Saturday, 30 June 2012

Vintage / Victorian Baby Carriage

Hi Folks!
Now i know one doesn't associate dark colors with Babies, but i thought a vintage style baby Carriage wouldn't look right in the usual soft and pastel pinks.
So i took the Bull by the proverbial Horns and decided to go for a darker vintage look.
Plenty of pretty pearls and lace with delicate floral backing paper makes the carriage pop and if i say so myself would be lovely as New Baby card....Just something a little different from the norm.
It will be on sale on my eBay store later tonight, so we will see what other people think judging by the bids!
I have got some lovely new 8" square paper lace doilies arriving from Canada any day now (Customs permitting)
Have a good Weekend
(( ))

Thursday, 28 June 2012

30th wedding Anniversary card

Good morning Folks!
Today i am showing off a bit with this card.
I got some lovely new papers from DCWV and they just cried out Shabby Chic/Vintage.
I was commissioned to make a card for my Son's girlfriends Parents who are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Saturday (Congratulations to them)
I think it's the first time my Son has ever asked me to make a card for him, so i went all out on this one.
I do hate using my BEAUTIFUL PAPERS, and as all you Crafters know, they are purely to stroke and admire, and not to be used as they were intended to be (Cards and Scrapbooks)
I have a huge stash of the most glorious papers ever, and wouldn't dream of cutting into them or covering them with Photo's, totally forbidden in my opinion.
It must be true because my friend Kim agrees totally with me.
So to cut into this scrummy paper was almost a cardinal sin.
I didn't feel the need to put their names on the front, as they know who they are, and after 30 years of marriage, they also know it's their Wedding Anniversary.
I also wanted to expose as much of the paper as possible, as it is so pretty and sparkly (Shame you can't see that effect)
so i felt less was more on the front, and used as much of the paper as possible....I still have one sheet left to
Anyway i hope you like it.
(( ))

The inside

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Good morning Folks!
I thought you might like to see something that i created earlier this week.
Now i know it's a bit OTT, but these days people seem to like a lot of lace and flowers.
I wasn't sure what kind of card this would make, but Wedding or special Birthday/Graduation came to mind.
it took quite a while to make this one, due to all the individual layers of lace that i used.
I thought once i had made it that it didn't look too bad.
still sticking to my Shabby chic vintage look.
this is up for grabs on my eBay store if you are interested.
i hope that i have been answering all the questions that people have asked me, i can't seem to find a simple way of answering questions from my blog which will allow it to be posted or sent directly to the person who asked at the touch of a key, but i am doing my best.
I would appreciate any help on this matter.
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Saturday, 23 June 2012


Now this is something I have never done before, and totally out of my comfort zone, but when i saw this Betty Boop image i just saw RED...Literally..
layered with loads of sparkling Red glitter card and flowers and just a dash of feather, i thought it looked quite sexy.
Not my Shabby Chic/Vintage/ get my drift, but considering i have never done anything quite so Hmmmmm! before, i think she looks ok.
always happy to hear from you probably more so for this she OTT?
Hugs (( ))

Friday, 22 June 2012

Vintage or 1930's style Dress special day

Hi again Folks! 
Well i must have more time on my hands than i thought, or perhaps i have just been managing it better, either way i seem to find more time to be creative and enjoy my passion.
I made this little Topper today, and thought it would make a lovely Wedding card, but i am always aware that most Wedding day cards seems to be more for the Bride and less for the Groom.
I much prefer something that has something for the Groom as well, or keeping to tradition the "Can't go wrong Horse Shoes"
Anyway this card would also be good for a Graduation or a special Birthday like a 21st.
still keeping to my Shabby Chic Vintage theme.
I love the soft brown tones and dusky pinks of the papers, and a little bit of lace goes a long way to making anything that little bit more Shabby.
weather miserable as usual Rain and more Rain....where has our Summers gone??
Enjoy your weekend no matter what.
(( ))

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Vintage butterfly card topper

Hi folks!
Now i don't know about you, but i just love the vintage look.
It's a great reason to get out the TH distress inks and do a bit of dabbling.
I layered my Butterfly using several different dies which i thought went together quite well.
I found some pretty yellow mulberry flowers and distressed them to tone them dowm to match my backing paper.
A touch of sparkle on the Butterfly just made it pop a little.
anyway i hope you like it.
Hugs (( ))

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Bird on a blossom branch

Hi Folks!
I saw this TH die of a bird on a branch and straight away i new it has so many possibilities.
I didn't like the bird that was attached, it was a Crow (very TH as you know) and it seemed a bit small for the branch and a bit rough looking, so i decided to use a Kanban die cut garden bird which i felt was far better in size and such  a pretty gold foil touch.
the colours are a bit unusual Green and purple, but hey!!! anything goes in the Craft world.
actually the more i look at it, the more i like the colours
Hugs (( ))

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Bird and cage shabby chic style

Has anyone noticed how Birds and Bird cages are so popular these days.
Being an Animal lover i hate to see Birds in cages, and yet i love to see them on cards and other decorations.
This one i thought was OTT, and i must admit i am not too sure if i got the colour scheme right.
Has the cage got a bit lost ???
anyway what's done is done...
I must say a huge thank you to all my lovely followers who take the time to leave comments.
it's always nice to hear from you, and nicer to see all the lovely comments you make.
I must have too much time on my hands lately, i have been posting on my Blog more than ever.

Shabby Chic vintage 18th or 21st Birthday Key

I have to say i am loving the Shabby Chic mode that i am in at the moment.
add that to a touch of insomnia and i am managing to get some Toppers made.
I have been asked why i make Toppers rather than cards, well it's because a lot of people like to add their own personal touches to a card, and once a card has been made, there is little you can do to personalise it, whereas a Topper can be added to.
I usually make my toppers to fit a 6" x 6" card, but if you want to pop it onto a 8" x 8" card, there is room to add more like backing paper, sentiment tags or a personal greeting.
Anyway i hope you like today's effort.
lots of lace and pearls on this one, using soft white washed pinks and beige with a touch of TH distress inks.
it looks like it going to be a nice day today, the sun is up and the Birds are chattering away, so lets hope the rain moves elsewhere for a change.
I do think a sunny day puts you in the mood for crafting dont you?
Hugs for now.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Black and white Butterfly

Once again i have used my beautiful Doily dies and my paper lace doily squares for this striking Black and white Butterfly card topper.
I thought the splash of green leaves just made this pop, and isn't that Butterfly just too intricate and swirly.
again i will be selling this in my eBay shop.
I know i am not that good at giving all the info an what, how and who when it comes to my cards and Toppers but if you do need any info, just drop me a line.

Basket of pretty peach flowers

Hi Folks!
I am loving these new MC basket dies. so decided to keep to my Shabby Chic style and pastel colours and came up with this basket of flowers.
Using my beautiful Doily squares and layering them up with my doily dies i thought they went really well together as a background.
Peach and white with a touch of TH distress ink, i wanted to achieve a vintage look......not too sure if it worked, but i think it looks pretty alright.
I have made it as a card topper which is for sale in my eBay shop along with some other card toppers.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs x


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Shabby heart

This is a little card I made using my little 4" white Doily hearts.
again keeping to my Shabby Chic style, i thought it would make a lovely card for any occasion.

Shabby Chic bird house

Hi Folks!
Just lately i have gone all Shabby Chic....I have always loved the soft tones and Victorian style of Shabby, and especially the beautiful dusky pinks and greens.
I have had a little time to myself lately, and have enjoyed making what i want instead of what other people want, so i decided to get out some of my lovely Anna Griffin papers and rummage through my lace and came up with this.
Hope you like it.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

LOTV Christening card

what a thoroughly wet and miserable Jubilee Sunday, but a great day to spend in the Craft room.
I was up at the crack of dawn to finish off this christening card (Needed for today and late as usual)
I guess you all know it's a LOTV stamp, and perfect for a new Baby or Christening card.
I have used chalks on this one for a change as i wanted it to be very pastel and pale.
Sorry about the photo's...I still haven't mastered my new super duper Camera yet so none of my pics seem to come out right.....
Enjoy whatever Jubilee celebrations you may have.

and one from the inside