Tuesday, 17 March 2015

card for Grumpy

Just chilling with my daughter and she had some admin stuff to do so we got out the lap top so whilst it was fired up I thought I would share the card I have made for Grumpy's birthday that's coming up on Sunday.

He has no idea how to get on line so I am safe  ha ha ha

We do go to Fleetwood quite often and when the wee folk came out I just knew that the couple on the bench was Grumpy and me!!! So this is my homage to Fleetwood and us  - for those of you who don't know there is a burnt out light house out to sea - hence the blob in the middle (my badly drawn version of it )

Image result for fleetwood lighthouse Here's the real thing.

After reading Barbara Gray's blog the other day I decided on the sky and the words - what to say that was the thing! so eventually just decided on this.  I have several Claritystamp boats but none that were just right for the picture I had in mind so this is one I have as part of a Hobby art set from a long time ago.  I hand drew the promenade railing.

Thanks for popping by !

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Anything but a card

Good Morning here we are again ! I cannot believe we are in March already!
I have lots going on at the moment with a day of demoing yesterday and another two days this month and my monthly workshop so its all go and I am trying desperately to get in front as my daughter is flying home for a visit on the 13th - just in time for Mothers day, grumpy's birthday and young Oliver's Christening for which my sister and hubby are coming up from London and I haven't seen her for yonks either.

Well we had some fab entries last month and I just cannot wait to see what folks come up with this month - what will we see I wonder. The dt have come up with some magnificent pieces with a wide variety of projects - it's been great fun seeing them and I am looking forward to reading all about how they achieved them - after watching Barbara of course!

So here is my piece

I usually have something on the go besides my paper crafting and I do like to do cross stitch but I also like something that I can do just sat in a deck chair or a sea side bench as when I go out with Grumpy we do a lot of sitting about and I get bored easily. So embroidery is a little easier to do than cross stitch as I don't have a paper chart blowing away in the breeze!
Way back in 2013 I finished a cushion that I had done from a kit and thought I would like to have a go at designing my own.  I used several different distress inks on scraps of material to see which would be the best to see and then to ensure that they washed out properly afterwards.  In the end I used frayed burlap . 

I did make a start and it has been in the car for quite some time untouched and unloved because last summer I was busy knitting for my soon to be young grandson - something else I can do sat in a chair lol but then  when this month's theme came up I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finish it off 

I marked out a square with a ruler and a pencil that writes on fabric ( I had one of these in my other crafty stash - I used to do a lot of dressmaking lol) I then added the stamping.  Its very simple really and I just used simple stitches like whipped running stitch, backstitch, chain stitch an satin stitch on the leaves.
On the big Leafy twirls  in the middle I used a couple of colours on the leaves to give them a bit of light and shade, although you can't really see it in the picture.

Now it is finished I have nothing on the go that I can do without loads of stuff - so I am TRYING to crochet now  I have made a little hat for my first attempt but I am now trying to do a little top for young Oliver but it is not growing very quickly - good job I am doing a bigger size lol 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

demo day at craftrange

Busy getting ready for a demo day over at craftrange in Burnley hope you can come and join me

Sunday, 1 February 2015


Good Morning and a happy February to you all .
Our Barbara is on the telly box this morning and this afternoon --YAY looking forward to seeing all the samples and new stuff I wonder what I will be tempted with today? sure as eggs is eggs I will be tempted by something!

Well the January challenge got off to a flying start with our new design team and lots of fabulous entries this month - what a great way to start the year. I wonder which lucky entrant the random picker will choose?  I know picking my top favourite five was tough.

The challenge for February is Floral  - and  I wanted to use this lovely floral stencil so here is my offering and how I arrived at it.  I hope you like it. 

I know what the challenge is for next month and I know what I am doing - I just hope I get it finished on time or I will have to have a rethink.

I started with a piece of black card and spread grunge paste through the Filigraphy Flower Stencil then left to dry.  As you can see I did this on a scrap as I had several attempts at this as I couldn't decide quite which order I should do things in next.

I decided that I wanted to do something in the background with gold embossing  so that it would match the guilding I wanted to use on the flower, so I found my crackle stamp and the diamond stamp from the journal set.  

I decided that this was way too busy so decided to tone it down a bit but before I did that I had a light bulb moment and  added some texture to the grunge paste by using  the Remountable Filigraphy foliage stamp to stamp an impression into the flower before it was too dry - I stamped into versamark first just to be on the safe side and then I cleaned my stamps pronto!

Then  I went back to the background this time I just used the journalling set.

  I then started to add guilding wax to the leaves but realised I hadn't taken a picture .

I continued to add guilding wax to the whole flower.

I forgot to take a pic - but you get the idea!  I then used my ebrush and speccy pens the dark greens and the dark reds to colour the flower.

Here is a close up of the flower head.

I needed a matt tat wouldn't look out of place so I cut some whte card, added a bit of guilding wax and went over with the e brush.

I mounted this on another matt of black before sticking it on the card.

I was a bit disappointed that I manage to get some guilding wax on the black background  but then I thought it just added to the grunginess.  

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lost in transit

On 5th December I posted off a Christmas parcel to my daughter Janet and her Partner Neil - they live in Spain but work in Gibraltar so I sent their Christmas presents, Christmas card and it's Neil's birthday on boxing day so it also included his pressie and this card I made for him.  It is now 9th January and the said parcel is still missing .  I know I know I should've sent in by recorded mail or some such other method - I should have sent it to their home - but I thought it would save them a trip to the Spanish Post Office to collect as they are out at work all day.

Anyway it doesn't look like they are ever going to get it so I thought I would share the card I made  for Neil.  Towards the latter end of last year Neil took part in a poker tournament run by the company they work for and HE WON the Gibraltar competition - well done Neil, then he was flown to a hotel in London to take part in the National Finals - and he won that too so very well done - I think the prize is a holiday anyhow I digress but that was the reason behind this shaker card

I had this sheet of card that I have had for years at the bottom of a box of patterned card - I bought it not long after I started papercrafting thinking it would be good for a man card - I have never used it - until now.  Even then I haven't cut into it as I sanded back some white shrink plastic and photocopied it!  Now I knew it wasn't going to dry until I shrank it so I was ultra careful

 I cut them all out leaving a tiny rim around the edge and then shrank them to make tiny little playings cards that I could put inside to shake about.

I also had the playing cards and token stamp from a set that came free with creative stamping mag - again several years ago.  I needed a border and some random bits to fill in and so I turned to my padlock set from Clarity I stamped out loads of the suit blocks that are made to put on the key stem.  I embossed them all in clear and cut them out so that I could make the border 

after that it was just an assembly job keeping to the colours on playing cards.

I enjoyed making this card as its a bit different from my normal style - shame its gone walkabout !

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


Good Morning  I am up with the lark today  which makes a change for me,  I have a bit of shopping to do this morning then hoping to get to my craft table this afternoon - working on stuff I cannot share - which is what I was doing yesterday.  So here's another inchie for the UK stampers network .

The inches we do are based on an ATC size card but the little squares are just one inch.

I had some scraps left over from a shaving foam play so I chopped em up!  The background is actually from the same piece as the squares but its not showing very well in this pic I think its not got as much colour as its cut from the edge of the piece. I decided to use some stamps that were around on my desk as I had been having a tidy up session I have had them ages and were freebies from a magazine .  I just stamped in lack and coloured in with a SN pencil .

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Home

Hello - I said I would try to blog a bit more so here I am again.

I have an elderly neighbour who has been struggling at home especially with the very steep stairs that are in our houses so she has moved into a small apartment in sheltered housing.  I decided to pop by and see if she had settle in but of course I had to take a card with me.  So here's a little quick make

I stamped the funky little house then used the word chains for the words - now there wasn't one that said new so I made that up out of "wedding".  All was well and I put the stamps away ready for the quick colouring when damn an blast a smudge of ink.  So this flower stamp was floating about - I think it might have come as a freebie on a mag at some stage I have had a long time but it was just the ticket for covering the smudge.

So off I goes to visit - I rang first to make sure she would be in and bless her she moved in on Monday between Christmas and New year and has been poorly ever since, she is recovering now  but she was glad to see me and I did a bit of shopping for her .