Thursday, 3 December 2009

Bloom Brooch's

I joined the Crafty Feeling Bloom Club a while ago and so far have had 5 kits. I must say i am impressed, every one i have recieved i have had no problem with at all and they have each been brimming with goodies and blooms. I was alittle short for a Christmas Fair so i turned some of the blooms into brooch's. Sprayed with my own mixture of ranger distress ink refill's and blonde moment pearl pigments to make them all sparkly.

Friday, 20 November 2009


A few weeks ago I went to Dyan's to make this fab advent calender. Above is the before being filled picture and below is after it is filled and tied up. I cant wait to start opening it now!!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

A Humbling Day

Tomorrow is my Grandads 80'th Birthday, Today is Remembrance day. We had a lovely dinner with tables full of guests their to celebrate (actually 5 birthdays in November in my family!!) So it is kind of a joint part too, but special this year as we didn't expect Grandad to actually still be here. Anyway one of his best friend came to the party, but I have never met this man before and I couldn't tell you his name, everyone called him Colonel He was sporting loads of medals but one in particular is very humbling, He received a medal from the Prime Minister of France for being one of the first to land at Normandy. Very humbling.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

OMG ! WON!!!!

Oh wow i actually won something!!!! Feet hurting from slogging it around the Harrogate papercrafts show and an hour fighting with my pc as it ''couldnt find the internet'' i managed to get on-line. What do i find as i scroll down my favourite blogs??? THIS!!! I WON!!!! Whooot.

Big thanks to Paper Artsy.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge

Well I haven't uploaded a card in a long while and thought I should get myself into gear, so here we are. The picture isn't very good, I will take another in the morning with better light. Image is Magnolia, Papers from K & Co.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Sad state of affairs

Well I am taking an art class, a proper one not a card making class. So needing some supplies I thought ahh lets head into town and go to the art shop, now this shop is an Aladdins cave ranging from professional art supplies to card making to scrap booking to jewelry making. To my horror when I arrived the sign said ''CLOSING DOWN'' ''EVERYTHING MUST GO''. After speaking to the staff the shop has gone into liquidation and they will be closed forever this time next week. This is a very sad day for a shop that has been trading for almost 15 years. So if you are local to me get yourself down to the The Art Centre, Halifax before its gone.

Support your local shops or you too will experince the shock I did.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Book review - Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

A friend told me about this book awhile ago, being skeptical me it has taken ages to get it. Now I do have it all I can say is wow!! Packed full of techniques with easy to follow instructions and pictures, full of inspiration and challenges. This book is a must for anyone interested in mixed media. I purchased this from for £11.40 with free postage.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Just Magnolia Week 4

This weeks Just Magnolia challenge is to add stitching to your card. I wanted my entry to be different and didn't fancy getting the bulky sewing machine out so I used a stitching template and cut out a section of the card adding decorative paper behind. Paper is from the graphicus guild paper pack, flowers by prima, stitching template is trapeze by avec.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge 3

I really wanted to join in last weeks just magnolia challenge but time ran away from me so i didn't get chance. This weeks challenge however, is a fab sketch. I just got my hands on the dragonfly Tilda, but it does lend itself to being a bee also which inspired the yellow colour scheme. I had originally done this image with darker shades of yellow and black and blue but i broke the cardinal rule in my rush to colour the image..... I did the black first which bled into the yellow and that was a ruined image, so learning my lesson i took more time on this one and followed the basics of lightest colour first and bingo done in no time at all.

Sorry for the dark image, its gray and raining cant get it any brighter.

Image: Magnolia Dragonfly Tilda
Card: White 5 x 7
Ribbon: Some paper ribbon from the bottom of a drawer
Gems: Papermania Silver stones
Paper: From a do crafts goody bag
Vellum: From a do crafts goody bag
Flourish: Stamped in Versafine Sepia.
Flourish Stamp: From the garden set by fancy pants designs

Saturday, 2 May 2009

What a day!! Part 2

Also at the class yesterday we got to play with the new alcohol ink colours and loads of Tim Holtz stamps. Varying techniques in both the inks and stamping, I have fallen in love with the linen card stock we used, the way it took the ink gave such a distress feel to the finished look, love it love it love it! Lucky for us but not the bank manager the new inks arrived while we were in class so given the bad year I have had so far, decided to buy the whole lot. Ben kindly opened it all up and sorted all the inks for us ready for the end of the class, hes so kind. Also I had a lovely suprise when I walked into the class to see the wonderful Joyce aka: Ribbon Lady sat at the table, so nice to spend the day crafting with a lovely lady and a lovely teacher. On a whole much fun was had by all!!

What a day!!

What an awesome day!! Yesterday I had the chance to join in a class at Art from the heart with the lovely Dyan. To my great surprise she announced at the start of the class that Tim Holtz had given her permission to teach the wall hanging class that he taught at the CHA trade show!!! This item is copyrighted so be it on your own head and conscience if you copy it. I asked permission to put the picture of the one i made on my blog.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge 1

A new challenge blog has arrived and goes by the name of Just Magnolia. For the first challenge they have given a sketch to follow, the only requirement is a Magnolia image. This is my entry. The image is coloured with Prisma pencils and sansodor, the papers are from the Graphicus guild paper pack.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

New Pop-Up Card

As i was trolling the internet the other day I came across a wonderful pop-up idea, now being me and having a memory like a sieve I cant actually find where I saw it so sorry but I cant give credit, but if you know where its from please let me know so I can give the appropriate credit. I really enjoyed making this card and actually made 2, but I don't like the other so im not showing it haha!!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Christmas come early

Well it is April and since its spring I thought I would have abit of a spring clean..... this lead to me finding a very old Anna Griffin TSV I got from QVC ummm 2 years ago? Well instead of finishing off the spring clean I couldn't resist using my new Whiff of Joy stamps, above Willow with Lantern and below Willow with Muff. Both are coloured with prisma pencils and sansodor on smooth white card, everything else was in the kit.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Busy Week

This week I have been busy as bee with crafting. I recently received the cutest Tilda stamps I have ever seen, Tilda with Lamb and Tilda with Bunny. Both images are coloured with Prisma Color Pencils and then blended with Sansodor and a paper stump. The papers came from one of them awful £1 shop type ''Scrapbook Kit'' if you can call it that. I got it for Christmas, well its the though that counts, most of it went into the bin.

Also this week I have started a project I have been wanting to do for a while, My lovely hunny bought me some 10 second studio tools for my birthday and i have a doodlebug house, well i think you can guess, i am in the middle of ''metaling it up'', not going to show it half done but will put up full pics of it when i am finished.

Lastly, this week I have made near 20 ATC's to take with me on Saturday to the Harrogate show to swap with all the lovely Do-Crafters. See yah their!!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentines Day

I made this card for my step-dad to give to my mom for valentines day, She really liked it. My lovely partner presented me with a lovely silver bracelet this morning then the request to take him to work as he had slept in, joy!! where was my breakfast in bed!!!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Feeling better

Feeling a bit better today after the last few weeks so i put together this little birthday card. I love the stamp its so cute and tiny. This is only a C6 standard size card. Background papers from DCWV Rockstar stack.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Play Day

Last week in a crafting class at Samual Taylors we had a play day. Pictured above is wax paper put through the cuttlebug in embossing folders and then ironed on to a piece of paper, you have to make sure you iron it well or it wont work. Once ironed let it cool then gently rub over with an ink pad, take a piece of kitchen roll and gently buff the ink to make it smooth. Below is the card we made from one of the finished pieces under the direction of the tutor Liz.

The next things we did as above were different tags. The first is using a paint dabber in a dabbing motion to create texture and then some crackle paint. The second is a mixture of paint dabbers and ink. The third was using crafty notions sprays and distress inks with grunge board. I like the third one best i think.

The other thing i tried out was new versamark inks that are like the watermark pad but in silver and gold. You can see the effect stamped onto the black card. I cant say that i was impressed with them so i don't think i will be buying them. Love the purple paper tho.

Friday, 23 January 2009


Today we say a loving goodbye to my Grandma Mary Jones who sadly lost her battle with cervical cancer and died in the early hours of this morning. Missing you allready.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Unexpected first post

Well this year has started off pretty badly so far, First of all grandma became very ill with a virus, then had another virus and has spent more time in hospital than at home. With her immune system being so weak from the chemotherapy for her cervical cancer this is not a uncommon occurrence apparently, but all the same its not a nice thing to happen. Then to make matters worse Patch decided to have his breakfast yesterday go out and come back with a half mangled jaw, naturally i was in full panic mode and carried him off to the lovely vets inside pets at home in huddersfield who cleaned him up, the very handsome vet described it as the equivalent of a bad bruise so not to worry. He had pain killers which made him stoned all night and an antibiotic jab and an antiseptic wash to take home for me to do every day and cost me a small fortune but he is going to be fine thats what counts. Tho i must admit seeing him in pain did make me cry too, im such a wimp. Well lets hope i can get some crafting done and finish off some gamsol cards!!