Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Love Grows

 


Phew! This was a tricky one!

Jacqui Dennis posted a tutorial on her website 'Welcome to Cats Whiskers' to show how to make a magic shutter card. Had to have a go, the trick is to get the centre right so that as you open the card the shutters pull back to reveal an image or sentiment in the middle. It took a couple of attempts but Jacqui's instructions were quite clear, my only problem was that my card was too thick and so I struggled to cut the centre hole out and I didn't get it lined up perfectly.


Please go to her blog to get the full instructions - it was good fun to make!




Stamps – LOTV - Love Grows and a sentiment stamp from their set 8 ‘Happy Circular Sentiments’.  The image stamp was coloured with Promarkers. I tried really hard to do the colouring properly following my good fortune to go to one of Jacqui's workshops and get a lesson on using the pens! I chose this image as I felt it suited an older couple remarrying.

Dies – Spellbinders Lacy Circle for the middle sentiment, and classic ovals for the image and front sentiment.  Image is topped by a Memory Box die - Tiffany Frame sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

Background – Red card from my stash matted with one of the Maja Design 12x12 papers from Live and Love Crafts.
 
Embellishments - String of Pearls from Live and Love Crafts, flowers again sprinkled with Glamour Dust and bling from my stash.
 
 
 Would definitely have a go at making another one, it is such a nice surprise when you open the card to reveal the hidden gem in the middle! x

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Checking it Twice


 
Here's a quick card for today - trying to catch up now
and get the last of my cards done for christmas!
I needed to do a male card so wanted to keep it quite simple.
 
 
 
This image is from a company I haven't heard of before - Little Darlings - which caught my eye on my last visit to Oysters in Rochester - love the bunny slippers.
 
I simply coloured and matted onto some papers I had in my stash. Added a swirl and embellished a corded bow and it's done. No glitter! This card is for a teenage boy who would not appreciate being covered in glitter lol - well not in front of his mates anyway!
 
Stamps – Little Darlings Stamps, Checking it Twice. Coloured with Promarkers and the edge distressed with Tim Holtz Old Paper.
 Dies – Memory Box Magic Flourish and Marianne Designs Merry Christmas
Background – Freebie check paper from Crafts Beautiful magazine, Music Paper from Clarity Stamps and Home. Family from my stash.
Embellishments –Silver Bells and Christmas Tree from Live and Love Crafts.
 
That's it for today, off to see my daughter and 1 grandson - hope you have a nice day! x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

 

Pan Pastels Workshop with Eileen Godwin



Had a fabulous day with Eileen learning all about Pan Pastels. Had made a conscious decision NOT to buy any of these until I knew how to use them. How many of us have stuff that we've bought and never used? You really cannot beat been shown and having the resources to have a go, make mistakes and then be put back on the right path to success.

We made 7 projects in the day, amazing! Just goes to show if you know the techniques then it opens up a new door in crafting. Eileen's demonstrating was so straight forward it was easy to learn, I came away with a lot of knowledge but need to put in a lot of practice! I plan to follow it up with some more of her workshops (not just Pans) over the next few months.

This was the first card I made, aren't the colours fab! First rule is that these pans are so full of colour you need very little - 2 swipes with a sponge and then on to the card. This one used a linen effect card and I have to say I found this finish a lot easier to blend on than the smooth card we used later. I have a stack of watercolour paper so I plan to use that up. There are just 2 colours in this, red and yellow with the orange created by blending them together in the middle. After stamping we used a Uni Posca white pen (need to get one!) to do the highlights, couple of punched butterflies and a little lady bird and it was done.



 
 
In this one we masked off the sun and applied the blue, yellow and green pastels in the same way as before to create the background. The great thing about pastels is you can use an eraser to lighten areas.

 





 

This card was soooo simple but I love it. You work on the coloured strip only and when finished you stick it onto the blank card.
 
I applied three colours of Pans and blended them. Spray, then I used three ink colours and a clarity swirl stamp. I think it's really effective and has such depth - fab.
 
Then I stamped the sentiment onto the blank card before positioning the coloured strip. And that's it - done. Really useful design for thank you cards etc.
 
 
 
 
 

This one was a variation of the horses card we did, exactly the same principle. Beautiful stamp image isn't it. I used the eraser more on this one to get the cloudy effect. You cannot erase after you've sprayed and if you want to highlight the rocks by rubbing off the colour then don't spray. Wait for the ink to dry and use a rubber to take off the colour.





Had one of those days when you go 'yes - I CAN do this' thanks to Eileen and her fabulous tips and knowledge. Highly recommended! Can't wait to learn more and meet up with my new crafting friends in December. x

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Have a Fairy Merry Christmas

Yes - I'm like a bus, nothing for ages then two come together! Been so busy with other crafts I'm afraid I haven't had time to stop and take photos. Also busy at the moment with workshops, did a lovely one with Paul Church last weekend at Oyster Crafts using a Clarity stamp holly and ivy branch. Paul is a fabulous pattern builder and showed us how using pretty much one stamp we could make lots of different designs. Met some lovely crafting ladies and Martine (manager at Oyster's) even kept us entertained with her carol singing. Deep joy!

This Saturday I'm off to one with Eileen Godwin (Eileen's Crafty Zone) , who does some fabulous work with Pan Pastels. Haven't used pastels for years and am really looking forward to seeing how they've developed and what I can /should be able to do with them. Then the following Saturday I'm doing one with the lovely Jacqui Dennis (Cat's Whiskers) who is an accredited teacher in using alcohol pens, so looking forward to that as all my colouring is self taught. My head will be crammed with so much information I may have to go and lie down in a darkened room for a while!

Anyway onto todays card -



Again apologies for the lighting, I will have to sort it out but with the big yellow thing missing from the sky and my photography skills being minimal I am struggling. (Maybe I should find a photo workshop to do!!)

I designed this card with my teenage grand daughter in mind, she hopes to study graphics and art when she leaves school so I wanted something a little different for her christmas card.

Stamps – Lavinia Stamps, Have a Fairy Merry Christmas sentiment, Wet Wings (love it!) and Fairy House. Clarity Stamps - miniature santa and sleigh.

Dies – Spellbinders Create a Flake Four.

Background – Adirondack Inks Denim, Stonewashed, Lemonade and Wild Plum. The moon and hills were masked off and then I brayered and blended the inks to create a snow scene. I added the colour to the moon and stamped the sleigh then added some shading to the hills after I stamped the other images and removed the masking.  I used Glamour Dust to highlight some of the snow.
 
Embellishments – Diamond droplets from my stash and silver marker pen by Pilot to highlight.
 
Phew! Hope to get a few more christmas cards done as soon as possible - how are you doing with yours? x

Last Christmas I Gave you my Heart ..........


 Well, not happy with the quality of the picture, really struggling in this gloomy light. If I use the flash it bounces of the mirri and shimmer card, if I don't it can get a bit dark in places. Hey ho - hope you get the gist of this one . This is a larger card than normal (8x8) as I wanted to combine more elements.  I found this fabulous Magnolia stamp with the words of my favourite christmas song by Wham (oh those were the days!). I used it with the Christmas Gift and my three little christmas boys  stamps from LOTV which I adapted by cutting some bits off - don't know why just felt they fitted the picture better.
 


Stamps – LOTV - Christmas Gift, My Little Tree, Cuddling Ted and Delivering the Presents and Magnolia Last Christmas I Gave You my Heart. The images were coloured with Promarkers and glittered and the large sentiment was distressed around the edges using Tim Holtz Old Paper. The smaller sentiment is from my stash.

Dies – Dee's Distinctively Snow Covered Stacker Tree and Memory Box Catalina Wreath.
 
Background – Silver Mirri card with white matting and topped with Shimmer Card from Oyster Stamps.

 Hope you like this one, apologies to all apparently I had comment verification on which had stopped some from leaving comments. Think I have taken it off - hate it when I come across it on other sites sooooo annoying - fingers crossed ! x

Thursday, 1 November 2012


The Little Things

This card was made with lots of love, because it’s for my husband.  
It’s our wedding anniversary straight after Christmas so I wanted to get it done so I didn’t have to worry at the last moment (which is what usually happens!). He is my biggest fan and so I wanted to make it special for him.
 
I love the image as since we married 3 years ago he has bought me a bunch of flowers every Friday, nothing extravagant but truly ‘Love is in the little things’. I also saw the larger sentiment a while back and thought it was ideal for him.
 
Stamps – LOTV - ‘The Little Things’ and a sentiment stamp from their set 8 ‘Happy Circular Sentiments’. The larger sentiment is from Clarity Stamps. The image stamp was coloured with Promarkers, glittered on the roses and then all the toppers were distressed around the edges using Tim Holtz Old Paper and Vintage Photo.
 
 
 Dies – Spellbinders Lacy Circle for the smaller sentiment.
 
Background – Wedding Bells papers by Wild Rose Studio matted onto gold card.
 
Embellishments –Crystals from Oyster Paper Craft and Pearls from Hobbycraft.
 
 
Well I can put this one away for a little while, I do struggle with male cards but I'm pretty sure he will love it as it is so appropriate.

Friday, 26 October 2012

An Adorables Christmas

Can't resist using Jayne Nesterenko for Christmas and her Adorables range just can't be beaten for me! Two little girls playing here so remind me of my own little girls - well, they're not so little now of course!
 
Thought I'd have another go at an easel card just to be different again. Apologies - the photo doesn't really do it justice!
 
Stamps - JN Adorables Waiting and Sharing and Winter Tales Christmas Joy. The images were coloured with Promarkers, cut out and shaped then embellished with glitter before sticking on to the background.
 
Dies - Crealies Creative Shapes flowers and leaves (pearl stamens inserted before attaching to card); Poppy Dies for the window.
 
Background - bit tricky had to divide the picture into three parts - floor, lower wall and upper wall with white strips for the skirting board and dado rail. I mirrored the wall on the base and used the sentiment to hold the easel bit up when opened. All papers were from Jayne's Adorables CD except for the outside scene behind the window which is from my stash of papers.
 
 

H.O.W Cards for Christmas!


Phew, sorry I've not been posting for a while. Its just been one thing after another, but hey ho here are 3 LOTV cards made ready for Christmas for Harvey, Oliver and Will. Three brothers so I wanted a similar theme for them.
 
Stamps – LOTV – Harvey; ‘My Little Tree’, Oliver; ‘Delivering the Presents’ and Will; ‘Cuddling Ted’. All three have a Magnolia Stamp called ‘The Old Swedish Church’ in the background and were coloured with Promarkers before glittering.
Dies – Spellbinders Create a Flake Four; Dee’s Distinctively Dies Stacker Tree; Memory Box Parker Alphabet
Background – Hunkdory cardstock and silver mirri card.
Embellishments – Bells, stockings and rocking horses from Sirstampalot.

Here's a close up of one the designs - super for little boys at christmas! One of the good things about LOTV is that they often do a boy version and a girl version, really useful.
 
Love the stacker trees - they were a bit like gold dust to get hold of but Oyster Stamps came up trumps again.
 
Love the little church, it really adds a bit of character to any christmas scene.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Caught in Crystal Technique


I missed Sue Wilson doing a demo on this on TV the other week but managed to find her instructions on her blog - Particraft. It gives a lovely effect so I thought I'd give it a go. Be warned this can get messy! I read you could also do it with clear liquid polish but as that's even messier (so I read) I thought I'd try Sue's way.


They don't look like much in the picture but they are actually really pretty. You need to close up on the picture to get a better idea.  I wanted to try one in blue for christmas cards and one in autumn colours for some projects I have on the go.

I used heat proof acetate (you can then stamp and emboss on the finished item) and squiggled Clear Crystal Lacquer (I got mine from Joanna Sheen) on one side and then squiggled alcohol inks over the lacquer and acetate in 3 colours. Then I put mica powder on, silver for the blue and gold for the orange before laying crushed up white tissue paper (which becomes a backing) and tamping that down with kitchen roll, this gives a nice marbling effect as the ink catches in the creases of the paper. Leave it to dry overnight before cutting up and using as backing on a card. I use mirri card behind on the finished items which reflected through the ink, try different colours for different effects.


Here is an autumnal ATC I made using a piece, the Clarity stamped image is heat embossed in gold and I used some copper and gold brads to attach it to gold mirri card behind it. The speckles are the mica showing through. Hope my ATC recipient likes it!

Sunday, 7 October 2012


I Do....... again, but as an anniversary card.




And here we have an anniversary card for a special person coming up soon. This style seems to be quite popular at the moment and has a real ooh! factor for the recipient. This is my first attempt at an easel card, think it’s OK maybe just a bit ‘laid back’ will move the sentiment further back next time.

 Stamps – LOTV ‘I Do’ and a sentiment stamp from their set 8 ‘Happy Circular Sentiments’. . The  stamp was coloured with Promarkers, glittered and then Liquid Pearls added.


Dies – Spellbinders Lacy Circle, 2 sizes  - 1 for the picture and one for the sentiment.
 

Background – Wedding Bells papers by Wild Rose Studio matted onto a linen finish gold card. I also used a really pretty fabric with white roses and glitter on one mat – don’t know what it was called it was in a made up pack from Oyster Crafts in Rochester. The sequinned lace is from something I made for their wedding so seemed appropriate to use it for their anniversary.

 

Embellishments – Flowers from Live and Love Crafts, crystals from Oyster, pearl sprays from my stash.

 

So just a quickie for today, I have been away and also doing other crafts – some of which I’ll show soon......

Sunday, 16 September 2012


Old Friends ......

Jayne Nestorenko is bringing out some new Christmas stamps at the end of the month, so just couldn’t resist revisiting some old friends!
 
 I’d love to say this was an easy card to make – but that would be a lie.
 
Everything seemed to go wrong, it’s been a while since I’ve done so much cutting out and decoupage – but hey think I’ve salvaged it and the characters are just so magical!
 
Stamps -  Jayne Nestorenko – Caring, Playing and Christmas Delights.
 

The first thing I had to do was stamp the snowman onto a piece of coated card then mask it. Then I stamped the sign post slightly behind the snow man and masked that as well. With both masks in place I brayered the sky in Adirondack Wild Plum and then around the top and edges in Stonewashed. I had to be careful to leave some white sky on the horizon so I could stamp the trees in Bottle without getting pink snow!
 
I glittered and coloured the sign post and snow man and left them to dry while I worked on the front characters. They were stamped on Centura pearl (the wrong side) card and coloured and glittered before cutting out. I rolled the cut out characters over a paint brush to get a slight curve before attaching them to the card with foam squares. The sentiment seemed to sum the picture up – everything was matted onto silver mirri card to finish it off.

 
I punched the snowflakes from coloured card and glittered up before sticking with glue and I used some ice crystals on the snow.
 

Et voila ! Phew so much planning and thinking trying to remember which bit to do before another -  I need to lie down in a darkened room now :-) ...... x

Saturday, 15 September 2012

I do


Had to be done! Someone saw the cupcake card and put in a request for an OTT wedding card........so here it is. Took ages but it was a good learning curve – improving techniques for fixing the flowers and lace on etc. Also I think what I have struggled with before is making cards which may not be exactly my taste, don’t get me wrong I like this card but it is very different to what I have been doing. So I’m embracing difference and will probably make more in this style (and many other styles) – because while I’ve been thinking I need to find my style I actually need to do many styles to suit different people.
 
 Stamps – LOTV ‘I Do’ and a sentiment stamp from their set 8 ‘Happy Circular Sentiments’. I also stamped and embossed a butterfly onto acetate from the Crafters Companion ’Lavender Flower Fairy’. The LOTV stamp was coloured with Promarkers, glittered and then Liquid Pearls added as confetti.
 
 Dies – Spellbinders Lacy Circle, 2 sizes one for the picture and one for the sentiment.
 
Background – Maya Designs Vintage Summer matted onto a linen finish gold card. Maya is from a website I’ve found called Live and Love Crafts – which unfortunately has so many gorgeous things I just had to get a few other bits lol !
Embellishments - Flowers from Wild Orchard Crafts, pearls and lace from Joanne Sheen.
 
Thanks for looking x
 
 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Playing


Well we're well into September now, how are we all doing with our Christmas cards?!
Starting to panic a little so thought I'd have a go at one with less stamping and colouring to try and and make a quick card. Mind you my quick  card making can still take me a while - thought I would be getting a bit faster by now, but no!
Using dies has made things a bit easier but I'm still practising so I reckon this card took me a couple of hours to do. Very often though it's waiting for things to dry that takes the time up.

Stamps - Jayne Nestorenko 'Playing' from her Christmas Adorables range. I stamped the little girl first and made a mask for her before stamping the trees from the same set of stamps,for which I used Adirondack ink pad in bottle. I coloured her with promarkers and then glittered the fur parts. This bauble was mounted using foam pads to make it stand away from the other one.

Dies - Memory Box, La Rue and Drop Ornaments; Spellbinders, Create a Flake Four ; Marianne for the sentiment. The left bauble was done by using the Drop Ornament to cut a piece of backing paper from Jayne's Christmas Adorables CD and then by overlaying the La Rue Ornament cut out in mirri board. The snowflakes are simply done using 2 different sizes laid one on top of the other.

Background - Hunkdory snowflake card matted onto silver mirri board.

Well onwards and upwards - got a few specials to do and try and fit in Christmas cards when I can!

Happy Saturday x

Sunday, 2 September 2012


Super Striker

Thought I'd catch up with some more birthdays I need to do. Here's one for my Grandson Harvey which is coming up next month. He's an avid Arsenal fan so I had to do some research on their current strip to try and make it more personal for him.
 
Talking of personal I am loving the new Memory Box Alpabet dies, they do various typesets in both upper and lower cases - and you can use up all your scraps as you can do a letter at a time! Also couldn't believe how cheap they were compared to many others. Well worth looking at, I get mine from Oyster Stamps in Rochester who have an online shop on the web. I have used Joanna Sheen as well for this make of die but she doesn't seem to have as big a range as Oyster.
 
Stamp - LOTV Super Striker, coloured with promarkers
 
Backing Papers - Jayne Nestorenko's Summer Stories, Adorables and Cute Companions CDs
 
Dies - Spellbinders Labels Three, and Memory Box Alphabet 
 
Well it's been a year now since I took early retirement and I have to say I love it! Dear Geoffie is taking me out for a lovely meal at my favourite restaurant to celebrate - hurrah xx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Never too old for cupcakes !


Well I saw this stamp from Lili of The Valley, combining a fairy and a cupcake, and knew exactly who would love it.

I really like some of the cards shown on the LOTV blog but felt they were a bit over the top at times for me. Decided to do a toned down version but still using flowers, lace and bling. I think it's just about right for a girlie girl!

In posts from now I will try and put a bit more detail on what I've used to make each card.





Stamp: LOTV 'Never too old for cupcakes'.  Coloured with promarkers, glittered and blinged.
Dies: Memory Box Alphabet and Spellbinders Lacey Circles
Backing Papers : from Summer Stories CD by Jayne Nestorenko
Lace : Joanna Sheen
Bling : Hobbycraft
Flowers: from my stash.

Unfortunately I took the photo before the glue had dried properly around the letters - it's gone now it has dried!

Well that's it for now, hope you like it - happy weekend x

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Prize stamps!

Why are there not enough hours in the day ! Been very busy with our mini harvest since getting back from Theresa's- first year since moving and we've been quite successful in the garden. Bottled up 4 1/2 lbs of beetroot with shallots and oven dried nearly 2lbs of tomatoes. Also made 5lbs of jelly using up fruit in the freezer to make room for this years batch.There is still more to come, love this time of year filling up my shelves for the winter.

Anyway finally found time (without feeling guilty!) to use my prize stamps from Jayne Nestorenko. They are a real departure from previous designs from Jayne but were a pleasure to use. I asked for the Geisha girl stamp plate and the Accessories one. I based the design on the three panel layout because I felt it had an oriental feel.

The panels were stamped using versamark ink with the blossom flowers and leaf in the Accessories set, then inked over (yay SplodgeAway mat has made such a difference to my brayering and blending - brilliant, so much better using this) with Adirondack Juniper and Stonewashed colours. The lilies, geisha and fan were coloured with promarkers and some areas highlighted - clear embossing on the comb and fan and Liquid Pearls on the geisha dress, comb and lilies. The die is a Memory Box one called Catalina Wreath done in gold mirri. I added the wreath because I thought it rounded it off and tied things together more rather than just placing things in the corners and middle.

Hope you like it too x

Friday, 17 August 2012

Follow Your Dreams

Yippee! Lewis , my eldest grandson, got his A levels results yesterday and had his place at Hartpury confirmed to study equine science in September! He has always been horse mad so this is his dream come true.

This Jayne Nestorenko card idea using 'Hide and Seek' and 'Follow Your Dreams' stamp sets seemed appropriate for him.

Took a while as there was lots of masking, brayering and sponging just to do the background. Then I stamped the images seperately and coloured with Promarkers and cut them out (easier for me than masking the images on the background).

 The left side seemed a bit bare so I manufactured a signpost using the sentiment from one of the sets.

 I hope it's a card he will keep forever because this is to celebrate one of those life changing events that happen along the road of life that we travel.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Christmas Contrasts

Here are two more cards from the LOTV christmas range, quite contrasting in style just to experiment.

Also used Spellbinders Create a Snowflake set of dies and the Memory Box Catalina Wreath and Whimsy Double Scallop Doily Dies.

 I'm using dies more and more as I think they add some real depth and texture to the cards.












Think I prefer the pastel colours - maybe because it's still summer  - but I do love the red glittered wellies on the grungey card !

That's it for my new LOTV purchases - unless of course I'm tempted again! The LOTV website and blog is really useful for inspiration.

Plan to move on the Jayne Nestorenko stamps for my next lot. revisiting some old 'Adorable' favourites!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Gosh - I won!

Just found out that I've won Jayne Nestorenko's challenge with my card here -


The brief was to design a card to brighten her day - certainly brightened mine I can tell you! Have to acknowledge with thanks that the sky technique (with a twist of my own) is as shown me by Barbara Gray at Cowden as I think that's what caught the judges eye.

Moving House

I made this card for my sister when she moved last year. The Polka Doodle fairy houses stamps seemed appropriate somehow and I mixed them with some Jayne Nestorenko stamps - the washing line and the fence and trees from her Wishing Line set. I love the washing saying Wishes and you can't quite see but the mouse to the left is holding a towel with Best on it. One of those combinations which make you smile!x

Helen



Monday again! Where does the time go?

Here is a Jayne Nestorenko card I made from her Patchwork Polly range - appropriately called Helen! There are some lovely images in the range including the tiles or patches which make good backgrounds I think. This one was watercoloured before glittering and I finished it off with a few flowers from my stash.x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Christmas Gift





Here's another LotV stamp, called Christmas Gift.

Coloured with Promarkers and glittered (beginning to see a pattern here?!) then mounted with some Memory Box dies. I really struggle with these dies as they are so intricate, no matter what I do there is always one bit that sticks! Perseverance and patience required. The backing paper is from Hunkydory. x

Lili of The Valley 2012 Christmas Stamps









Loving the new LOTV Christmas stamps! Simply coloured with Promarkers and then glittered, with Memory Box and Spellbinder dies for added dimension and texture. Bought 4 stamps but had a hard choice as there are some really lovely ones to pick from!

Sunday, 22 July 2012


Having lots of techno problems lately - must be the sun, computer's not used to it! Anyway, here's a card I made for entry into a competition to make Jayne Nestorenko smile - hope it works, it worked for me !
Used a number of her stamps and then used the sky method I did at Barbara Gray's workshop in Cowden this year highlighted with a bit of glitter. Been busy lately with other crafts so not been posting much recently, will try to do better :-)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

And here's one for the sunshine!



I made this card for a friend using Jayne Nestorenko stamps and promarkers. It's a nice cheery card to match the sun peeping out today-wouldn't it be nice if the sunshine stayed a while !

Monday, 9 July 2012

First Christmas Card Attempt for 2012



Thought I'd better get started on Christmas! I used a Whimsy stamp, matted and layered and added Memory Box dies of snowflakes. I like the stamp and plan to try another version using an inked background a la Barbara............Will post if it turns out OK. Feel like I need to put the christmassy music on to get in the mood more!

Sarah Kay - Easter Stepper Card



Morning!

This card was made using a variety of stamps - including Sarah Kay, Clarity and Jayne Nestorenko. Painted images with watercolours and used acetate and gold embossing for the butterflies. Made  2, one for Theresa and one for Ruth hope they liked them!x

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Gardens coming on..........


Really happy with the garden, this time last year when we moved here there was nothing but lawn and trees. Bit of hard work  and we have flowers, beans, peas, raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers etc coming up. All we need now is some sunshine instead of constant rain, would be nice to be able to sit in the garden rather than just look at it through the window ! Need to look up how to harvest and store my garlic over the next few days before it rots in the ground :-(
Anyone fortunate enough to be thinking about retiring I say go for it, I know I'm lucky but it is even better than I dreamed it would be! Crafting, gardening, cooking, the odd bit of housework....hurrah !

Clarity Card


I made this card using a technique I learned at Cowden with Barbara Gray. The background is done with bubble wrap and versamark ink, brayered with Adirondack ink, sprayed with water then clingfilm scrunched on it and left to dry. I then stamped and embossed the image and sentiment and used some ink and a brush to fill out some areas on the wings. Added some bling after matting up.

Theresa's Birthday Card


I used Clarity Stamps for this one and various glitters in different tones for the main stamp with gilding flakes on acetate behind her. Love the sentiment - maybe one day in this year's summer we'll have some sunshine so I can do it!x

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sarah Kay


This is a card using a Sarah Kay stamp, painted with watercolours and mounted on a mixture of die cut and plain mats.

Gwendoline has arrived!

Sweet peas - Pink ones are Gwendoline (my mum's name), Lilac ones are Twilight and Cream ones are Wedding Belles. Not very good with seeds so when I found the ones called Gwendoline it was with some fear that I planted them! Put them in my cold frame at the end of January, checked every day but nothing then on Mother's Day I opened the cold frame and there they were! Made me smile......Kept my fingers crossed and waited until June before I planted them out - how pleased am I that they have taken so well! Thanks Mum x

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Clarity Challenge Card

Oooh! Getting the hang of this blogging I think!

This is a card I did for the May Clarity Challenge, using Clarity Stamps and fibre and film. Never used it before - interesting technique but not sure where I would use it again, who knows.........

Ellie's Birthday Card




So pleased with the way Will's card turned out I made another one for Ellie's birthday in a similar vein, this time using all Jayne Nestorenko stamps from her Patchwork Polly range. Think she's getting a bit old now for this type of card - must find some goth stamps before next year!


Will's Birthday Card


My first upload yeah!

This was a card I made for Will's second birthday using Jayne Nestorenko and StampinBella rubber stamps. Coloured with promarkers, pleased with the way it came out - like the colours tying in with the backing paper. Glazed some elements using versamark ink and embossing powder.
Ellie's cupboard is empty............don't know what I'm doing...........this may take a while!

Blue Flowers with Dragonflies - Reprint, Roxstamps and Gummiapan by Hellen

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