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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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 !!!
I don’t know about you, but I just love Altenew layering stamps and dies. I was thrilled when they brought out their first edition of a Magazine boxed kit and bought it straight away. I was busy at the time and so didn’t get around to playing with the contents for a while and it’s taken even longer to post my initial makes on here, but here they are. I actually made one more in shades of blue but sent that one to a crafty friend who’d been poorly and needed a lift so didn’t get chance to photograph it. Normally you need inks in varying shades of the same colour for the layering stamps but not in this case. A while ago I invested in a few sets of Generation Inx ink pads by Stamps By Me Ltd. They are great as you can ink up the stamp just once and stamp multiple times, each time the shade gets lighter. I kind of wasted some ink making these cards as you need to start off with the lightest colour, but I quickly realised I could stamp off the excess ink randomly onto plain white and use that to create backgrounds in future cards (watch this space). The Generation inks meant that my varying shades matched perfectly for each colour I used. For these cards I created a band of colour by masking off with post it notes and using an ink blending tool with my chosen colour. Once stamped, I die cut the flowers with the coordinating die and the added some stickles glitter glue to the centre of the flowers. The resulting cards are post friendly as they can go via standard delivery. I’ve left them without any greeting as they will be useful to keep in my stash and then add an appropriate sentiment as the need arises. The design of these stamps is so clever as, depending on the colour used, they can be made to look like a variety of different flowers. In my next post you’ll see how I used the same stamps to create some fab poppies for my sister’s November birthday.
Regular visitors will have seen this type of keepsake a number of times before. It’s by far my most popular card for new babies and I never tire of making them. I don’t always have photographs to put inside but when I do get them it makes it all the nicer as I get to see the finished article. I even used one of the pictures on the front cover for this one. The little girl in question is my daughter’s first Niece.