Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bohemian Life

Did you catch the Serif shows on Create and Craft yesterday? If not then you missed the most amazing set of new digi kits.

The Bohemian collection is made up of Lilac Haven, Golden Peacock, Indian Nights, Midnight treasures, Moonstone Blush and Scarlet Dawn. There is the most amazing number of embellishments in these kits and its perfect for the mixed media look too!

Here are some of the samples I created for the shows:





Saturday, 11 July 2015

Let the holidays begin

At last we have come to the end of term in our house and have 8 weeks of holidays to enjoy (endure!) I have been really busy making thank you cards for teachers - with about 12 made this week and more to do!!

The other reason for my absence is the work I have been doing for Serif Craft Artist Design Team. If you saw Create and Craft yesterday, you would have seen we were lucky enough to work with the delightful artwork from Claire Tarling.

Here are some of the samples I created  





There is also another stunning collection coming up this Wednesday - here is a sneaky peek! 



I am entering the following challenges:

Digitially Sweet - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Animal and Sentiment
Digi Choosday - Christmas in July










Sunday, 28 June 2015

ABC of Me

I saw this list doing the rounds on the web the other day and decided to add it to my beloved Smash Book.

Here are some of my pages:




I have changed some of the points to suit, so here is my take on the list. Feel free to use! Why not come back and share some of your lists here too! 

A- Age:
B- Biggest Fear:

C- Current Time:
D- Drink you last had:
E- Easiest Person To Talk to:
F- Favorite Song:
G- Grossest Memory:
H- Hometown:
I- In love with:
J- Jealous Of:
Keep Forever:
L- Longest Relationship:
M- Middle Name:
N- Number of Siblings:
O- One Wish:
P- Person who you last called:
Q- Question you're always asked:
R- Reason to smile:
S- Song you last sang:
T- Time you woke up:
U- are loving?:
V- Vacation Destination:
W- Worst Habit:
X- Xrays you've had:
Y- Your favorite food:
Z- Zodiac Sign:




Thursday, 18 June 2015

Christmas in June!



Apologies for talking about Christmas soo early, but many of you as crafters and artists will already be thinking about making for Christmas 2015.

Today Serif Craft Artist launch their new kits on Create and Craft. There are some beautiful kits from Kimeric Kreations, Victoria Nelson Illustration and Laura Darrington Design Limited.


As part of the Design Team for Serif I had the pleasure of creating the samples, although I have to admit it was difficult to get into Christmas mode when the sun was beating down!










Sunday, 14 June 2015

Its the journey not the Destination



I thought I would share this project I made as my entry to the Sheena Douglass Design Team. Unfortunately I wasn't successful this time, but I am really pleased with the result of this piece.

I sprayed the canvas with various ink sprays and highlighted some areas with gold acrylic paint.  The middle section is an MDF square again sprayed with inks and Distress Inks. The butterflies, sentiment and flowers were stamped and embossed with Brass WOW!Embossing Powder

The outside leaves and flowers are from Sheena's brambles stamps. I sprayed a sheet of watercolour card with various inks before stamping onto it and cutting out the images.


As they say sometimes its not the destination but the journey that delights us!

Challenges I am entering:

Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media





Thursday, 4 June 2015

A little stitchery

I hope you are all getting ready to enjoy the heatwave in the UK?

Another craft I love to do is sewing and embroidery. This weather is perfect for relaxing in the garden with a bit of sewing. This is a WIP! Although not sure what its going to turn into yet.....I will keep you posted.....


On the papercraft front I have also created a stitch themed card.


I used a Creative Expressions set of stamps to create the images, stamping with Distress Ink and using a wet brush to pull out the ink. I used a hessian embossing folder to create the background and lots of sewing bits and bobs to decorate.

Hope you like it!

Challenges I am entering are :
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
 Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fauna and Flora

I love where I live with so much wildlife. Just this morning I have watched two baby squirrels playing in the garden and we have foxes living next door too.

So what better way to celebrate the fauna and flora but to create a card using this beautiful Floral Collage stamp from Stamps Happen - an old favourite of mine.


I stamped the image across three tags and then coloured them using watercolour pencils and distress ink and mica paints. I think the kraft card and twine really adds to the card.

I am entering the following challenges

Make My Monday - Kraft Card
Fashionable Stamping - Use an old favourite
Sunday Stampers - Anything






Thursday, 14 May 2015

Paris, London, Manhattan, Rome

So they have finally arrived  - the second installment of the CraftScapes kit from Serif Craft Artist. There are 7 to choose from : Italian Escape, Parisian Spring, Manhattan Winter, Stately Home, Riverside Walk, London Landmarks and People.

I had such a great time making the samples for today's show on Create and CraftEach kit is packed with elements, backgrounds and more. 

Here are a selection :


Parisian Spring


London Landmarks


Italian Escapades

For more information and inspiration from the Design Team visit the Craft Artist Website






Monday, 11 May 2015

Remembering V.E Day

Its been a very poignant weekend with the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of V.E Day. Luckily all my grandparents survived the Second World War and I decided to commemorate the fact with a V.E Day Scrapbook Layout.


Sadly my Papa passed away some years ago, but my Nan, at 94, is still going strong and often retells her experiences about the war years. As I am working on my family history I have been lucky enough to have these photographs of my Nan and Papa. On the original photos you can just about see the love notes they wrote to each other on the front. 

To create the layout I used the Serif Digikit 1940s Wartime Era

It is important that we never forget the sacrifices they made for us.





Sunday, 3 May 2015

Mixed Media With Wings

Over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge the theme is WINGS and there is also a DT Call!

For my entry I used a favourite stamp set which I think was from Inkadinkadoo originally. I can't believe I have never used this particular one.


First I stamped the image onto book printed paper and then used Watercolours and Spectrum Noir pencils to add colour. Some of the areas I highlighted with gold pen. The dots I then applied using a stencil and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Other challenges I am entering:
Ink on My Fingers - Books (Book Paper)




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