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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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.
My sister celebrated her 65th birthday last month and I needed to make her a special card to mark the occasion. I have seen hat easel cards around quite a bit this year and when I was lucky enough to win the Cardmaking Magic The Circular Box Complete Bundle courtesy of Craftworld, the first thing I thought was that I could use the main die set to have a go at making the hat easel card for my sister. The dies made it really easy to do, I also used a few extra nesting circles dies from my collection to complete the project. The die set enable me to make the perfect box to house the card safely. The flower dies included in the set made up beautifully. The pretty papers were from a very inexpensive 12″ x 12″ paper pad bought from Home Bargains.
It was my Brother in law’s birthday a couple of months ago and masculine cards can be tricky, especially if the person they are for doesn’t really have any hobbies. I’ve made him quite a few cards over the years and coming up with something new can be a challenge. I’ve had this fab retro campervan die in my stash for ages and till now not used it. I love how the die cuts all the little extra details to make a brilliant finished result with not too much effort, although some of the pieces are quite tiny. I chose retro colours to add to the authentic look. To make the map, I used some printed paper from a Docrafts papermania Mister Mister set. I folded it map style and added distress ink to give it an aged look. I used a Spellbinders embossabilities folder to create the road from black cardstock with silver gilding wax. I chose my favourite Z fold card base and was quite pleased with the end result, I think my brother in law was too.