Thursday, 29 April 2010


I'm just airing some of my thoughts with my ongoing battle with it (The best stamping I do is with my foot on the floor in frustration )

I'm not really into stamping, not because I don't like it,  it's just something I seem to have difficulty with
Either because of actually stamping the image and not having enough ink on the pad so bits are missed or smudged,  I'm never sure which type of ink pad should be used when and what with, then personally for me on the rare occasion when I do manage to get the image stamped properly there is the added nightmare of colouring them in  it always looks like a 3 year old has done it.

Every so often I try again but have never stamped and coloured anything that I have been completely happy with My thoughts then turned to digi stamping, having heard the name here and there but not knowing anything about it I had a look around a few sites,  there were some really nice images but as with stamping that "Spark" just wasn't there  It just feels like colouring in a picture.

As with other things there are pro's and con's  but I think that Digi stamping is the way to go for me for now - If I can overcome my battle with the colouring in  then I will be more ready to face the battle with actual stamping.

To be continued ...................

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Fathers Day Containers

Fathers Day is not too far away  (20th June in UK)  

I thought it would be nice to do something other than a card

I used a couple of small empty crisp tubes
and a couple of the older backing papers we have on Free Craft Downloads
Nuts and Bolts
No 1 Dad
Nuts and Bolts Tags
No 1 Dad Tags

I printed out the backing papers on paper and the Tags on to white card
I stuck them on the tubes with double sided tape  (Because the No 1 Dad one was "portrait"  I had to piece it to fit around the tube but it was well matched and you can't see the join)
I cut out a couple of the tags and stuck one on the top of the tube and attached one around the middle with ribbon

The nuts and bolts one can be used for Dads to store their bits and pieces in the shed. You could make a few so he could have a set

The No1 Dad one I put Dads favourite cookies on the tag - you can make him some cookies and put them in the container.  (see recipe below)

You could use one of the fishing papers and make a container for fishing bits and pieces

Easy recipe for Chocolate chip cookies

75g. (3oz) Butter
50g (2oz) Sugar
125g (4oz) Self-raising flour
50g (2oz) chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy
Fold in the flour, then the choc chips
Roll the dough into small balls and put them on a greased baking tray
flatten them slightly
Put in a preheated oven 180 C,  350 F,  Gas 4
and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown

Makes approx 12 - 14 biscuits depending on size

You can substitute the choc chips for something else cherries, nuts etc

A Quick Thank You Card

Better late than never (I won't go into the reasons for this appearing later than I had hoped)

I think the embossed backing paper in the central window has shown up quite well  in the picture

For this card I just used up some bits and pieces
I used a 3 windowed aperture card
a couple of die cut mulberry tulips I found at the bottom of my bits and pieces box
and a mini card embellishment
some pink and lilac square gems
and a Thank You peel off and some fine line silver peel offs

In the top and bottom apertures I stuck some lilac mulberry paper and added the die cut tulips
In the centre one I stuck a piece of lilac pearl paper which I had embossed using Sonia's idea which you can find here  I added the mini card embellishment in the centre  inside the mini card I put an insert saying "for your kindness"
Around the edge of each of the windows I put a silver fine line peel off and a small gem in each of the 4 corners  I put lilac on the top and bottom ones and pink around the central one

If you don't have the double do machine to try out Sonia's idea  you could still make the grid and use an embossing tool to emboss the dots

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Craft Questions

I thought you may like to know about this New Site Craft Questions One of the Sister sites to Free Craft Downloads.
Pop over and have a look when you have time and share the link with your crafting friends.
Feel Free to join and Ask and or Answer Questions on there.
Can't think of a question now then save the site in your Favourites


Thought I would say a quick Hello and hope you have enjoyed your Easter Holidays
I know some schools are still off this week but my daughter went back to school today

I didn't get much crafting done over the holidays Megan wasn't in crafting mode either but we did enjoy lots of fun together.

I want to dig out my Double Do Embossing - Die Cutting Machine  out sometime this week I haven't used it for so long and want to have a go at something a fellow crafting friend has come up with 
You can find the idea HERE on her Blog I thought I would try it out and use it on a card and will probably put it on here