19 Jul 2019

Bubble background


Hello how are you today? I have been playing with bubbles which is always fun, and this time it was crafting too! I was experimenting with making bubbly backgrounds. I have tried this before without much success. This time was a little more successful, so I thought I would share my discoveries.



I began by putting some inexpensive acrylic paint in a shallow bowl, and adding some fairy liquid and water. I used a straw to blow into the colourful liquid to make bubbles. I soon discovered that I needed a lot more paint, fairy liquid and water than I thought I did. After adding more the bubbles overflowed the top of the bowl, hurrah! I lowered my Mixed Media paper onto the bubbles, but this was not too successful. So I went with a scooping motion, and scooped the bubbles up onto the paper and left them to pop naturally.


This was a lot more successful! I only used red, blue and a purple, but I will try more colours next time. 

I hope I have inspired you to play with bubbles and make some bubbly backgrounds xx

I would like to enter this card into the Craft Stamper Challenge Anything Goes and 
Paperbabe Anything Goes








6 Jul 2019

Happy Alice In Wonderland Day !


Happy Alice In Wonderland Day! You can find more details about this special day here 

To celebrate the day I have made this tea party scene. I used Alice and the White Rabbit which I made with air drying clay used in a mould. I painted them with acrylic paints. You can’t have the tea party without a Mad Hatter, so I drew him and coloured him with watercolours. 


I added lots of little Wonderland details underneath the table.I stamped a tiny Queen of Hearts playing card, and a “Drink Me “ tag to tie onto the little bottle.


I found the little tea set at Spitafields antique market, I don’t think it is actually an antique though!


I stamped some rabbit paw print marks onto the base of the table 

I must dash now as there are jam tarts to make for our Madhatters tea today, and lots  of decorations to put up. 

I would like to enter this little scene into the following challenges 



Lost Coast Designs Celebrate it

5 Jul 2019

Bear Hugs




Hello, and welcome to my blog. How are you? Today I have some Bear hugs to share with anyone who needs some.Bear hugs are the best hugs of all!



I began creating my bear hugs card, by stamping out my chosen stamps from the set. I added colour with a dash of my watercolors, and fussy cut all of the images.


To give some dimension to the  bear I used an Embossing tool on his ears, and outlined his arms and legs using it too. I adhered all the images with sticky pads which also raises them up from the card. The crown looked a little lacklustre, so I raided my bits and bobs box, and picked out some little pearls to add a touch of sparkle.

I swished some watercolours over the background card, and stamped a few starry wands in the background  too. Not forgetting to add the all important “Hugs” sentiment. 

I would like to enter  Bear Hugs card into the Craft Stamper Challenge 

3 Jul 2019

Swing on By




Hello, thank you for stopping by, and I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather.

Many thanks to Rosie from  Papercrafter for including my card above in this months fab issue. 

Sorry I did not take any step by step photos, but I have written a few lines below. 

I used the wonderful fairytale stamp set which was a cover gift on a previous issue. I  began making my card by  stamping, water colouring,  and fussy cutting my chosen images. 

I added flowersoft and some crumpled rose petals to the ropes of the swing. I press a lot of flowers, and this is the perfect time of year when  the garden is full of so many beautiful and  colourful flowers. 

I embossed the branches  and hung my swing from them. The  fairy wanted to enjoy the flowers so I stood her up on the  swing. I used sticky pads to adhere my images to the background which I had previously created with watercolours.

Thank you for visiting today.xx 


29 Jun 2019

Alice In Wonderland Inspiration





Hello, I hope all is well with you. We  have sunshine here today, at long last!

Today I am sharing some of my recent Alice In Wonderland makes, incase anyone needs a little inspiration to enter the Alice Day Challenge at UK Stampers which is kindly being hosted by Sid




This card features one of my favourite quotes. 


Alice Artist Trading Coins


I used some of my Alice clay mould characters on some tags. I wasn’t thrilled with how they came out, I may try resin in the moulds next time.


A simple Alice card, made with gorgeous papers from Craft Box. These papers are included in my prize for the winner of the Alice Day challenge.

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the challenge. Take care, and thank you so much for visiitng xx







18 Jun 2019

Snowglobe card



Hello thank you for stopping by today, I hope you are well.

I am taking part in a year long challenge at UK Stampers, called Just One Stamp. You exchange a stamp each month and create something with it, on a round robin sort of basis. This month I received a lovely Church stamp, after some thought I wondered if it might fit inside a snowglobe stamp I had. 

I began by stamping the snowglobe on a sheet of copy paper and cutting out the inner part of the globe.I then used this as a mask, and postioned it over the top of my previously stamped globe. I stamped the church through the aperture of my mask, and removed the mask, leaving the church stamp inside the the snowglobe. 


Pink,is my favourite colour, so it features on most of my creations, even Christmas cards! I can honestly say I have never ever made a Christmas card so early in the year as this before!

Thank you for visiting me. I would like to enter this Snowglobe card into the following challenges.


16 Jun 2019

Morty on the beach


I hope it is not pouring where you are today, it certainly is here! June already and no sunshine yet! 

Today I would like to introduce you to Morty, a gorgeous new stamp by my friend Tracey Easson. She has dedicated her new range of stamps to the memory of her beloved father. 



I created  the background with watercolours and stamped Morty onto card before water colouring and fussy cutting him. He wanted to have fun on the beach and build a sandcastle, so I drew him a bucket and spade. After drawing a sand castle I added some texture paste to give it a grainy look, and painted it in a sandy colour. 

The seagulls, starfish, and shells are from Crafty Individuals, and also a Stamp Set which I think was made by My Favourite Things. 

Thank you for visiting me today.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges 

15 Jun 2019

Alice Day Challenge



This year Sid of UK Stampers on Facebook is kindly hosting the Alice Day Challenge. The wonderful goodies above are for one random winner. Including one pad of 6x6 fabulous papers by Craft Box and one Snip Art Card frame. Looking forward to seeing all of the lovely Alice makes. Alice has lots of different themes, tea parties, roses, toadstools, cards, hearts, hares  rabbits and lots more... 

Alice Day  is on 6th July this year, and the random winner will be announced then xx

Thank you to We Love To Create and A Vintage Journey for selecting my Alice In Wonderland book as one of their top 3 choices. Xx




Thank you for stopping by xxx

25 May 2019

Flower Meadow


Hello, how are you? Thank you for stopping by xx Today I can share my card, which was in last months Craft Stamper. The new edition is out this month with lots of wonderful articles in!



A meadow full of wildflowers is one of my most favourite sights to behold! I created the background for my 7in/7.78cm square  blank  card by using Aquamarkers. I scribbled them onto a splodge mat, following with a spritz of water.I laid the front of the card  into the colours, and lifted it up to reveal the pattern. If I wasn’t  happy with the result, I would have let it dry and repeated. 

I used the ink pad to stamp out my chosen stamps, which I watercolured before fussy cutting. I shuffled  them around my card without adhering, until I was happy with the result. I could then see where the most suitable place would be to stamp the sentiment.

I used foam pads to adhere the girl and flowers to the background. I created the meadow grass by cutting a piece of card 7in/17.78 cm x 2in/5.08cm and then cutting a fringe along the length. To give the grass a more realistic look I snipped diagonally into the grass blades, and curled some of them a little. I adhered it to the bottom of the card, and placed another flower in between the grass blades.



I was surprised and delighted a few days ago to discover  that a card I made for a family friends 91st birthday had won a prize in Papercraft Inspirations! I am happy to say she loved her card, and I will send her the page from the magazine, she will be thrilled!

Thank you so much for visiting, take care xx


13 May 2019

Alice In Wonderland Book

Hello, and thank you for stopping by. Today I am happy to be escaping to Wonderland. 

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

 Lewis Carroll



I used a papier-mâché  book from Hobbycraft, on reflection I wish I had purchased a better quality one as this one had lumps and bumps, and was not very sturdy. I covered it with beautiful Alice rice papers and paint. I also added a white rabbit as he wanted to be followed into the book. 



I had never used moulds before, but when Stamperia released their new Alice range and it included moulds I of course had to get them! I used clay many years ago, but it was clay which had to be baked in the oven, and I made things freehand. So air drying clay and moulds were all new to me.After many attempts I decided to use one of the white rabbits which did not turn out too badly, some of them were dreadful, and looked a bit frightening ! I used acrylics to paint him. 



To cover the inside of the bookI used  pages from a vintage Alice book and stamped over them with playing card suits and other whatnots from my large collection of Alice Stamps.
I fussy cut the beautiful scenes  from the Stamperia papers and folded them and assembled it into the book so they would pop out when opened. I worked it all out on copy paper first :  )
I had fun adding lots of embellishments, hanging some down from the top of the book etc.

Thank you for popping into Wonderland today, and I hope you enjoyed your visit xx

I would like to enter my Alice book into the following challenges.

6 May 2019

Wish Upon A Star


Hello how is your winter going ! Well it feels like winter here! Let’s hope the warmer spring weather arrives soon.

I was  thinking of warm summer evenings when I created this small canvas. I used a lovely new stamp set from Hero Arts called “Wish I Might” . I actually like the way this canvas came out, which is a very rare event, as I don’t like a lot of the things I make. 

I used Brushos to create my starry sky and the grassy ground. After stamping the doggie with black versafine , I fussy cut him , of course being very careful not to nick him! A trimmed piece of little bark made a nice seat for his swing, and I  tied it up to the tree branch with thin string. I finished by embossing stars,  and the sentiment to the sky and adding  pressed flowers to the garden. I have a lot of pressed flowers, the Forget-Me- Nots are finally coming up in the garden so I will be  collecting and pressing them soon. 


I also crumbled up some dried petals and adhered them to the bottom of my canvas  along with a few little stars to add some extra magic

I hope you like this little magical canvas, and let’s hope that the  sun and magic will arrive with us all soon. 

Thank you so very much for paying me a visit. Take care xx

I would like to add my Wish Upon A Star canvas to the following challenges.






1 May 2019

Happy May


Happy May! 

I have always loved using items from nature in my craft projects I have a large bag of twigs, berries, dried flowers etc. Hopefully the weather will be getting better now it is is May, and I can wheel through  forest and replenish my supplies.  (Fallen twigs only) 

The garden Forget Me Nots seem to be taking a long time to come up this year, they always press up so nicely. I thought I would share just a few of my nature projects from the last Six  years or more. 









I have just started making a new nature piece and hope to share it next week - if it works out ok. Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. Take care xx



26 Apr 2019

Foil Quill



Hello how are you today? 

Exciting news yesterday my Foil Quill finally arrived. I purchased it in January from a UK store.Sadly the manufacturer supplied one of the tv craft channels with all of their stock so there was none left for the small retailers who had taken preorders! I always support small UK stores so I waited.



The Foil Quill adds foiling to your projects without any of the usual mess involved in foiling! It comes with  four adopters to use with the Silhouette, Brother, Cricut, or Sizzix die cutting machines. I purchased just one of the stylus tip pens in the standard size, but there is one finer, and one thicker available  too.  I also purchased some 6 x 4 foil sheets. I soon learned that this made it a little difficult to calculate the size of my image or word to make sure it fitted on the sheet! I will be buying some foil rolls  : ) 





Installing the stylus was easy enough but it has a very short lead, and I had to use a plug extension to put it in. I am going to look into getting a usb power bank as it would also be good to have for my phone too. 



I used washi tape to hold down the foil, unfortunately on one occasion I had a accidentally used 2 sheets together as they are very thin and tend to stick together. I loved the results, and made a few different images. It was really quite quick to complete. It was only a short first play, but I am sure that I will be experimenting with it some more, and using other colour combinations.


I was very happy with the results, and it was easy to install and use. I just need to be more exact with my measuring ! 

Thank you for stopping by xxx

24 Apr 2019

Quiet Blogland and Jazz centre cards



A small selection of my music themed cards are on sell at The Jazz Centre UK. It is based in Southend, and it’s mission is to promote, preserve, and celebrate the culture of Jazz in all of its forms. It is enthusiastically run by Digby Fairweather, trustees, and volunteers.  

Thank you for visiting today. Blog land is very quiet recently. I know several companies have closed their blogs as they no longer generate enough money. Social media has very much taken over. The google + removal has caused me some problems and lost followers, so I will see how it goes. I have been blogging for many years now. It would be a shame to stop altogether, my health isn’t so good, so I often go long periods without posting. 

I will have to wait and see.....

Best wishes xx

18 Apr 2019

Happy Easter



Wishing all of my crafting friends a very happy Easter time.

I was thrilled to see my Easter Card above published in Crafts Beautiful, which is a lovely magazine full of a variety of wonderful crafts.


This is a small sneak peek of my card in the May Edition of Craft Stamper magazine. The best stamping, mixed media magazine in the UK. 

Take care, have a lovely long weekend. Xx


13 Apr 2019

Laugh As Much As You Breath



I haven’t been blogging much recently, mostly because I have been very unwell. But also since the google+ was removed my app for working on my blog stopped working, and I needed to wait for it to be updated. 

So I have a lot to catch up on, but for today I am just sharing my newest make which is this card “Laugh As Much As You Breath”. Created with lots of watercolours, Indigoblu stamps and fussy cutting.

Thank you so much for paying me a visit. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

17 Mar 2019

Jane Davenport March Hare Prompts

Hello, how are you today? I hope you are well. I have been playing along with Jane Davenport’s March Hare prompts this week. Which is something a bit different for me, I don’t find it easy to draw quickly and not keep erasing and redoing! But art journalling seems to be about going with the flow! I am not too keen on how day 5 turned out, I may try and work on that one yet. Four more prompts to complete next week. 
If you would like to play along the prompts are below. I hope you have a good week ahead. 



12 Mar 2019

Down the Rabbit Hole


Who would like to follow me down the rabbit hole today? Where it is a world of wonder where people are kind, respectful, considerate and law abiding, and treat others how they would like to be treated themselves?

I used Paperbabe stamps and templates for my White Rabbit. 

Jane Davenport has just released prompts for Mad March Hare, and Alice sketches. I am going to try and join in and complete the prompts. I won’t be up to sketching/painting every day but I will catch up eventually!


I hope all is well with you, and thank you for visiting xx

I would like to enter Down the Rabbit hole Hole into the following challenges.




9 Mar 2019

ATC coins



Hello, I hope you are having time to enjoy your crafting,  and all is well with you. I have made only one set of ATC coins before, which I enjoyed.  Lost Coast Designs have an ATC Challenge this month so I thought it would be an ideal time to make some more. UK Stampers also have an ATC coin swap every month so I thought I may take part. It is always scary sharing your work with others, fingers crossed they will be liked.

I used distress Oxides for my background and embossed the little hare and tree, and used an embossing pen to draw in a hill. I use WOW embossing powders they always seem to give the best result for me. I added some little glitter dots in pink, blue and white to add some enchanting sparkle. I have ordered an ATC stamp to go on the back of the coin to add all my info to, so when it arrives it will be a challenge to stamp it on accurately! 

I am entering my ATC coins into the   Lost Coast Designs Challenge 

Thank you for stopping by xx

7 Mar 2019

Thinking of you Spring Card



Hello, thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions with my commenting problem on other blogs. I have removed google + now and just use my blogger profile. I can comment on some blogs but still not on all,  which is a real mystery. I am so sorry that I just can’t post on Susi’s blog, she always makes the most beautiful journal pages., if you haven’t visited yet, go and take a peek.

Blogs do not seem to be so popular lately, I know a lot of companies are no longer using them, social media has taken over.I am thinking about whether it s worth continuing or not. 

Anyhow today  I am sharing a happy Spring Card, lots of water colouring and fussy cutting invloved making this one. The lovely stamps are by Rare Earth. I was happy to see it published in Papercrafter magazine today. Issue 32 has some lovey Spring dies included with it. 




Wishing you a happy and hopefully sunny weekend. 

Thank you for stopping by

I would like to enter my Spring card into the following challenges.



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