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.


2 Mar 2019

Apologies and Alice



I must apologise as I have been having problems trying to comment on some blogs. Is anybody else having the same problem ? It says to use your google account, but it’s not listed, I’ve tried signing out of blogger and signing in again,  but no - nothing works. I know google are deleting the google+ soon, so maybe that has something to do with it! By the way  if  anyone is following my blog on google+ and would like to continue to follow please click the followers thingy on the left.

No crafting this week, as I’ve not been so good, and also had another trip to hospital. I have new Alice goodies to play with though, see above ! 

I hope you are well hugs xx

23 Feb 2019

Birth of Spring


Hello how are you today? Hopefully Spring is not too far away, and this little one is ready to welcome it’s arrival!

This cute stamp is by lost coast designs, and I would liketo enter it into their challenge this month 
Hip to be Square

Thank you for stopping by xx

19 Feb 2019

Alice and Mad Hatter Canvas



Hello, I am back in Wonderland today, probably the best place to be!  Today I am sharing a mixed media canvas featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter.I used Paperbabe templates for the bow, hat and clothes, and drew the facial  features. Of course I  used my favourite watercolours on everything! 


This is one of my most favourite quotes by Lewis Carrol “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” So I was thrilled to see it as a stamp at Lost Coast Designs.



I used several gorgeous Alice collections on this canvas, Bo Bunny and Echo Park. Have you seen the new Alice collection by Stamperia, it is stunning! 

Thank you for visiting today, hope to see you again soon. If you have time, please leave a comment so Alice and Mad Hatter know you were here!
I would like to enter this canvas into the following challenges, thank you.

7 Feb 2019

Sweet Valentine Card




Hello thank you for stopping by, I hope you are well. Today I am sharing an idea for a very sweet Valentines Card, I found the chocolate hearts from Lindt, and thought they would make wonderful balloons. 

I made my card background by using aquamarkers spritzed heavily with water. I stamped the girl with balloons (minus her balloons) I also stamped a few tress for her to be flying past. Some glue dots worked well to keep the chocolate hearts in place, I am  not entirely sure just how long they will stay in place before being gobbled up!

I would like to enter my Sweet Valentine Card into the following challenges, thank you.

Penny Black Anything Goes

2 Feb 2019

Animal Requiem



I was so happy to be able to go to the Animal Requiem at St Johns Church, Piccadilly. To watch the breathtaking service to honour all of our animal friends whom are no longer with us. Just a few days prior I was in hospital on oxygen after a medical procedure did not go very well. I was determined to attend in memory of My Tammy who died almost 19 years ago, I still miss her every day. 


Animal Requiem

I pinned her photo on the special Rembrance Board



I lit a candle for Tammy and my friends dog Charlie.


Alfie Boe was superb, the Requiem ended with him singing a reworking of “Blackbird” originally by The Beatles.
Rachel Fuller wrote the Requiem to honour and remember all of the beloved animals who are no longer with us.



The Altar


This is Tammy and myself many years ago. I had just come out of hospital, I had been in a coma from which I was not expected to survive. The drs told my mother to keep talking to me as I may be able to hear her. She talked to me about Tammy, Tammy, Tammy. I eventually came out of the coma, the prognosis for my future was not good, but I have lived much longer than expected. 

The Animal Requiem can be downloaded from iTunes, and there are lots of videos from the service on You Tube. 

I only have one hospital appointment next week, so I can hopefully get back to some crafting.Wishing my crafting friends a lovely crafting week xxx






23 Jan 2019

Alice In Wonderland Lantern



A lovely crafting friend recently gave me this die set, and this is my first attempt at making a lantern. I decided to turn it into an Alice in Wonderland themed lantern, and included an artificial tea light inside. I selected some  stamps from my large Alice collection, and coloured them with watercolours.






Thank you so much for paying me a visit. I would like to enter my Alice Lantern into the following challenges

22 Jan 2019

A look Back



Indigoblu have decided to discontinue their international Design Team. I have enjoyed creating for them over the last few years. I thought I would remember some of my projects which I have created for Indigoblu.










Thank you for supporting my work over the years. Take care xxx





11 Jan 2019

Once Upon A Dream



Hello, how are you? I hope your new year is off to a good start. Lots of hospital appointments for me this month.

I have had a lucky crafting start to the year as I have been the lucky winner at  Paperbabe, and Lost Coast Designs.Thank you very much.

Today I am sharing  this mixed media canvas, featuring Lavinia Stamps and die cuts. I think the fairy is peacefully playing her flute, and wondering what this new year will bring....

Thank you for visiting, may you have a happy and creative new year xx

I would like to enter “Once Upon A Time” into the following challenges. 
Lost Coast DesignsAnything Goes


1 Jan 2019

Happy 2019 !



Hello this is a scheduled post today to wish my crafting friends a very healthy and happy 2019. I am on the Indigoblu Blog today wth this fun New Years card. I hope you can jump over for a visit. 
Take care, and have a wonderful New Year xxxx

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