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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 – Christmas Table Decorations

I am back with the place settings for Christmas day, I have only completely finished one but the design is done and I have started on them, it is only seven for Christmas day, unless we find any strays, and that does sometimes happen and is always a joy.


I have wanted to make cutlery holders for Christmas for a few years now, and so this is will be the year. I was going to use fabric, but I decided that using card I can make new ones every year if we like the idea.


First I made the tag using the Little Christmas Bird designed by Jane Gill image that I used for my chocolates. I used the Tag Top Punch (yes how did I live without it). I have stamped with Fire Crafters ink and embossed with Stampendous Ruby Powder. I have used the A4 White Linen card


I have stamped the holly from the Stampendous Jumbo Holly Stocking Cling and embossed it with gold powder. then I water coloured with the Crafter’s ink pads Fire and Jungle.


I have colured around the edges with the Jungle ink and a big stencil brush, I coloured the card for the back too just in case I didn’t stick it together very well, I could have stuck it together and then coloured. I rounder all ot the corners with the regular rounder. I used the ultra high bond double sided tape to make sure that it stayed together.


then I did some more stamping and embossing around the pocket. You can see that I have missed a tiny bit of embossing at the join, because of the card thickness, so I have used a VersaMark pen and re-embossed that bits.


I have added the tag at a jaunty angle.


then added a napkin


and the cutlery.

They are A5 size pockets and will look great on the table and I can have them all ready to go in advance, so it will be a quick Christmas day job to lay the table.

Thanks for visiting see you soon!

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Christmas Table Decorations

We are not big on fancy chocolates in our house but we do like an After Eight Mint, or two, so I have made this box for them to sit on the Christmas table.


I think that I saw this on the Craftwork Cards Blog but I am not sure.


I have cut my card 9 inches square.


I used my scoring blade in my trimmer and scored at 3 and 6 inches in both directions


Then  fold and crease all of the score lines.


Use a ruler to score a diagonal line BUT don’t score the centre square as it is the bottom of the box. Score the four corners.


The stamp is Jane Gill’s Little Christmas Bird Clear Magic stamp.


I would normally use a watermark pad to stamp, but because it is a solid stamp I got better definition by using a red ink pad and red embossing powder. I hope that you can see the difference.


The background paper is from one of the 6 x 6 pads I have edged the paper squares with gold embossing.


I have made all four sides the same.


I do love the face of the bird!


I had to be careful when sticking on the birds that they are the right way up.

I punched out a square of card and drew a diagonal lines across it this I placed on the corner and punched through it so that my punch holes are more or less in the same place.


can you see my deliberate mistake, yes I drew my line all the way across.


Perfect for our After Eight Mints, I wonder if the will last until Christmas, well I wonder if they will make it to the weekend!


Gingham ribbon is perfect for holding it all together, and then I can undo the ribbon and fold it flat to store for next year.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the girls posts on Woodware Witterings this week.

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Christmas Table Decorations

I think that this could be an interesting week of posts from the girls, I have chosen to start my place cards for my table on New Years Day. The Christmas table will feature red but on New Years Day it will be blue.


I have made small easel cards and since I don’t know yet how many I will be having for dinner that day I have made four, but I do expect that I will have to make at least another four cards.

I saw this on Pinterest somewhere used on the front of a card.


I used four sizes of circle punch


I have inked the edges of the circles with Sky Dye Ink


You may recognise this smiling face, I have used the same stamp as last week the Large Snowman Bauble Clear Magic stamp from the Francoise Collection. I used a black Koi pen to ink only the face of the stamp and then punched out with the yellow punch. I coloured the nose and then added Glossy Accents. Large foam mounting pads give him lots of height.


The card is A4 cut in half length ways, Then scored at the half and quarter points. The ovals I have cut with two of the dies from the Stampendous Build a Pop Up Die set.

This is a really quick and very effective decoration for a table.


another idea that I found on Pinterest is to build the snowman flat on a card. I have used the Dreamweaver Leafless Tree for arms.

Thanks for visitng see you soon, remember to check out Woodware Wittering to see what the rest of the team are up to this week.

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Bring on the Sunshine – take 2

Here I have another take on bring in the sunshine


This time I have done a canvas with Jane Gill’s Three Houses Clear Magic set. I have used these stamps before for a post but I wanted to use them on a canvas.


I have used a large Stencil Brush and several pigment ink pads to get the sky


I used green pigment ink for the hill. Then I used a rollagraph on some crumped tissue paper, and ripped the edges and glued it on to the canvas with Crafty Glue.


next I stamped the houses on the tissue paper, again I used pigment ink.


and glued them on to the canvas


The sun is from the set that I used yesterday Jane’s Going Round in Circles.


I used Tombow pens to colour the houses.


I have used one of the stamps from the same set to make my flowers, coloured with Tombows and then added Glossy Accents in the centres.

Thanks for visiting see you soon!

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Woodware Bring on the Sunshine

Over on the Woodware blog this week we are bringing on the sunshine, if only it was easy to do that at this time of year!


Judith (aka Mrs Woodware) asked me to decorate one of the candle holders months ago, and for some reason I found it really difficult to do. Fisrt I painted it with red Dylusions, then didn’t know what else to do, I have been taking it out and looking at it for months, then just putting it away again!


It is really strange, because I really like it!


So then I painted it with green Dylusions, but I still didn’t like it, so I got some white Dylusions paint and sponged it, and wiped it off with a Woodware Wipe


After that I got my Distressing Nail File and distressed the candle holder, now I like it!


Then I got out Jane’s Going Round in Circles Clear Magic set, and Frantage powder. This one has been embossed in Aged Black.


The smaller circles I have used the Seasonings Powder.

I am really pleased with my candle holder now that it is done, and really does bring in the sun.

Don’t forget to check what the rest of the team have been up to on the blog, thanks for visiting see you soon!

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Woodware – Master Board – The Mirror Crack’d

Woodware are sponsoring The Mirror Crack’d this month so pop over to there blog for some inspiration and the join in on the Mirror Crack’d blog.

I am back again this week covering for Pam with another masterboard


this one is very plain, I have just used dye ink sprays and the Hexagonal Art Screen.


Then I messed about added some stamping with the quilting stamps, and some metal stencil used to pattern the Magic stamp.


Then I chopped it up into pieces to make some houses.


I added buttons and some self adhesive tape measure ribbon.


Here you can see the Crackle Rollagraph background stamp.


This one has some burlap ribbon.


this one has self adhesive lace.


the words come from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear set Family Home.


this time cream burlap.


and this one just has lots thrown on!


For the background I used a 6 x 24 inch canvas, ripped some paper as a mask


and sprayed with 2 shades of green


then used an ink pad for the blue sky.


I rubbed a Woodware wipe over the canvas to blend it in, then I painted over the top with metallic f/x made into a water colour paint with gum arabic, to as some shimmer to the sky.


It looks very nice on my wall!

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Woodware – Master Board – The Mirror Crack’d

Woodware are sponsoring The Mirror Crack’d this month so pop over to there blog for some inspiration and the join in on the Mirror Crack’d blog.

Master board seems a very grand name for cutting up what you make, but it is fun.


This is what I have done with mine. The box is the largest one of a set of three wooden boxes that are available from Woodware.

For my master board I started with a sheet of white 12 x 12 card.


and sprayed it with Banana Clearsnap Dye Ink Spray through the Mandala Art Screen.


Just roughly


Then I added some Strawberry and Spearmint sprays I also used the Swirldot Art Screen.


Then I moved back inside and added some stamping in Bark Crafters ink. This is the Stampendous Carte Postal.


I have also stamped the Calligraphy Sampler in red ink


Then I got out the Dreamweaver Embossing paste and made a very messy job of pasting (deliberately I might add)


I repeated this across the card.


I should have started in the middle, but it didn’t matter as I am cutting up the board anyway!


Then I used the Rust Spoonful kit to heat emboss the paste. I just added it roughly.


Then I used the circles from the Kaffee Klatsch set. I have embossed it with the Seasoning Embossing enamel.


Then I chopped up the card I have edged them with Bark ink. I didn’t measure the length I just measured the height of  the box and cut 7cm sqaures.


The box has been painted with the Dylusions paints that we are still waiting to arrive.


The paints go on really well.


I have only decorated the two long sides.


I attached the panels with Woodware Crafty Glue.

The burning question is do I decorate the other two boxes with the rest of the master board


Or do I do something completely different?

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Woodware Christmas Decorations

Over on the Woodware blog this week we are looking at decorations, I really enjoy making and displaying Christmas Decorations and the selection that we have on show this week I hope will inspire you to get the glue gun out.

I really like the tree that Suzanne from CukyBugCrafts has shared with us, pop over and have a look.

So now here we have my effort….


It is the Craft Works Cards Poinsettia Wreath. The pack contains everything that you need to make two wreaths.


The kit comes with plenty of  the organza ribbon but for this one I used some of the dotty grosgrain

They are very easy to make…


you get 2 rings with pre-punched holes


I sprayed it with ColorBox Artichoke Dye Ink. I think this is an amazing colour.


then add the ribbon


I made my flower into piles so that I new that I liked the way that I had mixed the layers up


shape the flowers with the Floral Punch Craft tools.


My first set of seven flowers I used a a6mm brad to hold them together.


shape the leaves and attach 2 together. I have added Pine Stickles.


The other flowers I stuck together with silicone glue and added a Card Candi on top. the candi is Felicity but I have covered them with Diamond Stickles to add some sparkle and I used Cranberry Stickles on the edge of some of the petals.


 I used the pine Stickles on the embellishment pins too, and used some Card Candi as berries.


I only used 6 flowers so I have made a small card with my spare flower.

Thanks for visiting, don’t forget to pop over to the Woodware Blog to see what the rest of the team have been up too.

See you soon