Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Hi all

This is a card I'm really chuffed with. The image is from a LOTV art pad and I'm pleased I've got it as I have loads of male cards coming up. It was very easy putting this together as the papers are from LOTV and the stamped sentiment is too. It has all been backed onto a blue mirror card and finished with a few gems. 

That's me for today..short and sweet! Until next time...Lea x

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Triple stamping

Hi everyone
Well I hope you've all had a fabulous Christmas. It's been a good one in the Brawn household with me being able to hold things together really well. It does help that I have a fab family...my Dad is wonderful and helps a lot with Christmas dinner and it was really well executed this year! As my Mum and a Dad left my son and his family arrived - it was lovely to spend some quality time with them. My 12 year old Grandson informed me that he wouldn't want me to live nearer (cue me crying lol)...all was explained...he said he looks at the time spent with us as 'really special' time. He's not my blue eyed boy for nothing hahaha. Anyway normality was restored at lunchtime today and then I collapsed on the sofa and slept! 

I haven't done any crafting so cards that I will be showing over the next few days are some Christmas and some birthday. I have no work desk at the moment as we had to rejig to accommodate everyone over Christmas. I have a new toy that I'm itching to use..a fab ScanNCut. I'm so excited. I only switched it on today. I've not cut anything yet though. I'm hoping it will really add to my crafting. I already have a frame in my plans  I'm thinking of doing for one of my Grandsons. Very exciting stuff. 

Anyway to my card. This was my first ever attempt at triple stamping. I was quite pleased at how it turned out although I would make it a 6 x 6 next time not 8 x 8 as this one is. This was made for my very dear friend in the USA. I'm pleased to say it was a very unexpected surprise for her when it landed on her doorstep.  Anyone that doesn't know how to do this technique there are lots of tutorials on the net. The flower is from a Sue Wilson die and the tag was a bought one. I just added gems and a bow to finish. 

Well that's me for today...it's good to be back. I've started visiting your blogs but if I haven't got round to you yet I will do. Bye for now...Lea x

Friday, 19 December 2014

Decisions, decisions!

Hi everyone

Well I've missed a few days again. I just had to get my head down and make Mr Bs Christmas card and also my grandsons cards as it's his birthday on the 4th January! Now I have this decision which one shall I show. Mr B has opened his so I thought I'd show his :) 

I started by stamping snowflakes in a silver ink (the pad is very inky and the images take ages to dry) and embossed it with silver powder. I then stamped different styles and sizes of snowflakes in three other colours. I trimmed it down and backed it onto layers of silver mirror card and white card. I cut a large snowflake with an SB die and then stamped the sentiment which is from LOTV. This I cut out with a circle and put it onto another die cut from SB. I made a matching band from the scraps and added this across the top. I finished with some blue gems. 

That is me done for today. I'll be back soon...Lea x

Ps. Whoops I forgot I also ran it through a Tattered Lace embossing folder and inked over it to take the whiteness off it!!!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Hello all

Well it's been a few days. I'm still feeling like I don't know if I'm on my head or on my a**e but am getting there..I think! 

Today's card is a male one...talk about stating the obvious! The image is hand stamped with a stamp from LOTV. I've coloured it with Promarkers. It's been backed onto green and then onto maroon coloured mirror card. I've then just alternated the layers with white card. The word nephew is from an LOTV stamp set and I've finished with red gems. 

That's me done today..a short one from me! Have a good day..Lea x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Orangey red!

Hello all
It's been a few days since I blogged. To be honest I don't know what I've done with my time but it is still racing away and I've got nothing done for Christmas. When I think I pre fibro I worked full time and used to be ready for Christmas so early but now it is taking me all my strength to muster up any enthusiasm at all. The only thing I'm on top of is my Christmas cards although I haven't done Mr Bs yet - his birthday card is just about done though and I'm chuffed with how it's looking - I bought an art pad from LOTV with male images on which has made so much difference. The good thing is I have lots of male birthdays in February so will get the use out of it then and later in the year. I'm feeling positive about future male birthday cards lol. 

This card I'm showing you is such a different colour for me. It is Alfs Christmas card and I worried coz of the colour it might be a little girlie but he is pleased with it. 

I started by stamping snowflakes with Versamark clear ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then blended red and orange ink over them and stamped some large orange snowflake and some smaller red ones. It still wasn't right so I put it through my fave embossing folder (the split one) and that completely changed the look. This was backed on to red card then mirror card and finally a white layer. I added some red ribbon and stamped a sentiment from my new LOTV stamps and added this to a gold snowflake (an SB die cut). I must admit I love this card - not a bad job at all even though I say so myself! 

Before I go I'd like to thank everyone for their very kind comments on my blog. It really is much appreciated....thank you all...Lea x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Silver Snowflake

Hi all

Hope this finds you well on this horrible, windy night! 

This card is very hard to photograph because of the dark colour. The background is a navy sheet from kanban. This was backed onto white card (which has been pierced round the edge using a piercing ruler) and silver mirror card. The silver corner die cuts were made using a Tattered a lace die.  The wording is from Brittania dies. The snowflake is from an SB die. I finished with a silver bow, silver pearls and some little silver flowers and leaves. 

This card is for Mr Bs parents...hopefully they will be pleased with it. That's me done for today. I shall finish watching the Tonic pick of the week on Create and a Craft then it's off to bed...Lea x


Hi everyone
Well so much for finishing my Christmas cards..I decided to sit quietly today and write them and low and behold I was short! These two were what I put together fairly quickly. They are both made using elements from a Craftwork Cards pack I was given a few months back. I actually hadn't opened it until today. I quite regret leaving it so long as I could've probably made twenty cards or more using this. The sentiments and the poinsettia were very handily already die cut, it was just about deciding how to use the papers. I backed these onto a matching coordinations card and then finished with some gems. Hopefully that is it now. 

The only problem I have is that it looks like a five year old has written some of the cards as my tremor has really been playing me up lately. Heyho it could be far worse!!!

That is me done for today...until tomorrow..Lea x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

All done!

Hi everyone out there in Blogland. 

Well I've done it...yyyaaayyy! My Christmas cards are all done and dusted. I haven't shown them all yet so that will come over the next few days. My next job is to make my hubby's birthday card. I'm actually looking forward to making it even though it is a male card. 

The first thing I'm showing is a box lid.  This is the box to a card I showed a few weeks ago - actually maybe I should show the card again too. Here goes...

I kept the lid simple using matching colours and an image from the same sheet as the little girl came from. 

The second card is for a friend's parents. It was very hard to photograph again. It looks black but it is a navy colour. The backing papers are Kanban papers from a couple of years ago and these are layered onto a piece of white card that I have used a piercing ruler on. The bauble die cuts are from SB and I just did different colour layers and put them through an embossing folder. The words are from Britannia dies. I finished with ribbon and pearls. 

Well I'm off to bed now.  See you again tomorrow..Lea x

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Phew nearly there...

Good evening all

Well Saturday has gone already. I can't believe how quickly the days are flying towards Christmas. I've put the tree up today so am trying to get that Christmas feeling. You'd think with all the festive cards I've made I'd be there already wouldn't you? Maybe it's the fact I started in June lol....maybe you become Christmas immune...wow I started in June and still have a couple to make!!!

And here are a few more of my Christmas makes...

The white one has been made by embossing the card base with the embossing folder. I love this folder as it is a split pattern..one of my faves. The snowflakes are from SB dies - the card was finished with four silver pearls. 

The next three cards are made using a Kanban toppers. The bauble one has been finished with matching bow and some gems. The house one has been decoupaged. The sentiment was stamped and embossed. It's quite hard to read in the pic - it's says 'have a holly jolly Christmas'. The card was finished with pink and white pearls. 

This last card will look familiar. I had two of this gorgeous dog topper. I just changed this one a little by putting it onto a hammered effect card base and adding green ribbon and gems instead of the brown I used before. 

I'm nearly there for showing my Christmas cards. I'm looking forward to making something else now. I'm toying with making a couple of calendars next. Thanks for coming by and for all your lovely comments. Catch you all again tomorrow hopefully...Lea x

Friday, 5 December 2014

Red and white

Hi everyone

Hope you've had a good week and are ready for the weekend. I keep thinking I really need to get my Christmas head on as I've only got prezzies for my Mum and Dad and they're ones I've picked up over the last few months..knicknaccy things. This weekend my plan is to get my tree up and sort out lists of what I need to be doing and what I need to buy. 

One good thing is I've made one of the three Christmas cards I needed to do so I'm nearly there! It is a red and white one. 

I'm not a red girl really but am quite pleased with this. The red backing card is from a very old Kanban Christmas kit (about three years ago). The white dotty card is made using a Spellbinders A4 embossing folder. The little holly die cuts and the die cuts the precoloured image is sat on are from SB and the wording from Brittania dies. I glittered up the image with Stickles and added some bling and a dazzler.  The red ribbon, the double bow and the lovely lace that I thought looked quite wintery is from our local market. 

Right I'm off to get the next one on it's way...until tomorrow..Lea x

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Couple of quickies

Hi again everyone

The cards just keep on coming at this end and I'm pleased to say I'm am just about at the end of Christmas. I've got four more to make, two for orders, a Mum and Dad one and one for Mr B..yaaayyy! I need to also make Mr B a birthday card as it's his birthday on the 27th December, the same day as his sisters. His Mums is on the 29th - I'm glad I never lived at their house years ago when they were all under one roof!

These two cards have the same embossed pattern on them. I embossed the pattern straight onto the card base of the dog card just for something different. The decoupaged images are both from the a Kanban goodies I won. A little ribbon and gems were used to finish them. 

Well that's me done again. Hope to see you here again tomorrow...Lea x

Nearly there!

Hello everyone out there in Blogland

It's extremely late/early and I'm still beavering away on here. I've actually just finished card making for the night..I really have been on a roll. I'm itching to get my Christmas cards finished as my new Kanban kit arrived yesterday and it is beautiful (I'm not really supposed to buy anything else but it is the first time for ages!) and I can not use it until I've finished Christmas and my Christmas birthdays (I have three lucky me!). I've also been a lucky, lucky girl - over the last few days I have won three different prizes from blogs. I won some Promarkers pens, a lovely wad of Kanban products and a fabulous box of flowers from Petal Lu..to say I've been excited is an understatement :) :) :) 

Anyway to my cards. They are virtually the same..just the sentiments are different. These came from my wad of Kanban bits. I loved this sheet as soon as I saw it. There were two lots of the same thing on the sheet and after I'd decoupaged them I didn't want to spoil them by adding too much so all I added was a touch of bling and added them straight onto a hammered effect base card. 

I'm pleased with how they turned out even though I've done a little bit of 'cheating' again. 

I'll be back to show you some more tomorrow. I just hope the way I feel continues as I've actually had a couple of not too bad days this week. The thing about the fibromyalgia is that it tends to sneak back on you and bites you on the backside before you notice it and the good days can be quickly forgotten. I'm not moaning honest...I'm just saying lol...Lea x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


Good afternoon everyone

Well I'm on day 2 of operation Christmas cards and so far so good. This image has been sitting on my desk for ages. I coloured her with Promarkers and glittered her wings and skates with Stickles. The poinsettia is from an SB die and this too was glittered with Stickles. 

I can't for the life remember where I got the image from. I used some Tonic Trellis dies to cut her out and mounted her on foam pads. This is mounted onto green, red and gold card. I added gold gems to finish it. The sentiment is from Britannia dies. 

Right that's me for today, short and sweet. Enjoy the rest of the day..Lea x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

And back to Christmas!

Hi all

Well it is back to Christmas for me today. I've done a list, post-it noted all the ones I've made with names of recipient and am hopefully on the road to finishing my Christmas cards. I was actually very surprised as when I checked my leftover bought cards (from three years ago - Sshhsh don't tell) I hadn't got many at all. So I realised I still had a fair few to do. So out came a Christmas kit I bought a couple of years ago and managed to make five cards from that. Then I looked at the mess on my desk where I have been putting leftover pieces of embossed cards and paper and managed to make some cards from that.

 I'm not going to bore you with them all but I'd like to show you one I made with some stamped card I found laying around. I'd used another piece of this on another card but I hadn't used this piece as it hadn't stamped right. I got round this by trimming it up and used a matching ink to ink round the edges. I backed this onto white card and added it to the card base. I'm very into 7 x 7 cards now since I found them at The Range. 

The sentiment and die cut were also lying around on my desk (my desk was like a pig sty). I just added some blue gems to finish...not a ribbon or bow in sight! Right only about 8cards left to do so onwards and upwards...Lea x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Kit card or not?

Hi everyone

It's been a few days since I blogged. I seem to have had a lot on over the last few days...a real mix of days. I've been out for a curry with my lovely work friends, had a visit from my wonderful niece and her boyfriend (we live away from our family so it's lovely when we get visitors), we actually went home as we had a family funeral which although very sad enabled us to see our family. I'm back to normality now until Christmas when we will pop home again for a couple of days before my parents come to us for few days. 

I feel my card isn't a very interesting one as I feel like a bit of a cheat as I've used some elements from the Camden Town kit from Crafters Companion. This is probably out of all the kits I've got the one I've used the most. I have tried to put my own spin on it by adding in Tattered Lace die cuts to the top corners. This is all backed onto silver mirror card. I've finished with ribbon, lace, flowers and pearls. Oh and I nearly missed out the word 'Mum' which is made using my new alphabet dies from Tattered Lace. I love the shape of these. I was chuffed because I managed to get them at a reasonable price too - I refused to buy them before as they were so expensive. 

Another card I've made is a 'Nan' one again from kit elements...I'm not sure what they are as I found them in my stash. It is actually pyramaged but unfortunately it was very hard to photograph. 

I've decided in the New Year I am going to have a card making session using all my kits and then try to sell them. 

Anyway I'm off for now..until next time..Lea x