30 September 2010


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A couple of holiday snaps today (well, there were going to be two but I keep deleting the second one - I'll add another tomorrow!).

Had a day at Chatsworth House as we stayed so close, first went there MANY years ago. The day started out very gloomy and freezing cold. By the time we had spent 2 hours in the house and had an excellent lunch the sun came out and it was lovely.

The grounds are really nice and we could of spent even longer there exploring. A very good value for money day out with a superb farm shop with restaurant round the corner, which also supplied some very yummy sausages to the House cafe for our lunch!!

29 September 2010


So, I finally finished my project that has just made a trip to the Quilling AGM up near Sheffield.

Somerset had a display table which we entitled 'The Four Seasons'. I made this piece in a lovely box frame featuring sheep!

The sheep are a design by Diane Boden Crane that I made larger to fill the squares better. Their fleece is tiny trimmed spirals which are also used for making Diane's quilled chocolates.

I've added a few bits to each season - crocus, sunflowers, autumn leaves, xmas tree to make them suitable and lightly chalked the backgrounds of each square to give a tint of
colour to suit.

This is a close up of autumn. I quilled a tree trunk and have made some leaves in various autumnal colours and then had to add a little fringed hedgehog.

Some of the work at the AGM was amazing so I will see what other pictures I can find to share (I took many!).

I also managed to visit Chatsworth House and Stratford-Upon-Avon on my travels, so a busy few days - back to it now though as still lots to do and 3 quilling workshops in the next 2 weeks!!

23 September 2010

No picture!

I was going to add one last picture before I don't post for a few days but because it's late my computer isn't quite doing what I want and I need to go to bed!!

A few days off from blogging I'm afraid whilst I go quilling and sightseeing 'up north'!!

Lots of new pics next week including the secret project which is finally packed and ready for a holiday.

21 September 2010


Got a colleague leaving at work this week and this is so very her I had to make a little going away picture.

The image is a free stamp from a Creativity magazine which I coloured with copics. The wording is from one of the Born to Shop stamp sets. Just simply backed this with a spare piece of card and mounted it on to a background of co-ordinating Born to Shop paper and then popped it in a little frame.

20 September 2010


I will make a more complicated card one today - honest!!

Nearly finished the quilling now - handy as I leave on Thursday for my little trip.

Although this card is rather straight forward I am quite pleased with it and hope the lady it was made for is too as she is rather a shoe fan!

Main image is a Born to Shop embossing folder, using some lovely pearl card from AnnaMarie designs.

This is simply layered on white and matching pearl paper, some papermania gems in the corners of the white layer and some matching card candy in the corners of the main card.
Some smaller papermania gems add a touch of sparkle to the dress and hey presto!

19 September 2010

'Evenin' All!'

Apologies all my recent posts have been rather quick on flying past - the end of my 'Quillathon' is nearly there!

Had rather a lot of commissions this month to add to the hectic time I've already made for myself.

This is for a dog loving friend whose partner is a policeman and was all a very specific request.

The back of the card is stencilled with paw prints - using ye olde technique of a lightbox! The Policeman is a 3D sheet I had from paper laughs I think.
The 3 dogs are from the Pepper and Friends range and all stamped individually, touched up with a little bit of colour (their dogs are brown and white) with copics and cut out.

15 September 2010

1st Birthday

It is my niece Gemma's Birthday tomorrow. This sweet rabbit is a Marianne Design stencil called eline's cuddly animals, you get two in a pack - one to emboss and one to stitch. I have the giraffe, I borrowed this rabbit from a friend.

Stitched with white thread on pink card, good for using some thread bits and bobs, little pink ribbon added. Some Anita's crystals in the corners and layers of pink card for a girly theme.

Letters cut using stencils and Impress machine.

14 September 2010

More Emerald!

Another Emerald card.

Managed a quick bit of quilling. Some flowers made from teardrops with little leaves and some scrolls between.

Couple of quilled hearts and a solid coil to place a '55' on.

Number and greeting were peel offs that I coloured to match the theme.

The flowers are made with lovely dutch paper that is edged with shiny green.

Time is flying by, still behind with my quilling and many commission requests keep flooding which I never like to turn away.
Never mind, just another week before I can have a rest!

8 September 2010

Emerald Anniversary

So, finally sorted the Emerald Anniversary card - thanks to Val for her suggestion it was green!

There was a requirement for it to be 8x8" and have specific wording on it.
I chose the above design (adapted from the wedding cards I have also done in this style) because I think it is quite effective and isn't too flowery etc.

Tags punched out in different shades of green card, some with a parchment tag over the top, selection of heart punches etc and a touch of golf!

Must try one of these tag cards in a different theme sometime.

6 September 2010


Well, haven't really been near any quilling all weekend which is no good for anything really!

Made all sorts of cards on request though, including 15 invitations for my Godsons upcoming 2nd Birthday party!

The stamp is from a Woodware clear set called Jungle Pals - isn't he cute?

Coloured him simply with copics and layered to suit the card and make him stand out.

Invitation stamp is from a DOCrafts Forever Friends set that I also touched up with a yellow copic and layered.

A slight distraction but I was quite pleased with the result and look forward to the soft play birthday party!!

4 September 2010


Today is the birthday of my nephew Toby - you might be able to tell he is rather a fan of Buzz Lightyear at the moment!!

For this 8x8" card I used a sheet of Toy Story wrapping paper and cut out 2 images which I mounted on card to make them a bit stronger. The bottom layer was stuck on card to match the background, then mounted on some white for contrast.

Message and number were cut out using my impress machine, the '3' mounted on the SU oval punches.
Squiggles and stars to finish off are peel offs from the stash.

3 September 2010

Another Wedding!

And the same again while we are on a roll!

Colour to match bridesmaids etc and an Anita's stamp for 'Wedding Wishes'.

Everything else very similar to the last post!!