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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CardMaking 101 - #4 and 5

It’s Tuesday and my bestie and I had another cardmaking session tonight. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but she was receiving cancer treatment this summer which put a bit of a crimp in our activities but she’s raring to go now. Here’s what we got up to last week – we do rather like that corner turned over idea but maybe need to find a new one as I think we may have exhausted it!!


I needed three more simple designs for tonight – of course I hadn’t prepared but this is what we made.


Taking another break because she’s off to the bahamas … not jealous at all…. Oh well, at least it’ll give me a chance to get ahead of the game, I’ve been winging it the last two weeks!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Box Card for Christmas

Earlier in the year I came across some wonderful Christmas themed pop up box cards on the Calla Lily Studio blog. Please explore further than the link, Chris has some truly stunning examples that she did last year shown over several posts. I’d love to try the nutcracker and the nativity scene but they look a bit complicated!!

I had to go at some of the simpler ones and here is my ‘angel’ version using papers from Craftwork Cards and various dies I have (the body is actually a bauble die upside down).


IMG_1575I really like box cards, which I initially saw demonstrated by Julie Hickey of Craftwork Cards but my OCD like nature means that they have to look OK from every angle, open and shut. The flowery ones take me ages to sort out LOL. The three in a line style of these angels gives an acceptable appearance when closed.

But I wasn’t satisfied with that, so have decorated the underside of the flaps and created a belly band (which could be customised) to put on the card when it goes in the envelope. It also means any embellishments don’t get ‘caught’ in the envelope.




The recipient will probably be incredibly puzzled but I’m happy!! Now I’m trying to think of a way to put folds into the band so that it can be put on the open box. Might look a bit messy though… …. watch this space!!

I really can’t explain how stressed it makes me when things don’t look ‘right’. I remember cutting up a whole bunch of tunnel cards because I couldn’t figure out a way to make them look good when folded for posting. Is anyone else out there as weird as me?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday already??

Goodness, where did the last few days go? Been so busy, supposed to be decorating today but have wimped out leaving hubby to get on with it (may have been the master plan all along hee hee…..).

Anyway just a quick post of a card and ATC made for a poppy themed swap. Hope you are all having a great week end.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What Was on Your Workdesk? WOYWW Pt. II

Just to put those of you who couldn’t see that they were going to be adorable little penguins out of their misery here’s a quick piccie – now to add them to the cards.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #284

No I haven’t gone all zen, This is the space where my bestie sits when she comes over for cardmaking 101 like she did last night. I do  tidy it up before she comes and so when she goes it’s empty.
Before I went to bed last night I sat and started a little paper piecing for some box cards I want to finish today.
Well I hope everyone is set up for a nice Wednesday. It’s mum’s 82nd birthday and I am going to go over and see her later. There might be a trip to a craft shop involved ……we’ve already had a tea and cake afternoon (yum) and have Sunday lunch planned for all at the weekend.

Can you guess what these are going to be?
Anyhow, if you’re new to the weekly show n tell known as WOYWW, you can find out all the info here and check out our hostess Julia Dunnitt (!). Have a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Try It On Tuesday – Hand made/Home Made

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Another fortnight, another challenge and at Try It On Tuesdays we’d like to see something handmade or home made, perhaps a gift, home decor, wall art or other item that you have made yourself.



I decided to make a tag advent calender – I didn’t quite appreciate how much work this would turn out to be!!

Still it was mainly die cutting the baubles as I couldn’t embellish the 12 double sided tags very much as they had to fit in the box – they do – JUST!! It’s hard to see but there is a little slot in front of the box so that you can change the tag day by day. I have to fess up the template is by Craftwork Cards so no great design work on my part.



Had great fun using up my crimbo papers (I do seem to have quite a collection) but was glad to get it finished! Now we’d like to see your projects so to add your link and catch up with he rest of the DT join us at the TiOT blog.

Monday, 10 November 2014

November Giveaway – Christmas Bauble

Well, an MDF one anyway. Think I got the blank from the wonderful MDF man when I went to Ally Pally.

Had a struggle getting a good picture, there is almost too much sunshine this morning.  Still here we go.


Well I’m sure you know the drill by now. Leave a comment on this post and I will put you in the draw. Overseas players welcome, please feel free to link from your own blog to get an additional entry (but please do tell me you’ve done so!!). Closing date 9.00,pm on Monday 24th November so I can get it in the post. Please do make sure I can get in touch with you if you win. Right, back to the Christmas cards….

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Red Alert


The stamp I used was free with a magazine – back in the eons of time!!It is from The Great British Card Company,  designed by Andrea Jayne Evans.

FS Blog Button This is my latest design piece for the Fantasy Stampers design team and the theme this fortnight is to include something red on your project – along with your stamped images of course!! We’d love to see your ‘Red’ projects so pop along to the blog to link up or to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT.

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