Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The last one … promise! And a video too

Okay, so I told porkies in my previous post.  This card is definitely my last Christmas card for 2017 and I’ve done a video to go with it too.  This card is similar to the Blue Christmas card I did a few weeks back.  I had a fair few requests asking if I would shoot a video to show how I put it together so here’s what I came up with.


I’ve used more of the exquisite digital papers from Whimsy Stamps that’ve been designed by Tracy.  Love, love, love this gorgeous shabby patterns.  I’ll pop the links to the products and also the video at the end of the post. 

I went with a poinsettia and some mini roses for this card rather than the hellebore so both cards weren’t identical.  There are videos on my channel for the Poinsettia tutorial and also the Easy Foamiran Roses tutorial.


I also changed up the sentiment and used one of my all time favourite sentiment and die sets – The Happy Sayings Die and coordinating stamp set.


Lots of glitter on this one.  I really do love making Christmas cards, total glitter overload lol.


And here’s the video

Whimsy Stamps products used:

Now I’m definitely signing out for a few days, have a wonderful Christmas!


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Merry Christmas

My last Christmas card for this year, and my last post as a guest designer for Love to Craft and Create.  The time has flown, and I’ve had such fun being a part of Monika’s design team.  I’ve met some wonderful people, attended some amazing workshops with the ever welcoming Monika and supremely talented Ewa Constancja. 

I’ve gone with very non-traditional colours using some Lemoncraft papers.  See, I had this pale pink poinsettia sat on my desk for weeks and had no clue what papers to put it with till I came across this fabulous paper pad and I was sold!   Some die cuts, lots and lots of glitter and I was totally in my happy place.


I kept the small flowers white to show off the gold stamens and coloured the poinsettia with soft oil pastels.


The foliage is all die cut from the Christmas Branches die set from Whimsy StampsI think the sentiment is a Studio Light die, in fact I’m pretty sure it is, and the snowflake doily is by Wild Rose Design.


I love how this one turned out Smile


Products used from Love to Craft and Create:

I would like to wish you and yours the most wonderful Christmas, make many happy and special memories.  I’ll be back next week with the new Whimsy Stamps release and oh my goodness, it’s absolutely amazing!! 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Whimsy Stamps December Release previews

It's time for the December release at Whimsy Stamps. Each month from the 1st through the 5th, a few new sets from both the rubber and clear stamp lines along with new dies. Then on the 7th, everything will be available to purchase in the Whimsy Stamps store.

Today I’m showcasing the Cupid Cutie clear stamp set and have made two very different cards using some fab digital papers.  The first card is my usual shabby and girlie, and I’ve used the Shabby Woods and I Dream in Christmas digital papers.


The second card is so not my usual style but I’m really happy with how it turned out.  One for me to bear in mind for those difficult blokes cards.  I used the stamp set and matching dies and also gingham from the Christmas Ginghams digital paper pack.  I die cut the shaped rectangle using the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies (love this set so much!)


Whimsy products used (new stamps and dies links will be added once they’re live on the 7th)

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There is also a fab promotion running at the moment, the picture below is linked for all the details


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Merry and bright

I’ve moved back to vintage for today’s Christmas card using some fabulous Lemoncraft  papers from Love to Craft and Create.   The links to the products from Love to Craft and Create are at the end of the post.


I made a foamiran poinsettia using the Lily Flower Die Set from Whimsy Stamps and some red foamiran.  You can check out the video of how I made this flower on my You Tube Channel here.  The colour of the foam is so rich I didn’t need to add any colour to enhance it.  Some berries and die cut leaves and some white berries  oh, and a couple of polystyrene stars from The Range and job done.


I made a frame using a Spellbinders die to help the sweet image stand out.  A sentiment from the Holiday Mini Sentiments stamp set from Whimsy Stamps fitted perfect on the bottom of the frame.  I love this stamp set, the size is just so perfect for those tricky, small spaces that need a sentiment.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Blue Christmas

It’s been a while since I used digi papers but when I saw the new digi papers at Whimsy Stamps it was love at first sight.  SO my colours and style.  Total love!


I made some Hellebores from foamiran – man I love this stuff!  I have tons and tons of mulberry flowers that I really should use but I can’t leave the foamy stuff alone lol.  The silver fringy centre in the small helebore is cut from the Hellebore Flower die set, and before heating it till it curled I gave the fringing a coat of silver acrylic paint.  I need to experiment more, I think the fringe will be fab for daisy centres too.


I die cut a couple circle frames because I didn’t want to cover up the gorgeous paper with doilies and stuff, this way the paper is all still visible.  A change for me cuz I tend to cover everything up when I get totally carried away


I added some glitter holly leaves and some pearlescent green leaves (out with the old sparkly paint again) and some berries.


Love these icy colours, makes such a lovely change from my very traditional reds, golds and greens.
Products used from Whimsy Stamps

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Sunday, 19 November 2017


It’s definitely all things Christmas in my craft room, it’s like a glitter explosion in there.  I made the foamiran hellebores using my newest Hellebore Flower Die from Whimsy Stamps along with some new leaf additions to my die cutting stash. 

The stamens started life off white, but I gave them a coat of gold paint so they would tie in with the rest of the card.


I dug out one of the few Magnolia die kits I treated myself to last year.  I stopped buying them after 3, I just could not justify the cost of the kit, given that you’ve no clue what you’re paying for or getting AND you have to prepay months in advance. Totally ridiculous!  The bauble on today’s card is the first die I’ve used from that kit!  I know right?  Eek - total overspend there methinks, they sure saw me coming. 🙄


I die cut the JOY from a Spellbinders alphabet set.  I forgot just how much I love mirror card for Christmas cards.


Products used from Love to Craft and Create

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Jingle Bells

I really do love digging out all the Christmas embellies and papers, sparkle and bling.  So whilst I had a holy mess in my craft room last weekend I made up some more gift tags for special pressies.


Ginghams and plaids are so perfect for Christmas, and I even got to use up bits and bobs from my scraps boxes.  Ugh, I’ve just spotted a glue string, need to go pull that off before I forget!


I knew those little pine cones I collect on my walks would come in handy!  I added some twine, berries, bells and glitter along with some mulberry poinsettias that I picked up from Hobbycraft.


I had a production line going with these mini tags/cards and got a whole bunch done.


I’m off to hunt down that glue string lol.

Whimsy Stamps products used:
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Meowy Kitty-mas!

I really do love Crissy Armstrong’s animals, she manages to capture the innocence along with the cuteness overload.  And she’s done that in spades with this stamp set Meowy Kitty-mas from Whimsy Stamps.  I kept to traditional red and white with a touch of silver and green for today’s card.


Can you say cute!?!  I coloured the image with prismacolor pencils and didn’t blend the kitty to give the look of fur.


I made the poinsetia using my Lily Flower die and foamiran and used a silver cabachon for the centre.  I cut the mistletoe branches from glitter card and finished off the arrangement with some twine that I bought from Hobbycraft and some silver and white berries.
That’s another Christmas card added to the pile


Just click on the thumbnails to go to the products used at Whimsy Stamps

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Forever Friends

Shabby and pink, I’m SO in my happy place! 

I made the large pale pink flower and the berries and buds at the last workshop I attended in Nottingham.  We had a fabulous weekend hosted by Monika from Love to Craft and Create and taught by Ewa Constancja – so very talented!


The clematis I made using my Lily Flower Die from Whimsy Stamps, and the little white flowers are from a Craft Passion Die.  I’ll have all the links at the end of the post.


I wanted the hearts to match the embossed sentiment so gave them a coat of Starlights Silver Paint by Imagination Crafts, I then painted some card and die cut some little sprigs to tie in the arrangement.  Man I LOVE that paint!  The glisten and glimmer is dazzling!  I carried the dazzle through to the chipboard frame and gave that a coat of Tim Holtz Distress Glitter (another absolute favourite!)


I love getting back to my comfort zone, and this is definitely one of those cards.  I’ve been so darn poorly again, I had the mother of all flare ups after being inadvertently glutened, my gut was so not happy and I ended up with anaemia again.  Couple this with a cold that turned into a chest infection and shingles and yeah, I haven’t been too grand.  Hopefully with new treatment I’ll soon be back up to speed.


One more of the flowers because I just love them!  I get a lot of emails about the “curly stuff” I use in my flower arrangements, on this card I used waxed cord (that’s in the links below).  It’s fab stuff because the waxing helps the cord to hold it’s curl.

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