Monday, 22 December 2014

My Last Post of the Year and my Last 12 Tags of 2014 video!

Hi Everyone.

Made it!!  Here is my final tag offering of this year…..I love this challenge and I managed to get all my tags made each month even if some of them were down to the wire!!!!  I have enjoyed playing along with this challenge so much.  If you have watched any of the videos in this series you will know why.

Love that the sugary glitter has created a really snowy feel in this photograph.  I will have to check out all the tags posted by my fellow Tim's Tag Artists on hubbies laptop as my Mac is off to the menders tomorrow - all I have left to do is copy my files and then wave bye bye…..I have a feeling I am going to feel a bit bereft!

One final video before I go though of all the fun I had creating my last tag of the season.  I kept Tim's Winter Wishes phrase but created it a little differently.  I had fun creating my own frosted film using old acetate packaging……It will keep me going until the real product arrives over here in the UK and I didn't have the lovely Reindeer die that Tim used to finish off his tag so I stamped, frosted and decoupaged my snowman instead.  Check out all the fun I had on my video.

Here is the link to Tim's blog so you can pop by and see all the fun you too could be having next year…..mind you you still have time for this year if you are quick!!!!   I am hoping that Tim is playing again next year!

I posted a really long video yesterday and I have been thrilled by your response and how many views it has had already.  All the lovely comments have really fired me up to get designing and bringing more projects to you very soon.

That is it from me though this Year so I would like to wish you all a Fabulous Festive Time and I look forward to sharing more crafting with you in the New Year.  Sending you all virtual hugs and kisses and a hug thank you for joining me on my creative adventures.

Thank You for Popping By X

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Faux Altered Christmas Book

Hi Everyone

Well the computer goes to the menders on Monday.  It is going to be strange not popping in here to talk to my screen!!!!  Here is my penultimate video for the year and it is a long one!  In  fact I think it is the longest I have ever put up.  I think you may be better off watching it in 2 or 3 sittings - make it in to a serial!

It does have a couple of great tips and techniques though so it is worth persevering to see how to make this!

The clue to this project is the word 'Faux'.  A little while ago I went to a workshop with the MDF man and the lovely Karen and we all had great fun making a Faux altered book.  In the video you will see the secret to the aperture in this book and it is not hours and hours of gluing pages together and then cutting out an aperture!  Genius!

Here is the link to his website and if you are in the area his workshops are a real treat.  Great value for money - fun projects and lovely people…..oh and did I mention the shopping!???

I was itching to come home and see what I could do with my new kit and of course it had to be Christmas.  This is the book from the outside.

I decided to decorate the cover as I want to display this book on a table and tempt people to peak inside and discover the magical world within!  So why is the video so long - well there was lots to show you.  As I put this together I show you how to make faux leather, I try my hand at creating my own texture paste and I have to say it worked a treat and of course there is the creation of the little winter wonderland within.

We are going to take a photo of us all together at Christmas and I am going to include that in the pages and I may add Christmas 2014 to the spine of the book later on.

So without further ado and chatter here is the tutorial.  I hope you like it.

Hope you are all having a fabulous time…..not many sleeps until Santa arrives …..hope he remembers I've been good and really really need some Pitt Brush Pens ;-)

Thank You for popping by X

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Art Journal - Page 4

Hi Everyone

At last I managed to make time to have a play in my Art Journal - I must do that more in the New Year…..better resolution than the diet one again ;-)

You will see in this video that I was never sure that I could translate my idea of an old plastered wall to my pages!  But Art Journalling is all about having a go and exploring so I persevered and I really like the result after all!

As usual my pages contain pockets to add tags for journalling about our pets. We still miss Bart and Simba but wouldn't be without Comet even when he looks at us as if to say come on then let's go for a walk in the cold oh human of mine ;-)

I hope that my video inspires you to be experimental and not to panic (I did a bit and turned the camera off for a minute or two!!!!).  Just persevere knowing if it really does go wrong you can start again with a new layer of paper or paint!

This tutorial shows you how to use acrylic paint to transfer images to your Art Journal pages as well as another way to add pockets to your journal.

Off to finish up the ……..put your fingers in your ears I am about to use a bad word……..Housework ….eeek!  My Mother-in-Law arrives today for the holidays so I had better get things looking spick and span!  I won't be letting her in my craft room or the cupboard where I am going to hide the ironing pile!

See you again soon.  Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas is Coming Series - Card 5!

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all managing to stay afloat during this busy run up to Christmas!  I started out with good intentions, as you know, to have all my cards made and ready to send out of the door on December 1st!……..and here I am on the 16th posting my last video in this mini series and I am off to post the last two of my cards as soon as I have written this ;-)

I really hope you like this one as I loved how it turned out.  It is definitely the longest of the card batch making sessions but I hope you will agree it is worth it.  May I present to you the window shaker card using Rubber Dance Stamps!

Lots of frosty goodness in the window shaker and fabulously festive foliage to decorate the card.  I hope that even though this series took a little longer than I intended you agree this one was worth the wait!  If you have friends and family visiting at Christmas this is the perfect card for them.  Put aside an afternoon and you will have a batch made in no time.

I am going to do a separate page for all the card dimensions of this series which means I will have to watch the videos as I have sent all my cards out!!!!!  I think a little fast forwarding will be in order ;-)

Here is the link for all the card dimensions!

As usual the inside definitely matches the outside:

The stamps I used were from the Pines Fir Yew and the Christmas Greetings stamp sets both by Rubber Dance - follow this link!……Almost forgot to mention there is a sale on!!!

I thought you might like to check out this link to visit my friend Annie who used one of my designs (Card 4) as a starting point for some of her Christmas Cards this year.  They look fab and I was really pleased to see I had helped a bit with giving some inspiration.

So without further ado here is the tutorial to show you how you can make this window shaker design.

I am not sure how many more videos or blog posts I will fit in between now and New Year as I really must relinquish my computer to the mender men before my Apple Care runs out!  I am going to be bereft but I hope to give my craft room a thorough sorting and dusting and wiping down while it is away.  Maybe I should promise to do a craft room tour video to give me more incentive ha ha!

At the weekend I hit 4000 subscribers on my You Tube channel and was as pleased as punch!  Thank you all so much for supporting me and cheering me on.  I love sharing both here on my Blog and over there on my You Tube Channel and of course selling my workshops over on my ETSY shop.

I hope all your Christmas preparations are progressing nicely and that you are a little better organised than me!!!  I have an Art Journal Video uploading as I type this so I should be posting that tomorrow and I have 3 crafting things I would like to get done before the New Year ………keep your fingers crossed for me.

Incase I don't manage to do all that before my Computer is wrestled from my grasp I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas (with lots of crafting goodies from Santa!) and a Healthy and Happy New Year.



PS……Thank you for popping by X

Monday, 8 December 2014

Sneak Peek!

Hi Everyone

It is my time to post a project on the Rubber Dance Blog this week and here is a sneak peek to tempt you to take a look by following this link!

This card features the latest stamps from Rubber Dance!  There is a tutorial and if you are popping in from my YouTube channel follow the link to hop over for your cutting guide…….

or click on this link to take a closer look at these lovely new stamps!

Thank you for popping by and don't forget to hit subscribe to be sure you never miss a thing!



Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas is Coming Series - Card 4

Hi Everyone

I am so late with this series ….which considering that it was the exact opposite of why I decided to make this little series of what I hoped were keep me organised with my card making this year designs!!!!……oh well back to the drawing board!

Actually this card is perfect for those of you who like me are finding it hard to get everything done at this time of year.  This is a quick and easy card design to put together and it looks fab….if I do say so myself :-) !

In fact it was so quick I made tags too!  So if you don't have the same die as me then you could use something similar - die cutting machines would do the trick too and punches!  Failing that you could choose to stamp the snowflake with Ranger Sticky embossing powder and then add the glitter.  So lots of options for this design.

I used my lovely Rubber Dance Christmas Greeting stamps for my stamping.  Love that 'do not open till xmas' stamp - perfect for tags or wrapping paper.  You I am sure have lots of Christmas Greeting stamps you can substitute.

Don't forget to make the inner match the outer!  It was fun using up the waste from my cards to make pretty tags for my presents this year.  I hope you enjoy the video and that it gives you lots of inspiration for quick and easy to put together cards - this one is quite flat so great for posting too.

Today there is frost on the ground and we will be outside putting up the Christmas lights!!!!   Brrrrrr - I think I will get a hot chocolate inside before I venture out!  Might tuck a hot water bottle in my coat too!

Hope you are all feeling festive whatever you are doing this weekend.  Have fun and thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - November - Part 2!

Hi Everyone

Here is the link to the video for the November tag I posted on the last day of November!

Lots of frosty products used to make my shaker tag this month.  I have been fitting in my crafting in between starting to prepare for Christmas.

We have two Christmas trees in our house and the first is up.  Check out the lovely sunshine I had whilst I was decorating it:

Actually the photo doesn't look sunny at all!!!  It was though…..can you spot the ghost in my photo!  Here are the lights and beads going on the tree.

Opening the box of decorations - This box of Disney ornaments on the top is about 20 years or more old now.  I remember buying them each month for a year when my eldest son Damian was little.  It is always Callum's job now to put them all around the bottom of the tree.

As he is the tallest in the house at the moment so he also likes to put the stars on top of the trees too!

Here it is all decked out in jewel coloured baubles.  Most of them were collected when we lived in Germany.  I can spot a few fabric baubles that I made.  Did you ever make them?…….They were a bit of a craze all those years ago and there were classes being run for them all over the place.  If you look in the photo above this one you can see one that I made (bottom left with sequins) and one that one of my boys made! (looks like a pine cone in green and purple)  I remember sitting down with Damian and Ivan and getting them to make one each for prosperity!  My Mum made one too.  Callum was still a twinkle in his Father's eye then so now I come to think of it I will have to get him to make one.

I love all the traditions that families adopt or make at this time of year.  I know it is those traditions that we celebrate that my children (now not so small) remember fondly of Christmases past.  I will share some of them with you over the coming days as I like you prepare the house for the holidays.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Oh…..and while I remember those of you guessing Advent Calendar on my 'Guess what it is' post the other day……correct!  I have yet to finish it so I have decided I am not late for this year but early for next ;-)   ho, ho, ho!

Have a fun week and enjoy the frosty tag video.  Thank you for popping by X

Monday, 1 December 2014

December Colour Challenge over at the Rubber Dance Blog!

Hi Everyone

Do you need a bit of a break from Christmas colours!  Why not pop over to the Rubber Dance Blog and join in with our colour challenge this month.  Here is what I came up with…..

I have to admit that these colours were a challenge for me but I couldn't wait to try out my new Hibiscus stamps (NP8-M).  Look at the detail and the delicacy of these images!  Yummy!

Of course no card is complete without a matching inner!  I really had fun getting inky for this card and you can see how to create this look if you watch my tutorial.

Oh almost forgot - check out the birthday greetings - BRAND NEW TODAY over at Rubber Dance so please pop along to check them out - two brand new sets and lots of possibilities - love them both ;-)

Cutting Guide:

Base Card - 11 1/2" x 8" scored at 5 3/4"
White Card Frame - 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" Cut 2
White Card Inner and outer - cut 2 - 7 5/8" X 5 3/8"

I hope I have tempted you to play along - follow this link to the Rubber Dance December Colour Challenge to see what everyone on the Design team came up with to inspire you using Pink, Purple and Blue!

Get creating there are stamps to be won!!!!  Thank you for popping by X

Sunday, 30 November 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - November

Hi Everyone

Cutting it fine again this month!  I think I have been cutting it fine all year with my Tim Holtz tags!  I am going to post the photos today and link up with the challenge and then as soon as the video has uploaded I will post that too!  I am not sure the video will make it before Tim posts his final tag of the year!

This month Tim's tag was all about celebrating the colours of Autumn and I have decided to celebrate the colours of Winter as you can see….

…….and winter to me means frost and snow and the perfect project to get all your glitter products out and go mad!!!

Tim used corrugated cardboard which I have never tried before and I loved it!  What a great product to used on a project you want to look distressed!…….and it's FREE!!!!

Here is the link back to Tim's blog to see all the fun his November tag inspired.  I am off to take a peek myself and then it is back to putting up the Christmas tree!  I have to keep stopping because today it is actually sunny and I have a fluffy jumper so I am getting pretty hot in the conservatory and you can't see the fairy lights at all ;-)

See you again soon with the video of how I made this frosted tag for November.

Thanks for popping by X

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Guess What I am Making!

A glittery magical craft desk it seems!

There is a big clue with the numbers……..

I wonder what these glittered hitch fasteners could be for…….

Such a tease.  I am looking every inch a glitter ball right now ;-)  Leave your guesses in the comments below!

While I am here…..I was having a bit of a tidy up and thought you might like to see two cards I made a while ago.

These have both been made from scraps left over from scrapbooking kits.  This one was a My Minds Eye set.  I had made a couple of layouts and the scrap is just too pretty to throw away - so I had a play and ….voila!

I even made the inners match - see - no scrap too small!

So fish out all those part used kits and see what you can come up with.

Have fun and thank you for popping by X

Christmas is Coming Series - Video 3

Hi Everyone

Hope you are having a fun weekend - Mine is all about Christmas.  I am hoping to start with the decorating so to put me in the mood I am posting this Card for some last minute ideas if you, like me are running late already!!!

I started this series in the hope I would be organised for the 1st of December and that maybe I could help a few of you with your Christmas Card making too!

I have all 5 cards videoed but finding the time to edit them has been a nightmare!

This card is all about keeping it simple!  I really liked how it turned out.  Elegant….I hope you agree.  You could make it in lots of different colour ways and if you wanted to speed things up more you could draw the lines that the pine cone baubles hang from rather than sew them.  I am making a batch in Cream and Burgundy with a touch of gold sparkle.

So without further ado here is the video link:

Time to get into the Christmas spirit - I have to wash all the windows in the conservatory next and get rid of a few spiders webs before I can put up my first tree.

We have two trees in our house these days.  When we redecorated the front room a couple of years ago I wanted the tree to match so I started collecting a second set of ornaments in pastel blues, greens and silvers.  I loved my old baubles that I have lovingly collected over the years so much (they are all in jewel tones) I felt bad not getting them out of their boxes so the solution was…….a second tree!  It takes a while to get them both up but I do love them both.  I will post a couple of photos when they are done so you can see.

If you are decorating this weekend I hope you have fun actually I hope you have fun whatever you are doing!  Off to get my breakfast now….

Thank you for popping by X

Thursday, 20 November 2014

From Art Journal to Christmas Card!

Hi Everyone

I am busy with a new workshop project but still finding time to get some Christmas Cards made and I have another video to share with you today.

When I made my Let it Snow Art Journal page last year I commented it would make a fab Christmas Card!  Ta Da…… took me a while but here it is.

I decided to make a simple easel card for this one and you will see how to use clear embossing powder to create the lovely snowy background in the tutorial.

Cutting Guide:

Turquoise Card Base - 5 3/4" x 8"
Book Page Frame - 5 1/2" x 7 3/4
White Card Topper - 4 1/2" x 6 3/4"
Turquoise Easel Card Base - 5 3/4" x 8" scored in the landscape position at 4" and 6"
Book Page for base - 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Turquoise Strip - 5 3/4" x 5/8"

Today I have tasked myself with getting the written instructions ready for my new workshop - The kits are in the process of being produced so I am getting there!  Watch out for the photos of the samples I make along the way!  Here is the first one I made way back in the year.

Enjoy the tutorial and thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

One Christmas Card - Two Techniques!

Hi everyone

Time to share another tutorial!  More Christmas as you can see!….and another way to use two lovely stamp sets from Rubber Dance.

In this video tutorial I show you how to use two different techniques to achieve this look.  The Green card is gold embossed and the red card is gilded so the choice of colour and technique are yours!

I love how this looks - almost oriental.  I had an idea for the tabbed layout and it worked really well so I will definitely be trying this on other occasions.

Cutting Guide (from the bottom to the top!):

Card Base Red/Green: 11 1/2" x 8"
1st Gold Layer: 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
1st Red/Green Layer: 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
2nd Gold Layer: 4 1/4" x 5" scored at 1/2"
2nd Red/Green Layer: 4" x 4 7/8" scored at 1/2"
3rd Gold Layer 4" x 2 1/2" scored at 1/2"
3rd Red/Green Layer: 3 7/8" x 2 1/4" scored at 1/2"
Gold Inner 4" x 2 3/4"
Red/Green Inner: 3 3/4" x 2 1/2"

Have a look at the two lovely stamp sets I used by following this link!  Christmas Greetings (SEC4-M) and Pine Fir Yew (NP6-M) from Rubber Dance.

Here is what the inside looks like:

I really hope you enjoy this tutorial and that you give both techniques a try if you haven't already!

This month I managed to miss making a project for the Rubber Dance monthly Colour Challenge so I was determined that this one would be my effort so as the colour scheme is Red Gold and Green - perfect for this time of year I think these cards will do the trick!  I hope I have inspired you to play along.  You have until the end of the month and although it would be nice you do not have to use Rubber Dance Stamps.  So follow this link and then get your creative thinking caps on!

Hope you are having a creative week and thank you for popping by X

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Sneak Peek of my latest Rubber Dance Creation

Hi everyone

I am definitely all about Christmas crafting this week!  I have two lovely sets of Christmassy stamps to get creative with this month and if you pop over to Rubber Dance you can see one of the cards I made! Here is a teaser for you……

If you are stopping by from my You Tube Tutorial then here is the link to Rubber Dance where you can pick up the cutting guide for my card and why not check out all the other lovely creations being made by my fellow team mates.

Short but sweet from me for this post!  Wishing you all a creative weekend!!

Thank you for popping by X

Friday, 14 November 2014

Better Late than Never!!

Hi Everyone

I am finally getting round to sharing my recent trip to Cornwall with you.  I have been so hectic since we got back I am not sure where the time is going!

We had a wonderful time and the icing on the cake for me was being able to teach a workshop for the lovely Margaret at Scrapbook Magic.  I loved meeting everyone and we all had a wonderful time creating with yummy Graphic 45 papers and pretty soon we had a whole host of Pyramids appearing!

This was a great test fun for my brand new chipboard kits for this workshop and they worked a treat!  I and my class were happy not to have to cut chipboard before all the fun stuff of construction and decorating could start!!!

Here is the lovely Tilly spraying her ribbon to match the papers we were using.  I have to say that Tilly is a crafting star of the future for sure!  She is 10 and she definitely gets a 10 from me for her Pyramid!  Amazing talent.

Look at what we put inside our Pyramids!

That's what I like to see lots of happy crafters!  We had a workshop full of laughter as you can see.  Scrapbook Magic is in a lovely setting and is full to the brim with crafting goodies too!  Unfortunately the view was shrouded in mist that day but to be honest we didn't notice ;-)

For this workshop and of course to use more of our lovely Couture papers I change the design of the pages of the mini album so each page had a fold out section (not flap!!! this word put everyone in stitches) to make room for more photos or journaling.

Time for a chat before the class began and as you can see I bought lots of samples along!  So if you are a crafter living in Cornwall then please go and visit Margaret and book a workshop.  I know you will have a fun time and make some great friends as well as some lovely projects.  When I left Margaret was getting ready for a class using Christmas Clarity stamps!  Follow this link to find out more!

…and the rest of the holiday…..well there were a couple of these!

Views like this…….

….and did I mention we had one or two of these????

……..more lovely views

Where Callum did a spot of this!   Brrrrrrr……

I did paddle a bit……..until my feet went a bit numb ;-)  Paddling and surfing on the 1st November!!!!

I love this photo of a little spot we discovered…

Oh and no trip to Cornwall is complete without one or two of these!!!!

mmmmmmmmm tasty!  So a huge thank you to Margaret and everyone at Scrapbook Magic for a wonderful day and to Cornwall for great views no matter the weather and of course for hot chocolate and cream teas!!!!!!

Have a fun weekend.

Thank you for popping by x

PS I will be posting a Christmas tutorial tomorrow x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Stars tutorial for the second in the Christmas is Coming series!

Hi Everyone

Today I feel really in the mood for getting busy with some Christmas Crafting.  I am hoping to get the last of my videos in my Christmas is coming series finished off today and I am sharing the second video with you right now!

As you can see I have a few more cards made and tucked away ready to send in December.  I am thinking I might even write them and be really, really organised……I did say thinking ;-)

I am pretty sure that you can use this idea for other cards too and I am thinking it might make a fab embellishment on scrapbook page too!

Don't forget to email me for the pdf if you need it for the card sizes and it does has a template for the star on this card that will help you get your brads in the right spots!  I will send out the pdf as soon as I get the final card videoed so not long now….

I have some great news to share with you today too……Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Crafty Academy Awards.  I won two awards so I am a very smiley person today.  I won in the Best Mixed Media and Best Tutorials categories so a huge thank you and virtual hug to you all.  It means a lot to me that you voted and has spurred me on to make lots more videos!!

Here's the link for the awards announcement video and you will find lots of links to lots of other talented winners also sharing their creativity on You Tube.  Give Betty the lovely host and organiser of the awards a thumbs up while you are there as I am pretty sure that a whole heap of organisation went into this event.

Hope you have lots of fun creating with the Christmas is Comings series and I will be back shortly with video and card idea number 3.

Have a fun week and thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Announcing my Brand New Christmas is Coming video series!

Hi everyone

I am back from a lovely week in Cornwall….more of that later.  I am busy getting ready for my next card class in between filming for my latest set of videos.

Today I posted my first video in my Christmas is Coming series of videos.  I really hope you find them useful.  I find myself getting later and later getting my Christmas Cards made and reedy to send in December.  I came up with a plan to batch make my cards over the month of November and decided to share the fun with you on my You Tube Channel.

The idea is to post 5 or so videos with simple card ideas that you and your family can sit down and make too!  I have broken the tutorials into steps so after you have watched one you can decided who is doing which step and then sit down with a hot chocolate and a cookie or two and have some real festive fun.

Here is a simple card idea based on using your Christmas Punches or Dies.  I love this kraft and red colour combination but don't forget you can choose your own scheme depending on what inks and card stock you have in your stash.  This would look great in shades of green and cream too.

The idea is that you divide how many cards you want to make by 5 and that is how many you need to make of each design.  You may find that some of the designs aren't to your taste in which case make more of the ones you do like !!!  (hope you like some of them at least ;-) !!!!)

So have a look at the tutorial - gather you supplies and your assembly line and off you go!  Filming this series is making me feel Christmassy already!!!  There will be a pdf file with the card dimensions to save stopping and starting the videos and there may be a small template or two (not sure how many as I am still filming!)  Just email me to say you would like one and I will get it off to you as soon as I have it finished!  The dimensions are on the videos too so no problem if you want to get started straight away!

Off to make more videos!!!  Hope you are having a fun week and thank you for popping by x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - October

Hi everyone

Just a quick post to show you my latest tag.  I always love Tim's October tag because it is always deliciously spooky!

Of course that was the perfect excuse to do likewise!!!

I didn't' have many of the items Tim used this month but luckily for me I had the perfect chipboard elements from Tando!  Check out my video to see all the techniques that went into the creation of this tag.  I used my distress inks, distress paints and delusions sprays on this one!!!

I had a brainwave right at the end of the video and added a hot glue web onto the legs of the spider!  Genius!………...she says with a devilish cackle!!! ;-)

We are thinking of going to watch a scary movie a the cinema on Halloween …..if you like to join in with the spooky fun then I wish you a spooktacular Halloween.

If it not your thing I wish you a quiet night in where nothing goes bump!

Don't forget to pop along to Tim's blog (click on this link) to see what spooky creativity he has sparked with this month's tag… it really three years of this challenge almost?

Until my next post thank you for popping by X

Friday, 24 October 2014

Rubber Dance Stamps go Vintage!

Hi Everyone

I am posting this in the middle of the night as I am a bit wide awake - not sure why but as You Tube has informed me my video has finished uploading I thought I would post as I know there are some of you out there who are awake just like me!

So today's tutorial is all about creating a vintage look.

I used two stamps from the brand new Da Vinci stamp set (DAV1-L) as sentiment from the Think Again stamp set (SET2-M) and a pair of butterfly wings from the Collage Elements 1 set (BK1 7G) all available from Rubber Dance so please pop along to see how many other lovely images make up each set of stamps.

The video tutorial shows you exactly how I achieved this look and I love how the cameo turned out and I will definitely be using my ribbons to make frilled frames in the future!  Of course I also show you how to make a matching inner too.

Check out those lovely hydrangeas in the background!  They are pale pink and green in the Summer.  Just look at the lovely range of Autumnal colour they have now!

Cutting Guide:

Navy Blue Card Base 11 1/2" x 8" scored at 5 3/4" or 29cm x 20cm scored at 14.5 cm
Yellow topper and inner (Cut 2) 5 5/8" x 7 7/8" or 14cm x 19.5m

….and here is the tutorial.

Hope you enjoy the video and find lots of hints and tips on how to create a pretty card with a vintage look.

Before I go I will just take a moment to remind you about the Crafty Academy Awards.  If you click on this link you will find out the four categories I have been nominated in and how you can vote (hopefully for me!!!!)  The voting closes on 31st October so if you like my work then I would love to have your support and your vote.  All you have to do is email Betty and let her know that you are voting for me, Helen Allen.  I am nominated for Best Steampunk, Best Cards, Best Mixed Media and Best Tutorials!  I am so happy to be nominated so I would love it if you could vote for me in any or all of the categories.

See you again soon with some more creativity and thank you for popping by X

PS off to mop the kitchen floor on my way to bed - night night x


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Exciting News!

….Coming to an ETSY shop near you very soon!

My first ever chipboard kit!

Soooooo excited!  A big thank you to Margaret of Scrapbook Magic for putting me on to Di at Tando and a big thank you to Di for getting all the chipboard ready!

I had great fun designing the toppers and kitting this up so now I just need to work out prices and different rates of postage and my first ever kit will be on sale alongside my online workshop which shows you how to make this……..

or this…….

which opens up to reveal this!!!!

The first kits will be used by my class on Wednesday down there in the lovely Cornwall at Scrapbook Magic….it is a shame they have to open the packs as they look so cute!!!!  Tee Hee.  There are still a couple of places left so if you are in the area please follow the link and book your seat!  I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and having some fun putting this project together with the fabulous Graphic 45 Couture collection.  I will share the sample with you on my return.

Just a gentle reminder about voting for me in the Crafty Academy Awards!

I am nominated in four categories:

The Best Steam Punk
The Best Cards
The Best Mixed Media
The Best Tutorials

I would love it if you could show your support and take a minute to vote for me.  Just email Betty at Let her know you are voting for me, Helen Allen, and of course which categories - All of them, one of them, two of them or three of them!!!!

Voting closes on 31st October.  Every vote counts!  Do I sound like a politician????  Probably not because I say what I mean and you can believe me when I say I really appreciate your support!

Thank you for popping by


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