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Masculine or not?!

Every year around this time I make two or three different birthday cards for my hubby and usually end up giving him the first one I made!

So this one is a quick one to describe, Tim Holtz papers and black card, spellbinders labels dies, Ditzy Sentiment Stamp, Victorian Embellishment dies from Tattered Lace and the fabulous Dreamees Heart Tree Stamp with Silver Mica Powder, Black Soot Distress Ink, a black Promarker and Versamark ink pad. Here’s the card:

I stamped the two images onto black card with Versamark and dusted with the mica powder to get the incredible shimmer on the design. Then I did some cutting, I distressed the shapes through the dies and edged them with a black promarker so that they would stand out on the background, then I constructed the card.

I’m not too sure about this one but I’ll pop it to one side and see what else happens in the craft room between now and his birthday!

Here are some close ups:




Tatty Twinkle goes slightly goth!

I decided I wanted to challenge myself creatively today so decided to do a black & white (ish) card using Tatty Twinkles who launches on Tuesday with the fabulous Nikky Hall who has designed her just for us!


So I got out my grey promarkers and so e die cuts with a view card that I had in mind and got playing!

I used my new Dreamees Script Background Stamp which I have to say is going to become one of the most used stamps in my collection and edged a card base plus all my white matts with the script. I decided the white looked too stark, especially as my flower embellishments were off white so used a promarker to tint the card too, luckily I’d stamped with memento! I also stamped the same script stamp onto the flowers – don’t they look great? The sentiment is also from Dreamees.

Well it was then as simple as cutting some Tattered Lace Cherished Flourishes and using my new cordless glue gun (yay, new toy and I love it!) to put the card together.

Here are some close ups:



How much?!

So yesterday I went out for breakfast with my brother and sister and while out we were quite close to a craft/homeward store so I dragged them in to look at the pretty crafty things.

I really wanted some little crochet flowers for putting on my cards but it seems that because crochet lace is so popular in card making at the moment the prices have rocketed! Needless to say I wasn’t going to pay nearly £5 for 4 tiny flowers when what I wanted was bigger anyway…

When I got home, got out my crochet encyclopedia and got started! Ok so it took me a little while to make these items, only a few minutes per flower but the lace was a bit longer and I still need to sew in the ends, however, these haven’t cost me anything but a little time – the cotton thread was in my lovely mother-in-law’s leftover bit box so I didn’t even have to buy that! The yarn is a 4 ply cotton thread and I used a 3mm hook, the yarn gives great stitch definition and the hook gives just the right sizes for card making!

So there you have it, why buy when you can make your own for free!?!



Frame giveaway winner!

Ok so the winner of my frame giveaway is Jane Smith, Jane can you please send your postal address to diane@crafting.co.uk and I will get it in the post for you soon 🙂

Thanks for joining in everyone x

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Take a note….

Quick post today, I’ve been lucky enough to play with some of the dies that are launching as part of our Tattered Lace Anniversary Pick of the Week on Friday at 12pm on Create and Craft. Here are a couple of things I’ve made this afternoon…

This was a very inexpensive notepad (3 for 99p) that I decorated with some of my favourite Tim Holtz pink papers and then I got cutting! The floral frame and the white border are part of the pick of the week bundle and the gorgeous fairy tale castle is a new die that is on the show too!



The next one is actually a fridge magnet! There were two in the pack for 99p and when I got them home I noticed that the floral plaque – isn’t it gorgeous- from the centre of the floral frame (yep, that’s part of the pick of the week too) was about half the width of the frame so I cut it in half! Next I cut the frame and plaque, stuck the plaque to acetate, ran it through a Xyron to get edge to edge adhesive on the back and coated the acetate with black holographic glitter. This whole thing took about 15 minutes but I bet you could sell them for two or three pounds each if you’re a crafter with a stall at a craft fair or market!



More frame decoration! GIVEAWAY!!!!!

To win the cute little finished frame in this picture simply comment on this post. On Friday 21st March I’ll select a winner!

So, if you’re not doing anything exciting this weekend you could tune in to Create and Craft at 9am for the fabulous Embellishment Attic Weekender, brought to you by the legend that is Nancy Watt! It is an incredible collection of not only beautiful embellishments (and we crafters can NEVER have too much sparkly pretty stuff) but also there are paper embellishments such as mini tags, postcards, die cut flowers and all sorts of other stuff in there!

Now I have a bit of a thing about home decor items at the mo, and I challenged myself with this one – find the least expensive frame I could get and make it look good! No mean feat I hear you say, well when you see the frame I started with you’ll see that it could have been quite tricky, however, I had the fabulous cd that comes with the multi buy on this weekender so I printed out some postcards and a background sheet too – I could have used the postcards from the kit but I’m a cd crafter at heart lol!

So let me tell you that this frame was in a set of three for £1.49 and that was the usual price – not a sale price so you can imagine the quality of the frame!

First of all I covered the inner and outer edges of the frame with background paper so that all areas of the frame would vanish once the postcards were in place. Next I distressed the edges of the postcards and wrapped them around the frame, folded around the bottom edges inside and out, these fold lines meant I knew where to cut so that they wouldn’t overhang and used (my new best friend) a glue gun to secure them to the plastic frame.

Next I used my oldest and favourite flourish stamps from Hero Arts to stamp directly onto the frame and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, stamping once it’s on the frame means the detail is only on the front of the frame.

Finally I stamped onto one last postcard and a piece of Blue Pearl A4+ Card and placed them in the frame. I like to think it turned out ok, do you?



Meet Tatty Twinkle!

Well I hope it’s been as glorious where you are as it was here in Derbyshire today. We managed to eat lunch in the garden and I also did some colouring in the garden today too. Which leads me nicely into a little sneak peek I have for you….

This week I’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to Tattered Lace / Crafting family – Tatty Twinkle…..brought exclusively to us by a very special guest designer she will be launching later this month. Once again when I can share more info I will 🙂


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Blue skies today so I made a blue card!

Well I hope it’s been as beautiful where you are as it has been here in derbyshire. It started out a bit misty but once the sun came out it stayed out for a long time, long enough to dry the washing anyway – isn’t it great, when you’re an adult you see the sun and think ‘yay I can peg the washing out!’ I know, I’m so rock n roll Lol.

Anyway, I did a bit of colouring the other day as I managed to track a stamp down on eBay that I’d seen on quite a few cards recently and reeeaallllyyyy needed! So here she is along with the promarker colours I used…

20140305-173607.jpgI made a little New Years resolution to break into my stash of papers and today was the turn of this beauty from Tim Holtz

20140305-173957.jpg unusual colours from him but still his fabulous style of design. So I cut the stamped image with a Nestability die and cut two larger pieces with the same shape from the papers. I edged the stamped image and cut shapes using Stormy Sky and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. Next I stamped a sentiment, cut it out and found a piece of ribbon that matched perfectly and I had the bones of my card…

20140305-174454.jpgand then I put the card together. I decided to use the Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms and cut some of the Lily die layers from both the Tim Holtz papers and Craft Metal along with some of the leaves from the lavish blooms kit too.

In the end I decided not to use the sentiment as I’m going to save the card for someone’s birthday and will add a sentiment when I decide who to give it to!

Here’s how the card turned out, I’m pretty pleased with it – let me know what you think 🙂




Blooming Marvellous Mini Book

So tomorrow sees the launch of the new Blooming Marvellous paper kit which includes gorgeous paper pads including one with toppers & mini postcards plus another pad of black outline images that can be used for monochrome or colouring. Then there are the two background pads which are just stunning! Here’s another little something I made using them

So I got out a heart shaped mini book out that I’ve had in my stash for years and got decorating, first I covered the chipboard covers with background papers and used a versa mark ink with gold embossing powder to cover the edges

Next I got out my Scattered Straw Distress Ink and edged the inner pages before over stamping in the same ink with a gorgeous distress style stamp from inkadinkado. I also cut some of the mini postcards and an envelope from the pads and stamped sentiments onto them before attaching to the pages. I love the idea of the little Notes and Memories pages for adding a little journaling.

Once I’d put the book together the scattered straw sentiments had dried and were a little pale for my liking so I over stamped with black stazon to create a shadow effect.



I thought this book would look great with some mini photos printed from a trip or special occasion so here’s the finished design….


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