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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Christmas box type card

I saw this make on a FB page & was very kindly given the measurements to make this box type card.
Take some A4 card & cut it so you have a piece 15cms x 29cms
Looking at the card longways now -
score it at 15cms........18.5........22.........25........28.5...........
DON'T fold the 15cms....that is where it folds back and you stick, it is like a guide line.
Fold your creases and burnish the folds.
Put some double sided tape on the very tip where it will fold back and decorate.
It folds down flat so you can get it in an envelope.
I thought it would be difficult to do but it was quite straight forward.
Once I had made the base I covered using some lovely patterned papers that were free from Simply Card & Papercraft magazine - BoBunny silver & gold collection.
I was lucky enough to have been sent the die cuts - I threaded some lovely ribbon through the frame die cut.
I backed the bauble die cut with some gold paper.
Adhered the frame & bauble into place.
Added some bling & ribbon from my stash & the felt reindeer is from Hobbycraft.
A little sentiment was cut from the BoBunny papers, matted onto some card & placed on the card using foam pads - it says '& to all a goodnight' .
This was fun to make & will look different standing on someones mantlepiece.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

I have entered this in:
Completely Christmas - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Winter Wonderland -  lots of layers
ABC Christmas Challenge - something festive
Crafting By Designs - get ready for Christmas
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas in September
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge -  ribbons or lace
CHCH - always Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -  anyhting goes with patterned paper
Christmas Card Challenges -anything goes
Catered Crop - seeing red

Hallowe'en card


Hi everyone! 
This was a card I made for a Hallowe'en card swap. When it came to making this I wondered why on earth I had decided to do this challenge as did not have anything vaguely Hallowe'en like in my stash! Oh I tell a fib - some orange & black card & some orange stickles!
A bit of head scratching took place, had a look around the web & found some royalty free images so picked one I liked.
Printed it off twice onto glossy photo paper. Cut the 'witch' from one of the prints. Placed this onto the other image using foam pads for a bit of depth.
Used the orange stickles to highlight parts of the pumpkin, the stars on the dress & the large letters of the verse.
I found some black lace & thought this would go over the cape of the witch. First I matted the image onto some orange then black card, then I took the black lace around the edge of the black card. Matted this onto more orange card.
Found some orange bling, adhered these to the black edges of the card.
I was quite pleased with how it turned out & it is now living in Scotland!
I have to say I have now bought some more Hallowe'en stash! :)
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

I have entered this in:
Aud Sentiments - Hallowe'en sentiment (closes 7/10)
ScrapbookerPhD -  Hallowe'en sentiment, not happy Hallowe'en (closes 11/10)
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes

Autumnal ATC's

Here are a couple of Autumnal ATC's I made for a swap - I can post now because they have been received.
I love the colours of Autumn so found these a pleasure to make.
Found some Autumnal papers for the backing layers. Cut the flowers using various coloured card. The rose type flowers & leaves are with a Marianne Creatables die - English Rose. The other flowers are made using a Marianne Craftable - frame & flower oval. The green flourish is a freebie die from Papercrafts Essentials magazine & the acorn is a Joy Crafts die.
Arranged the flowers onto the ATC's, added some ribbon, twine & pearls to one.
Finished off with some glitter on the edges of the flowers & gold Rub 'n' Buff around the edges of one of them.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

I have entered this in:
Open-Minded Crafting Fun -  fall/autumn
Crafting for all seasons - colours of Autumn


I had made this tag for a challenge & when I came to look at it again thought it would benefit from some foiling - so out came my foils from Foil Play.
The stamps I used are BOO! from Oak House Studio.
As I had already stamped my images I went around the parts I wanted the foil to highlight with a Zig glue pen. Waited for the glue to become tacky, than applied gold metallic foil to the pumpkins & words then applied copper metallic foil around the edges of the tag.
I think the foils work really well with this project & they are really easy to use - pop along to  Foil Play & have a peek at all the lovely, shiny things!
Also please check out the Foil Play blog & see what other members of the DT are doing.

I have entered this in:
QKR Stampede - pumpkins- made top 5!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

crochet & buttons

Hi everone! I fancied trying some crochet & was looking around pinterest & found these - crochet flowers with button centres. Thought I'd give it a go.
The instructions can be found here - they are in a foreign language but luckily for me there are some good pictures!
I found the wool in a local poundshop - 3 balls for £2, would be rude not to especially as it has a some lovely sparkle in it!
I found them quite easy to do - the hardest part is getting the wool through the centres, I found a very thin crochet hook did the trick.
Hope you like them.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

I have entered this in:
Crafting Musketeers - use buttons
Dragons Lair Design - anything but a card
DL.Art -  anything goes

Friday, 26 September 2014

autumn colours challenge

Hi everyone - hope you are all well.
I have made this tag to enter the Autumn Colours challenge over on Oak House Studio . The challenge is on their Facebook page Inkspired by Oak House all the links are on their blog.
For this tag I cut out a small circle from some scrap paper. Decided where I wanted it to be on the tag, then inked around it using Oak House ink pad in burgundy.
I then stamped the clematis corner & the pumpkin, both from Oak House Studio onto some more scrap paper & cut out to use as masks.
I stamped the clematis corner using black archival ink. Placed the mask onto the stamped image & stamped the pumpkin circle using spiced marmalade Distress Ink, then stamped the pumpkin detail using Oak House ink pad in yummy chocolate. Placed the pumpkin mask over the stamped image & stamped another one to be behind the first one.
I coloured the flowers using Oak House inks, Distress Inks & Creative Expressions watercolour.
Used the masks again, covering the images while I inked the rest of the tag, using Oak House ink pad in burgundy over some torn copy paper to give the look of hills. Stamped the trees using Oak House ink pad in yummy chocolate.
Made a couple of 'flicks' for birds, inked around the edges using the yummy chocolate and added an orange ribbon. Put some orange stickles on the pumpkins.
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx

I have entered this in:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - anything goes 
QKR Stampede - pumpkins
Tag Along - autumn colours
Crafting for all Seasons - colours of autumn
Little Red Wagon -  anything fall themed
Paper Pretties -  Hallowe'en/fall
Paperminutes - colours of autumn
Lexi's Creations - autumn colours
Penny Black & More -  autumn colours

Monday, 22 September 2014

An apology...

I must apologise to anyone coming here to continue with the Creative Blog Hop - 2 of the 3 people I mentioned in my last post have decided not to continue with it for various reasons.
Stefanie is the one that has continued - you can find her blog here
You could also go back to Rebecca's blog and follow more blogs from there as well.
Sorry folks out of my control ,
Bev xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

Hi everyone - a different kind of post from me this week - a blog hop!

The Creative Blog Hop

It's Monday & time for The Creative Blog Hop & my turn to join in.
The idea is for us, as Bloggers, to get to know each other better. Each Blogger answers four questions about themselves & afterwards they 'tag' three more Bloggers. It is always held on a Monday.

My Tagger:

I was tagged by Rebecca. I only met Rebecca recently on Oak House Studio FB page & blog. She asked for people to do the blog hop - I volunteered so here goes! Please check out Rebecca's blog.

About me:

I'm a fifty-something retired Dental Nurse (I can hear the groans!) I have been married to Keith for 35 years - yikes! where did all that time go??? We have one son, James 28, who is quite self sufficient & runs his own Graphic Design business & lives with his lovely partner Charlotte. We are 'grandparents' to his dog Poppy!
I have always liked doing 'crafty' things - drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, cross stitch and have dabbled at these off & on over the years.
I discovered card making & paper crafting about 10 years ago & love it! It has helped through some difficult times, mainly my parents illnesses,dying & having to deal with everything that entails - still have some things to sort through even now, but I will get around to it. I miss them both every day.
I am lucky to have been able to retire early & now I can craft my days away, which I enjoy enormously. Keith also only works 3 days now so we have the luxury of a long weekend together every week - which we love.
I am trying a few thing out of my comfort zone - mixed media & getting inky in general. I am also trying quilting as have a lovely new sewing machine.

1. What Am I Working On Now?

I am working on various challenges at the moment, and making the odd Christmas card or two trying to get in front with these.
I am loving being part of ATC challenges at the moment - small pieces of art travelling all over the UK & the world!
I am in the process of making a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter - hopefully I'll finish it before she's too old to use it!
I have recently discovered an easy way to make boxes, so can see me doing quite a bit of that running upto Christmas!

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Who knows!
I love looking around people's blogs, seeing how they create things & how they do it. Everyone's work is different. That's why I like the challenges & swaps - people making the same things but each with that persons different take on the theme.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Usually as part of a challenge or for a commissioned piece. I like to make pieces for the home as well. I generally just like doing & making anything. Some things may not turn out as I expected but that's the joy of creating things, taking you on different paths to explore.

4. How does my creative process work?

I usually  have a look at what challenges are going on around FB & Blogger, seeing if I can get some inspiration. Sometimes I just sit at the table & play around with various things, I try to enter challenges often as I think it keeps the 'juices' flowing, and makes me try different techniques. If it's for a commissioned piece I usually start with what that person likes - favourite colours etc.

What happens next?

I am delighted to introduce the three talented bloggers I've tagged ( in no particular order). I know these bloggers through a group on FB called Craftywaffle Challenges. There are various challenges & swaps going on throughout the month - check it out. They will continue the blog hop on Monday 22nd September.
Please come back next week & make time to visit their lovely blogs.


Hi My name is Beth I have been crafting for numerous years either knitting,sewing,decoupage or other things.I now mainly do cards,but have recently been introduced into altered image type of crafting and also making boxes and covering pieces with material of a different form.
I also like the shadow box type of crafting it gets my creative juices flowing.


Hi my name is Gillian I've been crafting for about 7 years now. I started off with a Christmas card kit and it went from there, now I do all sorts of crafts paper crafts,altering things,stamping, will try anything once love to meet other crafters and see their work, I have a you tube channel and also run a crafting group on face book thanks for the opportunity to be part of this blog hop its my first one, speak soon.


Hi, my name is Stefanie, and I've been crafting on and off for as long as I can remember. 
It started off with knitting with my Grandma when I was young, through to doing cross-stitch in my mid- teens to early twenties. Now I like a mixture of crafts, from quilting, to embroidery and paper crafting to my all time favourite (as I've recently discovered) messy mixed media - I just love getting inky, painty fingers!! 
I decided to start my blog to help me maintain healthy positive thinking after struggling for years with Fibromyalgia - I find that by reflecting on my little crafty achievements I can cope better with the day to day effects of my illness. 
Her blog is here - please pop over.

Unfortunately the 2 of the people I nominated have decide not to continue with the bloh hop - please go back to Rebecca's blog & follow it from there - out of my control, sorry.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bev xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Santa's sleigh

Hi everyone - hope you've had a good week.
I saw Jak Heath demoing how to make this on Create & Craft a few days ago, so decided to give it a try.
The die used is a Create & Craft Die-Lectables Christmas Sleigh. I die cut this from some silver mirri board. For the other side the mirri has to be turned over. I adhered these die cuts to some red card & cut around the die cut. Now I had 2 sides so needed a middle. I measured the length needed, taking into account the front & back - how high I wanted the card. Worked out how wide I wanted it, adding on a little at each side for adhereing to the sleigh.
Then it is just a bit 'fiddly' getting this part into place.
That's it! easy peasy.
I think these would look nice as a centrepiece or I'm thinking of doing them as place settings with some little goodies inside.
Thanks for stopping by,
Bev xx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Another obsession....

Hi everyone - hope you are all well. My latest obsession is boxes!
The little matchbox one is a Cheery Lynn small matchbox die - so easy to use & make up. I might be making an Advent calendar using this die - watch this space! I just love making these little flowers so had to make some to finish my little box off.
The other box is an origami one - really easy to make. I found a great tutorial on YouTube - there are loads, but I followed the one by Patricia Zapata on eHowArtsAndCrafts.
For the lid I cut an aperture from the centre & embossed some acetate to place there.
This box was made using 2 pieces of A4 paper & would be useful for small gifts. Also an ideal way to use up those freebie papers from magazines!
Thanks for stopping by, hope I have inspired you to try the origami box!
Bev xx