Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

ooooh I do love a box canvas!!...

... but I'm not fussy - I think canvas (any type) may be my new favourite surface to work on...

Back in June I showed you this:
and teased you that I'd made something else but couldn't show you what it was... well I think that was a bit rude of me! and so here is what I created..... 
Its a box canvas created with Claudine Hellmuth's Bloom stamps - clear and foam. Love these stamps.  Paints are PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish.
It makes me smile each time I see it - so summery and pretty... and I think, judging by the amount of rain we've had recently, this is as close to summer as we're going to get at the moment! lol


When is a tshirt not a tshirt??...

... when you've read the latest copy of Molly Makes ( @mollymakes ) and it inspired you to turn it into a scarf!! (and possibly wrist warmers/cuffs):
Before, tshirt's nice but was going to charity shop as sleeves were a bit short (you know that point when they're not 3/4 length and not quite full length (annoying!!))
After, cut up as per instructions - can be worn once around neck, or twice... not too bad for a first attempt!
no tshirt is safe! lol  I was left with 2 arms from the tshirt which I'm thinking might make nice wrist warmers - bit of gathering, some buttons.....

Good Luck!!

... is the theme of my Project of the Day over at Banana Frog.... Click HERE to go there.

A little bit of Sherlock does you good!

Loving the look of this - shame we have to wait until December!!

Get inky painty with me...

... at my next set of classes at Imagine That (Upminster)...
I have 2 classes this term - not as many as previously - had to factor in some time for a house move. (fingers crossed! lol)
Damsel in Distress is a class using the ooooh so lovely Distress Stains (did you hear that Ranger/Tim Holtz launched 12 new colours at CHA this week - be still by Distress Stain loving heart! lol) - we'll be making 3 cards with several techniques, this time with a much 'daintier' finish....
In Fresco Finish we'll be using PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints to decorate a frame (and card)... we'll be working with the Crackle Glaze - this is a fantastic product that gets great results every time... LOVE it!
The classes are on July 27th & September 22nd - hope to see you there!  Contact ImagineThat to book your place.


Exciting Plans...

Back in May I went to Spain for a few days to discuss teaching residential courses at Artizan...  This is a new venture, run by the lovely Karen Dawton, to offer a variety of residential courses based in Gerona (in Catalonia, Spain).
The venue is a fabulous Spanish farmhouse set in a valley of lush forest where the only noise is birdsong - seriously - no. other. noise!  Apart from, when classes are in session, the sound of a good time being had by all! lol 
The venue is easily reached by air - only a short flight (2hours).  (I travelled with Ryanair who were good but don't get me started on the 10k of carry-on luggage - 10k!!!!!!!! imagine me pulling 'the scream' style facial expression... lol)
The farmhouse has been beautifully refurbished - 12 rooms most with en suite - and when its time to relax after (or before) a 'hard' days crafting a quick dip in here will do wonders...
I'm going to be teaching mixed media classes - the first course is planned for September.  This residential (all inclusive) course will be for 3 days (4 nights) and among the projects we'll be creating is a box canvas, and a masterboard to use as a base for other projects. 
A trip to the nearby beautiful Mediaeval town of Besalu could also be factored into your time at Can Jan - its well worth a trip!
Here are some sneak-peeks of the canvas options to wet your crafting tastebuds :o) 
 If all the above sounds tempting go to the Artizan website for more information about the courses, venue and area http://www.artizanonline.com/
I'm really looking forward to teaching these courses - hope you can join me!
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