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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Getting Organised!!

Hardly seems like the Summer has begun - and yet it's only a week and a bit until term starts again. Am beginning to think of what I need to make sure I have for school - a trip to Staples is on the cards. And I need to get organised with other things in my life - like receipts and the like. And all the inspiration I've collected for art journalling. So I think I might need to make myself a couple of these organisers from Crafter's Companion Big Score.
I made this one a while ago with card from the Below Stairs Downton Abbey A3 pack. They look so complicated - but it's actually really easy to make. All the instructions are on the Big Score DVD.


Monday, 22 August 2016

The Beach

Morning!! Thought I would pop on quickly to share another Spectrum Aqua Pen card. This one is using Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy - The Beach.
I used Peacock Blue, Sea Green, Kingfisher, Desert, Fawn, Chestnut, Boulder and Evergreen from the Nature pack - and also Slate from the Essentials. For the image, I masked areas as I went along with Pebeo Drawing Gum. 

The background was create by scribbling onto a white tile, spritzing and transferring to Crafter's Companion Watercolour card. I added a little rock salt while it was still wet.
The green flowers were originally white, and I coloured them with the Sea Green marker.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Watercolour Orchids!!

Finally have found some time to blog!! And thought I would share one of my samples for the Spectrum Aqua pens that are on Hochanda this weekend.
I really enjoyed making this one - I absolutely love watercolours - and Sheena's flower stamps are always great to colour. This one is A Little Bit Sketchy - Orchids.
I started by stamping the image to the left of a piece of Sheena Stamping Card, and painted over it with Pebeo Drawing Gum. 

I then used my paint daubers/sponges to add colour. I scribbled it onto a white tile first and added some water before splodging it on! I used Red Violet and Aquamarine from the Primaries set.
The drawing gum was rubbed off - and the re-applied just around the edges of each petal.

I then used Red Violet for the Orchids, Sepia (Essentials) for the stems, and Jasmine (Florals) for the centres.
I stamped the orchids twice more, and painted them in the same way, before cutting them out and layering them onto the original one.
The sentiment is also from the same set.

Hope you are enjoying the shows! 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Do More of What Makes You Happy!

A few weeks ago, I took delivery of my new Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas. I had been looking at them for a while and when Crafter's Companion started to stock them, I just had to get one - along with a few accessories including stickers, pocket cards and other bits and pieces. I'm not really sure how I envisaged using my planner with all these fabulous goodies - but in the end I have come up with what suits me - and I'm loving using it. 

But sorting through all the lovely extra bits and pieces, I realised that it was opening up a completely different possibility to me. So, with a goal in mind, I invested in a set of the expander rings for the planner and the punch that goes with it. The punch may well get used for the planner - but the expander rings are for a completely different purpose.

I have decided to start an art journal, as I love playing with all sorts of techniques and media, and as I no longer sell my cards etc, this would allow me to create for a purpose! And being able to punch the pages and add them to the rings gives me more scope than working in an existing book. The motivational quotes that came with some of the Happy Planner things also spurred me on. I intend to either use them on the pages - or as inspiration for the pages.

I have started by creating the front cover for my journal, which I am going to laminate to make it durable. There is such a wide variety of products in my stash, I decided to use up some of my oldest acrylic paints - my Eco Green tubes!! Some of the paint had separated in some of the tubes - but I've given them a shake up - so they are good to go!!
I took my starting point from this Happy Planner Pocket Card, because I feel it sums up what the point of this is for me - doing more of the messy stuff that makes me happy!
I began by making a background on Sheena White Stamping card with Eco Green paints - White, Butternut, Raspberry and Green Patina. And I really didn't like it.
So I mixed some white Gesso with water and went over the lot - then added more colour back in - but really watered it down.
I wanted to use Leonie Pujol's Everlasting Love stamp - I really love the style of it - and it reminds me of gardening - which is also something I need to do more of to stay happy!! I stamped it with Memento Rose Bud.

And then covered it in Pebeo Masking fluid! Big mistake, as the ink ran into the liquid!! But I pressed onwards.
I used stamps from two of the original Textures collection - Basket and Burlap, and Journal Jottings. The tyre tread and footprints are for the activities I love doing! I persevered with the Memento Ink - and used Rose Bud, Pistachio and Pear Tart.
Once I had stamped over the background I realised that I had stamped the flower image a bit too low down to be able to attach the card with the words - so I partially inked the stamp, and then stamped it again.
Because a lot of the ink had disappeared with the masking fluid, I used my Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils to go over the image - and to colour it in. I picked three colours to echo the inks - Rose (Florals), Tobacco (Essentials) and Pesto Green (Naturals).
To add more definition to the edges, I added a thin white line with the Pebeo 4Artist Oil Marker (fab new addition to my stash) and then drew a line on the inside with my Rose pencil and went over with water.

I did a little of all these things to the card with the words on too, so that it would blend in. After adding a few dots with my Pebeo marker, I mounted it on white card so that the messy back is covered before I laminate it!
Looking at it, I think I would have added more foliage to the left of the card - but I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Diamond Star!!!

Fiona will be back in under an hour with the fab new Christmas Create a Card dies. This is another of my samples - this time using the gorgeous Shine Bright.
This is a Diamond Easel card - and I noticed last night that it was on the display for the show!! Have been very honoured to have had 5 of my samples shown in detail last night. Athough, I think Hayley got the wrong end of the stick with my snowflake bag - and despite having tied those stitches off, they have started to come undone. 

Anyway, I used all the dies in the Shine Bright set for this one - along with Centura Pearl Hint of Gold, and some Gold Pearl card from my stash! 

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the shows today!!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Bauble Ornament!!

Not long to go now until the new Crafter's Companion Die'sire Cut In Create a Card dies launch on Hochanda, so thought I'd pop back on and share another of my makes.
For this one I have used the Sparkling Bauble die, cutting the outline only in cream felt, and the detailed version in pale green felt. The circular base is a Debbie Shore Fabric die.

I used Stick and Stay to bond the solid cream bauble to the dark green circle, but it didn't want to work for the detailed bauble. So I used Collall Textile Glue instead! I also used it to fix the ribbon to the reverse side of the circle. After blanket stitching most of the edge, I stuffed it with toy stuffing, and then finished off the blanket stitch.

Hope you enjoy the shows on Hochanda - and I'll be back tomorrow to share my last couple of samples.


Snowflakes are falling!!

Morning. Tonight is the launch of the one day special on Hochanda, of the fab new Christmas Cut In Create a Card dies. Here is another sample I made using the Ornate Snowflake die.
This is a drawstring gift bag, made using the instructions that you can find HERE. I changed the measurements to fit the size I wanted - but all the principles are the same.

The outer bag is really cheap honeycomb fabric, while the inner is white fabric with red snowflakes. I cut out the detailed snowflake in the same fabric having first backed it with stabiliser. Then I just used the outline die to cut a plain red snowflake shape to back it. They were joined together using Stick and Stay for fabric. I couldn't use heat on the honeycomb fabric, so used Stick and Spray for fabric, and then machine stitched it to secure it on. 

Be sure to tune in tonight to catch the launch.