Monday, 18 February 2019

More with Stencils

 I have looked at using both plastic and metal stencils with some of the new cosmic shimmer pastes and mixing these with pixie powders to change the colour.

The T shirt and bag were done with the Adaline glitter paints ? pastes. 
(Anyone doing a workshop can bring their own item to decorate)

Then if anyone wants to do the all day workshop with freebees to the value of the course, there is the additional board showing what can be done with 1 stencil and 1coloured paste pot.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

All sorts of Flowers

I have already shown you the cyclamen that I did whilst waiting for new dies to come in. We now have an orchid and poppy die from John next door and I have three samples of each. Some are done with paper and some with the thin floral foam.
The cards on the bottom row of the board are from the poinsettia die reminding people it can be used any time of the year

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Vintage Collage -(creative stamping)

These cards are done using the stamps from the latest creative stamping magazine " Vintage Collage". I have used a variety of colouring materials and methods on the different cards. Cards done at this weeks workshop on these can be seen on my facebook page

Friday, 1 February 2019

A few flowers and updates on last 2 posts

whilst waiting for JND new flower dies to come in I tried doing a cyclamen from dies I had. Results below. Then the orchid came in but I only managed to capture one image before battery on camera went!

so more next week.

In the meantime I've added to the last two boards as new workshop cards have been done.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

stamping with solid and multilayered stamps

On this workshop board I have used a number of Phil Martins solid stamps against different backgrounds - some inked and some with the backgrounds produced for last workshop ( not that they show off too well here).
Also there are the multilayed stamps from Crafts too - the lighthouse and the rabbit..

I've also included here another of the backgrounds made with pigment inks,which made a lovely scene but unfortunately my photography doesn't do it justice. Frame for John Next Door.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Shop and Workshop photos

I had Janie Berry in this week to take photos of the shop and ladies at a "Backgrounds" workshop where we were using pigment ink refills to create our backgrounds.

I have shared the photos between my website, facebook page and here.

To see more of Janie's photos go to  and
Instagram @photo_girl61  and photo_girl365

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


My favourite background at the moment is that using pigment ink reinkers. They remind me of encaustic art pictures although there is not as much variation achieved as with the iron & waxes.
Unfortunately the photos don't show this to advantage and don't pick up the small details.
Other backgrounds include marbling with shaving foam and inks, paints with a type of gel plate,
cosmic shimmer lacquers, special effect paints, alcohol inks and gilding polishes.
These backgrounds are then used with die cut frames or solid black stamps.

The pictures below show full background  and a frame. The intention here being that when I do the workshop on these I can show moving the frame around to decide which bit of the background is best

Workshops can either look at producing many backgrounds of types decided by group of a few then used in finished cards

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christmas Specials

I recently had to sort some of my specials for a card order and having taken photos of them I thought I'd share them with you. Some of you may remember doing these on workshops over the last few years.

The last photo is from this year's collection with a Sue Wilson die

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

More crackers

I couldn't stop doing these last week and so decided to fill them with gifts to give away this Christmas. They were a great opportunity to use the dies I'd used on Christmas cards  this year as well as some peel offs and card from stash. I do still have loads of peel offs to sell also!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


I've had a great time using the cracker die and decorating it with many of the dies opened for Christmas. It also gave an opportunity to use the flowers from the foam and clay.
 The crackers can be used as pull crackers or as a special presentation box for a gift.
 At the opposite extreme to these my grandson had a great time making them, decorating with drawing, coloured peel offs and stamping on them, then of course there was choosing what goes in them (good job I'd saved unwanted cracker gifts from previous years!)

NOTE I haven't pulled them tight so that a gift can be inserted first.

There are December workshops on these if you wish to have a go or you can pay to cut a few for yourself.