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29 December 2014

Favourite 2014 Craft Projects

I have had a fun, busy crafting year and had chance to do Craft Fairs and create various different papercraft projects.
So it was difficult to choose favourite from all the projects I created this year, and hope visitors like the projects I have chosen.

I hope visitors to my blog have been inspired and found ideas of interest. And look forward to another year of crafting and sharing my projects.  
Thank you to those that have supported my blog this year with comments, it is very much appreciated xx

 One of the fun things I have tried this year was making a Bird House with card and paper.

I managed to find a free template for the house, though it didn't have a roof section.

I got various new cutting dies this year, and  one was the lovely rose I used on this bird house. 

I also used my small collection of cosmic paints this year, and really like the finished sheen I have created for my embellishments.

I enjoyed doing this bird house and intend to try more next year

I have not had chance to knit many projects this year

One reason is due to starting this complex patterned cardigan. It was a slow going project, one that took me many months to complete

However, I love this cardigan, and it has become a lovely warm garment for this winter.

I hope to try and knit more garments next year and will try and do more pattern adaptions
 I have continued to swap fatbook pages with crafting friends

This year I found a way to use floral cutting dies in a more 3D way.

The flowers take many layers and sometimes combines various different dies, but I do love the finished flowers

I've had the opportunity to work with lovely artwork and elegant fashionable lady designs again this year, and it is still one of my favourite themes

Debbi Moore has remained one of my favourite suppliers when it comes to arwork, and this card reflects the elegant arwork that I have grown to love working with to make my cards.

This year I have focused on using my cutting dies to, hopefully, create interesting embellishments to compliment the stunning arwork

 Christmas themed cards are still my favourite type to make. I love the colours and festive artwork.

My cutting dies this year have been very much utilised.
I have made very few cards where these dies havent been used to make, what I hope are interesting embelishments.

This card I used detailed backing paper and my cutting dies to create the card. Something new for me, and something I would like to do again.

27 December 2014

Glamour Emerald Lady

Fab Fashion Lady

I get a craft mag by Debbi Moore and alot of the free toppers in the mag are larger one for larger cards.
I don't make many larger card, so it is nice to get the chance to get chance to use these lovely toppers

This card was made with one of the stunning fashion lady toppers, the detail in the dress is lovely.
The dress reminded me of previous parties I had attened, and how I would always love to get a flowing party dress.  

The embellishment is made with Crafts Too Daisy Flourish cutting die, its the largest flourish one I have, so don't get to use it that often.

25 December 2014

Polar Bear Christmas

Merry Christmas

I hope, visitors, you are having a lovely day.

If you are anything like me though, you are blog hopping (lol)

This is my last festive card for this year and I have so enjoyed doing them again.
The paper and 3D sheet for this card, were from a craft mag, and I love the artwork. Its cute, without being too cute.

Of course I had to use my cutting dies, and this one
Marianne D Creatables Bauble & Bell is a lovely set to make embellishments with. I even got a bow on this card :D

I have so enjoyed making this years festive cards, and think I have managed to use different designs from last year, so hope there was things of interest for craft visitors to my blog.


23 December 2014

Red Squirrel at Christmas

I love Red Squirrels, and sometimes even get chance to see them in my area.

This design I've used is a favourite and I always want to use it at Xmas.  The little squirrel looks cute and ever so cheeky :D Again it being Decoupage, gives depth.

I thought a bit of holly and one of the lovely owls would compliment the design for this card, thats the beauty of cutting dies, I can use different ones each time I use this design to make a card

We are nearly at Christmas day :D

21 December 2014

Vibrant Snowmen

I love this card, so bright and vibrant

Ive had this snowman design in my art collection for ages and just not got around to using it. I have made a real effort this year, to go through my artwork collection and use some :D
I made it into a 3D sheet, which I still really like doing. Even though I use embellishments , I still really feel you get a nice affect with Decoupage

The embellishment was made using

Crafts-Too Sprig of Leaves, Marianne D Creatables Poinsettia Miniature and Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight

I hadnt thought to use a smaller poinsettia with the larger one and was really pleased with the affect.  The Craft Too Sprig die is really difficult to use, which is a shame because I love it.

Wirh the colours, detail and depth I think this card really jumps out at you, I love it

20 December 2014

Winters Bridge

Winter Bridge

The design on this card was a La Pashe 3D sheet I've had for a while.
The detail is so nice in this card.  That lovely winter town, with the frozen river and stone buildings and bridge. Definately festive :D

I combined the following dies to make the embellishment -

Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight and

Signature Dies - Pine Cones and Marianne D Creatables Poinsettia Miniature. 
Nice to mix and match die shapes this way, and it made for a more interesting poinsettia flower.

19 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Winter Scene

I love this design, its so wintery and festive.  The design is a 3D sheet by La Pashe, that I've had for ages.  And finally got around to using it.

I can just see myself walking through those snowy fields.

I used Marianne D Creatables Holly Branches and Tattered Lace Die Owl dies to make the embellishment, this card just asked for an owl :D

18 December 2014

Mice Socks

Fun Festive Socks

Nearly the big day folks, Christmas is fast approaching.
I've had this design in my art collection for a while, and finally made it into a 3D design to make a card.
The detail in the socks are lovely, and the mice are so cute.

I used Cherry Lynn Holly Corner and Die'sire Die Classiques Christmas - Christmas Candle dies to make the embellishment, I liked how the holly worked with the candle die, and helped make that more interesting.

16 December 2014

Clock Vintage Lady

My digital collage

I've been having more fun making my own toppers, and then making them into 3D sheets.
The design on this card was one of those, the clock, holly, and lady are all seperate elements, and I feel they all work well together.

I used an embossing folder for backing on this card
And the embellishment was made using 

Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight and Cheery Lynn Designs - Tropical Flourish dies.

I really l ike this card, its elegant and interesting :D

15 December 2014

Vintage Fairy Festive Clock

This topper was a collage created from various artwork I have in my collection. 
I use Paint Shop Pro to make my collages, it's good fun and really nice then to be use them on cards

I made this one into a 3D design.  And used a fancy tree cutting die, to compliment.

The glitter shows on this photo too, which is lovely, as I often use glitter to hightlight elements in artwork.

Love the vintage feel to this card :D

14 December 2014

Winter Robin

I love Robins

I've a cheeky chap that is visiting my garden this year, quite the character :D

This design is one from a Joanna Sheen craft CD, and one I have not used before.
Love the detail in the artwork and wintery feel of the scene.

I kept this card resonably simplel just used the Signature Dies - Pine Cones set to make the embellishment

13 December 2014

Pretty House Front

It's nice to see vintage houses.

And with snow and decorations, how festive too.

I've had this design in my collection for ages, and found it recently, first time used on a card too.

The detail on the design is really lovely, I especially like the window shapes and the lovely door.

I used Marianne D Creatables Skates die on this card, you can imagine victorian families returning from skating to this lovely house :D

12 December 2014

Lady in Gold

Elegant Lady design, and this one is by Debbi Moore.

This design is one of her Victorian Ladies, and I really like that period, for christmas 

I went for a strong, fancy backing to compliment this design.  I also used the fancy tree cutting die to compliment this design. I used vellum behind this cutting die, for a slightly different affect.

11 December 2014

Poinsettia Vase

I haven't had a poinsettia plant in years, and they are so pretty, especially in Winter.

I've had this artwork for a while and finally got around to making into a 3D sheet.
I combined it with a nice frame and fancy corners for the main topper.

The embellishment was made with one of the 

Tattered Lace Die Owl Trio and Marianne D Creatables Holly Branches dies.

The finished card is bright and vibrant :D

9 December 2014

Winter River

This is a design, from a Joanna Sheen craft CD, that I had never used before.

I love the artwork, reminds me a little of the river near my home.

And wondered, if it will snow this winter :D  Now snow is lovely when you dont have to travel in it!

The design is the main focus for this card, however, I couldnt help using the lovely Marianne D Creatables Skates cutting die, as you could imagine skaters on this frozen river :D

8 December 2014

Green Bells

Its full steam ahead to Christmas Day - Am I panicking, well maybe (lol)

I've been revisiting some of the lovely artwork I have had in my art collection for sometime, and pulled this one out to use this year.
I set up the collage myself, and then made it into a 3D design :D

The tree cutting die, just works lovely with it too. I decided to put vellum behind the lovely filigree pattern for a change, works quite nice, and made it easier to stick to the card.

7 December 2014

Snowy Owl

Owls seem to be popular. I have liked owl artwork for a long time and this lovely Debbi Moore design is  in my artwork collection.

I have used it before on a festive card, though that was a couple of years ago, so it was nice to revisit.  I love snowy owls, they looks so elegant.

I used one of the Marianne D Christmas Creatables Finnish Ice Star dies on this card. I see these dies as more snowflakes, so I tend to use them as snowflake embellishments.

Kept the colours cool too, as they compliment the owl :D

6 December 2014

Layered Baubles

Christmas and Bauble's

Its nearly here, just a few weeks until Christmas.

The tradition of decorating Tree's with ornaments (including baubles) is an old one and has a kid I always loved decorating our family tree. This bauble is lovely, and it has a pattern that enables layering.

I decided to only use the baubles on this card.  I worked with purple and white, for the bauble using the DieSire Snowflake Bauble.

 I made bows for the baubles, and added small gems to the backing paper.

Simple card, and I do like this bauble :D

4 December 2014

Floral Robin

Such a pretty Robin

I used a Hunkydory topper on this card, the detail in the robin is really nice

And I liked the poinsettia flower being part of the artwork on the topper.

I just have to make a poinsettia embellishment to compliment the topper. I used Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight and
Crafts-Too Sprig of Leaves, with a touch of cosmic paint on the sprig :D

3 December 2014

Poinsettia Heart

Festive Heart Poinsettia's

One of those lovely detailed Hunkydory papers, that I just couldn't cover up.

So I complimented the ever so detailed floral festive heart design, but making a simple embellishment.

I used Crafts-Too Sprig of Leave, adding some crystal gems to the stems. And Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight, cutting die, using glitter card.

Simple, but effective, one compliments the other. I love this card :D

2 December 2014

Christmas Party Dress

Party Dress

I got a set of Hunkydory toppers and backing papers with a craft mag, and this card includes one of the lovely toppers and papers

This dress reminded me of the parties I went to years ago, I always loved to get dressed up over the festive period, it was part of the fun.

I just used a fancy tree cutting die to compliment the topper.  Nothing too fancy was needed for this card, as the lovely artwork on the topper is the focus :D

1 December 2014

Baskets and Hats

This artwork is lovely, such nice detail. And it works really well as a 3D design.

A little bit of summer, in winter, just to remind me how nice and warm it was during the summer months

I focused on the artwork for this card, and just added a couple of simple embellishments to compliment the artwork.

The Tattered Lace Die Owl Trio set has become quite useful, I find myself adding owls to various cards :D

30 November 2014

Deer Poinsettia

This hunkydory topper is very pretty, and quite a good size, so could only use it on a 6x6 sized card.

I decided to use a few cutting dies to compliment the topper, so the finished project is a bit more busy, with lots of interesting elements.

The Marianne Designs Craftables - Ivys Corner die, makes for a good element on a festive card, despite it not being specifically festive.
And the Lea'bilities Wafer thin Die - Reindeer Set is also one that could be used on any theme of card. 
It was nice to use a Deer on this card, as I dont get chance to use this set very often.

29 November 2014

Floral Baubles

All that Baubles!

These hunkydory toppers are really pretty, and worked so well with a backing paper I got from another supplier. One of those times when the paper and toppers in your stash compliment well.

The embellishment was made using DesSire Snowflake Bauble die, cut out of glitter card and a small bow.
I have one other cutting die by DieSire and Im not that taken with it, but this bauble is very pretty.


28 November 2014

Fancy Floral Robin

So many cards to show, and so little time before Christmas.

It's been so much more fun this year, for crafting, as I have had the opportunity to do a couple of craft fairs, so lots more festive cards to display and share with visitors to my blog.
I do hope they have been of interest to folks, and hopefully given others ideas too.

This card started with a stunning Hunkydory paper, the robin is so nice, and blends in with the florals.

I made another embellishment with a poinsettia die and sprig die.  Though this time used pearl gems to compliment, as they worked well with the dots on the paper.

Colourful but affective :D

26 November 2014

Black Knitted Top

Simple Knitted Top

I had some charcoal luxury Aran yarn left from a recent project, and decided to make this short sleeved top.

The pattern I used was a Free Pattern from Red Heart - Tween Layered Top, it is a pattern that included smaller sizes, which was ideal for me.

A nice simple rib design, that didn't take too long to complete, and just what I needed after the complexity of the previous project

The lovely thing about rib pattern, is the nice shape hugging affect, so though there is no shaping in this garment, it fits really nice.

What I also like about this, is the warmth. Despite it being short sleeved, it is ideal as a warm layer.
Again the close fit, helps that snug feel, and I felt really warm, despite only wearing a think long sleeved top under it.

A great , simple top, that will go with jeans, and leggings, give an extra layer when needed without wearing something too bulky :D

25 November 2014

Shell Cat

Oceans Cat

I love this design, the artwork is stunning. This card is all about the artwork.

That cat and shells seem to jump right out of the picture.

I kept this card reasonably simple, as I didnt want to detract from the lovely artwork.
So just added a 3D floral sticker, and made a bow to compliment it.  The corners are peel offs with crystal gems.

24 November 2014

Skates and Hearts

Fancy Festive Heart Paper

I started with a stunning backing paper, by Hunkydory. So pretty, I just didnt want to cover it with a large topper.

So I decided to use various cutting dies to make embellishments to compliment the paper.
The tag was made using part of the Creative Expression Dies, Austrian Collection by Sue Wilson - Vienna, I used the smallest section,

The boots were made with Marianne D Creatables Skates die, cut out of the same pearlised red card.

The cute owl is one of the Tattered Lace Die Owl Trio set, a laal chunky chap this one.

I made the bow by using two different types of ribbon, something I've not done before, do like the affect.

Overall the affect is modern for this card, something a little different.

23 November 2014

Fancy Floral Shoe

Footwear with Flowers

There is something I find really appealing about footwear with flowers. It's something I first came across in artwork, when I first started collecting vintage artwork.

This design Ive had in my stash for a while, and love the vibrant colours in the shoe, and the stunning roses.

I used the Tattered Lace Die Owl Trio cutting die, the owls are so cute in this set and the little leaf design is also from that set.

The owl just adds a little bit of interest to this very detailed artwork

21 November 2014

Fancy Trees

Hunkydory Papers

I got some lovely free Hunkydory festive papers and toppers recently and some of the papers are so nice, that I decided to try make them part of the main focus when using them on a card

For this one, I used a fancy Tree cutting die, with gems on the trees, to compliment this lovely tree backing papers.

I also added a bit of glitter to the trees on the paper - though as usual that doesnt show up on a photo.

I really liked the affect. Ive never really used backing papers this way before and will try and do this in future for papers with large elements.

20 November 2014

Fancy Floral Fatbooks

I had meant to post these up end of last month, but didnt have the time. I made Fat Book pages to swap and these two were ones I wanted to display

The flowers is what I wanted to share, I had a go at making fancy flowers using my cutting dies.

I saw an idea on-line when a crafter used a floral punch to make 3D looking flowers, ,so I thought I would try by combining different floral cutting dies.

The purple flowers are all from the same cutting die, as that die comes with various sizes, I cut two of each size and ther are 5 sizes, so each of these flowers have 10 layers - I painted the petal edges with my cosmic paints

The other one flowers - green ones, I also painted the petal edges with cosmic. But this one only had two die sizes, so I ended up cutting two of each size, and using a different smaller die for the center

All the flowers are folded upwards and layered with the largest first up to the smallest flowers.  Gets a bit fiddly when it comes to the last layers, but well worth the effort.

I really like how these flowers turned out and hope to use them on future floral wreaths :D

Entered in - Crafters Cafe Challenge 91

18 November 2014

Poinsettia Art Deco

Art Deco at Christmas

I just wouldnt be christmas if I missed out an Art Deco design :D  This year I've not made as many in Art Deco theme than I normally would.  
I couldnt resist this lovely design, by Debbi Moore, it is so elegant.

The detail in the ladies hairband is lovely, and yep, there is glitter on there, even if it doesnt show on the photo

I used Marianne D Christmas Creatables Poinsettia, Straight and
Marianne D Creatables Holly Branches cutting dies to make the embellishment.

Really bold paper on this one too, fancy patterned baubles.  A lush look to compliment the glam Art Deco design :D

17 November 2014

Winter House

I love cottages in winter

This winter scene is so festive, snow always looks so nice drapped over cottages and their gardens.

I love the detail in this design, one from  a Joanna Sheen craft CD's. That little cat at the garden gate is such a sweet touch.  The artwork is really interesting, and I found myself noticing different things whilst cutting out the 3D design

I used the nMarianne Designs Craftables - Ivys Corner to make the corners, but otherwise kept the card simple and focused on the lovely artwork

15 November 2014

Pink Owl House

Model Project

I generally make cards, so do a 3D  model is something rare for me. This year though I have been trying different things and this is my first attempt at a bird house

I managed to find a tempate for a small bird house, which I cut out in white card.

I then cut out pattern paper for front and back. 

Now this house is only about 4" high,, so I knew I couldnt put a lot of it. So I looked at my cutting dies and decided on the lovely roses, a recent sprig, and one of the ever so cute owls I got recently

I got to play with cosmic paints too, as I painted the roses and the sprigg, love the sheen you get with those paints

There wasn't a roof part to this template, so  I had to estimate that piece, and I embossed the whole roof with one of my embossing folders, gave it a lovely texture.  And has the roof looked a bit empty, I used a lovely butterfly cutting die for that section

This is my first bird house, and I am well pleased with how this project turned out.  Ever so cute too :D

Dies used -

Tattered Lace Die Owl Trio

Crafts-Too Sprig of Leaves
Cheery Lynn Designs Die - Gardinia, Small
cArt Us Nesting Dies - Butterflies

Entered into the -
Allsorts Challenge No 285
ABC Challenge - Xtra Special

14 November 2014

Orange Roses

Vibrant Roses

I had this lovely roses design sheet in my stash for a while. I really liked the orange tone in the flowers, so I decided to go with vibrant colours.
So went for orange, gold and yellow. The paper is also bright and vibrant.
The rest of the layers are in orange and cream.

And the embellishments were made with gold, orange and yellow.  

The finished project is vibrant and eye catching :D

Cutting Dies used -

Crafts-Too Sprig of Leaves

Marianne D Creatables Key
Marianne D Creatables Double Frame

13 November 2014

Road Cycling

Road Bikes

When I saw this design, by Debbi Moore, I knew I'd got the one for using on a card for a guy that loves to cycle

I've also was a cyclist for years, but it was one of those activities I needed to give up, due to ill health.  

I used a 3D version of the design, and also used a cog patterned embossing folder for the backing.
And once again the Cheery Lynn Gears cutting die has come in handy, it has quickly become a favourite to use for male themed cards.

This card reminds me of quiet, open tracks, biking in nice weather :D

11 November 2014

Vintage Camping

The old tent!

I go camping, and the tents are so modern now, with dome and tunnel shapes.
This design by Debbi Moore, reminded me of an older tent used years ago.

A great card for a guy this one, a guy that likes, or liked to go camping for weekends, with a good book and flask of tea :D

I didnt add much more to this card, other than making the embellishment with signature Dies - Pine Cones

10 November 2014

Round Robin

Cheeky Robin

When I saw this design by Debbi Moore, it reminded me of a cheeky little robin that looks through one of my windows, looking for food :D Its a cute, cheeky little chap, and his dance always works, as I always go give him food.

I really do like the artwork on this topper, such pretty detail, especially with the subject backing included.

I used a couple of cutting dies to compliment this little bird.  The tree die, I got free in a craft mag, and the corners were made using Marianne Designs Craftables - Ivys Corner 

I like the affect of going for cool blue tones too, seems to make the robin stand out more :D

8 November 2014

Monochrome Lady

One of my favourite Lady designs, by Debbi Moore

The My Fair Lady artwork is just so nice, elegant and ever so detailed.

I went for as much black and white as I could with this card, so it has an almost Monchrome affect

The Lady design is 3D, I added a bit of glitter to the flower in her hat.

I used an embossing folder on the silver mirror layer. That layering was cut out with one of the Creative Expression Dies, Austrian Collection by Sue Wilson - Vienna dies, which is good that I can use this collection without using them all together.

The flowers are made using the Sizzix - Flower, Mini Daisy by Susan Tierney-Cockburn cutting die, I used vellum.

Im pleased with this finished project, though worked in bold colours, the overall affect is still elegant.

7 November 2014

Festive Red Fairy

Stunning Fairy in Red

The design on this card was one by Debbi Moore, and I love the rich red of the fairies dress.  The flower detail on the dress and hair is really lovely too. Lovely festive shades, I could of used this design as a birthday card too.

The backing is card embossed with a snowflake folder, I've used it a few times this year and really like the elegant pattern.

The embellishment was made with Marianne D Creatables Skates cutting die, cut out with holographic card, and a nice neat bow.

The finished project is really pretty :D

6 November 2014

Deep Roses

Deep Red Roses

I have had this artwork for quite a while and hadn't gotten around to using it.
I made it into a 3D design, just simple layers, but enough to highlight those lovely roses.

I have a lot of rose artwork, and though I like lots of different flowers, there is just something about roses that appeals to me :D

I embossed the backing, using one of my folders, in satin finished gold card. Made for a lovely affect, and works well with th rustic backing of the rose topper.

Pretty , yet quite a bold project

4 November 2014

Butterfly Angel

Butterflies with Angels 

They seemed like a good match when I decided to make this card.  The 3D of the elegant angel has been in my stash for ages, and I had just not gotten around to using it.

As the angel design has various shades and delicate flowers in it, I picked one colour and tried to tone everything thing with that - Pink

However, the butterflies ended up being multi toned, but I think they worked well with the backing paper and other layers

I love the Angel design, very pretty and really like how all the elements work together in this finished project

Cutting dies used -

cArt Us Nesting Dies - Butterflies

Cheery Lynn Designs Dies - Fanciful Flourish