Friday, 22 September 2017

Sparkling Snowflakes

Hi everyone. Today I'm going to be spending the day organising myself for a weekend of Trimcraft demos in Bristol. On Saturday I'll be at The Range in Stoke Gifford from 10-4 and on Sunday it's the Imperial Park store from 11-4. It'll be a packed weekend but I'm looking forward to it.

Today's card has been made using Trimcraft's Time to Sparkle collection:

I have layered up fabulous black, white and gold papers and washi tape from the collection. The snowflake die is a First Edition one and the sentiment die is from Tonic.

I'm looking forward to making more cards like this over the weekend. Cathy x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

All you need is love...

Hi everyone. I have had a lovely weekend celebrating two big events with my favourite friends. On Saturday evening we went to a 40th birthday party but before that we were privileged to be at a very beautiful wedding. Some of you may remember that one of my friends lost her husband to a brain tumour 2 yrs ago, when he was just 35. She dealt with her loss with incredible courage and we were all thrilled last year when she found happiness again with an old school friend. On Saturday they got married at her parents' orchard. The sun shone throughout the ceremony and it was the most joyous occasion.

Of course I had to make a card, so I used Hunkydory's Rose Gold Moments collection to make a simple Z-Fold card:

The kit also includes mini suitcases, so I made one to hold a money gift:

I love all the elements of this collection and the beautiful rose gold foiling.

Hope you all have a great week. I am getting used to going into work 3 days a week and am back to tutoring every day. I am also midway through some DT samples so will be very busy this week. Thanks for visiting today. Cathy x

Friday, 15 September 2017


Hi everyone. Recently I've had a bit of a lack of mojo when it comes to crafting, so this week I decided to take some time to take a look online for some designs to inspire me. I really wanted to use some of my Christmas dies and so I was delighted to find a design I liked using one of the Trio Snowflake dies. I took some elements of the design and changed a few to come up with this card:

To be honest I love snowflake dies, I have quite a few (!), but don't always know how best to use them. I really like this large die as it becomes the focal point of the card.
Products used:
Hunkydory Rainbow Mirri, Lilac Mattastic and white Topper Weight card, pearls
Tonic Christmas Trio Snowflake die and Sentiment die
Sara Davies Snowflake Embossing Folder

I would love to reference the designer of my influence but sadly couldn't find a name- if anyone recognises the design please let me know! Cathy x

Monday, 11 September 2017

Don't Worry Bee Happy

Hi everyone, hope you have had a good weekend. I had a great Trimcraft demo in Gloucester yesterday, but the long drive left me exhausted!

We are a house full of worriers and last week my eldest boy was feeling anxious after a falling out with a friend. I decided to make him a card to help cheer him up:

I couldn't resist these cute bees in the Hunkydory Bee Happy Craft Stack but it was the sentiment that made me smile most. Definitely a saying us Cloweses need to remember!

Wishing you all a great week, Cathy x

Monday, 4 September 2017

Tales from Patchwork Forest

Monday is here again and it's a big week- the boys go back to school on Wednesday and I also start a new contract teaching English and maths to apprentices at a local training provider. It's only a few hours each week and is going to fit in well with my family and tutoring work. I'm excited and nervous about building my business in this way.

On Friday I shared one set of Hunkydory DT cards and here is another, this time made with the super cute Tales from Patchwork Forest Craft Stack.

There are some really lovely papers and gorgeous images in this collection, perfect for lots of occasions. I enjoyed spotting some of my cards on Create and Craft over the weekend and on Saturday the presenter, Martyn, name checked us all, which was lovely.

Hope you have a lovely week, whatever you may be doing. Cathy x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Poppy Fields

Hi everyone, September already- how on earth did that happen? Today sees the launch of 4 new Hunkydory Craft Stacks. If you haven't seen these, they are 8x8 books filled with papers, toppers and inserts. I was lucky enough to work with two gorgeous stacks and today I'm sharing my Poppy Fields samples.

I really do love the beautiful poppy designs in this craft stack and decided to make a special card, with the theme of remembrance in mind:

The picture is of my husband's grandfather, Arthur Hyde, who served in the RAF during WW2. Regular visitors will know that my sons are very interested in all things military and they both took great pride in sharing Arthur's war medals with their classmates last year. I love the fact that this craft stack can be used in this way.

This week we also thought about my Granddad when we visited the Tank Museum and my eldest son got to try on a Home Guard uniform (the guide was surprised that my son knew exactly what the uniform was as soon as he saw it!):

My Granddad used to tell us how he once mistook the Vicar's dog for a German soldier and shot the poor dog. Definitely something straight out of Dad's Army!

Thank you for dropping by today and for lovely comments. Cathy x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Magic of Christmas

Hi everyone. I've had another busy week - my mum and I took the boys to London to see Wind in the Willows in the West End. It was magical and I can't stop singing the songs. We also fitted in a trip to The Churchill War Rooms, an amazing and fascinating place, and a boat trip. I came straight back from London into another demo and some DT work but now I'm finally ready to blog again (and take a look at all of your blogs too, I promise).

Today's card is a step panel card, a new shape for me- I saw it in Quick Cards magazine and then on Jackie Trinder's fab blog so thought I'd try it at my demo.

I used Trimcraft's beautiful Magic of Christmas collection for this. I love the tartan elements in this one, especially the tartan reindeer and snowflakes. Full instructions for this card shape are in Quick Cards Issue 168.

This week is the last full week of the summer holidays and will to be a bit quieter I hope! We have the inevitable trip to the Tank Museum on Wednesday, only our second visit this year though!

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

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Time to sparkle

Hi everyone. Hope you have all had a good weekend. We had a fabulous family day out at Longleat on Saturday. It's one of our favourite places and we were rewarded with lots of great encounters with the animals. Yesterday was a quiet day at home watching athletics on TV- apart from a quick trip out to buy a car! We have bought a nearly new Vauxhall Viva, a little car to suit all the short journeys I do.

Last weekend my Trimcraft Christmas demos started and I have lots more booked for the next few weeks. The new collections are fabulous so today I'm sharing a couple of my demo makes using one of them, Time to Sparkle.

I think this is probably my favourite of the new collections, the black and gold is so elegant. I'll be making more samples this week for my demo at The Range in Cardiff on Saturday. I'm particularly hoping to get my hands on the dies which match as they are amazing.

Thank you for visiting today. Cathy xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A very Pink and Blue Christmas

Hi everyone. I am finally back in the land of Blog after a bit of a break. We had an amazing time in London watching athletics. The highlight was probably watching Mo Farah win gold- although my ears were ringing for a while after that! My boys had such a great time and when we left on the Sunday night, they paid tribute to their two favourite athletes:

Today's card is another Christmas card- but this time in an unusual colour combination.

I have to admit, I am a fan of these colours for Christmas, I think it's nice to have a contemporary twist sometimes.

These papers are from Craftwork Cards Julie Loves All Wrapped Up collection and I used my favourite Tonic die (Christmas Sentiments A Very Merry Christmas).

I am stuggling to get much crafting done at the moment with the boys at home but will try to keep up with blogging and commenting as much as I can over the next few weeks. Cathy x

I would like to enter this card for:
Win and Tonic August Challenge
Daring Cardmakers Unnatural with my unnatural pink and blue tree!

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