How photos of my card making have changed.

Hello. Today I thought I would share how I photograph my cards.

As I posted a card on Instagram this morning it made me think about these change from how I photographed my work when I first started a year ago to where I am now.

I use my phone to take all my photos. It is a Samsung S6 edge.

This is where I was a year ago

I started by taking close up photos of my cards.Then I moved to photos of the whole card with a plain background.

Next I moved to slightly different coloured backgrounds using coloured papers before starting to add small props.

I use large 12×12 papers for the backing and use props such as houseplants and candles for standing card photos. For flat photos I use the papers and add props such as pens, ink cubes, invitation flowers and anything I find that matches my colour scheme.

The light in the UK is not great and I hope to one day invest in a good daylight lamp to help with the photo lighting and shadows, especially in the winter months. I currently take my work outside or next to the patio doors where a lot of light comes in.

I am really happy with my progress over the past year. I feel like my crafting is much improved and I am more confident in adding props to my photos. It’s by no means perfect but I can see how much it has changed and I hope to improve further in the future.

Have a great day.


Dinosaur card

Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying the summer so far.

Today I am sharing the dino card I made this morning.

I started the card by die cutting 6 square frames from white cardstock using the Lawn Fawn die set called selfie frames.

I then took a white square card base and marked out where I wanted the frames to go. Once I had done that I masked the edges with post it notes and used distress oxide inks to blend the three square backgrounds.

The background blends are Distress Oxide salty ocean with twisted citron, squeezed lemonade with carved pumpkin, picked raspberry with candied apple.

Once the background squares were blended I layed down three frames and attached them with liquid adhiesive and then repeated again with another frame on top of each to give the frames some depth.

Next I used Copic markers to colour three dinosaurs to match the backgrounds, then die cut them and attached one to the centre of each frame and added a rwar speech bubble.

I stamped a sentiment on each frame using Lawn Fawn inks to match the colours in the frames.

To complete the card I added some small gems and some twine with a bow. I hope you like it.

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Take care for now.


Clean and simple Birthday card.

Hello friends. I hope you are well. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in the UK and have been blessed with some beautiful sunny days. I hope it lasts into the summer holidays so I can enjoy it when I have the summer off work!

Today I thought I would share this card I made as part of the daily marker 30 day challenge. I chose a few random critter images to create a quick card.

I started by stamping and colouring the doughnuts stack from Mama Elephant with Copics. I then chose some critters from Avery Elle (the duck and bunny) Lawn Fawn (the chick) and My Favorite Things (the shark) and coloured them too.

I found some sprinkle paper in my stash which seemed to fit the doughnuts well so I cut a thick strip and attached this to the card base to run along the bottom of the card.

I lined up the critters and doughnuts and attached them using a tape runner. Using a Copic C0 marker I gave a shadow to each of the images to ground them.

To finish I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn and added a pink gem each side to conplete the card.

I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

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Teacher cards.

Hello friends. I hope you are well. They weather is finally on the up and we are having some nice warm sunny days now.

Todat I thought I would share two teacher cards I made this week. Only four weeks left at school here before the six week summer break. Being a pre-school teacher myself I am looking forward to the break and lots if crafty time between keeping my own three kids entertained!

This is the first card. I used lots of different brands to create this. I used a free download paper from Downland Crafts. I printed it on to white Bristol cardstock then trimmed to size and attached to a square white card base.

I then coloured images from the Mama Elephant stamp set Page Huggers, using Copic markers. I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

Next I used stamps from Sugar Pea Designs to add the sentiment and the A+. To finish off I attached the images and die cut a heart shape to complete.

This is the second card. I went for a clean and simple design this time.

I stamped and coloured images from the Mama Elephant new release stamp set called Bookworm. All the images are from the set. Next I used the teacher die from Heffy Doodle. I die cut it twice, once in red and once in white and layered them.

To finish I attached all the images to a square card base

I hope you like the cards. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead.

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Cute cats card

Hello crafty friends.

I hope you are well. Today I made a Birthday card using a new stamp set from My Favourite Things.

The set is called Meow Mix. I started by stamping and colouring the cute images using my copic markers.

Next I made the background by using the My Favourite Things cloud stencil. I used a blending tool and Distress Oxide ink on Bristol smooth cardstock. I then die cut the grass using the Honey Bee Stamps grass border die on some green textured cardstock.

I then added the stamped images and played around to see where I wanted them to sit. When I was happy I adhered them with my tape runner. To complete the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set.

I hope you like the card. I am really happy with the results. Shame we are having cloudy day today which means the lighting for photo isn’t as great as it could be, I am too impatient to wait though as who knows when the next sunny day will be here in the UK!!

Take care for now and if you are new to my blog please check out my Instagram page to see all my work.

Oceans of love card.

Here is my latest card. I used a stamp set from the new My Favourite Things release.

To start the card I took a card base and used the MFT basic shapes circles stencil and blended each circle with Distress Oxide ink blueprint sketch and salty ocean.

Next I coloured the images from the MFT stamp set Beach Buds.

Then used my scan n cut, to cut them out.

I used my tape runner to add the images to the card base.

Next I added the sentiment by heat embossing with Ranger embossing powder liquid platinum. This is definitely my favourite embossing powder, the colour is beautiful and the quality of the powder is lovely.

To finish off I used liquid pearls to add some bubbles.

Thanks for dropping by today. This card was made as part of Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker 30 day Challenge. You can find out more about the challenge here this will link you to Kathy’s blog.

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Safari card

Hello. I hope you are well.

Today I am sharing my safari card.

I used lots of distress ink and a stamp set from My Favourite Things called Safari Party.

To start I used the stitched hillside dies from Lawn Fawn and the grass border die from Honey Bee Stamps to cut the shapes for the background from watercolour paper. I used Distress inks to blend these and the sky.

Next I coloured the cute critters from the Safari Party stamp set and cut them with my scan n cut.

The birds were from a different MET set they were chicks which I coloured to look like parrots as I wanted something to go in the sky.

Once I had all my pieces I started building the scene by layering the background then tucking the animals in place and securing using my tape runner.

To finish off I stamped two sentiments from the stamp set.

I hope you like the card. Thanks for dropping by.

I am currently taking part in the daily marker 30 day colouring challenge.

You can see my work over on my Instagram page