Sunday, 1 February 2015

Magazine Giveaway

This post will be at the top until Sunday 1st February.
Please scroll down for new posts.
 Hello. I have one copy of each of these magazines to give away. They are all current issue, unopened in their plastic cover and complete with their free gift.

 Papercraft Essentials 116
(free corner die)

 Simply Cards and Papercraft 132
(free feather die)

 Complete Cardmaking 54
(free PC CD-ROM)

On Sunday 1st February at 6pm (UK time) I will randomly choose one winner for each of the magazines.
This giveaway will also be on my Facebook page.

Please simply leave a comment here or on FB to be in with a chance of winning. It would be cool if you could share, spread the word and become a follower - but not necessary.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

hello friend

Hello. My card tonight features 'Tweet'. Just one of a new batch of images just in over at The DigiStamp Boutique. There's Sid, Pip and if you love Alf you will love Ralph even more!

For my card I used Bazzill paper 'Avalon' and a sentiment stamp from the 'I Like You' set by Technique Tuesday. I coloured little Tweet with Copics.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Winter Wishes

Hello. Just a quickie post tonight to share this card made using my January card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Once again I relied heavily on the inspiration sheet! My February kit is due through the letter box any day now, can't wait!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card

Hello. It's time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's...

Get in Shape
(use three or more different shapes) 
We have a very generous prize from our sponsor -

(£10 to spend in their gorgeous shop)
For my card I used Woodland Pals stamp set by Clearly Besotted. Some diecut branches and circle complete the look.
For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit 

See you there! 


Monday, 19 January 2015

On the shelves...

Hello. Just popping on to let you know that the latest edition of Papercraft Essentials is on the shelves now. My article this month is all about monochrome. 
So you know the score. Wherever you are, whatever supermarket or newsagent you are in - move them to the front! (but don't forget to buy one, it's a great crafty read and choc full of inspiration).


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Pip - so special

Hello. Not wishing the time to fly past but I'm so looking forward to spring and I think my card today has a real spring feel to it. It features sweet little Pip from the DigiStamp Boutique. I coloured with Prismacolour pencils and the papers are 'Nine & Co' by Teresa Collins. 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

DigiStamp Boutique - new release

  Hello. I'm just popping on today to let you know there are some new images released over in The DigiStamp Boutique.
The little Dragon is called Drago, isn't he a cutie? There is also Birthday Drago and Drago with Flowers. 
 Love Cake (who doesn't!)

And here is Pip.
I've been having a play with little Pip. 
Pop back tomorrow to see.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Good for my Heart

 Hello. I'm back with another card using the same stamp set as yesterday's card, it's my new favourite!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

You Have My Heart

Hello. As soon as I saw this stamp set I knew I would need it! It's called 'you have my heart' by My Favourite Things. 
Righty ho, short and sweet tonight. I'm off to put on an extra layer of clothes, it's freezing here!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

wonderful in every way

Hello. Thanks for all the comments on my cardstock offcuts post. Some great ideas there and when I have a few spare minutes I am going to do a bit of a re-organisation. But I think it's fair to say that the majority of us crafters never, ever, ever throw anything out!

So, today's card. Well I'm sticking with the plan to use my Simon Says Stamp monthly kits and here is a card using the June kit. I cased one of the cards on the inspiration sheet just changing the sentiment to one from the Everyday Greetings set by Mama Elephant.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card

 Hello.It's time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's...
All New
(new house, new job,new baby OR new stash OR try a new technique) 

We have a very generous prize from our sponsor - 
(two digi images of your choice)
For my card I used my new Hero Arts elephant stamp which has a matching die. I am loving stamp and die sets at the moment! The sentiments are from Clearly Besotted.
 For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit 

See you there! 

Monday, 12 January 2015

A day in the life...

Hello. Recently I was asked to write about a typical day in the Buttons for Brains household. It was great fun to do and made me realise just how much us crafters can pack into one day! You can read the article in the latest issue of 

 Now for something completely different. When does a piece of cardstock become too small to keep? This is the box where I keep all the cardstock I have 'cut into'. 
It has become very unruly!
 Handy pieces for diecutting and whatnot but I spend an age looking for the perfect bit and end up just going to the 'new' box.....
 So what do you think? Is it worth spending time sparing the larger bits from the re-cycle bin? What does everyone else do with their bits? I'd love to know.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bee Mine

Hello. I am back, as promised, to share a card using one of The DigiStamp Boutique's new releases. This little cutie is called Bee Mine (I do like a punny sentiment).

 I decided to break from tradition and not use pink or red. I think the grey and yellow works well, what do you think?

Saturday, 10 January 2015

DigiStamp Boutique - new release

 Hello. I'm just popping on today to let you know there are some new cuties released over in The DigiStamp Boutique.
Here is a peak at three of my favourites - 


Have a nosey at the rest of the newies here and I will be back tomorrow to share a card.

Friday, 9 January 2015

You're perfect

Hello. Well so far so good with my planner. It's keeping me on the straight and narrow with my makes and blog posts. However, the proof of the pudding will be next week when I start working on magazine commissions again and my playtime will be limited (I know, I know, mag' work is playing too).
My new filing system for my Simon Says Stamp kits is also working. This little card was made using the September 14 kit. Love the stamp set that came with this kit. All the little bits to fill the stamped shelves are separate tiny stamps so that you can mix and match. I used a bit of the washi tape over the patterned paper and now that I see it this tape will be perfect on my planner, so I'm off to do that right now!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Trimcraft Santoro Card

Hello. I don't do many 8x8 cards, I find the space quite hard to fill! But when you are sent so many gorgeous Trimcraft papers and embellies you need to use them.....

I will be out and about throughout 2015 at The Range in Scotland. Dates have still to be firmed up but I will update my page here as soon as I know all the details.
All the products used on my card are from the Santoro range - decoupage, papers, pearl and diamante adornments, adhesive pearls and metal charms.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Home

Hello. I've had a little play with one of my new 
Clearly Besotted stamp sets. 
And, a first for me, a shaker card. 


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card

Hello. It's Tuesday!
Time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.

And this week it's... 
Anything Goes
(optional extra - a Thank You card or gift)
 We have a very generous prize from our sponsors - 
(a £10 gift voucher)
Well having my Simon Says Stamp stash to hand has worked! I used the October kit to create this card.
For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit  
See you there!


Monday, 5 January 2015

My First Planner

Hello. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had a plan that would (hopefully) make me a more organised crafter and blogger. Well here it is - my Arc planner! And I love it already. But then I think loving all kinds of stationery goes along with loving paper! I was nearly tempted into ordering one of those fancy personalised American ones but as this is my first experience of a planner I drew the line at taking out a second mortgage.

So above is the front cover and I have just left it the way it came. You then choose what you want for your pages, what type of dividers, task lists etc. Everything just pops onto the black disks - very nifty!

I used up some old stickers to decorate the first divider, not very exciting but I'm new to this and might add more or change it around as the year progresses.

 I chose to make the first section a week to view with an extra little to-do list in the middle of every week, I have listed that weeks planned projects there. The clear ruler bookmark easily pops off to move to the next week. I added a little calendar peel off sticker.

This section is the main to-do list.

 At the back there is a clear zipped pocket to keep all the pretty things that will make your planner more exciting!

 And finally, these are the stamps I will use on the planner. The calendar stamp set was free with a magazine yonks ago. The other set is by Waffle Flower.

 I will most likely spend more time decorating and updating my planner than actually doing stuff. But, heyho, that's all part of the fun.