Sunday, 1 December 2019


Good morning all

I've been unable to craft for a few days as I 'stumbled' and broke several nails to the point the nail beds were bleeding....  I don't do anything by half, so I'll just get to the winner of the ink pad lol

Margreet didn't want her name added to this draw so the winner is:



Please email your postal details to:

Until tomorrow ladies

June x

Saturday, 30 November 2019


Good morning everyone on the last day of November, quite alarming how this year has flown by!

The winner of this week's card is:



Your card will be winging its way to you soon

I hope you all have a good weekend


Friday, 29 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends

Two shaker cards today, both made the same way

5"x7" white base cards with glitter paper on top

I used an oblong die to cut the aperture  then the same die plus the next smaller to it to create the frame.  There are approximately 4-5 frames in white cardstock then the top one in the matching paper

With the card on the left I didn't want the lined paper to disappear into the card, hence I off-set it when it was die cut


  • Festive Wonder 8"x8" Pad - Dovecraft (bought at The Works for £5!)
  • Noble Dies/Double Pierced Rectangles Set B - Creative Expressions
  • Emma Ornament Memory Box
  • sentiment - possibly JustRite
  • fancy border punch - Martha Stewart
  • Fallen Leaves ink pad - VersaFine CLAIR
  • Satin Red ink pad - VersaFine 

This week's freebie is an 'aged mahogany' ink pad and if you would like your name added to the draw please leave me a comment by 6pm Saturday.  The winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

We ship internationally at no cost to you

June x

Thursday, 28 November 2019



Hello and welcome...  

and, as I still, on occasion, grumble about my blog in 2019 I thought I'd leave the second paragraph in haha

But first I'd like to welcome a new follower to my blog,  Pauline/Crafting With Cotnob 

I am at my 'wit's end' with the formatting of this blog!! lol  I can honestly say it has a mind of its own.  When I type a post, to how I want it to be shown when published, there are many times when I preview it it has changed the format etc etc!  Yesterday's post was the last example, before publishing it the format was showing how I wanted it to.  Hit the publish button and there's a huge void before any photo or text! grrrrrrrr.  OK, that's my gripe over and onto today's card that one of my sister in laws asked me to make for their friends'  pearl wedding anniversary

This is an 8" square white on white card.  I actually made a very similar card to this several years ago, that time without the addition of a few coloured pearls, and thought it would be good to make a similar one

I'd forgotten how laborious it was adding each individual pearl to the heart outline, worth it in the long run, in my opinion, but you do tend to get a little 'pearl eyed'.  I spent 4 days adding them and actually it is lovely seeing how it takes shape

Hubby was very good in collecting all the ones that just shoot off the carrier sheet, you crafters know what I mean, they can be found in all sorts of, shall I say, unusual places! lol

I die cut a heart onto white card then drew the outline of it onto another piece of white card then fussy cut it.  I then glued to two pieces together

With a collection of various sized pearls, and a few coloured ones, I added the pearls to the heart.  I also put a dab of adhesive to the area to ensure the pearls would not come off 

Using two of the double pierced squares die set I added a piece of double sided adhesive to white card and die cut a border.  I removed the  backing from the adhesive sheet and sprinkled glitter jewels 'iced snow' over it.  I wanted the border to be raised but not by adding mounting foam so another four borders were die cut, glued together and the glittered border added to them

On the heart shape die I had used there was a residue of  heart shapes and I chose three of them, added glitter jewels diamond snow to only the middle one with mounting foam added to all three.  These, along with the sentiment, were put to one side until I assembled the card

I typed the sentiment onto the same white card and added mounting foam to the back

This now brings me to the close of the front of the card, you would think it to be two different cards, it isn't, it was all the pure white as shown above, no filter etc etc had been used (I wouldn't know how to add a filter!) so it is a tad annoying when the images are not clean and crisp, and most importantly, looking as if they all belong to the same card!
close up of the same card!

For the insert I typed a personal message/verse onto a pale grey marl paper and to add to this, in one of the craft magazines last week, the freebie set was of a wine bottle and glass, so I die cut the glass twice and adhered these to the bottom right of the insert.  I added several tiny pearls for the 'champagne bubbles' then half covered the 'inside' of both glasses with Glossy Accents to give the appearance of liquid

Now with all the pearls added to the heart shape I glued the heart in place and glued the border in place so that I could add the sentiment and the hearts and that was the card completed

It really is a shame you are not seeing it in its true colour as it is rather a pretty card and, most importantly, my sister in law thought it to be lovely


Wednesday, 27 November 2019


Good morning everyone

Here is today's give-away card

I created the background panel using watercolour card and 3 acrylic paints by spraying water on my non-stick mat then adding the 3 paints.  I then used a brayer to mix the colours before adding the paint onto the watercolour card and left it overnight to dry

I did second generation stamping for the images but not the sentiment

Before I added the flowers etc I, again, using second generation stamping, stamped inside the card and on the envelope.  There is enough room to stamp or write a message 

Please leave a comment if you would like your name added to the draw to win this card

The draw closes at 6pm Friday and the winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post

International followers are welcome to enter as shipping costs are covered by us

  • DL card base
  • watercolour card - Crafter's Companion
  • Azure Blue, Pearl Blush and Sea Spray Acrylic Paints - docrafts Artiste
  • background stamp - unknown
  • sentiment stamp - unbranded
  • VersaFine CLAIR 'Fallen Leaves' - Tsukineko



Hi everyone

I'm hoping to have today's give-away card posted by 2pm

Hope to see you then

June x

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends 

This really is the easiest way, at least for me, to make various sizes of angels.  I hope you give them a try 

ooh the https address has dropped a little!  


Monday, 25 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends

I hope you all have had an enjoyable weekend, despite this dreadful weather, though much better than snow 

I'm still playing with my new star dies and have made these cards for today

Two quick and easy cards that can go into my 'baby cards' box for future use

I may have been a little heavy handed with the blue one though!

The cards are 4.25"x 5.5" or 11cm x 14cm 

I added colour to the base card then the die cut, stars and sentiment

I did die cut 3 small pink stars but then decided to add the pale pink flat back pears inside

On the inside I stamped several stars and will add a verse when the time comes to post it

SU also offer the coordinating stamps and I think they will go on my 'must have' list

I will also stamp a few stars on both envelopes

  • stitched star dies - SU
  • broken china/worn lipstick distress oxides - Ranger
  • new arrival 'Little Treasures' die set - Creative Expressions 
  • flat back pink pearls - Crafter's Companion
  • star stamps - Woodware
June x

Sunday, 24 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends

This week's winner is:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

The Winner is:
Sue M 


Your win will be with you soon

June x

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Good morning crafting friends

The winner of this week's card is:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:

auntie millie 


Your card will be winging its way to you soon

June x

Friday, 22 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends

Friday again, how quick these weeks fly by!
Somehow I locked myself out of my blog and that's why the font has changed today and the post did not appear at 6am!  I will attempt to alter the font, hopefully, over the weekend

I've become a Stampin' Up demonstrator!  Don't worry I won't be trying to sell you anything but, over the coming months and if everything goes to plan, you'll see various cards etc made using Stampin Up materials.  Items will be available to purchase if you wish

Obviously you can use whatever you have in your stash should you won't to replicate what you see

I've used one sheet of A4 card, 'Night Of Navy' 
 to make these top folding cards

The paper on the left card is a magazine freebie from 2016!
I added it to a larger piece of gold mirri card, added a gold star then a tiny gold star in the middle of the larger one 

The sentiment is from issue 1 of the Papercraft Society Craftbox and I stamped straight onto the paper using Night Of Navy ink pad. A smaller star in gold mirri card was also added 

I also cut a strip of the paper to add to the bottom of the envelope

The paper on this card is from the same magazine freebie and I adhered it to a slightly larger piece of white card.  I die cut more stars in gold mirri as well as the centre star swirl, I  love this die cut as you can use it not only on Christmas cards

A few stars on the envelope and the card is completed 

I used another stamp for the same issue 1 box for this sentiment 

Another stencil for today's freebie

Please leave me a comment if you would like your name added to the draw.  You have until 6pm Saturday to do so and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog post

  • cardstock - Stampin' Up
  • stitched stars die set - Stampin' Up
  • Christmas papers - magazine freebie
  • gold mirri card - my stash
  • sentiment stamps - Papercraft Society Craftbox Issue 1 

Hoping you all have a good weekend


Thursday, 21 November 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY - Monday 4 September 2017

Good morning crafting friends

Today's 'throwback' is a monochromatic card I made when I was a DT member with Crafty Cardmakers Blog (it also shows my original blog address.... I miss 'blogspot' lol) .  An all white card is one of my all time favourites

It is a 5" square, top folding white card base

I cut a smaller panel to a 4" square and embossed it using the Dotted Matrix folder.  Mounting foam was added to the back and adhered to the card

A 3" square panel was then cut and embossed using the Delightful Daisies embossing folder, mounting foam added and a pearl heart to the centre of the daisy and adhered to the card

I am going to make another card but round the corners as I think it would give it a softer look.


Same size, rounded corners (scalloped edge base card) and embossing folders but I had to use a white pearl gem in the middle of the flower as I have used all the pearl hearts

I used the delightful daisies embossing folder, by Spellbinders, to emboss the paper insert and placed it to show the large daisy and the plain piece where I stamped the insert

I like how there is enough plain paper at the bottom to write your message and I am sending this to one of my best friends who is currently going through a lot of health issues 

On a personal note now, tomorrow I'm having an endoscopy and a colonoscopy, nothing like being violated top to bottom, no pun intended haha 

I shall gird up my loins and think of Britain.... 

  • white card stock ~ Papermill Direct
  • Dotted Matrix Embossing Folder ~ Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions
  • Delightful Daisies Embossing Folder ~ Spellbinders
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
  • pearl heart ~ my stash

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope my designs have given a little inspiration.
I read all your comments and really appreciate you leaving me a message

June x

Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Good morning crafting friends

I made this card using elements from Papercraft Society's Issue 1 Craft Box, and whilst the sentiment is embossed with 'Thank you' I'll pop another die cut in with it so the winner can add their own sentiment

I've stamped the inside of the card and the envelope using the stamp set from the box

The die does make a very pretty frame to the card

If you would like your name entered into this week's draw please leave me a comment.  You have until 6pm Friday to do so and the winner, picked by Random Name Picker, 
will be announced on Saturday's post

Thank you for stopping by today

June x

Tuesday, 19 November 2019


Good afternoon crafting friends

I love the size of this box and intend to make numerous more for my craft studio

I watched the originator, Sam Hammond Donald, make hers on YouTube

You will need a sheet of 12"x12" card and/or a sheet of 12"x12" paper/card for the lid
I have used card for both lid and bottom

Score on all 4 sides at 1" and 4"

*see tip below before scoring 

TIP:  when scoring paper or card for a lid double a piece of card stock (as shown below, and hold it right beside the edge of your score board, butt the card/paper to it then score.  Repeat that on all 4 sides

You'll achieve a better fitting lid following the above

I'm using double side paper for this box and the underside shows the score lines more clearly

Remove all the boxes marked with a X

 Remember to mitre the sides  and remove a chunk from all 4 tabs as shown below

Add adhesive to the outside of the 4 tabs

Adhesive on the outside of the tabs

Assemble the lid 

Remember to mitre the tabs on the box base then assemble 

I've add a white tab on the box front in readiness for labeling

I used adhesive tape to assemble the box but need to add white glue to the right side of the lid - you can see I've not applied the adhesive tape to the edge of the card  

NB  yesterday Lyn H asked me the name of the paper I used on the fancy fold card.  It's a 12"x12" Hobbycraft paper pad named 'Sparkle and Shine' 

Today's cardstock is also a 12"x12" paper pad by Hobbycraft named
'Painted Flowers' 



Good morning all I've been unable to craft for a few days as I 'stumbled' and broke several nails to the point the nail bed...