Friday, January 17, 2020

Owls - freebie download from Making Cards Mag.

I really like the challenge of using a limited group of items to make a card and the freebie download packs from Making Cards Magazine are a fab way to do this! Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by choice and ideas and it results in a lack of productivity and creativity! I always feel like reducting the stash I use makes for much more interesting cards.

I love the January download pack featuring soft watercolour owls! I paired them up with some 6x6 papers from my stash, kraft card, and two different types of bling. The one embellishment set is Shimelle Glitter Girl Collection by American Crafts and the others are adhesive wood-effects gems I think from docrafts, will check!

I decided to make a set of 4 cards using 6x6 white card blanks as the bases. This was just for convenience, I have lots of them ready to use!

Because the set doesnt come with any greetings/sentiments I printed out some round ones and banner ones on the computer using two fonts, Caneletter Script and Bernadette Rough.

Several of the 6x6 papers came from a Chalk Studio Set from My Minds Eye. I can spot at least one section from a Lawn Fawn Plaid Set and a few pieces my friend Amy sent me when I worked on her Design Team, thanks Amy!

On all of the cards I added glossy accents to the Owl's eyes (Customers always comment and like it) and I added some stickles to the centres of the flowers. The bunting I used I think is a docrafts product I got from the Range.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you like this set of Birthday cards, they were quick to make and fun to do! If you want to check out if they are still available to download you can use the link below. Making Card Magazine has a great facebook page that alerts you to offers and freebies too.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Final Christmas Card Catch-up post!

Final catch up post relating to 2019's Christmas Cards, unfortunately the list of outstanding cards is much longer than that, I think it goes back into June! Oops. 

These two are cards from a Studiolight decoupage set, but they were larger fancy shape toppers. I added a few bits to the intended layout as well as some glossy accents etc.

I scanned the background shape into the computer and reprinted them onto card stock so I could make them into shaped easel cards.

I used left over pieces from the kit to make a central island inside the card that the top piece could rest on.

Didn't get any report on them from the people I sent them too so presume they weren't to their tastes - But I enjoyed making them!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nightmare before Christmas!

More of the catching up and another Christmas pop-up box card, this time the theme was "Nightmare before Christmas".

Went with a restricted colour palette even though it was a christmas card, hoped the pop of red would keep it a bit festive.

I used the Burton's Nightmare font for the text and panel to write the message on.

It always a sense of relief when it still lays flat after adding all the components!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Eurodisney Christmas!

More of the mopping up, this is one of the pop up boxes I made for Christmas with a Euro-Disney theme!

For the main pop up part I used christmassy Mickey heads which I purchased from HeyLenaArts on Etsy. At the time I thought it would be faster and more professional looking that slowly creating my own and I love supporting fellow Etsy artists!

The background images are all Disney themed, photos of the rides, original artwork by Eyvind Earle, (The artwork is amazing, well worth a browse when you have time, I felt very inspired!) and Alice in Wonderland Maze statues etc. I also used a map of the park and the ride wait map from the Disney app.

I used some sticky sparkle sheet sticker over my Mickey heads and some Waltograph font for my greeting.

Bling from the stash as normal. As with all box cards, it folds flat to post!

Monday, January 13, 2020

More of the Penguins

I love making penguin cards, so yet another penguin christmas card catch-up post! This set is a new one I bought for my 2019 Xmas cards, it's Little Penguin Agenda from Mama Elephant. They are beyond cute! 

And I made this layout for a batch of my christmas cards and commissions. 

As well as the penguin agenda set I used a set from Cardio called "Branching out" to make the winter foliage behind the penguins. I used Distress Oxides to stamp and Nuvo jewel drops for the berries. Penguins are coloured in copics and fonts are Dacquoise and Deliquente Alt I.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Snowglobe Layout Part 2

More catching up, here are two of the other designs I made using my initial snowglobe layout for Xmas cards 2019. One was a commissioned card and the other one I made for a friend.

I got the Artemio stamp as a wooden backed stamp several years ago, it's a favourite. I don't know if you can still buy it, but it does seems Artemio released a clear set including him.
The Frosty Friends set was a second hand purchase, it stamps really nicely so I'm hoping it's the real deal and not a knock off. It wasn't cheap! 
  • Scalloped Background shape from the stash, coloured with distress oxides.
  • Snowglobe die - Craft Emotions called Snowglobe with Houses.
  • Papers from Making Cards Magazine. (I scanned them and have printed them back out many times since my initial freebies with purchase).
  • Fairy lights from Paperchase. They were sold as present wrapping.
  • Font is CAC Pinafore
  • Bling from stash.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

More Penguins!

Catch up post with another Penguiny card idea I used for my christmas cards in 2019, this time using the Woodware Clear Stamps - Penguin Parade.

I did some DL easel cards for my commissioned cards, here are two of them! I swapped papers and cardstock for them but the main layout stayed the same.  I used up old stock from the stash, I think most were magazine freebies, even the ribbon!

Font is Freehand 575 BT. Penguins were coloured with copics and then I added glossy accents and stickles. Bling also from the stash.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Rubber Crimbo Duckie

First post in a while that isn't a catch-up post! It's a DT day post! And I wanted to re-purpose the Rubber Duckie digistamp from Dr.Digi's House of Stamps and use him for a Christmas card. I really need to work on my Christmas card stash all year round and not leave them til December! lol.

This is a super simple card using the Rubber Duckie digi, it could be even more CAS than I did it but I wanted to share with you how easy it is to use a nicely shaped digi to make a card like this for any occassion. It's always great for using small scraps of cool papers too!

This is what the digi looks like when you download it -

Here are some brief instructions of how I made it.

First of all I create a 16x16cm square on the computer and used an overlay grid to position the ducks. My grid overlay divided the square into a 3x3 grid and I positioned a duck centrally in each section. For the middle section I pasted a small duck and added a circular "Christmas Quackers" greeting. I then printed this out and cut out the eight outer ducks (making duck shaped holes/windows). 

(The red lines here are not my grid, they are to protect the digi from theft.)

(If I then only kept the shape around the ducks, leaving just silhouettes it would be very simple to create an svg file and cut it out on the cutting machine!)

I then created a grey box to cover each of the ducks and pasted it into the grid I had made. This is for the correct layout of the scrap papers underneath my ducks.

I then added some extra border to the square making it a 17x17cm card front for the card. By adding a black border on 3 sides I was able to cut it out the right size and score the 4th edge ready to make up my card. (I leave a 2 centimetre overlap and then stick it onto another blank 17x17 cm square to make the card blank).

After I had printed this out I cut out eight 4.5x4.5cm squares from christmas papers. I stuck them on each of the grey squares. 

Using 3D foam I mounted the topper, with the duck shape windows directly on top of the papered squares.

I cropped out the sentiment design and reprinted it on a new sheet of paper, and then using my cuttlebug and dies made it into a 5cm diameter circle and from red card a 5.5cm diameter circle to layer it onto. 

I then coloured in the duck with copics and 3D foamed it into the centre of my card.

Finished Card!

Did you like a post with more instructions and info on how I made it? Tbh, with my coloured cards the process is very obvious and simple but I thought maybe when I use the computer to make a card or a template for lots of cards, it might be interesting and helpful to share?

Thursday, January 09, 2020


Catch up post again, a card I made as one of my christmas designs for 2019 using the Avery Elle - Bring on the Joy stamp set.

I love this set and enjoyed using it in my snow globe layout. (Which as later posts will show, I used with a few different stamp sets!)

I thought I would just do an ingredients list for this card, I used a lot of different things.

  • Stamps - Avery Elle Bring on the Joy. (Coloured with Copics)
  • Die cut trees from Joy called "Mery's Christmas Tree and House Border".
  • Scalloped Background shape from the stash, coloured with distress oxides.
  • Snowglobe die - Craft Emotions called Snowglobe with Houses.
  • Papers from Making Cards Magazine. (I scanned them and have printed them back out many times since my initial freebies with purchase).
  • Fairy lights from Paperchase. They were sold as present wrapping.
  • Fonts are Daquoise and Freebooter Script.
  • Bling from stash.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020


I have spent a bit of time creating a new Crafts U Print Gallery for my blog. Sometimes when I am struggling for new ideas, or want something straightforward in a kit format, I pop there and buy a few  projects.

I always felt like using kits was a bit like cheating but tbh, they take a fair amount of time to make up, I often fully customise them so they fulfil my remit a bit better and sometimes I'm just paying for the artwork to use in my own way. 

So perhaps not as much cheating as up-cycling?

On CUP I struggle to find projects that suit my tastes, and may be like me you have been overwhelmed by the choice and difficulty in finding things you really like? Perhaps you will spot something in the gallery you like and it'll save you some time browsing on CUP, where I promise you, there are lots of nice things,  you just have to find them!

This post is not sponsored. lol.