Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Morning lovely crafters and WOYWW freinds. I'm back...phew it's been months since I was present for the the WOYWW register, did you miss me?? I'm afraid summer hols and the stunning weather we've had over the last few months have kept me away from all things crafty and the computer but now that autumn has arrived I'm back in residence in my craft room and enjoying playing with inks and paper again.

If you want to join in all the WOYWW fun then pop over to see Julia, HERE. 

Here is my desk this morning.

I'm making a card for my lovely neighbour who is a surrogate Grandma to my daughter and looks after us in many ways. She adores Poppies so it was a no brainer what sort of card to make her.

I spent last weekend tidying up my craft room and making some room for a new cabinet I've just acquired to keep all my 12x12 papers in although you wouldn't think it to look at this photo, why do we always surround ourselves with all the stuff we are using, I think it must be a bit like a comfort blanket.

Here is the finished card.

Right, short and sweet from me as I'm off to work in a minute so I'll be round to have a good catch up with you all later.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A Layout at Last

Afternoon folks. I've been busy in my craft room today with the radio on listening to all the fantastic weather around the country and feeling gloom as we have sat under cloud all day for the second day on the trot. Yesterday morning was fantastic but by 10am we were back in the cloud. If you've got the sunshine send a bit up North...pretty please!!!!

After all the sample making for Sheena's brilliant POW that lasted all of 4 days!! I had a pile of scraps from the gorgeous paper pad left so thought I'd use them up on a layout. I haven't scrapbooked for ages so really enjoyed creating this. The photo was from the retreat we went on up in Newcastle back in May and it brought back such happy memories.

Sheena kept whipping her camera out and Diane was insistent that she needed to put some lippy on before any photos were taken.

I stamped the background with some of the Oriental stamps and distressed the edges but everything else is from the lush paper pad.

Hopefully, fingers crossed I will be back tomorrow for WOYWW, I am having major withdrawal symptoms after missing it for months so I'll see you there.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Tuesday evening.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Flurry of Blossom

Evening folks.

Just one more sleep before Sheena hits our screen with her Pick Of The Week. She showed a photo of all the demos she's got planned for the next week on her Facebook page today and it looks like we are going to be in for a treat, there is a huge pile of them.

Here's my sneaky peek for today. If you are regular visitors you'll have seen this technique before but it's my all time favourite and works with so many stamps, I love trying out new colour combinations.

H20's have been used for everything from the water sprayed background to the stamped flowers. They give an amazing shimmer.

I finished the card by black embossing the beautiful verse and Flower symbol and the edges. The blossoms build up so well you could make this as big as you wanted. I might have to try it again on a larger scale to go in a frame.

I hope you've managed to catch up with the rest of the Inkoids, their work is absolutely amazing, we have such talented crafters and artists on the team.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sneaky Peek of Sheena's Pick Of The Week!!!!

Afternoon folks. The sun's out, hurray!!! They are even promising a bit more summer next week. Happy Days.

Just popping by with some big news. Sheena's Pick of The Weekend has grown into a Pick of the Week which is very exciting. Her first shows are this Friday, 12 noon, 3pm and 5pm so I hope you can catch one.

My sneaky peek today is from another beautiful plate which has a huge weeping willow.

I stamped it in various blue distress inks and triple embossed it to make it look like a tile. The embossed water panels were painted with Rainy Days Radiant rains and have a lovely shimmer which the photo doesn't pick up unfortunately. I love this water embossing folder, it's one of those that will look good with any sort of stamp I think.

Well, that's me for today so thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is going well, only two more days until the weekend, where do the days go too?

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A Bit More Oriental Peeking

Evening folks. I hope you've had a good day. It's been miserable here, cold and wet, so I've made the most of the weather and been holed up in my craft room all day trying to create some order from the chaos.

Before "Bake Off" starts on the TV though I thought I'd better share my next sneaky peek of Sheena's new Oriental collection which she will be launching as a Pick of the Weekend this Friday. The first show is 8am and there are plenty more over the three days, although I have a feeling these stamps won't hang around for long, they are gorgeous.

For this one I used Mown Grass and Salty Ocean distress inks. I love this colour combination. The flowers were bleached out with water and then re painted with pearly H20's. I rubbed a little bit of distress ink over the embossing folder to pick out the design.

The rest of the DT have created some stunning work and if you want to have a look pop over to Sheena's website HERE where you can find a link to everyones blogs.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 16 September 2013

A Sheena Sneaky Peek

Morning folks. Hope you are keeping warm today. Our heating came on for the first time this morning so it must be chilly. At least the sun is shining in between the showers so it's not all bad.

Sheena has been keeping her team of Inkoids very busy lately, hence my lack of blogging activity. She has a big launch on C&C this Friday of a stunning set of new stamps, all Oriental in style, along with embossing folders and gorgeous papers. They have been an absolute joy to work with and the team have created some stunning samples.

Here's a first sneaky peek at one of mine.

I used the blossom stamp, which has become a firm favourite along with the blossom and water embossing folder and some matching paper. The background was created with a solid blossom stamp on the same plate and some H20's.

I will be back later in the week with some more so thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A Bit More Tangling

Afternoon folks.

Looks like autumn has arrived now. It's turned really chilly hasn't it? I've even had to put some soaks on.

I've been spending the last couple of weeks deep under a pile of DT work that I can't share with you yet, but after my last Zentangle attempt, Sheena asked me to do a couple more for her Create and Craft shows this Saturday, 11am and 5pm which will be featuring the gorgeous Floral stamps that were launched a few months ago.

These are what I came up with.

Still not sure I have the patience to do zentangling on a regular basis but it certainly passes the time, the hours flew!!

Rest assured I am definitely back with the inks and paints now and am a very happy girl.

Thanks for stopping by.