Monday, 20 June 2016

Vintage Notes

Not made any cards for such a long time now because I have been doing several new things lately. I have set up a new venture Confetti Wishes, which is making and selling biodegradable tissue paper confetti and soon to be other event, party and home decor, as well as some greeting cards.
In addition to this I have started a new part-time job, and of course I am trying to keep rested with my health condition so I don't get sick again.

The last few days I have been missing making cards, so I decided to raid my old stash and found some Papermania Vintage Notes and I made these three 6 x 6 cards.

All papers are from this stash, and I just added some ribbons (also Papermania) and some buttons & pearls.

Gotten so used to making cards from CDs that it made a welcome change to not have to worry about printing and just getting going,

Hope you like them Xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

All Creatures Great and Small

Something different from me for the latest CD Sunday Challenge. Recently I have become a bit obsessed with pinterest and looking at ideas of different sorts of cards I could make. There is only so many rectangles, squares, matt and layer techniques you can do without them becoming a bit "samey". I find it is good to get some additional inspiration once in a while. I found a few amazing shaker cards, a technique that I have never tried before. So, here is my first Shaker card! 

I have chosen a lovely vibrant image of a hummingbird from the Joanna Sheen paper crafting CD 'Jane Shasky - From the Heart of the Garden' as the background. This CD is such a good "go-to" CD; there are a lot of beautiful images of flowers, birds and butterflies which can be used for so many occasions. I used plain card from Rymans for the background and the cute flowers are made with an Xcut palm punch, adding a gem centre. The palm punch is amazing but if you do use it upside down the flowers fly everywhere! I am finding them all over the bedroom haha. I think I went a bit crazy with the amount of sequins I used for the shaker part but it's fun to shake it...  

Materials Used:

Image from Jane Shasky - From the Heart of the Garden CD
A6 card blank
Pink, black and white cardstock from Rymans
Gems from papermania
Sentiment from Spellbinders D-Lites
Flower palm punch from XCut
Sequins and cello from Stash
Circle die in Cuttlebug
Quicky Glue Pen, double-sided tape

Challenges Entered:

Far from perfect but a good first attempt, I guess... What do you think? xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Suzy's Making Bobbin Lace - part 1

Red & gold lace doily I made in my early twenties

My journey with lace making started many years ago when I visited the Church Farm Museum in Skegness with my primary school. This lovely little museum is well known for holding demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts including the making of corn dollies. I remember buying my mum one with a little peach bow, which she kept hung above the toilet door for years. On this particular occasion they were also showing bobbin lace making and I instantly wanted to do this. The lady demonstrating dressed in Victorian costume asked me if I wanted to have a go but I was too worried to mess it up and said no. Something I later regretted.

When I reached high school, in my first year I met a girl in my village whose mother was a lace teacher and ran a fortnightly Saturday children's lace group. So I jumped on that light lightning! I couldn't believe there was a class in my village all alone I had never heard of. I attended from the age of 11 until I was 16, continued at home until I was 18, collecting some beautiful personalised bobbins along the way. I then went away to Staffordshire University where I didn't take my lace making equipment through fear of it getting ruined. I dabbled a bit when I  was in my early twenties (see above) but now in my early thirties, I am starting it all over again.

First attempts at half-stitch diamonds with this mini-mat from Variations on Theme by Jennifer Ford
I am currently remastering the basics. I purchased a book called Variations of Theme by Jennifer Ford, as recommended by lace designer and teacher Louise West. I have found this to be a good and concise overview of the basics on Torchon bobbin lace.

Bookmark from Variations on Theme by Jennifer Ford with cloth-stitch & half-stitch diamonds, plus fans and spiders
I am now working on a much larger mat from Bridget Cook's Torchon Lace Workbook. I am not too keen on this pattern, I think I should have used thicker thread and I haven't really enjoyed the outer fans but it is proving to be a good practice piece. I am not even half-way round yet and it's taken over 26 hours already.

from Bridget Cook's Torchon Lace Workbook.
Until my next update... 

Thanks for reading Xx

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

A Very Dotty Thank You

So, here I am again with another entry to CD Sunday Challenge. Sorry to have missed the last one. I have not been making cards so this month, but boy, the month has flown by! The theme of Thank you this time is quite apt because I need to say another huge THANK YOU for choosing my wild flower entry to be in the top 3. You really are spoiling me over there!

I have been quite  busy of late beavering away at bobbin lace making. A hobby I have not really touched since my very early twenties. I have so far successfully made one bookmark and started a rather large mat, that has made me swear like a trooper, as well as close my eyes and count to ten more than a few times. You know what they say though: practice makes perfect. I shall write a blog post at the end of the month to show my progress. Despite what I have just said, I have enjoyed it so much and an abundance of Taylor Swift and Dan + Shay music has embraced my headphones during  my crafting sessions. Not sure Stephen has enjoyed my tone-deaf singing though!

This morning I have loved making this very simple thank you card using Halcyon Days CD by Crafter's Companion for the cute hedgehog image and backing paper. I particularly love the way the images give a fabric and embroidered look. I used this gorgeous sparkly washi tape from Paperchase and kraft card to create this look. I must admit I am not 100% sure whether it hasn't turned into an over spotty mess but, it is what it is. A super easy make when short on time.

Materials Used:

Halycon Days Papercrafting CD by Crafter's Companion.
Glitter washi tape from Paperchase
Kraft Card
Sentiment stamp from Hobbycraft
A6 white hammered card blank

Challenges Entered:

Thank you for reading - any comments always appreciated :) xx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Animal Magic

Here is my giraffe card that I designed for Ruby's Rainbow Animal Magic Challenge. 
We often go to zoos (Twycross & Dudley in particular) and they have both have giraffes that we love to watch, plus since we took Stephen's 87 year old grandma she has done nothing but be fascinated by and talk about them, so it was a no-brainer really.

The card is different to what I would usually do. It uses a peel-off that I am never quite sure whether I like or not but these tiny sentiment ones are not so bad. I also used these flower & leaf dies from Marianne that have a punched edge, I have had them for a long time but I honestly think it could be the first ever time I have cut them! I used a mixture of blues and purples along with kraft card.

Materials Used:

Kraft Card from Crafter's Companion
Pollyanna Pickering World Wildlife CD
Flower & leaf die from Marianne
Peel offs, gems
Paper from Dovecraft

Challenges entered:

Ruby's Rainbow - Animal Magic

The cute little giraffes in the picture remind me of when Stephen and I did a zoo keeper day at Dudley Zoo in 2014, which I shall ALWAYS remember and treasure the memories.

Stephen feeding a giraffe at Dudley Zoo.


The challenge on CD Sunday this time is Seasons. Most people seem to say they hate or love certain seasons, some even get down in Winter but I love all seasons. Spring you have all the lovely flowers, particularly daffodils, which are one of my favourites. In Summer, it's (sometimes) hotter and you get to go outside without a coat. In Autumn, it's an explosion of oranges and browns that look beautiful. Winter, it's Christmas and cold so you get to wear warm and cosy jumpers, scarves and hats. I simply don't understand distaste of certain seasons. Although having said that there is nothing better then a bit of warm sun on your face.

However, for the challenge I have chosen this cute image from Popcorn the Bear Kids CD of him and Soufflé the duck eating strawberries. A lovely summer image that reminds me of when I was little and my parents used to take me to strawberry pick of your own and we'd eat more than we actually bought as we went along. Oops!

I love the colours of the colours I chose. I have realised that lately I am choosing a lot of pink, yellow and green in my crafts, stationery and home décor. I also love the little pink ribbon that has Love, Laugh, Live printed on it.

Materials Used: 

Images Popcorn Kids Collection CD Rom
Papers from stash but believe they are Dovecraft
Ribbon from Papermania
Leaves 6 x 6 folder (not sure make)
Spellbinders D-Lites Sentiments Die
Stickles glitter in stardust
Paper flowers from Hobbycraft (which I added glitter to)

Challenges Entered:

AMAZED to read that I won CD Sunday in the January challenge of "Ringing in the  New Year". I am so pleased that my interpretation of the theme was appreciated and my card liked. Also, thank you for the wonderful prize of charms I received from Carol - so generous. Don't worry, Carol, I do like charms just didn't own any, until now.

The very generous prize from Carol. Thank you so much!
Thank you for visiting my blog - any comments welcome Xx

Friday, 15 January 2016

Wild Flowers

So slowly I am becoming obsessed with Bamboo the Bear from Party Paws CD... He's just so incredibly cute, that every challenge I have planned on entering this week I have desperately wanted to use this CD.

The challenge this time on CD Sunday is Wild flowers, which consequently led to my first question:

Are daisies wild flowers?

After approximately 15 minutes of googling, I have found that they are! They are sometimes known as weeds and some varieties are perennials but the variety of  Oxeye Daises, which are the white ones with yellow middles  (like the ones in my image) are indeed wildflowers. On that note, this make is my interpretation of the theme. I have used a 'get well' sentiment because I think if I received this card when ill it would make me feel much brighter.

Materials Used:

Party Paws Papercrafting CD-ROM
Papers from stash
Kraft Card
6 x 6 white hammered card blank
Spellbinders D-Lites Sentiments Four
Papermania Bow
Stickles glitter in Stardust

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed my wildflower lesson LOL xx

Swinging in the Lilacs

After what can only be described as a very sad week in celebrity deaths (RIP David Bowie & Alan Rickman), I bring you this super cute and cheery House Mouse card. 

I really love this image from the Triple CD ROM of a little mouse swinging in the lilac. I know there are few different names of house mice, but as yet, I can't tell the difference between the little critters. Anybody know who it is?

Materials used:
Image from House Mouse Triple CD-ROM
Papers from stash
Embossing folder sentiment (Papercraft Essentials magazine)
Lace from Docrafts
6 x 6 card blank hammered in white
Buttons and pearls from stash

Challenges Entered:

(lace, dry embossing & buttons)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Showing Something New

Well... I write this on a very dark and dismal Monday morning (where I've struggled to take a photo) but nonetheless I'm happy to show you my latest make. Ruby's Rainbow Challenge asked us to show them something new, well I've bought lots of new things in the January sales, that I didn't waste time in using!

I FINALLY got my paws on Bamboo the bear - Party Paws everyday CD. Horrah! As well as the Bebunni butterfly dies I've have my eye on for quite some time. I love this image so much as it's so cute and pretty. Pink is one of my favourite colours and the pink blossom with teeny butterflies is so beautiful. I have added glitter to the centre of the flowers for added sparkle, as you know I love a bit of iridescent glitter.

Materials Used:

Pictures & Papers from Party Paws Papercrafting CD-Rom
Bebunni Butterfly dies
Spellbinders Die D-Lits Sentiments Three
Stickles Glitter Glue in Stardust
Papermania bow
Pink gems, buttons
Pink card stock, white card stock
Silver mirror card from Rymans

Challenges entered:

Thank you for visiting - any comments are most welcome xx

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Beginnings

Well new years usually bring about new  beginnings. I spent a couple of hours yesterday going through CDs I have, and realised I haven't used my Morehead CD in a long, long, time and subsequently have chosen a very cute image for the Crafting Musketeers challenge this time.  Not that they are ever not cute... This image reminded me of a new baby boy in our family called Bear, and it has certainly been a new beginning for his mom and dad.

My make accidentally became about using materials I have not used for a while and I am very pleased with it. I seem to be very into kraft card at the moment, I love combining cute with rustic and kraft card instantly achieves a rustic look.

Materials Used:

Image from Morehead Papercrafting CD-ROM
Backing papers Papermania Pastel capsule collection
Kraft card
Ribbon bow from Papermania
Buttons and gems from stash
Heart banner bunting from LaLa Land Crafts - cuts BEAUTIFULLY

Challenge Entered:

Ring in the New Year

Happy New Year! Hope all that reads this blog will have a wonderful, prosperous and healthy 2016.

Firstly, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to CD Sunday Challenge for choosing my Hedgehog card as winner at the "H is for..." challenge back in November. As I have just returned to card making it has really made me smile, so thank you.

Anyway, on that note here I am with another entry to CD Sunday - Ring in the New Year challenge. Most people seem to be choosing images of partying, drinking, general celebration - but that is not how I spent my New Years Eve - so I have made a card that reflects what I did.

What I did in fact is sit at home with my lovely boyfriend, reflecting on 2015 and talking about what we want for the coming year. Well, that was until Bryan Adams came on the TV and then I just sat getting excited and Stephen wasn't so keen... LOL

So my card is two very cute in-love mice cuddled up reflecting on the year from Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow which I haven't used yet, I am so pleased I got to use my new sentiment die too (which is actually 'with love' but cut down) - sooo cute.

Materials used:

Picture & papers from Moonbeams Meadow Everyday CD-ROM
Spellbinders Die D-Lits Sentiments Three
Stickles Glitter Glue in Stardust
Kraft card
A6 hammered card blank in white
Gems, ribbon from stash
Heart punch from Lidl(!)

Challenges Entered:

Hope you like it. Xx