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.