Valentines 2017

Trying to make a card for men is always tricky but especially so for Valentines. I knew I wanted to use my Sizzix Heart Lace Embossing Die with my Core-dinations paper. This lets the paper core show through on the embossed part of the heart. I looked through my papers and found some with a grey theme to make the card more masculine. I hope my husband likes it!

And a quick update as I’ve been a little naughty and not linked to the blog challenge I’ve entered this card into. It is of course the fabulous Inkspirational¬†ūüėČ

Growing the craft stash

So my craft stash started out small but soon grew! In order to make my wedding invitations I needed an embossing machine and after much deliberation I chose the Sizzix Bigshot. In addition I needed scoring board for making my own cards.

My collection of papers, stamps, inks, dies and embossing folders has expanded rapidly mainly thanks to the excellent craft magazines now available.

I also now have a heat embossing tool and powders which I love.

A good paper cutter is essential. I use both a craft knife and pad as well as a roller blade paper trimmer.

The next challenge for me is to learn how to use alcohol pens properly! Watch this space!

Where it all began

So my first dabble into card making was when I decided to add more pressure to my wedding planning and make my own wedding invitations!

I just couldn’t find anything ready made that I liked!

The semi circle flaps were hand cut before being embossed with Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder. The inserts were professionally printed by a relative and it was all tied together with a double sided silk ribbon bow. The final card measured 6″ square.

Photo and green gatefold wedding invitation design courtesy of

It’s a first for me!

Hello¬†and good evening! I’ve decided to jump in with both feet and create myself a little Blog spot (for my own amusement?, for your entertainment?, just because I don’t have enough in my life? (see the about page for some context here!)) so sit back, relax with a cuppa and enjoy a few piccies of some of my play time!