Friday 7 December 2012

Lavender Collection

Sorry for the break in posting, hopefully I can start to post again on a regular basis.

Well the shows are over for this year,so I thought it would be quiet 'till after Christmas but no....
Several phonecalls leading to a demo and a whole session of making samples.

Also a weekend away with my husband in Manchester,really enjoyed this it was great to see the Trafford Centre with all it's Christmas decorations.A lego tree,a talking tree,Santa in his sleigh with reindeer hanging from the ceiling in the food area.

We didn't spot the Santa in the tower until I saw a dad and his son pointing up at the tower.It looks great in the dark too.

Well back to what I've been up too,I was asked to do a demo at the Stamp Hut in Bury St Edmunds,loved this, got to play with Distress pens all day and of course some Distress inks. The pens are great for colouring stamps with a lot of detail which you can't do with the pads.Then all they need is a huff to moisten. I managed to get 10 impressions without reloading once with ink.

Ok as to the other phonecall it was from Create and Craft asking if I could do some samples for the VIP event. Well who would say no, it was great playing with the kits from My Minds Eye,American Crafts and Teresa Collins. It gave me a chance to do some scrapbooking which I love but I've had no chance to do.The papers were lovely and with matching acessories it made it very easy.
Here is one of the pages I did, it was made from the My Minds Eye kit ,the Lavender Collection.

This photo was taken in 2007, the two older girls are my daughters,the other is my niece. It was from a  session we had to give a framed picture to the grandparents for Christmas.
Well that's all for tonight ,as I've got to pick up my daughter from her friends, better not be late......

Saturday 13 October 2012

Flittered Robin

This card a good way of using up your scraps,I cut  small pieces of patterned paper into blocks edged them with antique linen distress ink and then mounted them on a plain card.The robin was stamped with Flitterglu and then I used Chariots of Fire Mega flakes. Adding Aurora Crystal embossing powder to the poinsettia leaves gave me a surprisingly effective look. The pearl gems were from Hobby House,need to buy some more of these they're disappearing fast.
Well that's the first day over at Kettering,it was great to see so many crafting friends and I believe there will be more tomorrow.

Friday 12 October 2012

Kettering Tomorrow

Well Kay and I have virtually set up, and yes we have the new pink Hougie board with us. Did you see it on C&C this morning ? Kay has been asked to do another show soon, so I'll let you know the date and time when it has been arranged.
There are also some new tote bags which hold the board nicely in of course green and pink.If you need to see the demos again that were on TV this morning just ask Kay and she will be happy to show you.

Tonights card was made with the Flitterglu but instead of using Mega Flakes I added gold glitter from Glitter Magic No33.
For the wording I did use flakes,this time it was Chariots of Fire. The main background piece was embossed using the Retro Circles Mask from Stamps Away.
Right I must get my nails painted ,guess what colour ?

Thursday 11 October 2012

Misty Morning

I love making up these scenes especially with Distress Inks,in this case one of my favourites Brushed Corduroy.
I gradually built up the scene by inking against a torn piece of card to give me the hills.Multi stamping the trees and brushes again with the Brushed Corduroy,adding a little of the crackle stamp around the edge.
The stag was stamped in Flitterglu and Chariots of Fire Mega flakes rubbed over .To make him stand out more I water coloured him again with the distress ink.To make sure he wasn't floating I rubbed some ink under his feet.
Finally stamped a greeting in Versafine black.
Well I think I'm ready to set up tomorrow,strange not having to pack a suitcase.

Wednesday 10 October 2012


This card was one of the Huntingdon customers' favourite,he is a lovely jolly traditional Santa.I stamped him with blackVersafine and watercoloured his hat in Barn Door Distress Ink.Using Spellbinders dies I cut the circle and scalloped circle edging in Antique Linen.On the music background paper I stamped the Crackle background with Flitterglu and then used Copper Kettle Mega flakes.I added some washi tape along the bottom before mounting the poinsettia and swirls.
My pink session has now finished (see the results on Friday C&C ),I am waiting for some stamps to arrive to start on card samples for the Lincoln show and then Glasgow.I've also been asked to do some other samples but I cannot show samples of these  as of yet.
 So plenty to do, as well as a busy weekend to come at the Kettering show. This will be so good to do as Kay and I will be home in no time everyday as we only live down the road.
Still more samples from the weekend to come so please pay my blog a visit very soon.

Cadburys and Huntingdon

I'm back,sorry I haven't posted,if I miss one post then I seem to  miss quite a few. There wasn't an internet connection at Westpoint,Exeter so that was the start of it.
Enjoyed the show, plenty of shopping to do ,more Spellbinders added to my collection, an IndigoBlu stamp and some Slim Jims.
Talking of IndigoBlu,had a message from Kay recently asking if I could do a couple of demos for her at a Garden and Leisure Garden centre. Well I wasn't going to say no was I,just happened to be free that weekend.The thing was the Saturday one was at Cadburys near Bristol,probably the furthest I had ever driven. Up until 3 years ago I had never been on a motorway even though I had been driving for over 20 years. This freelance business has certainly made me push my limits in lots of different ways.With many thanks to Debbie and the other staff a great day was had by all.
Sunday was a little closer to home,Huntingdon,I've demoed here before in a previous life, so I knew Sue and some of her fellow staff. I can rely on Sue for a welcome cup of tea,thanks Sue.

It was great fun showing customers at both centres how to use the Flitterglu and Mega flakes along with some new Christmas stamps. I also demonstrated how to use the glue with glitter and microbeads.
This was the first sample I made using Kraft card ,wreath stamp and my favourite at the moment the Royal Peacock Mega flakes. For the wording I used Chariots of fire,the edge of which I inked around  with Antique Linen Distress. Of course Spellbinders had to come into it so out came the circles and Grand Labels.
Anybody going to the Kettering show ? I'll let you know in later posts what Kay has new to tempt you,

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Westpoint, Exeter

It was great to meet some of my blog followers at Ally Pally especially Patricia,she even brought a Hougie board lol. Well the t-shirts are washed and packed as I'm off to Westpoint Exeter tomorrow with Kay,so if anybody is going please come and say Hi.
The last time we went to this show back in January,I ended up getting out and pushing the van as it had snowed very heavily.Don't think it will be snow but rain this time..... hope it dries up soon.
This was another card I did for Donington Park,using the Shake It domes.
The image is a stamp from Heartfelt Creations which I stamped with Jet Black Archival and water coloured with Weathered Wood.
I added Glitter Jewels from Creative Expressions for the shakeable snow.
The card shape and layers were made using a Spellbinders Grand Label and of course the flowers are made from the poinsettia die.
I used papers from Fabscraps for the layers.
I will take my laptop this week,my daughter borrowed it last weekend to revise for her driving theory
which I please to say she has now passed.I hope I have an internet connection hate not being able to keep in touch.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Ally Pally Tomorrow

Suitcase nearly packed,pack lunches and treats brought,car filled with petrol( only got to get to Kay's though) and some spending money in purse. Do you think I'm looking forward to going to Ally Pally?
It's a new experience this year as we're in a different hall,hopefully set up will still be straight forward.
If your going over the weekend please come and say Hi,I will be on the Hougie stand.
I don't think I've posted this card, it's one I made for Donington Park.
The products I used for this were
Papers - Fabscraps(J & C Creations)
Dies - Spellbinders,Heirloom Ornament 2011
Shake It - J & C Creations
Bright Gold Embossing Powder- Creative Expressions
Adhesive gems - Hobby House
Stamp - Heartfelt Creations
The technique I used on the poinsettia  was to use Perfect Medium on a piece of cut and dry to sponge through the die once cut.Remove the poinsettia from the die and cover with embossing powder and heat.
This will be my last post 'till Monday,hopefully I'll have some photos to post from the show.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Happy Christmas

This card would be great as a quick card for Christmas,easily done in other colours.For this one I used Dusty Concord.I inked over a piece of coconut white card  then stamped with the same colour,Using a damp brush( water) I painted over the berries, then after a couple of seconds blotted it with kitchen roll.This will remove the ink and return it to white.
To give a bit of sparkle I used glue and a crystal glitter following the leaf markings.
Any of the label dies from Spellbinders could be used to make a topper with greeting.
I cut this label out of the white card but left it in the die when inking it to reveal a white edge when removed.
Two days to Ally Pally, think I might start to pack my suitcase. Why is it, no matter how many lists you make you always forget something ?

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Countdown to Ally Pally

Just over three days to go,two for us as we have to set up on Friday.We are really looking forward to this show it's one of our favourites. This is the first time we will have been in the Grand Hall. It should mean more space between the stands,plus there is the large circular stain glass window to see.

The card tonight was stamped with Jet Black Archival then covered with clear embossing powder then heated. I used Distress ink to watercolour it,Brushed Corduroy and Barn Door.The holly I painted with Peeled Paint and Barn Door, cut and mounted them on the card with 3D foam.The papers were Bo Bunny,the vintage ribbon was from Creative Expressions. The swirl and the aperture were made using Spellbinder Dies.
A few more cards to go from Sheena's last show so please pay me a visit when you can,

Monday 17 September 2012

Black & Orange

Bit of a quirky card this one,when I was cutting it down to mat and layer the shape appeared.I liked the effect it gave,it also meant there was a place to attach the ribbon without losing the central area of the card.Hope that makes sense.
I made a stencil by die-cutting a scrap piece of paper with an Spellbinders oval,through which I used Wild Honey,Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress ink.
Then I stamped the robin using Jet Black Archival.The black Vintage ribbon and Decorative pins are from Creative Expressions.
The black adhesive pearls are from Hobby House, available from  J & C Creations.

Saturday 15 September 2012

Black & White Christmas

The image for this one was stamped using Jet Black Archival,then I made the aperture in Black card using a Spellbinders label.The acetate had already been stamped and embossed with snowflakes as this was left over from a previous card I made, as the saying goes crafters never waste anything.The holly and the robin were stamped in black and then glittered with Twinkles Aurora over the leaves and main body of the bird.For the red breast and the berries I used some glitter from Glitter Magic.The white dots around the edge were made using the white pen from Ranger.

More Christmas tomorrow.

I hope everything went ok with Sheena's op,will post if I hear anything.

If anyone in my area is looking for the new Crafter's Companion magazine,they have it for sale at Colemans Warehouse,got mine today.

Friday 14 September 2012

Seasons Greetings

Well wasn't much chance to see the samples the design team had made as the stamps sold so fast,thanks to everybody who brought them, I know you'll love them they're so versatile. I will have to do my best to show all the cards I made.
This one was one of Sheena's favourites,the image was stamped in memento and coloured with alcohol pens.Using  one of the labels from Spellbinders I cut the image and then used Antique Linen to ink around the edge.The base of the card was made by cutting up some scraps of paper into rectangles and attach to a piece of green card leaving a space around each one.I added some lace and ribbon across the card about two thirds of the way down.The poinsettia were made using another Spellbinders die, the adhesive pearls for the centres came from Hobby House.I cut the swirls using a Marianne die from green card but wanted them to stand out a bit more so I embossed them with clear embossing powder which darken the cardstock.
Think I'll finish the evening with a glass of wine and a Chinese takeaway with my husband  as 27 years ago today we were married.The years seem to have gone so fast.

Thursday 13 September 2012

More Christmas Stamps from Sheena

Sorry for the break in posts,as I said in the previously I was at the Bluewater show and then managed to pick up a bug, better now, seemed to be a 24 hour thing. During this week I've been working on some new stamps from Sheena which will be shown tomorrow on C&C , first show is at 11am.

It took me a few minutes to decide which one to show first. I love Christmas stamps, so many ways  to use them.
To make this card I stamped the image twice using memento as I coloured using alcohol ink pens.I used a deckle edge oval die from Spellbinders to cut out just the snowman, which was inked  around the edge with Black Soot to make it stand out against the background. Ok I cheated and stamped the snowflakes from a previous set of Sheena's stamps. Using a Quicky glue pen and some Glamour dust to add a little sparkle  after I mounted onto some Bo Bunny paper and the base card made from a sheet of Centura Pearl.

I was really chuffed yesterday when I saw a copy of the new Crafter's Companion magazine, as the main image on the front page was a card I made. Sheena asked me to make some cards with instructions for this magazine as they were giving away an embossing folder she had designed.
I can't wait to see a copy,debating whether to frame the front page and hang it up for all to see at home to prove I do work lol.............

So in between watching Sheena's  shows I'll try post some more samples I've made.

Sunday 2 September 2012

Break before Bluewater

Well I'm now installed at the hotel after breaking down the stand at the Sincerely Yours show Biggin Hill. We have two rest days now before the four day show at Bluewater,so Sharon (Glitter Magic) and I are planning to do some shopping,touring and of course crafting.

Here's a card I made using Sheena's fairy plate.
The background was made sponging the pourables over it,then stamping and embossing in black the corner stamp. The fairy again was done in black on the Centura white pearl card and die-cut with the deckled edge oval from Spellbinders.I made the flower using the Dahlia die and the leaves are a Martha Stewart punch.
I 'll post again tomorrow with what we've been doing plus another card from Sheena's last show.

Friday 31 August 2012

Butterflies Today

Last day at home today as I'm off to Biggin Hill tomorrow with Kay to set up for the show on Sunday, following that it's off to Bluewater for a show starting on Thursday, this will be working for Glitter Magic.
Did you see the shows Sheena did today ? Those inking fingers looked very familiar, mine are now clean for a little while, but I shall still be colouring while I'm away as Sheena has some more shows very soon.My stamps arrived today, so I have stamped some images out to take with me to colour.

Today's card has included those images I'm now liking off the fairy plate.I sponged the pourables from Luminarte over the cardstock,dried it, the stamped and embossed the butterfly twice. First one was the full image, the second was minus the bottom wings. Mounted together and twirled some wire to make the feelers.The corner was again stamped and embossed, the ivy leaves were stamped in clear powder onto green cardstock and cut out.

Thursday 30 August 2012

Sheena's on tomorrow

Ok I'm sorry for not posting recently no real excuse but my husband has been on holiday and I did have a birthday.I do have plenty of cards in store to post so no excuse there especially as Sheena is on TV again tomorrow.Love three of the sets not sure on the fourth, just as Sheena predicted,but beginning to like some elements of it, guess which !

These new ones are great for those who love Distress inks, like me and for building layers and scenes.
There are a mixture of two sets here. the trees are easy to see, if you look closely you can see snowflakes embossed onto the acetate. I used Grand labels One from Spellbinders for the aperture as well as the poinsettia,the swirl  is a Marianne die. The Distress ink was Faded Jeans, the pearls are Hobby House, but all products except for Sheena's stamps can be brought from J & C Creations.
If you go to the shows Krafty Hands sell  Crafters Companion products including Sheena's stamps.
Hope you enjoy the shows tomorrow, I know Sheena is on three times depending on stock,oh nearly forgot there are also some new products from Luminart,messy time is all I'm saying.

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Fairy Dust

I don't know if you spotted this card in this mornings shows but it is in fact an easel card.
This time I water coloured with Distress Inks Dusty Concord and Broken China,The wings I glittered with Glamour dust.
The Spellbinders for this one are Labels Eight for the topper,the flower is from the Anemone set and the greeting is Labels Six.
To make the flowers punch a circle ,then cut a spiral into it and roll this up using a quilling tool or tweezers.
The swirl is a Marianne die.
Time to do some more samples as I'm demoing at the weekend in  Donington Park,at Great British Craft Festival on the J & C Creations stand along with Lisa B.
Really looking forward to the show and I'll post some samples later in the week to show what I'm demoing.
Do you think that will involve some stamps by any chance?

Monday 13 August 2012

Show's Tomorrow

Ok,sorry it's late  no real excuse but I hope the wait is worthwhile.
I love this one in the pinks and blues,very girly.
Coloured with alcohol pens and a bit of glitter added to the wings.
That cardstock has appeared again,embossed and sanded back to show off the pattern.
The pink strip across the middle was stamped with the stars and heat embossed using some glitter embossing powder.
Used Spellbinders to give shape to the topper and to make the leaves.
The flowers were made by cutting four pieces using the blossom die,rolling through a ribble machine to loosen the fibres.Then  gently pulling apart the cardstock which will the give you four layers to each flower. attach together with a brad and then moisten each layer with water.
Pull each layer up in turn and scrunch together,allow to relax back a bit and leave to dry.This technique works well with Bazzill and core'dinations cardstock.
I'll be watching tomorrow,hope you will be too.  

Friday 10 August 2012

Santa Claus

Sorry I'm having to post another Christmas card,that's the trouble with the crafting industry we are always working ahead of time.
This is from the second set of Sheena's stamps will will be shown on Monday evening and Tuesday next week on Create and Craft.
Brighter than I usually make but I loved the colour combination.The Core'dinations cardstock which will be on the show was lovely to use, see if you can spot it in some of the samples I will be posting
very soon.
Of course there had to be Spellbinders, I used Grand Circles,Grand Scalloped Circles for the aperture and Create-a-Flake Three.
The image was coloured with alcohol pens.
I added some glitter but it doesn't show on this photograph,just a touch to his hat and the snow.
It didn't look finished to me until I added the red glass Glints to the centre of the snow flakes,I don't know what you think?
The wording also came from the stamp set.

I'll show one of my favourites tomorrow, but it's back to the girls I'm afraid.

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Sheena's New Christmas Stamps

Well I couldn't decide which one of my DT samples to put on first,so I gave up with making the choice and just posted the first one I made.
I've stamped the image with Memento ink and coloured with alcohol pens.Used Antique Linen Distress Ink to go around the edge after die-cutting with Grand Labels One.
The dividing black strip was made from one of the edgeabilities sets.
To add to the Christmas look I added poinsettia and a swirl,the dies to make these were Mariannes.

Big decision tomorrow which one to put on next !

Friday 3 August 2012

Gingham Christmas

Today I've been working on some cards for Sheena's next show on the 14th August.Three more stamp sets from The little Sketchy range and it's put me in the mood for showing some other Christmas cards I've recently made.

The image is from a set of stamps from Penny Black - Christmas with Mimi.

I stamped the little girl onto Coconut White card using Memento ink.Then coloured with Copics.
Using Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Bauble to cut the topper and also the mount below. I punched a hole through the top of the gingham piece and attached some gold rope through it.
 The faux pine branch was made using a mixture of Floral Flourishes.
The poinsettia was a Marianne die,with which I cut some white glitter card and some gold metal for the centre.
To finish off I used a Quicky Glue Pen and Glamour dust to give a bit of sparkle. Surprised myself tonight I've completely emptied my glue pen,loving the ease of use and that it dries quickly.Good job I have plenty of spares.
What do you think to the gingham look ? The papers plus most of the products I used can be found on J & C Creations website .

Monday 30 July 2012

Hello Gorgeous

As to the title I'm talking about a set of stamps from Penny Black which I've used four of to make this card.
The images I stamped with Memento and then coloured with Copics.The collar of the dress was glued and then glittered using a Quicky glue pen and Glamour dust.
To cut the mounts to stamp on I used Spellbinders dies Grand Labels One and Classic Scalloped Circles.
The  mounts and papers I edged using Antique Linen Distress ink to tie them all in together.
If  you would like to see other samples made with this set then check out J & C Creations Blog.

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Something Different

Something different for me that is,usually I make cards,sometimes boxes but I was asked to use several different pieces of chipboard shapes.For this post I'm showing the door hanger for which I've used the Penny Black set called Free Flight to decorate it.
The base was made by applying an acrylic paint,in this case black,using a heat gun to make sure it was completely dry before the next stage.Paint over all of it with a PVA glue and then straight after with another colour of paint.As you dry this with a heat gun the top layer of paint will crack,the reason being the glue and paint dry at different rates.
I overstamped the main image onto the bottom of the hanger with Jet Black Archival and also the small butterfly randomly over the rest.The larger butterfly I stamped onto white card and used Distress ink to colour it.Bundled Sage and Victoria Velvet were the colours I used but there are many combinations that could be.

The spiral flowers were coloured with Victorian Velvet before twirling them and the leaves with Bundled sage.The leaves came from the foliage set of dies by Spellbinders.

All the products came from J & C Creations,link on the right-side of my blog.

Sunday 22 July 2012

Koi and Cards

Well is it Summer now,certainly t-shirt weather today.My husband and I went out today to the Japanese Koi show,we used to go to the one at Billing near Northampton but that finished,this one is in Cambridgeshire.

They have some really large Koi on show which have been judged for shape and markings.There was a large number of holding pools around the arena and tents containing different companies selling their products.There was also a tombola, my luck was in here I won two prizes

We also had an audience watching us walk round;

As to the card it's another one from Sheena's last show using the Silhouette Grasses.The background was made using Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Ink,then overstamped with Jet Black Archival to build up the picture using the silhouette stamps.I divided the piece up into four pieces then mounted them onto black card with foam pads.

Thursday 19 July 2012

Live in the Moment

Great mans card this one,I used Stormy Sky and Broken China for the background and Jet Black Archival to stamp the silhouettes.Mounted the image onto a white square cut with the Fleur de lis square from Spellbinders.
Looking forward to seeing the new dies on the Pick of the week, C&C tomorrow at 12noon,will be nice to see what I'll be playing with very soon.

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Early Show

Looking forward to the show tomorrow,hopefully my daughter let's me watch it before I take her work.

The background to this card was produced by applying the luminarte dabbers,several colours,to a craft sheet and misting with water.Then laying the cardstock on top to lift the colour,make sure it's completely dry before doing the next step.I then stamped the image with Jet Black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.
The flower was made by die-cutting a couple of scalloped circles using core'dinations cardstock.These were then placed through a Ribbler in different directions to loosen the fibres,to make it easier to separate the layers.Spray the four pieces with water then attach with a brad through the centre.Pull up each layer in turn,scrunching it together.Allow it to open back up,then let it dry,this will then hold it's shape.I wiped over with a glitter glue to give a bit a sparkle.The leaves were made using a memory box die.

Monday 16 July 2012

Back to the Highlands

Countdown to Sheena's next show has begun as some of the design team's work is being shown on Sheena's blog. To follow that here is another of my samples

The background was made by using Tea Dye Distress Ink,Jet Black Archival and a Luminart Dabber, a different stamp for each colouring medium.An unusual mix of colours for me but I liked the way it turned out.The central topper was made by stamping the island image onto white card and then die-cutting this piece.I inked round the edge with the Tea Dye and then matted this piece onto black card.

I have a break now from shows until the 18th August but that doesn't mean I'm not going to be busy.I will be doing an all day workshop 10am - 4pm on 4th August at the Costa Coffee in Rushden.Cost is £25.00, the kit and use of tools is included. Details of the project I will post later but if you are interested or need more information let me know by e-mail

Friday 13 July 2012

Doncaster Show

Well we are all set up and ready for the show tomorrow,rather large stand for the two of us,if it's like last year I won't see Kay for customers for most of the day.
I manage to connect to the internet but not for long so can't stay on too long.Will try and post some photos tomorrow but here is another of the cards I made for Sheena.

I love this card,it's very simple to do.The main image was stamped on Kraft card(Anna Marie Designs,they are at the Doncaster show)otherwise know as leather card ? with clear ink then I used Cosmic Shimmer black embossing powder.The crochet ribbon came from Creative Expressions and the paper was from my stash,doesn't really show but it is a poinsettia pattern on it.
Will try and sign on again tomorrow and let you know how the show is going.

Thursday 12 July 2012

Silhouette Grasses

This is the second set of stamps from Sheena Douglass, which will also be shown for the first time on C & C on the 18th July.These are very useful stamps,for stamping over background effects,applying ink and paint too and making backgrounds for cards.

To make the background I applied several Luminarte dabbers to a craft sheet and misted them with water.Then placed the Centura pearl cardstock on top to lift off the colour.Once dry I stamped on top with an clear embossing ink, added white embossing powder and then heated.Repeating the stamping until the picture was finished.


There may be a break in my posting again as I'm at the Doncaster show with Kay.If I have internet access I will show some more cards made with Sheena's stamps.

Wednesday 11 July 2012

Silhouette Highlands

Here's a peek at Sheena's new stamp set which is due to be shown on Wednesday 18th July 8am & 12noon on Create and Craft.

This card was made using Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Ink and the silhouette images were stamped with Jet Black Archival.The squares are 4cm in size and once inked were mounted using foam squares.
Over the next week I'll hopefully show you more examples from next weeks show.

Tuesday 10 July 2012

With Love

Well this is the last of the samples I made for Jayne Nestorenko.This was actually the first one I made,I chose some papers from my stash which were actually designed for a Wedding Album.Both the colour and the theme seemed to be right for this stamped image.I stamped using Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and used a damp brush to pull out the colour.This then I die-cut using labels eight.The edge of the middle strip was made using the Classic triple Scallop and the greeting was stamped on a large label.

I'm sorry to leave on a sad note but I've just heard a friend and fellow crafter has just died.Robert of Once Upon A Stamp has died, I presume today.I'll miss his wicked sense of humour,his laughter and my hugs from him when we met at shows.My deepest sympathy goes to Gordon and his family.

Thursday 5 July 2012

Leather Card ?

Ok just a quicky post tonight,must get some sleep as I'm leaving for Newbury in the morning with Kay.
This card was a favourite at Jayne Nestorenko's workshop on Sunday.I wasn't sure on it but I do like using the Kraft card.They thought it looked like leather.The cardstock came from Anna Marie Designs who attend most of the shows around the country.

Yes I did stitch around the edge with some pink DMC cotton,left from my cross stitch days.To make it easier I used a Tim Holtz ruler and pierced though at regular intervals.
The image was stamped with a Perfect Medium pad and then use a black embossing powder.I know I like to stamp the images and cut them out but this was possibly slightly more than I intended to do.The flowers and leaves came from the accessories set.
Bye for now.

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Kyoto Gardens

I used Faded Jeans to stamp the image,then pulled out the colour with a damp brush.Then embossed the whole piece with clear embossing powder,a couple of layers to give a gloss finish.I equally divided the tile up and stuck them down on a piece of blue card leaving a small gap between each piece.
The background was stamped with clear embossing powder using the flower from the accessories set.
Of course as you know I can't make a card without using Spellbinders somewhere, so this time a used Aster and Floral Flourishes.

This week has been busy so far with my DT work and playing with some brand new Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies,I'm loving these,very pretty.I will show the cards in the very near future.

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Flowers and Lace

This card was made using a technique I learnt when I first began crafting for a living.If you would like to know how to make a card using this technique I am running two workshops on Tuesday 10th July 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 9pm at the Costa Coffee in Rushden High Street.The cost is £12.00.
I'm also planning to to an all day 10am - 4pm on Saturday 4th August.If you are interested in either workshop please e-mail me

Bye for now