Monday, 28 July 2014


Is one of the words for the latest Q and L Challenge for The Craft Barn and I've chosen a Quote by Hunter S. Thompson.

I've used Ranger Distress Stains and Paints,including metallics, for my base and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps and TH rub ons on top. I love the effect this gives.

Paranoia Is Just Another Word For Ignorance

To see all the other designs
Take a visit to The Craft Barn Blog

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Demo Day.
Well what another fabulous time I've had in Preston. I have to say thank you to the Inspirations team once again for looking after me. I was demoing for Jones Craft, using the Kaisercraft Pitter Patter Collection, on the Wednesday and doing my mini book workshop on the Thursday. When I arrived at the shop on Tuesday and walked through the doors to the minute I left on Thursday evening I had a great time.
It was good to put some faces to names that I talk to on Facebook on a regular basis, like Crafty Aly, Linda Page, Judith Taylor-Wright and Linda Simpson but also to meet new people like Rae Dalal and Kath MuckyPaws Halstead. Forgive me if I've forgotten anyone!!
This was my display table.......

And here's a couple of the samples......

I was demoing how to make cards with left over paper and also designs that didn't have to be baby related.

I hope to be back there very soon. In the meantime I'm off to Telford today to do a Demo Day at The Crafty Bunch using all things IndigoBlu so why not join me there if you can.

Monday, 21 July 2014

New Christmas Stamps.....

It's new challenge time at IndigoBlu and this time it's
Christmas In July
What better way to launch the new IB Christmas designs
This is my DT design and I've used Perfect Pearls and Versamark to make the background and the stamp is called Snowflake Lace. The round greeting is a Dinkie called Merry Christmas Circle.
A nice bit of brushed silver card for the layering and a few snowflakes finishes it off.
Check out the rest of the DT designs here on the Challenge Blog

A Little Birdie.....

Or three......

It's The Craft Barns latest project today and we are using the set of three nesting bird shape boxes. I've chosen to use Kroma Crackle to decorate mine, which has been mixed with a little paint.
There is full step be step details on the blog, as usual, so why not pop across and take a look here
I painted them with black gesso first then mixed the Kroma with three colours of paint. You only need a tiny amount. Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen, which may take several days depending on what medium  you are applying it to, temperatures etc.
I think they are such fun things to decorate. This week the other DT members will be showing their ideas too so keep checking in to the Craft Barn Blog to see more.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Oh Baby......

DT project time again!! and it's another design for the Craft Barn. It's a layout this time and I've used the delightful Pitter Patter Collection from Kaisercraft. Check these papers out they are just lovely.

The photograph is of my beautiful granddaughter Niamh and would have been taken eight years ago when she was born.

I've done a faux stitching effect around the edge, love doing this effect!

                                                        A few gems added to embellish

There is a full tutorial on the Craft Barn Blog if you would like to visit 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Imagination and.....

          Logic. These are the two new words for the Q and L Challenge over at The Craft Barn


                               This is my DT design and I've used an Albert Einstein quote.

                            I love splattering with Distress Stains they make such great splodges.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

An Heirloom......

Mini Book using the gorgeous Heirloom Collection  papers from Kaisercraft.

This is the mini book project I taught at the Jones Craft Retailer Day and next week, on the 24th July I'm going to be doing it as a workshop at Inspirations in Preston.
If any one would like to join us I would look forward to you coming along. Just contact the shop for details.
It's a great easy way to make books of any size, but I can't give you instructions as that won't be fair to the people paying for the class now will it!! So I'll just show you some of the pages to whet your appetite.

 The papers are going in my all time favourites, they really are delicious

Thursday, 10 July 2014

We're All Going On A .....

Summer holiday!!
Please don't break into song, it'll become an earworm and we just won't be able to stop.

So the Craft Barn DT were asked to design a project using the Artemio little suitcase with the summer holiday theme and when I spotted the Craftwork Cards Harbour Boulevard Paper Collection I knew that was the basis for my design

Oh the fun I had making this project. When I spotted the little beach huts I had to have the doors open!!
I painted the case with gesso first then brushed over it with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.
Once again there is full make details and a PDF download on the Craft Barn Blog here 

Things have been a little hectic for me recently as I've had a very poorly daughter to look after. After a week in hospital she is now home and recovering well. I've been doing the mommy and grandma duties and how quickly you forget what it's like to get two kids up for school each morning!!  
So it's in my best interest to get her back on her feet asap, bless 'em 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Pitter Patter.....

Of expected tiny feet, which are due on the 17th September, which is also why there is no photopraph on this layout. I'm still waiting for him, and yes we know it's a him!!
Who is this little man I hear you asking me? well it's my sixth grandchild.

I'll keep you informed of his arrival in due course
The papers are from The Pitter Patter Collection from Kaisercraft

Friday, 4 July 2014

Vintage Heaven.....

It's time for my next Craft Barn DT project and for this weeks task the team  are using the stunning Maja Design Papers. Such beautiful images

I'm going to put this in a frame I LIKE IT SO MUCH!!

There's a tutorial of this layout over on the Craft Barn Blog if you want to know how I've designed it. 
So why not pop over and take a look.