Friday, 23 February 2018



Happy Friday Everyone!

In case you don't have a 
huge amount of time what
with preparations for the
weekend, shopping and
the like ........ 

I have a gorgeous birthday
card to share with you today
from Claire Jackson ......

"With spring just around the corner, 
I’ve returned to one of my favourite 
PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps 
for a quick and easy birthday card.

First I stamped the flower and 
masked it off. 

Next I masked the top of the card 
and used Distress Oxide ink and stencils
 to build up the bottom strip. 

I used a damp baby wipe to
 knock the ink back in places.

Keeping the flower mask in place I 
stencilled the top portion of the card with 
a variety of Stampers Anonymous 
Tim Holtz layering stencils.

 I inked a Kaisercraft stamp with black 
Archival ink and pressed parts of it onto 
the card without using a block.

Removing the flower mask I used 
watercolour pencils to add a little shading
 around the flower and to the petals 
and to finish off the sentiment is a 
double die cut layered black over white.

You can vary the colours to make a 
card for almost any occasion."

Thank you Claire for a lovely
card.  Surprising how many
birthdays there are in February ....

Interesting to see what can
be done without using loads of stash!

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 22 February 2018



Hallo There!

As crafters, we tend not to
throw much away and often
have more than one use for
something which we take
for granted.

Angela Radford is with us
today with a beautiful card

"Hi all. 
I wonder how many of you use kitchen rolls 
to mop up your inks and paints, 
if the answer is yes then you'll like this. 

Don't throw them away just glue them 
to a piece of card and brush over a thin coat
 of white Gesso to blend the pieces together 
then stamp on Tim Holtz balloons.

Next, die cut these.

Use the same stamps to decorate
 a white card Blank. 

The black card uses the same stamps
 and was a piece I had left over
 from another project. 

Mount onto the card and arrange the diecuts. 
I used an embossing tool to shape the central
 balloon and completed the design with 
Stickles glitter glue and matching gems.

Finally I used the same stamps to embellish
 the inner page and the sentiment stamps 
are all Woodware. 

Happy creative week, Angela xXx"

Thank you for another of your
wonderful cards Angela.  You make
it all seem so simple and such a good 
idea to re-use the kitchen roll

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 18 February 2018



Happy Sunday Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying a warm
and cosy, relaxing weekend.
It is wet, cold and........yes, you've
got it..........blowing a hooley!

Anyone got just two of the three?
Aren't you the lucky ones?!

Take a look at Craftyfield's mini
tutorial using those lovely little
boxes from Tando

"Since the Craft Barn was having a sale
 in January, I grabbed a few bits and 
pieces... I wanted to explore the possibilities 
offered by the Cubbeys with aperture and 
this is what I made  

The cubbeys need to be slotted 
and glued together but, 
depending on your chosen finish,
you will need to decorate first. 

I decided to go for paper rather than 
paint as I love the look of the
 Kaisercraft Basecoat papers and thought
 they would be perfect for my "inside walls".

The photo shows the pieces already
 papered on one side 
(what will be the inside") 
and the outside papers ready 
to be glued on the made-up cubbeys.

 I wanted to exploit the apertures 
and decided to use acetate as windows. 

One is inspired by churches stained 
glass windows, another is looking out on 
a landscape, both stamped and
 coloured with glass paints. 
The third one is a piece of printed acetate.

 Of course the point of it all is to
 see the sun streaming through and
 projecting coloured shadows... 

I am planning to showcase my cubbeys
 on a window sill for free and eco-friendly
 lighting, but you could always place
 it anywhere with a small candle behind
 (electric preferably).

I placed a few embellishments I made 
with paper clay, some Kaisercraft flourishes 
and other crafty treasures from my stash
 on the larger side of the cubbeys."

Love the sun streaming through 
the windows Craftyfield.  Thank you
for this inspiring tutorial.

I'm sure you all know that the SALE 
continues throughout February.  I'm
off to see if anything more has been
added and of course I shall need to
check out the Tando section..........!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  If you need any clarification or 
extra information on any of the
projects we show, do please get in

Saturday, 17 February 2018



Hallo there!

So, that's it for Valentines
now we are back to the 
nitty gritty of birthdays....

Angela Radford has brought
us a birthday card that I think
would make a charming
Valentine card too....... Yes, I
do mean without the sentiment

 "Hi, back again with a quick card made with
 some left-over die-cut paper.

 I seem to keep so much left-overs so decided 
it was time to use it up. 

This could be made with any shape you happen
 to have made. 

The stitched edge can be done with stamping
 or drawn by hand.

The stamps used on the card blank are
 Penny Black and Carabelle and I've used 
sequins dotted around too.

 The technique used for colouring the paper
 used Distress Oxides which I applied
 direct to the surface.

Spray this with water and let the colours blend. 
Allow this to dry naturally or my personal favourite
 is to place another piece of card over the top 
and blot which will give you a second piece of
 card to work with later. 

Back soon and happy stamping everyone, 

Angela xXx"

This really is an innovative card
Angela, thank you very much.
I rather like the colour combo too

I shall be saving my die cut paper
as well now............  just as well
I don't do all that much die cutting.

I love the shapes left behind though
and such a quick card idea too

'Til tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Friday, 16 February 2018



Hallo Everyone!

I'm quite enjoying this
week's love fest and I
hope you are too.  Brings
a smile to the face I feel

Claire Jackson has a
gorgeous project to share
with us today:

"I’ve used a Tando tag and minis to 
create a little gift for a loved one. 

The background and minis are decorated
 with PaperArtsy paints and crackle glaze 
with a little Imagination Crafts Starlights
 for shimmer. 

I stamped in Archival Ink and paint.

The heart is a Tando outline mini 
on top of a solid heart

First I covered it in Imagination Crafts 
rusty patina (soot), before scratching 
it back and adding red Enamel Accents and 
more Starlights. 

The centre was filled with Enamel Accents 
taking great care not to get any bubbles.

 I spattered a few drops of Enamel Accents
 onto the tag to tie it together. 

To finish off I added a computer generated 
sentiment and some ribbon.

This would make a great gift for 
Valentine’s Day, a wedding or anniversary."

Thank you Claire and indeed, it would
make a great gift for the occasions
you mention.  I also think it would
make a great gift for someone who
is going through troubled times

Always nice to know that somebody

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 15 February 2018



Hallo Everyone!

Valentine's Day might be over
but we are going to spread the
love over the rest of the week!

Helen Chilton has joined us today
with a delightful piece of home 

"Decorated a wooden heart with some
 of the blotting up paper I used in my 
last project - the Woodware house card. 

I just stuck the kitchen towel onto the
 wooden heart making sure there were 
crumpled bits for texture.
 I then washed it over with some
 Imagination Crafts Starlights Rich Gold paint.

The Imaginations Crafts poppies are stamped
 in ink and then over coloured with pencils.

 Again I added some Rich Gold Starlights
 for sparkle. 

The green pearl is coloured with
alcohol ink pens."

Thank you Helen, I love how you have
decorated this heart 

These hearts make lovely gifts
and can be decorated in a style
to suit any occasion.  Don't forget
the School and Church Bazaars, they
sell well there too! 

Might be worthwhile checking in the 
to see what else can be given 
the Helen treatment...........

Wednesday, 14 February 2018



Hallo Everybody!

Happy Valentine's Day
to you all.  May your day
be filled with love and
lusciousness (that's my
alternative word for
chocolates and flowers!)

I recall a few years ago that
our local supermarket was
handing out a single red rose
to every shopper as they left
the store.  Amazing how that
perked you up and made
you feel a valued customer
................... shame they 
have never repeated the
gesture ....

All that aside, Jane Castle
has the Valentine slot today
with the quirkiest  tag
sure to bring a smile to
anyone's lips

"Today I'd like to share with you a tag 
I've made and there is no stamping
 just paint, inks, glue and fun!

To start with I gave all the Tando Creative
 parts a coat of white gesso except for 
the heart. 

While the tag was drying I squirted the
 shaving foam into a washed out vegetable
container (this can then be thrown away 
without having to wash out!) and 
added the alcohol inks. 

For this I used 4 colours and then lightly
 swirled these around in the foam. 

The tag was then laid onto the top of
 the foam and lightly pressed

If this process is new to you there are 
numerous videos on line just put in 
'Shaving foam and Alcohol inks'.

You can usually get several prints from 
the same batch and you can add extra inks 
if needed. 

The added bonus is your card/tag
 smells lovely too!

Now for the quirky bird and heart;
 the face, eyes and hands were painted in 
Blush and the feet and beak in Haystack

Once dry the beak was then given 
some detail with a white pen.

The heart was coloured with red ink and then 
given 2 layers of clear embossing powder 
and the beak just 1 layer.

The edges of the tag were hi-lighted with 
some silver embossing powder.

For the body of the bird I glued some ric-rak 
to the bottom edge and then made the 
dress from a scrap of Core-dinations card. 
The same ric-rak was added for the 
edge of the sleeves.

The cheeks were added using a cotton bud 
and some chalk ink and the eyes are just circles
 punched from some blue card and then 
self-adhesive gems for the pupils.

The hair is black felt and the
 toe nails added with Enamel Accents.

I have made this to tie onto a bar of
 my Husbands favourite chocolate for
 Valentines Day but it could be used
 for any gift to a loved one.

Enjoy your day and any crafting you might 
be able to fit into the week ahead. 

Bye for now
Jane X

Thank you Jane, such a novel idea

I'm thinking that if you wanted to
you could make this up into a
card quite easily and even use
it as a get well card ..........!

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx