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31 Dec 2012

Happy New Year!! Cutting file

I've still not had a chance to do any crafting so while I've been sitting at my computer on this New Years Eve I thought I'd give you a cutting file so I created this.
You can download this cutting file HERE.   I look forward to crafting for you in the New Year!!

27 Dec 2012


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I've had a lovely time with my new grandchildren. My mother in law arrived today so it was another lovely afternoon with all the family.
The shirt gift bags and shoes were a great hit at the dinner table. Phew LOL
My eldest brother is arriving tomorrow so I'm sure we'll have another great day.
As you can see I've had very little opportunity to do any crafting!
I did manage to give my craft room a bit of a tidy up but that's all I managed to do in there!
Did you have anything crafty for Christmas? I only asked for one item. I just had a Fiskars easy stamp press and some new cameo blades. I haven't had a chance to use the stamp press yet. Something to look forward to!
I'll be back crafting soon. It's my daughter's birthday on New Years Eve so I have to make a card soon"

20 Dec 2012

Gingerbread house box 2 cutting file

I've played around with my Studio software and tweeked my gingerbread box cutting file and I think I've finished it! I made two gingerbread boxes from the file this afternoon and they seem to work quite nicely. The picture on the left shows the front and back view of the box.
How did I make it?
The base.
1 Cut the house base from brown cardstock.
2. Cut the roof and windows from white cardstock. 3. Adhere the windows and doorframe BEFORE you stick the sides of the base. Its much easier to do while the box is flat.
4. Glue the sides of the house together to form the box.
 The roof
5. Score lines where the blue lines show on the cutting file. ... at the base of the roof  then fold ( valley fold. next fold  along dotted line ( mountain fold). The last section will adhere to the inside of the wall to fix the roof to the base. The other folds form the over hang of the roof so make sure they are folded with crisp scorelines.
6. Line the two rooves up and measure where the smaller tag meets the wider one at the top of the roof..
7. Cut a slit at the base of the wider tag so the smaller piece fits into it. This forms the closure at the top of the roof.
8. Cut the tile strips in alternate colours and adhere them to the roof.
9. Fold along the dotted line at the sides of the roof to form the icicles.
10. Adhere the roof to the house by gluing the bottom folded section to the inside of the wall.

Decorate the house as you wish. I've added a gingerbread man, soldier and a tree at the back. I also added glitter (silver and white) to the icicles and roof.
I hope this explains it all for you.
You can download the cutting file HERE.

I'm going to put some candy and chocolate inside all of my boxes and give them to the step grandchildren. I hope they'll like them!!

18 Dec 2012

Gingerbread house.

I had a lovely time at my local crop on Saturday. One of the group very kindly designed and gave a class on making  a gingerbread house box.
I had great fun covering myself in glue and glitter. Sarah made a great job of making the template for us to use.This was all done by hand and cutting was with a scissors.

I adherd the sides and roof allowing for an opening in it to be able to oepn the box. I cut lots of scalloped strips using my Xcut punch using alternate green and red paper. I then covered the roof with the strips.I added some window and door frames and a few elements.

I have  spent the last two evenings trying to create my own template so I could easily cut out a template using my Cameo. I tried to scan i Sarah's template but it didn't trace very well so I decided to create my own. Sarah knows I'm doing this and doesn't mind me doing so.
Ever wish you hadn't started something? Well that was me last night! I created the base house pretty quickly in Studio but it all went to pieces when I tried to cut a prototype.
 I tried to cut the template and half way through the cut the computer said  the machine wasn't connected and it would stop cutting but the blade cut a huge line right across the paper as it returned to the start position. I switched the machine off and tried again etc . this happened three times. It eventually stopped doing that and I managed to cut the house but had forgotten to add windows and window frames to the design. Soo..... that was what I did next. OOHHHHH  this is looking great ........ I tried to cut the house with doors and windows this time. Off the blade goes......... clickety-clack, clickety-clack goes the blade... ... great ....... then it stops and I look at the card and the centre pieces and lines have cut but not the outer lines. I check the design and the mats are the right size, the cutting lines all show correct but nope it won't cut the  outer lines at all. As before I tried several times and nothing cut correctly.

GGGGRRRRRRR by now I'm beginning to lose the will to live!!!! I  eventually sorted out the problem by bringing the outer lines to the front and sent the rest to the back from the options menu.

Next it was time to do the roof. I, initially, created it as a one piece roof  and it cut fine but was a bit  too big but I thought I'll adjust that later. I cut out the icicles by hand just to see how they looked. I was too tired to try to design them on the machine. I stopped working on it at that point. My first prototype is in the picture..... its not the finished item  though. When things go wrong  its best to leave it so I went to bed. I just couldn't write a blog  last night I wasn't in a good mood by the time I'd finished my first  prototype. LOL

Anyway, things can only get better ....... tonight I've spent using the  Studio program to make  a few alterations and adjustments to the roof. It looked better in the smaller size but I wasn't sure how to attach it to the house and get it to open and close easily without warping the shape. In the end I decide to go with the same design that Sarah had made. I altered it to being in two parts and opening at the top of the roof.  I cut out a prototype roof again. It  does fit a lot better this time. I went back to the design and created some icicles on the side of the roof and removed a few perforations and will score instead to make the folds/ tags a bit stronger where the roof opens. It's surprising how long it's taken me to do just those few alterations. I haven't cut it out yet. I've decide to take my time and check it tomorrow when I'm not so tired.
Watch this space  for a free gingerbread cottage box cutting file  in the near future....... hopefully!!!!


13 Dec 2012

Snowman cutting file

Well I finally got the tags finished. his is the first time I'veever followed a project for a whole year and completed it!
 If you've been following Tim Holtz's project you'll notice my tag is slightly different. The wording is at the top of the tag instead of the bottom. That's because I didn't  take a second look at his tag before I started mine. I put the snowman in the centre of the tag and decided my tag was too big and trimmed it off.... errrr ... ummmm ... too much at the bottom (blooper!!!) .....so I had no choice to swap things around a bit.

I cut out the second snowman and coloured him in using the distress pens. I distressed the background with peacock blue distress ink and adhered him with foam pads. I cut out the snowflake from a silhouette file and  used the font to cut out the wording. I added some extra snowflake confetti to make it more interesting. They are a metallic blue in colour but the  silver mirri board wording and snowflakes don't show up as shiny in the photo.
I adhered it to black coordinate paper and rubbed off the top to show the underneath. I preferred the black because it makes more of a contrast to the front tag. The music 'tape' is some sheet music I printed off, cut into strips and distressed with stormy blue distress ink

I added two gems to the centre of the larger snowflake and the j in joy. I didn't have any thin tinsel so I used thin white ribbon instead.
I actually prefer it like this... well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!
The next project will be the gingerbread house box I'll be making in the class at the Chepstow Pink Scrapper crop on Saturday.
I made my own paper piecing snowman as a cutting file with a choice of noses. The snowman body  is meant to be slightly skewiff  by the way. It is deliberate and not a blooper by me lol. You can download it from HERE


11 Dec 2012

December Tag 1

Tonight I got on with the tag for December as part of the 12 tags of 2012  Tim Holtz project.

There are two tags for December but I only did one tonight. It took me longer than I anticipated. I don't know why, but I seemed to work very slowly tonight.

I coloured the tag with fired brick and gold distress inks.. I don't have the stains. Next I cut the words and the poinsettia dies. I coloured the petals with Burned Brick and peeled paint inks then adhered them together with Pinflair silicone gel. I Embossed the words with clear embossing powder and adhered them to the ticket. I distressed the edges with Distress tool and ink. I layered them all up and sprayed them with a touch of Glimmer mist to give it a bit of a shine. Finally I added some embellishments and adhered the tag to a blue textured card that had been edged with burlap distress ink.
Looking at the picture I think I need to trim the back card a bit more, there's too much showing. I can do that tomorrow.

How are you all getting on with your Christmas  preparations? I've just got two more presents to buy now.. thank goodness for online shopping is what I say.. especially after going to the shops yesterday evening..... my feet were killing me by the time I got home LOL.

10 Dec 2012

November Tag (acorn cutting file)

Tonight I finally got around to completing the November tag for 12 tags in 2012. As usual I didn't do it exactly  as Tim but I'm pleased with it. I run my tag through a wood effect embossing folder and rubbed some frayed burlap over the card to get the wood effect. I cut out the wheat from white card and adhered it to the card. Next I cut out some tattered leaves from scraps I had in my scrap paper box. I created the acorn in my silhouette software and cut out. I edged them with orange ( Marigold) and Frayed Burlap distress inks. I used my distress pens to edge the acorn and define the lines between the shapes. I didn't like the plain white of the wheat so I lined them with a distress pen think it was antique paper colour. I adhered the acorn with foam pads to give the tag some dimension. I found some wooden leaves I'd bought from the Range store a while ago. I added them because I felt they tied in with the wheat. I cut out the wording using my Cameo and adhered that to the tag to finish the tag off.

If you would like the acorn cutting file you can download it from HERE


9 Dec 2012


Getting my decorations up has taken priority the last few days and yes my cough is still with me. I'm waiting the result of a heat ex-ray.
Today I did decorate a few more baubles with my step grand children's names in the same way as the two for the grandson's first Christmas. I haven't taken a photo because they are the same as the other ones.
I also started writing some Christmas cards. I'm ashamed to say these were shop bought cards and not home made! ....hangs my head in shame lol. I'll send the few home made ones to my craft friends. I really must get on with a few more before Saturday when it's the Chepstow Pink scrappers Crop. We're going to have aGingerbread house box tutorial so I'm looking forward to that.
The problem I have is fitting in the present shopping and wrapping with some ore crafting...


5 Dec 2012


No crafting tonight. A worsening cough has worn me out. I'm feeling very sorry for myself so I'm going to feel better by taking a bar of chocolate to bed !!!
Back soon

3 Dec 2012

reindeer and more reindeer!

 A good friend passed away this afternoon following a short illness. I 'm sure you understand I haven't felt very creative tonight.

I did do some crafting but just made another Santa and reindeer card, this time in white. I kept it all white except the reindeer 'saddles' which I coloured alternate red and green and wrote their initials in white gel pens.
  I theaded some gold thread through the reins. I coloured Santa's hat  and  left it at that.

I also made another red card but this time I coated the  base of the card and the horns in Versamark. I embossed the base with holographic clear powder and the horns in gold. I haven't taken a photo of that because I coated santa's hat in perfect pearls and glossy accents.

Do you know all Santa's reindeer names???

I also looked up a cutting file I used last year.
 I think I downloaded it from UKscrappers but I couldn't find the designer nor the card there tonight. If you know who designed it lease let me know so I can acknowledge them.
This is a lovely card. I used white cardstock fro my stash.. nothing special. I placed gold card behind the lattice and added red glitter hanging from the reindeer horns.

My card collection is slowly rising but I really do need to do some more.

I've fallen behind with the 12 tags for 2012 too. I haven't done the November nor December ones yet........


2 Dec 2012


It was a case of wishing I hadn't started what ,I thought, would be an easy task this afternoon!  I wanted to try a technique of glittering the inside of the baubles but The ones I saw were not god quality so I bought these shaped red ones instead......that should have warned me things weren't going to go well!!

I decided to use some vinyl and decorate  some baubles to celebrate my two new grandson's 1st Christmas. One grandson has an unusual spelling for his name so I knew I wasn't likely to find one ready made. All Ihad to do was cut out the lettering and a pattern and adhere them to the bauble.  My first attempt resulted in the  blade not cutting through the vinyl, next it got all tangled up inside the blade housing and again not cut properly. Change of blade and try again. cut great this time but the letters were to thin and distorted as I tried to fix them to the transfer tape. Back to the drawing board and changed the font to a thicker style. That worked great but now it wouldn't adhere to the transfer tape, and so it went on arrrgggghhhh!!!!!!
Not one to give up despite the frustrations I finally achieved what I wanted. The snow flakes are from the studio software library...... just don't ask me how much vinyl I wasted just to get these few letters onto 4 baubles!!!!!

 After all that effort that I needed some light relief, I'd seen a lovely cutting file in the Studio online shop and I bought and made it. It's Santa being pulled by 7 reindeer. You cut two pieces and join them together to create a long card.

I coated the reindeer horns with Versamark and covered them in glitter snowflake embossing powder and heated to set them. Being honest that was a slight mistake I thought I was using my holographic embossing powder but I like it  powder. I used the same powder for Santa's beard and red embossing powder  for his hat. I ran a thin line of silver Stickles glitter glue along the edge under the reindeer feet to give a magical effect.
I couldn't find my darning needle so I've left threading some metallic  coloured thread through the holes in the reins.

I think I'll make a white one next to see how that looks!


Gingerbread card( cutting files)

I've made two more cards a!! I've used a gingerbread card file I downloaded from the internet. Beanpole had kindly offered it free at Ukscrappers. You can find it HERE.The card on the right was made in a similar way to Beanpoles. I cut the card using pealised cardstock. I then matted a plain red paper to the inside of the card and added white accent 'snow'. I used some free stickers to decorate the top of the house. I made the reindeerin Studio and cut them out  of some paper from my stash.. The sentiment was  also from my stash. You're wondering how I adhered the reindeer with such delicate horns aren't you? Weeellll..... I used my Xyron and very slowly and carefully pressed them onto the card.That took very little time to complete.

The ginger bread card was a different matter. I cut one card from plain white card stock and another from Kraft Cardstock. I cut up the white cottage and used the pieces to create a snow covered roof and sills. I then used various papers including Graphic 45 Nutcracker  collection to cut out the gingerbread men, poles and roof. I used some from my stash for the rest. I adhered each piece to make it look like a gingervead house.I sed distress and gel pens to create the bricks on the chimney and other details. I found a tree topper in my stash ( most of  my Christmas stickers came free in magazines over the years).
This card took me an evening and a haldf to complete. I think a lot of time was spent choosing what paper went with each . That took me ages.

If you would like the reindeer cutting file you can down load it from HERE. Just be very careful removing the reindeer from your mat and when you stick it to your card because the haorns are very thin and delicate.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I started yesterday. Are you going to get anything carftuy for Christmas?? I'm not sure if I wnt anything at the moment but I'm sure I'll change my mind in the next 3 weeks!!!


29 Nov 2012

Christmas card toppers (Cutting file)

Hello fellow crafters and friends.
Diverticulitis has kept me from my crafting this past week but its good to get back to sticking and cutting again tonight.
I've not been very enthusiastic about making Christmas cards this season because it was a project I used to share with my mother. She was a keen, gifted crafter and in the last few years she found things difficult and card making was something we could do given her reduced limitations. It just doesn't feel the same now she's not here.

Well, I thought, I've got to pull myslef together because my crafty friends will be expecting some sort of home made card so I made a start tonight. These are what I made.

The centre card is very very  simple I just layered the card with some background papaer from my stash and adhered some thickers and a chipboard sentiment. I might add a border, some glitter or some snowflake  confetti once the glue has dried. Its the last card I made tonight. I started getting clumsy and kept dropping the cards so ... .. now's the time to stop!
The other two were made in a similar way to each other.
I made  a Christmas tree branch shape and cut masses of them out with my Cameo. It was a good exercise on learning how to use the nodes in Studio software!! Again I just used green  patterned paper from my stash. I cut out a triangle  and circle from plain cardstock and adhered the 'branches' in layers to form the tree and wreath.  I added red and gold stickles glitter glue to form berries and baubles.  I drew a door on the green card to form a door shape  then adhered the wreath and tree to each card. I added a snowflake embellishment to the tree as a star and a glitter chipboard snowflake to the centre of the wreath. I added a red bow and button to the bottom of the wreat and  a hanging string from bakers twine to the top.
The tree card was finished off with a felt green band on the bottom of the card and drawn gold lines around the edge. Both cards had a sentiment added to finish it off. ...... .Oh yes,  I rounded the corners of the tree card with my corner chomper.

This is the shape of the branch. If you would like the cutting file for this  you can download it from HERE .
It is a very delicate shape as you can see from the close up picture so make sure your cutting mat isn't too sticky or you might have problems removing it.


15 Nov 2012

Gift bags (cutting file)

 Woohooo I've got the gift bags finished! I decided to try to make them look like dinner jackets with shirts underneath, but once I did try a black bag  with the shirt part adhered to the card but the top didn't look right to me. So I  went backto the drawing board. I've seen lots of bags online with simple flaps folded over and that made me think something could be done with the flap to make it look like the collar  whnen it is folded over the black jacket and a V shaped white piece to look like the shirt. I  tried a prototype using white card and loved the shape of the bag in white. The bow tie could act as the clasp to keep the bag closed. So that is what I made using my Cameo and Studio Software.
I cut out the bag and assembled it from plain white cardstock. Next I cut and made the bow tie and cummer band from mirri card. I run the band through a crimper to give a pleated effect.
I  fixed the tie to the card with a foam pad. I added some gems for some bling. I drew a line down the centre to form the front of the shirt and stitches around the collar. I added some black buttons with some black accent from Ranger.

If you would like to make the bag you can download the cutting file from HERE. This is my first attempt at creating a bag from scratch in Studio so you might need to tweak it here and there for it to fit together perfectly. I had to trim the base flaps by hand a little bit. I've changd it on the cutting file so it should be ok now. 


13 Nov 2012

Great Nanny Album

I've been busy the last two evenings making a baby album for my mother in law, who is the great nanny of my grandsons.

With two babies being born so close together I thought it best to do a double album. I did this by doing concertina pages on each side of the album. This is my own design. I used what was left of the "Animal Antics"paper collection.

One mini album was adhered to the  front cover and the other to the back to when the album is opened there are two mini albums inside. I simply matted and layered the photos on both sides of each page and added a few embellishments. I kept the pages fairly simple and easy to see because my mother in law has poor eye sight.

I  allowed a 1/4inch space at each fold to allow space for embellishments so the pages wouldn't bulge and distort the album.I'm pleased with this because it works well and the album doesn't bulge at all.
I covered some cardboard from a dishwasher tablet box for the cover and created a tape to slot under a  tab as a fastening.

 I'm surprisd how quickly I finished this album, it took me just two evenings from start to finish. I am gong to visit her on Thursday so I'll be able to give it to her then.

Now, I'm not sure what I want to do for my next project. I should make some Christmas cards but I'm not enthusiastic about it this year. I usually do this task with my mother but she isn't with us  now, so the thought of doing cards without her is making me feel very sad.
Christmas is going to  bitter sweet this year. The firt without my Mum but also the frst with my new grandsons!!

Oh I know what I need to do... I've got to make the little diner jacket bags for the men for the dinner table gifts!!

11 Nov 2012

More Shoes

Its been a quiet week as far as crafting is concerned. Work seemed to take over. I went to  my local Pink Scrappers crop yesterday but  wasn't able to join in the class because baby sitting duties  were called for. I did manage to complete two more shoes so they are all done and ready for Christmas. he colours are not showing up very well. The left hand shoe  looks brown but is a deep rich red with red and white lining. The right hand shoe is light blue with red and blue  accents.I will have to add some bling later.

Hopefully this week I will have a bit more time for crafting.... hmmm what to do next?  I guess I ought to start something for the men. perhaps a little gift bag in the shape of a dinner jacket?


6 Nov 2012


I haven't painted a picture for a few months and I thought it was time to return to getting covered in paint and Mod Podge!.
This is a mixed media "funky autumn" canvas. First I coated the canvas with clear Gesso to seal it then I tore strips if  green patterned paer and adhered  them onto the canvas using Mod Podge (Matt). Next I used a leaf stencil template from 'That Special Touch'  and  autumn colours acrylic paint to colour the background then used some stamps and  sequine waist to add some additional texture. The  vertical lines  at the bottom of the picture were made with some corrugated card.
Next I cut out the tree and some leaves, fruit ( the round shapes) and heart shapes and layered them onto the canvas. I added the hearts to show I love Autumn. I drew around them and  added some dimension using Pitt pigment pens.

I sprayed the hole canvas with some yellow perfect pearls spray to give it some  sheen to represent  the start of  the frost season. I finished the canvas off with a few rubons to add even more dimension.

I started it yesterday and had to stop because the grandkids came to visit. I finished the painting  this evening. I was worried the  tree didn't stand out well fromt he background but in real life the background is  a bit paler and more yellow in colour. I thought it would take me longer but I am pleased to get it finished.

4 Nov 2012

Me & my cuz!

I've been trying to make this layout for about a week and I'm still not sure whether I like it or not. The babies are my two grandsons.
I tried to cover the daisy pattern with some Matt Accents, I dont know what went wrong but it didn't turn out well. If anything it dulled the colour of the flowers so I cut out some daisies with my Cameo and dabbed some mustard seed distress ink in the centre of eac flower. I cut out the lettering and adhered them to the centre of some daisies to create the title and hide some of the ones in the pattern. I also wrote some brief journaling inside some of the flower centres.
I cut out the teddy bear frame and matted it with some dark red paper to highlight the shapes inside the frame. I filled in the teddies with Glossy accents which worked out really well. The frame was then matted onto some white card.
That was adhered to the background. I finished it off with a little dog paper clip.

Its hard to believe that the baby on the left is the older one by 5 weeks! He was 5 lb 11 oz when he was born but the baby on the right is 9lb 12 oz  and is only a wek old in the photo.


3 Nov 2012

Another shoe

I've decided to make shoes for all the ladies that will be coming to my house for Christmas dinner.  I will use the shoes as place cards and to hold a small gift that would normally go inside a christmas cracker.  Last year I made little gift bags and they were very popular with the family so this year its going to be shoes for the ladies and I don't know what to make for the men yet. If you have any ideas what I could  make for the men that would hold a very small gift let me know!! I have the gifts for the ladies but can't say what they are because I know one of them follows my blog.

I have found another shoe template that is slightly different but of course when I went looking for it I couldn't find itso I've used the same template as before

I made the shoe in exactly the same way as the previous one this time using green card and green ostrich skin type card from Payper. I chose green and pink paper from my stash for the shoe lining. I edged the shoe with pink gems. I found this  flower in my stash as well but I rememebr buying it from a bargain store that sold all sorts of things including a small selection of craft items.
I altered the flower but adding some more pink gems around the edge and in the centre. You've got to have a bit of bling at Christmas don't you? lol

The glue is still drying  and I haven't yet decided if I want to add anything to the heel. I think it looks OK as it is for now.


30 Oct 2012

3D Shoe

 Having made a 3D hat I thought I'd try a 3D shoe tonight.

I was quite pleased with the final result given it is my first attempt. The template is Ellen Hutson witches shoe template  from a few years ago.
 I transferred the template onto my Studio software. I cannot offer you the cutting file as it is against her copyright but you can down load the template from her website linked  above.
 I cut the shoe out  from black card from my stash. It is pretty stiff card.  I then cut the template cut again this time using skin style "Payper" card stock....... I'm not sure if it is card because it has a plastic type coating and is thin, very flexible but  strong.

I folded the black card to form the shape of the shoe, then I adhered the skin  card over the black shoe.

Next, I cut the inside lining of the shoe using  patterned paper from the Portobello Road collection I adhered that to the inside of the shoe. I didn't line it up quite accurately and there were a few gaps along the side of the shoe. I had part of the skin pieces left that I didn't stick to the outside so I used that to cover the sole of the shoe. It did the job of covering my mistakes.

Now it is time to decorate the shoe. I punched  3 holes both side of the front "opening" and inserted gem brads. The bottom brad secured the two sides of the shoe front. Here I inserted some curled wire and a feather. I didn't want to add too much being as its my prototype.

Saying that I felt it needed something else, but what? I finally struck on the idea of using some peel offs to edge the heel and around the edges of the shoe.

I used a chain effect peel off but in retrospect I think simple straight lines would have looked better.
I'm surprised how sturdy it turned out to be, I think it would be lovely with a sprig of flowers or some chocolates wrapped in cellophane  inserted inside the shoe as a small gift.

 I think the shoe would look lovely in the steam punk style too.

 I think Ellen has made other style  shoe templates  so I'm going to see if I can find  some more!!