Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My favourite makes of 2014

It's been an enjoyable year's crafting for me.  Here's some of my favourite creations that I thought I'd share with you :)

This birthday card above was my first attempt at quilling and parchment craft. 

loved making this card for my niece Livvy's 11th birthday.  Like me, she adores owls.  

This twisted easel, 3D decoupage card was a joy to put together.  The page extract is taken from the actual scene of the story.  I was delighted to find the Queen of Hearts ribbon.

For this project I used some acetate to attach the hot air balloon so it had some movement.  I folded a strip of acetate and glued it under the background paper and to the back of the hot air balloon.

I was delighted to discover Santoro London papers and embellishments this year. Their range of crafting goodies are beautiful.  Perfect for my butterfly obsession!
I made this gate-fold card for my great aunt's birthday.

This baby owl birthday card was great fun to make using a variety of textures.  I loved the bright colours.

Life's a beach :) I enjoy playing with handmade paper and teasing out the threads. I just dab some water around the edges using a paintbrush and gently tear to create this effect.  

I gave this card to my wife on her birthday. The quote is taken from Teresa Collins 'stationery noted' paper.  There are some wonderful quotes on the sheet; I like 'Do not let anyone ever dull your sparkle'

This is a picture of my desk a few weeks ago when I was busily preparing cards for a local charity called Care for the Carers in Eastbourne. 

This particular quote has been of great inspiration for me this year.  
The full saying is:“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present.” -Alice Morse Earle

This altered art project was challenging but I was very pleased with the results. Thanks and credit to Mark Gould for the inspiring course at That Craft Place and help in making this. The Tic Tac Toe box is from Tando-Creative.  I used DecoArt acrylic paints and sandpaper.

I've really enjoyed playing with these papers and have made several cards.  The papers were free with Papercrafter magazine.  I made this card for a friend's birthday.  I used a thin paintbrush handle to roll the papers and secured with strong adhesive tape.

I have found the Tim Holtz Idea-ology 'Lost and Found' papers to be great for mens birthday cards.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my post.
Here's to a fabulously creative Happy New Year!!
Angela x

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Hi all :)

Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  

Yes it's that time for a blog hop...take a look at Julia Dunnit's blog to discover more about this fabulous opportunity to have a nosey round other peoples' desks...

Here's a peek at my desk area:

To the left is a Decopatch project I'm working on for a friend's birthday present.  As you can see, I'm half way through covering my HOME letters.  Having coated the papier mache letters with Gesso/white acrylic paint, i then glued on an assortment of torn papers using Decopatch Glossy Glue. I painted over the letters with Ultra matte Finishes Sealing Varnish No.3.

On the right of this is a New Home card surrounded by some of the materials and tools i used.  Here's a closer view of the card:
Beyond this card is my new Awesome Auntie mug and coaster which i received for my 40th birthday.  You might just be able to make out the scattering of '40' confetti which I am still finding 10 days later!!  Behind the mugs are 2 gorgeous handmade birthday cards that i was thrilled to receive.  There's no escaping my new era!  One card from my cats said 'You're not're just 21 with 19 years of experience'!!!  Another said '40 & still a bit naughty'!!!  I also loved the card that said quite simply 'Keep calm and just lie about your age'!!!

I was completely spoilt and had a fantastic day brimming with surprises :) 
I absolutely loved my birthday cake which was designed with the theme of 'My Favourite Things':
Thank you Anushka Rampling for making this glorious cake for me.  I didn't want to cut into it, too beautiful and special! But i can confirm that it tastes delicious!!

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my desk.  Your comments are really appreciated.  Looking forward to hopping round your inspiring desks :) 

Happy crafting :)

Angela, Angelgreetings xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Back at last! - with my top 10 makes of 2013

Greetings to you all :)

It has been a while since my last post, but I've kept up with the crafting-there's no stopping me!  I have chosen some of my favourite projects from 2013 to share with you :)

'I'm late! I'm late!'-I created this card for my wife's 40th Birthday, inspired by
her favourite book, she loved it so much, it's still up on the mantlepiece!

I enjoyed making this Christening card for twin boys:

I made this card for a friend's parents' 
60th Wedding Anniversary:

This was a new challenge, altering a plain book - a birthday present for a keen gardener:

'Have A Hoot!' -I made this card for a friend's 50th Birthday, I've developed a love for owls! 

My first attempt with the vintage look for this thank you card:

'Twit twoo' -I made this card for a friend's daughter's 
1st Birthday:
Last year I discovered Steampunk, this was my first make in this style: 

The following project started out as a plain papier mache frame that I covered in several layers of torn pieces of paper, card and craft tape.  I made this for my brother to illustrate his trip to Vietnam and Cambodia:

Here is the reverse side of the frame:

Another discovery I made last year is decoupatch, I'm addicted now!  I layered these 20cm tall papier mache letters by glueing on a mixture of torn decoupatch papers and painted over with a layer of PVA glue for a gloss finish.  I gave it to my older brother for a Christmas present:

Here's to another year of creative crafting!!

Belated New Year wishes :) Angel xx