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Update 24th July 2020

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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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Play Time with Free Stamps From Simply Cards & Papercraft – Issue 208

Are any of you crafters out there like me? I buy craft magazines all the time, especially when I like the free gift. I have many of these free gifts that I’ve never used. They are all filed neatly in my stash. I bought the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine Issue 208 a couple of weeks ago, I was drawn by the fab set of Autumn Days stamps that came free with it. This time I decided to have a play and see what I could do with them. I just love the tree stamps best of all but there are so many other lovely stamps in the set. If you look closely at the 4 leafy cards, you’ll see I used them in the background as well as for the focal arrangements. I stamped in clear versamark ink then heat embossed ising gold embossing powder. I got inky fingers blending in the autumnal colours for the backgrounds. I stamped lots of leaves and used watercolour markers to colour them in. Some of them were crying out for accenting with Glossy accents, it brought them to life and made the colours pop. I fussy cut the images then made various arrangements with them, finishing off with some die cut leaves, berries and sentiments. For the other cards I used the tree stamps to recreate a card I’ve made before with a similar stamp but this time the stamps were bigger and much better. I used post it notes and a home made acetate stencil to ink in the sky and ground before stamping the trees in black. I made them in pairs using alternative colours then die cut the Sun/moon from both at the same time and then swapped them over. I was originally intending just to make the sympathy cards but then thought of changing up the colours and adding some glitter and sparkle to make Christmas cards. I had very inky fingers but really enjoyed experimenting and have resolved to work my way through my other sets to see what I come up with. For full sized images and more details, just click on the pictures.

Birthday card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, gold embossing powder, spectrum aqua pens, Hunkydory Prism watercolour brush markers, Tim Holtz distress inks, Ranger Glossy accents, altenew leaf die and unbranded sentiment and berries dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Best Wishes card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, gold embossing powder, spectrum aqua pens, Hunkydory Prism watercolour brush markers, Tim Holtz distress inks, Ranger Glossy accents, altenew leaf die and unbranded sentiment and berries dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Hello card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, gold embossing powder, spectrum aqua pens, Hunkydory Prism watercolour brush markers, Tim Holtz distress inks, Ranger Glossy accents, altenew leaf die and unbranded sentiment and berries dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk With Love card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, gold embossing powder, spectrum aqua pens, Hunkydory Prism watercolour brush markers, Tim Holtz distress inks, Ranger Glossy accents, altenew leaf die and unbranded sentiment and berries dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk AD8 Sympathy card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tim Holtz distress inks, Nesting circle dies to cut acetate stencil and sun and unbranded sentiment dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Christmas card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tim Holtz distress inks, Stickles glitter glue, Spectrum Sparkle clear pen and Nesting circle dies to cut acetate stencil and moon. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Christmas card made using the free Autumn Days stamp set from issue 208 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tim Holtz distress inks, Stickles glitter glue, Spectrum Sparkle clear pen and Nesting circle dies to cut acetate stencil and moon. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

A Special Birthday Card? – It’s In The Basket

My friend’s Grandson was celebrating his 16th birthday and I had a request to make 2 Basketball themed cards, one from my friend and one from her daughter (his mum). I used the colours of his favourite team as the basis for both cards and although they are very similar, I used different dies for each of the cards and different style too. Foe details of the dies used for each card just click on any of the pictures and you’ll get the full sized view with all the information.

 

Large Basketball themed Pop Up Box Card made using various dies including; MFT All Star High Tops die set, Vintage Basketball Net (TLD0358), Sports Pack Metal Die set Cheery Lynn Dies B553, Championship die set (457861) – Tattered Lace, Sentiment from the Tattered Lace Zig Zag cascade card die set, Paper Boutique male relatives die and Sizzix originals Shadow Box Number dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 16th Birthday Basketball themed card made using various dies including; sentiment dies from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets, Card Making Magic by Christina Griffiths Upper and lower case alphabet dies and number dies, Cuttlebug® Disney 3x3 Combo Set - Tag Team Sports Balls and Tonic Rococo Kids Canvas Sneaker 1471E die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large Basketball themed Pop Up Box Card made using various dies including; MFT All Star High Tops die set, Vintage Basketball Net (TLD0358), Sports Pack Metal Die set Cheery Lynn Dies B553, Championship die set (457861) – Tattered Lace, Sentiment from the Tattered Lace Zig Zag cascade card die set, Paper Boutique male relatives die and Sizzix originals Shadow Box Number dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Large Basketball themed Pop Up Box Card made using various dies including; MFT All Star High Tops die set, Vintage Basketball Net (TLD0358), Sports Pack Metal Die set Cheery Lynn Dies B553, Championship die set (457861) – Tattered Lace, Sentiment from the Tattered Lace Zig Zag cascade card die set, Paper Boutique male relatives die and Sizzix originals Shadow Box Number dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 16th Birthday Basketball themed card made using various dies including; sentiment dies from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets, Card Making Magic by Christina Griffiths Upper and lower case alphabet dies and number dies, Cuttlebug® Disney 3x3 Combo Set - Tag Team Sports Balls and Tonic Rococo Kids Canvas Sneaker 1471E die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk 16th Birthday Basketball themed card made using various dies including; sentiment dies from various Tattered Lace 3 Die-mensions die sets, Card Making Magic by Christina Griffiths Upper and lower case alphabet dies and number dies, Cuttlebug® Disney 3x3 Combo Set - Tag Team Sports Balls and Tonic Rococo Kids Canvas Sneaker 1471E die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Open The Box – Papercraft Society Box – June 2020 issue

I have tended not to go for subscriptions to craft magazines and products. I did have a subscription to Simply Cards & Papercraft for a few years and enjoyed them arriving every month. I found, however, that the gifts/contents were not always to my taste and often got put away safely never to see the light of day. When Craftstash launched their new Papercraft Society Subscription Box I hesitated. The value of the contents is exceptional but I wasn’t sure I would like the themes/designs each month and so didn’t subscribe. Last month Craftstash offered 2 of their Papercraft Society Box back issues on a special trial offer. One the boxes was right up my street so I dived in and bought it. It was the June issue by Designer Olga Direktorenko and was music themed. Opening the box was like having Christmas come early it was packed with lots of amazing stamps, dies card stock and specialist papers (2 of each). In addition there were 3 mini hybrid ink pads in gorgeous colours, a pot of fine gold embossing powder, a pack of treble clef table confetti and an amazing double design embossing folder.

Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko kit unboxed. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

The pack came with a comprehensive guide full of amazing designs to get you off to a great start and tons of ‘how to’ tips and hints. I have had the best time ever playing with this kit. I started by copying some of the designs in the guide adding some little touches of my own here and there.  Everything is so brilliantly co-ordinated to work seamlessly together and help you get the most professional look to the finished cards. I went off at a tangent after the first few cards and came up with a few designs of my own. Below you’ll find pictures of all the cards I managed to create during my play session with the kit. To view details of extras I used that weren’t included in the kit just click on the individual images.

Music themed cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - card blanks, black card stock, white card stock, glossy accents, versafine ink, versamark ink, clear embossing powder, metallic watercolour paint and Creative Expressions alphabet from my stash. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Open cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - Prism watercolour markers, Spectrum Noir sparkle pens, Cosmic shimmer gilding polish, glossy accents, black fine liner pen, Pumice stone distress ink and card blanks. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Open cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - Cosmic shimmer gilding polish, glossy accents, white card stock, black card stock, acetate, distress ink and card blanks. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Easel cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - Card blank, black card stock, gold card stock, glossy accents, nesting circles dies, Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebrate die, unbranded jazz band die and pebeo gilding wax. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Just a note cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - card blanks, glossy accents, nesting stitched square dies and kraft, pink, cream & green card stock. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Guitar music themed card made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus - distress inks, black card stock, white card stock and nylon thread. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Christmas card made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus card blank, black round sequins , glossy accents and Woodware Jungle Bells stamp. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Twelve cards made using the contents of the Papercraft Society Box June 2020 Olga Direktorenko - plus some dies, card blanks, card stock and things from my stash - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Hoppy Anniversary – A Tale of Two Frogs

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that my daughter celebrated her first wedding anniversary this June. I spent a long time creating a keepsake picture for her featured in the previous post. I then had to think about her card. I decided to go for a fun theme in complete contrast to the picture. We have a family tradition of having an ornamental garden frog or two. I bought a couple of frogs for my daughter and her hubby when they moved house a couple of years ago. Unfortunately the garden frogs got broken and I repaired them for her leading up to their anniversary. I decided to go all froggy for their anniversary card. I used one of Sam Calcott of Mixed Up Craft’s brilliant wiper card tutorials and made a couple of adjustments to make this fun card. If you scroll down you’ll see the frogs that were the inspiration for this before, during and after  their repair, re-paint and safe return to the garden.

Wiper card Frog Themed Anniversary card made using various dies including: Tattered Lace Freda Frog die (439204) various tropical leaf dies from a number of different sets including; Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 18PK - Jungle Shadow Box, Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D die set and free die set from issue 205 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Creative Die Set Sorry, Love & Happy Sentiments Set from Craftstash and Sweet Dixie 'Teachers Pet' alphabet dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Wiper card Frog Themed Anniversary card made using various dies including: Tattered Lace Freda Frog die (439204) various tropical leaf dies from a number of different sets including; Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 18PK - Jungle Shadow Box, Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D die set and free die set from issue 205 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, Creative Die Set Sorry, Love & Happy Sentiments Set from Craftstash and Sweet Dixie 'Teachers Pet' alphabet dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk IDTU5189 IMG_3188 IMG_3190 IMG_6958

Making A Last Memory – Pressed Wedding Bouquet Flowers

My eldest daughter celebrated her first wedding anniversary this June. The wedding was at an olive estate in the Tuscan hills of Italy. my daughter managed to save some of the flowers from her bouquet, along with her husband’s buttonhole, in the hope that we would be able to press them. I decided to make a picture using the pressed flowers as a present for their first anniversary. My daughter had two lockets in her bouquet with photographs of her late grandparents and she wanted these including. I had saved the fabric trimmings from her dress alterations and thought I could use those in some way to form part of the picture too. So, I gathered everything together and started playing around with ideas for a layout. I used the dress fabric scraps to create a miniature version of my daughter’s wedding dress.  The flowers, which were originally all white, had all yellowed significantly and I struggled to make an arrangement with them that was pleasing to the eye on a plain background. Eventually I decided on a split layout using the dress on one half and the flowers on the other half. I created a frame around the dress to separate it from the flowers in case they reacted together. I used slightly faded out photographs from the wedding as backgrounds which looked much better than a plain background. Arranging the flowers and foliage was quite challenging as most of them only had very short stems. I tried numerous combinations but they just looked like a pile of dead flowers. Eventually I hit on the idea of using nesting rectangles of card to layer up the flowers which looked much better and the groom’s buttonhole fit perfectly in centre. And here is the finished result. My daughter was delighted. It may not stunningly beautiful but it’s an authentic keepsake with all original contents from the actual day and all are now preserved in a box frame and should keep safely for years to come. If you scroll down you’ll see pictures showing the various stages of putting this together.

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Stamping My Mark – Free Digi Stamps from Craftworld

I’ve been a member of Craftworld for quite a few months now and recently upgraded to premium membership. One of the benefits of being premium is regular free downloads of Digi Stamps and 10 o/0 off all Craftstash purchases. I have to say, apart from Craft Artist Software, I’ve never really bought into the idea of digi stamps but I am learning fast. I took my time downloading the files and organising them so I can find what I want and have now had a day or two to play. Here’s what I came up with. I started by making two digital layouts for click & print cards as playing digitally didn’t involved wasting any card or other supplies. I kept things simple but am quite pleased with the results. Feeling a little more confident I ventured into print, selecting first the images I wanted to use and then Sizing them to what I felt would be appropriate. I printed the images and coloured them with Prisma brush pen watercolour markers (a new acquisition). I learned quickly that watercolour markers are not the best medium for colouring inkjet printed images as the ink can smudge. Still, I’d started so I finished, taking care not to get things too muddy. After some fussy cutting I had two lovely summer themed cards. think I could get used to using these. I love that you can resize the images to suit your project and will explore other colouring mediums.

 

Summer themed birthday card made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Summer themed birthday card made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Basketball themed Digital Click and print card front made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club and Craft Artist Professional Software. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk Tennis themed Digital Click and print card front made using free Digi stamp downloads from Craftworld Premium members Club and Craft Artist Professional Software. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Turn & Turnabout – Inspired By Concord & 9th Stamps

I absolutely love the Turnabout stamps by Concord & 9th and have a few of them in my collection. I love the concept of being able to create lovely colourful background patterns using up to 4 different colours of my choice. I have lots of small stamps in my stash and wondered if I could make up my own versions using some of them. I failed miserably and soon realised that the placement of the different elements to make up the designs was much more difficult than it looked. Then one day, while window shopping turnabout stamps I had a brain wave. Concord & 9th produce a pack of alignment guides for their stamps which worked out at around £7 for over 20. I figured I could use these guides to place my own small stamps on and thereby create my own version of a turnabout stamp. Some of the designs have all small designs while others include some larger elements so I tried a few. I am being brave and honest here as I’m showing you my first attempts. They are by no means perfect but are a start and I’ve learned a lot too. My concept did actually work really well if the execution was less than perfect. The trickiest thing was making sure not to dislodge any of the small stamps whilst cleaning in between rotations. I did have a couple that didn’t cling very well and were a pain. I know now for future reference, to make sure I only use stamps that have a good level of cling. Enough waffling here are the results of my experiments. See what you think.

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Here’s a card I made using one of the backgrounds I created.

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