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Update 24th July 2020

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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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Summer Birthday Greetings

My best friend celebrates her birthday in June so I chose a tropical theme this year for her card using Altenew layering dies that have been in my stash and till now unused. I chose tropical themed papers and bright colourful coordinating card stock to complete the look. Once again I used a double swing card fold inspired by Sam Calcott on Youtube. I used double sided card for the card base that was lime green on one side and cerise pin on the other which made for a more dramatic look and used both sides alternately for the layered sentiments. All in all it made for a bright fun card which my friend loved.

Double Swing card inspired by Sam Calcott using double sided card and patterned papers and Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D dies, unbranded sentiment dies and Bright Rosa 'friend' sentiment die, Spellbinders nesting ovals dies and various sentiment stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Popping Up To Say Happy Birthday Daughter

Celebrating landmark birthdays calls for a special card, especially when it’s for a daughter. Pop up cards are always a popular choice, they delight recipients and make for a great display. I chose lovely shades of mint green for this card, it was one of three cards I was asked to make, all for the same recipient so I wanted to make sure they were all different styles and colours. I love layered flower dies and used a couple of different Altenew die sets to create this. Using pearlescent card for the flowers added that extra little touch of luxury too.

Pop up box card Large version, made using various dies including; Altenew – Dies Jumbo Garden picks, Watercolour Garden layering dies, Paper Boutique 'Happy Birthday' and 'Daughter' sentiment dies and Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Hat’s Off For A Sister Who’s 60

Another special request for a special birthday. This is only the second hat style easel card I’ve made. I love how realistic the hat looks when finished and it’s definitely a card that will stand out from the rest on the mantlepiece. Because of the dimensional aspect of this type of card it has to have it’s own box. What better than a matching hat box. For those crafters out there, it takes quite a lot of card stock to make the card and box, especially if our using A4 sheets.

Hat Easel Card extra Special 65th Birthday Celebration card made using Card Making Magic Circular Box & Card Builder Die Set plus some additional circular dies, Hunky dory Moonstone sentiment dies and Sizzix Fruit Smoothie Sizzlits alphabet die set for numbers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

All Boxed Up For A Special Birthday

I had a request for an explosion box card for a 60th birthday. I love making these kinds of cards, they have the ‘wow’ factor that you want for a special landmark celebration. For this version I used pearlescent cardstock to make the flowers in shades of pinks and purples to coordinate with the patterned papers I’d chosen. The sentiments were typed and printed out and then die cut.

Multiple Exploding Box card made from double sided papers using various dies including; SIMPLY MADE CRAFTS DIE SET MEDIUM EXPLODING GIFT BOX die set. Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix, Altenew 3D Die Set Garden Picks, Unbranded Alphabet dies, Paper Boutique 'Sister' sentiment dies and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

My Best Friends’ Wedding

My daughter asked me to make a special wedding card for her best friends’ wedding. Both the bride and groom are best friends of my daughter, they all met at university and have remained firm friends ever since. This was a very special and long awaited wedding, having been postponed twice over the last 2 years due to Covid and then the arrival of their baby. My daughter chose the quirky wording so it seemed natural to use the funny photographs of them as part of the card. The front photograph is of the wedding venue. A double shutter card makes a great statement and guarantees a star spot on the mantlepiece.

Extra Large Double Shutter Wedding card made using photos of the wedding venue and bride and groom and various dies including leaf dies from the Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Die set and Altenew Garden picks die set, Nesting square and rectangle die sets to make thin frames, Nellie's multi frames straight hearts hearts nesting dies, unbranded stitched nesting hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace script alphabet dies, Spellbinders watch, lock & key die, Memory Box Floral Breeze die and Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits friendship words script dies.
Extra Large Double Shutter Wedding card made using photos of the wedding venue and bride and groom and various dies including leaf dies from the Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Die set and Altenew Garden picks die set, Nesting square and rectangle die sets to make thin frames, Nellie's multi frames straight hearts hearts nesting dies, unbranded stitched nesting hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace script alphabet dies, Spellbinders watch, lock & key die, Memory Box Floral Breeze die and Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits friendship words script dies.

50 Golden Years – Happy Anniversary

A 50th wedding anniversary is definitely cause for celebration and demands a special card to mark the occasion. My sister is also a card maker and so when she and her hubby celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in April, I had to make a special card. The double shutter card creates a great display when opened up fully. For details of dies used just click on any of the pictures.

Extra Large Double Shutter Golden Wedding card made using various dies including Sizzix thinlits Brushstroke flowers #01 dies, Sizzix thinlits Brushstroke flowers #2 dies, Spwllbinders Julius Alphabet dies, Cardmaking Magic Anniversary sentiment dies, Cardmaking Magic numbers and suffixes dies and matching overlay dies, Nellies nesting hearts dies, Sizzix thinlits calendar words script dies, Sizzix thinlits Alphanumeric script dies, Sizzix thinlits friendship words script dies. Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set - Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Extra Large Double Shutter Golden Wedding card made using various dies including Sizzix thinlits Brushstroke flowers #01 dies, Sizzix thinlits Brushstroke flowers #2 dies, Spwllbinders Julius Alphabet dies, Cardmaking Magic Anniversary sentiment dies, Cardmaking Magic numbers and suffixes dies and matching overlay dies, Nellies nesting hearts dies, Sizzix thinlits calendar words script dies, Sizzix thinlits Alphanumeric script dies, Sizzix thinlits friendship words script dies. Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set - Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Memories To Cherish

When my friend passed away after a long battle with cancer and the effects of treatment, her husband asked my if I knew anyone who could make a memory bear for her Son using one of her coats. I immediately volunteered for the task. We chose one f her favourite coats made of the softest fur fabric. I used a pattern I found on Pinterest that I’d used to make memory bears for my daughters when their Grandma passed away. This Time I enlarged the pattern to make a larger bear. This one was a little tricky as the fabric was checked which meant pattern matching. The end result was a super cute cuddly bear who my friend’s Son loved to bits.

Memory Bear made using a pattern found on Pinterest for my dear friend's son from one of her favourite coats after she sadly passed away. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Memory Bear made using a pattern found on Pinterest for my dear friend's son from one of her favourite coats after she sadly passed away. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Happy Birthday Hubby

It’s always a challenge to make birthday cards for my hubby. I’ve made him so many cards over the years and it’s difficult thinking of something new to do. I’ve had a set of barn door dies and stamps in my stash for a while that I’ve not used till now. It took a bit of figuring out but I managed to make this card for my hubby which includes his favourite things. I used other stamps and dies from my stash to create the scenes behind the doors. He loved that the doors moved.

Sliding doors birthday card made using various dies including unbranded barn doors and track stamps and dies, Unbranded sentiments dies, Tattered Lace Championship dies and charisma, wine themed stamps and dies free with issue 161 of Simply Cards and Papercraft and Joanna Sheen Bowler die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Sliding doors birthday card made using various dies including unbranded barn doors and track stamps and dies, Unbranded sentiments dies, Tattered Lace Championship dies and charisma, wine themed stamps and dies free with issue 161 of Simply Cards and Papercraft and Joanna Sheen Bowler die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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