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Christmas Card with A Surprise

This is a card that we made in a Zoom workshop on Wednesday 4th November 2020.

Not easy to photograph as it was made in lovely pearl blue card.

The card is A4 folded in half the die on the front is part of a Lisa Horton set Happy Christmas I like a plain front to a card when I have something interesting going on inside.

Really easy to create, but packs a punch.
This is an old Spellbinder die, layer the 2 parts together
great way to make a hole is to use a push pin and an old foam stamp to push into so that you don’t hurt your fingers
add a thread to hang in your card.
The inside card is the same size as the outside and I have folded in half and the in half again. The centre has been die cut with the circle from the same Merry Christmas die as on the front. I have added double sided tape.

Take the back off the tape but just one side.

Line up the first side with the outside of the card.

Fold the inside of the card, take the backing off the strips of tape and carefully fold the card closed.

Glitter on double sided tape adds the touch of sparkle that Christmas always needs!

We made this card and 2 others last week during our Zoom class check out the Cornhill Community Centre Facebook Page if you are local to Aberdeen and would like to join us.

This is the set of cards that we made.

Thanks for visiting hope to see you soon.

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Creative Expressions Mixed Media Mayhem

Fancy taking part in a challenge? You will find all the details over on Creative Expressions Mixed Media Group

So this is day 3 and I have managed to make something, where does time go?

This is my Stencil effort.

I have used the Pink Ink Multi-Surface paint in Turquoise Wave and Royal Purple Lustre. all stuck down with Cosmic Shimmer glue.
The stencil is Hearts and Flowers (CEST026) designed to fit on the Artist Trading Elements. The background circles are punched but the black one is one of the Artist Trading Coins (CEMDFATCOIN) which I have painted with black gesso and then stencilled.
The butterflies are from my Woodware stash and I have stamped it with the Pink Ink Designs Clear Stamp Hinge & Bracket A5 (PI043). I love the way that the stamp is perfect for butterfly decoration.

So I hope that you like my effort and why not have a go at some of the challenges?

Thanks for visiting see you soon


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Easter Project – Scrappy Fabric Eggs – Wednesday 18th March 2020 – 6.30 – 8.30pm

I decided on this class partly to use up scraps and partly because I think it is nice to have some decorations for festivals throughout the year.

We will be hand sewing some eggs, nice relaxing project, and they are made from scraps of fabric, always nice to use up bits.

We should get two eggs made on the evening, but you will go home with enough materials to make another four and a pattern for more.

The workshop will take place upstairs Kilau (Old Aberdeen).

Free parking is available outside after 4pm

Coffee Machine will be on and food will be available.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – 2 hours from 6.30pm – 8.30pm (If you want to order something to eat coffee shop open until 7pm) 

The cost will be £18.00 and this will include all materials to make 6 eggs.

Adult class, young adults welcome.

If you have any questions drop me an email – or just come alongLocation – Upstairs at Kilau 57 High Street Old Aberdeen AB24 3EH


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Believe – One Little Word

One little Word – Vision Board

This year I decided that I would do the One Little Word course with Ali Edwards, I have started it before, a very long time ago but this year I plan to finish it! I do some years have a word that I am focusing on without doing anything positive with it, so this year I thought that I would give it a go.

The prompt for February was to create a vision board and this is mine.


As you can tell my word for this year is BELIEVE one of the things that I am practising this year is to improve my hand writing (I need to improve all of my writing, and grammar and spelling :P)

So I have used an ATC card and written my word and others that have been speaking to me. I have edged the card with an ink pad, I have used the same green ink pad to edge most of my panels.

This is a photograph that inspires belief that anything is possible.

I spotted this little flower as I was getting into my car one morning. It is growing out of the tarmac on our drive. Yes it is very weedy, and if that doesn’t instil hope that anything can happen then nothing will.

Somewhere I plan to return to.

This photograph was taken last June at sunset on a beach that I plan to return to. The other beach is my regular walking place, east facing so a place to see sunrises.

I BELIEVE I will return to walk at sunset…..

Dorrie x

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A Blast from the Past

It always amazes me when people say that they have tidied there craft room, mine is never tidy. I do try but I get side tracked by all the interesting things! I found this today.

and I still think that it is rather nice!

I made this in a Fancy Pants workshop at CHA, and yes it was CHA it is so long ago. (Craft and Hobby Association in the USA). Nice to see that they are a company that is still out there and they still have some nice things.

The words still speak to me.

The words still seem important to remember. I’m off to play some more, and perhaps do some more tidying!

Have a great weekend and I hope that you get some crafting time.

Dorrie x

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Art Journal – Houses or Homes

I have a thing about houses

I journal in an A4 pad and struggle with words, well I think that I have made a breakthrough with that. I am practising my lettering, I think that because I am dyslexic (boy that was hard to spell, so grateful for spell check) I developed bad writing, as a way to hide spelling errors. This is a quick description of how I made the page. The stamps are old ones from Stampendous.

Quick coat of black gesso (I don’t always use gesso depends on the paint that I am going to use)
I used a brick stencil and some Sludge Paste

What is Sludge Paste I here you ask. Well when you stencil with different colours of paste and get them mixed put them all in an empty pop and use it when you are going to add colour over the top.

I have painted my sludge paste with Cosmic Shimmer Kaleidoscope paint

The Kaleidoscope paint includes grit to add even more texture.

While I was doing the page I was listening to an interview with Jon Kabat-Zin. The phrase really struck me.
the other page that I created at the same time.

I think that I like houses because I wonder what the lives inside them is like and the wonder of people.

Thank you for stopping in and please if you have time and live in the North East of Scotland could you please fill in my survey. Thank you

Dorothy x

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Journal Cover

I have been researching Bullet Journaling for the past few months, making it difficult for myself because I had to make it mine! This weekend I made a cover for my journal. So here is the cover and some of the process. I will share more of the inside soon.

A project that I am really happy with!
This is the paint that I used. It is from Pink Ink Designs.

The paint is great for loads of different surfaces and has a lustre sheen I used the Atlantic Blue Lustre and the Turquoise Wave Shimmer, and of course Sparkle Star.

just squeeze out some paint on to a none stick mat and mix to vary the colour depth
I wanted a messy look. I have used Craft Canvas from my craft stash.
I stencilled the Turquoise Wave through the Lisa Horton Worn Hessian Stencil.
I hope that you can see the sparkle
For the inside I cut 2 pieces of thick A4 card 22 x 22 cm
Then I scored the 2 pieces of card to create a spine
I used book tape to tape the card together over lapping the spine for strength. Then I wrapped elastic around and tied it off. I wrapped the elastic around so that I could add three sections to my journal.
I used Pink Stamps Hinge and Bracket and stamped them on a separate panel. I hand wrote the word believe and then stitched the panel on the front.

While stitching it all together I added some more elastic to use as a closer.

I stitched it together then add the zig-zag to finish it off.

My workshops will start again in February and if you have anything that you would like me to do let me know. I think that Journals and books may feature! Thanks for visiting see you soon.

Dorrie x

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Black and White Christmas with a Touch of Sparkle

Here are the samples from last months the Black and White workshop

Bah Humbug – JGS197 Stamp Designed by Jane Gill
Peace – FRS602 Stamp Designed by Francoise Read
Woodware Stamp – Celtic Tree – ADS512
The Nativity Story – FRS706 Designed by Francoise Read

I hope that these samples have inspired you.