Saturday, 22 April 2017

CCT Technique Challenge Reminder

I couldn't resist making another shaker card for our technique challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. The DT cards and cards already entered are so inspirational - I hope you will join us there! April x

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Hello! I hope you had a lovely Easter. Here is a card I made for my friend's daughter. It was her sixth birthday! I came across these cute unicorns here made by a German demonstrator called Dani. They are made from a combination of pieces punched with the Owl Builder (very sadly retiring) and the Fox Builder punches. Super-cute I think! Here is a little herd of them galloping across the grass:

We had some very nice weather just before Easter. Here is a photo from a lovely walk around the marine lake at West Kirby.

We also did some pottery painting. Here is my finished pineapple!
The unicorns are very snippet-friendly of course, so they are off to visit Di and Parsnip over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I think Parsnip should be able to catch the pink unicorn for a quick trot around!!
Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

CCT Technique Challenge

Hello! We have a technique challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown -

It's time to dig out those sequins and sparkles and if you're anything like me, stand there puzzling for a while about just which bit gets stuck where! They do look impressive when they are completed though and I am sure we will see some amazing examples of this (fiddly) technique :-)
I have used SU's Santa's Sleigh for the reindeer and the tree background. All kinds of sequins and glittery bits were also dredged up from the corners of the craft heap! Lots of fun to make (and shake!)
Have a lovely Easter! April x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tie Dyed

Hello! This card was inspired by the sketch for this week's challenge at Global Design Project.

 Such a great sketch! I used two of the stamps from Tie Dyed to create the background for the label. The row of hearts comes from Birthday Blooms and the sentiment is from the Watercolour Wishes kit. I used dsp from the Serene Scenery stack and some Bermuda Bay sequins to finish it off.
I hope you like it!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

CCT Theme Challenge

Hello! It's a theme challenge this week at Christmas Card Throwdown. We would like to see your musical Christmas cards!

The musical part of my card is "Silent Night" from a piece of SU dsp. The village scene is a Penny Black stamp from a set called Gleeful and colouring it in with Copics was a lot of fun!
We are looking forward to seeing your musical notation cards! Happy crafting - April x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Fabulous Flora

Hello! Thank you for dropping by. I did a bit of water-colouring with the Fabulous Flora hostess set yesterday. I used an Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party inks.

The overall design was inspired by a lovely card by Louise Sharp for this week's challenge over at the Global Design Project.

I have kept the floral theme and also the spotty background paper and tag element. It was lots of fun to make!
My card was also super snippety, using up some bits of dsp and a left-over strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock that was squished through the hexagonal embossing folder. I am presenting the flower to Parsnip and Di over at Pixie's Snippets Playground of course! It's certainly nice to return to making more flowery cards as the spring weather gets a bit better. Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

So Succulent

Hello! It's raining and miserable here so perfect for making a cheery birthday card! I have used SU's So Succulent bundle which is a lot of fun to use.

I've used Flirty Flamingo cardstock and dsp combined with Mint Macaron, Perfect Plum and Emerald Envy. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder and I have also added some linen thread and silver sequins. The sketch for the card is from this week's challenge over at the Global Design Project - a pretty cool sketch that would lend itself to lots of cards I think!

I'd also like to send my card along to Cards in Envy where the challenge is to 'Keep it Simple'.
Happy crafting! April x

CCT Colour Challenge

Hello! We have a colour challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown for you this week.

Now I may be hosting this challenge but I didn't actually choose the colours, so it made me go hmmm! The closest I had colour-wise was SU's Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Tim Holtz's Twisted Citron. I'm really pleased with how it turned out! I have of course used that old favourite - Lovely as a Tree for the image.
Looking forward to seeing your cards! April x

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Guest Designer at Pixie's Snippets Playground

Hello! I am delighted to be Guest Designer over at Pixie's Snippets Playground with the lovely Di and Parsnip! It is one of my favourite bloggy places - very friendly and encouraging. It is also great for snippet-busting, although like the Magic Porridge Pot my snippet pile seems to be ever expanding!

As snippet-busting is the name of the game, I have chosen the Sunburst or Starburst technique as a fun way of using small pieces of left-over patterned paper. I'm lucky enough to be on the DT of Christmas Card Throwdown and we featured this very technique a short while ago. I love it, as it reminds me of that popular 1930s design feature - my Mum rented a garage which had a sunburst window over the doors! I decided that I would create a spring version for the Playground.

I blanched slightly when I saw the original challenge as I'm not very good with techniques that require any mathematical workings out or precision. My crafting friend, 'Too Much Glue' Sam and I always like to describe our crafting as 'organic' (ie. messy). Indeed, Di and Parsnip enjoyed the story of when I got gold embossing paste on my slipper and trod it all over the bathroom floor and up and down the stairs! However, although this technique looks as though it may require some arcane equations, it really doesn't and is super-easy! Here is my Christmassy version.

 There are many tutorials available for this lovely technique. I used a very straightforward tutorial by my talented friend Patricia. You can find a link to the pdf at the end of the first post here.

My Easter card uses snippets from a Designer Series Paper Stack called Serene Scenery. I combined the sunburst design with Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight cardstock. The cute little chick can be found in the Little Cuties stamp set. He was stamped in Delightful Dijon and then coloured in with SU watercolour pencils. To add a bit of bling I have included a snippet of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper and a couple of sequins. I hope you like it - I think he looks a cheeky little chap!

I do hope that you will join us over at the Playground. There are always the most amazing cards and craft creations to be inspired by, but also the most friendly and kind group of crafters (and a cheeky, little white bear!) Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CCT Sketch Challenge

Hello! I'm hosting the challenges over at Christmas Card Throwdown this month. We have a sketch challenge for you -

 Quite a simple little sketch that I'm sure you can do a lot with! You can flip it, change the shape of the element, but we should still be able to recognise the original sketch in your card creation. For my card, I used lots of left over bits of Christmas patterned paper and made my sentiment into a 'bauble' - I hope you like it!
We hope that you will join us. Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

CCT February Technique Challenge

Hello! At Christmas Card Throwdown we have a technique challenge for you!

This is a great technique for tackling that mountain of patterned paper (what do you mean, you don't have a mountain of patterned paper??)
I used a wonderful tutorial by our very own Patricia Hays. You can find it by scrolling down this post from Splitcoast Stampers. I'm not usually a fan of techniques that appear to require mathematical precision, but this really doesn't, it is very easy and straightforward!
We can't wait to see your cards! April x

My card is super-snippety so I am sending it to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

CCT February Theme Reminder

Hello! A quick reminder that we have another week of our 'Drinks theme' challenge over at Christmas Card Throwdown. We hope that you will join us there for a festive coffee or something a bit stronger! There are lots of lovely cards to inspire you there. Happy crafting! April x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Delicate Details

Hello! Today's card uses Delicate Details, a Saleabration stamp set that you can get free with any £45 order. In our weekly email that demonstrators receive from Stampin' Up there was a fabulous card made using this technique. You simply combine the stamped lace edgings with any die or punch you fancy. Very easy and effective!

Now the colour combo I have used here isn't one I would have thought of, but it does give my card a bit of a tropical feeling I think!

I'm entering my card in this week's colour challenge over at the Global Design Project. So many beautiful cards there!
This card is certainly the only tropical thing around here at the moment, but grey and miserable February weather is great for card-making! April x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

CCT February Theme Challenge

Hello! We have a theme challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. We would like to see your cards related to the theme of...

Can be any drink you can think of! Christmas cocktails, glass of mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows, or even a festive cup of tea! This lovely set of dies retired from last year's SU spring catalogue and many people lamented the fact that there wouldn't be a Christmassy version of stamps to go with them. So I thought I would have a go at making them into a festive card. I quite like how Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand make my teapot and cup look a bit like Utility Ware!
This card was a lot of fun to make and very appropriate considering I like to drink my own body weight in tea!! We look forward to seeing your festive tipples! April x

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Hello! I was very excited to get this new dragonfly die and fabulous hexagon embossing folder. I embossed the card twice - first with the hexagons, then with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The leaves are a snippet from a larger rose die-cut rescued off the floor! The Glimmer Paper was such a tiny snippet that if you look carefully you can see that it doesn't actually extend down the whole dragonfly!!

He is fluttering off to Di and the little white peril at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Happy crafting! April x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas Swap

Hello! In the run-up to Christmas I had a great time taking part in Jo's Twelve Days of Christmas swap from Through the Keyhole. Jo very kindly paired us up with a swap partner and we exchanged twelve gifts, one to be unwrapped on each of the days following on from Christmas.

My partner was the lovely Hazel of World of Joy. I gulped slightly because her blog is very stylish indeed and mine isn't, but we found a shared love of all things feline and crafty and it worked really well.

Like 95% of the country, I think, December was totally absorbed by the longest, most hideous coughing lurgy that totally stopped me in my tracks. Fortunately, I was just about ok for the day itself, but Hazel's beautifully wrapped and very thoughtful gifts were definitely a bright spot during a time of feeling very rubbishy indeed. As you can see from the pictures, it was a gorgeous haul of lovely crafty and pampering goodies. I particularly adore the cute fox socks!! There was a great deal of excited ooh-ing and ahh-ing as the gifts were unwrapped and it was a really enjoyable part of the festive season for me. Thank you so much Hazel!

Hazel's lovely blog even makes my gifts look pretty cool! She has blogged about them here. I am in love with her wonderful capsule wardrobes and they are inspiring me to take a steely look at my own chaotic clothing!

A massive thank you also to Jo for organising the swap. These things take a big effort, I know and they very much rely on everyone doing what they have signed up to do. I was lucky to have a fab swap partner, but I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out so well for others.

April x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

CCT Colour Challenge

Hello! We have a colour challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown and I love this particular colour combo!

Please do check out the inspirational cards from the rest of the design team. We look forward to seeing your cards!
I made a version of this card before Christmas and I thought it would work well in a different colourway. Here is my earlier card made with SU's Santa's Sleigh bundle -
I swapped a few things around and for my aqua and brown shades I chose Pool Party and Chocolate Chip. The card is actually Very Vanilla in real life, although it looks a bit washed out here! I've also added some Bermuda Bay sequins. I hope you like it! Happy crafting! April x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Owl Card

Hello! I had my beady eye on this lovely set of dies before Christmas and then came across it in a sale, so had to get it. It is Sizzix's Owl Fold-a-Long Thinlets and I think it is pretty cute! It really does use quite a mish-mash of snippets with all the paper pieces having come from a magazine a while back.

The central panel was stamped with a retired SU feather stamp and Gorgeous Grunge and the sentiment is from Tin of Tags. We are a family of owl addicts here, so I think I will be making a few of these cards! I think this one may well be for Too Much Glue Sam's birthday, but please don't tell her!!

My owl is fluttering off to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground and then to Dies R Us Challenge and Moving Along With The Times - Something in the Air.

Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hey Chick!

It is miserable here today! Foggy, wet, grey...It felt like a good idea to make my first chicken card with SU's Saleabration set 'Hey Chick'. So very cute and now I want to make lots of chicken cards!

This card was inspired by this week's Global Design Project

I love this colour combo! I did start off with a coloured chicken, but then I realised I preferred her stamped in Basic Grey. I've combined my chicken with Moroccan Designer Series Paper and Mini Striped Ribbon in Watermelon Wonder. Hope you like it!

Happy crafting! April x

CCT Sketch Challenge

Happy New Year to all our CCT players and welcome to our sketch challenge ! As you will see from reading Deborah's post, we have dropped the '52' and are moving to a two week challenge. We also have some new and very talented DT members which is very exciting!
Here is our sketch:

You can flip the sketch around and you don't have to use a star if you don't want to. We just need to be able to recognise the design in your Christmas card.

I have combined SU's 'Carried Away' Designer Series Paper with Papermania's 'Festive Fauna'. The sentiment stamp is from SU's Tin of Tags stamp set.

I do hope that you will join us as we start on our brand new Christmas card stash!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Watercolour Flowers

I think after making lots of Christmas cards it's nice to think of spring flowers again isn't it? Since I got my SU Watercolour Pencils I have been thinking of stamp sets that would lend themselves to a bit of colouring. I hadn't used Flower Shop in a while, so I coloured some blossoms in Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry and one in Calypso Coral and Real Red. Then I plopped some water on top with my Aqua Painter. Very easy!

Snippets of Pear Pizzazz were used to make the leaves, so I would like to send my small bunch of flowers off to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground.

On Wednesday, Toby and I decided to go to Woodside for a full English breakfast overlooking the Mersey. It was very calm and quiet, particularly as you can't get a train from Hamilton Square to Liverpool for quite a while as they work on the Loop. We had a bracing riverside walk followed by some antique shopping. It was a lovely day. I thought you may like to see some photos.

Happy crafting! April x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Design Stampers Submission

Hello! Here is my Design Stampers submission for On Stage Live in Amsterdam. I hope that you will enjoy reading about my projects. I certainly enjoyed making them!
Starting off with a couple of cards, I made these samples to introduce my lovely customers to Stampin' Up's new Watercolour Pencils. I wanted to use two pieces of the same Saleabration 'Inside the Lines' Design Series Paper to demonstrate how to create two very different looks just by changing the palette of colours used. For the card on the right I used Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay. For the other card I used a very limited palette of simply Early Expresso and Basic Grey, but I did add some extra sparkle by using Wink of Stella on the stamens of the flower. Hopefully I managed to showcase the versatility of this fabulous new colouring product! 

My next project is a Christmas 3D make. I really enjoyed stretching the potential of my Cookie Cutter stamps by making a pair of cute Santa earrings from Shrink Plastic. Of course I also needed a gift box to put them in (and a co-ordinating reindeer gift card!)

Here is a Z-Fold card using the stunning new 'Lift Me Up' stamps and co-ordinating 'Up & Away' Thinlits. It also uses the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from the Saleabration catalogue. This was such an enjoyable card to put together. I particularly love the colour combo of Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder (with some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper of course!)

Not forgetting the wonderful stamp sets from the annual catalogue, here is a tea-light box with the super cute ladybirds from the Hostess stamp set 'Love You Lots'. A simple and sweet gift for a friend that uses the wonderful Bow Builder punch to create a stylish finishing touch

As it is Twelfth Night, I thought I would share one of my favourite festive cards of the season. I used 'Santa's Sleigh' to make this very elegant reindeer. He looks very proud of his red bow!

Finally, a couple of Project Life layouts. I love making my own PL cards using a variety of stamp sets. The first page uses Tie Dyed, Timeless Textures and Tasty Trucks - I didn't intentionally go for such an alliterative bunch of stamp sets! I did opt for a colour combo of Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate to complement my daughter's top. For the other side, No Bones About It provided the perfect stamps for this dinosaur themed layout. A great way of capturing all those happy memories!


I hope you have enjoyed my projects! Happy stamping! April