Sending You Flowers

A special birthday deserves a special card, so this is the card I made for my friend Lynda for her 50th!


The card was inspired by a wonderful day out that included a visit to Oxford Botanic garden to celebrate the birthday of both Lynda and Darryl who was also 50 last month!



I die cut lots of daffodils, muscari (grape hyacinths) and a small white flower to fill a pop up box.

Sentiments were die cut and shadowed or stencilled depending on the type of die I was  using.

The layered daffodil die is by Altenew and came with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. It cut beautifully and was simple to layer.


I have kept the backing card and added a small piece of self adhesive magnetic sheet for storage.


I tried out this Marianne pop up box die but to be truthful I find it easier to create a pop up box with my trimmer/scorer. The additional flowers were created using this spring flower set.


The Oxford Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. The gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in the UK and run along side the river. A beautiful setting.

Even in early spring there was a lot to see:

I didn’t know the Screaming Mandrake in Harry Potter is based on a real plant!

Lewis Carol was a regular visitor to the garden. The sculptor of the Cheshire Cat placed in a tree was fun.

The birthday girl!

After our visit we walked along the river….

…then back through Oxford.


And ended up with a delicious afternoon tea and glass (or two) of Prosecco at Browns.


I’m pleased to say Lynda liked her card!


Happy Mothering Sunday

I hope my mum will like the card I have created for her. I have made her a pull card:


The card folds flat to go in an envelope:


But extends when the ribbon on the top is pulled!

A close up:

20190330_170138The card design is by Colette Mitrega. Click here to see her lovely designs and a helpful video on how to make one for yourself. Although it looks a complicated design I found it was very easy, and there are numerous decorating possibilities.

The cluster of flowers around the ribbon are all made with Cheery Lynn dies.

The base is decorated to coordinate and has lots of room for a personal message. I have used patterned papers from the Wandering Ivy collection by Kaisercraft ( Blue Posy and Panelling).


I’m looking forward to sharing Mothering Sunday with my mum and my eldest daughter  in Somerset today.

Congratulations Jack!

My daughters partner has passed his final medical exams after six long years of study. We are all so pleased and proud of him. This is the card I made to mark the occasion.


I have used a Creative Expressions stencil to create some background interest and then added Marriane die cuts.


I cut the stethascope in white card and then coloured it using markers and a metalic gel pen.


The inside of the card is decorated to coordinate. I used a combination of Woodware and Hero Art stamps for the greeting with different coloured inks.


We all enjoyed a glass of champagne together last night to celebrate his success!

20190328_201931Jack is heading to Australia today for two months and his elective placement at Melbourne Hospital, but first he gets a well deserved two week holiday and an opportunity to explore the country.

First Class Graduation

I was so proud when my goddaughter graduated large year with a first from Birmingham university.  I created this layout for her using colours from the photo and a selection of die cuts.


The banner and hat are Sweet Dixie dies. The joyful figures are an Impression Obsession die.


I used a selection of Cheery Lynn and Sweet Dixie dies to create the flowers and leafy swirl.


I also created a second layout for my friend Helen for the family scrapbook album!


The flowers and foliage are all made using Sweet Dixie dies.


Loiuse and Helen were both delighted with the pages, and I enjoyed capturing such a happy memory for them.


Christmas Challenge Layouts!

As promised here are four more layouts using photos from our Christmas day out.

Pat (Ruxton) has used a photo taken at our Christmas meal. We went to The Black Horse in Thame and the meal was delicious. Pat has fussy cut patternmed paper to frame the photo, added some border strips below the photo and embellished with red pearls.


Julie (Staves) has also used a photo from our Christmas meal, a selfie taken by Laura! Julie has used two strips of patterned paper down the centre and added lots of die cut snowflakes embellished with gems.


Michelle (Hobbs) has created her own unique background by stamping snowflakes and texture onto a subtle patterned paper. The photo has been added at an angle and the layout designed to look like a large parcel using strips of super sparkly ribbon. Michelles’ journaling is hidden behind the large gold star.


Jane (Towse) has used a piece of patterned Bo Bunny paper featuring a large Santa, and then added snowflakes, tiny stars and a Cheery Lynn holly swirl die to embellish it further. I like the touches of red Jane has added to match Santa and the photo mat.


This was a great challenge and it was fun to see which photo we all chose to use and how we scrapbooked the day so differently!

Festive Fun

I really enjoyed creating this layout which came together very quickly using a simple cut file and some old stickers!


I used a simple leaf wreath cut file cut in green cardstock to frame my two photos. For some dimension (and a slight shadow) I raised it on small foam pads.


I found these tiny stickers in my old stash that I must have had before I even started A Maze of Memories. Perfect for adding interest to my wreath.


As there was a large bow on the beautiful wreath we are posing behind I added one to my wreath using a Cheery Lynn die.


I also added rusty red berries to the wreath and background:


My EK Success punch was perfect for creating the berries as it easly makes a variety of tiny circles. I used my Stix2 Pickup pencil to pick them up before gluing in place.


The edge of the 12×12 base was inked with cracked pistachio distress oxide ink which was a perfect match for my green wreath. I have die cut my title and then added highlights with a Sakura bronze starlight gel pen:


I used the same bronze pen to add my journaling.


As a little challenge we all decided to scrapbook a photo/s from our Christmas day out. Check out tomorrows blog post to see four other layouts created by my friends.

Sarah’s Cards

Something different today. I thought I would share two cards made by my daughter when she was home last week.

The first card is for her friend Sam’s birthday.


The second card is for her friend Katherine who has just got engaged.


Sarah has used the Woodware flower stamp “Christina” designed by Jane Gill (named after me!!!, thanks Jane). Choosing candi, sequins and gems to fit the little circles is very relaxing. Sarah has also paper pieced the stem and leaves using a metallic purple card.

20190217_075813 I think Sarah has created two lovely cards which I am sure her friends will appreciate.