Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tutorial Tuesday - To a Wild Rose Penny Slider Card

Today's post is a tutorial on making a Penny Slider card - very easy to do and very effective.
Let's go!



Gather a few items - card base, coloured and white card stock, inks and a stamp set with large floral images. I used To a Wild Rose.


Take your card base and mat and layer coloured and white card stock.


Next take a piece of card stock and create a piece to cover at least half of the card front - the wavy line is optional - you can leave it straight if you wish.



Now we are going to make a small slot - use a die, punch or do it just by eye but the width must be narrower than your penny.
I did mine with a circle punch: punch the holes at the ends of the slot and connect them using a craft knife.


Now it's time to do some stamping.
Add a background to your card and then make some elements to add to the front of your card and most importantly the things that you want to be able to slide.
I want my sentiment to slide and I will also add the butterfly to the slider too.


Place the sliding element of your card over the slot and add a 3D foam pad to the back.


Remove the backing of the foam pad and attach a penny.


Add 3D foam tape around your card stock being careful not to impede the movement of the penny.


Remove the backing and attach to the card front.
The sentiment now slides smoothly across the slot.


Add all the other elements to the card and you are good to go!
I have added my butterfly so it looks like it is flying to the flower!

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and that you will have a go.
See you soon - J xx

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Retired Stash Saturday - Fabulous Flamingo Birthday Card

Today's card uses one of the sets that recently retired - one that I'm not ready to let go of just yet!
It's Fabulous Flamingo and today I've teamed it up with the Tropical Chic set - still available.


So this card is mad up of several layers. The first is a Pale pink card stock on to which I have matted a layer of white. This has been stamped with green inks and the leaves from the Tropical Chic set.
On to this I have layered a piece of vellum. This has been die cut with one of the dies from the tropical Dies set. Finally the flamingo was stamped and fussy cut and added along with some die cut flowers and leaves.

I love flamingos so I can see this set remaining a favourite for a very long time!

See you soon - J xx

Friday, 16 August 2019

Fancy Fold Friday - Free as a Bird Never Ending Card

Today I have a card to show you that I made for a Facebook swap a while ago.
It's a Never Ending Card: it opens and folds in a continuous manner giving it the name "Never Ending"
This is the front of the card which opens down the middle


This is the next piece - this one opens horizontally across the middle


As the card continues this bit opens across the middle again where the two large squares meet.


This is my favourite bit and this opens down the middle


This is the last bit but this just opens across the middle for it all to start again!


For this project I used the gorgeous Free as a Bird set. Although it is primarily a bird set it does have some beautiful floral images as you can see above. Also they are perfect for colouring with your Blends.

There are lots of videos on Youtube for you to follow to make this card and it is pretty easy too.
Hopefully you will have a go and I will see you soon - J xx

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Perennial Essence Follow Up

Following on from my Spotlight post yesterday I have a card to show you using the Perennial Essence DSP - take a look


Calypso Coral is a perfect match for this paper and my Floral Essence flowers were stamped with it and then fussy cut to create a cluster. The Paper formed the background along with the Calypso Coral card stock. Also used was the Leaf Punch and Mossy Meadow ink and although this looks fairly OK for the front of the card - just take a look inside


More flowers and leaves were made and mounted on to pop-out panels to create this wow card. It folds flat when the card is closed so it's really good for posting.

Check out the whole Perennial Essence Suite in the catalogue in my side bar - there's 10% off some of the bundles.

Hope you enjoyed today's card - see you soon - J xx

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Spotlight On - Perenial Essence DSP


I've some more beautiful papers to show off today: Perennial Essence DSP.
Twelve exclusive designs that are absolutely gorgeous - take a look













Very Monet - esque these papers co-ordinate with the Floral Essence stamp set which also has a two matching paper punches: Leaf Punch and Perennial Flower Punch.
it's all part of the Perennial Essence Suite - lots of perfectly co-ordinating products which makes your crafting both professional and effortless.

Order these papers or any other products from the Annual catalogue from me.
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Thanks for taking a look today - see you soon - J xx

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Only a Week Late!!!

Good morning all from a very sunny and warm Bridgnorth!
So today I have a card to share with you that is my DT card for the 


which as the title suggests is a week late!


My card was extremely quick to make and uses one of the new hostess sets Soft Spring. As my Wisteria is enjoying a second flush of flowers this card is rather apt don't you think?


So a quick stamp in Basic Gray for the flowers and sentiment (Colourful Seasons) and a colour in with Highland Heather Blends (dark and light). 

There's still loads of time to take part in the challenge as it lasts for a month so get on over and take a look.

So the reason I'm late with this post is because I have have embarked on a new project. Unfortunately I'm not as able to multi task as i used to - fibro fog has put paid to that - but I'm finding it very exciting.

I've been a member of some card swap groups on Facebook for some time but recently I decided to start one of mt own

The Crafty Card Swap

Each month I set a few challenges (that's the best bit) and those who want to take part are allocated a partner and they swap cards.
|It's a great way of expanding your crafting expertise and fun when you receive your card in the post from your partner.

Well this post has gone on long enough - I have a day of gardening in front of me so I'd better get gone.
See you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Above The Clouds - Shaker Card

I have a card to show you today that I absolutely loved making - take a look


It's a Shaker Card using Above the Clouds. Over the years Stampin' Up have had some lovely balloon stamps but I do believe that this one is the best!

Pool Party card stock was used for the background and the clouds were stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut a frame onto which I stamped my sentiment. I then added 3D foam tape to my background to fit my card stock frame. I think a couple of layers of tape is a good idea as you want enough room for your shaky bits to - well - shake!!
Acetate was placed on the back of the frame and wiped over with an Embossing Buddy to remove the static. Teeny tiny balls were added into the foam tape frame and then the acetate frame was placed on top.
The frame was then decorated with the balloons - stamped using last year's In Colours: Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch. They were cut out and attached with 3D foam pads.


I am entering this card into the 


Where the theme is 

BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon J xx

Monday, 29 July 2019

Nice and Nautical

I have another challenge card for you today. I am joining in the challenge over at



And here is my card


I have used my new Sailing Home Bundle isn't it gorgeous?
I love anything to do with the sea and this set has ships, anchors, lighthouse,compass and rope - perfect for those hard to make masculine cards!

So, I stamped my lighthouse and die cut it. The seaweed was die cut from some of my Perennial Essence DSP and the anchor from some copper foil card stock. The background was sponged with Bermuda Bay ink.


All products can be ordered from my online shop - see links above.

I seem to be burning the candle at both ends lately: get up early for work, get home early afternoon to catch up on housework etc, get mum settled for the night and then craft till my eyes close! I even managed to fit in some gardening today too!
It makes me really happy though as I can remember a time when there was nothing but despair and I didn't know how I was going to carry on.
I am really grateful for my life now. I've made new friends at work, I get to spend time looking after my mum and I have my crafting and Stampin' Up - so what's a few hours missed sleep?!!

I do hope you like my card today  - hope you'll pop back and visit again soon.
Bye for now - J xx



Friday, 26 July 2019

Inspiring Iris Sympathy Card

it's not nice to have to make sympathy cards and they are often needed at short notice so I try to have a couple in my stash for when the need arises.

I have made a simple sympathy card using the set Inspiring Iris although the image I have used is not the iris but the carnation - take a look


I have used the sketch from this week's challenge over at



My two rectangular panels have been masked and then sponged with Soft Sea Foam ink. My flower has been stamped with Old Olive and Lovely Lipstick.



Short and sweet today as it's still very hot here and I'm exhausted! The shop where I work has poor air conditioning so it's extremely hot behind the counter and I had some particularly rude customers today. I managed to plod home though and flop down on the sofa for a rest before seeing to tea and my mum!

Thanks for stopping by today - J xx





Thursday, 25 July 2019

Magnolia Lane Follow Up

Whew - it's been unbearably hot here today but I am sitting at my desk now with a newly purchased mini fan. So feeling much cooler now I can show you a couple of things made with the Magnolia Lane DSP.

First I made a card -


I do love this large image from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and it's perfect for colouring in with the Blends (Old Olive: dark and light, Crumb Cake light, Soft Suede dark and Daffodil Delight light).

This is a lovely simple card with a basic panel cut from the DSP, white card stock matted on top with the sentiment and the cut out image on top of that. Although there's layers it's very flat as no Dimensionals were used.

Next I made a gift bag -


So the same DSP was used so that the card and bag match and the closure was made with one of the dies from the Stitched Nested Labels. Another image from the Good Morning Magnolia set was used to decorate it and I found a little peg in my stash to anchor it.



Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look - here's a final pic of the card and gift bag together.
See you soon - J xx