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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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Crafting to find YOU

but crafting will help to keep your marbles

I have been at the trade show in Birmingham, while I was there I listened to a very frank talk by James McIntosh, about how knitting had saved his life.

The Gaurdian had a article recently about how sewing can help with depression.

I have taken courses in the USA and Holland in Zentangle developed by a lovely couple as a form of meditation.

But anyone who does any crafting will tell you that it doesn’t matter which craft you choose or if you do more than one craft the process is the important part. I also think that workshops are a great way to meet people and build friendships with like minded people.

So make time for you and get crafting! but don’t expect to save money, but you are worth it!


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Workshop Samples

so much fun making a mess

I am sorry that I have been absent, but a trip to the Trade Show and then technical issues. New computer now so back up and running and raring to go….

I had forgotten how exciting getting parcels of stock

So more news of what I have been up to very very soon………

more teasers

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!


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Woodware – Chosen by Francoise – Sakura Glaze Pens

We have something new on the Woodware Blog this week, one of the design team are choosing the theme for the week. So first to choose is Francoise Read, and I am first to post.


Francoise has chosen Sakura Glaze Pens as what we have to use. I have used them on Lucky Squirrel Shrink Plastic.

The shrink plastic comes in clear, translucent, white and black, or you can get a starter pack that has 2 sheets of each.


I have stamped on the white shrink plastic here with Black Surfacez ink from Colorbox. One of my favourite things about shrink plastic is that your mistakes get shrunk with the piece, so stamping does not have to be perfect.


Here you can see how patching the stamping is. I have coloured the flower plastic with the rose pink and the turquoise they are nice and wet so you can blend them together and have touches of purple, this will work on card too but it is really well none porous surfaces.


When you heat the shrink it will curl up and you have to be brave, and just keep heating.


 an acrylic block is a handy way to flatten the piece if it does not go completely flat when heating.


here you can see how much the pieces shrink.


I have some translucent pieces too.


Here you can see that I have used the Clear Glaze Pen as a blender pen to get the orange to blend to nothing.


I have also used the Clear Star pen to add a bit of sparkle to the flower.


Here is the finished white one the kilt pins are a really good way to display the pieces.


I have also done a bag charm also on white.


Put together with lots of jump rings.

The stamps that I have used are 2 of Francoise’s new ones Wonderful Friend and Make Time

Thanks for visiting, remember to pop over to the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the girls are up to.

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Woodware Challenge – Featuring… Buttons, Buttons, and More Buttons!

The theme this week is buttons, Woodware have a great selection of buttons at a very good price that make them perfect for this project. y daughter -in-law was at a baby shower this weekend which is probably what set me off on this project, but I don’t know if it is a boy or a girl so this is a neutral colour.


I have used the Woodware wooden money box and I was very pleased to use the new Dreamweaver Open Sheep stencil inspired by the sheep that Lynell the Queen of Stencils saw on her last visit to Yorkshire.


First I used the house to make a template and cut my house shape.


I used a Micron Pen and drew around the inside of the stencil.


Put the stencil back on and with Crafter’s Purple Ink and a large stencil brush.


Two sheep one for each side of the house. One I have coloured completely and one just the head.


Then with some Crafty Glue I attached the Lavender buttons.


Using the hous as a template again I cut two sides and two roof panels.


on the sides I used a very old now discontinued Dreamweaver Stone Wall stencil.


the roof is the Scales Stencil. I used Double Sided Sheets to attach all of the pieces and a craft knife to cut the money slot.


Wobbly Eyes finish of both sheep. Around the edge of the card I have used the Dorothy space from Jane’s Mini Flowers set

To see lots more button inspiration pop over to the Woodware Blog

Thanks for visiting!

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Woodware are as Mad as Hatters…with The Stamp Pad

 The challenge on the Woodware blog this week is Mad Hatters I hope you check the posts out as I think it could be a fun week!

I have made a box hat


Yes it looks like a hat, but it is sitting on a wooden bobbin and won’t go on your head!

The story in pictures…


I have used a straight sided plastic tub for the inside, I measured my Craft Canvas and then sprayed it with Clearsnap Artichoke Dye Ink Spray.


I used the Woodware Compass Cutter to cut some scrap mounting board. Go gently around over and over again to ease your way through the thick card.

I have used Double Sided Adhesive sheets to attach the Craft Canvas I put the sticky sheet on the canvas because I had allowed for an over lap.


Can you see my not so deliberate mistake? I have spray much more heavily at one end of the canvas than the other, which was not really noticeable on the flat sheet of canvas, well not so noticeable! It is at the back, so I have not done anything about it.


I stuck a piece of card on the bottom so that it was flat. Make slits in the canvas so that the fullness is catered for when you fold over the excess, this give a fairly neat finish.


I added another piece of card just to keep it neat and again give me a good join to the base.

Carefully attach to the solid brim.


The join at the bottom is not very neat, but that is what ribbon is for.


Add a lid, this is just a circle of card with canvas on both sides, again all stuck together with Double Sided Adhesive sheets


To decorate I have used the Burlap Flowers and Ribbon.

Also the new Woodware Cotton Ribbon in Natural the ribbon comes in 15mm and 6mm I have used the 15mm to wrap around the hat. I made a multi bow with the 6mm and the medium (middle) sized template from the Brilliant Bow Maker.


I inked all of the edges with the Caribbean Surfacez ink. And used some ribbon and double sided tape to attach the top of the hat.


The tag on the top had been punched and the stamped with the Rollagraph Define it. I have then written on my little ditti.


I hope that you enjoy Woodware’s  Mad Hatters week, brought to you by

Gwenstampy of the Stamp Pad

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More mad hatters on the Woodware Blog

Thanks for visitng see you soon!

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Woodware Challenge with Crafty Card Makers

We are pleased to be playing along with the Crafty Card Makers this week, the challenge will be open on their blog for two weeks. If you would like to play along with us please check the Crafty Card Maker rules then use the link on the Crafty Card Makers Blog to add your card or if you are not a blogger yet you can e-mail your card to me at  and she will post it and add it to the Crafty Card Makers Blog.

So here is my offering for the Crafty Card Makers and Woodware.


If you think that the bag is too fancy then perhaps you will like the back…


Tag7I used a different flower for the centre and I have layered it on the reverse of the paper and the craft card this time it has been punched with the Super Circle.

Tag1I used the mini pendant blanks and cut the centre of the flowers to fit and glued them in with Glossy Accents and then glazed them with the Glossy Accent so that they look as if they had been enamelled.

Tag3I am pleased with my tag

TagTo get the shape I drew around a Chippie Tag and cut it out. I used the regular corner rounder to finish off the corners.

Tag2To get the tag to mimic the bag I used the Simple Dots Jumbo Rollagraph wheel and the Stamping Guide it does a great job if you want your rows to be straight! I used the watermark cartridge and embossed with Olive Embossing Powder.


I tied the ribbon through and the shrivelled the ribbon.

Tag5I added an extra piece of ribbon and shrivelled it after I had tucked it through. I used this to tie the bag closed.

Tag12I made a simple card too, this is A5 folded in half on the long edge, I have put it together with the same elements as the bag and tag.

Tag13Thank you for visiting today pop over to see what the Woodware Girls have been up to and have a look at the Crafty Card Makers too.

Happy crafting see you soon.

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Woodware Challenge – Week 80 – Tags or Card Toppers

Over on the Woodware Blog we are looking at Tags and Toppers. I have been busy this week, and I am very pleased with myself as not only have I made the tags, but I have wrapped some of the parcels!


I have used one set of stamps it is an old Francoise Clear Magic set I Love Snowmen. Francoise often designs with boxes around the images I have always liked this style and I like the fact that they don’t always stay inside the lines. (a bit like my colouring). The stamp set has four images in boxes so I have used all four of them.


I have used ATC cards in Kraft and in Cream. I have produced a batch by stamping two sheets of A4 cream with the images. I used my Russet Chalk Yink I like chalk pads and the russet works well with the cream and kraft colours.


I have used the Stargazer Mica Pallette for all of the colouring.

The paper is Stockholm 2


Dorrie4Dorrie3Dorrie5Dorrie2The embossed button punch is idea to for adding detail without extra depth and weight.

DorrieWrappedHere we have the parcels all ready to hand out.


I even have one card made!


and lots more tags for using either on parcels or cards.

Thank you for visiting, we have lots of tags and toppers to inspire over on the Woodware Blog.

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Woodware Challenge – Week 78 – Gifts for Christmas

I hope that you have been keeping an eye on the Woodware blog this week as the girls have been showing off some wonderful gift ideas. I have done some glass tea light holders, which are quick and very effective.

I have used Jane’s stamps on them all, and I have stamped on Mulberry Paper The Mulberry Paper comes in large sheets and also in an A5 pad of mixed colours which is very useful.

These two are done on candles from Ikea, I had the green candles as I like the apple smell, but they come in lots of colours and fragrances. On this ones I have used pink paper and embossed with Vintage Plum Embossing Powder. The stamp is Ferns a Clear Magic Single.

I always use PPA to glue things like this it is a wonderful glue. If you have not heard of Perfect Paper Adhesive it is an acrylic glue which has a UV filter, which if you are making home décor projects it does help to reduce sun fade. That is just one of it’s many features. When attaching the paper put some glue on the glass and then put the paper on and glue all over the top. This seals it all really well and the glue goes through the thin paper.

This is the Hedgerow Clear Magic Single I have stamped on light green paper and embossed with Vintage Mahogany Tinsel Powder. I have stamped it 3 times for each glass and ripped the paper and overlapped it around the glass. This means you don’t have to measure, just line it up roughly and the glue gives you time to slide it round a bit.

This time I have used a pair of glasses that are just water or whisky glasses, depending on your taste! The stamp on this pair is Wheat Clear Magic Single, I have stamped on white Mulberry Paper and embossed with Aged Silver powder.

once I had glued the paper on to the glasses I added some Frantage to the bottom. Just a mix that I have in the box that includes:- Shaved Ice, Silver Halo Glitter Mix, Pearlised Mica Fragments. I just added some water mark re-inker so that I could drop on bits of powder. Heating the glass is easy, just do it slowly, start with the heat gun quite far away.

The box that they are sitting on was the project that I had planned, but since Siobhan got in first with stationery I went for something completely different!

Thank you for visiting, please have a look and see what the rest of the team have been up to!

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Woodware Challenge – Week 73 – Upcycling – Day 3

Well I would like to have wonderful hand painted furniture all around my home, perhaps I should invite Tammi from Stampendous to stay, for a month or two. Here is the sort of thing that Tammi creates.

You can find the instructions here on the Stampendous website, they even have printable instructions.

But I digress last year I used Dreamweaver stencils to decorate a small chest which has pride of place in my hall. So this year I have been a little bit more adventurous. I wanted some storage in my sitting room but had no idea what I wanted, but I found this in my craft cabin.

We had a few of these in our work shop area when I had my shop.

I am not good with paint so I opted for a distressed look, and painted a rough coat of black acrylic paint all over the carcase.

 I used a Stampendous border and embossed it with Aged Gold the border is from the Perfectly Clear set Damask Chair. Because the wood was a bit uneven I had trouble getting all of my stamping to be perfect, but that just adds to the distressed look (that is my excuse reason)

Here is a close up of the drawers.

The swirl stamp on the side and he top is from the Jumbo Cling Rubber set Romantic Border.

To finnish off and seal the paint I mixed Matte Perfect Paper Adhesive with Sparkling Copper PearlEx Powder.

Well then I did a second one.

 I stacked them and they make a good end table.

Three was too high so this one sits on a table. I have a rather ugly radio hidden behind it.

Well perhaps I should have stopped their…..

These two came from Woolworth’s and were a cheep copy of the budget price Ikea ones!

This time I used Aged Silver Powder

but well I still had one more chest!

This one I found in the loft it was a pine bedside chest of drawers.

This one is Aged Gold and the border stamp is from the Romantic Jumbo Cling Rubber Set.

It was not easy doing the top, it was a bit heavy tipping up the chest to get the excess powder off.

This photograph doesn’t do them justice but I embossed  the wooden knobs with a Frantage mixture. My son was even impressed with this piece and I did wonder if he would ask for it back since it did start life in his room.

I am sitting typing this up and wondering what to do next, I do want to do something with the plain table lights……

Thank you for visiting today, over on Woodware we are upcycling all week and we have everything from furniture to cards so pop over a have a look at what the girls have been up too.