Thursday 31 March 2016

Folding Screen Card

Hello bloggists!  Can you believe it's April tomorrow?  That means that Sale-A-Braton is almost over, so if you're had your eye on some of the goodies you can earn for free (everyone's favourite price!) then it's now or never.  (And if you've been thinking about joining Stampin' Up! then today's the last day that you get extra value in your starter kit.)

The good news is the the Spring/Summer catalogue is still open for business, and I've been playing with some of my favourite items  from the Botanical Gardens suite.

I've been wanting to make one of these folding screen cards for some time - and my favourite, favourite DSP looks just great, don't you think?

Here's how I went about it -

Why not give it a try yourself?

See you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday 29 March 2016

Going Global

Hello bloggists!  Today I made a teepee card.  Being a bit of a Sci-fi geek (I met my husband at a Star Trek convention - and yes, we were both in costume) the shape when folded reminds me of a Star Trek com badge - or an arrowhead.

I like the way this card folds up to fit in an envelope, too.  You could decorate this shape in lots of ways but this time I thought I'd play with the Going Global/world traveller suite of products in the Spring/Summer catalogue.

Here's how it went together -

Hope you liked!  

Thanks for stopping by,

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday 26 March 2016

Simply Sketched Saturday- Challenge 8

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, as designed by Justyna-

This is what I made, using the Botanical Gardens DSP -

I like this paper SOOOO much.  To me it looks oriental, the colours are so rich...yummy!  What do you think?

Anyway, I shan't keep you as you probably want to see what's happening at the
or if you're a bit of a rebel and are going through the hop backwards, then take a look at the

In any case, I hope you enjoy the hop, and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday 24 March 2016

Love is like a...

There are some stamps (and dies) that you use for a while, but then they get put to the back of the cupboard (or sold  on).  There are others, though, that you know that you will never part with and will use and use and use. These are in the second category.

Every year Stampin' Up! retire some products to make way for new items, and it's always a bit nerve-wracking - will your favourites be in the catalogue next year?  There's nothing stopping you from continuing to use them, of course - but as a demo you can't really continue to showcase them (because it's not fair to tease your customers by showing them things they can't buy).

We don't know yet if these stamps and dies will be available next season.  I hope so.  But even if they do retire - I'm telling you now, I won't be selling mine on, I love them too much.

Here's a cute little mini card I made with them -

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday 22 March 2016

World Traveller

Hello bloggists.  Thank you for visiting today!  Here's today's project- it's a springer card.  These are so easy to make and they fold up to fit inside a square envelope.  Usually I make them with a diamond-shaped panel at the top, but this time I decided to trim the top panel and mount the embossed circle on it - I'm pretty pleased at how it came out.

Here's the tutorial -

See you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday 19 March 2016

Quick and Easy Botanical Gardens

Hi folks!  A quick and easy card today, featuring my favourite DSP from the Botanical Gardens set (I'm a bit addicted to this bundle) and a touch- just a touch - of glitter tape which is one of the limited edition items from Sale-A-Bration.  There's not long to go to the end of March, so if you want to get this for FREE with an order of £45 or more, time is running out!

It's also a great time to join Stampin' Up as a demonstrator as you can choose extra items in your starter kit (and what you get in your starter kit is entirely up to you) for the usual joining fee.  We'd love you to be part of the family!

Crafty hugs,


Thursday 17 March 2016

A tweet for Easter

Can you believe it’s nearly Easter?  And it’s also almost the end of Sale-A-Bration, so I wanted to make the most of this “tweet” little stamp set before the promotion ends.  I also wanted to play with the mini hamburger box which I’ve had in my stash for some time but haven’t really used.  (I love little boxes – they are such fun!)

There’s a bit of a trick to getting the box to go together – here’s what I did - 
Sorry about the rather rubbish picture by the way - I hope the video will make it a bit clearer!

Bye for now - see you soon

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday 15 March 2016

Shadow Box Bouquet

Hello bloggists, and welcome!  I've been straying into the world of home decor today.

You've probably spotted that I am in love with the Botanical Builders dies.  I picked up this little box frame some time ago and I've been waiting for just the right project for it - and I think this is it.

What do you think - cute, eh? And oh, so easy.  I like to cut and shape a lot of flowers at one time and then store them until I need them, so I can guarantee that you'll be seeing lots more of these beautiful little flowers.

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday 12 March 2016

Easy Fold Gift Box

 Hello bloggers, welcome to my blog.

Today I've made this gift box.  It can be stored flat and is very easy to make, but looks very fancy!

There was enough card left from an A4 sheet to make a small greeting card as well - bargain!

After I finished filming I realised that brushing Wink of Stella over the lower part of the balloons would add the finishing touch.  It doesn't show up too well in the picture but in real life it gives a lovely subtle hint of glitter.

(If you want the scoring diagram for this box you can download it here)

BTW - if you were expecting Simply Sketched Saturday, it's been postponed due to'll be back soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday 10 March 2016

It's Magic!

Hello bloggers, welcome to my blog.

If you've seen my videos on YouTube or followed this blog for any length of time, you might have spotted that I do enjoy my kinetic/action/fancy fold cards.  Today's project is a fun, "magic" slider card.  I used the little chick from the Honeycomb Happiness set from this year's Sale-A-Bration (which is running until the end of March)

If you don't know the secret, it's rather impressive to see the plain black outline picture of the chick turn full colour when pulled out of the frame.  I've made this kind of card previously, but this time I used a different way of constructing the slider which I found much easier than the previous method.  Here's the tutorial -

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you enjoyed this project. 

 Don't forget to get your Sale-A-Bration goodies by placing an order for £45 (before P & P) in my Stampin' Up! store before the end of this month- and if you're thinking of joining Stampin' Up!, Sale-A-Bration is a really good time as you get to choose extra items for your starter kit.  

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday 8 March 2016

Happy Together

Hello blog friends, thank you so much for visiting today!

When I made this card I was thinking of it being for a couple getting married.  I thought that you could change it to suit same-sex couples as well as the bride and groom.  Then my husband remembered- and reminded me- that his parents' wedding anniversary was on Monday - and what about that, this card works for a wedding anniversary card too.  It's a fancy-fold card (a z-fold) so that when it's open you can still see the happy couple.  Here's how it went together.
In case you're wondering, after you've seen the video - I did smudge the sentiment a bit so I stamped it again (without smudging this time) on another panel of Whisper White and stuck it over the smudgy bit- I cut it the same size as the back panel and you can't see the join.  It makes the card a bit stronger, so it was a very happy accident.

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday 5 March 2016

Bits & Pieces

Hello bloggers, me again.

Sometimes I have an idea for a card or a project but I’m not-quite-sure how it’s going to go together, or I want to try it out in a few different colours to see which I like best.  When that happens, I’ll make a few different versions of the elements and lay them out together to decide how they work together.  I don’t throw away the parts I don’t use, though – dear me, no!  So when I need a card in a hurry, I’be usually got a nice little stock of elements ready to go.

For today’s video, I wanted to show you how I use up some of those elements. Usually, I have everything planned out before I start, but this time I was just playing with what I had.  I liked the end result and I hope you do too.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Everything stops for - chocolate!

Even though spring isn't far away, it still gets cold in the evenings and a cup of something hot while sitting in front of the fire is very welcome.

A sachet of hot chocolate and some chocolate sweets (or perhaps marshmallows) in a pretty paper cup makes a thoughtful gift and it's so easy to do.

Of course, if you prefer, you could change the hot chocolate for a sachet of coffee or a teabag - the stamp set has all those options.  

See you soon,

Crafty hugs,


Wednesday 2 March 2016

With love to Mother

Hello blog friends and welcome to my bit of the blogiverse.( That may not actually be a word, but let it pass!)

Easter’s early this year, and that means that all the other festivals that precede it are early as well – such as Mothering Sunday.  In the UK we have our Mother’s Day before Easter and not in May.  Traditionally, Mothering Sunday was the day in the year to visit the Mother Church or cathedral, and it became the day when servant girls were allowed to go home to visit their mother church and their families.  In the 30’s, there were movements in the UK and the US to set aside a day to honour mothers; in Britain, this got confused with Mothering Sunday.

This is the card I’ve made for my Mother-in-Law.  (My own mother passed away some years ago).  I made this one inside its own box/envelope with a fancy closure.  

The actual greeting card is inside.

Is there a tutorial for this card?  You bet there is!

Hope you enjoyed.  Thanks for visiting!  I'll be back soon and hope you will be as well.

Crafty Hugs,