Monday, 19 December 2011

All wrapped up

So are you ready? As only six more sleeps till our gifts are given, New and old happy memories are shared and made. Or are you like me still wrapping and making gifts tags. So today I just wanted to share with you the tags I have made to go with my gift wrapping paper. Just a little effort and your gifts will look fab.
I needed tags to go on my gifts, didn't have any to match my paper so made these little gems.
I used lost and found paper, this was from my scraps box, Cut the tag shape free hand. Added some silver stickles and did a scroll pattern. Added the glitter glass to edges to give the frosty ice appearance to edges. Added the spellbinders shapeabilities Fleur de lis pendant to top of tag this was folded in half then secured with eyelet.
Then I cut out Tim holtz bird from the caged bird die cutter. Cut him out in card, took a page from my old falling apart dictionary and cut the bird out again, glued this to card. Used my embossing pen to add ink to places I wanted the embossing powers to stick too then added gold embossing powder and heat set. Did the wings the same way but after heat setting the gold embossing powder, went over again with embossing ink pen and added black embossing powder and heat set again. This gave the two tones of colour on wings. Added few feathers.

So here's the finished look. Added rustic twine and little bell. Tied bow around gift and added the tag.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.

bYe ByE
for now

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Simply Gorjuss - Snowman stamp card

I liked the the tissue box I made for the the paperlane challenge - unconventional Christmas colours challenge.. (which is still and active challenge so hurry and get your entries in. This months prize is a copic markers storage case) I have 2 of these for my copic markers and I love it. So get your entry in to try win your copic markers storage case.
So as I was just saying I loved making the tissue box that I had to make a card to go with it. So this card has a lot of the same elements and technique's as the tissue box.
So the stamp of the snowman I used is by Simply Gorjuss
To picture the glitter on this card ( there's lots on this card trust me) is very hard to get it to sparkle on camera. Must be a little camera shy.
The card looks so much better in person.
I used the organza snowflake fabric again over the black card for extra sparkle.
There is so many layers and so much happening on this card but it all works
fabric over black card
white card layered with black swirl paper enhanced with stickles on swirls
memory box FROSTYVILLE BORDER Craft Die
also used the magnolia doohickey die
matted and layered the image
coloured with copic marker pens and added glitter glass
added some  holographic snowflakes thats I have had for years
also added black stick on crystals
topped off with a white snowflake chocolate box tied bow.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.

bYe ByE
for now
 PS Debbie dolphins is having a little give away for a cute this cute stamp

Just click on link above for her blog and follow the instructions to entered in the draw for that cute stamp.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Unconventional Christmas Colours - This months paperlane challenge

Good Morning, This months challenge at the paperlane Is
So the colours that are out of bounds are Red, Green, and Blue!!!
So for this  Challenge I thought I would make a cute little tissue box. With this been the season we tend to get sniffles a snuffles. I think this will look great on your desk and would make good little gift to cheer someone up whos got a snotty nose.
So my unconventional Christmas colours were, blacks, grey, with a hint of purple
I really enjoyed making this. I used the pocket sized packs of tissues, Made the little box for tissues to go into, using my score board. Used spellbinders die to cut out tissue window
Added the back board to tissue box ready to decorate.
Don't you just love this cute snowman stamp by Simply gorjuss.
I coloured him with copic markers then added glitter/glass. Its more like crushed glass than glitter. The name of it escapes me, but the sell it at thepaperlane 
Anyway I added this crushed glass to the head of the snowman and to parts of his body. Also to the snow drifts. The snow drifts were created by making a paper mask,  I ripped up post - it note paper
To give the ragged edge put it on image and used black on cut and dry foam to sponge on the drifts.

For the background I used the resist technique. After stamping the snowman I masking him off, Then used the snowflake stamp with versa embossing ink, added embossing powder, heat set it.
Then used black ink with the cut and dry foam over the stamped snowflakes,
to created the snowing night sky.
I used the beautiful black / grey coloured papers behind image. Cut to size layered it on white card.
Added silver stickles to the swirls on the paper. Added the ribbons. The Martha Stewart branch punch was used to add a little extra decoration. The sentiment I have used is from Craft stamper magazine. which you can buy from paperlane. I used the black crystal stones for snowman's eyes and around the card to add extra sparkle. Used the Tim holtz vintage market die to create the lettering.
Think that's about it. If I missed anything out and want to know how I did it. or what I used, just drop me a comment.

I hope you like it and that I have inspired you to join us this month paperlane challenge
 No reds, greens or blues!!!
If you click on the link above you will be able to see what lovely creations my fellow DT member's have crafted to give you some inspiration.
Now show us what you can do.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.

bYe ByE
for now

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Nellie Snellen Flying Frog (gift book)

Sorry I've not posted for a little while. You know how it is sometimes you loose your crafting mo jo and am busy with other things.  Now the dark nights are here I've been busy during the day with the horse. Hes been taking up a lot of my day, and with limited daylight hours its difficult at times to get done what I need to get done.
I have had this little stamp a while and have not inked her up yet. Shes from the Nellie Snellen range.
I didn't do a card this time, I would call this a gift book.
They are easy to make.
The pages are made by concertinaed card. You make 4 and interlock them to form frame.
When stuck down in to the cover of your book.
The frame leaves a recessed area.
Which can be used as I have to leave your sentiment.
Or you could fill with a small gift like candy bars.

Just thought I would share a few cute pictures of my daughters dog.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.
bYe ByE
for now
PS. Not long left to get your entry in for this months Challenge at the paperlane
this months challenge is Snowflakes-and-Sparkle
If you dont manage to make this months challenge why not join us with the next one,
Show us what you can do and you can even win a fab little prize for your efforts.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Baby card.

Hello just a quick little post today, to show you a card I made for my next door neighbour. She had twins last week. So I just made her a little card to welcome her new arrivals.
As you can tell I don't do baby cards too good. Could not get this to flow how I wanted too. I feel  it looks like a lot of random elements threw together. Was taken a little out of my comfort style making this card and I don't think it looks to good.
As you can see the stamp is from Bazoo and it only has one baby Giraffe in stamp, so I stamped it once. Then I stamped it on a post it note. Cut out just above baby giraffe's head and used this as a mask, so when I inked up the stamp again (just inked 2nd baby giraffe) and I stamped it would give me 2 baby giraffes within the heart vine outline. With this card been for twins I wanted to show two
 babies giraffes.
The image was coloured with copic markers. then I pleated some pretty pink ribbon around the edge.
Thought the printed ribbon I found in my ribbon box would go nice with the baby theme.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.
bYe ByE
for now

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Snow flakes and Sparkles- Gingerbread house (molly bloom stamp)

Hi, Well this months challenge at the paperlane is Snowflakes and Sparkles. This Challenge was set by my fellow Design Team member Kerry. Why don't you go and cheek out some of her lovely cards she makes on her blog paw pads and inkpads. You can also find the other lovely ladies who are on the DT for the paperlane .They all do such lovely work and I'm sure they would love you to pay them a visit to their little crafting blogs.
Well this is my card  for this months challenge. I had this idea for this card sitting in my head since they released the Molly Bloom stamps for Christmas back in September time.
This is the front of the card. I used Lost and Found paper for the front of the card and embellished it a little, It didn't need much as, I wanted the inside of the card to be the main focal point.
The window is cut out from a template I found free on the Internet. I cut 2 of these out one slightly smaller and layered it on top. My template didn't have window sil so added that as an after thought. For the glass in the window I used and acetate sheet. Stamped it with a Great impressions snowflake image and  versa mark embossing ink and then sprinkled white embossing power, heated to set. I wanted to create the scene of you looking out of the window onto.
And here is the view from your card created window.
Just loved this stamp as soon as seen it. I just knew what I was going to do with it.
I stamped the image about 3 times. Then started planing which parts I was going to cut out to layer.
I started with the trees I cut all the parts there were to be covered in snow. Then the house its self was cut out. and its little window also.Then I cut out the sweet path and the lolly pops and jelly sweets.
For the snow on the trees and house roof, I used puff paint but it didn't puff up,maybe because it was ment to be used on fabric. But did  add texture this was then sprinkled with glamour dust. I also added stickles to create icicles along roof edges.
I thought I would add a little extra to the ginger bread house. So I cut around the door added a stick on pearl (changed pearl colour by adding colour with copic) to make door knob. So when you open the door you are greeted by a little gingerbread man all ready to come out and play with the other two whom are outside, having a little snowball fight. The little gingerbread men are a molly bloom stamp also. (Gingerbread garland Christmas 2010 range) I cut these out and coloured with copics.Added some pearl pen to create the little snowballs.
To give you a place to write your sentiment I added a tag that just slips behind the image.
I just used a postcard cut it to a tag shape. Distressed it with walnut stain. stamped with Christmas sentiment. Added some more glitter, a bell tied on with rustic twine.

I hope you like it and that I have inspired you to join us this month paperlane challenge. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.
bYe ByE
for now
p.s. Why dont you cheek out debbie dolphins blog she's got some cute candy to give away


Monday, 24 October 2011

Nellie Snellen - fairy on present (christmas card

Thought I had better get started as Christmas is not far away ... only 61 sleeps. So made a Christmas card to share with you. Ive had this little stamp about a month sitting on my desk. Its a Nellie Snellen stamp and shes just a little cutie.
I used lots of glitter in this card Yet picturing glitter and getting it to sparkle on my photos is difficult to show you effectively.
The fairy image was masked off. Then the  background was stamped with a
 Great Impressions wooden stamp.
I stamped it with chalk ink pixie pink. Then I added holographic embossing powder I have had for years, Heated it to set the embossing powder. Then I coloured fairy with copic markers.
Added lovely bronze gold coloured glitter to stars on image and glamour dust to fur trim of her jacket
layered my lace, ribbon and daisy trim that I think looks like snowflakes,added button clusters.

Don't know if you can see from pictures. I used some of this organza glittered snowflake fabric
over the top of my design papers. I have had it a year, seen it thought it looked lovely, bought it then thought what do I do with it. Then had a light bulb moment... I will layer it over the papers and it worked well with this card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.
Oh don't forget only a few days left to get your entry's in for the thepaperlane challenge
Glitz and Sparkle is this months challenge.
bYe ByE
for now

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Magnolia- Blowing bubbles

Hi, I have a new card I have just finished to share with you today.
I am getting in to my magnolia stamps now. Its funny as when first seen the magnolia stamps, I was none to keen on them. It was the fact their was little expression, as the mouth was an absent feature in these stamps. But now I like to work with them. What I like about the range, are the other stamps that you can use with them to create your own little scene. eg toad stools windows, paths, walls etc (note to self must invest in some of those stamps)
Anyway lets get on with the bit you have come to see. Showing you the card.
My good friend Caz, lent me one of her magnolia stamps so I could have a little play.
Decided I was going to use papers from my scraps box as its overflowing.
No toad stools this time, altho I was tempted to add some I can tell you.
But thought you must be sick of seeing I like the way the silver glitter on her dress turned out.I used my Quickie glue pen, and just drew where I wanted the glitter to stick. For the finer areas of glitter I just dotted the pen to get the fading effect when the glitter was added. For her wings, I stamped that part of the stamp on some pergamano parchment craft paper, cut them out leaving a tag so I could glue them down to give the 3d effect. also added glitter and some
 distress ink to give them a slight blush of colour.
 I also coloured and glittered the wings on the original stamped image to give more depth.
Added more bubbles instead of toadstools. Made card up and thought I had finished it.Was sat looking at it and thought  this corner was bare.
It was missing something. So stamped some more bubbles on scrap of water colour paper
cut them out, Glued in place and then added glossy assents, while it was still wet sprinkled some decoart glamour dust on to give bubbles some sparkle.

Right I best go now and tidy my craft room. Think I must have had every scrap of paper out from the scraps box to make this card trying to see what worked and what didn't. I coloured the image first then thought hmmmm what papers can I put with this now eek.
But that's how I usually work ... in
When I am making a card you cant see my desk for everything I get out.
 As for the floor its a good job I have a laminate floor, easier to clean. its looking very pretty at the moment with fall out of all the glitters I have been using.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards i make. All comments are truly appreciated.

bYe ByE
for now

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The paperlane challenge 04 - Glitz and Sparkle

Well the new challenge at the paperlane is here again. This months challenge is Glitz and Sparkle.  So grab your glitters,  stickles and stamps, and get stamping, cutting, glittering, and colouring, to show us what lovely cards etc you can create. We look forward, as we  always  do every month to see what you have in store for us. On this challenge you can now use Molly Blooms or Magnolia Stamps. Why don't you pop on over to the paperlane challenge blogspot to see what the girls on the DT have made for this challenge.

For my card I choose to use a Magnolia stamp. Thought I would try a different fold as I have not used this style before. I think it worked out well the card just all came together.  I didn't have a definite idea of how I wanted the finished card to look . You know sometimes you plan the card out in you head, and know how you want the card to look when you finish. Well this was not one of them cards. I knew what fold style I wanted to use and that was about all.

I am still in my toad stool phase. It felt funny colouring it blue tho and I nearly gave up and scrapped it in favour of a red and white toad stool. But am glad I persevered with the blue.
The lost and found paper is my absolute favorite. It already has lots of sparkle but I couldn't restrain myself from adding more to it in the form of stickles and pearl pen, also crystals.
Even the paper rosettes I made got the stickles,  glitter, and crystals  makeover  with some cute organza ribbon treatment for  a little extra special look .
this is the inside of the card.
I wanted the card to be able to fold flat. The paper rosette would have been to bulky.
But I wanted to tie in the front of the card with the inside. So I used some of the spot ribbon to make the rosette for the inside. I just used a running stitch along edge and gathered it to form the rosette then added organza ribbon and another  sparkley crystal  to the center.

I hope you like it and that I have inspired you to join us this month at

Thank you for stopping at my blog. Feel free to leave a  comment, As they are truly appreciated 
thank you.

bYe ByE
for now

Monday, 19 September 2011

Beautiful tilda - (magnolia butterfly dreams)

Hi, Hope you have had a lovely weekend. The sun is shining here at the moment.
But I am feeling the cold.
Today I would like to share my card I made a few weeks ago. From the title you will have guessed its a magnolia stamp From the butterfly dreams collection 2011
only have 2 magnolia stamps at present and this one you have already seen. It was used on the canvas bag I made. But I like to use my stamps over and over again on different projects. So you will see them again been used on new idea's and projects.
I just love the magnolia doohickey dies but they are a little expensive.
but a girls got to have what she like sometimes.
I like the delicate colours you can get by using your distress inks to colour your images.
Still like to use my copic markers, but with inks I seam to get more a of a look I'm happy with. Maybe I just need more practice with my copic colouring.
And here's the inside of the card, simple but compliments the front of the card.
Needed to make a box envelope to accommodate this card as the flowers made it to bulky to go in to regular envelope. I found a tutorial on how to make the envelope on this ladies blog site.
needed to adapt the measurement's to accommodate this card, as it was bigger than 6x6. Used the 12x12 Prima botanics paper for the envelope,
 as I had used paper from same collection 6x6 paper pad for card.
I just love papers that have writing on or scrolls and flourishes, post cards images.

Just a little reminder, the challenge is still open at the paperlane this months challenge is 
"Anything but a card"
So grab your molly bloom stamps and join us.
Entries need to be in by 28th September 2011 and this months lovely prize is a
 character stamp from the BRAND NEW Molly Blooms 'Winter Wonderland Collection'!
The have some lovely stamps in this new collection.

Thank you for popping by today.

bYe ByE

Friday, 9 September 2011

Lili of the valley - dandelion clock

Good afternoon, slow progress on the decorating bedroom situation, hubby keeps saying you cant rush it ...grrrr. sick of dust from sanding celling and walls, already gone through one pot of filler for all the dings & dents in wall. So to get away from it all I hid in my craft room. while he sanded filled & sanded some more.
I pulled out my Lili of the valley - dandelion clock stamp & prima papers
I am really pleased how this card turned out. Usually I think the cards I make are just ok & every one Else's are so much better. But this card I really like.
Got a little stuck at one point & it was close to going in the bin.
 Had gap above image that nothing I put in place worked.
 So left it over night & came back to it & added the banner at top & the butterfly.
Love the toadstools, A new stamp I got last week from
The inside of card, feel it missing a little some thing ...hmmm
may add some more to this yet. Maybe a feather under butterfly ? don't know

White card for base
Red paper from the prima botanics collection
Postcard paper from my stash sorry no make wrote on it, as is the green paper
around image.
Image: Water colour paper,
Distress inks to colour image:
 tattered rose-skin
scattered straw-hair
aged mahogany- top, flowers, shoes
milled lavender and tattered rose- skirt, wings
vintage photo- sole of shoes, distress edges
peeled paint - grass & dandelion
broken china-sky
Toad stools
vintage photo-underside of cap, stalk
aged mahogany- tops cap
also used perfect pearls as paint- perfect copper, forever red
pearl pen for white spots
All edges of papers were distressed with vintage photo distress ink
Sew machine - stitch edges of layers
Small bit of scrap lace used just peeping out from taer in paper
Feathers- black feather thanks to my pet chicken, white feather from shops,
black & white spot feather from the guinea fowl at the stable where I keep my horse.
seam binding-was cream dyed it with tattered rose distress ink
Selection of flowers-from wild orchid crafts
 Pearls sprays, & stick on pearls
Dies- ovals,  Magnolia DooHickey Tilda Lace Die,tim holtz baroque
Stamps- lili of the valley- dandelion clock toadstools by kars,
think the butterfly is kars stamp too.
with love stamp is an old one don't know make
Extras- small crystals on flowers are stones I use for nail art they are really tiny
glamour dust on skirt, wings, flower heads, butterflies

Well best get on and do something today
bYe ByE

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Little bit of Christmas candy from ideas to inspire blog

Hi, just a quickie for you ideas to inspire are having a little give away. Click on link to see whats up for grabs. They are giving away Christmas stamps for 2 lucky people. So why not pop over and have a peep. I love there stamps. The new range is been launched on 6th September.

bYe ByE
for now

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The paper lane challenge 03 - Anything but a card

Hi, sorry I have not posted in a little while, but  been busy.  Been trying to sort my bedroom out as we are finally getting round to decorating it. Only bought the wall paper and some of the paint,  2 years ago.  Probably take another 2 years now. The room is stripped,artex removed from celling.and walls  are getting sanded, Once they done it will be,  Ready for  my hubby to get started.
 Never mind . Any way on to the paperlane challenge for this month. It was my turn to decide what the challenge was to be. So I choose Anything but a card, because theres so many other things you can do with your stamps. Than just use them to make a cards.

I choose to make a lantern
(Please never leave candles burning unattended)
I used 2 of the molly stamps. I am in to toad stools at the moment, and molly looked right at home perched on top.
 and here is the back view , I added more toadstools and a Tim Holtz die cut tree with frosted  leaves

side view
And here's the charm, I made that hangs on the front.
To get the toadstools so small from stamped image for the charm, I used shrink plastic

Oatmeal shade of linen card
Acetate run through embossing folder to give texture.
Dies used Tim holtz, flourish, and tree
Charm, Old broken necklace, butterfly, shrink plastic for toad stools, frosted  leaves, fishing swivel clasp
Viva decor pearl pen ( for 3d pearls dots on toadstools)
Lovely organza wine red ribbon
Rubber stamps , Molly sitting, and toad stools
and a selection of copic markers

All ribbon, die cutters frosted leaves, butterfly charm, card and stamps, pearl pen, card, used are available at the paperlane shop (Northallerton)

Hope many of you who entered the last Molly challenge, will join us on this challenge
We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations of
Why don't you go and cheek it out and
show us what you can come up with.  You could win a stamp from
the BRAND NEW Molly Blooms 'Winter Wonderland Collection'
Its so new its not in shops yet but here's a sneaky peek of the collection, 
I have my eye on a few of these stamps and a few ideas for them, whizzing round my head.
The collection  will soon be available to buy at
Thank you for dropping by. Happy crafting and enjoy the rest of your day.
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