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Postman Swap Challenge

Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Taking full advantage of an extra day off work I headed up to my shed early doors this morning to create a few bits n pieces.. One of which is this fun little book box below…

A couple of weeks ago I recieved another envelope from the Postman Swap that a few of us crafting gals took part in, and this month’s envelope came from Sam, which was packed with fin things to use…

I managed to use up the sheet music paper, playing cards, admit one ticket, some wire mesh a chipboard gear and a metal key charm!

The stuff I used from my own stash to make this was a little chipboard book box, texture paste and sticky metal tape stuff and some sprays and distress stains and alcohol inks.

This is what the book looked like before.. I picked this up at a recent craft fair from the store

I gave it a coat of linen acrylic paint

then started to stick things down and embelish it ..

I used the wire mesh to create texture on the moulding paste ..

Thanks for the postie swap this month sam… i loved setting myself this wee challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sweetie Valentine Virtual Crop ~ Saturday 5th February 2011

As you may already be aware I will be hosting a slot over at the YPP UStream Sweetie Valentine Virtual Crop this coming Saturday the 5th February 2011 at 9pm GMT or if you are in the USA at 3pm Central Standard Time ๐Ÿ˜€ the link to my Youtube video below explains all

Video : Valentine Sweetie Virtial Crop

I will be on for an hour making various different valentine cards..

Here is a supplies list of what you will require if you fancy crafting along with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Below is the Essential Basic’s List you will need for all cards, then below that I have listed the exact items I have used and will be required to make each card (these are not set in stone ~ please feel free to replace supplies with whatever you have to hand) ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Brown Ink (suitable for stamping) I used Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Double Sided Adhesive or ATG
  • Glossy Accents
  • 1 x “Valentine Sentiment Stamp” of your choice (whatever you have available)
  • Patterned Paper (Pink/Red tones)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Cuttlebug/Bigshot
  • Punches : 2 1/2″ ย & 1 3/4″ Circle Punches, small heart punch
  • Sizzix Hello Kitty Nested Heart Die (or punches or use your cricut)
  • Glue Dots


Card #1 ~ The Sweetie Valentine Card (mini Card)

  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock cut to make a card 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • 1 x 2 1/2″ Circle cut out of Pattered Paper
  • 1 3/4″ Circle cut our of Pink Metallic / Mirriboard Cardstock
  • 1 x Medium Heart from the Hello Kitty Sizzix Nested Hearts Die
  • Pink Sequins
  • Glossy Accents
  • Dimensional Adhesives
  • Pink Raffia
  • Copic Spica Glitter Pen in Pink
  • Burgundy Gossamer Floss Silk
  • “Be My Valentine Stamp”
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Card #2 ~ Just Stamping Valentine Card (Mini ย Square Card)

  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock cut to make a card 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ when folded
  • 1 x Background Stamp – I used Hero ArtsCountry Hearts Ref: S5161
  • 1 x Large Heart from the hello kitty nested hearts sizzix die (for masking)
  • 1 x Stampin Up Stampin Write Marker in Chocolate Chip
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • “Be My valentine” Stamp
  • Stickles in Fruit Punch
  • 1 x Heart Button
  • 1 x Glue Dot
  • Red Floss Silk

Card #3 ย Masculine Valentine ~ Using up Scraps! (Long Thin Card)

  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock cut to make a card with the following dimensions 8 1/4″ x 3″
  • American Crafts Textured Cardstock Scraps in Chocolate brown, Light Brown & Creamy Brown
  • Red Textured cardstock scrap
  • 3 x Dark Brown 1″ squares (from above scraps)
  • 3 x Medium Brown 1/2″ Squares (from above scraps)
  • 2 x Creamy Brown Hearts punched with a small heart punch or from the HK Sizzix nested heart die or cricut
  • 1 x Red cardstock Heart
  • 1 x Glossy Accents to glaze the red heart
  • Be My Valentine Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Outline Heart Stamp
  • Dimensional Adhesive for the centre panel

Card #4 ย Shabby Chic Valentine ~ Matting and Layering (Normal Square Card)

  • Kraft Cardstock cut to make a card 5″ x 5″ (edges distressed)
  • Love Letters Patterned Paper 1 x cut to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (edges distressed)
  • Love Letters Patterned Paper 1 x cut to 4″ x 4″ (edges distressed)
  • Nestabilities labels 8 2nd Smallest die (edges Distressed)
  • 4″ x 1″ Strip of very light pink Pink bazzill Textured Cardstock
  • 4″ thin strip of Patterned Paper
  • Fiskars Treading Water Edge Punch
  • 1 x 4″ Strip of Lace
  • Extra Tacky Tape
  • 4″ Strip of Light Pink Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Champagne Seam Binding crinkled up and enough to tie a double bow around a 4″ piece of cardstock
  • 1 x German Glass Glittered Star
  • By My Valentine Stamp
  • Cream Mulberry Paper
  • Lace for either side of the nestabilities die once cut
  • White Acrylic Paint and a dry brush for distressing the edges
  • 2 x Light Pink very small gems
  • Dimensional Adhesives
  • ATG or double sided tape

Card #5 ~ The Cutesey Kissing Mice Valentine

  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock cut to make a card 6″ x 4″
  • Papermania Red Textured Cardstock
  • Country Companions Lovers Lane Rose Floral Patterned Paper
  • A Cute Valentine Picture of your choice, I have used 2 mice kissing from the Country Companions Lovers Lane Pack
  • Seam Binding – White
  • Cosmic Shimmer Mist in lava Red (to dye the seam binding ribbon)
  • ATG Gun
  • Small Jewellery Tag
  • Dark Pink Chalk Ink
  • Newspaper letters cut out to spell “I Love You”
  • Gel Medium (i’m using Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Small iridescent sequin Leave and Flower
  • Mini Mister (to wet seam binding before glimmering)

And if I get all of the above done in an hour and have time left, I will just wing it with an altered valentine Notepad ๐Ÿ˜‰

I really hope that you will join us over on Ustream, for what will be a fabulous day to get those creative juices flowing ๐Ÿ™‚

Kits will be available for the above shortly, if you are interested please email me at ย thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bits and Bobs….

I’ve not really been making any cards over the last few days, the weather here has been glorious, so we have been taking full advantage of the lovely sunny weather…

I did pop up to the workshop this morning and again this evening and just faffed around doing little bits n bobs.. so I thought I’d share my faffings with you

I watched a video on You Tube on making paper flowers, so I gave that a whirl

Then I took out a white prima flower and coloured each petal in a different colour of Copic Marker, I like how it turned out, might make a card with it this week…

Then I took a picture of some loopy wool that I got from Lisa in the My Paper Pantry Lightweight Swap, I love the colours and textures in this wool, so I will need to make something with it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Secret Garden ~ Mini Book

This is what I made in the workshop last night… It’s a gardening mini book, so that I can record and take pictures of all the things that I grow in the garden this year ๐Ÿ™‚

I used an old 6 x 6 paper stack that I had bought a couple of years ago…. I will upload a video on it later on today which runs through everything i’ve used to create it ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  … The video is now up on You tube here is the link

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Mini Album (ATC Size)!

I only have half a blog post for you this evening, my camera batteries ran out after taking just one picture of this ATC sized Mini Album.. I did record a video on it which I’ll get uploaded onto You tube tomorrow, so I will just have to keep you all in suspense until I can venture out to the shops tomorrow morning to pick up some replacement batteries ๐Ÿ™‚

All the embelishments, tags etc in this mini are made from the goodies I received yesterday in the Lightweight Swap over at Your paper Pantry from Lisa Levin ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is the link to see the full mini over on You Tube

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Pretty in Pink

I received my lightweight swap goodies yesterday from my swap partner Lisa over at Your Paper Pantry…. Lisa had put some of this self adhesive felty type border strip into the swap and I LOVE IT.. I’ll need to find out where she got it and try and get some ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I loved it that much that I made a simple note card with it straight away ๐Ÿ˜€

Supplies List :-

  • Bazzill Gemstone Textured Cardstock in Cadillac Pink
  • Bazzill Textured Cardstock in Light Pink
  • Light Pink Self Adhesive Floral Border Strip
  • Fruit Punch Stickles for the centres of the flowers
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Diamond Dust
  • Stampin Up Dimensional Adhesive