Sunday, 30 December 2012

A Place In Time - 2013 Calendar

I decided to make myself an 8x8 calendar using the totally stunning "A Place In Time" collection by Graphic 45. Used a blank ring bound easel album as the base and then just played! It was so nice to relax and do something crafty just for myself, and have spent a fabulous two days in my little box room making it. Hope you like it! Need to have a serious tidy up of the desk now so that I can play with the Ladies Diary Collection as I need to use it before the release of the French Country collection in Feb ..... cant wait for that one either!(so love Graphic45!)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

One sheet of 12 x12 ...

Whilst on one of my crafty visits to Pink Tulip in Spernal Ash (nr Studley) I treated myself to a few sheets of new xmas paper - Winter Wishes by Echo Park. These six very simple 6x6 cards were made with a few sections from just one of the 12 x12 sheets. I love the colours and the variety of the images and had great fun making them. I think I can easily make another 4 cards out of what is left of the one 12 x12 sheet, so really economical for those of you on a tight xmas card budget! (I will post pictures of the other cards as soon as I complete them.)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Out with the old .....

I am trying very hard to use up some of my old xmas stash to make quick and easy xmas cards for work. I used some old xmas papers and a holly punch to make these simple 6 x6 cards


Then I came across a couple of 12 inch strips of poinsettia's that I bought from the Range (I think?) - I just cut them and matted and layered them to make these very simple cards - there are actually another 3 of these but I couldn't fit them all in on the photo!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Classic 9 Squares ...

I still cant decided on which card is going to be my general xmas card for 2012, these latest three cards are based on the classic 9 squares layout (and is a favourite layout of mine) but I have a lot more stash to play with yet!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Another Altered Project

Another altered project kit from Pink Tulip in Spernal Ash - just like the advent calendar kit,  this kit also comes flat packed ready for assembly and decoration. It was very simple to put together and is made from high quality mdf and thick grey board. (Designed by Candy Box Crafts)
I used a selection of beautiful qulity papers from China Blue (also from Pink Tulip) to decorate both the inside and outside of the mini drawer kit. I used a White Distress Stain around the exposed edges of the drawers and added some blue ric rac at the top of the drawers. The drawer tags were made with a Memeory Box die and a Labels 25 die by Spellbinders. The edges of the little chest were then decorated with pretty 5mm blue gingham ribbon.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

My Very 1st Advent Calendar


I have always wanted to make an advent calendar, so when I popped into Pink Tulip in Spernal Ash, I could not resist buying two of their advent calendar kits. The kits are made locally by two craftsmen (Candy Box Crafts) who laser cut all the pieces from MDF and grey board. The quality is second to none and it goes together like a dream.

It did take me two days to cover everything in Christmas paper and assemble, but it was the best two crafty days I have had in a long time.

The papers I used were a mixture of the new Turtle Dove collection by Kaisercraft, Holly Jolly by My Minds Eye and some freebie papers by Nitwits.

I added a few wooden snowflakes (also made by the same craftsmen) that I covered in gold stickles, and attached them to the calendar using small loops of clear acetate, to make them look as though they were floating in mid air.

Am so pleased with my efforts that I am tempted to keep it for myself! lol

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Craftwork Cards Christmas Kit

Had some happy post this morning - the new Craftwork Cards Iconic Christmas Kit and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE it! This is the first card I have made with the kit which includes the wreath stamp, ribbon, candi, sentiments, cardstock and envelopes.

The great thing about Craftwork Cards is that they are publishing some great tutorial videos on their website, (featuring the fabulous Julie Hickey), which are available to all Privilege members and are full of ideas and inspiration

I coloured the image using promarkers and then added stickles and glossy accents to highlight a few of the baubles. I added a few little buttons of my own that toned quite well with the colours I used.

Think it will definitely be a Candi kind of Christmas for me this year!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Xmas 2012

I decided to have a little play with a Stamp, some Stickles and some Craftwork Cards Candi this evening, and had fun creating these three very simple cards.(Sometimes simple is best!)  Those who know me well will know I am addicted to Candi (I think I have every colour that Craftwork Cards have ever released! lol) . The stamp is the large heart wreath by Chloe and I used Ice Stickles in Gold Ice and Crystal Ice.

I am going to try and make 50 cards for my work colleagues, using the same stamp but with different combinations of Candi. I will add more photo's as I make them!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

A Michael Powell Moment

Have had a lovely afternoon playing with a few Michael Powell images. Just matted and layered them very simply onto black textured card stock and then onto some plain white 5 x 7 cards.

I used the Layer Perfect Imperial tool by Cheetah Crafts to do the matting and layering, so quick and so easy to use with perfect results every time. Don't know how I managed without it for so long ... well actually I do ... I just made wonky cards before! lol

Feel free to click on the Cheetah Crafts link on my blog to see the tool in action or just search for Layer Perfect on You Tube, where you will see some great demos by Michelle Johnson.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Ladies Diary by Graphic 45

I have really fallen in love with Graphic 45 12 x12 papers, these cards were made with a couple of sheets from the A Ladies Diary Collection. My photos don't really do the colours justice, they are trully beautiful papers. Off to play with them some more now!