Saturday, 14 December 2019


I made two of this design,
obviously I only took a photo of one.

Nice simple design for a friend & also for
old employers, from way back.
Snowflake stencil - That Special Touch
Peyton Ornament Die - Simon Says Stamp
Golden Molding Paste
Glimmer card stock in Gold.
Greeting also by Appleblossom. 
Some people are getting cards that I
made last year. I made extras to give myself 
a head start on this year.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

More Christmas Card Designs

The next cards are crafty friends.
These Stamping Bella Oddballs
are just soooo cute!!

The backgrounds are stenciled mini masterboards. 
Each card was created the same.
I brayered over the cardstock some gesso. 
Once dry, I began with a snowflake stencil
adding them all over the design in various colours.
I added stenciled words,
in Glacier Ice.
Then more festive images.
Paints - PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk.
Venice Blue / Glacier Ice
Summer Sky / Smurf
Surf's Up / Snowflake
Images coloured using Copic Markers.
Text blocks stamped & cut as steps
for them to stand on.
I really love the feel of the paper with
all the paints stenciled on.
If it appeared too bright, I just knocked 
it back with Snowflake or
Cloud9 if i grabbed the wrong one!!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

My Sister's Card for Christmas 2019

Day four of sharing Christmas makes
& as the title says, today it's the
card I made for sister, Tracy &
BIL, Martin.
 Tracy is a lover of minimalist designs.
I have said this before, but just 
in case you are a new reader,
she really loves clean & simple.
I struggle a bit with CAS, 
but I think I'm getting there.
This one features a big sentiment
from Creative Stamping issue 49.
Texture is Golden molding paste,
with Tim Holtz stencil, Falling Stars.
 Die cut windows are using John Next Door
(John Lockwood) Sam's Starz. 
I fell instantly in love with these.

The inside is the same die set.
The stamp is by Appleblossom.

This is a closer look at the back of the front panel.
I left it free from acetate or vellum.
I deliberately placed my message on the back,
so that she can place a battery tealight,
behind this star.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Day 3 of the Christmas Shares

Today sees the start of handmade cards.
I don't usually make many the same,
but this year, some designs, 
I made duplicates. 
These two are slightly different in size
but one is for my favourite ladies (bees)
at Queen Bee Salon in Scunthorpe
(who I sadly haven't seen since March, 
due to my redundancy)
The other is for my dearest ex-train buddy, 
Claire, who also found herself redundant
in September of this year.
I am in love with this paint by PaperArtsy.
It's called Summer Sky, but seriously,
doesn't it make a fabulous winter shade too!!
I actually shared them with PaperArtsy owner,
Leandra Franich & she agreed it worked very well!

Queen Bee - front
 Tim Holtz Poinsettia stencil
Golden Light Molding paste
Merry Christmas - Sara Davies,
free with Papercraft Essentials issue 166 

Queen Bee - inside
 XCut woodland die cut panels
& fox. XCut Countryside for pheasant.
Same panels.

Claire - front
 Vellum strip,
Hero Arts - Large Script Christmas die

Claire - inside
 Same as Queen Bee. 
Both had Cosmic Shimmer Lustre
in Snow & Ice rubbed onto blue panels
to give soft shimmer.
The panels are made from Mixed Media paper.
It was gesso'd the the paint added.
I didn't go right to the edges so you got
some random whiteness.

Inside both of the cards.

Now I know they can't really be seen,
because I used vellum for my panels
instead of acetate, (I find acetate
doesn't give a soft glow & naturally my frosted
sheets by Tim Holtz were MIA.)
However, I couldn't leave the inside bare.
So I added Tim Holtz regular Distress ink in
Tumbled Glass & Chipped Sapphire
to pieces of card behind the die cut panels.
I used a mountain die free with issue 39,
Die cutting essentials to provide snow
for my Tim Holtz deer to stand on.

 These are luminary cards.
All they have to do is stand the card over
a battery tealight & Voila! 

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Second Christmas share.

This time a 3D lantern gift.
I based this on an article I read in
Die Cutting Essentials issue 30.
I made each of the 4 boxes
by determining the die I would use,
 for each of the windows. 
In hindsight, I wish I had gone a touch smaller.
I made the boxes as strips with 
an end tab & bottom tabs.
These bottom ones folded up
& the base was glued inside.
It was hard to get a decent photo,
of all together but they were glued down.
I made a base for them from
sturdy chipboard & as the whole thing is 
40cms long, I had to join two 20cm pieces.

Now I don't generally like working in centimetres,
 but this project was made completely that way.
The lids were a nightmare!
In fact, my Dad helped me as he is excellent
at maths being an Engineer.
They needed lids to keep the light
from all escaping out the tops.

Here is a close up of one of the box fronts.
I added Golden Molding paste for show
& used my Glitter Duster to add Rock Candy. 
Here is a closer look at the lid tops.
I cut the Poinsettia & greenery from a free die set,
with Die Cutting Essentials issue 56.
They have tiny glue blobs & Rock Candy
dusted onto them.

 This is one end, both are the same.

Finally, this is inside the boxes.
I added Rose Gold Crafters' Companion card stock,
so it would reflect inside. 
The glitter battery tealights were a pack of 
four for 99p in Home Bargains.
 Each box is 8cm square with a height of 8cms.
I used free dies from Simply Cards & Papercrafts,
issue 195
Large trees at either end, are by XCut.

Friday, 6 December 2019

First Christmas Share for 2019

This is the card for my Dad.
I can't take full credit for it as,
it was made using die cuts from
a book I purchased from The Works.
They look very similar to Studio Light.

 I created the dual star feature
on the back to write my greeting.

The inside design is copied
from a Studio Light Kit,
that I saw a picture of online.
I have no idea how it actually looks
but I created what I saw, with a slight change.
I had to work out all measurements myself,
to get the panels to open & close.
I covered the whole card so it wouldn't be
open behind the folded panels.
I followed the link from Pinterest.
As you can see, it appears to be just a double sided
patterned piece of card.
I wanted mine to have the element of surprise.

Dad is a huge fan of the Goldfinches
& Robins, that feed in both our gardens,
so all these birds were perfect.

The other two pictures are more
close ups of all the details.
I had so much fun with this.
I bought the book last year to use
for making hanging clear baubles,
which i forgot to photograph!


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Dina Wakley - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge Month Three 
Grateful for Friendship
The page had scraps of Papermania tissue & gesso,
left over from another project.
First I added Tangerine, Lemon & Lime Scribble sticks,
then created a slight ghost background
using DWM Pebble Heart.
I then stuck down the woman,
from DWM Vintage & Sketches collage paper.
I added Lime paint above
her head & then before it was totally dry,
I went in with Fuchsia paint sponged through the
largest heart on the stencil.
I added Lapis to her top & a little gesso
mixed with Fuchsia for her face.
I drew around all the blocks that
make up the heart & added words in a random few.
I then journaled around the outside of the heart.
It says;
I am grateful for the friendships I have.
We do not live in one another's pockets, 
but we always know each other is there,
when they are needed.

Life is busy & people need to live their lives,
but knowing your friend is there,
to offer love, laughter, support,
a shoulder to cry on or
a text conversation to reminisce.
The bold words are the ones written
within the blocks of the heart.
Fuchsia, Lapis & Lime paint is all
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body. 

I am really late this month, nearly missed
uploading to the challenge.
My world has been Christmas Cards for 
the past 4 weeks. They are all done.
Just two gifts to complete.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Another Birthday

On Sunday, (24th) it was also the
birthday of Bill, a family friend & our neighbour.
This year he got this one!

The card began life as a left over mixed media background.
I had been running with a few ideas &
this one was patterned tissue, texture paste,
with Tim Holtz Gothic stencil & Dylusions spray inks
in Chocolate & Espresso.
To make into a card, I just added two tags
stamped using Creative Stamping issue 70.
The tags were covered with brown paper, 
left from a grocery bag. 
I added Inka Gold brown/gold to the texture
& then Turquoise to make it vintage looking.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Kate's Birthday

Here is a mixed media card
made for the birthday girl.
It began as a random background
which i added die cuts & beads.
To finish it I added
a hand-cast resin cherub.

Tim Holtz mixed media die cut & swirl.
Square frame I created from hand stamped paper.
Tag created from same paper.
Silver micro beads.
Background made from torn book text,
gesso, Distress Inks (regular)
in Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord.
Cherub made with resin & mold.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Key Chain

I am very busy creating my 2019
Christmas cards & have little to share.
However I do have this mixed
media piece I made.
There are two others & two birthdays coming up. 
 I saw this made by a very talented lady on YouTube.
She is Russian & as I can't work out
how to spell her name in Russian on here,
I figured it would make sense to link you to
her video & YouTube channel.
Here is my attempt.

I made this to house my window key.
It sticks out & prevents my vertical blind
from opening & closing smoothly.
I used odds & ends from my die cut bits box.
A grunge board key. Buttons,
Sticky back pearls.
Stenciling with molding paste.
Gold paint. Black Gesso & Inka Gold

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Doll Girl

This page had been used to clean
up from a card I made. So it had
chalk & gesso stamping on it.
Then I made another card & scraped
the remaining texture paste on here,
randomly through
Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil.
I wanted to keep lots of white space so
to colout the page I added
Picked Raspberry & Salty Ocean
& applied using the acetate smooshing 
technique, allowing a little mixing between.
Once full dry I added gesso over some of the 
coloured texture paste.
I added my focal image, "Doll Girl" to two 
small torn washi tape strips.
I can't remember where I got her.
She came in a mixed pack, is quite thick 
chipboard & it was over 8 years ago!
I just knew I would find a use for her & when
I saw these words from Lisa's Altered Art,
"Her doll always agreed with her"
I knew they were perfect.
I seleceted Tim Holtz clipping stickers
"few words passed between them"
because I thought they fitted well too!


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Welcome to the street card.

This is just a really quick card,
that I made last week to welcome
a new neighbour into the street.
She has bought our friend Fran's house.
It seems weird seeing lights on
as Fran passed away in July.

Here's what I made.
 Quite simple in design.
Die cuts from Sheena Douglass Mockingbird hill
set - potted conifers & fence.
Door & decorations - First Edition,
which is actually a Christmas Door set 
complete with wreath etc.
Inside I added a simple word
along with a tree & because I know she has a cat,
I added a stamped cat too!
These were from a free set 
Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 175.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Happy Birthday, Donna

Today is the birthday of my dear friend, Donna.
I like to add an element of surprise as you will 
see from the pictures below!
On the front we have a delightful Autumn die
cut frame by Yvonne's Creations.
This was available as a square or rectangle.
I figured I make more square cards.
Quote was a free stamp set with
Creative Stamping issue 60.

Below are two pictures of the surprise.
A Pop up feature!
Pink Ink Designs Giraffe.
Aperture die cut with XCut Build 
A Scene - Jungle,
which includes the parrot, frog & monkey.

 This is a view looking down,
so you can see the dimension.
All coloured with copic markers,
except the glasses, which was
Rose metallic paint.
The birthday greeting was also a free one. 
Happy Birthday, honey!
I hope you have a fabulous day.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Day of The Dead

or Dia De Los Muertos...
A Mexican Celebration of the dead.
31st October -2nd November. 
Not to be confused with Halloween.
This is a time when they honour all the 
loved ones that have passed away.

As I created Enid's Tombstone,
I decided on a Day of the Dead journal page.

I had such fun with this page.
First I stamped on the background,
using chicken wire & gothic text.
Then I stamped my skull - Sheena Douglass
I began adding Scribble Sticks 
in Lime & Tangerine.
Once dry. I added Lime & Orange Dylusions paint
to get drips. Then Black Marble Dylusions
to get dramatic drips.
To colour my skull I began with
Septh Apter/PaperArtsy Buff
chalk paint, then decided it needed
to be just a tad whiter.
I stamped the eyes & flowers on 
my handmade washi & paint paper.
I die cut a hat twice, once in grey, once
in black using an XCut die.
Added detail with Black & White Posca pens,
before the final detail of white splashes &
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Label die letters. 
I'm really happy with this page.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Get Well Card

A neighbour recently had a nasty
accident, when he was knocked off
his bicycle, leaving him with a broken shoulder,
broken rib & a lot of pain.
I made this card to let him know
we were thinking of him 
& wishing him a speedy recovery.

Front is made using Tim Holtz Distress Marker,
smooshed with acetate in Salty Ocean,
then the same using a gold & turquoise Woody.
I love how the blues blended in the middle
& how the sky looks so natural.
I bet I couldn't do that again!
Stamps are Stampin' Up Wetlands
(previously loved set) & the sentiment 
was from a free set.

I continued the design over to the inside,
stamping the Canada Goose. The grasses 
are actually a brush stroke stamp by
Marianne Design called Eline's Brush.
The sentiment again was free. 

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Tombstone of Enid Trot

Photo heavy post!!
Enid Trot spent her adult life, cultivating herbs,
creating lotions & potions, to heal people.
Her Grandmother taught her which plants
to select from the woods & how to help
with childbirth in the small village, where she lived.
One day, the local vicar heard about Enid,
scared it was magic & witchcraft, he alerted the
witch-finder Matthew Hopkins, to her crimes. 
On discovering this, the villagers told Enid. 
So petrified of being taken, was Enid, that she died 
that very night of fright.
Villagers now, visit her grave & place roses down.
They turn black & the stories say, it is Enid's anger,
because she had no time to teach 
all her ways to a new apprentice. 

Here is Enid's Tombstone.
 Words made using Tim Holtz Alphanumerical
dies "Label". I did online searches
of graves to see most writing is engraved.
So added words on top would look wrong.
I also noticed no matter how old the grave,
they were never totally overgrown.
So I have kept this quite clear & focused more
on creating realistic crumbling stonework.

Tim Holtz Garden Greens Ivy,
coloured with paints & Copic markers.

 Mulberry paper roses (purple) painted black,
using black gesso. Sprayed with Dylusions
Slate Grey in hard to reach spots.
Pot was made with Air Drying Clay (Aldi)
I was pleased with how it turned out!!

Papermania Charm (Madam Payraud) 
Image from a selection by Prima/Finnabair
Ranger Crackle Accents

Broomstick made from Jute & skewer,

This is how it began.
A That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Upright Arch 
(5 in a pk £10.99)
I added brown paper first, wrinkled to give
some texture. (Jack's bag for bakery goods)
Then I added a first layer of Golden Pumice Gel.

This shows the first lot of colour.
Paint by PaperArtsy in Koala / Truffle
Steel Grey / Taupe / Stone /  Zucchini
plus Winter Green 

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Wedding Anniversary Card

for my sister, Tracy & hubby, Martin.
Another clean & simple design.

Frame is Altenew Geo Frames,
embossed with WOW Fine Detail Gold 
Flower is Altenew Floral Art,
stamped in Moon Rock,
Rose Quartz & Purple Wine Altenew Crisp Inks. 
"For You" free with Creative Stamping 74,
embossed in the same gold powder.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Interesting Spider!

Now you never thought you'd hear me say that!!
Yes! A Spider!
I am not entirely sure, but having done some digging,
I believe this to be a Male 4 Spot Orb Weaver

It states they are hard to idenitify! 
This funky little dude was sat on a wall
over at my Dad's house & to be honest
I thought it was a pebble.
Then it moved. So we popped him on the windowsill
so I could get some piccies!!

I think he's kinda cute!
for a spider 😲😲
Those markings are amazing.
I think it is male because they reportedly have
a sort of leaf shape on their abdomen.
Seriously, I thought that was their back!!! 
He thinks he is a crab & is very good at throwing himself
off walls & playing dead!
Again, another funk dude I have never seen
in my life, nor heard of!