Friday, July 21, 2017

All Tied Up

  Yippee its Friday.
Its time for a challenge at Daring Cardmakers.  Kathy is our lovely host this week and would like to see string, fibres or thread used on your card in a creative way.
I decided to make a wreath using some string.
I looped the string round a few times then stuck it to my embossed card stock.  The embossing folder I used is by Tammy Tutterow called blistered from Spellbinders.  I just added a little bit of white ink to the edges as I thought it was just to much grey.

For the little details on the wreath I used the Die D-Lites Springtime set from Spellbinders.  I just used the little butterfly and flower.

I then added the greeting using some copper mirror card and used the Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 die set from Spellbinders.
I finished with a few sequins as I love my sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs at Daring Cardmakers for more lovely inspiration.
Full details of all the products I have used can be found over at Spellbinders.


Friday, July 14, 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today.....

 Hello All.
Here we are with a super fun challenge from the Daring Cardmakers.
If you go down to the woods today.....
 Enfys our lovely host this week has picked this really fun theme.
 Make a card using anything that conjures up the great outdoors - picnics, camping, woodland walks.
I went with owls.  I live in the middle of the countryside so we are surrounded by woodland and in the evenings you can often hear the owls.
For my card I first made the background and I created a sunset using some blue, pink and orange ink pads. I masked off the moon shape first before applying the ink and I then sprayed a little water over the top.  I added a silhouette of an owl sitting on some branches.  I used the owl builder punch from Stampin Up for this.

The little fire flies on the card are taken from the jar of love set also by Stampin Up.

I then used the stamp set from Indigoblu called nature I and stamped the image along the bottom.
I never got around to stamping a greeting as I wasn't sure what type of occasion my card related to.  I felt it covered a wide range so I just thought less is more on this one.
To me its a perfect summers dusk.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spaced Out

Hello Crafters.
I had so much fun creating the inky galaxy background for the recent challenge at Daring Cardmakers that I just had to create another.
This time I used the Die D-Lites Spaced Out Set from Spellbinders.
This card was just so much fun to make and I think I have found a new love for ink.  Using my ink pads to create backgrounds was something I never really liked doing as I felt so out of my comfort zone.  Now I have to admit I really love it and of course I love to learn something new.

I used several ink pads to create this card.  I started in the centre with a turquoise blue.  I then added a bit of orange and purple around this.  I then applied the dark blue all around the outside blending all the time and to finish I put a tiny amount of black right around the edge.  To create the little blobs, I just used my spritzer from Stampin Up and sprayed the cardstock.

This little set comes with the rocket, plant and a shooting star.
I cut the plant and ring from white card stock and used a green ink pad to colour it.

I then cut the rocket and shooting star from silver mirror card an used my embossing mat through my platinum machine to create the detail.
A really fun card for the little people in our lives.
Please stop by the Spellbinders website for more details about the die set I have used.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Hi there.
Two posts in one day but as its so hot outside I thought I would stay indoors and blog a little.
My Dads birthday is fast approaching and coming from a background where my Dad, Brother and myself all served in the Royal Navy I had to make a card for him with this in mind.
I knew I had to have another play with the Die D-Lies Nautical Set from Spellbinders.
I love this set and I have already used it on the same challenge blog before at Freshly Made Sketches but I just loved the layout again.
I cut the little boat from the set from kraft card and paper pieced part of the sail in some blue corrugated card.  I then cut the anchor from copper mirror card that I got from my local craft shop.  This mirror card is amazing.  The shine on it is just fantastic.
I even tried to make a little sailors knot at the top.  Something I know that my Dad is really good at as he makes these wonderful ships bell ropes using all kinds of decorative knots.
Knot tying was something I didn't do as I joined the Royal Navy as a Communicator but I did learn the basics during my training.
I wrapped a little bit of string around the anchor and finished with a tiny sea shell which I found in my stash.
The designer papers I have used came from The Works on a recent trip to visit my family in the UK.  I couldn't believe the price.  They paper pad was £1!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out Spellbinders for details of this lovely die set.

July Elemental Inspiration from Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone and Happy Friday.
For us here in France its the start of the summer holidays.  I wonder how long it will be before I hear the words "I'm bored".
Its my turn to host the dare over at Daring Cardmakers.  As its the first Friday of the month its elemental inspiration week and I have picked the pretty image below.
Its full of lots of lovely elements and who doesn't love unicorns?  Having a little girl in the house who likes My Little Pony means I am surrounded by them.
Remember you need to use at least 3 elements on your creation.
For my card I picked the unicorn, stars, colours, wooden stick and the gold edging on the cups and plates.

I wanted to make my card look like one of those carousel horses you see at the fair but with a magical element.

I created my background first and just added lots of pretty ink to the cardstock but I though it looked to dark so I rub a bit of white ink all over the top.

I then used several dies from Spellbinders.  I used the Die D-Lies Unicorn Fantasy set to create the unicorn which I cute from white glitter card.
For the clouds I used the Die D-Lites Flight 2 set and used a bit of gilding wax around the edges.
The stars were cut from mirror and glitter card stock using the Die D-Lies Lets Party Shining Star set.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team blogs for more lovely inspiration.
If you would like more details about the dies I have used head over to the Spellbinders Website.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spellbloggers Baby

Hello fellow crafters.
My post today from Spellbloggers at Spellbinders is all about those little bundles of joy.
A family member is about to become a Daddy for this this time and they announced on Facebook the other week what the sex was so I set about making a little keep sake for them.

I started with making a little box frame from white card stock.
I then used the Die D-Lites Flight 2 set to create the balloon and the clouds.

I also used the set called Die D-Lites Lets Party Shinning Star for the tiny coloured stars that I thought I could use as rainbow drops under the clouds.  I also used the text from the same die set and cut that from silver mirror card.
This would look just as cute in pink or a neutral colour if the baby's sex isn't known.

You can't see the back but I put a little stand on it so it can be displayed on a shelve, perhaps in the nursery.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the website at Spellbinders for more details about the products used.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Doing The Market Fresh Hop

Hello All.
I would like to thank all who played along in our Market Fresh Blog Hop with Spellbinders.
Here are the winners:                      Suzanne Wehling              Shabneez Khan-Muztar                  Stephanie Stratton                 Linda Sims
Please can you email me with your mailing address and phone number at so we can send you out your prize package.
I hope you enjoy your little bundle of dies and I can't wait to see what you make.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Bit of Red, White and Blue

Hello crafters.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
As its nearly the 4th of July I have been inspired to make a red, white and blue card using dies from Spellbinders and the lovely image from  Paper Sweeties.
Its a little nod to my American friends and followers and of course to Spellbinders for creating such fabulous dies that I get to work with each week.
To make this card I wanted to keep it fairly simple so it would appeal to all ages.
I started with the embossed background which I kept simple and just used plain white card stock.  The embossing folder I used is by Tammy Tutterow called Blistered.

I then used the Die D-Lites Shining Star Lets Party set to create all the little stars and I cut these from glitter card.  The little shooting star is from the Die D-Lites Spaced Out set.

To create the sentiment I used the Die D-Lites Make a Wish set and cut this from mirrored black card stock.  I then finished with a couple of sequins.
I love how you can make all these die sets work together.  I have used three different sets on this card and just took little elements from each.
Thanks for stopping by and please check out the Spellbinders Website for more details about the dies I have used.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Welcome to my Galaxy

Happy Friday everyone.
Its challenge time at Daring Cardmakers and such a fun challenge this week.
Miri our host this week would like to see a galaxy on your cards.
You could create a galaxy as a background or use galaxy elements, stars, gas dust, aliens, astronauts.
To create my card I made an inky galaxy background.
I started in the centre I used a turquoise ink pad.  I then worked my way outwards using yellow and a bit of pink.  I blended a dark blue all around the outside and finished with black just on the edges.  I then sprayed the whole inky area with water and waited for it to dry.

For my gold embellishments I used the Die D-Lites Lets Party Shining Star set.
I cut out the little stars and also the text from the die set.

I loved creating this type of background and each time you make one it never looks the same.
I made this little card for my daughter who finishes school for the summer next week.  I just wanted her to know how proud of her we are.

Just a little reminder that there is only a few days left of the Market Fresh Blog Hop
There is a fantastic selection of dies up for grabs from SPELLBINDERS.
 Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Teachers Gift with Spellbinders

Hi All.
I hope you are enjoying the little Blog Hop we have going for the next few days with Spellbinders. There are some lovely prizes up for grabs.
Here is the link to my previous post with all the details about the hop.
Today I am sharing a little project that I made ready to thank those lovely teachers who have helped our children grown and learn.  My daughter thinks her teacher is fantastic but sadly he is leaving this year and off to teach somewhere else.
So I thought we should make him a little card and gift.
My daughter said he likes his cup of coffee on a morning at the gate so I use that as a starting point.
I first used the Die D-Lites Hipster 1 Set to create the take away coffee cup and sleeve.

I then made the pencil by playing about with the banner from the Die D-Lites Sweet Set

I also wanted to create another school element which was the little chalkboard with thank you stamped inside so I used  the Nestabilities Pierced Circles Set.

I also needed to create a little gift bag as I was thinking of filling it full of coffee sachets.  For the little paper bag I used the Market Fresh Bag N Tag It Etched Die from Debi Adams.
For more details about all the dies used please stop by the Spellbinders website.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.