Thursday, 15 March 2018

For my mum...

Hi everyone. Today I thought I'd share the card I made for my mum on Mother's Day. I used Trimcraft's Amazing Mum collection for this card.

I just love this swan image and matching paper and ribbon. Of course this would work for lots of different occasions- I'm pleased I don't have to put the collection away for the year.

This weekend I have another Trimcraft demo; this time I'll be in The Range at Bristol St Phillips on Sunday.  I hope I have as busy a day as I did last week.

I know it's only Thursday but have a lovely weekend- I have Friday and Saturday free so my weekend starts tonight! Cathy x

Monday, 12 March 2018

Explore your world

Hi everyone. I had a fun and very busy but tiring weekend of demos this weekend. I also got treated to breakfast in bed, flowers, chocolates and tea in the local Indian for Mother's Day. I feel like I need another weekend to recover! 

Today I'm sharing a tag I made for the Bubbly Funk Blog this weekend. I've never made anything quite like this before so the sentiment is appropriate.

Full details of how I made it can be found on the post.

Materials used:
Tag from Bubbly Funk Seeing Stars Letterbox Craft Box
Distress Oxides- Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain
Tando Creative Andy Skinner Tread Carefully Stencil
Craftwork Cards Background Stamp
Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers
Versafine Ink Pad
Jeep die cut unknown!

I thought you might like to see the beautiful flowers my boys bought me. They're from our local florist and are lovely.

Hope you all have a lovely week. Cathy x

Thursday, 8 March 2018

V&A gift bag

Hi everyone. Today I have a tutorial for one of the most popular projects from my recent Trimcraft demos- a quick and easy gift bag. I've used the V&A collection for this one.

To make the bag you need:

One piece of paper measuring 12" by 5" and another 3.5" x 4"
Double sided tape
Tag (this one is from the Simply Creative range)
Sentiment stamp
Pearl embellishments
Washi tape

1. Take the smaller piece of paper and score every side at 0.5".

Cut a flap at each corner and form into a small box base.

2. Take the larger strip of paper and add tape along the bottom and down one of the shorter sides.

3. Wrap this strip around the base, sticking as you go. It will overlap at the back so stick this down too (it's far easier to do if you have already added the tape in step 2!).

4. You can seal the bag in lots of different ways- I have added holes and used ribbon and used a peg but my favourite way is to seal it using double sided inside at the top.

I've added washi tape and a stamped tag but you can also decorate the bag in lots of ways, as in these demo makes:

I have a feeling I will be making more of these at my demos on Saturday and Sunday. Have a great weekend, Cathy x

Monday, 5 March 2018

Amazing Mum

Hi everyone. The unthinkable happened on Thursday afternoon as we had snow and lots of it. On Friday we had our first snow day in 5 years. My eldest son made the most of it and went off sledging with a friend. The youngest lasted 10 minutes before getting too cold. I don't think skiing will ever be on our holiday list!

I spent part of the snow day crafting and managed to make two Mother's Day cards for orders. I used Dovecraft's Amazing Mum collection.

My first card is a pretty in pink z-fold card:

This is definitely one of my favourite card folds as it is perfect for showing all these lovely papers.

This is my second card:

I love the fresh colours of this one. It really is a pretty collection.

Of course, here in the UK it's Mother's Sunday next Sunday. Somehow, I have managed to book Trimcraft demos at The Range stores on both days next weekend (Saturday in Bridgwater, Sunday in Weston Super Mare) so won't have much chance for treats.

Have a lovely week x

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Aloha Spring!

I think it's safe to say that this blog title is a little ironic given the current weather- but, after all, it is the meteorological first day of Spring today.

This card is my latest for the Bubbly Funk blog.

I have used a Prima Finnabair stencil and Prima flowers available from Bubbly Funk. Other materials used are:
Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick
Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade.
Doily from the Bubbly Funk 'Love is...' box.
'Aloha' sentiment from For the Love of Stamps by Hunkydory.

Full details of the card are in my blog post.

We have snow forecast for today. It is 5 years since we last had any lying snow in Street so my boys are desperately hoping it will happen and that we will get at least one snow day. I'm not sure what I think about that however, especially as I have a Trimcraft demo in Newport on Sunday. Whatever the weather where you are, enjoy the weekend and stay safe. Cathy x

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nesting blooms

Hi everyone. I had a wonderful weekend in London. The sun shone brightly all weekend, even though it was very cold. The Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V&A was extremely good and it was lovely to wander around London without children for once!

Today I'm sharing another Trimcraft V&A collection card, this time made using the First Edition Nesting Blooms die.

Everything on this card is by Trimcraft, except for the pearls which were a bargain buy from Home Bargains (I bought a pack in pink too).

I am going to try using my inks on these papers this week as they'll be perfect for a vintage style card.

The rest of the week will be taken up with work and preparing for my next Trimcraft demo in Newport on Sunday. Hopefully the forecasted snow won't cause any problems this time.

Have a lovely week. Cathy x

Friday, 23 February 2018


Hi everyone. I am very excited today as I'm going to London for the weekend tomorrow- with friends, no children and no husband! I'm especially looking forward to a trip to the V&A for their Winnie the Pooh exhibition.

Totally coincidentally, last week Trimcraft launched their fabulous new V&A papercraft collection, based on fabrics found in the museum. I bought some bits from the Create and Craft launch but then was very lucky and won more in a little competition for Trimcraft demonstrators. Just look how gorgeous the collection is:

I'm sure I'm going to be using this collection lots over the next few weeks, although I'm tempted just to paper my walls instead. This is the first card I have made with it:

Everything on the card is from the collection, except from the blue card from my stash. I have used:
  • 8x8 paper pad
  • Cream 7x5 card blank
  • Washi tape 
  • Frame
  • Paper flowers
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Pearls

I love how well the patterns work together, just so pretty.

Hope you all have a great weekend, whatever you are up to. Cathy x