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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting over 10 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 mixed media on canvases, and altering items like boxes and frames. I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Believe Canvas

Well, blogging seems to go in fits and starts these days. The day job is keeping me really busy, but have the time, energy and inclination to blog!
This canvas combines Imagination Crafts goodies with one of the gorgeous Christmas 3D embossing folders from Crafter's Companion.

I started with White Gesso on the canvas and added Blue Starlights over it whilst wet. Next, I die cut some snowflakes - with a really old Crafter's Companion die set, and stuck those in the corners. I went over these with more gesso.

I then used Imagination Crafts Snoflake Swirl stencil firstly with Blue Starlight to creat a drop shadow, and then with Midnight Blue Sparkle Medium.

The after painting a piece of white card with Pearl Starlight Paint, I embossed it with Crafter's Companion Believe 3D Embossing Folder. Over the top of this, I applied Cobalt and Japanese Jade Alchemy Waxes. 

I finished off with a few little clear gems.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Rusty Tag

Hope you managed to catch the shows yesterday! There's 3 more opportunities today to catch MJ's fab demos - 9am, 1pm and 5pm. 

Here's a large wooden tag decorated using one of the rice papers (design 012), with a Magi Cutz key and padlock decorated with Rusty Patinas - Rustique, Verdigris and Cafe Creme.
I used the same Rusty Patinas around the edge of the tag too. Hopefully it looks suitably rusty!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Rice Paper Card

It's almost time to settle down to watch MJ on Hochanda with the launch of the Vintage Imagination Crafts One Day Special.
This is a really simple card made by gluing rice paper to card, matting and layering and and adding to a card blank. The beautiful rice papers do all the work!! All I added was some ribbon as a finishing touch.

Looking forward to seeing all the amazing samples and demos on the show!

Fly, Imagine, Dream

Today's the day - the launch of the Vintage One Day Special!! Lots of gorgeous Imagination Crafts goodies on Hochanda at 6pm and 8pm today, and 9am, 1pm and 5pm tomorrow. 
This journal cover started life totally white. I painted it with Sand Starlight paint, and added the rice paper (design 388). I knocked the paper back a bit with watered down Sand paint. I used the Feather Stencil to add the script to the front and the Flower and Keys stencil to add the harlequin design on the back - both with Bright Maroon Starlight Paint.

The words are also stencilled from the Feather stencil. Another simple make.

Don't forget to tune into Hochanda this evening for the launch!


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

More Flowers and Keys

Another canvas using the Flower and Keys stencil.
I covered the canvas with Gesso, then added Sand and Bright Maroon Starlight Paints. I then added rice paper (design 407) in the top left corner, and used watered down Cafe Creme Rusty Patina to knock it back. For the stencil elements, I mixed Rustique, Verdigris and Cafe Creme Rusty Patinas to make the drop shadow, then went over the flower with Ruby Gold Sparkle Medium and the Keys with Cafe Creme Rusty Patina. Once that was dry, I added some Verdigris and Rustique Rusty Patinas to the keys.

Around the edges I used Artsy Stones, Ruby Gold Sparkle Medium and all three colours of Rusty Patina.

Back tomorrow with more samples!!

Flower and Keys

So, as well as the gorgeous new Feather stencil, there is also a fab Flower and Keys stencil launching on Thursday too.
This is an 8x12 Canvas, coated first with White Gesso, then Zinober Gold and Black Gesso brushed through. One half I covered with rice paper (design 012). I then used Structure Paste through the stencil in both the top left and bottom right corners.

Once dry, I went back over the Sructure Paste of the flowers with a mixture of White and Black Gesso, and painted the petals with a mixture of Zinober Gold and White Gesso. I also used the Zinober Gold onthe keys.

Back with more later.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Script Cheeseboard

Am loving these little cheeseboards. This one was really simple to decorate - but I love the way it turned out. 
I covered the whole of the board with rice paper (design 388) - love this design! I then added Chocolate Shabby Chic Relief Paste through the script part of the Feather Stencil. Around the edges I used the same paste with a brush to provide a frame. And finally added a ribbon bow. It was that simple.

Will be back tomorrow with a couple more samples.