Monday 30 June 2008


I love playing with Stampbord, I blended fluid chalk inks over the Stampbord then stamped the largest of the Spiral bouquet stamps over the top in black ink, once this had dried I added Opalite Ink (this ink adds a pearlescent finish) by patting the stampbord untill it was fully covered I stamped the rest directly onto the card and added stickles, and a few pearls to the Stampbord to finish.

Sunday 29 June 2008

New Home Card

This has to be one of the fiddliest cards I have made in a long time, The house was stamped twice and cut both out and I decoupage the bottom half so that it had a 3D effect I coloured them both using Tombo brush pens then added Glossy Accents to the beams.
I then stamped the fence onto a seperate piece of card stock and coloured between the fence in green for the grass, I then cut this out and added a couple of folds at the sides so it would wrap around the house.
On a seperate piece of card stock I coloured the bottom quarter green for the grass and added blue to the top of the card for the sky.
I made a gate fold card in a light green then stamped the wording around this I attached a ribbon to the back of the house long enough to wrap around the card and tie in a bow and only stuck one half of the house to the card.
All supplies are from Papertrey ink

Saturday 28 June 2008

Continuous Cuttlebug Embossing - Tutorial

After being asked many times how to create a continuous background using the Cuttlebug A2 folders I thought I would show you how I do it. One thing to bear in mind is that it will only work with repeated patterns, and word folders just won't cut the mustard with this technique

I started with a 14x14 cm tent fold card

Wrap the cuttle bug folder around the card, this card is a tent fold card so I am wrapping the folder with the closed edge of the folder at the bottom of the card.

Next run this though the Cuttlebug.

You can see that only part of the card is embossed

Next move the embossing folder across the card to emboss the other side matching up the dots by overlapping the folder over the already embossed dots.

Then run this through the Cuttlebug.

You can see from where the arrow is pointing that the folder has flattened some of the embossing, this is easily fixed as shown in the next step.

Match up the pattern by wrapping the folder around the card where you first started being careful to match up the embossed parts, this can be easily seen through the folder as it is transparent.
Once you have matched up the folder run your finger down on top of where the flattened embossing was, this will easily pop back up as it has already been embossed once.

as you can see no gaps can be seen

& there we have it, the finished card

Creating a Background Pattern

Using the new Guide lies stamp by PTI I created the backgound pattern on the card using the versamark ink pad. I stamped up the OUT on a Limb stamp set using Spring Moss and Lavender Moon Palette inks and added dimond stickles over the blossoms to make them pop. I added a couple of stones to the corners and finished with a Plum Pudding Grosgrain Ribbon.

Friday 27 June 2008

Friend Card - Lilac's

I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder to emboss the base card then tied the ribbon by PTI (Plum Pudding Satin) around the bottom and tied into a knot.
The stamp set used is Blossoms Abound by Stanping Up I started with the branch inked with Papertrey Ink shades spring moss then used the lighter shade Lavender Moon on the bottom lilac then used the plum pudding shade on the top lilac the my friend was also inked with plum pudding.
I layered the stamped images with Plum Puddding and an Olive colouered card stock.
The first card you see is my 2nd attempt at the stamps the one below was my 1st.
I always get Chris my Hubby to comment on the cards and I'm afraid that he wasn't keen on these, but as I liked them I thought I would show you all anyway ( a good example of You can't please all of the people all of the time)

This card was the 1st card I made with the stamp set.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

June Blog Hop Card - Acetate

I used the Circle Nestabilities to cut out an aperture from the square card and then cut a smaller scalloped circle from the same card stock, using white card I cut out a matching plain circle.
I stamped all over the front of the card with spring moss ink using the spiral bouquet stamps then using the same stamp set I added a floral design to the white circle.

I cut a piece of acetate 1 mm smaller than the card and added it behind the aperture, I then added the centre circles and cut out another white circle stamped the same as the first and added it to the inside to hide the glue that was holding the front circle onto the acetate.
I finished the card by adding a few pearls some stickles glitter and a satin ribbon.

Friendship Card

New goodies arrived from PTI and I just had to play, I used the beautiful bloom and the new guide line stamp sets.I stamped the flower heads separately and cut them out and mounted them on top of the leaves, I used slithers of green card stock to make the flower stems, I created the pattern on the plum card stock by using the guide lines then stamping the pattern on top of this, added a few pearls to finish
The coloured card stock is plum pudding and the inks are Plum Pudding, Spring Moss and Lavender Moon, Ribbon is plumb pudding all from Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday 24 June 2008

My Craft Space

Who lives in a house like this...
Though the door, as you can see it is aptly named ( the box room)
Small but never the less beautiful in my eyes.

This unit sits along ade my desk, it has 2 draws in the top compartment.
The red canisters on the top are tea caddy's but are perfect for pens.

I don't suppose you'll be surprised to see what is in the top draw.

and in the bottom draw...

These shelves are fit directly above my desk.

I love this rail that is fitted above my desk it is a kitchen rail from Ikea and it should have pans hanging off the hooks but I find it perfect for scissors and the likes which keeps my work surface free from clutter.

I've found a home for some of my wood mounted stamps. I still need a few more of these red baskets to make best use of the shelves

This is the top of the unit as you can see my lovely husband has still to move some of his tools (sigh)

This is the bottom of the unit.

As you can see from this image some of my shelves have still to be filled which will not be a problem once I get everything down from the loft. You may also have noticed the step ladder hiding round the corner, I need this to reach some of the shelves.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour

Monday 23 June 2008

Floral Punch Craft - Nasturtium

The flowers on this card is made with the small balloon punch and the small and mini Sun punches, I stamped the background with the leaves from Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set by PTI.

Sunday 22 June 2008

I've been Tagged...

I was kindly tagged by Wendy
so here goes.
I was as fit as a fiddle and had to run round in the shower to get wet. Mother of two beautiful young Daughters who kept me on my toes.
I was a Doctors receptionist and crafting in any spare time.


1. Finish getting all my craft goodies out of the loft to re-home them in my new craft room.

2. Prepare the cards for next weeks classes.

3. Try to make a little more me time.

4. Catch up with the dreaded H****w**k.

5. Visit my Parents.

Snacks I Enjoy.........

Mmmmm oh dear there is so many, chocolate, strawberries, cherries, Foxes Jam Creams, cheese to name but a few.


Firstly I would need to make sure my family were all taken care of.
After that it would be some chosen charities.

Seaham, Ambleside (work related) then more Seaham.

The people I am going to tag in return are:-


Thomas Kinkade - Make a Wish Cottage

I used a brayer, Archival Ink & smooth white card stock to stamp up the Thomas Kinkade - Make a wish Cottage rubber stamp bought at Cornish Heritage Farms I then broke out my Prisma pencils to add colour to the image, I stared with the greens adding various shades and blended with gamsol and a paper stump and then added the colour to the rest again blending with the paper stump.
I used HOTP paper as a background on top of a deep red card stock then layered the image and the Papertrey Ink sentiments in the same red and some cream card, added them to the base card and finished this a vintage cream ribbon.

Saturday 21 June 2008

Floral Punch Craft - Dahlia

A clever little diamond fold card
papers from PTI, added the FPC flower and leaves to finish off the card
The Floral Punch Craft flower took best part of an evening to construct working with 48 small tear drop punched out shapes and 6 small hearts cut in half then adding them to daisy and snowflake shapes,so, even though I love the result it could be a long, long time before I make another.

Friday 20 June 2008

Floral Punch Craft - Poppies

I love the vibrance of Poppies, each day on my way to and from work I pass a field which is just a blanket of poppies I have to catch my breath everytime I pass them.
I used the Papertrey Ink stamps with a Brilliance Rocket Red to stamp the sentiments and cut out the rectangles with Nestabilities to mount the Poppies onto then tied it all together with a grosgrain bright red ribbon.

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Nostalgic Card

The Tin Bath stamp made by Me.
I had this image sketched for me by the Artist I am working with at the moment (Jim Harker) and I loved it so much I asked him to draw it up for me.
He gave me the image this afternoon and I new once dinner was over I would be producing my own craft stamp with it and here it is!
The background papers are from HOTP I stamped the image with versafine the coloured with watercolours.
I got some tips on colouring from Jim so this is the revived newly coloured card

Floral Punch Craft - Hydrangea

This was made using the Violets & Iris and the Lilacs & Daphne Floral Punch Bunch Theme punches and Penny Black stamps.

I punched out the flowers in 2 contrasting coloured paper and shaped them by pressing into the centres until they were a cupped flower I punched out the leaves in a green paper and scored in the veins and coloured them using fluid chalk inks, I built up the leaves and flowers onto a half Polystyrene half ball until it was fully covered.

Then inked up the flower stamp with Brilliance pearlescent ink in two contasting colours and a leaf shade and stamped directly onto the card.

I used black ink for the sentiment then layered this up.

click on the image for a closer view.

Monday 16 June 2008

Boat Scene- Watercolours

Image is a rubber stamp by Friends Stamps inxed with archival black ink and coloured with watercolour pencils, layered onto a sandy coloured card stock and a pattened paper by HOTP.
I love this scene, lazy summer days spring to mind when it is too hot to do anything but relax.

Remember When... Series 2

Sweet Treets...

This just has to be the cutest, do you think little Tommy would steal that pie on the window ledge is his Mum and the neighbour wasn't around?

"A 99 please with Monkeys blood on"


Out Now Series 2 Sweet Treats

Check out the rest of the Design Teams Blogs for more previews this evening