Magazine Time And A Last Call For The Creative Expressions Giveaway

Friday is with us again and I have a magazine shout out for you all.

But before I do the shouting I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all the congratulations messages you have sent me about the news of my recent winning of the Cox & Kings Art competition. You are all really sweet and I’m so grateful for all your lovely words.

So on with the shout out! If you are looking for some weekend reading checkout issue 101 of Papercraft Essentials.

It is full of lovely inspiration as always and the keen eyed of you will already have spotted the amazing colouring talent of Elaine Hughes on the front cover! You will also find a gorgeously inky masterclass from Tracy Evans. Just naming a couple of the amazing folks who are in this month, there are tons more.

On my part I’m trying to get us all out of our fear of writing our own sentiments (please don’t tell me I’m the only one that has that fear?!) and using our own lettering more in our makes – hope you like it!

Before you hop away you won’t forget to sign your name up for the Creative Expressions giveaway will you? It closes a 5pm tonight so click the picture below to go straight to the post and add you comment.

Have a lovely Friday.



Happy 100th Issue Papercraft Essentials!

Papercraft Essentials has reached its 100th issue!

Well done Papercraft Essentials! They are celebrating with some very useful tag dies with the magazine and free downloadable papers too. So don’t forget to check it out this month.

Anyone going to be at the Croydon Hobbycraft this weekend? Come and say hello if you are, I’ll be demoing the Fiskars Fuse on the Saturday.

Have a fun weekend.



A Little Bit Of News…

It’s Friday, almost the weekend, which also means a heads-up for a little bit of weekend reading…

How about the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials? Issue 99 is out in the shops…

I’ve got a step by step guide showing how to make a Christmas wreath using the lovely XCut A5 die set available from docrafts. But you will also spot some gorgoeus makes from Elaine Hughes with her phenomenal colouring in this issue, so well worth checking out!

In other news I’m going to be in Reading tomorrow (Saturday) demoing the Fiskars Fuse.

I’ll be in Hobbycraft from 10am to 6pm so come say hello and if you can’t make Reading then checkout the other Fuse Demos going on around the UK.

Finally, I just wanted to remind you about my Silhouette Cameo Tutorial Series I’ve been running this month.

It is my last instalment on Sunday so don’t forget to pop on by.

Catch you later.



All That Glitters Is Not Gold…Oh Wait A Minute – It Is!

Ok so it might not be real gold but it sure does sparkle and glitter like gold and make your projects look just that bit richer. What am I going on about? Well, it is an old favourite that has been kind of getting a bit of a reboot over the last couple of years or so – Gilding flakes.

I’ve been playing with the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes

I wasn’t really a Gilding Flakes person, to be honest so I thought, I would give them a little run for their money and see if I could change my mind about them. I have always loved the look of a touch of Gilding Flakes used sparingly on a mixed media piece but could not be persuaded on some of the full-on use of Gilding Flakes in old school cardmaking. 

But, as I’ve said they have had a little bit of a reboot and you can find some gorgeous makes using Gilding Flakes. So I think I’ve changed my mind about them. What I would say though is they are a little messy to use as they fly everywhere even in a big box, but then the results are so shiny so it is worth a play!

If you check out the current issue of Papercraft Essentials, Issue 98, you will find a whole masterclass from me on both Gilding Flakes and Gilding Wax and I’ve tried to give them a bit of a more contemporary spin.

I used the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes and Creative Expressions Gilding waxes and you will find lots of colours in both ranges now. I used the Umount Floral Silhouette A5 Stamp Plate for my makes and another thing I found really useful for use with the flakes is the Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter glue.  

You can spot an extra make from me over at the Papercraft Magazine’s new website.

So shiny! Oh if only I did have a pot of gold, *sigh*!

I would love to hear about your experiences with Gilding Flakes, do you like to use them in your projects? What do you use them for?

Catch you later.


PS. this issue of Papercraft Essentials has all the details for entry into the Papercrafter of the Year competition – if you are at all interested in entering, (and I encourage everyone to enter!) go hunt it out now and start cracking!


The Latest Magazines To Look Out For

Magazine time. I’m a bit late on these heads-up so hopefully you have seen these mags already but I thought I would give you a shout out anyway!

 So first up is the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials, issue 97.

In this issue Lee Campbell, the editor, has introduced a fabulous new feature. It is a full 12-step article and to kick this off I’ve done a resist stamping project using clear embossing and inks, one of my favourite techniques by the way.

If there is anything you would like stepped out in more detail, say a technique or a particular project then go drop Lee a note over at the Facebook page or over at the Papercraft Essentials Twitter stream.

You will also find the lovely Tracy Evans making her debut in this issue! YAY Tracy, great to see you in Papercraft Essentials!

The next magazine heads-up is for Creative Cardmaking 57.

I’ve not seen this issue yet but the cover looks very pretty and there is a Polka Doodles kit with it too! I should have a Summery glossy embellishments article in this issue using ICE Resin and Glossy Accents with Glitter and some lovely American Crafts papers. 

Right, that brings this week’s reading up to date!

Have a lovely Wednesday.



Anybody Caught The Latest…

Papercraft Essentials? Issue 96 is out…

Bit of reading in the sun I think! Yay Summer! Oh yeah it is summer! Hold on, sorry, got a bit side tracked! So this month I have some DIY embellishments using polymer clay and embossing powders in moulds and a smidgen of a summer theme – not that I’m getting obsessed about the sun being out or anything!

Hope you are enjoying the sun but if you are looking for a bit of indoor time don’t forget The Amazings review I wrote a week or so ago, I believe the link for getting your first class free still works. I’m kind of curious about the Silver Metal Clay class, if any one has taken it, I would love to know what you thought.

Catch you later



This Month’s Papercraft Essentials…

Kettle on, biscuits out, cupcakes made – it is magazine heads-up time!

Papercraft essentials issue 95 and my offering this month are some fun DIY paperclips shapes. Shaped paperclips are really hot right now! Tee Hee! Might make good Father’s Day cards if you are a bit stuck, just saying.

But the magazine has some fab inspiration as usual. You will find a lovely shadow stamping masterclass from Liz McGuire, and a fab quick masterclass about getting chalkboard looks from Andrea Neville to name but a couple of the articles in this month! The freebie are some vintage summer themed Acid Drops and Whatnots stamps and papers.

Hope you enjoy it!


Don’t forget my Cricut giveaway!


Some Reading For The weekend

If you are on the look out for some new magazine inspiration then take a peak to Papercraft Essentials Issue 94.

My article this month is a Gesso masterclass and I’ve used Mona Lisa and Melle Papillon designed by Alex Smith for Penny Black because I just had too! – Kind of fell in love with them!

The new Craft Stamper is also out and I have a card in the Ready Steady Stamp section.

But if you are also looking for something to do this weekend then you might fancy checking out the new group Pinterest board I’ve started called Art & Craft Tutorial Favourites

As I said to folks on Facebook the idea is that it is a place to collect and share our favourite tutorials and workshops for papercrafts and mixed media. They can be tutorials or workshops you have tried or want to try, they can also be your own that you want to share, that is fine too! 

I’m hoping it will develop into a handy board to flick through if we are looking for some inspiration, a recommendation for something new or just to help inspire us out of a creative rut! What do you think? 

If you aren’t on Pinterest yet and want to join then this link should lead you there and straight to the new board to follow once you’ve signed up, well at least I think it should! If you are already on Pinterest then you will find the board here.

Are you interested in being a contributor to the board? If so drop me a line and I’ll link you up! It is open to all papercraft and mixed media enthusiasts.

Hope to see you there!

Have a fun weekend.



Have You Seen…?

Time for a magazine update and a couple of articles from me, plus lots of lovely articles from lots of other folks too of course!

So first up is Papercraft Essentials issue 93:

I’ve got a Cut Out and Keep with some yum dies from La-La Land Crafts, you can find them over at Crafts U Love too, and my own pastel papers called a Medley of Pastels which you can find in my Etsy shop. Yeah, I think I need to work on my paper names!

Then there is Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 109:

I’ve got a watercolour backgrounds article in this issue using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos and Stamper’s Big Brush pens, well not just backgrounds actually, I’ve made the embellishments with the Gelatos and Stamper’s Big Brush too. You also get a lovely butterfly die with this issue – pretty!

Enjoy your coffee break.

Catch you later.



Some Weekend Reads

Hey guys, some new magazines to keep an eye out for. You probably have seen these in the shop already as I am a little late with my heads-up! But better late than never?

So this month’s issue of Papercraft Essentials, Issue 92, is giving away a bow maker in the cover which is quite a hand little tool if you are anything like me and end up with scrabby (is that a word?) hand-tied ribbons!

I’ve got an Alcohol Inks Masterclass in this month with lots of ways to use alcohol inks in your makes.

Then there is Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 108:

Now in this one I’ve got tips for carving your own stamps from different soft carvable products – one of them erasers, so no excuse not to try it yourselves if you haven’t already! You can see one of the cards in the bottom left hand corner.

Right, I’ll catch you later! Don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway running at the moment! [UPDATE: Giveaway now CLOSED]

Have a fun weekend.



Some Weekend Reading

It is Friday, a new weekend is just about here, that means it is time to get a couple of magazines, a big cup of tea and put you feet up! YAY! And if you just so happen to be looking for a couple of magazines how about these two? Tee Hee!

Ok, so magazine heads-up:

Papercraft Essentials Issue 91 was out last week…

and it has a yum butterfly and flowers embossing folder and some Core’dinations card as the cover gift. I was lucky enough to get to play with the cover gift a few months ago to spark some ideas for your making and I would absolutely love to see what you come up with, so give me a shout if you put any up on your blog.

 But there are also some of my altered sardine tins in this issue too, Easter themed and fun for the kids to have a go at.

The next magazine is really a bookazine and it is the second volume of The Complete Guide to Digital Crafting…

Ooooo! Now this one has some fabulous digital bits and bobs on the 2 Cover CDs including…wait for it…some papers designed by me! I know! That is a bit of a shocker! I’ve also got a little interview on starting to design your own papers and some makes as well. This bookazine has a wide range of lovely digital inspiration so you might want to add it to your collection!

Enjoy your reads.