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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family birthdays always demand an extra special card. In this case it was my daughter’s birthday. I’ve made lots of cards for both of my daughters over the years and was searching for inspiration on Pinterest. I found a beautiful card by Laura Kimber of Kimber Kreations. As you will see if you follow the link, I basically copied most of the design but used some different stamps to achieve more or less the effect. In this instance I can’t take credit for the design. Laura gives some great step by step instructions as to how to create the main image on her blog http://kimberkreations-laura.blogspot.com/2017/01/beautiful-you-2.html . I added Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the highlights and created and all over stamped background for the card base heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card. The final card is a variation of a double Z fold card which is one of my favourites of the moment. There are more pictures in the gallery below but if you want details of materials used, click on the first image.
At the beginning of this year my Nephew got married in America, an occasion calling for a special card. We received a beautiful invitation which I used as my theme to make matching cards, one for the Bride and Groom and one for the bride’s parents to thank then for their hospitality. If you click on any of the photographs you’ll find details of all the dies I used to make them. The first picture shows the Wedding card and if you look at the gallery pictures below this one you’ll see the thank you card and invitation and other shots of both cards. I used the best quality double sided 300gsm pearlescent and mirror card to make the card bases and most of the elements on the cards and included decorative elements on the inside echoing the front design which gave the cards a luxurious finish.
Special birthdays demand a special card to mark the occasion. Here are 2 cards I made recently for friends who’s partners were celebrating their landmark birthdays. Both are themed to interests/likes of the recipients, one of whom was going on a carribean cruise and holiday in Barbados to celebrate and the other just loves animal print, hence the designs chosen. For more examples of cards for landmark birthdays, just click on these his & hers links. For details of dies and materials used, just click on the actual photos.