Update 24th July 2020
PLEASE NOTE, I AM ONLY TAKING COMMISSIONS FROM FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO CAN COLLECT IN PERSON.
To all visitors, followers and newsletter subscribers, I hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult and uncertain times. Crafting is a good means of keeping occupied and distracted whilst we are all staying at home. You may notice that all passwords have now been removed from the tutorials and I’m not envisaging using passwords in the future. Take care, stay safe and keep well xxx Babs
Hi there, welcome to my website which is my way of sharing my crafting journey with the world. I have been a creative person for virtually all of my life, and, like many, have had a go a pretty much every form of creative craft at one time or another. Nowadays I am predominantly a paper crafter making bespoke cards for friends and family and their friends. My passion is die cutting. I am lucky to have a number of different die cutting machines and thousands of dies. I also, when the mood takes me, like to write the odd verse or two. I also share pictures of my makes on Pinterest and on my Facebook page, both of which you will find by clicking on the links.
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Sometimes my crafty stash comes in for non-cardmaking projects. My daughter has a favourite and much loved teddy who’s nose was looking a bit worse for wear after millions of cuddles. So it was out with the felt and a needle for a quick repair. Am happy to report that ‘Chester’ the bear has made a full recover from his ‘Nose Job’.
This is the second version of this style of Pop Up Box Card I’ve made. The first version was made a few years ago featured red wine and is my most pinned card on Pinterest. I had a request to recreate this but with White wine to celebrate a 65th Birthday. Cards like this are so much fun to make and are always well received. The die cutter I used to create the bottles is a custom made Wooden steel rule die I’ve had a number of years. There are now a number of bottle dies on the market that could be used to make something similar. I used The Wine Buffs CD Rom to create the labels for the bottles and added some personalisation on my PC before printing them out. I created the wine glasses by die cutting the glass shapes from acetate and used glossy accents and promarkers to create the ‘wine’.
Many people have been celebrating special landmark birthdays during lockdown, no parties allowed but we can still send an extra special card. My friend’s Son celebrated his 30th birthday recently and here are the cards I made for him, one for my friend to send him, featuring one of his favourite sports Rugby and I sent from our family. For details of the dies and materials used to create these just click on any of the pictures.
Men’s cards are always a source of angst for card makers. Here’s one I made for my Brother In Law’s recent birthday. He’s a keen cyclist and loves a good wine. I used both of these as the theme for his card. I recently bought one of the latest Tim Holtz 3D embossing Folders Typewriter. I just love how it looks when embossed, the addition of some distress ink and silver gilding makes it look like metal, I used it to create the lettering on the front of the card. I used the following items to create the finished card : Crafters Companion Textures 8×8 Embossing Folder Woodgrain, Apple Blossom Embossing Folder Wine Varieties Drink Trolley, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz, Apple Blossom Die Set Cheers! Wine Bottles & Glass Set, Nested Chains (ETL626) – Tattered Lace, John Next Door Media Dies – Chains (3pcs) – JNDMM001 and Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set. Various distress inks and pebeo gilding waxes.
Here are two fun cards made by request. The first was for my friend’s Son celebrating his 21st Birthday, His adores his Pet black Scottie dog and is currently studying small domestic and farm animal care. The second was for someone leaving their current job for a job in a veterinary surgery. I used an assortment of dies of different brands to create these. For details of the dies used, just click on any of the pictures.
My Son in law celebrated his birthday recently and has been working hard on home renovations so I used that as the theme for his card. I used quite an assortment of dies to create this. For further details just click on any of the images. The light bulbs were stamped onto shrink plastic. He’s been doing all kinds of things from plumbing, woodwork, painting and demolition so I tried to reflect all of these in his card. Because of the pop up middle I had to put the verse on the back of the card.
I was pretty early getting my batch made Christmas cards this year and posted those a few weeks back. I did make special ones for close family and friends to but in my enthusiasm to send them I forgot to photograph them. I used some Fizzy Moon die cut decoupage pads to make Z fold cards ( my favourite card fold ) and managed to get a snap of the one sent to my sister. The others were the same format with different bear designs so no great loss that I I didn’t have pictures. I made some for my friend to send to her sons too, she found some designs on pinterest which she liked so I used those as my inspiration. And finally, the cutest one of all was made for my friends son’s dog Teddy made using a fab stamp and die set from Clearly Creative with the addition of some Christmas extras from a custom made xmas die. Finding words to write in this years cards was also difficult given the year we’ve just had so I wrote my own. Hope you like them.
We miss you in the mornings and we miss you both at night.
We miss giving you kisses and we miss squeezing you tight.
We miss family get-togethers and our nights out on the town.
We miss sharing celebrations and acting like a clown.
We love our chats on WhatsApp, love a walk in the fresh air.
and love helping with the DIY, still showing that we care.
We love to Zoom, for football, catching up on all your news,
and just seeing both your faces, helps to chase away the blues.
So happy Christmas wishes and much love is sent your way.
Looking forward to the special time together Christmas Day.
For now we’re truly grateful that we’re all still safe and well.
Let’s hope in 2021 that COVID goes to Hell !!!