Lavinia Stamps Tag Video Tutorial #383

Lavinia Stamps TagIt’s been a while since I blogged.  It’s been so busy at the shop I haven’t had a chance to stop by.  I’ve found some time to create so watch out for lots of new posts over the coming weeks.

I’m back with a new tutorial video featuring the lovely Lavinia Stamps which I now stock at the shop.  Click here to view the video.

The tag features the following products..Lavinia Stamps Fairytale

Lavinia Stamps Lily, Lavinia Stamps Fairytale, Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron.  Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Lattice and a White Sharpie Paint pen and Stickles Crystal

Happy crafting




PaperArtsy Birdies #382

PaperArtsy Bird StampsI’ve started this collage panel just on a piece of greyboard.  Either use the backing sheets off your paperpads, or you can buy the grayboard precut to size from us.  I started by stamping my PaperArtsy birdhouses and the tweet tweet words.  I then added the basis of the tree around the edge.  I then added colour roughly around the shapes using Distress Paints and painted in the detail of the birdhouses.

PaperArtsy BirdsI stamped the birds and loads of leaves onto dictionary paper and coloured them with Distress Paints and cut them out.  I added my flowers to my tree and then assembled my birds and leaves to finish the design.  A few white highlights with the White Sharpie finishes it nicely.

happy crafting



Stampendous Bird and Blossom Stamp #381

Stampendous Bird and Blossom Stamps and DiesThis is one of my favourite creations I’ve made in a while.  The stamp is the lovely Bird and Blossom stamp from Stampendous that also has a matching die set too.  I started by stamping a selection of flowers and leaves as well as the bird and the branch and coloured them in bright colours using my Koi Brush pens using a waterbrush to get the lovely watercolour effects.  I then used the dies to cut them all out – they cut really close!

Next I used the Stampendous Pop-Up die on the blue cardstock and then stamped with a bubble effect stamp in the background in blue ink and stamped and embossed my greeting (a Stampendous stamp).  I also used the die on my backing cream card too.

Stampendous Bird and Blossom StampI’ve found it is easier to cut your card slightly larger than needed, use the die and then trim to size – much easier than trying to position the die dead centre.  By using the die on both layers, they will easily match up .  Then push out the tabs you need and build up your flowers and bird design.

happy crafting


#woodware #stampendous


Woodland Forest #380

Stampendous Forest Stamps and DiesThis gorgeous pop-up card was made using the Stampendous Forest Stamps and matching Dies together with the Stampendous Pop-up Die.

I started by stamping all the animals and lots of the bushes onto Woodware Watercolour Card.  I added colour using the Koi brush pens and blended with a waterbrush.

I used the pop-up die to create the pop-up structure and then layered up my tree and animals over the top.  This makes such a lovely fun card!

Stampendous Forest Stamps and DiesI love the way that the die set cuts so precisely, and there are three different dies to cut out the one bush stamp so you can vary the shape of the foliage in the tree.

happy crafting


#woodware #stampendous


Bah Humbug Crazy Bird #379


Love the crazy bird stamps for a Christmas card with a difference.  I’ve used the Crazy Things accessories set to add his Santa hat and deflated balloon.  I found it easier to stamp the santa hat first, then mask it off with Stix2 Masking sheets and then stamp the bird.

The bird and balloon have been coloured using the Koi Brush Pens and a little water from a waterbrush to get a lovely watercolour look.

Perfect for a Christmas card with a difference!

Happy Crafting



OMG Tidy up my craft stuff?? #378

It comes to us all… the dreaded craft stuff tidy up!  It’s been a bit of a manic few months and when I’m busy, the craft stash piles just get bigger and bigger.  My stash is regularly back and forth between home, the shop, club and workshop venues and I’m constantly grabbing items out of boxes, so eventually it all just needs putting away and a good sort out!

I know there are a few tidy exceptions, buJan5bt most crafters I know tend to have a bit of creative craziness about their crafting area.  I don’t know about you, but I find the most difficult item to sort out is what to do with all your creations.  Some of the pieces I make I turn into cards, some are for display in the shop, but when I demonstrate I often create lots and lots of lovely artwork pieces and it’s tricky to know where to store them!

This is my work desk at the start of the process – piled high with half made artwork and samples.  I thought I would just gather everything together and sort through. I’m afraid some pieces didn’t make the grade.. not quite giving me any inspiration, so they were put in the recycling, but a lot of the half done pieces and backgrounds, I’ve kept to work on for another project.

Jan5It’s handy to have a stash of backgrounds in different mediums for those days you either want a dry background on the quick, or just don’t have the time or inclination to do the messy crafting.

Jan5aAll my finished pieces are now neatly put in one box and I have some plans up my sleeve to create them into some sort of journal or book so I get to enjoy my artwork.

So what do you find most difficult to keep tidy with your crafting?

happy crafting (or tidying)


Did you know our January sale is currently on in the shop – 20% off dies and stamps, 10% off beads and lots of other individual offers!  The sale runs at least to the end of this coming Saturday.

Blue on Green Flowers #377

PaperArtsy Harebell Stamp

Back to playing with the PaperArtsy flowers today!  Another of my pieces with a Distress Paint background topped with the flowers from the PaperArtsy Harebell set.

I quite like the randomness of the background on this piece.  You don’t always have to cover every part of the background with colour – white patches are good! (more…)

PaperArtsy Christmas #375

PaperArtsy JOFY04 Snowman stampAnother play with the JOFY04 Snowman stamp set from PaperArtsy.  I’ve stamped out the Christmas tree and the snowman before adding colour so that I can keep the snowman’s body free from colour.  The background is made wet before applying broken china Distress Paint in a stipple technique. (more…)

Plan B with IndigoBlu Giant Poppy #374

IndigoBlu Giant PoppyI’ve had a workshop scheduled in for this Thursday evening for a couple of months.  I was planning to do a lovely stamping project using the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps.  Slight flaw in my plan though – can’t get hold of these stamps – they are like gold dust!  So…  I had to find an alternative project for tomorrow’s workshop.  Time for Plan B! (more…)