Monday, August 28, 2017

Gilded Ornaments Blog Candy - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 

Thank you for joining me for another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
 and this time I've some gorgeous Blog Candy to give away

Large White card blank
Various types and shades of aqua and white card, including pearlescent and glitter card
Stencilled background using inks and glitter paste
Silver card
Silver cord. Satin RibbonSmall Snowflake punchies and tiny silver gems

This beautiful Spellbinders die set
Gilded Ornaments Holiday 2017 Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

This fab Spellbinders stamp

 Most Wonderful Time Holiday Stamp

So, how would you like to own this lovely brand new
Gilded Ornaments Holiday 2017 Die set for free? 
I have one set to give away and the winner will be randomly drawn from those who keep to the following rules

1. You must leave a comment on at least one of the three posts I will be making this week using this die set.  If you comment on all three, you have 3 chances to win.
2. Closing date is midnight Monday 4th September 2017 (UK time)
3. I will only send this prize to UK addresses

Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, August 25, 2017


Morning All!

Sunny here today, I wonder if it will manage to stay that way......for a Bank Today is one of OH's Work-from-home days, and he's just brought me a coffee ☕- I was hoping a biscuit would arrive too, but I'm out of luck there, it would seem.  I've needed my coffee this week to keep me going.  You know those phases when you're awake half the night, or it seems so?  I'm having one of those.  I hope it goes away soon!
Anyway, that's my excuse for lack of productivity of any sort this week.
I finally got round to making my Daring Cardmkers' card yesterday but it was a close-run thing!
Fast Food and Coffee To Go!
We're heading to the Take Away or the Fast Food Outlet for this one.
 Burgers, fish and chips, pizza, noodles and stir fries, maybe Fajitas or a sneaky takeaway curry.  And don't forget those takeaway coffees, teas, colas etc
Click Here to see this week's ideas from our fab team 
My instincts said Coffee, Coffee....and lots of it! I have a lovely takeaway coffee cup digi (Funky Hand fans will know the ones I mean) but I felt that would be taking the easy way out.  Instead I decided to make a new cutting template and have the Silhouette Cameo work for its keep 
First I created the template for the various parts of the burger using Paint Shop Pro, then popped them all onto a Silhouette page using the 'merge' tool.  
I put all the outlined pieces on top of each other a bit like a jigsaw, then pulled a box around the whole lot to resize for my card.
Next I created the various coloured card I needed.  
I inked up white card for the bun, the tomatoes and the radicchio
Brown card with darker brow inking for the burger
Green with more shades of green ink for the lettuce
I think I get a better and more naturally random colour effect doing it this way
I used yellow card to cut the cheese  
Once all my pieces were cut out I added some deeper yellow ink to the edges of the cheese pieces, and a bit of extra inking to the other pieces where required
That done I could glue all the pieces together to complete the burger,
The paper cup was just hand cut from scraps
The background is a square of grey card and the paper is from a Studio Light Happy Birthday' is a die cut - I don't have a note of the manufacturer, but I think it's from CraftStashUK

I'm quite excited because I have some beautiful blog candy to give away - I'll tell you all about it in my next post, but first I have to finish something to show at the same time. 
Hope to see you then, but for now, thank you for popping by!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Few of My Favourite Things! Spellblogger for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
Thank you for joining me for another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
This time I've been playing with some of my most favourite things, a beautiful background, some lovely flowers, some ribbon and even some beads - oh my! what fun I had!

I've made this pretty card using dies from a few different sets, but the one I started off with was 'Isabella Frame' - a stunning Becca Feeken Designed set from the Venise Lace Collection

White card blank
Pink & White textured card 
White Foamiran for large flower, coloured with inks
Satin and Organza Ribbon
Pearl Spray, Silver cord
Glass Beads
2x smaller flowers from my stash 

Here are the dies I used this time, they are all from
 Isabella Frame 
 Venise Lace Collection by Becca Feeken 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 I trimmed down the small die to get the heart shaped motifs that are trimmed with silver cord
I used some of the flower sizes and the beautiful flourishes from
 Cinch and Go Flowers set one 
Amazing Paper Grace  Shapeabilities Etched Dies

'Celebrate'  Die D-Lites  Etched Dies
The word was cut once in white and four times in pink, then layered up, with the white layer very slightly odd-set

I had a lot of fun making this one, I love putting the different dies together to make something like this.  The isabella set is an absolute delight and the elements of the Cinch Flowers 1 set are going to get sooooo much use!  I love pretty flourishes almost as much as I love flowers!

 That's all for this time - but come back soon because on my next Spellblogger post I'll have some Beautiful blog candy to give away!
Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hello there
Another Friday eh?  They do come quickly, don't they? 
I'm looking forward to meeting up with some of my cousins this weekend.  It's been ages since I saw them.  
Today though it's Daring Cardmakers Day and I've used the challenge to make a card for one of my nephews, so at least he'll have a card, even if I can't think what to get for his birthday present!.
This week we have just one word for you

 It's a one word challenge - the idea is that you use the word however it inspires you, or whatever it makes you think of.
For example it could be sports action, or film, or an Action phrase like 'Action Stations', 'Take Action' or 'Lets see some Action!, or the card itself could have an action or moving element,
Or anything else inspired by the word - it's all up to you.
Check out the BLOG HERE to see what Actions the team took

I made a clapperboard from a square of chipboard, I cut the top section away then painted both pieces with Blackboard Paint.  
The paper for the stripes came from a MME paper pad
I added the white paper stripes and cut the letters using my Silhouette Cameo
My plan to write the numerals with a white chalk pen were abandoned when I tried it out on a scrap piece of black card and saw what a horrendous mess my hand lettering looked - I couldn't even manage to make two numerals look presentable for goodness sake!
For the background and embellishing pieces I used some digi papers and clipart.  The clipart pieces were resized and printed a few times each so that I could create some dimension with them
Once the background papers were in place I added the cjapperboard, using a large white brad to join the two pieces together, then added the clipart embellishments,
To finish I cut a few gold stars using one of my latest dies from Spellbinders
By the way, this is a really cute die set, one of the stars is about 5cms, the others are smaller, with the littlest one being about 1.5cms - they are all different shapes and patterns, which is great as I didn't have anything like this before

That's the lot for this time, thank you so much for coming by - please don't go without leaving a message 😀


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Little Notes

Hi there
It's lovely and sunny here in Hertfordshire today. I like it even if my hayfever doesn't.  Perhaps when they've cracked that old chestnut and found a cure for the Common Cold they could turn their attention to Hayfever!  I know in the great scheme of things it's not the worst of afflictions, but I think we could do without it.

Right, here's my little crafting project for this time.  I used the August Sketch File LO to decorate a small notebook.  This is a fun, quick project and I'm gradually building a little stock of these (well ok, I've only done 2 so far, but the intention is there!) with the aim of adding them as cute little extra Christmas presents, or just to give away for the heck of it.  These are thin enough to pop into an envelope with a card to give someone a Happy Mail surprise too.

Strip of card to cover front, back and spine of notebook, with a small margin at the edges.
Selection of other card scraps
 Prima flowers, medium brads, ricrac braid, gems
Tiny 'notes' is pc generated and printed onto white card
EK Success border punch
Scalloped Circle die cut
This sketch:
The Sketch File, August 2017
 And one of these 10p notebooks!
How easy can it get?

That's all for this time.
Thank you for visiting

Monday, August 14, 2017

Poinsettia Card and Gift Topper- Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
Thank you for joining me for another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
I've finally succumbed and made my very first Christmas card of 2017!  But don't worry, this won't herald a whole host of them, it's just that I received a beautiful Layered Poinsettia die set and couldn't resist trying it out. Really, I wanted to see whether this poinsettia would make lovely toppers to decorate some of my gifts this year, I think it works beautifully for this purpose and of course, having made one, I just had to use how the same
 layout worked on a card

I paired the Layered Poinsettia die set with a couple of dies 
from the Untamed Tags set 

Soft sheen gold card, smooth cream card
Red and green card for the flowers
Red glitter card
patterned paper for background on card
Various ribbons, Stamens and glitter dots

Shapeabilities Etched Dies

I love the way the Poinsettia works with the gorgeous label set, I always find making tags a bit of a chore, but a tag and gift decor all in one works a treat!!

The other thing I love about the Poinsettia set is that I can vary the dies I use to make different sized flowers - I'm already planning to make a few smaller flowers using just the two smaller rosettes and one of the larger ones in green will make the leaves.  Yes, I know they are bracts 😜

.  All in all, I'm quite pleased with my first foray into Christmas crafting - usually it takes a good few attempts being 'filed in the bin' before I find my Christmas mojo and make something I actually like!

 Anyway, that's all for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Little Splash of Colour


Happy Friday to you - though it would seem that most of it has just disappeared in a bit of a blur.  Why do some days fo that?
Anyway, at least the weather here has got better as the week has gone and we've had some lovely sunshine for the last couple of days.
We've been watching a lot of the World Championship Athletics and I did feel sorry for poor souls out there trying to compete and give their best in all that torrential rain the other evening.  The British weather always keeps us guessing, doesn't it?
Anyway, this is supposed to be a quick post because I'm so late getting it done, so I'll stop waffling and get on to this week's challenge from The Daring Cardmakers.
Hello, it's Enfys here to set this week's dare.
This week's dare is using colour in a way that isn't found in nature, so I am calling it
So think of purple trees, pink elephants, yellow pigs and multi coloured forests........ we look forward to seeing where your imagination takes you!
Well it just had to be another outing for the  Spellbinders 'Ele-fant' dies, didn't it?
I resized some digi papers from Funky Hand so that the patterns were very small then printed them onto white textured Bazzill card
The elephants were then die cut and put together in different ways, using lots of scrap cardboard between the layers to give dimension
The sentiment was created in Paint Shop Pro and printed directly onto the cardstock, then the elephants arranged and adhered above the text
The water 'spouts' and the splatters were die cut from coloured card and I added a layer of Glossy Accents to some of them

The paint splatters are cut using a die from Joanna Sheen.  It has paint tubes, brushes and other artist's paraphernalia on it too, but I can't find it on the website now.

Just a simple card really, but I had fun putting those cute elephants together!  It's such a fun little die set. 
That's all for today, thank you so much for coming by.  I hope you'll leave a comment - and then pop over to tThe Daring Cardmakers blog to see the wonderful and fun array of cards we have to share with you this week.

Have a great weekend

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Simple Scraps


I'm pretty sure we're in the month of August, and living in the Northern Hemisphere, so it should be Summer - so what has happened to the weather?  Only a few weeks ago it was baking hot and we were all melting..... I said then we shouldn't moan!
Today's crafty project is a really simple card using the new 'Bouquet' LO from The Sketch File,  I raided my box of spare and scrap digi papers to make this

Selection of Digital download papers from my box of scraps and unused pieces
Punched flowers
Die'Namics Doily die
Hand cut strips
Card Candy for flower centres
Smaller circles are die cut from more Card Candy using various dies (holly berries etc)
August Sketch from The Sketch File
The Sketch File - August 2017
I don't know about you, but I always feel quite virtuous when I manage to use a few little scraps - never mind the whole deskful of other untouched stuff.   I can always manage to overlook all of that.
Anyway, that's it for now
Thank you for visiting

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Octagonal Box - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

Hello there! 
Thank you for joining me for another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
This time I've made an eight-sided box so that I could decorate it with using the beautiful Labels 46 - Decorative Element Nestabilities Die set

You don't need much to make a beautiful box - this dies set does the hard work.
I made it difficult for myself deciding to make an octangular box, but a square one would have worked just as well

Apart from the dies all I used was
Bazzill card in white, and an aubergine shade
Ribbon for the closure
Small lilac pearls
Here's the die set I used this time:
Labels 46 - Decorative Element Nestabilities Die set (Spellbinders)

For the flower 'button' I used the smaller two sizes from Cinch and Go Flowers Two 

I really love this die set, it's so intricate and pretty!  The packet included some advice on using an extra shim because of the intricacy of the dies, but everything cut perfectly without any extra help

 That's all for this time - thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting