Welcome

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.

Although I do take commissions, this site is not set up for selling and I don’t take commissions from overseas. I don’t keep a stock of pre-made cards, every one is hand-made to order. If you did want to commission a card please contact me via email.

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Two Men And A Birthday – Or should I say 2 Birthdays

Men’s cards are notoriously difficult when it comes to cardmaking for Special Birthdays. Here are some cards made for a favourite Uncle on his 90th birthday, one from his wife and one sent from us. Then there’s an extra large 12″ square spinner card I made for My Husband’s 60th. The extra large one needed reinforcing to make sure it didn’t flop over when stood up. For details of dies used just click on the individual pictures. For more cards for men click:- Men and follow the links.

90th Birthday Bowling themed Double'Z' card made using various dies including Sizzix Originals Shadow Box Numbers dies, Tattered Lace sentiment dies from the Tattered Lace 3Diemensions Dies - Toolbox set, Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Lawn Bowls - Male SD326, X Cut Build a Scene. 20 die ALL ABOARD Collection, X Cut A5 Die Set English Countryside Borders, Sizzix Girls Are Weird Alphabet Punctuation Number & Shadow Sizzlits and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukTypography 90th Birthday card made using Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Alphabet and Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix, all multi-cut and stacked to create chipboard like embellishments then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk12" Square 60th 3D spinning car birthday card made using decopaged images of the car which have been heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Front and rear views mae u[ and then attched together with invisible thread in between to allow supension of completed image within the large aperture in the card allowing it to spin when the card is opened on display. Dies used include; Card Making Magic Die Set Happy Birthday Sentiment and Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix, all multi-cut and stacked to create chipboard like embellishments then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk12" Square 60th 3D spinning car birthday card made using decopaged images of the car which have been heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Front and rear views mae u[ and then attched together with invisible thread in between to allow supension of completed image within the large aperture in the card allowing it to spin when the card is opened on display. Dies used include; Card Making Magic Die Set Happy Birthday Sentiment and Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix, all multi-cut and stacked to create chipboard like embellishments then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

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Exploding Boxes In Boxes In A Box – 65 Reasons To A Special Sister

This is a very special card made for a very special lady, namely my sister. She celebrated her 65th birthday this year and she is also a crafter like me. We always try to go that extra mile when making cards for each other. I bought the main dies – Simply Made Crafts Die Set Medium Exploding Gift Box die set – from Craftstash some months ago and found this the perfect occasion to use them. I used pretty double sided papers from my stash as both sides would be visible in the finished card. I came up with the idea of including 65 reasons why she is so special, I printed these onto card and die cut/hand cut to fit on all sides lids etc of all of the boxes. I used Card the Altenew 3D Die Set Garden Picks for the floral embellishments, I just love their latering flower dies. I made an additional tall thin box to fit in the centre to contain her gift (money to spend on crafting supplies) there are no dies included in the set for this but it was quite easy to create by measuring and cutting with a trimmer. Finally to top the whole thing off I used the Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix by Christina Griffiths (also from Craftstash) I stacked 3 of the number and overlay die cuts together and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to create a more substantial enamelled look. Don’t forget to scroll down for more images of the insides and for full sized images click on the individual pictures.

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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukMultiple 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 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 and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

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Tis The Season To Be Married

This year has been a big year for weddings in our family, calling for special cards. Here are two of them. One is a shadow box card made using the Tonic shadow box creation set of dies and the other is an extra large double shutter card made from 2 8″ x 8″ card blanks which opens up to 32″. I used the Altenew Garden picks die set for the shutter card. For both cards I used 300 gsm double sided pearlescent card throughout for a luxurious finish. For further information on other dies used just click on the individual images.

3D Shadow Box Wedding card made to co-ordinate with Invitation using various dies including Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Memory Box Fabulous Phlox dies, Memory Box die - Honeyblossom Sprig, Memory Box Norrland Flower dies, Tonic Studios Shadowbox Creation Die Set, Tonic Studios Large Romantic Vine Ovals die set and XCut Mini Handmade With Love Cutting Die, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk3D Shadow Box Wedding card made to co-ordinate with Invitation using various dies including Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Memory Box Fabulous Phlox dies, Memory Box die - Honeyblossom Sprig, Memory Box Norrland Flower dies, Tonic Studios Shadowbox Creation Die Set, Tonic Studios Large Romantic Vine Ovals die set and XCut Mini Handmade With Love Cutting Die, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

3D Shadow Box Wedding card made to co-ordinate with Invitation using various dies including Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Memory Box Fabulous Phlox dies, Memory Box die - Honeyblossom Sprig, Memory Box Norrland Flower dies, Tonic Studios Shadowbox Creation Die Set, Tonic Studios Large Romantic Vine Ovals die set and XCut Mini Handmade With Love Cutting Die, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 3D Shadow Box Wedding card made to co-ordinate with Invitation using various dies including Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Memory Box Fabulous Phlox dies, Memory Box die - Honeyblossom Sprig, Memory Box Norrland Flower dies, Tonic Studios Shadowbox Creation Die Set, Tonic Studios Large Romantic Vine Ovals die set and XCut Mini Handmade With Love Cutting Die, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukXL 8" x 8" Double Shutter Wedding Card made using various dies including Card making Magic Die Set Christmas Rose by Christina Griffiths, Alt-e-new Layered Rose die set, free with issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Altenew - Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Cutting Die 060 -Straight Heart, Nesting stitched heart dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn 'Delicate Lace Script' Alphabet, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukXL 8" x 8" Double Shutter Wedding Card made using various dies including Card making Magic Die Set Christmas Rose by Christina Griffiths, Alt-e-new Layered Rose die set, free with issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Altenew - Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Cutting Die 060 -Straight Heart, Nesting stitched heart dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn 'Delicate Lace Script' Alphabet, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukXL 8" x 8" Double Shutter Wedding Card made using various dies including Card making Magic Die Set Christmas Rose by Christina Griffiths, Alt-e-new Layered Rose die set, free with issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Altenew - Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Cutting Die 060 -Straight Heart, Nesting stitched heart dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn 'Delicate Lace Script' Alphabet, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukXL 8" x 8" Double Shutter Wedding Card made using various dies including Card making Magic Die Set Christmas Rose by Christina Griffiths, Alt-e-new Layered Rose die set, free with issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Altenew - Garden Picks 3D Die Set, Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Cutting Die 060 -Straight Heart, Nesting stitched heart dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Spellbinders nesting plain and scalloped hearts dies, Cheery Lynn 'Delicate Lace Script' Alphabet, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She Said Yes and So Did I – My Crafty Contribution to My Daughter’s Hen Party & Destination Wedding

From the moment she became engaged, it was clear that my daughter wanted to enlist some help with the wedding preparations. Like most crafters I have amassed a wealth of all things crafting and tried my hand at numerous different crafts. I thought it would be nice to share this very personal journey of applying my stash and various skills to helping make my daughter’s day as special as it could be. I’ve done everything from Computer designing, Printing, Die cutting, Painting, Colouring, Shrink art, Pyrography to Hand and Machine sewing. My daughter had very clear ideas about what she wanted and we made an awesome team. Here are the finished results of our labours. To see full sized images just click on the image you want, it will also then give more details.

Save The Date

As soon as the venue were able to confirm the date, our first task was to organise some form of save the date invitations. The wedding was going to be in Italy and guests would need ample notice to make arrangements and plan ahead. My daughter had the idea of a luggage tag and boarding pass. We looked at my die collection and realised that though I had lots of tag dies, none of them were really what she was looking for so we looked around and found the perfect solution in the form of the X cut 9 pc large die set LUGGAGE TAGS. We decided it would look more professional if the centre section of the tags was printed but added small monogram silver die cuts. As the tags were to be double sided this meant doing 2 insert sections which were glued back to back (sizing was crucial to fit into the tag aperture). The main tags were cut from brown leather effect card which was then inked with distress ink. The inserts were glued in between two tag die cuts which I then stitched together using both pink and blue embroidery thread (the trickiest part of this was making sure the ends of the threads were hidden in between the layers). I cut the buckles from silver mirror card using 2 die cuts glued back to back as they would be seen from both sides. Once assembled, I attached a piece of magnetic tape to the back of the tag strap so it could be used as a fridge magnet. The ‘Boarding Pass’ was used to include the extra information guests would need. These were printed and then cut to size on the guillotine, a perforating blade was used on the end sections to create an authentic looking boarding pass and a corner rounder punch was used to complete the look. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)

Destination Wedding Save the date fridge magnet luggage tags and boarding passes. Luggage tags made using X cut 9 pc large die set LUGGAGE TAGS, Britannia dies uppercase alphabet dies used for monograms, tag insert printed. Tag halves sewn together using pink and blue embroidery thread. Boarding passes created using Craft arttist professional software then printed and perforated using a perforating blade in my guillotine and a corner rounder punch to finish off. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukDestination Wedding Save the date fridge magnet luggage tags and boarding passes. Luggage tags made using X cut 9 pc large die set LUGGAGE TAGS, Britannia dies uppercase alphabet dies used for monograms, tag insert printed. Tag halves sewn together using pink and blue embroidery thread. Boarding passes created using Craft arttist professional software then printed and perforated using a perforating blade in my guillotine and a corner rounder punch to finish off. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hen Party Fun

Much of my crafty input for the hen party was kept secret from my ‘Bride To Be’ daughter whilst I worked with my ‘Matron Of Honour’ daughter to devise some fun goodies to contribute to the Hen Party. A friend of the bride designed a logo which we used on many of the hen party trimmings. Another friend used it to make vinyl cuts to trim and personalise cups and champagne glasses for all the hens. I used the logo to print iron-on transfers for the goody bags which I made from cotton curtain lining. I bought wooden heart keyrings which I wood-burned with a hen party joke and then varnished. I also wood-burned smaller hearts to make name tags for the goody bags. I made wine glass charms from shrink plastic using Sizzix bird and heart die cutters. I had asked the hens for various facts about their relationship with the ‘bride to be’ and a photograph of them with her. I used this to make a hen party keepsake album with the team logo on the front. This included the weekend’s events, pictures of the places and a page for each hen. I left lots of empty pages for photographs and mementoes to be added later. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)

Hen Party Goody bags handmade with printed logo - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukWooden Heart tags and key rings purchased blank and then personalised with a pyrography tool. Hens for wine glass charms die cut from shrink plastic using the Sizzix Originals bird die and coloured with pencil crayon before shrinking. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden Heart tags and key rings purchased blank and then personalised with a pyrography tool then varnished. Hens for wine glass charms die cut from shrink plastic using the Sizzix Originals bird die, hearts cut with Sizzix originals heart die and coloured with pencil crayon before shrinking. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukHen party keepsake book made from shop bought blank book (original black ribbon relaced with blue one), hearts die cut using Nellie Snellen Multi Frame Cutting Die 060 -Straight Heart dies. Square mats and layers die cut using Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares. Logo designed by a friend of the bride to be. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary, Welcome & Special Thank You’s

All of the wedding guests were staying at the wedding venue and my daughter and her partner wanted to make each guest feel welcome and invloved. They provided a welcome pack for each guest and wanted to include an itinerary so everyone would know what to expect and when. We designed and printed welcome name tags to go on each guest’s bedroom door and an itinerary of the week’s events. We also needed name cards for the wedding breakfast and came up with the idea of attaching named tags to the wedding favours as this would save room on the tables. As the wedding favours were to be bottles of Olive oil (the venue was an olive estate) we came up with the idea of a leaf shaped tag. The most difficult part of this was sizing and arranging the printing so that we included the timeline that they wanted and that the printed names would fit inside the dies we’d chosen to cut the tags (Tattered Lace Die Kaleidoscope Leaves and Sizzix Plus-size Framelits Banners #2 ). The itinerary cards were easy to cut and score. The leaf and door tags were die cut and then inked with distress oxide inks then hole punched to allow the addition of ribbon and twine. My daughter had seen some personalised tags that could be added to ties and wanted to do this for the special men in the wedding party. To save costs, I was able to print the messages she wanted onto Tshirt transfer paper then iron them onto fabric. I then made small square patches from these which I hand stitched into each tie. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)

Wedding itinerary created in Word then printed onto linen card stock. Special men's tie messages printed onto T shirt transfer paper, ironed onto fabric patches then stitched inside ties. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukWedding Guest welcome room door tags and Wedding favour tags printed usin Word then die cut using Sizzix Plus-size Framelits Banners #2 for door tags and Tattered Lace Die Kaleidoscope Leaves dies for Wedding favour Olive Oil bottle tags. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table Decor, Dad Decor and Extra Special Keepsake Home Decor

My daughter bought some large letters spelling the word LOVE and MR & Mrs which she wanted to use as table decor. These came in basic brown. We had a fun afternoon painting them all white and then decorated them with Silver mirror card die cuts (using the Spellbinders Romantic Vines dies) and various sizes of flat backed pearls. These were used at the venue in Italy on the top table and the guests signing in table and also used again at the reception party back home 2 weeks later. I also had a request from my husband to decorate his waistcoat for the wedding. My husband and 2 daughters are all fanatical Manchester City Fans, my daughter’s husband happens to be a Manchester United Fan. My husband used to have a favourite MCFC Tshirt bearing the slogan ‘Never Red’ (long since worn out), and wondered if I could put that on his waistcoat to be revealed when he got up to do his ‘Father Of The Bride’ Speech. I bought an embroidered MCFC badge from Ebay and then die cut letters from 2 layers of felt (fused together) using the Cardmaking Magic Die Solid Alphabet Die set. I then machine stitched these to the back of his waistcoat. He was delighted with the results and it went down a storm at the wedding. Half of the guests wanted to destroy it whilst the other half wanted to buy it off him. My final make was to be a wedding card. I have made hundreds of special cards for all kinds of people over the years. My dilemma was how to make the most special card of all for my beautiful daughter on her very special day. As you can imagine, we were very busy leading up to the wedding. My daughter suggested I give her my card at her ‘after wedding’ reception back in England 2 weeks later to allow more time. I chose one of my favourite pictures from the wedding as my inspiration to recreate the flowers from her bouquet. Because of the heat (40C) though we saved some blooms to press, it was impossible to keep the bouquet so I thought it would be a nice keepsake. I used tons of different dies to recreate the flowers and leaves used, I had to think outside the box mixing various bits from different brands (click on the pictures to see which ones I used and see tha last picture below). I started with a shadow box but it soon became clear that it would not be practical to make into a card so I framed it using a box frame to create a lasting keepsake which would be protected by the frame. My Daughter and new Son in law were delighted with the end result. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)

Large L O V E and MR & MRS table decorations made using shop bought brown letters painted white and decorated with silver die cuts using Spellbinders romantic vines dies and varying sizes of flat backed pearl gems. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukFather of the bride Customised Manchester City waistcoat. Badge purchased from ebay, lettering die cut from felt using Cardmaking Magic Die Solid Alphabet Die set then stitched onto shop bought waistcoat. Bridal Bouquet Wedding Keepsake Picture replicating the flowers included in the brides actual bouquet. Flowers created using various dies including Cheery Lynn Designs - Build A Flower #2 - Petals & Leaves, Cheery Lynn Designs Die Build a Flower Embellishment 2 set, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage Die Set, Spellbinders Rose Creations die set, Spellbinders Die D-Lites - Create a Stargazer Lily, Pokey Stems Memory Box Die, Sue Wilson Dies - Finishing Touches - Spring Foliage, Fuzzy Lemon die balloon bunch, Quickutz/lifestyle Crafts Nesting Balloons Cookie Cutter Dies, Tattered Lace Essential Teardrops (ETL183), Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set and Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms Three Die. Lettering created using Gemini Die Set Expressions Uppercase Alphabet, Gemini Die Set Expressions Lowercase Alphabet and Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Numbers set - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal Bouquet Wedding Keepsake Picture replicating the flowers included in the brides actual bouquet. Flowers created using various dies including Cheery Lynn Designs - Build A Flower #2 - Petals & Leaves, Cheery Lynn Designs Die Build a Flower Embellishment 2 set, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage Die Set, Spellbinders Rose Creations die set, Spellbinders Die D-Lites - Create a Stargazer Lily, Pokey Stems Memory Box Die, Sue Wilson Dies - Finishing Touches - Spring Foliage, Fuzzy Lemon die balloon bunch, Quickutz/lifestyle Crafts Nesting Balloons Cookie Cutter Dies, Tattered Lace Essential Teardrops (ETL183), Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set and Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms Three Die. Lettering created using Gemini Die Set Expressions Uppercase Alphabet, Gemini Die Set Expressions Lowercase Alphabet and Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Numbers set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukBridal Bouquet Wedding Keepsake Picture replicating the flowers included in the brides actual bouquet. Flowers created using various dies including Cheery Lynn Designs - Build A Flower #2 - Petals & Leaves, Cheery Lynn Designs Die Build a Flower Embellishment 2 set, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage Die Set, Spellbinders Rose Creations die set, Spellbinders Die D-Lites - Create a Stargazer Lily, Pokey Stems Memory Box Die, Sue Wilson Dies - Finishing Touches - Spring Foliage, Fuzzy Lemon die balloon bunch, Quickutz/lifestyle Crafts Nesting Balloons Cookie Cutter Dies, Tattered Lace Essential Teardrops (ETL183), Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set and Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms Three Die. Lettering created using Gemini Die Set Expressions Uppercase Alphabet, Gemini Die Set Expressions Lowercase Alphabet and Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Numbers set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 90th Birthday Dad

A 90th Birthday is certainly reason to celebrate and what better way to mark the occasion by sending a specially designed hand made card. Men’s cards can sometimes be tricky but in this case the recipient is a fan of Sudoku puzzles which is reflected in the design. I used my new ‘Cardmaking Magic’ alphabet and numbers dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies to create triple embossed embellishments to add that extra wow factor. For details of all dies used, just click on one of the mages as usual.

Large 8" x 8" 90th birthday card made for a Sudoku fan using a variety of dies including; Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice 1 Die - FRM114 for Sudoku grid, Marianne Design Collectables Men's Wardrobe Die, Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid Alphabet and Numbers dies, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday (ETL128) die, and Tattered Lace Bunting 2018 (& Alphabet / Numbers) Craft Cutting Die Set 442670 for Sudoku numbers. Background stamped with various maps, cogs etc stamps and inked and coloured with distress inks. Large letters, numbers and sentiments triple embossed and mica powders added between layers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

  • Large 8" x 8" 90th birthday card made for a Sudoku fan using a variety of dies including; Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice 1 Die - FRM114 for Sudoku grid, Marianne Design Collectables Men's Wardrobe Die, Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid Alphabet and Numbers dies, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday (ETL128) die, and Tattered Lace Bunting 2018 (& Alphabet / Numbers) Craft Cutting Die Set 442670 for Sudoku numbers. Background stamped with various maps, cogs etc stamps and inked and coloured with distress inks. Large letters, numbers and sentiments triple embossed and mica powders added between layers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large 8" x 8" 90th birthday card made for a Sudoku fan using a variety of dies including; Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice 1 Die - FRM114 for Sudoku grid, Marianne Design Collectables Men's Wardrobe Die, Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid Alphabet and Numbers dies, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday (ETL128) die, and Tattered Lace Bunting 2018 (& Alphabet / Numbers) Craft Cutting Die Set 442670 for Sudoku numbers. Background stamped with various maps, cogs etc stamps and inked and coloured with distress inks. Large letters, numbers and sentiments triple embossed and mica powders added between layers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large 8" x 8" 90th birthday card made for a Sudoku fan using a variety of dies including; Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice 1 Die - FRM114 for Sudoku grid, Marianne Design Collectables Men's Wardrobe Die, Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid Alphabet and Numbers dies, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday (ETL128) die, and Tattered Lace Bunting 2018 (& Alphabet / Numbers) Craft Cutting Die Set 442670 for Sudoku numbers. Background stamped with various maps, cogs etc stamps and inked and coloured with distress inks. Large letters, numbers and sentiments triple embossed and mica powders added between layers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large 8" x 8" 90th birthday card made for a Sudoku fan using a variety of dies including; Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice 1 Die - FRM114 for Sudoku grid, Marianne Design Collectables Men's Wardrobe Die, Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid Alphabet and Numbers dies, Tattered Lace Happy Birthday (ETL128) die, and Tattered Lace Bunting 2018 (& Alphabet / Numbers) Craft Cutting Die Set 442670 for Sudoku numbers. Background stamped with various maps, cogs etc stamps and inked and coloured with distress inks. Large letters, numbers and sentiments triple embossed and mica powders added between layers. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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Congratulations & Thank You

Here are two special cards made for a Special Congratulations and a Special Thank You. The recipient of the congratulations card has run a local community pensioner’s group for 25 years, organising trips to Blackpool, bingo and games and the usual tea and biscuits, hence the die cuts chosen to decorate the card. The Thank You card was made for the same lady, who, after receiving her card asked if I could make use of an unwanted Die cutting machine. Said machine, a Tonic Tangerine, is now sitting proudly in my craft room, although I have a variety of machines, I didn’t have this one. I was delighted as I can now use my Tonic and Crafter’s Companion 3D folders which I’ve struggled getting through by Big Shot Pro. For more pictures click the link above, for larger picture and details of dies used just click on the individual pictures.

 

Pop up Box Congratulations card made using various dies including; Nellie's Multi Frames Dies Doily Flower MFD020, Crafters Companion Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Uppercase and lower case Alphabet and number Sets, scenic dies free gift from issue 39 of Die Cutting Essentials magazine, SIZZIX SIZZLITS TEATIME Set 654787, HELZ CUPPLEDITCH DIE - FUN FAIR - TICKET dies, cloud dies from various Xcut build a scene All Aboard die set. Mats and layers on base card embossed with Embossalicious A4 embossing folder, then pearl fininsh addes using Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish accented with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss. Bingo cards and numbers stamped and embossed using La Pashe flippin bingo stamp set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Double Shutter Thank You card made using various dies and stamps including; Tim Holtz - Wildflowers #1 661190, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards& Papercraft, Spellbinders romantic vines dies, Tattered Lace Venetian floral dies, Memory Box tulip petals die, Sue Wilson Die Set - Exquisite Poppy for flower centres, Tonic Studios 786 Simplicity Punch, Classic Flower Head and various small daisy punches plus some unbranded nesting rectangles and heart dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Pop up Box Congratulations card made using various dies including; Nellie's Multi Frames Dies Doily Flower MFD020, Crafters Companion Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Uppercase and lower case Alphabet and number Sets, scenic dies free gift from issue 39 of Die Cutting Essentials magazine, SIZZIX SIZZLITS TEATIME Set 654787, HELZ CUPPLEDITCH DIE - FUN FAIR - TICKET dies, cloud dies from various Xcut build a scene All Aboard die set. Mats and layers on base card embossed with Embossalicious A4 embossing folder, then pearl fininsh addes using Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish accented with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss. Bingo cards and numbers stamped and embossed using La Pashe flippin bingo stamp set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Double Shutter Thank You card made using various dies and stamps including; Tim Holtz - Wildflowers #1 661190, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards& Papercraft, Spellbinders romantic vines dies, Tattered Lace Venetian floral dies, Memory Box tulip petals die, Sue Wilson Die Set - Exquisite Poppy for flower centres, Tonic Studios 786 Simplicity Punch, Classic Flower Head and various small daisy punches plus some unbranded nesting rectangles and heart dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Pop up Box Congratulations card made using various dies including; Nellie's Multi Frames Dies Doily Flower MFD020, Crafters Companion Gemini Expressions Metal Die - Uppercase and lower case Alphabet and number Sets, scenic dies free gift from issue 39 of Die Cutting Essentials magazine, SIZZIX SIZZLITS TEATIME Set 654787, HELZ CUPPLEDITCH DIE - FUN FAIR - TICKET dies, cloud dies from various Xcut build a scene All Aboard die set. Mats and layers on base card embossed with Embossalicious A4 embossing folder, then pearl fininsh addes using Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish accented with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss. Bingo cards and numbers stamped and embossed using La Pashe flippin bingo stamp set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Double Shutter Thank You card made using various dies and stamps including; Tim Holtz - Wildflowers #1 661190, Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Build a Flower Embellishment #2, Altenew Layered Daffodil Die Collection free with issue 188 of Simply Cards& Papercraft, Spellbinders romantic vines dies, Tattered Lace Venetian floral dies, Memory Box tulip petals die, Sue Wilson Die Set - Exquisite Poppy for flower centres, Tonic Studios 786 Simplicity Punch, Classic Flower Head and various small daisy punches plus some unbranded nesting rectangles and heart dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

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Mothers Day Memories

We’ve just had our second Mothers Day without our much loved and sadly missed Mum, Mum-in-law and Grandma so I thought I’d share some pictures of the memory bears I made for my two daughters and us using her favourite dressing gown. I scented the stuffing with her favourite perfume so they smell like she did. I used a pattern I found on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/555983516493103844/ . I used buttons for the eyes and noses and also to joint the arms and legs.

Mum

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What’s In The Box? – A Present For A Friend Who Has Everything

As you may have gathered by my recent posts, I have a lot of friends who have Special Birthdays this year namely, their 60th’s. Apart from deciding how to make their cards, there is also the question of what to give as a present. One particular friend has everything she needs and I couldn’t think what to get her. So, I came up with the idea of giving her a gift box of handmade cards which she could use for all occaisions. I made 20 cards in total, half female orientated and half male/none gender orientated, I put specific greetings on 5 of each set and them made up lots of extra greetings (with double sided tape on the back)) so that the plain cards could be used for a variety of occasions. I also made lots of inserts (with double sided tape on the back) for various occasions that could be attached into the cards if/when desired. Instead of making a box, I bought a pretty gift box from my local card shop as it was much sturdier than any box I would have made. I made dividers for the box so that the cards, inserts and greetings were easily accessible. And Hey Presto! my present was complete. My friend was delighted with her gift, she said she often gets caught out needing a card at the last minute and will probably end up sending one of them to me for my birthday. I did lots of stamping, inking and spraying for these cards which was a nice change for me as most of my cards involve lots of die cutting. It also gave me a chance to use my new Concord and 9th turnabout stamp which I love (note to self, must get more turnabout stamps soon). For details of dies etc used on individual cards, click on the images in the gallery below.

Presentation box of hand made cards with a selection of greetings and insert verses. Backgrounds made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks, masculine ones inked and sprayed with mica sprays. I used a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Thank You & Happy Birthday Circle Die Sets, an unbranded small bow making die set and various sentiment dies from i Craft, Spellbinders, Cardmaking Magic, Tattered lace and Crafti Potential, embellishments cut with various brands of dies including Marianne, Sue Wilson, Fuzzy Lemon, Yvonne creations, Memory box, Sizzix and others. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukPresentation box of hand made cards with a selection of greetings and insert verses. Backgrounds made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks, masculine ones inked and sprayed with mica sprays. I used a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Thank You & Happy Birthday Circle Die Sets, an unbranded small bow making die set and various sentiment dies from i Craft, Spellbinders, Cardmaking Magic, Tattered lace and Crafti Potential, embellishments cut with various brands of dies including Marianne, Sue Wilson, Fuzzy Lemon, Yvonne creations, Memory box, Sizzix and others. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Thank You, Birthday and blank Cards made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Thank You & Happy Birthday Circle Die Sets and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukSelection of male orientated cards for various occasions made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, and various other embellishments dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

  • Thank You Card made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Thank You Circle Die Set and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Simple Congratulations card made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, Sizzix Tim Holtz script sentiment die and Marianne Design Creatables Champagne Glass Die, - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Birthday Card made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Happy Birthday Circle Die Set and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Simple Happy Birthday card made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, Craft Die CED23011 Sue Wilson Necessities Collection - In The Tool Box, Die-namics Tool Charms Set of 4 by MFT and Sue Wilson Perspectives Happy Birthday Circle Die Set . - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Thank You Card made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Thank You Circle Die Set and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Simple Happy Birthday Card made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, Memory Box Gearworks Border Die and Cardmaking Magic Happy Birthday sentiment die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Birthday Card made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Happy Birthday Circle Die Set and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Any occasion card made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, Fuzzy Lemon Metal Die Smile Sentiment, Fuzzy Lemon Die Film Camera, Fuzzy Lemon Die Clapper Board and Stampendous FITTED FRAMES B DIE SET DCP1006. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Birthday Card made using Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp with distress oxide inks and a number of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Sue Wilson Perspectives Happy Birthday Circle Die Set and an unbranded small bow making die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Golf themed any occasion card made with inked and mica sprayed background using various dies including Crealies Nest-Lies Double Stitch Circles Nesting Die Set Crea-Nest-Lies XXL 33, Crealies DOUBLE STITCH Die Set No.34 SQUARES dies, Lea'bilities Golf Bag & Clubs cut & emboss die set, Memory Box Die Cart de Golf & accessoires and Cardmaking Magic On Your Special Day sentiment die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

 

 

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Seeing Double – His And Hers Double Z Fold Birthday Cards

One of my favourite card folds is the double Z fold card. Here are 2 examples of these I made recently, one for my sister and one for my future son in law, same card base but very different results. I also used the opportunity to use dies and embossing folders from my stash that had, till now been unused. The nice thing about making cards I am sending myself is that I get choose what to do. I have tons of dies and other items in my stash that I’ve not used yet and have made a mental note to use my quieter periods to play with them. For details of dies etc used, just click on the pictures below.

Double 'Z' fold Beer themed birthday card made with a variety of tools including; Apple Blossom Embossing folder free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Bottle label stamp free with issue 166 of Simply cards & Papercraft, iCraft Happy Birthday and cheers sentiment dies, Apple Blossom Die Set Beer Bottle & Glass | Drink Trolley die set, Apple Blossom Die Set Soda Bottle & Cola Glass Drink Trolley and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Double 'Z' fold Hydrangea Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies, Tattered Lace sentiments from 2014 set and Tattered Lace 'THE WORLD'S BEST' Die Set - ETL244, and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites-Hydrangea die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

  • Double 'Z' fold Beer themed birthday card made with a variety of tools including; Apple Blossom Embossing folder free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Bottle label stamp free with issue 166 of Simply cards & Papercraft, iCraft Happy Birthday and cheers sentiment dies, Apple Blossom Die Set Beer Bottle & Glass | Drink Trolley die set, Apple Blossom Die Set Soda Bottle & Cola Glass Drink Trolley and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double 'Z' fold Hydrangea Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies, Tattered Lace sentiments from 2014 set and Tattered Lace 'THE WORLD'S BEST' Die Set - ETL244, and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites-Hydrangea die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double 'Z' fold Beer themed birthday card made with a variety of tools including; Apple Blossom Embossing folder free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Bottle label stamp free with issue 166 of Simply cards & Papercraft, iCraft Happy Birthday and cheers sentiment dies, Apple Blossom Die Set Beer Bottle & Glass | Drink Trolley die set, Apple Blossom Die Set Soda Bottle & Cola Glass Drink Trolley and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double 'Z' fold Hydrangea Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies, Tattered Lace sentiments from 2014 set and Tattered Lace 'THE WORLD'S BEST' Die Set - ETL244, and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites-Hydrangea die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double 'Z' fold Beer themed birthday card made with a variety of tools including; Apple Blossom Embossing folder free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Bottle label stamp free with issue 166 of Simply cards & Papercraft, iCraft Happy Birthday and cheers sentiment dies, Apple Blossom Die Set Beer Bottle & Glass | Drink Trolley die set, Apple Blossom Die Set Soda Bottle & Cola Glass Drink Trolley and Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Double 'Z' fold Hydrangea Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Crealies Nest-Lies XXL Die Set No 34 Double Stitch Squares dies, Tattered Lace sentiments from 2014 set and Tattered Lace 'THE WORLD'S BEST' Die Set - ETL244, and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites-Hydrangea die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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Celebrating By Degrees

Gaining a PHD is definitely reason to celebrate. My friend’s son achieved this accolade recently and she was unable to find a suitable card anywhere in the shops. Craftybabs to the rescue. Another Pop Up Box Card which fit the bill perfectly. I chose the colour scheme to match the colours of his ceremonial robes and added appropriate embellishments to fininsh off, keeping the main focus on the PHD. For details of dies used, just click on the first image, there are further images in the gallery below.

Pop Up Box PHD Graduation card made using a variety of dies including; Sizzix Shadowbox Alphabet dies, Sentiment dies free with issue 109 of Papercrafter magazine, Crafti Potential 'Amazing' sentiment dies, and various Quickutz 2" dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

  • Pop Up Box PHD Graduation card made using a variety of dies including; Sizzix Shadowbox Alphabet dies, Sentiment dies free with issue 109 of Papercrafter magazine, Crafti Potential 'Amazing' sentiment dies, and various Quickutz 2" dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop Up Box PHD Graduation card made using a variety of dies including; Sizzix Shadowbox Alphabet dies, Sentiment dies free with issue 109 of Papercrafter magazine, Crafti Potential 'Amazing' sentiment dies, and various Quickutz 2" dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop Up Box PHD Graduation card made using a variety of dies including; Sizzix Shadowbox Alphabet dies, Sentiment dies free with issue 109 of Papercrafter magazine, Crafti Potential 'Amazing' sentiment dies, and various Quickutz 2" dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop Up Box PHD Graduation card made using a variety of dies including; Sizzix Shadowbox Alphabet dies, Sentiment dies free with issue 109 of Papercrafter magazine, Crafti Potential 'Amazing' sentiment dies, and various Quickutz 2" dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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