Friday, 31 December 2010

Here is the second card that was made using the same template as the one i showed you the other day...

I made it the same as the other one..i also used the same pattern paper as the other day as well...

I used some Jenni Bowlin Label stickers for the word surprise..the other sticker is my own...

Here they are all together...

THanks for popping by

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A card or two...

I get into a rut sometimes with my cardmaking and scrapbooking...and every once in a while i do something different to jazz it up a bit...i am never that adventurous...but just a little something can make a difference...

So i decided to change up my card making by making non straight edged cards and decorating an envelope...

To do this i grabbed some of the Spellbinders dies that i had and cut out some make these cards, i cut out two of the same size and when sewing the edging i just sewed the two together just along the top....quick and easy.

Here is the first one that i made...

This card is a small one...about 7.5cm by size...
For this card i used this October afternoon piece of paper...which is a gorgeous bright colour and really stands out on the white card.

The little butterfly is this Classic Butterfly from Martha Stewart...the sticker is one of my own.

I wanted to add something else special for this card so i used a different envelope...i used these envelopes for this card...

I also wanted to add some extra detail for this card so i decorated the inside of the envelope...very easy to do, just very carefully take it apart ( it does come apart easily)

I then added some pretty things on the front, just to jazz it up a bit..

For the next card come back in a few days!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

And the winner is.....

With all the christmas rush we forgot to announce the winner of the colour combo competition....

the winner is 'Fluffy...( sorry i couldnt find your real name) with this gorgeous page!!!!!

email me your home email is and i will get your prize out to you!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Sew Easy...

My second layout of the month is a page I made for my husband - I created a collage in Picasa of all my favourite photos of him and then enclosed them in a heart shaped border made of lots of parcels cut from one of the Jillibean Soup papers. I mounted some of them on foam pads to give the border a 3D effect.

I also used my Sew Easy tool to punch a border of holes that I threaded with embroidery floss. The Sew Easy tool is really handy if you like hand stitching on your layout - there are lots of different heads including scallop and criss-cross that you can attach to the same tool for different results. I hand drew my title using pencil and then punched and sewed this with floss too.

The finished layout is not too complicated (though cutting out the parcels and sewing the border was a little time-consuming!) but I'm really pleased with the result and will definitely try creating a border like this again using other shapes.

Apologies for the quality of the photographs - the perils of dark nights and artificial light!
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmas Gift Basket

I can't take the credit for this idea, I found the instructions somewhere on the internet a few years back, and can't for the life of me remember where!

This is to make a 'basket' out of one sheet of 12x12 card or cardstock-weight paper - skip to the end to see the finished result. (If you are using patterned paper, it will need to be double-sided for the best effect.)

Take your sheet of card/paper (I used one from the Crate Snow Day collection) and score at 4" intervals both horizontally and vertically, then score diagonally across each corner square from the outside point inwards - this diagram shows the score lines much better than I can describe them!

It should then look like this:

Choose which side you want to be the 'inside', and with this side face up, push in the corners so that your basket begins to take shape:

At this stage, ink the edges if you wish, then pinch each corner together and punch a small hole through, as shown:

Thread a long length of ribbon (lots to choose from here) through the holes, keeping the corners pinched together,

then draw the four corners carefully together, and secure the ribbon with a bow:

You can add some decoration, I chose some simple circles and gems for mine:

These make a lovely alternative for wrapping Christmas gifts (obviously nothing too heavy!), as a table centre holding glittery pinecones or some baubles, or on your coffee table filled with festive chocs. Have fun!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Altered Photo Frames

A great gift for a relative that has everything.
We have a few elderly relatives in our family and these make such a lovely gift.

I've bought some very reasonably priced wooden photo frames and glued some ribbon to the frames.

I've used the Crate 'Restoration' papers and a couple of flower punches to make the embellishment.
The leaves are hand cut from matching papers and a few stitches have been added up the centres to add some extra detail.

I've also added a little Jenni Bowlin ticket to this frame.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Banner

About three years ago, I saw a banner being made and thought at the time that the Twelve Days of Christmas would be a great subject for a banner.

To make the foundations for each pennant, I cut 12 triangles of chipboard 6" wide by 8" long. By cutting one of the triangles upside down, I was able to cut three from each sheet of 12" x 12" chipboard. I adhered the chipboard triangles to the reverse of Fancy Pants Tradition Holiday Sentiments and Christmas Morning patterned paper and cut each one out. I used a Krylon 18ct gold leafing pen along the front and edges of each covered triangle.

To make the pretty dangles, I strung beads onto beading wire, punched a hole at the bottom of each pennant and wound the beading wire through and around the hole before securing at the back with a little tape. I also punched holes at each of the other two points of the triangles ready for threading the pennants together into the banner.

For the Twelve Days of Christmas images, I bought a set of Christmas Island 1977 postage stamps, scanned the whole set in one go at 1200dpi and then used Adobe Photoshop to crop each individual stamp into its own image. I printed the images onto gesso primed canvas, fitting 6 onto each A4 sheet. I bought the canvas pads absolutely yonks ago from a pound shop.

I created paper rosettes using a 3" scalloped circle punch, ruler and bone folder. Wendy has written some detailed instructions. I added either Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles or leafing pen around the very edge and a button to the centre of each rosette.

I inked Crafty Bitz chipboard snowflakes (currently out of stock but there are some alternatives here and here) with a Brilliance Dew Drop Moonlight White ink pad. I then spritzed them generously with Tattered Angels Pearl glimmer mist.

The stars are from a very old pack of American Crafts chipboard embellishments. I used the leafing pen on the reverse side and spritzed very lightly with the glimmer mist.

Another item from the depths of my aged stash was this gold ribbon from which I cut three of the circle designs.

I shared these basic embellishments amongst the pennants and then added variety by mixing in some bling, buttons, pearl brads and charms.

Before threading the pennants onto the ribbon, I wrapped a small piece of tape around the end of the ribbon so that it was a little like the end of a shoelace. Once they were evenly spaced along the ribbon, I used a length of tape on the back of each pennant to hold them in place.

I finished the banner by tying a loop and adding a beaded dangle at each end.

All that was left to do was to hang it above the fireplace!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Christmas Ornament

I took a chipboard frame and painted with distress crackle paint, when the paint was dry I sprayed some glimmer mist onto the frame.

Then I cut a rectangle of paper from The Girls Paperie - Tinsel & Twig - Festive Brocade paper and stuck behind the frame.

I cut a section from a Small White Doily, inked the edge and attached to the corner of the paper in the frame.

Next I attached the frame to a large snowflake tree decoration.

I added some flowers and bling to the frame then tied some beads to the bottom of the frame. Using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch I punched a snowflake from white sparkly card. I attached the snowflake over the flowers with some 3d foam squares.

Lastly I added some ribbon to hang the ornament.

Here is my finished ornament

Deb x

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Jillibean Soup - Christmas Chestnut Soup

I had never worked with any Jillibean Soup papers before, but when I was asked to choose some papers to work with in December I was instantly attracted to this gorgeous range. Based around the Kraft background shade, the papers use whimsical but clean designs which are seasonal without being overly twee. I particularly loved the paper with all the presents on - perfect for cutting up for embellishments.

I constructed my page by layering up squares of two of the papers along with a piece of old book paper. By offsetting one of the papers at an angle, you stop the layout from looking too measured. The title was stamped using Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and some Autumn Leaves alphabet stamps. I've used a lot of stamps in my scrapbooking and I still think that Autumn Leaves are some of the best - they always give a clear impression, even with Distress Inks. I underlined the title with some text stickers.

The embellishments were made using some cut out designs from one of the papers as mentioned before, mounted on foam pads for dimension, and a chipboard holly sprig which I jazzed up with some red Stickles glitter glue. I didn't need much journalling for this layout, which simply commemorates a treasured photo, so I mounted some text strips on foam pads to record a few details.

The papers were great for this layout - festive, but not overwhelmingly so, and in warm and flattering colours which bring out the tones of the photograph perfectly.
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Friday, 10 December 2010


Wow Christmas is approaching fast what better way to bring on the festive cheer than giving your home a touch of scrapped decorations.

this basic grey collection is perfect for doing just that the colours are so bold perfect for making your punched 3d flowers. This wreath is so easy to make but can be time consuming depending on how much detail you choose to apply but i am sure you will find it all worth while when you see your finished project hanging in your house.

Simply start off by cutting three different size flowers adding buttons ect to the centres to make the flowers complete. I hand cut several embellishments from the papers too to give the wreath more dimension and detail from the ball balls to the leaves even the flourishes all you need to complete it is add glitter glue.

I decided to cut my daughters into angels what better way to draw the eye.. i also made two green mesh flowers the are so easy to make too just cut a strip of mesh tack stitch it and add an embelishment to the centre.

i hope the close up photo will enable you to see more clearly and have a


Thursday, 9 December 2010

A little Christmas Gift

Today I am sharing with you a little pen pot that I have altered.
Yesterday, it was in my kitchen cupboard storing chocolate chips and today it's been altered with Crate Paper's 'Snow Day' paper collection and is now a useful little pot.

I've covered the pot in the reverse side of the 'Frosty' paper. I love this hand stitched look.
The edges have all been inked.

I've cut a small strip of the 'Candy' paper and stuck in place around the middle.
Added a piece of ribbon and then layered up a punched scallop circle, felt circle and a button to hide the joins.

This would make a lovely teachers gift or ideal if you have a sister like mine that has to hunt high and low to always find a pen.

Crate Paper - Snow Day

Monday, 6 December 2010

More examples.....

Here are the last few examples of the colour combinations...dont forget to enter out competition which ends on the 8th!

Can you guess which colour combo they go with? These were made by myself, Lou and Lisa Saunders!