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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter asked me to make a wedding card for a friend of her boyfriend. She wanted something clean, simple and modern. I used a photograph of the wedding venue which I faded out and added some modern florals using the Sizzix Brushstroke Flowers #2 die set.
My brother in law recently celebrated his 70th birthday so I had to come up with a special card. Whilst looking through my stash I came across an old kit for an exploding box card. The quality of the card was not as good as I would like so I glued everything onto some 300 gsm card stock and added some extra touches. The end result turned out quite well. I added a small card to put my greeting on.
When my daughter had her first baby last year it motivated me to get crafty in ways I’d not done in a long time. I crocheted bootees, baby converse, shoes and toys, knitted a cardigan and made two cotton crocheted blankets which my daughter loved and used all the time. I decided to knit a larger blanket that would serve as a proper cover for my grandson’s cot bed and be big enough to tuck in even when he gets bigger. I bought some 100% cotton double knitting yarn and assembled lots of wash cloth pattern motives on pinterest from a fantastic member called Daisy and Storm who can also be found at https://daisyandstorm.com/. I chose animal and vehicle motives and the letters of my Grandson’s name. I included the year of his birth and the favourite football teams of his mum and dad together with a manchester bee motive and a frog (which is a family thing from my dad) I didn’t realise what a task it was going to be. I ended up with 210 stitches per row and there were 399 rows in all, not to mention 4 rows of single crochet round the entire completed blanket. It took the best part of 1000 grammes of wool and quite a few months to complete. By the end I was getting kind of sick of the sight of it but, once finished, was worth the effort. A special, personalised cosy blanket made with love.
Another pop up card inspired by the fabulous Sam Calcott though not using the dies. This time I shaped the pop up mechanism in the shape of a flower pot. My friend loved poppies as they reminded her of her mum and so I’ve made quite a few poppy cards for her over the years. Sadly, this is the last one I’ll make for her as she passed away last month. It gives me great comfort to remember her joyous reaction when she opened this card. The best part about making cards for others is seeing how they are received.
I was asked to make an extra special card for a friend’s mum’s birthday. I made a pop up box for the same lady last year and her mum loved it so much she never took the card down. I was asked to make the same again but slightly different. I used different flower dies for this one and used pearlescent card too. For an extra bit of sparkle is used Spectrum Noir sparkle pens on the flowers and stickles glitter glue on the inside layers of the butterflies, although it doesn’t always show up to well on photographs. For details of dies etc used just click on any of the images.
I had two cards to make for land mark birthdays. one for a friend to send to her brother in law and one sent from me to my brother in law. I’m still feeling the love for Sam Calcott’s Fabulous Flip cards so chose this card style for both cards. Both feature drinks as the main theme but if you popped on here week or so ago you’ll notice I’ve used the cute Dexter dog stamp and die again on one as it look remarkably like my brother in law’s dog. For details of stamps and dies used just click on any of the images.