Friday, July 28, 2017

Welcome to Wonderland

Hello Crafters.
Such an exciting challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers.  On 28th July 1951 Disney's Alice In Wonderland premiered in the US.  So this weeks dare is to make a card based on the theme of wonderland or one of the characters.
Just sharing a little bit of local history from where I once lived.  This is a hotel that Lewis Carroll often visited in Whitby which is only a few miles from where I grew up in the North East of England.

I went with a tea party theme to match the Mad Hatters Tea Party and with an "Eat Me" cake that Alice took a bite from to make her grown very tall.

I stamped the little cupcake on to cream card stock and coloured the icing and cake with promakers.  I then paper pieced the bottom of the cupcake with some pretty striped paper to look like a cupcake case.  I added a little eat me label using the Die D-Lites Spring Time set from Spellbinders.

I created the bunting using the Die D-Lites Sweet Set from Spellbinders and cut out the smallest size bunting from some pretty spotty paper and added a little bit of twine to the ends.

I then used the Nestabilities Celebrations Pierced Circles to create the layout for my card.
For the greeting I die cut this from kraft card stock using Simply Said Phrase one set.
I created this card using the sketch challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Design Team blogs for more inspiration.
Hop over to the Spellbinders website to check out the details of the dies I have used.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas In July

Anyone started Christmas crafting yet?
I love to Christmas craft and I thought if I made at least one card a week then I would be ahead come the festive month.  I also challenged myself this week to make a Christmas card using a none Christmas die set.

So this week my Spellblogger post with Spellbinders is to show you that you can create a card for Christmas using the lovely Die D-Lites Springtime Set.
I die cut the bird house and little bird from the set first and added a little glitter to look like freshly fallen snow. 

I then created my background using 3 different coloured inks as I wanted to create a magical snowy scene.  I then stamped the tree in black and added more glitter.

To create the snow banks I just tore some paper and added glitter to the ripped edge and used foam pads to add a bit of dimension.  I then finished with a stamped greeting,

The sketch for the card was a previous challenge from over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I didn't get to play as I was away on our family holiday for this one.
I love a die set that has a multitude of uses.
Please stop by the Spellbinders website for more details about the die set I have used.
Also check out the Coming Soon page for more fabulous dies from Spellbinders that will be available to buy in August, September and October.


Friday, July 21, 2017

All Tied Up

  Yippee its Friday.
Its time for a challenge at Daring Cardmakers.  Kathy is our lovely host this week and would like to see string, fibres or thread used on your card in a creative way.
I decided to make a wreath using some string.
I looped the string round a few times then stuck it to my embossed card stock.  The embossing folder I used is by Tammy Tutterow called blistered from Spellbinders.  I just added a little bit of white ink to the edges as I thought it was just to much grey.

For the little details on the wreath I used the Die D-Lites Springtime set from Spellbinders.  I just used the little butterfly and flower.

I then added the greeting using some copper mirror card and used the Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 die set from Spellbinders.
I finished with a few sequins as I love my sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs at Daring Cardmakers for more lovely inspiration.
Full details of all the products I have used can be found over at Spellbinders.


Friday, July 14, 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today.....

 Hello All.
Here we are with a super fun challenge from the Daring Cardmakers.
If you go down to the woods today.....
 Enfys our lovely host this week has picked this really fun theme.
 Make a card using anything that conjures up the great outdoors - picnics, camping, woodland walks.
I went with owls.  I live in the middle of the countryside so we are surrounded by woodland and in the evenings you can often hear the owls.
For my card I first made the background and I created a sunset using some blue, pink and orange ink pads. I masked off the moon shape first before applying the ink and I then sprayed a little water over the top.  I added a silhouette of an owl sitting on some branches.  I used the owl builder punch from Stampin Up for this.

The little fire flies on the card are taken from the jar of love set also by Stampin Up.

I then used the stamp set from Indigoblu called nature I and stamped the image along the bottom.
I never got around to stamping a greeting as I wasn't sure what type of occasion my card related to.  I felt it covered a wide range so I just thought less is more on this one.
To me its a perfect summers dusk.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Spaced Out

Hello Crafters.
I had so much fun creating the inky galaxy background for the recent challenge at Daring Cardmakers that I just had to create another.
This time I used the Die D-Lites Spaced Out Set from Spellbinders.
This card was just so much fun to make and I think I have found a new love for ink.  Using my ink pads to create backgrounds was something I never really liked doing as I felt so out of my comfort zone.  Now I have to admit I really love it and of course I love to learn something new.

I used several ink pads to create this card.  I started in the centre with a turquoise blue.  I then added a bit of orange and purple around this.  I then applied the dark blue all around the outside blending all the time and to finish I put a tiny amount of black right around the edge.  To create the little blobs, I just used my spritzer from Stampin Up and sprayed the cardstock.

This little set comes with the rocket, plant and a shooting star.
I cut the plant and ring from white card stock and used a green ink pad to colour it.

I then cut the rocket and shooting star from silver mirror card an used my embossing mat through my platinum machine to create the detail.
A really fun card for the little people in our lives.
Please stop by the Spellbinders website for more details about the die set I have used.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Hi there.
Two posts in one day but as its so hot outside I thought I would stay indoors and blog a little.
My Dads birthday is fast approaching and coming from a background where my Dad, Brother and myself all served in the Royal Navy I had to make a card for him with this in mind.
I knew I had to have another play with the Die D-Lies Nautical Set from Spellbinders.
I love this set and I have already used it on the same challenge blog before at Freshly Made Sketches but I just loved the layout again.
I cut the little boat from the set from kraft card and paper pieced part of the sail in some blue corrugated card.  I then cut the anchor from copper mirror card that I got from my local craft shop.  This mirror card is amazing.  The shine on it is just fantastic.
I even tried to make a little sailors knot at the top.  Something I know that my Dad is really good at as he makes these wonderful ships bell ropes using all kinds of decorative knots.
Knot tying was something I didn't do as I joined the Royal Navy as a Communicator but I did learn the basics during my training.
I wrapped a little bit of string around the anchor and finished with a tiny sea shell which I found in my stash.
The designer papers I have used came from The Works on a recent trip to visit my family in the UK.  I couldn't believe the price.  They paper pad was £1!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out Spellbinders for details of this lovely die set.

July Elemental Inspiration from Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone and Happy Friday.
For us here in France its the start of the summer holidays.  I wonder how long it will be before I hear the words "I'm bored".
Its my turn to host the dare over at Daring Cardmakers.  As its the first Friday of the month its elemental inspiration week and I have picked the pretty image below.
Its full of lots of lovely elements and who doesn't love unicorns?  Having a little girl in the house who likes My Little Pony means I am surrounded by them.
Remember you need to use at least 3 elements on your creation.
For my card I picked the unicorn, stars, colours, wooden stick and the gold edging on the cups and plates.

I wanted to make my card look like one of those carousel horses you see at the fair but with a magical element.

I created my background first and just added lots of pretty ink to the cardstock but I though it looked to dark so I rub a bit of white ink all over the top.

I then used several dies from Spellbinders.  I used the Die D-Lies Unicorn Fantasy set to create the unicorn which I cute from white glitter card.
For the clouds I used the Die D-Lites Flight 2 set and used a bit of gilding wax around the edges.
The stars were cut from mirror and glitter card stock using the Die D-Lies Lets Party Shining Star set.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team blogs for more lovely inspiration.
If you would like more details about the dies I have used head over to the Spellbinders Website.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spellbloggers Baby

Hello fellow crafters.
My post today from Spellbloggers at Spellbinders is all about those little bundles of joy.
A family member is about to become a Daddy for this this time and they announced on Facebook the other week what the sex was so I set about making a little keep sake for them.

I started with making a little box frame from white card stock.
I then used the Die D-Lites Flight 2 set to create the balloon and the clouds.

I also used the set called Die D-Lites Lets Party Shinning Star for the tiny coloured stars that I thought I could use as rainbow drops under the clouds.  I also used the text from the same die set and cut that from silver mirror card.
This would look just as cute in pink or a neutral colour if the baby's sex isn't known.

You can't see the back but I put a little stand on it so it can be displayed on a shelve, perhaps in the nursery.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the website at Spellbinders for more details about the products used.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Doing The Market Fresh Hop

Hello All.
I would like to thank all who played along in our Market Fresh Blog Hop with Spellbinders.
Here are the winners:                      Suzanne Wehling              Shabneez Khan-Muztar                  Stephanie Stratton                 Linda Sims
Please can you email me with your mailing address and phone number at so we can send you out your prize package.
I hope you enjoy your little bundle of dies and I can't wait to see what you make.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Bit of Red, White and Blue

Hello crafters.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
As its nearly the 4th of July I have been inspired to make a red, white and blue card using dies from Spellbinders and the lovely image from  Paper Sweeties.
Its a little nod to my American friends and followers and of course to Spellbinders for creating such fabulous dies that I get to work with each week.
To make this card I wanted to keep it fairly simple so it would appeal to all ages.
I started with the embossed background which I kept simple and just used plain white card stock.  The embossing folder I used is by Tammy Tutterow called Blistered.

I then used the Die D-Lites Shining Star Lets Party set to create all the little stars and I cut these from glitter card.  The little shooting star is from the Die D-Lites Spaced Out set.

To create the sentiment I used the Die D-Lites Make a Wish set and cut this from mirrored black card stock.  I then finished with a couple of sequins.
I love how you can make all these die sets work together.  I have used three different sets on this card and just took little elements from each.
Thanks for stopping by and please check out the Spellbinders Website for more details about the dies I have used.