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

Friday, 21 April 2017


Hi, a quick post to share my guest designer card for the new challenge at Daring Cardmakers. The new challenge is to use five different papers from your scrap box.

My card is a birthday card for a boy:

Materials used:
Crafter's Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Happy Birthday 12x12 Papers and Embossing Folder
X Cut Nesting Star Dies
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink

Thank for visiting today x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Leave a little sparkle...

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend. I have enjoyed a few days off but it's back to tutoring today. The GCSE exams are looming so I need to support my students as much as possible.

Last Friday saw the launch of Hunkydory's first ever die range, Moonstone Dies, and, lucky me, I got to play with them first. 

For this card I began by layering a Twilight Kingdom Sunset Edition Stamping Background sheet and black Adorable Scorable card onto a 6x6 card blank.

I used the fairy dies from the Fairy Wishes die set to cut three fairies from black card. I added these to the background. To finish off, I used stamps from the Fairy Sparkles stamp set to add the fairy dust and fabulous sentiment.

I was excited to see this card on the counter throughout the Create and Craft shows this weekend, even though the dies sold out so quickly. They do cut so well and I hope there will be more Hunkydory dies to come.

Have a great week. Cathy x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Spring flowers

Hi everyone. I've had a few days off this week so have enjoyed some time out with the boys. Today we are off to their favourite place in the whole world, The Tank Museum in Bovington.

Today's card is my guest designer card for the latest challenge at Daring Cardmakers. The challenge set by Kathy is to use spring flowers.

I knew straight away that I wanted to use this Craftwork Cards Julie Loves Flowers and Hearts collection- those little flowers look a little like tulips I think! 

I added some lilac paper to a tent fold card blank, then added some white card I embossed with a flowery embossing folder. I cut 3 diamonds from the Julie Loves...papers and added them down the centre. I added a sentiment and flowers from the collection, along with matching Candi.

This was actually one of the quickest cards I've made lately but also one of my favourites. I do love this collection.

Have a lovely long weekend, however you spend it. Cathy x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Ombre, ombre...

Hi everyone. What a beautiful weekend we've had here in Somerset. On Saturday we took the boys to Stonehenge- it's about an hour from us and we pass it often when we go to London so we thought it was time to visit. You can see from the photos how glorious the weather was.

After that lovely trip the rest of the weekend was spent in the craftroom making samples for a super secret launch coming soon (if I told you, I'd have to kill you!).

Today's cards are last weekend's work and are my DT samples for the launch of Hunkydory's new Ombre Mirri card. This card is absolutely stunning but so hard to photograph, so my photos really don't show it off.

The images are from the Little Books of Nautical and Boutique Chic. 

Luckily I've completed all of my samples due tomorrow so I'm looking forward to a couple of fun days with the boys. Hope you all have a good week x

Friday, 7 April 2017

GDT at Daring Cardmakers

Hi everyone. Today I'm really pleased to share the news that I have been asked by Kathy at Daring Cardmakers to be their Guest Designer for April.

If you're unfamiliar with this fab blog, then all you need to know is that every Friday one of the team post a dare and everyone else makes a project to fit with that them. This week was an elemental challenge- pop over to Daring Cardmakers to see the dare and to join in.

From the inspiration we were given, I chose to use ducks, daisies and the colour pink for this cute wedding card:

The cute image is from Hunkydory's Little Book of Patchwork Forest. The papers are from Sara Davies' Little Angels 12x12 pad and the Daisy dies I used are by Sue Wilson.

I hope you will join in with this week's dare. Have a great weekend, Cathy x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Filigree Frames

Hi everyone. Hope you've had a lovely weekend. We were away for my father-in-law's 70th birthday party. As soon as we got home and unpacked, it was time to pack again as the boys are going away for a few days today with my mum and dad. It will be a quiet start to the holidays, but I have lots of DT samples to make to keep me busy.

Today I'm sharing some samples I made for today's Hunkydory launch, Filigree Frames:

I didn't have much time to work with this collection- I had to make all my samples in the eveningsafter my demo days a couple of weeks ago. It was so easy to work with though and I love the way you can change the look of the frames with inks and even use them for home d├ęcor.

I will use some of my quiet time today to visit all of your blogs, I really hate it when I get so behind and can't wait to see what you have made. Have a fabulous week x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Happy Smooshing!

Hi everyone. Another busy week but finally the last school run before the holidays. I was supposed to have a whole day off today but instead I'm teaching in Gloucestershire so will be out all day.

Yesterday I had a happy delivery- my parcel containing the latest Julie Loves Kit from Craftwork Cards. I loved it as soon as Julie showed the DT a sneak peek and ordered the main kit and stamps. I couldn't wait to get started so made this card straight away!

I started off by 'smooshing' some Distress Inks onto watercolour card. The colours I used are my absolute favourites: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves. I then stamped these fabulous words using Staz-on black ink. To finish I randomly added a sequin in each colour (I literally threw them on!) and added my panel to a tent fold card blank.

This is a very different card for me but I'm really happy with it. The process was so much fun too!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned. Cathy x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Super Cool Robot

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. Today I'm sharing a card I made for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine as part of their Reader Design Team. 

I was really pleased to see that the papers we were using were these cute robot designs- perfect for the kind of cards I make all the time. I just decided to layer the papers up before adding a robot image and sentiment. My only embellishments were some cogs cut from kraft card.

As you may know, each issue's DT has 10 members with 3 cards being chosen for the magazine. I was thrilled when I got my copy and found that my card had been published. You can also see everyone's cards on Quick Cards Facebook page- there are some brilliant designs.

Have a lovely day. Cathy x

Monday, 27 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hi everyone. Yes I know I'm a day late but I didn't want to share the card I made for my Mum until she'd seen it!

The papers, topper and flowers are from Craftwork Cards Shabby Chic collection, with a Dovecraft doily. I fussy cut the roses from a second sheet of matching paper to add some depth. I added lace to the topper and cut the letters on my Scan n Cut. I added Liquid Pearls to finish.

I think this is a real 'me' card and especially love this pink and green colour combo. My Mum loved it to. 

I also thought I'd share something new I did this weekend- I created a layout for my planner for the first time.

My husband bought this planner for me in the US last year and I've been meaning to work on it for a while.  This weekend I felt I needed some relaxation and me time so this is what I chose to do. Unfortunately, I fear this might become a bit addictive as I enjoyed it so much.

Hope you have a lovely week- only 5 more school runs until the Easter hols and I can't wait! X

Friday, 24 March 2017

Kiss, kiss

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing two of my cards from my Trimcraft demos last week. I took the photos whilst I was there, hence the unusual background.

Today's cards were made using the fabulous Kiss & Make Up range. At the first store, there were no paper pads in stock so I made this card to show how to work without designer papers:

I cut a rectangle of card to sit behind the frame and covered it with strips of washi tape before adding it to the back of the frame. I added more washi tape to the side and bottom of a card blank. The stickers, gems and fabulous lip brad are all part of the collection.

My second card is from my second demo and uses the 8x8 paper pad layered on a pink card blank.

The chipboard stickers from this collection are great fun- I love the make up and brush stickers on this card.

This collection was definitely a big hit with many girls I saw at the weekend, it's something fun and very different I think.

Thank you for visiting today, I always appreciate your comments. Cathy x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My first mini album

Hi everyone. Today I have a post on the Craftwork Cards blog and I'm sharing my very first mini album, using the very pretty Meadow collection.

I have writted a tutorial on the CWC blog but here are some pictures of my final album:

Thanks for visiting today and for your lovely comments. Cathy x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Meadow and hedgerow

Hi everyone. A short post from me today as I'm exhausted from a busy weekend. I had great fun doing my first demos for Trimcraft but it was more tiring than I expected!

Today there is a fabulous new Craftwork Cards launch on Create and Craft, with the Meadow and Hedgerow collections. I loved working with the Meadow papers with their beautiful spring colours- in fact Julie Hickey remarked that she could tell how much I loved them from my samples. Julie is such an awesome, encouraging person- just as lovely as you would imagine from TV.

I made one more special project, which I'm saving for a tutorial on Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting today and for your lovely comments. Cathy x

Friday, 17 March 2017

To grow a friend

Good morning everyone. Friday has come and I have a very exciting weekend ahead, as I will be doing my first two craft demonstrations for Trimcraft. I will be in The Range in Bridgwater on Saturday and in Gloucester on Sunday. If you are nearby please do pop in and say goodbye.

Yesterday Hunkydory released its very first USB and I was lucky enough to get to play with it and make some samples. Today I'm sharing one of my favourites:

This has been made using the 'To grow a friend' topper set. I made the base card from background card stock then added a pocket from a matching piece of card, cut diagonally. 

Inside the pocket I have placed a seed packet, which I made from the second sheet of matching cardstock (as with HD kits, most topper sets on the USB come with two background cards). 

I decorated the seed packet with a topper and sentiment, with another sentiment on the card.

Although I'm not really a digital crafter, I really enjoyed using this USB. So many collections at your fingertips!

Thank you for visiting today and for your comments. Cathy x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Happy days

Hi everyone. Welcome to my 200th blog post. Just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for reading and commenting on my posts, I really appreciate it.

Today is also the 7th birthday of the first 'second child' of the group of friends I made when my eldest son was a baby. I can remember finding out she had been born and can't believe how quickly time has passed.

Of course, I made her a card and it was back to the pretty Belle and Boo collection for this:

As well as the fabulous cute image, I also love the sorbet colours of these papers. I teamed it with some peachy Adorable Scorable and ribbon I found in one of my ribbon boxes. I finished off with some yellow pearls.

When I made this card it really did feel like Spring was here- hopefully it won't be long until we can eat ice creams at the seaside.

Cathy x

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Hi everyone, hope you have had a great weekend. We had a fabulous time at Legoland on Friday. It was just me and the boys and we had lots of fun, particularly as it was so quiet we got to go on all the rides we wanted to.

Today's card is a very simple one and a design I use a lot at the moment. It was made for a friend to give to her Dad- he is a sheep farmer and she was so pleased I could make something special for him.

Everything on this card is from Hunkydory. The image comes from the Little Book of Springtime and I've used their Ombre cardstock. I cut a strip from one end and embossed it using an argyle embossing folder. The sentiment comes from the ever useful Book of Sentiments.

This week is going to be another busy one with lots of crafting to do. Hopefully I'll share some of those projects with you later in the week. Cathy xxx

Friday, 10 March 2017

12 Months of Scrapbooking- Goofy

Hi everyone. Hope you are all ok. Today my boys have a random INSET day so we are going on a trip to Legoland. We're hoping it might be fairly quiet so fingers crossed.

Today's project is the layout I made following Crafter's Companion's 12 Months of Scrapbooking tutorial. Every month you can order a bargain bundle of goodies and then watch Jen Fisher's You Tube video for layout ideas. I am trying to make layouts more often so this is definitely helping me to get ideas.

The bundle for February was love themed so I used one of my favourite Disneyland photos of my eldest son with Goofy:

When Goofy found out he was my son's favourite character he gave him a massive hug, which luckily I managed to capture.

I didn't change much from Jen's layout, only the positioning of the words. Unfortunately I had die cutting problems, so had to use my Scan n Cut rather than the bundle dies for embellishments.

I also added the red hearts to hide some dodgy cutting but I do also like the added bright colour.

I do love this finished layout, although the perfectionist in me is annoyed by the crease in the paper! My son, of course, has decided this will go on his wall rather than my special Disneyland scrapbook so I will have the chance to make it all again.

Have a great day x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Calendar Girl

Hi everyone from a very damp Somerset. Today I'm sharing a project I made ages ago! The Craftwork Cards DT were all asked to produce a project for their 2017 Calendar. My project was to be for October and I was sent the Vogue paper pad to work with.

Now, big projects aren't really my thing so I was a bit daunted by the whole thing. However, I decided to get myself some hexagonal boxes and set about decorating them:

It took me an awfully long time to die cut all those flowers and leaves and just as long to stick them all on!

I really love the top of the smallest box with this gorgeous peacock:

In the end, I was happy with the end result, very proud that it features in the calendar and that it also made an appearance on Create and Craft just before Christmas. I have the calendar in my craft room and it is lovely to see my fellow DT members every day- at the moment it's Julie Hickey and her fabulous March project. I'm not sure how I'll feel about seeing my photo every day in October though!

Hope you have a lovely day wherever you are. Thank you for visiting today x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Ballerina Boo

Hi everyone. Last week I mentioned the abundance of children's parties at the moment ( my eldest had another invitation this morning, eek!). This card was a last minute make for one this weekend, this time made for a 5yr old girl.

I wasn't sure what to use for this card but dug around in my stash and found this Trimcraft Belle and Boo collection from last year. Boo makes such a cute ballerina and I love these soft pink colours. I simply layered up some papers and added pearls and ribbon to finish.

I promised last week a photo of the boys on World Book Day, so here they are:

They enjoyed a day of reading and listening to stories on Friday and loved dressing up.

I have a busy week ahead and it's back in the craft room to finish up some DT projects today. Hope you all have a good week x

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day

Hi everyone. If your Facebook timeline looks anything like mine, you'll know that it is World Book Day today. My boys don't get to dress up for school until tomorrow, but I am sharing a fairy tale themed card today.

This lovely Princess and the Pea image is from Hunkydory's Little Book of Little Dudes and Perfect Princesses. I've layered it onto some Adorable Scorable and Rainbow Mirri.

The papers I've used are from Sara Davies' Signature Little Angel 12x12 pad. I've layered them on an 8x8 card blank with some AS card. My ribbon is from Craftwork Cards.

I've finished the card with a Rainbow Mirri crown cut on my Scan n Cut and lots of gems. This card is one of several I need for this weekend- the boys have so many parties at the moment!

Thank you for visiting today. I'm waiting for delivery of two very exciting DT parcels, so am going to have a very busy few days creating with those. Have a lovely day, whatever you have planned. X

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Hi everyone. I'm finally getting back to normal from my few days away- we took the boys to Dosneyland Paris and it was magical. I won't bore you too much so just a few photos...!

Since I've been back I've only made a solitary card- but it's something different for me as it involves a rare attempt at stamping.

The stamp set used is Dino Friends from For the Love of Stamps (Hunkydory's stamp brand) and I've kept the design simple.

I used Versamark to stamp footprints around white card for my background. I then stamped 3 dinos onto a smaller square using Momento ink and coloured with Copics. The fab sentiment is part of the set too.

I layered it all up on a 6x6 card blank with some Hunkydory Adorable Scorable Shimmer card.

My youngest has lots of parties coming up so I think this stamp set will get a lot of use- it's perfect for all those 5 yr olds!

Thanks for visiting today. I'm off teaching in Gloucestershire today so will catch up on all your blogs later, with a glass of wine in hand hopefully! Xxx