Sunday, 26 July 2015

MDF - what to do with it and how easy is it decorate?....




MDF shapes - what do with them and how easy are they to decorate/use?

Hi Craft Addicts!

I have been wondering how easy it is to decorate MDF so thought I would have a go - the next couple of blog posts will be "charting my progress" from the first one I made to my latest one. 

Home decor is now such a popular craft and so many Companies are producing blank MDF templates of all shapes and thicknesses and if they have been laser or cut by hand that it is difficult to know which ones to use or even if it makes a difference!

So, now I have some to use from the small family companies Dreamees, Stamps Away and Imagination Crafts) it is time to choose what to do with them - you will have to bear with me as this is definitely a "work in progress" and you will see how I improve (or not) over the next few attempts at making some decent products!

As you can see from these first ones - I do have a long way to go....though I do like the black one quite a bit....

MDF tags - hand painted and decorated



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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Happy birthday heart square 8 inch square easel card





Happy Birthday heart square easel card 


Hi Craft addicts!

Well, I have been busy trying to design my logo and banner for my new website which I will be launching in September, but thought I would post this today...

Happy birthday Heart and butterfly 8 inch easel card
This is a large (8 inch) 350gsm white scalloped edged square card which I have folded to make an easel card.

I have used the Tattered Lace Die - Heartfelt Tapestry (floral heart) as the main focal point on top of the 2nd layer (7 inch) of the Tonic Studios Verso Layering Die - Celtic Dream along with some Red Berry Nuvo Crystal drops (from their new Gloss Range) and various Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

So first of all, coloured in the heart with some bright colours as I thought it made the heart stand out a bit more and then stuck it on some Creative Crafting World's black card, cutting round it giving it some stability.

I used Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue to attach it, but think that I am going to see if I can get some of the Stick It Die adhesive or Crafter's Companion Stick and Stay adhesive spray as I think both would make it a lot easier to attach as they are so intricate.

Anyway, I then glued it to the black Celtic Dream (Tonic Studios this time) circle this time using Collall All Purpose Glue as it gives some "wiggle" time so that you can make sure it is in the right place and glued the bottom half of it to the bottom edge of the card (making sure that it doesn't overlap either the top or bottom part of the card.

Happy birthday Heart and butterfly 8 inch easel card - insideI then used the Red Berry Nuvo Crystal drops to add some dimension to the inner edge of the circle (it is interesting how the black card makes them richer in colour). I also added some more red and black Crystal drops to all for corners to add another bit of colour to it.

Whilst that was drying, I found a white Happy Birthday sentiment (I think from Craftwork Cards) which I coloured in bright yellow (which matched part of the front design), edged it in black and attached it with 2 lots of Stix2 foam pads, positioning it so that the front stands up in the right place.

And voila - one easel card which I think is easy to make but looks stylish and expensive! You can now buy this card here


Products and items you may need to make this card


  • 8" White 350gsm Scalloped edge card (with envelope)
  • Tattered Lace Heartfelt Tapestry (Floral heart) die
  • Tonic Studios Verso Layering Die - Celtic Dream 
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol markers - red, blue, green, yellow and black
  • Red Berry and Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal drops from Tonic Studios
  • Happy Birthday sentiment 
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
  • Stix2 Foam pads


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Thank You card - strawberry or heart? 6" square card



Thank you card - When a heart turns into a strawberry... 7" x 5" card



Hi Craft addicts!

Well it has been a few days now since the last blog and so I thought I better rectify that!

I have been busy making my daughter's birthday presents and card but now have time to write this... I also must admit that this card started out totally different but didn't like it so started again!

Thank you card - strawberry (final version)It all started with my having punched a heart out using an EK Success punch ages ago (I've made some decorations using this but more of them later) and after I'd used the Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) Delicate Daisies (open and complete petals) in white and red, I noticed that they would make an interesting stalk for the heart...and so the strawberry came into being!

So, I first of glued the heart (having painted on some black "pips" using a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker) on to a serrated edged square (3" approx) layer of Centura Pearl cardstock and then added the open petal die cut shapes (in white) and then the red complete ones at a slightly different angle to make it stalk like!

I then die cut a black layer of card using the centre sections of the "Thank You" Sentiment die from Tonic Studios and glued the heart topper on to it - After cutting the topper out from the card, I chose a green 5" x 7" card that was in a Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pack some time ago and glued a band of black cardstock* just above the centre and once dry attached the topper to it leaving enough room for the sentiment.

This was stamped on white card using the "Just because" sentiment from Inky Doodles  and I coloured in the band using a green alcohol marker from Spectrum Noir and then matted it on to a black layer. I used some Stix2 foam pads to raise it a bit and stuck it at a slightly jaunty angle under the topper.

I also used black Nuvo Crystal drops to add some detail to the corners of the topper and some of the new Red one (they are brilliant to use) to the spots on the sentiment. I am going to be working on the inside and reverse now as it does need something extra...

Thank you card - strawberry (first version)And there you are, what was a card that I wasn't totally happy with turned into one that I was quite pleased with.  Previously it was a white 6" x 6" card and stamped a leaf pattern all round it but as you can see some of them look a bit odd so gave that up as an idea - but will do another version properly this time...

You can buy the above card from my website here






Products and items you might need to make this card



  • 5" x 7" green card in Adorable Scorable cardstock with white envelope
  • Heart punch from EK Success
  • Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) complete and open Delicate Daisies die set 
  • Tonic Studios Thank You Sentiments die set and die for the square topper
  • Just because sentiment stamp from Inky Doodles
  • Red shiny card or paper (can be any other cardstock you want too)
  • White Centura Pearl cardstock
  • Black cardstock (I have used Creative Crafting World's card) 
  • Ebony black Nuvo Crystal drops
  • Red berry gloss Nuvo Crystal drops
  • Collall All Purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue


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