Thursday, 29 September 2016

Tall slim box

Hello bloggists, and thank you for visiting my blog.

On Saturday, I shared a card that I'd made for a friend's wedding. As part of the wedding present, I made a box to hold abottle of perfumed oil. The one we actually gave the present in was basic black with white ribbon, but as it's quite difficult to show you what's happening on black card, I also made this version in Bermuda Bay with silver ribbon.

Here is how I made it–

If you want the measurements, here they are.

I hope you enjoyed this project.
I'll be back soon with another one–I'd love it if you would join me!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Halloween Triangle Fold Card

Hello bloggists, thanks for stopping by!

There's a real autumnal feel to the weather here today.  It's much cooler than it has been, it's raining and windy and it's easy to believe that Halloween will soon be here.

Halloween is my favourite holiday.  When I was a child, it wasn't a big celebration - Guy Fawkes  Night was much more exciting, with a huge bonfire built by the local boys and fireworks set off in back gardens by parents.  If I’m completely honest, the fun started some time before, with penny-for-the-Guy (which I was forbidden to do) and the older boys buying Bangers and Jumping Jacks for the purpose of scaring the girls by throwing them (you only had to be 13 to buy fireworks then - Health & Safety hadn't been invented!)  Halloween was much more low-key, usually we stayed at home played Ducking Apples (where you tried to take a bite out of an apple floating in a bowl of water or suspended from a string without using your hands).

I really love the modern Halloween, with the fancy dress and the spooky decorations and all.  We still don't exchange cards very much here in the UK but I'm not going to let that stop me from making some! I love the Spooky Fun set lots, and I've used it for this Triangle Fold card.  It opens up like this-

Here's the tutorial-

What do you think?  Hope you like  it!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Elegant card in black & white

Hi bloggists, and thank you for visiting!

It's a short and sweet post today.  Yesterday (from the time this is published) or tomorrow (from the time I'm writing this) a friend of my husband's is getting married.  It's a themed wedding, the theme being 1920s and the dress code being black & white.  This is the card I've made for the happy couple, and here's the tutorial - 
Isn't that die SOOOO elegant?  

That's it for now,

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Flowerpot Pop Up Card

Hello bloggists, and welcome!
Do you ever see a great project that someone else has designed and think, “I’d love to try that but I don’t have the (whatever) to make it?”  Today’s project came about because of one of those moments. 
I was watching the Craft TV channel and saw this GREAT set of dies to make a pop-up flowerpot card.  If you’re a regular subscriber to my channel or my blog, you might know that I love action cards and pop-ups and this just blew me away.  
That’s when I started to think about ways I could get the same effect with supplies I had on hand and this is how it turned out.

I used the little house die from the Home Sweet Home set to make the flowerpot – what do you think?  Here’s how it went together –

I haven’t used the Flower Fair dies much so I wanted to use them in my flowerpot and I also thought about punching out some small flowers, which would have been a different look. Botanical Builders or the flowers from the Jars of Love set would also have looked good.

I do hope you like it and you come back soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Jingle Bells

Hi bloggists, and welcome.
Well, after an amazingly warm and sunny few days, we’re back to what I think of as “normal” September weather – definitely cooler and downright chilly first thing in the morning.  It’ll be Christmas before you know it, so it’s probably a good idea to make a start on the Christmas cards if you haven’t already ( I know some people who keep on making Christmas cards throughout the year, but I’m not that organised!)

If you follow this blog at all, you might remember that I enjoy making action cards so today’s project is an action Christmas card.  I know this kind of card as a K card, although it has other names.  Here’s the tutorial –

That’s all for today, but I’d be so happy if you’d come back and visit me again.
See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


PS – for those people who have been kind enough to ask after my mother-in-law, she’s still in hospital with a nasty chest infection but is mending slowly.  Thank you so much for your kind wishes.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Cosy Cable

 Hello bloggists, thanks for visiting my blog!

When I was making this card, the weather was doing its usual September thing;  a bit cooler, the leaves beginning to turn to brown, some blustery showers - so it seemed like a good idea to get going on the Christmas cards (because when you craft, you start early!)  

I was not expecting the sudden heatwave.  

I was particularly surprised by how hot it was when we went to the Harry Potter studios.  Definitely the warmest weather I've experienced this year, and the last thing I wanted to wear was a wooly sweater.

So this card, I'm afraid, is not suitable for the weather, and for that I apologise.    It does show off the Cable Knit textured impressions folder beautifully, though, so I hope you'll forgive me.  And who knows, by the time this is published, the weather may have returned to normal!

Here's the video - 

I hope you enjoyed it.

See you again soon I hope!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Just popping in... say that there's no blog project today because I'll be live streaming this evening (Thursday 15 September) at 7.30 p.m.  As I write this, we've just got back home from the Harry Potter Studios tour - and I would have shared some pictures with you, but I realised, once we were lining up to go into the tour, that I'd left my phone (and therefore camera) in the car.  So I'll share this with you, which is a photo I took on our last visit(nearly 2 years ago!)

And, apart from not getting any shots of the Hogwarts Express, it wasn't a bad thing.  Last time we went I was so keen to get photos of everything that I spent the whole time with my phone in front of my face.  This time I could actually LOOK at the sets and props and costumes... and they were well worth looking at.  The model of the castle is ENORMOUS, even at 1/32nd scale, and so so detailed... I loved it all!.

Anyway, I'll sign off now, and I hope you'll join me later.  Normal service will be resumed on Saturday!  

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs,


PS - thanks you if you joined in the stream - it's so exciting when I see people from all over the world joining in the chat.  Here's a link to the rose petal template.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Just watch it!

Hello bloggists, welcome to my blog.

Today I am SOOOO excited because tomorrow, we are going to visit the Harry Potter studios.  We've been there before, on a tour organised by the staff social club where we work, and it was wonderful.  However, we did spend too much time looking at everything in the first section and ended up rushing so as not to miss the coach home, so we promised ourselves that we'd come back again - so we are.

So today's project is Harry Potter inspired.  It's a little gift box that holds a Harry Potter pocket watch for my husband.  He collects pocket watches and this one popped up on my Facebook News feed so I had to get it for him, but ssh, don't tell him - it's a surprise.  It's got S-for-Slytherin (he was  Sorted into Slytherin) on the lid - but I may change it for his initial.  Or maybe I won't.

Here's the tutorial 

and here are the measurements.

That's it for today - but don't forget, on Thursday I won't be posting my usual blog, because I'll be live-streaming my Roses workshop in the evening, so join me then (7.30 pm BST) over on my YouTube channel.  

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 10 September 2016


Hello bloggists, and welcome!
Last week I shared a card that looked a bit like a guitar, which was one of the musical instruments I tried to play in my youth:  today it’s the turn of the piano or keyboard instrument.  The piano was the first musical instrument I learned to play, beginning when I was about 8.     Yes, I was a music geek back in the day and I’m not a bit ashamed of it!  I wasn’t terribly good but I still loved making music. 
I very much enjoyed making this card and I think it would be a good card for anyone who’s learning to play a keyboard instrument or who loves music  - what do you think?

Here’s how I did it.

That’s it for now, but I’ll be holding a LIVE STREAM roses workshop (by popular demand, folks) on Thursday 15th – so hope I’ll see you then!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Who lives in a house like this?

Nobody...we're all ghosts!
I fell in love with these Thinlets as soon as I saw them, and the first idea I had about how I was going to use them was to make a haunted house because, well, Halloween!  

They make up into such a sweet little house.  You could put quite a few small treats inside - but I put a little light inside this one.  Here's how it went together-

I had so much fun making this and I already have plans for other projects using these dies.  

By the way, I'm planning to hold my Roses workshop very soon - so check my Facebook page for details!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

By the shore box

Hello bloggists, welcome to my blog. I don't know what the weather's been like where you are, but it was terribly rainy here this weekend. It definitely felt like summer was over.  It's noticeably darker in the morning as well. So today's project has been made in bright and cheerful sunny colours (Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral) just to cheer us up!

I made this sturdy box to hold the coast that  I decorated a few projects ago.  Because the coaster is quite heavy, it needed to be quite strong to hold it safely. Here's how I made it–

I hope you enjoyed it. 
Thank you for visiting -  please come back soon! 
crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Pretty Pines Christmas card

Hello bloggists and welcome!

Have you seen the new catalogue yet?  (If not - there's a link to a pdf version at the bottom of the page).  Today's card uses some supplies from the new catalogue and some from the Annual catalogue.  I'm particularly pleased at the way the braid came out - it's made using Bakers' twine.  And I love, love, LOVE the Pretty Pines dies.  

Here's how the card went together-

Hope you liked it!

Before I go, I promised to hold a workshop on making rose embellishments this month and I will, I will!  I'd planned to hold it on the 14th - I have some time off work scheduled that week  - but we've booked to visit the Harry Potter studios that day, so it'll probably be on Thursday 15th.  Check my Facebook page for updates.

Anyway, that's me for today.  Thank you for visiting!

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Pillar Candle Box

Hello bloggists , welcome to my blog.

Well, it's here - the new autumn/winter catalogue!  Have you seen it yet?  I'll be putting a link to the downloadable version at the bottom of this page - but there's nothing like getting your hot little hands on the real thing, so let me know if you're in the UK and want a copy (email me with your details -  

Can you spot what's new on today's project?  It's the kraft trim the looks just like rope to me.  It's really soft and pliable though, not like rope at all.  This box holds the pillar candle that I decorated last week - I've been asked to show how to make one and your wish is my command (and there's another box to hold the stone coaster following soon!)  

The box needed to have a base that was 3 inches square to hold the candle, and that means that it took  the full width of a piece of 12 x 12 card with nothing left how did I manage to get it to fit together?  Watch the video to find out!

Measurements for the box - 

12 x 11 (not as stated in the video!)  score at 3, 4 and 9 inches on the 12 inch edge and at
1/2 inch, 3 1/2 inches - turn the card and score at 3 inches.
 If you follow these measurements you won't need to trim the 1/2 strip off the base of the box.

Cut 4 paper panels for the front 3 3/4 by 4 1/4 and one 3 3/4 square for the lid 

Hope you have fun trying this!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,