Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Oh dear, is it that long since I've posted?
No excuse apart from me procrastinating!
Without further ado, I must praise the stamps by Visible Image. Such high quality  and deeply etched.
I love their designs.

Here is my effort to create for a 15 year old boy - always a difficult subject, made so much easier with these superb stamps.

Stamp set Visible Image - Rock Out

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

PCS Sleigh and Sled Gift Boxes

Hiya blogging friends :)
This deadline was hard to achieve as we had sad news on Sunday morning that an old friend had suddenly passed away .
So between phone calls to the family, and making the sympathy card, my time schedule was well and truly under pressure.
But, make it I have :)  Using another fabulous template from -  PCS ADORNED HOLIDAY
Melanie dreams up such clever ideas for boxes and these 2 are no exception!

Using double sided paper from K&Company (CLASSIC).
I've not 'fancied' them up yet as I may use these two boxes for my Grandsons'  Christmas money and would rather leave them simple.
Here's the Sled -
and, "Where's the box",  you may ask!
Ahah! ............................................................                                                                                                                                                                 

And the Sleigh........................                                                                                                                               
Another view of the Sleigh.................................................                                                                                 

There's an optional panel for the Sleigh so as to conceal a gift inside - clever or what???

So summing up, Melanie has done it again. It's been so intriguing working with the templates from PAPER CRAFTERS SAMPLER
A joy to work with with great results - Thank You Melanie :)

Many thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Teenage Boy Card

Hiya bloggers :)
Not much time to stop today as Christmas is fast approaching and there's still lots to do!
On top of everything else, the builder is coming 1st week of the New Year to fit a new bathroom!
Seen stuff on internet so popping out some time today for an eyes on and maybe also look at tiles.

This card is for our 14 year old Step Grandson which was a head scratching episode, as I don't do male cards easily - more so teenagers! but found an idea to case using   Coloured Lettering. I wasn't able to comment on the site for some reason - such a shame :(
RECIPE (edited 15th January as I got one wrong)
6" square embossing folder by Embossalicious
Digi stamp from KennyK (Teen Idol)
Die cuts Sizzix for the larger stars
The name 'SHAUN'  are single letters from Die-Versions.
'Happy Birthday' is Spellbinders
The smallest stars are punched.
All coloured with Copics.

Thanks so much for stopping by :)
Hope everyone is coping with the busy shops, traffic and all :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Birthday Cheers

Searching through old stuff, I came upon more cards that hadn't been blogged.
On this card all the die-cuts are Sizzix apart from the corner die-cut by Cuttlebug It's an old one and maybe not available although I have spotted the set in Ebay.
Many thanks for the visit.
Take care xxxxx

Sunday, 7 December 2014

LIMOGE TRINKET BOX from Paper Crafters Sampler

Hiya Bloggers :D
Well, what a whirlwind week this has been!
My posting should have been on Wednesday!
Better late than never as me Gran used to say :)

From last Saturday on a promised day out with my sweet granddaughter Grace to Crafty's in Liverpool for their grab a bargain day which she loved :)

Into Sunday - and off to Derby for a crafty meet up with my lovely crafting friends; an early start - 2hr drive there - lovely food with, chat and laughter with secret santa thrown in :) and 2hr drive home including the busy M6 motorway! But what a wonderful day and getting home tired but happy.

Baby sitting for our eldest daughter Louise, Friday gone and into the early hours of Saturday...
then up handy for HW! Laundry and getting ready for an overnight visit from our youngest daughter Victoria and our grandson Alfie travelling south from Kendal in the Lake District.
After they'd left for home today, I just had enough time for finishing touches to the Limoge Trinket Box  from the Adorned Holidays and in time to catch the good light for taking the photograph to upload.
I'll be making 2 more great projects from this set (for uploading next Wednesday) and you can spot them by checking out the link and also see the DT  talents in the Blog Hop samples

The template for this fab project  Limoge Trinket Box HERE arrived late because Melanie's time was taken up with Thanksgiving but Melanie gave me time to get it made and uploaded - it's very easy to follow the template and makes up in no time at all.

Hope you like it :)

Many thanks for visiting and please do pay a visit to Paper Crafters Sampler for more clever templates and ideas.
Wishing you well - take care friends xxxxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sizzix - From Our Home

Evening Bloggers :)
I bought this die on a whim recently and so glad I did, as I love the result!
It's so easy to achieve a card, it feels like I'm cheating, but why should a card take a whole day???
What attracted me to the die was that I figured, if I was to trim away the tree and the Christmas greeting I could maybe use it to create a New Home card too!!! I may experiment with this :)

Using a cheap old fashioned shaving brush from Wilkos, the backdrop is brushed on kinda randomly.
Then Frantage is applied to create the snow flakes.


SIZZIX thinlets die 659914
300 gsm white smooth cardstock from Anna Marie design
Rangers distress ink
For the snowflakes I used Stampendous (Frantage) chunky white embossing enamel

Thanks so much for the visit - it's now time I went to bed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Love Diane x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My Favourite Tonic Verso Christmas Wreath Die

Hiya Blogging Friends :)
I do love this Tonic Verso die and although it's labeled 'Christmas Wreath' it doesn't scream Christmas and is useful for anything decorative.
And it's not too OTT


To make the poinsettia centre, I used 2 main die sets:-
Cut sprigs from the Holly Flourish die by Cheery Lynn
And punched pine by McGill
finished with card candy for flower centre

 Smooth white cardstock brushed with RANGERS  Distress Ink - Iced Spruce
(my new favourite colour)

Many thanks for stopping by 
Diane xxx