24 December 2009

And finally ...

I never thought I would finish wrapping presents - didn't realise there were so many until I unearthed them from their hiding places!

Anyway, all cards done, one final post before the hols.

The card here uses Alison Yeates parchment petals. They come perforated for folding and pinching so that when you have added your design they magically (after some practice) turn in to a very pretty shape.

I embossed a snowflake on to each petal here and added dots as a border (apologies to those of you that received one without dots - I forgot what I was doing!!). The bottom layer is traced, embossed and perforated round the edge (I used a new PCA tool, not entirely sure what it was yet but I liked it!).

I have had these for ages and pleased I finally used some. Finished off with card candy coloured with copics and a bit of Anita's ribbon.

Just worked out I have sold 90 cards at work this month, plus making cards for close family and friends - I now have a cold (probably not surprisingly) and will be having a couple of days of well earned rest!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

22 December 2009


Can't really say too much about today's commission!

I have made quite a few cards for people at work using photos of their dogs, 3 d'ing them on a background of paw prints etc.

This week I have been asked to do a cat (on an A4 card) - nothing wrong there you might think. I was only given one picture of said animal and have produced the card shown below. Enjoy!!!

21 December 2009


Another quick post in passing!
Today's request was for a dog card (and one I haven't done before) so I have used the Penny Black Reindeer Pup stamp.
Simply coloured with copics (dog has to be brown) and gold pen for a bit of sparkle and layered in colours to match.
Peel off greeting and some card candy in the corner - hey presto!

20 December 2009

Be Merry!

I have been really busy today but will not be posting the cards I have produced until they have reached their destination (hoping they will get there by Christmas!!).

Then had to pop out for a lovely tea and glass of wine obviously - it is Christmas!!

19 December 2009

Christmas Scene

In between writing and actually posting a few cards and catching up with some stuff I have made a few more Penny Black fantasy trees and this card which is a commission for work.
The card is actually nearly 8" square.
The picture is from a Kanban set of Christmas toppers and is a really pretty scene. It doesn't show up much on the picture but I have added glamour dust to some areas for sparkle.
Then it is just layered with a message added and some punched snowflakes that also met with some glamour dust (the whole house is currently sparkling - doesn't it get everywhere?!).

18 December 2009

Still going!

Still on rather quick cards, these are just made from the Forever Friends packs that DOCrafts issued a few weeks ago (and now are another thing you can't get for love nor money!!).

Anyway, I'm afraid these ones were just die-cut decoupage layered on paper from the packs - with a few gems to finish off. Still effective for a slightly more special card.

17 December 2009

No Post

Too busy working, shopping and drinking mulled wine for anything crafty today I'm afraid!!
I'll try harder tomorrow!

16 December 2009

Still Christmas

Just a couple of Reindeer today to keep my blog followers happy!!
Not too much to say about them, just some different ideas to add to the mix.
The card on the left used fun flock to make the reindeer 'strokey' and a pom pom nose and googly eye.
The other reindeer is from a papermania set (I think - many stamps now under a big pile of carnage on my desk!!). Simply cut out with an oval punch, bottom of card layered with cuttlebug snowflakes and some matching ribbon. Just about there on orders now so can try something a bit more adventurous at the weekend (famous last words!).

15 December 2009

Christmas Sheep

Forgot I hadn't posted my Christmas Sheep!
This is another Penny Black stamp I couldn't leave on a stall recently.
Coloured him with Copics and a Sakura Glaze pen, some sparkly flock and glamour dust.
He is featured on nesties and the greeting is printed then punched out from the Stampin Up set.
I am a sucker for these cute Christmas animals!!
Must dash, still far too much to do!

14 December 2009


Just a quick post so I don't get told off by Janet again!!
Another quicky I'm afraid. Will add the make of this stamp when I come across it.

For this card I used Anita's pens to colour the image before stamping which came out really well. Then added a few gems for berries and hey presto!

I'm taking 50 completed cards in to work tomorrow so I have been busy, honest. Still got the weekend to work on a few bits that take a little more time!

13 December 2009

Orange Cupboard!

Thought I'd post my 'cupboard' picture as I forgot to take it to the meal last week.

After Anne's 'cupboard' experience in Paignton I promised I would show everyone a pic of an Easyhotel room!! They are obviously sold as budget rooms, this cost £30 I think for one night - room only! TV and windows were extra.

The pic on the left is stood in the doorway looking right.
The pic on the right is me then squashed in the far corner of the bed looking at the door.
Strangely enough I couldn't find an angle to get the bathroom in, it is almost like a portaloo (including shower) experience and is immediately opposite the door.

Not a lot else you can say really but for central London for one night after getting back late from seeing my favourite George Michael it did the job and we trotted off to Starbucks for brekkie the next morning.

12 December 2009

Deer Friends

As promised, this is another bestseller this year, another clear stamp from the Smirk range, with a rather amusing line underneath.
The stamped image has been coloured in copics, and layered on red card.
The base card has a piece of cuttlebug snowflakes layered on it, then wrapped in some fab spotty ribbon.
Another cheery (yet quick) card.
Must crack on with some more orders!

11 December 2009

Smirk Christmas

Todays entry (so Janet doesn't complain again!!) is a bestseller for this year!!

It uses one of the rather amusing Smirk Christmas clear stamps. I have simply stamped this and cut out with an oval punch, then coloured with copics and used Anita's gems for the baubles.

The card has a few versamark snowflakes on and a peel-off to finish.

Hopefully this one will make people smile! I'll add another one of my Smirk cards tomorrow (when I have a picture that isn't wonky!).

10 December 2009

More Christmas

Still on a selection of my Christmas offerings I have been peddling at work!

This one uses the Church from Stampin Up Silent Night set which I stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Beige on cream card. I then used some ivory flower soft for a subtle snow effect.

This is then just simply layered with a strip of cuttlebug snowflakes at the side and a stamped greeting.

Lots of orders to sort at the weekend and sold another 2 A4 cards today (the blokes at work like to buy large cards with names on which is kind of handy!).

Come back tomorrow to see what I've found for Janet then!!

9 December 2009

Post for Janet

Janet kindly pointed out to me this evening that I had been rather slack on posting!! In my defence I have to say I have been busy (in between working) with christmas card orders for work.
I have added a couple here, they aren't the fanciest cards, but for work they have to be something that I can repeat and won't take days to make.
The Forever Friends card is A4 and uses a sheet of the 'Santa's on his way' paper pack. I've added some stickles, funky foam snowflakes and a bit of glamour dust and a greeting which I've layered. Quite effective for a quick card.
The second card is the lovely iris folded tree that Janet demonstrated at craft club.
Again, I made this with colours I know I can duplicate several times, a strip of cuttlebug snowflakes and the great Stampin Up punches with a greeting on. I really like this design too.

I have made more cards, I will see what else I can blog and then somehow hope to get some more special cards made before Christmas - which is now much closer than I really realised I think!
Enjoyed our lovely Christmas Crafty meal at Prezzo this evening and thanks for the lovely cards I received.