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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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A Big BIrthday Deserves A Big Card

I was recently asked to make two extra large cards for a very special 90th Birthday. The birthday boy loves ‘The Rat Pack’ and also enjoys a ‘Jack Daniels’ whisky, so these became my themes for the two cards. It’s sometimes tricky making more than one card for the same recipient. It’s important that both cards are special but then they need to be different too. I decided to make them both A4 in size with one being orientated landscape as a double Z Fold card and the other orientated portrait wise with a fold back front to enable stability. Larger cards can be a challenge and need to be made from a minimum of 300 gsm card stock of they are to be sturdy enough to stand without bending or falling over. The ‘Rat Pack’ card utilises mostly die cuts with some printed backing papers produced in ‘Word’ and a music themed stamp which is heat embossed. The large vinyl Record was made using black mirror card which is cut with a large circle die and then I used nesting circle dies to emboss the ‘grooves’ of the record. The sentiments and numbers are die cut from glitter card and layered up for dimension. The whisky themed card was created using personalised replica labels created with Craft Artist Professional software superimposed onto photographs of a whisky bottle and whisky glasses. Glossy accents then adds to the realistic ‘glass’ effect. These are positioned on an embossed background which has been inked and gilding wax applied. I then added a ‘Wellington bear topper and some die cut embellishments to finish off. For more details re dies used just click on any of the images.

Large A4 Z Fold Rat Pack themed 90th Birthday card made using a stamped and printed background and various dies including Unbranded Jazz band die, unbranded male die, Microphone die from the Paper Discovery Die Set The Jazz Band Set of 8, Crealies Alfies die set no. 3, Capital letters and shadows, Crealies Journalzz & Plannerzz Die CLJP609 Numbers with Shadows, Marianne Design Collectables Men’s Wardrobe Die, CREATIVE DIE SET 8IN X 8IN NESTED CIRCLES and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large A4 90th birthday card made using images created in Craft Artist 2 Professional fussy cut and glazed, DoCrafts Wellington topper & papers, and various dies including Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set, Nesting star die, First edition watch die set , Nellie Snellen nesting pierced round square nesting dies and Die'sire Embossalicious stitch in time embossing folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large A4 Z Fold Rat Pack themed 90th Birthday card made using a stamped and printed background and various dies including Unbranded Jazz band die, unbranded male die, Microphone die from the Paper Discovery Die Set The Jazz Band Set of 8, Crealies Alfies die set no. 3, Capital letters and shadows, Crealies Journalzz & Plannerzz Die CLJP609 Numbers with Shadows, Marianne Design Collectables Men’s Wardrobe Die, CREATIVE DIE SET 8IN X 8IN NESTED CIRCLES and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk  Large A4 90th birthday card made using images created in Craft Artist 2 Professional fussy cut and glazed, DoCrafts Wellington topper & papers, and various dies including Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set, Nesting star die, First edition watch die set , Nellie Snellen nesting pierced round square nesting dies and Die'sire Embossalicious stitch in time embossing folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large A4 90th birthday card made using images created in Craft Artist 2 Professional fussy cut and glazed, DoCrafts Wellington topper & papers, and various dies including Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set, Nesting star die, First edition watch die set , Nellie Snellen nesting pierced round square nesting dies and Die'sire Embossalicious stitch in time embossing folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large A4 Z Fold Rat Pack themed 90th Birthday card made using a stamped and printed background and various dies including Unbranded Jazz band die, unbranded male die, Microphone die from the Paper Discovery Die Set The Jazz Band Set of 8, Crealies Alfies die set no. 3, Capital letters and shadows, Crealies Journalzz & Plannerzz Die CLJP609 Numbers with Shadows, Marianne Design Collectables Men’s Wardrobe Die, CREATIVE DIE SET 8IN X 8IN NESTED CIRCLES and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

Scent With Love

I was inspired by the wonderful Sam Calcott for the card fold I used for this make up themed birthday card. The addition of some rose gold glitter card, pearlescent card, mirror card and sparkly gems add that extra touch of luxury to make the recipient feel extra special. For details of dies used just click on any of the images.

Cosmetic and perfume themed birthday card made using various dies including: Spellbinders Romantic vines die set, Handbag from Tattered Lace Shopping (457862) die set, Lip stick and nail polish from Sizzix Sizzlits X 4 Glam Girl Set , Perfume bottle die from Hunkydory Design Collection Box Magazine Issue 8, Poppystamps Die set Devyn Butterfly Trio 1378, and set 1389 ~ EMELIA BUTTERFLY TRIO, Sizzix Sizzlits Script alphabet dies, Hunkdory Moonstone Simply sentiments dies and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Cosmetic and perfume themed birthday card made using various dies including: Spellbinders Romantic vines die set, Handbag from Tattered Lace Shopping (457862) die set, Lip stick and nail polish from Sizzix Sizzlits X 4 Glam Girl Set , Perfume bottle die from Hunkydory Design Collection Box Magazine Issue 8, Poppystamps Die set Devyn Butterfly Trio 1378, and set 1389 ~ EMELIA BUTTERFLY TRIO, Sizzix Sizzlits Script alphabet dies, Hunkdory Moonstone Simply sentiments dies and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Cosmetic and perfume themed birthday card made using various dies including: Spellbinders Romantic vines die set, Handbag from Tattered Lace Shopping (457862) die set, Lip stick and nail polish from Sizzix Sizzlits X 4 Glam Girl Set , Perfume bottle die from Hunkydory Design Collection Box Magazine Issue 8, Poppystamps Die set Devyn Butterfly Trio 1378, and set 1389 ~ EMELIA BUTTERFLY TRIO, Sizzix Sizzlits Script alphabet dies, Hunkdory Moonstone Simply sentiments dies and Paper Boutique sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Anyone For Tennis – An Ace Birthday Card

I made this card using a digital card front layout that I created using Craft Artist 2 Professional. The addition of some appropriate die cuts finished this off perfectly. The great thing about hand made cards is, as I’ve always said, the ability to create a very personal, unique, one off greeting for those special occasions.

 

Tennis themed made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club and Craft Artist Professional Software. and Cheery Lynn Sports Pack Metal Die set , Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set 13PK Celebration Words and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 69PK - Alphanumeric, Script (1" Tall) by Tim Holtz. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Tennis themed made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club and Craft Artist Professional Software. and Cheery Lynn Sports Pack Metal Die set , Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set 13PK Celebration Words and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 69PK - Alphanumeric, Script (1" Tall) by Tim Holtz. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Tennis themed made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club and Craft Artist Professional Software. and Cheery Lynn Sports Pack Metal Die set , Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Set 13PK Celebration Words and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 69PK - Alphanumeric, Script (1" Tall) by Tim Holtz. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Floristry In Paper – Retail Therapy Florist Card

This one somehow slipped through the net. I made this for my daughter’s birthday in January. I finally got to use my Tattered Lace Retail Therapy dies and CD Rom. I chose the Florist shop as my daughter loves gardening and enjoys her greenhouse where she grows lots of vegetables from seed. I did think this would be a quick make as I was using the CD Rom to print out all of the elements including the shop. How wrong was I. I had endless problems getting it to print complete sheets and don’t know if that was a fault with my printer or a problem with the Cd. The colour choices were also a little disappointing, so I’m probably not going to use the CD again. Next time I use this set I will probably cut most of the elements from coloured card stock and colour in the flowers or other elements with markers to get nicer and more realistic colour tones. All the same, it did make for a pretty impressive card, the small items are a tad fiddly but I think the end result is worth the fiddle. I did mount mine onto a card base as I felt it stood more securely and would be less likely to fall over.

3D Florists shop card made using the Tattered Lace Retail therapy Shop and florists die sets and the Retail therapy CDRom. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 3D Florists shop card made using the Tattered Lace Retail therapy Shop and florists die sets and the Retail therapy CDRom. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 3D Florists shop card made using the Tattered Lace Retail therapy Shop and florists die sets and the Retail therapy CDRom. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 3D Florists shop card made using the Tattered Lace Retail therapy Shop and florists die sets and the Retail therapy CDRom. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 3D Florists shop card made using the Tattered Lace Retail therapy Shop and florists die sets and the Retail therapy CDRom. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Don’t Worry Bee Happy – Take 3

I was asked to make some rainbow & bee cards to cheer up friends and relatives through the latest lock down. I used the same design as I used previously for fridge magnets and made them into cards and then added this verse;

I’m sending you a rainbow

To brighten up your day

In lockdown things aren’t easy

So this is just to say.

The sky will soon get brighter,

Our troubles will soon be few

But until we turn that corner,

I’m here to help you through.

Bee Happy cards made using Creative Dies Plus Die Set Stitched Rainbow, Creative Dies Plus Die set Stitched Sky Icons and Bee die & Stamps free with issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials Magazine. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

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A Break From The Norm – Knit, Sew & Crochet

I am delighted to say I am an expectant Grandma. Our eldest Daughter and her hubby are expecting their home to be enlarged by two feet in mid July. What better excuse to make something cute. So it was out with the sewing machine, knitting needles and crochet hooks. It’s so great making baby things, they are are so quick to make up (apart from my current project, a blanket). When I started on my mini makes we didn’t know the gender of the baby but we now know it’s going to be a little boy, so future makes can be a little more gender specific.

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Blooming Lovely – Large Pop Up Box Card For A Special Mum

I was asked to make a special birthday card for a special Mum. Pop up box cards are always popular and this large version was just the ticket. I used my newest set of Altenew layered flower dies along with a few others to create a birthday bouquet fit for a queen, complete with Queen bees. If you click on any of the pictures you’ll find a list of all the dies I used to make this. The ‘Mum’ in question was delighted with it and I have to say, I was quite pleased myself. I just love layering dies, you get all the effect of dimension without added bulk, this card folded flat to go into an 8″ x 8″ envelope.

  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Floral Pop Up Box Birthday card made using various dies including: Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set, Altenew Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Floral Layers #664359, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Bee #663852, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, unbranded branch dies and small flowers from the Cheery Lynn Babies breath die set and Paper Boutique female relations Mum and layered happy birthday sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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Who Nose a Big Softie?

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’.

Bear Nose repair - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Bear Nose repair - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk bn3

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