Monday, 24 November 2008

Gayle's Candy

Gayle has some fabulous Sugarnellie candy that she is giving away over at her blog. Pop over and take a look at her fabulous cards, they truly are stunning.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Debbie's Blog candy

Debbie is giving away this most amazing Blog candy. Pop over to her blog for details and take a look around her blog to see her stunning cards.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

More Criss Cross cards.

I have been quite busy lately so haven't had much time for making cards. The time that I have managed to find to craft has been spent making more of these Criss Cross cards. They are so easy to make and the results are great. I hope you are all having a great weekend, it is really mild here in Devon which is a nice change from the cold weather we have been having of late.

For this card I tried to steer away from my usual colour schemes. I decided to try the Purple and green and when the card was finished was pleased with how they looked. All the flowers I used are Primas that I bought in America from a place called Micheals. The stamps are both by Penny Black. Buttons and papers are from my stash.

The little clips at the top are by Making Memories

Hope you all have a great weekend
Maria x

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Criss Cross Card.

I found the tutorial for making Criss Cross cards on Splitcoasters. They are so simplt to make and I really like the style of these cards.Backing paper from stash
Clips - Making Memories
Stamps - Penny Black, Join in and "Bee"-u-tiful Day
Flowers - Prima
Buttons from stash.
Hope everyone is ok, sorry I haven't been leaving comments on your blogs, I have been having internet problems. Hopefully it is all sorted now and I can get round to seeing what everyone has been up to.
Hope you are all having a good day
Maria x

Saturday, 1 November 2008

I've been tagged by Natalie

I have been tagged by Natalie, The rules are as follows;

Here is how this one works.......Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Answer the five sets of five (this is the easy part) Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Things I love;

  1. My two amazing boys
  2. My Hubby
  3. Making cards
  4. Having my own Craftroom
  5. All the soaps.

Things I hate;

  1. Rude people
  2. People who tell lies
  3. Jeremy Clarkson
  4. Horror films
  5. Winter

Music on my Ipod or playlist;

I have neither. But currently spend a lot of time listing to Chris Brown, Neyo, Coldplay and Amy Winehouse.

Favourite Food and Drink

  1. First has to be Coffee. (can't go without this)
  2. Sea bass
  3. prawns
  4. Scallops
  5. Olives

Everyone seems to have played this game now. So I will leave it here. But if you haven't had a go yet consider yourself tagged!!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Might be back later with some cards.

Maria x

Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween...

Good morning everyone, Happy Halloween to you all. Hope the sun is shinning where you are today. In devon it is bright and sunny but quite cold. Well enough with the weather outlook lol. This is a card I have made for my son to give to a little girl from his class. She is 8 today and she is having a birthday / Halloween party today. So I thought I would make her a spooky card! I have used stickles around the spider and on the little dog but it doesn't show in the pic.

Backing paper - Bazzill cardstock & Jeepers Creepers spiderweb from The Paper co.

Stamp set - Spooky spooky spooky. From Dies to die for. Seen this set on Natalie's Blog and decided I needed it!!! Your fault Natalie!! haha.

Glitter - Stickles

Letters cut with my Cricut machine using George and Basic shapes

This was coloured with Whisper pens.

Hope everyone has a great day

Maria x

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Elzybells stamps

I made this card with one of my new Elzybells stamps. These stamps are so cute and the little sentiment stamps are a perfect size for cards.

Backing Paper -DCWV

Stamps - Elzybells

Ribbon - Dovecraft.

Charm - From my local £1 shop

Flower from stash

Coloured with Whisper pens.

Hope everyone is having a good day despite the Rain

Maria x

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Another Christmas Card

Backing Paper - Dovecraft

Border punch - Fiskers threading water

Oval Greeting - CWC

Ribbon - Dovecraft and docrafts

Image - Penny black

Hope everyone is ok

Maria x

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Elzybells Carol singers

Backing papers - From stash

Snow Flake punch - Dovecraft

Oval Greeting - CWC from the Craft room

Stamp - Carol singers from Elyzabells

Black and White

I made this card with my new Penny Black rubber stamp. The photo is not very clear due to the poor light as it is very dull here today.

Black and Silver card - From stash

Gems stones - Papermania

Ribbon - The craftroom

CWC ovals from the craftroom

Image - Penny Black as is called "Fantasy"

Hope everyone is having a good day

Maria x

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Pink Christmas Card

Thought I would try to make a card without using a rubber stamp. So instead I used the Die cut Christmas trees from Craftwork Cards. I cut the aperture with my Nestabilities and mounted some Acetate to the inside of the card. Sorry about the picture it is really dark here today and the flash keeps coming on and reflecting in the Acetate..

Backing papers -DCWV

Christmas trees and Oval greetings- CWC

Ribbon - Dovecraft

Hope everyone is having a good day

Maria x

Monday, 20 October 2008

Thank you Natalie..

I would like to say a big thank you to Natalie for this lovely award she has so kindly given to me.
Thank you Natalie, it means a lot as I love all the cards you make and love reading your blog.

Now the 5 people I would like to pass this onto are Gayle, Michelle, Bev , Sarah and Jill.

Thank you to everyone that reads my blog and for all the comments

Maria x

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Jennifer's Blog Candy

Jennifer is giving away some great blog candy. All you have to do is pop over to her fabulous blog and leave her a comment and post a link. Good luck everyone.

Saturday, 18 October 2008


I have had a lovely afternoon playing with my Bind-it-all Machine. I thought I would make a little book as I have no card orders or birthdays in the next week or so. It was nice to just sit and create something and not have a theme or topic to stick to.

Papers - K&Co Berry Sweet

Flowers - Prima

Ribbon Dovecraft

Image - Magnolia

Pink Bind it all wires

Coloured with Whisper pens.

Ila's Blog Candy

Ila is giving away some Fabulous High Hopes stamps for her Blog Candy. To be in with a chance pop over to her blog and leave her a comment. While you're there take a look at her AMAZING cards.

Thank you Vicki

I would like to say A big thank you to Vicki for sending me this fabulous book to keep all my blogging buddies details in. The book and card are fabulous Vicki, thank you so much. It really made my day when I received this in the post.

Pop over and take a look at Vicki's fabulous blog and take a look at all her lovely creations.
Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous sunshine.

Maria x

My Secret sister...

Well.... I don't really need to reveal who my secret sister was as she sussed me out as soon as she received her goodies. I don't know how... but she did. But for everyone else my secret sister was Julie. These are the goodies I sent her and as she is a SU demo I think I had quite a hard job. If you would like any Stampin up Goodies pop over and take a look at her fabulous blog and tell her what you would like. She provides a great service.

Have a great weekend

Maria x

Thank you Secret Sister

This is the lovely package I recieved in the Secret sister swap I was a part of. It was organized by Michelle. Yesterday everyone had to reveal their secret sister and I have just found out my secret sister was Julie

so I would like to say a big thank you to Julie for the all the time and thought that went into these lovely boxes and their contents. I would also like to thank Michelle for organising the swap.

Maria x

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Jilli's Blog Candy

Jilli Is Celebrating her Blogoversary so is giving away some fab blog candy. Pop over and take a look at her fab blog and leave her a comment on her post to be in with a chance to win.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Julie's Blogoversary

Julie is celebrating her 1 year Blogoversary. To mark the occasion she is giving away some fabulous SU candy. Pop over and take a look at her fabulous blog and leave her a comment to be in with a chance to win. Don't forget to take a look at her fabulous cards too.x

Spring Cards

I can't believe how fast the weeks are going. I don't seem to have had much time for crafting lately. So last night I made time to sit down and make some cards. I decided to have a go at making some Spring cards and here is what I came up with.Papers - Little Twinkle Toes
Stamp - Penny Black Poppy Fields
Ribbon and Buttons from stash
Coloured with Whisper pens

Papers - DCWV

Stamp - Penny Black Snow Family

Oval Greeting - CWC

Coloured with Whisper pens

Hope everyone is ok

Maria x

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Natalie's Blogoversary Candy..

Natalie Is celebrating her 1st Blogoversary and to mark the occasion she is giving away some great candy. Pop over to her blog and take a look at her stunning cards.
Happy Blogoversary Natalie

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

75th Birthday

My friend asked me to make her a birthday card to give to her Dad for his 75th birthday this month. I always find men's cards so hard, but have come up with this.

Backing Paper - Bazzill card stock

Patterned paper - Papermania Forever Friends

?Oval Greeting - CWC

Ribbon - Anitas

Image - Papernation.

Numbers cut on Cricut with George and Basic shapes cartridge.

Hope everyone is having a great day

Maria x

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Breast Cancer awareness month

As it says in this cute little pic October is Breast cancer awareness month. Please pass this little penguin on and raise awareness.Maria x

Monday, 6 October 2008

Wedding Card and Candle

My friend asked me to make this card and candle for a friends wedding that she is attending at the end of the month. You can see how the box was made in the tutorial in my last few posts.

Backing Paper- Bazzill card stock and Silver card

Ribbon - From stash

Heart from my local craft shop.

Image. Papermania Bride and Groom

Gems - Papermania

Maria x

Daisy Bunnies Card and Candle

Backing paper- The Spring stack DCWV

Flowers - Prima

Image- Penny Black Daisy Bunnies 3108K

Maria x

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Candle Box Tutorial.

Firstly take a piece of card that measures 14 cm x 14 cm. Then measure and score a line from each side measuring 1.5 Inches in depth as shownThen cut along the line to the meeting point to creat 4 tabs
Then fold along your score lines and glue the tabs to the inside of your box as shown
Your box should then look like this.
Then as shown below score every 6.3 cm along the bootom of an A4 piece of Acetate to create the four sides of your box. Trim the remainder to measure one inch.
On the remaining inch place small glue dots down this edge and glue to create a square box
as shown here

Then place a glue dot on the bottom of each side of your acetate on the outside and then slide into your card box. (Acetate should be on the inside of your box)
Then push the sides of the acetate in at the top to create a fold and use a Cropadile to punch the holes for your ribbon as shown below.

Thread your ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow.

Then to finish take a piece of coloured card measuring 2 and a quarter inches and at the top use a punch to create a decorative edge. This piece of card should be anout 27 cm long to stick around the bottom outside of your box. Always make sure that the seems are both at the back of your box. I hope everyone is able to understand what I mean... lol. If you don't please feel free to email me at
Maria x

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Happy Birthday Vicki..

Just wanted to wish Vicki a very Happy Birthday. I am afraid I cannot show the card I made her because I accidently deleted from my camera!!

Happy Birthday Vicki x x

Friday, 26 September 2008

Craft Show..

Yesterday I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobby crafts Show at Westpoint Exhibition Centre in Exeter. I had a fantastic day with my mum and we shopped until we dropped!! There was several displays of my favourite Penny Black stamps. Here are the goodies that I bought..

I am hoping to get sometime over the weekend to have a play with it. Hope everyone is ok and hope you have a great weekend.
Maria x

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Michelle's Blog candy

Michelle Is giving away some great blog candy to celebrate reaching 25,000 hits. All you have to do is post a link on your blog telling everyone where to find her Blog Candy, leave a comment and then add her to your list of blogs that you follow. The closing date is 8th of October so pop over and take a look at her amazing blog, and all the lovely pics of her Donkey friends..

Monday, 22 September 2008

Get me..... 4 posts in 1 day!

I Found the tutorial for this Card Organizer on Splitcoasters you can View it here so I thought I would have a go. I don't know if I have finished the cover or not as i'm trying to decide weather to write card Organizer on the front. The tutorial is very easy to follow and is quite easy to make. I decided to put cute images inside of mine instead of stamping patterns inside as they have.It has a free download on the tutorial to print of the little calender pages
It really is worth taking a look.
Let me know what you think.
Maria x

Triple Embossing

I hadn't done any Triple Embossing for a long time. So for a change I did some today. I also had a change from making cute cards and went for something more simple.
The Bronze flowers have been made using the Triple Embossing method.

Backing paper- Bazzill Card Stock
Ribbon - Anita's
Image - Clear set by Inkadinkado (97622)
Oval Greeting - CWC
Maria x

Tri-fold Pocket Card

After seeing the Tutorial for this Pocket card on Splitcoasters I thought I would give it a go and make one. Here is the result.For the Pocket and the card I used Bazzill card stock in 3 different colours.
The verse stamp was inked with my Whisper pens and stamped onto the front of the card.
The stamp is called Fabulous Birthday (C4633) and is made by Hero Arts.

The Flower stamp is from a clear set by Inkadinkado. Patterned paper is by Dovecraft as is the Ribbon.

I would also like to thank Natalie for leaving me a comment with the instructions on how to make a link on my posts. Thank you Natalie x

Jolly Xmas Kitty

I made this card with a new stamp I bought recently. The stamp is called
Jolly Xmas Kitty and is by Penny Black (1516K)

Backing Paper - DCWV The Christmas Multi Stack

Glitter card from Stash

Ribbon- Dovecraft

Oval Greeting - CWC

Hope everyone is having a good day

Maria x

Sunday, 21 September 2008


I have been very lucky as to recieve two awards, the first one is from Becky ( and Natalie ( and the second is from Becky. Thank you both so much, it means a lot to recieve these from two very talented people. I love your blogs and all the cards ect you both make.
I have already recieved the Javablu award so will just pass the first award on. The Five people I would like to pass this award onto are Kerry Julie Gayle and I would like to give it back to both Natalie and Becky I would love to be able to give it to everyone as all the blogs I read are fantastic and so inspiring.

On another note.... Please can anyone leave me a comment explaining how to make a link to save me posting everyones blog address each time?? It looks so much neater but I just cannot figure out how to do it!! (i'm not good with computers lol)

Hope you are all having a great weekend
Maria x