Friday 20 May 2011

New Blog Address!

I'm moving.......

One year later and still learning about blogging!!!!

Today I decided to match my url to my blog title.....still not quite sure what it all means or does but I have done it.

It has worked out fine but I have lost my lovely followers on my new blog and don't know how to move them.

Please click on the link below and move to my new home to follow me!

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Flip Flop Shaped Card

Summer is here and I couldn't resist making this FLIP FLOP shaped card from The Cutting Cafe. It is my all time favourite shaped card and super quick to cut out on my Pazzles Inspiration.

This FLIP FLOP shaped card is approx. a little bigger then 2 by 5 comes with 3 embellishments to put on the flip flop and a matching envelope. The file comes in the following formats: wpc, pdf and svg.

I have used October Afternoon double sided paper which comes in 12 x 12 called Patio Umbrella available here.

Last year I made a pink FLIP FLOP shaped card from the same template for my daughter which you can take a peek at here.

Have a PURR-FECT Day

Here is my brightest card to-date which I have cut out using my Pazzles Inspiration. I have used this image from a graphics set which is so easy to use and makes a great quick card.

A few rhinestones for the collar, a heart cut out of glitter card and I am done!

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Lampshade card

Just a quick card here designed on my Pazzles Inspiration. Although I love sending cards to my friends and family sometimes I am a bit late getting my act together to actually get them in the letter box!!!! I think I might make a few of these which I am sure will come in handy.

I have cut the base card on my Pazzles Inspiration to match the scallops on the shade. I have used a graphics file from Lettering Delights as I am now getting to grips with my Print and Cut, which I am loving.

Finally, I added a bow and some glitter on the lampshade. I have used fonts for the text that are on my computer and matched the colours with my lampshade.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Pazzles Fabulous Find Winner!

This morning I received a lovely e-mail from Amanda at Pazzles.....

Congratulations! Your project has been selected as this week's fabulous find. Your project will be featured front and center on our website and featured in our newsletter that is sent out to all of our craft room members! Thank you so much for sharing you beautiful work with us!

They have offered me a gift as a thank you for sharing my project so, now the decision is what accessory shall I choose for my Pazzles machine. I'm thinking a Needle Piercing Tool!

Here is the link to the Pazzles website:-

and here is the link for details of my project and more photos on my blog if you missed it!

What a GREAT start to the day!

Friday 6 May 2011

Shaped Strawberry Card

I have had heaps of trouble mastering the PRINT & CUT on my Pazzles Inspiration BUT earlier this week I raised an issue about the difficulties I was having on the Pazzles forum. Richard from Cut and Creativity has replied to my P&C misalignment problems and in response has put an amazing tutorial on his blog.

So, I have made this card especially for him to say 'Thank you BERRY much'. Prior to his response I had been pulling my hair out, my waste paper bin had been overflowing and I had lost faith in my Pazzles. You will be pleased to know that as a result of his help I can now use graphics images with the PRINT & CUT technique, yeah.....

Look a perfect cut around the image (faith in my Pazzles Inspiration is restored again).

Hope you like the card Richard and many thanks.

Wednesday 4 May 2011

The Royal Wedding Shaped Card

Oh dear, I know I am late posting this Royal Wedding Shaped Card but we went away for a few days to Cornwall and I totally forgot to put it on my blog!! You know what it's like packing the kitchen sink, bikes, 3 kids and 1 husband.......frantic!!! BUT we had a lovely time.

Well, I so enjoyed making this card with my Pazzles Inspiration using the Lettering Delights SVG and graphics set of The Royal Wedding. I am slowly getting to grips with using the SVG's but need lots more practice using the graphics sets.

I cut out the crown and layered it onto glitter card using some foam pads. I put some pearls at the base of the card as it was crying out for some simple bling!

I was very proud that I managed to print the text and then cut it out on my Pazzles for the background. I am finding the Print & Cut technique rather tricky.

Although I watched The Royal Wedding on TV, I insisted my hubby video it all, so I have at least six hours to watch by myself in piece and quiet whilst the kids are in bed!

Thursday 28 April 2011

Frog Shaped Card

Each time I use my Pazzles Inspiration I face a new challenge! I don't know how many videos I have watched trying to master the Print and Cut technique BUT it's my biggest challenge yet! I am still not there but taking lots of little steps.

I am quite pleased with this Shaped Frog Card using my Pazzles Inspiration but I did waste lots and lots of paper trying to get the cut accurate. For a perfectionist like me, it worked this time but it's very hit and miss, but I will keep trying. Any tips greatly appreciated.

I made this for my hubbies birthday this week using a graphics file from Lettering Delights. I wanted to keep an element of the Shaped Card by welding the frog to the base card.

I am ashamed to say that this card did take me several hours and by the time I came to the greeting I lost the plot! So, I searched for my Safmat transfer to make my own run-on and it worked a treat on this patterned card.

...hope hubbie likes it and doesn't stick the card in the draw like he usually does!!!!!!

Sunday 17 April 2011

Hot Air Balloon Shaped Card

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This Hot Air Balloon Shaped Card is available from The Cutting Cafe and is so adorable. As soon as Regina Easter brings out a new template I can't wait to cut it out on my Pazzles Inspiration and play!!

The card template - cutting file comes with 15 sentiments and 3 different tops which come in pdf, wpc and svg format.

You know me, I can't resist a bow and a girlie embellishment to add to my project. I have used digi papers from Pink Petticoat and Kraft card from my stash.

I have used one of the sentiments and here are some of the others in the set.......

Today in England we have had blue skies and sunshine, I only wish that one day I will get the chance to fly in a hot air balloon ( of course it would have to be pink and girlie!).

Here is a photo, to show you how the shaped card looks when stood open and upright. My creative juices went into overdrive when I made this quick card, and I was finished in no time.

Thanks Regina, for giving us such inspiring templates and printable stamps to work.

Sunday 10 April 2011

Egg Shaped Goodie Holder

Well what a weekend! The weather is glorious in England at the moment and great for gardening. Yesterday, Hubby suggested that he would cut the grass but I said no, lets start cutting back the shrubs and clean the patio (famous last words).

Please do not continue to read if you are squeamish.....

So, my job was to de-weed the patio and hubby to cut back the shubs. It was all going well when I heard a scream for help from my husband round the corner. There he was on the floor clutching a very bent arm!!!

I called the kids off the trampoline, grabbed my phone, bottle of water and piled everyone off to hospital. I am getting used to limbs being broken in my family (4 so far!), so we get to hospital quite swiftly. However, hubby has lots of metal pins in his arm due to a previous break a couple of years ago. The pins did the job but the breakage was just beyond the pins!!! He is now awaiting surgery for a rather complicated re-build. Poor him, dosed on painkillers waiting for 'the phone call'.

I now regret putting him off cutting the grass (it would have less dangerous with hindsight), and yes, he jokingly says "it's all my fault".

Anyway, this morning at the supermarket the kids couldn't resist buying Easter Eggs and I couldn't wait to get back home to make this Egg Shaped Goodie Holder from The Cutting Cafe.

I cut the Egg Shaped Goodie Holder on my Pazzles Inspiration (easy peasy) then then adhered the oval shape in the centre.

I used the EASTER MINI WORDS......PRINTABLE STAMPS which are perfect for tags of which there are a total of 37 mini words!

I placed all the eggs in a cello bag and tied a bow with one of my favourite ribbons. I promised the kids they could eat them when photographed!!

Right off to give the hubby some TLC!!

Sunday 3 April 2011

Nesting Frame Shaped Easter Card

It's been a bit quiet on my blog as I have had a chest infection for the last 2 weeks and have not had the energy to craft at all! I am now almost on the mend, but just have one of those frustrating coughs to get rid of!

I have used the NESTING FRAME SHAPED CARD SET from THE CUTTING CAFE using my Pazzles.

I had one of those happy accidents and had cut the full front edge shaped card. My youngest was going to sleep so I couldn't continue to cut the base card with the noise of my Pazzles Inspiration next to his room so, I decided to fold the front piece in half. I was happy with this so, adhered my chick onto a smaller nesting frame and I was nearly done.

I quickly added a few pearls and my 1st Easter card was done!

I am loving this nesting shape from THE CUTTING CAFE which features a shaped card and 2 assorted nesting frames that comes in pdf, wpc and svg formats.

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Scalloped shaped card

Yeah, I used my new distressing tool that I bought several months ago and have had fun with it on this card.

I printed the image on my computer via my Pazzles Inspiration and hand coloured the roses. Then I just added a button and the card just needed to be layered onto some digi papers that I had on my computer.

I am SEW pleased with the result (sorry for the pun) because I need to make about 24 of these cards (smaller in size) to make as gifts where I work in the next 2 weeks!

SEW, I better get on with them!

Saturday 12 March 2011

Shaped Shirt and Tie cards

For this months Design Team inspiration at The Cutting Cafe, Regina Easter, has asked us to use printable backgrounds. I love the monthly inspirations because I get to try out cutting files and printable stamps that I may have overlooked.

I tried to challenge myself to make a card for a man and came up with three!

I have used the SHIRT AND TIE SHAPED CARD which I have cut out on my Pazzles Inspiration.

I then looked through all The Cutting Cafe's background stamps and found the BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS....COLORED PRINTABLE STAMP SET which gave me the fun look I wanted for these cards for men.

Regina will be offering one lucky person on the 16th March the chance to win 3 sets so don't forget to head to THE CUTTING CAFE for heaps of inspiration by the Design Team using background printable stamps.

Sunday 6 March 2011

Flower Scalloped Shaped Card

This adorable stamp is from the It's about that time.....printable stamp set from The Cutting Cafe. I have played with the digi flower clock file and imported some digi background stamps I already had on my computer......I love a challenge and the chance to learn something new!

I was so pleased with the result. Everything was printed out on my colour printer. I then cut out the scalloped pink frame with my Pazzles Inspiration using the Colorful Clocks....printable stamp set.

Using this technique uses up a lot of computer memory but I like the result......printing all in one go!

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Happy 50th Birthday

It's half term and the kids are at home!!!! I just finished this card over the weekend for my friend Judith who is celebrating her 50th birthday. Unfortunately, she lives up North and I don't get to see her these days but we do catch up on the phone.

I cut everything out on my Pazzles including my base card, frame and numbers for this shaped card!

Normally, I would go to my Cricut to cut the numbers out but I found just the look I wanted with this was so easy to cut them out.

I finally added the greeting and these new flowers that I bought at the weekend.

I really would like to use more flowers on my cards but would like to know how to arrange a bunch and how to adhere them onto a card. So, if anyone has seen a good video on flower arrangements on cards.......please would you let me know.

I doubt if I will be able to make any cards this week with the kids on half term, so it may be quiet here on my blog for the rest of the week!

Monday 21 February 2011

Cutting Cafe Set Winner

The winner of the The Cutting Cafe Shaped Clover Leaf file is:-

Becky : she said...

"what an elegant card, beautiful"

If you email me within 3 days I will send you this adorable file to you.

Also, a BIG thank you to all of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments.

Monday 14 February 2011

Clover Leaf Shaped Card

Hooray, it's time for a Giveaway at The Cutting Cafe where there is a Monthly Inspiration by the Design Team. This month Regina has asked us to make a project using one of her files using the colour green. Now, this is not my favourite colour, but I have just made one of my quickest card to date!

For the challenge 'Go Green' I used the Clover Leaf.cut file to make this Shaped Card. Super easy, I cut it out of Kraft card stock and cut a smaller piece in patterned paper.

Yesterday, I was at my local craft shop and bought the flower for the centre and adhered it to this lovely suede effect ribbon. I finally added some dimensions with one of my gel pens and I was done in 10 minutes! I wish I could get all of my cards made this quickly!

Anyhow, back to the GIVEAWAY.......

On the 18th February, all you have to do is pop over to The Cutting Cafe where there will be prizes up for grabs.

However, if you leave a comment here on this post, you will also have a chance to win this Clover Leaf shaped card template which comes in WPC, PDF and SVG formats. Comments will be open until February 20th when I will draw a WINNER!

So, please don't forget to leave me a lovely COMMENT!

Sunday 30 January 2011

Happy Mother's Day Card

I have made this card using the Beautiful Flowers.....Colored Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe by Regina Easter.

To assemble the card I printed out the backing sheet designs, of which all 3 are included in this lovely set and cut out the frame.

I then printed the Happy Mother’s Day greeting For That Wonderful Mom.....Printable Stamp Set also from The Cutting Cafe onto the delicate flowered paper.

I am getting lots of exercise today as my computer is upstairs and my printer downstairs so I have been running to and from between computer and printer. However, it’s no bad thing because my husband and son made some very yummy brownies, and I just can’t stop eating them!

Finally, I finished the card with some ribbon from my stash and these new rhinestone and pearl embellishments that are available from Flutterby Crafts or on-line here.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Frame shaped card - you worm my heart!

The other day I made a valentine card for my husband, but now I think I will send him this one, oh dear I don't know which one to send, maybe he will be lucky this year and I will send him both!!!

I love this Animal and Bug coloured set of printable stamps from The Cutting Cafe. This image is super cute, I just couldn't resist making this Frame Shaped card.

Now I have my new Pazzles software, it is so easy to import .pdf images and again I used the print and cut technique. I printed the image, drew a frame around it and then hit cut!

I have also used the Animal and Bug Love printable stamp set which includes 45 images and some frames with sentiments suitable for an A2 size card. I then cut out 2 shaped frames, added a bow and heart shaped pearl to finish it off.