You & me....forever

Well, we are almost at the end of the 'noughties' and entering a new decade... lets hope it's a VAST improvement on the last one...well the last year at least! I don't know about you but I was soooo glad to put away the Christmas stuff...I'm fed up with wintery themes and so I've jumped forward a couple of months to Valentine's day (or any other romantic occasion that you can think of) I've used some scrumptious paper from MME called Be Loved. As you can see this is an easel card, and I used 3 different papers (these are double-sided by the way). I've made a large stop for this card because I wanted it to hold the 'forever' sentiment. I embossed a piece of pink card with a heart & vine embossing folder which is remarkably like the heart paper! I added a polka dot bow and a couple cut from bronze mirri card. I cut the sentiments from the same card and shadowed them with pink card. A flower, some leaves and punched hearts complete the card.
Carts used:
You & me and romantic couple- Sweethearts
Forever- Home Decor Solutions
Thanks for dropping by today, have a great time tonight and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


Boxing Day Birthday Girl!

Pia is the eldest daughter of some very good friends of ours... she's 3 months younger than our No.1 son.. and was 19 on Boxing Day! I have a lot of free papers from mags especially Creative Cardmaking, from which this FAB image and papers came. I use the papers, usually, but not so the images, but I thought this one would be ideal for Pia as it's not too overtly Christmassy...just wintery! I made the card in an easel format and used 2 different paper designs. I adhered the image to thin card then cut it out. It was then mounted onto pink & gold card and adhered to the top portion of the card over a strip of ribbon. I cut a square of patterned paper for the 'stop' and adhered a handbag using foam pads. I cut PIA & Happy Birthday from hot pink glitter card and shadowed each with gold mirri card (the happy birthday shadow was hand cut as the sentiment was already cut in shadow mode) I finished the card with a bow and layered flower and added some glamour dust to the fur trim on the image.
Carts used:
PIA- Winter Woodland
Happy Birthday- Calligraphy Collection
I hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas and thanks for taking time to look in today!


Merry Christmas Everyone!

I'd just like to take a few secs to say Merry Christmas to everyone out there who knows me and mine! Thanks for dropping by my blog...I really enjoy sharing my cards with you all. I'll be trying some new card styles in the New Year and hopefully (if they work!) I'll be able to share them with you. Wherever you are tomorrow, have a good one, be happy & kind to each other, cherish what & who you have and keep a special place in your heart for those no longer here to share this special time ... God Bless, Dad..we love you and we'll miss you so much this Christmas.
Have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Seasonal hugs!



Here's another bauble-type card. Made in exactly the same way as yesterday's. I cut the 'JOY' tag from green glitter card and backed it with green mirri (click on the picture for a better view) I added some American crafts ribbon and a poinsetta. Paper is from DCWV.
Cart used:
'JOY' tag- Very Merry Tags (Limited edition)
I'm off to work soon ...last one for this year!
Thanks for looking today!



I've a little bauble card for you today. I used papers from DCWV and a Cuttlebugged panel of dark pink cardstock. I cut the bauble from black sparkle card and backed it with pink mirri card. I added some rather glorious ribbon, a layered sheer poinsetta from Prima, and some silver leaves. Very simple but effective!
Carts used:
Noel bauble- Very Merry Tags (Limited Edition)
Thanks for dropping by today!


For Mum at Christmastime...

This is the card that I made for my Mum for Christmas. I used the same image as that on a previous post, treated exactly the same way with Glamour Dust. The holly background paper was free with Creative Cardmaking a couple of months ago. I mounted the picture onto a scalloped panel and added gold ribbon & a poinsetta to the front of the card. I cut a smaller scalloped panel and added a sentiment to a piece of white textured card with peel offs and a Cricut generated sentiment. To finish the front of the card I addded red Stickles to the berries in the child's hair and some red gems to the ribbon. I have to add that the little girl is the spitting image of my great-niece Chelsea! Hope you are all ready for the great day....only 3 more days to go!!!!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Warm Winter Wishes..

Hope you are all well...I've got a flippin' cold but heyho! I made this card ages ago but left the white panel blank until I got the Winter Woodland cart because I knew that there would be something on it that would look great in the space.... so here it is!
I used DCWV (I think!) papers which were matted onto pink card and I embossed the white panel with a Fiskars Texture Plate. I added a large blue & white poinsetta with a pink paper rose in the centre. I cut the sentiment from blue glitter card and then added gems in a swirly pattern.. you can buy these swirls (and very lovely they are too!) from Prima, but with a pot of pva, some precision tweezers,
Papermania rhinestone wheel, good eyesight(???!!) and a steady hand you can produce your own for a fraction of the cost.
Carts used:
Sentiment- Winter Woodland
Leaves- Stretch Your Imagination ( you could use StoryBook)
Thanks for dropping in today!


Mass production!

First off...sorry about the photo! I wanted some cards that I could send to the neighbours or keep in reserve for those forgotten few! So I came up with these. They consist of an embossed panel (Cuttlebug Christmas countdown- 7x5") coloured cardstock for a mat, scrap of patterned paper, ribbon, a poinsetta and a sentiment cut from glitter card/paper. These were so quick to put together, and I added a sentiment inside that was computer generated onto Safmat.
I'll be making more like this next year I think!
Carts used:
Sentiments- Winter Woodland & Storybook
Thanks for dropping by!


60th Birthday

We went to a birthday party on Saturaday evening. Our hostess Vicky will be sixty just before Christmas and I made this card for her from hubby & myself, my boss Jennie and her family and some other good friends and customers from the shop (Vicky is also a customer and friend) therefore this card is BIG! It's A4 in size and is big enough for mass signing.
I used Clare Curd papers in black & red (the colour theme for her party) and some glitter card for the '60' I cut out a scalloped frame & matted & layered patterned paper onto it. I added a bow, horizontal panel edged with a Martha Stewart punch and some black & red flowers.
Carts used:
'60'- Winter Woodland
Scalloped frame- A Child's Year
Thanks for looking!


A birthday train for Bryn..

It was our next door neighbour's youngest son's birthday on Tuesday and this is the card that I made for him. I used papers from the DCWV Kids stack. I matted and layered striped and patterned papers with blue card. Then I embossed a piece of the blue card with an embossing folder. I added a strip of the striped paper to the bottom of the embossed piece and added four candy dots which I glittered. I cut the train from black and coloured cardstock and pieced it together using a different colour for each truck. I cut some strips of card with scalloped scissors and added a piece to the top of each truck. The wheels were enhanced with brads and a number 3 added to the train engine. I hand cut the smoke clouds from glittercard and cut each letter of the name from a different coloured glitter card. The trucks of the train were joined with a piece of fine silver cord adhered to the back and the whole train was adhered to the blue panel with foam pads, as were the letters. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of the patterned paper and 'Happy Birthday' cut from blue cardstock.
Carts used:
Train- New Arrival
BRYN- Lyrical Letters (jumbo font)
Happy Birthday (inside but not shown)- A Child's Year
Thanks for dropping by!


O Holy Night

Sorry folks!Another easel card for you. I did warn you! As you can see I used just 2 colours of cardstock-red card & gold mirri. I cut the nativity scene from gold card and a shadow in red which I embossed with a starts embossing folder. I matted & layered red & gold cardstock, added some red shimmery ribbon, peel-offs(!!!!!) a punched border & gold stars. I cut the stop & mounted the 'O' onto it then adhered the 'Holy Night' below it above the gold border. One of the ladies at the Swarm made one of these and it was beautiful.
Carts used:
Nativity- When It's Cold Outside (special edition cart)
'O Holy Night' & scalloped circle- Winter Woodland
Thanks for looking!


First Swarm project.

We held our first Swarm last Saturday and it was a great success..thanks to all the ladies who came and extra special thanks to Jennie (The Boss!) who stayed and helped. We will definately be doing it again! This is the project that each of the ladies were given to either make at the Swarm or take home. It's a little wall hanging (although one lady decided to put hers on the front of a card (nice one Angie!) I'm all for people taking an idea and running with it...if it turns out very different to the original..great!!! I used just 2 carts for this one. I cut the larger shape in white card and gold card which were adhered together (the white card adds stability) then cut the same shape 1/2" smaller in patterned paper and adhered it to the gold card. The sleigh was cut from gold then red card (the runners were cut from the red portion), and the decorative swirl was the shift section of the sleigh. They were adhered together then a gold bow & poinsetta added. The 'Season's Greetings' was cut from red card with a gold shadow then adhered above the sleigh. Two holes were punched in the top of the shape with a Cropodile then gold cord was threaded through from the front & knotted at the back. For any of the ladies who for one reason or another couldn't attend the Swarm there are some packs still available at Jendenink to buy.
Carts used:
Lozenge shape- Accent Essentials
Sleigh & sentiment- Christmas (Noel) Solutions
Thanks for looking...and thanks again to all the ladies who attended- you made it a great day!!!


Happy 1st Birthday Holli!

It is my great-niece Holli's first birthday on Monday and this is the card that I made for her. It's an easel card again! I used Provocraft paper (floral) and some scrap checked paper from my stash. I matted & layered onto pale pink/mid pink Bazzill. I used pink glitter card for the frame, high chair image, name, number & 'today'. I added pink satin ribbon, a white paper rose & daisies punched from white glitter card and enhanced with a gem. The white panel behind the image & the mount for the '1' were Cuttlebugged.
Carts used:
High chair image- A Child's Year
Holli, Today & scalloped oval frame - Ashlyn's Alphabet
'1', scalloped circles & white circle- Winter Woodland
Thanks for dropping by & have a great weekend!
p.s To all the lovely ladies coming to our very first Swarm tomorrow.... I'm really looking forward to seeing you all. Don't forget it's not a workshop so you'll have to bring all your own stuff although you can pop down to the shop to stock up on supplies... If you've got them can you be sure to bring Accent Essentials & Christmas (Noel) Solutions.. don't worry if you don't have either of the carts..we'll have a couple to loan out. See you all tomorrow!!


From The Heart....

The papers used on this card are new ones from Papermania. The colours are lovely (pink, chocolate, duck egg blue, aubergine) and the paper has a linen texture to it. The paper I used has birdcages on it, and I teamed it with chocolate polka dots. The contrasting cardstock is Gemstones which I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. I cut out the scalloped border using the 'Fit To Length' feature and the frame was cut from the same cardstock & shadowed with polka dot paper. I cut out the leaves from Gemstones. I added brown satin ribbon, flowers & pearls and the sentiments cut from polka dot paper & shadowed with the Gemstones cardstock.
Carts used:
Scalloped border, frame & leaves- Accent Essentials
Sentiment- Stamping Solutions
Thanks for dropping by!


Three ladies dancing....

This is a card that I made as a commission for a very sweet lady who comes to us for her special cards. This one is for her daughter who has just opened a ballet school in Germany where she lives. I used ballet themed paper (K & Co I think)
for the front of the card, and I made a mirror from (funnily enough!) Mirri card. I added a barre with brads and three dancers wearing pink glitter-enhanced tutus. I gave each dancer a different colour of hair and they all have pearl earrings. I added the requested sentiments on scalloped ovals. I finished the card off with voile bows and a pair of ballet shoes cut from more of the ballet themed pad (added after the photo was taken). A verse was put inside which was composed by the customer herself (not shown for obvious reasons!)
Carts used:
Dancers- Joys Of The Season
Smaller scalloped oval- Storybook
White ovals- George
Larger scalloped oval hand cut with scalloped scissors
Thanks for dropping by!