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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Eclipse Shaker Card

One of our girlies had a landmark birthday yesterday so I wanted to make a slightly different card for her. I didn't want it overloaded with embellishments, something simple but maybe a little classy... I can but hope!
I decided on the popular eclipse style card using the, now retired but fabulous, Painted With Love DSP. This is what I came up with - and Eclipse Shaker card.

Her name on the outside, minimal but letting the beautiful DSP do the talking.
Inside I created a shaker element with a little bling. Also some stamping and a die cut greeting.

I do hope she liked it and had an amazing day!
Happy birthday to our girlie,

Friday, 8 June 2018

Just For Fun - May 2018

This month two of our four class cards used the  Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating dies the other two were made with Stampin' Blends,.
On our first card we used that Swirly Bird stamps to create a simple sea scene, topping with a stand fussy cut boat to finish with a cute little card. Whilst, in some ways, quite childish in design, it would also lift someones spirits.

For our second card, I had recently made a greeting card for a friend whose birthday I'd missed. As it was using Swirly Bird I thought it would fit with this months theme. we used both stamps and dies along with some Wood Textures DSP to give the illusion of looking through branches.

Our third card, a simple design, showed them how to colour on the reverse of vellum to give a muted image of the colour used. The stamp set is the now retired Lots of Lavender.

I've been wanting to try out a technique since I first saw it used by a demo called Katrina Duffell. I thought that it was perfect to fit into our Just For Fun classes and that my Ladies would like it too! Using two Stampin' Blends we created a background which looks dimensional, a little like hessian. The original card used a flower from the Saleabration set - Amazing You. I chose to use the larger flower in the Birthday Blooms set as I thought the Ladies might run out of time with a larger colouring area.

You colour the background then go over it using the colour lifter. We followed Katrina's example and used a ruler with the lifter, going across the card gradually, then from top to bottom, finally diagonally. You end up with a super effect. The more you use the lifter, the lighter the background becomes. The Ladies seemed to enjoy doing this as much as I did. Thanks to Katrina!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cards today, do pop by again soon!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Out With The Old....

..........And In With The New!
Yes! Our new annual catalogue is live today.
To view, either click on the link above or on the image below.
Want a copy of your own? Contact me -
Now then, did you see all that crafty goodness? 
How can you resist?

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Never Ending Card Video Tutorial

This months class was to make Never Ending Cards. They seem to me to be a greeting card version of the rubics cube!
The main things to remember are to cut and score accurately, after that they are so simple to make, not that there is much cutting and scoring!
I made a pdf and a video for the ladies to remind them should they forget 'how to' when they next go to make the card.
I'm sharing the video with you below, warts and all!

 If you haven't already made one of these cards, have a go! It's sure to amuse the recipient!
Have fun!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Coffee & Cards

Despite not having posted the cards on here, I've still been running my regular coffee and card sessions. Today I'm playing catch up and sharing with you.
During one session in April, we made this pretty rose card which you will have seen as I've since used the design to make thank you cards. the rose stamp is from beautiful day.

Here are the cards from another session in April, the ladies could choose which one they made. The fox was to encourage them to use a punch in the form of 'tiles', and to line up the pattern on the DSP once punched. Stamp sets are Foxy friends and Thoughtful Banners.

The second was to show them how to use sequin trim to create a scallop edge as opposed to it being just a loose embellishment. The stamp set is Beautiful You.

This card is from Coffee and Cards earlier this month, the stamp set is Feather Together.

My sample appears to have got a little crushed with all the handling. We sponged through a mask to create a patchy background.

Our card this past week was using the stamp set. We stamped and coloured the 3 pens stamp from Crafting Forever then squiggled with marker pens to resemble ink from the pen and used 2 stamps from the now retired Perpetual  Birthday Calendar stamp set to create a large and smaller splodges.

So that's 5 cards from this month and last, each different. 
I visit Costa to run these sessions twice each month on a Tuesday morning between 10 am - 11.30 am. The branch is situated on Goldsworth Park and the session is a drop in, meaning that you don't have to pre book. The cost is just £5 and for that you'll make a card (supplies all included) and choose a small drink to enjoy in friendly company. There were 7 lovely ladies to share with in this last session, so you're sure to be in good company.
Email me for future dates or check out the list of proposed dates below (these are confirmed nearer the time on my facebook page :-

Proposed dates:-

June 12th & 26th
July  10th & 24th

Do think about joining us - we'd love to see you!  


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Doing The Impossible

There have been quite a few posts on social media recently showing a new card fold. You know what it’s like, someone tells you something is impossible so you just have to try it!
For this birthday card I decided to have a go at making the currently popular Impossible Card. Seemingly impossible because it's made from a flat piece of card but the middle pane stands up by itself. I certainly didn't make it easy for myself by choosing to make it the full length of an A4 piece of card! Apart from that, it most definitely wasn't impossible, it was such an easy card to make.

I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and the Celebrate (from Anmazing You Die) and cut them in Glimmer card

The flowers are die cut using an old die from my stash. I added glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them. I also added a few vellum punched leaves.

Here is a photo of the reverse of the card.

Next time I plan to make a more regular sized card!
Happy crafting!