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Mother’s Day Card 2014: Shapes, Stamps & Sharpies

March 30th 2014

Here’s this years Mother’s Day card.
Mother's Day Card 2014 (Shapes, Sharpies and Stamps)
Inspired by simple labels, I created this by just cutting out a pretty shape on some flowery card stock. Stamping the letters onto some ruled card and accenting with a couple of sharpies.

Also this year I sent a card to my sister for her first Mother’s Day.
1st Mothers Day Card
I took a similar simple approach and created a rosette type of design. I created some relief by attaching the shape with sticky pads and added a cute little wooden peg.

Owls Birthday Card. Party. Woot!

February 23rd 2014

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I’ve been very busy with general life things, work christmas moving house etc. So a backlog of posts to come.

So to start here’s a little card I made in November for a birthday featuring some partying Owls.

Party Woot! Owls Birthday Card

A simple make from some card stock I found in TK Maxx, button eyes and some of my ever growing collection of letter stamps.

Nail Art From the Archives

August 18th 2013

Nail art has been a hobby of mine for a very long time I started doing painting designs on my nails as a teenager. I’ve dug out some of the earliest pictures I have from an old hard drive just when digital cameras were more widely available to the masses so the picture quality is quite poor. I think the earliest I have is from 2004 but I was painting designs from the late 90s. I may attempt to recreate some of these now that Nail Art has become much more popular and now that digital photography has greatly advanced. These were also mostly done before nail art pens were available and so most were done with paint brushes or cocktail sticks!


Archive Nail Art Gallery 1 Stripes, Checks, Flowers and Animal Prints.


Archive Nail Art Gallery 2 Cracks, Checks, Greek Key Style, Japanese Flowers & Bamboo


Nail Art Gallery 3 Blue Star, Zebra Tips, Big Yellow Start, Flowers, White Tree.


Nail Art Gallery 4 Spectrum, Circles, Graffiti, Swirls, Japanese Doll


Also here are some which are definitely from the 1990s. When I started painting my nails I used to always paint a fake nail as a keep sake as I didn’t have a good camera. I had them in little plastic pouches. Here’s a photo I took of them at a later dat. It’s quite a mixed bag. Some patterns have airbrushed backgrounds a few with jewel, sticker and water decal embellishments. All were done with varnish thin paint brushes and cocktail sticks.

Archive 1990s Nail Art Gallery. Random Fake Nail Samples. Airbrushed Backgrounds with Black Patterns, Silver Swirls, Purple Stripes, Palm Tree Island, Silver & Red Zigzag, Black ^ White Spots, Halloween Nails, GB Flag, Blue Stripes & Circles, Lightening with Jewel, Sunburst, Silver Roses, Black & White Checks.

Rainbow Spotty Nail Art

August 18th 2013

Rainbow Spotty Nail Art

Some more spotty nails but with 5 bright colours dotted onto a white background. I achieved these spots using a stylus pen. They make perfect dots and are easy to wipe clean with a bit of nail varnish remover.

Candy Stripe Nails

August 18th 2013

Candy Stripe Nails

Inspired by a visit to and old style sweet shop with pick ‘n’ mix sweets that came in a stripy paper bag. Painted with a thin paint brush using bright pink nail varnish on white.

Graffiti Brick Wall Sharpie Nail Art

August 4th 2013

Graffiti Brick Wall Sharpie Nail Art I tried out a new terracotta nail colour this week and was inspired to draw on a brick wall patter with Shapies. Then added a little graffiti (my SAIR tag) onto my thumb with a metallic Sharpie.

Discovery – Good Shop For Crating Supplies

August 4th 2013

Last weekend I went to The Range for the first time. I thought it was just for home furnishings and accessories but discovered it’s also an amazing place to buy craft supplies at really great prices.

Stamps and Washi Tape

I bought this set of little stamps and washi tape. This whole lot came to approximately £5. Fantastic. :)

Simple New Baby Card with Balloons

July 13th 2013

It seems there are a lot of new babies on the way. Here’s a simple new baby card I made.
New Baby Card with Balloons

I used some new gel stamps that I picked up from Paperchase for the spotty borders.
Paperchase Borders Create Stamps Set
I coloured the stamps with some stamping pens that I found in TKMaxx. You can get some good craft bargains from there. I also used the spotty border stamp to create the pattern on the box. For the balloons I just cut out the shapes and mounted them with adhesive squares for some relief. The strings are stamped on using the same set of gel stamps. The congratulations lettering this time is from a set of stickers from HobbyCraft.

Summer Spotty Nails

July 13th 2013

Summer Spotty Nails
Back to Nail Art with varnish. Here’s some summery spotty nails in pastel colours with coloured tips.

Woven Paper Birthday Cards

July 13th 2013

I had lots of birthday cards to make in July and I was inspired by my sister-in-law’s profession in fabric and weaving to create this set of woven paper cards.

Woven Paper Birthday Card

Green Woven Paper Birthday Card

Geometric Woven Paper Birthday Card

Simple Woven Paper Birthday Card

The most tricky thing was keeping the paper together whilst weaving it. In the end the best thing seemed to be to stick one end to a strip of card and then once secured onto the backing trim the edges. It did get a bit messy with the glue in some places. As usual the lettering was done with one of my stamp sets.
For the blocks I found a weave pattern via pinterest but here’s the original site Weave Pattern from Not Only Quilts