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

26 November 2009


I LOVE these stamps from Inkadinkado! I like that there are little images hidden within the silhouette (eg the tree has little birds).

This image has been stamped in black onto white card, which has been mounted onto some more PaperArtsy Rum & Raisin paper (sewn down), all on a Kraft stock card (LOVE using that - it can be both modern and vintage)
(apologies for the dodgy quality of the photo - I can't rephotograph it - 'cos I sold it! lol.  it wasn't great lighting when I took the photo and I'm still getting used to my new camera)

25 November 2009

Little Critters

Have you seen my critters? Click on the happy little face on the right hand side and meet the ever growing family... (the fabric one..not mine lol)

more cards...

I decided that the last card, nice as it is, wasn't interesting enough! So here are 3 more - same image 3 different effects. These are still quite simple cards - but somehow are more interesting - I think its the layers, the decorative papers, the sewing (love using the sewing machine to stitch onto cards...)

The image has been stamped in gold - which was great - but then when gold Perfect Pearls are brushed onto the wet ink it is fab! - (photo on right has been tilted to catch the light) it looks as though its been gilded. Lush!

Background papers are the great new PaperArtsy christmas papers - lovely, double-sided, and really versatile. Stamping in black archival.

This hasn't really photographed well (looks lovely in real-life)- its a resisted image (dye based ink brayed over the image that has been stamped with) versamark ink. The front page of the card has been trimmed short to add a gold edge and reveal gold stamping down inside edge.

Christmas Cards....

Another really simple one - I think this one has a Scandinavian feel to it - probably due to its colours and the pattern on the paper (craftwork cards). And I'm loving the snowflake dies (nestabilities

20 November 2009

Cards: days 2,3,4 & 5!

This isn't quite cheating on my 'card-a-day-'til-last-posting-for-christmas' plan (might have to think up a slightly snappier title for it than that!) lol, its just that this weekend is going to be busy so I'm posting up the next four days worth of cards together: I've grouped several of the acetate cards together to show as a group...
Lots of die cutting again... next week's cards will include stamping....

19 November 2009

Christmas is sneaking up....

I have a die cut machine and dies and I am not afraid to use them! Actually, I have 3 Cuttlebug machines at the moment! lol 2 that work and one that doesn't (I may have broken it.. no, let me rephrase that: it broke while I was using it! there is a slight but important difference in the emphasis of that sentence! lol)
The christmas cards I'm making (with a view to sell/send) at the moment are all different - normally I create one design I really like and make loads of them to send out - but I haven't got to that stage yet - still creating. So I thought I'd aim to post up a card a day until the last Royal Mail 2nd class posting day - which is the 18th December... which means 31 cards... better get busy - here's the first:

the cards are also going to be quite simple (to look at, but will involve a bit of die cutting etc which all takes time). The dots on the top of this card are created using the Cuttlebug 'Kars snow' embossing folder which I was a bit undecided about when I first saw it but now I like a lot.
I'm also loving acetate at the moment - so expect to see quite a lot of that!
there's a retro colour scheme running through a lot of the cards this year - the lovely 1950's candy-but-muted pinks, blues & greens - Love them! My Mind's Eye christmas collections this year were lovely - as is 'eskimo kisses' from Basic Grey (love the little reindeers!).

speaking of cute little reindeer:
This was for sale in the Selfridges christmas department... too cute!*
If this was on the christmas tree (along with the pink version) I would feel compelled to drink Babycham throughout the christmas festivities! lol
*and at £24 too expensive! lol


16 November 2009


Its the 16th so yep, Banana Frog day!

Bunting makes me happy! lol....

Which is good because I'm up to my ears in work and so something has to put a smile on my face!! lol

6 November 2009

Craft Stamper

Craft Stamper magazine is out today and my masterboard article is inside (and gets a piccy on the front cover - bottom right :0) )
lots of nice christmas article inside this issue.

3 November 2009

this n that...

(added 04.11.09)

Yay! The record was acheived! Southend-on-Sea now holds the Guiness World record for the longest continuous line of bunting!!!!! Well done to everyone who took part - local schools, WI groups (one WI group brought in ONE THOUSAND flags!), the list goes on! and especially to Nastassja who headed up the team of people who have sewn on the 9000 flags.

So, on Sunday I braved the rain and went to the park to search the 9000 bunting flags to find my five - needle in a haystack is the phrase that comes to mind!
...and I did find them - slightly sheltered up amongst the trees - it was great to see them up there... Mine are the 5 denim ones in the centre - from left to right: one with my felt flowers, one using PaperArtsy stamps, floral heart fabric for me, one using Banana Frog stamps, and one with a blue check fabric heart for M ('cos he does love a blue check shirt! lol)

Yesterday I popped to the shops for a quick hunt for a jacket of somekind - I didn't find a jacket but I did find these mugs, don't you think a drink would taste nicer in one of these?

I was asked to make a 21st birthday card and here's what I created - inspired by a card on the Hero Arts site - using lots of my favourite bits and pieces - gems, flowers, nestabilities etc etc etc and I was really pleased with the colour scheme - the turquoise against the silver and charcoal base.. mmmm nice (even if I do say so myself! lol)


1 November 2009


yay - I'm back in the land of the www! I'm sending this from our home computer in our own home!! PC is all fixed and raring to go and after almost 10 days without it I'm appreciating it more than before! lol

I'm off to create stuff, and also considering braving the rain to go to look at the bunting hanging in the park....
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