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Hi, my name is Diane, and this is my Blog. I won't be adding posts every day, but I am going to use this space to display what I make. Please feel free to contact me about anything you see on my blog, or if you would like to have something made especially for you. You can see pictures of previous projects in the slide show below. Contact me using the email me link.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Catching Up

Hello Dear Reader,

I was pottering around at my craft desk and realised that not only had I forgotten to photograph some of my recent makes, but also that those I had photographed I had forgotten to post! I am useless!

I was asked for a first birthday card and couldn't wait to use this new tonic die that I had purchased..
so cute!
A Graduation card for my Son's Girlfriend, who's graduation ceremony is actually today. She did really well and he is very proud of her.
A really busy time for her because in addition to graduation today, yesterday was her birthday. As they have just spend three weeks in Japan I decided a fan was in order.
On to My Husbands Birthday now, which was also yesterday. He has hit the big 60...but I am not teasing him as I am acutely aware that I am not that far behind him!
Kevin is very difficult to buy for, but he suggested that he might like to improve his cookery skills, so we have bought him a cookery course. I made this stand up chef's hat to house the voucher for the cookery course booking. Made from a file on the Silhouette Store. Made into a top fold card before cutting and then I added the utensils.

Right, I think that's me caught up!


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dan is 21!

Ok this post is scheduled because I can't run the risk of him seeing this before his birthday tomorrow.....and as it is my Birthday too I hope I will have better things to do, no offence intended dear reader!

So what do you get the Son who has everything and when asked what he would like says "nothing I need really!"
Sky diving vouchers! no, I am not deliberately trying to put him in danger or get rid of him.....these are for the indoor skydiving tunnels, which looks fun! But being his 21st I would quite liked to have been able to buy him something that he could keep. I decided to make him a keepsake instead. Dan is a big DC Fan and also really likes Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, so I took my inspiration from that knowledge and....

came up with this. A folded book for the 21st part. Covered with a Game of Thrones map with Game Of Thrones ribbon around it. Couldn't really see him appreciating flowers etc, so went with ivy and fir cones to decorate and then added some Game Of Thrones memorabilia including a book mark, compass and what I am informed is a family medal which has Winter is Coming on it....I know absolutely nothing about Game of Thrones, but I know this must be right as he has a T shirt with that on it, so I am on safe ground there....I hope!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

swim card

I received a phone call yesterday with, I think, the most bizarre request for a card that I have received to date.......wait for it.....

"Can you please do me a Congratulations for learning to swim card?"

ok, never done one of those before!!!
here is what I came up with...

I found this adorable image on a site called Tiddly Inks.com. Just what I needed. Card shape and mats and lettering designed and cut on my Cameo.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Just a quick post to show you the Valentines Card I have just made. This is actually from a free file from Bird's Cards. The file was, I think, intended to be a shaker card, but I have changed it a bit. I decided to cut extra heart, L,V and E pieces. I sandwiched them together to make chipboard style letters, topped them with backing paper and nestled them into the original cuts in the card front. I also used a second cut of the front to make an inside decoration.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Bits and Bobs

I promised myself to make an effort this week...so here I am again. Two posts in one week!

My first offering in this post is a quick card I made today for my little cousins birthday next week. Because I needed to get it done quickly I used my Silhouette subscription to download the file for the following card. I think he will love it. The papers were printed at home from kits designed by Summertime Designs.

My second offering today fulfills my intention to make myself get back into my crafting and blogging. I have been following the MoJo Monday blog for years and often use one of the layouts for a starting point inspiration, but I have never completed the current challenge...until now. This is being entered into MoJo Monday challenge number 433, you can find the challenge here.

A lovely blogging acquaintance of mine, also called Diane, was kind enough to email me this week. She decided to check up on me because I hadn't been visible online for a while. Wasn't that jolly nice and caring of her? It was much appreciated.
Di has a blog called Pixies Crafty Workshop. She has a weekly "playground" where pupils can link cards made from snippits, you know....all that stuff we all save 'incase it is useful'. Well the following card was made with everything from my scrap box except the base card and the stamped image.