Saturday, 31 March 2012

Look What I Won...!

These beautiful peel offs came through the door at the weekend.  Aren't I lucky!!!   I know peel off's are out of favour at the moment with a lot of crafters, but I like them, they come in so handy!!!

I'm pleased with them as they will make my cancer charity cardmaking stash go a long way!  They are so intricate and I'm now putting my one grey cell into action to see what I can come up with.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Some Easter items...more to come....

I've been busy with trays on my bed - I made this Easter card for a friend of mine.  I always make a more traditional card for Easter and I hope she likes this one as much as the others I've made for her before.

Remember last week I was speaking about Easter goodies.  Well here is one of the items so far.  It's not finished yet, but will be soon!  I have about seven of them made now, all in different styles and colours for different people.  The paper was a freebie and I just love it!  I think it's "HOTP" and it's gorgeous!
Finally today, I made this little Easter choccy box card.  It contains little Easter chocolate bunnies.  It was a quick make really once the box had been made.  Sorry about the strange angle of the photo, it makes it look odd, but in reality it all lines up.

I made it all using my standard Woodware trimmer along with the scoring blade too.  None of these fancy scoring boards for me.  I use whatever I have in my stash to make things without paying out a fortune for all the special items.  I've used my Woodware trimmer for making everything on this blog - if there's a way around it, I'll find it!

More to come later on as they're being made!


Wednesday, 28 March 2012


Wow these WOYWW sure do come around quick!  Here's what I've been up to - more Easter bits, a new "Thank You" card with a difference and a blank piece of card just waiting to be made into something creative.

Sorry it's not a long posting this week, my blood is up way too high again on the DVT front, it's back to weekly blood tests again.  I'm not sure if it's the DVT or the diabetes or something else that is making me so tired, but I could sleep for England at the moment!!!

Night night everyone....LOL!!!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

For Emily

A little girl called Emily, aged 7, is having a tough time lately, she has Leukaemia, then after treatment had many more health problems inluding rotavirus, pancreatitus, shingles, kidney stones and she's really going through ups and downs.

As a cancer patient myself, I know how she feels and thought it might help to send her a card from England which is all pink and girlie.  I know she loves horses and kittens, and the lovely Dustin  has drawn these images.

I made this 'stepper card' using my Woodware trimmer again.  No template, just looking at the finished article on a webpage and had a go!  Once you try it once, it's easier than you think!  Again HOTP freebie papers were used, they are so cute!

The internet is an amazing place, making our world seem a lot smaller by connecting us all.  If you/'d like to send a card to Emily, then Click Here to find out more.

Keep smiling Emily!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Another Rudolph Card!

I'm doing quite well with the Rudolph cards, this should help me just in case there's another health problem to add to my list in December LOL!!!

This gorgeous image was sent to me by Di - thanks Di!  So pretty and easy to colour too.  I added some beautiful snowflakes (part of my Christmas present from Di last year), along with some die cut shapes as a base (another Christmas present!).  Didn't I do well.....!

The backing paper is from a 'sale bargain' I found.  They've come in very handy so far for my Rudolph cards.

The fence die cut has some glitter added to give it more sparkly - well it is a Christmas card!  Although that doesn't normally stop me - you can never have too much bling sometimes!!!


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Special Magnolia Girl...

I saw this little cutie in a visit to a craft shop and she's so gorgeous I just had to have her.  I don't normally get Magnolia stamps as they are so expensive, but I did splash out on two.  Well, you just have to don't you! 

I've stamped a few of them and used different colourings in them so you'll see a few coming along but I know a lot of you are Magnolia fans.  I've tried some different techniques on the colouring as well - what do you think? 

Again I've used my MS PATP set and used the cheapy £ shop card for the matting and layering.  I was going to add some lace in as well, but forgot before I used my DST, so sorry about that! 

This is an easel card, but I've not quite finished the inside yet.  My little yellow flower embellishment suits the colouring fine (and a bargain at 45p for the bag), sadly I only have two left now.  Again the gold brad was from my bargain pack too.  I'm one of life's "bargain bin checkers!" - you never know what you might find.

Hope you like my little cutie and I'll finish the inside soon don't worry!


Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Another Wednesday and another WOYWW over at Julia's for you all to peak at.  If you're not sure what it is go and check it out - you can have a sneaky peak at workdesks all over the world.  Sounds a bit odd when you first see it, but believe me, it's fun and addictive!
So here's what's on my workdesk (or rather my bed!!!).  I'm working on some special Easter goodies (they need to be posted so I'm trying to get them done early!) - I've not forgotten last weeks WOYWW and will be catching up with that soon promise.  I've got so many ideas in my head for cards I need to make, but just not made them yet!

I wonder if the Easter goodies will count as Snippets, no new papers were used and I also used up some very old peel-off's lurking in the back of one of the boxes! 

Enjoy WOYWW!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Another cheapy idea......

A while ago I had one Tim Holtz ink pad and tried to think of ways round getting expensive brushes.  I used some cotton pads (made for removing nail varnish) and they worked quite well.  Then I thought of this......yes.....a Pastry Brush - only 99p too!
I got a new ink pad care of Di, called Tumbled Glass and then dabbed the pastry brush on it and holding it low down, which stiffened the bristles, I brushed it on in circular motions to the cream cardstock I was using at the time.

It's come out quite well, not too dark, but perfect for the card I was making for the Snippet Challenge over at Di's Place.  You'll see the results soon!

I must add that Di has given me two lovely brushes to use since I made this purchase and if you don't have loads of money to throw at your crafting, then this is an ideal '2nd best' to help you achieve the same result.  Or similar...!


Sunday, 18 March 2012

For a Little Girl...

Another Snippets card, not in the official playground, but just one of many I make for cancer charities and donate to them.  It all helps as they say!
Again this is just snippets of card, a stamped image coloured with my gorgeous Promarkers and some glittered dots added as embellishments.
I try to keep them flatter now, due to the hgh postage charges.  Obviously hand delivered ones are made with more heightened (is there such a word?) embellishments.


Friday, 16 March 2012

Snippets Challenge

Here's my entry to the Snippets Challenge 11 for fun in the playground.  As Di said, I can't use the Pogo Sticks sadly, but I can have a go on the swings.  What lovely memories of playing on the swings and even more fun on the roundabouts too!  No health and safety in those days (gosh does that make me sound old!!!) but it was loadssssssssssssssss more fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've used all snippets on this card, no whole sheets were harmed whatsoever in the making of this card.  Here you can see my 'Snippet Envelope' as I call it.  It's an A4 size pack which some card came in and I now use it for my snippets to reside in.  As you can see I've had a go at some MS punching (my one and only PATP set!). 

The card is cheapo card from the £ shop, it is perfect for using as matting and layering and also MS punching of course!  I also use the plain white card from the £ shop as well, ideal for die cutting, too light for the actual cards, but brilliant for the embellishments.  Also thanks again, to Di, for the gorgeous ribbon!  Such a fantastic rich colour and perfectly suits the CS and the colouring.

Talking of which I used the white card to make the flowers, offcuts from the snippets envelope of course, and added some stickles glitter, and some plain brads I've had for eons!  I got two packs of them in a sale, and am now on the second pack!  Plain but they do the job!  I've also used nail varnish on them to change the colour and it works fine!  If there's a way round it, I'll find it!  My pocket is not never ending sadly and I really need to win the lottery!!!

I'm really proud of this card and I'm not ashamed to say it!  Hope you like it too....


Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Last week I had a very tidy workspace as you all saw....well here's the other side of the bed on my latest crafting session!
As you can see it's a totally different story as I had some 'trial runs' on a few things!  Some brush techniques being used with my 2nd Tim Holtz ink pad (Thanks Di!).  I've also got some embellishments waiting to dry after being edged in Stickles for a card you'll see later in the week.
My usual selection of DST and foam tape ready to be used, more embellishments waiting to dry.  I love the hearts die cut but it's really fiddly to remove from the die cut once you've used it.  I tend to do a few at a time, and now keep them all in the little plastic box - saves them being crushed and ruined.

So come back soon to see what card I was working on at the time!


Monday, 12 March 2012

Chooks Birthday Card

I found this image in my 'stamped stash box' at the weekend and it was perfect for this stripy snippet I had in my 'snippets envelope'.  I do try to use all the bits of the tiniest paper as it's all given to cancer charitie for nothing.

This is ideal for a male or female birthday - well I think so anyway!  I think it's a Penny Black stamp but I'm not sure as it was a donated one.  I really must find out as I love it and will be putting them on my wish list.  I still have some Christmas/Birthday money to spend so will have to see.  My wish list is ever growing, I've just seen some of the new PB stamps and they are definitely on my wish list!

As this is one of my many charity cards, I was just wondering what you all do with the cards you make - obviously there are special ones for family and friends, but what do you do with the others? 


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Another Fergus card...

This time it's just Fergus on the card - again similar colouring as before, but next time I'm going to be more adventurous with different colours.I always try to use up my snippets as 100% of the cards goes to cancer charities.

Hope you like little Fergus - enjoy!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Party Time with Fergus

I just love dragons (amongst many others!) so here's little Fergus.  Isn't he a cute little guy?!?!

Colouring was done with my Promarkers, and I added some silver mirror card and silver glittered embellishments - all flat so easy and OK to post without incurring huge costs as it normally is when you put the tiniest embellishment on a card.

Do you think this would be OK for a guy?  I've deliberately not used pinky colours, then realised I'd coloured parts of him pink - I can always change that - it's the background I worried about first...duh!


Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Here's the view of my Workdesk this week for What's On Your Workdesk along with many others who like to have a nosey at all the creative workdesks, craftrooms, tables, trays name it and we craft on it!

I craft on trays on my bed, it means I have to put my stuff away each time I use it, which helps to keep it all neat and tidy (apart from the bag of craft goodies I got for Christmas which I'm still working my way through!). 

I'll be working on putting my new stamps away soon, but I get too distracted with the crafting at the time, but I will catch up with that.

I've been working on some new cards,  they are normally made using a scoring board, but I don't have one of those, so take pot luck with my trimmer - it seems to have worked well so far.

You'll be seeing the results of this trimming/scoring soon I hope!


Monday, 5 March 2012

My First Official "Snippets Card"....

Here's my first "Official Snippets Challenge Card".  I hope I've done everything that is required for it at Snippets Challenge at Di's place.

I used some snippets to make a 'quilt type' card with hand stitching.  I also used some snippets of mirror card when using the die cuts.  The gorgeous Thomas was a birthday present from Di so it seemed right to make him my first "Official Snippets Challenge Card"!!!

The only addition is some flat glittery dots - ideal for posting - doesn't make it mega expensive to send to the recipient!


Sunday, 4 March 2012

A simple notecard

I made this out of snippets of backing paper and die cuts I already had on my crafting tray on the bed.  I also had the sentiment made up too so just put it all together.

Nothig fancy, just plain and simple.


Friday, 2 March 2012

Bakers Twine - well Karen's Twine really!!

I thought I'd add this in.  As I make cards for cancer charity, giving 100% of the  money made to them, I have to use my little grey cell and work around a few things.
For example, I'd love some real Bakers Twine, but it's so expensive, so I decided to have a go at making my own.  I've used it on the Whiff of Joy card earlier, and you will see a different colour on others I've done lately.
I had some kitchen string, you know, the one you use to tie around the Christmas pudding etc.  I put around a piece of plain old card (this is the back of a Christmas Card I received), and then got out my trusty Promarkers and just coloured lines across the string.  I let it dry and then added another coat of it.

Voila, it came out OK - what do you think?  It looks better on the card than here.  It's good that you can add whatever colour you need to match your card and not have to have every colour they make at great cost.

Hope you enjoy my little hints and tips and crafty makes which help save pennies.