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.

Monday, 13 March 2017


Today I have a very special make for you. Its been formulating in my head since the middle of last month. I somehow knew I had to use pink and pale blue for the dragonfly make but what format it would take I wasn't sure. So last Thursday I settled down with a handful of card, some neutrals paper, the neutrals ink with pink and blue, the dragonfly stamps and dies and my Big Shot. This is what I produced...... along with a lots of bits all over the carpet!

I wasn't sure about the brown wood frame but the white ones looked even worse and now its been on the side a couple of days I think it adds to the vintage look.

This is the large die cut dragon fly. There isn't a stamp to match this so I stuck the die cut onto a piece of white and daubed with the pink pirouette and soft sky. The background cycle I hand cut after drawing around a saucer as I didn't have a die that big. This has been stamped with the Timeless Textures in pink pirouette, soft sky and crumb cake.

The printed paper is from my stash of retired stock as is the music but you could use pages from an old book or similar. All the little blocks have been daubed with crumb cake on both layer one and the top layer. I always use the grid paper on my table and when I daub I start on the grid paper and pull the ink onto the card, this gives a darker edge, this means that all the layers don't blend into one shade .

I have used all the image stamps and all the dies to create this frame. The sentiments are more useful for cards.

What do you think?
We are going to be making this is the Den on Saturday April 1st. No fools allowed!!!!  Although not difficult it is time consuming. Book online here

Dragonfly dreams stamp set and die bundle   144728
Timeless Textures                                           140517
Card and Ink
Pink pirouette A4                                            116203
Soft Sky A4                                                     131292
Crumb Cake A4                                              121685
Very Vanilla A4                                              106550
Pink Pirouette ink                                            126956
Soft sky ink                                                      131181
Crumb cake ink                                               126975
Lace                                                                141672                                            
linen thread                                                     104199                                                   
sponge daubers.                                              133773

You can place an order online here  or click on any of the links beside the items. I f you do place an online order between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below. Then in the middle of April I will send you a small gift in the post as a thank you.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Mothers Day Cascade Card

A quick post today

I had to do another one. This has had more re pins on my pinterest board than anything else I have made. It is pretty and I do enjoy making this design.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mothers Day Blue and White

I am a regular visitor to the blog of Francis Martin. Infact I tend to check every other day what she has made and peek a boo cards are something she regularly does. So this is a kind of copy from her and then I found this created by Shanni and I just knew I had to give it a go. Its not the same flower stamp but very similar.

This is another stamp set that really shows off the watercolour pencils. The range of colour you can get from one pencil as well as the accuracy. Those stamens are card that has been left blank. The flowers have been fussy cut.

If you enjoy colouring then using these watercolour pencils is the next step.
The circle of card is dazzling diamond glimmer paper, die cut with the new stitched framelits. It adds a bit of bling

Opening the front flap you get more flowers and inside the card I have stamped but not coloured another flower.

The box is very simple but I have die cut the letters to spell Mum then coated them with 'wink of stella' don't they glitter.

Birthday Blooms                         140658                   
Card and Ink
Night of Navy A4                        106577
White Card                                  106549
Black stazon                                101406
Floral Boutique designer paper   141663
Stitched Framlits                          145372
Dazzling diamond glimmer          135315
wink of stella                                141897

If you do order online please use this hostess code then in April you will get a small thank you gift from me. Happy shopping

Friday, 10 March 2017

Mothers Day Tag card

Todays card is more subdued and neutral in colour. The designer paper used is a retired pack but I have lots of it and still find it hard to cut into, its soooo beautiful. 
You might recognise the stamped flowers as I use them quite a lot last week, its the 'Wild about Flowers' set. Here I have used Mint Macaron for the leaves and Bermuda Bay for the flowers.

The lace is so pretty too. Now for the box

Hope you enjoy your Friday.... its nearly the weekend. We have visitors this weekend :)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Mothers Day Pop out of the box card

Hands up I admit this is a case from Bronwyn Eastley She is an Australian Demonstrator. I have even used the same colours as they are two of my favourite selection.
Its a neat use of the new little hexagon box die and folds flat to go into an envelop, but as this is part of my Mothers Day makes I have created a box

The flowers are die cut from the botanicals range. I need to get these out again and do something in greens as 'Botanicals' is big on the high street this year.

Rather than the usual Mother's Day sentiment I have gone with this 'to an amazing woman' after all thats how we feel about our Mum's isn't it.

This is the card folded flat. 

And the box.

So pretty. This will be available in my Etsy shop from Monday 13th April.

Shopping on line is easy, these highlighted codes take you to the items in my online shop......
Flower dies - Botanicals    140625
Hexagon WindowBox Die 142762
Card and Ink
Ellegant Eggplant A4         108614
Crushed Curry                    131288
White Card                          106549    

Don't forget the Hostess code if your order is over £25.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Mothers Day Book Mark Card

I am going to bring you a week of Mothers day cards. This first one is NOT pink and its NOT flowery so very different from the norm. I have 2 customers who love bumble bees and just felt I had to make a card with them in mind.  This is a book mark card.
I love love love the new hexagon embossing folder and I think if it stays on my desk it will get used almost daily for something. You can use both sides of the card once embossed they are both really interesting so a double wammy!

Because the bees are yellow and black those are the colours I have used with the speciality paper in the Urban Underground designer paper pack with shiny silver crosses on, looks like lots of kisses.. Even though it so out of the norm for mothers day I hope you like it.

This is the only Mothers Day sentiment stamp I have and it retired some time ago. Note to self buy a new one next year!.
You can see the book mark in the picture below.

All my Mothers day cards are boxed. Here is the box for this one.

This will be available in my Etsy shop from Monday 13th March.

Stamp Set
Dragonfly dreams stamps and dies     144728
Crushed Curry A4                               131288
Crushed Curry Ink                               131173
Black A4                                             121688
Embossing folder                                143231
Designer paper Urban Underground   142783

Please don't forget to use the hostess code below during March if you spend more than £25 up to £150. Then in the middle of April I will send you a small gift as a Thank you for your order.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Wild about Flowers

Yes that stamp set is still on my desk. Love this style of card its great for using up small bits of card. I really like this colour combination, Delightful Dijon and Bermuda Bay with Mint Macaron leaves.

The addition of a few buttons from my stash, some matching retired ribbons and then gold and Bermuda Bay sequins finishes it off.

I think this one is really pretty. I might make another one that says Happy Birthday.

Stamp set
Wild about Flowers        138728
Bermuda Bay Card        131286
Bermuda bay Ink           131171
Delightful Dijon Card    138345
Delightful Dijon Ink      138327
Very Vanilla Card          106550
Gold Sequins                132983
Bermuda Bay Sequins  137910

If your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below, then in April you will get a small thank you card from me. :)