Saturday, 21 June 2014

My CREAlies Collection

As promised here is my collection of  CREAlies dies Set of 3 Butterflies no. 3 dies,  Creative Tags die no. 2Doily Elements die no. 2, Doily Elements die no. 5  and the newest ones that I ordered from their webshop two days ago Crealies Create A Card die no. 5  and Crealies Create A Card die no. 4.   The Create A Card dies sells for €12.50 each and  €3.53 P&P is cheap when you consider how quickly they got here, Thank you  Annelies.

I already went to the  Downloads section as  there are links to several PDFs with placement options of the Crealies Create A Card dies on cardstock so now I can go play.  If you do not here from me for a few days you know why, I will be too busy crafting, but by next week I am sure I will have some to share with you. 

Happy crafting to you all and do not forget to go look at their blog for some inspiration:)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Crafty Challenges

 Sometimes it's just nice to have to 'think outside the box' for the sake of it and to make something you may not otherwise make so I use challenges for this and sometimes even combining more then one for a specific project.  I do not nessarily enter the challenge as some of the challenges have rules I can not really bother to follow and it feels like the "papercrafting" polivce will come for you if you dare stray from there rules.  It can however be a great way to expand your stash if yous tick to all their stringent rules.

You have to remember a few things if you are going to enter challenges though like:
Linking to your actual creation, by this they mean the actual blog post with it in and not your entire blog. You can understand this rule as you may make a post a day and the challenge blog may not get round to viewing your creation for a week or two and have to scroll through looking for your entry which consumes a lot of time. It is also advisable to link back to them or at the very least a mention to the challenge name and challenge host.

Some challenge blogs will not even consider your entry if the links are not done correctly so have a quick read of all the rules and if you want to be considered for the prizes, do this correctly.  Most of the time there will be a tutorial or explanation on the challenge blog of how exactly they would like it done.

I will be updating the challenge regularly as I find new challenges because I think it is a great way to get you out of a crafting rut and challenge you imagination to make the most of all your craft stash.


 The Daily Dare lists team challenges only as there are too many independent demonstrator challenges to include them all.  It is a ver comprehensive list though.  They also have a list of places you can find Card Sketches from.

Card and Craft Challenge list

Another stunning list with tons of challenges.


The Pink Elephant
Mojo Monday A card sketch challenge created by Julee Tilman in 2007 on Poetic Artistry before moving here in 2009.
Stamp with Fun!

Monthly Challenges:


Here you can find a lovey card scketch as well as a Digistamp Challenge

Next time I will be telling you more about Design Teams and the criteria most Organizers would like you to meet, so till the next time practise your craft, enter challenges and send your creations into magazines to get published.


I really love the CREAlies dies and had a hard time finding these dies in the UK.  I already have 2 of their dies:  Set of 3 Butterflies no. 3 dies and  Creative Tags die no. 2 and have rececntly ordered Doily Elements die no. 2 and Doily Elements die no. 5 from Ebay but wanted to expand my collection.  

I gave up on finding in the UK and did a online search to find their webshop but was sceptical to order from the Netherlands due to the high International Shipping costs all other shops charge. Yesterday I however decided that their Crealies Create A Card will be worth what ever shipping I would have to pay so I ordered Crealies Create A Card die no. 5  and Crealies Create A Card die no. 4 and to my surprise  I only paid €3.53 P&P for the two dies.  I am so excited to get these and can not wait for the postman to knock.  One thing I have to say about CREAlies is that I am impressed with the Downloads section as  there are links to several PDFs with placement options of the Crealies Create A Card dies on cardstock so no guessing.  

I loved the Harmonica Template years ago and even have a Craft Special Book called Harmonica Folding by Annelies Karduks from CREAlies and must say I do hope that one day they will turn these into Cutting dies.  Here is just one of the first cards I made. 

Looking back now I can improve this in so many ways and hope that my creations will show you the real potentail of these new dies.  I think it is funny how after all these years of cardmaking it is still the same things that impress me and that I really love doing.

If you are into paperflower making you have to invest in CREAlies flower dies but do not trust me when I say this go look for youself at their Blog, Facebook page and website.  Or search Pinterest to see just a few CREAlies creations.

To be honest with you I think if you are new to cardmaking the CREAlies webshop is the only shop you will need for Dies, Stamps and Masks as you can make your own background papers using the stamps and masks, not to mention the embellishment and toppers you can make using combinations of dies and stamps together.  So whether you are looking for that special Flourish, Alphabet, Leaves, Flower, Tag, Label or Border die and lots more you can find it all at CREAlies.

You can expect a full review with photo's and a video as soon as I receive these as I am sure a lot of you are wondering just like me what the actual Create a Card die looks like.

I will also be making some Card Candy to share with you using these dies, more on this later.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Nina Crafts Project Club stamps set for February 2014

 This months Project Club set from Nina Crafts is all
about tennis and was so much fun to work with!  I thought this month I would take a picture of the stamp set as it comes, so you can see what to expect in you envelope each month.  The sets are all A5 in size and very versatile.  If you subscribe to the club you  would not only get  these stamps,  but for £10 the every month would receive;  Card stock,  embellishments,  instructions sheet, and newsletter and not forgetting  the 25% discount online!!  And the best of all Project Club members get 1 month exclusivity of these sets!! So go get them here before anyone else!!



I decided to make a Stepper Card this month with a tennis net and ball like in a real game.

Yet another very simple card using this set.  You can see some more samples on the Nina Crafts Blog.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Thank you Dragonflies

 Wow at last I have three afternoons a week free to craft and blog again.  I do not mean to sound like a bad mum but did miss some me time and now that the girls are at nursery in the afternoon I get to do a few things that has been neglected.

I was clearing out my craft shed the other day and realised how many clear stampsets I have that I have not used in some time and found this lovely set by Woodware that I absolutely loved  and as I had to make a thank you card thought I would have a play.

I created a panel by stamping three dragonflies and then added some details inbetween.  I stamped the flowers and cut them out by hand, shaped them slightly and then mounted then with 3d foam pads.  I used another stampset that I can not remember the manufaturer of for the insert.  It was received very well.
While I was having so much fun with the stamp set I decided to try my had at making my own gift wrap and stamp all over a sheet of plain brown paper and colouring it with gel pens and Spectrum Noir makers.  Yet again the person receiving the gift loved this personal touch.

I have also taken on some other projects in my local community like doing a volunteers course at my local Children's Center and do a few hours per week there from time and have become a voting partner on a community development programme funded by the Big Local and are hoping to improve things for everyone in particular my kids. Might sound selfish but in improving things for them I am indirectly improving things for others in the community.  So I am keeping busy and loving being more then "just Mum" for a change.

Here is an insert I made for another card using the same stamp set and paneling like the first card.  I really loved how it came out.

Monday, 9 June 2014

PROJECT CLUB STAMP SET for June 2014 by Nina Crafts

Wow I can not believe how quick the months are going now, June already and there is flowers everywhere you look even on this months stamp set, which I really loved playing with.  Here is a few of the card samples I have made and taken photo's of before my camera got dropped by one of my little monkeys.  There is a few more including a lovely butterfly I created using the corner stamp that I will post photo's of as soon as the camera is repaired.

This first card has a Christmas feel to it.  I repeat stamped a single flower image onto a piece of white card and then coloured the flower with Spectrum Noir Pens in shades 3, DR4 and 12 with GB6 in the center  I then coloured around the flowers with JG4, added some golden ribbon and matted it onto black card before mounting it onto the the font of a cream hammered card base.  The front was trimmed in half to show part of the inside and are closed with tags and ribbon.  The insert was created by stamping the single flower in the corner of a white card stock piece before using DR4, JG4 and a Black Spectrum Noir to create faux layering.  There is lots of open space to write a personal message in this simple card.

Card number two is a simple A6 dark blue card base stamped with the single flower image again using a Brilliance Dew Drop ink pad in Moonlight white.  On top of this I mounted a piece of white card that was stamped with the trellis flower stamp cut into a banner shape.  To colour these flowers I used HB3,146,IN2, IB1 and LG3 for the trellis.  I tied a big bow around the points of the banner and did not add a sentiment yet as I will had this when I am ready to use the card.  It is fit for so many occasions.

Card number three again feature the trellis stamp this time coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in 183, 185 , CR3 and Cr1.  I created a screen card as I just could not get enough of this lovely stamp.  To create the feet of the card I used a Stampin up! decorative label punch.

This card  took a while as I stamped and coloured the flowers I using Spectrum Noir pens in  HB3,146,IN2, IB1.  Then carefully cut it all out using a craft knife.  I stamped the Flower box and coloured in in shade TN6, TN3 and TN1..I then mounted the flower box with dimensional foam onto some green backing paper before carefully positioning the main image and attaching this with a quicky glue pen.  I used glitter glue for the flower centers but the camera did not quite pick up all the colours.
Also pop over to Jackie's blog to see the lovely video's she does for the project club:
So if you do not have you set yet go to  and here you will find all the stamps sets send out with their ever popular Project Club. If you subscribe to the club you would not only get these stamps, but for £10 the every month would receive; Card stock, embellishments, instructions sheet, and newsletter and not forgetting the 25% discount online!! And the best of all Project Club members get 1 month exclusivity of these sets!! So go get them before anyone else!!