Monday, 9 May 2016

Ghetto Rat

Here's a card I made for Sam's 14th birthday - Happy Birthday Sammy!




The stamps are from Bee Crafty and the background was made by blending Distress Inks.  The "U" in the U Rock was a Tim Holtz die cut which I double embossed to give a shiny effect, and the Happy Birthday sentiment was from Magnolia. Sam's reaction to his card - "That's sick Mum!" which according to will.i.am, is a compliment!



Friday, 6 May 2016

A Little Bit of Pretty with Plenty of Sparkle!






Finally got around to putting a card together with the flowers I made last weekend.  I've always admired Anna Marie Designs and although this is nowhere near her standard, was really pleased with the end result.


Monday, 2 May 2016

A Bit of Graffiti!

I recently saw a version of this card demonstrated on TV and thought the image was ideal for teenagers.  Loved making this card as it is very messy and gave me an excuse to use my Distress Spray Inks. Also, found the ideal sentiment stamp which I have had for years by Magnolia - I knew there was a reason for holding on to the many stamps I have!








A Few More from Altenew!

What I love about the Altenew stamps is that you can make cards in minutes, so every time I'm waiting for a phone call or a page to load on the computer etc, I knock one of these up!









Playing with Flowers

I've always loved the products and creations of Anna Maria and was thrilled when she brought out a tutorial on how to create her wonderful flower embellishments.  This is my first attempt...obviously not as good as hers but I'm getting there!  Just got to make the card for them to go on now!






Graphic 45 Birthday Book

Been promising to make myself this book for ages in the hope that it will get me a little more organised.  The design of this book is by Clare Charvill and is very easy to follow.










Each pocket has a tag which has the appropriate months on each side and space for you to write the date and name of the person celebrating their birthday.



Friday, 15 April 2016

When is a Die Cut not a Die Cut?

....when it's a stencil!  Here's a very simple but effective card just using a sentiment stamp, a die cut and two distressing inks.


I've made three of these cards, each with different sentiments - Just for You, Happy Birthday and Deepest Sympathy.  I think it works for any occasion.



Anyone for Ice-cream?


I've been having a play with my Way Too Sweet stamps from Altenew and working my way through the projects Lydia demonstrated on C&C recently.  Here's the result....










Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Two Butterflies with One Stone!

I've recently discovered Altenew stamps and after watching the talented Lydia demonstrate, thought I would have a go too.

I had to make a "Thank You" card and a "Sympathy" card and thought this design would work perfectly for both.



All stamps are from Altenew apart from the "Thinking of You" which is from SU.  Inks are Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.




More Sewing Projects

I'm trying to catch up with projects I've recently completed so thought I would start with the sewing related ones.

Firstly, I've completed another bag where I tackled pleats and piping on a small scale...


The next project was one which I should have completed last Christmas!  Unfortunately, I haven't been well and alot of projects got postponed, including this one!


It's actually a doorstop, however, will be using it as a Christmas decoration later this year!

Finally, I tackled oil cloth and zips in one project and it was alot simpler than I had thought...


I've decided to use this as storage for my Tilda fat quarters and charm packs as it's quite roomy - in fact it would also work as a shoe bag as well as the obvious wash bag.


Monday, 22 February 2016

Have a Purr-fect Day!

I have a card to show today…it seems like ages since I made one but a friend asked me to make one for her Daughter-in-Law.  The requirements were it had to have a cat on it and the lady's name, so here's what I came up with.



Used an old favourite of mine "Uplifting Occasion" from Penny Black and coloured it with Promarkers.  Used a few dies for the matting and layering from Sue Wilson and Tattered Lace and another Sue Wilson die for the flowers and embossing.  The sentiment was generated from my Cricut Explore.  The inside of the card reads "Have a Purr-fect Day"!



Monday, 8 February 2016

Latest Sewing Project

I have a pile of sewing projects to complete and this is the latest one.  I'm slowly increasing in confidence although have yet to tackle zips, piping and button holes!

This pattern kit is from The Owl and The Sewing Cat and I was surprised at how quick it all came together.  There is a large pocket on the front and the bag is fully lined.