Wednesday 28 February 2018



Hi There!

So we're coming up for
which means that EASTER
won't be far behind and
there's always someone
with a BIRTHDAY or who
might need a THANK YOU
Greeting cards need
to be made.......

Hazel Harler has brought in
a beautifully simple card
to set you off for any occasion...

 "Hi all, I have a simple card to share
 with you today using just one small
stamp set, archival ink and
watercolour paints.

 I stamped and embossed the 
Woodware vase and flowers.

 I watercoloured the image then 
I masked of the flowers and vase and 
splattered some watercolour.

 I adhered the image onto some 
coordinating card and then onto a 
cream DL card blank."

Thank you Hazel for reminding us
that we don't need a huge amount
of stash to make a beautiful card

A set of these cards with
different coloured flowers
would make a useful gift too...

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Tuesday 27 February 2018



Hallo Everyone!

How are you doing? Trust
all is well in your world

We have a lovely project 
today from Helen Chilton
it reminds me that Spring
is on its way...... Yayyy!!

"A small media board using Tando die cuts
and Lin Brown stamps

The possibilities here are endless;
just use whatever colouring mediums you
have to hand i.e pencils, crayons, Gelatos,
paints or even a mixture of all of
the above and once satisfied with
the colouring, assemble all the pieces
and glue them in place"

Thank you Helen for a bright and
cheerful project

A lovely way to use up all
those bits and pieces we
seem to accumulate on our

Well, I think that will keep
me occupied for a while....

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS did I mention there are some super
Tando Creative items in the SALE?

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

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