Saturday, 30 November 2013

November Blog Candy - Reminder

Happy Saturday folks!
Just a quick reminder that you have until midnight to enter the November candy giveaway. Click here for details and how to enter.
Good luck!

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas at The Green House

Good afternoon peeps!
It's the end of another week! I've been busy beavering away on commissions for Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter so I haven't really had time to post (or make many cards).
So, talking about commissions. Simon and I have some very dear friends called Liam and Alan (and their gorgeous Old English Sheepdog Millie). They own and run a five star B&B here in Thorpe Market. It is a gorgeous Grade 2 listed building which has been renovated beautifully.
They asked if they could commission me to design their Christmas card showing the front of The Green House. Of course I said I would be more than happy to. Here is a picture of the original illustration...

I created the illustration with pen and ink. I also used a bit of artistic licence and made it snowy and added a Christmas tree.

For the final card layout, a hint of colour was added just to the lights on the tree, a border and a sentiment.

Liam and Alan were so pleased with it. They sent it off to the printers to have 1000 cards printed...yes..1000!. The cards will be sent to family, friends and all the guests who have stayed at The Green House.

I have the honour of being given the first one off the print run and here is the finished card...

It was a great pleasure to do this card for Liam and Alan. It is such a wonderful building. If you ever fancy a night or two away in luxury five star accommodation located in a beautiful village near the North Norfolk coast then check out The Green House website for more information.

Ooooh! So excited! Cosmo Cricket have posted a pic on their Facebook page of my Glad Tidings card. Thanks to Lucretia for pointing that out to me.

Well, back to the ol' commissions now. Thanks for stopping by. xxx

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Glad Tidings

Yippee! It's Friday! I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead.
I'm going to be busy with commissions. What better way to spend a cold Autumn weekend tucked up crafting? So there is no way I'm going to complain... only about the housework I'll have to do too. Bleugh! :o(  I'll get up early tomorrow and get it done and dusted (excuse the pun).
So, onto another Christmas card. Again I have done a variation of one I made last year (click here to view).
I decided to use a muted colour palette (I know, not like me AT all). I recently purchased a paper pad Jolly Day by Cosmo Cricket, they do fantastic retro inspired stamps and papers and this doesn't disappoint.

What you need...

Patterned paper: Jolly Days 8"x8" Mini Deck - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Joyful Greetings - Paper Smooches
Ink pad: Vintage Sepia - Versafine
Garden twine
Parcel string

What you do...

Cut five 2cm wide strips in varying lengths. Snip a notch from one end of each one. Attach to a cream top fold blank 12.5cm x 15cm, lining the top of each banner with the fold.

Select five buttons in co-ordinating colours. Thread and tie frayed parcel string through each and trim. On one button only glue a small bow made from garden twine. Glue a button to the bottom of each banner and finish with the sentiment stamped in the lower right corner.

This card is great for using those lovely co-ordinated paper pads because you get to use five different patterns. Of course, you could adapt this to any occasion, male or female. It's quick and simple too.

Right. I'm going to pop off now. People to do and things to see....

Thanks for stopping by, until next time xx

P.S. Dolly laid a double yolk egg this morning - three times the size of a normal egg! Bet that made her eyes water....

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Define Good #2

Hi peeps!
Ugh! The weather today is awful - wet, windy & cold. I know it's November, but a nice bright crisp day would be nice.
Anyhoo... I have another Christmas card to show you. It is a slight variation on the one I did last year (click here to view).
I decided rather than the bright red and green theme, I would do it more black and pink. I found a fantastic new collection by Lawn Fawn called Peace Joy Love. The collection has lovely simple images with a black, aqua, red, white and green theme with a subtle hint of pink in there too.
Here is what I came up with...

What you need...

Patterned paper: Klaus 12" x 12" Peace Joy Love Collection - Lawn Fawn
Stamp: Define Good - The Cat's Pajamas
Dies: Framelits Circles - Sizzix
Promarkers: Baby Pink, Bright Green, Ice Grey 1 & 2, Ruby, Tea Green
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Card stock: white
Gems: pink, aqua, green

What you do...

Stamp and colour in the image then die cut into a circle. Die cut a larger circle in the Klaus paper.

Adhere to the bottom of a 13cm x 15cm blank so that the circle are slightly offset and overlap the right and bottom edges. Trim any excess.

Stamp 'Define Good' above the circles on the right and finish with a few gems.

You can buy the Peace Love Joy 6" x 6" Paper Pad by Lawn Fawn and the Define Good stamp set at or click on the shop in the sidebar. Plus there are lots more goodies for you to browse.

Okay, I'm going to sign off now, I have a commission for Crafts Beautiful to finish, but I'll be back soon with another card.

Thanks for visiting xxx

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Warm Wishes - Cricut Mini Project

Ahoy there me mateys!
As promised, I'm back with another make. I used a cute, whimsical and fun cartridge called Winter Frolic by Cricut.
Winter Frolic - Cricut
The cartridge is available as an actual cartridge or a digital version. It is packed with gorgeous images such as snowmen, snow angels, trees, baubles and birds.
I decided to use the cup and saucer as there is nothing like a hot cocoa or chocolate on a cold winter day, especially at Christmas.
I liked the colour scheme used in the example on the cartridge, so I stuck with that. Here is what I came up with...

What you need...

Die cutting machine: Cricut Mini
Cartridge: Winter Frolic
Card stock: aqua, teal, dark brown, pink, cream
Gems: pink
What you do...
Cut out the layers as follows:
Basic - Cup in teal
Basic  - Cup-s one in pink, one in aqua
Layer  - Cup in cream
Layer - Cup-s in dark brown
Shadow - Cup in dark brown
Group all the layers and re-size until the shadow layer is about 14cm high. Grouping the layers when re-sizing keeps them all in ratio.
Assemble the layers and attach to a white blank 12.5cm x 15cm so the 'steam' overlaps the top of the card.
I then created a basic sentiment in cream and aqua card mounted onto a dark chocolate shadow. Add a few gems to finish.
This cartridge is so cool (excuse the pun). I think I might do one of the snowmen as a shaped card.
You can see the cartridges available and many projects at
I think I need to go and make a nice hot cocoa now. Mmmmm.......
Thanks for dropping by xx
P.S. Babs laid her first egg this morning :o) Now all of my girls are laying, I'm a proud mummy (cheesy grin).
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PaperCrafter Issue 66

Hello lovelies!
Hope you are all well :o)
Have you got your copy of PaperCrafter? Issue 66 is out now. When mine dropped through the door I couldn't believe I've made front cover again! Wow!

This issue is packed with fantastic Christmas makes from cards to wreaths and decorations to gift wrapping (some of which are mine...I thank you).
The magazine is great value at £7.99, it comes with the kit which includes everything you need to get started right away. Use the projects in the mag for inspiration or go wild and come up with your own!
The kit includes paper strips to make paper chains, stickers, gift wrap, cards, papers, embellishments and so much more! The colours are beautiful icy blues, red, turquoise and gold.
You can save even more off the cover price if you subscribe, plus you get a free Christmas collection of stamps and papers from Crafty Individuals worth £28.00. For more details, check out If you have a current subscription you can renew it to receive the free gift.
On that note, I will sign off for now. I'll be back later with a Christmas card I've made using the Cricut Mini. Until then....xx

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

November Blog Candy

Well hello there again chums!
I now have the November candy to show you, so without further ado-do here it is...

I know handmade paper rose are a big thing at the moment, especially if you scrunch up the rose before rolling for that vintage shabby chic look.
Some of you are lucky to have die-cutting machines with the rose dies or you can hand cut them yourself, but I saw these and I thought they would make a lovely giveaway.
All you have to do is roll them up, add a spot of glue and ta-da! You have a lovely bunch of roses.
So, what do you get?
1 sheet plain apricot coloured die-cut flowers (12 roses)
1 sheet plain cerise die-cut flowers (12 roses)
1 sheet lemon/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet lilac/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet pink/green plain (spot design on reverse) die-cut roses and leaves (9 roses & 14 leaves in various sizes)
1 sheet printed die-cut sentiments/motifs with a birthday/for you theme (20 die-cuts)
1 bag mixed pastel mini buttons (approx. 40)
Now the technical stuff...

To have a chance of winning this fab candy:-

1. Be a follower either through, Bloglovin, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs or email (see sidebar)
2. Post a piccy of the candy with a link to this post in your sidebar (if you have a blog)
3. Leave me a comment (with your blog address if you have one) ta da! You are entered!

If you do have a blog, it will be great to have a look and see what you are up to :)

This candy will close on 30th November 2013, I will then use RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner!

The candy is open to all, nationally, internationally, those in outer space and previous winners. However, anyone who has a blog that does not show or appear to have any crafty makes, will not be entered.

Good luck everyone!
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October Candy Winner!

Hello all!
Hope you are all fit and well :o)
Sorry I didn't get to post the candy winner yesterday, the day just ran away with me.
Thank you all who entered this month and a big hello and thank you to my new followers; for those of you who have blogs I will be adding you to my 'Brilliant blogs I follow' link in the sidebar.
As I always do, I give everyone who leaves a comment a number. I then use Random.Org to pick the winning number. Here is the list of entries...
1 Fit Kitty
2 Elly
3 Berina
4 Ardilla
5 Joolaa
6 Nikki C
7 Paperpapier
8 Suman Pandit
9 Eemeli
10 Roudi
11 Kiranmayee
12 Iris
13 Tindaloo
14 Carmen
15 Divya
16 Regina
17 Paperkate
18 Glo
19 JordanBev
20 Sidelle
21 Tanya
22 Ayushi
23 Hridya
24 Jenn
25 Hilde
26 Nicole G
27 Luckydawn
28 Kelly-Anne
29 Meredith

The lucky winner is....(drum roll) #7 - Paperpapier! Congratulations! If you email me your address, I will post your goodies to you as soon as possible.
For those of you not lucky this time, don't be too sad :o( I will be posting the candy for November later. It is really lovely and I can't wait for you to see it.
Until then, take care and thanks again for entering.

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