Sunday, 22 November 2015

Work in progress

I was very flattered to be asked to do a canvas for a friend. I really only craft for pleasure, and enjoy making cards and other hand decorated gifts for friends and family, so this is a relatively new experience!

The request was for something in beige and brown tones, with hints of apricot and blue. Actually some of my favourite colours :-). I started work on this a few days ago - it may end up being the commission, or if I'm not completely satisfied I will keep it for myself and use it as a prototype. 

I love nothing better than taking my time over a piece of artwork, standing back from it for a while and then going back with fresh eyes. I've built up layers of colour here, using ideas from the recent workshop I attended. I'm leaving off the stencilled paste embellishments this time, I wasn't too keen on those. 

Thoroughly enjoying myself-and it's taking my mind off the stinking cold I've got at the moment!!
I'll put up another post when I've finished this canvas. Have a good week everybody :-)

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Had a fabulous crafty day yesterday at my local craft store, making a canvas. The course was run by the very talented Hels Sheridan, one of my favourite crafters.

We worked on our canvases for around five hours, with a break for lunch, trying out lots of different techniques under expert tuition. This is my sort of crafting! I've been crafting for a lot of years now, starting off with card making, but have realised my true passion lies in mixed media. I have a huge box of cards I have made over the years, and so I only make cards now for specific occasions.

This started off as a plain white canvas, and the focus was on building up different layers using papers, different types of paint, embellishments, gilding waxes etc. Mine is the pink version, based on the blue one designed by Hels which was used as our inspiration. There were seven of us on the course, and each one was completely different. I was absolutely thrilled with mine :-) and I got a lot of positive comments from everyone. It is always nice when people take the time to give you feedback and compliments 😊

Monday, 19 October 2015

With love...

Quick card today. It's been a funny old few days, with a poorly cat and not being in the mood for very much. Fortunately she is now on the mend, and so yesterday I made this card! I used up some scraps of coloured card stock for the card border and flowers, and will be able to use it for a variety of occasions-not just birthday. I was really pleased how it turned out :-)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Latest card

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out :-)

I used a favourite embossing folder, soft chalk ink to lightly colour the edges, Wink of Stella to give the flower a subtle shimmer, ribbon, and Glossy Accents in the flower centre. I used my Promarkers to colour the flowers. Job done!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Inky Doodles

I was so terribly sad to learn of the death of Sarah Busby, the founder of Inky Doodles. She designed the most beautiful polymer stamps, with a unique and quirky style. I never met her, but we did exchange some emails and she showed two of my cards using her stamps on her Facebook page, and was very complimentary about my work.

She was only in her late 40s, and her family must be devastated.
I thought I would share some of my work using her stamps, and I also intend to use some of her Christmas stamps for my cards this year, in memory of her.
Always seems so wrong to me that the good people in this life are taken early :-(
RIP Sarah x

Butterflies and gilding wax!

Had a lot of fun making this card. I had been inspired by watching a show on Hochanda, where Hazel Eaton had been demonstrating different ways to be creative using embossing folders and gilding wax. Sorry about the rubbish in the background and my hand-had been trying to just catch the light to show you the sheen of the wax. 
I'm so enjoying my crafting at the moment, had a phase of two or three months when nothing seemed to work, but now it's a case of too many things to make and not enough time lol!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Mixed media

I had another wonderful crafting day yesterday, back at the Heritage Centre on Carnforth Railway station (setting for that great classic British film, Brief Encounter).
In the morning, three crafters were doing demos, a mixture of mixed media, fabric painting and die cutting. In the afternoon, there were 'make and take' sessions and of course I headed for the mixed media one, being run by one of my favourite crafters, Lindsay Mason. Lots of ink and paint and gilding wax involved, guaranteeing mucky fingers! :-)
Who would believe that you could create such beautiful things with cardboard, scrunched up paper, black gesso, die cut  embellishments, paints and wax. I'm hooked! :-)

Firstly, a square of stiff cardboard, plus 2 embellishments - plus a sheet from an old book ......

I scrunched up the page, and then stuck it down to the square, tucking in the edges

The white bits are embossed paper, to give the surface texture, and the black bits (which don't show up well on the photo) are gesso, applied through a stencil.  Then, everything was painted black! All will become clear.....

At this point I've applied some lustrous paints to the background.....

- and finally I applied some gilding waxes.

I love the resulting textures, even down to brush strokes from when I applied the black gesso to the entire surface.

Yep, I'm hooked, and plan to make more!

Saturday, 19 September 2015


- not me, inspite of a hairline fracture to my big toe! No, blues for this birthday card for a friend-and blue is her favourite colour. 
I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the aperture on the front of the card, and also to create a frame for it. Love spellbinder dies-they've been around for years, and I still feel that the cut is superior to many others on the market. I used washi tape, lightly inked the edges of the card, and embossed a greeting. Really pleased with it-hope my friend likes it too. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Card made today :)

We have a brilliant new crafting channel on TV in the UK, called Hochanda. Lots of hands on crafting with lots of creative techniques, and a great variety of shows too.
I watched a very talented lady called Hazel Eaton this morning, using embossing folders and Distress inks, and went straight into my craft room after the show finished to produce a card for an upcoming birthday. 
I love nothing better than starting with a blank piece of white card. I embossed a piece in my Cuttlebug Machine, and inked the edges and the raised pattern with one of my favourite inks - Tim Holtz Distress - in spun sugar. I used the same ink to colour the oval cut out in the centre, and applied a few layers to make it a deeper colour. stamped the sentiment, and then adhered it to the card with a dimensional glue gel. I am so pleased with it!  I love adding that little bit extra to my cards-and Hazel show today reminded me of forgotten techniques. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Welcome back Mr Mojo :-)

It's been ages since I made a card - but having bought a copy of Creative Stamping with the fab free stamps, and seen this image coloured by the talented Liz McGuire from Buttons for Brains I felt inspired to create this card, which is earmarked for my niece's birthday :)  I did pretty much replicate Liz's colouring as I liked hers so much.

I stamped the image in Versamark ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder. I coloured in using my Promarkers, and added a gemstone in the centre of the large flower, and some stickles in the centre of the smaller flowers. I stamped the sentiment at an angle, just for a change.  Ta dah!

I've got a feeling I'll now be joining the rank of the Procraftinators, and tedious household stuff will be taking a back seat!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Buttons, string, felt......

Just been exploring this wonderful online shop, which Lucy from Attic24 had mentioned in her latest blog post.  Oh my!  Not just buttons, but lovely fabrics, felt, ribbon, twine and various other crafty bits.

I do confess to being a buttonoholic :)  As a child I loved my mum's button tin (which I still have), and that's where my obsession with buttons first started!  I seem to have quite a collection now - occasionally I'll incorporate them in cards (if I can bear to part with them lol) and can never resist adding to my collection.

Do also visit one of my favourite blogs, Buttons for brains  I share Liz's passion for buttons, and she is a very talented card designer and maker.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are :)

PS Went to a craft and vintage fair today-simply could not resist these little buttons :-)

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A home without a cat.....

..... is just a house

Very true words, I'm lucky to have my little cat, Tiny. This little wall hanging arrived a few days ago from an online crafting friend :-). Thank you again Liz. 

No crafting to share as yet-playing with my watercolour pencils and paints, and practising various techniques. I get as much pleasure from that as actually making cards or wallhangings or whatever. I can lose myself! I've used pro markers and copics for years for my colouring, but seem to be getting more and more interested in watercolouring. My late mum was a very talented artist, and I have some of her paintings on the walls in my home, and enjoy looking at them every day. I also have all her brushes and various other arty farty things, and enjoy using them. She took up painting once she had retired-it had always been her dream to go to art school, but growing up during wartime it just wasn't possible. I'm just finding it strange that I've taken such an interest in it at around the same age she did. 

Bit of a nostalgic post, but I can assure you a very happy post. I have such wonderful memories of her :-)

Sunday, 2 August 2015


Not a lot of crafting been going on recently. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and this miserable weather in the UK isn't exactly helping the general mood! 
Still reading all my favourite blogs, pinning away on Pinterest, waiting for something to really spark my interest and attention. I am sure this will only be temporary-I have been paper crafting for quite a lot of years now, and it is highly unlikely I will ever give it up. For now, a bit of crochet, and plenty of cuddling. :-)

Monday, 13 July 2015

Wall hanging

Last Saturday, I had an absolutely wonderful day, a mixed media class with the amazingly talented Lindsay Mason. It was held in the Heritage Centre at Carnforth railway station - the setting for the 1946 film called "Brief Encounter" starring Trevor Johnson and Celia Howard. Quintessentially English, terribly proper and oh so romantic :-)  The refreshment rooms have been very carefully restored, using period furniture etc, and it really was very atmospheric. By a coincidence, a steam train came racing through the station - must've been a very particular event as there were a lot of people waiting with their cameras. We'll dashed out of our room which is near the platform to have a look, and waved to everybody on the train. Great fun!

So back to my wall hanging.....
This started off life as three plain pieces of MDF. Layers of texture were added with scrunched up paper, glue,  embellishments, black paint, delicious inks and gilding waxes. Ta-da!

The other photo I took doesn't really do justice to the colours-I'll try to get a better shot tomorrow and add it to this blog post. This photo at least does justice to the textures and the sheen. 
This is a very messy crafting, which I absolutely love. I do neat and precise work also, but I do enjoy variety in my crafting, and tackling different projects. 

(That's me, front right)

Meanwhile, some pics I took at the station, and a couple borrowed from Lindsay's album......

Monday, 6 July 2015


Just a quick card I made tonight. I managed to track down a die to cut out a doily shape - I had seen a card on Pinterest and was dying to have a go at it. in my haste, I glued the various bits and pieces on without checking that the card opened - and of course it didn't :-). So, I did a little bit of trimming, and it now works just fine. Got lots of ideas for different cards using the doily -soon as I get time I shall be having a good play!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Another crafty day!

Had a lovely day today over at a friends house, playing with papers, card stock inks, heat gun, stamps, dies - you name it, we played with it! Today was about sharing ideas, tips and techniques - and we also share our stash so we can play with different things. 

No finished product to show as yet, but I've cut out some flowers that I stamped - these will be incorporated into a card over the next day or so, can't wait to see how it all turns out :-)

Oops - hit the wrong button, but here is my little sweetheart Tiny, having a lovely sleep on a cushion next to me :-)

And so - here are the flowers!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Crafty day cards

At last, a chance to show some photos of the cards we made on our crafty day!

Firstly, two cards designed by Cheryl :-

The first card is made using a tattered Lace die. They are incredibly expensive, but I have to say the quality is superb and they cut beautifully. The second card involves some stamping, which I love to do. This one is being kept one side for my brother who is a real D I Y fan!

Next Sue's cards :-

Love Sue's style of card making-she tends to use scraps of fabric, ribbon and papers she has around the house. I love back to basics paper crafting-just shows there is no need to go to a lot of expense.

Next, two cards designed by Ros. Ross is the quilter, so fabric and some handstitching is often involved in her cards. I love the felt cat which she designed especially for me as a cat lover!

And finally my two cards :) 

- I love using lace and ribbon and buttons wherever possible. 

Hope you have enjoyed looking at the results of our day :-)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Crafty day makes

Just a quick post to share the lovely cards we made yesterday on our crafting day. I'll do a more detailed post soon-got a busy couple of days ahead! 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What a fab crafty day!

Had a brilliant crafting day with three friends today, it lived up to all expectations. 
We met at 10 AM over at Sue's house in Lytham, and had a day of much fun and creativity. 
It's gone very cloudy here and the light isn't good enough to take some decent photos, but just wanted to share one with you. Isn't it beautiful! 
I'll share more photos with you tomorrow, hopefully :-)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sneak peek 2

...... card design figured out! Just finished prepping three bags of all the bits needed to make a card, for my crafty friends. I will share later this week :-)

A peek

Sneak peek, that is!

I don't do a lot of sewing these days, but decided to get some felt, a button, needle and thread out today. On Wednesday I will be spending the day with three friends on one of our crafty get together days. One of the ladies, Ros, is a very talented quilter, and always incorporates a little bit of sewing into cards, so I thought I'd have a little go too. On the day, we each make two cards, which we demo for the others to make. At the end of the day, we have then each made six very different things and learned some new ideas and techniques. The little pinwheel is something I picked up off Pinterest, so I'm now planning how to incorporate it into a card. Ribbon and buttons will be involved though! I will post the results later this week. 
Happy fathers day to all those who have their dads here to celebrate with, my thoughts go out to those who have lost their dads like myself. Fortunately I have many very happy memories :-)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

I won a card!

We have a crafting channel in the UK called create and craft - it's recently also started airing in the USA. They do a variety of demonstrations on the show, and viewers can email in with any comments, and a chance to win one of the cards being demoed on the show. Well, I won this card and it arrived today, and I was really delighted with it! The photo doesn't really do it justice, it's beautiful!  Unfortunately, the Postal Service managed to batter the envelope, and the card was a little bent, but never mind!  Thank you Anne Marie for signing it too

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Rain due - time to craft

Had a couple of days pottering in the garden, tidying things up without going overboard. My back problem is much improved, but can't do too much without it aching again, and I really don't want another bout of sciatica if at all possible.

My gardener came today and did a lot of work clearing a border which had become so overgrown it was disheartening to look at. An old ivy plant had strangled some of my favourite shrubs which had pretty much died off. I lost a lovely buddleia - used to love seeing the buttterflies on there, feasting on pollen - an aquilegia plant, a fern and a few other low growing shrubs. But - looking to the positive - I have a whole new border ready for planting up, so I'm busy deciding which plants to choose.

These are a couple of photos from a few years ago, when I had a lot more energy and kept on top of things :-

- not a big garden, but some colourful shrubs and a patio, and gravelled area. I used to grow sweet peas up canes and loved the scent of the cut flowers in the house. It will be beautiful again!!

Much as I want to do more out there, common sense prevails and I'm taking a couple of days away from it to get some crafting done - there are some ideas in my head I'm itching to try out.  I'm a typical Geminian - I flit from one thing to another!!

Tiny :)

No crafting today - too busy tidying up my jungle of a garden!  It all got out of control when I was suffering with sciatica, but bit by bit I'm winning the battle.

Just had to share this beautiful photo of my 8 year old rescue cat, Tiny.  She had been dashing round playing with her toys, and decided to take a break with her 'Mousey'.  As you have no doubt gathered, I adore my little fur baby :)  She's a very tactile cat - if I pass her by, she always reaches out a paw to me, and adores spending time on my knee. When I go into the kitchen each morning (where she sleeps), she is always waiting for me on the unit just by the kitchen door, and insists on many face rubs before jumping down to the floor and waiting patiently by her food bowl. She's my little star :)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Gift bags

Having fun using a borrowed toy to make a couple of gift bags :-) A friend won a nifty gadget on eBay-a kind of score board to make it easy to make gift bags. Having won the auction, she realised it would arrive after she had left for a two week holiday, and so asked me if it could be sent to my home. I had to promise to try it out! Very generous indeed. So here are my first two makes :-)

If anyone is interested, it is the gift bag punchboard, from WRMK (we are memory keepers). Great fun-thank you Jillian! 

PS Couldn't resist making just one more.....