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Hello and Welcome to my Blog I am so glad you found me. Here you will find a mixture of cards made from digital sheets purchased from the Craftsuprint website, cards made from rubber stamps and other bits and pieces. I got into cardmaking a few years ago by going to a class, then I got the bug. The thing I really like about crafting is that you are constantly learning so you never get bored. Please feel free to follow my Blog and you are most welcome to leave a comment.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It has been a while!

Hi Bloggers and followers
It has been a very long time since I have posted anything, I have been poorly and one thing just led to another, but enough of all that, I would like to share with you  a few cards that I have been working on lately. I am not sure about you but I think this year has just raced away so quickly, maybe it is because I am getting on lol...

Well the theme is all about Christmas, just incase you are not aware I am one of the cardmakers for the Craftsuprint Website  all the cards I am sharing are made using the sheets sold on their site.

CHRISTMAS SKIES - This sheet is designed by Chris Harland you can view more of his work here

CHRISTMAS SCENES BLUES - Sheet designed by Denise Rhodes you can view more of her work here

MERRY CHRISTMAS SCENES - Sheet designed by Frances Dent you can view more of her work here

CHRISTMAS - Sheet designed by Sallyanne O'Connell you can view more of her work here

As you can see I have used a mixture of different card stocks and lots of glitter. Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? I know I have only made a few and every year I curse myself - "why do I leave it so late?". Note to self start making them in January, have them all written out to be posted and sorted by 1st December. We will see how that works out lol....

Thank you for viewing and see you again soon. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Butterflies and Pearls

Hi Everyone
I have been working on a few cards and thought I would share them with you over the next few days, at the moment I am replenishing my back stock of cards that I have sold recently for my friends and family so I have not posted anything for a while. This is a personal order for a regular customer of mine Jane, this is for her friend's upcoming 65th birthday. The sheet I used for this card has been designed by Karen Adair you can view more of her work here. The card used is 8"x8"in size and I started off by covering the card blank with embossed pink toning card stock you should just be able to make it out from the photo. If my memory serves me correctly it was the "Hunkydory" embossed card. I framed the main image onto silver mirri and trimmed to create a fine border the adhered. I shaped and decoupaged all the pieces then die-cut the age a few times to give the numbers a bold look. Jane was thrilled with it and that made my day.


Thank you for viewing:-)



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rock and Roll in Mint


This card has been made using a sheet designed by Julie Hutchings on the Craftsuprint website you can view more of her work here. I just love this style of dress as you can tell from this previous post. Sticking with Tonic Studios I embossed a piece of toning pearl card using their 'Roseanna' embossing folder, very handy that this folder is A4 in size as I am using a larger card blank 7"x10" in size. Once embossed using the Grand Calibur die cutting machine, I trimmed and adhered to the white shaped card blank. I cut out the main image (I used 2 mats behind it) and mounted onto the card blank. I used some stickles 'Aqua' glitter glue to form a frame around the outside edge of the image. Next I cut out, shaped and decoupaged all the elements using 3d glue then finished with glitter elements and lots of toning gems. I will post again soon, thank you for stopping by x 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Moonglade Wish

Another card using the header dies following on from yesterdays card, the theme today is purple and white this time using the 'Moonglade Wish' die from Tonic Studios, can you tell I am a fan of Tonic Dies? lol...! 

First of all I covered a card blank using a nice pearl card then I embossed a piece of white card using the 'Martha' embossing folder from tonic and layered and attached the matt that I created using the header die, once attached I trimmed the white card mounted onto the card blank. I cut out the 'Moonglade Wish' in white and used lots of glitter on the frame and to the fairy and finished off the card using lots of gems. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mr & Mrs

This is a different card from me, it has been made using Tonic Studios Header Dies. I started with cream hammer card measuring 20x20 cm, using one of the header dies from the 'Ornate Elegance' set, this card was inspired by this video from Jodie Johnson from Tonic Studios. I decided to use gold and cream card stock to create my card. 





For the centre of the card I cut out some gold card and embossed it using the tonic 'Amelia' embossing folder, you can just see a little element of the embossing in the photo. I cut out the sentiment heart die 'Mrs & Mrs' from cream card once and then gold textured card twice and slightly offset the sentiments so you get a shadow appearance. I layered them onto a piece of cream card then onto the card blank and finished the card using lots of gold gems. 


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Masquerade

Hi Everybody, today's card is still on the theme of masks, there is just something about them that I like, maybe it is the mystery that surrounds them! As this sheet has an elaborate print I don't think it needs too much added to it. The sheet is designed by Chris Harland you can view more of his designs here

I printed the sheet onto glossy photo paper and cut out the main image and layered it onto gold mirri card. I mounted it onto a cream scalloped edged card blank then I shaped and decoupaged all the pieces using pinflair glue. To finish I added gold gems, glitter touches to the edges of the fan and to the leaves.



Thank you very much for viewing. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Masque - Ice Blue & Amethyst

I made this card for my youngest Step-Daughter for her Birthday. She is a huge fan of blues and turquoise colours. I chose this image mainly because it compliments her arty nature, she loves to paint and sketch in her spare time. The sheet I used has been designed by Anne Lever you can view her designs here. 

To make this card I started off by using a white scalloped edged c5 card blank as my base, then after printing out the sheet onto glossy photo paper, I cut out all the pieces and matted the main image onto a gorgeous toning shade of holographic card and trimmed to create a fine border around the image. I mounted onto the card blank using double sided tape. I shaped the rest of the pieces to add interest to the design and I decoupaged all the pieces using pinflair glue gel to give it height plus as the gel takes at least an hour to set you get time to maneuver the pieces into shape without spoiling your work.(I generally leave it overnight to dry) To finish off I added some iridescent gems. 



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Quintet of Radiance Award Nomination


Vashti Quiroz-Vega has nominated me for the Quintet of Radiance Award, which are really 5 awards in one: The Awesome Blog Content Award, Most Influential Blogger Award, Sunshine Award, Inner Peace Award, and The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much Vashti most unexpected, I am so chuffed!

Please be sure to visit Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog - Fiction Writer and read all about her and immerse yourself in her stories. 

The Rules for the Quintet of Radiance Award:
1. Display the badge in a post.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.
3. Using the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or phase.
4. Nominate a few bloggers.
Right here goes with the A-Z
Amazement on receiving this nomination thanks again Vashti. 
Brilliant friends surround me
Creative person, I love to make cards especially personal orders tailored to the recipient. 
Devoted wife to my amazing Husband
Excitable when it comes to card-making or doing things the things I enjoy. 
Friendly person by nature until someone crosses me - (Watch out!)
Giver, I prefer to give than receive
Humble especially when it comes to my cardmaking and helping people my reward is seeing someone smile, especially if I have managed to help them in some way. 
Intelligent at least I like to think so lol... in my mind you learn something new everyday no matter how small. 
Joyful most of the time, I love to laugh and make others laugh
Keen to learn new things
Loyal to my nearest and dearest and people I know, I am also good at keeping secrets. 
Manage my ill-health to the best of my ability and my hope is for people to see ME and not my health issues.
Nutty as a fruit bat at times, my friends would definitely agree. 
Open-minded when it comes to new things especially gadgets ie- iphone/ipad/kindle etc. 
Passionate about my crafting, have I mentioned it yet? Lol...
Questioning I have an enquiring mind.
Researching I do not always take what I hear as read I have to look it up and try to get to the facts of the matter or subject. 
Supportive to my friends, they know where I am if they need me, sometimes I just know when something is wrong.
Tactful where I can be, no point in being unnecessarily hurtful.
Unusual I am strangely drawn to things out of the ordinary such as nature and how unpredictable it can be like freak weather. 
Variety is the spice of life especially when it comes to music be it soul, pop, classic or reggae my collection includes something from all genres. 
Wishful thinking that in my lifetime there will be world peace, that would be amazing. 
Xanadu a place of beauty is a how I would describe one of my favourite places Tuscany in Italy simply gorgeous.
Young at heart is a word to describe me, I am often childish too. 
Zany is definitely me lol, some days I am mad as a hatter lol...

My Nominees
Dyane Forde is an Author and writer of the Purple Morrow Trilogy just click on her name and you can read all about her current works and books in progress.

Kim Dellow is a brilliant crafter, I like the way she mixes things up and uses all sorts of media in her crafting.


Jed Lloyd is an amazing blogger/entrepreneur  who is always looking for ways to market and work social media and he is very generous in sharing his knowledge


Cheryl KP She is an excellent photographer  with a great eye and she also writes poetry and short stories.


Sho Nique  She is an Author and she is busy writing I Am Not Listening (but tell me anyway) very inspirational.


Kerry Connelly is an Author of the Amazon best selling book - Shaken in the book Kerry shares her honest and brave account of emotional abuse.


Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin  I know Vashti has already nominated you but I had to include you. I love reading Yolanda's poetry and her travel adventures are amazing.


A Long He is a poet and I am huge fan of his work and he is kindly shares everyone's work on G+.


Stephen C. Shultz he has a degree in psychology and has helped many people including people with mental illness and he has done amazing work with teens.


There are too many blogs to mention but thank you for reading and I will catch up with you all soon.




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy 50th Birthday Sis!


I have dedicated this post to my special younger Sister, we were friends first and life has made us Sisters, we have known each other for over 30 years and she is just like a sister to me. She was down this weekend with her partner and my hubby and I made her a lovely meal, and there was balloons and champagne and a gorgeous chocolate cake that I had made for her. We had a lovely time and She knew my mother very well too; so what had started as a sad day on friday ended on a lovely positive note over the weekend.  

This is the birthday card I made for her the sheet I used was designed by Julie Hutchings you can see more of her work here.


This is the birthday card I had made for Vicky, it was yummy made by a brilliant cake maker Fay, you can see her amazing cakes here.


This is a picture of us on holiday a while back and I put this on the inside of the card I made for her.


Thank you for stopping by, please feel free to leave me a comment and you are most welcome to follow me.

Friday, April 25, 2014

A note to my Mother!

Hi Everyone



Today is a somewhat sad day for me. It is 18 years today since my Mother has passed as I go through this day I wonder what I would say to my Mum if she were here today. I feel a little cheated as my Mum was very ill and did not really recognise me towards the end and this went on for a few years and there is so much I would have wanted to say to her.

Unfortunately she missed out on so much, she never saw her grandchildren, she never met my husband who she would have loved and she missed a few milestone birthdays. I am very fortunate to have many close friends who are always there for me and vice versa and I have a very special Lady in my life who is just like a Mother to me.

'Mum I am so glad you are out of pain and you are at peace now, there are times when you were well when I miss your smile and there is nothing like a hug from you. I hope you are watching me and you can see how happy I am and that you know you are gone but not forgotten. We had our moments but the one thing that remains is my love for you. Your spirit lives on and as I look at myself in the mirror I see you, I sometimes have to double take as  I look a lot like you when you were my age and everyone says so. Keep on resting Mum I love you'

Thank you for viewing I might not be around much today but I know you will understand.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Two 40th Birthdays

Hi Everybody I hope your Easter is going well, I have two cards to share with you today both cards are made using sheets by the designer Julie Hutchings you can view more of her work here.  Both cards were ordered by my regular customer Jane. She is so supportive of my work. The first card is 'Purple Slingback' and if you look closely you can see I have cut out several layers, shaped and decoupaged the butterflies, the rose and the shoe. I have finished with lots of gems and glitter touches. 



The next card is the 'Lily Shoe' and again I have had lots of fun cutting out lots of layers, then I shaped and decoupaged all the elements and finished by using lots of gems and glitter touches to the butterfly wings. 



Thank you for viewing, until next time enjoy your Easter break. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Deco Lovers

I thought I would share this card with you, it is for a wedding. I started off by using a white 7" x 10" scalloped edged card blank. To create the background I inked up a swirly roller with clear versamark ink and random stamped the card all over re-inking the roller when necessary. I sprinkled silver tinsel embossing powder over the stamped image then I heat embossed the background until the powder melted. I tied a purple toning ribbon around the card and used a pearl embellishment and a heart to finish off the bow. 

For the next step I printed off the image of the Art Deco Lovers onto glossy photo paper and cut out and matted onto silver encapsulated glitter card then onto the same glitter card in purple. Using sticky foam pads I adhered the image onto the card blank being careful to leave enough room for a greeting. I printed out the sheet several times and cut out and shaped the couple and assembled onto the card. To finish the card I added glitter highlights to the dress and attached a greeting. The designer of the sheet I used is Susan Donaghie you can see more of her work here.




Graduation card for Sarah

Hi everyone I thought I would share a card I made for a lovely regular customer Jane for her daughter Sarah's graduation. I covered a large shaped 7" x10" card in a sandy gold tone card and cut around the scalloped edge. The sheet I used to make the card is designed by Susan Heanes you can view her work Here 

I resized the main image printed onto glossy photo paper and cut out main image and matted onto gold mirri card. I printed out the image several more times to so I could cut out and some decoupage elements to the central section. To finish I added a hatpin, a ribbon and a greeting.




Thank you for stopping by, until the next time have a Happy Easter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Roses, Shoes and Pearls

Hi Everybody!
This is a card I made a for a 60th Birthday, it is a great card for the ladies, I know shoes, accessories, flowers what's not to like? The designer of this sheet is Julie Hutchings, you can find more of her work on the Here


I printed this sheet onto glossy photo paper and matted onto gold mirror card, then onto a cream card blank. I cut out and shaped all the elements and attached using 3d glue then added 3 pearl hatpins to finish. The hatpins are were cream so I used a promarker in a toning shade to colour them to compliment my card. I must admit I could not resist so I added some glitter touches. 


Thank you for visiting, please feel free to leave me a comment. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mum's the Word!

Hi Everybody
I hope all the Mothers out there enjoyed a great Mothers Day in the UK. I know some of you abroad celebrate Mothers Day in May, I just thought I would share with you some cards I made which were snapped up by friends and family. My Mother has sadly passed but I still think about her especially on Mothers Day. I have a very special lady in my life who is like a Mother to me and here is the card I sent to her. She is so special to me.  The designer of this sheet is Anna Babajanyan. I printed this sheet a few times to add some layers. When you use digital sheet toppers and want to add layers you simply print the sheets as many times as you like and make up the card to fit your style.



This card can be used not only for Mothers Day but it is appropriate for a birthday card for your special Mum. The sheet I used to make this card is designed by Kim Blundred you can find more of her designs on the Craftsuprint website. I simply cut out all the elements and shaped and layered up the butterflies and added glitter to finish.


This is such a lovely peachy card is all about Mum's flowers, gems and lace brilliant for our Mum's. The sheet is designed by Carol Smith. I simply cut out the sheet and shaped the flowers and bows finished with gems nice and fresh. 


I just love the anemone's in the design easy and effective to make. The centrepiece displaying the word Mum is wonderful. This sheet is designed by Julie Hutchings it has a great shabby chic look too. 


Thank you for stopping by I will post again soon.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Autumn Garden

Hi everyone here are 3 cards I made for the for Craftsuprint Website a nice quick card to start for a male or female. Very easy to make and nice and cheery ready for Spring. The designer of this sheet is Carol Dunne.


For my second card 'Autumn Glory' full of gorgeous colours and I cut out all the elements shaped and added a ribbon just to compliment it. The designer of this sheet is Marijke Kok.


For my final card for today I decided to punch a gold frame around the image and add some feathers just to set it off. This sheet is called 'Retirement Day' and is designed by Carol Brown.


Thank you for viewing.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Glitter of Sands

Hi everyone, I thought I would share with you a card I made a while back and was meaning to post before. You can purchase this sheet on the Craftsuprint Website cup316954_1466 the sheet is designed by Angela Ludwig. I love the colours and it is very easy to make as the sheet just makes the card.
I cut out all the elements, shaped and assembled together using 3d glue by pinflair to add dimension and to finish I added pearls and glitter highlights.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Google+ Experience

I have been on the G+ site for around a year and a half, I have to say it all started by a friend adding me to her circles. As my passion is paper-crafting I saw it as an opportunity to join some other craft communities and  connect with other like minded people. To be honest I had no expectations as I make cards for another site Craftsuprint and I am also part of their Forum 

As well as connecting with other crafters and joining a few craft communities I have connected with some really inspirational people and surprisingly, I have connected with quite a few up and coming Authors/Poets and have re-discovered my love of reading. I am in awe of people who write and I sometimes find myself wanting to get inside the mind of a writer.

There have been some highlights along the way

I joined another community called "Creative Talent" run by Jed Lloyd and I have contributed to the  The Creative Talent Community Blog also run by Jed it is a fun and interesting community where you can showcase anything from poetry, art to paper-crafting and much more. Thank you Jed.

I had a lovely surprise and I was awarded a "Super Sweet Blogger Award by  Vashti Quiroz-Vega Author of The Basement - Thank you Vashti.

My Review of "The Basement" so far

A story that talks about and emphasizes the emotive subject of bullying. There are some fun aspects too, it shows bullying can come from all walks. I have not quite finished it yet but the writer Vashti Quiroz-Vega is very promising, I look forward to reading more of her work.

A first for me, I have been interviewed by Dyane Forde the Author of The Purple Morrow which is part of her papilion fantasy trilogy, I have seen some great reviews and I am really looking forward to reading it and I have just purchased the Kindle version! You can read the interview here thank you Dyane.

I have also joined a private community called "Shaken" run by kerry Connelly I had the pleasure of reading her book Shaken before its release and reviewing it. I have attached my review below it is definitely well worth a read. Thank you Kerry. 

My Review of "Shaken"

'Upon my first reading of 'Shaken' I wondered how it was going to be presented, my thoughts were how much of it would be a self help book? or would there be a story? Well it is both I am pleased to say, at times difficult to read; I found that it set off a few triggers for me but it helps that it is written in a very intelligent clear and precise way. This is a revealing brave story of one Woman's journey (without giving too much away) from hitting rock bottom to finding a way to becoming herself again. It also highlights the importance of your inner voice or sixth sense. I had tears in my eyes for most of the book.

'Shaken forced me to visit a dark time in my life at the start of the book, by the end of the book it reminded me that I am now in a much better place. I think it is the fact I emphasized with the Author and I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster ride'
A real page turner that will stay with me for a very long time'.


My Summary of the Year

I was not very active in the beginning of my time on G+ but last year was really when I got going and I have have learnt something new all the time. I wonder what this year will hold I am looking forward to seeing what happens next. Thank you to everyone who has added me to a circle and for all the kind comments I have received regarding my cards I really appreciate it. I just have to get on top of all the posts and start sharing more with you all. 

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