Thursday, 19 December 2019

Christmas Exploding Box

Not feeling like celebrating Christmas this year, so this is the only thing I've made for Christmas this year, it's for my Son's in-laws...
Papers - Stamperia and Magnolia
Die Cuts - Memory Box and Poppy Stamp dies
Snow - Aleene's True Snow
 Flowers and Leaves from Sweet Lilac

Take care, Keep Smiling and have a happy Christmas xxx

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Peaky Blinders Birthday Card

It's my friend Val's birthday and she very much likes the TV series Peaky Blinders or should I say she very much likes the leading man. Again it's not something I watch but after some searching on Google about it I think I may have managed to make a card that captures the program...

 Apart from the obvious it's all computer generated with images not of my making so I take no credit for them. The backing paper was an image I found printed it in black and white and then used Tim Holtz's distress inks to add colour. Oh and the circle on the front of the box is from Tonic Studios.

Take care and keep smiling

Friday, 25 October 2019

Art Deco 30th Birthday Card

I remember saying once that Art Deco was too hard to do but now I've got used to it. I've found that the simpler it is the better it looks :)

 The glitter card I got from Laura-Lea on eBay
The silver embossed card, blue silk card and black satin mirri card (used on the cutout figure, yes the figure is all hand cut) and the die for the "30" from Tonic Studios.
The number 30 on the front of the card was hand cut.
Here are the original pictures that inspired the card

Templates for Art Deco 30th Birthday Card

Just in case you would like to have a go at making a card like mine here are the templates I made for it
first the templates for the main body of the card

 and if you don't want to layer here is the full template
these following templates are for the card

Hopefully these should all print out at the same size giving you a fully assembled card that is 16.5cm tall by 14.4cm in width.
I recommend you print out a trial set of templates first to make sure they are all correct if you find any mistakes or I've left something out email me at and I'll put it right.
Take care and keep smiling :)

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Because - Thank you card

Made this card for my friend of 44 years Tracey ...

The card was inspired by a picture I found and can be found here on Pinterest. The picture was printed on to virtually shed-less glitter paper and cut out and mounted onto silver satin mirri card. The text has been gone over with black Zig Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.
Take care and keep smiling :)

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Fathers Day 2019 - The Last one

On the 1st June 2019 my Dad passed away. He died very peacefully at home exactly where he wanted to be, with myself, my son Alex, and my brother Stuart with him.
I had started this card back in March when he was taken into hospital. I thought I can get this done while he's in here, but as time went on (he was in for 5 weeks and had 13 bags of blood) it was clear his time was coming to an end. So the card was forgotten as I spent more time at the hospital and then taking care of him when we got him home, but when he died I was determined to make this one last card for my Dad for one last Fathers Day...

Night night Dad 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Thank you card for my daughter-in-law

My Dad is very ill and can no longer use the stairs, and so can't get to his bedroom anymore (he has a bed downstairs now). And his old room had become a bit of a dumping ground for the 2 walkers, wheelchair and other aides he can no longer use. So anyhoo my son and daughter in law came to visit and Phoebe decided she wanted to clean up my Dads old room, she spent about 3 hours sorting tidying dusting and vacuuming and now it looks lovely and fit for purpose. And so I made a thank you card ...

 Instyle retro rubber stamp coloured with Derwnts coloursoft pencils, Zig wink of Stella glitter brush, Sakura clear glaze pen.
The backing paper, picture frames and the rest of the pictures are sourced from the internet and are not my artwork.
Sue Wilson dies - Delicate daises
The cleaning products are dolls house miniatures
Take care and keep smiling

Sunday, 3 March 2019

New Baby Girl Exploding Box

It's seems to be all babies lately, this time a baby girl is imminent for my daughter-in-laws sister and as I really enjoyed making the baby boy box I decided to do another...

Materials used -
Stamperia - Baby girl 12x12 paper pad 
Die-namics stitched scalloped dies -  rectangles, squares and circles
Die-namics stitched scalloped frame dies - circles and squares
Fiskars - Sunburst border punch
La La Land - heart fence die
Martha Stewart -  Grass border punch
Memory box -  Contempo bird dies
Poppy Stamp dies - Grand Madison door, small Madison window, small flowerbox (also upside down for door step)
Nellies Choice - stamen punch
Flatback pearl leaves from Wild Orchid crafts
XCut - butterfly palm punch
unknown make tiny flower punches
Buttons Gallore & More Buttons - Baby girl
Dress it up buttons -
Jumpin Around (rabbits)
New Arrival Girl
Stuffed with Love (Teddies)
Garden Gnomes
Out Foxed
Forest Babies (hedgehog)
Dog gone
Nine Lives
nature backing paper, bees, ballons, letterbox, house number plaque and curtains - computer made
Brick wall - Magnolia rubber stamps
Baby, teddy, rabbit, door handle and door knocker - dolls house miniatures
Pram - own design. Please don't ask for template it was done purely using a spellbinders circle die for the body of the pram at the size I wanted then I winged it from there hahahaha
The bag however I did make a template for -

The overall printed size for the one I made is 7.5cm high and 8cm wide

Thank you for dropping by. Take care & keep smiling :)