Saturday, 13 January 2018


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John Next Door (John Lockwood) has launched a fabulous range of 'Presscut Embossing Folders & Die Cuts'.  These folders are so detailed and, with the die included in the folder, they produce a fantastic, detailed result.  I can't fault them at all and will be using these quite often

You can order the products from an on-line store, namely, 'The Ducks Doodahs' (I love this name), they offer an excellent service with fantastic prices, there is a link on the side of this blog

Here are two examples, nothing elaborate but ideal for posting and a video showing you the other folders

Click on the video below to see almost the full range (one item is out of stock)

The names have been inputted to Name Picker

Sue M
Jane R
Pam G

and the winner is......
Please email your postal details and claim your card to:

Until tomorrow....

June x

Friday, 12 January 2018


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An A5  deep red base card with a smaller white panel then a black panel.  I used a punch for the pattern on opposite sides of the black card

On a piece of white cardstock I stamped the poppy image and coloured it using ProMarkers.  I also added a little sparkle too

Then, on a piece of acetate I stamped the same image and adhered it to the coloured design, ensuring it was aligned correctly and trimmed the excess acetate

I added a piece of ribbon to the top so the adhesive tape did not show.  I punched a circle in the middle of this and added ribbon as shown

Another piece of white cardstock was cut and folded into 3, on the centre piece I used an oval die large enough that was the card was die cut you were able to see the black and white poppy design

On this centre panel I adhered a piece of red paper, slotted the oval die back into it and die cut another aperture.  I then adhered the two panels.  The stamped image was carefully inserted into this folded topper ensuring the black and white image was at the front and the coloured image behind the first fold.  The recipient will now be able to gently pull the ribbon to reveal coloured poppies!

  • Cardstock ~ my stash
  • Punch ~ Martha Stewart
  • Poppy stamp ~ my stash
  • Acetate ~ Crafter's Companion
Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 11 January 2018


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In this month's magazine the gift is a fairy die and a smaller die of 4 stars, there is also an A4 sheet of silver mirror card and, of course, the magazine is packed with gorgeous cards, competitions and plenty of tips

I did 'reverse die cutting' for today's card, the die is ideal for this technique

The paper is one from my stash, bought , approximately, several years ago, and I added a slightly larger panel of black card then adhered this to the white base card

Two fairies were die cut out of white cardstock and I used the back of one fairy to give me the 'reverse die cutting'

I made a paste with one Pixie Powder and painted the dresses and added a little glitter around the hem

A Chameleon Pen was used for the skin colour and I covered the wings with an adhesive then sprinkled Glitter Jewels over them

I also decided to give them a face by only adding the tip of a blue ink pen for the eye and a slight line of pale pink for the lips.  Originally I coloured the hair in a gold/yellow colour, changed my mind and added a brown colour and I think they look better with the darker locks.  I added mounting foam to the back of each image.... nearly forgot, the wands were painted silver

I positioned the fairies to look as if they were stepping/flying over the flowers which was ideal for the sentiment to be stamped between them and it looks as if they are pointing to the words and the silver stars floating above the sentiment

To complete I added bling to the centre of the flowers

  • Papercraft Essentials Issue 155 ~ CraftStash/Newsagents
  • Fairy gift ~ Joanna Sheen
  • Pretty paper ~ my stash
  • White and black cardstock ~ my stash
  • Candy Pink Pixie Powder ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • NU1 Bisque Chameleon Pen
  • Sepia Spectrum Aqua Pen ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Glitter Jewels ~ CE
  • Sentiment ~ CE
  • Bling ~ my stash

Until tomorrow....

June x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


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I used watercolour card for the background and spritzed it with water, then on my craft sheet I put a very small amount of Pixie Powders in  'aqua lagoon'  and 'candy pink and added quite a lot of water to the two colours to dilute them.  Using a larger brush I picked up the blue and 'swiped' it across the card then did the same with the pink.  The card was put to one side to dry

I die cut the Dahlia flower on white cardstock, twice,  using all the dies in the set, then coloured each layer/petal with Versa Colour in 'raspberry', adding more ink to the centre of each layer then fading the colour so that some white card was visible at the tips of the petals.  I also coloured the back of each layer

I used a ball tool on each layer then 'nipped' each petal to give it some dimension followed by adding glue to the centres to assemble the flower.  The stem and leaves were die cut onto a dark green cardstock

Red line tape was used on the back of the watercolour card and adhered to the card base. I stamped the sentiment, as shown, then die cut a frame, added mounting foam to the back and adhered onto the card

Flat back pearls were added to the top and bottom of the base card and three small pearls added just above the sentiment

I used a punch for the insert and have left this blank so the recipient can add their own verse/words

Leave me a comment if you would like your name to go into the draw, please don't use 'anonymous' as I need some identification in the event your name is drawn, initials, pet name, anything like that

The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post 

  • White card base ~ CraftUK
  • Watercolour card ~ Crafter's Companion
  • Pixie Powders ~ Creative Expressions (CE)
  • Dahlia Flower ~ Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • Flat back pearls ~ CE
  • Punch for insert ~ Martha Stewart

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

108. Aster Flowers With Poppyfield Card Crafts

Hi, thank you for stopping by....

In today's video tutorial I'm showing how I made the aster flowers on a card that was first shown about a week ago, the items I've used are also listed

There is a 20 second pause where I'm looking for one my flowers that mysteriously disappeared and I didn't have the sense to pause the recording and no amount of editing will delete it!

Don't forget tomorrow is the new day for the freebie card

Until then.... enjoy!

June x

Monday, 8 January 2018


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On a piece of white card I blanked 75% of the card and used a background stamp on the exposed area

I then dabbed a clear Perfect Medium pad across the stamped area followed by 2 different colours of Perfect Pearls, once covered I buffed the area and removed the tape

I then stamped the sentiment and embossed the card, double sided tape was then added to the back of it and adhered to a black panel.  This was then adhered to the DL base white card

I have these 2 Grand Caliburs looking for a new home should you know of someone who is looking for one of these machines

They are in excellent condition and I'm selling for £65 each, including plates plus £8 courier charge

  • DL white card ~ CraftUK
  • Black card ~ my stash
  • white card ~ Papermill Direct
  • Text Background Stamp ~ JustRite CL-05088
  • Perfect Pearls in Mandarin and Mint ~ Ranger
  • Perfect Medium ~ Ranger
  • Sentiment stamp ~ Creative Expressions
  • Embossing Folder 'Deco Rose Swirl' ~ Creative Expressions
  • Platinum Machine ~ Spellbinders
Until tomorrow....

June x

Sunday, 7 January 2018


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A CAS card for you today

On a 5"x7" white card base I added strips of low-tack around the card to create a border

I used 2 Distress Oxide inks, with blending tools, to give me the colour as shown. Once the colours were blended together I brushed Perfect Pearls in 'Biscotti' over the inked area.  Because the  oxide inks are a pigment ink they stay wet for longer and will cling to whatever medium you put over the colours.  I then 'buffed' the area with a dry rag

The sheen/shimmer gives a 'pearlised' effect, and is very pleasant to the eye!

I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black


I used the same two distress inks to stamp inside the card

  • White card base ~ CraftUK
  • Distress Oxide Inks 'spiced marmalade' & 'fossilized amber' ~ Ranger
  • Perfect Pearls 'Biscotti' ~ Ranger
  • Delicate Frame/Set Of 2 Stamps 'Warmest Wishes' ~ Creative Expressions
Until tomorrow....

June x


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