Mementoes In Time


Welcome to the Mementoes in Time Blog.This is where we post the latest news and chat on all things crafty, not just card-making. In fact we like to get our hands on all kinds of papercraft and sometimes other projects. Drop by often to see what is new and please leave us a comment!

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Members Goodies - Flower Fancies

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

I promised a new template, so here it is! Today's free template is simple but when you make it up, it is really effective. You know that flowers are really my favourite thing and I never tire of making them, paper flowers that is.

You can find the template on the Members Pages. Print it out on the paper you want to use, or print and then stick to the reverse of your chosen paper, which is a good option if you want to use printed papers or you have an odd shaped piece of paper. Next cut out the template, don't worry about it being perfect as it won't show when you make up the flower.

I wanted an old look to my flowers, so I am using a speckled cream paper that I had lying around and added some Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick distress inks.

You can then shape the petals with a shaping or moulding tool. If you don't have one, you can use your finger or the blunt end of a pencil (not the writing end)

Next you just roll up your paper to form a flower. Play around with it until you are happy with the layout of the petals and add a dob of glue to hold it in place.

I've added some decorative stamens that I had picked up about ten years ago and not used but if you don't have them, you can fill the hole with a bead, some gems or a small punched flower.

You can also use the smaller sized template to make a flower to go inside the larger one.

This creates a nice layered effect and a much fuller looking flower. The flowers are nice and bulky which is good if you are using them on mixed media and off the page projects.

If you would like to see what I am planning to do with my paper flowers, stop by again!

Update. Still here!

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a quick post to say although it has gone a bit quiet, I'm still here, just bogged down with all kinds of life issues at the moment.

I was quite blown away to see that the number of site members has gone over the 3000! That certainly crept up on me. Many people join up for a bit, some revisit lots of times and some drop in from time to time. So thank you to all who have joined the site. I hope you have enjoyed your time here.

There will be a small template coming soon for Members, I am just trying to work up a demo, so I can post some pictures.

I am also trying to get back to updating the Facebook page, so there will be uploads of project photos since Christmas posted there soon too.

There are plenty of ideas in the pipeline as well, some of which I am quite excited about. More about that later! 


Don't forget that if you are looking for some inspiration for Mother's Day, just visit our Member pages for lots of projects, as well as the photo gallery of course! If you don't want to join up, just scroll back through the blog posts, as all our projects are featured there too.


One final thought, I keep wondering whether to bring back the forum, it has come and gone in the past. The problem is keeping up with the posts, as it takes a lot of time to manage a forum as well as a website, so I might post up a quick survey to get peoples thoughts on that. I certainly get lots of questions and sometimes end up answering them multiple times, so it is a good way to post questions.

Anyway, that is it for now with this quick update.

Happy Crafting!!


Other Easter projects Part 2 - Covered Mini Pots

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's quick project idea is to make a couple of gorgeous decorated plant pots that you can use to hold some Easter treats.


I wanted to make some little gifts and particular something I could put some mini Easter eggs in, that wasn't a basket. You can pick up these mini plant pots in the garden centre or hardware store, I actually got these from the village hardware store, that seems to stock everything under the sun and is actually well priced. Make sure they are proper pots, not the plastic ones that feel light and cheap, as you want a bit of weight to your pot.

I've painted my pots with some green paint, as a base and then mixed up some PVA glue with a little water, to cover the pot before you start to decorate with paper strips.

I've cut some strips of paper (about 1.5cm) in co-ordinating colours and started to stick them around the pot. By using strips, you can go around the pot without the paper buckling. You just need to overlap them as you go around so that the strips are overlapped more at the bottom of the pot than the top, so that you can go around the curve.

Then you can go over the top with lots more glue, using a brush and your fingers to gently smooth down the paper onto the pot. Trip the pieces at the bottom, leaving a little overlap that you can fold underneath and glue.

I love decorated clothes pegs, they are so useful to make pretty craft projects around the home. I've painted these white and then cut some strips of paper (1cm wide) to cover each side. You can use some diluted PVA to coat the paper if you like but I've left mine as just paper.

Add a pretty bow to the front of the pot and attach a stamped greeting to the peg. A cute chick completes a nice and different Easter project.


I don't think they are going to make it to Easter I'm afraid because of course when you open the pack, all bets are off!

Other Easter projects Part 1 - Papered Eggs

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Even though, Easter has kind of crept up on me this year and I have been so busy with family matters, that I almost missed it, I have managed to steal a few minutes to make some quick projects that I thought readers would like to see.


Here is today's quick project idea, to make some lovely papered eggs. It is nice to make something that is not just chocolate and I keep telling my youngest child that not everything egg shaped actually needs to be chocolate but she remains unconvinced for some reason!!

Elegant papered tissue eggs

You can find these polystyrene eggs in all the discount stores, so they are easy to get. Then just tear up some small pieces of tissue paper and using a watered down PVA/white glue, you can cover the eggs, by building up layers of wet tissue. This is really a decoupage technique and the PVA seals the papers to form almost a shell on the egg. I've used two tones of yellow and two of pink, to get a more interesting effect on my eggs.I chose not to laquer them but you could of course apply a coat of varnish to give them a shiny finish. I actually like the more matt finish.


You can put them in a  simple bird nest or a basket,  I picked this nest up for very litte in a craft store and I think this makes a nice centrepiece for the table at Easter.

The bonus is of course that no sticky fingers will be stealing these eggs!

Members Goodies - Easter Chicks

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Visit the Member pages to pick up our latest template, a gift for you, to make a family of cute Easter chicks!


As you know, we don't just make cards on this site and I love designing 3D templates. I like to make things for my kids, even though they are big now and I wanted to share this template with all our members, to make sure really quick little Easter chicks, just perfect for holding a mini egg or two.

Here are some photos, to show how these are made. Super simple!

Cut out the pieces from card and cover with pretty papers. Score and fold on the dotted lines as shown

Glue tabs to form the chick shape and do this for both sides

This is the finished shape.

Add wings, beak and tails. Cut a slit in the back for the tail feather or use some coloured feathers

Add Easter eggs and a few greedy people!

Join us again tomorrow for another Easter project.

Easter Matchboxes

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)


With Easter rapidy approaching, I gave myself a big kick, as things have been getting on top of me a bit recently and the time has flown by! So here is a quick and super cute little project for those of you who have lots of little people to give Easter gifts to.




These little decorated matchboxes filled with miniature treats, make a lovely little offering and are quick and fun to make. I have some little Easter rabbit chocolates to put in mine but you could put in some tiny easter eggs too.


Actually I had been working on a template and was going to post that too but events have overtaken me a bit, so I've used some ordinary small matchboxes here and just covered them with odds and scraps with some stamped and coloured Easter images. I will get around to posting a template at some point, I promise, as I can see that this will be a useful one to have, for Christmas, Valentines and other occasions.


This is a great way to use up scrap papers and I had some gingham papers around to use up, so these were perfect. If you want some Easter papers, you can find some on the Member Pages (basket weaves and ginghams). I have added a brad to the drawer, which you can't see very well in the photo but it gives it a nice finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting!

Spectrum Aqua Pens Projects - Direct to Stamp

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Today, we are covering the last in our mini series, using the new Spectrum Aqua pens. These pens are watercolours, so you can blend and use them just like watercolour pencils or crayons but with a much more vibrant colour.


If you would to read our other posts on these pens, scroll back through the blog.


I've managed to find some time to play around and today, we are making some cards, using a combination of background washes and 'direct to stamp' technique. I've had some serious fun with this, so I've made quite a few little cards, as you can see above. I have to say that the original idea for this came from the Hobbycraft blog but I've definitely made it my own!

To create the background for my stamping, I've added colour to my acrylic block, just in a rough fashion, using two colours. As these are watercolours, you need some water to get them to blend and you can do this in different ways.

I've dampened down my watercolour paper before stamping and then lightly sprayed the block before adding the block to the paper. Push the block down and allow the ink to blend underneath, you can even leave it for a bit if you like to let some of the colour sink into the paper.

Lift off your block carefully. If you don't like the colour, you can go again with your pens, until you get the effect you like.

Let the paper dry, or use a heat gun to dry it before you start stamping. Actually, it doesn't matter if it is a little damp, you will just get a slightly blurred image from your stamp but this might be what you are looking for. Add colour directly to the stamp, using different tones to create some depth. This can be a bit tricky as you are almost working 'blind' but you could always do a test print on a separate sheet to see how it looks before doing the final image.

As it takes a little while to complete, the ink can dry, so you can either a very small spray or better still breathe heavily/huff on your stamp, to reactivate the ink.

After stamping, you can then use the fine end of the pen to add some detail. The eagle eyed ones amongst you will have noticed that this image is different from the one in the earlier photos. This is because the stamped image just didn't give a good effect - it was a bit blurry, so I've gone for a simpler one. These stamps are from the stunning Darkroom Door Collections by the way.

Here is my image, matted and layered up, with a simple ribbon. I think this makes a lovely elegant card. This technique is such fun, that I have made a few more, all on a similar theme.

For this card, I've just used the technique above to create a background, then added a stamped and heat embossed image in white. A little distressed ink around the edges and a simple mount on black, with co-ordinating ribbons, completes this card.

This next card is as same as the first one. You can see that the image has run a little because the paper was wet but this gives quite a nice effect.

For the butterfly card, I have heat embossed in opaque black and just used the fine detail end of the pen to colour in my butterflies. The background was made as before.

Now a couple of small notelets, using up my scraps!

Distress inks around the edge of this next one, really give a lovely dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed our exploration of watercolour markers. If you haven't read the earlier posts, you can scroll back on the blog to find them. Join us for more projects soon!

Valentines Day Treats - using the Mini Envelopes

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Wishing all our visitors a fun and exciting Valentines Day! At my age, anything out of the ordinary is exciting and that in itself can be dangerous :) Stay safe and stick to chocolate is my advice!

With that in mind, here is today's project, using the free mini envelopes we have on the Member's pages. There are two sheets with envelopes in four sizes. Just print them off directly to the back of the paper you want to use, or you can print and stick to the reverse of your papers and cut them out.

I have made heaps of these to use with some single heart shaped chocolates, simply wrapped and tied with ribbon, with a mini peg. I like to give small gifts to friends and family as I firmly believe Valentine's Day is not just for significant 'others'. It is a great time to tell anyone you love that you care about them! What do you think?

Mini Envelope Template

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Those of you who have read the blog post on making the Exploding Box, from our new template, will have noticed that the second box, in a black and gold theme, contained a mini envelope in the middle. You can use a punch or die to make a mini envelope or why not visit the Member's pages, to find a Mini Envelope Template in four sizes! We'll be posting another quick project, using these mini envelopes in the next blog post, so drop by again soon!

Spectrum Aqua Project - Stamped Love Tag

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is part three of our mini series, using the new Spectrum Aqua pens from Spectrum Noir. I ordered these pens a few days ago and have posted a review and another project on the blog, so skip back if you want to read those.

As we are so close to Valentine's Day, I have chosen another heart stamp and using the pens from the Floral Set this time. These colours are all quite vibrant, so I have used pinks, purples and a red from the Essentials pack. I'm just stroking  the pens across the stamp, to create bands of colour.

I had a tag already prepared here, like all good demos have. This Sizzix die cut tag has been rubbed with Distress Inks and the same wording stamp as the last project along the bottom.


I could have left the image as it was but I want a slightly subtler image, so this is where you can go in with your mini misters, to create a lighter effect.


Tip: The mini mister can deliver quite a hefty amount of water to the paper, so just damp off the excess with a paper towel.


This actually gives a lovely effect. You can see the mottled effect on the photo below.

One last thing. Having noticed that my stamp still seemed to have some ink on it, I have just spritzed the image again lightly and restamped the image a few times on a spare piece of paper. You can see that the ink will continue to give an impression, so you could create a background paper or a more faded image for another project, using the same ink you added for the tag.


Thanks for joining me on this blog post. Next time, in our last part of this mini series, we will be using the 'Direct to Stamp' Technique again, to create a watercolour flower image.

PS Please note that all photos labelled as 2014 should be labelled 2015!

Spectrum Aqua Pens Project - See How They Run...

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, I did promise another post on the Spectrum Aqua pens, so here is today's ramblings. Actually, I haven't had much time to play around with my crafty things recently but I have forced myself to sit down and do some very quick projects with my new pens.


See how they run!

The intention here was to create a background wash to stamp over the top of but I got distracted by something else, so I will just post the photo of what happened when I simply put a stripe of three colours across a piece of pre-dampened watercolour paper. I was going to continue with this right down the page but as always, I got interested in something else. Anyway, you get the idea! I was pleased with how well the inks run on the damp paper and I am sure you could get some quite interesting effects with this.

Hard to Resist!

In this next little project, I was going for an emboss resist background. I've arranged some heart stamps on my acrylic block and stamped and heat embossed them in white.


You could use any colour but I wanted to create a batik effect with the colour wash over the top.

Next, I've chosen a couple of colours from the Primary Collection - Crimson and Scarlet and just scribbled them onto my acrylic block. The pens are pretty wet, so this was easy to do.


So now, I'm just waterbrushing the inks across the paper. Compared to the previous technique of just applying the ink direct to paper, you get a much more subtle effect here, which was what I wanted. Interestingly enough, the colours mixed together produced a very surpisingly vivid pink, which got brighter when dried, although the photos don't show this at all. A lot of my posts are done at night, so the colours are a bit dim compared to the daylight!

Tip: Experiment with your colours a bit, as you might get something you didn't expect!


Now on the last post, I did say that I never really use the fine detail nibs, so I have tried extra hard to use them for this blog post. I'm adding some little details with the fine end.

Having finished and dried my background, I decided that it was quite small and so I have just made a tag from a torn piece, mounted onto a black tag with some silver embossed wording and a simple heart embellishment.


This tag will be used on the bags of heart chocolates I bought the other day. I just need to make sure that the person they are for actually gets them, as I am not good around chocolate!

Join us for Part 3 of this series using the Spectrum Aqua pens. I'll be making another little tag but using the pens slightly differently.

PS Please note that all photos labelled as 2014 should be labelled 2015!


Exploding Hearts Box Card Photo Instructions 2

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, we are featuring another surprise box, based on the Exploding Hearts Box Template. I won't be adding lots of detail, so go back and read the previous post if you want to see how we made this box last time.


I've made my box using a black card. This one is actually a bit less work than the previous box we made and lots of fun to make, so read on if you would like to follow this project.

Make the box up as before, crossing the two pieces from the template on top of each other and gluing the bases together. I've decided to add some stamped and embossed panels on my box this time. I don't know about you but I have a big cupboard full of stamps that never get used, so it was great to be able to find a use for this lovely patterned stamp. Actually, I picked it up from a discount store, so it was a good find and is the perfect size for my box.

I've cut and covered my chipboard squares, just like the previous project post. This paper was from a 6 x 6  V&A collection, is very stylish and works well with the black card.

Here is the box with each panel in place. I've left the base black here, as I want it to stand out against the papers.

Next cut the hearts from black card. Use a good stiff card, rather than chipboard and then stamp and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. I've used a nice script stamp here with some appropriate wording.

Fix the hearts under the middle square, which you cut from chipboard from the template and cover in the same way as the previous panels.

Add a mini envelope with a hidden message and seal with a heart sticker or polymer clay heart as I have done here. This box has only one layer of hearts, that makes it much quicker to make.


I've made the lid, with a matching stamped panel.

Tie up the box with some ribbon, so it will fall open when the ribbon is untied. I hope you have enjoyed today's project. If you would like to follow our blog, then please stop by again soon!

PS Please note that all photos labelled as 2014 should be labelled 2015!

Going Backwards In Time!

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Here at Mementoes In Time, we are clearly going backwards in time! All the photos posted over the last week or so seem to be labelled as 2014. As much as I would like to blame some other supernatural forces at work on this site, unfortunately, this is 100% user error, so big apologies for that. I'm sure most of you reading this, would have worked it out anyway but instead of going back to change them all, I'm just coming clean on the blog!

Exploding Hearts Box Card Photo Instructions

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we are posting the first set of photo instructions for making the Exploding Hearts Greetings Box. Next time, we will post some photos for making a slightly different demo using this template.

I like doing Valentine's Day projects in pink, as I think you can give a gift or card to tell anyone you love them, not just your significant other!

I have chosen some co-ordinating papers for my box, which will be on opposite sides. The best way to use the template is to print it onto card, then roughly cut out and glue the design onto the reverse of the paper you want to use. Then cut around it more precisely and score and fold along the dotted lines.


Next I've cut some chipboard squares using the template. The chipboard is needed to help the flaps of the box fall outwards as you open it, so they give the sides some weight. I've cut my squares using the template, with a thin chipboard, as I don't want them to be too bulky. Glue them to the reverse of some co-ordinating paper, leaving a margin as shown.

Cut around the corners, just like you were covering a book. This will give you a nice neat edge when you fold over the paper.

Next, you need to lay each of your two strips across each other to form a cross and glue then add your covered chipboard squares, one to each side and one as the base.

Make sure that you leave a space at the bottom of each side piece, so that the box can be folded up as shown below. I'm holding the box together here, as an illustration.

Next, I'm using the sheet with the hearts and base (size 1). Cut and paper the square using chipboard but don't stick this down yet.

Cut out your hearts from chipboard and paper them both sides. You don't have to use chipboard here, you could use stiff card instead, just as long as they are able to stand up.

Score along the bottom of the hearts as shown on the template and fix them underneath the middle square, one on each side of the square. Then fix the square to the box base.

There is a second set of hearts and base square (size 2) which you can cut from card and add a second layer, as I have done here. I've added a stamped image in the middle, with some distressed inks around the edges.

Now you can make the box lid. Use the template printed onto card. Glue it to the reverse of the paper you want to use as before, score and fold to form the lid.

Now you can put your box together and decorate the lid. There are some extra hearts in various sizes that you can layer up as shown. Some ribbon and stick on pearls, completes the box. I've also added some ribbon around the top of the box.

I think this makes a lovely gift box or keepsake to make for someone you care about. This one is for my lovely daughter. Next time, we will make another similar box, using a different colour scheme and a different surprise inside!

PS Please note that all photos are date stamped as 2014, which should be 2015!

Spectrum Aqua Pens - First Review

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (2)

I mentioned that my Spectrum Aqua pens had arrived the other day. I was going to wait until I had time to do a really detailed run-down of them but I was too excited to wait and decided to rip open the packs and play with them right away. Here are my first thoughts using these pens.



The Spectrum Aqua pens according to their website are ' the water-based artist’s marker that goes wherever your creativity takes you. From sketching and illustration… to layout and design… to Manga and comic art… and paper-crafts too. Whatever your style, Spectrum Aqua combines the performance of water-based color medium with the easy to use convenience of a marker – to give you outstanding color results'.


I had seen them used in demos a couple of times and was intrigued by them, so decided to blow the cash and purchase a few packs, so I could test out these claims.


I have now got three of the four sets available, as the Essentials set had sold out, due to the huge popularity of these pens. I wanted to find out what the fuss was about, so set about using them right away.


What you get

There are currently four packs available, each containing 12 pens, so plenty of scope there. Also, the packs are themed, which is a great idea, as it gives you a clue right away of how to use them. There is a Nature Set, an Essentials, a Primary and Floral set. The Nature set has muted colours, the Floral set has pinks, purples, orange, yellow and greens and the Primary set has bright colours. The Essentials set, is the one I don't have yet but seems to have a mixture of colours in it and they appear to be more muted.


The pens are dual tipped, with a brush at one end and a fine point at the other. The barrel is octagonal in design, which gives it a nice feel in the hand. The pens contain water-soluble inks, which can be blended with water, allowing you to get lots of different tones from each colour.

Working with the pens

Now, I have lots of stamps, hundreds and hundreds of stamps but I don't think my stamps are good enough to showcase these pens very well. Anyway, I found a simple, small butterfly to use, which was actually just a cheap foam backed stamp but I thought that if the pens worked with this, then there can't be much wrong with them!


First problem, was stamping onto the thick watercolour paper I was using. You do need to use a watercolour type paper if you are going to be flooding the paper with water, as paper will just buckle. I was using my trusty Archival inkpad but the paper just seems to absorb all the ink and you get a bit of a patchy impressing.


This is a common problem when you are stamping onto watercolour or handmade papers, as the paper is designed to suck up moisture and does the same with your ink! In the end I tried a VersaMark Fine and this seemed to work ok but you could say that it was still a little patchy.I don't think this is too much of a problem, just load up your stamp well and hold it on the paper a bit longer than normal. There might be some bleeding of the ink, resulting in a bit of a fuzzy image but when you are creating a watercolour image, which is itself not a defined one, I don't think this matters at all.


Back to the pens. As already noted, the pens themselves, have a thin end for fine detail and a thicker brush end. I never really like these double ended pens and personally, I don't find much use for the fine end, so I moved on to the brush end right away.


This is a lovely thick brush, almost like a watercolour brush itself. The brush seemed very wet with ink, which was reassuring, as I really don't like 'dry' pens. The pen was absolutely lovely to use, you can sweep on the colour very smoothly and I love the richness of the colour. which you can then blend out and merge with the other colours. There was plenty of ink, so that it didn't just absorb into the watercolour paper immediately, as I had feared it might do.


I started off just blocking the colour on, roughly where I want it to be, not really concerned with how it looked at this stage. Also, I wasn't too worried about gaps either, as I knew I would be blending them in. You can see the rough colouring below. I have gone for deliberately vivid colours here, as an experiment.

I've also chosen to use a waterbrush rather than a paintbrush for my blending, as I like the way the waterbrush delivers a standard amount of water to the page. I find this helps to avoid the big blobs of water you can sometimes get with a brush. Also, I prefer to leave the expert tools to the experts, if you know what I mean!

I am no expert using watercolours, so please don't judge the artwork. You can see the mistakes if you look! However, I was very pleased with the result and in particular how well the inks blended together on my rather simple image. I just pushed the colour outwards, gently blending them together with the brush. I have gone over the edge of my stamped image a bit here but I don't think that mattered at all.


Another surprise was that I returned to my image a while later and played with it again and the ink still blended. So it seems that you can still blend even when the ink is drying, which is a nice little extra.



The Verdict

I haven't had much time to play with them yet but I can say that I am very, very pleased with my purchases. This demo literally took me about 5 minutes to do and with little attention to detail, as I was so keen to just get my pens out and play with them and then post a blog entry as quick as possible.


I found the pens fun and very easy to use, making them suitable for beginners and people lacking me! The colours blend well and produce a wonderful, vibrant finish, which is a refreshing change from the sometimes watery and feint effects you get with pencils and crayons.


I am quite sure that I have only just scratched the surface of what these pens can do. Colouring stamped images is one of my favourite things to do in the crafting realm, so I am sure I am going to get lots of use out of these new Spectrum Aqua pens. I'll be posting some more projects as I go hopefully. Anyway, thumbs up so far!


PS This is a completely independent review. We don't get paid for anything we say and I bought my pens myself!

PPS Please note that all photos are date stamped as 2014, which should be 2015!

Welcome to new members!

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (3)

A big welcome to all the new members we have had joining up to the site over the last few months. We used to welcome each one of you with an individual message but unfortunately, this takes up so much time, that this had to be suspended for the time being! Rather than send a standard email to everyone, I would like to welcome you all here!

Not so much Facebook!

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been mulling things over and while we do have a Facebook presence, it hasn't really done us many favours as a site. People follow us and read our blog posts there and then often won't come to visit the website. The website is our spiritual 'home' and where this blog started, so we like to have visitors here rather than Facebook. For this reason, we have decided to continue to update the Facebook page but not as regularly as we update the site, as we want people to come to our 'place' and not just a quick visit on Facebook. We remain committed to this website having just renewed the site fees, so would prefer to target most of our efforts here. I hope that our visitors can understand and support this! :)

Spectrum Aqua Pens Arrived!

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Very exciting, my Spectrum Aqua Pens have arrived at last! Still missing one pack but this should be enough to get on with for now. These pens are new out and everybody wants them. They are fantastic for getting a lovely but vibrant watercolour effect but with a pen, instead of messing about with pencils, crayons or paints. I'll be testing these out with our digital images over the next few weeks and posting up the results. I think they will be great!

PS Please note that all photos are date stamped as 2014, which should be 2015!

Vintage Backing Papers - Moving to the Free Stuff Pages!

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

We did say that some of our files would be moving to the Free Stuff pages. This is part of a redesign of the site. As you know we do ask for a small donation for some of our templates, so that we can pay the site fees and keep the site advert free but we do offer lots free too.


We don't ask for much back, just for visitors to add a comment or thank you below the blog posts and to upload any projects to the Members Gallery. This is because we really believe in sharing things where possible, even though plenty of others out there do not!


Having said that, we do have a Donation button on the right hand side bar, so even if you don't want any templates but would like to give something back as a thank you, then you can!


Anyway, first up is a huge set of lovely coloured Vintage style backing papers. These papers have been designed to work with our Apron Template amongst other projects but files, just like people, need to retire sometime!


With 28 pages in all, we are sure you will find some of them useful to use. Visit the Free Stuff pages to find them. We will be adding files over the next few weeks, so drop by again if you would like to see those.


Please comment below this post, if you would like to post your thanks or anything else for that matter, as we love to hear from you!

Exploding Hearts Box Card Template

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I love creating unusual cards and especially ones that are tactile. This next project is definitely a tactile one, the Exploding Heart Box Template, makes a special box which opens to reveal layered hearts and a message.This is a lovely project to make and only takes about 1/2 hour to do from start to finish and is a great way to use up those scrap bits of paper that we all have in our stash!

Here is another box, this one is quite stylish and contains a hidden message for your Valentine.

We'll be posting some demo photos next time, so drop by if you would like to see how I made these lovely exploding boxes!

PS Please note that all photos are date stamped as 2014, which should be 2015!


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