Lil' old Me

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
I am a full-time working mum who works shifts with a son Richard aged 20 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, 8 August 2014

100,000 page views

Sorry not blogged for a while but with holidays and general family life I have not had much time to craft (although still buying crafty goodies LOL)

I logged into my blog today to find I have just passed 100,000 views (100,041).


As an infrequent blogger this is a huge milestone for me, even though not been posting I still have close to around 50 views per day.  To say I'm chuffed is an understatement.

Thanks so much to my regular follows and I promise to be back crafting and posting after my holiday.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge

This is my card for this month's challenge at CRAFTER'S COMPANION.  The theme this month is:-


We want to see the sentiment as your focal point on your projects.

I decided to made a simple embossed background and sponged the edges to bring out the pattern.  The sentiment was also sponged as is the flower which is made with this TUTORIAL.

You can join in the challenge for UK Here and USA Here.

Framelits Labels from Stampin Up!
L.Em Fern punch
5 petal flower punch
Martha Stewart PATP Loop border punch
Perfect Plum and Ivory from Stampin Up!
Wisteria Wonder from Stampin Up!
Black Stayzon
Pearls from stash

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Sam's No Stick Box and resized

After watching Pootles You tube Tutorial of Sam's No Stick Box I had to have a play and as not much work involved it wasn't too much for my poorly wrist :(

The tutorial makes a diddy 2" x 2" x 0.5" box and I altered the measurements to made a 3" x 4" x 0.5" and decorated the larger one following the sketch on Creative Challenge Club.  I am also entering into Papertake's Anything Goes Challenge.

Here's a side view

Card:- Naturals White
DSP:- Moonlight Designer Paper Stack
Stamps:- Something to Say
Ink:- Blackberry Bliss
Punches:- Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Flower Itty Bitty Accents
Gems from stash

All from STAMPIN UP!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Leftover beads and chain

This is a set I made a while ago and forgot to blog. Made with a mixed bag of odd beads from the bottom of my draw (can't even remember where from) and a little bit of chain from other projects.  With extra 3 headpins, 2 earring findings, tigertail cord, crimp beads and clap and my lovely new set is complete.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sam's Slope top box - resized

Sam has a fabulous video tutorial today for slope top box which is a gorgeous 2"x2"x2 size so I couldn't wait to try which is the blue box.  I then had a brain-wave (hard for me LOL) so I decided to upsize it.  The striped one is 2.5" x 2.5" x 5" so still made out of one sheet of 12"x12" DSP.

The are just my practice ones as due to leave for work so will make some more and decorate when off work this weekend.

Here is Sam's Tutorial

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Another Helix Spiral

I used the helix spiral pattern again to made a bracelet with this time I used 3 round beads, 2 pearls and one milky faceted cut and with 3 different coloured size 11 seed beads.

All beads from SPELLBOUND BEADS.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Triple Stamping

This is my first try at Triple Stamping and it was much easier than I thought.  I used just one stamp for the background then a sentiment and I decided to stamp the flap of the envelope too.

I may try this again but using different ink colours to see how that turns out.

Whisper White and Coastal Cabana
Stippled Blossom for flower
Something to Say for sentiment (released 1st July)
Coastal Cabana
Envelope Punch board
Modern Label Punch
Scallop Oval punch
Gems from stash

All supplies from STAMPIN UP!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My first Spectrum Noir Pencils card

I've had my Spectrum Noir Pencils for a while now and not had chance to have a play.  This is my first image coloured with them and I am really pleased with the result.

I coloured the Stampin Up! image with Spectrum Noir Pens and then shaded with Spectrum Noir Pencils (colour listed below)

I then decided to made a simple background of stripes using the same colour pens used in the image and wilthsimple matting and layering of card and rounding corners you have a perfectly matched card.  Of course I had to embellish with ribbon, small flowers and scattered pearls.

"People Like you" from STAMPIN UP!
Pink and green core'dinations card from CRAFTER'S COMPANION
Snow white Centura Pearl card from CRAFTER'S COMPANION
Pen colours:-
CR2, CR5, CR7, LV1, LV2, GB7, DG2, DG3, HB1, HB3
Pencil colours:-
033, 080, 047, 017, 117
Itty Bitty Accents flower punch from STAMPIN UP!
Corner rounder punch
Ribbon and pearls from stash

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Helix Spiral

I decided to have another go at the Helix Spiral Pattern.  I have made these before but always with 3mm pearls in 3 colours but this time I decided to mix it up and used 3mm white pearls, 4mm blue cubes and 3x4 mm silver faceted rondelles annd with pale blue size 11 seed beads between.

I love the result and best of all it grows sooooo quickly.  I made earrings to match with just one of each bead on a ball-top head pin and fastened onto Eurowire earring findings.

Here is a close-up of the pattern

Findings, Pearls and rondelles from THE PEARL GIRL.
Cubes from Ebay
Seed beads from SPELLBOUND BEADS.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Beader's Companion Hugs and Kisses

The lovely Sarah Millsop from Beader's Companion asked me to make some samples with the new Pearl and Montee kits that are launching on C&C tomorrow.

I was very honoured and loved making these projects.

I made the hugs and kisses bracelet with a pendant and earrings to match.  I then went on to make two other variations of the pattern.

There are three colour choices of white, blue and pink and would be perfect for Brides/Bridesmaid jewellery.

You can see the sets on Crafter's Companion Beading Website.

Floating Pearls

I made this floating mixed Pearl necklace with leftover beads from stash.

I threaded 10mm pearls, 8mm pearls, 6mm pearls and 4mm pearls with size 11 crystal seed beads inbetween onto tigertail so they look like floating and made earrings to match.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Tennis Bracelet

I found a fantastic tutorial on CRAFTER'S COMPANION BEADERS for this brilliant Tennis Bracelet made with Pearls and Montees so I had to try it.

The tutorial is HERE.

Here is a closer look.

I used 6mm black pearls with large AB Montees and blue size 8 seed beads.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Card for my Hubby

I made this card for my Hubby Paul for Father's Day just to say how much I love him and what a great Dad he is!

The DSP is a retired Christmas one but I don't think they are obviously Christmas I just loved the colours.

Petite Pairs Stamps from STAMPIN UP!
Seasons on Style DSP from STAMPIN UP!
Natural White & Old Olive from STAMPIN UP!
Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler Markers from STAMPIN UP!
Artisan Label Punch from STAMPIN UP!
Ribbon from Stash

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Beading Friends Forever Challenge

This is my entry to this month's challenge at BEADING FRIENDS FOREVER which is the video tutorial below.  I changed the beads to pearls and bicones and love the result.

Here is a close up.

I used 6mm Grey pearls, 4mm Black pearls, blue size 8 seed beads, crystal size 11 seed beeds, 4mm Black bicones and toggle clasp all from SPELLBOUNDS BEADS.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Leftovers Jewellery

I made this bracelet with leftover beads from other projects.  It's a basic Right Angle Weave pattern with two size 11 seed beeds added between the edge bicones.

I used 6mm rounds in crystal, 4mm Bicones in denim and royal blue and size 11 grey seed beads with a magnetic clasp.

Rounds, bicones findings from THE PEARL GIRL.
Seed beads from SPELLBOUNDS BEADS.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

For the Boys

I made a boys card today using one of the images in Art pads I bought when I visited the LOTV Shop.  I love these Vintage Boys images :)

Art Pad Vintage Boys from LILI OF THE VALLEY
Neutral DSP stack from STAMPIN UP!
Chocolate chip and Crumb Cake from STAMPIN UP!
Teeny Tiny Wishes from STAMPIN UP!
Word Window and Modern label from STAMPIN UP!
Hand-drawn stitching and card candy

Fits Papertake challenge - For the boys.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A gift bag

I saw the lovely Elaine from Papercraft Button's tutorial at the weekend and knew I had to have a play.  I made her smaller version using A4 card.

I used Island Indigo card and Retired DSP Springtime Vintage with Antique Brad and Petite Petal punch from STAMPIN' UP and ribbon border from my stash with magnetic clasp.

Here is a closer look at the bag

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Crafter's Companion June Challenge - Hexagon Box

This is my project for this month's challenge on CRAFTER'S COMPANION which is a theme of:-


You can join in the UK Page Here or US Page Here.

I made a Hexagon Box using Sweet Treats Special Treat board with the small milk carton on Ultimate Pro  using Kraft Card and decorated using Core'dinations pink card and Camden Town Female CD using papers and embellishments.  Ribbon from my stash.

Below are picture tutorial of how the basic hexagon box is made.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Holiday Makes

***Caution*** Photo heavy post!

We are back from our hols in Harrogate which was lovely but very wet!  We took our touring caravan up there, so was our "home from home".  We travelled a lot of Yorkshire over the week visiting Harrogate, Ripon, York, Whitby and went to a performance of "West Side Story" at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.

Every night when back at our caravan I sat beading and these are my makes all using beads sets from BEADERS COMPANION and findings from THE PEARL GIRL.

I only finished them when I got home this afternoon as I forgot to take my clasps and earring findings with me - doh!!!