Monday, 31 March 2014

New dies...... Shoes and bags!

Hello all,

Well, I have been to the NEC last week and brought loads of lovely crafting goodies...... don't tell the hubby!

I fancies some lovely new dies and saw these shoes and handbags and fell in love with them and imagined so many things I could do with them.

One idea I came up with immediately was to use another new die - Happy Birthday and some black card and red miri card on a white card base.

I die cut the shoes and bags and the happy birthday,

I folded an A4 card in half to make an A5 landscape card and matt and layered red miri and black card to the top and bottom (different heights) and added the bags and shoes and the happy birthday.

This is what I created.

TTFN, happy crafting.

Debs xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Workshop Sunday 6th April 2014.......

Hello all,

Our next workshop is Sunday 6th April and we will be creating the beautiful projects below.  The workshop is at Lynch's Trust, Ridgeacre Rd, Quinton. B32 and starts at 10am - 12pm.   The cost is £8 per workshop and all project items will be provided, all you need to bring is your own tool kit (trimmer, score board, ruler, scissors, etc).

Everyone is welcome and we will cater for all levels of crafter's, from beginners to advanced.  It is a lovely friendly group.

We will be using a variety of stamps and distress inks to create our own backgrounds and images and using die cuts to build up the pictures creating different layers and levels to the projects.  Depending on the colours of distress inks you choose you can create different seasons for your cards.

We will also be creating alternative Easter Gifts - no chocolate involved.....

Using deep picture frames, we will be sanding the frames so we can stain them to the colours we want, and will be punching out butterflies, making quilled flowers/leaves and creating our own backgrounds to place inside the frames.

We will be using glitter and liquid pearls to finish off (you can't forget the glitter).

Hope to see you next Sunday.

TTFN, happy crafting.

Debs x

lady silhouette card

Hello all,

I brought one of the new tonic dies - and decided to cut into it and take out the image in the centre of the die - as you do!

Using a basic 8 punch (they are so good - I really recommend these) I created a black and white shaped background for my silhouette lady, I put her down on the white punched background and twisted the black punched background and stuck this down (with foam pads to lift).

I then used a beautiful corner die and created four corners.

I kept this card in black and white as I felt it looked good like this.  This was so much fun to make.

TTFN, happy crafting

Debs x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Glass painting continues......


I have had an idea for a future project and lovely Christmas Gift.......

It involves glass paining on candles and creating your own wreath around the bottom using leaf and flower punches to create beautiful realistic poinsettia's and punches/dies for holly and ferns......      watch this space!

More to follow once I have had a play!


Debs xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Corpse Bride Wedding Card.....


Well, I must admit, I did enjoy making this card.

I was asked to make a "Dark" wedding card, so I though what better than corpse bridge as a base and black and white.

I started with an A3 piece of card to make an A4 card blank, I matt and layered with silver miri board and a grey scale backing paper, I then googled an image of corpse bridge and printed out and added glitter  - it is a wedding card after all.

I them punched out some  hearts using a martha stewart heart punch and used for decoration, I die cut a large black heart and a smaller white one with a sentiment and attached gems to the corners and a lovely big black and white polka dot ribbon to the top.

And this is the finished result.


Happy Crafting

Debs x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Mother's Day......... Carried On!

Hello again,

Continuing on with the personalised Mother's Day gifts, so far we have, 2 DVD's (not hand made), hand made scarf, hand made box for everything to be put in and a hand made card and some bubble bath, moisturiser etc for a bit of pampering.

I thought I would continue down the handmade route and make a personalised picture frame for her.

I started with a basic wooden frame (the size is not important......), I roughly sanded the frame and added some stain to the frame to make the wood darker and then glitter sprayed the frame with Crafter's Companion Pearl Spray to give it a little sparkle (not too much - just a hint).

I then die cut a fence panel from white card and coloured in with my EB3, EB5, EB7 Spectrum Noir Pens, and cut a branch from Core-dinations card stock, I punched out 4 butterflies and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens (PP2, PP4, CR4) and stuck two together and  then sprayed with Crafter's Companion (purple can) re-positional spray glue and dipped in glitter (you can also use the red can - permanent glue spray), I then used Tonic stamp and punch to create the flowers, once punched out of white card and stamped I coloured with Spectrum Nior pens (PP2, PP4), and stuck two together, I added glitter and once dry I dipped in melted clear embossing powder (UTEE - I used a melt pot for this) and left to dry, I also punched twigs and branches and again coloured and dipped in melted UTEE and set aside to dry.

I put the picture in the frame and added the fence to the bottom left hand side and the flowers and branches/twigs to the bottom right corner and the branch top left and finally added butterflies and used a liquid pearl pen to create butterfly trails down the frame.

I used a hot glue gun to stick everything down, but you could use 3d glue gel if you prefer.

I then decided to get my own back for all the embarrassing baby pictures and put a lovely picture of my Mom wearing a pink piggy hat....... you know what they say about pay backs!

Ta Dah......

I really enjoyed making this project and it is definitely unique.  Father's Fay next........ what embarrassing pictures do I have of my Dad!

TTFN -  Happy Crafting.

Love Debs x

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mother's Day.....

Hello all,

Well, Mother's day is coming around again and what to do this year......

I though I would go down the personal route and make special personalised things and give a goodie box of items, bubble bath, moisturiser, hand made items, scarf, DVD's, picture frame, all packed in a special hand made box.

My first project was knitting and I have knitted my Mom a cute red and black fashion scarf with sliver threads through it.

It was the first time I have knitted this this wool and it was easier than I imagined..... after I got used to it.

Secondly, I made made a personalised card for her, I used the Katy Sue Fabulous Fashions CD and created a window card following the instructions on the disc.  I had to add ribbon and gems and pearls and glitter - it would be rude not to.

And this is the end result......

More to follow soon.


Happy Crafting

Debs x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Workshop 23 March 2014 - Projects we are going to do.....

Hello all,

We are going to be focusing on making Men's cards at the next workshop.

We will be making a tuxedo card, tuxedo gift bag and twisted easel pyramage card..... using a variety of crafting tools including distress inks.

All levels of crafter's are welcome and catered for, it is a lovely group of like minded friendly people.

Happy Crafting.  TTFN.

Debs x

Crafting Workshop 23rd March 2014 - Lench's Trust, Quinton. BHAM


Just to let you know we have a crafting workshop on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at Lench's Trust, Ridgeacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham. B32 from 10am - 12pm.  All levels of crafters are catered for.

Today we made......

Floating fairy acetate step card
 Hide and slide card (shows a secret picture when opened)
 Now Opened.....
 And finally a domed acetate fairy card with verse on reverse.

On 23rd March - we are focusing on Men's cards.

Hope you can join me.

Happy crafting.


Debs x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

The Bird House Card......

Hello all,

I loved making this card, it was so easy but I love the end result and can do so much with it.

All you need is:



Glue / tape / foam pads for sticking
Score Board
Trimmer / Scissors
Fence like punch or die
Scalloped punch or die
Small flower punches – different sizes
Leaf punch or die
distress inks


Using the A4 white card, measure up 6 cm inches from each side and cut across the length to 7 cm (do this on both sides of the card, then cut the corner out so you are left with an upside down T shape.

On the bottom of the upside down T shape fold down 7 cm, this becomes the roof, and the two sides pieces become the gates/walls at the side.

Using patterned paper cover inside sides and back of white card; use the remainder to cover side front panels of white card.  You can ink this using distress inks to tint the edges and create dimension to the card.

Using different size flower punches, punch out flowers from the pretty papers and leaves from green paper, this is to decorate the front panels of the card at the end of the project.  Again, use distress inks to give the flowers shade and colour.  If you do not have patterned paper to use, using your spectrum nior pens colour in white paper to make your own coloured/patterned paper.

Make up the decoupage/invertage/picture topper and stick to the inside back section of the bird house.

Using the core-dinations card stock, cut 4 x 2 inch strips (short end strips) and using a scalloped punch, punch down the long edge of all 4 pieces and layer up on the roof to create a tiled roof effect.

With the remainder of the core-dinations card, punch or die cut fence like strips and put on the front side panels of the card to create a fence/gate like front.  Decorate front with punched flowers and leaves and add sentiment on the back of the card to finish.

This is such a lovely card to make for men.

Happy Crafting


Debs xx                                                                                               

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Workshop sunday 10th march

Hello all

There is a craft workshop this Sunday at 10 am at lench's trust, ridge acre rd, Quinton, b32.

All levels of crafter are catered for.

We will be using acetate.

See you there.

Love debs xx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Crafter's Companion LOVE Card.....

Hello all,

I love Makey Bakey Mice and had to have a play with making this card when I saw it on the disc, this was hubby's valentines card.

From the Crafter's Companion Makey Bakey Mice CD I printed out the 2 love word sheets which also includes the decoupage, I added blue polka dot ribbon and liquid pearl drops and a bit of glitter.  And the end result was lovely.

INSTRUCTIONS - this is how I made it.

Using the love word sheets, cut out all elements from both sheets of card.  Using a hole punch, line up the 4 pieces of word card and punch out the holes (marked with a white solid circle) on the letter card.

Stick the cut out letters over the corresponding letters on the word card, I then traced round each letter with a glitter glue and added liquid pearls in the letters to make them stand out more.

I cut out all the toppers and again glittered, and decorated the word sheets with all the toppers and extra liquid pearls

Using the blue polka dot ribbon, I tied this through the holes into a bow (before I added the ribbon, I glued the edges together for extra strength).


Hubby was very impressed.

Happy Crafting


Debs xx

Monday, 3 March 2014

Diamond/Triangle Shaped Card...

Hello all,

I was playing with a piece of card stock and came up this this card shape.

I folder a card into a gate fold card and then cut the corners of top left and right side, making the side triangle shaped and the inside diamond shaped.

To make this card the same as I have made it you will need:

1 X 8X8 PATTERNED PAPER - I used My Craft Studio backing paper
1 X 2 FLOWER TOPPERS - I used My Craft Studio flower toppers

You will also need:  
Glue / tape foam pads for sticking
Score board


I used my A4 white card as a base card, fold into a gate fold  card and trim the top left and right corners off (making sure they are equal) I used the following measurements to make the card- full A4 length  x 6 inches high on top points and 3 ½ inches high on low points – score at 2 ½ and 4 inches from both long ends.

Once scored and cut this is your base card.  I used the gold miri as a matt layer and then layered the patterned paper on to this.

I added the sentiment to the inside and the flower toppers to the outside and this is the end result.


Happy Crafting

Debs xx

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Charity bike ride QE to Burton Hsp for leukaemia

Hello all,

Well, I did my first charity bike ride today.  Not riding my own bike, but on the back of hubbies bike..... Well, it was not as bad as I thought - not being the one in control of the bike.  Plenty of time to look around and window shop, just sat there and enjoyed the ride.  Then a fun day when we got to Burton.

The charity ride was for Anthony Nolan trust/leukaemia research as one of Carl's work mates sister had it and had a bone marrow transplant and is now 100 days clear and is officially in remission and she wanted to do something to raise money and give back and her hubby is a biker..... So set up charity bike ride between the two hospitals that treated her.

There were over 100 bikes there, including a biker dressed as Tigger and another two dressed as Sylvester and tweety-pie (over their bike clothes of course). There were loads of people looking out of there windows probably wondering what were all these bikes doing, but most waved as we rode past and of course being the friendly bikers that we all are we waved back.

The only down side is that I am short and the bike is high so trying to cock my leg over the back of the bike which has a box on the back and hubby sat on the front is not a ladylike thing to do, and with padded armoured bike clothes on means you don't bend very much so it probably looked very comical watching me trying to get on.  But once on, the fun began.  After an hour and half of riding you do get a numb bum and need to stretch..... But it was worth it taking part in such a good cause.

Will post pictures later once I have downloaded them.


Debs xx