31 March 2010

Quilled flowers

Hooray - a touch more quilling!

I made a smaller sample of this card at the last quilling evening I went to. This card was made for a crafty friend at work who is retiring this week - hi Marsha if you are reading this!

The petals are marquise shapes (made with my fab new tool), with some folded loops for a centre. The large leafs are wheatears formed using the 'prongs' on an onion holder with a standard leaf shape to finish.
The stems are strips stuck on their side.

Peel off greeting added and a touch of card candy to tie the colours in with a bit of sparkle.

I have quilled a pile of butterflies and flowers this week I hope to add to some cards this weekend and will make more of this card in different colours (really must use less purple) for my demo. Roll on a long weekend.

27 March 2010

Something Different

Apologies for lack of posting this week - not really done much crafting! Spent lots of time thinking what I might quill for the next demo days but not much action!

Anyway, have made this necklace and bracelet set for a present. Not very complicated admittedly but I've had the beads for ages. I think the gemstones might be Rhodonite (also not sure as had for ages), there are 3 different sizes of these, broken up with sterling silver beads.

Really must crack on with some quilling now!

19 March 2010


Hurrah I hear you all say!! Finally had a quick colouring in play. The pieces I played with on our day out were a bit of a mis-match with me trying different colours to see what worked (or didn't) so I have started this afresh. Obviously no time to put it on a card or anything useful like that - one step at a time!

The main thing I learnt was that the 73 colours I had are just not enough!! The colour blend you get with 3 shades close together gives a much more subtle look.

This is one of Wendy's images I stamped on the day. More pleased with some of it than other bits but plenty of time to play and it made me realise I much I did learn.

18 March 2010

New Header!

Still not got very far this week but have stuck my new blog title together!
Mainly because I also wanted to test my new quilling tool.

Many thanks to Ann Martin's blog - http://allthingspaper-annmartin.blogspot.com/ - that pointed me in the direction of a tool I had seen before but couldn't get. Maggie in Japan does some lovely delicate quilling and I have been able to purchase a tool from her which has a very fine point, giving a much smaller hole in the middle of shapes for more delicate work.
Do have a peek at Ann's blog, she finds some lovely and inspirational paper goodies from all over the world.

I also managed to sort some of the links on my blog which I have given a much needed tweek to as the colours ended up merging with my background. Few more tweeks needed, along with all the other things I want to play with this week.

(I will sort a copic post out soon ladies!).

17 March 2010


Had a very strange moment this morning when I put Create & Craft on the tv one of my cards was on - very random indeed!!

I entered a Forever Friends comp a while back (which I didn't win), at least the card had a small moment of fame!

Anyway, this card I have made a couple of times recently. The backing paper and that used for the oval scallops & large flowers is from a pack called Pocketful of Posies I got cheap somewhere.

The owls are Craftwork Cards with a touch of copic colour to match the papers. Large flowers punched using an SU punch, little flowers, brads and bow from a recent Docrafts goody bag.

I do hope no one got hold of any of my germs after the weekend, feel a bit more like playing today so must be feeling better - bring out the copics!!

13 March 2010

The end of Mothers Day!

I stupidly asked my husband what he wanted on a Mothers Day I was to make and he said 'a sheep'.

So here it is!!

The image is stamped from the Papermania Honey and Hugs range. I have added some fluffy stuff to his head and googly eyes.

He (or she I suppose) is then layered using sheets of co-ordinating paper from the range with some coloured card candy to match.

Just for Janet the trusty SU ovals with Mum stamped in the middle!

Apparently he needs to challenge me more next time.

12 March 2010

A touch of Quilling!

Another quick Mothers Day blog.

These cards are another bit of a quick fix to aid mass production but still quite sweet and seemed to go down quite well this week.

They are using some Forever Friends Pink Parfait stickers in a circle aperture card.
The edge of each circle is decorated in quilling.
One with mini scrolls and pegs, the other with marquise shapes between the pegs.

One has a Mother's Day peel-off, the other SU ovals with a Mum stamp in case I didn't sell it and it could be used again but luckily they all found a home!

I dream of one day being able to do something in less of a hurry and that doesn't need a quick-fix but we'll see!!

11 March 2010

More Mothers Day

Another week seems to have flown past.

Knotched up quite a sales list again this week - no wonder I never get round to playing with new things. Maybe next week!

These are a couple of cards I have been asked to re-produce a few times.

The Forever Friends is an invertage design from the new Pink Parfait sets. The paper is also from the set and decorated with some gems for a bit of sparkle.

Pepper the dog is a new set of papers and matching everything from Trimcraft.

This particular Pepper is from the die-cut decoupage pack and although I am not particularly a 'doggy' person I know plenty of people who are and he is rather cute!

The card is another 8x8", decorated in some matching glitter effect paper. Pepper is stuck together and layered on to the card.

The trusty SU oval punches are used for the peel off 'Mum' greeting.

Copic playday on Saturday now to look forward to and received a fab new quilling tool in the post today so need to play with that!!

4 March 2010

More Frogs!

Continuing the frog theme, this chappy is to add to my potential Mothers Day pile.

The stamp is from the Penny Black 'Toadily' clear set. Coloured with copics and the flower stamped again and added with a foam pad for an extra dimension.

Both large ovals punched out using Woodware punches.
The Mum is stamped and embossed using a stamp from my stash and cut out using the SU ovals.

Quite a cheery little chap - I hope my colleagues think that too!!

3 March 2010


This is a birthday card for my Aunt. I'm hoping she's still a frog fan as I had this little fellow to hand. He is a chipboard shape (with glitter effects!) from the new Trimcraft Pepper & Friends range which I think I might be using a lot of as I know alot of people that will like Pepper!

I have just simply layered it on matching card. The backing paper is also from the range and really pretty. SU Oval punches used with a peel off greeting.


Another easy card I'm afraid!

Not usually colours I would use but thought I'd have a go with something different - and it will stop me making another purple card!

All the supplies are from Craftwork Cards and I've copied a card I saw Julie Hickey put together.

The handbag base card has a strip of carnival pearlescent paper on the front. Two of the 'beautiful butterflies', one attached with a spare piece of ribbon and the handle is decorated using some of the 'sweet tooth' candy.

Not colours I would normally think of putting together - I must be more adventurous!

1 March 2010


Forgot to add this butterfly when I tried it recently.

I got a very good deal on a box of perga liners at one of the shows I visited last year. Using a pergamano book on the techniques this is my first attempt at the dry technique.

Fairly pleased with it as a first go but lots more practice to come and more techniques to learn apparently (one day!).