Wednesday 20 December 2017

Heart baskets

Hello everyone, and welcome!

Can you believe it?  This time next week Christmas 2017 will be over.  It always seems to come and go so quickly, unlike when I was small when it seemed like a lifetime from Christmas to Easter!  This is my last-but-one blog post before The Day and today I’m sharing a very traditional project.

These baskets could hang on the Christmas tree with little gifts inside, or be placed on guests’ plates at a festive meal.  They are easy enough for children to make – with a bit of help with the cutting if need be – and might be a useful way of keeping your small ones occupied on Christmas Eve.  They use the minimum of supplies - just paper, a bit of glue, and something to cut with.

I did have fun making these and I hope you do too.

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday 16 December 2017

Mini Milk Carton

Hello, and welcome!

As I'm writing this, summer seems a long way away. It's pretty cold here - well, by our standards of cold.  Even though this morning's sunrise was glorious (this was the view from my window today) it's still chilly!

So today I thought I'd make something using this gorgeous paper.

It makes me think of days in the summer sun.

Here's the tutorial -

Hope you enjoyed.

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Spinning Santa

Hello, and welcome!

There aren’t many weeks left before the Autumn/Winter Catalogue is retired, and while some items are carrying over, many lovely things will be retiring and only available while stocks last (but will make space for the gorgeous things to come in the Spring/Summer Catalogue!)  But fear not, there are Christmas-themed items in the Annual catalogue and I’ve made use of them for today’s card.

Spinner cards are fun to make and have the wow! factor, especially for children’s cards.  I’ve made a few of them over the years. I don’t like the images to be upside down when they spin so I’ve previously arranged the spinner to revolve around the vertical (top to bottom) line.  This time, though,  it spins top to bottom.
Here’s how I made it-

So much fun - and doesn't have to be for Christmas - a lovely flower would work as well!

Keep Crafting!


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Saturday 9 December 2017

It's a gift!

Hello and welcome!

I have to admit to having a substantial craft stash.  I've been paper crafting for nearly 20 years, but in truth I've been crafting in some form or another for most of my life, beginning with embroidery when I was a small girl (I loved going to choose new skeins of thread - the colours were entrancing!).  Over time I've accumulated quite a pile of things.  And as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator (and therefore entitled to a nice discount) I've got quite a bit of SU goodies. 

But if you're just starting, it's not possible to have EVERYTHING at once (unless you're fabulously wealthy). So what would be my must-haves?

Once you've got a few stamps and some ink pads, top of my list would be a die-cutting machine.  There are quite a few around, but my go-to machine is the Big Shot.  (I've had mine since 2005 and it's still going strong.) 

Today's project features die-cuts, all from one set of thinlets.  No stamps, no inks, just paper, a snowflake embellishment and a bit of tinsel trim. 

Here's the video.

PS - the DSP will be retired when the new catalogue comes into play and is available while stocks last, so if you want some don't wait! 

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday 6 December 2017

You Float My Boat box card

Hello - or perhaps I should say "ahoy there!" because today’s project has a definitely nautical flavour.

I made this for my husband, who has great admiration for octopuses.  They really are pretty clever for a sea creature (and a bit sneaky too). 
This style of card is a variation on the pop-up box card, only instead of the pop-up elements being on top of the box base, they are inside.  

Here’s the tutorial (in which I also show how to get embossing powder to stick to dye-based ink...I’m as sneaky as an octopus...)

This kind of card is great for showing off those small stamps that you may have, as the space to be filled is quite restricted.  And of course, you can make any theme you choose- for today’s Blogger Bonus I’m sharing a more seasonal version.

Which do you prefer?  Let me know!

Keep crafting!


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Saturday 2 December 2017

Simply Sketched 24

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday 

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*. 

This time the challenge has been set by Sam Roberts-

The challenge is to use Island Indigo and Fresh Fig in a Christmas-themed project.

I love both of these colours, separately and together, but I'd be the first to admit that they aren't traditionally Christmassy.

However, a challenge is a challenge, and after much thought here's what I've made.

It turned out better than I'd expected - what do you think? Leave me a comment, and then to see what Sam has done, click the link to take you on through the hop.

Keep crafting!


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