For someone special…

This is such a pretty card that it would be ideal for so many occasions… it would cheer someone that wasn’t very well, make someone smile that was a bit down – or you could just enjoy making it as a birthday card. I love our craft don’t you?

What do I need to make this card



How do I make this card


  1. Create a 7 inch square card blank from cream pearl card.
  2. Print two co-ordinating backing papers from the cd, cut a panel of one to measure 6.75 inches square. Fix to the card front.
  3. Cut a strip of the second paper to measure 3inches by 6.75 inches and mat onto pink pearl card.  Fix in place on the card.
  4. Using the masking technique, stamp and colour flowers of your choice from the stamp sheet and cut out.
  5. Die cut the hanging basket, chains and ivy corners.
  6. Mount the basket onto a piece of brown card and cut out.
  7. Die cut the doily, a cream pearl circle and the scalloped circle and mat together as shown. 
  8. Fix the handing basket, ivy die cuts and coloured flowers in place on the doily and add a brad at the top of the chains.
  9. Use foam pads to fix the doily panel in place on the card front.
  10. Stamp and add a sentiment of your choice to the card.
  11. Finally, add a flat backed pearl to each corner.


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Golden Wedding card

Some of my mother’s friends have a Golden Wedding any minute now and so I thought this card would be just the job. The card was made by Jo Westwick and it is just lovely! It uses the curved basket from our container range and the flowers are from our rubber stamps. I love playing with these stamps more than any other stamps we have produced and I’ll be showing you some examples over the next month or so that I hope will inspire you…

What do I need to make this card?

How to make the card

  1. Create 7 by 5 inch card blank from white hammer finish card.
  2. Cut a piece of white card to measure 6.5 by 4.5 inches and mat onto yellow card.  Mount onto the card front using foam pads.
  3. Die cut the basket from kraft card and the fancy oval shapes from white and yellow card as shown.  Die cut a small section of ivy leaves in green card.
  4. Mount the fancy oval onto the card front and use glue gel to fix the basket in place. 
  5. Stamp out multiple flowers of your choice from the stamp sheet and colour with promarkers.
  6. Cut out the coloured flowers and arrange in the basket, along with the ivy leaves, using glue gel.
  7. Tie a double layered bow and fix in place above the basket and finish the card by adding a flat backed pearl in each corner.

The truth about St Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure all of us at some time in our lives have sent Valentine cards, or longed to receive one… As a teenager, I can remember it being terribly, terribly important! It is really more of a young person’s event but some people are very good at keeping the romantic flame alive as they get older and go out for a nice meal, or buy flowers, Richard is a real sweetie and often presents me with a huge bouquet – but it depends how busy we are at work!

As ever, when one of these special days comes round on the calendar, I like to do a bit of sleuthing and find out the truth and more often, the myths behind it all…

Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries A Valentine card from 1862.around the world. It began as a celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus and there are all sorts of martyrdom stories and myths about this era. But the day was first associated with romance by Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion for lovers to express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as ‘valentines’. Printers had already begun producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches, called ‘mechanical valentines,’ and a reduction in postal rates in the next century ushered in the less personal, but much easier, practice of posting Valentines.

Paper Valentines became so popular in England in the early 19th century that they were assembled in factories. Fancy cards were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century. In 1835, an amazing 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by post in Britain, despite postage being expensive. 

I think it’s lovely that we crafters still make our own and put real time, effort and love into producing our Valentine cards, rather than just buying a mass-produced effort which today are so often rather cheap and a bit vulgar – I know, I know, I’m showing my age!!

Have a lovely day, whether you are celebrating or not!



Valentine card with an unusual message…!

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and for inspiration I turned to the Jayne Netley Mayhew decoupage collections. This particular design is part of her Summer collection but doubles brilliantly as a Valentine card.

The design is pretty simple to cut out with very few difficult details and red roses always appeal! The backing paper can be picked from any CD you have handy or ready printed papers. The shaped card is made using a Nestability set – but if you want to take a short cut you could perhaps use a shaped corner punch on the four corners of the card instead.

The embellishments are all from the collection that Pam, who made this card, has collected over the years but there are loads of little charms to be found online.

How about making your other half a card and then inside adding an IOU for a little treat once the weather gets a bit warmer, like a picnic or a day at the zoo!?



An ‘anyday’ card!

I have lots of friends that I share tea with – in fact coming round for a coffee, or a tea, is an enjoyable way to spend time. This card would be perfect for a friend as a birthday or ‘anyday’ card.

I am a huge fan of anyday cards, sometimes I feel they can carry more love and cheerfulness than a birthday or specific occasion card. It’s great to have a handmade birthday card but you are probably going to receive quite a few cards on that day. Whereas an anyday card can arrive when you are least expecting it and will cast a huge ray of sunshine onto your day!

This card was made using the Gruffies CD which is so useful for all ages and both sexes. The aperture containing tea was made by attaching two suitably sized pieces of backing paper onto a piece of acetate, leaving a gap between the two. Then pour some tea leaves onto the acetate central panel and edge around the tea panel with 2mm foam tape. Finally stick a sheet of white card over the top to seal the tea panel. This can now be added to your card. Decorate the cut edges of the tea panel with cut out pieces of frame from a topper like the one used as the main focal point. Any tea bag will do but if you know they have a favourite… choice is easy!