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

22 January 2011

Just playing....

I bought Kelly Rae Roberts' 'take flight' book a while ago - great book... & yesterday decided I was going to make something - nothing in particular - just something - just play around and see what happened and I took my inspiration from the book & made a mixed media panel.
Started with this:
I added pretty much every type of medium I had at my disposal and made this.  I cut the panel into 4 and accented each panel with different colours of pencil...

I really enjoyed making this - kept thinking ooh I'll add this and then worried about what if went wrong... so what?! - paint over it and try something else - its only cardboard & paper covered in ink & paint!
(and if its really terrible I'll keep it to myself and not tell anyone! rofl  but I quite liked it (well, liked it a lot actually) so I thought I'd show you....)
In case you're wondering what I used here is the roll call:
we are memory keepers scrapbook papers
watered down acrylic paint (blue - horrible, babywiped that straight off - though it did stain a little)
watered down acrylic paint - white
Glimmer mists over a flower stencil
Pearfect Pearl mists
CraftyNotions Shake'n'spray
CraftyNotions Opaque white
masked circles
stamping & embossing in white
Stamping & embossing in pearlescent green
colouring pencils - blue, black, green, white,

Phew that's a lot of stuff - could have used more...
and there still time......
but maybe i'll save that for the next masterboard.....

Thanks for popping by... I'm off to tidy my poor neglected craft room.

21 January 2011

New Classes at Imagine That Papercrafts...

I'm teaching these two new classes at Imagine That in Upminster in February and March....

Butterfly Dreams:
03 February 2011 : 10.30-12.30
05 March 2011 : 10.30-12.30
25 March 2011 : 10.30-12.30
Card making class, with distress inks, stamps, and a bit of sparkly stuff!

Winter Joy:
03 February 2011 : 13.30-16.30
05 March 2011 : 13.30-16.30
25 March 2011 : 13.30-16.30
Making a gorgous (even if I do say so myself) scrapbook waiting to be filled with lovely christmas moments - die cuts, stamps and sparkly stuff (well it was christmas it would be rude not to have sparkly stuff!)
Call the shop to book a place.  Hope to see you there!

20 January 2011

Scrap Cards...

I was trying to tidy my workroom the other day and I started with all the best intentions..... but I was constantly side-tracked by the bits and pieces I kept finding in the piles (which I swear arrive overnight and have nothing to do with me... at all).... I found a booklet of Making Memories notelet thingies and in another box I was clearing I found the matching flowers! Kerrching... so I made the above cards (stamps are Banana Frog, Basic Grey, Imagine That & I think the spots is Hero Arts..??)
Excuse the crease on the first card I didn't notice that until I photographed them - & thats because I didn't have my nice new glasses (reading glasses!!!  for goodness sake - I know they say it all goes wrong once you're 40 but seriously- its only been 3months!! gggrrrr)
(the glasses are nice tho- got sparklies on!... no not Dame Edna Everidge stylee.. but I thought if I had to wear them then I might as well have statement ones! rofl)
aaaanyhoo, the cards are the Kraft type from DoCrafts/Papermania - not as thick/heavyweight as I'd have liked - they've gone a bit bent - I'll put them under something heavy and flat which will hopefully sort that out - & I hope so 'cos I've got 100 of the devils! lol

19 January 2011

Winter Cottage...

In my first post of the year I mentioned projects, & said I would show you... & I haven't (sorry!) ... well now I am!
Better late than never.... here is 'Winter Cottage'... it was a while in the making 'cos ...erm .... well... other things took precident.... & I couldn't decide how to finish it... blah blah blah

... on the bright side, & with a view of excellent planning (ahem) I've started the decorations for christmas 2011! :o)  I'd actually finished it before christmas but I kept adding bits to it, taking them off, adding them again ... generally faffing about with it really!

The cottage is quite small (as normal!) about 12cm tall.. & created with all sorts of dies (Tim Holtz' snow flurries & paper rosette; Quickutz scallop border) & punches (Martha Stewart snowflake)(had a lot of use out of that punch this christmas! lol) There's also a liberal sprinkling of 'frosted lace' Stickles ... snow snow snow


16 January 2011

Getting all 'loved' up over at Banana Frog

Its my Project of the Day over on the Banana Frog blog.. go take a look - I've got something ready for Valentines day...
Bev (Queen of the lilypad) has asked me to stay on as a Design Team member for another year - yay! (that was my big news) and I'm hopping with happiness to do so! (get it? ..HOPPING.. banana FROG.. oh never mind)
Go take a look.....

3 January 2011

Good news...

I had some great news today but I can't tell you what its about just yet but it has to do with an animal and a fruit.....

and on a completely different note - anyone listening to the Archers (yes, OK, I listen to the Archers - it doesn't make me a bad person!) - its soooooooooooooooooo good at the moment - but I won't say anymore in case any of you (you, yes you, the closet Archers fan out there) listen to the Omnibus edition on Sunday.  I wouldn't want to spoil the storyline...  Its been running for 60 YEARS!! Longest running soap in the world... a simple tale of country folk...

1 January 2011

Happy New Year!!

So what's everyone got planned for 2011??  Its going to be a good one - I can feel it in my blood (which is probably still a little sparkly from all the glitter that was used over the festive period lol)

Later on today I'm going to upload some final bits/pics from christmas that for one reason or another didn't get shown over christmas - those reasons being snow, a last minute big commission (more about that later), another commission, a bit more snow and a touch of general disorganisation (add that last one to the 'things to address in 2011' list).
again:  Happy New Year!!

and here's a picture to brighten up this post:

yeah, yeah, yeah - I know its not Noel anymore - but technically its still can be 'til 12th night and until all presents are handed out and we've still got 3 to hand out so a christmas picture its is.... :o) 
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