencil I knew I had finally found ‘the right one’ so I snapped it up with glee.

I got a little bit over-excited by some WOW! glitter embossing powders and woosh that was me with not enough money to get a Stamp Perfect, but I did find some Gorguss buttons and 8×8 patterned paper that will go with my Gorguss stamps PERFECTLY so I’m very happy with my haul.

It’s all shiny and colourful!!! Just right for spring projects.

Do you splerge all your money at craft shows, or do you tend to only buy what you need?

Come back soon to see what I create with all my new goodies!

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Stylish Birthday Card

Today is my friend’s birthday & I’ve popped his card and present through his door so I can share this with you now. He’s always been very image conscious; well groomed and well dressed with shiny shoes. So I felt wishing him a stylish birthday would be a nice twist on the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment.

The sentiment is from an Acid Drops and Whatnots toppers set (ADTOP 04 Marla) and whilst the images are femenine, the sentiments are very plain so could be used for a masculine card too, so they are super useful.

The card base is a cream C5 card and the papers are from the docrafts Papermania ‘Heritage Press’ A5 paper pack. I stuck the papers on with roll-on glue, then attached the buttons with Glossy Accents and the sentiment with 3mm foam pads.

I made a Steampunk themed birthday card earlier this month for another friend of mine, so I still had the folder with stamps etc out and I came across the Kanban set ‘Jasper’ that I haven’t used for AGES. It features a rather dapper outfit on a manequin and I thought this would tie in really well with the overall theme of the card. I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest card in VersaFine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink and left it to dry overnight. The next day I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens; EB1, IG1, IG2, GB3, GB4, TB4, TB5, TB8, DR4 and DR5. I fussy cut the image out, then went around the edges with DR7 so the edges weren’t white. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the image to the card front.

DSC01461Inside the card I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set in Midnight Muse ink.

DSC01459When I had finished I still felt the card looked really bare, but I didn’t know what other embellishments to add, so I just left it. I hope he likes it!

Will you be watching the Rugby World Cup England vs Wales match later? I have mixed loyalties because I support both teams… I think it will be a very close match – probably only 3 points will separate the two teams on the final whistle, so I think it’s going to be a very exciting match!!

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Friday will be my mother’s birthday and she isn’t very ‘computer savvy’ so I feel safe posting this before her birthday.

I stamped the IndigoBlu ‘Sunflower’ stamp on Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink. I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir GB1, GB3, Ct1, CT4, TN8, EB4, EB6, JG1 and JG5.

Using my Perfect layers tool to cut layers from More Mustard and Chocolate Chip card for the stamped panel. I cut a 7 inch square of white card and placed the layers on this. I attached the layers onto the white card, then attached this white layer on the 8×8 inch white card blank with 2mm foam pads.

Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Classic Sunflower’ stamp and Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink on Neenah card three times. Then I used the ‘Classic Sunflower’ die to cut them all out. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens and shaped them using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. I layered the different sized petals on top of each other and attached them with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny and added Bronze Rocailles and left them to dry overnight. I attached one sunflower to the card, along with a leaf cut from green card using X-cut die.


My Mum grew up in Shropshire and heard a lot of Welsh on Market Day and she also supports the Welsh Rugby team, so she knows a little Welsh. As a result I wanted to get the Tattered Lace ‘Welsh Sentiments’ dies and use them on this card. I cut ‘Penblwydd Hapus’ from Chocolate Chip card and attached it to the stamped panel and on the More Mustard panel.

I made a triple bow from Hempatique brown hemp cord using the Bow Maker and attached it to the card with HI-Tack glue and attached a wooden button on top.



I wanted to present my Mum’s present in a brown paper bag in a ‘rustic’ look, but wanted to add sunflowers and twine etc. so it would match the card.




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Natalie’s 30th Birthday card

So I know two people who’s birthdays happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, one of them was my flat mate at Uni. This year is the year of 30th birthdays, so I wanted to send her a card for the ‘big’ birthday. She’s an amazingly talented lady who makes clothes and fabric accessories, so I wanted to reflect this in her card.

I have a 12 x 12 paper pad ‘DIY Shop’ by American Crafts, that has a sewing pattern page, so I drew around the shaped card I would be using for the base on the back of the paper & fussy cut it out, then used roll-on glue to attach it to the card base.

To continue with the sewing theme I used the IndigoBlu ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ stamp set and stamped a thimble on white card and coloured it with DR3 Spectrum Noir pen and fussy cut it out to adhere to the front of the card. I also stamped the sewing machine on some white card and inked over it with ‘old paper’ Distress Ink, then coloured the reels of thread with the same alcohol pen and attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment straight onto the patterned paper.

I wanted to create some stitching on the ‘badge’ so I used the orange/lemon from the ‘Feeling Fruity’ Whimsy stamp set, but tried to mask off the internal circle (with limited success). I then die cut the circle with the Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die. I die cut this circle twice. Using the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ I cut a 3 and 0 from pearlescent red card and attached it inside the dotted circle with Quicky Glue.


I wanted to add a pop of colour, as the sewing pattern is very beige, so I used some red ric-rac and red buttons from my stash. I attached the ric-rac with Glossy Accents to one of the die-cut circles, let it dry, then attached the other circle on top. I was then able to attach the badge to the front of the card using the circular card back.


Have a nice weekend, if you get Valentine’s card(s), enjoy, if you don’t, don’t worry you aren’t alone – I won’t get one either!

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Birthday Fishes

Phew!!! I’ve done with my annual report – that was crazy! I had supervisors read through it to check it & they asked ‘Where are all your ‘the’ ‘were’ ‘was’ words?’ I don’t know how I managed to but I left LOADS out!!!??

Never mind, that’s all done so now I can do some cardmaking!!!!

I’ve always wanted to make a shaker card, but never had the bits required to put one together. I got some doodlebug design sequins on Amazon, I have some adhesive foam and some acetate & I thought, ‘no time like the present’!

I stamped a few of the Mama Elephant ‘Cosmic Stars’ Pisces stamps on white card stock, coloured them with Pumpkin and Bright Orange Promarkers, then fussy cut them.

So, I used the largest of the Spellbinders ciricles dies I have to die cut the self-adhesive foam and removed the inner circle to make a circular cut-out frame for my shaker. i cut a piece of acetate to 12 cm x 12 cm, then put it aside. I cut an 11 cm x 11 cm piece of Pool Party card stock (SU!) and stamped the coral stamp from the ‘By The Tide’ stamp set (again SU!) in Gumball Green ink, then adhered the foam boarder on top so the coral was nicely framed.

I put the fishes & some sequins in ‘Swimming Pool’ in the apeture, then added some double sided tape around the edge of the foam frame, then I stuck the acetate over the top to make my shaker element.

For the front of the card I cut some SU! Lost Lagoon card stock to 14 cm x 20 cm, then, using the same Spellbinders circle die as for the shaker frame I cut out an apeture where I wanted the shaker to be, and this card will go over the top of the shaker element. Unfortunately, I think I could have done this better because trying to line up the apeture in the card with the foam window was a nightmare!! So, eventually I was happy with the way it had lined up, and I stuck the card to the 12×12 acetate, only to find I had the shaker element wonky & there was some acetate sticking up out of the top of the card, so I trimmed that & I hope the recipient doesn’t notice!!

Birthday fishes shakerFor the sentiment I used a clear stamp alphabet set I have, I don’t have the cardboard back it came with so I have no idea what manufacturer it’s by though! So I used the largest Waltzingmouse stitched tags die to work out the placement of my sentiment, stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink & then ran it through my Big Shot. The reinforcers are Lost Lagoon card stock to bring in the tag to the rest of the card, the ribbon is Pool Party that came as the Sycamore Street embellishments set that was only available for a limited time. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but I put some Wink of Stella White (GL.WHITE 000) around the edge of the tag for some birthday sparkle.

Birthday Fishes tagI adhered the tag to the Lost Lagoon with 1 mm foam dimentionals, then adhered the Lost Lagoon with 3 mm foam dimentionals to the cream A5 card base. I thought the Lost Lagoon looked a bit plain, so I adhered some Mother of Pearl button mix by Tilda buttons to the front with some Glossy Accents, just to add some interest.

Birthday Fishes frontOn the inside of the card I used the InidgoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ Happy Birthday sentiment in Lost Lagoon ink & stamped another Pisces in the corner and coloured him in with Pumpkin Promarker.

Birthday fishes insideSTOP PRESS!!!!! As I have used a Waltzingmouse die I am eligible to enter the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge, this fortnight the theme is ‘Birthday/Anniversary’ because the Challenge Blog has been going for one year. This fortnight there is a prize for the top card – a ‘Fine Feathers’ stamp and die sets!!!!! If you would like to win this fantastic prize, just head on over to the WMFC blog & make something with a Waltzingmouse stamp, die or digi (there are even FREE digis HERE so you don’t need to already own Waltzingmouse stamps to enter & be in with a chance of winning!!) Get crafting & good luck!


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Phew! I managed to finish this in time to enter the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge! This fortnight’s challenge was colours:


Aren’t those colours lovely & fresh? I LOVE orchids, so my first thought was to make loads of paper orchids in the colour scheme, but then I realised that that wouldn’t really showcase my Waltzingmouse stamps and dies to their best potential! So instead, this is what I came up with in a sketch, and as you can see it changed a bit from the initial idea, but I think the finished product looks quite nice!


I started out with an A5 white textured card base. I cut some Stampin’ UP! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock to make the background and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I inked up the ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ in SU! ‘Smoky Slate’ on white card, cut it out with my guillotine and attached it to the base with roll-on glue. The buttons are SU! Calypso Coral from the ‘Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack’, I attached them to the card base with Glossy Accents.

Then I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Fanciful Flourish’ (#B117) from some more Pistachio Pudding cardstock. I inked up the sentiment from the ‘Vintage Garden – Seed Packet‘ set with Crisp Cantaloupe and then around the edges of the stamp in Calypso Coral & stamped it on white card stock and die cut it with the second smallest Spellbinders Labels 2 die. I also gently inked around the edge of the lable with Crisp Cantaloupe using a sponge.

I used the ‘Funky Flowers’ set for the flowers that I inked in VersaMark Watermark ink & for reasons best known to my embossing powder the ‘Raspberry Violet Blaze’ would not stick properly to the ink so I had to do it in several goes (which is why this card took SOOOOO long to make!!!!), thankfully the centers of the flowers were ‘Orange Flame Blaze’ which behaved as expected! I die cut the flowers with the co-ordinating die set, then arranged the flourish & flowers over the pinstripe panel until I had things how I liked them, then I stuck them down with roll-on or Quicky Glue.


I will be entering this card in the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #20 (Colours). You can still enter too – but you’ll have to get your skates on!!!!


Masculine Birthday card

Two posts in one day – I’m on a roll!!! I’ll be out in the sunshine later though – I can’t resist!!!

It was my Step Sister’s boyfriend’s birthday on Friday & I always find men hard to create cards for…

Whilst going into Hobbycraft for something completely un-related I found the new Docrafts Papermania ‘Heritage Press’ A5 paper pack – OOOH!!! It’s fabulous!! So I HAD to use it for a masculine birthday card. I cut a 14 cm x 14 cm piece of paper to go on the Kraft 6×6 base card, then cut an 8 cm x 11 cm rectangle, I marked the centre of an 8 cm side, then 3 cm up from the marked side along both 11 cm sides using my Inkssentials Opaque pen white so it wasn’t blindingly obvious. I cut from the 3 cm marks to the centre of the 8 cm side to create a pocket shape.

I’m using one of my newly purchased IndigoBlu sentiment stamps – the set is called ‘Little Voice‘. I stamped the sentiment in Stampin’ UP! ‘Night of Navy’ ink on white card stock. I used the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Labels 2’ die to cut the sentiment out and emboss it (unfortunately it’s so warm the adhesive on my low tack tape came off on the die cut shape!! I hope no-one notices!!)


I have quite a lot of pocket watch stamps, but I couldn’t be bothered to cut them out, so I used my Xcut dies to create a pocket watch from white cardstock and gold mirror card with the addition of a Doodlebug black mini brad to attach the arms. I used three red buttons from my stash and attached them with Glossy Accents. The blue ribbon is also attached with Glossy Accents underneath where the pocket will be and I used my tweezers to hold the ribbon in place over the attachment loop to the pocket watch because the end didn’t want to stay attached with the Glossy Accents until it had dried!


I put double sided tape around the pocket and lined it up with the check pattern on the backing paper, then made sure the pocket watch could fit in and out of the pocket.

Inside the card I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from IndigoBlu’s ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ in Stampin’ UP! ‘Real Red’ ink.

So here is the finished product. Enjoy the rest of your weekends!!


Fields of Gold

Eeek!! OK didn’t leave myself enough time to finish this one – I’ve got another card in the pipeline that I would love to enter in the ‘Name That Tune’ monthly competition, but I won’t finish it in time!

I have created an Easel card using the ‘In the Country‘ stamp from Lili of the Valley. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image on to some white super smooth card. I cut the image out using the largest Spellbinders Labels 25 die.

Fields of Gold close up LOTV

I used Promarkers to colour in the image. I also die cut two clouds using the Joy Crafts ‘Clouds’ and Memory Box ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies and glued them to the image.

Fields of Gold corn close up

Next I stamped the kraft base card with the grass from Indigo Blu ‘Nature I‘ stamp set using Distress inks in ‘Squeezed Lemonade’ and ‘Old Paper’. Whilst the inks were still wet I dusted over some Perfect Pearls ‘Perfect Bronze’. Don’t you just love how the Perfect Pearls look on that wheat?

I threaded the wooden button with some twine and then attached tem to the card using Glossy Accents, once this was dry it was a good prop to hold the card in place, but it also gave a little rustic feel to the card.


I would like to enter this card in the Lili of the Valley Monthly Competition ‘Name That Tune’ my tune is ‘Fields of Gold’ By Sting. I hope you like it!

Fields of Gold full


Finished card

Finished card

Father’s Day Card

Because of the recent sad loss of my step brother I wanted to make a very clean and simple Father’s Day card for my step father.

I used a white 6″ x 6″ square base card. I had some metallic papers in my stash from when I was at University in Liverpool that I purchased from The Paper Mill Shop, so I trimmed it to size and attached it to the base with roll-on glue (AKA Snail).

Next I stamped the ‘Father’s Day’ and happy from ‘Happy Birthday’ from the IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ set in Versamark ink on some smooth white card (I used a post-it note to mask the ‘birthday’ part of the sentiment so it didn’t pick up any ink). I sprinkled it with Cosmic Shimmer ‘Lagoon Lilac Aurora’ embossing powder and heat set it.

Then I lined up the sentiment under the second largest Spellbinders ‘Labels Twenty-Five’ and fixed it in place with removable tape. I passed it through my Big Shot and gently removed the tape.

I found some purple buttons in my collection that were as close in colour to the metallic paper as possible and attached them to the sentiment with Glossy Accents (Ranger), then left them aside to dry. Once dry I attached the sentiment to the front of the card with sticky foam fixers for dimention.

Father's Day Card 2013

First flat

My best friend from school has just bought her first flat (which is tough at this time so I’m really thrilled for her!).

I wanted to make her a card ASAP so it would arrive when her flat was still ‘new’ so I’ve gone for a very clean and simple card!

I used an A6 white card and my Tim Holtz ‘Bricked’ Texture Fades Embossing folder for the base.

Next I found a nice dark green piece of card from my stash and attached my Memory Box Grand Madison Door die with low tack tape and ran it through my Big Shot.

I stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘A Cottage Home‘ set in silver ink on the door, then attached it to the front of the card with double sided tape. I had to use my bone folder tool to emphasise the crease at the hinge, because it was warping the card at first.

Last, but not least I used some Glossy Accents (Ranger) to attach a small dark green button from my stash (that matches quite well, I’m sure you’ll agree!).

Door card 1

door card 2

Slightly elevated view to emphasise the open door