School Christmas Cards

My son has finished school for christmas so last week, it was time to make the christmas cards for his friends. I didn't have loads of time but saw this on Pinterest and made my own version in Publisher. Here is how they turned out...

I made some baubles on the computer as I didn't have enough buttons and pearls to make all of the baubles on all of the cards. I imported the bows as an image and added the sentiment.

All that was needed was some glamour dust and some embellishments!

I rounded the corners with my corner chomper.

 My little fella gave them out with a father christmas chocolate telling everyone his mum had made his cards bless him:-)

I have made a rather special purchase to help me make my main christmas cards, more on that in my next post!

Hope your christmas plans are going well. I can't wait to spend some time with my little fella, the excitement for christmas is growing in this house by the day!


Basic Grey Papers

I am really enjoying my Friday scrapbooking mornings at Autumn Cottage, I love catching up with my friend Linzi and having a chat with the other ladies there. This time I didn't have time to prepare anything so I grabbed some Basic Grey papers from the Wisteria kit and a photo and hoped for the best!

I picked a background paper in a pale yellow and mounted my photo onto some grey and pale blue plain card.

The flowers were on another sheet from the same range of papers and I cut these out, mounted some petals with 3d dots and used glossy accents to make them stand out. Perfect pearls were used on the inside of the stamen. I inked the edges of the papers with purple to match the flower.

I have created a tag and tucked this under the photo so that the soppy stuff can be hidden underneath!

It's not my usual choice of colours or style but I am pleased with the result and for the opportunity to use some papers with flowers, I don't get to use that too much with two boys!

Hope your week is fabulous and thanks for visiting me.



Hexagons are on trend at the moment and I was keen to make a scrapbook page with them.  I used these papers from Pink Petticoat to show an autumn photo of my two boys larking around in a field.

I made the hexagon shape in Microsoft Publisher and then transferred the papers across and re sized them.

I stamped some white circles faintly in white onto the kraft paper and added some white rub ons to the edges of the hexagons.  I also did some stitching with my sewing machine in places.

I added some embelishments, this one made by myself with WOW embossing powders and a flower mould.

And some other embelishments from my stash, I am finally getting round to using them!

I was a bit cautious about using pastel colours on a boys page but it made a nice change.

What do you think? Thanks for visiting!


Butterfly Boy

Hi all, I hope your week is going well and welcome to my new followers, thanks for visiting my blog!

You may remember this post when I spoke about my youngest being Bug Boy, well we did the growing of the butterflies again this summer. He still loves watching the caterpillars turn into a crysalid and then into a beautiful butterfly!

As soon as the butterflies hatch we let them go, only this year, when we took them outside, they were not so keen to come out of their netted habitat.  My son carefully placed his hand inside taking care not to touch their wings, let them climb onto his finger, and then took them out and let them fly away!

I used kraft paper as my base and cut some butterflies out from some Tim Holtz paper. I coloured them with distress inks to match the real butterfly and added some perfect pearls for decoration.

I edited the photo in Picasa so that the photo was black and white appart from the colour of the butterfly. I layered this several times onto black and orange card.

I added a simple border by sewing around the edge with my sewing machine.  Here is the photo of him with one butterfly sitting on his finger!

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful weekend,


Websters Pages Digi Card

I love Websters Pages products and I love the fact that some of their pages are digital! I had a special friends birthday recently and wanted to make her a card, I knew which paper I wanted to use, its from the fab Postcards from Paris set here.

I resized the page in Publisher so that it would fit on a square card and printed onto Linen Cardstock.  I added some little gems on the centre of the flowers...

I made some butterflies with my Martha Stewart Punch which I then layered and attached with 3d foam pads. I printed the Happy Birthday in Nuptial font onto linen card stock and layered it onto lovely blue card.

I also needed to wrap her gift, and made use of the digi papers again to create a box to match the card.

I added ribbon, a button in the shape of a bow and cut a gift tag in the same design.

I so hope that she likes it!

Have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting!


Halloween Bunting

Whilst browsing through Pinterest the other day I came across this site with free Halloween printable bunting. 

Now there were a million other things I should be doing (and none of them involved browsing Pinterest) but I couldn't resist making a quick Halloween banner to go over our fireplace in the kitchen.

This was such a quick project to make, I simply printed the bunting onto card, and cut it out.

I then added some different trim to the edges of each one...

Some with paper, some with lace..

Some ribbon, I used up lots of left over bits and pieces!

I punched two holes at the top of each piece of bunting and thread twine through it. I printed the circular pictures on the last page and used them to cover up the joins.

I also wanted to turn the fairy lights that I always have on the fireplace into halloween lights. Using an oval punch I punched out five ovals from orange polka dot paper, I inked the edges with some distressed ink and glued them together. I drew the eyes and nose with a Sharpie pen.

I used my Cropadile to punch holes in the eyes and pushed the fairly lights, which do not get hot, through the holes!

Have a Happy Halloween!


My Little Fella

I have been meaning to do a page about my little fella's feet for a few months now. Even when I sat on the tree house with him, I thought I must take a photo and do a page about how much his stripy socks and crocs make me smile.

We had been given permission from his school to take the day off to go an see the Olympic Torch in Southend. We made it more of an adventure by taking the train on the very short journey.  After being offered lunch out as a treat he turned it down saying that he would rather have sandwiches an eat them in the tree house.

At the time we had some decorating work going on outside the house so the treehouse was full of garden furniture, but still we perched on the edge of the steps and ate our feast of peanut butter sandwiches!

I looked at his stripy socks in his crocs and thought how sweet he is and how I love to spend time with him and love that he loves to spend time with me!

Have a great week, what ever you are doing.


A lovely Saturday Afternoon

Last Saturday was a great day, we watched our youngest play tennis then we went for a walk along the beach to our local restuarant had a bottle of wine, some yummy lunch and then a lovely walk home.

I only had my i-phone with me so when I saw the beautiful sky I had to take some photos. When I got home I was quite pleased with them!

Did I mention the desserts were good too? 

Good job we walked them off afterwards!

Have a great weekend!


Beautiful Orange

Last week I was at Sugar and Spice taking a class with Nina and she told us that we would be making a card with one of Marion's new stamps called Chevrons.  She got out some orange paper, ribbon and felt and I thought 'Oh No!'

I would never dream of making a card in orange, I don't have anything against the colour, its just not one of the safe colours I use in card making. And this is why the class is so good, because it makes you use things you perhaps wouldn't usually and you may even find that you like it!

I love Marion's new stamp which was also stamped in orange, its great for scrapbooking and card making and very trendy at the moment. Check it out here.

We cut some felt hearts and glued them to paperclips with a hot glue gun.

Beautiful ribbon tied to a paperclip...

Another heart, these can be taken off and used as bookmarks.

I love this card, it has encouraged me to be a bit more daring with my use of colour. Who wouldn't be cheered by a lovely bright card like this!

I hope that you are having a good week.


Quick Thank You Cards

My youngest son had his 9th birthday a few weeks ago and after going to the cinema with four friends, having tea at home with a chocolate fountain and a sleepover (where they stayed up until 2.30 am until I sat in a corner of the bedroom until they stopped talking!) he had to write his Thank You cards!

I bought some from a shop (shame on me!) but unfortunately some got a bit smudged and some were too messy to send so instead of going out any buying another packet I decided to make some.

I used a digikit by Lauren Grier from Sweet Shoppe Designs, I can't find a link so I think it may be retired. 

I added some 3D eyes and added glossy accents.

This is from the same kit, some more cute little monsters!

 More glossy accents added to them.

Such fun and so easy to make, it took me less time than going to the shops to get another packet of cards!

And birthday boy like them too!

Have a wonderful weekend, what ever you are doing!


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