Friday, 6 November 2009

Guesting for Sahlin Studio...

October was a wonderfully hectic month! I was asked to be a guest team member for Sahlin Studio, and got to play with the lovely Kristin's designs. It was a real pleasure - and so I'm going to pester her to let me guest for her again in the New Year!

Sahlin Studio designs are sold over at Scrap Matters, but Kristin regularly and very generously shares substantial freebies on her blog, so its well worth visiting!! If you like her work, you should sign up for her newsletter too as she often adds little coupons and extras to it.

I made several things for the team whilst with them, including the card above. Here are the other cards and thing-ummy-bobs I created:

I am delighted with how everything turned out - I was on a real roll 'mojo-wise' last month! I think my personal favourite is the ABC card. Its was made using Kristin's back to school kit, but I wanted to use it in a other-then-school way - et voila! Oh, by the way the 'Happy Boy' card is based on a digi-scrapbook template Kristin made and uses elements of a collaboration kit she did. I just resized the template to fit my square card - easy as that.
I'd love to know what you think of everything too!
Bye for now
PS Instead of listing all credits here, I have linked all the photos to the cards in the Scrap Matters gallery where all credits are - but you already know who's designs I used!! Whilst over there, take a browse around the community forum - if you like card making like me, they have regular card template challenges that I think I'm going to have a go at, so why not join me!?!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Freebies, news and a few pics!

Welcome to October!

I am hoping this month is as sunny, but a lot less frantic than September!

Do you like the Halloween card and matching envelope in the picture above? Its a freebie ready-to-print card that I made for Heather Roselli's team blog. Soooo, if you'd like it
click here to get it! Whilst over there, take a peek at all the posts from this week as there are other digi-freebies to grab too made by Heather and other members of her team. Who doesn't like a freebie or two?!

I have a couple of other card to show you too, but I do have some exciting news to share too: I am a guest designer for the lovely Krista of
Sahlin Studios during the month of October!

I've just introduced myself to the team, and can't wait to see what Krista has in store for me to play with. I have a couple of kits of hers, and she's very generous with her freebies too (hint, hint!). I made this card with 'Enjoy the Moment' papers, alpha and elements. The kit is really perfect for Disney photos, but I do like to find a different way to use designs, to make them multipurpose - 'cos they should never only be restricted to just one thing - and this one definitely isn't limited at all :)

The little card tag reads 'enjoy every moment'. I added a little glitter glue here and there and the organza ribbon (Poppicrafts, of course - yes, Michelle does organza ribbon now!!!!), plus the frame is layered with stick foam pads for a dimensional look.

I've been making lots and lots of other Halloween inspired bits n' pieces for Heather recently:

....but had a little time to make these cards, amongst others, too:

I've just gotten hold of a blog-in-a-box to revamp this page - but it isn't 100% me (just as the current look isn't me anymore). So I think I'm going to rethink my ideas again...



Halloween treats and the spooky card:
Hallo-Tween kit and Paper Dolls, plus lots of DIY Printable templates including Treat Wrappers, all by Heather Roselli
Together: Enjoy the Moment by Salin Studios, plus Ranger Stickles glitter glue and organza ribbon from Poppicrafts.
XOXO: Boom I Got Your Boyfriend by MandaBean, plus organza ribbon.
Whoo-Knows card and pencil box: Imagi-Nation and Its Elementary kits. The template for the box is by The Hybrid Kid and was a free gift from DST, and the font is my current favourite:DJB Neat Feak by Darcy Baldwin.
Chit Chat Message Box: Made with Shabby Miss Jen's devine Chit Chat kit, which was the Featured Product in the Sept '09 issue of DSA's The Fix. Plus, DIY Printable template: Pizza box and album by Heather Roselli, and finally some stick-on gems to act as 'screws' for the hinges and some organza ribbon for final presentation :)
All cards etc required card paper, a variety of adhesives, plus some needed a touch of ink or chalk.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Sweet news and quite a few things to show you!

It's been a little while since I blogged - and revisiting here, I think my page is definitely in need a of face-lift. Humm, I'm going to have a think about that and surprise you one day!

The past few weeks have been rather busy - with Alex being on holiday and card making. I have just been in the mood to make things, and so have indulged myself when ever possible. I have quite a stock of cards now, so I really am going to have to consider selling them - I haven't had the nerve to before now to be honest! To date I have only 'sold' commissioned cards, not the ones I make 'just because' or for my teams - but unsurprisingly, storage is becoming an issue!

The example below is a commissioned card - my friend wanted a large uncomplicated card that a large group of under 5's could sign for their nursery school. I went completely digital for the design, with no 'real' embellishments at all (so no-one could be tempted to pick things off!). Kate Hadfield's alpha was bright, happy and perfect for the job:

Kate is heavily involved in a site called Gallery Standouts - which does exactly what it implies, and scouts lots (& lots!) of galleries to highlight pieces of work, so if you are looking for inspiration it's another place to checkout ...having said all that, Kate chose this piece of work by me at the end of last month!
I am so pleased to have been selected, as I am quite a fan of Kate's work, so its a lovely compliment that she selected my stuff :)
As you can see from the picture, all the items are designed for a young child's party - if you are, like me, not the most brilliant cake decorator, then do think about making your own cake frill as they are so simple to make: Measure your cake tin for the estimated depth of your finished cake, then for a cake of diameter 7 inches or more, design and print three A4 copies of your frill onto thin card. Stick it together with clear tape, and trim as necessary. If its going to be around your cake for any length of time I would line it with grease proof paper. I do all my 'designing' in Photoshop, so I create a file/ template of the correct depth to match my cake, and then print it three times. You can corrugate the frill, add a ribbon - anything you like :)

Here are a couple more cards etc that I have made recently:

Finally, some HUGE news! You may have gathered how big a fan I am of the family of designers at:

Recently, the Shoppe had a creative team call, and I was awarded the 'hybrid' spot! ...which means I get to play with lots and lots of very pretty digital things, and make cards 'n stuff! Big, enormous wow or what!?!?! Actually, I'm rather intimidated by the company I'm now in - seriously, the other Hybrid Babes (yes, that really is what we get called :) ) produce quite simply incredible work. Our joint gallery is here - more ideas for you to try!

I'll leave it there for now - we're off to the park in about 10 minutes!
I will return soon (-ish!)
Perfect Pair: Made with papers and elements from Tutti Frutti by Zoe Pearn
EIEIO birthday bits n bobs: Made using predominantly Heather Roselli's EIEIO kit!
Little handbags: Made using Heather Roselli's very sweet DIY printable Purse template (she really has an amazing selection of templates to choose from), and decorated with various of her kits too, including Big Spender & Girls and Dolls)
Engagement Party ideas: Made using Armina Design's 'Young Love Sweet Love' kit which is one of the kits available in the August issue of The Fix from Digiscrap Addicts, plus a bag template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and the fab new font DJB Get Your Fix by Darcy Baldwin, which is also in The Fix.
Dinomite: Made using papers and alpha from Tough Guy by Dani Mogstad and Ellie Lash's fab dino brush (I love this little dinosaur!)
All buttons, ribbons and blooms are from Poppicrafts of course
There are a few Doodlebug gems, some craft wire, DMC thread, raffia, a laminator pouch for the EIEIO table mat, lots of ink, chalk, adhesives, card, paper, and Ranger Stickles glitter glue too!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Things for Dad, Poppicrafts and handbags

June had been a {very} busy month for me - well, it may not have felt quite so busy if I hadn't got a bit of a cold (of the summer, and not swine, variety). I was working at my son's school - proper working, with pay!! I felt like a grown-up again :) Still, I had lots of time to make bits 'n bobs for Father's Day - all of which I think work well for a simple dad's birthday too:

My husband thought it was his lucky day to get home-made muffins and a huge box of jelly babies all on the same day. All his favourites...

All the above were made with Dani Mogstad goodies, but the handbag cards below are made with templates and kits by Heather Roselli - I was lucky enough to have about a week to play with the templates before they were issued, and these are some of the designs I made:

During June, I made my usual team blog postings, but the one for Heather includes a little freebie for printing, cutting and sticking onto a card for an almost instant card. If you haven't seen it, go and take a look, and grab it here :)

Have you visited Poppicrafts recently? Michelle is making some significant changes to her stock, and is getting in some gorgeous, gorgeous ribbons and bows, and beginning to introduce lots of hair accessories you can make and buy with the ribbons. See?
Unfortunately, I'm very sad to say that she has decided to stop stocking other card making embellishments, including the chipboard, buttons and brads :( ...but it does mean that she is currently having a HUGE clearance sale. You really shouldn't miss it - so check it out here.
Finally, a new yummy, summery collaborative kit is out over at the Sweet Shoppe. Its free with any purchase over $10 throughout June - and with the £ being healthier then at the start of the year, this is a fab deal!
I have some very, very nice news to share soon here - so look out :)
Enjoy the week,
Ideas for Dad:
All papers and images from 'Father Knows Best' by Dani Mogstad
Ribbons from Poppicrafts of course!
Plus craft wire, Dovecraft chalk, ink, cocktail sticks & Bassetts JellyBabies
Muffins by me :)
All templates, papers and images from a variety of kits by Heather Roselli ('Big Spender', 'You Make My World Go Round' with Lauren Grier, 'Me+You=Love', 'Girls and Dolls', and Tiki Tiki Boom Boom' with Amanda Heimann)
Buttons, bloom & most ribbons from Poppicrafts
Organza ribbon, pearl and craft wire from local craft shop.
Brad and gem from Doodlebug Designs
Hair accessories all by Michelle at Poppicrafts - look out for them, and the elements to make your own, to be available very soon!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Lots of pictures and an apology

Ok, I'm rubbish - I am full of good intentions of keeping up to date with my blog on a regular basis, and have failed again - for no other reason that I have been rather busy playing with paper, glue and scissors... in a creative way, obviously :) ...oh, and half term got a little in the way too!

Let me show you some new cards and things:
I love these windmills. The card theme was set by Andrea over at the Sweet Shoppe community (check here for details) - I like the challenges 'cos they often encourage me try new themes or techniques.
My husband was happy to play model for this t-shirt, provided he got to keep it afterwards. I think home-decorated t-shirts make fun presents and party gifts. The transfer papers are readily available, and almost all supermarkets sell inexpensive plain t-shirts in any size now.
This clown card was one of my first for Heather, and involves lots of layering and one of my favourite embellishments: twisted craft wire. I planned this card carefully via Photoshop so that it would fit onto my card blank perfectly, and so that when I printed the various elements I did not waste too much card in the process :)
I'd love to say the jam was home made, but it was a little too early for strawberries to be plentiful or cheap enough when Dani released her 'Fruit Punch' kit, with which I decorated the jar. It's such a summery, and definitely fruity kit! If you do plan to make your own strawberry jam (or lemon curd actually), get this kit!
This was one of the simplest cards to make, and I loved it so much that I took my idea and made more to match!
As you can see, the construction is the same, just with the variation on words and accent colours. I do like my Fiskars border punch - and 3mm wide silk ribbon threads perfectly through the holes for a very feminine finish, don't you agree?
Finally, did you like the tags at the top of this post? All made for and using products available from the ever-wonderful Michelle of Poppicrafts. Did you guess that the heart on the purple tag was made from two petals from a chipboard flower, and that its wings were made from the petals of the blooms in the store? Michelle has some very tempting plans for new products over at Poppicrafts, so remember to keep popping back for a look (better yet, sign up for the newsletter!) - oh, and do check out the gorgeous new patchwork heart ribbons over there too ...they are rather irresistible :)
Fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow,


Dotty flower tag
Papers: Pink Petticoat, Dovecraft chalk, chipboard flower and all other embellishments from Poppicrafts
Winged heart tag
Paper: ‘Pink Tongue Twister’ kit by Marcie Reckinger, Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs, Dovecraft chalk & plain chipboard cut to shape. All other embellishments from Poppicrafts (including heart made by cutting down a chipboard flower).
Felt tag
Seed beads: local craft shop. All other embellishments from Poppicrafts (including the tag itself, made by cutting down scalloped edge of Fancy Pants felt)
Windmill card
All papers: 'Girls and Dolls' kit by Heather Roselli, rub-on alpha and sugar coated brads from Doodlebug Designs, flower button from Poppicrafts, DMC thread, Dovecraft chalks.
All images from Dani Mogstad's 'Tough Guy' kit, HP transfer paper, t-shirt from ASDA
Circus Tent Birthday card
All papers and images from 'Life's a Circus' by Heater Roselli, craft wire, b&w modified border by Lauren Grier, Dovecraft chalks, ink, and the font is '4th July'.
Jam Jar
All images & papers from 'Fruit Punch' by Dani Mogstad, raffia from my local craft shop, and a jar of jam from Sainsburys :)
Sweet card & its variations
All paper and images from 'Sweet Cupcake' by Dani Mogstad, Fiskars Threading Water punch, ink, blooms cut into hearts from Poppicrafts, narrow ribbon from Ribbon Oasis (I think), Ranger Stickles glitter glue.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

A new team, two cards and warm water

Back again - finally! We had a lovely week away and then a manic week back home catching up - plus I started my few weeks of work at our son's school (covering medical leave). The pay isn't at all great - but it should help towards my embellishment addiction and maybe a little towards paying for the gym membership I've just taken out!

Let me catch you up with a card or two I've recently made:

There was a recent challenge to make a windmill card over at the Sweet Shoppe (complete with instructions by Andrea), and this was my take. I love the colours I chose - so girly and just right for my niece. I made the challenge extra fiddly for myself by having the bright idea (!) to make mini windmills, rather than one large one, but it has worked beautifully so I will be doing this again 'cos its such a nice idea.

I designed this next card to be a simple one to construct, after assembling all the digital elements in Photoshop and printing out:

I printed the lion banner twice, so that I could select certain areas to layer up (such as the lion's head and the balloons). Inking has yet again added definition, don't you think? As you can see, I printed the image a third time, but at a reduced size, for a quick tag.

All the papers and digi-elements from these cards are from kits by Heather Roselli - who has very kindly invited me to be part of her design team! A very big and excited toot, toot for me :)

I am hoping to make the lion and banner a give-away on Heather's team blog sometime in the near future. I'll let you know....

I can't begin to describe how happy (and constantly surprised!) I am at all the faith in my work shown by these incredibly talented people. Makes me feel very humble - thank you to them all again, and again...
I have definitely decided that 4 full time teams is my limit, especially with working (just a little) and the Summer holidays coming up, when crafting time will be rather limited and precious! ...but may be I can wrangle a guest spot in another team now and again. I live for the variety and challenge!

Have you investigated the digi-worlds of scrapping and creating yet? If not, you must!!! Imagine: unlimited access to papers and elements you love, with ideas for what ribbon/ buttons etc will coordinate with the kit. I know I'm part of the team over at Digiscrap Addicts, but honestly, even I am totally in awe of the scale of ideas, suggestions, friendship, coupons and freebies that are on offer there. All you do is register (FREE!), and you can access some beautiful kits and gallery inspiration - but don't forget to check out the general forums too - they are truly multinational and very welcoming :)

Be brave, stick your toe in - the water's fine, trust me!
I promise to be back soon!
Windmill card:
Made using 'Girls and Dolls' - Heather Roselli (here at Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Sugar coated brads and rub-on alpha - Doodlebug Designs
Dovecraft chalks
Grrreat birthday card:
Made using 'Life's a Circus' - Heather Roselli (here at Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Ricrac - Doodlebug Designs
Ranger Stickles glitter glue, ink, freebie stars

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Poppicrafts and a Springy quiz

Hi! I made the above card for Poppicrafts - the last batch, not the one Michelle received this morning. I was really proud of the L, so here it a little closer:

I really like playing with craft wire. I just twirl it around a smooth-sided pen to make the loops and stretch or twist it into the final shape. But it can be a pain to fix in place, unless there is something to anchor it at both ends!

As I mentioned, Michelle received the box of bits and pieces I made this morning, and I can't wait to see them in the
Poppicraft gallery. I haven't used so many blooms in my cards this time - at least not whole ones! ...and wait 'till you see how I've used the hinges from my favourite on-line crafty store!

I have another one of those free, daft and anonymous quizzes for you to try. Wouldn't you like to know 'What Part of Spring' you are? This is me:

You Are Chirping Birds

You are a very caring person. You especially feel for innocent beings, like animals and children.

You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected.

You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted.

You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully.

I'm not sure my family would recognise this description of me - especially where it mentions me not being easily distracted, and as for the good memory - but things I need to remember leak out of my brain all the time (I really need to start using my Brain Training again).

It was my turn to add to the Girl Talk blog this week. My article is here if you'd like to see it - and is about gift tags and wrapping paper :)

We're going on holiday at the weekend, just for a week, to see family. I am having very guilty feelings about taking Alex out of school, but we haven't seen my family (particularly my Mum) since last August, and we all miss them. Soooo, no posts for a week - I'll be back after the 17th - but remember to check out the Sweet Shoppe this Saturday, as all new releases are 20% off, and I have a strange feeling that Dani may have something yummy in store....

Enjoy your week!


Green flowery paper: Pink Petticoat; Cloud paper: ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Lili & Emily Merritt; Blue sugar coated card: Doodlebug Designs; All other elements: Poppicrafts (including the Fancy Pants felt)

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Good Evening! Its been such a lovely day today - and I haven't made the most of the sunshine 'cos I've been sale shopping on line. Today is National Scrappbooking Day in the US, and its a great excuse for lost of digi-shops and designers to have wonderful sales and give away nice things too.

If you are new to the digi-world, or want to sample it for yourself - today is the day to go looking - though most sales and celebrations are actually on all weekend. Digiscrap Addicts is a brilliant place to start your journey - join the 'blog train' and collect almost a dozen freebies and discover lots of different designers en route.

I spent lots in the Sweet Shoppe sale as usual - but there again I've been naughty all week: new printer, camera and a bind-it-all machine. Honestly, it was all in the sale and I did need it all (though maybe not the Bind-it-All... I just really wanted that). I think I have already had this year's birthday and Christmas presents :)

Did you see my article for Girl Talk? Well, I'm showing 2 of the cards from there now - the other, my favourite, I plan to rephoto as the original pic is just so grainy (hence new camera, as my current one is just so unpredicatble).

I love the sunflower card at the top: Quite simplyt print the same flower out twice, chalkt the edges and then layer on top of each other, gently easing the petal ends upwards. I measured my card blank first before printing the larger flower, so that it would fill the card and I think the border finishes it perfectly.

Here's the second - which is a printed out, snipped out, inked and layered card, but it would be really simple (and a lot less intensive!) to make it a purely digi-card, just remember to measure your card base first:

I added a gem for sparkle to the centre of the stylised flower - which you can equally do with a digi-card making it a little more special than simply a flat image.

On Tuesday, I will be posting a new package of cards and thingummys to Michelle at Poppicrafts - but I have had some trouble with a card I wanted to make. I know it will work eventually, but after two attempts I am going to leave it for another day. Thankfully I had a couple of alternate design ideas in reserve - but I am still determined to make my original plan work some how. I'm being a bit cryptic I know, but when it works, it'll look great - hopefully!

Finally, I'm doing another blog article for Girl Talk on Tuesday (still no thumbs up on the freebie I want to share, but I think Dani's planning a big release of lots of yummy new things soon), so hopefully I'll see you there (sort of!).

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend...


PS Anyone else re-reading the Twilight books?

All papers are from Dani Mogstad's 'Pop Goes the World' kit
Doodle borders adapted from Lauren Grier's 'Border Line'
Craft wire, Dovecraft chalks, ink, gem all from local craft store

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

This card was made using a kit by Heather Roselli called 'Big Spender'. The kit, I think, was partly intended to reflect the current economic climate, but I couldn't resist 'filling' the bag element with gifts and other goodies. I made the tags below using the same kit, and I think I'll make another tag to match the card sometime in the future too - the bag would lend itself to this perfectly, don't you think?
This Thursday will be 'Card Day' over on the Girl Talk blog (Dani Mogstad's team blog). This month I am showing off 3 new cards - and if I get the thumbs up from Dani, a little freebie too... so fingers crossed for a 'yes' :)

I am also doing another article for that blog on the 5th May - 'cos someone else beat me to the card day slot for next month - humph ;)
You know, I never thought I get frustrated being on a design team - but I do, 'cos when you make something you want to show off immediately to everyone, you inevitably have to wait to pop it on the team blog first! Still, I wouldn't stop doing what I do for the world, and as long as the teams want me, I'm theirs - believe me, I know how lucky I am, and constantly wonder just how it happened?
Other elements used in the cards & tag design:
All blooms & most ribbon: Poppicrafts
Green ribbon on card: freebie snipped from a top I bought (the ultimate in recycling!)
Heart sequin, sugar coated card & rub-on alpha: Doodlebug Designs
Dovecraft chalks & flower brads
Ranger stickles glitter glue
Raffia, ink, craft wire, gems & seed beed: local carft shop
Fonts: 'Born to' is in Gorillaz1 and 'Everyone needs a little' is in Cupcake

Friday, 24 April 2009

Feeling Springy

The sun is shining, for once I'm organised enough that my washing line is full of clothes blowing in the breeze and I'm feeling quite content with the world... it must be Spring!

I love my little dragonfly on the card above. He's based on a template by MissTiina, but I made his wings out of petals from paper blooms. I think they worked beautifully :)

I was feeling soooo pleased with the result that I made the hanging decorations below for my Easter tree - but they would make a perfect mobile addition too (hummm, I think that may be a near-future project!):
I made the decorations a little more robust by laminating them.

I'm off to sit in the sun and read the final book of the Twilight series - I just couldn't resist the hype about them...


PS Don't forget to check out the latest challenge at Poppicrafts! Its all about using skinny/ thin ribbon and you could earn yourself £20 vouchers - just think of all the dragonfly wings that would make...

Dragonfly template: MissTiina (at Funky Playground Designs)
Blooms: Poppicrafts
B&W border, flower paper and alpha background paper: Pink Petticoat
Blue spotty paper: ‘Flip’ kit from TADA

Acrylic alpha: Shawna Clingerman (at Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Pink gem & rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Chocolate and orange

I've another (belated) daft quiz for you this evening: 'What Easter Candy Are You' - feel free to substitute 'sweetie' for 'candy' if you're feeling very British today :)
This was my result:

You Are a Chocolate Bunny

A traditionalist, you secretly want to dress up like a bunny. And not just on Easter.

Its fun, free and doesn't require knowing who you are, so why not have a play?

I just finished this digital layout using a free template from the Sweet Shoppe community forum, and I love the colours I used (I've been using a lot of blue recently for some reason) - in fact I'm wearing a matching t-shirt right now (the shade of orange that nearly makes your eyes water). Its true what they say about colours affecting your mood, 'cos I'm feeling quite chirpy even though Alex and I have butted heads quite a lot today (its still half term!):

I've made some lovely cards recently (I think!?) that I will be able to share with you here after tomorrow when the first issue of the e-magazine of the new DSA site is available. Do you remember me mentioning it?

Do go and have a peek even if you favour paper and glue to the digital world - there is so much to see, try and take inspiration from. Take from it only what you want and then simply enjoy the community spirit. I dare you :)


Credits for the LO:'Please Refrigerate' kit by Lauren Grier & Mikkel Paige; 'Button it' by Lauren Grier; 'Give me more Arrows' by Shawna Clingerman and the font is DJB RachelM by Darcy Baldwin. All from SSD.