‘Fancy dress’ – Artist trading card set

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ATCs (artist trading cards) are making a bit of a come back. I have seen lots of gorgeous mini artworks over the years and had never made an ATC myself. It’s a brilliant idea because they’re small and you can keep lots of them as keepsakes – which doesn’t take … Read More

‘Embrace life’ – A paper-pieced dolphin card

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Greetings fellow crafters! Today I bring you a bright and cheerful paper-pieced, dolphin card I created for the ‘Craftascope‘ shows on Hochanda. I used the fantastic, dolphin scene die from ‘Craftascope‘. Truly stunning (and from what I heard, was supposed to be impossible to manufacture!) Firstly, I put a double-sided … Read More

I’m a ‘Craftascope’ design team member! Whoop!

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It has been a busy few weeks for me and completely forgot to tell you all my fantastic news! Nick Roberts had kindly asked me to be part of his new design team for his brand, ‘Craftascope‘. It is a privilege and pleasure to to make projects using his wonderful … Read More

Men’s mixed media Birthday card

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mens blue mixed media card

I know men are difficult to make a card for. When you don’t want the common football, gardening or car card (which is not everyone’s taste), this blue mixed media card is something different. I made this for my dad. It turned out really well and he really liked it. … Read More

A more masculine geometric card – Greens, blues and yellows

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Men need inspirational cards too. Its not very often I make men’s cards but I had a geometric stencil in my stash which I hadn’t used yet. I got out my distress inks and blended away. I built up the background using Indigoblu texture stamps then matted and layered with … Read More

Little black book – handmade note book from scratch

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Handmade books are just beautiful. I’ve never made one and was always curious. I’m normally quite ambitious and do something quite challenging, but I knew a few things can go wrong along the way (also, I didn’t want to ruin the designer paper sheet I have lovingly kept for years). … Read More

Words of encouragement – Ink and stamp card

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I love a good sentiment and ‘Mamamakes’ sentiment stamps are some of the best out there! So I chose ‘Don’t let anybody dull your sparkle’ sentiment from ‘Shine Bright’ jumbo stamp set and started there. I’m sure everyone has some Tim Holtz distress inks and I can’t blame them! They … Read More

‘Love Rocks’ – bright and colourful handmade card

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'Love Rocks' handmade card

I’m so pleased how this card turned out! I had a hearts backing paper which I’d never used. I suppose I couldn’t bring myself to use it because I loved the design and colours sooo much (I do tend to hoard my fave papers). Using some pink and mint green … Read More