Sunday, 28 September 2014

Christmas Puddin'

Sooooo, I've made a start on my Christmas cards.  These aren't my first (I will share those eventually), but these are my favourite so far:

I made these using some LOTV Crafty Christmas papers, which I die-cut to a circle.  I then die-cut some scraps of ivory pearl card and cut them in half with a wavy pattern and layered this on top of the circle to give the effect of the custard/cream/brandy sauce/whatever you have on top of your Christmas pudding.

I attached the image panel to some kraft card by stitching around the edges on my sewing machine with red thread (rather untidily, but I was on the phone to my sister at the same time).  I then attached this to a card blank.

I then found some Merry Christmas tags in my stash, which were actually left over from the snowflake bubbles I put in the kids' party bags from my wedding.  I also found some holly leaf sequins, and then I added the berries with some red stickles to finish off the card.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Golf Day

Soooo, this is a card I made last night, but was too tired to blog about - I would not have been able to type and make sense:

This is a card I have made for a colleague's birthday this week, and when he told me he was going on a golfing weekend for his birthday, I knew that this vintage golfing image would be perfect.  It is from an LOTV art pad.

I wanted to use the Country Gent LOTV papers that I have had for a while and haven't used yet.  I love the warm colours of this paper pad.  I used the dark brown one for the mat and then some checks, because I like the vintage feel and thought this would keep with the golfing theme.  I also used some stripes to go behind the image and lighten up the card a bit.  

The mat behind the image and the stamped sentiment is a scrap of kraft card from  my cardmaking earlier in the week.

The golf ball I made myself.  I die cut a circle from white card and then added the pits on the ball with a pen lid and some grey ink.  In this instance, I used Memento London Fog, which I also used to stamp the sentiment.  I also used this to ink the edges of the image and sentiment panels.

I cut out what I hope is a tee shape and coloured that grey.  To finish, I added two buttons.

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

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Wearing My Brand New Shoes

Sooo, a quick share tonight.  I had planned to do loads of crafting today, but made the mistake of going to see family, which despite my best intentions, meant I spent ages out of the house.  I don't object to seeing them, not at all, I just always end up aaages away from home.  Then, when I did get home, I did some baking.  I have made a lemon meringue.  The jury is out at the moment as to whether it is a success or not, because I am waiting for it to cool before I take it out of the tin.

Anyway, this is a card I started Wednesday before I went to bed and finished when I got in on Thursdat(well, after I woke up from my nap when I got home):

I used a scalloped card blank and a topper from the LOTV Jenny and James art pad and die-cut this to a scalloped oval.  I 3-d stickered this onto a panel made from various papers from my stash.  The spotty paper set the tone for the rest of the card and I worked around that.

I added some lace and then some narrow ivory and blush ribbon.  Behind the image panel, I added a feather and then a small ivory and pink rose.

I added pearls of various sizes in each corner, including the two exposed corners of the pink card.  

I also made a bow from a scrap of the blush ribbon and then added a 'for you' peel off to finish off the card, as I couldn't really find anywhere to add a 'proper sentiment'.

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

Pile It On - flowers or feather
The Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili - add flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - ribbon lace and pearls
The Paper Shelter - ribbon, twine or floss
Crafty Creations - vintage
Creative Inspirations - going dotty
The Crazy Challenge - colour challenge
Creatalicious - flower power

Apologies for any poor English in this post - I seem to have lost the ability to type today :-(

Anyway, I have Doctor Who to watch tonight then I might make it to my craft room for a quick make.  I have a list a mile long of cards that need making, along with other projects but ne'er mind.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dressing Up

Soooo, a quick post tonight to share with you the final card I made last night.  No crafting this evening I'm afraid as I have been busy studying away - Mythology in the Greek and Roman World, and in particular today, the myth of Hippolytus.  You may be more familiar with his father, Theseus, slayer on the Minotaur, but you don't need me to bore you with any in dept about Greek mythology.  You would much rather I bored you with my crafty creations.

This is actually the first card I made last night, but I'm still not too sure about it.  I like it, I'm just not sure it is as good as my other cards last night, but I am putting it down to getting into the card-making frame of mind again.

I just love this image, which is actually an LOTV die-cut, but is available as a stamp, as it just reminds me of dressing up as a kid.  In fact, my nieces do it now - in my clothes.  I suppose you could say that my sisters still do it with my shoes and clothes too!

I took the colours from the die-cut and the papers are both from my stash - I have having a proper stash-busting sesh at the moment.  Well, I have to make room for some new stuff - Christmas is coming up soon (and my birthday), so you can be sure that there will be lots of crafty goodies on my present list.

The layout is from this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I took inspiration from the rope of beads n the little girl and used a string of pearls rather than ribbon or string for the wavy element.  I decided to pull out the butterflies on the backing paper for the embellishments and die-cut three butterflies from some scraps of ivory pearlescent card.

There was a bit of pearl string left over once I had finished arranging the wavy bit, so I made this into a corner for the image.  I finished off with some dabs of liquid pearls in the corners.

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

Fingers crossed I will get some time to craft tomorrow after I have finished some housework.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Little Dancing Star

Soooo, another make from tonight:

I used the sketch from this week's Sketch n Stash, and again, I used up a mini masterpiece from LOTV.  This is another image I love and may have to purchase the stamp for.

The grey-blue backing card is from my stash and the other papers are both Lili of the Valley.  The blue spotty one is from Shabby Shack, I think, and the check one I know is LOTV but I can't remember which paper pad.

I die cut stars from a scrap of the backing card using my new stars die (which I love and will be using loads - I got all those stars from one run through the Big Shot) and attached a sentiment to another bit of scrap card.

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

Happy Crafting!


Coffee and Cake

Soooo, I've had a bit of a card-making session this evening, which has been nice because I've not really done that for a while.  It means I have a few cards to share with you now.  Not sure if I will get them all blogged about tonight, but I will certainly give it a try.  

None of the cards are for a particular occasion, they are just to restock my stash, which has been looking a bit sorry for itself of late, what with not crafting for the best part of three months and all.  I particularly seem to have run out of female cards, so that is what I chose to focus on tonight.   Hopefully I can find time later in the week to do some more, but I have earmarked tomorrow to do some studying (finally finishing off that degree I've been on about for ages) and I have another Elsa dress to make a start on at the weekend.

First up, is actually the last card I made:

I have decided to use up some of my stash and so I've refrained from visiting the Lili of the Valley shop or Hobbycraft recently.  It helps that Hobbycraft is no longer five minutes away.  So, in the spirit of using up the stash, I've decided it is time to use up my LOTV mini masterpieces.  If I love an image that much, I shall just have to buy the stamp and take the time to colour it myself.  This is one of those such images.  It is perfect for the older females, and what is better than coffee and cake and a good gossip with your friends?

Everything on this card I have found in my stash - the papers, the kraft card, the stamp for the sentiment, the pearls, ribbon and lace.  The layout is a sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

I rounded the corners of everything with a corner punch and added faux stitching to add to the vintage effect that the colouring of the image (and then papers) and the lace give.  I decided to add some turquoise ribbon to add a smidgen of colour.  The pearls I found in my stash just happened to pretty much match.  The image and sentiment are adhered to the card with sticky fixers to add a bit of dimension and clear the lace.

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

Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - ribbon, lace and pearls
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Allsorts - sugar and spice and all things nice (what is nicer than coffee and cake?)
Brown Sugar - celebrations
Creative Romance - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - fancy and frilly
Charisma Cards - lace and pearls

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 14 September 2014


Soooooo, here's the reason I have been so quiet lately:

Sorry the photo is a bit fuzzy - I'm struggling with the camera on my phone at the moment and I have no idea what the hubby has done with the proper camera since we moved.

I originally bought the pattern for this as my niece asked for a dress for her birthday.  No sooner had a posted the picture of the pattern on facebook than my friend (31) asked me to make one for her.  This has kept me very busy for the last week or so, but I have enjoyed making it.

The biggest problem I had is that my house is now covered in glitter from the fabric I used from the cape, but it is sooo pretty.  The cape does require a lot of fabric for an adult dress, and the fabric can be quite expensive, as everything is that could be remotely Frozen-related at the moment, but the dress would just look wrong without it.  Luckily, I live near a Boyes, which has the most fantastic fabric section, which is where I got this from, and it was much more reasonably priced than I had found the internet to be.

Other than the glitter everywhere, the dress is actually quite simple to make.  The pattern is from McCalls, and I found the instructions clear and easy to follow.

The bodice is lined, or in the case of my dress, double-lined as I basted the sparkly fabric to some extra pieces of lining as it was a bit see-through.  This was a little tricky as I used satin, and it was slippy, but once I had basted the bodice pieces, sewing them together with simple, as the sparkly fabric actually stuck to itself.  I still used pins though, just in case. 

I was apprehensive about sewing the cape fabric, but I used a fine needle and I found it was actually easy to sew with - I don't know why I was so scared of it.

There is a lapped zip in the back, together with a thread and loop button fastening.  The pattern didn't have instructions for making the thread and loop fastening, and I had never done one before, but this tutorial was invaluable and my first attempt was, I think, successful.  I used silver threat to tie in with the dress.  The other option would have been white or blue, but I think silver was the best choice.  

I had a choice of buttons in my stash to complete the fastening, but I decided to go for a mother of pearl button as I just liked the look it gave the dress.

I now have a smaller version to make for my niece (age 7) and another friend has asked me to  make one for her 3-year old daughter.  I'm quite looking forward to making these, as I enjoyed making this one, and they might be a bit easier to handle if they are smaller.  I think I will use invisible zips in these ones, as, not only do I find them easier, I think they will give a better finish to the back of the dress, as the zip area is not covered by the cape, so I think the most invisible finish I can get would be best.  i also have slightly different cape fabric for my niece's, as I couldn't get any more of this fabric, after buying the fabric for the 3-year old's.  My sister is pleased to note that the fabric I have been able to get is not quite as glittery, it is covered in snowflakes though.

I'll let you know how the children's ones go.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 8 September 2014


Sooo, a quick share with you tonight, as this was a quick, last minute order from a colleague tonight:

To make this card I used a topper from the LOTV fairies art pad.  I do have this image as a stamp, but the art pads are perfect when you need a quick card like this one.  I added glitter to the wings, boppers and the flyaway dandelion seeds.

The papers are all from the LOTV bonnets and bowties paper pads.

I wrapped the panel with some pink twine and tied the ends into a ribbon.

I die-cut the name Eliza (as per the card request) from some card, coloured it purple  to match the top on the image and then glittered the letters up.  I attached these to the card on the left hand side.  I also attached a glittery 3 to the top right hand corner.

To finish the card, I added a few pink gems, et voila.  

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

Happy Crafting!



Sooo, tonight I would like to share with you the card I made for the step-mother (non-wicked), whose birthday is tomorrow:

I made this card using an 8x8 card blank and topper from the LOTV James and Jenny bear art pad, and as is usual with my cards, it didn't turn out anything like I envisaged when I started.

The 'fabulous' sentiment is an LOTV sentiment I stamped forever ago in worn lipstick distress ink.

I backed both the sentiment and the image onto some blue paper.

The floral backing paper is from the LOTV shabby shack paper pad.  I  thought this gave the card a vintagey feel, so I set about decorating in a vintage style.

I added some cream lace and a string of pearls along the bottom edge, flat-backed pearls to the top two corners and liquid pearls to the corners of the image and sentiment.  I also added a blue bow and a pink rose, which I ringed with some more string pearls.

I hope the step-mother (non-wicked) likes this.  Even if she doesn't, I do!

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

I have been busy starting my Christmas Cards this weekend, so I will be sharing some of them soon.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Baby Bunny

Soooo, tonight I would like to share with you a card I made last weekend, but I simply haven't had any time to blog since.  I'm multi-tasking watching the Strictly launch show and writing this post, as its the only way it's going to get done.  Does anyone else hope Tom Evans turns out to be amazing and stays in to the end?!?!?!?!?!?

Anyway, this is my card:

This is the first time I have used by new Inktense pencils, which I bought while homeless to give me something to do, then realised I didn't actually have anything to colour, but never mind.  I still need to practice, I know that, but I already love using them.  I also love this LOTV image, which is so versatile - great for boy and girl new baby cards, and also good for first birthdays.

I stamped the image onto water colour paper and then coloured using the Inktense pencils.  I've decided to treat them much like colouring with inks, and I seemed to do OK.

the patterned papers are from LOTV - one is from the bear necessities pad, but I don't think the other is, and now I can't remember which pad it is from :-/

I added faux stitching with a blue pen to all papers and the image panel and layered them up at jaunty angles (I do like a jaunty angle) onto some ombred card, which is from my stash.

I then wrapped the whole lot with some blue bakers twine.

From the ombre card offcut I die-cut some letters to spell 'baby' and added these to the top right hand corner of the image panel.  I then used some stickles glitter glue on the letters and added it to some the stars also.

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

I have more to share with you.  I will try to get them blogged soon - I have been a busy girl the last couple of weeks and have just started a very exciting project that I can't wait to share with you.  Hopefully, I will have it finished next weekend . . . eeeek!

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Back to Crafting (Finally)

Soooo, I've been in my new house (and new craft room) for nearly a month now, and on Saturday I finally got out my card making bits and pieces to make some cards.  Birthday season is about to start for me, and will keep going until June next year, so I thought it was about time to make some cards again.  It has taken me a few days to blog about them as I've had a horrible cold for the last couple of days, and haven't had the energy to pick up my laptop or type.  I did go back to work today and disturbed the whole office with my not so quiet dying by hacking cough :-(, so still feel rubbish, but I can once again move.

This is the first card I have made:

After three months of no cardmaking, I was surprised how easy I got back into it.

I already had the large sentiment stamped - I think I will have used worn lipstick distress ink.  I then cut it to size and added some faux stitching and added some gauze behind it.

The patterned paper is from the LOTV Perfect Pair paper pad, and I added some faux stitching to that also.  I love the colours in this paper pad as they are so bright and summery.  The pink card is from my stash.  I think it is from a load my grandmama-in-law sent for me, so I have no idea where it came from originally.  Again, I added some faux stitching.

I wrapped the whole panel with some pink baker's twine and then punch three flowers from a scrap of green paper and layered these up to make a flower.  To finish off, I found a pink flower brad in my stash and used this as a flower centre.

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

Crafts Galore - make a card
Pile It On - punch it out
A Gem of a Challenge - summertime (I used summer colours)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
MAWTT - a stitch in time
LOTV - use some LOTV papers

Happy Crafting!

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