Blog, Mixed Media

Art Sayings From The Heart

How are you getting on with your creative wish list this weekend? As usual I haven’t really got very far with my wish list at all, well the time just disappears doesn’t it? But we did manage to go for that walk I talked about and I’ve finished this week’s Creative Expressions make with Sam Poole’s Art Sayings stamp set.

As you know I decided not to cut up the stamp plate and I’ve used it as a background stamp again in this mixed media card with extra added stitchery.

The colour this week is from Ranger Alcohol Inks and I’ve used some of my rusted fabric and the Wendy Vecchi Studio490 Clearly For Art Modelling film for the heart, with some extra added lace trim.

Adding a little bit of stamping with the crackle stamp from the Texture Plate set. With some ordinary brown wrapping paper and corrugated card and some extra added white paint.

Lots of extra added mess-ery!

Have an extra fun messy Sunday and don’t forget to check out the new Creative Expressions Blog whilst you are hopping about today.


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La-La Land Crafts New Dies Showcase And Special Discount

Ok Crafty Sugar Plums I have a treat for you today in the form of the new La-La Land Crafts dies

Now you may have been hearing the buzz from the usual social media hangouts or the La-La Land Crafts shop and blog and you might have spotted me working with the dies already in a WOYWW but today is the day you get to see ALL the new dies by popping over to the La-La Land Crafts Blog.

Before I tell you about your special discount here is a little look-see at what I’ve been doing with these yummy new La-La Land Crafts dies

A little quilted sewing notebook using the Dress Form die, Butterflies Set 1 die and Filigree corner die.

I’ve used the Dress Form die as a mask on fabric with colour from my ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens and Stickles glitter with a bit of stitching to frame the image.

The Butterlies Set 1 Die was used on some Sewing Pattern collage pieces and swiped with gesso and shaped.

The Filigree Corner die shapes where also from Sewing Pattern collage and touched with a spot of gesso, with little scrim roses and Sewing Pattern collage leaves to decorate the corner.

The sentiment also uses some Sewing Pattern Collage pieces (bit of a theme in this work as you can see) and some long stitch details. 

Ok so now for your special treat – how about 10% off the dies ordered from La-La Land Crafts?

All you need is to use the INTRO10 code at the checkout.

valid 4th and 5th June 2012

 (Unfortunately the code does not apply for customers from Australia or New Zealand and to check for suppliers in your area please get in touch with Copic X-Press at

Enjoy your shopping and don’t forget the rest of the La-La Land Crafts new die inspiration over at the blog today.



Fly With Me

Hey up Tuesday blog hoppers how you all doing? Do you remember the quick peek of a demo sample I was in the middle of making that I showed you on Thursday? Well I have another sample to show today, this time it is a complete project and not just a peek!

It’s a Basically Bare hanger with a bit of a steampunk theme.

I’ve used the Bare Basics Gears set and run them through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder and painted with acrylic paints.

The hot air balloon is from the Up Up and Away Basically Bare set and I treated the canvas balloon with a bit of ZIG Fabricolor twin colour through a mask and then stamped with Archival and added some stitching.

So lots of textures to play with! All the Basically Bare items are available from the Kuretake Shop btw.

I have some other samples to show at a later date but before I go I just wanted to let you know about my new article in the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials PE81.

It’s the Kiss stamping masterclass and I’ve used Hero Arts stamps for this one, hope you like it!

Thanks for popping by and have a fun Tuesday!


Edit: I’m linking this up to Brenda’s blog Bumblebees and Butterflies for Tuesday Treasures, don’t forget to pop over and checkout the links and Brenda’s lovely stamped purse.


Inspiration Monday – {All Wired Up}

I’m particularly wired today, well actually my project is wired not me personally! We have a new inspiration theme at La-La Land Crafts this week – you guessed it – All Wire Up!

It is all about adding wire, or chains, to your makes. So I thought about it for a bit. I knew I wanted to add wire to my flowers, and I was thinking circle flowers – I do have a love of circle flowers. But I wanted to do a bit of stitchery so here is what I came up with this week…

Some Embroidery Hoop art using one of the gorgeous new release La-La Land Crafts stamps – Watercan Marci.

Cute isn’t she? I’m a big fan of Hoop Art as you can see from my Hoop Art Pinterest board.

The flowers and leaves are made from my other obsession at the moment – Washi Tape.

The sentiment is from the Marci With Lantern set.

Don’t forget to pop on over to the La-La Land Crafts blog to check out the other DT members’ Wire makes today and on Friday and link up your La-La Land Crafts makes to the Gallery to be in with a chance to win.

Ok I’ll see you later crafty alligators.



Mini Tag Ads Saturday

As promised here is my Creative Expressions DT make for the week and my last make using the Wendy Vecchi Stufio 490 The Voice of Art stamp set before the DT move onto next month’s stamp set – you will have to wait to see what it is!

This week I’ve gone with a mini tag using the receipt stamp, advert stamp and part of one of the sentiment stamps from The Voice Of Art set.

I’ve used Ranger Tim Holtz distress inks to distress the piece and Ranger Adirondack Alcohol inks to colour the metal. The advert is stamped with ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens.

With a bit of doily and some stitchery to add texture.

Thanks for dropping by and have a nice Saturday.



Signed Sealed Delivered

Ready for the weekend? It isn’t just any old weekend…it is The Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show (BSSB) weekend! I get excited about this show because it is in my home town of London! YAY! But I’m not sure I’m going to make it as I have my demo in Staines tomorrow and other commitments on Sunday – but hey ho…saving money by not going I suppose *sulk*. 

For those of you who are going have a fabulous time and go pop in on the Creative Expressions stand whilst you are there, they are usually the large stand at the back of the room and have lots of demos going on.

Meanwhile I have my Creative Expressions DT make for you. The DT are still using this month’s stamp set Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 The Voice Of Art Stamp Set.

 I’ve used the lady from the stamp set as my focal point in my last two makes (this ATC and this tongue-in-cheek card) so I thought I would just use a sentiment and the great ledger stamp this week.

The colour is from the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks refills mostly. I only have two, the Spun Sugar and Tumbled glass but they happen to be my favourite colour combo (probably why they are in my stash). Any extra colour you spot was provided by my ZIG Art and Graphic pens.

Right, I shall leave you to your blog hopping. 

Have a lovely Friday you all.


Blog, Mixed Media

Creative Expressions Eco Green Crafts

Hey My Fluffy Friday Friends, I’ve got my  Creative Expressions DT piece for you today and I thought I would get a bit stitchy this week, I do like a bit of stitchery as you know!

So I’ve made a little altered page mixed media piece with the Eco Green Crafts Garden Chic stamp set. 

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All the Creative Expressions Gals are using this stamp set this month and you can go check out all their blogs and their beautiful makes via the Creative Expressions website or by liking the Creative Expressions Facebook page.

Well it is Friday and time for some creative planning for the weekend? You got any plans? Well enjoy yourselves whatever you are up to!

Don’t forget to check out Sarah Engels-Greer’s lovely blog La-De-Dah. Sarah has my fellow Creative Expressions DT member Tracy Evans and her yummy makes as the My Mojo Monthly interviewee this month, well worth a little peek!



Prima Meets The Quixotic Paperie Sketch Challenge

Hey Guys, have you played along with our first Sketch Challenge over at the Quixotic Paperie Blog yet? It’s a great sketch from Mary and if you play along you could win a £15 gift token to spend in Quixotic Paperie or see your work on the blog.

Well here is my take on the sketch, I’ve used paper from the Prima Marketing Alla Prima pack and the Prima Marketing Londonerry cling stamp set for this card.

The stamping uses the Archival Coffee ink pad.

A little bit of stitchery, a bit of tearing, some mulberry paper and embossing for this make.

If you want to see the sketch then pop on other to the Sketch Challenge post, there is more inspiration with this fabulous sketch here on the blog and on the design team’s blogs (listed in the sidebar).

Have fun with the challenge and have a lovely Saturday.



You Are My Type Of Friend

Some grungy colour for your fabulous Friday!

I’ve got my Creative Expressions make today and after all the Clean and Simple cards I’ve been doing I thought I would get down and inky for this one.

The sentiment is from the Vintage Typewriter Stamp Set.

The swirls are from the Funky Floral Stamp Set.

I’ve used Tim Holtz Distress inks from Ranger to add the pinks and purples.

Well I hope you enjoy your grungy Friday doing whatever you do on a Friday!

Catch you later.


Blog, Mixed Media

Fun With Fabric And Octopode Factory

Ahh Saturday, which means it is my day on the Quixotic Paperie blog and I thought that for my DT piece this week I would get all a bit fabric-y with the fabulous Ocotopode Factory stamps, new into Quixotic Paperie, and some yummy Prima papers.

I’ve used Octopode Factory Alice from the Alice in Wonderland range and made her a little quilted.

I’ve used the Octopode Factory Small Button Flower and the papers I’ve transferred onto the fabric are from Prima.

I’ve also used EZ Mount and Ranger Archival Jet Black which are both available in the  Quixotic Paperie shop

The paperclip was from Paperchase, or perhaps WHSmith, you know I don’t remember! I’m just a stationery hoarder. 

I’ve also used a bit of black ZIG Fabricolor Twin pen on the make too.

This one just kinda made itself, I started with the idea of transferring the Prima papers onto fabric and wanting to make something with the Octopode Factory stamps and the rest just developed in front of my eyes LOL!

It was great fun to do!

Hope you all have a very creative Saturday.

Catch you later



Spooky Saturday

Another Spooky make for you all today and this one is my DT make for Quixotic Paperie. Going all Halloweeny at the moment! You don’t need to look away as there are no spiders on this one but there is a gentleman Skeleton! He is from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween stamp set and when I first saw him I knew that I had to have him!

I’ve matched him with the fabulous Echo Park Apothecary papers and some chaotic stitchery.

If you look carefully you might see that the sentiment, also from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween stamp set, is in fact hanging from a thread and is free to swing eerily around the front of the card.

When you pick up your Artistic Outpost stamps don’t forget to get some EZ Mount as well.

ps. I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost September referral program and whilst you are there also check out their lovely stuff.

Have a super scary Saturday.