Saturday 26 November 2022

A snowy bauble


Hi there! I thought I would show you today how I decorated this MDF bauble.

I began by painting the backpiece with gesso and the rim in gilt acrylic paint.

Whilst this dried I stamped sky terrace onto some shrink plastic and coloured it. On the frosted shrink plastic I thought by colouring it on the back with alcohol markers, it would show through, but it didn't once shrunk. I use stazon very rarely, but I find it is the least likely to smudge on shrink plastic

I shrunk it with my heat gun and added a bit of colour with coloured pencils
Next I used the horizon 2 skyline inkable to add some snowy hills with salty ocean distress oxide
I added glitter glue to the tops of the hills and some snow
I used gel medium to attach the house, the frame and some super chunky glittery snow stuff I found in my stash (no idea where it came from, sorry!) I think the stickles glitter gel might work well for this too.
finally I added some white pen around the frame
Here is another look at it. 
I used:
Stazon ink
Coloured pencils
glitter glue
Chunky glitter/ fake snow 

If you haven't entered the Bee Crafty Facebook group Challenge yet, we are looking for creations on MDF this month, and you have until Wednesday night to get them done. hope this has given you a bit of inspiration! 
Thanks for looking! 

Saturday 19 November 2022

Robin and Wreath samples

Hi There! I am here with the cards I made for the Bee Crafty Stamp launch that was on Facebook on Tuesday. We had a fantastic day with lives, offers and giveaways. This first card was made with the smaller stamps from both the Robins and the Wreath set
This was the card I made during my live which you can find here. I also used one of the Bauble Easy frames and the snowflake mask inkable
This one was embossed in gold, then masked before adding smooshed distress oxide ink.
This background was created by blending broken China distress ink through a mandala inkable and then stamped with snowflakes from the Winter journaling girls sets.
Another using the easy frame bauble inkables,
and a vintage looking wreath with the script background stamp in antique linen distress ink. 
Finally, here's the card from my blog post last week again. I did a second facebook live on Wednesday, this time creating a journal page using Distress Oxide sprays and the Doodle Art Houses. You can find the live here
We will be doing some similar journaling to this at my workshop this Wednesday at PDA card and Craft, Langley Mill. There are still a couple of spaces if you fancy it and you are local! Thanks for looking! 

Monday 14 November 2022

A sneaky peek step by step!

Hi there! I thought I would show you a step by step using the brand new stamps out tomorrow from Bee Crafty! The new Robin stamps are absolutely gorgeous and I can't stop making with them!  Here's what I did...

I began by blending versamark ink through the multi snowflake inkable and the large bauble #1 easy frame. Then I heat embossed it with ranger silver embossing powder.
Next I placed the bauble easy frame over the embossing and blended some peacock feathers distress ink around it, making it darker at the edges and paler in the middle.                                                            
I used a silver sharpie pen to outline the bauble.
Next I placed the innie from the inkable over the bauble and lightly blended some black ink around it to create a shadow.
I stamped and coloured the medium robin and some foliage from the new stamp set. I cut it out and added some glossy accents. 
Whilst this dried, I trimmed down the card that the bauble was on, Stamped and embossed the Believe sentiment and splattered with turquoise and silver sprays.

when it was dry I mounted it onto a blank card and added the robin and foliage using ultra thick gel medium
Here is the finished card again. 
I used:
Robins Art stamps set
Embossing ink
memento black ink
alcohol markers

I hope you can join us for the Launch over on the Bee Crafty Facebook page tomorrow! 
Whilst I am here, here's a few photos from the Nationals on Saturday! 

We had an absolutely amazing day and I managed to get a bronze for Kata in a group of 7 qualifiers for my age group, so I am delighted! 

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday 12 November 2022


Hi there! 
Not my usual post today as I am on my way to Sheffield to take part in the GKR National Tournament! You may remember I entered the qualifiers back in September, not expecting to get through, but I managed to get a bronze medal for both Kata and team Kata. As you read this I will be bowing in with my fellow competitors and no doubt be feeling very nervous. As they say, though, if you don't try, you will never know. I see it as much of a learning journey on what tournaments are about as anything else.
Probably the best part is being part of the team. My karate family are just awesome.
I will also be helping out as an official again as it helps to keep me from getting too nervous.
Our students are amazing and wonderful people. I really hope they do well again. I am so proud of them for getting this far. 
I will be here on Monday with a sneaky peek and a step by step using brand new stamps out on Tuesday by Bee Crafty, which I absolutely love 😘
Thanks for looking x

Saturday 5 November 2022

A quick and simple Christmas card


Hi There! Are you beginning to panic a bit about Christmas yet? I have made very few cards so far this year and need to get a move on! Here is a very simple one to get me started. 

I began by placing the circle from the 4" easy frame in the centre of a 13cm square card, Then placing the snowflakes multi inkable over the top, taping them down at the corners. 
I used salvaged patina distress ink to blend through the stencil taking care to keep the circle central
I removed the snowflakes inkable and added more ink around the edge of the card and the edge of the circle.
I stamped the sentiment in the centre of the circle with versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold powder.
I stamped the poinsettia in black ink onto a scrap of card and coloured it using ecoline pens
I attached it to the card with ultra thick gel medium. 
Finally I added the liquid pearls around the circle 
Here is the finished card again.
I used 
13cm square white card
Poinsettia Regular stamp set (discontinued but the XL one is here)
Versamark ink
On Wednesday I did a facebook live and created these cards. 

You can find the live here if you haven't seen it yet.

Thanks for looking!