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Surprise for the postie

On Cardmaking Paradise we had a swap of a different nature. Mail Art! This was a new thing for me and it was great fun, can you imagine what some of the postal staff thought when they saw this highly coloured pieces of art passing through the system? There were no rules to this swap, we all decided on what size envelopes we wished to use although one thing that was kept in mind was that some of this Mail Art would be travelling abroad as some of the members of Cardmaking Paradise reside in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, USA, Spain, Portugal as well as the UK.

One other thing that I didn’t do (because it never occurred to me) but others did is to insert a piece of card inside the envelope to strengthen it before sealing the envelope – bear in mind that these envelopes are not meant to be opened!

These are the ones I created for the swap:

First Mail Art

First Mail Art

Back of first envelope

Back of first envelope

Second envelope

Second envelope

back of second envelope

back of second envelope

Third envelope

Third envelope

back of third envelope

back of third envelope

So many different stamps and inks were used including Distress Inks, VersaMagic Ink and Archival Ink.

This was such fun and so have a go!

Thank you for looking x


Coaster Swap

Over on Cardmaking Paradise we had a coaster swap, for this many participants used beer mats sadly I couldn’t get to the local pub so had to resort to making a coaster from grey board!

Coaster Swap

Coaster Swap

I struggled with this swap and it took a long time before I started work but there were a fantastic array of works of art. Some ladies created hangings with two or more coasters connected together with jump rings while someone else made a small ‘book’. Just have to admire that talent and creativity!


Stamps – Inkylicous ‘Nature Speaks’ (script)

– Paper Artsy – HP1005

– Oxford Impressions ‘Bird’s Nest’

– Cart-Us ‘Birds on a Branch’

– Inkylicious ‘Take Flight’

– Inkylicious ‘CI-256’ (words)

Inks  – Archival Ink Jet Black

– Impress Chocolate

– Versamagic Spanish Olive, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky, Sahara Sand

Shrink Plastic

White Gel Pen


Thanks for looking x







New to me

I was beginning to lose interest in card making and had been dabbling in other crafty areas however over on Cardmaking Paradise  we have started a Sketch challenge. I have seen these on various sites and forums but had never taken part so following a sketch was a new challenge for me. However I couldn’t just make a ‘normal’ card so I used an idea gleaned from Christina Griffiths . She makes beautiful cards but they are cards made with an unfolded base layer and then makes a stand attached to the back of the base layer so the card will still stand. Now Christina describes this as the lazy way but I think it is a frugal method of making cards as you save yourself that extra piece of card!

Checkout Christina’s fab blog, Youtube channel and website but not before checking out Cardmaking Paradise!

Onto my card made from the first Sketch Challenge:

First Sketch card

First Sketch card

There isn’t one bit of stamping on this card – something else almost new to me! The base card and mats are pearlescent card from my stash, the background paper is courtesy of a forum friend from Cardmaking Paradise who sent me the image, the left hand strip is pearlescent paper punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and the ‘flower’ is handmade with wired ribbon, lace and a handmade clay button.

Pop over to Cardmaking Paradise and join in the fun, you will be made most welcome 🙂

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Advent calendar

I know, I know I have been MIA for too long but truth to tell I haven’t done a huge amount of crafting lately. Our home is up for sale and we have been busy either keeping the house up to scratch or keeping the garden tidy. Then there was all the accumulated junk to sort through and dispose of.  Then joy of joys we had an offer for our property and we had to hot foot it down to Cornwall to house hunt and luckily found a lovely bungalow with a sea view, we put in an offer which was accepted and back home to do yet more sorting ut whilst all the paperwork was being processed. I then started to pack those things that were not going to be used within the next month or so. Two months down the line our buyer pulled out and the world seemed to crash down around our ears! So it is back to housework to keep the place looking loved and tidy but our estate agents, bless ’em, are pulling out all the stops and we have plenty of viewings lined up – fingers crossed we will soon find another buyer who will keep their word.

And so to crafting! Every year our grandchildren are bought advent calendars especially the ones filled with chocolates and it came to mind why didn’t I make them? Sara at Cardmaking Paradise had created a lovely advent calendar based on the sour cream carton (for those of us of a certain age in the UK they look similar to the Jubbly cartons of our childhood!!) so I unearthed all my Christmas papers that I rarely used for card making and proceeded to make 96 little cartons (24 per child!). These I filled with small sweets/chocolates.

Little cartons filled with chocolates and sweets

A very kind forum friend, Marion from Cardmaking Paradise forum sent me her crimper, I used this to ‘ribble’ the ends of the little cartons which gave a lovely professional finish to them. Initially I was going to use die cut numbers on punched out circles but adhering lots of die cut numbers to small circles was a step too far and I printed out the numbers and used a small circle punch to cut those numbers out and stamped a small image on each circle and adhered these to circles of cardstock. Thread was fixed to the small cartons and then to a numbered circle.

Using another template supplied by Sara the outer, larger, cartons were made from plain cardstock for the base and printed pearlescent paper for the outer covering. Each of the larger cartons was filled with 24 small cartons but before filling with the smaller cartons I adhered large chocolate coins to the internal base so that there is something for 25 th December!

showing the larger cartons filled with smaller cartons

The images on the paper used for the outer covers of the larger box were already on my computer, the images were printed onto the gold pearlescent paper. I added extra decoration by using a border punch along the top edge of the large carton.

Another view!

These were great fun to make and add something special to the lead up to Christmas. I’m already coming up with different ideas for next year!!

Please join us at Cardmaking Paradise where there are lots of lovely templates, not only will you join a very friendly crafting community but a donation from your membership is made to Sara’s charity Crafty Smiles bringing crafting to children in hospital.

Thank you for looking x



Book Card.

The talented Sara from Cardmaking Paradise came up with a lovely project of making a Book Card. Open the cover of the ‘card’ and a frame is revealed. When closed it does indeed look like a book and is so easy to make. This is such a versatile project as it can be a gift and card in one, made for male or female recipients and for any occasion.

I can envisage this being made for special people for Christmas; the ‘book’ part would easily hold a gift card, small silk scarf, piece of jewellery or….I think you get the idea!! The beauty of the Book Card is that it can be made to be simple and elegant or as decorated as you would want. The samples made by the Design Team are lovely and one was made for a Christening.

This is the one I made for a friend’s recent birthday:

Book Card cover

The cover is created from Bazzil cardstock, sponged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and stamped with this owl/leaf flourish from Katzelkraft Autumn stamp set. Love those owls!

Inside Book Card

Now my friend loves birds ….would you have guessed??? The back of the frame is lined with handmade paper – piece of copy paper ‘painted’ with mica paints, scrunched up whilst still damp and then opened out again, a Brilliance ink was lightly dragged across to just catch the creases and then a script stamp stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray. The feathers are ones I have collected over time when out on walks and the bird (Papermania Urban Stamps) was stamped onto paper and cut out and mounted on top of the feathers. The frame edge was embossed (Sizzix leaves and swirls) and then an ink pad dragged over the top to just catch the embossing.

All of Cardmaking Paradise’s projects are available as downloads in various formats so that if you are one of the lucky ones with a cutting machine (e.g. Cameo, CraftRobo) you can use your machine to cut out the templates; for those not so fortunate then the templates can be downloaded to your computer in a pdf format and printed directly from your computer and hand cut. Click on one of the links to check out the Cardmaking Paradise site and become a member, we’d love to see you there!

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A sideways look at dies!

Marianne bird cage die cut

Sara challenged us all at Cardmaking Paradise to look at our dies in a different way. Apart from the obvious shape what other shapes can be made from that die?

As you can see above I have a Marianne bird cage die; very beautiful in its own right but if I cut the top off it I am left with the following:

top of bird cage

bottom of bird cage

The top bit looks like a basket when turned upside down and the bottom part could easily be a window. So running with the basket idea this is the card I made:

Flower basket

What dies have you got that could be made into something else?

Thank you for dropping by 🙂

I won!!!!

The blog candy that Sara was offering to promote the Cardmaking Paradise site and Sara’s wonderful templates plus the great forum, techniques, hints and tips has been drawn and I have won it!

Wow I can’t believe I have won this wonderful prize. Thank you to Sara and to my lovely friends on Cardmaking Paradise 🙂

Here is a picture of the super prize:

Sara's blog candy

Here’s a list of what’s in the box:
Katzelkraft rubber stamp sheet, Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag, Floral Grab Bag, Cosmic Acrylic Drawing Ink, Papermania Decorative Metal Shapes (90 pieces), Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set (scallop 3 dot), Distress stains bundled sage and worn lipstick, Brilliance Teardrops in Graphite Black and Pearlescent Crimson, Tube if Beads and Pearls, Kwik-Thread.

Lots of lovely goodies to play with 🙂

The blog candy was to help promote Cardmaking Paradise where there are great templates, hints, tips and techniques and a host of friendly people from around the world, swaps and challenges.

10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world!

So what are you waiting for? Come and join in the fun:)

Thanks for looking x

Dress form template

Something a little different from my usual crafting and another of Sara’s templates over on Cardmaking Paradise is the Dress Form. Now I would love to get hold of an actual dress form; you know the ones that are sold for ‘altering’? I just love those and would like to have a go at one, I have no idea what I would do to it but ….. I haven’t got a wish list however I do have several Want Lists! Each page is dedicated to a specific area such as inks, dies and embossing folders, etc I’m sure you get the message! All I need to do is win the lottery 🙂

However I digress, back to the dress form template; I printed the template straight onto 250gsm cardstock, I am very fortunate that my Canon Printer takes most thicknesses of paper/cardstock into its stride, and cut out the various parts of the template. I used the dress part to draw around onto some paper I’ve been hoarding for over a year. This paper is gorgeous, a shiny metallic gold background with red flocked pattern. On the dress form itself I used a touch of Sahara Sand Memento ink to give the ‘skin’ a hint of colouring.

Dress form

This is a lovely free standing card, I adorned it with a few pearl beads strung onto fine twine as a belt and a piece of chain with leaf charm as a necklace.

Sara donates 10% of all membership fees towards her new charity’ Crafty Smiles’ bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world.

Thank you for looking x

Card Case

Heading the members page of Cardmaking Paradise is this paragraph:- “Template Heaven.  Become a member and make cards that stand out from the crowd whether you are a beginner or expert.

Our projects come with clear step by step instructions, and PDF templates  for those that cut by hand, and SVG, GSD, MTC and STUDIO files for those with cutting machines.”

There are so many wonderful templates for shaped cards e.g. Wheelbarrow, Wellington Boots, ice-skating Boots, Hearts, Teddy, Mask, Dress Form, Tractor, Briefcase, Wallet, and the list goes on. There is so much to choose from you will never be at a loss for a shaped card and Sara adds to that ever growing list regularly. On the Cardmaking Paradise Forum there is also a regular swap and Sara sets a regular challenge too just to keep us all on our toes 🙂 If there is a particular shape you would like or have an idea for a template then email Sara and she will come up with something.

Heike over in Germany wanted a mask shape for a particular event and in a short space of time Sara came up with the template and then set a challenge to use it for the rest of the members! I was looking for Arches and very quickly Sara came up with 4 designs – a very generous lady.

Another of Sara’s templates on the Cardmaking Paradise members site was for card cases – either single or double. Finding this template came just at the right time for me as I wanted some Thank You gifts and these make lovely gifts.

These have been shown before on my blog but were buried! This is the single case:

Single card case

I had just received some new stamps so I was able to use them on this project! Love those little birds. Into this card case went 10 postcard sized cards plus envelopes which are quick to make; the case has four small but strong magnets to close the case.

Postcard size cards for single case

Some of the lines on the cards look wavy but in real life they are straight!

The double card case:

Double card case

Making these cases is also a good way of using up some of that hoard of paper, the paper covers card stock. This case uses ribbon as a closure.

inside of double case

For this case I used a mixture of postcard sized cards and some folded cards plus envelopes:

folded cards for double card case

What I find strange is then receiving one of this cards to thank me for the gift!

Thanks for looking x

Another cardmaking paradise template!

Isn’t it typical that I don’t blog for ages…sorry about that but blame the dreaded flu bug that finally went away and took energy and motivation with it ….then I post more than once in one day!

This Trellis card was another one of Sara’s projects for Cardmaking Paradise members :

Trellis card

This is a great way to use those flourish or swirl die cuts; the flourishes are adhered to the card’s margins in whatever way pleases you and the focal image is centred and adhered onto the overlapping die cuts with another square of cs adhered on the inside to sandwich the flourishes. I added an insert of good quality paper that I stamped in two corners and punched a decorative edge down the right hand side.

Now you know you would love to have some of these fantastic templates for yourself so please come and join us at Cardmaking Paradise and know that 10% of your membership fee goes to a good cause.

I will let Sara tell you  “10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country. You can join in wherever you are in the world! ”

And we do have members from around the world too 🙂

Thank you for looking x

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