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I'm a former primary school teacher, who started papercrafting in 2008, 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. I now dabble in freelance demonstrating - and I love the challenge of working with new products. My crafting style is very varied, from inky journaling to die cutting - and I also love sewing and quilting. This variety keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! I make cards, enjoy mixed media on canvases and in my journal, and also love altering items like boxes and frames. I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Aperture Card

This is a little aperture card created using Julie Hickey Designs Floral Buttons Stamp set and Dinky Circles die set. I coloured the image with Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua pencils.

Click on the picture to see the video demonstration.


Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots more video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Abstract Faces!

I recently had the chance to play with Tim Holtz Abstract Faces die set from Sizzix. To be honest, at first I was totally bemused, and initially made a mixed media canvas that I will share later. But then I decided to take the bull by the horns and see what I could do using them as they were designed - for abstract faces. A little search on Google revealed an artist to me that I had never heard of before - Thomas Fedro - whose work with abstract "pop art" style faces, combined with bright colours and black borders, really appealed to me and provided the inspiration for this piece. 

There are two projects shown here. One is the original I created, and the other is the piece I created during the video demonstration. I love both of them! 

Click on either picture to have a look at the video demonstration. These really were a lot of fun to make!! 

Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots more video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Pizza Time!!

I do love a piece of pizza - especially when it's homemade! This little pizza box wouldn't fit much pizza in - but is perfect for a small card or gift.


For the box itself, I used Elizabeth Craft Designs - Pizza Box die. To decorate, I used Creative Expressions - Craft Dies by Jamie Rodgers - Tea Bag Folding Collection - Octagons. The fold I have used is from Hand Crafted Greetings, and is called Octagon. Click on either of the pictures to take you to the video demonstration. 


Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots more video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Monday, 9 May 2022

Acetate Stamping

This is a card I made using Nellie's Choice: Idyllic Floral Scenes - IFSO53 - Tree on Shore. This is a beautiful stamp, but I wanted to extend it to create a larger image. 


I started by stamping onto one side of the acetate at one end using Midnight Blue Stazon.


I then flipped the acetate over, and stamped the image again, with the tree off the end of the acetate. 


To create a background, I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide, then stuck the acetate to the background using Crafter's Companion Stick and Stay.



Click on the main image to see the video demonstration of how I made this card.

Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For more video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Friday, 6 May 2022

A little paper piecing!

A muted colour pallete today, for this lovely card with a little paper piecing. I used the Creative Expresssions Stained Glass Circles - Chrysanthemum by Sue Wilson. I cut it twice. One piece was left as is, and the other I cut into to add another flower, and additional foliage.

Click on the picture to take you to the video demonstration.


Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots of video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Monday, 2 May 2022

Oink Oink!!

 I have an AALL & Create project to share today. I used stamp #287 - Dirty Games, and stencils #38 Cracked Wall 2 and #125 Lotza Semicirclz.

This was created on Faber Castell Mixed Media paper, with Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. The pigs were stamped with Spectrum Noir Finesse Waterproof Ink in Pebble and coloured with Picked Raspberry and Ground Espresso. 


Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots of video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx

Friday, 29 April 2022

Boat by a Lake

Today I have a couple of stamped cards using the same stamp -  Nellie's Choice: Idyllic Floral Scenes - Lake with Rowing Boat.

I have gone for two different looks - neither of which need you to be able to paint. Click on the pictures to see the video demonstratations.

The first uses Distress Oxides - Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade to create a sunset effect. The image is then stamped over this with Versafine Clair Nocturne.


The second is a simple sepia effect created by stamping in Ground Espresso Distress Oxide onto cream card, and then using water to move the ink.

Both sentiments are Julie Hickey Designs Everyday Sentiment Stamps.

Thanks for popping by, and I hope I have given you a little inspiration. Feel free to follow me here on my blog, or on FaceBookTwitterInstagram or Pinterest. For lots of video demonstrations, pop over to the Hixxy Studio YouTube channel to subscribe. The main items I use can be found on the Hixxy Crafts website - have a look under the Hixxy Studio tab.

Happy crafting,

Cxx