29 April 2010

Step by step

I did these 2 cards with some crafty friends the other day.

I believe they are called step decoupage but I'd never come across it before so will be seeing what else is available now as it is rather different.

As with standard 3D you start with your base image and add smaller parts of the image on top, just with these rather than one straight on top of another they 'step-up' the side of the card.

I believe one image is from scrapbookingmad.com and one from craftsuprint but I will be investigating and letting Anne know in case it's something we could try at Crafty Bunch.

25 April 2010

Thank You

This is a card I made earlier in the week for a colleague who took early retirement at work and who very kindly took a group of us out to lunch so we wanted to send her a card.

The paper is from a Forever Friends pack I think. The images are from a Lets Make Cards mag - the person concerned is a Gromit fan and there is an in joke about a bike with a basket so they are very suitable!

The images are mounted on a punched oval which is layered on a punched scalloped oval which I have 'spirellied'.

Finished with a Thank You stamp and a spot of card candy.

And, I can thoroughly recommend the Ilchester Arms for a spot of lunch!!

23 April 2010


This is an anniversary card for some friends who got married one year ago.

The heart is embossed from a little MDF embossing board I have in the stash.

I made the wedding invites for these friends so the flowers are exactly the same as the ones that were on the invites. Flowers, centres and leaves are all punched.

A little stamped greeting cut out with SU ovals and a strip of ribbon to finish (also something that was on the invites).

21 April 2010

Make and Take

Had a great evening at Margaret's Stampin' Up gathering, thanks to her for hosting.
Stevie the demonstrator (www.stampingmatters.co.uk) showed us a few nice stamps and punches and we used some goodies to make the card above.

The flower and leaf spray are from the new Vintage Vogue set (yes I did) and the Thank You is a new stand alone stamp (could of stuck it a bit more centrally!).
Quite a nice effective and uncomplicated card. I might of bought a couple more stamps, I will make a card with them when they arrive for you all!

20 April 2010

Busy Week!

I have made a card this evening but won't post it for a couple of days yet!

To keep up with the blog I thought I would add this one as I keep seeing it on the tv!!!

I made it for a DOCrafts comp a while back, wasn't very pleased with it because I spent too much time thinking in the end and it was a bit quick and not quite what I wanted - I didn't win.

Having said that I happened to catch it on Create & Craft the other week, which i'd just popped past, as a sample card.
Managed to have a splendid migraine Monday so was having another sofa day when I visited again (I rarely watch the channel it is so bizarre) just in time to see the pic on the screen for their pick of the day which was the new Forever Friends CD's. My card was there again, next to all the CD's - I think I need some appearance money!!!

So for not liking it too much it certainly is having a bit of an outing.
No post tomorrow because I've just been asked if I wanted to pop to a Stampin' Up party - couldn't say no obviously, would of been rude!

18 April 2010


I am still here (apologies to Janet, not been too much off the production line this week!).

Had the Christening of my niece Gemma yesterday. Always find cards for this occasion a bit tricky.

Anyway, settled on stamping this Forever Friends image in an aperture card, using a second image cut out to 3D it, then coloured with copics.

Then surrounded the oval in a selection of quilled flowers in white and light pink, all done in 2mm paper so they are a little more delicate (apart from the fringed flower which is 5mm paper!).

11 April 2010


I'm all quilled out now!! Funnily enough I didn't finish anything today to post - I will at some point soon. Going to have a teensy rest for a day or two!

This card is another one that just made it for the weekend though. The pic might not do it justice but the petals are edged with a contrasting colour for something a bit different.

The blue petals are edged in grey which I never would of thought of but stole from Claire Choi's book.

10 April 2010


So, 2 very long quilling days down. Been spreading the quilling word though and very pleased to get some new converts and pass on some of the tips I've learnt over the years.

Despite fancying a bit of a snooze I then needed to put this sample together for tomorrows workshop where I need to do a bit of a demo!

The pattern is from a Quilling Guild magazine, the technique we are doing tomorrow is used here for the leaves - further explanation to follow another day.

Oh yes - had another rush on storks so it was handy I made some more yesterday and now have none again!

9 April 2010

Baby Cards

Because I was so exhausted after a days quilling demo today and can barely keep my eyes open I thought I'd stick these cards together!!

Had a run on stork cards the last two days so quilled a few more this afternoon in between visitors. Obviously no one will want one now but I tried.

Neutral ones are also quite popular as people like the idea but don't always know what is coming!

The pattern is in a Past Times Quilling book by Pat Green.

Only 2 more days of quilling to go!

8 April 2010


My final card for this weekends stash, had forgotten I hadn't stuck this on a card.

Butterflies have been really popular. This one is in shades of brown, the wings are teardrops of varying sizes, the body a marquise shape and a filigree 'v' for the antennae.

Layered on some matching card and the base card is covered in some papermania paper from my stash.

Let's hope today's sunshine and the promise of more brings lots of visitors at the weekend!


7 April 2010


Still buried under a pile of quilling this week but the latest piece to make it out is this flower panel.

It is based on the one in the book 'Quilled Cards' by Diane Boden Crane. She is very talented and does amazing work all in 2mm paper and I have been lucky enough to have had some tuition with her in the past.

The background of this card was marked in pencil and the various sections chalked to colour them, the border is narrow width quilling paper. I decided to do these flowers as each teardrop petal is edged with a contrasting colour strip which I think looks quite striking, yet hopefully not too scary to demo as something different at the weekend.

5 April 2010

Demo Days

Just in case anyone is passing this blog and doesn't know about Yandles this Friday and Saturday where I will be demonstrating Quilling, Val will be doing something very clever with a floral theme I believe, also jewellery, knitting, sculpey and more (with tea and cake available!).

4 April 2010

Day out!

After getting drenched watching a bike race yesterday I thought I'd treat myself to some air in the sunshine today!
Cricket St Thomas had an open gardens day so I went along with Mum for a wander, not realising that they still had some animals there, even though they are doing a lot of work in the grounds re-landscaping it. Not sure if the lemurs are sunbathing or doing group meditation!

The daffodils there were lovely and a much nicer weather day than Saturday, followed by tea in Cricket House, can't be bad! Off to stick some more quilling on cards again now.

3 April 2010

'Extreme' Quilling

More samples - these ones are from my 'extreme' quilling range!!

As some cards with lots of quilling on can scare people off I have tried to do a few which combine techniques as I know a lot of crafters seem to do ten if we do one!

This stamp set is Farmyard Animals by Francoise Read for Woodware. The cow has quilled accents and the sheep body is made of quilled coils and his face and legs stamped and cut out.

The greetings are peel off on layered punched circles. These cards also have potential for those awkward chaps we need cards for sometimes!
Thanks for looking.

2 April 2010

Happy Easter

Just a mini card today I made to amuse my colleagues!

It's one of a range of Penny Black stamps which I coloured quickly and punched out and layered on a punched scalloped oval.

Off to stick some of my pile of quilled flowers and butterflies to cards now!