My mom is pretty great…

So, my mom is one seriously talented woman, She makes gorgeous purses and has been sewing & quilting the most amazing things her whole life. I would be happy to even have a fraction of her creativity. Recently I got her trying to do some cards – naturally, she was a natural. These are pretty great cards for her first try!

Here are some of her purses. The insides are lined with coordinating fabric & even the fabric for the pockets is chosen to match perfectly. Apologies for the less than amazing photos (we’re still fine-tuning her computer/camera skills!).

And here are her cards — the 2nd one is inspired by Maile Belle’s card here

 I think she is off to a good start!
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A simple & sweet baby card

So, I have had limited access to my supplies & even more limited access to time at the moment, but I needed a quick baby card. I got out a pad of October Afternoon Seaside paper & sets I just bought from Pink Persimmon & Papertrey Ink and came up with this sweet little number for a baby boy.
I also recently bought some molds from Mold Muse on Etsy and had so much fun making all these gorgeous embellishments. I can’t wait to find these a home on a card sometime soon!
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A looong break from the blog!

Hey friends!

Sorry for my long absence from the blogosphere. I have been traveling and just taking a little break from the old blog. Unfortunately, my camera cord has gone missing, so I can’t share any of my recent projects just yet, but I have a few fun things up my sleeve.

I have been playing non-stop with these great molds from Molds Muse on Etsy. I bought the mum, open rose & daisy and so many gorgeous colors of sculpey. Watch this space for a picture of my flowers – I’m addicted to making them, now I just need to use them. I’ve also been busy making rolled roses with fabric – pictures coming soon too!

I was so excited to be featured in the Fawny Flickr Friday today on the Lawn Fawn blog. I love this company & have nearly all the stamp sets – so honored to be chosen by Kelly!

Thanks for stopping by – promise this will be a more exciting place very soon!

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A crowd of critters!

Another quick blog post today. I’m crazy getting ready to head to the states soon for some family time and my to do list is long & getting longer!

I am lucky enough to have lots of Lawn Fawn stamps and can’t seem to find time to play with that many of them. But, I decided to make a card using a whole lot of them just to spread some inky love!

So, this little cutie is for the twine challenge over at Wee Memories & also the current Hero Arts challenge. The background Hero Arts stamp was from a super generous prize package I received from them – thanks so much Hero Arts! This card is also very kid-friendly, so I’m entering into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge.
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Lacey goodness

A super quick post tonight – I have tons to do, so going to keep this short!

I finally got out my new Turning a New Leaf die today to make this card – I have been wanting to use it since it arrived. I rarely use lace, but was inspired by the challenge over at the Embellish Magazine blog to use decorative trim & shades of green. I also took inspiration from the current card being featured in the CASE challenge. All of this green reminds me of things blooming, so its also for the A Passion for Papertrey challenge.

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A labour of love!

So, thanks to the great challenge over at Lawnscapings to create your own patterned paper with stamps, there have been lots of great videos floating around the blogosphere to  show different ideas (for example, Kelly’s & Mary’s).

For a long time I’ve wanted the American Crafts City Park papers – especially the balloon one. But, alas, I don’t have it. Thanks to some great inspiration, I decided to make my own balloon paper. Now, if anyone has this particular PTI stamp set, they’ll know the balloon & balloon basket are separate stamps…this sheet of paper took me a looong time!!

And here is the first card I’ve made using the patterned paper. I accented some of the red balloons with glitter, but its hard to see in the pictures. The bird and banner are both embossed with clear embossing powder and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.

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This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in Moxie Fab World and the sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Waltzingmouse blog.
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Happy Wishes

Happy Sunday everyone. It is a gorgeous sunny day in London!


Made this cheerful balloon card for my friend’s birthday – hope it brings her some cheerfulness. Balloons are very cheerful to me.


The green hills are inpsired by a card I saw over at the talented Laurie’s blog – ο»ΏI love how she used the Papertrey Ink embossing folder for her rolling hills. She is super creative and clever!

This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. The card colors are inspired by the current Totally Hues challenge at Heather’s blog & this is definitely a springy card, so its also going into the current Springing into Spring challenge at Passion for Papetrey. I used heat embossing for the Papertrey Ink Make it Mondays challenge.


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Cheerful cards for a sunny day!

Hey blog friends! TGIF! It is a beautiful day here in London, so don’t spend too much time staring at your computer ;-)

A pretty long post today – I managed to get a few cards done for some challenges finishing today, so wanted to sneak them all in under the deadline.

First up – a card for a little boy turning 2 soon. I never make cards for little ones (besides baby cards!) so this was a fun change to pace. The sketch is for the challenge over at Skipping Stones Design and the because it is colorful, it is also going in for Wee Memories Color Challenge.

Next up, a sweet little baby girl card using the colors from the Off the Wall Craftiness challenge and the sketch over at Card Patterns. As usual, using my new Lawn Fawn Plus One set – it is getting an unfair amount of inky time compared to some other stamps in my collection ;-)ο»Ώ Its hard to see in the picture, but the banner strip is stamped with the new Papertrey Ink Gingham background and its super sweet!

 Last up, a birthday card for my friends father-in-law. I struggle with masculine cards and am always inclined to keep them very clean & simple. Not sure about this one though – it is looking a little too simple for me right now, but can’t put my finger on what it needs! Suggestions welcome! I used the stapled twine element from the card by Angie Hagist on the CPS blog – thought it was perfect for a guy!This card is for the CPS challenge & CR84FN Color Challenge.

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Card details:
Look Who’s 2!
Cardstock: light yellow, gray (Bazzill), Pure Poppy, white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dooblebug Designs
Stamps: Stars from Bitty Backgrounds, letters from Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: chipboard animal (Cosmo Cricket), brads (Making Memories)

It’s a Girl
Cardstock: pink, yellow (Bazzill), aqua mist (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Yellow Distressed Dots (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: mobile from Plus One, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments, banner from Bannerific (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter (Martha Stewart), Glossy Accents, Ribbon & button (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery)

Banner Birthday
Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Origins (Basic Grey)
Stamps: sentiment from CL371 (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: double-ended banner die (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), sewing machine

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Exciting News!!!

Hey everyone!
I have some very exciting news to share today that I know my crafty friends will appreciate – I have been chosen to join Faye and the other amazing ladies on the Design Team over at Cupcake Craft Challenges! I am really honored to be part of such a great group of talented women and can’t wait to kick things off.
There are lots of changes going on over at Cupcake Craft Challenges, so make sure to check the blog for updates and news and join us every Monday for a new challenge and chance to get crafty & win prizes. 
Right now there is a fun competition going on to let the readers pick a challenge theme – post your clever ideas in the comments for a chance to be the guest designer for your own challenge!
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Happy Birthday Hubby!

It was my husband’s birthday this past weekend and we got away for a long weekend to Budapest to celebrate! It was great to go on a little mini-break from London and we had a wonderful time taking in the sites and food (probably spent more time taking in the latter!).

I wasn’t very prepared with a birthday card and put this together quickly last night when I gave him his present. I went back & forth about whether or not to share it – definitely not my best or most creative card – but still a bit sweet & colorful!

I made this card for the Wee Memories Color Challenge & Lawnscapings Challenge – make your own background paper challenge. I used the star from Lawn Fawn – Bake a Cake to make the background. The rest of the goodies are Cosmo Cricket – my sweet guy loves when I make cards with those cute chipboard critters.

 Here are a couple pictures of us enjoying Budapest!

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Card details:
Cardstock: White, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Togetherness collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamps: star from Bake a Cake, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cerulean & Poppy chalk ink (Hero Arts), Green Tea (Versacolor), Thatched Straw (Versamagic), Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Fox (Cosmo Cricket), glitter pen (Sakura), die (Papertrey Ink)

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