Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Bert & Gerts - Mod New Year Banner

Just like to say thank you to all my followers for the lovely comments and support you have shown me during 2013. Here's hoping 2014 is a happy crafty one for all of us.

Today I have made a rainbow coloured banner using one of the stamps from the fabulous Bert & Gerts Mod collection and a selection of distress inks - hope you like it xx



Monday, 30 December 2013

Winter Challenge at Craft All Day

 Have just discovered a friend of mine has set her first crafty challenge at "Craft All Day" - http://craftallday.blogspot.com/, so it would be very rude of me not to have a go! The theme of the challenge is Winter and here is the card I would like to enter!

PS She is having a Craft Sale on the 1st January 2014, so pop along and see what crafty bargains you can pick up xx


Saturday, 28 December 2013

G45 - Couture Fan

I took a plain paper fan and painted it black with "Little Black Credd Paint from PaperArtsy - this is fabulous paint only seems to need one coat to cover my projects. After the paint had dried I opened the fam as wide as it would go and used it as a template to cut out two fan shapes from two sheets of 12 x12. One from the new G45 Couture collection and on from the Birdsong collection.I concertina folded the paper and then glued it onto the fan. I then added some cream lace, old stickles, ribbon I also added pearls of various sizes along the lower edge of the lace. I love way it has turned out.




G45 A Ladies Diary Notelet Box

The guys a Candy Box Crafts have designed another stunning MDF creation - a Notelet box. (although it could be used for anything!) The kits are made from the best quality MDF and come flat packed ready for you to simply assemble and decorate.
I chose the G45 Ladies Diary collection for my notelet box and added some beautiful lace trim on the inside and outside. I fussy cut a few of the Ladies Diary images and added these to the inside. I also added one to the G45 stickers to the top of the box and edged it with tiny adhesive pearls.
To finish off I added four small wooden knobs to the bottom of the box to make feet, these were coloured with Aquamarine Treasure Gold. I also made a few simple notelets to match. My photos don't really do this box justice as the colours are so delicate in the flesh.
If anyone is interested in purchasing this kit or doing a workshop to make this box (in a different colour way) then the amazing Clare Charvill will be teaching a workshop at Pink Tulip Creations, Spernal Ash nr Studley, Warwickshire on Saturday 11th January 2014.
 Please click on the Pink Tulip link on the right and go to the workshop section for more details.




Friday, 20 December 2013

G45 Sweet Sentiments - ATC's

Had a very quick play with the new Sweet Sentiments collection and made a couple of ATC's (Artist Trading Cards for those of you who are newish to crafting)

Can't wait to have a proper play with this collection over the weekend, so please pop back and see what I have been up to!


G45 - Nutcracker Sweet Sentry Box

Well after 3 wonderful crafty years I have finally managed to use up the last of my G45 Nutcracker Sweet Collection! Yaaaaay!!!!

I had another fabulous MDF kit designed and created by the guys at Candy Box Crafts - this time the single beach hut. Instead of making a beach hut I have turned it into a fun sentry box featuring the toy solider from the Nutcracker collection using . Hope you like it xx





Tuesday, 10 December 2013

G45 - Nutcracker Gift Boxes

I am being good and have been trying to use up an old G45 collection - Nutcracker Sweet, before playing with my new Couture and Sweet Nothings Collections. I am in the process of decorating 12 small boxes to put xmas gifts in for colleagues at work.

The boxes come in packs of two for 99p at The Works, and have been an absolute joy to decorate. I just added a few cinnamon sticks, berries and ribbons from my crafty stash and love the way they have turned out. Will add another blog post once I have made the next six.



Sunday, 24 November 2013

Craftwork Cards - Vogue Collection

Fell in love with the peacocks in this Craftwork Cards collection when I saw it, so just had to have it!

Here are a few of the cards I have made with it:



Bert & Gert's - Hearts of Oak Gifts

If money is tight this Christmas, how about making a few inexpensive hand made gifts, such as a decorated notebook, a small wall calendar and a credit card sized calendar?

I bought a pack of ten 2014 calendars for £1, and a pack of 5 mini notebooks also for £1.00. So with the addition of a few scraps of paper and cord from my crafty stash I made all three items shown below for 40p!

The notebook was the easiest to make: simply cut a piece of card or paper to cover the front of the notebook and glue into place. Embellish with whatever you like. I chose the anchor from the Bert & Gert's Hearts Of Oak collection. I stamped it onto white card stock with Nautical Blue ink from Memento and added glossy accents to highlight it. This was then matted and layered onto a punch scalloped circle and added to the centre of the card.   


The mini wall calendar was made with a piece of 3 x 3 Grunge board that was covered with white card stock and scraps of a nautical paper from my stash. I used the flag stamps from the same Bert & Gert's stamp set and coloured them with Promarkers to match the paper. I added the 2014 calendar and then glued some white cord around the edge. I tied a fancy sea knot with the same cord and glued that into place.

The final item is another calendar, but this time it was made to be the same size as a credit card so that it can slip into  a purse or wallet. I kept the nautical theme going by using the same papers and corded knot. I also used another Bert & Gert's stamp.

Three very simple ideas for gifts on a budget, which can be easily personalised for each recipient. Hope you like them - Happy Crafting xx


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bert & Gert's - Hearts Of Oak Cards

It has been ages since I made some cards, so this evening I have put that right and played with a fabulous set of Navy themed stamps called Hearts of Oak by Bert & Gert's.

I have really enjoyed myself and have ended up making eight small cards. The cards are very clean and simple, with just the addition here and there of some glossy accents.

The stamps are really well designed and are really good quality. If you are interested in purchasing these fabulous stamps please follow the link to the Bert & Gert's on the right of my blog.


Saturday, 16 November 2013

G45 Games Compendium

I don't have any children of my own, but do have 3 wonderful nieces and a nephew. I always worry that I don't have any toys or games for the younger two to play with when they visit. So decided to have a go at making some of the games I used to play as a child. Here is what I came up with

The storage box was just an empty cream cracker tin, and the tubs that hold the games pieces are empty gilding flake tubs. I used a whole heap of Graphic 45 paper collections to make this project and as usual the papers mixed so well together that all the hard work was done for me.

The little draughts pieces (checkers for my US followers) were made out of the little wooden Tim Holtz Bingo numbers. Hope you like it.