Wednesday 28 February 2018

Bore da! (Good morning!)

Hello and welcome – or perhaps I should say Croeso!

Tomorrow is St David’s Day.  St David is the patron saint of Wales and we’ll be celebrating his special day.  Children will wear national dress (some adults will, too!) and will be singing Welsh songs and reciting Welsh poetry as part of their school celebrations.  Most of us will be wearing a national emblem somewhere – a brooch or a pin with a red dragon perhaps, but most of us will wear a daffodil (either fresh or artificial) in our lapels.

So today I’m sharing a card that features these beautiful daffodils.  As March 1st was supposed to be St David’s birthday (and also the anniversary of his death, but let’s not go there right now) I’ve made it as a birthday card.  I did some dry embossing on the reverse, but it doesn’t show that well (although you can feel it) – mainly because, I think, the watercolour paper is so textured.  

I used the out-of-the-frame technique on this card, too so there’s quite a bit going on in today’s tutorial!

Have a lovely day!

Keep crafting,


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Saturday 24 February 2018

InspireINK - Fancy folds

Hello and welcome to my bit of the latest InspireINK Blog Hop!

This month's theme was set by the lovely Helzie Lou, and this time it is (fanfare)
Oh, how I LOVE fancy folds and pop-ups!  The difficult part was deciding which one I was going to do for my contribution.

In the end, I went with this Twist/Turn card.

I think the little knight from the Myth & Magic suite is so cute so I had to put him on the front of the card.  With St David's Day not far away, a red dragon had to get in on the act as well!  Red is my favourite colour but it's so strong I usually keep it for accents.  It looks FAB with the Basic Grey/Smokey Slate DSP though!

There will be a tutorial on my YouTube channel soon, but for now, please go and see what Tina's got to share with you on the 

See you again soon,

Keep Crafting,


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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Foiled Again!

Hello, and welcome!

Have you seen the NEW second release Sale-A-Bration items?  Stampin'Up! have added more goodies to the lovely supplies that you can earn for FREE (everyone's favourite price!) when your order is £45 or more and OMG, they are stunning!  (There's link at the bottom of the page if you haven't yet seen the brochure.)

I've used the Springtime Foil DSP from the second release today.  I loved the Cheers to the Year DSP in the Autumn/Winter catalogue, and these have the same sort of foil patterns on a white background.  They are am-a-zing!  The photo really doesn't do justice to  how beautiful they really are.  In fact, the project was difficult to film because of the flare from the foils.  Take a look - 

It was good to get the Eastern Medallions from the Annual Catalogue out to play again, and I was pleased with the way they embossed.  I hope you could see the finished effect.  In real life the card is very pretty and the embossing is much clearer - you can hardly see it in the photo.  

If you want to get hold of some of this lush DSP, I'm told it's really popular so don't wait, get your order in!  

I'm just off to stroke the remaining sheets (my PRECIOUS....)

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Saturday 17 February 2018

Over the rainbow

Hello and welcome! 

Don't you think rainbows are just lovely?  Last week a super-bright one appeared outside our office window.   It just seemed to cheer everyone up - it was like magic!   

It inspired to me make a rainbow pop-up card.  I like this kind of pop-up, it's very easy to do.  I made a "thinking of you" card.  Here's the front - 

When you open the card...
The rainbow appears.  

Here's how I made it -

What else could you put in a card like this?

Anybody else got the theme from the children's TV programme going round their head now?  Altogether, then - "Paint-the-whole-world-with-a-RAINBOW!"

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday 14 February 2018

You're one of a kind...

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Today’s card is for that special, one-of-a-kind person in your life, so of course it features a unicorn – and a flying one at that!

I wanted my unicorn to soar above the surface of my card, so I mounted it on a “boinger” – which is paper (or in this case, acetate) folded to make a spring.

You fold two strips of paper over each other at right angles until your spring is long enough.  However, I probably should have made my spring another fold longer, so my unicorn is higher off the card at the front side.  See how that happened in the tutorial-

I rather like it, so I’ve decided to live with it.  There are ready-made springs or “wobblers” available (you may have to hunt for them!) , and if you can get hold of some you might prefer to use them.  

Love the Myths & Magic suite - don't you?  The little characters are rather retro - and I adore the dragon.  I'm sure I'll be making more items with them (in fact, I know I will because I've got a couple of projects lined don't forget to check back from time to time to see what I'm up to!)

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Saturday 10 February 2018

In a flap!

Hello and welcome!

Today I've made a little card that has a surprise for you.  It's a belated birthday card.

Pull the flap and

see the rest of the message!

This kind of card is surprisingly easy to make.

Here's how -

I thought that the Bird Banter stamps went very well with this kind of card.  The pull-flap mechanism would work well in a scrapbook, too - you could hide journalling or a picture behind a flap.  (It's been a long time since I did "proper" scrapbooking - these days I mostly do digital scrapbooks.  Perhaps I should give it another go, what do you think?)

Crafty Hugs,


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