Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pretty cards (for a change)!

Hi everyone. A big welcome to my new visitors and a thank you to all of those who visit regularly.

This week saw the 40th birthday of one of my closest friends so I decided I needed to make a pretty card for her, using the Craftwork Cards Floral Chalkboard collection. In the end I made two- and gave her a special card from my stash instead! I did enjoy making something pretty though.

I think I prefer the top card with the extra square layer added and will be using this layout a lot.

Today we are off to London to watch three evenings of athletics at the World Championships. Before we had children, we spent many summer holidays attending championships in countries like Canada and Finland. This time we are taking the children and they are very excited to be watching Mo Farah and Usain Bolt run. We will be fitting some sightseeing in too, with trips to the Natural History Museum and Hampton Court Palace planned. See you when I get back! Cathy x
I would like to enter the first card for:
Cardz4Galz Challenge 53 Pretty Pastels

Monday, 31 July 2017

Christmas in July- just!

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments on my last good news blog post, it really means a lot to me.

I am determined every year not to get behind with Christmas cards, but inevitably always do. However, this weekend I decided to start work on a couple of designs which I will use for lots of my cards this year. This is one of my first designs.

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Jingle Bells 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Tonic Studios Christmas Sentiments A Very Merry Christmas die
Perfect Pearls
Craftwork Cards Ribbon and card blank

1. First I cut down a 6x6 kraft card blank to 12cm x 14cm.
2. I cut two pieces of double sided paper, one slightly larger than the other. I fixed the plain paper to the front of the cut.
3. I used the die to cut out the tree aperture and sentiment from the patterned paper. I added them to the front of the card. I die cut the lower part of the sentiment from red paper and paper-pieced the bow into place.
4. I cut a strip of stripey paper and added this near the top of the card. I fixed a bow to the left hand side.
5. I used Perfect Pearls in the centre of the snowflakes.

I really like this die (I have actually bought the full set of Tonic Christmas sentiments this year) and will be using it a lot.

Cathy x

I'd like to enter this card for:
Cardz 4 Guyz challenge 174 Christmas in July

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Totally Tropical

Hi everyone. Please excuse my overexcitement today- I am really delighted to be able to share my first ever article in a magazine. I have 5 cards in the latest Papercraft Essentials magazine, made using Hunkydory's Tropicanarama- I was lucky enough to be first volunteer from the DT and so got to complete this commission. It's a bit strange seeing my face in one of my favourite magazines though!

One of the cards made the cover, so I'm sharing that today.

Of course, if you want to see what else I made with this collection you'll have to buy the magazine.

Thanks for visiting today and for all your continued support. Cathy x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Always and Forever

Hi everyone. I only managed one post last week- in a week of ups and downs which saw me suffer from a sickness bug and attend a funeral but also saw me secure an important work contract for next year and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! So, a few days late, today I'm sharing the card I made for my husband.

I made the background by smooshing Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber. I stamped some small hearts using the Worn Lipstick DO and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink and layered onto gold card and a tent fold card blank.

For the heart, I laid some watercolour card onto the same Distress Oxides but also added the Abandoned Coral DI to my glass mat. I did this several times, drying in between each layer of colour until I was happy with the result. I stamped the Leonie Pujol Swirled Heart onto the card using Perfect Medium. I then added Wow embossing powder in gold and heat embossed it. It isn't perfect but I kind of like the wonkiness! I hand cut the heart and added it to a strip of white card and gold ribbon. This was fixed to the front of the card.

I have lots to share this week, so I will definitely be blogging more often. Thank you for visiting today. Cathy x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Crocodiles and giraffes, oh my!

Hi everyone. Hope you are well. Yesterday I finally finished the teacher thank you cards so I'm sharing those today. I need to explain that all the classes in my sons' school are named after animals- my youngest is in Crocodiles key group but his main teacher is key worker for the Giraffes, so hopefully these cards now make sense!

My first card is for the Crocodiles' keyworker. She was also the keyworker for my eldest son in his first year at school, so we have got to know her really well and will be sad to say goodbye.

The crocodile was made using a Tonic Buildable fie. Boy was that hard work to construct! I used a mix of Tonic and Hunkydory card. The background paper is from Hunkydory's Animal-tastic paper pad and the sentiment stamp is by Dovecraft.

My second card is for my son's main teacher- she was also my eldest son's teacher in Reception and has been so fabulous with them both.

For this one I adapted a Hunkydory Box Pop do that it was flat on the card. The paper is again from the Animal-tastic pad and the sentiment stamps from Craftwork Cards.

Thank you for visiting today, I really do appreciate all of your comments. Cathy x

Friday, 14 July 2017

A very Winnie Christmas

Hi everyone. A change of season today, as I'm sharing a Christmas card made using the new Winnie the Pooh Christmas. I couldn't resist buying a couple of dies and the papercraft kit, even if I can't sell the cards I make. I guess all my friends will be getting Pooh Bear cards this year!

For this card, I began by layering rainbow mirri and paper from the kit onto a 7x5 blank.

I cut a smaller rectangle of white card and embossed it with a snowflake embossing folder (from Sara Davies). I layered this on mirri and wrapped a lilac ribbon around, before placing it in the centre of the card.

 I used the limited edition Shine Bright die to cut the Pooh image from the matching paper pad. I used foam pads to fix him to the card then added a bow. I cut a Tonic sentiment (one of the new Christmas sentiments) from Mattastic card and added that to the card. Finally, I finished with some purple gems.

I'm definitely looking forward to making more cards using this collection, it's so cute! X

Monday, 10 July 2017

Hello Sunshine

Hi everyone. Well there has certainly be no shortage of sunshine lately and it was so hot in London for the U2 concert. I had a fabulous time though and it was well worth going.

Today's card is inspired by the lovely weather we've been having and by the need to play with my Distress Oxides. Hello Sunshine is also the name of one of my favourite songs (by Super Furry Animals) so that is good too.

I deliberately set out to use some different colours to usual so I created my background by blending Cracked Pistachio, Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber. I spritzed with a little water and lifted off a little colour.

The stamp set I used was Aloha from Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps. I stamped the large flower using Dried Marigold, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides, with Broken China and Dried Marigold for the small flowers. I fixed this to an orange Mattastic mat and onto a 6x6 card blank.

I die cut a circle of card and stamped the sentiment and open petal flowers, again with Distress Oxides. I added some small yellow gems to the flowers. I fixed this to the centre of my card.

Definitely something a little different for me today but I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting today xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

Christmas Deco-Large

Hi everyone. I've just got back from another swimming gala, this time watching my eldest represent his school house. I'm so proud of my sporty boy- yesterday he also became a white belt in Tai Chi. We have no idea where he gets his sporting prowess from and little brother is beginning to follow in his footsteps too.

Today sees another Christmas launch from Hunkydory- this time it's a Deco Large collection. The images are stunning in this one.

Here are a few of my samples:

I couldn't resist putting the owl in a frame- it's so beautiful.

We have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow morning the whole family is doing a 2 mile sponsored walk in aid of the school and Cancer Research UK. After that my husband and I are off to see U2 in concert in London. I was totally obsessed with the band as a teenager and once slept over night in a car park to get tickets to see them, so I am a bit over-excited.

Have a lovely weekend. Cathy x

Monday, 3 July 2017

A* Teacher

Hi everyone. I'm taking a brief break from Christmas projects to share the card I have made for my eldest son's teacher.

For this card I've used the Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps A* Teacher stamps and mask.

I started by using the mask and adding the Thanks and stars using Distress Oxides in Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber . I  then stamped the images in Versafine ink using my stamping platform. This really helped as I could get the design how I wanted it and stamp more than once to ensure a good crisp image. Finally I coloured the pencil and ruler using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.

I made the card blank using card from the summer edition Adorable Scorable cardstock.

Some of you might remember the tractor card I made for my dad. I thought you might like to see a picture of him on one of his vintage tractors taken yesterday. It was taken on a charity ride he does every year. My husband and sons are in the trailer.

The main street of Martock was lined with crowds and it was such a fun event.

Thank you for visiting and commenting today.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Primrose Lane at Christmas

Hi everyone. It's been a busy week this week- I've been helping out at school preparing for today's Summer Fair. So much to do and so few people helping to do it! I also spent yesterday morning watching my son swim for his school against other local schools. I was very proud of him for finishing 2nd in his race and helping the school to finish 2nd overall. The children were all so excited that they won a trophy.

Today it's back to Christmas samples, as Hunkydory are launching their new Christmas stacks today on Create and Craft TV. The stacks are little books full of toppers, papers and inserts. I love them, as you get so much for your money and they take up less space!

I was thrilled to work with the Primrose Lane collection- it's a fabulous traditional collection, with lovely snowy scenes:

The last card is a shaker card, made using one of the concept cards in the pack. I just love the snowflake foiled paper.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend x

Monday, 26 June 2017

Finding my marbles...

Hi everyone. Hope you have had a good weekend. I have, for once, managed to have a weekend of balance. I've had lots of family time, taking my sons and a friend to Tankfest on Saturday (apparently the best day of my 9 yr old's life) and watching Glastonbury on TV (despite only living 8 miles away from the festival!). I also managed to make lots of Hunkydory samples, meet up with friends and do some housework!

This morning has seen the launch of Hunkydory's new Marble Adorable Scorable card stock. I wasn't ever so sure at first but once I started I fell in love with the textures and colours. Here are a few of my samples:

I kept my designs simple to show of the card, but I really enjoyed mixing the colours. My images are from the Little Books of Florabunda and Quotes and Wisdom 2.

Thank you for visiting and commenting today x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Always be a mermaid

Hi everyone. Today is the hottest day so far of our heatwave and I have to admit that I'm struggling a bit! I'm all for sun and heat when I'm by a pool all day but this temperature doesn't suit real life at all.

Today's card was inspired by the latest Daring Cardmakers challenge "Out of this World":

I've wanted to make a mermaid card since I was sent mermaid ephemera as part of my June Brimble's Box. I just love Anna Brim's fab drawings and this one was perfect for the them.

I began by inking the centre of  a 16.5cm square of watercolour paper with Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I spritzed with water, allowed to dry then flicked a gold Wink of Stella pen over it for a bit of sparkle. Before adding to my 7x7 card blank, I inked the edges with Salty Ocean DI.

Next I cut a circle aperture from a 16cm square of card and fixed this to my background. I added the mermaid with foam pads. The sentiment is a freebie from Creative Stamping and I stamped it with Versafine ink. The mat has been inked with more Salty Ocean.

To finish I added 3 Dovecraft sequins from my stash.

I unashamedly love this card- who wouldn't want to be a mermaid? I could certainly do with a dip in some cold water right now.

Thank you for visiting today x

I would like to enter this card for the follwing challenges:

Daring Cardmakers Out of this World

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Out of this World

Hi everyone. I've used some of my free time this week to have a play with stamps and inks. One thing I was keen to try was a space background, inspired by some I saw on my crafty friend Jennifer Kray's blog. I combined my finished background with Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps Out of this World stamps.

For the space background, I used Distress Inks on watercolour card. I began by blending Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves inks. I then darkened the background with Faded Jeans DI, then used Black Soot around the edges and in the corners. I spritzed with water, allowed it to dry and then used a toothbrush to help me flick white acrylic paint over the background.

For the moon I cut part of a circle from watercolour card. I scribbled a grey Spectrum Aqua marker onto my glass mat, spritzed it with water then dipped in some bubble wrap. I pressed this onto my card for a crater effect.

The stamps were stamped using Memento and coloured with Spectrum Noir markers. I had to hand cut them as my Scan n Cut won't cut at the moment so they're a bit rough!

My eldest son is going to give this card to his Dad for Father's Day- though he'll be doing it on Sunday evening as he is off to his very first Cub Camp tomorrow. I will admit to being a very nervous Mummy today!

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Christmas in June

Hi everyone, it's great to be back blogging after a little break. I decided to take some time away as work got a little crazy and I had no time to craft. Things are much calmer now so I'll be catching up with your blogs later today.

I make no apologies for sharing some Christmas cards today- everyone knows us crafters have to start early! Yesterday saw the launch of this year's Hunkydory Christmas collection and I was thrilled that I got to make some samples for the launch.

I actually made 17 samples from the Cuddly Christmas set in total- and every one made on the hottest days of the year! It was great fun though, even if I did keep humming Christmas songs all the time.

I am extremely lucky that I actually already have the entire collection- a very kind thank you gift from the folks at Hunkydory. I can't wait to make more cards now.

Thanks for visiting today, have a lovely day. Cathy x

Friday, 26 May 2017

In a teacup

Hi everyone. It has been a difficult week here in the UK- the news is full of Monday's terrorist attack and my heart goes out to all affected. I went to University in Manchester and know what an amazing place it is.

Today we are going to take advantage of the fabulous weather we are having and go camping for a few days. I'm not the keenest of campers but the boys love it, especially as we are going with lots of friends.

First though, I'm sharing my final GDT for Daring Cardmakers. This week's dare is In a Teacup and this was what I made:

These fab papers are from Stampin Up and are called Have a Cuppa- I won them ages ago but haven't used them before. I love the colours.

Originally I was going to use the stamp set which goes with the papers but it didn't work out. Instead, I used my Scan n Cut to cut the cup and hearts and just stamped the sentiment.

You can check out all the amazing DT cards and join in the challenge here.

Have a very happy weekend whatever you have planned. Cathy x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sweet Nothings

Hi everyone. We have had a lovely weekend in Charmouth but of course I had no time for crafting anything new. Today then I'm sharing some cards from last week's Trimcraft demos.

I really love the First Edition Sweet Nothings papers, particularly as they can be used for anyone. With Father's Day coming soon I used them for this card for Dad:

My second card shows you how different some of the papers are- these are very opulent and so beautiful, meaning I kept the design very simple:

The stamp I used is one of the range of Dovecraft big word stamps- they stamp so beautifully and make a fabulous focal point for any card.

Hope you all have a lovely week. Cathy x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Two's Company

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing my GDT card for today's Daring Cardmakers dare. This time we were set the challenge of only using two colours on the card and boy was that a challenge!

I actually had two attempts at making a card and this one in blue and white was my favourite:

I started with a smooshed background using Broken China Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I then used the free stencil from Making Cards magazine with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink to add some detail.

I found the sentiment stamp, which was a free gift at some time, when I had a tidy up on Monday. I have been using a lot of motivational sentiments lately so I thought I'd keep up that trend! I stamped it in Memento Barbados Blue ink.

Using a Dovecraft Floral Muse butterfly stamp I stamped 3 butterfly with Perfect Medium, then used Wow white embossing powder and heat embossed the butterflies.

When I was finished, I felt I needed a little more blue so smooshed some Salty Ocean on and used the same ink to ink the edges of my panel. I did enjoy making something so different for me and I'm really enjoying the way doing these dares is taking me out of my comfort zone.

After a busy week, I'm looking forward to going to Charmouth later for two nights. My parents have just bought a static caravan there so we will be staying there. Charmouth is on the Jurassic Coast so the boys are looking forward to some fossil hunting. We found an ammonite last time we visited.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Cathy x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Timeless Elegance At Home

Hi everyone. I've had a busy weekend of Trimcraft demos. Both days were a little quiet but I had fun anyway. I'm definitely in need of a quiet day at home today though.

On Friday, Hunkydory launched their second At Home USB. I think my favourite collection on this USB is Timeless Elegance and here are 3 of the samples I made:

With less than two weeks until the GCSE maths exams, I have lots of students to tutor this week. Hopefully I can help to keep them calm and confident- even if I don't feel that way! I always wish I could take their exams for them.

Have a lovely week, whatever it brings. Cathy x

Friday, 12 May 2017

All that glitters...

Hi everyone. Today's card is my latest for Daring Cardmakers. Our new challenge, set by Shabneez, is 'All the glitters is not gold...'- in other words use lots of glitter as long as it's not gold. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I don't really do much glitter, so I hope you like my take on the theme.

For my card, I've used some fabulous glittery washi tape I found in The Works. I think I may be becoming a washi tape addict, I've started to buy rolls of it whenever I see it and will be drowning in it soon.

The flower is a Crafter's Companion stamp. I coloured it with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and cut it out using my Scan n Cut (which I am starting to love at last!). Hopefully you can see the sparkle more clearly here:

It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week, so I wanted the card to have a positive statement. I've suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, so I know how much positive words are needed sometimes. The word stamps are by Craftwork Cards, stamped using Versafine ink using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. 

Unfortunately, I found out last week that my time on the Craftwork Cards DT has come to an end. Although it is actually a good thing in many ways, I do feel a little sad and will miss being on the team. Sometimes keeping positive is hard but I am very lucky to still work for two fabulous companies in Hunkydory and Trimcraft. What an amazing 12 months it's been.

I do hope you will join in the dare at Daring Cardmakers this week. Have a fabulous weekend.

Cathy x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Live a happy life

Hi everyone, hope you've had a great week. Mine has been a bit mixed but amongst the good things that have happened Kathy from Daring Cardmakers asked me to stay on as Guest Designer for another month. I was delighted to be asked and just loved the inspiration picture for this week's dare. You can take a look and join in here.

Here's my card:

As you can see I was heavily inspired by the peacock feathers- I used an actual feather, peacock feather paper (from Hunkydory), Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and chose Tim Holtz words inspired by two of the traditional meanings of peacock feathers (kindness and gratitude).

I also gained inspiration from the pattern on the socks and from the bow on the cat.

Another busy few days ahead for me with a craft demo on Sunday and some DT work planned. Hope you all have a great weekend xxx

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Daisy Chain Challenge Anything Goes

Friday, 28 April 2017

Superheroes at Daring Cardmakers

Today I'm sharing my last guest designer post for Daring Cardmakers, as April is nearly at an end. The theme this week is Superheroes.

I have made my card using Hunkydory For the Love of Stamps Superheroes stamps. I began by stamping the word stamps onto white card for the background. I coloured 3 squares using Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean. I stamped these with superhero images and a sentiment, layered them on black card and added them to the background. Finally I added a sentiment.

I used my new Tim Holtz/Tonic stamping platform a lot whilst making this card. It really does make stamping easier, particularly when stamping words.

I have really enjoyed my stint at Daring Cardmakers and hope you will join in this challenge.

Goung to take a few days away frim blogging, as it's my son's birthday this weekend (he's a May Day baby). I'll be back in the middle of next week so enjoy the weekend, especially if you have a Bank Holiday like we do. Cathy x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Circles at Craftwork Cards

Hi everyone, hope you are all well. Today I'm sharing two cards I made for the Craftwork Cards blog. You can read more on there.

Both cards were made with the Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers collection. The great news is that the Julie Loves collections are now going to be available as a monthly subscription box. I must admit I've signed up for 6 months already!

Thank you for visiting today. I always appreciate the lovely comments you leave.

Cathy x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Make me a love card Mummy...

Hi everyone, hope you are all well. I have had a busy, but lovely weekend, doing two Trimcraft demos in Range stores. Before I set off on Saturday my 5 yr old asked me to make him a 'love card' whilst I was out, "because you love me so much". He melted my heart a little, so today I thought I'd share what I made him:

The papers I used for this card come from the First Edition 12x12 Sweet Nothings paper pad. I just love this pink and green colour combo.

One of the papers has tags, frames and sentiments to cut out so I used one of these in the centre. The sentiment stamp is by Dovecraft and stamped so well on this paper. I added a heart shaped pearl from the Dovecraft Kiss and Make Up range to finish.

On Sunday, I decided to design a scrapbook layout made with the same paper pad, so made this simple page:

I'm not sure how I will use it yet- maybe I'll put a Disneyland Paris photo on there.

I am very behind with my blog visits again so I'm hoping to catch up with your projects today. Have a lovely day xxx