Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Happy Birthday to You

Hello! Today's card was made using 'Happy Birthday to You', one of SU's Saleabration stamp sets. I'm never that crazy about birthday cake stamps, but I do like the flowers on this one. I coloured them with a blender pen and a Highland Heather inkpad. This card also used up some snippets of Old Olive and Sahara Sand cardstock, a piece of platinum foil for the cake stand and some vellum 'repurposed' from a kit.

I am sending hugs to Di, Dudley and Parsnip over at Pixie's Snippets Playground (avoiding squeezing your shoulder!!)

My card also fits the theme of 'Celebration' over at Global Design Project.

 Happy crafting! April xx

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Layered With Kindness

Hello! This is a lovely stamp set from the new Stampin' Up spring catalogue called 'Layered With Kindness' - so pretty! I used Blueberry Bushel (full colour and stamped off) combined with Old Olive to make this thank you card. I was inspired by this sketch at Global Design Project

It was definitely very nice to make a springy card after lots of Christmas crafting!

Happy crafting! April xx

Monday, 30 December 2019

Beautiful Friendship

I love the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. Most of the cards you see made with it are understandably in pastel colours, so I felt inspired when I saw the colour combo of Cherry Cobber, Shaded Spruce and Early Espresso over at Global Design Project

This seemed perfect to send as a thank you card for friends who had us over before Christmas, as it still seems quite festive. I added some polka dot tulle ribbon to brighten it up a bit!

Happy crafting! April xx

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Lip Balm Gift Set

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying this festive time of year.

This is my snippety make for Pixie's Snippets Playground where the lovely Di very kindly does a massive Christmas event with beautiful, inspirational cards and an amazing prize draw.

This gift set was made to maximise a rather lovely couple of 6 x 6 pieces of paper. I also stamped on the lid of the lip balm that I made. The dinky milk bottle carton tutorial that I used can be found here. The little fold-flat box tutorial can be found here. Both were lots of fun to make!

I hope you manage to get some crafting squeezed in between the celebrations!

April x

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Piggy Tag

How is it December already? Every year I think I'm ahead of the game and then suddenly it's all upon us and the time races away.

Here is a piggy wrapped up warmly with his woolly hat on. He is a very cute Hero Arts stamp and is going on a present for my friend's daughter. She is very fond of pigs indeed. The tag is folded so that it has its own integrated chocolate coin :-)

My winter pig was inspired by Day 26 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019. There were lots of lovely reindeer, penguins, foxes, bears and mice all wearing their hats and scarves! I loved all the tags, but I was particularly inspired by these tags by Eloise Blue!

I'm also sending festive hugs to Di, Dudley and Parsnip over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Tags are super snippety aren't they? Particularly when they involve chocolate coins...

Happy crafting! April x

Thursday, 21 November 2019

More Tags


Another couple of tags today. These are for Day 12 of The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019. They were inspired by this stunning stag tag made by Kim for Stamplorations. I loved the contrast of the paper at the top and the detail of the linen thread tied round the tag. My die-cut is a Marianne one. I am being super-organised and wrapping the present that goes with the tag at the same time (not sure how long that will last!)

Happy crafting! April x

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Stencilled Tag

Hello! I made these Christmas tags to take part in The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019.
I was inspired by this lovely creation by Liliya for Studio Katia. It is Day 11 and you can find the post here. I love the white stencilling, the slightly off-set die cut sentiment and the little bow at the top. My Falala die is Stampin' Up, the tiny bow is Waffle Flower and the stencil is Tim Holtz.
The floral 'accessories' in the background of the photo used to be really nice until the cats decided to bite the plastic stalks off them. Now they balance on very short stubs in their vase and the cats make a point of knocking them out every single time they walk past them. Just why??

 I am also sending my tags off to Di, Dudley and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Di, you will be happy to hear that the horrible old lino floor in the bathroom - scene of my gold embossing paste horror - has finally been replaced. Of course, it goes without saying that I am banned from the careless use of embossing paste whilst wearing slippers...
Happy crafting, April xx