Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Mr Japonicas birthday!

Ed and I enjoy a break for his birthday. Who would believe Dartmouth in March could be so warm - I hope I packed the suncream!  Bring on the cream tea!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


CUTTLEBUG is a great tool, but we do need a bit of inspiration don't we sometimes  Here are the latest cards I planned for a CUTTLEBUG workshop yesterday.

I have used 2 gorgeous new DECOUPAGE designs by CRAFT UK for the main designs on these 2 cards, but I have been creative with my embossing folders. 
The Elegant Lady card is on a 15cms square card with 3 panels card to co-ordinate with the colours in the decoupage.  Each of the 3 panels have been embossed with an elegant embossing folder - swirls, flourishes and cottage garden.  These have been layered onto the card, leaving a narrow border in between each panel.  The decoupage has then been added with a message panel (from NEW Dies by Crafts-too) and a gorgeo
us flourish for added elegance!
The decoupage flower design (CRAFT Uk -Polka dot fowers range) has 4 die-cut squares in 4 shades of green -(greens always co-ordinate with flowers don't they?).  All 4 squares have been embossed using leaves or dragonfly designs to compliment the floral theme.  Peel-Off messages complete the card top and bottom.  Voila!

 NEW Nellie Snellen fancy dies were used with HOBBY ART Cakes mini clear stamps set. 
The stamped cupcake has been stamped 3 times and the toppings decoupaged for a fine finish.  Colours have been added by Sakura STARDUST pens. Very sugary and sparkly!

FANCY DIES die cut (circle or oval) have a series of slots in them so you then die-cut the flowers and place them in pairs in the slots. 

NEW Marianne Craftables dies were used for this set of 4 cards. 
The colour schemes were created by blending inks colours (Distress & Versamagic inkpads in assorted colours), to match with the mirror card backgrounds -again these were embossed.  The flowers were given shape character using ballpoint tools and a moulding mat.  Some of the edges of petals were "scuffed" with scissors to give a Vintage look too.  
These gorgeous messages are from Jane Gills set "Hours fly By" by Woodware.  Lovely verses such as these really lend themselves to be used on the front of a card in my opinion.  

All of the crafty  ladies in my workshop were very creative with their layouts and most made 3 from this set!  The afternoon hours flew by, especially as the sun shone in on us. 
Happy Crafty days! 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


I loved this NEW stamp set (No 1 Champion clear stamp set by Francoise Read at Woodware) as it has so much potential for the sporty men in the family!  I used Magenta's Diamond Mosaic self adhesive shapes for the bunting -it ensured it was perfectly straight and was very easy to use.  it comes in white - but you could easily colour it in various shades for a different type of bunting.  Bunting is so in this year isn't it.


FIRST THINGS FIRST - sort out your papers into colour themes. 

Punch out squares using a square punch - (I used a 2" for the blue and pink card and a 1 1/2" for the little brown card).  Place pieces together to create a patchwork. 

TOP TIP -I find using the sheet of double-sided adhesive is very useful at this stage, and if you remove the plain backing and leave the grid backing -it helps you with your placement - very easy to do!  

The lavender card and the Thinking of you (browny) card was just piecing together patches of squares and rectangles randomly.  The double sided sheet helped again with placement  and keeping the corners square!  

This was a great way to create some pretty cards and use up a load of papers I had accumulated!  The customers at my demo were very happy and even brought in some of their own creations to show me. 

TO FINISH - Just add a few Peel-off borders/lines, flowers, buttons or ribbons with messages of your choice.