Thursday, 29 October 2015


When, after my little boy was born, I realised I'd never want to return to giving craft demos and imagined that I'd supply my cards to all the local small shops and all my friends, just as one of my other friends has. Sadly though, mumbling invitations to pop round for cards any time while blushing with embarrassment has not proven to be a terribly effective self-promotion style, and I don't exactly have Clinton's quaking in their boots. However, this week I had two commissions, so yay! The first is for an elderly couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, the second is for the husband in that couple celebrating his 80th birthday. Maybe I should try mumbling just a little bit louder? :-)

What I used
80th Birthday card
Papers: DCWV "Old World" 8x8, plum card
Embellishments: Anita's A4 die cut decoupage "Pastimes & Leisure", Papermania "For Him" A5 Decoupage card kit (greeting)
Tools: XCut nesting dies "Doorplate", XCut alphabet dies "Italic"
Other: Anita's A5 card blanks

Anniversary card
Papers: Papermania "Exquisite" 6x6
Embellishments: Papermania Vintage Notes A4 die cut toppers, Papermania mini brads, various paper flowers, Papermania lace trims, Papermania adhesive pearls
Tools: QuicKutz nesting oval dies, Papermania Confetti clear stamps "Anniversary Sentiments", various flower punches
Other: Anita's square card blanks, Clearsnap chalk ink queues (pinks)

Crafting notes:
80th Birthday card

  • I added "1935" to the wine bottle label as the vintage. To match the style of the rest of the label I used a pencil and went over the digits several times.

  • The dusky purple backing for the wine bottle is cut with the largest doorplate die. The plum matting is hand cut.
  • I used a double layer of foam pads along the centre-line of the wine bottle and the wine glass so I could give a more realistic curve to them.

Anniversary card

  • I couldn't find any card to match the darker heart in the topper, so all the edges are defined by inking in two colours of dusky pink. The lighter colour has nearly run out , but that has made for a very nice finish on the card edges and the flowers.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Glittery Belle

One of Bob's best friends was 4 this week, and her favourite film is Beauty and the Beast, so I made this card for her. I'm glad Bob has a girl best buddy too - it's nice to make something with glitter :-)


What I used:
Papers: Papermania colossal pack, Anita's matt gold card
Tools: Sizzix Framelits "Fancy Tags"
Embellishments: Anita's gold outline stickers, yellow ribbon
Colours: Sharpies, Promarkers, Craft Planet yellow and iridescent glitter glues
Image: Free digital colouring in page

Crafting notes:

  • I coloured the background with blue and purple Sharpie pens, using horizontal lines to give a streaky sky effect, then added glitter glue stars
  • I stuck a larger, uncoloured version of the image inside the card for the recipient to colour in.
  • I coloured the peel-offs with a blue Sharpie pen to match
  • If I had made this for someone older, I'd have added gems, but even at 4 years old I don't think that's a safe plan either for the 4 year old or the card!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Layout 14: September Scrapbook Challenge "Childhood"

The theme I set for the September scrapbooking challenge on do crafts' Craft Talk forum was "Childhood". I didn't set a sketch, but set an optional extra challenge of including squares in the layout instead. The photo I chose isn't great (taken indoors with a phone camera), and didn't need a great deal of explanation, but it marked the kind of ordinary event about which it's nice to be reminded - my son's excitement at the arrival of a big box :-) As there wasn't much to say, I cropped the picture and made an 8x8 page. I like the size for this type of photo, and now plan to make a whole album of clean and simple layouts of 'nice little moments' like this one. Hopefully I'll be able to do these a bit quicker than I manage the average 12x12 layout, at least as long as I can stop worrying about them being 'scrapped enough'. This layout was finished for a couple of weeks before I accepted that it didn't need to be any more complicated!  At least the delay has meant that I can use this as my inspiration project for the Crafting Cafe's "Clean & Simple" October challenge :-)

What I used:
Papers: Dovecraft 8x8 Designer Paper Pack "Masculine" by Jayne Bentley
Embellishments: Cardstock letters from Roald Dahl A4 Ultimate Decoupage & Paper Pack, stitch pattern ribbon, brick pattern brad, Doodlebug "All Mixed Up" rub on numbers

Crafting notes:
  • I added faux stitching around the photo with a pen.
  • I originally intended to make my own background with coloured squares, but then found I had some paper that was just what I wanted.