Bitty Banner framelits, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Ribbons

Aloha! Time to party!

Today is one of the princess’ best friends birthday (And her twin birthday too… happy birthday Matthew!). Tonight I have seven 11/12 year olds sleeping over to celebrate both Hannah’s birthday and Maya’s from last week.

So we have a tropical themed decor going on… plenty of pineapples and flamingos!

And I’ve gone for a simple but fun theme for the party bags…

I created little clusters of fun patterned papers and then the lovely Lawn Fawn pineapples (coloured with distress ink and heat embossed) and some die cut banners handstamped with their names.

I added some strips of ribbon too that coordinates too and attached them to the bags with coloured staples.

So this is them last night (Yes as usual I was last minute… and today need to actually do something about putting something in them!) and later today I will have to share the cards I made for Hannah and Matthew!

Happy crafting!


Epic Celebrations, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

A couple of cards

I made a couple of cards ages ago and just found the photos so I thought I would share them!

They were both using some of the patterned paper scraps I keep in a box …. just waiting for the perfect time to use them!

The first one had four different patterns on it and a fun bit of black trim along with a diecut flower from the Petals and more set and a bird from the Petal Palette set. Cute!

The second card has different papers and a bold green and purple colour scheme with the feature of the Epic Celebrations sneakers! Love the card candi that coordinates perfectly.

I used the sentiments from the Paperartsy Emma Godfrey mini to finish both cards off.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Ribbons, Sizzix

Upcycling positive vibes!

Today I have a card I made for a work friend who has had a major operation and is currently immobile. Just before Christmas she passed me a stack of inspirational quotes that she had cut from a calendar in case I had use of them and I love them all! Of course I needed to make her a card so grabbed one of them that seemed appropriate and made this card.

The quote piece was cut down a little and then mounted on both a piece of tranquil tide and some white edged with the same ink colour. Then I die cut the sprig from vellum a couple of times and added the bow in pool party ribbon from the stash.

A lovely positive card and of course a fab bit of upcycling aswell.

Happy crafting!


Petal Palette, Ribbons, Tim Holtz, Watercolour paints

Shimmer watercolour cards

I bought some shimmer watercolours a little while ago and the first thing I did was make a couple of backgrounds… and finally I got round to making them into cards.

The top one I used some Tim Holtz stamps and also flicked a bit of the art alchemy sparks paint on for dimension and added sparkle. I mounted it onto a blue textured card and with a purple organza ribbon.

The next one I used the Petal Palette leaves stamp and kept it quite simple with some string and a brown background.

Love these shimmery paints and can imagine using them a lot!

Happy crafting!


Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

Using the gifts

Sometimes when people swap atcs and tags they provide little extras in with the swapped item and this is one of the things I made recently using these gifts…

Gill had provided the purple cardstock, an inked mini envelope and the gorgeous diecut dragonfly… along with her stunning ATC. I cut apart the envelope and layered it on the cardstock and then uses a stencil to apply texture paste. Once dry I then added the sari ribbon and some splashes of the art alchemy sparks paint before adding the dragonfly and the little sentiment.

Love how this came out…

This dragonfly is absolutely stunning! Thanks Gill x

Happy crafting!


Designer Series Paper, Ribbons

Freebie paper playing

At the weekend I spent some time crafting in the company of friends. Now part of the issue with going to a crafting crop is deciding what to take … so I ended up buying a few crafting magazines to use the kits… and I ended up using some freebie papers from inside the magazine.

I made six cards and then tonight I finished them off…

… and tonight I have a picture of one I made to share.

It’s a terrible picture as it was of course dark when I made this so will take another pic in the light and post it tomorrow.

And here is a close up…

Hope you like this cutesy card… there are plenty more to come of course but will wait until I can take better pics.

Happy crafting!


Artful Days Goodie Box, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Ribbons

Feeling the love!

Today I have three anniversary cards I made when I needed a bit of no thinking craft time last night. I grabbed a paper pack that came with a magazine quite some time ago and decided to make some cut and stick cards. 

I started by cutting the background papers into 5.25 x 5.25 squares and mounting them on some kraft cardstock I had rescued from an old scrapbook I was getting rid of. 

Then I mounted the inages on the same cardstock and then used the left over bits for the strips in the background. I then added a few embellishments from the stash to finish them off. 

The first one uses some heart satin trim I got in a swap … nice to find a use for it.  I used the same stamped sentiment from the Paperartsy Emma Godfrey set for all and heat embossed in a rich burgundy colour.

The next uses a similar satin trim. I also used a Scrapinec laser cut chipboard embellishment I found in the stash. I added wink of Stella to it to give it some shine.

The final one has another Scrapinec laser cut chipboard embellishment and a Hessian tag which was in an Artful Days Goodie box a while ago. 

Love how simple these were to pull together. Exactly what my frazzled brain needed. 

I’ve still got a few of the images and some of the background papers left so think I may still have some more cards to make from this… and it was only half of the pack as the other half has different designs… ah well maybe another day! 

Happy crafting!