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I live in Southport with my partner Paul. I have two fantastic children .... Craig 25, and Becca 18, who I am so proud of and wouldn't swap for anything in the world.    We sadly lost a special part our family, our cat Sibby last year, and now have a new family member who has quickly taken over the house ...... our rescue cat Boswell !!!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

March 2015 !!!!

March Makes !!!


I can't believe it was July last year when I last added anything to my blog!!  I plan, from today, to try to add at least one post a month !!!

Mother's Day Cards

For Mother's Day this year, I went elephant mad, using some really cute Crafter's Companion 'Humphrey's Corner' toppers, co-ordinating patterned papers and card, mirri card and gems.  I used a tonic rose circle die to make a decorative layer to provide a base for the Humphrey's Corner topper.  I printed an insert in co-ordinating colours with a Mother's Day sentiment.  I didn't put a sentiment on the outside of the card in case the recipient wanted to keep the card after the event as a picture.

Although I made three very similar cards, I think the different colours make them look individual.
























New Baby Card

I also used the same concept for a New Baby Card.  I layered mirri card, centura pearl then created a patterned paper in co-ordinating colours  (with dummies and bottles create a pattern) then printed and cut with tonic die.  I used the same printed paper to create an insert.




Treat Boxes For Special Mum's ....

My best friend hosted a lovely afternoon tea for friends and their mums ... my contribution to the afternoon was to make treat boxes with chocolates, which went down very well !!  







I used Centura Pearl card and, using Serif Craft Artist 2, printed patterned box templates.  
 













Using a score board I marked and folded the box templates.  The boxes were stuck together with
red liner tape (for maximum strength)






Once the Boxes were constructed, I
made flowers using punched hearts
from the same card.  I attached these
to the lid of the boxes using pinflair glue.
Then, the most important part, I put two wrapped chocolates in each box and secured
with a small piece of tape.






These are just some of the things I made in march, I hope you like them, I certainly had fun making them!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Xmas Rag Wreath ... my first one !!!

Xmas Rag Wreath

I decided to try this after seeing it on Create and Craft, and looked on the net for more information, and now I'm hooked, with plans to make matching mini Xmas trees .....

The bare materials !!
I used a 25cm polystyrene half ring, and 5cm x 5cm squares of fabric
(Xmas themes and plain red and green).



I used a mini (quite blunt) philips screw driver to poke the material into the polystyrene ring, putting a small dab of pva glue on the end of the material.



I gradually added more layers, using a green and red theme


I made sure the colours were evenly spread to make the wreath look balanced


Finally, I filled in any gaps, and made sure the material went right to the edges to ensure no bald patches !!

And here is my completed Xmas Rag Wreath
Hope you like it !!

Friday, 4 July 2014

My Biggest Challenge Yet ... Wedding Stationary


 Wedding Stationary For A Family Friend

This was quite a challenge, as I needed to produce exactly what the 
Bride and Groom wanted, for their special day .... 
And I'm happy to say, they  were very happy with the finished stationary so I think I
must have achieved this !!
Thank You To Gemma and Ross For Agreeing To Me Sharing Their Stationary
 On My Blog.


Save The Date Card



Invitations 

Pouch Style Outer With Three Inserts



Order Of Service

A5 Booklet With Paper Insert



I designed the stationary using Serif Craft Artist.  

I created the bunting embellishment using single heart elements
 and changed the colour to the desired shade.

All the stationary was printed on my Canon Printer, 
onto Centura Pearl Snow White Silver Card.
The hearts are a dusky pink and yellow, with dusky pink writing 
(unfortunately the colours have not photographed well).

The invitation inserts were loosely fastened together
 with heart patterned gross grain ribbon, in a complementary shade,
to allow guests to easily detach and use the included 'RSVP' card.
The front of the pouch was embellished with aurora borealis gems.

The Order Of Service booklets were a challenge .... 
Originally planned as a single card, it soon became clear the amount of 
information needed would not fit on ....
So a rethink resulted in the A5 booklet with a paper insert ... a perfect alternative!!

I also made additional elements to tie in with the stationary theme ....
Typed Cards With Poems From The Bride To Parents,
Signs For The Reception 
Cards With The Readings For The Ceremony











Friday, 30 May 2014

Recent Birthday Cards !!

Seaside Memories !!

8" x 8" Layered Card.  Gold mirri card on white card blank.  
Base card and topper's from Hunkydory 'Great British Summer' collection.  Centre topper raised with foam pads and 'bunting' slightly curved and attached with Pinflair Gel to give depth.  

Vintage Look Birthday/Anniversary Card

8" x 8" side fold square base card cut from Centura Pearl card (snow white hint of silver).
Right side of front punched using Tonic Dotty Doily punch.
Used Tonic Dotty Doily Die to cut layers in centura pearl and complimentary paper to provide a delicate base for vintage look topper.  
Added die cut sentiment (using Tattered Lace die) in same paper and pearl gems along border.
Printed sentiment onto coordinating paper and added to inside of card, to show through border.



Friday, 11 April 2014

A Bit Of 50's And Some Art Deco !!!

50's Fashion Birthday Card


Used A 15cm x 15cm Shaped Card,
Inked The Edges Of The Cards To Match Backing Card And Topper
(from Create and Craft Sew Pretty Mini Kit)
Added Buttons To Edge To Add Dimension



Special Art Deco Card For A Very Special Friend


Cut A Piece OF Silver Mirri Card And Attached To 8" x 8" Card.
Took 6" x 6" Piece Of White Card, Applied Acrylic Paint, Using Mono Print Technique (I Think!).
Once Dry, I Dabbed With Pigment Based Ink To Create The Colour/Effect I Wanted.
I Then Added The Decoupage Topper, Sentiments, And Gem Swirls With Co-ordinating Brads.
This Is The First Time I Have Attempted Printing My Own Backing Card, So I Hope It Worked!
I Now Have A 'Gelli Plate' On My Wish List !!


                         Art Deco Special Anniversary Card

 Decoupage Art Deco Image,
Mat and Layered Using Black Card and Gold Mirri Card.
Added Scarlet Red Ribbon And Diamonte Gems
Mounted Onto An 8" x 8" Card Blank







Friday, 4 April 2014

Wall Decoration For Nursery / Children's Room




                Patchwork Forest Wall Decoration

    Made using the Hunkydory Patchwork Forest Story Book card.  



A 10" x 8" artist canvas was covered with a piece of pale peach adorable scoreable card.  Constructed the
 mock 'story book' and placed on layered ditsy floral card and gold mirri card. 
This is then attached to the canvas base and personalised with the addition of the name and date of birth using letters cut from gold mirri card on a Cricut machine.












Sunday, 9 March 2014

Trying out my latest acquisition !!

Made Using Tonic Dotty Lace Die And Tonic Rose Border Punch.
Used Centura Pearl Card and Hunky Dory Backing Paper
 And Poppy Pyramage Topper.



 Used Tonic Rose Die And Rose Border Punch.
Have To Say That The Rose Die Caused Me Some Problems, And I Had To Run The Die
 Through My Big Shot Many Times Poke Most Of The Bits Out, Where I Would Have Expected
The Bits To Have Fallen Out !!
Again, Used A Hunky Dory Foiled Topper
And Red Card To Decorate The Inside To Complement The Topper,
As Can Be Seen In The Picture Below

Another Card Using Centura Pearl Card, Hunky Dory Topper And Backing Paper.
Embellished With Organza Ribbon And Faux Pearl Gems.
Used The Rose Die And Border Punch, Again It Was A Challenge To Get The
Die To Cut, But I Will Persevere!!


All Made From An Idea On Tonic's Facebook Page