Friday, June 23, 2017

Down To The Sea

What a hot week we have had here in France.  Such a shame it wasn't the summer holidays.  My little girl was a little hot at school this week.  I think they had most of their classes outside under the trees.
Its Friday which means its challenge time over at Daring Cardmakers.  Lythan is our lovely host this week and the theme is Down To The Sea.

This is a picture from Lythans home town which was only 5 minutes from her house.  Isn't it just lovely?
So this week we would like to see your cards inspired by the sea.
I am loving this challenge as I am originally from near Whitby so growing up I was surrounded by the sea.

I was inspired to make a beach hut card using the fabulous set from Stampin up called Home Sweet Home.  The set also has a matching die set and it makes the cutest 3D houses.  I used both the stamps and the Thinlit dies.

I made the sky by inking around a cloud die cut and then added a little bit more colour to look like the sky meets the sea.
I used some kraft card and ripped this into strips to look like sand dunes.
I then finished with a few sequins.

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forgot to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Little Boat

Morning all. 
What a lovely weekend we had and the hot weather is set to stay for a few more days.
I am sharing my Spellblogger for Spellbinders post a few days early as I really wanted to take part in a sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I haven't joined in many card challenges lately and I saw this sketch and I thought it was really fun.

For this card I used a little set called Die D-Lites Nautical.  In the set you get the boat, an anchor and a little flag.
To create the circles on my card to match the sketch I used the Nesabilities Celebrations Pierced Circles Set.  On the biggest circle I used the optional piercing. 

The greeting is from Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 Set.  I cut this out twice, once from silver mirror card and then from kraft card to create the shadow effect.

To finish I added a little bit of string to the anchor and used the tiny waste dots from the port holes on the boat as little embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by and please check out the Spellbinders website for more details about the dies I have used on todays project.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ice Cream Sundaes

I hope you are all having a good week.  I have a Spellblogger post to share using fantastic dies from Spellbinders.
I have made a couple of cards this week as I love this little set as its super cute.
Its great for your summer cards (if summer makes an appearance again)

The set I have used is called Die D-Lites Chilled Etched Die.  It comes in a set with an ice lolly as well, which I have used on a previous post.
I used the ice cream and dish for this card.  I just cut the ice cream out using different coloured card and then ran in back through my Platinum Die Cutting Machine using the embossing mats to get the raised edges.


For the second card I used the Chill set again and this time cut the ice cream from white card and used different inks to colour them.  I also cut the tiny cherry that comes in the set from red glitter card.
And of course I had to turn this one into a fun shaker card.  If you look closely you will see that there is a few cherries in the shaker.
The sentiments for both cards are from the set called Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 die set.

To create the shaker and the dotted area of the first card I used the Nestabilites Celebrations Pierced Circle Dies. 

This set is fabulous as you can decide whether to use the nesting circles with or without the pierced details.

A great little set for creating very different looks.
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to click the links to check out the dies in more detail.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Paper Straws

Hello Everyone.
Its my turn to host the challenge over at Daring Cardmakers and I have picked a dare called
There are so many different patterns available and I thought in would be fun to add them to your cards this week.
I decided to use them as a frame.  I found these lovely ones with pretty silver stars on them.
I made my card into a shaker card just to add a fun element but anyone that follows my blog will know that I love making this sort of card.

I then added a little pin wheel from a square of designer paper and a placed a sequin in the centre.

I then used a die cut greeting in gold and added a few more sequins.
I hope you can join in this week and I can't wait to see what you create.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pretty Pink Gift Bag

Its a Spellblogger post  today and I am excited to share with you this project.
  My Pretty Pink Gift Bag
I don't very often get to make gift bags but I loved making this one.  I have used lots of lovely dies from Spellbinders
To make the bag I used a 12 x12 inch sheet of double sided designer paper.  I scored on one side at 2", 5 3/4", 7 3/4", 11 1/2" and on the other side at 2" and 10".  Fold all your score lines and then cut up the tabs at the bottom and glue.  Then I folded over the top score line so you can see the paper on the other side.  You can then just lightly pinch in the top of the bag to close it.  As you can see it the picture I used a couple of pegs but you could tie a piece of ribbon around the top or punch a few holes and thread some ribbon through.

I then got to decorate my lovely bag.   I first die cut the white circle using the Nestabilities Celebration Pierced Circles and added a few stars from the Lets Party Shining Star set and the sentiment is from the Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 set.
I then needed something to close the bag so I used a couple of pegs and the banner from the Lets Party Shining Star set.
Don't forget to click the links to see the products I have used in more detail.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you can join me next week for another Spellblogger/Spellbinders project.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fiskarettes Design Team

Hi all. 
Just popping by with my latest Design Team project for the Fiskarettes UK.
I have made a lovely fresh card using the In Bloom Squeeze punch to make the large daisies.
I took each punched flower and cut down the petals and inked the edges.  I then added a little pom pom to the centre which I coloured in orange ink.
I also used the daisy lever punch to make the tiny flowers and the feather squeeze punch to make the leaves.

For my background I used the Cloud Squeeze Punch.  I punched out one cloud and used it as a mask and inked around the edges to create the sky.
Here are a few step by step photos of how I created the flowers.

I hope you can stop by the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page for more lovely inspiration from the Design Team.
Have a great day.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Elemental Inspiration

Hello and I hope you are having a fabulous Friday.
Well its the beginning of June and that means its elemental inspiration challenge time over at Daring Cardmakers.
Such a lovely inspirational picture choice from our host this week, Shabneez.
Remember you need to use at least 3 elements from the image on your card.

For my card the elements that I picked are:
cake, ice lolly/pop, colours, sunset and the box layout.

To create my background I used a water colour brush pen and just swished some colours over the paper.  I used a selection of ink pads from Stampin Up.  I just pressed the ink into the lid of the pad and picked a little up on my brush.

I then used the stitched framelit dies from Stampin Up to create the squares and used the negative space to show my background through.

To create the cupcake and ice lolly I used the sets called Die D-Lites Sweet Set Etched Dies and Die D-Lites Chill Etched Die from Spellbinders.

A sweet and summery card from me this week as its fast approaching the summer holidays and I cant wait to go away with the kids for a break.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more lovely inspiration.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In A Spin

Hello all,
I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday.  Here in France bank holiday was Thursday and Friday so we had a long weekend with the kids and its was Mothers Day here too.  So I was treated to breakfast in bed which I didn't get to eat as my little boy decided he wanted my toast.
Its a Spellblogger post from me today.
Here is this weeks creation.
I have been wanting to make one for these spinning cards for ages.
For this card I used the Die-D-Lites Flight 2 Etched Die to create the balloon.
 I add a few extra clouds to stop the balloon spinning all the way around as I found that it spun around the card very fast. I think if I was in the hot air balloon I would feel a little ill.

To create the centre track I used the Nestabilities Celebrations Pierced Circles Etched Die.

I then created a cloudy background for inside the track using one of the clouds from the flight 2 set and just inked around it.
I also used Shapeabilities Simply Said Phrase 2 Etched Dies for the sentiment and finished with a few sequins.
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop by next week for another Spellbloggers Project using beautiful Spellbinders Dies.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Mothers Day

Hello All,
Happy Mothers Day or Fete des Meres to all in France celebrating Mothers Day.
I just wanted to share this lovely little project that I made a few weeks ago for the Fiskarettes UK Design Team Facebook Page.
This would make a lovely little gift to give to that special person on mothers day.
I made this little flower pot using the house part of the home sweet home set from Stampin Up.  All I did was cut off the roof part.
I added some tissue paper to the inside and covered it in a scrap piece of material I had floating around in my craft drawers.
I then used the In Bloom squeeze punch to the make the flowers.  I cut out several petals and shaped the petals slightly.  I then added a brad to the centre of each.
I then used a wooden stick to added the just for you sentiment and finished with a little butterfly using the Fiskars squeeze punch.
Have lovely Day and don't forget to stop by the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page for more lovely inspiration.

Friday, May 26, 2017

In A Teacup

I hope you all had a lovely week. 
Its Friday so its time for your weekly Daring Cardmakers challenge.

This weeks challenge is hosted my Leo and is called


Leo would like to see a teacup on your card with something in it.  It doesn't have to be a drink so feel free to think outside the box.

For my card I went with flowers in my teacup.  Well 3 teacups with little hand punched daisies in them.  I could spend hours making these little flowers and they look so pretty.  I used two different size daisy punches from Fiskars.

The teacups are from a stamp set from Papersweeties called Coffee, Yes Please.

I stamped the teacups on to 3 different designer papers and added the flowers to,the cups and finished with a sentiment from The Lovely Studio (Pink Petticoat)

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunny Straws

Hello Crafters.
For this weeks Spellblogger post I wanted to do something a little different and not a card.
I had recently bought some paper straws and I thought I might use them for crafting at some stage but then a little idea popped into my head.  Why not make the straws fun for the kids to use.
This is what I came up with.
I used the Die D-Lites Flight 2 Set and cut out the hot air ballon from glitter card stock and the bunting from yellow card stock.

I then attached them to the straws and that's it, a fun and cute way to dress up drinking straws.

I thought they would look great at a party or even at a baby shower if done in pink or blue.
You could even just use them to dress up a pot plant.
I love a craft product that had other uses not just on a card.
The Set comes with everything you see above.
Thanks for stopping by today for another Spellblogger post using the fabulous dies from Spellbinders.