Monday 30 July 2012

Mini Album - Silhouette Cameo 2 page card

Hello Friends,

This is what I came up with after the wedding card I made and showed you in my last post.....

It is the most perfect little mini album that would lift anyone's spirits....

I decided to make two little pockets to hold a couple of tags, one on the inside front cover and the other on the inside of the back cover.  This is a shot of the inside of the front cover and first page.....

this is a shot of the middle, which I left blank in the wedding card I made the other day......

and this is a picture of the inside of the back cover, with the additional little tag, and final page.....

There is nothing on the back, just somewhere to write, if necessary.

I used the following products:

Mini Album 2 page card, downloaded and cut from the Silhouette store
American Crafts white card stock
Designer paper from the Sun Kiss collection from Prima Marketing Inc
Rubber stamps from:
            Inkylicious - Flight of Dreams
            Hero Arts - CL417 Huge Hugs
            Freebies from - Simply Homemade magazine
            Stampin' Up - Silhouette Sentiments
                                - Baroque Motifs
The beautiful red heart came from a class I'm doing with the lovely Stephanie Ackerman
and finally the quote came from a download I bought from Art from the Heart

If you would like any details or would enjoy making a project like this contact me for details of my Silhouette Cameo lessons.

Enjoy your day, I hope you find some time to craft with your Silhouette Cameo!


Sunday 29 July 2012

Silhouette Cameo - 2 page book wedding card

Hello Friends,

I was asked recently if I could come up with a nice wedding card.  My friend asked me for something different, perhaps even something I could come up with using my fabulous Silhouette Cameo!

This is what I came up using my Cameo together with some lovely stamps from Stampin' Up.......

This is how it looks from the front.....

this is it opened up.....I stamped the roses image with Versa Mark and embossed it with a mixture of white, silver and gold embossing powders...

this picture shows the middle section, which I left completely blank so they could write in it.....

this is the last page, I love this little verse, which is perfect for the occasion.....

this is a picture of the back cover.....they can add the name if they wish in the space......

and finally I thought I show you a picture of it before it is all folded into place.....

This whole thing got my creative juices this space for another project using the same cut-out  from the Silhouette Store called "2 page book card".

Hope you find time to craft with your Silhouette Cameo later today.

Happy crafting and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you see or if you are interested in buying a Silhouette Cameo or having Silhouette Cameo lessons from me.


Saturday 28 July 2012

Silhouette Cameo - 50th Birthday card

Hello friends,

After downloading the "loopy hearts card base" the other day, from the Silhouette America store, my first thoughts were to change the design around to make the hearts go down the side like in this post, but as I had cut out the original shape first the other day, I thought I'd use it for my friend's special birthday card.

I also used the image called "a glass with hearts" and the numbers were from the download file called "scalloped numbers", both available from the Silhouette store.

The designer paper was from a Stampin' Up hostess set called Cheeful Treat, the ribbon and pink card stock are also from Stampin' Up - Melon Mambo, which is such a vibrant colourful pink.

I've so much more to share with you........keep watching this space and happy crafting.

Have a great weekend.


Friday 27 July 2012

Take 2....Silhouette Cameo Triple Layer Card

Hi Friends,

I've had another go at the Triple Layer card to try and make it a little bit better...........

I was a little more careful with my stamping and I made the mats slightly larger, thanks to my Silhouette Cameo!

On this card I also spent extra time stamping and cutting another flower, which I embossed from behind to give it a bit more depth.  I then painted it and added some Glossy Accents by Ranger.

The card was finished off with just a bit of sparkle (Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up).

Contact me if you would like to know how to make a card like this.

Enjoy your day and I hope you manage to find some Silhouette Cameo crafting time!


Thursday 26 July 2012

Triple Layer Card - Silhouette Cameo

Hello my friends,

I've been surfing the internet and there are lots of these triple layer cards around.  I think it must be a favourite amongst Stampin' Up demonstrators at the moment.

I'm not happy to do an ordinary version though, I had to make the idea a little more challenging, which is why I've made mine using my lovely Silhouette Cameo.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I think it is always worth the effort to take the time to mask off the main images (the flowers in this case), so that the background stamps don't show through.

I think I've made my mats a little small, you can see a slight mistake on the bottom left flower where the stepping of mats has shown!  I can easily change this in the software so it won't happen next time.

Enjoy your day and happy Silhouette Cameo crafting.


Wednesday 25 July 2012

Stitching with the Silhouette Cameo - snowflake card

Hello friends,

A little bonus card for you today.  I was going to post this later in the week but then when I saw this weeks challenge on Less is More , I thought I'd show it now so that I could include it in the challenge.

I used to love to stitch on cards and now I have the lovely Silhouette Cameo and with patterns easy to download from the Silhouette America website, I think I'll be back to stitching a whole lot more.

The Silhouette Studio Snowflake is a half priced download this week.  The frame is also cut using the Cameo and is called "frame cutout".

Enjoy your day and I hope you get time to craft.


Silhouette Cameo Heart Thanks Card

We have been invited to a wedding in Paris, unfortunately it looks like we won't be able to make the wedding, as we will be up to our eyes in other stuff at the same time, it is a shame but it is the way it goes sometimes.

I've made this lovely reply card using my Silhouette Cameo to send to them..........

I used the "loopy hearts card base" which I downloaded from Silhouette America and changed it from the hearts and loops running along the bottom to the hearts and loops running down the right hand side.

The Silhouette Cameo software makes changes to designs easy, don't forget I can give you individual tuition on how to do all of this if you live locally to me, here in Oxfordshire, UK.

Hope you find some time to craft with your Silhouette Cameo later today!


Tuesday 24 July 2012

Silhouette Cameo - trifold scalloped card

Good morning everyone,

........and what a lovely morning it is here in Abingdon!  The weather is looking promising and I'm hoping that summer is finally here.

One of my friends husband has just retired, he is an out of doors type of a bloke with a love of trees and nature.  This is the card I'll be taking with me to his party this weekend........

I downloaded the base card from the Silhouette America store, I cut the the designer paper to size and adhered it on with temporary adhesive whilst still flat.  I turned it over and carefully cut through the paper following the cut lines which the Silhouette Cameo cut.  Finally I folded it and when I was happy with all the fold lines I adhered it finally with permanent adhesive.

The image of the tree is from an Inkylicious stamp set and the sentiment is from Hero Arts, I believe.

Have a great day and I hope you soon get time to play with your Silhouette Cameo!


Monday 23 July 2012

Silhouette Cameo - Classes, Sales & Set-up service


I've decided to concentrate my time and business on the Silhouette Cameo.

If you are interested in purchasing any products or would like individual or group classes please email me

I also offer a set-up service for people who have bought from Create and Craft.

The Silhouette Cameo is by far the best die cutting system available on the market today and I'm happy to help and guide you through the process of getting you set up and started!

I can sell you a Silhouette Cameo, deliver it and set it up for anyone in and around Oxfordshire!  Please email me for details.

Enjoy your day and I hope you find some time to craft.


Wednesday 18 July 2012

Stretch your Stamps - Day 8

I've been working on the layout that I am going to be showing at my Abingdon Crop this weekend.  I found additional inspiration yesterday when we were taught about using label stamps.  The background label, cut out using my Silhouette Cameo, is a scanned in image of a stamp (which I learned from this great class).  The sentiment I have used on top says: "Find JOY in Simple Things" and is from a set I bought recently from Hero Arts called "Things (4)".

The inspiration for the layout came from scrapbook generation.

I've got day 9 of Stretch your stamps to try now, so I'd better get on and craft some more!

Hope you find time to craft soon.


Tuesday 17 July 2012

Stretch your stamps days 6 & 8

As I'm a little behind, I thought I'd cheat a little and make one card using two ideas I've learned in the class.

On day 6 one of the ideas was to use one of the very popular stamp and die cut sets and today was all about using our label stamps.

Here is my card...........

I used my new Sizzix and Hero Arts set called Butterflies #3 and partially die cut the butterfly in the left hand side.  The label stamp is one I've had for a long time from Stampin' Up and had never used it, from a set called Tagtastic.  I stamped it with Versamark and then dabbed some chalk on to colour it.  The sentiment is also from Stampin' Up from a set called Silhouette Sentiments.



Day 7 - Stretch your Stamps, daisies for you.....

Hi All
Sorry I've been missing from class for a day or two but I will try and catch up.  It's all go here with my busy life!
This is a very quick card that I've made just to try a new technique which I've learned from this fabulous class!

I have had the stamp for years and years and years!  I used it in the first ever class I taught at Millets Farm  about ten years ago!  The stamp is very solid, the wood is extremely chunky and the stamp itself is hand cut, it has taken me back - lol!!! 
Hope you manage to enjoy some crafting time soon.


Thursday 12 July 2012

Stretch your Stamps Day 4

Today's class is all about using graphic stamps.  I must have at least three thousand stamps around here, all over the place, but couldn't find any clear graphic style stamps amongst the ones I could get at!!!  I did find a very old  Hero Arts Harlequin Pattern Block stamp, which is wood mounted which did make my task more difficult, but at least I've managed to make a card using it.

I used the Harlequin Pattern with white Stazon ink to make the acetate overlay.  I'm still using the same dotty pattern papers that are out on my work space and that lovely kraft card stock I bought at the Newbury craft show last weekend.  The sentiment comes from an American Crafts clear stamp set collection called "Thanks".  The little diamond jewels are from Stampin' Up.

Hope this inspires you to join this fab class if you haven't already!

Enjoy your crafting.


New Home Card

I'm off walking this morning around Farmoor reservoir with my lovely friend Suzy, who has just moved to a house very close to it.  I actually made her this card when Audrey was over the other day but it was unfinished as I couldn't find my "new home" stamp!

After the class yesterday over at On-line card classes and whilst my alphabet stamps were out I thought I'd add the "new home" sentiment using those.  I also got brave and hand wrote "new"!

I've had the image of the house for a very long time, it was a digi download (sorry can't remember from where) which I coloured using my Copic markers.  The papers are from a huge stack of dots from MME (I think)!

Enjoy your day and thanks again for popping by.

Happy crafting.


Wednesday 11 July 2012

Stamping with alphabet stamps

I was just too busy and didn't have time to play with what I learned (inspired to create) from yesterday's lesson over at Stretch your stamps so I wasn't going to allow myself to go to bed until I'd created something from what I learned today!

I was delighted to be inspired to make these two little thank you notes......

It was my birthday recently and I'd made most of my thank you notes but needed to make a couple more and was really inspired to make personalised ones after the lesson today.

Thanks to those great girls over at On-line card classes for giving me the inspiration for today's cards.

Leave me a comment if you like them.

Happy crafting.


Graduation card

One of my very lovely friends has a granddaughter who will be graduating from university next week and I thought I'd make a card for the occasion.  I've actually written the card to the grandmother, mother and granddaughter as I haven't actually met the young lady herself and I think it is nice for her mum and grandma to be able to take just a little credit!

This is another swing card, but I do love 'em.......

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the card and 2012 mortar board and the paper and card stock is from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy crafting.


Tuesday 10 July 2012

For Naomi

My lovely new friend/customer, Audrey Sharp popped over this morning.  She has just started scrapbooking and wanted to make a card for her granddaughter Naomi, who has been quite unwell and wanted a lesson on where to start making a card.

I taught her all about finding a "map" or what is known in the business as a layout, finding an image as a focal point and then copying - it really is as easy as that.

I found a card I made a few months ago and we used that as our map and this is the card that she made from   the inspiration given..........

We used lovely bright papers from MME dots collection (I think) together with one of my favourite images from the Gorjuss collection called "Goruss - sitting".  The sentiment came from the stamp set from Stampin' Up called "You are Loved".  It was a total joy to me to see Audrey making this card for her Granddaughter, I hope they will both be pleased.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy crafting.


Olympic Torch Relay - Abingdon


The Olympic Torch came through Abingdon early this morning, it was really nice to see so many people up early lining the streets.  I got this photo of Gerald Anderson carrying the torch.  It's not a great photo as I was being made aware that I was blocking the BBC camera, which was on the back of the bus leading him! - Whoops, I hadn't a clue, hope all watching on the internet and the BBC enjoyed seeing the back of me!

Enjoy your day and I hope you get some crafting done.


Acetate card

This is a card made from inspiration gained yesterday from the on-line card class, "Stretch your Stamps".  I have made acetate cards before, but not for a long while so thought I'd have a go as I really liked the idea of the long flags down the side which hides the glue nicely when sticking in the insert.

Midnight Blue Stazon ink comes out pretty close to Stampin' Up's Island Indigo when stamped onto acetate, so I teamed that up using the ink for the sentiment and the card stock for the flags.

The stamp is French Filigree from Stampin Up and the pearls and diamonds are from my stash.

Have a great day and happy crafting.

Thanks for stopping by.


p.s. sorry the photo is dark, but when I used the flash I had a glare on the picture!

Monday 9 July 2012

Stretch your stamps

Hello again,

Two posts in one day!  I am watching the Olympic torch relay today and am quite nervous, as one of my friends son's is running with the torch.  So whilst the torch is making its way to Oxford I thought I'd post the first card inspired by Jennifer and Kristina over at the On-line card classes class called "Stretch your Stamps".

As I had the colours and the background stamp out from the card posted earlier I decided to use them again for this card.........

One of the cards in class today was piecing together hexagons which had been stamped onto two different colours which had both been stamped with the same background stamp and pieced together.

I took the inspiration for this card from that lesson and have cut out this design using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the design out twice and filled the negative space of the kraft one I cut out, with the little hexagons in each of the colours.  The white ones (stamped in Crumb Cake) and the Kraft ones stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.

I now have all the pieces to make a card in the opposite colour combination too.

Thanks for stopping by again.


Birthday swing card

Hi all,

Just a quick card to show you today.  I went to the Art Stamps craft show at Newbury over the weekend and found this wonderful kraft card stock, which I absolutely love.

I found myself chatting to another lady who said it cut well on her Silhouette Cameo, so I bought some to try and this is the result...........

I used Stampin' Up's Crumb Cake ink to stamp the background stamp, which is from Hero Arts.  The flowers were cut using my Silhouette Cameo, the butterflies are from my Martha Steward punch and the sentiment and punched mats are all by Stampin' Up.

Have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by......


Sunday 1 July 2012

Silhouette Cameo Swing Card

Hello everyone,

My lovely neighbour Margaret, has lived opposite me for the last 25 years and I feel desperately sad that she is moving away very soon.  I have made her this lovely little card using my Silhouette Cameo and one of the swing card download options from the Silhouette America site.

I photographed it next to the beautiful flowers my friends Mary and Chris bought over last night from their garden, when they joined us for dinner.

This is a picture taken from the side so that you can see the "swing" in action.....

I used Stampin' Up card stock and papers and the stamp came from a set from Inkylicious.  I think the set is called "flight of dreams".

Enjoy what is left of the weekend.