Easel Drawer card & Box

This has taken me a couple of hours but I am pleased with the result. An easel card  by Dizzy Designs on a drawer base with a matching box. I coloured a Tilda image and bench with Copics and then printed some PP papers/card to make the rest with. Added a couple of flourishes on the inside with the edges punched with my MS Valentines punch and two flowers with card candy centres. I am not sure if it is finished yet – I might tweak it!


Quick Cards Made Easy

A heads up for the next issue of this magazine due out 1st Feb. They are giving away a fab set of 36 Pink Petticoat Papers see here

I have just bought a subscription to the magazine because they have a great offer on at the moment where you get your first 3 issues for £1!!


Comparison of different cardstock for colouring mediums.

In my quest to find the perfect card for colouring in with Copics and Promarkers and for taking inkjet printer ink vibrantly and true, I have carried out a test on the current card I use against my new find! I was using the Concord record cards and it was fine but my colours never looked vibrant enough. My son works for a paper company so I asked him for some samples and have found the coated poster paper is far superior as the colour stays on ‘top’ and is much more vibrant. He got me a 30m roll so I will be ok for a while, but obviously it is not available to the general public so I searched around and found the next best thing is this Duo-Matte 220gsm coated on both sides inkjet photo paper from Tonik. Just wanted to share my find with you all, happy colouring!!!

These are my results.

The top picture is where I have also tested the SU Whisper White cardstock and whilst this is lovely card it still doesn’t take the colours as vibrantly. The SU card is on the left and you can see the red copic marker looks almost orange on it compared to the new paper.

Next are pink petticoat papers with the cream background – the normal paper on the left and the new one on the right and you can clearly see that the cream background colour doesn’t show as well on the ordinary high quality inkjet paper and that the brown is less vibrant.

The middle picture is comparing with promarkers and the bottom is copics, the paper on the bottom is the new coated card and the one on the top is the ordinary Concord card, you can see the difference in the vibrancy of the colours.

PP Sweet Flourishes

I just love the new sweet flourishes from Liz and this is the chocolate and cream colourway. The little girl is a Hanglar image. The tiny blossoms are cream and although you can’t see the cream background very well because the light is bad at the moment, it does match beautifully really!! The chocolate is a PP solid colour and the edge is done with the MS valentine lace border punch.

Never Ending card

I just had to have a go at making one of these. I made mine using double sided printed card from PP in the all washed out set and used the best fishes image. It would take too many photos to show you it opened out in every way but it is such a clever idea. Kids would love it and it would make a lovely keepsake if made for a wedding with different messages in it.

Laura’s 17th

I cannot believe my tiny baby girl is 17 this Thursday! My tiny ‘bag of sugar size’ baby who fought hard for her life is now a beautiful young woman, Happy Birthday my sweet, darling girl. I hope you get all you wish for.

For me it is a question of where did all those years go?! I didn’t really think I would be sitting here facing my 50th birthday in a couple of months and it all makes me feel very old! Still I do sometimes look at my children and get this lovely warm feeling and feel very proud that “I did all that” because for the most part it was just me and they turned out ok even if I do say so myself!! Mind you lots of other people have said that to me over the years and it is things like that which really fulfil me. I may not have achieved much in my life but I feel very blessed and very lucky to have 5 such wonderful kids and consider them all my very best achievement.

Back to the card!!! I made this cute pop up card and decorated it with a PP Frilly Milly and some punched flowers, jewels and a bit of embossing. An SU tab punch for the bit to pull as it folds completely flat to go in an envelope, very clever idea – sorry can’t remember where I saw it!