Friday, 31 January 2014

Reverse Iris Folding

Sooooooo, today I would like to share with you my most recent 'ooops!'.

I decided to give Iris Folding a go after seeing a card sent in by a reader in the latest issue of Cardmaking & papercraft.  She had made a card similar to the one I have made below, but she got the iris folding right.


Anyway, I decided I was going to have a go and I dug out an old copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft which had instructions in and I found a template online, which I thought I could use.  The template can be found here.

I used papers from the latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft because I though they were quite romantic and I set about folding.

Without reading the instructions to the end, I also started sticking.  I should not have started sticking.  If I had read the instructions to the end, I would have known that the idea is to simply lay the folded papers onto the template and then tape them together with finished to give the lovely swirly inwards effect.  Anyway, I got the lovely swirly eye effect, but it goes out, not in.

I decided I couldn't be bothered to start again, so I decided to use what I had. 

I cut a heart aperture from a card blank and attached  my 'iris folding' behind it.  I checked with the hubby, and he said it looked OK.

To finish the card, I tied a little bronzey-coloured bow and attached it to the top of the heart.  I then stamped 'Love' below the heart to finish.

Quite CAS I think and if I hadn't told you, I'm sure you would never have known that I did it all wrong!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


photo inspiration

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Wedding Album . . . Finally, I Have Made A Start

Sooooo, it has been over a year since I got married, but I have finally made a start on my wedding album.  I have, however, only started.  I have my photos printed, I have supplies and I have done the front of my album.  That, though, is it.

I am impressed with myself for getting this fare though, so I thought I would share the front of the album:

This was pretty simple to do, I must admit, but I didn't want anything too fussy and fancy.

The blank album (which is kraft coloured) is from Hobbycraft, and I die-cut the letters to spell 'wedding' from some blue papermania paper (blue to keep in with the theme of my wedding).  Then, I simply stuck some self-adhesive lace above and below the letters.


Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 29 January 2014


Soooo, today I would like to share with you a card I made for my hubby's nephew a couple of weeks ago.

I made this with a large 8x8 blank and Football Dan digi from Digistamp Boutique.

I coloured the image using Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs and I coloured the football (or soccer to the non-UK out there) strip claret and amber, as those are the Bradford City colours as all my husband's family support Bradford - I've not quite figured out why yet.

I matted the image onto some green gingham paper and layered this over some green grosgrain ribbon.

I used the same green gingham paper to die-cut letters to spell out Dilly's name, and attached these under the image.

To finish the card, I used shrink plastic to make three tiny footballs, which I attached in the top right-hand corner.  I made these by tracing the football from the image with a black marker, cutting out the footballs, which happened to be the perfect size for me to use my circle punch with, and then used my heat gun to shrink.

I can make this card to have the colours of any team on the strip and any name on the bottom.  

I have also decided to add these to my Etsy shop.

I'm going to make some more of these for my craft fair this coming weekend, with  probaby Leeds United colours, as that is where we live, and son/dad/brother, rather than the personalised name.  I am also going to make some rugby cards I think, again with Leeds colours.  I'll keep you posted.

I have been neglecting my challenge entries recently, so I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Review: Homemaker - Issue 15

Sooooo, this issue hit the shops on Friday, but as this particular magazine requires proper reading, it has taken me until now to finish off my review.

This issue comes with a free Russian Doll kit, but I am likely to use the materials provided for something else.  There are loads of ideas in the magazine for kit alternatives, including a cushion, a purse and flowers.  I'm tempted by either the flowers or the purse.

There seems to be much mention of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day this issue, and I suppose that can only be expected.  The crepe and crayon bouquet would be perfect for the latter, and something that you can probably get the kids involved in too.  Later on in the magazine there are also some twisted and scrunch flowers.  Again, as nothing too dangerous us unvolced, this could be something the kids could help out with to make a lovely floral display/bouquet  for grandmama.

Set The Scene for A Celebration has some gorgeous table decorations.  These are aimed at Valentine's Day, but I'm sure they woudl double up brilliantly for Mother's Day too with a quick switch of colour, or even using the pink used in the magazine.

Crackle Paint Your Bedside Table is a project I would really like to try for my new house, which I have decided I would very much like a vintage feel to.  Whether I will be able to create this in a fairly modern house (if I get the one I want) remains to be seen, but I am going to have a go.  There are some ideas later on in the magazine that are 'romantic vintage' which is tres moi, so I will be popping back to those pages in a couple of months.

As for the baking element this month, Eric Lanlard starts us off with some chocolate martinis (nom nom nom nom nom), which is followed by Lorraine Pascale's rasberry, vanilla and white chocolate cheesecake.  Technically, I already have this recipe as I bought myself Lorraine's Lighter Way To Bake book, but it was swiftly commandeered by the step-mother (non-wicked) before I got chance to look through it properly.  Not to worry, I can use the recipe from Homemaker!  Finally, Gino D'Acampo has cherry tiramisu and a pannetone, chocolate and marsala frozen cake.  This is followed by Mary Berry telling a little of her story, but unfortunately no recipes from her.

Other projects and features include:
  • Wayne Hemmingway discusses if we are doing enough to support the next generation of crafters (I am inclined to say no)
  • Origami hearts and butterflies decorations
  • feature on Brissi
  • DIY lampshade
  • feature on founder, Holly Tucker
  • feature on the founder of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell
  • the story of Liberty
  • bicycle saddle cover and basket bag
  • upholster a chair (kitchen-style)
  • cafe curtain
  • crochet nesting bowls
  • knitted heart cushion - LOVE this, but can't knit
  • knitted kitsch doily
  • Linda Barker has advice on preparing your house for selling
  • Meet The Maker meets Roddy and Ginger founder, Virginia Armstrong
  • DIY printed cushion
  • painted kitchen pots and worktop saver.
The next issue is out on 21st February 2014.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 27 January 2014

Simply Cards & Papercraft - Issue 120

Soooo, it was nice when the new issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft came through the post on Saturday.  I had just woken up from a horrendous migraine, and it was nice to just sit in the quiet and have a nosy through the magazine.

The month's magazine comes with a free Prima paper pack and stamp set and they are so pretty.  I have already used the papers on a project, which I will share with you later in the week, but as usual, the magazine has lots of card ideas for you using both the cards and the stamps.  My favourite has to be 'patchwork heart', which would make a great valentines card.

I love some of the cards made in New Ways With Journaling Cards.  These aren't really something I have ever used before, as I simply don't have time to scrapbook, but I like these cards.  I think they are a great way to add a bit of something different to your cards and I will be stealing some of the ideas.  Grandfather is a particular favourite, and I will be stealing that sentiment.

I also really liked the projects in Shrink To Fit, which uses shrink plastic for homemade embellishments.  I already use this technique, but I really like some of the iseas in this feature, and I will be stealing some of those ideas too.  My favourites are 'happy tags' and wishing you a'.

Other projects include:
  • spring-inspired cards and projects for the keen gardeners in your life
  • Flower Power uses some of the new Sizzix flower dies to make some pretty floral cards
  • Journalling For Beginners
  • crochet your own toppers for mother's day cards
  • new homes cards using old maps

Giveaways this issue include:
  • £600 of Die'sire goodies (yes please!)
  • Stix2 craft tools
  • Crafter's Commpanion Embossalicious embossing folders
  • Polka Doodles vouchers
  • Glitter express bundles
  • Stampin' Up! sets
  • Tickets to the Creative Crafts Shows
The next issue is out on 27th Feb and comes with a free Happy Birthday die.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Purple Peacock

Soooo, this is a card I made yesterday using just the kit from Papercrafter.  I hadn't intended this to be the case, but it was lying on my desk and I just ended up using various bits from it.

I had intended using the peacock peel off, which is around the edge, but as the other peel-offs decided to stick too (I couldn't figure out a good way of cutting it out so only the peacock border as in contact with the card), my original design went to pot, and I had to re-think.

So, I decided to use a craft knife to cut around the border, trying to follow the lines as best as possible.  I then attached the purple patterned paper to the back of the card front.  I then glued the heart to what I thought was the centre, but looking back at the photos, I think it is decidedly off-centre.  Finally, to finish off, I used one of the intact peel offs and attached it to white card, and then to the centre of the heart.  Everything but the card blank, as I have said, came from the Papercrafter kit.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Say It With Flowers

Sooooo, here is my first dedicated Mother's Day card, ready for the craft fair at the weekend.

Again, I have made this with an LOTV mini masterpiece - they are just so easy - which I die-cut to a scalloped circle.

I followed the sketch over at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards and used papers from an old freebie Cardmaking & Papercraft paper pack.

I also used a satin ribbon from my stash, which I also made a bow from.  I attached the bow to the right-hand side of the image.

To finish the card, I stamped a 'best mum' tag onto pink card, cut out and attached it behind a little raffia bow and silver butterfly charm in the top left-hand corner of the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!



All My Love

Sooo, this is a true CAS card which I attempted this afternoon.  Usually, my CAS cards are still a bit fussy and purists would say that they are not clean or simple enough.  I would like to think that this one is:

CAS is such a difficult style to master, so I don't do it very often, but I was on a roll with my cardmaking today, so I though why not.

I used the sketch over at Less is More and found the red rose in my stash.  I thought it would make a perfect Valentine's card.  

I hunted through my craft stash for some hearts paper, and despite being positive I have a 'valentine' stamp, it would seem that I do have had said stamp, so I chose to go with the 'all my love' stamp for my sentiment.  That way, the card can double up as an anniversary card too!

Hubby bought me a punch kit a couple of weeks ago, which I can make roses with, so I may make a couple more of these.  Not sure yet, I will see of it proves popular or not.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!





Soooo, this is the second boy card I have made today:

Again, I have used an LOTV mini-masterpiece, but this time I used the larger one and an 8x8 card.  I think the CAS-style looks good in the larger cards.

I followed the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and simply used some brown gingham paper with some kraft and blue card.

To finish, I stamped a sentiment with chipped sapphire distress ink in the top left hand corner of the image and added a small blue star, picking up the theme in the image, in each corner (I promise you, they are blue, even if they don't look it on the photos).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Right, back to making now.  Maybe some more girly cards.  Making boy cards is very tiring - why do they have to be so difficult?

Happy Crafting!



Walk The Plank

Sooo, so far today, I have made two boy cards, and here is the first:

I have used the sketch over at Catch The Bug and my image is a LOTV mini masterpiece, which I love.  Unfortunately, these aren't available anymore, so I have been hoarding them, rather than using them, but this weekend I have decided to bite the bullet and just use them - I could do with clearing some space in my craft room anyway, especially as it is looking more likely that we will be moving in a few months, so the less I have to move the better.  I'm not too sure my darling husband and my Pops will be too impressed at all the 'crap', as my husband calls it, that needs moving, so I think I should try to run things down for now, and then just hoard again when I've moved!  Sounds like a plan to me.

Anyway, as usually I am going off on a tangent aren't I?

As I've already said, the image is an LOTV mini masterpiece and I chose to go with the red on the image as my main colour.  I found the papers at either side in an old paperstack I think I got with a really old issue of Crafts Beautiful (which I don't even get anymore) and the paper in the middle is from a Papercrafter kit (I think).

I stamped the little boat on the centre paper to add a little bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment onto blue paper, layering it onto some red card.  I attached this bit using sticky fixers.

I do feel sorry for the poor doggie having to walk the plank!

Anyway, I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Pile It On - Animals

Happy Crafting!


Stella Says Sketch

Time For Tea

Soooooo, I know that I have been neglecting the blog a bit recently - my excuses are that I have been very bust preparing for a craft fair next weekend and that when I am not sewing, I am sleeping.  I just can't seem to get enough sleep at the moment.  I know that it is not my B12, as I had my injection only three weeks ago, so I can only put it down to the weather.  I do keep wondering if I suffer from SAD, as I barely see daylight these days - I got to work in the dark and come home in the dark, and my sister suffers from it every year, which results in her feeling much like I do at the moment - tired, teary and not really wanting to face the world, but hey, hum, pig's bum.  I might invest in a SAD lamp come payday and see how I fair with that.

Anyway, not wishing to face the world means that I have spent a fair amount of time in my craft room, and now that I have pretty much finished the sewing portion of my preparation, I am on to my cards, which means I can blog like crazy in between making cards.  I made a fair few yesterday when I got home from Yeadon panto, which was amazing (Cinderella), and I will share these eventually, some on scheduled posts as I tried out new techniques on at least one of them.  But, first today, I would like to share with you a card I made when I finally got my backside out of bed.  The hubby has decided against playing football this morning (he twisted his knee last week and for once has listened to advice and is taking a week or so off to let it rest), so I wasn't disturbed by him getting up this morning like I usually am, so I slept until nearly 11.  I feel so lazy, but I think I probably needed it, as I am usually an early bird (and then have a nap mid-afternoon).

Anyway, I am making cards with Mother's Day in mind now.  Does anyone know when it is this year?  I'm useless and can't be bothered to go look in my diary.  I'm guessing it will me mid-March sometime?

Right, enough gabbling on and onto my card.

This is one I made with Mother's Day in mind, but it could also be used for other things, so I have not put a sentiment on to officialise (yes I know that is probably not a real word) it as a Mother's Day card yet.

My card is made using a LOTV die-cut and I found the little teapot in the top-right hand corner in my stash, so I took my colours from these two things.

I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday this week, which I think is a very versatile one and I may use it for some more cards today.

Both papers are from a freebie paper pad I got a few months ago with Cardmaking & Papercraft.  This is the first time I have used them.  The ribbon is from my stash.

I stamped a little sentiment onto the die-cut and I added gauze behind.

To finish, I added a purple ribbon rose from my stash and purple gems in the two corners which didn't already have anything.

I love the 50s/vintage feel I unintentionally gave the card - I think it is the red paper that does it.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Vintage
Delicious Doodles - Must Use Ribbon
Fussy & Fancy - Vintage
Paper Pretties - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - For The Girls
The Pink Elephant - Pink/Red
Sketch Saturday - sketch
LOTV's Ideas To Inspire - Anything Goes

I should be back later with some more creations for you.

Happy Crafting!

Sketch Saturday Sketch

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 127 (February)

Soooo, sorry this is a bit late today - I have been going to write it all week, but all I have been doing is sleeping when I get in from work.  I've not been sleeping well on a night for the last week or so, so I spend my days absolutely shattered and with no energy to do anything. 

Anyway, here I am sat writing on my lunchbreak - I should be sewing, but decided that this was more important.

So, this is the February issue, and with this issue you get a free, very pretty, Hunkdory Floral Enchantment set.  This contains some gorgeous papers and some pretty foiled toppers.  I fully intend to sit down tonight/at the weekend to use this.  I've also dug out some other Hunkydory papers from the last freebie set I got and discovered that they go very well with this set too.

Anyway, as is the norm, the first project feature in the magazine is some ideas for using your freebie.  The cards in this feauture are gorgeous and I may have a go at one or two of them.  There is also a little gift box project.

Knowhow Stamping this month shows you how to use stamps and coordinating dies, with a little input from some distress markers, to make your own butterfly toppers and background papers.  The step-by-step card is lovely and I love the bold colours that have been used.  There are five cards in total, and a matching tag.

I liked the 3 Ideas With Seed Paper projects.  Not only do these make beautiful shabby chic-style cards, but they are then plantable to grow some pretty flowers.  It is the card that keeps in giving.  The feature has a thank you card, confetti favours and a save the date card.  Brilliant idea and I'm tempted to get my hands on some seed paper now.

I love the idea of Carolyne Knott's magnet toppers, even more so because they use LOTV stamps, but these are another way of making a card that keeps on giving.  Also, I never thought to use stamped images to make magnets.

Other projects and features this issue include:
  • 10 ideas with shrink plastic
  • Mother's day gifts and card ideas
  • Quick Makes has floral birthday cards, men's birthday cards and some shabby chic cards
  • Jar decoration
  • Five Cards for Under A Fiver has a tea-time 3-D theme going on
  • Upcycle with picture frames
  • Iris folded new-home card
  • Leoni Pujol uses Creative CD-Roms
  • Step-by-Step Colour Blending
Giveaways this issue include:
  • Sizzix Big Shot and goodies
  • Marianne Design goodies
  • Graph'It markers
  • tickets to the Creative Stitches & Hobby Crafts show
  • Woodware goody bag
  • Stampin' Up! My Mother stamp set
This issue hits the shops today and the next issue is out on 20th February with an embossing folder set.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

How To: Make His n Hers Mugs

Soooo, sorry for the lack of posts recently - I've been extremely busy, been having blogger issues and now I've hurt my wrist (no idea how) so typing is painful.  Didn't want you to feel all unloved though, so here is a tutorial to see you through:

I think this is a great idea for valentines day. 

Fingers crossed I will be back tomorrow with a more substantial post for you.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review: Papercrafter - Issue 68

Soooo, I am still having blogger problems - can anyone tell me why I can't log in from my phone?  It means I can't comment on any other blogs either.

Anyway, it also means that the bits and pieces of work I do on the way to/from work are not getting done, so apologies that today's post is once again late.

Anyway, this issue hit the shops last week - Friday I think - so you can go get your hands on it now.

The kit this month has some more unusal goodies:
  • a polystyrene heart
  • rubber stamp
  • ink
  • bumper sparkles pack
  • rub-on set
along with the usual suspects:
  • card blanks
  • ribbon
  • papers
  • die-cuts
  • chipboards.
Now, onto the magazine itself . . .

Papercrafter Showcase has loads of ideas for using the kit, inclusing cards, patchwork pictures, flowers, hot air balloons, friezes and wallets.

One of my favourite projects in the mag has to be Gorgeous Artwork, which uses the pretty rub-on set to make a gorgeous picture, which would look lovely on any wall.  I could be tempted to make a version of this as a card, rather than as a picture, but I love the peacock theme they have going on.

Craft School has some woven spheres, which could be a great idea to keep the kids entertains for a couple of ideas when half-term hits. 

There are some lovely wedding cards for the winter brides and grooms out there, and the designs could be easily adapted with just a change of papers for a different season.

There are six very different ideas for using the heart included with the kit - it's just a pity there are not six hearts with the kit.  I can't decide which one I want to have a go at, so I may just have to go buy some more hearts.  The ideas include painting, using sequins, washi tape, stamping, amongst others.

Other projects include:
  • ideas for the shaped cards in the kit
  • cake toppers
  • glam greetings
  • concertina ideas, including a concertina box!
  • sweetie box
  • bollywood-inspired cards
  • gift boxes
  • shadow puppets
  • gift decorations
Giveaways this issue include:
  • Ebosser
  • Woop Studios goodies
  • Bow and flower malers
  • Docrafts goodies
  • Slimline Table Lamp from The Daylight Company
  • Birdhouse kit

The next issue is out on 14th February.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Review: Sew Magazine - Issue 56 (February 2014)

Sooo, sorry this is late today.  I have been having a few blogger issues.  For some reason, it just would not let me sign in.  Anyway, I am in now, so fingers crossed.

This issue is in the shops now and comes with a fre fat quarter of Tilly fabric and a project book with fives ideas for using the fabric, including:
  • applique a cushion
  • stitch a gift bag
  • sew an elephant
  • make an envelope clutch
  • stitch a bunny.
Of course, these can be done with any fat quarter of fabric, not just the freebie with the magazine.

Now, onto the magazine proper, and there are some great projects in this issue.

First up, is the free downloadable Great Britich Sewing Bee pattern, which is the dress made by Stuart (one of my faves) on the show, if you remember.  It shows the dress in both the fabric stuart used and another, brighter fabric.  There are also step-by-step instructions.  The dress is only downloadable for a limited time though, so be quick.

I loved reading Laced in History.  Lace is one of my favourite fabrics, and I always tell myself that I should use it and wear it more.  Also, as a history geek, I loved reading about the history of the fabric.  I would love to have a go at making some myself, but I'm not sure with my busy life as it is at the moment whether I will ever find the time.

I love love love the valentine hearts and I might even make one for the hubby, if I thought for one minute that the most unromantic person in the world would appreciate the sentiment.  I am still tempted to make a couple for my upcoming craft fair, as I really like the idea of them.  There are four varieties in the magazine:  the key to my heart; to my valentine; your heart is mine; love me, love my 'tache, the latter being my favourite and the one I am most likely to make.

I am waiting for some more babies to be born so that I have make the baby stacking rings, which have a cute little rabbit head for the top.  This is a great stash-buster project.

Other projects and features this issue include:
  • Dressmaking SOS! has advice and tips on alterations
  • Amy Butler has a no-pattern drawstring dress
  • The Little Tailoress, Ami Lowden, tells why she loves creating her own wardrobe
  • Wedding Ring pillow
  • Button jewellery
  • Liberty quilt
  • flower cushion
  • felt wreath
  • heart pillows
  • Business Bite speaks to Sew Over It's Lisa Comfort, who runs sewing cafes, which is my dream (but unlikely)
  • Pocket apron for all that gardening that is going to need doing very soon
  • vintage cushions
  • cat plush cushion
  • Yo Yo bag

Tutorials this issue include:
  • how to alter princess seams
  • how to make a lace sleeve vest top - I love lace (as I might have mentioned), so I might be having a go at this for some summer tops
  • how to create a computer screen cover
  • how to make your own yoyos
Giveaways this issue include:
  • tickets to the Creative Crafts Show and Knit & stitch show
  • Fabric paint
  • Polymer clay
  • Elna 660EX machine
Sorry this is a bit short this time - I'm rushing to get it written in my lunchtime, and I also have to keep up with the office gossip!  Anyway, I think I have covered everything.  The next issue is out on 14 February and comes with a downloadable GBSB pattern and a simplicity critters pattern.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 13 January 2014

Created With Love - Pink & Purple

Soooo, it's Monday, and this week sees the return of challenges over at Created With Love, and this week our theme is easy - Pink & Purple. 

This week we are sponsored by Sherri Baldy Besties, and here is my DT card:

I coloured my image using distress inks (except for the skin, which I used promarkers and spectrum noirs for).  I then added faux stitching around the edge with a pink fineliner.

I also added faux stitching with a white gel pen to my backing paper, which was a freebie about two years ago with Cardmaking & Papercraft.

The purple behind the image is some very fine vellum-type paper which I found in my stash, which is where I also found the pink not-entirely-sure-what-it-is.  It is like a straw mat, but I honestly don't know what it is.  

To finish my card, I added some purple organza and pink dotty grosgrain ribbon and two foam flowers layered one on top of the other.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations - photo inspiration
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Ribbons
Digitally Sweet - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - Flowers
Stampin Dragon - Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!


Cupcake Inspirations
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