Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Looking through my photos, there seems to be quite a few projects I never got around to blogging about. The following was inspired by a gingerbread house Betsy Veldman created – a quick search of the net yielded an easy house template which of course I translated into Robo Cop (might as well use him!) and Halloween-ified:
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I put some sweets in and sold them at the Essington Fruit Farm Craft Fair in October – and as I haven’t blogged about that either, here are the pics of our stall, featuring the lovely Loraine :
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We did pretty well but it was blumming freezing and the heavens opened about half way through the day! Didnt deter the crowds tho, good old hardy Midlanders!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Two Years

This is a “OMG, its such-and-such tomorrow” last minute card from earlier in the year that I don’t seem to have posted.

Its for a second wedding anniversary, for which a quick internet search told me ‘paper’ & ‘Lily Of The Valley’ was appropriate. I used a well worn sketch and added some lace and twine to try and appeal to both sexes… I also wrote a note on the inside to explain the image… :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On A Roll

Back in August, I posted these cards which were both on the theme of stripes of faux washi tape and I promised to revisit the idea… and this is the result:


I actually made a set of four, the backgrounds were fairly similar but I changed the sentiments and the ‘topper’ element using a couple of SJ’s girls and Pollycraft images:


I made the stripes up in Photoshop utilising papers from my digi stash and printing four to one sheet of Neenah Solar White card before trimming it to fit an A6 card.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Be Kind, Rewind.

The current challenge over on A Blog Named Hero is called Second Chances, the gist of which is they want you to revisit an old project and update it. I took inspiration from this card, which was created earlier this year for a work colleague:


I really love it and I should really revisit it more often but the revamp turned out like this, a requested card for an extended family member:


There are a few elements of it that niggle me but as my classmate likes to say “it adds to the charm” of the handmade card!

The challenge closes tomorrow, November 22nd, at 5pm EST.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Somebody Stop Me!

Does anybody else wonder if this phrase was designed for crafters? I find when  get a design right, I want to do it in every colour, texture, technique I've got...

I created a stencil with Robo Cop and sponge daubed SU ink through to create this pastel tree (trust me its pastel-y in real life). I foam mounted the panel onto
a card base of the same colour and added a little of the lightest pink around the edge.

Then I used the negative of that stencil to create this glitter fest:

I painstakingly picked each butterfly off Robo Cops carrier sheet, carefully placed them down to double sided sticky and then got busy with the glitter!

So then I tried the same design cut from Silhouette double sided sticky that I purchased from the NEC - possibly my new fave product - and I revealed all the butterflies and applied cosmic shimmer powder directly to the adhesive, blending pink and purple together for the butterflies and yellow and orange for the trunk.

Then I pulled the main protective sheet off and applied a new mix of gilding flakes called Gin & Tonic to the rest of the area.

So that was my Saturday! How was urs?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Foiled again...

An impulse buy led me to this lovely set from Papermania, their Urban Stamps Home For Christmas bauble set - and well, whats  a Christmas card without a bit of shiny?

I stamped the baubles in Versamark and applied the bonding powder and foil. Some of the foil stuck where I didnt want it so I added a liberal sprinkling of Dylusions. I foam mounted this panel onto a card base which I had partially covered in gilding flakes for just a bit more shiny! I don't have any gilding flakes with red tones so I... um, splodged some red alcohol ink over it to achieve the tone I wanted.

All in all, I think these are my fave cards of the season so far!

Happy now Mrs Mills?!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Smart Dresser

My sweet little deer card wasn’t good enough for Nanny, she wanted something “…bigger”! Well this card is probably actually smaller but she seemed to like it (she’s not a fan of CAS in all truth):


I don’t know where I saw this idea but thanks to the wonders of watermarks, I can see it was originally from this blog post. Cute, huh?


Apologies for the dirty word, but I have a Christmas card to share with you today. The Papermania Michael Powell collection have added Christmas designs to their range and they are just a little bit gorgeous:
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My first thought when I saw it was of a stained glass window so I tried heat embossing it on to acetate and then coloured with promarkers. I then stamped it again onto a tri-fold card and cut the window out. The fairy lights have little blobs of glossy accents on them to make them look like bulbs and the effect is really good! Now I just need to decide whether it needs a sentiment or not…?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Sweet Baby Deer


I love this Forest Friends set from Stampin’ Up and it seemed to fit with the “sweet baby” sentiment from the new Bitty Banners set in the 2012-2013 Catalogue which is out today…

To celebrate the birth of my ninth niece/nephew, if you’re interested…

Monday, September 24, 2012


Just a quick post to show the card I just finished for my colleague who is an avid crown green bowler. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and glad my gutter brained colleagues couldn’t come up with a smuttier sentiment:


Its a stepper card so I made smaller bowls for the background to try and create perspective:



Saturday, September 08, 2012

Limited Supplies

Kristina Werner set herself the challenge of using only the items on her desk and made this lovely washi tape card (left).

Well, I don’t make as many cards as she does so my desk is pretty empty but I did like the diagonal washi tape idea so I had a go for myself (right)

Its only diddy and its a lot more pink that the image suggests but as my washi tape was a free gift, I didn’t have a lot of choice over the colourscheme!


Sunday, September 02, 2012

Anniversary Entanglements

I am pretty ingenious, even if I do say so myself.

Its my parents wedding anniversary tomorrow. I’ve moaned, whined and complained often enough that they just about know better than to bring a shop bought card into the house, so of course they both asked me to produce a card for the other… which got my brain whirring – could I create two cards that would somehow coordinate with each other? Of course I could!

My dad is an avid jigsaw… um, putter-togetherer and when he has one on the go, we generally all end up having a go so the theme of jigsaw pieces became my starting point:



“To my puzzling husband” – you can take that however you like!

And where is the genius-ous-ness, I hear you ask? Here:


Pretty clever, huh? <huffs on nails and rubs against t-shirt>

Monday, August 27, 2012

CASE Stripes

The following two cards are a CASE of this one by Karen Baker for the crafts meow which I think is just GORGEOUS!

It was one of those found-in-lunch-hour-can’t-wait-to-get-home-n-try-for-myself moments…
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Basically compiled from the myriad of digi papers I have on my PC and two digi stamps – the first girl was printed twice and fussy cut and the second girl was coloured with a promarker. The hardest part was lining the stripes up but I think I will be creating this again – perhaps completely digitally?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Teachy Thanks

My best friend, who regularly says “Oh I forgot u make cards”, actually remembered and asked me to make a card and box for her sons teacher – he’s left nursery and going to big boy school now, I wish he’d stop getting older! – and I got a bit fixated on the idea of an apple for teacher but it worked out alright in the end:


The apple was a Robo Cop creation and he also cut the letters out but I did them out of white card and coloured them in with pro-markers to get the multi-coloured effect.

When it came to the card, I wanted to continue the writing paper theme but the negative of the above letters actually looked really funky so I used that too:


I tried to make the background look like a desktop, hence the pencils.

All in all, I’m pleased with the end result, I hope Miss Mallen was too!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mega MegaMix

Its so nice to get a chance to show off to a new audience. When a casually sarcastic comment is made along of the lines of “its my birthday soon, you’ve got time to get me a nice moonpig card” What is a cardmaker to say?! Challenge accepted:
PaulsTapeInside It wasn’t a straightforward make, in fact I think this is version two but when it finally came together I was really pleased with the result.

The tape image I used is from SJ by the way.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Limitless Skies

One of the many blogs I follow is the incredibly talented Lucy Abrams, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a card on her blog that I don’t like and she has often been the cause of my parting with my moneys to buy some digital product or other! I decided to have a go at emulating her oft used style of creating a central panel of patterned paper with coordinating paper to either side…. I even stitched it! Get me! Neatly, too!
There is something about these balloon stamps that just make me keep using the cloud & sun I used before, even tho there are clouds and birds already in the set plus I’m sure balloons are also seen in cloudless skies!
And if you’re wondering, I’ve inherited a touch of acrophobia from my dear old dad so I don’t know how I would handle being in a balloon myself! Quite possibly with panic!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Up, Up & Away…

Stampin’ up sure kno how to tempt ya dont they? Each new mini catalogue has something even cooler and the 2012 Summer Mini is no different – curses!
I have a bit of a Jones for the sky and things that go in it – natural or otherwise so I didn’t really have a choice when it came to this ‘Up, Up & Away’ set:
I had this design in my head right away, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp cloud in Versamark, the sun - from a new Crafts Meow set I bought last week Typically Teen (I have no idea what this rough circle is meant to be exactly but it makes a great sun!) in a combination of Versamark & Stampin’ Up Daffodil Delight and the balloon in Pumpkin Pie and clear heat embossed the lot. Then I rubbed a combo of Peacock Feathers & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks over the top to create the sky… it still  needs a sentiment, tho I’m waiting for inspiration to strike!
However the above card was meant to look like this:
I’ve had these landscapes for a good couple of months, I did them back when I first got new blades for Robo Cop and I sat n got very happily inky with a combination of just about every ink I own and liberal application of Tattered Angels spray (this pic doesn’t show the shimmer sadly) but I got the dimensions wrong on that first card so I tried again with this one. I can see a few improvements I could make so its just as well I have two more of these hills, really!
Its just occurred to me that these are both American product - heavy cards depicting a very English scene…?!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Stamping On Glitter?

Hands up if you’d ever thought about stamping on glitter? No? Me neither - I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Jennifer McGuire try it. Of course I had to have a go! And I had to put my own twist on it – mainly cos I didn’t have white, micro fine glitter but I don’t let lil details like that stop me!

Back when I had a go at this die cut card, I also bought a few other Silhouette files including this Hero Arts Cherry Blossom:


After poking out all the awkward bits, I stuck it to a Woodware double sided adhesive sheet and filled in the gaps with glitter:


Then following the original example, I touched my promarkers to the glitter to add a bit of colour:


Ok so the post title is not what I did but it still looks alright, right?!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fairy Magic

Another fine example of a card that didn’t end up like how it started out:


Clean and simple tho, huh? I’d like to enter it for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge – Pretty In Pink (sorry about the dodgy photo, I promise the fairy’s dress is pink!)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seems Fishy.

This should be a short post; I saw this gorgeous plate in Matalan:


(there’s still a chance I will go back and buy it) and came home and made this card:


Oh and this one:


I was aiming for a cross between the inimitable CAS style of Aimes (p.s. Happy Birthday, lady) and the out-of-the-box example of Julie Ebersole here.

Not sure of the blue, now, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with it! Whaddya think?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Name Is Not Brian…

…and I don’t shop at Money Supermarket, but my weekend is turning out to be fairly EPIC!

On Friday, I got to see my favourite comedian of the last 12 months Tim Minchin and thanks to some friends we made in the car park we got to be this close to him with little or no effort on our part:


Plus after a promise of torrential rain at our outdoor picnic/gig, the weather turned out all evening like this:


And then tonight, having already convinced the chief cook and bottle washer to get a takeaway Chinese, I am catching up with my emails and blog roll and lo and behold I get a showCASe mention from the Less Is More challenge blog!

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I really don’t ‘do’ less is more or clean and simple in any aspect of my life so this honourable mention is even more astounding. What a shame the queen has already released her honour roll, eh?!

Thursday, June 07, 2012


The first birthday in June is my best friends husband and I always associate him and his bday with a barbecue – even tho its been years and two kids ago, i think, since we celebrated with one! – and this year is no exception! Please be upstanding for a freestanding pop-up card, of which I am most proud:
Above: Popped up in all its glory.
Below left: The back                           Below Right: Folded flat
I originally saw this technique when Loraine made this one and I hunted down the instructions in the Splitcoast Stampers forum and of course added a lil jodpea magic! Please excuse me while I run off and make a toaster one now!
Happy Birthday Mr Mills! Smile