Sunday, 30 March 2014

Minions for Lianne

Lianne introduced us to the Despicable Me films at Christmas - they are sooooo funny - and we loved the Minions. So, in March, for her birthday, I made this one.

It's a 6x6" card covered with papers from my stash - BG I think.
The image is from the internet which I printed 4 times. I cut and decoupaged the minion then cut out the remainder of the bananas and used them to make her name.

She spent the day/weekend at Disneyland Paris with her friends.


Friday, 28 March 2014

Gifts for the Girls

As per my previous post, I have just returned from our annual Blossom Babes retreat.
We always swap crafty gifts and this year I came up with these.

They are the Douwe Egberts flavoured coffee jars with the labels removed - my goodness, they are hard to remove! 

Each one is filled with the blossoms favourite coloured gems - 4000 actually, and no, I didn't count each one! :)

I added a cordinating ribbon with a tag.

I couldn't bear to mix the colours as I loved the rainbow effect so took some little baggies along so they could swap about.
However, when required the bags had hidden themselves - typical.

Thank-you Blossoms for a lovely weekend and all my lovely gifts too.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Flora Delights Cards

Keeping up with my plan, I made the following cards using the leftovers from the kit.
There were lots of lovely papers leftover.

This one is 6x6" I tore the efge of the wood panel paper and layered it over the stripes.
I added a new stamp sentiment to the top right.
A die cut swirl was added and topped with blooms created with Heartfelt Creations stamp and die set.

I then added a selection of leaves and punched fronds behind the flowers.
The centres were created with a blob of glossy accents filled with glass microbeads.

The next one is also 6x6" and covered with the stripey paper and another strip that fit the space.
As there was a gap between (not enough in the leftovers) I added a length of white twill ribbon plus a bow of the same topped with one of pink twine. Pins were added behind.

The flowers were punched and shaped with an embossing tool. 
White bazzil was used to create foliage behind the some punched fronds with the remainder of the green patterned used for the leaves in the first one.

Some sparklies were added as centres.

There were a few bits left but not enough to create a card so I have punched flowers for a future project.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Flora Delight Frame - Merley Impressions Retreat 2013

I've just got back from spending a lovely weekend of crafting with some very good friends.
We ate lots, laughed loads but still had plenty of time for crafting.

I used the time to make my BTP project from last years Merley Impressions Retreat.
Here is my version.

I inked all the edges of the MDF frame and base and covered it with the patterned papers.
I cut some paisleys from the paper and added them to areas.
The photograph is 6x4" portrait which I backed with some of the stripey paper.

I deviated from the instructions here and made some roses using a 6 petal punch taking the colours from the sheet with roses and die cut some leaves and stems.
The kit had some rub-ons but the messages didn't really fit so Lynn game me some "girl" themed ones instead.

I also die cut a Memory box butterfly, twice in solid and once in pattern then layered them up and shaped them. I also punched a couple of smaller ones and added above.

Below is the lovely original created by Chrissy.

I can't wait now for the next retreat :)

Thanks for taking a look

Monday, 17 March 2014

Emma's card..............

This is another card I made for the Scrapology March Challenge - Use dots or circles on your card.

Another Bella uptown girl here, this one is called Bianca, coloured with Copics.
 I had bought a Memory Box die which I cut with the hot pink bazzill also used to create the card blank.
This was cut into two and added to opposite corners of the card.
The pink paper is from my stash.

The image was mounted onto the same Hot Pink card and added at a jaunty angle on foam to raise it.

I also bought a large leaf punch from Martha Stewart which was outlined with faux stitching then cut and added behind the image.

Small retro daisies were punched, decorated with a fine-liner then shaped and added the bottom with pearl centres and punched fronds behind.

This card was made for my friend's daughter Emma who's birthday was at the beginning of March -hope you had a great day Emma!

Plenty of time to enter, check out the blog here.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Going Dotty!

Our very own, talented Design Team Member - Karen Leonard KAZY 1 has challenged us:

"to use polka dots and or circles on any type of card. So look at one or both elements and maybe introduce shaped cards, its over to you".
Karen x

Here are mine:

I used hot pink bazzill to create a 6x6" card, layered with some paper from my stash.
I die cut the circles with a new Memory box die, divided it into two and added to the bottom corner.

The message is a Woodware stamp.

I die cut and punched a variety of flowers, leaves and fronds plus two Memory box butterflies and arranged them over the circles. The butterflies are layered and raised.

Same idea with this one but using dotty cardstock too and a larger Memory Box butterfly.

The flower centres were decorated with pearls too.

Hope on over the Scrapology Blog for more details of the challenge and the very generous prize being offered by Karen.

Thanks for taking a look :)

Sunday, 9 March 2014


Those that know me know how much I love the Stamping Bella stamps in particular the new Uptown Girl range.
This is Audrey, she's a stunner!
I just love this image and she was so lovely to colour in too.

The card is 6x12" bazzill folded in half and I added some papers from my stash.

The image and sentiment are mounted onto more bazzill and white was used to punch the flowers and fronds.
I added a few sparklies to the centres too.

Thanks for taking a look

Friday, 7 March 2014

Colouring class at Crafts-u-Love

I recently attended a Copic colouring class at Crafts-u-Love run by the lovely Alex on Skin tones.

These are the cards we made:
I adjusted some to suit the cards I had a home to finish them -
this one is by Craftwork Cards and has a fancy edge which I folded back, punched and tied with a ribbon.

I covered the front with some paper from my stash and added a strip on the exposed edge too.
Sizzlet architectural corners were added too. As I didn't have the same dies used by Alex, I used my own and added a purple mount.

The stamps are from a set by Penny Black and I think this one is my favourite.
Again I used my own dies to cut and frame this one.
The card was covered with paper from my collection and the edge punched with a large Martha Stewart design. The white is a Stampin' Up embossing folder.

I added a contrast trim inside the edge too which reflects through the punched edge.

This one is pretty much the same as Alex's although I used a different shape die and added a bow of different ribbon.

I'm liking the message die used here and may have to invest on my next visit.

In the afternoon, we made the one below using another new Penny Black cling stamp and the message from the same die set. This one is as per Alex's original apart from the ribbon trim colour.

We paper pieced the dress, socks, shoes and bow on the basket.

Below are the cards (and image) that Alex made. 

I've not completed the last one yet but she's so cute!

Thanks Crafts-u-Love and Alex for a fab day - looking forward to the next one!


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Some more Mother's Day Cards................

Some more variations on a theme for Mother's Day cards.
Theses are 6x6 and have been covered with patterned papers.
A Martha Stewart deep edge punch around the page was used with white bazzill, I then used dies to cut a variety of fronds and leaves also in white.

This first one has some roses made with a six petal punch and bazzill stamped with text.
I also added two layers of butterflies with a rolled paper body, some punched fronds and clear gems.
The messages are Lilly of the Valley mounted with an SU scalloped punch.

The papers on this one are Theresa Collins and the flowers are EK success retro daisy punch.

The same flower punch was used for this one too.

A little ruffled seam binding was also added to coordinate.

I really enjoyed making these ones :)

Thanks for taking the time to look.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Wicked Day! - Scrapology March Challenge - U is for Use your stash!

Our lovely DT member  SANDRA created a beautiful layout which was featured in a recent issue of Scrapbook Magazine to create a layout for less than £5.00.

We thought that most people have lots of unused things just waiting for that perfect layout so the technique is to "use your stash" !

I used Basic Grey Curio papers which I have had since they first came out and made the following:

I surrounded my photograph with cut blooms from the paper, some are layered with 3d foam, and added small thumbprint photos of the day into them. I also added a strip made with photobooth down one side.
I wanted to added lots of photo's of our day out  - organised by Robert and Lianne for my birthday last year - The show Wicked!, a visit to the M&M shop in Leicester Square and dinner at the Rainforest Cafe with a volcano of a desert as in the main picture.

I added some beautiful teal crushed ribbon under the photo which I have frilled with red tape.

I cut a butterfly from the paper I used behind the folded corners and raised the wings on foam pads.

Below is Sandra's gorgeous original and our sketch.

Hop on over to the blog to see the DT's inspiration and details of the challenge.