Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Jumble Book.

This is a new album which is a bit different to my normal style. I saw a "stuff it" book in Scrap365 and  decided to give it a go This is my Jumble Book.

Monday, 14 November 2011

12x12 LOs

These are some of my recent LOs.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

 These are a few of the tags I made with stamps I bought while we were on holiday.

Saturday, 9 July 2011


This is a card made using the new Trimcraft  "Birdsong" papers and a Tim Holtz birdcage die.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

altered clock.

This was a very cheap wall clock from Ikea, costing just over £1. I removed the plastic front intending to remove the face, but it was firmly glued so I decided to leave it and just add a centre. I die cut a circle from photopaper which I had painted an encaustic abstract onto and stuck it to the face, having removed the hands and cut a small circle from the centre. I added some gems around the centre and under the numbers.

The frame was treated with alcohol inks in stream, green and lilac. the dip was gone round with a permanent marker in blue and the seconds hand was also inked.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

altered box.

I have been playing with this box which I got from the Range very cheaply. I began by giving it a coat of white (household emulsion paint) inside and out. Then I painted the exterior with tubes of bronze and gold acrylic which I got from an art dept. some time ago.The metal plate is a Tim Holtz die cut from take away tinfoil and then coated in versamark and liberally covered (2ce at least) and heat embossed with silver embossing powders. I then just went a bit mad with various stamps and highlighted some very sketchily with sakura shadow pens.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

12x12 april birthdays

I did this photo in an 8x8 LO for my grandsons album, but I likedit and wanted to so it 12x12, so here is version2.

The papers, tissue tape, foliage, and gears plus distress inks are all Tim Holtz, ah, and the shrink plastic umberella men are his too. The flourish is a sizzix bigz die.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


The weather is so nice I have been playing with this very summery Tilda. The shells are real and stuck easily with glossy accents.

Friday, 29 April 2011

in the brownies.

The photo was taken in 1989, or thereabouts. I used the once upon a time paper for the fairy connection. The nestie gears were to pretty to grunge every time, and I thought they would suit a bit of glitz.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

cards, A5 size.

These are a couple of cards done with my waxes. The pink one has had some details scratched into the wax with a stylus.

Monday, 25 April 2011


I had a bit of fun with my encaustics today. 2 normal pics and then I had a go at stamping an image then waxing over it. The key stamp was cut from a Tim Holtz die using funky foam and mounted onto rigid plastic with glossy accents. Same for the keyhole stamp. Tim Holrz says he does it with all his dies and I do too now.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

last page

This is the final LO in the album for Alex. Taken earlier this week, just after his 13th birthday.

Now I am looking for a nice album to record his teeage years.

Friday, 15 April 2011

This candy is part of the offering coming up soon on t site

encaustic atcs

I had a play with my encaustic iron yesterday. I did some 5x7s but I think I do better work in this smaller size. Somehow I can get a better detail in the atc size.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

8x8 album

These are the newest pages in the album for my grandson. Only one page to go and I am trying to get a current pic for it, preferably one where he is not wearing a Liverpool shirt, lol. The Tattered flowers were cut from scrap fabric and a piece of lace. I cut a few fabric flowers today, so will be adding them to cards and other LOs soon. The Tim Holtz gears in the other LO were inked and embossed with various powders. I also did a couple of old washers and attached them with metal brads, some Tim Holtz, some from stash.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Teenager,( sigh!)

My grandson will be 13 on the 11th. How time flies! seems no time since he was a small boy as seen in my LOs. This is the card I have made for him.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

8x8 album

These are the latest pics from my grandson album.

Sunday, 13 March 2011


I couldn't wait to try the jalopy die out. This photo of my OH as a small boy seemed appropriate as the van in the background reminds me of the die.
Almost all the elements, from paper to diecuts are Tim Holtz. The alpha letters are cuttlebug Olivia. Flowers were cut from an old dictionary, distress inked and dipped in wax.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

glossy butterfly

I was really pleased with how this butterfly turned out for my LO in the previous post. This is how I did it. Firstly cut the pieces from mountboard or heavy card. Ink them with pastel distress inks. I used victorian velvet, tumbled glass and shabby shutters. I then went over all the pieces of the body and outer wings with tea die and covered them with 3D gloss which I then sprinkled over with bronze glitter. I then went over the pastel wings with 3D gloss and assembled the wings while it was wet as its a great glue.I then filled the spaces to the top with more 3D gloss and lightly sprinkled with fairy dust. Thats, it really. Just leave to dry then add some wire with a bead either end and add to your project.
I am experimenting with ways to use the Tim Holtz products in a colourful way since someone said they were dull and boring. I have always been inspired and excited by them and don't think them in the least bit dull.
I am happy tonight as I have just ordered the Jallopy die from Cutting Edge Crafts. I can't wait to play with it.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Grandson LOs

My grandson is soon to be a teenager and I am doing a couple of albums for him, one cd and this 12x12. This is a double sided LO. It seemed a shame not to use both sides. I am especially pleased with the butterfly. The wings were coloured with distress inks in victorian velvet, shabby shutters and tumbled glass before filling with 3d gloss and sprinkling with fairy dust, The body and wing outlines were also glossed and sprinkled with bronze glitter. The bird in the other LO was treated similarly. I use a tiny spoon to place the glitter where I want it.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

CD album

This is the cover for my latest cd album.
The cds are treated with alcohol inks. The die is Tim Holtz birdcage.The bird and cage have been covered in 3d gloss and heavily sprinkled with various glitters with a small gem for the eye.

Thursday, 24 February 2011


This is the lovely black cat who has decided he likes to be in our house. I think he now spends more time here than in his own home. He comes in and out through the catflap, and has worked out how to stick his claw in and unlock it, so short of boarding it over there is no way to keep him I have stopped trying.
He loves to lie on whatever i am doing, from crafting to reading. He is lightning fast and will suddenly attack my knitting needles or crochet hook and tries to grab the wool from the bag if you are daft enough to rummage in the bag, as my hands can testify to, lol.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

I have been given this lovely award by my friend Eileen .

This award is aimed at bringing good unknown blogs to light, and in accepting the award I have to agree to the following conditions.

1 you have been tagged. do you want to accept? yes, thank you.

2 Then create a post on your blog and post the love blog photo. am doing it now.

3 Link back to the person who gave you the award and accept. will try to do that.

4 Choose 3 to 5 of your favourite blogs to tag. Link these in your post and tell the bloggers they have been tagged.
I think all three ladies are unique in their talents and deserve to be seen much more than they are.

birdcage album 1.

Here is the front and back cover,and a couple of the pages from a small album I have been making. Someone recently said on a forum that she disliked Tim Holtz stuffas it was dull and boring. huh? I am a huge fan of his and don't think it is either dull or boring. The bird and cage are from his sizzix die. Covered in 3D gloss and heavily glittered while wet. The silver edges are an on the edge die by yep, Tim Holtz. The flower and stem (above) are also his.