Designer Series Paper, Watercolor words

Striped patterned papers

I was watching Jennifer Maguire videos and saw her striped backgrounds and decided to make one of my own using patterned paper.

I chose some cutesy and bright patterned paper from the stash… it’s nice and spring like and the fact it was double sided and so coordinates perfectly with each other!

I love the cheery finish of this and all I needed to add the sentiment using the Watercolor Words stamps and heat embossed it. I also added a couple of flowers cut from the paper to embellish with some glitter gems for the centre.

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!


Designer Series Paper

Happy New Year! DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

First let me wish you a happy new year! I can’t believe it is 2018… It sounds so futuristic! Hope you had a safe passage into the new year and wishing you a happy, healthy and creative new year! 

Now my first post of the year is a design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. I chose to make a batch of cards using the pack from Making Cards magazine. Now I know it was Augusts magazine but I’ve just had it sitting there waiting for me to use it so I decided now is the time! 

I made six cards in total, layering the papers and images with cardstock from the off cuts pile and added simple sentiments from my Emma Godfrey Paperartsy set. I use these so often as I love the font. 

And this is my favourite (it reminds me of my princess!) … 

On all of them I chose to add wink of Stella to the flower embellishments and the butterflies/ flowers on the main images. It’s difficult to see on the photos but here are some close ups. 

Love how these turned out. Really pretty and tropical Zen cards! 

Now please do pop over to the Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge Blog to see what everyone else has been making with their stash of patterned paper and why not join in with us? 

Happy crafting!


Designer Series Paper, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Hootingly good cards! 

Sorry about the terrible pun! But sometime before Christmas I made some cards from a paper pack I got with Making Cards magazine and here are some more I made using the rest of the images of owls. I adore these papers and images. 

I kept to a similar theme as last time adding copper foil cardstock and copper thread to the cards and some kraft cardstock for mounts etc.  

This time however I chose to make some square cards. I used the Paperartsy Emma Godfrey stamp for the sentiment and heat embossed it onto the kraft cardstock. I then added card candi in a few colours dependent on the card and papers.

I love these so much and how they work with the copper card and thread. Fun cards for the stash! 

And there you have it… my final post of 2017! Thanks for joining me this year in my crafty exploits and hope that you have a safe and enjoyable new years eve. See you for more crafty fun in 2018! 

Happy crafting! 


Designer Series Paper

Cake crazy cards


I decided to use some papers I got with Making Cards magazine quite a while ago… probably spring or summer that lay there untouched. 

I grabbed the cardstock scraps pile and the trimmer and managed to make 8 cards with very little stash other than scraps.

Perfect fun and nice and easy to do.  What I call cutting and sticking cardmaking… good therapy! 

I made them quite quickly too as if you do all the cutting first, then mat and layer the bits you want, then adhere, then add to card blanks and then embellish, each stage is done much quicker than 8 cards made individually. And yet they all look different in terms of design and the colours of cardstock I added.

The final touches to the cards was to add wink of Stella or glossy accents (sometimes both!) to the images to add shimmer and texture.  I love how this and the gorgeous sequins give them a party feel! 

And here is a close up of the shimmer on the cake image… and the candle flames have glossy accents on them!  Difficult to show on a photo all the lovely shimmer and shine! 

Aren’t these papers and images just adorable. I do love this kind of simple cut, layer and stick stamping on days when my brain needs to not think and I don’t really want to get messy with my usual mixed media stuff. And it’s always fun to use up scraps and stuff from the stash that I’ve had for ages. 

Happy crafting! 


Designer Series Paper

Owl cards

More of the same tonight as last night… Cutting and sticking cardmaking as therapy. This time the other half of the pack from last night… a freebie from Making Cards magazine featuring owls. 

I added into the papers and images some copper thread, kraft cardstock and copper foil cardstock … oh and some sentiments and card candi! 

Love these images and fun earthy coloured feathers and love how it goes with the copper foil cardstock. Plenty of the pack left so likely to make some more from the remaining batch.

Perfect therapy! 

Happy crafting! 



Get well soon card

One of our family friends has recently had a major operation so I made a card on behalf of my parents (and me!) for wishing him a speedy recovery! 

I used the Papermania geometric shape paper to create a panel and then used the opposite side of the paper to create the sentiment panel.  I added the sentiment using embossing and then chose to add the dragonfly which is a magazine stamp. I heat embossed it on both some lemon paper and then on some vellum. I then fussy cut them out and layered them up. 

Inside the card I heat embossed the other sentiment. 

Happy crafting!