Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas wallets

Hello everyone

Sorry I've not been around. I've just not been in the mood and haven't been in my craft room. I will be glad when Christmas is over this year.....although this year we do have a few extra for dinner! My daughter and grandsons are coming as her hubby is at work...she is a bit can't cook, won't cook or if truth be known just doesn't want to cook hahaha. It's certainly going to be a different Christmas anyway! 

Yesterday I thought I'd better make a couple of gift envelopes. They are made from A4 card which I've scored and folded. I then used the corner rounder on the flap. I've used red card and gold mirror card for the layers. One folder has been scored all over and the other one I used a tattered lace embossing folder on. I finished with an SB snowflake die and a gem. 

Before I go folks I would like to thank everybody for your support this year. It has been a very difficult one for so many of my crafty buddies and I really hope 2018 is a lot better for us all. Thank you for being so kind and for all your lovely comments. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a fabulous new year....much love to you all.....Lea X

Friday, 15 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Hi all

I'm not going to write a whole lot tonight. I'm feeling a bit on the quiet side which is a miracle really lol!

My card is made using the Midnight blue card again. I layered it with cream card. The top layer was embossed using a Sue Wilson card. The wreathe was made using a Tonic die. I cut this out three times and offset it. The poinsettia is the old faithful which is an SB die. I added navy stitched ribbon and tons of clear gems and pearls. The sentiment was from an LOTV stamp. 

There you go guys I said it would be short and sweet. Be back again soon...take care all....Lea x

Monday, 11 December 2017

More weaving!

Hi all

Here we are again! It's still freezing cold out. I had to brave it for some blood tests but I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere otherwise. Apparently it's going to be very cold tonight and tomorrow....bbbbrrrr! 

Anyway I have another woven card today. I've used the same Midnight blue card...I just love this's so classy! My weave this time is different to the last two cards - the weaving dies are so versatile and you can make all sorts of patterns with any colour way you fancy. The other great thing is you can mix the pierced pieces with the waste pieces (look carefully you'll see the plain pieces which are left over after cutting the die) and get the effect I've got here. I also used the double pierced square to make an aperture to sit round the pierced piece. This was all layered with coconut white card. The sentiment is from a stamp set by Creative's a lovely set of stamps with lots of flowers and a few sentiments. 

Anyway I'm really pleased with this card - I've just got to find the right finishing touches for it......Lea x

Sunday, 10 December 2017

My new love!

Hello all

Wow what's happened to the weather....I think it's either you love it or you hate it weather. I like looking at it but I'm not sure I'd want to be out in it. I must admit it's the deepest snow I've seen for years. 

Thank you for your very supportive thoughts on my last post. It really makes you think about how many people there are in the same boat as you out there. I want you to know you are all in my thoughts too. 

Right now to my card. You must be wondering what my new love is....well it is Sue Wilson Intermediate Weaving die. Julia Watts is very much a fan of this die and she has now got me addicted. I've made two cards using it and have two more weaved backgrounds ready for more cards. Looks like my family who have birthdays in February will be getting weaved cards. This card is actually for Mr B for his birthday - don't worry folks the likelihood of Mr B looking at my blog is zero so he won't see it! I haven't put the gems on yet as I need to get the right ones - another excuse to spend money on crafty goodies. 

The only thing that is not from Sue Wilson or Creative Expressions is the embossing folder used on the background - that is from Crafters Companion and the 'husband' stamp and die which is from Clearly Besotted. I just love the Hexagon dies...I bought the other two decorative sets too as I got a fab deal on Black Friday from Craftstash - the price and delivery were excellent so I would definitely use them again. The blue card is Midnight blue and is gorgeous. I really like the Creative Expression card and seem to be going through tons at the mo. 

This second card is not one I can take credit for as I made it at Julia Watts workshop a few weeks ago. I tweaked mine slightly by reorientating it, changing the flowers and adding a ribbon and bow. It does show how different the weaving die can look. You can see the original card and more of Julia's cards on her Facebook page or her website if you go on the weaving dies it shows lots of Julia's examples.

Right folks that's me finished rambling on. I'll be back with another weaved card tomorrow.....Lea X 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Stars galore!

Hi everyone

Well im sorry I've been awol for a few days....I've not really been in the mood tbh. We are heading towards Christmas very fast and unfortunately it's not having a very good effect on me. Memories from last year are creeping in. Mum was taken extremely ill just after Christmas last year and I didn't realise at the time it would be the last christmas with my darling Dad. Mum and Dad have come to us for Christmas for the last 14 years.  Dad and I used to love being in the kitchen together with a glass of port on Christmas morning - I used to love the fact he'd steal the Christmas chocolates off my Christmas tree and leave the empty wrappers hanging for me to find. I'll be very honest and say I really would cancel Christmas this year if I could get away with it. Unfortunately I can't so I will soldier on (they'll be no choccies on the tree though!). Sorry guys I really am feeling sorry for myself today - I know there are certain other lovely crafters going through the same thing - I'm thinking of you. 

Now I've finished whinging I'll tell you about my card. I used a Sue Wilson embossing folder for the Kraftcard star background. The teddy was coloured in a long, long time ago and was just in a box in my cupboard. I think he was one of my first forays into colouring with Promarkers. The Stars were cut out using a Sapphire die. I have no idea where the sentiment came from. I finished the card with blue gems. 

Well that is me definitely done today folks. I hope to be a bit cheerier next time I pop in. Catch you again soon....Lea X

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Awesome son!

Hi all

I hope this finds you well. This is a short post as I am really tired today. I am having a very quiet day. 

This card was for my youngest son's birthday. I was playing around trying to make a buckle card. I wasn't completely happy with it...I just feel there's something missing. It wasn't until I had put the card together I realised the middle die cut is facing the wrong way. I meant to have all the buckle parts facing the same way.....heyho I suppose it works. The star embossing folder used is a Sue Wilson one - the buckle is made using an old SB labels 18 die set. The sentiment was cut in the cream and the navy  - I then offset the navy behind the stamped word. I then cut the flag from a Sue Wilson die and threaded it through the buckle. I finished with navy gems. 

Thanks for coming by...I'm off for a nap now.....Lea x

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Special Grandson

Hello everyone

Thanks for coming by....and for your lovely comments. Mum read all your comments yesterday - she was quite amused at them....thank you! 

My first card today is the one I made for my youngest grandson Nyle. The image reminds me of him as he is an absolute whirlwind. The image is from an LOTV stamp. When I use this stamp I quite often leave it black and ŵhite. The wording is also LOTV. Obviously Ive used lots of black and white layers. The number is from a Tonic die. I finished this card with bakers twine and some black pearls. 

I also used the stamp for this card for my nephew. As you can see I kept it monochrome again. The background was made from a large stamp but I have no idea where it's from. I finished with black pearls again. 

Well that's me for today...have a great day tomorrow...Lea X 

Christening card!

Good evening all

Well here I am again. Just a short post from me. My card is a commissioned christening card - I always worry about making cards to order in case the card isn't what the customer expected. Fortunately all was ok with this one. 

I stuck to my tried and tested format with this card. The little girl is from an LOTV art pad...she is just so cute. The wording was PC generated and cut out with SB loopy circles dies. The balloon die cut is from a Sapphire die. I just added ribbon, lace and pearls to pretty it all up. I then made a matching box. The die cut on the box is from Tonic. 

Thanks for coming by and for your lovely comments....Lea x

Monday, 20 November 2017

Engagement card

Hi everyone

Hope this finds you well. Thank you for your kind comments on my last post. 

Before I talk about my card today I want to say a very special hello to someone Mummy! Mum has recently gone on the net at the grand old age of ??? - she'll throttle me if I say her age lol. Anyway I was showing her today how to access my blog and I promised I'd say hi to her if she can find me again! So if you're there Mumsy - hello and lots of love xxx

My card is an engagement card I made for my lovely niece. The image, backing card, pearls and ribbon are from The Hobbyhouse. The pink card is from Anna-Marie designs.. The flowers and leaves are made using a Sue Wilson die. The sentiment is PC generated. 

That's me for today...until next time....Lea x

Sunday, 19 November 2017


Hi all

Hope you are well. Thankyou for all your lovely comments on my posts. Not much to report from this end except for my mum flooded the bathroom and my grandson has broken his hand. Don't ask!!!

As you probably know I don't particularly like making men's cards but unfortunately I had a ton of men's cards to make for November. The next few days could be flooded with men's cards!

This card was made for my son-in-law. It's actually unusual for me to make an A5 card but I did! The two background pieces were made by inking onto black card with distress oxides. I then used a damp sponge to lift some of the ink. I then embossed a piece of black card to make a band across the card. The sentiment is from Hobbyart. It is from a set of different birthday verses. The son-in-law stamp was from one of the very first sets of stamps I own...the name escapes me at the moment. 

Thanks for coming by. Until next time guys....Lea x

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Hello everyone in Blogland

It's been another quiet day here in the Brawn household. I hope you've had a good day. 

I have two Christmas cards today. I have made a couple of other special cards to show but until they have been received I can't show them! 

The first card was made using quite a lot of the stash I've used on other cards. The embossing folder is one I like a lot as it has a different top and bottom. I used my fave SB loopy circles and Sue Wilsons wording die. I finished it with a band of ribbon and some black pearls. 

The second card was made using a penguin die which was a freebie from a magazine. Both the top and bottom card were embossed using two different Sue Wilson folders. The snowflakes were the waste from cutting out the large penguin.....the other black blob is a baby penguin hahaha. I finished with some silver pearls and a sentiment from a Creative Expressions stamp set. The silver oval is meant to represent a water hole lol. 

That's me done today folks. Take care....Lea x

16th birthday boy

Hello everyone in Blogland

I hope you've had a good few days. All is quiet here. The only thing I've done really is get new eyes....yay! I love getting new glasses as its only a two year treat as I have varifocals and the lenses are sooooo expensive! I was finding it very hard to read - an age thing I'm afraid - so it was time for a change. 

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. It's very kind...I've tried to keep on top of your blog posts. I don't think I've missed anyone. I do my best...honest! 

My card is one I made for my gorgeous eldest grandson Owen. He was 16 on Monday and has grown into a fabulous young man. I backed white card onto black. One layer has been embossed with a zigzagged folder from Tonic - unfortunately it's difficult to see in the photo. The red layer is embossed with a Sue Wilson starry folder. The stars and balloons are cut from Sapphire dies and the numbers are from Tonic. The wording is from a stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted. The candles were made from rolled up plain black and white paper. I used a ruler and gel pens to create the lines on the candles and added little flames. Phew I think that's all! Every time I look I see something else. If I've missed anything let me know! Oh - I finished with black pearls! 

Right that is me done....take care all....Lea X

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Hobbyhouse Christmas

Hi everyone

Sorry I've been awol for a few days. I'm not sure where I've been lol I just know I haven't blogged or got round to looking at your fabulous creations. I'm currently trying to remedy that!

My card today is made using Hobby House products. I used a Sue Wilson embossing folder on the first layer of card. The patterned papers were  backed onto red card. A band of two different ribbons were put across the centre and a matching bow made out of the darker ribbon. The snowflake die is also a Sue Wilson one and the image has been cut out with a smaller die from the same set. I hung a snowflake charm from the ribbon with a piece of string. I finished with some gems and pearls. 

We've had a lovely day today as some of Mr Bs family came to visit. My very lovely niece announced she has just got engaged so that was really lovely news. I'd better get working on that card now so that's me done for tonight. I hope to be back a little quicker next time. Have fun...Lea X 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Nearly Christmassed out!

Hi everyone

Thank you for your lovely comments on my posts. I must admit I'm nearly christmassed out...I'll be glad when I've finished the Christmas cards now. Although having said that today I had a fabulous day at a workshop at Creative Expressions. It was run by Julia Watts and a lot of fun. We made four Christmas cards and I used the weaving dies Julia really loves - and along with loads of other things I just love them too!

Both my cards I'm showing today were made using a piece of card covered in Cosmic Shimmer Glitter kiss. After the card was dried I put it through a Sue Wilson embossing folder. I backed both bits onto black card but added a poinsettia made with an SB die onto one piece and added ribbon to the second to make it into a parcel. The sentiment on the parcel was stamped using a Woodware stamp and cut out using the Sue Wilson pierced flag die. I finished with some black pearls on the poinsettia and a gem on the parcel. I hope that all makes sense...Lea x

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Quick and easy!

Hi everyone

A very quick post today. I hope you're having a great week so far. Thank you for the lovely comments on my posts. - I am always very greatful for them. 

I'm still on the Christmas cards. These are very quick cards made using card from Anna Marie. The first card was made using an embossing folder to which I added a green band. I cut a poinsettia using my SB die. I finished it with some tiny pearls. 

The next cards were also made with card by Anna Marie. The wording was a large Tattered Lace die that almost fills an A5 card. I put a contrasting colour behind it and added it to another layer. Again I finished with tiny pearls. As I said very quick and easy cards. Until next time....Lea x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Christmas continues....

Hello all

I hope you are having a great weekend. It's a quiet one here - bliss! I've tried to get some more quickie Christmas cards made but I feel like I've still got to make loads. Helllp!

My first card is made using a Sue Wilson die. I cut it out of red Creative Expression card and layered it onto a Matt gold card by Anna Marie. The word die is also by Sue Wilson and I layered the gold onto the red so it looks like it has a shadow. This was placed on a SB loopy circle die cut. I cut out a poinsettia with a SB die and added this to a corner. I finished with some different sized pearls. I must admit I'm not overly in love with the Matt gold...if I did this again I think I'd change to mirror card. 

I then did some very quick cards again but in a different colour way. The blue card is from Creative expressions and the patterned papers and images from LOTV. I used the same SW frosty snowflake dies. I added some tiny red gems and a bit of stickles. 

Thanks for coming by. Thank you as always for your lovely comments....Lea x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

A bit of sparkle

Hi all

I hope you've had a good day. Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments. 

Today's card is another Christmas card. For the bottom of the card I used another piece of background I made using Salty Ocean oxide ink.  I completely inked a piece of card then placed the snowflake mask (Phill Martins) over it and flicked water onto it. I lifted the mask and rolled some kitchen roll over it. I put this to one side to dry. When dry I stamped a Woodware sentiment onto it. I used a snowflake folder to emboss a piece of cream card and then cut this at an angle leaving myself with a piece for another card. I glued the snowflake piece to silver mirror card then put foam tape on the back of the cream piece and added it to the snowflake card. This was then added to another piece of cream card backed onto silver. I added some tiny snowflakes that I'd kept for a rainy day after using a punch on another piece of card. I put tiny pearls onto them and onto a corner of the card. I meant to say all the card is all from Creative Expression. 

Right I'm off to my bed now. Catch you again soon...Lea x

Second time lucky!

Hello everyone

Well I'm really having one of those days today. I've already tried to post once but Blogger shut down on me! I'm now rewriting my post for a second time. 

Anyway I had said I was a bit cheesed off with Christmas earlier. I'd made a couple of cards I may blog another day as I'm not sure about them yet! In the meantime I decided to make some A6 cards using LOTV images from a Christmas art pad and Sue Wilson dies. I finished them with teeny weeny red gems. 

Thanks for coming by. Until next time....Grumpy X 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Getting inky!

Hi everyone

I hope this finds you all well. Thank you for your lovely comments and for popping by. I thought I was behind on my commenting but I wasn't. I feel like I've missed a day...probably because on Saturday I went to a workshop run by Julia Watts - Leonie Pujol was also there! It was a fab day...Julia is just as she is on the TV...I really like her a lot (I've been on a couple of other workshops ran by her as I'm very lucky to live not far from Creative Expressions in Kettering and Yardly Gobion where Julia also does workshops).

A lot of what we did involved making our own backgrounds. The first card was made using a design that Julia had planned for us. The card was made by inking the card and then using masks (and a splritz of water) to create the background. We then inked a Woodware stamp with black Versafine and embossed it with clear embossing folder. I must admit I hated my background as I thought it was too dark but Julia insisted it was a fab background and when I put my image on it it would look totally different. I must confess to absolutely loving it by the time I'd finished mounting it on black card. So much so that as I had a piece of the inked card left I went on to stamp another Woodware stamp onto it and when I got home I mounted that and after adding a gorgeous piece of ribbon from Creative Expressions I made a card using it. Leonie also showed us different techniques with inks which was great - I worked with products I'd never used before like crackle paste for instance. It was quite amusing because Leonie showed us how to drag ink across the page with a wide paint brush leaving straightish lines - well because of my tremor I ended up with lots of very wavy lines across - the ladies on my table made me laugh as they said they couldn't do nice wavy lines if they tried 😂. Anyway I was absolutely shattered by the end of the day...this crafting malarkey is very tiring hahaha. 

On Sunday I decided to have a play with inks and a Phill Martin snowflake mask to create my own snowflake background. The Gorgeous ink is the Salty Ocean Oxide. The greeting is a Woodware stamp and the snowflake die cut is from a Sue Wilson set. The bling was from my stash. This was mounted on Midnight Blue card from Creative Expressions and onto white card from The Range

This last card I dislike intensely. I decided to make an A5 card for a I hardly ever make anything other than square cards. I've realised why after making this card.....there's just too much awkward space to fill. This card would have been far better without the bottom half of the card (cover the bottom half and you'll see what I mean!!!!). As far as I'm concerned it was a waste of a nice background lol! Right moan over folks...catch you again very soon....Lea X