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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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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

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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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6 Green Bottles Sitting In A Crate – Have A ‘Crate’ Birthday

This is the second version of this style of Pop Up Box Card I’ve made. The first version was made a few years ago featured red wine and is my most pinned card on Pinterest. I had a request to recreate this but with White wine to celebrate a 65th Birthday. Cards like this are so much fun to make and are always well received. The die cutter I used to create the bottles is a custom made Wooden steel rule die I’ve had a number of years. There are now a number of bottle dies on the market that could be used to make something similar. I used The Wine Buffs CD Rom to create the labels for the bottles and added some personalisation on my PC before printing them out. I created the wine glasses by die cutting the glass shapes from acetate and used glossy accents and promarkers to create the ‘wine’.

  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Tattered lace sentiment dies from 3diemensions sets paper-pieced to make appropriate words, Custom made wooden wine bottle dies, Zip-e-mate thin metal wine glass & bottle dies (for acetate glass), Spellbinders wine with grapes & cheese dies and champagne bottle & glasses die (for small glasses). Die cuts enhanced using Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax. Spellbinders Romance alphabet dies for numbers, Bottle labels printed from 'The Wine Buffs' cd rom. Mats for card base embossed with wood grain embossing folder and inked with distress inks. Wine bottle glossed with Glossy Accents. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

30 Years Young – Cheers, Have A Ball (Rugby)

Many people have been celebrating special landmark birthdays during lockdown, no parties allowed but we can still send an extra special card. My friend’s Son celebrated his 30th birthday recently and here are the cards I made for him, one for my friend to send him, featuring one of his favourite sports Rugby and I sent from our family. For details of the dies and materials used to create these just click on any of the pictures.

Rugby themed Pop Up Box card made using various dies including; Sizzix Originals Shadow Box Numbers, Unbranded pierced nesting stars dies, Tattered lace Football boot die, Sports Pack Metal Die set Cheery Lynn Dies B553 for small rugby ball, Ellison Cut 'n' Emboss rugby ball die, Paper Boutique male relations die and Sizzix Thinlits happy birthday from the everyday sentiment die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Drinks themed 30th birthday card made using carious dies and stamps including; unbranded celebration drinks bottles and glasses die & stamp set, Apple Blossom Embossing folder, beer glass stamps and die free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, iCraft Happy Birthday and cheers sentiment dies, Creative nesting circle dies and Sizzix Sizzlits Script numbers dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Cheers, Happy Birthday

Men’s cards are always a source of angst for card makers. Here’s one I made for my Brother In Law’s recent birthday. He’s a keen cyclist and loves a good wine. I used both of these as the theme for his card. I recently bought one of the latest Tim Holtz 3D embossing Folders Typewriter. I just love how it looks when embossed, the addition of some distress ink and silver gilding makes it look like metal, I used it to create the lettering on the front of the card. I used the following items to create the finished card : Crafters Companion Textures 8×8 Embossing Folder Woodgrain, Apple Blossom Embossing Folder Wine Varieties Drink Trolley, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz, Apple Blossom Die Set Cheers! Wine Bottles & Glass Set, Nested Chains (ETL626) – Tattered Lace, John Next Door Media Dies – Chains (3pcs) – JNDMM001 and Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set. Various distress inks and pebeo gilding waxes.

Masculine Birthday card made using various dies and embossing folders as follows; Crafters Companion Textures 8x8 Embossing Folder Woodgrain, Apple Blossom Embossing Folder Wine Varieties Drink Trolley, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz, Apple Blossom Die Set Cheers! Wine Bottles & Glass Set, Nested Chains (ETL626) – Tattered Lace, John Next Door Media Dies - Chains (3pcs) - JNDMM001 and Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets dies set. Various distress inks and pebeo gilding waxes. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

It’s An Animal Thing – 21st Birthday and Leaving For A New Job

Here are two fun cards made by request. The first was for my friend’s Son celebrating his 21st Birthday, His adores his Pet black Scottie dog and is currently studying small domestic and farm animal care. The second was for someone leaving their current job for a job in a veterinary surgery. I used an assortment of dies of different brands to create these. For details of the dies used, just click on any of the pictures.

Large Half A4 Landscape Animal themed 21st Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; BRIGHT ROSA DIE SET BIRTHDAY WORDS. Quickutz revolution 4 x 4 Limited Edition Dog die, Quickutz 2 x 2 Blue Bird die, Quickutz 2 x 2 Mouse die, Quickutz 2x2 Frog die, Bosscut Baby Bunnies die, Do Crafts Pampered Pets - Layered Dies Sitting Pretty (Cat) and Pampered Pets layered die Dog, Sizzix originals Sheep #2 die, Sizzix originals Pig#2 die, Sizzix Bigz Sassy Serif Numbers dies, Balloon die from Tattered Lace retail therapy florists set and alphabet from the Marianne Designs Karin Joan's Letter Board set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

Sorry you're leaving/New Job card made using various dies including: Quickutz Quickutz 2 x 2 Blue Bird die, Quickutz 2 x 2 Mouse die, Quickutz 2x2 Frog die, Quickutz 2 x 2 Bird House die, Do Crafts Pampered Pets - Layered Dies Sitting Pretty (Cat) and Pampered Pets layered die Dog, Taylored expression patchwork dies and Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK - Get Well Set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk