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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Like many crafters out there, I am constantly being inspired by the very talented Sam Calcott of Mixed Up Crafts. Her creativity knows no bounds. She is constantly coming up with new and innovative designs for unusual cards and she generously shares her ‘how to’ guides on her website, youtube channel , Facebook and the Craftworld website. When I saw her demonstrating the tower block card I just had to have a go. My friend requested a special birthday card to send to her auntie who was celebrating a special landmark birthday so I used Sam’s expert guidance to create this card. I used various dies to embellish the card and you can find details of which ones by clicking on any of the photographs.
Another special request for a special birthday. This time it was for an exploding box card, similar to one I made a while back for my sister. This time the card was to be sent from the lucky lady’s parents. Using double sided patterned cardstock really enhances the look of this style of card as you can see the design on both sides. I used the Medium Exploding Gift Box Die Set from Simply Made Crafts to create this as it saves time on measuring for all of the different elements though you could make your own version without dies. I used some of my favourite layered flower dies to decorate the internal box lids and layered number dies on the outer lid. For details of all dies used just click on any of the photographs.
I was asked to recreate one of my wine themed Pop Up Box Cards only this time for a lady celebrating a milestone birthday of 70 years. Out came some of my favourite layered flower dies to add pretty floral elements to the card and using silver mirror card for the sentiments and numbers brightened up the look too. All in all I was pretty happy with the end result. I had been worried it wouldn’t look very feminine but in the end it did and the pink blooms looked really pretty with the greens of the leaves and bottles.
I was recently asked to make a special birthday card for a friend’s mum. The remit was bright spring florals. I absolutely love layering dies and now have a few beautiful sets in my stash. I made use of these to create a large pop up box card incorporating various dies from Altenew and Sizzix plus a couple of Sizzix bumble bees. I’m very happy to say that the lady was so delighted with her card she has refused to put it away and still has it on display. For details of other dies used, as usual, just click on any of the pictures.