Making anniversaries special…

Anniversaries are very important to some people… but sometimes a couple can completely forget the correct date, can’t they Richard?! I don’t think the exact date always matters, but what is important is that you still love and honour each other.

A bunch of flowers on a Tuesday because he was thinking about me is every bit as wonderful as the bouquet that arrives on ‘our day’. A spontaneous ‘date night’ when we disappear off to the cinema and have a KFC takeaway afterwards is just as precious to me as a long planned trip to a Michelin starred restaurant in Paris would be.

There are also lots of different anniversaries we can celebrate. Five years at work, 40 years from the date we met a special friend – all these things are important too. This card was made thinking of a wedding anniversary, but perhaps we should remember others as well. Here are some instructions for it.

Products needed for the project


  1. Cut out the pieces of decoupage from the Jane Shasky decoupage collection. Using glue gel layer the pieces up – giving them shape to look more realistic.
  2. Mat and layer the pink gingham and pink pearl.
  3. Die cut the Filigree Aperture, Clarissa Lace Edger and Butterfly Flourish out of the pearl card. Place the Aperture die on a slant on the left side of the project, lay the decoupage flowers and Clarissa die on the right side.
  4. Spray the Butterfly flourish and cover with the fine glitter. Cut another Flourish in lemon pearl and offset onto the white to leave a shadow effect and add the sentiment.
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Zodiac cards

Choosing someone’s sign of the zodiac is a great way to ensure you create a really personalised card! Whether you are a die hard fan of horoscopes or, like me, read them occasionally and only believe it if it’s something good, a zodiac card is sure to prove a hit.

We have designed a set of zodiac dies with the help of Sylvie Ashton. The great thing about all of them is that, yes, they have the sign in the middle but there are also frames around each one so you could use just the frame. By cutting out the zodiac detail inside you are left with lots of space and room for designs, photos or whatever you like.

Here are a few designs to show you what can be done and there are more to see on the website and, of course, you can have a good look around the actual set of dies on the website too!


Eau de Parfum

An unapologetically girly card for today – just the thing for a Mum, sister or best friend – I love this artwork from Daphne Brissonet. If you look on the website you can see what’s in each pad and I bet, like me, you will be hard pressed to choose a favourite!

Here’s a quick round up of the main ingredients:

Signature dies: Rose leaves and poppy and any make of photo corner punch

Daphne Brissonet pad 1 and the Jane Shasky double CD (much loved here!)

Cardstock in cream, grey and green

The lovely colour scheme of this card relies heavily on the matting and layering. I love the soft grey with the cream and pink. Also note that although the flower die is sold as a poppy, colour changed and doubled up like this it makes a lovely rose type flower – the joy of flexible dies! Have fun…


With love…

There are a lot of times when you might want to send someone a boost, good wishes, happy thoughts, or a mass of things other than actual birthday greetings or a specific occasion cards. This one is a perfect example of something you could send to anyone at any time.

The image is from the Tom Mielko project book and is one of several on that I have used more times than I can count for really beautiful cards that are for a more general purpose.

The basic stepper card is something many people have mastered now and it does help give the card a bit of ‘oomph’ and looks different to the standard flat card. Remember, with all cards, it really does pay to use a decent weight of card blank – skinny economy ones let down all that good work you have put into designing your creation. Nothing annoys me more than receiving a card that just isn’t tough enough to stand up and goes all floppy in the middle and collapses!

I hope you all have a good day today – whether the sun shines or not, imagine yourself chilling in that pretty scene and all being right with the world!


Heavenly hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are very definitely in my top three flowers or garden plants. I have said repeatedly that hellebores are my number one choice… but hydrangeas, particularly blue hydrangeas, come a very close second.

I planted 10 of them this year in lovely white containers around the patio and they looked gorgeous. It’s true that now they look a bit sad as winter has come but they will be back next year – but I bet they won’t be blue and that they will rutn out pink or green or red or any other colour as that’s the way it seems to go for me! However, I have found a bottle of special ‘stuff’ that promises to change hydrangea colours, so who knows?

I think this card is card is completely brilliant. The soft green backing paper is from Jane Shasky’s Heart of the Garden CD. If you haven’t bought that one yet you are missing out – it has to be one of my most used CDs of all time – just amazing! The main image is from the Daphne Brissonet Pad 2 – again if you haven’t got any of her artwork – so inspirational, I find the cards almost make themselves from that pad – it’s a great buy.

Dies are always a really professional way to add embellishments on a card and the two used here are from my Signature Die ranges – what a surprise! – the Clarissa lace edger and Grand Flourish. So if you fancy treating yourself to some instant mojo – my suggestion would be the Jane Shasky’s CD and the Daphne Brissonet pads.