Monday, 30 November 2015


I managed to get some sewing done this weekend, thank goodness. This week is the start of "silly season" for me with 2 dinners and a lunch planned. I also have prize giving at school so something new to wear certainly won't go amiss.

Another Christmas card and it fits the new sketch at Freshly made sketches perfectly
 I made a couple in the blue and silver combo
but my one sister doesn't like blue so I made this combo for her instead.
I will also be entering this at Time out challenges
where the challenge is a word one
"Snowflakes are winter's butterflies"
My Inspiration
Source: Chris Margrie

Source: Michelle Williams

              Sentiment Stitching cards Free words for card stitching
Thread: Silver DMC 415
             All other colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white

Sunday, 29 November 2015

A row of houses

This is CASe this sketch's new sketch

My card
This was made as a house warming for a friend.
The sentiment is computer generated and I made the matching envelope using my Crafter's Companion.
Pattern: My own
Thread: Red
Card stock: Yellow and white 160gsm
Paper: Small Black and white checked: Paper Pizazz checks, stripes and plaids
           Red 80gsm
           Large Black and white check: Download from google images
Crafter's Companion

Saturday, 28 November 2015


It's the weekend, yeah, and for the first time in a long time I don't have anything that I have to do, absolute bliss. I'm planning on doing some sewing (but if that doesn't happen I'm not going to beat myself up about it either!!!)

CASology's new cue card is

I love this owl pattern. 
Pattern: Bergkaarten.owl
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                    Scrap of kraft
Paper: Spotted: make unknown
Rolfes metallic pen in gold

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Spot light on

Splitcoast stampers Free 4 all #300  is Looking back to the beginning.
We have a choice of their first twelve challenges to choose from and I have chosen F4A12 which is "In the spot....."

Thread: DMC Gun metal grey
Sizzix 8 circle die
Card stock: 160gsm

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Butterfly challenge #43 is butterflies and Quadruple
I have the perfect card
I coloured the butterflies with pastel pencils and then smudged it with an ear bud.
Pattern: 101 ideas for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: Rayon. All colour codes and brands unknown
card stock: 160gsm in white and cream
Metal dots in blue

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

White Christmas

TGIF challenges have a new challenge
I took this to mean a lot of white as the background!!
Here is my card

Threads: Gold DMC E 436
               Red: DMC E321
               Green: DMC 699
Card Stock: Red and white 160gsm
Glitzin' Glamour in red and gold

Monday, 23 November 2015


A couple of people have asked me about this technique of Prick and stitch that I do. Yes all of my cards are hand stitched. Most of the patterns I use are not my own but bought. The first step is to prick the tiny holes onto the card stock. I tend to do that during the holidays as that is when I have time to be creative. I make careful notes on the back of each topper in pencil to remind myself of what I am planning on doing for that particular card. Then I save all my toppers with their pattern and instructions in a A4 plastic folder next to the chair that I sit in when I watch TV. If I am not too tired in the evenings, or don't have some school work to do, I will take out a card to stitch. Sometimes I only do a little bit but other times I might actually get a topper competed. I can't tell you exactly how long it takes as it depends if the pattern is an old favourite (it will go quickly then) or a new one (much slower) but on average I'd say about two hours. It is a time consuming hobby but I absolutely love it and have been known to stay up way pass my bed time just so that I can see how a card "turns out". So there you have it. Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to comment on my creations, I appreciate every single comment

Now on to the real reason that you popped by today.
Simon says stamp blog Wednesday challenge where the challenge is to make something for Christmas.
That wasn't a hard thing to do.
Here it is 
I'm not crazy about this card, something to do with the candles and flames. I added glitter in an effort to "perk it up" a little.
I will also be entering this over at Uniko studio
Thread: Gold DMC E436
             Red and green: Brand and colour code unknown
Card Stock: Red and white 160gsm
Derivan Kindyglitz in crystalina

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Baby Bear

Freshly made sketches have a new sketch and it's this
I flipped the sketch upside down. It was only once I had finished making my cards that I noticed that I haven't followed the sketch very carefully. I should have left a little gap before I added the patterned paper, oh well maybe next time.

This card was made for a colleague who has just adopted a 3 month old baby girl.

(Warning: This is a photo heavy post, sorry!)

And one for a boy

and then two neutral ones, just in case

I will be entering this over at Share joy challenge. aswell.

were I concentrated on the Clean and simple section of the challenge.
Pattern: Easy Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: Blue DMC 0131
             All other colour codes and brands unknown
Black bead
Card Stock: White 160gsm
Paper: Baby Crafty ferret
           Green: Paper Pizzazz soft tints
           Yellow: Phillip Martin.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Pintrest inspired

The Pinterest inspired challenge is the following picture
 I made this card, focusing on the multiple flowers and the colours of pink and blue

I cut the green card stock into the desired shape free hand with a craft knife.
My inspiration was this card

Source: Emily Leiphart
 I will also be entering this over at CASology were the cue is

Pattern: Large Flowers: 101 ideas for Embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
              Small Flowers: Stitching cards Basket of flowers
Card Stock: White and green 160gsm
Flat backed pearls
green metal dots
Craft knife
Thread: Brands and colour codes unknown


Friday, 20 November 2015

Small green leaf

Time out Challenges have a card inspiration this time. Here it is
 I choose to concentrate on the colour combination of green on white and made this small card
I did something similar in blue and white too.
Thread: Colour codes and brands unknown
Flat backed gems in green and blue
Rolfes metallic pen in green and blue
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: scrap of green

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Beaded circle of flowers

  and my take

Card stock: white 160gsm
Thread: Colour codes and brand names unknown
Beads: Bugle beads in blue
            Seed beads in green and gold
Sequins in gold
Metal dots in gold
Paper: 80gsm in green


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Reindeer tags

When I first saw the Tic tac toe selection for the new challenge at Share joy challenge I didn't think that I would be able to play along but then I remembered these tags which I made about a month back but haven't got around to posting.
I have selected the kraft card stock, button and ribbon combination.
 My inspiration
Source: Pintrest

Dies: Classic oval small 
          W plus 9 Timeless tags
           Sizzix stars 657910
Tartan Ribbon
Buttons from my stash
Card stock: 200gsm in kraft and silver
Paper: cream 80gsm
Black flat backed gems
Pentel fine liner in black

Monday, 16 November 2015

Butterfly and sqaure

 Freshly made sketches have a new challenge
 Here is my take.
My ever faithful butterfly. I made a matching envelope using my crafter's companion.
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap of silver paper
           Black Paper in 80gsm
Liquid pearls in platinium

Sunday, 15 November 2015


Well it's Sunday morning and has been an overcast weekend, perfect for snuggling up with a cup of coffee and a good book. I've got the good book and I'm drinking the coffee but unfortunately the snuggling will have to wait a couple of hours as reports are my priority today. Managed to get through six yesterday and the aim is to complete another six today so I guess I should stop playing here and get on with them!
But before I do CASology have a new cue card and it's
 I made these cards a while a go and have never posted them. I'm afraid that it's a rather literal interpretation of the cue
I can't claim the idea for this card as my own but sadly can't remember where I got my inspiration.
I think I prefer the pastel one best.
Pattern: My own
Thread: Brands and colour codes unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: mauve and blue in 80gsm
Flat backed gems and metal dots

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Sunflowers again!

There is a new featured stamper at Split Coast and its  FS457 Mhines  . I decided to CASe this card to honour her.
When I saw her card I immediately thought of my Sunflower pattern.

Here is my card

Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Peel off in gold
Adhesive stickers in green
card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in yellow

Friday, 13 November 2015

Flower tag

The new challenge at CAS on Sunday is Tags.
Here is my card
 I added some silver bakers twine and a cute little rub on image to finish.
My  inspiration
Source: Catherine Pooler
Card stock: 160gsm in white and kraft
Thread: Brand and colour codes unknown
Silver and white baker's twine
Rub on image
Flat backed clear gems

Thursday, 12 November 2015


There is a colour challenge at Simply less is moore and it is Fire
Here is my card
 and a paler version
This was a favourite of mine to stitch and quiet a few of my girl friends received one this year for their birthdays.
My inspiration
Source: Debbie Hughes

Pattern: 101 ideas for embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Threads; Brands and colour codes unknown
Baker's twine in white and green
card Stock;: 160gsm in white
Liquid Pearls in gold

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Red Tulips

CASe this sketch has a new sketch and it is

My interpretation is this card.
My inspiration
Source: Kharmagirl

I will also be entering this over at Split coast stampers Featured Stamper 456  where I choose to CASe this card by Kim Jolley
Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Colour codes and brands unknown
Checked paper:Activity village
Button from my stash
Scrap of baker's twine
Card Stock: 160gsm in white

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Christmas Time out

Well this is the week of our school concert. On Monday we had our official dress rehearsal for the rest of the school to watch and then toady is our matinee show. Thursday is the big night and I can't wait for it all to be over. Concerts take up so much time and school work certainly takes a back seat. Will be very pleased when we are back to normal.
Christmas with a an option of pink or purple is the new challenge at Time out challenges
              Sentiment: Stitching cards Free words for card stitching
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in mauve
           Store bought embossed paper in cream
Satin ribbon in mauve with white dots
Double sided foam tape
Thread: All colours codes and brands unknown

Monday, 9 November 2015

Circular butterflies

The food fair went extremely well on Saturday. I had to make bangers and mash for 100 people. Don't think we'll be eating either anytime soon!!

Freshly made sketches has a new sketch
 My interpretation......

I was inspired by this great card

Source: Made with Sparkle

Sizzix 8 circle die
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Scraps of paper
Flat backed clear gem
Liquid pearl in platinum


Sunday, 8 November 2015

My first Tutorial

Last year I used this little guy as part of my  Christmas gifts.
I was asked to recreate them again as a tutorial.
I'm over at Split Coast Stampers today showing you how to make a Button tree pendant. Please pop along and see how it's done.
If you would like to follow all seven of the Tutorials, I'm only one of them, then please click on the Holiday Blitz button down the right of my screen.
Happy Crafting.