Saturday, June 19, 2021

Some new cards

 Yes, I still make some cards and do some classes, but patchwork also takes a lot of my time!

Here are some recent makes!

Our grandson, Max had his 5th birthday recently so I made this card for him.

I used a CTMH stamp set and die cut several of the stamps. The card is a triple pull up card, with the centre part of the card pulling two different hidden panels up. The greeting is on the back of the card.

I used silver embossing on the background of the card and the stars on the front.

One of our neighbours celebrated her 80th birthday recently so I made her this card. 

The flowers were stamped and cut with a stamp/die set from Stampin' Up - Art Gallery. The stamp set includes two layers for each flower stamp so I used a light and dark shade for each flower. I cut an oval in the front of the card and backed it with Julep card (CTMH) and inserted a gold striped acetate with some small beads as a shaker element. 

The sentiment was gold embossed.

A delightful couple we have got to know since we moved to Lincoln recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary - a remarkable achievement.

I used a Cascade card svg from Dreaming Tree to make this card. I used cream cardstock and gold glitter cardstock for some of the detail cuts. 

This is one of my favourite designs for very special cards!

Monday, March 1, 2021

 Here it is, 1 March and this is the second post for this year. So much for good intentions!

It has been quite a busy year with child-minding during the school holidays and each week since schools returned.  A trip away to the south of the South Island  for a few days - thank goodness we are still able to travel within our own country during this challenging time. However, I can say that I have been making things during this time.

I have been making a few quilty things and decided recently not to begin anything new until I have completed the things that are waiting to be finished. 

 I made a couple of quilts for Christmas presents - a full sized quilt for my daughter-in-law and a wall hanging for my grandson, Max. He is always admiring a Lone Star wall hanging I have in my bedroom so I made one for him to hang on his wall.  I shall post them on my Quilting Projects page. 

Card making has taken a second place over the last couple of years as I have become more involved with patchwork. However, I still enjoy making some cards and still take a card making class monthly at the local library. 

Here is a selection of recent cards.

 This was a birthday card for my husband. I used CTMH papers and die cut the leaves and coloured them with distress oxide inks, with a final coating of UTEE (clear).

These two cars were made using distress oxide inks with multiple layers of colours and spritzed with water. Overstamped with Poppy stamp. 

This card was made with die cut flowers, leaves and wreath. I embossed the background with a CTMH embossing folder. I die cut the two layers of the Happy greeting and stamped the birthday. I used Nuvo drops for the centres of the flowers and the dots on the card.

More next week! Stay well and stay safe!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Welcome to a new year! Hope it is a better one for all of you than 2020 was. We in New Zealand have been very lucky, mainly thanks to a government that was prepared to make the hard calls quickly to prevent what could have been a quite disastrous situation. Other countries have not fared so well and we hope that with the development of vaccines and better responses, things may start to get better. 

On a creative note, I was going through my photos yesterday and found some cards I made recently! 

These cards were samples for my Creative Card Making group that I take at the local library once a month. The group made up the cards then we donated them to a charity for people on their own at Christmas. 

This is the unicorn card I made for my delightful granddaughter for her birthday last year. I cut the centre of the card using an svg file and my Cricut. The front of the card was made with CTMH papers and stamps. 

More cards later this week! 
Hope you have a great day!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

What have I been doing for the last 6 months?

You may well ask! New Zealand has been in the grip of a global pandemic and for 6 weeks or so, we were in total lockdown - no socialising with family or friends, no group meetings, no shopping! Fortunately, I was able to go to the supermarket to get groceries, but it was certainly a strange situation. So what did we do?

Well, the garden looked good for a few weeks, before the autumn set in and the leaves started gathering on the ground. The craft room got a good going over and various bits and pieces sorted, tidied up or thrown out. Stamp sets were sorted and catalogued and fabrics sorted into colours!

I have done a bit of sewing and some card making. I have also made a couple of albums, which are awaiting completion.

Some of the sewing projects I have done can be seen on my Quilting page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the most recent projects.

Here is a card I made for a teenager.

The card is  5" x 7" card and I used a skateboarder silhouette I downloaded from the internet for the image. I decided to do it in a grey colour rather than black as it went better with the other colours. The papers I used were from the Urban papers set from Close to my Heart. The stamp set used is Urban Flair, also from CTMH. The Happy birthday stamp is from a set from Ranger - Letter it Clear Stamps. I embossed the greeting with Weathered Wood Distress Embossing powder. It gives a dull finish to the embossing and is more suited for this card than a shiny embossing powder.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Cascade Card - How to make one!

This week was the first meeting of my craft group for the year. I had made a lovely Cascade card for a wedding recently (see previous post) and thought it might be fun to try doing one without using the Cricut to cut it out.

Here are two of the cards I made for the meeting.


Cut 2 pieces of card – 6” x 8”
Measure down 3” on one of the 6” sides and make a mark.
Repeat for the other piece of card. 

Cut the top off the card from the top of the card opposite the mark down to the mark at 3” on the 6” side. Keep the offcut for decorations. Repeat for other piece of card.* You could use decorative scissors, edge dies or edge punches to do this.

Score on the straight 8” edge at 2”. 4” and 6” on both pieces.


On one piece, cut along the 2” and 6” scorelines     
from the bottom to about halfway along the scored lines.
On the other piece, cut from the sloped edge along the
 2” and 6” scorelines to about halfway along the scored lines.


Fold all the scored lines then slot the two pieces of card together with the shorter ends together so they form an interlocked concertina and can stand up.

Push the two sides together so both are sitting on the table evenly. If they will not do this, you may need to snip the cuts on the folds a little further. 


Cut two pieces of double sided designer paper at 6” x 8”. Cut as for the base card to *, with the back sides of the paper facing the other to provide a mirror image.

Cut each piece at 2”, 4” and 6” so they are the same size as the folded pieces of the base card.

Place each piece where you would like it, making use of the pattern on the reverse to provide a contrast. Trim a little (between ” and ¼”) from the side and bottom of each piece so that when you attach it to the base card, there is a narrow border around each piece. 

Decorate as desired using stamped and die cut flowers, die cut labels, stamped sentiment as appropriate. You can add a panel on the back to write a greeting on and this will make the card more stable.

If you make this card, please leave a comment below. Thank you.