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dudley, west midlands, United Kingdom
hi. my name is Michelle, i am 30 years old. Im married to Matt and we have a 4 year old boy called William. i work full time as a paediatric staff nurse at our local hospital. I started making cards in 2010 as a way to relax after suffering with postnatal depression. My hobby soon became an obsession, lol, and i now spend a lot of time (and; money) on my new love. I have also had a little dabble in knitting and sewing and discovered a crafty side to me i never knew i had!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

christmas heart garland!

We have put our christmas decorations up today and its got me feeling all christmassy! I decided to make a garland for the firplace to hang my 'special' christmas cards. It was very simple to make actually. I used 2 sized xcut scalloped heart dies to cut out decorative papers, mounted onto some thick cardstock. I then attached cheap wooden pegs to the backs. used the fiskars tool to punch holes and then threaded them all through some rustic string! Im very pleased with the results!

handmade note / memo pads.

Fancied a change from card making today, so had a look through my stash for inspiration. I came across these cheap notepads i brought a while back and decided to make them more appealing. I covered some stiff board with decorative papers and ribbons and then attached the notepad, leaving space for a matching pen. I used fiskars eyelets and tools to attach the ribbon hanger and pen hook. I have also attached magnetic strips to the back so it can be mounted on frige/freezer.

bautrix potter - a winters tale.

I haven't felt very well this week, so cheered myself up with a play with this card kit from crafters companion, to create some lovely christmas cards.

winters tale card kit (crafters companion)
die's - marianne creatables, xcut, edgeabilities, & doily die.
ribbon & gems from my own stash.

the last card was designed for the willow sketchie challenge 24

Sunday, 20 November 2011

swalk - let it snow!

swalk winter cheer stamp, coloured with spectrum noirs
white 7x7inch card blank
silver mirror card, spellbinders edgabilites used to create scalloped edges.
coredinations card stock, embossed with snowflakes folder and sanded, cut into scalloped squares with xcut die.
star border with marianne creatables die and ribbon from my stash.
main image scalloped circle cut with xcut die and backing shape with marianne creatables die.
embossing glitter power and snowflake embelishments used on main image.
crafters companion shine and spray and shine and sparkle sprays used to finish.
insert created with craft artist platinum software.

crafters companion - let it snow
willow sketchie challenge - sketch

Friday, 18 November 2011

First project with cricut imagine!

This is the first card ive made with my new cricut imagine machine. Everything on the card except the swalk image and sentiment has been printed and cut with the imagine. Its not the best card ive ever made but im very pleased with it overall. Watch out for many more
cricut imagine
swalk stamp & sentiment
spectrum noir pens


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

kenny k - colouring.

Ive had a gorgeous kenny kiernan stamp today and couldnt resist a little play. coloured in with my spectrum noir pens. Happy with the clothing and skin tone, hair ok (needs work) but wasnt to sure what to do with the trainers?

popcorn pals

popcorn pals stamp image & sentiment - coloured with spectrum noir pens.
main card created with crafters companion pastels 12x12 card, grand nesties and grand calibur
heart doilies created with nesting dies.

cuddly buddly challenge - double trouble
pollycraft monday challenge 119 - friends.

penny black stamp - new baby

penny black stamp, coloured with spectrum noir pens.
(Its the first time ive ever done dark skin, its for my friend whos indian, im very pleased with it)
crafters companion pastel card stock
LOTV sentiment stamp.

beatrix potter - a winters tale!

A winters tale card kit (crafters companion) - card base, the bottom scalloped border, the corner embelishments and both main images and sentiments.
The scalloped circles are glitter card cut with xcut dies, the purple glitter border is from a pack of glittered ribbons ive had a while. the snowflakes are a marianne creatable die.
Challenges :
crafty bloggers network - all the two's

Monday, 14 November 2011

the craft barn blog candy

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humphrey christmas card!

humphreys corner stamp & spectrum noir pens.
centura pearl card 'christmas' red base and green layers. (all crafters companion)
grand calibre (CC) with edgeabilities and xcut scalloped circle die.
papers from freebies paper pads (quick cards & cardmaking and papercraft)
edges stitched with green thread with my sewing machine.

a gem of a challenge 34 - sketch with a twist
secret crafter sat challenge 160 - spots and stripes
dream valley challenges - stitching.

my new grand calibur - box template

ive recently bought the grand calibur and love it! Today ive had a grand template petal box so had a little play with it.

You can just make a simple box, or use these fancy dies (included) to make patterns in the box directly or can cut them separately to be stuck on afterwards. i sellotaped them in place so they didnt move.

i then used my ultimate to score the lines.

You could line the box with contrasting card to show off the detail better.

 ive added ribbon to finish the box's. they also come with matching tag die cuts too.

craft exposion!

This used to be my kitchen/diner. dining table was chucked out to make room for my desk, now im slowly taking over the kitchen. roll on this builing work to get my craft room built, or we may all starve through lack of a kitchen, lol!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

sewing project!

Well im really pleased with this, considering ive only owned a sewing machine a few months and have no sewing experience. made for a friends new baby!Ingrediants:
fabric off cuts. rolled wadding, baby girl ribon. sewing machine.

squiggles and giggles - anything but a card.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Swalk - after the rain!

Swalk image, coloured with speccies. Tim holts card. Decorative edge created with my new grand calibre & edgeabilities dies.

Swalk - best friends!

Swalk image, coloured with speccies. Coordinations card, backing paper from stash. x-cut nesties used with grand calibre. various punches for flowers and leaf embelishments.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

swalk - little kiss

Swalk image, coloured with speccies. Sakura glaze/glitter pens for details, finished with crafters companion spray and shine.

swalk - for the boys!

swalk stamped images, coloured with spectrum noir pens, finished with crafters companion spray and shine.

craft your passion challenge - anything goes + brown.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011