Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tall hexagonal box

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I’ve said it before -  I do enjoy making boxes.

So as soon as I saw the Window Box dies in the Spring catalogue they went right to the top of my wish list.  I’m really happy that they have been carried forward into the annual catalogue (coming soon!)

For today's project, I've used the dies to make the lid of this box.

Doing it this way means that the base of my box can be as tall as I need it to be! 

This is how I made it-

Don’t you just love those stickers? 

That's it for today. Come back again soon why don't you?

Crafty hugs


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Glitter Birthday

Hello there, and welcome to my blog.

I love sentiment dies, especially a nice big one like this.  You don't need much else to make a card and it takes minutes.  The die is one of the luscious new things in the 2017-18 catalogue.  And just LOOK at the colour of that ribbon...coming soon...or available now as part of the Eastern Palace pre-release...scrumptious!

Here's how I made it- 

Are you excited about the new catalogue yet?  Not long to wait now!

See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beautiful Balloon

Hello there, and welcome to my blog!

I love hot air balloons.  I've never been up in one (and not sure that I really want to - I understand that landing can be a bit bumpy) but watching them gliding through the sky is an amazing experience.  

So as soon as I saw the Up & Away dies they went to the top of my wish list.  

Today i've made a card based on  a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate.  I'd never have thought of using tulle in and aperture card, but it works so well!

Here's what I did -

Hope you liked it!

See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Elegant Gift Wallet

Happy Saturday!
I hope you’re having a good day.  Today I’m sharing a simple but elegant way of presenting a gift certificate.  I needed some way of making a rather boring envelope look like an interesting wedding present, and this is what I came up with –

To get the printed message onto the card, I used a product that’s no longer manufactured.  However, alternatives are available (see below!) so I don’t feel too bad about teasing you!

Are you excited about the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue yet?  I just got my real-world copy (up till then I’d been making do with an online version – not the same thing at all!) and I the copies for my customers are on the way!  If you’ve shopped with me in the past year, you can expect a copy in the post soon.  If not, get in touch with your demonstrator. (If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like a copy, email me  -  I can send you a copy as long as you’re in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands)

That's all for today folks!

Crafty hugs,


PS - here's a link to the transparent inkjet labels mentioned in the tutorial!


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Eastern Medallions card

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog!

It's another project featuring the Eastern Palace suite today - so happy that Stampin' Up! have made this available ahead of the new catalogue launch, and even better, it's available as a bundle (well, two bundles) at a discount during the month of May.  (Want to know more?  See it here!) As a demonstrator, I get to buy new products before the new catalogue goes live, but my order hasn't arrived yet - so it's so good to have new stuff to play with ahead of time.

This colour combination reminds me very much of some dresses I had when I was younger. I thought Lemon Lime Twist was going to be too bright for me but it's definitely growing on me.  (I didn't think I'd be sad to say goodbye to Mint Macaron - but I am!)

Here's the tutorial.  By the way, I've been asked a few times about the table I work on - that wood surface is actually wallpaper, pasted onto a picnic table (I don't have a craft room, it all happens in my living room!).  When it gets too stained, I just tear it away and put a fresh piece on.  Anyway, back to the tutorial!
What do you think?  Do you like the colour?  Let me know!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuxedo Card

Hello there, and welcome to my blog! Today's project is based on something I saw while I was watching Create & Craft on TV.

It's a variation on a pop-up box card, but doesn't it look amazing?

Isn't Lemon-Lime Twist beautiful fresh colour? And doesn't it look great with Dapper Denim? I'm so happy that Stampin’ Up! has released the Eastern Palace suite ahead of the main catalogue launch at the beginning of June.

Here's how I made the card -

Here's the cutting diagram -

That's all for today folks!

Crafty hugs,


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Country Livin'

Hello bloggists, and welcome to my blog.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get round to playing with the Country Livin’ stamps.  I’m so happy that this set isn’t retiring so will be around until June 2018 at least and that I’ll be able to use them in my demos for a while longer.  The images are handy to use on items for men or boys but could work equally well for more feminine greetings, depending on how you embellish it.

I'm also happy that the Hardwood stamp is going to be carrying over as well.  I love this stamp for backgrounds.

This was a nice, simple card to make.  Here's how I did it- 

Thanks for visiting - hope I'll see you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Something old, something new

Hello bloggists and welcome.
Today’s project is a mixture of old and new.  On the one hand, the DSP I’ve used on this twisted gatefold card is retiring at the end of this month (but it’s so pretty that I couldn’t resist using it!).  I also couldn’t resist playing with the Botanical Builders dies one more time, before they leave us (I’ve really enjoyed using them).

The card base is thick Very Vanilla (something we’ve been asking Stampin’Up! to stock for quite some time now) and the stamps and dies are from the Eastern Palace suite, which is going to be in the new catalogue but which has been made available from 1 May.  There are two bundles available (at a discount price until the end of this month, each with a free gift).

Here's how I made it -

I know I'm going to have so much fun with this suite!  How about you?

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Star Blast Gatefold Card

Hello bloggists, welcome.

Well, this blog has been AWOL for the past few days - did you miss it?  

It's been a hectic few days.  To begin with, a scratch on my husband's foot got infected.  He's got no idea how he came by it, but the area around the scratch got very inflamed and we wound up spending a few hours in A & E at the local hospital.  (A good dollop of iodine and some antibiotics seem to be doing the trick!)

The next distractions were good things, but distractions nonetheless.  The first was a friend's wedding (Congratulations, Kelly and Lee!).  

The second was a dance class with this lovely man -

Robin Windsor, a former Strictly Come dancing professional, gave his time to help raise funds for a young lad with special needs, and one of the venues where he gave lessons was our dance school.  I have to say that the lesson was fast paced and intense, but so much fun!  The husband's foot managed to hold up through the Cha-Cha but we had to retire from the floor when it came to the Charleston - but it was fun to watch.

Anyway, we're back on track today with this project.  

Hope you enjoyed it - and with any luck, the next blog will be a bit more about crafty things.

Back again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cup of flowers

Hello bloggists, and welcome.
There aren’t many weeks left before the new Annual catalogue comes into play at the beginning of June - how time flies!

 One of the great privileges of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that you get to see what’s coming ahead of time – and to get your hands on it early as well.  If you follow other SU demos, you’ve probably noticed projects made with some very yummy items indeed.

It also means that we’ll be saying goodbye to some old favourites, and items on the retiring list are being snapped up fast – I mean REALLY fast.  Retiring items are available only while stocks last, so if you see something you want, get it now – it might not be there if you come back later.

Today’s project uses a retiring DSP and stamp(boo!), and stamps and punches that are being carried over to the new catalogue (hooray!) Shaped cards are always fun to make and to receive, don't you think?

Here’s the tutorial –

If you like the shaped card, you can download a copy of the template here. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Simply Sketched 19

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! 

We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 

Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping.Here's this week's sketch, set by Heidi- 

This is what I've come up with -

I just wanted to play with the Brights DSP before it retires at the end of May, so I kept it fairly simple.  

Fancy seeing what Lynn's made of the sketch?  Just click below to go to the

Or if you're going through the hop backwards (it's a free country!) then you might want to visit Jillian at the 

Thanks for visiting, and do come back again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 20 April 2017

The best things in life are...sweet!

Hello Bloggists, and welcome!  Blogging has been a bit irregular lately - because I was part of the Pootlers  Birthday Blog this month, instead of blogging on Saturday I posted on Sunday.  The project I shared on Saturday I then posted to YouTube on Tuesday ...however, normal service has now been resumed!

I seem to have been making a lot of cards lately - so I thought it was time for a change.  Today I'm sharing this fold-flat box which I made to fit a bar of peppermint cream chocolate.  Emerald Envy was just the right colour and I got to use up some of my retiring supplies - bargain!

I wanted to show you how I measure and plan the box construction so there's quite a bit of measuring and so on involved in the tutorial.  (If you just want to jump to the actual making of the box, then skip to 11.52 in the tutorial)

I did make a bit of a boo-boo when I was filming this one and got the tuck-in flaps on the wrong edge.  It works OK but would be better if the glued edge was toward the back of the box.  The measurements and cutting plan for the box- with the flaps in the right place -  can be found here.

Thanks for visiting - please come again!

Crafty Hugs,


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Party On!

Hello Bloggists, and welcome!

Surprise! It's not my usual day for blogging.  I've held on an extra day so that I can be part of the Pootles Birthday Club Blog Hop.  Yes, I am a Pootler, a member of Sam Hammond's team, and I am so happy to be taking part today.

Who loves balloons? ME!  I'm really pleased with the way this card came out, I LOVE the bright colours.  

I was almost clever with the colours I used on the balloons.  After I finished it, I realised that the colour in the background of each balloon is the colour of the overlay to the one to its right.  If I'd been really clever, I'd have made the background of the one on the right Tangerine Tango so that is was the same as the overlay of the first balloon on the left, and then I could have pretended that I planned it all that way.

I hope you like it anyway - and thanks for visiting!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Best Guy Ever Teepee Card

Hi Bloggists, welcome!

The retiring list is out!  Have you seen it yet?

The next annual catalogue will be out at the beginning of June, and at this time of year Stampin' Up! lets us know what won't be carrying over. So now's the time to get hold of the things that you've been putting off purchasing...because things sell out very quickly and once they're gone, they've gone.

Just about everything I used to make this card is going to retire.  Delightful Dijon is one of the retiring In Colours (making way for the five 2017-19 colours) so it's not really a surprise.   It's always sad to say goodbye to your favourites, but guess what - there'll be lots of new stuff coming along to take its place, so the glass is definitely more than half full!

I did struggle a bit with decorating this card.  It just wouldn't come out the way I wanted it to, so in the end, I kept it quite plain.

Here's the video - 

What do you think?  What would you suggest to decorate this up a bit more?  Let me know!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Swirly Sky Card

Hello bloggists, and welcome! 

 Today's card was inspired by this painting.

One of my favourites, by one of my favourite painters.  Of course, it's "Starry Night" by Van Gogh.  Here's how I made it - 

Anybody else humming the song by Don Maclean?  

Have a great day!

Crafty hugs,


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Vintage Love

Hello bloggists, and welcome.

I'm a big lover of vintage and distressed.  And I enjoy playing and getting inky.   I really enjoyed putting this card together.

Here's how it went together -
No "helper" this time - but I'm sure she'll be back!  Thank you for all the lovely comments on Youtube - although she's enough of a diva already, she doesn't need to be told how cute she is!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Geometric card

Hello bloggists, and welcome.  Look who's helping me to craft today! 
This is Mysti, which is short for Mystique.  She's our Lilac Persian and she loves to join in crafting.  Usually, if she's around when I'm filming, she sits just off camera and supervises but this time she wanted to help.

This is the card we made -
And here's the tutorial - complete with guest appearance.
She didn't seem too impressed with the card - hope you like it, though!

See you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Glittery Stars Card

Hello bloggists, and welcome.

When I was small, the time between Christmas and my birthday in April seemed like forever.  These days it flies past – has anyone else noticed that?
Anyway, I’m in the mood to celebrate, and today’s card is as star-studded and glittery as you could wish.
It took me a long time to get round to using the Swirly Scribbles dies –in fact, I only bought them a few weeks ago – but, like with the Curvy Keepsake Box, I’m now wondering what I could have been thinking to wait so long!

Here’s how I played with it.

I am so pleased with the way this card came out; I think it’s quite gender-neutral and would be suitable for a wide age range – what do you think?

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Double aperture card

Hello bloggists, and welcome!

Happy April!  

April is my birthday month, so I'm sharing a birthday card today.

It could be an anything card really, but I've put a birthday message inside so it's a birthday card! 

I was given a similar card to this on my birthday a few years ago and I really liked the design.  So I wanted to re-create it.

Here's the tutorial -

Do you like it too?

I really hope so!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cheeky Chick!

Hi bloggists, and welcome.

We’re down to the last few days of Sale-a-Bration 2017 and hasn’t it been a great one?  So sad to think it’s nearly all over for another year.

One of the advantages of being a SU demo is that you get early access to some products and the “Hey Chick” stamps were one of the sets that were available ahead of time.  When I first saw them, I didn’t think I was going to use them very much – I was SO wrong!  They’ve been among my favourite sets and I’m going to miss demonstrating with them, so I wanted to play with these cheeky chickens one more time.

Here’s what I did –

There’s still time – just! – to get hold of the “Hey Chick” stamps – or anything else in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue that’s in stock - but only for a couple of days.  After Friday, it’s all over for another year (sob!)

By the way, did you know that the Sweet Home stamps and dies were carried over from the Autumn/Winter catalogue?  I’m so pleased about that as I love that cute little house. 

Thanks for visiting,

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bunny Treat box

Hello bloggists and welcome.

It took me a while to decide to get the Curvy Keepsake box die.  I admit it, it wasn't until recently that I took the plunge.

This is the first project that I have made using it-what do you think?

I did use a few different dies to make it, and if you don't have all the different sets that I did, then you could try cutting the ears freehand. I was happy to find that the petal dies from the Flower Fair set made great bunny ears!

Here's the tutorial.

I love how it came out - and I think I'm going to have a go at making some more characters!  It's so much fun.

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Simply Sketched 18

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! 

We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 

Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping.

Here's this week's sketch, set by Sally - 

It made me think of balloons...not quite sure why, but it did!  So of course I had to use the Lift Me Up bundle along with the Carried Away DSP (a Sale-A-Bration freebie ... there's still time to get your hands on some, but you'll need to be oh-so-quick!)

There'll be a YouTube tutorial in due course, but let's not spoil the blog-hopping fun just now!  Why not make your way along to Heidi at the
Or if you're the independent type and are approaching this from the opposite direction, then move along to visit Hannah at the

Thanks for visiting, and do come back soon, I'd love you to visit!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Simple Card

Hello bloggists, and welcome!

Just a quick post today.  I'm away from home right now, on a work-related conference (don't worry, I'll be back home tonight!)

Sometimes you need a card in a hurry.   This one uses minimal supplies and is very quick to do.  If you want to see how it went together, hop across to my YouTube channel and check it out!

Normal service resumes on Saturday!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


PS - only a few more Sale-a-Bration days left before it's over for another year...and SU have released MORE items you can get for FREE...don't miss out!
Check it out!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tasty Truck Slider Card

Hello Bloggists, and welcome.

According to Mr Google, who knows everything, yesterday was the first day of spring, and although the morning started off a bit wet and windy where I live, by the afternoon the sun had come out and it was looking much more , well, spring-like.  
Today’s card is quite spring – like – or at least, I think so.
I used some of the stamps from the Tasty Trucks Sale-A-Bration set as well as items from the annual and spring/summer catalogues.  It’s another action card .
It was lots of fun to make and very straightforward.  Here’s how I made it -

I don’t want to rush you, but there aren’t that many days left in this year’s Sale-a-Bration and that means that you don’t have long to get your hands on the lovely things you can earn for FREE when your order is over £45 (before p&p).

You’ve also only got a few days left to benefit from the joining offer.  I haven’t said much about this, but if you’re thinking of joining SU, now is a very good time.   Usually, when you join, your Starter Kit costs you £99 and you choose £130-worth of items.  Until the end of March, you can also choose 2 stamp sets (from any of the catalogues) for free. And once you join, you also benefit from the demonstrator discount.  (If you’d like to know more about joining my team, please get in touch!)

That's all for now,

See you again soon, I hope!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Hey Chick! Egg Carton

Hello bloggists and welcome!

I can't believe that it's almost the end of March and that Sale-a-Bration will soon be over.  In fact, this is the last-but-one Sale-a-Bration Saturday - how mad is that?  

I didn't think I'd get much use out of the rather funky chickens in the "Hey Chick" set, but they've grown on me and I shall miss demonstrating with them when they're no longer available.  Of course, they're a perfect match for the mini egg boxes in the Spring-Summer catalogue and it would have been wrong not to use them together.  Add a bit of bling with the Mint Macaron Glimmer paper and you've got a rather neat way of presenting Easter treats.

Here's the tutorial - 

Don't forget, if you want to get your hands on some of the super things you can earn for FREE (everyone's favourite price!)  in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue, you need to act now.  When they're gone, they're gone and after March 31 they're gone for good!

That's me done for today, back again soon!

Crafty Hugs, 


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Rustic Heart

Hello bloggists, and welcome.

Here's today's project. I thought I'd try a bit of home decor today.   I bought this Willow heart some time ago and it’s been waiting for the right product to use with it to come along ever since. 

When I first saw the Succulents dies in the catalogue, I wasn't all that impressed. That was before I saw what other people have been doing with them - and then I just had to have them! With the right shaping and inking, they are so realistic looking. Here's how I made it - 

I put the wreath  together using  hot glue, and  whenever I use my glue gun/pen  in a project, I always get asked about it. If you're in the UK, here's a link to where I got mine from. 

I had a look to find a US equivalent, but it doesn't seem to be on sale there. If you're looking for something similar, look for glue gun with an l-ion  rechargeable battery. The kind that are powered  by AA batteries lose power very quickly.

That's it for today, and thank you for joining me.
See you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Wedding Card

Hello bloggists,  and welcome.
Sometimes, you just want a card in a hurry. Or you just want to make a quick and easy card. Today, I've made a card for some friends who are getting married.
And, although it was quick and easy to make, I do think that it is quite elegant as well. 

Because it is so simple in design, when I made the tutorial I had time to share some hints and tips for stamping and embossing. 

Here’s the tutorial. 

I hope the happy couple like it- do you think they will?. 

That's all for now, 

See you again soon, 

Crafty hugs