Monday 28 November 2022

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - part2


A quick one today sharing a few more of the ATCs/cards made on the workshop with Isa. You can find the details here.




It was a lot of fun. Still a few more to come.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx

Friday 25 November 2022

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - part1


Last week I joined a fantastic three hour paid online workshop hosted by Isa. There was lots of information before hand so you could prepare in advance to craft along at the same time. I did A LOT of prep and managed to make sixteen ATCs over the afternoon. The goal was to make nine.

If you are interested you can message her through Facebook or Instagram to get access to the video and the process.

I used some very, very old Penny Black stamps and some from issue 115 of Creative Stamping magazine. I'm going to share them a few at a time as I'm still doing little tweaks and turning them into Christmas cards. 

The Christmas cake is made and finally I'm beginning to feel as if Christmas might be just around the corner.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week.





Thursday 24 November 2022



Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today. I'm sharing a card using a gel print background I made a while back.

 It seemed perfect for some decoupaged pumpkins.

Then I decided it needed a few spatters!

Good to remember there's so much to be thankful for. Have a lovely week xxx

Monday 21 November 2022



I've had another trip down memory lane thinking back to Craft Barn DT days. Here's another of my favourites which has stood the test of time. You can see the original post and details here.

I still like the colours and delicate details.

Next week I should be ready to start sharing with you some makes for this year. 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx

Friday 18 November 2022

Winter wreath


Today I'm sharing an old project dating back to 2016 and Craft Barn DT days. It's still one of my favourites and a really useful technique when embossing. You can find the full process details here.

The wreath was stamped and embossed in white and over stamped with three different colours of distress ink, slighlty off set each time. It was then spritzed with water and sprinkled with Brusho, before adding some colour with fine liner, glossy accents and stickles.

There's starting to be a bit of a nip in the air and winter is officially just a couple of weeks away. It's about time I gave some thought to this year's Christmas cards!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx

Sunday 13 November 2022

November tagalong


The November challenge with Isa is a spinner tag. Not something I've done before so it was fun to have a go. 

I started by die cutting circle apertures in two tags, rings to edge the apertures and smaller circles that would fit inside.

I stencilled a sun and a moon on the small circles. Later on I was pleased with how the sun turned out but not as keen on the moon. With hindsight I think a more opaque paste would have been better and given a sharper image.

I stamped and embossed one side in white and the other in black.

Over the white embossing I sprinkled grey Brusho and spritzed with water and over the black embossing I used gamboge.

The sun and moon were stuck together with a twisted thread between them and they were then stuck between the two tags. The tags were finished off with some Distress Oxide ink on the edges and some dots of enamel accents.

It even spins…

Thank you for stopping bye. Hope you have a lovely week xx

Friday 11 November 2022

Snow globe


Just a quick post today as I'm sharing the first of my Christmas makes. These are samples for the cardmaking evenings at Chertsey museum, tonight and in a couple of weeks. It's such a popular class we have to run it twice.

I've used an Apple Blossom set for the die cut elements. Most of the stamps come from various magazines collected over the years. I'll be showing them how to mask off the focal image and how to create a snowy horizon with the magic of sticky notes.

I haven't used glitter this year but I expect the ladies will go to town. It's always a fun night.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day xx

Monday 7 November 2022



A very much needed pick me up this week was the arrival of some new stencils from Gigiocraft.

I love gates, doors, archways and tunnels and always look out for them on visits to new cities. We recently spent time in Li├Ęge and found a few lovely alley ways.

I'd set some time aside for a bit of a play. Firstly starting with a gel plate background, building up some layers. I had a rough idea where I wanted the path behind the gate to go.

Now I realised too late I missed photographing the gate going on! I put carbon black paint on the plate with the stencil on top and then printed onto scrap paper, leaving just the ghost print under the stencil. I then printed the gate onto the paper where the beginning of a path was. 

 I kept the stencil in place while I stenciled the trees directly onto the paper.

Next I masked off the gate and built a wall and some vegetation up with more stencils. The trees were filled in with more stencilling and blue was added into the sky.

 At this point I turned to Posca paint pens to add flowers to the trees and bushes.

 With Inktense pencils used for building shadows and depth and gel pen for highlights.

It was a lot of fun and time slipped by so quickly it was three oclock in the afternoon before I realised I hadn't eaten anything. After all there are a lot of dots there!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and constructive comments are welcomed. Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xx