Friday, 19 January 2018

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Hi Everyone!

Fed up with the long dark nights?
Well, here's a cheery thought, this
time next month we shall be
having our tea in daylight.  Now
there's something to look forward 

To help us on our way, 
Louise Thomson has brought
abeautiful canvas with her:

"I made a simple canvas using PaperArtsy
stamps and fresco finish paints.

To begin with I simply blobbed some paint
on to my canvas and spread it using a small spatula.

Once dry, I stamped using archival inks and began painting.

When all the pink flowers were painted 
and dry, I added in more stamping
 and painted this. 

There's a shimmer coming from the 
white gold fresco paint which has
 a lovely metallic finish."

Thank you Louise - makes me
feel all smiley inside as I
contemplate summer walks
in the countryside

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  Have you been to the SALE
today?  take a look you might
just find a few surprises!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

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Hallo Everyone!

How's it going?........
You know, if often wondered
what is being referred to.....
Well, whatever, everything is
good in my little corner of
the crafty world and I hope it
is the same in yours

Helen Chilton has a tag for us
today using just one set of 
stamps.  Take a look:

Lots of zingy colours on this tag.

Scrape on some Zesty Zing with a 
plastic card and let dry.

Add patches of white especially where 
you're going to stamp the face.

Stamp main image in black and then add
 parts of the image to create a diagonal design.

Fill in with stencilling with Distress Oxides

Layer onto black card and add embellishments."

Thanks Helen, so bright and
cheerful on this grey January day!

Of course, it doesn't have to be
this particular set of stamps - it
could be any, or even a selection
of individual stamps  

If you are into mindfulness then
this is certainly one for you.....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS Don't forget the SALE lots of
half price goodies to be had.  

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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Hi Everyone!

Gosh!  Have you noticed?
It's halfway through the

Days are getting a little longer
too.  Fantastic!

Claire Jackson has brought in
a lovely summery project for
us to delight in........

First I assembled all of the pieces, glued them 
together and stuck them to a cardboard mat.

 I gave the base a layer of texture paste
 and embedded microbeads on one side 
and flower sequins on the other, before 
giving it all a coat of gesso. 

I then decided it needed a little more
 dimension and added some Kaisercraft
 leaf flourishes.

All that was left to do was paint the 
houses with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish
 chalk paint and add the charms.

I’ve tried out a few of the Art-C kits now 
and they are really good quality and fit 
together very closely. 

This kit is fun if you’re looking for a quick 
project and would be ideal as an afternoon 
activity with children."

Thank you Claire - Love what you
have made here.  I have this
particular set and all I've done so
far is glue all the pieces together
and so two little houses have
been shunted back and forth 
across my desk for a while!  I
shall have no trouble finishing
them off now!

In fact, I might go and see if
any of the Art-C kits have made
it to the SALE along with some
extra embellishments!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

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Happy Monday Everyone!

Thought I'd ring the changes
and wish everyone a cheery start
to the week................
Angela Radford has been in the
cheer cupboard too and has
brought us a..............dare I say.....
cheery card?  Well it is, the week
may not turn out to be but we do
our best to keep you happy.......

"Hi all. I've been having fun with some
 Kim Dellow stamps.

I decided to use some craft card this time
 with a page from an old paperback book 
which I'd coloured earlier with Oxide inks.

Started by creating the background

 I can never make my mind up so
 stamped and fussy cut lots of pieces
 but they never go to waste!

A little play around with the arrangement.

And it's time to put it all together.

Add some white pen, stickles glitter glue,
 gems and a sentiment and there you have it!

 Quite pleased with that, hope you like it too.

Happy Crafting,  Angela xXx"

Thank you Angela - that is a really
lovely card and so suitable for
many occasions!

This time, it's a stamp set, 
a book page, colouring medium
and a pair of scissors - all of
which are available in the
SALE!  Why not pop over and
have a peek?

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

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Hi There!

It's the weekend again.  Comes
round so fast don't you agree?

Hazel Harler has reminded me
of a technique I had forgotten
and such a useful technique too!
Especially if you have a really
quick card to make...........!

"My project today is a simple spotlight card.

I stamped the Woodware image twice and 
coloured three of the flowers on one image.

I matted the main image onto black and
 green card and and then onto a white card blank.

I die cut a circle from the coloured flowers 
and adhered it over the main image matching
 the lines exactly. 

I embellished the card with some dewdrops."

Thank you Hazel, it s beautiful,
So glad you reminded us of 
this super easy technique

All you need is one stamp, a
few bits of card and an ink pad

If you're thinking about making a 
spotlight card yourself, then have
a look in the SALE and see if there
isn't something there for you.........

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

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Hi Everyone!

Hope you are keeping warm!  
Dry too. 

I think I secretly love this time
of year.................coming in from
the cold, cup of soup to warm
the hands as well as the inner me,
snuggling up to the fire with a
good book or watching a boxed
set on the TV................

Let us see what Jane Castle
has for us today:

"Some of you may remember that earlier 
this year I made a start on a scrapbook 
and today I'd like to share another page of 
this with you. 

If you are new to scrapbooking today's page is 
a simple layout that could be adjusted to most 
nesting dies you might already have but if 
not the Find-It media die I have used in this 
project has so many uses that it
 is well worth investing in.

The 2, 12x12 papers I've used are by 
Bo-Bunny and Kaisercraft. 

The base sheet was cut to 27cm square 
and the narrow strip from one side was
 then attached across the centre.

Then onto the die cutting.

The larger of the 2 dies was used to cut
 the mount from top to bottom from the 
paper and the smaller on from side to side. 

I then cut another smaller mount from 
some kraft card and trimmed this to size.

The lovely door with a heart wreath on was
 torn from a piece of rice paper. I felt this 
symbolised the starting of a new home 
and life together.

After cutting the letters for the happy couple's 
names using my Memory Box Lower Parker
 Alphabet Die I stamped a few flowers onto 
the remaining Core-dinations card.

I deliberately didn't add too much ink to the
 stamp as I wanted a slightly faded look. 

These were cut out and a small envelope 
was made from some thin cream coloured card.

The edges of the mounts were distressed 
with a little ink and then everything was attached.

The tag will then have the details of 
the people in the photograhs, the date 
and place all added.

The gorgeous paper collections that are 
available now really does make putting 
together a scrapbook a joy and a great
 excuse to flick through all those 
lovely old photos."

Thank you Jane, I do agree there's
nothing quite like an old photograph
particularly when you are able to
put names to the faces and using that
torn scrap of Rice Paper is a masterstroke.
Just lifts everything from the austerity of
the times.

It is a wonderful way of preserving 
those memories too

Have you any old photos lying in a
drawer or a tin box?  I know I have
so I think I shall have to pop into the
SALE and see if there are any papers
that grab my fancy - I know there will be!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

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Hello Again!

Shaking things up a tad this
month - not necessarily sticking
to our usual days!  Have to keep
you on your toes..........Hehe!

Here is Claire Jackson with a
rather beautiful perfume bottle...:

"I stamped the Blue Fern Studios 
Bottled Sentiments stamp in 
Distress Oxide inks.

 I over-stamped in different colours using
 a stamping platform.
I then masked off the images and added 
the background, with a mixture of sponging 
and stamping, before adding the
 sentiment and layering it all up.

I made a little tag, from one of the other 
stamps in the set, using shrink plastic
 and glossy accents."

Thank you Claire - I love the
simplicity of the design and the
colours you have chosen.

That little bottle tag sets it
all off very well.  Just goes to
show you don't need mountains
of stash to start you off

Of course if a highly developed
stash mountain is your goal then
step into the SALE and see what
you can find............

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx