Sunday, 7 May 2017

More New Papers and Ephemera

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick catch up today as I am busy packing for my holidays in Mexico.

I promised a couple more samples from Emerald City Crafts UK and here they are.

This card is for the true romantic and perfect for an anniversary card or just to tell your wife/husband/partner they are loved. I used some Tattered Lace die corners and little roses to compliment the colours in the papers

The ephemera and matching papers go together so well they help to take the stress out of card making because the minute you see them together the creative juices just start flowing with ideas So if you are having a bit of a mental block at the moment look no further than Linda's designs.

Doesn't this one make you go arrrrrrrrr. Look at that face on the little dog.
A few little embellishments and there you have it another birthday card ready to send.

So that's me for this week folks, I will see you when I get back from my hols.

Take Care

Gill xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

News Flash - There are new papers and Ephemera from Emerald City

Hi Everyone,

Today see's the latest in the Emerald City Crafts UK designs go on sale as digi downloads.

Have a look at Linda's You Tube to get a full description of the new ranges, So Cute and So Heavenly, they are absolutely gorgeous and you can buy them at affordable prices to print off again and again. The quality of the print is amazing as I only have an everyday printer and they have come out so crisp. This is the beauty of Linda's products, you don't just have to use the papers with the ephemera they are so lovely they can be used on all sorts of projects.

Here are a couple of samples I have made so far and will be sharing more with you in the next few days.

This is the first from the So Heavenly range. I up-cycled a baked bean tin by painting it pale pink and then wrapping one of the papers around the middle. Add a strip of ribbon round the top and bottom and rub some DecoArt metalic lustre around the rim and it is ready for the gorgeous angel ephemera and some flowers and butterflies. You can see I have put pencils and brushes in mine and it has given a lovely classy look to my craft area

Back to cards with this one. I have used the backing papers and also stenciled a heart. For the main image I have cut around the two angels  from the ephemera and stuck them using pinflair glue so they are standing off the paper. I then chopped down the sentiment to fit, matted with matching pink card and tucked it at a jaunty angle. 

This collection is perfect for romantic cards

Now to the So Cute, gorgeous vintage images with matching papers. This is a large tag using this beautiful little lady and matching papers. I finished off around all the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink (walnut stain, lacy punch for the edges and some flowers and leaves using more punches in my stash.

Keeping with So Cute how gorgeous is this baby. As soon as I printed it I thought new baby card. Although the papers and ephemera are quite vintage with a few stars I think this turned out quite modern.

So I hope you like this little sneak peak. Keep an eye out for more later in the week

Take care
Gill xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Altered Art

Hi Everyone,

Work is so tiring at the moment I so wish I could retire and spend every hour crafting, but it's not to be so I have to craft when I have the energy and it certainly isn't after a 9 and a half hour day.

This week my lovey Aunty retired and I have altered  a wine bottle for her as part of her retirement present.

I have decoupaged the whole bottle with vintage newspaper and birds. I glued vintage string to the top and bottom and used flowers from the Works, leaves from a Joanna Sheen die and a butterfly punch. I have left the top open because I think a couple of silk flowers will look great in it. I made a tag saying Re-purposed with love.

I hope you like it and if you fancy having a go at this altered art you should it is great to see what can be made of something we normally throw away.

I hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend

Take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

It's Been Busy

Hi Everyone,

I haven't been around in a while, it's been a busy time primarily due to getting ready for our charity Alternative Grand National Ladies Day here in Liverpool. I do all the table decs, menu's, table numbers etc and when you have 150 ladies attending you have to make sure everything is perfect. Here are a couple of pics of the tables:

We went for a classy black and white theme this year. I decoupaged and decorated old shoes with flowers and butterflies. 
We need to start thinking of a theme for next year now so suggestions are welcome.

So what else has been keeping me busy? Lets have a look

This is just one of a few custom orders I have finished in the last month. We are on the blue side of Liverpool in this house but I am not averse to making a Liverpool FC card occasionally ;-) 

So whats next, I am making some more samples ready for the new collection of papers and ephemera from Emerald City Crafts UK. You will love them they are so sweet and different from the last collections so look out for them coming soon

So that's me for now I won't leave it so long next time 

Take care

Gill xx

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Nostalgia Canvas

Hi Everyone,

Here I am again showing another creation using Emerald City Crafts UK Nostalgia papers and ephemera.

The images are just lovely some of which are from original family photo's so they truly are a one off.

This Canvas is of a lovely Gentleman and would look great on the wall of an office

All the paper you see is from Emerald City and the bits and bobs are from my stash. I distressed everything with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink

Hope you like what you see and don't forget to leave me a little comment and say hello

Take care


Gill xx

Monday, 6 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift

Hi Everyone,

Mothers Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share a paper craft gift with a difference with you today.

Yes I have used Emerald City Crafts UK papers for this. I try to think outside the box and make as many different things with them as I can because they are such a good weight and I want to show lots of ways you can use them.

So here it is .... a pair of paper bead bracelets.

I made two, one with little pearls and one plain

A close up with the pearls

I have used the little gift box I made from Les Beaux Oiseaux collection  to finish off the gift

And here is my wrinkly wrist showing what they look like on

So how did I make them?

I marked half inch lines on the back of the A4 paper and then in each line I marked diagonally before cutting them out. Once all the pieces were cut I rolled each piece tightly around a cocktail stick and glued the end down. It takes a bit of practice but I got there.

And to finish off the Mothers day gifts I made a couple of fridge magnets. My mother in law collects them so I will pop these with her other gifts

All the papers used in this post are from the Madamoiselle Collection

Next time I am going to shown you a picture using the Nostalgia Collection.

If you have ordered and used the papers let me know what you think in the comments

Until next time, take care


Gill xx

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Hi Everyone,

So here we are again showcasing the second of the new Emerald City Craft UK papers and ephemera. This time it is Nostalgia a stunning collection of nostalgic images from days gone by and matching papers.

I decided to do a journal page this time to show the versatility of the papers. I chose a background paper that was quite plain in design and a picture of a sailor and soldier enhanced with poppies

After putting down a thin layer of gesso I stenciled some poppies using red and green inks. Using the gesso made the paper matte and gave the ability to take the inks perfectly

Finally I distressed the edges, added the picture, a paper poppy and a sentiment.

The sentiment says:
Being a HERO doesn't mean you're invincible
It just means that you're BRAVE enough
to stand up and Do what's needed

Thanks for visiting again and watch this space for more ideas on how to use the papers and ephemera

Take care

Gill xx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A New Launch from Emerald City Crafts UK

HI Everyone,

Here is the launch from Emerald City Crafts UK I was telling you about on Sunday. I hope you like the papers and ephemora as much as I do.

I have made a bow card (template from Sandras scrap) using the A4 papers and one of the smaller images, added a few flowers and leaves and the sentiment from the image

The card is a big card so I needed a box to put it in. I used three sheets of polka dot 12x12 card to make the box and decorated the top using the larger postcard size ephemera, matching A 4 papers and some die cut swirls and flowers. I finished it off with a die cut bow all from the Madamoiselle papers

Finally here is the closed box.

If you need a fabulous card for your Mum on Mothers day this collection is perfect.

Look out for my next blog when I will showcasing the Nostalgia papers

Sunday, 26 February 2017

There's a Baby on the Way

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am going to share a card I have made for a lovely young couple's baby shower next week. It is such an exciting time for them as it is their first and they have a daughter on the way.

Not the best picture I'm afraid - sorry!

I made this using a stamping Bella stamp and coloured it with LePlume alcohol markers. The backing papers are from Lili of the Valley matted on to grey card.

I also had some fab news this week - I won an art journal challenge on the Junk Journals Junkies Page. I was soooo excited I have never won a challenge before.

Coming up on the 1st of March is more design team work for Emerald City Crafts UK
Linda is launching two new designs from her collection. Madamoiselle, a beautiful collection of couture ladies and papers and Nostalgia, a stunning collection of Victorian ephemera and papers.
I am lucky enough to have been designing with them this weekend and all I can say is WOW!

Keep your eyes out for the launch and order you won't be dissapointed

So that's me for now I'll be back on the 1st March. Until then take care

Gill xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mad Hatter

Hi Everyone,

It's my birthday today so I want to share some top hat party props I have made using .............. you guessed it Emerald City Crafts UK papers. I have challenged myself to make as many different things as possible so you can see how versatile they are.

This one is using the Les Beaux Oiseaux papers and ephemera, a few feather die cuts, and some little flowers from my stash

This one has a wall hanger added to it. I used the steam punked papers and ephemera, little roses and an mdf key coloured gold

And finally another one with steam punked papers and ephemera, die cut cogs and a metal key and lock. I have aged it all with some rust paint and gold wax

All three together on my vintage shaby chic box

I really enjoyed making these and am sure they are not the last ones I will make ;-) 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A Little Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't been around for a few weeks, it is all so busy here with making chalk board signs for my cousins wedding and table decorations for the big Aintree Ladies Day charity day my mum and her friend Glo organise every year. I can't wait to share this with you but until the day it is top secret.

In between this I have managed to make a quick gift box using Emerald City Crafts UK papers and ephemera.
I used papers from each of the Steampunked and Les beaux oiseaux to show you how well they mix and match. The Box was made with the 6x6 papers and the embellishments were die cuts from my stash. The best thing about it is the papers are of such good quality and weight they are perfect for small boxes. I lined the base with more papers just to finish off the look but it is not essential.

If you are looking for a quick gift box for a jewelry gift them this is just the job. Quick but beautiful is my new moto because I have sooooo many ideas running through my head there is never enough time in the day to create.

So that is me for today, I am going to crack on with the table decorations for an hour or two then get ready for a nice little carvery with my hubby, mum, brother and sister-in-law. 

I have entered this little box in the following blog challenges

A bit more time to craft - Always anything goes  

A perfect time to craft - Always anything goes

See you next time. Take care

Love Gill xxxx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Artful Days

Hi Everyone,

Every Friday I look after me 3 year old grandson, Isaac. I love spending time with him and we have lots of snuggles and fun times together.
Yesterday we had an arty day and Isaac created some shaving foam backgrounds. Well actually he didn't realise he was making background he was just happy getting messy.

Here is Isaac with his first creation

For the cards I used stamps and die cuts from my stash to create some lovely little cards. Less is more in this case because for me it is all about Isaac's beautiful backgrounds.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A little more Steampunk

Hi everyone

Keeping with the Steampunk theme this week I thought I would share a couple more makes from my designs for Emerald City Crafts UK. As you know this is a new business and Linda will be bringing out beautiful papers and ephemera every few months so keep checking in because if steampunk isn't your thing I can guarantee there will be something there that will excite your crafty juices

These papers can make male or female cards so this time I went for a unisex design. the only other material I used other than the fab papers was a bit of card stock and string

This is a little gift bag and is perfect for sweets to give that special man in your life.

Although I have made lots of cards, tags, gift bags and canvases I have loads of the papers left so you can see just how much you get for your money.

Go on treat yourself I can guarantee you won't be dissapointed.

That's me for today folks' more wedding goodies to make

Take care


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Steampunk Monolith

Hi Everyone,

Something a little bit different for you today. I love the monoliths from Visible Image and am sure I shared a couple of Christmas ones I made in December.

Last night I came across some MDF cogs that I had bought at a craft fair yonks ago and really wanted to make something with them. So a lot of cogitating later a light bulb moment materialised, the result being a steampunk monolith.

Along with the MDF monolith, heart and Cogs I used:

  • Tim Holtz and Docrafts spritzing inks in gold, silver, turquoise and black
  • Red Promarker to colour the heart and covered in Tim Holtz distress crackle paint
  • Artful Days angel wings and brass embellishment
  • Graphic 45 sentiment tags from the Typography range 
I love how it has worked out and really hope you do too.

I am going to pop this in the following Challenge Blogs

Crafting When We Can - Anything goes

Altered Eclectics - Altered Art

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Wings

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Busy Busy Busy

HI Everyone,

Boy it's been busy here at Dixie Do Designs recently. I am helping my cousin with her wedding arrangements and have just started the mammoth task of the invitations. Obviously I will share it all with you as soon as I can but the wedding isn't until July so don't hold your breath 😉

I have still had time to put other crafting in designing for Emerald City Crafts UK. The first two sets of papers were only launched last week and are proving to be really popular. Why not join the Facebook Group for lots of inspiration.

Tonight I am going to share some more designs with you using the fabulous Les Beaux Oiseaux papers and ephemera so hope you like them.

This is a 2017 calendar using backing papers and image from Emerald City Crafts UK
I also added a die cut bird cage using an X-cut die and some flowers from my stash to compliment the colour of the background paper

This time I have created a beautiful gift tag with lots of ink and layers. I was able to use the scraps of the Les Beaux Oiseaux papers left over from larger projects so nothing goes to waste.

and finally a card to compliment the gift tag featuring die cut flowers, feather and little butterflies again from the scrap papers

Apart from 6x6 papers Linda also does A4 patterned papers so you get much more scope to use every last scrap

I would like to enter the card in to the following challenges

Creative Moments - Anything goes

Well that's me until the weekend, enjoy the rest of your week

Take Care


Gill xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

A Gift Bag should be as Beautiful as the Gift

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am going to share a gift bag I have designed using the beautiful Les Beaux Oiseaux papers from Emerald City Crafts UK, I have found these papers so versatile and can't wait for Linda to bring her next set out.

As well as Les Beaux Oiseaux  papers I used:
  •  a plain brown paper bag 
  • some contrasting backing papers from my stash
  • String
  • Butterfly embellishments and 
  • the mixed rosettes from X-cut dies
  • For the tag I used the the image on the contents page of the pack of papers so you can see nothing is wasted 
I built up all the layers and distressed the edges with a little Tim Holtz distress ink and there you have it a gorgeous bag to hold your gorgeous gift.

For more designs with the Emerald City Crafts UK papers and ephemera why not visit Linda's Blog or the face book page.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

News Flash

Hi Everyone,

Exciting news to share with you today Linda Simpson is opening a wonderful new craft business called Emerald City Crafts UK on etsy. She has launched her first two paper packs and digi images and she has asked me to be a design team member which I am absolutely delighted about.

The first two themes are Steampunked and Les Beaux Oiseaux

Linda's Esty store link is here so take a peak and treat yourselves you won't be dissapointed.

Here are just a few designs I have created but watch this space for much more

This is a card using one of the beautiful backing papers and stunning toppers

For this I used an MDF butterfly and matted another fabulous backing paper from the A4 pack. It was finished off with the word love and some paper flowers from my stash

This canvas is using the Steampunked range papers and topper. I die cut some cogs and added some bits and bobs in the background but I am sure you will agree the fabulous topper makes it. The papers tear and ink up perfectly

Just look at this amazing Victoriana topper matted on purple dotted and sepia ephemera papers. Finished off with some matching ribbon and flowers from my stash this is the perfect ladies card proving that steampunk is for all.

I am so happy to be on the design team. Apart from working with Linda getting to design with these superbly high quality papers is such a joy. Linda also has smaller packs of digi's for you to print so whatever your budget you can afford to buy as little or as much as you want. Give them a go you really won't be dissapointed.

I would love to get your feedback if you have a minute to comment

Take care

Gill xx