Archive for ‘Children’

February 17, 2018

Punch art polar bear …

Hello and welcome. This week’s theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is polar bears.  I saw a really cute shaped card on Kristi’s blog and was inspired to make my own polar bear version using punch art…

Kristi shared a link to Treasure Box Designs and I just love their adorable paper pieced animals.  They have a sale at the moment so I couldn’t resist treating myself to some of their cuties and can’t wait to have a play with them, so watch this space for more paper pieced cards coming soon! The patterns can be cut by hand or with cutting machines.  I do own a craft robo but have (shamefully) never really used it – I couldn’t get to grips with it, and spent too long on my computer trying to figure it out. So I usually prefer to play with punches and dies instead, or just cut by hand.

The head of my polar bear is a piece of whisper white thick cardstock cut in half lengthwise, scored and folded in half.  I then rounded the top and bottom freehand with my paper snips. The ears, paws, nose, muzzle and eyes were cut using my Stampin’ Up stitched framelits and details added with a white gel pen…

Finally, I made punch art holly leaves and berries with my oval and circle punches by Stampin’ Up, and sponged with matching inks.   

I adhered most of the features flat to the card,  but popped up his muzzle for a little added dimension.  I had just finished making my card when my cat came in out of the garden with wet, muddy paws and jumped up on my desk, landing on my poor little polar bear – I nearly cried! My cat was not my friend for a while, I can tell you! Thankfully, once the card dried I was able to rub away most of the marks with an eraser.  Phew!

I hope you like my card for this week.  We would love for you to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and show us your beautiful artwork. 

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September 30, 2016

Birthday cards, sweet treats and September sun …

Hello and welcome to my blog. 

It’s a beautiful September morning. The sun is shining. The breeze has a slight chill, and a smell. A smell that instantly transports me back to my childhood. A smell that provokes vivid memories of school, of playing with friends in the school playground, of carefree days long ago.

I remember playing French skipping on sunny days, and oh how I loved to play. A game that didn’t cost a lot, well, as long as you didn’t mind playing with ordinary, brown elastic bands that is. That was my French skipping rope – a line of tied together, brown elastic bands, squirreled from my mother’s stationery supply. They were all different lengths, some long, some short and some fatter than others. I longed to have a multi-coloured, rainbow rope like some of my friends had. A pack of coloured elastic bands only cost a few pennies more, so I could easily have used my pocket money to buy the pretty colours, but those precious pennies, tuppences and threepenny bits (yes, I am old enough to remember threepenny bits), those pennies were reserved for buying sweeties such as fruit salads, black jacks, yellow bananas and pink shrimps. There were lots more to choose from of course, but these were my favourites, with the occasional sherbet fountain too. I didn’t quite understand why anyone bought gob stoppers. I know my friends liked them, and they lasted ages, but they weren’t my thing. Now bazooka bubble gum on the other hand, that would keep my jaw chewing for hours…


I remember my dad telling me that my school days were the best days of my life. At the time, I thought what did he know? He didn’t have to do “hard work” like my sums and reading tasks that teacher set. How I wish I’d listened to him. Now I realise that every word my dad ever uttered to me was true.


These ice lolly birthday cards, or if you’re from Liverpool like I am, they are lolly ices … whatever you call them, they are fun to make and fun to receive too.  Cardstock, stamps, ink and punches all from Stampin’ Up!

Sweets in the photo above courtesy of the very generous goody bags I got at my first BlogOn event – more about that coming soon #BlogOnMSI.

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