Masculine Make Monday: ‘Nephew’ Card

Hi Crafty Folks,

I hope that you are doing well and that you have been enjoying some fun and crafty times?

Todays card was inspired by a popular, multi-platform computer game called Fortnite – you may know someone,( or be someone!), who is obsessed with this game. The recipient of todays card is one of said fans and it was for his Fourteenth Birthday.

So, here goes:


This card has multi layers, each one inspired by an aspect from Fortnite.

The wood grain texture was achieved by using an embossing folder and adding a darker ink lightly with a blending brush or tool. This represents the building aspect from the game – you build structures to defend yourself or to create high vantage points to locate competitors:


Next is the brick texture which was achieved in the same way plus some light sanding as I used Colour core cardstock.


The topper elements – the crates and balloons – represent the aid drops that occur throughout the game.

I added a plaque shape with some die cut grass as a centre point and layered the topper elements on top. I added some die cut clouds and a sentiment panel to finish:


As the game is set outdoors I choose natural colours and used colour pops for the balloons and crate elements.

Of course I decorated the cards interior:


The Llama is an icon from the game. If you find one whilst gaming you get a great reward. I printed off a stock image and backed it with strong card. I then topped it onto a strong strip of card and created a removable bookmark 🙂

I thoroughly enjoy making themed cards as they especially speak to the recipient.

I hope that you have enjoyed popping by today. I’d love to hear from you so please comment away, nicely of course!

Take Care folks and Happy Crafting!!


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GDPR and My Site

Hi Folks,

With the new regulations regarding transparency and data usage across the internet, I thought that I would update you regarding how your data is used when you subscribe to my site.

I personally do not use your data, collect your data or doing anything with your data. WordPress stores your information to send updates and blog posts that I have published.

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Thanks Folks,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!


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Switched Up Sunday: Switched Up Style

Hi Folks,

I’m here today to share a luxury card. Now for switched up Sunday I usually switch up a specific project. Today however I am switching up my own personal style of crafting.

I have wanted to make an elegant, fancy layered card for quite a while and I finally managed to do so. I knew that I wanted lots of layers, a shaped card base and to use a simple colour palette.

So, here goes:

Firstly, I decided to go through my die collection and choose which ones that I would like to use and for which layer. I chose the largest Couture die to use to create my shaped card base. To achieve this, I die cut two shaped panels from thick cream card; On one piece I scored a line across, 3/4″ from the top. Above this score line I added strong liquid glue and adhered it to the remaining panel to create the hinged card base.

Next, I started the die cutting process. One of the dies that I had chosen was a decorative edge die. I die cut the panel back to back to create a circular panel and I totally loved it! It turned out even better than I imagined.

As I was die cutting I also embossed the layers whilst they were still in the die, to enhance the designs.

Once I had die cut and embossed all the layers that I wanted, I started to adhere them together. I alternated the patterned/coloured card layers with the cream card layers:

I also alternated between using flat adhesive and foam pads for dimension. Before I added the final die cut panel, I heat embossed a ‘Thank You’ sentiment using Gold embossing powder:

The final touch was to add a ribbon bow and my card was done:

Thank you for stopping by today folks and I hope that you have enjoyed my Switched Up style. Any questions? Ask away in the comments section 🙂

Take Care and Happy Crafting!

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A Handmade Christmas : Catch Up 2017

Hi crafty folk!

I hope that you have been enjoying the festive season and have been able to spend time with your nearest and dearest.

Today I am sharing a photo montage of my festive makes that have been keeping me very busy. This post is a arch up, as due to illness and life in general, I have been unable to share these projects as they came to fruition.

So, here goes:

I will be back again in the New Year, until then:

Take Care and Happy Crafting!

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Switched Up Sunday: All Those Scraps!

Hi Crafty Folks,

Time for another Switched Up Sunday Post!!

Switched up Sunday takes a previous project and switches it to a different purpose, style or even item. Today I’m taking two previous makes and switching up the style.

The first project to switch is a batch of Christmas cards that I made using Project Life! memory cards. The second is a Masculine Make card that I made using the Quirky Critters stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. Links to both posts are included at the end of this post.

Here are the switched up projects:


To switch up the Christmas cards I used two, simple, Project Life cards and instead of making them the focus, I added a gold, heat embossed sentiment. I then added some fun embellishments with Velvet ribbon and metallic gems.

For the Quirky Critter card, I switched the recipient gender from male to female. I chose to Heat emboss instead of ink stamping the image. I again added some fun embellishments.


I always enjoy Switching previous projects and creating something new and exciting!

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit – Thank you for stopping by,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!


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  • Project Life Christmas Cards:

  • Quirky Critters:




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Friday Fun: Layered Thanks

Hi Crafty folk!

Welcome to todays Friday Fun card. This card has layers and a soft pink and yellow colour palate. This combination of colours is an unusual choice for me but that is where creativity led me!

The stamp that I have used is from Stampin’ Up’s ‘Floral Sentiments’ set. I absolutely love this set of two stamps!

Here is the finished project:


As I wanted the stamped and coloured image to remain the main focal point, I decided not to use layers of patterned papers and instead opted for a simple, rose-pink gingham patterned cardstock to create the A5 card base.

On this I layered the two die cut ovals and the white, die cut and embossed white leaves.

This created a simple, elegant and feminine thank you card. I shall definitely be using this stamp set a lot in the future!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have lots of crafty fun.

Take Care and Happy Crafting!!





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Friday Fun: Feminine Thanks

Hi folks,

I hope that you are well and are managing to enjoy some crafty times!

Todays Friday Fun share is this lovely feminine Thank you card:


I had some extra papers left from a mini album that I made and I really wanted to create a card with them, so off I went!

I decided that I wanted the card to be A5 sized and also that cream card would tone beautifully. I started by embossing the card front with a Baroque/Damask embossing folder and then used ‘Spun Sugar’ Distress Ink, lightly blended over the pattern, to enhance it.

I used a border punch on the Kraft card layer and added the light patterned paper on top. Next I layered the darker patterned paper tag to the centre.

For the focal point I layered paper strips and flag ended strips, at different angles, with the addition of a length of crochet trim. The final layer is the flag ended card strip with the stamped sentiment. I used a dark brown ink instead of black for the sentiment as black would be to harsh for this particular design.

Thank you for stopping by folks,

Take care and Happy Crafting!!



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