Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Good afternoon all

Hope you all have had a lovely Christmas.

New year is approaching and I can not wait to see what 2013 has to bring for us crafters.

My last card for 2012 is my in laws wedding anniversary card to which I though I share it with you all.

As I reflect on what I have done this year I start to wonder what will I do different or change for next year... I hope to blog often and show my craft friends what new designs or crafting venture I have learnt. I also hope to be more confident with what ever I will do.


OK I am  just about to get ready for a new years party. So Happy New Year everyone and hope your evening goes well as well.

Mel xx

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Chrstmas is comming

Evening all

Hope you are all well.

Well a few weeks ago I showed you my card design I was going to do for Christmas for my family and friends.

Well with everything that was going on at work I could not get them done in time which is a shame.

So with quick thinking I went in to my cupboard and found my Art Deco CD Rom and designed a Christmas scene.

I'm now off to wrap all the presents and complete the decorations if I don't blogg before then I wish all my crafting friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Projects This month

Afternoon all

Hope you are well. This morning I wake up to a sheet of snow how lovely is that. Shame is did not loast thought the sun came up and melted most of it away.

During my week away from work I thought I will use the time do some projects.

I have started with a birthday card for a friends daughter ready for next weekend.

I love makeing cards for girls as they are easy to do. Pink and girly what more can you ask for. Boys / Men on the other hand not so easy.

I have been looking through ebay and saw an item that I will be intresting in doing Kumihimo. Acording to some websites its really easy to do. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". I will let you know how I get on next week.

So my plans for this week is to complete my christmas cards and start getting my christmas decorations up. How is everyone getting on with there christmas cards? No doubt it will be better than I have. Have a lovely evening and hoepfuly I will have a blog soon.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

I am not ready

I cant believe that there is 25 more day till Christmas. I have not done anything yet and time is slipping away.

where has my year gone.....

Hope you are well and you are more up to date then I am. Last night I finally picked out what type of card I am going to do this year. I have decided that this year I am going to do something I have not done before. Shaker cards I am sure you are all shouting at your monitor something like "really you have not made a shaker card...." the thing is when I look at websites like do craft or magazine they look so beautiful and complicated at the same time so I have always shyed away from it.

but after a year I have and projects in my life I thought "you know what I have been crafting for years now and I can do this."

here is what I have so far.
I forgot to send it to the printers so that is a must do in the morning. note to self send pictures to reprographics. Its nice to have a department that can print professional prints on the cheap. (LOL)
well I am going to have my nails done and try not to panic. I promise I will send a final photo of my card and let you guys know how I get on.
Night Mel xx

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Its funny what you say you will commit your self one week and then bury it later and forget about it. Its been a while since I went to a Zumba class and each weekend something comes up. I am not blaming anyone but I am missing the one regular exercise I  used to have.

I cant say why I keep telling my self next week its not like I have any projects I need to keep up with. Speaking of projects. I was clearing out my craft cupboard on Monday and found trays of beads. I am thinking of make a few bracelets with stretch elastic and start selling them with birthday cards. I will as always take pictures and let you know how i got on.

Have a lovely weekend all.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Weekend plans

Hi all
Yesterday me and my husband went to friends for fireworks. It was such  a lovely evening with lost of food and glow sticks for the kids. I have not done any crafting this week but I have plans to make bracelets this week while I am on holiday.
I will take some photos and post to you all. Have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Love templates

Hi All

I just wanted to give you an update on how I am getting on with my sister’s wedding invites which I have done and finished. (So happy)


It did help that I made a template that remind me where I was going and having the punches in the same place.

Using a scrap bit of Paper for my design then backing it up with acetate

I was very nervous doing this project as I had to make the same card over again but I have to admit my cards just got better each time I did them and my confidence grew that I am ready to make my Christmas cards and sell some of them as well. Not sure how I will do it might use eBay to start off with. If anyone has any tips I would like to hear them.

Next step is the insert which they have chosen this weekend

The future seems so bright and clear when I picture it with you near
Corine and Gareth
request the honour of your presence at their marriage
Date at Time

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Going to be a busy October

Hi All

I know its been a while but I have been busy working on the design for my sisters invitation. She and her partner have agreed that it will be simple and easy to post out to friends and family.I hope you all like it. I would put a copy of the draft that I gave them but silly me forgot to take a picture. I think I was rushed to get it done and rush it over to London for final approval. I am feeling a bit nervous as I have not make cards in a batch before. However if it does go well I guess there is no reason why I can make a batch of Christmas cards in the same way and sell them to people?
Come to think about it why am I thinking about Christmas when we are mid way through October.
Last month I had a made a few birthday cards which was really nice to get back of the swing of it. It has been a while since I have been crafting that when I was tidying my desk there was a thin layer of dust on the surface.
But I have got my memento going and have a busy few months planed jewellery making after work and making cards at weekends. This week I saw some nice downloads on the DoCrafts you never know next month I might post a range of different cards I can make with a set of downloads.
Here are a few cards I have made since my last post hope you all like them.
Mel xx
Cake Topper for a friends 21st Birthday Party

Birthday Card using a flower fairies image one of my favourite styles to play with

Birthday Card for my mother in law this fair was part of a docraft goodies bag and I finished it off with some embellishments
A card for my farther in law. This year I am finding very hard to find inspiration making a card for men I found this one from a website called printable heaven. They some beautiful printable for a low price.
Another card for a friend of mine who loves bikes this image came from Printable Heaven website like above.
An anniversary card for a good friend of mine who have been married for 10 years so I made a lovely card using one of my favourite characters Popcorn the bear.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

I have a new toy

Hi all

I know it's  been a while since I last blogged and there is so much to tell you.
Let's start with crafting...

My sistier is getting married next year (July 2013) and she has asked me to do her invites. I wish I never mentioned that I am a crafter as she has me working hard on the samples this weekend.

Also I have a tablet ... I got myself a tablet which is really cool. I am still  playing with the settings but what I have discovered that with this tablet it's running on android (its not an Ipad) and I have now have a blogging app on the tablet which means I have now a quicker access to blog about my crafting especially  this comes with camera.

I really love it and can't wait to let you guys know what else i can do with it.
Should get backto more samples for my sister.

Wish me luck.

The New Samsung Galxey tab 2

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Free Downloads

Last night I was reading blogs and and the do crafts forum and I came upon on thread that I though wow I am up for that this weekend.

it was an old post back in March. Emma was asking If anyone has been downloading all our gorgeous printable and using them on your cards please send me a link ( to your docrafts gallery.

the brought a flood of inspirations and printed off a copy of the Birdcage and love birds and started make cards from 11am this morning I hope you like what  I have made so far.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

My busy start to the week

Over the bank holiday weekend I did nothing... Just watched a lot of create and craft shows and watching movies slept and had take away. It feels that it was a long time ago now.

I know it’s been a week but I just wasted it away doing nothing and now I feel bad as I could have used the time to make all my cards for June and made some jewellery pieces. Oh well I hope you guys used the time well.

But I did spend the last three days crafting with swing with designing and then finished all the pieces which I am very happy about. I just need to remember to post the one that I won’t be seeing and then that would be it.

Birthday Card for my Aunt who loves fairies.

This is the finished card I mentioned last month for my sister in law who really likes purple.

Father's Day Card for my husband's Dad
who we will see on the day.

So I have added more layers to his card.

With this Father's Day card I am sending this to my dad
but I put this in the post as he's a bit far for us to travel to.

and I have also done less layers so it can post out without breaking.

Anniversary card for may parents ready for the end of the month.

I know I have gone Popcorn mad but I love that bear.

This is my work of art for the month

I have made my first concertina card for
my nephew who will be 1 next week.

I am very happy with the last card I know hes one but I have photo's.

Have a lovely evening and enjoy your week.


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

I made it

Hi everyone I know I am 5 days late but I started the 31days blog prompt and I intend to finish it today was the only day I had free to myself to write it out.

The final blog prompt is: Write about your experience of the Creativity Club 31 blog prompts...

I have really enjoy doing the creativity club blog prompt I have made more friends by doing this and realised that there is a bigger community in craft no matter what your style is weather its card making, jewellery or wood work.

I am so glad that I am a member of do crafts creativity club and I won’t be spending my time on the download page and TV. I have learnt in myself that I will also be more involved in the forums and read other crafters messages from there blogs or they have something to say in the forums.

I have also learnt that it’s really hard to do a daily blog with my busy life but I am going to continue on a weekly basis to keep blogging weather it’s what I have done this week, sharing a joke or a funny story if I have no projects to show you.

When I started in the 1st May ... My gosh that was a long time ago. I knew nothing about blogging and I had no interest in progressing but now that I am at the end I have changed my mind. I have learnt the basic settings and found a great way to show off my stuff to my followers and new people who finds my page. So on the weekends I will be blogging and taking pictures to show you all what I am up to. I have also discovered that I am no longer the quite one that comes into do crafts to download the free paper and sketches and watch Creativity TV.

Thank you Claire for doing this for us I have learnt so much about blogging and challenge making cards on things I might be doing. I would be happy to do it again you have converted me on blogging.

I hope everyone is enjoying the on bank holiday I am off to make a 1st birthday card for my nephew I have lot of inspirations flowing so I am off to my craft table and will show it off soon.

Lots of love


Saturday, 2 June 2012


My 5 things I love when I am not crafting.

Hope you enjoy.

Mr David Oliver


Hot wings


Jewllery Making and Card Making
I cant help it.

10 things about me...

Day 29 was to blog 10 things about me...

1.      I grew up in Chingford Essex.

2.      I am the eldest of 2 girls in the Julien family

3.      I took up crafting when I met my husband’s family who showed me paper crafting and card making

4.      I have a great job that I love and progressing well in.

5.      I love to travel and planning to visit Scotland to ride the steam train in the highlands.

6.      I really love eating cake and chocolate

7.      I have a lot of good friends

8.      I love watching movies my favourite so far would be Down with Love.

9.      I moved into Hertfordshire with Dave 2002

10.  I really love to craft.