Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oriental screen card

Is it just me or is the oriental theme creeping back in? I love anything oriental so I could not be happier and I love the new fresh look it has acquired.

    As you know I am the design elf at The Fruit Pixie and I have been playing with some of the new products Sarah-Jane has added to her shop and along with my trusty friend my silhouette I have come up with this card

The card base was cut on my Silhouette but the panels are a stamp from Creative expressions - Stamps to die for skeleton leaves. I stamped them using the Ranger archival ink in black and coloured them with my watercolour pencils.

The fans are the Spellbinders die blossom fan which I cut from black card and then used my collection of biscuit and sweet foils I am constantly collecting ( yes I am one of those who has to flatten it all out! But then I keep it too! ) to place behind the fans and I also found if you rub the back with you finger the foil comes through like it is padded!

The panels were then matted onto black card and then stuck to the screen card. I then added the fans  a little gem to the handle and a sentiment to finish.

All the products, except the card blank, are available from The Fruit Pixie -

So grab yourself a cup of Jasmine tea and check it out!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Easter boxes and birthday cards

We had a busy Easter as it is also full of family birthdays too. My nephew turned 18 ( where do the years go??? ) my brother in law's birthday and mine! So my silhouette machine was very busy.

I made these very cute Easter boxes for the family and filled them with little eggs. Such a cute fun project to make and very quick also.

To say my nephew is a keen BMX rider is an understatement, he travels all over the place to ride the ramps with his friends so it had to be a BMX card. I love these 3d cards, they give your cards an interesting look and fold flat to post.

Hope you had a good Easter too x

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Molly rules card 2

This was the second card I made for the Fruit Pixie using the Visible Image Molly Rules stamp set. This time I used my new Aqua markers, which I am very impressed with, to stamp and colour in. The Visible Images stamps took the ink beautifully which also shows the quality of the stamps too.

You can find The Fruit Pixie here -  

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Visible Image Molly rules card #1

The Fruit Pixie, who I design for, sells a wonderful brand of stamps that are made here in the UK called Visible Image. They stamp perfectly and there is no beading of the ink or marker on the stamp either which you often get with clear stamps. They also do a wide range of stamps so there is something for every taste. You can find them here -

I chose the Molly Rules stamp set and used a couple of the stamps from the set to make this card

For the fun funky flowers I used a couple of the new Sue Wilson die sets from The Fruit Pixie. The flowers are made from the cornflower set and the fun springs are from the Splendid swirls set. I then used some buttons from the Halloween pack to finish them off.

You can find the dies for the flowers here -

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Create on the move - busy bags!!

 As a certified craft addict I just HAVE to take things to do with me when I go on holiday, I might not get time to do anything but I would go dolally if I had to go a whole week without my creative bits and bobs being to hand. I have tried and made all sorts of things to put them before I pack them in the case but I think I have found the best one yet, plus it was great fun to make too!!

  I spotted on Pinterest something called a busy bag, a bag to put toys and things in to take with you to keep the children quiet.So I thought why should children have all the fun and adapted it to suit my crafty needs.You could use this not only to take things away with you but for classes or just to move things around the house.

The outer part of the bag is padded with quilt wadding to protect the things inside and has a closure with Velcro so you can alter the thickness of your bag.

On the inside of the front flap I added some pen pockets.

The lining of the bag was cut in half and 4 thick sealable bags were sewn in to make pockets to store anything in really. The reason I like this is they are plastic so waterproof so if anything dose leak in transit it is contained in the bag. It means also you can have a bag for paper crafting and another for your stitching, they will all be safe and kept seperate. Also when they do eventually wear out they can be replaced by stitching in another bag. 

The bags I used are fantastic thick plastic bags the Fruit Pixie sends your order in, They are the best sealable bags I have ever come accross!

On the back part of the bag I also added another pocket with a velcro fastening, thought this would be good to store my art journal

So there it is my new creative busy bag! I have a holiday coming up so I cant wait to pack it and give it a go.

I made this one for my crafty friend Sue for her birthday. I used slightly smaller bags from the supermarket for this one, so you can make them any size you like. 

Of course you could make a busy bag for anything you want to. I am sure you can think of lots of ways it can be useful to you.

If you have any questions about my bag feel free to ask

The things stored in my busy bag photos and the bags used are from The Fruit Pixie online shop - 

The bags I used will sometimes come with your order in from the Fruit Pixie.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Corner Keepers

I have been making these little corner keepers for years. Simply made from the corners of envelopes they make great little gifts and quick simple projects that are great for children to make too.

  I made these for the Fruit Pixie using some of the ephemera she sells and some scraps of the Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar papers, also available from the store.

To find out how I made these visit my post on the Fruit Pixie Blog -

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

4x4 Book swap

Last month I took part in a 4x4 book swap on Facebook. Well I say swap, unfortunately the person who should of sent me a book never got in contact so I ended up empty handed. That is the way swaps go sometimes and I was disappointed but I enjoyed making my book , don't think I will take part in further swaps with that particular group again though, shame.

       So here is the book I made and sent over to the U.S.A. I made the book itself on my Sillhouette and then collaged it using images and papers from Tumblefish Studios.

I am not sure it was my partners cup of tea but I liked it!
Chalk this one up to experience I think :)