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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Another Free Digital Craft Download Site

I have another excellent free web site I want to share with you all. Here you will find an abundance of digital downloads which can be used for allsorts of crafts but if you are a digi scrapbook crafter then this will be just like finding heaven. You will have access to free scrapbook kits of all kinds and they have not just 100s of freebies but thousands. There is also elements, layers, paintbrushes for paintshop pro and much more.... go on give yourself a real treat for the new year there are new kits and printables to download for free added everyday so a site not to be overlooked by any means. Hope you all have fun browsing this one, but be warned you will likely spend a considerable amount of time here lol....

Digiscrap Depot

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Free Calendar 2010 - Printable Graphic Downloads

I wanted to share with my craft friends this fabulous site i stumbled across with a whole host of free downloads including calendars, stationery sets, recipe cards, bookmarks and scrapbook tags to name just a few. There are some gorgous graphics also which can be purchased but the free graphics on offer are simply some of the best ive seen in the free section. Hope you have fun browsing this site and wishing you all a happy new year.

Here is the link to the free calendars please share with your friends coz I think you will love this site.


Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish you all a very happy christmas and new year in case I dont get time to get away from the kitchen tomorrow lol.

Have a great day


Thursday, 17 December 2009

Paper Pricking & Card Stitching & Free Pattern

How nice it is not to be making Christmas cards so this was a nice change for me, after finding a paper pricking pattern on the net I was glad to have something new to try out. Just one problem though a quick trip to our brand new local Hobbycraft with whom I have a love hate relationship to buy some cottons I found myself at the till having spent £50.00 - wow how did i manage that one?

Not sure really products just seem to drop into my basket - oh well its good job the other half was not with me he would of had a heart attack. Now that is why I have a love hate relationship with Hobbycraft, its great to have their store on my doorstep and I am loving that, but I am just spending tooooo much so some stronger willpower will definately need to come into force me thinks before I get into trouble and married bliss becomes married horror lol.

I made this card with a free template I will post a link at the bottom if you would like to download it, it is the best one I have found so far and I have very much enjoyed the stitching so if anyone knows of some good sites for free templates please let me know. The backing paper was from Cuddly Buddly, some pale pink bazzil card and pink satin ribbon from stash.

A very nice economical card - ah thats good at least the card didnt cost much make. I now need to stay away from the shopping centre.

First attempt at card stitching - so nice and simple to begin with

Another one in the making

oops nearly forgot the link to the free pattern here

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Fall Flower By FSS

Its wet cold and miserable today, I think I would prefer snow to rain :-) hope you are all wrapped up warm today as colder temps are on the way - so the weatherman says....

I had a play around last night with some colouring and blending tecniques and I really enjoyed myself. This card was made using one of Fred She Said digital images, I coloured in and blended with sansodor. The frame is also from FSS digi pack and includes a pricking pattern, which makes everything so easy to put together. I dont know about you but I love easy - especially when you need to do a quick card. The backing paper is from K & Company and ribbon from stash.

Christmas Fayre Update

Just a quickie for now, the Christmas Fayre went quite well and it is fair to say that for my first attempt I am really quite pleased. Apparently it is was fairly quiet this year so knowing that fact makes my sales a bonus and although I did not sell out it has boosted my confidence to go on and attend more fayres but my thoughts are that craft fayres would be the better option. So all you crafters out there who may be a little afraid to take the plunge I would say go for it as the feedback I got was that people do like and will buy your handcrafted products.

I hope this will inspire you to have a go for yourself and now on a different note I have some exciting tips for you regarding Google Picasa but I am afraid it will have to wait but please watch this space for some more very soon.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Christmas Fayre Today

Well the day has arrived and I will be doing my first craft table at the school tonight.... aaaaargh I can tell you I am really nervous about this, so watch this space and will let you know later if its a big flop or a huge success one can only hope

Catch you up later on then......

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Snowflake Christmas Tree

Well here is a few more Christmas Cards for the school fayre, what a game i had getting a good photo of these, I couldnt use the flash as the white paper was throwing back I really could do with some photographic lessons I think but just dont have much time really. I was inspired to make these cards when I saw one made by Sue at the pink shop blog, she has an awesome blog with some wonderfull ideas and creations, you can visit her here.

While im here I just wanted to say a big thank you to everybody who visits my blog and takes the time to make a comment it really is appreciated, I do try to get round all your blogs as there are some fabulous projects on all your blogs but the problem is there are just sooooo many I love to visit I could spend a whole day looking, reading, posting and still not get round to see everyone. I really wish I could though, but anyway what I would like to say is thank you to you all.

Have good day....

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Christmas Card Collection Is Growing With Fred She Said & Forever Friends Christmas Cards

Ive spent another whole day crafting - how lucky am I at the moment, everything has been put on hold so I can get these cards made for school Christmas Fayre. I must say I am getting a bit twitchy now its getting so close, well you see I have never done anything like this before and I am having nightmares that people will think they are all rubbish eeeeekk...... that would be so embarrassing. Ill let you know how it goes.

Most of the cards I made using Fred She Said digi flowers which I am most definitely addicted to lol and there are also some Forever Friend decoupage cards.

But in the meantime I just took some quick photos of a few, I hope you like them.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Crafting Like Crazy

Just a quick note tonight, I have been working like mad to get as many cards boxes and calenders made as humanly possible for the schools christmas fayre next week. I think I am nearly there and hopefully i can post you some pictures.

Hopefuly I can then find some extra love and care for my blog, its really looking sorry for its self lately :-( hardly any posts this year and im feeling a tad sad at how little time ive spent here, so my new years resolution is not going to be difficult to decide on this year lol.

Another project im working on at the moment is a light box for my photographs and dare i say it some more freebie background papers.....

Monday, 16 November 2009

How To Fold A Origami Gift Box Video

As promised here is the video tutorial for the origami gift boxes. I am also writing up a text and photo sheet for you to download if you would prefer, but they are really quite simple unlike some of the more adventurous origami folds.

Dont know about you but i have really felt the cold this weekend, a good sign that winter is on its way so its cosy days in my craft corner for me apart from about 15 mins when i run up the school to collect Sam.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Christmas Is Near

Hello everyone, yes I have been absent from my blog for a while and im feeling a tad bit guilty now. Like most of us bloggers our time seems to be consumed with homelife sometimes and I have been busy looking after the grandchildren through school holidays and then a fabulous holiday in Florida. Im just about getting over the jet lag and getting back into normal life flow.

So now crafting is back in full swing and I have been really busy this past week making christmas gift boxes for the local school Christmas Fayre. I am upto 14 so far and will be making a video tutorial for you, but for now here is some pictures. I constructed the box using a Origami fold and will be posting a tutorial very soon.

Time to do some catching up on what you have all been up to over the last few months :-)

Sunday, 12 July 2009

How To Make A Paper Tortillion

A tortillion is a rolled up piece of paper which resembles a pencil. These can then be used to blend colors together using prismacolors and sansador. By making your own you can save some money, just follow the steps below.


You may find that your tortillion becomes stained after some use, you can clean the tip using a normal nail file and gently file the tip.

You Will Need

A Piece of Paper (A4 is recommeneded)
Slim Knitting Needle/Wide Wire

Get an A4 paper (optional, you can use ordinary paper). At the top left corner, use your ruler to mark one inch down. Down at the bottom right corner, mark one inch up.

Connect the two points and cut across the line using scissors. Now you have two slabs of paper for two tortillions.

Beginning at the small end, roll the paper as even and tight as possible, working your way towards the wide end. Once this is done, hold on to it nice and strong.

Push a slim knitting needle or a fat wire into the open part of the tortillon so it takes the shape of a pencil.

Protect the paper with tiny strip of tape. Trim any extra paper around the top.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Crafty Pad Blog Candy

Val a very talented lady at the Crafty Pad has some lovely blog candy available so pop over and have peep at her wonderful projects.

Crafty Pad Blog Candy here

Wow 76th Wedding Anniversary

My second project this week was a 76th wedding anniversary card all I can say is wow that is some achievement 76 years of marriage. The couple in question are 100 and 98 years old. I didnt want to go over the top with this one so tried to keep it special but simple. I used the bookatrix board to make the bells and again I used Fred She Said flowers to embellish, I think I must have an obsession with Fred She Said flowers, I just love them and usually cannot resist using them on my cards.

Hello Kitty

After a mad week last week trying to help my husband lay a new wooden floor in the kitchen (first attempt) in all that heat too, here is the results which even though I say myself its not to bad but it was hard work. After nearly six months of decorating and diy around the house I now only have two rooms left to do - hooray nearly there. So this week I have made time to do some craft work and have a break from diy.

Now getting to the more interesting stuff like crafting :-)

I have had two projects to complete the first one was some favour boxes for my grandaughters friends birthday party and the theme was Hello Kitty. Using the Sizzix Hello Kitty die cuts this is was I came up with, I must say they were rather fiddly to put together but all turned out OK eventually. This is a great way to use all those small scraps of papers you cant bear to part with ;-)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

My First Horeshoe Attempt

This project didnt start off to well at all, Cricut decided to play me up and I thought it was going to end up a complete disaster, but i plodded on and things turned out pretty much ok. So it pays to carry on even when you dont think things are going to well. Anyway my customer was extremely pleased so thats what counts really...

To make this horseshoe I used pink pearlised card and cut two shaped pieces from a SCAL file on my cricut. The gathered lace I placed between the the two layers of card and then embellished with some gorgous peel offs and babies breath flowers from Princess Favours

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

More Freebie Papers

As promised two more freebie background papers to download, these are quite rich colours. Just click on the picture and save to your pc.

Cows Curiosity or Steven Maybe

This is my youngest son Steven, who now lives in Bristol. He came home last week for a few days and this picture was taken by his older brother Mark in the fields at the back of our house.

I just had to share this photo with you, the cows look quite bemused I thought, either that or they were pleased to have their photo taken with Steven hahaha. Click on the picture to enlarge and see the looks on their faces....

This one is my family, not such a good photo...

Unfortuanatly I couldnt find the 23 year old cat...

Monday, 8 June 2009

Free Backing Paper

I have been learning how to create background papers in paintshop pro and really enjoying the flexibility of creating my own papers. It has been quite a journey needless to say quite alot of stuff I have done has ended up in the waste bin but here is one that I would like to share with you. Please feel free to use this paper for your projects all I ask is that you leave me a comment to say you have downloaded it... and if you get chance send me a photo of your work so i can display it here for you.

Hope you enjoy it and have fun.

To download double click on the image and save to your PC

I made this card using Fred She Said digital flower downloads and the background paper i created in paintshop pro

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Daisychains Blog Candy

While blog hopping today I found Christines (great name lol) blog Daisychains, please take a look she has some very inspirational cards but if you visit before June 8th you can be enter into her blog candy. There is some lovely candy for you in the Forever Friends range. So dont wait visit Christine at Daisychain here

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

The Craftypad Stamp Giveaway - Final Day

The final day for the Craftypad giveaway,to be in with a chance to win a Craftypad stamp visit the craftypad blog here

Todays stamp is a gorgous teddy stamp, so all you teddy bear lovers pop on over to have a look, just scroll down the page a bit to find the stamp

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


I know yet another video lol....

But I just couldnt resist blogging about this video which I found today on the spellbinders, which im sure you must all adore like myself. I just wish I could win the lottery and buy them all, imagine that a complete set of spellbinders, just a dream for me im afraid. Hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009


Just a quickie today, as I am really tied up decorating the downstair rooms at the moment and I really wanted to share my Squidoo with you. I think some of you already use squidoo but for those who have never heard its well worth having a browse around to see if it is for you. Squidoo is a fabulous way to promote your projects and designs so pop along and have a look her is a link to my Bookatrix Projects & Ideas Lens.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Cover A Notepad

This is a great little video tutorial on how to cover a spiral notepad I found on You Tube. For those of you who dont own a Bind It All machine this is a fabulous alternative way to make some personalised notepads. Have fun...

Thursday, 21 May 2009

More Fairy Doodles

Some more fairy doodles here.... yes im still playing with my new stamps. Just in case you are wondering about all my LILAC cards, I have a neighbour who buys all her cards from me and her favourite colour is lilac so I seem to have rather alot of left over papers and card in lilac, well i need to find some way to use it all up. It may also have something to do with that i also like lilac to, lol.

Anyway, again i have watercoloured the fairy doodle image and highlighted with sakura glitter pens but I also shaded with dovecraft shimmery chalks, which gave a lovely effect, unfortuantely the picture has not picked this up. The flowers again are from Fred She Said collection, I do love her images. I then used a crystal clear lacquer on them. Stamped sentiment is also from the fairy doodle range from The Pink Shop.

Fairy Doodles

I just recieved these Fairy doodles Stamps from The Pink Shop today and they are soooo cute, ive been playing with these all day, even though I have a awful cold at the moment.

I watercoloured the image and highlighted with Sakura glitter pens and the embellishment is from Fred She Said.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bird House

While blog hopping yesterday i came across this bird house on Kaths Blog and fell in love with it, just had to make one as they are so cute. Kath very kindly left a link on her blog to Nicole Headys blog where you can download a free template for the bird house, so here is the download link for you.... scroll down to find the download.

I made the birdhouse with Bazzil cardstock and embellished with Fred She Said flowers.

These are a great gift idea.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

A Bit of Quilling

I just learnt how to make these lovely fringed flowers so now im hooked you may see many more. These are great for using up your bits of papers and with the help of Susan i managed to make a decent flower. You can check out Susans blog here

You will need a strip of paper measureing 3cm by 30cm long to make a large flower like this.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Scottish Keepsake Bookatrix Project

Hello wow its been quite a long time since my last post and I have really missed updating my blog, but unfortunately due to several reasons I have been unable to keep up to date. But now im back and hoping to give Busy Bees Craft Place some much needed TLC.

Bookatrix cards seem to be quite popular at the moment I have had several orders for them lately, please forgive the me for the poor quality photos as my camera is not performing to well lately or maybe its myself. Oh well not to worry, this is a bookatrix for a scottish wedding and i made this with some gorgous organza and satin roses teamed up with some blue paper roses,

I used blue and green tartan themed backing papers. All the flowers are from Princess Favours and the backing papers I downloaded from Cuddly Buddly

You can find a tutorial for making these Bookatrix Keepsakes here