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Hi Everyone!!!!
I thought I’d show you this rosette card I’ve made from strips of double sided patterned paper. The centre element was created with justrite stamps.

We will be making this card on a workshop at Stampeezee in Coventry next Wednesday evening 3rd March. Give Debbie a ring on 024 76591901 if you’d like to come along.

Card Recipe

  • Double sided patterned paper
  • Justrite stamps
  • Whale of a punch for the corners
  • Scalloped square nesties
  • Gems from the stash

Here’s a close up of the centre…

Love to see you if you can come to the workshop.

Hugs Sonia xxx


Happy Sunday!!!

Well half term is nearly over, back to normal tomorrow, it’s been really nice having the kids at home and not having to rush about in the mornings.

I thought I’d show you some acetate cards I’ve made, ready for a workshop at Stampeezee in March.

Dream Big

I have attached an acetate sleeve, cut with an XL sissix die, to a blank black base card. The acetate has then been stamped with a little doodle stamp in white staz on ink. The sentiment is a justrite stamp, just stamped in black ink and cut out using a scalloped round nestie. The square background is another justrite stamp set, which has been stamped with a versamark pad and then heat embossed with a detail white powder. I ‘ve then added a strip of white card, a bow and a couple of gems and hey presto!!!!

I’m sorry the card doesn’t show up very well in the piccie, but it was created in the same way as the previous card by cutting the actual card out with an XL sissix die. It was then put through the big shot in a cutllebug embossing folder, to create an embossed background ( this doesn’t show up very well either ). I’ve then embossed a piece of silver card with a cuttlebug die and mat and layered it onto white and black squares, cut using nesties. A punched border has been added to the top of the card and then added a ribbon and some gems. There is also a square panel inside the card where you can write your message.

…and finally….

For this one I’ve sponged different coloured inks onto a blank white square base card, onto this I’ve stamped the sentiment and little swirls at the top of the card in black staz on ink. Then on the acetate cover I’ve stamped the large swirl in the bottom left corner and the fairy in black staz on ink. I’ve added a ribbon and some pearls to finish it off.

Well I hope you like these!!!

 I’m off to the trade show at the NEC tomorrow, be nice to see what’s new in the crafting world and maybe get some inspiration. There will be a few famous crafting faces there including Tim Holtz , I love watching him work, may be I’ll get a photo.

Hugs Sonia xxx

Yay!!! it’s nearly the weekend again and the snow we had yesterday is starting to thaw, thank god.It took me 2 hrs  to make a journey home that normally takes about 25 mins, was I glad to make it back safely, it was a bit hairy at times.

Well on to my project. I got the tutorial for this cantilever box from my friend Sarah B, she has some wonderful projects on her blog CARD OASIS, take a trip over and have a look.

I’ve made one slight change and added a handle. I had a great time making it.

 I asked Sarah if I could do this box on a workshop at stampeezee, she said she would be honoured, thanks a lot Sarah!!!!!!. So the dates are Saturday 6th March 10am ~ 1pm or Tuesday 23rd March 10.30am ~ 1.30pm. If you’re in the Coventry area and fancy having a go give Debbie a ring on 02476 591901 and book a place, I’d love to see you!!!!

Here’s a closer look at the top of the box, my lovely friend Marlene showed me how to make these flowers, they’re great, thanks hun!!!! The branches were punched with a McGill punch.

The top two boxes cantilever out like this ……

I think it would be great to give chocolates or little bath products in as a gift, what do you think it would be good for?

Thanks for looking.

Hugs Sonia xxxx

Half term is here and I’m looking forward to having the children at home, hopefully I can slob around in my dressing gown for a while in the mornings, instead of having to get dressed to do school runs.

Well I’ve combined 3 challenges with this one. A spoon full of sugar, 1 patterned paper, 1 embossing, 1 ribbon and 1 button. Anyone for Anya which is flower power, to use flowers somewhere in the project and Create 4 fun, which is a sketch that I’ve followed.

The image I’ve used is from the greetings farm, she is called Izzy and is one of the twinkle tots. She is coloured in with promarkers. The papers are from a 6×6 pad called bloom and grow, the rectangle at the back of Izzy is embossed but it doesn’t show up to well in the picture.The ribbon/ braid I got reduced from Hobbycraft some time ago.

The flower, I found over on Becca Fekkan’s blog Amazing paper grace, has been made out of the 12″ borderabilities classic lace spellbinders die. I’ve cut the border into sections and then stuck five around a button and then added a sentiment in the middle. Becca is one talented lady!!!

Here’s a close up of the flower, hopefully, with a bit more practice, they will get a bit neater the more I make.

And here’s a close up of Izzy.

I hope this card meets all the requirements for these challenges.

Thanks for looking!!!!

Hugs Sonia xxx



I’m over the moon, I’ve been picked as the winner of the colour create challenge last week. This was the winning entry…

I  feel really honoured THANKS!!!

Hugs Sonia xxx

Hi everyone!!!

I thought I’d show you something other than a card today, so here’s a photo frame I’ve decorated ready for a workshop at Stampeezee.

The frame is a back to basics frame, I’ve coloured it by using alcohol inks in three shades of brown and blending fluid on a blending block, Which I’ve then dabbed all around the frame. Then I’ve used the gold alcohol ink and blending fluid in the same way to achieve the gold highlights.

The roses are made out grunge paper, which I’ve cut some flower shapes out of with a sissix die. I’ve then inked these with an orange marmalade distress ink pad, added a stitch effect around the petals with a fineliner black pen and then cut into the flowers and shaped them into rose petals ( it takes 3 flowers to make one rose) the petals are heated with a heat gun and rolled over a kebab stick to give them shape. These have then been stuck together with crystal lacquer, left to dry and then sprayed with Gold glitter spray.


The leaves have been created in the same way, with a sissix die, coloured with peeled paint distress ink, stitch detail added, heated and shaped and then sprayed with gold glitter. I’ve used crystal lacquer to stick everything to the frame.

Oh and if you were wandering the photo was taken quite a few years ago LOL.

If you fancy making one of these and live near Coventry give Debbie at Stampeezee a ring and come along to the workshop, I’d love to see you!!!!

Hugs Sonia xxxx

Is it cold enough for you brrrrr, it’s snowing here!!!!!

Over at Passion For Promarkers this week the challenge is “All creatures great and small” picked by DT member Sarah, sponsored by Letraset. I’ve also followed the sketch at Sketch Saturday by Ria, sponsored by Kiki art from Canada.

I’ve chosen to use this lion from Magnolia has he hasn’t seen any ink yet, I know what your thinking, I’ve got too much stuff and YES !!!! your right but I’m an addict and not the only one I’m sure.

Card recipe

  • Image Magnolia Lion.
  • Coloured with promarkers.
  • DP 6×6 bloom and grow & foot print from the stash ( had this ages).
  • Circle, plain and scalloped nesties.
  • SU plain and scalloped oval punches.
  • Woodware jungle leaf punch, in 2 sizes.
  • Cherry blossom flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
  • Sentiments from a creative expressions set.

Here’s a close up of that cute lion…

I wonder if this snow will settle, I hope not.

Have a good day whatever you’re doing and thanks for looking, Please leave a comment as I love to read them!!!!!

Hugs Sonia xxxx

I thought I’d share this card that I made for a friend of a friend. It’s a congratulations you’re expecting card. Apparently this pregnancy is a bit of a miracle.

I thought it was about time I dusted down my cricut expressions machine. So I’ve cut the pregnant lady out using the New Arrival cartridge and pieced her together. The Frame has been cut with a Nellie Snellen oval die on the Big Shot. The DP are Graphic 45 and the sentiment was computer generated, this makes it easy to personalise the card. The side borders have been punched with a Fiskars apron lace punch.

Here’s a close up..

I hope Claire and Paul liked it.

Thanks for looking,

Hugs Sonia xxx

Helloooooo Everyone!!!

Doing well with this combining two in one. This time Just Magnolia’s theme is hearts and flowers, sponsored by wild orchid crafts. I just love their flowers , I use them loads and I ‘ve followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday, sponsored by the craft barn, this is a fab sketch to work with.


Card Recipe.

  • Images from the Winter Magnolia Kit.
  • Coloured with promarkers.
  • DP Making Memories Love struck collection, available from Stampeezee
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Oval nesties.
  • McGill branch punch and square punch for the envelope
  • Sentiment printed from a CD
  • Flowers, gardenia and cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Pearls from the stash.

Here’s a few close ups….


….and those gorgeous flowers, I’ve spritzed them with pearl glimmer mist…


….and those two heart embellishments, I ‘ve added some sakura glitter pen to theses to give them a bit of sparkle….



….and the envelope that has been folded out of a punched scalloped square. You can also see the embossed background in more detail in this piccie…


I really like the colours on this card!!!

Hugs Sonia xxx

Hi everyone!!!!

Two challenges in one today. The Sketch over at Friday sketchers has been hosted by Jeanette from Canada and Sponsored by Rebecca from Totally Stampalicious and at Penny Black Saturday sponsored by PB Stamps it’s make something for someone special.


Card Recipe.

  • Image Penny Black, Squeeze till I squeak 1664 J
  • Sentiment Penny Black, Stuck on you 2294E
  • DP graphic 45
  • Nellie Snellen square die.
  • Martha Stewart double loop deep edge border punch.
  • Spellbinders heart border die
  • McGill branch punch.
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
  • Pearls & bow from the stash.

Here’s a close up of those gorgeous little mice.


I thought I’d try something different to colour these little cuties in with, so I’ve watercoloured them with my Stampin Up inks. I love the subtle tone and think I’ll be using this method again.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back tomorrow with another card.

Hugs Sonia xxx