Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Newbury Papercraft Show

Hi everyone.  I am sooooooooooo excited as I've been invited to demo this Saturday (4th July 2015) at the new Newbury Papercraft Show for Stamps & Memories and what's more I will be demoing with my new favourite product of the moment................BRUSHO!!! (I am truly thrilled and honoured to be asked and am super excited as it's been ages since I've demoed at any of the shows.)

Here's a little taster of what I'll be up to-

The picture above shows what can be achieved when using Brusho for the background combined with Copic colouring for the pretty flower imagery and the picture below shows how you can make very simple wintery looking cards
 Then this one shows just how pretty Brusho can be.
So I really hope if anyone is going to the show that you'll stop by my desk and say Hi!!  Don't forget - it's this Saturday 4th July at Newbury Racecourse :).

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Boutique Chic Show

Hi everyone. If anyone missed the original launch of Hunkydory's Boutique Chic collection Jak is on Create and Craft today at 3pm with this collection.

Below is one of the cards that I created with this collection for the original launch. This was a large card at 8x8".

 I wanted it to look like a glass bathroom shelf with the perfume bottles on it!
 It took me a little while to work out how to hide all the assembly of it but I got there in the end!
 As you can see I prettied up the inside too with the gorgeous matching inserts.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Hunkydory's Boutique Chic Collection

Just stopping by to let you all know that this fabulous collection is now available on Hunkydory's website.

I was lucky enough to make some sample cards for the launch of this collection on Create and Craft and it was a joy to work with - it contains such pretty imagery which to me has a parisian feel to it. I loved working with this kit.

 Above is one of the cards that I created using this collection and below is the left hand view of the card.
 Here's a closer view taken from the right-hand side.
And this shows looking down on the card. Of course it had to have the matching insert but you can't really see this. The cardstock used to make the base card came from the Adorable Scorable Boutique Chic Collection - just love this cardstock - it scores SO beautifully and is such a fabulous sturdy cardstock.
I'm now working on Hunkydory's next collection - I LOVE IT!!!

Friday, 19 June 2015

A Hunkydory Father's Day

Helloooooo.  I thought I'd share something different with you today as earlier this year I became part of Hunkydory's Design Team. I know that most of you know me for working with stamps, inks and alcohol markers but it's been a little secret of mine for a while now that I just LOVE all things Hunkydory!!!  Their products are such top quality that they are an absolute pleasure to work with - I just wish that I was able to work with them more often but I'm normally too busy doing inky things!!

Anyway I thought today I'd give you a sneak preview of Dad's Father's Day card this year that was made using one of my favourite images from the Shimmering Pearl Collection. 

This particular collection is just full of gorgeous pearlised imagery as it has been printed and foiled onto Centura cardstock - it is simply stunning!!

This card is quite large - just a little under A4. As you can see from the photo below I added some heavyweight acetate to the front to give some depth and interest to the card. So consequently i  have made a box for it to go into.

Of course it just had to have the matching pearlescent insert sheet to finish it off inside.

Fingers crossed that Dad likes it!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Craft Barn's Extravaganza Weekend

Oh my can you believe that it is almost that time of year again for The Craft Barn's June Event happening this weekend!!

This year they have got 14 different demonstrators to tempt you - 7 on each day!!  All demonstrations will be taking place in the shop. If you hop on over to The Craft Barn's website you can find out more about it including information on some masterclasses that will be happening on Friday 5th and Monday 8th as well as some mini makes over the weekend itself.

I shall be there on the Saturday demonstrating with Brusho and Jofy stamps - I'm really looking forward to it - hope to see some of you there!!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

May Class at The Glitter Pot

Hi everyone. Just thought I'd let you know that I will be taking a class at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 16th May using the same colouring techniques that I was demonstrating at the weekend.

Originally I was going to be using the same Penny Black stamps that I was demoing with but unfortunately they all sold out! Ao the imagery may not be the same as the card above but the colouring techniques will be exactly the same :)!!

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Glitter Pot's 2015 Spring Spectacular

Oh goodness I just don't know where the days go!!

I've been super busy creating all sorts of things just lately but this weekend it is The Glitter Pot's Spring Spectacular. I'll be there both on the Saturday and the Sunday showing how to create cards like these using a few of the new Penny Black stamps along with  Copic markers and Distress markers.

I also have an all day class coming up at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 16th May where we will be creating a card or two just like the ones above if anyone fancies it!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Copics and Coloursoft class at The Glitter Pot

Hi everyone.

Just wanted to let you all know that I have an all day colouring class at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 11th April showing how to colour dainty images firstly using Copics on their own and then using Copics combined with Coloursoft pencils which gives you a softer look - ideal for dainty imagery.

If anyone is interested you'll need to contact The Glitter Pot to book :).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Last minute cards!!

Helloooo!!!  Last Saturday I stepped in at the last minute to cover a Copic Colouring class at The Glitter Pot. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to make my coloured images into cards as there just wasn't enough time but since then I've popped them onto some cards - although most of them are VERY simple I thought I'd share them with you anyway!

First up is the more involved card. For this one I used an embossing folder and some dies to decorate the plain pearlescent Bazzill card. The stamp is a new one by Penny Black called Make a Wish! which was coloured using Copic markers. I distressed around the image with Tumbled Glass. The embossing folder is a Crafts Too one (Sweet Flowers)and the dies are by Memory Box - Puffy Clouds and Grand Oak Tree.

 Here's a bit of a closer look at the colouring for you.
Next up is a very simple card of the same image just stuck onto Crafter's Companion watercolour card and edged with a black marker.
Here's the same image again just distressed with Tumbled Glass distress ink with Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel added for interest and texture.

Next up is another new Penny Black image called Carrot Collector again coloured with Copics and mounted onto Crafter's Companion watercolour card.
And lastly here is that same image this time distressed with Bundled Sage distress ink with Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel added.
I have another Copic based class coming up at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 11th April - this time using Copics with Coloursoft pencils which enables you to create softer images with more detail!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Brusho Demo at The Craft Barn

Hi all. Just a super quick post from me to let you know that I'll be at The Craft Barn in Nutfield, Surrey demoing with the wonderful Brusho watercolour powders from 10am - 4pm.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Stencil card

Helloooo :). Today I thought I'd share a stencil card that I made last year for one of the classes that I took at The Glitter Pot last year.

This is made using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Gel along with a couple of their stencils namely Wild Flowers and Apple Blossom.

I also embellished with some stamping using a Hobby Art stamp set called Just For You. The background was achieved with Distress inkpads.
 I also coloured the Sparkle Gel using a combination of Copics and mica powders.
In due course I will be offering to make this card as an all day class from my home. If anyone is interested please email me.

Toodles for now.................

Friday, 20 February 2015

One colour of Brusho

Helloooooooo again!!  Today I thought I'd share three really simple cards that were created just with one colour of Brusho (Grey) and a black inkpad.

I am SO proud that I can now do quick cards -lol!!  And it's all thanks to Brusho paints as they honestly do all the work and effects for you. These cards were all created onto The Craft Barn's plain smooth card - I wanted to show that you don't always need to use watercolour card with them - different types of card will actually give you different effects making the paints even more versatile :).

First up is a closer look at the tall card -
The stamps used here are from a Stampendous stamp set called Bold Sprigs. You can see from the closer photo below that I also added some stamping with a grey inkpad as well as the black one and added some white dots to the black stamping using a Sakura white pen.

Next up is the square card with only very simple stamping on it using that same Bold Sprigs stamp set.
 And as you can see from the close up photo below I chose to outline the black imagery this time with the white pen.
 Lastly this card shows how you can achieve a really quick wintery looking card - this time using a Woodware stamp set called Winter Trees.
With this card I added some Shabby White embossing enamel to the 'snow area'.
Well that's all for today. If anyone wants to see the fabulous Brusho powders in action I'll be back demoing at The Craft Barn on Saturday March 7th.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

More Buzzy Bees

As promised I'm back again with part two of the bee cards that I made using the new bee stamp collection set by Jo Firth Young.

This time I stamped, coloured and cut out lots of the little bees and incorporated the bee hive!  The backgrounds were made using the same techniques as in the previous post. All the stamps used are from this one stamp set.

 A closer look.
And here's the second card this time using one of the new mini wording stamps which of course goes perfectly with the stamp set.
 A closer look at the wording.

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Buzzing of the Bees

Hi everyone. As promised I am back to show you a couple of the  cards that I made using one of the new stamp collections by Jo Firth Young.

First up is a 6x6" square card using the big and little bees from the bee stamp set all of which I cut out and shaped the bodies a bit before gluing them to the card. The background was achieved using a yellow and orange distress ink and some of the background stamps from the same set.

 A closer look at the bees that I coloured with Copics.

And here's a smaller version - this time I added some background stamping in black and added some cut out hexagons as well as the bees.

I'll be back again soon to show another couple of bee cards made with this fabulous set by Jo - you can check out the stamp set here which is already available at The Craft Barn.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Brusho and a DT Call

Oh my goodness!!!!  I really cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted!!  Personally I blame my laptop - I was just getting into the swing of things of posting again and it conked out!!

I've now got a replacement but I've been really busy creating stuff - for the last couple of  months I've been busy with designing some stuff back for Craft Stamper - actually I have an article in this months magazine using a JOFY stamp set and the fabulous Spectrum Noir blendable pencils from Crafter's Companion. Personally I haven't seen the magazine yet but I've heard that it is in there!!

Last Saturday I was at The Craft Barn demonstrating with the fantastic Brusho paints.  They are a watercolour powder like no other - the effects you can get with these with no effort at all are just amazing!!  Love, love, LOVE them - I'll be back at The Craft Barn in March demoing them again and then I have a class there using them later on in the month.

Here's a taster of one of the most simple things you can do with them -

Literally just sprinkle the Emerald Green paint down one side of the panel - spritz the watercolour powder with water and then stamp some imagery. Easy!!
The stamps are from the Bold Sprigs stamp set by Stampendous.  Quick cards here I come!!

I've loads more card samples to show you using these amazing paints but I'll save them for some more blog posts!!

Meanwhile I must tell you that Crafter's Companion have just issued a Design Team Call - you can find out all about it here.

I'll be back again very soon to show you some card samples that I've created with one of Jofy's latest stamp releases!!  I was SO excited to be asked - you can find her latest stamp designs over on Jo's blog.