Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas wreaths

I have been drawn to Christmas wreaths this year so decided to stitch the same pattern in a variety of colours.
Be warned this is a photo heavy post.

All of the envelopes or liners in this post are from Creative Park and I edged the first six with glitter.

To start I have a pale blue one. The rayon thread has a lovely sheen to it.
I used my Brick embossing folder at the base of the card to give it the look of being displayed on an outside wall.

 In real life this white one is lovely. I used rayon thread but unfortunately the sheen doesn't show up very well in the photo.
I used silver and white Bakers Twine for the bow.

I love this aqua one. If I had more aqua ribbon I would definitely have made another one. The ribbon was a piece left over from my gifts last year. I used this lovely card by Genistamps as my inspiration.

 I took my colour combination from this card by Ceedee over at Split Coast Stampers. Scraps of twine where used for the bows and I mixed cream and white flat backed pearls for embellishment. The copper dots are made with Paper Pen and the circles on the left card where made using Texture paint.

 A little more traditional however the shade of green I used gives it a modern take. Once again I used rayon thread. To complete green flat backed gems where added.

This black one is rather unconventional  but was inspired by Terri over at Think outside the Box. I added some brass coloured dots and some copper Paper Pen to complete.

... and to finish a more traditional one in red and green.
I distressed the edges and backed it with paper I got from a free download.

Pattern: Wreath Basics of Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
             Sentiment Form-A-Lines  free greeting words
Flat backed gems in aqua, pale blue, lime green, red and clear.
Flat backed pearls in cream and white.
Silver and white Baler's twine
String in natural
Ribbon in aqua, pale blue, light green ans white
Embossing folder in brick pattern
Envelopes and liners: Creative Park winter selection.
Snowflake paper: Phillip Martin
Viva paper Pen No. 903
Glitzin' Glamour Crystalina
Creative Talents Texture Paint

Thursday, 27 November 2014

A couple of centimetres

It's amazing the difference a couple of centimetres can make. I have been doing a fair amount of sewing lately and I wasn't happy with the dress I'm working on at the moment. PM (that's my darling Husband) thought it looked "very pretty" but to me it just hung. When I initially tried the bodice on for size it felt a bit tight around the waist so I have let it out by 4cms. Now that I have attached the skirt  it seemed to lack shape, so stifling my irritation I unpicked the waist and took it in by just 2cms and voila I'm a happy camper now. Sometimes it's just worth the effort.

Today's cards weren't any where near as much effort. If fact the first one of the three happened because I was showing a friend how to do hand dry embossing. Once the first butterfly had been embossed it seemed like a waste to throw the card stock away and so this design was born. I liked it so much that I tried two other designs for dry embossing.



  and tulips.

I added some glitter glue to draw attention to the embossed image.

Pattern: 101 Ideas for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: Scraps
Butterfly punch
Stencils: no Brand name just set 3 written on them
Bostick glitter glue in silver or gold

Monday, 24 November 2014


It's my birthday soon and so today I am going to share the invites I sent out for my celebratory breakfast.

Each card is slightly different as I punched the butterflies from paint chip card. I kept to tones of mauve, pink, peach, blue and green.
I used my oval die to cut the topper. Next I used satin ribbon to make the woven background and then added liquid pearls to the corners of each overlap.
Lastly I added the butterflies and a pearl in the bottom corner.

I made the envelopes using the Crafter's Companion. I kept to the same colours tones and then lined them in contrasting paper.

Edited 23/2/2015: I am adding this to the butterflies and ribbon challenge over at Butterfly Challenge

Satin Ribbon 1cm in width
paint chips in pastel colours
Liquid pearls in platinum
Flat backed pearl
Cardstock: 200gsm in white
Die: Sizzix 5 oval dies

Thursday, 20 November 2014


I am really enjoying sewing at the moment. There is a lovely selection of fabric out, something which in my opinion hasn't happened for a while, and so I have a couple of pieces stashed away carefully. This month I have got stuck in and sewed two dresses and I have a third cut out. There are always a lot of end of year functions and so this is the perfect oppunity to wear something new.

I love the movement in this pattern, both of the women and their skirts. It has been very cleverly designed. 
 I used verigated pink for the skirts. These woman looked distinctly like ballerinas to me.

and a small version (6.5cm x 7cm)

Pattern: Pinbroidery Nine ladies dancing
Thread: various, sorry no numbers or barands available.
Paper: Store bought embossed mauve and cercise, gold for framing and pink swirls from Paper Pizazz Soft Tints

Monday, 17 November 2014

A leaf wreath

Well the concert is finished and it all went extremely well and now I'm on to the next job which is report writing. School closes for the year in just over three weeks. I have managed to do about half of them so far. No prizes for guessing how I spent my weekend?!!!

Today's card is probably one of my favourite from this year. I have had the pattern for a while now but this is the first time I have actually stitched it. At the beginning of the year I set myself a target to make up as many designs as I could which I haven't stitched before. When complete, some of them remind me immediately of why I haven't stitched them before but this one was different. 
I like the delicate nature of the leaves and the colour combination works well for me.

Thread: Olive green
Green flat backed gems
8 green glass beads
Gold paper
Card stock: 160gsm in green and scarp of 200gsm in oatmeal.
Pattern: 101 Ideas for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens

Thursday, 13 November 2014


We are in the middle of a school production of our annual concert at the moment. We have done two matinee shows and tonight is the final one. The boys have done extremely well and all the hard work has been worth it but to be perfectly honest I will be pleased when it's over for another year.

Today's card is for my God child. She has just become a teenager so I guess I'll have to start making more grown up cards from next year.

 For this card I CASed a box posted on the Made Marian blog. I used a page out of an old dictionary for the background and distressed the edges. I like to recycle old books as you can see from this envelope. The ribbon was a scrap and three flat backed flower shaped gems completed the design.

Sizzix 8 circle die
Flat backed gems in black
Flat backed flower shaped gems in red
Scrap of green ribbon
Page from old dictionary
Wobble eyes.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Another kraft card

I am enjoying working with kraft card stock at the moment. I have tried a couple of different colour combinations and white on kraft and todays combination, pink on kraft, are my favourites. I showed you a small pink christmas card last week and today's card was made as a birthday card for my sister. It was inspired by this lovely one made by Jeanne Jochna.

Here is my card.

As you know I always prick two toppers at the same time and so for the second one I decided to use this lovely variegated orange thread. I think it suited the geometric design perfectly. I stuck a flat backed gem onto the centre of a sequin to finish this design.

Pattern: 101 Ideas for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: white and variegated orange (sorry no make or number available)
Flat backed gems in pink (top) and champagne (bottom)
Gold sequin
Corner punch
Orange paper: Free download from Crafty Ferret

Thursday, 6 November 2014


I was inspired by this lovely card over at Lime Doodle Designs and this is my take on it. I loved the feather idea but don't have any feather patterns so stitched the Peacock instead.

I was very excited when I realized that my peel off sentiment was the exact right shade of copper.
I distressed the edge of the card and added flat backed gems in orange and champagne to complete the design.

Pattern: Stitching Cards Bookmark Peacock
Copper paper
Card stock: white 200gsm
white thread
peel off sentiments in copper
Colorbox distress pigment in chestnut
Flat backed gems in orange and champagne

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Cards for a 14 year old

My niece turned 14 last month. These are the cards I made for my family and my Mom to send her.
This first one was inspired by a lovely card made by Audrey Ann

and this cute one was posted on It's all Fiddle fart.

The Stickers are some cheapies I bought at my local craft/hobby shop. I cut the squares by hand and then used some fancy scissors to neaten the edges. I doodled around to make a large square and added a 3D sentiment.

Pattern:Form-A-Lines Cat and Kitten 
Green Baker's Twine
Fish Punch
Gold glitter glue.
Paw Print Paper: Free download fromPhillip Martin
Card Stock: White 180gsm
Black Fine liner

Monday, 3 November 2014

Non - Traditional Christmas

It's a new month so it's a new challenge over at Split Coast Stampers Christmas card challenge October 2014,  it's also the last challenge of the year. It's been good taking part and I have managed to keep up with my monthly quota so I am all organized for Christmas. Can you believe it's 53 days away, yikes!

Today's card was CASed from Stamping with Klass. I liked the idea of green and black snowmen and this loving couple are too precious. 

This next card is another small one 6cm x 7.5cm. It was CASed from a lovely blog called Soapbox Creations.

Looking back over the cards I have made this year I seem to have made quite a few in non traditional colours. It has been fun doing something slightly different.
I also seem to have had a thing for wreaths this year. Will show you those cards in a future post.

Pattern: Snowmen andSnowflake
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Swiss dots
Christmas tree charm
Pink flat backed gems in 3 different sizes
Black Fine liner
Card Stock: White and Kraft in 180gsm
Paper: Green and black
Thread: Snowman: Black and 3 shades of green (make and number unknown)
             Snowflake: White in rayon, slightly shiny