Friday, 24 March 2017


A week tomorrow I am running the class to make this beautiful home decor item. Today is the last day to order the stamps and framelits in time for the class. You can of course just book on the class and use my stamps and dies.

By ordering these today or tomorrow you will also get a freebie from the sale a brat ion, plus a gift from me in April as a thank you. Ensure you use the hostess code below when placing your order.

These are the stamps. The dragonfly and the bumble bee can be a 2 step image Te dots are a great background stamp and the sentiments are lovely. 10 stamps in total.

In the pack of dies there are 7 dies. The largest one does not have a matching stamp, it is much larger than the stamped image. The dragon fly stamp size die has a delicate intricate die as well as an outline which makes them very flexible. Then you have the little 'cloud' of dragonflies, when these are die cut you have 5 mini dragonflies all joined together, You can trim these and separate them out. Then there is the bumble bee. Stunning. Of course you do need a die cutting machine to use these.

Given the number of people who have shown an interest in the class I would love you to have your own sets of stamps and dies so you can go home and make more goodies.  The online shop is here use the hostess code NFHZVM9T 

dragonfly bundle, stamps and dies 144729
dragonfly stamps                            142924
dragonfly dies                                  142749
Remember if you spend £45 you can choose a free item. Happy shopping.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lots of thanks

Its very busy in the Den with lots of little jobs that are important, take time but tend to get left as we create new ideas for classes.
The big one for me is creating a bunch of Thank You cards. During the last couple of months I have had quite an upturn in online orders which is great. It means my customers get their goodies delivered directly to their door enabling them to  get crafting quicker. Win win.
Today I have created a whole bunch of thank you cards. I like to send cards out when I know your order has arrived and I send another one when I send out the goodies bought with the hostess benefits at the begining of the following month.
Today I have also added a new hostess code. I closed the other one last Monday night but on Tuesday Stampin'Up announced a third batch of products for free with a minimum £45 spend. So for every £45 spend you get to choose something for free. There are only 8 days left for this offer.

These are two of today's Thank You cards.

This little mandala stamp is also one of the free sets. Isn't it stunning.

These are the third phase free items. 

Please use the hostess code if you order is between £25 and £150. I will send you one of these thank you cards and a small gift at the beginning of April as a thank you.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


A quick post about a quick make. I have a young friend who runs her own business and recently moved into the unit next door to my studio. Check out her business here  She makes gifts using cut vinyl, she is brilliant at coming up with new ideas. We were talking about one of the little shops in Haworth that stocks her items and she mentioned the roses frames she makes as she hasn't done any this year but did loads for Mothers day last year and that got me thinking......
I still have my flower die and I had a small box frame that didn't have a back! It was something that looked interesting in Ikea for 99p so I bought one, like you do.

This is only 10cm x 11cm so very small but I really like it, what do you think?

The colours are sweet sugar plum, blushing bride and melon mambo. Don't they look great together...

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spritz watercolour

The pencils haven't come out today, this time I have spritzed with water. This is a great way to create your own backgrounds as every one you create will be different from the last.
Unusually this time I have used three colours rather than two. Just to give it a bit more light and freshness.

Take a block the size you want your background to be. I have used block I
Ink up the block with the stamp pads of your choice. I have used pool party along the top, cajun craze along the bottom then using the corner of the pad crushed curry along the middle.
Once the block is mostly covered in ink spritz with water. I do find that not aiming at the inked block but aiming upwards so the water falls (like rain) on the block gives a better result. Experiment!
Turn the block over and lay it down where you want the ink to go. Leave it......leave it.......leave it.
I love to watch, you can almost see the ink jump off the block onto the paper. When you lift the block it should be clean.
I have stamped with Lovely as a Tree. Its rather autumnal when we should be thinking about Spring I am going off to make another one with some green in it.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

And again

This card is very different and I have used one of my favourite pieces of kit. About 10 years ago I bought a roll of low tack paper and its still going. In general you never need to use very much but it can make such a difference.
For this card I cut off a 2" wide strip.... so not much then tore it in half to give a wavy line. I stuck the bottom half down then tore the other half into 3 pieces so that I could arrange them them to give different waves on the top, I didn't want a mirror image.
Once the low tack paper was stuck I got going with the pencils, starting with the brown on the bottom edge and Pacific Point on the top, followed by Bermuda Bay and Calypso coral. Then I have followed the way I wrote about yesterday being careful to clean the brush but still mixing the colours at the edges of each one. For this I have used a small paint brush but don't those pencil colours look good.

For the stamping I have used wetlands for the wading birds and wheat stand then High tide for the flying birds.

Wetlands            126697
High Tide           143006
Watercolour Pencils 141709

If you shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below then in April I will send you a small thank you gift of Stampin Up products.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Watercolour pencils again

OOOOoooooh I just love these pencils. I run a regular class on a Tuesday afternoon and we are going back to the watercolour pencils again this week but to make backgrounds. They are great for mixing colour and so easy to move around the paper with a damp brush.
For the first card I have used the flowers from the 'In the Meadow' stamp set. and glimmer paper, which takes the water well.
To get this water colour effect:-
start at the top with the Pacific Point pencil, start with heavy colour then lighten as you go down the page.  Then
start at the bottom with the Old Olive, start heavy colour the lighten your pressure to give a very light colour as you go up to meet the blue.
With a fine paint brush or a quality aqua painter, (one that has good control of the waterflow) start at the top, go over the lines until then merge to look like they are painted, you can pull some of the ink down the page if you need to but the colour in the centre should be very pale, clean your brush and repeat for the green. If the colours mix a little in the centre this is not a problem.
Leave the card to dry. For the stamping I coloured the stamp with the Old Olive and Pacific Point marker pens. I also used the grass stamp to take the grass out to the edges of the background square.

I don't often do a one layer card but I am rather pleased with this one.

In the meadow            140754
Watercolour Pencils    141709
Shimmer  paper            121717

If you do shop online and spend between £25 and £149 then please use the hostess code below then in the middle of April I will send a small 'thank you' gift of SU goodies.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring Frame

Quick post today as its The Tuesday Ladies class. This class started as a beginners class, now 8 months on the ladies are independent crafters, they have learnt to use the trimmer, daub with effect, use the big shot, make a decision about colours and many more skills. We laugh, eat cake and put the world to rights.  This is todays make, next week we are going back to watercolour backgrounds.