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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!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Love is in the air card!..............& new ribbon storage!

sugar nellie stamp - pillow talk
coloured with spectrum noir pens
backing papers - strawberry kisses cdrom
matt/layered card - centura pearl (crafters companion)
card base - CC white boxer card, scored on ultimate pro.
sentiment - magazine freebie
ribbon - from my stash

* Crafters companion - love is in the air

* the sugar bowl - sketch

*pollycraft monday challenge - warm it up

*the cutie pie challenge - favourite song (Jonh Paul Young - love is in the air)

*sectret crafter saturday challenge - ribbon

Now onto my ribbon storage......
Did you see my last post with my fab new marker pen storage? Well ive now organised my ribbons. I considered many different ways to store my ribbons, but as most of mine are odds and ends and not on reels, i decided this would be the best option.
 It may not look as tidy as having them on their reels, but its very user friendly. The ribbons are grouped in colours and i can easily see what i have, and how much is left. I can now find exactly what im looking for in seconds.

I brought a ribbon storage starter set from ebay, consisting of 30 plastic ribbon holders and a small metal ring. I thought id start with this and then add to it later., you can but larger plastic holders and rings from this range.
However i was browsing in my local homesense store (bit like tk maxx) and found this 'belt organiser'. It consisted of this metal hanger and large metal rings (identical to those in the ribbon storage system, but much cheaper). so i have combined the two and think it works brilliantly!!!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

New speccie Storage!!!

This is my new pen storage box. It came in unfinished mdf, ready to decorate!

 I gave it a lick of white paint to match my colourscheme.

William looks just as pleased with it as me.

I have my whole collection of spectrum noir pens in it (all the 6 pen sets and all 4 of the 24 box sets).

please check out
where it is also available in a 3x3 box and a 5x5 box, as well as other craft storage ideas. They also sell on ebay. Really helpful seller who made just what i asked for and super quick.

Friday, 20 January 2012

christening cake - made by my neighbour

This cake is for the christening i am making the cards. It has been made by my neighbour, kelly (kyle's mom). She has only recently started making cakes, but is creating stunning results like this. Im sure she appreciate your comments.

more christening cards......but a dodgy camera!

Ive fuinished off a couple more of the christening cards today, so thought id add them. unfortunately my camera seems to be playing up and not producing very good pics......

The frames were made with an xcut scalloped oval die i have and the little bible i had in my stash on many little ready made die cuts. i made the cross with the robo and also did the wording with it. i added liquid pearls (like stickles) to finish.

This card is to be sent from children, so i wanted it to be less formal. I created the cross with a craft robo template (tina fitch - see previous post).  the writing was also done on the robo. The baby is one of my many ready made die cuts ive brought along the way, coloured with spectrum noirs. I love his cheeky little face, he really resembles kyle (the boy being christened). I have finished with star peel offs to soften the look.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

craft robo christening cards!

The little boy next door is getting christened on sunday, not only have i been asked to be godmother (huge honour), but also asked to make many of the cards from various family members.

I decided to wipe the dust off my craft robo lite and create some personal cards. these are the first 2 ive made.

 I made this little bible on my robo from a file ive had a while (freebie downloaded off web). I also did the wording and book detail with the pen attachment to the robo and a gold glittery gel pen. The little bear is from my stash, thought it added a softer touch to the card. not sure if the card needs something else?

Created on the robo with a file i brought from tina fitch (check out her store for fab designs). I just added the name, for a personal touch.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

new beginnings!

I have made this simple card for the new neighbours moving in opposite. I havent met them as yet, but believe its always worth trying to get off to a good start. I hope this makes them feel welcome, in what i assume is there first home together.

penny black stamped image - freebie pre stamped images from magazine.
coloured with spectrum noir pens, using my new ottlite. (see pic for colours used)
paper pack - won in blog candy
ribbon - won in blog candy - for fab ribbons visit -
insert - serif craft artist platinum

crafty ribbons challenge - new beginnings.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sugar bowl challenge - sketchc - simply sassy!

stamp - sugar nellies simply sassy range - oh la la.
coloured with spectrum noirs
neenah card, cut with xcut scalloped oval.
card from stash
ribbon from stash
sentiment printout sentiment freebies from magazine.

sugar bowl challenge - sketch!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

strawberry kisses - blue for boys

strawberry kisses cd - backing paper, sentiment, embelishments and insert
strawberry kisses stamp -
spectrum noir pens
card candi coloured with speccies
xcut dies - circles and scalloped squares

willow sketchie challenge

strawberry kisses!

 Card created using crafters companions new strawberry kisses cdrom and stamps. absolutely love this new range, its so cute!

strawberry kisses cd rom - backing papers, sentiment and insert.
strawberry kisses stamp -
spectrum noir pens
card candi - coloured with speccies

the sugar bowl - sketch

Sunday, 8 January 2012

moshi monsters

This is a quick card ive made tonight for a little boys birthday. he is apparently moshi monsters mad!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

My babys starting pre school & blog candy winner!

Ive been busy today getting Williams uniform ready for monday, when he starts pre school. I cant believe my baby is going to school, he seems so young (he's just turned 3). He looks so cute in his little uniform.........

 Anyway, time to announce the winner of my blog candy...........Hello to all my lovely followers old and new. Thank you so much for taking time to comment on my blog, its really appreciated.

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so thats........................
Well done Heather, please email me your address so i can get your goodies out to you.
Everyone else, dont be too dissapointed, keep an eye out as im planning more candy very soon!

Friday, 6 January 2012

sarah kay distressed card - blog candy last chance!!!!

This is the first card i made after christmas. I do love christmas cards but come january i am sick of the sight of them, lol. I wanted to make something cute and girly. so i made this using some sarah kay decoupage i already had made up in my stash.

Also a reminder to enter my blog candy, which ends midnight!!! you got to be in it to win it!

sarah kay decoupage
paper pack - vintage rose collection - quick cards freebie
coordinations card stock
cheery lynn die - heart to heart 
stitching - sewing machine
sentiment - LOTV
ribbon from stash
tim holtz distree ink - rose

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year, Blog Candy reminder & some Tom and jerry cards!!!

Happy new year to my lovely followers. You still have time to enter for my candy, but be quick, it ends midnight 6th jan!
Here are 3 commissioned cards i made yesterday for a good friend of mine.

tom and jerry images downloaded off net - printed, sprayed with cc spray and shine
backing papers - lets fly away paper stack (quick cards freebie)
spellbinders dies - labels one.
xcut alphabet die - rome
inserts created using craft artist platinum software.
ribbon from stash
plain candi coloured with speccies

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