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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Angel Mobile

My first make for Christmas 2016. An angel mobile using glitter card and an acrylic bead to weigh it down. I used Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes Christmas Angel and stuck them back-to-back.

I would like to enter the following challenge

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Christening Card

A stepper christening card today for my youngest grand-daughter. Lillie has been named after her great-grandparents. Lillie, (Lily) was my daughter-in-law's grandmother and Cynthia and Florence are my mother's and grandmother's names. She will be  christened wearing the christening gown that was hand made for my mother by her Aunt Gwendoline,  and Lillie's Great-Great-Great Aunt!!
I used the Tattered Lace Ornate Cross Die and pastel shades of card in lilacs and pinks.
I would like to play along with the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Anything Goes
HLS September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Monday, 19 September 2016

Anniversary Card

I'm back in the land of blogging after almost 12 months of truancy!
My friend Liz and her husband Alan were celebrating their 42nd Wedding Anniversary. I used this opportunity to get back into crafting. I used the Memory Box Dies called Grand Heart and La Rue Heart. I just had enough of the gold card left to cut a rectangle to use on the front of the card and the ornate heart topping. The greeting is computer generated and the surround to the card has a gold border of peel offs . 
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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Frosty Fairies

I needed some general use notelets, so with my DH working all weekend, it was time to get crafting. I love using the ink duster brushes, so got out my stamps for a productive afternoon. The fairy stamps were bought for me for Christmas and I hadn't got round to using them - a good opportunity to 'christen' them.

When I look at this card, I feel quite cold! I must use warmer colour next time!

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

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Valentine's Day Cards

I belong to a ladies barbershop chorus. Funds are currently low and rather than increase our subscriptions we are fundraising. We are only a small chorus - only 20 members. I offered to make some Valentine's Day cards with the money going into chorus funds. A selection of the cards are below. I enjoyed using the flamingo die. By sheer luck, I found that if you put two facing each other, their heads and necks form a heart <3 . The greetings on these cards were computer generated.

The butterfly cards were an excellent way of using up lots of scraps :)
I would like to enter the butterfly card for the following challenge:

Monday, 15 February 2016


Five months to the day! Goodness, in some ways it seems much longer, in others much shorter. Five months ago I started coughing and became quite unwell. Initially, the Drs told me it was a clot on the lung, but no, it was pneumonia. Five long months of coughing, CT scans, Xrays, antibiotics and I'm still coughing, but thankfully much better than I was.

My mojo had sadly left me, but my daughter-in-law shared a rather lovely quote on her Facebook page. I knew I had to do something for her incorporating the quote. Baby is due today, but she is still safely tucked away. This is the quote she posted :

Butterfly Quotes pregancy quote and saying - man kissing wifes belly

Below is the canvas I made for her. Anyone who knows me will understand the amount of effort that went into creating it. I do not do messy. Two pairs of gloves were required to paint the canvas.