Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Birthday Box xx

Hello everyone

Sorry I haven't been about, we managed to get away for a few days and was soooooooo busy right before we left! Was just lovely to sit back, do some walking and find some normality all while staying away from people! Bliss

Today I wanted to share a wee Exploding Birthday Box I created a few weeks back! 

I actually made 3 cards for this amazing lady, this was for her daughter to give! Plus a card from hubbies Mum to send and one at the last minute from her partner! It was all hush hush and she could't believe they had all contacted me to create something Special for her 70th Birthday!

I used some of my favourite Time for Tea Designs Digi Stamps coloured with my Spectrum Noir Classiques, the Butterflies are an old Crafter's Companion die, some beautiful Carta Bella 12x12 papers, Mulberry Flowers, gems and lots and lots of glitter!

The other two cards I will share over the next few weeks with you all! All different too!

Well I need to get back too work, creating a wee Fairy House and working with some fab new bits and bobs that I can't wait for you all to see!

Stay safe and keep crafting
huggles Mel x

Monday, 6 July 2020

Little Fairy Birthday xx

Morning lovelies and Happy Monday

Hope you are all well? Staying safe as you can be? And not getting blown away or washed away with the crazy weather we are having?? One minute we had glorious sun then damp damp damp! It looked like snow hitting the windows at one point it was so heavy!

Enough of the weather, I'm sharing my wee Fairy House today

It was my mother-in laws birthday yesterday and knowing I would need a card for her and a project for the Use Your Craft Stash Challenge, I combined them! Originally I was making a Fawn for my 'F' project but a fairy was more suited to the Birthday (maybe use it later ....... R for reindeer?? Antlers tho and red nose?????? hmmm)

I used the Dreaming Tree SVG file to create the Fairy House along with my Bazzil 12x12 card stock. I used my favourite papers First Edition Chasing Rainbows and the Fairy image is a Some Odd Girl Digi coloured with my Spectrum Noir Classiques. A fern die from Sizzix to decorate, Nuvo Drops, flowers, gems from Lucy's Cards and not forgetting Fairy lights inside! ohhhh and its Fuchsia

I had picked out more Fairy like colours to look more like a Toadstool but these papers were more girly and perfect for the colour scheme I had in mind! Adding some Distress Ink to the edges to finish brought it to life.

I made a little slot in the back and fed the fairy lights inside with the switch hanging out then glued the whole thing closed. If I had thought I would have 'wired' it so the switch was glued on the underside on the roof

Remember anyone can join in the challenge and play along and we're still working on E and F so foil, fairy, easel, elegant...... anything to match the letter goes

Well I've got a super busy week working on ........ let's say the Titanic may be involved lol
'TTFN' Ta ta for now as Tigger would say
Huggles Mel xx


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

All about E!! xx

Hello lovelies and Happy Wednesday

What a crazy week its been here and its not even over?? From the weather changing constantly and trying to work things out for work and me just having one of my bad weeks its ...... its, well let's just say 'is this week over yet?'

This week we should have been down at my Brothers getting ready to celebrate his Wedding this Saturday!! Sad but luckily they have a date for next year and we can celebrate all together with hopeful no covid to cause problems!

So on to this weeks Challenge at Use Your Craft Stash and its all E and F!! I have no idea why it was so hard to think of an E creation!! I mean now I can but when planning my make it was just not to be found, nothing at all! So I sat at my Mac and look through all my SVG Files and came across this

this little gift bag is the Dreaming Tree SVG Elegant Evening Bag! So that's an E isn't it??

I used some Eggplant coloured card stock, the BEAUTIFUL First Edition Botanical Beauty papers in Emerald, added Distress Ink to the edges then fished with gems and of course a magnet to hold it closed! There was a few too many layers of card to I pierced a tiny hole to help the magnet to get a grip! Next time I'll used stronger magnets heheheh

After all the stress of trying to think of something this came together really easily and I think it will make the nicest little Gift Bag for someone! 

Well, I need to get back to it! I'm trying to create templates, step by steps and all manner of things this week for my magazine pieces! Hopefully you will all like them, I know I do!

Have a great week and stay safe
Huggles Mel xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Dinocorn Dave xx

Happy Wednesday everyone

Hope you're all well? Has it started to heat up where you are?? Its been dull, wet and windy here but warm! Today we have sunshine again tho the weather isn't promising for the weekend AGAIN! Thats not stopping me getting out tho.......... yes I can go out!! Only for a walk just now but WOOHOO!!

Over at Use Your Craft Stash we are still working on Anything Goes with the Letters C and D and I was stumped for my D!! I thought I had something and searched all over my craft room for it but nothing?? But a happy accident happened when one of my craft books landed on my lap .....

and here is my little Dinocorn Dave! Yip a Dinosaur Unicorn

He is from a super pattern in this book

When talking to the girls we weren't sure he needed the flowers?? I thought he still needed something so I made them on a hairband instead so it would be interchangeable! Plus he's so adorable with them hehehehe

I love his little spikes but those legs are the BEST! I can't stop thinking they look like little chicken drumsticks hehehehe

So here is my D crafty bits
Dinocorn or Dinosaur
Denim Colour Wool
Dusty Pink
Double Knitting Wool ??? Ok that ones pushing it

I have some other very emotional HAPPY news! One that seen me sitting in a pile of happy tears on Saturday when the post arrived

Yes! That there is me, swollen eyes and face from crying but so happy that I couldn't help but share!
My lovely editor Lee asked me a way way way back if I wanted to feature as Meet the Maker in Papercraft Essential??? Well at first I was just like NO, too nervous for people seeing me as ME and not just the craft. Hubby pursued me and here we are now! Its in issue 188 and I still can't believe it, little me as a feature!

Well I best actually do some work, I mean being a Maker means I need to do the making
Huggles Mel xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Christmas Castle x

Morning lovelies

Happy Wednesday to you all, hope you're well?
I'm slowly getting through card orders, work and happily playing Animal Crossing. Still in Lockdown but it seems there is slow easing all over, sadly I'll be shielding 

This time over at Use Your Craft Stash we are using the letters C and D with Anything Goes for the nest 2 weeks and also for fun Angela is counting how many of the chosen letter you van get into your craft make???!!! Think I'll leave it between her and Carole

Here's just a little something I made hehehe

My Christmas Castle

I made this from Charcoal card, Crimson card, Centura Pearl, Distress Inks, faux candles to light the towers some Classiques Spectrum Noirs to add details to the windows, some Hat pins and pearls to the towers and then lots and lots of Chloe's Sparkelicious Glitter (I'm still finding it all over my desk)

above is with the faux candles off

I used the Dreaming Tree SVG file Enchanted Winterland that I got a few years back but never had the chance to create! I will need to add the other elements ready to display at Christmas

I hope you will join over on Facebook and play along with the Challenge! Remember its ANYTHING just use the letter C or D with could be as simple as card to Diamond! 

Well best get back to work ..... its a Victorian theme today hehehehe
Huggles Mel xx

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

BBbbbbbbb Bumblebee xxx

Morning all

Yip me again, two days in a row lol! Don't worry it won't be a common occurrence lol well maybe not??!! Yesterdays post was a few days later getting on but I eventually got there

Today I wanted to share a wee Letter B!!

This week at the challenge Use Your Craft Stash we are still on Anything Goes but with the option of the letter B! So here is my Bumblebee

How cute is it??
I used a fab Silhouette Cameo Design Studio file I have had at leat 2 years and just never got around to making! I'm sure it might have been free at the time?? But you can find it in store here

I used Black card from my stash, b-ellow card, b-ellum, b-lue, b-uvo b-rops and a b-owel inside the stand to hold him up! Ok yes I might have cheated there but gotta get as many "Bs" as I can heheheh! So yellow card, vellum, glue, Nuvo Drops and a dowel inside was what I really used! 

Remember you still have until Sunday to join in, so come on! We'd love to see what you create!

Now I better start some actual work! Its been a slow morning being distracted by Animal Crossing

Take care and stay safe
Huggles Mel x
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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Silver Wedding xx

Happy Tuesday 
How are we all doing this week? Another week in lockdown and another week shielding! But things are looking better so hopefully it will continue if everyone follows the rules and sticks to Social Distancing!

Ok enough of the heavy .....

I've been working away on card orders this week and also Autumn makes for my allocations, yes Autumn lol! I also just got my first Christmas one in!! Don't worry still a few more months before it actually goes on sale

Today I wanted to share a wee Silver Wedding Exploding Box I was asked to make for a lovely lady to send to her Brother and Sister-in-Law during the first few weeks of Lockdown

I used some old silver toned pattern papers I've had in my stash a while and teamed them with my favourite Bazzil 12x12 White Card and Mulberry Flower to decorate

I cut out some files on my Silhouette as I couldn't find any of my dies or stamps I normally would team with Wedding or Anniversary cards but they worked out really well! I just coloured up the Champagne with Spectrum Noirs and added lots of sparkle to finish it off

I know the couple loved it and this was my first wee Exploding Box I had created in a while! Loved every minute of it and can't wait to make another

Well I best get back to work and then maybe bake some cookies for my hard working hubby

take acre and all stay safe in these crazy times
huggles Mel xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Vintage Wardrobe xx

Happy Wednesday

How are we all doing this week? Are you getting on well? Staying safe?
I know its so hard but when the sun is shining it does make this Lockdown and shielding that little bit easier! And so does buying cactus lol

Today I wanted t share a little something I made for this weeks challenge over at Use Your Craft Stash on Facebook

Again this week we have an Anything Goes theme so I dug through my paper stash and found these vintage inspired Kaiser Crafts papers and toppers called Sage and Grace and turned it into a Vintage Wardrobe using an SVG file

I used some Distress Ink in Weathered Wood for a soft subtle look on the papers and card. Used real working hinges and finished with a little clasp to hold it closed. I might make a small scene to go inside but for now I'm really pleased with it!

I'm slowly working through some cards for big Birthdays coming up and also playing Animal Crossing when I can get away with it. But today is for crafting then enjoying the sunshine!

Take care all, stay safe and craft
Huggles Mel xx