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Christmas Card Swap Card #1

I’ve started on my 5 cards for the card swap!


I really wanted to use the Lili of the Valley ‘Fur Cones‘ because I just think it’s such a cute image & whilst it’s not an all-out Christmas image, I love it! Now I must admit I’m not a ‘fussy card’ maker ie. I don’t use LOTS of flowers, bows and embellishments on my cards, but I do look at cards like that & think “wow, that must have taken ages!” so I just wanted to give it a go for this first Christmas card of the swap.

I started with a 6 x 6 inch kraft card base. I trimmed a 6 x 6 inch patterend paper from My Mind’s Eye ‘Snowed In’ and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I inked ‘Fur Cones’ and ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped them on Neenah Classic Crest Card (Crafter’s Companion). I die cut the image with the largest Spellbinders ‘Scalloped Circles’ die, then coloured the image in Promarkers. [TeaGreen, Pine, Umber, Henna, Walnut, Crimson, Cardinal Red, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5] I die cut the circular sentiment with the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’.

I really wanted the snow in the image to be sparkly, so I went over the snow on the branches and ground with Crystal Stickles (Ranger) and left this to dry overnight before continuing with the assembly of the card.


Using the Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock. I arranged three red roses (habico) under the circular sentiment & when I was happy, adhered them in place with Glossy Accents (Ranger). Then I started to place the branches where I wanted them & adhered them with Glossy Accents, once these were in place I adhered the image and sentiment in place over the metal rose stems and card branches.


I hope the recipient enjoys the card & feels that even though there aren’t Christmas trees, wreathes, baubles or presents on this card, it still has a Christmassy feel!

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Uh-oh! Can you tell I’ve become OBSESSED with my new Curvy Keepsake Box die? It’s just got my creative juices going, every morning I come up with a new character to make with them!

So this week has mostly been about Sesame Street characters – I started out making Count Von Count because of the Halloween mood I’ve been in recently, then I thought about Cookie Monster & Oscar The Grouch & Elmo quickly followed!!!

The Count is made with Wisteria Wonder card stock. I coloured in one side of the box in black for his hair. I attached googly eyes & drew his triangular eyebrows over the top in black pen. To make his ears & nose I used the Sizzix Framelit largest Stars die. I cut three ‘points’ of the largest star from Wisteria Wonder card stock. Two points I cut off for the ears & the remaining point was for the nose. I scored down the centre of the point for the nose piece, then cut it to make a diamond shape. I folded the bottom bits of the diamond in & stuck them together with some Glossy Accents (Ranger) to form the point of his nose, then attached the bridge of his nose to the box, again with Glossy Accents. His mouth is a cut out piece from a black Curvy Keepsake Box handle, with a little red triangle & two white teeth drawn on with Inkssentials White Opaque pen. last, but not least I made his cape from some Basic Black card stock & attached it to the base of the box with double sided-tape.

Count Von Count 3

Count Von Count 2

Count Von Count 1

I won’t lie – the Count was a labour of love, he involved lots of cutting & sticking & colouring, so he isn’t really suitable for mass production, but the other 3 are much faster to make! Elmo was made from some red card stock, his nose is the smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die cut from some Pumpkin Pie card stock. His mouth is a bit of a circle cut with the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies.

For Elmo, Oscar and Cookie I wanted to create some fur so I snipped along the edges of the sides of the boxes.



Oscar is made from Old Olive card stock and Cookie Monster is made from Pacific Point card stock. Cookie Monster’s cookie is Crumb Cake card stock with some Henna Promarker on it for the chocolate chips.

Oscar has a bin lid made with two cicles of tin foil and a circle of card stock, stuck together & a slit cut in the middle to put the handles of the box through. His eyebrows are coloured with Henna Promarker pen.

Oscar The Grouch and Cookie Monster

Oscar The Grouch and Cookie Monster

From this angle you can see Oscar's bin lid better

From this angle you can see Oscar’s bin lid better


Sesame Street CKB

I hope you could tell which character was which & you enjoyed my attempts at making Sesame Street characters from Curvy Keepsake Boxes. Feel free to try them yourselves, but please let people know where you got your inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Happy 40th (male)

OMG! My friend that I went to the Ludlow Food Festival with will be 40 next week!! He gets on really well with my Mum & he wears lovely aftershave, so my Mum will regularly go in for a deep sniff whenever she sees him!

I saw this set by Acid Drops & Whatnots and I knew I had to use it to make a card for my friend, from my Mum!

First, I stamped the largest of the ‘Ornamental Frames‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, then masked it and stamped ‘Sexy Beast‘ over the right corner. I stamped the sentiment in the frame, then cut it out with my paper trimmer so there was a 1 cm border around the frame.

I coloured Gilbert with Promarkers; Blush, Oatmeal, Poppy, Moss, Umber, Chestnut, Satin, Cool Grey 4 & 5.

After colouring the image, I glued the panel to some black card stock & used my Perfect Layers tool (do you have one? I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread!!) and made a 1/16″ mat, then stuck this on some red card stock that matched the Poppy Promarker & cut a 1/8″ mat from that. I attached the mats to the front of a textured white A5 card base.

I stuck the white glitter chipboard numbers from American Crafts ‘sprinkles’ on the front, and last, but not least I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say It With Style‘ set inside the card.

40th Birthday-male

Now I should probably get on with making him a card from me!!

Enjoy your weekend!

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I think it’s acceptably close to October to start making and sharing Halloween cards, don’t you? I’ll be making a few designs this year, so keep checking back to see all the cards I make for this holiday.

First off, two of my friends had babies this year, so they both have little boys who are only a few months old. I wanted to make Halloween cards for both of them to celebrate their first Halloween, so I didn’t want anything scary – it had to be too cute to spook!

In August 2012 Deasy Designs launched two photopolymer stamp sets – Boo To You and Happy Winter. They sold out really quickly, so I ordered the Boo To You on backorder & they arrived & were just too cute for words!!! So I think it’s high time I made a card with the set. Unfortunately I don’t think Deasy Designs are available as clear stamps, but they are available as digis.

First of all I cut a panel of white card to fit on the front of an A5 card and stamped the moon with bats and the spooky landscape on the white card, then again on a Post-It Note and fussy cut them to make masks. I inked the cardstock in Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord. Then I left it to dry overnight. The next day I stamped the stars on the background, they are from the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Midnight Feast‘ set.

At first I was going to do two identical cards, and then I thought I would make one with the witch and the other with the ghosts & sentiment. I inked the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink & die cut the speech bubble from Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me‘ Lawn Cuts. I stamped the ghosts & the witch on white card stock, I made another mask for her & stamped the broom & cat. I coloured the ghosts with ZIG Wink of Stella brush in White and Black, then cut them out. I coloured the witch in Promarkers; Blush, Oatmeal, Wild Cranberry, Gold, Pumpkin, Orange, Plum, Slate, Cool Grey 3, 4 and 5 and Walnut and Chestnut for the broom (the cat’s eyes are Sunflower).


I realised that the cat was quite fiddly to cut out, so I cut off it’s whiskers & tail, then when I had worked out where I wanted the witch I stamped the cat on the background & glued the cat over the top of it so the whiskers & tail were in the right place 🙂


Last but not least, I glued the background to the black card base, attached a white panel inside for my message & stamped the moon with bats on the envelope flaps.

Halloween cards#1

What do you think? Aren’t the images just the cutest?

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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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Awww! I can’t believe this crop of Sandwich Students have been with us for just under a year already! They have been wonderful – really engaging & outgoing, throwing themselves into the science & any social occasions with gusto, I’m sure the work groups they have been based with will be sad to see them go!

Because the Institute is well known for working on diseases of livestock I wanted to have cows & pigs & sheep etc. on the card, I went to my stamp sets & amazingly I don’t have them in my collection!! But, I just recently got the Mama Elephant ‘Cosmic Stars‘ set & I decidied to use the Aries, Taurus and Capricorn stamps & hope no one would know the difference…

I started with some blue A4 card that I scored & turned into A5 cards. I used the Marianne Creatables ‘Horizon Pinetrees‘ to create the field for the critters to be in from Stampin’ UP! ‘Gumball Green’ cardstock. I attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then I cut a circle from my Spellbinders nested circles from 10.8 cm x 14 cm Core essentials Cardstock in yellow, cut it to fit in the top left corner & attached it with roll on glue.

I used the Memory Box and Joy! Crafts ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies to cut the clouds from white card stock and attached them with Quicky glue to the blue card base.

The fence was a bit long-winded; first I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Victorian Picket Fence’ (B123), then I cut off 4 of the uprights, left the 5th, then repeated so it looked more like a stock fence than a garden fence. I attached this to the bottom of the cards using Scrapbookers Glue (Scotch). I die cut the Lawn Fawn ‘Grassy Border‘ from green adhesive border punch strips (matchmakers, DCWV) ‘Neutrals’ and peeled off the backing to attach it over the top of the fence.

Sandwich 2014 goodbye close up 1

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cu2

I coloured the animals with Promarkers and fussy cut them, then attached them with Scrapbookers Glue or 1mm foam pads. Last but not least, I die cut the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me‘ from white card & wrote the sentiments on them by hand with 0.5 Letraset Fine Line Drawing Pen. I attached the speech bubbles with 3mm foam squares.

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cards x3

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cards x5

What do you think? I hope they like them – I tried to make them all slightly different so they were individual to the student.

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Sometimes Series…

I’m sure regular visitors to my blog will have worked out that I love IndigoBlu stamps, but I have recently discovered Acid Drops & Whatnots too, and they make a great team!!!

Sometimes series

I love this smooth chap from ‘Dressed to Kill‘ & the sentiment is from the IndigoBlu set ‘More Than Words‘. The Acid Drops & Whatnots ‘Ornamental Frames‘ will become a set I reach for all the time, I’m sure!

Sometimes 1

Am I the only person who finds as I get older, so I start to say more & more things my Mum would say? This fab gal is from the ‘Setting a Good Example‘ set.


Have a lovely weekend!!!

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A big squishy hug – WMFC 20

I’m just uploading this before rushing off for work!!!

WMFC#20 3

I stamped the leaf border from the Waltzingmouse ‘Gift Card It‘ on an A6 white card base (tent fold orientation), then I used the co-ordinating die set to cut the gift card holding strip in the middle of the card & stamped the sentiment in Stampin’ UP! ‘Crisp Cantaloupe’ ink. I used my corner rounder punch to round the bottom corners of the card.

First I die cut  the gift card from Pistachio Pudding card stock, then because I was going to colour the leaves in Promarkers & it would never quite match, I die cut another from ‘Smokey Slate’ card stock. I stamped the ‘A big squishy hug’ sentiment in Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink and I stamped the flowers on white card stock.

I used Promarkers to colour the border and flowers; ‘Mint Green’ for the border & leaves, ‘Orchid’, ‘Plum’, ‘Rose Pink’ and ‘Tropical Orchid’ for the flowers. I fussy cut the flowers & attached them to the gift card with Quicky Glue Pen.

WMFC#20 4

I’ll be entering this card into the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #20 Colours.



New Home Cards!

TWO colleagues of mine moved into their first homes with their respective partners last weekend! I decided to create them cards to celebrate the joys of their first mortgages!!

Unfortunatley my photographs are a bit dark!!!

New home cards pair

I used the Waltzingmouse Stamps set ‘A Cottage Home‘ to stamp the house, porch and topiary pots. I coloured everything in using my Promarkers. The roof is ‘Cornflower’, the windows and door are ‘Sky Blue’, the walls & chimneys are ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3 and 4’, the window glass is ‘Tea Green’, the facia is ‘Sky Blue’ and ‘Powder Blue’, the lights are ‘Soft lime’. The topiary is ‘Grass’, ‘Leaf Green’, ‘Forest Green’ and ‘Pine’, the trunk is ‘Walnut’ and the terracotta pot is ‘Terracotta’ and ‘Chestnut’. The garden path is ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Apricot’ and the grass is ‘Grass’ and ‘Lush Green’.


For the sentiment I used the Waltzingmouse ‘Gift Card It‘ set & stamped the sentiments straight onto the textured card base. I fussy cut the house, porch and topiaries. I attached the porch to the house with foam dimetnional stickers, I attached the house to the card base with roll-on glue and attached the topiaries either side using dimentional foam pads.


Father’s Day 2014

Good morning! The weather may not be amazing, but I hope you enjoy the last day of the weekend before another week begins.

In case you have been living under a rock, today is Father’s Day. My biological father died in 2007, so he’s no longer with me, but my parents divorced when I was 6 and my mum met someone new & althought they aren’t married he’s been there for me through all the trials and tribulations as I grew up – so this card is for him.

I was thinking about what to make for a Father’s Day card one weekend when I was watching Create and Craft TV (a very dangerous passtime of mine that I try to avoid becuase I end up buying things!!) and they introduced a company that I had never heard of before called Acid Drops & Whatnots. They team 1920’s-1930’s images with witty sentiments & make clear stamps and toppers. I fell in love – I had to have the stamps and toppers.

For this card I used a topper from the ADTOP10 ‘My Best Shot’ toppers set and I wanted to mirror the colour sceme in the topper in the colours of the rest of the card.

I started with a cream C5 card base. I used my guillotine to cut a 19 cm x 13 cm panel from Stampin’ UP! Gumball Green cardstock. I attached some yellow ribbon from my stash with double sided tape to the green panel and attached it to the front of the card base. I cut the topper from the rest of the A4 sheet with my guillotine and attached it to the green panel with roll-on glue.

I love my Lili of the Valley clear ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ & I stamped the Happy Father’s day on white card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut it out using my Big Shot and the 3rd smallest Spellbinders Classic Circles Small die. To match the topper I used my Promarkers; ‘Poppy’, ‘Gold’, ‘Marsh Green’ and ‘Olive Green’. I attached it over the ribbon with roll-on glue.

As the image is a golfer I wanted some grass somewhere on the card so I used my Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (#825) die to cut some grass from the DCWV ‘matchmakers’ textured adhesive border punch strips Neutrals – there are 2 greens in this set, I used the brighter green as opposed to the ‘sludgy’ green. The wonderful thing about these adhesive borders is you can die cut them and then peel off the backing – no fiddling with Quicky glue!!

Father's Day 2014

The finishing touch was to stamp the sentiment inside the card. I think my IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ is my most used sentiment set by far! I inked up the Father’s Day in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped it inside the card, then inked just the Happy from the Happy Birthday sentiment & stamped it above.

Father's Day 2014 inside