Thursday, 8 December 2016



Morning everyone!

Are you beginning to panic?
To help you stay calm we
have a lovely collage for you
today from

Karen Gist:

Gently remove the book covers from the ring bound spine.
Cover them with pieces of printed paper using matt medium

I have an old dictionary and a ready reckoner
that I use for this

Collage small pieces of patterned paper onto
some copier paper

I used scraps that I have but you could use any
type of paper, magazines, etc

Paint over the covers with DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue
As it is a transparent paint, the print shoes through

Stamp the smallest stamp from the set using Stazon
and when dry flick some white acrylic over the top

While this is drying stamp and emboss the large flower
head and the stem onto the patterned paper collage 
Cut out and glue to the cover

Replace the covers onto the ring bound spine and
decorate with ribbon and beads as shown.

I attached the beads by threading them onto cotton 
adding a line of Liquid Glass and then laying the
beads over the top before carefully pulling out the cotton.  

It is such a quick and easy way of going it.

Materials used:

Thank you Karen

I think this would make a lovely gift
and not just for Christmas.........

See you tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2016



Hi Everyone

We are starting this week with a
 lovely project from 
Angela Radford
who is allowing us to escape
for a little while from all
those red, gold and greens

By definition, a collage should be made up of several different pieces. 
Those pieces can be made of all sorts of items, such as paper, 
yarn, fabric, stamps, magazine cut-outs, plastic, 
raffia, foil, labels, lids, matchsticks, corks, 
natural items (bark, leaves, seeds, eggshells, seashells, twigs, etc.), 
buttons, and so forth. 
You can either choose one medium such as paper or fabric, 
or you can make an eclectic mix, such as paper, buttons and foil.

 Today I decided to use left-over mop up cloths for my background collage 
and a collage stamp for the focal image.

Tear up the cloths and separate the layers which will 
give you even more to play with.

Arrange the cloths on a sheet of thin card or cartridge paper 
and glue down. I used Tim Holtz Collage Medium for this 
as it dries clear and you can stamp over it

When this is dry use Gesso lightly with a dry brush to paint 
over the cloths to blend everything together without 
covering completely which will 
also make the texture stand out.
 Tip: If this starts to buckle when wet, leave it to dry 
and then sandwich it together with two sheets of card 
and place it under your glass mat or anything 
with weight which will help it to flatten out.

Then stamp 'Splatters' onto the background and heat emboss.

Next I started the focal image using the Woodware Art stamp. 

               I stamped this onto several pieces of left-over Masterboard 

                and then cut out the sections ready to build up the collage.

Choose one of the stamped jars as the background 
and then attach the sections to build up the collage. 
I chose to use Vellum as it seemed appropriate for a glass jar. 
I started by cutting out sections from the brushes and pens 
and then built up the collage

Now it's time to make the card itself

Cut the card mats to the required size
for the background

Layer these and attach to the card blank.
I distressed the background collage pieces around
the edges before proceeding with this stage.
I also decided to add three further mats to add extra 
depth to the design to which I added Tim Holtz
Scribbles and Splats die cuts

The "Follow Your Art" stamp set has some great
sentiments but you may wish to add something 
 I found the sentiment that I used 
on an Emma Godfrey set............perfect!

And there you have it.  
A few Dew Drops from my stash
completed the card

Materials used:

A lovely card Angela, thank you,

Think I shall have to get that arty stamp set
and make a couple of non festive cards
Should keep me quiet for a moment or three!

See you all again tomorrow

Mickie xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Happy Winner's Day Everyone!

Just a quickie today as I know
everyone is busy making
festive preparations...............

The challenge was Bling it up
and eight of you took part

The numbers were handed to
the Random Generator who chose:

No 3

Lynne in NI

Congratulations Lynne and
please email me at
so that I can send you
your prize

Thanks to all who took part
The entries were all very good
but I'm afraid there can only be
one winner.  Better luck next time

Mickie xx