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No Christmas today ……… oh Damn

I was not going to Xmas craft today other than to possibly put inserts in and where needed make envelopes, but as they say ‘all good plans’……….


I unwrapped a pack of stencils and the swirly mat was the packaging, couldn’t resist crafting with it. It is a Hunkydory little book image with the top & bottom borders removed (they appear later) My current favourite die cut. The berries are tonic nuvo drops that I made on my glass mat and once set transferred to card.


Hand fussy cut decoupage that I found in the Xmas box, that die again 🙂 . A couple of HD tags and just a simple gold mat.


As simple as it gets. The slightly brown on the bottom has been removed and replaced with filler and sparkles.(The glue although it appeared ‘clean’ obviously had some brown from pin in it, will use a different glue next time)


And finally those two borders added to a gold mat. Backed with some mottled dark red paper and topped with a left over HD topper all from the Xmas scraps box. It needs something else but cannot decide what.

I have also done what I set out to do and all Xmas cards now have inserts and envelopes

Exploding Box – BEWARE!

Leading on from my facebook post earlier, I have spent a rather larger part of today than intended making an exploding box. I have not done one before although it has been on my ‘to try’ list for some time however there is a tutorial in the new Crafters Companion Mag which has a rather exciting cake inside so I thought, why not?

The Magazine rates this as a 3 in difficulty with a completion time of 90 mins. I completely failed in terms of the completion time, however there were various bits and pieces that I did a little bit differently some of which definitely added time; I’m pretty sure I entered a time warp somewhere along the line as well because I appear to have lost an hour altogether somewhere…


The initial cutting and scoring of the base, lid and matts only took about half an hour, but then time was added by my inability to create anything without distress ink so I also stopped and inked all the edges 🙂

For people who do not know, the base of an exploding box is a square divided into 9 equal squares, the four corner squares are then removed to create a cross shape. As a top tip, I would strongly recommend that when you remove these corner squares you either use a steel edged ruler and knife; a pair of scissors long enough that you can line up and make the cut in one snip or a trimmer. For most people, if you try to cut with a smaller pair of scissors you will end up with a wavy line.

The cake was easier than I thought it was going to be, but still a bit fiddly. Another tip would be to curl the card around a pen or pokey tool (similar to flower shaping) to give it a natural curve before joining the two ends together. I also found it easier to roll the sides of the cake tighter than actually needed and then let the card relax into a wider circle than to try and tighten to the right size.

I did go a little bit crazy with the liquid pearls, but overall I think I like it and may well do another (quicker) one soon 😉



The Blank square here is for a personal message!


Another commission; this one was rather easier than the wedding card I posted previously!

The brief was just for a 60th birthday and dog related.


The background is from the My Craft Studio ‘Occasions’ USB. For anyone who has been watching create and craft over the last few days, you may have noticed that there have been several demonstrations using the My Craft Studio software. I have previously posted items created using both Serif and My Craft Studio however one of the demo’s showed something I had not tried (ooeer) so I thought I would give it a go. The emboss function on the software is what I was playing with; I have used it before but it had not occurred to me to layer the same image over the top to maintain the colour. This is what I have done here and I quite like the result 🙂

The main image is a Mulberry Wood digi-stamp (sourced by Crafters Companion) which I have coloured with my Spectrum Noirs. Very observant people will realise that it is largely the same colour palette as for Barnaby Bear, this is because I really like how the bear turned out, so thought I would use the same again 😉

First Wedding Card of the Year

This card is one of my most intense commissions of the year so far; it features the Tattered Lace accordion dies and a variety of other bits and pieces.


There are three sizes of the die and I thought it would be nice to mix them together. Anyone familiar with accordion dies will notice that the middle sections are not joined together. This is because with the size difference they can only be joined if you make the smaller squares the same width as the largest one (otherwise the whole card warps) either by adding extra card of by extending their width with ribbon. I didn’t really like either option so instead I went with having the middle sections swinging free.

The brief for this card was a tricky one;

I was asked for decoupaged Forever Friends Wedding bears; Something to do with Music; Something to do with sport and a mix of both Western and Oriental influences in the general feel of the card.

We later narrowed down the sport to ‘tennis’ and the music to ‘the piano and violin’.

This is the back:


The base of the card is from double-sided centura pearl, I have also used the centura for all of the embellishment die cuts. One of the things I really like about using CP is that the sheen of the card comes through once it has been coloured. The sports and music items are both digi-stamp builds so they are printed on some nice paper with a decoupage layer to allow the images to be beyond the size of the swing square. There is also a matching box however I failed to take a photo of it!

Western influence:

  • Key
  • Bears
  • Tennis
  • Piano/Violin

Eastern influence:

  • Chinese Lanterns
  • Red Packets
  • Brush Script Kanji (I think that’s right)

I am listing everything used below; please feel free to comment/ask questions 😉


  • Tattered Lace accordian dies
  • Tattered Lace Torn edges squares
  • Tattered Lace hearts (both from mini assortments)
  • Tonic Key
  • Tonic ‘Secret Whispers’ mini envelope
  • Crafters Companion Lanterns
  • First Edition Letters (these are part of Docrafts)
  • Delightful Daisies Sue Wilson
  • Sapphire set tag die

Other Embellishments:

  • Self Adhesive Lace
  • Musical embossing foler
  • Sticky Pearls
  • Clear liquid Drops
  • Assorted paper flowers
  • Daisy Punch


  • Forever friends (sourced from Docrafts)
  • Sports and Music sourced from My Craft Studio Designer Directory digi-stamps
  • Background image for text is from the Crafters Companion Kimono collection


  • Wax Pencils
  • Distress inks (Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord)
  • Alcohol pens (hanging hearts only)
  • Gilding wax (key)

Plus my computer 🙂

Another Holiday

Don’t you just love the end of the holiday year when you just have to take the holiday time you have not managed to take 🙂 So here I am on my last holidays bits.

I have tidied again, re-arranged again and crafted again.

Firstly let me share my latest storage solution. I am sure I am not the only one who has alphabet dies that come as a ‘block’ so you end up with various letters you didn’t need , quite apart from the ones that we cut then don’t use. I have stored these various ways but have now gone with this………


A pill box. It is one of those that has the week and 4 compartments per day i.e. 28 compartments. This particular one cost £1.49 and each day comes out seperately. I have created a box from odd coloured card stock just to keep it controlled as the separate trays are for obvious reasons fairly loose, printed some letters and sorted. Last 2 compartments have numbers and punctuations.

I have then gone for the ‘stuff’ found when tidying desk and scrap boxes.

Card 1


7*5 – I had to make a New Job card and these were bits I got out but didn’t use. I decided on an easel card as I do quite like them and wanted to try the ‘opposite’ way of folding the card. I think I prefer this way as it seems more stable. Brown hunkydory base mat, black mat, gold mirri mat + hunkydory little book image. I have added peel-offs to the sides of topper. (A bit old school I know but I find them useful). Stopper is some more of the brown  hd, black mat and an off-cut from a card I made 2 years ago :). Have added some images cut from a paper off-cut (as it happens also from a 2 year old make)

Card 2


A5 – White hammered card base, edged with pebeo silver gilding wax. Base mat layer is an hd paper off-cut. black and silver mirri mats. Topper is from hd little book which I have created decoupage, three layers on the flowers and just the one for the saying.I have added pin flair craft glaze to the vase and some nuvo drops to the flower centres.

Card 3


6*6 – Gold mirri base mat, an insert off-cut and a pink hd off-cut with some gold tape over the join (in this photo you can see the shadow of the join but not in real life) A couple of die cuts (all in off-cut box) and gold nuvo drops.

Card 4


6*6 – The things I find in my scrap box !!! Die cut layered onto green hd. The flowers and butterflies are all from an ‘sticker’ sheet that I have no idea where it came from. It is quite ‘posh’ as it is embossed and everything. Only new thing added are the candi corners.

Card 5


6*6 – The red base appears to have originally been cut to go with the green die-cut on previous card ( yes I don’t know either) Rosette and banners were me playing, along with the ‘Thank You’. The mat gold layer was also in the scrap box now cut to size and die cut with a tonic layering die..

I’d like to say that scraps box was looking emptier but I would be lying, however desk is clear.

Being a Rebel

When I started crafting yesterday there was no August Challenge so I continued with Xmas (which I would point out Phantomsax knew) so here are my final Xmas for July Challenge even though a draw has already been declared.

Card 1


Well technically three all with same base. From some hammered white card I have DIE CUT 3 mini-stepper cards (die by Tattered Lace)

Left to right, 1) a gold layer cut and then stamped and coloured a candle image. Fussy cut then affixed to card 2) gold and white layers finished off with DIE CUT snowflakes. The 2 smaller are cut from gold, the larger one cut from white and gold wink of stella added 3) no layers just a Tonic DIE CUT candle, coloured and paper pieced.

Card 2

(posted in wrong order as matt on this card is what was gutted from card3)


As I have done before I got out a Hunky-dory Xmas set.

6″ * 6″ card base. Bottom gold mirri base layer (gutted to make the most use of ) Main image is part of a HD card to which I have added a HD border strip and HD greeting. Finished off with Red Berry Nuvo drops, red bow ( made on a bow maker) and glitter dots.

Card 3


7″ * 7″ card base. again started with a gold mirri layer with a red second layer.Using a HD topper that has two frames created main image – smaller frame glues flat, central image is on foam pads, outer frame has had snowfall acetate added ad then fixed on double foam pads. Bottom is a strip of gold mirri embossed topped with red and some HD border.

Card 4


7″ * 7″ base card (again) Base layer is gold shimmer card layered with a part of an HD matching insert. Topper image is on foam pads and a domed snowfall acetate has been added to the frame. Greeting has been matted onto DIE CUT gold shimmer and gold mirri card (Tattered Lace tattered circle dies) also added some glitter to snowy areas.

Card 5


DL card base. Base layer is cut from HD base card edged with gold gilding wax. The robins are the top strip from the card used in card 2, matted onto gold mirri. Bottom is a DIE CUT bow ( not forced into a bow) from insert top border (card 4) on the right is a HD sentiment and on left another piece of the insert matted onto gold mirri (Tattered Lace die again)

Card 6


DL Card Base. Gold shimmer card with gold mirri card forming base. Thee small topper mounted on foam pads linked with robin border. Finished off with more of the ribbon border. ( I may have to re-look at this one as the mirri is taking over, probably will add some DIE CUTS)

Card 7


Quick card completed again on the way to bed – A5 base card. HD insert cut in half. One half on front rest actually used as the insert inside. Topper is from the Kanban little book with a piece of HD card added to the bottom. Matted onto black card that has been edged with gold glitter. Fixed using pinflair glue gel to even up the different thickness of Kanban and HD.

It’s Getting Closer

Well today I did some more Xmas.


This has been made from previous three cards leftovers. The snowfall acetate cover is making it a bit unclear, sorry.

A5 card base of a gold shimmer card. On the left the last offcuts from a HD card stock. The Gold swirl is a flourish I have had for a long time and has become a bit of a go to but I do not remember who it was made by. The poinsettias are die cuts from the HD topper sheet. A Tonic rococo candle cut from gold, with red card inserted and added gold glitter. Poinsettia stamp down right edge in both holographic and copper embossing powder. HD sentiment added and all poinsettias finished with a nuvo drop in centres.


8″ * 8″ card base. Blue HD adorable scorable with snowflakes stamped and glittered for background card. A HD Xmas scene cut to fit and backed with a black glitter edged card. Not clear in photo but have also added dots and lines of glitter using a quickie glue pen and fine glitter.


A5 Card created again with my gold shimmer cardstock. Remaining part of previously used HD card. The original card had a border along top which I removed for first card. This has then been used top and bottom of this card. Small sentiment topper added with the same image on, I have used pin flair to raise it from card.


8″ * 8″ card base. The bottom matt is a fine glitter black card. Followed with a part of a matching HD insert edged using tape and glitter on edge. Then added various HD toppers that pick out parts of base image. And also a sentiment. Because I gut matts when I can and main layer is only a heavy paper I have put a small offcut piece under the centre to make sure it doesn’t sag.


And finally today a DL card. DL made from some hammered card with gilding wax and embossed snowflakes added. Another HD topper backed on some more of the black card. Seasons Greetings sentiment added and some silver nuvo drops to finish it off.