Monthly Archives: August 2014

I have another secret……Shhhhh!


With another weekend looming, I am rushed off my feet getting kids ready to go back to school, but more importantly it’s my eldest sons birthday next week.

You may remember my younger son had a birthday recently and I did this for him  So, I thought it only fair (albeit he is going to be 12) that I make another one.

Many will know I get bored very easily so I didn’t want to do the same again and instead opted for this variety from the second movie.


I will award bonus points to all those who notice the deliberate mistakes, as follows:

1. The hair should be purple (but I ran out of wool so had to substitute….ooops)

2. I forgot the buttons on the dungarees (I will put this right before I wrap it)

I hope you like it. More importantly I hope oldest son likes it.

Have a great weekend everyone.



Pink and Purple Butterflies


I have another card on the same theme as but this time in pink & purple.


I started with stamping the butterflies in purple ink and colourised the background with pink and purple pastels.


I used a Sue Wilson die to cut out a border but did not use the outside edge so the die stayed in the stamping. I used an XCut die for the letters which I arranged on a length of ribbon.


A little matting and layering and the addition of a purple butterfly … of course! and the card is finished.

I hope you like it.



Butterflies in Blue


I hope you are having a lovely Bank Holiday, we have rain here so I am very happy to be tucked up inside.  I have just enough time to share a card I have made.


I started by stamping a selection of butterflies from Chocolate Baroque and filled in the gaps using a section of a text stamp.  I stamped in Versamark and used pastels in blues and greens.


I then cut some butterflies using a Spellbinders die and letters from an XCut die.


I used Sue Wilsons background die and cut into sections to sit behind the various layers.

I hope you like it.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Yellow Crochet Blanket


I have a project to share today which I have eventually finished after starting it some 9+ years ago when my 10 year old was a baby and I used to sit with him whilst he went to sleep.


For the last 9+ years it has been sat abandoned in a box as I got extremely bored of doing the motifs.  So I picked it up and decided to finish it.


I had to make about 10 more motifs, which took me an age as I had forgotten what to do.  On that basis I thought I would give up with the motifs and just crochet the remainder of the wool….much quicker!


I changed the stitch half way through the white section, firstly to relieve boredom and secondly as a design feature to add interest.


I always finish any blanket with a crochet border of a few rows of trebles and then a couple of rows of half trebles. I like to do this as it makes the edge a bit thicker and more defined.  As I was using up all the wool I actually got 4 rows of half trebles on this one.

The blanket turned out huge in the end, perfect for a double bed. Not so perfect for my naughty puppies feet though.

I hope you like it.

I wonder what else is lurking in my unloved and abandoned box (or boxes)?




I LOVE Butterflies and Daisies!


I hope you all had a good weekend but another week is upon us so it’s time for another share.  Today I have some classic collage stamping with butterflies, flowers and flourishes to name a few.


I started by stamping the butterflies and flowers and masked them off before continuing to stamp in between them.  I like to stamp only sections of a stamp, particularly if it is a large stamp for a more random look.  Here I used a large text and flourish stamp but only inked sections randomly.


I used the same flower stamp on some parchment and cut each one out and added a jewel in the centre of each before arranging in the corner.


I added some diecut flourishes in corresponding cardstock, which I also used for the matt layers.

I hope you like it.  As always I would love to hear your comments.


Mezzy Birthday Blog Hop

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Hello and Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop.

The Die Cut Crazy Contributors have created some amazing birthday projects which will inspire your own die cut creativity to make any birthday special.

If you have just joined the Birthday Hop here, be sure to go back to Die Cut Crazy for the hop kick off, then hop along the list to each of our designers. You won’t want to miss any of the special birthday projects in this hop.

The DCC August 15th Blog Hop will run from Friday August 15th at 4:00 AM CST and end Monday August 18th 11:59 PM CST.

Blog Hop Prize – One lucky winner will receive a 3 month subscription to DCC magazine. To be entered to win, leave a comment on every hop blog post AND LIKE the DCC Facebook page, then leave a comment on the DCC blog post once completed the hop.  The winner will be drawn and announced on the DCC blog and DCC Facebook group on Tuesday 19th August. Good luck everyone!

Here is the link for the Facebook page!

My Birthday project I am sharing is Birthday Daisies In Blue


I started with a daisy stamp from Hobby Art for the main topper and then colourised the topper with chalks and further stamped a medley of flourish, text and butterfly stamps in co-ordinated inks. I matted this onto cardstock which I embossed using an embossing folder.


For the background I used a large piece of turquoise handmade paper which I gently frayed the edges.


Then the die-cuts, of which there are plenty, all from Spellbinders, I used:

Bitty Blossoms in White

Wings of Hope in Turquoise

Damask Motifs in Turquoise

Fleur De Lis Motifs in Dark Metallic Blue

Medallion Three in Dark Matt Blue


I added a few silver skeleton leaves around the flowers and a few flower and dragonfly gems.


I hope you like my project and thanks for visiting my blog.

Next up in the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop is Dianne  – Grayson Creations hosted at DCC

To make sure you don’t miss any of the birthday projects, here is the list of all the blog hop designers:

Debbie –
Deepti –
Tina –
Kelly –
Lisa  –
Karen –
Holly  –
Mary  –
Dianne  – Grayson Creations hosted at DCC
Kymona –
I hope you have fun.

Have a great day.


Brown Owl


I have another of my stamps today to share, this time coloured very traditionally and ideal for the men in our lives.

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WP_20140813_008I stamped and coloured my “soon to be available Black Flower Creative rubber stamps” and then embossed using a leaf embossilicious folder.


I inked over the embossing around the owl and made it darker at the edges.


A simple matt onto black and a co-ordinated patterned cardstock and my card is finished.

I hope you like it.