Sunday, 25 February 2018



Hi There!

It is the last Sunday in the
month - nearly springtime 
How fabulous is that?  

Love it when the thick
waterproof, hat, scarf
and warm gloves become
superfluous to requirements

Makes leaving the house so
much quicker..............
Yes, I know, dream on ....

In the meantime Craftyfield
has discovered a new way 
of decorating greyboard and
chipboard ..........

"Did you know the Tando chipboard pieces
 can be embossed with folders? 

When I discovered this is possible, 
I saw them in a different light... 

With frames in particular, the added 
dimension gives them the look of ornate 
Vintage woodwork.

Today's project is showcasing this technique.

 First I painted the frame with several 
colours of acrylic paints, I was aiming for a 
Verdigris finish.

I embossed the frame in a Cuttlebug folder
 and applied Metallic Lustre to highlight
 the texture.

My frame is ready... 

I selected an image from PaperArtsy Hot pick 1207 
and stamped it with Versafine black. 

To age it, I used a mix of Antique Linen 
and Walnut Stain Distress inks.

 I created the background with layers 
upon layers of Distress Oxide inks 
in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and 
Scattered Straw. 

A bit of stencilling and stamping 
on top (PaperArtsy ELB33).

Finally, I picked the embellishments from 
my overflowing left overs bin.

There you have it a simple technique to 
jazz up these chipboards!"

Thank you Craftyfield, I love this
technique it adds interest to what
is often a boringly plain piece of

I do enjoy Craftyfield's mini tutorials
don't you?  Just enough to inspire
the experimentation gene in us all

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 24 February 2018



Hi Everyone!

I'm here with something completely
different today.  I say, I am but it
is really Jane Castle who has
brought the project to us

I think you'll like it.....

"Hi everyone, hope today finds you all well
 and ready for some crafting ideas! 

I have often stamped an image onto a 
piece of calico material and then embroidered
 it so here is one I made today.

The image was stamped using Archival ink, 
I chose the cornflower blue as I wanted most 
of my stitching to be that colour. 

Once the flowers were embroidered and the 
tiny beads sewn on I frayed the edges. 

This was then sewn onto a piece of blue card
 which had the edges distressed.

A tag was made from the same card
 and heat embossed in white. 

Before attaching to my kraft card blank 
I added a wooden flower button but any 
embellishment could be used. 

To finish off I added some Treasure Pewter 
to the edges and some faux stitching 
with a white pen.

This idea could be used for the fast 
approaching Mother's day ----- stamp 
Mum on the tag or embroider Mum 
onto the material

'Bye for now

Jane xx

That is lovely Jane, thank you.

I'm thinking that could also be set into
one of those clear plastic frames and
used as a coaster....... or.........
stamped and embroidered onto one
of those calico bags ..........

Leave you with that

'Til tomorrow 

Mickie xx

PS the SALE is still on - take a look
you might well find a bargain or three.....

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