Saturday, 10 December 2016

Another Bag!

Having seen my button embellished hessian bag, my grand-daughter, Lucie asked me if I could make her a button bag but with orange buttons.

Orange is her favourite colour and has been for as long as I can remember. I set out looking for buttons. Orange is not a popular colour for buttons so I went to a button company in Harrogate, Yorkshire who solved my dilemma.

The end result is pictured below. Lucie is delighted with her shopping bag.

Monday, 31 October 2016

My Sewing Project

My Latest Project
I bought this bag jute bag in Harrogate whilst on holiday. The shop had a bag they had decorated in the window. I decided to make one of my own. I bought the plain bag and set out collecting buttons and embellishments from various shops. One bag, one needle, some thread and 44 buttons later, this is the finished result.

From this ...                                                                  ... to this ...
...completed :)

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Rainbow Canvas

A colleague at work has left to move to Cornwall. She and her partner and children are living the dream they longed for. I wanted to make her a little something to remind her of the time she worked with so many children in school. This is what I made...


I bought a canvas and some acrylic paints. I painted the canvas and coloured some pearls with Promarkers to match the rainbow. I printed the poem, drew boxes around the words by hand, cut each word individually and placed them onto the canvas. Finally I punched some tiny butterflies from off-cuts of card and placed them at the end of the verse.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


A male card. I find it hard to get inspiration for male birthday cards, but the cog dies made making this card easier than anticipated. I embossed a piece of black card and stuck it to a base card. I added the joined cogs using a glue pen. The smaller cogs were cut with snippets of the mirror card and randomly stuck on around the computer generated greeting.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Friday, 30 September 2016

Clean and Simple Cards

Three sympathy cards have unfortunately been needed. I do not find it easy using 'With Sympathy' sentiments, preferring to use 'Thinking Of You'.
I used 'Thinking of You' sentiments for the cards I made for my two nieces on the sudden and very unexpected death of their father. Somehow, a deeper more meaningful sentiment was needed for Symon's elderly parents. I decided 'With Sympathy' was the correct one to use.

I really like white on white cards and I used pearls and a matching coloured background to the sentiment just to make the card 'pop'.

This stamp is a wooden stamp and has been in my stash for years - literally. I can even remember buying it. It was being demonstrated with bleach being added to the finished card!! However, I digress. I used my ink dusters to create this background and then stamped in various green shades of Versa inks. I doubled matted the card and mounted it onto an embossed piece of card using the Tied Together embossing folder. Three pearls and a sentiment completed this card.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Another Anniversary

I sing in a Ladies Barbershop Chorus and one of the ladies, Pearl and her husband Jeff are celebrating their 49th Wedding Anniversary. Quite an achievement I think! Pearl is also a card maker, so I wanted to make something clean and simple.  I have discovered Wild Studio Dies, and used Love Bird Tree - a brand new die. The embossed background was created using Tied Together. I cut the tree in mirror card and cut the birds and hearts in some snippets of turquoise glitter card I had. The greeting is computer generated. I finished the card with three tiny diamante gems.
I would like to play along with the following challenges:

Friday, 23 September 2016

Butterfly Mobile

Following on from my Christmas Angel mobile, I decided to try using my butterfly die and glitter card. The die is Peacock Butterfly by Wild Rose Studio. It is just as sparkly as the angel one. I have used an acrylic bead to weight it down as well. I'm seeing my dies in a totally new way.