Friday, 30 January 2009

Friday Sketchers #37

I was asked to make a card today using the same image and papers as a card I made last weekend. So I decided to follow this week's sketch (#37) over at Friday Sketchers and enter it for their challenge. I love all the sitting Tildas, and find this one in particular so easy to colour.

I used K & Co Classic K McKenna paper, some co-ordinating Core'dinations cardstack (from the Nostaliga pack), my new Cuttlebug embossing folder which arrived from Cuddly Buddly yesterday, my trusty Woodware daisy punch and Dovecraft scallop scissors, plus loads of foam pads for 3D-ness! The flat-backed pearls are from a pack of 200 4mm assorted ones that I bought from Ebay for 99p! There are brill quality and the pack has a mix of 10 lovely colours. If you're interested in buying them, the Ebay shop I got them from is called Bobityboo Gemcrafts (next day delivery, too!).

On a different note...does anyone knows where to buy Stamping Bella stamps (particularly the HuggaBugga ones) mail order in the UK? I've fallen in love with quite a few of them, and although I have no problem ordering from the US and paying the appropriate customs charges, I do have a problem paying Royal Mail £8.00 to 'handle' said charges!

YIPPEE! The newest Magnolia Love collection has arrived at SirStampalot, and they are "currently unpacking them"! They're supposed to be uploading images today, but at the moment they're not there. However, craftsulove do seem to have them posted online already. The problem for me is which ones to choose .... they're all fab!

Have a great Friday, whatever you're doing!

Hugs, Sem x

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Sorry You're Leaving Card

I know, I know, I should be packing (10th Feb is moving day!), but my darling daughter came home from school yesterday with some sad news ... her class's teaching assistant is leaving tomorrow. So how could I resist making her a card? ... well, I couldn't! LOL!

So I've spent the morning making my way through a rather large bag of Maltesers (well, they are the lighter way to enjoy chocolate!!) whilst putting this card together. Apols for the rubbish lighting, but it's a very grey day here in the South West of England.

Inspired by many of my fab blogging buddies, I had a go at decorating the inside of the card. I know the verse is a bit naff, but it's all I could come up with! I also had a go at making a 'handmade by' computer-generated 3cm circle for the very back of the card. I mounted it onto pink card cut with one of my scalloped nesties. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out ... but I couldn't take a good photo of it, so no piccie I'm afraid!

Thanks as always for looking and reading! Your lovely comments are always welcome and appreciated! ... now where is that packing tape ...

Hugs, Sem x

I used: K & Co 6x6 Amy Butler Belle papers, Pale pink satin ribbon, Dark pink card stock from Core'dinations So Mod pack, Pale green flat-backed pearls (bought from Ebay), QuicKutz Revolution Die (REV-0024) for the swirls, Prima flowers, Basic grey button, Computer-generated sentiment, Mangolia Tilda with pencils image coloured with Whispers, Versamagic chalk ink in Wheat to colour the sentiment and around Tilda...then for the inside I used my scallop scissors, Versamagic chalk inks in Pink Petunia and Wheat, a piece of cream paper from stash (think it was Dovecraft), Woodware daisy stamp.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #36

This is my entry for this week's challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar which is Love is in the Air. I wanted to use this Sugar Nellie image that I'd already coloured a week ago, plus some of the Papermania Creative Tones paper in Raspberry Champagne, which I bought on special for onl 99p!

Unfortunately, I think my mojo has gone on a little holiday this week. I'm not very happy with this card at all ... perhaps I should stop setting myself my own little challenges!! I did think about using my new Basic Grey Bittersweet paper (which probably would have worked much better), but I just couldn't make myself use it!!! (A few more weeks of stroking...please!).

Anyway, thanks as ever for popping by. We're moving house 2 weeks today, so I think I may wait until at least the weekend to do anymore crafting and get stuck into the sorting and packing.... maybe my mojo may have returned from its holiday, rejuvenated and ready to go!!!

Hugs, Sem x

Monday, 26 January 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #35 and Penny Black Saturday Challenge 33

I thought I'd whip up a quick-make card today whilst combining a couple of challenges. This week's challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar is 'Oh Baby', where we are challenged to create a card for a New Baby, Mum-to-be, New Mum or Pre-schooler. And over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge, week 33's challenge is to feature a frame somewhere on your entry.
I don't own any suitable stamps, but was kindly sent this Penny Black image from a DoCraft buddy, which I thought would be perfect for a pre-schooler. I used my nesties to create a frame (first time!) from the dark orange card, but you can't really see this on the pic (it just looks like the image is matted onto the card - I promise you it's not!).
I also set myself a little challenge of just to use yellow and orange. Now this was quite a feat, as I don't have any papers in those colours apart from the dotty and checked sheets from my new K & Co Hopscotch Boy paper pad. Also, I found it a massive struggle to match some card ... I only have the So Mod and the Nostalgia packs of card from Core'dinations. Can you believe there was no orange in either!?! The orangey coloured card is in fact a pinky brown, but I think it's okay! I've now ordered a load of yellow and orange Doodlebug papers from The GlitterPot, as I love challenging myself with colours. (Pink, brown and green is my fav colour-combo!).
Thanks for reading, peeps! Have a great evening, whatever you are doing...
Sem x

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Sketch Saturday #35

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Just finished this card for this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge Sketch #35. I'm really pleased with this one, as I also set myself a challenge not to use any embellishments (flowers, brads, gems, etc) apart from what I could make with the paper and card I used. The lighting really doesn't do it justice, as you can't see all the 3D-ness (is that a word!? LOL). I will take another piccie tomorrow morning and update.

Thanks for reading, peeps!

Sem x

*UPDATE* I have now uploaded a "daylight" piccie!

Sketch & Stash Challenge #2

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Good morning, everyone! I've just put the final touches to the card I started a few days ago for the Sketch & Stash Challenge #2. This is a fab new challenge blog, which has a new sketch to follow every fortnight ... PLUS ... you're challenged to use your new stash!

Everything on this card is brand new with the exception of the pink gems, bright pink cardstock and craft foam pads. I finally received my long overdue parcel from Artymiss this week which contained a set of 6 K & Co 6x6" pads of paper for £9.99 ... yes, that's £1.67 per pad! ... and my Quickutz Flourish Dies which were 50% off. Yippee! So I used them on this card!

Thanks, as ever, for visiting. Your comments, however long or short, are always loved and appreciated.
Ta, ta for now ... unfortunately housework and packing beckon (only 16 days til we move....ahhhh!).
Sem x


  • Standard white 6x6" square card (from Craft Superstore)
  • Green dotty backing paper from a DoCraft buddy
  • Stripey and Pink floral paper from K & Co Designer Paper Amy Butler Belle 6x6 single-sided paper pad
  • Sugar Nellie stamp "Sweet & Sassy" coloured with Whisper Pens
  • 4 pink 3mm self-adhesive gems
  • Dark Pink textured card from Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock 6x6 pack So Mod
  • QuicKutz Flourish Die (REV-0024)
  • Craft foam pads
  • Bright Flowers from Prima Got Prints? Mix 2
  • Pale Flowers from Prima Sweet n Sassy Cinderella
  • Papermania Large Brads (from Blues, Greens and Pink/Reds packs)

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Stamp Something Challenge: My first commissioned card

Click to enlarge image ... Okay, so it was only my mum who asked me to make a card for her friend's birthday (LOL), but technically this was my very first "made to order" creation! I really wanted to go for a different colour as all my fave cards seem to be a combo of pink/brown, and I'm really pleased with the result. I'm going to enter it into this week's Stamp Something challenge, which is to make something with the theme of birthdays.

Catch ya later!

Sem x

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- Square 5" white card blank
- Laura Ashley 6x6" Paper Pack (Traditional)
- Green organza ribbon (from stash)
- Prima flower (Large dark green), Hero Arts flowers (brown & cream)
- Ranger Liquid Pearls (White Opal)
- Nestabilities (Small standards circles, small scalloped circles)
- Versamagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink (Wheat) to edge the white circles
- Tilda Image coloured using Whisper Pens
- Handwritten Sentiment
- Craft foam pads (to mount the large circle and Tilda image)

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Magnolia vs Stampavie: Week 10 - Bows!

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Over at Magnolia vs Stampavie this week it's SHOW US YOUR BOWS! (oo-er, missus!). I only have a few spools of ribbon, so kind of had to find some papers to tie in to allow me to use it! I've used my Basic Grey Euphoria range papers - Elation (blue background) and Elysian - given to me as a present from my DoCrafts buddy, Scout!

I used a self-made 148mm square white card (I have now ordered a pack of 50 'proper' cards from Craft Superstore, so I won't have to homemake them anymore out of A4 card!). I distressed the edges of the paper with my scissors and then inked them using Versamagic chalk ink in Pink Petunia (I only have a few of these dew drop chalk inks, but it seems that by pure luck I chose the right colours and don't have to buy far!). The pink textured card Tilda is matted onto is mounted onto the card used foam pads, but the light doesn't show this well. The white flowers with gems in the centres are Flora Doodles, I punched out the lime green flowers with my x-cut mini punch and stuck gems in the centre to tie in, and also punched out the 2 tiny pink butterflies to add a bit of variety and contrast. The sentiment was printed from the PC and I used 'Boopee' font.

Finally, I decided it needed a flourish, and so as I am STILL waiting from my flourish dies to be dispatched from Artymiss, I drew one and cut it out myself! I've mounted in on foam pads, but again you can't really see this in the photo.

Well, thanks for your time everyone. I think I may have a few days off the card making, as I do feel I need to let my mojo rest and be inspired!

Catch ya soon!

Sem x

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Sketch Saturday #34

I love the sketches over on Sketch Saturday, and so was eagerly awaiting today's offering - I was not disappointed! However, I am a bit disappointed in how this card turned out in the end. I'm really pleased with everything apart from Tilda - in particular the colouring of her clothes. Oh well, you can't win them all I suppose! It just meant that I had to have a good rummage through my flower and brad stash to tie in the "purpley" colour of her outfit!

The patterned paper is from the Papermania Simply Elegant pack. I inked the edges of the background dotty paper and the scalloped paper with Versamagic chalk ink in Jumbo Java. I used my Cuttlebug (first time!) to emboss some pink textured card using the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and to cut out the circles with my new nestabilities (again, first use!). I inked around the edge of the strip of flowered paper (yes, this is a patterned paper from the same set - perfect for this sketch!) with my Pink Petunia Versamagic and stuck on 5 small self-adhesive pink gems. The purpley flower is Prima, the cream and brown flowers are Hero Arts, and the dotty flower is Flora Doodles. The brads are from Papermania's 'large pink and red' pack.

The weather has turned from being lovely and sunny (albeit cold...brr!) to grey and overcast (urgh!). Hubby and daughter should be on their way back from the beach by now, so I think we'll all snuggle up on the couch and watch a DVD this afternoon!

Have a great Saturday, whatever you're doing. And as always...thanks for looking and reading.

Sem x

Friday, 16 January 2009

Thanks Debbie!

The wonderful Debbie has given me not one but three awards! How lucky am I? Why don't you pop over to her blog A Crafter's Dream and say hello - she's a newbie just like me!

To 'officially' receive my awards I have to list my 5 favourite things and also pass the awards onto 5 deserving bloggers. So, here goes ...

My favourite things:

1. My darling daughter and husband (aw, I hear you sigh!)
2. Making new (and spending time with) friends
3. Playing the piano (since I was 5 years old!)
4. Card making (my new found passion, LOL!)
5. Browsing the numerous online craft shops (and spending far too much money on new stash!)

I would like to pass these awards onto the following
Deserving bloggers (in no particular order):

1. Sarah ... Sparkle Cards (the very first blog I followed! The fabulous card she made for her mum's birthday was the catalyst for me starting card making - thanks Sarah!)
2. Judy ... Judy's Crafty Moments (beautiful, beautiful, inspirational creations)
3. Debbie ... Passion for Crafts (absolutely AMAZING crafter - one of my crafting idols!)
4. Caz ... A Load of Old Blogocks! (I'm always popping over ... her Anya cards are stunning)
5. Heather ... Rica's Haven (a fellow Piscean who is definitely on the same wavelength as me!)

Thanks girls for being such inspirations ...
Sem x

Friday Sketchers #35 and The Sugar Bowl #2

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This week on Friday Sketchers there is a lovely sketch to follow by Murielle de France and I've also managed to combine it with this week's challenge over at The Sugar Bowl which is to use 3 different design papers and 3 different types of embellishments on your card. I don't have any Sugar Nellie stamps myself (... yet ... have ordered 3 for my birthday!), but luckily I was able to use a SN stamped image that one of my buddies over at DoCrafts so kindly sent me!

I used a 148x148mm square white card, which I actually made myself out of a piece of A4 card (I only have 5" cards and they just weren't big enough!). So the scoring thingy on my Provocraft Trimmer got its first 'outing' and it worked a treat!

My 3 different design papers are: Extravagance, Aristocrat and French Lace (all from the Basic Grey 'Eva' range).

My 3 different embellishments are: the 3 pink pearl-gems, Prima flowers, and the green button.

I drew and cut out the dark purple swirls (coming out of the flower) myself, as my new set of 'flourish' dies from Artymiss has yet to arrive! Also, I used my bog standard scissors to distress the edges of the patterned papers and then chalked them with Versamagic dew drop chalk ink in Perfect Plumeria. I also used the same chalk ink to ink around the edges of the large pink and lime green Prima flowers. The image is coloured using my Whisper Pens and blended with my Whisper Blender Pen. I don't know where the button or the pearly gems originally came from - they were sent to me by a buddy! And if you look really, really hard you can spot my handwritten sentiment "wishes"... said you'd have to look hard!! LOL!

If you've got this far, thanks for looking and reading!

Have a great day (and weekend) everyone - we start sorting, clearing and packing tomorrow ... Ahhhh!

Sem x

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #34

I wanted to make a thank you card today for a DoCraft buddy. who so kindly sent me a surprise parcel of goodies this week (including a Tilda stamp - can you believe it!?!). I really love Sketch #1 from the Magnolia Vs Stampavie Challenge blog (posted a while ago now in November 08), so I decided to use it for this one. Also, this week's challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar is Paper Piecing - something that is brand new to me - so I wanted to have a go at that technique too. I paper pieced Tilda's dungarees using a Basic Grey Euphoria paper called Luster. Also, silly me had to hand dry-emboss (using my light box) the pink paper after I stuck it to the card, as I forgot to do it beforehand - duh!

The 'real' colours are not showing very well, as I've just photographed it, and 5pm on a wet and dark January afternoon is not a great time to take piccies! (If it's 'bright' tomorrow, I'll take another and replace).

Anyway, thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Sem x

- Standard 5" white square card
- Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack (24 Assorted Colours): Pink & Blue
- Dovecraft Retrol Floral paper
- Basic Grey Euphoria Paper: Luster (to paper piece Tilda's dungarees)
- Papermania Brads: Large Round Pink
- Prima Daisy Crazy Tube Flowers - Hailey
- Magnolia Stamp: Picnic Tilda
- Ribbon from Hobbycraft
- Whisper Pens
- Versamagic Dew Drop ink pad: Pink petunia
- Sentiment: Printed from the computer
- Craft Foam Pads

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Friday Sketchers #34

Click to enlarge imageThought I'd try to complete one more sketch challenge this week, as I have a busy time ahead (we're moving house next month). I decided to have a go for the first time at a Friday Sketchers sketch. This card took me absolutely ages to complete, although I'm fairly happy with the final result. Before I started this card, I knew I wanted to use my Dovecraft Hint of Pink papers, and also this particular Tilda image (as I had a go at cutting it out with my new craft knife yesterday!). Anyway, to cut a long story short, I was up until 1.30am last night finishing it. Originally. Tilda was matted on a pink piece of embossed card, but it just looked wrong, and I think she looks much better sat as she is on the background.

Anyway, thanks so much for looking ... your comments are ALWAYS loved and appreciated!

Sem x


  • Standard A6 white card
  • Dovecraft designer papers: Kate Knight - Hint of Pink
  • Brads: Papermania large round red & pink (PMA7743)
  • White flowers: Hero Art Flowers Neutral (CH152)
  • Pink flowers: Prima (glitter flower glittered with Glitz-it glitter glue in Fuschia
  • Magnolia Stamp: Tilda with Flower Jeans
  • Whisper Pens
  • Pink textured card from Core'dinations 6x6 Stack So Mod
  • Sentiment - hand written in black ink
  • Pink Organza ribbon from stash
  • Foam craft pads

Monday, 12 January 2009

My First Award!

My first award!!! I feel so excited and honoured to have received my very first blog award today from one of my new friends, Joey (check out her blog here). Thank you so much Joey, this has really made my day!

Now I have to figure out 5 people to send it to ...

Sem x

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Sketch Saturday #33

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Yawn...I've just finished my card for this week's Sketch Saturday. The photo is not the best, as it's now pretty late in the evening! I'll take another tomorrow (in the daylight) and replace it if needs be [*UPDATE - I have updated the photo - much better with a bit of daylight!)

I'm pretty pleased with this card. This is the first time I've distressed the edges - I used my bog-standard scissors and then inked with Versamagic chalk for that 'vintage' look. The various rectangles of paper are either matted or mounted with foam pads (although the photo doesn't really show this very well). I also think I'm getting slightly better at using my Whisper pens, although I think I won't bother mixing them with water anymore as the ink can bleed into other areas - the blender pen is much easier and more precise to use.

Anyway, I'm off to bed as I'm so tired I keep making typos ... *yawn*

So, night night peeps, and thanks for visiting!

Sem x


  • Standard 5" white square card

  • Basic Grey papers: Sugared (Beauty SUG-1130, Darling SUG-1139, Delicious SUG-1138)

  • Papermania Brads: Large Round Red & Pink (PMA7743)

  • Hero Art: Art Flowers Neutral (CH152)

  • Magnolia Stamp: Tilda Picking Flowers (x1307E)

  • Whisper Pens

  • Versamagic Dew Drop ink pad: Spanish olive

  • Pink textured card from Core'dinations 6x6 Stack Nostalgia

  • Sentiment - hand written in brown ink

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Card #07

So, after my lovely surprise this morning, I've had a bit of a disastrous day! It's my nephew's birthday today, and he loves Captain Underpants. So as part of his birthday present, I decided to make him his own CU t-shirt. I took ages sourcing an image and sorting it out on Image Composer. Anyway, to cut a long story short, everything was going well until the very last stage when I 'fixed' the image - the damned white copier paper stuck to a 1/4 of the t-shirt! Didn't have another t-shirt, didn't have anymore HP Iron-On Transfer paper! So even though you're not supposed to wash the image for 24hrs, I had to soak it in water and 'rub' the sodden paper off the t-shirt! It's currently drying on the radiator, so goodness only knows what it'll come out like!

Anway, with all that faffing about, I had to rush to make him his birthday card. I don't have anything in the way of 'male' stash (must get some), so I had to use the Dovecraft Pets Collection dog papers (the cat ones have pink in them!).

I was really pleased with how the scalloped rectangle turned out, as I used my very cheap Dovecraft scallop scissors (who needs nestabilities, LOL!). I then embossed the brown card with my brand new Cuttlebug (using Swiss Dots) and suddently had an idea... I used my brand new Aegean Blue Versamagic Dew Drop ink pad and lightly brushed it across the surface, which 'coloured' the raised dots and matched my really cheap brown/blue spotty ribbon (I got this on special from Hobbycraft - 3 for £2). Then I decided to be really brave and have a go at 'distressing' the edges using the same chalk pad. For my first attempt, I'm really pleased!

Thanks, as always, for staying, looking and reading!
Sem x

Ingredients: A6 Blue Pearlised Card; Dovecraft Designer Papers Pets Collection, Dovecraft Designer Craft Papers Colours Value Pack (Dark Green); Core'dinations Stack of textured card 'Nostalgia' (Dark Brown); Aegean Blue Versamagic Dew Drop ink pad; Dovecraft Designer Pets Collection Brad, Brown/Blue spotted ribbon from Hobbycraft; Gold Glitz It Glitter Glue; x3 Blue 3mm self-adhesive gemstones; Acrylic block; Versamark pad; Gold Embossing Powder & Heat Tool; Craft Foam Pads.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

My New Stash

Well, look what arrived today ... I know, I know, I've had a bit of a spending spree, and I can't really justify it so soon after Christmas, but WOO-HOO! I'm so excited! I bought:
  • Cuttlebug (from
  • 8 Versamagic Dew Drop ink pads: aegean blue, hint of pesto, jumbo java, ocean depth, perfect plumeria, pink petunia, spanish olive, and wheat (from
  • 2 packs of Dovecraft Ribbons (from
  • Dovecraft Craft Scissors - Scallop (from
  • 2 Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Swirl and Swiss Dots (from
  • 3 tubes of Prima Flowers - Daisy Crazy Hailey, Essentials 4 Dude, Artful Soft Vintage (from
  • Provo Craft Zision Paper Trimmer (from
  • 2 Core'dinations 6x6 Stacks - So Mod! and Nostalgia (from
I'm now off to play ... have a great day!
Sem x

Monday, 5 January 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge #1

This is my very first challenge entry! It's for The Sketch and Stash Challenge #1, for which you have to follow the challenge sketch and "use your new or never used (or hardly used!) stash on your creation!".

As I have only been making cards for a month, all my stash is new and hardly used. So I decided to use some Papermania paper I bought on special from Artymiss a few weeks before Christmas. I hadn't even opened the packet until today!

Ingredients: Standard square white card, Papermania Vellums (plain purples), Papermania Creative Tones 6"x6" paper (Amethyst Infusion), Papermania small purple brads, Glitz-it sparkles glitter glue in pink and purple, Flowers and Tilda image given to me by a DoCraft buddy. [All new and unused before today, with the exception of the glitter glue]. I used my Whispers pens to colour Tilda and handwrote the sentiment (as I don't have any sentiment stamps!). I have added glitter glue to the brads, the centre gem of the flowers, the tops of Tilda's wings and the centres of the flowers of the middle strip of paper.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Card #05 - First Tilda!

And for my final upload of today ... my very first Magnolia Tilda card which I made yesterday (03/01/09). My new DoCrafts buddy, Dippy Dog, was so very kind to send me a wallet full of inspirational goodies (stamped images, flowers, paper, etc.), and guess what, they inspired me to do this card! Dippy Dog's orange, blue, pink and white flowers, plus the blue ribbon, caught my eye and fitted perfectly with one of the papers from my Dovecraft Retro Florals pack.

This was also my very first time at colouring a stamped image, which was a bit trickier than colouring embossed images! Again, I'm not entirely happy with the colouring (I used my Whispers - the only pens I have!), but I'm sure I'll improve with practice and time! The sketch was my interpretation of Sketch #30 from Saturday Sketch (minus the sentiment).

Card #04

This is a card I made for my niece's birthday. I will write some more about this soon, but right now I'm just uploading pics as unfortunately the washing up beckons - well, not beckons as such, but it won't do itself!

Card #03

So this is my third offering... a 'Papermania' card! I only own 4 packs of paper (...I am new to all this, after all!), and this gorgeous 'Simply Elegant' 6x6 pad by Papermania is one of them (I read today that this design is now discontinued - a great shame as the papers are lush!). I used one design for the backing paper and then cut a strip from a different design to mount behind the image.

The silver heat-embossed image is a wood-mounted stamp from Papermania, which I coloured using my Whisper pens. I tried to use them as watercolours (scribbling on an acrylic block, then adding a drop of water and mixing with a paintbrush), but I'm not really happy with the way the petals of the flower turned out. I see so many beautifully coloured cards that have been coloured using Whispers. I'm not losing heart just yet!

Again the image is mounted using foam pads, but my crappy photography lets it down! (I know it's not my camera... I tend to always photograph late in the evening in artificial light - not good!). Also, the card doesn't have a brown border - it was photographed sat on a dark, brown leather chair!

Card #02

This is the second ever card I made... for no particular reason, just because I wanted to have a go at using the new Dovecraft Pets Collection goodies I bought from ArtyMiss for 50% off! I purposely left the bottom LH-side blank for a sentiment. I was going to give this to my niece for her birthday, but ended up making another card and deciding she would like that more! There is glitter glue on the petals of the large fabric flower and the image and embellishments are all mounted using craft foam pads ... but unfortunately my photography skills don't really show this up!

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Card #01 - My very first card

This is the very first card I made (at the beginning of December 2008 - yes, only one month ago!) - a birthday card for my beloved mum.

I used...

Dovecraft Designer Papers Kate Knight Hint of Pink 8x8 paper pack and adhesive ribbon, a couple of pink 3mm self-adhesive gems to pick out the centre of the flowers in the backing paper, and pink and grey paper for matting. I versamarked one of the images from the Woodware Clear Stamps set called 'Dotty Flowers' (which matched the backing paper beautifully), silver heat-embossed it, and then coloured it using Whisper Stroke Brush Markers with water and a brush.

Thursday, 1 January 2009


Click to enlarge imageDIAPER FOLD POUCH

Create a cute pouch using one piece of square heavy-weight paper.

Click here to read in detail how I made my pink/green/brown Diaper Fold Pouch.

Find the original tutorial here at SCS.

Click to enlarge imageWINDOW BOX

Create a small window box to fill with your favourite candy, embellishments or a small gift.

Click here to read in detail how I made this Window Box.

Click to enlarge imageHANGING TREAT BOX

Create one of these quick and easy treat boxes to slip over a bottle neck or to use as a door hanger.

Click here to read in detail how I made this blue/grey Hanging Treat Box, complete with matching card.

Find the original tutorial here at SCS.

Click to enlarge image ORIGAMI BOX

Click here to read in detail how I made my gift box, complete with matching card and gift wallet.

Find the original tutorial here at SCS.

Click to enlarge imageGIFT WALLET

Click here to read more about how I made this gift wallet, complete with matching card and gift box.

Click here to download my tutorial for this gift wallet (PDF).


Create this great Diagonal Double Pocket as a card or a pouch using one piece of 12x12 double-sided paper.

Click here to read more about how I made this Diagonal Double Pocket.
Find the original tutorial here at SCS.




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