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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

It's a gift!!

Good morning!! Been a couple of days since I blogged - trying to catch up on lots of thing - both crafty and round the house. I have finally reached the point where today I can do the things I want to do!! As we speak I have tomato, mozzarella and pesto tarts cooking ready for a picnic with some great friends later. And of course the extra pastry has ended up as jam tarts!! I do have some things I need to do - but can actually begin to wind down and enjoy my Summer break!! 
Today's offering is another of my little gift sets for a very good friend. This is the 'Mug Rug' made using one of the gorgeous vintage images from Graphicals on Etsy. I printed the image onto printable cotton and then incorporated it into the patchwork. I chose these colours because I had already made a cushion for this friend in these colours - and these were scraps left over!! The bias binding is still proving to be my Achilles heel - but it's improving!!
The frame is shop-bought - and I have used the image with a great Dr Seuss qote!!
And finally the card. The stripy paper is Craftwork Cards - the dark green I think is Papermania Hampstead (it's been in my stash a while). I used Spellbinders Floral Flourishes - and Crafter's Companion 1" numbers. The dark purple card is embossed with Embossalicious 6" Floral Frenzy folder.

And here is all is together:

I would like to enter this into:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes (No Cards) - Mug Mat
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes 

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Last Two!!

Here's the last of my samples - thought I'd do them both in one go as not sure if I'll have the time to blog later!!

So - what's left? Well, this is an A5 Landscape card, made with one of the Topper Companions and the matching Decoupage. Because it's landscape, the base card has to be made from an A3 sheet of card - in this case Centura Pearl Snow White Accents - Green.
I used the Die'sire Chantilly Lace Stamping frame for mounting the topper companions, and Lace Border 1 for the decorative edge. The white Centura pearl is embossed with Embossalicious A4 Holiday Holly, and I cut the embellishment with Die'sire Holly die. A little ribbon and some pearls finished it off.

If you love cutting decoupage layers - and adding lots of dimension to your cards, then make sure you check out the Decoupage section of the CD.

The second card is a tent fold DL card using one of the stamps. This one is called 'Christmas Cuddles'.
The base card is one of the paper designs printed onto Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver, and I used some Core'dinations card in blue, red and purple. The blue strip of card is embossed with Embossalicious A4 Let It Snow folder, and sanded back. The snowflakes are cut using Die'sire Snowflake die. 

I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs: Dark Fur - IG9, 8, 7, 6, 5; Light Fur Shading - IG1, 2; Cheeks - FS6, Blender; Hat - DR3, CR11, 9, 7; Hat Trim Shading - TB1, Blender; Blanket - TB1, 2, 3; Presents - HB1, 2, 3, LV1, 2

Well - it's been a marathon week of sharing the Party Paws samples. So, now it's time to get on with all the other things on my crafting list. But don't forget to join Dawn on Create and Craft today for more Party Paws shows and inspiration.

Take care,

Saturday, 9 August 2014

A little down - but more up!!

Has been one of those up and down days today. Started with parkrun which I found really tough this morning - did a slow time and felt really wiped out. But I brightened up my morning catching up with Leann on Create and Craft. After the lunchtime programme I headed into town for a little retail therapy!! I needed something for a commission - but picked up a few other 'necessary' items while I was in the craft shop!! Felt really tired when I got back so crashed on the bed - and promptly fell asleep for a couple of hours!! Woke up just in time to head off to see the family. Got back a little while ago, and had a look on Facebook to find a lovely lady had been inspired by one of my cards, so had headed off and made one with a similar design but totally different theme - and shared it with me!! It was a beautiful card - and gave me a great feeling!!

Anyway - have been playing my version of 'Where's Wally?' with the Party Paws shows today. I try to spot where all my creations have gone.  My 'Tag of Tags' has been held up a couple of times. Leann wrestled with my waterfall card. The decoupage card made an appearance in the shown samples. My acetate box got an honourable mention. And Jacqui held up my wall plaque. I've also seen my acetate card, stamped easel card, gift bag and my yellow DL card as the camera has passed over the displays. I know it's sad - but I can't help being excited at seeing my work on the TV!! And great crafters like Leonie and Leann admiring it!! It never gets old!!

This is one I have yet to spot - a twisted easel card made using one of the images from the Decoupage section on the CD.
I also used elements from the matching Card Companion, along with a few of the papers. I mounted the image onto a Die'sire Chantilly Lace Stamping Frame.
This is what the inside of the Easel Card looks like - I do hate leaving the inside blank!!!

Well, that's me done for the night!! I shall be keeping my eyes peeled for this card tomorrow.

Take care,

Today's the day!!

Good morning!! The time is almost here!! I have one card this morning and will be back later with one more. This one is a made from the card kit - incorporating some of that gorgeous acetate.
I used Core'dinations as the base. To cover this I used a combination of one of the pieces of card, and a matching insert. The stopper and embellishments are made using Die'sire Snowflake dies, and this time I covered one part of the sticky used to attach the acetate with Frantage Colour Fragments in Powder Blue. A great big red, satin bow covered the other. 

Make sure you tune in at 9am this morning to see Leann with all of the great Party Paws Collection that we've been showing you this week!! 

Take care - back later!!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Almost time!!

Afternoon!! We're edging ever closer to the launch of the fabulous Party Paws Christmas Collection, and I have one more to share with you today.
This is a waterfall card. The first one I have attempted where there hasn't been a template provided!! But this sheet of toppers from the CD was just begging to be made into one!! Have to say that it did work here at home - but I have visions of one of the presenters getting their hands on it over the weekend - and it not working properly!! Famous last words!!!

Because of the measurements, I had to start with a piece of A3 card as the base. I used Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card in Red. It comes in a pack with other Accent colours from Crafter's Companion and is really gorgeous. Makes a change from the usual Hint of Gold or Silver. Having said that, all the other pieces used for the mechanism were printed onto Hint of Silver!! 
I used Die'sire Snowflakes for embellishing both the pulling mechanism, and the underside of the waterfall pieces. I have to admit I made the mistake of putting a piece of ribbon down the left hand side, thinking it would look lovely!! It does - but it interfered with the mechanism - so had to make a few adjustments!!

Anyway - fingers crossed that, if it does get picked up, then it will work as it is supposed to!!

Will be back tomorrow and Sunday during the day to share the last of my samples, but just a quick thanks and hello to my new followers - both here and on Pinterest!! Glad you are enjoying the Sneaky Peeks!!
Take care,

More Sneaky Peeks!!

Good morning!! Am feeling strangely energised this morning - even though SUP Wake Up Work Out has been cancelled!! Last night's paddle was great - very lumpy - but good fun and brilliant for those core muscles!! And it was followed by a BBQ this week as a bit of a social get together with other SUPers from different groups - and the kite surfers too!!

Anyway, a quick couple of shares from Party Paws Christmas! This one is a wall hanging - I never seem to be able to make samples without there being a wall hanging or two in there!! 
This one uses one of the Frame Cards from the Festive Fancies CD - along with papers from both. I printed the snowflake one onto Parchement paper for a different effect. The frame itself is printed onto Watercolour card - I did this twice so I could decoupage the image. The inside was cut out, and I used the Verse Writer to create the little poem. I embellished with Die'sire Snowflakes, and wooden buttons. 

The second is a card made from the Kit - I used my Ultimate to tri-fold a piece of the printed cardstock before cutting off a diagonal section. I used some of the matching insert paper to cover parts of the card that would normally be on the inside, so that they matched the rest.  The original image printed on the card was 'replaced' with one of the toppers matted and layered onto green and gold card. 
To add a bit more interest, I used Die'sire Lace Border 4 to create an additional border for one side. I finished off with a few little red gems, and some ribbon.

Don't forget that the weekender starts tomorrow on Create and Craft TV tomorrow at 9am with Leann - and will be on throughout the weekend!!

Back soon!!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Once, twice, three times Acetate!!!

Good afternoon!! Having shared my inspiration for the Crafter's Companion August 'Back to School' Challenge this morning, it's now on with the Party Paws sneak peeks!! Part of the collection includes a gorgeous pack of acetate. Well - for me it's definately gorgeous to look at - but I've never crafted with acetate before. I've kind of avoided it as I didn't really know what to do with it. So, this was a real challenge!!

These are a few of the things I came up with!! The first was is straightforward - I used it as a wrap for a square card. The base card is literally a piece of the printed cardstock cut down to size.

To cover the sticky at the side, I used another piece of the card to form a spine. I wrapped some ribbon down the side, and attached a wire ornament I had in my stash along with a few charms.  The snowflake used to embellish was cut with the Die'sire Snowflake die, with a few added pearls. 

The second was a little more ambitious - as I used the acetate as the card itself!! The image is one of the stamp sets - Snow Much Fun! 
I coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir Pens - Dark Fur - IG9, 8, 7, 6, 5; Light Fur - IG1, 2; Cheeks - FS6, Blender; Hat - DR3, CR11, 9, 7; Hat Trim Shading - TB1, Blender; Snowman's Hat - LG1, 2, 3, 4; Bear's Scarves - LY1, 2, 3.

I used the colouriser to change a couple of the paper designs to match my image - and printed them onto Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver card. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I used some pearls and a little ribbon down the side to finish it off. I stuck everything back to back - one on the inside and one on the outside to cover the sticky stuff.

And the third and final one for today is an acetate box. This shape box was one of the first I learned to make when I got my Ultimate many years ago - and thought that it would work well in acetate. 
I used one of the toppers from the kit and mounted in onto green and gold card. To hide the glue, I attached another circle inside with a Die'sire Snowflake on it. The little tag is a sentiment from the kit - and there are some bells attached which jangle when you shake the box.It's all then tied up with ribbon!!
Having looked at some of the creations from the rest of the DT - I am inspired to try to use acetate more on my projects. It is so versatile!! 

Well - that's the mammoth post over!! Will be back with more tomorrow!! 
Take care,