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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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Card Making Techniques Workshop

Want to start card making but don’t know where to start?

Why not try this workshop to get you started?

We will be taking a tour of different basic techniques to spark your creativity and kick start a creative hobby that will give you hours and hours years and years of pleasure!

Simple thing that make all the difference to your finished projects…

How do I fold my card so that it has a professional finish?

What so of glue should I use?

Why does a die cut machine do?

What is all the fuss about stamps aren’t they just for children?

If you have any questions like these this workshop is for you If you are not sure and have some questions email me:-

The workshop will take place upstairs Kilau (Old Aberdeen). Free parking is available outside. Coffee Machine won’t be on, but instant will be included (and tea)

Sunday 10th March 2019 – 2 hours from 10am – noon

The cost will be £15.00 and this will include goodies to take away to play with on your own. (payment required in advance and refunds for cancelation will normally only be made if the space is filled)

Adult class, young adults welcome.

Places are limited so if you are interested or have any more questions please email me or book here 

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Hello, I am back!

I have had a very quite crafting time for the past few months. I in the autumn I went to a quilting class locally and had fun, so I made a quilt on my own using the same method as I had learnt.


All made from fabric that I had in my stash!


I do like the strip method, but I suppose I should try something else.

But then I have been cheating…


I have made four seat pads that have been stamped and then stitched with a zigzag to make them look quilted. There are great for extra seating or taking outside to add to garden chairs and can just be thrown in the washing machine.

Happy Easter

Dorrie Doodle


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Make Christmas Special with Metallic F/x

This week on Woodware Witterings we are using Dreamweaver Metallic F/x this is a very high quality Mica powder in a stunning range of colours. The pot contains nothing but high quality mica pigment, no fillers!

So here is what I have come up with.


the photograph is not very good, sorry.


first I have used Dreamweaver copper embossing paste and while it is wet I have flicked on the powder. The stencil is one of the new ones from Stampendous Holly Scroll Stencil.


When I had enough powder on I heated the paste to dry it.


once it is dry you can brush off the excess powder.


I just love the bubbly effect!


For the background I used the watermark pad through the Large Damask stencil. I have added the Metallic F/x


I ran the Happy Christmas Stencil through my Sizzix machine and then inked it with the Watermark Pad and


added the Purple Satin and Glacier Metallic F/x I have used the same two colours throughout.


I added the blue around the layer of card. simply run the card along the ink pad.


it looks good on the card, but has not shown up on the final photograph.


I wrapped the ribbon around th card, then added a knot of ribbon to finish off the panel.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the team this week on Woodware Witterings, thanks for visiting see you soon!

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The Time of Mellow Fruitfulness – take 2

Me again with another mellow post, but today I have a scrapbook page to share.


I have used a stencil, stamps and chippies. The photographs were taken on a September morning dog walk.


First I used the Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art Bricks I used a stencil brush and the Bark Crafters ink pad


on top of that I stamped, with the same ink pad one of the stamps from the Dylusions Graphic Backgrounds Cling rubber set. It is great the difference in the ink intensity that you can get.


Then I used Stampendous Rust Spoonful Kit this mixture of embossing powder, mica and color fragmaent comes in a bag and box all ready to use.


Just sprinkle where you want it, and heat from underneath.


I have used the Woodware Chippies for my title. I love these chipboards, the alphabets come in 2 styles and with 2 sheets in the bag. I have used Aged Bronze embossing powder, and the Jungle Crafters ink.


Then I stamped and again embossed with the Aged Bronze powder, this stamp is from the NK Studio range and is called Kaffee Klatsch I have then punched them with the circle punch.


For my journaling I used a blue circle punch to make a mask and the used the sampe stamp


my mask is part of the finished piece too.


Here is a close up of one of the photographs so that you can see where I find the beauty on a September morning. The layers under the photographs are just Hairy Manila cut to the same size as the photographs and scruffed on 2 edges.

Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the team’s take on Mellow on Woodware Witterings.

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Woodware Colour Challenge – Black and Silver

I hope that you enjoyed our blog hop last week, back to normal this week, it seems very quiet. This week we have a colour combination of black and silver.


Stencils have been very popular this week with the girls and I have gone for Dreamweaver Stencils too.


I used the new Pen Collection stencil and embossed them with mat black paste then covered the wet paste with silver embossing powder and heated it.


I tried one with Aged Silver powder, but I decided it was not right for this project, but they are still in my stash.


For the background I used the Paisley Background stencil.


I used the Aged Silver powder to edge the panel.


Layered on to some silver vellum and then onto a 6 x 6 black card.


The pens were cut out and attached with double sided tape.

Thanks for visiting see you soon.

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Woodware Challenge – Sketch 34

This week on Woodware we have a sketch


A very simple sketch this month. and here is my take on it.


I have done a DL shaped card. I have used the Dreamweaver Zen Flower Stencil.


I started with an  A5 piece of card and stenciled with Aruba Crafter’s ink most of the Zen Flower on it. I had punched out the Scalloped Oval first and used some Sakura Quickie Glue as a temporary glue and attached the punched out piece to the card and stencilled over the top of the 2 pieces. I then trimmed the card so that it fitted exactly on a DL card


I used translucent embossing paste on the punched section and set it aside to dry. After it was dry I used a stencil brush and added Sweet Pea Crafters with a Stencil Brush.  I love the contrast of textures that you get with the paste making the centre shinny.


I inked the edges with the Aruba ink and added one of the strips that I had cut off .


I punched a Very Big size scalloped oval and stamped a greeting from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear set You Are So Tweet.


I punched out some daisies in Big, Large and mini sizes of Daisy Flower Punch. I left the min one white and coloured the others to match the colours of the card.

Pop over to the Woodware Blog see what the rest of the team are up to this week, thanks for visiting see you soon.

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Woodware Challenge – Blue

A couple of weekends ago I went off to West Yorkshire for a Craft Retreat organised by Gwen from The Stamp Pad in Greenfield Saddleworth, it was a great weekend, and Judith (Mrs Woodware) had a great time and I think she was the only one to finish everything! I of course didn’t do as I was told….

On the Saturday morning we painted boxes with the new chalky finish paint from Americana it is great we then added paper to some of the sides and stencilled some of the other sides, this was my first trip to the dark side…


Well to the BLUE side, instead of using the stencil provided which was very nice and the silver paint I went for ink pads.


The stencil is one of the new Art Screens from ColorBox this one is Bloom.


I even stencilled on the lovely papers.


and inside. We decorated a small wooden frame too.

So well I am pleased to be able to share these with you and they inspired me for my blue project.


I have up-cycled some old wooden coasters.


They have been painted in the same chalky blue on both sides. When painting them do the edges 2 at a time so you can hold the coasters without getting too much paint on your hands.


To colour them I used the Bloom Art Screen and a mixture of Aruba and Wave Crafters Ink Pads applied with the ColorBox Stylus and foam pads.

After I had coloured the six mats I came up with a good idea, inspired by Julie one of the girls that work at the Stamp Pad and some wooden carved coasters that my daughter bought some time ago.


I have stencilled a jigsaw on the back side! I have used the same blue so you have to work out which side to put together!

So thanks to the girls from the Stamp Pad for my Blue inspiration!


Now this is a trial would it be too much to do the whole thing like this?

Thanks for visiting, see you soon, and you will find lots of blue on the Woodware Blog this week.