Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Anything goes at Ruby's Rainbow

Hi everyone.

There's a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow.

Our theme for the next 2 weeks is Anything Goes.

Here's my little bit of inspiration...

I made a lovely set of milk carton style boxes with their own carrier following a project on the Downton Abbey cd. I used pearlescent card for the base card. The paper is J'Adore by first edition. All distressing has been done with Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap distress ink. 
I used tattered lace and spellbinder dies to decorate the boxes, adding ribbon, pearls and bows to the carrier and pegs...

All the materials I used have been in my stash for ages so it was great to find a project to use some of these up, especially the little pegs.

I made these for my best friend Sue as part of her 50th birthday present and I filled both boxes with handmade bows, tied with my Embellishment Attic bow maker. She was thrilled to bits with it. I will certainly be making more of these boxes, they were really simple to make.

I hope you'll join us. Remember Anything goes!

I would like to enter this for the following:-

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope I'll see you again soon.
Hugs Helen xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Winter Landscape with Sparkles Christmas Challenges

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all well.

There's a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges

This month we want to see Winter Landscapes.

Here's my little bit of inspiration...

I used a die which came free with a magazine, cutting it in black and also pearlescent blue. I layered this onto white glitter card for the snow. The sentiment is a Memory Box die. I've also added 4 fancy corners and a handmade bow to finish off. The spotty paper is from a Forever Friends paper pack.

I hope you'll join us. We have a fabulous sponsor...

£10 including free P & P

Thanks for visiting.
I hope to see you again soon.

Helen x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Exciting news

Hi everyone,
I hope you're all well.

I'm just popping on to share some exciting news.
I've been chosen to join the design team at

I can't wait to start creating for this fabulous team.
I hope you'll pop over to the blog and take a peek.

I'm looking forward to sharing these awesome digital stamps and papers with you very soon...Watch this space...

Thanks for visiting. 
Hugs Helen xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A crazy Christmas bird house

Hi everyone.
I hope you're all well.

I'm resting my foot having had a cortisone injection for Morton's Neuroma so I thought I'd spend some time in my craft room. I realised I haven't shared the card I made for my best friend Sue at Christmas. I bought the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps from the NEC in November and when I showed Sue she produced a Craftworks Card blank as a challenge...

Here's what I made...

I started off my making a template of the various shapes, such as the eaves and the bottom edge, so that I could paper piece the actual bird house in two shades of brown. I used red double sided tape to add the white glitter to the eaves and bottom edge. I then added a die cut frame to the aperture. It's hard to tell in the photo but the frame is made of white glitter card. I added some silver bunting and a handmade bow with a snowflake charm attached along with a sentiment, decorated with brads. I've die cut various foliage, together with a pinecone and poinsettia. I've also added some wired pearls to the foliage. I stamped and die cut my bird onto super smooth card and coloured him with copics before shaping him and mounting him with glue gel. I've lined a wreath up with the aperture and secured it to the inside of the card...

She absolutely loved this card and has kept it on display even though its not Christmas anymore.

I would like to enter this for the following:-

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope I'll see you again soon.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Animal Magic with Ruby's Rainbow

Hi everyone.
I hope you're all well.

It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow.
Our theme for the fortnight is Animal Magic so your project needs to feature an animal of some sort.

Here's my little piece of inspiration...
 I've kept it simple and made a New Home card using a topper from the Makey Bakey Mice Everyday Collection cd. I found some papers in my stash which went with it perfectly, also adding a doily and some gorgeous organza. I tied the bow with one of my Embellishment Attic Bowmakers. I've got 4 of these now in different sizes and have to say it's the easiest bow maker I've ever used, I love it. 
Here's a close up of the topper...

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge.
Thanks for I'd better get ready to go out shopping with my two girls. See you soon.
Hugs Helen x

Friday, 15 January 2016

January Blues with Sparkles

Hi everyone.
I hope you're all well.

I'm a bit sore today as I slipped slightly this morning whilst out shopping. Didn't fall over but jarred myself a little bit which, unfortunately, is enough to set of my now I feel like I've run a marathon rather than done a weekly shop. Anyhow it's time for the new challenge at 

This month our theme is January Blues, for which we'd like to see your creations featuring monochromatic blue. Here's my little bit of inspiration...


Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection
Centura Pearl - Snow white with a hint of silver
Core'dinations blue


Tonic scalloped oval
Tattered Lace squares
Spellbinder Die D-Lites Poppy
Spellbinder Best Wishes sentiment


Self adhesive pearls
Organza bow

We have a lovely prize of a $10 voucher from Di's DigiStamps up for grabs...

I hope you'll check out this challenge. I'll look forward to seeing your fabulous projects.

I would like to enter this for the following:-

Thank you so much for visiting. I'm gonna go and rest up and try and read some of my new book. I've challenged myself to read War & Peace after I started watching it on the telly...wish me luck!

Hugs Helen x

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Show us something new

Hi everyone.

It's time for the first challenge of the New Year over at Ruby's Rainbow.

I chose the theme this time and picked Show us something new.

You could show us some of the lovely craft stash you got for Christmas, or bought for yourself in the sales maybe, or even a technique which is new to you but please tell us what is new about your creation.

Here's my little bit of inspiration made using some awesome stamps from my lovely hubby Ted and some fabulous DCWV Gauze paper from my bestie Sue...

I already had the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set (from NEC) but Ted bought me the Crazy Things accessories stamps and matching dies. I've colored using copics. Here's a close up on the bird so you can see his groovy glasses...

I cut the glasses using the die from the set on some glitter card which packaged one of my daughter's Christmas presents. I used the gauze paper for the backing as this card is for my Niece's husband and I thought it was quite masculine (using a Memory Box die). I just love this stamp set. You'll be seeing more of it soon...

Now it's your turn. I can't wait to see what you produce.

I would like to enter this for the following:-

Thank you so much for visiting. I'm going to do a bit of housework and then start to recycle this year's Christmas cards. I must be able to make some useful toppers or tags.
See you soon.
Helen xx