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All Wrapped Up

Here’s a great tip that I learned from my Nana.  Her tables (and house) are always dressed to perfection – actually her first job was as a shop window dresser, which I know she must have been amazing at because later on her and my Grandad had a ladies wear shop, and I remember “helping”…

Homemade cards using linoprinted paper and wallpaper

Making Cards

April and May always seem to feel like really busy months.  In addition to Easter and two sets of bank holidays it is also my mum and brother’s birthday’s.  So I am often left frantically trying to combine fitting in lots of making and gardening in between family time and visits with friends! Here are…

Pretty beads

Pink Facets Jewellery

I consider myself to be blessed in many ways – one of which is that I still have all my grandparents.  Well recently it was my Nana’s 80th birthday and so of course we all got together to celebrate (including both sets of grandparents). I’ve always thought my Nana is one of the most elegant…

Simple Letters Card

Simple Letters Card

I don’t know about you, but for me most of the Valentine’s Day stuff that appears in the shops after the Boxing Day sales doesn’t appeal.  Don’t get me wrong – obviously it’s good for people to show their loved ones they care, but personally I would find a giant teddy bear to be an…

Wishing you peace at Christmas time... via a linocut card!

Christmas Cards

I thought I had started to make these in plenty of time for Christmas.  Some of you may have spotted the sneak preview of this project on my facebook page back in November. Unfortunately (the best laid plans of mice and men… ) a couple of days later I fractured my elbow, which meant I…

Love! Free pattern for crochet letters and heart for card from Make My Day Creative

Love! Card

I love mixing up my different crafty hobbies; this one’s card making and crochet. This is the card I made for my parents wedding anniversary last week.  It is based on one I made a while ago, but I made a note of what I did this time so now you can crochet your own! …

Hand printed paper

Wedding Card

It’s that time of year again, and this Saturday happens to be the first of the weddings we have been invited to this year. I spotted the hand printed paper (background of card) in a handmade gift shop and couldn’t resist buying a piece.  I knew I’d get a lot of cards out of it…

Linoprinted cards

Introduction to Linoprinting

I picked up a flyer for the Ministry of Craft a few months ago and found myself quite tempted by a linoprinting course.  As you know, I am always excited to try a new craft, and since I have dabbled with most of the other courses they offered I thought it would be good to…

Butterfly cards - available in my shop :)

Card making tips and tricks

I think most of us have made our own cards at some point, even if it was only as a small child at school.  Making a card in itself isn’t difficult, but I think most people struggle with making something they are really happy with.  So here are some of my top tips to help…

Too good to eat?

Easter Bunting Cake

I love this coffee and walnut cake.  It’s a Delia Smith recipe, and I’ve made it many times as it always turns out gorgeous!  If you can’t eat nuts, try substituting milk choc chips. This year I have decided to make this cake for Easter and decorate it accordingly.  I don’t often go in for…

Two cards for two great mums

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards

I’m very privileged to have both a wonderful mum and a wonderful mother-in-law (and I’m not just saying that because they both sometimes pop by this blog)!  So of course I wanted to make sure they got handmade cards for mother’s day. I started with these great butterfly stickers from a local craft store (similar…

More cards, more parties! :)

More Cards!

As I mentioned in my last post about the diamond scarves I have been busy making for my grandparents, it was their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations last weekend.  We all had a great time (perhaps surprisingly in Norfolk in February) eating too much food and hearing some lovely speeches. I made this card to go…

Pretty Card 3

Pretty Card

What a week.  Started off with a cold but I recovered just in time for my birthday – I had a pancake party!  So not much time for being crafty between the sniffles and cleaning up sticky pancake batter (yes, it got everywhere)! It was also my sister-in-laws birthday this week so I did manage…

Dreaming Spires Card

One thing that is good about making my own cards is the chance to make a card which has something which fits the other person.  I think it is often quite hard to get good cards for guys, and trying to find one which doesn’t have a picture of beer or a football on it is…

Crochet Cards

Sometimes I don’t have quite the right “focal point” for a card I want to make.  Recently I have been using my crocheting skills to make cards like these which are 3D, but also post friendly as they can get squashed through the Royal Mail’s 5mm slot without being damaged. I did the tree for…