Sunday, 31 March 2013

Do we really need all of our crafty stash?

A very good Easter Sunday to all my fellow crafters.
 It may be cold still, but I have researched the weather for the next week and it is looking up and by early next week we should be hitting double figures in most areas....... Spring will be arriving soon  :).
So I am making the most of this weather and working on my semi final projects for Heartfelt Creations.  I was asked the other day when I start a project do I have any idea what I will be making ?  Well, the answer to that is definitly not, eeeek. I usually start by deciding whether I am going to make a card, scrapbook page, a box or an altered art project. I always decide the colours first and then I go straight to my spellbinder dies and see what I would like to play with. I then look through my stamps and see whether I am going to go with a copic or water  coloured in image, and from there it all just seems to come together....... well as long as mr mojo is being kind. I can sometimes spend hours fiddling about with lots of embellishments and seem to go know where and other times it just all comes together nicely. 
The big thing that I have learnt over the last few weeks is that when only given a few items to play with sometimes this is easier and your brain is just filled with lots of ideas on how to use them......... sooooo maybe hubby is right 'do I really need all of this stash'?  Yes! Yes! Yes! we all know the answer to this, but maybe we will just keep this a little secret amongst ourselves :) because as long as I continue to craft (which will be forever) I will always have the ' NEED'  to buy list at hand!

My project that I would like to share with you today is an 8x8 card using only Heartfelt Creation dies and stamps, red, black and cream card and a little ribbon and a few embellishments.

  • Spellbinder dies used :
  • Heartfelt Creations - Layered scalloped posy (HCD 717), Layered Elegant Swirl (HCD 716),
  • Delicate Asters (HCD726)
  • Stamps used: Hearfelt Creations - delicate Asters (HCPC 3494), Rye Grass Flourish (HCPC 3436), Bold Vintage Floret background (HCPC 3504)
  • pearls, flat pearls on a thread, large decorative buttons , stickles glitter, red and clear sparkle embossing powder, black and red ribbon
  • Black, red and cream cardstock


Friday, 29 March 2013


Happy Easter to all my fellow bloggers x

Today I would like to share a scrapbook page with you all.  The little boy in the photos is my gorgeous grandson Ollie who is 3 today :).
The papers I have used are from my stash, ( sorry not sure what they are, but I do know that I purchased them from Crafty Charlies)


  • Spellbinder dies used: Grand stately circles
  • Pearl flourishes - Creative Expressions
  • The buttons, pearls, ribbon, and twine are from stash
  • Stampendous frantage encrusted jewels embossing powders and elements
  • I have used a little Stickles and ink around some of the edges to finish

Also the nice postman bought me a little present yesterday ............... :)

It is so diddy! I am looking forward to experimenting with different materials and media.
I purchased mine from Christine Emberson's shop called Hope and Chances Creativity.
Christine did mention on her blog the other day that she would be posting more information on the machine in the coming days, so if you are interested then hop over to her blog and have a peek.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Vote! It's like being on the X Factor :)

Firstly, I have more news on the Heartfelt Creations design team call which I have made the semi finals in ........... To my suprise I found out yesterday that they are letting all of you crafters out there have a vote for your favourite top 5!  So if you like my designs and my creations inspire you then please hop over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for more information.  You even get the chance to win $50 Whilst you are there you can also have a vote for your 5 top favourite current designers and another chance to win $50
I feel so lucky for this opportunity and can't believe people are getting the chance to vote for me, it's like being on the X Factor :) x
I have also found out that I have also made it through to the semi finals of The Hobby House design team call..... Aghhhh I am so excited and what a great excuse for spending hours in my craftroom :)

Now to my card that I would like to share with you today:

  • The card base is 8x8
  • Cardstock used : core'dinations in shades of deep aubergine, pinky lilac, pale olive and black
  • patterned card is DCWV - Latte
  • Dies used - Spellbinder Heartfelt Creations - Decorative window scene
  • decorative Lace Border
  • Vintage Floret
  • Delicate Asters (the foliage)

  • Stamps used:
  • mini vintage floret
  • open vintage floret
  • Rye grass flourish

  • Other items used:
  • Stampendeous Jewel encrusted frantage embossing powders - pinks
  • pearl vintage brads, decorative button, cream antique lace - Live and Love Crafts
  • deep purple metallic ribbon, cream flat pearls  - my stash
  • Ink used: Adirondack - current and meadow
  • Archival - plum
  • Stickles: Tiara and Diamond

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Vase of Flowers

A very good morning to all of my fellow bloggers.
Before I share my creation with you today I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for all of your lovely comments and for taking the time to look at my blog :) x
As you all know when we first take this step to share to the world our designs we never Know if people will like them, and if when we upload our latest post whether or not people are reading them.
The purpose of my blog is firstly and lastly to inspire and to share my creations, you have all made me so welcome and each and every blog that I have peeped at in turn has given me the same.
I don't always have the time to comment on every single blog that I look at, but I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and seeing all of your beautiful designs and I will continue too........ Nobody told me that blogging is almost as addictive as crafting!!! I just wish there was more hours in the day :)

My design today is an 8x8 card and contains lots of flowers. (well I am a florist and do struggle to make a project without them, so thought I would go O.T.T). The papers are from Papermania Rose Garden. I also used 2 different shades of cream card and watercolour card for the flowers.

  •  dies used:
  • Heartfelt Creations - Decorative Oval window
  • Decorative Lace Border
  • Delicate Asters
  • Vintage Floret
  • Spellbinder- Imperial gold, Gold Elements one
  • Stamps used - Heartfelt Creations - Delicate Asters and Vintage Florets
  • Cream lace and pearls
  • stickles glitter - diamond and thistle
  • Wow embossing powder
  • Thinking of you stamp
  • Inks - Stazon, (olive green), Adirondack (meadow)
  • Distress inks - Picked rasberry,spun sugar, old paper, antique linen
  • Distress Markers - Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar
  • Pink ribbon
  • Crackle Glaze
This project did take a few hours but I think it was worth it :)
The vase has been made using the decorative oval die. I will be adding a tuturial on how to make this card in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Butterfly Tag

The project that I have to show you today is a little bit different from my normal designs. I was inspired to make this tag when I saw these gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 - Olde Curiosity Shoppe. The colours are rich with a vintage feel and not what  I would usually choose, but I just fell in love them. I used the 8x8 paper pack and cut the frames and other elements from it and layered them up.


  • Spellbinder dies used:
  • Les Papillions two
  • Opulant Ovals
  • A2 Scalloped Borders one
  • The crystals and crystal swirl are from prima
  • Tassel - Marianne Design
  • Ribbon & pearls are from my stash
    I would like to enter this project into the following challenges :
Craft-room challenge -  In the garden / anything but a card

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Heartfelt Creations DT update - Am I really going crazy :(

After my exciting news on Wednesday about making the semi finals for the Heartfelt Creations design team call I have been eagerly awaiting my parcel of goodies....... well it arrived Friday :)
I hadn't realised how gorgeous there papers are , I have lots of dies and a few stamps, but have never purchased any of there papers. They really are scrummy little vintage and very pretty colours, I love the papers that they have chosen for me :)  However as with all my new papers I asked myself this question _ Do I really have to use them?...... We all know the feeling when we just want to look and stroke them!  My friends and family think I'm a little strange,  but I have explained that unless you are a papercrafter you just wouldn't understand!  So anyway, I am really pleased with what they have sent me and the dies and stamp that they included I don't have these ones in my collection , so this was a real bonus :)  But I have a problem!!!!! As with many of you crafters out there I have been known to lay awake trying desperately to go to sleep, but just can't get crafting ideas and lists of what I need to buy out of my head........ However Friday night was a little different .... I actually created a whole project from start to finish in my sleep! I woke in the morning and actually thought I had really finished this project :), but when I woke properly I realised that it was just a dream!  Am I really going crazy or is it the fact that this design team thing has just gone to my head....... My question to you all is ....'Am I the only crafter that has experienced this or am I really just letting  this crafting obsession literally go to my head' ? lol  This was my first ever design Call that I applied for and I just can't believe that they have chosen me along with 19 extremely talented ladies that have also made it to the semi finals. It definitely is a dream come true :) even if I don't get through the thrill of it all is enough for me :)  The thing is the project I created in my sleep was actually pretty good so am going to give it a try:) not sure that it will work, but I will keep you posted.
Also I would just like to say that I hope all the other ladies that got through love there goodies as much as I do and GOOD LUCK to you all :) x

 So sorry for the long post today.  My creation I would like to share with you on this very cold Sunday is an altered note book.  I have used lots of new goodies that I purchased from My Crafty Heart the other day and received yesterday...... some of them are so pretty I am going to struggle to open them and actually use them :(

  • I have used papers from Hot Off The Press (purchased a few years ago)
  • Core'dinations cardstock
  • The image is Summer Flower Tilda, coloured in using distress markers (all from Bunny Zoes Crafts)
  • Spellbinder dies used:
  • A2 Filigree Delight
  • A2 Scalloped Borders one
  • Die D-lites - Flourish trim
  • Heartfelt Creations - Delicate Asters
  • Bird cage ( I have embossed) and the glass button is from Live and Love Crafts
  • Say it in crystals flourish,diamontes, pearls and Tassel (Marianne Design) are from My Crafty Heart
  • All the other embellishments are from my stash & I am not sure where from :(
I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Girly
Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #16 (anything goes)
Country View Challenge - Pick & Mix


Friday, 22 March 2013

Turtle Lurv

My card today features the gorgeous Saturated Canary digi - Turtle Lurv, isn't she gorgeous?

  • The papers are from First Edition called Summer Breeze.
  • The little tag is made using Spellbinder - Timeless Rectangle 
  • Ribbon - Hope & Chances
  • Roses, pearls flourishes  & small pink flat pearls - The Hobby House
  • Flat pearls on string - Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Antique Heart charm - Live and Love Crafts
  • Others embellishments - not sure :(
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge
The Sketchy Challenge #43

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Exciting News :)

Sorry that I'm posting pretty late in the day however I've been on cloud nine today and haven't come down yet......... A few days ago I applied for a place on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team and today I had notification that I have made it through to the semi finals, I am soooooo so happy I really wasn't expecting this as I know there are so many talented crafters out there.... . Just got to wait for my goodies to arrive so that I can create my next designs which I have to send by 13th April. So going to be busy over Easter, but can't wait to see what they send me! Go have a look at the other amazing crafters who got through, there blogs are awesome :)
Well anyway now too my creation for today!

  • The card is an 8x8 
  • The very pretty image is from Wee Stamps called Spring Bringer
  • I have coloured her using Copics
  • Spellbinder Dies used:
  • Opulent Ovals
  • Grand Ovals
  • Grand decorative labels one
  • Papillion Two
  • Gold Elements One
  • The papers used are: Core dinations - Gemstones, Bazzil Basics and Bo Bunny - Smoochable Collection
  • Wild Orchid Crafts: crown pins, white organza beehive blossom and pink mulberrry flowers
  • The Hobby House:  pearl flourishes, pink pearls, pink brads, glass button and metal charm spacer
  • Ribbon and lace - my stash
 I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
creative creations challenge - Letter B  (bow, button, blossom, butterfly and bling)
Wild Orchid Challenge - Sketch
Crafts and Me -buttons and bows


Tuesday, 19 March 2013


My card today is a Saturated digi called multitasking Mama -  We are all experts at this :)

  • Spellbinder dies used:
  • grand decorative labels one
  • Heartfelt Creations - Delicate Asters(HCD726)
  • Papers are Farm House Paper Company, Bazzil Basics,Webster's Pages and a paper pad from C&C tv
  • The Hobby House - Purple pearls, decorative glass button & flowers
  • The lace, glitter, doiley, heart & ribbonfrom my stash

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges :
 Saturated Canary -read all about it (the last book I read was Supernanny by Jo Frost)
Creative Creations Challenges -letter B (baby,bottle,bow,book & button)
Love to Create Challenge -Anything goes


Monday, 18 March 2013


Well just when I finally find my way around blogland, something new comes along:(
Thanks to others who have posted about Bloglovin I think I understand it and have even added the widget thingy onto my blog and also added all of the blogs I follow, that bit was quite easy, I only had to click a button and was pretty straight forward.  But the question many of you and I too will be asking is 'why'?  I'm sure they have there reasons and I suppose for us new bloggers it is much fairer, but only time will tell.
So if you are reading my blog and finding it enjoyable and find my creations inspirational please click the button on the side:)
A big thankyou in advance to all of my bloglovin followers x

MINI ALBUM - Spellbinder Academy Class

My Mini Album - Which I have made for my special Nan who is 90 Today :)

 Yesterday  I attended a Spellbinder Academy Class at Christine Emberson's Shop/Studio called Hope and Chances. We had such a fun day :). The project we made was a mini album.  The albums are from a Company called Want 2 Scrap and the albums come in different shapes and all have corresponding Spellbinder Grand dies, (available from Hope and Chances). They come with the rings and 5 Chipboard bases.



The papers which we used are from My Mines Eye: Life Stories
Spellbinder dies used:
  • Imperial Gold - Gold Labels Four
  • Grand Scalloped Circles
  • Elegant Asters
  • Butterfly
  • Heartfelt Creations - Vintage Floret (HCD727)
  • Heartfelt Creations - Delicate Asters (HCD726
Stamps used:
  • Heartfelt Creations - Mini Vintage florets (HCPC 3500)
  • Heartfelt Creations - Vintage Florets (HCPC 3502)
  • Fiskers - Make A Wish Quotes
Embellishments used:
  • The Hobby House -  Pearl Elegant Flourish, Pearl Heart Flourish, small pearl brads (also Available from Hope and Chances)
  • Live and Love Crafts - Large Antique Heart
  • Spellbinder - Gold Craft foil (available from Hope and chances)
  • Vintage lace, stickles, and other small pearls are from my stash of goodies that I'm not sure where I purchased:(
The inside covers and centre chipboard pages have pockets in so that photos can be kept in them.
You can add any amount of inside papers as you wish (as long as they fit). You can either use all of the chipboard pages or as I have done only use 3 or even 2 or 4, they are so versatile.
The inside: