Love is in the Air


Well its not far off, yes I am speaking of Valentines Day, a day on which its customary to pay for overpriced cards, gifts and frivolities just to appear to have remembered it was Valentines Day.  As you can tell I am a cynic and don’t subscribe to the pressure put upon people to send cards.  Myself I will make them if asked and this is a card I have made with Valentines Day in mind, although it could be used at any time of the year to convey a sense of love towards someone special.  I guess it could be adapted to make a wedding card.

My card base was a 7×7 inch one from Hunkydory and I cut a piece of Mirri card (from the 50 shades of Mirri Darker collection) to cover this.  Next I cut out a piece of the Ink Me Card by Hunkydory to 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Firstly I stamped the border and then I stamped the main image.  I stamped some extra images from this set to cover up any mistakes or to add extras to the card.

I coloured the main image using Spectrum Noir pens and also the smaller images that I had stamped as spares. I let these dry and matted the main image on two more pieces of Mirri card.  Then I added the extra images and the card was finished.

I hope you like this card, I do, quickly made but looks classy (in my opinion) and not overdone.

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It’s attack the stash time

Sometimes when you are sorting through your crafting stash you find things that have been lost under other.  This is what happened to me this weekend and I decided to use some of it today and see what I could do.

I’m talking shaped card blanks here and the ones I’m going to play with are bobbin shaped and sewing machine shaped, both by Craftwork Cards. I knew I had some embellishments that had been given to me and they would go very well with this theme. I’ve made two cards as I found the shapes quite hard to work with, I say hard as I do like to be quirky. I’m not sure what to do with these cards but that is something to think about.

First up is the bobbin shaped card.

Before I started the card I did cut out a template of the bobbin shape as I would need to hide some “workings” which would show though.

Firstly I used some embroidery threads that I had in my stash and where there was an embossed detail on the card (mimicking the thread), I wound the embroidery thread around this part until I had it covered. As I went along I secured the thread with podge podge.  Once I’d finished this I backed the inside of the card to hold firm the threads and to cover the mess.

i set this aside to dry and used some of the embellishments I’d set aside.  Using my Spectrum Noir pen I coloured in the bobbin and with the Spectrum Noir sparkle I coloured in the scissors. Once the bobbin dried I then put some more thread around this mini bobbin and getting an unused needle from my stash I finished by popping it into the bobbin and securing it with Modge Podge. I then threaded  piece of ribbon though the button embellishment.

i stamped some images from the Stitch in Time stamp set I had in my stash and stuck these to the card with some hot glue. I like this and I am considering sending this to Making Cards Magazine for their Your Cards section.


Now the sewing machine card.  The card I made was the third attempt.  I really did not like this card as I felt that I could not do much with it. In the end I decided to score an A4 piece of Adorable  Scoreable to make an A5 card. I found some paper in my stash and mounted that onto black Adoreable Scoreable. I stamped some more images from the Stitch in time stamp set and coloured these in with some of the Natural set of Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, then mixing them with a dash of water for a hint of colour. I then mounted them onto the card together with the sewing machine card front.

I’m not sure about this card at all, I am very critical of my work and I can’t decided whether or not this is good enough.


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More posts in 2017

This year I am determined not to let my health get in the way of blogging like it has done at the back-end of 2016. I find blogging my crafts therapeutic and people replying to my posts with constructive and helpful posts really inspire me.

I start 2017 with positivity – I downloaded my copy of Making Cards Magazine 2 days ago and was thrilled to find two of my cards in the Your Cards section – one made Star Card. I’m thrilled with Star Card as it features the lovely stamps by Leonie Pujol, I love her style. The stitching around the card was inspired by my lovely friend Emma Williams who had done stitching on one of her cards and I decided to do it my way. Mine was hand stitched – I don’t do this  often but I really want to add some more on future cards. Here is a screenshot of my cards from the magazine.



Crafting resolutions for this year….get on a design team, although I’ve said this for the past few years.  I have tried but my work doesn’t seem to catch the eye. Never mind keep trying .

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