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With Love...

It's time for another challenge over at Let's Craft and Create. This time the theme is 


By one layer we mean one piece of card folded in half with no additional layers.  The image can be stamped or printed directly onto the card stock with minimal embellishments.
Looking forward to seeing all you one layer cards for this challenge. Check out the Let's Craft and Create Blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and the prize up for grabs for one lucky winner.

Rose Acrylic Stamp - 'Craft Stamper' magazine (free gift)
With Love Sentiment Stamp - Papermania
Stampin Up real red  dye ink pad
Versafine onyx black ink pad

Birthday Candles...

This week's theme over on the Less is More Challenge Blog is to make a card for a child.  Couldn't let this one pass me by, I could do with some cards for children in my stash.

I took a few supplies out to a shady spot in the garden yesterday afternoon. and came up with this design.
It's another scrap buster card from me.  I didn't cut into one full sheet of 6 x 6 to make it.  They're the kinda cards I love.
The card base is 150 mm x 150 mm, the candles are around 15mm wide and I've used a 1" circle punch to make the candle flames.

Papers: My Minds Eye Dwell
Sentiment Stamp: Papermania

Vintage inspired pin cushion...

It's colour challenge time over on The Ribbon Girl Blog. This month the colours are vintage pinks and cream.
I needed a storage solution for all my pretty pins, somewhere to keep them within easy reach out on my workbench.  All the time they're tucked away in a box I forget to use them.  So, I found this quickie pin cushion tutorial HERE, it's the perfect solution for me and only took a couple of hours to make.  Who'd have thought it started life as a cocoa tin, it's amazing what a few metres of pretty lace can do.

Check out The Ribbon Girl blog for some beautiful cards and projects from The Ribbon Girls, entry details for this challenge, plus news of the fabulous new designers that'll be joining us next month.

Ivory Lace Net Fabric  25mm Cream Cotton Lace Pale Pink Zig Zag Cotton Lace Cream Picot Cotton Lace Pearl Button Mixture  Cream Top Stitch Thread Pins (decorative) all from The Ribbon Girl shop
Vintage Sheet Music
Cocoa Tin
Calico Fabric
Polyester Wadding

Quilted card and crocheted flowers...

My day to post over on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog again today - the weeks are flying by far too quickly!  This week I've made a quilt inspired card using hand stitching with this pretty Prima flower as the focal point.  I always like to have some ready made flowers in my stash for those times when I  haven't time to make my own.  There's a full supplies list and a step-by-step guide to hand stitching on cards HERE on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog.

Inspired by my blogging pal Katie, I attended a beginners crochet workshop yesterday.  In only two hours I'd made a flower!

A big achievement for a complete novice like me.  I had such a great time I'm going back next week for the intermediate class, best get practising!

You're a star...

It's time for another challenge over at Let's Craft and Create. This time the theme is 'Stars in Your Eyes'. 
Remember your entry doesn't have to be a Papercraft project just as long as you stick to the 'Star' theme 
Check out the blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and the fabulous prize up for grabs for one lucky winner.

Papers:  My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Happy
Stampin Up Chipboard Star
Glamour Dust Glitter by Decoart
Pearl Mix Buttons, Pastel Mix Buttons, Top stitching Thread and Natural Button Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Computer Generated Sentiment

Pearls and pins giveaway...

Just wanted to let you know about yet another fabulous giveaway over on The Ribbon Girl Blog.
You could win a beautiful selection of pearls, gems and pretty pins from the Ribbon Girl shop all you have to do is pop over to the blog and add your comment to this post. 

The winner will be announced on Sunday 20th May 2012 when the May colour challenge begins.  Speaking of the May colour challenge I'd better get my thinking cap on...

Good luck

Cardboard Wall Hanging...

It's Saturday so it's my turn to post over on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog.  This week I've made a wall hanging using mainly Prima products. Lovin' all things Prima at the moment, can't get enough of their beautiful designs.
As always there's a Step by Step guide to make it plus a full supplies list over HERE on the blog.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Less is More with Colour...

It's been a while, but this week I've found time to enter the colour challenge over on the Less is More challenge blog.  The colour this time is 'round is 'Yellow'.
For my card I've created 3D blooms by folding punched flowers in half and gluing together, there's 7 punch outs for each bloom.  Bit of a fiddle but I like the effect.  The stems I hand stitched with some linen thread which gives slightly more texture than embroidery floss.
I'm off now to check out all the lovely entries I've spied on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pretty notebooks and handwriting fonts...

What else is there to do on a rainy bank holiday Monday but clear out your craft room.  In the process I  unearthed a pile of digi patterned papers, so rather than hoard them I made some pretty notebooks.

The papers were mainly pastel colours so could easily be used for notebook pages.
For a bit of added interest I die cut a flower in the centre of each cover and added a small tag and a stamped greeting.   I'll pop each one inside a glassine bag and tie with a pretty ribbon and they'll be ready to give as gifts.

I also had a go at designing my own handwriting font, thanks to Helen over at It's All Fiddle Fart.  If you've never visited, it's a blog full of tips, tricks and nifty makes, well worth a visit. Last week Helen shared a link to a website where you can design your own font in a matter of minutes.

DIY Smash Book and vintage finds....

This week my make for Bubbly Scrumptious is a DIY 'Smash' book.  A place to stick all those notes, photos and ideas for the garden.  The frame is another in the Prima range of iron-ons.  As usual the supplies list and a step by step guide to make it are over on the blog.

My local charity shops never disappoint, whenever I pay a visit I always come out with something.  Look at this little lot, all for about £5.  The buttons are authentic mother of pearl.  The books are not quite as 'vintage'  as I would have liked but they'll do for the what I've got in mind...

Special occasion...

It's time for another challenge over at Let's Craft and Create. This time the theme is 'Special Occasion'. 
I've used my lovely new paper pad from MME for my Anniversary card.  
Really hope you can join us this time.  Remember you don't have to make a card to enter just as long as you stick to the 'Special Occasion' theme the possibilities are endless...
Check out the blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and the prize up for grabs for one lucky winner.

Papers:  My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Happy
Sizzix Bigz - TIm Holtz Caged Bird Die from Bubbly Funk
Stampin Up Bird Punch
Flowers, Twine and Pearls from The Ribbon Girl

Magnetic Memo Board...

Today I'm sharing this quick and easy magnetic memo board I made for my craft room.  Somewhere to keep together all those to do lists and shopping lists.  No excuse for missing deadlines now!

Take a cheap baking tray, I got mine from Poundland, it's about 8" x 12 ".   Cover and decorate the base with patterned paper.
For the labels and memo holders I used accent stickers and brads, but you could use buttons or punched shapes as well
The magnets are from the website  - they very kindly sent me some free samples to use and review here on my blog.

I've used both the flexible self adhesive dots for the labels

and some small neodymium magnets from my selection box.  Just stick the magnet to the back of the accent with a  blob of quick dry epoxy glue.  I used 'super glue'.

These magnets although tiny are very strong, no sliding down the board even with a few layers of paper between the base and the magnet.
If like me you haven't used magnets before in your crafting projects.  The  first4magnets website is well worth a browse.  It has every type of magnet you could imagine and is jammed packed with information on how to use them.  There's a whole section devoted to Craft and a vast selection of Adhesive magnets too.


Basic Grey Oxford - Papers, Stickers and Brads.
Tea Dyed Check Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl