Another quickie wedding card

This was yet another of my late night crafting projects! I don't know why I do it to myself!!!I made this card for the son of my neighbours who got married on 20th December. I suppose that the colours are quite unconventional- lilac and pale aqua but they went with the DP so heyho!!!
The letters were cut from Bazzil and shadowed with silver mirri .The DP is from Dovecraft's Wedding collection matted on silver mirri. I added a strip of ribbon, a ribbon bow topped with a layered flower (this is a fave technique of mine at the moment.I'm using it a lot!)a pearl brad (in the flower) and self-adhesive pearls to decorate the ribbon and letters. I added a vellum envelope to the inside to hold a cash gift.
Carts used:
Don Juan (again!!) with Under Pressure enabled
Simple but effective don't you think?
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Boxing Day Birthday

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas! This card was made for the daughter of some very good friends of ours who's birthday was on Boxing Day. I used Dovecraft papers for this one with Prima flowers,ribbon from my stash, a key charm and gorgeous glittered paper from Crafttime.I hope she got it in time 'cos the Royal Mail have been playing silly beggars just lately with these bulky cards!!
Carts used:
Don Juan (supplied with the Create)
If you can get hold of this cartridge I would say buy it because the font is great and cuts beautifully even at small sizes,
Thanks for looking!


Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Sorry everyone...no card to post but I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope that next year will bring Hope and Peace to all the troubled areas of this world of ours. Let us spare a thought for our Service men & women who will be apart from their loved ones this festive period and hope that they all make it home in the New Year. It would be lovely (but naive..I think) to hope that everyone could learn to respect each others beliefs and to live together in peace and harmony...surely it can't be that hard?
Have a wonderful time & don't get too stressed over Christmas lunch (or dinner depending on where you come from!)As Anthea Turner says "It's only a Sunday roast with a cracker!"
Enjoy, and I hope Santa brings you all you desire and I'll catch you all in the New Year
With Christmas Love


3 today!

I rarely use ready made embellies but I picked this little fella up from The PaperMill shop. I was from a set of little jungle creatures and it just happened to match the DP perfectly. This paper came from A.C. Moore's and is double sided. I used 3 designs for this card-a crayon scribble, a stripe and a polka dot. I layered up 2 panels on dark aqua Bazzil and cut out a circle with a scallop 'shadow', a large '3' in paper and 'today' from c/s.
The '3' and scalloped circle are raised on foam pads and the 'today' is flat. The white circle has been pierced around the edge with a paper piercer. I then glittered it to finish. You can of course change the colours,embellies and number to make a card for just about any occasion for both adults & kiddies. Change the scalloped circle for a square for a man's card or just make it a plain shadowed circle. You can then add anything you loke to the circle- a beer bottle,car, football.....anything you like! Make it your own!
Carts used-
Scalloped circle- Graphically Speaking
White circle- George & Basic Shapes
'3' & 'today'- Don Juan (supplied with the Create)
Thanks for taking the time to look!

Beautiful Bauble

I made this card using the new Christmas/Noel Solutions cart. There are some beautiful cuts on this cart , some fillagree (angels & trees) and some that can be used as silhouettes. This bauble look much better IRL but you know how hard it is to photograph glitter and Mirri card!
The card in itself is very simple but looks great- you can change the colour of the bauble to match your DP. The bauble was cut from silver mirri card with a blackout bauble in glitter paper from Crafttime. They were then layered up gemstones added and a little silver bow at the top of the bauble. A panel of 2 designs of Papermania paper was layer onto silver mirri, a silver ribbon and bow added over the join and then stuck to the front of a side fold card. Another panel of white Bazzil was again layered with mirri, gems added to the corners and placed over the ribbon slightly to the left of the card front. I didn't add a sentiment because the paper has a sentiment on it already. Hope you like it!
Carts used:
Bauble- Christmas/Noel Solutions.
Thanks for looking!


Quick as a flash wedding card!

It's not only my kids that need cards- my hubby does too! This card is for him to take to Dubai on Wednesday! The son of a friend of ours is getting married on Thursday and this is for him and his wife to be - Congrats Shakti & Ambika!!!
I cheated with this card 'cos I made it at 10pm on Thursday night , and you will notice that there is absolutely NO Cricut stuff on it!! What!!! I know- what was I thinking! Anyway I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used a ready made embellishment (gasp!!) which was a freebie with a card-making mag (can't remember which one!) It's really pretty- two doves on a heart in pearlised card. I just cut way the doves from one heart and layered them onto the other complete heart. I cut a panel slightly smaller than the front of the card,layered into mirri card and trimmed it to form a border. Then I cut a panel of glittered Papermania vellum, passed it through a Xyron and matted it onto silver mirri. I cut a small square of pearl grey wedding script paper & matted it onto silver (again!). White swirl printed ribbon was wrapped around the large panel before it was adhered to the card base, then all the other panels were stuck onto this. The doves were added with dimensionals on the script panel.I added a layered flower with a ribbon bow and a brad through it and finished off with self adhesive pearls. Not bad for 15 minutes work!!! Sometimes I think really good pieces of work happen when you are under pressure or pushed for time! Anyone agree?
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U Got Mail!!!!!

Yet another card for my youngest to give to a friend! This time for a friend who likes computers! I used Papermania paper for this one. I thought it looked quite techie!!! I cut out a laptop from gunmetal grey pearlised card and silver card, hand cut a mouse and layered it on to the Papermania panels I added some co-ordinating Papermania brads which had been put through little circles of card and added 'U got mail'. The 'U' is on dimensionals and the 'got mail' is flat. The mouse was connected to the laptop with a piece of card cut into a wavy shape. I added Opal Dust glitter again to the 'got mail' part of the sentiment.
Carts used:
Laptop- Locker Talk
U Got mail- Don Juan
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U Rock!!

My kids keep me busy with orders for cards for their friends! I made this one for my youngest's friend Bruce. He plays the Bass guitar so I made this card for him. I used the Rock Star pad by DCWV. I cut out a Flying V guitar and layered it onto a star and added a tattoo and the words 'U rock!' I then added some great glitter called Opal Dust by Jo Sonja.It's great stuff with tiny circles of glitter in an irredescent glue base. Sorry about the glare in the photo but thats glitter and mirri card for ya!!!
Carts used:
Guitar- Indie Solutions
Tattoo- Indie Solutions
U Rock!- Don Juan (cartridge supplied with Cricut Create)
Lotsa luv!


I made this card for my eldest son's friend Rosie.
It is another of the great Wild Cards. I cut out the card base and then a liner from Nana's Nursery Girl by DCWV. I covered the back of the card with paper from the same pad and trimmed to fit. A piece of ribbon was tied around the narrowest part of the card and a handbag charm added with a tiny pink safety pin. Flowers in colours to match the paper and some assorted brads were added to the bottom half of the card and 'ROSIE' to the top half.The name was on dimensionals. Happy birthday was added into the aperture (this is on the cart) and the whole card was glittered to finish. With this car as with any other rounded card you need to take the timiest sliver off the bottom to make it stand properly.
Carts used:
Card blank- Wild Card
Rosie- Storybook
Happy Birthday- Wildcard
Thanks for looking!

Happy Birthday Mum!

It was my Mum's birthday last Saturday so I made her this card. I posted it on Thursday (in good time I thought!) and she hadn't received it by Saturday..nor Monday...Tuesday... You get the picture! Then she phoned me Thursday to say that Dad had picked it up from the PO and had to pay 14p extra postage.Bloody cheek! I put a LARGE stamp on it!! Anywho, I stepped out of my comfort zone with this card and indulged in some stamping. I stamped the calender onto white card(that was my 1st attempt,didn't like it-too much of a contrast to the vintage look-ditched it!)I re-stamped onto beige paper and it looked right! I added some flowers lovely satin scalloped ribbon some brads and a Cricut generated sentiment-et Voila!
Carts used-
MUM- Storybook
Hope you like it!


Frosty the snowman.....

Here's a jolly little card for you! Very simple but cute. I cut the snowman twice- once in glitter card and once in brown cardstock ,cutting the arms off the glittery one. I layered them up and added black buttons & eyes punched with my Cropodile from black cardstock, an orange 'carrot' nose and a sliver of black card for his mouth. I then placed him on a panel made with strips of paper from Provocraft and a silver knotted ribbon. I left the background white & added punched snowflakes. 'Frosty' is on dimensionals and has been glittered & 'the snowman' is flat on the card.
Carts used:
Snowman- Doodlecharms
Sentiment-Makin' The Grade
Hope you like him!
Thanks for lookin' !


In Love

When I made this card I got to the scalloped panel then hadn't a clue what to put on it-so I put it to on side and had a think! Then I remembered that I had a HOTP book of quotes and I found the perfect one! The beautiful paper is from a 7 x5 pad I bought from A.C.Moore's. I layered everything up and then just added a layered flower and some ribbon and pearl brads. Rub-on letters and a cricut sentiment complete the card. I think this colour combination is really classy( it's actually cream & black not white & black)What do you think?
Carts used-
Scalloped rectangle- Celebrations (No5 on top row)
Love-Beyond Birthdays
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For Your Eyes Only.....

I made this card at the weekend for my brother's birthday which is today... Happy Birthday Andrew!! It is,again, quite simple in design. The Secret Agent image was cut from a pattern which was a freebie with Papercraft Inspirations (I think!) I enlarged the pattern and cut it by hand from black card. I then cut the file folder and sentiments and layered them onto some classy grey and black herringbone paper which was in a pad that I bought from A.C.Moore's during my recent rip to the States. The file was cut from tan paper. I added a few little sheets of paper as I thought the file looked a little bare. I then added 'Top Secret', shhhhhh and Classified to fill in the spaces. Three red brads finish it off.
Carts used:
File- Fabulous Finds
Sentiments-Graphically Speaking
I hope you like it!
Thanks for dropping in!


Hold the 'phone!!!!

Another very simple card from the Wild Card cart. I cut the base card from white card then started another in pink and stopped the machine just as it was about to cut the sides of the card. I inked the edges of the pink piece for definition and along the small cut lines just below the dial and above the handset. I covered the inside back of the card with Pink Petticoat paper and added a large Papermania brad to the centre of the dial (there is a hole in the centre of the card which I covered up on the inside with a punched circle of white card) I added the curly 'phone cord and the lettering, which is on the cart by the way! The inside of the card reads- Have a great day!!
This card can be made for any occasion just by changing the colour of the 'phone and the sentiment. I think Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds would own a 'phone like this!!!
Carts Used:
Phone card & sentiment- Wild Card
p.s to the lovely Sue. Look at the photo! Is that BETTER or what?!!!! THANK YOU and have a great holiday in Mouseland!
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Sweet Baby Girl!

I reaaaaaally love this card! It was made with the Graphically Speaking cart . The 'G' circle was cut from Bazzil c/s and chalked around all the edges. The scalloped circle was cut from DCWV glittered paper. The pink scalloped panel was cut with Fiskars cloud scissors and embellished with tiny pearls from Lakeland and flowered ribbon. The 'irl' was cut from white c/s as was the 'sweet' sentiment rectangle above the circle. It is SOOO glittered that you cannot make it out on the photo!! The white flower is from Papermani and the other flowers are Prima. The brad in the centre of the flower is Papermania too. Three pearls under the 'irl' finish of the card. Hope you like it!
Carts used:
'G' circle, 'irl' and 'sweet' sentiment- Graphically Speaking
Scalloped circle- Story Book
Thanks for visiting!

Happily Ever After!

I made this very simple wedding card using the Happily Ever After Cart. As you can see it is very simple and quite minimalist. The silhouette of Sleeping Beauty and the prince was cut from black card with the blackout enabled and layered onto an embossed paper heart with scalloped shadow. The sentiment came from the same from cart. Some lovely black and white sheer ribbon finishes the card. The embossed paper is from Doodlebug. What do you think about using black & white for wedding cards? I think it's classy but I know some don't like using black for a supposedly joyous occassion. Let me know what you think.
Carts used:
Bride & Groom- Disney Happily Ever After
Sentiment- As above
Scalloped Heart-Wedding Solutions (white heart hand cut to fit)
Thanks for looking!

Topiary Tree

I really like the way this card turned out (I only wish the pic was a bit clearer!) This lovely little tree is one of two topiary trees from the Joys Of The Season cart. I cut the tree 3 times once in brown,once in green and once in red. I chopped bits off each tree leaving the brown one intact and layered up the tree and pot. I used a punch which was a magazine freebie for the little flowers and some peel offs (yes you did hear correctly!) to decorate the tub. The tree was then matted and layered on some red dotty Doodlebug paper and green and red card. The sentiment 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' is computer generated onto Safmat. The paper is DCWV (I think!). The join in the paper is covered by a piece of gros-grain printed ribbon and a knotted bow. The centre of the flowers have a little dot of red Stickles to add a little sparkle. I also did this card with red flowers on the tree, but it could be used at any time of the year with different coloured flowers and a different sentiment. I think it would make a lovely Mother's Day card. What do you think?
Carts Used:
Tree -Joys of The Season
Scalloped Rectangle-Graphically Speaking
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Back home!!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged for a week, but I've been to visit Uncle Sam . Had a great time but it was a nightmare at times-3.30am fire alarm (just as I was getting to sleep!) followed by getting stuck in a lift for 15 mins, crazy driving, potholed freeways ,awful roadsigns so that you have no idea where you are or how to get back (you have to live there to understand them I reckon!).Otherwise it was good , Boston was absolutely beautiful and New York was cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! We saw the usual sites- Harvard (or Hahvahd as the locals call it)in Boston and The Empire State, Lady Libert and Ground Zero in NYC. What struck us most especially about New York is how detached everyone is from their surroundings. They appear to be attached surgically to either a mobile or I-pod and also there were more foreign accents than American. Still we had a good time, and the kids spent LOADSAMONEY! But it's always good to be home.
I'll add some cards soon


Jingle bells,jingle bells.......

jingle all the way!!!! I really like this card although my c**p photo doesn't do it justice. It's a very simple layout,mainly white with a flash of colour. The bells are cut from Joys Of The Season from gold Mirri card and mounted onto a 'stamp'. The paper is DCWV and the polka dot paper on the stamp and 'jingle' is by Doodlebug.In case you are wondering- I wasn't 2 sheets to the wind when I made this card-everything is supposed to be skew -whiff!!!
Carts used:
Jingle & stamp- Base Camp
All the way- All Mixed Up
Bells-Joys Of The Season
Jingle was raised on foam pads as were the bells, everything else is flat.
Thanks for visiting!



How dumb am I? In the last post I said I'd flipped the angel to face right- of course she is facing left!!!!

First Christmas card post!!!......

and there will be more! I also have the new Christmas Solutions cart. For those of you who haven't yet got a Christams Cart this is a good one to go for. It has very traditional images- a couple of Santas, a beautiful sleigh, 3 reindeer and these two images. A lot of fillagree on this cart it has to be said! I flipped the angel because I wanted it to face right. Merry Christmas was cut from Wild Card and HARK from Storybook. I used a lovely slub-silk effect card for the cuts as mirror card is chewed up on anything filligree. Gold metallic ribbon and some gems complete the cards.
Carts used:
Tree & angel- Christmas Solutions
HARK- Storybook
Merry Christmas- Wild Card
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Wild Card celebration!

Yeeeeaah! At last! I've got it! The new Wild Card cart. Wow! The cards you can make with this are fantastic (with matching envies too!) I made this card for my nephew Dan who has a birthday on Thursday. The champagne bottle wraps around the front of the card (it's technically a tri-fold card) and it comes complete with a cork!!!
I cut the card out at 8" and then drew around the bottle onto a piece of green card and cut it out. The gold label and neck wrapper were cut from the cart as was the Cheers sentiment. Inside I added a large Celebrate greeting. I had some cork patterned paper so I used that for the cork! Dan was cut using the alphabet section of the cart.
Carts used:
Card,sentiments and cork- Wild Card
Tag(around bottle neck)- George & Basic Shapes
The shadowing was cut by hand as there isn't a shadow function on this cart. Just a word of warning- I think that this cart is better suited to the Expression as some of the cards are cut really small and will not give a very substantial card and also you may not be able to cut out the corresponding envelope (there is a universal envelope cut provided for this circumstance). Just something to think about before splashing out £64.99!!!!
Anywho- Happy Crafting!!!
ps. I've also got the deep cut blade and housing- so far NOT IMPRESSED!! If anyone else has it and has had a problem getting it to cut- mine goes bonkers on 4!- please let me know where I'm going wrong! Thanks in advance! Heather

Ariel for Millie

Oops Sorry for the terrible photo but Blogger wouldn't let me upload the better one!!!
This is another Disney Princess card(well Duh!!)
this time for Amy's sister Millie. Compared to some images this one was relatively quick to put together,there aren't that many pieces to it. I cut Ariel at 4" with corresponding layers etc plus a shell (which is an icon) which was cut with RDS ON. I don't know whether you can tell but the front of the card is cut away around the shell. Millie's name is cut from glitter paper. The card front and inside back is covered with Pink Petticoat swirls and polka dots paper. The Happy Birthday was glittered and the shell decorated with glitter and tiny pearls. I added a pearl to Ariel's bra at the front. Instead of using the flower from the cart I added a Prima flower to her hair for a bit of dimension with a glittered brad. A piece of pearl decorated irridescent ribbon across the card front adds to the underwater look!
Carts used:
Ariel and shell- Dreams Come True
Happy Birthday & Millie- Wild Card
Thanks for visiting!

Snow White for Amy

I have three delightful little girls as neighbours and always make them a card for their birthdays-that was one reason why I bought the two Disney Princess carts. I'm not really a Disney fan but I will use these carts as I know enough little girls to justify buying them!
The images are lovely but take an age to construct and are A RIGHT FAFF!!!
I made this pretty pose of Snow White, mounted it onto a scalloped circle and put the whole lot on a card covered with white Doodlebug embossed paper. 'Snow White says Happy Birthday AMY' is from several carts (as per usual I'll list the in a mo) I finished the card off with tons of glitter and a bitten-into apple!
From now on I'll only list the carts I used as the rest is self explanatory I think!!
Carts used:
Snow White image- Happily Ever After
Snow White (word)- as above
says & happy birthday- Zooballoo
Scalloped circle-Accent Essentials
Apple- Happily Ever After
Thanks for taking a look!


Pretty pram

This card was very simple with minimal layering. I cut the pram from the New Arrival cart from silver mirri board and DP from the Nana's Nursery stack from DCWV. Brads were added to the wheels and the hood . A 5cm panel was made from 3 strips of DCWV paper, ribbon and a bow added along with a Pink Petticoat Tiny Tags sentiment. This panel and the pram were stuck on to a white panel with dimensionals. I also made one from the boys stack in exactly the same way. Supereasy!!!
Recipe as follows:
5" x 7" Tent fold card
DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl stack
Silver mirri card
Papermania pink brads
Stash ribbon
Pink Petticoat Tiny Tags
New Arrival Cricut cartridge
Accent Essentials cart ( scalloped circle behind sentiment)
I have a few prams on different carts but I think that this is the prettiest one. It has a kind on vintage look to it, as though it should be pushed by a Norland Nanny!!!!
Thanks for looking!

Happy Anniversary!

I made this card for my brother and SIL for their 7th wedding Anniversary which was on Saturday.
The colours look a bit weak but it is actually a lovely dusky pink combo. I can't tell you how many times I made this card then chucked it! I just couldn't seem to get it right ( we've all been there right?!) I was following a sketch but it just wasn't working for me so I chucked that as well!
Then it all came together. The heart was cut three times from George -twice in card and once in spotty paper.These layers were then stuck together (this gives you a solidity akin to chipboard) and scuffed to give a weathered look. A layered flower was added ( brown,pink & cream layers to pick out the colours in the ribbon)
The 'seven' panel was cut from the Graphically Speaking cart and trimmed to fit. The ribbon is patterned with little flowers in shades of cream,coffee and pink. A Safmat greeting and gem stones complete the card.
Recipe as follows:
5" x 7" tent fold card
Doodlebug embossed paper
Spotty paper from Pink Petticoat
Bazill cardstock
Prima flowers
Papermania gems & pearl brads
Safmat from Letraset
George & Basic Shapes and Graphically Speaking Cricut carts
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Just 4 you!!!

This card was made with new Graphically Speaking cart.I had waited sooo long for this cart and I nearly took the hands off the poor DHL guy when he delivered it to the shop- he couldn't get out of the shop quick enough!!! This cart is lovely. It has loads of phrases to cut along with icons to go with each phrase. This card was made for our niece Tara who is studying medicine in Melbourne. I cut the Just 4 you phrase twice in contrasting colours,chopped them about a bit and then reconstructed them to give a 2 tone effect. It was then layered onto a panel . A '4' was cut from patterned paper and a rub on adde to spell 'Tara' Before I stuck the blue layer to the pink I passed the phrases through a Xyron and then added ultrafine glitter. A flower, pearl brad and ribbon finish it!
Recipe a s follows:
Tent fold card - 7" x 5"
Designer paper
Bazill cardstock
Prima flowers
Papermania brads
Stash ribbon
Graphically Speaking Cricut cart.
Ultrafine glitter
Making Memories Heidi rubons
Hope you like it!


Trick or treat?!!!!

I had a blast making this little combo. This is a little Halloween favour box made with the Bags,Tags & Boxes cart. and some fabbo paper by My Mind's Eye The outside is decorated very simply with DP and a tile cut from the Makin' the grade cart. It comes into it's own when opened...BOO!!!!!! I added ric rac around the box and a super spidey and his web over the acetate window. Boo! was cut from Makin' the grade with an orange shadow, then I stuck them onto black card so that they were touching and cut around the whole thing by hand- sorry, I can't be doing with the Design Studio! It's too much of a faff! Then I stuck it onto the inside of the lid. The card was made with much the same elements, web, spidey etc with the exception of the sentiment which says ' A hauntin' we will GO!' I used a smaller strip of DP with some paper from Pink Petticoat (black dots printed onto orange paper) which was mounted onto black paper. I know that we don't do Halloween like our American cousins but there are so many damn cute images on the Paper Doll cart that I couldn't resist!!!! Hope you like them!!!
Recipe as follows:
Card- 7x5 tent fold
Paper- My Mind's Eye & Pink Petticoat
Orange card- local craft shop (JDI)
Acetate- as above
Ribbon- from my stash (you can't see it in the photo but there are bats & witches on it!)
Ric Rac- local Haberdashery
Lettering & tiles- Makin' The Grade
Spider & Web- Paper Doll Dress Up (with RDS button ON)
Brads (in tiles)- Papermania
Black gems( bottom right of card)- Papermania
These little boxes can be made for any occasions e.g Weddings,Birthday Party Bags and can be made really different just by changing the colour of the card and the trimmings. My idea of heaven would be to have pile of these filled with Haribo foamy jelly sweeties!!!
BTW I cut the box on my expression at 6 1/2" This gives you a relly good sized box.


Vicky-Sweet 16!!!

This was a card that I made in a bit of a rush for no2 son to give to a schoolfriend to who's party he had been invited! I used a layout from a card posted on a blog but I can't remeber who's it was!If you recognise it please let me know and I will accredit you!!!
Again, a very simple layout (they are very often the best!) Unusually for me I used a fabbo sticker for this card aand just added the recipients name and age.
I'm led to believe that she was thrilled with it!!!
Recipe as follows:
Card- 7x5"side fold
Ribbon-from my stash
Sticker-Penny Black Young Things
Scalloped oval & circle- Coluzzle and scalloped scissors
'Vicky' 7 '16'- Storybook cart.
Coloured cardstock-Papermania 12x12 stack
Hope you like it!
SORRY about the rubbish photo!

Ten tiny fingers......

Two baby cards- one of my favourite topics!!
The card on the left has a very simple layout. It is just a strip of paper decorated with ribbon and Primas, an sweet little chickie image from the wonderful Pink Petticoat and a Tiny Tag from the same scource.
The other card is also very simple with just a panel of paper with another paper strip laid across it again decorated with ribbon and Primas. The sentiments- ten tiny fingers-ten tiny toes- are computer generated.
Recipe as follows:
Chickie card-
Card- 7x5" tent fold
Paper- DCWV
Image- Pink Petticoat Sweet Chick download
Tag- Pink Petticoat Tiny Tags download
Ribbon- from my stash
Scalloped circle- Accent Essentials
Sentiment-All mixed up cut at 1/2" and 1"
Coloured cardstock- Bazzill
'10' card:
Card-7x5" Tent fold
Paper- DCWV
'10' & contrast strip- Brenda Walton Baby pad from K&Co
Ribbon & Primas from my stash
Pink Gems-Papermania
Sentiment- Computer generated
Coloured cardstock- Bazzill
'10'- Base Camp cart, with shadow
Brads for both cards- Papermania

Christening Day

These cards were unbelievably easy to make. My ladies will recognise this cross, as they made something very similar in one of my workshops.The cross is cut from silver mirri card and laid over a very simple background of a paper strip and velvet ribbon. Although they are aimed at babies they could be made for an adult too just by changing the backing paper, maybe a script or damask print paper.
Recipe as follows:
Card- 7x5" tent fold
Backing paper- DCWV
Ribbon- from my stash
Brads- Papermania
Cross- Wedding Solutions cart, cut in silver mirri with contrast cut at same size with blackout enabled. Silver cross is raised on foam pads on top of contrast cross.
Baptism- All Mixed Up
We also made this cross as a topper for a Sympathy card but used smoky grey cardstock for backing the cross and added an artificial Calla lily behind the bow.
Hope you like it!
Sorry about the strange position of the pink card but the 'O' had fallen off the 'On' and I can't find it!!!!


He passed!!!

Just a quick one today everyone! Just like to let you know that my eldest son Krishnan passed his driving test today at the first attempt with only 4 minor faults! We are really proud of him.Well done Dol!!


Ladies day......

Sometimes we tend to used paper 'as it comes' - as a complete piece for a background to a card. On the 'Relax' card I actually used the images as individual embellies rather than as a background. They were cut from the paper with a coluzzle template and mounted onto scalloped circles (the paper looks like a piece of swiss cheese now!) There are lots of these papers on the market- equally good is wrapping paper which can be used in the same way and decoupaged too! The second card uses a fabric butterfly as an embellishment.
Using the same method as the Relax card this could be adapted for a man using paper with footballers, cars, cricketers etc. Have a go! It's fun!
Tent fold 5"x7"
Paper- multi image (sorry! don't know who makes it!)
Patterned panel- ditto!!
Cardstock- Bazill
Embossed background- Doodlebug Designs
Relax- Stone Script Solutions
Scalloped Circles- Accent Essentials
Ribbon- American Arts
Brads- Papermania
Tent fold 5"x7"
Paper- K&Co
Cardstock- Bazill
Fabric flower- The Range
Ribbon- from my stash
Flower- Prima
Flwer gems- The Range
Flower sentiment- Pink Petticoat
Sister- Jasmine

You are the world......

This card was made for a lady in the USA who is a regular customer of mine. It was a Father's day card for her daughter to give to her Dad. Now anyone who knows me knows how I feel about about peel-offs. I think that to some extent they can be a cop-out. I've seen so many cards that have been quote "finished off" with a peel off and it has done just that - finished it off to the point of completely spoiling an already perfect card. Saying that I have used peel off borders which I have to say CAN add something to a card if used in the right way. I have used them here to edge the stand for this globe. I have to admit that in this case they did indeed finish it off. It added a touch of opulence and a look of engraving to the stand and I was really pleased with how it turned out. We all struggle sometimes to get ideas foe men's cards and I was inspired by a card made by Enfys Cashmore (Going Buggy) but I tweaaked it slightly and added a computer generated sentiment,
Hope you like it!
Side fold card 7"x 5"
Paper -world map (unknown scource)
Globe- Going Places
'DAD'- Opposites Attract (opposite enabled) could be changed to 'Grandad'
Sentiment- 'To the world you may be one person..but to one person you may be the world' computer generated
Big Brads- Papermania
Ribbon- from my stash


Shoes to die for!!!

This one if for all the lovely ladies who have attended my most recent workshops at JDI. We made simple shoe toppers (amongst others!) and so I thought I'd show them all what could be done with them!
The shoes were cut from fabulous glitter paper which is the only one that I would recommend for Cricut owners. This stuff doesn't shed glitter like the standard glittercard does so subsequently it won't jigger up your mat or blades! this is the most incredible value paper- it costs just £2.99 for 12 A5 sheets! The glitter content is amazing and really twinkles in the light. It's just GORGEOUS!!
Recipe as follows:
Glitter sheets- Crafttime
Paper- Lola's Boudoir download from Pink Petticoat
Ribbon- from my stash
Flowers- likewise!
Crystal Brads- Papermania
Black card- Papermania
Shoe- Cricut Wedding Solutions cart
Scalloped oval & 'DIVA' cut from Cricut Storybook cart
White embossed paper- Doodlebug Designs
Happy crafting!
p.s If you get the opportunity buy the Storybook cart. I think that it the BEST cartridge so far!It has the most beautiful,intricate cuts and you won't regret it!!!


This is another card with a Pink Petticoat Lola Rose image. The image was mounted onto coloured cardstock adhered to another panel which was mounted onto cardstock and given a scalloped border with decorative scissors. This panel was adhered with foam pads to the front of a card covered with embossed paper. Ribbon,flowers gems and glitte complete the picture.

Recipe as follows:

Tent fold card

Embossed paper- Doodlebug

Patterned paper- K & Co

Coloured cardstock- Bazzill

Flowers- Prima and other

Brads- Papermania

Pearl gems- Papermania

Image- Lola Rose 'Namaste ' coloured with marvey le plume pens

Glitter- Glitz
Relax- Cricut Base Camp cut @ 1/2"
The 'Happy 40th Anniversary' was made for my next-door neighbour to give to her parents-in-law. You won't believe how many goes I had at making this card!! No matter how I tried I just couldn't seem to get it right. So I took some time out,picked up my youngest from a fishing trip to the beach at Titchfield Haven and on the way back it just came to me!! I don't know what triggered it but I decided that I would go monochrome. I got out may favourite embossed card stock and just added the relevant colour. Bingo!! It took all of 10 minutes!AAAAGH! My neighbour loved it- I hope you like it too!! BTW I have made a 25th & 50th too. I'll post them soon
Recipe as follows:
Tent fold 5 x 7 card
Background embossed as previous card
Contrast paper- red paper from The PaperMill Shop
Gems & large Crystal Brad- Papermania
Ribbon- from my stash
Flowers-from my stash
Scalloped Oval- Cricut Storybook
White oval cut with coluzzle template
The white panel that the '40' oval sits on was edged with a Fiskars border punch then matted onto red paper leaving a border top & bottom and was then trimmed around the shaped edge by hand.
For other Anniversaries just change the colour of the background paper.


Prom night!

Hi everone! Sorry it's been an age since I last posted but I've had visitors and it's difficult to spend time posting.
My ladies will recognise this dressy card as the topper was one that we made in one of my tutorials and I thought they might like to see it actually on a card!
This card was made with the Wedding Solutions card and is the wedding dress with the train cut off to make a prom dress.
The background paper is (appropriately!) All Dressed Up by DCWV
Hope you like it Ladies, and to all of you who attended my tutorials-Well Done! You made some smashing toppers!!
Recipe as follows:
Card- 5 x 7 tentfold
Paper- All Dressed Up by DCWV
Dress- Wedding Solutions cart
Oval- George and Basic shapes with shadow and mounted onto Bazill C/S and cut with scalloped scissors
Flowers- Papermania
Gems- Papermania
Prom Night-Tear Drop cart cut @ 1"
Black swirl printed organza ribbon from my stash
Hope you'll have a go!


Beautiful...just like you!

I found these images ages ago on the internet and thought that they would make beautiful cards and that's what it says on the front of each of these vintage look 'Beautiful' cards. Each picture is in black and white but with the merest hint of colour which has been picked up in the backing papers.
I printed the images onto cream linen-look card and cut them out. They were then matted and layered onto 2 colours of cardstock. I then used vintage look papers and different layouts for each card finishing each one with flowers , ribbon, pearl embellies and a cricut generated sentiment.
The cards are 5 x 7" tentfolds.
Recipe as follows:
Papers- K & Co, Funky Hand Shabby Saturday,Basic Grey
Images downloaded from Google Images
Ribbon from my stash
Flowers -Prima
Self adhesive pearls- widely available from craft outlets
'Beautiful' cut from Opposites Attract (Upright) at 1"
I hope you like these cards and would love it if you gave them a go, maybe using vintage family portraits to create a family heirloom. You could mount them into a box frame and give them as a gift. Do you display your cards? If so I've got a really inexpensive idea to display cards which I will show you when it's complete.
Have fun


Bless You.....

I'm afraid to say that this card is a shameless CASE of a beautiful card from Creative Journey (sorry I can't remember the author's name!)

The card consists of an acetate circle decorated with gems and prima flowers .This is then mounted onto a base card decorated with more Summer Driggs paper. A strip of Paisley print paper has been mounted onto a strip of white card who's edge has been punched using a Fiskars border punch.This has then been adhered to a piece of paper which has been stuck to the front of a white tentfold card. Ribbon has been wrapped around the paisley strip. A cricut generated sentiment and gemstones completes the picture.The flowers and sentiments have been glittered with Stickles glitter glue (how unusual for me! NOT!!!) Very simple but stunning.

Recipe as follows:
Paper - Summer Driggs Download
Ribbon from my stash
Acetate -clear 'cardstock' from Jendenink Craftworks
Fiskars border punch
'Bless You'- Stone Script Solutions Cricut cart
Gems- papermania
Glitter glue- Stickles
To the lovely Sue attending a course at JDI this morning- as instructed....DON'T FORGET THE CAMERA!!!!!!


Another Summer Driggs.....

This is another card made with Summer Driggs design papers.

I used two different designs to cover the front of a tentfold card. I then downloaded a picture of a '20's' lady from the internet framed it with a Cricut frame and decorated the whole thing with flowers,ribbon brads and my obligatory glitter!!!

Very simple but very pretty!

Recipe as follows:

Paper- Summer Driggs download

Ribbon from my stash

Flowers- prima

Brads- Papermania

Scalloped Circle- Accent Essentials Cricut cart

Blue circle under image- George and Basic Shapes Cricut cart.

Glitter glue - Glitz


Love is a vine......

Browsing through the many blogs available to see on the internet I came accross Summertime Designs by Summer Driggs. She has wonderful papers to download for FREE!!!!!!.So I downloaded almost everyone of her collections.They are lovely and include papers,some page ploppers(!!!!) and embellishments.They are,of course digital,but can easily be used by cardmakers.Have a look and see what you think!

This card was made with two of her design paper,cut into 6 by 12cms panels and adhered to a matted and layered white panel. Ribbon was wrapped around the two panels and the whole thing adhered with dimensionals onto the white panel. A cricut generated frame hold the sentiment 'Love is a vine that grows in out hearts' This was computer generated onto Safmat.

Paper flowers, and gems complete the picure! The card looks much better in real life than it does in this photo!

I love this card- I hope you like it too!


Recipe as follows:

Paper Summer Driggs Download

Cardstock- Papermania

Voile ribbon from my stash

Flowers- Prima

Safmat- Letraset

Gems- Papermania
Frame - Accent Essentials Cricut Cart

Fab Funky Hand!!!

Happy Saturday everyone!! I recently discovered the wonderful Anice and Funky Hand. I purchased her Christmas downladables and also her Shabby Saturday download and these cards are made using the Shabby Saturday papers. I have used two to three contrasting papers for each card.A plain white piece of textured cardstock has been matted into coloured cardstock and adhered to a base white tentfold card. Then panels of paper have been adhered onto the white panel-some flat and some with dimensional pads. Ribbon,flowers, computer generated sentiments on Safmat,and gems complete the cards.
Recipe as follows
Paper- Funky Hand Shabby Saturday download collection
Cardstock- papermania
Ribbon- from my stash
Pearl brads for flower centres- Papermania
Frame- Accent Essentials Cricut cart. with shadow
Tags- Plantin Schoolbook
Safmat- Letraset
Flowers- Prima
Hope you like them!


A night on the town!!!

This is another card made with an image download from pink petticoat and DCWV paper-All Dressed Up. The image was matted and layered on pink and black card and then layered onto a scalloped rectangle ,decorated with pink crystals The base card is a scalloped rectangle that has been folded in half. A ribbon,bow ,layered Prima flower and Cricut sentiment complete this card.
Recipe as follows:
Base card:Scalloped rectangle cut from Celebrations (No 5 blackout enabled) @ 10"
Scalloped rectangle and shadow as above cut @ 4 1/2"
Paper- DCWV All Dressed Up
Pink Petticoat Lola's Boudoir Dress image coloured with Marvey markers
Sentiment cut from George & Basic Shapes @ 2"
Black velvet ribbon from my stash
Prima flowers and Papermania pearl brad
Papermania pink crystals
On completion image and flower glittered with Glitz glitter glue
This card would suit any occasion- engagement,birthday,hen night,prom night.......
Hope you like it


Ahoy There Matey!!!

Sorry,this photo is rubbish but I hope that you can see the essential elements in it! We all struggle with mens cards but they really aren't that hard to make and men are interested in other stuff besides footy and beer!!
This trio have cricket,ties and jolly Jack Tars as their theme.
Recipes as follows:
Cricket- Paper by Dovecraft,embellishments by CraftyBitz from The Paper Mill and sentiment from George & Basic Shapes
Ties-Paper and rub-on by Papermania,
hand knotted ties made from ribbon scraps and jewelled brads,'DAD' cut from Beyond Birthdays
Ahoy- Paper by K & Co, embellishment by CraftyBitz , 'ahoy' cut with shadow from Opposites Attract (Opposite enabled) brads from my stash & rub-on from Papermania
These cards practically made themselves!!

Love Birds

I really love these concertina fold cards as they give you a much bigger area to work on!
The Anniversary card was made with the Wedding Solutions cartridge and paper from DCWV Rock Star Stack,black velvet ribbon and black gemstones
Love Birds was again made with the Wedding Solutions cart. paper with little birdies on (sorry,can't remember who it's by) and black swirly voile ribbon. Although you can't see it very well the birds and heart have been glittered with black Stickles glitter. The white panel that the birds are on is embossed paper by Doodlebug
Hope you like them!

Oh,Pretty Baby!!!!

Everyone loves making baby cards,and I'm no exception! I have tons of baby cards to show you but I'll start with these two.
They are both tent-fold,the one on the left being a conventional tent-fold and the one on the right has a concertina panel added to it. The 'New Baby' card is very simple with just a panel of delightful 'Animal Crackers' paper by Making Memories,a piece if ribbon , a layered flower and a simple sentiment cut with the Stone Script Cricut cartridge. Three brads top and bottom and lots of glitter finish it off.
Although it's not very clear the second card says 'baby makes 3' This one was made with the Stretch your Imagination cartridge and paper from Nana's Nursery Boy Collection. Pola dot satin ribbon and green gems finish it off. Who says baby cards have to be pink or blue!!!
Hope you like them! Please leave a comment.


Nice day for a white wedding........

First of all I'd like to thank my lovely BIL for his kind comment on my last post- I appreciate it very much.Thanks Kumar!!!
Onto business! These two wedding cards are of a similar theme -Wedding cakes obviously- but are made very differently. The pink card on the left is made with PP papers and a cake cut from the Paper Doll Dress Up cart. The cake is cut from pearlised white card and decorated with tiny pink flowers from my stash and tiny self adhesive pearls. A PP sentiment and pink velvet ribbon complete the picture. One thing I'd like to mention is that when you make any accessory cuts to be used as the main component from the PDDU cart you MUST engage the real dial size button otherwise everything is cut in relation to the size of the doll on the page.If you don't do this all you get is a pile of wasted paper!!! The other card is made from the wedding collection from Dovecraft. A strip of paper was mounted onto silver mirror card and scalloped along one long edge. A smaller panel was made in the same way except that the scallops are at both ends of the panel. A piece of printed ribbon was wrapped around the card over the bottom panel and under the top one and a bow added. The cake was decoupaged (2 layers only) and added to the panel. 3 little flowers punched from silver card and embellished with tiny gems,and a sentiment cut from Stonescript at 1" completes this card.
hope you like it!!


All Loved Up!!!!

Phew !! Lots of posts today as I haven't posted since last month so here goes with the last one for today.
This card has been made with the 'Joys of the Season' and 'Accent Essentials' carts. I cut two partridges (one of them flipped) from aqua cardstock with a cream shadow. I trimmed off the little plumes on the heads of the birds and mounted them onto a blue circle with an aqua shadow, then mounted this onto a cream scalloped circle. Two panels of Papermania DP were mounted onto samesize pieces of card for strenth, wrapped with ribbon and a little bow and adhered with dimensionals onto a piece of Aqua Bazill cut slightly smaller than the base card. The circle was then adhered with silicone glue onto the panels. A couple of flowers layered up ,three hearts punched from cream card and a sentiment cut from 'Stone Script' complete the picture. The whole panel was finally stuck to the base card with DST and glittered with Glitz glitter glue (the cheap stuff £1.99). this would make a lovely Anniversary card or even a wedding card- just change the sentiment
Thanks for looking and please leave a comment if you feel like it!

Wedding shaker card

This card, which can easily be adapted for any occasion was made with the 'Accent Essential' cart. I downloaded an image from the internet and printed it onto photo paper. I made the frame plus a shadow,adhered acetate to the back of the frame and made a shaker box in the usual way. it is filled with pink and white heart shaped confetti . I covered a tent-fold card ( i just love these!) with lilac card and covered the bottom half of the card with DP from Dovecraft -I trimmed the edge with scalloped scissors- then mounted 2 strips of paper onto card to strengthen it ,wrapped ribbon around them both and mounted them over the patterned paper with large foam pads. Layered flowers from my stash and lilac rhinestones are used for decoration. Although you can't see it very well the words 'Mr & Mrs' have been adhered to the card under the panels, then glittered surprise, surprise!!.

Thanks for looking


Not just for wrapping parcels......

I made this card last week for my sister Valerie and her hubby Steve's 25th Anniversary. The beautiful image is courtesy of Clinton's Cards!! It is the most exquisite art deco wrapping paper and it comes in three designs and colours. I decoupaged the image and then mounted it onto grey and silver card keeping to the colours in the image. The background paper is PP and Cuddly Buddly (both downloads),ribbon from The Range and adhesive pearls from my local craft shop Jendenink Craftworks (who's lovely owner is my boss- or The Boss as she likes to call herself!! Hi Jennifree!!!!) Below the bow is a beautiful filigree pearlised heart shaped button (shank removed)The image has been adhered with large dimensionals. The photo isn't very clear-sorry!!!- but the background is grey swirls and the panel is roses. The wording is cut from pearl grey c/s (DCWV) using 'Stone Script' at 1 1/2" .My sister and BIL are sunning themselves in sunny Mexico at the moment.Lucky beggars!!
Thanks for looking!

This is another cute image from PP. this is Lola Rose!

I thought that the umbrella would be ideal for this card given the sentiment! The image has been coloured with Marvey pens and then cut to shape with an oval coluzzle template, then it has been mounted onto blue and yellow cardstock, trimmed with scalloped scissors. The DP is DCWV the sentiment again is PP and has been adhered with dimensionals and the flowers are probably Primas The lettering is cut from yellow cardstock with a blue shadow using the All Mixed cricut cart. at 1" ( the 'under the' is cut at 3/4" ). People who know me and my cards know that I glitter just about everything and this card is no exception!

Hope you like it! Please leave comment- I won't bite!!!!

This sweet little card is made with an image stamp from the great Pink Petticoat! The image has been mounted onto blue and pink card and then onto white card,trimmed with scalloped scissors. the image has then been mounted onto a tent-fold concertina card. the DP is DCWV the white cardstock is Bazzill, the coloured cardstock is Papermania and the ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment "A New Home!" is cut with the Cricut machine and the Stamped cartridge at 1"

Sorry about the rubbish photo!!