Rosette card

rosettecardI’ve become a little obsessed with these paper rosettes lately. For some reason it took me absolutely ages to figure out how to make them. Once I had mastered it, I can’t seem to stop! You may see them pop up again and again, but I shall try to contain myself. They’re actually easy to make, once you know how! YouTube videos are great for teaching crafty skills. 🙂

This A5 card was made with the card stock from my Papermill Direct hoard. Yes, I shall refer to it as a hoard. I received a lovely free sample pack from them at the end of last year. I confess to just sitting and stroking it for a while. (Hopefully other people do this too and it’s not just me!) The selection was so lovely that I was inspired to invest in a BIG box of white card. Can you ever have too much white card?!

The patterned papers and foiled die cut are from Hunkydory Crafts. There is also some Diamond Sparkles on the rosettes. I think it’s Angel Whispers, but the label fell off the pot so I can’t be entirely sure!

And some buttons – I have a thing about buttons too!!

Oh, and this card was made without the use of my Silhouette. She needed new blades so was out of action for a while. I missed her, but I did enjoy getting the paper trimmer out again! (Don’t worry, she’s fully functioning once again!)

Thanks for visiting today!

 

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The Silhouette Cameo paper village

village-angleThese houses were a lot of fun to make. The designs come from the Silhouette Store. I think they are called Ledge Village houses if you wish to look them up! There are more that I haven’t yet made. They are the perfect size to fit on the picture rail in my living room.    And they make me smile whenever I look at them. I especially love the washing on the line. village-tower village-dormertown village-barnvillage

I made them all from American Crafts cardstock. And the colours were entirely dictated by the colours I had left. I realise that trees aren’t usually purple. But I like it anyway!

Hot air balloons

hotairballoonsI think the hot air balloons are amongst my favourite things I’ve ever made. They’re just so cute! Every time I spot them in the corner of our living room, they make me smile. I think there should be more smiles everyone’s day!

I love that they could be made for any occasion, in any colour scheme. They’d look lovely in a child’s bedroom or a nursery. But they’d work equally well for a wedding or party. I think I might have to make another set to hang in my office. Maybe a purple set?!!

I’m repeating myself but the file was from svgcuts.com. The paper from American Crafts, Die Cuts with a View and K & Company.

There is a special and unique embellishment on the middle balloon however. My beautiful sister Lucy makes jewellery and she wrote my name (RaRa) in wire. Thanks Lucy, I love it!

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Congratulations card

congratscardQuick post today with a congratulations card.

Unsurprisingly it’s purple! It looks a little blue in the first two photos, but the third shows it’s purple glory. I had purple card left over from something else. I don’t plan the purple-ness, it just happens!

Almost the entire card is made from American Crafts textured card (all from the ‘Brights’ range). The patterned/glittered paper is from Die Cuts With a View. The ribbon came from my ribbon hoard – I’m afraid I don’t know where it originated! The little seed pearls came from Hobbycraft. The envelope (which the card is sitting on in the photos) is made from a piece of K and Company paper.

The file for the card itself came from svgcuts.com I think the set is called Quick and Easy.

A lamp made from paper

lamps  I do love to play with pretty paper. Here is a prime example of that – something I made for no reason other than I felt like it!

The lamp was made using a file from www.svgcuts.com (I’m very quickly becoming addicted to their stuff!). It was cut using my trusty Silhouette Cameo, I still love this machine and use it at least a couple of times a week. I used American Crafts cardstock (it’s the best I’ve found for cutting). I think the patterned paper is by K & Company but I’ve had it so long that it’s hard to be sure!

The tiny led candle I got at a local Pound Shop. Although the paper I used for the panels is quite thin, the light doesn’t really show up as well as I’d like. So next time I’ll use vellum for the panels. I also think I’d weigh down the next one with some beans or rice. Just to help it stand up straight!

New home artwork

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Something new that I’ve been holding onto for a while, and can finally blog: The No Place Like Home piece.

Made for my sister and brother-in-law using card-stock, printer ink, glue and a whole lot of love 😉

The artwork itself is A4 in size, so it’s quite a big piece. The mailbox is thanks to the inspiration of my husband, so I dedicate it to him as he comes from the land of mailboxes that look like that!!

This was yet another time to realise how much I love my Silhouette Cameo – every home should have one. Or better yet, everyone should contact me so I can make something for their home using mine!!

A new craft adventure

I’ve been hinting that I’ve made new things for a while now. I’m finally ready to share one of them with you! {Drum roll please}. I’ve been venturing into new things – home décor pieces!

I’ve had a few ideas lately and the rest aren’t yet finished so I just have one to show today. I’m very exited about it though! Here it is:


Anyone that knows me well will not be surprised that there are butterflies involved – it’s a recurring theme for me. But, in my defence, it’s not purple!! It’s a shadow-box frame ( just over 4cm deep ).  I used high quality card-stock and even got some paints out. I do love to make a mess! I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and hope to make a few more in a similar style, just in different colours.

In order to photograph it, I removed the glass from the frame. You don’t want to see a reflection of me trying to take the photo!!

Here is a view from the side:

I’ve really enjoyed getting my hands painty and gluey again. And am looking forward to making the next one. More new-to-me crafts coming soon!

One fine day

I’m busy working on new pages, so I’m sharing today one of my favourites made late last year. I particularly like the stacked style of the papers. I find that I use this method probably the most of all. Do you have a favourite style that you find you return to again and again?

An anniversary card made with the Silhouette Cameo

I made this card using my brand new Silhouette Cameo – which you may have heard me singing the praises of just a little! I used the machine to design and cut the happy anniversary circle. I used the ‘Print and Cut’ feature {hello fabulous!} to make the tickets – which I designed with the recipient’s names on. I just love this machine!!!

I also used some digital scrapbook paper which came from Design House Digital.

Overall I was thrilled with the way it turned out. I hope my good friends were just as happy with it!