Saturday, 4 December 2010

Christmas Gift Tag

This is a really cute idea. The tag in a bag is one of Sarah's Surfaces by Hot off the  Press. They are not new but I still love them. This has been brought right up to date by using the new Jovial range of papers from Basic Grey . Love these! I have teamed them up with a little printed message, cut with a nestie, a tiny tag cut with QuicKutz and finished off with some Tim Holtz tissue tape - really love that stuff too.
Would make a great presentation folder for a gift card or voucher.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Crafty Retreat at The Huntsman

I am finally able to reveal details about my next Crafty Retreat. Full details can be seen on my website at or if you would like a copy to read, then please contact me at the shop
Tel. 01457 874646 or e-mail me
I am really looking forward to it. The venue is superb and I have some really interesting projects planned for you. ( Well at least, I hope you will think so!).
Keep checking back for more sneaky peaks and info.

Autumn Beauties

Hi again,
I know I haven't posted for a while but I have been very busy and I'm not the most natural blogger in the world. I thought I'd show you just some of the things I've been up to in the past few weeks.

The owl is a Cuttlebug embossing folder which has been lightly inked over with Rusty Hinge distress ink. The leaves were quite dull brown card which we coloured with Stazon inks, stamped with a text background,  then inked with Versamark and covered in UTEE. They were then processed in the Melt Pot.  Much easier than chasing them around the room with a heat gun! 

This card features Graphic 45 Botanicabella - (some of my fave papers), BoBunny double dot, a Claritystamp verse and glitter peel off leaves. These were coloured with Stazon inks which completely transforms them into these gorgeous accents. The panels were cut using a nestie and some inking of the edges brings them all together.

These are two of the three cards we made in one of our Autumn classes. I can't show you the other one because it is being featured in Simply Cards & Papercraft's stamping supplement and I sent them the sample but forgot to photograph it, so go & buy the magazine and then you can see lots of lovely samples.

Hope you like them.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Big Al at my place

Last night we had an interloper from Revolution Radio (96.2FM) and he actually came and joined in the class. We were making Christmas cards and I think he quite enjoyed himself. He said he was a bit scared at first, of a room full of ladies but it didn't take him long to settle in. After all, we are a friendly bunch and I feel he may well be back! He did a great job and even though he had never done anything like this before, his cards were great and I think he was secretly very proud of himself. I'm not sure what his wife must have thought when he arrived home with glitter all over his face!
So, here I am with Alan and the show will be broadcast on Friday at 2pm on 96.2 FM Revolution radio.
Try to listen in if you can.

So here is one example of the cards we made.
It features nestabilities, Lacy Circles, Classic circles, a Marianne flourish and a couple of punched snowflakes.  Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Clearly Mixed Up Christmas Album

I think this was my personal favourite project from the weekend. We made a clear album using one of BoBunny's clearly mixed up albums and some of their Noel papers. A bit of Bling and some photos really bring it to life. It was a challenge and I was really pleased with the result.
Thanks for dropping in, come back soon, more to come.

Crafty weekend projects.

            I thought you might like to see what we did on our crafty weekend, so here are a few images - don't really do them justice but you'll get the idea. This was a hanging wall calendar made using EK success board kits and BoBunny Gypsy papers. Gorgeous autumn palette and lovely swirly designs, reminiscent of swirling leaves - perfect for this time of year. It had six panels, all double sided so when you reach the 6 month mark, you simply flip it round.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Crafty Weekend End - bereft!!

I can't quite believe that our Crafty Weekend came & went. It was fab though, but felt too short. Thanks to all who came along and made it such a great success. Here's what happened!
Look at the state of my workroom just before we left for the venue!

Boxes, boxes, everywhere and not a one
 you're allowed to rummage in!
      So off we went on Friday afternoon,  with the car loaded, to our amazing venue, Talking Point at Scouthead over Saddleworth. (Check out their website, it really is an amazing place). It didn't take us too long to get set up and then the weekenders began to arrive. We had a short welcome and then a delicious evening meal before embarking on our first project.
That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the weekend and we crafted, ate, crafted, ate, drank, ate chocolate, drank some more, crafted, until Sunday afternoon. What more could anyone want?
    Here are a few peeks at the venue and us!

The room was lovely & light                 And this is the lounge where we had coffee
and spacious.                                       and our meals.
And here we all are, except for Gill who was hiding - how rude!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Claritystamp samples

I had great fun creating with these lovely stamps and lots of inks and stuff!

I thought you might like to see some of the samples which I did for Barbara Gray's recent tv show, so here are some of them.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Craft Weekend

Oh, if only there were more hours in a day and days in a week! I could have done this so much sooner. Anyway, I wanted to let you know about my Crafty Weekend which is coming up very soon. From the 22nd to the 24th of October we will be closeted away in a beautiful venue and crafting from dawn till dusk. ( Well, not quite but you know what I mean). There is still time to join us if you can and we would love to see you. We will be creating some lovely projects including a Kaisercraft tabbed album which is fabby, gorgeousness abounds in the guise of paper, and a bit of Christmas will creep in with a stunning clear acrylic album. If that doesn't tempt you, well all I can say is - call yourself a paperstroker? If you would like more info, you can contact me through the shop. The Stamp Pad 01457 874646. Keeeeeep crafting.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Well here I am on a wet Sunday afternoon. Hubbies gone to the football, Jenny (our daughter) is working, Callum (our son) is preparing for his gig tonight in Manchester and so I've come to chat for a little while. After an evening out with my brother & sister-in-law, everyone is a little bit sleepy today. So I thought I would bring some Christmas cheer and share a couple of designs with you. They are made using Cuttlebug embossing folders. Hope you like them.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Daydreamer Canvas


So, I thought I'd share this project we did recently at a workshop. It is an 8x8 canvas and features painting, inking, stamping with Tim Holtz and Inkadinkadoo stamps, embossing, metal work and distressing with Stazon inks. We had a great time creating them and every one was a little bit different when they were finished. I like this kind of scrapbooking - (off the page) - because it can be put on display and easily seen. My daughter isn't too happy about being exposed though but as I said to her, why wouldn't I want to scrap her pictures? (Love you Jen x).

Insomniac at large

I can't quite believe that when I finally manage to conquer my techno phobia and start to create a blog, that it is 4:40am. I have been meaning to do this for sooooo long, you wouldn't believe and finally, after much encouragement from my friends and after lying awake for hours thinking about it, here I am. Wooohoooo!!!
I think I have created about six blogs. all of which have disappeared into the ether. So, if you don't catch me on this one, there are more out there.
So, I am excited now to begin sharing my crafty life with you. I hope to be able to inspire some of you and be inspired by others and share ideas and creativity.
Here goes!
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