Tuesday, 23 December 2008

monochromatic quickutz flower

The challenge on the Quickutz Challenge blog was to be monochromatic, so here is my entry. The revolution flower and cookie cutter nesting flower, along with a butterfly I printed onto acetate, really simple.
Saturday, 13 December 2008

scrummy spring

Angie set the classover on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week. Although I loved the class I had no scrapping mojo, so I made a little card instead:)
In all the cold of winter this reminds me of spring and easter eggs :), I used a pebbles inc duplicates rub on and very old (but I still love the colours) American Crafts simply chic papers. I also used the Ellison flowers and stems extended cut die.
Monday, 1 December 2008

scrummy plain

Maria’s challenge over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week was to use no patterned papers.
I thought about stamping a background, I thought about a lot of doodling, and then I though that I would go simple and minimalist.
The title was cut from the off cut of my 12x12 white bazzill using the cuttlebug olivia alphabet, I cut three layers of letters to give it dimension. The leaves of the roses were cut from green core-dinations cardstock, and the roses from orange peel bazzill with the edges inked with white staz-on. There are five concentric circles cut with the smaller nestabilities dies.
Sunday, 30 November 2008

seaton sluice all day crop - laugh out loud

This was the second class at the Seaton sluice all day crop and  Maria had already kindly cut the scalloped background on a cricut expression (I think I would like one of these :)), it was a quick simple class, but Asda’s photo machines weren’t working so I had to wait for a photo to put on it before I posted.
Saturday, 29 November 2008


For the Seaton Sluice Christmas crop Maria put together some KI Memories papers, some pompom trim, ribbon, buttons and chipboard snowflakes in a baggie, with a mystery sketch... everyone’s sketch was different, and I’ll confess I swapped mine after my first one was like an explosion in a line factory.
So I added some some spinkles glitter thickers, and some bling and that was me done.
Thursday, 27 November 2008

elements of me

This is another of the missed crop kits Maria was good enough to keep for me. Glitz papers, with doodlebug alpha stickers and brads, and a chip frame painted in some Games Workshop paint!
This was the perfect layout for a chemist, but I had a few problems adapting it down to 8 1/2 x 11 from the 12x12 I supposed to work in. So I game it some hidden journalling, and the photos of my life are hidden on the back of that.  I really can’t wait to use this paper again.

the bride

So my cousin got married a few weeks ago, and we were charged with doing the wedding photography. We went all out and even took some pictures on film!
This is one of the film pictures, which we developed and printed ourselves. No matter how many times I see it it never fails to enchant me seeing an image come into existence in the developer.
So, I’ve missed a few crops, but Maria was good enough to keep the kits back for me. Here I’ve used Crate Paper Mia, with doodlebug alpha stickers and bazzill bling.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008

tranquility base

I’ve hardly bought any stash in ages, except my crop kits (and regular fix of double sided tape), because I find with Maria’s crop kits there are more than enough leftovers to keep me entertained for a while.
Here I used leftover Crate Paper lemongrass, with DCWV rub on stitches and adornit mini letters, for a really quick simple page.
Monday, 24 November 2008

seaton sluice all day crop - inspire me

This was the last of the classes Maria taught at the first Seaton Sluice all day crop.
I was really looking forward to this class, because I was loving these Crate Paper lemongrass papers. Maria did the mini book as a book of inspiration for us scrappers, leaving places for stash wants, sketches, to do lists, notes and blogs. It was a really fun class to do, although I had to finish it at home (despite Maria being a task master :o)
Sunday, 23 November 2008

scrummy song scraps

Vanessa’s class over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week was to help us use up our scraps.
After last weeks challenge I had a few song titles going around my head, so I combined the two, mixing ‘time in a bottle’ a song I know from the Muppets, with scraps left from the Seaton Sluice all day crop (which was amazing) run by Maria.
The papers are Daisy Bucket, I also used Doodlebug alphas, gems and pearls and some American Crafts ribbon.
Saturday, 22 November 2008

seaton sluice all day crop - 2009

This was the first of the classes Maria taught at the first Seaton Sluice all day crop.
The day was amazing, and Maria chose these beautiful Daisy Bucket papers. Typically, I had to do it a different sized to that prescribed.
I loved this class because it features my favorite scrapping thing - a bird. The ribbon is attached to a little booklet where I have some hidden journalling for the year ahead.
Sunday, 16 November 2008

scrummy song

Samm’s challenge over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week was to use our favorite song.
Be My Yoko Ono by The Barenaked Ladies is right up there for me, and although it is not romantic or vomitty it is ‘our’ song.
I tried to channel the artistic crazyness of Yoko Ono, and I used the SSC May kit, Maya Road chipboard trees, American Craft ribbon and chipboard jewelry box thickers, DCWV rub on doodles, buttons of unknown origin, adornit little letters, a WRML eyelet and loads of bling. It’s a really busy layout for me, but I did have fun :)
Sunday, 9 November 2008

scrummy difference

Rachel provided the class this week over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog.
I’ve used my prize from the SSC cybercrop, along with some DCWV chipboard shapes, DCWV rub on doodles. MM letter stickers, prima fabric flower, PM brads and Anchor embroidery thread, and lasting impressions ribbon. Another mock polaroid from me...
Sunday, 2 November 2008

scrummy sketch

Angie provided us with a sketch for her challenge over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week.
I’ve used BG archaic (papers, cardstock stickers, cardstock letter stickers, glazed brads and chipboard) and some cute adorn it letter stickers too. I distressed using Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip ink and doodled using my trusty steadler pens.
Friday, 31 October 2008

special wedding

A few weeks ago I was making wedding invitations,  and this was my card to send to the happy couple. I based it on the invitation.
I used the SU stamps sets, French Flair and Carte Postal, and an Anna Griffin stamped message. The ink and card were SU chocolate chip, and the light brown was kraft card. The ribbon was American Crafts and the card was lined with a vellum insert.
So this is my card for a new SU challenge blog, check it out...
Thursday, 30 October 2008

scrummy scraps

Maria’s class over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog was to create something using a sketch and your scraps.
I used the very last scraps of my 6x6 BG Pheobe pad, cute little Adornit letter stickers, and MM glitter stickers, a Maya Road chipboard butterfly and a few other scraps.
Monday, 20 October 2008

scrummy grid

Karen’s challenge over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog was to create something with a grid or check pattern on it. I started two layouts and so I show both.
Doodlebug cardstock and brads.
Sunday, 19 October 2008

scrummy check

Karen’s challenge over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog was to create something with a grid or check pattern on it. So I experimented with cutting up a photo to highlight the interesting bits.
AC Simply Chic Papers (from an age ago and I still love the colours), AC eggnog foam thickers, and DCWV rub on doodles.
Thursday, 25 September 2008

autumn days

This weeks challenge on Caardvarks was ‘live and let die’ to use die cuts on a card. I made this simple card using an assortment of Bazzill scraps and my Leaf mini die from Quickutz (RS-0201). The message was stamped using my fabby Karen Foster mini casual snap stamps.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

make u well medicine

My mum loves cutting out the Jolly Nation (Paper Nation) decoupage and on the pages you get little extras to make your card. Now I love clean and simple, so I loved how cute this little card turned out.
Saturday, 20 September 2008

sewn silhouettes

The september card challenge on the UKS Card forum is to use stitches buttons or fabric (or indeed all three!). Now I’ve wanted the Stampin’ Up silhouette stamps for a while, and this came to mind as the next best thing.
The design was machine stitched freehand on my much loved ancient Bernina. The sentiment is a pebbles inc duplicates rub-on.
ETA This won a Moxie Fab challenge.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

mon amie, l’oiseau

Now I’m pulling on my long redundant french to say ‘my friend, the bird’...? (I hope).
So at a UStamp chat, we were talking about a stamp resist technique... so I had a go and this is my effort. I used the SU French Flair stamp (which I really love) and the matching Carte Postal set for the sentiment. The ink and matching paper are both Mellow moss. I used a white embossing powder and rubbed the ink pad over the top. 
The tag was cut out using the petite oval nestabilities set and the ribbon was recycled as it came around a pack of card blanks.
I’m not that impressed with it... but it’s not as clean and simple as I’m used to...
Monday, 15 September 2008

you're leaving

I needed a leaving card on short notice, and my mojo wasn't with me... so I copied one of my own cards and was really quite pleased with the result. The font is the Quickutz Merry from last years Christmas gift pack.
Saturday, 13 September 2008

happy bird day

My mother gave me a huge pile of Jolly Nation decoupage to make into cards, and my heat just went for this really cute parrot. I stamped the sentiment using Karen Forster snap stamps (mini casual) which I would be lost without.
Thursday, 11 September 2008

crazy scrapcube instructions

I promised instructions for my crazy scrap cube so I made a little video. I hope it is all clear.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008

baby boy

How cute is this card, made from DCWV spring stack papers. The scalloped edge is cut with my BG notch tool and the holes cut with a Fiskars hand punch.
Saturday, 6 September 2008


A fun and funky congratulations card.
I used DCWV brights card stock, and Quickutz Bright alphabet.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008

recipe card

I invented a recipe for biryani, having only ever eaten one biryani from a supermarket I’m not really an expert, but my dish is good however tenuously linked to the original. When asked to provide the recipe, I made this cute card, which proved quite a challenge as I never measure or weigh anything.
The dies are all Quickutz, for the tab, I used a die out of the tab set, and cut card which was doubled over. Cardstock is DCWV.
Saturday, 30 August 2008

bride & groom

Just a quick wedding card, which I hope is neither twee nor frumpy. I used the DCWV pastel cardstack and the Quickutz Merry alphabet dies.
Friday, 29 August 2008

happy birthday dude

I found this cool Quickutz challenge blog sponsored by Crafts U Love, where I get all of my Quickutz dies from. The first challenge was ‘something summery’ to make up for the complete lack of actual nice weather.
So... I was playing around with my quickutz dies and the DCWV summer box (fitting, no?) from QVC. I used my surfboard die (one of the limited edition dies from last summer (KS0729)) and my palm leaf die (RS0171) along with the Moxie alphabet to make this cute card. The sentiment is by Pebbles Inc and I cut the tree trunk by hand. The surf boards were decorated with DCWV rub on doodles.
I’ve finished the wedding invitations... yay! Go me! I think for that I deserve a treat!
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

scrummy classes 007 aka scrummy clouds

every cloud has a silver lining.
Maria did a really great class on the Scrummy Stash Cafe blog this week. She used a mask for painting and some sewing and other bits.
I used Chatterbox papers, left over from July’s crop, Adornit tiny etched natural letters (which I have completely fallen in love with), Doodlebug lily white simply sweet cardstock stickers. DCWV adhesive cardstock and a Sizzix home sweet home die to cut the tree.
It continues to rain, but I can’t see the silver lining in that...
Monday, 25 August 2008

new home

I treated myself to a new alphabet die set, the Moxie skini mini dies by Quickutz. It’s such a cute alphabet, I’m really pleased with it.
I used the cards out of the DCWV Summer box I got from QVC for this card. The cards are a little thin for my liking so I’ve cut them up and used front and back. I also used a nestabilites die and a fiskars handpunch to cut the little holes.
I’m sick of all of this rain. My lawn is like a paddy field and it’s August!!!
Sunday, 24 August 2008


I have so much DCWV stuff, my latest addition to the pile was the pastel cardstock stack. There are some lovely colours in it, really filling in the gaps I think the other stacks had. I used 3 of the colours here, along with a studio G stamp set.
The image was coloured using whispers pens an finished with a touch of crystal stickles. Finally I used a piece of American Crafts ribbon.
Saturday, 23 August 2008

funky baby

I love a bargain, and this stamp from Studio G was only 99p (and it was wood mounted too!). I didn’t do much to it just coloured it in and added a little bling.
I’m eating loads of Maltesers at the moment, I’m not normally much of a chocolate person, but right now I could eat Maltesers all day...
Friday, 22 August 2008

hi dreamy

Using my usual trick of using every last inch of papers this is my latest. I used the ends of my crop kit (MME Just Dreamy paper) and Bazzill in Marigold. The ‘hi’ was cut  using the Quickutz lemonade font.
I wonder whether I should be more chatty in my blog posts but I don’t really have a lot to say. I would complain about the weather and how my tomatoes are refusing to ripen. I’ve tried to grow a lot of my own produce this year and have been reasonably successful, I’ve hardly bought any salad leaves since May, and we are eating our own courgettes. The carrots are nearly ready and my strawberries were lovely (although there weren’t that many).
Thursday, 21 August 2008

scrummy bling

Over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  blog this weeks challenge was to ‘bling it up’.
I’ve had another go, this time making a card again from the leftovers of the crop kit. It was the Just Dreamy Paper collection from My Minds Eye, papers that have really inspired me, so far I’ve made 4 pages and 8 cards!!!
I also used Adorn It bling and Karen Foster mini casual snap stamps.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

buttons for you

The challenge on the Papertake blog this week was to use buttons on your project.
I love the simplicity of this card, I used Karen Foster mini snap stamps for the message and Bubblegum Button Bonanza buttons.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

hearts for you

This was just a quick card made using the scraps crafters always end up with (including the branding band off some MME papers!).
The hearts were cut using the Folk Mini die from Quickutz, and the message was stamped using Karen Foster mini snap stamps.
Monday, 18 August 2008

scrummy bling

Over on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  blog this weeks challenge was to ‘bling it up’.
This was not a problem for me who really can’t help but ‘bling’ everything I see up to withing an inch of it’s life.
Having just been to the crop I used the leftovers of the crop kit to make my page. It was the Just Dreamy Paper collection from My Minds Eye, papers that have really inspired me.
I also used Adorn It and Kanban bling and American Crafts LAX glitter thickers but the rest came in the kit.
Sunday, 17 August 2008

scrummy crop - maria's class

I did the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop and I did Maria’s Class.
This was my favorite class, although I have to confess I drew the acetate by hand. I used Basic Grey Sugared stuff, with American Crafts LAX glitter thickers and some American Crafts tags which I found.
Great class Maria. Thank you all at the Scrummy Stash Cafe for a great cyber crop.
Saturday, 16 August 2008

scrummy crop - rachel's class

I did the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop and I did Rachel’s Class.
Rachel got us painting, with a sequin waste resist (mine was stars), and the wibbly ribbon. I used KI Memories baby boy kit.
Friday, 15 August 2008

scrummy crop - vanessa's challenge

I did the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop and I did Vanessa’s Challenge.
Basic Grey Archaic papers, simplified from the sketch, but really pleased with this.
Thursday, 14 August 2008

scrummy crop - vanessa's class

I did the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop and I did Vanessa’s Class.
I simplified it a lot, and my ultra thick enameling was alot plainer (as I only have clear embossing powder). I used Basic Grey Archaic
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

you're invited

A copy of the invitations I’ve made as a draft for my cousin’s wedding.
I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! French Flair stamp and cut out the bird in the top right corner for the detail. I’ve also used a Studio G stamp for the message. Oval nestabilities were used and the plain oval embossed after die cutting. I used a clear ink pad with Heat It Up Enchanted Gold embossing powder. The whole of the scolloped oval was heat embossed twice to give a good colour. Finally I trimmed with cream ribbon.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

scrummy crop - angle's class the other one

The next class I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Angie’s.
Not much like Angie’s example, but this was inspired by the class. Just using the technique to highlight a very simple card. Brushed metallic cardstock and Papermania Sweet Nothings supplies.
Monday, 11 August 2008

scrummy crop - maria's challenge

The next challenge I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Maria’s.
Maria wanted us to make a layout with 5 words that describe us. My words are ‘a kid on the inside’.
I used Basic Grey Archaic, Maya Road neutral microchip buttons, American Crafts Poolside white vinyl thickers, and paper trim from IKEA.
Sunday, 10 August 2008

scrummy crop - rachel's challenge

The next challenge I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Rachel’s.
Rachel wanted us to add dimension, so I did a simple layout with Basic Grey Sugared supplies. Not much to say, I couldn’t even think of a title.
Saturday, 9 August 2008

scrummy crop - theresa’s challenge

The next challenge I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Theresa’s.
I used American Crafts Simply Chic papers (I love these colours) along with a Mambi message sticker, rusty pickel buttons (I love the jars), and Prima flowers.
Friday, 8 August 2008

scrummy crop - angie's class

The next class I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Angie’s.
Paper piercing, the challenge. I do this a lot anyway (or sew with my machine and no thread), but to at least  show pretense of doing the class, I did my jaggedy edge rather than the scollops, and look, a squifty angle too!
Thursday, 7 August 2008

scrummy crop - angie's challenge

The next challenge I did on the Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog  cyber crop was Angie’s.
Using eyelets... I’ve recently just got a big bite so I have no excuse. I used my current fall back photo of me (if you look I’m covered in sand), and used WRMK hardware, flowers and eyelets. I also used American Crafts Rootbeer Float vinyl thickers and doodlebug simply sweet rub-ons.
Oh and the little bit of hardware I used at the top, I have no idea what it should be used for...