Saturday, 20 September 2014

Autumnal Gift Tag

Saturday, 20 September 2014
Hello friends

One of my projects appeared on the Crafty Power Blog yesterday,
an Autumnal gift tag.  Well, it must be a few days since I made a tag!
This really was a 'scrap' project, I often challenge myself to make something
from all the bits and bobs left on my craft desk.
I am also attempting to reduce my button stash, admittedly having only one button
on this project isn't really going to deplete my supplies but every little helps!
 All the details to make the gift tag are here including step by step photos.
Have a great Saturday - it is tomorrow that I visit The Handmade Fair so hoping to
have photos for you beginning of next week.
Take care friends.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 19 September 2014
Hello friends

It's Friday Die Day and today's featured die is Dragon Delight.
This is a Die D-Lite™ and the approximate sizes are:
Solid Dragonfly: 2½ x 1⅝”
Intricate Dragonfly: 2½ x 1⅝”

This is how they look cut/embossed.
The die cuts can be used separately or overlaid.
So many colour combos work beautifully.
Today a mini gift card.  I've cut two solid dragonflies and one intricate.
Created an overlay (mounted on foam pads) and kept one plain. 
Positioned onto a small square of cream cardstock.
You will note the larger solid one is on the edge of the card...
I've trimmed it away to keep in line with the card edge for a different look.
Attached a little tag (Back to Basics Tags) and secured with twine.
Mounted this onto matching pink cardstock and a cream card base.
A pretty mini gift card....
not festive at all!
Have a brilliant weekend everyone,
I'm off to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace - photos to follow.

Take care friends.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Festive but Flowery!

Thursday, 18 September 2014
Hello friends

It is a Christmas card but with a difference - it is a little bit flowery too!
It is another project that is featured in the 2014 Make Christmas Cards magazine.
As mentioned, I was asked to use the papers that come free with the magazine and
the colours are non traditional Christmas and flowery.
I chose to mat the patterned papers onto three separate cards and then make a little
feature on the front one with Layered Poinsettia and Create A Flake Five.
The sentiment and oval (that puts me in mind of an Easter egg!) are within the magazine pack.
Not one hundred percent sure if I like it, it's different! 
A tip if you use these papers, adhere them first to some white card, 
so much easier to work with and die cut.

I'm back to London today for my City job, I'm noticing the evenings drawing in
when I'm travelling home - time really does go quickly.

Take care friends - back tomorrow for FDD.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Crafty Space and Yvonne

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Hello friends

Today featuring another crafty space for us to admire, 
today it is Sue Dunn's craft room in her conservatory.
It's definitely packed with some wonderful craft goodies.
Sue mentions that it is lovely to have the light all through the year, 
but gets a bit hot in the summer.  I used to craft in my conservatory so I totally appreciate this.
Thank you Sue for sharing your crafty space, I particularly like your
white wooden drawer storage, looks very swish :)

Not too late to submit photos of your crafty space, just email your
photos to

Other news:  I am currently stocking Card-io stamps,
these are the tiny stamps that you mount onto acrylic stamp pegs and 
they work beautifully with Versa Color ink pads.
My good friend and fellow Spellbinders designer, Yvonne van de Grijp
(check out her blog here) has used the stamps to create some amazing cards.
(It is no secret that I'm not a great stamper so when she kindly offered I bit her hand off!)
This one features Oriental Blossom.
 Love this one - especially those little candy canes - the stamp set is called
 And because she knows I'm a tag addict...
Poinsettias and Peppermints again and Greenery 1 - such elegant simplicity to this one.
I will be featuring more soon - huge thanks to Yvonne.
You can see the entire Card-io stamp range here.

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Hello friends

I'm a day late asking if you all had a good weekend!
I hope you all did and the weather was nice to you.
It's already Tuesday and I can't believe how the days are speeding by at the moment.

Thank you so much for your Charity Kit purchases, each month the cheques
go off to Ronald McDonald House and The Royal Marsden 
and I am so proud that we are all doing our bit to help.

I must mention the knitted squares - I have fallen a little behind in joining all
the squares mainly because of the Summer and it was a tad warm sitting with a 
blanket on me!  But with Winter approaching I'm really looking forward to getting back to it.  
I will be sharing photos of the finished blankets before they get sent off.

Right...Tuesday Tip/Technique...
Today a reminder for using your dies to create apertures. 
Oh look it's butterflies!   
I've die cut three of the Les Papillions vertically on a manilla tag.
Stamped over the whole area to make a nice background. 
Placed patterned paper behind ...festive!
You could finish your tag here if you wish or...
Die cut the butterflies and insert them over the top. 
A trio of fluttering butterflies tag. 
Take care friends and I'm back soon.

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