Evening all!

Papercraft Essentials 125 went on sale last Thursday and I'm delighted to say that I made the cover with my Color Burst projects! I think the colours in the Color Burst range lend themselves perfectly to Christmas projects, it's never been easier to get intense colour with texture! 

It can always be tricky to batch-make Christmas cards, but by creating a few large colourful backgrounds and drying with a heat gun, you can then cut down to make many smaller cards! I experimented with a mix of heat embossing techniques to resist the Colour Burst pigments, paper piecing and painting with the pigment to achieve different results.

I sent my card designs to Ken - who loves what I've done with the range! I'm a very happy crafter!

Here are just a few of the cards I made - I hope you like! :)

Hello all!

I've been unleashing my inner crazy cat lady with the latest stamp release from Apple Blossom Craft Collection! I only had a quick play, but am so inspired by the set that i'm hoping to make many more! I know a lot of cat lovers - so this set is perfect for a range of occasions and themes! I also think it would be fabulous for Scrapbook pages too..

This little card was made by creating a quick watercolour background with my favourite pens - Spectrum Aqua markers!Stamping the cat in black Archival and layering with coral cardstock and embellishments! So easy...I hope you like!

It's worth mentioning that there's a We Love Dogs stamp set too! If you want to get your hands on either, you can find them on the CraftStash website here
Watch this space for more cat cards!!
Well, I did it..

I started making Christmas cards in September! I'm that crafter that usually started a batch of Christmas cards on Christmas eve. But I just couldn't resist the adorable reindeer die which came with Simply Cards & Papercraft 141! All the elements of the die are in one handy plate and you get a stash of gemstones to complete Rudolph! The card practically made itself...

The papers are scraps from my stash, I went bold for a contemporary look and the fab Christmas sentiment is from the Creative Stamping 27 FREE stamp set! The card didn't take longer that 10 mins.. perfect for batch making! I might try a different style to mix it up a bit!

You can grab this issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft 141 from here!

Bye for now! N x

Happy Monday!

I'm so excited to say that some of my new Christmas creations feature in Die-Cutting Essentials issue 5! Christmas crafting isn't something that comes naturally to me, especially if its traditional but I couldn't help but be inspired by the brand-new Apple Blossom die ranges. Here's a sneak peek of the contemporary Christmas cards I made exclusively for Die-Cutting Essentials!

Both cards are a blend of Fancy Pants paper collections [I know i'm obsessed], must-have American Crafts Washi tape, Apple Blossom dies, Clearly Besotted/Sam Poole stamp sentiments and a sprinkling of silver sequins. I'm always very lucky to work with inspiring colour schemes and the latest crafty products.

I made the cover too! Woo!

If you haven't got your copy yet which comes with an epic FREE Merry Christmas die, you can always pick up a copy from here

Good evening all!

It's safe to say we are well into Autumn, which i think is my favourite month! So far we've had many days of early morning sunshine and a touch of frost in the air which is a winning combination when walking to work!

A lovely colleague gave me a ball of Mondial Express wool in a stunning mustard blend, the concept being that you knit the snood or scarf with your arms!

As always, I broke the rules and decided to knit the yarn with my biggest needles for a closer knit. I like the 'baggy' snood look but really wanted something closer to the neck. I took a gamble and knit the full ball on size 20 needles starting with 7 stitches wide... then soon realised that it would end up looking more like a pillow front!

*Unravel*... Restarting with only 5 stitches gave me the extra length I needed to complete the snood! I decided to finish the snood by darning the opposite ends together to give a natural fold in finished piece. I do love a project that comes together in an evening.

Ta Da! I hope you like :)

Hello all!

It's been too long. I'd like to think that I've neglected my blog of late due the glorious summer sun! Unlikely... but I have been up many a 'do' and making plans for my Wedding next April!

Speaking of Weddings... I was lucky enough to attend my close friend Sarah's wedding two weeks ago the The Midland in Manchester. It was a beautiful day, the bride and groom both looked stunning as they celebrated with us all!

The theme of the Wedding was bee's and bee hives, so I thought I'd whip this little card up! I love going over the top with dimension [when i know I'm not posting the card!] I made this stunning flower with the free die from Simply Cards & Papercraft 140 and Fancy Pants Office Suite designer papers. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp, I love the fonts used! I don't think you can go wrong with yellow and black, especially with a contemporary collection of supplies. I hope you like it!

Sarah and her now husband Jod are jetting off to South Korea for their Honeymoon! They love the culture and regularly eat the cuisine, so i thought why not purchase his & hers Sushi Bento boxes! It's safe to say that they went down a treat!

Me, David & the blushing bride! [A little bit worse for wear at this point...]

N x