Crafter’s Companion

Sue Wilson Lavish Hexagons

Inspired by all of the beautiful cards made with these Sue Wilson dies on Pinterest and Facebook I added them to my birthday wish list and couldn’t wait to play with them when I opened them on my birthday. This card has a more traditional monotone colour scheme accented with glitter card and vellum flowers. I started by die cutting the hexagon dies from white card and layering them onto…


Steel Magnolia

I thought that I would share two birthday cards using the Steel Magnolia stamp set from Honey Doo Crafts demonstrating some Distress Oxide techniques. I stamped the Magnolia stamp onto a square of white card using Versamark ink and silver heat embossing powder in opposite corners and stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of white card. I then painted the images with Pebeo Drawing Gum and allowed them to dry…


New Baby and Big Brother Cards

I thought that I would post something a little different today as these New Baby card and Big Brother cards use a mix of die cuts, papers, stickers and toppers instead of my usual stamping. Both cards started with the step card die and some white card. Many people make step cards without the use of a die but I find it easier as I don’t have to remember any…


A Path to Somewhere

The A Path to Somewhere stamp by Honey Doo Crafts is perfect for those difficult cards such as Thinking of You, Sympathy or birthday cards for people who enjoy walking. I started each card by stamping the A Path to Somewhere Stamp onto white card using Smokey Gray Versafine ink and clear embossing powder. I then coloured the images using Aqua Markers scribbled onto a non porous craft mat and…


Cards for Men – Sheds

I am sure that I am not the only card maker who find making cards for men difficult so I thought that I would share these shed cards that I have made using the Lili of the Valley In the Shed stamp and some of the Autumn Morning Signature Collection by Sara Davies. I bought this stamp as an unmounted rubber  stamp from a craft fair a few years ago…


Versatile Snowdrops and Tea Cups

Like many craft bloggers I have got a backlog of card photos which have not been written up into a blog post so inspired by the snow today I thought that I would share some of the cards that I have made using the Honey Doo Crafts Snowdrops stamp set. This set is very versatile as it could be used for a wide range of occasions and does not necessarily…


Christmas Eve Crafting

As I had a little time to spare this afternoon I thought that I would make cards for my neighbours instead of using the shop bought cards which I had on standby. I must confess that I ran out of time and energy in the run up to Christmas this year and resorted to using shop bought cards when my cute handmade cards ran out. I decided to play with…


Cute Snowman Christmas Cards

This is the last of my cute Christmas card collections this year featuring the Build-A-Snowman die from the Cute Christmas Signature Collection by Sara Davies. As with my previous batches of Christmas cards I die cut the snowman components from card scraps then shaped and assembled multiple snowmen using silicone glue first before making the cards. I found that the tiny elements of this die set quite fiddly so I kept…


Cute Penguin Christmas Cards

My second batch of cute Christmas cards using the Cute Christmas Signature Collection by Sara Davies is based on the Cosy Penguin die. As with the Reindeer cards I started by die cutting the penguin dies using black, white, orange and red mirror card. I then gently shaped each component using a flower shaping tool and a foam mat before layering with silicone glue. Whilst they were drying I used the…


Cute Reindeer Christmas Cards

My crafting is often very seasonal as I am inspired to make fresh floral cards in the spring, cards with a brighter colour pallet in the summer and darker autumnal coloured cards in autumn. As a result it feels strange thinking about Christmas cards when the summer sun is beaming through the window and I don’t start making Christmas cards until the first frosts of November. With approximately 50 cards…


Chloe Flower Heart Dies

Whilst I am a fan of Chloe Endean’s sparkleicious style  I also enjoy using some of her dies to create subtle elegant cards and I have made a number of these flower heart cards  inspired by a project in Chloe’s 3rd Project Book. I used papers from the First Edition The Promise 12″ x 12″ paper pad which offers an array of timeless luxury papers that are perfect for wedding,…


Time Flies & Aqua Markers

My darling husband bought me the entire Aqua Marker’s collection for my birthday last week and I have been experimenting with glycerine technique that I saw Sheena Douglass demonstrate at a craft show in Telford. I have previously struggled with some of the other inking techniques that I have tried as I can never quite get the shading right. For example, I could not get the shading right on this…


Honey Doo Sparkle and Velum Flowers

I want to start this blog with what is currently my favourite card design as it mixes Honey Doo Crafts stamp designs with velum and the fantastic sparkle that you get from WOW Embossing Powders. I have used this card design for engagement cards, anniversary cards and even a golden wedding card much to the delight of the recipients who are amazed by the 3d velum flowers that I learned…