Sunday, 21 May 2017

Owl in a good day's work

Yesterday was one of those very rare days when my friend Mary and I got together to mess around crafting, without a specific purpose in mind. She brought over her new crafty stash and I got out all of my new bits and we had a play. In the end I think I came out of it very well as I used a lot of her new stamps. I think it's a great idea to craft together. We can all get a bit comfortable sticking to the same style or favourite brands. Good to shake it up sometimes!

We used my new stamp positioner and both agree that it's a very useful tool, especially for large stamps, or for adding the final sentiment without fear of making a mistake! It's also great for over-stamping the same image in several colours. I stamped the owl first in vintage photo. Then I inked it up in walnut stain, but removed the ink from the centre with a baby wipe. Finally I inked it in black and removed all of the ink except for the very edges. I drew out some of the colour with a waterbrush. I did the same with the moon using weathered wood and faded jeans.

So far I've only finished one card but watch this space as I get round to making the others up. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to. xx

Materials used:
Hobby Art: Orla owl
Creative Expressions: dreamy sentiments
Distress Ink
Archival Ink

Friday, 12 May 2017

Blossom Time

Hi there
I love this time of year as the flowers really get going. I'm especially fond of peonies. The newest Tracy Scott stamps are great for bringing a bit of that spring vitality to a project. Combined with chalk paints I have turned cheap 20p plastic flower pots into pretty containers for plants or herbs.

For full details of how to do this take a look at The Craft Barn blog. Have fun! xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May brings flocks of pretty lambs...

This week saw the arrival of the swifts at the reservoir near to my home. People who know me might say I'm a little obsessed by swifts! I'm excited when they arrive and feel sad for days when they go. They are a sure sign that summer is not far away. The reservoir attracts a lot of wildlife and is a well known birding spot. On the grassy banks sheep are grazed and this is a lovely time of year to watch the lambs playing.

And so over to The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge. The challenge is based on Sarah Coleridge's poem The Months.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs, 
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

It feels quite sultry this morning. Great for bringing the flies down which means the swifts come in close. I feel a bit of swift watching coming on!

Do have a look at The Craft Barn blog to see what other ideas people have to illustrate this month. Thanks for stopping by. xx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Heartfelt Owl

Just a quickie with another card using this beautifully intricate matching die and stamp set...

Materials used:
GiogioCraft stencil: floreal circle
Hearfelt Creations: sugar hollow collection
Distress Ink
Archival Ink

Monday, 1 May 2017

Moroccan Lantern

I've had great fun this Bank Holiday actually doing a bit of crafting and finishing a Moroccan lantern I started on a workshop with Helen Chilton at The Craft Barn in March. If you love messy, mixed media but practical projects the monthly Kit and Kaboodle class is fantastic.

The base is a Tando Creative kit. Helen had us painting it with metallic paints and distressing it to make it look worn and rusted. I won't give away her secrets but the faux rust was really fun to do. We embossed acetate and coloured it with alcohol inks to create the 'glass' panels. The hinges were cut with the WRMK tabs punchboard. Of course I had to buy one!

Most people on the day chose to box in the top of the lantern but I already had other ideas...and so a month later I've had time to finish it off.

Firstly it all had to be assembled. Then I painted a few wooden embellishments to add some additional decoration to the sides.

Then time to decorate some bottles to fit into the recesses on the top. I used alcohol inks on miniature glass bottles and some old medicine bottles. To create more intense colours I used one colour on the inside of the bottles and two colours on the outside, plus some metallic mixative. I also dripped the copper mixative down the sides of the bottles,

I painted ribbbon to go around the top of the larger bottles, added painted embellishments and finished the tops with enamel accents.

I altered little silver charms with the alcohol ink and tied them on with wire and tiny labels were tied with string.


I had some left over paper clay flowers and butterflies from another project, so after a lick of paint I added a few of those, along with a few metallic gems.

I really love the irridescence of the alcohol inks on glass. 


It looks fantastic with a battery lit candle in it if I do say so myself. It is only made of cardboard so you really must not use a real candle!


Just have to find it a permanent home now. My husband has already asked where it's going!!!!

Materials used:
Tando Creative Moroccan lantern kit
Ranger alcohol inks
Tim Holtz grunge paper
DecoArt dazzling metallic acrylic paint
DecoArt fluid acrylics
black gesso
Ranger enamel accents
wooden, metallic, glass and gem embellishments
lace ribbon, string, wire

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Quirky Bird

And now for something completely different! Joggles have a range of strangely compelling and very weird cling stamps. Their quirky bird stamps somehow capture my frantic mood, while I try to balance all the different aspects of everyday life. I've created a door hanger with the quirky bird #2 to warn anyone approaching the craft room!

For all of the details on how to make it, pop over to The Craft Barn blog where it is the project today. 

Wishing you all a few moments of calm in your day. xxx

Friday, 7 April 2017

Fanciful Plantation

Hi there
I have had great fun playing with PaperArtsy Infusions and the new Elena Zinski stamps for The Craft Barn theme this week. I managed to get myself very sticky in the process of turning a cheap £2 glass vase into something more exotic!

For full details and to see what the other DT members have done pop over to the blog.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

April brings the primrose sweet...

Hello there
The lovely mild weather we've been having where I live has brought all of the blossom out, making the trees look spectacular. It's the start of a new month which heralds the next verse of the Poem Challenge at The Craft Barn:

April bings the primrose sweet, 
Scatters daisies at our feet. 

Here's my mini canvas for April...and of course I couldn't resist getting those cute bunnies out again!

It's not too late to join in the challenge even if you can't enter into the months which have already gone. Why not have a look at the blog to see what other people have come up with for inspiration?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Bunnies by Night

It's 'silhouettes' week at The Craft Barn and today my project is featured. I've used the delightful Lavinia bunnies on a mini printers tray. For full details of how to make it and to see all of the projects this week pop over to the blog.

Tomorrow sees the start of my two week holiday and this time I have actually kept a few days completely free for some craft time. I feel like a small child on Christmas Eve! Watch this space there may be a flurry of posts...

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Up the Wall

Hi there
Seems like ages since I've had time to blog...or do any crafting! Easter holidays coming soon so fingers crossed for a bit of time in the craft room.

Today one of my projects is on The Craft Barn blog. There's a very rare sighting of my husband in it! Please do have a look at the blog for full details of how I made it.

The photo was taken in Ostia Antica near Rome. We had a fantastic day out a few years ago on a snowy February day. We were able to wander around the ancient town, with hardly another person in sight, just a few cats. I would highly recommend it as a day out if you're in the Rome area.

Monday, 6 March 2017

March brings breezes loud and shrill...

Hi there
It's time for the new verse in The Craft Barn poem challenge:

March brings breezes loud and shrill
Stirs the dancing daffodil.

I couldn't resist popping in some March hares and a few little bird silhouettes. You can hear that the birds sound more lively at the moment, heralding the start of Spring.

I'll be checking in on all of the entries on the blog to see how you get on with the added twist to the challenge!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Blog Candy Time!

A quick one to let you all know that there is Blog Candy to be had at The Craft Barn. They have a fabulous prize of a set of the 12 new Infusions colours from PaperArtsy.


For details of how to enter for a chance of winning them hop over to the blog. Competition closes Sunday 19th March. Good luck!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Street Art

Hi there!
It's Street Art week at The Craft Barn and today my project is up. I had real fun doing something a bit different, more masculine and a bit grungy.

You can get full details of materials and a step-by-step on how to make it on The Craft Barn blog. If you're a follower of Dave Gorman you will appreciate the happy clock!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Golden Days

Now for a bit of bling...a card with more than a touch of gold to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary.

Not my anniversary, I still have a way to go!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Owl always love you...

Hi there
Today's as good a day as any to be thinking about how we show those we love that our lives are made better for having them around, whether it be partners, family or friends.

Here's a card I've made using a digital hearts die cut, Heartfelt Creations die cut owls and alcohol inks on yupo.

Materials used:
Yupo synthetic paper
Ranger alcohol ink: purple twilight, turquoise
Silhouette digital die cut
Heartfelt Creations die: sugar hollow bungalow
Promarkers: cool grey 2
white gel pen

Monday, 6 February 2017

February brings the rain...

Not sure where the days are going but it's February already. The verse for this month on The Craft Barn poem challenge is:

February brings the rain, 
Thaws the frozen lake again.

I have started everyone off with a mini canvas but Mickie has added a couple of twists to be included. I'm VERY glad she didn't ask me to do the twists as well! Take a look at the blog for details of how to enter and everyone's take on the poem. I'm looking forward to seeing how those twists turn out!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

London Town

A new theme on The Craft Barn blog is buildings and I get to kick off the week with a card using the Carabelle Studio London stamp and Gelatos.

Do take a look at the blog for full details and don't forget to check out what the other DT members have done later in the week.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Build-a-scene cards

I've been having fun recently with different projects that involve building up a scene. It's a very versatile way of making cards for different occasions and easy to change the colours to make a project for a man, woman, baby, celebration, get the idea!

The Craft Barn this week is showcasing projects using Card-io products, who have a great range of stamps specifically for building into frames and scenes.

If you'd like to see the full details of how I did this pop over to The Craft Barn blog and do check out the other projects the design team have put together for inspiration.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Bokeh is the word of the day! If you're none the wiser Wikipedia describes it as: 

In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light

You can see how to imitate this effect in mixed media at The Craft Barn this week starting with my project today.

For full project details check out The Craft Barn blog.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all!
I've started my year with a day dedicated to crafting, fingers crossed I can continue to carve out time for it as the months go on.

The new twelve month challenge has been announced at The Craft Barn and I am delighted to reveal that I will be creating the examples for the poem challenge.  Each month the challenge will focus on a verse from Sara Coleridge's poem, The Months.

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

For full details of how to enter the challenge and how to recreate this canvas pop over to The Craft Barn blog. You have until midnight on the 22nd January.  Happy crafting! xxx