Tuesday, 26 August 2008


Check out Papercraft Inspirations Issue 52 (October '08). They ran an ATC swap a couple of months ago and have printed a selection from the swap - mine included! Mine are on the top of the 3rd page and are titled 'Retro Kitchen', in red and white. That was a surprise when I opened my magazine over lunch!

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Christmas is coming!

Yes I've got slightly in the festive mood! I got the Kanban Xmas kit from QVC a few weeks ago and had to have a play. I've used pre-printed cards from the new Papermania range and bauble shaped cards from Dovecraft. The images and pyramage are from the Kanban kit and I added some coloured peel offs by Dawn Bibby. To finish the bauble card I added some ribbon. I think they create really professional looking cards, ready for the craft fairs I've booked into in the Autumn.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Something different.

Thought I'd do something different! The book came in a QVC kit which Leonie demonstrated last week. The kit is lovely with pre-printed patterned cards (My current craze!), chipboard and cardstock embellishments etc. The book has sections inside and is perfect for organising ATC's which is what Leonie had done with hers. I tied on some fibres, added chipboard letters (from another QVC kit), stamped a heart image, and added gems and a button.
I had been tempted to buy a ribbon organiser for ages as I was fed up untangling ribbons in my choc tin but then decided to save some pennies and make my own. I painted a plain box with acrylic paint, stuck on some whole pieces of dovecraft paper and cut out some flowers. I also stuck on some painted jigsaw pieces and the same chipboard letters as before. My first attempt at altering something!

Leonie is back!

Leonie is back online and setting her Friday challenges. The title for this weeks challenge is "Highlights". I chose to highlight a flower in the Dovecraft paper I used by using a blue ink pad across the rest of the ATC, outlining the flower with a pen and adding some gems. I finished with some sticky ribbon and a word tile.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

A few ATC's I've made this week

I've had a run on making cards this week and my current craze is using pre printed patterned cards rather than starting with a blank card (will post some of the cards I've made next week). These are some of the ATC's I've made using left over paper etc from my cards. I am trying to stick to my new years resolution of making an ATC straight away with the left overs rather than having bits and pieces everywhere! I did tidy up my craft room but have got so carried away with ideas this week that it's looking a bit messy again! Does anyone else have this problem? I always have the intention of tidying up but would rather spend the time crafting!

If you would like to trade for any of these ATC's then let me know (1,2,3 or 4) I need to do some trades as I've got carried away and have 100 in my swap box!!

Sunday, 3 August 2008

My Baby is One!

We've had a lovely weekend celebrating Marco's 1st Birthday. I don't know where the last year has gone! Here he is playing in the 'builders tray' I bought for the garden. There are lots of ideas for how to use a builders tray for small world play in my book 'The Little Book of Small World Play' published by Featherstone. (also available on Amazon) Ideal for anyone who works with children. (a little plug there!) (A girl needs to subsidise her crafting goodies somehow!)