Wednesday 30 August 2017

Snowflake card

Hello and welcome!

I’m trying something a bit different today – a tutorial where I don’t talk!
Perhaps you remember the wax paper resist background card I made a few weeks ago?  That technique makes two card fronts, and this card uses the second of the two that I made at the time. 

Some die-cut snowflakes in vellum and glimmer paper, stamp and emboss a sentiment, add an embellishment (in the autumn/winter catalogue) and a few sequins, and the card’s done.

I’d really like to know if you like this sort of tutorial – so please leave me a comment, either here, on my YouTube channel, or on my Facebook page.
Meanwhile, normal service is being resumed on Saturday – see you then!
Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday 26 August 2017

You Octopi my Thoughts

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog.

Does anyone else have a “thing” for octopuses?  My other half finds them quite fascinating, and thanks to him, now I do, too.  They are amazingly intelligent (not to say downright crafty) creatures. 

So I had to get the Message in a Bottle stamps because of the octopus.  My husband insisted!   He also likes making puns (I can’t seem to stop him) so these stamps were just about perfect for him.

Today’s card is a very quick and easy one – sometimes you just need a card fast with a minimum of supplies.

PS – I did give the card to my husband and it’s on display on his bedside cabinet, so I think he liked it!

See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,


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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cling Film technique card

Hi there, and welcome to my blog.  

Can you see the background to this card?  Would you believe that it's done using cling film (plastic wrap).  The technique's been around for some years and in my opinion, works well with glossy card.

The results can't be fully controlled and half the fun is in seeing what you've got when you remove the cling film after the ink has had time to dry.

Oh, and have you noticed the foil die cuts?  That foil is NEW in the Autumn/winter catalogue.  It's champagne-colour and it is absolutely LUSCIOUS.

Here's how the card went together - 

Give it a try, why don't you - and let me know how it comes out!

See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,


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Saturday 19 August 2017

Sparkly Trees bauble

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

Well, Wednesday’s tutorial could have gone better.  I managed to share a half-edited version of my project, so if you watched it, you got all the times I stopped/started/decided to do a bit off camera etc. 

To explain, I started by filming the box-making process, and then decided that the box would look REALLY GOOD with some crinkled seam binding ribbon – which I needed to order, so I set it aside while my order was delivered.  I then finished the second bit, but, having my mind on goings-on in my day job, forgot that I hadn’t edited it.   A very big Ooopsy was the result.  (I’ve replaced it with an edited version now.) 

Anyway, today’s project is the first of this year’s baubles.  Over the past couple of years, I managed to make at least one per year and I’ve no intention of breaking the tradition!

Early access to the Card Front Builder dies means that I can get well ahead of the game.   Here’s the tutorial - properly edited, I hope!

The dies are part of a mega-suite that’s going to be in the Autumn/Winter catalogue, but you can get them before 1 September because SU have released them early.  I set myself a monthly budget for craft supplies, so I’m really pleased about the early release because there are some really lovely things coming and I already have some of them – so I’ll have the cash for more goodies!

OK, so now I’m going to triple check that I’ve edited my video properly.
See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,


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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Large gift bag with embossed tag

Hello blog friends, and thank you for visiting today.

It's not easy to tell from the photo, but today's project is a BIG box.  It's nearly 8 inches square and two inches deep, so it'll hold a good-sized gift.  You could probably get at least 6 cupcakes in there, or a good-sized sponge cake.  And it all folds flat, so you can store it out of the way in an envelope until you're ready for it.

It's quite a quick make, so I've also shown you how I did the embossing on the label.  (I showed how to make the Gerbera last week)

This Foil Frenzy DSP is so blingy, it takes my breath away!

What do you think?  I'm going to make a few of these in different sizes ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday 12 August 2017

Flip your lid!

Hello, and welcome!

I love an action card so much - such fun to pay with.  Today's card is a flip-top gift card holder.  

I thought the "star" theme, being a bit Hollywood, was in keeping with the cinema gift card inside.  It was totally planned (not!)

It's really easy to make.  

Here's the tutorial - 

Here are the supplies - 

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Thanks for visiting today, and I'd love to see you back again soon.  

Crafty Hugs,