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Hi, I'm Debbie and welcome to my blog. I'm a mom to the sweetest boy and angelic girl, a full time Mom and a part time crafter. I love anything creative, but alas time does not allow me to participate in all my interests. I enjoy card making, baking, cake decorating and sewing. I hope you find something here that will inspire you. Many of my projects have been inspired by other very talented crafters. I love to learn new things - so please feel free to leave a comment.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Felt ornaments - a few more gifts

Boxes have arrived today - excitement for the move and dread of having to pack everything up! My craft room is going to take quite a while........
WHERE are we going to put all the boxes???

I have some more photo's of felt gifts that I made for Christmas. The named ones are for a friend and her family and the hearts and circles for O's teachers at school.

The gingerbread men were cut using Sizzix die, the ornate bauble is Marianne Designs and letters for the name are MFT. The circles are spellbinders.

Most of the dies used were MFT and the flowers and ornate star/bauble are Marianne Designs.
I do battle getting lots of nice colours of felt. I have not ordered on-line, as truthfully, I would probably buy some in every colour (restraint and patience are not virtues of mine)! I do like physically touching and feeling what I buy, and then like to have it immediately............
Below is a photo of what will eventually be my "diva den".
Still huge amounts of work to be done, so don't know how often I will get to post in the next two months. Wish me luck!
Hope you all have a blessed Easter and get to spend some quality time with family and friends. Take care x


Monday, 16 February 2015

Just popping by to say HI! and a Thank you card...

Hi there everybody. Sorry I have been gone for so long. August last year we had a visit from my folks. It was 5 wonderful, amazing and special weeks. The rest of the year flew by with my stepson visiting for Christmas and house hunting.

Happily we have finally bought a house (we hope...this UK house buying is the most stressful system ever) and are hoping to move in April. The best part is I will have a nice size room as my diva den - whoopee. It is a Victorian property which does need work doing to it, but this will be completed over the next few years when funds allow. The period features are beautiful and we are so looking forward to making this our forever family home.

I have been quite busy with cake orders, so the card making and sewing have taken a back seat. I am hoping to post some of the creations soon, but they will be slightly cake decorating heavy as this has been the majority of my crafting.

I  am home-obsessed at the moment. Most of my pins on Pinterest are home related and I seem to be searching for an elusive warm grey to paint our new living room. Sigh......patience is not a virtue of mine and I want everything done and dusted yesterday.

Finally - this is the card I made for the teachers at O's nursery last year. The forest school there was the reason we chose it, so I wanted a 'nature" theme.

I hope to be around blogging more often this year. Would love to hear from you guys.
Take care

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Embroidery- felt and fabric hearts

Hi there. Welcome!
This month I have been rather crafty, but no tag as yet.

I decided to give gifts to the teachers, assistants etc at O's nursery, as he is leaving to start big school. There were 12 gifts that I needed. I did not have money to go out and buy, so decided to explore what stash I had in my craft room.
My husband affectionately calls my hoarding "collecting", and it has paid off. I found felt and fabric, ribbons, buttons and beads, all waiting patiently for their turn.......
I looked through my collection of dies and settles on My Favourite Things heart. I cut out double in each fabric and then looked at the flowers etc that I had made previously.

This is what I ended up with:

Each heart was made with the recipient in mind. O and I chatted about each person and we tried to make things that he associated with that person.
I really had such fun making these. It kept my hands busy while I watched TV, so I did not feel like snacking.....

A few more pics, cause I am really happy with the way they turned out!

I will post the card I made for the nursery on a separate post.

Take care and happy crafting.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - June

I hope all the US readers had a great 4th of July. I have had a busy month, starting to prepare everything for O to start school.
He had his home visit with the teachers, which he loved and he will be visiting the school soon.

Better late than never to post June's tag. This month I had made my tag before seeing what Tim Holtz had done. Not that it matters, as I have just been doing my own thing. I think July will have to be inspired by Tim's tag.

Anyway, back to June.

I have been wanting to use the Tim Holtz movers and shapers "journey" Sizzix die (657203) for a while. I die cut it on printed card stock and then adhered it to my tag (still using the same Tim Holtz Sizzix tag from previous posts).
I then coloured it with B34 copics marker and used crackle medium over it.
The bicycle is Spellbinders (IN023) cut on cream pearl card. I then coloured different parts with my copics - B34; YG41;R37 and silver
The tree is Memory box cut from Kraft card and the grass is My Favourite Things die- namics.
The flowers and butterflies were from tiny punches I have had for years. I shaped the flowers using an embossing ball stick and piece of foam. Tiny pearls were used for the centres. The butterflies were cut from confetti vellumn.
Stickles star dust was used on the leaves of the tree and some elements on the floral card stock.
Twine was used just to Finish it off......

Hope you like my tag. Have a crafty weekend and hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - May

Hi there and thanks for stopping by. 

This month's tag has been inspired by the many I have seen on Pinterest. Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate, than pay homage to the cheerful and beautiful birds that are perking up my spirits with their songs.

This is a subdued interpretation of spring, no bold and vibrant colours - just waking from the winter and hints of colour.

The tag was embossed with the Sizzix Birdcages #2- I used the de- bossed side.

The birds in the cages were coloured in with my copics- BV00, BG32,RV32 and V12. I then used crackle glaze on them just to add some interest.

The bird cage is a Marianne Designs die, LR0147, cut on textured cream card stock. I added some sparkle with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle ( I really LOVE this product)!

Once the cage was dried, I used the crackle medium on the base and the top of the cage. 
3 feathers were cut from glitter card, using the My Favourite things "feather and arrows" die. These were stuck flat and the cage was mounted using foam tape.

The "washi" tape was handmade from Madeline Floyd/ Penny Kennedy Birds tissue paper.
The tag was then distressed using the memory makers distressing tool, and edged with Oasis Green versa magic chalk ink.

Bakers twine and a patterned button complete the tag.

I love the softness of the tag, and the almost lazy simplicity........

Close-up of the crackle glaze- I had forgotten how much fun it is to use! 

Take care and hope you have fun with your tag creations.....