Friday, 25 December 2015

Happy Christmas

As you can see, the festivities are well under way in our house. Luna saved all the dogs the trouble of unwrapping their gifts by eating them ALL yesterday!?

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015


For all you CAS fans, here's a Clean and Simple card I made using lots of gorgeous gold embossing powder and some fabulous stamps from PaperArtsy.

I really look forward to a nice long walk with my dogs every day and on a recent foray I noticed how beautiful the teasels look at this time of year. It gave me the idea for this card.  I've used Lin Brown's beautiful Teasel stamp here and one of her gorgeous Christmas sentiments.

Don't you just love it when you find a stamp that's a real multi-tasker. I love the gold with the white and the deeply etched red rubber stamps mean you get such a lovely crisp clean image. Yum!


Tuesday, 22 December 2015


Morning all

Sorry for the prolonged absence. You know what it's like leading up to Christmas. Busy, busy, busy... especially when you're making your own cards... I know you'll all be nodding vigorously and probably be nursing a serious case of Crafter's Crouch - LOL

I love Robins so I was very excited when I saw this Dinky stencil at That's Crafty. I'm really pleased with how these little cards turned out. Pretty much just a simple resist technique using Golden Gloss Gel but it really makes my little heart happy :oD

Find yourself a piece of patterned paper you like, push some clear gel medium through the stencil and leave it to dry. Then you can paint the background however you like. I used the Abstract Squares dinky stencil to put down some fresco paint. I used cheesecake, snowflake and antarctic to keep the background very understated and reflect some of the colours in the patterned paper. If you get any paint on the robins themself you can just wipe it off. When the paint was dry I stamped and embossed some musical notes and some flourishes.

I used the dinky star stencil and some Dreamweaver silver embossing paste sprinkled with silver heat embossing powder and I love the dimpled texture you get. Sprinkle on the embossing powder while the paste is still wet and heat in the usual way then set aside for the paste to dry thoroughly.

Here's one I did slightly differently as I wanted a more masculine card. This one is a bit grungier and I used a slightly different dinky star stencil. I painted the background rather than use patterned paper for this one.

I think this would be nice with some metal embellishments on it too.

That's all from me today. Not many sleeps until the big day :oD

Back tomorrow with a clean and simple card using more fab Lin Brown stamps.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Evening everybody

Christmas is fast approaching and there's a new topic at the PaperArtsy Blog of Christmas Cards and Gifts.  I've been saving this project up since I bought Lin Brown's gorgeous plate of ELB23 stamps on their release back in the summer. As I was gazing lovingly at them I spotted a little birdie hiding amongst all the beautiful flowers. A rare but highly prized breed - the (lesser spotted) PATwit :oD

Go on, give a home to a PATwit this Christmas.... You can find detailed step outs for your very own PATwit at the PaperArtsy Blog this evening as part of the current topic


Thursday, 3 December 2015


When I saw these greyboard panels at I knew they would be perfect for an Artist's Trading Box.

I set my heart on using some lovely winter themed stamps by Artistic Outpost (I used Midwinter and  and Snowy Woods (sorry, I couldn't find a link for this one). I added some lovely moulded snowflakes I made with a Forget Me Not mould by WOW and Tim Holtz's gorgeous Tattered Pinecones

I used the white Dylusions spray for a smattering of snow...

A bit of icy crackle....

Feels like Christmas is really on it's way...


Wednesday, 2 December 2015


It's a long time since I knitted a bear but I really enjoyed knitting this little guy for a friend's daughter. I hope he's going to be very happy in his new home

I can't wait to knit a bear for Tilly's new baby sister when she's old enough too.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015


Are these gorgeous little acrylic tags. They're perfect for key rings.  Here are two I made using some lovely Carabelle stamps, a bit of heat embossing and some Fresco Paints. Super easy. They'd make great little gifts if you could bear to give them away...

 I added a little bit of stencilled texure using the Circles and Diamonds Dinky Stencil by That's Crafty and some Snowflake Fresco Paint mixed with Golden Heavy Body Gel (Gloss) and some Pearl Glaze (all by Paperartsy)