Gelato playtime for class

Sorry I’ve been AWOL this last few days.  I visited very close friends (I call them my Dutch family) in the beautiful city of Zwolle, for the wedding of my “little” Dutch brother and his gorgeous bride.

Don’t they look fabulously happy?   And on the left is me “scrubbed up” and my parents were with us too! 

Now I am back, and time to get into the swing of things again… Starting with gelato/art bar class tomorrow.

Here are the sample pages….  


I used a mixture of gelatos and the derwent art bars as they are similar products (gelatos slightly more creamy in texture), black archival ink and some stamps, stencils and then finishing off with a bit of flitter flu and gilding flakes.

Hoping my friends like this play with a different medium.  It will be nice to change things up a little. 

Happy crafting! 


Happy birthday Julie

A complete copy of a project Barbara Gray did on the tv and followed up on her blog … became a lovely card for my friend Julie at work…

Didn’t quite get mine to the quality of the Barbara masterpiece, but still very pleased with the end result! 

Love these claritystamps … And so easy to compose a picture with them. 

Happy crafting! 


Happy Birthday to my father in law

Last Friday my father in law turned 81.  So time to share the card I made for him.  And guess what it features? 

I took a Barbara Grey style approach and used some Claritystamps and masking and clarity brushes to get this lovely scene.  The bottom silhouette is an Indigo Blu stamp, but the rest is pretty much Clarity.

I love the split tree stamp set.  Rarely use it these days so nice to dust it off again!

Happy crafting!


Happy birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad’s birthday… So an English countryside was sent to Spain for him to enjoy! 

I love these a letterbox stamps by Clarity… Such fun to lay with and the masks are an essential addition too! 

Added some foliage to balance the picture out a bit and the birds Darcy drew for one of her paperartsy stamp sets.

Happy crafting and happy birthday to my Daddy dearest!


Happy Father’s Day for father in law

A quick share of the card I made for the father in law for Father’s Day.  Used the same techniques as last months class…

Also decorated the inside and envelope…


The princess also got in on the act… But hers is coming in a separate post tomorrow.

Happy crafting! 


Circle journal with PATWITS take two!

I have my second circle journal to share with you… Except it is not a circle journal.  It is instead a journal I created in which I can replicate the pages I make for the circle journals to keep for myself.  Obviously they won’t be identical, but my friend Jayne did a similar idea for our original circle journal and it is such a lovely way of preserving your art work I thought I would give it a try. 

So here is my cover…
My inside front cover… (Note the different words in particular)

My page two… Although the images and colour scheme etc the same, the words are not.

Loved making these replica pages.  Also note that this was bound first … In mismatched thread… As this was my practice at Coptic stitch … First lesson learnt on practice piece… It takes much more thread than you think! So this was decorated after binding, whereas the actual circle journal was decorated and then bound… I also used the linen thread for the traveling journal. 

So I loved doing these second pages.  Looking forward to new pages being created in all the different journals and replicating them here. 

Happy crafting! 


Brusho play!

My friend Linda gave me something to play with… Brushos!  Wow how fab are they? 

Immediately had made four backgrounds that just needed some stamping to finish off… How quick and easy! 

   Sheena Douglass stamps for the one above and SU stamps below.  

Darcy Paperartsy stamps for the one above and Sheena Douglass stamps for the one below.   

A bit ink on the edges and jobs done!  Four journal pages quick and easy, all could quite easily be card fronts too! 

Happy crafting! 


Last of the scrapping catch ups

This is probably one of my favourite pages of the pages I’ve shared recently…

I adore this paper and the way the page came together.  Simple did it for this one. 

Happy crafting!


Circle Journal with Patwits

Another circle journal has now started on its journey… And this time I made my journal from scratch.  I am so proud of making it and attempting the Coptic stitch binding too!  

This circle journal has only one rule.  Given it is a group of Paperartsy fans participating, the rule is to use something Paperartsy on each page. Not too difficult! 

Here is my front cover…

Not only are the obvious flowers Paperartsy (Darcy of course had to feature on my front page), but the grunge paste through a Paperartsy stencil, and some of the background stamps are very old Paperartsy ones.  Background is a mix of paint, distress ink and dylusions, flowers are mainly pro markers, Ink is archival in the main.  Also some stamping of Dictionary from SU and the main title is an Andy Skinner stamp.

Inside front cover… 

I wanted an explanation at the beginning of the journal that it was a circle journal and came up with this sentiment, stamped and handwritten in a mix of styles.  Thought the Darcy houses and birds fitted as the images.  Background was paint and some random background stamping elements.   Houses were colour ex with spectrum noir pencils.

The opposite page…

On this page I wanted to reference the artists in the group, but also wanted to play with some new stamps!  Firstly some Artemio stamps are the branches and leaves. Boy that was a work of patience as once I had  stamped them onto the page I wanted to add colour so then stamped 36 of the leaves into some green painted paper and cut each out and stuck on individually.  It took a while but I think worth it.  I also used the lovebirds Jofy stamp for the little birds and made each a little different, but using the same colour said from across the two pages. 

The little circles and the blue paint circles are also new stamps (Ellen Vargo, Paperartsy). I chose these as imagine they are going to be very versatile background stamps. 

Finally I added the names and the no rules part by doing some vertical stamping and adding them as little hanging banners from the branches.  Thought it gave a nice change to the text pieces.

So these were the pages pre binding, i will save the Coptic stitch info for another blog post.

Happy crafting! 


Scrapping catch up

I have some more scrap pages to share I did a few weeks ago from my crafting “phd” pile…. “Projects half done“.  

All done with papers from the stash that must be about seven years old at least… Good to finally get them used and three more pages done for the albums!  

Happy crafting! 


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