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!

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

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Simple card with one stamp set

This card is made from one stamp set "Something to say" which is the flower and the sentiment with loads more to choose from.

I used Tempting Turquoise and Strawberry Slush in inks and card with some of the flowers punched out using the flower in the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  Sentiment cut with Scallop oval and large oval punch and LOADS of bling with gems in centre of every flower.

All supplies from STAMPIN' UP!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Latest Jewellery makes

These are my latest makes - all from beads in my stash (so can't remember where from LOL)

Bicone, Black Pearls and Seed Bead set

Pearl and oval link set

Shell and pearl memory wire bracelet

Small pearl memory wire bracelet

Turquoise and spacer stretch bracelet

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A Challenge card

I made a CAS challenge card using a punched stencil of Woodware fern punch and inked through with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Tangello Twist and Crumb Cake ink. Matted onto Crushed Curry card and faux stitched the edge with Cajun Craze Marker.  Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with Word Window punch and Modern Label punch.  Brads to finish.

All supplied from STAMPIN UP!

Fits challenges:-

Friday, 3 October 2014

Matchbox Advent Calendar

This is a Matchbox Advent Calendar I made a while ago and forgot to post.  I made to send to our Daughter at Uni. I found the idea a while ago on Pinterest.

Each matchbox is 2"x 3" x 0.5" which fits a Cadburys Freddo choc bar.  I made each matchbox using Ultimate Pro Boxer board and Centura Pearl card.  I then attached 9 together for bottom layer, then 7, then 5, then 3 and the final one at the top.  Each layer is wrapped with DSP Be of Good Cheer  (retired Stampin' Up!) and I diecut each number using 1" number from Die'sire in my Ebosser and I used Xyron 1.5" Create-a-sticker machine to glue the numbers on the front.  Large bow on the top to finish.
Now to buy the choccies to fill for her :)


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Apologies for my absence

Apologies for no posts for a while but our house has been a little manic of late as our Daughter Emma has gone away to University in Winchester last weekend so we have been madly making sure she has everything and of course taking her down and settling her in.

She has settled so well and can't wait to start her course on Monday.  No home-sickness for her but we are missing her :(  She has also been fortunate to transfer her weekend job down there too so she is really pleased to still be earning LOL

Here is a pic of her all set up.

I have been creating but for custom orders which I rarely put on here as they are specific and personal but I shall hopefully be sharing some cards, gifts and packaging soon.

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.