Wednesday 17 December 2008

Hubby's Xmas Card

I think this will probably be my last Card to be posted till the New Year, I hope that you will understand, its always a busy time of year and I want to concentrate more on my family for the next couple of weeks.

The card today is the one that I gave my husband for Christmas this year, it has been made with the Sizzex Pointsetta Flower Petals and Centre Die 655222. I punched out seven of the large petals, six of the smaller petals, one red centre and two yellow, these were then layered up to create the flower.

The card base was created out of a Gold Embossed A4 card folded in half to make a A5 card, then I used a strip of embossed vellum cut with the Fiskars Holly edge punch, this I put down the centre of the card, on top of this I created the flower with the Woodward Embossing Leaf punch arranged into a circle and put the flower on top. The centre was created with some silicone and some of the small embellishment beads, in many colours.

The greeting was one that I already had in my goodie box.

I want to wish all my visitors a very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful Crafty New Year.

Tuesday 16 December 2008

A Xmas card for a gorgeous Granddaughter

Todays card was created for my husband's first Granddaughter on her first Christmas.

I used the Cute Companions Christmas Cd and stamps from Crafters Companion for this one, I printed out a background design of a front door and window, this I decoupaged with the extra's that come with it, finishing it of with clear glitter to make it catch the light.

The mice were stamped out and painted with H2O's and left to dry, then they were cut out and arranged on the background to look like a family singing carols in front of the door.

I then printed the patchwork letters from the other Cute Companions Cd, then again I coloured them with the H2O's and stuck onto the front of the card.

This was then mounted onto a silver mount and again onto a red A5 card.

Monday 15 December 2008


This card was made for a friend of mind after she had a operation in October this year, as a Get Well Card.

The main card was one that I already had that, which was embossed with a really lovely design, I used chalks to bring out the pattern, and around the Oval which helped to give the daisies a mounting.

The three daisies where made with the medium daisy punch, I punched out two pieces for each flowerhead and tipped the edges with pink felt tipped pen, then I cupped them and pinched the petals together, then stuck them on top of one another staggering the petals as much as possible, the centre's are small circle punched out pieces that have been cupped and on top I have stuck some small embellishments.

The daisies were then mounted on top of leaves that were punched from a fern leaf punch, and where were arranged to look like a bouquet.

Sunday 14 December 2008

My Rose Picture

Todays blog is one that I promised to put up awhile ago, its the first Rose that I ever created and couldnt part with so I made the above picture instead.

As I have explained before the rose was made with the balloon, heart and circle punches, and moulded with the deet tool and then mounted by layering and leaving to dry. This does take a time to do but its certainly worth the work as it gives such a stunning result, if you'd like to read how to do it, I used the Leonie Em book 1.

The little white flowers are made with the four leafed clover punch, cupped and stuck onto the card along with the stalks which are made from rolled up green paper to give the illusion of stems. The rose leaves are created from the birch leave punch and the white flower leaves are with the oak leaf punch, but using a lighter green paper.

These are then arranged and stuck to a backing card, lastly I attached a yellow ribbon around the stems, then I have cut it to fit a picture frame that I like, I hope that you do as well.

Thursday 11 December 2008

Sweet Violets

Todays card was originally based around the 3 violets that I created with my floral punches. They were punched from Violet and Yellow paper consisting of 4 small ovoid petals, 1 small snowflake for the base, 1 medium ichyou leaf, 1 small sparkle for the stamen and 3 to 4 birch leaves for the leaves for each flower.

I punched out the shapes and before starting I used a violet pen to create the markings, then I started cupping and embosing the ovoid petals, cupping the snowflake and the ichyou leaf with my Deet tool. These were then attached to the snowflake to create the flower, the centre was created with the small cupped sparkle. I also cupped and shapped the leaves ready to attach to the card.

The card itself was created with a piece of white card folded in half, then on top of this I used the shades of purple ink pad and a flourishes stamp to create the background. The stamped image is one of the limited edition stamps of Elusive Images which I stamped with Versafine Peony Purple ink pad, and the greetings were also done with the same inkpad.

These I mounted on mauve pearlescent card, cut with the long Classic Retangle Scalloped Die. I then mounted this onto the card and put a large mauve organza ribbon around the middle.

I finished the card with a arrangement of three violets which I stuck to the card with silicone glue and tucked the leaves under the flowers to create a setting.

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Watercolouring the Dandelions

Todays card is made using the Hero Arts Dandelion stamp, Ive used my Marvy le Plume pens to ink the stamp. I used Butterscotch first for the flowers then Light Green for the stems, after which I misted it with water and stamped it onto a light cream watercolouring paper.

The card itself was made by using a light green card folded in half and the edge was embossed using my scor-pal board, creating a square design.

This was overlayed with a gold pearlescent vellum stamped with white Memories inkpad and a Flourishes design. I attached the vellum using a piece of ribbon with a blue flourishes design, top and bottom with a bit of double sided tape.

The Dandelion stamped images have been mounted onto Orange Holographic card that has been cut with one of the long Rectangle Classic Scalloped Nestabilitie dies. I decided to use both the images as they are just slightly different, the top one was stamped first and the bottom one second and they give a lovely faded effect.

The greeting was made by printing it of my computer in the horizontal and then mounted again onto the Orange Holographic card and then positioned in the box effect edge.

Tuesday 9 December 2008

A change of direction

When I started this card last evening, I had a bit of a accident while trying to use my Nestabilities, I cut it to close to the image, so I cut it out and decided to use it on its own.

The Image is one of Sarah Kays stamps which I coloured with my aquarelle pencils and then with my Koi brush, I blended out the colours.

To make the card I used three of the designs from one of the Willow Design Cds, I used one to print onto the card which I folded in half, the second and third designs I layered up with one I used the threading water design punch to give it a pretty edge. On the edge of the second paper I used a spotted ribbon, which I attached with tape.

The stamped image I mounted onto a mounting of firstly plain pink pearlescent card which was punched using the Nestabilitie Scalloped large circle, then a piece of printed pearlescent card was cut with the classic large plain circle, and on top of this is another circle cut at the same time then by using one of the EK edge punches a Circle was created with a heart edge, the centre has been removed making it look like a doilly, I then added a peeloff around the edge.

To finish the card I used one of the Ribbon Label Nestabilitie dies, and then mounted with a piece of the printed paper with a peeloff edge and a greeting was added with a ribbon through the ends and attached to the card again with tape.

Friday 5 December 2008

A card for Georgina

I have a very good friend who Ive know for about 40 years, and she has a granddaughter who's going to one next year, so I wanted to make her a special card for the occasion.

I used one of Sarah Kay's beautiful stamps, this is stamped onto white card and coloured in with aquarelle pencils, then I used my koi waterbrush and the Artquest paints to give it a glimmer finish.

I cut the picture with one of my Wizard Nestability dies and mounted this onto a dark blue pearlescent card using the larger die. The background card I put through my printer using a cd that I have in my collection, I then printed another of the patterns onto paper this time to use as a sleeve, I used my threading water punch on the two edges.

I attached a spotted ribbon to the back of the sleeve with some double sided tape and attached this over the fold of the card. I then mounted the stamped image onto the card. I used another of the ribbon papers on the cd to make the greeting which I manipulated with my graphics program to add the actual greeting, this I then mounted on a piece of the same dark blue pearlescent card, embossed the edge and mounted onto the card. To finish to card off I stuck small ribbon roses along the ribbon, to soften the effect.

Thursday 4 December 2008

Cards for my Mum and Mother-in-law

Todays cards were made just to let my mum and mother in law how much I loved them.

Both of them were made from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique, I used two of the lovely ladies and also their backing papers. Firstly I printed both sets of the backing papers onto card, one to use for the card and one for the mount. I did this for both the ladies, the main picture of the lady, I printed onto photo paper making sure that the setting on my printer was set to the right paper and the best photo print.

When printed, I folded one of the cards in half to use for the card, and used the other for one of the mounts. I cut out both ladies and the darker one I mounted onto black card and then onto a blue/green holographic card, the pink lady was mounted directly onto pink holographic card. I then mounted both ladies onto their respective second backing sheet/card, this was then mounted again onto pink holographic card for the pink lady and blue/green holographic card for the darker lady, after this they were mounted onto their own respective cards. The pre-printed greetings were ones that I already had were then attached in the left hand corner of the card.

The flower bouquets were created from silk flowers and babys breath, then I covered the wires with a piece of lace and ribbon, these were then mounted onto the cards on the bottom right hand side.

Wednesday 3 December 2008

Embossed Flowers and Puzzle punch card

Todays cards is made with the new puzzle punches and the Woodware Flower Embossing punches. I used several of the flower punches to make the flowers, the Dahlia, Chrysanthamum and the Snow Crystal, and the small Blink, Blink punch for the centre.

With pearliscent vellum (you have to use vellum with these punches or ordinary paper wouldnt emboss as its likely to get stuck in the punch) I punched out two shapes from each punch, with these I cupped slightly and then layered them up, in the centre's of each I put a punched out Blink, Blink shape, with a touch of gold glitter glue on each of the stamens. You can if you like, emboss these flower shapes with Holographic embossing powder before layering them up, it gives them a bit more glitter and shine.

To make the card I used a 5"x5" template, and on the base I used one of the Artylicious papers from the Elusive Images Cd's, on top of this I placed the puzzle punched paper that I had punched out using the Quilt punch, you will find the details as to how to use the punch on the wrapping, its a bit to difficult to explain how to do it here, but once you get the hang of it, its not quite so bad.

On top of the puzzle punched paper I put the three embossed flowers and the greeting.

Monday 1 December 2008

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All roads lead home

Todays card is another challenge to myself, to show another friend of mine Liz of from whom I acquire all my Creative Expression Stamps, how much I appreciate all she does for me.

The stamps I used for this card are from the "Village" and "Holly" range by Sheena Douglass. I stamped the village street scene onto white card and then coloured it in with Aquarelle pencils, then using my Koi waterbrush I used it to blend the colours and to make it look natural.

After this I mounted it onto green card and then on wine card. The base card is white A4 card folded in half making it a A5 card, on which I used the small pointsetta stamp with the Shades of Red inkpad, stamping one straight from the pad then a second one to make it look cloudy. When dry I attached the wide red ribbon across the bottom.

The stamped image was then mounted on the card over the ribbon about an 1" from the top, the greeting is another of the stamps from the above range, this was mounted onto the same colour card as the larger image.

The two pointsetta's were punched out with the Large Dahlia punch from the Punch Bunch range. I have attached another photo to give you some idea as to how I create the Pointsetta, but I have also written the method I used to build up the flower.

The punch has several different size petals on it, I used the large petal to make the leaves and the next size for the lower layer of petals and an even smaller leaf shape for the top layer. These were moulded into shape with the deet tool, the knife edge is used to make the vein in the middle and then turned over and used to make the smaller veins. I used 3 medium punched out snowflakes to attach the leaves for the bottom layer (green), and the second layer (Red), and the third and top layer (Red). The centre is two small sun shapes (yellow)which are snipped and then cupped, into which I have stuck three small punched petal shapes (green), which are also cupped and stuck into the centre of the yellow sun shapes. I have finished this of with red and gold glitter glue.

Sunday 30 November 2008

Two Skaters

I was given a challenge by my special friend Mandy of to see what I could create with a Tilda and Edwin stamp that I had bought from her webshop earlier in the week, so Im hoping that she will like the card that I have made.

I firstly stamped the image of the skaters onto white card, and coloured them with my aquarelle pencils, after which I then blended the colours together with my koi waterbrush. After this had dried I picked out some of the colours with my Artquest paints to highlight and give it a shine in certain areas.

To mount the cut out skaters, I firstly folded a piece of blue card in half and mounted a piece of dark blue pearlescent card on the front. Onto which I pasted a image from my Cute Companions CD, design set picture of the frozen pond and snowman, I did alter the size of it before printing to cut it down a bit. This was then overlayered with a piece of clear Acetate which I attached to the fold with a piece of spotty ribbon to stop it moving and coming away.

On the Acetate I mounted the skaters over the area of the frozen pond, to give the appearence of them skating, and then punched several sizes of snowflakes and scattered them around the page to give the appearance of it snowing. On the tree I stuck punched out holly, three leaf shapes that I cupped to give the appearance of them being living things, into which I put some red glitter glue which I hope look like berries.

To finish of the card I printed a greeting on my computer in portrait, and then cut it out and edged it with blue pen, this I then attached under the Acetate to the pearlescent card.

A message for my two grandchildren

Yesterday I went with my husband Ian, to visit my daughter Sarah and her four children, and I made a promise that I would leave a message for them on my blogspot, so here I go.

Gromps and I had a lovely time seeing you all yesterday, and to say thank you in a special way and to wish you all a very Special Happy Christmas, I am going to post a photo of the two youngest members, so they can be as thrilled to see themselves as they were when they saw my photo yesterday on their computer.

Friday 28 November 2008

Daisies and Magnolia's

Todays card was designed around the Magnolia flowers. Im not sure if we have the same sort of magnolia's in the UK as this is a design from the American, Susan Tierney Cockburn's book, so it maybe a bit of poetic license, anyway I liked the design of the flowers and decided to try and make them.

Firstly I used a cream/pale butterscotch paper, you need to cut out 13 medium pear punch shapes, 1 dark green 12mm circle, 1 dark green large snowflake, and 1 dark green medium snowflake, and 3 bright yellow small sun's.

The next step is to trim of all the stems from the pear shapes, and then to use a butterscotch marker to make shade lines. You then using the shaping tool mould the pear by running the tool across the pear from the stem end causing it to curl, after which you pick up the pear, and pinch the stem end and the top you curl over both of the top sides with tweezers to make it look more natural.

You then cup the circle shape and the large snowflake which is then attached to the centre of the circle. On this snowflake you attach 7 of the petal/pear shapes, which you leave to dry after which you attach the medium snowflake to the centre, and attach the remaining 6 petals too.

While these are drying, with the two sun shapes snip around the edge and cup these, the last sun you cut 2 thirds of the way across, pick up with a pair of tweezers and roll into a cone shape and stick the end down. These sun/stamen shapes are then stuck into the centre of the flower by dropping a small amount of glue and then fixing the two sun shapes in layers, making sure you dont push to hard, and when dry the cone shape is fitted on top.

The Daisies were an after thought, as the Magnolia's looked rather lost on my mounting, these are very easy to make with two medium flower punched shapes, cupping them and pinching the petals, after which you layer them, off setting the layers, the centers are finished of with a small flower punch in bright yellow, which is also cupped and turned upside down, and stuck on a small amount of glue which has been dropped into the centre. The leaves for pot flowers are, The Oak and the Birch Leaf.

The card itself is made from pale green pearlescent card, which has been embossed down the edge with my scor-pal board, and a vellum is overlayed and punched along the edge with an EK corner punch. The flowers and the greeting which was printed from my computer, are layered on my the new Label Die Nestabilities set.

Thursday 27 November 2008

A Anniversary Card for Paul and Mandy

As this is a first anniversary of their renewal of their Wedding Vows, I thought it would be nice to make a special card for my special friends Paul and Mandy.

I have created 3 Pompom Dahlia's, these were mainly punched from the small teardrop punch, and the small heart punch, altogether you will need 48 teardrops and 8 hearts which are cut in half to make 16 pieces. The punched out shapes are cupped and shaped with a large ball stylus, and stuck to 2 large Snowflakes, 3 medium flower, and 2 small daisies. The centre's are created from 3 small cosmos punches which are then cupped and layered inside each other, and on the very top a small mini star is the crowing glory.

The snowflakes, daisies and flowers are layered up in different combinations to give the pom pom effect.

The base card is a white/cream pearlised card that I have embossed along the edge with my scor-pal board, and layered a white patterned (spotted) vellum wrap with an edge which has been punched with the threading water punch. I have used a small piece of glue to keep the vellum attached to the card and over the folded edge I have attached a pink organiza ribbon and tied a small bow. Down the edge of the card I have used my stamp tapestry stamps to create a flowered border.

I have mounted the Dahlia's onto a White Oval and then on a Pink Scalloped Oval, cut from my Nestabilities dies, for the leaves I have used the large Oak leaf, and in the very middle of the flowers I have put a small dot of glitter glue.

To finish the card of I have printed a greeting from my computer which was also mounted on White Card and then on Pink.

Tuesday 25 November 2008

The process of creating the Rose

I thought today you might like to see a couple of photos showing the process of creating the Roses, the first one will show you how I attached the half heart shapes to the large shaped balloons to create the centre two rows of petals, and the other photo will show you the finished flowers with a couple of shaped petals that were left after making the roses. It also shows the two punches that I used to make the shapes.

Monday 24 November 2008

Sweetpea's for Someone Special

Todays card was made for a special friend, she will know who it is if she looks at my blog.

I had just bought the Sweetpea Floral Punch from, and wasnt quite sure how I would cope with creating the flower, luckily with the help of my book Paper Bouquet by Susan Tierney Cockburn, I eventually managed it.

Although a rather fiddley thing to hold and fold, I did manage to create something that looked like a sweetpea, hopefully you will thing so as well. I punched out three sweetpea shapes from two shades of mauve with the punch, and shaped them as the instructions say in the book, after which with a bit of luck I managed to mould and stick the front petals into shape.

Once I had made three flowers, I created my card with cream pearlised card, firstly embossing the lines with my scoreboard, and cutting the last section of the card away, under which I layed a piece of gold vellum and stamped with a leaf stamp, I believe it was one of the Judi kins bolio stamps.

I then wrapped another piece of gold vellum around the outside of the card, and embossed the edge with the same design as the card, which I cut to fit inside the cards embossed edge. I fitted this to the card with a little bit of glue to stop it moving around and then over the top put the organza ribbon which I tied in a knot.

The three sweetpeas I mounted on a piece of mauve pearlised card which I had put through my cuttlebug machine and cut it with the oval nestability die. The leaves I used were the oak leaf punch and the tendrels were created by a thin piece of paper rolled up tight and then gently pulled out again. The finishing touches were the little butterfly and the peel off greeting.

Sunday 23 November 2008

A Card for my Daughter

This is the other card I was talking about, its very similar to the yellow rose one, but Ive layered it differently.

The base card is pink pearlised card with a very pretty pink printed vellum overlay, this has a wide pink organiza ribbon layered by the centre fold, and a computer printed greeting at the bottom.

Both the Rose and the greeting have been mounted on silver embossed card, the larger one being cut with one of the Scalloped Nestability dies.

Saturday 22 November 2008

A Birthday Card for Mum

Todays card is one of two that I made for not only my mother-in-law's birthday, but also my daughter's, I will post hers next time.

The card was created around a Floral Punch Craft Rose. I originally made 3 roses, one red which was my first attempt at making them, the second was a pink one and this yellow rose. I wasnt sure what to do with them so I decided as the red one was my original one I would mount it and then I hang it in a frame on the wall in my craft room, maybe one day I will post that as well.

Anyway the rose was created by using a medium balloon craft punch shapes, a medium heart shapes and a small circle shape about 1/2" in size and instructions from the Floral Punch Craft Book by Leone Em.

You need to punch out at least 20 balloon shapes, these will need to be shaped into a cup shape with a tool called a Deet, you can also by turning the shapes over curl the edges like a real rose petal.

The shaped pieces are then attached around the small circle and then left to dry, when dried you start the second layer, and on till you reach the last couple of layers, these are created by cutting the 5 heart shapes into half and these also are shaped to fit inside the last 10 balloon shapes which make the petals look even more tightly shut. To finish of the rose, I cut a piece of yellow paper into a strip and made small cuts along the lenth, then rolled it up, feathered them out to make stamens for the centre, which also cover any of the circle that may still be showing.

The leaves which surround it are punched from the medium oak shape leaf.

The card itself is made up from white pearlised card which has been overlayed with a vellum wrap on which I have printed a rose design. The Rose itself was mounted on a silver nestability scalloped circle and then again onto a gold one. The card was then finished with the brown ribbon down the centre fold, and the greeting was printed from one I typed into my computer, which also was mounted onto gold card which had been scalloped around the edge.

A Very Big Thank You

Before posting anymore cards there are two thank you's that I want to give to two very special friends.
The first is to Liz Hobden, of Who has been encouraging me to start my own blogsite for quite awhile, shes been my mainstay and my supplier of a lot of my craft goodies. Unfortunately shes not always in the best of health, but she still there at the end of an email to give me the help and encouragement that I have needed. Thank You so much Liz, for always listening to me and being a very special friend when Ive needed it.
My second thank you is to Mandy Marriott, of and who without her starting her own blogsite and giving me the push I would'nt have delved into creating my own. She has also been a great friend, supplying me with craft goodies from her webshop, but the most important thing is she's been there when I have needed her, thank you so much Mandy.

Friday 21 November 2008

A Winters Day

Todays card is more Floral Punch craft, this time its pine cones and this has been achieved with the small pear punch, you need about 20 to 25 punched out pieces, which are cup shaped and then mounted onto the prepared card.

The base layer is again some paper that has been embossed in the cuttlebug folder Snowflakes, and then mounted onto a red base card. The main stamped picture is stamped with a blue versafine inkpad and then mounted with foam tape on silver/grey mira card, this was then mounted on top of some red wired Christmas ribbon, which I had layered at the bottom of my card.

The Fir cones are created by first putting some silicone decoupage glue in a cone shape, the leaves are fern punch outs which I have arranged around the bottom of the glue shape, I then pick up the punched out pear shapes and arrange in a circle at the bottom of the cone shape, using the stalk end, this is repeated again and again in layers, but alternatively between the lower shapes/tier, to make it look more natural, at the top you will need to squeeze the shapes together more to curl them and hide the glue.

The card has then been finished of with a pre stamped greeting.

Thursday 20 November 2008

December Blessings

Todays card was created from a photo of a real Hellebore that I was studying, as there are no instructions as to how to punch it out, I used the large Begonia petals from my Punch Bunch punch, I cut 6 petals to each flower shaping them with my special tool, glueing them to a medium 6 arm snowflake punch out.

The centre's were created from 4 small stacking crystal punch outs. I cut each of the arms in half to make them look more natural, and painted the end with yellow glitter glue, which I then left to dry.

These were then shaped into a cup and stuck together, one on top of the other, after which it was glued to the centre of the Hellebore, once it was dry I fanned it out to look more like stamens.

The Stamped image was one of the Sereditpitystamps which I aquired from Joanna Sheens webshop. I mounted this onto Red Mira Card, which was then mounted onto embossed Gold Card, then again onto Red Mira Card, with a small green ribbon to finish it off.

I sincerely hope that you like the card, I feel that its not a bad resemblence of a Hellebore. I should also have said that I used the Artquest Interference Paints on the centre's of the flower just to give it some shading.

Wednesday 19 November 2008

My very first blg

Hi this is my first attemp at writing a blog, so keep your fingers crossed that it turns out ok.

The card Im hoping to show you is a Pointsetta that I have created with my Floral Punch craft punches.

I have used red paper and the large petal shape from my punch bunch Dahlia punch, then shaped and layered it, the middle is of the stamen punch coloured with gold glitter glue.

Then I have put a piece of white paper through the snowflake cuttlebug folder for the bottom piece on which I have mounted a previously stamped church picture using the Nestabilities new label dies. The pointsetta is mounted by the church and at the bottom Ive put a ribbon with a slider greeting on.