Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas craft ideas

Make your own decorations at Christmas.

I thought I would put up this Christmas Decoration and Paintbrush holder for you to see - something to keep you all busy this weekend if you fancy a bit of crafting.

The decoration is made from square pieces of cardstock folded into triangles and cut at angles. Each piece is then stuck together to form this decoration which, if made in white, resembles a snowflake. Iv'e made mine in various shades of red and added an embellishment in the middle to give a bit of Christmas sparkle. 

The Paint brush holder is a recycled crisp tube (I did eat all the crisps in one go just so I could use the tube you understand!)

The tube was covered in  fabric paper with glittered leaves and tissue flowers added to decorate the front. Somewhere for all my paintbrushes now so no excuse to leave them lying around the house. 

Decorated tubes have lots of uses, especially in childrens' rooms and might just encourage them to tidy up too if they make one for themselves. It's good to recycle things too.

  Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Canvasses for Christmas

Decorate a Canvas for Christmas

Iv'e started decorating canvasses now for Christmas - you can use them as presents or just to decorate the house with a Christmas theme.

This canvas was created for my next demo at Otter Nurseries for their Craft Evening on 5th December from 5p.m. I'll be making Christmas Decorations, Canvasses, gifts including earrings in boxes and much more....

I have used Artiste paints, chipboard shapes, embossing powders, outline stickers, and hand-drawn holly leaves for this piece.

Come along if you are in the area to take a look - there are a few demo's going on including knitting too.  I'll also be demonstrating how to paint your own Christmas Cards the easy way.

This second canvas was made using Artiste Crackle glaze and paints. I also used some pretty serviettes that I had lying around the house. (I'm a great one for recycling).

You can add any picture to a canvas using serviettes.
After you have painted the canvas  just add a thin layer of glue to the canvas then carefully position your chosen picture cut out from a serviette over the top and add another layer of glue. I used PVA glue - you also need to varnish the piece too if you want to keep it wipeable and it makes the whole piece a little more secure as well.

Happy crafting.  

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Iv'e won the weekly "Pan Pastels" Blog Challenge

Yipee, Iv'e won the Blog Challenge at Pan Pastels last week with my Triple Trees card for their "Red and Green" theme.
I should be receiving my lovely prize later on in the week - a Trial Set from Pan Pastels.

Go over to their blog and give your creative skills a challenge - there is a different theme each week and the winner is randomly drawn. You could end up very surprised like I was. Click here for their blog

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

"Triple Trees" Christmas Project on the " WoW" blog

Triple Embossed and Glittered Christmas Tree Card -

Iv'e created this Christmas Card with a difference - you can use the Trees as Christmas decorations as each one has a wire hanger attached.

I'm entering the Pan Pastel Blog Challenge with this card as their theme for this week is Red and Green. I can't wait to use Pan Pastels soon - they look so versatile - must send a letter to Father Christmas!

I used a slightly different method to product these trees - go to the "WoW" blog here to see how this card was made.

I love all the variety that "WoW" bring us with their powders. There are 4 new sets of powders out now too called - Girls Night Out - Desert Sands
Sugar and Spice and  Caribbean Jewels

Check out the WoW shop (link from the blog) to see the lovely range that they have

Keep watching this blog - Free Digi Stamp coming soon.      Happy crafting. 

Friday, 9 November 2012

My projects at the NEC WoW Embossing Powders Stand

My Projects will be on display at the "WoW" Embossing Powders Stand at the NEC from 8th until 11th November.

As a Designer for "WoW" I get to play with all the lovely products and boy do they produce some lovely embossing powders. The colours are amazing and so much variety. They also produce moulds now so you can add dimension to your projects too. If you are at the NEC it's definitely worth going along and taking a look and also watching some of the Demonstrations.

Unfortunately due to other commitments I couldn't make it to Demonstrate for WoW Embossing Powders on their stand this year. I have pre-booked demonstrations elsewhere and functions to go to on 10th and 11th (Rememberance Sunday).
My projects are still on the stand though. I have made a few cards, wall hangings, canvases including a sea-scape which are on display.

I love the powders and they have a lovely new range out at the moment. Click here to access the WoW blog and details of products and projects from all the the WoW Designers. 

This Saturday, 10th November, I have a demo at Otter Nurseries and Santa is also coming along at 10.00 am  to say hello to all the kiddies.

Iv'e made a few projects for everyone to see and will be demonstrating how they are all made so please come along and join in the fun.  I used the Craft Planet Goody Bags plus one or two other bits and pieces to make the projects.

They range from Big shot die cut Christmas Trees, Sparkly hanging stars, bugs and spiders, a very hungry caterpillar, beads and bracelets made from pipecleaners and much,  much more.  I've had so much fun making all the projects and will definitely be making more childrens' crafts in future. Such Fun......

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Card Making and Jewellery Demo's coming up this weekend

Demo's for 3rd and 4th November -

I have two Demo's this weekend, the first at Homefayre in Tiverton with Card Making on Saturday 3rd November and Otter Nurseries near Ottery St Mary on Sunday 4th November with Jewellery.

I love the new Art Deco range from DoCrafts and this Saturday I'll be making cards and decorations with all the lovely new products. Homefayre always have a "sale" table where even I buy more crafty goodies as there are some real bargains to be had.

 - Can't miss a bargain -

On Sunday, its Jewellery - at Otter Nurseries - lovely sparkly necklaces and earrings just right for Christmas and I will be holding a "Make and Take" too so you could come along and make yourself a pair of earrings -  I love making jewellery - such an easy hobby and the results can be stunning with the right beads etc. Cousins do a whole range of beads to suit everyone's  taste or style.

Iv'e even been making necklaces from the children's Craft Planet beads too - this neckace was made with cording from the Craft Planet range and Craft Planet wooden beads.  I have lots left so could make at least another 10 -12 necklaces of this style. Off now to make more samples for you all. 

Hope to see you this weekend.......Happy crafting....

Monday, 22 October 2012

A DoCrafts Demo with a "difference" at Lane Hammett in Bridgewater

Come along to Lane Hammett in Bridgewater on Saturday October 27th from 10.00 am- 4.00 pm for lots of bargains, sale items, free raffle and you may even get a surprise if you purchase DoCrafts products to the value of £5.

My next DoCrafts Demo will be a bit different.... I will be demonstrating goodies from the current loop and also a "blast from the past" some DoCrafts goodies from previous promotions. Remember the "See Dee's" stamps -  the lovely stamps that you can  mix and match and those fantastic  Morsel stamps which I love too.  These stamps are so versatile and easy to use. I'll have lots of tricks and creative ideas to share.
I'll also be making Christmas Decorations using the Big Shot Die Cutting, Embossing and more.  With lots of exciting products on offer I doubt if even I can resist spending a just a few pennies on Saturday.... 

 I look forward to seeing you at the demo - come along and see something new, get new ideas and grab yourselves a bargain.   

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Sheena Douglass Stamps and my new paints

My new slow-drying Acrylic paints and Sheena Douglass stamps.

Iv'e been playing with my new Sheena Douglass stamps and my slow-drying acrylic paints to produce this wall hanging/picture.

Iv'e painted onto a mount board (cheaper than an canvas) and added some stamped images from the Sheena Douglass  range of stamps.

I may scan this into my computer and make some cards from this image. The moon was made to "shine" using WoW Embossing Powders, Seafoam White and Blue Pearl. 

There are some fantastic products on the market at the moment and Iv'e had just a bit of time to play with my craft stash at last. 

Off to make some card samples and now for my next few demo's coming up - details to follow shortly.  

Friday, 28 September 2012

Love these new Acrylic paints....

A picture I painted whilst at the Westpoint Craft Show.

Iv'e been off to the Westpoint Craft Show in Exeter and had a go with some new Acrylic paints that stay wet longer than the average Acrylic paints. You can also spritz the paper to keep it wet whilst you are working with the paints which is great as I like to "fiddle" with the picture whilst I'm painting.  These new paints work a little like oil paints which I also love.

Approximately 10 of us joined the Painting Workshop and we all sat round in a horseshoe shape whilst we tried out the paints and copied the artist who demonstrated how to paint the picture. I coudn't resist buying some of these as they give you the ability to use them like watercolours or oil paints. I think I could be persuaded to keep painting with Acrylics in future. 

Iv'e also been card-making again and trying out some new Sparkle medium I purchased from Imagination Crafts - this sparkle medium can be used with stencils or on it's own to create backgrounds etc.

You place your stencil over the cardstock and tape it down with low tack masking tape then spread on the sparkle medium through the gaps - I used a palette knife to do this.

When you have covered all of the gaps, peel off the stencil and you are left with the stencil image which then needs to dry before putting onto your chosen background card.
I inked up my background papers first so that I had the background all ready to go before applying the paste/medium.

The flowers were the Big Bloomers range from DoCrafts whick I inked in various colours - this card can be seen on my Gallery on the DoCrafts website. Just click the word "Gallery" to see my creations. I am regularly updating my DoCrafts Gallery so please go over and take a look now and again for more crafty creations.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Glow in the Dark Dragonfly Wall-hanging

This Dragonfly was made using the Sheena Douglass stamps and Wow Embossing Powders "Glow in the Dark" and makes this wall- hanging a little bit unusual and different from the norm.

The background is scrunched up Co-Ordinations cardstock which I  then embossed and a gold gilding rubbed over the top.  The Dragonfly is from the Sheena Douglass set of silhouette stamps.  I stamped the Dragonfly twice, firstly onto vellum then added mica powders. I then restamped it again onto dark cardstock and added three layers of Glow in the Dark WoW Embossing Powder so that the body then glows when placed in the dark.  Both images were coloured with inks and mica powders.

The vellum wings were cut out and then added on top of the cardstock Dragonfly and  to add dimension,  flowers and embellishments were also added to give depth to the piece.

The Glow in the Dark powders can be used for a variety of things not just card-making but also things around the house - key fobs for instance (one for hubby there I think as he's always losing his keys) and with Halloween coming up then the opportunities to use this powder are endless. Try it out and have fun........... 

Thursday, 20 September 2012

"Spooky" Halloween Card for WoW Embossing Powders

This "Spooky" Halloween card was made for "WoW" Embossing Powders and is showing on the WoW  blog from 19th September.

I am a member of the "WoW" Design Team and every month create something new from their lovely Embossing Powders, which this month include "Glow in the Dark" powder. They also have pearlised powders, Flocks, Puffs as well as Glitters and mixes of colours. A beautiful range especially if you, like me, like to "experiment".

This "Glow in the Dark" Embossing Powder is fantastic for all your Halloween cards. If you take this card into the light, then into the dark the windows on the church and faces on the pumpkins will glow. WoW's pearlescent powders also have a glow to them which adds to the shine of the moon  in this card. Iv'e also added chalks to create the moon's glow-effect around the outside. For full instructions go to the WoW blog.

The blog is full of ideas on how to create all sorts of crafts from Embossing Powders. WoW will also be at the NEC with Demo's and Workshops for you to have a go at Embossing yourself. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Sheena Douglass Silhouette stamps -Butterfly card.

 I'm being very naughty and am having a play with the new Sheena Douglass range of Silhouette stamps when I should be making samples for my next Demo.  I love these stamps - they are my kind of "thing" where you can add images to build landscapes or just use the images on their own.

They work well with all sorts of backgrounds too.
Iv'e used a Butterfly stamp on Vellum for this card and distressed the background papers using foils, embossing powders and inks.

I must, must, must go now and start making my samples for my next DeoCafts Demo's this weekend. I'm at  Trelawney Garden Centre in Barnstaple  on Saturday with Scrapbooking and craft techniques , and Trago Mills, Newton Abbot on Sunday with Card-Making and Jewellery.  Hope to see you there if you can make it.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

What a lovely surprise I had....

I was totally surprised and very touched at my Demo on Saturday in Wellington at Buy and Save by a customer presenting me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for all the help, support and patience I had shown her and other customers at my Demonstrations.

Thank you so much Jenny and Tina (the Manager) for keeping it a secret. You really did make my day as they say.

What a lovely gesture. I didn't realise that customers appreciated my demo's so much.

What a lovely, lovely surprise - the flowers are absolutely beautiful.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Inspired by a pair of curtains - Yes curtains......

As anyone who knows me well, I get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere.

I mostly get my inspiration from Nature which is almost a religion for me - but this time, whilst holding a Painting Workshop, I was inspired by the curtains hanging in the Workshop Hall. Yes really.....

The curtains had a host of autumn colours, and as I love trees, leaves and scenes, I was inspired to create a quick canvas to use as a wall-hanging using the ideas taken from the curtains and the lovely colours.  I'm a "Jack of all Crafty Trades" but master of none and love any kind of painting, card-making and all other crafts. You name it and I have probably tried it.

Iv'e been a bit naughty lately and purchased some of Sheena Douglass's silhouette stamps from Create and Craft.

Although I design my own range of stamps already I couldn't resist the lovely silhouette stamps that Sheena had produced so reached deep down into my crafty pocket and now I can't wait for Mr Postie to deliver them to my door so I can have a play and experiment to see what I can come up with.

My own range of stamps are dusted off too so watch this space for more scenic views and something a bit different using my (and Sheena's) stamps. I may use them to compliment one another too which will be interesting. Sheena's trees will go so well with my landscape backgrounds.  To see more of my crafty images please go to My Gallery on my website.

The next time you are out and about, take some time to really look around you.  Get down close to the grass and you will wonder at the beautiful complexity of a simple daisy.  Pick up a handful of pebbles, wet them or varnish them to reveal the wonderful colours.  We all need to take time to not just look at things but actually see them. Enjoy.....

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Embossed Butterflies and Sketched Card

Iv'e been busy making Embossed Butterflies - these were all embossed with Pearl Embossing Powder on black cardstock. I added Flower Stamens for the antennae - perfect just folded in half and stuck on the back.  I then added beads stuck on with 3D Gloss for the body of each Butterfly.

The powders look great on dark -coloured cardstock.
You can use these  Butterflies on cards, scrapbook pages, hair slides, on straws to add that something special to a children's party etc.   

Iv'e also been sketching again and watch this space for the next FREE Digi-Stamp to come in the next few days.

I created this card when I was sketching out my own range of stamps.  Instead if making a stamp with the images, I thought I would use the whole image on a card and colour it in after copying it with my printer.

My next set of stamps are still in the drawing stage so it will be a while before I manage to get them into production.  I may sell them individually this time as each image can be mixed and matched to create a scene or just a single theme for a card.  I love to create as you all know and like to think outside the box to make something original and new that other people can copy and get some kind of benefit from for themselves. I love to see what people make from my stamps as we all create in different ways and have different ideas to show off our talents. Happy crafting everyone.

The next FREE Digi -Stamp will be on here soon so please take a look now and again so that you don't miss it.  See you soon.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Necklace and Earring Set made for my DoCrafts Jewellery Demo

Hi all

Iv'e been busy making jewellery for my next DoCrafts Demo on Saturday 18th August at The Art Shop in Kelly Bray, Callington.

When designing crafty items, I like to think outside the box and come up with something original and different.  I also get wonderful inspiration from other DoCrafts Designers who kindly share their ideas (take a look on the Demonstrator Galleries on the DoCrafts website for inspiration). 

Other Designers -  Nikki Smith for instance always  give me inspiration, especially when I have a crafting block, which we all do at some stage. 

I love making all sorts of jewellery items and using the beads to create all kinds of crafty items, not just,  necklaces, bracelets and earrings but also for embellishing flowers, using beads to create backgrounds etc., More to come so watch this space......  

Beads can be used for single strand necklaces or multi-strand necklaces as you see here on the left. I plaited each single strand, one chain (with ribbon threaded through), one seed bead and pearl strand and one larger pearl strand to form this necklace.  Hope you like it. The earrings were made using beads threaded onto Headpins. More to come on the jewellery front in the very near future. 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Swinging from "Me To You" Card

Sorry Iv'e been away from my blog for a while. Other priorities have taken over and Iv'e been very busy with other things but I'm back creating again at least for the time being. 

Iv'e made a card using a "Me To You" stamp - the  image is of the Teddy on a swing so I thought I would actually make it swing by using some wire and a fastener at the top so he can go back and forth top reveal a message underneath.

The papers I used are from the Papermania Ultimate Die Cut Pack called "Strictly Party".   I chose some soft colours as they compliment the image well.

Hope you like the pictures. I am busy making samples for my Demo's throughout July and August at the moment. The new DoCrafts Creativity Essentials products are out in the stores now. They include "Strictly Party", "Strictly Christmas" the new Capsule Collection which are all greens which I love, "Christmas Tidings" and the vibrant "Happy Days" collection which is all about the 50's. Very on trend at the moment.

I'll be demonstrating this card and other products at The Range in Exeter on Saturday 14th July so hope to see you there if you can make it.

I did say the dreaded word "Christmas" I'm afraid. The companies bring out their Christmas goodies very early so us crafters can get cracking making our cards early. It would have been nice to at least get a summer first though wouldn't it.

Perhaps it will stop raining soon and we may get some sunny weather - fingers' crossed everyone......

Friday, 18 May 2012

FF "Best of British" Cards for Create and Craft TV

As promised here are a few of the cards I made for Create and Craft TV. 

I think I need to make the cards more sturdy in future as everyone seems to like playing with the Kinetic cards that have moving parts. The teapot above tips so it looks like its pouring out a cuppa. I love this range of products as it's so versatile.  Keep watching for more ideas using the range from Jo Austin, Sheila Halliwell and Becky James throughout this week.

The Forever Friends "Best of British" shows should are on today, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday (if the product doesn't sell out before then) at various times. Check the docrafts website or Create and Craft TV schedule for times. For more samples click here - My Gallery on the doCraft website.

I'll be Demonstrating the doCrafts May/June products - Wellington Bear, Lucy Cromwell range etc., in The Range in Exeter on Saturday 19th and Trago Mills in Newton Abbot on Sunday 20th so if you can make the demo's - see you there.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

My Cards on Create and Craft TV-18th May

On Friday 18th May it's the doCrafts Pick of the Week "Best of British"  on Create and Craft TV - take a look some of the samples Iv'e made for the show.

I'll be showing examples on my blog on Friday thru the week and putting them onto my doCrafts Gallery too, so that you can see close-ups etc.

The "Best of British"  is a lovely range of products - just right for the Jubilee celebrations, Olympics etc.,
Watch this space and please revisit my blog and doCrafts Gallery for details of the shows and pictures of the cards which include some Kinetic (moveable) fun cards.

Monday, 14 May 2012

More new ideas - Melted Free-form Flowers using Embossing Powders

Melted Embossing Powder Flowers.

As I'm one of those people who try and experiment with all sorts of crafting, I love seeing what I can make with the stash that I already have (saves money too).

Iv'e used my Embossing Powders to make Free-form Flowers and leaves here.   

Melted powders can be manipulated with your heat gun into flowers, then you can add a centre to the flower with an alternative colour powder. Each one turns out different and can add lots of dimension to your cards and scrapbook pages.

I love to experiment with different techniques. More to come in the next few days - next time using glue, stamps and foils.......... Watch this space...........

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Check out this Fantastic Spring Giveaway

Wow, check this blog out for a Fantastic Spring Giveaway. Keepsakes by Melissa's blog
Iv'e Followed the blog too.

Watch this space for my own Free Digi-stamp Give-away to come complete with a "Challenge" to win some Blog Candy.
I'll be back soon............................

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Favourite Quote: Creativity Blog Prompt 9

One here to make you think... read on... Following the Creativity Blog Prompt "My Favourite Quote" there is one quote that sums up how I feel about most things in life. 

The quote is taken from "The Little Prince" a book for children but with a very important message for adults and something that I think we should all think about now and again in this material world that we live in.  - the quote is
  "what is essential is invisible to the eye"......

This quote always makes me think, appreciate what I have and although a bit ironic as my main hobby is creating and making something to "look at" - it's the joy behind the actual "creating" process that I love as much as the end product itself.

The quote above always makes me smile - what is essential to you that is invisible to the eye? Have a think and I bet you end up smiling too.............

Talking of creating things and ending up smiling, I thought you might like to see this picture of a lettuce I grew last year. Not sure what I fed it on but whatever it was, I want some if it.

Oh and I am stood behind it (smiling), it's not wearing a hat honestly.

Friday, 4 May 2012

My Craft Style


Well, where do I begin.... I don't really have a style - I love all sorts of styles from Shabby Chic, Retro, Vintage, Soft and Feminine - you name it - I like it.

I use a lot of my crafting knowledge and skill (if you can call it that) to make things for my house, paint pictures, make 3D objects - make cards -  the list goes on.  I am into recycling too so like to use things like recycled bottles and silk and vegetable fibres to create something a bit unusual.
 I started by painting a long time ago and still paint today but use my painting techniques for my card-making and stamp designs.
This picture was painted in oils and taken from an ideas from an old Christmas Card I had . It's is rather an old fashioned image but one which I can copy and put onto my own  Christmas Cards.

I also make my own Silk Fibre creations as well as making Silk Paper which I use to decorate all sorts of items.

The journal you see here was made by covering a small book with my own Silk handmade paper and I have added some Friendly Plastic embellishments.  I love Friendly Plastic as it's so versatile and you can make all sorts of things with it from jewellery to pictures.

Being a DoCrafts Designer, I am lucky enough to be abe to design my own range of cards using all the lovely products.
I also design my own stamps and simply love Landscapes of all kinds.
I have made my own range of stamps and Digi-stamps (more Free Digi-stamps coming to this blog soon.)  which can be seen on my website .

For this card Iv'e used one of my own designs of stamps and used Embossing Powders to create a moonlight scene.  Iv'e added embossing powder to the foreground to create the look of snow and embossed the moon with pearlescent powders to make it look like it's shining.

No actual style as such, just lots of experimenting and playing with crafts and products really.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

DoCrafts Creativity Club Downloads - "Live, Love, Laugh" Card

This card was made using the new Downloads from the doCrafts Creativity Club Download page.

I used my Big Shot to cut out some flourishes and flower punches to create some corner flowers.

The two main sentiments are from this weeks' downloads. Inks were used to distress the edges and a small piece of coredinations cardstock which I crumpled up and then sanded was used as a backing for the embellishments.
I'll put this card up on my Gallery too. Just click here to see my Gallery which I add to every week.

More projects to come in the very near future.

Felt and Fibre Wall Hanging

Decorated Wall Hanging.

As working with Fibres is now so popular, I thought I would put up one of my Felted Wall Hangings.

I used Merino wool fibres along with my favourite silk fibres to create this Wall Hanging. Using the "wet felt" method,  which is the method I used to create this piece, I also make decorate  felt squares which I then make into handbags, glasses cases, make-up bags etc

Keep looking on my blog to see more creations using all sorts of different fibres. My favourite are the silk fibres and now Iv'e started using natural fibres such as Bamboo and Banana fibres. -- yes you did read it correctly - Banana fibres.

  Iv'e been naughty and bought myself an embellisher now so you will see many more creations using all sorts of different fibres in the weeks' to come.  I love embellishing as you can use up all your fibres and scraps of material to create new and exciting projects.  Watch this space for more to come using fibres in unique ways..................

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

DoCrafts Creativity Club Blog Prompt

Lucy Cromwell A4 Decoupage
Card Making Set
DoCrafts Creativity Club are hosting a 31Day Blog prompt and the subject for today is- "5 reasons why you should craft".  I may not be able to join in everyday but will do my best to add to my blog as much as possible over May using the Creativity Club Blog prompts on the Creativity Forum.

My 5 reasons why I craft are:
1.Crafting makes me think more about creating something new from something old. 
2. Crafting make me lose myself in creating.
3. Crafting makes me think about recycling materials
4. You can eat chocolate whilst crafting - yummy - and finally - 
5 Crafting makes me explore new ideas and techniques - to explore new methods, to seek out new materials and products - 
To boldly craft where no crafter has gone before.
 (Sorry couldn't resist that) 

Iv'e added a card Iv'e made using the new A4 Decoupage Card Making Kit from Lucy Cromwell Card now in your local retail stores. This is just one of the card samples for my forthcoming demo at Buy and Save in Wellington on Saturday 5th May. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

My next Demo -Buy and Save in Wellington on 5th May

Michael Powell stamps from DoCrafts
I love the new Michael Powell stamps
- just one of the new  ranges from DoCrafts in May/June that I'll be demonstrating at Buy and Save in Wellington on Saturday 5th May. 

Iv'e used two of the Michael Powell scenic stamps for these cards - they are perfect for colouring in but for a change and a different look Iv'e decided to keep them in black and white which I think works really well too.

I met Michael at the NEC when I was demonstrating for WoW Embossing Powders in March. A lovely gentleman. He is renowned for his cross-stich images but now DoCrafts also supply his lovely images in stamp form. I love the beach huts scene too which will be on here in the near future. 

Sunday, 1 April 2012

FREE DIGI-STAMP for you - Iv'e used it with DoCrafts Digital Designer to create a Card.

Here is your free Digi-Stamp for April.

 Iv'e used this Digi-Stamp with the DoCraft Digital Designer programme available to you if you purchase one of DoCrafts CD's or DVD's.  Digital Designer is a programme that you get Free with the CD/DVD's and you can also have free upgrades for life making sure you have the very latest updates and design features.  Go to to find out more. As well as using the CD/DVD Roms (available from DoCrafts and your local retail stores) to create cards etc.,  you can also import your own images such as photo's or in this case my FREE Digi-Stamp.

Here Iv'e made my own background paper, a feature of the DoCrafts Digital Designer package as well as using the Digi image for the main focus. 

Digital Designer gives you the opportunity to play around with your images, make papers, re-size, re-colour and much, much more.
Buy your CD/DVD and upload the Digital Designer programme...... your images will come to life and give you a whole new crafting experience.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

As promised - Felted Flower Tutorial

Hi all,

Better late than never - as promised here is the Felted Flower Tutorial I promised I'd put onto my blog for those of you who would like to make your own flowers out of wool fibres.

You will need:
A Felting needle
Wool Fibres
Large piece of thick foam (at least 3" thick)
Embroidery hoop

Firstly a word of WARNING - the Felting Needles are very sharp and barbed so please be careful not to stab yourself when making this flower. Always place the hoop onto a table covered with a cutting mat (any solid craft cutting mat will do) - Please DON'T make this flower on your lap..... you will stab yourself if you do this....

Step 1. 

Place the calico inside the Embroidery hoop . Put a small piece 
wool onto the Calico and begin to stab at the wool with the felting needle. Make sure that the foam is underneath the calico as you stab at the wool (make sure the needle goes all the way through and into the foam underneath) Continue to stab a the wool pulling in the sides of the wool with the needle and shaping it into a petal shape as you go.

Step 2.

Add another piece of wool to make a second petal.
Continue to shape the petals as you go. Check underneath the Calico and you will see that the wool goes all the way through. Keep adding wool to make further petals until you have five in total.

Step 3. 

Once you have 5 petals in total, add a second different colour into the centre of the flower and continue to stab (felt) the wool, shaping it into a circle forming the centre of your flower.

Step 4

When you have completed the first flower, you  can make a second flower on another piece of calico then cut the second flower out with scissors and add it to the first flower by felting the two flowers together.  (See the first picture above) 

Place one flower on top of the other and stab through both flowers.  This will join them together at the centre and you will have a three dimensional flower to use either on the calico or to cut out and your flower as an embellishment to a cushion, hat, hairband etc.,

This way of felting is called the Dry Felting method.

There is also another method of felting wool fibres together to make sheets of felt which can be made into all sorts of crafty creations. This method is called the Wet Felting Method using water, soap, heat caused by friction and lots of hard work if making this type of felt by hand.

I'll add some more images of my felted creations on here for you to see  soon......



Tuesday, 20 March 2012

More samples made using WoW Powders

WoW - I love these powders......

Free-hand Embossed background using an
 ink pad and powders
  Iv'e spent the morning making samples for "WoW"   to take with me to the NEC tomorrow.  The show is open to the public on Thursday 22nd  until Sunday 25th. There are lots of Demo's, Workshops, some Make and Takes along with all your favourite crafty people selling their lovely products.
Iv'e been  using WoW powders with, and also  without stamps, creating some painted backgrounds using nothing but a pigment ink pad and various colours of powders. I love this technique as you really don't know how it's going to turn out until you actually heat the powders.  For the image above, Iv'e added some silhouette figures using Primary Black Powder and birds using the new WoW stamps now on sale the WoW website and on the WoW stand at the NEC

Here are a few of the other samples which will be on display at the NEC

Fluffy white clouds made with white embossing powders......

You can even emboss onto Driftwood with these powders.....
Inked backgrounds, foils and black embossing powder create a distressed look ...