Sunday, 20 August 2017

More Intricut Christmas

Here are the last three cards from my commission for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 166 using the Hobbycraft Intricut dies and Dovecraft The Magic of Christmas paper packs.

Hobbycraft Intricut Christmas Intricate Wreath

As above but cut in half and used as a garland

Hobbycraft Intricut Christmas - Intricate Noel Bauble
X-cut mini dies - Lace Holly - exclusive to Hobbycraft
Hobbycraft  Heritage Christmas red paper poinsettias
Cream metallic edged ribbon and all gems - Meiflower

Thanks for calling,
Colette xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

More bags and boxes

Here are the last bag and box from the Die Cutting Essentials commission.

Creative dies plus gift box collection Gift bag die set
Gems and ribbon - Meiflower
X-cut scallop border punch

Creative dies plus gift box collection square box die set
LeCrea multi dies Multi flower 009

The gold glitter card on the bag  is from the Crafters companion luxury card stock - gold collection. The diamond stick on gem border was from The Range, I applied double sided sticky tape around the centre of the box, very carefully placed the trellis border on and then covered the whole lot with gold glitter.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

An Intricut Christmas

Today I have some cards to show you from the latest issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft, the brief was to use some gorgeous Hobbycraft Intricut dies and Dovecraft - The Magic of Christmas 12"x12" and 6"x6" designer paper packs to make some traditional type Christmas cards.

Hobbycraft Intricut- Intricate Sentiment Merry Christmas
20cm square card blank
X-cut mini dies Lace Holly - exclusive to Hobbycraft

Square die as above
Hobbycraft Intricut Christmas Poinsettia mini dies
Hobbycraft Heritage Christmas Gold Poinsettias

Hobbycraft Intricut Christmas Tree dies

Thanks for stopping by,
Take care,
Colette xx

Friday, 11 August 2017

Die-cutting Essentials magazine - Bags and Boxes

Here are a selection of bags and boxes made for Die Cutting Essentials magazine issue 27 and using the Creative Dies plus Gift Box Collection, fancy bows and tags and box windows. The brief was Pink, Gold and Bling.

Creative dies plus gift box collection Gift bag die set
Creative dies plus gift box collection - Fancy bows die set
craft sensations mix & match 12x12 design pad - pink highlights - The Range
Gold glitter card - Crafters Companion

Creative dies plus gift box collection Rectangle box die set
Papers and gold card as above
Robert Addams All Occasions Word dies - For You
 Creative dies plus gift box collection - tags and windows
X-cut Daisy punch large and medium
stick on gems - Meiflower

Creative dies plus gift box collection square box die set
Creative dies plus gift box collection - tags and windows
Creative dies plus gift box collection - Fancy bows
Papers as above
Gems as above

Thanks for popping in
Colette xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Wedding invitations 4

A couple more of the wedding invitation samples I did for Meiflower. I did 8 in total so only 2 more to post after these.

I used 25mm satin ribbon under the lace which I bought locally, and the matching 10mm over, I also mounted the pearl flower embellishment over the lace diamante buckle to make a combined topper.

For this one I cut the filigree heart from the kraft card before layering over cream card, the die is from the Forever in my Heart signature collection at Crafters Companion. I think the burlap and lace ribbon was from Home Bargains, as usual the satin ribbon and diamante heart embellishment are from Meiflower.

Thanks for dropping by,
take care,
Colette xx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Dragonflies and a bee!

Here are the final two cards made using the free kit from the Apple Blossom Summer Special kit and magazine.

The dragonfly, bee and flower dies stamps and papers are all included in the free kit.

The die-cut bee is attached to acetate which is held to the card with a brad which is hidden underneath the flower garden and can be 'flown' across the card towards the hive.

Take care,
colette xx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Apple Blossom Summer Special

A few days ago the Apple Blossom Summer special arrived in the shops, the magazine comes with a fab free kit containing dies, stamps, an embossing folder, a stencil and papers. I was given a commission to make 5 cards using the elements of the kit.

Here are a few of the cards I came up with.

The papers, flower and bee die and the sentiment are all part of the free kit, the doily frame is from First Edition nesting doily dies and the ribbon and gems are from meiflower. I die-cut the bee twice from black card, and stuck them together before adding some split rings to make the dangling bee charm.
The shaker boxes were made using Sizzix nesting hexagon dies, the sentiment and images in the shaker boxes are stamps from the free kit as is the die for the little bees.

This card uses papers and a sentiment topper, as well as the dragonfly stamp from the free kit.

thanks for dropping in,
take care,
Colette xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Simply cards and papercraft 165 and free papers

I have some cards to show you that were made for the latest issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft which is in the shops today.
I was given some digi stamps to play with from the Kate Hadfield Animal Antics collection and a colour scheme of deep pink, blue, yellow, green and purple.
After looking around for papers to suit the colour scheme I decided to design my own, and if you like the look of them you can download them for free from HERE, there are 18 papers all together, 12 patterned and 6 plain.You can also download the digi stamps for free too.

... and now changing the subject completely... a little tale about one of my senior moments...

I have owned a Kindle for quite a few years now, and it has become the normal way to read a book - read a page, click on the right hand side of the screen and the next page appears, simple! - but I have recently joined a sewing group in my local library and sitting there surrounded by books, occasionally something will catch my eye that looks interesting.
In the end I dug out my library card and borrowed a "proper" book, I sat down to read, but found it a struggle to hold the book as it was quite large and cumbersome, not small and light like my Kindle, but then I did the stupidest thing ever! after reading the first page, I automatically pressed the corner of the book to turn the page LOL!, when it didn't change I pressed again, totally perplexed as to why it wasn't changing, duh! once I  realised what I was doing, I had a little giggle to myself at my own stupidity and carried on reading, but every now and then without thinking I would press the edge of the page to turn over, what a doofus!.

I have read several "proper" books now and am once again used to the feel and weight of holding a book and the huge effort it takes (hehe)! to manually turn the pages.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care,
Colette xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Wedding invitations 3

Today I have the last two of the wedding invitation samples I did for Meiflower.

For this one I cut the filigree design on my Silhouette machine from white card, then added embossed Lilac Centura pearl panels top and bottom using the Cuttlebug D'vine swirls embossing folder. I added lilac stick on gems in various sizes to the flower centres, a pair of diamante wedding rings to the heart and a crystal diamante square to the bow.

The background on this one is a Nitwits paper from my scrap box, the tag was made with JoyCrafts labels and tags 6002/0144 using Centura pink pearl card for the background, the 25mm ribbon and double D diamante buckles are from Meiflower.

That's it for the wedding invitation samples for this year.
thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
take care,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wedding invitation samples 2

A couple more of the samples I did for Meiflower.

This is a very simple design with plenty of space above and below to add names, dates etc.
The paper is from Nitwits, but not sure which collection as it was in my scrap box.
25mm satin ribbon and square diamante topper are both from Meiflower

Hearts were cut with a Sizzix heart die, the cerise heart was then embossed, the 4mm satin ribbon, barbie pink gems and tiny circle buckle are all from Meiflower.

Take care,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wedding invitation samples 1

Every year I make Meiflower some wedding invitation samples using her gems, pearls, ribbons and diamante embellishments, and I normally show them on my blog much earlier in the year, but this year, even though the samples have been made for some months I am only just getting around to posting them.

Here I've used 25mm satin ribbon and a double heart diamante slider.
the silver glitter panel is actually wallpaper!

As well as a Sizzix heart die and LaLaLand crafts heart corner die I have once again used 25mm satin ribbon, diamante heart buckles and stick on gems in varying sizes.

I will be back with more in a few days,

thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Die cutting essentials Special Vol 5.

Today I have some cards to show you made using the free dies that come with the Die cutting Essentials Special, which will be on the shelves today. The commission was to use the dies to make 3 card blanks using shades of blue, teal and gold.

The digi stamp is called Sunshine and is available from The Paper Shelter, the flowers are made using an x-cut daisy punch, the lattice panels and leaf strip are freebies in the magazine and the sentiment is computer generated.

The papers on all the cards are from various Nitwit kits and the large flower above is made using LeCrea multi dies - multi die flower 002.

The punched border uses Tonic Simplicity geared punch - Dotty Border.

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
Colette xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Ted, Unicorn, penguin and cards

Over the last 18 months or so I have rekindled my love for crochet, it has been my therapy, helping me get through the days since my youngest daughter passed away in 2015.

I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old, self taught from a leaflet I was given in school, at the time I didn't know anyone else who crocheted and so for a long time I have always wondered if I was doing it right. Fast forward to the present, with the internet, Pinterest and You tube, and not only have I finally discovered that I was doing it right, but I have learnt sooo much more in the past 18 months than I did in the previous 40 odd years.

One of the techniques I have learned is Amigurumi, thanks to some fabulous You tube tutorials. I though you might like to see a few of the things I produced.

Pink ted was the first Amigurumi item I made, I sat in front of THIS youtube video for hours, following along step by step until it was done. The lilac baby blanket in the background is another one of my makes and is currently sitting in a box in a wardrobe along with half a dozen other blankets I've made.

My penguin was made from a pattern in Crochet Now magazine and lives in my house with me, 'cos I have a thing for penguins.

The unicorn was a pattern in Love Crochet magazine and now lives with my oldest daughters six year old niece, 'cos she has a thing for unicorns LOL!

I also have the two remaining cards from the May Tonic Bookazine to share with you,

The panels on this card are embossed using the folder that comes in the free kit, unfortunately the embossing on the yellow panel doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it has diagonal rows of happy birthday in different fonts embossed on it.

This card uses some of the stamps from the free kit, (balloons, bunting and sentiment) the background papers are also included in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care,
Colette xx 

Monday, 29 May 2017

It's been a while...

I have been soooo busy over the last couple of months that I am meeting myself coming back, On top of quite a few magazine commissions and two sets of wedding stationery I also now go to a couple of local knit and natter groups (I am a crocheter rather than a knitter but the groups I go to have a mix of each) and a hand sewing group which takes place at the local library, and tomorrow I am going on a home maintenance workshop which should be interesting.

My hubby is now semi-retired and his sister and husband are both retired, so we also often pop out for the day whenever we have a fancy.

I do have some cards to show you though, these are from a commission I did for the Tonic studios design collection Bookazine which came out last month, the kit included dies, stamps, papers and an embossing folder and all the cards are made from the kit with a few extras from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care, 
Colette xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

More Masculine Monograms

Today I have the second part of my masculine monogram cards from Simply Cards and Papercraft 162 using the Simply Creative Around the world 12"x12" paper pad and First Edition alphabet dies.

 Tonic layering dies – Circles and Scalloped circles
Taylored Expressions - Golf ball and tee die set

 Tonic layering dies sets – circles and rectangles
Spellbinders Labels 40 – decorative accents

Tonic layering dies set – plain and scalloped ovals
Tonic layering dies set – circles

Phew! that's enough masculine makes for a while, give me girly, glittery and pretty any day!

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Summer vibes

The latest Joanna Sheen bookazine is out now and I was lucky enough to be given a commission to make a set of  bright summer birthday cards (summery vibe rather than specific summer motifs). I was given the free kit from the bookazine to use which included a gorgeous ribbon lace die, pretty stamps and embossing folder.

I made 5 cards in total, here are three of them.

As well as elements of the free kit I used
Papers - Bonnets n bowties - Nitwit collections
blue and white ink pads
Joanna sheen signature dies - Lace Edger 1
X-cut corner punch
Ribbon and stick onGems - Meiflower

 Memory Box Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies
Tonic scalloped circle and plain circle layering die sets
First Edition Pick'n'mix 8x8 paper pad
black and red ink pads
Ribbon and stick on Gems - Meiflower

Sue Wilson craft dies - Canadian Collection - Toronto
First Edition Pick 'n' mix 8x8 paper pad
blue ink pad
Ribbon, gems and diamante buckle - Meiflower

Check out the bookazine in the shops now it contains loads of brilliant ideas for using the included kit.

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Masculine Monograms

Hi there, in February I did a commission for Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine, the brief was masculine and monograms, using the paper pad and dies I was supplied with. as the magazine goes on sale in the shops today I thought I would show you a couple of my cards.

Simply Creative Around the World 12”x12” paper pad
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Tonic layering dies set – Circles
X-cut small and large corner punches
Digistamp Boutique - Beer set
Buttons - stash
Ribbons - Meiflower

I will show off the other three cards in a couple of days,

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Still Dancing

Here are a couple more cards made for this month's Die Cutting Essentials Magazine, using the First Edition Dancing dies. The needle and cotton came out again to make a pretty organza ribbon skirt for the bottom card.

First Edition Dancing die set
Stardream Pearl silver card - Craft Creations
Pink glitter card - The Range
Gem - Meiflower

First Edition Dancing die set
First Edition nesting doily set
Paper - Craft Sensations Romantic Pink 14.8 x 21cm design pad
ribbons and gems - Meiflower