Sunday has rolled around again and it was a miserable misty afternoon... just perfect the night before Halloween! We celebrated last night, and I can confirm that we went to town on our outfits! More detail to follow.. it pays to be crafty!

I'm here to brighten the mood with a sneak peek of my fabulously fruity cards which feature in issue 16 of Die-cutting Essentials which is on sale now! My cards focus on the Fruit Salad dies from Hero Arts :)

To grab a copy of Die-cutting Essentials 16 click here.
Until next time! <3
N x

Hello all,

I'm a very happy camper because Friday has come around again in a flash!

Plans for this weekend... making cards with the new Dear Lizzy Saturday collection, practising my driving skills [or lack there of] ahead of my test and hopefully we'll be trying out a new Tapas restaurant in the village I live in with a couple of friends.

I'm stopping by to share a selection of cards that I made for Die-cutting Essentials issue 15 which feature Cheery Lynn Designs sentiment dies. It can be quite tricky to make the sentiment the focal point of the card, but it helped me to think more about composition and versatility. I managed to do a fun shaker card, a bit of inlay die-cutting and get a bit of bling in there!

The paper pack I used for the feature is one from DCWV called Happy Day which I love and have since used for many projects

Until next time :D
N x

Cor blimey it was a cold one today!
Luckily I swapped my denim jacket and pumps for my tweed coat and Docs!

My lovely Meem is making me a cardigan for Christmas which is becoming a bit of an annual tradition! I came across this fabulous piece of neon knitwear on a blog that I follow through Instagram. Andi Satterlund is seriously talented, you can find inspiration and purchase this pattern and many more from her site. I struggled to find the yarn used, so have opted for coral which is one of my favourite colours. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for the finished article! Maybe one day I'll be good enough to knit a garment like this! #practisemakesperfect

In other news, I've been busy starting on Christmas commissions for Papercraft Essentials, this little collection of cards was made using Christmas Wishes range from Kaisercraft! I love the contemporary colourway in this collection which I teamed with a bit of bling. The faux-wood and pine tree background papers add an illusion of texture to the design and what I really like about the range is the unique sentiments. I get so bored of 'Merry Christmas' over and over again!

And you can't go wrong with a cheeky gift tag!
I hope you liked my makes :D
Until next time <3
N x

Well hozar for Fridays!

It's been a tough old week, so i'm very excited about doing sweet-eff-all this weekend. Sleeping, hibernating, eating - much like a bear! That must be my spirit animal! Maybe I'll find time to play with my new stash, I also have Halloween costumes to make which I'm rather giddy about! Hint - there's a white wig on the way!

I digress, let's get back to business! Here's a selection of cards that I made for Papercraft Essentials using the Boho Dreams collection from Kaisercraft. I adore this collection, it features soft florals and whimsical illustrations which are perfect for loads of occasions - I especially love this sentiment from the stamp set 'thank you for your friendship' which I plan to use for letters and and forget-me-nots to friends :) I hope you like the collection!

As a collector of vintage cameras, this topper is my cup of tea! If you look closely, there's also a bit of cheeky denim in there, and bling of course!

The collection is huge - you get all these toppers to work with! Perfect for scrapbooking which is next on my to-do list.

This topper looks a bit like my bike [or dream bike!]
Thanks for stopping by! N <3
Hello, hello, hello!

It's another week, and it's certainly turning chilly! I don't mind a brisk morning as it means I can start to break out my snazzy jumper collection, woollen tights and boots!

I'm excited to share a sneak peek of the cards that I made for Die-cutting Essentials issue 13 using the Marquee Collection from Creative Dies. Designed by my dear talented friend Vicky Welsby, I love the versatility of these dies - within the feature I used gems, buttons, bells and even fairy lights which can be seen below [not as effortless as it looks!] I think this collection combines the vintage feel of old school marquee lights and a contemporary clean twist. I chose to use the dies with a glamorous 'all that glitters' colour scheme - black & white and a pop of gold!

For this card I coloured in clear gems with a gold marker pen to create custom embellishments for my marquee die-cut! I don't think you can ever go wrong with black & white - you could easily swap the gold for another bold colour to mix things up.

The Teresa Collins Wanderlust paper pad was a lucky find, and it has come in for many other projects - perfect for cards for men!

Here's a cheeky little card using the peace sign which I love! Make cards not war! I offset a black die-cut behind the white to create a hint of shadow without making the card look too dark. The acetate sentiment is from the docrafts Forever Friends Opulence collection - I love the dimension it creates.

If you want to grab any of the dies in the collection and the co-ordinating stamps, they are all available from CraftStash here.

Last but not least, here's the frame that I made for the feature, which involved twisting very tiny fairy lights around the back of a chipboard die-cut - tricky but worth it! I think this idea is great for weddings and can be customised with a name or date with ease.

Until next time... keep crafting! *sways*

N x
Thank goodness it's Friday!

And with that, I'd like to share a lovely little feature I contributed to Die-cutting Essentials issue 12, which focusses on using free paint swatches to make ombre-inspired cards!

I so enjoyed making these clean & simple cards, and have since made many more cards with different swatches and colourways. I'm becoming more adventurous with colour, the beauty of paint swatches is that the colour combinations to create an ombre-look are ready and free to take from local DIY shops!

This fab build-a-cake die is from My Mind's Eye and come with a banner die and a diamond ring - great for wedding, engagement and birthday cards!

This is my favourite, remember it's important to smile! :)

Natalie <3

Hello hello hello!

I was lucky enough to work with Kaisercraft's Finders Keepers collection for a feature in Papercraft Essentials issue 133. Kaisercraft are one of my favourite brands, they regularly release full collections that always include a range of co-ordinating elements - there's something for everyone!

This eclectic collection is quirky, bold, nostalgic and whimsical - perfect for a whole range of of cards projects! I especially love the gushing sentiments, which are great for scrapbooking pics too.

I hope you like my quick makes  :)
N x
Hello all!

For anyone who knows me, I don't drive [yet!] so my bicycle has been somewhat of a lifesaver for getting out and about and to work on a daily basis. Cycling through the winter months is pretty tough, so my bike usually gets relegated to the garden in favour of lazy train rides! The last winer took its toll on the old girl, so I was inspired to give her a makeover this summer!

Regrettably, I didn't take many shots of the process given that it was a very spontaneous process! I replaced the chain, the grips, brakes and gave her a lick of paint! Here's a before and after shot of my bike who I have now christened Tango!

I've learnt a lot from the process...

  1. Spiders enjoy making a home in the most usual nooks and crannies.
  2. A £20 budget can go a long way to give a bike a new lease of life.
  3. And most importantly, that spray paint sure can travel... it. got. everywhere. 
I hope you like Tango! Since this picture i purchased a gel seat to guarantee maximum butt comfort!


October!? How is it October already?
Although time is whizzing by at an alarming rate, I am excited that it's Autumn because it means i can crack out my jumper collection and thick woollen tights! Bliss! AND it means that it won't be long until Halloween - this year i'm hoping to go all out with our costumes *watch this space*

This is a quick post to show off some of the cards I made for Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 149, this edition was a complete sell out! I'd like to think that that was my doing, but it was most likely due to the fabulous free gift from Altenew!

Geometrics are bang on-trend and I love bold colours, especially orange. This collection of cards was made for the masculine makes section of the magazine using the latest paper pads from Simply Creative. I've since used these statement papers for many other projects.

I hope you like my take on masculine geometric cards!
Until next time <3
N x