Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Paper trimmer

One thing I must do is track down a decent, hardworking paper trimmer. I was assured by a Stampinup person that the best one I could get was a Stampinup one.
My experience is that the (expensive) blades last no time before going blunt - and I only ever use it to cut thin card, nothing else! can’t wait to get rid of it and find a better quality one. Any suggestions?  I’m thinking of Tonic - decent company and quality products.

Monday, 6 November 2017


 I never did get around to setting up a new blog!  I took a break from paper crafting, but I’m now back to it, and thoroughly enjoying it :-)
 Life has been difficult this past 12 months, watching my cat’s health deteriorate, until I had to take that awful decision to have her put to sleep in April this year.  I only got through all that  thanks to the wonderful support from my family and true friends-I certainly discovered who they were!
 Shortly afterwards my own health deteriorated culminating in me suffering a heart attack,  developing angina  and being at admitted to hospital to have 3 stents placed in my heart.  Once again, my true and loyal friends together with my family supported me every step of the way.  Being so ill  makes you reassess what and who is important in your life and makes you re-examine your priorities.  I am grateful for the amazing medical care I received and all the support around me.  I will be back blogging again soon  😊

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Blogger problems

Blogger is being too temperamental for my liking!  I will be setting up a new blog on a new platform ( probably wordpress)  in the coming days. A shiny new blog 😊

Sunday, 28 August 2016


Back after a blogging break :-) 

 Quite a few people emailed to say they missed looking at my blog, so here I am.
Got a few things to share over the coming week-these days I'm far more interested in mixed media, I've got rather bored of making cards ( although I still make a few for family and friends).  I find mixed media a lot more absorbing and creative, using different mediums and techniques, and can spend hours making one thing. Great fun :-)   Got a couple of courses lined up, which I'm really looking forward to!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Mixed media

My poor neglected blog! I completely forget about it at times.

Anyhow, I decided to have a play with some mixed media. This started life as an oval piece of MDF. I glued on some scrunched up tissue paper, then some MDF and cardboard shapes (some die cut), then painted on some black gesso.
I don't have any of the beautiful shimmery paints that are often used in these mixed media pieces, so decided to try out just using gilding waxes, and was rather pleased with the results :-)

I never intended this to be a finished piece-just a practice piece. But I really like it, so may well hang it on my wall in my craft room.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Getting inky :-)

There's nothing I love better than starting with a blank sheet of white paper, and creating something original.

There have been some brilliant shows on Hochanda just recently- lots of stamping and inking techniques. Some I was familiar with, others have been new to me.

I was watching shows with Beverley Bee Crafty today, and was really inspired! I hot footed to my craft room, with my iPad, and crafted along to the programme.

For this sample piece, I blended 2 Distress inks, lay a stencil over the top, and lightly spritzed water over it. I gave it a minute to react with the ink, took off the  stencil and patted the whole thing with some kitchen roll. Voila! It's so pretty, I will be using it in a card very soon, and will post it on here when it's finished :-)  

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Promarker organisation!

Something I've been meaning to do for a long time!

Love my Promarker alcohol pens, and have been collecting them for a few years. They need to be stored horizontally, but the problem with this is that because the ends of the pens aren't marked with the colour or a number, it's difficult to find just the one you want. 

bought a sheet of sticky dots, coloured them as appropriate, and then numbered each pen. 

I then did a kind of directory in my notebook, together with colour swatches in the book, and have started to write down favourite blending combinations with examples.

I'm really into colouring at the moment, and already this new system is proving to be perfect!  It's a very simple system, and works perfectly for me!