Saturday, 4 August 2012

A card for a gent`toff`

This is made using a topper from Kanban, I wasnt sure about it but have added to my collection to give to a relative / friend

London Olympics 2012 Card Inspiration

I havent been very crafty lately. But in keeping with the London Olympics I made some suitable cards. They are from a range by Kanban and I had a bargain with them

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Snowman Kisses

Picked up a few tins of these (like tic tacs) today at the local indoor market so thought I`d make some snowman kisses

I put them inside these little card books and fastened with ribbon. Well in date for xmas

Sweets tin 10p
Card from Kanban
Image printed from Clipart in Microsoft Publisher
Stars - 300 for £1 Poundland
Ribbon from Hobbycraft 50p in sale

Total spend about 14p each

Friday, 22 June 2012

Angry Birds V Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates

Tree decorations

In the middle between the layers are Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates...Milk ones the ones my mate likes on MSE
I used a bit of ribbon to make loops to fasten on the tree

I have seen the red angry bird on an american blog before , if someone can point me in the right direction I can link to it.

But I designed these myself on my Silhouette cameo and as such I can share the file with you

I have uploaded the Studio file so help yourself

Here they are packed

And labelled

Costing on these

Cardboard 12p
Elizabeth Shaw Mints 50p (On special offer in Asda) but in date for xmas......
So works out about 2p each. 10p for a pack of 5

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Letters from Santa with Magic Pencils

I know we`re nowhere near Christmas but when I have an idea, I`ve decided to do it ASAP because last year I had lists everywhere and didnt seem to achieve very much

So I took one of these :-
Which was cut on my Silhouette Cameo but I did cut one by hand as well

The above link is the file for Silhouette

I decorated it with some paper and an embellishment

I then added some pencils and a letter from Santa

These letters are available for you to print and personalize here free

I put them into a cello bag and here are the finished articles


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Cookies - No cooking required

I thought I`d give this gift to a few of my relatives as when I bake, they all expect some goodies.

Just print out the rhyme below onto some paper, drop a cookie cutter (8 for £1 in Poundland) into a cello bag, recycled from shop bought cards or purchased from £1 store, The Works or Wilkensons and you have a great yet inexpensive gift. (Works out about 15p)

I made a plate of Cookies
And ate just one or two
But I started feeling guilty
Because they were for you

I went into a panic
And ordered on the phone
This brand new cookie cutter
So you can make your very own

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Cadburys Dairy Milk and Milky Bars Christmas Treats

Mr Rudolf is a Cabburys Dairy Milk (6 for £1) wrapped up in backing paper. The antlers, ears and nose cut out of card. Eyes purchased from ebay 99p for 20 sets.

Mrs Rudolf covered in a lighter backing paper.She is also a milky Bar (6 for £0.99 Asda) She has a red plush nose from The Works (99p for 20 various sizes) She has a little ribbon scarf.
The tags are card with a christmas holographic picture on

Mr Rudolf as above.

Frosty has a tie , carrot nose and hat cut from card. Same eyes as Mr & Mrs Rudolf.

They are both packaged in a cello bag. I purchased 50 for a £1 in Poundland.

Total cost to make one set : Is roughly about 40p and a little bit of time

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Love Heart Sweet Tree

I made this to put on a table at a buffet for an 18th Birthday
I need to make another one but differnet sweets, that will have to wait until I get another pot

To make :-
Take one flower pot 10p at car boot sale
A bamboo cane 10 for 99p Home bargains
Put the bamboo cane in the pot carry around in your car for a week and you`re bound to find someone using cement. (Like I did) Ask them to cement cane in pot - free
It makes the pot heavy to take the weight of the sweet tree above
I then bought 100 rolls of love hearts on amazon for £6.39 including delivery (300 are cheaper)
I picked up a 12cm sphere florists ball at country baskets 6 for £9.99
To attach the Love Hearts to the tree I used a hot glue gun. I tried everything else, it wouldnt work and eventually purchased a gun from ebay for £4.57 with 52 glue sticks
The ball took 70 rolls and I put some in the flower pot

Monday, 30 April 2012

Christmas Survival Guide

Anadin 0r Ibroprofen - to take away the headache of overdoing things Available £1 shop 3 boxes

Tea - To calm, rehydrate and relax you £0.29 at Sainsburys for 80 

Peppermints / Heartburn Tablet - to settle the stomach from overindulging in all the rich foods

Slimfast Bar - Ready to start the diet in the new year - Available at Home Bargains / Boots

Diary, Handbag /Pocket size  - to track all of the must do's available in £££ stores from September

CD - All your favourite Carols or soothing, quiet music to listen to while wrapping presents

Candle - Cinnamon or Spiced Apple to light while packing to set the atmosphere

Bubble bath  - To relax and chill out available in supermarkets (Morrisons - 18p)

I make these as joke gifts and put in little giftbags, trying to source tins about tobacco size to put htem in. Plastic ones would do, anyone?

Saturday, 28 April 2012

A4 Ladies Retro Card

Today I been making a card for my friends mother, I find it difficult to do this, as you have to please 2 people , the friend and the mother.

Shes going to be 70 this year and my friend asked me to make it for her mother. A difficult thing to do as I dont like charging anything for cards so I normally only make them for myself to give

Retro lady - Kanban
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves, Doily - Silhouette Cameo
Embellishments, hearts diamonds - Country Baskets

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Magic Reindeer Food

Today I decided to make some Magic Reindeer food, usually I make little boxes to put the food in but this year decided to go for a test tube, the idea being little hands can hold it better

I purchased the test tubes from ebay with red tops and decorated them to suit

I have used porridge oats and edibke glitter for the contents

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Party In A Box Less than a £1

Heres my latest venture on things for Christmas.

I am determined to be more organised this year and have decided to make some of these for gifts for the family

Firstly I covered some boxes, these are old hair products ones from the boots 3 for 2 event
I find it cheaper to buy the more expensive shampoo / conditioner this way especially if you wait for the 70% sale

So I covered them with 12 x 12 backing papers
The letters are from a range at Kanban when the factory shop was good value, now they keep the best stuff for their "friends"

So inside the box I put the following

Balloons - 2p each , pack of 50 at Asda
Blowers 12p each on ebay
Straws 100 for 19p B&M
Bubbles  13p each (12 for £1.50)
Umbrellas 39p for 20 Home Bargains
Party Poppers 7p each Asda
Stirrer and Ice cube bought in a set 69p for 40 items Asda
Sparklers Amazon 99p for 10

Grand cost 62p

For the smaller children, I`m taking out the sparklers and putting some mini cans of coke in

As they were for family I put in

I had to watch the sell by dates as I needed them to go past Christmas
The shotz are 4 for 99p in Home Bargains
The Grants £1.25 they are in Asda on offer at the moment 4 various ones for £5.00
The wine also in Home Bargains 99p

This one is for the stepson and his wife so for less than a fiver (£3.12) a fun Christmas present

These prices are correct and i have been sourcing the things for months at my leisure as I know what I wanted to do


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Easter Chick card

I recently made an Easter Card for some very dear friends of mine and thought I`d try decoupage, haven`t done any for ages.

So I cut out some chicks in a basket and voila. I love purple and yellow they seem to be my "in" colours at the moment

The ribbon was from a selection I picked up at Lidl.
The string was from Kanban 5 x 5m lengths for £1
The white leaves were cut using my trusty Silhouette Cameo
Backing Papers were from Calco Papercrafts

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Hunger Games

I`ve read in the paper about the Hunger Games films and have wondered what all the "fuss" was about. So I read the write ups on the net of the film and thought I`d try the books

They`re not usually my type of readinf but I purchased the three books for kindle and in a day, I`d read the first book.....absolutely brilliant

I`m half way through the second book and have had to discipline myself to put it down.

This is a review on Amazon, author unknown


The Hunger Games is amazing --Stephenie Meyer

I couldn't stop reading --Stephen King

One of the best written and most thought-provoking books I've read for a long time --Anothony Horowitz

Product Description

A fight to the death - on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winner's prize is survival. In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games - where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown. When sixteen-year-old Katniss is chosen to represent her district in the Games, everyone thinks it's a death sentence. Only one person can survive the horrors of the arena. But plucky Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature... "The Hunger Games is amazing" _Stephenie Meyer_ "I couldn't stop reading" _Stephen King_
Its available for...£2.79 for three books and I`d recommend it

Monday, 9 April 2012

Before and after Bedroom EnSuite Make Over

My Guest room needed a bit of a revamp

So With the aid of a Cameo Silhouette and little imagination it changed from the green look


Bought the little beach house light pull on ebay, I love it

Anchors are cut with Silhouette Cameo and ironed on
Suitcases made from an old wooden box , cut some paper flags of countries and some clasps
and covered in glossy accents

The tissue box was covered with papers and toppers to coordinate it

  The aim was to carry the little anchors throughout to give it some cordination. It even appears on the shower gel bottle using Cameo vinyl
Watercolour painted by me, the frames were 10p at bootsale, I bought 3
Door stop coloured with promarkers

The achors were ironed onto the towels as well

The little beach house pull was bought on ebay , I love it.
The anchors alsoon the handwash and flannel and a small vinyl decal
on the mirror
The wood is from the forest by me soaked in bleech which gave the impression
of driftwood
The pebbles collected on days out

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy Easter, Easter Bunny, Silhouette Cameo SD ,Craftrobo Free file

If you need a quick Easter Card this file makes 2 Cards in a jiffy. Whats cut out of one card, the negative letters and bunny can be used on another.

Firstly I made a scalloped card file and then added the wording and the Easter bunny. The scalloped card can be used for other cards.


Free for your own use, if you want to share, please direct people here, thank you

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Garage full of tools

Making a card for my stepson is one of the hardest things I can do. Every year it seems to centre around cars.

This year I`ve made him him own garage and even put the tools in for him

I havent made these silhouette files myself so cant share these ones sorry. I took the lazy way and bought them on line.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

I`ve been busy

My friend was saying she was stuck as to what to put on a table at a charity function, just a little something for the ladies. So I put my thinking cap on and this is what I come up with.

I made 4 prototypes in four different colours for her to see and she liked them all equally so, I made 10 of each. I filled them with 3 sweets each and they`re ready to go

I hope they`ll enjoy receiving them as much as I`ve enjoyed making them

Friday, 23 March 2012

Easter Bunny Card "Silhouette Studio File" Craft Robo

With Easter coming and having a few cards to make and so little time to do it, I `ve come up with this Easter Bunny Card. I made a Silhouette SD , Silhouette Cameo , Craft Robo file and its available to download in two parts from below.

The first part is all the parts you need to make the bunny , the 2nd part is the "green" shaped bunny card.

I used "flock" to get the furry effect and I`m pleased how he`s turned out

Heres the files for you guys

Enjoy x

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

And now for something completely different

Those of you who know me , know I`m on  a7pm curfew.

So as I get bored of the tv and need something for my twitchy fingers to do sat in front of TV with OH, I thought I`d give xstitch a go

Having bought a magazine by mistake at Barnsley market...theres my first attempt, no laughing now..

I have enjoyed doing him, and he has mistakes, but I`ve learned so much and am starting on another tonight, may as well my knittings not the best

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Footballer card - free cutting file

I  made this card for a football fan. I`m trying to get a few files together for my blog that people can use for free. If you do use my files, could you please point people here to collect them.

I cut the various layers out on my silhouette cameo, and the footballs were sketched using the sketch pen holder I got from Create and Craft

The Silhouette / Craft robo cuts out the footballer, the offset, the green frame comes as one whole piece so you could use it as frame for another project.
I placd two tpes of backing paper behind the frame togive my card a bit of colour

St Davids Day Daffodil - free Silhouette file

I made this daffodil cutting file the other day to celebrate St Davids Day.

At the moment theres some gorgeous miniture daffodils in our garden and one thing i miss about Wales is the gorgeous Daffodil displays all over the country so I madde this cutting file on my silhouette.

And now I have a display all year around

And heres the Silhouette SD / Silhouette Cameo file

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Little boys 1st Birthday Card

Im not the best at making little boys cards. Its such a strange age for cards , at 1 I  feels hes too old to have a baby card but at 1 he feels too young to have a boys card

So when I see these toppers from LOTV I knew the swing one would be suitable. As his parents have just taken delivery of a new puppy.

I have made the card as an easel card using acetate. So it looks like the topper is floating in space.

The frames and flourishes were cut on the silhouette cameo. There are two flourishes on top of each other to give it depth and the brad from a selection of pepper & friends by Dovecraft

I had some bits left over so I made another card, not an easel card but still used acetate to add to my card stock. I didnt put a number on it but will do so as required

Shaped Car Card cut using Silhouette Cameo

Heres a picture of a card I made this morning of a car, its a shaped card cut using a silhouette file . The file is available for download free as I designed it myself

And heres the free silhouette file for download. It will easily fit on a 12 x 8 cutting mat

Shaped Car Card