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Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Hi, my name is Donna. I'm married and I have two lovely daughters. I have been a papercraft addict for over 15 years and love trying new things!! and sharing them with others!! If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions for this blog then please feel free to email me at the address below - Thanks for visiting, Crafty hugs Donna xx

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Sunday, 28 June 2009

My wonderful daughters

Wow! is it me or is this weather getting really hot. I was out yesterday with my girls and my mum looking around the shops in town and by the time I got home my face looked like a beetroot! When we left home in the morning it was quite cool & cloudy but within an hour wow was it warm, certainly not the day for being dragging into Burger King personally I just wanted to go to the ice-cream shop instead.

I know I don't usually mention my girls but I have to this time as I'm so really proud of them both. They are great, they love going to school and will even go in when they are ill, in fact they both have perfect attendance records for this school year and for being such good students they have both been awarded a fun day out by their schools. What more could a parent ask for.

Well its been another busy few days crafting for a new product launch next week, as soon as the launch has happened I'll add some samples to my blog. My stamps from Whiff of Joy and Stampavie (from Crafts U Love) have arrived so I will try to get some samples of those up soon too. I only have one card today, once again it uses one of the boards from the Helix Multi Tool Craftroom

This card uses the Romance board. I embossed the roses on different colours of card, cut them out, inked the embossing with versamagic chalk ink and paper pieced them. The wedding rings are embossed onto gold mirri board and the backing paper is from a 6x6 K & Co pad. Sorry that the picture isn't great again but my hubbies camera still doesn't like me so I think in future I will try to scan them instead.

Well that's it for now, I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. 'Speak' to you all again soon.

Crafty hugs Donna xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Floral cards

OMG! I can't believe it's over a week since I managed to get on here and add a post, I've been so busy that time has just flown by (not that I'm complaining about being busy).

Whilst on the look out for new product to use for my next magazine submission I discovered two new websites with stamps on that I hadn't come across before, so I had to buy some! So much for saving money, hee hee. The first was a craft store called Crafts U Love, they sell a wide variety of products but it was the stamp ranges they had that I liked. The second was a company called Whiff of Joy who produce their own stamps, again I had to order some of these as they are so unusual and so different. I promise I will add a link to both sites in the side bar under shopping.

Today I have a couple more cards made using the boards for the Helix Craftroom multi tool.

This first card is made using that basic shapes board that comes as part of the starter pack. I've used a stamp from a set of clear stamps designed by QVC UK's Dawn Bibby and the papers are from Diecuts with a View.

The second card is made inside an envelope made using the envelope board for the system and the card inside is decorated with further stamps from the same clear set as the first card, they flowers and leaves are stamps in brilliance dewdrop inks onto coloured card.

I've decided in future not to put in complete instructions on how I made the cards as it's too much info for most people to want to read in a blog entry, however if you want written instructions then I'm more than happy to email them to you just use the contact form to let me know what you want. Also if there is anything you would like me to do for samples for this blog then please feel free to contact me too. One last thing if anyone needs a papercrafts demonstrator/tutor in the South of England them I'm still looking for work so please get in touch, that also goes for any other papercraft work that anyone might think I'm suitable for.

Anyway enough of the work advert, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I'll be back with more as soon as I can

Crafty hugs Donna xx

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Oriental samples

Hi everyone

What a few days I've been having. I finally got my magazine submission finished and posted off and while I was doing that a request came in from the team at My Craft Studio to do some last minute samples for them for a show this week so I had to stop work on my submission and get those done asap. For one of the first times I was actually happy with the way the samples came out which is pretty unusual for me, my hubbie nearly died of shock when I said I liked them to him, he is so used to me saying 'oh well they'll do!' . Even cards I send to family members are never something I'm happy with, perhaps I'm finally not giving myself such a hard time about them.

I thought today I'd put on some pictures of samples I made from the Everything Oriental My Craft Studio, as in the UK oriental is still a huge favorite.

For this first one I printed the image onto parchment and the treated the project as if it was any other parchment craft project. I embossed the image and added colour to the back with pencils, them I used my pricking board to make a pattern around the sides and finally cut the crosses etc with my parchment scissors.

This card is actually a wiper card. For the decoupage image I printed out four identical size pictures and then traced the image with my embossing pen and added detail black embossing powder to make the image look more like a stamped image. I then used my twinkling h2o paints to colour the image. I made the backing papers using the my craft studio programme.

Well that's it for this post, I'm off to work on some other potential work leads. 'Speak to you again soon'

Crafty hugs Donna xx

Friday, 5 June 2009


I'm really sorry that I haven't posted since my first entry but wouldn't you believe it the day after I finally decide to launch my blog I lose all Internet access! I finally got it back yesterday! It's been hell! No emails, no YouTube, no blogs to read arrrgh!!!

Anyway, today I will be finishing off my first submission to Making Cards magazine since I had to give up in 2006, unfortunately I cannot post any pictures on my blog until I know if it's been chosen for publication and then I can only post them after the release date - which I hate because I wanted to show you.

Instead I've added two projects made using the Men's sporting board for the Helix Craftroom multitool (known as the Papercraft Station in the USA)

This first one is embossed onto different colours of card stock, then I lightly rubbed over the top of each piece with a co-ordinating brilliance dew drop ink pad. I then cut out all the pieces and paper pieced the skateboarder together. The background paper is from DCWV, the text is a stamp I bought from Graphicus and is part of a collection that contains a skateboard, trainers, clothes and text, I used a brilliance dew drop ink pad to stamp it, cut it out and mounted it on foam pads. The ribbon is some I bought from a craft store that is sold by the metre.

For the second card I decided to make the surfer move on the wave. I embossed the surfer onto a light blue card stock and then lightly rubbed a versamagic dew drop ink pad over the top to make the image pop, then after it had dried I cut it out. The backing paper is again from DCWV, the cloud paper was just adhered to a piece of white card and I tore the water ripple paper to make the sea and a wave and adhered that to the card piece too. I then used a circle cutter to cut a small hole (about an inch in diameter) in the card piece approximately where I wanted the surfers head/shoulders to be. The piece I cut out I then kept to use as part of the movement for the surfer, I cut a strip of scrap card to make the swinging part about three quarters inch by six inches and folded it in half, I stuck a two pence inside the card strip just slightly away from the fold line using the red sticky tape and then used that tape again to stick the open end of the strip closed and to the back of the circle I had cut from the card with the backing paper on. I added a round foam pad to the back of the surfer between his shoulders and placed the foam pad through the hole on the card piece and then attached the paper covered side of the cut out circle to the back of the foam pad so that the surfer would swing. Finally I used foam tape to stick the card piece to a folded square card blank and added a peel off sticker from a men's set made by Do-crafts.

I do apologise that the photography is not great but I had to use my mobile phone to take the pictures as my hubby's camera doesn't seem to like me!

Anyway I had better think about sorting out my daughters or they will be late for school. Hopefully I will be able to post again without any problems.

Crafty hugs, Donna xx