Snowflake Tree #253

Woodware Bubble Bloom Festive Tree

This is the second Woodware Stamp I’ve been playing with this week.  This one is Bubble Bloom Festive Tree.  If you saw what I did earlier in the year with the Bubble Bloom stamp, the same techniques can be applied with this tree stamp too (click on the Woodware category to see my previous posts). (more…)

Traditional Holly #252

Woodware Sprig of Holly

This is the first of my samples for this weekend’s Sincerely Yours show at Thetford.  As soon as I saw this stamp in their catalogue my mind was buzzing with ideas!  I like the large areas of the stamp that lend itself to lots of different ways to decorate it. (more…)

Zip-ah-de-do-dah #250

sep2fZip-ah-de-do-dah   Zip-ah- de ey… my oh my what a wonderful day!  I’m not sure quite at what point we were all singing this at the workshop last night.. I think it started because we were cutting out (blue)birds…  and we decided none of us could whistle either!  But we did have a giggle or two!

We had a lovely workshop with Marion, Jane, Vera and Sarah who were all fantastic at following instruction and keeping up with my very fast pace of workshop to create lovely textured art panels.  There was a lot to pack into the two hour slot – but they all managed fabulously!


The table was full of goodies to play with – Texture paste, Distress Inks, Distress Paints, Memory Box dies, Marianne Designs Dies, Chocolate Baroque and IndigoBlu stamps, Dictionary sheets and lots more besides!  We all worked onto a grey-board panel and started by collaging dictionary sheets to it, then we covered it roughly in texture paste.  Next was applying our colour – Distress Inks or Paints before choosing our die cuts and stamps to decorate.

As usual, I was amazed with everyone’s creations.  Everyone had the same piece to be inspired by and access to the same materials, but all picked different colours and styles for their piece of artwork.

Sarah’s piece was pretty purples and reds with the infamous ‘blue’ bird!
Jane’s piece is ready to have accents added at home – she plans to add lots of pretty detail to the heart to make it pop out of the page even further!
Marion’s piece was to be further finished at home with the cogs all to be arranged further and accented. Love the colours!


Vera’s piece was lovely warm yellows and oranges – love the textured background!

Such a fun evening!

I’ll be back tomorrow and show you what I created at the workshop

happy crafting



Sweet Flying Bird #247

Aug30Today’s project is again using linen cardstock.  I sprayed the background when cleaning out my misters from last week’s projects – spraying what was left in the spray to clean out my rich gold, aqua lagoon and golden mint and when they mix together you get this lovely green shade.

While still damp, I applied the Love Post Mask and Dreamweaver white embossing paste..  By applying it when damp, some of the colour seeps into the paste to soften the white starkness against the green

Once dry, I added a fineliner border and stamped a few circles on the Background from the IndigoBlu Boadicea set – and the wording comes from that set too.Aug30a

The dies were cut from a jade piece of card using Crafty Individuals Gilded Cage and Sweet Flying Bird dies.  I then tinted them with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and sprayed with water to intensify the colour.  They were still a little pale, so I dabbed them with archival black and the end result was quite an interesting patina style finish!

happy crafting


Elegant Blues #246


Back to simple elegant today.  The background of my card has been embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder – a damask type pattern.

I’ve used two shades of blue Bazzil cardstock to cut out my mouns from a Spellbinders Labels set.Aug29a (more…)