Tribute to lovely Molly

AW Our Lovely Molly


Sadly we had to say goodbye to this lovely lady a couple of weeks ago – she was 17 years old and had remained happy and fairly healthy right up until her last night.

She was actually my neighbour’s cat but had simply moved in – sharing my bed for the last 2 years. My bed is so empty without her. As soon as I was ready to settle down she would come up and under the top cover with her little head peeping out and her whiskers tickling my face while we went off to sleep – tee hee.

The only good pic I had of her was looking over the top of my notebook while I was trying to type up a beading tutorial. I took the photo into Serif Craft Artist and set her into a garden peeping over the top of a garden wall. She was a mischievous little character so this setting fits her perfectly.

I used craft Artist to draw the arched frame. Printed it separately and used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out. I glued several layers of card together for strength.

The decorative elements were created with the Flowering Dogwood stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

To protect it and make it longer lasting I used Crafters Companion Spray and Shine on the photo and frame, and Spray & Sparkle on the floral embellishments.

Now I have a lovely tribute to her sitting on my desk.

Christmas star hanging decoration created with Chocolate Baroque stamps

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Good morning. Today I am sharing a fun and easy Christmas decoration created from toilet roll inner tubes. I embellished it with die cut snowflakes and stamped images from Chocolate Baroque; my favourite reindeer stamp from the Sparkling Trees set and sentiment from Christmas Candlelight.


  • Sparkling Trees and Christmas Candlelight stamp sets
  • Toilet roll inner card tubes, white stamping card, pearlescent white and gold mirror card
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Acrylic glitter glue and glitter (red mix and gold)
  • Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black)
  • Fine tipped glitter pen (red)
  • Dies: mixed snowflake and a decorative Xmas circle

How to make it:

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Press the toilet roll inner tubes flat and cut into 1cm strips. Arrange into a 6 petalled flower shape and glue with hot melt glue gun. Fold remaining strips in half and glue sections around the central ‘petals’ to make a star – building outward.

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Apply wet glue to all the edges and coat with red glitter. I coated the front and back as I want to hang it in the window. Build up the centre further with folded strips and coat these with gold glitter.

Glue on the die cut snowflakes.

Stamp and cut out the reindeer and sentiment. Colour with glitter pen and glue in place.

Finally tie on a bit of string or cord for hanging.

Halloween Canvas using the Day Of The Dead Collection from Sheena Douglass

AW Spooky Canvas


Oooh I do love Halloween. I so enjoy making spooky projects. I created this canvas for a couple of my friends. I used Sheena Douglass ‘Day Of The Dead’ stamps and dies, and I coloured the image so it looked like them. I also used Sheena’s Festive Ivy and Christmas Foliage dies to decorate.


  • Stretched canvas approx. A4 size
  • A4 sheet white stamping card (Sheena Douglass)
  • Black, white and green card
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 machine
  • Silhouette Cameo machine
  • Die cutting machine (EBosser)
  • Sheena Douglass Day Of The Dead Collection (Eternal Love stamp and Dancing Skeleton, and Pawprint memories dies)
  • Sheena Douglass dies (Festive Ivy and Christmas Foliage)
  • Other dies: acorn (Spellbinders) and leaves (Tattered Lace)
  • ScanNCut files: built in designs for the ‘Happy’ and ‘Halloween’ text
  • Silhouette files: JM Rush for spiders (Spider Web Lantern), Bats Flying and Spooky Banner
  • Gesso (black)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Tuxedo Black), Distress (Gathered Twigs and Tea Dye)
  • Spray and Sparkle (Crafters Companion Diamond Pearl)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (King Gold)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (pinks, oranges, greens, teals, turquoises, greys, yellows and reds)
  • Brown pencil (to colour bats)
  • Black fine tipped marker (to enhance shading & detail to stamped image)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)

Skull and Spider Web Tea Light Lanterns created on the Silhouette Cameo

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AW Spider Lantern - Silhouette

I created these Halloween lanterns using my Silhouette Cameo and files from Jennifer Rush Designs (from the Silhouette store). I also used the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

I had so much fun creating these. Off to get some more spooky projects finished.


  • Silhouette Files: Spider Web Lantern and Skull Lantern from JM Rush Designs (downloaded from the Silhouette store)
  • Silhouette Cameo cutting machine
  • 4 X A4 (approx 8.25 X 11.75 inch) sheets black card for each lantern
  • 1 X A4 sheet white card (for skulls)
  • 1 X A4 sheet vellum for each (orange or yellow)
  • Festive Ivy die (Sheena Douglass)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal and Icicle)
  • Pebeo gilding wax (King Gold, Empire Gold and Silver)

How to make them:

  1. Cut the lanterns and web layers from black card. Cut the windows from coloured vellum. Cut the skulls from white card. Construct following the instructions on Jennifer’s tutorial blog posts (links in the materials list above).
  2. Rub gilding wax over the lanterns, buff up when dry to give them a metallic effect. You may find this easier to do before adding the web frames.
  3. Die cut and emboss the ivy from black card. Rub over sparingly with gold gilding wax to give a metallic effect. Shape with a ball tool and glue in place to decorate the lanterns.
  4. Finish with glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.

Halloween pumpkin tea light holder created on the Brother ScanNCut

AW Pumpkin Lantern - SVG Cuts

I created this pumpkin lantern using my Brother ScanNCut and the Jack O’ Lantern SVG files from the Haunted Forest Collection (SVG Cuts). I used oriental papers and the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

I had so much fun creating this. It looks lovely with the flickering electric tea light (no flame) glowing from inside. It would also work well if filled with sweeties for Trick or Treat callers.

I love this collection of SVG files and think that I will create the magnificent Haunted House next.


  • SVG cutting files – Jack O’ Lantern from the Haunted Forest Collection (SVG Cuts)
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 cutting machine
  • 2 sheets 12 X 12 inch card (1X black, 1X orange – Tonic)
  • 1 X A4 (8.25 X 11.75 inches) black paper
  • Patterned papers (thin card): 2X A4 double sided pattern for pumpkin and flowers, 1 X A4 for hat panels (Sheena Douglass Oriental Collection)
  • Festive Ivy die (Sheena Douglass)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
  • Pebeo gilding wax (King Gold)

How to make it:

  1. Cut the pumpkin from orange card.
  2. Cut the flowers and the pumpkin panels from decorative card.
  3. Cut the hat from black card and hat panels from contrasting patterned card.
  4. There is a fabulous video on YouTube by SVG cuts on how to construct all the elements for this collection (SVG Cuts Haunted Forest Tutorial Video). Construct and glue together following the tutorial. I used a ball tool and embossing mat to shape my floral elements.
  5. Die cut and emboss the ivy from black paper (I used 4 layers of paper in one pass). Rub over with gilding wax to give a metallic effect. Shape with a ball tool and glue in place to decorate the hat.
  6. Finish with glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.

Halloween Tea Light Holders cut on my Silhouette Cameo and Brother ScanNCut

AW Halloween Play

I have been making some Halloween electric tea light holders using my cutting machines. The skull and spider lanterns were cut on my Silhouette Cameo using files from JM Rush (from the Silhouette store), the pumpkin lantern was cut on my Brother ScanNCut with files from SVG cuts (Haunted Forest Collection). I used some oriental papers and the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

Working on some more spooky projects today.

Will be blogging later if anyone wants more info and links to the files and details of materials used etc. xxx

Matchbox Diorama Reindeer Scene show sample created with Cutting Craftorium Christmas USB (SVG Files)

Brother ScanNCut shows coming on Create & Craft TV tomorrow with new Christmas SVG files from the Cutting Craftorium. There is also a coordinating CD with fabulous printables, and a bundle (CD and USB) with both collections.

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There is so much on this Christmas USB for creating 3D home decor items for Christmas: sleigh, reindeer, rocking horse, boxes, napkin rings, lantern, crackers, cake stands, and wreaths but to name a few. I have not seen the optional CD with images and background papers to coordinate with the cutting files – will have to catch the shows tomorrow. It will probably be a must to add to my Christmas crafting collection.

This is a fabulous set of cutting files in SVG format. SVG files are so versatile and can be used on many other electronic cutters, not just the Brother ScanNCut, e.g. Silhouette (with the Designer Edition software).

Here is a brief tutorial for my version of the Matchbox Diorama – TV show sample for tomorrow. Anne x.


  • Christmas USB (SVG files) from the Cutting Craftorium
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 cutting machine
  • Card approx 220gsm: White, light blue, dark blue, Kraft card and Aqua glitter card
  • Waste star cut from the star cake stand (light blue)*
  • Fake snow (Pinflair Snow Dust)
  • Brown pencil and fine tipped metallic silver pen
  • Glitter glue (crystal clear)
  • Faux gems and organza ribbon (aqua)
  • Acrylic glue (Cosmic Shimmer), 3D glue gel (Pinflair)

*I saved this piece from my Victorian Lantern project (see post below). Alternatively cut a star from one of the machine inbuilt designs to make the sentiment panel.

How to make it:

It is a bit tricky to write an exact step by step but hopefully I have given enough info for you to make something similar and adapt it to your own taste x.

Generally my settings for around 220 gsm card is: Speed 5, cut pressure 0 or 1, blade depth 5 or 6. It will vary with card thickness and structure (density etc.). If you are a newbie, or trying out a new batch of card, use the test cut function to try out settings – then record for future reference.

I used the Matchbox Diorama files to create this project.

  1. Cut the Matchbox Drawer in white card (wait before gluing).
  2. Cut the Matchbox Wrap in Kraft card.
  3. Cut the Matchbox Cover (Noel) in white, light blue and glitter card. Glue down the light blue layer onto the Matchbox. Snip away the swirly sections on the white cut out, leaving the border and snowflakes (keep the waste pieces). Glue on top and add gems and bow. Finally snip out the lettering from the glitter card panel and glue in place. Make up the box wrap.
  4. Now cut the elements from the Woodland Reindeer Scene folder. Cut 2 reindeer (Layer 4) from Kraft card. Snip away the antlers from one. Add a little shading with brown pencil and clear glitter glue for sparkle.
  5. Cut 1 each of the grass border (Layer 5), trees (Layer 2) and the foliage (Layer 3) from light blue card.
  6. Load the background (Layer 1) and add a circle (inbuilt machine pattern) to the bottom right, adjust the size to make a moon, and weld. Cut X1 from dark blue card.
  7. Hand cut a panel to fit into the base from the glitter card (or use a rectangle shape from the machine patterns and resize). You want it to have a little clearance all around so cut it approx. 2mm smaller than the box base. Glue in place. Next fold the tabs back on the back panel and box, glue in place and make up the box at this stage.
  8. Next build up all the layers and glue in place. Add a couple of swirls from the box top waste. Write a sentiment on the star with the silver marker. Finally finish with plenty of fake snow and glitter glue.