Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bright and cheery

I made this card for my best friends daughter who is 19 today.

Having spent the best part of the last month sewing (and still with more to do), I enjoyed taking a few hours out to make this for her.

Ok, it's back to the sewing machine for now, so I'll say cheerio, and see you soon.

Happy crafting,


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Busy, busy, busy

Hello all,
sorry I haven't been around for a while, I've been so busy making Irish Dancing costumes over the last few weeks, I've hardly had time to sleep, let alone do any paper crafting!

Here are a few of the costumes I made a while ago, I will get photos of the new ones soon and share those with you too.

I am taking Bayleigh to Kettering on Saturday fot the World Championship Qualifiers. The lilac and white dress is hers, but she is growing so quickly that I will have to make her a new one very soon.

On a different note, I did make time to visit Jo and Mark Channon at "Lets Create" in Coningsby on Sunday morning. Their wonderful shop has been open for a year, and to mark the occaision they had a party weekend!. The place was packed to the rafters with customers, cakes and guest demonstrators. I saw Sheena Douglas demonstrating her wonderful new stamps, and had to come home with a set!
I'm itching to play with them, but I know that once I get them out, the sewing machine will be abandoned, so I dare not play just yet, but watch this space............

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Some previous makes

Hi all,

today I have been busy making and photographing a card for the Spellbinders design team call. I can't share it with you at the moment, but I will in due course. I'd like to wish all other contestants good luck, I'm sure there will be thousands!

Instead, I thought I'd share some cards I made a few weeks ago. I had a lovely time playing with my new Grand Calibur and dies (my wonderful hubby bought them for me), and made 6 cards!
each one very different, and each one as enjoyable to make as the next.

Thankyou for visiting.
Take care and happy crafting,


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Two cards for today

Hello all,
I've got two cards to share today.

This first one I made with my new toys.
I used a x-cut shape die for the layering with white and matt textured gold card,
spellbinders Anemone  Flower with parchment paper and diamond Stickles for the topper,
"La Rue Flourish"  and "Elegant Scrollwork" dies by Memory Box (bought from Oyster Stamps). 

This next one was made for a challenge on World of Crafters forum.

The instruction was for the card to be clean and simple, the background to be mostly "white" space - i.e a single block of colour, with no pattern colour, but it can be embossed. There were to be 3 elements in row near the bottom right, and a sentiment beneath.

I used the 6x6 template "mini butterflies" by Crafters Workshop for the background, matted onto some lilac pearlised cardstock,
I mounted 3 butterfly peel-offs onto the same lilac cardstock, which I cut out and moulded around a pencil to give them some depth.
I hand-tied 3 silver organza bows and stuck the butterflies to them using odour-free silicone gel.
I printed the sentiment (made on one of my programs) onto white card and mounted it onto the lilac card.
I used thin foam DS tape to mount the backgrounds and sentiment, and silicone gel for the toppers.

I hope you enjoy looking at my latest makes,
take care and happy crafting,


Sunday, 6 November 2011

NEC and a new love

I had a wonderful time with some lovely friends at the NEC on Thursday, and bought some fantastic new toys.

Meet the gang - from left - Vicky, Maria, Jo, Me Angie.

I got lots of dies, some new stamps, some embossing/stencilling templates, glues and more.

I've been playing with one of my newly discovered techniques - Zentangle.

It is basically just doodling, but much more too, and it is very relaxing! I added a bit if stickles to my designs, which really makes them "pop".

I will be making some cards in the next few days, so I'll "see" you soon ,
take care and happy crafting,


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Made using my new toys

Having spent a wonderful day out with a few crafty friends a couple of weeks ago, at Sincerely Yours craft show, and spending all of my pocket money, I thought it might be nice to share my latest card with you.

Shopping List:

Cheery Lynn Small Lace Faerie Queen w/Angel Wing

Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish
Cuttlebug Emboss Plus folder - Perfect perenials
Tim Holz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
"Some things" stamp
Purple glitter cardstock
Silver mirror cardstock
White/pearl cardstock
Purple satin bias-binding
Purple Organza Ribbon
Most of these were bought at the show, and I love them all.
I'll be be using them over and over, so expect to see lots of cards along my favorite theme of butterflies and purple!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Hello and welcome

Well........ I said I would, and I did!

I finally set up a blog for my crafty makes.

I will start by introducing some of my stitched mandalas. I have recently been lucky enough to hold two workshops for my patterns at "Let's Create" in Coningsby, and what a fantastic time I had. The ladies seemed to enjoy themselves too.
We worked on several designs, but the one which caught much of the attention was a snowflake:

I used AB coated beads which catch the light and sparkle like ice.

Another is "Ziggy". this looks quite complicated, but the pre-pricked holes and stiched design makes placing the beads relatively straight forward.

All of my patterns are designed to look interesting with or without the beading, but adding a bit of bling never hurts does it?

I have permission from one of the ladies - Jean Newholm- to show you some of her lovely work. Since the first workshop, she has been very busy making some boxed sets for raffle prizes and has made a fabulous job of all of them.

Thankyou Jean, I look forward to sharing more of your work soon.

Well, that's all from me for now.
I hope you have enjoyed this first post, see you soon.