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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I've been playing at being Tim Holtz and distressing some tags. I really like my distress ink pads and the more I use them, the more I like them.

I used my silicone mat this time and started with some ink tapped onto it and then spritzed with water for the background on the large coloured tag. I blended more ink in from outside to get the soft edges, then just stamped some images on. The image on the right hand side of the centre tag was stamped with Fired Brick which was gently spritzed to 'blur' the image and then overstamped with Black Soot to get the double image. The stamps are by Rubadubadoo (watches) and Prima Marketing. The luggage tags are from the newsagents as they're much cheaper than buying them from a craft shop. :o) When I'd finished stamping, I blended a bit of Black Soot ink around the edges.

I've added a couple more slideshows to my blog today too, so take a look if you want to see some of my parchment work and jewelry.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Oooops! It's been a while again, hasn't it? I must be one of the world's worst bloggers. Oh well, not to worry. Not many of you read it anyway, lol.

I've put away the Promarkers for a while and decided to get back to 'ME'. The cute and coloured phase has passed and I'm going back to my own style - arty farty. I much prefer the darker colours, the grungy distressed look, so that's what I'm doing.

I made myself a book. A proper book, and I'm well chuffed with it. It's going to be my art journal. I've had an inkling to do one for quite a while so finally made a start. Here's a couple of pics and if you want to see more of how I made it, you can take a look HERE.

Now, does anybody know where I can find some nice pictures of lollypops?

Monday, August 24, 2009


Am I the only person alive that can't get on with these things? I am getting so frustrated that they've actually stopped me from crafting...I'm soooo peed off with them.

I know it's not my colouring skills at fault and I am using the correct inkpads, but I just can't get a 'clean' image. Why? Well, it must be my cardstock and I've tried half a dozen different types. I am, as I feared, stuck with 200 concord index cards because the colour bleeds. So far, the only way I've got anything near a decent image is to stamp and colour on Letrasets bleed proof pads then stick that onto some white card, but it's not the way I want to do things really.

If anybody out there is having total success with no bleeding colours PLEASE let me know, 'cause I'm about to bin the dratted lot. UK supplier of card preferable. :o)

A couple of my friends have mentioned certain cardstock to me, but they're not getting 'perfect' results either, but there must be SOMETHING that works.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


So....I thought I'd try something different (well, different for me). I made a tri-fold card. I don't actually think I'll be making many of these though 'cause it took forever to cut all the panels to fit and then cut the inner panel mats too, lol. Still, I must admit, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out and being a fan of certain shades of green, I think this looks lovely and fresh. They're a doddle to make too.

I've also succumbed to the 'craze' of Promarkers. Had to be the ProM's as I couldn't afford Copics and most definitely couldn't afford Tria's, lol. I had a bit of a practice with them tonight and at the moment, I'm not too impressed. The bullet tip is bigger than I thought it would be, so colouring around fine details is quite difficult. I also found my ink was bleeding too but I reckon that's probably the card I'm using as it's a little porous, so I've just been to an office supply store and bought myself a couple of packs of concord smooth white. I've heard that it's great for using with these pens, so fingers crossed it is or I'll be left with 200 unwanted index card thingies, lol.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Buzzzzy Day

Challenge No. 44 over at SECRET CRAFTER this week was to use a cute bug, lol. I struggled a bit with this one as I only had a couple of little bug stamps and they didn't quite do the job. So, I downloaded an image and used that. :o) The background was stamped with Versamark and the greeting is computer generated. Probably one of my 'simplest' cards but it fits the theme. :o)

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Oh, boy. Am I feeling rough? I've got the most dreadful cold, and haven't had the energy to switch the computer on or do anything else for a couple of days. Still, it's only a cold and it will pass, but my craft room is calling me so it better be quick, lol.

Anyway, I just thought I'd tell you that there's a new tute over on MAKE SOMETHING NICE for an adorable little book made from one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock, so why not go take a look. Meanwhile, I'm off to Secret Crafter to see what this weeks challenge is.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Challenge no. 43 over at SECRET CRAFTER this week was a sketch and this is my take on it. I'd just last night, finished a LO of my granddaughter using the My Mind's Eye papers 'Bloom where you Grow' and matching Bazzill cardstock, so I thought I'd use some scraps to make my card. As I don't have oval nesties, I cut mine on my Craft Robo.

Lots of LO's now seem to have little journaling blocks on them and even though I did one using them ages ago, I thought it would be a perfect way of documenting Mia's favourite things at aged 2. I really like these papers, they're so cheerful. :o) The title and subtitle were cut using Sizzix alpha 'Ida Lou's Flowerbox'.

I've also uploaded a couple more tutes over at MAKE SOMETHING NICE so check it out and maybe you'll see something you haven't seen before, especially if you're new to papercrafting.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

SCSC No. 42

The challenge this week over at SECRET CRAFTER was 3, 2, 1.

3 buttons, 2 papers and 1 ribbon. I thought I'd do something a little different and NOT use an image. The papers are MMM Wild Asparagus. On the 3 cream buttons I used 7Gypsies elements rub-ons, which is something else I'd not done before and the swirls are Kaisercraft rub-ons.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Well, sometimes I suppose we ought to post something on our blogs that is far from what it should be, and this is one of those times, lol. I'm so short of time this week that I practically threw this card together for the SECRET CRAFTER Saturday Challenge. This is my entry for challenge 41. I promise to do better next time. :o)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Well, we had a super weekend here. My daughter held a big barbeque party for family and friends to celebrate my granddaughter's 2nd b/day. Mia had a wonderful time playing with all her new toys and bouncing on her new trampoline with all her little friends. My son, Lee, whom I've not seen for nearly two years came up from London to join us and it was a good do all round. :o)

Anyway, onto MAKE SOMETHING NICE my other 'new' blog. I will be posting tutorials over there so hopefully, you'll find something you like to inspire you. I'll start with some I did in the past, so you may well have seen the techniques before, although new crafters may not have done. New techniques and tutes will follow though, so keep your eyes open and you may yet discover something new. The link has been added to the sidebar.

Now, I must get on and finish a 60th b/day card I have to make. It's causing me a nightmare as my Craft Robo decided to give me grief and ruined 3 sheets of card, including my last brown sheet. Still, never mind, I'm sure I'll cope, lol.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Secret Crafter Challenge 40.

This is my entry into the Secret Crafter challenge. I really liked the sketch they did and I used some nice feminine papers. I carried through the polka dots on teddy's PJ's with the cuttlebug swiss dots (sanded over the top) and some dotty ribbon.

It's been quite a while since I took part in these challenges and it's nice to be back. :o)


Well, here I am again. It's been a while again hasn't it?

I went through quite a time where my mojo deserted me and I did very little crafting. Mind you, I was tackling a very overgrown and untidy garden and I did get a little absorbed in it to say the least, lol. Anyway, I'm back in crafting mode now and have done some LO's and quite a few cards as well.

I'm going to try the Secret Crafter challenges again too as I really enjoyed doing them.

So, here's a couple of LO's I've done the last couple of days.

This one was inspired by a sketch by Becky Fleck. It's my granddaughter following closely in my footsteps, lol.

This is Mia again, having a lovely tea party in the garden.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


The challenge (#17) on SCSC this week was to use a Zoo animal. Sheesh, I struggled with this one, I can tell you, but after trying different things for a couple of hours, I came up with this. It's a zoo animal with a twist, lol. Personally, I hate shopping and the shops, in my opinion, are often like a zoo too, so this is my contribution this week, lol.

I stamped and watercoloured the Giraffe and then just faded a background image in Photoshop and printed it. The words are a stamp too - not my handwriting!!!!

Monday, February 02, 2009


Well, I think she is - which is a surprise really, because I just don't 'do' cute. I've never been a cutsie kind of crafter (or person come to that), but the other day I had a hankering. I popped over to Cuddly Buddly and bought myself a few cute stamps. I've only got round to using this one so far though.

I'm hoping to have a go with some others tomorrow and also do a challenge for the Secret Crafter too.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

1, 2, 3

I'm not the greatest card maker in the world and the other night I was doing a bit of surfing and came across some fabulous crafting blogs. One of them was Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge (SCSC) so I'm going to join them and see if I can't muster up some inspiration and some cards that are a little bit different from my norm. This is my first challenge entry (#16), although this one isn't much different from my norm, lol.

The challenge was 1, 2, 3. One image, 2 papers and 3 embellishements. My 2 papers are Basic Grey Periphery, stamped with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood (my beloved distress inks), Fancy pants velvet ribbon, Creative Acrylics greeting and I can't remember where I got the blossom or the stamp.

The link to SCSC is under my 'fave places' if you want to take a peek.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Yay!!!! I've finally managed to make a couple more jewellery pieces and upload them to my site. It's been that long, I'd almost forgotten how to use Dreamweaver, lol.

So, I've done some beading, done some claying and now I'm in the mood for more papercrafting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Well, I've been gone a while again haven't I? I did warn you I wasn't the best blogger in the world, lol. I've not really been up to much as like many people this time of year, I've been a bit poorly. I also fell down my stairs over Christmas and put my back out for nearly 3 weeks. Still, my article for my Mica Shift Pendant has been published in the Polymer Cafe mag and is now on sale so that cheered me up no end. I've only done a bit of crafting and got no photography or photoshopping done at all. Still, here's a couple of bits that I did recently.

I was playing around and started making these double hinged ATC's so I made quite a few for RAK'S for my crafty friends. These are just a sampling.

I did this LO of my Granddaughter very simply. At least, it's simple by my usual standards. No title and no journaling as there is no story with this one. Simply Mia.

It's also been quite some time (a couple of months) since I've made any jewellery but yesterday I got my polymer clay out and made this focal bead. I've strung the bracelet with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver beads. Now, I really must get some more stuff made and update my website.

Hopefully, as well as getting more crafting done, I'll finally get round to posting some tutorials over on 'Make Something Nice' and then put the link up for you.
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