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Hi and welcome to my blog. I love to do various crafts not just cardmaking. I'm so pleased you stopped by and very much appreciate all your comments that you are kind enough to leave. If you enjoy what you see, please add yourself to my list of followers or leave a comment. If you would like to purchase any of my creations, please email me for details. I hope that my blog inspires and helps you to create what ever it is you want to create. Hope to see you back here soon? Take care Nicki xXx

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Tutorial for Memory Book

Hello fellow bloggers, today I'm going to show you a tutorial on how I made the above memory book. 
Firstly you will need tonic studios memory book dies, I have the following sets, Base creator die set, spring garden set, and the layered casecade die set.
to begin with you will need to cut a spine, with 6 slots for your book, I am going to do a 6 page book. You will also need to cut 12 pages, as 2 of each fit onto each spine. cut 10 smaller size backdrops, and 10 of the lacey frame die. 
with the spine, glue the front page to the spine and then add glue to the page and stick the page over the other page, making sure you encase the spine within the 2 pages.
Contine gluing in the pages until all 6 pages are made and glued onto the spine, encorporating the spine into each page.
You will then need to strengthen the spine of your book, so measure it and cut card to size. Glue it onto the spine.
Once you have doen this, you need to decorate the front of your book, this will help strengthen the pages, the more layers you add, the stronger the page will be!
I like to start with decorating the front and back pages so that gives the book some substance and makes it thicker.
Top picture is the front of my book, bottom picture is the back page.

Once you have decorated your front and back, you can start to decorate the interior of your book. I like to add the backing parts of the page, so that I can then add the page contents on.
You can now add whatever style of page layout that you like.
I added various die cuts and flowers to decorate my book, using the Tonic memory book dies and a few from my stash.
Here is the finished book, hope you like the tutorial? Would love to hear your comments. If you have any questions, please ask.

I finished the front of with some flowers and added a sentiment to the spine.

P.S. I will be putting this book and several others that I will be making onto my Etsy page. You will also be able to buy my cards.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Morning all, a little 'Hello' for you, I just  love these stamps and dies from Julie Hickey, 
Have a lovely day
keep looking out for that tutorial! it's in the making 
Take care

Friday, 23 July 2021

Morning all, I'm feeling 'Happy' today, I've already been out for an early morning bike ride, weather is lovely and it was great to dust them cobwebs away!

Card made using Julie Hickey dies and stamps, colour wash background and hey presto!

Have a lovely day, will be posting a tutorial soon, so keep looking out for that!

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Morning all, hope you're all well?
I absolutely love this stamp set by @JulieHickey called Sunflower bee stamp with matching dies.
I love the flower and the bee is just so cute!
Hope you have a lovely day
take care

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Morning all, here's a 'Hello' card I made using @JulieHickey stamps and dies, available from Sugar and Spice crafts, the dies ares Uppercase die set and the stamps are fresh florals stamps.
If you would like any tutorials for any of the cards or designs I make, please let me know and I will do my best to add one.
Take care

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Morning all, just wanted to send you love and hugs today with this Gorjuss girl card.
As always, take care

Monday, 19 July 2021

Morning all, a stamped image for you today using gorjuss girl stamp, dotty embossing folder and flowers, with a little bit of lace. As always, take care and have a lovely day

Friday, 16 July 2021

Morning all, hope your all well? Today's creation is one i made using Crafters Companion Majestic Butterly stamp set, not sure of the name of the embossing folder, but was a Crafters Companion one too! I love these stamps, the way you stamp the different layers to get different effects and colour ways.
As always, would appreciate your comments.
Take care and have a nice day!

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Morning all, I've been having a tinker with Diamond painting, this was a Christmas present from my son and daughter-in-law. It took a while, but I must admit I'm really pleased with it. I have a few other Diamond paintings on the go, so will post them once I've finished.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Hi, hope your all doing well? Here's a card I made using Julie Hickey Loving thoughts stamp and Mini sunflower stamps. Bought from my favourite craft shop Sugar and Spice.
Please tune in soon for another creation made by me, and would love to hear your feedback.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Card I made this evening using @juliehickeydesigns stamps and dies from @sugarandspice 
Used floral vines embossing folder which I designed when I was a designer for crafters companion.

Sorry I've been away, but I'm back!
Ive been busy with lots of things, from scrapbooking, crochet, knitting, quilting and of course making cards. Here are some I've made recently using some fab new stamps and dies from JulieHickey bought from my lovely friend who owns Sugar and spice and sells the lovely dies and stamps, plus lots of other gorgeous goodies, so why not make a cuppa sit and have a look at her lovely site and hopefully bag yourself some goodies!
I shall be posting more cards and stuff I've been making recently so you can  see what I've been up to.

Hope to see you soon