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Autumnal thank-you

I’m so blessed – I’ve been working really hard recently and I found it was affecting my mood – I went on Facebook and all my friends were sharing how wonderful their lives were and how they just couldn’t be happier. I had been working 11/12 and 13 hour days and been unable to fit in the usual cleaning and socialising and I would really have appreciated a text or an email from any of my friends to say they were thinking about me, but no one texted me, and they didn’t reply to any texts I sent them. With my mood the way it was it just felt like everyone else was living the perfect life and too busy being happy to spare a thought for me.

Whenever I tell people at work how my project is going they all say “Wow, that’s really bad luck, you poor thing. I hope things get better soon.” so I know things could be better at work, but to get home and see the pile of ironing, dishes to wash, food to cook, vaccuming to be done and no contact from my friends to say, “Hey, come round ours for dinner, just get out of the flat for a bit.” I was almost at rock bottom.

Then a bright orange parcel appeared and it lit up my life. My ‘Fairy’ Godmother (I was never Baptised, but my Mum chose Godparents just in case) had been told by my Mum how hard I was working and that I was struggling with keeping on top of chores. She decided that I would really benefit from a book she had found called ‘5 ingredients 10 minutes’ as I had so little time in the evenings to cook. It was so lovely to find that someone was thinking of me, and that they were thoughtful enough to think how they might improve my situation.

I wanted to make a thank you card to express my heartfelt thanks. I love all the Autumnal cards that are about at the moment, so I drew inspiration from a few on Pinterest and grabbed my Stampin’UP! ‘French Foliage’ stamp set.

I started with a white 6×6 card base and stamped leaves in the middle of the card using Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso and Hello Honey inks.

For the shaker element of the card I cut some kraft card to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, then I used my Spellbinders Circles dies to cut a circle out. I cut some acetate smaller than the kraft panel and adhered it behind the window with HI-Tack glue. Using the same die I had used for the kraft card I cut some white adhesive foam. I attempted to stick the foam to the acetate so the circle of the foam and kraft were overlapping. I added a few 3mm foam adhesive squares around the edges of the kraft card so it would be the same height as the shaker element (because I had made the foam shaker circle quite small it didn’t go to the edges of the kraft panel and the edges of the kraft would have been flapping about with no adhesive). I also stuck double sided red tape all around the edge of the foam circle to adhere it to the card front after all the shaker bits were in.

From white card stock I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ words and adhered them to the front of the kraft panel with Quicky Glue. I also stamped some of the French Foliage leaves onto some spare Kraft card and fussy cut them out.

Next came the good bit; I used a leaf punch I have and punched out loads of leaves in various colours and put them inside the foam circle on the back of the kraft card. I also poured in a few brown beads, bronze rocailles and gold sequins in to add some bling.


The next step was rather tricky… I removed the backing from the double sided red tape, placed it on my self-healing mat that has lines and measurements on it, then lowered the card front onto the shaker element and pressed down. When I turned it the right way up I pressed around the edges of the window again just to make absolutely sure I had made the adhesive stick.

The last thing I wanted to do was attach the kraft leaves I had stamped earlier with a brown Hemptique twine bow with Hi-Tack glue.


So here is the finished card:


I just want to assure you all that I’m feeling much better now – I have some time off booked soon and several friends have arranged to go to the cinema with me or just meet up for a coffee. If you know someone who is feeling down – just text them, even if it’s just to say HI, sometimes that’s all they need to hear.

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I know Easter was last week, but the kids are still off school, which means the roads are practically empty – bliss!!! Because most people tend to go to see family over Easter my work’s social club decided to hold a children’s Easter treasure hunt the weekend after so more parents and children would be around. I rather stupidly volunteered to help at this event and then suddenly it was “ask Sophia, it’s her event, she’s co-ordinating”!!!!!!!! I won’t lie, I was not impressed that it went from me just helping out to having to buy everything and getting asked to OK every bit of paperwork that went with it; next time I’m putting my foot down & saying in no uncertain terms that if I didn’t say I’ll co-ordinate, I WON’T….

Aaaaanyway… I thought the kids will probably have lots of Easter eggs from various adoring family members, so I wanted to give them something else. I had seen a few animals made from Stampin’UP! curvy keepsake boxes & I thought I would give making rabbits/Easter Bunnies a go. Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how I made them; feel free to try them yourself, just say where you got your inspiration from!!

You will need: White card, pink card, a black pen, a pink pen, glue, white pom poms, Curvy keepsake box die, Stampin’UP! Small Oval punch, SU! Large Oval punch.


Die-cut the Curvy Keepsake box templates, attach two templates as detailed in product instructions (I usually use double sided tape). Using a bone folder, curve the sides of the box & assemble. Using the punches punch out two large ovals from white card and two small ovals from pink card.


Using a generous blob of glossy accents, attach a white pom pom to the back of box – hold in place for a few seconds to allow the glossy accents to really grab the pom pom.


Take the white ovals and bend over one edge, creating mirror images – these will be the rabbit’s ears and the small bit that has been bent over will be the base to glue the ears to the box. Once you are happy with the ears, use glue to attach the small pink oval towards the bent-over section, so they will be at the base of the ear when it is attached.


Using Glossy Accents again attach the ears to the front of the box, if you need you can move them around until you are happy with the position, then hold in place for the Glossy Accents to grab.


You should now have something that almost resembles a bunny (maybe slightly more like a Chinchilla than a bunny, but near enough!). I used Tim Holtz Distress Marker in ‘Spun Sugar’ (but I’m sure you could use any kind of pen) to draw the nose and mouth – rabbits have a Y-shaped nose & almost a mini smile on their lips. I drew the eyes with a thick black pen because it was a big area to colour (in hindsight this was a bad idea because on many of these bunnies one eye is bigger than the other and/or one eye is higher than the other… oops!).


So now the bunnies have faces, there is only one thing left to draw – their big back legs!


Hey-presto! Easter Bunnies! I filled them with Galaxy Minstrels, but you could use any small treats/Mini Eggs (maybe don’t put in things that might melt & make a mess, or anything that might cause oil stains on the cardboard).


I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend x x


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Best Friend’s 30th

Today is my best friend’s 30th birthday! I’ll be meeting with her later today in a pub near her house with other friends of hers where I can give her her card & presents.

I wanted to make her a card in a box, which I had never done before, so I started early (in August) watching YouTube tutorials, going on Pinterest to look at some inspiration etc. I decided I wanted to start with a black base, that way the colours would really pop with the dark background.

First I cut three green square panels to go on the bottom of the box. I stamped them with the leaves from the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Funky Flowers’ set in Lucky Limeade (SU!) ink. I adhered them to the sides & I had begun! For the fourth side I cut a full height white panel and stamped it with the sentiment from WMS ‘Say It With Style’ set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and adhered it to the ‘back’ of the box.


Next I cut a white panel that would go on the inside of the box on the back panel. I stamped the flowers from the WMS ‘Two Step Floral Sprig’ with Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ UP! inks.

I cut three more green panels for the flaps of the box. To one of the green panels I attached a 3 and a 0 from the American Crafts Thickers glitter letter stickers in Lavender. I stamped some ‘Funky Flowers’ in VersaMark ink on the other two panels, I had been hoping for the flowers to be random, buth they ended up in a square pattern of nine flowers on each panel! I used Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders for the flowers.



The only thing remaining was to fill in the inside of the box! I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ die sentiments from Centura Pearl cardstock and attached them to acetate strips with Glossy Accents. I stamped several of the WMS ‘Funky Flowers’ on different cardstock with VersaMark ink & embossed with lots of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powders and with Seafoam White embossing powder. Some of the flowers had nail varnish in their centers to be stamens. I used the co-ordinating dies to cut the flowers out.

Last but not least I used my butterfly punch to cut some butterflies from pearlescent teal cardstock.

I used Glossy Accents to attach the acetate strips, flowers and leaves to the ‘bridges’ inside the box to create several layers.


I also made a card for her gift vouchers (due to the Christmas holidays the company I got the vouchers from had run out of envelopes to put the vouchers in!!) I used the WMS ‘Gift Card It’ die to cut semi-circles in the card at the right height for the vouchers by passing half the die through, measuring and then passing the other half through on the second run through my Big Shot.

Jenny's vouchers

I really enjoyed making this card in a box and voucher card, I hope my friend has a lovely Birthday, enjoy your weekends!!

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

A friend of mine that I went to school with had a baby this year – it makes me feel very old to know that other people my age are breeding! So this Christmas will be his son’s first Christmas, I made him a ‘first Halloween’ card, so I’m making him a ‘first Christmas’ card too!

I wanted this to be fairly simple card a) because the postage deadline is tomorrow and b) because Josh is only little & therefore doesn’t need loads of bling or ribbons etc.

I started with a white 6×6 card base. I cut a panel of Stampin’ UP! Mossy Meadow card for the sentiment, then using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched some branches from the same card so the bottom edge would be softened by some foliage.

I die cut two ‘Globe Ornaments’ from pearlescent red card and two ‘caps’ from gold mirror card. I adhered the caps to the ornaments with Quicky Glue and put them to one side to dry.

From Centura Pearl card stock I cut the sentiment using Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ and Cheery Lynn just the Christmas bit of the ‘Happy Christmas’ die set and some snowflakes, again a Cheery Lynn die. These were all attached to the mossy Meadow panel with Glossy Accents.

Using Glossy Accents again I worked out where the panel would be on the front of the card, then attached the branch punch outs underneath this. When the branch pieces were in place I attached the sentiment panel, then the globe ornaments. I drew some ‘string’ from the ornaments to the branches, and that was it!


I hope his Mummy & Daddy like the card! Wishing you all a happy weekend, I will be busy seeing family, so I’ll see you in the New Year!

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Granny’s Christmas Card

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it hundreds of times, but my Grandmother is 94 and lives alone, so I like to make her a card for Christmas because she doesn’t get very many. Unfortunately her sight and hearing are both very bad, which adds to her isolation – she has a carer who comes in daily to help her with chores and keep her company. We are so grateful to Granny’s carer, she is a wonderful woman.

I wanted to keep this card simple as Granny’s eyesight is so poor, anything too intricate would be very difficult for her to make out. I started with a white A6 card base. I cut a piece of Stampin’UP! Whisper White card stock to fit on the front. I then stamped this panel with the IndigoBlu ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed Seafoam White embossing powder.

I used my Tim Holtz ‘Festive Berries’ Distress Ink foam pad to add colour to the panel to show the snowflakes up on the panel.

Next I cut a strip of Centura Pearl card stock to fit across the background panel, and a smaller strip of Whisper White card, which I again inked in ‘Festive Berries’.

Using the Cheery Lynn dies I cut some Snowflakes and the sentiment from Centura Pearl card and attached them to the red strip. Then, using roll-on glue I assembled the card layers and attached the layers to the card base.

Granny'sChristmas card2014

I’ll be going to see my Granny the 22nd-23rd December so I will hand deliver this card to her then.

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Christmas Card Swap Card #5

So I know what you’re thinking – what happened to card #4? Well I thought it was better to post 4 cards on time and one late than 3 cards on time and two late, so I used the card I made for World Card Making Day 2014 as card #4…

I apologise WHOLEHEARTEDLY to the recipient of this card, it will arrive later than planned… 😦 Sorry!!

I love my IndigoBlu stamps and I feel like I haven’t used any of them in forever, so I fished them out & the ‘Snowflakes‘ caught my eye. I used this stamp to make Christmas tags last year, it was quick and easy and as I needed a card in a hurry I decided to repeat the same technique with different colours and some embelishments.

I stamped the ‘Snowflakes’ in VersaMark ink on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm white card twice and heat embossed it with Seafoam White embossing powder. Using ‘shaded lilac’ Distress Ink I added colour to the card & it made the white embossing really stand out. Then I attached this to the front of a A6 card base.

A few weekends ago I went shopping for Christmas dies & got really excited about my Feliz Navidad die, but I also got two Cheery Lynn Dies saying ‘Happy Christmas‘ (B214) and ‘Merry Christmas’, so I used the former for this card. I used Centura Pearl cardstock, which always makes me think of picture perfect snow.

I cut a piece of 6 x 9.5 cm Centura Pearl card, then a piece of 5 x 9.5 cm white card. I inked the white card with ‘tumbled glass’ Distress Ink, then adhered it on top of the Centura Pearl card, then positioned this on the card front where I wanted the sentiment panel to be and stuck it down.


The largest snowflake is a punch, the other snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflakes’ die by Cheery Lynn Designs (C146). The sentiment and snowflakes were stuck on the blue sentiment panel with Quicky Glue.


Phew! Now I can get on with making cards for my friends and family and buy some Christmas presents – last minute, moi? 😉

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Feliz Navidad

I went shopping for Christmas dies at the weekend in my local craft shop – The Art of Craft. I was moaning about how difficult it is to find Spanish sentiments & how I have to assemble them from scratch (I do have the Stampendous ‘Spanish Messages‘ clear stamps, but Feliz Navidad isn’t in it!) and the lady on the till said “How do you say Happy Christmas in Spanish then?” “Feliz Navidad” I said. “We’ve got that as a die from Memory Box.” was her reply – I won’t lie, I was gobsmacked!!!! Needless to say it went straight in my basket, as well as some bauble dies!

So this card is a celebration of the dies that I bought on Saturday…

I used some metallic teal card to cut the sentiment and solid baubles, then I cut the ‘Swirl Ornament’ from some velum. Using the top of the ‘Classic Ornament’ I cut two tops from gold mirror card. I cut several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch.

I used a white 6×6 card blank as a base, I used a roller glue to attach the sentiment panel to the bottom of the card. I used my bone folder to bend both of the solid baubles so they were more 3D. I used Quicky Glue to go over the Swirl Ornament, then stuck it on top of the Classic Ornament. I used Quicky Glue to attach the tops to the baubles, then I added lines of Glossy Accents to the two sides of the baubles that would be attached to the card, so the middle of the baubles would be coming off the front of the card. I used tiny little drops of Glossy Accents to attach the branches to the top of the card.

Once I was sure all the Glossy Accents had dried I used a ruler to draw a ‘string’ for both of the baubles.

FelizNavidad1 close up

I hope you like this card – I’ll be making lots in lots of different colours for all the Spanish staff and students at the Institute where I work.


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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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Well I’ve handed in my first draft of my annual report, so I figured I could have a quick bit of crafting this evening!

I love pillow boxes and other little treat boxes, especially if you can colour-coordinate them to a card or gift tag. So I’d like to include a little tutorial for how to make a six sided treat box.

Things you will need:

  • a 12×12 piece of card in your chosen colour
  • a 12 inch wide paper trimmer
  • We R Memory Keepers ‘Candy Box Punch Board’
  • Scissors
  • Strong glue
  • Ribbon/twine

Start with a 12 x 12 in sheet of paper (Picture A), then cut it down to 11 x 9 in (Picture B).





Next, using the We R Memory Keepers ‘Candy Punch Board’ (or as I call it ‘The Purple One’) line up the paper so the 11 inch side is against the guide lip & the 9 inch side is lined up on the purple ‘start line’. Punch, then move the paper along so the punched shape is over the top of the ‘diamond’ raised area, then punch again. Repeat, but this time a full diamond will be over the diamond raised area – score down the score line. Repeat until you have 6 whole ‘sides’ and the seventh half side (Picture C).



Fold over the sides so the score lines go all the way down the 9 inch side, score all along the paper 5 cm up from the edge opposite where all the diamonds are, then cut up 5 cm along the scored lines back towards the diamond cut outs. On the seventh half section, cut off the bottom 5 cm section of this side (Picture D).



You may not feel the need to do this, but I like to put some Washi tape along the score lines that will be the corners of the box on the inside to just give it a bit more strength (Picture E).



Using your choice of adhesive attach the half section underneath the full section at the other end of the paper creating a six-sided paper tube (Picture F). Take a bit of time to work out which flaps of the bottom section will be inside and which will be facing out so you don’t get glue on a section that will be on the base. Put the tube upside down so the diamonds are closest to your table & the flaps facing upwards & start carefully sticking them together. I have found that if the first two flaps meet perfectly edge over edge the ridgidity of the box is good, but the further flaps don’t meet up exactly (Picture G).





Now turn the treat box up the right way & gently fold the diamond cut outs so they pinch in as a ‘waist’ (a vey odd hourglass shaped lady I’m sure!; Picture H). Add whatever treats you want, then use ribbon to fasten the ‘waist’ shut (Picture I).






I hope that made sense! Enjoy the coming weekend & watch out for all this horrid weather that’s being forcast for the UK!

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10th Birthday Card

Today is my eldest Niece’s birthday, but because I’ve been ill for the last few days I didn’t get her card completed until today!

I used a white 6×6 tent-fold card for the base. I cut the green square from some patterned paper I got as a freebee with Cardmaking and Papercraft and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped the Carousel horse from the ‘Summer Garden and Sentiments‘ Whimsy Stamps set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I fussy cut all around the horse and used my craft knife to cut out the bits between the tail, legs & ribbons. I coloured it in using my Promarkers:

The pole & saddle were ‘Summer sun’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Gold’. The Leaves were ‘Apple Cider’ and ‘Pear Green’. The flowers were ‘Tropical Orchid’, ‘Orchid’, ‘Blossom’ and ‘Rose Pink’. The ribbons were ‘Powder Blue’ and ‘Sky Blue’. The hooves, mane and tail were ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5’. The body had some shading with ‘Cool Grey 1’ and Blender.

Next I used my Martha Stewart ‘Double Scallop‘ edger punch to create a carousel top & bottom section using Centura Pearl card. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die with pale blue card and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies with the same card. I found some pink card and die cut out the 1 and 0 from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers‘ dies.

I attached the carousel horse with very shallow foam sticky fixers, then I wrapped the Habico Paper Roses’ stems together and used Glossy Accents to attach them to the card. Once the roses were dry I used thick foam sticky fixer pads to attach the top and bottom border over the top of the horse and roses.

I used Quicky Glue pen to attach the Happy Birthday and 10 in place and roll-on glue to attach the scalloped circle.

10th Birthday Card