Monday, 19 November 2012

The look in your eyes

Good Monday Morning Blog Friends,

What a lovely day I had yesterday, all the housework done the children with their dad so just me and the dogs at home.  What did I do, well I started playing in my craft room.  All my own Christmas cards and tags are done and all my Christmas stuff for craft fairs was done.  My Christmas crafting box is packed away for another year so this can only mean one thing, yes I can start crafting for me again.

There was a set of stamps that were featured on Hels Create and Craft show last week and I just knew that I had to have them.  It also turns out that Hels blog challenge this week allows me to use the said stamps.

The set of stamps are Stampers Anonymous Classics #5 and I think this ladies face is amazing it is so stunningly beautiful.

I started out with my usual 8x8 Card Blank and a piece of Sand coloured card from the Neutral pack cut to 8x8.

I then took some Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink directly to my craft mat and spritzed it with some water.  I moved the piece of card stock through the ink and water a couple of times and then dried it with my heat tool.  Then I did the same thing but this time used Vintage Photo Distress Ink and dried it off.  I repeated this a couple of times with the two colours until I was happy with the coverage and the pattern created.

Next I took some Adirondack Gold from the acrylic paint dabber and put this on my craft sheet.  I spritzed it with some water and moved the card stock through it a few times and then dried it off with my heat tool. Once dry I took the Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Seedles Raspberry DI around the edge of the card.  I also blended the Seedles Raspberry around the edge of the Card Blank.

Using Archival Jet Black Ink I stamped the face directly on my piece of card and stamped it a second time on to a piece of copy paper.  I cut the face out of the copy paper, placed a little repostitional double sided tape to the back of the copy paper face and placed this over my original image so I could use it as a mask.

Once the mask was in place I took the Brushed Corduroy DI and a Clarity Crackle stamp and I stamped all over the card.  Then using the other DI already used I stamped with the following stamps still keeping the mask in place.  I used Kaisercraft Botanical, IndigoBlu Take the Time, Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry, Creative Expressions Bubble Wrap and Chicken Wire and Tim Holtz Bird.

I then stamped the Prima Clock twice and inked using Brushed Corduroy and Seedles Preserves around the edge of the clock.  I spritzed the whole card with a little Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Raspberry mist and layered the clock face using Pinflair Glue Gel and put a Creative Expressions 5mm black pearl in the centre of the clock.  The flowers were taken from my stash along with the candi.

I am entering this card in Hels Sheridan's Weekly Challenge "Faces" at

Thank you for coming by I hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to create something exciting.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Hi Folks,

Sorry to have left you in the lurch like this, it has been a manic couple of days going here there and everywhere but getting nowhere fast. 

I am also waiting for a new laptop to arrive as this one I am using has started having issues and I don't do issues.  I have been promised that it should be here tomorrow so fingers crossed for me.

Tomorrow I will set about putting some more of my work on here for you to have a look at and if you feel you can comment that would be a bonus.

I feel that I have got the hang of the blogging now and I am trying to leave you all some comments after looking in on your blogs.  We have some very talented crafters out there and it is so lovely that everyone shares for inspiration.

Well I will get myself away to bed, early night, no need to be up too early and time in my craft room.

Sleep tight


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Sunday Crafting

Good afternoon,

Wow what a great start I had to my day, a craft fair not far from home and only £2.50 to get in. 

I am so glad that I went as I have come home with some exciting products that I have not used before.  I bought some Dreamweaver Stencil Embossing Paste colour copper and some Pebeo Prisme Fantasy colour turquoise, pearl violine and ash blue.  I have already made a start on playing with the Pebeo on a special project and the results are stunning.

My friend and I have a table at a fair tomorrow in Manningtree and I am sending up positive thoughts for it
to be a busy day for us. We trade under Sunshine Days and Pretty Things and have all handcrafted gifts and cards on our stall, these can also be viewed on Facebook and Folksy.

I look forward to sharing some more of my work with you during the week and would appreciate your comments.



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hello Bloggers,

What a great day today with three hours of Hels on Create and Craft with lots of lovely new products. It was amazing how fast things were selling out but not surprising as they were lush.

I only have another two days left at my sister's in York, I can't believe how quickly my time here has gone. Is it just me or are the weeks, months and years going by so much quicker?

When I packed to come up to my sister's I packed loads of things from my craft room so I could teach my sister different things.  We still have things we have not managed to get to so I think I will  do these things back at home and put pictures and details up here on my blog.

It is hard to explain sometimes just how important crafting is in my life.  Nothing is safe around me as I look at it and think about what I could change it in to.

When I get home my new cricut machine will be waiting for me, I can't wait to find my way around that and start playing with it. This should make my life a little easier for when I am teaching and need numbers of things cut out the same.

I have got a craft fair to take part in on Monday 20th August with my partner in crime, (Julie), details of the fair will be posted on here nearer the time.  After the fair I will have to knuckle down and start making some new items, both in the form of cards and gifts.

Well my friends I think I will close down now and think about getting myself in to bed so I can start dreaming crafting.



First Time For Everything

Hi to all you bloggers out there,
This is my first time of blogging so I do ask that you take me by the hand as I embark on this journey.

I am a single parent of two fantastic teenagers, Poppy who is 18yrs old and about to leave home and head to university up in Scotland to study Fashion Design.  Niles is 15yrs old and into music, he hopes to go on to teach music and play in a band.

Due to health problems I am now a home maker and a serious crafter.  I have been very lucky in that I have managed to turn a room in our home into a craft room and this is stuffed to the gills with all things crafty.

I find that I get very inspired when sitting in my craft room which has a very large window letting in all the days sunlight.  Music also plays a part in inspiring me most of which is relaxation and meditation music.

I do not feel that I have any one style of crafting, it really is what comes to me at the time, this can be card making, using Art Parts as projects to making home made gifts.  I enjoy stamping, distressing, texture and altering items.

I have started doing demonstrations and teaching and love to see the look of wonder on peoples faces after they have managed to create the project I have been teaching.  Crafting is all about sharing and I find that the crafters I come across are very caring and sharing people.

I am looking forward to sharing my work and projects with you all here on my blog and I hope I can give some of you inspiration and encouragement to enable you to enjoy your crafting.

Thank you for looking in on my blog, I hope you will come back again?