Friday, 16 November 2018

Another 'Bit Box' card and some Exciting news

My Winning #GDP card!!!

 The 'Herringbone' Technique

Good Morning Ladies,

First of all today I want to 'Blow My Own Trumpet' !!  I have shared the card I made a few weeks ago using the First Frost Dsp for the Global Design Project Challenge again today because while I was at Onstage at the weekend I received the news that I had WON !!! I actually can't believe it to be honest, there is no prize, you just get to show the I'm a #GDP Winner badge on your blog.  But I am totally happy with that recognition!

Now onto today's 'Bit Box' Card, I had a few bits of card that were in short strips, offcuts that were about an inch or so thick, so I looked on Pinterest to see if there was a pattern that I could build with them, and I came across the 'Herringbone' pattern. 
So pretty much like the starburst technique I covered a piece of card with adhesive and laid the first 3 strips of card (dark red) down to create the basic starting point for the pattern, you then just work round, butting each piece of paper up to the next, until you reach the edges of your card, then you stop and turn over and trim off any over hanging pieces.
I am happy to do another quick tutorial if you would like me too.  
Now because the pattern is so busy I didn't want to make the front of the card look overcrowded, I also wanted to show off the design.
I have shared just the background so that you can see the whole design.

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your 'Bit Box' cards this week, it doesn't matter if you have only used one piece from your Bit Box, just as long as there is something.

I had a very quiet day yesterday, uploading YouTube Videos, which wasn't helped by the internet, it kept cutting out, which is so annoying as you don't know if it has stopped the 'Upload'.  Fingers crossed the next one will be up on Saturday.
I will leave another link to yesterdays in case any of you missed it...….

Tutorial for Starburst Cards.

I hope that you all have a lovely day and a lovely weekend, can you believe we are mid way through November!?!

Sending Love and Huge Hugs to all of You,


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Another Sunburst Card & Tutorial

The YouTube Tutorial for this card

Good Morning Ladies,

Today I have made another of my 'quick and easy' starburst cards, mostly to use up so odd bits of card, the flower petals were literally cut from scraps of card.  The pretty papers are from the Joyous Noel Suite (Stampin'Up)! The green card is called Tranquil Tide and works perfectly with the metallic I have used in the card. The sentiment is for the 'Merry Christmas To all'  bundle, where you mix stamped sentiments with Die cut ones, I quite like it.

This card measures 5 1/4  X 7 1/4 inches.  

You will need to cut your two pieces of card to exactly the same measurement, and cut them together, I cut my paper for the 'starburst' to 5 inch X 4 inch and then trimmed it down afterwards.

You will be pleased to know that I have filmed a short tutorial on the actual 'Starburst' part of the card, to show how simple it is.  You can add yours to a card and embellish it however you like.
The YouTube video is uploading as I am writing this blog and I will upload it today for you to follow.
Our internet is so painfully slow that it has taken 6 hours to upload 34% of a video that is about 7 minutes long!   I could honestly scream at times, it really puts me of doing tutorials. But I do like reading the lovely comments and knowing that it has helped somebody learn a new technique.

I didn't see Sue yesterday as she is having a rough week, I hope you are feeling better my lovely, make sure you rest up for the weekend xx

I did get to see Pat though, she managed to get away for a couple of hours, she showed me some lovely Groovi cards that she has made over the past couple of months.  It was so lovely to see you Pat after so many weeks, hopefully we can do it again in a couple of weeks time. xxx

Paul and I have been talking about our Trip to London but we just can't decide on a Show to see, we will go to the same hotel, maybe do the bus tour this time rather than a river cruise. There are just too many shows to choose, I'm not sure anything will come close to 42nd Street, that was a real extravaganza!  

I hope that I will get this video up in the next couple of hours, fingers crossed !!

Have a lovely day my lovely friends,


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Margarets Birthday Card for Brenda

Good Morning Ladies,

How can it be Wednesday already?? My craft room style looks like I have been burgled, where I have been rummaging through numerous boxes of bits, there is also the chaos left over from my last few days of 'panic crafting' as I got ready for the Onstage event.  I got loads of different boxes out looking for things to go inside my 'Pocket Letter'.
Have any of you ever made a Pocket Letter?  they are fun and I think that originally they were a 'Penpal' kind of thing, you had to include a note upon which you described your self and what crafts you were into.
You fill them with little craft embellishments, I put some Charms in, some Ephemera, mostly Tim Holtz tickets, you can include bits of stationary too, pretty paperclips, adhesive Gems and Pearls, samples of Washi tape, tags, I also put some narrow lace trim in.  I think that Danielle is going to do a YouTube video on mine and I will on hers.
So I have to pack all of those boxes away again and straighten everything up, otherwise there will be no room for Sue to craft if she comes over this week.

Today's beautiful card is the card that Margaret made for Brenda for her birthday last week.
Margaret has used the Floral Frames stamp set from Stampin'Up! to create that beautiful floral frame image, which Margaret has coloured beautifully with her Watercolour Pencils and Blender Pen (I think).  The sentiment is from the fabulous Painted Glass stamp set, the font is amazing, it goes with those Vellum panels that I used on a few different cards in August, I think the font works as well for masculine cards as it does for pretty girly cards.
Margaret has punched her sentiment with the Pretty Label Punch and popped some foam pads on the back, raising it up slightly so that it stands out.
Margaret then matted and layered her card with Marina Mist card, which is the same colour as she used on her stamped Image.
An absolutely stunning card, I think this is one of your best Margaret, I love it and I know Brenda did too.  I think that we should share this on our Team page on Facebook too.

Floral Frames

Painted Glass

These are the stamp sets that Margaret used to create her lovely card.

Well I am going to be mostly making ATC's and tidying my craft room today, what are you all up to??  

Whatever it is I hope that you have a good day,

Sending love and hugs to all,


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Another 'Bit Box' card

Good Morning Ladies,

I was so pleased to read that you all like this weeks challenge, I have so many 'Bit Box's' that I could make one card every day for a couple of months I think. Like Brenda I also have a box of 'PHD's' (projects half done)' and a box of experiments too!

Today's card is from my Stampin'Up! 'Bit Box', these papers are from the 'Country Lane' Collection,

Country Lane DSP

I have always wanted to have a go at a 'Starburst' card but I have always been put off by the amount of measuring and cutting that I have seen in some tutorials.  So I thought I would have a go at a much simpler method using my trimmer.  So easy that I am dying to share it with you all, so I will be doing a quick tutorial to show you just how simple it is. (if you want one)?!
I took a couple of pieces of matching paper, cut them to the size of my card base and then cut them up, I added adhesive to a piece of white card cut to size and laid out my pattern, adhering it to the background.  
I used Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry card to match with the Dsp, I then cut a border and placed it across the centre of my card.  I used the 'Stitched All Round' stamp set for my 'Thank you' and various layering circles to die cut it with.
The 'For your Kindness' sentiment card from the Delightful Daisy Stamp set and it works perfectly for this design.

I will also be making a video sharing my lovely Pocket Letter that Danielle made for me, it was so lovely.  I really enjoyed making it to be honest and I am looking forward to making another.  My next priority is to finish my ATC's for my swap with Karen.  

I hope that you all have a lovely, productive day, sending huge hugs to all of you that need them,

Lots of love too,


Monday, 12 November 2018

Monday Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for the start of another week. The weather here has been miserable, it was in Birmingham too, Friday evening was storm force winds and torrential rain.  We didn't get to do the last few jobs in the garden, although Paul did manage to secure the climbing rose, the wind had caught it and it was hanging over the driveway, I didn't want it to snap as it is so pretty, so hopefully it will be ok now.  The rest of the day was spent in front of the fire, apart from making today's card. 

This weeks challenge is to make a card from your 'Bit Box', you can add other things of course, if you have as many 'Bit Box's as I do you shouldn't have any problem.
I think it would be fun to share a photo of your 'Bit Box' too, I bet you it isn't as organised as this one...….. 

This is Michele's 'Bit Box', I think it's the most organised one I have seen!! Mind you I am not surprised, Michele is super organised all round. 

My card has elements you may recognise.....

These are just a fraction of the 'Bits' left over from making my swaps last week...……..

So I thought I would put them to use, which is where I got the idea for this week's challenge.

I used a die from the 'Winter Woods' Thinlets to create that curved edge and border, you could also use those Apple Blossom Dies / Embossing folders for yours.

I am looking forward to seeing both your cards and your 'Bit Boxes'.

Have a lovely day my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all of you,


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Your Challenge cards

Before we start, take time to Remember those that gave their lives
so that we could live ours.
We Will Remember Them

Good Sunday Morning Lovely craft friends,

I had an amazing time at the Stampin'Up! Onstage Convention, it was fun, very inspiring and I must have come away with about £120-£130 worth of stamps, two bags, 1 canvas, 1 shopping bag that zips into a pouch an a lovely tool wallet too, all with the lovely SU logo, Danielle also gave a lovely SU shopping bag which is so pretty too. 
We don't have to keep all of the new products a secret anymore, we can share everything we received, so of course I will be sharing them with all of you.

Right lets get on with the show.....


Brenda went for a clean and simple card that would work for both men and ladies alike. Cream, Navy and Gold is such a lovely combination Brenda, thank you so much for sharing your lovely card with us,


Janet has made 3 stunning cards, 2 birthday and 1 Christmas,  the first card that has that beautiful Blue frame and gorgeous delicate blue floral DSP, such a stunning card and it uses Categories:
Blue/White/Decorative Paper.
Janet's second card is an amazing 'Man' card made using that fantastic Clock Face as the focal point, the lock and key is a perfect embellishment.  This card used categories: Red/Green/Emboss/Ribbon
Janet's third and final card is a fabulous Christmas card, featuring those lovely baubles, a pretty die cut scalloped top finished with a bow.  This card uses Categories: Emboss/White/Clean
Three fantastic card Janet, thank you as always for inspiring us all.



Karen has made a beautiful Stained Glass Christmas card, I love that Blue background too, 
"Here’s my cc I’ve gone for White/ red and green/ colour with markers
It’s SW stained glass window die stuck onto a piece of vellum and coloured from behind - so easy It doesn’t matter if you go over the lines slightly I then backed it onto pale blue card which really makes it pop"
I really do like that die Karen, the outer frame is super pretty too, thank you for inspiring us all to have a go at different techniques.


Lynda has gone all 'ooh la la' with this card, those bright red die intricate die set to embellish her pretty green floral background paper. Those Poinsettia's are gorgeous too Lynda, thank you so much for another gorgeous card.


Oh Lilian I do love this lovely Winter scene that you have created, using torn paper edged with glitter to look like snow covered hills, those darling little houses in the foreground are paper pieced beautifully Lilian, I also love you snowy trees sat in what looks like real snow! 
The Categories I see are: Blue/ Decorative Papers/snow
Thank you so much Lilian for another amazing Masterpiece.


Margaret has gone for a Christmas card for this week's challenge using lovely 'traditional' Festive colours. Margaret has used Stampin Up! Dashing Along Designer series paper for this particular card, matting and layering with other papers from the set, the centre of the card has a stamped sentiment that is set upon a pretty ribbon border.
I love these colours Margaret, thank you so much for inspiring us all.


Maria has created two absolutely stunning Christmas cards for this weeks challenge, just look at the amount of detail in that first card. That little wreath is so cute and I absolutely love what you have done with the bottom of the card, adding Iced Snow to all of that foliage was an amazing idea as it really brings it all to life. 
The first card uses Categories: Red/Green/ Snow/ Pretty decorative paper
Maria's second card uses the same 'Merry Christmas' die that Brenda used on her card this week, Maria has die cut the elements for this card out of a very pretty Blue Glitter paper, it is so beautiful.
This card used categories:  Ribbon White/Dry Emboss

Thank you so much Maria for taking part in this challenge,


How pretty is this Christmas card that Michele has made, using a pretty polka dot paper in the background and Sue's 'Eternal Rings ' Striplet die. Michele has embellished her card with a really blue snowflake ribbon and a glitter covered snowflake to finish her card.
Michele's card uses categories: Snow/White/Ribbon

Thanks Michele for another lovely Challenge card.

Phew ladies, I didn't think I was to make it through all of your cards typing a brief description as I kept nodding off, I kept waking up and looking down to at what I had written to see a complete row or t's or m's, as my finger would sit on those keys as I nodded off.
In my defence we were up and awake at before 5am to get up and ready to leave for Onstage as registration started for wheelchair users at 7.45am, we finally got home after the event at about 8.30pm. I will be having a very relaxed day today and probably tomorrow too.

Thank you to all of you that took part in todays blog post, I am so very grateful to all of you.

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Mixed Craft Saturday

Good Morning Ladies,

Hello from a wet and windy Birmingham, we arrived early evening yesterday, went out for something to eat and I got to meet Danni's team lady Dee, who is lovely.
Danielle and I then went back to our room to open our swaps and generally mess about, we chatted for hours which is nothing new. 

The photo above is of the swaps I made for the Stampin'Up! Onstage Event, I made them using the Stampin'Up! Petite Treats Framelits dies to make the actual gift box and a selection of other dies to decorate, the main one being Pretty Pines dies. I made 51 in total, with Sue's help, making the little boxes was easy but the embellishments took the time, because each of those elements were cut individually, I like how they turned out though, I was grateful for Sue's help I can tell you. 

This is my first ever Pocket letter, I made it for a swap with Danielle, she has made a few for swaps the other ladies, I had no idea what to do so I looked at a few on pinterest and made this up, I used some Vintage Christmas Pion papers that I have been hoarding. I was quite pleased with how it turned out and would gladly do another.

I made this lace dangle to hang on the side of the pocket letter, I used some of the same ribbon in the pocket letter itself.

Pocket letter complete with lace dangle on the side.


Michele had a £10 voucher for Craftstash and this is what she put it towards, such unusual embossing folders, perfect for man cards. I love that Merry Christmas die too, I like how simple the font is.
Looking forward to seeing what you make with your new stash Michele, thanks so much for sharing it with us. xxxx

Danielle made 15 of these notebooks to share with our Team members at Onstage tomorrow, she has done a YouTube tutorial on them too if you want to go over and see how they are made.
These are so lovely Danielle, everyone will love them. xxxx

Thats all for now, we are leaving our hotel at 7am to get to the venue for 7.45 (lord only knows why its so early)! In fact we had to pop out to a local shop to get some of those Porridge Pots that you just add water too and a tin of Golden Syrup for breakfast as hotel breakfast doesn't start until 7am.
The laugh is when I see those pots I always say 'why would anyone pay that much money for those when you get a huge bag of oats for a few pence'  But needs must!

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs