Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas gift bags

This weekend I have been working on items for a Christmas Craft Fair that I am taking part in in November.  I found some brown bags in my stash, that are now retired.  Although if your interested in making this item Stampin Up sell a Framelit (on page 212 of the Annual Catalogue) that makes up small bags.

I started by stamping reindeer all over the bag, in white ink.  Then I cut out a white stitched circle, which I stamped and embossed in copper embossing powder.  I used a sentiment from the Tags and Trimmings bundle.  The leaves were stamped and die cut using the Oh so eclectic bundle and the star was die cut using a die from Tags and Trimmings in Fresh Fig.  I used Soft sky as a strip for the background, again  using the star to cut from the bottom.  All finished off with a bulldog clip.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Advent Calendar

This week I have been working on an Advent Calendar, I made twenty three 2" boxes which I covered in retired paper Warmth and Cheer paper stack, this is only £3.60 in the clearance rack at the moment.  Then I made one box  using the Window Box Thinlit die which is for the special 24th

They all look great in the black fabric covered box, I shredded some brown paper to nestle them inside

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

September Card Making Class

Yes we are starting Christmas cards.  No it's not too early!  We will be making three cards a month from September until November in the card class,  December's class we will probably be making gift boxes and gift tags and maybe a stamped candle.  This class covers different card making techniques and folds.  All materials are supplied in the cost of the class which is £8.00

This months cards

Two of these cards are, hopefully, quick and simple because the card with the ribbon is a bit more time consuming, but not difficult.  I have cased this card fold from Amanda Bates from the Craft Spa, but decoration is my own.

If your interested in joining my class, please get in touch.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Handmade Thank You Cards

My very good friend asked me to make some thank you cards for her sons birthday.  I was only given short notice to make them as she was coming to visit me the very next day!  I have recently been playing around with emoji cards, so rather than come up with a new idea I went with them and made the following cards using Stampin Up's Note cards and envelopes, these are the perfect size for thank you cards and party invites.

I used Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy and Pacific Point card stock for the backgrounds. All the Thank You stamps are Stampin Up but some have now retired.

The faces are die cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits and I used Crushed Curry card stock.

Hope you like my thank you cards.

Global Design Project Challenge 096

This week Global Design project theme is Casing the designer, the designer is Tanja Kolar.  Her beautiful card is below

I went for the layout of this card and used the Message in a bottle and Magical Mermaid stamp sets.

I started with Night of Navy card stock for my background layer.  Then using the Stitched Shape Framelits I die cut  a square in Whisper White and stamped the reeds from the Magical Mermaid stamp set.  I used Night of Navy ink for the reeds and the whale to pull the background in.  Soft Sky card stock was used for the bottle and the Layering Square Framelit behind my stitched white square.
I used my Stampin Markers to colour in the spout stamp for my whale, the heart was coloured with Read Red which looked great but then I needed to use the Real Red again somewhere on the card to pull it all together.  I decided on a small Real Red flag on the side.  I used my die from the Large Number Framelits but you could just as easily fussy cut a flag.  Happy Birthday was heat embossed in white.  

Hope you like my whale card.  If you would like any of the products used in my card please click on my shop tab above.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Emoji Card and gift tags

I was recently looking at Pinterest, that makes it sound like I have an occasional flick through when really I look everyday!  I saw a emoji card on Sizzix and thought I should have a go at that one day...
Then I saw the Global Design challenge theme of kids and it popped into my head.  I was inspired by that card but my card is very different.

I had such fun making these projects.

I've used Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Real Red and Marine Mist cardstock for these projets.

Please click on the shop above to buy any of the items used for this project.

Check out my Youtube tutorial coming out in a few days.

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Favourite Stampin Up items from June 2017

So the Stampin Up new Annual catalogue was really exciting and there are loads of things on my shopping list!  But for now I wanted to show you the items I ordered first, my favourites.

I love nautical stamp sets so Message in a bottle was my first choice.

This is a super easy project, I stamped the whale with Night of Navy ink on to a small piece of the Dapper Denim Colour Theory DSP, the whales spout was stamped using the Stampin Markers using Dapper Denim and Real Red for the heart.  I then used Glossy Accent to make the whale shine.  The frame was from Ikea.

Next up using the same set I made a cool nautical card.

Starting with a whisper White card base, scored and folded, I stamped the  ship directly onto the base using Island Indigo ink  I stamped the bottle onto some Soft Sky card stock, using Soft Sky ink, then stamped the Octopus in the bottle using Island Indigo and sponging some Dapper Denim round the edge of the octopus stamp.  Then stamp, in Basic black ink,  the bottle onto acetate, you need to be really careful as the stamp can slide, I had to stamp 3 times before getting a clear image.  I then put a small dab of Tombo glue on the neck of the Sky Blue bottle and stuck the acetate bottle on top.  You can then wind some Linen thread round the top of the bottle which hides the glue.  Another one of my  must have items is the Wood Texture DSP, I was really hoping for some wood look paper so was very very pleased.  Cut the Wood Texture DSP to the height of your card, and three inches wide, score at one inch then fold and burnish.  I love the wrap around look achieved with this, came up with this idea when I made a mistake!

Next item is In the City stamp set, this is a host set, found in the back of the catalogue.  I love love love this set, it has 60 stamps, yes 60!  I know its only July but I went for a Christmas card this time, also managed to include my favourite Wood texture DSP

I stamped the buildings and fussy cut these out then mounted onto the background.  I covered some whisper white card in Dazzling Diamonds for the snow on the ground, it has much more sparkle in real life.

Another Nautical stamp set, obviously, Magical Mermaid is next on my list.

Love this beautiful Mermaid, I have a turtorial on Youtube for this card!

Although used in the Christmas cards I forgot to mention these wonderful snowflake dies, and the good news is theres a whole load of great dies in this set Colourful Seasons Bundle, as well as an fantastic stamp set.  Again I've slipped into Christmas with a great set of gift tags and a cute box for storage.

Did you notice I managed to slip some of my favourite DSP in again? Bet you did.

The last item I've made is a Scrapbook page 12 x 12, totally out of my comfort zone here, this is my first scrapbook page!  Using some of my favourite stamps and pictures of my youngest boy walking on our local beach, totally in the moment.

Thanks for looking at this very long blog entry x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Magical Mermaid

This Monday I received my order from the Stampin Up Annual Catalogue.  Very exciting, I managed to restrain myself and only brought three stamp sets.  I wanted to share this card as its so simple and really pretty.

I started by cutting some card stock to fit the front of a normal sized card, using Marina Mist and Pool Party card stock.  I stamped the mermaid and the sentiment in black archival ink.  So far very simple!  I then coloured the mermaids tail using my Stampin Up markers, I used pinks for one and blues and greens for the other.  Still easy peasy.  When ink is dry go over the whole tail with a Versamarker, like a ink pad but in a pen version.  I then covered the versamarked tail in bonding powder.  When the bonding powder is heated with your heat gun it gets sticky enough for you to sprinke your Dazzling Diamond glitter all over tail.  Tap the glitter off and again zap with your heat gun.  Your sprarkly, glittery, simple card only needs sticking to a card base.  Great card for young and older girls.

I have also made a Youtube video for this card, it should be on in a couple of days.  Just type in Linda Handford, there are a few other videos already there to watch.

Hope you enjoy making this card.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

60th Birthday Card and Wine Bottle Tag

My husbands boss turns 60 today, husband asked me to make him a card and actually gave me a few days notice, normally I get a day's notice!

I used the sadly retired set Here's to cheers die and stamp set.  The numbers were cut using the Large Numbers Framelits, and the squares were cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits, which are both available in the new catalogue.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

SU Only Challenges

I have not entered this challenge before but like looking to get some inspiration.

I brought the new stamp set Pieces and Patterns as part of my Demonstator pre-order, and really love this set.  I thought the retro camera image would work well for a masculine background.
I started with a crumb cake base and stamped in black ink all over, turning the paper as I went to make a random pattern.  I then cut a Basic Black stitched square and a smaller Whisper White stitched square.  I stamped the camera again on the white square and then coloured in with my Stampin Write Markers.  I popped the white card up with dimensionals and stuck to the black square which I then glued to the base.  I used Basic Black as the card base.  Hope you like!

All products used on my card are Stampin Up, if you wish to purchase any please click on my Shop above.  Stamp set not available until June 1st.

The Paper Players

Yesterday I made two cards for two different challenges.  I am nearly back to normal after hurting my back so can get back to crafting more often again!

The Paper Players challenge is a CAS butterfly card.  This card came together in record time.

I have used the new (available to buy from 1st June) DSP paper Colour Theory Designer Paper Stack, comes in 6x6" 48 sheets.  Its a really lovely paper stack.  The butterfly was cut from Basic Black card stock with the Butterflies Thinlits.  I added a strip of gold glitter paper and some glitter enamel dots.  The sentiment came from a new stamp set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I decided to use black card stock as the base to make the yellow background pop.

Hope you like it, if you like any of the products used to make my card, click on my shop tab above.  The paper, and dots will not be available until 1st June when new catalogue starts.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Pieces and Patterns

I've opened my new DSP Pick a Pattern and love it, this normally means I don't use it, hoard my favourite patterns for best.  Not going to do this anymore, I will use all my favourites and then just order more, simple.  This new DSP is available from 1st June in the brand new catalogue, not long to wait now.

I was inspired by Case this Sketch for this card

Love the mushroom paper, all you need to do is cut a layer of paper and your card is nearly finished!  I've used the Pieces and Patterns stamp set to add crushed curry to a piece of white card stock, added some whisper white thick bakers twine and the great Hello There stamp also from Pieces and Patterns stamp set.

Hope you like it.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Pieces and Patterns

So as a demonstrator you get to pre-order from the new catalogue.  I fell for this stamp set and DSP so was really pleased it was on the pre-order list.

I received this week but I've been working on some 80th Birthday invites  and wasn't able to play.  Husband playing cricket today and in between helping with homework on the plague I made this card.

I started by stamping the flower stamp from Pieces and Patterns set over a whisper white piece of paper.  I then cut two strips of basic black and used my new Ticket Tear Border punch.
The Designer paper is great from this suite, I cut a piece and glued the black ticket tear to the underside, so it peeked out.  The white square was die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hello There was stamped using Basic Black ink.  It needed a little something else so I pulled my Emerald Envy marker out and coloured the flowers of the background.  Quick and easy card and all the better as it was just a fun make.
The Ticket Tear stamp, Pieces and Patterns stamp set, and Pick a Pattern DSP will not be available to purchase until June 1st, but markers, paper and Stitched Shape Framelits are available now.  If your interested please pop up to my tab and click on Shop, if your spending over £25 use this months Hostess Code.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Beautiful You

Joined in with What will You Stamp, been looking at this challenge site for a while but this was the first time I had the stamp set used in the challenge!  I have been making 80th Birthday invites this week so nearly missed my chance.

This was not a instant grab me stamp set like some are, but I thought my ladies in Card Class would like it so I brought it and have used it quite a lot.

Hope you like it.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Three Cards using Beautiful You

My Blog has been neglected recently due to me hurting my back, ouch! I have had a muscle spasm and it has really slowed me down.  Still sore but starting to do some normal things again.

I pulled out the Beautiful You stamp set and made a card for Cas(e) this Sketch

I actually ended up making three cards as I was on a roll,

I used card backgrounds from the subtles collection, Marina Mist, So Saffron and Soft Sky.
I stamped on the Subtles DSP for the spotty dress and glued to the card, the other two cards I used Stampin Up's water colour pencils to gently colour in.  All the bases were Basic Black, I cut another piece of cardstock for inside the card in same colours just so you can write your message inside.

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to attend an event arranged by my Upline, Katy Freeman.  We had the opportunity to see and play with some of the product which will be available to purchase in June.  Can't wait for the new catalogue!    At this event I was gifted some of the new sticky embellishments which I have used on these cards, they sure are going to be a favourite with me and I plan to get some more very soon.

Card entered into Case this Sketch

If you like the look of the card stock and stamp, click on the above shop link,  Beautiful you 143637  Watercolour pencils 141709
Subtles A4 mixed paper stock 131285

Friday, 21 April 2017



Would you like to have a try at making your own greetings cards?  Stuck on designs? Not sure how to begin.  I am having a two hour, drop in, event on 28th April.  I have six different designs of cards for you to try.  All the cutting and preparation has been done for you.  All you have to do is enjoy putting the cards together.  I will be there to help every step of the way, if needed.  All materials supplied.

Make 1, 3 or all 6 designs

£1 per card or all six for £5

I am also starting small card making classes, please come along for a chat and take some information or book a place in a card class.

There will  be a small selection of  handmade cards for sale.

WI Hall, Kingsland Road West Mersea Essex

Monday, 3 April 2017

Global Design Project

This weeks project is Night of Navy, Whisper White and any colour.  I choose gold, a tiny bit for the sentiment.  Hope you enjoy.

Step one

Cut a sheet of A4 Night of Navy in half and score and  fold at 10.5cm for card base.  Cut Whisper White a little bit smaller, then another layer of Night of Navy bit smaller.  Using the med and small stitched square die cut Night of Navy and Whisper White.

Step 2

Using the retired set By the Tide, I stamped the shell image in Night of Navy ink.

Step 3

Take the layer piece of Night of Navy and prepare it for heat embossing with the embossing buddy.
I used the Happy Birthday from Iconic Occasions.

Step 4

Stick Night of Navy layer to Whisper White layer.

Step 5 

Use dimensionals to layer Whisper White stitched square to Night of Navy stitched square.  Stick to front of card.  I also put a layer of Whisper White inside to write message on.