Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Mini Manequin

This manequin was another workshop taken with Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper at Pickleberry Papercrafts.

We started with a manequin that we Gessoed to cover the very [un]attactive pink spotty swimsuit that was painted on it.

These sat out in the sun while we played in the studio


We used, Tim Holtz Products - Tattered leaves die, which we used to cut, metal, shrink plastic, modeling film and mesh, musical notes tissue tape and alcohol inks.

We ran the metal leaves through Jennies Vagabond with an embossing folder, and coloured them with alcohol inks.

The shrink plastic was die cut with the leaves die and heated in a UTEE melting pot to shrink and stamped into while still hot and soft.  These were then coloured with perfect pearls.

The Modeling Film was die cut with the leaaves, coloured with alcohol inks, then heated with a heat tool.  As you heat the film it takes on a mind of if own and twists and turns.  You can also mold it by hand or my laying it over something curved till it cools.  If you don't like the shape, simply reheat and start over.


The butterflies and roses were added at home.


The bodice was made using ink coloured and heat embossed sticky backed canvas, with ink coloured lace.

And there it is, the finished manequin.

Take care


Friday, 29 June 2012

Mini Canvas Workshop

Well I did say I was going to try and catch up, so here I am, catching up

This was a workshop I took with Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper at Pickleberry Crafts [way back in February this year ,oops].

We had a great day playing with inks, stamps, die cuts etc., and this is what I came up with.

A mini canvas attached to a small canvas

Lots of bits and pieces from Tim Holtz

Die Cutting using one of the journalling Tags

Paper from Tim Holtz I believe

This was the first time I had used the Distress Pens.  Need to save my pennies to get some of these.

Well, thats all for now.  Will post more very soon.

Take care


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Bad Blogger !

OH BOY !! I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.  I am a very bad Blogger.

I won't bore you with all the details but needless to say, life and work has got in the way over the past few [read FOUR] months.

My Craft room is now up and running.  Will post a few photos when I tidy it up a bit. 

I have done a few workshops at Pickleberry Crafts [who sadly are closing their bricks and mortar shop at the end of July] with the lovely Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper. 

I am just coming to the end of an online workshop, Evil Elixir, with the inspiring Mr Andy Skinner and have already started another one with him, Timeworn Techniques.  I have also signed up for yet another one due to start in September, Excavation.

Two very different styles of Art, but equally enjoyable.  So, if anyone likes getting, inky, painty and generally grungy then get over to Jennies Blog at and

Over the next few days I will be posting some photos of things that i have created during these workshops.

Speak soon and take care


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Just trying something

Just trying to link my Blog to facebook.  I wish I was more technically minded.  Thanks to Nicks for trying to help this technophobe :o)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

All done and dusted..............

until next time.  Well, the job on the night club is finished for now.  We've been there since September, so I think I need a little break from, crackle glazing walls, distressing, ageing with wax, everything that doesn't move, and dying lace fabric with paint in a bath to make it look old and grungy.

I had a play day today.  I went to a workshop by Jennie Boxall at Pickleberry Papercrafts.  Picked up Sparkles on the way and spent a good few hours with four other ladies, getting Inky and Grubby. 

We had a great time decorating two mini canvases with Die Cuts, Distress Inks, Tissue Paper and all things Tim Holtz.  We also got to play with his new Distress Pens and they definately do what it says on the tin.

Sorry about where the pictures have ended up.  I WILL get the hang of this blog malarky some time.

Well, best get on, dinner is calling me.

Take care



Friday, 27 January 2012

Here again......Just

Well, what with one thing and another, January has completely passed me by. 

Problems with OH hospital appointments, being stuck in work from Dawn till Dusk, and I can't find my external Hard Drive with all my project photo's on.  So, no photo for this post.  Sorry folks.

I am looking forward to a Workshop at Pickleberry Crafts in Faversham with the talented Jenni Boxall from The Artistic Stamper.  The workshop is for an Altered Book.  I've been wanted to do this for a while, but never had the courage to start cutting up a book.  My love affair with books is well known in my family.  I have far too many, but cannot bring myself to part with any of them.  I really, really need a library room of my own. [Wishful thinking].

Keeping this short and sweet.  WHEN I find my hard drive I will make another post.

Oooh yea, BTW, I had a scrap layout published in this months Scrapbook Magazine.  Very excited me

 Take care and speak soon


Sunday, 1 January 2012


Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.  I wish you all a very Happy, Prosperous and Artful 2012.

Well to start as I mean to go on, my first post of 2012.


This started life as a white bird house bought from a large supermarket chain [in a sale].  I made it into a clock for a Christmas Present for my sons Girlfriend.. 

The main body was crackled and stamped, then a craquelure finish applied. The cracks were highlighted with Raw Umber Oil Paint.

Cogs are die cuts from Tim Holtx Die and the given a worn and weathered look with embossing powder, stamps and ink.

The green leaves are a Sissix die.

Bird and branch are from Maya Road [I think] and the flowers from the bridal selection of Hobby Craft.

Clock hands were coloured with alcohol inks because they were too gold and shiney.

Roof tiles were made using a Tim Holtz on the edge die.

The little face was made with UTEE in a silicone mold. Painted with Black Acrylic and highlighted with silver and gold gilt cream.  I found the tiny pair of glasses in a box of bits.  They took ages to secure on the face, but I think it was worth it.

I had some trouble with the clock mechanism.  The one I had was too short to pass through the wall of the bird house.  A Crafty friend sent me one with a longer spindle, but my clock hands wouldn't fit it.  So in the end I managed to track one down with a long spindle and new hands, but it was a tad too long, so I tied some Jute string round it to give the illusion that it is shorter.

I really enjoyed altering this.  I have already been asked by a friend to make something similiar.

Thats it for now.  I already have some bits sorted to upload soon.

Take Care


Thursday, 29 December 2011

Out with the old in with the new

Or the saying goes. 

2011 is drawing to an end, hope it has been good to you all and 2012 is even better.

I don't normally make New Year Resolutions, but I have made a little promise to myself that I WILL keep up with this blogging malarky.  So here goes [I know it is not New Year yet but I thought I would start a bit early].

31 Days

Basic Grey chipboard letters and numbers.  They are a few years old.

The Compass image was from the interenet.  I outlined it with gold pen and clear embossed it.  When it was set and cold I bent it to make the cracks and then rubbed ink into the cracks to highlight.  Mounted on some cardboard butterly wings which have been coloured with metallic pen.

The 'Tickets' were made with a Sissix stamp die cut.  I chose the words to use and then translated them into Portuguese [the language spoken in Brazil], printed them out, die cut them then coloured them with distress inks.  The camping and hiking symbols were a download from Scrapbook Max.  The photo of the Statue of Christ, is one that Kelsey took.

They were away for a total of 31 days and all returned safe and sound, a lot fitter and a little thinner, full of stories of their adventures.

Well, fingers crossed that this will be the start of regular posts, see you soon

Take care and keep safe


Friday, 11 November 2011

Phew !!

Well, it has been a long time since I've been on here.  I started working big time again, and it sure has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things.  I'm working on a nightclub in my home town.  A complete 'do over'.  I shall post some pictures soon, promise.

I started work on a Family History Album many moons ago and wanted something to go on the last page of my Grandfathers.  I never met him, as he died in a Japanese POW camp in 1943, my dad can't remember him as he was only two when his dad went to war and unfortunately never returned.

Anyway,  doing a bit of Blog mooching today I came across a post by Jenny Boxall from The Artistic Stamper [sorry, I don't know how to link to a post] and she gave my mojo a push.  As is it 11.11.11, it seemed so right.  This is what I made.

I made the poppy using Tim Holtz tattered flowers die [as did Jenny].  The book plate is also a Tim Holtz die.  The Remember wording was done on a Dymo label gun and the papers are bits from my stash.  The little pocket watch I found amongst a box of bits and pieces, sorry I don't know where it came from.  But it jumped out to be used, because my Grandfathers pocket watch is the only thing that we have of his.  Safely kept with my dad.

Well I promise I will try and keep up with this Blog malarky.  I still have to show you the other layouts in my daughters 21st Album.

I hope that those who have family members who serve in our forces are reunited safe and sound very soon.

Take care and I promise I will be back soon


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Long time, no Blog............

Hi everyone.  It has taken me a while now to get back into Blogging, because of all the hold ups etc., that have been going on in my life.  BUT, I am back.  My Craft room is coming along nicely, still need to get a floor covering sorted and then I'm set.

I have managed to get some photos of Kelseys 21st Album.  I am not going to put them on here all at once, but will spread it out a bit, otheriwse this post will take too long.


Materials used:

All Papers are from Basic Grey 'Urban Prarie' collection
Base paper - Kettle
Patterned papers - Weather Vane and Lady Bug

Yellow and Blue Hearts Die Cuts - Thin Cuts Heart #3

Flower stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine.  Again using Basic Grey 'Urban Prarie' papers and adding small buttons to the centres.

Title - Die cut - [Daddy's] - Sissix - Man oh, man, from Blue card stock
         [Girl] - Sissix - Azure, from yellow card stock

Heart and wings die cut - Sissix Scribbles #1. Die cut from funky foam sheets

Dates - Sissix - Hot Pink Pyjamas Rubbons


Below is a photo that Tim [DS2] took of a flower in our garden.  He is a keen gardener and has been studying Horticulture at College.  We thought it would be good for him to keep a record of what he has been doing in the various Gardens he has been working in.  I think photography could be a second calling for him


Take care all, speak soon


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

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Almost there

Still haven't managed to get Kelseys Album back yet to take some photos but hopefully won't be too long now.


The good news is that my roof is almost finished along with the converted loft space which will be [when finished] MY DOMAIN  MWAHAHAHAHA !!!  [sorry, couldn't resist].

I have tried to upload some photos, but after 5 minutes of 'uploading' the photo has still yet to appear.  So I will try and add them again tomorrow.

But, a quick question........What do you have on the floor of your craft space?  Vinyl, wood, carpet, laminate? 

I think I need some outside help,  OH says carpet because it will keep any noise down because of the bedrooms underneath.  What does he think I am going to do up there, band practice?  But, Carpet is a pain in the bum to clean if stuff gets spilt and to get glitter etc., out of.

I think a vinyl of some description because it is easier to keep clean and reasonably comfortable to stand on for longish periods [I am a standing Crafter]

I don't like laminate floors from experience.

Any input would be most helpful.

Will try and upload the photos tomorrow

Take Care


Sunday, 3 July 2011

OH BOY !!!!

I put up this sign on the scaffolding as a bit of a laugh before everything went pear shaped. 
Tempting fate I think.

Well, it has been AGES since my last post.  I hadn't forgotten, I have just been sooooooo busy I haven't known whether I have been on my bum or my elbow!!

A quick round up.............................

Trying to sort out Kelseys 21st Birthday Album, Organising her Birthday Bash and have building works done.

We have desperately needed to have our house re-roofed for about the last 5 years. Basically it was slowly caving in on itself.  We thought, while we are having the roof done, we would have the loft boarded [properly] and roof windows put in. 

Finally, the scaffolding went up on Friday 3rd July, beautiful sunny day. The work was going to start on the Monday.  Saturday 4th July, another beautiful sunny day.  Sunday 5th July, another beautiful sunny day.  Sunday night, about 10pm, the heavens opened and it didn't really stop for three weeks.

So what with one thing and another things have been a tad hectic to say the least.

I spent Friday and Saturday hacking out about one inch of Bitumen out of our wonderful concrete gutters.  I WILL sort out the leak somehow.

I have been trying to get some things back on target, hence the very funky sunday outfit.

Well at least the roof is insulated and vapour barriered !!  Just got to put up the plasterboard now as well as re-lining the gutters [note to self - must phone the roofing suppliers tomorrow morning]  Don't I have a wonderful, exciting life?

Anyway,  I finished Kelseys album.  I just need to 'borrow' it back to take some photos.

That's it for now.  I am going to sit down and eat my much needed dinner and relax for the evening.  Tomorrow the fun begins again.

Take Care all

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Here comes Summer !!

Grey sky, blowing a gale, spots of rain and the sun trying desperately to peek through.  Good old British weather.  I have already rescued a sheet from next doors garden this morning after it took off like a parachute from the washing line. 

Can someone please explain to my other half and offspring that wearing flimsy t-shirts is not an excuse for putting the heating on when it turns a bit chilly!!  I refuse to put the heating on, afterall, thats what jumpers were made for wasn't it? 

Am I the only person who doesn't pack away their winter wardrobe in preparation for sunnier days?  My woolley jumpers and thick socks stay on their shelf and or in their drawer all year round, ready for days like this.

Anyway, enough of all that.  I have been busy making some more layouts for DD's 21st Birthday Album.


Kelsey and her best friend decided that they would like to do Ballroom Dancing.  So after numerous lessons in Various dances they took their first exam.

Their tutor normally partnered all the girls in front of the examiners.  Little problem, that Kelsey towered above her tutor.  So her husband was roped in to do the honours and partner Kelsey for the exam.  Even at 5'10" he was still only a tad taller than Kelsey, who had reached 5'9" at the age of 11.

The girls both passed the exam with Honours !!

Papers and flowers from stash
Library card a freebie download from
Title - Sissix - Catty Corner die cuts.

I enlarged the Honours Award from the certificate, printed and covered with 3d glaze, then mounted onto a nesties scalloped circle die cut from gold card.  Mounted on layout with foam pads to give it a lift.

Doing the Cha Cha

Kelsey and Jade, mucking around before the exam.


I couldn't do an Album without recording the day Kelsey moved into her own place could I?

The title comes from something Kelsey said when we had finally unload everything from the car and it was time for me to leave and go home.

After lots of hugs and a few tears, she looked at me and said
"I've got to be a grown up now !"

I painted a block of white onto the centre of the Card stock with Acrylic Paint
Backing Card - Papermania Kraft
Patterned papers are from paper bags.
Flowers from Stash
Brads - Papermania
Sequin waste and broken glass stamps - Tim Holtz
Corners - Sissix Decorative Accentt 655221
Check List stamped with Studio G - Alphabet Stamp Set
Key and Key hole - Tim Holtz Grunge Die Cuts, emossed with Distress embossing powder in Walnut Stain and a bit of Copper Glimmer Mist spray.
Title - American Thickers.  They were originally pink, so I coloured them with Fired Brick Distress Ink and grunged with a bit of Soot Black Distress Ink.  Although they took two days to dry completely !! [Is this because they are foam I wonder?]

All important Check List.

The much loved and much worn purple Doc Martens.  Looking a bit worse for wear now, although still really comfy, so I am told.

Stash Flowers and Tim Holtz embellies.

Colour changed and grunged American Thickers foam letters.


Kelsey does not want a big party for her 21st, she just wants family and a few friends round for a BBQ. 
This is the invite I have made to send out.

Pre-made card from Hobby craft
Patterned papers from stash [very old]
Ribbon from Stash
'She's gonna be' done on computer in Word Art, printed onto white card.
Glittery '21' - Sissix die cut - Twang, mounted on die cut shape - Nesties Labels 4
Photo taken when Kelsey was about a year old.

 Well, thats it for now, thanks for looking and all your previous kind comments

Take Care


Saturday, 14 May 2011

Come fly with me

Hi Folks,

Well another bright and sunny day here. Kelsey has finally moved into her new flat and started her new job.  Fingers crossed that she enjoys both.

I've been busy making another LO for her 21st Album. 

In her last year at school she had the opportunity to go on  a backpacking expedition to Brazil with her school and World Challenge.  She had to raise £3000 to cover flights, travel, insurance, food, accomodation, equipment, etc.,

Her fund raising included, Quiz Nights, an Indulgence Evening, Boot Fairs, Odd Jobs etc.,  Her main fundraiser was a sponsored Wing Walk !!  It took a lot of organising but she did it in the end.  The club that helped her was the 'Tiger Club', their logo is a flying tiger.  So we got an orange boiler suit, made stripes with masking tape and spray painted black stripes.  It looked pretty good.

There were so many photos taken that day, it was hard to choose which ones to include on the LO.  In the end I made a double LO with tons of photos.

I chose a selection of photos that detailed what happened before during and after the flight.  I then made a little flip up album to attached to the LO.

Materials used on first page
All the papers used were from On a Whimsey from Fancy Pants Designs
Backing Paper - Rainbow
Spotty Paper - Happy
Stripey Paper - Twirl
White velum used for Banner and mounted on Foam Squares to make it float.
Letters - Die cut with Sissex Ida Lous Flower Pot

The photos are held down with a cord wrapped round a button at the top and the bottom of the flip up album.

Each of the flip pages will poke through a slit in the page protector to let them be flipped through, along with the bottom button.

On the reverse of each photo page I added some journalling about the day.

And a little bit of journalling on the photos.

Quote Tag, Butterfly wings, Crown and Flower Journalling spot all by Fancy Pants Designs.

I couldn't decide which photos to use so I let Picassa do it for me, and created this collage.  A great way to add many photos to a LO.

Materials used on second page.
All the papers used were from On a Whimsey from Fancy Pants Designs
Backing Paper - Catch a Wave
Spotty Paper as first page
Stripey Paper as first page
All the Journalling spots, quote tags, Butterfly Wings, Crown and Printed Lettering are from Fancy Pants.

I highlighted a couple of the photos on the collage with a frame.

This small photo on the second page of the LO has lines that lead to the banner on the first page.  So it looks like the plane is trailing the banner behind it in the sky.

All the papers have been in my stash for over a year, waiting for the right photos.

Thanks for looking

Take care all