Saturday, 30 December 2006

on your wedding day

Poundland had some great rub-ons and as usual I got carried away with how much stuff I needed.

The church rub on was attached centrally to a piece of white Bazzill measuring 5 x 8 cm. This was layered onto doodlebug bazill card stock sandcastle and bon-bon 5.5 x 8.5 cm and 6 x 9 cm respectively.

A 10.5 x 15 cm card was scattered with hearts cut from doodlebug bazzill ‘tickled pink’ card stock using the folk mini die from Quickutz.

The church was stuck onto the card at the centre top using 3d foam. Beneath this the message ‘On your wedding day’ was rubbed-on to finish the card.
Saturday, 23 December 2006

post christmas thanks

A standard white 15 x 10.5 cm card was covered in a 13 x 8.5 cm piece of doodlebug paper ‘Perfectly Purple Stripes’. 

The word ‘Thanks’ was cut using the sunshine alphabet from Quickutz from ‘lilac’ piece of bazill (doodlebug range) and stuck onto a  Lily White bazzill rectangle measuring 8 x 2.5 cm. This was then matted onto a piece of Swimming Pool bazzill cardstock 0.5 cm bigger on each edge, and then onto Lilac bazzill a further 0.5 cm bigger.

Onto the back of this double sided tape was stuck around the edges and marabou feathers, trimmed off the central quill were stuck to the edges. Another layer of double sided tape was then stuck onto the card and placed centrally on the striped paper.

On another note I have to thank Andrew for the light tent which has greatly improved the presentation of my photography, it was a Christmas present but in the excitement of pre-holidays I have had to back date a couple of posts.
Saturday, 16 December 2006

happy birthday spots

Circles of 3 sizes (approx. 2”, 1 1/2” and 3/4”) were cut from red, orange and yellow card. These weere placed randomly over an A6 sized card.

Letters spelling ‘Happy Birthday’ were cut in black using the now retired Quickutz Sunshine alphabet. These were stuck centrally onto the card.

Finally a black ‘stitch’ border was drawn on 1/4” from the edges of the card.
Saturday, 9 December 2006

prima flower card

Another card for my gran so lots of glitz.

An A6 size card was covered in Prima flowers with yellow ‘gem’ centers except a central area which was left clear for a message.

The message was matted onto complementary colours and raised up on 3D foam when it was attached to the card.

Over the top? Yes, but why not.
Saturday, 2 December 2006

christmas snowflake

I really like this card but it did take a long time to make.

A 2”, 1 1/2” and 1” strip was cut from Doodlebug Bazill cardstock ‘Bubble Blue’, ‘Blue Bell’ and ‘Blue Jean’ respectively. These were overlapped slightly and stuck together to form a card front 4” wide and this was cut to a height of 5 1/2”.

A 1 1/2” wide ribbon with a blue gradient colour (purchased from ‘Marks and Spencer’ was wrapped around this card and attached with the darker colour towards the top about 1” from the top of the card.

Six sections of the Quickutz snowflake die (RS0386) were cut using ‘Lily White’ Bazill  card and were attached together using a small white brad, which was used to attache the assembly to the card towards the right hand side near the bottom of the ribbon.

The letters for ‘Merry Christmas’ were cut again out of ‘Lily White’ Bazill using the retired ‘Snow Angel’ alphabet again from Quickutz. This was stuck in the lower left hand corner.

The whole section was then placed on top of a card measuring 4” by 5 1/2”.

Saturday, 25 November 2006

christmas silver snowman

A 5 cm width strip of the Doodlebug ‘Whimsical Winter Dots’ paper was stuck towards the left hand side of a small silver card measuring 6 cm by 10 cm.

A wooden snowman embellishment (free off a magazine) was placed on the right hand of the card slightly overlapping the spotty paper.

A trimming of Doodlebug ‘Bubble Blue / White gingham’ ribbon was placed near the left side of teh dotty paper with a  ‘bow’ near the top. The card was finished by the addition of the word ‘Snowman’ from the Doodlebug cardstock sticker sheet ‘Snow Biz’.
Saturday, 18 November 2006

christmas santa

The beard and pom pom of the Santa sticker from the Doodlebug cardstock stickers ‘Cheerfully Christmas Icons’ was completely coloured in using iridescent glitter glue.

A small red card measuring 6 cm by 10 cm had a 6 cm square of the Doodlebug ‘Holly Jolly Dotted Line’ stuck onto it’s left hand side. A strip one dot wide of the Doodlebug ‘Christmas Candy’ paper was placed as a border between the striped and plain areas of the card.

The Santa sticker was stuck onto the striped paper and the card was finished using a small silver peel off message sticker in the lower right hand corner.
Saturday, 11 November 2006

pink christmas tree

This card was created using one of the pink spotty cards out of the Papermania box of Designer Cards.

A 1 1/2” width length of bright pink organza ribbon was placed up one side of the card covering the four columns of the dots.

Three tall trees were cut in ‘Posie Pink’ and ‘Bugglegum Bazill cardstock from Doodlebug using the dies in the Quickutz ‘Holiday die set’.

These were stuck onto a 1 3/4” square of ‘Lily White’ Bazill and the edges of the trees lined with iridescent glitter glue. This square of ‘Lily White’ card was then layered onto a 2” square of ‘Bubblegum’ card and finally onto a 2 1/2” square of ‘Posie Pink’ card.

This was stuck onto the card overlapping the organza ribbon using 3D foam. A greeting was stuck below this off to the right hand side.
Saturday, 4 November 2006

christmas blue snowman

A 2 1/2” strip of the Doodlebug paper “Whimsical Winter grid’ was placed down one side of an A6 sized card.

One of the snowman stickers from the cardstock sticker sheet ‘Whimsical Winter’ was outlined in iridescent glitter glue. It was then stuck to a 2” square of ‘Bubble Blue’ Bazill cardstock again from Doodlebug. This was stuck centrally onto a 2 1/4” square of ‘Lily White’ Bazill.

The card was finished by addition of a length of white ribbon down one side of the card with a ‘bow’ near the top, and a silver peel off message in the bottom right hand corner.
Saturday, 28 October 2006

christmas dots

A sheet of the green spotty paper from the Provocraft Cricut doodlecharms pad was cut to 5 1/2” by 3 3/4”.

This was then stuck to the centre of an A6 size card. It was finished by sticking a length of ribbon down one side and tying a knot in it.

A large silver ‘Merry Christmas’ peel off sticker from ‘Anita’s’ was placed in the lower right hand corner.
Saturday, 21 October 2006

christmas stocking

A stocking was cut from  green and pearlescent white card using the Sizzix Sizzlits Christmas doodle dies.

A card with a small oval aperture cut into one side was covered inside and out using papers from the Papermania Colossal Christmas Paper pack.

The aperture was cut out and the edge finished with iridescent glitter glue. The stocking die cut was placed inside the aperture on 3D foam.

A ribbon and handwritten message finished the card.
Saturday, 14 October 2006

christmas ho ho ho

On a tall thin white card used in a landscape orientation, a 2” wide strip of Doodlebug ‘Candy Apple’ Bazill cardstock was attached  centrally along the length of the card. 
A length of green grosgrain ribbon was threaded throught the holes on the ‘Ho Ho Ho’ sticker from the ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ cardstock stickers from Doodlebug Design.

This was the stuck in the centre of the red stripe. The card was finished with a matching ‘bow’ of the green ribbon attached on one side a a few of the large white sequins from the ‘Whimsical Winter Asterisk Sequins’ stuck on randomly on the red background.
Saturday, 7 October 2006

christmas snowman

With the coming of October comes the start of the Christmas card making season. This year having decided to use up all of the oddments I’ve collected over the years I decided to make each of my Christmas cards differently.
This card features a Snowman by Doodlebug (my favourite brand) from the ‘Snow Biz’ sheet of cardstock stickers.
A square white card had a scattering of ‘Whimsical Winter Asterisk Sequins’ stuck onto it. A length of ‘Whimsical Winter Accent Satin’ ribbon was stuck 1/5th of the way up the card and the snowman stuck in the corner.
The card was finished with a ‘Seasons Greetings’ peel off sticker from ‘Anita’s’.

An afterthought was the snowman’s scarf could have been coloured with iridescent glitter glue.
Saturday, 30 September 2006


A simple card made using the papers from the Hot Off the Press Citrus Cardmakers Ultimate Creative Pack.
The pastel striped paper was placed on the front of a square square aperture card. The aperture was cut out of this paper and the edge finished with a silver line peel off sticker.
The inside of the card was covered in the matching pastel dotty paper. Inside the aperture a white Bazzill Basics flower was stuck with a button center.
The word flower was written in small peel off letters in the top right of the card.
Saturday, 23 September 2006


The stuff for this card came in a kit from my local Home Bargains (a great wee shop) for just £1, it is a simple idea to replicate.

A rectangle of lilac chiffon was placed at the centre of a square card onto this was placed a smaller rectangle of white glitter card. A lilac glitter butterfly was placed on this and a Best Wishes peel off placed underneath the butterfly to finish.
Saturday, 16 September 2006

bling flowers

Another card for my gran and therefore another gem heavy card.

Large tear drops were set together on a square of white card to form the shape of a flower. A yellow circle gem was placed in the centre of the flower. This square of white was then matted onto a square of silver mirror card. This was repeated for times (in four different colours).

These squares were then arranged in a grid in the centre of a largish pink card. 4 gem dragonflies were placed around the edge of the card and little movement trails drawn in by hand.
Saturday, 9 September 2006

you're a star

Using papers from the Country Little Sizzles pad by Sizzix, and the star die from the Sizzlits window and frame making set I whipped together this card.

I have varied the peel off used on this card to say Congratulations, Thank You and You’re a Star all using the same design of card.

The star was cut from the plain yellow paper in the sizzles pad and placed on a slightly larger square cut from the blue and yellow star paper. This was in turn matted on silver mirror card the plain blue paper from the sizzles set and more silver mirror card.

This was then placed on a white card (tall, A6, square, it doesn’t really matter) using 3D foam.
Saturday, 2 September 2006


I’m still using up a stack of Hot Off the Press cards my mum bought from QVC a while ago, some of which had apertures cut into them.

I covered one of the cards in a cute pink stripe paper from doodlebug and cut out the star aperture from this covering paper. The edge of the star was finished using peel off line stickers, twinkle written in peel off letters and little dots (usually discarded bits from peel off sticker sheets) placed randomly over the paper.

Inside the card a pearl matt was placed decorated in the bottom right hand corner with small pink star stickers.
Saturday, 26 August 2006

baby duck

As you may already have noticed my style is fairly minimalist. I don’t like cluttered or fussy or over the top.

Here the background of this fairly large white card is just lifted by a few tiny peel of stars it makes the world of difference but is not intrusive.

The card itself is the Quickutz ducky cut is pale yellow and simply layered on pale blue the same pale yellow and pale blue again. The corners have been rounded using the Papermania round corner punch to give it a neater softer feel. The wing detail was cut in a slightly darker yellow and the eye filled in in black.

This was placed on the card using 3D foam and the card was finished using an appropriate baby peel of sticker.

Saturday, 19 August 2006

thanks - reworking an idea

You may recall this Thanks card, well here is the same idea reworked in more summery colours.

I always find if I buy letter stickers I always run out of some letters and have half a sheet left of letters that never get used. So I purchased myself the Quickutz Sunshine Gift Set.

The papers were ‘Pretty Pink Stripes’ for the background and Bazzill in the following doodlebug colours: sunshine, bubblegum and lily white.
Saturday, 12 August 2006

purple with love card

More doodlebug papers used here. Doodlebug is one of my favourite scrapbooking companies because everything is just so much fun.

The ‘Perfectly Perfect Asterisks’ paper was matted onto a card measuring 2 3/4” by 4 3/4”. 

‘With Love’ written in the discontinued Sue Dreamer Lavender alphabet stickers was placed on white Bazzill which was in turn layered on doodlebug Swimming pool Bazzill. This was placed centrally on the card using 3D foam.

The card was finished using small purple star gems from Papermania.
Saturday, 5 August 2006

crazy hi!

Using the same doodlebug paper as used on the Thanks card, and with much the same idea, but a very different effect. Hi! was written using the now discontinued Sue Dreamer Lavender letter stickers onto a pale blue circle of card. This was then layered onto a card covered with the striped paper with a burst of individual strands of marabou feathers.
Saturday, 29 July 2006

dove wedding card

I don’t often used gate fold cards but there is always the odd occasion. The inside and outside of the card were covered in doodlebug pastel confetti paper. With the top and bottom of the front being trimmed in doodlebug Honeydew bazzill cardstock (because the pastel confetti wasn’t quite big enough).

A dove was stuck over the center of the opening and the card was finished with a couple of congratulations peel offs.
Saturday, 22 July 2006

miss you with yellow flowers

I have always preferred the Sizzix Sidekick die cutting system to the QuicKutz system perhaps because I can see where on the die I am positioning paper with the Sidekick meaning I can be more frugal. However I have always liked many of the QuicKutz dies. Thanks recently to the introduction of the Sizzix adapter I can use QuicKutz dies on my system.

The QuicKutz website is an excellent resource (that doesn’t work on Safari so use Firefox).

The Flower Doodads die was a crazy purchase on ebay. It was cut in both a light and medium yellow with the darker centers used on the flowers.

The ‘Miss You’ epoxy sticker was layered on white bazzill and plain blue paper before being placed at the center of a 4” square card covered in Papermania blue dot paper. The flowers were placed randomly around.
Saturday, 15 July 2006

butterfly best wishes

This card was made entirely using the contents of one of the QVC (UK) TSVs that my mum is so fond of. Item 584406 if the link doesn’t work. All of the products are available from the doCrafts group of companies. doCrafts offer amazing value and really great products, they do not sponsor or endorse me but I would recommend any of their stuff to anyone.

A piece of the pink stripy paper down the center of the card highlighted with silver peel off lines of differing thicknesses, the medium frame with flowers mounted on pearl card and cut out embellished with a butterfly sticker.

The card was finally finished with Best Wished and flower peel offs and little dots which would be considered the bits left behind on the peel off sheet.

Saturday, 8 July 2006


I love sending people a nice thank you card if they have done me a favour or given me a gift. When you have made the card it makes it even more personal.

This card is so simple, the card itself was cut from a light weight piece of card measuring 4 3/4” x 5 1/2” and folded down the long edge. This was completely covered in the doodlebug paper ‘Perfectly Purple Stripes’. The word ‘Thanks’ was written on Lily White bazzill in lavender letters by Sue Dreamer and matted onto a piece of Swimming Pool bazzill cardstock.

This was stuck centrally onto the card using 3D foam and finished with a knot of ribbon in the turquoise colour.
Saturday, 1 July 2006

les fleurs

My gran is the person I send most of my cards to, a weekly note of what I am doing. There is only one thing to remember when I make cards for my gran - make them shiny. She has very poor sight due to two cataracts and manages to see the shine if nothing else.

Every time I see shiny embellishments I get them ready for use. These were from a box of Papermania gems with centers drawn in in yellow 3D paint. The word ‘fleurs’ was cut out using the now retired Sizzix Sizzlits Funky Brush alphabet.

The green and pink contrast well with each other but I don’t know any details as they were both just in the collection of oddments. 
Saturday, 24 June 2006

wedding card

I love how people say “Could you make me a card for XXX for tomorrow” this is where quick cards are the key. This card is a prime example, very simple matting and layering make an elegant and quick wedding card. To be elegant for a wedding the card was made from pearl card and covered with a piece of one of the papers from the Chelsea 6 x 6” scrapbook designer papers by Brenda Walton for K & Company.

The card was finished with a sticker by Papermania layered up and raised on 3D foam and an Anita’s peel off in gold from one of the Birthday sheets.
Saturday, 17 June 2006

dragonfly and flower card

The printed card came from a K & Company box set and needed little embellishment. The a dot of iridescent glitter glue was placed in the centre of the flowers to give the card some ‘lift’. Further flowers were cut in a complimenting purple card using one of the dies from the Sizzlits Hawaiian Flower Set these were again edged in iridescent glitter glue and the centers cut in a complimentary colour.

The dragonflies were cut 3 times each using the dragonfly from the Sizzlits doodle Die Bug Set, one in a brown which was trimmed for the body section and twice in pearlescent vellum. The body and wings were layered up and then placed on the card. Antenna were formed from off cuts.
Saturday, 10 June 2006

monochrome new home

I needed a New Home card on short notice and didn’t really feel like I had suitable young and funky embellishments, so I did what any self respecting 5 year old would do and started to draw.

A simple out line of a house (inspired by The Muppets) and some simple matting onto black card, and hey presto a finished card at practically no cost.
Saturday, 3 June 2006

funky present birthday card

This card is so simple and easy to make and works so well in many different colours. The only thing that restricts you is the availability of card and paper.

I used the Strips Decoritive Strip from Sizzix, and cut it in two colours. Using just the wiggle section it was mouted at  both edges of the card, you can just see on the inside I have repeated the use of this die cut to add some interest in the middle of the card. The present was cut 3 times using the Present die from the Doodlebug Birthday Set again by Sizzix. Twice in one colour and again in a complementary colour. The top of the box and ribbons were cut out of the top layers and the present decoupaged to give a 3D finish. 

Finally the card was finished using tiny birthday peel of stickers coloured using Peel Off Markers to be a matching colour.

Saturday, 27 May 2006

blue with love card

I love Anna Griffin’s range of card making stuff but often feel intimidated by it because it is so nice I don’t want to ruin it. Consequently it has to be a really special occasion for me to even go near this stuff...

I decided to be subtle however not go too crazy with paper techniques, so a plain blue A6 size card with a matching printed paper with a blue pattern laid on top embellished with a blue vellum and a cream ribbon bow simple but elegant. The with love sticker is actually from K & Co but worked well.
Saturday, 20 May 2006

retro spots

A card from nearly nothing here, all you need is to cut 3 consecutive size circles in card.

I really like the tonal look with a light (L) and dark (D) of one colour and a bit of shine with some silver (S), try to keep them in the same order as you layer them up, such as LDS, DSL, SLD for consistency and be a bit random on where you stick each circle when layering them up, but I always find that it works particularly well if smaller circles always touch the edge of larger ones.

Finally stick the circles onto a plain card with 3D foam in a grid pattern and you are done.

This card is great for any occasion as it is neutral and is a suitable card for men.
Saturday, 13 May 2006

birthday spots

Quite a minimalist look again, despite the fancy paper. Any spotty paper will do although this card came from a K & Co box set. just a little bit of layering and a sweet sticker from Papermania and you have a different take on a funky birthday card.
Saturday, 6 May 2006

happy birthday candle

I really like the candles in the Sizzlits Die Set - Party Time Set by Leere' Aldrich. I also think that it works particularly well with yellow and blue.

Three candles were cut in blue with their wicks and flames cut again. The ‘flash’ was removed from the blue candles and they were then mounted on a yellow background. The wicks and flames were finished in a similar manner and then the three were mounted on a 6 cm
2 white square using 3D foam.

This was then mounted on a yellow 6.5 cm and blue 7 cm square using double sided tape. Finally it was mounted in the middle of a white square card using 3D foam and small silver ‘Happy Birthday’ stickers were stuck centrally below the image.