A Roman Blind

When I was 17 years old I had a Saturday & summer job in a Singer sewing machine shop. I saved up and bought myself a machine which has served me well down the years. Last year however it finally “died” so last week I bought myself a new machine!20190701_172105(1)Although the Elna 340 is a basic model compared to many machines on the market it still does a lot more than my old singer and I’m excited to get it working! My first job was to take in a beautiful silk dress for my daughter that she had bought back from India so it fitted properly. I did feel quite a lot of pressure making the alterations as Sarah wanted to wear the dress to Jack’s graduation but I managed ok.

20190707_092547My first proper project was to make a Roman Blind to replace this old fashioned, faded festoon blind for our newly decorated downstairs loo!20190705_134126I have used a 100% cotton furnishing fabric by Prestigious Textiles from the Brightside collection, plus a Roman Blind kit from Dunelm that cost £24 that included everything I needed except fabric and thread.20190706_103522I have lined the blind and had to make pockets for the rods to fit through. It’s not perfect but I’m rather pleased at how it came together, and it works!

20190707_114241The finished blind closed and open!20190707_211830

I’m using the Brightside collection in our newly decorated lounge so made a simple cushion cover with some of the left over fabric too!




You Are A Diamond Jack!

Today is Jack’s birthday and this is the card I made for him. I have created a stamped background and a focal feature of two playing cards. I used an older Woodware stamp set designed by Jane Gill. The squares were die cut using Creative Expressions Noble Dies: Double Pierced Squares. As this is a simple card I like the extra detail they gave to the design. 20190707_083902The inside greeting is stamped in coordinating colours. I also added a square layer using the pierced squares for subtle detail:20190707_081901

Jack and Sarah are on holiday in the Lake District with Jack’s parents. I’m sure Jack will have a wonderful day celebrating.



I am still busy in my newly designed garden but have just finished a layout for my daughters album. The photo was taken as we were just leaving to take her to the airport for her flight to Delhi, India.

20190624_090749I have used a Paige Evans cut file and backed each letter with patterned papers. The border has been doodled and I used a bronze Sakura gel pen to add some colour and shine.20190624_090724

Flowers have been die cut, punched or cut from the patterned paper used to back the letter G. I added gems for a touch of sparkle.


The centre “O” has been partially backed using the lovely Woodware “Cosmos Flowers” clear stamp designed by Jane Gill. Its been heat embossed in white over a distress inked background.

20190624_090732Journaling has been added using simple strips of card.20190624_090740

Sarah is travelling and having an amazing adventure. This morning she watched the sun rise at the Taj Mahal. I am going to have plenty to scrapbook on her return!

Panda Time!

Its my youngest daughters birthday today and this is the card I have created for her, featuring lots of cuddly pandas!20190603_152328I have used a couple of Woodware stamp sets for the large pandas and sentiments plus the tiny pandas are a stamp and die combo from Mama Elephant/Hampton Art SC0765.20190603_152250I have inked the edges and stencilled the background of each panel for some extra interest.20190603_152257The 23 has been die cut a couple of times and layered. I have added a sprinkling of tiny punched stars.20190603_152243The balloons have been paper pieced.20190603_152211The only colouring needed for the pandas was to give them rosy cheeks!20190603_152234The happy birthday greeting has been die cut and layered. I have added a panel to the back of the card for a personal handwritten message.20190603_152305Supplies: Woodware FRS700 Panda Birthday and Woodware FRS370 Pandamonium, both designed by Francoise Read. Pandamonium is a long clear stamp featuring a row of five pandas. I have cut it apart so I can use the pandas individually or in pairs. The three fold card base and panels were made with Presscut die set PCD17. The second includes 12 dies for creating the panels which can be either straight edged, or scalloped as used here.




Happy Birthday Tess

A request for a birthday card with “modern flowers” from my daughter led me to create this card.


I have been wanting to create a personalised card using the raised die cut technique since making Christmas cards for Jack and Jane here: https://creativitycontinues.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/personalised-snowflake-card/


The recipients name can be seen when the card is viewed from different angles. I die cut the letters to spell the name nine times from orange card.

I stamped the flowers onto my white card twice using black Archival ink and then coloured the image with Kuretake paints adding a few splatters to the background.


I decorated the inside of the card to match stamping the image in a pale pink ink:


I also stamped the red envelope with the same stamp using red ink to create a subtle tone on tone pattern.


The stamp set is Woodware JGS485 Wiggly Stems designed by the very talented Jane Gill. This was a fun card to make and the die cut technique can be used in lots of different ways. I think die cutting a butterfly or bird shape from a stamped panel would be interesting or die cutting a large number would be another variation!

Double Chocolate Cookies

With a couple of trips to Scotland recently, and creating a vegetable garden I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging, but thought I would share a quick make my daughter asked for. Sarah made a batch of cookies for a friend and as she is busy with exams at the moment I made a gift box and card for her to go with the cookies.


The sentiment and cookie are both old Hero Arts stamps. I stamped the word celebrate in Memento Rhubarb Stalk  ink onto red card for a subtle tone on tone pattern. I stamped the cookie onto various shades of brown and kraft card so no colouring was needed which made for a very quick card!20190510_201022The inside of the card has also been decorated.


The box has been made with two pieces of Bazzil 12×12 cardstock. I stamped the cookie randomly on the base of the box to add a pattern.


The coordinating gift tag was made using the tag top Woodware punch, plus one of their decorative edge punches which are no longer available.


I sampled Sarah’s’ double chocolate cookies and they were delicious and she was also delighted with the card and box!

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!