Happy 21st Birthday Card

I made this large 8″x8″ card for my youngest daughters’ boyfriend to celebrate his 21st. The 21 is a Woodware stamp which I have paper pieced. I have added stamped stars and Aiden’s name (lawn fawn stamps and dies) and punched stars to embellish.


The inside has been stamped with multi coloured stars and the sentiment is a Woodware stamp. I also stamped the back of the envelop to coordinate. 20190823_113206


New Home Card

I made this card to send to my daughter wishing her happy times in her new home.


I stamped a circle with distress oxide inks using a Crafts Too John Next Door round jelli plate. The bunting is a Woodware stamp set, and the sentiment is a Lindsay Mason design. The trim was made with an EK Success punch.


I really like this Woodware bunting stamp set FRCL208 designed by Francoise Read. It’s great for using up scraps of paper and card and makes a good embellishment on cards and layouts. Tiny flowers, dots and heart stamps are included in the set too which is useful.


I paper pieced the house. Its an old Hero Arts stamp. I added glitter gems to the centres of the flowers for some additional texture.


Finally, I stamped the coloured envelope to match the card!



A layout for my daughters’ album documenting her latest accommodation. Sarah is staying with a friend for seven months whilst she studies for the LPC. The house is very central and really lovely. Sarah has the top floor with a double bedroom, bathroom and study, so very luxurious compared to last years house share!20190825_115932I started with this cut out which is a Paige Evans design which I have cut from mid grey cardstock using my Cricut Explore machine.20190820_111130

I have backed the cut file, added a title and the tag pulls out for some journaling. The title is a combination of die cut letters and stamping. A very quick and easy page.


I used the following supplies: patterned papers from the Pick Me Up collection designed by Paige Evans, Stampendous Brush Alpha stamps, Tonic alphabet die and black soot distress oxide ink.


Thank You Card

I needed to source some pure beeswax for a project I am making, and remembered that my uncle in Somerset is a bee keeper. He very kindly gave me a lovely block of beeswax so I made a thank you card to show my appreciation. It had to feature bees of course!20190814_113657

The inside of the card and the envelope are decorated to coordinate. The greeting is stamped with Memento inks in dessert sand and potters clay.


I used this set which came with Card Making and Papercraft magazine. It includes an embossing folder, bee die, small stamp set and patterned papers. The heart border along the bottom of the card was made with a Cheery Lynn die.




Congratulations Laura and Roger!

Laura and her mum Janice were both regular crafters at A Maze of Memories, and our friendship has continued since I have retired. Today Laura weds the love of her life in Colorado, America. This is the card I have made for them:


The card front is decorated with their initials and pretty flower corners (Cheery Lynn dies):20190720_113734

The central Mr & Mrs was made with a Sweet Dixie die, and the Congratulations is a Creative Expressions die.


I have added gems for sparkle:20190720_221859

There is space for our personal message on the back. The wedding rings are another Sweet Dixie die.20190720_113811

The colours of my card were inspired by Laura’s own beautiful wedding invitation sent to Paul and myself. Unfortunately we are not there in person but will be thinking of them today as they take their vows.20190720_222246

Laura loves Koalas, so a group of us enjoyed a very different hen party by visiting Longleat House and Safari Park for the day.

The Koalas were so cute, and the only Southern Koalas to be seen outside of Australia!


Laura and myself got to talk to the head keeper about the Koalas and learnt such a lot about them.20190721_151832

We enjoyed seeing lots of other animals too. A couple of my favourites were the giant ant eater carrying its baby around on its back!


The porcupine was showing off magnificent spines:


A boat trip is included in the ticket price where we saw gorillas, monkeys and seals:

Longleat as a day out has a lot to offer!

We made sure Laura got a bit of bride practice before her big day!20190721_173511

The veil was kept on all day!

Many congratulations Laura and Roger. I hope you will both enjoy a long and happy marriage together.20190720_222026


A New Dress For Free

This long dress has been hanging unworn in my wardrobe for ever as it has never fitted properly, but I do love the colour of the fabric.


I carefully took it apart and pressed the fabric flat.


Then I used a dress I already have and made a paper pattern by drawing around the bodice shape. I changed the shape of the skirt and also wanted to add pockets.


I allowed extra fabric so I could add darts for shaping and a seam allowance plus I made sure the pattern pieces were all running in the same direction!


Here is my finished dress. It may be simple but I am so pleased with my upcycled project!


Lady Bird Class Decorations!

One of my daughters closest friends has just qualified as a primary school teacher and her new reception class will be known as the ladybirds. I have covered a note board using scrapbooking paper, and added ladybirds cut using the Cricut, which I hope she will find useful.


With a large space to fill before the children start in September Sarah, Alex and myself used the Cricut to create some suitable decorations. We also used lots of green card scraps to die cut a variety of leaves to add to the design.


I’m sure the children will love their bright and cheerful classroom and learn lots with their new teacher. I had fun creating something “off the page” as well!