A baby is a kiss from Heaven.......

I've got a couple of baby cards for you today. I thought that the sentiment was perfect for these cute babies sleeping on a crescent moon. The card is a 6" square tent fold with a punched bottom edge. The papers are from Dovecraft's New Arrival 6" pad. I added a border with a punched edge and trimmed with satin polka dot ribbon. A scalloped oval holds the cute baby cut from flesh-coloured cardstock and patterned paper. The moons were cut from sparkly gift wrap and adhered to a base image cut from plain cardstock. The clouds and plain oval (embossed with the Dovecraft 'Boofle' embossing folder after cutting) were cut from white textured cardstock. The 'moon babies' were adhered to the embossed ovals with foam pads. These in turn were adhered to the scalloped ovals and adhered with more foam pads to the front of the card. The ovals were embellished with a WOC bloom. The sentiment was computer generated onto white textured cardstock, matted with coloured card and then adhered to the card front with foam pads. A trio of punched stars completes the card.
Carts used:
Moon baby- Baby Steps
Scalloped ovals- Elegant Edges
Plain ovals- Opposites Attract
I've found that this oval from Opposites Attract fits most scalloped ovals, especially the ones from StoryBook. The ovals on George are a little too elongated to fit perfectly, whereas these ovals are a little more 'squat' and fit perfectly.
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx


Farewell Carolyne.........

One of my hubby's secretaries left the hospital on Friday to begin a new job and he asked me to make a card that her colleagues could all sign. He left the design to me (as always!) only specifying that it should be A4 in size. I chose an aqua palette from a 12x12 stack by Grace Taylor called 'Vintage' (fromThe Range) and kept the design simple. I cut out a scalloped 'eyelet lace' panel adding an embossed, matted panel in the centre holding the 'Good Luck Carolyne' legend. I added some wide sheer ribbon, an aqua rose, hat pin, and a smattering of pearls to finish.
Carts used:
Scalloped panel- Elegant Edges
Good Luck- Wrap It Up
Carolyne- Stamped (Smooth font)
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx



It was my niece Kate's birthday on Monday and this the card that I made for her. This is a new kind of card for me. I saw something similar whilst blog-hopping last week and came up with a design for a tall (DL) card and another that will fit into a 6" square envelope. I'll show you one of them soon.. To make the base card I cut down a C5 card to 8.5" x 4.5" (basically a DL or Legal Size in the U.S) and covered the card front with black cardstock. I then cut a smaller piece of patterned paper (from the Paper Lace 8x8 stack from DCWV), punched the bottom edge and wrapped it with ribbon. It was then adhered to the front of the card with foam tape. I then cut a 5.5" square matted with a piece of pink paper. This was adhered flat to the card. A shaped panel was adhered centrally with foam tape, and on top of that a scalloped oval. A standard oval cut from patterned paper was adhered to the scalloped oval and holds the Happy Birthday greeting and the name. To complete the card I added a flourish, punched butterflies (from an Xcut border punch), flowers and a smattering of pearls.
Carts used:
Shaped panel/scalloped oval- Elegant Edges
Oval- Opposites Attract
Flourish- Home Decor
Happy Birthday- Wild Card
Kate- Ashlyn's Alphabet
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Workshop Wednesday........

 Here's a selection of cards made by some of the lovely ladies at today's workshop ( a couple of ladies slipped away without my photographing their cards!! Naughty, naughty!!!). First up is Lyn with her lovely 'Thinking Of You' card......
 ....and a couple from Barbie,'Home Sweet Home'.......
 ....and a beautiful coffee and cream creation that will become a wedding card......
....and last but not least Maureen who made this lovely rosette silhouette card (love that paper!)
Thanks ladies for a great, fun day!
Heather xxx


Happy Mother's Day!..........

 ...to all you lovely UK Mum's out there! Hope you've had a lovely day. We've just got back from a lovely pub lunch in the village. We've lived in our present house for 12 years and have never set foot inside the village pub, but it's recently had a refurbishment so we decided to give it a go. The food was lovely and hot, served by cheerful staff in a busy but not too noisy environment. If you are ever in Stubbington give the Red Lion a go. The prices are really reasonable too.
Enough waffling, down to business.
Today's cards are the ones that I sent to my Mum. I went vintage with the one from hubby and me. I used a picture that I downloaded from t'internet and printed onto vanilla Papermania textured cardstock and trimmed to fit a stamp-shaped panel. The papers are from a 12x12 Grace Taylor 'Vintage' stack from The Range. I mounted the stamp panel onto a shaped panel covered with fashion plate paper and trimmed with cream cotton lace (pleated onto a strip of DS tape) and pink satin ribbon from Paperchase. I coloured a pearl hatpin with a permanent marker and pushed it through the centre of the ribbon bow ** I always add a silver bugle bead to the end of my hatpins to prevent needle-stick injury, especially if the card is being posted** 'MUM' was cut from Papermania shimmer cardstock and adhered with foam pads. A WOC floral arrangement, heart shaped pearl embellishment (The Works) and a smattering of pink pearls completes the card.
This cute basket was cut from shimmer cardstock and filled with punched flowers and leaves. The papers are Dovecraft Basic papers and the card base is a 6" square Z-fold. The white panel was embossed with a swirl embossing folder, and the basket was adhered to it with foam pads. On the inside (which I forgot to photograph! Duh!) I added 'Happy Mother's Day' and 'Nan' (this card was from the boys). I added a yellow polka dot satin bow and a butterfly to complete the card.
Carts used:
Vintage Mum:
Stamp and shaped panel- Elegant Edges
MUM- Art Nouveau
Flower basket:
Basket- Wedding Solutions
Butterfly- Stamping Solutions
Happy Mother's Day (not shown)- Mother's Day Seasonal
Nan (not shown)- Lyrical Letters
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Workshop Wednesday........

 I've got something new for you today. It's Workshop Wednesday, showcasing the fab cards that the lovely ladies that I teach made at today's workshop. I'm sure you'll agree that they have all made some gorgeous cards. First up is Ann with her amazing swan wedding card. It's a humungous A4, the base card made on the Expression, the remainder of the card made on Ann's Create.......
 ....Anne No2 made this lovely footy card for her son.......
 ...and Chris made this card for a very brave policeman who saved a fellow officers life, and is being honoured for his bravery........
 ...this is the inside of Chris' card....
 .....and these cards were made by Chrissie.......
 ......and two lovely fan cards by Dawn........
 ....and Julie, who's card is for an Anniversary...........
 .......and Lesley made these lovely male cards. The rosette was made with her Rosettes and Ribbons cart...............
 ...and Maureen made this lovely window card (inspiration from Kittie at Kittikraft.typepad.com)...
 .....and newbie Monica who made these two lovely bright and cheerful cards for her first time with the Cricut.......
 .....and her friend Sue who made a window card and a lovely rosette silhouette card.......
....and last but not least, Vicki, who made a fan card in a stunning candy pink and black palette.
Fantastic cards, ladies! I really enjoy seeing how they all interpret my cards, changing them here and there to make them their own. I LOVE MY JOB!!!
Thanks for taking a look today!
Heather xxx


Elegant rosette...........

 Before the latest DoCrafts launch (Boofle, New Arrival etc) I was given a couple of pieces of paper to try out and make some samples. The paper is Newsprint, and as you would imagine it is full of newsprint pictures, fashion plates, script and even some  music paper. It smacks of 'vintage' so I went with it and came up with this, if I say so myself, elegant silhouette card.
The card base is a Z-fold C5 and predominately black and white with a splash of red. I made a rosette from black paper (two 12x1 3/4" strips with the long edges punched) and topped it with a red scalloped circle. I added a print paper circle and the silhouette cut from black glittercard. The silhouette was embellished with pearls to create a necklace and earring, then adhered to the circle with foam tape. The folded edge of the card was trimmed with a punched border of black paper wrapped with red sheer ribbon and embellished with a large bow and a red bloom. A smattering of red and white pearls completes the front of the card.
A second scalloped circle, this time cut from black card and topped with an embossed white circle matted with red, was adhered to the inside back of the card. 'Happy Birthday' was cut from black glittercard and adhered flat to the white circle. A smattering of pearls completes the back of the card.
Carts used:
Scalloped circles- Lacy Labels
Silhouette- Victorian Romance
Circles- George
'Happy Birthday'- Wild Card
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


Scrubbing and cleaning.......

 Crikey, this is an old card! I made it for a workshop and would you believe I bought a cartridge especially to make it! Have you ever done that? I'd seen a card whilst blog hopping, with a stamped rocking chair and the 'scrubbing and cleaning' verse on it. I thought that I could make a Cricut based card but didn't have a rocking chair cut, so I went on the My Cut Search site and found one on the Kate's ABC cart- so I bought it! I've always loved the verse, in fact I made a sampler many moons ago BEFORE I had my kids with that very verse on it. It goes like this:
Scrubbing and cleaning can wait 'til tomorrow
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep
How lovely is that?  For the card base I made a C5 double Z-fold, with the front panel being narrower than the others. The papers are from my stash. The rocker was cut from shimmer cardstock and adhered inside a frame, that was decorated with punched and WOC blooms and a polka dot bow. The frame was adhered to the centre panel. A shaped panel, the same shape as the frame, was adhered to the inside back of the card and holds the computer generated verse, and some punched flowers with pearl centres.

The narrowest panel was adorned with a double punched strip of cardstock trimmed with polka dot ribbon and a bow. A small shaped panel holding the 'Little One' sentiment was adhered with foam pads below the bow. A smattering of pearls completes the card.
Carts used:
Rocker, frame and shaped panels- Kate's ABC
Little One- Stamping Solutions
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx



 I am on a baby card kick at the moment. I've bought loads of gorge baby papers lately and can't put them down! I thought that I'd make a baby card for new twins - this one a boy/girl set- but of course you could make on to suit a set of boys or girls just by changing the cute outfits. Aren't those little socks adorable?!
The card base is a 6" Z-fold square and the papers are Dovecraft. The outfits were cut from blue and pink gingham and adhered to an embossed square, mounted with foam tape onto a shaped square panel.
A smaller shaped panel was cut for the inside back of the card and holds the 'twins' sentiment. The card was finished off with a floral bow and some punched flowers and leaves.
Carts used:
Panels- Elegant Edges
Baby outfits- Baby Steps
'Twins'- New Arrival
Thanks for dropping by!
Heather xxx


The patter of tiny feet!......

Last weekend we paid a visit to one of my OH's colleagues for a party to celebrate his daughter's pregnancy (actually the baby is due in a couple of weeks) and I made this card for her and her hubby. The card is an extended stepper (a 6" square with a step added to the front) and the papers are a mixture of Dovecraft Zooballoo and stash papers. I adhered a piece of punched card to the stepper front and covered it with a piece of rattle and brick patterned paper and a ribbon and bow. A scalloped circle was cut from lilac cardstock and a circle of lilac gingham adhered to it. A smaller white circle embossed with baby phrases was adhered with foam pads. The cute pair of baby feet was cut from lilac glittercard and also adhered with foam pads. The flowers are from WOC. A trio of pearls completes the front of the stepper potion of the card. The back of the stepper was covered in lilac Craft Creations gingham paper, with a trio of lilac buttons threaded with paper string from the Works adhered with glue dots. The sentiment was cut fromn purple glittercard and adhered flat. I chose the lilac colourway because Amrita doesn't know the baby's sex.
Carts used:
Scalloped circle- Lacy Labels
Circles- George
Baby Feet- New Arrival
Sentiment (individual letters)-Quarternote
Thanks for dropping by today!
Heather xxx