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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Something cheerful to end the day!

Am feeling a little 'ho hum' this evening - think it is probably the prospect of returning to work tomorrow. So, in order to cheer myself up, I have decided to blog one of the gorgeous cards I made when I attended the Craftwork Cards workshop at Pickwell Farm a few weeks ago.
This is a very simple layout when you think about it - but it is so effective. A piece of the background paper was stuck onto the 6x6 card, and four smaller pieces were mounted onto four white squares. The papers are from the Kitsch collection - and are just so cheerful!! 
Onto each of the four squares, we mounted four white scalloped circles, and four circles of the patterned paper. The bows on two of the circles are also from the Kitsch collection - and then we stuck circle sentiments onto the other two circles.

I really like this card - both for it's cheerful colours - and also the simple and effective layout!! Will probably use it on other cards in the not too distant future.

Well, I suppose I better head off to bed to get a good night's sleep before work tomorrow!  

Will be back again soon!! 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Here's one I made earlier!!

Have had a 'busy' couple of days. I use the term loosely, as yesterday was mostly spent with family - and then I indulged myself in a bit of sewing!! And today I have been to Pickwell Farm for a Craft Workshop!! 

But because I haven't blogged for a few days I thought I should do something! This is a card I made quite a while ago, but never got around to blogging. So here it is. I made this birthday card for my niece Amy.  
The topper is by Kanban from their Steampunk Range. I love the teal and brown colour combination - and used that for the rest of the card. I used two pieces of co-ordinating cardstock from the Steampunk set - one provided the large floral mat, and the other - the smaller striped mat. All of this was placed onto brown Bazzill, before matting on the A5 Kraft base. 
The finishing touches include a border strip from the Kanban set, pearls, ribbon and silk flowers from my stash. The letters were glazed with Glossy accents.

So - just a quick post today. Will blog about the stuff I did today - and have realised I still have three cards from the last workshop I still haven't shared!! Need to get the camera out and take a few piccies then we'll be back in business.

Back soon!!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My Final Camden Town Sneaky Peek - No. 6!!

Starting the day again with another blog post. I could quite get used to this - spending my days blogging, crafting, gardening.... Still, have another week before I go back to work so can enjoy it for a little longer - although am going to have to start looking at the planning for next week at some point!! 

Yesterday I shared with you my bunting. And today it's another piece of sewing!! This time it's a Mug Rug!! I can hear choruses of  'A WHAT?'  Well, Mug Rugs are quite the rage don't you know!! It's larger than a coaster, and smaller than a place mat. The idea is that you can put your mug on it and there is still room for your biscuit/cake etc. This one is approximately 24cm x 17cm. 

Anyway, I decided to have a play - this is the first one I have ever made - and I didn't use a pattern!! I found a topper I liked on the CD (it's not just the Fabric Companions you can print onto the Iron on Transfer material) - printed it out and ironed it onto plain white fabric.
I chose this topper because I just love the blues with the red! The right hand side is made from patch-working scraps together, and I then attached it to the image. This was stitched onto some wadding and plain white fabric to give it a kind of quilted effect. The whole thing was then bound onto a backing of plain red cotton, and I used a decorative machine stitch to attach the binding (as I am too lazy to hand stitch). I need to get to grips with binding corners as I think I could have made a better job of those!!

Anyway, this is my last sneaky peak, as this time tomorrow I will be getting myself prepared to sit and watch the launch. The lovely Dawn Wheeler will be on Create and Craft TV (Sky 671, Freeview 36, Virgin 748) at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 7pm. I've already set the recorder for all of them!! 

The CD's will be selling separately, so if you prefer just the male or female ones, then you can get what you need. There are also papercrafting kits too - so plenty to choose from even if you are not a CD crafter.

Am really excited about seeing my things on TV - but I bet it will just be a fleeting glimpse - so I need to be realistic. But even so, it's really amazing to be part of the launch of a product on national TV.

So, will see you in a couple of days - happy crafting!! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Back to the Sneaky Peeks - No. 5!!!

So, after yesterday's break - I'm back with another Sneak Peek at the Crafter's Companion Camden Town Male CD. Can't believe there's only 2 more days until the launch on Create and Craft. Today's project is a little different as it's not a papercrafting project at all. For this one I have done a little bit of sewing!!
One of the parts I love about the new CD's are the Fabric Companions. I really fancied making some bunting  - with a difference!! This is not your usual girly bunting!! This is one for the boys - with an abundance of camouflage material!! 

The image from the CD was printed (three times) onto Iron On Transfer Sheets, and adhered to plain white cotton. Because the image was rectangular I decided to mix up the usual triangular shape with rectangles, and alternate them down the bunting.  Each piece is backed with more camouflage material.
And because I am a lazy sewer and can't be faffed with hand-stitching the binding on, I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine in a contrasting thread, and made it a feature!!

So, tomorrow I will be back with my last sneaky peek - and on Thursday I will be glued to the TV watching Dawn Wheeler on the One Day Special on Create and Craft!! 

Take care,

Monday, 14 April 2014

CCM&M Challenge #114 - A Floral Profusion!

Hello to you all!! What a beautiful day we had yesterday - was absolutely perfect for walking in the Purbecks - a great family day out - and lots of money raised for Dorset Wildlife Trust too!! 

A break today from the sneaky peeks - as it's Challenge time over at Crafty Cardmakers and More! This fortnight, Fiona would like to see your creations that showcase your handmade flowers - the more the merrier. 

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs, who are offering the winner three digi images of their choice! 

I have used an image from our sponsors called 'Benson Bear - A Bundle of Hearts' as the focal point for my card. 

As I have been very much immersing myself in all things Crafter's Companion for the last couple of weeks, it will come as no surprise that I used my new Spectrum Noirs to colour with. I am still getting used to them - but am fairly pleased at how it turned out. 

The colours I used are: Bear = FS1, FS2, FS3. FS7, EB6, TN2, TN5, TN7; Hearts = PP1, PP5, DR4, DR6; Background = LY1, LY2, LY3

The image is mounted onto a Die'sire Chantilly Lace stamping frame.

I then spent a little time watching Leann Chivers You Tube video about how to use my new Die'sire flower quilling dies. I have the Sunflower dies - but decided to use the Rose ones (both large and small) I don't have the Stamen die - so quilled a piece of yellow card to serve as the centre, then doubled up two shades of pink/red Bazzill card for each flower. I'm not sure they turned out exactly right - but am happy enough with them as a first attempt. The little bit of greenery peeping round the back is cut with Die'sire Leaf 2 die. 

I finished off with some pearls from my stash, and some glitter glue on the centres of the flowers. 

Please make sure you pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers and More Blog for more great inspiration. Looking forward to seeing what you create!!

I would like to enter this into:
2 Sisters Challenge - Teddy Bears

Digi Galore Challenges - Flowers

Back tomorrow with another sneaky peek at the Camden Town CD.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Camden Town - Sneaky Peek 4!!

Am off today to do the 'Walk for Wildlife' to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust. Am waiting for the rest of the family to arrive before we head off for the glorious Purbecks. My husband is already out there setting up, as he works for the Trust.

But, before I go here's another sneaky peek of the Camden Town Male CD!! Today's project is a notelet set. This one has lots of photos as there are lots of parts to it - and it's the first one I made when I received the CD! 
The folder itself was made from Co-ordinating papers from the CD, printed onto Centura Pearl Hint of Gold card.  I decided to decorate the outside with some good old teabag folding using a variety of the Design and Co-ordinating papers - which I also used for the little squares at the side. A little bit of embossing with the Embossalicious A4 Dottie folder added some texture - and I used Core'dinations for matting and layering.  
Inside the folder there is a little shadow box style part on the right hand side for the cards and envelopes. The cards are printed from the Notelets section of the CD onto Centura Pearl Hint of Gold. There is also a pocket to tuck in the matching tags.
This is what it looks like without the cards in there!! The decorative shapes are cut from Core'dinations card using my Die'sire Nouveau Stamping Frame. 
Here you can see, there are also matching envelopes with the cards - made from the corresponding Design Sets and printed onto Satin Finish Paper. The tags are also from the Design Sets, and I used the co-ordinating Toppers on each one.

Don't forget, the CD's launch on Create and Craft this Thursday at 8am with Dawn Wheeler. 

Back tomorrow with the new Challenge from Crafty Cardmakers and More!!


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Camden Town Sneaky Peak 3!!

Just got back from parkrun! First time in four weeks due to having not been well. Nowhere near my PB - but a decent time nonetheless. This time last year I couldn't have run anywhere near that time in full health - so things are improving!!

And I have just been playing around and added the Bloglovin widget to the side bar -so now you can follow me that way too. Can I say a HUGE welcome to the 15 followers who have already signed up there!! I'm so sorry I haven't said 'hello' before, but having only just found Bloglovin, I didn't know you were there. It's an incredible boost for me knowing that you are out there - so thank you for your support!! 

Anyway, before I head back out into the garden, it's time for another sneaky peak at the great Camden Town Male CD, that will be launching alongside the Female CD on Create and Craft on Thursday 17th April at 8am with Dawn Wheeler. 

This is a 'quilted' card (I use the term loosely) - the first time I have attempted this but wanted to try to find different ways to use the fantastic Fabric Companions from the CD. 
I printed this gorgeous image onto a Ink Jet Iron On Transfer, and ironed it onto plain white cotton. I then attached some brown gingham around the edges, before 'quilting' it onto some wadding (I use the term lightly as I just ran a couple of zig zag stitch lines down from top to bottom). I made an aperture 'case' for the card, and attached the fabric to it with Collall Textile glue.
This was then stuck onto a roughly 8x8 tent fold base - no real reason why I did a tent-fold other than it was just something different.
The front was decorated with two strips cut from one of the co-ordinating papers. I printed it onto Centura Pearl Hint of Gold, and cut with Die'sire Lace Border 4. The little watering cans are from the Embellishment sheet.
I decorated the inside of the card with the same co-ordinating paper - but this time printed onto Satin Finish Paper. I does look like I creased the paper slightly before I stuck it down - but it's just the printed effect on the paper. I embossed some of the brown card with Embossalicious A4 Dottie folder, used a flowerpot image from the Embellishment sheet. The message is from the Verse Writer on the CD. 

Back tomorrow!!!