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West Midlands, United Kingdom
I am a full-time working mum who works shifts with a son Richard aged 21 and a daughter Emma aged 18. I have been married to my lovely Husband Paul for 23 years. My passion in life, besides my family, is papercrafting, especially cardmaking, although I "dabble" in scrapbooking. I was introduced to Jewellery making in 2012 and found another addiction :) I have been cardmaking since 2006. I am also a bit of a tigger freak!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Posting break

The posts this week so far have been scheduled from my makes last week as I intended to try to post more regularly on my blog.

Unfortunately I hurt my back on Friday evening and as it was getting no better I saw my Doctor yesterday who said I have a trapped nerve.  This means that there will be no more projects from me until I have recovered as it's too painful to sit at my desk.

I'm currently sat in the lounge with loads of cushions working my way through Harry Potter DVD's.

Hope normal service will resume shortly (hopefully)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Self-closing box - resized


I made Keren's self closing box (link to Keren's Vid HERE) and I decided to see if I could resize it smaller.

This box base measures 1.5" x 1.5"  and height is 4.5"- super cute! 

Card size is 6.5" x 6".
Score long side at 3" & 6"
Score short side at 1.5" & 4.5"
Diagonals the same as the vid

This time I used Crushed Curry cardstock, Moonlight DSP Stack and Bow builder punch all from STAMPIN' UP!  The top is shaped using EK Success border punch.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hexagon box - with a difference





One of my fellow Pootlers (Our Stampin' Up! Team) challenged us on our FB page to make a project using one SU colour and one SU Stamp set only (although we were allowed white/ivory card also).

I made this 6 sided box using two pieces of card 6.5" x 9"and score as follows.
  • Short side 2, 4, & 6"
  • Long side 2, 6  & 8"

I cut the bottom small oblong off and attached together then cutting off the tops 1" rim of four of the flaps, keeping two opposite ones to make the closure as in picture.  I hand cut the corners to angle them. ( a template is at the bottom of the post)

I then cut layers 6 at 1 7/8" x 3 7/8" and 6 at 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" for the top flaps.  Stamped one of each in different patterns and sponged the edges.

Cut a piece of ivory card 2" x 3" and used scallop top punch to make the label. Ribbon, punched butterfly and pearls to finish.

CARD STOCK:
Ivory and Calypso Coral
INK:
Calypso Coral
STAMPS:
Perpetual Calendar
TOOLS:
Tag topper punch
Corner Rounder punch
Itty butterfly punch
1/4" hand punch
OTHERS:
Calypso Coral ribbon and pearls

All products from STAMPIN' UP!

Make two like these.



Monday, 23 March 2015

Valentine card


Now I know Valentine's Day was last month but I have just found the pic on my pc and realised I forgot to blog it - doh!!!!!

This is the card I made for my hubby.

CARD SIZE:
4" x 6"
CARD STOCK:
Real Red and Whisper White from STAMPIN' UP!
INKS:
Stayzon Black
MARKERS:
Real red Stampin' Write marker from STAMPIN' UP!
STAMPS:
Contemporary Alphabet (retired) & Something to Say (heart) from STAMPIN' UP!
TOOLS:
Ebosser for embossing Swiss dots folder
1" Square punch from STAMPIN' UP!
Postage Stamp punch from STAMPIN' UP!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Christmas Card No 6


I am behind with my 1 Xmas card per week (bad Jane!)  but had a play to make this one.  I bought this stamp last year and this is the first time it has been inked (double bad Jane!)

The DSP is Irrestibly Yours free on Sale-a-bration which is plain white and I have inked to show the dots.

CARD SIZE:
5" x 5"
STAMP:
Bearing gifts (retired) from STAMPIN' UP!
CARD STOCK:
Pool Party & Whisper White from STAMPIN' UP!
DSP:
Irresistibly Yours (SAB) from STAMPIN' UP!
INKS:
Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Black Stayzon from STAMPIN' UP!
MARKER COLOURS:
Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar & Pistachio Pudding from STAMPIN' UP!
TOOLS:
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch
Scallop Trim Border punch from STAMPIN' UP!
OTHERS:
Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue from STAMPIN' UP!
Gems from stash

This card fits the challenges on:-



Saturday, 21 March 2015

Tila and super-duo bracelet



I had seen a design similar to this on Pinterest and thought I'd tweak it and use different beads.

I used:-
  • Grey Tila beads
  • Black matt Super-duos
  • Galvanised Silver size 8 seed beads
  • Galvanised Silver size 15 seed beads
  • Magnetic clasp
All beads from SOUTHAMPTON BEADS, clasp from THE PEARL GIRL

Here is a close up.


Friday, 20 March 2015

Spring inspired birthday card


I saw this week's challenge on CAS Colour and sketch and thought it screamed Spring birthday.

I used two free stamp sets that are currently on Sale-a-bration on STAMPIN' UP! - each £45 spent you get a freebie :)  You need to hurry as Sale-a-bration ends on 31st March.

CARD SIZE
4" x 6"
CARD & INK COLOURS
Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
STAMPS SETS:
Lotus Blossom & Big Day (SAB)
OTHERS:
Strawberry Slush marker to colour the "birthday"
Gems from stash

All products from STAMPIN' UP!

This card fits the following challenges:-

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sponge storage


My lovely Pootler buddy Debbie Bradley posted in a FB group about these fab boxes for the Stampin' sponges we use with STAMPIN' UP! inks.  I previously stored mine mixed in boxes but the used ones still with ink on were contaminating the other sponges so when I saw her post I just had to order.

Each box has 3 layers each with 10 sections and clip together with lid.  I bought 2 and clipped 5 together 1 each for the colour families and used the spare layer and lid for some of my beads.  The pic shows the boxes ontop of my ink caddy so nice and close for using.

You can find the cases HERE.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Self-closing box


I saw this tutorial on Youtube for the fabulous Self-closing box and just had to try.  See below for the fabulous vid from Keren.

All my products are from STAMPIN' UP! and fits this week's challenge on Papertake Weekly of Anything Goes

CARD STOCK:
Pool Part & Island Indigo
STAMPS:
Perpetual Calendar & Label Love
TOOLS:
Scoreboard
Artisan Label Punch
Corner Rounder punch
OTHERS:
1/4" ribbon in Island Indigo
White Bakers Twine
Gems

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Faceted box and upsized!


I saw Sam's tutorial on Pootles for the faceted box and just had to have a play!  I loved how it turned out and upsized it to a larger version.

Goodness knows how Sam keeps coming up with these ideas but love love love this!!!!!

The grey box is Smokey Slate cardstock with Gorgeous Grunge stamps with basic grey & strawberry slush ink.

The brown box is Chocolate chip cardstock with Perpetual Calendar stamps with Stazon white ink.

All from STAMPIN' UP!

This is pic of the dimensions of the larger box - 11.5" x 12" cardstock.  The other measurements are the same as Sam's tutorial.



Saturday, 28 February 2015

This makes me happy!!


I saw the theme on LESS IS MORE this week of "This makes me happy" and immediately thought of daisies.  I think it's impossible not to love daisies as they are such a "happy flower".

I made a simple card base and scored diagonal lines on the white layer and every 1/8" down the bottom (difficult to see on the card.)  A punched daisy with sentiment to finish.

CARD SIZE:-
4.25" x 5.5"
CARD STOCK:-
Hello Honey and Whisper White from STAMPIN' UP!
STAMPS:-
"A word for you"(Retired) from STAMPIN' UP!
TOOLS:-
Score board
Woodware daisy punch
Woodware fern punch
1/2"circle punch

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

My new embossing folder storage


I needed to sort my storage for my embossing folders as my collection had outgrown the two magazine racks I used.  I found THESE on Amazon so ordered two - one for General and one for Christmas.  Bargain prices too.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pearl set


This is my first jewellery set of real pears which were a bargain from THE PEARL GIRL.  They are cream potato pearls with silver/purple crystal spacers with earrings to match.

Hope you like :)

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Pink & Grey card


I had a little play tonight to make a shaker card which in all the time I've been crafting I never have!  The frame was cut on ebosser using rectangle and square dies with a stamped background and sequins inside.  I used some of my new goodies from STAMPIN' UP!

CARD SIZE:
4.25" x 5.5"
STAMPS:
En Francais Background (retired)
Butterfly Basics
CARD STOCK:
Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey & Pink Pirouette
INKS:
Smokey Slate, Basic Grey & Pink Pirouette
TOOLS:
Ebosser
Bitty butterfly punch
Elegant butterfly punch
Rectangle & square nestabilities
OTHERS:
Sequins and gems from stash

Card fits the following challenges:

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Christmas Cards 2015 - 3, 4, & 5

I am still on target for my one Christmas card per week and so here are numbers 3, 4 & 5.  I am trying to make them Clean & Simple and few layers to help with postage.  There maybe a few coming a bit more complex :)


This card I have taken inspiration from a card I saw on Pinterest. I stamped and cut the wreath using thinlit dies using Ebosser and then cut the wreath in half and layered to make a garland.

CARD SIZE:
6" x 4"
STAMPS:
Wonderous Wreath (Retired)
CARDSTOCK:
Whisper White
INKS:
Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler & Melon Mambo
TOOLS:
Wonderous Wreath Thinlit dies
OTHERS:
Gems from stash


This card is a simple scatter stamped card and just one layer to frame.

CARD SIZE:
5" x 4"
STAMPS:
Endless Wishes (Retired)
CARDSTOCK:
Whisper White & Island Indigo
INKS:
Island Indigo, Marina Mist & Pool Party
OTHERS:
Gems from stash


This last card is a one-layer card (which I am trying to make a few to save on postage)

CARD SIZE:
5" x 5"
STAMPS:
Snow Day (Retired)
CARDSTOCK:
Whisper White & Silver Glimmer paper
INKS:
Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie & Cherry Cobbler
TOOLS:
Star punch from Itty Bitty Accent punch pack
OTHERS:
Gems from stash


All from STAMPIN' UP!


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Thinking of You


I made this card today using two stamp set that have yet to see ink (bad Jane!).  I love how all the different stamps all layer to make the finished components.  This is a flat card but there are also Thinlet Dies to cut out the seperate parts to make dimensional components too.

CARD SIZE:
4.25"x5.5"
STAMPS:
Flower Patch and sentiment from Sheltering Tree
INKS:
Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Momento Black
CARD STOCK:
Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder
OTHERS:
Pearl from stash

All products from STAMPIN' UP!

Friday, 16 January 2015

New Home card


I had this idea in my head for a couple of days but wasn't sure if it would work.  I needed to make a new home card but wanted the house to "stand out" so not only is it up on 3d pads I also coloured with my pens.  Really pleased with the result.

CARD SIZE:
4.25"x5.5"
STAMPS:
Holiday Home from STAMPIN' UP!
INK:
Momento black
COLOURING:
EB2, EB3, CR3, DR5 from SPECTRUM NOIR
CARD:
Whisper White and Real Red from STAMPIN' UP!
TOOLS:
Holiday Homes framelit from STAMPIN' UP!
OTHERS:
Gems from stash

It also fits this week's challenge on Papertake Weekly which is "It's all new"
I used new stamps and dies and card for a new home.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My first two Christmas card of 2015

These are my first two card for Christmas 2015.  I was so rushed with orders and late with making my own card that 2014's cards were very simple and none were photographed or blogged.  I am determined to make one Christmas card per week this year and these start the ball rolling, so to speak!


This first card is made using a set of stamps which are designed to layer ontop of each other.  The wreath is made with 3 different stamps which gives the two shades of green for the leaves and the berries.  I added gems and red stickles to the berries for dimension.  The bow is also in the set and all have co-ordinating thinlet dies to cut them out.

CARD SIZE:
5"x5"
STAMPS:
Wonderous Wreath & Holiday Home
CARD STOCK:
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green
INKS:
Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler & Momento Black
TOOLS:
Modern Label & Word Window punches



This second card is a mixture of stamp sets which I had inspiration from Pinterest.  I made the "scene" with various small stamps and sponged the top so it was like the sky.  Really pleased with this one (I made a couple for 2014 Christmas similar to this)

CARD SIZE:
4.5"x5.5"
STAMPS:
White Christmas & Holiday Home
CARD STOCK:
Whisper White, Pool Party & Island Indigo
INKS:
Pool Party, Island Indigo & Momento Black
TOOLS:
Modern Label & Word Window punches
OTHERS:
Stampin' Write Markers to colour in Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight & Always Artichoke
Stickles and gems from stash

All products from STAMPIN' UP!

This fit challenge on ABC Christmas which is "Anything Christmas"

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My first make 2015


Hello again.  I have been creating since my last post but never had chance to take pics of them before giving them as  most of my makes have been for orders or my own Christmas Cards (which ended up very last minute makes!)

Anyway, this card was made a few days ago but I have been waiting for my new light box to arrive for taking pics.  I have treated myself to a Foldio Light box (video below)


Anyway back to my card.  I love these simple layouts and decided to use my fave colour in different shades.

CARD SIZE:
5"x5"
STAMPS:
Something Lacy, Flower Shop, Petite Petals & Petite Pairs
CARD STOCK:
Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White
INKS:
Blackberry Bliss & Wisteria Wonder
TOOLS:
Pansy punch, Petite Petal punch, Scallop border punch, Large Oval punch & Scallop Oval punch
OTHERS:
Pearls from stash

All products from STAMPIN' UP!

I used sketch from Sketch Saturday #343 which I flipped.

Monday, 20 October 2014

My new card storage


Been shopping to Ikea today and found this fab storage.  It holds my basic white card stock in bottom two trays and my Stampin' Up! Catalogues and notepads in the top.  Fits very neatly under my desk with room on the top for my trimmer.

The best bit is that it was just £9.90 = BARGAIN!!!!!!!!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wrap bracelet


I've been meaning to try this for while and finally sat down to see what I could come up with.  I used grey faceted beads, grey pearls leather cord.  The button is one from my button box.

Really pleased with how it turned out.  Much more sparkly in real life.

It also fits challenge this week on Cute Card Thursday 342 - anything but a card