Thursday, 30 October 2014

Just a Note

Evening lovely crafting friends.

I'm just whizzing by amidst decorating chaos to let you know that the very talented Sheena Douglass will be back on your Create and Craft screens on Saturday and Sunday with another weekender. She will be playing with lots of Pebeo mixed media goodies and has some very exciting things up her sleeves. The first show is on Saturday at 9am.

I didn't have time to play with the new mediums due to being up to my eyes in wallpaper and paint but did get to play with the luscious new stamps.

Here are a couple of my samples using both the wonderful, HUGE flower stamps combined with some geometrical shapes from the second set. These were designed for the mediums but work brilliantly for cards too.

This first one was inspired when I saw Leann Chivers colouring on Kraft cards with the Spectrum Noir pencils after first painting out the flowers with watered down white acrylic. I have to say I'm not much of a pen colourer but absolutely loved the pencils and completely lost myself for ages.

This second sample is the tried and trusted bleached distress ink technique but I added some colour back into the flowers with the pencils, can you tell I'm a fan??

I hope you manage to catch some of the shows. I shall be glued as I've seen what the rest of the DT have been creating with the new mediums and have been blown away.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Morning crafters and dear WOYWW friends. It was so good to be back amongst all you deskers last week. I really enjoyed catching up with everyone so I'm back for more today even though I have to go to work very soon.

Here's my desk as of last night.

I am keeping up with my Project Life....just. I might be a month or so behind but all the photos and journalling are done so it just all needs putting together. I am amazed I've managed to keep up with this all year, I have struggled with a December journal in the past so to keep one going for nearly a year is good going for me. Mind you we love looking back at the pages and remembering stuff so it's definitely worthwhile.

And for those fellow felters out there, this is what we did at class this week, excuse the poor photo but it was really hard to get a decent shot. We dry felted a little robin. He still needs his eye!! Yesterday we went to find a fibre shop we have on our doorstep that after 40 years of living here I didn't know existed!!!! I'll tell you something, after paper crafting, felting is an incredibly cheap hobby. All this only cost £7 and that bag is stuffed with fibres. I just need time to felt it all now!!!!

Well, that's me today. If you want to share your desk with some wonderful people, then pop over to see the lovely Julia, HERE.

I'll be round to see what you've all been up to this week later on so thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WOYWW 280-A Change of Direction

Morning folks and dear WOYWW friends. I haven't shared in this lovely desk hop for months and boy have I missed it. I work on a Wednesday and although it's meant to be part time I'm usually there for a lot longer so I don't have time to visit all the desks I'd like too so don't feel it's fair to join in. This week my days have been changed so I have Wednesday at home...hurray...some desk hopping at last!!!!!

Here's my desk as of last night.

Bet that fooled you didn't it!!!! Not a bit of paper in sight. Nope. I'm wet felting!!!!!

I've started a new night school class and wanted to have a go at something completely different so am doing Creative Textiles and this week we have been wet felting which is great fun and a great work out. The idea is to then add all sorts of embroidery and beads to the felt over the next few weeks, so you may well see this develop.    Oh and if you wondered there is a very thick towel under the bamboo roll, I'm not soaking the table cloth!!!

Well, that's me today so now I need to come and see what you've all been up too.

If you've stopped by and wonder what I'm on about then pop over to see the lovely Julia HERE and join in WOYWW, it's great fun.

Have a great Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Friday, 3 October 2014

North Meets South

Morning folks

Just stopping by to share some more makes with you made for Sheena's big Weekender starting tomorrow at 9am where the big stars will be the new Spectrum Noir Aquatints. I absolutely love playing with these and I know Sheena has even more tips and techniques up her sleeve to share so I shall be watching closely. I hope you like them as much as I do.

As I missed yesterday I'll share two more with you today.

With this first one I tried to capture the Northern Lights. Because the colours are so wet they blend so well and although can look at bit scary when wet they just to seem to work what ever you do once they dry. My kind of crafting....fool proof!!

This is a Canvas I did using both sets of stamps, a kind of North meets South. I coated the canvas with gesso first using an old credit card to create texture and although I had to add a little bit of acrylic paint just to blend the tissue I stamped the images on as the Aquatints moved slightly I kind of like the effect it created.

Well, that's me today. Enjoy your weekend whatever you are up too and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Another Taste Of Africa

Afternoon folks. Another lovely one here in Yorkshire again today. They talk of Autumn at the weekend but I'm secretly hoping this warm weather lasts just a little bit longer.

Just in case it doesn't, here is another of my samples done for Sheena's Weekender using the new Aquatints.

I used the Primary set for this one and brushed the metallic gold over the top. The colours blend effortlessly.

Sheena's show times are: Saturday 9am, 12 noon and 6pm & Sunday 11am, 2pm and 7pm so I hope you'll be able to catch some of them, the samples the rest of the DT have created are stunning.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Some Exciting News!!!!!

Afternoon folks. Isn't it another glorious day. I have a million and one things to do but the sun was so glorious I took a book out into the sunshine for an hour...bliss.

Sorry I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately. I've been buried in my craft room playing with some fantastic new products called Spectrum Noir Aquatints which Sheena is launching in a Weekender on Create and Craft this weekend. Once I have the exact times, I'll let you know but there will be lots of shows both on Saturday and Sunday. She also has some fantastic new stamps to go with the Aquatints and I've been lucky enough to play with both sets.

Here is a sneaky peek of one from each set to give you an idea of what delights you have in store.

Now...what are Aquatints I hear you ask. Well, they are very vibrant pots of liquid watercolour which you can do all sorts with. We have been lucky enough to have had them to play with for sometime and have definitely put them through their paces. They will do all that Distress Inks will do so you can blend them and water spatter and faux bleach with them. There are also metallics in there too which I've used on both the samples above. If you like colour you are definitely going to Love these.

I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards so thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Another Sneaky Peak

Hello again folks.

I'm just stopping by again with another peek at the stamps Sheena will be launching tomorrow at 9am. As promised yesterday this is the last of the set of 3 I received and even my Hubby was excited when he saw this lovely dragon stamp.

He's a big dragon fan being a computer gamer nut for all those World of Warcraft type of games, not my thing at all but at least now I'll have the right stamp to make him birthday cards in future.

I painted this dragon with the Luminarte Silks and teamed it with the first set of Magical stamps.

The other set of 3 stamps include a Phoenix, New York Skyline and planets and an Angel. They really are something just a bit different.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend, we are nearly there again, don't these weeks just fly by?

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Spooky Little Number

Afternoon folks. No sun here today, just greyness, but it's still very mild.

As promised yesterday here's another of my samples from Sheena's new "Magical" stamps. Those of you who know me well know I don't do Halloween but I had great fun with this galleon. It reminds me of something from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The background is all distress inks and I faux bleached the boat and added lots of white pencil and pen.

Short and sweet today but I'll be back tomorrow with the last of the three sets of stamps which is a gorgeous dragon.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A Little Bit Magical

Afternoon folks. I hope you are still enjoying the sunshine. It's been slow to break through here today but we've had a glorious few hours this afternoon. I'm loving this extended summer. Long may it continue.

I've just popped by to let you know Sheena will be back on your screens on C&C on 19th September at 9am. She only has the one show so set your record buttons!! She is releasing some gorgeous new " A Little Bit Magical"  stamps and I have absolutely loved working with these.

Here is one of the samples I made using the mermaid plate.

She has been coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and the background is all distress inks. I created the reflection by stamping onto acetate and then rubbing that image onto the card.

I shall be back tomorrow to share another of the plates. If you love stamps that are just that little bit different you are going to love these sets.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Bit More Christmas

Afternoon everyone. Isn't this Indian Summer just wonderful? I am supposed to be in my craft room disappearing under samples but I'm afraid while this weather lasts I'm spending much time in the garden and then having to craft late into the night to meet deadlines!! I have no will power but at this time of the year every sunny day is a bonus. I hope you are managing to enjoy it too.

I'm just popping by to share a couple of new samples I made for Sheena's shows on C&C tomorrow at 8am and 4pm where she is revisiting some of the beautiful Christmas stamps.

This is my first attempt at a candle. It was a scented one so filled my craft room with a lovely smell when I heated it up to put the images on.

I also made a tag/bookmark to go with it using the rest of the tissue paper images from the candle. It's the first time I've tried applying an image to a stamped background using tissue paper and a matt medium and it worked a treat. I shall definitely be experimenting more with this.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Happy Crafting!