Posts tagged ‘flower cards’

PaperArtsy ‘Paper Piecing’ Topic

Hi everyone!

I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight kicking off the Paper Piecing topic. 

It’s a really varied topic but one, (which I’ll admit) that had me scratching my head initially.

I’ve used some new stamps by Elizabeth Borer- I’ve never used her designs before. They’re a dreamy pretty set, and I’ve used them in 3 very different ways.

Do pop over; I’d love to know what you think! 


June 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm 4 comments

One Step Stamping with Concord & 9th

i’m over on Seven Hills Crafts blog today I love multi-step stamping. Those sets which give wonderful dimension. Some people find them tricky to line up, and if you’re just starting out stamping, you might feel a little nervous about using them.
Thing is, you can treat them as one step stamps too!
I wanted to make a really simple card. The hardest bit is fussy cutting- which you don’t need to do necessarily, you could simply stamp a one layer background.


I’ve used two products from Concord & 9th;
and this amazing die ‘Friend Like You
Do notice that it cuts the black lines- so it is a solid die with the brackets being detachable from the main die. You can’t die cut a ‘friend’ aperture by itself although if you positioned a piece of thin paper across where those letters are, you could die-cut one single word. You obviously have the middle bits of the negative letter shape that you could add in, but I liked the look of it without.


Simply stamp the background and stamp the outer flower a few times, cut out and add to the card using foam pads. I backed the sentiment which a nice contrasting colour and added it to the front.
I obviously had letters left and thought I’d make a quick tag.

This time I stamped two of the 3-step flowers separately and trimmed them out. The idea with the set is that you start with the largest flower shape with the lighter colour, stamp the next sized down shape in a darker colour and then over those two, stamp the smallest image with the darkest colour.
These outline shapes are perfect for no-line copic/watercolour techniques.Add in detail with pen or pencil and really kickstart your creativity. I die cut one of the brackets from the tag and it gives a lovely aperture to back with another colour (as well as cutting out some bracket shapes to play with too).
I’ve had great fun with this set- do have a go too!

See you soon,

Keren xx

June 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm 7 comments

A little more Concord & 9th! 

Hey everyone!

Thanks for visiting. Today I’ve a little more Concord & 9th. For those of you in the UK, the best place to purchase their lovely stamps and dies (& even paper!) is from Seven Hills Crafts. 

So, I’ve combined the Shine Brighter set again with the diesimg_3711img_3712

When making this card I had an accident. 

More precisely, my stamp set had an accident. I was going to stamp the light bulb and put the flowers in ( by masking them) and then I decided to die cut something. Unbeknownst to me, the bulb stamp had sucked itself into the cutting mat.

Yes, I did. I rollered the stamp partially through the machine. 

It was not pretty. The stamp was crushed within an inch of its life. More correctly, within 2mm, because that’s the depth a part of it ended up. 

Just an FYI. 

If you add intense pressure to a stamp, it is unlikely to stamp very well at the end of it. Just like crushing your finger in the machine and expecting to play Bach’s Prelude in C Minor no.2 ( which is my current music crush and I’m practicing it very hard!).

Anyhow. Brilliant customer service is alive and well. I emailed the lovely people at Concord & 9th explaining it was entirely my fault but please could I buy another light bulb. 

They sorted me out and were very kind. 

The card…I’ve coloured some vellum with Shin Han alcohol markers and then heat embossed the sentiment. 

The ‘watery bits’ were my good old Docrafts Artiste markers, which are so easy to ‘watercolour’ with. I just spread colour around quickly over the white embossed flowers. 

Was pretty easy, and didn’t take too long. The worst bit was the vellum curling under heat and I had to put it under weights overnight. 

Anyhow. Better go. I’ve got some really different releases coming up I’m involved with, so watch this space! 

Oh and I’m super chuffed to be the cover projects for both Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter mag this month! Do look out for them if you see them!

See you soon xx

January 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm 12 comments

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 5!


I feel like singing, ‘and now, the time is here, I’ll face the final curtain’ 😉

My final week over at Winnie & Walter’s blog as Leading Lady. Who was to know it would be so much fun and how much it would stretch my creativity. I said to Shay (one of the W&W owners) that I’d not really done flower cards very much…but now I LOVE them! This next flower project is one of my favourite cards ever!

I’m loosely basing my projects around ‘gift giving’ this week; hope you can see where I’m going with it! I haven’t posted all of my projects here, so do pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to see the other twoll5a

I wanted it to look like a bunch of flowers, with the vase as the card base. I’ve mixed and matched flowers from both ‘In Bloom: Elsa’s Flora’ and ‘In bloom: Anna’s Flora’. These sets work interchangeably so well because the sizings are the same- which means you get more use out of them. I’ve simply added the sentiment from Winter Woodland


To make it ‘beyond the card’, I’ve added a little acetate frame that I adhere to the front of the card (but knew I’d cover with the blooms). Granted, it does show at the back, but you could  add more flowers on the back of the card, which would be a lovely touch. It was for my Mum who had a special Birthday so it had to be a little bit more special!

I’ve gone a little different for my next gift! A pair of earrings!


I’ve made these pretty quickly (and very easily) using the new In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery Cutaways and black shrink plastic!

I simply die cut the shrink plastic and then shrank them. They were a little wriggly whilst shrinking and probably need a coat of varnish just to give a little strength. For the background I used the Mini Scenery: Multifaceted stamp.


My last (& super quick) project is more of a message from me rather than an actual tag. It was to say ‘thank you’ for having me (Shay & Julie) and for you blog readers for all being so supportive of my projects. It’s been a joy to be with Winnie & Walter the past few weeks, and hugs to all of you.


In case you’re wondering, I’ve die cut the In A word: Hugs cutaway into a piece of cardstock die-cut with the new Leaf Effect Cutaway. I die cut it onto some plain card too. Add some distress inks onto the top of the word. Fold the Leaf Effectpibece in half and adhere to a folded piece of vellum. Insert the ‘hugs’ piece and add sequins to finish!

If you still wanted a chance to win the £30 gift voucher which Shay & Julie have kindly donated, just answer this question..what one thing makes you smile the most?! You’ve got until Nov 2nd to answer that. After Nov 2nd, I’ll tally up all the answers/comments and randomly pick a winner and will announce it here.08910-w2526w_30giftcard

Thanks for visiting me over the past few weeks, you have no idea how much you’ve made me smile!

Keren xx

October 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm 49 comments

Clearly Besotted Sneak Peeks Day 4 !

81ad6-teaser2btimeWelcome back to the last fun day of previews before you can be let loose in the Clearly Besotted Stamp store for the release which goes live tomorrow at 10pm (GMT).

Today, I’ve used two sets to make 2 very different cards. The first is using ‘Make A Splash’photo 1-73 copy 5 It’s a brilliantly fun set. I envisaged this little dolphin playing and leaping out of the water. On closer inspection of the set (which you’ll see in full tomorrow), there is a ripple you can stamp in the water- but in just cutting out the outer ring, it created the perfect ‘hoop’ for little dolphin to sail 2-71 copy 5 You can see the dimension of the elements in that photo- courtesy of some little acetate squares. It lifts them right out of the card and I’ve also used acetate strips to extend the card beyond the usual and add in the clouds. It’s a clever little trick that stops the card looking cluttered but is slightly tricky fitting the card into an envelope 😉photo 3-40 I dug out some old micro beads (remember those?!) and used them to accentuate the waves which were created with distress ink. Stamp some fun drops of water and you’re done!

Onto the next set- the stunning ‘Beautiful Friend’.

It’s got a couple of beautiful sprays in the set, and I just added touches of watercolour (well, water based markers to be precise)photo 4-27 copy 3

I added some white gel pen detailing and some stripes to bring the colour scheme 5-15 copy 3Hasn’t this release been amazing? It’s not finished yet though- do go and visit the other girl’s blogs and you’ll be wowed!

I will be back tomorrow on Release Day with another project for you, so do check back tomorrow.

Thank you for all your kind comments and hello to all of the lovely new visitors!

See you tomorrow then!


August 4, 2015 at 9:14 am 18 comments

Happy Friday…


Happy Friday! 

Hope you’re all ok.

Today I’m showing you this card as it’s one of a set that I’ll be teaching at the new Craft Teaching centre in St Helens called Crafty Fingers. It’s not for kids, it’s covering jewellery making, cake decorating, upcycling…you name it!

I’m teaching the same Summer Flowers class twice on Wed 3rd June at 9:30am and 7pm.

It’s going to be lots of fun- I really enjoy teaching and I can guarantee you’ll have fun and come out with some lovely projects. I’d be super grateful for any of you in the North West passing the info on. Crafty Fingers is a new venture and we’d love it to be a success.

I’m hopefully teaching a small style scrapbook course plus some cards for men, so do keep a look out.

This card is using Waltzingmouse stamps. I love her stamps- fab quality stamps and superb customer service. They deserve to succeed! This set is called Funky Flowers 


I’ve created it using the acetate frame I’ve used in a couple of my cards. Really easy- and as Claire has produced the free cut files to go with it- it’s great for digital cutting machines too.

Well- I’ve got plenty to get involved with- it’s half term holidays now here and there are several munchkins to keep busy.

This week’s goal…more reading…all round.

I do want the littliest to read more.

I also want some more peace and quiet.

Can I get both.

We shall see. I’ll report back soon!


May 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm 3 comments

Dazzling Diva Challenge #60

Happy Wednesday- the week is flying (or blowing by- it’s a good job I’m not super-thin or I’d be whisked off my feet in this wind!!). For this week- the challenge is to make a 3D flower. I attempted one and was too embarrassed to have put it on here so tried again and was happier with this version!
This flower is made by stamping a flower from a set by Indigo Blu twice onto Black Diamond metal

This metal is more matt than most of the other types, but either way, its easy to emboss onto it using Versamark and I’ve used some Wild Wasabi embossing powder (Stampin’Up!). There’s a not funny story with this stamp set. I’d put up some stamps and dies for sale & sold this set yesterday. I just quickly stamped two of the flowers before I cleaned them and packaged them away and then this morning Monica (who owns Add A Little Dazzle) asked me what on earth I was doing selling the set.

Yup- silly idea- but its too late, the guy has paid for and bought this set- I’m sure he’ll get lots of joy from it (&, isn’t it nice seeing a man stamper has bought it!!)

indiflowerThe metal is trimmed and wound around a paintbrush to give the spirals & then some strips of black and silver cardstock. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.

challengepicDo join in- you don’t have to use metal, and there’s a fab voucher up for grabs for the winner- post any projects link to this post and you have until next Tuesday to enter. 3D flowers are brilliant fun creating- the only problem is how am I going to get this in the post?!! I think this will have to be a ‘hand-delivered’ one or maybe I have to make a box to transport in!!

See you soon- stay safe and stay warm!!

Keren xx

January 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm 10 comments

Penelope’s Blossoms & ‘How Do You Do It’

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Morning. Today I have the sad news that I’m giving up blogging forever.




Did you believe me? April Fool’s!

Yeah- a poor one really ,but the best I could do under the circumstances!!

Today’s flowery fusion is using the ever lovely ‘Penelope’s Blossoms’ (click to take you to the Make The Day Special store page)

I wanted to make the whole panel one complete piece- which required some fussy masking. I trimmed out one of the tiny leaf sprigs and the banner onto post-it notes & stamped the leaves, covered one over with the post-it mask & went to stamp the banner then realised that I needed two sprig masks. Because it was so finicky, I couldn’t be bothered to cut out another one, so thought I’d stamp half the banner, move the mask over & restamp the other half. This was the result

photo 2-14You can see both the mistake & the leafy stamping. Once I’d stamped the initial two springs I just masked over the banner and got stampingphoto 3-6

It looks a mess, but once stamped & cut out, I stamped the flowers in bright and vibrant Hero Arts inks, trimmed those out & added to the card. A little flower goes a long way to being a coverup!photo 1-14a

People often seem generally surprised when I tell them how many children we have. There is one usual comment/question that follows that..

‘How do you do it?’

I usually have one of two (& possibly both at the same time) stock responses. when I say stock, they’re no less true, just often repeated..


“with God’s help’.

Most people, were they a fly upon my wall, would never then ask that question. They’d be too busy laughing that they’d probably fall off the wall seeing the family antics.

Take the other morning.

The backstory.. (Steve in very tired mum & several unsettled children.)

‘Mum, mum, mum, I think my plaster has fallen off’. That’s how I awoke at about 6:45 with a plasterless child peering at me.

“WILL YOU TURN OFF THAT RADIO’..silence… more pleading…increasing decibel level as two sisters get into a fracas over a radio alarm that neither intended to get out of bed and turn off.



Someone had lost their shirt. It was there the night before. It had now magically disappeared under a pile of teddybears.

Running..Running. Running from two different directions.


‘Why did you run when you knew I was going to the bathroom?’ The slower child stands crossly outside the door. Amidst pleadings of calm from me, there is now a noisy ‘shush’ ‘shush’ ‘stop it’ as the rabbit is remonstrated for doing something forbidden.

Littlie has now found the shirt but I clock he’s not wearing new socks, so send him back for a clean pair.

Another child has run downstairs and you can hear a ‘beep, beep,beep’.

“oh, no” comes the response. The house alarm is switched off in the nick of time.

By this point I’m nearly dressed, during which time I’ve had a letter thrust at me, a conversation about ‘I’m not going to school today’ as they had had a ‘D&V’ bug the day before.

Someone helpfully shouts downstairs ‘there’s no 48 hour sick rule in our school’ (unlike the primary school). Said child is cross and folorn as they realise that they have to go back to school. This is news to me- although welcome, as I can visit hubby in hospital more easily. Then comes panic as they realise that this new information means that they will be having Food Technology & therefore need all the cooking ingredients.

Downstairs, there is an animated conversation about who had more cereal than the other yesterday and whose fault it is that there is no favoured cereal left. One child resigns themselves to toast as I run top speed downstairs to measure & bag up 10 cooking ingredients.

The ‘cooking child’ is upstairs panicking about having to go to school & meanwhile there are three of us in the kitchen emptying lunchboxes and decanting the sandwiches in the fridge into the boxes. One child decides they have gone off a certain fruit & another is trying to hide the evidence of the fact they’ve eaten two miniscule bites out of their apple yesterday. I clock them. They’re not happy.

Cooking child now flies into the kitchen & despite me having sorted the ingredients out, now panics over the fact that she hasn’t a sick note. We have a protracted discussion over how the form tutor will be sympathetic because her Dad is in hospital & her mother is not superwoman & cannot possibly do everything.

Some kids have had breakfast. Others haven’t managed.

I am now expected to cough up a sizeable amount of cash to pay for something I was unaware of & tell the child I don’t have it. One sister pleads with moneybags daughter to lend it to her, & after some debate, the money is handed over.

It is now too close for comfort. I have to get 3 kids to one school & 2 kids to another. I bundle them out & the everyday ‘who is going to sit in the front seat’ hustings begins. That matter decided upon, we get into the car & whilst I play soothing Classic Fm on the radio, others stick in their headphones & sing along to their preferred music much to the annoyance of the person sitting next to them who has a cacophony of clashing sounds entering their ears. After the usual discussions/debates, the 3 girls get out for school & the boys heave a sigh of relief.

We have a 15 minute drive across the city where one child wants to read me his story book & insists I sign it whilst driving despite me explaining (again) that I can’t use a pen whilst driving. Once stopped, and book signed, we check spellings– oh dear, we haven’t done them. In the mishap of hospital, the spellings haven’t been done. The boy becomes distressed & I tell him it will be fine & his teacher won’t mind.

They get out, run into school & I exchange brief chats with the school mums.

I hurry back to the car, forgetting I’m driving Steve’s car & so walk straight past it.

I get in & exhale.

The time is 8:50. I’m just beginning the day!!


I suspect the answer to the original question on a morning like that is ‘badly’. Having 5 kids is brilliant …& exhausting. Next time someone asks me how I do it, I shall direct them to this blog post!

Better go- I’ve typed for way too long. See you when I’ve written the ‘absent from school’ explanation. I got a text and an email today telling me to send it in!





April 1, 2014 at 1:57 am 8 comments

Dotty Fabric Card & Farms!

I’ve been sorting out my fabric pile and making bags again. My Etsy shop will be updated soon when I can get some decent light to take pictures of the bags. I’ll also be selling many of my cards, so I’ll let you know when they’re posted. Back to the card- because I was doing a clear out- I dug out some little pieces of fabric and decided to create some cards with them. I simply ironed some fusible interfacing onto some spare fabric and cut the flower and leaves out. Once you’ve used the interfacing, the fabric is really easy to cut and won’t fray. I then used a dotted stamp to add some detail in pink. The blue dotted paper was made more exciting bu punching out circles and adding a backing coloured piece behind so the colour showed through. I sewed a long stitch through some light yellow and gathered it together to create the mini flower. The heart button is a set from Cath Kidston. The sentiment is from SU! along with the rhinestones. I’m still using up bits of papers from K & Co & LittleYellow Bicycle.  It really is an ode to dots!

Speaking of dots, I got a lovely email from  lady called Sue who wanted to show me what she’d created after seeing some of my recent cards. I love getting feedback so I thought I’d show you one of the pictures she’d sent me of some of her lovely cards!

She created her definition paper herself on her computer. I love that we can all be inspired by each other! Thanks for sending those pics Sue!

I’ve been staying in again this week. Out of the two germ ridden kids, one of their schools said they didn’t want to see them in school until all their symptoms were gone. As this could be 7-10 days she’s stuck at home- although she’s perfectly happy and not at all ill! Such a shame they couldn’t all be infectious and I could have avoided the school run for a whole week!  Last week I did venture out to a farm with Will. One of the challenges with having a large number  of kids is that it doesn’t leave much time to do fun things as there is so much other stuff to do. I decided to go and visit a farm with Will who is really easily pleased. He really delighted in taking charge and being the ‘leader’ on a walk and then we paid for some animal food so he could feed the chickens or ducks. He was somewhat freaked out by one of the cockerels who headed towards us like an Exocet missile. Once he realised that the cockerel only wanted the brown bag, and I looked after it, he happily threw a handful of feed at the rooster and ran in the opposite direction!

I was a little peturbed by his choosing process- he decided who got fed and when. We walked past some pretty little Bantam hens, and I asked whether he was going to throw them a handful. ‘No’ he said. I asked why , particularly as ‘they look really hungry’. ‘Nope’ he replied, ‘because they’re ugly’! Fortunately he’s not in charge of feeding our family or I wonder whether I’d ever get fed!

Need to go; see you when I’ve made some fabric hearts.. x



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