Wednesday, 13 December 2017


I've been making journals for craft fairs and this 6x4 inch size seems to be the most popular.
The covers are made from any old cardstock or manila folder covered in brown paper that has been given the faux leather-look treatment with ink and sprays, then given a coating or two of Mod Podge to seal.  

This journal cover has pretty paper added onto the front before sealing, then a label and metal corners to finish it off.

The inside cover has patterned paper and a double pocket for tags or whatever else might fit.
The pages are coffee dyed printer/copy paper, stamped with a rose image and sewn in with a very simple pamphlet stitch using cream crochet thread.

Sewn at the centre of each signature is an envelope which is glued after stitching to hide the thread knot.

The journal contains 6 signatures, each with 5 pages folded in half plus an envelope, making 10 pages or 20 pages front and back, a total of 120 pages and 6 envelopes.

Cardstock - manilla folder, kraft
Paper - Stamperia Roses &Laces (front cover), Kaisercraft Expressions (inside cover), brown paper roll, A4 premium digital copy paper
Inks - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo, Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Spun suger
Die - Inspired By Stamping Fancy Label Dies 2
Stamp - no-name single rose
Tools - Sizzix Big Shot, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, Tonic Tim Holtz guillotine paper trimmer, hole piercer, tapestry needle, ink blending tool, paint brushes
Adhesives - CraftersChoice tacky craft glue, Ranger Glossy Accents, Plaid Mod Podge Matte
Other - metal corner protectors, cream crochet thread, really cheap instant coffee


Thanks for looking, comments welcome.



Cardstock - cream, dark green, gold foil 
Dies - Poppy Stamps Small Luxe Poinsettia Outline and Backgroun, Sizzix Tim Holtz Labels, MFT Die-namics Prima Donna Petals
Embossing Folder - Couture Creations Champagne and Holly
Adhesives - CraftersChoice Tacky Craft Glue, foam tape
Tools - Sizzix Big Shot
Other - gold sentiment sticker, decorative ribbon, red rhinestone

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Christmas/Winter Holidays
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas Card Day

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Snowflake Branch

Another Pinterest-inspired Christmas card with snowflakes hanging from a branch.  The "strings" were drawn in with Vintage Photo distress marker; I'd much prefer white, but my white gel pen was too dry : (

Cardstock - white card blank, textured denim blue, kraft, white gloss
Paper - Couture Creations Christmas Emporium
Dies - no-name snowflake, Memory Box Woodland Branch
Adhesives - ds tape, CraftersChoice tacky craft glue
Tools - Sizzix Big Shot
Other - white sentiment sticker, white pearls, Ranger Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress marker

Allsorts Week 445 - Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas Card Day

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.


Saturday, 9 December 2017


After the madness of end-of-year craft fairs and festivals, with only a couple of small markets left for the year, I am back to entering challenges : )

This is a Pinterest-inspired card using a no-name cheapie snowflake die and some twine to "hang" it from the top.

Cardstock - white card blank, white gloss snippet, Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Die - no-name snowflake
Adhesives - Crafters Choice Tacky Craft Glue, glue dot
Tools - Sizzix Big Shot
Other - white sentiment sticker, bakers twine, snowflake/flower centre flat back

Allsorts Week 445 - Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas Card Day

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.