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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.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Good to be back!!

Well, six weeks ago, I was merrily blogging every single day, having set myself a challenge of sharing a crafty image a day for the year. Then, at the beginning of April, I realised just how much pressure I was putting myself under to try to keep it going. And I decided that I wasn't enjoying it anymore, so stopped!! Life's too short to do something you're not enjoying!! 

Lots has happened since then. I have set myself other challenges including a triSUP - paddleboarding, mountain biking and beach running. And we have acquired a puppy - gorgeous little labradoodle called Molly!

So, what brings me back to my blog!! Well, you may have been watching Sara on Hochanda over the past couple of days, with the Big Score and new Downton Abbey A3 card. And I'm very proud of the fact that the chocolate box that's been shown on most of the shows is mine! 

The new Downton Card is just gorgeous, and I just loved making samples for this launch!! 
This design is from the Below Stairs collection, and I used the Downton Decor and Opulent Corner dies from the Downton Abbey die range. 
Inside, I used the Half Doily die - and used more of the card to make a band for the bars of chocolate!!

Have a few more samples to share - so will be back soon.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Day 95 - Diamond Press!!

An earlier post today as I am going out in a bit and may not have time later. Having another day today where I'm not feeling on top form. Spent part of this afternoon snoozing - not really what I wanted to do as I have lots to get sorted - but just didn't have the energy to fight it.

Anyway, I have a new toy - not yet played with it - but it's here now, ready for when I do have a minute.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Day 94 - Blog Post 500!!

Wow - 500 blog posts - nearly 100 of which have been just this year!! Been out and about today, so not much time to craft. 
But this is what has been sitting on my craft desk all day. Hopefully will do something with it tomorrow.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Day 93 - Aquatints!

Evening. Not much to share tonight. Just a couple of Aquatint backgrounds in preparation for a particular project.
Both use Perfect Primaries 12, Pretty Pastels 55 and Bright and Beautiful 15. The one on the left is using the clingfilm technique, and the one on right is the salt technique. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Day 92 - Glittery Sewing!

Evening!! Today has not been quite so busy. Managed to get out for some paddleboarding, but also had time for a little crafting.

So, I managed to put the card together from the pieces shown below, that I shared on Day 89 (click on the link for all the details of colours etc). 
I added some Bazzil cardstock to match the green and the blue, and cut the image out with a Spellbinders Oval die. I cut the scalloped oval in both colours, the cut the green one before sticking it on top of the blue.
The flower is Sheena A Rosy Outlook Perfect Partners die, and I used the Fancy Flourishes die from Sara Davies' Butterfly Lullaby Signature collection.
Back tomorrow,

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Day 91 - Blue is the colour.....

Evening!! Have had a much better day today - headache gone, so managed to get loads done. Loads of things - but not much crafting!! Been to the chiropracter, then out for a muddy ride on my bike. I then spent time in the garden, planting my onion sets, and checking on the progress in the greenhouse. And this evening I went paddleboarding. I managed to squeeze a very small amount of time to craft - and transformed some cream paper roses into blue paper roses. Not the obvious colour you may think - but they are for a project I am working on.
All I did was to scribble my Navy Spectrum Aqua pen on a white tile, water it down and apply it to the rose with a paintbrush - making sure it was all covered. I think I'll add some sparkle to them too before I use them.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Day 90 - Heavy Horses!!

Have been battling a headache most of the day, so really not got much done at all. So, it's quite fortuitous that the Tutorial over on Crafter's Companion Blog today is one of mine. 
This is one of the Shadow Boxes from the "A Country Life" CD. All details on how I made it, is over on the Crafter's Companion Blog
Will hopefully get more done tomorrow.